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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

I've already done a similar blog post to this - back in January - but with my room being redecorated in just a couple of weeks time and the fact that I'm stuck between two final ideas for it, I thought I'd let you all know some of my plans.

So my room is very cozy at the moment but also very cluttered. My first idea was to follow the likes of many popular bloggers Instagram feeds and channel a more minimal look with white walls, cream bedspreads etc. But I'll never be a minimal person - I'm messy and I own far too much stuff - so although I have been throwing out a lot of stuff and decluttering, a bright and minimal room simply isn't for me.

I've been catching up with a lot of New Girl lately and I'm really loving the blue/turquoise walls with funky pink and gold accessories lately, seen both in New Girl and unbreakable. Blue, pink and gold doesn't really seem like they would go together but somehow it's a combination that works. Classy and gold accessories mix well with mismatched shabby chic cushions and such and somehow it's a theme that I really love.

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I really love this offbeat theme, each of the items I wouldn't necessarily like but somehow work really well together, from the vintage floral bedspread and random bedside tables that don't match at all. I also love the brickwork, giving the room a New York apartment feel.

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Kimmy and Titus's apartment features more of a turquoise blue and focus's on more gold accessories from the cushions and gorgeous curtains! Blue is probably my least favourite colour and I fear it will give me a headache but as a whole it looks really funky and out there, which is really the look I'll be going for.

I've already begun to pick up some random accessories, loving that I can pick up anything without worrying about it having to all match because, well...it doesn't have to match. Unfortunately my room is quite small so I am worried about it looking too cluttered, but at least the blue will brighten it up a bit as opposed to black walls like I was originally thinking.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

My hometown of Luton doesn't have a hell of a lot to offer, but it does have a few hidden gems. And since I'm hoping to start featuring more foodie posts - especially after attending the Bloggers Food Festival last week, I thought doing a little review of this cute Italian restaurant would be a great place to start.

La Dolce Vita is somewhere I must have walked past a thousand times in Luton, nestled away in the town centre, but up until recently I've never had a chance to actually eat there. That's surprising in itself because my friends and I love going out for food and I love Italian food. I did go here for my works Xmas do, but the food was from a set menu that night and, well, we were more focused on drinks then!

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Therefore I was super excited to pop down a week or so back for my friend Jordan's birthday. There was only a small group of us and we had a table booked fairly early, so we were shown to the gorgeous open plan patio area for our meal, decorated with bold flowers and twinkling fairy lights. It truly was stunning and the restaurant as a whole has a dreamy and romantic feel to it, with pebbled floors and burning candles sticking out of the top of wine bottles. On some nights, they even have live music!

The food is spot on. I don't have much to compare it to but when we're talking about Italian food I think it's fairly easy to tell what's genuine and what's not. I had a delicious and classic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (my favourite!) with a bunch of starters shared between my friends and myself. The carbonara was delicious - creamy, tasteful and with just the right amount of flavour. Every time I've tried to make carbonara myself it's always been flavourless.

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Between us we had bruschetta, mozzarella in carrozza (basically a mozzarella in breadcrumbs in a tomato basil sauce) and the most mouthwatering cheese doughballs, drenched in a garlic sauce. These bite sized balls of heavens were delicious enough to rival Pizza Express's! 

I was definitely in a food coma by the end. Afterwards, we chose to head to a nearby bar and play a couple of games of pool, completing our laidback evening. In terms of food, Luton tends to be filled with takeaways or pubs serving typical pub grub. Although not bad, it's nice to have somewhere a little classier to go.

The restauraunt has a lovely ambience - a real family run feel, so pairing this with the delicious food
makes La Dolce Vita my new favourite place to eat!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Instagram is one addictive app. Perhaps it's because as a nation we love sharing photos of our life, letting others see what we get up to, or maybe it's because we're so driven by the little thrill we get to see our 'likes' go up and up. Instagram once used to be used simply as a photo sharing app but now this is no longer the case. Now, people tend to put a more artistic spin on the very basis of this app. Sure, we still share what we get up to. But instead we spend time choosing the best angles to use for our photos, the best filters, the best edits and even the best hashtags. Some instagrammers even like to 'theme' their instagram with particular colour themes or shapes other then the standard original square uploads we normally see.

