2nd Blog Birthday and Giveaway!

I can’t believe it. Today marks the 2nd birthday of my little space on the internet. How on earth did this happen? It only feels like yesterday that I started reading blogs and thought I’d give it a go myself. And here we are, two years on.

The past year, my blog hasn’t been as active as I’d of liked it to have been. Due to life, stress and what not, there was a huge gap between posts but you guys stuck with me through it. I never lost any followers which surprised me a lot and when I came back, I didn’t feel like I had to start all over again like I thought I would. So thank you.

Towards the end of 2016, this blog went through some changes. The most important, a name change. This blog was previously called lauzylouu (it really does make me cringe! ha!) and then became Blush and Bronze. It feels so much more professional and serious now that I’ve got my own domain and what not, I’m definitely in this for the long haul! I seriously love blogging and couldn’t imagine life without it now.

So what do I want the next year to hold for Blush and Bronze? Well, the ultimate goal is to work with some brands. And guess what? It’s already happening. I’m so excited. I also want to meet some fellow bloggers and attend events! So if you want to send me an invite 😉

As a little thank you, I’m going to be hosting a giveaway where you could win 2 NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and you get to choose the shades! I’ve decided to give these away as they are my favourite liquid lipstick and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open for TWO weeks from 10.00am 8th February until 23.59pm 22nd February. Open to UK residents only.
There will be ONE winner drawn at random. Winner will be notified by email on 23rd February.
Entrants under 18 must have a parent/guardian’s permission before entering.
There is ONE mandatory entry that must be completed, all other entries are optional but they will increase your chances.
Winner has 14 days from notification to claim their prize. If no contact has been made after this time, another winner will be chosen.

Laura x
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7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Instagram is without a doubt my favourite social network. I spend hours of my day scrolling through my feed, swooning over all the pretty pictures from fellow bloggers, brands and my favourite celebrities. If you’re looking for some cool new people to follow on Instagram in 2017, carry on reading this post. I can guarantee lust-worthy feeds!

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Kate / kate.lavie

If you know of Kate, then it’s probably no surprise she’s number one on the list. If you don’t, where have you been? Get following her now. All of Kate’s social media accounts and blog are aesthetically pleasing but her Instagram is just goals. Whether you like beauty or gorgeous interiors are your weakness, Kate’s your gal to follow.

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Sophie / sophiemakeup

If you love gorgeous, well mastered flat lays then you’ve got to follow Sophie. I always think she just nails them and her photography overall is amazing! Whenever one of her photos pops up on my feed, I instantly know it’s her without even looking at the username, her photos are so recognisable. Sophie posts everything from Lush hauls to interiors that you wish you could match!

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Lily / pintsizedphoto

Lily’s photography is again one I can spot without looking at who posted it, it really does stand out from the rest. Such gorgeous flat lays, again like Sophie, they are incredibly well mastered and put together. I can only hope that one day my photography will be as good as Lily’s! It really is no surprise she won ‘Best Use of Photography’ at the Bloggers Blog Awards last year. Well deserved!

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Fashion For Lunch / labelsforlunch

I love this account from blogger, Fashion For Lunch. Her theme is not your usual ‘blogger’ theme of all white with marble backgrounds and I think that’s why I love it so much. Yeah, I’m into all that but to have something different popping up on my feed every now and then makes for a nice change. Her photos are very quirky, fun, colourful and most certainly unique!

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Sharon / thepinkdiary

If you love simple, minimalist themed Instagram accounts, you’ve got to follow Sharon at The Pink Diary. Her photography is always on point and provides much inspiration. Her account is a mix of perfect outfit flatlays, deskies (it’s what all the cool kids call desk photos now, apparently!) and cute photos of her pup, Toby. A must follow.

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Catherine / catherine.mw

Possibly the prettiest Instagram account ever. If you love all things girly and pink, you’ve got to follow Catherine! Her feed is full of gorgeous homeware, stunning makeup items and some seriously yummy looking cakes.

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, Favourite Instagram Accounts

Faye / fridayfaye

I’ve only recently discovered Faye’s Instagram account and I was blown away by her stunning photography skills and Instagram theme. Literally so dreamy and visually pleasing! I wish I had her talent. 👏

I can’t end this post without mentioning some other Instagram favourites you’ve gotta follow!

