Monday, 30 December 2013

Favourite Moments of December 2013

Oh my goodness, where did the time go? It's the end of December and the end of the year. I've has do many fun times with my friends and family and I can't wait to see what 2014 will bring.

Without further ado, here are my favourite moments of December:

  • Starting my first part-time job. I started on the 1st; the day was just filled with training but I loved being able to do something and get involved in retail already. It's made me think about getting an apprenticeship instead of going to university. I'm tired of doing essays and portfolios. I want to work already!
  • The Clothes Show: this year was the third year I went to the Clothes Show. It was it's 25th anniversary which meant a different, special catwalk show. It wasn't as amazing as it could be - I have to admit - but there were so many stalls and new stuff around the exhibition centre that I ended up spending all of my money.
  • Graduating from NCS. I met loads of people that I still stay in contact with and I've shown that I can be active and I'm not always the couch potato people think I am. 
  • Christmas! I loved Christmas Day. I spent it in my pyjamas (like always) and watched loads of movies that took me on emotional rides during the day.
  • Getting loads of chocolate. That's right, apart from 3 or 4 presents, the rest that I got were chocolate. I started eating them way before Christmas and I still have one big box of Thornton's chocolate left to finish.
December was filled with bigger moments for me rather than the little happy moments I usually have each month. This year has been interesting. It was filled with a lot of ups and downs. I made friends and I lost friends. I seriously can't wait for the new year.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 27 December 2013

What Do I Do Now?

We're here. The days between Christmas and New Year's Eve. I don't know what to do. Do you?

There's always these few days every year where I feel awkward. You can't get ready for New Year's yet and all of the fun of Christmas has gone. I could spend the days watching TV; I could spend them watching movies on Netflix. I also have homework to think about but I don't think I'll panic about those until Monday. Maybe. I've made a start on some holiday homework. I was doing pretty well and then my sister spilled hot chocolate all over it. I wiped all of the sheets and hung them on my bed's headrest to dry last night. They're fine now. I just hope my maths teacher doesn't mind receiving some chocolate stained and scented work sheets.

I'm bored. I have a new sewing machine that I can probably mess about with but I have no fabrics to use it on. I could go and enjoy the sales but they'll just get reduced even more in January which is when I'm planning to go to the shopping centre anyway.

I guess I could just sit back and relax but that's not who I am. My friends know I don't function when the job is not to function. Rest is something I enjoy in the morning when I just lie in bed after I wake up. Once I get out of that bed, I might complain about needing a rest but I won't actually have one.

I honestly don't know what to do. I might find something within the next hour but who knows? It'll probably be browsing Tickld. That site is addictive.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! How was your's?

Like all of the previous ones, I spent Christmas in my pyjamas, eating food and watching TV. We opened our presents in the morning - I was the last one to wake up. I got a sewing machine from my parents which is all I really needed this Christmas. I am thankful for all of my other presents as well!

I watched Toy Story 3 first - *insert emotional breakdown here*
It was the first time I watched it. I felt like a kid again, no doubt about that, but the ending... Oh my goodness, my heart was going to collapse.

After that we watched Kick Ass 2. It was awesome!


Our family spent the whole day eating food; we had so much! This is just our lunch. We had dinner, dessert and snacks as well.

We ended the day watching the Doctor Who Christmas special (I recorded it). I think my heart just snapped into two pieces when I watched it.

I went to bed quite late and, as a result, I woke up around 2pm this morning. My bad...

I know this post is quite short but I am extremely tired. 
That's all for. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Confessions

It's 3 days until Christmas! I thought it would be nice to share some things about my relationship with Christmas. This year will be my 17th (because I'm 17) so I've been through a lot.

I know it's the 22nd of December but I don't have that many confessions to make...

Anyway, let's get on with it:

  1. I have never owned a Christmas jumper. 
    1. That's right. Considering my first few Christmases were in the Philippines, I've never owned a Christmas jumper before and I don't have one for this year either. I might consider getting one next year.
  2. I hate mince pies.
    1. I don't know what it is about them but they make me feel sick. I don't mind people eating them around me but I don't want to eat one ever again.
  3. I have never had eggnog at Christmas.
    1. I assume that that's an American thing since I never really see it in shops or anything. But, I would like to try a glass one day.
  4. I have never had brussel sprouts during Christmas dinner.
    1. They're horrible. Why would you do that to yourself?
  5. I believed in Santa until I was around 12.
    1. I just wanted to meet him. That's all.
  6. I hate taking photos in front of my presents.
    1. Doing that makes me feel a bit conceited and selfish. I really don't like it when my parents tell us to stand/sit behind our presents for a photo. I try to avoid them as much as I can. I'd take a picture with the present they gave me but I won't with anyone else's.
  7. I'm usually the last one to wake up in the family.
    1. Everyone wakes up early on Christmas so they can open they're presents straight away. I would rather lie down in bed for an extra 2 hours and relish whatever warmth there is left under my duvet. It's cold during winter mornings and Christmas is no exception.
  8. I spend the whole day in my pyjamas. 
    1. From all of the people I know, I am one of the few that don't dress up for Christmas. I will sit on the sofa in my pyjamas for the whole day and watch films. If there is a party then I will dress up. If the party is at home then forget it; the people we invite are usually really close family friends and they know what I'm like already.
  9. I honestly think that the amount and the message on a Christmas card reflects how much you like the person you give it to. 
    1. I think really carefully about what I write in my Christmas cards. I don't like seeing them bare and empty. 
  10. I don't like Christmas pudding.
    1. Again, it tastes horrible.
  11. I can't eat Christmas turkey unless it's drowned in gravy.
    1. It's really dry!
  12. I always break out the Zumba DVDs after Christmas Day.
    1. I have to lose all of weight from the food somehow.
  13. I am one of those people that text "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to all of my friends.
    1. Every. Single. Year.
So, those are my Christmas confessions. You can probably relate to some of them. I've repeated some of these things so much that I consider them as my own Christmas traditions. Everyone has their own set of traditions. It may be eating a brussel sprout with their siblings to remind them of the horrid taste (one of my teachers does that) or it may be to wear a set of reindeer antlers during the day.

