New bedroom decor and tour

Over the last few months I have not only moved away from my student house in Norwich but also sold and moved out of my childhood home. All this change called for a fresh start and I decided to work so hard to make my new room perfect for me. I spent a few weeks collecting some new bits from a range of stores (mostly Primark) and finally it is all in place and I couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out. My new room came with inbuilt wooden wardrobes that take up all of one side so I mainly focused on decorating the other side and my bed. I decided to go for a mustard and dark green colour scheme as I thought it would compliment the furniture the best.

BED

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The bed itself is from M&S and I think the neutral headboard colour blends in so well with the heavy wooden furniture. The mattress is also from M&S and it is so comfortable I literally spend hours at work dreaming of getting back into it!

All of the bedding is from Primark which is one of my favourite places to go for homeware. Technically the dotty side of the duvet cover is actually the reverse (on the front there are loads of bright colours and patterns) but I think it is so subtle and cute. The fluffy blanket is so soft when you wrap up it is like having a cuddle from a teddy bear, the only warning I will have about it though is it moults…a lot. At first I thought I was going to go wild with hundreds of cushions but in reality I just put them on the bed probably once a week, when I can be bothered to make my bed, and other than that they sit on the floor. For that reason I went for 2 that I really loved and can easily chuck on the bed as I run out the door in the mornings.

DRAWERS

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Seeing as I don’t have much shelf space I had to limit all my items down to things that I really loved. This record player used to be in our lounge but there wasn’t any room for it in the new house so I decided to adopt it for my room. It is such a beautiful piece and I love the sound it produces. I got the Disney artwork books for Christmas one year and they are so stunning to flick through. Next to that is my scrapbook which I will do a blog post about soon! I couldn’t find a lamp that I liked so I decided to create my own by simply adding some fairy lights to a large mason jar. I think it fits in so well with the theme and lets out the most beautiful light when it is on.

I bought the HAPPY print at a market place in York and the colours could not fit in better with my theme. I love using prints and designs to brighten up any space. Of course I couldn’t have a green theme and not get a plant in there somehow so this fake leaf plant is from Primark and it came with the stunning mustard glass jar. I do want to get some fresh flowers in my room at some point but I don’t seem to have any luck at keeping them alive. For ages I was debating what to fill the empty wall space with but I just couldn’t find any designs that I liked so I decided to make my own. The heart frames are from the British Heart Foundation and I just spray painted them cream. For the design inside I bought some cards with artwork on from the V&A and then used my label maker to print off a quote I love – “she designed a life she loved”. I think they turned out so well and really fit in with the natural/vintage look I am going for.

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I couldn’t be happier with how my room turned out. I am now just waiting on some blinds and I need to finish off my dressing table then it will be perfect!

What are your favourite places to get some room decor?

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Binge-worthy TV shows

The increase in cold weather also means an increase in time getting cosy in front of the television. Nothing makes me happier than grabbing a cup of tea, a blanket and my laptop to binge my way through a TV show. Saying that though I do have the attention span of a new born puppy so a show has to be good to keep my attention and here are a list of some of my favourites…

1. Pushing Daisies – In my opinion this is one of the most underrated programs ever! Its like Sherlock meets desperate housewives and I don’t know why it isn’t raved about. It follows the story of a pie maker/detective who can bring the dead back to life with a touch and his relationship with a dead girl. The story line is always interesting but lighthearted and you fall in love with all the quirky characters instantly. If you like romance, comedy, mystery and just all around kookiness then stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch Pushing Daisies!

2. Game of Thrones – Seeing as I only had 5 contact hours a week at uni I used to find myself with a lot of time on my hands and what better way to spend it than to watch Game of Thrones! I won’t lie it took me a couple of series to get into (I think it’s because there’s so many storylines I found it hard to keep up) but once I became more familiar with the characters I was hooked. It’s like entering a whole new fantasy world filled with drama and dragons and is the perfect show to watch if you just want to escape from reality for a while! Be prepared to laugh, cry, wince, scream, smile, dance and just end every episode thinking “did that really just happen?!?”

