A New Chapter: Sheffield


The Norwich chapter of my life is over and I’m now writing to you from Sheffield. I’ve been here just over a week and things are already in full swing. I’ve unpacked boxes, finished watching Gossip Girl, kept on top of work and signed up to the gym. I need to get myself into a good routine but things are slowly falling into place.

I say this a lot, but I really do love that this blog started out as out as ‘A New Chapter‘, it rings very true to life. I’ve started many new chapters during the 6 or so years of this blog and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The last change in my life was back in March. I’d moved into a beautiful new flat in Norwich and started working freelance. Within a few months P was offered a rather exciting job in Sheffield and asked me to go with him. I’m lucky enough to be able to set up my desk wherever I like, so I packed my bags and decided to give life in Sheffield a go.

I love change and in all honesty I was well and truly ready to leave Norwich. I actually stayed there a lot longer than I’d planned. I think it’s very important to embrace change. If not, you can become stagnant within work, life and friendships.

Here are 5 reasons I love changing my location:

- It gives you the chance to take a new direction in life – I plan on taking a new course in the upcoming months and I’d like to get out on long walks and bike rides during September.

Meet new people - When you’re in a new city you have to make more of an effort to interact and get to know new people. Mixing with new people can give you the push to try something different, think in a new way and just have a good old laugh. I’m determined to surround myself with positive people here in Sheffield. I plan on doing this through meeting up with bloggers and joining various courses and clubs.

- Leave behind negative energy – Make sure you leave false and negative friendships in your old city. We can’t be friends with everyone, it’s not natural and much better to go your separate ways. I suggest removing people who aren’t your cup of tea from your social networks or at least hiding them from your timeline.

- Have a big clear out of everything you own. My goal for the next week is to get rid of anything I don’t use or wear. I’m ready for a new style in my life.

- Refresh your dreams and goals. Although I’ve only been here a week I’ve already been thinking a lot about my career. Over the next four months I’ll be working hard on Indiecana and seeing what I can make of it whilst working on a few freelance projects. I want to improve upon my current set of skills which I hope to do through a course at the local college.

I’m ready to enjoy the ride that Sheffield has to offer.

Have you ever moved to a new city?

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Life Lists: 5 things to fit into an early morning


I read a lot of about successful people. Some of my favourites articles are where we get a look inside their lives. Over the last few months I’ve read lots about the things successful people do before breakfast, how early they wake up and even at what times they go to bed. Now, I’m well aware that these are all to be taken with a pinch of sugar and a shot of espresso, but I think they’re very useful. They’ve given me the motivation to nudge my alarm clock from 7 to 6 AM.

I’ve been really pleased with my new early start and I’m even waking up earlier (7am) on the weekends.

If you fancy having more hours in the day then try setting an earlier alarm. Don’t set five different ones (we’ve all been there) but pick a time and stick to getting out of bed. It’s amazing what you can get done while everyone else is hitting snooze.

Here are 5 things I do with the extra time in the morning:

- Get ahead of work –  I love being awake 3 hours before the rest of the business world are stumbling into work. It gives me time to catch-up on emails, work without interruptions and really get a head start to the day.

- Exercise – Unless I’m going to an evening class it’s good to fit 30 – 60 minutes exercise into my morning. I won’t lie, it’s a bit of an effort but well worth it because you can forget about it for the rest of the day.

- Breakfast – Many argue that it’s the most important meal of the day, so it should be enjoyed, right? I’ve been trying to take some time to chill out with P in the morning. We pop the Nespresso machine on, boil some eggs, slice an avocado and have a chat about our weekend plans. Sometimes it’s just a quick slice of grapefruit but it’s much better than running ‘round the house getting ready whilst eating.

- Work on a personal project/hobby – Whatever your hobby may be you can spend the extra hours of your morning preparing posts and getting organised. I like to spend some time on Indiecana in the morning and do some work on Prettygreentea. Then I can get on with my other work (the ones that pay the bills) and return to my personal work in the evening.

- Read - I keep seeing people tweet and blog about their lack of time to read (myself included). Waking up a bit earlier gives you the chance to enjoy a cup of tea in bed, read a little or even watch a few YouTube videos. If you don’t fancy reading in the morning your new routine will soon see you getting into bed earlier in the evening. So turn off Modern Family, stop scrolling through your timeline and try opening your book. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into books, I’m just about to finish The 4-Hour Work Week and reviewed #GIRLBOSS the other day.

I guess I’m lucky that I don’t need hours and hours of sleep. I’m good to go with about 4 – 6 hours, depending on what I’ve been doing during the day. So I’ve recently been going to bed between 11 – 12 and getting up at 6. I’ve had a few nights where I’ve been fighting insomnia but I’m finding that my new routine alongside the gym is helping to control that a lot more.

What time do you usually set your alarm for?

