Too Many Dresses

The party season is here! In my opinion way too soon this year. Picking up a dress is a major task for me. I am happy this get all dolled up situation is just a once a year affair. I am thankful for Asos though. It is a blessing not to have to try on dresses in super hot tiny changing rooms. Getting sweaty while trying to fit in a fancy dress is just not ideal. Yuck.

On the other side I have spent a ton of money to be able to try all the dresses at home. Too many dresses. But it’s fine as I will get it back soon enough. I lost count at how many dresses I have tried on so far for the work Christmas party this year.

I just can’t get over how convenient it is to get clothes delivered to you next day and how easy it is to return whatever you don’t like. No questions asked. Absolutely love it and I am not even that into clothes.

Two dresses are definitely keepers. Just need to figure out which one will be chosen to go out on this special occasion. Lets hope I can make my mind up before the party.

Which one do you guys prefer? Simple LBD (little black dress) or the one with the pattern? Leave a comment or let me know when you see me around ūüôā

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Selfie Experiment

Last weekend I came across a blog post by Eric Kim¬†that caught my attention. The title “5 simple Tips How to Take Better Pictures” made me click almost immediately. It is worth reading if you are into photography. On this post he “challenges” the reader to take a selfie a day for a week!

Eric says “The more comfortable you are photographing yourself, the more comfortable you will to photograph others. Why? You will overcome your own self-consciousness, feel more confidence in photographing yourself, and therefore transmit that confidence to your subjects. Once you honor your selfie, you will be able to honor your subjects.“.

It made sense to me so I gave it a try! Honestly I didn’t think it would be that much of a challenge. I was wrong. Even though it is suggested we can take the selfies with any camera I only used my new camera. As I didn’t want to take my camera out just to take selfies this meant that for most of the days I had no daylight. Damn the UK super short “Winter” days.

The good thing was that I had to get creative with light to try and keep the selfies a little interesting. In the process I found flash photography can be a lot of fun and deliver cool results.

Some days I did not want to pick up the camera. I did not want to bother thinking about it or felt “too ugly” to be in front of the camera after a long day at work. Still, I did it. Every day, for seven days.

Yesterday I took the last selfie of the week and edited a bunch of them. It was a lot of work but I am glad I did it. I am adding them here with a little description for each of them to proper share this experiment with you. Hope you enjoy it!

All the pictures taken were edited in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop. The camera used was the Canon EOS 200D with the kit lens. I have added my favourite day of selfies to my Portfolio here.

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Bloglovin’

Recently I have been keen to find the best way of keeping up with my favourite blogs. I used different apps on my android phone to figure out the best one for me.

And no, unfortunately this is not sponsored content.

I was using Feedly for a while but the interface is a bit dull and it is not easy to manage the read and unread posts. Even though you can find virtually any blog there as it works with simple RSS I did not enjoy the experience. Also not all the pictures on the blog posts appear on the app.

Tried Flipboard¬†too. It is a super pretty app but in my opinion it is better for news or just random blog content on a specific subject than actually to follow your favourite blogs. The cool thing about it is that you are also able to follow social media profiles. I followed the blog’s Facebook Page¬†and it looks really nice. If you are on Flipboard not only you will be on top of new posts but you will also see anything else I share there.

After trying these apps and a couple others I am sticking with Bloglovin’. I get all the pictures on the blog posts showing there. It is pleasing to read. Easy to go onto the actual post on the blog and super easy to keep track of the read/unread posts.

If you are a blogger go claim your blog or at least add it on there. If you love reading blogs install the app on your phone or add Bloglovin’¬†to your bookmarks on your browser.

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Money Can Ruin Your Life

This week was to say the least, different. There was so much happening that time just flew by.

When something “big” happens it gets everyone talking. Information spreads like wild-fire. Of course there are details that are likely to not be very accurate. People tend to spice it up a bit by adding a pinch of drama. That is just Human nature, I think.

