Well Hello There! Remember Us?

One point of exciting news before we begin/start rambling – the blog has reached its 1st birthday! Celebrated in style 11 days ago with us completely forgetting about it and only realising when I logged on to write this! So happy birthday us!

(That’s us down there if you’ve forgotten what we look like! Please ignore the party animal living it up in the corner!)

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Oh dear. We did it too. That annoying thing that bloggers do when they miss a day … then a week … and one day they check back and realise it’s been nearly two months since they last posted. Oops!

But let’s be honest – it’s exam season and that time of year where all the blogs from people still in education go strangely quiet and miss out on a bit of TCL. We just decided to get in there early, right?! I’d like to say we’ve been working hard, revising loads and making the most of our blog silence, but that would be a complete and utter lie. I don’t know about Katie (she may be secretly working away like a small squirrel behind my back) but I have been doing a lot of time-wasting and staring-out-of-windowsing.

I think this can be pretty well backed up by the fact that today’s free lesson at college – one that is scheduled in by teachers in the desperate hope that some of us will use the study room for actual study – was spent walking to the shop to relieve my sudden craving for oreos. And while oreo craving is a very serious situation, I’m not sure how it took us an hour.

Still, the school year is once again drawing to a close. For Katie that means sixth form life is over. For me it means that I have yet another year to drag myself through with only my other re-takers for company. I don’t know why but I’m strangely excited, though I’m sure that excitement will disappear as soon as the new Year 12s arrive and the common room is overrun by 16 year olds watching Jeremy Kyle all day.

Thankfully though, I have my fellow re-takers to entertain me. I’m pretty happy with the selection – the majority are big enough characters to create lots of drama and a select few to quiet enough to sit back and watch it unfold with me …

But see, I’ve got distracted again. The point of these ramblings was to apologise for being MIA for so long, and to tell you not to expect anything much until after exams, after which we will probably just forget again.

Happy Monday!

Hannah

Major Man-Fluing

I spent last night trying to contend with what I so beautifully described to Katie this morning as ‘an avalanche of snot’. This is a lifestyle blog yes, so I’m afraid you’ll have to listen to the not so pretty parts of life too. Basically, I’m man fluing. I’ve been brought up in a house where a cold is not valued as an ‘illness’ and more of a ‘minor setback’, so when I woke up this morning and cried to my mum that I didn’t think I could go into college today so told me that I should get on with it. I’m a Maggs and apparently that means that illness doesn’t affect me. So I went off to college … and came home again after three hours because my psychology teacher told me I looked terrible and he didn’t want my germs in his lesson (it was said in a caring way if that makes it better). The rest of the day has been divided between sleeping, drinking tea and making my way through several tissue boxes (ew gross).

Seemed like I was going to have a pretty rubbish day UNTIL I remembered the new Cadbury’s advert which kind of gets me in hysterics every time I see it. I think it has something to do with the man in it looking very much like a guy I used to work in a similar office with. I like to think this is what he does when no one else is around.

Hannah

Things I’ve Learnt Since 2013

We may only be on the 20th day of this year, but they say you learn something new everyday … don’t worry there aren’t 20 lessons here, just some of the most interesting ones:

Also, I have no photo to relate to this post so I thought I’d just crack this one out again. She’s a beauty isn’t she?!

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1) Everyone hates quizes

If you read my post on my goals for this year you’ll know that this is going to be a big fundraising year, and to start us off with a bang, made an awesome dingbats quiz competiton, set out to get people to take part … andddd discovered that apparently, everyone I know really hates quizes. If I didn’t want their money it would be quite funny to watch people’s faces as they try to think of a polite way to say “no I really don’t want to do that, it sounds really dull”

2) Good grades require revision

Wait what? I may have been somewhat distracted over the Christmas period doing things that were much more fun than sitting at a desk writing lots of words, but that kind of means my mother received my grades. Which leads us to the next lesson …

3) THEY EMAIL REPORTS STRAIGHT TO YOUR PARENTS NOW!

Gone are the days of inconspicuously throwing your brown envelope in the bin on your way home. Nowadays, the first suggestion that your mum’s about to find out about that D is that raised eyebrow as she tells you “I got an email from college today …”

4) Don’t bother with planning

Another of our new year’s goals was to be more organised with this blog, so I headed to Katie’s after my last lesson on Friday so we could get some serious planning done. 3 hours later we’d gossiped, laughed, watched vines of Zac Efron … and done absolutely no planning

5) If you’re going to dabble in selfies – go all out

Whilst avoiding planning on that Friday we also amused ourselves by counting the amount of selfies on a friend of ours’ instagram page. 101. Seriously. 101!

(Speaking of instagram – Katie + Hannah)

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“They are ‘Personal Goals’ not Resolutions Katie”

I’ve been a bit absent from this blog for quite a while now but I’m going to start as I mean to go on with some new goals for 2014…

Complete a large percentage of our 101 Challenge

We’ve actually done quite a few of them already without writing them up, but I’d like to have got loads more challenges completed by the end of 2014.

