“Sun is alone too…”

I was looking through the notes on my phone the other day and came across a tattoo idea list that I complied a year or two ago.

One of them was a quote that I found trawling through Pinterest many moons ago: “Sun is alone too, but still shines.”

It has always been my favourite quote as it’s one I can most relate to.

Ever since I was little I have always been a bit of a loner at times – I enjoyed my own company and was quite happy to play by myself. Of course, I loved being with others and my friends too but was quite content with taking myself off to read a book or draw.

My Mam has always said that that is the one thing she most admires about me as she never felt OK being on her own when she was my age. I always find this sad to hear as I think it’s really important to be friends with ourselves and look out for ourselves just like we would do for others.

This is what this quote signifies for me. The fact that even if we are on our own, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a bad thing and can actually be positive! The sun may be on it’s own but it’s still golden, warm and bright. It really is OK to be on your own, and you can still be all of these positive things without the presence of someone else!

Back to the whole tattoo thing – I was thinking of having a little sun outline (similar to the one below) with the quote underneath or above and I’m thinking of getting this one next. I already have a lotus flower on the inside of my left wrist that has a whole story on its own which I’ll maybe write about in the future.


I guess it’s just a reminder about independence and being totally cool in your own skin. And even if we are alone, the Sun will always have our backs!

With ❤️

Grace x


The TMI Tag


I think I’ve done one of these before but that was over two years ago when I blogged before, soooo might as well do another as I’ve probably changed quite a bit in some ways since then!

If you don’t know already, TMI stands for too much information and I thought it’d be good to introduce myself back into the WordPress world of blogging…

I’ll tag some of the wonderful blogs I follow under my answers. Feel free to accept or decline my tag but I’ll be looking forward to reading your answers if you do! – Don’t forget to let me know! 😃

Here goes…

  1. Do you have a nickname?
    • I normally prefer just Grace but have been called Gracie and Gracie Babyyyy by my mad aunt! 😂
  2. How old are you?
    • 19
  3. How tall are you?
    • 5’3
  4. Do you drive?
    • Yes. I passed my test in July last year and have a three door navy blue vauxhall corsa. Very flashy, I know 😉
  5. Where’s the furthest you’ve been away from home?
    • Last March I went to China which was a memorable experience to say the least! One of the photos I took with My Nikon camera of the great wall.. DSC_0009
  6. What your star/zodiac sign?
    • Virgo as I am a September baby ♥️ I’m not entirely sure whether I believe in your ‘horoscope’ but it’s fun to sometimes read what they have to say!
  7. Do you have any piercings?
    • Yes. I have first and second lobes, belly button, vertical labret (lip piercing) my smiley and two nostril piercings on the same side!
  8. Do you have any tattoos?
    • Just one but I’m planning to have more in the future. I have a lotus flower on the inside of my left wrist!
  9. What’s the last book you read?
    • “The Guest List” by Melissa Hill.
  10. Do you have any pets?
    • Unfortunately no 😞 Although me and Sam have planned to have a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd when we move. Is it sad that we’ve picked their names already? …
  11. Do you have any siblings?
    • I have an older sister, Kelly
  12. What’s your favourite food?
    • Chinese! 😋
  13. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
    • Sam this morning while he was at work. My Mam kept asking whether he’d want the leftover curry for dinner tonight – like she would have to ask!! – but obviously my answer of “Yes, duh!” wasn’t good enough and I was required to ring him!! 😂
  14. Eye colour?
    • A boring kinda brown, even though Sam always says they’re like a real deep chocolate.
  15. Last movie you watched?
    • Me and Sam have been getting these mad cravings for scary movies recently which isn’t normally like us – or me rather, as I always was a big wuss! – However, we did watch The Conjuring which I did think was really good…well, the parts I did watch that weren’t behind a cushion! lol
  16. Your favourite quote?
    • “Sun is alone too, but it still shines.”
  17. 3 things that make you happy?
    • Sam, the beach and a good book.
  18. What’s your favourite song at the moment?
    • Meant to be by Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
  19. Do you have a favourite perfume?
    • Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
  20. Are you left or right handed?
    • Right!
  21. Favourite TV show?
    • MTV’s Catfish.
  22. Who do you miss the most?
    • My late Grandad 💔
  23. Sweets or chocolate?
    • Sweets! Especially Sour Patch Kids
  24. Do you play any instruments?
    • I used to play the guitar and had a stab at piano but I don’t play anymore
  25. Who else do you tag?