It's no surprise that Instagram is so fun to scroll through - I love seeing what my friends are up to, where people are travelling and just simply really pretty photos. It's so easy to get inspired by such a sweet and simple app which is accessible on the go so easily (as opposed to Pinterest, for example, which is also a photo-sharing app/website). I check my Instagram religiously on my morning commute and before I go to sleep.

Here are some of my favourite Instagrammers that never fail to inspire me.

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MATT CRUMP | THE CANDY-COLORED MINIMALIST
Adding a twist to pretty photos, this guy mixes his travel photos with an artistic streak that goes beyond the perfect angle and set up when taking a photograph. Instead he uses candy-like colours to create a fun and colourful feed that's a lot different then anyone else on Instagram right now.

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WONDERFOREST | THE ARTISTIC LADY WITH MORE PATIENCE THEN THE REST OF US..
Wonder Forest has the coolest Instagram feed, all featuring around a simplistic white theme throughout her whole theme. How she has the patience I don't know, but clearly her commitment has paid off because her profile looks AMAZING. Her feed might feature the typical things you'll see on any other bloggers Instagram but it looks damn pretty...

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WORLD WANDERLUST | THE UBER-BRAVE TRAVEL BLOGGER 
World Of Wanderlust is my go-to travel blogger right now and I'm always loving her amazing photos of where she's been and what she's up to. Being that she often travels alone, she inspires me tons and seeing the world through her eyes always cheers me up and sends me into a dreamy state on my morning commute, making me wish I was away myself, not relaxing on a beach but exploring and adventuring all over the world like herself. 

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REX_XXXX | THE INSTAGRAM FEED THAT GOES DEEPER
I know little about this dude, only that he uploads his writing/poems/pieces that often get me thinking. His basic theme may not be much to look at, but reading what he has to say is often a refreshing thing when observing other people's life's through a lens..




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I may be biased here considering this classy but dreamy feed is actually ran by my sister, but her cute and quirky designs stand out against the usual foodie and selfie snaps on my Instagram feed. Although she doesn't yet update on the regular, her profile also features a sneak peak into what she's up to when she's not uploading previews of her amazing designs, with her baking adventures and more.


RINCON DA BULLY | THE GUILTY PLEASURE FEED 
This account features a super cute pup, adopted by some super hot male models.
Enough said.

Who are your favourite instagrammers? Let me know with a comment!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

The other night I found myself flicking through the channels on TV, waiting for another movie to star that my brother had recommended to me. I wasn't much looking forward to it because apparently said horror movie didn't make much sense, so when I caught Jeepers Creepers just starting, I couldn't help but settle down to watch that instead for about the thousandth time. It was a film I'd seen plenty of times growing up but not so much in recent years, so I just had to watch it. I found myself surprised to find that it's still scary and creepy now, fifteen years on!

It got me thinking about all the other movies I'd grown to love as a teenager, even the ones that weren't so good compared to these days standards but were constantly on TV nonetheless. These were the films that fuelled my desire for horror movies, building me up to the gorier stuff and making me more braver with each movie. They were the movies that tapped into my innocent lust filled side - the couples like Violet & Kevin (Coyote Ugly) that I shipped way before shipping was a thing, hoping that at the end of the movie they'd just kiss - no sex, no problems, just a simple kiss and happy after (a sure reflection for something I hoped for myself at that age). I loved the relationships formed in the horror/action movies, the small romance side storylines that saw two people who clearly digged each other go on some epic adventure or survive a zombie apocalypse to fall in love at the end.

