The Realities of Bra Shopping

Confession time: I love bra’s.

Bra shopping sucks.

This causes a fairly large dilemma.

I’m sure that for some people, bra shopping is super easy and they love it and the world is full of rainbows and leprechauns, however for me bra shopping is the equivalent of jean shopping – torturous, however I can’t seem stop myself from going (get a grip of yourself gal!)

After watching a reality ‘documentary’ last night about boob size and the importance of a good fitting bra, I started having doubts about mine – did they gape? were they too tight? the wrong shape? I wanted a new (plain, boring and simple) black t-shirt bra, so I went out with the intention of purchasing one.

And then I remembered when it came to bra shopping everything was a bit overwhelming.

My reasons why bra shopping is torturous:

  1. You need to decide what type/style of bra you want (although in fairness I knew already).
  2. Then on to choosing the print/colour. Oh hey look a print you adore? Shame it happens to be in a different style.
  3. Found a print and a style you like? You can practically guarantee they wont have your size.
  4. All things start to look good; you’ve found a print and a style you like, in your size – although of course you need to take in more than one size of each bra for comparisons as every bra fits differently.
  5. Finally get the bra on: it’s far too gapey or too tight in all the wrong places. Even though you tried on the exact same size in a different style earlier and it fitted properly.

My solution:

Book yourself in for a bra fitting when you don’t have any time constraints (these are often free), where they will measure you (extremely important if you’re still growing), and be brutally honest in what suits your body and what doesn’t in a one-on-one consultation. After being measured it’s super important that they ‘fit’ you, aka they go and find a few bra’s in the styles that you’ve described to be interested in, and they get you too try the bra on before assessing whether it is the right style/size for your body shape and boob size.

I recently went in for a fitting at Marks, and I’m so glad I did – although I went in wearing the correct size (8 in 10 women aren’t), the balcony bra that I was wearing had the straps too far apart which caused the straps to slip off, and wasn’t the most flattering on me personally. I ended up trying on about 20 bra’s (none of which the plain and boring t-shirt bra I was originally after), before finally finding one which fit perfectly – there wasn’t a single part of it that fitted even slightly wrong.

I then had to break the news to the lady doing my fitting, that I was also on the hunt for a gym bra, and that I had noticed Marks had quite a few high impact sports bra’s in at the moment (something I really need now I’ve started going to active classes and running on the treadmill – medium isn’t quite cutting it anymore!), so I also ended up having a fitting for a sports bra too.

And guess what… I managed to find a sports bra for the slightly larger bust that seems to work! No more doubling up! Rather than using a compression style to support the boobs, this underwired sports bra holds each breast in place without causing odd bulges and a cleavage up to your forehead. Checkout the Marks sports bra I picked up below.

  
I’ll definitely be back next time I need a new bra!


So if, like me, bra shopping is NOT your idea of fun, but you really like bra’s(who doesn’t like bra’s?? They can change your whole persona!), I would 100% recommend having a fitting – especially as there’s no pressure on you to buy there and then (at least I know this to be true in Marks).

Just remember – it’s so important to be wearing the correct size bra whether you’re a 28a, 30g, 36b or whatever – you shouldn’t wear a different size bra to attempt to make your boobs look a different size to what they are: that’s what the different styles are for! 
(header photo of Dita Von Teese from photo shoot with Elle magazine found on Pinterest).

2016 To Read List

Unsurprisingly as a lover of lists (as if I haven’t emphasised this fact enough on my blog!), the new year is one of my favourite times of year as I get to write SO MANY LISTS. Lists of things to read and watch, places to visit and people to see, just to name a few.

Today I thought I’d share my list of books I want to read in 2016, and ask if there are any others you reckon I should definitely add to my list! Some of these are the same as my books to read before I’m 25 post, which you can check out here if you haven’t already, but quite a few are different – these have been collected from my good reads to read list, random books that I’ve had for years but have never gotten around to reading, and hand me down books from my mum!

In no particular order…

The yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Under the same stars by Tim Lott

Every time I find the meaning of life they change it by Daniel Klein

The marshmallow test by Walter Mischel

A man called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Quite ugly one morning by Christopher Brookmyre

The examined life; how we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz

The catcher in the rye by J.D Salinger

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A constellation of vital phenomena by Anthony Murra

Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte

The help by Kathryn Stockett

One flew over the cuckoos nest by Ken Kesey

The forest people by Colin Turnbull

Us by David Nicholls

The husbands secret by Liane Moriarty

Into the wild by Jon Krakauer

One day by David Nicholls

The borrowers by Mary Norton

The darkest hour by Barbara Erskine

I have also added The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey as I read a review of this book over on LibroLiv’s blog, which you can checkout here, and it sounds so good!


