Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Louise In LA

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

If you have been following me on my vlog channel, 'Sprinkle of Chatter, you will have seen that earlier this month I was in LA for a week of fun, collabs and adventures. 

Since all the videos are now published, I thought it would be fun to answer some of your questions!

If you would like to watch the vlogs, click HERE

Now, on with the questions!

Favourite thing you purchased in LA?

Oohh this is very easy. After seeing it on so many beauty blogs and in beauty videos, I took myself off to Sephora and picked up the Becca & Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter and oh my life, I was not disappointed. Although it's a pressed powder product it applies like an intense cream, blends beautifully and leaves you like a golden goddess. I've used it almost every day and I can safely say, it's love. 

Where was your favourite place to go?

Somewhere I went to but would have liked to spend more time at was Venice. It had sweet little canals and beautiful homes and lots of little nooks and crannies. To me, America feels really big and intimidating with it's crazy wide roads and huge buildings but Venice had the higgledypiggledy vibe that London has so I felt nice there. 

Favourite restaurant out there?

So, I'm not sure if I would call this a restaurant, but In-N-Out Burger. It's a fast food place (with eat in or drive thru) and oh em eff gee it was good. So good I had it twice. Once when I was in a grumpy hangry mood and once to cure a hangover (oops haha) and it was EXACTLY what I needed. I don't really eat beef so I was just going to get Animal Fries (I had those once a couple of years ago and have been dreaming of them every since) but Drew was way too much of an enabler and ordered me a grilled cheese thing too. It was the stuff of dreams I'm telling you. Also, whilst I'm at it recommending things- pink lemonade. You need it in your life. 

Would you ever consider living out there?

I've always dreamt of spending some of my life living in America. The problem now is that Matt and I are separated, so taking Darcy over to America (and therefore away from him) would be a horrible idea and something I don't want to do. So, maybe when she's a lot lot lot older I could do it or if I really wanted to, perhaps I could divide my time between the two for a few weeks at a time. No plans for moving anywhere for a good while yet though. 

Hardest thing to over come being away from home?

The hardest thing was obviously being away from Darcy. I'm pretty good at switching between Mummy Mode and Louise Mode but there were times, particularly at DisneyLand where my Mummy heart hurt. Also, as we've talked about before, I struggle REALLY badly with being out of my comfort zone so doing so much on my own (without Matt, family or Maddie) was a challenge. I was really grateful to Cayleigh and Drew for being so lovely and understanding. Even when I had a little strop in the car once hahaha. 

Best night out you had?

I think the best night out was a night at Joey Graceffa's house. We had a mermaid pool party for our friend Cayleigh, with amazing drinks, yummy food, lols and of course, pool time. I wore the bikini I bought here last winter. I'd been building up the courage to go for a bikini for months and when I finally did it, it felt so freeing. It was pretty pricey ($89.99 plus extortionate shipping) but omg, it was so worth it. 

Did you see any famous people?

Well, I collabed with some of the most fabulous YouTubers in LA so yes! 

Favourite thing you did?

One afternoon my friend Drew and I drove the length of Mulholland Drive and then down to the coast. Pootling around in cars, singing careoke and taking in the view is basically my idea of heaven so this was the perfect afternoon for me. There is something really soothing about being driven about and listening to someone telling you which school they went to as a child, pointing out famous houses and stopping to take a few insta's of the scenery! 

Will you go back to DisneyLand?

Yes. My heart belongs to Disney. Not Walt, just yanno, the concept of Disney. 

What was your favourite part of DisneyLand?

In the last hour of the day, when we were so tired and ready to head home, Cayleigh, Drew and I jumped on a Story Book ride. It was a little boat (that tipped about thank you very much) that meandered through sweet grassy verges adorned with all the houses of the Disney characters. The structures were only doll house size but so detailed and sweet, I could've done that ride so many more times and looked at everything. Sometimes it's not the big beasty thrills that make your favourite memories but the quiet little moments that capture your imagination. 

Any weird accidents?

Oh yes. So, it was early morning and Cayleigh and I had been swimming in the hotel pool. PJ and his gang were due to arrive round to come and record my voice for something Oscars Hotel related. We'd spent a bit too long at the pool, I was wearing a towel and the door knocked- they were here!! I shouted, 'just a minute!!' and tried to put my dress on. I wasn't fully dry so it got all tangled and stuck, I had no underwear on, I frantically whispered to Cayleigh to help me and basically was a half naked, half moist (ooer) woman caught up in a dress and she saw everything! Hopefully by the time I opened the door to PJ he had no idea of my issues. Incidentally, I still had no underwear on for the entirety of the voice recording!!!

