Tuesday

Access All Awkward - book review!

Hi everyone!! So today I've got a new post as part of a blog tour with Scholastic. This blog tour is around Access All Awkward, a new book in the Awkward series by Beth Garrod. This book is primarily targeted at tweens, however for all my older readers out there, it's a lovely, refreshing break from YA and teen fiction. I was lucky enough to be asked to do a blog post today on it, and I'm really excited to share my opinions on this book with you.

Access All Awkward is all about Bella Fisher who is stuck right in the middle of ... exam season. Who doesn't love that?! *sighs* The only thing that is getting her through the week is the promise of a fun cool festival with all her friends. There is only one slight problem - she can't afford a ticket. This leads to her working lots of jobs like litter picking and toilet scrubbing but she knows the concert will be so fun. When she finally earns enough money for a ticket, the concert doesn't turnout like Bella though it would. Firstly, her mum has sent Bella's older sister Jo to spy on her and her bestie Rachel is hanging out with some mean girls. What's worse is her ex is there with his hot new model girlfriend. Awkward!


One of the things I love about this book, is many aspects are very relatable. Beth just nails life as a teenager, getting all the reactions, thoughts, references and language correct! I think it's really great to see an author accurately portray what life is like as a teenager these days, as many get it pretty darn wrong, which is really really frustrating and aggravating to read! And as a teen myself, I love how real and relatable I found the book. (Although it includes stereotypical teen language like bromance, wifey and AF, so if you don't like that kinda language - maybe this isn't for you!) Personally however, I just find it really nice, particularly as it makes Bella more realistic in my mind too.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book was how funny it was!! There are quite a few times where I actually full-on laughed out loud during the reading of this book. It's a really chill, amusing read, which is great when I want a break from reality but don't want to read anything too heavy. I think it will be a very popular read this summer!!

I also absolutely love the characters in this, they all feel so genuine and real. My favourite, of course, has to be Bella Fisher.. she's so funny and awkward.. and I do see quite a bit of myself in her haha! And she also has her amazing two best friends, Rach and Tegan, I love seeing wholesome, lovely friendships in books.

I would definitely recommend this book to all tween girls, or teenagers who like having an easier read every once in a while. Thanks so much Scholastic for inviting me to be part of this blog post tour. I'll be back soon with my next post - fun things to do as a teenager this summer.
Lexie x

*I was sent this book by Scholastic. All opinions are completely my own:)

Sunday

Get To Know Me Better - Q+A

So today's post, I thought it would be fun to do another Q+A!! These aren't the most unique, original posts, but I really enjoy reading them and it's a great way for y'all to get to know me better. So, I asked you guys over on Instagram (@whatlexieloves) if you could comment and DM me questions, and I'm going to be answering them in today's post:) *I did receive quite a few questions, so I won't be able to answer all of them<3

Where do you mostly shop?

My wardrobe really varies, but I do have a lot of clothes from New Look and H&M - as they are fairly affordable and easily accessible to me!! However, my favourite shops are Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, Nasty Gal, Primark and Bershka, as they all do super-cute clothes:)

Do you have any ideas of what you'd take for A-Level?

*If you don't live in the UK and don't know what A-Levels are, they are high-level exams you study for and take when you're around 16-18. You only study 3 or 4 subjects at this point, which you choose, and they're what most universities look at when reviewing your application*

Obviously I'm not 100% sure yet, as I'm still a few years off A-level, however I constantly think about it haha!! At the moment, I would say English + History and then either Maths, Economics, Drama or Philosophy, and I think I'd be vey content with my school life just studying those subjects:) I often think about the future, and I love the idea of just studying 3 or 4 subjects that I love.

Favourite place that you have visited?

Ooo probably Thailand, LA or Boston! They're all so different to my everyday scenery, but I love them all so much:) Thailand is a gorgeous country, with amazing wildlife, stunning beaches and busy cities. And then LA and Boston are right up my street as interesting, unique, bustling cities. (LA or Boston are my dream places to live). I'd love to go back to all of them, as I've only ever been to those places once. :(
Thailand!! (my photo)

What are your favourite pastime activites?

I like to do a lot of different things, but my favourites are blogging and reading (duh!), watching Netflix and Youtube (duh!), doing makeup and jamming out to music on my trampoline.*

*I call it 'dancing' but it's more like me prancing around and singing at the top of my lungs

How do you come up with your Instagram captions?

I would say my captions aren't the most unique, I just focus on making them relevant and informative. Normally, I just say what is going on in the photo, anything significant that has happened in my life lately and updates on my blogging and Instagram (eg if I have a new post) :)
I do also include lots of hashtags, as they are a great way for new people to find your account! (Although make sure the hashtags relate to the post!)

Fav food?

Pizza, carbonara, chicken tikka masala, brownies, cookies and bread!! I'm not the healthiest hahahahah:)

What made you want to start your blog?

