Fighting for justice

Hi to whoever is reading this,

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I was encouraged by a representative from Eventbrite to write about a charitable organisation that I thought was important and that people should know about, and in light of the current refugee crisis in particular, I decided to write about Amnesty International.

Amnesty International is a global organisation that works to protect people’s human rights and ensure that there is justice for everyone. One of its most well known cases currently is their assistance in the refugee crisis, though they are also involved in a wide variety of other cases such as protesting against the death penalty & torture, as well as raising the awareness of governmental mass surveillance and fighting for the release of prisoners of conscience (a person who is being imprisoned due to their political/religious views that are not permitted in the country/state that they are in).

This cause is particularly important to me as I believe that everyone should receive the full benefits of their human rights, should not be discriminated against and should be able to express freedom of speech without fear of torture or abuse. As a blogger, the idea of free speech and expression is crucial as it makes the online community wonderfully varied and allows people to share their views, developing a communal understanding of different opinions, enriching our perception of the world around us. My mother’s side of the family is also descended from refugees who left Russia at the beginning of the 20th century to escape religious persecution, eventually finding safety in England making the current humanitarian situation more personal for me as an individual, having heard the stories of my ancestors. As the numbers of reported hate-crime incidents are rising and the UK faces the consequences of the Brexit vote, it is crucial for people to actively fight against discrimination and work towards a society that openly accepts everyone, without any consideration of their sexuality, skin colour, political view or financial situation.

In 2015 I took part in the London “Refugees are welcome here” protest march and it was amazing to see so much support from so many people. The crowd had an electric atmosphere and I would definitely love to participate in more marches in the future and would encourage people to get involved if possible. To get involved or support the cause, you can join local Amnesty International activist groups, donate money, participate in or organize sponsored events (e.g. a marathon, sport activity) or add your name to one of their petitions.

Eventbrite is a company that supports people organising fundraising charity events for a cause that matters to them, helping  to plan and promote the event at a discounted rate, if you are interested I would recommend finding out more through their website which is linked here.

Feel free to like, comment and subscribe, and let me know if you end up planning any fundraising event of your own. I’ve got some exciting news coming up in post which will be uploaded soon 🙂

Georgie x

approx. 10:15pm

It should have been quiet in the house. Yet the noise of the big city beyond still slipped in. I heard the sounds of a party in the distance, thought of all the people out there having fun, making memories, maybe falling in love, or perhaps they’re too intoxicated to notice. And in that moment I felt terribly lonely. It’s you and me London, just you and me.

I walk over to my wardrobe, & I flick  through it until I find the thing I’m looking for. A top. Velvet, soft to the touch. I pull it on with my favourite jeans as if I’ve got somewhere to go. As if I’m someone to be; surveying the endless night ahead & ready to grasp its exhilaration with both hands.

The girl in the mirror reminds me of wednesday. I look similar to how I did when I sang for the people at the concert, but right now that feels like an eternity ago. I look at all the parts of me that I hate for no reason, but for once I don’t feel that tingle of misery in the end of my nose; for once I feel empty, charged with nothing.

Sitting down at my dressing table, I fish about for my makeup bag. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing but my hands seem to have a mind of their own. The brush darts towards colours of the palette that I never touch; deep, warm, ashy browns, & other dark, burnt shades. Almost like the subdued, barely-glowing embers at the edge of a log fire. I blend and tinker until the colours mingle like the foggy thoughts in my head.             It looks gentle. I’m not sure how but it actually looks ok, that’s a first.

I step away and glance at the person I see in front of me. Her expression is unreadable, she’d slay at poker. I think of the boy who walked me to the bus stop this morning, & how much I hated myself for chatting about random stuff that he probably didn’t care to hear. I’m sorry, I’m better at talking to adults than people my own age. Put me in a room with adults I’ve only just been introduced to and the best of me flourishes. I love how it feels to talk in a way that only seems to come out in those situations, its actually strangely liberating. There are only a few people my age who manage to bring that side out of me, their friendship matters more to me than I can say & more than I’d ever let them know.

My mind drifts to the other people I know. People who I haven’t seen in a while, who live in another part of the country. It feels weird knowing that other’s lives continue all the time around you, that you’re just a tiny fragment in the chaos that is the world. I’ve changed so much since I last saw them, I wish they knew the current me, the one that is proud to be herself, has the confidence to challenge people’s expectations of her & love the world & people around her like it’s the only thing she can do.

