thoughts on online dating
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Ah, online dating. Is there any other way to meet people now? 

My story with online dating began I became single (obvs) and to be honest, I'm pretty sure the first thing I did after wiping my tears was download Tinder. Now, before you judge me - I work for myself, I don't meet people in the office. I have the same group of friends and frankly, I'm the instigator in doing things for the most part. I also have ME, so often miss out on going out etc. I really didn't think there was any way I'd meet someone new otherwise.

The first couple of months were weird, I didn't know what I wanted or what I was looking for and I never knew just how damn picky I was. I'm the first person to point out every flaw possible within myself, yet I didn't think I saw others like that. Here I was swiping past people for simply having 'weird eyebrows' or an ugly outfit on. Legit. Anyway, I did match with a few and that was fun, you can read more about dating

here

here

 and

here

I have friends who are so vehemently against using apps to date. Whether it be down to snobbery or simply not feeling safe talking to a stranger, it's their call. I on the other hand, actively encourage them but there are a few things I do find concerning.

1. I think we're becoming too judgemental. As I mentioned earlier, we're now examining people down to their choice in friends and shirts. We seem to have potentially lost that spark. We don't all end up with people we find fit our 'type' and yet Tinder/Bumble don't allow for that as if you're not instantly attracted to them you simply won't match with them.

2. It

can

be unsafe. I got very lucky in that all the men I met whilst dating were pretty normal and any that set off the slightest alarm didn't make it past the 'unmatch' button. There are some horror stories out there, but nonetheless I believe that not everyone is awful and as long as you keep your wits about you, make sure someone knows where you are (drop a live pin on WhatsApp!) and if anything flags then leave or stop speaking to someone then you can remain safe. Don't ever meet someone without doing some background research. It doesn't make you weird, it makes you wise!

On the brightest note, I met Kim on Bumble and he's a literal light of actual joy. We've discussed how our paths would never have crossed otherwise, so it just proves there are good humans on there. Just do it wisely eh!

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puppy training 101
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Another one for you doggy owners, or potential dog owners for that matter! After posting my top tips on things to think about when getting a puppy, I thought that some things I've picked up re: training your little one might be handy too.

Positive reinforcement!

This is something Pepe and I are still working on, but every time he does anything good he gets a 'good boy' and perhaps a treat if they're to hand. That goes for everything from doing a wee outside to sitting on command.

Being alone

Whilst Pepe spends a lot of time with me, he does occasionally have some time to himself which is great for me but not so great for him. Que the

Furbo

. I have always worried that he is barking or getting himself into trouble whilst I'm out and finally I have the answer! I have set up the device in the kitchen, which is where he sleeps and his food is. If you're not familiar, the Furbo is a pretty cute looking little machine which enables you to check on, speak to and reward your pup with treats. I often call him which beckons him to the device and then he feels comforted and sits and patiently waits for a treat. He was slightly apprehensive at first, but when he learned that treats pop out of it he wouldn't leave it alone! 

Repetition 

Something I realised whilst trying to teach Pepe to do a few basics (sit, lie down, paw) was just how many times you need to re-iterate what you're asking him to do before he understands. Dogs are creatures of habit, and eventually learn to associate words with actions so do keep at it, it just requires a lot of patience!

Socialise

Pepe was born into a house with lots of dogs so he's always been good with them, but it's definitely important to make sure your fur child is capable of being docile and friendly with others. It's best to test the waters in a neutral space whilst on leads so you can judge their behaviour first.

Take it slow

Lastly, they're just babies so do remember that! I taught Pepe one thing at a time, including toilet training and learning to adjust to being on his own. Lots of love and encouragement and they should get the hang in no time.

So those are a few of my fave tips that I've picked up along the way. Do let me know if you're thinking of getting a puppy any time soon as I do love writing about Pepe so it'd be fab to know that someone uses it! You can also see more Pepe and Furbo action on Pepe's Instagram (yep) @pepebreadmctaco.