3. Gilmore Girls – By this point in my life I have watched every episode of Gilmore Girls at least 4 times and find myself thinking “what would Lorelai do” everyday of my life. This program will always have such a soft spot in my heart as I found it a relaxing thing to watch when my anxiety was acting up, you can just put in on and feel safe in the world of Stars Hollow. It’s such a homely program and you will grow to love the Gilmore Girls like they’re you’re own family (I wish they were!) as you watch Rory grow up through the series. Only side effect of this program is you will gain a coffee addiction and will probably start googling small towns in America to move to.

4. Black Mirror – Onto something very different now, if you want something thought provoking then put black mirror in this instant. Every episode follows a different story but they are all set somewhere in the future and revolve around a new kind of technology. I think it’s going to become more of an iconic programme as time goes on because before long some of the ‘futuristic technologies’ might actually become real things. Every episode has a dark side too it, sometimes its sad sometimes its scary but each is more captivating than the last (some of my favourite episodes are: S1 The Entire History of you, S2 White Bear, S3 Nosedive, S4 Hang the DJ)

5. Grace and Frankie – I don’t know if it is just because I relate to Frankie on so many levels but I find this program hilarious. It follows 2 elderly yet lively women who end up living together when their husbands come out as gay and marry each other. It is so different to anything I have ever watched on TV and every episode is funny yet heartwarming. If you’re looking for something to watch in the evening to wind down then I think this will be the perfect program for you as it makes for really easy viewing (as in your brain doesn’t have to work hard). The character development is amazing and with every program you’ll love Grace and Frankie more, as well as their dysfunctional families.

6. Luther/Sherlock – I couldn’t pick a favourite out of these two so I have decided to just put them together. Both are mystery/drama programs that follow a unconventional detective through a range of different cases. Luther has a slightly darker side than Sherlock, including some episodes that still give me nightmares, so I would avoid watching it before bed! The mysteries in Sherlock are often more complex but you can watch them in any order really, unlike Luther that has a more extensive running story in the background. To summarise though they’re both amazingly clever and the acting in them is superb (you can never go wrong with a bit of Benedict and Idris!)

RECENT PROGRAMS 

I am still working my way through a couple of these latest programs but here is what I am loving on the telly at the moment

  • Vanity Fair (a more tongue in cheek and fast paced Downton Abbey that follows the story of a rather promiscuous girl called Becky in the 1840s)
  • Killing Eve (an amazing crime drama involving a detective and an assassin that has a unique storyline and will leave you on the edge of your seat)
  • The Great British Bake Off (cake and comedy what more could you want!)

What programs are you all time favourites or are there any good ones on at the moment that I am missing out on?

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New Autumn fashion purchases and style

When it comes to fashion autumn is by far my favourite season. I love the warm tones and cosy fabrics that make you feel like you’re still wrapped in a duvet. As soon as the stores started flooding their shelves with jumpers and pumpkin coloured everything I was in my element and couldn’t resist a little splurge. Here are a few of the new pieces I picked up and my favourite ways to style them.

  1. Leopard print

I know I know I am about 3 seasons late to this trend but I can finally say that I am a leopard print lover. I was quite hesitant on this print to begin with as I found it to be quite garish and out my comfort zone but that all changed when I lay eyes on this shirt from New Look. It was hidden on the bottom of a sales rack and I felt like I had just won gold at the Olympics when I got my hands on it. It is a few sizes too big so I chose to tie it at the bottom and seeing as it is a busy print I simply paired it with black jeans and boots. I think this look would be the perfect day to night transition outfit as the shirt is smart enough for work but can also be made more playful for a night out on the town.