I feel lost. Sometimes it feels like there’s so much I wish I could do, so many imagined life lines, that lie irresistibly out of reach. I used to wish for a so called “bit of fairy dust” to bring a new chapter into my life, now I realise that in many ways, you make your own luck.

So as I sit here writing this, that longing-dreamer part of me conjures up all of the incredible possibilities, they hang delicately in the air like the pouches of candy floss that are tied to the dainty stall on Brighton Pier, swaying gently in the sea breeze. I know now that life is too short to turn down any chances, as small as they may seem, maybe this time I’ll be brave enough to make the most of them.

Gx

 

Peachy Summer Glow – Too Faced Sweet Peach Look

Hi to whoever is reading this,

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I’m doing something a bit different today; if you didn’t guess by the title – I’m showing you an eye shadow look using the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette which I recently bought. I’ll get back to my usual posts tomorrow, and keep your eyes peeled for my 2 birthday posts coming soon!

I’ve only recently got into makeup (a very slippery slope…) and the Sweet Peach palette is the first palette I’ve ever bought,  but despite the painful price (smashing £40 in one go was a rather terrifying moment for my bank account!), I really love it. The smell is gorgeous and the colours are beautifully easy to blend and build up looks with, especially if you are an absolute novice like me.

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I’m not very happy with how this photo turned out (the lighting didn’t show the makeup very well at all) but I promise the makeup did stand out a lot more in person. If you want more posts like this then please comment below, I got asked by a friend to do this, but don’t worry, my other posts will stay the same as usual.


This is a view of the whole palette, so can you refer to which colour I’m talking about 🙂

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1) To prime my eyelids, I used my current concealer (the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- I’m to broke to buy proper eye-shadow primer!). This basically provides a plain layer for the eye-shadow to stick to, it also helps the colours appear more pigmented.

2) I then used Peaches ‘N Cream as a base shade, using a flat brush, putting it all over the lid. This will eventually make blending the other colours a lot easier.

3) Using a small, fluffy blending brush, I put the shade Georgia into the crease of my eye lid, blending it across from the outer corner to about 3/4 of the way to the inner corner of my eye.

4) To build up more dimension in the crease, I used the same brush, but this time with Candied Peach, & applied it directly on the areas where I put Georgia, blending them together to avoid any funny lines.

5) To darken the crease even further, I used the same fluffy brush and the shade Bellini, repeating the same thing as I did with the previous shade.

6) To (finally!) finish the crease, I added a tiny bit of Summer Yum and blended all the shades together in the crease to create a lovely rusty peach mixed gradient.

7) Then, using a small, flat brush, I put Luscious all over my lid, blending it ever so slightly into the crease to avoid any weird, harsh lines.

8) To finish the look, I then used Candied Peach again on the same fluffy brush, and swept it directly under my lower lash line from the outer corner to about 1/2 way across my eye.

9) Finally, I continued with the rest of my makeup (eyeliner, curling my eyelashes, mascara etc.), et voila – c’est fini!


I hope you found this post helpful, I’m considering starting to post the odd makeup look on my instagram (@georgiegrl2) so let me know if that would be something you would like. Once again, sorry for the terrible photos, the lighting really wasn’t working with me on the day I took them, I’ll try and get a better one up on my insta soon 🙂

If you try this look out, feel free to tag me in a photo, I’d be really interested to see if my explaining was even slightly understandable (!)

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Love

Georgie x

Moving forward.

Hi to whoever is reading this,

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I guess I have an awful lot of explaining to do. I have been completely inactive on this website for over a month, excuses at this point are pointless but I feel completely ashamed in my own incapability to blog consistently. Life got in the way, concerts, lessons, plays, dramas etc. and before I knew it it was April 1st and I still hadn’t got a post up.

And the truth is that blogging is one of my favourite things to do, it cheers me up when I feel really low, it makes me feel more motivated & productive in my life in general, and it allows me to communicate with some really amazing people (you guys!). I’ve missed this website and the wordpress community so much and even though there is an almost insurmountable build up in my reader feed, I’m going to do my best to read as much of it as possible.

