Monday, 31 December 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger
Happy New Year! 

At the beginning of 2018, I bought a new blog design, started taking Instagram more seriously and publishing blog posts more frequently. One of my goals for 2019 is to work 10 times harder on Francisca Rockey.  
So, what's in store?
The main change is that my blog is no longer going to contain fashion or beauty, I am turning this into lifestyle only blog. I've found that my audience responds better to my lifestyle posts, they're my favourite posts to write and I feel I am more me and genuine when I am writing them. I want the people who read my blog to enjoy the content they're reading and I want to be proud of the content I am putting out.

Fashion, beauty, fitness and whatever else has previously featured on my site will be moving to my Instagram. Now I have a camera, I am hoping to get more posts with my face in it over on the gram. More outfit posts, flatlays, skincare shots, gym progress THE LOT. 

Every year I say, "I want to post more" but this year, I want to concentrate on posting quality over quantity. There have been a few times over the year where I've just wanted to get content out rather than sending a tweet out that I haven't had time to create a post that I deem "good enough" to post and worthwhile. No more rushed or short posts, lengthy posts and more photography.

On the topic of lengthy posts, I'm hoping to migrate to WordPress at some point as I've heard its better for creativity. I want more freedom for the positioning of my photos and to switch up the font of my blog posts. Little things but I want to be 100% proud of my site and at the moment, I'm 50% happy with the layout of my site. Patience, it'll get to where I want it to be. 

And lastly, you're going to see a lot more of my face. I've been faceless for quite a while but I've gotten over having to look perfect. The truth is, 99.9% of the time, I'm at home in my dressing gown, pjs and my hair is in twists or a headscarf but everyone likes realness so realness is what you're going to get!


Monday, 24 December 2018


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As it's Christmas Eve, I thought it would be the perfect time to do the cracking Christmas tag. This tag was created by Becc4blog and Nina so be sure to head over to their blogs to read their answers.

Weirdest family Christmas tradition?
Unlike most families, as soon as you wake up, you can go down, collect the presents with your name on and open them. We don’t sit around the tree and watch each other open them.

It's Christmas Eve, what are you doing?
For the past 2-3 years, I’ve been working and this year is no exception but prior to having a job in hospitality and retail, I would spend the whole day in my pyjamas watching Christmas movies and stuffing my face with whatever food isn’t reserved for Christmas day.

Top 3 Christmas dinner components?
Roast potatoes

When do you decorate your house? November, the beginning of December, the week of Christmas?
Usually a week or two before Christmas. Whenever someone has a day off and fancies going out to our cold garage and digging around for the box of decorations.

Loved and loathed Christmas songs?
I LOVE Darlene love – Christmas and I HATE Band Aid – Do They Know Its Christmas.

One big present or lots of little things to open?
I prefer lots of little presents, it's nice when you can see the thought that’s gone into each gift. As my birthday is on boxing day, I usually get big presents then.

What is your favourite Christmas decoration? (Include a photo if you have one)
My favourite Christmas decoration is this red stocking that we hang on the fireplace that has little mice which sing, “we wish you a Merry Christmas” when you press them. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo but I'll put one up on my Instagram story or get a shot for my feed at some point over Christmas.

Do you like to have a themed tree or one with a bit of everything?
We’ve had themed trees and a bit of everything trees. I personally prefer a tree with lots of baubles, no tinsel or beads and a classic angel at the top.

Christmas pudding: yay or nay?
I’ve never tasted Christmas pudding before but it looks pretty rank. I’ll stick to my New York cheesecake or angel cake thanks.

What's at the top of your Christmas wishlist this year?
At the top of my Christmas wishlist this year was an Olympus Pen, but if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll have seen that I treated myself to one two weeks ago. So now, I have nothing at the top of my Christmas wishlist. Though, if Santa would like to chuck a Macbook down my chimney then that would fill me with a lot of joy as my current laptop is on its last leg.

