25 Things I Learned in 25 Years

On a gloomy Wednesday 9th in 1994 at 12:15pm, a star was born to two young parents.

She was their second born and the apple of their eyes.

25 years later, that baby girl grew up to be…

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#ClaireNotes… London Edition! – July 2017

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My most anticipated holiday to date has to be this one. It had been planned and booked for over a year! One week in London, jam-packed with fantastic events and banter (knowing me) with my bestfriend of 12 years.

The downside? Being at the airport at 4 in the morning. Yeah, I am not a morning person. But there were some upsides!: seven days with my bestfriend in the whole world. And shopping. And musicals. And souvenirs!

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Why the Cursed Child poster, you may be wondering…? Well, because we booked to see both parts of the play on her birthday!

I cannot share any details on the play itself (#keepthesecrets), but let’s just say it was beautiful and the transitions from one scene to another were out of this world and… dare I say… MAGICAL!

Brighton

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The day before Cursed Child we went to Brighton. We attended an event called Pop Up Pug Café which you can assume what it was all about.

After the Café we caught the bus to the Royal Pavilion…

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… and then headed to the amazing Brighton Pier, which was a lifelong dream of mine to visit.

You can tell the weather wasn’t in our favour, but we still had the greatest time!


Would you like a post on my week in London? Let me know in the comments’ section below!

What I Got For My Birthday

I had THE best birthday in my entire life. Work greeted me with happy smiles and cheerfulness, the kids too, and I saw my BFF and we chilled with some takeout pizza and Harry Potter. Then I spent the weekend with my boyfriend at a hotel, a treat for both our birthdays (his is a day before mine).

Wondering what I got for this special day? Well, you’re in the right place then…

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First present I got was from my colleagues, which was a EUR15 voucher from The Body SHop. They know how obsessed I am with skincare and cruelty-free products, so this present was perfect for me.

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No, unfortunately I didn’t get a chubby, ginger, bowtie-wearing, alcohol-drinking cutie of a cat, but I did get money from my parents and Nonna. So we can call it a win still.

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My sister and boyfriend got me this cute navy and brown satchel bag from Accessorize. The bag is quite spacious and has white blots all over it.

From my bestfriend I got not one… not two!… but THREE PRESENTS. Which I was not expecting.

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First thing I opened was this pegboard with letters and symbols. She was going to buy me a lightboard from New Look, and luckily while we were in the store, I pointed out that I had one but with 2 layers instead of 3.

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Second gift I opened was this book called Dogs of Instagram. I love dogs. I love Instagram. The result? This great gift. Can you tell I’ve known this person for over a DECADE?!

Last gift I got from her was this beautiful Unicorn Trinket Dish from Sass & Belle. It’s a nice touch to my room, which is becoming more ‘me’.

Last but certainly not least are the gifts from my boyfriend and his parents…

His parents gave me this set of six silver bracelets with very light blue gems from River Island. I don’t know how they knew that this was my current favourite colour, but they nailed this gift.

Then there’s my amazing boyfriend ❤

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First up is my birthday present, which is this dystopian card game called ‘Coup’. It’s not the usual present one would expect. But I love card games, especially ones where you need to use your brain. And I love anything dystopian: movies, TV shows, books, documentaries, cultures… everything basically. And now I love this game!

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This is my V-Day gift, which is a Me to You mug-and-bear set. I loved this gift more than expected because I know my boyfriend is quite insecure about relationships and feelings, but the fact that he did the effort alone made this gift special. And I love teddy bears, and Me to You things.

So this was what I got for my birthday/V-day. These gifts really showed how much these people love me and care for me… and also know me more than I do sometimes.

Next post will be my February notes, so stay tuned for that at the end of the month!

23 Things I Learned in 23 Years

So it’s my birthday tomorrow! And I am turning 23 years old (or… young…), and I had quite the eventful life. To celebrate my first birthday blogging, I decided to post everything in my favourite colour, purple, throughout the month of February, and dedicate this post with twenty-three things I’ve learned every year of my life, in no particular order…

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You are your biggest critic. Cut yourself some slack every now and then.

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Say yes more. It’ll prevent those ‘I never do anything fun’ feelings. Even if things turn tits up, at least you’ll have a story to tell!

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Don’t take texting too seriously. One emoji too many means nothing.

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Remember that you don’t know everything about a person’s life. Everyone has their own battles. Don’t jump to conclusions. Be sensitive.

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Scream-singing alone in your car can fix a lot of things. So can a long shower… while scream-singing alone. Can you tell I like scream-singing alone?

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Sometimes you need to let go in order to be happy. Not necessarily forgive or agree, but accept that you can’t do anything about it. Move on.

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You are capable of so much more than you think you are.

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Some things aren’t worth getting upset over. Don’t ruin something good over something that will be irrelevant in an hour.

 

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Your friends will talk about you and get annoyed with you. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care about you. It means that they care more than you think.

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Things are cool, but experiences are cooler. Spend your money wisely. (But treat yourself sometimes too. But not too excessively.)

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Sometimes good people do bad things. You can’t expect a person to be anything more than just a person. Nobody is perfect.

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You have to work for what you want. Both big and small, nothing is going to change unless you take action. Happiness is in your hands.

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Different doesn’t mean better or worse. It means different.

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You don’t have to please everyone. And don’t try so hard to do so, because people will notice. Say no when you have to. Take care of yourself.

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Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you want to be better.

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Keep at least €200 in your savings account for emergencies. Because, you know… emergencies happen.

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If you feel like something needs to be said, say it. It’s better to go that route than to let things eat away at your mind.

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There is always more to learn. You will never know everything, and you are never done growing.

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Stand up for yourself. The way you let others treat you reflects how you view yourself. Be strong. Don’t let people treat you like shit.

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Compliment others at least three times a day. It feels nice to be nice. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

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Make sure that the important people in your life know that they are important. Make sacrifices for them, check in on them.

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Accept that sometimes bad things happen for no reason at all. You can’t help it. All you can do is keep the ball rolling.

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Take things a day at a time. Don’t stress about the future or how things will turn out years down the road. Focus on the now.