Hair competition 2015

As some of you may know I am training to become a hairdresser, every year my salon ‘Melanie Giles Hairdressing’ puts on an apprentice competition which allows all 18 apprentices to show off their talents and inspirations in the hairdressing industry. 

(My blog for the Melanie Giles website)

This is the second year I have taken part in the competition and after successfully wining the first category last year I felt I had a lot of pressure on me this year! 

This time round I was placed in the second year category which is judged on cut and colour. 

I wanted to try something really different than usual to make myself stand out, the colour grey is so on trend at the moment and it is extremely hard to create. So therefore I gave myself the challenge.. Which became very stressful. 

For the colour I scalp bleached my models hair, then toned it step by step with my grey mixture, and removed when it was the desired colour. 

For the cut I created a blunt one length cut, with a transient length (layer), a slight forward graduation and then cut in a undercut.

  Finally I styled the hair as an afro, by taking sections of the hair wrapping it around a pin tail comb and heating with the straighteners. (This took a very long time) It was extremely repetitive!! 

The makeup I decided to do on my model was very pale skin with dark eyes, a dark purple lip and contoured with a dark colour. 

This year the competition was extremely tough as everyone did so well! 

  However I was so shocked when I was announced as the overall winner! This was a huge achievement for me and I was presented with my award from the amazing Errol Douglas. 

My prize is to attend a 2 day course at the Aveda Academy in London! ( so excited!!!!)  

Massive thank you to everyone at Melanie Giles and Lucy my stunning model!  



Back in March i decided that this year after many years of saying i will do it, this year WILL BE the one. I WILL sign my self up and i WILL run!

After changing my life around this christmas i told myself this year i would work on me and get myself back into fitness. And what a perfect way to make myself train?! I knew if i had something to work towards i would definitely make myself do it.

I couldn’t afford a gym membership, but to be honest there are many other ways of getting yourself fit without the gym.

My weekly routine:

Monday: Fitness DVD

Tuesday: Run

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Fitness DVD (Extra Abs)

Friday: Body weight exercises

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Yoga and Run

This sunday just gone, me, my mum, my best friend and her mum ran race for life.

It was for such a good cause and the turn out was amazing! To think that was only one area of the country.

I managed to run the majority of it and the four of us went through the finish line together 🙂

I will carry on training and will be signing myself up to many more races including race for life next year!


If you would like to make any donations to my Just Giving Page this is the number. Thank you.

Text JIOK58 and your amount to 70070.

Things to be thankful for 

In life we tend to focus on the things we don’t have rather than the things we do have.

When you think about it there are a lot of things surrounding you that you can be thankful for which you may take for granted on a daily basis.

1. Your parents. They brought you into this world and they do love you more than you probably think.

2. Pets. Unconditional love.

3. Good health. Even if you’re feeling under the weather, just think you are always better off than someone else and you should be extremely thankful for that.

4. Money. A few pounds makes you richer than a lot of people in this world.

5. Having a home. Having a place to call home, no matter where it is, you should be thankful.

6. Laughter. 🙂

7. Sunshine. Bringing warmth to your day.

8. Time. You always think theres not enough of it.

9. Waking up today.

10. Clean water. Many people lack the access to clean water. Be greatful you have it in your home.

11. Love.

12. The freedom to vote. Never take your right to have a say for granted.

13. Sunsets. Enjoy the simple things in life.

14. Security.

15. Breathing fresh air.

I could carry on forever, as there are so many little things that effect our day to day life which we take for granted.

Remember the simple things 🙂


my room tour

room tour time.

Over the past few years i have spent a ridiculous amount on my room trying to get it the way i want it.

However i think I’m now ready to say I’m happy with it 😉

So! I thought i would give you guys a cheeky look around! il try my best to remember where i bought everything from 🙂


Desk/dressing table, bedside table and wardrobe all from Oak furniture clearance

Wallpaper- Laura Ashley

Vase- Wilkinson’s

Frame- Paprika

Candle- Wilkinson’s

Love- Store 21 (i LOVE store21 for home stuff!!)

