January 2016 | 5ft Life

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wear Some Attitude With Those Boots

Yay, I have another outfit post! Originally on wednesday I had planned to shoot some outfits i'd worn but due to the weather or lighting I was unable to get photos. That didn't happen. Then today, I woke up it was nice weather I thought, yes, today is the day. But again, it was not meant to be. As I began to get ready the rain started so I didn't really want to spend time re-applying makeup and getting dressed up just for it to not happen. Plus, with the way our weather and short days are, you have to be really quick! So it's better to get something else shot rather than nothing at all. So as I was just jumping to the pharmacy to get some medication and doing a small food shop, I didn't really need to dress up too much. So casual & chic it was!




I know I said I didn't have the weather to put my other outfits on, but that would of taken time and time in Scotland at this time of the year is precious! I had things needing to get done and it was beginning to get late so it wasn't long before we would lose the light... I'd say that about an hour or so after we took these photos the evening grey skies had already began to set in. I have to say, i'm enjoying making casual outfits a bit more chic again. About a year ago I would just throw any old rubbish I could find. Most of the time that was just an oversized jumper and some doc martens... Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just wasn't even trying to make it look cool. I wanted to blend in the background.




I'm hoping to be able to get more outfit posts, but the weather is so unpredictable in Scotland! That's why Chris and I are thinking about getting up earlier one day a week and just shooting everything I've worn! I know I normally post what i've worn that day on the day, but you will only get 1-2 post every 2 weeks if you are lucky! Even though I've made changes on the blog, I still want to keep posting outfit posts as much as I can, as I do enjoy doing them and keeping to what this blog was originally about!


Jacket- Topshop
Shirt- Topshop at Charity Shop
Jeans- Next
Boots- H&M
Bag- River Island
Hat- H&M

Outfit Details
Chris and I went out last night for dinner for a date night and I wore this shirt. In all honesty, when I woke up this morning, it was lying on the floor. I didn't hesitate in grabbing it whatsoever. I'm not even ashamed. Its great to add a little more "put together in outfit". I thought the corduroy jeans would look great, keeping the casual in this outfit very firmly on the ground. Also, I adore them. I'm loving that they are cords as well as being bootcut rather than the safe skinny jeans we all know & love. Once I picked these two pieces everything else seem to fall into place. The cardigan with the burgundy details & being cozy, the bomber jacket with its cool & casual edge. As well as my trusty three. My hat, one of my all time favourite go tos to make an outfit cool, my burgundy bag. Which has sadly broken. And my burgundy suede & leather ankle boots. The day these give up on me will be another sad day.

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Favourite Sale Picks From Topshop

Hiya guys, so I had a little nosey at the Topshop Sale and I thought I would share with you my favourite picks! Just to either inspire you or show you what they have on offer right now :)

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

What's your favourite item? Or what are you currently lusting after in all the sales, let me know down below!
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Grab A Cuppa (Or Whatever) & Let's' Have A Chat

When Did I Become Old Enough For "Lady"?


As you all know, or should do now, I started working in Next around November 2014. So i've been interacting with A LOT more people than I did for a while... One of the things I noticed around this time was they way people would refer to me. People would call me "lady" & "Women" and it was VERY weird. For so long I have been used to being called a girl, I was fine with that as I didn't yet feel like I was a woman yet, I still don't! Plus, I knew I was one of those people had been given a baby face and again, I was more than fine with that. As many older woman would remind me, I'd be thankful when I did get old.

So what I want to know is, when and how did this happen? I seem to have become a woman over night. Even at family parties, children come TO ME. They ask ME if they are allowed to do something. I don't know. I can't even decide what's ok for me to do... Nevermind someone's own flesh and blood. Im not ready for that kind of responsibility. I always look around for a "real" adult, someone who's been doing it for far longer than me and are actually confident in the choices they are making. I have felt people treat me a bit different as well, with a little bit more respect I feel.


I do think I'm maybe carrying myself slightly different, which is a natural thing anyway when you are growing up. So maybe that's one of the reasons? I just find it so strange when someone tells their child to pass it to the woman, or give it to the lady. I don't feel like I'm out of that girl stage yet. I know I'm married, pay my bills and so on so forth. But, those things aren't hard and plus, I don't feel ready to be a woman yet! I still feel childish and giddy. Maybe I have made it, but my mind hasn't yet caught up and realised that I am now, A Real Adult. Or at least on my way...

