Spending Money And Not Feeling Guilty About It

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In the wise words of the infamous Tom Havorford & his partner in crime Donna, “Treat yo’ self.” Which is something I’ve been trying to drill into my brain for a while now.

I grew up in a family who could pay bills, buy food and that was about as far as income would stretch. I learned that you had to plan your budget carefully, and luxury’s were something you either saved for or couldn’t have.

I appreciate this way of life very much so, as it’s helped me to be very frugal with my money and I always have everything paid for and accounted for no matter what.

(p.s.  the word ‘frugal’ always reminds me of the trait you can give your sims which is where I originally learnt it 😂)

However, this way of life has also made me very reluctant to spend money on almost ANYTHING other than what I consider important like bills. I was literally forced by Marek to buy new underwear and socks because he couldn’t stand the sight of how worn out they were any longer.

I even felt bad buying pyjamas, but I was sick of feeling gross in old stained t-shirts and wanted to have cute cool ones like I see all over instagram, so I sucked it up and bought a few pairs.

And you know what? I feel so much better.

I even pulled a bit of an ol’ rebel move today and bought a keyring from skinny dip I’d been eyeing longingly for ages, literally the second I got an email saying it was back in stock, instead of leaving it in the ‘saved items’ section of the Asos app until the end of the universes’ existence.

So here’s to being nicer to myself! Stay tuned for the probable part 2: I Cant Stop Spending once I get too comfortable. *sigh*

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I’m ‘Boring’ And Why I’m Okay With That

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Today, I am having major holiday blues. Facebook did that fab thing where it reminds you what you were doing “this time a year ago” and up popped a photo of me and Marek chillin’ on the beach in Mexico.

I’ve low key been sulking all week about it as it is tbh, because it was one of the rare times I did “do something”  and yet this year, I am sitting in bed, in England, waiting to leave for work. TRAGIC.

However, I also remember, that I LIKE being at home. And even while I was in Mexico, I was 100% ready to come home like a day before my holiday ended. I know at this current moment time I do wish I was almost 5000 miles away on a beach in the sea (YES I googled how far away it was) but the difference is, whenever I get upset because I see people on social media out every night somewhere exciting or on holiday every 3 weeks, I try to remind myself I’d hate that. I’d be EXHAUSTED.

I’d much rather spend my days off literally just slobbing it out at home in front of the tv, a big ‘ol cup of tea in hand, binging a tv show or playing a few games (Breath Of The Wild is my current ❤) than having a packed weekend full of socializing with different people. And that’s okay.

I always feel embarrassed when I book a week or so off of work, and people ask what I did and I say “not much really” because I feel like people think i’m about as fun as a led balloon if I don’t list them a huge list of things I did like, bungy jumping off of Big Ben or swimming with sharks, but if I enjoyed myself “doing nothing” what’s the problem?

I think, sometimes it’s what puts me off of blogging too, because I don’t have something to brag about every post, I feel like there’s nothing to write about, so I’ve decided to give myself a break. This is my blog, so even if I feel like it’s boring af, I’m going to post it, because it’s interesting to me.

#beyou

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#WhatIWatched | March ’17

I’m really annoyed at myself that I haven’t been uploading these right at the end of the month, I also didn’t even write down all the things I watched so I’m now racking my brains to remember everything. Good one mate.

TV:

Love

This is the second season of this series I’m watching, and this season was a love/ hate thing. It’s a really realistic portrayal of what a relationship is like between two people with different issues, not being romanticized in anyway, but also it took a few turns with Mickey where I began to stop liking her and relating with her, and basically, thinking she was just being a real dick. It’s an interesting story, but I’m not sure how many series this show can have before it starts getting a bit sad and stale.

Iron Fist

We realized after starting to watch this that we were supposed to watch Daredevil (more on that in April’s post) before this. It’s not an entire necessity, but a lot of the things going on in the show are linked with it, as are the other Marvel shows, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. I really enjoyed the show, although Danny has the cliche “both my parents died when I was a kid” backstory, It’s actually linked to the underlying story that connects the rest of the Marvel shows. So I’ll let it go. I’m still very confused as to what his true quest in life is, but judging by the ending episode, the story is far from over.

Film:

The Nice Guys

I’d heard this was quite funny, so I popped it on during a visit from my family, and it had Ryan Gosling in it, so it’s a persuasion in itself, really. Ryan plays a clumsy, quite frankly quite incompetent detective, who teams up with Russell Crowe’s character (equally as disheveled and dodge)  in an attempt to uncover the truth surrounding a porn actresses death, in a pretty comedic style. I really enjoy Ryan’s comedy roles, his characters usually have that cocky, dry sense of humor/ just plain idiocy (he screams in horror pretty high pitched more that once in this) a good watch.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

I’ll admit, I wasn’t actually super enthusiastic about this film when it came out, and was in no rush to watch it, but I found myself presently surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I thought the mythical beasts would look a tad lame and too “fake” but, honestly, they looked amazing and I actually uttered a “wow” when he climbed inside his bag and revealed them all. I loved the character of Creedence (Ezra Miller), I thought he did an amazing job. Not so sure how I feel about Johnny Depp as a character in the HP universe, but we’ll see how that goes.

Sully

First of all, any film with Tom Hanks involved is always a yes from me. I just love him so much 😩 this film was one of his more serious roles however, in a *true story* about a pilot who is forced to land his plane in the Hudson river, following engine failure. Planes breaking is legit my biggest fear whether I’m in the sky or on the ground (I get worried ill be squashed one day donnie darko style) but if this captain was in control I’d live to tell the tale.

