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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Things I'd Tell My 14 Year Old Self

Letter to my teenage self

FYI these two images were taken in the exact same spot in my bedroom 10 years apart

As you probably know, if you've taken a look at my sidebar, I'm 24, which means it's been a full decade since I was 14. How has it been 10 years since Chad Michael Murray was my main celebrity crush (there were many) and I was listening to JoJo, Danity Kane and the High School Musical soundtrack on my iPod Mini? Can you tell I spend a lot of my time procrastinating on Buzzfeed?

Even though many things are the same; I still live at home, my wardrobes and drawers are bursting at the seams and there's still no sign of a boyfriend, so many other things have changed, particularly how I treat and see myself. Here is what I would tell my 14 year old self;

You are not fat...
For years I allowed this very thought to rule my life. I was never bigger than a size 12 but for some reason I felt like an absolute whale. It probably had something to do with the fact that my body was changing. I got stretch marks. I had cellulite. But instead of just viewing this as something that basically everyone has, especially as their body changes and curves emerge, I reiterated over and over again that I was 'so fat!' I never felt as pretty or as thin as my friends. When boys let it be known that they 'fancied' me, I thought to myself, surely this must be some kind of Ashton Kutcher style Punk'd kind of thing. Who could like someone like me? Who could like someone that looked like me? It's sad really because I never felt good about myself during those years and as a result I said no to almost everything. It also didn't help that everyone I watched on TV and read about in magazines (Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton, etc.) were basically skeletal.

I know you hate PE and just fainted in the gym (twice) but...
Exercise is important. This year I had the misfortune of having an issue with the nerves in my feet, something that is still ongoing but for several weeks at the start of the year I struggled to walk any kind of distance without my feet being in agony. In just a couple of weeks, I experienced muscle weakness in my legs as a result. It got so bad that I was referred to a physiotherapist who then had to retrain the muscles in my legs whilst my feet recovered. Now my legs have never been stronger and my fitness is better than ever. I've never been particularly fit and hated things like athletics and cross country running at school but to be able to walk for miles and miles without getting out of breath or having tired legs is a big difference for me. I actually push myself to hit certain targets now, something 14 year old me would never have done.

Please pay a bit more attention in computing...
When I first started my blog I completely customised my free template but that took a lot of time and countless pages of Google being open, to do so. HTML is definitely something that you end up having to wrap your head around at various points in your blogging journey and it would certainly be a lot easier to understand had I truly listened in certain lessons.

You will meet people with similar interests...
In school basically everyone was obsessed with getting drunk and going to the 'unders' nightclubs in town. Neither of these appealed to me in the slightest and as a result I ended up making acquaintances rather than lifelong friends in those years, as more and more I would say no thanks to one of those nights or weekends. What a difference it makes when you meet or interact with individuals who get you and what you like, who also have similar interests. Through blogging that's exactly who I've met. Even just having a conversation on Twitter about what we've been buying in the Topshop sale or what movie or TV show we've just watched and loved, is a big deal when you've felt for years that no-one quite likes what you do.

Stop stressing about exams/tests...
If only 14 year old me had had access to inspirational quotes like 24 year old me does thanks to Pinterest. I always make sure to repin any variation of the 'worrying solves nothing' quote because honestly, it doesn't.

There will be a day when you're no longer shy...
I was the kind of child who hid behind the legs of their parents when meeting new people and even when I was at school I would get so nervous about the smallest things. Doing anything new or going places I'd never been before would leave me with butterflies in my stomach but like all of the time. To think that I now regularly go new places, meet new people and try new things, all thanks to this little blog of mine is something that would have blown my 14 year old mind.

Print out or back up your photographs...
When I was in my early teens, digital cameras and camera phones were just starting to become a thing and more importantly, an affordable thing. The amount of photographs I took that never made their way onto Bebo or sat in a folder named 'Ellis' Pics' on our big family desktop, back when the monitor was literally the same size as a microwave, if not bigger, all of which I now no longer have. I wish I had printed some of those photographs out or at least put them onto a USB to reminisce nowadays.

Stop straightening your hair to within an inch of it's life...
I must have been about 14 years old, or maybe even a little bit younger, when I received my very first pair of ghds for Christmas. As someone with naturally curly hair that can get a little frizzy, the fact that I could achieve poker straight hair at home was a very big deal. Only now can I look back and laugh about how obsessive I was when it came to my hair and having it straight. If my hair had the slightest kink in it it would seriously bother me. I couldn't leave the house, even just to pop to Asda or somewhere like that, without having my hair sitting perfectly. When I think about it now, it seems so silly but I would straight up get upset if it wasn't sleek and straight.

