Saturday, 28 April 2012

Z is for Zoo

I don't know about you, but I love the zoo! I associate the zoo with so many happy memories, which is why I love going.

Taronga Zoo in Sydney is my most-visited zoo, seeing as I live in Sydney. It is always really fun to just walk around with a bunch of friends and enjoy the atmosphere. I like animals which is why zoos appeal to me. I especially love Leopards and Grizzly Bears, and seeing as though they aren't native animals here in Australia, the only place I can see them is at the zoo. I also like seeing the Koalas. I also love the animal shows they do daily. At Taronga, they do a seal show and a bird show. I have seen the bird show so many times that I know all the words, so the seal show would have be my favourite. If you ever find yourself at Taronga Zoo, I would highly recommend checking it out. The Gorilla and Elephant enclosures are pretty spectacular too.

All in all, I think that a trip to Taronga Zoo is a must when you visit Sydney.

And there you have it, I have officially finished the Blogging A-Z Challenge! Thank you for reading reading my posts and thank you for all your lovely comments! I really enjoyed reading them and I want to thank you all for taking the time to write them! Your support, encouragement and kind words are very much appreciated. It means so much to me! You guys are the best! Even though the challenge is over, my blog will still be active, so I would love for you guys to continue to pop over occasionally and tell me what you think about my posts!

All the best,

Friday, 27 April 2012

Y is for Youth

Born in 1995, I am a nineties kid through and through. Back then, childhood was a much simpler time. My generation climbed trees, rode bikes, played in parks and watched VCR's. We didn't have iPhones and iPods, like most kids do these days. It's quite sad to see how rapidly things have changed in my short lifetime.

Me and my twin sister, age 5

Me on my grandfather's boat, age 3

I love looking through all the photo albums from when I was younger. It reminds me of my very happy childhood. At the age of 16, most would consider me to still be in my childhood, but I personally think that my childhood is behind me. I am ready to grow up and move on to bigger and better things. And while I will occasionally lapse back into childish habits, I will never fully be a kid again. With that being said, I will always love Disney movies.

I am happy that I am at a new stage in my life. I'll be graduating from high school around October next year which is extremely daunting but also exciting. I feel like I am ready to go off into the big wide world and start living the life I have always dreamed of. Within the next eight years, I plan to have finished my two-year university course and be living in California or New York City, and possibly/hopefully be married to the man of my dreams.

X is for Xylophone

This is a random post because nothing stats with the letter X. Like actually. But not being one to bow down to defeat, I'll give it a shot. 

All I can think to do is post some fun facts about xylophones that you may not have previously known. 

- The oldest known xylophone dates as far back as 2000 B.C Pictures of xylophone-type instruments have been seen in various temple carvings.
- The xylophone was most popular from 1910 to 1940 when it regularly appeared on stage in vaudeville acts.

- The xylophone is a member of the percussion family. 
- The word "Xylophone" comes from the Greek words ξύλον — xylon, "wood" + φωνή —phonē, "sound, voice", meaning "wooden sound".
- The Xylophone was first used in Dance Macabre in 1874 by a french composer named Camille Saint-Saens.

- Xylophones and Marimbas are actually 2 different instruments.

Just as a disclaimer, all these facts have been gotten off the internet. I am not a huge advocate of the xylophone as it may appear. I'm just a blogger desperate to finish a post. 

Thursday, 26 April 2012

W is for Wisdom

Since the majority of my posts in this challenge have been pretty light and fun, I think it's time to do a deeper, more philosophical post, even though I am no good at them! Well, here goes!

Wisdom is always a word I associate with smart people. I have always thought of wisdom to be purely based on one's mental capacity, and the fact that they are smarter than most people. However, when I looked it up, this is what I found:

This says that wisdom is not just based on brains- you must also be moral with good judgement, not just smart, in order to be wise. 

Another thing that is often associated with wisdom is age, but I personally don't really think you have to be old to be wise. With that being said, I don't think a five year old would be considered very wise people. The definition above mentions experience. To have wisdom, one must experience a multitude of things prior to becoming wise. Emotions, thoughts, feelings and so on must be experienced by a person in order for them to have wisdom.

If you don't make mistakes, you don't become wiser. It's as simple as that.

And that is my attempt at a philosophical post! I hope to have enlightened you in some way :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

V is for Veterans

Today, the 25th of April, is known as ANZAC Day here in Australia. It marks the day that our troops landed at Gallipoli during the First World War.

