Monday, 31 December 2018

A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

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!

Fran
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Monday, 24 December 2018

A CRACKING CHRISTMAS TAG

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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
Stuffing
Gravy

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?

 Fran
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Monday, 17 December 2018

NINETEEN

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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?

Fran
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Monday, 10 December 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO SURVIVING CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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.

DON'T GO ON OPENING WEEKEND
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. 

WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
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. 

PLAN AHEAD 
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. 

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE COLD 
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.

GET A TEMPORARY INSTAGRAM HUSBAND
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?

Fran
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS...

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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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Fran 
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Monday, 3 December 2018

WINTER SKINCARE SAVIOURS

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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?

Fran
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Saturday, 1 December 2018

DECEMBER TO DO LIST

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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:

01. GET AN ADVENT CALENDAR
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. 

02. PUT THE DECORATIONS UP
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.

03. GO ICE SKATING 
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. 

04. FINISH MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
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

05. WATCH ALL THE CHRISTMAS CLASSICS 
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?

Fran
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