School reunion: 5 years later

You know all those films you watch where you see your favourite teenage stars get to season 5 or 6 and end up at a really awkward school reunion where there’s one pregnant one, one engaged one and one who’s gone off the rails? Well that’s where I was this weekend! Except there wasn’t a pregnant one or one who’s gone off the rails, just an engaged one I’m very happy for, and it actually wasn’t awkward AT ALL, I had a lovely time!

Here’s that fabulous bunch…

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In this picture you’ll see a soon to be Doctor and 2 lawyers amongst many other impressive sounding careers, such as a Data Analyst and something to do with building which is like Architecture but not quite, I forgot what that one was called! Anyways, all of these were much more impressive than my ‘Social Media’ job title and so when met with the inevitable ‘soooo what do you do now?’ question I felt a little bit silly saying that and was mostly met with looks of ‘is that even really a job?’.

Can we also just discuss that I haven’t seen this group of people in FIVE YEARS!? When I was in sixth form the thought of even being a functioning adult in 5 years time was laughable and yet now I live in London, as do all of these lovely people, and we’re all fully functioning, like we can feed ourselves and house ourselves and even buy alcohol in All Bar One without being asked for ID, crazy world I tell ya!

A reunion involving Siana French wouldn’t be complete though without some embarrassing moments where I tried to keep conversation going or make a joke and instantly regretted the words coming out my mouth. For example, I basically admitted that my agreeing to attend this event had made my mum so happy because I would ‘make more friends’…fully aware that makes me sound like a very sad loner. I also admitted a crush that I had for the entire of secondary school. When you’re at school and keeping a secret you automatically think your entire year group knows just because a few people tease you about it, turns out no one knew until now. That wasn’t enough though because after several glasses of wine I felt the need to create a ‘funny’ story out of it and delve deeper into the absolute insanity that was head over heels in love Siana in years 7 and 8, safe to say once the words had left my lips they didn’t seem so funny and I’m praying everyone else had had enough prosecco to forget because I’m majorly cringing. Siana where the hell is your filter?

Taking this back to a more serious note though, I find it amazing that people I went to school with, that I was chucked into classes with purely based on the first letter of our last name or our sixth form subject choices could still be in my life after all this time. Granted i’ve not seen them in 5 years and can’t take any credit for the great idea it was to stage this reunion but I’m so happy that a little piece of my childhood still exists. Looking back on my school life I had such a good time and that is partly down to these people. We didn’t all have the same interests or even hang around in the same friendship groups but we did all spend at least 7 if not more years of our childhoods experiencing the same things day after day amongst the same people and being forced to do the same boring school rituals and celebrate the same amazing life milestones like 18th birthday parties – 2010 to 2011 really was a great year!

I hope I can stay in touch with these people and this be just the beginning because despite not quite recognising all of them straight away due to significantly more facial hair and a much more developed Irish accent, we all have a lot more in common that I may have given credit.

I’ll leave you with this blast from the past, all the girls featured above are in this picture from our last day in Ladies’ College Sixth Form in 2011…

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You’re all lovely 🙂 xxx

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Top 10 Highlights of 2014

When life doesn’t go quite the way you had planned it is VERY easy to focus on the negatives, I for one am extremely guilty of this and just the other day found myself saying that 2014 had been an awful year full of bad memories. HOWEVER, when I decided to flick through a years worth of Facebook photos and pick out my top 10 highlights of 2014 it’s fair to say I was wrong, I have a lot of really good memories from 2014 I just needed a little reminder. I wanted to share these memories with you here and as a nice little post for myself to look back on. I will list them in chronological order as best as I can to avoid favouritism. Hope you enjoy!

1. My Housemates

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Living with these girls made this year fun! We did pretty much everything together from dance to food time and there was an endless supply of great conversations about Beth’s summer romances and LUDanS gossip. I can’t say the house was always beautifully clean or at all hygienic as Beth and I spent one evening unclogging the shower to find what can only be described as some living monster in there. We gagged and cried with laughter. Flo often made us all feel ashamed at how hard she worked and how little we all did as we sat and caught up on Dance Moms or Revenge, but living with 4 girls who shared the same interests as me whether it was dancing or tv shows was great and I wish we could all still live together down in Landan town. Love you girls ❤

2. Working for LUSU

My role on the LUSU Solutions Team was the first job I ever had and I Blog21couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Every day was different (except a few mind numbing occasions behind the desk where NOTHING happened). I got to work at events, help people with enquiries, attempt to tackle my fear of phone calls, work with the best team of 12 students, have the greatest boss (shoutout for you there Tom Pinder) and be surrounded by some of the wackiest but nicest personalities in that office. I miss them all a lot!