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  1. Orange tones

I have never felt more ‘Blair and Serena’ in my life than I did in this outfit and for that reason alone I love it.  I found this gem of a skirt in Primark and I think it is the perfect “autumnal leaves” colour and can warm up even the darkest of outfits. The leather look material looks so sleek and sophisticated it could be worn to any occasion but I think it would be a perfect outfit for a romantic walk through the park. Seeing as the cold winds are definitely starting to pick up I paired it with this high neck top and hat, (both of which are also from Primark). Who knew Oliver Twist could become such a style icon!

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  1. Bright shades

Even though autumn is known for being cosy and quite subdued I think it is also the perfect season for a pop of colour.  Every shop in England seems to have some sort of red or green jumper in stock but I fell head over heels for this one in Primark.  What better way to cheer up those inevitable rain days than with a bold top! It is thick enough to be warm but not so thick that you’d melt on those rush hour underground trains (if you know you know). Seeing as it was such an out-there colour I paired it with these grey patterned cigarette trousers that have a slight red check running though them to tie it all together.

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  1. Fluffy fabrics

From teddy bear coats to fuzzy socks softness is everywhere and I couldn’t be happier! It is the perfect season to just walk around shops stroking things on the racks and once my fingers got stuck into this grey jumper form Primark they never left. I can’t explain it any other way than it is like wearing a cuddle. I chose to pair it with the same trousers as the previous outfit just to show how much of a difference colour and texture can make to a look. Instantly this outfit feels cosier and makes me want to snuggle up in front of a bonfire – smores anyone? I think that is what I love most about autumn; outfits are so adaptable and can work for any occasion just by swapping out a bag or a top.

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  1. Accessories

For each of these looks I kept the accessories the same so I just thought I would mention them quickly here. I love anything black with silver hardware as I think it goes so well with anything and also matches all of my every day jewellery (rings from Pandora, a market and Ashes into Glass, necklace from Thomas Sabo). When it come to bags especially I like having one staple bag that I can just grab and go no matter what I am wearing and this cross body one I got in a market in Verona is the perfect solution.

There we have it! I can almost guarantee that I will be wearing these outfits in rotation over the next 3 months but hey when something works why change it right? What are your staple autumn favourites?

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First time festival thoughts

It seems to be a sort of right of passage now that when you turn 18 you have to pack up a tent, hide some alcohol in your sleeping bag, lie in a muddy field and listen to some music for 3 days. Or in other words, go to a festival. When I was a fresh faced 18 year old however I had low blood pressure that made standing hard and a crippling fear of crowded spaces so I decided to sit the whole festival thing out. Plus I’m a bit of a grandma so I didn’t think I was going to be down with the kids enough to go! It’s always been something I’ve regretted though so this year when the opportunity to go to SW4 (a dance festival in Clapham) arose I decided I was going to take the bull by the horns and go, it was only a day festival and was close to home so I figured if it went horribly wrong I could always just leave! Seeing as it was something I’d never done before I felt like David Attenborough crossing the Masai Mara for the first time and if I’m honest I can’t actually imagine it being that different of a scenario – crowded watering holes, creatures running around and loud noises coming from every corner. It was definitely like nothing else I’d ever seen so I thought I would recount some of the things I picked up on as a first time festival goer…

1. People come up with some very inventive solutions to getting alcohol pass the guards. I saw one guy unzip his trousers, reach into his boxers and pull out a pouch of, what I can only hope, wasn’t urine. There were girls going shots from tampon packets, people downing Listerine bottles and hip flasks appearing from every nook and cranny. All I could think was bravo for inventiveness!

2. Seeing as once you were in there was no way to go out and come back, they were able to charge ridiculous prices! £10 for a small margarita pizza, which you could only pay for with cash, and then charging £4 to get money out the atm if you actually wanted to eat. I’m not even going to mention £7 for a shot size bottle of wine or I might start crying again!

3. There are some horrible people pick pocketing so keep an eye out on your stuff at all times and if you don’t need something then just don’t bring it!

4. Girls in the toilets are actually like angels sent down from above. If you think club toilets are amazing then you’ve seen nothing yet! I popped in for a quick pee and left with my face covered in glitter, a million compliments on my outfit (which really wasn’t anything special) and even a shot from one of the previous mentioned tampon packets, something I never thought I would say!