I think ANZAC Day is an important day for Australians, as it is a day to reflect and also be proud of the brave men and women who fought for our country. As the celebrations have evolved, we don't just remember the troops from WWI, but the people who were part of the other wars Australia was involved in, such as World War II, the Korean War, Malayan Emergency and Vietnam, just to name a few. ANZAC Day is also about paying respects to the current troops scattered around the world taking part in various operations and conflicts. We don't just recognise the past, but the present and future veterans as well.

People often refer to the 'Australian Spirit' around this time. The Australian Spirit refers to the comradeship, compassion and friendship shown by the troops during World War I. This Spirit is still alive in Australians today, which is often why people think we are so friendly. We are always willing to help one another and we look out for each other. Well, most of us.

I'm so proud of and grateful to all the service men and women who gave their lives to protecting our country, past, present and future. I can honestly say that I am proud to be Australian.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

I hope you all have a peaceful ANZAC Day. Lest we forget.

Monday, 23 April 2012

U is for U.S.A

One of my favourite holiday destinations, I love travelling over to America. I've been 4 times in total and I cannot get enough of it! It is such an amazing country. The only states I have been to so far are California, New York, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. The states I am dying to visit (off the top of my head) are Alaska, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

I love every city I have been to in the US, but my absolute favourite places have to be Vegas, New York City, Orlando, Bachelor's Gulch and Santa Monica.

Las Vegas: Las Vegas is a city that I always have a place in my heart for. I spent my eleventh birthday in Vegas and I have very fond memories of the city. Plus, one of my favourite hotels ever, The Venetian, is there. I can't wait to go back when I'm 21 and experience the city in a whole other way!

New York City: As you all probably already know, I could talk about New York for days! It is my favourite city in the world and I just love it! It's so lively and fun and has such a good vibe. I love spending time in this amazing city and I am constantly thinking of things to do the next time I go back

Orlando: My favourite thing about Orlando was the theme parks! I am a huge fan of roller coasters ad theme parks in general that Orlando was perfect for me! My parents got sick of it after two days, but I could have stayed there for weeks. My favourite parks were Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Islands of Adventure, which contains the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Bachelor's Gulch: I went to Bachelor's Gulch knowing nothing about the area and I left feeling like a local. I knew all the bus numbers, how to call for a shuttle and I was quite familiar with the chairlift guys on my favourite slope after the first three days. I also felt a tad famous because when we first arrived at Bachelor's Gulch, the guy who let us in (It's a gated community and can only be accessed by keycard and if you are a resident or have a house there) asked if we were "the Australians." Everyone there was very friendly and welcoming, it was so nice!

Santa Monica: Santa Monica, aka my home away from home! My mom hates LA so whenever we are in California, we always stay in Santa Monica. We stay at the Loews hotel, which is amazing! It is in the perfect location, right on the beach! It is literally a one minute walk to the Santa Monica Pier and about a three minute walk to the Third Street Promenade, one of my favourite shopping spots, along with Century City of course! I know my way around Santa Monica very well and it is very familiar to me, which is why I call it my home away from home.

I definitely plan to live in the USA when I finish university, even if it is only for a short time. Just writing this post makes me want to go back! I hope to return soon, sometime in the next five years, fingers crossed!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

T is for Tattoos

I personally have nothing against tattoos, in fact, I actually quite like them. I think it's fine to get them if they mean something to you. I know for sure that I will get a tattoo when I turn 18.

Once I have officially graduated from school, I will get my first tattoo. I am going to get a cross on the inside of my right ankle. I'm not an overly religious person, but it is more a symbol for my Grandfather. He passed away when I was 12 after a really severe battle with cancer and I miss him every day. I was only young and looking back, I feel like I barely knew him at all. My tattoo will serve as a memory of him but it will also serve to remind me that life is short and your days are numbered. Everything can change in a heartbeat, so it is important to make the most of every opportunity.

This may make me sound like a hippie or something but my star sign has helped me find balance in my life. I am more of a spiritual person and my zodiac sign means a lot to me. The only trouble is that I don't know where I wold get it. I'm thinking either left wrist or lower back.

A third tattoo I am considering is getting a phrase like 'Carpe Diem' or 'Jamais Seule' tattooed on me somewhere. I'm thinking maybe getting it on my foot or something, but I'm not even sure I will get a third tattoo.