Working for the Students’ Union meant working alongside 3 of my best friends Jenny, Becky and Em and being a student ambassador for the University. I got to tell prospective students how amazing it was and how much I loved it. Pretty sure I needed that as otherwise I may have exploded from Lancaster pride.

3. LUDanS

I can’t narrow this down to any one particular moment because whether it was being President, competing, choreographing, performing or making friends with everyone, everything was amazing and literally shaped my 2014.

I got to be President of THIS society of talented and bubbly dancers.

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I got to work alongside THIS gorgeous exec full of some of my closest friends.

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I got to compete with THIS amazing competition squad winning numerous trophies, best choreography awards and turning heads wherever we went. The amount of pride that this brought me throughout the year is like nothing else i’ve ever experienced!

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And finally I got to organise and perform in this show!

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4. Being the ‘Poster Girl’

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Just a funny little thing I will Blog12always remember about 2014.

The year Lancaster hosted the 50th annual Roses sporting competition organised by my best friend and promoted by my beautiful face. I was featured in all my life size glory on pillars around campus and my lovely headshot could be spotted around the opening ceremony arena and football pitch. I can’t act as if I was embarrassed though…it’s no secret I loved it and now have my own copy of the picture (under my bed, not too sure what to do with it!)

This was also the first and only time I will ever wear pointe shoes. Amazing how deceiving a photograph can be hey. You’d think I was a prima ballerina from the look of this! Truth is I could just about stand there like that but when asked to turn…or arabesque…it was a big fat NO!

5. My 21st Birthday

What was supposed to be a quiet birthday which I didn’t bother celebrating very much because it was in the middle of everyone’s exams and I wasn’t in much of a celebratory mood turned into the BEST birthday surprise I could ever have asked for and am still so grateful for. Emily organised a birthday treasure hunt around Lancaster involving breakfast, shopping, manicures, ice cream sundaes, movies and ending with a meal with all of my friends who gave up precious revision time to spend it with me and I love you all for that! MASSIVE thank you once again to you too Emmy, you’re so good to me 🙂

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6. Cycling around Grizedale Forest

A somewhat unexpected memory butBlog23Blog24 I certainly won’t forget this any time soon! The day Em and I decided to cycle 10.8 miles up and down the ‘mountains’ (i’m going to call them mountains!) of Grizedale Forest. Never have I had such an achey bum or been so proud of myself for actually doing some exercise! Despite the pain and bruises for days I had a really good time that day and it’s a cute little memory to hold on to.

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7. Grad Ball

Dressing like a princess, having Loui as my date and going to Grad Ball with so many of the friends I’ve made over the past 3 years just had to be included in my top 10. I watched all of my older friends graduate and attend Grad Ball so when it came to my turn it was definitely a bit surreal but everything I had expected and a lovely way to end an amazing 3 years. It was also a proud moment as once again Em and a lot of my LUSU friends had organised it and boy was it a fantastically put together event!

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8. New York with my Mummy

The trip of a lifetime to New York to celebrate my 21st birthdayBlog22 and tick it off of the bucket list. It’s a well known fact that I am a very well travelled little missy however one place I had never been and always wanted to go to was New York so we had always said that when I turned 21 my Mum would take me. It was lovely to spend some quality time with her, seeing the city, trying to work out the subway, cycling for 9 hours, getting drenched in the rain, watching Broadway shows, eating too much pizza and taking lots of pictures. Mum…if you’re reading this (which you probably are), then thank you for the most amazing holiday and week away with you. It won’t just be a highlight of 2014 but 2015, 2016, 2017…you get the picture! I love you.

9. Graduating from Lancaster University with the girl it all started with

Yes you Becky. You made it in to my highlights! Woohoo! We both made it through our degrees and graduated with a 2:1, but the highlight for me was getting to graduate with this beauty. We had very different friendship groups at uni and drifted a little bit during the beginning of 2014 however I would never have wanted to graduate with anyone else and it felt extra special to know that we quite literally were together from the very beginning, that first day I followed you through the Management School, all the way to this day…when we graduated, supposedly as young women…hmm! You know you’re a special lickle egg to me.

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So 2014 ended with the big brave move to London to start an internship at Blog2an agency I had my eye on for a year prior to graduating. A dream come true really! Well..besides getting on a West End stage but that’s a very different story of which I’v partly achieved now…

I have found myself working within the loveliest team and loving every minute of the past 10 weeks I have spent with them. I have no regrets whatsoever about the choices I made post graduation and am happy where I have ended up. Now we just have to see where 2015 takes me!

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When I said 2014 had been a bad year I couldn’t have been more wrong really hey? It did certainly have its low points but at the end of the day they only make you more grateful for moments like these. I don’t plan on making any big new years resolutions this year as I’m still working on some of the challenges 2014 threw at me and would find it all too easy to just put pressure on myself to make 2015 perfect…which isn’t realistic. I do however plan on getting back to dancing as I haven’t danced since May and that is just unacceptable, and I plan to lose the stone I have put on since the beginning of 2014. We’ll see how I get on with those for now!

