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Prom

Prom is sort of a big event for the girls in my year. I knew, however excited I was, I would never compare to their levels of excitedness. I mean, I was excited for it but it wasn’t the highlight of my life and thing I was looking forward to most from the moment I was born.

I find Prom a bit weird. I’d never really heard of it before last year and I find it a bit strange that we have it in fifth form (year 11) given that my school still continues on for another 2 years. IMG_4303

My dad describes it as ‘the worst American import’ and points out that it should be the Prom not just Prom.

My Prom was over a month ago now which is crazy especially as the preparation for it began a year and a half ago. I told you the girls in my year were obsessed about it!

My school has absolutely no involvement with Prom and we have to organise it all ourselves which in some respects is good as we can do it how we want it but in quite a few other respects is bad. It’s a lot of work to try to organise while also do the exams.

I was on Prom committee as the only ‘uupopular’ girl but I ended up leaving it before anything big was organised as even though I was there to ensure that it wasn’t just going to be organised to be good for ‘the populars’, I wasn’t being listened to and it was becoming to much of a waste of time. Luckily, Prom still turned out to be great.

WHAT I WORE

I got my dress back in April which I thought was quite late especially as everyone else seemed to already have their dresses, however I’ve been told that it’s actually very early compared to ‘normal’ people!

I didn’t have any clue how I wanted the dress to be before I went shopping but I had a list of things it shouldn’t be: patterned, puffy skirt, strapless, black.

At my school we have a special Facebook group chat for sharing our dresses with each other once we had bought them because unless you travel to get your dress, there are only 2 shops you can get it from in my area. I decided to travel.

Anyway, I went down to London to get my dress partially to make sure I didn’t have an awkward matching disaster with someone at school and also because my aunt told me that they have a very good range of shops.

Tip for anyone buying any sort of formal dress, I highly recommend going to Finsbury Park in London as there’s a street opposite the tube station that is just hundreds of dress shops. Some of the shops have more OTT dresses (one had fluorescent yellow dresses with massive puffy skirts!) but compared to the shops in central London or other cities, they’re for really good prices. Definitely go and check them out if your Prom is next year.

The biggest problem I have is that all the dresses were designed for big chests i.e. they have very plunging necklines or something like that, and I don’t really have much of a cleavage so they didn’t really fit and just looked a bit stupid. However, my dress didn’t require a cleavage so that was a big reason why I chose this dress!

The dress to begin with ‘fitted me like a glove’ as my mum would say but then revision happened. I’m not really a stress eater but more of a boredom eater. During May and June, I ate and ate and ate.

Anyway, the zip just didn’t do up by the time of my last exam. It was almost close to zipping up but I only had a week to lose a little bit of weight or at least shrink in some way! Luckily I managed it although I don’t really know how!

I guess the dress it quite simple but I didn’t really want to go all out for a few reasons. 1. It would be too attention grabbing 2. I have another Prom in 2 years and I feel then would be better time for massive detailing or something 3. I didn’t necessarily want to look that much older than I am.

Anyway, I really like this dress because it was one of the colours my mum wanted me to wear and I like the fact its figure hugging without becoming a ridiculously constricting thing. I also love the train on the dress as it makes me feel so posh for some reason!

For shoes, I found some from ‘Dune’ which are honestly the highest heels I think I could ever wear. They made me be over 6 foot and I basically towered over my friends! I didn’t really match my dress because it was royal blue and silver and the shoes were glittery pink but for some reason it seemed to work. The jewellery I wore was also simple and I bought it as the same time as my dress.

I did the hair and makeup myself which I found very stressful as I really can’t do makeup very well and my mum wanted me to have a sleek bun which I knew would make look bald.

I will admit to having a bit of a breakdown the night before about it all. I don’t really know why it was but I think it was due to my dislike of the photos from boat club dinner which had been the night before.

Anyway, on the morning of Prom, my mum experimented with 4 different bun hairstyles just so we could make a decision and eventually went for a sort of braided chignon bun thing. I just went for my regular makeup with a few extra layers of foundation to try to make my skin look somewhat even in the photos.

PROM ITSELF

As for the event itself, we had it on a Monday evening which was a bit weird as it meant quite a few parents had to leave early from work to see their children in Prom outfits. Anyway, the reasoning for this was that it made the night cheaper but yeah.

