Monday, 27 July 2015

How to deal with... FOMO!!

FOMO, otherwise known as the fear of missing out has become very commonplace in my generation. Probably, because at my age you know that you are soon to be an adult and do not want to miss any opportunity whereby you can be youthful for a few hours. I believe a lot of it has to do with the fact that we now have technology, whereby we can receive Snapchats or look at peoples' instagram posts whereby our friends may be together having a great time, whilst we lay on our bed, staring at our ceiling and wondering what we should do with ourselves.
Recently, there have been times when I have felt a slight disconnectedness from my friends in which I only really blame myself for in the form of regret. Friends go on trips to London and go to concerts, and obviously have gotten so fed up with me saying that I didn't want to go that I no longer get invited. The thing is, I have grown up now, and even if going on a train to a big city, with lots of people, and an underground system that too me seems like a labyrinth of colourful lines, gives me a nervous uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'm fine, I've grown up; I can deal with it.
But, this regret, this disconnectedness, is nothing more then me feeling like I am missing out, missing out on a great memory and experience. However, there are ways that you can suppress those feelings of FOMO, to make you become a better and more approachable person, because the worst thing about FOMO is that it is unattractive, makes you seem jealous and uninterested in what your friends or family may have been up to. So... here are my tips:
  1. Be nice to your friends and interested in what they are up to, if you show your interest maybe you will get invited next time, and if that is too hard for you to seem happy for your friends because you are not with them, switch off. Turn any social media off that may be making you feel jealous and find something else to do with your time other then thinking about it.
  2. Have me time, it is possible to have fun in your own company. Go for a hike along a local footpath, or sit in a coffee shop with a magazine and ingest the peace. Sometimes that is all you need to learn that every so often, spending time alone is okay, and rather tranquil.
  3. Indulge in your favourite hobby, everyone has a hobby that they sometimes find little time to indulge in, but if you have time to worry about what someone else is doing, you certainly have time to be doing something for yourself. Whether it is pottery painting, baking or just reading, spend a few hours nourishing that interest. You will feel so much better after, I promise.
  4. If you are struggling to find a hobby that interests you, find something new to do. There are plenty of things to do and places to see that you haven't done or seen before. Whether it is just watching a new TV series or learning latte art, you may find a something that you love to do, don't give up.
  5. If all else fails, talk to someone; tell your friends that you feel a certain disconnection to them, and that you feel as though you are missing out. Someone will understand, and more then likely have felt this way also. Just talking about that topic may give you some closure on why you have been missed out of group events, or may even just let your friends know that you would like to be involved next time, because even the bestest of friends may have not realised that you wanted some involvement.
I hope this helps you.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Words

Words, there are many of them, in fact there are about one million words in the English vocabulary, around 829,000 of which are in the Oxford Dictionary. I don't know all of them. Much like you will not know all of them either. However, there also words cropping up that aren't in the English dictionary, made up words, slang, lingo.
We are all made up of words, non-scientifically of course, because really we are made up of chemicals and particles. But it's strange how just one word can either really mean something to somebody, or sometimes really hurt somebody.
We as humans get labelled, labelled a lot. British schools aren't renowned for having cliques, and words like jocks and geeks floating around, describing other groups of people. However, cliques exist everywhere, some of which do not even make sense.
The other day whilst scrolling through my instagram I noticed a post that made me confused. It was a selfie (which is another trendy word) of a young girl, whom I assumed was the owner of said instagram account. It was captioned "I have decided not to be a pastel anymore". From my knowledge, pastel is a form of colour, such as light pink, sky blue and lilac. However, people are starting to use the word "pastel" as an adjective to describe themselves. How can a person be "A colour having a soft, subdued shade"? It doesn't make sense, but it seems to me adjectives used on the internet to describe oneself or another do not even have to make sense anymore.
As I said, everyone is labelled. Everyone is labelled both positively and negatively. Everyone is judged. Nobody can be who they want without being judged anymore. I used to find myself stuck as to knowing who I am. Was I girly? Was I sporty? Was I adventurous? But that's when I realised that I simply didn't care. If I am happy why does it matter who I am?
Sometimes, I feel as though these people who are "pastels" simply can't be enjoying life or being who they want to be. Sure, I could be judging. But, no one is the same. We don't all need to buy the cutest bath bomb from Lush or body scrub from Soap&Glory to fit in. We should buy things and even do things that make us happy, forgetting the fact that maybe there is a specific word that could label us, and that we might not be conforming to that by buying or doing something different to that expectation.
What gets me even more thoughtful by the prospect of words being who we are, is that we use such words to describe ourselves. We call ourselves "lazy", "perfectionists" or even "pastels". But why?
I am Emily, there is no one person with the same interests or life that I live to my knowledge, but I am happy. That is how everyone should be. We shouldn't be influenced by the media to be someone we are not.
Just be you. Be the person you want to be, not what anyone else says you have to be.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Summer Holidays!

