Things that school doesn’t prepare you for

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Hello again,

Just a little disclaimer: this is not an attack on the school system, but a list of things that I feel would be useful for schools to teach. I don’t think that schools should babysit us, it’d just be nice to be taught about life after school and not just about quotes from Shakespeare’s plays and how to use Pythagorus. I’m sure I could have written a list twice this size, but here are some things that school doesn’t prepare you for.

Being self-employed

Luckily my family have already loaded me up with information about expenses and tax and all of the wonderful things that accompany working for yourself. My mum even had to sit with me when I applied to become self-employed online. It’s a bit embarrassing that I got to being 20 years old without knowing the first thing about self-employment. It would have been so useful if schools talked about working for yourself as an option instead of banging on about uni all of the time.


I didn’t actually learn what an invoice was until I got my first job in social media and my boss told me to sent him an invoice at the end of the month. Even now my invoices are the most basic things I’ve ever written. If you’re ever thinking about taking on some freelance work or running your own business, I’d definitely give ‘invoices’ a little Google because I’d barely heard of the word before I got to uni.

Jobs of the future

I don’t really know what to call this but when I went to school, only a few years ago, the only careers that were really talked about was teaching and law and nursing and all those other jobs that schools think are the best options. There’s no disrespect in working in those industries, but it would’ve been really nice to talk about jobs that are quite new or just different from the norm I suppose. When I told my teachers I was going to study journalism at uni, the only thing they’d talk about would be newspapers. Anything about blogging or PR or social media was dismissed despite school supposedly ‘preparing you for jobs that don’t even exist now’. Yes, they actually said that…


I don’t know if this is the same for all schools, but my schools NEVER talked about politics. I always remember teachers being fearful of revealing with political party they support. Although I wouldn’t have wanted to anyone to force their views on me, I would have really appreciated some information about voting and what each party stands for. It worries me that people are leaving school without knowing a lot about their own country’s political system and government.

Social media

In school social media was always talked about as if it was some form of evil. All that was talked about was internet safety and not talking to strangers. Whilst this information is useful and 100% necessary, it would be good to teach people about the uses of social media too. Social media is actually the reason I earn money so I find the thought of it being portrayed in a negative way in schools stings me a bit. Without Twitter a lot of people wouldn’t access news and without Instagram a lot of people wouldn’t know what a Boomerang is. Think about it.


Managing money, earning money, the value of money, rent, tax, mortgages, savings… money in general needs to be talked about openly or people are going to leave school not having a clue. I appreciate that your teacher isn’t your mum but a little guidance wouldn’t hurt.  I’m really good at managing money and consider myself to be self-sufficient but I really wish that school offered me more support in that department – I don’t even have an overdraft…

As always, thank you for reading!

I didn’t have a bad time at school and in some ways I learned things that have actually really helped me. Maybe Theresa May will read this and realise that young people need to be more well informed before they leave school…

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Courteney x



7 Annoying People You’ll Encounter On The Tube

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Since, like most commuters, I always seem to encounter people that haven’t a clue about etiquette or manners when it comes to travelling on the tube. I’m sure that those of you that have used the London Underground before, or any underground for that matter, will have encountered someone that ruined their journey.

People who have no ability to keep to the left 

There a signs everyone screaming ‘KEEP TO THE LEFT’. What’s so hard about it? People can’t get past if you’re stood in their way.

People who don’t let you get off of the tube before they get on it

These people catch sight of a free seat and will do literally anything to push past you to win that seat. They are so desperate that they don’t care how big the crowd against them is. They. Will. Win. That. Seat. Little do they know, that cramped seat isn’t worth it – you’ll have much more room if you just stand up.

downloadPeople who will risk being crushed to death just to board a train

There’s no need. The next train will arrive in 4 minutes at the most. If the doors are closing, don’t get yourself trapped in them . Just think about it, if you break an arm then you’ll be even later to your destination than you would if you just waited for the next train…

People who don’t give up seats for people that need them more

These people, in my eyes, are the most inconsiderate of them all. I couldn’t imaginimagese not offering a seat to those less able to stand. I know it’s crowded, you’re tired and you’d rather cut your legs off than stand up for 5 minutes but there is often someone that needs a seat more than you do. In this instance: move.

People that stink out the carriage with smelly food

I know you’re enjoying your foot long tuna Subway sandwich, but please have some consideration for the people sitting around you. We’re underground and there is fresh air, all we can smell is your stinky sandwich.