Passengers

Now. Chris Pratt is hilarious and I could watch him and his strange insta stories/ snaps all day. But this film honestly wasn’t the best. It was watchable, but the plot of two people waking up on a ship in space 90 or so years too early from their destination isn’t super exciting.

The Arrival

This film messed my brain up. So much confusion and feelings. I can honestly say this is one of the very few alien films I enjoyed and would watch again. It doesn’t take much for me to start rolling my eyes when extra terrestrial beings are involved, but this I was actually impressed by and pulled in. A very good watch. 

Moana

What an amazingly visual film. The story line didn’t rely on a love story sub plot, it was all about a strong female lead, going out on a journey and not giving up even when everyone else told her she should. She’s definitely one of my new favourite princesses, alongside Mulan and Merida, who I think are fantastic role models for young  impressionable girls.

 

#WhatIWatched | February ’17

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This month isn’t a long one, as I actually didn’t find myself sitting down watching something everyday, due to life simply being a bit, well, busy. So y’know I apologize for the fact that this post is so late into March.

TV:

Sneaky Pete

This show actually surprised me, as initially I didn’t expect it to be something that held my interest. I was wrong. The show is incredibly enticing with all of the mischief “Pete” gets up to, it really puts you in a good few nail biting/  ‘HOW did he do that?’ moments. Not to mention the “bad guy” role is played by none other than the fabulous Brian Cranston. Think Walter White, expect with more style, charm and a young pretty lady on his arm. The show could have ended at the end of the series, however the cliffhanger its left on seems equally exciting and I can’t wait to see the new set of problems ahead.

Bates Motel

I love this show. A “prequel spin off” of the 1960’s Classic Film Psycho, Bates Motel shows us the childhood of main character Norman and his life growing up with his mother Norma, how they first started up the business, and the story of Norman’s slow decent into the disturbed character he portrayed in the film. The show is so gripping, you really find yourself becoming emotionally invested in so many of the characters. I am yet to start season 5, as I want to binge them all at once without having to wait a week for the next episode, because I am the worst and have 0 patience.

Film:

The Girl On The Train

Wow. This film was incredibleeee. The twists and turns this film takes is thrilling. While at first disliking the main character, as the story develops, you begin to feel bad for hating her so much. I experienced a lot of stressful shouting moments throughout this film and it’s safe to say I could have done with a drink at the end LOL. This film really highlights the ugliness and toxicity of what some relationships can be. A must watch.

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The Very Tired Girl

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 These last two weeks seem to have blended into each other for me, I feel like I’m in a weird movie montage where there’s just loads of little chopped up clips of my life, and at the end there’s just a shot of me collapsing on a bed.

Last week I went to the dentist, to get a full checkup and x ray of my arsehole of a wisdom tooth that started growing through, which turns out is slightly impacted, so if I happen to start getting infections, it will have to come out. Sick.

While I was there I also had to get a filling, which cost me FIFTY THREE POUNDS.  On the same day as my brothers 16th birthday, who literally minutes before the appointment, I had stuffed a load of cash into his card. This left me poor for the remainder of the week.

Look after your teeth kids, shits expensive. And painful. V painful.

The rest of the week, I was lucky enough to get in a bit of visual training, which I won’t lie, I had no fucking clue what I was doing as it had been so long, and the first day I was slower than a snail at everything, but I learned how to dress and style mannequins, and folded a tables that took me HOURS that was later destroyed by evil people who want to watch the world burn.

SERIOUSLY THERE’S SIZE TAPE FOR A REASON GUYS.

Why cant people just neatly lift the pile for the size they need and then put it back? *sobs* WHY?!

Also, lifting and dressing 9 adult sized mannequins? IT HURTS. The day after I woke up and felt like I’d fallen down at least 45 flights of stairs.

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Valentines day, Marek made dinner, and I followed up with some “Valentines Sundaes” which was essentially some good ol’ Haagen Dazs, strawberry cheesecake flavoured, with some whipped cream and strawberry sauce. And not to brag, but daaamn it was good.

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The rest of the week I went back to shifts ending at 7/7:30pm and on my sixth day in a row at work yesterday, I honestly don’t know how I made it through the day without killing someone or crying tbh.

Anyone wants me? I’ll be in my bed for the rest of the weekend making no noise and pretending I don’t exist.

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Valentines Cards For The Non- Soppy Couples

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As someone who is in a relationship myself, but still feels like all that mushy lovey dovey stuff they have around for valentines day will make me vom, I’ve decided to make a collection of cards for people who feel the same, but yet still want to give something to their significant other to show love without being so cringey its illegal.

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Your side, my side joke card

No one I’d rather lay in bed and look at my phone with

Thank you for loving no make up me

no one else I’d rather annoy the shit out of

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I love all of these so much I wish I could buy all of them at once. I wish I was witty enough to make my own cards like this. I’d be a millionaire mate.

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10 Best Valentines Lingerie Under £20

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Lingerie is bloody expensive for something that you wear under your clothes, and whether you want it to surprise your partner, or just feel good about yourself, having pretty matching underwear can defo make you feel like you have your life together sometimes, and like you’re legit full of the most sass ever.

So I rounded up a couple of saucy and cute lil numbers for all different tastes.

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I am aware the majority of these things are from ASOS but they just have so many amazing things and I literally scroll through it almost everyday crying over the things I can’t afford because adulting is hard.

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