Random Things I’ve Been Doing During Lockdown

See, I vowed to stop writing lockdown articles because I feel like it just gets everyone down and that’s not good because I’m here to inspire, encourage and just help everyone to vibe! But, I felt like this was a rather light hearted article, so I caved and decided to write it. I hope you enjoy and there’s a notice at the end which is kind of important!

Since GCSEs were cancelled, I’ve needed to find something to do for all the time I was meant to be revising and working. I complete all my schoolwork the day it’s set (nerd, I know), which means I have a lot of free time. I could spend this time catastrophising and falling down the deep pit of despair, but that’s very unproductive, and I love being organised and busy. (I ooze Pinterest mum energy if you haven’t been able to tell) Instead, I have devoted my time into random skills and hobbies which may (but most likely may not) help me in the future! If you’re sat at home, bored out of your poor little mind, never fear! For Tati is here!

This is also a good way to keep you busy so you don’t focus on the negatives, thus helping your mental health 🙂 – I’ve got your back babes xx

  1. I can now make sushi! This is a super random one, but for Christmas last year I got a sushi making kit, but I never really had the time to actually make the sushi. Luckily, I have all the time in the world now! (I don’t actually know if that’s lucky…) Nonetheless, I have really enjoyed making sushi and giving it to my friends and family.
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2. I’ve been doing lots of artwork. I used to love doing mindful colouring – I found it very calming and the end product made me happy. However, recently I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and draw as well. I’ve never been that confident in my artwork and so it’s been really lovely to be proud of my work – which is a rarity for me!

3. I have found solace in Solitaire. A strangely therapeutic game for me, whenever I’m bored or need to relax I just play a game of solitaire! When I was about six or seven, I used to always play with my Grandma and she’d help to show me all the tricks of the trade and I’m looking forward to showing her how much I’ve improved since then!

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4. I’ve organised my room on multiple occasions. I have thrown loads of stuff out of my room and it has been very cathartic. It feels like I am giving myself a fresh start and I’m trying to start a new chapter in my life. You know what they say! Clean room, clean mind, organised room, organised mind.

5. Present shopping! My Mum, Dad, brother and I are all summer babies. This means that there is a lot of present shopping around this time. Now, let me tell you this: I love present shopping. It’s an obsession at this point. If it’s anyone’s birthday coming up, I’ll make a board on Pinterest (which you should definitely follow me on here) and then I decide what present I think will suit them best. I feel like Santa, analysing exactly what I think everyone wants and what will give them the most joy. If Santa ever needs some time off, I’m your (wo)man.

6. Organising parties! This was one of my favourite things to do before lockdown, and it’s still my favourite thing to do now! I love planning things, especially parties and because it’s the big sweet sixteen coming up, I’ve been planning for that! It helps me to focus on one thing and it really helps my budgeting skills and party planning abilities in general!

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7. Fitness routines. I’m a sucker for a routine and when it comes to working out, nothing really changes! I’m working on a few articles at the moment about being fit and healthy as a teen so follow my blog so you can be notified every time I post a new article! 🙂

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8. Re-branding myself. This lockdown, I have dedicated much of my time to becoming the true Tati. I’ve been working on articles here so I can post once or twice a week, I’ve been wearing whatever I want, I’ve been cutting out all the fakies and the flakies for good which is really exciting. I’m finally starting a new chapter of my life and I’m excited for you all to come along for the ride!

9. Practicing make-up looks! Every time I go out of the house, I’ve been trying a new look to go with my outfits (you can see more of my outfits here). It’s been another fun creative outlet and I know I’ll be able to look my best for sixth form this September!

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10. Modelling and taking photos. I’ve been working a lot on my Pinterest recently and this leads me neatly into my news…

As you know, I deleted Instagram in February but I’m planning on re-downloading it at some point. Until then, I have appointed a new member to the Totally Tatian clan – Estella! Estella is in charge of my Instagram and she is my photographer as well as my overall rock. She is the one who I run through all my ideas with and she takes all my photos. Go give her some love and while you’re at it you should follow me 😉

Thanks for reading, love you all, Tati xxx

Black Lives Matter – Taking a Stand From Home

Once more, the world is in a state of political unrest. Alongside the virus, there are protests happening worldwide supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. If, like me, you are unable to go out and protest, I can assure you there are ways you can support the movement. Hopefully, if we all continue to unite as we are currently, we can make this world a safe place for all – not just certain races. If you know anymore ideas or have any advice to give, please comment it. It’s about time we made some change around here and it is important that we are all as educated as possible on the matters at hand.

