Home sick

The one thing I’ve noticed about being on the opposite side of the world than your friends and family is that you miss the little things. 

I miss waking up and having people always around. 

I miss seeing my friends whenever I want.

I miss going round to my nanas house for scrambled egg on toast. 

I miss asda and tesco.

I miss shopping in English clothes shops.

I miss Jaffa cakes.

I miss people thinking my accent was normal because it’s their accent too.

I miss my uni friends.

I miss having support with everything I did, no matter what it was. 

I miss Christmas at home.

I miss everyone’s birthdays. 

I miss Manchester. 

I miss the life I once had.

Outfits

When I was completing the one a day post challenge I set myself, I would post a lot of outfit photos. It was easy and a good excuse to take selfies in some clothes I love. I thought I’d do a post of all my favourite outfits of the last couple months!

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This dress was what I wore for my birthday during the day. I bought it from Dangerfield.

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This is another dress from Dangerfield. I wore this for my birthday meal with my two friends Sam and Chris.

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For the first time in over a year, I wore trousers to work. I bought these and the shoes from Primark when I went home in September. The top is an old one from Topshop.

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This was a really relaxed outfit I wore for lunch with my friend Chris and a little shopping trip. The vest, jeans and shirt are from Topshop and the shoes are from New Look.

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Summer dress I bought from Topshop. This dress is so comfortable and washes really well. Good material although as it is denim, can be a little sweaty.

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I wore this outfit when I went on a date with myself to the cinema. Shorts and sandals are from Topshop. Blouse is from Valley Girl and hat is from Sportsgirl.

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This was my outfit for Sam’s wedding. I bought this dress in the sale from David Jones and my sandals/wedges were from Topshop.

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Dave bought me this dress from Dangerfield as a Valentines Day present and I love it. I got a bigger size due to the arms feeling a little tight. So comfortable.

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I love this dress. I bought it from Topshop a couple years ago and it’s just so comfortable. It looks great with tights too which is always a plus in Melbourne. Never know when it’s going to rain.

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This playsuit is amazing! I bought it from Dangerfield. I have little clothes that have thin straps so this was a great buy. I wore it when I went for a stroll and a read in the park. Comfortable and flattering.

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This was the outfit I wore to my interview in January. I got the skirt from my sister, Megan. She is a lot taller than me so it sits a lot shorter. She gave it me when she visited me in Melbourne and I love it!

This seems to be all the outfit photos I’ve taken so far this year. Think I’m doing pretty well though.

Wedding

I love weddings. I love the dresses, the hair, the venues, the flowers, the photos, the rings and pretty much everything else. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have a little obsession with instagram. I could spend hours looking through photos of anything and everything. Finally, last week I was able to gram some wedding photos!

I had never been to a wedding before and on 7th March 2015, I was able to celebrate one of my favourite Australians marrying her true love.

The day was amazing. Me and my two friends drove to Sunbury where the wedding was being held. We arrived at a little motel we would spend the night at 14:00 giving us 2 hours to get ready before we were due to be picked up at 16:00.

I wore a beautiful pink floral crochet dress I found in the sale at David Jones. It was reduced from $300 to $60! That is a bargain if you ask me. And considering that it was the last one in my size, I’d call it fate.

After getting ready we took some photos and then waiting for our bus to pick us up.

The ceremony started at 17:00 and I have to say, my friend Sam looked beautiful. She is the epitome of ‘wow’. Her dress was elegant and simple and her make up was stunning. She looked exactly like a princess and I don’t think there will ever be a bride as wonderful.

Vows were exchanged and photos were taken before having the sit down meal. Which again was magnificent. The food was scrumptious and the company was excellent.

I can honestly say this was one of my favourite days ever. Happiness was definitely the most present emotion for everyone who was present.

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My hair for the wedding. I had it curled and braided at my hairdressers in the morning.

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Me, Fiona and Chris after getting ready at the motel.

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Me and Chris – the first best friend I found in Australia

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Obviously I had to get a photo of myself from the day!

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Group photo – L to R – Mark, Fiona, Me, Chris,Emma, Jess & Charlie

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A kiss to seal the deal

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Mr. & Mrs. Pearson

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My favourite people – L to R – Fiona, Sam, Chris & Me

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Saturday 7th March 2015 – 16:00 until 23:00

Break Ups and Take Backs

I was speaking to a friend recently who had broken up with their girlfriend of over a year. He told me that they had given him all of the presents and gifts he had bought her over the time they’d been together.

It made me think about my break ups and I realised I have always kept everything my ex boyfriends have bought me.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you will know that I’m a bit of a hoarder of sentimental items – or clothes (but that’s not for this post). It made me think of all the things that I’ve kept over the years and still use or keep because they have a bit of meaning for me. Not in a creepy bunny boiler kind of way though.

My first ever boyfriend bought me a charm bracelet for my 17th birthday. I used to wear it every day and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much, it’s currently sat in my jewellery box right now looking beautiful and cute.

He also bought me the first ever charm for my Pandora bracelet. Obviously that is still on my bracelet as again, it is beautiful and I love it.

I did however give away a pair of River Island boots that he bought me literally last week. I was clearing out my wardrobe – which was much needed- and came across my beautiful cowboy inspired boots which I worked out I had owned for 7 or 8 years. He bought me them for Christmas when I was 16/17 years old and they were still in perfect condition. I thought I’d be a grown up and I decided to give them away to my friends daughter who loves boots. I couldn’t quite bring myself to throw them away, but giving them away made it all feel better.

