Thursday, 30 January 2014

My Skirt Phase

Last summer I had my little bag phase where I just drew and made nothing but bags. A few months ago I had a scarf phase where I spent my life knitting scarves for myself and my friends. I still do a bit of knitting sometimes... I'm thinking of making a spring scarf this half term.

For the last couple of weeks, though, my obsession has been skirts. Back when I had my design block and could not think of anything to do with an old leather jacket, I got an idea! I've been on Pinterest a lot lately - just looking at clothes, patterns and pretty pictures - so I thought I'd share some pictures that I really like. They're all from Pinterest and, since I'm planning on making a box-pleat skirt, all of the pictures are of box-pleat skirts.
BOX PLEAT SKIRT | Alice + Olivia
Natia Box Pleat Skirt

Box pleated skirt

Skirt: The Going Gets Puffed Peach Mini Skirt (box-pleated layers over tulle with an adorable bow) Lulu's $47. I don't know where the shirt and jewelry are from.

MSGM floral print princess skirt found on Polyvore

I've always been a shorts-and-tights girl but I seriously think my wardrobe needs some more girly clothes in there. Skirts are pretty basic and easy to make (after all of the measuring and pattern-making is done) so I can probably make them in the space of two weeks.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

200th Post Already?!

I've written 200 of these... That's a lot!

Since this is my 200th post, I think it's only appropriate that I re-introduce myself. All the way back in May or June last year, I introduced myself to the world that is Blogger. My audience has grown quite a lot since then and I feel like you guys read and stalk my blog without actually knowing who is behind this stupid and random life on the internet.

So, here goes...
My name is Pauline and this is my blog. I used to keep diaries that I let no one touch but I thought it would be better to share my life with strangers around the world. I started this blog just before the summer of 2013 out of pure boredom; I literally had nothing else to do and then I found this. I never thought that I'd keep updating this up until now but I've made friends with people because of it and I like knowing that my voice is heard somehow. I have a lot to say.

I'm Filipino and stereotypical: I'm good at maths, short, usually hyper and I dress weird sometimes. People have mistaken me for Chinese more than once... 

I have a passion for fashion! It's a weird direction for me to take my life in considering half of my family are nurses and the other half are business people. I don't want to have a boring career when I'm done with school; I want to be creative and expressive. My parents have given up on trying to change my mind. 

So that's it, I guess. Everything a person needs to know about me. The info might seem basic - because it is - but I don't really know who I am sometimes. I can't really say that I'm definitely this one thing. For example, I can't say that I'm a happy person because 40% of the time I'm not.

Thanks for reading my blog, guys! I'll make sure the next 200 posts are just as stupid and pointless as the first 200 (except for the Tuesday posts - those actually help people). That's all for now. Stay beautiful x


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Top Tip Tuesday #12

I'm not really a fan of hairspray (the product, not the movie) but I found some pretty clever uses for it that'll help you have neater hair. 
They're not new ideas; I have come across them a few times before now.


  1. Spray some hairspray onto a hair grip before you put it in your hair. The grip will stay on your head, locking your hair into place a lot better.
  2. Use a toothbrush - a clean one that you don't use - spray some onto the bristles and use it as a brush to flatten any fly-aways. This is really helpful when you've put your hair into a high ponytail or into braids; your hair will look neater and it'll stay like that during the day.
Bonus Tip: Did you know that hairspray also works on shoes? After you've polished a pair, lightly spray them to maintain the shine for a longer period of time. This is really helpful if you have a job that requires you to look neat and elegant everyday and also saves you money on shoe polish!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Blog Updates 27/01/14

First updates of 2014!

I have wasted 27 days of this month already... Oh my god, what am I doing with my life?

Out of all the things that are happening in my life right now, this blog is the only thing that actually helps me. Everything else just irritates me and stresses me out. I can vent and rant and just talk on here and it doesn't matter who reads these things since there's a 99.99% chance I don't actually know you. Only about 7 or 8 people I know read this blog (or glance at it, I don't know). I do appreciate it and it does amaze me when I see the numbers rise!

