My favourite blog posts of the year

27 Dec 2017

I love this time of year because everyone is posting content that I love to read, yearly round ups, Christmas style content and I LIVE for posts full of goals and wishes for the new year. I wanted to write a post that reflects on myself and my blog this year, so I thought I'd share with you guys some of my favourite blog posts I've written in 2017! My inspiration for this post comes from Dorkfaces A Collection Of My Favourite Blog Posts Ever - it's great to have a reminder of bloggers pasts posts, hopefully this will give you an insight into the content I want to push more in the new year.

I love these posts for a number of reason, the photography, the content, the concept or 'genre' so I hope you have a little Heartshapedbones flash back as I did when collecting all of them!




















I hope you like the format of this post, I loved writing these blog posts and hopefully I can fuel them into the new year! It's crazy looking back on the year and seeing myself with green hair! What posts have you loved from Heartshapedbones? If you've rounded up your posts on your blog definitely share your links for me to have a read!

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

I cannot believe that 2017 is coming to an end, it's only six days till Christmas and then hello to the new year which hopefully with be a full year of me just kicking butt! I've never really written a post where I speak about my goals and it's probably because up till this year I'd only blogged when I could more for fun than a career. Of course I love blogging, of course I find it so fun which is why it's taken over my life - but in 2017 I actually took a huge plunge as steps closer to letting my blog become a career for myself. Each year before the new year I think about a lot of things, any resolutions that I'll definitely not keep, trips, things I hope to do, but I rarely thought about what I hoped to achieve creatively on the internet. Somewhere along this year a light switch went off in me and I've never felt so dedicated to my blog than I do now, the goals I have for 2018 are insane but they definitely wouldn't of even crossed my mind if 2017 hadn't of taken the course that it did. A lot happened for me, with my blog and my personal life, so I thought I'd summarise my year to you with a personal round up but also end with my big goals!

2017 started out with a lot of changes and big promises, but mid way took a huge fall that definitely was my first hiccup as being an adult outside of university. I finished uni last year and continued living in York where I studied, I lived with my Boyfriend (now fiancĂ©e ooo) and worked in my part time job until I found something I had more of a passion in. I worked for a fashion retailer and despite it being a regular job, I loved it. In January my boyfriend got a new job and it meant we needed to leave York, so possibly my first big step as an adult - we moved to Doncaster where I'm from and got ourselves a house! Only renting, but I felt so good having our own home, bigger than our flat in the city and we even had a garden! Three bedrooms, our own furniture, everything was exciting but I feel that I really under estimated how it would affect other areas of my life like work, money, etc. I quickly found it incredibly hard to juggle traveling back and forth to York where I still worked and maintain things like my blog, shop, youtube - even my relationship, it all took a toll and it definitely broke me.

I was travelling a total of nearly 5 hours a day just to do a regular hour, minimum pay job in a different city just because I loved it, whilst changed when it was such a struggle to even get there. I couldn't manage more than one blog post a week, I never had time to film or blog, my days off consisted of trying to see Joel and sort out or home which we we're still settling into and I think I just took too much on and I wasn't going to give anything up for the other.

I got promoted to a manager which should of been utterly amazing, but whilst going through the training process I found it wasn't at all what I expected and this is where my mental health started to get a kicking. I cried every day traveling because it was so much, I was transferred to Leeds where I trained to be a manager and the job was a total joke. I never saw Joel, I never blogged, my store wasn't getting orders and I had no creativity to put into it. I could see everything spiralling downwards and then something in me just snapped. I truly feel for anyone that's had a mental break down, it literally spirals your whole world out of control. I quit my job, moved back in with my parents and fell off the face of the earth because I just wanted to ignore everything I possibly could.

This summer was the hardest hurdle that's been thrown at me yet, it challenged me as a person but luckily looking back now I can say it was something that had to happen. After being in a pit for months I climbed out to make myself a better person. I built back up my relationship, home and life - keeping one thing in mind - do what I love and what I'm most passionate about. I was sick of being unhappy, so I did everything possible to ensure my mental well being. I closed down my store and re started a fresh, creating a complete new brand Witchcrafts to pour in my all as I took the plunge to be self employed!

