Honey, I’m Home!

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Why, HELLO.

Fancy seeing you here. Well, fancy seeing ME here too (it’s been a hot minute).

In an attempt to – rather belatedly – complete my New Year’s Rezzo ‘GEORGIA, YOU MUST BLOG MORE!!!!’, I figured it was finally time to put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard. 

A few changes…

When I first started my blog, I was a fresh-faced 18-year-old student. I wrote about life as if I KNEW about life, which I guess, at the time, I thought I did. Fast-forward almost four years and it’s safe to say I’m not the same wide-eyed Fresher I once was. I plan on using my little space on the internet to chat all things that I love which, I’m guessing, will consist of lots of fashion, beauty and general life natters. Currently, I have no plans to stick to a strict writing schedule as I’d much rather type away when the words are flowing. That being said, I definitely do plan on sharing my opinions (that nobody actually asked for) on more of a regular basis.

Whether this is great news to you (Alexa, play Celebration by Kool & The Gang) or you’ve clicked on this thinking “when the hell did I subscribe to this random gal?”, then at least this post made you feel some typ-a way which is all I can really ask for. I’d love for you to stick with me while I (try to) navigate my way through the dreaded 20s (both age AND year-wise)!

In the famous words of the Shrunken Head (Harry Potter & Priz of Az, 2004):

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride. 

November / December Faves

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Hello hello helloooooo lovely readers!!

Long time no SEE (well, write). I’m officially on Christmas break from university (FIIIIINALLY) so, naturally, my creative juices are flowing again. I have been resurrected from the blogging graveyard and I’m back to share with you all the things that I’ve been loving during my inexcusably long vacay. Let’s get crackin’.

What I’ve Been Wearing

I have been having an illicit love affair with flared trousers. Oh my god I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how obsessed I’ve been. They are the PERFECT solution to any daytime or night out situation depending on how you style them and I have honestly been living for the trend. Whilst I know they can be pretty pricey, I definitely think they are worth the investment, especially for wearing on a night out during the Winter months. A few pairs in particular that I’ve been wearing non-stop are the ones pictured above. The black velvet-striped and the blue/black velvet patterned pairs are both from Urban Outfitters and were £36.00 each. I also purchased a burgundy pair from the Topshop Petite range (short leg life). I can’t remember the exact price but I’m pretty sure they were around the £30.00 mark. As I said, they’re not the cheapest items in my wardrobe but equally for the amount of wear I’ve already got out of them, they are definitely worth the splurge. Also they look pretty funky too (low-key just trying to live out my Mamma Mia fantasy).

What I’ve Been Watching

I swear to God, university makes it so hard to just sit and watch TV (rightly so) which means I haven’t had nearly enough time to be watching everything on my Netflix list. That being said, I have recently finished watching Atypical, a Netflix Orig that focuses on Sam (a teenager with Autism) in his quest to understand love and find a girlfriend. Over the first few episodes, I wasn’t really sure whether this series was for me; I found it pretty hard to get into. My brother – who had recommended the series to me – encouraged me to persevere and I’m so glad I did. The scripting of the family dynamics are honestly beaut at times. I especially loved Sam’s relationship with his sister, Casey. Even though there were characters and plot-lines I wasn’t a major fan of (weirdly could not warm to the character of Elsa, Sam’s Mom ???) I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who hasn’t seen it. I’ll deffo be there for season 3.

I’ve also been watching a lot of YouTube as I find one-off vids easy to watch while I’m getting ready for uni in the mornings. I’ve always loved Louise Pentland’s weekly vlogs as she’s such a motherly figure, she makes me feel calm when I’m away from home (in the least weird way possible hahaha). I’ve also been watching a lot of Vlogmas vids, in particular Mark Ferris’ and Anastasia Kingsnorth’s (who recently went to NYC and brought back all the feels). Deffo give those a watch if you’re in the market for something a little festive over the next week or so.

What I’ve Been Listening To

Over the past few weeks, I have had Maisie Peters’ EP Dressed Too Nice For a Jacket on repeat. Honestly all day, every day. Making dinner in the kitchen? Maisie Peters. Driving in my car? Maisie Peters. Doing uni work? Maisie Peters. Her voice is so lush and her songs are super catchy. My faves change quite regularly but I love You To You and Details. I’ve also been loving a little bit of Ariana. If thank u, next isn’t my most played song of 2018 (even though it only came out in November) I will be very shocked. She seems to be releasing banger after banger recently with imagine being added straight to my playlist.