Anyway, on with the updates!

  • My blog has over 7000 pageviews! Yay! Thanks, guys. I do appreciate it and keep emailing me and commenting on my posts and tweeting me if you want. I don't get that many of those so there's a big chance that I will reply. 
  • My collab blog with Amazing Alex has over 1300 views! I know I missed out last Friday. I don't really have an excuse, I just forget... I always do... I will have something up this Friday. It's probably just going to be an OOTD post but you never know.
  • There's going to be a new project that I'm starting soon so get ready for another wave of "That ___ Project" posts. If you've read my previous, and first, set of project posts then you know what I'm on about: "That Bag Project" (the link will take you to the first post of the series)
  • Top Tips Tuesday is going pretty well as well. I'm thinking of making it a permanent thing now. If you missed the last post then click here.
Also, just a small note: I haven't started a "My Favourite Moments" post for January. I don't really feel like January gave me any moments of significant joy so don't expect that on Friday.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Determination

It's a pretty quiet day for me today. I finished everything I needed to do for English and Maths yesterday and I can't do any Art or Design work. Why? Because on Friday, I forgot to get my paintings and pictures from the classroom before I left the school. Next week is the deadline for my coursework as well so I'm going to be working my butt off this week to make sure that I meet it. 

I also have mock exams next week. My coursework deadline is on that Friday. I am spending my free time in school...

This Friday, I'm also going to be dropping my CVs off at more shops at the shopping centre. I need money to fund my projects at home. I have so many ideas but I don't have the money to actually start them. I still have money from my last job but it's not enough; I also shop for myself and use my own money for food. Money disappears faster than you think.

I'm just going to take today to relax and do nothing. I need it.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ripped Tights and Tired Legs

The title isn't meant to be taken in a sexual way. If you did assume otherwise, you're a terrible person.

...It's been a while... I haven't posted since Tuesday...

I've been really busy lately and I had to put blogging to one side for the last few days. Yesterday, I was on a trip to Oxford with some other people in my Year (or grade) at school. We spent the whole day walking from one college in Oxford to another. We were given tours by previous students from our own secondary school - they were all pretty happy there; the stress and lack of sleep was pretty evident on their faces though. It was nice to see that people from our school were able to get into Oxford and Cambridge university; the fact that there were so many of them was also quite nice to see. I always thought that only 1 or 3 people would end up at unis like those from any school because it's such a prestigious place.

We had lunch and a talk at the last college we went to - Wadham College - as well as a tour around the place. I honestly don't understand how people manage to find their way around. There's too many paths and the buildings are scattered everywhere.

By the end of the trip I was just glad my butt was on a seat again and my legs could rest.

Wadham College entrance
Today, I had to get so much work done. I didn't do all of it, though, and it does irritate me.

I spend the first period at school walking around some more. I had to go to my stats teacher to get some assistance since I don't understand most of the subject at all. After that I went to my art class and finished a small painting I was working on; it took me about 5 minutes. I headed to the library after and planned to do some English work that I missed out on yesterday (I'm the queen of the nerds, okay?) and found that I forgot the books I needed. 

From this point, my day just went downhill. Within 15 minutes of being in the library I got up and got some prospectuses for universities since I had nothing else to do. When I sat down, my leg scraped across a metal point that was poking out from the back of the chair next to me. It hurt! It made a mark on my leg but, luckily, it didn't cut me. It did make a hole in my NEW, EXPENSIVE, SHINY, COMFORTABLE, WARM pair of tights... I hated life at that moment. It laddered pretty quickly as well so I had no choice but to tell the librarians and get my tights fixed in my second home: the textiles classroom. I wasn't going to walk around school with a hole in my tights and I wasn't going to take them off. It was cold and I didn't shave my legs... It's winter. I don't need to.