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the weekly #002
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Birthday week, yay! I turned 25 on Friday so Kim whisked me off to Berlin for a nice weekend of wine and lots of food. We ate, pottered around the city and had a generally nice time. 

I also got a fair bit of work done this week which felt good. I often give into my M.E and sleep in until fairly late and work into the evening but this time I got up early and shot lots of content that had been hanging over my head and I feel so much better for it. Albeit very tired and looking a bit worse for wear.

Next week is full steam ahead with a hospital appointment as you read this, and freelance work Tues-Fri so it's going to be a long one! Kim's sister is also having a 30th party on the weekend so that'll be fun, and another hangover that I don't need!

I'm also going to do some meal-prep so that I am encouraged to eat well as I really meed to shift a bit of weight that I've gained as it's making me unhappy so that'll be boring as hell. I just freakin love pizza so much.

So that's about it really! Hope you had a lovely week.

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valentines day lingerie
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dot bralette

,

love knickers

,

suspender belt

,

pink lace bra

,

pink lace knickers

,

pyjama set

,

eye mask

,

lemon knickers

,

black bralette

and

heart mesh knickers

Happy nearly Valentine's Day friends! Now I know it might be seen as an excuse for corporations to make more money, or even make single people feel guilty but I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for the 14th Feb.

Not only is it two short weeks after my birthday, it's also an excuse to buy some new lingerie - whether it's for a special someone or just to feel *flames emoji* for yourself,  as that's important too.

So with that in mind, I've put together a few of my favourite pieces from places you might be slightly less likely to think of here on the blog, and then a haul of ASOS and Topshop pieces on my Youtube channel, which you can find here.

Some of my favourite brands are ones that I've found on Instagram, namely Hopeless Lingerie and Love Stories. Sadly neither are UK based but both deliver here so definitely worth a look! I stocked up on all things LS whilst I was in Amsterdam as they have an outlet there too.

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the weekly #001
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Back when I started blogging (we're talking 2010 or so here) most of us used to do a 'round up' post, whether it be of the week or even the month and I decided that I missed them so I am hoping to bring it back! I'm aiming for every Monday for just a little chat, but we shall see.

This week was pretty average in terms of work. I saw all three of my freelance photography clients,  did a few of my own bits and spend a lot of late nights editing. Kim came over a handful of times, and I went for dinner with Hannah, Millie and Lizzy on Wednesday which was very nice. We had ramen and I finished it for the first time in my life. I also got my nails done at London Grace with Josie which was cute.

My weekend was a little more lively as I had my birthday night out on Friday. I dragged 20 of my friends (who knew) to Lockside Lounge in Camden for a dance. It turned out to be pretty empty and we accidentally crashed a French rap night which was even weirder but it was still a good laugh. Saturday bought the laziest day I've had in forever, in which Kim and I laid in bed until about 12, only moving to make sausages and spaghetti hoops on toast and let Pepe out for a wee. We then shuffled to Kim's house and had a big bowl of pasta. Riveting.

Sunday was my fave as we went for a walk on Tooting Common with Kim's fam and Pepe of course, later going to Columbia Road for a wander in the rain and to refresh my very dried eucalyptus. We then finished the evening in Wong Kei, Chinatown with my Dad and sister. I over-ate, over-slept and over-enjoyed this day.

I've been thinking a lot about interiors this week - likely spurred on by Kim and I deciding to move in with each other at some point this year (won't be for a while!) so that's got me going wild on Pinterest, whilst also trying to source some Winter fashion inspo as I'm so done with big coats.

And that was my week, see ya next Monday.

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best of beauty 2018
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2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves
2018 Faves

liz earle cleanse and polish

Now while these are in no particular order, this has got to be up there in my top three. I discovered this via Josie in January and it's honestly just wonderful. I even use it when coming in rather worse for wear at 2am, it's that easy to use. It smells amazing and has entirely sold me on Liz Earle as a brand too!

glossier boy brow

An absolute staple in what I believe should be everyone's make up bags, but Glossier Boy Brow is just so bloody good. I have the shade brown, and use it on top of my

ABH brow pomade

to make my brows a bit fuller and bushier at the top.

charlotte

 tilbury magic cream

Another 2018 discovery and one that won't be going anywhere soon.

