Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Wondering Wednesday #9

Wow, I am so bad at keeping up with my own blog ideas. My last Wondering Wednesday post was on 25th September (unless you count the thoughtful post I did on my birthday - which I totally am doing) which is terrible! Bad Chelsea! But yeah, I'm going to delve right in now...

This is how I spend my free time at uni - drinking coffee in the East Wing
I'm sure every blogger has reached a certain point in the lives when it just seems like there is too much going on all at once. Amiright? I think I am. Hell, I know I am as I'm there right now! I love blogging, and I love how it allows me to just type a load of hoohah and have like-minded people tell me how right I am about things. It's nice. However, I am also a second year uni student and it seems all my deadlines are before Christmas. Which is a bit cruel, if you ask me. Why not stick to January, you meanies? All of these deadlines are researched based as well, which is easily my weakest point and it's just getting a bit blah for me. 

On top of that, I'm also working two part-time jobs and I'm a mum. Oh, and I need to tidy the house and stuff too. And eat! Who has time to cook and buy food when you don't have time to blog? No one. I guess a simple solution would be for me to leave one of my jobs, but as one is a Christmas-temp job, I really feel like I would be dropping them in it. Plus I love working there! So no, I can't do that. My real problem, is utilising my time as efficiently as possible. I always tell people that getting the train to uni isn't so bad as I can do uni work on the train. Do I do this? No, not really. I should definitely be doing this! I also need to work a little schedule with Dylan's nana so that she can have him on my day off so that I'm not being distracted by the handsome Dr. Ranj on cbeebies Dylan being awesomely cute and wanting to play. 

In essence, I guess I am just asking for your support. Did you find this struggle? What did you do to organise yourself better? Should I simply just hire Becky to sort me a life timetable? 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 27 October 2013

D is for...


I had considered writing about something else beginning with D (dresses, mostly) but I thought I may as well give my little guy some blog-air space. That, and he always seems to be pretty popular on here! 

So, where do I start with Dylan? Having just turned two in September, I feel like now we are really getting his proper personality, and what a character he is. He is very much on the cusp of grasping the English language, and tends to piece together small sentences. He says cute things, and funny things and rather naughty things - (it rhymes with "sit" and you can thank his uncle Jonny for that!) - but he just loves talking. Even if we clearly have no idea what he is going on about, he won't let it stop him. He sort of sounds like a cross between a minion and a French person. 

His favourite things include Despicable Me minions, playing on Temple Run (and being really good at it) and cake. It's true what they say, the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree! I think Dylan has a good mixture of traits he has gained from Joe and I, which is always nice. I've got to be very honest and tell you that if you'd asked me five years ago whether or not I wanted children, I would have sharply told you no. It just didn't seem like any part of my "life plan". But, plans change and now I have the best child ever. Fact.

I'll stop chattering now and just show you some of his best work...

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A Sort-of Catch Up.

Gee, being back at uni is really throwing off my groove. Last year I absolutely loved the place, and now I cannot wait to get that coveted break at Christmas. I feel rather silly for this, as my biggest uni-related woe is down to my own research-rubbishness. Is that a thing? I'm making it a thing. Briefly put, I am crap with research. It's always my lowest marking point, and I honestly have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I look at my friends work, and I can't see what I lack. But, there's something, and I hate it. So of course this year, instead of one research folder, I need to produce three. Or four. I don't even know anymore! 

Right, enough of the negativity! I wanted to show you my hair. If you've got me on twitter or instagram, you'll already have seen it but if not, then here we go. Please excuse the instagram filters, but yeah, it's for your benefit really!
These photos really highlight my lack of top lip, wow.
As you can see, I got it chopped quite a bit and then dyed it all "darkest brown" which turns out is black. Thanks hairdye! Luckily, I think I am working the black a bit, but I am hoping it will settle down within the next few washes! In the second photo, I'm looking a *bit* glam as I went out to Bristol on Sunday night with Amy (Joe's sister) and her friend Steph who loves up North. It was the first time I'd actually met Steph, as she's been travelling around the globe but she was just lovely! As you can imagine, Sunday night wasn't the busiest or most exciting times to be out but we had a great time chatting and just throwing some amazing shapes out on the dance floor.  

