Thursday, 13 July 2017

As a 16 year old, I was badly applying fake tan, walking over to my friends house in my socks, drinking tea before spitting it out from laughing too much, avoiding doing any school work, and tie dying all my clothes pink. I made some mistakes as a teenager, as everyone does, so I have written down my advice I have learnt the hard way. 

1. Look after your skin. You know what, you need to moisturise, and sun cream is your friend. Don't trust anyone who tells you baby oil works as sun cream & will help you get a tan. Take it from my friend who ended up in A&E, it ain't pretty. Also sudocrem is great for spots, I'll tell you what isn't great for spots, is sticking pins in them, squeezing them & over scrubbing your face. Get yourself to Lush or The Body Shop and ask them what they recommend. Also spots don't last forever, its just hormones being a bitch. 

2. Drinking cheap white wine through a straw will make you sick. Again, people love to tell you otherwise, cut to 4 hours later when have projectile vomited on your bathroom floor. 

3. No one actually walks in heels AND is comfortable. The two just don't go hand in hand, You will never hear someone say ' God! These heels are a dream! I will wear this every day!' Wear flats babe, you'll thank me later. 

4. Wear your retainer, if you have one. For the love of God, wear your retainer! Stop telling yourself your teeth won't move because they will, then you will cry and remember the time when you're teeth were straight and how you wished you had worn it. I am of course talking from personal experience and now facing a huge dentist bill if I want to fix them (again!)

5. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. You find it boring, don't waste time trying to be cool. Embrace the stuff you love & be yourself, then people will love you for you really are, and you'll have the best time. 

6. Get insurance. Yeah alright a bit of a boring one, but when you, hungover, go to put your phone in your pocket, miss, and it hits the cold hard pavement, you will be fucked

7. Keep a diary. You are going through one of the hardest, yet most hilarious time of your life. Write entires whenever you feel like it, you're older self will be so thankful you did, memories are the best and its so interesting to look back at your point of view from when you were younger. 

8. Body confidence is a tricky one. You may not be totally 100% satisfied with your body (yet!). One of the biggest lessons I learnt, was that I can't change my skeleton. I can't make my legs longer, I can't make myself taller. So instead, find the clothes that suit you best, tell yourself your boobs are great, your legs are fabulous, and that you are beautiful. Stop worrying, you don't know how amazing you look!

9. Cystitis is a bitch, and to be avoided at all costs. Go for a wee straight after having sex. I am telling you now, straight away. I sat in minor injuries, in my work uniform, crying, as a nurse examined my wee and prescribed me antibiotics for a week. 

10. You don't need to have it all figured out. It doesn't matter if you don't have an opinion on everything. Or know what you're going to study at uni, or if you even want to go to uni. Just because everyone else is doing one thing doesn't mean you have to as well. Use your time to learn about yourself, what you enjoy, who you want to be friends with. Experience life, don't let it just happen to you. 

11. Forget about being 'pretty'. I dread to think how many hours and how much money I spent on clothes that didn't suit me, because someone else looked cool in them, or trying to do my hair in a certain way because everyone on instagram was going it in that way. Re define what you think is pretty. Unfollow those accounts which make you feel insecure, buy that jumper because it keeps you warm and wear bright pink lipstick because you love it! Be pretty funny, pretty clever, pretty kind, pretty confident, pretty badass.

12. Be friends with boys. I was amongst a few friendship groups in school, and whilst I had my best friends who were girls, I also had a few best friends who were boys and I learnt so much from them. You know what, they can't be bothered to listen to the gossip, instead they'll play fruit ninja with you or air guitar to blink 182, and give you iced gems to make you feel better. They are just your mate, who won't talk about you behind your back or criticise a dress you wore (not saying all girls are like, neither are all boys, but they make good friends and you can do stupid stuff with them without worrying about being judged)

13. Talcum powder is a great alternative for dry shampoo in emergency situations. 

14. Products & advertising is designed to make you feel insecure and inadequate without them hence getting you to spend money on them. When in reality you don't need it and they put a lot of effort in to making it seem like the best thing ever and you need it in your life. They could make you buy a cat poo if they put over the right music and said the right things. For example, diet tea's (they make you have the shits) fanny deodorant (its self cleaning, who knew?!) its all a big con to make money.

15. Most importantly, have fun & do stupid stuff. There are these great things called anecdotes that you tell your mates in the pub. At the time, it may have been the stupidest thing you've ever done, but it will make a great story later, remember that. Forget about trying to impress people, be young and carefree, because before you know it you will be a 'real' adult and have to pay bills and do boring stuff like go to work. Lastly, nobody actually has 'their shit together' its all just a big lie, we're all just pretending. 

