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Sunday Reflections 14

On Monday night I went to a charity Pub Quiz organised by Rotaract Dundee. I'm not really all that at pub quizzes but it was for a good cause and my friend is the President. Whilst heading there we were down some side streets where I spotted some really nifty independent shops. I've been meaning to have a look for some in Dundee (let's be honest Dundee is hardly a centre for fashion) and it was really handy just to stumble across some. I reckon it's really doubtful I could afford that couch, but I can dream. (someone I was with - who is a member of my cupcake society - said we should buy it with our society funds and just lay on it whilst we sell cakes!). I also attended this week the Enterprise Day ran by The Scottish Institute for Enterprise and I sat in on the creative enterprise talk (something Dundee is good for is creative industries so I'm never short of finding business talks to attend!). 

I'm currently not really liking the replacement camera I have at the moment so I'll only be showing quick snapshots of my outfits through these posts. I really need to get myself organised and cash in some money from my birthday and purchase that long-lusted after DSLR! But just so much is happening right now. 

And the pizza? I woke up seriously hungover on Saturday (never down the last few slivers of straight vodka - never mind how small!) and couldn't bring myself to leave my bed. So I got a home delivered pizza for the first time in two years. I'm not really all that big on junk food so this was new haha. I didn't even realise how small "small" is. 

And obviously you can see that I'm getting a bit excited for Christmas what with all the glittery Jesus statues and my slight hints at presents. 

Hope you all had a good week 

Morag x
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Things I Love Thursdays #19

things i love thursdays

So guys! Hopefully a bit more uplifting than my last TiLT! And thankfully it is. Even though part of me still churns when someone mentions photos that were taken on that camera I have a lot to be grateful for. Many things. 

Event after event after event. 
Whilst maybe my coursework possibly isn't getting as much attention as it deserves many of the events I am attending are to do careers and networking. I'm never short of things to attend or invitations to reply to. From the SIE Regional Enterprise Day to events where I get to meet Jim Eastwood I'm never short of new faces or new ideas. (Also, anyone else thinking of attending the Scottish Bloggers Meet-Up?)

Overhearing something nice about you
It's always lovely to get a compliment to your face but there's just something extra flattering about knowing someone says nice things about you to other people and not just in front of you. I put a lot of effort into extra-curricular work at university and recently it got back to me that some people higher up within management are really grateful for everything I do! They always say it to me but to hear that they've been telling others of my hard work is really flattering! 

Having committed individuals within your "work place"
And by work place I mean the Baking society I run within my university. You know, same thing? From stories I hear from my mum about managing people (in an actual work place)  it can be a right stress-inducing nightmare! Whilst I have similar problems I am very grateful for the members who reply quickly and do what they say they will. Love ♥ 

My current financial situation
Whilst I am not going to divulge my bank account details on the internet let's just say the hard work I've been doing is paying off. 

Dundee now has a Paperchase store.
Superficial, yes. But people are more likely to get Christmas cards this year because if it. Anyone else seen the designs in their charity Christmas cards collection

Lots and lots of love. 

Morag x
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Sunday Reflections 13

This Week: Children In Need, getting organised for Christmas, meeting Jim Eastwood, loads of new skirts from H&M, baggy jumpers, 3D games, getting back into the cooking groove and Android apps that remind me to drink water!

Yes that is me with the runner-up on The Apprentice Jim Eastwood! And he was just delightful!
And yes I am grinning like a complete creep!

Here are the Melted White Chocolate Cupcakes I made for my Cupcake society's Children In Need Bake Sale.
I added the word "melted" because they were so messy!

Vegetable stir-fry from throughout the week.
This whole running a cupcake society has helped re-fuel my love for cooking.

Bought a big bag of Smarties for baking which weren't used. 
So I scoffed them (and attempted the kids puzzle on the back!)

Have a great week guys! Mine will be spent organising a Worlds Aids Day bake sale, working, completing essays and revising whilst trying to stay warm! 

Morag x
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My Katy Perry 21st

Over a week ago (the 10th) was my 21st birthday and on the Friday I headed out with a few friends dressed as variations of Katy Perry in order to celebrate it. My costume was extremely last minute with me only completing it that very night. Thanks to Gillian for putting it together for me! The basic white dress has an elastic waist which made it really hard to attached things to so I had to wearing it in order to attach bits and pieces. Thankfully when Gillian came up the train she was able to attach whilst I wore! 

