40 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

I did this a year ago and now I’m doing 40facts to add to it. I hope you find this at least mildly entertaining.

  1. I am the eldest of four children; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother.
  2. I have a pet dog called Rolfie. He is 8 months old and I’ve had him since he was 2 months old. He hates dog food and strangers. (He is smelling me while I write this.)
  3. I’m not a party person. I’d literally prefer to stay at home than go out, most of the time.
  4. I love make -up, especially eye make-up. *link to post on make-up*
  5. I’ve been blogging for over two years.
  6. I can’t ride a bike.
  7. My first published piece was a poem I wrote when I was 12.
  8. I’ve worked in the government.
  9. Both my parents are lawyers, ministers and authors. My mum is also a councillor in our local council.
  10. I love animated movies.
  11. I love cooking, but I can get extremely cranky if people bother me whilst I’m in my cooking zone.
  12. I’ve been singing in my church choir since I was 9/10
  13. My favourite colour is purple.
  14. RomComs are the best.
  15. I can be quite a loud person if I’m feeling comfortable but I generally hate unnecessary noise.
  16. I love education and learning but hate school.
  17. I got to sleep before 10pm most nights.
  18. I am a born again Christian and I strongly believe in God.
  19. Jesus is my life. My life is Jesus.
  20. I use twitter and Instagram way too much – (@PaulaPaceSetter)
  21. I have a complicated relationship with food.
  22. I let my age limit me in life for a long time.
  23. I find people who are similar to me extremely annoying, but at the same time they usually become my closest friends.
  24. I have poor eyesight and therefore have prescribed glasses that I never really wear.
  25. I love gospel music; it is so uplifting.
  26. I became a YouTuber in Summer 2014.
  27. The only countries I have been to are Nigeria, Belgium, France and Wales, and obviously England, which is where I live.
  28. I can be such a fangirl, but I hide it relatively well.
  29. I’m not great at making friends initially but when I become friends with someone I am also committed to helping them or supporting them. Due to this, I am still friends with people I met 10 years ago.
  30. I usually prefer covers to the original song.
  31. I hate swearing with a passion.
  32. I have strong opinions about certain topics, and I am not easily persuaded.
  33. I hate going to the cinema.
  34. I have more girl friends than guy friends but tend to be closer with my guy friends than girl friends.
  35. I don’t like boybands.
  36. I don’t drink fizzy drinks or alcohol, I only like juice.
  37. Ice cream is my kryptonite.
  38. Young people are my passion and I spend most of my time trying to positively impact young people’s life.
  39. Recently, I’ve decided I want to be a presenter, after presenting a talent show and showcase, as well as a journalist; Benny Bonsu is my inspiration when it comes to journalism and presenting.
  40. I am NOT an outdoorsy person but in Summer 2014 I went to Wales, where I climbed up a waterfall, I climbed inside dark tunnels inside a mountain and came out at the top, I went camping, I went canoeing and I jumped into a freezing lake even though I can’t swim. I literally still can’t believe that I did all of that.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

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’

Paula’s Idiolect

If you thought idiolect and idiot meant the same thing, you’re completely wrong, but you are not alone. I first thought something along those lines.

A person’s idiolect is their own personal way of speaking. It consists of the words and type of language they choose to speak. There are specific words and phrases that people use that become associated with them.

This post will basically explain my idiolect and how and where I have been influenced in the way I speak. I recently did a project on the study of English Language and the way we speak (especially concerning the British youth in the UK) and I thought it might be an interesting thing for you all to read. Obviously, I live in London, England so some of you more international readers may not fully understand all of this. But it’s been made to entertain you so don’t take everything too seriously.

Okay. First of all, English is the only language I am fluent in. My background is Nigerian and I can understand a few words in the Nigerian languages of Igbo and Yoruba but no where near as well as English. I learnt a bit of German and French but again, I am not fluent. That’s so embarrassing to admit.