What I’ve Been Using

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Perhaps a little unpredictably, I have reached back into my makeup drawer for the highly controversial ABH Subculture palette. Whilst it received very disappointing reviews (from myself included) I’ve kind of discovered a strange love for it. At the beginning of November, I was very much into a glittery eye and would depend on my NYX glitter in ROSE for every night out (see pictured my horrifying Halloween makeup lol). However, over the past few weeks, I’ve really been feeling a matte look, particularly an orangey transition with a bold colour packed all over the lid. Subculture is perfect for supplying these kinds of shadows. My fave one to use has been Axis as I think green is complimentary to my eye colour but I’ve also dipped into All Star which is a deep, burgundy shade (perf for Winter).

What I’ve Been Doing

I really wish I had some cool things to write which make me look like I’ve been living the high life but in reality, I’ve been consumed by university life. I’m now in my final year so it’s really time for me to be cracking down and trying to manage the workload that my degree brings. I did manage, however, to sneak in a few nights out and celebrations along the way. In terms of performancey fun, we had our Musical Theatre Autumn Showcase which – although weighed down with major stresses – turned out pretty successfully and I also sang with some lush pals for my friend Liv’s assessment piece which was v enjoyable. In relation to my Christmas holiday plans, I will pretty much be sleeping and avoiding doing my uni work as long as humanly possible. Who knows, I may even get another blog post out before I go back (let’s be real).

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As always, thank you for reading or just having a little nose.

I hope you have the loveliest Christmas full of food and fam,

G Xx

Instagram: @geeblogs

August Faves

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Helloooo lovely readers!!!

Ya gal is BACK. I know that I need to stop starting each blog post with an apology for my lack of routine and consistency BUT I am really, very sorry. That being said, I thought I’d make my 8th ‘grand return’ of the year with an August Faves. I always prefer my favourites posts in the summer months as I have more time (and more money) to try new things that I can share with you guys. August has been a jam-packed month so I shall stop rambling and get into what I’ve been loving.

What I’ve Been Wearing

In a completely non-shocking manner, August has seen very little warm weather in the UK. However, this did make me happy as I’ve been able to start wearing oversized sweatshirts and jeans again (pretty much what I try to live in all year round). I was in Topshop recently, buying something or other (is it bad that I can’t remember what it was??? Does this highlight my shopping addiction???) and these jeans caught my eye in the SALE RACK. If you know me, you’ll know that sale-rack-shopping is an activity I absolutely never like to partake in as I find it extremely stressful and feel as if I can never find anything I like. Also, I feel that people stand really close to you and hover over your shoulder whilst they wait for you to finish looking (wtf is that all about???). Anywho, I saw these jeans. They’re a dark blue denim pair of flared cut-offs (the Topshop “DREE” style). Now, I’ve been looking for a pair of jeans like this for what feels like forever – I’ve tried on so many pairs that either aren’t the right colour or don’t fit nicely soooo of course I didn’t have high hopes for these. As I was already in the queue, I didn’t have time to try them on and just bought them on a whim (which I would usually never recommend) but once again, I cannot follow my own advice. In a Sisterhood-of-the-Travelling-Pants moment, they actually ended up fitting perfectly and I have already worn them to death. They retail for £40.00 full price but I managed to snag them for £23.00 which I thought was a pretty fab deal. I now want another pair in black.

A more recent purchase that I’m loving has to be this contrast stitch black jumpsuit from Bershka. I bought this for £25.99 and think it is the PERFECT transition piece to go from Summer clothing into Autumn/Winter. It’s a jersey material meaning it is suuuuuper comfy and the trousers flare out at the bottom. The tied-belt detail allows for the jumpsuit to give you a waist that is really flattering whilst not suffocating you or ‘digging in’ in any way. In fact, I loved this so much that I bought exactly the same jumpsuit in a different, more Autumnal pattern which I also cannot wait to wear. I think these jumpsuits look so nice on their own and can be dressed up (like in the pic above) but can also be dressed down with a high-necked t-shirt or turtle neck and trainers when the weather gets a lil colder (which, I hate to say it, will be very soon). Would deffo deffo deffo recommend these.

