Wednesday, 30 August 2017

What to Do When Your 5 Year Plan Isn't Going to Plan...

Everyone has a 5 year plan, don't they? 5 year, 10 year, however long term or short term you set your goals, we all have an idea of what we want, or think we want our lives to be like in the near future. I remember being at a sleepover with two of my best friends in high school (I must have been 13 or 14), saying how much I can't wait to have a baby and drive a limousine (absolute LOL) when I was 26. Before we get to the serious stuff please can we just discuss how hilarious it is that I genuinely thought my first car would be a limousine!!?!? I was obsessed with wanting a limousine. Thank God that died a death when Vauxhall Corsa's were 'the' car to have when we all got to the age of us actually passing our tests and getting our first car. And for the record, I got a baby blue Peugeot 206, NOT a limo. Secondly, a baby when I'm 26!? I'm 25 now, and I don't even have a boyfriend, so I think that one's gonna have to take a back seat as well.


Class of 2014!
On a serious note though, it's so easy to feel deflated, or like a failure when you compare yourself to how you thought your life would be at that specific moment in time. I thought when I was 25 that I would be on the career ladder doing something that I loved, living with my boyfriend and our baby black pug called Bean, have a hefty savings account and be well on my way to  putting a deposit down on my first property. When in fact my current situation involves being single, living in a house share with people who I have absolutely zero in common with (minus my girl Beth), being unhappy at work, spending all my wages on my nights out, clothes and make-up and zero savings. Oh, and no dog. Which I'm not too upset about, because I can barely look after myself.


When someone asks me where all my money went.
Ok, so now that I've just written that out in black and white it sounds SO DEPRESSING. And no, I'm not trying to convince you to get the tiny violins out, because on the other hand I have a buzzing social life, an amazing circle of friends who I have been best friends with for the last 9 years and counting, an extremely loving family who I'm fortunate enough to support me financially (I say 'support me financially' lightly, when realistically my Mum and Dad help me out with EVERYTHING and they are my absolute rock) and I'm working hard to get to where I want to be career wise. When it comes to buying a place, so many of the girls in my friendship group now have either bought a house with their boyfriend, or are in the process of doing so. I'm still a free bird, I don't know where I want to settle or which city I can see myself living in the future. It's definitely not here, so owning a place is the last thing on my mind!
Even social media can have such a huuuuuuuuge effect on us. Well, especially me. I am not ashamed to say that I am on my phone 24/7. It's so easy to have a 'quick' scroll on Instagram before bed, and 3 hours later you end up on your best friends-sisters-friend from uni's-cousins-collegues-daughter and see that she drives a Range Rover, goes to Dubai 3 times a year, has 9 pairs of Louboutin's and an indoor pool and instantly feel crap about your own life. We ALL do it. But you just need to remember that you don't know anything about their life. It's Instagram, you choose what you want people to see, kind of like an online persona.  They could have worked their arses off all their lives or they could have been bought it by their parents. You. Don't. Know. So don't let it bother you. And definitely don't compare yourself.

When it comes to setting another 5 year plan, that takes me up to 30. THIRTY years old. Oh my days. I was going to say that I won't be setting one, I'm just going to continue working as hard as I am and let fate decide which city/career/relationship I end up settling in, but if I'm still living in a house share in Wakefield, harassing my teacher friends for their student discount codes and blending all my meals because I cba to cook, I will 100% be having serious words/go to rehab/sign up to a sugar daddy website/donate an organ to get on the career ladder/get a sperm donor. Some of the above are lies, some aren't- I'll let you decide on that.

But on a more serious note, when it comes to setting goals and plans, don't compare yourself to others, concentrate on YOU, work hard and everything will start falling into place.

Friday, 25 August 2017

THE WEDDING GUEST EDIT: AUTUMN/WINTER

Everyone assumes that as soon as the weather gets darker and gloomier, and we start to hit autumn/winter, that we have to reflect that in our wardrobe choices too. WRONG. My winter wedding guest edit is the brightest pieces from the new season stock, and why not?! Choose a bold colour, stand out...Overshadow the bride if you want to!