To anyone who has featured in these 2014 highlights. I love youuuuuuu. And to anyone who hasn’t, I probably love you too because I’m nice like that!

**HAPPY NEW YEAR**

The Breakfast Club – Soho

You cannot queue for The Breakfast Club for two hours and NOT blog about it! So here goes, I attempted to take some artsy photographs (and failed!) and ate a fry up. Woop!

 

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Oh…and I know you’re asking ‘Was it worth it?’. Honestly…what food IS worth queuing for two hours? But it was one of the best cooked breakfasts i’ve had, but no I would not queue up for it again! Once is enough, been there, done that, got the food baby!

Old Trafford

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I’ve waited almost 2 weeks to write this post! On Saturday 26th October I took 7 friends to an Executive Box at Old Trafford. However, ask them and they may very well tell you I took them to heaven! The looks on their faces was priceless and it was literally the most incredible day!

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We were served a three course meal consisting of soup, sausage and mash and a lemon tart (yummmm) and then enjoyed copious bottles of wine and cider from our FREE bar whilst the boys screamed at the Ref and chanted every Man U song going. They were playing Stoke City and I must say, there were times when I was a little concerned that these good spirits were going to go down the drain when we lost, however Manchester United pulled through and ended up scoring 2 goals in the space of about 2 minutes (see right for a celebratory picture of Loui!).

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To anyone who knows me, you’ll probably realise i’m not exactly a huge football supporter, however my dad is, hence the box! He always says that ‘there is no point in having nice things if you cant share them with those you love’, and he literally could not be more right! The football was the last thing I was interested in, however I know that the boys in particular were only there for that reason, but just to take my friends to such a cool place, give them an amazing day and see the humongous smiles on their faces made my day! I was buzzing all weekend and I think it is safe to say we ALL wanted to go back, and loved Karl huge amounts!!

It’s a day I will never forget that’s for sure.

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London Adventures

So last weekend my two darling friends Genevieve and Florence (they requested I change their names for privacy reasons :D) came down to London to visit me! And believe me it was much needed as I was turning into one lonely lickle girly!

Anyways, throughout the weekend I was taking artistic photographs at every turn and claiming I was going to blog about it all, however….now I’ve come to do it….can I remember it all? Of course not!!!

I’ll start from the beginning because I’ve been told that’s a good place to start from.

Day 1:

I took them to Garfunkels! Apparently you don’t get Garfunkels up north because they were both  photographing the menu, the walls, the food..everything! Like right tourists!! The waiter also  definitely had some hidden interest in us as he kept giving us creepy looks and was weirdly smiley!  Just another odd London male to add to my list of encounters!

After we had eaten our hearty meals and maxed out poor Jenny…oops I mean Florence’s! Bank  account..we went for a very long walk! Big Ben, Houses of Parliament…which I had to be taught all  about (oh the shame), Westminster bridge…London eye…my Nike fuel band was going mad!! But  we had so much to catch up on and were definitely not ready to go to bed!

Day 2:

The next morning we got up super early, much to sleepy Florence’s dismay and were out of the house and on our way to Trafalgar Square by 9.30. We took the obligatory pictures with the lions, had a short history lesson about ol’ Nelson and his column (that lesson consisted of Genevieve telling me he was some historical guy who had done something important and got his own pillar!), giggled far too much atthe humongous blue Hahn Cock which had foundits way into TrafalgarSquare, attempted selfies and took a Canada pic for Genevieve…it was a must!

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Then…it was onto Leicester Square to visit M&M world and hopefully buy some theatre tickets! We walked a ridiculously long route via Covent Garden, and a stop off at the Royal Opera House, another must for any dancer, and before I knew it I found myself in M&M heaven! Now I

don’t actually like M&Ms that much, I have no dislike for them but they’re not heavenly…however this place was pretty heavenly! Other than the smell which took a bit of getting used to…who couldn’t get excited being surrounded by bright colours, plenty of photo opportunities and hundreds of tubes of pretty coloured chocolates goodness!! Have I sold it to you yet? 🙂 anyways, despite saying I just wanted to look, I ended up leaving with a bag of my very own pic ‘n’ mix style M&Ms which turned out to be the only thing I bought that day and kept me happy right  through until 11am the next  day when the bag was  finished and I hit depression!

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After we dragged ourselves out of M&M heaven we started eyeing up the various discount theatre ticket stands  and were very confused! Anyways we ended up being served by a lovely young man with far too much west  end knowledge having seen just about every show. He told us he used to be homeless until he got  this job, so if  you’ve read my last post you’ll know how happy that made me! 🙂 we bought tickets for ‘Stomp’ which none of  us had seen and whilst it wasn’t at the top of our lists, we were still very excited to see it as we had no idea what  to expect! It didn’t disappoint….but more about that later.