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Beauty: Lovea Argan Hair Detangling Spray

lovea hair

Over the last few months my hair has been really irritating me. I feel like I’m always saying this, but this time ’round it’s more about the condition of my hair and not the style. My hair has been dry, tangled, knotty and a pain to brush. Most normal people would go to the hairdresser, get all the unhealthy ends off and go for a fresh look. For some reason I find it hard to fit a hair appointment in and always leave it to the last minute. Once this post is live I will have visited a hairdresser and I plan to go for a medium length cut.

I’ve been using lots of new hair products (shampoo, conditioner and hair masks) to look after my hair over the last two months. I will be sharing some of my favourites in the upcoming weeks. As my hair has be getting tangled for a long time I thought I’d start off with theLovea Detangling and Conditioning Spray. It fell into my life thanks to the kind folk over at MyPure, at the start of July and I’ve been using it after every shower.

I’d thought about buying a detangling spray before this one but presumed that they wouldn’t work. I also had it in my mind that they were designed for kids. I’ve no idea how I formed that idea but I can assure you it’s a load of rubbish. I’ve taken this on a few weekends away and I can’t imagine I’ll be without it (or a detangler) for a while now.

This is a leave-in conditioner which you spray onto your wet hair and then comb through. I focus on the middle and ends of my hair but avoid the scalp. I then use my good old Tangle Teezer to comb through my hair after leaving the product for a good five minutes. This spray makes my hair much much easier to brush through and once it’s dry it’s very easy to manage. I’ve found myself making more of an effort to style my hair because it’s felt a lot less frizzy and tangled.

I’m a big fan of products from Lovea and have repurchased their body cream, sun cream and scrubs many times. All the products have a sweet nutty scent of Argan Oil, which I really like. I’ve found that the spray does leave a light scent in your hair but it’s very pleasant.

I think £6.49 is a fair amount to pay for an organic hair detangling spray. I know I’ll be repurchasing this once I’ve used the bottle up. If you’re suffering from tangled hair then it’s well worth giving a try.

Do you use a hair detangling spray?

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Adventure & Style with Huckberry

Huckberry loves


Leather CorditoMaritime Anchor BraceletTickmarks Flask | The 16″ Classic bag

I hope you’re all having a relaxing Sunday. After making pancakes I spent the morning reading magazines in bed. I’m now feeling fully refreshed and ready to tell you about a members only shop I stumbled upon this week. I’ve fallen in love with Huckberry and have visited the website quite often this week.

Huckberry have got their branding on point. As soon as you land on the website you’re hit with wonderful photography and a lifestyle that you want to be a part of.

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They stock everything you need to live an adventurous and stylish lifestyle; clothing, home-ware, food, accessories and much more. They also have sales which are curated by their favourite people. One of the latest is Have Camera – Will Travel by photographer, Chris Burkard.  It’s geared towards men but there are plenty of interesting bracelets, flasks and candles for us girls to enjoy. Trust me, this is a website most of us can appreciate. I know I’ll be picking up some future birthday presents on here.
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The Huckberry website tells a story. They’ve built this brand as a lifestyle through stunning photography, hand selected items and a lot of passion. It was founded back in 2011 in San Francisco by Andy Forch and Richard Greiner. They invested their own money into the project and you all know how much I love reading about a successful business story.

I urge you to go and browse the Huckberry website and spend some time in the journal. It’s almost as though you’re looking through the pages of a coffee table book.

Have you found any interesting shops or businesses this week?

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Books: My thoughts on #GIRLBOSS

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If you’re in a slump then this book will get you right out of it.

The day the book launched I became caught up in the Twitter hype. At the time, I knew very little about Sophia Amoruso but a quick Google and a few articles later I was looking for the book. I purchased it via iBooks because it wasn’t available anywhere else in the UK. I’m a huge fan of business, successful people and motivation so I knew I had to hit download. If you’re not up for reading about a journey to success then this wont be the book for you.

Two days later and I was sad to be landing on the final page (it’s a very easy and quick read). This book gave me the kick of motivation and nod of confirmation that I could achieve anything I wanted. It’s true, if you really want something then get up and go for it.

I’ll admit that when I first saw the title, #GIRLBOSS I thought was a little bit cheesy. After a few chapters I realised that even if there was a hint of cheese the title of this book worked. It fitted very well Sophia Amoruso’s journey and it caused a storm of interest on social media.

A few tips from the book and my thoughts:

1 – Be ready to work hard to achieve what you want – I mean it, nothing worth having is easy.

2 – Don’t take yourself too seriously – I’ve worked with so many egos in the last few years. Be a badass and not a jackass.

3 - Get shit done – This is something I’ve always personally said (I’ve wanted to use ‘We Get Shit Done’ for many of my ventures). People spend a lot of time complaining they don’t like their job, their partner or the way they eat. Change it. At least plan out how to change your situation and start taking the steps.