Candle- Wilkinson’s

Heart Bowl- Wilkinson’s

Frame- Paprika

Clock- Paprika

Artificial flowers- Ebay

Bird- Paprika.. i do believe..

Mannequin- Ebay

Hanging hearts- Paprkia

I have so many of these in my room!!

Lipstick Holder- Ebay

Brush Holder- Ebay

Necklace hanger- Paprika

Frame- Store21

lovely people in the frame- not for sale.

Stone heart- Wilkinson’s

Pink Heart- Paprkia

Heart Lights- Primark

Owl cushion- Cargo

Lights- Next

Duvet set- Primark

Heart cushion- Primark

Love cushion- Paprika

Amour cushion- Next

Hanging love- Paprika

Bed- Argos


Light Curtain- Next

Mirrors- Wilkinson’s


my memory jar + suffering with anxiety.

Today I’m going to talk about something really close to my heart. Its a very raw subject for me, however i do find passion in talking about it as i believe it can help others.

(ps this is the first time i have openly spoke about my life so please excuse if i ramble on and don’t make sense)

i have a lot to talk about so i will start from the beginning.

Exactly a year ago i ran away from something that was causing me a lot of pain. Not did i realise that this was making me mentally ill. When people look at the term “mentally ill’ they automatically judge me as a lunatic. Being Mentally ill does not necessarily mean you are unstable, there are so many different illness’.

When someone causes you so much physical pain it can disappear, however the mental side never really goes away.

I was diagnosed with depression back in September 2014, i have never felt so low in myself and i didn’t know how to move on from this feeling. With a lot of help from my mum we chose believe i wasn’t depressed, i didn’t want to be on antidepressants for the rest of my life so we chose different methods of getting back to my normal self.

Luckily my mum works in that area of work so she was a lot of help to me, and i started to feel normal again. However i have always had this constant feeling of worry inside me. It came to January 2015 and i went back to see my doctor and they were impressed with how far i had come in a few months. Being a new year and all i told myself that this would be the best year of my life. I never wanted to go back to the way i was living years before that. So on that note, i started making plans to make sure i had things to focus my mind on and to look forward to!

Unfortunately mid January 2015 the feeling of worry seemed to get worse. Why am i feeling this way after getting my life back together and feeling much happier?

Anxiety.. it crept up more and more everyday and was becoming very aggressive. I couldn’t control it and it was becoming extremely hard to hide from people.

I had no go in me.. i never wanted to get up, i didn’t want to speak to anyone and i felt uncomfortable everywhere i went.  At the age of 20 this is not the way you want to be feeling.

Its also hard because if you don’t suffer from anxiety it is very complicated to understand how someone is feeling. I had a short fuse and i would snap at my dad and brother all the time. i couldn’t handle anything, if people didn’t understand me i didn’t understand them. They both became very uptight with me all the time because they didn’t know how to deal with my emotions. The minute someone raised their voice at me because i was acting agitated, i just flipped, i became very defensive over myself, ran away from the situation and cried.

Its horrific way to feel. You feel so alone and scared and you don’t understand why.

I then noticed myself doing things i wouldn’t have done before. I had to stick to the same routine everyday otherwise i would panic. It wasn’t like me at all. I had to get up, go to work, come home and go straight to my room, and do all the things i told myself i would do the night before.

This drove me insane, it was impossible to stick to a certain routine without anything going wrong, and then when it did it was like the end of the world to me.

All i wanted to do was sleep.. now even that was impossible. and as you can imagine, no sleep= more panic.

I found it very hard to concentrate at work, i dreaded going as i was so anxious i would have an attack whilst there.

I worked myself up so much before i left the house that i would have an attack and then have to eventually leave for work. It was ruining everything for me.

My social life which i thought i was getting back after the years before was rare again. I always made excuses at the last minute as all i could think about was embarrassing myself and panicking.

The only place i feel comfortable in, is my bedroom. And when I’m alone. which is sad.

At this moment in time i am still suffering badly with anxiety, however over the past few weeks i have taken up a few ways of controlling it.

1. stay positive. start believing nothing bad will happen to you, and if it does you face the fear.

