Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Tag!

I've seen this on a couple of blogs so thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and do it also :) 

1.What is Your Favourite Holiday Movie?
I have two, there's The Holiday, which I love to watch at Christmas, and also The Muppets Christmas Carol is a winner!

2. Whats Your Favourite Christmas Colour? 
The golds and silvers, all the sparkly ones! I'm a sucker for some glitter, and Christmas is the best time to get away with it! 

3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
I open my presents and have breakfast in my pj's, so does my mum and brothers, then we'll all get ready and put dressy casual clothes on. We have our Christmas dinner on boxing day which we get more dressed up for as my mum's birthday is on Christmas Day, so we put time aside for that! 

4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
My mum, just because she does so much for us all. Plus I'm single at the minute, if I wasn't maybe it would be different, I don't know. 
5. Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Day, never done anything on Christmas Eve apart from chill out watching TV

6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?
No! But I'd love to....maybe that's something I could do while I'm home on break. 

7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
I just like spending time with family and friends. And getting away with putting yourself in food coma's haha!
8. Any Christmas Wishes?
Not really, maybe I'll have to think about that one! 

9. Favourite Christmas Smell?
I love the cookie, sweet, and cinnamon smells. YUM! 
10. Favourite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
Definitely the Christmas Dinner itself with all the trimmings! I can't wait for my mum's cooking again!! 

I Tag all Who Read This!! 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Style Crushes #2

Mollie King - I seriously have a thing for the style of the Saturdays at the moment. My last style crush post had Vanessa White in it. I love Mollie's style at the minute, I've really got into cute little dresses and she's always wearing some lovely pieces, whether it's day or night pieces. I also love how she looks since she had her hair cut, it's really changed her look, I think she looks a bit more sophisticated even though I love really long blonde hair. I think I like Mollie because she seems like such a genuine grounded woman!

Lauren Conrad - I L.O.V.E Lauren Conrad. Way back when she was on Laguna Beach I loved her right the way through The Hills as well. I even own her books. She's just such a likeable person. And as for her style, to be honest, I'm sure that needs no explanation!

Keri Hilson - I don't think this girl gets the recognition she deserves for her style throughout her time in the music industry. I remember first ever seeing her on TV, in Timbaland's 'Way I Are' video a good few years back, and since then she's drifted on and off our screens. I love her versatility, from wearing all leather as featured in the above image, to a sweater and jeans to some of the most stunning evening dresses I've seen. She's definately one to look out for!

Who are your style crushes at the minute?

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

What's in my Make-up Bag?

Please Note: The picture quality isn't great, the lighting is really bad in my room with the bad weather so nothing was going to improve these images. But you get the idea :)

This is my Make-Up Bag! It was around the £5 mark from Claire's Accessories,  I bought it this summer so they may still do it! I'm a huge hello kitty fan, I have two other larger Hello Kitty Make-Up bags, they are totally different, I use them for when I am moving between houses. I also have my eye on another one in Rymann Stationary.

And what's inside (I tend to use most of these in my everyday make-up, although I tend to change my blush and eye-shadow choices every few days. 
-Benefit Hoola Bronzer
-MAC Pigment in Heritage Rouge 
-Vivo Baked Blush in  Peaches & Cream
-Bourjois Volumizer Mascara in 01 Noir
-Collection 2000 Big Fake Mascara in Black 
-MAC Paint Pot in Painterly 
-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
-MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder 
-Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2
-MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
-Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in 2. Blushalicious 
-MUA Clear Mascara (bit brown looking from setting brows)
-Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation in Almond
-Benefit Erase Paste in NO.1 Fair 
-Miss Sporty Fabulous Eyes in 130 Sweet Berry 
-Me Me Me Beat the Blues Illuminator in Sunbeam

What's in your daily Make-up Bag?

