Thursday, 20 June 2013

So I recently discovered how to "dip dye" nails! I love the effect, so I created a YouTube tutorial on how to do it!

It is so simple!
All you need to do is -
1) Prep the nails, file/cut/push back cuticles
2) Do two coats of a chosen nail varnish colour
3) With the second nail varnish colour, cover each nail 3/4 of the way in a sheer coat, leaving the first layer of varnish visible by the cuticles.
3) Once everything is dry, coat the nail again with the second colour, this time slightly thicker and only half way down the nail. Make sure to use your clear nail varnish each time you apply a new layer of the second coat to ensure it blends!
4) Do one last layer of your second nail varnish colour at the tips of nails!
5) Finish with one last coat of your clear nail varnish!

Have fun dip dying your nails!
Lots of love,

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Germany | Baden Baden

Hello guys!
So as many of you know, last week I made a little trip to Germany, Baden Baden.
Now, in all honesty, I wasn't expecting much from Germany, it has just never been a place I've always wanted to visit! But the chance came up for me to go as my sister LOVES theme parks, and was desperate to go to the one in Germany called Europa.
And I must say, Germany was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! I absolutely loved it! I actually felt like I was on holiday, 30 degree weather, champagne at 10am and having drinks on the rooftop! 

So I tagged along with my sister, her boyfriend and their house mate Lee. So it started with waking up at 2am, now I say waking up, I just laid in bed until the alarm went off. Long story short.. we got ready and headed to the airport! We jumped on the plane and an hour and a half later, we arrived in Germany!
I love that feeling when you get off the plane and the warm air hits you and you can't help but pull a little grin of joy!

From there, we got a taxi to our hotel... now let me say that was quite the experience!
As I'm learning to drive I really could appreciate how weird it was driving on the right hand side of the road.. and going round the roundabout the opposite way!
But the thing that was most terrifying.. is the fact we were behind about 4 cars, and the taxi driver just pulled out and tried to overtake, baring in mind there was a van heading straight towards us.. I was sat in the back of the car, in the middle, just watching a van come towards us, flashing his lights and braking. It was a butt clenching moment!
Our driver pulled back in last minute, and me and my sister were killing ourselves laughing in the back.. but trying to be quiet which we all know makes the situation a whole lot funnier!

We checked into the hotel, and where we stayed was an apartment right in the centre of the town! So the apartment wasn't near the hotel... which baffled me no end when we were taken from the hotel and across the town. But it was such a lovely apartment, it had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and a little dining/living room.
It was perfect!

So we got to the hotel, had champagne and looked about Baden Baden. It was so clean and neat, and everything was just perfect! I even took the plunge and decided to do a bit of sight seeing on my own, I stuck my IPod in and I was away! I loved it!
We of course had some pretzels, beer, and these white sausages that were boiled? I must say, they tasted like saveloy and I didn't enjoy them.. but you've gotta do it haven't you!

In the evening we went to an Italian (I know not very German is it) and had a pizza, which was lovely! The whole day was just chilled and relaxed, and we got an early night for our big day in Europa!

So we woke up at around 7am, hopped on a bus, train and a shuttle bus to the park.
Baring in mind we had to fight our way onto the shuttle bus due to about 100 school kids on a trip, it was crazy just seeing the teachers smoking away on their cigarettes.. and even some of the students haha! Europa was amazing, it was made of all different places in Europe, with each country having themed rides. I went on every single ride except for the silver star roller coaster.. I believe it's the second tallest ride in Europe.. and I was NOT getting my arse on that thing! Haha!

But the day was amazing, it was boiling hot which made the water rides all the more enjoyable! I topped myself up with suncream all day, I only had a factor 15 which is no use to a fair skinned, freckle face people like myself so I had layers upon layers of the stuff!
But I did still catch the sun, and by the end of the day my freckles were like.. BOOM!

On the way back, we were on the train and all you could see was mountains and just above them, this huge grey cloud, I had never seen something so amazing, but eerie looking! It looked really dramatic just covering the mountains in rain clouds.
A storm was coming and it poured it with rain!
Myself and Lee, when we got back to the apartment, made a cheeky trip to McDonalds but had to run down the town in the pouring rain! It was fun, and when we got into McDonalds, we were greeted with a man sat there in his dressing gown, not a pleasant sight when all you were after was a McFlurry.