...Just kidding. Please don't un-invite me to your wedding.


wedding guest edit


Navy Jumpsuit     |     Nude Blazer Dress     |     Black Dress

Pink Maxi Dress     |     Burgundy Midi Dress     |     Orange Dress

Sequin Dress    |    Orange Maxi Dress    |    Teal Kimono Dress    |    Striped Dress


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

COSMETIC SURGERY VOLUME 10: MY CHEEK FILLERS

Yes, ANOTHER post about cosmetic surgery! (Or facial aesthetics, if you're a know-it-all, like me.) I don't know whether I should be worried that my surgery posts do a million percent better than all the others (except this one, which I poured my heart into and I am still so overwhelmed by the reaction I got from you all!) but either way, I like getting it, and you like reading it- so it's win win!



I'm going to start by saying I am so sorry about the shockingly bad quality of photos of the actual procedure, you'll find out below that it was kind of an impulse decision so I have just had to screen shot bits from my Snapchat story (Cos you all know I love filming my procedures! There is actually method to the madness with the filming business- if I'm concentrating on looking cute for the camera, it takes my mind off the pain! Sounds dumb AF when I'm typing it out right now but it works ok!)

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't actually planning on getting cheek fillers last time I went to see Amiey for a little top-up on my lips, well, when I say 'little top-up, it's actually the 5th time I've actually been so far this year, whoops! If you follow me on Snapchat/Instagram stories, you will have seen that I went down to London to do a photoshoot for Cosmpolitan magazine last month *SCREAMS INTERNALLY!* No, it wasn't for the cover- which annoyingly my mum thought it was when I text her saying what I was doing in London.
The conversation went something like this:
Me- MUM!!!! I'm on my way to London to shoot for Cosmo!'
My Mum- 'Wow, for the cover?!'

THE COVER....Seriously. No Mum it's probably going to be a 3cm wide snippet of my face on page 184 but thanks for making it sound rubbish now :|

Anyway, it was for a feature they were doing about, you guess it- lip fillers! So Amiey being the absolute babe that she is squeezed me in at 10pm at night! I whizzed up to Manchester and got my usual 1ml in my lips, and then I was feeling a bit adventurous, and Amiey convinced me they would change my life, so I got 1ml in each of my cheeks too.

The actual procedure feels WEIRD. If you've had your lips done before it is nowhere near as painful. It's not even really pain. It's just weird. Amiey started by drawing what looked whiskers on my face, but these were to outline my cheekbones so she knew where to inject the filler. She then numbed the area, and started injecting- the fun part! The weird feeling was that you can actually feel this needle touching your BONE. Actual bone. I thought I was going to be paralysed but each injection lasts not even 5 seconds, and it's only 3 on each side, as opposed to about 93494829 with your lips.



With regards to pain afterwards, absolutely none! I woke up the next morning feeling like I had been chewing a piece of gum for about 10 hours, but I would't really count that as pain.

And with regards to the results, I. AM. OBSESSED. The only thing I'm mad about is not getting them sooner! I am blessed with enormous cheekbones anyway (thanks mum), but they have lifted and completely defined them- so my contour and highlight game has gone from 0-100, no joke! It's so annoying when people are like 'you've had cheek filler? You can't tell!' Erm YEAH you're not supposed to be able to 'tell' Karen, they're supposed to look like I was born with cheekbones chiselled by angels, what do you want them to look like? Two huge gerbil cheeks? EYE ROLL.

Obviously, everything I get done is by Amiey at Faces by AKJ. As well as being a total sweetheart, she is absolutely amazing at what she does and I wouldn't trust my face with anyone else! Loads of my friends are now regulars with her, so tell her I sent you!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Spectrum x Mean Girls Burn Book Collection Launch Party

So last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party of the insaaaane new Mean Girls make-up brush collection by Spectrum Collections. You will have seen the brushes from their previous collections all over Instagram- it's impossible NOT to take photos of the beautiful marble, unicorn, multicolour, mermaid-inspired brushes and bomb shell bags. But this collection is something else!


