Happy National Siblings Day: Why I love having sisters

I’ve been informed by the internet that it is National Siblings Day today. Although, I think this may just be for America; I’m going to write something anyway because I think sometimes we take our siblings for granted!

Luckily, growing up I don’t think I had too many squabbles with my siblings (I think to be honest we all lacked the effort). Most of the memories we share of each other is either of me bossing them around (i.e. most people’s memory of their time with me) or the ridiculous things we got up to, which leads me to the reasons I love having siblings.

The memories 

I don’t think anyone gets your in jokes as much as your siblings do. Although, the tale of my sister getting her head trapped in a table I find hilarious when telling anyone; I’ll admit it doesn’t lead to hysterics as much as it does when told between us. Also, I don’t think you get the full weight of the look my (other sister – they’re twins) sister had on her face when she looked like a mermaid after almost being swept away by the sea unless you were there to witness it.

April and Billie

Helping each other by learning from each others mistakes 

As the oldest sibling I feel like I had the opportunity to make most of the mistakes but they didn’t feel as bad when I realised that at least hopefully my sisters would learn from me and not do the same thing. However, the only downside is that being the oldest also meant I was always the guinea pig in regards to parenting and my sisters got to go into town by themselves and have phones at a younger age than I was.

Billie and Crystal

Sharing information 

I don’t think this is unique to a family of only sisters but personally for me I love that we all have a similar shared experience that we can draw on, i.e. we can all truly sympathise when the other has a painful period.

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My sisters are awesome 

I am so proud of my sisters. They’re awesome, way more stylish than I will ever be and truly independent, sassy, little (in height) women. One of the best parts of having sisters is getting to see them grow up and go through life and continue to get more and more awesome.

Siblings

Someone that I can always talk to 

Sometimes for me at least talking to people can require putting in a lot of concentration and effort but when you talk to your siblings you can just be yourself because they already know all the bad/ ridiculous things about you anyway. It’s the same sort of relationship you can also get with your significant other or a close friend however there is that added security that they can’t abandon you because otherwise my mum would yell at them (ha, ha).

They know exactly how to roast you

This might seem like a bad thing to some people but there is something weirdly reassuring about someone knowing you well enough to know exactly how to make fun of your silly moments. The added benefit is you can roast them back as well.

For me however the best thing about having siblings is having someone to gossip with or talk about things you’ve mutually inherited. An added plus is when you can steal each other’s clothes (though I stand by they’ve stolen more of mine than I ever did of theirs).

Also, while you’re here go check out my sister’s art project for her University course: @_we_are_1_ on Instagram and give them a follow! My sister is a great photographer so you won’t be disappointed!

April (April is the Cruellest Month)

– Blog posts Thursday and Sundays- 

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My top nine blog posts of 2017

So I was scrolling across Instagram and I saw one of those posts with a user’s top nine posts for the year, and I thought it might be fun to do it for my blog. Mainly, to be honest because this is helpful for me to see what kind of content everyone likes, and also because it gives me an excuse to reminiscence over what I’ve written for the year.

Overall, I’ve actually posted 44 posts this year (45 once the post before this post is published). Honestly, I hadn’t realised it was that many (though it might seem a lot to some) so it made me feel a little bit better about this blog, as lately I know I’ve not been putting enough time and effort in.

My first post if anyone is interested was on March the 15th 2017 (so this blog is still less than a year old!). At this time of writing 23 people follow this blog, which I know only makes this blog a small drop in the ocean but means so much to me.

However, before I get soppy, without further ado, my most popular post of 2017 was…

Lazy Oaf Sample Sale Haul 

I am still a bit upset that there has not been a part 2 to this post, as I was unable to make the sample sale in December. However, I am determined to make the sample sale in June next year, so be prepared for a part two. I tried to be as honest about the whole experience as possible, so I hope the post has helped some people who haven’t been to a Lazy Oaf sample sale before. I know the posts I read about the December sample sale were very useful (with my main take away being that prices have gone up due to more of the stock being one off pieces rather than samples), so I can only hope that my post has done the same for some people- especially as it’s my most viewed post!

