Monthly Archives: May 2015

May Favourites!

It’s the last day of May and I’m determined to stay on top of my monthly favourites so here it is!

1. Perks of being a wallflower.
I love love LOVE this movie. I watched it the other day and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought the book today and I will start reading it as soon and I finish the Heroes of Olympus series. The movie, and particularly Logan Lerman, was amazing. It was so beautifully constructed and the acting in it is top notch. (Plus, Emma Watson is in it)

2. Headbands.
Lately I’ve been really loving wearing headbands. I’ve acquired a few and if I could wear them to school I’d be wearing them everyday. I find that they’re just so good for finishing off an outfit.

3. Gold eyeliner.
At Priceline a couple weeks ago I picked up a gold eyeliner from the covergirl stand. It’s the Ink It! in the colour 235 Golden Ink. I really love it and it gives my eyes a really elegant finish. It was on sale for $10 too so that was a bonus.

4. Apocalips.
Also at Priceline there was the new Apocalips lip lacquer from Rimmel London. It is so amazing. It goes on so effortlessly and lasts so long. It’s glossy but not in a lip balmy kind of way. I really love this lip colour and the consistency of it makes it comfortable and light to wear as well.

5. Eye crayon.
At Kmart I picked up an eye crayon in a golden/bronze colour for $2 and it has completed my life. It’s so quick and easy to put on yet looks like eye shadow. It lasts ages and doesn’t weigh down your lid. If you’re looking for a way to get that elegant and shimmery eye shadow look in half the time then definitely get onto some eye crayons.

That’s everything for this month. If you want to see more posts then yiu can follow my blog or head on over to my twitter account @ElloFrancis97 to get updates when I post again. Thanks! πŸ™‚ 

Why I Hate The Current Education System

I’m a 17 year old girl currently in Year 12. I study Psychology, English, Art and Legal. At the start of the year I dropped one of my subjects due to my anxiety and stress levels. I was able to do this because I completed unit 3 and 4 Further Maths last year as a year 11.

Today I wanted to write about the education system. As a year 12, and therefore someone who is drawing near to the end of my 13 years of compulsory education, I feel the need to rant a bit about my schooling.

As I’m constantly told by adults and my parents, I’m about to enter the mysterious and terrifying “real world”. I feel somewhat prepared for this adventure as I’ve had a job for the last 2 and a half years and have seen some of what it’s like. However, I still find myself in the dark when it comes to how to apply for loans, how to apply to uni, how to buy a house or how to do any of those kind of things.

School does not teach you life skills as it so expertly claims. Yes, I may know how short term memory is transfered to long term memory. I may know the strengths and weaknesses of courts as law-makers. I may know the elements and principles of the formal analytical framework. But I do not have the life skills such as how to claim insurance, what taxes are and how I can claim things on my medicare card. Where is the class for that?

While I do learn valuable information from certain subjects like english and maths, there is also a hell of a lot of information in those classes that is completely useless and irrelevant in my life. When am i ever going to need to know how to analyse a persuasive editorial piece or how to apply the pythagoras’ thereom in my head? If I decided to further my studies at uni in relation to one of those subjects then I would be taught the information I needed for the job that I want. Why cram our brains full of information when we’re likely to never use 98% of it? School does not teach us the skills we need to enter the strange and complex “real world” that we, as teenagers, are constantly reminded in a condescending way that we know nothing about.

The education system needs to up its game. It’s spitting out thousands of kids a year with knowledge about how to write an essay and how to construct a hypothesis and yet only a tiny minority of these youth actually know how to do basic life tasks. Perhaps there should be a new class that teaches us the things we need to know about the world, a class that gives us a glimpse into this “real world”. A class that will actually help me in my day to day life.

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If I Stay – Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m doing a book review of ‘If I stay’ by Gale Forman. If you haven’t read the book and don’t want to see any spoilers then look away! Look away before you see anything!