What Christmas traditions do you have in your family?


Monday, 17 December 2018


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It's just over a week until my 19th birthday! One more year of being a 'teen' and then I'll be entering my 20's. 

The past year has been a rollercoaster, to say the least. I have laughed, loved, lost, gained and grown in more ways than I could ever imagine. Unfortunately not in height but I'm still holding out hope that I get a random growth spurt in the next year or at least before I'm 21. I've learnt so many life lessons over the past 19 years but here are three that I think are most important:

01. Learn to enjoy your own company 
How many of you are missing out on experiences because your friends are holding you back? Back in April, I went to see a comedy show in Leicester Square on my own. This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of you but I'd never been to a show alone before and I think it was a big step for my confidence. None of my friends wanted to go, so I booked the tickets and went alone, *shrugs*, you can't miss out on things you want to do because your friends can't come or don't want to go with you. Learn to enjoy your own company and own it! I challenge every one of you to do something alone in 2019.

02. You don't owe your family anything  
You grow up thinking that your family are the best people in your life but sometimes, your family can be the most toxic group of people in your life. Just because you're blood-related, doesn't mean you owe them anything. Don't comprise your happiness for the sake of your family. If that means you distance yourself or limit your contact with them, so be it! I have never spoken about this on my blog but I don't have the best relationship with my Mum. I won't go into detail as I like to keep certain things about my life private but I often get jealous of my friends and their relationship with their mothers because I've never had that close Mother-Daughter bond.  

03. Speak the f*ck up
It's not in everyone's nature to speak up when there's an issue but you can't rely on those who are outspoken to solve all the worlds problems. Speak up on your platform about your political views, global issues, racism, police brutality, diversity etc.  You may not think you're in a position to comment but everyone has an opinion and your view may coincide with someone else's or it may not, which sparks further debate. I think a lot of change in today's society is due to social media. When we speak up, politicians, brands and the media react. 

What important life lessons have you learnt in your lifetime?


Monday, 10 December 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, christmas, autumn, winter, blogmas, christmas markets, survival guideChristmas markets play a huge part in getting me into the festive mood. I love wandering around the stalls, sampling unique flavours of chocolate and getting wasted on luxury hot chocolate aka standard hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate shavings. If you plan it right, Christmas markets can be a great outing with family and friends, here are my tips to surviving Christmas markets and making sure you get the most out of your time.

Under no circumstances should you visit a Christmas market on the opening weekend. I went to Bath for their Christmas markets on opening weekend last month and although we had a nice time, it was rammed and if we had gone on a weekday or the following weekend, it would've been a lot less busy. If you hate kids, go on a weekday. If you work during the week and can't hack a late night, avoid them on the first weekend of December and on or after the 20th. 

This is self-explanatory. Comfort over fashion, yes though wedges or heeled boots will look cute but when you're stood in a 20-minute queue for a cone of churros, you're going to wish you'd worn a flat shoe or boots with a lower heel. If you're one of those incredible people who can hack heels, ignore all of the above. 

If the Christmas market that you're going to has attractions like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, book in advance. Don't be one of those people that leaves it until last minute to book tickets to the Ice Bar to find that all the good time slots are gone and all that's left are the 10am slots, avoid disappointment and book at least 2-3 weeks before your visit. 

I know hats can make your head look like a mushroom but save yourself from going home with a cold and wrap up warm. I should practice what I preach, I've been visiting Christmas markets every year since 2014 and not once have I worn a hat, scarf or gloves.

I wish I was joking. The gram is waiting for those candids of you drinking mulled wine and what the gram wants, the gram gets.

Which Christmas market is your favourite?


Wednesday, 5 December 2018


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With just under 3 weeks until Christmas, I thought this would be the appropriate time to write my Christmas list. Thinking of what to put on my list is getting harder and harder each year, I'm at that age where I'm too old for toys but too young for proper "adult gifts", like homeware, so, I usually just ask for money but it's nice to have a little something to unwrap on Christmas isn't it. 

