Saturday, 31 January 2015

Virginity or Maternity Prom Dresses 🤰

I was looking through Dorothy Perkins looking for a dress for a ball I have coming up and came across Maternity Prom Dresses? Really?! I was shocked.

Yes. There may be a market nowadays, what with all the teenagers getting pregnant young, but I'm not sure if the mass market should support this. I feel like having dresses specifically tailored for teen pregnancy makes it seem normal and okay.

Most teenage pregnancies are accidents and unwanted. Very few are planned and reasonably thought out. I think, my year at high school had one of the highest teenage pregnancies in the entire history of the school. I had a number of people I knew, get pregnant before the end of Year 11. A number of whom are now on baby number 2. I think the total of babies from my year at high school has now reached well over 10.

That's 10 newborns with teenage mothers. 10 babies that are living off there grandparents or of the government welfare. 10 children who will likely grow up without fathers. 10 kids who will basically but out in town with their parents.

It's not just the babies that are limited. The teenagers are too. They are still kids. They are 18 years old. They should be out having fun, clubbing, partying. These are the years to be free not worrying about where the money to buy nappies is going to come from.

Don't get me wrong. I think teenagers can be great mums. I know people that are and they love having their children. They would say that they wouldn't change their child for the world. And yes I am sure this is true.

If I got pregnant right now, I have no idea how I would manage, where the money would come from or how I would cope with university. Simply, I would have to drop out. But I would keep my baby; I would smother him/her in love and cuddles and kisses and be completely besotted. I can't wait to be a mum...but right now? I'm not ready. I wouldn't want or wish that on myself or my child. I want to wait until I have a secure job, with a secure income and preferably in a secure relationship. I want to raise my child right. Who knows if it will fall that why but that's the desire.

I'm a virgin. And I'm confident enough to admit that. To the modern world, I feel like an 18 year old shouldn't have to say it like it's a guilty submission. It's no secret and I'm proud. To the majority of teenagers? They are the opposite, proud of not being a virgin.

16 is the legal age to loose your virginity. The average age in the UK is (apparently) currently 16 for boys and 17 for girls. So does that mean people are getting pregnant on there first time? Who knows. I doubt it and I think the statistics are wrongly judged. Unless I lived in the absolute worst area in the UK, I would say the majority of people lost it around 14. That's basically a child.

Sorry. As usual I have gone off on a rant. What do you think about maternity prom dresses?

Is this really what the UK has turned in to. Good for companies seeing a gap in the market-  I guess - but I think money would be better spent educating people and providing sexual education than glamouring the choice to have a baby at 16, the year of prom.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

'The Vampire Diaries' vs 'The Originals' 💀

As I was scrolling through my Google+ app the other day, I came across a post. The topic of  which was 'The Vampire Diaries' or 'The Originals'.

'The Vampire Diaries' or 'The Originals'.

That's the question.

I don't know which I prefer. To be honest, I love them both so much. They are exactly the genre I am interested in. Teen television with hot actors and actresses, centred in a romance full of drama. The terrible woes of 2 brothers falling in love with the same woman.

The Vampire Diaries came first but it is getting very boring and slow, like the writers can't think of another story line. But I love books, the first 4 series were amazing and I can't wait to see what happens with - SPOILER ALERT - Bonnie! Eeek!

The Originals is finally starting to go somewhere. I love the connection between Hayley and Klaus and the fact that baby Hope is back is great. Everyone knows I love babies, right?

I l think that both shows would both be better if they started to have more cross over. That is how it started after all. I would love to see how the Salvator's and Elena would react the Klaus' new attitude and with him being a good guy. I think, The Originals made so many people connect with him, whereas before, he was kind of evil.

What do you think? Which is your favourite between the two?

The Vampire Diaries 

The Originals 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Breastfeeding Welcome 🍼

Walking into the garden centre made me smile. It is so nice to see a business that supports public breastfeeding.

It annoys me so bad when all the newspapers say 'Breast Is Best' but then NO-ONE supports public breastfeeding. It seems like when women breastfeed in public, others look at them in disgust and that they should be ashamed. 

