200

Welcome to the 200th post of Bella’s Bits!  I quite like milestones like this, little as they may be.  It gives one a chance to quietly reflect on achievements.  For this, I’ll do as I did for 100 posts in the making and share with you some of my favourite pieces of writing and posts from the last couple of years.

Way back when in 2012, I wrote a couple of letters to my camera, which got an amazing response (view by clicking here).  One reader even told me I made them cry!  This was a piece of writing that was very much just me sitting down by myself and pouring out all my thoughts and emotions, albeit about a camera!  Fortunately, I found said camera a few days later and welcomed it back into my life with open arms here.

These last 100 posts have also seen my documents of various travels, along with #OOTDs to match.  You can read about Thailand, Australia, Cyprus and Paris by clicking.

Another post which had a good response was this one titled X Factor Humble Pie.  It involved my tipsy twitter ramblings whilst watching The X Factor a couple of years back, followed by sober reflections.  It speaks for itself really.

A couple of posts that I feel really showcase my style of writing include Social Media Madness and Bella Evening, the latter of which I almost titled ‘The Importance of Being Alone’.  I love this style of post, but I have to be in a certain kind of mood to write like this.  These just go to show how much life influences writing, and vice versa almost and how living and loving your life is the most important thing of all, and if that inspires writing, well it’s just a bonus really.

And finally, a post I’m most proud of is rather personal to me, 2013 an amazing year.  This was a rundown of all the accomplishments I’d achieved that year and even reading it now makes me swell with pride and emotion.  I believe that reflection is such a key part to progression and moving forward.  Sometimes, when you’re stuck in a rut or unsure of where life is headed, looking back can provide you with the motivation you need.  Being proud and happy of what you’ve achieved in the past can refocus your direction in life and remind yourself that you can do anything.  And that’s what this post did for me.

So a very happy 200 posts to Bella’s Bits, here’s to the next 200!

 

Social Media Madness

I love social media, I absolutely love it.  I love tweeting and texting and instagramming and facebooking – it’s safe to say I am a social media harlot.

In this day and age of smartphones and 3g, much of our social media participation is done on the go.  I’m talking checking in at the cinema, instagramming your dinner at a restaurant, or tweeting about your night out.  That’s fine, I do it too.  I encourage it, I embrace it.  What I DO have a pet peeve about is social media(ing) in the company of others.  Now I don’t mean walking along, or hanging out in a common room chilling and chatting.  I mean real company, spending quality time with someone.

It has become all too normal to turn up to a bar meeting friends for drinks and put your phone on the table.  It’s of course, fine it you’re waiting for an important call ot an email, but not if you’re waiting for a retweet or a ‘like’ notification.  What, is then wrong with the company you are keeping?  Are they less important to you that one of your 300 facebook friends commenting ‘fit’ on your new selfie?  They can’t be, otherwise you wouldn’t have arranged to meet them in person.

It makes me so mad when I’m having lunch with someone and they check their phone.  Instantly, there’s a digital barrier between us and all connection and conversation flow can vanish.  Again, it’s fine if they’re showing me a picture of something or a hilarious vine, but to connect with the virtual world when they should be connecting with the real world?  No.  Not on.

I recently raised this issue with Boyfriend.  I told him, that when I’m having drinks with friends at Uni, there are no phones on the table, that the conversation and banter is on fire and everyone is genuinely interested in each other – and how utterly refreshing it is.  Then I told him what I’m telling you, how cross I feel when social media company is put before my company (or maybe I’m just THAT boring?!).  He commented, that maybe phones and social media in company is our new norm in society, not something to feel angered or upset about.  This saddened me.  I love social media, I’ll be the first and loudest to admit it.  But not when I’m around others, not when I’m enjoying real life, my life, and living it to the full.

Ever since I can remember, phones or laptops have not been permitted at dinner or drinks in my family.  If you use your phone at our dinner table, you will be asked to leave.  I believe this is how it should be.  It is the height of rudeness to start a conversation with someone else whilst spending quality time with a person, so why is it okay to do it virtually?

I’m not campaigning we all put down out smartphones and digital detox.  I’m not going to go all crazy and throw a friends phone across a room if they dare brandish it in front of me.  I’m just trying to get us all to have a little think, about our social media habits, about our phone habits when in the company of others.  What do you think?  I’d be really interested to hear another take on this.  Feel free to like, retweet, comment, poke, repost, or any other social media action you can think of.  All I know is, I won’t be checking if you did, whilst in the company of others.

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Instagram Persuasion

So after a fair few months of ranting about how Instagram is just a tool to make everyone who’s not cool, appear cooler than they really are and will ever be, alas, I am a convert.  I whizzed back from Thailand to the new gorgeous Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and downloaded every app going, including Instagram.  Meh, can’t hurt giving it I try, I thought.  I’m hooked.  I’m a social media whore, I really am.  You name it, I have it, and I LOVE it.  Instagram included.  I won’t go as far as telling you all to download it, but I will flaunt my most recent snaps.

My gorgeous new phone, complete with new Aztec phone case (an absolute BARGAIN off Amazon – head there for any technology covers you might need) and frenchie nails, done myself I might add.  Oh, seeing as we’re here.  Use a white nail striper to paint the ends of your nail, it doesn’t need to be tidy or neat.  Next, take a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and tidy up the white end shaping it to the shape of your nail.  A couple of coats of a very light pink and voila, frenchies!

What a momentous morning!  I casually come downstairs to make some scrambled eggs for breakfast and crack an egg and … two yolks!  Now what are the chances of that happening?  I was a little perturbed by the overwhelming yolk against the minor egg white so I thought I’d crack another one and BAM, another two yolks!  Now, what are the chances of that happening?!  I had no choice but to take a photo and tell everyone I met about it for the next week.

This is seriously one of my favourite hair styles.  I call it … The Donut Head.  You scrape all your hair into an obscenely high pony tail before putting a sponge donut (available from Boots, Claire’s Accessories, any hair and beauty store really) over the top of it.  Next you put your hair fully around the donut, making sure none of the sponge can be seen before securing it with a hair tie.  Back comb your hair for added volume.

This is my gorgeous new Minnie Mouse tee from Urban Outfitters complete with a necklace I haven’t taken off since Thailand, love it!

I couldn’t resist, more nail art!  Start with a base coat of any colour you fancy, before adding stunning stripes over the top, of any colour you fancy – easy really!

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