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Monday, 3 December 2018


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It’s starting to get dark earlier and the temperature is starting to dip into the minus numbers which means, winter is coming!

As someone who suffers from eczema, it’s so important that I up my skincare routine during the colder months and keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. I rely heavily on oil-based products and heavy duty creams to keep my flare ups at bay and these three products from Dermalogica have been helping my skin a lot over the past few weeks.

I’ve been using all three products in conjunction with E45 body cream and my trusted Carmex lip balm. Before I hop in the shower, I use the precleanse, which is described as a deep cleansing oil, to melt impurities and any leftover residue of makeup. I apply it using dry hands and then I massage it into my skin with wet hands and it creates a light, milky emulsion before rinsing with warm water. Following this, I use the special cleansing gel. I think they work best together but some days I use one over the other if I’m short of time. It thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. 

Once, I’m out the shower and I’ve dried myself off, I slather my body in E45. E45 works wonders at soothing dry, itchy and flaky areas of my skin. For my face, I’ve been using the skin smoothing cream. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the smell but I have seen a huge difference in the texture of my skin since using this. 

What are your winter skincare saviours?


Saturday, 1 December 2018


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I've never attempted blogmas before but I thought I'd give it a go this year and see how I get on. I'm thinking of posting either every other day or 3 times a week. So, here's my first blogmas post, a classic December To Do List:

I know, I know, I've left it very (very) late and all of you have probably cleared the shelves but I'm going to head to my nearest supermarket and hunt one down, there's bound to be one lying around in the stock room. 

As you know, I'm not a fan of Christmas but I do enjoy decorating my house and I take great pleasure in making the tree look extra fancy and going a bit OTT with the wreath for the front door.

I'm heading to Winter Wonderland with some friends in the next week or so and even though I skate like Bambi on ice, I still want to give it a go. It's always the first few rounds that I'm a bit wobbly and after a while, when I get the hang of things, I'm almost as good as Team GB's Penny Coomes. 

I started my Christmas shopping at the end of last month and now, I just need to get a few stocking fillers and I'm ready to wrap. I'm rather proud of myself as I usually leave everything until the 24th

Once my Christmas shopping is complete, I'm going to dedicate an evening to wrapping presents and have a movie marathon of all the Christmas classics. From Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually to Polar Express, the lot!

What's on your December to do list?


Monday, 19 November 2018


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Throwin' it back to the good old blogging days with a classic Christmas Lush haul. I don't go into Lush as much as I used to when I first started blogging, as their prices these days are a bit dear, but I do like to treat myself when a new season rolls around. So here's what I picked up from this year's Christmas collection:

A hydrating bath bomb filled with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter sourced from the Dominican Republic. According to Alex, the girl who served me, it makes your bath water feel velvety and is good for dry, eczema prone skin.

If you haven't tried Snow Fairy, you need to try Snow Fairy! I remember watching Zoella's vlogs years ago and always hearing her rave about this and so I added it to my Christmas list and now it's an essential part of my winter shower routine. If you're not a fan of sickly, sweet scents then this is not for you but if you want to smell like bubblegum then this one is for you. 

I believe that this has the same ingredients as the Butterbear bath bomb, correct me if I'm wrong. I've never tried a shower jelly before but I'm excited to give it a go. I wonder how long it's going to last, knowing me I will drop it in the shower and it will slip away down the drain.

This is a limited edition product from the Christmas collection so grab yours before they go. I love that Lush do bubble bars because you can get weeks or even months use out of them. I don't know how they do it but bubble bars create more bubbles than you'd get from a standard bath foam. Who doesn't like a bath filled with bubbles? 

What's your favourite product from the Lush Christmas collection?


Monday, 12 November 2018


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I know it's a little late to be posting a monthly to do list but better late than never, right? I like to start each month with a list of all the things I’d like to achieve by the end of the month and by sharing my to-do lists on my blog, they’re more likely to get done. There’s no hiding from them, I see it every time I go onto my blog and every time someone leaves a comment. 