When I see other people my age, who look a lot older I feel a bit more reassured. I'm like, no it's ok I'm not quite there yet. When you see woman like Kylie Jenner you don't feel so adult after all. Well at least I don't. I'm enjoying youth and being young. I know it won't last forever so I want to reveal it in for as long as I can. Because once you do become that older, put together looking female. That's it. There's no going back.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

First Weekly Vlog

Kfc, Tea & Frankie & Benny's... Basically Just Food
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Starwars at T in the Park

I had quite a lazy day yesterday. A day for relaxing. I'd had quite a busy hectic week, so it was nice to not do any tasks. I'm not going to lie and say that's how I'd plan to live out the day... But I'm trying to learn that it's ok if plans don't work out, or go the way you originally thought they would. Just try and get back on the track, that is life. Today I'm aiming to finish a lot of blog & youtube work, so that I don't fall behind. Plus, I'm not doing anything else so I want to use the time wisely and feel proud of myself at the end of the day. I'm also hoping to have a mini clear out this weekend, again if i don't do it tomorrow that's fine! But, I think it needs to be done at least by sunday!



As much of a relaxing & task free day that it was, I did have my cousin and her new boyfriend over. As well as actually stepping out the front door... So rather than doing the same old grab a baggy jumper and whatever pair of jeans/black leggings that are clean, I thought I'd show you what Id wear on a casual day while still trying to keep it fresh & chic. There really is no reason to let style go out the window when you are having "a hair up kind of day", I know I sometimes also fall into the trap of thinking, no need to try today. But there are days when you're still wanting to look cool & fresh while not giving a fuck about life.




So since yesterday was a laid back day, I got some of the tasks I wanted to do today. I've also set myself a few goals for tomorrow as well! But, i'll need to be up at a decent time tomorrow as I'm off out for a dinner date with someone else from work! As I said, It's been a busy week & there's no plans for this week coming up at all! Im hoping to get a lot of blog & youtube prep done this week. Just so that, if I get busy again I don't need to worry about pushing myself too much and meeting deadlines. Chris and I did end up going out for a meal, but I never managed to get outfit photos as it was too dark. Just means It's an outfit I can pop on another time for you guys.


Jacket- Unif
T-shirt- T in the Park Festival 2011
Leggings- Blackmilk
Flats- Missguided
Bag- River Island

Outfit Details
So as I said it was a casual day so I wanted comfort. And you really can't go wrong with leggings so I popped these awesome ones on from Blackmilk. I then added an old festival top as baggy tees really are my go to. With the pointed metal flats & leather jacket I think it really added some coolness to the outfit. As well as looking like I "tried".

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Misty Evenings

So here it is, my first outfit post since coming back! I've been pretty excited about coming back to blogging again, and it feels particularly special going back to my old roots with a good ol'outfit post! Im hoping to post at least one outfit post a week, I'm trying not to set myself too many out of reach goals. Im hoping by doing this it means I do actually reach them, rather than setting them too high, failing. Then giving up because I'm annoyed at myself.


I'm also hoping that by blogging again It pushes me to take care of myself more, taking more pride in my appearance again. It's been awhile since I done that. What I mean by taking more pride in my appearance again, is I need to start having fun with outfits and dressing myself again. When I stopped blogging, I stopped dressing up altogether, I just lived in my skinny jeans and hoodies! And to be honest with you all, I have far too many clothes (embarrassing as that it is to admit) to live in the same outfit for over a year... One of the main reasons this happened, is because I did get a job. Monday to Friday I was wearing my work uniform, so when I was off I just wanted to be lazy and be cozy in oversized jumpers!




So, speaking of work. I had to get new work uniform and I hadn't seen a couple of friends out of work in quite a while. So we decided to make an evening of it. Its always quite nerve wrecking I feel, as you need to get it checked by the managers, just to make sure its suitable! But everything went good, as it always does really and a got quite a lot of items that I was quite happy with. I was a bit sad that one of the dresses I first had my eye on look horrendous on! It was a beautiful dress, but the style was just too big for me, 5ft life eh?



We then ended up going to Pizza Hut and stuffing our faces. It was great. The foodie that I am, ended up convincing the other two to get starters... I can't NOT get a starter. Am I the only one? As we were too busy chatting I forgot to film any for my weekly vlog or take any instagram photos... Plus as I've just started doing this again, I didn't really want to shove it in their faces or be weird filming & taking photos... But, they have both assured me that this is ok to do in the future!



