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Friday, 30 September 2016

Here's The Best Ways To Unwind After A Really Stressful Day

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We've all been there, coming home from a really stressful day and the first thing you want to do is put your PJs on. 

Maybe your boss doesn't realise just how hard you work, maybe your uni work keeps pilling up and pilling up, or maybe you've got to a point where your brain might explode with all of life's responsibilities. But as much as you want to shut the world out, chances are the things that still need doing will still be there tomorrow. 

Stress and life's daily struggles can often consume us: it is easy to find yourself buried under sadness, anxiety and worry. These issues can affect your body, mood and behaviour- and is something we should all work towards to help reduce in our lives.

But that's why we're here! 

Pretty52 have a list of calm and peaceful ways to help you de-stress for those days when you just can't face people anymore. It's time to set time aside some to wind down after a long, hard day.

Clear your mind.

Chances are you’ve been in overdrive for days, you may be juggling deadlines or trying to complete an endless to do list. It's time to take a step back and breatheSometimes when it all gets too much, and it is to do with things that you don't really think anyone will understand, it is good to write it all out. 

When you get home after a particularly stressful day, the only way you'll completely unwind is if you clear your mind. Grab a notepad or some post it notes, and split the page into two sections. One one side write down everything that is bothering you, or that is ultimately stressing you out. On the other, jot down things that you know you will have to do tomorrow. For example, 'I have three uni deadlines' and 'tomorrow I need to make a plan for one of my essays.'

If you tackle your stress and problems head in, it will make you feel much more in control of the situation. You now know what you need to do to overcome it. With this down and everything out of the way, it's time to relax and unwind.

Sit down for five minutes and relax.

It's hard to switch off when you come in from work as your mind can still be on over drive. Instead of automatically thinking that you need to put a washing on or there is ironing to be down, sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy yourself. Honestly, there is little in life that cannot be solved with a cup of tea and sticking the kettle on can cure a multitude of stress, believe us.

Sometimes when we live in a busy environment we often forget to take time for ourselves. And the less we do, the more things can build up. This is why it's important to unwind to help restore some balance of good in life

Wash the stress off.

Once you've detached yourself from work, uni or whatever it is that has caused you to have a stressful day, now is the time to go and pour yourself the best bubble bath in the world. Those chores can wait until another night, you need time to yourself!

Obviously, a bath can't exist without a LOT of bubbles as it's the best part. Pour a generous amount into your bath and watch it fill up. Light lots of cute candles too and watch them flicker away as you relax in your bubble bath.

This will allow you to keep on top of things, allowing yourself to truly unwind and will make sure you've got everything you need in order to have a good night's sleep for a kickass day tomorrow.

Clear your skin, as well as your mind.

There's no better feeling that taking your make up off after a loooong day (a bit like the feeling of relief you get when you take your bra off too!), so wash it all off so you can completely unwind and chill out.

Get your good face masks out, all the scrubs and oils you can find. Hey, maybe even that moisturiser you got for Christmas that was 'too' good to use! If now isn't the time to use it, when is gal? You deserve this. Pamper yourself and completely separate yourself from that stressful day.

Distract yourself.

As important as it is to narrow down what's bothering you, sometimes we just need need to escape from our own thoughts in order to relax.

For me, the Harry Potter books let me escape to another world where I don't have to worry about day-to-day life. A book allows your mind to wander to magical places and makes you forget about your own worries for a lil while.

Sometimes you need to unwind so much that you just can't even with real life.

Cut back on screen time.

Social media can be stressful at the best of times, never mind when you're in the need of some relaxation. If you can manage it, put your phone away. Obviously keep it out for emergency reasons, but a lot of the time the reason we never really switch off is because we end up working from home. Whether it's searching for new ideas or comparing ourselves to other people who do the same job as us, our minds are constantly ticking.

So try to switch off from any social media, especially before you go to bed to let your mind clear.

If all else fails, aim to get a good night's sleep.

Now, I don't know whether it's a placebo affect or not but I find that using a sleep spray means I get a good, solid eight hours of interrupted sleep.

(OK, OK. So, maybe a bottle of wine does the same thing but this way is healthier, I guess *sighs*)

Sleep is the best thing for stress and helping you to relax, so spray a generous amount on your pillow and rest your head. This will help you drift off a million times easier. But remember, this was just one stressful day. These steps will help you unwind from it all so you can ace tomorrow!

Remember to look after yourself.

When you find a way that works for you to unwind after a stressful day, remember it's important to look after yourself. It's your life after all!