Monday, 5 December 2011

Update & Getting Into the Christmas Spirit

I have become a very blogger. I was never that great to begin with, but I do enjoy the blogging and you-tubing world. I was so surprised at how much insight you get into the beauty and fashion community, just by following a blog and subscribing to a youtube channel. I have decided on the run up to Christmas I will make a much more conscious effort to blog, as it is coming up to the end of the first semester at University which means I will have much more free time on my hands over the festive season. 
I've also taken some time to think about what I would like to include into my blog, I don't want to feel like I am copying other blogs so I've been thinking of some various ideas for future blogs. But in the mean time I'm going to do some generic posts, such as my 'Everyday Make-up Look', what I'll be wearing to a work Christmas dinner, date nights etc. Also 'What's in my Make-Up bag?' and hangbag posts etc. I will also post about what I have wish listed for Christmas. I tend to find this time of year an easy to for myself to blog as I have more of an idea what I want to post about, we'll just see how it goes, also I want to include a lot more of my own photos etc. So I'm going to get onto that these next few weeks. 
In other news I finally have a job in the pipeline, and I'm excited to announce I am going to be training as a Make-Up Artist in April 2012, I've been lucky enough to find a course that goes hand in hand with timing with my degree, so I get to do two things I really enjoy. I am SO excited about this. I am also VERY excited about Christmas. I can't wait to get back to my family homes, to have someone else cook for me, have the comfort of my own house, my dogs and the company of my mum. 
Anyone else as excited as me about Christmas? 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Style Crushes #1

#1 Vanessa White - She is my FAVE Saturday girl. I love her edgy look, she always sports a dark berry lip which I LOVE, with having lighter hair i find this harder to pull off, which always tempts me to go dark again, but I'm not going down that road again. I also love Vanessa's tattoos, I'm really into tattoos so seeing she has them makes me love her style even more. This t-shirt is definitely something I would purchase. 

#2 Rihanna - I'm sure I don't need to say anything about this woman. I L.O.V.E everything about this girl, her hair, style, make up, voice, everything! Major girl crushing anyone!? (haha) I love her casual look in this photo especially with the bandana and the casual striped woolen looking tee here! 

Who's your style crush?

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Jumping Off One Bandwagon and Onto Another....

As you may (or may not, if not you must live under a rock) the new iPhone 4S is due for release tomorrow (on my network anyway) and this has come at a very good time for me as I am due an upgrade. As a Blackberry user for a number of years I have decided to change up and get myself an iPhone. Not necessarily the 4s but definitely the 4 if not the 4S. I have loved my Blackberry dearly but in the past six months it has caused me nothing but trouble, I have had it replaced five times, I was then given a newer model and it has now broken, it is still usable but I can't make calls off loud speaker, which is a bit difficult when in University or in company of other people. 
My next query is, do I get it in Black or White? 
Any iPhone users out there with recommendations?

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Back to Reality

After a lovely long Summer at home with my parents it has sadly come to an end. No more doing what I wanted when I was off work, no more lie ins, relying on my mum to do my cooking, washing and ironing, it's all down to me again. Don't get me wrong, my mum didn't wait on me hand and foot, I did the laundry and cooked meals a few times a week, but it's nice sometimes to have someone do things for you. I was also sad leaving some people behind, some of my friendships back home really strengthened, and I miss them a lot. 
I'm not sad to be back at University, I'm so glad to be back with my friends on my course, and of course the girls that I live with have become like the sisters I never had. 
Needless to say now that I'm in second year, there's no more skipping lectures for no reason, no partying 4 times a week, I also am budgeting my money a lot more because I don't want to have to ask other people for money. I'm nearly twenty (eek), so I need to become even more independent. 
I've also decided to take blogging into my hands a bit more, I really enjoy it and never really do enough of it, I am reading blogs and commenting them every single day, but never put any time or effort into my own. I'm hoping to get into more of a routine in the next week, so maybe in that time I will draft up some posts. 
Some of the things that will be coming up on my blog, a haul of make-up etc that I have purchased lately, a couple of reviews, I'm also going to start doing a weekly 'ins and outs' post, I know pretty much all bloggers do this, but these are one my favourite types of posts, and I also think it's a good way to keep posts coming on your blog.
Hope you've all been well! 
B. x

Monday, 5 September 2011

September Wishlist

1. Classic Short Ugg Boots in Sangria - LOVE LOVE LOVE! I spotted these beauties in the Ugg Shop in Westfield London when I was visiting a few weeks ago, and ever since I have loved them. I own a pair of classiscs in chestnut, but I'll be honest, they due to have a meeting with my bin, and when this happens, I will be a sad sad girl, because they have been loved dearly! At a hefty  £175 I really don't see me owning these any time soon sadly, but a girl can wish! 

2. Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brushes - As a make up lover, a girl needs a good set of tools, I love the look of these brushes, and they have become extremely popular within the beauty community. I simply would love the whole collection of brushes, ranging from £6.99 for a single brush upto £20.99 for a set of 3 or 4 brushes I think is really good pricing for the brushes as in MAC you could easily spend £25 for a single brush. 

