For as long as I can remember I haven’t exactly been like other girls. I rarely wore make-up, couldn’t be bothered with high heels and spent most of my life living in jeans and hoodies.
Attempts to jazz things up often ended in the kind of disasters you’ll now see the likes of Buzzfeed making lists about.
You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t bother lying to yourself.
I dyed and straightened my hair off my head, excelled at disastrous eye make-up and even tried to emulate Blair Waldorf’s look for a time between the ages of 17 and 18. I’ve got a massive collection of hairbands to prove it.
It is any wonder I always ended up running back to the warm embrace of my comfy clothes?
At 24 I’m much the same as I always was, except now I have a fair idea how to draw in my eyebrows and regularly flirt with the odd skirt. I’ve even gone so far as to wear shorts without tights: That’s kind of a big deal for me.
With my 25th birthday fast approaching I’ve decided that it’s high time I came out of my shell and learned how to live outside of my comfort zone. Blogging about it just seemed like the natural thing to do.
Maybe I’m a bit mad, writing a fashion and beauty series from the perspective of someone who knows absolutely nothing about either of those topics and, up until now at least, couldn’t be bothered with them.
What am I hoping to achieve? Well, I’m not trying to change who I am. I’m simply aiming to understand the phenomenon that is fashion and beauty blogging while gaining a deeper understanding of what makes girls my age tick.
Why do some people fall over their own feet at the sight of a designer’s Autumn Winter collection while I fail to see anything other than a bit of swinging fabric on a catwalk? What compels them to spend a small fortune on make-up and beauty products they can’t leave the house without?
How on earth do you put eyeliner on when you’ve got a little bit more eyelid on one side? Why would you ever pay that much money for a bag, coat or pair of shoes when you can get perfectly good cheap ones elsewhere?
And will I EVER be bothered to change my routine and go to that much effort on a daily basis?
I doubt it, but I’m sure I’ll learn a lot along the way.