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2011 So Far: April in Review




For some of new followers and commenters "2011 so Far" is a monthly feature when I look back at the current month to make sure I am keeping up with the self-improvement promises and resolutions I made at the beginning of the year.

As my last post of this series was quite lengthy and I discovered that many of my resolutions were now obsolete as I had achieved them I am only going to pick and choose on a few to talk about today.

Be Happy Single
Achieved ;) So hopefully I'll stop referring to that split. I now feel that I am happier now than I was when I was with either of my ex-boyfriends (including the one that I genuinely wish the best for). The only problem I have about being single right now is how desperate people have become to see me with someone again (N.B. I do like someone but I have no intention of doing anything about it) so maybe my next goal should be to come up with a speech about my independence.

My Sleeping Pattern
Admittedly I am still not getting up as early as I could, apart from when I have work. Though I am getting to bed at a more sensible time I can safely say that my insomnia is behind me.

Take Blogging Seriously Again
Obviously coming along nicely though I think I should make advertising and commenting more on other blogs more of a priority.

Tidying Up Before Bed
Totally coming together as well :) Very happy about this.

Get Organised Again
I will now admit that my lack of organisation in the past few months was not so much to do with not being on top of things but more to do with the fact that I committed myself to too many things. I have learnt my lesson and have started to consider where my interests and time will lie in my final year of university.

As these posts show I'm feeling a lot more positive about many aspects of my life now. This is mainly to do with the summer months coming in. I am such a summer person who cannot stand winter. Short skirts, sunshine and warmness make me happy! I honestly think it would be in my best interest to move to Malibu!

Morag x
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My Favourite Tumblr Blogs


After e-mails, Twitter and Facebook the most likely site for me to log onto is Tumblr. I mean LOG ON! I can stay there for two hours solid without even realising it. I love how great a tool it is is for finding inspirational words, cupcake ideas, new recipes and cute pictures of furry friends.

Despite following not far short of 100 blogs (I really need to cut that down!) there are always those blogs that always post cute, meaningful or downright snazzy photos and words.

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Eyelure Individual Lashes Review


After my previous lulzworthy attempts with false eyelashes (I forgot to mention but they were Ardell 101 Demi Black) I decided to take my dance shows make-up artist's advice and try individual lashes due to me having baby sized eyes.

This time I didn't pull them off in upset strop.

And kept them on to go to the ball. Yes, a ball. 



I didn't have time before I left to take an proper outfit/make-up photo & this is the best I have to show my eyelashes. Though fiddly to apply they definitely give a more natural and personalised look. When it comes to false eyelashes I prefer to add length rather than volume and with these lashes I managed to achieve that. Though I will warn that the one's marked "long" are LONG and I ended up only using them on the very outer corners of my eyes. 

The packet comes with seventeen short, medium and long lashes sizes plus adhesive, instructions and a liquid remover. For the application you are meant to place a very small amount of the adhesive on aluminium foil which I didn't do but I still found the lashes stuck. As for removal I didn't use the removal mixture as when I rubbed my eyes the next morning they came off (maybe didn't stick as well as I had thought). The long lashes were the easiest to apply with me managing to bend some of the smaller ones during the application.

All and all I much prefer these to regular false eyelashes purely for the natural effect (they are also much lighter) and will probably wear these on many a night out.

Morag x

P.S. The dress (which you can't see) was from New Look and I found it in their sale section for £5 down from £30 so get your pretty butt down there!
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First World Problems: A Check On Reality


Anyone who uses the internet, has a shed of humanity or, like me, is an avid reader of Yes and Yes will know about First World Problems.

You know the "problems" that people in developed nations face such as that giant zit on their face, double chins in that Facebook picture they were just tagged in or dropping their phone down the toilet in a drunken stutter.

But if these people were to put their problems into a pile with those from a third world country they would no doubt say "It's okay, I'll accept my flabby thighs as long as I can live in a country that permits women to vote".

I've always been a fan of reading about people who've been through traumatic experiences, not because I like reading about depressing stories, but because it reminds me to grateful for what I have. Maybe the only thing that puts me off getting a tattoo is my mother's reaction (it would be along the lines of what "YOU'LL REGRET THAT WHEN YOU'RE SIXTY") but at least she's not Dave Pelzer's mum.