Forgive me if I think not many movies are like that these days!

So here's to those movies, the ones I'd watch with butter popcorn late on a Friday night when I was too young to go clubbing, happy and content snuggled beneath a blanket and hoping that one day I might grow up to star in my own similar movie, fighting off ghosts and living happily ever after...

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SAVE THE LAST DANCE made me want to learn how to dance - properly and, more importantly, in a cool way, and helped open my eyes to some issues of racism that I hadn't quite understood at that age. I felt this film was a tad different from the other typical teen movies because it tackled some really interesting issues, like how Sara and Derek's peers react when they become a couple. I still hate Julia Stiles as an actress to this day, but this is the one of very few films I can tolerate her in...

JEEPERS CREEPERS is a film that just reminds me of feeling so brave watching these types of films as a teenager. Justin Long was kind of cute in this, but part of this film still creep me out now.

COYOTE UGLY again made me want to dance, but this time on top of a bar. It made me want to work in an uber cool bar with little to no rules, where I could dance about wildly on tabletops and spray water at pervy men. As it goes, I later learned that working in a bar in real life was far from the movie, but I am well aware that bars like this DO kind of exist and I WILL one day go to one.

SCREAM doesn't really need much saying about it. Ghostface was one of the most iconic villains when I was a teenager, and also one of the most popular Halloween outfits. The Scream series are still hands down some of the best slasher movies I've ever seen. This is the type of film that will always remind me of getting lots of popcorn and WKD and watching with my friends one night, gossiping and getting scared.

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE is, ironically, one of the biggest teen movies ever, although I never remember much of this film. This is the type of film I'd always catch clips of when flicking through channels and to this day I don't think I've ever seen it all the way through. But I am WELL aware of that whipped cream scene involving Chris Evans...

SCARY MOVIE is much like Not Another Teen Movie, in that it parodies lots of teen movies, although, obviously, horror teen movies. I don't remember much of this one either except I think this is the one I used to watch with my best friend a lot and we used to always laugh at the 'tiny winkie' dick pick..

AMERICAN PIE is still one of my favourite teen movies and made me want to have a group of friends like the ones from these films - they were crazy, sure, and a little sex obsessed, but they had some great adventures together and were always there for each other too. As it goes, I did grow up to have the best friends ever, although our adventures have been a bit more PC then the ones in these movies. Sort of. For the most part.

SHE'S ALL THAT was one of the best teen movies ever, even though it's ever so corny, who can honestly say they didn't fall in love with Freddie Prince Jr after seeing this or start listening to Kiss Me? This film was the typical storyline of a plain looking girl who no one ever looks twice at getting the boy, and was probably most realistic to me on a personal level because I used to always feel like the ugly girl or plain looking girl, wishing I could have an amazing makeover and make the hottest boy in school fall in love with me. I'm extremely happy as I am now of course and this film taught me that looks aren't everything anyway...

Finally, DATE MOVIE is actually a movie that I saw on my first ever first date! We arrived late and had to watch the second half of the movie, staying in the screening to watch the first half afterwards which was fun. So, ironically, Date movie really was a date movie for me. This probably isn't the best of teen movies, but it's certainly up there with the top parody ones!

What other teen movies do you remember growing up? Do you miss them as much as I do or do you think they're all really dated now? Let me know...

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Blogging might look really easy, especially if writing is someones passion. 

It's not.

I mean, sure, it's fun, I absolutely love writing and wouldn't give my blog up for the world but that's not to say it's easy. It's not just about having an idea and typing it out. It's about research, taking photos, editing, sharing and promoting, networking...and most importantly, planning.

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Thankfully that's where the blogging planner comes in. In the past I've used various notebooks to scrawl down my ideas but this has never really worked for me, even if half the time I tend to forget which notebook I'm using! So when this amazing blogging planner arrived on my doorstep, I knew blog planning was going to get a lot easier.