If you are unaware of the situation in America currently, there are protests taking place over the murder of George Floyd and the punishment of the policeman responsible for his death. These protests have begun to spread around the world and if you want to do something to show your support for the movement but are paranoid about leaving your house due to… other events, I have compiled a list of things you can do to help while staying safe and home.

  1. Remember their names. As unfortunate and horrific as it is, George Floyd is not the first instance of police brutality to a person of colour. It is so important that we remember all those who have lost their lives simply because of the colour of their skin. It’s dumfounding how many victims there are, but it’s just all the more proof that this should have been changed a long time ago. We can’t change the past, but we can at least change the future.
  2. Sign petitions. Change.org have so many petitions about this movement and it is a well trusted website which will – quite frankly – get shit done. It’s such a quick, simplistic way to make a difference and I assure you, you’ll feel so much better after you’ve done it. Sign up for updates and you can sign even more petitions.
  3. Be respectful to all those around you and the victims friends and family. Such an important one. This is definitely not the time to start an all out race war. This is the time of political movement and change. This is not the time to claim all white people have a superiority complex or that all cops are racist. This just gets you no-where and you have no evidence for your facts. Don’t accuse someone of something they have not done. We need to learn to spread love and not hate, the sooner the better.
  4. Educate yourselves. I understand that everyone has differing views on this whole protest and that’s okay, you just need to remember to learn and back up your points. If you have a differing view it’s important to educate and learn as much as you can about the situation before forming an opinion.
  5. Buy from black-owned companies and support small businesses and avoid buying from companies just profiting of others struggle. Lots of big name brands are unfortunately using this time to profit off of the racism in the world. If you want to support, yet again educate yourself on which companies you should avoid. Buying and supporting from black owned companies is a step in the right direction towards acceptance and equality.
  6. Call people out on their racist behaviour and educate them. Lots of people make jokes. That’s fine! However, some people cross the line and their “jokes” are plain offensive. It’s important that if you see a joke or comment that makes you uncomfortable, spread the word that what they’ve said or done isn’t acceptable.
  7. Boycott racist companies and influencers. In this day in age lots of companies and people are being exposed for their racist ways. The only way we can show these people and companies that it’s not okay is by not buying or promoting their products until they change their ways.
  8. Speak up and speak out If you have had a negative experience involving your race, get your story heard and share it. The more people who speak up, the better as it shows the government and those in charge that this is an actual problem.
  9. Donate to charities and causes. Yet again you’ll need to do your research, but donating as little as £1 can go a long way and you can help change the future. If you are unable to donate, then share and spread the message to show we stand together.
  10. Attending protests. I am aware this isn’t easy at all, but if you can, try your best to show up to show your support. Make sure you stay safe and healthy and go do your part.

This time isn’t easy for anyone. If we try spread support and love and raise awareness, hopefully our voices will be heard and the world will change for the better.

This is a time that will go down in history, you just need to stay safe and support others.

All the love,

Tati xx

Best Thing

There are lots of things which haven’t been the best recently.  However, some things have been amazing.

Getting to watch the sun set and being able to go outside and see the stars.

Spending time with my family and reconnecting with them after a long time of tension and mistrust.

Gaining confidence and nursing myself back to healthy mindsets.

Playing with my not-so-little little brother and creating inside jokes and memories that will last us a lifetime.

Learning more about what I want to do in my future and working towards a long-term goal.

Speaking to people I rarely see or speak to and having fun.

Having family game nights!

Learning and growing as a person.

Even though none of this is ideal, we’re a strong bunch.  As soon as this is over, we’ll be back fighting more than ever.  Watch out world, we’ll be back and better then ever.  Until then, I have the best things… My best things.

Movies to Watch During Lockdown

Since Lockdown has begun, I’ve had a lot of free time.  Particularly in the evenings and mornings where I would be revising for my GCSE’s, I have nothing to do.  Recently, I’ve been finding films on Netflix and Sky Cinema, and watching them.  As I really enjoy reviewing things, I’ve decided to update this article after I watch a film.  My taste in films is very… broad.  By that I mean in the morning I could be watching a light-hearted rom com, but then by the evening I’ll watch a spine-tingling horror film, guaranteed to give the bravest person nightmares for months.  As I consider myself a slight movie-buff now, I’ve decided to share every film I watch and give them honest, to the point reviews.  This way, I hope I can give you helpful recommendations.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall                         ★★★★✩

Star-spangled cast, lovely message which honestly made me wish I watched the film sooner!  Only downside is, at some points it’s very crude.  A feel-good comedy about finding your way after getting beaten down.