5. As well as being tactical sneaking in alcohol people are also sneaky about ways to get to the front of a set. I heard “those are my friends over there” even though they were pointing at basically no one, “I was here earlier I just needed to pee” and “oh I think I dropped something over there I just need to check”. My favourite however was when one girl shouted “HE HAS TO GET TO THE FRONT IT IS ON HIS BUCKETLIST”

6. Mosh pits will break out anywhere and everywhere so be careful!

7. Festivals seem to have their own climates where one second it will be boiling and the next chucking it down with rain but I promise when you’re caught up in a crowd enjoying the music, you won’t even notice!

8. There does seem to be a pressure to dress like your the coolest little cat on the block but I’ve decided all that matters is you’re comfortable! Wear trainers, bring a light jacket and if it gives you a wedgie it’s not worth wearing no matter how nice it looks

9. It is loud! (Obvious one I know but just something to bear in mind!)

10. Your feet and back will ache like you’ve just been in a fight with Mike Tyson but it is honestly so worth it because there is no better feeling than being surrounded by a great bunch of people, all signing along to a song you love and seriously feeling like you’re on top of the world!2018-08-26 11:49:56.473

So there we have it, from one grandma to another, whack some glitter on your face, dig out your raincoat and go and enjoy yourself (just make sure you win the lottery first if you want a slice of pizza!)

BONUS TOP TIP – if it’s a day festival, or even a weekend one and you don’t want to camp, I would highly recommend hiring out an air bnb or cheap hotel nearby for the night. You don’t have to worry about travel and train times so you can party as late into the night as you want and your bed is ready to crash into only a few paces down the street. It honesty took so much worry off my shoulders and made the whole thing a lot more enjoyable!

Have you ever been to a festival? What was it like for you?

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Jealousy made me a blogging grinch

This time last year I was a blogging addict. When I wasn’t typing up a post I was scrolling through Instagram and any evening that I didn’t spend on a blogging twitter chat just felt like a waste. Then a month ago it all just stopped. I stopped uploading on here, I stopped uploading on all my social media’s, I just completely fell out of love with blogging.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks really trying to figure out why that is. I’ve started working full time so I thought maybe I was just busy but I still have time in the evenings so that wasn’t it. I’ve moved away from my art uni so maybe I felt less creative but I’m still in a design job so that couldn’t be it either. Then one day it just hit me, I stopped blogging because I got too jealous.

My Twitter was filled with people getting “exciting emails” and every post on my Instagram feed seemed to be an amazing collaboration that another blogger had got. They were getting invited to events and flown out on incredible holidays, they were taking stunning photos and writing incredible blog posts, gifts seemed to be arriving through post box after post box and everyone seemed to have a solid group of blogging bffs. I would grumpily scroll through Instagram and glare at the screen because someone had 10 more likes than me and at that point I realised I needed to step away. I didn’t like the person that I was when I was in the blogging sphere, I felt like the grinch scowling down at the jolly bloggers from my empty WordPress lair. So I stopped. I cut myself off from all of it and felt ashamed of myself for acting like I did. It felt almost as if I didn’t deserve to be a part of the community anymore so I ran away.

I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t want to give up on Outofteabags but I just felt way too bad about my jealous ways to have any motivation to write anything. That was until today because today I realised something, just because I wish I had all those amazing opportunities doesn’t mean I think that the bloggers that did have them shouldn’t. For example, blogger A posts a photo of a new collaboration on Instagram and I would think “that’s so incredibly amazing for them I wish I had that” what I wouldn’t think is “they don’t deserve to have that but I do” and I’ve now realised that there’s a big difference in that. I wasn’t actually being spiteful or mean in reality I was just being a whiney and in all honesty a bit stupid.