I've only been using it a couple of days and already I feel so much more organized and motivated in terms of my blog. I don't think it's a coincidence that I'm already getting more ideas for posts then I have done for months - I think by purchasing a planner my subconscious knows how badly I want to use it and fill up the pages! 

It is off course, super helpful with sections for each individual blog post. It's a planner FOR BLOG POSTS PEOPLE. How rare and helpful is that? Each section includes a bit for what tags you're going to use, the planning that goes into it and even a checklist for where you're promoting the post. This is really helpful for me because although I share my post on two networks without fail - Facebook and Twitter - this reminds me of other ways to share which I often forget about - Pinterest, Instagram etc. There's even one for Snapchat but I'll be replacing this with Tumblr.

There's also sections to round up how successful your blog has been at the end of the month - incomings, subscribers etc. My blog isn't a big blog so I don't think I'll be using this much but I think it will push me to improve in these areas and set more goals.

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You can personalize the planner when purchasing and choose what sections you'd like to include. I think in hindsight the general planner wasn't needed as I already have two notebooks I use for planning/scheduling other parts of my life that don't involve the blog so it seems a bit confusing for me to have to list my work rota and day to day plans in three different notebooks, so instead I'll use this for blog things solely - photos I need to take, blog events to attend, research to do etc.

I wouldn't say a blog planner is necessary but I do think if you get to the point where you're blogging two or three plus times a week - every week - as opposed to just when you feel like it, then this planner is really helpful and definitely a blogger must have.

Plus the design is super super cute too..

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Sometimes in life, you just gotta take the plunge.

For a long time, I was guilty of always being the type of person to say I wanted to do something..and then never get around to it. I hated this and it even got to a point when a few summers ago, I'd find myself wide awake at 3am, nearly suffocating at the thought of how my life was going nowhere and how time was fast running out before I had the chance to do all the things I wanted to do, like travel and interview hot rockstars for a living.

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Eventually I got a full time job and found myself too exhausted to NOT sleep at night but the idea of actually doing things when I want to stuck by me and now I try to just bloody get on with things. Hence why I've taken the plunge and decided to book myself in for a tour with Trek America - my first ever time travelling. 

I've always wanted to travel and although now really isn't the right time, a tour with a reputable company in November this year is the perfect way to test the waters. I'll be travelling but without fully committing myself to travelling alone. Each tour has a group of 11 people in a similar age group which means I'll be travelling with like minded people. This is both scary and exhilarating for me because although one of my best friends might be coming, even if she doesn't, I'll have the opportunity to form some cool bonds with new people.

The tour takes place in early November, beginning in (and ending at) Cancun, travelling through Mexico to visit World Heritage sights like Chichen Itza and the Yucatan, visiting lush waterfalls and beaches and much, much more. Mexico is a place I have ALWAYS wanted to visit, but it's a place I wouldn't necessarily feel confident travelling around alone, especially not for my first time travelling. And since going on a tour with Trek America has always been on my bucket list, it just made sense.

Admittedly, it was a hard choice at first, considering my other bucket list trip of a lifetime is to do a road trip across the states. Trek America offer some fab tours for this but, as it goes, it's something I'd just love to do in my own time and on my own terms one day - so that I can stay in certain states longer then others or skip some completely if need be. So, The Mexican BLT tour sounded absolutely perfect for me although I don't doubt that after this I'll probably want to book another tour with them!

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I'm super excited and don't really know what to expect - only that I'm going to see some amazing things. I've still got four months until then which are going to go by really slow but there's so much to sort out, from flights to packing and of course finding out who else will be on the tour. I've been planning this trip since early this year really but it's only now that I've finally put the deposit down that it feels real at last.

I can't wait to blog about it all either and document this trip of a lifetime.

