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Just fab? Just Fraud!

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Just Fab is an online shoe company, I believe, who are notorious for their scamming and deceitful online ‘VIP membership programme’. I’ve been a bit dubious about writing this post and publishing it on my blog but I’ve heard countless stories of other people getting scammed and ripped off by this sly company and I can’t stand back and watch it happen time and time again. I want to share my experience with this abomination of a company – who may I add has completely made me distrust online shopping anywhere new and has also badly affected my credit rating! Never again.

So it was Black Friday, I was surfing the web, checking out deals on my UniDays app (perks of being a student) and I stumbled across Just Fab. It was stating that they had a massive sale on for Black Friday and after having a shimmy through some of their items I thought bingo! I needed a pair of flat black leather boots for work and I found just the pair for £14 so I popped them in my basket. I went to the checkout; it was no different from any other online shop I had ever used (which is a hell of a lot). £14 was quite reasonable for a pair of decent boots for work: Little did I know they were going to cost me nearly £90 AND ruin my credit rating that I’d work so hard to build.

A few months went by without me even noticing: No emails, no notifications, nothing. I was browsing through my online banking one day and as I did I began to notice my money decreasing without any knowledge of recently making any purchases. I was informed by my bank that it was a company called Just Fab who had been taking £35 odd a month out of my account. This was news to me! I had no idea why this company were doing this: I hadn’t given my permission or signed anywhere to say that I agreed to this but hey! That’s what had been happening.

Inevitably, the first thing I did was contact PayPal. Apparently they had been making payments to this company and had stated it was a ‘pre-approved payment’ which it most definitely was not. The man on the phone actually informed me that it was a dodgy company and they have had countless complaints and problems with ‘Just Fab. Which raises the question: Why aren’t they doing anything about it?

To cut a long story short – the unhelpful and smug man on the other end of the phone basically told me it was my problem and I was to sort it out with Just Fab. (I loathe talking on phones and by this point my anxiety was getting pretty bad and I was all flustered – I just wanted these people to leave me alone and stop taking my hard earned money).

Just Fab answered and spoke to me in the most patronising tone and it sounded like they were reading off a script. Added to this, I also checked out their twitter account (And Instagram, facebook etc.) and they literally receive so so so so many complaints daily about this ‘VIP Programme’ and they hit their customers with the most pathetic and repetitive response which basically says  ‘We don’t give a shit. Have a nice day’. Apparently, they claim that when you purchase ANYTHING that is on sale you are automatically signed up to the VIP programme in which you must fork out £35 a month for something or other. What a load of bollocks! If it was clear, and they did give you this information, then why are SO many people aggravated and losing out on so much money? I’m actually lucky to only have lost £90 – I’ve seen many of their ‘customers’ lose over £200. It’s daylight robbery. How are they getting away with this?

I received my first ever debt letter through the door today because of Just Fab. I spoke on the phone last week to PayPal and they didn’t even give me time to try and sort it and I’ve got this through the door – it’s unbelievable – that is going to highly affect my credit rating and for a 20 year old girl: that ain’t going to do me any favours. It’s a disgrace!

The sad part about all of this is the shoes were the most uncomfortable pair I own. I came home from work with blisters and the shoes stunk of fish (that cheap leather smell, you know what I’m talking about?) So basically I got done.

Please, please, please if you are going to buy online from a company you’ve never used before research it before hand. Type it in to google. I wish I had. I was too trusting! It seemed like a legit company. And if I were you, I would highly recommend that you don’t order from Just Fab, but you probably gathered that already!

Have you ever had a bad experience with Just Fab (Or online shopping in general)? Or do you know someone else who has been ripped off by Just Fab? Drop me a comment below. I’d really like to hear from you.

Charlene McElhinney

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My current favourite Coronation Street Characters

For those of you that know me: You will know how much I adore Coronation Street. Ever since I was a tot I’ve watched Corrie – I never miss it – I could write a whole post in itself about how much I love corrie but I’m going to just focus this post solely on the characters that I just can’t get enough of:

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Rita Sullivan
I have so much love and adoration for this lady. She reminds me of my Gran McElhinney sometimes. The way she dresses, her make up, her hair, her wise words – she’s just flawless. She’s everybody’s agony aunt and always gives people a chance. I love the scenes between Noris and Rita in the cabin; say what you want about Noris but they make a good double act and never cease to provide great entertainment. Rita is just so classy, good-hearted and everything I aspire to be when I grow older. What a woman.

