Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Expiration Dates

Nowadays, life moves on really fast. So fast that by the time you're up to date with the latest trend, a new, a "better" trend comes along. Everything we have, see, eat, and wear constantly changes.

I remember when scoobies were all the rage. Remember those? Back in Year 6, everyone had one on a keychain or wrapped around their wrists. We all knew at least 2 different ways of looping them together to make patterns or to make little sculptures. Now, nobody cares about those things. Nobody. I still have my little stash of scoobies somewhere but I don't really take notice of them anymore.

More recent examples can be found on TV and in clothing stores. Remember those big fake glasses that everyone wore? Yeah, those have died down. I don't wear mine anymore and I used to wear them everyday. No one really took notice, I guess, since the trend died down slowly. On TV, shows change all of the time. We get bored easily. I remember the times when playing with a boring little rock could entertain me for a whole two hours. Now, I can barely finish a TV show. It's the same jokes, the same plots, the same stories with nearly every show on TV. I used to watch The Vampire Diaries a lot - six hours during the winter on Netflix watching new episodes. I haven't watched it since. I got bored of it and so would you. All of the Twilight hysteria has gone now.

Everything in life has an expiration date. That one day where everyone goes "do we really care about this?", "I'm bored of this", "I guess it's time to throw this away". Life used to be a country road - we would savour the moments and become aware of everything around us. And, we didn't want to get away from it all; the road needed to continue. Now, it's more like a motorway - everyone's driving in the fast lane. We're in one trend for a few minutes and then we see a way out and get on another motorway. We don't have a destination in either situations but, with the country road, we enjoy the journey. Now? We're just sitting back, travelling in straight lines and getting bored.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Being Short

Since I am only 5ft 5in, there are a lot of things that I can and can't do. I embrace my height - it's something else that makes me different from the people I know. Why? I'm the shortest out of all my friends from school but I'm the tallest out of my Filipino friends outside of school. I get made fun of for being short; I get praise from being tall! It's really weird...

Things I can't do:
  • Dunk a basketball
  • Reach the top shelf of the kitchen cupboards
  • Look down on most people

Things I can do:
  • Wear petite-sized clothing
  • Pretend to be 13 (I did this for a laugh and it worked)
  • Wear heels without towering over everyone
  • Get piggy-backs from people
  • Wear cropped tops like normal tops - I have a short torso

Things I thought I couldn't do but actually can:
  • Model for a catwalk show (I made a dress and wore it on a catwalk show. It was pretty terrible and I don't know where it is now)
  • Wear dresses that go to the floor and not trip up
  • Date guys shorter than me - it's not awkward!

Things I have to do:
  • Take more steps/less steps to keep up with people - 5ft 5in is a really awkward height
  • Buy clothes that are made for flat-chested people (short + Asian = small boobs)
As you can see, this is a really random post. I just wanted to share this since I was with my friends yesterday and they constantly went on about my height since I haven't seen them in a long time.

Book Update! I finished the book I'm reading. I read the rest of the book (over 200 pages) in about three hours. I stopped to eat food and walk around - sitting for a long time makes me sore - but I was hooked onto it until the end. Now, I have no idea what to do. Should I get another book? Or succumb to the TV?

Monday, 29 July 2013

I Finished That Bag Project

I've added the strap onto the bag. That's pretty much at it. The bag is big enough to fit my stuff for school so I will be using this as my bag for Sixth Form. It's dimensions are 24cm x 32cm x 6 cm. The strap is 4cm wide but I'm not completely sure how long it is; I just attached pieces together until it looked long enough.




If anyone has any ideas on what I should make next, let me know. I'm trying to find felt for a plush that I want to make for a friend but I can't find any that's sold in small pieces. I don't need a whole meter of one colour! If anyone knows where to get packs of different coloured felt sheets cheaply, please, tell me!

Also, if you want a bag for yourself, I am willing to make you one; it doesn't have to look exactly like the one above - tell me the size, colour, style, and what you want to use it for and I'll make something - I have a whole summer to kill and I need something to do at home. When I'm not out with friends, it's kind of boring and the Xbox can only entertain me for a few hours. But, you will have to pay for it :-)

That Bag Project - Part 1
That Bag Project - Part 2
That Bag Project - Part 3
That Bag Project - Part 4
That Bag Project - Part 5
That Bag Project - Part 6

That Bag Project - Part 6

I've sewn the lining and the main body together and it looks great! There were a few bits that started to fray so i zigzag stitched those secure.

I stitched the along the edges of the top of the bag flap as well to keep it flat.

It took a while to turn the whole thing inside out. I left a gap at the top of the flap to pull everything through and I did it as carefully as I could so that I didn't rip any of the seams.


All that I need to do now is to attach the straps to the bag - I've ordered the loops and strap adjusters so they should be here soon.



 
Book update - 144 pages
 


Sunday, 28 July 2013

I'm Reading A Book

Here's something I've never done in a while - read a book. More specifically, a novel.

On Wednesday, the charity shop I volunteer at got a load of book donations from those mobile libraries that drive around. We got all of their unsold books from a school fete. Then, this morning, we got more boxes from people. I've never sorted through the books before; I usually sort out the clothes but, since the shop didn't have a lot of staff this morning, that was my job. I sorted out the clothes later on.

I'm not really one to be interested in books; I have a few in my room - mostly those collectible ones with the fairies. Do you know what I'm talking about? I've forgotten the name of the sets - Rainbow Magic, I think... but they come in sets of 7 and the author is Daisy Meadows. How awesome is that name? I also have Jacqueline Wilson books but everyone's read those.

Anyway, I came across a book earlier called "The Perfect Lie" by Emily Barr. I borrowed it from the shop and, yes, I will bring it back. What am I supposed to do with the book after I've read it? It looked pretty attractive so I put it to one side and took it home after my shift.

I didn't start reading it until around 7pm tonight and I'm already addicted. I've already read about 50 pages (there's 405 in total) so I think I'm doing alright. I'll probably be able to bring this back next week! It's one those books that keep information from you and reveal it later on in the book. It's really difficult to find a stopping point since you just want to find out about this and that. As soon as you find out about one thing, another little mystery arises.

I've read another novel before this one. "The Garbage King" by Elizabeth Laird. It was a pretty good book. I got it in Year 7 when everyone got the chance to get a free book thanks to the school. I only finished reading it about 2 years ago; I can't remember why I stopped reading it. I guess I just lost interest.

I'll keep you guys updated on what page I'm on within the next few posts. This book is so good I can forgive all of the typos within it. There are a few...

Saturday, 27 July 2013

My Top Ten Favourite Things

I've been tagged by Alex McGinniss (Amazing Alex) so enjoy!

