Let's Have A Catch Up

Sunday, 19 November 2017





Hey, you lot. Me again.

I know, I know. It's been a while. Things have been a bit busy...

I'll be honest, I'm only really writing this because I'm at a bit of a loose end. I've just finished at work for the morning, and I have a good couple of hours before I'm meeting my sister for lunch and to make a start on Christmas shopping. I've been toying with the idea of writing another post for a few days so I guess I just thought, while I had nothing else to do, sat in the corner of Starbucks with my first toffee nut latte of the year in my hand, like the typical blogger I am, I'd have a little tap away on my keyboard.

I've been away from the blogging scene for so long that I'm a little apprehensive about trying to get back into it. I'm still not 100% convinced that I have the time to dedicate to it. I'm still not 100% convinced that I have any real inspiration on what to write about at all. But here it goes.

If anything, now is a terrible time to get back into it. I'm currently working two jobs, one of which I only started two weeks ago and I'm still trying to get my head around. That's overwhelming in itself. I'm in a new relationship, and while the guy I'm with is wonderful, we've already had a hell of a lot to deal with over the last three months. I'm trying to save for my own place, my car's still knackered, and my to do list is so long on a daily basis that I never even know where to begin...

But then I stop and take a minute to think. It was near to two years ago that I felt like my entire world was topsy-turvy and heading for a black hole. I was dealing with a messy break-up, I was desperately trying to finish my degree, work part time, move house, keep my anxiety from suffocating me... And what do I still owe surviving all of that to? Funnily enough, blogging. As well as my friends for keeping me smiling, my godmother for just turning up on my door step every time I retreated, and wine. Lots and lots of wine.

Even through one of the most turbulent periods of my life, ever, blogging was constant. It was my escape. Writing posts put me into a little world of my own, it was the only time that I could shut out the world and let everything that was causing me so much stress melt away. I had a reason to get out of the house, and I actually made friends.

So yep, logically, this is the worst time to come back. (And let's not even go into how much drama there is in the blogging community at the minute. That's making me even more apprehensive.) But when did I ever follow logic?!

Here goes nothing.

Sian xo

23 Things I Haven't Figured Out By 23

Friday, 27 January 2017

When you're little, you consider people in their early 20s to be old. Proper grown-ups. People who have their life together. Right?

Well it's my 23rd birthday at the weekend, and I can tell you that I certainly do not have my life together. Not even a little bit. I'm basically trying to muddle through, hoping that at some point this 'adulting' thing will all fall into place.

So, instead of a traditional birthday blog post, here's a little list of 23 things that I definitely haven't figured out by 23. Hopefully it'll give you a chuckle!

1. What the hell it is I'm going to do with my life. Journalist? Housewife? Stripper? Membership Sales Consultant at a gym forever? Who knows.

2. How to iron properly. I can just keep hanging stuff up straight out of the wash and hope the creases drop out, right?!

3. How to cook anything other than risotto and spaghetti bolognese. I'm definitely not wifey material yet.

4. How people/my housemate/other bloggers can be so bloody organised when I can barely remember to get up for work on time.

5. How to contour and not look like I have mud on my face.

6. How to do any other hairstyle except down and curly. Maybe I'll branch out before I'm 24. Maybe.

7. How to not be a wussy when it comes to sad films/ TV shows. ALL THE TEARS.

8. Why eating healthily is so bloody difficult.

9. The point of decaf coffee????

10. What the big deal is over The Walking Dead. 

11. The difference between being nice and being a pushover. Where's the line? I have no idea.

12. How to stay awake past 1am on a night out. It's well past jammies and food time by then.

13. How proper grown-ups juggle a full time job, family, keeping a house AND have a social life?? Do you all have time turners or something??

14. How to resist the Benefit/MAC/Bare Minerals/Urban Decay counters.

15. How to make my eyebrows look 'on fleek'. I'm definitely more of a throw on some eyebrow pencil and hope for the best kinda girl.

16. How to get ready in under an hour and not look like I've been living in a cave for the last 1000000  years.

17. How to pose for outfit blog post photos. Forever awkward in front of the camera.

18. How sharing a bottle of wine works. Isn't one each normal? I'm so confused.

19. On that note, why is red wine a thing? I've been told I'm just not grown up enough for it yet. When will this happen? Still tastes like vinegar to me.

20. How to walk in heels.

21. How to not be completely useless at replying to texts.

22. How to keep my room tidy. Am I just doomed to be messy forever? Probably.

23. How I'm going to figure all of this out by the time I'm 24.

Love,

Sian xo