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That time I done a photoshoot at 16


At the age of 16, whilst I was still at school, I decided I wanted to do a photoshoot. I wasn’t a confident girl, I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life back then, but I knew I wanted to do a photoshoot for a number of reasons. I wish to discuss this with you now – even though it was almost 4 years ago. Wow, that’s scary, time really does fly.

The Photographer was the lovely Grace Callan who is actually my mother’s cousin. I had heard lots of wonderful things about her and I’d seen her tremendous work; I just knew I would be comfortable with her and so my mum contacted her on my behalf. She was eager to work with me and we made some arrangements and I was so excited (and nervous). 



Grace was a pleasure to work with: She made me feel relaxed, worked with me in such a professional manner (even though she was my second cousin) and she made me laugh and feel confident – which really stood out in the photographs. I was so pleased with the finished result. At the time, it was everything I had wanted.

I shared my photographs on my Facebook and other social media sites: I was over the moon with them and couldn’t wait to show them off to my friends. I was 16 years old – I had an album of countless photographs of me – flaunting all of my new clothes and strutting my stuff in heels: What 16 year old girl wouldn’t be delighted with this?

After posting the pictures, I began receiving negative comments from people at school, mainly girls to be candid. I overheard people talking about me, and making unnecessary remarks and basically bringing me down. At the time it bothered me, I’m not going to lie, but now I look back and ask myself why? Why did I let it get to me so much? You’re only young once. I’d give anything to look like I did in those pictures and that was only 4 years ago. When I’m 70 years old (touch wood) I want to look back at these photos and smile. Truly smile. I want to remember them as being a positive thing. They were.


My main reasons for wanting to do the photoshoot was because I truly believed at the time I had what it took to be a ‘model’. I look back now and laugh at myself. I look at girls on Instagram every day and I see girls on TV, in Magazines and on a daily basis and I know now I do not have what it takes. Nevertheless, that was one of my main reasons for doing it. I wanted to make a port folio. It never happened. I also wanted to do it to increase my confidence. I wanted the experience. I wanted a new profile picture for my social networking sites. I wanted to feel good about myself. I wanted to impress other people. I just wanted to do something for me. Is that so wrong?

Now that I am a blogger and I have my own little space on the internet: I am beginning to care less and less about what people think of me. I am immensely proud of myself for this as I have held myself back for years worrying about other people. If I want to take photographs showing some flesh, striking a pose or doing whatever really: I will. I’m 20 years old now and I’m just going where the wind takes me.

I’ve had a tough few years. I have. And I want to share that with you all through my writing. I want to be as true to myself as possible and I want to be completely honest and open with you all – as I always have been since I started my blog.

Do not ever let anyone bring you down. If you do something that makes you feel good, that brings you joy and that puts a smile on your face: Do it. Tell the world. Show everyone what you are capable of.

At the end of the day, not everyone will like you, but the right people will. That’s what I’ve learned over the years anyway.

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney

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Reading in Coffee Shops

Hi darlings,

I just wanted to share with you all my pleasant experience today in Costa Coffee. My friend and I decided to meet up to do some reading together and decided to pop in to a coffee shop and spend a few hours there: I’m so glad we did.

I’ve always wanted to go to a coffee shop to sit and read; but I’ve always been reluctant (for some unknown reason). I bought myself a lovely hot chocolate – with marshmallows and cream – and we found ourselves a couple of cosy seats to sit on. We had a catch up for a bit and chatted away, as you do, and then we both indulged ourselves in to our books.


It was such a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere; every so often you could just sit your book down, have a look around and check out the surroundings, and then put your head down and completely engross yourself in your book again. It was lovely.

Reading in public is not something that I tend to do: In saying that, I have started reading on my bus journey to college in the morning, I love it. Sitting in a coffee shop today, reading, made me realise just how incredible reading really is; there can be so much going on around you and yet you’re completely lost in a world of your own. It’s an amazing feeling.

I am definitely going to start checking out new places for me to read and going out my way more often to find somewhere different to sit and just read to my hearts content. I thoroughly enjoyed being in a new environment whilst I buried myself in a book today; I’ll be sure to let you know what places I end up finding myself in.

Do you ever go to coffee shops to read/study? Do you like to read on bus/plane journeys? What do you love about it?

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney

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Isn’t it crazy?

Isn’t it crazy how you can smile and the whole world suddenly believes that you are happy? Nobody notices that you’re crying, kicking and screaming, inside. Isn’t it crazy that you can know someone, inside out, and yet you can not tell if you are making that person happy. Isn’t it crazy how you can loathe yourself so much and yet manage to get through the day?..

I don’t know what’s been up with me over the past few days; but I’ve been down – really down. And I’m scared. I know how I felt at my absolute worst and I do not ever want to go back to that dark place. I don’t want to be alone again.

