10 reasons you need to watch Gilmore Girls

I am yet to meet someone who has not seen Gilmore Girls, and I would like my life to stay that way. My mum introduced me to it, my closest friends love it and my boyfriend even enjoys it, and rightly so because its amazing and will honestly change your life.

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So here are my ten reasons everyone should watch Gilmore Girls:

1- The mother-daughter bond is amazing

As a daughter of a single mother, I understand the bond that Lorelai and Rory have, the best friend connection as well as the mother-daughter arguments sprinkled between. Sharing little secrets one moment and having a screaming match another, a lot of parents would be shocked by the information we share and Lorelai and Rory are the same. Sharing stories of kissing and boys and odd inside jokes that everyone is puzzled by.

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2-There is so much to throwback about 

It was first shot in 2000, which allows you to enjoy cute throwback moments enjoying flip phones and every now and then Lane- Rory’s best friend- will talk about  music which brings back so many memories. Little pop culture mentions honestly remind me of growing up in the 00’s. Not to mention the style choices of the characters that make me desperate to go back to that era, or at least to a vintage store. In the first season they go to The Bangles concert, and it was such a cute throwback that my mum squealed when she saw it, which was adorable to me.

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3- You get to enjoy love and heartbreak without leaving your house

Whether you are enjoying a new teenage romance with Rory, willing Lorelai to give someone good a chance or hoping Lane will find someone her mother approves on and that she actually likes. I can promise you will fall in love with Sookie a little more each episode as she is the most adorable accident prone side-kick to Lorelai and acts as a second mother to Rory which is adorable to see women supporting one another.

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4-You can enjoy awkward dinners with great shade from grandparents 

As someone who misses out on awkward family dinners, its nice to rewatch this and feel like I am part of that (all over again). Also it is hard to not enjoy and hate that shady comments thrown across the dinner table by both Lorelai and Emily. With the quick comments giving both comedy touches and creating a love-hate relationship with Emily Gilmore.

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5- Lorelai’s independence and want to be independent helped me become the woman I am now

Her feminism that has trickled down into Rory was the first time I saw a woman- who was a feminist- being popular in her community. Her feminism ranges from hilarious- naming her daughter after herself as a feminist statement- to very serious with her necessity for independence. Working her way up from being a maid to manager of the inn she works at is inspiring and shows what hard work can do.

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6- The supporting characters bring the main ones to life

With Luke in the diner being a prominent feature in the girls life, Michel’s constant anger at life and his job is how I feel pretty often, Miss Patty and her flirty and nosiness reminds me of so many neighbours and Kirk is an unforgettable and odd character to say the least. They give so much energy and life to Stars Hollow that it makes it so easy to imagine and helps you to love Rory and Lorelai even more. 88900.gif

7- You can enjoy all of the firsts with Rory 

Throughout the seven seasons you get to watch Rory grow up from 16 all the way through college. You get to enjoy the first kiss, first boyfriend, first heartbreak and her first date. All of which are just as awkward and embarrassing as you’ll remember yours were.

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8- The theme song is horribly memorable 

“If you’re out on the road, feelin’ lonely and so cold…” I can promise that this song will be stuck in your head for the next month after watching two episodes, this is from experience. Both myself and my supervisor at work have had this problem at work and I have realised I am not a great singer.

9-There are seven seasons with 20+ episodes each and a movie is coming out soon 

In Britain we get a good four days of heat and sun, and I think they are gone. So what is better than having an amazing TV series to watch all summer and a movie coming out soon too. Each episode is filled with drama and love and is so relatable that it hurts.

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10- They make you feel so much better about all the junk food you eat

As a junk food enthusiast and a chocoholic I no longer get the pangs of guilt hitting me regularly, but I do also put part of this up to my love of the Gilmore Girls. They have a love for coffee, pizza and all things junk food which makes me feel so much better about my addiction to junk food.

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If that hasn’t won you over, watch the first episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix now!! Feel free to thank me later. If you don’t like it, there are rumours that Mrs Kim will haunt you in your dreams.

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Why dungarees are my new go-to look

I am a very plain and boring person especially when it comes to my style and clothing, I love my grey t-shirts and white t-shirts with jeans or joggers when I’m not in my work uniform. I rarely change my style, often buying the same items of clothing to replace old ones (I just love routine), but recently I went to Marks and Spencer and had a look in their clothing section.

I don’t usually go to M&S other than going for my lunch which is my little guilty pleasure every now and again, but on my lunch hour I went to M&S and had a look at their Limited Edition clothing section and instantly fell in love with the dungarees on the mannequin. The dark blue denim was like my typical colour of jeans with a slim fit on the legs, unlike other jeans these fit my freakishly long legs perfectly and for the first time I could actually roll the legs up on the jeans. I am totally in love with them and would never stop wearing them if i could get away with it.