Top- (cant remember)
Skirt- Ebay
Cardigan- Next
Boots- River Island at Asos
Hat- H&M
Bag- River Island 
Watch- Michael Kors

Outfit Details
I actually wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago visiting my cousin, so I just decided to recycle it. Its comfy and great for a casual meal with your friends. It also kept my cosy with this lovely cardigan I picked up in the sale. It's a great extra layer you can just pop on. I think all the pieces work great together & a little kooky like I like to have my outfits. I think the hat keeps it chic while the chunky boots and the rocky top keeps the edge I crave.


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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Snack Review- Propercorn

About
Propercorn was launched in 2011 by two best friends, Cassandra & Ryan. Cassandra says that her father was useless at cooking but made the best popcorn! And they would always experiment with different flavours when she was younger. So when she got older and thought back to these fond memories; Propercorn was born. They like to only use flavours that can be found at home. As well trying to keep everything guilt free, they are also a proud British brand. The create their flavours in London, while popping & packaging every piece of corn in the midlands!

Flavours
Smooth Peanut & Almond, Lightly Sea Salted, Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato, Sour Cream & Black Pepper, Sweet & Salty and Sweet Coconut & Vanilla.

Nutrition Info
All of the packets are suitable for vegetarians with some being suitable for vegans. As well as being GMO and gluten free. So they can be a great snack for a variety of people! The amount of calories in each pack do vary but all of them come under 130 kcals. They only use butterfly corn which is a great source of fiber, so they would be a great way of sneaking this into your diet.

Per 20g Packet
Smooth Peanut & Almond- 88 cals Vegan Friendly
Lightly Sea Salted- 88 cals Vegan Friendly
Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato- 93 cals Vegan Friendly
Sour Cream & Black Pepper- 88 cals Vegetarian Friendly
Sweet & Salty- 129 cals Vegan Friendly
Sweet Coconut & Vanilla- 121 cals Vegetarian Friendly

Thoughts
I've only tried two flavours but I love them! I think their flavours are unique while keeping to the good old classics as well. I have to say, I also absolutely love their packaging! Which brought them to my attention in the first place. I've been trying to find a better alternative crisps, as I love them and eat them a lot! But they are so bad for you. So i'm happy I've found these are there are quite a few flavours to play around with. I think I also enjoy them more because I know they aren't as harmful for you as crisps... I also adore the fact that they are british and everytime I buy a pack I'm supporting a homegrown company.

The two flavours I tried were; Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato and Sweet Coconut & Vanilla. At first, I didn't know what to expect with either of them. My only experience of popcorn was sweet and toffee... Not exactly adventurous OR healthy. The worcester & tomato one is sooo tasty! The flavours you get from them are amazing, they also have a little kick to them which is nice. I think they are my favourite by far.  I was a little apprehensive to try the coconut ones, because to me its a strange flavour for anything. But the vanilla bit definitely enticed me. Also, after speaking to a friend who had tried them I decided to take the jump and not be a wimp. The two flavours really do compliment each other and it is a nice change to just plain old "sweet". Both of them have been used quite mildly, so none of them are overpowering.

They are also quite filling, so they are great to have as snack or an added extra with your lunch. If you went for a sweet flavour, it would also be a great substitute for crisps and some choccolate. Trying propercorn is definitely making me want to find and try more flavours of popcorn! Even branching out to other brands. So If you would like me to do reviews on other brands, just let me know below!

Rating
8/10


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Grab A Cuppa (Or Whatever) & Lets Chat

Should Makeup Be Allowed At School?

So I was just browsing on facebook last week, when I seen an article someone had shared. It was about teachers at a school patrolling the corridors with wet wipes, so they could force the girls to take off their makeup. Now, before I even start on this I already know this is going to bring up a lot of viewpoints, so please be kind towards one another in the comments & remember everyone is entitled to their own view.

Firstly, I think I may start with my own opinions on the whole "should we wear makeup", I feel If someone wants to and they love make up because they enjoy playing around with it and creating art with their own faces. Then why shouldn't someone wear it? For the past year or two, I myself, If you know me at all will know I don't wear makeup whatsoever (well, except for lipstick), but I have found myself thoroughly enjoying makeup tutorials on youtube and have seen how much people just enjoy playing around with it. Its their hobby. So why should anyone tell them not to do it, or they should just be comfortable in their own skin. What if they already are?