Whatever it is, I hope it makes your Christmas that little bit more fun!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 20 December 2013

Blog Updates 20/12/13

I haven't done on of these in a while and I think it's time that I do.

I've reached 6,500 pageviews! It's been a long year. I started back in May getting 10 or 12 views every week. Now, I get that every day. Thanks for sticking by me all these months.

Top Tips Tuesday is also going pretty well. I think of something new to share every week and I try to be diverse. I'm on my 10th one already.

With my collab blog, I've been struggling. It's not because I run out of ideas but because I forget to write posts. I'll have something up for next week, though, I promise.

I've also been doing a countdown to Christmas on my blog my writing a post that relates to the number of the date. For example, on the 13th, I may have written something with 13 in it somewhere. I'm not actually completely sure what I've done.

Also, just because it's term break doesn't mean I'm free from work. I have tons of work to do for each of my subjects as well as actual work now that I have a job. I'll still try my best to post as frequently as I can.

Since this is the second post that I've written today, you might miss out on the one I wrote earlier so here it is:

I hope you've all had a good year. Merry Christmas.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

20 Ways To Know It's Nearly Christmas

It's the end of term! Woohoo! No school until January 7th for me. It's five days from Christmas and the signs are all there so here are 20 ways I can tell it's nearly Christmas:
  1. The Coca Cola adverts are everywhere. There was even a Coca Cola truck at the shopping centre earlier. I was waiting for the bus near it so I don't actually know what was happening there.
  2. Most shops sell novelty items.
  3. They might even decorate their shop in red/green/gold/white/silver.
  4. Some shops have employees wearing red.
  5. Other shops have them wearing Santa hats.
  6. A few shops have them dressed as elves.
  7. The little present-wrapping stall is there at your shopping centre.
  8. Santa's grotto.
  9. A cinema boom. It happens every year but no one really takes notice. More movies are released during mid-November to the end of December as well as during the summer.
  10. Hot chocolate and coffee becomes the priority on your shopping list.
  11. Christmas jumpers everywhere.
  12. Fluffy socks everywhere.
  13. It's dark after 3pm.
  14. There's more shops/different shops at the shopping centre - every year, MenKind opens for a few months here and is then replaced by another shop after January. I love that shop so much. This year, they're selling "Ted" bears!
  15. You feel obligated to wear something knitted at all times.
  16. You feel obligated to spend time with people.
  17. There's a lot more chocolate in your house.
  18. Everyone wants it to snow!
  19. The radio plays nothing but "Last Christmas" every single time you turn it on.
  20. Michael Buble releases an album/song/song cover.
So, that was a quick little guide on how to tell it's nearly Christmas. The last point, by the way, is not an insult to Michael; I love his voice. It's soothing.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

10 Achievements Of The Year

It is officially one week until Christmas! I'm actually really excited. I love Christmas - I get to spend time with my family, open some presents and eat until there's absolutely no more room left in my body. I do regret it the day after; everyone does at some point during the week.

Anyway, since there's only a week left, I thought it'd appropriate to do this post. So, here are 10 achievements I have made during the year. They may not all be big achievements but they've made me the person I am today. Last year I was pretty different; I dressed differently, talked differently and had a slightly different personality. This year, I'm not a completely different person. I'm just a better version of myself.

  1. I went on my first residential since Year 6. We have them all the time at our school but I never go, mainly because we couldn't afford it but it was also because I wasn't brave enough all these years to go somewhere without my friends beside me. If they went on some of those trips, I probably would have too. This autumn, I went to the residential with my friends and I did meet some new people by being brave and introducing myself. It's not as scary as I always thought it was. Thanks to that, I don't mind talking to new people and I even do tours for visitors around the school if a teacher asks me to do so.
  2. I started this blog. This was the result of boredom during the summer half term and, I must say, I can't believe I stuck with it until now. I've managed to reach out and meet quite a few people because of this blog and I like knowing that I've made a mark on this world - even if it is incredibly tiny.
  3. I got over my fear of dogs (kind of). Most of my friends have one and this year, I've gone to their houses more than I have done in the previous years. This meant being in the same room as a canine for more than an hour. I run away from dogs - they genuinely frighten me - but now I don't mind as much. I even sit next to my boyfriend's dog and pet it whenever I'm there. During the summer, his mum had to make them go out to the back garden or into the kitchen and away from me. 
  4. I got really high grades in my GCSEs. They get harder every year and, being the lab rats of the government, I'd say I did extremely well. With our school year group, the grade boundaries all increased, making it even harder to pass each subject.
  5. This year marks my first full year with my boyfriend. We started dating back in March 2012 (woah...) so this is the first full year - January to December - we've been together.
  6. I managed to get my first job. It may be temporary but it shows I am employable. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'd know that I've been searching for a job since last summer. It has also made me e wonder if going to university is what I really want. Working is a lot more fun and active compared to school so I might apply for an apprenticeship instead.
  7. I found my style. I've gone from emo to girly girl to vintage to tracksuits. Now, I'm more aware of what suits me and what I feel comfortable in. I thank Textiles for this - I got introduced to Japanese Street Style and just fell in love with it. Paired with my love for hard metal (music), I found the clothes to suit me.
  8. I made and completed my own projects at home. It's about time I start a portfolio for university, in case I decide to go to one, and these are things that I can add onto it to make it stand out.
  9. I've settled with and found friends. They're hard to come by nowadays and I love every single one of them.
  10. I've gone up a bra size. I have been an A-cup up until last April. That is really small and, I know it shouldn't, but it did make me really insecure. It may only be one size up but it's one I'm a lot more comfortable with.
I know it's the 18th so I really should've done a post with 18 whatevers on it. However, I honestly don't know enough on any one subject to get 18 points from it. I really haven't thought this through. There's probably going to be something for some of the 20s though - those are easy to do - but for today, you only get 10.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #9

Sorry, I've been gone for quite a while. My laptop and I have been having some issues but we've resolved them; we're back to being best friends again.