The librarians have offered to pay for a new pair. I just need to provide them with a receipt after I buy them. I am still a bit irritated. It was the first time I wore them. I guess I did do everyone else a favour; that point could've caused an actual injury if my leg didn't find it. It was really sharp.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Top Tip Tuesday #11

Okay, this has been the best idea I've had for a while. About two weeks ago I made a playlist of songs on YouTube that I could play in the background whilst I'm doing school work in my room. The playlist is made up of songs that aren't that catchy and won't distract you. I've done so much work since then; these songs aren't on my phone and I listen to them solely when I'm working. Whenever I start to play any of the songs, I'm encouraged to work.

I think you should try it too - just get 20-30 songs that aren't on any other playlist you may have. It makes it easier for you to associate these songs with work alone. The songs I have are really random and they're ones that I wouldn't listen to normally. Most of the songs are also covers/originals from YouTube artists.

My Playlist:
(the songs are click-able)
Whenever I feel like doing work, I turn my laptop on and just have these songs playing on shuffle. I appreciate that this won't work for everyone but it's worth a shot, right?

The songs that I listen to normally are so different to the list above; my phone is filled with Iron Maiden and a bunch of other metal songs. The ones above are all very mainstream and are all pop songs. I do prefer covers to originals, though, and I don't know if you can tell but Lindsey Stirling's violin skills are amazing and I love her.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x


Monday, 20 January 2014

I Really Can't Be Bothered

I'm tired! Not "oh, I'm just tired. I'll be fine tomorrow" tired but "Say one word to me and I will punch you if I had the energy" tired.

Last weekend I was really energised and ready to take on the world. I remember going from a Skype conversation that was really stupid (as always) to sitting on the end of my empty bed (I assume I cleaned it... The events between these two were a blur) doing nothing at all.

This morning, I was pretty close to passing out multiple times and, right now, I feel exactly the same. I know I didn't go to bed that late last night; over the past few nights I have been getting more sleep. I haven't stayed up past 12am in the last few days which is pretty good knowing me.

I don't know... I feel like giving up already. The next few weeks are packed with school work, a trip, mock exams and visits to some family friends. Just thinking about it makes me drowsy!

It's 9:27pm. I should not be feeling like this. I'm not even on my bed... I'm sitting on the floor with my laptop on the edge of my bed. I do not have the effort to lift it, and myself, up to the centre of my bed. I would move my sewing machine off of my desk but it's heavy and, again, I really can't be bothered.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

*snores*

Sunday, 19 January 2014

A New Project?

It's been ages since I've done another project on here. I've made a bag and a doll (which I didn't post because I forgot) so I think it's time to do another. I finished the doll around the middle of December.

Carys has given me this leather jacket to mess about with; it has a few tears which are easy to fix. I've spent a good week or so thinking about what to do with it.

At first I considered making a waistcoat. It's the right shape - I just need to take the sleeves and bottom part off. I would have needed to make it smaller as well.

Then, my mum suggested to make another bag since it's something I'm more likely to use. She was right...

I left it for a few more days and then I had a brilliant idea: a box pleat skirt. I have enough denim and leather to make one and it's really easy as well. I don't need a pattern since I can make one myself. This project will happen as soon as I have the time to start it. I've already taken the jacket apart!

I'll keep you guys updated this time but maybe in not as much detail as the bag project.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Skype With Idiots

It's Saturday! To see the Fashion Friday post for yesterday, click here.

I found out two things today:

  1. My friends are all idiots.
  2. I have a terrible internet connection
I spent the whole day today with my friends over Skype. It started as a call to one of my friends to work on our English homework that's due in on Monday and it ended up with half our crazy gang talking and bickering in a group chat.

I was left alone; my parents went to the shopping centre and my brother went to a friend's house. I tidied the house a bit before retreating upstairs with a big box of Crunchy Nut cereal, a bottle of milk and a bowl. Over Skype, I was eating whilst working. I don't really care about what my friends think of me nowadays - most people know I'm weird.

It was pretty insane altogether. That's pretty much all that happened today. I'm still on Skype now...

