I’ve been sort of thinking about how different girls these days, teenage girls in particular, are to girls back in my day (I don’t think I’ve ever felt as old as I do now saying ‘my day’) Anyway… I tweeted the other day that school would have been so different if we had had whatsapp groups to talk to your friends when you’re not in lessons, Facebook for events instead of having to rely on the ‘house party host’ getting in touch with the 30 people in your friendship group and Instagramming the sandwiches your mum made you, or the crusty bit of pizza you got from the school canteen. *Dreamy*

There’s no denying that social media has had a massive impact on our lives in the last few years, but what if these sites were around during our vulnerable, hormonal teenage days? Would we know more about fashion, beauty and skincare because we are so used to watching tutorials, splashing the cash on urban decay palettes, and asking for the latest Liz Earle cleanser for Christmas, instead of y’know jungle pants and a mesh top? (No, just me?)

Or would we be expected to take part in the ‘Kylie Jenner Did She/Didn’t She Get Lip Injections’ revolution and weigh 8 stone and wear high waisted Topshop jeans and a crop top in the style as your best friend? And would we be so used to wearing boots and heels and going out dresses on the weekend, that when we eventually reach the bold age of 18 when we can *legally* drink, we’ve already mastered the ‘I woke up like this and rolled into a bodycon dress and sort of did my hair, and spent ages contouring my face and giving my teenage bone structure a good highlighting’ look?

Track back to when I was 14. I was in a dysfunctional relationship where I thought it was fine for my boyfriend to cheat on me, I had dyed blondey/browny/pink hair extensiony hair, drank straight vodka, and didn’t have the faintest idea of fashion or beauty. I don’t even think a contouring palette existed, but if it did, I was none the wiser.

And nowadays teenagers literally look as though they’ve walked straight out of a glossy magazine… actually, magazines are dying out… Maybe more of that they’ve come straight off a runway? Or have their very own makeup artists with them 24/7? I don’t even know how they know to look so damn good, all the damn time.

It’s like when the girl Tyga was texting became an internet sensation because she was 14, and looked like she did. Ok so she might be a model in real life, but still, 14? Even telling people she was 17 was a bit of a stretch, but either way she was absolutely stunning… that bone structure!! I would have killed for that at her age. Maybe she just knows how to edit photos real good?

It’s not surprising that girls of that age are putting way more effort into what they look like vs. what we did at that age. Look at who they have to idolise – the Jenner sisters, Elle Fanning, Gigi Hadid, ok she’s not a teenager but you catch my drift. (Oh on checking, Kendal Jenner is also 20. My bad…) when we grew up in the time where trash TV was just starting, Mean Girls was the film of choice (who am I kidding though, it still is) the Hilton sisters were all over the internet, Bring it On made us want to take up cheerleading and Britney Spears was having her famous 2007 year.

It’s almost a shame that teenagers these days are so old for their age that they’ll never experience clip in extensions, or sitting in parks drinking underage, or Von Dutch caps or fake tan mishaps or taking selfies on your webcam or band t-shirts and posters all over their rooms. But hey, they have snapchat whilst they’re learning. Whose the real winner?

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It’s coming up to three years since I finished university and my life is completely different now.

No more are the lazy days or casual 3-hour lunches, looking ‘busy’ in the library or midday cocktails… The more I think about it, the more I miss the student life too.

1. Time passes quickly, really quickly, and no one warns you…

2. You will always look tired no matter how much makeup you are wearing or how much sleep you’ve had.

3. You will still eat shit.

4. You will have no time to do anything

5. TGIF becomes the real deal

6. Emailing your friends becomes the norm

7. Going to bed before 10 is acceptable

8. Staying in is more appealing than going out

9. Budgeting becomes a reality 🙁

10. Yet, you will always have no money

11. But always enough to shop 🙂

However;

12. You will have no time to shop

13. Weekday drinking will be a distant memory

14. But, so will weekday hangovers 🙂

15. Sunday is reserved for doing nothing and eating roasts

16. Saturday is reserved for running errands – proper grown up style!

17. You will crave fruit. This is odd but one I have found is true :/

18. You will no longer socially drink coffee. You will crave it.

19. Vitamin tablets are your friend

20. Morning TV is just terrible… (although you probably already knew this one)

21. Your diary rules your life

22. Going to the gym is still a chore

23. The weekend goes crazily quickly

24. You will spend most of your wages within a week

25. You will constantly question what you are doing with your life/degree

There’s probably many more, so if I think of them, I’m sure you’ll hear from me again!

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1. Surely…? No…? It can’t be my alarm? Already? Really? But I’ve been asleep for 5 minutes?

2. Maybe I’ll just quit and Instagram pictures for a living. That would make more sense than having to get out of bed right now.

