Sunday, 29 May 2016

3 Years of What She Did

This month marks 3 years of me starting my little blog. When I first started out, I planned to write about venues around where I lived and have a lifestyle blog that revolved around that, as the years have gone on What She Did has evolved into more than that. Now I mostly focus on beauty and fashion. As someone who sometimes flits from project to project, I never could have imagined I'd still be here three years later still writing for you, and whilst I may not have hundreds of thousands of readers, followers or subscribers, this is my little edge of the Internet, my peace away, my hobby and my home. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for the three years you have stuck around, whether you read my blog, watch my videos or follow my goings on via social media, I'm thankful to everyone of you! As I head into my 3rd year I hope there will be much more excitement to come, because for me I feel as though my little love affair has only just started. With my passion for writing, beauty and fashion still growing everyday I can't wait to see where the world of blogging is heading next. 

Last week my sister got married in the most beautiful venue in Scotland, the grounds were covered in beautiful flowers as far as the eye could see and so I did what any good blogger would do and took the opportunity to take some photos. I hope you enjoy them! 

To the next 3 years & counting
Until Next Time 

B x 



Play suit: Primark £13 
Shoes: Marks & Spencer Last season 






Thursday, 19 May 2016

My 95p Hair Dye Secret.

When you think of dying your hair at home, the thought of spending just 95p on a hairdye sounds crazy, but on a recent trip to Wilkinsons when feeling a bit strapped for cash this dye caught my eye.



For 95p the Mellor & Russel range offers radiant permanent colour. With my sisters wedding fast approaching and no pennies to go to a hairdresser, I decided to take a risk and give it a go! 



This is the colour of my hair before, slightly bronde with red toned roots from a previous red hair dye job.

And this is the colour after! I have to admit that it has taken 2 goes, so the whole look has cost me just under £2, but I couldn't be happier with the colour. 

As always with all colours be sure to follow all the safety and strand tests to make sure the product is safe for you to use! 

Not bad for a colour that costs just 95p! 

Until Next Time 

B X 



An Open Letter To My Big Sister.

It's here, it's tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day that you are marrying the love of your life and I couldn't be happier. 


I wrote you a card, but you know me well enough by now to know that my best writing and story telling comes to me digitally, so here it goes! 

From the moment you introduced me to Kenny in a crowded bar in London I could tell from the way you looked at eachother that it was something special. I couldn't understand half of the words he said, due to his Scottish accent, but he was friendly and he made you smile. It was still early days, but you were so together. 


Fast forward a few years and you both embark on the journey of a lifetime to South Africa. I didn't worry about you going, because I knew that you would be looked after no matter the situation and that your ability to get stuck in to a situation wouldn't fail you. 

A few months into your trip, Kenny confided in me that he was looking for a ring and needed some inside knowledge, un-beknown to everyone else, I happily obliged. We spent months going back and forth and back and forth until he'd found you the perfect ring! Keeping the secret from everyone was the hardest as you know when somethings exciting I sometimes struggle to lie. I literally spent months waiting for "THE PHONECALL" to share what I knew would be one of your happiest life moments. 



Once the proposal happened you were in full on planning mode and getting everything in order. You kindly asked me to be your chief bridesmaid, making good on the promise we'd always made together many many years ago. 

Tomorrow I'll be with you on one of the biggest days of your life and as a little sister who looks up to her big strong sister I couldn't feel prouder and I can't thank you enough! 

You have managed to be there when I've needed you, even when thousands of miles away and deep in your own adventures. Sharing tears over McDonald's cheeseburgers and laughter over our annoying traditions (birthday cake anyone?) you never ever fail to be the best sister anyone could wish for. 

I love you always, now let's get this shit done! 

Love 
Betty 

❤️

Wanderlust

So recently, with all the talk of holidays and watching 100s of holiday vlogs I'm feeling so wanderlusty! I haven't been on holiday for about 3 years now and the travel itch is starting to take hold of me and I'm desperate to go somewhere. 

I thought I'd put together a list of 5 places I want to travel to and see as it may give some of you guys a some ideas for up coming travel adventures! 

Maldives 


I have wanted to visit the Maldives for as long as I can possibly remember. The prospect of white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters make me think of paradise. A place to get away from the daily grind and just relax and take in all the natural beauty, this holiday destination is the top of my list. Probably more of a dream holiday, this one would take lots of saving, but when a place looks this good it's hard not to dream!  If you want some ideas or just want to let your dreams run away with you, I'd suggest checking out Inthefrow for some amazing Maldives holiday blogs and vlogs. 