I think it’s actually such a natural feeling to look at someone else’s achievements and wish you could have the same luck, I mean let’s be honest who didn’t look at Lily James in Mamma Mia 2 and think “I really wish I was her”. I’ve realised now it’s time to change my perception on those feelings and start using them as inspiration to push myself on rather than putting myself down for getting a bit jealous. I am so immensely proud to be part of a community where people are getting the opportunities they are and working their butts off to achieve amazing things and I am now more determined than ever to crawl out of my lair, hold hands with all the bloggers and join in a festive song around the giant Christmas tree (go and give the end of the grinch a quick watch to get that reference)

I’d love to hear if you’ve had any experiences with jealousy in the blogging community and your views on it.

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Graduating uni and my plans for the future…

It is scary to think about but in a months time I will be a university graduate with a BA Hons in Graphic Design (ahhhh!!). Even though I have uploaded a couple of posts in the past about university in general (10 tips on surviving university or University room tour) I realised I’ve never really written about my personal experience or what my intentions have been after graduating.  Seeing as I’m down to my final few days as a student I reckoned now would be the perfect time for this post.

My University Experience 

I decided to study graphic design at uni because it was something I had always had a keen interest in but didn’t feel confident enough to try and break straight into the industry. After multiple open days and interviews I set my heart on Norwich University of the Arts because the course seemed to be amazing and I loved the idea of being surrounded by creatively driven people. I absolutely loved my first year of university and found the course to be so interesting and inspiring but, if I’m honest, it seemed to go downhill once second year began. First our amount of contact hours dropped to about 5 hours a week and we no longer had workshops or trips out of uni. Then everyones grades seemed to drop by at least 10%, bit of a shock when you think you’re doing well! The most annoying thing however was it felt as if the tutors became biased towards certain students whose style of work they liked and more opportunities were often sent their way. Guess thats the problem with an art degree where there isn’t a right or wrong answer and its all down to personal preference.

As far as the social side of uni goes it was definitely a rollercoaster! In first year I lived in student accommodation with 10 others.  I guess there was bound to be a certain element of drama when you stick a random group of 18 year olds in a flat together. Although I am still close with 8/10 of them I would say it wasn’t until my third year that I finally felt settled and with a solid group of friends around me. Looking back I do wish that I went to a larger university that had more societies to offer and, therefore, more opportunities to meet people but I wouldn’t change the bunch of pals I have now for the world.

I think the whole experience of going to university has really helped me to develop as a person, however cliche that sounds. It’s made me grow up and really taught me a lot about what I want to get from life. I’ve learnt the importance of friends and loyalty but equally not to be afraid to cut someone out my life who is bringing me more pain than joy. It has also provided me with some of the funniest memories to look back on (I will leave some photos below of my favourite times). Overall I have really enjoyed my time at uni, even if there are aspects of it I would liked to have changed, and I know that the day I have to pack my bags and finally leave is going to be a really difficult one!

My Future Plans

Apart from knowing that I want to be a graphic designer I have never really had a clear set path of what I wanted to do once I graduate. The closer it gets however I have decided that I am not ready to start my 9-5 office life just yet and would like to take the next year out to travel whilst I can. So far my plans are to work and save up until February then jet off to New Zealand and Bali for a couple of months. I will then come back home and carry on working to get some more money before then going out to America to spend a summer working at a camp. I say this all confidently as if I actually have everything booked (hahaha I wish) but still its nice to get ideas out there into the universe. For my travels across the world in February I want to go away with an arranged group/tour to begin with just to settle me in and form some friendships – if anyone has any recommendations for companies that provide this please leave them in the comments!

