TS Dating

Hey Guys!

Hope you’re all doing amazing!

In today’s post I want to talk about the subject of dating, more specifically, my experience with dating.

Dating is a big thing when you’re a teen, or at least for me it was. Throughout secondary school dating was basically unseen for me, I did have a few interests but nothing ever got past the friend zone, I personally always thought it was because of my appearance and I’m so wrong for ever having thought this.

I thought dating was a big part in the teen years of secondary school because everyone was doing it except for me. Honestly looking back now it shouldn’t mean so much to me, things have ending up working out well.

Prom was also another big thing on my mind back then because after seeing so many American movies, sex on prom night is so big because I didn’t have a boyfriend so I knew this wouldn’t happen, though it’s stupid thinking you have to do it on that night because movies show it, when really you should only do it when you feel ready.

All though college I wasn’t interested in dating but if it occurred to happen then I wouldn’t mind. It wasn’t actually until college that I had my first date and kiss, though it wasn’t someone I met at college but from secondary school.

Here I just wanna say that although everyone is doing it, you should feel like you should be doing it too. Your time will come, just like it did for me.

I met my boyfriend just after I finished college when I felt I was actually ready to pursue a relationship. This honestly worked out for the best, for it being I didn’t have to worry about college and the silly amounts of gossip and pressure that goes around.

I only have to go to work and the rest of my time is spent with him, and not along side the excessive amounts of course work.

So to conclude, don’t feel pressured into thinking you need to have a boyfriend/girlfriend and go on dates because your friends and people around you are doing it,

you are your own person,

be UNIQUE.

Lauren

Xoxo

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Shopping Struggles

Ever had plus size shopping struggles? I know I have and still to this day.

Shops are slowly starting to address this problem by either adding a plus size range or just adding larger sizes.

For me the case hasn’t always been as simple as picking my usual size, typically a uk 18 as this size constantly varies depending on what shop I use. Some I have to go up a size and others down.

Shops that have a plus size range I tend to just stay with a uk 18 as these seem to stay true to size. Buying online is a whole another case, especially when they use small models because I’m pretty sure that body con dress won’t sit like that on me, it’ll most likely exaggerate every curve and layer up on my body.

I really don’t understand why they use regular models in the plus size range, honestly that’s no help. Curves are an on trend thing and it would awesome to see more of them.

I never released how much a struggle guys had too, until a couple of months ago that is. Looking for a suit for my boyfriends interview was becoming near impossible to find, every shop we went in had his size though when he tried it on, nope too small and the same problem occurred in every shop either too small or out his price range. The struggle was defiantly more with his problem from it being something he actually needed compared to something I just wanted.

Just know you’re not alone if you struggle with this problem.

Lauren

Xoxo

 

DIY money box

I’m a pretty big fan in saving money and already own two money pots, though I recently brought a jar to also keep money for a separate reason. When I purchased this jar I always had intentions in DIYing it, so I though I might as well share with you the process. All the materials I used I either already owned or paid under a £1 (excluding the spray paint which cost £3.80).

These are the materials I used-

  • Jar
  • Spray paint
  • Letter stickers
  • Jem stickers
  • Sissors
  • Masking tape

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First step was taping the part I didn’t want spray painted so I can place the sticker letters there.

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I then used the silver spray paint and sprayed all over the jar. For this part I did lay some newspaper down to avoid making a mess.

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Once dry I peeled off the tape and placed the letters in the center of the non spray painted part, using the word ‘SAVE’, you could use other words but I personally liked the look of this after seeing a similar design on Pinterest.

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The edges from where the tape had been peeled off looked rough and I wanted it nice crisp so I used gold glitter washi tape. I also wanted an added extra shine so I stuck on some silver jems over the center on the washi tape.

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The finished outcome looks pretty good to be honest, especially how I’m able to see how full the pot is, the colour scheme matches my room pretty well.

It would be amazing if you create a design using this as an inspiration, I’d love to see it.

Lauren

Xoxo

Body Conscious

Over the years I’d always been really body conscious, during summer in particular. On really hot days I was happy to wear things that revealed skin, like vest tops and shorts just round the house. When I’d go out I had to put on a cardigan and most likely change into leggings or tracksuit bottoms. I just didn’t want anyone to see my extra layers of skin on my back, arms and legs.