3. YSL Arty Ring in Turquoise- Another pricey product! Again a girl can dream, or get very lucky for a Birthday or Christmas. They soon will be discontinued, so I hope I get a job when I am back in University and save for this bad boy as it will skin me £163.46!

4. Pandora Breast Cancer Bracelet - I love Pandora, I have the original silver bracelet, and a white leather single wrap bracelet, I wear them every single day. I'm sadly going to have to replace my silver bracelet as it has become very stretched and Pandora offer no altering services, which seems like such a waste of money, but I would much rather pay £60 to replace my bracelet rather than someday loose the one I have. I love the leather bracelets, they're so easy to wear with or without charms. I also love the concept behind the Breast Cancer one it costs £45, which I think is a really good price, and it's not too far out of my reach! 

5. The I-Phone 4 - What I would do for one of these babies! I currently have a Blackberry Bold 9780, I have had so much trouble with my phone, originally having the 9700, having it replaced 3 times then being offered the 9780 with no other choice, I have totally gone off Blackberry's, the only good thing about them is the messaging service, but that's just an extra. I text more than I message so it would be no real loss to me. A few of my friends have the I-Phone 4, and it's just what I want from a phone. I would never buy a phone outright, so I am going to have to wait the long 12 months for my contract to run out. Even though the iphone 5 will be out by then, I have zero interest in the 5! 

What's on your wishlist this month?
B. x

Saturday, 3 September 2011

A Weekend In.

I am sadly cooped up this weekend with a cold, it was slightly here yesterday (Friday) and woke up this morning like a bear with a sore head, so my weekend so far has consisted of sleeping, watching television and films, lemsip and being best friends with the tissue box! 

My summer is now coming to an end and I move back to University in less than two weeks, I'm starting to get excited now (hi Kate). I'm going to have to work hard this year if I expect to even pass. I'm also really looking forward to doing my make up course in April for 24 weeks, it's giving me something to work towards and to look forward to. 

I guess this is just a quick update, I willl probably be a bit MIA due to moving and getting back into the swing of things, I am also looking for a job for when I go back to University, as lack of money means I can buy very little, which also leads to very few posts as nothing new or exciting is going on in my life. 

Hope you're all well. I'll hopefully have a couple of posts in the next couple of weeks! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

FOTN 20.6.2011

I love my bathroom light because it's like daylight, it's so bright, I tend to do my make up by this light and mirror because you can see EVERYTHING. I was heading out for a few hours with friends last night and seeing someone a little special (haha) and had over an hour to get ready, so I spent my time doing my make up. I wasn't very dressed up, just leggings, black tube skirt, pink top, cream cardigan and the lovely floral scarf my parents brought me back from the holiday in Croatia. When I was taking the photos, I've realised, I have a bad habit of pulling faces, but my brother does the same thing, maybe it's our DNA.

Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
Benefit Erase Paste in No1 Fair
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil to set
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel to fill in Eyebrows
Benefit in Hoola to Contour
Benefit Coralista and Mac Melba as Blush
Me Me Me Beat the Blues as Highlight

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
Loreal Color Appeal Eyeshadow in Golden Shimmer all over lid
Urban Decay Toasted from Naked Pallette in crease
Mac Eye Kohl in Smoulder on upper and lower water line
Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara in 001 Black

Sleek Lipstick in 771 Baby Doll
Natural Collection Lipgloss in Sherbert Fizz

Rimmel in Pink Libertine
Sunflower Stickers from Sallys

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Monday, 20 June 2011

FOTD 20.06.2011

Since I had all my hair cut off I've felt completely un-photogenic, so FOTD with be far and few between if I'm honest. I happened to have time today to do my make up, even though it is simple as all I was doing was popping into town and I also had an interview, but didn't want to be too done up. My camera was handy and I happened to get one decent shot (I took about twelve photos!)

Superdrug Vitamin Illuminating Moisture Cream
Benefit Erase Paste in No1 Fair
Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 mixed with No7 Skin Illuminator in Peach
Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in C3/K3 Rose Beige
Benefit Hoola to Contour
Benefit Coralista
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
Me Me Me Beat The Blues to Highlight

Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night in 001 Black

Bourjois 100% Natural Origin Lipstick in 06 Rose Tendre
Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in Brun Poetic

All set with Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist

Sunday, 19 June 2011

So here's the thing...

I really do love the blogging world, and I would like to properly kick start this one of mine, but at times I find posting a chore, just because I don't know what to write about. I'm quite a heartfelt person, and as I want to keep my blog about light hearted things, such as make up, what I may have bought in recent weeks, things I may be lusting after, or specific trends etc. that I am loving.