Prom itself was from 6 until midnight but I’d arranged 2 pre-prom drinks meet-ups with my friends which meant that preparations began at 11am which was later than most of my friends but as I was doing it myself, I didn’t have to fit my preparations around a hairdresser or makeup artist’s schedule.

After I was all ready, I took photos with my family. Then travelled to a friend’s house and took more photos with my close friends and then travelled to another friend’s house and took even more photos with other friends. And then to Prom for about a billion more photos! I realised I have over 500 photos from Prom alone!!

We hadn’t really thought about our arrival to Prom. I know some people hire limos or Ferraris or something but as we’d all just been together down the road, we car shared and turned up however we piled into the cars.

When we turned up, there was a red carpet. An actual red carpet. Why? did they want us to be extremely embarrassed as we climbed out a car with bird poo splattered down the side? They had a photographer and all the parents queued up taking photos as we walked into the building. It was sooo embarrassing and awkward! However it didn’t compare to the awkwardness of having to walk out into the gardens at the back with our whole year watching.

The thing I found most awkward about all this was the sense of fakeness from everyone wandering telling everyone how lovely they looked and begging them for photos even though they didn’t know each others name. I think I’m probably a bit bitter about this because no one wanted a photo with me or came to talk to me so I was designated to photographer which I didn’t mind it just would’ve been nice to have a bit of a confidence boost! Me and a few of my friends tried to find a way to go home after a few minutes because the awkwardness levels were so high. I’m glad I didn’t.

After we were called in for dinner I started enjoying it a lot more as the awkwardness decreased. The food was OK, better than I’d been expecting but not 5 stars but the thing I really enjoyed were the prom awards.

We didn’t do Prom King and Queen because it was pretty predictable who was going to win those (a popular) but they did other awards that tried to include everyone. I had been nominated for ‘Kindest friend to all’ but I really didn’t want to win it as I don’t have the confidence to walk up in front of everyone so I was really happy when one of my closest friends won it instead. She really deserved it.

I was particularly glad that none of the people who had been nominated for an award as a mean joke ended up winning as I knew that none of them would find it funny.

After a pudding of surprisingly tasty profiteroles (I’m not normally their biggest fan) we headed downstairs into the cellar for the final 2 1/2 hours. When I had still been on the Prom Committee, I’d been the one voting against the place with the cellar as I felt if we had spent so long getting dressed up, there was no point us then heading down into the pitch black where no one could see each other however the cellar actually made the whole of prom for me. SO it was probably a good thing that no one listened to my opinion.

We had a photo booth, a DJ and dance floor and a bar which served a wide range of orange juice and water! Most of the ‘party animals’ in our year headed home at 9:30ish when they realised that there wasn’t any alcohol for sale and there was no way they were going to be able to get their hands on any. The night improved even more after they left.

So basically you could say we danced the night away and it was a lot of fun. As much as I love my heels, I had to abandon them after about 10 minutes of dancing because my legs started cramping. This led to very grubby feet that stained the bath black when we came home and washed them…

The highlight of the night was definitely when ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t look back in Anger’ were played because despite the fact that none of us were born or close to being born when they were released, everyone knew every word and we all joined hands and ran into the middle as if we were doing the ‘hokey cokey’ (I really hope you understand what I’m trying to say here!) when the song went ‘ANd soooo Sally can waitt,’ which was surprisingly fun. I’m easily amused.

Another highlight was watching my friends climb into the fountain and dance just because they felt like it. They got kicked out of the fountain and a security guard was positioned by the fountain for the rest of the night but it was still lots of fun while it lasted.

Finally, at 12ish, we all began to head home as it was past the DJ’s bedtime (seriously, he was really young) and we were left soaked in sweat from all the dancing (or at least I was) but very happy. No, we didn’t dance the night away until dawn, that’s what the after-prom party is for (which happened the following evening) but it was just long enough for us to properly relax and have fun.

One final story from the night to finish off the post: My mum picked me and 2 friends up from Prom and drove us home. It was quiet with no other cars in sight and as we were going around a roundabout, the whole car suddenly juddered and stopped. It was almost as if we’d hit something but we couldn’t have done.

Anyway one of my friends had been thrown into the door by us stopping and we didn’t really know why but it turned out that her dress had this waistband tie thing while had been dangling out of the car door and had become tangled in the car wheel. The juddering was the wheel stopping as it tore the material.