It was an un-pretty site and I didn’t want anyone to suffer from seeing them. This mainly started from secondary school as teens are very judgmental with things like fashion and physical appearances, I thought it would be best just to cover up.

Through college my confidence grew as people also grew more independent, so everyone’s fashion was more unique and personal to them. This made me feel more comfortable within myself and so I wore more flattering figure clothing. I found I got more complements during this change so that helped me progress.

As social media became more available to me, I found being plus size was becoming more accepted and it was around the time we got our first plus size model. From leaving college my care for peoples judgement pretty much vanished because I believe as long as I’m happy that’s all that matters. From different styles of make up looks alone I’ve had stares when out and about but honestly I didn’t care, I let them judge all they wanted.

Just remember it’s perfectly fine to be different, in fact I class myself as a unicorn, rare and different.

Lauren

Xoxo

First Kiss Tips

If I was given some form of advice before I had my first kiss, I reckon it may have gone slightly smoother, though I seem to learn more from experience.

Not a Broadway show~  

The first kiss should be a special moment between only you and them, so don’t waste it in front of an audience, find some place secluded and quiet so you can concentrate on each other.  keep the volume to a minimum, there is no need for loads of theatrics.

Short and Sweet~ 

No need to be packing all your feelings into one long kiss but keep it short and sweet as there shall be more kissing to come. This should feel just like a preview and by making it not last hours will make your partner wanting more.

Keep Calm~

The movies can make the first kiss seem like some dragged out thing where you end up staring into one another’s eyes for a long period of time. When in reality this can be seriously embarrassing, especially when you’re both standing there awkwardly

Fresh~ 

A priority before any date is to have brushed your teeth to leave you with fresh breath, teeth and lips. After having eaten have some gum or a mint, stinky breath is not a turn on, though when it comes to the deed make sure it’s gone as you don’t want any obstacles.

The Moves~

Kissing always seems like some choreographed routine. The guy goes one way and you go the opposite, that way it all runs smoothly.

Hope all works out well in your pursuit 😉

Lauren

Xoxo

Pride

Last Saturday I experienced my first real pride down in Brighton.

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The day started out by sprinkling glitter all over me and my girl Beth ❤ . I created a festival look with pride in mind, if you wanna check it out ‘here‘!

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I wore a simple outfit that was comfy yet bright, a yellow bodysuit for £7 in the Newlook sale, embroidery flower shorts from Pep & Co for £12, a black choker from river island and black vans.

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Travelling down to Brighton was fairly easy as there was room on board the train though no seats. We arrived half way through the parade through town which was really good to see with all the different floats and people dressed up.

Walking through the streets was horrendous, people were walking so slow and it was completely packed. Arriving at Preston park we headed to the bar which was so expensive, £6 for a small paper cup of alcohol so Beth and I didn’t bother drinking.

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Heading to the main stage there was an act on and she was pretty good, making us have a little boogie followed with a sit down. After roaming around the park we went on the first ride called the space flyer. We could see over the whole park and it was incredible but for a shocking £4.50 for not even five minutes.

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Beth and I headed back round the park to explore the dance tents, the best was ‘Urban world dance tent’ but because it was the best, it was filled, so it got pretty hot pretty quick.

We ended up on another ride, this time ‘Speed’ which spins upside down at some speeeeeeed 😉 , that cost £5 and eventually went up in price through out the day.

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Back at the main stage acts were getting good, Louisa Johnson was brilliant with some of her hits including ‘Tears’ and ‘So good’. Becky Hill who sang ‘Afterglow’ which I didn’t realise, I’m now a pretty big fan after knowing that, her latest song ‘False alarm’ is amazing, filled with a lot of emotion. Next was the main act….. Years And Years, they played some hits such as ‘King, Eyes shut and Take shelter’ and Britney Spears’s ‘Toxic’.

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Through out the performances they shot out confetti and the crowd was amazing, joining in with every song.

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Not long after that we left as we weren’t really up to watching ‘Pet shop boys’ and we knew the train home would be packed.

Did you attend pride? 🙂

Lauren

Xoxo

4 Festival Essentials

Festival time is so much fun especially with all the sparkle and colour included. I’ve put this list of festival essentials together as you may have forgotten one or two things.

 
1. Glitter, this has to be my favourite part with all the different varieties of colour and sparkle. I can’t wait to be smothered in it. I wore hair and face glitter which kinda made me feel like a fairy 😉 .