Some people do stupid things for money. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people to have an unhealthy “relationship” with money. growing up having people around me that dealt with money in a not so healthy way I cannot say I was truly shocked. It was more of a surprise than actual shock. It makes me sad that people allow money to rule (and sometimes ruin) their lives.

At the same time it makes me happy to be able to say I have learned from the bad examples around me growing up and as an adult I am not obsessed with money.

Let me know in the comments if you have had any bad experiences related to money. Either first hand or close to you.

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About Last Friday

It has been years since going to the pub every Friday was a thing for me. I remember looking forward to Friday in a different way. Many Saturdays were spent at home a little hung over but I used to really enjoy the night before.

Now the hangovers last for a couple of days so going crazy on a Friday night means I will not be able to do much all weekend and will only start to feel OK on Monday. A bit of a waste of time really so I avoid doing it often. Also my best friend is now a mum which means she can’t be out a lot.

I still enjoy going out and I let myself go a little crazy every once in a while on special occasions.

Last Friday was a special occasion. It was my best friend’s birthday! There were no plans really as she is not great at making those. I was only told the day before that we were going to the pub after work. I could not miss it! Even though I had a dentist appointment next day at 9 am I was not going to miss out on spending time with her.

We headed to the pub after work. I dragged my boyfriend with me to join us in celebrating her birthday. It was a busy night in Chandos and a lot of people from work were there. It started a bit slow. Honestly the baby conversations got me a little bored. I was struggling to get into the “party” mood.

Two beers down the conversation was picking up. We were now discussing failed relationships at work and even talked about the blog for a brief moment. Kevin said he didn’t think he would ever be mentioned in it. He was probably right (not anymore) as we don’t really get to talk a lot now that I am not at the pub all the time.

The lights were dimmed and there was music now. Not the best music but it was better than no music at all. Most people were now at least a little drunk. Some were very drunk.

Once the DJ started to hit us with more “average” music we requested something different. That got the party started and we danced a lot. It had been so long since I enjoyed a night at the pub this much! Really made me miss the old times.

It was close to 1 o’clock when we reached home. Thankfully I drank sensibly so I was fine going to the dentist the next morning and was just a little dehydrated.

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Tonsillectomy Recovery

It’s been just over a year since I went through a tonsillectomy recovery. Before the day I read a lot online about it, watched YouTube videos with testimonials and asked a few questions to the doctors and nurses to prepare myself for what was coming. Even though I was well-informed I was super scared leading up to the day.

Because you might be going through a tonsillectomy recovery or have to go through it soon I thought I would share my experience with you.

Day 0 – When things got real

Woke up early to be able to have a slice of toast and a soft-boiled egg. Back to bed to rest for another hour, obviously wasn’t able to get any extra sleep. Off to shower and shave to look decent when wearing the hospital gown. Got my gym bag ready with leggings and a t-shirt to wear on the way home. My friend came to pick me and my boyfriend up at 9am to head to the hospital. Was given a bed and a welcome pack with a few basics and some leaflets. Even got to choose what I wanted to eat afterwards from the hospital menu!

Met the surgeon who gave me the impression that he wanted to talk me out of it as he told me how horrible the recovery was going to be. Met the anaesthetic technician too who laughed at my request of no needles. He said it was not an option unless I was going to start running and screaming.

At 2pm I was taken away by a nurse. I walked into a tiny room where we made small talk and was given the anaesthetic. The needle on my hand was not half as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Waking up in the recovery room was fine and felt no pain at all. I was just cold and shaking but was able to chat with the nurses and even talked in Spanish with one of them! The surgery took 45 minutes and I was “waking up” for about an hour.

I felt just fine. Drank loads of water, tea and ate biscuits. Even had lasagna for dinner! The drugs at the hospital were really good. My mood was great. The ride home was nice too and I remember enjoying the music on the radio.

Day 1 to Day 3 – I was ready for the worst

Sleeping was OK and an extra pillow is a must as your head should be in a higher position. It is also more comfortable that way. My throat was sore but it was manageable with the regular painkillers that I was taking as per instructed. A glass of water was my best friend those days, I had it next to me at all times! I drank water very regularly as I read that one of the worst things you can do is to let your throat get dry.