Decide what I’m doing next year

Now that I’m halfway through Year 13, as many of you will know from experience or your teachers going on about it all the time, I’ve had to make a decision about my options for after sixth form. I’ve decided to take a gap year instead of going to university straight away and I want to try to do some work experience with children, then go on to do an education degree the year after. I just need to decide exactly what I’m going to do, because as exciting as the freedom of a year out sounds – it’s also incredibly scary to have no definite plans yet.

Be more motivated to do revision and studying

Now that I’m in my last 5 months of sixth form, its vitally important that I get my head down and study… I’m actually starting to sound like my teachers now.

and leaving the best ’til last…

Spend more time with Hannah

Mainly because everyone needs a friend that they can laugh continuously with for hours on end over absolutely nothing, but also because we need to get ourselves a bit more organised with our posting on here. Also there need to be more pictures of our faces in the world. Like this one for example:

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The Elephant in the Room

Well sort of. It’s pretty obvious we’ve been pretty crap at posting over the past few weeks. With Christmas and boys (*ahem that’s a whole other story*) and mock exams we’ve been having a pretty busy time. But all of those things (minus one, bet you can guess which one) are over, so we plan to be back to our regular posting schedule … we know you’ve probably been pretty distraught without us.

Anyway, that elephant. There’s actually a real elephant included in this story, though it’s not huge or even grey. It’s this one:

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(took me ages to balance him on there)

This was Katie’s Christmas present to me. It was meant to be part of a secret Santa but she only managed to keep it quiet for a couple of minutes, and then bought the actual present while I was with her but still, he’s probably my favourite present from this year. He’s also a pretty useful conversation filler as I discovered at a New Years Eve party just after this person informed me of the history of Birmingham’s borough system. Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. But if you can think of any names for this little one, they’d be much appreciated. Any ideas?
Hannah

£30 I Wish I Spent On Shoes…

Here’s our photos from the Clothes Show as promised…

 

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K- We were so close to the catwalk I could almost pretend I was a fashion journalist at a fashion show.

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H – Yes that is a pile of wood on his head, it’s fashion alright? Probably inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs.20131213-171926.jpg

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K – An incredibly over dramatic dancer who we couldn’t help but laugh at.

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H – Ahh Scott. Yes he may have only sang two songs over and over, but look at that face. And his accent … either way, it was only the fact that I refused to go and take a photo of them together that forced Katie to take this slightly stalkerish photo instead.

K – I kind of love him a little bit. It’s something about the Scottishness I think.
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H – It took all my will power to run at him and punch him in the face for the Binky drama from last season.

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K – I got some free fake tan. It was Medium… I’ve vowed to never use it – for good reason as you can see by Hannah’s hand…

 

 

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Extreme Shopping

Tomorrow, Hannah and I are going to the Clothes Show. 5 exhibition halls worth of clothes, makeup, catwalks and male models – everything you could wish for in a shopping trip. Also, we now see everything as a blogging opportunity so we’re sure to be taking loads of photos.

It’s getting colder and colder by the day and Christmas spirit hasn’t kicked in enough yet to make you not care about the weather. A Levels are as difficult as ever and mock exams are growing ever closer so I can’t think of anything better than spending a whole day with one of my best friends shopping for clothes in the warm.

Can’t wait!

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4 Weeks To Go…

Am I allowed to feel Christmassy yet?
It almost December and although it happens the same time every year, Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. One minute it’s summer, the next I’m opening the last door on my advent calendar to reveal a disappointingly small chocolate Santa and it’s Christmas Day!
However, by about the last week in November, after being bombarded with Christmas songs and decorations every where you go, you’ve kind of got no choice but to give in and start to feel a little bit more festive. All the Christmas adverts are on the TV and everyone is gearing up for it all. I went to a Festive Gift Fair last weekend and for the first time in all the years I’ve gone, it didn’t feel wrong to hum along to Jingle Bells as I browsed through the stalls looking for presents.
Am I right to embrace it yet or is it still too early? Well whether we love it or hate it, it’s only 25 days until Christmas so you better start getting ready!

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Nail Fail

So you get to go home early because a lesson is cancelled. What do you do? Catch up with some homework? Use the extra time to study? Nope, you do your nails. Well I’m not exactly endorsing it but that’s what I did…
I’d seen a nail design on Pinterest where you drop nail varnish into a bowl and then swirl it to make a tie dye effect. Well, let’s say things on Pinterest always look easier than they turn out to be in real life.
1. Okay so first I painted on my white base coat and put sellotape around all of my nails so I didn’t get the nail varnish all over them
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2. I then dropped the nail varnish into a bowl of water (the clingfilm is just so I didn’t stain the bowl). This was my first obstacle: the nail varnish started to either sink to the bottom or just spread out and not mix with the other colours.IMG_1181

3. Even so, I persevered and place my nail on top of the swirly mess I’d created so far.
This was the best nail:

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You can see by middle finger that the rest were not so successful and I took it all off straight away and went for this more simplistic design instead:

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The moral of this story: Don’t underestimate the difficulty of things put on Pintrest. I’ve tested it and failed.

Katie