My Top Ten Favourite Things
  1. Fashion Design: I love designing and sketching in my drawing pads. I have one for bag designs, one for clothes designs and one for anything - I take that one to school with me so when I finish work early, I can just sit there and draw. I want to be a designer when I'm older.
  2. "Monster" energy drinks: I absolutely love Monsters. There's something about them, I don't know what, that makes me go crazy hyper. I know it's an energy drink - that's their purpose - but I never have that much energy when I drink Lucozades or Relentless. I do have terrible sugar crashes and I tend to take it out on my friends; they have a thing against me drinking Monsters around them.
  3. Blogging: I started this blog as something to kill time with during half term breaks. I never thought that I'd get the amount of views I have now so it's just encouraged me to write more and more. I like sharing my ideas and experiences with people and this site has given me a stage for it.
  4. Iron Maiden: the best band ever! My favourite song and album? Fear of the Dark.
  5. Paramore: another one of my favourite bands. I loved Hayley Williams' fashion sense - it's daring but attractive.   
  6. My Phone: I have a Nokia Lumia 800 - my dad got me it for Christmas. My life totally depends on this thing working; through my phone I can get to my Facebook, Twitter and Blogger accounts easily. If it wasn't for my phone, I wouldn't be able to write this post since I am at the beach right now. But, when  I publish this, I will be at home.
  7. BBQ pizza: I am the kind of person that prefers fast food restaurants to fancy ones. Whenever my boyfriend and I go out on a date,you will find us at some point during the day eating a pizza together.
  8. Sunny weather: when it is sunny, I'm more encouraged to work and move around.
  9. XL tshirts: there is nothing more comfortable than an XL men's tshirt matched with a pair of shorts. It's the perfect lazy day outfit and you can easily turn it into a dress or long top with a belt around your waist.
  10. Going to the cinema: I love movies and going to see them with friends. It's a nice way to chill out and, if you're like me, the perfect way to get your friends to watch a horror movie with you. I usually pay with Tesco vouchers that my mum gets for me since I go to the cinema so often.
Thanks for reading! I don't have five people to tag since I don't have any other friend with a blog except for Carys Higgins so Carys, you've been tagged.

Friday, 26 July 2013

That Bag Project - Part 5

I've sewn the pieces together. That is pretty much the only thing that happens here.

I managed to sew some pieces on the wrong way around so I had to take those off and then stitch them back on. That wasn't the easiest thing to do but I did it. I put a lot of care into this project to make sure everything goes right so it took me forever to take pieces off since I didn't want to rip anything.

I started with the lining. This was pretty easy. I sewed everything together then zigzag stitched the edges so they don't fray. I have no idea if there's actually a technical term for the "zigzag stitch" but that's what we called it at school because it's literally a zigzag.



The outside of it is covered in interfacing so it has a bit more strength. Without it, I don't think the lining would have stayed upright.


After I had sewn the main body together, I added the flap with the Velcro sewn onto it.



And then I just did the exact same process with the actual bag pieces. I did sew the sides on the wrong way around so I had to take those off again. The mark from the needle was really obvious on the leather but I tried my best to hide it.



At the moment, the bag is pretty flat so, hopefully, when I put the lining inside, it will be a bit more 3D.

I've done all of this work in my room. It's a really tiny place so my bed doubles as my desk chair - I move the pillows out of the way so I can sit down. Some day, I'd really like my own studio so this project does mean a lot to me. It's the first one I've done that's not a school project or for a competition. I paid for everything and planned everything out myself. Altogether, this cost me £19.26 - it would have cost me a few pounds less if I ordered everything online but that meant waiting a long time and I am only 15 minutes away from a fabric store. 






Thursday, 25 July 2013

I Got My Hair Cut

Over the years, I've had a habit of getting my hair cut short as soon as it passed my shoulders. I never liked letting it grow since short hair was easier to maintain and look after. The longest I've had my hair was a few days ago before I got it cut.

A couple of weeks ago:

Now:

I had my hair cut around 10am and I don't usually wake up until 12pm so I look like a wreck. At the back, it stops at the top of my neck. This is probably the shortest I've ever cut it.

I just had a thing with short hair. I love it but I can't do a lot with it. 

A few days ago
Last year





That Bag Project - Part 4

Last Monday, I bought some more black thread and Velcro from the fabric store nearby. Yes, I did go on my bike since it's only 20 minutes away. Whilst I was on my bike, I blasted Iron Maiden, Capture the Crown and Black Veil Brides into my ears. The songs got me going for the whole bike ride; I'm not really a pop person...

I had no idea that the store sold Velcro or bag straps; they were placed in the most obscure places. I found them whilst having a look around and, if I knew the straps were there, I wouldn't have made one on my own.  But, in my opinion, I find that the denim strap looks a lot better in comparison to the ready made nylon ones. I've sewn the straps flat now since i have more black thread - it's not a tube anymore.


I've also sewn the loops that the bag hooks will go through to attach the strap to the bag. I still haven't bought them yet, along with the strap adjusters, but I will soon. I don't really need them yet so I don't think I'll get them until next week. I didn't realize that I'd sewn the wrong sides together with one of the loops but I'm hoping I can hide that later on.


Furthermore, I've cut and sewn the Velcro strips onto the bag pieces with a zigzag stitch. I tried using a straight stitch but then I realized that the sides of the Velcro frayed.



That Bag Project - Part 1


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Don't Force Yourself To Be Happy

I am one of those people that tries their hardest to stay positive and happy. I really don't like seeing other people upset but who does?

When you're happy, you feel like you can do anything and everything. It's a nice feeling but, unfortunately, it doesn't stay. There are days where I just want to give up and sleep - I'm sure I'm not the only one. Everyone breaks down at some point in their lives and that's OK. Just know that, when you're crying and upset, there's a bigger emotional wreck on the planet - me.

When I was around 14, I had the same ideas about happiness as most 14 year olds do - I felt like I needed to wear certain clothes, fit in and have lots of friends and a boyfriend to be happy - when I didn't have any of those things, I was sad and depressed. The pressure to fit in and be like everyone else was too much and I had to do some serious self-evaluation over the summer.

I started with breaking up with my boyfriend at that time - he smoked which, to me, is a big turn off. Also, I was only with him because I felt like a relationship is something that I absolutely needed. We were fine as friends and we were pretty close. But, with the way he is now, I certainly don't want to be friends with him ever again... I kind of blame myself for how he is now - I was his first girlfriend and I dumped him without offering a reason. I haven't talked to him since. Now, he's drinking and smoking his life away. I guess, since it wasn't my first relationship, I forgot to consider the effect it would have on him. When I first broke up with someone, I felt like I was dying. You never really get over it completely.

After that summer, the group of people I hung out with slowly separated and I was left with around 5 people. I know that's not a big number but it was enough. They were the people I genuinely cared about and I was a lot happier with them than with the bigger group we had before.

In Year 10, everyone was drinking alcohol at parties and at home. Of course, being the person that I was, I did too. Pressure from my parents and friends to be someone they wanted me to be was overwhelming at this point so I drank my problems away - I'm not talking about loads and loads of beer. I never had more than three bottles during this time. I also had another relationship crisis with one of my friends. That, in the end, actually turned out OK. We're still really close and we still talk to each other. We're both in relationships now and we're really comfortable around each other - he's the one who encouraged me to date the guy I'm with now (who is one of his best friends) and encouraged him to ask me out.