What I’ve Been Watching

If I’m being honest, I haven’t actually had that much spare time to get sucked into many new Netflix series this summer (although this makes me sad, I guess it is a good thing that I’ve actually been doing something with my life). However, I did manage to watch the new Netflix original film adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I am absolutely living for Netflix turning the books I read when I was 13/14 into films (also including The Kissing Booth) as it makes me feel weirdly nostalgic. I really enjoyed TATBILB as I thought it stayed relatively true to the original text and I used to be obsessed with Jenny Han’s books. Would deffo recommend this if you’re feeling an overeating-icecream-and-crying-with-your-friends-over-stupid-boys night.

What I’ve Been Listening To

So…I saw Hamilton. I cried. I died. I just about everything-in-between’d. That being said, naturally I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat for about six weeks. My new fave song is Wait For It and I also like Aaron Burr, Sir. Honestly the music is just so magical and I feel like no words I will ever write can do it justice so I’m just going to leave that there.

I’ve also had the Bring It On soundtrack playing constantly as in this academic year, I’ll be directing Musical Theatre Society’s production of it. Again, most of the music is written by Lin Manuel Miranda so it has the Hamilton-vibe. My fave songs are Do Your Own Thing and We’re Not Done. In all honesty, I love the whole soundtrack and I’m very scared that by the end of the show, I will definitely not love the whole soundtrack.

I don’t know if it’s just me but I really feel like there has been no good music released into the charts this summer?? Usually, summer is my favourite time for music but this year I still feel like I’m waiting for someone to release something (ANYTHING) good. I’ve been listening to Robinson and Folly Rae quite a lot but they’re not what I would class as “mainstream” artists so pls can we have some more jams.

What I’ve Been Using

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Every single time Anastasia BH brings out a new eyeshadow palette, I know I’m going to love it. With the exception of the non-blendable Subculture, ABH churns out the best palettes, in my opinion. When I saw the NORVINA press launch photos, a part of my heart squeezed at the ENTIRE ROW of shimmers and the bluey-purple shade, Soul. My lovely parents bought me the palette as a birthday prez and I have honestly used it every day since. The shadows are allllll super-blendable and have little to no fallout (including the shimmers) which I think is insane. If I had to give one teeny tiny little criticism, it would be that the only real transition colour Incense is rather dark so for pale gals like myself, if you’re using the palette exclusively, you have to use a very light hand to avoid black-eye-syndrome. Other than that, this product is gorg. It retails at the generic ABH palette price of £43.00 but I really do think you get what you’re paying for. Absolutely love.

What I’ve Been Doing

Half of my August was taken up by a summer course for Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting. It was a very intense two weeks but I had the best time and learnt soooo much. I met some fab, like-minded people and was taught by some of the most incredible teachers. I was literally like a sponge, trying to soak up every piece of information or advice they gave me.

I then had the absolute pleasure of watching one of my family friends, Alex, perform in their professional debut as Oscar in Sweet Charity at the Watermill Theatre. It was lovely to have a catch up and also to see Alex achieving his dreams. He was fab, as he has always been. On the note of shows, as previously mentioned, I also saw Hamilton. I felt as if I’d been waiting forever to see it and I was so nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I had absolutely nothing to worry about. It honestly blew my expectations out of the water. I saw the 2nd alternate as Hamilton and he was INCREDIBLE. I’m still not really over it.

I also turned 20 this month which was a weird one. I really don’t feel like I’m old enough to be ‘in my twenties’ but I’m super excited to see what they bring. I did have a mini quarter-life crisis the night before my birthday which pretty much went like this: WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?!!??!!? But I quickly got over that after a G&T or four. I had the loveliest time on my birthday: I went for lunch with my brother, Tom and then chilled with my family. The next day, I went to for food and drinks at Pitcher & Piano in Birmingham with some of my favourite people – it was so so lovely.

Later on in August, I helped assistant direct a production of ‘Fame’ at my old musical theatre group which was the most rewarding experience. I got to work with two students specifically on their vocals and seeing how much they improved both technically and in confidence over the space of just a few days was so amazing (and even sliiiightly emosh – may have cried the tiniest bit out of proudness in the show).

Currently, I’m on holiday with the fam in sunny Portugal. It’s been super nice to chill out and READ BOOKS. So far, I’ve read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire, both of which I’d recommend. We’ve been chilling at the beach and eating lovely (bad) food which I’m trying to enjoy before I start my hard-core healthy lifestyle when I get back home.