My dad is one of those people who are quite against tattoos, so I think that getting a tattoo may cause a rift between us, but when I tell him the sentiment behind it, I'm sure he won't stay mad at me for long. After all, it is my life and I'm going to live it how I want.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

S is for Snow vs. Sand

Personally, I prefer the snow to the beach.

The snow is so much fun! I don't exactly like skiing in the snow, although I can do it but just not overly well. In my opinion, the best snow in the world is in Geneva, Switzerland and the Beaver Creek/Bachelor's Gulch/Avon area in Colorado, USA. The snow at these two places is very powdery which I love! I didn't like the snow in London as it was very icy and not great to make snowballs out of. Snow is also great because you can eat it. You may get some dirt and pine needles in your mouth, but it is still fun and way better than trying to digest sand.

However, with that being said, the beach is great. Living in Australia, it is almost impossible for one to dislike the beach. In fact, I have spent the past week up the coast at a lovely beachside town I visit every year with my family. I have practically been living at the beach this past week; My hair looks blonder and my skin is tanner which I am loving. It is a welcome change from my usual paleness.

The cold is my climate of choice, I must say. I find it easier to bear the cold as you can just throw on layers of clothes. In the heat, there is only so much you can do to stay cool.

I don't hate the beach, I just prefer snow.

Which do you prefer; Snow or Sand? Leave me a comment!

Friday, 20 April 2012

R is for Royalty

Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a princess. Even nowadays I do, but not as much.

Royalty is always something that has interested me. I absolutely love the British Royal family! Kate Middleton is such an elegant woman and everything I envision a future queen to be. I know people were a bit unsure about her at first because she was a 'commoner' but come on, she is better suited to a royal title than half the people who have them!

The whole appeal of royalty to me is the element of extravagance, I think. Getting dressed up in beautiful, floor length gowns and millions of dollars worth of jewels to attend various events. It would be amazing, but being a royal is so much more than that, which is why I probably wouldn't be the most amazing Queen. I'd probably be like Marie Antoinette; Obsessed with material goods to the point where your subjects want you executed. And I don't really want that to happen to me.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Q is for Quotes and Quirks

A bit of a random mix, but here goes!

I love quotes! They give me daily inspiration, they can be total mood improvers and they can also make you think.

I am following a whole lot of Twitter accounts that post inspirational and motivational quotes everyday. I get inspired by reading the quotes these accounts tweet. It gives me motivation to follow my dreams.

My favourite quotes of all time come from the amazing Marilyn Monroe. She was such an insightful person and I love pretty much all of her quotes! Her words of wisdom definitely inspire me and keep me going. Her quotes motivate me to achieve my dreams.

Quirks are those odd little personality traits we all have that make us unique. Without them, I guess we'd all be the same. Now that would be boring!

Quirkiness is definitely something not to be ashamed of or embarrassed by. If anything, you should embrace your quirks, as crazy as they may be!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

P is for Parentals

Love them or hate them, your parents are the people who you are kind of stuck with. They always have your best intentions at heart, but as a stubborn teenager, you may interpret this as them trying to ruin your life.

My mom and dad are my everything! I have no idea what I would do without them. I have lived a very, very sheltered life and I often take things for granted. Luckily, my parents help keep me grounded and always remind me how lucky I am. I know that they don't want a spoiled, ungrateful brat for a daughter, which is why I do my best to be the opposite of this.

Being a parent is a tough job. I'm sure my parents have gone through hell and back with me and my siblings. My sister and I tend to team up against our parents in order to get what we want. Sometimes this works, but sometimes I end up in tears. I feel bad for my parents when I throw tantrums and cry and all that, but mind you, the tantrums have become a lot less frequent as I have gotten older. I am a very overdramatic person, and sometimes I wonder how they can possibly put up with me.

My brother is 12 and on the verge of his teenage years. I sometimes feel bad for the kid as it seems like he has four parents at times. Not going to lie, I do yell at and reprimand him a fair bit, but I'm his older sister, it's my job! He is already developing quite an attitude and I cannot imagine what he will be like over the next few years. Thankfully, I'll be out of the house by then!