All in all, Germany was amazing and I'd happily go back! The place we went to was so beautiful, and although it wasn't very touristy, and hardly anyone spoke English, I actually quite liked it as we got to see a proper German town. It was in the mountains and the views were incredible. I wouldn't say go there if you are looking for a Magaluf type holiday.. as I was probably the youngest person in the whole entire town. 
The whole town was just very chilled, easy going, and laid back.
It was definitely what I had needed, and I miss the weather so much!

Hoped you liked this blogpost, and the photographs!
If you want to see a vlog (video diary) I did of my time there, you can watch it here

Thanks for reading,
take care,

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Learning To Drive

Just before I get onto driving, I just want to say thank you to the 1,800 views I've had on my spring/summer lookbook! I hate to film these videos as it's very 'posy' and makes me look VERY vain.. but hey ho I love the response and feedback so if you want to see me wearing some outfits for summer!
Click here 

So as many of you know, I am currently learning to drive!
I have done 20 hours of driving, and about to do a lesson in an hour so that will be 21 hours! Hurrah I can do the math!
Lot's of you on my YouTube channel have been asking about what my driving lessons are like, do I like learning to drive, do I get on with my instructor etc...
So I thought I'd just answer these questions on my blog!

Now you know a little bit about my instructor because I mentioned her on my "Focus On What Really Matters" blogpost, as I said she only teaches me 1 hour a week and knows I am a worrier/over thinker. If you want to read that blogpost about me being a total worrier - then click here.


Before driving, I thought to myself, I'll just be polite, do my best, and have to deal with 1 hour of painful small talk every week. Obviously I didn't know what my instructor would be like, but lucky for me, she is lovely :) And painful small talk is unheard of on my lessons! Luckily!

(If she ever reads this... her head is going to be huge, as I don't have a bad word to say)

So let's cut to the chase. I have an amazing driving instructor that I love, and learning to drive is so much fun, even though I can whine and panic!
I don't know why, but I just really like her, and get on with her!
Well okay that was stupid, I do know why I like her, I can be myself with her.
You know if you've ever been told off by your mum, and you're annoyed, but you can't help but love her, even if you piss each other off.
It's like that basically. 
Does that make sense? 
I'm not saying my driving instructor and I piss each other off...more me annoy her with my whining, but I know at the end of it, I don't care because I really like her, and I'm assuming she likes me.
Some people can scream and shout at you, and you take it to heart. But if it's someone like your mum, you know you're going to be friends again and it doesn't matter.

With my instructor it's like that. I just like her too much to be upset if I do something wrong and she shouts (I use the word 'shout' loosely, more speaking loudly, which is fair enough when I pull out of a roundabout and a car is coming)  . And I like that, as I'm never afraid to be silly, or ask questions, or say what's on my mind!
(which she probably wishes I did have a filter as I can say some random crap) 

But she has a personality which I wish I was more like, she isn't a huge worrier and doesn't sweat the small stuff in a way! So I like being around people who make me see things in a different perspective! Opens my eyes to a different way of thinking, which is what my dad does! Who is another person I adore to pieces and love being around!

I know, I know.. I'm a soppy bitch aren't I! 

Driving can be a nervous thing to start doing, you want someone you are going to get along with because if you don't, it can discourage you to drive. I know a few people where they had such a bad driving instructor they just gave up. Which is not good!
So if you aren't happy with your driving instructor, and "dread" your weekly lesson, then change instructors! At the end of the day, it is up to you who you learn with, so at least try and make it an enjoyable experience! 

But remember, I'm assuming you not only want to like them, but you wan't them to like you to! So don't be back chatty, or think you know exactly what you're doing! Because whether you like it or not, they will know A LOT more about driving than you do!
(Unless they are a horrific instructor, and if so CHANGE)
And remember, they are trusting you with their car, and even though they have dual control, remember to just respect the fact it's their little pride and joy, so be nice! And perhaps ask at the end of the lesson, do you feel okay with me driving? You don't want them to be shit scared every time your name pops up on the schedule and they fear for their lives ;)
Although I am sure they will tell you if your driving worries them! But it's just polite to make sure you both trust each other!

