Can you be in love at 13? Ageism in relationships.

IMG_6647Small disclaimer before we begin; in this post I am referring to relationships in which both parties consent and are of a reasonable age to do so. 

As someone who fell in love with my (now) fiancé at the age of 13, ageism is certainly not alien to me. I have mentioned it *a few* times on my blog before, with my ‘Getting married at 21 is like leaving the party at 9pm’- A Response post and my Engaged At 18: What It’s Really Like post, but I don’t feel like I’ve ever fully delved to the very bottom of the issue; ageism.

So, when I recently came across the below tweet from the lovely Rachel, I just knew that I had to write a blog post about it.

What is ageism?

The Oxford English Dictionary Online defines it as ‘Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age’.

As Zack and I are considered ‘young’ to be getting married, this is something that I’ve also witnessed. I’ve felt looked down on by the wedding industry as we’ve tried to plan, because there seems to be some sort of weird consensus that getting married young is wrong. It’s a confusing thought-path to me because, generally, the people that I know who got married at a younger age, are the people who seem to still be in love to this day.

Do I have a study to prove this correlation?

No. And I am too lazy to conduct one.

But, so many of my role-models and the relationships that I aspire to in my life began at a young age. Did this effect me when I fell in love? To be honest, I don’t know. I always wanted to fall in love at a young age, because I always felt ready to. I matured when I was very young, and I always believed that love had no age. Continue reading “Can you be in love at 13? Ageism in relationships.”

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The Next 20 Years…

Hello, hello, hello!

So I know that I already published a post on my birthday, but that was a look back on what I’ve learnt in the last 20 years. This post, however, is more of a bucket list as it contains 20 things that I’m hoping to accomplish in the next 20 years as I thought it would be nice to look back on. So, without furtherado, let’s go..

1. Pay off my student loan

(I hope)

2. Get a job that I love

(I also really, really hope)

3. Have children

I’ll be 40 in 20 years, so hopefully I will have had kids by then!

4. Get married

Hopefully will be able to check this one off in 2020.

5. Visit Disney World (again)

I was 10 last time, so I’d love to go as an adult!

6. Have a house

Yup, I hopefully wanna own a house by the time that I’m 40!

7. Have a driving license

If I haven’t passed my test by the time that I’m 40, I may just give up.

8. Move in with my love

Hopefully also happening soon(ish)

9. Learn sign language

This has been a goal of mine for so long, but I just don’t know where to start!

10. Visit the Maldives

An ultimate life-goal!

11. Go on a Ferris Wheel

So I’ve been scared of these for years, but I’ve decided to try and conquer that fear.

12. Stay at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London

I don’t know why I want to stay here so bad, maybe because of the pretty insta pics.

13. Finish writing a book

Even if it never gets published, I’d like to succeed in writing one!

14. Have a dog

I’d really like a little pup!

15. Visit NYC

Another life goal for me!

16. Finish Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

I’ll be honest, I’ve been putting it off…

17. Read Pride and Prejudice

Yup, I’m an English student who has never read it

18. Visit Iceland

I really, really, really wanna go here.

19. Have a tattoo

I really hope that I’ve taken this plunge by the time that I’m 40!

20. Be happy

My biggest goal of all…

 

Love,

H x

20 Things I’ve Learnt In 20 Years

Hello,

Today is my birthday! I am officially 20 years old and I have 20 years of experience in this wonderful world. Granted, 20 years is not too long, but as I enter the 20th year of my life, I wanted to document 20 things that I’ve learnt so far. So, let’s begin.

1. Looking after yourself is the most important thing. (You can’t pour from an empty cup!)

2. Some people simply aren’t worth worrying about.

3. You cannot (and shouldn’t) tell someone how to feel.

4. It’s okay to like being alone.

5. Love doesn’t have an age requirement (or limit).

6. Older people aren’t always wiser.

7. Books are the best way to learn empathy and compassion.

8. It’s okay not to have loads of friends, the ones that matter are the important ones.

9. Hard work doesn’t always pay off.

10. It’s okay to take a break sometimes.

11. Pressure isn’t always good.

12. Peeing after sex is the best way to avoid a UTI.

13. It’s okay for your beliefs and values to change.

14. Clubbing is not all that it’s hyped up to be.

15. Doing your makeup and making your bed every morning makes you 10x more confident for the day.

16. The biggest joy often comes from the smallest of things.

17. Naps are THE BEST THING.

18. Social media isn’t real.

19. Being your own best friend is completely okay.

20. It’s okay not to know where to go from here. You’re only 20. You’ve still got plenty of time to find where you need to be.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to the next 20 years!