Inspired by Mean Girls, they have a freaking Burn Book! It's a case for the 10-piece brush set, but also doubles as a bag. Each brush has a quote from Mean Girls, and as it's one of my favourite films and I probably quote it at least once a day, it made me feel so nostalgic! 


Anyway- back to the launch party! Beth and I are obsessed with London, so we made a list of Instagrammable cafes, bars and restaurants we wanted to visit beforehand, and I packed my trusty Olympus PEN in my bag so we could get some fancy shots for Instagram and make a full day of it! Obviously that failed because we didn't realise how far apart they were (schoolboy error) but we DID manage to get to a bar called 'Tonight Josephine' in Waterloo. Everything about it was so beautiful - the cocktails, the neon signs, the Kate Moss quote outside the door- why are there NO places like this in the North?!?! (Reason number 32939482039 I need to move to London.)

Also, I'm gonna apologise for the photo quality of the photos below now, I ended up having so much fun, the PEN stayed firmly in my bag, so these are all iPhone specials- sorry!




After a couple of Love Potion's and Pornstar Martini's, we headed to the Ice Tank, where the event was being held. When we arrived there was ACTUAL PAPARAZZI outside. It was crazy  getting out of the taxi to about 10 men all snapping away. (Even if they probably deleted them all after like who the F are they.) We carried on posing by the Mean Girls wall, and were greeted by Regina George's mom with cocktails- which had tiny burn books made of fondant icing on them! Seriously, the attention to detail was CRAZY. (And of course the dress code was pink- it was a Wednesday after all!)




As well as the COOL MOM, also milling around the room were Janice (..Ian- DYKE.) Kevin Gnapoor, Damien and Coach Carter. There was a treat table with chocolate unicorn bark (which I ate about 82 tonnes of- oops), doughnuts with 'I'm a cool mom!' in icing, and loads of other sweet things which looked (almost) too good to eat! They were made by a company called Sugar Tits, which I've seen on Instagram have created some other incredible looking treats for other amazing events. Can you cater my next birthday party please?


There was a photo booth, A HUGE BURN BOOK which everyone could sign *dies*, lockers showcasing the incredible new Burn Book collection and brushes, Unicorn Tears Gin, Candy Kittens, a nail bar (gutted I had Shellac done a couple of days before so I couldn't take advantage) and blogger babe Zoe London on the decks.



'Put it in the book!'
Oh, and Jess and Dom from Love Island were there! Now I am not one for fan-girling, but everyone knows how obsessed I was with Love Island so of course I got a photo! (Not even sorry.) They are 100% my type on paper. Also in attendance were Lucy Meck, Lucy Watson, Nicola Hughes, Kady McDermott and a couple of beauts from Britain's Next Top Model.


As well as obsessed over every tiny details the Spectrum Sisters had put into making it the event of the year, it was amazing to meet some blogger babes IRL. I met the lovely Leah, Fran, Jordan and CASSIE! It sounds to lame to be like 'I've been talking to this girl online for about a year' (and slightly weird) but I bonded with Cassie over the most un-bloggy thing on Twitter- Taz's Angels! (If you don't know- Google it in your own time cos it's a bit NSFW!) I can't wait to see you again girl! *Girl crush & #FF every day for the rest of eternity*

*Get someone who looks at you the way Claudia looks at Cassie*
Thank you so much Hannah and Sophie (aka the Spectrum Sisters!) for such an incredible night, and congratulations on such a huge collaboration. If I was Prom Queen I would definitely snap my crown up and give you both a piece.


The Mean Girls collaboration will be available on August 30th from the Spectrum website here. The 10 piece brush set with the Burn Book is £79.99, or you can purchase both separately.