*sigh*

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

*A Well Thought Out Title*

I am literally running out of titles for these blog posts. I try to be creative most of the time and it does work for me. Some days, though, I do sit in front of my laptop thinking of a decent title to put on top of these posts. Tuesdays, I don't have to do that since I just need to change the number on the end of "Top Tips Tuesday" every week.

I don't want each title to be the same either. I know some people do that on their blogs but my posts always have a different topic inside them and, when I'm scrolling through my posts, I'd like to know what each one has in it. All I see when I scroll past them is the title and the labels I've added on.

Most of my posts, including this one, are just me talking as a I go along like I'm having an actual conversation with someone and this makes thinking of a title even harder. I like my posts to be real-time; it's easier to type since the words just flow from my mind to the keyboard. I never draft out these posts - they're all spontaneous (except for Top Tips Tuesday posts - I plan those out).

I've just finished some work for school and I'm just listening to music right now on YouTube. I'm also thinking of what to write about for this Friday. Hopefully, I have something by the end of this night. If not, should I use my post from yesterday? It would work pretty well if I have absolutely nothing else to post this week.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Top Tips Tuesday #10

Well it's been a while since I've done one of these...

I don't really have that much time on my hands right now but I have made the effort to scour the internet and I have found something useful.

Whether you already know about this or not, I don't know. It's already quite popular, I think and it will help out a lot this winter.

This will lead you to another blog post:

Dry lips are a big problem in the winter so I thought that this was an ideal tip for today. I have a major issue with my lips every year just because they're thick (both upper and lower lip) so I use twice the amount of lip balm every other person would. 

I don't use the mixture to exfoliate my lips all the time; using just a toothbrush works just as well.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x


Monday, 13 January 2014

I'm Just A Clingy Person

There are some things that I've grown way too overly attached to. Two of them being my new feather earring and my art coursework. I'm proud of my work and I don't want to lose any of it. Ever. I'm actually dreading the end of my AS Art coursework when I have to give my books to the examiners to be marked. I hate it when my friends touch my books without permission; I don't want to think about someone I don't know touching them.

In English today, we were reading a play and focused on one of the characters. About halfway through the lesson I realized that I am exactly like that character. I am a clingy person, I can't really say otherwise. Once I have made an attachment to something, I will not let go. It's the same with both my stuff and people I know. I hate being alone and feeling vulnerable.

I have a little box in my mind (I'm not crazy, I swear) that's just filled with stuff that I don't want to lose. There are names, places, objects, things I don't want to forget. It works like a piggybank. Once you're in the box, there's no getting out unless, of course, you break it. If you truly know me then you know I'm the most fragile person in the world. There's no hiding it. My emotions can go from :-D to :'-( (this is the best way to describe it) in less that 2 seconds. Whenever something breaks out of my little box, I go nuts.

A few years ago some friends that I met went to back to the Philippines because their parents thought it would be best for them. They both have Facebook (thank the heavens) so I could still keep in contact with them. They were in my little box for a really long time - I've known them since Year 2 - and they just broke out without warning. They cried, I nearly did. After a while, I kind of accepted that they were gone and we did talk but it was once every few weeks or so. Then, two years ago, they came back! I was the happiest person in the world back then. Our friendship got so much stronger. I can admit that we don't talk all of the time but, when we do, there's no stopping us. We'll joke, annoy each other and take 250 selfies every hour we're together.

I find it so difficult to accept change. Just like the character in the play, I would do anything to make sure that things stay the way they were, even if I have no power to do so. Life is hard and, sometimes, it gets on my nerves. I do have more self-control now, though. I can stop myself from exploding 9 out of 10 times.

Hopefully, I'll learn. If not, I have friends that can put up with me. They already do and I hope that they continue to do so. *Fingers crossed*

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A Quiet Day

I haven't really planned anything exciting for today. I don't have a job anymore since my contract at Peacocks has now finished; I was only a Christmas temp anyway. Yesterday, all of the temps were working since all of us were leaving. The store was managed by 6 17-year-old girls. The manager was there in case anything went wrong. I spent an hour reducing all of the prices on the clothes in the sales (again) and was left on the tills for the rest of my shift along with one other person; the rest were busy taking down all of the Christmas decorations.