Love,

H x

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

IMG_6503Hello, hello, hello!

Welcome back to my little Valentine’s Day post series! Today is all about how you can have a lovely time on v-day, without spending too much money. See, I like v-day, but it’s 5 days after my birthday, 4 days before Zack’s, and I’m a student, so I cannot be affording big fancy plans! Instead, I’ve got plenty of ideas as to how you can have a lovely night, but within your budget!

The Cinema

Ok, ok, this one can be a little expensive and isn’t very original! However, the cinema can be a lovely treat and Valentine’s Day this year is on a Wednesday! This means that, if you have a Meerkat Movies code, you can get 2 for 1 tickets, so your date has effectively halved in price!

Brunch/Coffee

If you really do want to eat out on v-day, then a cheaper option may be to go for brunch or coffee! Those meals are often a lot cheaper in many restaurants, and you’ll beat the v-day evening rush.

Dessert

Orrrrrr… you could just go out for dessert! This lowers the cost quite a bit, yet is still a sweet way to spend your evening!

Activities

By this I mean like your local trampoline park! These places often get forgotten about on v-day, but they are a fun and inexpensive way to spend the occasion, and you’ll have a good time for sure!

Arcade Evening

Those slot machines can be a really cute way to bring out your competitive side!

Get Outdoors

Ok, v-day is in February, so maybe this isn’t ideal. But, if you have a break at lunch that you can spend together, then why not have a little outdoor picnic with all of your favourite foods? And, if the weather’s bad, you could always take it inside! (you could even build a fort, wow).

Film Night

Film nights are one of my favourite ways to spend occasions such as this because it can be just the two of you, and you don’t have to go anywhere. I’d suggest picking out some films that you both LOVE and getting in plenty of snacks for the perfect evening!

DIY Spa

Why not grab some face masks and spend the evening pampering and relaxing one another?!

Local Entertainment

Ok, this sounds a bit seedy. But by this I mean a nearby pub or bar that has a comedy or music act on that evening! It’s a fun way to spend the evening together with some live entertainment without having to shell out too much cash!

 

Do you have any more ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

H x

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look: Featuring NYX Love Contours All Palette!

IMG_6542With Valentine’s Day just one week away, I thought why not create a Valentine’s inspired makeup look? I asked twitter whether they wanted to see this in a video or a post, and I got a mixed response, so I decided to do both!

You can watch me in action creating the look below:

 

 

For this look I used:

Firstly, you want to prime the face! I used wonderland makeup’s primer because I really like the flawless and poreless finish that it gives me, but you can use absolutely any primer. Then we need to prime our eyes! I used the makeup revolution primer which I would recommend for keeping shadows put because it dries tacky, so the shadow literally sticks to the primer! But like I said in the video, you can just use concealer for this if you don’t have a primer.

Next it’s eyeshadow time! So we are taking the star of the show (the NYX Love Contours All palette) and applying the lightest purple/brown shade to our crease, I like to use a fluffy blending brush from BH cosmetics for this. Next we take the darker purple and blend this on the outer corner of our crease. Finally we take the darkest purple and really concentrate this into the crease, blending out towards the outer corner.

Up next, we need to pack on the gorgeous metallic purple shadow. I use my finger for this as I find that I get a better colour pay off, and then I use the same BH cosmetics brush to blend. Then take a little bit of the silver/purple highlight shade and dab this into your inner corner using your finger to highlight and define!

Taking a smaller brush, we want those darker purple shades that we used earlier. Here I use the brush to carefully underline my eye with these shades, as I find that it makes the look look more finished!

Now onto the base!