I can be really stubborn about getting fancy dress outfits to replicate exactly how the original person looked but she managed to talk me out of it by saying "She just has loads of shit attached to her in the video". Which, really, is true. And also wisely pointed out that as a President of my uni's Cupcake Society it would seem ridiculously  if there wasn't something in my flat that was sweetie and cake orientated to stick on me! 

I can now see why many people stick to store bought costumes. 

Morag x
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21 Things I've Learned In 21 Years

Despite keeping it fairly quiet I turned 21 on Thursday and now I'm just winding down from the celebrations. So now it's time from some wiseness from an official adult. Maybe I don't quite have the wiseness that Ms Von had on her 31st birthday (and yes I am stealing the blog idea!) but if the UK government reckons I'm responsible enough to adopt a child or ride a big-big-big motorbike then I should be worth taking advice from. 

At least I'm wiser than you average 12 year old. 

1. Make a copy of everything.
Birth certificate, drivers license, passport and any work for projects you're currently undertaking. I lost photos 'cause my PC crashed and then I just kept everything on my memory card until it made it's way to the Internet. And then my camera got stolen along with photos of Social Media Week, a friend's 21st and a vlog of me walking through the streets with Andy Android on my face. Now they're on PC, memory card and Internet. 

2. If you know what you want to do with your life then you're lucky (or lying)
Very few people know exactly what they want or how they are going to go about it. Ask round your circle of friends; there will be a few who have no idea of what they'll do post-university. I now know I want to work in social media, but what companies to go for? Shrugs. 

3. If You Don't Know What To Do You Still Need To Do Something In The Mean Time
Volunteer. Gain some soft skills! Go to community college and do several small qualifications to help find your passion. Or work for money. Point is: sitting on your ass won't help you find your passion. 

4. Keep your Facebook friends limited. 
I gave my friends list a big clear out on New Year getting rid of those who I hadn't spoken directly to (not even a happy birthday) since school. When I leave university another big clear out will come again. It feels liberating. I never send friends requests and I'm not afraid to say no if I'm a bit confused as to who they are. But what about those pesky people who you don't like but have to stay friends with for the sake of office/classroom/family peace? There's a feature that allows you to bloke certain people's updates from your News Feed. No longer do you need to know about your cousin's baby's first tooth!

5. An awkward silence is sometimes better than blurting out something stupid. 
Recently I was sitting with the ex-boyfriend of my ex-boyfriends new girlfriend (keeping up?) just as my ex walked by and we fell into silence not knowing what to say. My friend piped up "Could you bet more awkward?". Yes, in fact. Since not long after the split originally happened I blatantly ran away from him. 

6. Unless you're harming yourself or others what you do is no one elses' business but yours
Tattoos don't harm you. Neither do eyebrow piercings. Veganism doesn't do much harm either. Neither does the way you dress. Drinking every night until 4am does.  

7. Six degrees of separation is true (or at least somewhat true)
I've caught many liers out this way because they didn't quite realise how small the world is. Such as the male friend who told another guy not to chat me up because there was something going on between us. Only for me to re-meet this said guy later on down the line. Or the ex-boyfriend who said his most recent crush prior to me "dressed like a slut" only for me to meet her and reckon her dress sense was quite frumpy. 

8. DIY it when you can
Will save you so much money. I haven't been inside a hair salon since I was seventeen. And I've never had a manicure despite taking loads of pride in my talons. Walking doesn't quite cut it as DIY but walking when it's less than half a mile won't hurt you. 

9. The contraceptive pill is an amazing invention
Not just for the child-free amongst us. Also for period pains. Forget hot water bottles, this is where it's at! 

10. Emerging yourself in a new environment is the best time for an image change
I constantly tried to "come out of my shell" during high school but struggled because everyone who had known me as a shy child got a bit confused. When I went to university everyone took it at face value. Many people even struggle to believe that I shy fifteen year old.

11. Determining someone's income based on their image is harder than you'd think
I'm perceived to be rich. But in reality I have an NHS nurse as a mum and a dad who is registered disabled. My grandad also comes from the council estate where The Scheme is set. Whilst I'm hardly working class I'm certainly not as privileged as a some people have me pinned down as. Truth is: I earn my own money as well as what my parents provide me, plus I am good with the money I do have (and a fair chunk of my money goes on my appearance).

