Blogmas 2017: Day #0

Hello wonderful people of the internet! Today I come bearing the news that this year I’ll be participating in Blogmas (yay!). 

The basic idea of Blogmas is to post a Christmas-themed post everyday in the lead up to Christmas day – like a blogging advent calendar. However, like the busy students we are, the amazing L from Consider Yourself Warned and I decided to team up and share the Blogmas load. So, we’ll be posting our Christmassy posts on alternate days – L on the odd numbered days and me on the even numbered days. 

The process of planning Blogmas was (painstakingly) long – but definitely very fun – so hopefully we’ve come up with some interesting post ideas that you’ll enjoy!

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for our festive updates through the next few weeks! 🎄

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18 memories from 18 years!

 

Yellow graphic reading "18 and awesome"
Well the awesome part is debatable but I most certainly am 18! Source

Hello! Today I bring you the news that I – yes, le Em de la Lost – have been living on this lump of rock for a grand total of 18 years! (In English, it’s my 18th birthday today)!

I wanted to do something a bit different, and share 18 of my favourite memories from the past 18 years (although most will be from more recent years as my memory of being tiny Em isn’t too clear). As for my real life birthday celebrations, I have to go to college today (cry), but tomorrow my friends are coming over to celebrate so that should be good!

1. Going to Austria

I could include going to Marseille and Berlin too as they were amazing trips, but Austria was the first time I went abroad so it’s a very special memory. I went for 11 days (I think??) with my scout group and we did all sorts of activities from canyoning to white water rafting to visiting castles. I absolutely loved it and since then I’ve had the travel bug. I was only 11 at the time, so it was quite scary to be abroad without my parents, but I had great friends in scouts and my sister was there too. I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it!

2. My crazy geography friends

I don’t know fit his counts as a memory, but I just love my “geography group” as I call them, hey are some of the best friends I’ve ever had – and to think we only became friends almost a year ago when we went on a geography field trip and spent all day bonding over measuring beaches and interviewing pigeons in Wales. The day we became frineds was honestly one of the best days ever, and I love them to pieces.

3. Applying to study French (and politics) at uni

This is a more recent memory, and although the university applications have been causing me SO. MUCH. STRESS. I’m actually really, really proud of myself for having the courage to pursue what I love. When I started college last year, I wouldn’t have even dared think about taking French at uni, because I am a naturally shy and not-very-confident person, so I thought I’d never be able to do a language degree where I would be constantly out of my comfort zone having to talk another language. But over the paast year, French A Level has helped my confidence to improve so much and I’m so glad I had that moment of realisaiton that I could do French at uni just as much as the next baguette-eating person!

4. My sister going to uni

This is another of my faovurite memories, not that it realtes to me but I was and am honestly so proud of my sister for getting into uni and making it through the first year, even though she found it tough. She constantly inspires me to work hard and perservere and I’m so proud of everything she’s doing.

5. Getting my Hogwarts letter!!

(Spoilers: I still haven’t got my Hogwarts letter)

But seriously, when me and my sister were little, we used to love Harry Potter (I mean nothing’s changed, I’m sat here typing in a Hogwarts jumper) and my parents decided to surprise us by sending us a parcel through the poast containg a letter from Hogwarts and two witches hats. Back then, I probably believed it was real and I love looking back at the photos of us dressing up as witches.

6. Prom

A bit cliche, but year 11 prom really was amazing. My friends and I had such a great time dancing and singing along to the music until we lost our voices, it was magical!

7. Family camping trips!

My family is quite outdoors-y, so every year we go camping in the summer and honestly our camping trips are one of my favourite things – it’s so nice to be surrounded by nature, no technology and have a laugh playing card games and just generally messing around.

8. Starting a blog!

Blogging is one of my favourite things to do and I love all the people I’ve met here, so obviously starting a blog is one of my favourite memories.

9. Watching War Horse the stage show

When I was younger, I used to love Michael Morpurgo’s books, and having an interest in history too, War Horse was always one of my favourites. A few years ago I was lucky enough to go and see the stage show and it was absolutely incredible.

10. Getting the scout of the year award

This is something I’m really proud of because scouting was a big part of my life for a long time so I’m really glad to have gained an award for it!

11. Going to concerts

I’ve been to see The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen as well as going to Leeds festival this year and they have all been amazing experiences

12. Volunteering at Cub Scouts

For two years I volunteered at my local cub scout group and it was such a rewarding experience to see the children having fun and trying new things and making lots of good memories, as I did when I was in cubs myself. I felt like I was actually doing something useful and worthwhile, which is always good!