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On that note, I’m thinking of my next post being something related to body confidence and/or dealing with the consequences of the pressure of physicality and appearance that young adults (in particular) face. Do let me know if that’s something you’d like to read as it’s something I’m feeling super passionate about at the moment.

Lots of thankyous for reading my rambles once again & I hope you’re having or have had a lovely Summer.

Until next time,

G X

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Women Are F**king Fabulous

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In light of it being International Women’s Day today, I thought I would write a little post emphasising what it means to me to be a woman in this day and age – in particular, paying homage to all of the women who have lived before me and those who will live after me. Although I reflect on this each IWD, this year seems slightly more prominent due to the endless campaigning surrounding the ‘#MeToo’ movement combined with other stories being published in the media covering similar topics.

Having grown up in a family with three brothers and no sisters, I’ve always viewed both genders as equal. If my brothers were playing outside, I wanted to play outside. If my brothers had to finish their broccoli before being allowed dessert, I had to do the same. If my brothers were wrestling with each other, you can bet I was there too throwing a good punch or five. What I’m trying to say is that I never received any preferential treatment or felt that I couldn’t do something that the boys could do because I was a ‘girl’. This mindset has most definitely followed me into my teenage years and early adulthood. I’m such a firm believer in it being possible to achieve anything you want in life, if you put the right amount of work in. I don’t think gender even comes into play. I feel fortunate enough to say that personally, at this point in my life, I have never felt oppressed because of my gender but I’m not naive to the fact that once I get into the workplace, this may change, which alone saddens me. Why should I be worried that I won’t be as valued in the workplace as a male? Why should I be earning less money than a male for doing exactly the same job as them? I’ve never been able to grasp the concept that whatever sits between your legs determines what you can do in life and in all honesty, I don’t think I’ll ever understand it. I’m also not blind to the fact that things like the gender pay gap can’t be changed overnight but what I want to see is movement towards this development happening.

Each IWD I like to think about all of the women who have inspired me to become a badass, independent gal who has her life together (still waiting for this to happen). As cliché as it might be, my Mom is top of that list. When she was just a little bit older than myself, my Mom moved two hours away from her family home to work in a completely new town and build a life for herself. From there, she went on to have four children spanning from age 6 to newborn whilst STILL WORKING – she honestly is a real-life Supermom. I do not know how she juggles everything and makes it look so effortless – she has never once compromised her career or her family for the alternative but has somehow managed to happily succeed in both. THAT is what I want to be and do when it’s my turn.

I think it’s so important to recognise these stand-out women in our lives who help us shift and grow until we end up on our little paths in life, heading to where we need to be. Women are f**king fabulous. We are strong-minded, intelligent, warm and loving souls who somehow manage to carry the weight of a whole other human inside of us, helping them grow and giving them life which I think is pretty incredible (!!!!!!!) whilst also kicking absolute ass in any career path we choose to pursue. Women should celebrate each other: the successes and even the failures because as a collective, we genuinely are unstoppable. It’s crucial that our generation of women stick together and become a driving force that allows the females who will follow us to swim in a pool of proudness at the thought of being a woman.

I’m super proud to be a woman.

G x

Top Tips For Starting University

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It’s still crazy to me that I’ve completed an entire year at university. Thinking back to this time last year, I was super excited to branch out into the world and make my own little home and community somewhere else to where I’d grown up. Whilst I was mostly excited and curious as to what university life had to offer me, I cannot lie and say that I wasn’t a little bit scared. I have a lot of friends who are the academic year below me and a few have asked me questions or have wanted some tips on what to do/not to do when starting university. I thought I’d share some of my tips with anyone who is interested (these tips are not proven facts but they worked for me and I’m still – just about – alive)…

1- Take a door stop

This is actually a piece of advice I received myself before I started university last year. Whilst it may initially seem like a silly little thing, having a door stop means you can keep your door propped open (especially during the first few weeks) which makes you appear more sociable and approachable to your flat. Even if they just pop in and say ‘hey’ on their way to the kitchen, it may lead to some conversations that start to cement your friendship.

2 – During Freshers’ Week, take every opportunity

As much as it nearly killed me off, Freshers’ Week was still one of the highlights of my first year. I went out to every event which, yes, my health eventually paid for but it was so worth it because of all the friends and memories I made. Also, if your university organises talks or activities in the day GO AND DO THEM!!!! You will honestly regret sitting in your room having not participated in any of these things. Even if they turn out to be rubbish, at least you’ve tried them.