Don't go into panic when you have another hard day, you know how to overcome it now. Everything will be OK. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Pretty52 | Drunk Conversations All Couples Have Had At Some Point

We’ve all been there: what start off as an innocent date night ordering a bottle of wine, and then you find yourselves getting a round of shots and ending up a ‘lil bit tipsy and the feelings start pouring out…

1. The ‘Let’s Take All The Holidays Ever To Have Existed’
For some reason you think your bank account has tripled in size, and you start to plan tonnes of city breaks and beach holidays. ‘Babe, I’ve always wanted to go there. Let’s book it for next month?’ Can you afford it? Probably not, but the idea seems romantic in the moment.

2. The ‘I Believe In You’
After four glasses of wine you become your partners biggest fan (well, you already should be but this time it’s x1000) and start encourage them to do everything they’ve ever wanted in life. You become a professional life coach and offer each other advice: ‘You can contour better than that Kim Kardashian herself, you start up a make up artist business!’ or ‘You’re amazing and you can do anything and your job sucks and you’re worth so much more.’ Until the next morning when you realise how much you actually need that job when your drinking bill comes off your card…

3. The ‘I Wonder What Our Kids Will Look Like’
It’s something you would NEVER discuss when you were both sober, but once the bottles opened you start to fantasise their names, what they’d be like, whether they looked like you or your BF.

4. The ‘I Probably Wouldn’t Tell You This If We Were Sober’
Yup, it gets worse. WHYYYYYY do you find yourself pouring out all of your secrets? Every single deepest, darkest secrets secret to your SO *crawls into a cave and never returns*

5. The ‘I Can’t Believe You Did That.’
No alcohol induced night out happens without a ‘lil bit of bickering, and usually it happens over the most stupid thing. A few glasses in you end up asking how many partners there were before you, and even though you know you won’t get an answer you like, you ask it anyway. And fall out with him when he tells you the truth. Ugh, you can never win with alcohol.

6. The ‘Omg I’m SOOOOOO Hungry’
I mean, you probably just finished your dinner a couple of hours ago, but after a few ciders you find yourself craving a big McDonald’s. And you’re past the point of caring if your partner will judge you or not.  If he expresses an urge to share a chicken nugget box with you, he’s a keeper.

7. The ‘How Annoying Are X,Y and Z.’
Most likely bitching about your friends and commenting on how they live their lives. ‘Omg, can you believe they just booked a holiday? They’ve just been away!’ It’s just as well you’re both perfect, really.

8. The ‘Wow, You Are Really Good Looking’
‘And I would defos snog the face off you.’ Things might get a bit hazy after a night of drinking, and your partner suddenly transforms into Tom Hardy (not that you don’t fancy them anyway, of course!)

9.  The ‘I Love You More’, ‘NO. I love YOU more.’
Ewwww, why all the cheese? Once that vodka is flowing through your system there is no going back. You’ve become of ‘they’ couples you’ve always hated. And there’s probably a fair bit of public affection happening too. If any of your friends ever heard you talking like this, they'd make fun of you forever.

10. The discussion of how bad your hangover will be.
Probably a reeeeally bad one, and also the discussion of whether you’ll actually remember anything you spoke about the next day. Oops.

Written by Eve MacDonald (

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Pretty52 | Why We Need To Stop Comparing Ourselves To Others Online

Credit: Eve MacDonald 

I'm your average 20-something girl (OK, so my thighs might be a little bit bigger than average, but even Queen Bey has her flaws) and I'll admit I ALWAYS have my phone in my hand.

Is it because I'm interested in what my sister has posted? Checking to see if my boyfriend has liked my latest selfie? Or having a lurk around to see what my best friend is up to?

While yes, I do a lot of these things, most of the time I'm following people on social media and keeping up to date on their lives. I'm comparing myself to people who's lives I could never lead with items I can never afford to buy (I'm looking at you Kylie J and your multiple Cartier bracelets...). We end up comparing ourselves to people we will never look like, whether its due to body types or lifestyle choices. And we compare ourselves to people who, in reality, are filtering their own lives to make them seem more captivating.

Now, I'm not saying every time someone posts on social media they're making themselves appear more interesting; but let's be honest, we never post the mundane and everyday stuff. Like 'just bought three apples and a loaf of bread from Tesco' because that's just plain boring, no-one cares. We tend to only post the interesting and exciting events, things we think will engage with other people and, dare I say it...make them jealous?

