7 June 2014

Lessons from Twenty-Four Years.

I'm twenty-four. Nearly twenty-five. Not till October but that isn't that far off. I'm okay with this growing up thing... I really am okay about it. I mean who wants to be a care free twenty year old dancing round their handbag on a Wednesday night with a £2 drink in hand. Not me, that's who. I am okay about it though, I like where I am with my business at the moment. I do sometimes have days where I feel like an adult and realise that actually I am responsible for things and am not a child, other days not so much. I like to describe my outlook on life as adult with a dash of immature. If you can't say 'that's what she said' and giggle when some one asks how big is it? then really you shouldn't be granted an adult passport quite frankly.

This said, over my twenty-four years on this planet we call earth I have learnt/observed - I am observant to the bone - many things about people, the world and living in the grand scheme of things so I thought I would pass down the wisdom of my years.

Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you have to. Sure the 'popular' girls at school are at parties, getting drunk and kissing boys at the weekend. You aren't. In the grand scheme of things, who cares. You can do that at university ... or never. Maybe that isn't your thing. I was a late bloomer going out and boy wise. There is plenty of time to go out partying and kissing boys. It doesn't have to be done at the age of 14 because Sophie, Danielle and Katie are snogging boys and it is the gossip on Monday morning. Either that or being the girl that threw up at the party on Saturday night.

I enjoy a night out. A beverage of the adult nature, a little boogie - not round my handbag, thank you very much - and sometimes a drunken cry about some irrelevant factor that matters little to none pre and post drinks. One thing that has come to light recently that I chose to disbelieve when told before is that hangovers only get worse. Enjoy the late teenage post night out days where activities are do-able. Sometimes most times post drinking days involve the blind down, duvet over head and minimal movement. It just gets tougher.

Girls can be bitches. Most often if they feel inadequate to you. It is a sad fact about females.We can't all just come together as one sex and say she is a beautiful, intelligent girl and I admire her for that. No. She may be beautiful and intelligent but she is also dull, chubby and lacking in social graces. Girls that jiggle got more wiggle - just putting it out there (and 100% getting that on a tshirt.) She may have said something nasty about you but to be honest I wouldn't let it bother you. At the end of the day she is showing herself up and highlighting her own insecurities.

I like clean, tidy is good but a little mess isn't that painful to my soul. Growing up, making my bed was something that I just sort of did on auto pilot. Reaching mid 20s this has become a less regular occurance and has drawn me to the conclusion that making your bed is over rated. My school of thought is almost as soon as I get back to chateau erratic glamour post work the chances of me getting into bed, popping open my laptop and not moving very far or often until my alarm sounds at 7am are high. Therefore why would I waste time, in my already tight getting ready for work procedures making something look tidy that a) no one will see through out the day and b) I will more than likely destroy at 6pm. There is just no logic.

Four things I have learnt in twenty-four years. There are more. Many more but I don't want to ball you all over with my words of wisdom, experience and general straight talking.

20 May 2014

Adding to the Library.


Stumbling across Books 4 Less was by accident. As stumbling across something generally is. Being a book lover I had to go in for a look, 15 minutes later I left with 4 books costing a total of £7!!! That is right my inter web chummies, £7.

Being a fan of a thriller/murder mystery I had to pick up three of them. Daniel Silva 'Portrait of a Spy' - and it features Paris. Ian Rankin 'Bleeding Hearts' and 'The Associate' by John Grisham. Two of the three I am almost 100% certain my dad has read and I'm sure he will have heard of Silva's giving. The fourth and final literary delight is a classic. Love a classic. Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'. I feel that 'Northanger Abbey' is overlooked sometimes for Austens more popular novels like 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Emma' and 'Sense and Sensibility' but following seeing TV adaptations of 'Northanger Abbey' it seems like another slice of Austen at her best.

Bargain books for sure.


17 May 2014

Nice to Matte you.


Revlon Matte Balm // Elusive


Pale skin and bright lips. Hello. Fake tan has been put back on the shelf until I sort my skin out so naturally new make up needed to come into my life. Meet my Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive. This with pale skin and touch of smudgy eyeliner sounds like a dream. A creamy, matte texture that give a vibrant pop of colour to the lips. Elusive is blue toned pink that is easily toned down with some finger dabbing.

14 May 2014

Hair.


With longer longs popping out my head left, right & centre it is only fitting that I explore the vast array of hair products up for grabs. After 3 years of pixie cuts and limited products that are useful to a few steps off a buzz cut I have rediscovered the delight in finding a hair product that serves it's very need. Recently I have found products that are working for me and giving me the full, sleek hair I am after. Four products minus shampoo and conditioner might seem excessive to some but each to their own, I guess.


This One Is For When The Heat Is On - Blow Dry Spray 
VO5 Smoothly Does It - Heat Protect Serum
Schwarzkopf Got 2 B. - Rise 'n Shine Volume + Shine Whipped Mousse
Schwarzkopf Got 2 B. - Rise 'n Shine Volume + Shine Hairspray 

Applied in the order they appear, these little treasures protect my hair while smoothing fly aways and giving the roots of my hair volume and a bit of texture.

Heat protection is important especially as I want my hair to grow. I think of heat protection like an oven glove, you wouldn't get your pepporoni pizza out the oven without an oven glove would you? So why put high temperatures on your hair without giving a little protection? This One was bought purely because it was on offer and the cheapest. It's good but I've used better but for now it is doing the job. VO5 are good for a hair oil. Affordable and quality products. This is another heat protection product however it provides a smoothing, shine enhancing factor that I love. Pea size drop of this through the ends followed by a little time spent drying your hair properly and you will have lovely sleek hair (with volume in the roots from the mousse, naturally.) I love the VO5 miracle oil but for whatever reasons decided to gander in the oil world a little, I'll be back with the ol' faithful soon. I always do.