3. I haven’t woken up in the dark for a while. This feels weird. I’m 99% sure it’s still night-time.

4. Pretty sure I didn’t have to function at this level of sleep depravity before the break.

5. I can’t even see my makeup right now. Do I even dare do liquid eyeliner in this blurry-eyed state?

6. I should probably get rid of this festive nail varnish. Or can I get away with it for one more week? Maybe?…

7. I wonder how many people will ask me how my Christmas was.

8. Do I even remember how my Christmas was?

9. Driving this tired should be illegal.

10. I sort of remember how to do my job. Definitely going to be a bit touch and go today.

11. And maybe tomorrow…

12. Was my seat always this uncomfortable?

13. Shock. My computer needs 10,000 updates.

14. God oh god oh god, going to have loadssss of emails that my head just won’t deal with right now

15. Oh hey, that’s not too bad. I guess I’ll only have to spare 30 minutes of my day to sort through them.

16. Oh. 60% are from Groupon. Great.

17. Still though… maybe an hour will suffice? Wouldn’t want to miss any deals now

18. Was the kettle always this slow?

19. Remember when we all said we would detox in the New Year? LOLZ good one!

20. The office looks so bare without the Christmas decorations. I’m going to have to say that to everyone that passes my desk this morning and we can all join together in a post-festivity hatred. Aww team bonding.

21. Oh great. I forgot my lunch. I never had to deal with this waking up at 11. *sigh*

22. How is it not even 11 yet? Time is passing far too slowly.

23. If one more person asks me how my Christmas was I think I might cry

24. Is it too early to book in all my holidays for this year?

25. Oh another Groupon email. Do I want to book a romantic break in the Lake District? A part of me thinks I do?

26. When will I stop writing 2015? That was like 10 million years ago

27. Maybe I’ll online shop at lunch to make myself feel better

28. Why are people selling summery clothes already when I’m sat here in a scarf and coat?

29. Can I stop saying Happy New Year now every time I answer the phone

30. I can’t believe there are 51 more weeks until Christmas… *cry*

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year, got everything they could have wished for and spent the festive season with friends and family, which is exactly what I did. Although Christmas is officially over for another yearm I am wholeheartedly excited for what 2016 will bring, and here are the resolutions I hope to stick to.

I’m not normally one for resolutions, so maybe I will call these goals? Let me know yours for the year too.

1. Make time for myself – I’ve been told a number of times that I tend to put other people first, and no thats not me trying to toot my own horn, I promise! I think it might come down to suffering from anxiety and having to know that the people that are around you are feeling happy and complacent in order for you to be able to get on with your day and be comfortable in your surrounding. However in 2016 I am going to try and focus more on putting myself first, which may sound a bit selfish, but I think it will help overall and help me to feel less anxious in certain situations.

2. Look after myself more – this one is quite similar to the first one, but I sort of mean my physical wellbeing. For example, take time for a nice pamper evening, or treat myself to a massage or facial every once in a while, and maybe not skimp on spending a bit more on skin and haircare. I feel as though if I can have a little luxury every now and again, my body will thank me for it, and lets face it, we’re in it for the long run together!

3. Eat better – ah the twenty-something’s cliche! I don’t think I have a bad diet overall, but I mean eat less carbohydrates, food with additives, takeaways etc. and eat more vegetables, fruit, proteins, and basically all the good stuff that my body craves. Oh and use my Nutri-bullet and slow cooker more!

4. Be more adventurous – whether it’s travelling, fashion or makeup, I feel as though I’ve reached my mid twenties and I really shouldn’t care what other people think! I’ve already had a massive craving to go to cities I have never been before, reach for clothes I may not usually go for, and try out new makeup looks, so watch this space!

5. Make time for the people I love – maybe an obvious one… but as my family are so spread across the globe, it would be lovely to be able to spend some quality time with them this year. Not only that but my friends who live in different cities, that maybe I don’t get to see as much as I would like, I’m coming for you this year!

6. Take time out for blogging – I love writing. I think I’ve made that clear time and time again on here 🙂 but sometimes my mind becomes clouded with my job, friends, family, going out, staying in, my cat, my boyfriend (not in any order I should add!) and I actually miss sitting down with my laptop, and letting my thoughts take over. Plus I have so many ideas of blog posts, new designs and regular updates… So yeah, I want that to happen again please!!

7. Buy a house – again more of a goal, but hey ho! Maybe the resolution could be save more money? But anyway, get me on that property ladder!

What are your resolutions for 2016?

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I have to admit, Christmas Eve is one of my favourite days of the whole year. I’ve been at work this morning, but it was only a half day and we had sweets, chocolate, pastries and cake for breakfast, so I can’t really complain.

We’re heading to my cousin’s house shortly to see some of my mum’s side of the family, and I’m really excited for that. I’ve also said that her daughter can open mine and Jordan’s present earlier because Santa has told me its ok – gaining major points here!

After that we’re heading out with friends later on into Altrincham, where we both live. We’ll probably go our separate ways for a bit because of the amount of people that will be out, but we’ll meet back up later on to go home together.

Jordan and I are staying at my parent’s for a few days because it’ll be easier than going back and forth to our flat and we get to spend time with our families, which is what Christmas is all about.

I’m really excited for tomorrow – we’re spending the day at my parent’s and my family are coming over in two groups (my dad’s side, and the rest of my mum’s) and I know it’s already going to be such a lovely day – I’ve already got the Christmas films lined up.

I probably won’t blog now until the New Year so I hope you all have the best day every with your families and I’ll see you in 2015 xx