The relationship I'm in now is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. At first, I didn't think this would last (just being honest) because I've never thought of him as the type of guy who'd actually make a good boyfriend. I seriously deny that now. I have someone I can talk to, I've stopped hurting myself, I feel like it's fine to be the weirdo that I am and, most importantly, I feel safe. I've known him since I was 7 and we've been friends since then; we were never close until the middle of Year 10 and he was a lot shorter than me. Now, thanks to the growth spurt that he had last year, I'm a lot shorter than him.

So, don't force yourself to be happy. This doesn't mean that you can sit back and wait for happiness to come - you still have to work for it. Happiness might not be in the most obvious places. For me, being happy came from the people around me and not the alcohol, clothes and popularity that I thought I needed. I still drink now but never to the point where I throw up. I don't consider beer to be such a bad thing - you just have to be aware of how much you're having.

There are still days where I feel like giving up. I don't want every single day of my life to be a good day. To be honest, I think that's the worst thing that can happen to anyone - if you're happy every single day, you'll forget what sadness feels like. You'll lose your sympathy for other people. Just because you're happy all of the time doesn't mean that everyone else is.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Blog Updates 23/07/2013

I've decided to do these update things quite frequently from now on so here goes:

  1. I've surpassed 3,000 pageviews! To me, that is a big achievement. I've gone from 2,000 to 3,000 in such a small space of time. However, as always, I still won't force anyone to read my posts and, yes, I know I did with my blog post "PANTS" but that was necessary since the topic within that is really important. I want my pageviews to rise because people are interested in what I write and not because I told them too.
  2. I've decided that, from now on, I will write posts and schedule them to automatically publish at MIDNIGHT. I find it hard to write posts and publish them on the same day. I'm usually able to post by 5pm each day but during the days where I'm out and about, I can't get a post written and published. This will also mean that posts will appear daily. Since I'm in the UK, this means that: for the Americans, you'll have something to read before dinner; for the people of Europe and the center of Asia, you'll have something to wake up to; for the people in the far east of Asia, you'll have something to read during or after lunch. I've thought this through!
  3. My collab blog with Amazing Alex now has 6 followers which, after 3 weeks, is great! It's nice to know that people are interested in it. This Friday, I'm going to be posting a nail tutorial which is pretty simple and achievable; it's a design that I like to do on my nails quite a lot. 

Monday, 22 July 2013

That Bag Project - Part 3

I've finished the bag strap (kind of). I've sewn the pieces together and then turned the whole thing inside out. I just need to sew over the sides of the straps again to flatten it - at the moment, it looks like a long denim tube.

I got my mini sewing machine out earlier so I could sew already. It was at that moment that I realized we only had enough black thread for the straps so I'm going to go buy some more within the next few days (hopefully). I really don't want to wait another week to make some more progress on this thing.



It didn't take a long time to sew the pieces together - only about 10 minutes. The sewing machine has a guide of roughly 1.5cm and another at around 0.5cm. I really needed one at 1cm but, since the sewing machine doesn't have one, I had to improvise so one side of the strap has a seam at 1.5cm and the other at 0.5cm. It'll be on the inside anyway so no one's going to see it.



If you're wondering why there's a black wire there, I was taking photos on my phone whilst it was still in the charger. Sewing together the pieces was the easy part. Turning the whole thing inside out: not so much. That took me over an hour! My fingers got tired after a while of pulling the denim through. It didn't help that the strap got twisted. I even pulled the denim through with my teeth at one point. Then, I thought it would be a good idea to use my chopsticks. They were a present from a Japanese friend of mine.


They BROKE!


At least now I know how strong wooden chopsticks are...

Anyway, This is what the strap looked like halfway through: 


And this is what it looked like when the whole thing was turned over. I held it up against my wardrobe since my desk was too full to show this. I present to you, a denim tube!


My thumbs and fingers still hurt...


Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Best Cop Show Ever

Last night, Carys's nosey little self took over her - the police questioned her last night because she saw a fight outside her nan's house.

Anyway, this led us to talk about cop shows and atmospheric music so we accidentally created our own little show which will never happen. It was a brilliant idea though. We never really planned any scenes that would happen; we only thought of the basic things... So, here's our show:

Title: The Back-Ups
TV Catchphrase: The people to call when you have absolutely nowhere else to go

Background: We're two women who are detectives (woohoo) and we have our own little detective business where people go when the police refuse to investigate their cause. We're good detectives but we're not too good. We're also in it for the money but we don't cost too much because we want people to use our detective services.

We look professional (we wear blazers) but are actually quite the opposite (we get the work done though so don't worry). We like to drink and we take turns driving our one business car; the driver will be the one who is more sober which will probably be Carys...


We have no idea what to call our business, what our first crime to solve will be and the actual plot of the first season. Like I said, we only worked out the basics. This happens with most of our little ideas; we give up on them or forget really quickly about them. This is like the comedy show we thought up during maths with Sean and James. That one was also thought out pretty well - they get to a "Pilot" episode but I think that was it.

If anyone has any ideas or thoughts, please post them in a comment on this post. It would be fun to see how far this idea can go.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

PANTS

So, it's officially summer break here in England. That means a high increase in ice cream and barbecue sales, a load of money for theme parks and a lot more people on the coastline. But, nothing great ever comes without any risk. I've been approached by people before - people that don't want to be your friend. Nothing has ever happened to me thanks to my parents; they may be overprotective but, at times, I'm really glad they are.

This summer, the NSPCC has launched a campaign called "The Underwear Rule" and it's basically a way to encourage parents to talk to their children about their bodies. It's a way of making sure that they don't fall for tricks and peer pressure that would make them feel sexually uncomfortable. The NSPCC do everything they can to prevent child abuse but it still exists. They are a British organization - I'm not completely sure how far their work has gone internationally but I just want to spread the word about them.

The reason I'm blogging about this is because I don't like seeing news about rape and assault towards young kids. I'm even more disgusted at how people treat these issues so casually now. People see this on the news, get shocked for about 5 minutes then carry on with their lives. If I was a parent, I wouldn't be so casual about it. Would you stay calm knowing your child could be next?

I think it's weird how parents don't feel comfortable about talking to their children. I've had "the talk" with my mum and my dad about boyfriends, periods and staying safe on the streets. I'm sure most people have. Those little conversations really do make a difference and you should keep in mind that you're doing in for the safety of your child.

If you want to find out more about "The Underwear Rule" then here is the link:
The Underwear Rule

Friday, 19 July 2013

My First Summer Bike Ride

Today I got bored. I got really, really bored. I didn't plan on taking my bike for a ride until tomorrow - I was going to ride it to work. I don't really want to spend 90p every Saturday for a bus ride every week. It might not seem like much but it does add up really quickly.

Anyway, I went for a bike ride today around the local area. I just wanted to see how long I can last on a bike since I haven't been on one in over a year. I've had a go on some of friends' bikes but those rides never lasted longer than a few seconds - I could not reach the pedals; I am so tiny...

I didn't really plan a route - I just rode around the streets and followed the paths. On my little journey, I saw a Mystery Machine. An actual Mystery Machine! If you don't know what that is then shame on you! I managed to end up in streets that I didn't even know existed but I did manage to find my way back home again. Altogether, I was out and about for around 20 minutes which is great because that's roughly how long it takes to get to the charity shop on foot - it takes roughly 10 minutes to get to my siblings' primary school and it takes about 10 minutes from there to get to the town centre. I imagine it would take me around 15 minutes on a bike. I don't drive fast; I'm paranoid about driving into someone and falling into a shrub...