What song reminds you of your trip?

Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainer. Cayleigh had it in her car on repeat haha. 

Will you visit LA again?

I really hope so. 

Did Darcy miss you?

Funnily enough, I don't think so. She has such a great time with her Daddy and is so used to spending chunks of time with each of us separately that I think she was just happy to be doing what she was doing. We Skyped a few times though, mostly for my benefit haha. 

Favourite thing about LA?

I'm gonna be really smooshy but, the people. I have lots of American friends now and one thing I always notice is how welcoming and hospitable they are to me. Cayleigh was always on hand to gee me up when I was having a scardycat moment, Drew did all my favourite things with me (he even sat through all of Bridget Jone's Diary and ordered aaaalllllll the room service food which pleased me soooo much. Netflix and dinner, bliss), the Whats Up Moms ladies for having me over for the day (with amazing food, the best girlie chats, shopping and taking me to the airport), Joey for hosting the amazing mermaid party and letting me raid his fridge, Ingrid, Cat and Mamrie for taking the trouble to come out to my hotel to film such fun collabs. 


Thank you to so many of you on twitter for asking such good questions, I really enjoy posts like this so I think I might do more like it- it's like taking part in a mini interview haha!! Don't forget to checkout the vlogs and things I've linked in the post for you and I'll see you all soon!



Friday, 31 July 2015

Amazing Advertisers || July 2015

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

I'm currently on my travels in LA which is simply wonderful, I've been spending time with my favourite people, eating all of the American food and generally having a jolly old good time! And with good times comes speed, and yet again we're at the end of another month and I can't quite believe it, so without further ado, here are my Amazing Advertisers for the month! 


Laura is a fun gal, she makes Youtube videos for our enjoyment and she’s pretty bloomin’ good too! Not to mention I love her curly wurly hair and Oliver Wood impersonation (name that reference!) If you’re after a Youtuber who does it all, then MissLauraBora may just be for you. Laura creates make up tutorials, challenge videos, impression videos, her talents really are endless. She’s also pretty nifty with those Sims, I really could lose hours watching her creations and Sim mishaps! Hop on over to Laura’s channel and have a gander, she’s a good’un.

Andini is a long term advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter and she’s a favourite of mine, not only because she too once rocked the pink tips, but because her blog is simply gorgeous. Andini has a talent for fashion and her ability to create outfits and just make things work makes me swoon. I could do with Andini as my very own clothes picker and personal dresser, she’d make me look good every day! If you’re also a fashion lover, or simply just want to look at photos of a gorgeous woman, then Adventures of an Anglophile is definitely worth your attention.

Oh my, we have an exceptionally pleasing on the eyeballs type situation, The Barefaced Chick shall definitely sooth your soul with its swanky features and photography. Michelle, the writer behind the Barefaced Chick likes to write about her life, her loves and her wardrobe, all of which I have enjoyed learning about muchly! I do love it when I discover bloggers who pour passion and dedication into their work and Michelle is no exception, she’s a talented gal. If you’re after good vibes, good photography and a lotta good writing, The Barefaced Chick shall be your sanctuary.

Unique Vintage is an online shopping gem and those of you who love a flouncy skirt or several are in for a treat, all your needs shall be fulfilled and you’ll be as glam as can be! Unique Vintage is an American online clothing boutique which, quite frankly, makes me unable to control my swooning (or my purse strings.) Soon I shall be forced to move out of my bedroom due to an overflow of floral dresses. I love a good online treasury where I can find feminine clothing to make me feel beautiful, and Unique Vintage offers just the perfect amount of femininity and swishyness. Go on, treat yourself.

Angie is a returning advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter and she’s definitely a good egg. SilverSpoon London will enlighten you on some of the best places to visit, whether you’re in London or jet setting, and Angie will always give a thorough and honest review, which I appreciate muchly! I love a blog which offers me something, or encourages me to try something a little different and SilverSpoon London is the perfect foodie and lifestyle blog to fulfil these needs. Not to mention, the face behind the camera is a beauty, Angie is not one to be missed!