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3 – A mattress topper will save your life

It’s a known fact that university beds are pretty much made from the hardest stone imaginable (slightly dramatic). The best thing I did was take a memory foam mattress topper which took my bed’s comfort rating from a (generous) 3/10 to a solid 8. Trust me on this one.

4 – Plan your meals in advance

If you’re non-catered, the best piece of advice I can give to you is to plan your meals ahead of time. The amount of times I had a late rehearsal then went back to an empty fridge was pretty devo. It then means you’re ‘forced’ to order a takeaway which isn’t great for your health or your bank account (let me tell you, once this becomes a habit it’s a very slippery slope lol).

5 – Join a society

During my first year, I joined Theatre Society and Musical Theatre Society. MT honestly was a saving grace last year and so many of my closest friends were made because of it. Joining a society gives you such a sense of community and belonging (especially if you’re living far away from home) so I would 100% recommend it. It also opens up friendships with people other than those on your course so you’re widening your circle as well as having a good time bonding over a subject you all enjoy.

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6 – Download the Spoons app

There is no doubt that when going out, your night will involve a Spoons at some point. Having the app was a life-saver for me as it meant you could scout a table as soon as you got inside and didn’t have to battle the queue. Also, I’m lazy so I like my alcohol being brought to me lol.

7 – Have funnnnnn

Probably not the wisest piece of advice I’ll ever give, but having fun was a big priority for me during my first year. On my course, I only needed to PASS the year (gaining over 40% in each module) to carry on so – as much as I still worked hard – I did sometimes prioritise being sociable and going out over doing work. I’m not telling you to disregard any work that you have but if you’re missing out on forming new friendships or making memories then I think, in the long run, that will be a lot more damaging to your university experience than starting an essay a little bit later than planned. What I’m saying is, if your friends invite you to the pub…GO TO THE PUB!

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8 – Get used to having limited sleep

As much as you may be sat there reading this thinking ‘there is no way I’ll be going out until 4 in the morning when I have a 9am lecture the next day‘…trust me. You will.

9 – Bond with your flat

One of my biggest pieces of advice is to put time and effort into bonding with your flatmates. I was fortunate enough to absolutely love everyone I was living with and I think a huge part of that stemmed from how much time we spent together during Freshers. Throughout the year, we’d make an effort to have flat dinners and game nights. It’s definitely beneficial if you feel comfortable and ‘at home’ with your flatmates as you’re living together for at least a year. Even if there are a few people you don’t get along with so well, there is no harm in making a bit of extra effort with them to make your living space feel more welcoming and homely.

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10 – Be yourself

University is the time when you really discover yourself (without sounding like I’m trying to be Gandhi). You make lifelong friends and decide how you’re going to shape the rest of your life. The only way you can truly be happy doing this is to be yourself. You’ll find friends who are equally as weird as you (if not weirder) and you’ll eventually fall onto your own little path so there is no point trying to be somebody that you’re not along the way.

I wish everyone starting university this year soooo much luck. It honestly is the best time ever!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Bicester Village: Mini Haul

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I am sat here, yet again, wondering why I spend money like it’s going out of fashion; I have a serious problem. Visiting Bicester Village, on what was supposed to be a ‘let’s just see if there is anything nice and then leave without spending any money’ trip, I ended up making a few little purchases (absolutely no shock to anybody).

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First of all, I picked up two products from The Cosmetics Company Store. I decided to try the Clinique Superprimer (“colour corrects redness”). I picked this up as I’m yet to actually purchase a high-end primer and I’ve used Clinique skincare products before (and loved them). Also, I sometimes get red patchy areas on my face so wanted to check out if it actually cancels out any redness. This product retails at £22.00 but I managed to snag it for £15.50 (yaaaaas I know, go on gal)!!!!!

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Next, I was on the hunt for a lip gloss and the Bobbi Brown ones immediately caught my eye. I knew I wanted a light coloured gloss so ended up choosing the shade 11 – Almost Nude which is a gorg light nude. Another steal: the original price of this product was £19.50 and I paid £13.75. I am all about that discount!!!

