I don’t know about you guys, but I’m SO ready to leave school and get the holidays started! Everyone’s done their exams so we’re all like, “Gosh, do we really need to be here still?”
This year I’ll probably spend most of my time at the beach. I’m also going to go camping with my family and best friend for a week and apart from that I’ll be working (I work at Boost) and relaxing at home as well as hanging out with my friends. But even with all of these plans I know I’ll have times when I’ll be bored hanging out on my own – a lot of my friends will be away some of the time and also sometimes I’ll feel too lazy to leave the house! So here are a few things I plan on doing to keep myself occupied and energised until school goes back next year.
1. Become a bookworm
Finding a really great book to read can be so much fun. It might sound a bit dorky but it doesn’t matter because you’re alone at home so nobody can see you anyway. If you get hooked on a book you won’t want to do anything else. You won’t even get on your phone to check Instagram or your messages, that’s what I do!
I totally recommend The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. A friend suggested it and it was really interesting – it’s a psychological read. Also if you haven’t already done it, read Divergent by Veronica Roth! I loved this so much when I read it at the start of this year, so I can’t wait to read the next two in the trilogy over the break. Last but not least another book I really enjoyed was Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson. Personally I’m not very into history or sappy romance, I like my books to be more supernatural, thrilling and adventure-based. The action in this book is great – it starts up straight away and is constantly on the go. There’s nothing worse than reading a book where you get 200 pages in and the story STILL hasn’t started.
2. Turn into a Masterchef
My friends and I have decided that a great idea is to pick out a really nice cookbook and then make every recipe from it over the holiday time. I really like cooking (although my sister is a much better cook than me!). I love dessert cookbooks the most, we have one at home that is all about macaroons which are pretty difficult to make but SO good to eat, so I’ll be challenging that one first!
3. Learn something new
I got my L’s in June and so I’m learning to drive at the moment – I absolutely love it. So I’m planning on getting much more driving under my belt over the holidays. Why not find something that you’ve always wanted to learn and take the summer to do that? It could be anything from driving to learning a language to scrapbooking.
4. Paint party
A friend of mine is a really good artist and she gets a bunch of big canvases and invites a friend or two to come around and paint with her. I’m not the best artist but it is a lot of fun spending the day with your friends getting creative.
5. Walk it off
Going out for breakfast with your friends is fun and so is going out and exercising together. My best friend and I walk 10km to a really yummy café to have food and talk, when we’re done we walk back! It’s really nice to get up early on a good day and go for a relaxing walk with your bestie!
Hopefully that’s sparked some inspiration. I’d love to hear your ideas too to keep me even busier, add them in on the comments section below!
Till next time
As most of you may know I am the queen of CONVERSE at DOLLY HQ!
I wear them pretty much every day. Whether it's with a dress, jeans, shorts - I make them work.
This week I was lucky enough to attend a CONVERSE event to preview their Winter 2014 range. And boy did I love it! I was in shoe heaven.
So what new styles do they have in store for us next year? Well of course they have many yet my top four are:
PLATFORMS: yes they have done it - a Chuck Taylor All Star platform in black, white, neon pink and purple which have an inbuilt wedge and the fun doesn’t stop there. They also have a dye tied sole which looks awesome!
TIE-DYE: A mix of low and high tops in a variety of tie-dye colours inspired by 70’s ALL STAR classics. I think this is a must for anyone that loves CONVERSE- the colours range from purple dye tie to grey and red.
PATTERNS: I love a pattern CONVERSE especially this new range. We're talking mix floral, animal print in a classic Chuck Taylor style and also in a slim style which works great when you want to wear them with skirts and dresses.
METALLIC: My favourite style of the season – Rose gold and silver textured which will add a little glam to a casual outfit. These babies are on my wish list!
Of course these are just a few of the many styles and designs that CONVERSE have to offer us for the coming season so for now we will just have to wait for 2014. The countdown is on!
Sometimes in life, you’re thrown a hardball. You’ve been cruising along, catching every ball that comes to you so well that you know how and when it’s going to be thrown, even before the pitcher does. All cheesy and slightly confusing baseball references aside, what I’m basically saying is that things don’t always go according to plan and when that happens, you’ll be OK.
I’m speaking of course from experience. I got to a place in my life where everything was going AMAZING, then I found out some news that felt like it slapped me right in the face. My immediate instinct was to think “No, no, NO! This is not happening to me!” but after a few restless nights and a few more crying phonecalls to my mum, I began to think that it wasn’t so bad after all. In fact, it could make my life even more amazing than before (if that’s even possible).