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Peter Barlow
I think everyone was gutted when Peter Barlow left Coronation Street – I know I was. I was absolutely thrilled when he made a return to the cobbles. Peter is mysterious, unreliable and a bit of a ‘bad boy’. You never know what to expect from him! I really hope we get some good storylines involving Peter soon as I think we’re all dying to see more from him. So glad he’s back! Always been one of my favourites!

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Mary Taylor
Mary’s flamboyant character is one that we just can’t help but love. Her one liners, her rambles and her quirky nature are just one of the many reasons that I always look forward to her on screen appearances. Did you know that the actress who plays Mary Taylor had wanted to be a part of corrie for quite some time and had wrote in to the casting  director, suggesting ideas for a character she had created, and asked to play her? This was refused. Later, they created Mary and invited Patti Clare (the actress who plays Mary) to come in and be in five comedic episodes in which the viewers accepted and took a liking to Mary and wanted to see more. She was, of course, offered a permanent position on the cobbles.

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‘Freddy’
I think Freddy is a great attribute to Coronation Street and I believe he has so much potential – I hope they give Freddy some juicy storylines some time soon as I would love to see more of him! He fits right in at the garage, his scenes with Kylie were simply wonderful and he was just an incredible newcomer – he fit right in straight away. I hope they keep him on! He is humorous, likeable and a pleasure to watch. More from Freddy please!

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David Platt
I think we can all agree that Jack P Shepard’s (actor who plays David)  acting has been second to none this year: Absolutely outstanding. I always find myself laughing out loud at David’s jokes and facial expressions, his wicked ways and his scenes with Gail Platt. However, this year, we saw a completely different side to David when he lost his wife Kylie and she died in his arms. It was devastating to watch, my heart was in my mouth, but Jack’s acting was impeccable and I’m sure he will win plenty of awards for his incredible performance. Corrie wouldn’t be the same without David.
So these are my current favourite Coronation Street characters; I’m also a big fan of Todd Grimshaw and Sally Webster – and Tim. Who are your favourite character’s in Corrie? Who do you dislike? Which character would you love to see back on the cobbles?
Until next time
Charlene McElhinney
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Reading Round-Up post

I have been reading loads lately and I’m always really eager to write up blog posts and review/share the books that I’ve been reading with you all. So here is a wee handful of books that I have read lately:

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Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
I was sent this book to read from the fabulous Tabitha (@TabithaLoves_) as we are both big book lovers and have agreed to send one another books from time to time. Book swaps are so much fun: You often find that people send you something that you wouldn’t normally pick up yourself. It’s really interesting! ‘Remember Me?’ was such an enjoyable read. I had never read any of Sophie Kinsella’s books before so this was a first for me. In a nutshell, this book is about a girl called Lexi, who wakes up in a hospital and discovers that she has Amnesia and can not remember the past 3 years of her life. She remembers herself being not very popular, not very pretty and not very well-off. When she wakes up she has a rich husband, a fancy house, an expensive car and an incredible job. She can not believe her luck. As time goes on, Lexi begins to dislike this new lifestyle, and realises that this exquisite lifestyle isn’t really her; she wants her old life back. She begins to try and win back her old friends and tries to get some normality back in to her life. This is a very fast-paced, quirky and humorous read. I would highly recommend this book. I would rate this book a 4/5.

 

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Trafficked by Sophie Hayes
This book received so many negative reviews on ‘GoodReads’ and I just can not fathom why; it is a story, from a brave young lady, who has been through an absolutely dreadful experience in life. She decided to share this unfortunate time from her past in order to help other people and open their eyes to the world we live in – is that really so bad? Sophie’s story is deeply saddening and extremely moving. She tells us about the life she lived before she was trafficked by the horrific ‘Kas’. She lived such a normal life up until this moment in her life: that is what makes it so terrifying – it could happen to anyone. She talks us through the abuse (both mental and physical) that Kas put her through whilst selling her on the streets. She goes in to detail about the things he put her through, people she met along the way and how she got away from the vile man that tried to ruin her life. We also learn about how Sophie has been picking up the pieces ever since and how she got the help she so desperately needed but never thought she would receive. I gave this book a 4/5 stars and will definitely be sending it on to someone else for them to read as I believe Sophie’s story should be heard by everyone.