Around 6.45pm, I went on another bike ride, taking a different route, which lasted around 20 minutes as well. It was a lot quieter and more chilled. There were also barely any cars on the road so I drove on there and pretended to be a car (don't judge me). I went pretty fast down the roads which killed my legs and I'm pretty sure I have a bruised bum now.

Tomorrow, I'll be on my feet from 9am til 2pm so wish me luck! If I don't see a single improvement on my lower ab muscles and legs, I am throwing away this bike.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Another Barbecue

Earlier today, I was at a friend's (Emily's) house for a barbecue. The weather was really hot with the occasional breeze; we started to hate it after an hour.

I arrived about 20 minutes late (which was expected) and the barbecue wasn't even on fire yet. I was the second person to arrive. I helped to start it up but it took us forever to get a fire going; as soon as it was burning, the wind would blow it out. The coal was agonisingly stubborn and didn't light at all. We used a whole load of matches and lighter fluid and nothing worked. We even tried using a disposable barbeque which decided not to work as well. We got some pieces of chicken and a few burgers on the grill but they didn't cook at all.

Then, about 30 minutes later, we got a call from two more friends that were supposed to be there. They were taken to the wrong place by the taxi driver - there was a typo in the postcode he put into the SatNav. Instead of arriving outside Emily's house, they were dropped off about 5 streets away... We had to guide them back to where we were through the assistance of Google Maps. That was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. Also, no one else arrived after that - it was just the five of us.

We all worked hard on trying to get the barbeque started. We drowned in it lighter fluid, added paper plates and used a lot more matches. The lighter fluid burned but the coal didn't; it was so frustrating! After another hour, we managed to cook one burger and two pieces of chicken as well as roasting some marshmallows. This, I feel, was an achievement. But, we were all starving.

Emily decided to just cook the rest of the food in the oven so we could eat something. As soon as we sat down to eat, the wind stopped! It really wasn't our day. We still ate outside and pretended that the barbecue went well but gave up again and went inside.

We ate on the living room floor, listened to Emily's terrible music and chatted. Whilst rummaging around CDs, we found an old DVD of their Year 6 leavers' play - funniest thing ever. I've forgotten about all those plays we were forced to do back in primary school and I'm so glad I never have to do any of those ever again.

After that, we just chatted until it was time to go home. Today really didn't go as well as any of us expected and none of us sugar-coated the fact that the day went horribly.

Also, we're planning to have another barbecue next week which, hopefully, should go a lot better. And, maybe this time, my boyfriend will actually show up...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

I Mummified My Bike

That's right, you're getting another post about some recent events. Why? I don't know what other topics to talk about since no one talks to me about what to blog about. I'd love to do some more "Acceptance" posts, I just don't know what they should be about. Seriously, if you want me to talk about certain issues or problems, just email me (pauline.subong@gmail.com) or tweet me on Twitter. It's not that difficult...

Yes, I am in a bad mood. I didn't exactly wake up on the right side of the bed today. I somehow left my alarm on today that's meant to be for school so I woke up around 7am. I let myself go back to sleep and I woke up again around an hour ago.

Yesterday, I mummified my bike with newspaper so I could paint it. I really couldn't be bothered to paint the whole thing so I only repainted the handlebars and the pedals an aluminium grey. I put so much tape on that thing; it took forever to get that stuff off again. I let my dad spray paint the bike since I've never done it before and I didn't want to screw it up. The wheels and the body has a bit of paint on it since the newspaper did a terrible job of staying on the bike even though I used a whopping load of masking tape to hold it.

Most of my friends are also going off on holiday within the next week so I won't be seeing them for a while. I, on the other hand, am not going on holiday until the middle of August.

I'm going to a barbecue tomorrow which should be fun. Emily, the person who's holding it, invited quite a few people but, like I said, they're all going somewhere so only about 6 people are going.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Apocalyptic Dreams

I know I'm weird but this, to me, is just ridiculous.

Lately, I've been having weird dreams about the apocalypse and they usually contain zombies. I can barely remember them - they are dreams after all but whenever I'm still only half asleep or just lying in bed in the morning, I get weird thoughts (which I consider dreams) that I can still remember now. I don't know if it's because I seriously miss watching "Walking Dead" or if it's because I'm currently obsessed with "The Last Of Us" (that's a game) but something's definitely happening in this head.

The first dream that I can remember is probably the most random thing to ever happen in my mind. It wasn't long until I was fully awake so I never found out the ending to this. This dream starts off with a normal day in class. We were wearing a school uniform - it wasn't exactly the uniform of my current secondary shool but I was wearing a uniform - and I was in a class. Then, I get up and walk over to the library where I see my boyfriend - at this point, I kind of figured out it was a dream because you'll never catch him in there. Anyway, I ask him something... I don't know what... and I turn around and I'm standing outside of a doorway in the middle of the night. I start running and then I wake up.
Not exactly apocalyptic but it did scare me. I had this dream a couple of weeks ago.

The next dream I can remember happened around last week. In this dream, I was in a diner with some friends. I walk over to counter and I buy a pair of tights... Why? I'm not completely sure. Anyway, I walk through the door behind the counter and I'm in a bedroom with the Scooby-Doo gang and I could hear groans and footsteps outside which, I assumed, were zombies. I ran around the room for a while then I woke up again.

I then had a nicer dream a couple of nights ago. I was part of some fairytale land and I was, apparently, the tourguide of the place. I was showing some of my friends around - there were mermaids, centaurs, fairies and elves. After a little while, I woke up. I doubt that I actually finished my tour...

Then, two nights ago, I had a more vivid dream of the zombie apocalypse. Our house was heavily fortified (barbed wire, metal doors, bulletproof windows etc) but the only people left were my sister and I. One of my friends was a zombie but he had self control and was living with us - just not in the same room; he might eat me. Then, two more friends show up with one of their dads and his friends. They all had weapons (I did too) and we formed a pact to keep each other safe. This story is still happening in my mind and I really want to continue it for some reason. I haven't actually gotten very far with this little story so it kind of tells me that I need to be asleep for this to continue. It's like my own little version of Walking Dead.

Am I crazy?

That Bag Project - Part 2

I'm really getting into this project now. I woke up early today to babysit my sister whilst my mum was taking everyone else to school and since then, I just couldn't sleep. I'm guessing I was half asleep at some point because I had another weird zombie apocalypse dream... I should really blog about those.

Anyway, I've finished cutting out all of the fabric pieces. I started this last night and finished around 1pm. It took me about 3 hours altogether; it would have taken me a lot less if I had more pins but I forgot to buy some so I'll do that this weekend. I still need to buy the lace and Velcro which means I can't sew the pieces on together yet.


I still have a lot of black gingham fabric left over - lining too - but the skirt I used for the denim pieces is completely wrecked.


I had to cut out the bag handle in pieces since the skirt wasn't long enough to cut out a whole strip in one go which wasn't too much of a problem. I just need to sew them together and make sure that it's long enough.

