21 Before 21 - How Did I Get On?

16 February 2020

So, I'm a little late to the party, but seeing as my 22nd birthday is coming up I figured it was the perfect opportunity to have a little walk down memory lane... I'd totally forgotten I'd written a list of 21 things I wanted to do before I hit 21 so let's have a recap and see how I got on nearly a year later, shall we?

21 Before 21 - a recap looking at how well I got on with my bucket list.

1. Run a 10K 

So, I haven't completed this one yet but it's very much on the list for this year! I'm hoping to run a 10K in March so watch this space...

2. Visit 5 more countries

Done! The last couple of years have seen me do quite a bit of travelling (sorry, carbon footprint) which I'm truly grateful for! Since I wrote my 21 before 21 post I've visited: Iceland, Bali, Budapest, Mauritius, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia! Wowcher.

3. Get (and sustain) some abs

Hahahahahah, no.

I did, however, have a phase of really enjoying going to the gym and gym classes, alas, I've since got a full-time job with a 2-hour daily commute so that's not a bit of me anymore... I'd also like to mention that this very much isn't a goal of mine anymore, it's funny how these things change, eh?

4. Develop a personal style 

Done! If you follow me over on Instagram you'll have seen that I'm dipping my toe into fashion blogging, and do you know what, I'm actually really enjoying it! (I've even written a lookbook styling cream jeans five ways!) Since I've started shooting my outfits regularly I've really been able to hone in on my personal style, which, if I had to summarise in three words would be; monochrome, prints and neutrals!

5. Ride in a helicopter 

Done! I received a flight in a helicopter as a gift and wrote a bit more about my experience in this sick tings post! It was such a great afternoon!


6. Throw a huge uni house party

Done! For my 20th birthday, my pals and I hosted a house party and it was such a good night. I mentioned it a bit more in this sick tings post, but, let's just say a lot of alcohol was consumed that night... 


7. Do more volunteering

This is one that I haven't actually completed but really should! Working full time means that I really have to organise my time well if I want to get things done, and this is an example of something that hasn't made it past the to-do list. That being said, my Mum and I did do a community litter pick not tooooo long ago! 


8. Get better at public speaking 

Done! Third-year at uni involved a lot of presentations and you really do get better with practice, take it from me! I know people always say that public speaking gets easier the more you do it but it's actually true and it becomes less and less terrifying the more you do it. 


9. Run a Parkrun in under 22 minutes

Hahahahahhah. I don't think I've even run a Parkrun since I wrote this post, let alone hit such a major PB... That being said, I should probably get back into Parkruns, they're an easy way to get some exercise in! (You can read my tips for Parkrun here)

10. Drive for the first time since my test

Done! Not only has she driven for the first time but she has also had her own car for 6 months, commutes to work in rush hour and has driven to London and back a couple of times... Look at her go! A while ago I wrote a post on driving lesson tips and advice which might be a good read for anyone currently going through the process!


11. Learn more than just GCSE Spanish

I did download Duolingo and got a three-day streak but that was about it on the learning more Spanish front.

I got an A in GCSE Spanish and would love to continue to learn more, but this just hasn't been on my priority list. Perhaps this can be my next challenge for 2020?


12. Become more politically aware

I'm not going to pretend I know the ins and outs of every party, and the voting history for each member of parliament but I'd definitely say I'm becoming more politically aware.


13. Spend a week without social media

This is one that is pretty much impossible now that I work in social media but maybe I'll manage it one day, huh?

14. Find a new hobby

I'm yet to find a new hobby but if anyone has any ideas of things I could get into I'd love to hear them...


15. Get a tattoo

No tattoos as of yet and none are planned in the immediate future!


16. Visit all my home pals at their unis

Promising to do this and not following it through is something I'm SO guilty of. So far, I think I've only visited one of my pals in their uni city... Why did they choose unis so far away, huh?


17. Reach 1000 Bloglovin followers 

Done! As always, thank you for all of the support over here on Becc4, it really does mean a lot! There are over 1600 of you now, so that's pretty cool, huh?


18. Visit New York

Hasn't happened yet but there have been mentions of a trip potentially happening this year... One day I WILL make it to the Big Apple. 


19. Talk my parents into getting us a puppy 

Done! When I wrote this post this seemed a pretty much impossible task, but, it's 2020, and we have Murphy. Oh, how these things change... 


20. Climb a mountain

This is still firmly on the 'to-do' rather than the 'completed' list but one day I will get round to doing it!

21. Raise £100 for charity

Again, another one I haven't managed to do... I really am doing quite poorly on this list, aren't I?!


Have you got any goals set for the near future?

5 More Things No One Tells You Before Getting A Puppy

9 February 2020

Can you believe that Murph is now 8 months old ??? That tiny little fluffy thing we brought home with us over the summer is now looking like a real dog!!

In case you've been living under a rock, I have a cockapoo puppy, he has his own Instagram account (obviously) and is a very treasured addition to our family. I wrote a post a while back on 7 things no one tells you before getting a puppy and for today's post I thought we could revisit it, adding 5 more things to the list. As always, I'd love to hear any other things you think I might have missed as a part three could very much be on the cards...

Onto the things no one tells you before getting a puppy... 


things no one tells you before getting a puppy

1. Alllll the nipping and biting

As soon as I'd published the last post, people kept saying I'd missed something huge; the nipping. We'd never had a puppy before and oh my, we were not ready for what was to come. Puppy teeth are SO sharp. Like, drawing blood from the lightest of touches kind of sharp. We'd read that pretending to yelp when they've bitten you encourages them to stop, alas, this wasn't the case with Murph. It seemed the more we yelped, the harder he chewed. Fortunately, this phase doesn't last forever. They gradually learn that it's wrong and their baby teeth fall out, and peace and tranquility return.