These 'exciting' things we post however, often end up with us measuring ourselves against the other person. But why do we constantly compare ourselves to people on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat? These social media platforms were created to share and interact with each other, but a lot of the time is spent wishing for something we don't have. I don't know about you, but I can say I constantly refresh my Instagram feed to see the latest outfits that celebrities are wearing, or what latest beauty trends people are mastering.

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But sometimes adding a filter to your photo can do more than just cover a spot, it can filter our overall life. This is something we forget when we're looking at someone else's online persona. So, it's time to take a step back from comparing ourselves to others on social media, and here's Pretty52's guide on just how to do it:

Don't be insecure.
Social media, at the end of the day, is a platform. And a platform, technically, should elevate us above other people, but it's important to be your own person and not compare yourself to others up on a different platform. Sometimes after a heavy Instagram social media stalking session it can bring us down and feel inadequate, but be confident in your own abilities and remember you're creating your own life.

Remember you're only seeing the highlights.
For the most part, reality is what's lost on social media, we tend to emphasise the best parts of ourselves instead of the everyday versions. It's easy to take what is posted on social media at face value, but we forget how much make up it takes to get the perfect selfie, or how we only tend to tweet when something exciting or funny is happening. We don't really tell the world when we're struggling or completing the boring tasks of everyday life. This leads to the reason why we struggle with insecurity, and compare ourselves to those online, is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. Don't let a Instagram grid fool you; you're only getting a glimpse into someone's live, not the full story.

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Reduce your time on social media.

This one is pretty obvious: we can't expect to dramatically change the way we think without changing our mind set. It's important to take a step back every now and then to realise that our own lives are pretty damn great too. I mean, we're not suggesting anything crazy like deleting Facebook or Snapchat from your phone for good or anything, but maybe reducing the amount of time we spend on it each day would be good for our frame of mind. This will allow you to step away from the comparisons to people you barely know. So put your Bridget Jones' pants on and stop sulking about the fact you haven't got 93934934 Kylie Jenner lip-kits.

Redirect your focus on other things.

Instead of constantly refreshing your feed, it's time to focus on something else. Live your own life without being fixated on someone else's. Make a list of activities and then schedule them onto a calendar. Since we often spend time on social media when we have little else going on, so be preoccupied and have scheduled plans, which will help reduce the time we are just sitting about doing nothing.

Filters exist in real life, not just Instagram.
As much as we all want the filter 'lark' to be added to every single photo we take, it's important to remember that it has been added to the picture. The picture has been edited, and things aren't always what they seem. Bloggers have started a new trend of posting an unedited picture alongside the photoshopped version to show to their readers how prominent these tools are when it comes to editing our online social media presence.

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This has allowed us to see that we manipulate our accounts to only show what we want people to see, and with people posting only the best parts of their lives on Facebook, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others.
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You're you, not them.
When people show the most interesting versions of themselves on social media (new houses, expensive dinners, fancy make up products), it's only human nature to feel an element of jealousy and compare our own lives to theirs. And just because you're not doing what they're doing now, doesn't mean you won't. Maybe next week you'll go out for dinner or go flat hunting. You're you, and you're living life at your own pace. Just be aware of certain triggers that could cause your confidence to waver. For example, if you're self-conscious of your body, although it might be a good idea to follow fitness instructors on Instagram for motivation, remember not to over analyse every aspect of your body. A great body can be enhanced by great angles and a filter.

Remember you're worth more than just a picture or a post.
Y'know that pumpkin spiced latte you just posted? Posting it will only let people know you're drinking a pumpkin spiced latte. That's it. It does not give anyone an inclination into the sort of person you are (OK, maybe if you post a lot of them it will mean you're a Starbucks addict...) so remember that when someone posts a picture of their new designer handbag. This is one aspect of your life, they don't know whether it you're battling something or overcoming a difficult situation. Just like you don't know the personal details of their life. Nobody is perfect, no matter how hard we try. Social media should not be a competition, just a way to share our (realistic!) lives.

Be aware of your own successes.
You work hard, remember that. You don't get up every morning to compare your life with someone else. Find the motivation to do the best for you, and better yourself so you can enjoy your own life, not live through someone else's Instagram posts.

