Lifestyle

19 Things All Short Girls Can Relate to.

Standing at an impressive 5″1, I’m hardly what you can call tall. And – don’t get me wrong, I love being on the small side – but it definitely comes with a few things that I’m *sure* my fellow petite ladies will be able to relate to. So hey there fellow short gals, this one if for you…

  1. Your jeans are always at least 2 inches too long. Even when you wear petite.
  2. But cute dresses / shorts / skirts that are bum-bearing on everyone else fit you like a dream.
  3. Speaking of clothes, you struggle to find any decent petite brands that actually do nice stuff.
  4. Reaching things in kitchen cupboards is a mammoth task.
  5. People in the office will purposely put your mug *just* out of reach to watch you struggle.
  6. In fact, you spend most of your time on your tip-toes trying to reach things.
  7. Heels – even small ones – are pretty much the only shoes you’ll put on your feet. Gal’s gotta look a little bit taller than she is, am I right?!
  8. Cuddles with tall boyfriends are the best thing ever. Especially when you fit nicely under their chin. It’s all safe and snug there!
  9. Said tall boyfriend will have used your head as an arm rest on at least one occasion.
  10. When you take photos with all your normal height / tall friends you look *even* smaller than you are.
  11. You can only see the top of your head in bathroom mirrors.
  12. Curling into a ball in bed or on the sofa is hella easy when you have short legs.
  13. But there have been occasions when you’ve sat on a sofa on your feet haven’t touched the floor.
  14. There’s literally no way you can climb into a bar stool and look sexy. You look like you’re scaling Everest.
  15. People like to point out that you’re short. All. The. Time.
  16. You get ID’ed a lot. But that’s defo a plus when you’re mid-twenties!
  17. Chances are, short legs come with small feet. Which means lots of sale bargains!
  18. You’ll have perfected the art of standing on your tip toes in photos to make your legs look longer.
  19. People have told you short gals can’t wear maxi skirts. Which is rubbish. You *can* pull off that maxi!

Short ladies, unite!

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May Goals. 

Hey May, where did YOU spring up from?! April whizzed by in a whirr of birthdays and weddings, and this month ain’t gonna be any less busy. Here are some of my goals for the weeks ahead. 

1. Holiday Planning. After thinking we weren’t going away this year, James surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Dubrovnik. That means I’ve been scouring ASOS for all the holiday clothes. If you’ve got any recommendations for clothes as well as things to do / see / ear in Dubrovnik, hit a gal up!

2. Work Promotion. This week I got a surprise promotion at work which I’m not gonna lie, I’m dead proud of myself for getting! This month, I’ll be taking on loads more at work and I’m excited to get stuck in. Wish me luck!

3. Upping the Gym Game. I’ve got my gym routine down to a fine art but next week I’ve got myself booked in for a PT session. I’m excited to try something new, and get some new exercises added to my regime to help tone up. 

4. Blogging Routine. April was crazy busy and I neglected this lil ole space of mine on the web so this month I wanna get back into a blogging routine. If there’s anything you’d like me to write about, let me know!

What are your plans for this month?


Lifestyle

21 Things I Learned at 26.

This week I turn 27, which I’ve got to be honest is bloody weird. WHEN did that happen please?!

And with my birthday looming, I thought I’d put together a list of a few things I learned over the last 12 months:

  1. If something’s not making you happy, it’s not worth it. Life is too short!
  2. The people who’re always there for you are the ones that matter. 
  3. Coffee is *very* necessary. 
  4. Nights in can be just as fun as nights out. 
  5. Investing in a proper skincare routine isn’t over-rated and is 100% worth it. 
  6. Your friends all start to get engaged and everyone will ask when it’s your turn. Cue lots of eye rolling!
  7. But you’ll have the *best* time helping them plan and enjoying their Big Day. 
  8. It’s not a bad thing to cut toxic people out of your life.
  9. Nothing beats freshly washed bed sheets and clean pyjamas on a Sunday night. 
  10. It’s good to budget and save like an “adult”…
  11. But the ASOS addiction is real. Sorry not sorry. 
  12. Eating right and moving more does wonders for your mental health. 
  13. Carbs however, will ALWAYS be the answer. 
  14. Sometimes you just need a bar of chocolate and a good cry. 
  15. You *can* and *should* say “yes” more and push yourself out of your comfort zone. 
  16. There’s nothing better than putting the world to rights over a bottle or 3 of prosecco with your BFFs. 
  17. You’ll have friends who you can only see once in a while, but it’s like you e never been apart. 
  18. Early nights are underrated. 
  19. As are home cooked meals, perfect cups of tea, and lazy sofa days. 
  20. Some days you feel like a sassy girl boss and other days you want to do nothing. It’s all about balance. 
  21. Life doesn’t always go the way you thought it would, but that’s okay. 
Lifestyle

