This post is massively inspired by the phenomenal Chloe Plumstead, who is my absolute favourite blogger out there right now. About a month ago she wrote a post entitled, “5 Cock Ups Which Prove I Don’t Have My Life Together” which has totally inspired me to write my own. Her post is linked here, and I would definitely recommend giving it a read. Some of the stories are absolutely fantastic and prime examples of how we’re all human and sometimes little white lies are necessary (or giant balls-ups) to make our way through life. So, without further ado, here are 5 times where I have messed up or totally embarrassed myself.


For some reason, I managed to inherit my mum’s clumsy nature. This means that I literally go arse over tit more frequently than most. Oh, falling over? That happens to me now and then. Yeah, you might think. Although, I seem to have a certain flair for always stumbling and falling over in the most serious of circumstances – or, when everyone can see. Take, for example, my three year anniversary with my boyfriend at the end of October. I had some little heels on that I know have zero grip and I kindly asked Adam to let me cling on to him as a shuffled like a senior across the hardwood floors. It was about 7pm, so the restaurant was reasonably full and Adam didn’t seem to realise how bad my shoes were. This mix really didn’t help my case and before long, I had gone flying and fell in front of everybody. Falling over isn’t too bad if you can quickly scurry away. Not so fabulous if you have to sit there for 2 hours after in front of all the witnesses. Needless to say, I ordered a large glass of wine and I definitely didn’t get up to go to the toilet. Adam also had the delight of me clinging to him like Jack on the raft in Titanic as I shuffled out after the meal (while being slightly inebriated).


This story involves my best friend, Raff. Raff and I have a tradition of driving to the Burger King in York whenever we have a bad day and spending hours complaining and opening up whilst munching down on some burgers. On more than one occasion, this has left at least one of us in tears. There is nothing quite like having a stricken-faced Burger King employee come over to your table late at night to inform you that she has locked the doors and we have to leave out the back whenever we’re ready. After a quick glance around, we realised we were the only people sitting there, stuffing our tear-stained faces with fries. As much as a good cry and a burger often helps after a bad day (or week), being ushered out by an employee is another height of shame that I haven’t previously experienced. The worst bit, we go there so often they know who we are, I recognise all the staff and they’ve definitely seen me in some questionable states at odd hours of the night.


I think most of us have been here. Apparently, I have just been there more often than most. I never seem to rip my items of clothing when there is nobody around or I am lucky enough to have a long coat with me to cover myself. Instead, it’s normally in the most crowded place possible with no hope for me. The first time was when I was at school and decided to jump on someone’s back.  Queue a large rip and my trousers were essentially ripped from back to front. I just haven’t learned my lesson at all. Another time involved me being seconds from leaving the house for a friend’s 18th. Just as I went to put my shoes on, I completely ripped open my skirt. Queue me panicking as I have 5 minutes to put together a new outfit.


A personal favourite was when I had a girls night before we all went off to university. In short, way too much wine was consumed and some pretty compromising photos were taken of me propped up, eating a slice of bread. This was actually the last time I have been ill from drinking (to my recollection…) and it is safe to say that ‘wine-drunk’ is nothing like being normal drunk. Probably took a solid week to recover. During this time, there were lots of photos being taken between rapping Nicki Minaj songs and eating crappy food – typical white girls. What I didn’t realise, until later on, was that rather than uploading one of these terrible photos to my personal Twitter account, I had instead uploaded it to the Sixth Form Leadership team account that I helped run as Head Girl. It also took me far too long to notice this mistake. Safe to say I logged out and handed over the details of the account very quickly.


When I first got to university, I was very nervous about making new friends. Luckily, a girl called Jas was doing the same course as me and was in the college next to mine so we often went to lectures together and spent a decent amount of time chatting. I loved the comfort of having her around and she is now one of my closest friends. Side note: she has a great blog about reading and she totally inspires me to better myself every day. This is all well and good now but there was a time where I couldn’t remember Jas’ name. In the chaos and stress of working my way around the university, I hadn’t remembered what her name was. I felt absolutely terrible every time I saw her and the closer we got as friends, the more embarrassing it was. We went about 2 weeks like this until she put her number on my phone. I told her this story last year and I’m not really sure how it went down! I have definitely learned my lesson and make a much more conscious effort now to not embarrass myself.


On October 17th, it was my 21st birthday. Last year I posted about 20 Things I Have Learnt In 20 Years and I wasn’t sure what to do for this year. I decided that it would be perfect to create a ‘photo diary’ of what I did with my friends and family as a little reminder for myself in years to come.

The Party

My housemates were totally amazing and did a treasure hunt for 21 gifts for my birthday. They totally understood that anything bought for my bedroom had to match my colour theme (yeah, I’m that person!) and spoilt me with presents that made my university bedroom feel like home. In second year, I had a very small room and I was really limited in the decorations I could have. So when I moved into my much larger room, it felt really empty and I loved getting photos, candles and more to make me feel more at home.