After a lot of thought, I've decided to have two blogs, this one 'Bethan Alice's  Beautique', but I also want another one, which will have maybe a daily post about my day, something I may feel strongly about, and also person life problems which will all face, may it be boys, dieting, bullies, friendships, relationships with friends, family and the opposite or same sex. I am in the process of making a name for said blog. I also need to get computing skills back up to scratch! As once upon a time I used to be a total whizz at the stuff, now I'm a complete novice!

Things to look forward to from this blog:
  • Skin care routine 
  • Favourite summer nail polishes
  • Favourite blushes 
  • Make up routine
  • Summer fashion post of some sort
I hope everyone out there and their dad's had a lovely father's day. My dad spent his day pottering in the garden, and being fed with a scrummy sunday dinner and a lovely piece of chocolate cake, and now is relaxing with one of his action films with my brother!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Moment of Revelation

Last night I had one of the most restless nights sleep, ever.
I tossed and turned for what felt like all night, I may have only got a couple of hours proper sleep.
I think it was due to me doing a lot of life thinking, after reading a number of blogs, and even magazine articles about outlooks on life and periods of change in life, I have realised that I am at one of the times in my life where things are changing, I will soon no longer be a teenager, and living away from home, my lifestyle has adapted. I'm the sort of person who cares too much, about what people think of me, how people see me etc. And due to this, I get treated like dirt. Especially by 'friends' and lads. I'm not saying I'm changing over night, or that I can become someone new. I don't think I'll ever not care, I just need to tread carefully and learn to have a bit of a wall up with certain people.
As of late I have felt very confused, I'm unsure if I feel fulfilled by life, I am unsure whether the degree I am doing is the right one for me, and I'm also unsure what direction I want to take. I am now home at my parents for summer, so for a total of nearly 4 months, and I really need a job, I've always had a job since 16, and going to University, I left my job, and relied on the money I had, and now I've ran out, I'm in a mad panic to work, even 8 hours a week, just to have satisfaction of having my own money. I've asked also as a treat from my mum while I am unemployed, if she will pay for me to join the gym, I feel if I go to the gym, maybe 4 times a week, I really want to loose weight and get fit, I have just lacked drive and motivation, and I'm trying to give myself a right kick up the arse to get this going.
Do any of you out there have any words of motivation?
I understand this was a very rambly post, but I guess I needed it out of my system.


Saturday, 16 April 2011

My Week In A Nutshell #2

image courtesty of weheartit

  • So as you can tell by the image I haven't been very well. I had a 24 hour bug/bad case of food poisoning. It hasn't quite left my system, as I have very little appetite, I make a meal and can only eat a few mouthfuls, so by this I'm guessing the bug is still in my system. Due to this I've decided to detox and just stay on liquids for 2 days, so it's fresh juice, water, and green tea for me. To be honest I think my body needs it. My health has been somewhat of a worry in the past few months, since leaving the family home and setting off to Uni, I've had nothing but bad health, from stomach bugs, migraines, chest infections, you name it I had it. I've also previously posted about wanting to loose weight, I've not really had the drive to if I am totally honest, but I think it's due to being so ill I need to do it, for my health and for my satisfaction. I am considering setting up a seperate blog, sharing my progress and even recipes etc. I think doing this will also give me the drive to do it. 
  • I have realised I don't use a lot of my own images, I think it's mainly because I want to blog, but it's finding what to blog about. As I haven't worn make up in over a week, I've not been taking any photos of myself, so there's nothing to post. But definately watch this space. I have a small haul post, and maybe whats in my travel make up bag post coming up
  • Most of my week has been taking up by revision, I'm close to sitting my first lot of exams at University, and I'm really nervous, I think I am so nervous because I pay for this education, and I don't want to let myself, or my parents down, so I want to pass really well so I may be a little MIA in the next few weeks just while I get them under my belt. Recently I have also looked into doing an evening 24 week make up course, but the amount it costs is shocking, so I am unsure what path I am taking, I still want to be involved in majke up but I am going to wait and see how my degree goes I think. 