I can't thank my partner Joel enough, he really supported me as I started up my business and put all the money I had remaining into it. I was so scared, what if I didn't make any money, what if it didn't work and I had to get another job I hated...but luckily it all hit off with a bang and I found myself being more creative than I had ever been! T-shirts, home ware, prints, cards, I felt so much productivity to give it my all and that's where I also found my motivation again for blogging!

I came back with more motivation than ever before and I'm glad it's stuck with me till the very end of this year. My blogs reached so many new levels, growing so quick than it has done before. Whilst small to some the progress is massive to me and I've found not caring or comparing myself to others has made blogging fun again. Rekindling my love for blogging has really shown my creativity and I'm glad people can tell! I have a good schedule that I've managed to keep up even with a full time job. I didn't plan to work full time again, but when my dream job practically landed on my door step I couldn't turn it down. I love my job and not once has it hindered my other projects, I still blog to my schedule, I upload videos regularly and even my store is going steady. I seriously cannot wait for all the things I want to do in 2018, it's going to be one hell of a creative year.

It's so strange how in just one year you can have so many ups and downs, but I'm so happy that it's ending on a good place that fills me with so much hope. I never imagined that I'd ever taste working for myself so soon, possibly a little too early in my businesses, but it makes me so positive for when the time is right. I never imagined having our own house, or moving back to Doncaster - we even got a couple of pets that seriously makes me feel like an adult. I GOT FRIGGIN ENGAGED! I do want to write a full post on my engagement because it's definitely a different story to tell, but I'm so excited for next year because again it's going to come with so many life changes.

Yellow beret - ebay . Black fur coat - new look . Long frilled top - h&m . Harley-davidson t-shirt - Spanish market . Striped cullots - Romwe .

There's so much more to 2017 that I could waffle on about, but I want to end this post with a bunch of my goals for the new year!

  • release a bunch of new products in January, following with a new product each week and focus on getting more t-shirts printed
  • get married in Vegas and plan our reception back in England
  • start saving to buy a house
  • post two youtube videos each week - focusing more on fashion/lookbooks
  • post three times a week on my blog, really challenge myself to be creative with my fashion posts
  • be more confident in reaching out to brands with  a constant updated media kit
  • give our home a little revamp - mainly the livingroom
  • give my website a little revamp - more cute witchy content
  • blog more on my store - DIYS, etc
  • grow my social medias - be more creative on Instagram
  • grow my hair
  • work towards working for myself again or decreasing my hours at work
  • plan to do full 30 days of Halloween makeup looks
  • produce more Christmas content next year
  • more story times on my channel, I have so many ideas I'm bursting to tell the stories
  • create more content on my home and adult stuff
  • see more of my blogging pals and hopefully collab on youtube with them
There's a lot of goals that and I can think of so many more, but for now lets keep it to this basic list and I can keep adding as the year goes on! I cannot wait for 2018, it's going to be amazing. This year has really shown me the path I want to go on in life, so hopefully my passions show to others and my blog and store continues to grow.

Thankyou so much guys for a fantastic 2017 - I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and new year!

Until next time,

I'm quite excited about this post because yes I did indulge in another Colourpop order! My first purchase was ruined by the delivery service I received which you can check out in this post here, but I can happily say that this one came without any hiccups. 

I love Colourpop, it's affordable, amazing quality and now it ships to the UK I'm constantly adding items to my cart ready for that little boost in money to press purchase. If you send over a certain amount you get free shipping, but as they are located in the U.S it means that you're going to get gifted with a little custom fee. I spent less than £40 and still had to pay £16 in custom fees, which is a huge kick to the gut but I quickly forgot about that when I was squealing opening my package. If you can get past having to fork over unnecessary money to get the package into the country then I'd definitely check out the cosmetics brand and treat yo self - go halves on an order with a friend and share the fee!

Whilst I do love watching hauls and reviews on YouTube I do love to see them come alive in blog posts, pretty photographs, swatches and it's more easier to refer back to written word than fast forward through a video to find what you're looking for. In my last Colourpop haul I got so side tracked with reviewing Royal Mail's crappy delivery service that I didn't do any of the cosmetics justice, so this time I wanted to get a little more in depth.

