Christmas Gift Idea: The book of …

I always think the best present for someone is something personalised, so when I saw The Book of Everyone I knew I had to get one.

The basic premise of the book is making it specific to one person. This is achieved by entering the person’s name & date-of-birth and the rest is done for you! The system automatically creates a book of facts relating to the very year (and sometimes day) of their birthday. It’s awesome!

There are opportunities to personalise even further by adding photos, quotes and maybe even something embarrassing to make them laugh.

The book includes so many interesting facts that you may not even know, right from the film and book of that year to the famous people they share their birthday with.

The book can be printed on paperback, hardback or a deluxe option that comes with a a stunning gift box! There is also the choice of getting a digital version to be used on your smart phone or tablet, you know, when you want to be able to show your friends.

It is in collaboration with Age UK, that with every book you buy it goes towards the “gifting” of a book for an elderly person who may not receive a gift. Because, after-all, we all know that amazing people deserve an amazing gift too!

And the coolest thing about it all? The fact an ant (yes, a real ant) gets called your friend’s name in their honour!

So what are you waiting for? Go and make sure that you’re the one giving the best present this year! www.thebookofeveryone.com

 

Happy Holidays

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The unsettling truth of the future

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The other day, I had one of those “stop and think” moments when I was getting my hair cut.

I sat down, told the guy what I wanted and he set off, snipping and chopping away. Until he stopped and said:

“What do you wanna do after uni then?!”

And that was it. I mean, people have asked me that before and I’ve just kinda brushed it off because it wasn’t the right time to be thinking about it. In the past, I usually changed the subject, got on with things and said I’d think about that in the future. But that “future” is nearing and I have to face that question for myself. What do I want to do? And for once, I actually had no idea how to respond. I’ve done many spots of work experience and I could have easily just made something up, but I really had to think, search the depths of my brain for the perfect answer.

I replied, “I’m really not sure to be honest.” That was all I could say. It was the truth.

A puzzling look came upon his face, with which he said, “Really? No idea whatsoever?”

I was completely caught out, stuck on what to say and it suddenly became awkward. I know I’m only 21 (wow that’s the first time I’ve written that down, strange) but I thought that surely there is something in my head that knows. Surely there is some idea somewhere in my brain that knows exactly where I want to go. But I just couldn’t bring it to the surface and into words.

It wasn’t until I got home and looked back on the situation that I realised the sheer importance of that conversation. I think the main reason I don’t know is because I don’t want to know. The unknown element of the future is something that excites me more than anything. I’d much rather take the undiscovered path through life, taking every day as it comes and welcoming opportunities along the way than planning my every move.

I think the way life should be approached is with much enthusiasm and determination to succeed. If you don’t aim for the top, then you’re never going to be able to make it. Take every step with a pinch of salt and evaluate everything that you do. Critically reflect on the things that happen and build upon them, not everything has to be a negative. If you get knocked down, stand straight back up and think about why that happened and how to work around it.

This is exactly the thesis that I am adopting to my life and I hope many people feel the same. You may want to have an outline of the path you want to venture down in your life, but never be reluctant to go the opposite way at the crossroads, jump a few hurdles and go completely off-course. If life takes you that way then go with it. I heavily believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason, so if it happens then take it in your stride, embrace the change and love your life.

You only get one, so go out there and make it count.

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"To live is the rarest thing in the world"

A few days ago, I lost a dear friend. A friend that I hadn’t seen for over a year (probably because he lived in Norway) but I still considered him to be a good friend of mine.

I spent a year living with this guy who was truly beautiful, inside and out, who had the heart of an angel.

The moment I found out the news, I just froze. I stopped right in my tracks and my mind went blank. Like everything had just paused, like the world had stopped mid-rotation and nothing else mattered anymore. He was on my mind.

Then, a gush of thoughts began running through my head. Why? How? What happened? I needed answers. But no-one knew them.

We were all completely left in the dark about what had happened, having to scramble around to try and contact someone closer to him that had more information.

But that information seemed to take a lifetime to reach us. Everyone was asking around to see if anyone had got the latest, to put our minds at rest, to at least get some sort of closure.

Thomas was a happy and cheery guy, always put other people first and tried his hardest to put a smile on your face.

Selfless.

That’s the word I’m searching for. He was completely selfless. He wasn’t one to gloat or want the attention on him. He was always interested in how I am, how my day went and my life.

He took his time on you, had the patience to sit and have a conversation about anything and everything. Even sitting in silence around him was a blessing. His presence just emanated love and happiness. There was never a dull moment when I was around Thomas. He would walk into a room with a huge grin on his face and I couldn’t help but smile and be cheerful, even if it was for a couple of seconds.

It’s now time to celebrate the life of one of the most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. It’s time to remember the good times that we shared and support one another. It’s that time to think back on the moments we spent together and the ways in which he affected each and every person he touched throughout his lifetime.