So here’s a step-by-step guide to facing that curveball head-on and coming out the other side even brighter and better than before.
Step one: Freak out.
No, I didn’t forget the ‘Don’t’ at the front of ‘Freak out’. Let’s be real here guys, no matter how much we tell ourselves to not freak out, we always do 100% of the time. Un-tamed hair, your crush somehow finding out you’re into him, missing the latest ep of TVD or turning up a party wearing exactly the same thing as your frenemy; we’ve all been there. It’s completely normal to start excessively sweating, chewing your nails off and refusing to listen to your friends and fam’s advice that everything will be ‘OK’.
Step two: Suss out the sitch.
Now you’ve slightly calmed down a bit (this could happen after a few hours or a few days), try and look at all possibilities of the scenario. This is where your friends and fam come in. During Step One, you probably zoned out everything they had to say because you were in your ‘I hate the world’ phase, but now it’s time to take all their opinions and comments and really process them. Soon enough, that little voice in your head is going to start saying ‘Ohhh, I didn’t of it that way’.
Step three: Adapt.
This is where you just go with it/roll with the punches. Whichever analogy you’re most cool with. If someone else is wearing the same dress as you, get a photo with her, caption it as ‘twinnies’ and tell her she has amazing taste. Forget your feelings of going after the snitch who told your crush your little secret ‘cos that person just did you a favour.
Step four: Smile.
When you’ve reached this step, give the air a big fist pump. Why? ‘Cos you just went through something mega life-changing (OK, maybe not life-changing but defs super annoying) and now you’re better off. So when you smudge your freshly painted nails or your parents tell you you’re moving to a new town, just remember these steps and in a few days time, you won’t be sorry it happened.
Happy new DOLLY day! This month we have the amazing Taylor Swift on our cover and, in our chat with her, she was filled with great pieces of advice for us all.
One of our questions to her was, “What would you tell your high school self?”
She told us (and I’m paraphrasing here) that she wouldn’t give her high school self any advice because she NEEDED to go through hard times in order to come out the person she is now. So she wouldn’t tell her 16-year old self that those “mean girls don’t matter” because at the time they DID matter and if someone had told her otherwise she wouldn’t have found comfort in that.
Pretty wise words from Ms Swift and it’s a sentiment I can relate to – at 16 I was incredibly headstrong and convinced that I knew better than anyone how to handle myself and my problems. With hindsight, I would change a hundred different things though so I thought while 16-year old Tiff might not listen maybe someone out in the DOLLY universe might like to hear it anyway. So here goes!
#1. Don’t try so hard to get boys to like you.
I was not one of those girls who guys fell over themselves to ask out. I’m still not! But while I was confident in a lot of other ways, I had absolutely ZERO confidence when it came to boys. I desperately wanted a boyfriend and I totally went about it all the wrong way. To be completely honest with you guys, I tried so hard to get boys to like me that at times I compromised what mattered to me most. I learnt the hard way that if a guy likes you it doesn’t matter what you look like/sound like/act like. He’ll like you because of who you are … and he’ll like you even more if you’re totally owning it.
#2. In a couple of years’ time you won’t remember what marks you got in your final exams.
There’s so much stress at high school to get the right marks, to get into the right university, to get the right job. I didn’t get the marks I wanted. I didn’t get into the university course I wanted. But guess what? I HAVE landed the job I wanted – it just took me longer to get here and meant I had to work that much harder to come up with new ways to help me in my journey. It’s that old cliché “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” In my case I can tell you it was totally worth it.
#3. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.
When I was 16 I experienced my first bout of depression. It was not only a horrible and confusing time but what made it even worse was how alone I felt. I didn’t understand what was going on and I was too ashamed to talk to anyone about what was happening to me. I struggled through this bout by myself and continued to do so again and again for over a decade. It was only relatively recently that I felt like I could ask someone else for help and I can’t tell you guys enough how big a difference it made to my life. I could kick myself for not having done it years sooner. So remember, no matter what you’re going through you are NOT alone. There are other people out there who have not only gone through it too, but can offer you practical solutions to get you through. Seriously, what’s the worst thing that can happen by asking for help? There are heaps of great services – I really recommend HeadSpace, here’s a link to seek some extra information www.headspace.org.au.
Well, that’s it from me for now, speak to you guys again soon.
Party season is hot on our heels which also means the search for that extra-spesh graduation dress or festive outfit for Christmas at Nan’s house is in full force.