Today is just a day to relax, really. I've just finished my maths homework. Now, I have my art homework set out in front of me as well as "A Clash of Kings" - I'm on page 537 - and I'm currently uploading a whole bunch of pictures and videos from my phone for my art book, design e-folio and this blog.

My plans for today

I'm also facing my bedroom window right now and all I see is a grey sky and the top half of a leafless tree. It's not the prettiest of sights but it'll do. I don't usually pull the blinds covering my window up since I prefer to be in the dark most of the time.

Carys (littlewelshgirlvlogs.blogspot.co.uk) has also given me a leather jacket and I don't know what to do with it. I was thinking of making another bag or a waistcoat. I think I can make both from it but I'm not completely sure.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Not A Blog Tag

Well, my plans aren't going very well, are they?

I searched Google for about 20 seconds to look for a blog tag and I couldn't find one. I found one of my own ones, though, which just shows that there aren't that many around...

Anyway, I don't really have anything to cover in this post nor anything else planned other than a tag. It's difficult and I can't be bothered to start one. I am so tired!

I think my posts for Friday are still on track. I haven't started them yet but I shall do that tomorrow, I promise. I'm going to wake up early and take some pictures already with my disappointment of a camera; I'm still mad, okay?

That's all I really have to say today. I want to sleep, I really do, but I can't. I still have a book to read as well. Is it worth doing another book review? It's quite a popular book and most people have seen the show anyway so I don't see a reason to do one. I'll still do them for other books I'll read later on in life though. That's fine.

*sigh* Sometimes life sucks and you just have to deal with it. I'm feeling extremely pessimistic, at the moment. It's just one of those days, I guess. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Damn It, Google

I said I would post an Outfit of the Day post today. I had it all planned everything. Then, I turned my chromebook on. I know it already has a pretty bad reputation but I usually just do my work on it anyway so I don't really care that much. However, I also use it for it's camera to do posts like these. I logged onto my chromebook and found that I can't take timed photos anymore...

Seriously? 

This camera is the only one that I depend on other than my phone. It's not the best camera in the world but it'll do. I'm angry.

This camera may be terrible but I don't care.
There better be another update soon where the self-timer is back where it belongs. I miss it. It's also the only camera that doesn't make everything in it pink because of the overwhelming amount of pink stuff in my room.

Also, Luke, go away.





Monday, 6 January 2014

Ready For School Again?

I have school again tomorrow but I know it's going to be difficult to wake up. Today, I woke up at roughly 1.40pm... Tomorrow I have to be up and out of bed by 7am if I have any chance of getting the school bus.

This weekend I had work during the afternoons. Yesterday I was the only one in the shop since my manager had stuff to do in his office. This meant that I had to manage the shop, customers and the till all by myself. I was pretty glad that it was a Sunday so there wasn't that many people to deal. We even closed the shop early because of the lack of people in the shop and on the high street.

I've just finished doing half a page of drawings in my art book. I've made a start on my second one now and I have about a month to fill it all up so I do have to stay after school quite a lot now. I'm up to date on everything else, though (I hope) so this term should go swimmingly.

This term break, in general, was a lot better than last year. Last year, the whole family was ill except for me. When they all got better, I got ill and couldn't really do anything for a few days. I also got my first payslip from work. I spent it all when I went shopping on Friday... I have no self-control. Hopefully my second one lasts me at least two months.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Plan For The Week

Okay, so I have ideas but no time right now to actually do any of the ideas that I have. I've managed to pick up another shift at work tomorrow afternoon so I can't put a post up then. My ideas are also smaller and they won't be as long as the recent posts that I've written.

Monday: I might do normal blog post on Monday since I have no school or work until the next day.

Tuesday: Outfit Of The Day! Tuesday is the first day of school in 2014 and I have an outfit in mind. I just hope they are actually washed and in my wardrobe. I know I haven't done Top Tips Tuesday in a while but there's just some other things that I want to do first.