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What I got for my Birthday: 2017 (Aged 22) 

Although, I know that I personally love watching videos or reading posts about what other people got for their birthday or for Christmas because I’m nosy; I am still shocked this is my second most viewed post. Mostly, because I find this kind of content interesting usually because I have been following someone for a certain amount of time, so know that the gifts they are likely to receive would also be something I’d want also. I don’t think that’s the case with my post, but thank you to everyone who has read it, and I hope it inspired you gift wise, or at least made decent reading.

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Hello Kitty Topshop Pop Up Shop Mini Haul 

I am not going to lie I’m quite pleased this is my third most viewed post, as when I did attend the pop up shop; I hadn’t been able to find that many blog posts or vlogs about the shop at all online. While, my photography skills are still very much lacking I did try to show the entirety of the collection, and give an idea about prices, so visitors knew what to expect. I still use the phone case I bought from that trip (though I think I need to update!) so it’s nice to know the trip that I am reminded of a lot in my everyday life is on this list.

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This Belle ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cosplay is goals 

This was actually the first ever post on this blog, so it will always have a special place in my heart. First of all, I just want to say a big thank you to the cosplayers and all the photographers who helped make this post a reality. Especially, as it really is the content that you all provided that make this post come to life. I have admired the cosplayers in this post for a long time so it was absolute honour to conduct this interview.

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Image: Laura Beresford Photography

Feminist Reading Journey: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

While my feminist reading journey posts are definitely not over though perhaps on a little bit of a hiatus; it is definitely encouraging to know that this is one of my most viewed blog posts. I have no idea why this post is so much more popular than the other posts in the series. Perhaps, I actually reviewed the book more than usual in this post, and didn’t go off on a tangent though I just read back the post and there was a big tangent before the post even started!

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Image: The Kawaii Kollective

Dodie’s ‘Secret for the Mad’ Book Review (and Pop up shop) 

Since ‘Secrets for the Mad’ is up there with my favourite books of 2017 (let me know if you’d like a whole post about what were actually my favourite books of the year); I am very happy that this is one of my most viewed posts as it is also one of my last posts of 2017. I’m also very happy to say that I am going to see Dodie in April next year (I can’t wait!!!), so hopefully there will be a concert post coming your way (which, will most likely be my first ever concert review/ post!).

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Riverdale’s Archie and Miss Grundy and the worrying repeated sexualisation of student-teacher relationships

Ok, so I have a major confession in relation to this post and that is that I really need to catch up with Riverdale. As I ashamed to say I still have not finished season one. Something, I am going to make sure I change this year, especially since so many of you seem to enjoy this post. If I can get organised enough, I’d love to do reviews of episodes or of seasons as a whole.

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Image: Riverdale/ The CW/ Netflix 

I’ve officially finished my Master’s degree 

This post was one of the posts I was most nervous about sharing this year, but I am so glad I did. Since then, my courage about what I post, and even what I say in ‘real life’ has gone up so much. Yes, I’m still nervous, and unbearably awkward when I don’t know someone well, but I’m a lot more honest, which is just such a relief for me on so many occasions.

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The Hello Kitty x Lazy Oaf Collection is here 

I’m happy that there is at least one other fashion related post on this list because fashion is really what I would like to try and blog more about this year. This collection is what truly got me into Lazy Oaf, and since then not only has my ‘style game’ in my opinion got more quirky and improved, but I’ve had so much fun talking to people who love the brand also. I can’t wait to see what the brand comes up with in 2018, and I hope to expand my collection even more this year!

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So there it is, my top nine for 2017. I know since it’s New Years Day this post is coming maybe a bit late. But I also know I’m unashamedly going to be posting more reflective posts all this year (as long as it’s the first week of the year it’s ok, right?). I personally can’t wait to see what this year will bring from fellow bloggers, and on my own blog. I’m so happy that I finally actually have a blog after wanting one for years so to be honest I’m over the moon and ecstatic everytime I get a view or a comment.

Thank you to anyone who has read my blog and made that happen.

April

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