5 facts about me

I thought this week I would share with you some useless yet hopefully interesting facts about me, if you want to share some things about you with me, then feel free to!

  1. I’m a bad sleeper:
    I move around a lot in my sleep, and on more than one occasion I have woken myself up by turning and violently headbutting the wall.
  2. Spelling:
    I’m generally a good speller, for some reason however, there are certain basic words that I can never spell right the first time, such as peice or piece, legnth or length, occasion or occassion (the keen eyed amongst you will notice how I have used that word above, and you will have presumed correctly that I did Google the spelling)
  3. Swimming:
    At this moment in time I cannot swim, and in fact am terrified of swimming, I get so worried when I see people going underwater. However, I actually used to be able to swim. As a young child I had swimming lessons with my primary school, however somehow forgot how to do it. Even now I have too little confidence to learn.
  4. Book worm:
    I am obsessed with books and writing, and very often imagine what my future bookshelf will look like. For example, I am going to have a shelf specifically for alphabetised and chronological comedy DVDS, and one for my favourite childhood books.
  5. Flat feet:
    I have pretty flat feet, so when I wear shoes, no matter how small the heel is, the height of the heel is added onto my height, meaning I look taller than I am. When my friends and I measured our heights recently (what an evening I hear you cry) they were all surprised at my “real height” when I took off my shoes.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This isn’t my usual style of blog post, but I have to admit, Mother’s Day is one of my favourite “holidays.” I feel like mums are just really easy to buy for. However if you don’t find it that easy then hopefully this will give you some ideas for this Sunday (unless you don’t live in the UK, in which case this may be pointless)

  • Flowers: This sounds very cliche, but mums do love flowers. Whether it’s a bunch of roses or a potted plant, you can’t really go too far wrong (unless your mum has hayfever problems, maybe avoid the flowers…)
  • Hands and feet: before you raise your eyebrows, I mean creams. Mum’s, for some reason, love to have soft hands and feet. I recommend L’Occitane and Lush as they have a good range of scents and prices,  as well as the perks of a “designer brand name.”
  • Shower gels: On the subject of bodies (this sounds weird), in general, shower products and moisturisers are a go-to present for women. As annoying as some people find it, I adore getting these products, I own enough products to start my own Boots.
  • Baking: I love baking, and for most occasions I’ll bake something. I did the dessert for Christmas day, I made my dads birthday cake (which, amazingly, he loved so much it was requested to be the Christmas day pudding,) and I make my mum something on Mother’s Day. This year is no exception. I’m planning on making salted caramel florentines for her. But whatever your mum enjoys, you should make for her.
  • Cream tea: on the topic of food, if you have a bit more money to spend, why not treat your mum to an afternoon tea somewhere, maybe in a rural village you’ve never been to before, as if it’s a road-trip. Who doesn’t like cream tea?!
  • Shopping: of course, if you have the money, and your mum needs a new handbag/has a favourite wine she hasn’t had for ages/likes posh necklaces, you could always treat her to a shopping spree.

Body Size

I went skinny jeans shopping today. Which was an error. It took me over 2 hours to find a pair of jeans that fit in the waist (which by the way, is more like the stomach otherwise I’d look like I’d shat myself), the leg (too baggy or unable to be removed) and the length (I’m short so anything over 30inches and they end up like shoes.) In the end I resorted to the childrens section where there were jeans for 16 year olds that fit me… make of that what you will.

But my hatred towards shopping for jeans isn’t what this post is about is body size and confidence. I’m sure we all have our own things that when it comes to what we do and we don’t like. But there was a common theme in the womens changing rooms. In the two hours (TWO) I was in there I heard numerous comments relating to womens sizes. Particulary to do with “fat.” One comment that stuck with me was:

“I need something to hide my wobbley bits”

Two words there we need to focus on. Need and hide. Why do we live in a society where people feel ashamed about themselves, to the extent where they feel so judged by other people they need to hide certain parts of themselves in order to fit in. The word need is so strong, it’s like she has no alternatives, no say at all in the matter. She has to cover up or face consequences. It should be up to her what clothes she wants to wear, not needs to wear. Or maybe the pressure is coming from herself, and the feeling of embarrassment.  It makes me so sad that so many of us feel self-conscious. Including myself. I think there needs to be a change in how bodies are perceived. I don’t know how because I haven’t got to that stage of feeling confident, but there must be a way for every body to have love and respect for their own bodies, as well as other peoples. You only get one body, one brain and one life so you might as well love it as much as you can.

Top 5 Songs of the Moment

Hi-de-hi people! Today I’m doing another song recommendations post, as I’ve recently changed up my shower playlist and felt as though it was only fair to share these songs with you. Now they can be your shower playlist too:

This is probably a lot of peoples recent additions to their playlist because, well, it’s a new release. Lorde is back people. She is back. And her new song Green Light is a banger. This song kind of reminds me of a cross betwen Sia and Lana Del Ray- obviously this is no bad thing.

Next up is a Bowie song, which will come as no surprise to any of you, but I’ve recently rediscovered Rebel Rebel and it’s safe to say I am pretty obsessed. The version below is a live version, but it’s just as good, if not better than the recorded version. You can hear the energy from the audience, it’s so incredibly powerful. I really wish I could have seen Bowie live, it looks so good. I miss him.

The next song is a little different, but still amazing. You can blame Greg James for getting me into Louis Berry. She Wants Me has such a retro rock and roll feel to it. It is so different to all the other music out there today. If you don’t start dancing to this song, I don’t understand you.

You’ll probably recognise this song from that phone advert from the brand that rhymes with Woogle. It look me so long to find it, but I am so glad I finally have. I absolutely adore it. Pianos and brass and wonderful vocals. Perfect. There is also a UK version which has a different video but is basically the same, so if you want to check it out I highly recommend it.

And finally, thanks to Lets Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, I haven’t had this song out of my head. I loved it growing up, but hadn’t heard it for so long. So thanks to Comic Relief, my love was re-ignited. How can people not like Diana Ross, Chained Reaction? It’s so upbeat, it has those knock on wood vibes (the song, not the action- obviously…)