Three Pretty Pink Gowns

I realised that I have a lot of pink clothing, specifically pink dresses so I decided to do a mini lookbook of the pink gowns.

DRESS NUMBER ONE

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This dress was purchased at Romeo and Juliet couture boutique, but because I didn’t purchase it myself, I am not sure of the price or the availability of it. I literally love this dress because of the design of it, the diagonal ruffles on the waistline help to create curves (which is needed for slim people like me lol), therefore this dress fits all body types. The dress has an underskirt which makes sure that everything is covered up, but the annoying thing about it is that the underskirt is shorter than the rest of the gown. Other than that, this dress is beyond gorgeous, and the colour is great for literally any skin tone. The material is light, so you don’t feel excessively hot in it. Lastly, I love how the bottom of the dress swishes as you walk, although I would advice you to lift it up a little when you’re walking, because this dress is the definition of ‘floor length’.

 

DRESS NUMBER TWO

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Now, this dress is a bridesmaid dress, therefore I think it was custom made and specified by the bride, however there are many ‘similar models’. This dress is also a one shoulder dress like the previous one, however, instead of ruffles down the strap, it has a hand-stitched flower-type broach, with a prominent hem line at the top. This detail draws attention to the top half of your body, again creating a figure (again perfect for us slim girls lol) by emphasisng the arched back. This dress also sweeps the floor, but unlike the previous dress, has a more bodycon shape, clinging to your waist and hips. On the negative side, because it is bodycon and extremely, it is quite hard to walk in without tripping, so I won’t advise it if you plan on dancing.

 

DRESS NUMBER THREE

 

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This dress is my favourite out of the three and it is also the only one out of the three I choose and bought myself. This is a Ted Baker dress that I bought last year during the summer sales. The dress was £200 but in the sale I bought it for £100. For real, this dress is one of my most favourite pieces I own. The dress has a high neckline and distinct waistline. The dress is free flowing, hence my dress being blown to the side by the wind in the pictures.

Shoutout to my puppy, Rolfi, who decided to interrupt our photoshoot lol.

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

 

Covers

So, after years and months of procrastinating, I’ve finally decided to upload some covers on to YouTube. i am now the proud owner of two YouTube channels; one channel will be for musical covers, the other will be for vlogging, discussions and content videos.

Covers channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MelissaPaulaXX/videos

Vlog channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1G380Q2ey30bOdtPWTtRYQ/videos

If you YouTube search PaulaPaceSetter, all  my videos will come up.

I hope y’all enjoy these videos! It took a lot of inner strength to upload them.

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

EXAMS – How to deal with the stress

It’s that time of year when young people around the world are going through the stress that comes with exams. I have a few simple techniques that will teach you how to deal with the whole process, from revision and studying to the actual exams. I hope you enjoy the video, and I hope it helps.

Click here for more exam advice.

Good luck x
and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, I’ll be posting videos regularly.

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’

Why smoking is a gross habit

Smoking is such a disgusting, repulsive habit that I literally cannot stand. This post is not to say that Smokers themselves are bad people, because I genuinely don’t believe that they are. This post is to highlight how bad the habit is.

In the UK, over 10 MILLION people smoke, and sadly, 200,000 children between the ages on 11 and 15 smoke too. Two thirds of smokers start smoking before 18 and are totally hooked by the time they become fully grown adults. (ASH.org.uk, 2014)

A lot of young people smoke nowadays, which is something I say full of regret. There is this brand-new phenomenon called ‘social smoking’, which is where (and I quote) you don’t really smoke but if you’re with your friends and they’re smoking, then you’ll smoke. Is it only me who finds that stupidly immature and amazingly ridiculous? If you’re going to smoke, smoke because you want to, not because your friend asked you too (not that you should smoke, anyway).

This phenomenon has swept the nation, causing smoking areas to be added to colleges (which I am also against, by the way). It feels like these students are practically back at primary school where the popular girl or boy says everyone should wear a red scarf or says everyone shouldn’t play with someone and everyone listens, because they were all mindless sheep (Sorry but that’s how my primary and high school experiences were, I don’t know about you guys). It is ridiculous.

In all seriousness, peer pressure can really be a huge battle to fight against. You can feel different and isolated when you don’t smoke, especially if all your friends do. This can feel terrible, there is no denying that, but seriously, peer pressure is no excuse. Every year, 100,000 smokers die due to their addiction (ASH.org.uk, 2014). Sorry to be blunt, but you will NOT take your friend who introduced you to smoking with you to the grave. You’ll just take yourself.

Cigarettes don’t taste nice (I’m totally guessing because I have NEVER tried one and I don’t plan on trying one), so the reason for trying one and starting the habit is because someone first offered you one and you thought, “ooh better accept it because I don’t want to look like a loser. It’s only one ciggie and Mum isn’t here so she’ll never know.” My smoking friends have never been brave enough to try and offer me a cigarette because they know I’d probably stuff it up their nose. But, I do understand how tempting this may seem to someone who is totally reliant on what people think about them. Fair enough. I just want you to believe me entirely when I say, your real friends would respect you even if you choose to not smoke with them. If they make you feel downgraded because you don’t join them, they are not real friends. Period.

How do you guys even afford it? I’ve always wondered that. I used to know this girl who was so addicted to smoking that she would steal money from her mum’s purse. Then she got to the age where she could work, and began looking for a job so she could fuel her addition. Crazy. Just obsessive.