19 Reasons Why Your Girls Are Your Soulmates.

Forget boys. Carrie Bradshaw really did get it right when she said your girls are your soulmates. Here’s why:

  1. They’ve been there. Through everything.
  2. You have so many crazy stories and inside jokes that make no sense (and can’t be explained) to anyone else.
  3. You have, on at least one occasion, pretended to be their girlfriend so a creep at the bar will leave them alone.
  4. They know what to say and when to say it. Even if you don’t want to hear it, and especially when you don’t want to hear it.
  5. Getting drunk together and crying because you love each other so much is totally normal (and acceptable) after 74911294 cocktails.
  6. You can have intense heart-to-hearts at 1am or 1pm and they always give you the best advice.
  7. It doesn’t matter how often you catch up, it’s like you’ve never been apart.
  8. They get the first text on Valentine’s Day and Christmas morning. Without fail.
  9. They’ve held your hair back after one too many glasses of vino at least once…
  10. …And you’ve gladly returned the favour.
  11. They’ve been there through all the “big” milestones in life.
  12. Your group WhatsApp consists of a) Timehop posts saying “OMG can you believe this was X years ago, b) memes that could have been written for your group, or c) screenshots from Facebook saying “can you believe so-and-so just got engaged / married / had a baby…”
  13. You’re always the first to like their new selfie on Instagram. Gotta give a gal some love!
  14. You have a “side” that you need to stand on when taking pictures and have totally perfected your snaps together.
  15. A quick catch-up over coffee can last all day and you never run out of things to talk about.
  16. Those stories you’ve re-lived a million times never get old and are always funny. 
  17. You can just give them a look and they know exactly what you’re thinking. 
  18. You’ve laughed till you’ve cried and cried till you’ve laughed. 
  19. Sistas before mistas. Duh.
Fitness, Lifestyle

Five Healthy Habits To Include In Your Week.

I’d like to think that I’m *quite* a healthy person.

I work out 5/6 times a week, eat pretty well, drink water and ya know, do all the stuff they tell you to do to stay “healthy”.

That doesn’t mean though, that I’m good all the time.

I find it really hard to say no to chocolate, love going out for food and am a real carb Queen.

For me, it’s all about trying to find a balance. Making small additions to my daily and weekly routines in order to keep as healthy as I can.

If, like me, you’re trying to stay on the wagon without only ever eating kale, here are five healthy habits to include in your week:

1. Move Every Day (Even Just a Bit!)

If like me your job involves a whole lot of sitting around (and then you do a whole lot more sitting around in the evenings!), you’ll probably have noticed how easy it is for those pounds to creep on.

I try and do *some* form of exercise everyday. I actually really enjoy gym classes so for me it’s not that difficult but I know not everyone feels the same.

Whether that’s a gym class in the evening, a walk on my lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the lift…just doing *something* that’s even just a little bit active is a great start.

2. Drink Up!

Is it just me that finds drinking 2 litres of water a day HARD?! I mean, it’s bad enough trying to fit that much water into my stomach, and don’t get me started on how much you need to pee…

Even so, as much of a cliche as it is, drinking more water is a really easy healthy habit to add to your week.

There *are* apps you can use to remind you to drink, but I prefer to keep a huge cup on my desk and make sure I drink at least 2 of those at work plus what I have at home and when working out.

3. Switch Up Your Snacks

Once it gets to 10:30/11am, I’m on the hunt for a snack to fill the void ’till lunch. And while I’d much rather a bar of Dairy Milk over a Nakd bar, it’s a healthy habit I’ve got into.

There’s nothing worse that starving yourself and being miserable so snacks are a must, but there are loads of ways you can switch them up and keep on track to being healthy.

