Sunday, 28 June 2015

My Year 11 Prom 2015

On 26th June it was my prom! I had been so excited for the day ever since my prom was planned, I just couldn't wait to get dressed up as a princess in my dress, hair and makeup!
Today I thought I would share with you my prom experience, talk through my outfit and show all the photos of the night.

When counting down the days till prom I was so excited and even on the day I was buzzing with excitement. However, when I was in the car and on the way to prom nervousness really set in. I don't know why, but for some odd reason I felt really nervous. Once I got to the venue, Tankersley Manor, I was fine and really enjoyed the night of photos and dancing. It was great seeing everyone who I hadn't seen in weeks.


My Outfit 
Dress - Debut by Debenhams £89
Hair Piece - Ebay £2.99 I think
Bag - Bhs £16
Shoes - Bhs £35
Shoe Add ons - Ebay £1 each I think
Bracelet - Pandora 
Earrings - Bhs £8 with matching neckalce
Necklace - I don't know, I borrowed it



Nails 
NYC Mint Macaroon
Barry M Matt White




Photo Time!



















Have any of you been to prom this year? What was it like?


Friday, 26 June 2015

What's in my bag updated

I last did a whats in my bag back in April 2014, read here. I thought, since it has been over a year since my last one and I have a new bag, why not do another one?!



My bag is from Primark and I got it in February this year, so you may not be able to get it now. I wanted a new bag since my last one, not featured in a whats in my bag, had no structure to it and didn't have a zip, so I bought this one for around £9, I think. You have the option of wearing it across the body, on one shoulder or in the crook of your arm, personally I prefer on one shoulder because it isn't restricting my movement and doesn't make my arm ache after half an hour.


Firstly, in the main compartment I carry all my big items including my purse from Primark, my sunglasses from Primark, my female necessities bag, my deodorant, my body shop peach body spray, earphones, keys and mini hairbrush. 

In the front zip compartment I carry all my tablets, lip balms from Nivea and the body shop, hand gel from Primark, hand cream from the body shop,compact mirror from Poundland, tissues, hair grips and chewing gum.



What's in your bag?


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Wanderlust Tag


I saw this tag over on makeupsavy.co.uk, read here, and thought it would be a good idea for a post for me.


1) Where was your first plane to?
As far as I can remember it was Tunisia when I was little, but after talking to my mum and family I know that I went on holiday way before that to Majorca or Menorca, somewhere like that.

2) Where have you travelled to that you would love to visit again?
Probably Tunisia or Sharm El Sheikh. Tunisia because I was so young that I can't remember much about it and Sharm El Sheikh because it was an amzing holiday and experience.


3) You are leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?
Hello! The Maldives! I have always wanted to go there, it just looks so peaceful and beautiful. Either there or somewhere in Hawaii.

4) Preferred method of travel?
I like planes, but am slightly scared of flying; I like cars, but get slightly travel sick and uncomfortable and I enjoy trains but they can be cramped. So the answer is either a plane, car or train. Just not a boat!

5) Favourite travel website?
I only follow one travel website and that is World of Wanderlust. The blog is just a really good travel blog with great versatility. 

6) Where would you travel just to eat the food?
Italy! Come on, pizza, pasta and gelato!

7) Is there a place you would never go again?
No. I loved everywhere I have been.

8) Do you prefer the window, middle or aisle seat?
Middle. You can still see perfectly out of the window and are not too squashed in that you can't get out to go to the toilet.

9) How do you pass time on an plane?
I would usually watch a film on my ipod, listen to music or read a book. If it is a long haul flight then I would probably do the above as well as sleep.


Feel free to use the questions!


Sunday, 21 June 2015

What to do this summer....




Now since I have just left school and I will have the massive 12 week summer holiday, I thought I would share with you some ideas on how you can spend your summer holiday.


1. Go out and buy everything you need for college
2. Start DIY projects
3. Go on a road trip
4. Get a job
5. Go camping for a week 
6. Find a new hobby
7. Read your favourite book series
8. Find a new series to binge watch on Netflix
9. Explore you hometown
10. Explore another city
11. Volunteer
12. Join a gym
13. Try a new sport
14. Try a new restaurant
15. Go on a long holiday abroad
16. Clear out your wardrobe/closet
17. Go to a festival
18. Go on a day trip to your favourite places
19. Go to the beach
20. Throw a barbecue/summer party
21. Sun bathe in your local park
22. Go running/jogging
23. Go on a picnic
24. Go for a long walk


What will you be doing this summer?