The questions are:

  1. Do you have a nickname?
  2. How old are you?
  3. How tall are you?
  4. Do you drive?
  5. Where’s the furthest you’ve been away from home?
  6. What your star/zodiac sign?
  7. Do you have any piercings?
  8. Do you have any tattoos?
  9. What’s the last book you read?
  10. Do you have any pets?
  11. Do you have any siblings?
  12. What’s your favourite food?
  13. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
  14. Eye colour?
  15. Last movie you watched?
  16. Your favourite quote?
  17. 3 things that make you happy?
  18. What’s your favourite song at the moment?
  19. Do you have a favourite perfume?
  20. Are you left or right handed?
  21. Favourite TV show?
  22. Who do you miss the most?
  23. Sweets or chocolate?
  24. Do you play any instruments?
  25. Who else do you tag?

I also nominate anyone reading to also do this! Make sure you tag me so I can read your answers!! 💖 💖

With ❤️

Grace x

Bring on June 2018!


April-May has literally been the most stressful month I have had in a long time!

At the end of April I was in a car accident and have been off work due to bad whiplash. I often have a bad ache and sometimes pain in my neck and shoulders which also affects my arms when I do simple things such as making my bed and my back. I’ve been so gutted as I’ve let my dog customers down and also haven’t been able to do any cleaning as it uses a lot of back and arm work.

In the week following the incident I was constantly on the phone to my insurance company and solicitors trying to sort myself out!

Last Tuesday I went to my first physio session for a consultation and they advised that I would need about 12 sessions. On Friday I then got a call from my solicitor saying that they’ve cancelled my medical appointments and rehabilitation treatment due to a reason involving my case. I’m now having to seek and fund my own treatment which has put a big hold on going back to work!

Anyway, the whole point of this post is about June next month. Me and Sam are going to Kos, Greece on the 7th of June which we are so excited about!! 10 nights away is pure bliss, relaxing in the sun with a good book, good food and yummy cocktails! This is our hotel, Lagas Aegean Village which we booked through Thomas Cook! *Photos courtesy of Trip Advisor*

At the end of June, Sam’s moving in with me at my parents as his Dad’s trying to sell their house. I stay at Sam’s at the weekend at the moment – he lives there by himself as his Dad lives with his girlfriend. They’ve had many potential buyers and it has been ‘sold’ twice now but they’ve pulled out last minute, so frustrating! Basically, Sam doesn’t want to be in limbo anymore so is coming to Mam’s until we’ve saved enough for our house!

I’m trying to be as patient and as positive as I can with this situation I’m in regarding work and the physio – the thought of going away in a couple of weeks is getting me through!

Me and Sam are going to shoot a holiday video and take a load of photos so when we get back I’ll upload them in a post for you!

Are you going away anywhere this year? Or have you already been? Let me know below!

With ❤️

Grace x

Where has the time gone?


It has been 2 years, four months and one day since my last post on this blog. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone or why I even stopped writing on here.

I finished college with some pretty poor A levels and then went full time at Screwfix, where I met my other half Sam. I don’t work there anymore and neither does he. He works as a multi-tradesman now with his Uncle and Cousin, he’s a lot happier. I lasted nearly a year and a half at Screw, deciding that it wasn’t for me anymore and I wanted to pursue something else. I’m still with Sam though. It’s pretty corny but he’s a keeper and not actually bad to live with 😉

I’m now self-employed with my own dog walking business and I’m doing some cleaning on the side but it’s not earning me enough money. Me and Sam are saving for a deposit to put on our dream first home but I don’t want to just leave it down to him. I’m looking for a new job that isn’t self-employed so I can support him more. I absolutely love working with my doggie customers and will miss it terribly but sometimes in life I guess we have to make sacrifices.

My dream is to start a doggy day care when we find the house we like and have a boarding area in the garden where we can look after pooches overnight as well as during the day while their owners are at work. A lot of pet owners disregard normal kennels due to the conditions and the anxiety/problems ie: kennel cough their animals bring home with them. Ours will be a lot more personal and friendly, where we’ll aim to make the dogs feel like they’re at a home from home.