Luckily the tear doesn’t look too bad and my friend wasn’t hurt but the moral of the story is, always make sure that none of your clothes are trailing out of the car. My mum always tells the story of the same thing happening to a woman in the 1930s but instead of the back of her dress, it was a scarf and she ended up being strangled and died because of it. So yeah, be careful.

Prom overall was a lot better than I expected, I actually had fun! I’ve decided that dressing up is really fun so if anyone has any invitations that give me a reason to dress up let me know!

xxx

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Does drinking water really benefit us that much? An experiment

Every article we read to do with health and fitness tells us we must drink more water. Apparently it’s the ‘elixir of life’. Plants need light and water to survive. Are we really that different? Now that the longer days are here, I decided to embark on a experiment. 1 month of water drinking. What change would it really bring to me? Is it worth all the praise it’s given?

Starting picture & initial thoughts

I’m not a big water drinker. I mean, I only drink water but I hardly drink any at all. The smallest recommendation of water to drink is 2 litres a day, I hardly drink 250ml a day. I don’t drink full glasses, just sips here and there and I know it’s not good. With the amount of exercise I do, I think I should be drinking closer to 3 litres but for now, any improvement is good.

I wanted to see what drinking the right amount of water can actually do.

I’m not a pretty picture to begin with. I have terrible skin and have done for a while, I have a malfunctioning digestive system and my hair is always dry. I struggle with energy and get dizzy when ever I stand up. I’m hoping that water will help me with all this.

I can’t help but hope that water is as great as it’s portrayed to be. There are so many beautiful women who claim water is the secret behind their beauty. It’s such a simple thing that we take for granted and if it can provide staggering results, it will honestly amaze me. To be honest, although I’m hopeful, I’m not expecting much other than an increase in the number of times I go to the toilet a day! Maybe it will stop me being so dizzy 24/7 but other than that, I think my problems are deeper set. We’ll have to see!

 

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My trusty water bottle

 

What does water claim to do

In preparation for this experiment, I’ve scoured the web to see what water is claimed to do so that I can provide a complete analysis on water and it’s abilities.

From what I’ve gathered, water is capable of:

  • Stops headaches and dizziness
  • Clears your skin
  • Plumps out your skin/ Gets rid of wrinkles
  • Helps remove toxins and fight infections
  • Aids weight-loss
  • Keeps you ‘regular’ (in terms of toilets habits!)
  • Improves concentration
  • Helps you exercise better
  • Boosts energy
  • Keeps your blood thin enough and therefore your organs healthy
  • Helps your kidneys and decreases chance of kidney stones.

This list might not be interesting to some of you but for me, it seems to be capable of solving every problem I want sorting. The one’s in bold are my main interests. I don’t want Kidney stones but I haven’t classed that as a main interest as I can’t actually record any difference it makes as it’s not visible. The same with keeping your organs working. Of course I want that but I don’t have the medical equipment needed to track any differences water brings.

 The experiment

So here we go, my plan of action:

From Monday 27th March to Thursday 27th April, I will be drinking 2 litres or more a day and recording anything I notice. The 2 litres will be spread throughout the day but in particular when I wake up/Breakfast and after school and dinner. I won’t be changing anything else about my lifestyle REALLY dramatically during this time.

To make sure I drink enough, I will carry a water bottle with me and actually refill it and not be afraid to go to the toilet during lessons as this is one thing that stops me drinking water. If I don’t drink the water, I don’t need the toilet, therefore I don’t need to ask to go to the toilet. Simple! That’s how much I hate the school toilets! However this needs to change. If I fail to drink all 2 litres in a day, I’ll drink the excess the next day on tops of my designated 2 litres for that day.

Week 1 thoughts

Week 1 started off fairly successfully. I didn’t really notice anything different until the last few days of the week, other than a huge number of trips to the loo!! I don’t actually know how many times people normally go for a pee each day but for me, before this experiment, it was twice, maybe three times a day at most.

Since starting this experiment, I’ve been going to the toilet 5 times a day at minimum which is really a huge increase for me! After just 2 days, my family said they felt my skin was looking a lot brighter and while the bigger blemishes weren’t gone, the smaller ones seemed to have disappeared. In the last few days, the bigger blemishes also began to disappear although the redness was still there.

