Winging Life Since 1995

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

If I Could Go Back

I had some crazy goals when I was younger. My 'when I grow up' answer changed on the weekly and every career was an option. I could do anything, the world was my oyster and I was going to stay at home forever and be rich (young Emily was realistic as f*ck.)

My ultimate goal was to work on the tills in Morrison's - and to quote eight-year-old Emily "If I'm going to work here I'm going to have to redesign the uniform because it's gross." I had big dreams... I wanted to be a lawyer once so I began to read the dictionary. I did not make it past A. I wanted to be a police offer, I wanted to be an author (still do), I wanted to be a fashion designer, and a makeup artist, a hairdresser, a photographer, a TV presenter, a spy, a computer hacker, a prima ballerina, a singer, an actress and the list goes on...

If I could go back and do anything I would want to be a ballerina. I've always wanted to do that. I used to daydream about going to The Royal Ballet School and just being immersed in the whole atmosphere of classical dance and dedicating my life to training and performing. I was too old and not good enough really but it didn't stop my mind from wandering.

It's so easy to think back at what would have been. Who and where would I be if I'd accepted my offer at makeup school, and not gone to business school? Who would I be in love with, where would I be living, would I have more or less money in the bank? The way your story is written is incredible and much like Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors, a second can change your life and rewrite your story.

However, I wouldn't change a thing.

Past events have changed me for the best, I've met people I love, people I strongly dislike and every minute of each day no matter what it incurs has shaped me. I have a lot to learn, but the people I've met are teaching me, I'm growing through having inspiring and amazing people in my life and I'm forever grateful for it. Why dwell on the past? Regret moments? Without my past, I wouldn't be my present...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

I Wrote You a Letter

I used to hate cards. I would hate how expensive they are (still do to be honest) and how the next day the words "To... Happy Birthday! Love Emily xx" were just thrown straight in the bin. BUT, the other day something clicked and I thought...


How trivial is it to Facebook message someone, write on their timeline or a text. Birthdays, valentines, anniversaries, weddings, Christmas, babies, engagements - it's all the same. Us Millennials are doing it more and more, even for people close to us. I bet half of us don't even know where the nearest Post Office is. However, a card sent is going out of your way for someone. It's a dying fashion, but such a beautiful one. This doesn't deserve to be forgotten.

I'm not talking about those six-word cards, don't get me wrong. I think what needs to change is really thinking about the card and what goes inside. If you're going to send one, wouldn't it make so much more sense to make it worth your and their while? Letter writing is also dying. Can you even remember the last letter you wrote or received? All those incredible preserved letters from history and what have we got to show now? Deleted text messages and an Instagram account?

So let's tie them both together and write long letters inside cards. Even add extra paper in. Make it messy, honest, colourful... Add pictures, recipes or confetti just because (maybe warn them before opening for that last one) Even find yourself a pen pal?! What a pretty way to let someone know they're on your mind.
The day I had my epiphany I bought a huge pile of cards so I was ready for whatever I wanted to say. I made a vow to always send cards and say more than a few words too. It's a gesture of care, of love. Keeping in touch is harder now when the world has supposedly made it easier. Scrap that useless small talk, it's always forgotten about. All texts are. But a letter or a card can say so much - and who doesn't love getting post!!

Someone's gone to a shop, bought you a card, thought about the written message. Wrote it, got a stamp and posted it. How long did sending that Whatsapp take? Yes, I hear you, it costs money, but doesn't your relationship with that person? Letters are personal, real and thoughtful. Don't let that fade.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Maria, Milenka and Sophie! Thank you so much girls for nominating me, it genuinely means a lot, especially coming people who I absolutely adore. I will be forever grateful!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 bloggers, you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, providing a link to the post you created.

How my blog started...

I started my blog only in November and I'm so so happy I did. I used to blog back in the year under a pseudonym, but due to other commitments, I couldn't keep on top of it. I'm glad though as I've come back unafraid and as myself and I'm so much happier. Last time just wasn't the right time, but it's always something I've wanted to do. I love writing, I have done since I can remember and I started writing my first book aged 15. Having my own place online, to express and share what goes on in my head is really important to me. It's my happy place.

Advice for new bloggers...

I think one of the most important things is to connect with people. I'm only new to blogging myself and connecting with other bloggers has been the best. You make friends, you're talking to people who have the same interests and goals as you and it's a good way of finding out more about the industry you're entering into, events happening and finding cool new things people are promoting.

Write about what YOU want to write about, not what everyone else is doing. On my old blog, I used to do monthly favourites and I didn't particularly enjoy writing them but I felt like I needed to because everyone else was and I thought it was going to attract people to my blog. Your blog should represent you and your personality. And that's what people will actually want, you'll stand out and it will be amazing because you're genuine.

I nominate...

I hope you've all had a great weekend and do check out some of the nominated blogs.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Straight From The Heart

I don't like my body. It's disproportionate. My ribs stick out yet I have big bum that's like a mound of jelly getting in the way. I resemble a pear. My boobs are so small I find it hard buying bras. Buying clothes that fit is impossible. I have trouble getting dressed because there's only so many long tees I can wear to cover up my thighs. I don't like me in the mirror. And that's just the beginning of the list.