It's Tuesday! Time for another Top Tip. I'm going to have a break, today, from the December countdown I was doing. I don't really know how to put 17 into this post...

Here's a small tip on how to make your presents look nicer:

Okay, so if you have cheap wrapping paper like myself, here's a way to make your present look more presentable.

I have plain silver, gold and red wrapping paper from Tesco and a tartan roll from there as well.

I went overboard with the tartan...

Compared to those presents, my plain ones look really boring so I experimented and ended up with this:

It's pretty easy to do this and you lessen the amount of wrapping paper that goes to waste as well.

Cut out or use a piece of wrapping paper that's different to the one you wrapped your present in and fold the edges to make a neat strip of paper.

This is what the back looks like.
Fold in one edge of the strip.

Place your present on the strip. Make sure the front is on the table/bed/desk and the back is facing you.

Wrap the strip around the present - shorten it if you need to - and make sure the folded end ends up on top of the strip.

Tape the strip together then tape down the sides onto the present to hold it in place.
The strip can be wider/thinner and it doesn't have to be central.

I love wrapping presents and I take time to make sure they're really neat. 

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 13 December 2013

A Life Crisis

In 3 years, I'm going to be 20 years old. That's scary.

We all go through that phase where all we say is "I don't want to grow up" and "Let me be a teenager forever." It's tough when you realise you have these new responsibilities now. We all have minds that think differently as well. 7 years ago, I stayed away from guys because I found them weird and I found relationships to be something that I didn't want to be involved in.

Then, I had my first kiss with a guy. Most of us have that around the age of 12 or 13 and it's really weird knowing that there are people out there (even some of my friends) that haven't had that yet. It makes you feel old and too grown up. They still have that wonder in their minds and, with me, with most of us that feeling is desensitised. It's normal.

We all go through "firsts" and after those "firsts" we forget that feeling we had the first time. When we ride a bike, we don't get that instant joy we got the first time we didn't fall off. Again, I know people my age who don't know how to ride a bike and it interests me when you notice how much you actually don't know about other people. You expect other people to have experienced the same things as you and you get so shocked when you find out that they haven't done "that thing" you expect them to have done already.

Since it's the 13th, I thought today would be a good time to share 13 "that things" that I usually expect people my age to have done already:

  1. Learnt to ride a bike.
  2. Had their first kiss.
  3. Go down a zip wire.
  4. Watched classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry on TV.
  5. Gone to Nando's (Seriously, if you're in the UK, you should know what it's like in there)
  6. Experienced that cheesy arm-over-the-shoulder move in the cinema.
  7. Play kiss chase.
  8. Pretended the floor was lava in the living room.
  9. If you're a girl - you've gone to school with way too much make-up because it was your first time using it.
  10. Learnt to skateboard/rollerskate/iceskate.
  11. Learnt to swim.
  12. Worn a bag that was the size of your body when you were in your first year at high/secondary school.
  13. Gone through a "Green Day" phase - all you listened to was screamo, metal, pop punk and alternative music like My Chemical Romance, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides and Paramore.
Those are my 13 "that things." If you have experience less that 10 of those, you are weird to me. 

What do you usually expect people to have done already? It's really strange when you can't talk to someone about life experiences when they can't empathise with you. You can't really explain what riding a bike is like to someone who's never done it. Some people might feel too old to try it. You can't explain what skateboarding or swimming is like without making it sound a little bit scary. Your experiences are different to another person. But, that's what makes life so interesting. If we all went through the same thing, we'd be living in a world where there's nothing to talk about. If you think about it, all of our conversations with people usually are about past experiences. Listen to what others have to say and it's usually about "this thing that happened last night" or "the other day I did..."

This post itself is about my experiences with other people's experiences. 

And that is why this post is called "A Life Crisis." I'm having a small breakdown...

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

10 People And Me

I don't have the biggest group of friends at school. We're a group that's in between and I seriously think that we're all that we need. Our group is really dynamic and mixed together and about 3 of my friends aren't always around during the day. But, I know that they're always within reach when I need them. Each of my friends have their own special trait and it makes life a little bit interesting for everyone. Our traits aren't always the best but we all acknowledge what we're like and we have a laugh all the same.

