Summer, Smart

On a very rare occasion, it was a sunny day in Brighton. I took the opportunity to wear a bright outfit. This style is what I would describe as “summer-smart”, since it is smart wear, but also the colours are summer tones.

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  1. Top – white shirt from eBay
  2. Skirt – from eBay
  3. Heels – eBay
  4. Bag – Accessorize

As you can see, I am a big fan of shopping on eBay. You can find serious bargains on there, especially looks that are a bit more unique than your everyday outfit.

This is a simple and easy look, using just a few colours to brighten your outfit. It is not everyday, but neither is it an over-the-top fancy wear. It can be adapted to most situations, when in need.

Hope you liked this style

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Malta

I recently came back from Malta, and I have to say, it is perhaps my favourite country that I have been to, in Europe. The architecture of the island that I was staying on, Gozo, was absolutely stunning. The houses were very elegant with much character, mostly consisting of the colour of sandy yellow. The balconies were designed like that in a fairy tale. The entire place was like a fairy tale. I was enchanted by everything.

During my short stay, I visited the citadel in Gozo, went to the blue lagoon on the island of Comino, and went to the main island of Malta to visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

I would say that it would be better to visit the blue lagoon during a warmer period, as it was a bit cold when I visited. The plus side to visiting it in March; it was not packed with many other tourists.

Below are a few pictures I took:

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A far away view of Victoria.

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The citadel.
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The view from the citadel.
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Blue Lagoon, Comino.
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View from Upper Barrakka Gardens.
View of Valletta.
Upper Barrakka Gardens.

If there is one country everyone should visit before they die, I highly recommend, Malta.

Think Pink

Last summer, I attended my friend’s wedding and it was a lovely ceremony. What I wore to it, was a light pink dress complemented with nude heels. If my body was curvy, then I probably would have looked better in the dress and filled it properly. Regardless, below I have mentioned where I bought my outfit from:

  1. Flower Necklace – [eBay] the price is unknown, since I bought it a few years back.
  2. Dress – [ASOS] again, price unknown, but I do remember getting it at a discount around £20.
  3. Rose Gold Watch – [Debenhams] at the time I paid £30.00 but now I believe the watch has gone down in price.
  4. Heels – [New Look] unfortunately the price is unknown, too.

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I wish I did my makeup better, instead of a plain nude look and appearing washed out and tired.

Nonetheless, hope you liked this look.

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Lipsticks | Bargain Find

*ANOTHER BARGAIN FIND ALERT!!!*

I found these Al’iver lipsticks on Amazon being sold. I paid £12.90p for 7 different shades. So approximately, the price per lipstick works out about £1.80p each – which is not bad. However, I doubt they are the legitimate Al’iver lipsticks, but to be honest, most cosmetics I own are just a cheap version of the original. I personally do not mind this, as I like to spend within my budget.

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The shades of the lipsticks are as follows:

  1. 33# Orchid
  2. 34# Majorie
  3. 36# Iris
  4. 37# Angelique
  5. 42# Smoked Rose
  6. 48# Beeper
  7. 49# Chii

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Below are the swatches of each shade. The description on Amazon stated that these were matte lipsticks. Yet, they appear to be a bit more glossy than expected, but not as glossy as normal gloss lipsticks.

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Nonetheless, I am overall satisfied with my purchase on a budget. The colours are all within the same family and suit my skin tone quite well compared to most other lipsticks.

Let me know what you think of them.

Happy holidays x

Eyeshadow Palette | Bargain Find

The other day, I was out buying Christmas presents and some cosmetics for myself. I have been trying to search for an eyeshadow palette with a range of colours that was also in my price range.

Suddenly, I find this amazing bargain! This Revolution eyeshadow palette cost me £7.00 from Superdrugs. It contains 144 different colours, as well as two eyeshadow applicators, and a small mirror.

If you’re like me, and love makeup but at an affordable price, then this is the palette for you. Personally, I think it would make a great Christmas present too, for anyone who is a makeup addict on a budget.

Since I found it in the gift section, I am under the impression that it will only be available around the Christmas period. So, if you are interested in purchasing this product, buy it soon before it is all gone!

Happy holidays x

 

 

 

Feel Your Emotions

I have struggled dealing with my emotions all my life, specifically, those of sadness and melancholy. I could never find a way to express them in a way that allowed me to feel alleviated and liberated. It resulted in me building up these emotions and having what I would call “explosions” once in a while. This is not healthy, and nor was it fair on those around me who had to witness it.