It's 2017 and make up no longer seems a choice, but a necessity. I don't feel like wearing make up sometimes but if I'm working I have to. To look presentable, to look like I give a damn. I couldn't go to an interview without make-up on. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they didn't hire me purely based on the fact that I had a bare face. Looks are an illusion to cloud the raw person in front of you. We all blur and correct and for what?

It's a mask. It's hiding my dark circles that haven't left me since I was ten years old. It's hiding my blemishes and discolouration and spots because we've been taught it's ugly. And I am conditioned to think I'm ugly without make up on. So that's how I feel.

But it's my body, so why isn't it my choice?

Courage comes from the Latin word 'Cor' which means heart. So courage literally comes from the heart, and recently I'm finding this meaning to be my light at the end of the tunnel. To love yourself, to be happy and do what you want can't be manufactured, it takes genuine feeling and bravery straight from the heart. It takes courage.

The world is changing; in environment, in politics, just everywhere really. People are at risk every single day and society is bothered with my appearance. I've always seen society from an outsiders point of view, as if I'm not included, and only recently I've realised I am a person that helps make up society and I am guilty of judgement. Society is really just a word for group opinion. Society thinks... Society does... it's all just the people around us, like you and me. So how easy would it be to change?

If everyone makes their opinion heard, their presence known, this CAN change. We CAN build a world that is accepting that we want to live in. We CAN teach the world that it's OK to be whoever you chose to be. Spread joy, spread love, end hate.

Who's with me?


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Get Down and Dirty | Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser Review

Recently my skin has been the worst it has ever been. I've never really had bad skin, apart from the occasional spot, however, since travelling and smacking on a tonne of oily sun cream, my skin hasn't really been the same. Now I'm working again and having to wear make-up almost every day, it's not helping my current face situation.

I recently decided to reignite my love for the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. If you haven't tried Bioré's products before I would definitely recommend them for any skin type, but especially oily skin. Even if you're not spotty or don't have blackheads, it keeps your skin fresh and free from bacteria. It leaves my skin super soft and smooth, exfoliating it at the same time. I feel reborn every day, so that's a great feeling.

The charcoal in the product draws out the dirt and impurities deep within your pores fully cleansing your face leaving your face skin tingling smooth. It's honestly the best skin product I've ever used and isn't expensive at all. It's tough enough that it cleans skin twice as much as a normal cleanser and actually gets down and dirty unlike a lot of other brands. It's not an abrasive product and can be used daily. I personally use this in the shower because having a wet face when my body is dry just freaks me out and also I cringe at the thought of water running down my arms. Ehhhhhhhhhhh no. *cringing now writing this*

I used to use this product when I was studying and after a pretty heavy night drinking I woke up early for class, jumped in the shower, and used this cleanser. It was then realised at this point I was still drunk as I thought my face was burning off due to the tingling sensation it gives you. It woke me up though...



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Cheap Date Weekend

The 1st of February is finally upon us today. 2017 is setting out to be a good year for me so far - I mean, to be honest, it's been one month so it's a little premature for me to say so, however, if we don't have hope what do we have?!

The start of the year is usually when we all take a good snoop inside our bank accounts and realise we need to stop spending like we're Queens and put all our cards in the freezer 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' style. No spend January is going to be no spend February too.

With Valentine's day coming up, not everyone is in a position to be making it rain with those dollar bills, SO, I've come up with some fun date ideas that require little or no money for you besties and lovebirds out there:

Netflix & Chill - Let's not beat around the bush here, we all know what this really means, BUT, let's make it even better and build... a fort. Honestly what better way to feel like a princess than to chill in front of a film from a fort. Throw down those blankets, sofa cushions, pillows and duvets then hang those silky drapes and fairy lights for ultimate cosiness. Set the mood lighting and if you're feeling extra special sprinkle some rose petals everywhere too. Am I right?!

Walk and Picnic - Taking a walk or exploring a new part of the city is honestly one of my new favourite things now I've just moved. Being a tourist in your own city or showing them around your hometown if they're not from there is such a cute way to get to know each other. Even just a leisurely walk in a field or forest is dreamy knowing there's gonna be food at the end of it. And if you have a dog, it's all the better.

Pudding - If your eyes glanced to this point first then you're my kinda person. When people think of dates, it's often going out for a meal, but as my bank statement is aware, meals can be expensive and it's not always a viable option for students or low earners. However, going out just for pudding is perfect and pretty great as it's half the price. Why not up the romantics and share instead? Yum.

Museums - The amount of free and cheap museums and exhibitions around is amazing. You'd be surprised how many have free entry to be honest, and with a range of different topics, you're likely to find something to suit such as history, art, photography, fashion, notable people and cars. It's a bit of a different way to learn about their interests and you're probably going to find something new to interest you too.

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