South_Wimbledon_tube_station_-_1995_Stock_trainPeople who slow everyone down at the ticket barriers

Get your Oyster card out of your pocket/handbag/suitcase/Pokéball or wherever you’re keeping it before you decide to stand in front of a barrier that other people could be using. Nobody has time to watch you fumbling around for your card holder. You could have found it when you were on the tube, in the escalator or in the lift.

People who thing that a bag needs a seat more than another human being does

A bag is not a person so it has no right to have a seat to itself. Fair enough if the tube is empty, no one wants to sit down and it’s not inconveniencing anyone. However, when the tube is over-crowded and people are packed in it like sardines, please do not hog a whole seat for your bag. I’m sure it will be fine on the floor.

Thanks for reading!

Let me know your absolute pet hate about using the underground, or travelling in general.

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Courteney x

Soap & Glory Skincare Favourites 

Hello again,

Today I thought I’d share with you some of
my skincare favourites from Soap & Glory, which is one of my all time favourite beauty brands.

Soap & Glory are known for bringing out collections of products that smell amazing. They smell as if they would taste really good, which is probably why their products often have food related names.

Soap & Glory also sell makeup. Their Thick & Fast Mascara is one of the best eye products I’ve ever used. I’ve also heard really good things about their eyeliner and concealer. That’s a story for a whole different post.

Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

This face wash is one of the most gentle skincare products I’ve ever tried. There’s nothing worse than using cleansing products that sting your eyes or irritate your skin. Peaches and Clean removes makeup effectively and leaves my skin feeling really soft and even
afterwards. I find that a lot of face washes or makeup removers actually sting my skin whilst they’re on my face and leave my skin dry after use.

Puffy Eye Attack

I use the Puffy Eye Attack cream under my eyes every day before I apply my makeup and sometimes at night when I’ve just washed my face. It definitely helps to soothe my under-eyes, which often feel quite dry when I wake up. I struggle to sleep so when I get up in the morning there’s a good chance that I’ve got two bags of joy forming under my eyes. This product definitely helps to get rid of them.

Translucent BB Cream

I’ve been using this product almost everyday for the past two years. I use it regardless of whether or not I’m going to wear makeup. If you don’t want to wear makeup – like in the hotter, it’s good to use as it contains SPF and makes your skin soft and even. In the summer my skin feels especially dry because I tan quite easily, meaning I always need some sort of moisturiser on my skin – this is the best one I’ve found for my face.  Also, I use it before I apply makeup as it works well as a primer and moisturiser because it smoothens out my skin. It’s translucent so it doesn’t look like you’ve overloaded your face with products. I don’t think I would ever use a coloured BB cream before applying makeup. This BB cream sinks into my skin quite quickly so it doesn’t feel cakey on my skin.

Orangeasm Body Wash

This body wash smells amaaaaaazing! Every time I get this I use it really quickly – I must enjoy smelling like the fresh, zesty scent of an orange. Like every other Soap & Glory product out there, this also makes your skin feel soft after using it. Can you imagine if Soap & Glory made bath bombs? They’d smell so good.

Heel Genius

I don’t think I’d ever use any other product to moisturise my feet. I’m always thankful for Heel Genius if I’ve been on my feet all day at work because it’s so soothing and cool on my skin. However, I really don’t like the smell of this one. It smells a cream that would be used in hospitals. I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s not fruity or pleasant like the rest of their products. It smells chemically and unnatural .

Hand Food

I really don’t use hand cream as often as I should. I should definitely start keeping one of these in my bag because it’s the best hand cream I’ve ever used. It sinks into the skin really quickly so my hands don’t feel greasy after I use it. It smells very sweet and feminine, exactly like their The Scrub of Your Life and The Righteous Butter products. Describing how something smells is actually more difficult than it sounds – I’m running out of synonyms for ‘nice’.

The Scrub of Your Life

Like the Orangeasm Body Wash, I always seem to fly through this product. Unlike a lot of body scrubs it’s actually really gentle. I find
that the beads in a lot of scrubs can feel quite
harsh, and almost irritating, on my skin. What’s better than a product that can clean, exfoliate and moisturise your skin at the same time? (Nothing)

Thank you for reading!

Please give me your Soap & Glory recommendations if you have any! I’m sure I own most of their skincare products but I don’t own many of their makeup products.

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Courteney x


Anticipated Film Releases In 2016

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I’ve been recently looking into which films are going to be released in 2016 and there’s a fair few that I’d like to see. Maybe making a list of them will motivate me to take advantage of the 2 for 1 cinema tickets I get from my car insurance…

The Girl On The Train

I read the book ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins and I absolutely loved it: I read it in about three sittings. It starts of with Rachel, who takes the same train journey everyday and notices the people living in a specific house that the train stops near. The book is written from the point of view of 3 different characters so it will be interesting to see how the film interprets this. Also, Emily Blunt is going to play the main character, all the more reason to go and see it.