Friday, 19 June 2015

4 Ingredient Pasta Salad

As I have said previously I want to post more food posts on here, after all a blog is where you post your passions.... isn't it? and since one of my passions is food and experimenting with food, I thought I would share with you some recipes.


I came up with this recipe one day when I fancied something different other than a sandwich for lunch. I thought I would try and recreate a pasta salad that you would find in a supermarket and see how it would go. Well.... it went good and I have been making this pasta salad for months. It is so filling and tasty that I want all of you to make it and share your opinion. It is a quick and simple recipe that takes about 15 minutes to cook and then can be refrigerated until you want to eat it.

Ingredients
Fusilli or Penne pasta
Chicken breast
Cucumber and any other salad foods you want to add
Mayonaise


Step 1
In a saucepan add the pasta and the chopped chicken to boiling water.

Step 2
Cook for 10 minutes and then drain the water in a colander

Step 3 
Put the pasta and chicken back into the pan and add the mayonaise gradually whilst stirring.

Step 4
Cut your salad into small chunks and add to the pan.

Step 5
Once it has all combined and is covered in mayonaise, spoon into a bowl and put in the fridge until cool.

Step 6
Enjoy!

What quick and easy recipe do you make regularly?


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Model.Co Black Eye Liner Pencil





This eyeliner came as part of the July issue of Glamour magazine for £1. For the price you get the magazine, which I have been collecting for over a year, and a kohl liner worth £12.
I have tried the liner a few times and thought I would share my thoughts on it. 

The application is easy as it is a smooth and soft consistency that doesn't require a lot of pressure to get a good pigmentation. The liner, despite its creamy consistency, is long lasting and doesn't budge.



Have you tried this eyeliner or the other freebies Glamour is giving?


Sunday, 14 June 2015

How I Got Through My Exams/ Tackling Revision





On the 5th June I sat my final exam, so I thought I would share my journey with you. I know that exam season has ended, well for my school it has, but I still wanted to share my story with you.

I wasn't particularly worried about my exams, I got myself into the mind set of "if I revise enough, surely I will pass." Although I had a bit of stress and nervousness, getting into this mind set really helped as it reminded me that I was well prepared for each exam I sat.

What I Did For Revision
I know everyone learns and takes in information in different ways, so this won't help that chunk of you, but for those it does apply to, for revision I used all manner of things for different subjects. For literature I read the book and play I was studying, read over the poems I had studied and read the notes I had made in class. For maths, I went through all the worksheets I had done in  lessons, worked through mock exams and used maths websites like IXL and MyMaths. 
For Spanish, I spent an hour a week after school with my Spanish tutor and went through exam papers and exam style questions as well as doing that in the three lessons I had a week. With ICT I spent a lesson a week doing theory work where we did a different topic each week, as well as looking through exam papers and answering exam style questions. For Geography, in class we went through the 18 case studies we needed to revise and revisited key words and their definitions. Outside of school I went through my revision notes as well as revise the case studies that were most likely to come up on my exam paper. 
I spent most of my revision time on my four science exams as in the mocks I failed them and I'm not a naturally born scientist. I just don't get it! I bought a revision book from school with all three sciences in, chemistry; physics and biology, which had page after page of information on each topic in the three subjects, they also included exam style questions on each topic and at the end of each section had a big six mark question for me to answer. I didn't really follow the book, what I did was look at each question, write down what I would put and then write the actual correct answer after. Finally, for Food Technology, as pastry was the product we had to design in the exam, we made pastry product after pastry product until they were practically coming out of my ears. We also went through what was mostly likely to come up the exam as well as the things that might not but there is still a chance they could. 

Revising Ideas
1. Make posters on each individual topics for each subject and use big pieces of paper and coloured pens
2. Make notes from revision guides, websites or videos
3.Watch YouTube videos
4. Go through exam papers and then check your answers against the mark scheme
5. Create rhymes, songs or raps to remember key words 


How have you tackled revision and how did you find your exams?

  

Friday, 12 June 2015

Where Do I See Myself in 5 Years Time...?






I get asked this question a lot of the time by friends, family and staff at school, so I thought I would share it with you. It also gives me a chance to set realistic targets for my future.