I’ve decided to give it a go and attempt blogmas this year. I haven’t decided whether to commit to the full 24-25 days or post every day for the first 12 days of advent. I should probably get a poll out on Twitter and make a decision soon because November is flying by and before you know it will be December.

I bought an ASUS Eeebook back in 2015 and it’s served me well but I need something with more power. It's on its last tethers and can’t keep up with all the tabs and documents I need open so it’s time to upgrade. I have been putting this off for the longest time and now it's at the stage where some days it'll turn on and other days it won't. Trying to write a blog post at the moment is a struggle, will I make it to the end of the post without it crashing? I'm playing with fire.

It may seem a little early to be thinking about going to Christmas markets but in November, it’ll be less busy and I can almost guarantee there will be no kids. So, Becc4blog and I are heading to the Christmas markets in Bath next weekend. 

I’m that person who usually leaves it until the last minute but this year, I want to do things differently. I want to be on top form and have all my presents bought and wrapped by the middle of December and in order for that to happen, I need to be organised and start buying presents ASAP.

You're probably going to hate me for saying this but I don't like Christmas. Tell a lie, I love the build up to Christmas but I hate the actual day, it just never lives up to expectations. So before the festive period begins and my hours at work rocket, I need to mentally prepare and just take the time to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed.

What’s on your November to do list?


Thursday, 1 November 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, new season, autumn, learning, self love, new journey, travel
October has been a month full of lessons. I started the month working at ASOS and ended the month with a new job, new car and new friends. 

Every situation in life is temporary 
I started working at ASOS towards the end of September and I quickly realised the environment and job itself was not for me. It felt like I was back in school and I didn't have the best time in school and it brought back some bad memories. So, I made the decision to take myself out of that environment and into an environment I can thrive in. I handed in my notice at the beginning of the month and start applying for new jobs almost immediately. Within four days of being unemployed, I had secured a full-time position at a nearby bar. I promised myself when I left Mcdonald's, my job prior to ASOS, that if I wasn't happy in any future jobs, to leave rather than tolerate it. The feeling of unhappiness was there from my first day but I tried to make myself like it but you can't force things that are not meant to be. I'm a lot happier where I am now and I actually enjoy going into work each day, which is how it should be. 

The world really is your oyster 
We've all heard this saying and I never truly knew what it meant. When you've been in school for 13 years, you don't really have the time or think of life in the real world but now I'm out of the education system for the next 10 months, I can. I have never looked into what the world has to offer, the opportunities that lie outside my comfort zone. Instead of spending my paycheck on material items, I opened a savings account dedicated to travel and experiences. I think it's so important to experience the world from different perspectives. Not only do you start to have a new appreciation for your surroundings but you learn a lot about yourself, your likes, dislikes, limits and boundaries. 

Part of adulthood is accepting loneliness
Adulthood is lonely. For 18 years of my life, I was surrounded by family, friends, classmates and teachers, 5 days a week. And now, it's just me. I still have my family, I still have friends but I don't have classmates and teachers, they've been replaced by colleagues. I love my own company and often do things alone but adulthood brings a new kind of loneliness. Gone of the days where I could call a friend and they would be round within 5 minutes. Now, it takes 2-3 weeks to plan to see your friend on a day that suits both of your schedules. Some of your friends are at uni so their assignments take priority, some have babies, have moved out, moved country and your schedules don't match up so a Facetime catch up it is. Yes, I make time to see people who are important to me and vice versa but there are not enough hours in the days to work, eat, socialise and get enough sleep for your 8am shift the next day. It can often feel like you're in the world alone and no one has time for you but the truth is, we're all in the same boat, feeling the same way and trying our damn best. You learn to accept that you're going to be lonely a lot of the time and find new ways to keep yourself entertained. 

What did October teach you?