One of my friends also asked me to make a mini plush toy version of himself so I might do that after this project. Considering I've never made anything other than clothing and bags, this should make for an interesting project if I go ahead with it.

That Bag Project - Part 1

Sunday, 14 July 2013

That Bag Project - Part 1

I've officially started my bag project for the summer. It's nearly the end of July so I've got 6 weeks left for this which is still a pretty long time. Yesterday, I bought a pair of fabric shears, a yard of black gingham for my bag's lining and a yard of medium interfacing. I forgot to buy some lace for the front of my bag but I can do that at some point this week through eBay since I'm buying the hooks for the handles from eBay as well.

 I've cut out my pattern pieces using an old pattern for a dress that I made myself. It's marked every 2cm across and down the paper so it's really handy for making a rectangular bag. There was also a lot more paper than I expected so I still have quite a few pieces left over. All but one of the pattern pieces was made using one skirt piece from the dress. I don't need it ever again so it's better than buying a whole new sheet of pattern paper. This project really is reliable on things being recycled. Yay for the environment!


I made a dress a few years back for a Young Fashion Designers competition and I don't know where I've put it so I haven't seen it since the night of that competition. I think someone threw it away or stored it somewhere without telling me. It was a pretty terrible dress...

Anyway, the next thing I need to do now is to actually cut out the fabric pieces which should be done by the end of this week.

No Water?

Out of all the places in the world, I never expected Britain to ever suffer a water shortage. But, with the hot weather, lack of rain, and a burst water main, it's happened. Everyone in and around where I live have gone off to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's etc to buy loads of water. Some of my neighbours have come back with loads and loads of bottles of water. One was kind enough to give us one 2L bottle so we can have a drink since our mum's gone off to buy water for our house.

Not everything is off though. The hot water from our water tank is still running in the taps but since it's scorching hot, no one is using it...

This has really made me realise that just because something is really not likely to happen, doesn't mean it won't and you should always be prepared for anything. I woke up in the afternoon today assuming that it was just going to be any other day and I find out that we have absolutely no water. Then, I check the news and Cory Monteith is dead! What?

Yesterday was an absolutely roasting day - the hottest day of the summer so far. I was outside for the majority of the day with some friends and shopping for my bag project. I thought it wouldn't get any worse than that and then this happens?

But, I'm not suffering here. There are people out there who go days without food and water. I woke up today complaining in my head because I have to drink less than normally but there is someone in the world who'd be thankful for even half a cup of water. I'm not just talking about less economically developed countries but I know that's the first thought that people get when talking about the less fortunate. You forget that there are people around you who are also less fortunate. I realised this when I was fully awake and I'm taking this water shortage seriously. It's not expected to last long but you have to be prepared!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Summer Is Not A Competition

We all know that everyone tones up and goes to the gym more often when it's the summer time. We all want to look good in our swimwear, shorts, vests, etc. Summer is the time to show more skin and to tan. But, there are a lot of people that take this way too far.

Yes, more skin showing is accepted during the summer but the amount seriously does depend on where you are. I was at the shopping centre last week and there was a girl with shorts that showed half of her bottom. Not a pretty site at all and the fact that we were going towards the same direction was really uncomfortable for me. I'm amazed at how the people she was with were alright with her dressed like that. I know she wore them to get looks from guys but she did look around 14 years old... At the beach, that would have probably been an acceptable item of clothing to wear but in a shopping centre in the middle of the city in the middle of England? No way!

Likewise, there are a lot of orange people walking around now. I don't know about you but "oompa-loompa orange" is probably the least attractive colour a person can be. Whoever did your tan did a terrible job. Also, if you are planning on using fake tan, don't do it yourself if you're not an expert. There are people who are professionals at it and it is not that expensive. And, if you're already quite coloured then there is no need for you to have a fake tan done. It's better to be natural that to be mistaken for a very large bottle of Fanta.

Summer is not a competition to see who can bare the most skin or who can get the darkest tan. It's a time to relax and be stress free so take a chill pill and don't worry about your looks so much. If you're the kind that can dare to bare then, please, do it at the beach. If you're anywhere else, I don't want to see your bottom or your breasts!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A Little Bit Of Everything

So, I am still pretty tired and I'm finding it hard to focus on one thing. I woke up around 12.30pm which isn't too bad but my mum got pretty annoyed. I haven't brushed my hair yet since it's in the car and I'm too lazy to get out of my pyjamas and go get it. Have you ever been this tired? It's not fun.

I'm still recovering from prom; I didn't get that much of a rest yesterday since I woke up really early. Also, when I got home, I had to help clean the house since people were coming over. After that, my siblings came home and my mum left them with me so she could go to Tesco.

Right now, I'm pretty relaxed; everyone's still at school. I've done some of my maths homework and I've taken some pictures for my art homework as well. I still need to visit an art gallery though.

Blog Updates
My blog is about to reach 2,500 pageviews! Yay! 

I really appreciate that people come back often to read this. I consider this blog as my back-up memory system - you know, in case I get amnesia or something. It's nice to know that people are interested in the things that I say on here.

I don't really have a target for the amount of pageviews that I want but it's nice to see the number rise. It's never consistent but it's still nice to see. 


Summer Plans - Update 
Okay, so if you've read my post "Summer Plans" then you'll know that I set myself four targets for this summer that should all be completed by September.

First of all, none of them have had any progress at all except the first one; I've managed to buy fabrics for the first one... that's pretty much it...

I will get the first target finished since September is still a long way away. I'm planning on buying the rest of the fabric that I need this weekend.

My third target however (to complete the whole of Gundam: Dynasty Warriors), is, at the moment, completely unattainable. The Xbox broke and this means that we can't play anything on it anymore. We're not bored out of minds though - we have boxes of toys and lego to keep up entertained. This does mean that I only have three targets that I can still reach.

I haven't done a lot of exercise either but my bike is ready to ride; it just needs a new coat of paint. After that, I'll be cycling around every few days and hopefully get these legs toned up as well as my lower ab muscles. I'm going to let Zumba take care of the rest.

Finally, for my last target, I have bought one t-shirt. I bought a pair of shorts as well but they were too short for my liking. I don't think I'll be wearing my high heels either since they completely destroyed my feet during prom.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Prom Night!

Okay, for this to make sense, you should really read my two previous blog posts:
I don't normally use names on my blogs because I don't feel comfortable with it but there's too many people here to be mentioned so I'll use them for today.

After getting ready, I went out to Marjie's house to take pictures. She doesn't live that far away and I also left pretty early so I was the first one there for a change. My mum just missed me going out of the house since she had work so she also went over to catch me and get a picture of me.

Our friends (Bradley, Carys, Sean, James, Luke) slowly started arriving after 5pm when  they were told to get there before 5pm. This time, I was the one telling them that they were late! Also, my boyfriend, Luke, gave me a purple corsage that was a real flower. I'm not completely sure on what type of flower it was but it was absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, Emily didn't show up since she was running late and decided that she'd just meet us at the prom hall. We had group photos done in their back garden with Bradley's dad who's a photographer. They were a lot of fun but the girls kept sinking into the mud thanks to their pointy heels. That was so funny. I was wearing thicker heels so that didn't happen to me although, I did lose my balance a couple of times because of the uneven ground.