2. who cares what everyone else thinks? you’re only human, let them judge if thats what they want to do.

3. surround yourself with people who are willing to help you.

4. take time out. if you need time, just walk away from the problem.

5. back to basics. have a good nights sleep, get some fresh air and eat well!

6. reward yourself. stop kicking yourself for everything you do.

7. and finally… breathe.

Now to talk about My Memory jar.

What is a Memory jar?

My Memory Jar is full of memories (obviously) that my family and friends have shared with me. They have been placed into this jar and when i feel low all i have to do is reach in and read one.

I tend to read one every morning as it helps me start my day off in a positive mood!

If you have read my blog on happiness then you would have read a bit about this jar before!

here are a few examples of some memories my friends and family have put in the jar.



Now as the days go on i am starting to notice a difference in myself. I avoid thinking the worst and i seem to smile more. I will obviously still go through good and bad phases but I’m confident that i can make more and more progress everyday.

Positivity is key!


what are the little things that annoy you?


So today whilst I’m sat in a hospital bed bored of out my mind I thought I would write a post on the things that bug me in life!

You may agree, or you may disagree.. everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

let me know what annoys you the most!

1. TRAFFIC. – Nothing worse than taking a short journey and then you end up spending double the amount of time in your car due to traffic.

2.Mess – I don’t understand how certain people can be so messy?! how does it not make you angry.

3. When people think they are fat, and intact they are tiny. –  YEAH YOU’RE BLOODY MASSIVE. Just shut up. you are not fat, end of.

4. People walking slow in front of me. – Why did you bother over taking me if you’re going to change your mind and walk at snail pace?

5. People who are late. – Start telling them an hour earlier, then they tend to turn up just on time.

6. People that eat really loudly. – Please just be quiet.. it’s not attractive

7. Fake people. – Why say one thing to someone and something different to another? being 2 faced gets you no where.

8. Chavs – I could rant forever. WHY DO YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO. no, i do not want to hear your rubbish music as I’m walking down the street, that is what head phones are for.

9. People that drive really close behind you – First of all I’m doing the speed limit so get off my ass and calm down.

10. Trains – Why is it that every train i get on is delayed by at least 10 minutes?!

11. People that are constantly on their phone – Get a life. what did you do before you had that phone?

12. Breaking a nail. – Well I was growing that until it broke off and now it looks stupid compared to the others.

13. Bad hair days – Why are you doing this to me? I grew you myself and this is how you repay me.

14. Hot days when you’re working. – No thank you. I do not want to see your sunbathing selfie whilst I’m working inside sweating over a hair dyer.

15. People that get given everything. – Learn to get a job and welcome to the real world 🙂

16. Slow internet – Why am I paying for something that is wasting my time?

17. Insomnia – That’s cool, I didn’t really want to go to sleep tonight.

18. When you don’t know the name of a song!- Happens all the time, you know the lyrics but not the name!

19. Drying up – Longest job in the world.

20. Cyclists – Why are you cycling in the middle of the road knowing full well that there is a massive que of traffic trailing behind you.. it’s not like I have anywhere to be.

21. Algebra – Thank you very much maths teacher for failing me because it’s really ruined my life so far, probably used it everyday since I left school.

22. Applauding in the cinema – Just no? Be quiet I’m trying to watch a film.

23. Kids that own apple products. – At your age I was outside drawing on the pavement.

24. Biting your tongue – Ouch.

25. Standing on a plug – Again ouch.

26. Dirty touch screen devices – Clean your screen please as I cannot see anything.

27. People who have no respect for you and others. – It’s called manners, and it’s not hard.

28. Defrosting my car. – One thing I dread every morning in the winter, gets worse when it’s on the inside of your window too.

29. How cold it is when you get out of the shower – Just had the hottest shower ever to jump into my room AKA Antarctica.

30. When my makeup won’t set on my nose. – All girls will agree.. why is my nose still red after applying 7 layers of makeup.

Quick and easy hairstyles

Hey guys!

Today i thought i would share with you a few quick and easy hairstyles!

These literally take minutes to do, great for bad hair days or when you’re running late (like me everyday)…

hope you enjoyyyyy