I watched a lot of Netflix and YouTube and slept throughout the day.

Even though eating was a bit painful I was eating almost as I would do normally.

Day 4 to day 6 – The worst was here

The pain got real and I gave in to taking codeine. It did help. I continued eating well and drinking a lot of water.

I spat a little blood and panicked a bit. Thankfully it was nothing to worry about as there was barely any blood. I had a little temperature but it also went away. Tried to get advice from my doctor but it was worthless and ended up chatting to a relative that is a doctor in Portugal to ease my worries.

At the end of day 6 I started feeling a little better and even had steak for dinner!

Day 7 – Over the Worst bit now

No nap was required and I managed to reduce the painkillers I was taking. Meal times were not even that painful anymore. I had carbonara for lunch and roast chicken for dinner.

Day 8 – Pizza day

Yes, I had pizza for lunch. Domino’s. And it was amazing. It did scratch my throat a little bit but it was totally worth it! Besides I was told that it was good to eat bread to get rid of the dead tissue hanging in my throat.

Day 9 to day 11 – Stressed out

Got a little stressed out to be going back to work soon. I was feeling better but was far from being 100%. Left the house for a coffee break with my friend to catch up and it felt really good even though talking a lot really dried my throat.

Day 12 – Went to see the doctor

Just to make sure it was all looking good I went to see the GP and got the OK to go back to work.

Day 13 – Back to work

It was so nice to be welcomed back but by 4pm I was struggling with the dry air. I was feeling so bad I had to leave early and almost cried. When I got home I had tea waiting for me and felt better quickly after drinking it.

The following weeks

The dry air at work was still hard to breathe but it slowly got easier. I had a humidifier next to me on my desk which helped a little as well.

Recovery wasn’t easy but it was far from the nightmarish stories you can find online. Not saying you won’t go through one of those (I honestly hope not) but keep positive! Drink a lot of water, eat well and rest! Very important as well is to get someone to “babysit” you for at least a week. I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend cook for me, bring me water, make me tea and give me a lot of love.

Final notes: Check online how your throat is likely to look during the recovery period and don’t be horrified when you look at it yourself. It gets a little disgusting when it starts to come off but you’ll get through it. It’s part of the healing process as you don’t really get stitches there so your body heals in a different way. Don’t forget to check with your doctor about eating. In the UK you are advised to eat as normal and I personally found that it helped me a lot recovering from the operation but other countries have a different approach. I guess that is also why I lost no weight at all during this time! Feel free to ask me any questions on this subject if you want to.

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Customer’s Responsabilities

As a customer you have the responsibility of not hurting someone who is just doing their job.

Unless someone has been clearly rude towards you I believe you have no right of mistreating someone just because your life is not going the way you want. Or because you have whatever issue with the brand that the person represents at the time.

Yes, you can be frustrated with a service or product. Yes, you should complain about it if you have a reason to do so. No, you should not disregard the feelings of the person that is there to help you.

I have done customer service for a few years. I am lucky enough to not be too sensitive about what customers “throw at me” but on a few occasions I let it get to me and it ruined my day.

Unfortunately not everyone has that “thick skin” that is so useful to work with customers. You might say that they should then get a different job but that is not always an option.

What if we all became better at respecting each other?
That would be so nice.

Also be a smart customer as from the second you disrespect someone their instinct will be to do the bare minimum to get rid of you quickly. If you treat someone well they are way more likely to go the extra mile to help you.

Personal story time:

Once upon time a customer took it to social media to rant about the company I represented. I would not have had an issue with it if my name was not included on the post.

The ironic thing was that I had been super helpful all along and was actually resolving it for her. There was no indication of dissatisfaction on our phone calls so I didn’t even see it coming. It goes to show how people can be so “brave” behind the screen but not actually able to speak out their concerns.

It took me a few days and a couple of attempts to actually get Twitter to remove the post. Time of my life I could have used to do better things, like watching Stranger Things.

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