I feel alone.

I’m here, on my little corner of the internet, talking to myself. I don’t know who to talk to; who to turn to: So I write. Writing makes me feel better.

Isn’t it crazy how your nearest and dearest don’t notice you falling apart inside? Isn’t it crazy that there is a whole big world out there – full of people – and yet one can feel so isolated? Isn’t it crazy that Depression and Anxiety can become you? Consume you?

 

Let me ask you this, I took this picture 5 minutes ago (before I sat down to let these words flow from my soul), does this girl look like she is doing OK? Does she look happy? Would you pass this girl on the street and believe that she was feeling the lowest she had ever felt? I know I wouldn’t.

Behind this smile is everything you will never understand.

– For anyone who reads/acknowledges this piece of gibberish that I just wrote, please leave me a comment and say hello, sometimes it’s just nice to know people are there.

Love
Charlene McElhinney

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Purrfect Box

When I came home from college today and seen a big box of goodies for my two fur babies (courtesy of Purrfect Box UK) I was so chuffed; nothing gives me greater joy than seeing my two wee darlings getting spoiled and having fun.


For those that know me: I adore my two cats with all of my heart and soul. Gizmo, is roughly 2 and a half years old (ish) and Milo is still only a kitten. You wouldn’t believe it, looking at the size of him, he grows extremely fast! Gizmo is the beautiful tabby cat  – in the picture above – and the adorable rosetted Bengal kitten is Milo.


When I first opened the box: The cats were immediately over at it, rubbing their heads on it, sniffing like there was no tomorrow and investigating their new toys & treats. I sat there watching, like a mother on Christmas morning, admiring her children as they rip open their new treasures. It was lovely. I opened the treats without delay; I knew that they were eager to get tucked right in to them. It’s safe to say they both thoroughly enjoyed it as they looked up at me, with their adorable, charming and precious little eyes, obviously trying to convince me to give them some more…

I opened the toys for them and within seconds they were being thrown around the room, up in the air and all sorts; they were both going bonkers for their new toys (and most likely the cat nip).

My PurrfectBox contained: Soft cat stick treats, tasty biscuit treats (with hairball control), 3 various different toys, a ‘purr notes’ booklet with lots of interesting info & facts about your cats, a fur care glove and a pretty big box for it all to go in – with the extra touch of some cat nip! Pretty much everything your cat could ask for all in the one box. Happy days.


I am so pleased with my box and all of the thought that has went in to it. Gizmo and Milo are loving it too, and whilst I write this post, they are having a great time throwing their new toys around like there’s no tomorrow!

If you have dogs, PurrfectBox also offer a box of goodies for dogs too! It is called PawsomeBox and you can check that out HERE if you so wish.

I think it’s a great idea, making a mystery box of various items for cat/dog owners, it’s very seldom that you hear of ‘subscription boxes’ for animals – it’s nice for them to have a bit of luxury and excitement too!

I’ve had such a pleasant experience with Purrfect Box. Gizmo and Milo have loved every bit of it! If you feel like treating your cat or dog then this is the place to do it, definitely!

You can check out their website by clicking HERE.

Have fun & happy unboxing with your furry friends. I hope they love it just as much as my two did!

Lots of love
Charlene McElhinney

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*I was sent the Purrfect Box for review purposes. All opinions, views and photographs are my own.

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Supercuts Event

I was kindly invited along to a bloggers event (my first one, if I’m being more pedantic) held by Supercuts – in St Rollox, Glasgow. The main reason for this event was to promote Supercuts current competition: #SquadGoals (Click HERE to read all about the ins & outs of the competition and how YOU can enter).

If you win the #SquadGoals competition you will be whisked away to a studio in London for a hair and beauty makeover (from the Supercuts styling team, of course) and you will receive a goody bag of TIGI products to take home with you. Added to this, you will also receive an exclusive photoshoot AND an overnight stay in the capital city; what have you got to lose? Definitely check out the link I shared above and get involved: You’ve got to be in it to win it!

I guess the reason you are reading this is because you’re eager to know how I got on at the Supercuts Bloggers Event so let me get down to the nitty gritty: It was my very first bloggers event so, yeah, I was pretty much a nervous wreck. I had asked if I could perhaps take a friend along with me but I was told as there was only limited spaces available that I had to go alone. (Oh well, I thought, at least there will be Prosecco there to calm my nerves).

As I entered the room and looked around, I saw 3 other girls getting pampered, and so I assumed that these girls were the other bloggers. They were sipping on Prosecco and eating nibbles (the pros of being a blogger, right)? I was welcomed by one of the hairdressers who was very friendly and offered me some of what the other girls were having! The craziest thing happened: I got chatting to one of the other bloggers, who was really sweet, and we went to follow one another on social media but… SHE ALREADY FOLLOWED ME! She knew who I was and she already followed me – how mad is that? I felt like a celebrity for a moment, ha ha!