  • That’s My Boy                                               ★★★☆☆

An original storyline and an iconic cast.  The biggest downside of this film is they glamorise a teacher and student relationship.  If you get past all the dodgy stuff, it’s a very heartfelt film full of plot twists!

  • Wolf of Wall Street                                   ★★☆☆☆

Honestly, I spent this three-hour long film slightly confused.  It was a cool concept and I liked the overall message, there was just a lot of sex, drugs, drugs with sex and sex with drugs. 

  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels         ★★★★★

OH, MY WORD THIS FILM.  It’s amazing and so funny and I’ve been quoting it since I watched it.  Full of plot twists and you can’t help but love all the characters – as insane as they are.

  • Jaws                                                                 ★★★★☆

It’s an iconic film and I loved watching it.  I really recommend it.  The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because the ending is very underwhelming. 

  • Grown Ups                                                 ★★☆☆☆

Cute film, just slightly dull and predictable.

  • Shawshank Redemption                           ★★★★★

Complete cinematographic perfection.  Amazing storyline, amazing casting, amazing filming.  You have to watch this film.

I’ll be updating this article whenever I watch a new film.  I hope this helps you find some good things to watch during this bizarre time.

What I’m Doing During Lockdown

I normally wake up at around 9:00am and when I say I wake up; I mean my Mum wakes me up.  I chat to her for a while about some crazy dream I had and then she finally manages to coax me out of bed, and by coax, I mean she gets my little brother to clamber over me until I’m practically shoved out of my own bed. 

After I am unceremoniously dumped on the floor, I put on my dressing gown and mooch downstairs ready to eat cereal.  I got nostalgic before lockdown, so I got some cheerio’s and I’ve been eating at least a bowl a day… Oops. 

I go upstairs and get changed, brush my teeth, have a shower and all that jazz.  I like video chatting with my friends, so I wear something nice, if I’m not wearing something chic and stylish, alarm bells immediately go off in everyone’s heads.  I pride myself in the outfits I wear, and my loved ones know that more than anyone.

If it was a day, I should be at school I’d aim to do five hours of schoolwork with regular breaks.  However, because I should be on Easter Holiday currently, I’m not doing that!!

I’ll go back downstairs and play a game with my brother.  So far, we’ve played Minecraft, air hockey, Bop It and even random games from when we were younger.  Earlier today we were both playing a Moshi Monsters game on my old Nintendo DSI.  After my brother successfully manages to kick my butt at whatever we’re playing, we start on our most recent challenge: getting five stars on everything in Just Dance 2014 on the Wii U.  We’ve been nostalgic recently… and by ‘we’ I mean me.  After we complete at least four dances, we both separate for a while.  I still don’t really know what my bro does during this time, but I know that I’ll watch Everybody Hates Chris or Rick and Morty or Buzzfeed Unsolved and if I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  After I’ve had a short-term fix of TV, I go up to my room and work on a Lego set… More specifically the LEGO Disney Castle.

Then, I’ll get changed and do one of the following: Paint my own or my Mum’s nails, work on a present I’m going to give one of my friends or do some colouring/activities in my Feminist Activity Book.  I’ll work on that until after Lunch and then go on to do sewing or embroidery as I find it very calming.

After that, I’ll get slightly existential and watch more TV.  While doing that, I normally find games I used to play on the iPad from when I was younger, and I’ll restart on those.  I’ve recently become obsessed with Jelly Splash and my Mum has had to pry the game away from me!  I typically do this for about half an hour to an hour and then I complete some Duolingo.  For the past three weeks, I have been learning Russian as I’ve always found it a fascinating language and I’ve always wanted to travel there.  I tried to learn the language before, but I never had the time to do it.  I strongly recommend it as it’s very rewarding and it’s good to keep your brain active during this time.  My Duolingo account is totallyxtati so feel free to follow me on that and we can learn Russian together 🙂

Finally, after I eat dinner, I’ll go out on my daily government allowed form of exercise.  I’ll go around my local area and practice skateboarding.  Thumper encouraged me to get into skateboarding and now I’m obsessed.  It’s super fun and I’ve only fallen off once which is pretty impressive considering I can barely walk in a straight line without tripping.

In the evening, I’ll watch a movie either on my own or with my parents.  I’ve watched some great ones (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and some not so great ones (Lizzie).  I’m considering writing some more reviews so let me know if you want me to!  Also give me film recommendations. :)When I have the time, I’ll read and work on my blog. I’ve been enjoying having the quiet nights in to be honest.

This month has been difficult to say the least. Lets keep holding onto hope, and if we all listen to what the government says it should end soon. Until then, I’ve been Tatiana and just remember: Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.