I’m 31 and I have a 90s Obsession. (Language)

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Welcome to the last instalment of my love for the 90s. Have I saved the best for last? Perhaps. I am talking about all the cool words we used to say in the 90s/00s that we thought were soooo cool. I said some of these to one of my young super cool staff members and she looked at me like I was nuts. She then told me all the cool words that she and her friends say and I felt like an old woman as I didn’t understand them at all! Think of how our parents felt!

Lets take the word PHAT. Phat was a word I tried and then was like ughhh….not sure about this one. But everything was PHAT in the 90s, or cool if you aren’t in the know. So totally PHAT. That issue of Smash Hits was totally PHAT this month. The Vengaboys are PHAT. Etcetc.

BOOYAH!!! Which means YAY! AWESOME! YOU KNOW IT! What a word that is satisfying to say and you have to say it loud with some kind of arms spread pose also, just to drive your own coolness home.

Talk to the hand. Just talk to the hand. I LOVED this one as a teenage girl because its so sassy. Accompanied with your palm close to someones face, this was meant to shut people up, including bewildered parents and boyfriends. This one should come back for sure.

Thats so fly. Your top is fly. Ya girl is fly. It means cool. I like it. Its a word that isn’t in use that much but I am sure it still kicks about.

What were your favourite words of the 90s? Tell me!

T xx

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Im 31 and I have a 90s Obsession. (Music)

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So this week I am going to talk to you about music of the 90’s (and 2000’s)

What about it huh. What about it. I was a pop girl at this point and which I appreciated grunge at the time, pop was what I was living for.

It was tacky, amazing, catchy, everything had a dance sequence, and everyone wore those weird face microphones so they could dance and sing (lip sync).

I was all about Britney, AJ was my favourite Backstreet Boy, and Return of the Mack was my party jam. I was living my best life.

Here is a breakdown of the music I liked at the time, and that my boyfriends DESPISED.

Vengaboys

Backstreet Boys

The Spice Girls

Britney

Christina

Aaliyah

Missy Elliot

No Doubt

My first CD(s) was Shaggy’s Boombastic, and Mariah Carey. I know those albums inside and out and are still fans of them today.

I adored Gwen Stefani and still do, she was cool and rocked out, and I loved Britney as she really could dance, while Christina was a vocal goddess.

I amassed a collection (who said impressive? Not me) that encompasses ALL of the 90s and 2000s songs that I loved and that I hadn’t owned. I feel like most of my music collection is from the 90s, and every time I listen to a song from that era it really makes me feel good.

So who are your favourite 90s/00s artists? Let me know!

T xx

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Im 31 and I have a 90’s Obsession. (Clothing)

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So this weeks blog is about the 90s and its clothing. Oh my word. Hoooooow amazing was the style. I’m including the 2000s in this too because I won’t let them get away with it either.

Here were my fashion idols in the 90s.

Aaliyah

Britney

The Spice Girls

They were all very different and I wanted all of their wardrobes, and their abs, holy moly!

I am going to list what I wore in the 90s, please chime in if you wore these too!

Matching tracksuits (maroon, and a green set)

Body glitter

Cherry lipgloss

Green or blue mascara

Roll on perfume (those tiny little ones)

Sparkly Butterfly clips (the tiny ones)

Glitter Slides (shoes)

Hoop earrings (when you were old enough to wear them obis)

A nose stud

A tongue stud

 

I want to hear more of these so do comment below.

So I was a massive dork in the 90s but it was so fun to be one! You did your hair up, put body glitter on, your roll on perfume on, and your cherry lipgloss and you were ready for school. Life was so much simpler then. I feel that I want to bring body glitter back in a big way too.

I loved the crop tops, the US themed merch (Chicago Bulls, etc) high waisted jeans, chokers, piercings, and whatever JLo was doing at the time was totally my aesthetic. I was definitely a pop girl in the 90s, but since this trend has come back around I still love the pop stuff, but LOVE the grunge stuff – plaid, band tshirts, holey tshirts etc. I love that this trend has come back and own so much of it, and it really lends to my style. I even do Space Buns (hairstyle) when I am going out and want to feel fly.

What did you wear, what do you wear now from the high street offerings of 90s style?

T xx

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I’m 31 and I have a 90s obsession. (Toys)

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So I wanted to write a blog on my love of 90’s/2000’s nostalgia toys.

I would like to preface with saying that I am a 31 year old woman who has managed stores, responsible for Health and Safety, and founded a brand, that I own the following things:

1x Furby (who is deaf, and came in a Furby backpack)

3x Jem and the Hologram dolls (Kimber, Pizzazz, and Jem)

2x My Little Ponies – one that came with a scent, and a Wedding pony.

1x Beast soft toy, who is my pride and joy

1x Hello Kitty Instax Camera

1x WWE Women’s Championship Belt

Multiple Sweet Valley High books

1x Barbie Mirror Phone Caase

So as you can see, I am a big fan of toys, and things like that from that era. I am a fan of cuteness and I love my space to be full of fun and cute things. I love making my friends laugh and roll their eyes with all the weird stuff I have, and I love that my niece and nephew are endlessly entertained by my toys and general craziness going on.

A lot of people are like this. They crave the gaming consoles that they used to play with when they were young, and talk about the TV shows they used to watch when they were children. Look at the 90s trend that is refusing to die. I am currently in love with everything coming out, and wearing everything from the 90s. I love it.

I also play games for relaxation, and two that I love is Disco Zoo, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. They are cute adorable games initially meant for children, but the creators have been clever and made sure they audience base includes adults too. I am addicted to both these games as they are so cute and provide a bit of a challenge.

I also tried to play the Sonic the Hedgehog game that I used to be terrible at when i was a kid, and boy that brought back some memories! I am still just as terrible at it but I enjoyed the retroness of it.

