Behind The Blog featuring Deborah Bazeley…

Deborah Bazeley Wanderlust

Hey Blog Buddies,

Before we jump right into today’s exciting addition, I’d like to thank y’all soooo much for your lovely comments on yesterdays post the Spring Inspired Makeup Menu featuring Max Factor. I’m chuffed you guys enjoyed the finished look, your comments we’re indeed a treat to read! Also, quite a few of you seem just as impressed with the gorgeous Excess Shimmer shadow as what I am! It really is just as stunning up close & personal ❤

Talking of up close & personal, I have a incredibly inspiring gal gracing the virtual sofa today as the gorgeous Deborah Bazeley stops by for a quick chatter on her blossoming lifestyle blog: Deboarh Bazeley Wanderlust. As much as I adore my daily news feed sprinkled with beauty related news & reviews, I’m also a great fan of travelling, lifestyle & heaps of encouragement when it comes to *trying* to be a little more health conscious… heaven knows I need all the inspiration I can get from the aftermath of the Easter weekend *hides a multitude of chocolate egg wrappings*

So if all this sounds like something you’d love to check out too then get yourself over to Deborah’s blog – word of warning though, you may end up getting slightly addicted as it’s packed full of a multitude of fun features: procrastinators beware! 😀

Deborah Bazeley

In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Backpacking, healthy living, fitness + humour

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I discovered blogging back in 2011 when I was in my final year of university. I attempted to write a number of blogs ranging from a cringey anonymous relationship blog (less Carrie Bradshaw and more Bridget Jones) to an incredibly embarrassing politics blog (I was studying Political Science at the time). The idea of having a free platform on which to voice your opinions and be published was almost unheard of back then, and I jumped at the opportunity.

However, my travel and lifestyle blog (and the one that you see today) began when I merely wanted to document my solo backpacking adventure through South America, USA, Fiji and New Zealand for my friends and family. I wrote purely for fun and from the heart, and it was the first and only blog of mine to receive a decent amount of hits and followers. From there, I started writing stories and discussing lifestyle and fitness, and I’ve never left it since no matter where I have been in the world!

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Deborah Bazeley (‘Bazeley’ is pronounced ‘Baze-ley’, like ‘paisley’) is my full name and super easy to find on Google. I also wanted my name to be the primary focus so that if my travels ever stopped or if I wanted to talk about topics beyond backpacking, my blog could expand.

Wanderlust is the irresistible urge to travel, but I also see it as the urge to explore life itself. My blog is about exploring the world with our minds and bodies, as well as our passports. That’s why you will find everything from fitness posts, to solo female travel advice and reviews, to creative writing pieces.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Yes! At those times there are a few things I do. The first is that I go for a walk as this is when all of my best ideas come to me. Secondly, I read other blogs and scour Pinterest for ideas. Thirdly, I ask myself “What information would you have found useful when…[travelling, writing, getting into the gym, etc]?”. (This was how I came up with my First Time Backpacker Series.) Fourthly, and finally, I write any old thing down and tell myself that it will be good enough – blogger’s block often comes when we’re determined to be the best, or when we start comparing our blog to other people’s. Some of my most popular posts are the ones that I thought to be my worst! Write it, edit it, add a picture and tell yourself, “It is good enough.”

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What’s your favourite post to date?

I would say my first post because it’s where I began, but my absolute favourite was my “Bridget Jones in Ilha Grande” post. It’s written in the style of the Bridget Jones’ Diary series, but it is actually what happened to me on a beautiful island off the coast of Brazil. The horny couple, the storm and the food ordering debacle are all real!

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Jeans/leggings, loose t-shirt, check shirt over the top + Converse (or boots in winter). Easy, comfortable and simple.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Rimmel’s Radiance BB cream – it’s light and yet offers pretty good coverage, and it’s hands down my favourite BB cream that I’ve tried so far.

Coconut oil in my hair – I have so many hair masks, but nothing softens my hair like coating it in coconut oil overnight and washing it off in the morning.

Radiant overnight mask (skin phase 2)

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I have the same routine every evening: Turn on my fairy lights and light the candle by my bed. Write in my journal (I’ve kept a diary since I was 10). Write down five things that I am grateful for, as well as the happiest moment of that day. Then I curl up in my bed with my colouring book and my two ragdoll cats (called Merry and Pippin), and watch some Netflix.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Netflix, cuddles with my cats, a good hearty meal, and either my friends, family or boyfriend. I haven’t been particularly interested in going out or partying for more than a year now!

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What do you do to relax?