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It's so easy to compare ourselves to others online; we all do it, or have done it at some point in our lives. We often value where we are in life based on what other people are doing with theirs and the urge to compare is as human as any other emotion. But sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that we only post the good, interesting things online, not the mundane stuff. And let's be honest, do you really think Tom from MySpace created his first ever social media profile back in the 90s so we could spend all our time comparing ourselves to each other? No. Life is too short, just have fun in your own way, and not someone else's.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016


Carrie Bradshaw once said 'Maybe our girl friends are our soul mates, and guys are just people to have fun with,' and maybe she's right? Your BFF just gets you, she knows when you need cheering up, you share so many memories together, she makes you laugh, and most importantly, you love each other like family!

1. You can have an amazing time together doing nothing.
Lying on the sofa and spending quality time (whilst also gossiping, duh) with your BFF is your fave thing to do.

2. But she's also your fave person to go on a night out with.
You're guaranteed a great laugh with no drama. Oh, and someone who will look after you when you've had a few too many vodkas.

3. There's no bullshit between you two.
You're not afraid to tell each other exactly what you think...which is important when it comes to some of the guys they have dated in the past. No sugar coating here.

4. You can be 100% yourself around them.
Unlike any relationship (where you may have hidden a few flaws) your BFF has seen EVERYTHING about you. From not shaving your legs for three weeks to putting after sun on bits you can't reach when you've burned yourself...she's been there through it all.

5. You always know what to do to cheer your BFF up. 
You know when it's time to have a good cry or a good tequila shot, you can read her like a book.

6. She's your number 1.
Many friends may come and go in your life, but she's the one you'd do anything for. And that's never going to change.

7. Arguments never last.
You both know any fight will be over in about 10 minutes, you mean too much to each other to let it last.

8. You're both as clingy as each other.
Unlike with a bf/gf scenario, you can over text your BFF as many times as you like without looking like a psycho. Probably because she'd do the same too.

9. But if time does pass without you seeing one another, it's OK.
Sometimes you can go weeks without seeing them face to face, but the moment you are together again it feels as if no time at all has passed. 

10. They're part of your family.
By this point your mum and dad probably think of them as their second daughter (and have maybe questioned whether you were in a relationship...)

11. It gives you anxiety at the thought of growing apart or moving away from each other.
Not gonna happen. Nope. Never. Even if you have to move away with her.

12. You don't even have to say anything anymore.
Yup, just like Bridesmaids, you actually can communicate with a look. Especially when it comes to letting your BFF know who is annoying you.

13. You're not afraid to let their SO know that although they're their BF, you're their BFF.
That extra F counts you know. It stands for FOREVER.

14. They push you to be a better person.
And when you achieve something, they are genuinely happy for you. There is no competition between you, just support. When something amazing happens to you, they’re even more proud of you than you are.

15. Secrets don't exist.
You know EVERYTHING there is to know.

16. People already expect to see yous together.
You show up everywhere together; one never goes without the other. You're practically joined at the hip.

17. You tend to hate all of the same people.
No one hurts my BFF.

18. You can actually see yourself spending the rest of your life with them.
Endless laughs, amazing memories, getting drunk and judging people together...what more could you ask for from a soulmate?!

Monday, 5 September 2016


We all have hopes, aspirations and dreams for life...but sometimes these can seem overwhelming and unreachable. But everything should be within our grasp, as long as we work for it. As cringey as it sounds, we do all have the ability to create the life we want.
Follow Pretty52's guide to find out how to get everything you want from life:

Look for the bigger picture.

Stop stressing about the small stuff, and look at life overall. We're not saying you have to map out every part of it (where's the fun in that?!) but it's good to have a general plan of where you want to be say, in the next ten years, and work towards it. Figure out what you want to do, and how to get there.

Set yourself (realistic) goals.

Let's be real, we should all be aiming for great things- but if your goal is to become a famous beauty vlogger, and you haven't even set up a YouTube channel yet, you need to step back and think of ways to make it happen. No-one is going to hand you anything for free in life, you've got to make it happen.

Remember that plans don't always work out.

Setting yourself these goals is important as they'll be clear in your mind and keep you from getting distracted. But don't feel disheartened when life throws an obstacle at you.

And when it does, know your strengths.

Work out how to deal with it to give you a chance to find yourself, become stronger as a person and realise exactly what you want from life. Focus on what is important and attainable.

Make friends everywhere you go.

Not only because you can never have enough friends in your life, but also you never know when you might need to pull in a favour. Be approachable, be friendly, get to know people. It's important not to abuse this power, but creating a network of contacts who can help you out in many different ways is vital.

