Thursday, 31 October 2013

I'M BACK!

It has been a while... I know I published quite a few posts whilst I was away just to keep you entertained but now I have returned and ready to blog again!

Where was I? I was at a residential. As part of the NCS programme, we went to PGL Boreatton Park in Shropshire. We were there from Monday to Thursday (Halloween).

My muscles ache from all of the activities that we did. I'm going to write some posts about those later in the week so I won't give away too much at the moment. I should have time to upload the pictures I took tomorrow or the day after.

I didn't really get into the swing of Halloween tonight but I think that's just because I'm too tired to care right now. Tomorrow, I will be going to a party. By the way, if you haven't seen my special Halloween post on my collab blog then you should check it out. Since I am "The Monster" I decided to do a tutorial on how to turn into a zombie. Here is the link: How To Be A Monster

I still have to do some planning and volunteering this week but I'll find time to write. If you've done NCS already or you're currently doing it now, you'll know what I mean.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Favourite Moments Of October 2013

The month of scares, doom and pumpkin flavoured everything has just passed so here are my favourite moments of October:
  • Being able to go on my first bike ride since the summer
  • NEW OUTFITS!
  • Watching Friends with my boyfriend and his pet dog. 
  • Actually petting a dog that's taller than half of my calf - I am working on my fears, guys!
  • Getting the opportunity to help my friends out with Tela Co.
  • Going to Shropshire with my friends for NCS
  • Sleeping on the bus
Halloween this year was OK, I guess, but I'm not celebrating it until tomorrow - 1st November.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #2

It's Tuesday. But, how is this post possible? I'm somewhere else doing NCS!

Okay, okay, you probably already know that posts can be scheduled for certain days for reasons such as this. Let's just get on with it, shall we?

Do you have a pair of skinny jeans that don't fit that well? They're a bit too loose, aren't they? 
 I have a solution! 

  1. Fill a bath with cold water - just enough to cover your legs and a bit of your hips.
  2. Put on those jeans and sit in that bath.
  3. After a few seconds (or minutes, depending on the jeans) you should feel them getting tighter around your legs. If you're a guy, you may have to sacrifice your manly pride for a little bit.
  4. Once you feel that they're tight enough, get out!
  5. Wear those jeans until they're damp or completely dry if you want.
  6. Wash them on a cool wash to make sure they retain their shape. Washing them on a hot cycle will completely obliterate all of your efforts to shrink them. They'll just stretch out again.
I hope that was helpful!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Just Some News

The clocks have gone back one hour! I don't know about anywhere else in the world but the times here in the UK are once again normal.

Also, there is a storm coming our way, guys. Oh no... Is anyone genuinely scared? I feel like no one actually cares about this. A lot of events have been cancelled because of it but I've heard nothing from the NCS team so I'm sure that's still happening. It's tomorrow and I still...haven't...packed...oh dear...

Anyway, I'm sure I'll be fine! I still have time tonight and I just have to make sure I wake up early tomorrow.

In other news, I am now halfway through season 4 of Breaking Bad. I thought this was the last season but there's actually five and I didn't know that; no one told me about a fifth season. It is really addictive - I'm currently watching about 4 episodes a night. That 4 hours each night that could be spent sleeping or doing homework. I only have Maths and Art to do anyway and they're not that difficult, I guess. It's just a lot of writing.

Lastly, it's nearly HALLOWEEN! I love Halloween. If it was a person, I would leave my boyfriend for him. I'm sorry but I love dressing up, sweets, and just being weird. I am still a child inside. This year, I'm either dressing up as a zombie version of Dora the Explorer or as a marionette puppet. I'm currently swaying towards the Dora thing - my hair is currently the right length and thickness for it - but I have the white face paint to pull off the marionette look as well. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 25 October 2013

October Half Term 2013

I haven't posted on my collab blog with Amazing Alex this week... oops... It's not because I'm lazy - I just don't have the time. Also, I haven't packed for NCS either... double oops...

This is just to let you know that I will be gone this half term. That could mean a whole week of no posts from me *gasp* Don't miss me too much, okay? I will be back next week. Hopefully, I will have pictures of what I've done over the half term to prove to you that I haven't been just sitting on the sofa doing nothing.

Aaannnndd... One more thing - IT'S MY BIRTHDAY IN EXACTLY ONE MONTH!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

After School Times

Every Wednesday and Thursday I don't go home straight away. On Wednesdays until 5pm, I am either here in my Design classroom finishing work, in Textiles Club doing what I do best (making bags and dolls) or in my Art class continuing with my art coursework. On Thursdays I am in my Art class as well or in the school library doing homework.