In the meantime I have to be patient and find something else.

I’m not even working at the moment as I was in a car accident a couple of weeks ago. I suffered from bad whiplash so I’ve had to take time off whilst funding my own physio. 😟

I’ve really missed blogging but I’ve settled with a new name. The name “Grunge Rocks My Socks” which my blog was formally known as doesn’t really suit me much any more so for this new chapter in my life, we welcome “When Grace Met Sam.” Basically since I met Sam my life and future prospects have changed and so have I as a person; I like to think for the better LOL! I guess my blog posts will be about our life together and what we get up to, as well as about me as an individual.

** If you want to know more info about how we met & what this blog will entail then head over to my “About” page!! **

I’d also like to say hello and thank you to those who are still following me! I hope you like these new blog posts of mine!

Feel free to leave any blog post suggestions below in the comments!

With ♥️

Grace x

the beauty blogger award

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well! I’d just like to say a big thankyou to The Glam Up Story for nominating me for the beauty blogger award!


The rules are:

  1. Tag the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions you were given.
  3. Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
  4. Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them!

My answers to the questions:

Why did you start your blog? I started my blog around two years ago mainly because I really like creative writing and meeting/interacting with new people!

Where was your last, best vacation? We went back to Cyprus last August and I went paragliding for the first time. The view was amazing and I got such an adrenaline rush from it!


What is your most prized possession? It has to be my Nirvana memorabilia or my St. Christopher necklace that my Grandad gave me.

What is your favorite beauty quote? “Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and most importantly, a beautiful soul.”

Favourite Cuisine? Chinese!

Favourite Youtuber? jacksepticeye & simply_kenna

If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be? Kurt Cobain ❤

Favourite Makeup Product? Velvet Teddy by MAC

Home natural remedy (DIY) or Products available in market? I don’t really know how to answer this but I think DIY crayon lipstick is quite cool!

Describe yourself in three words: Determined, adventurous and organised.

My nominees are:

The Classified Chick

Beauty and the Look

You, Me & Whatever

Live Freely

Keira Lennox

The Audrey Files

The Mustard Jumper

What Kate Did Next


My Diary Kenya

Here are my questions for you:

  1. What’s your favourite film?
  2. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. How long have you been blogging for?
  4. What is your proudest achievement?
  5. Where’s your favourite place to shop?
  6. If you were given £100, what would you buy first?
  7. Summer or Winter?
  8. What is your favourite song at the moment?
  9. Do you have any pets?
  10. Did you enjoy school?

Thanks for reading!

sign off

day out in Brightlingsea

Hi everyone,

Yesterday me, my close friend and parents spent the day in Brightlingsea to enjoy the lovely weather. I also took some shots that I was happy with so I thought I’d share them with you today:



We then stopped and had hot chocolates in this small cosy coffee shop before heading home.


Hope you have a fantastic day!

sign off


happy holidays & haul

Merry Christmas everyone!

I can’t believe that it is Boxing Day already and that the New Year is approaching fast!

On Christmas Eve, my friend Lauren and I spent the morning in Costa before she spent the day at mine. We opened our presents from each other – she brought me The Inbetweeners box set and a massive mound of Ferrero Rochers!


We played board games and listened to music all day before settling down to watch Christmas films in the evening.

On Christmas Day, my parents and I went downstairs to open our presents from each other before chilling out. Then my sisters family and my grandparents came over to enjoy Ma’s amazing Christmas dinner, although she did forget the pigs and blankets which I’ve been waiting for all year ha ha!



Grandad & my niece Isla Mai

I received some lovely presents this year like always so I thought I’d share some with you in today’s post!



Nine West Purse


2016 Diary & Pen



What my parents got me to show support for my name change 🙂


Mint EOS and Star Dust bath bomb from Lush



Silk Dressing Gown



New Silk PJ’s



Champneys Citrus Blush, Dry Body Oil


I really hope you had a fabulous Christmas and received all you wished for!

Also as we are soon entering 2016, I’d like to know what you’d like to see on Grunge Rocks My Socks in the new year – let me know in the comments! Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

Lots of love,sign off