Okay, so I read this book about a month ago while I was cruising around the South Pacific (sigh). It took me two days to read it and I really loved it. It’s the kind of book that’s deep and has a lot of meaning behind the words but it also keeps your attention by changing the focus of the story between the present and the past.

The story follows teenage musician Mia through her life changing decision of whether to stay or move on after a tragic and traumatic car accident. Throughout the book, I found myself wondering what I would do in Mia’s situation. Would I stay with the love of my life and my grandparents and friends? Or would I follow my parents and brother into whatever comes next after life? I pondered over these questions for a long time before I decided that I had no idea how I would ever choose that.

‘If I Stay’ wasn’t a particularly long book but it was certainly jam packed with relevant information about Mia’s past and how all of that contributes to her decision. I think, for me, the most emotional scene was when Mia is describing the accident scene and her out of body experince. She goes into gory detail of the states of the bodies of her family members, especially her younger brother Teddy who is desperately trying to hold on to life but ultimately with no success.

Throughout the story, Mia experiences flashbacks to her past which features her family, her relationship with her boyfriend Adam and how she grew to fall in love with the cello, her instrument of choice. Towards the end of the book, Mia makes her decision quite suddenly and quickly. I sort of turned the page and though “Oh wow, it’s done. That was random.”

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is how vague it is at the end when the choice has been made. I found myself confused as to whether or not she did stay. I think she stayed, but that’s only because I read a small part of ‘Where She Went’ which is the sequel to ‘If I Stay’. I didn’t read much of the sequel purely because I loved the meaningfulness throughout the first one and I think I prefer ‘If I Stay’ as a stand alone book.

Overall, I really loved this novel. It’s a really beautiful story. If you like books like ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ or ‘Paper Towns’ then you’ll love this. I also might add that I think boys would also really enjoy it. There are a lot of themes that I think would touch everyone in a deep way after reading ‘If I Stay’ and that feeling shouldn’t be genderised.

So, If you’re looking for a new book to read then I’d definitely give ‘If I Stay’ by Gale Forman a go. It’s a really lovely and well written book for all ages.

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April Favourites!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a favourites post so I thought that’s what I’d do today!

The first thing that I’ve been loving the last month or so is a shop that my best friend introduced me to. It’s called Colette and sells jewellery and handbags and purses. It’s a really cute, high fashion store but it’s also really reasonably priced which surprised me. I’ve bought so much there already because Β the style of the jewellery is really cool. If you have a Colette near you I strongly suggest paying it a visit!

The next thing is fragranced candles. At kmart the other day I found one and the scent is so amazing. It’s called ‘Creamy Vanilla, tuberose and orange blossom’. Usually I don’t like orange scented things but this candle I just fell in love with. I’ve also collected a bunch of scented candles from Lincraft ranging from cherry to strawberry to apple scented.

Next up is Boohoo.com. I LOVE this website so much. Recently I’ve bought my formal dress from Boohoo for $40 which is so good compared to other sites. I always find the quality of the materials used is high and the delivery time is great considering it comes from the UK. I always find myself browsing the clearance section to find some cheap treasures. Head on over, they have a men’s and women’s section and also accessories.

Next is my Covergirl Lashblast Fusion mascara in the colour Very Black. I’ve been using this mascara for about a year and a half and I have loved it every single day. The applicator makes my lashes so long and it doesn’t clump which for me is the best thing. You can get it in waterproof or non waterproof. I always go for the latter because I find it easier to remove. If you’re on the hunt for a good mascara, give this one a go!

Continuing with make up removing, the next thing I’ve loved is my Garnier Gentle Cleansing Milk Goodbye Dry! make up remover. This product has removed every bit of make up from my face and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. I used to use an oil based make up remover and now I will never go back. Milk cleansers are the way to go!

Finally, the last thing I’ve been loving this month is none other than the amazingly talented Ed Sheeran. I’m always listening to his albums and have bought tickets to his Melbourne show later this year. I love his lyrics and his voice and everything about this beautiful man. HE IS AMAZING. Go listen to him!

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