Right now, I'm with two of my friends in our Design room and they're currently arguing so I thought I would write this. I've finished my Design work now; I don't actually know why I'm still here. Anyway, they're currently talking about a residential trip this December that one of my friends in the discussion is going to (along with another person) leaving my other friend in this discussion alone for three days - they have quite a few lessons together. Anyway, I'm just dreading the "countdown days" when I'm going to have to put up with the insane time-watching of the one friend left behind. The last time she was left alone, every five to fifteen minutes I got "Only 2 hours and 30 minutes until they come back!....Only 2 hours and 20 minutes to go!" and so on. That went on for the whole day.

I'm thinking of doing my art work now since I have nothing else to do. I can't be bothered to go to the Textiles class on the other side of this building so I'm probably going to just set up here and continue with it.

The argument seems to have died down now. That means I can start talking to them again. They've got my art book so I'm going to have to retrieve that as well. Oh, joy...

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Top Tips Tuesday #1

So, I'm going to be starting this new Tuesday Tips thing so that every week I have a post on Tuesday that's the same and, hopefully, this is something that people are going to be interested in. There will be tips about anything - make-up, health care, fashion, life in general.

So let's start with the first ever Tuesday Tip!

If you get dry skin during the colder parts of the year, put Vaseline on your face instead of moisturizer after you wash it and sleep on it. The Vaseline will keep you skin hydrated and, when you wake up the next day, your skin will be incredibly soft. 

But, you have to remember that people react to the same thing in different ways. Try a small amount of Vaseline first - maybe on just one cheek - to make sure that you won't react to it badly. You don't want to wake up the next day with a spot covered face.


Also, this should not be treated as a daily thing. You should only do this once every week or, if you have seriously dry skin, every few days. The Vaseline might clog up your pores if you use it daily.




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

Sunday, 20 October 2013

NCS Information

Last Saturday, I went to NCS induction where I got to meet some of the other people doing NCS next week. It was a really fun day. The people there were hilarious and I actually feel pretty comfortable around them. One of the girls there is one that I've met before back in Year 6 when I did the "Awesum Challenge" thing because I'm such a maths geek - she was there as well. We were the only 2 girls up against 18 guys.

After that, we watched an MK Dons football (soccer) match up against Rotherham. MK Dons won 3-2 (the two being own goals...). We got free tickets from the NCS team. At first I didn't want to go but my friends said that they would so I changed my mind. It was pretty good (and extremely loud). I now understand why guys get so worked up during football games. I know that I shout at the TV sometimes when I watch a game but it's really different when you watch it in real life. My friends that were there, however, had no idea what was happening so I had to explain everything.

Anyway, from the 28th to the 31st of October, I will be away on a residential trip so I doubt that I can blog whilst I'm away. Also, we can't bring our phones to the activities so I also doubt that I can take many pictures of the activities and things like that.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tela Co: facebook.com/telaclothinguk

Last Friday's Post on "Amazing Alex and The Monster": That Vintage Look

NCS Website: www.ncsyes.co.uk

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

7 Billion People

"There are 7 billion in the world and I'm all alone."

Is anyone else tired of hearing this? I know I am so I thought I'd put this into a better perspective and hope that people realise how silly this statement actually is...

First of all, the world doesn't revolve around relationships. That is not the most important thing in the world. It's nice to be in one, I have to admit, but you shouldn't spend your life searching for someone who doesn't want to be found yet. When the time comes you will have your prince or princess.

Also, why don't we ever consider that the fact that a person is alone is because of them and not because of the people around them?

Let's do some maths:
Imagine you're about 25, single and not bisexual (so either heterosexual or homosexual). Also, to make things easier, let's assume that there is an equal number of men and womenon earth; the same number of people in each country; and the same amount of people within each age group. Those estimations shouldn't really be that far off from the real thing.

  • There are about 7 billion people on earth. About 73% of that population is married so that leaves you with 1.89 billion people to choose from.
  • Now, half that and you're left with the gender of people you're attracted to. That's 945 million people left for you to choose from.
  • Split up the remaining amount of people into age groups: 0-10 years, 11-20 years etc. until you get to 71-80 years. That's 8 age groups. You're 25. That means you're likely to be attracted to people in the age group of 21-30 years old. That leaves you with 118,125,000 people to choose from.
  • Now, there isn't a definite amount of countries that have been officially agreed on by the UN and all that but they all seem to have estimations around 200. So, if you were in any one country, it's likely that you're in the same one as one two-hundredth of the remaining number of people you could be with. That means you're now left with 590,625 people to choose from.
  • Sounds a lot, right? About 1% of people are asexual. That now leaves you with 584,719 people to choose from.
  • Now select your own preferences with your ideal partner (race, religious belief, hair colour, height etc.) and then take away people that are in relationships, people of a different sexual orientation and yourself from that number and the total is likely to decrease even more!
Please stop saying that statement now! PLEASE! It annoys me and my meticulous mind.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

What is NCS?