A parent is something I have always wanted to be. Ever since I was little, I have dreamed of being a mom. I am excited to have my own kids and I'm sure they will feel the same way I did towards my parents when they are teenagers. If my daughters turn out to be anything like teenage me, well, I guess it will be karma, in a way.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

O is for Optimism

Its always important to have a positive outlook on life. Negativity can really get you down. Negativity takes to much energy.

Staying optimistic is definitely something I struggle with, but I am getting a lot better at it. I just have to stay focused on the important things in life and remind myself to be grateful for what I have.

Keeping a smile on your face definitely keeps you optimistic. Laughing too. I laugh and smile so much, it's almost impossible for me not to be optimistic.

If you always look on the bright side, I can guarantee you will enjoy life a lot more.

This post was a bit challenging, but I did my best and I hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, 16 April 2012

N is for New York

New York, aka The most amazing city on the planet! I have so much to say about this fabulous city!

Appropriately named 'The city that never sleeps', I remember being awake at about two in the morning just sitting by my window and looking down into the street below. There were so many cars and people out, and it was very noisy compared to most cities at two am. The lights, the sounds, the sights.. I love it all!

I have only been twice, but I know my way around Manhattan almost as well as I know my way around Sydney, which is very well, considering I live in Sydney!

New York is definitely one-of-a-kind. It has such a great vibe, and there is always so much to do. Here are a couple of noteworthy places that are worth a visit during your stay in the City:

- Fifth Avenue: My favourite street on the whole island! Fifth Avenue has such an amazing feel, even though it is always packed with people. I love all the shops along Fifth, and I would highly recommend it to any avid shoppers like me! I personally prefer the end closer to the park and Rockefeller Plaza, as I like the shops up there better. Make sure you stroll along Fifth at night if you are in New York around Christmas, the lights and decorations are phenomenal! F.A.O Schwartz and the Plaza are two places up near the Park that you simply must visit. F.A.O has got to be the most amazing toy store in the world, plus it has the giant piano which is so much fun, and the Paza is such an iconic and beautiful hotel. Make sure to go past Tiffany's to have an Audrey Hepburn moment, too!

- The MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art is a great gallery to visit. My family loved this gallery. I personally prefer more renaissance and classic style paintings but the I loved the art at the MoMA. It restored my faith in Modern Art, and now I love it!

- The Empire State Building: Once the tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building dominates the New York City skyline. It is definitely worth going to the top as the view of the city is breathtaking! You can see all the way to the end of the island.

- Greenwich Village: The Village is a lovely part of the island! My favourite part of the Village is Bleecker Street because it combines my two favourite things; Shopping and Cupcakes. The shops are fabulous. I got my amazing wallet from a tiny boutique there, as well as some gorgeous Steve Madden shoes, a bunch of accessories from Marc Jacobs, a Mulberry keyring and during my most recent visit, a gorgeous pair of red Prada sunglasses from Sunglass Hut! They are my life! The world famous Magnolia Bakery is also located on Bleecker Street, and even though there is usually a queue to get it, I definitely recommend a visit. The cupcakes are delicious! I have never tasted anything like them. They are heaven.

- The Flatiron District: I love this part of the city. The Flatiron Building is very well-known around the world, and as a lover of architecture, I simply had to visit it when I was last in the city. It is such a detailed and exquisite building. The area is also really cute as well.

- Union Square: Union Square was very quiet and calm when I was there last, partly because it was New Years Day and half the city was nursing hangovers, but the calm is how I will always remember it. It was really calm and peaceful, and Emma and I strolled around it for a while when our parents and brother were off elsewhere. My favourite memory of Union Square is that I almost got attacked by a squirrel. Emma and I were walking through the little park in the square when I saw a squirrel on one of the lawns. I got excited and stopped to take a photo of it to show my friend Winnie who loves squirrels. As I was taking the photo it kept creeping towards me. Naturally, I freaked out and tried to walk away as calmly as possible, while squealing that a squirrel was trying to chase me! A few people laughed at me and probably thought I was some stupid tourist, but hey, it was a bit of fun.

- Central Park: Central Park is an absolute must when you go to New York! It is a symbol of the city. I would recommend taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park, preferably around late afternoon as it is starting to get cold (Don't worry, there are blankets in the carriages so you won't freeze!). It is a lovely way to relax and the drivers are really lovely. They point out various note-worthy locations, such as rocks and benches where scenes from famous movies were filmed.