On the weekend before my birthday, we celebrated by hosting a house party. You guys may know that I am bit of a crazy, events obsessed loon so I almost tried to make it like any other event! We had drinking jenga which went down a treat and if you want to know how we did it, I have linked my pinterest board of house party ideas here which feature some photos of the game. It was really love to bring the flat and our friends together for a whole night.

We had tables for beer pong and flippy cup games too that got everyone bonding who hadn’t previously met.

We also got a Snapchat photo which was so much fun and totally worth it! I would definitely recommend getting one if you’re hosting any events as it’s something a bit more interesting and fun. They do Facebook ones now too if that is more up your street.

If you’re interested, the banner behind us (photo below) was from eBay and was only £2.99 here with free delivery! I have linked it if you’re after one.

We also got some amazing decorations from Poundland that we have left up because they were so cute. You could get these lovely paper pom pom decorations that you could fan out for such a bargain and I love them! If you wanted to get your hands on some, eBay have loads in so many colours. I have them linked here if you’re interested.

With The Boyf

Adam came up for my actual birthday which was so lovely and was actually the first time we got to see each other since I had gone back to university. We had quite a relaxed time but we did go out for a meal on my actual birthday to Prezzo. Basically, we are just suckers for Italian food! He totally spoilt me too which was so lovely and it was nice to just have some chilled out time together and cool down from a busy weekend!

At Home

I had an absolutely lovely meal at home with some of my family and Adam where I was surprised with the funds to go to New York. New York has always been a total dream for me and has been on my bucket list for years so I was speechless when I opened all my clues! If you haven’t seen my bucket list post before, I have it here if you’re interested.

My mum also completely spoilt me and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I love Gucci Premiere perfume and have been rationing a bottle for 3 years now so it’s was amazing to finally get another bottle! Mum also got me a ukuele music book as that is hopefully going to be my next Christmas present!

Finally, I treated myself. I have wanted another tattoo for ages and I decided to take the plunge and get the geometric cat I have been lusting after for around 5 years. I am totally obsessed with it! If you look at the top of my homepage, where my Instagram posts are displayed, you should see it there!

I do only have two tattoos but they both have a lot of meaning behind them so let me know if you would like me to discuss them in more detail in another post.

Turning 21 is a total milestone and I cannot believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. I cannot thank my friends, family and boyfriend for making it the most incredible birthday and one I will never forget!


As I student I don’t exactly get to spend my evenings doing very fancy things. When I was contacted by Veeno to try out and review their wine tasting experience for two I was over the moon as it sounded like a fantastic experience and makes quite a change from the local pub. I went with my lovely friend Kat who runs her own blog and if you are interested in music and reviews, please check her out.

What is Veeno?

Veeno is an Italian wine cafe that has 15 outlets across the UK – including Manchester, Leeds, and York that opened from 2013 onwards. All of their wines are produced in the family vineyard in Sicily, as well the food being imported from Italy too. The authentic Italian experience was probably my favourite things about Veeno. You knew you were being looked after by people who had fantastic knowledge on the food and drink from the country and I felt lucky to be able to try their food recommendations that are specifically chosen to match each of the wines.

What did we do?

I had been asked to try out Veeno’s Selezione wine tasting which says on the menu that it includes “white, rose and red” wine that includes their “best labels”. This costs £25.90.  This is accompanied with spuntini which is an Italian concept for sharing and usually means a leisurely meal.

The experience

The loveliest lady called Maldina spent the evening explaining the wines, the different flavours, and even whereabouts in the vineyard the grapes came from. It was honestly incredible to learn so much about wines, considering my poor lack of knowledge before!

I would say, don’t expect this to take 45 minutes. We arrived just after 7:30pm and didn’t leave until after 10pm. Not at any minute did we feel it was too much as we got to spend a perfect amount of time experiencing each wine.

The wine and food

Before any of the food was brought out to us we were asked about any dietary requirements or preferences that we had as they would ensure it was tailored to what we liked. I thought this was a lovely touch and it ensured that you would enjoy every part of the experience. Each of the foods is specifically chosen to highlight the different notes in the 6 wines and I was honestly really surprised when I noticed how the flavour of the wine changes with each food.

Maldina also let us know that you can order their food to take away which, considering how obsessed I became with a lot of it, is something I will definitely do in the warmer months.

We had 5 different wines which included 2 whites, a rose, and 2 reds. I am not a massive red drinker, not at all really, but could still appreciate the quality and taste of every single one. I completely fell in love with one of the white wines we chose and to know the ins and outs of what you’re drinking is really special.