Towards the end of the week, I noticed a huge improvement in my digestion. Everything about it was becoming more ‘normal’. 2 Litres is actually a lot less than I thought it was and as long as I remembered, it wasn’t too hard to drink enough. The dizziness was still there throughout the week especially when standing up after a long time sitting down and I didn’t really notice an increase in my energy.

 

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How much water it felt like I was drinking some days!

 

Week 2 thoughts

Drinking water this week has been so much harder and I have no idea why… even though it felt like I was drinking a LOT of water, I still ended up having to ‘binge’ on water at the end of the day. I know it’s apparently not as effective as drinking it slowly throughout the day but at least I’m still drinking it, right?

I’ve really struggled with my lips drying out this week which isn’t something that normally happens to me. I don’t know if it’s at all related but I thought I’d include it anyway. I’ve really noticed improvements with my digestion which is great and in my opinion, my skin is looking a lot better. I haven’t noticed an increase in energy at all and I’m getting even more dizzy. I really don’t know why it has got worse.

I haven’t done much exercise this week so I don’t know if anything has changed there but I do think it’s improved my concentration as revision has actually gone OK this week!

Week 3 thoughts

This week was a week spent completely at home and so it was a lot easier to remember to drink my water. Suddenly I was back to full water and I spent 3 or 4 days feeling generally ‘squidgy’ from the amount of water I’d drunk. I was constantly feeling bloated even when I was ‘weeing’ constantly! As usual dizziness was a unchanged factor of my week. Digestion was really great and my skin was OK. Not much changed between week 2 and 3 other than feeling like a marshmallow filled with water!

Week 4 thoughts

This was a sports based week as I went off to France for Rowing Camp so it was really tested that side of water drinking. I was still feeling dizzy but it wasn’t as bad as it had been for the last few weeks and made me feel a lot more concentrated. I can’t say I felt a massive burst of energy but my rowing definitely was some of my best rowing and the energy levels might have been due to how hot it was out there.

As I was out in the sun, I did tan and burn a little bit but this burn didn’t peel for once, instead it just faded to tan. I’m putting this down to the water keeping my skin more moisturised. A friend complimented my skin for first time ever!!! I don’t know if any of you know how happy this makes me but it proved to me that the water was providing actual results with my skin not just ones I was forcing myself to imagine.

Results & Final thoughts

These final few days, any dizziness I’ve experienced has been as a constant feeling at the back of my mind but it’s presence hasn’t been too bad. I think being hydrated has helped me deal far better with being tired too, I feel much more awake even when I’ve been awake all night. I have to say that I have been impressed with how water has helped my skin and also my digestion.

Of course, this experiment isn’t a completely fair test as I’ve been living my life while drinking more water so every day has been different. However most of the changes my life has gone through recently should have hindered the water’s power, not helped it. For example, I’ve re-introduced chocolate, sweets, cake and biscuits into my diet at the start of week 3. I can’t say I noticed a massive difference since reintroducing it all whereas I know I have in the past years, particularly with my skin, so I completely thank water for this.

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Is water all it’s portrayed to be?

So, water promised me pretty big results and has it reached the expectations my research set out for me? Lets have a look:

Stops headaches and dizziness. I haven’t really noticed a difference in this over the last few weeks. The dizziness did decrease in the final week but, although I don’t know what helped, I don’t think it was the water. I only got 1 real headache during this experiment but I don’t really get many headaches normally.

Clears your skin. Yes, yes, yes! I’ve noticed such a difference. I sort of felt water would help but it still surprised me. This is definitely the area I was happiest the water achieved. I wish I’d photographed a before and after to show you the difference. Maybe if I start lacking in my water drinking again, I’ll repeat the experiment and include photos!

Plumps out your skin/ Gets rid of wrinkles. While I haven’t noticed if I’ve got rid of wrinkles (because thankfully I don’t have too many), I have noticed an increase in hydration, which I imagine would remove wrinkles.

Helps remove toxins and fight infections. I don’t really know but I haven’t got ill while drinking the water?! That being said, I’m not a very sickly person normally so it’s not saying much…!