Lucky for you, I’ve found some pretty amazing pieces in the new GLASSONS boutique range which launched a few weeks ago, called Edt.
GLASSONS has always been one of my go-to brands for casual wear. Their combination of fun prints and denim are incredible. The introduction of this boutique range means I can visit for all my party wear needs, too!
So what is the range all about? To me, it screams classic staples in really nice fabrics (Think silks, organza and satin) in neutrals which is great because they won’t date and can be mixed with everything at a fraction of the price that any other brand would charge.
You can find 100% silk cami’s for $49.99, dresses for $59.99 detailed knitwear for $69.99 and a statement blazer made from detailed organza for $119.95.
What will I be buying? Definitely a silk white tee to wear with my denim cut-offs this summer, a silk party dress and of course the organza blazer and matching skirt because I’m loving a skirt suit at the moment.
So if you are on the lookout for something a little special or want to update your basics with some extra special ones then jump online girls.
Love Jess P X
Most of the time, life is amazing. But on some occasional, rare days, nothing goes how it should. You wake up all ouchy from having slept wrong on your pillow, you get to the bus stop and realise you left your bus pass somewhere that’s not in your bag, and THEN you drop your phone while looking for your bus pass and the screen smashes to smithereens. On these days, we all know the best thing to do it THINK POSTIVE.
We also know that’s not always quite as easy as it sounds - and at those times, what’s needed is some quotespiration. Seriously, a happy quote has the power to flip a mood in the time it takes to skim your eyes over it. Luckily, there are quotes for every conceivable type of bad day. And, they’re even better when they come printed on random things, so that you can fill your whole life with quotespo. Like…
On The Day When: You wake up unexcited
Cushion, $19.95, Typo.
On The Day When: You’re freaking out about an exam
Shower curtain, $89, Urban Outfitters.
On The Day When: The whole world looks dark and gloomy for no reason
Print, $17.99, society6.com.
On The Day When: You can’t help comparing yourself to your besties (and coming up the loser)
Print, $16, society6.com.
On The Day When: You just need to smile a little brighter
Wall decal, $18.34, etsy.com/au/shop/KeyReflection.
Before you go nuts at the closest discount score and end up disappointed (like me last year) that your $2 “fake blood” looks more like cake icing than anything remotely gory, check out how I’ve spent my morning – obviously, all in the name of work…
Since I’m of the opinion no Halloween outfit is complete without some kind of semi-scary element, I decided it was time to master the faux-wound once and for all – again, obviously in the name of work.
The personal challenge I’ve set myself this year was to do so only using make-up items I already had at my desk. This is how it all went down:
1. I started by using a black pencil eyeliner to draw a thick line where I wanted my wound.
2. Next, I traced over this line with a dark red lipstick, blending it outwards and around, keeping the centre dark.
3. I applied pink blush around the outside of the lipstick, to look like tender, sore skin. I also blotted the line between lipstick and blush using a tissue, for extra blending.
4. Now, this is the step that makes it all look extra gross and realistic. I got myself some clear lip gloss and applied over the centre of the fake wound – where I originally drew the black line. This adds a gooey element, which makes the whole thing look way more real.
5. And… finished! All I need to do is add a scary outfit and some dishevelled hair. Bonus tip: don’t forget to remove before bed – sleeping like this is one sure-fire way to ruin a perfectly good pillow case.
Yesterday at DOLLY HQ we were chatting about how lovely those Little Mix girls are (they’re on our minds given they’re in the country ATM). And it triggered a really nice memory I have about the last time Little Mix were here and we were lucky enough to have them in our studio. We were lining up to have a group pic with the girls, when Jesy, who I was standing next to, turned around and said to me, “You have beautiful hair!” Talk about a NICE compliment!
Compliments from strangers are the best (‘cos they’ve totally gone out of their way to say something nice to you), but compliments from the people in your everyday life are pretty sweet too. Knowing how good it feels to be on the receiving end, it’s kind of a new goal of mine to be more mindful of telling the DOLLY girls/my friends/my sister/my mum that their new haircut rocks or their new top is cute or even that they are the funniest person I know (not every compliment should be about material things, right?).
How often have you thought in your head, “Her hair looks really nice today” but not said it out loud to that person? Loads, I’m sure. We all do it, don’t worry. But what you can do from hereon in is to join me on my new compliments crusade! It’s really easy - all you have to do is aim to dish out one compliment every day, whether it’s to a friend, a fam member or a stranger. Then, watch the way you’ve changed that person’s day.
I can’t see you right now, but I BET you look lovely today.