I also have quite a lot of things that my last boyfriend bought me. We had been together for 3.5 years and bought each other a lot of presents in that time. We were both in university and working so had money to splash out when we wanted.

I have literally about 10 Pandora charms which again are all still on my bracelet. Why would I take them off if they make it look amazing?! I also have quite a few dresses and again I have a pair of boots he bought me!

I did not give these boots away though and I wouldn’t even dream of throwing them away. They are an amazingly beautiful pair of boots from All Saints which cost around £250. They are so comfortable and look fabulous that I will keep them forever. I actually think this is the most expensive present I have ever received.

It’s amazing how many things we collect over the years through different people, whether that be family, friends or partners.

Why should people give back presents or gifts because a relationship ends? The relationship wasn’t ending when the gift was bought or when the thought went into it.

They are living memories. Things that remind us of who we are and how we got there.

Embrace it!

- My friend did actually give his girlfriend the gifts back. Mostly because she demanded he give her everything she had bought him and when he said no, she wanted all of her presents back again. Awkward.

In my Bathroom Cupboard….

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Top Shelf (from left to right)

  • Daisy Perfume – This is a special bottom which my nana got engraved for me for when I was moving to Australia. I cant bare to use it yet.
  • Vera Wang Princess Perfume – Christmas Present
  • CKIN2U Perfume – My favourite perfume for the past 6 years
  • DKNY My NY Perfume – Birthday Present
  • Daisy Perfume – Promotion at work Present
  • Colgate Neutrafluor 5000 plus Toothpaste
  • Acuvue Contact Lenses
  • Gillette Venus Snap Travel Razor – I got this on offer at Priceline for $5 off for being a Priceline Sister. It’s awesome to pack for a weekend away.
  • Christmas bag containing hand cream, body wash and body cream – Christmas present from my mum
  • Girly bits for Girly times

Middle Shelf (from left to right)

  • Make up removal pads from Woolworths
  • Cath Kidston Toiletry bag full of nail varnishes – There are literally about 40 nail varnishes, along with nail files, polish remover and other nail accessories.
  • Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter – My favourite Body Butter along with Grapefruit
  • Nivea Soft Moisturing Cream tub
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask – Although it makes my skin look absolutely beautiful afterwards, it does make my skin break out a little
  • Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream tube
  • Pure Precious Ends Hair Moisturiser – I recently bought this from my hair dresser and I have used it every day since I bought it. I have noticed a huge improvement.
  • Key Shea Hair Oil
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Night Balm
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Toner
  • Mitchum Advance Control Deodorant – The best perfume I could ask for. It’s awesome for keeping dry but is also good for sensitive skin.

Bottom Shelf (from left to right)

  • Cath Kidston Makeup bag full of makeup
  • She Primer
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – The first foundation I ever bought that wasn’t pressed powder. I love it.
  • Real Techniques Brush
  • Plasters
  • Cath Kidston toiletry bag full of tablets, razors, creams and a pumice stone
  • Cotton wool buds
  • Contraceptive Pill – Yasmin

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

Help

I’m a hoarder.

Of clothes.

Particularly dresses.

Particularly floral dresses.

I’m also a bit of a neat freak. Everything has to be in order and in its place.

I’m currently having problems with my wardrobe. Obviously

It’s just too small! Since Dave moved into my room – we were housemates with separate rooms but then we decided to be in a relationship and I had the better room with an en suite and walk in  wardrobe – I’ve been noticing how little space I have.

To be fair, I’ve only given him a tiny section of the wardrobe and that’s it, but he doesn’t need much space. He actually took my ‘jumper section’ of the wardrobe. I regretted it immediately but didn’t want to look mean taking it away from him again.

My beautiful dresses are getting squished and squashed in the wardrobe and I am not happy.

The fact that my wardrobe does not feel tidy as of recent is actually causing me some concern. I feel I either need to upgrade my wardrobe to an actual room or try and go through everything and throw some things away.

I’ve been getting pretty good with eBay but then I feel sad that people don’t appreciate my clothes as much as me. Then I end up keeping everything out of sympathy.

I need a clothes-er-vention.

Non athletic girl vs Climbing

This weekend, Sunday to be precise, Dave told me we were going out for a surprise.

Now I’m not too good with surprises if I know it’s a surprise. I need to know what to wear, is it outside or inside, should I avoid wearing sandals, how should I have my hair, what type of people will be there etc.

I eventually got him to spill the beans and he told me we were going climbing.

Now, I am not an athletic person, in fact sometimes just walking tires me out to the point of wanting to get back in bed.

Recently though, I have been trying to get a bit healthier and we had bought a treadmill a couple weeks ago so we could do some exercise without having to pay for a gym.

We arrived at Clip N Climb in Richmond at around 4:30. The girl at the reception was really nice and explained where to sit to wait for the safety briefing.

A young lad called Adam who seemed bored with having to smile at under 12s all day explained how to put on the harness and how to clip yourself into the walls.

After putting on my harness and realising that I now felt like I could do anything with my cool new piece of equipment, we entered the climbing section.

Overall, I managed to climb to the very top of three walls, climb up 1/2 of 3 others and maybe climb 1/3 of a really hard one. I also climbed up a pole and jumped off (leap of faith) and also completed the vertical drop slide.

Overall it was awesome! Unfortunately I have woken today with the feeling that my arms are about to drop off.

Here are some photos!:

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