Aids weight-loss. I can’t say I noticed any but to be fair, I wasn’t wanting to lose weight so that suited me. If anyone else does this experiment, I’d love to see if they notice any difference in weight…

Keeps you ‘regular’ (in terms of toilets habits!) Possibly the thing I was second most happy about. I’m not going to go into much detail because I’m talking about toilet habits for goodness sake, but if you struggle with digestion etc, I recommend drinking enough water!

Improves concentration. I assume it was the water that made me more concentrated for revision over the holidays although it might be the looming exams! I’d say it did help partially as I just had to remember to drink water so my brain was more switched on, if that makes any sense…

Helps you exercise better. I had rowing camp in the middle of this experiment, aka the ideal time to test this out and I must say while I’m not suddenly world champion, I feel it did help partially because I got less tired out and I sweated less which is surprising given how warm it was.

Boosts energy. I’ve not had ‘bouncing-off ceilings’ sort of energy but I think it’s increased. Or at least I’m not as tired as usual even though I’m getting even less sleep…

Keeps your blood thin enough and therefore your organs healthy. Not really something I can tell but I feel like they’ve been healthy in the last few weeks. I mean, they haven’t been unhealthy so therefore they must be OK!!

Helps your kidneys and decreases chance of kidney stones. Again, it’s not something I can really check… I’d like to think that drinking my water in the last few weeks has helped but I don’t really think a month will have helped in the long run! I’ll update you when I’m 80 or so with whether I’ve had a kidney stone or not!!!

The results, while not completely promising everything the websites have told me water would do, have encouraged me to drink more water. I mean, knowing me, I’ll forget within the next few days but I would love to keep it up during exams and through to Prom. Just imagine if I could take prom photos with clear-ish skin!! That would be amazing!

If anyone else wants to try and remember to drink more water, let me know and I might create a ‘Water’ group chat on twitter where we basically remind each other to drink water and share any results we find. Ok, that sounds very geeky but if you like the sound of it, let me know!!

 

xxx

(This is the longest post I’ve ever written (2200 words!!) and it’s something very different for me so if you’ve enjoyed it please let me know and if you’ve REALLY enjoyed it, I’d love it if you could share it with your friends!)

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Colour analysis with House of Colour

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this because I didn’t know if anyone was interested in colour analysis but I ran a poll on twitter and 73% of voters wanted it! So here we go!

Colour analysis is something that has really interested me in the last few weeks. It’s basically the science of why certain colours suit you and make you glow and other colours drain you. It was a very popular trend in the 80s to ‘get your colours done’ and apparently this year is  the year that it is coming back into fashion!

If you remember back to my ‘What I got for Christmas’ post, you might remember that my parents got me a ‘colour analysis’ session. I had it the other week and I found it so interesting. I learnt a lot about both myself and the history of colour analysis! The initial explorations into colour analysis were first done in the 1930s but in Germany so when Hitler came to power, he banished these explorations and the scientists had to flee therefore abandoning further exploration. It was basically forgotten until the 50s when Hollywood costume designers became curious as to why some actresses (and actors but mainly the ladies) looked as though they’d aged 10 years just by a costume change. The previous research was brought to light and ‘Colour Me Beautiful’ was born in the US. Scientists realised that everyone has fatty acids beneath their skin and whether these acids reflected blue or yellow decides what colours suit to you. More recently, this science technique has been used to decide the colour of the iconic dresses in La La Land to make sure they looked stunning!

The techniques and science used by ‘Colour Me Beautiful’ was brought over to the UK and ‘House of Colour’ (HoC) was developed. HoC works on the basis of 4 seasons split into pairs of ‘Spring and Autumn’ and ‘Summer and Winter’. The former pair are the ‘gold’ seasons and the latter are the silver seasons. Each season contains a unique colour spectrum. Red is the only colour which is featured in every spectrum. The initial diagnosis of which pair you belong in is pretty simple. Makeup free, a piece of gold jewellery is held up to your face before being removed and replaced by a piece of silver jewellery. One will make you look amazing and will make the jewellery look expensive while the other will look cheap and tacky. Once this has been decided, it narrows down the possibilities of your season to 2. For me, my ‘metal colour’ was gold so I had the possibilities of Spring or Autumn.