I recently wrote an article for Boohoo.com’s Style Fix where I talked about some of my favourite healthy snacks. Have a peek if you like!

4. Perfect Some Healthy Meals

Confession time: my boyfriend does 90% of the cooking at home. But we’ve got about 8/9 core, healthy meals we rotate between.

It just makes it super easy in the evenings when we’re both tried from work to ha e some quick, easy and healthy meals.

From paella & quesadillas to one-pot casseroles packed with veg, we make sure to eat tasty – but healthy dinners MOST nights.

5. Enjoy Treats!

The biggest healthy habit to include into your weekly routine is enjoying treats. I try to be good 80% of the time and have a treat or cheat meal the other 20%.

As soon as I ban myself from having something, I crave it and am more likely to binge…and then guilt-trip myself.

It’s a cliche, but it’s all about balance!

What healthy habits do you include in your daily and weekly routine?

 

Lifestyle

Let’s Talk: Feeling Overwhelmed.

2017 has been a pretty crazy year for me so far. And it’s only set to get busier.

While I’m really excited for all of the things going on this year, I’ve recently found myself feeling pretty overwhelmed my how full my diary is.

Don’t get me wrong, everything coming up is really exciting and I’m really looking forward to everything. But that hasn’t stopped me from feeling mentally exhausted just looking at my diary.

It’s hard to explain how and why I’m feeling the way I am.

But it’s a sense of “OMG I need an evening or a weekend to sit and do nothing”, yet when I do have a few hours to do just that, I’m anxious not to waste that time and feel like I need to do something.

And with work being busier than ever since taking on more responsibility, I feel like i’m constantly “on”. Like I can’t switch off. And part of me isn’t sure I want to switch off, which I know isn’t the healthiest thing either.

I know that this is a real “first world problem” but I can’t be the only person feeling like this.

It can’t be just me that’s craving a full diary and an empty one at the same that.

That wants to excel at work but also stay at home under the covers for a few days.

That can’t switch off, but feels overwhelmed by pretty much everything.

Maybe it’s my impending 27th birthday that’s sending me a bit crazy. That turning 27 means I’m officially in my late twenties and should be an actual adult now.

I mean, sure I own my own house with my boyfriend of eight-and-a-bit years, have a good job, new car… but I’m not sure I feel that much of an adult sometimes. It feels like I should have achieved more by 27, though what I’m not quite sure.

So to combat this feeling of “I want to do everything and nothing all at once”, I’m going to start making an effort to switch off.

My phone is going away, I’m popping on a face-mask and curling up with a brew and boyfriend-cat cuddles to see if I can finally make this overactive brain of mine chill the eff out – even for a little while.

I guess the point of this post was to a) brain dump and try and feel better / make sense of my own crazy thoughts right now and b) tell you that if you’re feeling the same you’re not alone.

 

Lifestyle

April Goals.

The clocks have changed, the sun is finally shining, and April makes what is set to be the busiest month of 2017.

I’m turning 27, my cousin is getting married, and I don’t have a free day at ALL in the whole of April. It’s a crazy busy but super-exciting time, and while my feet aren’t really touching the ground this month there are some thing’s I’m hoping to tick off my to-do list…

01. As I mentioned, my cousin is getting married at the end of April and I’m one of her bridesmaids. I couldn’t BE more excited for her big day, and this month we have loads of exciting things happening in the run-up. There’s a bridal party spa day,  her second hen night, and plenty of beauty treatments ahead of the wedding. I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle…tissues are very much needed!

Another of my close friends is also going from Miss to Mrs this month and I can’t wait to catch up with her and some of our friends. It’s been far too long so I’m looking forward to dancing, drinking and generally being merry with them!

02. I’m turning 27 this month and to be honest I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, I feel like I’m in a good place – I own my own home, have a new car, amazing boyfriend, great job etc – but can’t help feeling a bit…freaked out I guess, about hitting my late twenties. Should I not be feeling like an adult soon!?

03. In the last few weeks, I’ve really upped my skincare regime and am starting to see the difference. And with getting older too – sob – this is something I want to keep on top of this month. Especially with weddings and all the photos being taken!

