Wednesday, 10 May 2017

To Know

We all know people in different ways and the people that know you well enough can often look at something and it'll make them think of you. Like your sense of style, or love of something particular - like wearing boots, lipstick, eating cheese, anything.

I can go out with my friends and they can immediately tell me if something I like, for example a top, would suit me. In fact, they'll probably pick something before I do and show me because they know I'd like it. They know me well. At first I was never sure if that was a good thing because I knew people who would say 'oh that is so you' because they didn't actually like the thing. It was a nicer way for them to say that 'I don't like it but I'm not honest enough to tell you that'. In my head I would be thinking - 'What?! Am I that predictable?! Should I take this as a compliment or be offended?' But now I can tell if they genuinely think that it's nice or are just being nice. I think it comes with time but mostly it comes with not caring much.

What I love is that feeling when I see something and immediately I think of a friend. I love seeing little reminders of people and being able to pick something they'd like. I admit I can't do it for everyone, there are some people I've known my whole life or longer than others and picking a gift for them is so HARD. It takes ages and ages and sometimes when I do finally pick something, I'm still not sure!

What's amazing tho, I mean it's taken me some time to see it in this way, is that feeling of acceptance. Having people who know you well and knowing people who you know well, in a way, means they've accepted you for who you are, including the weird and wonderful. It means you can be comfortable with yourself, your sense of style and have fun!

Have you found this place yet? I know it'll come along soon.

My advice: get to know people. It's quite wonderful.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Turkey 2016 #2

So I actually sat down and wrote a whole post out about Turkey but then decided to scarp it all. Yes, I deleted the whole thing. The thing is, I liked my photos but I wasn't really happy with what I'd written. Therefore I ditched the whole thing and am letting you all see some photos instead. Feel free to have a nose, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Pirate Ships 
The open road
A traditional house 
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Jeep Safari
Dinner Restaurant 
Castle
I like taking photos of roads
Local sellers 
Shoe rack outside mosque 
Manavgat
Minaret of the oldest mosque in Alanya

Straw and sand 
The Hamam - Turkish bath
A sign in the market
Camels

Do you like taking photos? Have you got any you'd like to share? Share them! Any questions? Ask them!

Alanya was truly very beautiful.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rules of (un)Attraction

Good morning! A while back, my friend Steph and I decided to write a post in how to not attract the attention of someone you liked, as in fancied, and I've finally got round to making this post! 

And when I say 'a while back' I mean ...over three year ago!! *deep breath* was that a sigh I heard? A sigh of wonder, anticipation, excitement and eagerness to read on mixed with confusion as to why the post took so long to be written and posted? Who knew a sigh could mean so much ey?! 

Anyway, back to the post....

We asked a bunch of people - seeing as we were then of the few 'young girls' (their words, not ours) that were single - how to score a good man/woman. Instead we were presented with a whole host of ways that were not suitable at all!! Done right I'm sure they could gain attention but we never managed to, each time we did something went wrong!

So, after being given some very useful advice (thanks all) on how to unsuccessfully attract peeps, Steph and I think it's appropriate to share our knowledge and findings with you all. Here goes!

p.s. We tested all this stuff and well..... hahahah :)


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  1. Wide Eyes: If you have sweet puppy dog eyes that sparkle, the wide eyed look might work. For us, it, ahem, looked like we were on drugs...
  2. Show that Shoulder: Unless the garment you are wearing is supposed to show your shoulder, it looks odd and can suggest you aren't too good at getting dressed properly. Done right, however, this could work! 
  3. Flex those Muscles: When we tested this, it, unfortunately, didn't quite work because apparently my bingo wings just weren't attractive enough to attract attention - the right type of attention. For us it looked odd but fear not, effort is being made to turn those bingo wings into attractive, attention seeking arms!
  4. Flutter those Eyelids...but when I did this it just looked like I have something stuck in my eye and needed medical attention...ooopsie.
  5. Buy some new Tights: The last and most shocking piece of advice that was given was, by far the most funny and gruesome one. Around that time, I was sent this article about these amazing stockings that could avert attention...take a look and you can see for yourself. Anyway, they unfortunately didn't help us to attract attention that we wanted. Epic Fail.
Update: Since then, our relationship statues have changed but I can assure you none of these tips really helped - not when we purposefully carried them out anyway.

