25 THINGS I’VE LEARNT IN 25 YEARS

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Last week, I turned 25. Even though it’s still pretty damn young, I feel like this age has definitely crept up on me. For the past few years I’ve been trapped in the past thinking I’m 21. When people ask my age, I genuinely have to think about it. Maybe that will be the age I always feel, like how my mum always used to say she still felt in her twenties, no matter how many years passed her by.

Even though I still have sooooo much to learn and figure out, I have picked up a few life lessons along the way – as most do in this decade! So, I decided to jot down 25 of them, to stick to this ‘quarter-life’ theme and to pass on my ‘wisdom’ (lol).

1. Money buys you freedom, not happiness
2. Coffee is a magic potion that will get you through a working day
3. If friends don’t make any effort to see you, they aren’t true friends
4. The secret to a happy relationship is honesty
5. Buying more clothes will just make you appreciate your old clothes less
6. If getting drunk makes your anxiety worse, don’t do it
7. Plisse trousers are a dream fit for pear-shaped figures
8. Doing something just because it makes you happy, is a good enough reason
9. Wear SPF every day!!!
10. Heels are the devil in shoe-form, don’t bother wearing them
11. Being a dress size smaller isn’t worth depriving yourself of great food
12. Nobody has a perfect job, or life, we all have problems behind closed doors
13. Trust your instincts
14. Whether you like someone is just as (if not more) important than if they like you
15. Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on pretty underwear, comfort is key
16. Don’t trust people that slag off others when they aren’t around
17. A colourful outfit will honestly brighten up your day
18. When it comes to a hairdresser, you get what you pay for (so don’t be stingy)
19. Don’t base relationship goals off of romantic comedies
20. Invest in a good-quality pair of boots instead of buying the pretty shoes
21. Take care of your mental health just like you would your physical health
22. Sometimes people are only supposed to be in your life for a certain amount of time
23. Don’t bother ironing everything in bulk, do it as and when you need it
24. Having fitness goals instead of weight goals can actually make exercise fun
25. Save money for holidays instead of clothes (you have enough)

There you have it, I’m sure you can take every single one of these lessons on board, right? Well, anyway, I’m off to slather my face with anti-ageing moisturiser and eat a slice of leftover birthday cake! x

MY EXPERIENCE IN PHUKET

Phuket was a complete contrast to our short trip in Bangkok. We were able to completely relax, which was exactly what we needed after a long journey and extremely busy few days in Thailand’s capital. At first, the lack of public transport was daunting. It was even more worrying when we realised how far away our accommodation was from everything. But when we arrived at our magnificent hotel, all of my concerns quickly faded away. We were in complete paradise.

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The Crest Resort & Pool Villas is quite literally the fanciest place I have ever seen. I squealed with excitement when I was handed a posh welcome drink and saw the glorious infinity pool, which had a bar INSIDE it. I fell in love with our room, which had TWO double beds joined together, a glorious view and swan-shaped towels.

 

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We definitely made the most of the hotel with plenty of pool days, but we also did a bit of exploring. We visited the Paradise Beach, and the name pretty much says it all. I read books, drank yummy coconut cocktails and swam in the sea. It was glorious.

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We went on a boat trip to Phang Nga Bay and explored the limestone cliffs and rock formations. One of the islands we saw on the trip was Koh Tapu, known as the James Bond Island due to appearing in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Although the Bond feature is the biggest selling point of the trip, and the reason the price is increased, in my opinion it was a bit of a let down. But the beautiful scenery of the rest of the trip made it worthwhile.

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Now, the Phuket Simon Caberet show was like nothing I had EVER experienced before. The promise of the greatest show in the world was definitely not fulfilled, but it was a lot of fun. At one point, a performer dressed in drag danced on men in the audience, and shoved their heads in her fake tatas! It was hilarious but if this is a bit much for you, opt to sit in the upper tier when booking your tickets.

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We decided not to explore much of the town centre because it looked extremely touristy. But I would definitely recommend visiting the beaches and stunning scenery.

The hotel was by far the highlight of the trip. The luxurious spa, yoga and meditation classes, and without forgetting the most important part.. the breakfast buffet, created a little drop of heaven. It helped us feel completely revitalised for our visit to Koh Samui…

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO SHOP YOUR OWN WARDROBE

Having a fashion blog can sometimes create a bit of pressure to keep buying new clothes. But as we’re now all much more aware of the environmental impacts of fast fashion, I am trying my best to shop a lot less. I’m also trying to be a bit wiser with my spending habits as I definitely don’t have the budget for excessive shopping, or the need for it.

But, when I come to write a new blog post and I want to feature outfit photos, it’s hard to resist buying something new. However, last week I had a real rummage around in my wardrobe and to my surprise managed to put together this dreamy outfit.

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For years now I have loved the idea of a red colour block outfit, but I’ve never had the money to buy something like a red suit. So, for years, it has remained an idea. But then, a few weeks ago I was determined to put together a ‘new’ outfit from clothes I already own, by mixing and matching my regulars with my unloved items. Although some of the looks I created didn’t work, I managed to put together some outfits that I really loved.

I found a red pencil skirt just sitting there, collecting dust, that I hadn’t worn since my graduation FOUR years ago. I tried it on with a few different options. I paired it with a long sleeved cherry red top, with my red ankle boots but this felt a bit too extra for my liking. So, I decided to try it with this t-shirt that I would normally just throw on with a pair of jeans. I loved how it broke up the red, but maintained the boldness. I completed the look with my red western belt to add a little bit more structure to the skirt.

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It is definitely the sassiest look I have ever put together and one that got a lot of side-eye, which to me is always a good sign of a great outfit. It made me feel powerful, confident and strong. Putting this together reminded me of what I love about fashion. It isn’t the feeling of buying something new, it’s the excitement and inspiration I feel when I style an outfit that I love.

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If you are watching the pennies or just want to be a bit more eco-conscious, take another look at your wardrobe. Get creative. Is there something you haven’t worn for a while? Could you simply just mix and match some clothes from other regular outfits? Could you maybe layer some of your summer pieces over t-shirts or knitwear? I think you will be surprised at how many looks you can create from what is hiding in your wardrobe.