After the photos, we expected the limo to be outside already but it was late. It was stuck in traffic on the motorway so we couldn't really do anything about that. We were outside for what felt like forever and when it eventually turned up, we weren't that disappointed; the limo driver was a cool guy and he even joined in with some of the photos! He was really nice and still offered to drive us around for the hour that we booked even though he was late. 


We were in the limo for only 30, maybe, 40 minutes. It was so much fun. I've never been in a limo before and I was the first one inside it. I had a whole side of the limo to myself. Luke, however, was the last one in so he sat opposite me and also had a whole side to himself. So he decided to take the opportunity to have a lie down. I would have done the same too if I wasn't wearing a short-skirted dress. It didn't last long though; he fell off when the limo came to a stop at one of the roads. We also had a bottle of bubbly non-alcoholic champagne. There was enough in it for a glass each and a little bit left over for James to drink straight from the bottle.


When we got to the prom hall, there were more professional photographers so we were really careful not to stumble as we exited the limo. I did lose my balance a bit but quickly regained it just as the picture was being taken. If I fell, I would have laughed it off anyway. Most people were already there and there was a massive crowd just itching to get inside the hall. We had more pictures taken with some friends and met up with some that we haven't seen since the end of school.


Inside, we had dinner first. We sat with RJ, JM and Angel (aka my Filipino buddies). They're awesome but it meant we had to steal another chair from a different table since there wasn't enough for all of us to fit. This lead to me having to share cutlery with Carys. The room filled up really quickly and, at the back of the room, the teachers' table was already full of alcohol.


After dinner, we had some awards like "Most Likely to Become a Prime Minister" and "Drama King and Queen" as well as crowning our prom king and queen. That went to Ben and Amy - they're probably the cutest couple ever. They spent their dance making out though but it was forgivable seeing that the moment did seem perfect. Other couples started joining in - including Carys and James - but being the shy and timid person that I am and the fact that Luke doesn't dance, we just sat down throughout the whole thing...

Two hours later, I was full of sugar - cake, tarts, chocolate, lemonade and coke. I was on that dance floor for the majority of the night. I even got Luke to dance which was fun although it didn't last long. I did keep leaving him though (I literally could not stop moving!) and I think he just gave up on me; I do feel really bad about it. Moving around the dance floor, you could see: the shy dancers in the corner; the grinders in the middle (not a pretty site); the ones that can't dance; the people who were really going for it; and my little circle of friends. I did have a sugar crash during the last 30 minutes of the night so I spend it sitting down outside with Luke to cool down and relax. My feet were aching so much. I danced without shoes on because of it. Also, my corsage fell off just before the end of prom and I left it in the hall. Oops.

When we got back to Marjie's after prom, we just changed into our pyjamas and talked. We were too tired to do anything else. One by one we just started to doze off.

The next morning, I was the last one to wake up which wasn't much of a surprise to everyone. We had cereal, checked Facebook, Twitter, and the site of the photographers for prom photos. We all left just before noon still half asleep.



Everyone looked amazing last night! 


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Prom Prep #2

IT'S PROM TODAY!!

It's just gone past 1pm so I'm going to get ready for prom soon. I've already had a shower and I've painted my nails. I'm just waiting for my hair to dry so I can straighten it and fix it up a bit.

I woke up at 8.30am today and my body refused to move for a whole hour. I could barely keep my eyes open to check the time. It was like my mind was up and ready to go whilst the rest of my body was thinking "Let's pretend to be paralyzed. That'll definitely scare Pauline for a few minutes." It did. I thought I was in a coma of something...

Anyway, my dad got back around 2 hours ago so now I have all the time that I need to get ready. I have to be out of the house in roughly 3 hours to get the limo at a friend's house so I should have enough time to get everything done. Being the girl that I am, it takes me forever to get ready; on a normal day out with friends, I take about 30 minutes just on my hair and all I do to it is straighten it. Females take forever to get ready, I admit that, and I'm probably one of the ones that just take forever. The fact that I'm lazy doesn't help either.

I've also written a list of stuff I need on post-it notes in my room to make sure I have everything. My make-up and hair products are also lined up on my desk in order to make sure I don't miss out on anything; knowing me, that'll happen if I didn't do this. Hopefully, I'm ready on time and don't miss out on the pictures being taken at my friend's house. I'm known for my "Asian time" because I'm always so late to everything (my friends time how long it takes me to get to where I need to be after the time that I should be there by). I usually arrive to things around 40 minutes after they start. But, today, that will not happen!

Prom pictures will definitely by up in my next blog post which may or may not be on Thursday since it's likely I'm going to be too tired tomorrow. I might be able to manage writing a late post which has been happening a lot lately.

Also, if you haven't read the first post of this "Prom Trilogy" then click here: Prom Prep

(Yes, I did just figure out how to hyperlink text on here...)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Prom Prep

It's prom tomorrow and, like everyone other girl from my school, I'm busy getting my hair, make-up and dress ready for the big day. Am I excited? Of course I am!

I've just finished with my make up and my hair - I'm doing everything myself. It's not because I don't want to spend money with other people, it's just really difficult to find people. Yes, I could just go to the local hairdressers but I don't trust those people and I've never been to any of them before; I always get my hair cut at home with a stylist that lives nearby. However, she's not answering her phone and prom is tomorrow.

I know what I'm doing, don't worry. I'm not going to go to prom looking like a high-class clown. I'm keeping things simple. I'm wearing eye make-up that I wear everyday. I don't want to change my look so much that I become unrecognizable. It's prom and everyone's going to get dolled up - most people use it as an excuse to fake out. I, on the other hand, am too lazy for that. Seriously, I'll put effort into something that's worth it but this? I don't think so.

Also, for the first time in my life, I'm going to wear foundation. I have hypersensitive skin so it's really hard to find something to put on my face that won't irritate it and cause rashes and spots. I managed to find some that's okay on my skin and it's also really easy to use. Just like my eyeliner, it's from Maybelline. It's really good and I wore it for about an hour and nothing happened to my face. I did take a big risk by putting it all over my face but I didn't realize what I had done until after I took it off...

Tomorrow should be fun. I'm going to wake up reasonably early, babysit for a few hours and then get ready. Then, I'm heading off to a friend's house to take group pictures with the rest of my buddies and to get the limo to the hall where prom will be held. After prom, we're heading back to their's and going to sleep. No after party for us. We're too timid for that...

Sunday, 7 July 2013

My Brother's Birthday Weekend - Sunday

Sunday

Today, I managed to wake up at 11am which isn't too bad. Since the weather was roasting hot today, we went swimming! We haven't done this in a long time and our local swimming pool is really boring and tiny so went to the one in Aylesbury. That swimming pool is awesome. I was too lazy to wear any make up since I was going to wear my sunglasses for most of the day anyway and my hair wasn't too bad so I didn't bother straightening it.