Anyway, the lady who was doing my hair was called Karen and she immediately made me feel comfortable and chatted away to me and talked me through what she was doing. I felt like a queen – sitting there with my Prosecco getting my hair done for me – I wasn’t used to this sort of treatment. Karen went for a hair-up style for me which I didn’t mind as it is very seldom I wear my hair up so it was nice for a change. Afterwards, we took lots of pictures and we were allowed to roam around with our cameras and do our thing!

Before leaving, we were each given a goody bag of TIGI products, courtesy of Supercuts! Thank you so much for the goodies!

It was such a pleasant evening and it was a very positive first experience of a Blogger Event; I can not wait for the next one!

Have you ever been to Supercuts before? Have you ever used TIGI products? What was your first blogger event? I would love to hear from you!

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney

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*All photos are my own. The photograph at the end of me getting pampered was taken by the lovely @fionnfionnfionn – thank you Fionn.



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Coronation Street Set Tour

For those of you who know me: You will know how much of a Coronation Street fan I am. I’ve loved Corrie ever since I can remember. So I was absolutely thrilled when I received a present for my birthday from my lovely friend, Megan, telling me that we were going to be attending the Coronation Street Set Tour in the SECC in Glasgow.

We made our way to the SECC (following a ‘few’ cocktails that we had beforehand) and we were both extremely excited. There were arrows pointing us in the right direction to #corrieontour – which was propitiously ideal for me as I would have gotten lost otherwise. The SECC is huuuuuuuge.
We were introduced to our Tour Guide and to another bunch of people who would be doing the tour with us; they were so lovely. The majority of them were elderly (crazily enough, I was answering questions and getting more answers right than these elderly ladies that had been around since the beginning of Corrie). We were given a lanyard to wear around our necks and I wore mine with pure pride! (Sad, I know…)


was like a child in a sweetie shop: I was eagerly making my way around all of the different sets from Coronation Street, making little excited noises (as you do), whilst taking an abundance of pictures to parade when I got home. We started off at Jack and Vera’s home (now known as Tyronne and Fiz’s); we moved swiftly along to the Platt’s – passing street cars on our way; next stopping off at the notorious Roy’s Rolls (which was an incredible experience – one of the ‘breakfasts’ cost a total of £40 to make! And it looks so legitimate – you would swear it was real); then we stopped by the Kabin (I was hoping the wonderful Norris Cole would make an appearance but to no avail); next up was the moment that we were all waiting for: THE ROVERS RETURN.



The Rovers Return was the absolute pinnacle of everyone’s tour – the zenith of all zeniths – it is the absolute climax of a Coronation Street experience. I can now boastfully say that I have been inside the Rovers, sat on the seats, been behind the bar AND rang the well-known bell. Time to tick that off the bucket list. 
There was so much to see: memorabilia, costumes, props, clips from Coronation Street from all different eras, images of how the make up is done, a ‘hall of fame’ type thing with photographs hanging in golden frames of all our beloved Coronation Street characters – some of which who are no longer with us. It was such a memorable and fantastic experience. I am so grateful that I was able to walk down the cobbles and create these memories that I will treasure for a life time. Thank you so much Megan for such an incredible present (I don’t know how I am going to top this when it comes to your birthday)!
I am going to take this moment to share some more photographs with you all below – and if you have any questions at all, comments, or simply just want to say hello: Feel free to leave me a comment.
Are you a corrie fan? Have you ever visited the cobbles? Who is your favourite Coronation Street character? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney
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My First Week at College

Hi, sweethearts. 
This is just going to be a very brief blog post filling you all in (as I did mention in my last post that I would let you all know how I got on with my first week of college). 
For Block 1 of my course I am in from 9am-4pm on a Monday & Tuesday so technically that’s my first week over already. It’s been a very long two days but it’s felt super productive and I am feeling really optimistic. My class seems like a good bunch of people; I’m really relieved about that (as you know, I was extremely worried about what the other people on my course were going to be like) but yeah, my first two days were pleasant and enjoyable and I don’t think it could have gone any better really.
It sounds like it’s going to be a really intense and tough year but I am so ready for it. I am determined to push myself as much as I can and to learn new skills & develop my current ones. I’m doing this for me and I am not going to let myself down.
I’ve got lots of ideas for new blog posts, lovelies, and I’ve been taking notes so I don’t forget. I’m currently typing this from my phone, in bed, because I know a lot of my followers on Twitter are eager to know how I got on at college; I’ve been receiving lots of thoughtful and kind messages from you all and I have appreciated each and every one of them so much. 
I’m super tired so I’m going to wrap this up here.
Until next time
Charlene McElhinney
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