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Finally was my last and favourite purchase. This was definitely not something I needed but there was no way on Earth I could have left the shop without this…I actually ended up buying myself another Kate Spade bag!!! It’s the most adorable little rucksack I have ever seen in my entire existence. I’ve never really been into the whole rucksack trend but I honestly now feel like my entire life has changed (maybe slightly dramatic). I literally CANNOT get over how cute the print is, the size is and just how freaking adorable the entire bag is. It’s the perfect size to fit my purse, phone and lipstick in. It’s official. I’m in love with a bag. Real love.

So those were all my buys from Bicester. I promise I did pretty well not buying anything else (I was very tempted!!!) so I’m going to give myself a little pat on the back for that. I do think that my bank can rest easy for a while as I’m putting myself on a shopping ban until further notice…(unsure how long this will last)…

G X

My 19th Birthday

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Honestly, I was slightly underwhelmed to be turning 19. Last year, I think I arguably had the most epic 18th birthday celebrations (shoutout to the legends that are my parents) so there was no way this year could top that. Nonetheless, I am a birthday lover and get so excited whenever anyone I know has a birthday, so of course I was excited about my own.

My celebrations started a week early with a cute little garden party. My school friends came round and we chilled, listened to Whitney and drank (a substantial amount of) wine. It was so nice be reunited with them all as, due to our busy schedules, we rarely see each other as a complete group so I was super grateful that they all made the effort to come. Although it was deathly cold and I thought I might freeze to death (in the middle of AUGUST!!!!!) it was still a really nice night.

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WHAT I’M WEARING: Floral Playsuit – Missguided – £30.00

I received some of the cutest presents from my family and friends and wanted to share some of my faves with you.

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Firstly, I got a GORG new Kate Spade handbag (which I was definitely not expecting!!!!) in a baby pink colour…I literally nearly screamed when I opened it. I’ve had my eye on the baby pink KS bags for a long while but (obviously) the old student budget wouldn’t take too kindly to me splashing out on one. I have a black and white KS bag which I use all the time so I was honestly so grateful when my mom picked this one out for me!!!

I then got an equally cute checkered skirt from Urban Outfitters which I wore later on for my birthday meal. I’ve really been getting into wearing skirts recently and think this one is so easy to pair with a little t-shirt to create that ‘I-didn’t-really-try-but-still-made-an-effort’ look (which is my general motto for day-to-day life).

A present that I knew I was getting was the ABH Subculture palette (as I ordered it as soon as it came out to make sure it didn’t sell out lol). I used it for the first time yesterday and am definitely planning to share my personal opinion in a blog post – coming very soon – surrounding all the controversy.

My all-time favourite musical is Wicked and has been since I was young. This past week I was fortunate enough to play Elphaba in my old MT company’s production of the show. My entire family loves the show too so when my mom found out about the 2018 tour of Wicked, she surprised me with tickets (yayyyyyy)!!!!!

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WHAT I’M WEARING: Top & Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Handbag – Kate Spade / Sliders – Public Desire – £19.99

I went for a lovely meal with my family at one of my favourite restaurants which was super nice. We then came home and watched ‘SING’ because, as you can probably tell, I’m an extremely wild soul. All in all, I had the best time and am very grateful to my family and friends for making it so good. They are the best.

G X

 

19 Things I’ve Learned

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Two weeks today marks my 19th birthday. In light of this, I thought I’d post something a little bit different, sharing some of the most important things I’ve learned so far during the short time I’ve been around. Some have been self-taught, others a result of another person and the rest I can put down to experiencing life in general.

1) Life is too short

This lesson is by far the most important to me, which is why I’ve placed it at number one. It tends to be through sad events that this is learned by the majority but I have found that once you start incorporating this mantra into your daily life, something changes. Whether you take more risks, or bite your tongue in situations you wouldn’t have previously, I’ve found life so much of a more positive place to be since learning this lesson.

2) Eat the cake

You burn almost 1500 calories a day by sitting on your bed doing nothing. Eat the slice of cake and don’t feel guilty.

3) Boys can be mean and hurt your heart

A slightly less happy point, but super relevant and most definitely a lesson I have learned. Boys lie and say things they don’t really mean, fact. But part of growing up and emotionally maturing is learning how to handle yourselves in situations where you’ve been treated in ways you’d never dream of treating someone else.

4) Girls can be mean and hurt your heart

Not to be sexist (yes to feminism!!!) girls can be equally as bad. Some of the times I’ve felt the most hurt and betrayed have been by friends in the heat of an argument, or other girls who live for the drama.

5) No matter how hard I try to prevent it, I will always end up pushing ‘pull’ doors and pulling ‘push’ doors

I am super uncool and doors will always be the biggest struggle in my life.