Let me know if you know of any Instagram accounts I need to follow in the comments! And if you’d like, you can follow my own Instagram here.

Laura x

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17 things in 2017. Wishes, Goals, Achievements
After a horrible, emotional year, I was glad to say good riddance to 2016. I’m hopeful that 2017 will be a better year for me and my family after such a hectic and stressful time. Today, I’m sharing 17 things I hope to achieve and do in 2017.
1. Travel more.
I am pretty certain I was born to travel but thanks to money, I rarely can. Last year, I had one trip to Amsterdam which was amazing but I do wish I could have had a few more holidays. The main goal would be to finally go on my dream holiday to New York City but unless I win the lottery, it seems unlikely but here’s hoping.
2. Lose weight and get healthy.
I think with all the stress of the last year, I gained a lot of weight. I was never huge, I’m still not but I’m definitely not at a healthy weight and I don’t want it to get to a point where it takes longer and is harder to lose. I’m considering joining the gym but my anxiety is getting the better of me. The thought of working out in public scares me but I need to do something!
3. Be more confident.
As I mentioned before, anxiety is getting the better of me regarding working out in public and it’s a bit silly really. The best thing I achieved in 2016 was definitely gaining more confidence as I learned life is too short to be worrying about every little thing but there is still a long way to go. In 2017, I really want to work even harder on my confidence.
4. Get a job I love.
I’ve been applying for many social media related jobs recently as it’s something I’d love to do! But I’m yet to be successful and I’m not really sure if I’m experienced enough just yet. But I have applied for a volunteer role in the mean time to get some more experience so here’s hoping.
5. Improve my blog.
This year I’d like to get to a place where I’m completely satisfied with my blog, it’s content and my photos. I’d also love to work with some brands this year! That would be brilliant.
6. Save more money.
I suppose this goes along with number one, if I save more money then I’ll get to go on holiday etc. I’m a pretty good saver I think but I’ve never saved more than about £300, I’d like to be able to save more. I’m currently doing the 365 Day Penny Challenge where I put a few pennies in each day to my savings account and every day the amount goes up. By Day 100, I’ll be putting a few pounds in every day for example. By the end of the year, I should have £667.95 saved which would be great!
7. Learn to drive.
This one may seem a little silly now I’ve moved back to London where you don’t really need a car! However, I’ve had my provisional license for almost two years now and I haven’t done anything with it so I may take a few lessons this year if I can afford it!
8. Try my hand at a new activity.
I’ve always wanted to be able to make jewellery, a bit random I know! I once considered doing a jewellery making course but I never did it, maybe this year I will? 
9. See my best friend more.
Me and my bestie live about 2 hours apart so we rarely get to see each other. I wish I got to see her more! So hopefully in 2017, that’ll happen. For example, I haven’t seen her since last June. It sucks! I know 2 hours isn’t a long way away but due to work, life, and ridiculous train prices, it’s really difficult to see each other regularly! 
10. Learn to cook.
I hesitated to put this one down because how embarrassing! Yes, I’m 24 and very much an amateur cook. I’m the type to just throw food in the oven or microwave. The only thing I’ve ever really “cooked” is Slimming World’s Sticky Chicken of which I burnt the sauce, both times. Oops.
11. Start a YouTube channel?
The only thing putting me off doing this is that I hate the sound of my own voice! On record, I sound like a baby. I hate it. I’d love to do YouTube so I suppose I’m just going to have to get over how I sound and just do it.
12. Attend a blogger event or two.
This is so much easier now that I live in London! Hopefully this year I can attend a few events, they seem like so much fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.
13. Keep organised.
I’d like to think I’m an organised person but I don’t think I am really! I’ve started writing down things I need to do and once I get my 2017 diary in the post I will be keeping it updated daily. I also need to be more organised with my blog such as getting photos and posts done in bulk, so I’m not worrying that I need to get a post up for 10 am the next day!
14. Have a digital detox every now and then.
Every day I’m on both my phone and MacBook for hours at a time. For one day a week or month, I want to go without any internet and put my phone down. Stop browsing Instagram, sending tweets or pinning on Pinterest. No playing games on my phone either! Which is going to be hard seeing as I’ve gotten so obsessed with playing Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic. Oh, the nostalgia!
15. Sleep better and have a routine.
I must have the worst sleeping routine out of anyone in this world and I am constantly tired. I keep trying to go to bed at say 9/10pm but it just doesn’t stick when I do. I’m such a night owl! Plus I love my naps.
16. Get back into reading.
I actually really love reading books but I rarely ever do but once I pick one up, I can’t stop reading it! I don’t really know why I find it so difficult to find the time, I guess there is always something else I think I need to be doing.
17. Just enjoy life.
After almost losing a family member last year, it made me realise life is just too short to be worrying about things such as what other people might think of you. You’ve just got to live life to full because you just don’t know what tomorrow holds. Have fun, make amazing memories and don’t forget to laugh until your stomach hurts! 🙂
What do you hope to achieve in 2017?

