Q&A

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I was recently contacted by Legal & General regarding a contest which involved a post to enter. Now usually, this isn't my type of thing but the subject caught my attention. "What would you tell your younger self?" Well, an awful lot actually...

Throughout my life there have definitely been many times I have muttered the words 'if only I could have told myself that years ago!' and I'm sure it will be a phrase that I haven't heard the last of. So apart from the obvious things like how I wish I knew that wavy hair would be cool, that if I kept all my cassettes, it would be classes as retro, rather than rubbish. That over plucking your eyebrows is a biiiiiiig mistake. Friends come and go, so do bullies and of course, so do boyfriends (which of course, isn't always such a bad thing!)

Putting aside the slightly materialistic factors, there are also a few strong life lessons I have learnt along the way, and whilst Im sure my 16 year old self would blindly ignore them, I'd still have a go at informing myself of them regardless. So what are they? 
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1. Make sure YOU are happy - happiness is so important, and sadly it seems to take a long time to build up, yet takes just one horrible moment to pull it all back down. Do want makes you happy, surround yourself with good people and if you're not happy, change the situation.. no matter how hard it might seem. Not many people would accept being sad, so you don't have to either.

2. Being shy doesn't last forever. I was such a shy teenager, I hated talking (yes, really) and at some points I felt my life would always be a battle. However, as you grow older you gain experience in life, you naturally progress and eventually you don't think twice about the things that once terrified you. I went from not wanting to talk to anyone, to accepting invitations to talk in panels at seminars without a second thought. 
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3. People that tell you you can't, probably think you can - whilst the world is full of good people, it can also be equally full of the bad and you will definitely meet a few.. trust me! Unfortunately, most of us have had experiences with bullies at some point in our lives. I remember a girl that terrified me, every lunchtime at School she would tease me, whether it be for my hairstyle, my clothes.. she would find something to laugh at. And now? She has no part in my life. In fact, when I see her I feel sorry for her, because not only does she have a nasty soul, she also now has really bad hair.  

4. Lastly, people will love you, for just being YOU. Never try to be like someone else, never make adaptions to yourself in the hope someone might like you more and never be ashamed or disappointed in yourself, there is no one else quite like you.. I promise. You are one in a million, so believe in yourself.
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Now, I'm no expert on life, I doubt anyone is.. but I know that whilst a lot changes, some things stay the same.. at the age of 25 I still encounter nasty people and have difficult moments, just like I did when I was 16. The difference is, with age you learn to deal with it better and sometimes, you realise that there really is more to life.


I hope that might have helped a few people reading this. I really enjoy talking about more personal issues, so if there's anything you'd like me to cover, pop me an email. If you could tell the younger you one thing, what would it be? Leave it in the comments, I'd love to know! (Or you could enter the competition yourself, details can be found here)



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Electric - the little blue dress

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Dress - Missguided X Nicole*
Shoes - Next
Bangle - H&M
Lips - Rimmel, Kate Moss

Electric blue.. something that always catches my eye - amazing for those with blonde hair and also those with brunette.. so no matter how many times I dye the locks, I can always rely on this vibrant shade. This dress is another from the Missguided Nicole range, and of course, I love it. I'll admit there's not all that much of it, but the cut outs are in all the right places - a high neckline mixed with a cut out back provides a classy little blue dress.. I'd say this could over take the LBD - what do you think?!

Wow, where did this week go?! It has flown by, but I guess thats what being busy does to you! I'm definitely looking forward to a 4 day weekend for Easter though, bring on the PJ's and lazy days - my favourite, oh and of course catching up with the blog! I do have a few different types of posts coming up soon, as well as more 'hair how-to's' on my youtube channel, so make sure you keep an eye on things over in Tiny Twisst land. A few changes are coming, but they're all really exciting, and I can't wait to share them with you!


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Creme.

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Shirt - Zara
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - Dolcis*
Hat - Topshop
Necklace - H&M
Lips - Body Shop*

Leopard is a print that stands on the middle of a fine line between 'fashion' and 'tacky', so it's pretty important that you get your leopard correct because, well.. no one wants to look like Pat Butcher afterall (for the non-British amongst you, give her a quick google..) Anyway, leopard print is still a huge favourite of mine so when I see an item that it works well with, I'll have myself one. This blouse from Zara is a prime example, a very delicate material and a modern studded gold detailing along the shoulders, plus it was in the sale - even better! I paired with my trusty Fedora, Leigh Jeans and these amazing cream Dolcis boots - I LOVE the cut-out detailing and heel cuff, great for the winter/spring transistion! Lastly, I got given this lipstick in a fashion week goody bag and it's become my new neutral favourite, I love brown tone lips at the moment and it makes any outfit that little bit more interesting.. so thanks Body Shop!