I have linked all of the books to their Goodreads page so feel free to check any of them out if their name catches your fancy! Each picture taken from respective GR page.


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2016 Exciting Travel Plans

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m currently saving for travelling (aka working my arse off and trying not to spend all of my money on books/clothes/makeup/music/food… I’m only partially failing!) and so I thought I’d upload a post sharing some of my travel plans (it’s not all completely booked/finalised just yet, but this is how I’m hoping it’ll go down 🛩)
MAY

  • Spend a week in rainy but beautiful Plymouth avec my father (I haven’t asked him if I can come yet, but I know he reads this blog so dad – this is me asking!)
  • Fly to Berlin and spend 5 days there, followed by 5 days in Copenhagen with one of my bestest friends Gabriela
  • Fly to Marseilles for my cousins wedding and spend a week in the beautiful and hopefully sunny region La Croix Valmer.

 

JUNE

  • Fly to Nepal to spend just under a month volunteering with CU Help, where I will hopefully be positioned volunteering in a local school whilst living with a host Nepalese family.
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Nepal

 

JULY

  • Fly to Thailand to spend a month with PMGY doing a full on Thailand tour, which includes cities, beaches, volunteering, full moon parties and much more!
  • (very end of the month) Fly to Malaysia to spend a week with my cousin (hopefully if he’s still in KL by then!)

 

AUGUST

  • Fly to Sri Lanka to spend 3 weeks with PMGY undertaking the elephant orphanage programme, where I will hopefully be able to look after the magnificent animals, explore, and enjoy the local cuisine
  • Turn 19
  • Fly home to England
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Sri Lanka

 

 

SEPTEMBER

  • Go to a different cousins wedding, which is being held in a beautiful and very special church, and the reception is being held on the family land
  • Go off to university (oh hey Bristol, can’t wait!!)

If you’d like to see a post more in detail about what I plan to get up to in Europe or SE Asia then like this post or comment below!

 

All photographs from Pinterest.

Hi There 2016 (only 29 days late)!

Hello… so it’s been a while! I’ve left my corner of the blogosphere rather unloved over the last few months, and I thought it was about time to get back to doing something I love and give my blog a bit of (much needed) TLC!

I don’t really have an excuse for being such a crappy blog mother, other than I’m a bit of a workaholic (especially when I’m trying to save for travelling – but more on that in my next post!) and since August last year I’ve been known to work 20 days on, one day off and 20 days on again! This was especially hard over Christmas as there was so much overtime available (and apparently i’m HORRENDOUS at saying no) so I ended up only having Christmas Day off 😓 (I appreciate that this is definitely better than the people that had to work Christmas Day, but I still found it tough missing out on all the family celebrations!) 

Anyway, Christmas made me realise that I needed a bit more ‘me time’ this year to achieve some of the goals I set myself for 2016 (more on these later in the post), and so I’m now down to only having 2 jobs, which almost guarantees me one day off a week- yay we like days off! So with my new found free time, I’m going to *try* and upload blog posts a heck of a lot more frequently than I have been (oh hi there 3 month break, won’t be seeing you again for a while).

I’m also super interested in discovering new blogs to read (as well as catching up on my old favourites – whilst I haven’t been blogging myself I’ve found it hard to keep up with other people’s blogs), so please leave a comment/link your blog below so I can check it out ☺️

As a welcome back to the blogging world post, I thought I’d start with something simple (after my crazy long and rambly apology); so here we have it – me ‘goals’ for 2016 (definitely not resolutions. nope. nuh uh. not a resolution in sight.)

  1. attempt to read as many books as I used too (the one year I kept count it was 54, it was probably about 10 last year!)
  2. drink more water! atleast 1.5l a day (I’m already failing at this…)
  3. learn how to properly use my camera (I’ve taken it out for a few test runs but I need to put it through its paces now!)
  4. get a gym membership… and use it!! (so far going well- if you want to read more about my gym experience/classes I’m enjoying so far then leave a comment below!)
  5. walk Flynn (my beautiful blue roan cocker spaniel) more, and make more time for cuddles 
  6. travel independently (oh hey there SE asia, not long now 😁)
  7. put myself into more social situations I feel nervous about (because once I’ve done it I feel so proud of myself!)
  8. participate in gym classes 
  9. make more time for de-stressing eg colouring/pamper time (um not going great, I keep on accidently agreeing to overtime – oops!)
  10. start blogging again (yay once this is live I can say I’ve achieved this one!)