The What Now Blog is another returning advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter, offering us another unique experience within the world of blogging. Louise is a motivator, an inspirational lady and overall, someone I would quite like to help run my life for me. The What Now Blog is designed to get us thinking about our own lives, how we can improve them and generally, it’s an invisible motivator seeing us through our daily lives and offering to put a little pep in our step. Louise puts a lot of work into her blog and it certainly has paid off, she’s a clever lady and I appreciate her work muchly.

Brooke Megan Jones is a lifestyle blog created by lovely gal Brooke, and oh my goodness is it beautiful. I’m a lover of America, and Brooke catches her American ventures with her other half and cute pooch perfectly. Brooke Megan Jones is just a feel good blog, perfect with a snuggly blanket, a beverage of your choosing and time to kill. I’m a lover of reading about other people’s lives and learning new things about the world every day and I’m pleased as punch to be including Brooke on my list of people who I like to know about, it’s a blogger kinda thing I’m sure you’ll agree!

Brit is a Canadian gal and a lifestyle blogger with quite the impressive brain. Britany Powell is a lifestyle blog which discusses all things from feminism to Lush products, there really is something for everyone! I’m particularly a fan of Brit’s more ‘serious’ blogging, where she talks about the ins and outs of some important issues, such as feminism. I’m quite the believer of discussing these things more on social platforms for young gals to interact and learn, so well done Brit! She also captures the most exceptional photographs perfectly, definitely worth a gander!

Trudy is a favourite gal of mine, not only because she is a wonderful blogger, but because she talks about being a 20 something so accurately that I can relate to almost everything she says, it’s magical. This month Trudy has been advising us up a storm, with tips on blogging, wearing a bikini out in public (eek!) and making long distance relationships work. She’s like the big sister you always wanted. Thank you Trudy for being a rockin’ female and embracing it!

I do love a good mummy blog to make my ovaries swoon and my heart melt, and Wave to Mummy is no exception. Sanna is a working mummy with a beautiful little girl who just happens to share her parenting journey and life adventures on the internet, and I appreciate it muchly. I love reading about the milestones and accomplishments she shares with her little girl as she grows older, as it takes me back to Darcy’s toddler days, it’s like a trip down mummy memory lane and I love it. Thank you Sanna for sharing your journey with us!

Patricia is a little like me, and I love that. She’s a beauty obsessed mummy who wears her heart on her sleeve and loves to write about all the things important to her. The only difference being, she’s living in France with her dashing French husband after magically falling in love, and ta da! A gorgeous little baby was born shortly after. Patricia, your family warms my heart. Patricia Baret in France is primarily a lifestyle and beauty blog, Patricia surely knows a thing or two about beauty, her eyeliner is always exceptional and her smile, well, it’s just beautiful. If you love a cute baby, tales of romance or all things beauty, you need to have a gander! 

Ta Da! What a crackin' bunch. You'll be entertained for hours thanks to my lovely ladies, enjoy!



Monday, 20 July 2015

Motivational Monday || Great Adventure

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Merry Monday to you! I hope you all had good weekends. Most of my focus has been on my upcoming trip to LA. I'm flying out on Wednesday for Vidcon and then to spend a week with friends afterwards. I decided to go out there for an extended time a while ago because who knew what adventure would await but now, I'm nervous. 

If you have been reading for a long time you will know how much I struggle with being away from home. I resist the urge to stay in my comfort zones and regularly travel for work. For a homebird, I'm away a lot!

It's very hard to explain because I don't suffer from anxiety/panic attacks and on most trips I have a great time and love it BUT, because of the few trips/days/moments I've had where I've felt terrible, I have the FEAR. 

It can be triggered by lots of things but mostly by a feeling of isolation or lostness. I feel best when I'm with people who I know really, truly care about me. Kindly acquaintances will not cut the mustard, I know they aren't going to subtly hold my hand when I'm being overly reserved and they aren't going to indulge me in half an hour of calming hotel room netflix time when I need it. At best I can muddle through and just be a bit quiet and scared on the inside, at worst, I cry and throw up- yummy. 

I'm doing it though. I'm doing it for the possibilities. When you're brave and give the scary things a go, amazing things can happen. Granted, sometimes they don't, but that's sometimes a risk worth taking and I think this adventure is worth the risk. Though I probably won't admit this out loud, deep down, I do love the adventure. When I take away all the worries and concerns that blanket everything in negativity, all that's left is amazing. Eeeep. 

So, wish me luck. I'm going to put my bravest foot forward and encourage you to do the same with whatever your week has in store for you. I'm nervous, someone hold my hand haha!


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