13. Year 6 play

I don’t know if it’s a tradition all around the UK, but in my town each primary school would do a summer play where the year 6 students would perform to the rest of the school before going off to separate secondary schools. My play was about grandparents in the future reminiscing about their old school days, and I somehow managed to get the role of the grandma who was one of four main characters and had to stay on stage the whole time. I was really surprised as I was quite shy back then, but I’m glad I did it and it was a really fun experience!

14. Family Christmas’

When I was younger, all the family used to go up to my grandparents and celebrate Christmas together. It was so nice that we were all in one place as we are usually spread out all over the country!

15. Having my artwork displayed in the local museum

This is a bit sad, but 7 year old me was delighted to have her questionable drawings of dandelions displayed to the town (even if my school didn’t actually tell me my work was on display and I only found out because I went their with my family but OH WELL).

16. Going to London

When I smol we only went to London about twice I think ?? But we went on the train and it felt like a great adventure. In the past few years I’ve been to London a few times, and this summer me and my sister went there on our own for the first time and it was actually quite a successful trip. We went to the Natural History Museum and Hyde Park – you get such a sense of freedom from travelling without your parents and it’s definitely made me want to travel more with my sister, friends or just by myself because I really do love exploring.

17. The 2012 Olympics

I can’t believe it’s taken me this far through the post to remember that I went to the London 2012 Olympics. I watched the rowing and women’s football and it was such a unique experience, the atmosphere in the crowd was amazing and for once it actually made me love sport. Although, I have to say I enjoyed going to the World Para-Athletics Championships in London this year more as I was older so could take more of it in (and also it was in the Olympic Stadium which was SO COOL).

18. Argh it’s so hard to think of a last one, so here’s to all the (hopefully) many more happy memories to come!!

Well, there we go, a sort nonsensical summary of my past 18 years. It was actually a lot harder than I thought to pick out favourite memories (hence number 18) but I hope you enjoyed reading the ones I could think of! All that’s left to say is a massive thank you to the blogging community for having me for the best part of the last three years, I can’t express how much you all mean to me.

Bye for now 🙂

//AW17 Primark wishlist//

Hello! I don’t know about you but I always love autumn/winter fashion and feel the urge to go ot on a huge spending spree and update my wardorbe. However as I need to save for a laptop, I decided I do a bit of online browsing instead and create a wishlist of Primark AW17 clothes and homeware for you!

(Obviously Primark can’t have all of their huge range of products up on their website so I have a limitted choice, but there’s bound to be more in store that I’d love to buy too haha).

Tops

1

Feather blouse – £7

I absolutely love this blouse and I think it looks very autumnal and can be worn casually or as smart ware, which is great!

2

Grey cardigan – £15

Primark really have gone to town with the cardigans this year. When I last went into a store, there were whole walls covered with them. I think they’d be so nice just to throw on when you’re having a lazy day. I’m not sure what colour I’d go for but I do quite like this grey one.

3

2 in 1 Jumper – £15

I really love this trend – maybe because I love shirts?? Either way I think these jumper/shirt combos look really cool and I’d love to own one.

Bottoms

4Bergundy cord skirt  -£8

Bergundy is definitely in this season and I’ve already jumped on the bandwagon and bought a bergundy skater skirt. However I really love this cord skirt but when I tried it on in store the shape didn’t really suit me, but I still like it so I thought I’d include it anyway.

5

Houndstooth wrap mini skirt – £10

Again I don’t know if I could pull off the shape, but the pattern is gorgeous and i’m really into monochrome prints at the moment!

Shoes

6Grey Chelsea Boot – £8

I saw these instore and they had a variety of different colours including these grey ones. I really liked the grey but they had a gorgeous olive green pair that I really liked! And they’re such good value too!

Homeware

7

Harry Potter Hedwig cushion – £8

I mean it’s Hedwig??? Enough said.

8

40 Firefly Copper Fairylights – £2.50

You can never have too many fairy lights, and they really do make your room 1000x cosier.

I’m sure there are about 50000 other things I could include on my AW17 Primark wishlist, but I’ll leave it there for now. Hopefully I’ll be able to head down there soon and maybe purchase a few of these items!

What fashion trends are you loving this season? Would you put any of these on your wishlist? Let me know below!