This cream

has a wonderfully thick consistency without being greasy on the skin, but enough to actually make you feel like your skin is moisturised and absorbing something. I have very dry skin, especially throughout the winter and I just find that using this before my make up gives my skin something to smile about. Plus it smells f-a-b.

nars sheer glow foundation

Now this foundation has long been a favourite of mine, and will probably never be replaced. Whilst I do like to switch it up from time to time, I always make sure I have a bottle of this handy. I wear the shade Deauville if you're interested and it matches my skin perfectly.

bareminerals bare pro foundation

A recent discovery, but all the while worthy of it's place here. I find this very similar to my beloved Nars base, but with a tiny bit more coverage so it's perfect on those days where you really need a bit of a boost. I'm also shade 2 in this which stuns me, so definitely worth getting matched in real life!

aerin hibiscus palm fragrance

Another gift from Josie, but honestly so lovely. The scent of this really reminds me of my childhood, and I'm not sure why. I think it smells similar to something that my late Nanna used to wear and throws me back entirely. It's really sweet and floral which isn't something I usually go for but there's just something pretty and nostalgic about it.

drunk elephant t.l.c framboos glycol night serum

Possibly the most recent discovery on my list, and one you really need to persevere with but having stuck it out for a month or so I can safely say it's fabulous. This one really stings when you first start using it, like

really

. I audibly screamed the first time I used it - BUT stick it out and it's amazing. My skin is more balanced, less red and a lot smoother. A total winner.

bareminerals oil cleanser

Finding this product made my life harder as it meant I had to choose whether to use this or my Cleanse and Polish in the evening, it's that good. I've never used an oil cleanser before this one but Gina at bareMinerals had me sold when she used it on me in store. It takes my make up off so wonderfully whilst not drying it out due to the oil, perfect for skin like mine!

it cosmetics superhero mascara

THIS IS SO GOOD, YOU NEED IT. The end (yes, I wear it every day and I often get asked if my lashes are extensions)

bobbi brown bronzer 

Finally, rounding off the year with a new bronzer. I love this particular one as like my other favourite, Benefit Hoola, it's matte and not muddy on the skin. It's perfect for adding a little bit of a glow and I honestly feel like it entirely changes my face when I apply it. Totally recommend!

Honorable mentions;

Benefit Hoola

,

The Ordinary Serum foundation

,

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow

,

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

,

The Wet Brush

,

Pixi Glow Tonic

and

Origins Night-a-Mins moisturiser

What were your favourites this year?

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just an outfit
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Outfits
Outfits

URBAN OUTFITTERS

skirt,

AND OTHER STORIES

jumper, STRADIVARIUS boots (

similar

), CÉLINE bag

I promised I'd do another outfit post soon, so here I am, before the year is out. I get pretty sad because I often feel like there's no place for blog any more, and few people take the time out to read them now. I really miss both blogging and finding the time to read more, so if you have any faves please do send them my way.

In other news, this outfit was a few weeks ago when it wasn't positively arctic - hence the lack of coat. I'm struggling to find a place for these satin skirts now it's so chilly. I don't think they suit tights or taller boots so I'm at a bit of a loss, any ideas?

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getting a puppy
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Following on from Bear's five minutes of fame, I thought it was only fair that Pepe got his chance to shine too. When Petplan got in touch and asked if I'd be interested sharing my #Pethoodstory, naturally I jumped at the chance to talk about my newest furry son.

I thought the best way to go about it (without just sitting here gushing about how great he is) was to talk about the highs and lows of getting a puppy, as well as a few things to note if you're thinking of doing the same.