And don't make the mistake I do and listen to what friends tell you, and fill your brain with "driving facts" that aren't even true, people "hear" things and test rules change so even though my friends might have been correct when they did their test, rules may have changed since! Don't be afraid to ask your driving instructor, as I'm sure they will have the answers!

So if you are worried about learning to drive, I think the best thing to do is just bite the bullet and do it! Ask around first for recommendations from friends/family, but don't only ask about their "pass rate" because in fairness, the driving is down to you. Ask what their teaching style is like, ask about their personality, are they patient,  caring, honest, reliable etc ...

Be prepared to do lots of stuff wrong on your lesson, and try and not get too uptight about it!
If I do something wrong, I'm corrected and told how to improve but we have a good laugh about it afterwards. 
 Getting angry about it won't change what you just did! I'm not going to pretend I don't ever get angry, I will get frustrated but it doesn't last too long!
Laugh at yourself! I do all the time, it's fab!

I was apprehensive about learning to drive but thank the lord I was recommended the instructor I have, and dare I say it, I think I will actually miss driving lessons!
Although I can't wait till I can drive! AHH :D
But it really isn't scary at all to learn to drive, just think everyone who is currently on the road has been in your position! And probably made the same mistakes that you will do!
Yeah you might get some impatient drivers but you're not going to see them again, that's just life and some people are too concerned about themselves to understand how you might be feeling!

Hope this post might have helped, and remember the instructor wants you to like them, because at the end of the day, that is their job and way of an income, and if they weren't very good with people, they wouldn't be in that job! So if you are quite a shy person and the driving doesn't worry you, it's the idea of being in the car with someone for an hour, then don't worry about it! They are adults and I'm sure will have lots of stuff to say!
And they will begin to know you as a person and know what you're like and how you learn.
You are there to learn to drive and if you are not into the whole chit chat, then just stick to what you've been told to do and ask any questions about driving! But just talk about anything, it's easy! ;)

Speaking of driving.. I have a lesson soon and need to pop to the shop! I'm off to Germany tonight, so should actually start packing. It's a super short trip, and with the fear of sounding bratty, and no offence to anyone from Germany, but it has never been on of my dream destinations to visit! But I am not complaining as it brings a little excitement into this week, and gets me out the country!
 But I am excited to see a different culture and see some different places, the weather is supposed to be great, and you never know, I might come back and absolutely love it! I'm keeping my mind open people!
And the fact I get to be with my sister just makes it exciting anyway!
A blogpost will be up of Germany when I come back (:

Take care,
love you,

p.s This is me photoshopped into a Nissan Figaro as everyone knows how much I adore them.. hehe I know it's sad!

Monday, 10 June 2013

And The Banners Still Blow, Still Blow In The Wind...

Blog title is from the lyrics of the song by Amy MacDonald - 4th of July
Link to the song is here
(It makes me feel all jolly)

Hello guys!
So before I got onto the band wagon of blogging, I snapped some random photographs of a cute Italian restaurant I went to the other day with my friends Sara and Shane.
The pizza I had was bloody lovely!
I can't remember what it was called but all I know was that it came with mozerella, sweet peppers, onions, (and bacon but I changed it for chicken)
So I just rediscovered these images and thought.. now I have a blog, I'll stick the photographs up on there!? Pointless? I don't know... probably but I just need to rave about this pizza!

It made a nice change from going to the typical chain restaurants of Nando's, Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny's...
This restaurant had real character, it was quaint, had outside seating and was tucked away along a cobbled street. What more could you ask for?
Everyone who worked there seemed really friendly, and it was fun to hear them all speak Italian hehe (I know I know simple things)

But I am basically craving this pizza SO friggen bad right now.. it wasn't expensive at all either! Was only around £11... If that!
Definitely will be returning after I get back from Germany...
Now here is the question, I'll have to be up at 2am in the morning to get ready to go to the airport, is it worth me even attempting to sleep?
What do you think?

Take care!
Love you lots!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Focus On What Really Matters!

My dad, my sister, and the baby is me!

Now that is one happy Fay!

So a few weeks back, I had what I thought was a bad driving lesson. I was really pissed off with myself, and I don't even know why because when I look back, I didn't really do anything wrong. And I have done worse things before on my driving lesson and not been annoyed... So I think I was just having a bad day! Anyway, so I text my instructor saying how annoyed I was, and she replied "You just have to learn not to worry about the small stuff and focus on what really matters" Okay. So I know this is just about driving, but I think I have permission to take this advice onto more areas of my life other than driving! 
I am a worrier. 