I'm back at uni tomorrow, after a spot of Christmas present buying (I'm terrible, but I know you guys have started thinking about the 'dreaded' C word already!) and a small trip to Primark. I should be feeling all excited about the idea, but I'm really not. Gah, has anyone else got the second year blues?

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Now, for something important...

I'm sure you're aware by now that today, 16th October, is my birthday. That in itself is a pretty important fact, but you might not know that today is also Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day, or BAD for short, is a day dedicated to raising awareness for a certain subject. This year's subject is about human rights, and I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter. 

Human rights are something that a lot of us take for granted. I am probably one of the world's worst complainers - usually over little, meaningless things - and sometimes I need to take a step back and just think, "no, Chelsea, you've actually got a good thing going on." And it's true. I've got my health, I've got a nice enough family, I've got an education, and opportunities which can move my life forward. So many people out there do not that these things. This is something which really scares me. 

Had I have been born in a different country, who knows what sort of life I might have. Would I have lived the past decade under military watch? Would I have been evicted from my homeland and sent to a foreign country in the hope I survive? Would I have to deal with people taking away my education and health simply because of my sex/location/religion? 

There are so many charities out there which strive to help people in need, who have had their human rights taken from them. Charities such as Amnesty International do an extraordinary job in raising awareness of such abuses of human rights, and more importantly, they send help. For a lot of people in this world, they do not have a voice until a charity finds them and helps them to speak. How many years have you watched those clips on TV about children starving, or having to walk 40 miles for the nearest water pump? It really baffles me that we live in a world that allows this to happen at the same time we allow bankers and the like take home a £2.5 million bonus at the end of the year. Truly baffling.

Rosetta, and her family, who received help from Comic Relief against contracting Malaria -
which had already taken the lives of two of her children 

I guess my personal reasons for writing this, is that I am, above all else, a mother. Before having Dylan, things like Children In Need or Comic Relief would upset me, but now it opens up a whole new fear into my life. There are mothers out there who's children will not live to Dylan's age, and all because they drank some dirty water. It is such a scary thought for me to even begin to process, and I really applaud those who strive to make a difference. If nothing else, I hope this post makes at least one person donate their change to a charity pot, or buys a cake from someone when Children In Need is back. Of course, there are so many other charities out there, which all need help, so feel free to donate something to whichever makes your heart ache. 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 14 October 2013

Don't Go Wasting Your Emotion...

Lay all your love on meeeeeeee! If you recognise those lyrics, then well done you. If not, then I'm sorry but we can't be friends. I jest, kind of. I thought I would go a bit crazy on you guys and post probably the worst OOTD post in the existence of mankind. It's a lovely outfit (I think) but I'm just using my phone and a very precariously placed mirror. 

Without further ado, let's have a look at what I wore!

Hiding stuff with banners since 2013, yo!
Yeah, okay, so the quality of this is horrendous. I just thought you should probably see as much of the outfit as possible. I'm wearing New Look high waist jeans and a beautiful starry H&M blouse that I bought whilst waiting for my train home from uni. Now, I can appreciate you might not what to look at that monstrosity, so let's take a peek at some of the details!

Pretty bow and Pretty necklace!
As you can see, the blouse has a sort of layered star pattern, which I really love. I wouldn't normally buy stuff with stars on, as I think I'm a bit to mumsy to pull that off, but I just fell in love with this. The bow is from Prairie Charms, which I bought a few weeks ago but haven't found the right time to wear it! I bought the Effie Glitter Bow in Peacock, as I couldn't decide between a blue or a green one so I just combined them hehe :) I really love the bow, it is so versatile and can really make an outfit look whole. 

My pretty necklace was purchased on a bit of a whim, as I was busy ordering a Christmas present on etsy for someone and just couldn't let it pass me by. The seller, Natasha, was an absolute gem and she also has a blog, so make sure you check her out! 

This is pretty much my whooole outfit, and as these photos are from last week, I don't have my longish hair anymore! I went for the chop on Friday, and asked twitter for hair advice. I was flirting around with getting it cut reeeally short, but chickened out as I'd never actually been to this hairdressers before so I didn't want to leave crying my eyes out and mourning my lost hair! 

So that was my rather feeble attempt at an outfit post. I think it's the third one I've done now and I'm still rather rubbish at it! Ah well, it's the taking part that counts, right?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 12 October 2013

C is for...