I think one of the main reasons why I failed at expressing these emotions successfully, is due to the negative stigma surrounded by the idea of emotions.

Not a Weakness

Many people in society believe that expressing one’s emotions as a sign of weakness. This is something we must fight against. If we are unable to exercise the way we feel, then it will produce unwanted behaviours.

Why is the world sugar-coating our emotions? In an ideal world, everyone would be happy 24/7. But that is not reality. Acknowledging that we feel down sometimes should not be deemed as a weakness. It is truth. It is strength when we can be genuine about our feelings.

Empathy

Society is made up of people who are unable to express their emotions, because of the way they are conditioned to believe that emotions are not a good thing. As a result, we have many cynical individuals, and those who lack empathy to other people’s situation. If the members of society are taught that their emotions are invalid, then of course, society will create people who fail at expressing their struggles and are unable to relate to others. Initially, we are taught to look down upon people who show more than one type of emotion.

How did we get to this?!

We need to teach one another that expressing one’s emotion is OKAY! It teaches us about empathy, love, and truth.

Unfortunately, the consequences of teaching people that they should not express their emotions, results in emotional instability, and in extreme cases, mental illnesses. We need to take our emotions seriously.

Strength and Courage

It takes a lot of strength and courage to show one’s emotion to others. It shows a lot of love when we can help those seeking a way to exercise their feelings in an effective way. Support and understanding is the first step in the right direction for us to help one another.

There is nothing wrong with expressing your emotions. Not at all. Allow it to give you the time to feel those feelings, and then move on. Emotions must not be rushed, they must be felt, acknowledged and then released.

We must learn to feel our emotions without letting it consume us.

Feel your emotions.

Just Do You

I adore this saying, “Just Do You.”

To some people, it may seem self-centred and self-absorbed. I disagree. Simply because it focuses on the pronoun “you” , it does not invoke the idea of utter disregard for others. In order to help others, one must be able to help themselves, first.

I believe that this statement applied to certain situations, can be proven to be useful and enlightening.

It has been a year of learning, and I am still on this journey. I have met wonderful people from all over the world, and those close to home. However, it has also been a year where my attempts at finally being the Unapologetically Rosie I one day wish to be, was challenged by my own sense of worth, identity and insecurities.

I am human. I have struggles, I fall, I learn, and try to rise again. 

It was a year of travelling, trying new things, gaining experience, making friends, loving old ones, and building a brighter future for myself – whilst enjoying the present moment.

Not everything will always go smoothly as planned. Along the way, we are met with adversity.

People. The ones who love you unconditionally, with unfailing support, and willing to tell you the truth, no matter how much it may hurt just to protect you, are the people I will hold dearly.

However, there are others. The ones who you thought were the ones mentioned above, but somehow have an issue with the things you do, who you are, and what you look like. Yet, even acquaintances and strangers who I barely knew, had an issue.

I was consumed by the idea that I must no longer be myself. Something is wrong with me. I was enjoying myself too much whilst travelling, maybe I should not have done this. I was learning so much in my classes, perhaps I should not have shared what I have learned and my opinions on it. I was celebrating the way I looked, perhaps I should hide it.

It did not please many people, that I was journeying on a path that helped me to do something wonderful. Seeing the world, getting an education, making friends, and eventually feeling comfortable in my body.

In my life, I notice this trend. Whenever I am doing well for myself, the negative opinions of others attempt to strike me down.

If that made them feel bad, it would mean I made them feel bad, and therefore I am a bad person?

I am a bad person.

Constantly, I repeated this to myself. I am a bad person. I did not deserve to do the things I did, nor see the things I saw.

Finally, I spoke to my loved ones about what happened and how I was feeling. I was received with wisdom, love and kindness.

Not everyone will like you, even the ones who pretend to. Opinions given by those speaking with jealousy, slander, narcissism, ignorance and unkindness, are the ones that need to be ignored. It is difficult when those opinions seem to be the loudest from the crowd.

Never apologise for making happy memories. Never apologise for trying something new. Never apologise for the things that have been given to you. Never apologise for your good intentions. Never apologise for sharing knowledge. Never apologise for being you.

