Happy 5th Bloggiversary!


playing with waffle balls party

silver glitter cupcakes

five year blogging anniversary party

burts bees gift boxes

shiny glitter cupcakes

blogger party

rainbow puffed rice sweets

colourful party table

debenhams flowers in yellow spotty vase

carrie and lucy blogging best friends

5 Whole Years!

Wowza, have I really been blogging for 5 years? That’s the longest relationship I’ve ever been in and baby, we’re still going strong! Starting back in the summer before university, I’ve been sharing my shiny thoughts throughout my degree, move to London (home and back again), new friendships and new job all whilst improving my photography and discovering the most amazing places and experiences. Hopefully I’ve been able to help add a dose of colour, smiles and shinyness to your screens along the way!

The best part of all this though has been the most AMAZING friends I’ve made through the power of the internet. To thank my besties Carrie, Kristabel and Olivia for being such Blogging babes, I threw them a little party and luckily for you, you can join in too by winning one of 5 shiny gifts – my way of thanking you for reading!

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Bloggiversary Presents!

I’m giving away 5 gifts to celebrate 5 years of Shiny Thoughts! So what’s inside? Each winner will receive a Burt’s Bees skincare tin, some little beauty bits and bobs from NVcolour and a couple of pieces of fab fun festival jewellery from ASOS. There’s also a super shiny gold mug set from Howkapow (I really want these for myself!), cute lightening bolt silver mirror earrings from Sugar and Vice, Company magazine X Anna Lou bracelet and matching bold print scarf from Anna Lou,Β make up bag from Betty Walter,Β fine loose leaf tea by Teapigs, fun party decorations from Rigby & Mac and a couple of Coco Cafe drinks thrown in so you can create your own shiny party!

To be in for the chance of winning one, just share this post on Twitter, Facebook or your blog (don’t forget to ‘at’ me @shinythoughts!) and then simply leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve liked most about ShinyThoughts over the last 5 years!

howkapow gold cups

mirror sunglasses

teapigs loose leaf tea

asos sunglasses and crystal headband

betty walter retro hand cream


colourful party paper cups

rigby & mac party confetti decorations

Giveaway Details

There are 5 individual gifts, each fairly even in their prizes. Giveaway is open to all ShinyThoughts readers who have shared this post on one of their social channels, linking @shinythoughts in their post and then commenting on this post. The winners will be contacted via the social account they used to share this post and a prize will be sent to them. The giveaaway will close and the winners will be announced next Sunday 6th July. Just tweet me for any questions!

Good luck!

Thank you so much to all my favourite brands for giving away such awesome prizes! Thanks to Debenhams Flowers for the bouquet and for offering you all Β£8 off a Summer bouquet with free choccies and delivery with code BLOG8 – Winning already!


  • Jessica July 6, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Absolute adore Shiny Thoughts, and can’t believe it’s been 5 years! The colours, the playfulness … totally inspired to set up my own blog! Admittedly I haven’t followed for all that time but it’s wonderful to see the success you’ve had πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see where the future takes you! x

    My Share:

  • cathia July 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Congratulations on 5 years Lucy – blog is looking great every time I drop by!
    You never fail to add a splash of colour to my Sunday blogroll reads – thank you πŸ™‚

  • Francesca Woulfe July 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    My favourite thing about your blog has to be the pops of colour, always brightens up a dark day!

  • Phoebe July 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Well done on the five years! I think I love how you have got me back into wearing trainers for everyday and feeling fashionable in them plus can’t not agree about the amount of colour that goes on here. I have shared on Facebook xx

  • Dulce July 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    What i love about Shiny Thoughts is that it always makes me smile, so colorful and you simply are full of life!

  • Ellie July 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Oops and my favourite thing is seeing your wonderful smiling face and all the colour you find even on the greyest of London days!

  • Ellie July 6, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Been meaning to enter all week! Am I too late! Shared on twitter and Instagram

  • Chloe July 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I loved your collaboration with wishwishwish on your beautiful magazine! Aside from that, your pretty photography and individual style. Congratulations on five years and good luck for many more x

  • Alice Rose July 6, 2014 at 7:16 PM


    My favourite thing about your blog is your colourful outfit posts! You manage to pull off so many looks I could never dream of!