I don't have a swimsuit; I grew out of mine. When we went to the beach last summer, I just went into the water in my underwear and a pair of shorts. I wanted to swim and I was willing to buy a new swimsuit but then I saw the amount of people in the pool. It was way too much but it was expected considering it was a really hot day and the pool looked really refreshing. My brother looked like he was having the time of his life in the pool but he can't really swim that well. He did, however, jump around a lot and splashed my other family members in the pool.

After swimming, we bought my brother a new pair of crocs since his slippers broke whilst we were at the leisure centre. Then, we headed off to Wendover Woods to chill out and relax. I had my Frisbee on me so I threw that around with my other brother and my dad. Everyone else joined in later too. We also had our Nerf guns in the car so my dad and my brothers had a mini Nerf war in the woods. They were really loud; we could hear them from the picnic area...

We weren't there for a long time but the day was a lot better overall in comparison to yesterday. Our family was actually together and we all got along.


My Brother's Birthday Weekend - Saturday

This weekend was my brother's birthday weekend. It was pretty relaxed and fun and I thought it would make a good weekend post.

Saturday
The day started like any other Saturday - I woke up dead at 8am  to get ready for volunteering. I changed into some nice clothes and I felt a bit dolled up just for a bit of work but we were going to the shopping centre straight after. I had some Fox's Biscuits for breakfast and my brother was already awake so I said "Happy Birthday" to him before I left.

It was probably the busiest Saturday in the store that I've ever experienced. There were definitely a lot more people which wasn't that surprising since it was sunny. This meant I had to double the amount of effort into my work so that shelves stayed tidy, the amount of clothes didn't decrease too much and the customers all got the help they wanted. This was all manageable but then I got given the task to redecorate the whole of the window display. I had the help of another volunteer but it still was really difficult. To start with, the space you have around you is really limited and that meant if your arm didn't hit something, your bottom would. Then, we had to add another shelf for yarn to store and I went back to my normal routine. I don't know why, but we had to take off more clothes than we would normally from the racks - each item of clothing has a date and once that date passes, they have to come off. I guess someone forgot to do this last week.

Anyway, about halfway through my shift, my tights ripped. These tights were thin (15 denier) which meant one little hole could easily turn into a ladder. Well, this ladder, was the size of half my thigh and my thighs are huge. I tried so hard to cover it up with my shorts and I was so self-conscious about it and I didn't get a chance to change them until we got to the shopping centre. There, I bought a new pair to wear for the day. This was a pretty clever idea but I did just buy 5 new pairs of tights the day before... I texted my mum to grab some from home before getting me but she didn't get the message until she left. Whilst I was doing that, the rest of my family headed over to LEGO to buy my brother's present.

We had my brother's birthday lunch at a nice Italian restaurant and being the classy person that I am, I ordered spaghetti bolognese. Everyone else had pizza.
After lunch, we made our way to our favourite bowling place only to find that it closed down. Why did no one bother to tell us? This led to some quick decisions being made - should we go see a film instead? play mini golf? Anyway, we ended up going home and had a barbecue there instead. This disheartened my brother a bit since we haven't done anything as a family in a long time. But, when we got home, he cheered up straight away when he realized he was now able to play with his present.

It was a pretty good barbecue. We still didn't really bond as a family: I stayed in my room until the food was done; my other brother went off to be with his friends; my little sisters were in the living room playing; and birthday boy and my youngest brother were busy with the lego.

Friday, 5 July 2013

I Am A Penguin

Caffeine does bad things to me. I don't know why but I seem to react to caffeine a lot more than my friends do. To start with, I just get so full of energy that it gives me a false sense of confidence and I move around a lot more.

I had a mocha frappe (with caffeine) from McDonald's today before seeing "This Is The End" with Carys (littlewelshgirlvlogs.blogspot.co.uk). It was an awesome fill and we just laughed the whole way through it.

Anyway, before the film, the amount of energy I had started  to increase (thanks to the frappe) and I decided to be a penguin:
 

It was a really short cut-out so I had to crouch down and I'm pretty sure the people walking by were giving me weird stares but I didn't really care.

In the cinema, I made a good decision of not buying a can of "Relentless" like I usually would but I still found myself moving around quite a bit in the theatre. I started with my feet on the floor, then moved them up onto the seat in front of me since no one was there. About 75% into the film I found myself in a weirdly comfortable position: I had my left foot on the seat next to me, the other on the gap in between the seats in front of me and I had my right arm leaning on the armrest next to it. 
After the film, we walked to the shopping centre and I was walking on the edges of the underpasses that were sightly higher than the path. (I apologize for the blurriness)

This wasn't the best idea since I have extremely bad balance but it was fun. Also, I bought another mocha frappe because it tasted so nice; I have never had so many brain freezes from one drink! It was scary but it's deliciousness made it forgivable.

We saw some friends from school whilst walking around the shopping centre. Some just walked by us, some stopped to talk to us and some we purposely avoided. There was a moment during the day where we hid around clothing racks in Bhs to get around a certain person who was walking towards us. We weren't seen and I felt like a spy for a whole 30 seconds. It was mean but had to be done.

Overall, it was fun and I haven't been out with any friends in a while. I was full of energy despite getting up early (10am) and it's been a while since I had a pretzel. Yeah... that was the only food I had during my little adventure but it was a pretty big pretzel.


Thursday, 4 July 2013

15 Fashion Questions

I saw this on Amazing Alex's blog and thought I could give it a go.

1. What is your favourite style to wear?
My style is a quirky mix between Japanese Street Style and Rock. I find the two work well together and you can be as inventive and creative as you like with what you wear. It does mean that you stand out in a crowd so you have to make sure you the reaction you're going for is the one that you want. Everyone dresses how they do for a reason and if your reason is to blend in and avoid attention then don't go for this style.
Also, the look is a conversation starter. I'm not the most confident person with most people so my clothes give me something to talk about.

2. Who is your fashion role model?
Vivienne Westwood.
I want to be a designer so obviously my role model is going to be one too. Westwood is a British designer who's known for her punk-style clothing. Her "Anglomania" collection is something worth dying for.

3. What do you always have on?
A watch. I'll admit that I rarely ever wear one in the house but, whenever I go out, there will be one on my wrist. I have quite a few watches (most of them are purple) so there's usually one for an outfit that I'm wearing although I tend to rely on my phone to check the time...

4. What are your favourite jeans?
I'm not really a fan of jeans; I'm more comfortable in shorts. But, out of the TWO pairs of jeans that I have, my favourite has to be my skinny jeans. In comparison to my other pair, they're a lot more comfortable.

5. What are your favourite sunglasses?
Again, I'm not a fan of sunglasses but I do wear them when I really have to. My favourite pair would be the ones my friend, Carys, gave me. I have another pair from a brand called "Storm" which, if you know brands, is a luxury brand. However, those things just fall off my face which is hard to believe because I have a big head.

6. What are your favourite shoes?
My hi-tops.
 I have a purple and black pair from "Creative Recreation" and they go with any dark-coloured outfit that I wear. The soles of the shoes are pink which adds a nice contrast to the top and adds to my quirky look.
I also have a pair of black and white hi-tops from "Dunlop" and when you wear them, it's like you're walking on clouds.

7. Who influenced you to write about fashion?
Other fashion blogs that I've read. It's something that I'm passionate about so I thought I might as well join in.