The next part of the analysis is done using numerous coloured scarves. To begin with, your clothes are covered with a large white sheet to prevent them from altering your results. Next your ‘stylist’ starts comparing the seasons by placing 1 corresponding scarf from each of the 2 seasons around your neck. An example is ‘apple green’ (from Spring) and ‘Forest Green’ (from Autumn). She keeps comparing the scarves (and the ones of other colours) until she has worked out which seasons colours suit you best overall. Then just to confirm, they will drape bunches of scarves over your shoulders. A bunch from each possible season. If anyone is wondering what it is the stylist is looking for, one colour/season will make you glow and make the material look expensive, the other colour will drain you and make the fabric look cheap. Not every colour from your season will suit you head to toe but in general every colour will look good on you. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell which season you are and other times, it’s more difficult. For example, there was a moment when we thought I might fit into the Autumn colours but when we put the fabric into bunches it became obvious spring suited me much better! There are varying degrees of a season. For example, if you’re a spring but there was a possibility of you being a autumn, you’re a ‘gold spring’. If it’s the other way around, you’re a ‘gold autumn’.

After your season has been decided, your colour stylist will make you up using the ‘House of Colour’ makeup range to suit your skin and season (I’ll talk more about this is a moment). Then begins a really fun part although it’s quite fast! In a process called…, your stylist will place each colour from your season around your neck and decide how it suits you using a specially coded table. The columns vary from 100% (you could wear this colour head-to-toe) to 25% (this should just be an accent colour). Your stylist quickly decides how well each colour suits you and then decides your optimal colours. For me, they were … and are my possible prom dress colours for this year! Then you receive your wallet. It’s a carefully coloured display of all your season’s colours to carry around with you to help you decide if the colours of clothes etc are ones that will suit you.

I talked about this earlier but ‘HoC’ have their own makeup range too. It’s made at the same place as MAC apparently (although I don’t know if this means they have the same animal cruelty policy as them) but it is specifically designed with the seasons in mind. You can buy it on their website even if you don’t have a consultation session with them although it’s cheaper if you buy it after a session! For me, having my colours done has really helped from both the makeup and clothes side. I’ve always struggled to know what colour lipsticks suit me and I’ve wondered if brown or something like that would suit me. Well now I know! (it wouldn’t!) It’s also really encouraging me to be more adventurous with my eyeshadow. I barely leave the neutrals but it suggests moss green (!?) We’ll have to see!

Of course, colour analysis might not interest you now After all, fashion is all about what you want to wear but wearing the right colour clothes and makeup shades sets you apart from the others as you glow. Even if it’s only for work, wearing your colours makes you seem more put together and professional. And, as I mentioned earlier, colour analysis is coming back into fashion. It’s going to be less about the ‘in fashion’ colours and more about the ‘you’ colours.

Ever since my consultation, me and my mum have been wondering around, thinking about what seasons other people fit into and what season each piece of clothing we see belongs in. We really are obsessed! And also bad news if you ‘only wear black’, you only have a 1 in 4 chance of getting it in your season. Black only appears in Winter!

So what now? You’ve had your consultation, you know your colours. Now you can go and have fun and basically replace your whole wardrobe! And once you’ve done that you can go to one of ‘House of Colour’s’ image sessions where they’ll define what shapes of clothes will suit you. I can’t wait to go on my shape day although they suggest you wait until you’re at least 17. Only 1 and 1/2 years to go!

To find out more about House of Colour, visit their website.

xxx

(This post is not sponsored by House of Colour in any way, I just really enjoyed my experience!)

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10 things that make me happy | Collab

Hello and welcome to my first Collab post of 2017!

I’m really trying to do as many collabs as I can this year as I think it’s a great way to make friends and show off your favourite blogs!

Today’s collab is with Laura from ‘Blossom of Hope’. We’ve known each other pretty much since I started blogging and had aimed to do a collab last year but never got around to doing one! She’s been blogging for almost 2 years and the progress her blog has taken really shows! After you’ve finished reading my post you should go and check her blog out because I LOVE it!!! Anyway today, after lots of umming and ahhing, we decided to both sharing 10 things that we love/make us happy! My 10 things vary from very specific small things to larger more generalised topics. In life, I believe it’s always important to know what makes you happy, no matter how small, so that when you’re feeling down you have ways to pick yourself back up! The next 10 things are fool-proof ways to cheer me up from even the gloomiest of moods!