I’ve switched up my cleanser, found a new holy grail toner, and am adding twice-weekly face masks – much to the horror of my boyfriend and cat – into my routine. I’ll be sharing what I’ve been doing soon if you’re interested!

04. I’ve felt pretty overwhelmed recently yet unable to switch off at all. When I’m busy, I want to do nothing. When I do nothing, I want to be busy. It’s a losing battle and one thing I want to do this month – where I can – is try and overcome this feeling of having too much to do. It’s great to be so busy, but I need to know when to switch off.

What about you? What are you up to this month?

Beauty, Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

March Monthly Faves.

And here it is! My first ever favourites post! I absolutely love reading what other people have been loving, so thought it was about time I shared a few of the things that have been rocking my world this March.

Some are new additions to my wardrobe / make-up bag / routine and others are “oldies but goodies” that I’ve gone back to or have never really fallen out of love with. So let’s get straight into it!

Midi Skirts: The weather is warming up and I’ve been braving bare legs (and blinding everyone at work with my pasty pins) a few times now. I always thought that being short I couldn’t pull off a midi skirt but recently I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for them. They’re a huge part of my spring wardrobe and I can’t wait to swap ankle boots for cute loafers on the regular.

Metafit: After a few weeks of being ill, I was in need of a serious kick up the backside when it came to getting back on the fitness wagon. I’ve been going to metafit classes and my GOD are they hard. It’s 30 minutes of pure blood, sweat and tears but I’ve been feeling great after. Plus, I’m starting to tone up super-quick after adding these classes into my regime which is a winner.

Pixi Skincare:  I’ve already raved about this in a recent post so won’t repeat myself here but boy oh BOY have I been loving these little beauties. I recently got my hands on the Glow Mud Clenser and Mask and the infamous Glow Tonic and my skin is looking – and feeling – better than ever.

Dublin: At the beginning of March (it feels like a million years ago now!), I headed to Dublin for my cousin’s hen weekend. I’d been planning it for over a year with my fellow Chief Bridesmaid and other cousin and we all had a blast. I’d like to go back to Dublin and spend more time there – and less time trying to drink pints of Guinness like a lad.

My New Car: Last but not least, I’ve got to give a shout-out to the new man in my life, my Vauxhall Adam. I’ve never been a big “car person” but after my old car’s life was cut short prematurely, I bit the bullet and am SO glad I did. I’m so in love with my new spaceship of a car. L.O.V.E!