    I’ll share this post as your giveaway looks amazing!


  • Chloe Wilson July 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Wow – congratulations! πŸ™‚

    I think what I love most about your blog is how happy it makes me. When life gets a little stressful, I like to follow blogs (and vlogs) as they are a great way to get immersed for a while and forget everything. While others sometimes leave me feeling a bit gutted that that is not my life, yours always makes me feel positive, happy and inspired. I adore your quirky style and while some people look at my choices with raised eyebrows, I feel that you are all the justification I need – you help me feel confident in my choices.

    Thank you for this colourful and happy blog that never fails to bring a smile to my face (I’ve only just realised that although I’ve been reading your blog for sometime, I never actually followed it until now – sorry!)

    – Chloe. x

  • Jess July 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Happy 5th Bloggiversary Lucy! Love reading your blog, especially the amount of effort that goes into your posts, my favourites being your party outfit in the hall, & your clueless outfit a couple of weeks back! Hope you had a lovely time at your party (it certainly looks like you did!). Love all the bright colours and decor!

  • sausan July 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I really like the colorful outfits and posts, it just makes me smile:)
    You inspire me and give me the courage to dress however i want!

  • Rachel July 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Happy anniversary!! I started following your blog because of your sheer exuberance and sense of fun and it never fails to brighten my day- I hope there are another five more years to come!

  • Tasha July 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    A belated happy bloggiversary to you!! I look forward to the next five years πŸ™‚ x

  • Hannah July 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Happy Anniversary!! I always love the bright colours on your blog! Never fail to put a smile on my face – and always make me want to wear brighter clothes πŸ™‚ xx

  • angela July 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Love the golden mug! And happy birthday to shinythoughts. Love the vibes and Shine

  • Matthew Pike July 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Well done Lucy, happy birthday! I’ve loved your blog for ages and I’m pleased that we got to work together that time, was pretty fun!

    I won’t enter because it’s girly but you wanted to stop by anyway.

  • Sarah July 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    In a blogosphere of style sameness, I love Shiny Thoughts because it offers a technicoloured, quirky take on fashion! xo

  • Harisa July 2, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Aside from an obvious burst of colour into my life, my favourite thing about this blog has been the amazing recommendations you give! From Tatty Devine jewellery to an amazing liberty floral cloth watch you recommended a couple of years ago, this blog has been instrumental in making my own wardrobe and accessories more exciting. Happy birthday shiny thoughts! (I shared this post on my twitter, @not_harisa) xxx

  • Jenni July 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Happy Bloggiversary! I’m a new reader, found you through What Olivia Did β€” I have fallen in love with your beautiful colourful blog! I shared the post on Twitter (@yumeish): πŸ™‚

  • SJ July 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Congratulations Lucy! I’m a couple of months behind you – can’t believe it’s been five years already!

  • Vicki July 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hey miss lucy! had to enter ur awesome giveaway,(tweeted giveaway) look all those scrummy prizes! those mugs?! eh awesome. what ive enjoyed most on your blog is your posts around London, although they make me wanna move there so badly! happy blog bday! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Jessica Munro July 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I love alll of the colours! Happy blogiversary, you’ve inspired me to start blogging!
    ( I shared the post on my twitter – @JessicaMunro
    Jess x

  • Maria July 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Happy blog birthday! I can’t believe I have been reading for 5 years!

    Maria xxx

  • Charlotte Noble July 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Happy bloggiversary!! Love your pictures! They are always so colourful!

  • Claire July 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    5 years is amazing!! I’ve only been following for the past year and a bit but your bright, colourful photography first attracted me and I still love it Gisforgingers xx

  • Ashley Fauguel July 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    5 years of Shiny Thoughts – awesome! Such a great blog Lucy – here is to the next 5! x

  • Katie July 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    You’ve got colour and you ain’t afraid to use it! Brightens up everyone’s dreary day x

  • Immy June 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Congratulations!! I love your beautifully colourful blog.

  • Alexandra Mayhew June 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I’m a new reader, but love the colours and am so glad I found you! Happy Bloggerversary! X

  • Nicola June 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    First of all, happy bloggiversary! Yours is one of the best ones out there so you deserve all the success.
    I mentioned your giveaway on my Twitter @nicdolan fingers crossed.
    And like everyone else, I love the use of colour on your blog.