- Bryant Park: Perhaps my favourite park in the city, Bryant Park is beautiful. It is surrounded by little stalls and market-type shops which is beautiful. It has a Parisian feel to it, and reminded me of being on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

There are obviously tonnes of other places to visit when in New York, but these are just a few of my favourites! If you have any others, leave them in my ask so I can check them out next time I'm in the city! All suggestions are appreciated!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

M is for MWEP

M is for MWEP, and MWEP is my life.

MWEP consists of me and my three best friends. MWEP is an acronym for our names; Melissa Winnie Emma Phoebe.

We basically do everything together! We even have our own YouTube Channel and Tumblr, appropriately named Life According To MWEP. It is basically about all the adventures we have together.

These girls are my life! Emma is my twin, so I've obviously known her forever, Melissa and I became friends in year 1 and Winnie became our friend when she moved to our primary school in Year 3. We have stayed friends ever since. We have never really fought about anything serious, which is great, but it doesn't really surprise me as we aren't the type to pick small fights over nothing.

I obviously have more friends than these three, but these three mean the most to me. We have grown up together and have managed to stay extremely close, despite our busy and demanding lives.

I am officially halfway through the Blogging A-Z Challenge! Thank you so much to those who have been reading my posts! Stay tuned as there is more to come!

Friday, 13 April 2012

L is for Love

Love is definitely a huge part of life. Without love, where would we be?

Everyone's lives contain some aspect of love, whether you love your family, friends or significant other, everybody loves. Love is a universal language, I guess. It is pretty much the same in every country, among every culture, race and religion. It brings people together.

Love is definitely worth fighting for. If you love someone, you'd do the impossible for them. However, love can make you do crazy things.

Never love someone who treats you like you're ordinary. Everybody needs someone who would move mountains for them, if the time ever came.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

K is for Kardashian

This is a Kardashian appreciation post.

The Kardashian/Jenners are actually so amazing. I personally think they are such unique and inspiring people, which is why I am dedicating today's post to them.

Kendall: When I watched Kendaall's Super sweet 16th birthday episode it made me realise that she is really down to earth and normal. She is also an amazing model! Have you seen her Sherri Hill shoots? I think she will go very far in the industry.

Kylie: Kylie seems like such a fun person! I love how she is so supportive of Kendall and how they are really close. For a fourteen year old, she is stunning.

Kim: I find that my personality is very similar to Kim's. I am emotional and a hopeless romantic, like her. Despite all the stuff in the media, I truly believe that she loved Kris and she should not get so much crap about her wedding. People's minds do change and she shouldn't be getting hate for following her heart. Things like this happen, she isn't the first person to ever fall out of love.

Khloé: Khloé is just incredible! I admire her so much because she is so confident and doesn't care what others think. She is very strong too, and her love for Lamar is amazing. I really want a love like that someday. The fact that she stands by him and moved across the country with him is really sweet.

Kourtney: Kourtney is an amazing mom and she is so smart. It seems like she knows how to solve every problem. Mason and her baby girl are so lucky to have her as a mom and Scott as a dad. They would be the coolest parents ever.

I think that people just instantly associate the Kardashian/Jenner clan with trashy and terrible things. Sure, they've had their ups and downs but so has every family. The media focuses way too much on negativity.

They are all such beautiful people, inside and out! Another thing I love about the Kardashian/Jenner women is their fashion sense. In my opinion, they are some of the most stylish women in America!

I would give anything to be a Kardashian.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

J is for Jewellery

Jewellery is my life, to say the least. Being the princessy girly girl that I am, I adore things that sparkle.

My jewellery collection is large, to say the least. I often forget about all the pieces I have. I tend to stick to the same key pieces of jewellery, but if I'm feeling adventurous, I'll dig through the boxes and pouches and find something I'd normally not consider wearing. I love mixing things up!

Jewellery has the capability to change the mood of an outfit, another reason why I love it so much! Take the little black dress, for example. You can accessorise it in so many different ways with different pieces of jewellery that you can create at least 10 new outfits.

Although I must say, less is more. People who layer on necklaces and bracelets and rings religiously tend to look a tad ridiculous, especially if they aren't little. I'm all for experimenting with different looks, but if you are going to layer your jewellery, I would suggest to focus on just one area. For example, just wear layered necklaces and maybe a simple bangle and earrings, and vice versa.