Monday, 15 October 2018


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If you don't follow me on any of my socials then you won't know that Autumn is my favourite season. I'm not a fan of the how early it gets dark but I love the cold weather and the changing colours of the leaves. These are a few of favourite things about Autumn:

Autumn Walks. There’s something different about taking a walk in the Autumn. The air is crisp, there’s a sharp breeze and a glimpse of sunshine between the trees. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been enjoying going out alone on a Sunday with my camera at hand, capturing my surroundings and stuffing conkers in my pocket along the way, gotta collect those free blog props

The Hot Drinks. Back before I discovered coffee was a trigger for my migraines, I would buy and try all the new coffee syrups at this time of year. Now, I just stick to the herbal teas and the new hot chocolate flavours but I do love having a sniff of the new syrups even if I can’t drink them.

Autumn Fashion. You’re probably very tired of me saying this but I love Autumn fashion. I get excited for this time of year, every year because I can really start dressing. I’m not a fan of S/S trends as I like to be covered and Autumn allows me to do just that, leaving my house wrapped up like a burrito in my oversized puffer jacket. Read my last post to see what items are in my transitional wardrobe.

Candles. If I had the money, I would totally move to America just for Autumn period, stack up on bath and body works candles and come home after Halloween. I love candles and I’ve been after some Autumn scented bath and body works candles for years. Wasn't there a rumour that they're opening a store in the UK? I'll be first in line if it's true!

And finally, Halloween and Bonfire Night. Growing up, my family never celebrated Halloween because they’re religious. Now I'm older, I use it as an excuse to look gross on a nightout without being judged. As for bonfire night, any excuse to whip out my bobble hat, drink mulled wine and surround myself with the smell of smoke, is that weird? Probably but I love the smell of burning wood. 

What are your favourite things about Autumn?


Monday, 8 October 2018


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I’m loving this year’s Autumn trends. My bank account doesn’t like me right now but I’m going to be serving looks all season so it’s worth it.

1. Shearling/Borg jacket
I ordered my first shearling/borg style jacket just over a week ago and I'm waiting for 2 more to arrive. I may resemble a marshmallow when I'm wearing one but I absolutely love them. The one in the photo above is from Monki and I bought it in the navy as it goes with all existing items in my wardrobe and doesn't show dirt as quickly as the cream or brown versions.

2. Hi-Top Converses 
I didn't know I needed these until I saw one of my colleagues pairing it with all her outfits and I had to get myself a pair. I've only had them for a week but I've already worn them 48494 times. They're like the old skool vans of Autumn, they go with everything and keep your ankles worn. Win-win 

3. Brown Blanket Scarf 
Whether you're on your commute to work or going out for drinks, a blanket scarf is essential for the journey. It's multi-purpose and doubles up as a scarf for when your neck is cold, a blanket when your body is cold and can be folded into a pillow if you fancy a quick nap on your commute home. I went for a browny beige one from M&S this season as the neutral colours go with almost everything.

4.  Faux Fur Pom Beanie 
I feel like I say this a lot but I used to hate wearing hats. I was that kid throwing a tantrum in the middle of the street because my parents had told me to wear a hat to school. Fast forward 10 or so years and you couldn't get me to take it off. As soon as it gets slightly nippy outside, my hat is glued to my head and this one from Primark has a funky pom to spice up a dull outfit. 

What are your transitional wardrobe picks?


Monday, 1 October 2018


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Isn’t it so satisfying when a new month starts on a Monday? I can’t believe that there are two months left of this year, where has the time gone?! I remember the end of last year so clearly as if it were yesterday.

Roughly 45 days ago, I was preparing to leave for uni and 45 days later, I work at ASOS. Bet you weren’t expecting that. A few weeks ago, I decided that if I was going to take a gap year then I needed to gain new experience and one way I could do this was by quitting the job I've had since I was 16 and starting somewhere new. I applied for anything and everything, I had an interview for a new bar opening nearby and an interview for ASOS, I heard back from the bar interview before ASOS and I nearly went for it then the next day, I got a callback from ASOS.