Generally, I believe I speak correct standard English but when I’m with my friends and peers, I may use a few ‘mainstream’ slang words, such as ‘deep’, ‘butters’, ‘dead’, ‘safe’.. etc. However, I tend to not speak slang per se, but use regular words and change them to have slightly different meanings. For example; I say awkward a lot, often shorten it to awks. This means an uncomfortable situation or someone who makes you uncomfortable by the way they act. I also use it to mean ‘my bad’, like when I realise I got something or did something wrong.

Here are a few specific words I use and examples, with a brief funny translation as to what they mean (you’re allowed to laugh here, they’re meant to be funny)

  • Awkward: “I am way too awkward” – I always create uncomfortable situations for myself, unintentionally. 
  • Forever: “Boys in suits are forever winning.” – Males who dress smartly tend to look more attractive than males who do not.
  • Oh My Days (OMDs): “Oh my days, she said that?” – I cannot believe she said that, but I’ll ask anyway just to make sure.
  • Shambles/Shambolic: “I’m just looking shambolic  today.” – I look so horrible today that it’s comical. 
  • Ridiculous: “Sometimes, I am so cocky it’s actually ridiculous.” – Most of the time, I act cocky and it doesn’t really make sense because I’m actually not.
  • Genuinely: “genuinely used to have a phobia of planes.” - I’m not lying, I used to have a phobia of planes. Honest. I am not exaggerating.
  • Bloody: “And they didn’t bloody call me.” – I’m annoyed that they didn’t call me but I’m too much of a good Christian girl to swear so I’ll express my anger through the word Bloody.
  • Actually: “I actually love going to both a sixth form and a college.” – I’m surprised, I didn’t think I would like it since I was forced to do both but I actually like it. 
  • Freaking: “I’m so freaking hungry!” – I’m in need of food but I’d rather sit here and complain, because that seems easier.
  • Really: “I don’t take myself too seriously, so you really shouldn’t.” – I don’t mind being a fool so you shouldn’t either.
  • Though: “That girl’s fringe, though.” - I like that girls hair so much I can’t finish my sentence.
  • Basically: Basically, I start every sentence with basically.” – Basically, I don’t know what to say but saying basically gives me time to think.
  • Literally: “I literally love her vocals.” - I love her singing so much, I’m practically in love with them. 
  • Randomly: “I start randomly singing and dancing as I walk down the street.” - Whilst walking, I forget where I am and start singing. Then I look around, realise where I am and get embarrassed and stop. 
  • Generally: “I’m generally a nice person.” - Most of the time, I’m a nice person. But I have my moments, so be scared.

In recent years, I’ve noticed as I grow up that girls have become more intimate, to an extent. It’s more common for girls to call their friends ‘babe’ ‘sweetie’ or ‘hun’ or something that used to be what a boyfriend or love interest used to say. Here are a few words I call my friends, girls or boys, but mostly girls. I usually use these to greet someone or start a text/tweet.

  • “Babes”
  • “Mate”
  • “Matey”
  • “Love”
  • “Boo”
  • “Gorge”

Another influence in the development of language and specifically how I speak, is the rise of social media, especially Twitter and instant messaging. I’ve started saying specific words that I picked up from twitter. Sociolect refers to how a specific social group talk for example, young college students. There is a sociolect specific to twitter, that many twitter users use.

 

OKAY.

That was a longish one. What I am saying is, overall, I have a specific was I speak that people do tend to recognise. The other day, I called someone ridiculous and they were slightly offended until I explained that it’s part of my idiolect. When I call you ridiculous it means you’re really random and funny because you’re generally unpredictable. So, it’s a good thing.

I hope this was interesting. I think this post was extremely needed so that you can fully understand all my other post.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

The title tells it all really…

This day, sixteen years ago, a blessing was born; ME!

Lol but on a serious note, I thank God for bringing me through all that time. So many people have died at such a young age, and the fact that I am alive is a blessing that don’t take for granted.

I know sometimes I say or do things I shouldn’t say or do, however, I’m generally proud of myself. Your teenager years are the toughest and I’m using them to gain knowledge and understand.

Okay, before I go on forever, I just want to say, THANK YOU to everyone who said happy birthday to me. Whether that’s on twitter, facebook, email, bbm, text or even on here; THANK YOU. I appreciate every single one of you.

Much love guysssssssss,

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’