It's actually OK to quit.
If you're in a job, relationship that you feel is toxic or doesn't make you happy, it's alright to walk away from it. At the end of the day it is only preventing you from progressing and doing something worthwhile. Anything you spend a majority of your time doing should enhance your life, not bring you down.

Put the effort in and go the extra mile.

No one ever remembers the girl who just did her job, who just got by, or who just met the requirements. Work your f*cking add off for something you want- not only are you more likely to get what you're after, but  you'll feel a great sense of achievement too.

Know your weaknesses.

And don't ever let anyone use them against you. Build on the elements that aren't your strongest point. Maybe you've got a short temper, or get emotional easily? Try taking a deep breath and count to ten to make sure you respond to the situation in a resourceful and respectful manner.

Keep any promises or commitments.

While making sure you get ahead in life is necessary, you should also make time for your friends, family and significant other. Don't make any promises you can't keep as this will hold you back, and if you constantly bail out or cancel, it makes you look bad too.

Hard decisions are inevitable- so start making them.

Indecisiveness is a common trait, but when it comes to something you want from life, now is not the time to deliberate over what might-or-might-not happen. Some decisions might be difficult but if it leads you to the right place, they're worth it.

Do not compromise.

This is your dream and your life. Not someone else's, so don't forget that. Take control and never let anyone walk over you.

Follow your intuition.

The only way to get what you want in life, is to follow what you believe is right for you. Don't let anything cloud your judgement or tell you that you're not good enough. Haterz 'gon hate.

Don't confuse your work with your life. 
Working hard is critical in order to make a life for yourself, but remember that the most important part of your life is the relationships you build with others. Make time to spend it with those you love around you.

Never give up.
They say 'perseverance is the key to success' - so keep trying at something until you get it. The worst you will hear is 'no', and if you do, it's time to try again.

Believe in yourself.

Yes, as cheesy as it sounds it is important to know that you can do it. Come across as confident when you want something, you've worked hard for it and deserve a chance just as much as anyone else. You be that kickass superhero!

Saturday, 3 September 2016


Here at Pretty52, our love for all things Harry Potter is unstoppable... we are OBSESSED.

The release of The Cursed Child and the fact that a concert tour of The Philosopher's Stone is happening (check out the details here:, has got everyone in a magical frenzy *wands at the ready!*

With the first Harry Potter book being released in 1997 (when the majority of us were at school), the series allowed the readers to grow up alongside the characters. It gave us all an outlet to a more interesting world filled with talking animals, fascinating spells, exciting adventures and most importantly introduced us to Dumbledore.

A teacher from an Island school in Scotland has transformed her entire classroom into every Harry Potter fan's dreams, to allow her pupils to experience the magical world for themselves. Decorated with everything you could think of, she hasn't left a single detail out and has well and truly introduced a new generation to the wizarding world.

Platfrom 9 3/4 entrance into the classroom!

We interviewed the teacher to find out where she got her inspiration from:
"After expressing my excitement about the release of 'The Cursed Child', and my observation of their relative lack of enthusiasm, I realised that most of the children in my class had missed out on the Harry Potter phenomenon, or had seen the films but were not familiar with the original texts.
There's such a richness and depth in the book ... Effects that a film just can't achieve in the time it has, no matter how wonderful the film happens to be.
I decided to use some features from the books and films to create a context for learning in my classroom. Teachers are always trying to come up with new and interesting ways to engage children in their learning."

"A personal highlight for me has been teaching musical terms through themed from the soundtracks. The children pointed out that the Italian words 'accelerando' (getting faster) and 'crescendo' (getting louder) sound like words that JK Rowling might have used for spells. Cue much using-a-beater-as-a-wand hilarity, casting spells on the music."

There is even a sorting hat- I think we can definitely say 'Mischief Managed' here!

"The world that JK Rowling created, provides so many opportunities for learning across the curriculum and we're having such a lot of fun exploring these!"

She said her idea of transforming her classroom to something worthy of The Great Hall was, "originally to inspire them to read, develop opinions and responses to literature whilst exploring the power of their own writing."

This teacher's aim is to explore the power of words (and as Albus himself says: 'Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic') and exposing her pupils to the possibilities of literature. 

 The children used the school's iPads to search for inspirational Dumbledore quotes, and are planning to do a quidditch themed 'Writing Goals' wall and a potions themed science wall. Where do we sign up?!

The amount of detail injected into this classroom is giving us MAJOR HP goals RN. 

Why couldn't we have all had a teacher this imaginative and creative when we were at school?! And the award for the best teacher to making all our Harry Potter dreams come true goes too....