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I usually never take pictures of my clothes because of how boring my style is but I cannot stop looking at these and praising these.

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I don’t usually spend much on clothes unless its my work uniform so I had a little splurge on this at £49.50 but paired with a simple £3.99 cropped white tee and converse it is a cute, simple and comfy go to outfit for me.

As someone who was horribly deprived of dungarees in my childhood and teenage life I feel that it is no wonder I love them so much now! It is my new found favourite and a total guilty pleasure of mine! Thank you Marks and Spencer for this and I think I’ll be keeping an eye on the Limited Edition section of their clothing from now on.

Fundraising (and climbing the Dumyat) for CLIC Sargent

Back in September 2015, I was hired to join the H Samuel team in Stirling and I was told how important fundraising was to the company for CLIC Sargent and it was explained what it was and what it meant to the company and managers and staff. Fast forward to the 3rd of July 2016 and it has become a seriously important part of my life too now-so much so that I got two huge blisters for it and couldn’t be happier.

For the past two weeks myself and the H Samuel Stirling team have been tirelessly fundraising for this extremely worthwhile cause with customers and family and friends. The H Samuel Falkirk team have been doing the same over in their store trying to raise as much money as possible to help as much as we can. All this fundraising was in the build up to our climb up Dumyat in order to show how much we care about this charity. Wearing our Children’s Cancer Awareness pins and our CLIC Sargent tops to work really helped to get people in a giving mood, and when we told them about our plans to go up Dumyat they was a mixture of people who were impressed and people who thought we wouldn’t be able to.

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Climbing Dumyat was much shorter than I expected but really tough, there was a lot of really steep areas and a few near the edge bits where I was slightly terrified. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to do it but shockingly on the way up I was at the front for most of it. Climbing up there was tough and a little scary but it was a real sense of achievement and thinking about all the children and families who could use the help that CLIC Sargent give just made it all worthwhile.

This was me and Stephen on our way up with the views at the start being absolutely breathtaking, looking down on the Wallace Monument was so odd because I live below it and look up at it every day but it was absolutely gorgeous.

To keep motivating myself to get to the top I decided to snapchat my way up and it did help a little, it made my snapchat story somewhat eventful for the day! But the views were amazing and the highland cows up on the hills were such an amazing sight that it would’ve been silly not to take a picture. About half way up my legs started to get really sore and my hip (that was previously injured) was not in good shape but I kept motivating myself and remembering what I was doing it for, but I now realise how out of shape I am. It took us 59minutes and 23seconds to get up which I am shocked that we did it under an hour but I am so proud of everybody who did it.

The Stirling team at the top

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The Falkirk team at the top

Luckily on the way up I didn’t notice the two blisters forming on my feet but on the way down I definitely did! The way down took me way longer than the way up but I think that was because I was enjoying the views so much and wanted to take my time, plus me and Debbie thought we got lost!! Thankfully we hadn’t and ended up being only 10 minutes behind the rest of the group when we got back to the cars. It was an amazing experience and I cannot thank the Falkirk team enough for suggesting it and doing it with us.

I would like to thank all the customers who willed us on and donated money to us, the friends and family who donated to us and worked so hard to get us money, a special thank you to the staff over at Day Surgery Ward in NHS Ayrshire and Arran (and my mum) who raised an amazing £138 toward the climb for us helping us to smash our £200 target. Thank you to everyone who helped and to CLIC Sargent for the t-shirts we got given (that I love). This was truly important to me and the staff at H Samuel Stirling so this means so much to us! So far H Samuel Stirling has raised £460 towards CLIC Sargent, however if you would like to donate, pop into store and say hi or donate on our Just Giving page.

Thank you again for all your support and help, it means so much to us all. If you would like to know more about CLIC Sargent head over to their website to find out more information and to see what you can do to help.

Spending my weekends at home

After months of spending my weekends working the past three weekends I have spent in the company of my amazing family. Eating all the food they own in the house and attacking my little brother with tickles has been insanely fun. I have felt so far from home at times and really homesick but work has got me through.

The best part of being home is spending quality time with my baby brother, spending time with him is so important to me and a huge reason I chose to go to Stirling- to be closer to him and so he wouldn’t forget about me.

We’ve cleaned together.

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Watched movies together.

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Went to the beach together.

And studied(ish).

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And, had dinner together.