Travelling is not the main focus of my gap year but I have some travel plans for the year ahead. At the end of next summer, I'm going interrailing alone around Europe for 10 days. I know travelling alone can be quite daunting but I'm excited. I’ve kept this a little quiet but I'M GOING TO NEW YORK in December 2019 to celebrate my 20th birthday. I have always wanted to go to New York and originally, I was going to wait until my 21st but that’s just too far away and I couldn't wait any longer. 

I'm terrified of heights but I've agreed to do a sponsored skydive in March. Some may call me stupid but Will Smith said that the best things in life are placed on the other side of terror and for that reason, I am going to push my fear. If you would like to donate then head over to Virgin Money Giving.


Thursday, 20 September 2018


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Autumn is around the corner and my wardrobe is definitely not ready for the new season but I have accumulated a very very long list of saved items on ASOS ready for payday.

It seems last year’s teddy coat trend is here to stay and I'm not mad about it. I was a bit iffy about the trend last year but this year, I have fallen in love with this teddy jacket. It’s a bit more casual than the standard teddy coat which I like as it's more my style. 

Growing up, I hated being forced to wear a hat because they make my head look like a mushroom but last Autumn I decided to embrace my mushroom head. I want to spice things up a bit and get a few more different colours, I think this burgundy one would be a perfect addition to my Autumn wardrobe. 

This twisted v neck jumper isn’t the most appropriate for the weather but on days where you're feeling brave and you can bare the sharp breeze, this jumper is the one. I think it’s a nice piece to wear in an office, if you’re allowed to wear casual wear or for evening drinks with the girls. A very versatile piece which can be dressed up or down.

I have a confession, I hoard coats and jacket. The downstairs coat cupboard is fit to burst with coats and jackets I've collected over the years. Each year, I find an excuse to add to the collection because living in the UK, you can never have too many coats and jacket, amirite?
What’s on your lust list for the new season?


Monday, 10 September 2018


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It's that week where all my friends are heading off to uni and I'm coming to the realisation that I'm going to be alone for the next 3 months until they're back for Christmas. 

This is the first time in my life, that I have had to part ways with most of my friends. Up until this point, we've worked together, gone to school together or been friends since childhood and met up at least once a week. I know, I know, I can easily go and visit them on the weekend and what not but trains from London to anywhere past Hertfordshire are not exactly cheap and with a full-time job, I will only be able to visit around my work schedule as well as theirs. 

To make the separation a little less lonely, Printiki gifted me 30 prints of my best memories. Their site was super easy to use, I imported 30 pictures straight from my iPhone and went for the square M style for printing with a glossy finish. There was an option to add filters and captions to your prints but I just wanted to keep mine simple. Originally, I was going to use them to create a photo wall in my uni room but as I'm now taking a gap year, I thought why not put them good use in my bedroom at home. 


Monday, 3 September 2018


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You read that right, I’m taking a gap year. This isn’t a spontaneous decision, I have been considering taking a gap year since I started the whole UCAS process last year, but I got excited and decided to go ahead with going this year until results day rolled around. After withdrawing (this is a story for another day) from my firm and insurance choices, I was put into clearing and with little research got a place at somewhere I had previously applied to but declined their offer. After a few days of holding this place, I realised I didn’t want to go to a uni close to home and I felt pressured into my decision to go there.

Life comes at you quick and on the morning of results day you question every life decision you’ve ever made.

In two months, I’ll be reapplying to for what was my dream uni when I was first applying but I doubted myself and didn’t apply as I didn’t think I stood chance, but I have been in contact with the department for the subject I am applying for and I’ve been given the go-ahead to apply for next year.