As you can see, I am clearly FOR public breastfeeding. However, I do not agree that 'Breast Is Best'. I think that the type of milk which is the best for the baby, is the type of milk that is best for the mother. Some women struggle with breastfeeding, literally cannot or find it painful. That then leads to stress of the mother and hence in return, of the baby. If the mother is happy and healthy, the baby will be all the better for it. 

Two stories. First of all, my sister had a very high blood pressure when she gave birth to my first niece. It meant that she had to take a number of different medications, which would endanger Hallie if she continued to breastfeed, so for obvious reasons she stopped. I do love that bottles mean everyone can feed the baby. Having Hallie lie down on me, and cuddle while feeding, is one of those moments you get to feel really close to them. Oh the memories...

Secondly, even my own families behaviour sometimes appals me. One of my own cousins breastfed her youngest child at a private family even and the comments afterwards was utterly disturbing to me. If a women feels confident enough to publicly breastfeed then it is up to them how they choose to do so. Other people don't have to look. 

Don't get me wrong, I think everyone is perfectly fine to have their own opinion, but do not force it down other people's neck.  You can choose to disagree with other people but that doesn't mean an argument has to be caused.

I would love to hear your opinions, so leave a comment below!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Theory of Everything (Review)

I think I may have fallen in love with Stephen Hawking. 

Firstly, who knew his surname was Hawking and not Hawkins?! Not me... I'm just hoping I don't write it wrong throughout.

The Theory of Everything: A story of the physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge University. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis. With Jane by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new grounds in science and achieve more than they could have ever dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by Jane Hawking. (Credit to Rotten Tomatoes) 



Eddie Redmayne is possibly the best actor to have graced the screen in a long time. His incredible dedication is thoroughly appreciated and his commitment to the role is nothing but impressive. To me, he captured Stephen Hawking perfectly (as viewed from the public). Well deserving of a Oscar. The rest of the cast is also supreme. 

This incredible movie showcases Stephen Hawking's humanity and his struggle with facing the motor neuron disease Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a powerful and moving romantic, linked throughout with science and submerged with humour. 

I may have cried once or twice...or 4 times, but this movie has skilful harmony. The sadness when he is diagnosed, to getting married and having children, to the famous quote: "I have loved you.". It highlights the ups and downs of life; Professor Stephen Hawking is a once-in-a-lifetime guy that manages to view the positives in life.

SPOILER ALERT: My favourite seen is the couple with their 2 children - and Jonathan - at the beach. A picture-perfect scene.

I think this film was released at the optimum time. Thinking back to last year, a big craze was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Starting in America, this worldwide trend consisted of people throwing a bucket of ice cold water over their heads. Supposedly, this was meant to: provide a way to show people how it felt to have the disease; promote awareness of the disease; encourage donations to research. It raised massive amounts of money for the condition, but I had no idea how severe the impact on life could be. This eye-opening film unmasks this.
I loved this movie and cannot wait to watch it again. I would recommend it to anyone.

Moving. Inspirational. Humorous.

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"While there's life, there is hope." - Stephen Hawking



OPI Haul

On Boxing Day, I ended up spending most of my Christmas money on OPI nail varnishes.
2 years ago for Christmas, my sister got me a gorgeous sparkly blue set and ever since I have been completely in love with the brand. 
When I went to Portugal in the summer I bought a mini set of 'Party' varnishes and again I loved them all. 
So this year on my Christmas list was a selection of new colours. Unfortunately, I didn't receive any so I treated myself instead. 
Today, I spent the morning doing swatches but I only remembered to take pictures of a third of them...idiot I know! :') 
Here is a haul of the new colours I have purchased.

Kiss Me - Or Elf Kiss Me – or Elf!
A gorgeous purple-red

Rollin in Cashmere Rollin’ in Cashmere
The prettiest full coverage gold

Unfrost My Heart Unfrost My Heart

Oh my...this is my favourite colour! It is such a nice and dark silver with flecks of sparkle. Don't judge it by my picture! I smudged it while it was drying :(

Red Fingers and Mistletoe 
A gorgeous metallic red, perfect for the winter!

AmazON, AmazOFF 
I wanted a colour that will go with every outfit and this is stunning!

You're So Vain-illa 
I love when people have a nude colour on their lips and this was just what I was looking for.