Monday, 9 April 2012

I is for Inspiration

Inspiration is an important aspect of life. If we aren't inspired, then we are less likely to be motivated.

Inspiration is definitely something I need. I am quite a lazy person, so I need to draw from any type of inspiration I possibly can. For me, Tumblr is definitely a huge source of inspiration. I have come across so many amazing pictures since starting my blog in 2010 and I save these images in my computer and go back to them if I am having a mental block and I am in need of some inspiration.

Quotes and people also inspire me. Thoreau is a big one. His quotes are very inspiring, especially: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." I would definitely say this is a motto that I live by. It inspires me to do well in everything I try and it keeps me going. 

The most inspirational person I admire would have to be Marilyn Monroe. She was such an incredible and talented human being. Her story is very inspiring to me. She came from a troubled background and was able to rise up and become the legend that she was. Her quotes proved that she was brainy as she was beautiful. She sure as hell knew what she talking about. I could sit here all day and quote her, but instead I'll leave you with this, one of my favourite Marilyn quotes: "This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up."

Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you? I'd love to know.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

H is for Hockey

I am not a very sporty person, so it is a big deal to me when I find a sport that I love! I need something fun to keep me motivated and energised, and field hockey is the perfect sport for me, as well as dancing.

There is nothing better than running around a hockey pitch when your stressed and just whacking the ball with all your might. It is a very good stress reliever I must say. You can take all your anger out when you just smash the ball down the field. I really get into it. Sometimes, I end up yelling at everyone. It's intense.

The hockey season takes place during third term, so around August-September. This is usually a busy term at school, especially this year as it I will be doing my Preliminary HSC exams, so it is a good way to take a break from everything at school.

I play field hockey for fun, not seriously. I don't like being put in a really good, competitive team. I prefer a sucky, lower team.

I hope all of you had a lovely Easter weekend!

Friday, 6 April 2012

G is for Great Expectations

Everyone has expectations.

I sometimes feel burdened by the expectations people have of me. I am expected to do well in school, stay the same unchanged, sweet girl I was at age six and things like that. I really hate to break it to them but I am not overly bright and I've been through things that have changed me. I'm not as nice and trusting as I used to be, but that's just life.

Expectations are a big part of life and it is important not to rely to heavily on them. That, however, is easier said than done. For example, if you constantly pressure people to strive for perfection, they may crack and fall short of your expectations. This is more likely to have a negative effect on them, rather than you.

Falling short of people's expectations can be disappointing and can be upsetting, but it is always important to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going. Perseverance is the key.

When it all comes down to it, the expectations that matter the most are the ones you have of yourself.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

F is for Family, Friends, Fashion and Flowers

I have decided to write about four topics for the letter F as I simply couldn't decide which one I wanted to write about.

My family are the most important people in my life. My mom, dad, 12 year old brother and twin sister mean the world to me. We do have disagreements here and there, but we're family, so we always manage to work things out. We have definitely become a lot closer over the past few years which I am really happy about. I love my family with all my heart.

My friends are definitely a very important part of my life. I have no idea what I would do without them. They help me through my problems and I know that they will always look out for me. And likewise, I will always be there for my friends. No matter what they are going through, I am always here to help them as best I can.

Fashion is a huge aspect of my life. I have loved dressing up and choosing my own outfits since I was about two years old. It has the capability to portray our thoughts, feelings and emotions to the people around us. It is expressive and individual, which is why I love it so much. Plus, I am a totally girly-girl and I love anything pretty. To quote one of my idols, Adriana Lima: "Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings." This quote rings true to me. It's all about what makes you feel good, rather than what you think will make you look good. It is much better to go out in an H&M dress that makes you feel good about yourself, rather than Prada dress that may be amazing but just doesn't suit you. Add your own personal touches to outfits that make you feel amazing, and I can guarantee that you will be the best dressed person in the room.

This is really random but I love flowers! I love having them around my house because they are so beautiful. Flowers also make me really happy and they smell amazing! I love receiving flowers and even though they only last for a week or so, they still bring joy to me.
Note to any potential boyfriends/future husband: Send me flowers, and I'm yours.

Thank you to everyone who has been leaving such lovely comments on my previous posts, especially my C is for Career post. You are all so lovely and I loved reading them!

E is for Emma

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you will have a vague idea of who I am talking about.
Emma is my twin sister.

