Saturday, 3 November 2018

How To Start Your Night Out In Style

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We all need a big night out occasionally. The chance to let your hair down and enjoy yourself doesn’t come along as often as most of us would like it to. So when you get the chance, you should go for it. That means starting the night in the right way and setting yourself and your friends up for an evening of fun and memories. Here’s how to start your night in the right way and enjoy yourself...

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Are You Missing This Vital Ingredient?

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There’s something that nobody teaches us at school, which is vital to our sense of happiness and mental wellbeing.  It’s an ingredient we should learn from our parents, yet if they’re missing this vital ingredient, how can we expect them to pass it onto us?

What is this vital mystery ingredient, you may ask?

The answer is self esteem.

See, you can have all the ambition and success in the world, but if you don’t feel good about yourself in terms of your self worth and sense of personal power - it will hold you back like nothing else.

Today, many people are trying to fill emotional voids with external things; for instance, many people will latch onto a fancy car and use it as a prop to raise their self-esteem, but this is coming from the ego rather than a grounded place of true self-esteem.  

Similarly, some people will receive wonderful jewellery from places like that will make them dazzle and shine on the outside, yet on the inside, if they lack this vital ingredient of self esteem, they will feel hollow and insecure.

Now, the (sort of) good news is that almost everyone is lacking in this vital ingredient of self-esteem, for as a society, we are experiencing an emotional epidemic of low self esteem and low self worth.  

This comes out in a variety of ways, and doesn't have to be as pronounced as self harm, getting dangerously drunk, or sleeping with anybody that gives you some attention.  It can be as subtle as a nagging feeling that you’re not good enough, or a lack of confidence in your ability to achieve something you desire.

Louise Hay, who is an expert on this area of self esteem and self love states:

“When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves—our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too.”

She makes a good point, in that the first step in having self esteem is to accept ourselves as we are; for all the good things and the bad things. Of course, we can work to improve on the less than perfect areas - but we don’t “have to” in order to be worthy. We can be perfectly imperfect and still deserve love, respect and kindness from both ourselves and other people.

When we start to love ourselves as we are, rather than for how we feel we “should be” or need to be (i.e. many people feel the need to achieve huge things in order to feel good about themselves) we are free to live our lives. Without this feeling of self love, self worth and self esteem, we are trapped in an insecure state where we often don’t feel good enough… and our life suffers as a result of this lack of confidence in our own ability and belief in the good in who we are.
*Please note that this is a collaborative post*


Monday, 29 October 2018

Surprising A Long Distance Partner

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In the modern day and age, there’s a lot of different ways you can get into a relationship. As we’re now living in a digital age, one of the most popular ways to try and find someone of a like mind and an opposite attraction means a lot of long distance relationships can crop up out of nowhere. Coping with such a distance between the two of you can be hard however, and often enough you can feel like the relationship is going nowhere.

However, that feeling doesn’t have to linger. There’s always going to be things you can do to share your love with someone else, no matter how far away they are. After all, meeting someone on a dating app doesn’t make your relationship any less valid than two people who met over reaching for the same melon at the supermarket! So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can surprise a long distance partner, to make sure you’re always stoking the fire between the two of you.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

How To Pick The Perfect Piece Of Statement Jewellery Every Time

A great piece of jewellery can really take an outfit to the next level if you know how to style it properly. Statement pieces are bold pieces of jewellery that you can match with an outfit to really make it pop, but if you don’t wear it right, it might make the wrong statement. There’s a lot more to wearing statement jewellery than people realize. It’s not just a case of throwing on a chunky necklace with any old outfit. You need to think carefully about the outfit as a whole and find a piece of jewellery that accentuates all of its best features. If you’re a bit lost when you’re trying to wear statement jewellery, here are a few tips to help you get it right every time...


Friday, 26 October 2018

For Him (And Him Alone): Gifts Your Man Will Enjoy That He Won’t Need To Share

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When buying gifts for the man in your life, it can be very easy to go for the same types of things year in and year out, from the presents that are pretty practical, to the things that are a bit “manly” but in a cliched sense. This post will hopefully act as somewhat of a guide for you, so next time, you will have inspiration right at the click of a button!

The Gift Of Style
We could always do with new clothes, and if you are trying to avoid the usual things that your significant other wears, you can't go wrong with some stylish underwear that’s also very comfortable, but there are some other little accessories that can add to the overall stylishness, like ascot ties, suspenders, or even cufflinks that can be found on sites like John Henric UK. The gift of clothes is usually a quick and easy option, but giving them some style instead of just the same old Christmas jumper will make a big difference, and they will feel better about themselves.

The Gift Of Education
There's something quite romantic about having time to yourself and settling down with a nice book. The go-to option would be the Amazon Kindle, because you can store thousands of books, but if your significant other doesn't have the time to relax with a good read, a subscription to Audible is a suitable alternative. You could even give them a course, either in any language or some online guitar lessons, especially if they've been yearning to break out the six string!

The Gift Of Coffee
Where would we be without coffee? While a classic espresso maker would be a gift they would greatly appreciate, you can think of it more outside the box, by giving them a subscription to Coffee Tasting Club, or if they are constantly on the move, a portable tumbler or travel thermos that will keep their coffee warm for hours on end. There's nothing worse than having a swig of cold coffee!

The Gift Of Comfort
If they struggle to get to sleep at night, then a set of new bed sheets or a microfiber towel can give them that extra bit of warmth in the morning when all they want to do is stay in bed and not endure the freezing cold outside the sheets. If they think you're buying new sheets for the benefit of yourself, give them a support pillow.

We need to enjoy our gifts ourselves, so when you are giving thought to the type of gift they need, you could go down the usual route, give them something that they need, or you can go down the secret third option and giving them something they'll actually enjoy but makes life a little easier. It's always easy to buy something that they don't really need, but give them a more creative and thoughtful gift.

*Please note that this is a collaborative post*


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

My First Impressions - University Of Birmingham

At this moment in time, I'm hustling hard. I'm coming to the end of my first term in Year 13, which means that the personal statement preparation has started, the University Open Days are coming to an end, and I'm focusing more than ever on achieving top grades to give me the best chance at getting onto my ideal course. 

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