Thankyou for reading, feel free to share this post if you liked it. 

Beth xx


Monday, 10 July 2017

Last week I took so many pictures, and seen as I haven't done a weekly round up post for a while I thought I would put one together for you. 

Sorry I haven't blogged very much, I have been feeling pretty under the weather when I haven't been at work, I keep going back to bed because of headaches, not fun!

I'll start the week on Sunday because that was the day after my tunes in the dunes post.

We spent the day wondering around Eden in the sun. 
My mum's best friend had come with us to stay, so we took the opportunity to show her around Cornwall, and of course it involved a Cornish pasty for lunch.  Forgotten how much I love these!

On Monday, I took my friend to work with me because she had an induction to come and work with us for a bit. To celebrate her getting a job, we went out for coffee and cake at this amazing cafe called Strong Adolfos, if you're ever near Wadebridge you need to go there!

That evening we went to go and see Baby Driver & it was amazing! Probably one of the best films I have ever seen, if you haven't seen it yet you need to! 

It turns out I didn't take any photos on Tuesday but I went for a run in the morning, then we did a HIIT workout, made tuna pasta for lunch & Love Island, I know, I gave in. 

On Wednesday, we headed to St Ives for a spa day, my mum found a 'good deal' and we got super lost and ended up being late for our treatments. It was such a hot day and we spent the day there before heading into the town for some dinner. St Ives is one of my favourite places in Cornwall, even though it's about 2 hours away from me, I wish I could go there more often.

On Thursday, we went to give blood. I had never done it before but signed up a few months ago, I had to wait for ages because my height / weight wasn't right or something. It was a really nice experience and only lasted about 10 minutes and didn't hurt. I was really worried I would have a panic attack but I was fine and I will definitely do it again. 
I didn't want to show you a picture of a needle, so here is some peonies I brought myself afterwards. I love them!

I worked all day on Friday but before I went in, I visited my friend in her coffee shop and she made me a hot chocolate and we tried to fill out all the games in the free newspaper.

The weekend finally arrived and it was so sunny. We started the day going for a run, doing another HIIT workout (they are bloody hard!) eating strawberries & yoghurt and then going to the beach. 
We went to Caerhays beach, which is on the Roseland Peninsula, a really beautiful part of Cornwall. They have a beach cafe, so we had lunch, the food was amazing and they had music playing, it was like being on holiday. 

Then I was back at work on Sunday and I am in pretty much every day this week as we have a sale on, I'll see you on the other side!

How's your week been?

Thankyou for reading, Beth xxx


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tunes in the Dunes is a beach festival held in Cornwall, in Perranporth. After wanting to go for a few years, we booked tickets back in March & the day finally came. Thankfully the sun even shined, considering the night before it rained so much they couldn't even open the main stage. As I took a few photos, I wanted to share them with you here.

We started the day running pretty late, at Kady's, applying our glitter (obviously a festival essential.) I brought 3 little pots of chunky 'festival' glitter off of Amazon, the one I wore was called 'Mermaid Glitter' I think. I applied it using a PaintGlow glitter glue which worked really well. 
My eyelashes are No.116 from Eylure & my lipstick is Seoul Soft Matte Lipcream from NYX. 

The atmosphere was so great, there was loads of food stalls & drinks bars, unfortunately we missed the first act we wanted to see, so we went and got some drinks and found a space in the crowd to watch an acoustic session. 

I went with two of my best friends, Kim & Kady, who I work with. I love them both so much and we had a lovely day, enjoying the sunshine, dancing and singing (badly) along with the bands. 

My outfit -
Sunglasses - H&M
Crop Top - Newlook
Shorts - Primark
Belt - Boohoo
Handbag - Boohoo
Hoodie - Hollister
Shoes - Vans (5 years ago)
Raincoat - Primark

The highlight of the night for me was seeing Billy Ocean, we all sang along to his cheesy songs, and Kim asked me to get on her shoulders, I was so scared and asked to get down immediately afterwards. 

As it got towards the end of the evening, it got really busy, people started packing into the crowd of the main stage before Clean Bandit played. I felt quite claustrophobic and was really worried about having a panic attack, but I was ok! Yay!

Clean Bandit's set was so good, at one point, a stag do turned up next to us, all in an array of fancy dress costumes, so first came Bob The Builder, then a Monk, then a Mexican in a sombrero, followed by an elephant. The things you see at festivals.

I often put off events like this & definitely nights out because of my anxiety, but with really compassionate friends who understand, anxiety didn't ruin my evening, and overall we all had a great time. It went so quickly, wish I could re-do the day all over again. 

Have you guys been to any festivals this year or planning on going to any?

Thankyou for reading,

Lots of love, Beth xxx