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Nip ‘n’ Tuck by Kathy Lette
To be honest, this book just wasn’t for me. I’ve read 3 and a half chapters and I just can’t seem to get in to it at all. I can’t give a review on this book for that reason but I will give you a brief synopsis of what the book entails. Basically it’s about a girl who thinks her life is pretty good until she loses her job to a younger journalist and her husband to an actress who is the definition of perfection. Apparently the protagonist, Lizzie, considers undergoing surgery to win her man back as he works in a cosmetic surgery clinic? Yeah… I just can’t grasp it and it isn’t really for me. However, I will send it on to someone else for them to read as it may just not be my style. I’d have to rate this book a 1/5 as I just couldn’t get in to it all.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I’m going to find it difficult to find the words to actually sum up my opinions of this book: Let’s just say I found it strangely incredible. I didn’t expect to become so enthralled by this book but I found myself being unable to put it down. Forbidden introduces us to Lochan and Maya who are not only best friends – but siblings too. Lochan and Maya are essentially the parents of the household and care for their 2 younger brothers and younger sister as their mother is a drunk and barely spends any time at home – it has always been this way. As the story unfolds we learn that Lochan and Maya are actually in love with one another and want nothing more than to be together: in every sense of the word. However because of their circumstances this evidently isn’t going to be easy. They find ways to be together intimately and secretly and still run the family home and carry out normal day to day life living together as brother and sister. But how long can they keep this up? Forbidden is such an intense read, you root for the characters even though you know what they are doing is wrong, in the words of the front cover: How can something so wrong feel so right? It is such an emotional rollercoaster to read and really messes with your head. Forbidden deals with the subject of incest, neglect, love, friendship, responsibility and a variety of other topics. This book does not try and convince you that incest is acceptable or right but simply tells the story of two young souls who long to be together – the only thing stopping them is that their mother gave birth to them both… highly recommend!
Have you read any of these books? Or have you read any other books from these authors? I’d love to hear from you.
Charlene McElhinney
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I’m doing just fine.

I was just sitting writing a script for college as part of my course work and a sudden spark suddenly went off in my head: It was the need to write a blog post.
Do you know what it is? I’m just so damn proud of myself for everything that I’ve achieved in the past year. I really am. I’ll get in to all that in a minute. I have so much I want to say right now that the words are going to come tumbling, pouring out from my heart and on to the keys, without me even giving them a second thought. I know that’s not very professional for a blogger but I want to type this up quickly and get it out there – live on my blog – for everyone to see because I am bursting with pride right now.
In a nutshell (for those of you who aren’t regular readers of my blog) I had a pretty tough time for nearly 2 years. Battling Depression and Anxiety, losing my Gran McElhinney who was also my role model and best friend, losing ‘close’ friends due to Depression (I’ll come back to this one in a jiffy), not wanting to be here, not knowing who to turn to and not accepting myself. I could go on and on and on and on. There are so many reasons as to why I’ve had, let’s be honest, a shit few years.
Nevertheless, this post is to be POSITIVE. Good vibes only – for a change! I am a pessimist and always, always, always bring myself down and fault myself and all that jazz – but not today lovelies.
Over the past year, through therapy and surrounding myself with the right people and for numerous other reasons (which I will share with you all in a bit) I have made such wonderful progress. I haven’t made a miraculous recovery. I still have days – frequently – where I just don’t want to walk this earth, I don’t want to face another human being, I don’t want to get out of bed or get ready or even look at myself in the mirror. In saying this, I have done so many incredible things over the past year that I just need to give myself credit for. I’m a big believer in giving credit where credit is due and I never really put that in to place for myself.
Until now.
I’ll start off with negative things that I’ve overcome recently: I went in for an operation three days ago, and it was so terrifying but I went in – to a hospital – and got the operation. I did it. I hate hospitals. Despise them.  But I did it. My mother and my auntie Angela came along with me and supported me through it but I did it! My first time in a hospital, personally, never broke a bone or nothing. And I managed to get through it. I’d say that’s pretty positive, right? Also, this year, I got a really tough time off a few certain individuals when I started blogging and when I opened up about my Mental Health etc. but… I got over it! I’m not going to lie, at the time I let those people get to me pretty bad, but I’m over it. And I just hope, with all my heart, soul, body and mind that those ignorant, selfless and damn right bad eggs are reading this post now and feel ashamed. Look at me now! I don’t give a damn and I used your negativity to ‘egg’ me on and move forward with my life and accomplish positive things – so if anything, I’d like to thank you :).
Over the past two years: I went to my GP and got diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety; I started taking medication and seeking help for my Mental Health; I attended psychology and counselling for a year; I started a blog; I started my own community on Twitter which has grown in to so much more (#beechat); I got myself a Christmas temp job in retail which I have recently just finished and I learned loads; I got a place in college doing a Professional Writing Skills course in the Creative Industries that nearly 600 people applied for; I started a YouTube channel; I went on holidays with my boyfriend; I’ve attended blogger events; went to concerts with my best friend; I’ve found a profound love for reading and lose myself in a book at least once every day; I’ve worked with some amazing brands through my blog; I’ve inspired and encouraged lots of people who message me daily to tell me I do so and it just honestly melts my heart and makes everything I do worthwhile.
I’m writing this today and acknowledging some of the good, positive, things in my life that I have achieved for myself because who knows how I’m going to feel tomorrow? That’s the thing with Depression. And Anxiety. You just don’t know what tomorrow holds.
But I’m doing okay.
I’m doing just fine.
Love
Charlene McElhinney