What has your week been filled with?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Eyebrow Envy

I bet you're wondering "Beth, what the hell is this blog post about!?"
Well, it simply is, that I not only want, but NEED better eyebrows. I've had them waxed, but my skin is so sensitive that it reacts to it, and I have irritated skin and a really bad break out. I then decided to have them threaded, this was okay for a period, but I wasn't happy with how they were shaped, and they were so thin, which with my face shape, just looked dreadful. I then 'kept up' with my eyebrows by tidying them by plucking them, but I wasn't happy, my eyebrows had very little arch, as they looked flat. After looking at a number of bloggers, I saw so many girls who had the shape eyebrows I am after. I also looked through images of celebrities, and I now am aiming to grow out my eyebrows completely and start a-fresh (not that i'm happy with this, and also, if you see photos of me coming up, it's a pre-warning of how unruly they will be haha)
Just a couple of images to show what I am aiming for

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

To begin, no I am not shaving my hair off. (yet there are days I do feel like it), but I do want to change my hair drastically. I'm sick of having dark hair, I always do this, and I never do anything about it, but I have decided that while I am home I am going to take the plunge and begin to lighten my hair. My old hair salon I used to go to, used to charge £100 or more for a full head of highlights but I've done some research, and a really cute hair salon has opened up who do a full head for £61, so I've decided to just go for it, as I think at that price it's worth a go, and the hair salon has other branches which have won various awards.

This probably best shows the colour of my hair at the minute, (excuse the drunken posing, rubbing of fake tan, it was towards the end of the night this photo for my house mates birthday haha). I've looked at a few celebs whose hair I really like and I'll add a few images of the the sort of shade I want to achieve by summer time hopefully.

Mary-Kate Olsen

Jennifer Lopez

Lily Donaldson

I'll document my 'hair journey' over the coming weeks as I go home for a few weeks next week. 
Anyone else out there changing their hair in the coming season?

Sunday, 3 April 2011

My Week In A Nutshell

I have been pretty MIA since I started my blog, I just didn't have the heart for it for a long time, I was settling into University, and I also had a few things going on in my personal life, but, I am back, with a new outlook and I am definately going to start making a point of posting every few days. I've enjoyed reading weekly updates, so I've decided to jump on the bandwagon, I don't want to use the same titles, hence the 'in a nutshell' title. I won't stick to one day either, as I am travelling between Manchester and Belfast in the next week, and throughout forseeable months, so I will post when I can, it may end up being a Sunday, but I won't promise to a certain day of the week. 
  • This week was  my final week of lectures at University, I am unsure if you know but I study Events Management degree, and I'm only in my first year, and I honestly can't believe how fast the time has gone. I remember the day I moved to University, and feeling incredibly homesick, and now I'm loving where I live and I'm looking forward to the rest of my years here. I'm just not looking forward to my end of year exams though, as I'm not the best person at exams, I get so nervous. 
  • This week has also been a tough one for finding a job, but I have been given a few office hours in my dad's place of work, which I'm really grateful for, as I am in desperate need of the money at the minute with paying for my house for next year. 
  • I have decided to make a drastic change in my hair, I really want to go lighter, think Kimberley Walsh, but I will be doing a post about this in the next few days. As I've had a bit of a dye dilemma, where I put a brown on my hair and it has gone pretty much black, which I definaltely didn't want! So I am thinking of using 'Colour B4' which I've seen a few people using online, and I've read a few mixed reviews on it. I also want healthier hair, so I'm going to have a good chop when I go home, and I'm also going to use a new hairdressers as my old hairdressers has become incredibly overpriced. 
  • I am still trying to loose weight, but being at University I am finding it hard, I've been swimming a couple of times, and I've also invested in a couple of workout DVD's, this is also a post I will be doing in the future, when I start to take losing weight a lot more serious I will post about it and my progress.
  • Finally, I have decided to stop buying certain make up for a while, I need to use up things like Mascara and Foundation, I don't mind having a collection of blushers, bronzers and eyeshadows, I have seen the new MAC Collection "Quite Cute" and I really want a few items from that, so I may look into it next week if there's anything left. 
B. x

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Inspiration and Drive!

As I blogged about earlier, I really want to try and loose weight this year. 
Let's say I'm more Beth Ditto, than Angelina Jolie.
I vary a lot in clothe sizes, it can be one extreme to another, but I'd like to be a 14, and maybe then head for a 12, but I feel that 14 is a good size to stay and loose weight as healthily and safely as possible. 
So I've taken a long look at how I'd like to look, and taken inspiration from a number of celebrities, warning that this is a bit of an image heavy post, but it's to get the general idea. 