Lifestyle

32 Things All ’90’s Girls Will Remember.

  1. Saving up your pocket money so you could buy ALL the stick-on earrings from Claire’s Accessories. One for every day of the week? Get. In.
  2. The pain of clip-on earrings. Nothing, and I mean nothing, hurt like those bad boys. Ouch!
  3. Finally being old enough to get your ears pierced for real and being a little bit terrified and excited at the same time.
  4. Feeling grown up af when you tuned into Newsround each night. It was actual news, but in a way you understood. Winner! It wasn’t the same after Lizo left though…
  5. Rushing home from school but then having to wait approx. 1758279235239 years for your mom to get off the phone so you could use the internet and talk to the people you’d be talking to all day at school on MSN.
  6. Spending hours perfecting the dance routines to the Spice Girls / S Club 7 ./ Steps / 5ive. Or, even better, making up your own. You probably forced your family to watch your performances too.
  7. Always being the same Spice Girl / member of Steps during said performances. Baby Spice 4eva ❤
  8. Living for the weekend so you could watch SM:TV with Ant, Dec and Cat.
  9. Forever wishing that you could not only be in C.H.U.M.S (because those three were #friendshipgoals) but also willing Dec and Cat to get together.
  10.  Going to Woolworths to buy the latest Britney Spears album on cassette and making your dad play it in the car way home.
  11. Going to Woolworths, getting pick ‘n’ mix and filling up the bag ’till it was nearly overflowing. Hello, sugar rush.
  12. Woolworths in general. That shop had EVERYTHING and was the one place you didn’t mind being dragged when you went shopping with your parents.
  13. Going shopping at MK One and Tammy Girl and feeling like a sassy 9 year old trying on crop tops with slogans like “Sexy Chick” on…even though you had no idea what it really meant.
  14. Dreaming of the day you’d be grown up enough to finally shop in Jane Norman so you could carry your belongings around in one of their colourful bags like all the cool, older girls did.
  15. Painting your nails in 10 garish colours…and then having to take it all off again for school on Monday.
  16. Wearing all of the butterfly clips in your hair and knowing that you looked cooler than everyone else.
  17. Having a collection of scrunchies that made all the other girls in your class jealous af.
  18. Wearing a headband with your name on, you know, just in case you or anyone you were with forgot your name.
  19. In fact, you probably had a rucksack / pencil case / anything with your name on.
  20. Going on holiday and having a braid put into your hair. It was the highlight of any ’90’s girls summer holiday.
  21. Collecting all of the Beanie Babies and displaying them proudly in your bedroom. You insisted on buying one EVERY WHERE you went too ‘coz you know, some places had ones you couldn’t get anywhere else.
  22. Rocking neon pink jelly shoes all summer.
  23. Using rubbers with YES and NO written on either side to tell if your best friend fancied the boy they sat next to in school.
  24. Learning the routine to the Macarana and Saturday Night and being so excited to show off your smooth moves at the school disco.
  25. Dairylea Lunchables. The lunchbox treat of champions.
  26. Buying gel pens in every single colour and getting far too excited when the scented ones came out.
  27. Looking after your Tamagotchi like it was a real, living thing. That is, before they got banned from school.
  28. Bang on the Door anything!
  29. Pretending that you totally didn’t care about Pokemon but secretly collecting the cards, playing the games and watching the TV show.
  30. Nickelodeon in it’s heyday. Power Puff Girls, Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo…all of the classics!
  31. Those weird gelly alien things that were supposed to have a baby if you put two back-to-back. SPOILER ALERT: They didn’t. In fact, they didn’t do anything.
  32. Having a lava lamp in your bedroom and them taking forever to heat up and actually look any good.

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Why It’s Okay to Feel Lost in Your Twenties.

I first wrote this blog for Boohoo’s StyleFix.

Forget all those teenage hormones flying around, hitting your twenties is when things get hella complicated.

Whether it’s a break-up, finding your dream job or flying the nest for the first time, you might have found yourself desperately searching for the instruction manual – or at the very least a map – to show you how the heck you’re meant to navigate this decade.

But I’m here to tell you – hey, it’s okay to feel lost in your twenties.

Spoiler alert: NONE of us have got our sh*t together. NONE of us know what we’re doing or where we’re going and ALL of us ask “WTF?!” on a daily basis.

When I hit my mid-twenties, I finally understood what Britney meant when she sang “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.” Sure I own my own house, have a good job and do all my own laundry…but I’m in no way a grown up. I still ring Mum to ask her how to get tea stains off the sofa and I still find myself dreaming of what I want to do when I’m a big girl.

And guess what? So do all my other twenty-something friends…

It’s okay to not know what job you want to do forever.

It’s okay to make mistakes (putting a red top in a white wash…happens to the best of us).

It’s okay to Google how to boil an egg.

It’s okay to not really know what you’re doing or where you’re going.

It’s okay to feel like a teenager one minute and an adult the next.
It’s okay to feel like you’re still finding your way in life.

‘Coz you are. Feeling lost is part and parcel of navigating your twenties. ‘Coz if you were never lost, how can you find yourself? And how can you come out the other side a bigger, better, stronger woman?

It’s okay that things don’t go to plan.

It’s okay to ask questions.

Where do you want to live? Work? Who’s the woman you want to be? Why do you suddenly have to make all these decisions? When did you get put in charge? N.B. it doesn’t help that all your relatives tell you they were married with children at “your age”. C’mon guys – those comments only ADD to our confusion.

It’s okay to have a love/hate relationship with social media.

One glance at Twitter or Instagram is enough to leave any lost twenty-something feeling like the only girl her age who doesn’t have her shit together. But, that’s okay. Those girls on Twitter and Instagram? It’s all an act.

Just like your awkward teenage years passed, so do your years spent feeling lost. You’ll come out with some serious sass and amazing stories from those years and they’ll all be worth it. If you don’t feel lost, you can’t find your way.

So don’t sweat if you feel a little lost. We all do.

No road-trip is fun if you follow the map, so rip it up and make up your own path. You’ll enjoy the drive a lot more.