On top of this, we also had a dessert wine and 2 desserts that perfectly ended the evening – something neither of us were expecting.

I have to give a huge thank you to the lovely people in Veeno who really looked after myself and Kat and provided us with a wonderful experience. If you are looking to take your friend out on a special occasion or celebrate with your partner, Veeno is honestly perfect. We were completely new to wine tasting and we felt comfortable and welcomed throughout. For £26 you get much more than you pay for and that is exactly why I would recommend to anybody who asked.


Being a redhead has definitely shaped my life. It honestly baffles me whenever I sit down and think about it that a colour, and more specifically, a colour of hair, can divide so many people and generates so many varied opinions. On a more broad spectrum, I’m sure we can all come to the conclusion that bullying is wrong, despite the fact that many of us accept it as a characteristic of childhood and growing up. I was lucky enough to not be bullied in life but taunting has been prevalent since I can remember. This is an aspect that I have felt privileged to not be the victim of. But, generally, I stand alone. I can recite a number of news articles I have seen where people have committed suicide due to bullying surrounding their hair colour. In my opinion, it is not addressed enough and it leaves this small 2% of the population subject to such hate with little support systems available.

I distinctly remember a circumstance where I was in my local city and I ended up being followed and had slurs shouted at me by total strangers. Admittedly, this has been a one-off type situation in my life but that doesn’t make it any less shocking. Scaling it down, I have experienced comments my whole teenage life where people thought they were complimenting me through the line “you’re fit.. for a ginger” or other similar points. If you place yourself in the mind of a 15-year-old girl, being told that, in someone’s view, one of the things holding you back from being attractive is the totally arbitrary hair colour you were assigned at birth – you are undoubtedly wired to hate your appearance. I’m not insinuating that this hurts any more or less than people being told that glasses, or braces, or that fetching bowl cut your mum gave you, are hindering you being “attractive” but hey – I had most of these and was lumbered with being a redhead too.

Let us not forget the jokes that you have to accept because “it is just a joke”. I can assure you that hearing a comment about my fiery temper will probably result in exactly what you have asked for… which probably doesn’t help in playing up to stereotypes but oh well, eh? Another personal favourite of mine is the quip, “we wouldn’t lose you in a crowd”, sometimes the originality is baffling, I must confess.

I dyed my hair several times in my teenage years to avoid comments and used being a brunette as a platform for a new, reformed and confident me. However, I swore to my dad that semi-permanent would always be the way and this often left me out of pocket and eventually accepting my ginger roots and eventual horrific grow out. This is something I must thank my dad for. By never going permanent, I learnt to love and accept my hair colour as much as possible and without this inevitable shove into self-love, I feel like I would have significantly struggled later on in life.

Another comment that I thought was worth mentioning is the concept that ginger hair will only suit women. I know that I am definitely not the victim of this as I identify as a female but for guys who have grown up with being a redhead, I can only begin to imagine how hard it is to be essentially named and shamed as “unattractive” off the bat. I have seen this more than enough times and it infuriates me. Have you seen Ed Sheeran? Prince Harry maybe? Let us not be too rash here.

This process of altering my appearance to suit the constraints of beauty imposed by others around me and the wider society ultimately fell to fake tan. You can imagine a very young and confused Ella attempting to fake tan and completely messing it up. I know that most girls went through this stage but being quite pale (although I do tan!) and predominately freckly, any attempt to cover them up was welcomed.  Imagine lots of orange streaks and stained hands and you essentially have pictured what my attempts were to construct an image of myself that suited this ideal of “attractive” that I was told my whole life I didn’t fit in to.

I know that some people will read this and be like “Hey, I love you hair! The colour is so unique” or “She’s just saying she had it hard” but I did, I truly did. Weirdly enough, what made it harder was compliments. In the space of a day, I could receive a hateful comment about my hair and by the end of the evening, it would be completely juxtaposed by a stranger stopping me in a shop or restaurant to say how much they loved it. This type of confliction has made it extremely hard to accept me, strangely. I think it is such a natural part of human nature to look at yourself and only focus and reflect on the negative and completely disregard the positive.

I will admit, hairdressers do seem to really like me. That is one thing I will totally take and own it. Whenever I need a confidence boost, I have learnt over time that getting my hair done is probably the best thing to do. However, this doesn’t stop unwarranted comments even then about colours I should “avoid” and how I “can’t wear” certain items. There is only a number of times in 21 years where I can hear that I will suit green and have to act surprised.

Although I have been light hearted at points, I thought it necessary to be really honest at this given moment. Being a redhead has been a series of conflicting emotions that have shaped my life and how confident I feel in my appearance. These neverending thoughts have led to me researching the “ginger gene” and the likelihood of ginger children. Part of me feels resolute in standing up to people who for some reason feel obliged to attack people for being different. Another part is terrified to bring someone into the world to have the same experiences as me both through interactions with people and internal torment. This is quite a daunting and troubling thought process to have at times and it is saddening that from just being a redhead it is something I have felt that I have to consider.