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Best thing about being home, other than my family is my mothers cooking, after a weekend of my mums food, going back to eating my own is boring and reminds me how terrible my cooking really is.

The best thing is that she always asks what I want, and what I’m craving as I often don’t spend much time at home, so I get treated like royalty, I’ve been dining like a queen every weekend. Her chicken cacciatore is to die for- even my brother likes it and he’s picky! Think my mum will soon be sick of me asking for it though.

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I might put her recipe up at some point!

Spending quality time with my mum has been amazing, as well as being my mum she is my best friend and getting a pep talk from her has gotten me through these tough few weeks. She has taught me a lot in how to be strong and happy in myself.

Having time at home has also allowed me to take time for my blog and get posts written, I’ve found myself really tired and sluggish after work most days so blogging can be tough and strenuous. I’ve also had an excuse to watch Disney movies and Sophia the First (which is an amazing show). My mum has finally admitted this was her main reason for having children, so being interested in Disney wasn’t weird.

Constantly working is extremely tiring but very rewarding, I feel like I’ve grown a lot recently through working and have almost become slightly addicted to it. I know its important for me to take time for myself as well, and I promise to not abandon my blog because of work again. Bloggers honour!

I am loving time at home recently but I am working the next few weekends. I’m happy I’m getting a better mix between down time and working.

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Climbing Dumyat for CLIC Sargent

Today, 10 children will find out they are living with Cancer, a heartbreaking statistic for anyone to hear. With 4,000 cases a year it is something many adults would no doubt find difficult to cope with, let alone a child, this too often affects the whole family.

Firstly, its said ‘dum-eye-it’ not ‘dum-yat’ which I have been calling it for months, but apparently not. BUT this month I will be climbing Dumyat with the company I work for:- H Samuel, as part of our fundraising efforts for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent provide necessary help to families who’s children have cancer all over the UK. CLIC Sargent’s mission is to “change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer when you’re young. We believe that children and young people with cancer have the right to the best possible treatment, care, and support, throughout their cancer journey and beyond. And they deserve the best possible chance to make the most of their lives once cancer treatment has ended.

CLIC Sargent provides vital emotional, practical and financial support to young cancer patients and families during and after treatment, and we take what they tell us about the impact of cancer on their lives to service providers and policy makers to help change things for the better.”

As someone from Ayr, near one of the CLIC Sargent retreats in Prestwick, I understand how important this charity is to families coming to grips with this devastating news. Over the festive period I was lucky enough to meet a gorgeous little girl who had survived cancer and had been to the Prestwick retreat with her family. Getting to meet someone who had survived something so horrible and had been so brave hit home to me how important the partnership between Signet (the parent company of H Samuel and Ernest Jones- among others) and this charity really was.

So on the third of July myself and some of my colleagues will be climbing the Dumyat in Stirling to raise money for this incredible charity. I am extremely terrified as I am horribly unfit, however, I know that the knowledge of why I am doing it will get me through the climb.

I have set up a JustGiving page for this climb and would love it if you could donate to such a worthwhile cause. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Why I’ll be voting remain tomorrow

As a politics student, voting is extremely important to me, as I believe it gives everyone a voice and I think it is our responsibility to educate ourselves fully and make an informed decision. As such voting allows us to complain about those in power- whether you voted for them or not- if you choose not to vote, in my opinion, you have no right to say how you feel about the political outcome.

I totally understand people being disillusioned with politicians and the way things are run, but with more young people getting involved politically, it will hopefully make politics more progressive for the country.

The arguments on both sides- for remain and brexit- have been negative and weak, no doubt making a marked difference as to how voters will react towards politicians on both sides after the referendum. I think the brexit arguments especially from UKIP have been extremely racist and ignorant, especially the Farage billboard that looks a little familiar, guess he did Nazi that coming? (I couldn’t resist sorry)

With a rhetoric very similar to that of the Nazi party also, many of the same arguments have almost been copy and pasted from Hitlers own propaganda. The anti-immigration argument has genuinely disgusted me, as a member of a family that has been blessed by immigration, it has truly blown me away as to how anyone can support the hatred of others and turn it into a political tool.

It also makes me laugh that there is even an argument for border controls as currently the United Kingdom is not- and has never been- a member of the Schengen passport-free area, which allows the UK (wait for it….) border controls. This must thoroughly embarrass Nigel Farage as he recently tweeted claiming we did not have any and that exiting the EU would allow this. Awkward…Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 17.32.32

I have met some amazing people thanks to the EU, my supervisor at work is Polish, she works extremely hard and pays tax, as such is not costing the tax payer a penny and is in fact contributing to our economy, and I cannot imagine not having known her. My mum works with many foreign doctors from all around the world who come to this country and save lives and contribute to our economy by paying tax. If you vote in a government who ride the wave of recession on cuts and austerity, that is exactly what you will receive, blaming austerity on refugees and immigration policies is wrong.