First we’re going to conceal using the makeup revolution concealer. I use this mainly under my eyes, and on any problem areas. For blending, I’m using my damp real techniques sponge and dabbing in the product, rather than wiping it in. Then I’m going to use a mix of the NYX and Lancome foundations to get a glowy, dewy finish as well as full coverage. Again, I’m going to dab these in with my real-techniques sponge.

For contour, I’m using the sculpt and highlight duo by NYX, and creating shape and definition in all the areas which I desire. Then I’m going to blend this again using the same sponge, before further defining the contour with the NYX Matte Bronzer.

For highlight, I’m going to take the same iridescent purple shade that I used to highlight the inner corner, and apply this with a morphe angled brush.

Next, I’m going to fill in my brows using the NYX brow pomade and an angled brush. This is really good for sculpting and defining the brows that you already have! Then I’m going to take the lighter brow shade from the Love Contours All palette just to add a little bit of dimension.

Lash time! I’m using the Ardell wispies which are absolutely perfect for a Valentine’s Day look because they’re so long and fluttery! I prep my lashes with the Rimmel Wonder’fully real mascara first, and then apply the wispies!

Finally, I’m going to use the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in shade Bacca on my lips! This is the perfect statement lip for valentines and it really does stay all day, no matter how much kissing takes place ;).

And there we have it! What do you think of my finished look? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

H x

 

*Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent in exchange for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

Do you have an awkward man in your life? I know I do ;). If so, this gift guide is here for you! I’ve found quite a few things whilst browsing the internet that are the perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for him and so I thought I would share in this post, because I find Zack SO difficult to buy for on days like Valentine’s Day!

Ok, let’s go…

Asos

T-Shirt

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Card  

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Matching Pin Badges

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642 Things I Love About You Book

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Date Night Cook Book

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Card

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Adult Charades

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Why not spice it up a little with a fun game?

Prezzybox

Bonsai Tree

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I got Zack one of these for Christmas and I’ve never seen him more excited about anything 😂

Movie Night In Set

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How cute?! Perfect for a valentines evening in!

How To Be A Good Husband

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Just in case he needs a nudge😉

USB Mix Tape

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Ahhh, the retro act of giving a mix tape- but in convenient USB format!

Ecosphere

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Ok, I am bloody amazed by this!! The price is a little steep, but this is it’s own ecosystem?! Incredible!

Pizza My Heart Mug

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Tesco

Shaving Apron

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Play Boy Gift Set

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I mean, wow. This is worse than a LYNX gift set.

Lemme know in the comments if you do actually get your partner any of this stuff!

Love,

H x

All images sourced from linked websites.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her

Hello, hello, hello!

I’ve decided to share with you a little gift guide ‘for her’ for valentines day because, let’s be honest, gift buying can be hard sometimes. So, I’ve scoured the internet and found some perfect gifts for that special someone in your life! (And some humorous ones too!). Without furtherado, let’s gooooo…

Asos

Rose Teddy

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How gorgeous is this Missguided teddy though?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socks

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For the gal that is 100% your type on paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Bun Holder

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I am legit having this for my bridesmaids 😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracelet

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A little pricey but bloody gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-Shirt

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Prezzybox

Bath Lights

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Who doesn’t want a party in their bath tub?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug

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Trinket Box

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Rose gold and personalised? Ticks every box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penis Pasta

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Mermaid Nipple Tassles

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T K Maxx

Cupcake Case Kit

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Blush Love Notes

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This notebook is uber adorable and I need it like right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Heart Light

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Now THIS is cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Body Scrub Set

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Make your own body scrub? Count me in!

 

 

 

 

 

Post Boxed (a company that delivers gifts through your door!)

a little Love Silver Earrings

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Be Mine Pouch

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Coin Purse

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A Matching Enamel Pin For Your BFF!

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Urban Outfitters

More Love Phone Case

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Bagging Area Card

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I mean, come on? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Stud Earrings

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Skinny Dip Velvet Make-up Brush Bag

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A place to store her make-up brushes that’s pink and velvet? PERFECTO!

 

 

 

 

So that’s all for this year’s v-day gift guide for ‘her’. I hope that this has helped to give you some gift inspiration, and let me know if you do get anything off of this list!