And the thing is, it is over the stupid stuff!
 In some situations, I am the most laid back person ever and I see other people getting stressed and I think to myself "Why are you getting stressed and upset about something you can't change/control?" But for some reason, I don't take this outlook everywhere with me. And considering I haven't really known my driving instructor very long, she knows I am a worrier and I only see her 1 hour every week! I

I know some people think I see the world as a bed of roses and I am far too innocent for real life. But unfortunate stuff has happened in my life, I am aware that not everyone I am going to meet in my is going to be nice. Trust me, I have met a few dicks!
But I don't want these people to discourage my outlook on life! I want to think there are good people in this world, I don't want to grow bitter because of other people.
So with everyone I meet, and who I grow close to, I will love and care about until proven not to! Now I know this could seem naive... but I can't help it!

But I've been thinking (never good) and it is so important to just sit back and realise what really matters in your life! I think it can be easy to get caught up in silly things that to you may seem the end of the world, but in perspective, doesn't really matter! 

For example, my driving test. I was scared and don't get be wrong on the day I'm sure every part of my body will be like jelly and I'll be clutching onto my driving instructor for dear life. But then I think, why am I going to get myself so worked up about the test? So what if I fail, it's just a test and I'll do it again until I pass. End of.
(I hope to be reminded of this when I am a nervous wreck on the day!)

I don't know what is going in your life, but I know we all have something we worry about! But as long as you have family, friends, someone to talk to, I think you are pretty fortunate.

"Some people are so poor, all they have is money"

I think it is so important to make an effort with people you care about, and also strangers! It is so easy to just give a smile at someone, or hold open the door for someone, or say thank you to the person who stopped in their car to let you cross the road. Politeness is so important I think, and it is so easy!

Don't take stuff too seriously! I love people who are down to earth, say it how it is, and has a good heart. I love me a  bit of "banter" and being cheeky!

Also, remember to not only make an effort with other people, but don't neglect yourself! It's okay to think "I look pretty alright today!" Or "I actually quite like this dress on me"
Accept compliments!
You got given the body you have, so instead of being an arse hole to it, be nice!
Easier said than done I know, but put on the dress that makes you feel good, buy the shoes you've seen in the shop AND WEAR THEM!
Life's too short to worry what others will think, if you are happy, then F everyone else!

On my last day of college, there was a questionnaire and everyone was filling it in.
A question said "What do you hope to achieve in your life?"
What a huge question to answer.
And me being me, wrote in capital letters "HAPPINESS!!"
And handed the paper back and left lol!
I don't bloody know what I want from life, who really does at the grand age of 18 (what I was at the time)
I feel like there is a lot of pressure on people to know what they want to do in life, and I have no bloody clue! 

I don't really know where I am going with this blogpost if I'm honest, but contrary to popular belief, I am quite a level headed, open minded person. It doesn't always show because sometimes I just want to have a laugh and be silly! I am only 19 and I know some people see that as an adult, which of course technically is, but people my age are having babies and getting married!!
HUH? Let's slow down people!
 I don't think I'm ready for that! 
I don't think I should be ready for that!

I am totally straying off topic here.. there is always so much going on in my head it's hard to keep up with myself! 

But to round this blogpost up.. basically...
Don't stress over the small stuff, don't dwell on stuff that has happened in the past, don't hold grudges and be happy!
And I am not writing this from experience, I am writing this on advice on which I also need to take!

Have a lovely day!!

(This post has taken me so long I am going to be late for work... hehe)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Summer/Spring Outfit

Top - New Look
Bandeau - New Look
Skirt - Primark

The weather has been so beautiful this week and I took full advantage of this and decided to make a video outside in the sun!
I made a summer/spring lookbook, showing a few new items I've bought!

You can see it here

I really like this outfit, it's pretty casual but also looks like you've made some sort of effort! I pulled my hair up into a messy high bun and I was good to go!
It is a really comfortable outfit and perfect for the summer!
However, I haven't actually been able to wear it properly out yet because it is too long for me!
So alterations are in order!
Mum will have it taken up for me soon! What a legend haha ;) 

Hope you liked the post!

Have a lovely week and enjoy the sunshine!
(Remember suncream)


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