Emma is 2 and a half hours older and I love her to bits. I literally do everything with her and she is the one person I know that I can trust one hundred percent. She's always been there for me and she puts up with me through all the craziness. Sure, we have an argument here and there but we never completely stop talking to each other. The longest we went without speaking was two days. Other than, we get on extremely well. I also love her because she has to tolerate me when I force my crazy obsessions on her, like One Direction and Big Time Rush. And she let's me give her stupid nicknames, like Twindizzle.

Emma and I tonight
We have quite different personalities, but we do have some things in common. For example, we love fashion, reality TV (Kardashians, all the way!) and travelling to amazing places around the globe, just to name a few. Having a twin definitely makes life more interesting, especially when you have such an amazing twin like Emma.

We often say that she's the brains and I'm the beauty, but as you can see from the above picture, she is definitely beautiful. She is very smart and she teaches me new words and helps me with my homework when I have trouble with it, which is quite often.

Love you always and forever, Em.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

D is for Distractions

I am a girl with a very short attention span and I tend to get distracted very easily. It has been exam week for me since Wednesday last week and I have found myself getting distracted during every single one of my exams.

English: I looked at the essay question and contemplated writing "Screw this" on the first line, closing the booklet and then going to sleep.

French Oral: I began to look out the window and at the clock and the birds while I was answering my teachers questions.

Geography: I spent my geography exam time very breezily. I took way too much time on the easy questions. I also found myself watching the reflections of people passing by for about 10 minutes. This left only 15 minutes for me to write the last 5 paragraphs of my extended response. Not exactly a smart move.

Maths: I mentally scanned through my closet and planned my outfit for a friend's party next week while a small portion of my brain was solving equations.

Modern History: I wrote 11 pages worth of Nazi Germany essay with "I Like It Like That" by Hot Chelle Rae playing on repeat in my head.

Design and Technology: I had "Big Time Rush" by Big Time Rush (as well as the opening credits of the show) stuck in my head the whole exam. It probably didn't help that I had been listening to it on repeat for the hour leading up to the exam.

French Reading and Writing: I read the clock wrong and nearly had a panic attack. Then I had a sudden wave of nausea and felt like I was going to pass out. Thankfully I didn't. Once that passed I got really really sleepy and I was struggling to keep my eyes open. This all happened within the first 20 minutes of my 2 hour exam. I then heard a shrill voice of a junior school girl scream "throw that in the bin Alice!" and that triggered a whole new chain of thought in my mind.

Distractions come easily to me, as you can see in the above points, but I guess it keeps things interesting. Even while writing this, I have been on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, played a game of JetPack Joyride and jammed out to my iTunes (which I am still doing).

Anyway, despite all the aforementioned distractions, I think I did quite well in all of my exams. Except English. The fact that I didn't study for any of them probably doesn't help either.

I hope you are enjoying reading my A-Z Challenge posts as much as I am enjoying writing them!

Monday, 2 April 2012

C is for Career

Being the total dreamer that I am, I always find myself dreaming about my future career.

If my life goes according to plan, and fingers crossed it will, I plan to become a journalist. I want to be a beauty or fashion editor at a high-selling fashion magazine, preferably in the US. I would love to work for US Vogue or possibly in the west coast offices of Teen Vogue. I love LA and I have always dreamed of living there. But, if I end up in New York, I certainly will not complain.

I would love to work as a Beauty or Fashion editor for a while and eventually work my way up the ranks to become Editor-in-Chief. That is my ultimate career dream.

I did work experience at Shop Til You Drop magazine last year and it was an absolute blast! It definitely gave me an amazing insight into the magazine industry and it made me realise that it is definitely something that I would consider as a career. 

Besides Journalism, another career path I would consider following is PR. I can certainly see myself in a PR position if my journalism career doesn't work out. 

Sunday, 1 April 2012

B is for Blogging

Day Two's topic is blogging.

Blogging is definitely an addiction of mine. I have so much going on in my head that it is nice to have a place to record everything. Since it is a very personal style of writing, I find it a lot more enjoyable. I much prefer blogging over essay writing any day!

When I blog, especially on here, I know that I can truly be myself and just post whatever is on my mind. This is why I love it so much. If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you will see that I mainly blog about things that interest me, such as travel and fashion, but most importantly my blog is a place where I can show people who I am. The real me.

Have a lovely day,