Cheers to new beginnings!!!

11148695_10206977113648608_2833756408083423001_nIt’s official, I have moved to a new domain, and I am ridiculously proud to say  is now LIVE! 

See for yourself over at:

http://raecoppola.com/

I’d like to thank my followers and friends for their continued support, and hope people enjoy reading my posts on the new domain just as much as they did here.

As always, I’m very much looking forward to seeing all your comments and suggestions there. They always make my day and give me even more motivation to keep up with my blogging.

Onwards and upwards from here.

Rae Coppola (for the last time on this page)

Vicky Pattison To Be Joining Loose Women??

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that 28-year-old Jungle Queen, Vicky Pattison, will be appearing as a guest panellist on Wed 6th Jan – rumoured to potentially to kick off a month long trial.

Following a string of audience complaints, is the fresh faced Geordie beauty the ITV’s latest attempt for the daytime chat show to win back viewers, with hopes of even impressing a younger demographic.

It’s common knowledge that Vicky isn’t one to hold back her opinions, and therefore it’s no surprise that she been selected by the producers as an ideal candidate to partake in the usual topical debates.

A TV source said: “Vicky won I’m A Celeb by a landslide so everyone knows she is popular, especially with a younger audience.

“ITV are desperate to keep a hold of her and invest in her as a future star.”

Vicky won over the British public during her ‘mint’ time in the jungle with her honest (yet sometimes brutal) Geordie wit.

However, will the celebrity be able to reign in her harsh one liners and bad language for pre-watershed television?

Is she right for the job?

Will it kick-start her presenting career?

Will you be tuning in to ITV to watch her?

I, for one, think not.

I believe people voted for Vicky to win because her real personality shone through in the jungle. The latter will chance if she moves to a daytime setting; one where language is censored and controversy is rife. As much as I like her, I feel the move will be damaging and ensure the loss of fans, as she will no longer seem ‘real’ and like the relatable girl next door everyone wants to be friends with.

I asked my Twitter followers their thoughts.

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

Rae Coppola

The Importance of Saying ‘No’

Jim Carrey starred in Yes Man (2008), a film where the protagonist unleashes the power of the word ‘yes’ – for one year only – to overcome his negative ways. It appears to do him the world of good, until it doesn’t. Which brings me to the point of this blog post.

It’s OK to say no.

Not all opportunities have to be taken.

Don’t worry about disappointing others if not doing so is to the detriment of yourself. Just look at the feature photo on this post, that’s me. Admittedly, I am not looking my best (if anyone says I look normal I will not be their friend), because I was feeling extremely unwell on my holiday but forced myself to go out because it was our last day in sunny Kassiopi.

However, sometimes, you have to focus on yourself and be selfish enough to put you before anyone else. You have to turn down those plans, say a night out, when you’re already tired and run-down. You have to cancel and run yourself a hot bubble bath before getting an early night. Don’t worry about what the organisers might think, or might say – your health comes first.

There’s been many a time that I’ve been guilt-tripped into going out when I felt severely under the weather. It’s just made everything 10x worse, and thus made it take longer for me to recover. I regret it every single time, and usually don’t even enjoy myself because all that’s on my mind is how long it’s acceptable to stay before I can go home and crawl into bed. Regardless, I continue to say ‘yes’ rather than letting people down.

However, it’s time to change.

Whilst they say that life is too short to sit around all day, life is also too short to do things that you don’t want to do, when you don’t feel like doing them.

Being at home over Christmas with my family has made me realise that just saying ‘no’ every once in a while can make the world of difference. I’m happier in myself, feel fully relaxed, and my cold’s even starting to go sooner than it began. People shouldn’t be afraid of saying no, they should embrace the power of the word and say it more often.

Try it, and let me know how it makes you feel afterwards.

 

Rae Coppola

Round up of 2015 #bestnine

Since #2015bestnine is trending, I thought I’d list the nine best things to happen to me this year.

  • I went on my first ever holiday abroad.. and then my second.12443039_10208379674711758_920087177_n
  • I won my first competition.. and then another.FotorCreated
  • I moved in with my best friends.. and my boyfriend.FotorCreated2
  • I hit 2,000 views (and counting!) on my own blog.12435567_10208379676311798_1390474086_n
  • I watched The Jeremy Kyle Show, and The Voice live.12138597_1180407791974121_2542065429433091304_o
  • I finally saw the theatre production of The Bodyguard, with my lovely mum.
  • I got the job I wanted at my University’s SU: Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar and have made so many great friends.12039669_10154268510294937_1405866633601617501_n
  • I took a risk and had my hair dyed the colour I’d always wanted.11058622_10207590891632674_4675326529512848943_n

Obviously there’s been ups and downs, but it seems like my luck is (finally) changing from the better. Here’s to a 2016 to remember!

What are you highlights from the “Year of the Sheep”? Leave a comment below!

Rae Coppola

How to ‘do’ Christmas on a budget

Christmas can become a very expensive time if you’re not careful – decorations, presents, food… It soon all adds up. Here are my ideas on how to keep it simple (but still magical).

