Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Goals For The End of The Year

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This year is slowly coming to an end, and with only 3 months left of the year I decided it was time to reflect and to set up some goals that are within reach for the end of the year. Since most of these goals actually have to do with my online presence, I thought I would share them with you, and maybe you will want to set up your own goals for these last 3 months of 2017.
Now this is something I'm not 100% sure is in reach, but I will do my absolute best to get an apartment and move to England in November. I really hope it works out.

For 2017, one of my new year's resolutions was to read 15 books. It might not be a lot, but I haven't been reading a lot the past few years so I decided if I actually managed to read 15 books this year I would maybe get into reading books again. Well, I've read 9 books so far, so that leaves 2 a month now for the end of the year. And that's doable.

I've been stuck around the 1,080 mark for about 2 years. I hit 1,000 followers and then it just kind of stopped. So, before the end of the year I want to gain around 20 followers. While I can honestly say that I don't really care about followers, I will be honest and say that it's been annoying to be stuck on the same number for so long and since I want to grow my blog and my youtube, it's hard if I'm stuck on the same number on other social medias, because to grow your blog you have to grow your following (most of the time).
I'd love it if you hopped over to http://twitter.com/itsmaddiehbu and click that "follow" button. And if you tweet me, I will of course follow back! And maybe we can be friends, who knows?

Similarly to Twitter, I've been stuck on the same number of followers for so long. I have 217 followers, and I've been around that follower count for about a year. So it would be nice if you went over to http://instagram.com/itsmaddiehbu and clicked that "follow" button, and I will make sure to follow you back! It can be your early Christmas gift to me. Also, I'm going to start posting a lot more on there, so stay tuned for that!
Now I'll be the first to admit that I've been absolutely horrible at blogging the last few years. I've posted inconsistently and I don't want it that way anymore. While I'm not yet setting up a schedule and deciding to post on a certain day, I want to make sure that I post at least once a week. And once I manage to post once a week, I can then make a schedule for myself. But I know myself too well to say "I'll post every Wednesday and Saturday", because I know I'll fail if I do that. So, I'm keeping it casual, but willing myself to post at least once a week.
I've also ordered a DSLR camera and with that I hope to get better pictures for my blog (and Instagram).
If I've been horrible at blogging, my Youtube channel has suffered even more. I want to start filming more for my Youtube channel and I want to find a love for doing it again. And with a new camera (and a tripod!!) on their way to my house as we speak, the quality will also be a lot better. And I can finally start filming things my current camera hasn't allowed me to film. So, stay tuned for that!

I want to part-take in bloggers chats, BUT I JUST FORGET THAT THEY'RE HAPPENING. I need to make some kind of list of all the bloggers chats, and put it up right in front of my laptop so I see it at all times, then maybe I'll remember. So, if you know of a bloggers chat, tweet me at what time it happens so I can join in!

I think when the colder months come, many of us just give up on staying active, because we don't need a "bikini body" during the colder months (also, Christmas chocolate!!). But I don't want to do that this year. I want to stay active and at least go for walks, if nothing else. I want to get back into a workout routine, because recently I've really been slacking off. So I want to be active, and stay active.
Sidenote: does any other glasses-wearers find it super difficult to work out? Say you decide to go for a run, if you don't wear your glasses you don't see a lot, but if you do wear your glasses they fog up. SEND HELP. (Yes, I know contact lenses exist and I use them every now and again.)

That's it, that's my goals for the end of the year! Will I manage to reach all goals? Probably not, but they're guidelines for what I want.
Do you have any goals for the end of the year, or are you waiting until New Year to set yourself some new goals?♥

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Forever 21 & ASOS Try-On Haul + Links To Everything | ItsMaddiehbu

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I've recently not been feeling too happy, so I've done a lot of retail therapy to try and feel better. In Today's video I share everything I bought from Forever 21 and ASOS, and I try everything on.
In the end I actually didn't end up keeping a lot of the things I bought from ASOS, mainly because literally none of the trousers and only one pair of the jeans fit me. So I've only decided to keep the Levi's denim jacket, the black and pink jumper and the light-washed jeans that fit me. Since I also really loved the Noisy May jacket I've now ordered it in a size S and I'm hoping that will look a lot better. I've kept everything from Forever 21 except the jacket in size M as I kept size L.
Hope you enjoy this massive haul, and scroll down for links to everything!