So team, what do you collect? Make me jealous!!

T xx

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Fitness. Fitnass? Fitness.

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So I’m talking about Fitness. Now I’m all ’bout fitness pizza in my mouth but I’ve recently discovered this thing called Fitness. Fitnass? Fitness.

Quite frankly, I am dead inside. I eat so much crap. I don’t think about portion control. I think I’m at a food eating contest normally. The fact I am alive is remarkable.

But through my anxiety and depression I have discovered exercise actually really really helps. Getting out for a walk, or a run, really makes you feel a lot better. So I got the gear. (More about fitness gear in a future blog). I went for a run along my road and back. I nearly died. But I did it! And I remembered that I am good at solo sporting things. Not team sporting things, as I get super competitive. But competing against myself, I can do. So I run and run and run. I take up Body Coach. I do Pilates. And I feel better! Much better.

The thing now is to start eating healthy. So in my bullet journal (again, in a future blog) I am tracking fruits and veges I eat each day, water drunk, when I eat bad food etc. It really is forcing me to think better about my food choices.

Now I want you know that this is not about vanity. I don’t want rock hard arms and manly pecs, like Chandler in Friends. I want the ticker to keep going and get stronger. Thats it. I’m on my feet all day walking up and down retail floors, which is all very well and fine, but its not doing the ticker any good. This way I can get some exercise, without have to go to cringey classes and set my own pace.

What are you doing to improve yo fitness so you can eat more pizza?

T xx

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Job Hunting today.

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So this month is centered on business and work! This blog I thought I would tackle job hunting!

Oh it is the worst. I hate job hunting. And I have changed jobs a few times now, but it never gets easier or better. I also got a wake up call as well on how old fashioned I am with the job hunting today.

I thought, Generic CV, a paragraph about how hardworking and motivated I am, bullet points of what I did in my jobs, two referees to give praise on how hard I work, and a cover letter that I just needed to switch names and companies on.

NO TARYN, JUST NO.

Todays job market is very competitive. Im sure you have seen various tweets going around about that you need to have a degree, be a recent graduate, and have 40 years experience in your field. While that is what it feels like, the most important thing is that employers need to see potential and some experience, even if you just did stuff at uni. Which leads me onto my next point, life experience.

Life experience is important, and should be a part of your CV. For example, I volunteered as a visual merchandiser with Barnardo’s while working my part time job, and with my full time job I am helping to coordinate a conference. These add to my skill set without taking a course (although I encourage you to do so if you can!) and add value onto you as a potential employee.

Networking. This is one that is new to me, knowing people in the industry you want to work in. How i tackled this one is to get into Facebook groups, set yourself up on Linked In (there are a lot of great groups on there) and look for local tea mornings and meet ups that you can attend and meet people who potentially may be able to help you get the job you want or know someone that can.

Set yourself apart and let people know that you are different. If you are a graphic designer, you can play with your CV and make it very individual without compromising your CV. If you are a marketing graduate with a need to get ahead, make a campaign marketing yourself! People who are looking at CVs average 6 seconds looking at the CV before they put it down (I should know, thats how long I did it too!).

Get jobs sent to your Inbox. I get Indeed, My World of Work, and Monster sent to my inbox, and then i can sit and look at jobs that are tailored to me and help me apply for them easily instead of trawling millions of websites.

Put it out there that you are hunting for a job. You never know whose mums friends sisters uncle owns a business that you can be a part of and can pop your CV into. This is an old fashion version of LinkedIn but really if you get a chat to a potential employer this will make a more lasting impression!

Above all else, treat it like a job in itself. Set goals, track your progress, and constantly research new ways to get yourself out there and get your CV in front of the right people!

Good luck if you are job hunting, and hope you found this useful. Now off to the emails to find my dream job! (Besides blogging that is!)

T xx

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The Fuck it List.

 

Hi team! How are those New Years resolutions going for ya? Green smoothies starting to make you feel blue? Running starting to wear thin? Never fear, because I have the answer that will help you live your BEST life this year.

Its called a Fuck it List.

So basically, you have heard of the bucket list. Travel to a buddhist retreat, climb Mt Everest, blah blah blah. This list is often impossible to achieve as a lot of them are super high goals that take more than a few years to achieve, time, money, etc. Often they will just sit there until you hate that you put it on the list and feel guilty you haven’t done it yet!

My list is way better. Inspired by Cheryl Cole (yes really), when she got malaria and nearly died, when she got better she composed a Fuck It list. Still with me after hearing my idea from Cheryl Cole. Good. Its going to get better.

Basically a Fuck it list is all the shit that you feel in your heart you want to do, and literally say, “Fuck it, lets do it.”

Let me give you a few examples.

I want two more tattoos. One on my finger.

I want to improve my French so when I go back to France I can really speak it properly instead of just picking up stuff from my high school French.

I want to swim in my hometown lake that I haven’t swum in since I was a teen.

So you see, it ranges. I want tattoos, I want to swim. No idea is silly, and all contribute to the development of YOU. There are other things on my list but I don’t want you to laugh me out of the building on how funny/stupid they are – but they will contribute to me being the person I want to be, and thats important.

So pen and paper. Write down big and small goals. Goals about work, life, love, family, friends, travel, hobbies, etc. Write it ALL down. Then look at the themes. Then look at what will improve you, moves you, or will motivate you. Cull some if you want, or shove them to long term goals. This is only for your year ahead that we are concerned about at the moment. And the great thing is, this is a list you will have for life. You will just keep adding things on, and crossing them off!

I would love to hear about your Fuck it List and what you want to achieve over the last year. This is a really great way to motivate yourself, while not being drastic. You can work towards your goal all year, and if you haven’t achieved it by years end, you can move into the new year closer than you were!

T xx

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