2. You literally can't leave anything on the floor

Nothing. Not a shoe, not a magazine, not a mug. Nothing. We've removed all vases and decorations that were puppy height and now store all of our shoes on various radiators scattered around the house. Popping in for a cuppa? Don't put your shoes down on the floor unless you want them stolen and chewed to death by a puppy, pass them here, let me pile them up on this already packed radiator and hope he doesn't spot them. 

3. They can jump onto dining room tables from standing

Okay, maybe they all can't but Murphy certainly can. The first time he did it we genuinely had no idea what to say/do and were even less sure whether to laugh or cry in response. Thankfully, this isn't something he does very often at all otherwise we really would be in trouble. It's fair to say we were dreading Christmas dinner - imagine the carnage he could've caused, but all was well on the day and the spread of delicious smelling food remained intact. Good job, Murph. 

4. Puppies seem to learn everything but the command leave/no chew

They are SO clever but can they learn the command leave? We took Murphy to training classes and the intelligent little pup has learnt so many different things but does he know the one command we'd really like him to know? Does he heck... We've tried all sorts, so if anyone has any tips please do let me know - it's a pretty vital one, eh?

5. Everyone will remark how big your puppy is/isn't for their age

We've found this to be particularly true with cockapoos, probably because of the great variations in their size. But, the second someone asks you how old your dog is, their response is ALWAYS something to do with how big they are/aren't. For us, as soon as we tell someone Murphy's age we always get an 'oh, he's going to be a big dog then' in response. And? He's our little bundle of fluff and if he ends up being 100KG and the size of a bear, so be it, there's not a lot we can do about it now!


And there we have it, the updated 'things no one tells you before getting a puppy' post. If you know anyone soon to be getting a puppy, definitely point them in the direction of this blog series, knowledge is power and all that!


Is there anything else you think I've missed?

Cream Jeans, Five Ways

4 February 2020

Becca's producing fashion content over on her blog? 2020 really is the year of 'New Year, New Me' eh! I've been really enjoying shooting my outfits and posting them over on my Instagram lately, so I figured we could bring a little slice of that pie over here to my blog... 

I finally feel as if I'm developing my own personal style. Granted, everyone has a personal style because we all wear clothes, but over the last few months, I really feel as if I've started honing in on pieces that are very 'me' and am compiling a wardrobe that very much all fits together. 

Don't get me wrong, I love a slouchy jumper and a pair of faded, creased joggers as much as the next person but I'm really enjoying putting outfits together at the moment and buying pieces I know will get a lot of wear. Speaking of getting a lot of wear, these jeans have been on my legs SO many times that their cost per wear is at an all-time low. I mean, look at them! What's not to love, eh?

When I first bought them I wasn't really sure what to pair with them, particularly during autumn/winter, as a pale-coloured trouser has never struck me as a wintery piece. Alas, I've had no issues incorporating them into outfits, so, for today's blog post, I thought we could chat about five different ways to wear these beauties...

How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.
How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.

A Band Tee and Boots 


This is an outfit I like to wear when I'm feeling cooler than I really am... I mean, a Foo Fighters tee, who do I think I am? I listen to Lewis Capaldi and Dermot Kennedy on repeat all day every day, I'm not cool enough to be wearing band tees! But, it was a couple of quid in a charity shop and a girl can dream...

T-Shirt - Thrifted
Black Fluffy Cardigan - V old and doesn't have a label in, sorry!
Belt - Boohoo
Boots - New Look
Bag - Topshop


How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.

The Answer To Any Fashion Related Question: Leopard Print


I'm sorry, why did I avoid leopard print for so long in fear of looking like Kat Slater?! It's 2020 and I'm channeling alllll the Kat vibes and kicking myself for all of the lost time. I love this jumper. It's cropped at just the right length and it's leopard print but a classy leopard print, if that makes sense? Although, the longer I'm sat here typing away about leopard print, the more I'm starting to question if this print is even leopard print... Is giraffe print a thing?!

Jumper - Topshop 
Belt - Boohoo 
Boots - New Look 
Bag - Bershka 


How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.

A Grey Knit, Cosy and Simple 


Okay, is this a bit of a cop-out outfit? Soz. I absolutely love how the cream jeans contrast with the grey of the jumper. That being said, I had no idea what colour jacket to pair with this combo hence the lack of one altogether... I'm good, but not quite that good. What kind of jacket would you pair with this outfit?

Jumper - Monki 
Boots - Matalan 


How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.

Allll The Neutrals 


By far the smartest of all of the looks in this lookbook and potentially my favourite... This jacket literally makes any outfit look so well put together and I love it. It's not the warmest of garments, however, so I think this outfit is very much suited to Spring and the milder weather! 

Jacket - New Look 
Top* - Everything 5 Pounds
Belt - Boohoo 
Bag - Topshop 
Boots - Matalan 


How to style cream jeans - a lookbook of five outfits featuring my favourite M&S jeans.

Black, White, and Patterns


This is by far the most Becca of all of the outfits in this post. Monochrome? Check. Animal Print? Check. Teddy Coat? Check. I think we might have saved the best til last.

Jacket - New Look 
Top - Topshop 
Boots - New Look 
Bag - Topshop 
Belt - Boohoo 



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