A lot has changed in my life since I last posted, both good and bad. We had our bathroom ripped out and re-done at my house, so that was a fun three weeks of showering at school, which to be fair was not bad & could have been a lot worse, but I’m certainly not missing the icy water when the school turned the hot water off before I could shower. Though I am very lucky to have ended up with such a lovely bathroom, the lights are so bright that sometimes it feels like a religious experience walking in there in the middle of the night, but at least there aren’t any holes in the floor and i can control the water temperature without destroying my wrist.

But on a less positive note, my confidence completely plummeted again. I really started to hate my body much more than I previously did, and to make matters worse, I felt really unhappy with my personality; hating myself for any little thing, picking on my own insecurities for no reason whatsoever. I let myself panic over my school work and cave in to the mass of rubbish that I was feeling inside; I had no motivation to do anything, made excuses for the most pathetic of things and I chastised myself for any minor error. But bit by bit, I’ve started to pull myself out of this rut; my mum and I are helping each other to sustain a lower-carb lifestyle, I’ve pushed myself to do lots of little tasks that I’d been putting off for months, such as properly setting up my new bank account, cleaning all of the dust from the building work out of my room and finding reasons to smile and get on with life when I felt completely desolate inside.

On a completely irrelevant note, I’ve also started to wear a bit of makeup so any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated (!). Luckily my skin is usually pretty clear so I’ve just been experimenting with a bit of eyeliner (nothing too emo, don’t worry), mascara, etc. and I’m beginning to save up for some nice products to treat myself with in time for summer. I’ve been researching cruelty-free brands in particular as I’d rather give my money to a company that is concerned with the impact of their products rather than just their profits; Lush, Tarte and Too Faced seem to have some really good stuff so next time I go shopping I’m definitely having a look there.

Just as a quick update on my YouTube channel, I know I haven’t posted much on there either, but I’m making some big changes in the next few weeks that hopefully you guys will like. I’ve decided to focus my channel on covering songs and I’m teaching myself to play a few that I’ll potentially film and upload in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!Any suggestions of songs you want me to cover…?

I’m also going to start putting some effort into my blog instagram, it would be awesome to be able to talk to you guys properly on there as well so I’ll leave a link to it here.

Anyway, thanks for reading this far, feel free to like, comment and subscribe!

Gx  🙂

Blogger Recognition Award :)

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

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(I actually wrote this post a while ago but got too busy to post/finish it, sorry) It was such a lovely surprise to be nominated for a post like this, when I first started blogging, it was really popular to do these sorts of tagged posts and I remember writing loads of them and how good it felt to be nominated for them, especially when you still felt very new to the WordPress community, so Thank You Em! (You can find her post here, she’s an amazing blogger who recently came back to blogging after a long break, our blogs started around the same time and her advice, comments, etc. were so helpful, thank you again!)

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog
  2. Write a post about the award
  3. Give a short backstory of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

My Blog Back-Story

I first started my Blog in August 2015, shortly after the death of my Grandad. I needed a way to express all the tumbling thoughts in my head and find a positive way of dealing with all of the loneliness and general emotional junk I was feeling, so the idea of being able to connect with people over WordPress seemed like a golden ticket. I didn’t receive any views, likes, comments or followers for months, I still didn’t really know how to use the website properly, but I kept posting and testing out new ideas. Then one grey night in November 2015, I tried using the tag function for the first time…and over the next 2 hours, I finally started getting attention (ironically one of those people was Em) and my followers went from 0 to 30 in half and hour. I remember running into the lounge where my Dad was sitting and nearly crying with happiness, it was probably one of the best feelings, as for months I’d been blogging without any readers whatsoever. After that, I then went through a bit of a writing curve where I was just posting whatever I could, just to stay consistent. Luckily, shortly after then, I came to a realisation that I wasn’t happy with the content, so I completely changed my writing style, started creating posts that were proper ideas & that I was proud of, that were actual representations of the thoughts in my head, that previously I hadn’t had the confidence to write about. My writing style has been developing ever since then, and I took a further step out of my comfort zone when I started my YouTube  channel in August 2016, showing you guys what I look (and sound like) for the first time. I was really nervous before I uploaded that first video, but I received such lovely, positive feedback from it, so thank you so much for that!