It was now about 11.30 am and we decided that was nearly 12 so lunch time was acceptable! Genevieve and  Florence had the biggest jacket potatoes you will ever see and we got perved on by yet another odd London  male! (Must be something in the water?) After that, it was time for Oxford street!! But my feet did not know what was to come! After 7 hours of shopping up and down the high street Florence had bought a dress, some boots and a VERY exciting tshirts with dinosaurs on, and Genevieve bought a necklace…and something else which I can’t remember..owww.

At the end of our first day it was time to watch Stomp! After a short issue finding the theatre we were sat in our seats and ready for whatever was about to happen…we had no idea!
The show was AMAZING! I cried with laughter and sat with my jaw basically on the floor for most of it. As I said earlier we had no idea what to expect, but I was expecting used and more dance, however what actually happened was a completely self accompanied hour and a half performance. The performers used everything from bins to kitchen sinks, plastic tubes to newspapers to amaze and

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entertain the audience! Not only were they all incredible percussionists but each one of them had their own character and personality and portrayed them perfectly without a single word throughout the whole show. Their musical talents and their acting were both excellent.
The set was also pretty spectacular as it set the scene and was used during the show as a musical instrument as well as for the performers to swing from.
Just as we thought the show was ending, they took it up a level again. The props got bigger, the dancing was outstanding, one guy in particular, I have never seen someone jump so high! And I thought that it was a really nice touch that they got the audience involved and taught us some of their tricks, again, without and words.
Stomp was extremely worthy of the standing ovation (which WE started) and all 3 of us left the theatre smiling from ear to ear and in awe of what we had just seen! My cheeks were hurting I had smiled so much, and safe to say when we got home, I may have tried to start a clapping rhythm on the bed…but Genevieve and Florence weren’t having any of it 😦 oww.

 

Day 3:

On our second day we had slightly more of a lie in and then got ready to go to Camden Market. After a very long deliberation over what to wear we headed off to the tube and were on our way. Much to our dismay, when we left the tube station in Camden, it was raining and cold! Me and Genevieve had also not brought our umbrellas because we couldn’t be bothered to carry them! Oops!! Serves us right for being lazy!
IMG_4456 IMG_4454 We sheltered in shops for a while and giggled at the Lycra wear in  American Apparel until it looked like the rain was stopping and we made a  run for it. First stop was FOOD! Now that was stressful, there was people  shouting at us from everywhere and waving free samples in our faces!  Pretty sure if you didn’t want to spend any money and had no heart you  could just take all their free food! I felt too mean eating their food then  saying no though 🙂 good Siana! Me and Florence got some yummy  yummy Chinese food and Genevieve had a hot dog. Such a boring girl  hehe.

After we had eaten we began to wonder around the masses of stalls!  Didn’t quite realise how many there were! It was like a maze!!! Now to try  and remember some of the things that caught our eye…the cute tshirts, flower headbands, toothbrush holders, lots of jewellery, phone cases, scarves, wooly hats and of course…being me…anything with a quote on it 😀

Some pics of the goodies we saw and bought…

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My new wooly hat, beautiful cameo pendant and cute polka dot headband, all for just £16. YIPEEEE

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As a bit of a break when the rain got very bad we treated ourselves to yummy crepes, not quite pancake man though!!

Then when our feet had really had enough we got the tube home and ventured to pizza express for the pizza Florence had been waiting for ALL weekend and I had promised her! After that it was pretty much home, watch a movie and start packing and then go to bed because I had work the next day…boohoo!

I seriously had SUCH a lovely weekend with these two girlies. So if/when you both read this…thankyou!! I didn’t realise just how much I missed you both but the fact I didn’t stop smiling the whole weekend (except when my feet really really hurt) shows I clearly love you both lots and lots and lots!! ❤ can’t wait to see you both again and live together eek!

Bye bye for now xxx

The Book Club

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So today I met my little friend Jess and we went to this cute restaurant called The Book Club in Shoreditch. We nibbled on, or should I say stuffed our faces with a full english breakfast and chit chatted for hours! It’s amazing how much there is to catch up on when you live on other ends of the country and are both such busy ladies.

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I have to admit that before coming to London this summer I was fairly ignorant and thought that London mainly consisted of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Oxford Street, so since being here this time I have been introduced to all sorts of hidden gems. For the past 2 weeks I have been working on Brick Lane and today I got to know this quirky little neighbourhood a bit more. Me likey!

I will finish off this short little post with a picture I took of a lovely fence I saw covered in padlocks. Just like Paris! How cute hehe. Couldn’t help but wonder who started it though! Hmmmmmmm.

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Big day tomorrow, first day at my next work placement! eek. xxx