My tip to not falling for the craze of smoking is to be sure of yourself. If you say to yourself, “I won’t smoke.” then no one can make you smoke (unless they stuffed it in your mouth, then I would call the police because I’m pretty sure that is called assault). But to help yourself, trying and stay away from areas where everyone around you is smoking. You become a second-hand smoker (don’t even get me started on second hand smoking! I hate when everyone is blowing smoke in your face, like ‘mate, if I wanted to smoke and kill myself with you, I would have asked!’). Just don’t put yourself in the situation where you feel pushed to do something you don’t want to do, and don’t put yourself in the scene where you look abnormal because you aren’t doing what everyone else is doing. Just don’t do that to yourself.

(Source: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_93.pdf)

Random question: is it true that smoking can turn your lips black? *gags*

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I wrote this because someone asked me how I managed to not give in to peer pressure and join the large smokers community based at my college. I tried to make it funny (well, I wouldn’t say tried. I just am, lol) because it’s such a serious topic that talking about it makes it seem like I’m ranting and deliberately attacking people who smoke, because I really am not. I am so passionate about young people and it hurts to see young people literally cutting their lives in half because of a 10cm stick. It really hurts. So take this as advice and inspiration and not as rebuke.

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Acrylic nails vs Gel nails

It’s been a widely discussed and debated subject amongst the female community; Acrylic nails or Gel nails? Which one is better?

Acrylic nails are false nails that are made and shaped like a real nail, out of plastic. They are bonded to the natural nail usually with glue or a cohesive, to give the illusion that your nails are longer than they actually are.  Gel nails are nail extensions made with gels that hardened around your nails. They are meant to fill in any broken areas in your nails, and to still look natural at the same time.

Pros of acrylic nails

  • Acrylic nails help to cover and conceal damaged or short nails.
  • Acrylic nails have been around for decades so they are trusted and well researched.
  • They are relatively easy to remove yourself, with nail varnish remover.
  • Acrylic nails prevent people continuing the bad habit of biting your nails as acrylics tend to be quite rigid.
  • They are relatively easy to apply at home to yourself.
  • Acrylics tend to last longer than gel, especially if applied properly.

 

Cons of acrylic nails

 

  • Acrylic nails usually leave the natural nail underneath weak and brittle when they are taken off.
  • Acrylic nails are usually mass produced so they feel less individual, unless they are customized, which then makes them tend to be more expensive.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals in the plastic used to make the acrylic nails.
  • Bacterial infections can develop in the layer between the natural nail and the acrylic.
  • Acrylic nails tend to look ‘square’ and unnaturally shaped.
  • The material used to make acrylics tend to be flammable therefore, people with acrylics are told to stay away from an open flame, hair straighteners and other heat products.
  • Acrylic nails are very unreliable when it comes to how long they last.
  • On average, the price of getting acrylic nails applied is somewhere between £20 – £35, and anyone offering less than that is usually bad quality. Even though this seems expensive, it can be considerably less expensive than gel nails.
  • Acrylic nails are slow to dry, compared to gel nails.

Pros of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a great alternative for people who are allergic to the chemicals in acrylics, as many people are.
  • Gel nails, unlike acrylics, do not damage the natural nail when taken off.
  • Gel nails tend to create a natural looking nail shape as they can be molded quite easily.
  • Most people say that gel nails are less heavy than acrylics.
  • Gel nails usually have a larger variety of nail colours and designs.
  • Gel nails are easy to take off when they are soaked in acetone for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gel nails can stay up to 3 weeks in a fresh condition.
  • Gel nails dry immediately so as soon as you leave the nail salon, there is no risk of smudging.
  • Gel nails tend to leave a glossier finish than acrylics.
  • Gel nails can be applied without a base or primer.
  • They tend to be more flexible than acrylic nails.

Cons of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a relatively new thing; not many people are aware of them.
  • Gel nails are much too complicated to apply to yourself so they have to be professional done.
  • They are extremely time-consuming to get done, with people complaining about it taking up to 2 hours.
  • On average, the price of getting gel nails is between £30 – £50, although it depends on where as most gel nail technicians are mobile and either come to your house or have you come to theirs.
  • Gel nails are not as durable as acrylic nails, so they are not advised for someone who uses their hands a lot, perhaps in their job (e.g. type a lot or write a lot).
  • They require frequent attention from a professional. Most people with gel nails go and get them redone every month.
  • Gel nails need a UV or L.E.D light, which is why it is best they are done professionally.
  • It’s extremely hard to remove the gel and that will probably take another trip to the nail salon.

As you can see, there are a lot of pros and cons to both acrylic and gel nails. If you have the time and money to spend on your nails, gel is definitely for you because they look much more attractive. But if you need nails that stay longer and are hard enough to deal with your everyday life, acrylics are the way. Personally, if I could afford to do gel nails every 3 weeks, I would so go for that, because they usually look amazing.

One cheaper alternative to gel and acrylic nails are nail wraps. They only overlay the nail so they are like nail polishes – just without all the nail painting and smudging. Nail wraps either stick on top of the natural nail, like a sticker,  or melt unto the natural nail when heat is applied. They tend to be inexpensive (they are literally £1 a pack in Primark), and are looking to be the next big thing in nail art and design. Celebrities are really starting to acknowledge them, with people like Myleene Klass releasing nail wrap lines (which are a little bit more expensive, at £5.99 a pack).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’