  • Emma June 30, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Congratulations and Happy 5th Blog Birthday!!
    Your photos and the brightness and colour caught my attention, such a happy feeling reading your blog. πŸ™‚

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  • Emma June 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Congratulations on such an impressive achievement! Amazing to see how committed you continue to be with your blog. I’ve been silently reading along for the longest time and my favourite thing about Shiny Thoughts is how simple yet colourful the whole aesthetic is – along with your beautiful photography and prose, of course!

    Your blog teaches me to be more creative every day. Thank you for every nugget of wisdom and inspiration Shiny Thoughts has ever offered to me!

    Emma x | Reverie Lane

  • Ina June 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Happy Birthday!
    What caught my attention was at first how colourful your style is! I loved it and it helped my own journey in the fashion world (not even properly started but at least I have ideas now!).
    Now living in London I also really enjoy seeing the places you’ve went to and in a way discovering them.
    In general this is one of my favourite blogs and also the reason I’m started updating my blog after my hiatus πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  • FashionablySparkly June 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Congratulations!! What caught my attention towards your blog was your very unique outfits. They are always full of colour and you aren’t afraid to experiment with different prints!

    Fashionably Sparkly

  • Captain Charghley June 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Congrats dear!!

    You’ve given me some really great tips for my own blog. Even if I can make mine half as good as yours I’ll be happy!

    My favourite thing I’ve seen on your blog HAS to be those effortless slippers. I’ve been lusting over those since I first spotted them on your blog.

    You’ve inspired me to be more positive and to add a bit more colour!
    Here’s to another 5 years! Xxx

  • Jessica Rose June 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Congrats you like the OAP of blogging now…Ha! Congrats.

  • Fox la GoGo June 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    what I love the most about this blog,
    is the glittery touch, and your funny sense of style (never classical and always a bit funky).
    You’re the first blogger I started to follow
    and I was so honored when you answered my emails last year;
    thanks to you i’m now moving to London this september,
    to restart my university career in fashion illustration at UAL.
    You bring the sunshine on my laptop.
    wish all the luck and the joy x x

  • Patti June 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Congrats, Lucy! I’m reading your blog for about a year now and I love that it’s so colourful and bright and happy in a world of monochrome and pastel grey blogs. Reading your posts and looking at your great pictures always makes me happy! πŸ™‚

  • Kat{berries} June 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Happy bloggiversary!
    I think my favourite thing has been the positiveness with which all your posts are written. And I absolutely love pictures from your travels (see: Marrakech)!

  • Kailey June 30, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SHINEST, THOUGHTFULEST blog ever! <33 This post is utterly perfect and you all are absolute babes <3

  • Alex Barker June 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! This! This is just insanely amazing! The colour and sparkles and pom poms (!!!) – this is why I love your blog. None compare in terms of colour or put as much personality into their personal style. Happy Birthday Shiny Thoughts – may there be many more to come! Alex xx

  • Thistle Jones June 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Congratulations on five whole years- may we all get so far and with as much style and good grace!

  • Clare June 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I actually wear maybe 90% black clothing, but I love your blog because you wear colours like I wish I could! (You also look like you’re mid-dance in most photos, love this too).

  • Tolly Gregory June 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Wowwww! Congrats lovely! Amazing pictures too, absolutely beautiful!
    I have shared the post on my Twitter, @TollyDollyPosh just so you know πŸ™‚
    Fingers crossed πŸ˜‰ Definitely agree with Laura, colour is the best part of your blog!

    Thanks so much,
    Tolly x

  • winnie June 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats Lucy! 5 years is kind of crazy isn’t it and it looks like you host the cutest, kitschiest party everrrr. These pictures are so fun too πŸ™‚

  • laura redburn June 29, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    omg so much colour and awesomeness and happiness in this post! and that has been my favourite thing about your blog lovely lucy! colour for the win πŸ™‚ love the gold tea set!

  • Fiona June 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I feel honoured to be one of those pals, you talented thing you. Big love!

    I want to win big. Obz.