If however the traveling doesn’t work out, or I change my mind and want to go straight to working life, I think my plan will be to apply for as many internships and jobs in the graphic design industry as I can and hope that someone will take me on (fingers crossed all round please.) It is quite daunting to think that I will soon be kicking off my career but at the same time it’s in a field that I love and I am excited to finally be able to work on real life briefs! I will also of course try to keep up my blogging as much as I can and I hope this little blog will grow and adapt along with me as the next chapter begins….(I will leave this however on my favourite memory from uni, our scooby doo gang)

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New fashion buys – SUMMER 18

For a split second the sun finally decided to make an appearance here in England and as a consequence I decided it was time to top up my wardrobe with some new summery pieces! I have been loving warm toned shades recently and wanted to try and carry those through to summer as well as mix in some new patterns to brighten up even the darkest of colours. I don’t know if it is just because I am getting older and more grumblier (if that is even a word) but I find around the summer months the ratio of amount of fabric to price seems to get disproportionate but I did manage to dig out some bargains. If I can find any of them online still I will be sure to add the links in (not affiliate just helpful)

Jersey Polka Dot Shorts – Pretty Little Thing DSCF4354-2.jpg

I cannot deny it anymore, I have a major addiction to polka dots. It is my favourite trend recently so when I saw these shorts I instantly fell in love. I think they will be perfect for a day at the beach or even a theme park because they are so light and comfortable. I paired them with this long sleeve black top because its not quite baking hot here yet but seeing as the shorts are simply black and white they could be paired with any colour/style top. I cannot wait to take these on holiday and chuck them on to head down to the pool and still feel dressed up enough to be able to head out for a bite to eat or a cocktail (or 2).

  1. SIZE = 8
  2. COST = £8
  3. find it here

Rust Button Through Dress – Pretty Little ThingDSCF4383-2.jpg

For the past few years now I have always admired t-shirt dresses but felt that I didn’t really pull them off myself. That is until this little number fell into my shopping basket one night. It is beautifully light and flowy but the buttons and frilled sleeves still give it an element of structure that I think is so flattering. Not only will it keep me cool but it will also mean I can eat all the ice creams I want without having to worry about bloating (score!) It can be dressed down for the day with some sandals or trainers but then I think would look equally beautiful with a belt to synch the waist in and some heels for a night out. I think the colour is stunning and hopefully will look even nicer with a tan…a girl can dream!

  1. SIZE = 8
  2. COST = £22
  3. find it here

Floral Print High Waist Bikini – New LookDSCF4324-2.jpg

Seeing as high waisted bikinis seem to be all the rage recently I thought I would jump on the bandwagon. I found this beauty of a bikini on New Looks website and instantly fell in love. The whole high wasted trend…I get it! It is so flattering and surprisingly comfortable now I wish all my bikinis were in this style. The top provides good support and the straps can be adjusted or removed if you prefer a bandeau style. Forking over £20 for an amount of fabric that would even cover one of my legs did feel like a bit much but it is amazing quality and something I can see myself bringing out every summer.

  1. SIZE = 8 (top) 10 (bottoms)
  2. COST = £20 overall
  3. find it here

Navy Striped Jumpsuit – PrimarkDSCF4390-2.jpg

I have always found the Primark in Norwich to be a bit lacking in nice clothes – so much so that I find Primark hauls annoying to watch because how do people find large amounts of such nice things in there?? My opinions were changed however when I found this jumpsuit. It has culotte style legs that go to my mid-calf and comes with a nice matching belt to synch you in at the waist. If you haven’t gathered already I like floaty/comfy clothes in summer and this ticks both those boxes. I love the pink and white pinstripes on the navy background and can see myself reaching for it instantly on days when I want to look like I’ve made an effort when in reality I have just rolled out of bed.

  1. SIZE = 8
  2. COST = £13
  3. find in instore (sorry!)

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Let’s talk about contraception…

Hello lovelies, a little bit more of a personal one coming your way today and definitely something I would love to hear your experiences/thoughts on. Now I know that this topic has some weird taboo about it that some people don’t like to hear but I am definitely not ready for a child yet so therefore I am on contraception (see not so gross after all). This is a post about my different experiences with 2 different types of contraception and my honest opinions of them.