-Human Traffic, 1999

I know that wearing makeup is a double edged sword for a lot of women, because so many are uncomfortable or less confident when they aren't wearing makeup. But, we need to remember that doesn't mean every female out there is wearing makeup because "society" tells us we aren't beautiful without it, or that they are doing it for someone. There are beauty youtubers who genuinely just sit in front of a camera, with no intentions of going anywhere and create tutorials for people to copy because they enjoy the art & craft of makeup. I do also believe in self-confidence though. Hence the double edged sword. So even though I think its fine to want to wear makeup, I think it's important that you feel you can leave the house without panicking. Teenage/School years are really difficult times for alot of young people. So we can all relate to wanting to use makeup, especially when we feel we look terrible...

I think what a lot of people or rather I should say, the education boards at schools, worry that its distracting and that people are there to learn. Which, I don't disagree with, yes we are there to learn. But this school are pulling students from classrooms during lesson time, just to take makeup off, that's going to be more harmful. Plus, when they come back in they aren't going to feel very motivated are they? But I feel it's also important to teach self-expression & individuality.  As I do more posts like this, you will see that I am quite anti-establishment and I feel schools teach us this from a young age to confirm and stay quiet. When in reality, we should be being taught to speak up more and to think ourselves. With makeup I feel it gives people bit more of an identity as well, because we all like to do our makeup differently and using different shades. Which can help when you are all in the same uniform looking alike...

-Source here

I think what's also important, is schools need to be careful when they are crossing that boundary of whether it actually has anything to do with them. These pupils are leaving the house with makeup already on. With makeup already bought, which let's be honest, is being bought majority of the time by their parents. What teenager has money for a £40 urban decay palette? I don't even have that kind of money... So if parents are buying it for them and watching them leave the house with it already on, it should be ok. You can't really get in the way of what parents allow their own children to do.

I think something else that should be highlighted and talked about is the constant need to tell females what they should and shouldn't be doing. Being told what affects us and that we are distracting for the opposite sex. Doing this from a young age can be damaging. It also teaches young girls early on that they need to think about what society thinks of them and how they should behave. When in all reality, it shouldn't matter. Those thoughts shouldn't even come into their heads, but they do because we teach them to think like that. Why shouldn't they be allowed to pop a bit of makeup on to feel good? It's a tough age, so shouldn't we encourage them to do what makes them happy? Especially if they are outside the school gates crying because of how they are feeling about the way they look. I wear lipstick to make myself feel that extra bit special and fancy, especially if I feel I've put together a nice outfit.

So in conclusion, I really do feel that pupils wearing makeup to school is a non-issue. I think the teachers, not just in this school but everywhere, should be focusing their time & energy into getting the pupils more focused and engaged. Helping them grow their confidence in their educational abilities. Not worrying about being attacked by a wet wipe. Finding new and interesting ways to teach them, getting them interested and expanding their minds. I think a bit of adult face paint is hardly important.


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Friday, 15 January 2016

Limecrime Unboxing!


Hey guys, hope you don't mind but I have another unboxing video for you! But today it's a beauty unboxing, just to keep up with my scheduled days. More posts will be coming next week, enjoy for now!
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Unboxing- Cath Kidston x Gola!



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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Film Review- Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Director
J.J. Abrams

Genre
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Starring
Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Harrson Ford, John Boyega, Mark Hamil, Oscar Isaac, Daisey Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson

Summary
So of course, this film is continuing on the Star Wars saga. Firstly, do you need to have seen the previous films? Well, personally, I think you would be able to get away without seeing them. Although, there will be the the odd thing you won't quite get if you haven't seen them all. At the end of the day though, this is new plot in the world of Star Wars! Aren't there always unanswered questions in trilogies? So really, it's lucky there's actually six other films...

I think this film has done a fantastic job with keeping to the original films, yet being able to create a new story (which means you ARE able to see it without seeing the others). While still making sense and having surprises along the way. One of the main storylines of this film is about a stormtrooper, and how he is unable to do the evil he has been programmed to do. He then goes on to meeting our second main character, Rey, to which, the storyline is also set around. I love the concept of a stormtrooper struggling with the evil, it's something the other films never explored or showed. It's a great new twist to the classic.