So in praise of being grateful for my first world privilege here are my first world problems:
  • Eating raw all the time is not possible in the real day-to-day world. 
  • In the past month I have had to tell two male friends "I love you, but only as a friend"
  • My PC mouse is non-responsive, I still haven't haven't replaced my sound card and my PC chair cannot be raised any higher.
  • I have very little plans as to what to do when university ends
  • I also have very little idea of what to base my dissertation on
  • I forgot to fill out my timesheet for work this week

I'd certainly rather have these problems than the little girl who goes "well, my mum just died from HIV". Just saying.
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Things I Love Thursday #6


Seeing How Much I've Improved
Recently I added the videos from my very first dance show with my university team to my Facebook and despite having been embarassed by my (lack of) dancing ability back then, I was able to be thankful within the fact that I've improved loads. You can also see how much we've improved as a team - not just in dancing but also in stage design and coming up with themes.

Remembering Your References and Being Able To Use Them
Can also be referred to as doing well in an exam. Anyone who has done a Bachelor of Arts knows the hell that is remembering information and where you got it from! Last semester I could remember the sources of certain pieces but couldn't fit them to match the essay questions presented in the exam! But this time, oh this time! I felt it went well - hopefully I can carry on the streak I had this semester of having B's or above.

Finally updating my iPod
I by 'finally' I mean months in the pipeline. Feels so good to have all my music on there again :)

Morag x
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False Eyelash Fail


I've only ever managed to successfully wear fake eyelshes once. And that was when they were applied by a professional for my dance show. However thinking that because I had been given "tips" by a professional and my never-ending viewing of youtube beauty videos I could attempt it. LOLZ how wrong was I?

Please excuse the moody glare! I'm actually quite smiley!



The problems I encountered? I made a good choice when I checked one of them on my eye and then cutting it to match my small eyes, but did I remember to do the same thing with the other falsie? Nah! So one of them was long and the other was fine. I also didn't get the first one directly on my lashline so when the second one was applied right on it, they were completely different lengths! And what did I do? Tried to cut one down, only making the lashline straight when the other was naturally jagged. haha. I fail.

So they came off :( But I still managed togo out looking like this:

Again, excuse the lack of smiling

I reckon I scrub up pretty well ;)

Morag x
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When is Someone Officially Off The Market?



As in when you can you officially tell another man to get their hands off your girl? When is it no longer acceptable to flirt with a stranger? When is your jealousy called for?

The back story to this thought process came a few weeks ago when a male acquaintance told me that when he had first met in October he had been told "not to chat Morag up as there's something going on with [insert the name of male friend who I have never viewed as more than a friend]". And it got me thinking about this topic (and also on ways to control my temper). So maybe nothing had been going on with this friend (and for the record he did eventually admit to fancying me some months later) but what if something had been? Would it be fair for him to tell this guy not to chat me up?

In my opinion: no. My opinion has always stood this way. Others may differ and that's cool. The bottom line in relationships (and this sense cheating): no two couples are alike and it's them as a pair that make the rules. For me personally I'm free to do what I like until the official word and I don't like presenting myself as a couple with anyone unless we are (I was seeing someone in January and he took my hand as we walked around town together...I was petrified we'd see someone we knew). So for any potential suitors out there: unless my Facebook says I'm in a relationship then I'm not and you're free to offer me that drink.
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How I Looked 15.04.2011


Promised I'd keep this up ;)

Top: Next (from Summer)
Skirt: Primark (ages ago)
Green Top: Primark
Tights (not seen): Primark (recent)

Very sorry for the quality of the pictures; I haven't quite managed to fully develop my ability to take photos of myself again. If you look back through my Flickr photostream there are loads of pictures of me from a few years back where I am ale to 1) pose properly and 2) ale to edit them so they look like they are of decent quality.

And onto the outfit. This is what I wore for my day studying in the library (flexibility in the workforce anyone?) where I didn't run into anyone who would've taken notice of what I wore. As I've said before I don't buy new clothes every week so most of this outfit is not available any more but they are very basic pieces which can be found most places. What I find inspiring about fashion blogging is not finding out what's in the shops RIGHT NOW but how certain types of clothing go together, and even just looking at pretty pieces.