So these were my goals for 2016, did you have any? if so let me know by commenting below! 

My Volunteering Week

So as I said in my last (stressful) post, I’ve been away for the past week and I had such a good time I thought I’d let you all know what I’ve been up to, and how you can get involved!

For my Gold Duke of Edinburgh it’s a requirement to complete a ‘residential’ section, comprising of spending 4 nights away with a group of strangers, whilst undertaking residential voluntary work. I decided that for my residential section I would volunteer with the YHA (Youth Hostel Association), as they run a variety of cheaper volunteer weeks which are specifically designed for D of E people. I volunteered in YHA Holmbury in Dorking (Surrey), and our task was to paint the bedrooms and then get them all clean and back to order.

The location was absolute stunning, even though we didn’t get much outside time as we had so much to do, it was beautiful to travel too/from, and great for lunch time walks! The group of people I volunteered with were really friendly, and from all over the country which gave us a lot to talk about – we had all had different D of E experiences, and called certain things by different names (for example, I always refer to the three daily meals as breakfast, lunch and dinner, whereas others called them breakfast, dinner and tea, or breakfast, lunch and tea.. it’s the little things but it’s still interesting!)

We spent our days preparing the rooms for painting, painting the walls in magnolia and purple, and painting the bed frame/slats/doors/skirting boards in gloss (I really don’t like gloss… it’s almost a week since I first got it on my arms and legs, and it just wont budge! I’ve tried: soap, shampoo, scrubbing super hard, white spirit, cleansing wipes… I don’t know what to try next!). We had breakfast and dinner cooked for us (although we all helped out with at least one meal over the 5 days), and had a few scheduled activities in the evening such as a camp fire, walks and making a rocket – some kiddie activities but still fun none the less! The rest of the time was free time, which meant lots of chatting and eating biscuits and drinking tea… pretty good all in all!

This was the first time I’ve spent time ‘living’ with a group of strangers, and I found it super fun and interesting… I would love to do something like this again in the future (however I wouldn’t be able to do the D of E specific one), so I’m looking into booking another one!

If you wanted to find out a bit more about volunteering with the YHA click here.


I’ll end the post with a few pictures from my week away 🙂

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My Stressful 24 Hours

You know when lots and lots of small stressful things add up and then you feel horrendously stressed and on edge and uncomfortable and like you want to cry? that’s been me over the past 24 hours…

So to start off with, I was coming back from an amazing week in Surrey (I’ll be popping up a blog post on my week soon, keep your eyes peeled!) and there were 5 of us supposed to get a bus. The bus never turned up. We were in a village with no signal and no 3G, so we ended up having to walk to a nearby care home (I’d noticed it a few days previously) to use their phone and book a taxi. It took us 5 tries to book a taxi as seemingly no companies had any available! We finally booked a taxi (which took ages to arrive) meaning we’d all missed our connecting trains!). We then got stuck in loads and loads of traffic and missed our next trains. We finally got on the trains, but managed to miss most of our connections, so I got home hours after when I should have! On the way home I got a text from my sister saying my Tesco boss had phoned and wanted me to start work at 6 if I could… this meant one thing and one thing only – I was doing the dreaded news and mags! I’ve never had to do the newspapers and magazines before, and I spent hours awake last night worrying about them! I got in today and it all went crazy- newspapers are terrifying, I was the only person working on hardlines (games and book and cd’s etc.), the only one on clothing, health and beauty and then I was also supposed to be doing fireworks (our busiest fireworks weekend!!!) I WAS STRESSED

I started shaking, and felt so stressed I wanted to cry (I’m a definite stress crier).

I’m now on a break (6 hours after starting which is nottttttt fun) and managing to breathe and calm down… I think I need to try mindfulness… I hate feeling stressed! 
How do you guys deal with issues when you’re stressed? 

The Creative Blogger Award

Massive thankyou to Cassidy over at kissmyCassidy for nominating me; now it’s time to find out some random info about me!