The best piece of advice I CAN give you is this: be yourself. You can never go wrong with being yourself.

Have you tried any of the above things? Did they work for you???

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photo credit: Lihoman... Hidden Cat Surprised via photopin (license)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The First Time

Throughout my childhood, my mum regularly reminded me that 'there's a first time for everything'. This is something that I was told regularly but I only really started paying attention to in my late teens. Like the first time you go swimming or eat an aubergine. The first time you rode your bike without help, the first time you jumped into the pool. The first time you got your own house key, your first phone. Getting a phone was a big deal back in those days, not everyone had one there was quite a big hoo-ha about if/when we should have one.


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I remember my first phone was my mums old phone but having one wasn't all that useful anyway - I'm hopeless at replying to text messages so I'd have met people before I actually replied to them. It was a Sony Ericson phone and so seeing a Sony phone always reminds me of my first phone. Just like the smell of lavender washing powder reminds me of  the Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz.  When I read these books, there was a box of washing powder about. Now it always makes me think of the books.

When I see Marmite, I think of the first time I tasted it properly. My friend gave me a bit of her toast and then, when I ate it, I pulled a face - not on purpose. The face I made was described to me as being similar to when a baby has lemon or ice cream for the fist time. Obviously I didn't see the face I made but I did see my friends reaction to my face and she found it hilarious. She still talks about it now! So every time I see Marmite I think about the hysterical look on her face. She really did find it funny!

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My favourite memory of a first time now is the first time my other half saw me do the cold bed dance  - his face was a cross between horrified and amused. He couldn't quite figure out if he should laugh or be concerned. You know that moment where you try to be serious but you can't help but laugh - that was him. It was so funny! Luckily, once I explained my reasoning he understood but I'm pretty sure he still thinks I'm crazy.  Please someone tell me that they know what the cold bed dance is and I'm not the only one!

What I find amazing is how we can have memories and feelings attached to things. These things help us to reminisce recall those moments. Sometimes these can be first times too! Something so simple like a smell, a thought, can put a smile on your face. So go out and have more first times. Make memories. Experience things because then you have the actual experience at the time and then memories to keep forever. Live in the moment and be happy.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Update 03.17

Hey there!

How are you all? It's been a while since my last blog post and, despite having draft posts sitting in my folder, I haven't felt like actually completing any of them. How weird! Has that ever happened to you? Please tell me I'm not the only one?! It's like I have material but I'm not feeling that particular material right now.

So instead of blogging for the sake of it - which is what it would have felt like had I published posts in the last few weeks - I decided to take a proper break and start fresh...again. Now I can blog about the things I did on my 'break' (It really was quite an exciting break!).

How have you all been? Have you guys been ok over the past few weeks? Anything happened?

Oooh, drop your blog links below so I can have a read please. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Much Love,
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Turkey 2016 #1

Here are a few photos from my recent trip to Alanya, Turkey.

The view
Sleeping so close to the beach was awesome - and having breakfast with that view was even better. I don't think there's anything that can beat it really if that's the kind of holiday you are after. It was lovely and warm and the temperature of the water was perfect too!

Our back garden  
Here's a shot of the beach - the garden of our hotel was the beach and so we didn't actually have to go anywhere to get to the beach, just walk outside...

The moon and beach in the night... So beautiful and insanely fierce at the same time! I tried to take a photo but my camera skills are somewhat terrible in the night, and the photo doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.
Night Time
We went to the beach in the night a few times and each time we got closer and closer to the sea. The first time we went we stood on the steps to the beach and went no further. The waves were so fierce and it's all so different in comparison to the day time. During the day the sea was inviting and warm but come nightfall and it was harsh and loud, the waves stronger and fiercer than I've seen before. Each day we crept closer and closer, taking in its beauty. It really was beautiful.

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