And a closer look at the t-shirt pattern:


 And the uber-cute earrings I wore out today:

Earrings: Claire's Accessories (Last summer)

New outfit posts should probably pop up more frequently now that summer is coming back into swing. I really loathe winter clothes and barely put in any effort during the colder months. I love right colours and wearing a jacket that covers my outfit is completely irrational for me. I'm very prone to colds in the winter 'cause I only wear one when I absolutely have to.  

Morag x
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Things I Love Thursday #5



Wow a Things I Love Thursday post? I fell back on these in February due to Thursday being my bussiest weekday but I've jumped straight back on the bandwagon ;)

More exciting opportunities in social media
I love my job looking after my university's career development centre's Facebook and Twitter. Today I attended a presentation for Social Innovation Camp and it got my heart pumping! I'm not 100% sure if I'll run for it and I don't want to give too much away at this point, but it looks like their could be something exciting over the horizon.

Eating near enough raw again
Admittedly I fell off the raw bandwagon, especially after finding out that I had to regain weight after realising my weight loss had been a lot more significant that I had imagined. But I'm back and the only major non-raw things making into my diet are bread, spread and the odd energy drink (caffeine will be another day!).

Seeing my muscle definition reappear 
Looking back on my un-noticed weightloss I now believe it was due to my muscle mass disintegrating and turning back into fat. Thankfully I've notice some shape coming back into my arms & I should be back to my previous strength soon.

Being able to walk away
I've never been great at walking away from people I know I should though since my last relationship that ended in October - though it should have probably ended in June - I've had my final straw and realised from now on, if someone won't treat you with the respect you deserve or makes you feel bad about yourself, they ain't worth it! And I've managed to follow through with own advice very recently.

My new Tumblr
Yes, I am grateful for my newest tumblr blog, haha. When I first heard of Tumblr it was still used for posts that were too long for Twitter but too short for a full blog post - or at least that's what was happening at that time within the circle I was working in. When I joined last summer I was now more accustomed to the inspirational photos and thus my first blog centered around that. After seeing some more personal-ish ones crop up recently though I felt the urge to return to my orginal reason for noticing Tumblr. After discovering the fancy feature which allows me to have two blogs linked ot the same account, Mo'Adore @ tumblr was born :)

Morag x
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How I Looked 10.04.2011: Dance Show Edition


As previously mentioned at certain points here I am a member of my university's Dance and Cheer Team :D Last night was the night of our annual dance show where the theme was "The seven deadly sins versus the seven heavenly virtues". As I have not done a how I looked post in some time (mainly to do with not finding time to pose in front of a camera/not having an ideal spot to take these photos) I decided this would be excellent start to the series again.

The full outfit:
Waistcoat: Primark
Skirt: Claire's Accessories (last October)
Fishnets: New Look
Knee High Socks: New Look
Fishnet Top: an old pair of fishnet tights turned upside down with the gusset cut!

For the show we were told to come up with our own basic black outfit of our own choice that we would add to with different accessories for different dances (light blue for a virtue, red for a sin) and this was my take. When it comes to fancy dress I always like to go a bit punky. When I dressed up as the Saw puppet for Halloween I wore fishnets as part of it. However the sheer amount of detail on the outfit did mean that it didn't always match the accessories I was given. For one dance I wore the top half of a cheer suit and I looked like one fucked up goth teenager. Thankfully the gangsta outfit I wore for a hip hop piece was a full outfit (one quick change there) so this outfit was completely covered. 


For the make-up I took the pattern idea on the side of my eye from this youtube video which was surprisingly simple (though practice is required!) whilst my eyes (which were done by a professional) were a mix of silver and navy with Girl Aloud Sarah eyelashes. Plus, my cheeks and lips had Barry M Glitter Dust in Crimson liberally sprinkled on them.