  1. The Welsh One
    1. a.k.a Sheepshagger. Yes, we have one of those and we love her for it. When she's crazy, she's CRAZY! There's never a dull moment when she's around. It will take a while to get past her humungous breasts (which are natural) but once you reach the person inside, she's someone that you'll never want to lose.
  2. The "Mature" One
    1. I'm pretty sure that, compared to the rest of us, this one is normal. She's pretty quiet but the words that come out of her mouth when she speaks can be slightly worrying sometimes. It took us a while but we finally got some insanity into her; to the rest of the world she might be normal and completely calm but, with us, she's really something quite different.
  3. The Gamer 
    1. All this one talks about is games - all day and everyday. There are moments when he doesn't but they don't really last long. Anyway, he's also hilarious and his luscious hair is to die for. He's promised me that he'll wear his hair in pigtails on the last day of sixth form and I can't wait!
  4. The Friend-zoned One
    1. His track record with relationships isn't the best and he's friend-zoned by all of us (the girls in the group). He's awesome, though, and extremely vulgar. But, I do trust him and we always have these heart to heart conversations that I love.
  5. The Posh One
    1. From a well-off background and the most polite family ever, this guy is extremely posh as a consequence. Collectively, us girls love him the most (but don't tell the other guys) and we tend to drag him around the school with us all of the time. I have pretty much all of my study periods with him and it's never boring.
  6. Mr Computer
    1. If you have any questions about computers, the internet or the economy, this is the man you want. He is like a human version of Google and his mind can and will astound you.
  7. The Tall One
    1. Being the incredibly short person that I am, I feel like a dwarf next to this guy. Standing at 6'4", I stand below shoulder height to him. But this does mean that when I get hugs I just get this amazingly warm embrace that surrounds my whole body. I love tall people!
  8. Miss Mumble
    1. It's pretty difficult, sometimes, to understand what she's saying since she mumbles quite a lot. Coupled with the strongest English accent ever, it's hard to understand what she's saying. But, she's amazing and we love her. We have the same skirt and we've worn it on the same day more than a couple times...
  9. The Floater
    1. Sometimes he's there; most of the time he's not. We don't really know where he goes but he's there when he wants to be. There's a day in the week where he has study periods before lunch and goes to McDonald's instead of working at school. He comes back with food, though, and he gives pretty good hugs.
  10. The Indescribable One
    1. a.k.a my boyfriend. I don't really know what he is - he's a gamer, a computer nerd, a joker, a jerk, extremely loving, honest and weird. I think I made him slightly crazy as well. He makes weird noises and is just there. You can talk to him about anything and he's always there to cheer anyone up in his own special way.
  11. The Monster
    1. Okay, so I only call myself "the monster" but everyone knows I love Monster energy drinks so I guess it counts. Everyone else calls me "Asian" or "The Asian One" and I love it. I'm not the only Asian one in the group and pretty much all of us are from other countries. I'm the shortest so I can get away with wearing high heels when I feel like it; when I do that, I'm still shorter than everyone... I also get carried away (literally) when I'm in someone's way or if my friends just feel like it. It's a strange feeling - I like being swept off my feet with compliments and nice gestures but I don't like being literally swept off my feet. It's scary.
So, those are my friends. I can't function without them and I feel lost when I'm not with them. I'm lucky to have lessons and study periods with at least one of them most of the time. When I don't, I have other friends to be with. I may not talk to them as much but I love them all the same. 

Are your friends all the same or are they different like mine? What do you bring in to the group dynamic? 

It's nice to know where you stand with your friends; you know where the lines you shouldn't cross are and how far you can go with each of them. What you say might make one laugh but offend another. You have to be careful but at the same time carefree. Your friends should make you feel safe not vulnerable; you should feel able to express yourself not hide yourself. 

We never really get to spend time together outside of school. I'd like to but, with differing interests, it's not easy. We do hang out when we get the time and it's hilarious when we do! I hope you love your friends like family because I know I do and always will.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #8

It's the 10th!

So, it's getting colder. A lot colder. Our skin can only take so much - especially if you have sensitive skin like me. I've talked to friends, used the internet and information from the Clothes Show and I've come up with this post. So, without further ado, here are:

Ten Ways To Win The Winter Battle

  1. Wear sun cream often. I have a friend at school with exceptionally smooth skin and it's because she wears sun cream. It seems weird, I know, and I don't think I'll actually ever do this - I don't wear it during summer either - but it does help you to stay moisturised and protected. Just because we can't see the sun doesn't mean it's not there.
  2. Don't shower with really hot water. I know it might be difficult but try! Use warm water instead since hot water leaves you with really dry skin when you get out. 
  3. Put some moisturiser and lotion on after you've showered and before you go to sleep. If you've read my previous posts for Top Tips Tuesday, you'd know that I put Vaseline on my face occasionally because it helps your face to stay moisturised as you sleep. You wake up with baby soft skin!
  4. Ex-foliate your face. When your skin gets too dry, it gets flaky. That, with any clogged pores, is a recipe for disaster. You'll get spots and rashes so make sure you keep your face clean and fresh as much as you can.
  5. Always have some lip balm on you. Don't ever lick your lips; that makes them even dryer than they already are. I use a tinted lip balm so I get some colour on my lips as well.
  6. As well as lip balm, you should also have some hand moisturiser in your bag or pocket. Your hands are delicate and you can't forget about them. My hands crack when they get too dry and I get cuts as a result of it.
  7. Exercise. You don't have to go outside or to the gym. A simple 30 minute activity such as walking around the house or jumping jacks will help to improve your blood circulation. You don't have to do this all in one go -  two or three split sessions will do the trick. It's tempting to sit back and snuggle up during the cold days of winter but this is not the best way to go about keeping your skin healthy. Yes, you'll be warmer but your skin will suffer as a result.
  8. Drink lots of water. This won't help your skin but it will help your health and if you're fitter during the winter, you'll come out the other side ready for spring.
  9. Wear your winter clothes. Bare skin such as gloveless hands and scarfless necks give the cold places to attack. As well as damaging your skin, you will lose feeling in those body parts and your reaction times will decrease. If you have a touch phone, get some mittens that can open to reveal your fingertips so you can use it. Alternatively, wait until you're inside to use your phone.
  10. Wear socks to bed. Your feet may be tougher than most of your body but they still take damage. Keep them warm when you're sleeping and you'll improve the circulation around your legs as well. Better blood circulation = warmer body = better skin.
I hope this was helpful. I'm not saying that you should do EVERYTHING on this list - I'm not. Doing most of it, though, will help and it doesn't take long before you see the improvements.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Day Out: Clothes Show Live 2013

I went to the Clothes Show again!

Yesterday was my third time at the Clothes Show and I swear it just gets better every year. This year, there were loads more stalls so less space to move around. I did get shoved and thrown whilst in the crowds but I made it out alive!

I don't think I need to go on about the morning and all that so I'll summarize - I woke up about 10 minutes before I should have been at the train station. It took me 7 minutes to get changed. I managed to catch the train with my friends and did my make up on the train.

There was a lot going on in the Clothes Show: Catwalks; Meet and Greets with Celebrities; Makeovers; and Giveaways everywhere! I got my eyebrows done there and also got convinced into buying some eyebrow powder that I actually like so it's not all that bad.