Finally, it feels real good to take the plunge and finally begin what will hopefully be a lifetime filled with travel.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Summer 2015 is looking to be a summer that embraces some of the most out there trends there is. This is not a summer to be subtle. This is a summer that began with tassels and fringed tops, mixed with bold and colourful print. But, lately, it's the accessories that are stealing the show, proving that simple and bland outfits can easily be transformed into eye-openers or more on-trend looks with some of this summers coolest accessories.

Head chains are proving to be ever so popular right now and I've got to say, even though it looks like a trend that will drive me mad (I'll be forever worrying that it's falling off or whatever), it's also a trend that is totally worth it because it looks awesome. Head chains are the perfect addition to any outfit and the great thing is that you can have them for different occasions. Yes, they totally scream music festival and could offer a more stylish but subtle approach to this years hottest fashion, replacing those flower bands that are so-last-year, but you don't need to be partying in a field to pull off this trend. Because there are such a variety, it's very easy to pick up a more simple & less in your face chain, perfect for causal summer days, warm nights out or even a Friday afternoon at work.

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These head chains/head dresses are super cute, from the simple gold one from Claire's Accessorize to the more colourful festival one from Accessorize. The best thing is that even if you have a fringe, you can still rock this look. For example, the one from Claire's drops down and sits on the side of your head, as opposed to the one from New Look that wouldn't really go with a fringe.

To style this look out, I'd suggest a simple, flowing outfit with different layers, paired with loose wavy curls, simple sandles and perhaps an anklet or too. I'd also suggest some gold temporary tattoos which are also hugely popular right now!

What do you think of this new trend? Will you be trying it out anytime soon? Let me know with a comment!

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Because I work in the town centre, I have a McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Domino's Pizza and many, many chicken shops in close proximity on my lunch breaks. This means that often, I unfortunately end up going for the unhealthy option when it comes to lunch, especially if I couldn't be bothered to make lunch for myself at home the night before. This means I waste money and I'm generally just unhealthy.

Lately I've been trying to make the effort to turn this around and especially cut down on my junk food. When my new My Little Pony lunchbox arrived this week (what uppppp, I'm so cool I know), I knew it was time to really crack down on not just eating healthy but saving money too. I've not been so bad lately, choosing to forgo my usual Maccy D's for a healthy option instead, but now I'm going to start making more lunch at home too.

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Here are some of my favourite lunch box ideas and, please don't judge as I'm really not a foodie! Most of these seem obvious but if you're a junk food addict like me then maybe this can just be a brief guide for swapping Big Mac's for healthy lunches.

SIMPLE SANDWICHES
It's not very exciting at all and yes, although I love a delicious Pret A Manger sandwich, sometimes I just like to go back to basics. My absolute favourites are ham and tomatoe (sometimes with salad, sometimes without), cheese and onion, cheese and pickle or simply just a BLT. Simple sandwiches are super easy to make and usually I'll make two the night before when I'm feeling peckish - one for supper and one for my lunch the following day.

FRUIT
DUH. Fruit is generally a must have and you have SO MUCH CHOICE. A banana or an apple is usually my go-to fruit, though usually I have the banana for breakfast on my way to work. Kiwi or a pear is a good choice if you don't want something so typical, and in the summer some melon is gorgeous. Also, if you're bored of fruit, throwing some orange or melon into a yogurt is a cool alternative and can be eaten for like, desert after your sandwich.

GRAZE GOODIES
If you don't yet subscribe to Graze, I'd suggest at least giving it a go once. It's a monthly subscription box that provides little healthy snacks, most of which are SO DAMN CUTE. I particularly love the little cakes (that are healthy too!) that come with an accompanying teabag so you can try some new tea too. Real cute. They're really cute sized too, so can fit into your lunch box easily.

GOODIES
Crisps, chocolate and biscuits can be super unhealthy but sometimes it's okay to have a bit of a treat. To lessen the damage, I'm really loving Sun Bites crisps at the moment which are real healthy. I also often tend to pick up a flapjack or something, which is a bit of a healthier alternative to chocolate. 