So after a really long time of waiting (3 days - shut up) I have finally received my email from the National Citizen Service (NCS) saying that I can go to an induction day!

If you don't know what NCS is then click here.
If you're too lazy to do that then here's some basic information about it:

  • It's a programme open to all 16 and 17 year olds in the UK.
  • Programmes run during the autumn and spring half term and the summer holidays.
  • It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • Saying that you've done NCS makes you look better as an individual in the eyes of universities and employers.
  • It's not free.
I applied for the programme this half term a few weeks ago after some representatives came for a talk at school. It sounded really interesting and I kept seeing it on Facebook so I'm glad I actually know what it is. I'm not completely sure but I think it takes up the majority of the half term but there are times for us to do homework and stuff like that as well. Those representatives came back to talk to us last Friday and said that emails will go out to the people who have applied and have been accepted (and I got one).

NCS is a great way to help the community and meet new people. I'm going to be doing the programme with some friends from school; I can't handle being around people I don't know when I'm alone. Some of my closer friends, the ones I actually planned on doing this with, decided that they'd rather do NCS during the summer. I'm fine with this. I get the chance to add NCS onto my CVs before they do and, considering that I haven't been called back for an interview yet, hopefully this will make employers want to talk to me.

Anyway, the induction day is this Saturday and I'll get the chance to meet some other people that are going to be doing this as well which should be fun. Within the following week, there should be a parents evening or something so that our parents know what's happening and then I'm off! I don't know if I can blog during that time but I'll make sure I do share my experience with you guys because I love you all that much!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 14 October 2013

Blog Updates 14/10/13

Let's just get down to business:

  1. My blog has nearly reached 5500 views! What? Thank you for reading my blog and, hopefully, enjoying the randomness that comes from my mind. I shall continue to try and keep you entertained as best as I can.
  2. I've added a Tela Co. button onto this blog. My friend has started a small business as part of a sixth for program and I wanted to help out. You can find this button at the end of the line of tabs below the blog title. You can also find my second blog with Amazing Alex by clicking the Fashion Fridays button.
  3. Because of school, I can't post everyday but I try my best. I did promise to post every Sunday and Wednesday - so far, I've been doing pretty well.
Short and sweet, right? I know I write a lot of long posts that just seem to drag on. I just have a lot to say, I guess. 

Anyway, that's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Outfit of the (Fri)Day

I don't really have the time or the energy to blog today...

It's not because I'm feeling lazy, it's just... personal problems, I guess. Anyway, I promised that I would post every Sunday so here's my outfit of the (Fri)day since Sundays are my pyjama days.

Top: TopShop
The white vest you can get anywhere
Belt from The Clothes Show Live last year
Jeans: South
Watch: Select
Necklace: Birthday present from someone
For the whole of Friday, I was referred to as "Wally" since I resembled the character from the Where's Wally? books. One of my friends even wrote "I found Wally" on my arm and a note to return me to my picture book as I was lost in the real world.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Tela Co.

Hey guys! So, this post is going to be a promotional post. Not for me but for a friend of mine.

In Sixth Form, we can do these extra curricular things during out study periods - I do volunteering within other lessons and Textiles club. It's basically a way of making us more impressive individuals when it comes to university interviews.

One of my friends is doing Business Enterprise. For those that don't know what that is, it's a project where you start your own business and treat it like a legitimate thing. You promote yourselves the way a real company would but because we're students, the main places of advertising will be social media sites - Facebook, Twitter etc. You also have to make the money and products yourselves.

 My friend and about 11 other people have started a clothing business named Tela Co. Since they've literally just begun, there are no actual products but the designs have been released on Facebook already. They're pretty cool and I really want to help them out since I couldn't do Business Enterprise - I want to help someone who is. I've already hassled quite a few people to check out their Facebook page and I'm not going to stop there. Their designs are really good and this project actually looks like something that's going to take flight. Compared to what I saw from last year's Business Enterprise at our school, they're already doing so much better. They're definitely more popular - I only found out about the one at school last year around summer time...