Clothes Mentioned:

Forever 21:

Mock Neck bodysuit 6,99€ size M

Off-the-shoulder bodysuit 11€ size M

Caged Cutout bralette 7€ size M/L

Turtleneck top 11€ (I paid 6,99€) size M

Polar bear Christmas Jumper 11€ size L

Fair isle patterned leggings 7,48€ size M

Classic double-breasted coat 5,99€ M&L: SOLD OUT


ASOS Jumper with woven sleeves 13,51€ (I paid 16,89€) size UK 12

ASOS TALL Jumper With Volume Sleeve 18,92€ size UK 12

ASOS Jumper In Rib With D-Ring Stripe Sleeve Detail 20,27€ size UK 14

Club L Ribbed High Neck Long Sleeve Polo Dress 9,47€ size UK 14: SOLD OUT

Missguided Petite Embroidered A Line Denim Skirt 23,65€ size UK 12

ASOS FARLEIGH High Waist Slim Mom Jeans In Beech Light Stonewash with Busted Knees and Chewed Hems 23,65€ size W30L32

ASOS Denim Deconstructed Straight Leg Jeans in Black 30,40€ size W30L32

ASOS RIDLEY Skinny Jeans In Hibiscus Light Stonewash 18,92 size W30L32

Warehouse Ultra Skinny Jeans 23,65€ size UK 12 L32

Only Pearl High Waist Skinny Jeans 29,73€ size W30L34

Noisy May Lex Cargo Jacket with Patches 47,30€ (I paid 67,57€) size M

Levi's Authentic Embroidered Trucker with Sherpa Collar and Lining 175,67€ size M

ASOS The Slim Tailored Cigarette Trousers With Belt 33,78€ (I paid 23,65€) size UK 12 L34

ASOS Ankle Grazer Cigarette Trousers in Crepe 14,86€ (I paid 26,35€) size UK 12 L32

JDY Dolly Tie Waist Trousers 24,32€ size L

ASOS Satin Peg Trousers with Split Hem and Belt 14,86€ size UK 12

ASOS Trousers in Skinny Fit with Seam Detail 13,51€ (I paid 16,89€) size UK 12

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Hair (And I Actually Do Care)

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As you can tell, I have new hair! And I'm so extremely happy with it!
I went to Studio Tomi Yrjänä and got my hair done by Carmine. This is the first time I've ever been to a salon, before I've just gone to those private hairdressers that have a room in their house (now that I'm writing that I'm aware it sounds creepy) set up for hairdressing. I was quite nervous, but very ready for a change. I've been thinking about getting my hair dyed again since the last time I got it dyed was when I was 15. That's 4 years ago now.
I booked my appointment last week, just telling people I was going to get a trim and nothing else. Well, I PRANKED YOU. I booked an appointment for cut and colour, and then I started googling inspiration. I kind of knew I wanted a reddish brown, but at the same time nothing too dark. 
When I sat down in the chair to chat to Carmine, I told him I didn't really know what colour I wanted. We chatted a little and I showed him a picture of a girl with hair that I really liked and he took it from there. I told him I trust him to do what he knows will look good and that's how we got here. AND I'M SO HAPPY. I can't stop touching my hair and I can't stop looking at myself in the mirror (how vain of me).
I was at the salon from 12:45pm to 3:45pm so it took a good 3 hours, but it was a relaxing 3 hours as well. He started off by trimming my ends because I needed it. I had asked him how much he would want to trim off to get rid of all my split ends but that was way too much so we settled on only a few centimetres. It still feels a lot shorter but it feels so much healthier and I'm going to have to search for a lot longer to find a split end. 
I have to say, Carmine is the hairdresser I've looked for my whole life. He understood curly hair and he did things exactly how I wanted them done without me even telling him (like cutting the hair with the scissors pointing upwards so it's not cut straight across). I've found someone who completely understands me and my hair and now I'm sad because I'm moving to England and he's in Finland. As a friend suggested, I might just have to fly to Finland every time I need to get my hair done.

I think my hair to me is really important, it's part of my identity, just because of the fact that I have curly hair. As a curly-haired girl I've heard a lot of "wow, is that your natural hair?", "Is it naturally that curly?" and "oh I wish I had naturally curly hair!" and sometimes it's all people really notice about me. I think that's why I'm always so scared when I go to the hairdressers, because if they cut it wrong or do anything a way I don't want them to, I'm scared that I won't look like me.
I've also been on a journey to learn to love my hair, just because of the fact that it's curly. I remember in elementary and middle school, how much I hated my curly hair. When I was 12 or 13 years old I asked for a hair straightener for my birthday and I got one. From that on until I was 15 I religiously straightened my hair, because I didn't want to stick out or draw attention to my curly hair.
But in 9th grade (when I was 15) I just stopped caring, and went on a journey to start loving my curly hair. And since then I've discovered that there's a lot of things to love about curly hair. So let me list you a few:

1. It's never electric. I love when my straight-haired friends have been complaining about their hair standing up because of electricity and I'm just there like:
Minding my own business.