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian & Kelly Osbourne. 
These three ladies, are definately my body inspirations, they're still WOMEN, the have curves and are so beautiful, and I find that their figures are the best image to look up to, not wanting to be a size 6, but to love your curves. I have to learn to love mine, I've been given my mother's hips, thighs and bum, and Rihanna shows this and so does Kim. I find Kelly incredibly inspirational with her weight loss, I feel I have something in common with Kelly, when I used to watch her on MTV all those years ago with her bright pink hair, and she was a "larger" size, I feel she has shown it is possible and she looks fab now. Doesn't she?!
So saying this, I have decided to really push myself this year, last year I lost 2 stone, and was really proud, but didn't seem to want to keep going, I don't think I was in the right mentality, I'm doing this to make myself happy and to be healthy particcularly, it's better to take these things into hand at a young age. 

Some images to drive me....

I've realised I need to watch what I'm eating, over the Christmas period I always felt stuffed, but when I'm at Uni I realise I'm not eating enough, so I'm going to make weekly plans for the first few weeks of second term and try and get into either eating three good meals a day, or having five little meals, to keep my metabolism up. I have also started trying to drink two litres of water a day, this is proving harder than I thought but I am really trying, I can do five glasses easily, but getting it to ten always seems a push, I try drinking a glass with every meal, then a couple in between and always keep one by my bed at night. 

My main thing is to start exercising, I walk to and from Uni and in and out of the City Centre as much as possible, but ideally i'd like to go on long walks around the country and up hills to really start, I'm also going to sttart swimming in the local Aquatic centre once or twice a week, I'd ideally like to find a little buddy to come with me! 

And lastly, sleep, I'm totally deprived of the stuff living in student halls, I have no pattern, I'm never in bed before 2am, and it's impossible to function properly this way, so I've decided that 4 nights a week I should really be ready for bed around 9pm and going to bed at 10.30pm. This way I know I will be getting a decent nights sleep, at weekends obviously it may be a later night. 

I apologise if this has been total waffle and boring but it's something I felt like blogging about, and I feel if I do blog about it, it will give me more of that push. 
B. x

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2011 ♥

So here we are in a New Year, and along with a this comes new beginnings, new goals, aspirations and many other things. I'm not happy to be leaving 2010 behind, unlike what I have read in a number of blogs, facebook updates, and tweets, many people couldn't wait to see the back of 2010.
Personally I feel that 2010 and was the year I really got to know myself, and I became an adult. I moved from my family home in the countryside of Northern Ireland to go to University in Manchester in September, and boy, that was the most difficult thing I have ever done. I am exceptionally close with my mum, not weirdly close though (haha), but leaving her behind was very difficult. I have relished being at home for Christmas and New Year, but I have now learnt being away from home has giving me so much independance and confidence, and I plan on doing more of this. 
I have never been the most confident person, but knowing that I have it in me has given me the kick to do things for myself and stop relying on others etc.
So, why am I writing? I guess to make some resolutions for myself, and I feel I  may track my progress on them, whether it will be positive or negative. 
My main resolution is to loose weight, such a typical thing, but I have battled with this issue on and off for a long time, I'm at my "happiest" I have ever been with my weight, but I feel that I could push myself much more and ideally I want to drop another 2 to 3 dress sizes, I'm not going by weight, I feel that made me really hung up, I'm going by body fat and inches off my body by measuring myself weekly and see if this makes any difference. My main thing is to look for a form of exercise I enjoy doing, I think I may start swimming as I did a lot of it as a child. I also will be cutting down a lot of meal sizes, and eating more regularly to get my metabolism working. 
My next resolution is to budget myself, being at University I have been left without a job, I am going to try and maybe find some bar work for term times, my problem with a job is that I will be taking periods of time off due to being term ends, so I will be travelling back to Ireland in these breaks. So while I have no proper income I need to budget my nights out, shopping sprees, and buy food which is on offer, this is going to benefit me for my future also. 
And finally, I need to do more for myself, I'm a people pleaser, I do so much for other people and get no thanks for it, so I have decided to grow a bit of a selfish streak and for once make myself happy. My problem which all my friends and family keep reminding me, is that I'm too "nice", which leaves me wide open to being used and let down. I'm not saying I'm turning into someone nasty. I just want to do a bit more to please me, treat myself once a month with something, not going along with the crowd, just generally putting my foot down. 
I have also decided, I am going to really try and set this blog off, I haven't many followers at all, but the few I have I am appreciative off, so I am going to set aside a few days a week and just write about something, I might start with weekly summary's and FOTD/FOTN etc. We'll see what the future brings. 
I hope all you dolls had a really lovely Christmas. And I wish you all the very best for the year of 2011! 
Make everyday the best, including it's ups and downs :)
B. x