The H8ful Eight

I want to watch this film because the trailer reminded me of Django, which is one of my favourite films of all time. From what I’ve read online, in the film, some time after the Civil War, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue head for the town of Red Rock, where Ruth plans to bring Daisy to justice. Quentin Tarantino recently revealed that The H8ful Eight started as an idea for a sequel to Django, which is also one of the films he has directed. If The H8ful Eight is as half as good as Django I will be very impressed.

Now You See Me 2

I went to the cinema to watch the first Now You See Me film and thought it was amazing. I usually hate films about magic but I found this one really interesting. Let’s hope that the second installment is as good as the first…

How To Be Single

From what I’ve read, the film follows Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David who are all learning to be single. I’m probably only excited about this film because the cast includes Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson. Two very good actresses, in my opinion. I watched the trailer with my friend and it looks hilarious.

The Choice

This film is based on the Nicholas Sparks book The Choice, which I thought was a really good read. From what I remember it made me cry loads, so perhaps I shouldn’t go to the cinema to watch this. It’s about Travis and Gabby, who meet when they become neighbours and start at relationships which is tested by life changing events.

The Boy

Finally, a horror movie! Horror is probably my favourite genre of film: they have more twists and surprises than dramas and comedies. The film is about an American nanny who takes a job looking after an English family’s boy, who is actually a life-sized doll. After breaking the strict rules of taking car of the ‘boy’, she begins to believe that the doll is really alive. Since watching the trailer a while ago I’ve really wanted to watch it.

Dirty Grandpa

In Dirty Grandpa, just before his wedding, an Zach Efron is tricked into driving his grandfather, Robert De Niro, to Florida for spring break. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks hilarious.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Who else is excited about this? I’m sure the entire female population is looking forward to the long-awaited final installment of the Bridget Jones adventure. However, I’ve read the book so I know that the film is only going to break my heart. I won’t tell you why so I don’t spoil the ending if you haven’t read the book.

Ride Along 2

Firstly, if you haven’t seen the first Ride Along film then you definitely need to. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are the best comedy combination. In the second film, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer. I’m definitely going to the cinema to watch it.

Thanks for reading!

What films are you looking forward to seeing in 2016?

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Courteney x

4 Awkward Underground Experiences

Hello again,

I’ve been living in London for over two weeks now; time is flying by. Since the move, I’ve been using the underground, ‘the tube’, to commute to university and wherever else my adventures take me. I’ve seen and experienced some awkward and cringe-worthy things recently that I feel are very worthy of sharing with you all, so I’ve compiled a list of my least favourite things about the tube.

I do apologise if you have never used the tube and have no idea/don’t care what I’m talking about

Getting stuck in the closing doors

Don’t get me wrong, I always run to catch a tube so I don’t have to wait an unbearably long two minutes for the next one. However, I am not willing to risk getting squished between the closing doors for two measly minutes. This is not the case for some people. Last week I saw a man jump on the train as the doors were closing. He got his blazer trapped in the doors and had to crouch against the doors until the next stop. A couple of days after that I saw a family of six or seven sprinting for a tube, suitcases in tow. Half of them jumped on the train and as the doors started to close they realised that not everyone had made it. Then, they decided to rush off of the train, leaving a their little boy on the tube by himself. He almost got his fingers trapped in the door! Luckily, a man stood behind him pulled him away from them.

Repeatedly making awkward eye contact with someone in the window opposite you

This is something I absolutely cannot stand. I have no objection to conversing with people on the tube, or even making accidental eye contact. On the other hand, other people cannot stand being looked in the eye. Don’t you hate it when you can see someone looking at you but as soon as you look back they become all awkward? They just make the whole thing weird. If you don’t like eye contact, stop looking at me he mirror.

Running for a train only to find that it’s leaving without you

I always do this. When I’m waltzing down the many stairs that my local tube station has, I suddenly realise that I can hear a train. I start speed walking, rushing or even running to catch this tube only to realise that the train I heard is on the other side of the platform or it is the one I actually want to get on, but it’s already departed. I see this happen to people every single day; it makes them awfully embarrassed and frustrated.

Standing beneath someone’s smelly armpit

Travelling during rush hour. There are no spare seats. You are stood underneath a smelly armpit. This always happens to me! I’m not very tall so 99% of men that get on the tube tend to be taller than me. When standing up, I always end up squished between the huddle of people reaching up to hold onto one of the poles on the ceiling. It’s like a very smelly mosh pit.

Thank you for reading!

I hope at least some of you can relate to these things.

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Courteney x