He wouldn’t be wanting us to cry. He’d be wanting us to carry on with our lives, with our daily activities but keep that part of him always in our hearts.

The past few days have taught me to not take things for granted and appreciate everything whilst you can, you never know which day will be your last.

Life is too short: seize things whilst you can, say “I love you” to the people that deserve to hear it and live your life to the fullest. 

Thomas, you will always be in my heart, constantly on my mind and never forgotten. Heaven has gained an angel.

always in my mind

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Time to dream big!

Hello everyone, wow it’s been so long since I last blogged – a month yesterday actually.

I’ve been super, super busy doing things. Like my internship. What internship you ask? This one right here.

It has been a crazy month and it has gone extremely fast, it only seems like yesterday I was mega excited to be starting and now I’m almost half way through.

A lot has happened in that month though. I have learnt a lot of valuable skills that have taught me a lot (and I mean a lot) about the fashion industry. People are either nice or horrible, there is no inbetween. Luckily, the majority of the people I have met have been the nicer ones.

I’ve learnt that, unlike The Devil Wears Prada, what you wear doesn’t matter. If you want to wear trackies to work, so be it. If you do, however, wear something nice, it will be noticed so that’s always something to determine you to dress the part. I got complimented on my shoes many times, thank you very much!

I’ve gained a few new contacts. Speaking to people is the best way of just getting yourself out there. People love confidence, especially future employers. And oh, the fashion industry needs confident people, trust me. If you’re shy and quiet, just leave now.

I’ve learnt quite a bit about myself and how I approach things. I like to be organised and do things to the best of my ability. I love to do things efficiently and work towards a goal, whether it’s reachable or not. I like being set high goals, it shows that people have trust in me and have faith that I am able to work towards them and hopefully achieve them.

I have also found out that I love fashion. I have been completely surrounded by clothing, shoes and accessories and I just love it. I love looking at it, talking about it and working with it.

It has definitely been an eye-opener to my future and my career prospects. It has told me that I should never be scared to do something, just go for it. The minute you begin to doubt the idea, is the moment that it all starts to crumble, your dreams become farfetched and the cracks begin to show. Would you rather regret something you didn’t do and never knew what would have happened or something that you did do and failed?

Failing is a chance to learn and grow. Failure is normal. Everyone has to fail to realise what is really needed to succeed.

Ok, I’ve jumped in way too deep. Back to reality.

What else has happened? I have gained some fantastic friends – Katie & Samantha (better known as Scarphelia and Nashbag.)

I have grown a lot as a person in the past  month and I have really seen a lot of the world (well, London!) to show me that things are reachable, dreams are possible and to never look back. The past is done, gone and forgotten. Look the the future, aim for success and reach for the stars.

 

For now, ciao. 

 

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The next chapter

As some of you may or may not know, I officially secured my summer internship last week and I couldn’t be more eager to start.

It was such a strange way of happening that it somehow doesn’t seem real but it is and I could scream.

I received an email from a girl at a Fashion PR agency (The Raw Institute – check them out, they have cool brands) saying that she had been passed my CV from a brand that she manages. I had applied to the brand for an internship but they obviously thought it would be better for me to get experience within the agency and therefore passed along my CV. I then organised an interview, spoke a bit about myself, what the internship entails and was offered it there and then.

It is absolutely perfect for me. I am going to be working within PR, social media, press releases, press days, fashion week and much more. It will give me a real chance to get stuck in and work towards gaining the vital skills that are needed for the future.

I start on Tuesday (15th) and I am scared, nervous, apprehensive, slightly clueless and excited.

But most of all, I am ready.

I feel that it is exactly the thing I need right now to start me off and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

I have been applying for, what seems like, millions of work placements and I was beginning to think that I would never find anything. Nevertheless, I still stuck at it and thought that it would all work out just fine and something would come along. And how right I was. This proves that perseverance  is key. Stick at it, believe in yourself and it will all fall into place.

So keep updated on my blog,  Twitter & Instagram to hear all about it and see how I’m getting on.

Oh, and it’s in Shoreditch. #perfect

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3 questions for your future

Imagine you met your future self (pretty far-fetched I know, but bear with me) and got the chance to ask them 3 questions, what would they be?

 

Would you ask how things happened for you?

Would you want to know what happened to something specific?

Would you ask for their advice on what to do? How to go through life? Who to meet, who to say hi to, who to avoid? What places to visit and when? What jobs to apply for?

Would you ask who you married/spend your life with? Or avoid this question to leave it open for your adventure? Would you ask about your family/friends?

Would you ask them what happens tomorrow, next week/year or, again, not?

Maybe you’d ask who’s president/prime minister? Who’s running the country?