Lapland - Ice Hotel 


From the very first moment I read Rosie Londoners blog on the Ice Hotel I was hooked. I've been back and read it countless times, mainly to gawp at the photos and try to work out how something made of ice could just be so magical. Pretty high on my bucket list is to see the northern lights, so aside from the hotel I'd love to spend a few nights in a glass igloo in the hope of making a sighting. 

Iceland 


A relatively new addition to the list thanks to a few silky montages from The Michalaks and their latest vlog, which if you haven't seen, you absolutely must. I'd never really thought of Iceland as a destination but seeing the laid back, magical feel of the place in their vlog has made me add it to the near top of my travel list! 

Greece 


I love the idea of the winding walk ways of Greece. With deep blue seas on back drops of white little buildings it's somewhere I'd definitely like to go! If you haven't explored it yet, last year saw a wave of bloggers and vloggers heading there, so there are plenty of videos and blogs around to give you serious travel envy and get some great ideas! 

Croatia - Wave Week


A trip filled with floating parties, fort raves, supper clubs and spa days, the idea of experiencing a festival of the islands is right up my street! Hire a yacht, grab your besties and get ready for what sounds like the week of a lifetime. A fairly new discovery, this holiday sounds like a perfect summer treat! 

What destination is top of your travel list? 

Until Next Time 

B X 

(Photos pexels CC0 licence) 



Monday, 16 May 2016

1 Year Single - A guide to being "alone"

This May marks one year of my official singledom. Throughout people have sparked my interest and there have been a few near misses and a few might have beens, but circumstances and life changes have got in the way. For a while in my last relationship I lost my independence and a sense of who I am and so in the past year I've re gained so much of what I lost and I finally feel like me again. I'm not an expert on making it through the single life, but I thought I'd share my insights and experiences from the past year. 


Being single DOES NOT mean you are alone. 

Whilst it might suck being the only single one at friends parties, family gatherings and on those lonely winter nights, it doesn't mean you're alone. Actually being single will remind you of all those around you who you may have lost contact with through lack of time before. Make the most of your new found freedom and reignite old friendships, because after all, those are the people who will always have your back. 

Dating is not that scary. 

In a world filled with Tinder, POF and Match, after 4 years out of the dating scene, the thought of having to go through all of that again terrified me. Bar one terrible date, for me most have gone swimmingly and whilst none of them have ended in me finding "the perfect match" they've been an important way of me realising what I do and don't want out of a future relationship.  If you do opt for the modern side of dating though,be sure to stay safe, meet in a very public place and always let someone know where you are at all times and NEVER EVER take any unnecessary risks.


Me time is necessary AND important. 

For years I wouldn't go anywhere alone, the thought of even walking to the corner shop terrified me, but one day I made the decision to go clothes shopping all by myself and do you know what, it was strangely liberating. I could take 20 minutes in a changing room debating if an outfit was just right without having someone nag at me to hurry up. Now I prefer to shop alone and just recently it gave me the balls to man up and take a risk and move to a new place for a new job that I quite frankly love to bits! So take a risk and use this new found freedom as a chance to do something a bit crazy. 

Don't rush. 

I have spent years going straight from one relationship into the other, never really knowing quite what I was looking for. The past year has given me some breathing space to figure out who I really am and what I actually want from life and the kind of people I want in it. I've grown stronger in myself and I now won't be taken for a fool. Sometimes it's good not to rush things and watch life just take the reigns for a bit, they say things always happen when you least expect it and I think the saying holds some weight to it. 



Most of all, do what makes YOU happy. 

After being out of the dating game for so long, every time I met a potential new flame everyone had something to say. The new 'rules' of dating can be mind boggling. "Don't be too available." "Don't go on a date more than twice in a week." "Don't text him back for half a day, you'll get him really interested." Are just some of the gems I have been given. The way I see it, you will know in your heart how you should act around someone, so just do what makes you happy. If being single and taking some you time is what you need, then do it. Just do you and in time, someone will see you as you are and you won't really even have to try at all. 

Until Next Time 

B X 




(Images in post courtesy of Gratisography royalty free photos.)