Hello Everybody!
Finally, after a very long and challenging school year it is the summer holidays. I don't like making promises, as I seem to be terrible at keeping them. But, I sincerely hope that I can get this blog up and running again over the summer.
This year has been a very busy and slightly overwhelming one, and I think by the end of 2014 I stretched myself a little too far with this blog, which, if I'm honest, made me fall out of love with it. But, with a fresh, clean design, and a slightly more relaxed mind I am hoping that my blog can go back to how it was this time last year. I also hope that you can all forgive me for my shambles of a 2015.
I don't really have many plans for this summer, but I think that my content will be much more lifestyle based than it used to be. I may also throw in a few outfit posts here and there as I have really got into fashion recently, however beauty is something that I have a lot less interest in then I did before. Probably because makeup tends to make my face feel gross in the summer.
I should probably talk about my school year, I think most would say they hated their time in year 12, but if I said that I would be lying. Sure, it has been tiring, hard and sometimes a little lonely because there is little time to socialize, but some of the things I have done have been the best moments of my life.
In September I was voted Managing Director for a Young Enterprise company, this week we disbanded. I was sad to say goodbye to a group of people who are self-motivated and incredible. Don't get me wrong some of the group were very challenging to work with, but we were not only a company but a team, and had a very successful and brilliant year.
In January I was elected Head Student, this experience again has bought me many amazing opportunities, and working with the other head student team has been the best, and I look forward to working with them again next year.
The work of course has also been difficult, but with a lot of perseverance I have made it through the year. I hope that I have put enough work in to achieve good grades, because I know A2 will also be tough, but to get into a good uni will be incredible and totally worth the hard work that has been and will be put in.
Speak soon!
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Choccywoccydoodah Secret Rooms

Hello Everybody,
Today I thought I would do a post about something a little different, and that is about Choccywoccydoodah's Secret Room. I specifically went to the one down Carnaby Street (it was a little tricky to find, but none the less we still made it) however, I am aware that more recently a secret room has been opened near there original store in Brighton.
Anyway, I thought I would share my experience on the place with you, as it could give you a slightly more unique idea of what to do when you plan your next trip into London.
When I walked into the secret room, which from the outside, I kid you not,  looked like a cupboard or a stock room, I was in awe. How could anybody be so clever as to be able to turn what was most probably a manky old space into something so beautiful?
There were climbers running up the wall and intertwining on the ceiling. Flowers blooming from every corner of the stunning space. A water feature- with no water- that seemed to fill the room with quirkiness. Chairs in different shapes and sizes, that before I would have never thought would work together, and swings hanging from twines of leaves.
Best of all, was the grand table, which was filled with sweet goodies, and the most delicate looking mis-matched cups and saucers my eyes ever did see. The teapot was enormous, and covered with a pretty Cath Kidson-esque, design, it was so beautiful that if it was little bit smaller I probably would have tried to snoop it home in my handbag.
I sat down and started tasting the samples of the cakes and chocolate and the sweets and biscuits, when the host asked us what would like to drink -followed by the statement of "You can have as much as you like". I ordered a fresh strawberry milkshake, and it was heavenly. However, never had I thought in my life that it was possible to become full within 15 minutes of a 2 hour sitting; I blame my small stomach for that.

It was overwhelming, just smelling the chocolate. So whilst I let my nose get used to the smell that may well have been putting me into some slightly delirious trance, I snooped around the room. Admiring the flowers and trinkets that were that were ever so cleverly placed. I very quickly fell in love with a life size ornament of an flamingo, which I am sure I will be finding a replica of to place in my room at some point in the future.
There was also a secret door behind where I was sitting which revealed a grass covered wall, with a large key hole shape sitting in the middle. When I looked "Through ta key'ole" I saw the most fascinating adornment staring up at me; it was a rabbit with antlers. The host of the secret room later explained to me that it was the mascot of Choocywoccydoodah, but I was just so astonished by the creativity of the idea. As well as that, there were grand old mirrors, stylishly placed as to make the room seem bigger then it already was, and cute little garden tables, placed around the room.