So, a bit of a back story; I'd wanted a pug for what felt like forever, but in 2013 I stumbled upon Tako on Instagram and knew I needed one of these funny faced little friends first. I spent years planning, but with being at uni and living in rented housing, I could never take the plunge. Low and behold, whilst doing my weekly rounds on websites for Brussels Griffons, I found two lil lads in need of a new home. I rang my mum, flapping and of course was told not to be so ridiculous. Three weeks later, Pepe was in the back of my car on the way back to London. 
*I'm going to pop in here that I was comfortably self employed at this point!

It all sounds pretty romantic, and to be honest it was. I've grown up with dogs so knew what to expect, and obviously I have had Bear for five years so was used to some responsibility, but then the reality of suddenly having a tiny furry puppy that needed constant love and affection hit. Having a dog is very different to a cat, it's a lot more work, a lot more walks and a fair amount more poop (sorry). 
Things to consider when thinking if a puppy is right, right now:
  • Can you be with him/her a lot? Puppies get separation anxiety if left alone a lot and need to build a routine. Usually not possible without a dog walker, or someone to look after them if you're employed full time.
  • Are you ready to commit 10-20 years of your life? Nothing bothers me more than people getting pets for vanity reasons, and then later rehoming them or worse, abandoning them. They're a tiny member of the family and should be treated as such. As much as I'd like to have got rid of my sister, the premise is the same.
  • Can you afford to insure, feed and pay for all the miscellaneous costs that come with a puppy? They're definitely not cheap! Insurance is a must in my opinion, as well as picking good food based on their size and requirements etc.
They're a few things to think about if you're about to take the plunge, and they're all totally worth it for the endless love and accidents on the carpet, promise! Pepe is an absolute joy, and honestly just seeing the smile he puts on everyone's faces is so worth it. I can't take him anywhere without someone stopping us to say hello, even if he does often woof in their face.

Now onto the fun stuff! Petplan have given me the chance to giveaway a £150 Amazon voucher (lots of good dog things on there) to one of you guys! They're asking you to share your Pethood Stories and fill in the below form. 
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five great things in 2018

Yay, a happy post! I thought Id'd get ahead of the new year posts and tell you about some nice things that have happened over the past year, as some of you might care.
1. I gave birth to my second son, Pepé. Lol ok I didn't birth him but he is my fur son. I brought this little bundle of constant pooping home in February and whilst it has been testing at times, he ultimately brings me (and everyone he meets) absolute joy.

2. Another new addition to the Meramo and pet clan was Kim. My new bff, lover and personal head massager. If you followed along through my dating woes, you'll remember I was very single, and whilst I did enjoy it, I'm very very very happy to have found a heck of a guy. He's very handsome too.

3. I made a real job and managed it for a year! Wahoo! Whilst I technically have been self employed since July 2017, 2018 marks my first full year going it alone. I'm very proud of myself, I've done some really cool campaign shoots for Oasis, spent a lot of time creating content with Josie and Niomi and all round had some laughs. It's been a good time.
4. I also think 2018 was the first year I really lived and did fun things. I went to lots of gigs, visited Scotland for the first time, took a trip with one of my best pals (blog post still to come from June lol) and generally said yes to doing way more. My M.E might be cursing me but I had a great time and I've got the battle scars, and a full sleeve of tattoos to prove it.
5. Way back in January I also started fresh in a new flat, on my own (before I found my flatmate!) and made a new home. I've always lived with friends or a boyfriend so it was a big change for me but I loved it in the end. I had so much freedom to do as I fancied, which worked well when saying yes to everything, but also just made me feel like an actual adult for the first time. It was kind of fun to stand on my own two feet for a while, even if I stand on Kim's a bit now.
So those were five good things that happened to me in 2018. I can't express how shit 2017 was for me, so I am bloody relieved to have had a fun year! Of course there was low points, but we don't need any doom and gloom here today so I won't go into them, plus you probably saw me moaning about them on Twitter.
What were your highlights of 2018?


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