  • Chocolate- Come on, who DOESN’T love chocolate! My love for it definitely borders an unhealthy obsession. I get through very few days without having at least some chocolate. I don’t have a particular preference on chocolate type although I don’t really like mint chocolate and ADORE orange chocolate!! I do actually give up chocolate every year for Lent (this year it starts on 1st March) and I feel so proud of myself for doing it but I make up for the 40 days of no chocolate within a week of Easter. It’s very very rare for me to have any Easter eggs/ Easter chocolate left by the end of Easter day! Oops…
  • Blogging– I do love blogging, my blog and the blogging  community so much! Whenever I’m awake I’m normally subconsciously brainstorming blog ideas which probably isn’t great for my schoolwork but doesn’t fail to make me happy. I really would love to keep improving my blog until I’m 100% happy with it. I love receiving comments especially those that I know come from the heart and I could happily spend days writing and editing my blog posts! I have to keep reminding myself I’m not doing a GCSE in blogging because I definitely spend more time on my blog then doing school work…
  • Music– now, I don’t listen to music much and I don’t have a specific type other than the fact that I’m awfully boring and generally just like the popular ‘pop’ songs found on the radio. What I do like is anything I can dance to or sing along to. I’m not a great dancer but as soon as music is on, I’m generally dancing! It doesn’t fail to make me happy especially when I make others laugh with my brilliant dance moves!
  • Pets– My pets never fail to cheer me up. My dogs in particular can always sense my mood and act accordingly. They’re so eager to please it honestly melts my cold heart! I read the other day that the reason dogs are so affectionate when you’re crying is because it sounds to them like another dog whimpering. Awwww!!! With the other animals, being around them gives me a distraction from whatever sad thing is happening in my life, especially when I watch their crazy antics. I could never get tired of watching them mess around!
  • Reading– I will admit, despite one of my 2017 goals being to read 70 books, I’ve only just started my first book of the year! I know, it’s so bad… I love disappearing into a good book and so often I find myself daydreaming about characters from my favourite books and having to remind myself that they don’t actually exist! Reading switches me off from whatever is happening as I enter a whole different world. I love it!

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  • Friends and Family– The cure for a bad day is a long hug with my mum and a Snapchat (or in-person) conversation with my best friends! I am surprised that they don’t get more annoyed at my crying-ness because as I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m a very big crier! I love the fact that my friends and family always know what to do to cheer me up, whether it’s my dad telling an awful joke (honestly, they’re not funny at all!) or my friends sending me funny screenshots. I love them more than can be imagined!
  • Travelling– Obviously this isn’t a quick pick-me-up option but at a push, thinking about places I’m going to travel or have travelled, makes me so happy. I love how much of the world is out there (that sounds like such a dumb statement, but it’s true) and how different the cultures and scenery is out there. Who knows what a day in a different country could hold, when travelling every day is different!
  • Long baths & Showers– I love long and hot baths and showers especially on cold winters days. I love the type of bath where the water goes cold so you have to empty it and refill it with stiffing water. Baths are a method of relaxation where you can allow yourself to drift off whilst showers are more methods of contemplation. I always get my best ideas in the shower and because I have the memory spam of a goldfish, I have to write my idea in the condensation on the shower surrounds!
  • Celebrating birthdays– I know some people think ‘It’s just their birthday‘ but I truly LOVE birthdays. I think they’re such special days and always always celebrate other peoples birthdays. I love planning presents and thing so give them on their birthday and I honestly don’t understand how someone can not be excited for their birthday!
  • Shopping– Shopping isn’t something I do a lot of because you know, money, but I do enjoy it especially when you find stuff you love. I struggle a lot to find clothes that suit me but when I do, it feels like a big victory! I am so excited to go on a big shopping trip with my best friend once the summer clothes arrive in shops. Exciting!

I really really loved doing this! I love doing collabs so do contact me if you want to do one!

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16 things before 16

6 months today, I will be turning 16. For those of you who are currently struggling to do the maths in their heads, my birthday’s the 9th August. I always celebrate my half birthday. By this I don’t mean balloons and presents and cake and stuff (although cake is always a bonus) but I always remember and say ‘6 months to my birthday’. So here’s your reminder, you have 6 months to buy me a great birthday present! Joking…


Anyway, I decided to do a ’16 things before’ 16 post but obviously as I only have 6 months it’s not going to be massive goals like ‘Climb Mt Everest’! And also at least 2 month of this 6 months are wiped out by Exams so they are small-ish goals!