Later, after cleansing my palette on a number of different flavoured lemonades, more ice-cream and cake came out. And the winner of the day, the banana split. Even if you do not want to spend £250 with 10 of your friends (between you) to spend 2 hours over-indulging on the sweet deliciousness of Choccywoccydoodah, at least book a table at the cafĂ© and try one of their banana splits, because it tastes absolutely divine. I wish I could eat a Choccywoccydoodah banana split everyday, and I am sure when I go for my trip in the summer to Brighton I will be having it again, and if I decide to go to the University of Sussex next year (albeit I make the grades) my pocket my be feeling a little bit light.
However, if you are planning on having a girly day out with your friends sometime in the future I highly recommend booking a secret room, it is £250 for a maximum of 10 people and an extra £25 for anyone extra, thus I believe it is definitely worth the £25 each in which it costs. Just be sure to go with an empty stomach, and don't over do it if you have to travel far back home.
Also, you will get given little boxes to cram any leftovers into and take home with you. I didn't do this because after the amount of food I had consumed I didn't think it would be possible for me to ever be hungry again -big mistake- do not turn down the box!
I hope this helped you decide whether you want to use Choccywoccydoodah's secret room, whether it is for a special occasion or just a fun day out, and do let me know whether you have used this service before.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Friday, 22 May 2015

Mermaid Hair// Bleach Ldn. Washed Up Mermaid. Hair Crayon.

Hello Everybody,
The other day whilst prowling the shelves of boots I found myself looking down the hair aisle, which doesn't often happen because I've usually already filled my basket with tonnes of makeup products and can't bring myself to splurge on anything else. However, I noticed that Bleach London was stocked in this particular Boots and was very excited. I mean, if you had the opportunity of trying out mermaid hair for the day you would, right?
I decided to try out the Washed Up Mermaid Hair Crayon, as it was only £4 and I had enough points on my advantage card to get it without paying anything "GO BOOTS!". Also, I knew that it would only be something I could wash out which I wanted in case it made my hair look gross and mouldy.
The product is actually really good and the colour does really suit me, however you do need quite a bit to cover even the tips of your hair if you have a lot of hair like mine. The product itself however, is suited for bleached hair, which I cannot bring myself to do as I am still growing my hair, thus the product would probably come out better if my hair was bleached.
The product is non-permanent and can stay in your hair for 1-3 hair washes, but to be honest with my hair it just fades out throughout the day anyway. Although, I wasn't expecting too different considering the instructions even say "Apply to bleached hair".
The application is super easy. All you have to do is draw on the colour onto dry hair into your desired place, and then rub off any excess that might be on your hair. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after though otherwise you will make everything you come into contact with blue. I also highly recommend doing this with an old t-shirt on or a towel around your neck, as it can stain clothes. Oh, and one more thing, if it rains, take an umbrella, it runs.
I should also mention something that I didn't notice about the product. At the bottom of the box is a jumbo pencil sharpener, so you can sharpen the product. I didn't see this to start with, and was a bit of an idiot and tried to sharpen it with a knife and made a bit of a mess.
Overall, the product is really good if you want to only have the ends of your hair or stands of your hair coloured for special occasions. I would say that it would be a particularly great product for going to a festival. I personally would like to try something a little more long-lasting so I think I will be giving Bleach London's actual hair dye a go this summer.
I hope you enjoyed this little review and you can purchase the product here for only £4.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

We're Two!!