Yeah, I thought it might be totally obnoxious if I made my C all about me! Although, I am doing a whole alphabet series about myself, so maybe not so obnoxious after all. I'm rambling! I love Christmas. I think I have always loved Christmas, and I hope I always continue to do so. I try not to get caught up with the Christmas buzz before my birthday, but for the sake of this post I am willing to bend the rules a bit!

So, Christmas! Now I have my own little family, we are still trying to find some traditions to call our own. For the past two years we have had Christmas dinner with Joe's family for a few reasons - one being that my parents are divorced so I would have to pick between them and I'm not prepared for that aggro and two being that Joe's parents cook up a ruddy good spread. Joe has quite a large family, so there is always something going on.

Pigs in blankets should be an all-year feature to every meal! 
A third, and I guess more important reason we've had Christmas at their house is because our kitchen is pitiful and we don't even have a dining room/table. It makes me feel quite sad, but as I'm talking about Christmas I won't get into the woes of renting! Last year was our first Christmas in Somerset, and despite not being able to really get into the Christmas spirit thanks to Student Finance ruining my life, we still had a pretty good year. 

As Dylan was only a mere, 15 months old, we bought him a few bits and bobs, but his "big" present, was a huge cardboard box filled with balloons! It sounds awfully cheap, and I hope none of you report me to Social Services, but he really loved it! Which small child doesn't love running after a balloon or five?!
Some nice action shots of Dylan, for you.
This Christmas, I'd really like to try some DIY projects, as last year I made chocolates for people, and that went down pretty well. I think I'm going to try and make some lip scrubs and maybe some artwork. This is all depending on how much free time I get after uni, uni work, two jobs and being a wife/mother. So, that's not a lot of free time, really.

I do love Christmas, so much. I love watching Christmas films and listening to the Muppet's Christmas Carol soundtrack. I love hot chocolates and wooly blankets. I love thinking of the perfect gift for someone and seeing their face light up when they receive it. Most of all, I think I enjoy looking back at all the other Chistmasses and adding another vintage year to the pile of happy memories.

I'd love to hear your Christmas traditions, or maybe even some quick and easy DIY ideas :) 

Chelsea xo

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PS.. It's four days 'til my birthday - eep!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Your life is beatin' and it isn't stoppin'.

I thought I had better leave you all a quick note and let you know that I haven't dropped off the radar. I really didn't want to be one of those people who drops the imaginary blogging ball once uni started, but it seems to be what has happened. I've had a rather busy week, and it's only Thursday!

My lovely little sister-in-laws Laura and Naomi came home from a life-changing trip to Israel, so I have tried to squeeze time in to see them. Ben, the one who's currently working in China, also went on this trip, so he has made a quick stop to England to sort visa issues. I've not seen him yet, but I'm hoping I'll be able to stop by after uni tonight. 

Yeah, we're a bit odd.
What else have I been up to? Oh yes, I volunteered myself to help live-tweet a rather serious Professor Lecture series at university. It was extremely last minute, we didn't know the twitter handle or even a hashtag for the event - let alone the name of the event! - until we arrived. I had a few little iPhone autocorrect hiccups, but overall it went well. So well, they'd like me to keep helping them out and this in turn might lead to me interviewing Hilary Mantel. I mean, what the hell?! Seriously. 

Other crap I have been up to include going to the opticians yesterday for a check-up to find out that it's actually booked for the 17th. I'm such an idiot sometimes, can you see why the blog might suffer a bit if I can't even get the date right?

Also, last night I popped into Boots in Bath Southgate for a little beauty event they were holding, but I'll tell you more about that in another post! :)

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Topshop Student Lock-in Wishlist

So, the time has come. Students go back to uni and city centres are frequented as soon as the student loans come in. I wish I could say I were any different, but it seems to be the case with me also. I'm going to say that now I have two jobs (which realistically cannot go on for long, second year looks haaaaaard) I should be allowed to splash out on a few things. 

The things I need are very basic - a winter coat with a hood, some winter boots and a new bag. The boots and coat are the most urgent, as it rains a lot here so I need to stop wearing plims and things which let the water seep through. Maybe I'm buying the wrong plims, but yeah. Wishlist are go!