I think immigration has blessed this country in many ways and claiming our nation is ‘Great’ is we choose to exit the EU on the basis of immigration is laughable. If we has a brexit argument which was based on genuine statistics and facts, not fear mongering or blaming others for our own issues, I might listen. But the arguments of ‘the money we’ll save will go to the NHS’ coming from the mouths of Conservatives or UKIP members is ridiculous as both parties openly favour privatisation of our beloved NHS.

For decades our country has seen positives come from teaming up with other european countries from World War II up until today as we try to gain positive resolution to our refugee crisis (AND YES IT IS OUR REFUGEE CRISIS). Personally I am a fan of human rights and workers rights and my holiday entitlement, all of which I can thank the EU for imposing on our government and I can bet that if we do leave tomorrow the Conservative government would get rid of all ofthat helping bigger businesses to make more by treating workers worse (thanks for the 0 hours contract though David Cameron and co.).

I would beg you, think of your neighbour, think of all of the hard workers and think of the future of the younger generations when voting tomorrow. Vote for love and acceptance over fear and hatred. If you prefer economic proof- listen to the experts on this one.

I will be voting #bremain tomorrow, will you?

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My Summer Must Haves

So with summer officially starting this week and the weather in Scotland being pretty unsure of what it wants to do, I thought I’d share some of my favourite summer trends right now, despite my main attire probably being my work clothes this summer. I love seeing girls totally rocking something different and cute so I thought (despite being in no way a fashionista) I’d give some statement pieces to add to your wardrobe this summer.

Dungarees

If like me you are a jeans and a top sort of girl then dungarees can mix up your look without pushing you too far away from what your used to, they are a total throwback which is cute and with a cute and colourful top underneath them you can rock that casual cute look. This summer they seem to be a big trend with your high street favourites such as Topshop, River Island and Primark selling them, however I have fallen in love with a pair from Marks and Spencer, coming in at £49.50 they are your dark denim skinny ankle grazer dungarees which is a style I am loving right now.

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Colourful Biker Jackets

As someone who doesn’t like to change my look very often I have some staple clothing items that I reuse each year, mostly being jackets, however this summer I am planning on investing in a new jacket because of how cute the colourful biker jackets I’m seeing are. Some stores are selling faux leather and some faux suede in this style, it depends on your preference but I am loving the Missguided range of faux suede biker jackets that come in an array of colours all costing just £40 (plus they do student discount!). From your neutral tan, grey and light pink to your eye catching red and green, it depends your style but I think these are a must-have this summer.

Toms

I have always found this company to have such an amazing idea behind them and it means I don’t mind spending that little bit more on my shoes, with their one for one promise, it means that for every pair of shoes you buy, someone in need of shoes across the world gets a pair as well. They are also extremely comfortable and so easy to just slip on and off at your leisure; they make for great holiday shoes too because of that reason. Starting at £34.99 you can get these in Schuh or Office or direct from the Toms website and they are a great summer investment- just so comfy!

Quay Australia Sunglasses

Quay Australia are killing it in the sunglasses game, being not only gorgeous but extremely affordable and having some amazing collaborations this year with Youtubers Chrisspy and Desi Perkins they have built up their brand into a household name. ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Topshop are all shops you can get your hands on them in the UK, with a huge range to suit everyone it is no wonder people are desperate to get their hands on them. Starting at £25 and going up to £40 they are a high quality brand with a good price tag.

Print Shorts

I have never liked wearing skirts or dresses so a cute way to dress up your shorts is print shorts, a cute blouse and wedges this summer. It totally mixes up your look and allows you to go from day time to night time just by changing your shoes from flats to wedges-saving room in your suitcase. With most shops having a selection my personal favourites come from boohoo at only £12 which is a steal! I also love the black and white mandala prints for this summer but going for something more floral can brighten up your look if your used to darker colours (I almost live in black and grey).

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Tote Bags

As a handbag lover I have been thoroughly enjoying the bright coloured handbags that I have seen, summer always brings out the cute colours for handbags and makes choice almost impossible. But tote bags always come in handy during summer, theres more room for your summer essentials, sunglasses, sun cream and all the other junk handbags seem to gather. I am currently in love with one from Accessorize at £39 because the gorgeous blue colour seem to go with everything and is a colour favourite of mine this season.

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Hopefully everyone has an amazing summer, what are your summer must-haves this season? What is your favourite summer style?