Firstly, I will be 21/22 years old, so I would want to either be in university or working. At university I would love to be studying either journalism, media or English language. I think I would then, if I did go to university, like to do a masters degree in my chosen course. If I was to go down the work route, I would love to be working for a newspaper or magazine company in Sheffield, whether it is an internship or full-time job. I would also like to think that The Giggly Blogger is still up and running as I am loving it so much and that there is more of you guys reading!
More on the personal side of things, I would want to be living in my own flat or living with my mum as I don't currently live with her and it would be nice to spend time with her as I don't see her often. I'd would also like to think that will be driving my dream car, a mint green mini convertible! I love them cars!

Also, I would love to have been on more holidays abroad, I haven't been since I was 13! I really want to visit the whole of Europe and North and South America!

Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

People's Insecurities and Bullying




This is a topic that is quite close to home and so I thought I should address it. Insecurities, everyone has them. Whether it is a flat chest, a big bum or spots. No one is perfect, no matter how perfected they may seem. It is fine to have these insecurities, but it is when people choose to criticize and bully others that really bothers and upsets me.




Personally, I get called fat and ugly and although they don't seem so bad, they had a really negative effect on my life and how I saw myself. It took over a year to boost up my confidence and be able to accept myself. Now, when I get negative comments thrown at me, I don't even acknowledge them or give them any kind of attention. If I was, then the people who are commenting would think it is affecting me and would carry on. 
In my opinion, people who bully others are only doing that because they feel so insecure with themselves, that they need to draw attention to someone else's. 

What bullies don't understand is that, their criticism and negative comments can have a negative impact on that person's life. You could make someone's self esteem so low that they could have anxiety, mental health problems or even worse!  Just by saying someone has a big nose or is fat can have so many repercussions that bullies don't even understand.


I think that, before you say a negative comment, you should put yourself in that person's shoes and see how it would feel to hear that comment about yourself. Also, if you hear negative comments about yourself, just ignore them, embrace your insecurities and love yourself.


What negative comments do you hear about yourself? Have you ever shouted a negative comment?



Sunday, 7 June 2015

If I Was to Listen to One Album...




If was to listen to one album for the rest of my life it wouldn't be that hard to choose. I only usually listen to a few songs of an album, however when I stumbled across the Sia 1000 Forms of Fear album I fell in love with most, if not all, the songs. For one I think that Sia's voice is incredible and every single song is different from the others.

Some of my favourites include: Chandlier, Elastic Heart, Eye of the Needle, Fire Meet Gasoline, Burn the Pages and Big Girls Cry. They are all just really easy to listen to and not get bored of after a few times of listening. I not only like the songs, but I like the music videos that go with them and, although they create a lot of controversy, they are some of my favourite music videos. Each and every one holds a story so that I feel compelled to watch as I love a story, whether it is in the form of a book, film or music video!



What would your 'one album for the rest your life' be?





Thursday, 4 June 2015

My Version of a Stir Fry

I haven't done a food post in what seems like forever and I have recently been loving cooking this meal, so I thought I would show you how I make one of my favourite meals.
























Ingredients

Oil
Chicken or any other meat
Green Beans
Baby Corn
Pepper
Chorizo
Mushrooms
Baby Spinach



Instructions

  1. In a wok add a small amount of oil and what ever seasoning you want, I chose chilli and garlic.
  2. Chop the meat, chorizo and vegetables
  3. Add the raw meat e.g. chicken, pork or beef
  4. Once the meat is partially cooked, add the hard vegetable e.g. baby corn and green bean 
  5. Once they have softened, add the peppers, mushrooms, baby spinach and chorizo
  6. Cook until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables have softened
  7. Dish up and serve











Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Now When You Pick a Pawpaw Or a Prickly Pear






I have recently started getting back into painting my nails, whether it is because I have finally left school so I can wear it on week days or because summer is becoming closer. I don't know, I just fine joy and relaxation in painting my nails in a different colour each week. 

This week I decided to paint them in the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Prickly Pear by Barry M. I love Barry M, their colour range is extraordinary and the formulas are amazing. I bought this nail polish a couple of months ago and have already used it as a accent nail with the Gelly Hi Shine in Chai, read here

Prickly Pear is a beautiful pale purple which reminds me of parma violets. The formula is quite thick and glossy and for an opaque colour, you only need one coat. What I live about the Gelly Hi Shine range is that it gives you the feel of a high end manicure but for only £3.99!



Have you tried the Gelly Hi Shine range? What shades do you recommend?