Here are their current designs that, hopefully, will become real. They have the resources and I think they're doing something about the money. I'm just doing whatever I can to help.


Please, please, please "like" they're Facebook page and tell other people as well. If more people know about it, they'll become more successful! I don't know how this is going to work with people abroad but I know that they have a delivery plan happening for the UK so make orders when that's ready to go, tell people, buy more than one top! Anything that contributes to this will mean a lot to them.

I also know that there's probably hundreds of people doing Business Enterprise at the moment so make sure you support them too. It takes a lot to run a company and since one of my closest friends is doing this, I really want them to succeed.

Anyway, here is they're Facebook page:
Tela Co.
  
If you want more information and current updates then keep checking their page or contact me:

pauline.subong@gmail.com
@thatpurmonster

I'll forward any messages to them and get back to you as soon as I can. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Two Days In The Life Of The Monster

I find YouTube videos of these all of the time so I thought I would do one in blog form:

Yesterday, the stuff my mum ordered from isme finally arrived. The orders got slightly mixed up and we got the rest of it today. I got another day dress, a purple 60s dress which I returned (it looked wierd) and a new pair of ankle boots. I absolutely love my ankle boots! Those with my new dress makes the perfect outfit for this year's Clothes Show in December. I can't do my boots justice with my camera so if you want to see them, click here. I got them in black.

Today, I wore the boots to school. After the first 30 painful minutes of wearing them, they got pretty comfortable and it felt like they weren't even on my feet. From then on, it was smooth sailing (or smooth walking). They are weirdly amazing. I matched them with my red skirt and a white printed top. I was taller than my boyfriend. Also, he was quite moody this morning... I don't know why but he seemed to snap out of it after lunch.

In maths, I managed to make friends with one of the guys there. We talk more than we usually would now ("usually" being simple 'hellos' and 'you okay?').

During my study period after maths, I was in the library. I should have been doing homework but I got really sidetracked by Tickld. If you don't know what that site is then you're missing out on a lot! One of my friends was sitting next to me and we just laughed for about 20 minutes because of that website. We tried to be quiet but I think we nearly got caught at least twice by the librarians. I did my Design work during that time and nothing else.

Then I had Art. I spent that lesson doing the things I should have done in the library. I'm not a perfect student but I'm going to spend tomorrow after school there to do some more work. I stuck down 3 pictures onto my art book and drew out an outline for a watercolour painting. I might compile all of my art work into one post some day...

During lunch, it was the usual routine - eat, talk, laugh, go to the English building where we hang out, laugh some more.

Then I had Statistics with one of the funniest teachers ever. She's so sarcastic but really friendly. She's more like a friend than a teacher. That lesson goes by really fast every single week.

After school, I was meant to go to Textiles club but it wasn't happening since the teacher that runs it was ill *sad face* so I caught up with my boyfriend and we walked together like every other day. When I got home, I decided to go for a bike ride. As soon as I got to the furthest point of my route, it rained and the wind nearly blew me off of my bike... Instead of going straight home, I decided to finish my route, stopping by my boyfriend's house on the way; he told me on the bus ride home that he'd be outside waiting with a cup of tea. He lied. I was about to take a picture of his house's door to send to him over Facebook when he answered. We talked for about 2 minutes, kissed each other goodbye, and then I continued with my cycling. I did about 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. In the rain. And the wind. And on my dad's bike. My bike was right at the back of the shed and I couldn't be bothered to get it.

Anyway, when I returned home, I got a brioche, cut it in half, toasted it, then put peanut butter on one side and chocolate spread on the other. I got all the calories I lost in about 2 minutes. I did part of my English homework and bought a 60s rocker dress for a party I'm going to.

Later, I'm going to watch more Breaking Bad. I should have never been introduced to this show. I am so addicted and I get even less sleep than I normally do.

...Wow. This post is really long. I'm sorry. Stay beautiful x

If anyone wants to do something like this, you're more than welcome to tag or email me so I can read it (or watch it if you're on YouTube).

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Book Review: Child 44

As promised, here is a book review of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith:

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Summary of novel:
This novel is set in the time of the cold war between the USSR and the USA and focuses on one particular government detective named Leo. As the novel progresses, Leo realises that the government he works for isn't as perfect as it portrays to be.
Other characters in the novel are Raisa (his wife) and Vasili (his jealous colleague).