Navy coat & cherry coat both Topshop
The first coat on my wishlist is this lovely navy Fur Hooded Swing Coat. It has concealed buttons which always amuses me, and is navy. In the winter this is essential as it means any small traces of sun will be attracted to you and therefore make you less cold. Or something, it's science. The second coat is this rather lovely cherry Bound Seam Duffle Coat, which looks so cosy! Joe has a grey duffle coat though, so I don't want us to look matchy matchy. I do love the colour though. Ah, choices. Both coats come in a few different colours, so if you like either style then maybe check them out also. 

Model boots & Motel boots both Topshop
Leather booties seem to be where it's all at, at the moment. I was toying with the idea of jumping on the rather full 'cut-out' bandwagon, but as I mentioned previously, it does rain an awful lot. Soggy socks are something I am actively trying to avoid, people! The Model Elastic Lace Up Boots look quite cute, and I imagine they are quite comfy to wear, what with being elastic and all. I'm not sure of the colour online, so I'll definitely need to have a closer inspection if I can spot them instore. The buckled Motel Monk Strap Boots look like a nicer colour, and I am really drawn to that gold detailing. I've no idea why, as all my jewellery tends to be silver or white gold, but tan and gold obviously go better together.

I guess it's a good thing that I haven't spotted a bag I like (that is big enough, at least) in Topshop, as otherwise I would be making a huuuge spend in one shop. Other shops included in the Student Lock-in are H&M - although I did have a bit of a shop in there yesterday - River Island, New Look and Urban Outfitters, to name but a few, so I should be able to find something, right? 

I didn't want to bore everyone with a huuuge wishlist of nearly identical items, but if you'd like to see what I'd get from any of those stores mentioned above, then I'm sure I could work something out. If you've bought something recently which you think might do the tasks in hand, then please let me know! 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Am I Thankful on Thursday?

In short, yes. I'm sure you're all sick to death of me telling you how ill I am, and I am still ill, but I feel like I am well enough now to soldier on and get back into my blogging niche. It's quite funny really, at work my manager seems to think I run some super successful beauty blog, so all I can picture is this middle aged fella frantically searching the internet for Chelsea's Beauty Bonanza and not getting any results. I struggle to call myself a lifestyle blog at the moment, but I'm blaming illness on that. I do have some beauty-related posts planned for the not-too-distant future, so if you're into that sort of thing, then yay! 
Sight with glasses! & Dylan wearing them wrong!
Back to the thankful business, then. This week I have been mostly very ill. I mean, seriously. On Monday I went back to the doctors and had a rather dreadful experience. Before I go on, I have to tell you that I love our NHS. I think it is a great system, and it scares me so much that the government are chopping and changing it right before our very eyes and no one seems to have noticed. People have noticed that, hey, with less staff available due to low funding, people aren't getting the care they need, yet this is the nasty nurses fault, and not the fact that funding was cut and the amount of patients per nurse has dramatically increased. I digress, at the doctors I had my appointment at 4pm so I arrived around ten to, as you do. I then didn't see the doctor until 4:40 and when I got there she didn't explain or apologise for this. I do understand that she will have had a lot of paperwork to do and stuff, but it was just a bit rude. Then, after explaining my plight to her, she laughed in my face and made me cry. 

Regardless, on Monday night I got some new medication and despite reading all the small print, and searching online, I couldn't see anywhere if I could still use painkillers. So, like the daredevil I am, I had some painkillers. I went mental! Honestly, it was like some sort of warped Roald Dahl torture scene in my mind. I had a rather restless night, and after a few weeks of restless nights, it just sort of took the biscuit a bit. I've not had a painkiller since, and I think they're working better now. So, still ill, but definitely on the road to recovery. Finally. So I am thankful for that. 

I don't want to try out an essay for this post as I know other people tend to keep them short and sweet, so here are my other thankful things. 

Being back at uni and seeing the girls
Joe starting his job this week and really enjoying it
My new phone arriving!!
Putting contacts in and out slightly quicker than before
Fish & chips
Nearing the end of my book - it's taken me nearly a month to read, pitiful!
Writing in new notebooks
Having an umbrella!

Hope you're having a good week also, would love to hear of any exciting news you might have :)
Thankful Thursday comes from a series inspired by Lisette

Chelsea xo
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