CERELLE PILL I remember it like it was yesterday, I mean it was only 3 years ago, little 18 year old me sat in the doctors office and said I wanted to go on the pill. All I had ever really been taught about in school was this ‘pill’, little did I know there was actually a few different types of pills (as well as other types of contraception). The doctor asked me a range of questions about my health, as well as my family history, and once she heard that I am very susceptible to migraines she said I couldn’t go on the usual combined pill I would have to go on a progesterone-only pill. She went on to explain that, unlike the other pill, I have to take this one everyday with no breaks and that it could completely stop my period. Looking back I really wish I did more research into this pill as well as other options but I chose to just go head with it.

I have had acne since I turned 11 so also wanted to go on the pill as I heard it helped out a lot with spots. What I didn’t know, however, is that the Cerelle pill that I went on actually did the opposite and made my skin 100x worse. As the year went on my skin did clear up (once I sorted out my skincare routine) but it never cleared up all together. Added to this it also had a really negative effect on my body image, I wouldn’t say that it actually caused me to gain weight but it caused me too feel heavier and bloated which really impacted my self confidence. As far as my mental health is concerned it has definitely got worse over the past couple of years but whether that is down to the pill, life being a bit of a pritt stick or a combination of the 2 I couldn’t really say!

Once I started taking it I had a continuos bleed for 2 months straight, which was not fun at all, but then my period stopped all together for about 6 months. For the first year and a half I was very good at taking my pill at the same time everyday which meant that for the most part I didn’t have any bleeding at all but every now and again I would have a couple of days of feeling sorry for myself if you know what I mean! For the last few months I was on it though I just got really slack with taking it on time, not only did this have a bad affect on my love life as I never really knew if I was safe but it also meant I was bleeding continuously for about 4 months (again not great for the old love life!) Now this was my fault due to my inability to take a pill everyday but I just new I wasn’t happy with the pill and wanted to change to something that I didn’t have to think about every day of my life!

SUMMARY OF CERELLE PILL 

  1. When taken properly (within 2 hours of the same time everyday) it meant that I had no periods/bleeding at all
  2. If taken irregularly it caused irregular bleeds (funny that)
  3. Made my skin worse to begin with but it has calmed down
  4. Caused bloating/feeling heavier
  5. I didn’t get pregnant so in that sense it was a success

 

IMPLANT Once I had made the decision that I had had enough of the pill I went to the sexual health clinic and spoke to an absolutely lovely nurse there. We talked about all kinds of options from condoms to the coil until we settled on the implant. She showed me a figurine (I guess thats what it is) of what it would feel like in my arm and talked me through the process of getting it implanted step by step. I decided it was what I wanted and made an appointment to come back a week later and get it fitted.

Whilst I was sat in the waiting room  (and freaking out a bit) a rather over the top girl came in shouting to her friends about how it feels so weird and she feels incredibly faint, not to add that it hurt worse than anything she’s ever experienced. Just what you want to hear when you’re going in for the same process in about 10 minutes. Never the less I plucked up the courage and went in anyway! Again I had an amazing nurse who went through a few medical questions before laying me down on the bed. First she drew a pen mark of where it was going to go before injecting me with some general anaesthetic in my arm, this is the bit that hurt! It was like 3 bee stings BUT it was over in about 20 seconds and then the top part of my arm went completely numb. This meant that when she put the actual implant in I didn’t feel a thing apart from a little bit of pressure. As far as feeling dizzy was concerned, now as a person with very low blood pressure I always feel dizzy, for the first hour or so I was fine but as the evening went on I got quite drowsy and was very much looking forward to getting into bed! The nurse wrapped my arm in a bandage that I had to keep on for 3 days and to shower I had to wrap my arm in clingfilm. For the next couple of days my arm ached a lot and bruised quite badly.IMG_5246IMG_5267

So now I’m about 10 months in and so far I have had mostly regular periods with no other problems. The bruising went down after a couple of weeks and now I feel absolutely no pain in my arm at all. So far I am liking it a lot more than the pill simply because my periods are now regular and I don’t have to think about remembering to take something everyday. I don’t feel confident enough yet to say that I won’t have any issues simply because I am only a few months in but I am definitely happy that I made the change!