Reys background is a little different, as well as being clouded in the unknown. We do not find out so much about her history, except through small flashbacks throughout the movie. She lives in a pretty rugged looking place out in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but sand and junk to scavenge from. All we do learn is, shes been there for a very long time and waiting for someone to come back for her. So once our two protagonists meet, that's when the fun and adventure really starts. At first, Finn (the ex stormtrooper) lies about where he really came from. Stating that he is from the resistance, rather than the rebel alliance. After finding out this, Rey wants his help.

So then Finn, Rey & BB-8 the droid, become a small but worthy team. Of course, it wouldn't be a star wars film without a nod to its past. So of course "mistakenly" & "luckily" they stumble upon the millennium falcon which then takes them on their adventures through the Galaxy.After running into a few troubles, and surprises, Rey stumbles upon a lightsaber. This is also a key part of this film, it indicates where the next few may go and that there are many mysteries to be found! Of course, it wouldn't be new Star Wars film without meeting the old team! Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 & C3PO are all there with a helping hand.

Personal Thoughts
I really really enjoyed it! I just thought the whole concept of the film was amazing, like I said in the summary I loved the twist with Finn being a stormtrooper is brilliant, you never really experience a view from them at all. And they really are such an iconic character in film & history! Plus, the little touches of humour throughout the film was great, and it was that kind of subtle & natural humour. Another reason why I loved it is, because the main character is a female! And she is such a badass! As well as one of the badies being female. I really do think this is important for young girls & woman to see this. You do not see females taking the leads in films like this alot. So huge love from me for this film. Also, we took my big cousins children and her youngest had never seen a Star Wars film. So it's all good!

Rating
8/10
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Grab A Cuppa (or whatever) & Lets Chat

Tyga & Molly O'Malia

So by now, I'm assuming most of you have already heard about this story through various media outlets. I thought it would be a great topic to start this section of the blog off with, and its a very current topic right now! As well as bringing up quite a few issues. I also want to say, I encourage all of you to comment your opinions down below and get involved as mush as possible as this is what I want Tuesdays to be all about. Talking with each other.

Firstly, I want to start off with some of the headlines that have come out about this story.



Now, since all of this has come out, there has been some leaked photos of the actual texts. I'm not going to post any here, just incase due to copyright! Don't want to get caught up in all that... The texts show her clearly lying about her age, but the texts do also show him asking her to "facetime" him. I agree, its totally ok for her to feel intimidated by him asking her to do this. But, to then go onto lie about your age? Clearly stating you are much older than you are? Looks like trouble! It doesn't seem like she is feeling that uncomfortable about their communications. Since she lied about her age AFTER he has asked her to facetime him.

I think the media has been really unfair of the portrayal of all of this. Clearly, a lot of people are on Molly O'Malias side, straight away. I personally feel this is because shes a young girl. So, naturally a sweet looking girl would never be so manipulative would they? But alas, in the revealing of the texts we see her lying about the very thing, the newspapers are shouting about. Her age. So who is really in the wrong here? And is really fair to be judging men, just because of their sex? That they must be the misleading monster. Especially when us females hate it being done to them. For me, feminism is very important. Feminism for me, is also about choice & fairness regardless what your sex is. So, what I mean by that is, you should be able to choose whatever you want to do regardless of your sex, as well as being treated fair regardless of your sex.


I think whats also important for us all to remember is, theres always three sides to a story. One side, the other side & the truth.

I feel the media have immediately jumped to Mollys side because of her age and sex, before really finding out whats happened. If the media knew about the texts before they realize the articles, then thats even worse! It just shows how much mainstream media really loves to stir things and how you really can't believe everything you see in the news. I think its also important to see how unfair and sexist our society is still. Still jumping to outdated normalities.
I feel bad for both of them. Molly, because alot of people are judging her because she lied about her age. Tyga, because people are also judging him for being a bit of a creep. I think everyone needs to remember that there is good and bad in everyone, so sometimes it shows! Maybe, just maybe, they are both a little in the wrong here? But they've also both become victims of their actions by themselves and towards each other. So, naturally, everyone must pick a side... Obviously.



So what are your opinion on this story? Do you define yourself as feminist, if so, how?
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Monday, 11 January 2016

Updates, January 2016



Heres what's been happening.
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