  • Make your own trimmings and decorations. Maybe not to the extent of our printed out Christmas tree and baubles, but a few paper chains and snowflakes can go a long way in making a room look festive.

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  • Set a budget for gift getting and stick to it. It makes sure everyone is treated fairly, and your bank account doesn’t get a shock. Plus, if you’re shopping online you can use cashback sites like Quidco to get money back on things you need to buy anyway.

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  • Maybe even set up a ‘secret Santa’ between friends to limit the amount of people you need to buy for. It’s still fun, and everybody will still get something, but it’s a much cheaper alternative.

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  • Bake biscuits for guests rather than buying in assorted sets. All you need is bit of flour, sugar and butter so it works out cheaper. Plus, it’s always nicer to eat some home-made baking. Check out a recipe here (if I can do it, anyone can).

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  • Shop around when it comes to buying food for Christmas dinner as offers may be on in different places. E.g. you may be able to get your bird cheaper at Aldi, your potatoes at Asda and your dessert at The Co-op – the possibilities are endless. But remember, before you buy anything you should check your cupboards for what you already have!

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Hope this helps!

Merry Christmas and happy budgeting.

Rae Coppola

 

REVIEW: Kodaline at O2 Apollo, Manchester

SOFT alternative rock quartet Kodaline performed at the O2 Apollo Manchester last night for thethird night in their ‘Coming Up For Air’ tour, was there to review the evening as a Quays News reporter.

Read what I had to say here: http://quaysnews.net/index.php/2015/12/06/review-kodaline-at-o2-apollo-manchester/

 

Wish List: All I want for ‘Nextmas’

With only a short while to go until the big day and the NBN competition beginning, I scouted the Next website for the items I’d love to find waiting for me under the Christmas tree on that blessed morning.

As per usual, I was spoilt for choice, and had the dreaded job of narrowing down my favourites!

To help anyone stuck with secret Santa ideas*, I’ll restrain myself from buying them come pay day.

Disclaimer: Don’t be surprised if you see some repeats of things that were on my last wishlist, I just can’t help myself admiring them.

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  • Lit Alphabet Metal Wall PlaqueI’m desperate to have these spell out my full (and only short) name, but I’d be more than happy with just the letter ‘R’ to start me on my way. The rustic style really suits the interior design of my bedroom and would be the perfect addition to my colour block feature wall!
  • Cotton Rich Luxe Geo Stripe Bed Set: Again, I can’t help myself when it comes to geometric shapes. My wardrobe is full of things with squares on, and if my bed had hexagons, especially in this colour scheme, I’d be a happy girl.
  • Crosley Cruiser Orange: You may remember this beauty from my Autumn wishlist, but I bet you won’t be surprised at why it’s made a reappearance. The turntable is so stylish and I would love to try out my extensive collection of vinyl’s on it! I always buy them at bargains from charity shops with the hope of one day being able to get my hands on an affordable record player.
  • Lift, Slim And Shape Skinny Jeans: My favourite pair of jeans unfortunately do not fit any more (mind, they did last around 5 years), so a new pair of similar ones in a different colour is just what I need.
  • Black Velvet Flock Leggings: The reviews on the Next website don’t do the product enough justice. After trying them on in store I fell in love. They are comfortable, stylist, and thick enough to be worn as pants in their own right. I’d love to dress them up with a red top and wear them on Christmas!
  • pantone-colour-2016-rose-quartz-serenitySparkle Cold Shoulder Top: Pantone chose ‘rose quartz’ as their colour of 2016, so having an item matching that palette would put me in such good stead for being fashionable in the New Year. Of course, not forgetting my signature ‘cold shoulder’ style.
  • Lipsy Wool Blend Duffle Coat: My winter coat is becoming bobbly and I know this winter will be it’s last. This grey duffle coat would be the most perfect replacement because it is lovely to look at, and has an (essential) hood, unlike the Khaki Peacoat I recently bought that although stunning, isn’t very practical.
  • Chocolate Leather Stitch Detail Boots: Another repeat from my last post, these boots are still high on my wish list. They are such a rich colour, have a fashionable plait and tassel, and best yet, are real leather and should therefore last a long time (ideally forever because they are beautiful and I’d never want to part from them).
  • Mini Scallop Tote Bag: A girl can never have enough bags and I’ve yet to get one in this colour to match my gloves. Plus, the scallop detail would make it look completely different to my other bags.

I hope that you like my Nextmas list! Fingers crossed I get to get my hands on something from it courtsey of @Nextofficial.

150597_10200146589689778_658216056_nWhat’s on your list this Christmas? 

Leave a comment below if you’ve seen anything that’s taken your fancy on the Next website (and remember, you could get it for ‘Next’ day delivery), but beware that I may add it to the list.

*Just to let you know, mum, dad, family, friends, and readers: If I recommend you for a FREE directory account, we could both get £20 off our next purchases (if you spend over £50). Now how good does that sound?!…

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‘Click here’

Rae Coppola