The Rules:

  • Nominate and Notify
  • Post Link to Nominator
  • Share Five Random Facts

The Facts:

  1. I really enjoy eating plain rice and plain pasta and plain bread and basically anything plain.
  2. I’m pretty much always tired, even though I definitely get enough sleep! I’m not really a night owl (I’m definitely an early bird) so I get to sleep before 11pm most nights, but I’m always tired and always want more sleep. (I do have anaemia so that does count towards it but this is just ridiculous!)
  3. I think wayyyyy too much about what other people may think of me. Be that how I’m walking, what I’m dressed like, how my hair looks… whatever I could be judged on I worry that I am being judged on it.
  4. I’m a massively nervous cyclist! I’d rather walk anywhere than take my bike, but due to the fact I can’t yet drive and my work is sooo far away I’m having to cycle and it’s terrifying.
  5. I know which song I want as my first dance song if I ever get married. It’s perfect and wonderful and so full of love and emotion. All I need now is a groom.

The Nominees:

Gabriela [https://blushingflamingo.wordpress.com/]

Olivia [https://bibliomad.wordpress.com/]

Daniela [http://perfect-pesto.com/]

10 Places I’d Rather Be

I saw this on Hayle Olson’s blog the other day, and decided it was one of the best posts I could relate to right now, so I’m doing my own version of it! Check out Hayle’s blog here.


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London: Partying hard with two of my best friends whom currently go to university there.

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Ecuador: Swinging on the swing at the end of the world (which I never shut up about I know).

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Disneyland Florida: Watching the firework display (I adore fireworks, they are one of my all time favourite things!)

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Canada: Visiting my cousin, trying poutine and exploring the huuuuge shopping malls and stunning lakes

Pongo pygmaeus Orang-utan with baby at Camp Leakey Tanjung Puting Reserve South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Pongo pygmaeus Orang-utan with baby at Camp Leakey Tanjung Puting Reserve South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Borneo: Volunteering in any sort of orang-utan sanctuaries

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Australia: Learning to surf (so so so desperately want to learn to surf!)

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Alaska: Husky sled riding through the gorgeous scenery

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Rome: Sightseeing, catching up with a friend and a bit of shopping of course!

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Iceland: Hot springs and northern lights… yes please!

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Cuba: Learning to scuba dive on a beautiful coast, and exploring the culture


If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

Friday Finds #1

I thought it was about time to start a new series on my blog! So recently I’ve been doing a fair bit of shopping, picking up quite a lot of random bits and bobs, and I thought I’d start showing you the best bits of what I pick up! (This might also hopefully encourage me to stop buying so much as I’m supposed to be saving!)


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Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo – Metallic Pomegranate – Boots (£4.99)

I’ve been eyeing up this beautiful shade of eyeshadow for so longggggg, but up until now I hadn’t bothered to get it. I’m so glad I changed my mind and picked it up, it’s such a lovely colour, a great creamy consistency and has such good reviews!

Rimmel Super Curler Mascara – Boots (£6.99)

I really needed a new mascara because the one I’m currently using is so waterproof it’s a nightmare trying to get it off! I don’t really know much about makeup, however I knew that I wanted a microfiber brush, and I wanted it to be quite thin as I have super sensitive eyes so I decided on this one in the end! I haven’t tried it yet but hopefully I get on with it.

Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo – And On Bronze – Boots (£4.99)

There was a 3 for 2 offer going on at Boots, so i ended up choosing this shade for my free purchase! The colour is perfect for an everyday daytime look, and like I said earlier, the creamy consistency is so lovely!

The Body Shop Red Musk Eau De Parfum – The Body Shop (£16)

I’ve been searching for an autumnal scent for a while now, as the only fragrances I own are very floral/fruity (basically very summery!), however as it’s now officially autumn (YAY!) I thought it was time to try a new scent! I smelt quite a few yet decided on this in the end – it was a bargain price of £16 for a 30ml bottle and smells divine! Highly recommend!

Fireside Coffee Café Mocha Cinnamon Chocolate – TK Maxx (£5)

oh. my. gosh. SO GOOD. It’s a bit pricey (£5 for a tin from TK Maxx) but as a special treat it is so worth it! (Especially if you think how much you’d pay for this at Costa!) I can’t really describe it better than the title, a Cinnamon chocolate coffee which makes me think of bonfires and autumn and warmth and love and joy and happiness. It tastes that good!

A Winter Scarf – TK Maxx (£13)

Another TK Maxx bargain! This scarf is so oversized and warm and perfect – it’s exactly what I was looking for! The tones are so perfect, and the scarf is so happy I’m very happy with this! And only £13!