Blush Hour Blush Hour
I love the sparkle in this but it is quite clear. For it to look really nice I would think it would need a lot of time to pack on the sparkles and would need at least 4 coats - this currently has 2. In the future I think I will wear it over another colour.

Got A Date To-Knight! Got A Date To-knight!
My current favourite everyday nail varnish. I have worn this for the last week.

That is what I love about OPI nail varnishes. They last a really long time with a great finish and you don't have to be great to do them because they coat well.

When I was buying them, I also bought a gorgeous purple case to keep them all in. It was in the sale so I had to! Right? 
It hold 25 nail varnishes in the top layer and then I keep my nail files, nail varnish remover, nail clippers, cuticle cutters and all the other nail essentials in the drawer underneath.

Purple Nail Tech Case

Credit to OPI for the more advanced photographs :')

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

DIY: Homemade Lip Scrub

So this morning when I woke up, my lips were so dry and cracked. I left all my lip scrub and lip balms at university and since I haven't and can't be bothered to go out and buy some I decided to make my own lip scrub.
I love making homemade stuff, especially when it is super easy! 

Recipie:
1. Add sugar: caster or granulated 
2. Add olive oil
3. Add a drop of honey 
4. If you want to make it prettier or tastier add food colouring and/or food flavourings. I tend to add red food colouring and strawberry extract. Vanilla is nice too, it makes your lips tingle! 

The sugar is the scrub to gently remove the dead skin. Caster sugar is finer so slightly less abrasive hence good for people with sensitive skin. The granulated sugar is more harsh but for winter months I prefer it! 
The olive oil is the moisturising part; the honey is to stick it all together and for flavour. 
Depending on how much you want to make depends on the amount of scrub you want to make. You need to make sure you coat all the sugar in oil so I tend to have 2 teaspoons of sugar to 1 teaspoon of oil. 

And that's it! Super easy to make and you can use the things lying around the house. 



At university I have a little tub which I keep mine in. While I'm at home, I'm just using a plastic food bag.

This time I just made a simple vanilla essence one:

Friday, 2 January 2015

2015 Resolutions

It's that time of the year for making New Year's resolutions. I start them on the 7th of January, just because it's horrible to go on a diet or whatever, or give up things when there are loads of parties going on.

If you saw my New Year's Eve decorations post, you will have seen the cute little cards I printed. These were printed on white card so the back was plain. At my party, I got everyone to write down there's. We ended up playing a game with them, getting people to guess who's is who. But it is also I really cute little memory to put in a keepsake box and perhaps look at again at the end of the year.


My new year's resolutions are:
1. Eat at least 3 portions of fruit or vegetables every day
I go through faces of healthy eating. I tend to eat 5 a day for a week and then none for a week. This year, my aim is to make it more regular.

2. Go to the gym 3 times a week
Since I started university, in October, I have been doing really well with going to the gym. Since I've been home, I haven't been once. Hopefully I can get back into it!

3. Make more time for reading
I love reading! Usually, since I was little, I've read a book a week. In the summer holidays, I read one nearly every day but university is so busy, I haven't had any time to read novels at all. Every spare minute seems to be taken up with curriculum reading ect. I'm hoping this year will be quieter and allow more time for reading my own books, perhaps with better time management.

4. Cut down on diet coke; maximum of 2 glasses a week
3 years ago, I gave up diet coke for a year and I was so proud of myself. I do have a slight obsession and it's really hard because I only really drink 3 drinks: water, diet coke and apple and blackcurrent juice. So at parties, it tends to be diet coke. I decided this time I would ration myself rather than give up cold turkey.

5.Write my blog more regularly
This was a last minute add on. I love writing a blog. I tend to use it more as a diary to myself more than anything, and I already love looking back at memories of what I did and how I was feeling ect. I do really well in holidays, so similarly to the reading resolution, I hope I can fit this in too. Even if it is a quick paragraph with no pictures at all.

If you remember yesterday's post called 'New Year, New Me?', I talked about SMART goals.

What are your resolutions and goals for 2015?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, New Me?

SMART goals:
Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time
They are meant to make yourself better than the year before.

I think it's is good to have goals but be realistic. Next year you are still going to be the same person; there are only so many things you can change. 
Don't try to be a different person, try to be a better person.