I love palettes, with any brand the first thing I'm automatically drawn to are the pretty shades of eye shadow. Whether the brand being independent or well known, I'd rather indulge in an eye shadow palette over their other products. I have so many palettes on my dressing table and I know full well I don't need them all, but hey that's not going to stop me from trying out some new makeup.

I spent the evening scrolling through Colourpop's website and immediately I headed to their palettes - which had let me down before but I saw so many good words from other bloggers. Definitely a 'blogger made me buy it' situation.
I'm more of a matte kind of gal but just lately I've been interested in trying out some pastels and glittery shades - so I think I went for the best of both worlds by trying out the My Little Pony Palette AND Yes, Please that offer me both the unusual but daily wear colours.

~ my little pony eye shadow palette ~
Oh boy I was so unsure about whether to purchase this palette but it's by far my favourite item from this purchase! I really wanted to play with some pastel shades and I've really wanted a lilac - which this palette has. I couldn't find anything close enough to this shade, for that one colour alone I bought the palette and have used pretty much each shade since. The shades are. so. pigmented. The shimmers are buttery, bright as hell and not one shade has disappointed me yet.

My favourite three shades are definitely the very first lilacy white that is a perfect base colour, the eighth being a pastel matte orange (my favourite day to day shade so far) and then of course the glittery purple. I keep using this shade to experiment but as it's far from my comfort zone I've been unsure how to go about it. I see so many purpley/glittery eye tutorials I'm dying to be a little more unusual with my makeup and do something a little alien. I don't think you need to be into My Little Pony at all to enjoy this palette, if you're wanting something fun and super good value for money at only £16 then definitely give it a go!

I bought this thinking it was actually a metallic lip product, but Colourpop have wow'd me further because it's actually an eye paint! There's a variety of shades part of the Supernova Shadows, I wanted something extra glam so I went for 'walk of fame' which is a champagne shade. It looks alot darker on the applicator and in the tube, but when applied it dries super quick and has a bright shide. 

I've never used a paint on eye shadow before so I was incredibly intrigued, I wouldn't use it for highlighting corners but I would apply it all over the lid.

As for lip products I decided to try out two different types, keeping the shades quite tame but two I've wanted to try for ages now. I went for a satin liquid lip which is super buttery, non drying and in a nude shad has become my every day lipstick. I also went for one of the normal liquid lipsticks in an orangy red called 'Mama' which I've wanted since ever coming across Colourpop. The colour is by far my favourite of my red shades in my makeup collection, but I wish that it was in the satins because I find it quite drying. This goes for the other normal liquid lips I have from the brand - their satin formula is just golden.

~ yes, please eye shadow palette ~
Last but by far least my new daily used palette - the yes, please eye shadow palette is perfect for anyone who loves a grungy eye or an autumn palette. I tend to always go for warmer shades year round, so to have a palette with some amazing ranges of reds, oranges and yellows is amazing. It reads CUTE AF on the front - all the shade names on the back where you can also see the name of the palette which is slightly confusing. The packaging is no 'my little pony palette' but I have completely fallen head over heads with how perfect this palette is for me.

I really want to do an in depth review of this palette with swatches and show some eye looks, so expect to see that in the new year! I think this palette has the perfect balance of mattes and shimmers, for both glam and casual looks. I can't recommend enough to have this palette in your travel case for all occasions!

I hope you liked this general review and haul of my latest makeup indulgence! I'm going to do more in depth reviews of the palettes with eye looks getting into mostly all of the shades - so keep your peepers out for that in the new year! I absolutely love Colourpop makeup and despite the dreadful customs fee that us Brits have to pay, it's still worth the quality because I've never come across palettes I've loved more with such creativity.