12. Use the name people prefer
Saves embarrassment and anger. Jeff isn't always short for Jeffery. And some people choose a different name because people pronounce their true name different on their home country. I have an Irish friend Deidre and a Romanian friend Laura. Google how you pronounce these names in their home land. 

13. People with good relationships with themselves have better relationships with others
They aren't insecure and don't think they're other half is cheating if they talk to a guy at the bar. They don't get paranoid if someone can't make their birthday. They also won't whine to their friends if their bum is fat. Love yourself otherwise others might show you the door. 

14. You'll never gain true happiness pretending to be someone you're not. 
I've become happier since I went vegetarian. Not because veggies are necessarily happier people but because by giving up meat I was finally being true to myself. I'm also happier at a bar with a pint of Apple juice playing pool with a bunch of boys than I am out at a club with a bunch of girls. 

15. What you choose to do for your GCSE's/Highers won't effect "the rest of your life"
Unless you're planning to apply for a degree in Medicine what subjects you do at this point don't specifically matter. What is more important is how well you perform in them. Most degrees only request that you have Maths or English. 

16. Define what success means for yourself
Do you want to be a stay-at-home mum? Maybe you have no plans to open your own business and would prefer to work for someone else forever? Maybe you don't think you've made it until you're Prime Minister? We all have different goals and they're unique to each of us. 

17. Those who are successful (in their own way) probably made sacrifices
No matter what you find yourself successful in you probably made a sacrifice. The high powered career woman who wonders what it might have been like if she had procreated. The mother who doesn't have all that of a social life. We all make sacrifices; it's about deciding which ones you want to make. 

18. Your parents aren't always right
Ssssht! Not saying that fifteen year olds should drink on a street corner but sometimes you do have to throw two fingers in the air at mama and papa and tell them that you want something different than what they had planned. I'm still finding the courage to get tattooed here! 

19. Bad experiences don't change a character - they test it
Ever noticed how two people can go through the same thing and yet one ends up running a business whilst the other remains in psychiatric ward forever? Whilst it's not as black and white as this - there's some people who have gone through experiences that are obviously hard to recover from - remember this the next time things fall apart for you. 

20. What ever you're going through someone else has been through it before
My search history includes "my boyfriend has left me for someone" and "how to get over a bulgarly". Try some Googling or even group therapy. No matter how alone you feel there is someone out there who has felt exactly the same before and is proof you can come out the other side. 

21. Concentrating on what you do have can get you through the worst
Just over a year ago I was homeless, said goodbye to a friend than had wronged me, I wanted to leave university and got left for someone. During this period of my life I reminded myself that I had a supportive family, an active social life and even though I didn't quite like my degree anymore, I was still good at it. A positive attitude can get you through so much! 

Morag x

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Samara Morgan: Halloween 2011 Edition

I'm no doubt a bit (well almost a week late) with the whole "what I wore for Halloween" post, but never fail 'cause I have a creepy one! I've never been into being "pretty" on Halloween. I've always went for something scary (aside from the few last minute costumes for parties not quite on Halloween) in my quest for the perfect Halloween costume.

The maxi dress was found in the sale section of Primark for £5 (what a bargain!) only for me to go and destroy it with black food colouring, water and some nail varnish! The ripped t-shirt that was thrown on top (the dress has a strapless top which just didn't seem "creepy little girl" enough) is from a previous Halloween zombie costume. The bag (if you're looking closely - these photos were taken at 1am when I got in) has a video cassette attached to it. I used Velcro for it and have now detached it and the bag is still in good condition so can be used again for a regular outfit. The video was to help distinguish me from being the creepy woman from the Grudge (as people said prior to Halloween it didn't matter - I was just going to a be a creepy Japanese character regardless!). The make-up was put together with the help of this Samara make-up tutorial (some great tutorials there!) and the nails (which you can't see very well) had black and burgundy nail polish put into the cuticles to give the impression that I have climbed up a well. 

Hope you all had a good Halloween and even a good Guy Fawkes night (I'm not a fan of fireworks and the ones I can hear right now are driving me nuts).

Morag x
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