It feels weird saying it, especially when I haven't been a particularly great blogger over the past few months. Managing my time so I can maintain and half-decent blog, job, hobbies and a-levels certainly hasn't been a walk in the park and unforunately it has meant that my blog has taken a bit of a back burner since November time. I have tried to be a good blogger, but I stopped planning, my posts became more random... mostly because I didn't want them to be forced, but maybe my relaxed approach was taken a little too far. Before I start with all of the celebrations of my blog turning two (it was actually yesterday but it has taken me until today to think of what to write) I want to make a promise to you all, a promise that I haven't given up on this blog, a promise to say that I will make more of an effort. Whether that means blogging only once a week, maybe even less, I will still be here. And once my AS exams are over I hope to have more time.
This year I felt as though I was in need of more challenge, a bit like when I first started this blog. Starting to blog was scary for me because it was to show a side of me that many people didn't know: slightly girly and also a little bit random, but I like that, and now, I am glad I have shared that part of my personality. But on the other side of this screen is also a normal 17 year old girl who likes adventure, a girl who likes to take on new challenges.
This year has consisted of a lot, in August I blogged every single day, and much to of my astonishment now, I succeeded. I tried again in December, however that was a bit more of a fail, but that was because at the same time as taking on that challenge I was doing many other things. Firstly, I had just picked up my first part-time job, thus had started to lose some of my spare hours in the day. I actually thoroughly enjoy my job, because the people I work with are great and also I get a little more money then I used to, it does nonetheless mean that I don't have as many free hours throughout the week. I also turned 17 and started to learn to drive, which takes up a few more hours in my week.
Not only that, but I was  also continuing with my normal weekly hobbies, Explorer scouts, helping Cub Scouts and playing Hockey, I also became managing director of one of my schools Young Enterprise companies, and started to do the Silver Duke of Edinburgh. To top all of that off I have more recently been appointed one of the school's Head Students.
I wouldn't necessarily say I took on too much either, yes, there have been points that I have felt tired, and that is one of the reasons my blog has taken a bit of a back seat, and my body may have said otherwise as I picked up an overuse injury in my iliotibial band. I would say that I have been learning that it is better to do things now rather then never. Once upon a time I was scared, I was that girl who hated change, that girl who sat in the classroom quietly hoping the teacher didn't chose her to speak, and also that girl that would rather stay inside on her own rather then go out and have a little bit of fun. I have even signed up for a ski trip and I have never been more excited about something in my life, as well as deciding that I do actually want to go to uni.
Yet, I also want my blog to grow, I want to be able to write more for you. I have been blogging for over two years now and I hope that I can continue to keep this going. I would like to bring more lifestyle posts to you... I have one in my mind for you all already. As well as advice posts, and my fashion posts, as that is something I have really gotten into this year.
I hope that you can stick around with me, and persevere which I start to get back into bringing content to this little space on the internet. Although, while you wait for that to happen you can also follow me on twitter and instagram both of which I regularly update with my life happenings.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Random facts about me!

It feels like an eternity has passed since I last spoke to you all. It also feels like an eternity ago since I told you some facts about me. However, this afternoon, I sat here and started thinking about how well people really know me. To be honest, I'm not even sure people that close to me know me that well. I'm a bit of a closed book you see, almost a bit of a conundrum for others. I puzzle people, confuse them.
I like a lot of things, I have a lot of hobbies, I do a lot of stuff - as you may call it. I actually think I am quite an interesting person, but I also have this weird fear of boring people, of being that monotonous person who shares a lot about their own life, but has a lack of interest and enthusiasm for another individual. But, this is my space on the internet, albeit small, I feel like every person who reads this minuscule part of the internet must have some interest in who I am... nonetheless, is probably thinking, "Shut up with this tedious ramble and get on with telling me stuff about you!"

1. I have this bizarre fear of biting into peppercorns. I actually like peppercorns, but the taste that comes out of them if you bite into them is revolting.
2. I spend about an hour a day window shopping online, and creating outfits in my mind, even if I have no intention on buying them.
3. I am a girl of routine by nature, if things seem out of place, I don't like it.
4. I love thinking of gift ideas for people, even though I find I put a lot of pressure on myself to get the gift right.
5. I have a really weak bladder and I will not survive a laughing fit without having to run to the toilet.
6. I do AS Applied Buisness, Finance, Economics and Food Technology.
7. I have a twin brother, and I can assure you telepathy most definitely doesn't exist.
8. I tried sushi for the first time ever this month, and if was out of this world!
9. I think I'm a bit superstitious... I always make a wish at 11:11, I will never walk over three drains in a row, and I get really excited when there is an eyelash on my cheek and I can make a wish!
10. I am a little bit of an adventurous person, yet I am also a massive whimp, so even if I seem to be doing something a little bit crazy, I am most likely to be pooing myself.
11. I am going skiing for the first time in February.
12. I want to study Business Management at University.
13. I have really epic dreams. Once I had a dream about being a stunt pilot and another time I had a dream about being a penguin trainer.
14. I have a love/hate relationship with the vending machine in the sixth form common room.
15. I like going on random outings, that have no meaning or occasion. For example, I went to Pizza Express the other night with a couple of my friends and we just had a lovely chilled time.
16. I do a rather nifty David Attonborough impression, however it only gets performed on special occasions.

I think that is enough facts for now, otherwise this post may become a bit overwhelming for both you and I *we don't wanna be like them*. Also, 16 is a factor of four, and I'm sure you all know by now that I like factors of four.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x