You won’t get lots of business tips and processes in this book. However, that’s not its point, or at least I don’t think it is. The book is there to show you that we all have it in us to create something special. It doesn’t matter what journey you take, you will get to where you want to be in the end. Yes, you might have to work through some shitty jobs to pay the bills, you may have to work at companies where you learn nothing but how not to do the job but that all adds up.

It doesn’t matter what your goals are, you can achieve them if you really want to.

I’d love to know your thoughts on #GIRLBOSS 

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Yankee Candle – Citrus Tango review

Citrus Tango


Citrus Tango by Yankee Candle* is perfect for burning in the kitchen. This is another candle from Yankee which looks beautiful in its jar and adds a burst of colour to the house.

The candle is filled with oranges, lemons and grapefruits and has a very authentic fragrance to it. I’ve been able to pick out the orange notes the most but still catch a zesty lemon kick every now and then. I’ve found that the scent is fresh and light and it takes about two hours of burning to really fill the room.

This large candle is now on offer for £13.99 and the small jar is £5.59 which I think is pretty good. I always prefer to pick candles up when they’re in the sale.

What is the most you would spend on a candle?

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Blognix 2014 overview


I think it’s time I finally told you about Blognix. This is going to be an overview of the day and a few tips from my notebook. There’s lots of information over on the website and I’ll include links to speakers and blog posts. If you use #Blognix on Twitter people are always happy to chat.

I want to start by telling you that I had a fantastic day, enjoyed some really delicious food for lunch and spent time hanging out with Sophie from Onetenzeroseven and Sophie from Sophie Etc. If you’re looking for a fun, friendly and useful blogging conference then I suggest you think about going next year.


Blognix was held at The Custard Factory in Birmingham back in June. It’s an affordable (£50) blogging conference founded by the talented Elizabeth Sellers.

The day was kicked off with a chat about branding – Brand Link You Mean It. This is one of my favourite topics so I spent a lot of time taking notes and left with some new ideas to give Prettygreentea a fresh look.

In business we talk about a brand being a lifestyle. People don’t just fly with Virgin to get from A to B they’re buying into the lifestyle and feeling that goes with it. The same goes for your blog.

Tip – Make a list of 5 keywords that describe your blog and how you want your readers to feel.
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We heard from the fantastic Emma Cossey. She spoke of the pros and cons of freelancing and offered lots of tips to potential and existing freelancers.

Tip – Know your value and create a personal brand.

Emma also introduced us to the idea of being a multipotentialite. This was something many of us connected with immediately and I’m sure many of you will. As bloggers our work can fall into many different fields. A lot of us freelance, work full time jobs and our blogs can be an outlet for the many different interests and skills we have. I urge you to read up on it.

Hayley Constantine talked about disclosure. This is a topic which I think is very useful for everyone in the blogging world. One of her key points was that readers shouldn’t have to look for it.

Tip - Make it easy and show your readers that you and your blog are trustworthy. 


Ahmed Ahmed talked to us about offline events. He told us about the ones he has hosted and the benefits of of putting time and effort into them.

Tip – Don’t forget about traditional media.

There were bunch of different workshops to attend which included – podcasting, tax returns, photography tips, brand collaborations, alternative routes to make money from your blog (we all have to pay the bills) and creating a book. We picked 3 out of the 6 options. I was a bit gutted to miss Hayley Carr’s workshop on brand collaborations. If anyone went and has wrote about it please let me know.

Cathy Presland hosted a workshop with lots of advice on the steps needed to create blog from your book. It’s important to think about how you can stand out and make a difference with a book. I know a few bloggers have taken to publishing a book but one which sticks out in my mind is A Beautiful Mess.

Rosie Slosek talked to us about tax. At first you might think it’s a pretty dull topic but often the important things in life are. If you want to earn money from your blog or set up a business then it’s something you should start learning about.

One of my favourite talks of the day was from Kim Lawler. Kim discussed the various advertising streams available to bloggers including Ebooks, selling products and hosting virtual classes.

Here are a few things to think about if you want to profit from your blog:

- Who reads your blog and why
– Create a reader profile
– What skills can you offer – design/social media management 
– Extra skills – baking – photography 
– Be creative and think outside the box

After a motivating talk from Justice Williams MBE  we all headed across the way to Alfie Birds for colourful cocktails, cheesy pizzas and the best chips I’ve had in ages. This gave everyone a chance to chat and discuss all things blog related.

Blognix are sharing lots of handy tips on improving your blog.

Thanks again for a fantastic day!

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unicorn bag of dreams

unicorn bagDress – Topshop |  Unicorn Bag - alice + olivia

At the moment I’m putting all my money into my business and towards moving to a new city. It’s very exciting and I know it will be worth it in the long run.