I saw a TV show featuring a child blogger, and the whole idea of having your very own website and writing on it for people to enjoy and read seemed so cool to little me!! So I asked my mum if I could start a blog, and she let me:) I've always loved talking, entertaining peopleand the Internet so it's the perfect hobby.

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So those are all the questions I'm going to answer in today's post!! If you have any other questions you didn't ask/didn't get featured, comment down below and I'll answer them:) Hopefully this lil random Q+A was interesting and I'll be back on Tuesday with a book review<3

Lexie x

What I Got For My 14th Birthday 2018

Hi everyone!! So if you didn't know, at the beginning of last week (on the 18th June) I celebrated my 14th birthday!!  I was so lucky to receive lots of lovely, lovely presents from my family and friends, and since I'm very nosy and love seeing gifts that people get, I thought I'd share with you in a blog post today What I Got For My 14th Birthday 2018. *DISCLAIMER: I just want to say I am so so grateful for all my presents, and want to say thank you to anyone who wished me a happy birthday, gave me a gift, sent me a card or celebrated with me in any way. I am not trying to brag or boast, I know I'm so lucky to have all these lovely gifts and I appreciate every single one*

Tickets to Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour!!

This present was a huge surprise from my grandparents and I was so so happy. I actually opened this present on my sister's birthday (the 12th) because we often have joint presents, and I did not see it coming! So on the 22nd June, my mum, sister and I went up to Wembley for the evening and watched Taylor perform live for the second time. It was such an incredible show, and I'm so lucky I got to see her again. Also while I was there I met one of my fav YouTubers India Grace - which was the coolest thing! (I'm in her vlog for like 2 seconds hehe but I didn't even realise she was filming). All in all, it was such a fun evening, and has also made me remember just how much I love Tay!!

Nike Air Presto Fly Trainers

I really just wanted some plain black trainers for my birthday and these trainers are just a really nice simple pair, so I asked for them for mi birthday!! I was so happy that I got them (but tip, the kids size go up to a 6 and are £30 cheaper, so if you can fit into them, then try getting the juniors!) https://www.jdsports.co.uk/product/black-nike-air-presto-fly/264945/

Juicy Couture Zippy Backpack

For so so long now, I've been trying to find a cute new backpack I can use for school. And when I finally came across this one I instantly fell in love. However, upon opening it I realised that this backpack was not going to fit for school:(( I'm really upset as now I have to send it back and find a bigger backpack. However, it's still such a cute bag and I definitely recommend it for day-to-day use, if that's what you're looking for. http://www.asos.com/juicy-couture/juicy-couture-zippy-back-pack/prd/9706460?clr=grey&SearchQuery=juicy%20couture%20backpack&gridcolumn=2&gridrow=2&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=7

Clothes

For my birthday I got lots of lovely clothes, including a new summer dress, a gorgeous night-out jumpsuit, a tee, a bandeau and a bardot, from my friends and family. Here's some photos of me wearing some of them:

Me wearing my New Look jumpsuit from my Aunty!! (You can find it here: http://www.newlook.com/uk/teens/clothing/playsuits-jumpsuits/teens-black-side-stripe-bardot-culotte-jumpsuit/p/587520901?comp=Search)
 
My lovely bardot top, also from New Look. You can find it here: http://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/tops/blue-floral-stripe-button-front-bardot-top/p/585030449?comp=Search

Michael Kors Purse

This hasn't actually arrived yet, but my lovely grandparents also bought me a new purse!! Once it arrives, I'll edit this post and insert a photo!

Benefit skincare set

Another thing my parents bought me, was a little skincare set from Benefit and I LOVE it!! For so so long, I have struggled to find skincare products (particularly cleanser) that hasn't made my skin go red, and I've tried Boots, Liz Earle, Simple and so many other brands - but finally, this Benefit set is perfect!

Books!!

My amazing siblings got me Cait's A Thousand Perfect Notes and sijdfsjkhfdjfxm it's so gorgeous eeek, I'm so proud of Cait and I can't wait to read it. I also got a really cool book from my mum called Open - A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be by TV presenter Gemma Cairney about life in general, focussing on all sorts of topics ranging from feminism to family, money to mental health issues. I've already started delving in and out but it's really cool so far.

Lots of lovely makeup

One of my lovely friends, got me a beautiful nude pink lip gloss from Laura Mercier which I love!! My mum also got me a Crayola lip crayon. One of my besties bought me a Mac strobe cream and lipstick, and another friend got me a VS lipgloss and an Eos.


Room décor and other bits + bobs!
I also got from various friends things like room décor (a gorgeous photo frame), self-care (bath bombs and shower gels) and stationary (pens and notebooks).

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SO that's what I got for my birthday this year! I hope you found this post interesting<33 When is your birthday? What did you get for your last birthday? Comment down below! I'll be back soon:)
Lexie x