All in all a good night with some amazing compliments on the show. I may blog about the show in the future once more photos come through from my parents but as this is a "how i looked post" it shall remain outfit and beauty orientated only ;)

Morag x
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2011 So Far: March In Review


March already? I always feel this time of year flies in so quickly, yet every year I still sound surprised when the clocks finally go forward and I can finally leave the jacket at home (I much prefer summer fashion choices!). 

I know I've been missing in action for a while but I've had one of those months when I was stressed the first half and then hibernating the rest. Aside from informing you that I need to gain weight I've not explained how any of the things I had planned went. And by the tempo of this so far it did not go as well as I had hoped. 

The charity event I was planning did was not the roaring success I hoped it would be and there was not a large amount of money raised.  Thankfully (counting my blessings) I understand why it did not go to plan. I got a large group of people to brainstorm with and it ended up with a "too many cooks spoil the broth" type effect and I ended up being persuaded away from my original idea (which the leader of all the charity events said would've been a good idea). The marketing was also poor, which was also a major factor. I know from my studies that marketing could easily be the most important aspect of business there is. You could have the best product ever but if people don't know it exists or how it will benefit their life; you're not going anywhere. My tonsillitis was the week prior to the event and even on the event itself my energy levels were still low which effected the marketing. The guy who helps my Student's Union throw events also said he thought the idea was good which helps reinforce the notion that the marketing was poor. Plus the people who did come said they enjoyed themselves :)

Needles to say March took it out of me and my resolutions fell backwards, but let's see if some public declaration might spur me onwards.

This months resolutions are taken from my 43 Things profile rather than my January post which was primarily about my morning routine (which will still be covered):

Enjoy Being Single and Remain So Until the Right Person Comes Along
This one definitely has come into force recently. It's now been almost six months since my break-up with my ex and I can honestly say that I'm used to be being single again. I can't even see myself in a relationship right now. Two crushes/potential boyfriends have came into the scene in these past six months however I didn't feel truly right to persue them for a relationship so I left them to it. The last time I was single I'd imagine myself with every single guy I developed a crush on but now I've learned the difference between having a crush and wanting to be with someone. It's a big difference in some circumstances. 

Slowly Replace My Beauty Products With Natural Ones  
This one was going great at the start of the year due to receiving an amount of lush goodies for Christmas, however they ran out and I couldn't afford to replace them with anything fancier than goodies from the pound shop. However with two paypackets now in I am planning to ask my friend for some her homemade cheaper alternatives. 

Take Blogging Seriously Again  
So maybe I'm not taking as it as seriously as I had originally hoped, however compared to previous attempts it's a roaring success! 

Get Back Into Design (either through designing myself or just reading about it)  
Not.Happened.At.All. And I'm not entirely sure I'm bothered by it. I think this may be a small attempt for me to be a younger version of myself rather than who I am now. I'll be setting myself aside a project to remake the theme of this blogs but after that I'll probably not get involved in design again.  

Build a Stronger Online Presence  
Coming along slowly. My Twitter and Tumblr are gaining followers though I need to make more of an effort to interact with them! 

Work Out What I Want To Do After University  
Getting trickier as I approach the end of my third year. Ironically working in the careers development centre hasn't helped as I have always been one of those people who has too many interest and ambitions to pin down one specific path and seeing all that's available makes me want to study zoology/become a surf instructor/enter a game development competition even though it's not related to my degree, instead of what I'm currently doing.

See More Of Dundee  
Again dead end. In the two and half years I have been living here I've never become acquainted with anywhere that isn't city centre. 

Make A Stronger Effort To Maintain Friendships  
This is going well as I have kept in contact with my best friend from school more regularly recently andI've developed a more set group of friends that I tell most things to. 

Cut out the stalking, one person at a time  
This one did falter for a bit. I blocked the two specific people who I must absolutely not stalk however I still sometimes have a nosey at those who surround them. Though I have cut down!
There are others however I do feel that these other ones have become obsolete and no longer apply to my life. 

This month I have learned the importance of understanding your own stress levels and how much you can personally take on at once. Which in my case is less than what I was doing. I'm now into the active act of reminding myself that unless I'm in a freak accident or my ridiculously low fat diet backfires on me I should have another 60 years left in me. Plenty of time to try every physical activity ever and visit at least 60% of the globe.

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