6) I love sharing the love

Day-to-day, I am the least soppy and most sarcastic person but I looooove my friends, so I tell them.  You will always see me commenting ‘OH MY GOD YOU ARE AMAZING’ or anything of that over-excited variety on any selfies or just generally texting them harassing them with my love. I think it’s super important that people know how much you appreciate them.

7) I have weird eating habits

If you ask any of my friends who I have been out for food with what my weirdest habit is, they will all say the same thing: chips. Whenever I order chips (which, let’s be real, is a lot of the time) I inspect all of them individually before eating them; if any have brown or green potato-ey bits on them I cannot even look at them, let alone eat them. I take them all off my plate and either give them to a willing friend (yes, Matthew I am talking about you) or hide them so I can’t see them. Don’t ask me why.

8) DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYEBROWS UNTIL YOU ARE AT LEAST 16 AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT HOW TO USE TWEEZERS

Arguably the most important lesson I have learned in my life. 13 year old me decided to get confident with a pair of tweezers and 10 minutes later was practically eyebrow-less. 5 YEARS LATER, I am still paying for my mistake. So thanks younger me, keep shining.

9) High heels are not for me

I’m a trainer girl through and through. Whilst this doesn’t exactly help my 5ft 2 frame, I would much rather not be able to see in a crowd than be wanting to have my feet amputated after 10 minutes of a night out.

10) Always treat others how you wish to be treated

My dad will be super happy that I’ve included this as it’s a motto he has worked very hard to drill into the heads of my brothers and me. I’ve always been hit with the question ‘how would you feel if someone did that to you?’ and it has definitely stuck. However this lesson has also taught me not to expect too much from other people. Just because I would do something or behave in a certain way, it doesn’t mean someone else holds the same values or morals. That one I have learned the hard way.

11) Musical theatre is the love of my life

Nothing makes me happier than seeing theatre or performing myself. There is something so magical in it that words can never describe. Also, an original Broadway cast soundtrack can never let you down like boys can.

12) Social media lives are NOT real lives

This is definitely something I have to keep reminding myself every now and then, especially whilst scrolling down the ‘Explore’ feed on Instagram. Nobody is perfect and nobody’s life is perfect. Someone’s social media is what they are CHOOSING to publicise, a highlight reel of their life and that is something that should always be remembered.

13) Chicken nuggets and vinegar are a weird but wonderful combination

Try it.

14) ‘Normal’ is BORING

Quirks and uniqueness are what make people interesting. I love people who deviate from the crowd and stand up for their own beliefs or make their own fashion statements. We’re all different and that should be embraced.

15) Being pooed on by a bird DOES NOT bring you good luck

This I know from A LOT of experience. It seems, although I am extremely small, I am a favourite target of birds who are about to excrete. After the traumatic experience(s), I then went on to have the most average weeks of my life so anyone who turns to you and says ‘don’t worry…it’s good luck’ is a pathological liar.

16) Nothing beats a Popworld night out

Perhaps a slightly controversial statement but for me, nothing beats screaming along to ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ or a bit of Whitney with my best friends, not even attempting to brave the bar queue in Popworld. Best nights ever.

17) Age is just a number, maturity is key

This is definitely something I’ve learned since going to university. Whilst there are certain situations where I don’t agree with this statement (underage situs) and those weird Year 11/Year 9 ‘relationships’ we all witnessed in high school, it generally proves true. Two of my closest friends are 17 and 21 and honestly I cannot tell the difference when I’m with them.

18) Whilst I am relatively book-smart, I have absolutely no common sense

I always worked hard at school, being a self-proclaimed perfectionist, but in general day-to-day life I tend to fail at pretty much everything. Cooking dinner? Forgot I turned the oven on. Telling everyone my phone charger is broken? Didn’t have it plugged in at the wall. Bake cakes? Drop them on the floor. I swear I was put on this Earth to supply my friends with a constant supply of entertainment – me walking into things, tripping over or injuring myself.

19) I have THE BEST family and friends

I’m so fortunate to have the most amazing friends and family and that is something I will always be grateful for. My school friends are still my favourite people in the world, my BSS family are a constant stream of support and love and my university friends are the best people. Ever.

Sorry for the extremely rambly, long post (what’s new??) but I hope you enjoyed reading a few things life has taught me so far. What have you learned?

G X