I had a few bits of exciting news this week, some of which I'll save for another post.. BUT, I had the biggest suprise when I logged onto my Youtube account earlier this week. My 'Hair styles for short hair' video has reached almost 24,000 views!! I'm absolutely amazed that many people have watched me mess around with my hair. It has spurred me on to trying to make more videos as well, so any ideas or things you'd like to see me film, let me know in the comments below, or pop me a tweet!




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Latte.

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Dress - Nicole X Missguided*
Shoes - Next
Lips - Bodyshop

The next dress I received from the Nicole X Missguided collection is this frosty white number.. even know there's not really much of it, I'm pretty fond. Whilst it probably isn't a dress for a family reunion, it would be brilliant for a night on the town with the girls.. but you might want to invest in some boob tape.. (just saying) I do love the cut out detailing, and it would look even better with a gorgeous bronzed tan, so is definitely one for after the holiday season/a night with the tan bottle. White is still a big 'colour' this season, and I love how it looks with nude heels - although it would be even better with a pop of colour, orange heels perhaps?

Have you had your eye on anything from the Nicole X Missguided range?


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Whistle.

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Dress - Whistle & Wolf*
Bag - La Moda*
Necklace - Mark Milton*
Shoes - Next
Lips - Bodyshop, Coral Blush

A working wardrobe isn't something bloggers usually post about, which isn't much help when you're starting a new job. I need inspiration for work outfits and I can never find anything, anywhere. Surely work outfits don't have to be boring.. right? I started a new job last month and thought this might be a good idea for Tiny Twisst - so let me know if you'd like to see more of this! I love dresses for work, they are comfortable (especially if you're sitting down all day) can be adapted to any weather conditions (just add thick tights when it's cold) and if you're going out straight from work, pop on some heels and you're good to go. I think black dresses are great for work, simply because they look classy and smart straight away, this one also has pleats which is a major added bonus. Add a statement necklace like this gorgeous one from Mark Milton (gold works wonderfully well with black!) and I'd say that was a pretty simple yet effective outfit for work.


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Soccer.

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Jacket - WalG*
Top & Shorts - Primark
Vans - Surfdome*
Lips - Bodyshop

I was going to put this outfit on hold as the weather decided to be freezing last week, however the weekend pleasantly surprised me and was SO warm - so here it is! I have been enjoying seeing people wear the 'sport luxe' trend but haven't ever really experimented with it very much myself. When I spotted this top in Primark I loved the slight sporty soccer feel it had - I feel it works well with a casual outfit like above, but could also work with a pleated skirt, or even ripped boyfriend jeans - the possibilities are endless, and you know how I like a staple piece! I also received these Vans which, by the way, are the comfiest shoes ever - I could live in them!

So.. horahh for my hair being long enough to pop up in a high ponytail again! A style I have missed massively - so convenient for lazy hair days! Hopefully soon it will be long enough to wear up and not use about a million grips.. one can hope..

Lastly, happy Mother's Day to all the lovely Mum's out there.. including my own, who I love to the moon and back.


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Dolly.

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Top - New Look
Skirt - Primark
Shoes - Glamorous*
Bag - La Moda*

I admit, pink is my 'thing', I don't like to be a stereotypical girl, but what the hell.. I just really like pink. This skirt has definitely been doing the rounds on the bloggersphere and I can 100% understand why, it is a wonderful mix of Spring trends (gingham!) and obviously features my favourite colour. I paired this with a baby pink vest (because it was super hot) and these Glamorous platform sandals - which are a bit love/hate, a trend I have conformed to and trying to embrace! I did also wear this at the weekend and paired it with thin black tights, black boots, a pink fluffy jumper and a leather jacket - I was surprised that it worked with black, and love that I can wear this whatever the weather!

I started a new job last week and have been really enjoying it. I have a little less time to blog now after a brief full time blogger stint, but enjoy having some structure back in my life! Of course this place will still be updated - I have always worked and blogged in the past. It has definitely been nice dressing for work again rather than sitting about in joggers. My face is wondering what the makeup is about though, bare faced week days are a thing of the past!

Also, as it is almost April (HOW did that happen?!) Make sure you check out my wonderful March advertisers Beaute Vie Mode and Adventures of an Anglophile. It has been lovely having them grace my little side bar for my first month of advertising, as well as the others! If you'd like to advertise for April, take a look at the info here.


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