Zoella Beauty Fizz Bar Gate 2K14: Putting It To Bed

I never anticipated the crazy responses I would get from stating my honest opinion on a product. Ah well. Here are my final thoughts on the whole subject and I will see you in the new year.

I hope your 2015 is full of health, wealth and happiness and will see you Friday with a new post! xxx

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GUEST POST: Author Interviews by Allie Lange

 Allie from Reckless in Your Love has agreed to write a lovely guest post interviewing some great authors who have participated in NaNoWriMo! If you're interested in participating next year, or did it this year, you'll want to read this.


If you guys have been around the blog world lately, you’ve probably seen something related to NaNoWriMo – a post, a picture, a Tweet, something.   You may have even cringed to read that word because, whether you participated or not, you’re probably at some level of being NaNoWriMo-ed out.   For those of you who don’t know much about it, NaNoWriMo (AKA, National Novel Writing Month) is a month-long event during which authors work towards a goal of writing 50,000 words of their novel all in 30 days.  They’re absolutely crazy!  From what I’ve heard, it’s really intense.  You type and type and type until your fingers bleed, and at the end you have a 50,000 words that more or less form a baby book which still needs a lot of work to become a published novel.  In spite of the difficulty, something about that has an irresistible draw for me.  I’ve always wanted to write a book, but over the last months, a few of my favorite bloggers showed me that I can write a book.  Like, now.  I want to write a book! There it is.  It’s official.

I have a lot of experience with rushing into things without a lot of consideration or prior knowledge, so about four seconds after I decided that I wanted to write a book, I was hit with images of me sitting on the floor, burned out and surrounded by half a novel’s worth of pages that would never become a real book.  I can’t say similar things haven’t happened before.  (Coughcough, the aftermath of Hurrican Scrapbook in my basement right now.) I do, however, really want to write a book – it’s a total bucket list item.   And because bucket list items a) are mandatory and b) deserve consideration and prior knowledge, I emailed some experienced authors to learn a little bit about what I’m getting myself into.  They were so, so helpful, and I know lots of things about writing books now that I didn’t before!  I’d like to share that with you so that we can both not end up burned out on the floor, but I’d probably want to introduce them to you anyway, because they’re great: meet Lindsay, Chelsea, and Rachael.

From left to right: Lindsay, Chelsea, and Rachael, blogger / author extraordinaires!

Merry Christmas Everyone! 100,000 Views!

Anna in Wonderland, at the end of its 9th active month, has hit 100,000 pageviews!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to come over and check out what's on my little corner of the web. Without you guys, my blog would just be hanging out in dead air. To show my appreciation, check out the post below to win an awesome Christmas present!

And it is Christmas, isn't it? Check out my video on some crazy Christmas traditions from around the world!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! xxxx

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: One Last Present Giveaway!

All your Christmas/Hanukkah shopping is done and you're ready to relax for the rest of the holidays. But how would you like to win one more present for yourself? 

I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to give away a fabulous Cath Kidston tote. You can choose either one, or any item on the Cath Kidston website of equal or lesser value (or any combination of items totaling to a retail value of £45).

 Get to know your hosts and how to enter after the jump!

November Self-Publishing Tips

As my health wasn't too great in November, I didn't really do a whole lot when it comes to promoting my books. Thus, I really didn't do that well. It wasn't my lowest month, but it wasn't anywhere near what it has been. 

GUEST POST: An Accidental Life Down Under by Lydia and Rosie Stevens

This post today is by two of my favorite ladies, Lydia and Rosie Stevens of Two Little Pigs Down Under. Lydia and I did our MA degrees together and had a great time living in Amsterdam for a year together. She and her twin, Rosie, couldn't quite shake the travel bug and are here today sharing how they accidentally started a whole new life in Australia.

 G’day all!
Now, while our good friend Anna is feeling somewhat under the weather (get well soon gurrrl) the two little pigs oinked at the opportunity to regale you, her lovely readers, with the tale of just how we came to be living on the opposite side of the world to our native England, in Australia. Be sure to check out our blog and our instagram for amusing rambles (well we think they're funny. And our parents do. #so.) , travel stories, a plethora of brekky pictures and the odd rant (we do love a good rant- a bit like Anna here. Preach it sista!)

New Video: Lip Monthly Unboxing

Looking for a make-up subscription service? Today I review and unbox my Lip Monthly box.

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GUEST POST: 10 Apps That Make Hosting Holidays Easier by Shari Wargo Stamps

Shari Wargo Stamps of Savvy Every Day is back with another great guest post about apps that can help you breeze through the holidays with ease. 