We had about 7 hours to go around the stalls before the show and after 2 hours we only managed to go through one aisle of stalls. But, to be fair, we were in the vintage area and that's pretty much what my friends and I live on. When we got to the make-up area, I found a place to get my hair done. Since I woke up late, I wore a hat because my hair was such a mess.

We kind of gave up around 2pm since we were all tired and hungry - I had no more money by then so I had some food from my friends. My lunch consisted of a few crisps, some biscuits, a small can of diet coke that we got for free and some sweets. Healthy...

Whilst we were sitting around, I tweeted "Happy 25th Birthday @ClothesShow" and it made it onto their big screen of Tweets! I was so proud of that and it was there for at least 20 minutes (that's how long I spent staring at it before we got up and walked around some more) with some other tweets.

The actual show that we booked seats for was at 4.15pm. I took some pictures of the beginning but the bright lights made nothing visible on the stage. The show was amazing; there were dances, weird but awesome clothing, and muscly men in underwear. It was every girl's dream.

When we got back to the train station, there were loads of problems and we were there for an hour. We considered what we would do if we got stranded at one point. There were some issues back at the station at home so we had to wait a really long time for things to be cleared up. The train itself was packed! There was no space to move or breathe.
It took a while for the carriage we were on to clear out and one of us gave up and sat on the floor. There were still no seats but standing space decreased dramatically.

7 Things I Got At The Clothes Show:
To go with my little December theme for this blog, here are 7 things I got from the Clothes Show (since it was on the 7th December):

  1. A 2D bag! These things are amazing and I've wanted one for so long! It's difficult to explain how they work but it's going to be my new school bag. I'm going to confuse so many people.
  2. A poster from the Coventry University stand. This is my second one from them and it currently holds a place on the side of my wardrobe.
  3. 3 pairs of tights - a black crocheted pair with roses patterned on then, a purple pair with red roses on them, and a pair that's black on the front and white on the back.
  4. A black and purple skull-patterned dress (I have an unhealthy obsession with skulls).
  5. A load of university prospectuses.
  6. Eyebrow powder.
  7. Goody bags! One of the goody bags I got was filled with loads of boxes. It's from "So...?" and here are the contents below:

A set of 3 deodorants
A set of 4 body fragrances
A set of 3 perfumes
A miscellaneous set with lip balm, perfume and body spray
Bath confetti
A toiletries bag
A can of dry shampoo
A big can of deodorant
A toothbrush
The Clothes Show is the best thing ever. I always try to save up as much as I can and everything is already pretty cheap there. Things that would usually cost around £50 will cost about £15 there. It's worth going to and I do recommend it! It changes slightly every year so it's not always the same.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Book Review: Iron House

I've just finished reading Iron House by John Hart.

It's about two brothers who were separated when the older brother ran away from their foster home - Iron House. The older brother was taken in by a huge city gang whilst the younger one got adopted by a rich senator and his wife. It's also a thriller and it's really graphic so I don't recommend you read it unless you can handle blood and gore without feeling sick. It's pretty good so, to go with my little December theme, here are four reasons to read the book:

  1. The author knows how to create graphic images and tension between the characters. I have been scarred!
  2. The plot twists are very cleverly placed.
  3. You understand each character, even the minor ones, as if they were actual people. I don't know if this has been made into a film, but it should be.
  4. There are no thriller clich├ęs like: someone dies within the first page; there's only one killer in the whole book. It's all carefully planned out.
Overall, this book gets a 5 out of 5. It really is a good read and it will keep you awake.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #7

It's late, I know, but I didn't get home until 9pm because I was helping out with something at school. That's okay, though, because there's still one hour left of Tuesday so, technically, I'm not late.

Like I said yesterday, I'm going to be doing posts that relate to the number of the date. Today is the 3rd of December so here are 3 ways to make your day a little better:

Okay, so do you ever feel down in the dumps every now and then? I know I do. Frequently.

There's little things that I do every so often that does brighten my day up a little bit. I hope this helps you too!

  1. Put a handful of sweets or chocolate into your bag or pocket. During the day, when you feel a little low, you can grab a sweet and eat it (not in class, of course). Also, I usually forget I put them there so it's like a small surprise from me to me.
  2. Just ask someone if you can hold them (or don't - it's up to you). If you know what I'm like then you know that whenever I'm sad, I grab the closest person to me and just hug them. They usually get it. If they don't, they just pass me onto someone else. Hugs are really comforting. I'm weird, I know.
  3. Mantra - remind yourself every now and then that you're having one bad day. It's not like your life will be like that forever. If you don't have a mantra you can use my one - "It's only one day." I say that in my head and it does bring my mood up.
That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 2 December 2013

Let's Count!

It's December!

I thought it would be a good idea to do blog posts this month every day (although I can't guarantee it) with something that relates to the number of the day.

Since it's already the 2nd December and I literally just came up with the idea now, I'm going to start tomorrow from the number 3 (3rd December) and it's also Tuesday so it's also going to be a Top Tips day! Fun times for all of you.

I'll see you all tomorrow! That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Favourite Moments of November 2013

It's the month of my birthday! Here are my favourite moments of November:
  • Halloween party! I was Maria Nette (the marionette). Yeah... my jokes are terrible...
  • Learning how to knit
  • NCS times at the stadium
  • I got 2 free gift boxes at the charity shop I volunteer at
  • I got hired for an actual job!
  • Birthday dinner at my house with my friends
  • Our fail of a fayre for NCS. We has fun doing it though.
  • My first day at an actual job!
This month has been awesome. It did go by pretty fast, though, and I wish it held out for a little bit longer.