Anyway, lets get into the list!

  1. Get my first kiss– My mum has a saying ‘sweet 16 and never been kissed’. I don’t know if it’s a well known saying but I don’t like it because it feels like a criticism. To be honest, I don’t care who it is because it’s not that special but still, I have 6 months to find a wiling participant!
  2. Dye my hair– I added highlights to my hair a year ago and I love/d them, they’ve sort of gone now but I’d love to add more. Just some lighter blonde highlights is what I want to do, I don’t think I’ll be allowed to dye my hair bright purple or anything!. I’d love longer hair as well but I can’t really magically get longer hair so that’s not ging to happen!
  3. Learn to do a handstand– This has been a goal of mine since I was 5 or so! I don’t know why I want to do one so badly but I do so this is something I’m going to do. I want to do a proper one, away from the wall and with no one supporting me!
  4. Look into getting a job– Obviously having my birthday has lots of pros (e.g no school!) but also lots of cons, I won’t be able to get a job until the last few weeks of the holidays. And all my friends will almost be 19 by the time I can drink out…
  5. Meet a blogging friend in real life– I would love to meet someone and I really hope this summer (because I have 11 weeks off!) I can make it to an event to meet some of you. Do let me know if you find a good event for us to meet at!
  6. Cry less than 26 times. I might have mentioned it before but I’m quite a cry-baby. This year I’m making a list of all the times I cry and why. At the time of writing I’ve only cried once this year, I’m quite proud! In case you’re wondering why I chose 26, it’s once a week maximum!
  7. Write a short story. I am a keen writer which is one of the reasons why I chose to start my blog and since then I haven’t had time to write stories as blogging and school have taken up my time so I’d love to write a story even if it’s only very short!
  8. Go on a no-budget limit shopping spree– This might have to wait until I actually have money but I’d love to walk into a shop and just buy everything I want without having to worry about how much I can afford. I think this is probably everyone’s dream so it might not be achievable!!
  9. Learn to dance normally (preferable before prom!) I don’t know how I’d describe normal except that it’s not how I dance! Basically I’d like to learn some moves so I don’t have to just stand there like a melon when music I like comes on!
  10. Try Liz Earle Skin stuff I don’t think it’s a unknown fact that my skin isn’t the best. I’ve struggled with bad skin for almost 5 years now and I’ve tried EVERYTHING apart from Liz Earle stuff so I’d love to check it out. I’ve heard so much great stuff about it!
  11. Teach my dog to walk on my feet I have 2 dogs, Ferdi and Inca. They’re both Border Collies and very clever. Ferdi in particular picks up dog tricks really quickly and I haven’t taught him a new trick in a while… I don’t know if you know what trick I’m talking about here but basically the dog goes between your legs facing the same direction as you and has their front paws on your feet so that when you walk they also walk. Does that make sense?
  12. Learn to say ‘I love you ‘ in 16 languages I don’t really know why I want to do this but I feel it would be quite interesting… it was my mum that suggested this idea!
  13. Hold the plank for 5 minutes I believe that excersize is as much a mental activity as a physical activity and I think even though my core isn’t very strong, as long as I believe that I can do this, I’ll be able to. Last week, I held a wall sit for 5 minutes purely because I was determined to. My previous best for the wall sit is less than a minute!
  14. Make a new friend This school year, I’ve honestly been so lucky with my friends. I’m really glad that they’re my friends and I’m so thankful that they’ve adopted me as their friend! Im not know for my confidence and really struggle to speak to new people so I think that it’ll be interesting to see if I can make a new friend because that will require me to be confident. I have a lot of opportunities in the next 6 months to make friends so it shouldn’t be THAT hard!!
  15. Learn to do winged eyeliner I cannot eyeline to save my life! I’ve have a liquid eyeliner which I think is too difficult for me to use and I can’t do it without smudging it all over my face. I’d love to be able to do it!
  16. Go to a theme park I think that’s what they’re called but you know the places with rollercoaster and stuff. I’ve never been on one, I was going to go for my birthday a few years ago but I didnt realise how expensive it was to take all my friends.

I hope you enjoyed this!

If you know how to say ‘I love you’ in any languages leave them down in the comments!

xxx