Wednesday: I haven't done a blog tag in a while so I thought I'd scour the internet and find one. This one isn't confirmed yet.

Thursday: No post. I stay after school on Thursdays to work on my art coursework and I don't get home until 6pm on a good day.

Fashion Friday: A Miscellaneous Review. I got a bunch of new stuff over the last few weeks so I might as well tell people what I think of them. This post will be up on my collab blog with Amazing Alex. Two of the things I really want to review are my new hair straighteners and my new liquid foundation.

This is my plan for the week. Hopefully, it'll go well and I'll stick to it. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Friday, 3 January 2014

January Sales Haul 2014

Hey! I had my first shopping trip of 2014 today. I love the January sales. But, because of the clothes that are on sale - Summer clothes, Christmas jumpers, stuff I'll never wear ever - I don't actually but that many. I love shopping though and the word "sales" is like my bait. Things might cost less but I will spend a lot more than I normally do.

GLAMOUR PUSS CAT CALENDAR
I absolutely love this calendar. Every month has a different picture of a cat posing dramatically like a model. It's hilarious!



T-SHIRT FROM NEXT
It wasn't on sale but I have a gift card for Next so I thought "why not?" It's simple and adorable and it suits me quite well.


BOOKS 2 AND 3 OF "A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE"
I loved the first book and no one I know has got the next ones in the series. Everyone just watches the TV show. I think they should have called that show "A Song of Ice and Fire" and not "Game of Thrones" since that's the name of the whole series. 
Anyway, I can't wait to start reading these. I know they'll be just as good as the first book.


PEACOCK FEATHER EARRINGS
I'm only going to wear one at a time. To be honest, I only bought these because I saw Victoria Justice wore just one during an episode of Victorious. I don't know if it was an earring or in her hair but I thought it looked quite quirky. I like these because they go just below my shoulders and they're really bright. Compared to the other feather earrings at Claire's, they were also quite cheap.


RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH FOUNDATION
 Because 24 hours isn't enough, this one lasts for 25. I never wear foundation but I don't want to see the scars and blemishes on my face anymore. It's winter so there's no more sun. As a result, my skin is slightly lighter but it's enough to make all of my little impurities extremely noticeable.
Apart from being on sale, I bought this foundation because you only need a little bit of it and it still looks natural. I don't want to walk around looking fake. It's also quite a big bottle and I recommend you get one now whilst they're still on sale.
It took my friends and I forever to find a foundation that matches my skin colour and this matches it exactly.


I hope you've taken advantage of the January sales. There's a lot out there if you look hard enough. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Hello 2014

It's the 1st January! Where did the time go?

I loved New Year's Eve. I spent it with my friends and family and we had an awesome time. The amount of food was ridiculous and I think I managed to eat my weight in desserts. I didn't get a midnight kiss, by the way. I wasn't with my boyfriend.We didn't get home until 4am and I just changed into my pyjamas and went to bed straight away.  Now, we're here! I woke up at around 3pm (about 30 minutes ago) and I've just made myself some oatmeal and set up all the work I have to do today; I really need to finish my Design coursework at least. My parents are still asleep though so I'm trying not to make too much noise with my sewing machine.

Anyway, it's now a New Year. Most people use this to start over - a new year, a new me. I don't. If it wasn't for all of the years I've already lived, I wouldn't be the person I am now. 2012 made me realise that, sometimes, you have to stand up for yourself; 2013 taught me that I need to face my fears in order to move forward in life. I don't know what 2014 will bring but I am excited to find out.

I don't have a New Year's resolution. I just want to keep going. I want to see where life takes me. I trust my choices and experiences. Sometimes they might not be the best ones but it just shows the person that I am. I don't feel like I need to wish for anything because, if I do, I'm going to force myself to make it happen. I'll take shortcuts and miss out on everything I shouldn't have along the way. I'm not trying to discourage people here. I'm just being honest. If you do have some New Year's resolutions then great! Take this year and make it yours!

I hope you all had a brilliant New Year's Eve. That's all for now. Stay beautiful x