SUMMARY OF IMPLANT 

  1. General aesthetic injections have a short/sharp pain like a bee sting but other than that it doesn’t hurt getting the implant
  2. Have to wear a bandage (that you cant get wet)/ have bad bruising for a few days so chances are you will get people asking “what happened to your arm”
  3. Regulated my periods
  4. Means I am covered for 3 years
  5. So far I am not pregnant so in that sense it was also a success!

COMING OFF CONTRACEPTION? After deciding to come off the pill I did consider coming off contraception (apart from condoms) all together and just let my body be a bit more natural! I thought lots about it and looked into the new process of taking your temperature to see if your ovulating (it is a lot more scientific than that). But I just thought to myself if I can’t even remember to take a pill then I won’t remember to take my temperature everyday!

This ended up being a bit longer than I intended but I didn’t want to miss anything out! What are your experiences with/without contraception?

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Type of guys you find on dating apps

I feel like dating in the 21st century is mostly made up of endless amounts of swiping and the occasional exchange of a GIF of Joey asking ‘how you doin’. Once you have spent a few months of your life doing this, however sad that sounds, you start to see a pattern in the kind of guys on the other end of the phone. This is my analysis on the type of guys you will most likely come across at one point or another on dating apps…..

The Catfish – He is gorgeous, loves dogs, shares your interest in prison documentaries and laughs at your crap puns about cheese. He is too good to be true. Well it turns out that’s because he isn’t true, after some social media stalking you find out your prince charming is actually a 60 year old goat farmer called Herbert (might be exaggerating a bit here but you never know it could happen!)

The Midnight Messenger – In every photo he is flexing at the gym or in his swim trunks on the beach. This guy is after one thing and one thing only. He makes it very clear to you by following these simple steps 1. He will only message you between midnight and 4am 2. His first question will be ‘what is your snap’ 3. His second question will be ‘so when am I coming over’. You’re not fooling anyone Casanova!

The Serial Swiper – This guy does not understand the concept of a left swipe. A match will be followed by a generic ‘hey how are you x’ message and will you will later discover, over a glass of wine with the girls, that he sent the exact same thing to each of them. If it’s got boobs and legs then its good enough for him.

The Tortoise – Know the story of the tortoise and hare? Well that is the tale that this guy takes his inspiration from. He will send you engaging, interesting messages filled with questions and witty responses that give you hope you’ve found a potential match. The only problem being he will take around 4 days to reply to each one. Now I understand that most people do have better things to do with their time than replying to tinder messages but don’t ask me how my Monday was if you won’t actually read my response and reply till Thursday!

An Actual Adolescent – You knew that he had a baby face but thought that was just a cute quality! It isn’t until later when you realise he only replies before 9am and after 3:30pm that he is in fact still in school. If you bring this up to him I guarantee he will say ‘I bet I’m more mature than half the man you’ve ever met’. Could be true but I also don’t remember enough from school to be able to help you with your homework so I can’t see this working out I’m afraid.

The Scum of the earth – He has a girlfriend.

The Familiar Face – You’re sat at home killing some time by swiping when low and behold the cool kid of your secondary school appears on your screen. The only acceptable response is to first look over his photos and establish that he definitely peaked at 13, laugh at how the boy who always had a girlfriend is now on Bumble, remember that are in the exact same situation but without the glory of having relationships throughout your school years and stop laughing, quickly swipe right but secretly hope he has seen and noted your glow up.

The Ghoster – This one is a bit of a no brainer and unfortunately just seems to be a norm of dating apps. Either he won’t even send you a message at all to begin with or reply to your sad attempt at a pick up line or even worse, you will actually have a good conversation and before you know it a reply never comes! Was it my excessive use of exclamation points that put him off? Who knows but you will think about it during your shower thoughts for the next couple of days!

So there we have it. A list of the kind of guys that always seem to make an appearance on my dating apps, have you ever encountered any of them or do you have any regulars of your own I would love to know!

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