I wanted to end on the note that inspired this discussion and is something I have always said whenever asked about being a redhead. Nobody looks like me. Magazines, films, bloggers, anything. I know that redheads don’t make up a large proportion of the population and therefore even a smaller percentage of celebrities and other icons but it has been a struggle from a young age to not have many people in the public sphere that I can identify with – appearance wise. What Disney princess was I? Always Ariel and her hair is red… to be pedantic. Hell, there isn’t even an emoji that looks like me but don’t worry… there are 3 different cutlery ones. I frequently search for redhead YouTubers or bloggers because I never feel like I am exposed to much inspiration when it comes to hair, makeup and fashion as there is such a limited number of us. (If you know any good ones, please let me know!)

I am slowly learning to love my hair and I am frequently informed that it is something I will grow to love in time and for once, I actually agree with people’s comments. Being different at a young age is difficult, no matter what it is that sets you apart. It will inevitably shape how you perceive yourself and others but I assure you, you will love your hair in time. I cannot express how much adoration I have for children with gorgeous flame hair and how I always feel the need to compliment them on it. I see people my age that I obsess over due to the shade of red hair that they have. Every shade is different and to me, that makes it pretty amazing. Nobody looks like you, yes, but why the hell do you want to look like everybody else? Embrace individuality, embrace your colour and embrace yourself.


I love a bargain and finding one on eBay is always so rewarding, especially for under £5. I thought I would share some of the best things I have found recently with you guys. If you’re interested in posts about fetching yourself a good bargain I can throw you back to last year where I did some posts entitled “Under £20”, my favourite being the Under £20: 36 Date Ideas.

Mesh Top

I first saw Lydia Rose from fashioninflux post about these I jumped straight over to eBay to check them out. I just found her blog post from last year that mentioned some of her other favourite finds that I definitely recommend giving a read. I have seen these tops everywhere at the moment on the likes of Pretty Little Thing, Missy Empire and other Instagram dominated brands and thought for a fraction of the price I couldn’t help but snatch it up! Just typing in “mesh top” to eBay seems to open up a world of gorgeous little bargains which are perfect dupes for high street brands.

For example, I bought this embroidered little number for under £5 which is a great dupe for the Urban Outfitter’s £34 alternative. I have honestly had so many compliments when I have worn it out and equally as many shocked looks when I tell them how much it cost! If you’re not into embroidered mesh tops, this spotty one is another great alternative for this version from Glamorous at £20.

Phone Case

eBay is a fantastic place to get phone cases that are on trend and look great. I recently got this stunning gold and marble case for just £3.95 which is an absolute steal. I also adore this grey, pink and marble case that is completely up my street at the moment in terms of colour and aesthetic and hey, if you can’t match your phone case to your bedroom.. why bother? eBay sellers always seem to be one step ahead in terms of picking up and replicating trends and I often see great dupes for Skinny Dip cases online. If you haven’t seen the peach theme that has been around forever, where have you been? On wrapping paper at Ohh Deer, on bedding at Urban Outfitters and cases with Skinny Dip – I feel like it is a trend people love. The peach phone case from Skinny Dip is a hefty £14 compared to the cool £3.49 eBay alternative.

Slogan Tshirt

Another fashion find is the good ol slogan t-shirt. Nobody is without a slogan t-shirt these days and this one is perfect for the feminist vibes that are everywhere at the moment too. This feminist top is only £4.99. Topshop is THE place to visit right now for a slogan t-shirt so comparing the eBay find to their £16 “revolution” alternative is such a steal!

Home Decor

I recently moved into my third year house at university and I was adamant about decorating it nicely and making it my home. I found that eBay is a great place to pick up little decorative pieces that really make a house a home. This is obviously perfect for university students on a budget who want to decorate their living space to feel more comfortable and welcoming. I bought a really sweet pom pom garland that was grey, white and pink and tied my colour theme together perfectly. It was shipped from China but arrived so quickly and was exactly what I was after! You can find them here for £3.89. I also find that eBay is brilliant for fairy lights. I have got so many fantastic bargains and some of the ones I am looking at right now include these cactus ones for just £3.69 and these adorable cream tulip ones for just 99p!

Brush Cleaning Pad

I have seen these advertised everywhere and after picking one up I don’t know what I would do without it. Silicone brush cleaning mats have completely taken off at the moment and I totally recommend getting yourself one as I have no idea how I was cleaning my brushes beforehand. This one is just £2.89 and is a complete steal. Just comparing that to the Sigma £20 alternative really puts it into perspective.

Have you found any gems on eBay?