Also, Paul Walker, star of one of my favourite movie series ever (after Harry Potter) died yesterday. I send my condolences to his family and I hope they know how much he meant to everyone. He's helped so many people and has used his fame in a positive way to achieve so many things. This just shows how easily a life can be taken away so live like it's your last day everyday. I know he did with his charity work - if he had survived that crash, he would have gone straight to the charity event he planned for that day. We all know it.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 30 November 2013

A Walking Chocolate Bar

I have had way too much chocolate this week... Chocolate and my body do not get along and the fact that I have drowned myself in it means I have to suffer the consequences - rashes, spots, feeling sick and going red at random times. I still have a box of Celebrations to finish as well! There was a point during the day yesterday when I smelt so much like chocolate, one of my friends could pick up my scent from a distance: caramel and milk chocolate.

Anyway, yesterday, I also had some friends round for a little party after school. We had loads of food to ourselves and, of course, devoured it all like animals. We got hyper from all of the cakes and sweets and started to act like 5 year-olds for the next few hours. We climbed over each other, twisted into each other and sat on each other; we thought it would be hilarious. No one got hurt that bad but, at one point, I did have to do a backwards roll off of the sofa in order to get up. For a bunch of 16/17 year olds, you'd probably expect better from us - or the complete opposite, I don't know.

We also watched Jackass 2 and 3 last night as well (after we calmed down) and I was close to throwing up but I didn't. I can't say the same for my mum.

After everyone left, I had a sleepover with the one person that stayed behind. This one right here: 

Little Welsh Girl Blogs

It was fun and we stayed up watching Misfits on Netflix until our eyes gave up on us at around 3am...

As much as I love chocolate, I think I might go for a little while without it. I still have coffee to finish from my boyfriend and some knitting to do. I also have a job now! What? I'll tell you about that tomorrow, maybe.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #6

I know it's Wednesday but I got the days confused yesterday; I was convinced it was Monday when I got home. This morning, I was also slightly confused and went to my art class instead of my maths class...

Anyway, sorry for the late post but here is top tip #6:

If you're a guy and you're not the metro-sexual type of guy, stop reading. This isn't for you and will no way benefit you.

If you shave your legs and other areas and really hate to spend money of razors and shaving cream then this is one way to decrease the money spent - instead of buying shaving cream (or foam), buy some cheap hair conditioner. The results when you use conditioner is just as good if not better. 

I use Alberto Balsam hair conditioner, which is only £1 from Tesco, and even though it's the winter - the time when legs hide - it's nice to occasionally tidy your legs up.

I hope this was helpful. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 25 November 2013

Happy 17th Birthday To Me

I'm not going to lie, I could have been a bit more excited about my birthday today. I did get some pretty awesome presents - mostly food - and an amazing one from my parents -  £25 worth of gift cards at TK Maxx and Next; and a driving lesson. Just one. We'll see how it goes before I actually commit to being in a car.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and anyone who shares the same birthday as me is automatically awesome!

 At school, it was pretty embarrassing when I walked in late. I don't like being the center of attention and the fact that only one person and my form tutor sang "happy birthday" just adds to the pain. It was pretty funny now that I think about it but I could just feel my face getting hot, at the time, from blushing...

My boyfriend got me a load of coffee related presents including an actual coffee mug from Starbucks *gasp* and 12 sachets of coffee from there as well *double gasp* 

I love coffee so much!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 22 November 2013

Reasons Why I Shouldn't Be 17 Yet

It's my birthday on Monday!

I do not feel like a 17 year old at all. Seriously, I think I should be permanently 12 sometimes.

Emotionally, I feel like I should be 17. I'm in a mature and real relationship; the days of teenage love and breaking up after 5 days is behind me. I've been with the same guy for over 18 months now, so I can honestly say that I love him and I know what love is. I can also deal with things in a sensitive way and I go out of my way to make sure everyone around me is happy and feels understood.

However, in other aspects of my life, I have not aged a day over 12...

  1. My sense of humour - I still laugh at stupid and corny jokes. I will die of laughter at any joke you tell me. If you read my tweets to my friend, Bradley, you'll know how much I love them. He's challenged me to give him a science joke everyday and I do it! My favourite joke?
      1. How do chocolate bars laugh? They snicker! *literally rolls on the floor laughing*
  2. My comebacks and insults - I still call people "meanies" and when I have nothing to say, I just hit them. Occasionally, I make a pretty good comeback to what someone says - I can be pretty rude and vulgar as well but I'm 16, how can I not do that?
  3. The way I speak - I speak like a 7 year old. People find it adorable. It's like my voice just stopped developing and maturing whilst the rest of me still kept on going. I can put on a more mature and clear voice when I have to, like in interviews and when talking with teachers, but normally I am inaudible and baby-ish.
  4. I am incredibly short - I don't like to admit it but I am. Standing tall at 5'5", I get made fun of everyday.
I'm a year away from being 18. That's scary. It means I have to do adult things and be responsible. I can't rely on other people as much and everything I do will be because of me, not other people. You can't point and blame anymore. You have to accept that you've done wrong when you've done wrong and be prepared for the consequences. 

People joke and say that I would be a good parent but I can't even look after myself!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Day In The Life of The Monster: Hail and Biscuits Dipped in Nutella

So, here's how my day went:

I woke up today at 7.45am. The bus arrives at 7.45am. I was in school five minutes before the bell rang, which was lucky.

During registration, I got asked to help out during our school's open evening for sixth form - I'm going to be helping with the Volunteering and Enrichment stall. I'd much rather be in the Art stall but that already has 2 people.

Maths was okay. We were learning vocabulary for plotting and sketching graphs which was actually really easy. We also had whiteboard so my friend and I spent the lesson writing messages to each other and drawing on each other with the pen.

Then, it was break. It rained and I had stuff to do which meant having to go from building to building. I appreciate that our school is massive and can't be just one big building but today was just ridiculous. I got soaked! When break did end, I was so glad to finally be inside and in the warmth. Guess what happened? The fire bell rang... It was raining, cold and dark. I wanted to be inside!