If I’m really wound up and have a tension headache, I do a four minute meditation and stretch out like I used to in ballet class. Otherwise I go for a refreshing walk/run or I lift some weights in the gym.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I bite my nails, and I let anxious thoughts run the show a lot of the time.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

I don’t have a specific one, but my parents, brother and I would all go for either a hike or a bike ride every weekend. We didn’t have proper gear or fancy bikes as we didn’t have much money, but all of my best childhood memories come from those trips. Plus, I have never felt fitter or more alive as I did back then!

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What was your favourite school subject?

English, though I equally loved Politics when I reached A-levels.

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What’s your dream job?

Full time cat nanny, but I will settle for working in marketing!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Working in marketing, writing and blogging, living with cats (and hopefully my boyfriend!), and exploring the world.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Learn French and practice my skills in France, volunteer for a cause I believe in, travel South East Asia, write a novel, and go on safari somewhere in Africa.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Travelling by myself around the world. I started in Brazil and I was utterly terrified as I suffered with General Anxiety Disorder, but I faced my fears and did it anyway.

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Who inspires you?

Elizabeth Gilbert – I am such a walking cliché with my adoration of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, but I bloody love both her writing style and her worth ethic.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Just go for it.

I used to get so worried about what people would think of my writing (“What if they hate it?” or “What if I write something that I would be embarrassed of in the future?” or “What if no one reads it at all?”), but after a few posts I realised that when you first start out, the only people who will really read your blog are your friends and family (ie. the people who support you the most). This makes it a hell of a lot less scary and takes the pressure off when you first start posting content! See it simply as a chance to practice your writing skills (try to keep all posts to around 1000 words) and share your thoughts.

When you feel ready, get on social media and seek out similar blogs and new blogger friends, and get sharing and posting. Networking and supporting others is the only way that your blog will grow – take an interest in the community, and it will welcome you back.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Somewhere in the middle, but closer to the organised side of things

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = KITTEN

Night In or Night Out = Night in (I’m an old cat lady these days)

Heels or Flats = Flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick (or a lip butter)

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback (the majority of the weight in my travel backpack was taken up by my many paper journals and novels…I probably should invest in a Kindle but I just love an actual book!)

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Contact Deborah:

Deborah Bazeley Wanderlust – http://www.dbwanderlust.com/

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Curvy Sports Wear Essentials…

Curvy Sports Wear Essentials

Hey Curvy Chums

It’s that time of the year when a nifty little notion stirs with me for getting back into some form of regular fitness regime – especially after months of hibernating from the teeth chattering winter weather! However now the sun is beginning to make a regular appearance I thought it was high time to have a nosey around the interweb for this seasons key curvy sports wear pieces…

Sports wear essentials

1: Adidas Messenger Bag

Brighten up any outfit with this cutesy 3 stripe pink messenger bag, which is the ideal mini handy hold-all perfect for any sporty enthusiast… also boasting a comfortable padded shoulder strap to carry all your essentials with ease. Available from Sports Direct

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2: Panache Sports Bra

This super smooth sports bra is the ideal solution for securing a few of your most valuable assets ladies *aahh hemm* particularly whilst on the move! With its seam free design, padded straps and super supportive cups you’ll be guaranteed to feel as comfortable as possible. Available from Simply Be.

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3: Charlotte Jackson Curvy Tee

This beautifully soft v-neck tee in dark grey with contrasting trim and ties is both stylish and sassy for any active curvy gal. Available to order in sizes 16-24 from Charlotte Jackson.

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4: Ruched Yoga Pant

These relaxed fit yoga trousers are designed with an extra long ruched waistband that can be worn higher on the waist or lower covering the hips… in fact pretty much any way you like! Available to order in sizes 16-24 from Charlotte Jackson.

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5: Watermelon Zip Up Hoody

I’m literally in love with this bright & bold watermelon coloured zip up hoody with handy draw-cord to the hood, roomy front pockets and cute silver crown embroidery. Made from a soft cotton jersey for extra comfort… best of all it’s available right up to size 36 from Yours Clothing.

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6: Spiral Hair Toggles

Of all the handy little accessories these are by far one of the most effective for keeping your locks tamed during any gym or sports session. The unique plastic spiral design is both high stretch and non slip! A bargain at only £4.00 for a pack of 5 from Sweaty Betty.

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7: Sketchers Flex Appeal Love Ladies Trainers

Step out with tantalising tootsies in these hot pink ladies trainers from one of my favourite leisure shoe designers, Sketchers. Featuring an engineered knit mesh upper, Memory Foam cushioned comfort insole with FlexSole shock absorbing and super-flexible midsole – you’re feet will LOVE you for treating them to these sole pampering sports shoes. Available from Sports Direct

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So there you have it ladies – a whole new sporty wardrobe for us girls with a few more curves to consider! Have you recently treated yourself to a few new workout items or are you thinking of updating your current sports wear closet?

As always thanks for stopping by & don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below! Have a super weekend y’all 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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