Genre: Thriller

Review:
In my opinion, this book is absolutely astounding. The amount of depth Smith goes into with the characters is so detailed and you really get a grasp of what each of them is like. You can also tell that he's done his research with the USSR and has really grasped the dictatorship amongst it well. There are also a lot of scenes which people may find disturbing since the descriptions of everything are so vivid in the novel - I don't want to give any spoilers but know that this book isn't for the weak and faint-hearted.

I find that having Leo as the main character adds an interesting edge to the novel since, through him, you are exposed to the insides of the government that he works for and you can really connect with his feelings throughout the novel as he goes from loyal government worker to rebel.

I would have given this book a 5 out of 5 if it hadn't been for the misuse of the word "then." I don't know if it was a typo but whenever I see "more then" instead of "more than," I get really annoyed...



That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 7 October 2013

Time Management

Okay, so I have a naturally good sense of time management (it's probably because of all of the watches I own...) and it does slightly terrify me. However, it is a really good skill to have and it's definitely one to hone. Time management is important - at school, work, at home, everywhere - and it's not something that should be overlooked and ignored. It's something that makes you employable (I don't have a job but that's not the point) and it really does help with your studies. If you have really good time management skills, you can do what I'm doing right now which is blogging or you can do what I'm going to do later which will be watching another 3 hours or so of Breaking Bad. I have no homework to do at the moment, although I am planning on redoing my English Literature work. Also, since my CV failed to save on Google Docs, I have to do that as well.

Anyway, the point here is that time management is an extremely useful thing. So, practice and get into the habit of time keeping and being organised. If you're currently in sixth form like me or university and high school, this is something you need to learn.

There are also little things you can do which helps with time management and just stuff that helps you become more efficient with your work. Do you want some tips? Yes? Okay:

  • Learn to touch type - work will be finished at a much faster rate.
  • Dedicate a subject to each of your study periods at school if you have any. All of my study periods at school are in the morning so I do homework from the day before.
  • Always do homework within the next two days from the day it was set - if it was set on Monday, do it before the end of Wednesday (unless it's a project-type homework).
  • Use a highlighter to colour code the importance of each homework.
  • Make a homework schedule - I have one taped to my wardrobe so I see it everyday.
  • Remind yourself that the less work you do, the less time you have for yourself.
  • Plan the day ahead - how much time will you get to do all of the work you have to?
I know I sound like a teacher and a parent but it is important to start being more responsible now rather than later. We can't take everything we have for granted and it's not like the good things we get are just handed to us. We have to work for them!

That's all for now. I apologize for sounding slightly patronizing as well... Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

I Found Another Addiction

Coffee = awesome! We've established that multiple times.
Energy drinks = cold versions of coffee. Monsters are one of the best drinks on the planet.
Subways. NOM!
The colour purple. We all know this.

Today, during volunteering, I spent two hours looking through bags to find a specific dress that was misplaced; I had help from one on the other volunteers. We looked through the clothes one by one and found nothing. After that, we were tired.

On the way out I bought a purple lollipop pen. And the best part? IT LIGHTS UP!

Anyway, last night I started watching Breaking Bad and I have to tell you this - it is awesome! I watched two episodes last night and I'm currently in the middle of a marathon with my parents; we're currently on episode 7, I think, and we're all hooked. My prediction for tomorrow is that this is all we're going to be doing all day. I mean, we already had dinner late tonight -  we do every night but tonight was... later... - and now we're back into our places in the living room watching TV. I am multitasking right now! By the end of the week, there will be butt marks on the sofa. THANK YOU, NETFLIX!

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend too. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Triple A

So I haven't blogged in a while... Sorry.

I have been bombarded with homework! Last week I got a ton of it and I've been managing to keep up as best as I can. I've given up one of my study periods to help out with a Year Textiles class so I've had to do some readjusting to my timetable. I currently have Maths homework and Literature homework to do but I've decided to take a small break to write this.

I now understand completely what stress it. I also know very well what it does to people's faces. Spots. Guys, I have a load of them and it's all because of work and pressure. I guess, over time, I'll get used to it but for now I am close to falling apart. I am going to drown in a sea of essays, coursework and maths. And, to top it all off, my A Level targets are three A grades (yes, I am kind of gloating) so there are a lot of expectations that the teachers have of me. My targets are really or, as the teachers like to call them, "aspirational" so I have to maintain my high standards for the next...two...years...

I've been staying after school more often as well (for Art and Design) so my legs have beefed up from all of the extra time I spend on my feet. This is a good thing! I have such weak legs.

I promise that I will spend some days out with friends and chill out but, right now, I don't have the time.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x