Of course, I still do apologise – but I am trying to take it one step at a time to finally focus on my own path, with no worries about what others may think.

For those who choose to rain on the parade of others, just stop it. You are worth more than that, and can exercise your time and energy into something better. If you just focused on your own path, you would not feel the need to attempt to take other people down with your negativity.

Let it go and move on.

Just do you, means to focus on your life. It means you must learn to do something for yourself and not worry about other people. Take control and responsibility of yourself. No one will do that for you, so why allow the negative opinions of others deter you from your own greatness?

This is for everyone:

Just Do You!

A Tale of a Long Distance Relationship

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

– Laozi

I rarely post about my relationship online, but when I do, I post enough so people are aware that I am in a relationship, though not too much so that others are also IN my relationship. There is a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I wanted to establish that for myself. However, for the past year, I have been in a long distance relationship (LDR) and I thought that my experience of it could be shared with others who are going through the same thing, about to, or wanted to know more about what a LDR entails.

[Background information, this is my first ever relationship.] Blushes in embarrassment.

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Being in a different place was difficult enough, but also a different time zone (6/7 hours difference to be exact) was trying at times. Nonetheless, despite all this, I came to realise that a LDR is not like what the movies portrayed it to be. It was not something completely heart-crushing, that you thought about breaking-up whenever you were unable to physically be next to the other person, and then end up separated. No, not at all. It made me fall even more in love with the man who showed how committed he was to me, who was willing to wait for my return, who devoted his heart into this relationship, into us.

I think a relationship should consist of a physical and emotional bond. Not just romantic relationships, but any relationship, even friendship. The ability to physically and emotionally be supportive and loving in our words, actions, and feelings. But that is not possible in a LDR. So we had to learn how to rely on each other’s soul to keep the relationship alive. Without the physical contact of seeing one another – which had to be stripped away – we were left with our personalities, our interests, likes and dislikes, and our minds and memories. It was a big challenge, without a doubt, but I knew that this distance would help set the foundations for our relationship, knowing and trusting in God to deliver us.

I had to learn to love from afar. Even though I wanted to be the one to physically support my partner when he needed me, to be there with him to celebrate his achievements, and just exist in each other’s presence, I knew my choices would prohibit me to do so.

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It was the little things we did for one another, that played a contributing factor in keeping us together. We said good morning and goodnight, everyday. We sent letters, small gifts, texted, Skyped, and called. We played online games, encouraged one another in our studies – by being study buddies – even though we studied different degrees. We tried our best to be what they other person needed in each moment.

In all relationships, you have to be selfless. This is very true for a LDR. You have to be thoughtful, understanding and supportive. Patience is key. Truth. It is about how much effort and love you are willing to invest into your relationship that makes it seem almost effortless to maintain. Of course it was hard at times, because I did not have my best friend around to do all the things we did, when back in England. He has always been a supportive best friend AND boyfriend. He wanted me to take chances in life, just like this study abroad year. However, I still felt so guilty for leaving him behind, as I jetted off to many different countries without him. I felt that I was responsible for his loneliness, for the absence, for making him wait, for making his first serious relationship become a long distance relationship.

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This is also an appreciation post.

My love, I have so many reasons to give thanks to you:

  1. Thank you for taking a chance on our relationship, knowing that we would have to spend the first year of it apart.
  2. Thank you for arranging a rose to be waiting outside my bedroom door on Valentine’s day,  with the help of my housemate.
  3. Thank you for sending me my favourite British snacks to munch on!
  4. Thank you for going to sleep late, just to say good morning to me, knowing that you will be exhausted the next day.
  5. Thank you for sending me endless selfies upon request, so that I felt like I was with you, each and everyday.
  6. Thank you for encouraging me to try new things, especially with flying to different countries across Asia.
  7. Thank you for being my doctor when I was ill, drastically researching ways for me to recover from the different illnesses I had, such as the fever, chest infection, and diarrhoea (too much information!)
  8. Thank you for your letters, postcards, and gifts that you sent to me, knowing that it was expensive alone just sending them (I will repay you, somehow).
  9. Thank you for my bouquet of roses to be placed in my room for our anniversary.
  10. Thank you for loving me, and proving that not all LDR results in a break-up.

I have more to thank you for…but these will have to do, for now.