Did anyone else get caught in the hail? I did. I had to go from the library to the building where I have Art lessons. I ran. I got pelted with hail and my face hurt by the time I got there. My head was dry, though, because I had a hood on my coat. Some people weren't so lucky. I did have to hold it on my head though - there were moments when my face was fully exposed to the white bullets of the sky. Thank you, British weather, for reminding everyone why we hate you...

I didn't leave the building until lunch. The rain/hail/sleet/wind did die down but the warmth of the inside was pretty inviting and I honestly didn't mind. My friends were on the other side of the school and there was no way I was making that trek during break and then walk all the way back after.

After lunch, I had Stats class which was pretty relaxing. I forgot my Stats book which had everything I needed for the lesson so I had to rewrite everything again to make sure I didn't fall behind.

I stayed behind after school to do more Art work. My book wasn't there... My teacher took it to put into our school art show. A compliment, I must say, but I wish she told me first. So, I went to my Design class and stayed there until 5pm doing my homework. Outside, it was pitch black and terrifying. I had a five minute walk ahead of me which I did not look forward to. A person in my year group walked with me for part of the way but, after that, I was completely alone.

I got home around 6pm which was roughly 20 minutes ago. Right now, I'm eating biscuits dipped in Nutella. I can barely feel my fingers as I'm typing this but I'm fighting my way through it. I don't really feel like doing any more work but I don't have anything due tomorrow so it's fine.

Being a sixth former is exhausting!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #4 and #5

I forgot about last week so here's two tips for you today:

Tip 1
Everyone goes through the day doing a load of things and, sometimes, you get extremely busy you forget to do one thing. Whether it's a big or small task, it's something that needs to be done. So, what do we do about it?

I got this idea from one of the other volunteers at our charity shop. She's giving me her sewing machine since she doesn't know what to do with it and needed a way to remind herself. 

Want to guess what she did? 

She wrote the reminder on a post-it note, folded it and put it in her bra. That way, she'll get the reminder when she gets changed and she won't forget. If the reminder isn't really needed until the next day or two, she can re-write the reminder on her calendar, schedule etc. It sounds weird but it does work. 

Tip 2
If you're an arty person like myself, you might find this tip very useful. 

So, if you spend your life drawing with pencils, oil pastels, charcoal etc. (basically, any type of media that smudges) you need a can of hairspray within your arsenal of art supplies.

After you finish your piece of art, pray the whole thing with hairspray and leave it to dry. The hairspray stops it from smudging. If you're like me and you're currently doing art coursework, this is extremely handy. You'll be reassured that your piece won't get smudged if you put it into your art book or folder.

With black and white pencil drawings, the white spaces will stay white. No grey dust will creep into it!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 17 November 2013


Hey, I haven't really had the chance in any of my previous posts to say thanks so here I go:

Thank you so much for coming back over and over again to this blog and reading my stupid and random blog. It does mean a lot. I never encourage people to read my blog but knowing that people do just makes me feel happy inside (cheesy, I know, but true).

I reached 6,000 views a few days ago and the number just keeps rising! I also want you all to know that you're all awesome and I love you. 

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Shopping Lists


This project is actually falling into place. We had a meeting today since everything just went hectic over the last few weeks.

We've decided to move our culture fair to the 30th November, giving us more time to get everything sorted. I've been given the job of finding the prices of everything we need and making sure that it doesn't go over £100. So far, we've "spent" £22 which is pretty amazing since that covers almost everything already. We also moved the location of our fair to our school because it's easier to get to and we know the place already so we can set everything up quickly the day before.

I spent a while comparing prices for each of the things we need on various websites. I'm quite tired now... Maths exhausts my brain.

Plan for tomorrow:
  • Read the book I got today.
  • Blog some more.
  • Design homework.
  • Maybe Statistics homework.
  • Maybe English revision.
  • Maybe Art coursework.
  • Maybe sleep early.
The maybes are there because I want to relax but I also want to get work over with already.

My first task for tonight is to get a new top. I got pasta sauce on the one I'm wearing now...

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 15 November 2013

Squirrel Monkeys

It's Friday! I'm in a very good mood today. It's not weird... just... unusual. I've been jumping, running, spinning and being generally hyperactive during the whole day. I'm calm now, though. Kind of.

I woke up half an hour late today so I had to make sure I didn't miss the second bus to school(that's right, our place gets two). The first one arrives at 7.45am and the other at 8.30am. When I got to school, I was pretty tired.

By lunch, I was hyper, giggly and very awake. I was begging for a squirrel monkey! Those little creatures are adorable and I want one as a pet. I've been begging for one since yesterday (I know I won't get one anytime soon but the thought of having one is just awesome). I was extremely giggly in Design class but I did do the work, don't worry guys. Alongside the work I was doing, a friend and I did some doodling. I had given up on work for a little bit and so had he so we drew this:

Sketch of a frog on a lake
This drawing is only about 15cm tall
This started as a simple ask from him to draw a frog. So, I did. Then, we just started to draw a scene around it and we ended up with a silly little frog on a rock. This took us about 5 minutes - we both drew different parts of the drawing - and, funnily enough, this did give me some ideas for my work; I'm drawing bag handles and I got some ideas for shapes to use.

I was still pretty giggly by the time I got home and I think everyone just had about enough of me by the end of the day.

Also, I know it's Fashion Friday but I have two reasons for not doing one this week:
  • I didn't know what to write about this week.
  • Whenever I had the time to write a post, I considered using it up to do some coursework.
You can check out some previous posts by clicking here.

...I still want a squirrel monkey...

That's all for now.Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

50 Questions Tag

So, all blog tags seem to be a list of questions these days...

Nevertheless, I will answer them! I was tagged by Carys Higgins (Little Welsh Girl) so let's get on with it...