So, what are you going to do over the next year? I have been applying for full-time jobs and by the time this post goes live, I will have heard back from the job I had an interview for last Monday. Fingers crossed I get the job, if not then my search will continue. I’m in a lucky position as I still have my current job which I have had since I was 16 and I can work there while applying for new jobs. I could stay at my current job for a year, but I want to gain new experience and grow as a person over the next year and I can't do that in an environment where I'm in my comfort zone. 

Are you going to travel? This is probably what is on a lot of your minds, whether I am going to travel during my gap year. The answer is yes but not until the very end. I am going to work all the way up until mid-August next year and travel for 2-4 weeks before I start my course. Yes, it’s not your typical 6+ months of travelling like most people do during their gap year but I am going to be saving from scratch and there are other things I would like to do over the next year aside from travel.

For those of you taking a gap year and doubting your decision, you won't always have this opportunity to take a year-long break but you will always be able to go to uni. 

Good luck to everyone going into their first year!


Monday, 13 August 2018


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“The stereotype is that woman are catty and unfriendly to each other meanwhile we’re making 500 new friends in every bathroom line we stand in”

It's not Galentine's day but I think we should celebrate female friendships more often. It's your girl gang who you turn to when you’re feeling down and you need to be uplifted. When you’re dating someone new and you want the group chats approval or when you’re going through a break up and you need the girls to help you snap back.

Growing up, I struggled to keep female friendships. I was one of those girls with more guy friends than girlfriends. I think it was down to not being a girly girl growing up, I didn’t wear makeup, I wasn’t interested in hair and I didn’t look at guys in that way, I wasn’t your typical 16-year-old girl so I didn’t feel like I had a lot in common with other girls back in school. When I went to college, I started to venture out of my comfort zone, I started experimenting with makeup, playing around with hairstyles, I started to have things in common with other girls. I think this is when I realised the importance of female friendships. I can be open with my own gender, sorry guys but you just don’t understand the emotional side of being a female with female problems. When you’re having your 5th hormonal break down of the week and its only Tuesday, you need your best girlfriend to vent to.

I feel like female friendships are always being torn down on social media but when female friendships are good, they’re good! There is nothing like having a group of your closest girlfriends for a weekly or monthly catch up. I saw a tweet on twitter that said: “43% of being friends with women is us soothing each other after the world has convinced us our expectations were too demanding/unreasonable”. I love the girl power that comes from a group of females who have each other's backs through thick and thin. I love being able to be completely open about my feelings and knowing another female will understand.

Female friendships are comforting, beautiful and amazing.


Monday, 6 August 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, august to do list, monthly goals, change of direction, new month
Summer is slowly coming to an end and the random pangs of excitement for Autumn are starting to kick in. I thought it was only fitting to kick off the new month with an August to do list because are you even a blogger if a new month rolls around and you don't post a to do list?

A few days ago, I tweeted about how summer's nearly over and I still haven't been to the beach. This month, that's all about to change as some of my work friends and I have booked a minibus for the day and are heading to Bournemouth beach at the end of the month.

Next month, I am off to university and before I move out, I have 101 bank statements, other random letters, PR packages and old clothes to sort through. I have been putting it off for a while now by dumping it in one of those huge IKEA bags because out of sight, out of mind right? Wrong, I have found myself peering in nervously as the stack has rapidly increased in size over the past 2 months. It's definitely time to sort my sh*t out before it gets any higher.

When you're in a hurry, it's so easy to spill some of your powder, mascara, foundation or blush onto your beautiful cream carpet. All around my room, there are random splogs of makeup stains that I've been meaning to scrub out. As this is my last month living at home, I am making it my top priority to get all the makeup stains out of my carpet.

Currently, I have 8 piercings and 1 tattoo and since I have been working full time over the summer, I have racked up a bit more disposable money than usual and have decided to treat myself to a new piercing and tattoo. I'm booked in for the 23rd so keep your eyes peeled on the gram as I will probably reveal them on there. 