In-between my work I still find myself eyeing up Shopbop, Waterstones and Topshop during my coffee break. I’ve been going back and forth looking at the beautiful unicorn bag and colour block dress you can see above. They are very me and it’s proving difficult to forget about them.

Sadly I wont be parting with my money for a unicorn bag this month but if it’s still there at the end of August I might just treat myself.

What’s on your wish list at the moment?

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Outfit of the day and a lifestyle change

It’s been ages since I shared an outfit with you. At first I was just out of the habit and had very little time due to work. Then I put on weight and didn’t feel comfortable taking photos to put on the blog. I’m generally not a fan of being in front of the camera, I much prefer being behind the lens. However, I love documenting my outfits. It’s nice to look back on them over the years and good for when you need some inspiration. So, now that I’ve made some big changes in my lifestyle and work hours I think it’s time to start sharing my outfits again.

Alongside outfit posts I’d also like to talk more about my lifestyle changes and keep the blog documented on my health and fitness progress.


So, here are a few changes I’ve made over the last month:

- I’ve gone from drinking one small glass of water a day to 2 litres.

- I’ve been avoiding takeaways. I probably had two a month as well as eating out at restaurants.

- I’ve stopped having Marmite on toast for breakfast. I now have Grape Nuts, fresh fruit or a veg and fruit smoothie.

- I’ve cut out processed foods. We now make everything from scratch at home and this includes jar sauces. I didn’t have a lot of processed food before but I’ve eliminated anything that was.

- In terms of sugar I’m avoiding chocolate bars and candy. If I have chocolate it will be a square of the good stuff but only on special occasions. I find that the more I eat it the more I crave it.

- I go to the gym between 3 and 5 times a week. This includes a combination of Combat, Spin, Pilates and Pump. I’d also like to get a swimming session in each week.

- I’m massively allergic to dairy. It causes my skin to flare up and become very itchy. Although I’m good at avoiding dairy most of the time I sometimes slip (pizza and ice cream). So I’ve decided to save those two things for holidays. My skin really is much better when I don’t eat dairy.

- I don’t buy normal bread any more. I now go for rye bread every now and then. It’s delicious with peanut butter or eggs and avocado.

- I’ve cut down on wearing foundation. This has really helped the condition of my skin along with my water intake. I have two brands of foundation which work well with my skin, I use these when I go to meetings or out with friends.

I can’t think of any other significant changes I’ve made, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated. I’m also reading a lot about health and fitness and will share any interesting bits I find over on Twitter.

Now, if I happen to go out for dinner or have a takeaway with friends once in the month then I wont be worrying about it. You can’t avoid social situations all the time but it’s good to just keep everything in balance. However, since I’ve cut out processed foods I’ve found that I don’t enjoy having my old favourite curry from the takeaway as much (I still love chips though..). It looks like things are changing in a positive way.


Dress - Topshop | Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins | Shoes - Clarks similar style  (my review) | Bag – Red Valentino

My aim is to feel comfortable and happy with how I look.

A few things I hope to achieve:

- Quit my dependency on black tights
- Quit my obsession with cardigans
- Be able to do 10 press-ups – at the moment I can only just do 1 real one.



Lemon coin purse – Kate Spade | Phone case* – Ted Baker

I hope some of you will find this post interesting and maybe even come back again to keep up with my latest outfits and fashion finds. I would like to continue updating the blog with my lifestyle change and health, if this is something you would be interested in then do let me know.

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Summer candle: Juicy Watermelon

watermelon candle

The Juicy Watermelon Yankee Candle* arrived last week. Isn’t the packaging beautiful? Just look at that freshly sliced watermelon sitting on a bed of ice, it’s making my mouth water!

I decided to burn the candle while we were sitting out in the sunshine for lunch. Juicy Watermelon really really smells of freshly cut watermelon. At first the scent is delicate and sweet but after an hour it becomes much stronger. I suggest putting the candle out after 30/60 minutes so you can enjoy a light scent of fresh watermelon floating around the room. I wouldn’t leave it burning for longer because it becomes too sweet.

This candle has quickly become my favourite for the summer months. I’ve really enjoyed burning it out in the garden when we’ve had friends over and also in the lounge or kitchen first thing in the morning. The scent lasts throughout the day and makes the whole house smell like summer.

I should also point out that this is one of the first sweet/fruity candles that I’ve liked. I normally go for spicy scents during the winter and floral for summer. It seems that Juicy Watermelon has taken first place as my favourite summer candle…for now.

I have a few more candles to tell you about later in the week.

Do you enjoy burning candles during the summer months?

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Hi, I'm Daisy and this is my little space on the internet. This is the place I record the different chapters of my life. It's where I write about business, beauty and baking. I can also be found sharing photos of my daily outfits, the food I eat and the treasures I find.

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