Gathering for special occasions is one of the reasons the holidays feels so magical . . . that and there are presents involved so some people are far more polite that usual.  But with these big events comes the stress of putting it all together. Sometimes ensuring dinner is set and ready on time while also taking the time to decorate just right and be sure you have enough food (or people coming) can be a real bear! Fortunately, there are some very cool apps that make all this more of a breeze and less of a sandstorm. Keep reading for some #SavvyHolidayApps you’ll love.

Gifts for Him for Under £20

Getting a gift for him on a budget? Look  no further...here's my last minute gift guide!

GUEST POST: Kristie's Travel Tips by Kristie Ketterhagen

Hi y'all, I am Kristie from Kristie's Blue Jeans.  Anna has graciously welcomed me to her Wonderland and I am so excited.  I have a little blog about my life's chaotic, hilarious moments and the random musings that pop into my head.  I hope you stop by.

Anyone you talk to will tell you how much they wish they could travel more or how you should travel before marriage, kids or getting older because that is the only time you are really going to be able to travel.  I couldn't agree more.  I am pretty sure I live a life that some are envious of, but in reality I am extremely envious of the true nomads and the freedom they have.  Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for my job and the opportunities it has allowed me, especially the travel I am able to afford to do.  Here are a few of my tips for making a trip of a lifetime.

 Travel Buddies-  It is really important, if you decide to travel with people, to find people of like tastes, financial standings with whom you mesh well with,  No one wants to go on a trip where they have to cover another person because they were really only able to afford the cost of getting there, but not the being there.  Additionally, having people of good nature along makes the trip that much better.

New Video: Frozen and Maleficent Inspired Holiday Hairstyles

So, I'm okay at hair. I'm not amazing, but I feel like watching Pinterest-perfect people doing their hair just makes me all depressed inside. So I decided to a slightly less than perfect hair tutorial inspired by Anna from Frozen and Princess Aurora from Maleficent. And I'm kind of slowly getting back to regularly scheduled filmings! Woohoo!

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Gifts for Her for Less Than £20

Looking for gifts on a budget? I've got you covered!

GUEST POST: How to Give a Gift Like Ted Mosby by Sami Jankins

Sami Jankins, one of my best friends, has allowed me to repost this great gift giving tip article that she originally wrote for The Good Men Project. With the holidays upon us, this article is going to be super helpful and shows some great tips for creating memorable gifts.


We’re all used to the standard holidays that are known to be the moment of sharing gifts – birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, as well as Christmas. I’m a year-round gifter. I like to highlight all of those special moments in my friends’ and family’s lives – moving, new job, or even as a thank you. Maybe I do this because I am a romantic. It’s also the first time I’m acknowledging that. Have I been influenced by watching movies and TV growing up? It’s entirely possible. I was named after Molly Ringwald’s character from Sixteen Candles, after all. I like making my family, friends, and whomever I’m dating feel special. However, I’m not the best at expressing these things verbally which is how I’ve become known as “the gifter”, “the grand gesturer”, or sometimes “the female Ted Mosby”. All of those moments that people assume only happen in movies, I try to make occur in real life, and with good success.

New Video Let's Talk: Internet Hate

Things I learned and observed from making "negative" comments on the Zoella Beauty Range and the idea of "Internet Hate." What do you think?

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GUEST POST: Looks I'm Loving Lately by Llinos

Today's guest post is from Llinos of The Lilac Linnet. She's sharing some of her favorite looks and tips and tricks for the winter months.


Now that the colder months are here, and the dark nights are setting in earlier, I've been enjoying trying new styles for my hair, and wearing darker colours of makeup.  Think rich jewel tones and autumnal colours.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes Dark Palette

GUEST POST: Four Date Night Outfits by Neesha Rees

As I concentrate on repairing my body, I am having a slew of lovely ladies do some guest posts for me! Today we have Neesa from Reinventing Neesha to give you some budget friendly festive fashion ideas for date nights with your beau during the holiday season.


So the Festive Season is fast approaching and one thing I notice happens a lot before Christmas is everyone goes out for meals. Whether it's with your close girlfriends, colleagues from work or your family. But my favourite meal out is with my other half. So I've put together a few outfit ideas for date night out over the holidays.

Dress - £30 | Clutch Bag - £22 | Shoes - £24.99
Total Outfit Cost = £76.99

This outfit is definitely me! A little bit edgy but still figure hugging with a bit of sass. The glitter effect dresses are all in this season and this burgundy number from Topshop with gold glitter fleck is amazing. Nothing showing on the top but definitely showing lots of leg. I adore this clutch bag with gold stars from Asos very Rock Chick and finally I have teamed off the outfit with some simple Black heels from New Look. If it's a bit cold out and to finish off the look add a simple black leather jacket for total rock babe.

The Quandary of Self-Promotion

When you're a new blogger, sometimes self-promotion is all you have. But how do you do that without annoying the ever loving crap out of everyone? I don't have all the answers, but let's have a chat.

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