So yep, that brings me basically to now (February 2017), with a bunch of amazing, kindhearted followers who give me so much confidence and support, you guys are amazing and I doubt I would be the same person without you guys, thank you so much for your continued support 🙂

Nominations;

I have no idea who to nominate, especially because I was nominated ages ago, so I nominate anyone reading this now 🙂

It’s completely up to you whether you want to do this post or not, please let me know if you do, it would be great to read them!

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Luv

GeorgieGrl

Xxx

 

 

 

Little Blue Monday Update :)

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

How are you? I hope your 2017 is going well, mine is very busy but it seems to be working out ok so far (saying that now, Trump will be president in a few days so I may have to edit that last sentence from a nuclear bunker soon!). I’ve surprised myself by still having my  New Years Resolutions mostly intact, working out every morning before school hasn’t got much easier yet, but I’m sure it will in the next few weeks.

Settling back into the routine of school has beeen quite difficult, I’m exhausted every single day and my teachers are piling on the homework like there’s no tomorrow! Apparently today (Monday 16th Jan) is the annual Blue Monday, a scientist coined the 3rd Monday of January this as most people tend to ditch (or have ditched) their resolutions by now, & credit card bills are received and extended, so my form tutor decided to “lighten” the mood with a few cheesy jokes. In the end they did get us laughing a bit (some of them were really ridiculous!) and other than an unpleasant slime incident (that didn’t involve me but messed up my form room) nothing overly bad happened today.

On Saturday night, my mum and I ventured out in the cold to watch “La La Land” at the cinema, and I was completely bowled over by how good it was!!!! It was shot beautifully, kept you interested throughout, had an amazing soundtrack (which I totally haven’t been listening to on repeat all day!) and was funny with just the right amount on sentimentality at the end. I really recommend watching it if you get the chance, and/or downloading the soundtrack (it has a lot of modern-sounding jazz music in it which I love!).

At the moment I’m also learning speeches for my auditions for some of the National Youth theatres which I’m super nervous for. The workshops that I have to participate in, in the morning worry me the most as there is no way for me to prepare for them, that and the dance workshop. Hopefully the years of dance lessons will kick in and I won’t just  topple over in front of everyone (or trip myself up, a spectacular embarrassment that occurs at least once a week on the way into school). My school drama/music department is preparing for a show that I’m involved in as well at the moment and I’m really happy with how I’ve got the song I’m doing, to sound in my voice, all my rehearsals with my music teacher have ended up being cancelled though, so I’m very lucky to have my mum’s help, without her musical knowledge I would be utterly bamboozled.

My schedule got a bit overloaded the other week, with rowing every single day, musical theatre show rehearsals and tons of homework, needless to say my parents freaked out and emailed various teachers and coaches to help us sort it out; I’m now doing less indoor rowing sessions a week and the timetable for the rehearsals changes anyway, giving me time to actually sleep this half term (!)

I promise to have a proper post up soon,  I’ve just not had the chance to as of late, and I’ll try to film & upload for my YT channel.

By the way, if anyone has any tips for what to say when applying to work with brands, it would be really helpful as I never know what to say 🙂

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Luv

GeorgieGrl

Xxx

New YT Video – What I got for xmas 2016!

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

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I just uploaded a new video to my YouTube Channel (Georgie Grl)!

The link to it is here!

I hope you enjoy it, and please suggest any videos or blog posts you want me to make in 2017!

Feel free to like, comment and subscribe!

Luv

GeorgieGrl

xxx

Random photos #1

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

I hope you are enjoying the holidays! I haven’t had time to upload a post recently so I’ll try to get a proper post up soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some random photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks.  🙂


Homemade Xmas tree brownies


Reflections from my window decorations


Decorating the Gingerbread house


Puff pastry Nutella twist Xmas tree


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Glowing Balloon


New York skyline out of Rain 🌃

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Luv

GeorgieGrl

Xxx

Unintended Hiatus…

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

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(a photo I took in the sunset on my way home from school)

I’ve missed you guys so much. I’m so sorry for being away for so long, but it got to a point where I was so pushed to the last second with school and I just couldn’t worry about writing something decent for you guys too. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere! If anything I’ll have more time to blog and film now than I’ve ever had.