 

2. Sunglasses, I can’t wait to be rocking out with my latest on shades, of course hoping for that sun shine. I didn’t take mine as I was expecting rain but the sun did shine so I was upset about that.

 

3. Bum bag/ chest bag, I myself don’t own a bum bag but I do own a few chest bags which I shall use to keep my valuables close to me. Luckily I did as there were so many people.

 
4. Camera, I love taking snaps when I’m out. This could either be on your phone or an actually camera. You may be like me and eventually run out of memory on your phone so you have to delete pics so it’d probably be the best idea to have made sure you have space.

 
Hope you’ve enjoyed this festival time, let me know what ones you’ve gone to 🙂

Lauren
Xoxo

Festival makeup look

I really wanted to create a festival look so I can try out loads of bright colours and of course glitter, this is with intentions to wear to pride.DSC00712.JPG
We’ll skip my base products of primer, foundation, concealer, powder and brows and go straight to the eyes.
Using make up revolutions ‘colour chaos’ palette I take the dark pink in the shade ‘Pink Obsessed’ and put it in my crease, because it’s so pigmented I take my real techniques blending brush and blend out towards my eyebrows.DSC00725
Next I went back in using the same pink back into my crease and this time I blend over the eye lid, making this a slightly darker shade.DSC00699.JPG
Taking my soap and glory ‘supercat’ eyeliner, I create a simple wing. Using maybeline’s pixie collection ‘The falsies push up drama’ mascara, I add that to my top lashes.
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For this look I wanted to have an added extra of fake lashes from primark, I found great difficulty in putting them on that day as I had a cold and my eyes kept tearing up making it too wet for the glue. I finally got there though and used eyelash curlers to stick the lashes together. DSC00705.JPG
Using a smaller real techniques brush I added some blue in the shade ‘Wkd’ to my lower lashes and then mascara. As this is such a bright makeup look I thought I might as well have bright lips, so I used my blue kylie Jenner lipkit in the shade ‘Skylie’.
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Now for my favourite part, Glitter! I wasn’t following any design and I made it up on the spot. The glitter I used was a pack of 3 from primark for £3. starting with the glue they provided, I added it to my cheek bones and dabbed my finger in the glitter and slowing added it. I then took so more glue and went more under my eyes and used the pink. DSC00730
And that’s the completed look though you may have seen through Instagram I also had glitter blue lips, I just added the glue to my lips and dabbed again.
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I’m pretty impressed with the glitter set as I was concerned it was gunna have constant fall out but nope, in fact I had more difficulty taking it off.
Hope you enjoyed this little pop of colour.
Lauren
Xoxo

 

Words

What do they mean to us?

How do we stop them from hurting?

Since being plus size for so long I’ve become oblivious to these hurtful words, until someone I cared for said it as a joke. Yes I carried along with this but deep down it hurt badly as I didn’t think someone so close to me would think of saying such things.

Enough about me, we have all been hurt by words, but should words really effect us?

Everyday words are said to people who are judged on their appearance but what is the perfect appearance?

We all have that image in our head that the perfect women is some skinny, big boobed with long shining hair and legs that go on for miles or at least this is what I envision but that is only because that is the only type of women that are shown in my everyday life with TV and the internet.

The quote ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ is easily sad but honestly it’s not that easy.

Bullying is such a big thing through out school, with the constant judgement of peoples appearance, you wear glasses? judged. You have braces? Judged. Got no boobs, at your age? Judged. Larger then average? Judged.

You may have not have these things said to you all the time but that doesn’t mean their not thinking it. I know we cant stop ourselves doing this, but we could all at least have the decency not to be rude and say anything.

The times are changing and so are peoples personal interests and styles.

It’s OKAY to be different.

I personally don’t want to be within a world where everyone is exactly the same because that would become incredibly boring very quickly.

For example;

If people comment on some extremely bright blue lipstick you’re wearing, then take pride in wearing it, for all you know they could be secretly jealous of you on two things,

1) The lipstick itself.

or/and

2) The confidence you have in wearing it.

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Not long ago I was called out on the way I wear my eyeliner by not having a wing, back then I was never bothered in having wings because I knew so many people who wear that look, I didn’t want to be the same or what I’d call them ‘sheepeople’, people who follow all the trends and want to be the same, like how sheep follow one another.

I enjoy being that type of person, to stand out from the crowd.

Feel free to do the same 🙂

Lauren

Xoxo