  1. Where were you 3 hours ago? In Statistics class
  2. Who are you in love with? Food... I mean... my boyfriend, of course (but also food)
  3. Have you ever eaten a crayon? Probably. I was a really stupid kid
  4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? The blanket on the sofa
  5. When is the last time you went to the mall? Quite a long time ago. I spend more time on the highstreet
  6. Are you wearing socks right now? Nope and my toes are freezing
  7. Does your family have a car worth over $2,000? Yes
  8. When was the last time you drove out of town? When I went to the Halloween party a few weeks ago
  9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? No, I have Netflix at home...
  10. Are you hot? I am as a hot as an ice cream in the Antartic
  11. What was the last thing you had to drink? Blackcurrant juice
  12. What are you wearing right now? My blue dress from h&m
  13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it? We go to the car wash
  14. Last food that you ate? A brioche filled with Lotus biscuit spread. NOM >.<
  15. Where were you last week at this time? In my bedroom knitting like a granny
  16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? Nope and I really need to!
  17. When is the last time you ran? Quite a while ago. I have a bike though...
  18. What's the last sporting event you watched? Rugby on TV
  19. What is your favorite animal? A meerkat
  20. Your dream vacation? A holiday with my friends at Disneyworld. The children there would be more mature...
  21. Last person's house you were in? My friend's house in Somewhere-you're-not-allowed-to-know
  22. Worst injury you've ever had? I cracked my head open once
  23. Have you been in love? Yes <3
  24. Do you miss anyone right now? No, but I want more of that brioche I made...
  25. Last play you saw? Does my boyfriend's drama performance count? I'm not really a play person
  26. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex? My adorableness :3
  27. What are your plans for tonight? To do my Literature homework, shower and then sleep
  28. Who is the last person you sent a MySpace message or comment? Eww. MySpace.
  29. Next trip you are going to take? To the land of dreams
  30. Ever go to camp? I've been campING
  31. Were you an honor roll student in school? Does that exist here?
  32. What do you want to know about the future? If I end up with my dream job
  33. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? I usually wear perfume
  34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor's visit? I don't think so
  35. Where is your best friend? Probably at home - eating food and watching TV like me
  36. How is your best friend? Okay, I hope.
  37. Do you have a tan? All of the time
  38. What are you listening to right now? Big Bang Theory on TV
  39. Do you collect anything? Keychains, Hoodies, Patterned tights, Watches, Shorts
  40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? I don't want to name people 
  41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? I don't drive
  42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw? Yes
  43. What does your last text message say? "Yay you" - Carys
  44. Do you like hot sauce? I will put hot sauce on anything I can
  45. Last time you took a shower? Last night
  46. Do you need to do laundry? There's a never ending pile of clothes upstairs
  47. What is your heritage? Filipino and Spanish
  48. Are you someone's best friend? Yes, of course!
  49. Are you rich? I don't know what defines that but I know I have about £20 in the bank
  50. What were you doing at 12AM last night? I was on and Facebook on my phone
 I tag anyone who is reading this!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 11 November 2013

Acceptance: Typhoon

A typhoon hit the Philippines a few days ago. When I heard the news, I didn't exactly feel shocked. Things like this, although not usually as extreme, always happens to the country and I've seen or heard about events like this too many times; I've numbed myself from feeling anything when things like this happens.

This post isn't exactly an Acceptance post for you. It's one for me. I need to accept that I am more than fortunate that I've left the country and I haven't been back since. I really hope that I can someday but there is that fear that the one day I go back, I end up as part of a disaster like this. I know it sounds selfish but we all want to protect ourselves.

Everyone dies. That won't change and it's something that everyone needs to acknowledge. The people in Tacloban City are suffering and about 10,000 are dead. People are stealing, fighting and scavenging to survive since help isn't getting there fast enough. Everyone's doing there part and millions have been donated to charities to help them. The only question is: will the money actually get there? There's enough money to rebuild the city. To feed everyone too. The country itself has two classes: The very rich and the very poor. There are slums next to developed cities and towns. The Philippines was once a place where everyone loved everyone. Now, everyone fends for themselves. It's not a safe country.

People that I used to go to school with are no longer with us. People I used to live with are no longer with us. I'm not from Tacloban City and I know how it feels to lose someone you once knew. But, losing 10,000? No way.

You all know I'm doing NCS. Our project is to do an East-Asian Culture fair. At first, this was just an idea that sprouted from the fact that most of the people in our group are East-Asian. Now, we have a real reason to do this. We're also raising money for the Red Cross. I'd really appreciate it if you donated some money too.

I'm not religious but I really hope that someone out there is watching those people and is keeping them safe.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 9 November 2013

A Knit Problem

It's Saturday and, as always, I spent my morning volunteering. I woke up TWO HOURS LATE! Oh my goodness, I woke up at 9am. That's the time I should be in the shop by...

Anyway, whilst I was in the shop, I did the usual - hanging up clothes, making sure everything's neat, watching the shop in case people steal things. Then, I remembered that we had a massive vase full of knitting needles. I taught myself how to knit a few days ago with my chopsticks (how Asian am I?) and I wanted to try and actually make something. Since I have no functioning sewing machine, this is the next best thing. It is just as time consuming as well. I looked through the vase and found a pair that has an 8mm diameter and one that has a 5mm diameter.

It's an upside down picture, sorry

After volunteering, I had some shopping to do. I bought some yarn to actually knit with and a birthday card for my friend. Then, I had to go to some more shops to buy some stuff my parents told me to buy. After 30 mins, I had my hands full with: 4 rolls of kitchen towels; a big pack (18 rolls) of toilet rolls; 1kg pack of sugar; a load of shampoos, soaps, and conditioners. I know now how it feels to walk around the town centre with a load of stuff. I don't know how people do it. The weight wasn't the problem but the amount of stuff was. I seriously can't wait for the day I get a car and a license.

I've already started knitting a scarf as well. I spent the whole of last night practising different stitches and I want to make something simple before the more difficult stuff. This is now my current mini-project. I'm still in the progress of making a plush doll as well. Without a sewing machine, it is taking me forever!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x