2. You can have every day curls, fancy curls and FANCY STRAIGHT HAIR. What do straight-haired girls do when they have prom or something like that? They curl their hair. What can I do? STRAIGHTEN IT. Or curl it. Or leave it natural.

3. No big knots. This might just be my hair type so don't quote me on this, but my hair is full of tiny knots (as in literally two hairs getting curled together a little too tight making a tiny knot), but nothing that bothers me. I've never in my ENTIRE LIFE suffered from a major knot that has taken hours to untangle (except that time I got chewing gum stuck in my hair but that happens no matter what hair type you have).

4. Volume. No matter what. Have you ever seen me with no volume in my hair when I've had it naturally curly? I don't think so. Curly hair = volume. No flat hair days ever.

5. Endless compliments. As I said, sometimes all people notice about me is my curly hair and it brings a lot of compliments. I'll take the compliments and up my confidence please and thank you.

Curly hair is just all around awesome (okay I'm lying but right now we're focusing on the positive) and I'm so sad that I spent all those years straightening it and trying to kill the curls. But I'm happy my curls didn't disappear.

I know lots of curly-haired girls grow up hating their hair and straightening it every day of their lives, simply because that's the norm. But you don't have to be the normal, you can stand out and that's totally fine. Also, if anyone ever tells you they wouldn't want curly hair, know that they secretly envy you and want to cut your hair off to wear it themselves. Anyone who says that they've never wanted curly hair is lying because everyone, at some point in their life, has told me that they want curly hair. 
Rock your hair girl, it looks great♥

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Things Never Go As Planned

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Things don't always go how you've planned them. In my life I seem to have a lot of those things, those things that don't go as planned.
I would've loved to come on here and write "SUCCESS, I GOT THE JOB AND I GOT THE APARTMENT" and I would've loved to live in a fairytale where everything goes according to plan. But, this is my life, and a real life, so of course that did not happen. Instead I came out of the job interview confused and a little disheartened, and didn't know how to continue.
The interview went great, the woman who interviewed me seemed to love me and want me to work there, but to get a job there you have to do a trial-shift, something I wasn't aware you had to do. I also overheard a conversation between one of the employees and a manager, and there seemed to be some drama going on. So I came out of the job interview, with no job and a feeling like I didn't really want that job.
I still viewed apartments the next day, and the first two apartments were, quite frankly, disasters. Dirty, or in bad places or just all around a no-no. So I really had to just place my faith in the 3rd and final apartment. Well, I kind of fell in love. It had this beautiful window, and this nice kitchen and bathroom and it was quite spacious (not like a house spacious, but spacious for a tiny apartment in a house). So I decided that even though I didn't have a job I'd make an offer. But this week I found out that I didn't get the apartment. Soooooooo.

So much for having plans and dreams huh?

We were supposed to fly to London on the 11th of September, but with no apartment that's not really happening. We just moved the flight to the 5th of November, so I'm still stuck here in this country for a few more months. But at least I'll be moving to England before Christmas, and that was the goal. I'm just sad it didn't work out like I thought it would've worked out.

So what's the plan now?

I don't really know. I have to find an apartment that looks nice and just make an offer on it without viewing. I'm going to maybe look to jump in as a substitute in schools while I wait for November to come. I don't know. I have to figure something out. Then once I move to England I'll go to every store and ask for a job.

I don't know.

To be honest, this has really gotten me down. I was so excited to pack up my life, and there wasn't an inch of me that wanted to stay here. I was ready to leave, and I'm ready to leave, and now I'm not leaving until the 5th of November. I know it's just 2 months, but until a few days ago I thought I was moving in less than 2 weeks. I almost started packing my things but then I thought "what if I don't get the apartment?" so luckily I didn't (or else it'd be a sad process unpacking).
I don't really know what else to say. Things didn't go as planned and it's getting me down. But I'll get up. I always get up, I know that. Just right now, all I really want to do is book a trip to somewhere and just go to get a breath of fresh air and to come back with a new happiness and with new inspiration. But I can't, because all the money I have I need for when I move. So once again, I'm stuck.
(You don't know this but I took a half hour break from writing this blogpost and just looked at the cheapest flights to different countries and now a trip to one of these countries is really tempting me).

What's your advice? What should I do? And how can I make the time go faster?
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