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

These have to be one of my favourite sets of photographs taken on my blog Heartshapedbones, 1. because they were taken by the utter blogger babe Jess from Iamfoxxtails 2. I'm wearing a friggin beret and I am lurrrrrvvvvingggggg it! My best pal Robyn from Midnight&lace let me borrow hers and I'm sold! Finally 3. these photographs were completely unplanned and I love how this outfit sums up my casual day to day fashion. It was sheer luck that we came across this wall art, but I think the entire look of these photographs is exactly what I want my blog and personal style to be!

As a fashion blogger sometimes it can be incredibly hard to find inspiration for a new outfit look when you haven't updated your wardrobe in a while. I'll admit I'm constantly picking up a few items here and there, working with brands, finding a bargain for less than £10, but if I'm not feeling it on the day when I plan to take a bunch of outfit photographs than it's not going to happen despite whether I have new clothes to share. It's been a very long time since I've just taken photographs on a whim of the day I'm wearing that certain outfit out, and I don't know whether that's the reason why I'm feeling at a loss lately. Personally I think as bloggers we put a hell of a lot of pressure on ourselves to keep up, to be posting regular content, spending nights scheduling posts so that we can breath for at least a second. But why? Why are we putting so much pressure on ourselves? Our readers aren't poking hot forks in our bums forcing us to run our brains out of steam. We do it to ourselves and I think this is me saying I'm putting my foot down against myself to stop getting so stressed out about my little space on the internet.  

I don't know about you, but I can't be constantly splashing out my money just to buy new things for my blog. Of course it'd be the dream, but for me and probably a lot of other bloggers I just don't have that much of a luxury lifestyle. I have three trusty coats and I've probably shown them all to death now it's winter, so repeating an outfit is a huge worry as I want my content to be fresh! I don't want to be like 'here's the same coat or hat I've featured in 500000' posts I've done before, but I'm not going to purchase any new outer wear just for the sake of a new blog post. I am going to try to freshen up some old items to feature again because this is a personal style post, if I love something I'll wear it to death and it could be interest to see how differently I style an item than the time before. I hope it'd be something you'd want to see anyway.

What I love most about these outfit shots is they were completely a spear of the moment thing, meaning there wasn't any pressure put on them or me. It was a great feeling, just going out to take some photos in an outfit I'd put zero thought into because it's something I wear all the time. I think the photos really capture my natural style, but more importantly it felt so bloody good to shoot them. It put fun back into taking outfit photographs for me and that straight away made me want to evaluate the fashion posts I do on my blog. Scheduling is a saviour, but when I'm planning my outfits to shoot on my day off it just makes everything very inorganic. I think more of featuring new or different items than whether I'd actually wear them in my natural day, so I'm definitely going to try to put together more on the go outfit shots in the new year.

Despite items in this look being featured on my blog time and time before, I've styled them different and this look screams me all over. It's a very casual alternative look, something I'd usually never do on my blog but I wear it day to day. I'm constantly snugged in a huge mans jumper or hoodie, so finding one that I can style in a feminine way makes me feel super confident. I had a stall two weekends ago at the Mysticum Luna Anti Christmas Market in Rotherham and decided to indulge in Downfall clothing because I'm a sucker for a good hoodie. It's soft, a comfortable small and I adore the design on the front. I'll always support a small business, they show so much more effort and care into their products than fast fashion retailers. I had just worn a striped crop top but swapped it out for this hoodie, wearing it tucked into my PV skirt that is still on trend.

I've never worn a beret before because I didn't think I could pull it off, but my friends definitely swayed me to get on the band wagon so I've ordered a bunch in different colours! You'd almost think I'd planned the red lipstick to wear with the beret!

black downfall hoodie - downfall clothing
red beret - (borrowed from Midnight&lace Pull and bear)
PVC black skirt - primark
chunky sandal boots - boohoo 

A big resolution next year is definitely going to be to stop putting so much pressure on myself and really experiment with my creativity in fashion. The fact that this outfit shoot was so random but it's one of my favourites shows that whilst planning is so handy I do think it can stunt my creative juices. I plan to spend a lot of time with my blogger pals so I hope the content we can come up with will knock peoples socks off in 2018!

Ease up on yourself, blogging is all about pouring your love and fun into a platform on the internet and you shouldn't be hurting yourself to do so.

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop