22 Things I’ve Learnt in 22 Years

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So I recently turned 22, on the 28th July to be exact, and it’s safe to say I was not very happy about saying goodbye to being 21. Nevertheless I’m taking it in my stride (or trying to at least) and thought I’d do a bit of a reflective post. Writing about 22 things I’ve learnt seemed like a good idea but I quickly realised that I haven’t actually learnt that much and this post was admittedly a bit of a struggle. Hey ho, here’s to another 22 years of learning!

1. Sometimes chillies look the same as runner beans, but they are not the same thing.
I learnt this the hard way. At a friend’s 21st birthday last year there was tons of delicious Indian food on offer (yum) so I obviously piled my plate high with curry and what I thought was green beans – I actually said out loud ‘ooh green beans’ in front of the caterers whilst scooping them onto my plate. As you can probably imagine I tucked into my meal and thought ‘omg this curry is so flippin’ spicy’ so like a rational person would, I had a ‘green bean’ to ‘cool my mouth down’ or just give it a break from the heat of the curry. After eating about 6 of these green beans and wondering why I wasn’t feeling any better, with my stomach in agony, mouth on fire and actual sweat starting to drip off me, my friend pointed out that in fact I was actually just eating chillies. Not my proudest moment, but a lesson learnt none the less.

2. Nobody has a clue what they’re doing.
The older I’ve gotten I’ve realised that everyone is just winging it and there’s no handy little guide about how to adult. It’s just trial and error, and then usually a bit more error.

3. Extreme sports are not for me.
Or anything extreme for that matter. Bungee jumping? No thank you. Parachuting off a plane? No way hell. I’ve had a high sense of self-preservation since I was little so anything where I could die I steer clear from. I’ll get my adrenaline rushes elsewhere thank you very much.

4. If you’re making an Apple Crumble don’t forget the apples.
Learnt this one the hard way too unfortunately. Decided to make this lovely dish in our cooking class at school and was looking forward to bringing it home for everyone to enjoy after dinner. But it wasn’t meant to be – once it was in the oven and I started cleaning up I noticed my apples were still sitting wrapped up in my cooking bag. It wasn’t the nicest Apple Crumble I’ve got to say.

5. Never go to bed angry or upset.
It’s never good to wake up to negativity. I can never sleep when I’m angry anyway, and if I’m upset with someone that usually turns into me being pissed off that they’ve upset me in the first place! I’ve learnt that you should always try and resolve any arguments before you go to sleep if you can.

6. People who judge your taste in music are the worrrrssst.
Yes I like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones but you know what? I flipping love a bit of ABBA, Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys and even a bit of One Direction. Leave me be.

7. I will never say no to pasta.
It doesn’t even matter what time of the day it is, I love pasta so much that I would eat it for every meal if I could.

8. Anxiety is a bitch.
Big time.

9. How to tell if someone does (or doesn’t!) fancy you.
This is something my 17 year old self struggled to come to terms with! As they say, they’re sometimes just not that into you.

10. You can’t please everyone.
So seriously don’t even try. People like different things and have different opinions so you shouldn’t feel bad about having your own.

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11. Just because people seem nice, doesn’t mean they are.
Most people are lovely, but some people just pretend to be and can be really nasty when you truly get to know them.

12. Chocolate and Cheese are two of the best things in the world.
I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory.

13. Worrying about things doesn’t actually help anyone.
Easier said than done but we’ve all been there. Worrying about something we know we can do absolutely nothing about. Of course that doesn’t stop us from worrying. Sometimes it’s even worrying that we’re worrying so much that we start to worry about worrying so much. And so on and so forth.

14. Mixing your drinks causes nothing but pain and regrets.
I feel like I need to be reminded of this every Friday night. I suppose I’m still learning this one. Although to be fair, I do know not to do it I just do it anyway. Yes I’ll have some wine please, followed by a few proseccos and more than likely a couple of malibu and cokes. Maybe even a vodka lemonade. Will I regret it in the morning? Definitely. Am I still going to do it? Probably.

15. I can’t draw to save my life.
I realised this early on in life but it’s something I really wish I could do. Annoyingly my sister inherited the artist genes in my family. I once tried to draw Frankie Cocozza (anyone remember him?) when I was about 14 because I fancied him when he was on the X Factor. I was impressed with the start of the drawing because I thought I’d got his hair pretty much bang on, but unfortunately when I went on to draw his face he looked like he’d been in some sort of tragic accident. I’ve not tried again since.

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16. How shit Twilight actually is.
Yes, I was once one of those 14 year old girls obsessing over Edward Cullen and asking my parents to bury me with my Twilight books (VOM). Thank God I didn’t die during that phase because I hate to think of myself underground with that shite for all of eternity.

17. How to do a winged liner.
Finally after 22 years I have finally perfected it! I’ve got it down to a T now and can do it in a matter of seconds. Practice really does make perfect folks.

18. There is ALWAYS two sides to every story.
This one is worth remembering – never come to a conclusion about something when you’re only half informed. I’ve never really understood people that do this but there’s too many of them.

19. Animals are just the best.
We really don’t deserve them. I can honestly say I feel so much happier and less stressed out if I’m around an animal – they’re literally the only miracle I need.

20. Your gut is right pretty much all of the time.
I should really listen to it more because most of the time its spot on.

21. Time goes far too quickly.
I feel like I left school about 5 minutes ago. How can I have been a graduate for over a year now? I don’t understand. Why is my hair grey and why am I in an old people’s home?

22. I have so much more to learn.
I think we all do really.

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DRESS | ASOS

SHOES | ZARA (unavailable, similar here)

 

 

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.

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Hello everyone and happy Spring! I’m not waiting until the 20th to say this, I’m going along with the meteorological calendar and classing today as the official first day of spring. I just couldn’t resist a good old Miranda Priestly quote for the title of this post! I’ve had a bit of a break from my blog this week which was not the plan, but life got in the way as it does, and the weather definitely hasn’t been the best for taking pictures in that’s for sure! I also had a breather from social media over the weekend, which was very refreshing. I had a really lovely weekend filled with drinking and eating with my boyfriend’s family in Staffordshire, and fell in love with his little nieces and baby nephew all over again, and now I’m wishing I could relive it and forget about my current stressed state of unemployment and bankruptcy! I think my amazing weekend clouded my head a bit (definitely not going to blame the copious amount of wine I drank) because I ended up turning up to my driving test a month early yesterday! How embarrassing. It was originally meant to be on Thursday before storm Dorris caused it to be cancelled – these two events perfectly sum up the way my luck tends to go.

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Anyway, I’m not going to dwell on that too much because I will start to worry about my brain even more! I took advantage of this rare bit of sunshine today to take some pictures, and instantly regretted not wearing a top underneath this dress because I was absolutely freezing. Please hurry up summer, I can’t take this cold anymore! Speaking of the dress, it cost me a measly £13 in Primark, which I still can’t get over considering Zara are selling similar things for double the price. I’m really loving florals at the moment, so I couldn’t pass up this little number, especially as it will be a perfect transitional piece for when it does finally start getting a bit warmer. I obviously paired it with some classic black tights and my trusty M&S sock boots.

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It’s only going to be a short blog post for today as I’m having some technical difficulties with WordPress which is driving me mad – think I need a long relaxing bath to recover.

I have some exciting things coming up on my blog over the next few weeks so please do stay tuned!

-Daisy, x

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DRESS | PRIMARK (instore. Similar here)

BOOTS | MARKS AND SPENCER (similar here)

 

Winter Florals

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I’m sick of winter. I’m sick of it getting dark at 4 o clock, I’m sick of it being pitch black when I get up in the morning, and most of all, I’m sick of feeling like I’m going to get frostbite when I step outside.

This time of the year is usually when I start yearning for a winter sun holiday, and this year is no different. I’ve found myself daydreaming about beaches and palm trees and summer cocktails far too much recently, and I’ve even gone as far as to check out some holiday deals just to torture myself that little bit more. But looking at pictures of people’s holidays to the Caribbean on Instagram and trying to experience some sunshine vicariously though them isn’t really doing me any good. So, for the time being a lot of us are having to suck it up and brace the cold until summer comes around and we’re hopefully able to jet off to somewhere hot, or perhaps we’ll even get some sunny weather in England too for a few days!

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My outfit today is definitely a reflection of my sun cravings, as I’ve tried to inject some summer colours in the form of this floral Zara top. Albeit, it is definitely not winter appropriate and I think I let my summer excitement get the best of me as it’s a very light piece! Thankfully I had my coat waiting for me in the sidelines whilst I took these pictures, and I couldn’t get it back on quick enough. The things I do for a picture eh?

I paired the top within a simple black outfit as I wanted the florals to be the main element of the look, and I think the dark base compliments it well. The black skinny jeans are Topshop Joni jeans, which are my favourite high waisted fit that I’ve found, and my shoes are some suede-look sock boots from M&S. Since I have a degree in history, it was of course only a matter of time until I included a historic backdrop in some pictures, these being centred around the William Gladstone statue in St George’s Hall Gardens, Liverpool.

So, here’s to taking our first steps towards summer!

– Daisy, x

Top | Zara

Jeans | Topshop

Boots | Marks and Spencer (similar here)

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