8. What is your favourite store?
It was this store called "Pulp" which closed down a few months ago :-(. It's an alternative shop filled with band t-shirts,  punk clothing, emo clothing, and Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne. That was probably the best addition to the shop. The worst addition was the One Direction stand...
Also, they have an online shop too but I find it easier to buy things when the product is in front of me.

Now, I tend to shop at TopShop, H&M, New Look and charity shops - it's amazing what some people give away.

9. Who is your favourite fashion person on YouTube?
I don't really use YouTube for fashion videos. I watch things like catwalk shows but never to watch any specific channel.
I spend my time on there watching videos with "pewdiepie" or "nigahiga."

10. What is your favourite fabric?
Definitely denim - it's just a really diverse fabric that can be used for anything and, for an amateur designer like myself, that's pretty important.

11. Who is your favourite model?
The beauty that is Allison Harvard. Her eyes are the most gorgeous pair of eyes I have ever seen. She also has a cute personality and she looks almost too sweet to be a model but when you see her pictures, you just go "Whoa!"

12. If you had £5,000 to spend on any one item, what would it be?
That's a lot for just one item. I would spend that money on just sketch pads, rolls of fabric, thread and equipment to help me make my dream come true.

13. Heels or flats?
Flats. I find heels should only ever be worn on certain occasions like prom, weddings and parties. I really don't like seeing people wearing heels to go shopping or to go hang out with friends. It's unnecessary and you feet will be in so much pain after.

14. What purse do you currently use?
I'm not really a purse-person. If I don't have a lot on me, it'll all be in my pockets. If I have a bit more, I'll put everything into a bag.

15. Is fashion in your blood or jeans?
Fashion is in my jeans. My parents are both nurses and want me to do something along the lines of that as well. I've disagreed with them over a lot of things and I think they're starting to accept that there's no way I'm  going to pursue something that they want me to do.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Blog Updates 03/07/2013

Okay, so I don't normally do this but I think I should give you guys an idea of what's going on instead of leaving you in the dark.

So, my blog is about to reach 2,000 views which is a lot higher than I expected it to be by now. Daily blog views are also increasing to near 100 views per day which is great! I never expected my blog to get more than 10 to 20 views per day since I don't really encourage people to read my posts. Yes, I do promote my blog posts on Twitter quite a lot but that's just to get it out there - I never force people to read it; that's up to them.

Also, if you haven't already seen it, on the top left of my blog page (under the title) there is a drop down menu that says "Classic" on it. If you click this, you can see other options and they are just different ways to view my blog since I have a lot of posts. It just makes it easier to find older posts that you may want to read and, if I were you, I'd use the "Flipcard" option. With this, you can see all of the titles at once and you can order them by their labels so if you're only interested in one topic or "Label" on my blog, they'll be grouped together.

Another thing, I am starting a new blog with "Amazing Alex" so be sure to keep an eye out for that. The blog will be focused on Fashion and it will have new posts every Friday. If you want to check out Alex's blog it is allaboutamazingalex.blogspot.co.uk. Her blog is a lot more structured and has a lot more stuff on it than mine and she has more pageviews so, in my book, she's better at this blogging stuff than I am. Because of time differences, communication between us isn't the greatest but we seem to have it under control.

Anyway, our new blog is already live but we're still figuring out some stuff but hopefully it'll all be sorted by this Friday so we can just start posting on it.

I hope you enjoy the new blog and some feedback on it would be nice!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Acceptance: Boys Will Be Boys

I find it funny how guys are more in touch with their feminine sides now. When I look at my dad and then look at my friends and brother, the difference between them could not be clearer. I don't know if this is the same with you, but my dad is that guy with the beer belly and the 5 o'clock shadow whereas my brother is slim and toned and uses more hair products than me. Weird, right?

My brother is serious about staying is shape and looking good - he walks around the house topless and can't walk past a mirror without making sure he looks alright. Also, I have never seen someone so obsessed with their hair; my brother uses hairspray to keep his hair looking sharp and uses a hairdryer to make sure it points in the right direction. And, he usually asks me if his outfit is OK whenever he's going out with some friends. He makes me look like a guy... I only ever do my hair when I'm going out with friends or to a party. During the majority of my last weeks of school and my exams, I did nothing more to my hair than brushing it. I really didn't care how I looked. I don't take exercise that seriously either; I know I need to do it so I only do the amount that I have to do. On most days, you can catch my brother doing push ups, sit ups or crunches on his bedroom floor.

Another thing - he's not the only one I know who's like this. His friends all use hair spray and I would call them silly if they didn't actually look good. I have friends myself that pay more attention to their hair and clothes than other people. My own boyfriend straightens his hair even though he doesn't really need to.

On the other hand, my dad is the complete opposite. He's your typical man - does a lot of DIY, drinks beer, wears a t-shirt and shorts combo most of the time and doesn't do a lot of exercise (although, he is fixing up his bike to go on bike rides).

Guys are becoming more and more "metrosexual" and I'm completely OK with that. Some people, especially the older generation, feel weird about by it but it's time to accept it. Men are more neat and tidy now. Guys would rather be just toned enough so that you can see their abs and arm muscles; they don't want to be big like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Times have changed.

Sensitive Skin

I'm one of those people that can't wear things like blush or foundation for more than two minutes because my skin just gets so irritated by it. For me, everything is just a big hassle: I have to use stuff that's hypoallergenic; I can only wear make up on my eyes and lips; I have to use toiletries for sensitive skin. Now, I know it's easier to get stuff for sensitive skin nowadays since skincare brands take more notice of people like us. But, my face just cannot take any chemicals touching it at all. This has led me to heavily rely on natural products and home-made mixtures to take care of it.

The main thing I rely on is the oats to make oatmeal which can be bought in Tesco for a reasonable price...
Anyway, thanks to people like "Bubzbeauty" on Youtube, the condition of my face has improved by so much. After the first few times I used it, the amount of spots on my face reduced massively and I did get really soft skin; I couldn't stop stroking my face for a whole hour. The only thing you need for it is oatmeal, some water and a bowl (Bubz didn't use one but I found it easier to put the oatmeal in a bowl). The actual procedure is really messy - it takes me forever to clean up after I wash my face. However, being the hygiene-freak that I am, I really don't care. As long as there's something available and easy to use for someone with extremely sensitive skin like me, I'm happy. Sometimes, I like to mix in the ash from a teabag with the oatmeal mixture so I have something better to exfoliate my face with as well since the oats aren't the greatest. I've learnt not to put all of the contents of the teabag in as that seriously hurt my face and it gave my face a dark brown stain...

I'm not writing this to promote natural or home-made products; I'm just making you aware that there's ways around using chemicals that could seriously hurt or burn your face and body. Basically, just be more aware of what you're putting on yourself.

If you're super sensitive like I am, just know that there is hope for us and we don't have to suffer because there isn't something ready-made in the shops for us. A little bit of DIY can go a long way.

Bubzbeauty has a lot of people watching her videos and you've probably come across a few of them yourself unless you're a fan and has seen pretty much every single video of hers. But, in case you haven't seen it, here's the link for the oatmeal wash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5_RVBwNjE