All of my end of Unit tests are over, so I finally have a bit of breathing space. I’ve only got 4 & 1/2 days of school left (YAY! FINALLY!) and I’m hopefully going to be able to film a few things tomorrow.

Luckily, I managed to stay in the rowing team! There are now 3 squads for my age group (A, B, and C), I’m in C squad, which may sound a bit pathetic, but I’m seriously just glad to be on the team and able to keep doing what I love. Besides, there are some very strong/fast rowers in C squad, so I’m not feeling too bad about it. Our coach told us that she created a C squad because she didn’t want to drop any of us; unfortunately, a few of the girls who got in to the A & B squads keep saying to the rest of us that they don’t want to do rowing at all (obviously our coach doesn’t know!) but I understand why as with such a demanding training schedule, if you don’t enjoy it, it would be very difficult to motivate yourself. I think I’m also improving when we row out on the river; my technique is gradually getting better, and I’m also improving my steering (coxing and Bow steering).

The build up to Xmas is well and truly here for me now, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. My parents seem to think that I’m more excited now than I was when I was a toddler (not possible!), but I think I’m also so desperate for school to finish for the holidays.

I doubt I would have got through this last term without my friends, they’ve been there for me and have made me laugh at points where I just didn’t think I could, and they’ve helped me to find a bit of the confidence I lost, getting me back onto my feet again. We’re all crawling through until Friday when we can officially celebrate the end of another RELENTLESS term, and I can’t thank them enough.

My bed has literally become my safe haven, just being able to cosy into my duvet at the end of the day has probably been a life saver!

Random thought, but does anyone else have a favourite duvet cover/blanket design?

Comment below if you do! Mine has a black and white photo of New York at night on it, I got given it last xmas and I’m still in love with it! 🙂

Anyway, sorry for such a ramble bramble sort of post. I promise I’ll get onto the xmas posts asap!

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Luv

GeorgieGrl

Xxx

Breathe….

Hiya to whoever is reading this,

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School has got so stressful and busy at the moment, and with all of the stuff going on with rowing it feels like I’m only just about hanging on. I’ve got a homework pile comparable to Everest, and with training 24/7, on top of music rehearsals & auditions for the carol concert, it feels like all the walls are just slowly closing in on me.

So I wanted to talk to you guys. Having this blog gives me the space to get away from all of the stress for a fraction of time, and you guys never fail to make me feel so much better. I wanted to put all of the jumble in my brain down on “paper” and just breathe without stressing over the endless to-do list.

So first; rowing. I’ve been getting PBs (personal bests) every time I’ve done a test and I’ve managed to knock around a minute to a minute and 1/2 off my 5k time. I’ve sorted out my timings for weekend rowing so I still have time to meet some of the members of my family that I’ve never seen before, and I’ve got enough clean sports kit to last for the remaining training sessions this week. The coach seems to be in a good mood, and I can see myself getting stronger too so maybe I still have a chance.

The run up to xmas is probably the busiest time for the music department, especially for us scholars. I’m singing and playing the piano at a school gig in a jazz club, as well as the big school carol service coming up, leaving so many things that I have to audition for. I’ve still got traces of a bad cold I had a few weeks ago, making singing without warming up properly a rather painful experience for everyone’s ears. Luckily though, my mum is arranging all the xmas music for various concerts she has coming up, filling the house with amazing sounds. Listening to my mum play the piano is something that i remember so vividly from being little and it always cheers me up.

Xmas gifts; I’ve got all of them to plan for all of my friends. With only a few weeks left of term, I need to get my jingle bells in gear and get planning! I’ve got a few ideas, so most of the gifts for my friends will be ready pretty soon, but gifts for my family are so difficult to choose! My dad is doing the usual thing of “Don’t bother getting me anything” making it 1112200% harder to actually figure out what to get him and it seems darn impossible to get a good gift for my auntie and cousin.

I’m missing so many lessons too, leaving me loads of lovely catch up work. In some miracle I managed to win an Android Tablet (!) in a competition when I was on one trip, get completely soaked in the rain during a trip to Bath and I’ve got another school trip tomorrow, meaning I’ll have to be in school for 7:20am 😦

Anyway, If you’ve managed to get to this point, then good for you! I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and the build up to xmas!!!

Please also suggest posts + YouTube videos that you want to see 🙂

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Luv

GeorgieGrl

Xxx