If there are ever times you simply can't be bothered, I have found there are two places that do real nice and cheap meal deals and that's Boots & Tesco. Boots have a small but really good for you section and whenever you buy you're always given more money off vouchers so it's so easy to save money this way. Tesco has actually launched a bunch of new meal deal things and I really love it - there's a lot more then just basic salad now, like chicken noodle salad or falafel salad. And they all come with little sauces too. And plastic forks. SO. CUTE.

These are just a few starter ideas for really unhealthy people like me who want to give up the junk food and just eat a bit healthier without jumping into making complicated exotic sandwiches or attempting to create their own brand new style of salad. Sooooo I hope it helps! Let me know what you think with a comment below!


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Friday, 3 July 2015

The Dyaltov incident surrounds the case of the in-explainable death of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains, back in February 1959. Although the final verdict was that the hikers all died of a natural force, as always, there are many facts and theories surrounding this case suggesting that their death could have been caused by something different altogether.

In February 1959, a group of ten people hiked across the northern Urals in Sverdlovsk Oblast, one member of which had to turn back due to illness. One evening, the group decided to set up camp on the slope of a mountain after realizing they had lost their sense of direction, and not wanting to lose the altitude they had gained, chose to camp there instead of somewhere safer and more sheltered.

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After being declared missing, on February 26th, searchers found the group's empty and damaged tent. Nearby, bodies were found in odd circumstances and the final four bodies of the hikers took a further two months to be discovered. It was concluded that the bodies of the hikers first found had died of hypothermia. The final four bodies, however, had major and fatal injuries, notability from chest fractures so severe they could be compared to those gained from the force of a car crash (but no external wounds, almost as if the bodies had been subjected to a high level of pressure). One of the hikers, Dubinina, was missing her tongue, eyes and part of her lips.

Additionally, all the bodies had been found in almost near naked states. The footprints leading away from the tent (which was badly damaged and ripped open from the inside) - along with the groups belongings and shoes being left behind - suggested that they had all fled from their tent wearing simply socks, a single shoe or nothing at all. The first bodies found were dressed only in their underwear, but the last four bodies found were dressed in more, suggesting that they had taken clothes from the others.

The most common theory is that there was an avalanche - the group would have had to have cut their way out of their tent after being 'snowed in', and that their items of clothing and shoes would have been ruined by the cold and wet snow, making the items dangerous to wear. But it was obvious the group had left in a hurry, with one hiker taking his camera but leaving the rest of his equipment behind.

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The tent as it was found
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Others believe it could have been a military accident, due to reports of parachute mines being tested in that particular area around the time that they were there. People also believe that the bodies had been moved and that photos of the tent show that it was put up incorrectly, an odd fact considering how experienced the hikers were.

Bizarrely, some of the clothing were found to be highly radioactive and around about the same time, other hikers and independent witnesses claim to have spotted strange orange spheres in the night sky, suggesting perhaps another much more disturbing theory to this strange case.

So what was it that contributed to the strange death of these nine hikers? Although an avalanche seems like the most plausible answer, it doesn't explain their odd injuries, their state of undress, their radioactive clothing or even the fact that one of them was missing a TONGUE.

Hopefully one day we'll get answers, but considering there were no survivors in this story, I very much doubt it.

What do you think? Do you think the official avalanche theory is correct? Or perhaps the truth is something much more sinister? Let me know with a comment!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

I never thought there would be a day where I would log onto my blog and say/type so boldly that I use a dating website/app, without feeling embarrassed or desperate or like a complete loser. 

Apart from a brief stint on Plenty Of Fish back in the day (stumbled upon accidentally whilst suspecting an ex boyfriend of mine to be cheating on me and finding out that yes, yes he was. His success on Plenty Of Fish and my new found rage for revenge led me to try out the website on and off for a good while and was mildly successful), I'm not a massive fan of dating websites. It's not that I'm against them either, it's just on the whole for me, it just seems like such a faffabout.