Photography has never been my strong point, I'm not a photography student, I haven't been taking photos from a young age and I've never owned a camera. All my photos are taken on an iPhone 8 Plus and then I use various editing apps to enhance the image. A few days ago, I discovered a new editing app called RNI Films which I've been playing around with and I edited the photo for this post using this app, I love the polaroid feel of it. You'll be seeing a lot of changing in my Instagram posts and blog photos over the next few weeks.

What's on your August to do list?


Monday, 16 July 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, photo diary, summer log
Throwing is back to the old school blogging days with a photo diary, weekly summary kinda post. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen that I have had an eventful, last two weeks. At the beginning of July, after months of chatting on Twitter and Instagram DM's, I finally got to meet Becca. I took her to a few of my favourite instagrammable spots in Shoreditch, no bloggers day out is complete without shooting content amirite? I have enough photos on my camera roll now to do me until September. To end our day together, we headed to a random pub in Waterloo to watch the England vs Colombia game. I love the atmosphere in pubs during the World Cup, everyone is so happy and cheerful. Unfortunately, it's not coming home this year but it might come home in 2022, keeping positive! 

Last week, Incredibles 2 came out and of course, I went to see it on the day of release. The cinema was packed with adults which was expected, 14 years we waited for this! Also last week, my Mum and grandma bought most if not all of my university essentials. Seeing boxes of homeware dotted around the house is making it feel a lot more real.

What have you been up to the last two weeks?


Thursday, 12 July 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, change, acceptance, growth
This post was inspired by a tweet @hello_october_ retweeted on Twitter. It read, '6 months from now you can be in a completely different space, mentally, spiritually and financially'- It got me thinking, I've changed and that's OK!

As you move through different stages of your life, you change. I am not the same person who I was 5 years ago, 2 years ago or even a month ago and that's OK! I have noticed that bloggers and influencers get a lot of stick for being different to the person they were when they first started their platform and I just don't get it. Change is a sign of growth. If I was still the same insecure 14-year-old who I was when I first started this blog then I wouldn't be where I am now. I have learnt how to be confident, how to love myself and through that, I have developed as a person. 

Everyone changes over the course of time. Some people, change for the better and others change for the worst.

This time last year, I was in the first year of college. I have a small group of friends who I thought I'd be friends with forever. I was single and had just started taking interest in the opposite sex. I was outgoing. In a year,  I am no longer friends with anyone from that small group of friends, so we weren't meant to be friends forever. I am no longer single, I have been dating mystery man since January and things seem to be going well. I am no longer as outgoing as I was, is there such thing as an outgoing introvert? 'Cause, I think that's the best way to describe me. 

I've changed and that's OK! I am now a person who is happy, accepts herself, has learned to love and be loved, and a person who is continually striving to better themselves to reach their full potential. 6 months from now, I will be at university and God knows what type of person I will be then. 


Monday, 9 July 2018


francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, summer plans, university
There are nine weeks between now and the day I move out of my family home and into student accommodation for the next four years. I want to make the most out of the next nine weeks and my plans for the summer are finally starting to come together. 

July is set to be a busy month for me. I have already ticked off few things off the list of things I wanted to do this summer, I sold my first car, got my first tattoo and met up with Lucy and Becca before they set off on their summer travels. This weekend, I am taking part in the North London Tough Mudder Race, which I am very excited about. The gym has taken a bit of a back seat recently as I am working full time and after a 10-12 hour shift, I can't think of anything worse than heading to the gym. However, since selling my car, I have had to walk everywhere so, I am still keeping my fitness levels up. As I said earlier, I got my first tattoo last month and I have booked to have my second at the end of this month, so many people told me that once you get your first, you want to have your entire body covered, its true! I have set up a Pinterest board and everything. 

There will probably be a few unplanned days out, random nights out and family bbq's throughout July and August. The main thing I am excited about this summer is Reading Festival. I went for the first time last year, read the post here, and I had the best five days of my life. A lot of my friends are off to uni at the end of summer and we will all be scattered around the country so we decided to create one last memory while everyone is in one place.

What are your plans for the summer?

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