People are so black and white when it comes to relationships in general, thinking that it is about giving and taking. It is about trusting, challenging, encouraging, faithfulness, loyalty, understanding, commitment, and above all, love.

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I can love, because He loved me first. Jesus is the one who holds our relationship together, and I cannot post this, without giving thanks to Him. Love conquers all, and I am blessed, SO BLESSED, to not only love, but to also BE loved in return.

The saying, “right person, wrong time,” mingled itself amongst my thoughts. Why now, when I am about to leave? Why now, when I will be in another country? Why now, when I will be on another continent? Yet, I realised that with the right person, it will never be the wrong time. God’s timing is perfect. We both were meant to meet one another at that moment in our lives, because it helped us to reflect on how much we wanted to invest into our relationship. I did not know if it was a wise decision to enter my first EVER relationship, as a long distance one. I prayed a lot over this, and I trusted my heart and Christ, that as long as I had faith in Him, myself, and my boyfriend, this would be one of the best decisions I would ever make, to love.

It certainly was worth the wait, worth the distance, and worth the time, because it revealed that WE are worthy of loving one another.

This LDR tested whether we were truly and faithfully committed to one another, and deserving of each other. The distance made me appreciate everything I have in England. It made me fall in love with my country, family, friends, boyfriend, and my church, all over again.

[BUSTED: I informed my boyfriend that I would be extending my time in Asia for an additional one month period, in order to travel. Therefore, he thinks I will be back in the middle of August. Little does he know, it is a lie. He shall know soon enough when I am back!]

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

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See you very soon, my pancake.

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Songkran

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s festival, celebrated on the 13th April each year. I was lucky enough to experience Songkran this year, in Bangkok, as I went to Khao San Road to celebrate it with my housemates. I will share my experience of Songkran.

Many wonderful things happen on Songkran, and I managed to witness a few of the events. Firstly, Songkran is essentially like a water festival, where water is thrown onto everyone, regardless of where you are, and what you are doing. Many places hold water fights, and people will bring along their water guns and other water devices to celebrate. The water is used as a metaphor for cleansing oneself from the past, and to start new. In addition, I saw people bringing along baby powder mixed with water, and they would walk on by as they touched people with it. However, I was unsure whether it was a sign to symbolise something, or just additional fun amongst the new year.

Everyone has a genuine smile upon their faces, and they will wish you a happy new year, even if they do not know you. It was literally the biggest water fight in the world. Do not bring any valuables with you, unless you want it to get wet, or if you have a waterproof bag. Even then, it is not enough! Water comes from every direction, and it is just a joy to be amongst the festivities. Unfortunately, I cannot comment about the other events held on Songkran, because I was unable to witness it all. This post does not do any justice for how amazing Songkran truly is! (I guess you will all have to experience it for yourself!)

I highly recommend everyone adding Songkran onto their bucket list, because it is an experience of a lifetime.

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Now, on to the outfit. It is a custom to wear a flowery type of pattern on Songkran, and so this was my attempt.

  1. Sunglasses – purchased in Malaysia at an unknown store, for an unknown price (sorry for my bad memory!)
  2. Choker – purchased in Bangkok for around the price of 100 Baht (just an estimation)
  3. Off-the-shoulder top – the top came with a matching head tie (which I decided to wear on my thigh as a gun holder), and was bought for the price of 200 Baht at the market stall in Central Plaza, Salaya
  4. Shorts – I bought it a year ago on eBay, and I am sorry to say again, I do not remember the price for it

(Sorry for being so useless and forgetful about the price of each item and where I purchased them from!)

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A simple outfit, but very versatile – depending on how you style it. The top I am wearing is actually a cropped T-shirt tucked in! I wanted to have a fun, party-vibe, and decided that perhaps a strapless style top would better suit the cigarette trousers that I was wearing.

  1. Choker Necklace with a Charm – I purchased this choker at a market stall in Thailand for roughly the equivalent of £1.
  2. Top – This top came as a two piece set (with a grey vest top overlay) for the sum total of 240 Baht, which is approximately £5, from the superstore Tops.
  3. Cigarette Trousers – Costing around £20, I bought these trousers from UNIQLO (more than what I would normally spend), but the quality is great.
  4. Wedge Heels – From Next, but I am unable to remember the exact price of the heels (around £15 maybe?) Extremely comfortable and easy to walk around in!

An outfit that can be adapted to almost any occasion.