You log on, spend ages creating the perfect profile and choosing the perfect photos, sift through messages most of which are from weirdo's, sometimes find a few cute people etc. Then you have to keep the conversation going on something that is ultimately short lived - if you don't arrange a date soon, chances are someone else will catch their (or your!) eye. Then when you eventually do arrange a date, they usually live miles away or take you out and then admit AFTERWARDS they don't want a relationship and you're back to square one. IT'S JUST SO MUCH EFFORT. I mean I completely agree you should be open minded and actively dating when you are single because if you're not looking for the one, dating can be a lot of fun. But sometimes I just really can't be bothered.

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BEEP BEEP BEEP hot rockstars where are you all?!
Edit - I do get matches and such, the app just sometimes takes a while to get going ;)
Tinder on the other hand, even though it may be shallow, takes all the fuss out of that all. I mean yes, I suppose you still have to keep the conversation going and arrange a date ASAP, but on the whole, it makes the first phase of dating so much easier. I'm kind of biased about the whole theme of Tinder, considering you're pretty much judging someone on their looks. On one hand, I think looks definitely are not everything. I rate personality highly over looks and in the past have gone out with really good looking people then found myself disliking them because of their personality, or dating people I wouldn't look at twice in the street but finding them more and more attractive the more I get to know them or find I have in common with them. There is just nothing like that feeling you get when you click really well with someone.

On the other hand, it definitely takes the whole time wasting out of dating. Let's be frank here - how many times have you met someone who seems really nice, who you get on well with and find kind of cute and then find yourself just not being able to like them that way? How many times have you phased them out and stopped replying to their texts simply because you don't have a reason for not wanting to see them again - because something just isn't there? I've even been guilty of this once or twice on Tinder when I'm aimlessly swiping left and right - sometimes I have to pause and think, hold on, this guy is cute, but if he messages me will I actually take the time to respond or arrange a date?

Sure, it makes the Tinder dating pool smaller, but it also makes it a better pool overall.

Cool use of that quote there, eh. (Sort of).

I personally don't think I'll find the love of my live on Tinder, even though I'm not looking. I tend to believe that when I'm ready, someone will come along probably when I'm least expecting it and in the most random of ways.

But Tinder is definitely super fun and can be successful for dating if you're willing to put the effort in. Even if I'm not looking for anything in particular, I can't deny it's nice to have a bit of attention, to see someone match with me or to finish work and find messages from cute boys. And there are much less weirdos on here then Plenty Of Fish. 

I have had a little of success on Tinder myself, more so when I've actively been using it and willing to go on dates. Just late last year I met someone on Tinder and ended up dating them for about six months - a first, for me. Normally I either go on one date with someone and we never see them again or I end up seeing someone a lot and getting into a relationship with them. To be able to be so laid back and not worrying about where something is going, to seeing someone over the course of six months, not constantly but having really fun dates when we did, was actually really nice for once. And I suppose I have Tinder to thank for that!

I think the best part about Tinder is how I can just say to my friends 'hey, this dude messaged me on Tinder the other night....' and just talk about it openly. I remember the days when if you even spoke to someone online you were considered weird!

Tinder is just so socially acceptable these days that no matter how far things go with someone, you're perfectly happy to tell people you met on Tinder because it's just the norm now. Even some of my favourite rockstars have been spotted on there! Although this kind of baffles me a bit because how can a sexy rockstar struggle to find a girl and have to resort to Tinder instead?

Nonetheless, despite the new phase of dick picks constantly popping up on people's stories (men have become a tad more classier, now choosing to share their obvious package in tight boxers rather then whipping it out. Well done guys, that's totally going to work...) I think overall if you're a single pringle who's ready to mingle then you should definitely be on Tinder right now.

BRB, I'm now off to search for and swipe right on all my favourite rockstars..!


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