So there you have it. What would you tell your 14 year old or teenage self? And what kind of teenager were you?


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Weekly Wishlist | US Fashion & Miscellaneous

US shopping wishlist 2016

1. Fitbit Flex 2  | 2. Disney Cats Pin Set | 3. Nike Tennis Shoes | 4. Kate Spade New York Watch | 5. Copper Birkenstock Arizonas | 6. The Mindy Project Season 3 DVD | 7. Bath & Body Works Candle | 8. Halloween Candy | 9. Parks and Recreation T-Shirt

Following on from Sunday's US Beauty Buys Weekly Wishlist, I'm sharing what else I'm hoping to pick up when I'm in the US this month. As you might be able to tell, I'm certainly a girl of eclectic tastes. Right at the top of my wishlist this year, however, are three pretty practical purchases; a new watch, a new pair of trainers and a new pair of sandals.

Ever since I took the plunge and bought my Kate Spade New York Cedar Maise handbag and Stacy wallet, I've been lusting after all things Kate Spade related and as soon as I saw this adorable little timepiece appear on the UK site, I haven't been able to get it out of my head. I'll definitely be frequenting the department stores and the Kate Spade Outlet store at the International Drive Outlets and whilst I'm there I'll also be making a pit-stop at Nike to look for a new pair of trainers. How beautiful are these dotted tennis shoes? I'm also not giving up hope of finding a pair of copper/rose gold Birkenstocks on my travels either, even though they seem to be sold out pretty much everywhere. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.

When I'm not filling my basket with PocketBacs and beauty bits in Bath & Body Works, I'll certainly be perusing and hopefully purchasing a couple of their infamous candles. How gorgeous does this one sound? And when I'm at the supermarkets I'll also be adding the latest season of my beloved The Mindy Project (which still isn't out here), and as many bags of Halloween candy as I can physically carry to my shopping basket.

A FitBit is another item that I've been saving for what feels like years now and they're so much cheaper to buy in the US, compared to how much they are here in the UK. I love the look of this lilac Flex 2.

And last but not least, how could I not add these cat pins to my wishlist, especially when they're from some of my absolute favourite Disney movies. I don't trade pins or anything like that when I'm at WDW but this set is just far too cute to ignore. And I have a feeling that I finally need to bite the bullet and buy a 'I Met Li'l Sebastian At The Pawnee Harvest Festival' t-shirt! Am I right fellow Parks & Rec fans?

What do you think of my picks? Would you be picking up any of these pieces? And what would be on your US wishlist, especially if you were heading to Orlando, Florida?


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Weekly Wishlist | US Beauty Buys

US Beauty Products Wishlist

1. Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick | 2. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose 3. Sephora lip mask | 4. Bath & Body Works hand soap 5. Makeup Eraser | 6. Kat Von D lock-it concealer creme | 7. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea aquacealer concealer | 8. eos shimmer lip balm

As you may be well aware, if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for more than about five minutes, I'll be heading back to one of my favourite places in the whole world; Orlando, Florida, very soon. As a result, I've been browsing the sites of some of my favourite American stores, namely Sephora, Ulta and Bath & Body Works which is how today's post and this week's wishlist came to be.

I have to admit, this is a pretty reserved list of what I'm hoping to pick up beauty-wise when I'm in the States. I will inevitably gravitate towards other beauty bits and as long as I can cram them into my suitcase, they'll probably be making their way home with me.

Right at the top of my beauty wishlist is a new concealer and there are two that have really caught my eye. Whilst I'm in Sephora, for the purposes of buying a new concealer of course, I might just have to wander the aisles to check out the latest and greatest from Sephora. This includes the latest Nirvana scent from Elizabeth and James and Sephora's own brand lip mask. I'm also planning on finally adding a couple of products that I've wanted to try for years now to my makeup collection as well as quite a few bits from Bath & Body Works. What are the bets that I'll be very close, if not over, my suitcase weight allowance?

And as if that wasn't enough to fill my suitcase with, I'll be sharing what I'm hoping to pick up fashion/miscellaneous-wise when I'm there too. So be sure to look out for that Weekly Wishlist this upcoming Wednesday.

What do you think of my picks? Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this week's Weekly Wishlist? If so, what are your thoughts on them? And do you have any tips when it comes to products to look out for when I'm in Sephora, Bath & Body Works or the American drugstores?

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