Five Good Things in May

May favourites

1. I started the month watching my friend get married in the Isle of Man which was such a nice day! It did rain but that didn't stop us having a good time and the wedding was perfect, I loved all the little details including the message in a bottle table markers and the pastel colour scheme. It was really nice to just get away for a few days and leave the country as I haven't been on a plane for years! It's definitely inspired me to plan another little trip away and maybe even brave travelling solo too.

2. This month I started my new job and so far i'm really enjoying it. I did manage to get ill near the start which wasn't great but hopefully now i'm immune to whatever it was! It's so nice to be in a job that is interesting and there's always something going on and I don't dread Monday mornings quite as much! I've still got lots to learn but after three weeks I feel like i'm settling in and making a difference which is why I applied for the job.

3. One of the biggest things i've done this month has been learning to drive on the motorway. I briefly mentioned this in my driving test tips post, but I threw myself in at the deep end by getting a job that involves a 30 mile commute on a motorway into a city at rush hour. I think i've proved to myself that I can be a confident driver because now I know where I'm going and which lanes to be in its just become a part of my routine. I actually find it easier than my old commute on country roads with lots of roundabouts and after all this time I finally feel like I can drive anywhere!

4. This month I finished eight months of laser hair removal at Sk:n. I can honestly say that it's changed my life and made it so much easier and I have no regrets about getting it done! The course of treatment was long and it is quite expensive but with a little bit of patience the results have been really positive, the staff are all lovely and overall I couldn't recommend it enough!

5. ♫ Three songs i've been loving in May: Gorgon City - Doubts, The Aces - Stuck and Kygo - Not Alone


Four Pastel Nail Polishes To Try This Spring

pastel nail polish

The weather is finally getting warmer so I thought i'd share some of my favourite pastel nail polishes for Spring. Although I love wearing darker shades in Winter I find myself gravitating towards pastel shades for the majority of the year, partly because I think they suit me better but mostly because I love the colours!

pastel nail polish
L-R: Eat My Dust, In A Flash, Parma Violet, Prim & Proper

The Barry M Speedy shades are my favourite as they dry so quickly and I hardly ever get any smudges or chips! The colour range is always getting better and the recent new pastel shades are perfect for this time of year. My two favourites are In A Flash and Eat My Dust - i've mentioned these colours a lot on my blog but you definitely can't go wrong with them and I know they'll be my go-to nail polishes this summer too!

I also like Topshop's nail polish offering as again they dry reasonably quickly and offer a good finish. The two colours above aren't as bright as the Barry M pastels but Prim & Proper is a lovely dusky pink shade and you can't go wrong with a lilac nail polish like Parma Violet at this time of year! I often find that Topshop have a better range of colours in store rather than online so i'd definitely recommend having a browse if you're looking for some new pastel nail polishes.

My tips for passing your driving test

It took me six tests and almost three years of stopping and starting lessons to learn to drive, so I thought i'd put together a post of things I learned along the way. After lots of bad experiences I finally found an instructor who helped me beat my driving anxiety and i'm now enjoying the independence my license has given me!

driving test tips

Find the right instructor
It took me four instructors before I found one that gave me confidence and was patient, calm and helped me to get over my driving anxiety. Although it's good to ask friends and family for recommendations, finding a driving instructor is more down to the type of person you are and the way you feel about driving.

I started out with a large company and the instructor I was allocated was rude, swore at other drivers and got angry with me when I made mistakes. He also left me at the side of a road when the car broke down and would fill the car up with petrol when he was supposed to be teaching me! I then had two other instructors who made me feel useless when I failed my tests and while three of my friends had passed with one of them, he wasn't right for me. After a three year break for uni, I found a new instructor after looking online and she was perfect and gave me the confidence, support and encouragement I needed to pass. In my experience female instructors are a lot more understanding and calm so if you're having trouble finding an instructor who doesn't stress you out it might be another thing to consider.

Don't give up
I mentioned above about my three year break for uni and this is something that i've always wished I hadn't done. Taking a break is one of the things that increased my driving anxiety and booking my first lesson after all that time away was so scary! If you do take a break make sure your new driving instructor doesn't start teaching you from scratch; after a couple of lessons it didn't make me long to remember the things i'd learnt before which really surprised me.

driving test tips

If you can go on the insurance of a friend or family member i'd really recommend driving outside of your lessons as practice is so important when you're learning to drive. If you're looking for your first car, i've shared my top three small cars for new drivers. Driving is less about your own abilities and more about what the other drivers on the road are doing so the more experience you have the better you'll get about anticipating bad drivers and driving on roads with tricky junctions. It's been a year since I passed my test and i'm still learning, especially when it comes to parking and motorways and the only thing that will help me with this is practice!

And the last thing to remember? Tests are down to luck; your driving might be perfect but it can be the other drivers on the road that cause you to fail so don't beat yourself up, don't give up and try again.