Maybe you’d ask what’s the latest craze/fashion trend to “invent” it yourself, and get one step ahead of others.

 

There’s so many possible things that you’d want to know from them, choosing 3 seems the hardest choice in the world. They would have lived their life their (your) way and the way they (you) wanted to. It seems crazy to think that you could follow exactly in their footsteps if you wanted to, just by asking 3 distinct questions that could decipher it all and bring the future into your own hands. You could play the game of life, looking for the next move to coincide with what your future self told you. Searching for that one person they said they married, looking for that specific job they worked in, unearthing the truth about the society that they lived in and so much more.

Just 3 questions that could open a world of possibilities for you and, yet, still constrain you to living a planned out life. Just 3 questions between you and your future.

 

Now, what would you ask?

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The curse of the Smart Phone

It was when I was asked by my housemates to sit with them and watch TV that I experienced the overwhelming power of the smart phone. There we were, TV on in the background and all three of us were sat staring at our phone screens: endlessly tapping, scrolling and swiping to our hearts’ content. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing shameful about doing this as I’m sure we all love our phone, but it shocked me that it had got to this point. Not only are we not even watching TV, we’re not even talking. Just silently encompassed in our own little world of Apple and social networking, sending silly snapchats, tweeting profusely and updating our Facebook statuses to whatever we’re doing (or not doing, in our case.)

The addiction to our phones has become something of a norm these days, with any waking moment spent with the device glued to our palm. And when it’s not, we’re praying for any sign of activity to give us an excuse to pick it back up again.

I’m one of those people that hopes for the next great picture to upload to Instagram or Twitter. I love finding that perfect tweet to send instantly from phone. Updating people on your life is what everyone wants to do nowadays. Showing off where they are, what they’re doing, what they’re eating (this is a nasty habit of mine), posting funny tweets praying so hard to get Retweets, posing in a stupid caricature style for likes and much more is life.

Whatever happened to playing with your siblings, going to the park playing on the swings, going for bike rides, playing swingball, playing “Kerby”, making rope swings, playing football on the field until the sun went down, dedicating your day to a Tamagotchi, spending hours trying to figure out how to do a Rubix Cube or making secrets dens out of bed sheets?

All of these things seem to have been replaced with one simple, small device that is no way more fun than any of those things. Childhood has been taken over by the fight to get more followers or how many likes you can get on your profile picture.

I’d chose any of those things over sitting on my phone all day, drooling because the life has been sucked out of me. Don’t use your phone to speak to friends, use it to call them up and meet them. Let the childhood activities commence.

What's on your phone?
What’s on your phone?
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When I grow up…

I was at work the other day (I work in the garden centre in Homebase) and the weirdest, most strange thing happened to me.

I was sweeping the yard, minding my own business, just doing my job, when a little boy – he was probably about 5 – approached me, pointed at me and said:

when I grow up, I want to be like you.”

Just like that.

My heart stopped. (and I think I blushed too.)

It was such a surreal moment that I just froze. Half in embarrassment, half in shock. A young boy wanted to grow up and be just like me, sweeping a yard in an average job?

I also felt quite proud, I let out a small grin at the boy. There I was, innocently working another usual day and something like that happened to brighten it up completely.

His parents killed my mood straight away. They just gave me the slightest look, grabbed the little boy by his arm, mumbled something and hurried off.

And it all happened within 10 seconds. That was it.

I had just been in the strangest daze for god-knows how long and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I kept thinking that I was day-dreaming, my mind helplessly wondering away from the jobs I had lined up to complete for the rest of my shift.

But no, it was real.

It made me realise that whatever job I get, I should be grateful to be in it. I should appreciate what I am doing and thrive for moments just like that to come along and make me feel enlightened, lifting my spirits even on the darkest of days.

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Blue Beards Review

Products I’m reviewing: The Shaving Solution & Cooling Moisturiser from Blue Beards. 20140305-125727.jpg

What a delight.

I got sent these products to test out and review and it couldn’t have been better. It was honestly one of the best shaving experiences I’ve had.

I’m only young and don’t have a great, big bushy beard, (yet) but there was enough to get the satisfaction from this product.

Right from the get go, it was set to be a winner. The smell, the feel, the taste. (yep, a little bit got in my mouth!)

It felt divine on my skin. And the shave was smooth. No unexpected catches, no snags and only a few cuts but that’s probably from my rubbish shaving.

Only a small amount of solution was needed to get great coverage over my facial hair and it lathered perfectly.

The shaving complete, I smothered the moisturiser onto my face and it felt heavenly. The smell was so fresh and clean it was like I could feel it working it’s magic. (I also got a bit of this in my mouth, oops, can you tell I’m an amateur?)

My overall experience of using these products was one that I’d definitely recommend. They provided a clean cut shave with no mishaps.

For more shaving products,visit Blue Beards or Shaving Shack

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