Laura x

The Best Of The Boxing Day Sales
[Image: Her Creative Studio] 

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas spent with loved ones, opening presents and eating lots of delicious food! If you received money as a gift or just simply fancy a splurge then you’re going to want to carry on reading. Today marks the start of many sales (some already began pre Christmas!) and I thought as a help, I’d make a list of the best offers and deals available from various online stores. This post will be updated regularly when I find any more deals so keep checking 🙂 Happy shopping! 

Beauty Bay – UP TO 50% OFF SALE – SHOP
Feel Unique – UP TO 50% OFF (FREE DELIVERY OVER £45) – SHOP
Kiko – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Look Fantastic – SAVE UP TO 30% OFF – SHOP
Rituals – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
SpaceNK – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
The Body Shop – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP


Boden – UP TO 60% OFF – SHOP
Boohoo – UP TO 70% OFF – SHOP
Dorothy Perkins – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Forever 21 – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
F&F – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
George at Asda –  HALF PRICE SALE – SHOP
H&M – UP TO 60% OFF – SHOP
La Redoute – UP TO 60% OFF – SHOP
Missguided – UP TO 50% OFF EVERYTHING – SHOP
Miss Selfridge – UP TO 70% OFF EVERYTHING – SHOP
Motel – UP TO 70% OFF – SHOP
Net-A-Porter – UP TO 70% OFF – SHOP
New Look – UP TO 70% OFF  – SHOP
Oasis – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP 
Office – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Peacocks – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Pretty Little Thing – UP TO 50% OFF  – SHOP

Public Desire – UP TO 85% OFF – SHOP

River Island – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Ted Baker – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP

Topshop – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Quiz – UP TO 70% OFF – SHOP
Urban Outfitters – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Zalando – UP TO 60% OFF – SHOP


Cox and Cox – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Currys PC World – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Dunelm –  UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Dwell – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Made.com – UP TO 40% OFF – SHOP
Oliver Bonas – UP TO 40% OFF – SHOP
Wayfair – UP TO 80% OFF – SHOP
West Elm – UP TO 60% OFF – SHOP


Harvey Nichols – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
House of Fraser – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Liberty – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Marks and Spencer – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
Selfridges – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP
TK Maxx – UP TO 80% LESS – SHOP
Very – UP TO 50% OFF – SHOP

Hello everyone. Long time, no post. So where have I been? Well, if you’re a regular reader around here you’ll know that the beginning of 2016 was a tough one for me and my family. That plays a big part in my lack of posts in recent months. My head has just not been in it, I came back for a little while in the summer but I just couldn’t think of any new content. A lot of change has happened this year and I also haven’t really had the time to sit down and write posts, even though in the last month I’ve had so many ideas that I’ve just wanted to get down. But I’m back now and posts will commence immediately, I’m definitely going to try and post more often.

I hope you guys like the new theme and the new name. I prefer it. It is still a work in progress, so you may see some minor changes over the next few weeks.

Before I go, I’d like to thank everyone who stuck around during my absence. To still have all my followers on Bloglovin is surprising haha. Thanks guys.

I hope you like all the new posts I have coming up.

Laura x