Spare Buckle – Cotsworld (£2.55)

Such a random one but I needed a new clasp for my 60L rucksack before Monday, and I’m so glad I managed to find this! It took me 3 shops but eventually I found it, meaning I shouldn’t have any problems with my rucksack next week (I’m in surrey finishing off my Gold D of E, meaning I’m spending a week doing up a youth hostel.)

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Photo: Matalan Website

Black Slouchy Roll Neck Sweater – Matalan (£10)

I wore this for the first time today and I love it! It’s so simple yet stylish, comfy, and although I had to go up a few sizes (they only had a size 8 or a 20) it still looks okay being massively oversized!

Black Running Leggings – Matalan (£10)

It’s getting chilly and my 3/4 lengths are quite cutting it anymore! I decided to just pick up plain black ones as I wanted to wear them to Surrey and I didn’t want an in your face pair for when I’m getting down there/working there.

Sweater Weather Tag

I love autumn so freaking much! And yes… it is definitely officially Autumn now in the UK! Autumn to me makes me think of dog walks, fireworks (which are one of my all time favourite things anyway), hot chocolates, comfy knits and chilly ears. Oh, and the fact that it means it’s almost Christmas! I was tagged by the lovely Tasha over at thatlittleblogofeverything (definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already – I’m a huge fan!) to do the Sweater Weather tag a little while ago, and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it!

What is your favourite candle scent?

Anything with cinnamon! I adore the smell of cinnamon so much – right now I’m actually burning Primark’s ‘Cinnamon Maple’ which smells AMAZING, burns well and is an absolute steal at £1 for a small jar!

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

Up until this year I would have always said hot choc without a doubt, but I’ve really gotten into drinking coffee recently, simply because I love how many different types of flavours you can get! So I’d either have to go with a hot choc with all the toppings, or a Gingerbread latte – yum!

What is the best autumn memory you have?

When we were younger, my primary school would throw their own bonfire and fireworks night. It was tradition for us all to go, wonder around the grounds, eat burgers or hotdogs, light sparklers and watch the firework display! They’re very fond memories and the chill in the air and the sound of children laughing and adults catching up is so fresh in my mind.

Which fall trend do you prefer – dark lips or winged liner?

I’m not really a makeup pro yet, but I’m trying to start wearing winged liner (I’m always too scared to attempt the wings!). I never really wear bold coloured lips much as I like eating/drinking too much and I know I’d worry constantly about how it looks.

Your favourite fragrance for autumn?

I haven’t found an autumn fragrance yet! I’m so sad about this – the only two perfumes I have at the moment is ‘Rockin Rio’ by Escada, and ‘Dolce’ by Dolce and Gabana, but I so desperately want an autumn fragrance! Any suggestions please let me know!

What is your favourite autumn food?

I don’t know if they are specifically autumnal foods, but I love my roast dinners right about now! I also love a winter salad, so butternut squash, spinach, nuts, cranberries, sweet potato etc.!

What is the autumn weather like where you live?

Very temperamental! Some days it can actually be pretty warm and sunny, but around mid October is when the chill sets in and almost overnight it becomes cold and crisp (that doesn’t sound nice but it’s so refreshing!)

What is your most worn sweater?

I have this massive oversized grey sweater that I picked up last year and wore probably every day! I haven’t started wearing it yet this year, as I’ve just been in work clothes, but it’s my go-to comfy sweater.

Your must have nail polish for autumn?

I adore having dark berry tones on my nails in autumn! Either that or a gold/coppery colour.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

I hate wearing leggings so yup, definitely skinny jeans for me!

Combat boots or uggs?

I hate uggs, I would only ever wear them as slippers inside my house, never to be ventured outside with. So definitely combat boots haha!

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I’ve never tried pumpkin spice! Shocking I know! I need to try it, and then I’ll update you all 😉

What is your favourite autumn premiering show?

Vampire Diaries! It’s so nearly back on I can’t wait! (Although to be honest I don’t really remember what happened last season!)

Autumn mornings or autumn evenings?

This is such a hard one! I love crisp autumn mornings, but I love snuggling up with a movie and a hot chocolate and a blanket in the evenings!

What do you think about black Friday?

I’ve never experienced it! In England it isn’t really a thing, but even if it was I don’t think I’d be interested. Boxing day sales are scary enough.

Your favourite pie?

If we’re talking savoury it’s got to be butternut squash and sweet potato! If we’re talking sweet it’s definitely apple and blackberry with extra thick cream!


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