Big hair was a love of mine prior to the chop, who wants super sleek straight hair - not me! It just doesn't work for me. Poker straight hair is just not my cup of tea. The Whipped mousse is one of my favourite products. Before I tried this mousse I had found ones that were good but never really amazing. Aussie has a good offering but they just seem to be getting more and more pricey as a brand and I like a bargain. The mousse and hair spray were 2 for £5 in Superdrug so naturally I needed both... Amazing products that definitely do what they say on the tin.


11 May 2014

Six For Sunday.



one // piercing
Thursday lunchtime saw myself and a work chummy taking ourselves off to get piercings. What else would you be doing with your lunch time? I went for a hoop on my helix. Sitting next to my tragus and my rook I think my helix hoop - chuckle chuckle - sits well. Totally worth being slightly late back to work for.

two // illness
This week well since about October actually I have been feeling pretty shitty. I won't go into too much detail because nobody wants that. I spent most of the week feeling weepy, tired and generally crappy! Hopefully by the end of the month there will be a proper diagnosis.

three // new girl
Why, why, why have I never been exposed to the wonders and delights of New Girl before now?! So funny and I am always a fan of a gal with a fringe. Anyone seen pictures of Zooey without a fringe? She looks like a totally different person! 

four // the first Georgians
More TV. A little bit a hugely different type genre. BBC 4 know a good documentary. I love a good documentary. Especially if it is of a time period or a historic point that I have an interest in. Everyday is a school day after all. Lucy Worsley takes us through the first Georgians marking the three hundredth succession of the Hanoverian succession. I am a massive fan of Lucy Worsley - intelligent, engaging and informative she offers all that is to be expected of a historian in a documentary. If my little blurb has tickled your fancy then go please and watch it. Episode two aired on Thursday night and the third and final episode airs this coming Thursday. 

five // books 4 Less
While heading for the post office I stumbled across a shop called Books 4 Less.Anywhere that allows me to get four books for £7 is okay by me. I went for an Austen, a Grisham, a Rankin and a Silva. More books was not something that I needed, at all, but it was a bargain and I love a book!

six // little bit of extra reading
I hate feeling like an idiot. I'm not an idiot but when you lack knowledge that everyone else has - I feel like an idiot. My solution for this is to study. How will I learn if I don't expose myself to it then I can actually contribute something useful to the conversation.This sounds totally cryptic but I guess it is partly advise to myself on the area I want to learn more about and just a little message to anyone that feels the same!

Happy Sunday!

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10 May 2014

You're an Animal.





I love leopard print. Not in the Bet Lynch kind of way. I would say it was more of a subtle yet wonderful love. Aren't they the best kinds...

While browsing ASOS on my lunch break I came across these little beauties and knew I had to get them. At £20 it would be rude not too really. They are sensible and affordable. And hurt like nothing on earth the first few wears but that is void information. This top, also an ASOS buy, is super unflattering think maternity meets Christmas extra weight hider but I love it. Definitely not the best cut for the booby, small waist and larger bums of this world - that's me - but it's too comfortable not to wear.

Leather Jacket + top + skaters // ASOS
Jeans // H&M
Bag // Mango Sale 


4 May 2014

Six For Sunday.




One // Permanent Member of Staff

February 2014 saw the start of my first ever real adult job. 3 months on and Friday was the day I was confirmed as a permanent member of staff after passing my probation period. I'm so happy to have passed this and to be kept on. How exciting to be a permanent member of staff. Definitely a nice way to finish a busy week.

Two // Spring Clean

Re arranging my room is a bit of a secret love pass time of mine. It is just so fun to organise my things! Plus my room was hella messy. Who knew so much dust gathers in the 2 weeks since I hoovered last. When I say 2 weeks I mean like 4 1/2.... duh. Now it feels fresh and more organised. Come at me working week!

Three // Fake Nails

Tricky to carry out day to day tasks but they look cool. No other excuse is necessary really. I love how they look and actually the challenge of everyday tasks is actually kind of fun... she says on day 1. Currently they are nude but I don't know whether a little colour would look better on them and make them look less fake? #firstworldproblems

Four // Spotify

Many moons ago - last year, Emma don't exaggerate - I was a Spotify premium user but at £10 a month I just couldn't justify forking out the dolla for music. After a brief break, I am now back in black on Spotify - as a free user. The adverts are a little annoying, there is no denying it but as I work in a media agency this probably blasphemy... I'll score out number one after my boss has sacked me!

Now that I'm back on Spotify I am actually loving it again. So many songs and playlists to keep myself amused with. I mean who doesn't need the mixed generation party playlist in the shower. Nothing beats Lady Gaga followed by The Nolans.

Five // Hearts & Bows

A brand that until recently I had no idea even existed. Utterly shocking, I know. I got a gorgeous printed shift dress with some lace detail on the back from Ark Clothing by Hearts & Bows - obviously. A sale purchased at £14, I think. It's cute maybe a tad short but YOLO! With a little bodycon skirt underneath it should be fine.

Hearts & Bows make really pretty playsuits. I ordered one from Ark that was also a sale item but sadly didn't fit. Damn my lady lumps. I'm joking lady lumps, I am very attached to you. I digress. Cut a long story short, I now am on a major hunt to find a H&A playsuit and to sell the one I picked up that is too small. Tweet me if you are interested and I'll let you know the details.

Six // April in a Whole

April wasn't overly productive for me. All I really did was work, well that is how it feels. May I want to be more productive. I need to blog more, read book 4/12 for 12 books for 2014, do more extra curricular activities. Lets see how much I can get done in May!