Love,

H x

All images sourced from linked websites.

Giving The Gift Of A Moment: Collaboration with Own A Moment* INCLUDES DISCOUNT CODE!

IMG_6414Hello, hello, hello!

Love is in the air and the big v-day is coming up pretty soon. In celebration, I’m bringing you 5 v-day themed posts in the next 5 days at 5pm, starting with this one!

I always struggle with what to get my partner for this day as we agree not to get each other gifts that are too lavish, but, after 6 years, my ideas for small and thoughtful gifts are running out!

*Step forward Own A Moment*

Own A Moment give a gift like non-other; the gift of an actual moment. I recently discovered this company through twitter, and they agreed to send me their product in exchange for review! So, here goes..

Own a Moment give a gift that is better than being timeless, it’s the gift of time itself. Through this company, you can pay to own an actual little snippet of time that is recorded in the Official Time Registry.

They pride themselves on this gift being 100% original, as well as being handmade in the UK by the lovely Martin, and they ensure 100% no duplicates. This means that once you buy someone a moment, it will be theirs forever! No one else can ever buy that moment as it is officially registered as yours, pretty special right?

I decided to use my moment to give the gift of a moment to Zack. I chose the moment (or near enough) that he actually asked me to be his girlfriend, as I thought that this would be such a special gift that he can treasure forever!

I am so so so happy with how this turned out! I had to present it to Zack a little early because of this blog post, but he loved it nonetheless, and he’d never heard of a gift like it before.

As well as getting it recorded in the Official Time Registry, you also get a certificate to present to the person whom you’re gifting it to. I chose to have mine framed in this simple white frame, and I think it looks really lovely! Other options include a digital download (so that you can print it yourself), printed without a frame, or printed with a silver metal frame, an antique oak frame or a dark walnut frame.

You can also add a photograph to the certificate which I thought was a really lovely touch! I chose a simple photo of us holding hands whilst celebrating our 6th anniversary this year.

As well as personalising the certificate with who you’re presenting it to, you can also add a little message of your own!

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This would be the perfect, unique v-day gift, as well as being suitable for so many other occasions! Why not give the gift of a moment for a wedding gift, or to celebrate a new baby?

I think this gift is such a lovely way to present someone with a moment that you will treasure forever; I only wish I had heard about the company sooner!

Want 50% off your Valentine’s Day order? Use code ‘HEART’ at the checkout!

Love,

H x

*This product was sent in exchange for review. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Bloggers Made Me Buy It: Take Two!

Hello, hello, hello!

So I actually wrote one of these posts almost a year ago now, and I feel like a follow up is in order! I loved writing the post, the post got good views, and I’ve got plenty of products that I’ve been influenced to try, so why not?!

Without furtherado, we’ve got a lot of products to get through, so let’s gooooo…

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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I actually bought this set (Play It Cool) on Boxing Day through a blogger’s affiliate link. It had gone down to £10 in the sale, and for three liquid lipstick minis? That’s not bad! So, I thought why not and took the plunge. And OH. MY. GOD. This is the BEST liquid lipstick that I have ever tried.

I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but, boy, was I wrong! If anything, I think they deserve more hype! I cannot believe that for just £10 (usually £20 which is good anyway!) I got three liquid lipstick minis that are all great colours, with the best formula that I have ever tried.

So, here’s your public service announcement that Stila is a CRUELTY FREE brand and their products are INCREDIBLE and their liquid lipstick is the BEST.

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland Continue reading “Bloggers Made Me Buy It: Take Two!”

DD+ Lingerie Wish List!

Boux Avenue

With a great (online) selection of styles and really good quality bras, Boux Avenue have to be one of my favourite bra stops!

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Ann Summers

My go-to for basics, and pretty bras too!

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ASDA

A more budget-friendly option! George at ASDA do some really pretty bras that won’t break the bank!

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ASOS

ASOS bras are the BEST! They’re great quality, and their fuller bust range has got so many pretty styles. Here are some of my faves…

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Ellice Lydia

A smaller business, with gorgeous products! You can completely customise your size here; amazing!

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Hope this helps some of you out!

Love,

H x

All images sourced from linked websites.