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Case App*

Just before Christmas, I received a lovely phone case from CaseApp, that I designed online by myself. Case App is an online store that allows you to customise your own phone case in whichever style suits you best. So I decided to go for a quote that I’d seen on a water bottle before and thought was quite quirky and catchy and added my own twist to it!

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This was the final look of my phone case! The process of designing it was pretty straight-forward; there were plenty of different fonts for you to choose from & clip arts etc. After picking my quote, colours and font: I decided to throw in a clip art. I went for a heart and turned it upside down to look like a booty! (considering the theme of my case). That was pretty creative for me – if I do say so myself.I went for a basic background colour of grey (I was a bit dubious about this as I thought it would get dirty pretty easily but I’ve had it on my phone for over a month now and it still looks as good as new).
Once I had finished my design: I was given the option whether I wanted it to be a gloss effect or matte. I went for matte on this occasion. I imagine the gloss would look good too but I tend to always go for matte with phone cases so I thought I’d just stick to what I know.
The delivery was quick and the company were a pleasure to work with. I’d recommend Case App for designing your own cases as they are reliable and the process is super easy and quick. It took me less than 5 minutes to design my case!
Case App also sell gift cards, skins and other designs on their website that you can check out by clicking HERE.
Have you ever created your own phone case? Would you like to? Have you heard of CaseApp before? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time
CHARLENE MCELHINNEY
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*This is a sponsored post. I was sent this item in exchange for a review. All opinions, photos and views are my own.
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Hello 2017

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Happy New Year!
I hope you all had an absolutely fabulous New Year’s Eve and that you have all spent today relaxing and spending time with loved ones. I have had a very quiet New Year (for once). I spent New Year’s Eve chilling on the couch and reading a book about proverbs and idioms… I know right? 20 going on 80.
So, the plan of action for my blog in 2017  is to try and post at least once a week, preferably twice a week. I am going to have a variety of different content going live this year and hopefully some lovely guest bloggers featuring on my blog too – so watch this space! I have lots of ideas and plan on spending the rest of this evening jotting down some notes. If there is anything in particular you would like to see/hear from me this year then please do let me know.  
I thought I’d just do a brief blog post wishing you all a happy new year and to share my first snapchat selfie of 2017 with you all. I don’t want to talk about anything in particular this evening; it’s just a brief intro to the new year from me tonight guys.
Feel free to pop me a comment and let me know how your new year went and what you got up to. All the best for 2017.
Much love
Charlene McElhinney
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