My Most Memorable Embarrassing Moments | Not Another Beauty Blog 

My Most Memorable Embarrassing Moments | Not Another Beauty Blog 

Everybody, and I mean everybody, has certain moments embellished in their brain that they just can not forgive themselves for. Well, me? That is the perfect way to describe my whole life. I mean, having anxiety has its perks! You can laugh about certain things in years to come.. but some moments, no matter how silly they may seem, I still cringe for. I thought I’d give you all a little giggle tonight. I haven’t really done a funny blog yet and I absolutely wet myself writing my list in my notepad for this blog post. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Welcome to my cringe-fest! 

1. The Bum Incident 

For some reason, whenever I think of the word ’embarrassing’, this is the immediate moment that comes to my mind. I have no idea why. I guess it just scarred me. I was walking home from school through the estates one day with my brother and his best friend. Loads of kids walked our way because the school was based around these estates so most of us lived that way. My brother’s best friend and I were kidding around, I would have been about 6 (him about 12) so he was lifting me and swinging me and stuff, until I fell- which was funny! So he played on it, he dragged me along the grass by my schoolbag while mocking “You fell! You fell!”. We were obviously attracting the attention of all of the other kids, who were now giggling along and watching. Next thing, my trousers got caught on the grass and they got pulled down- along with my knickers. I was lying on my tummy so it was all bum! Everybody just saw my bum and laughed. My perky, six-year-old little bottom was put on display for the majority of my primary school. It still hurts. Oh. 

2. That Wasn’t Supposed To Come Out

At the age of fourteen, all you want to do is be around boys. Am I right? I mean, if you’re hanging around with ‘the lads’ for the day- you are a queen! Well, I was in that position for one lucky day in my life. We were all sitting watching television, me and five other boys and I felt on top of the world. Then, I farted. It was obvious that it was me because my face went red and I started tearing up. I want to punch myself.

3. The Not-So-Graceful Landing

Bacbar is the local watering hole for young party-hards like myself. So, when you’re trying to make a statement about how good you look, it’s probably not a good idea to fall down two flights of stairs, through the banisters and onto the dance floor in front of everyone there. Especially if your glass smashes in your hand, creating a bloody mess all over your dress. Yeah, that’s a recent one of my not-so-proud moments. 

4. Muhammad-Not-Ali

I started boxing when I was in primary school and I was really proud of my Dad for coaching me so, of course, all of my friends had to know! That came back to bite me up the ass. A girl in the class below me was bullying me so I got really brave and called her a man. So, one day after school she decided to beat the shit out of me- on the same green that my bum was flashed on a few years previous! I had a really good social start in life. Next!

5. The Bend Over

This one also being recent, still makes me shiver. It was my cousin’s hens party and I was wearing a ‘short enough’ dress, along with some classy kitten heels and a nice up-do. I was feeling good. So one of my uncles was just dropping us somewhere and had to make a pit-stop at his house to drop his daughter and her boyfriend and the smaller kids and their stuff inside so they could keep an eye on them until he returned. So, my cousins boyfriend was behind me getting stuff out of the boot of the car (I was sitting in the back of the car) and he asked me to reach for something in the front and pass it to him. Me, in all my glory, did just that but gave him a little more than he’d asked for- that being a full view of my very private part and bum in a thong. I turned around, praying that he had been too occupied to notice my wonderful rear-view but…. no, he had seen. He had also changed color to a hot pink. You know it’s bad when other people are embarrassed for you. *Sigh*. 

6. The Snow Ball Effect

I was fifteen and throwing snow balls at random house windows, thinking I was fabulous along with a big group of pals. Until, I threw a snowball at the wrong house and a man ran out and punched me in front of everyone. Okay then. 

7. I Just Pissed Myself

I was walking around Wicklow Town with three friends when I was in third year and one of them thought hiding on me and jumping out would be ‘funny’ and ‘creative’. I pissed myself from the fright. I don’t think I ever lived that one down. 

8. Confessions Of A Drunken Teenager

This isn’t exactly an exact moment, however, it did for a while become one of the more frequent ones. There is nothing worse than waking up the next morning and having someone comfort you with ‘Look, if you need anything, I’m here’ – ehm rewind, please? What exactly did I tell you? The embarrassment of hearing all of your personal problems said back to you is probably enough to send you to the grave. No. Please. Just no. 

9. I’m In The Wrong Car, Amen’t I?

One day, I was out shopping with my mom in Dundrum Shopping Centre and she told me she’d go wait in the car while I payed for the parking ticket. I was so busy on my phone that I didn’t even realize I had gotten into the wrong car until the person beside me answered my ramblings about the queue to the machine. It was an old man. I turned to my right to find an old man sitting there smiling. How I got him mixed up with my mother I will never know. I just got out with my tail between my legs as he giggled after me. I suppose he could have been less understanding. 

10. Sorry, I Lied, Can I Have  A Pad? 

I was in sixth class and all of my friends had gotten their period. I was the only one that hadn’t and I felt really left out. I was a little younger than everybody else, I guess, and I just felt like I wanted to be like the rest of the girls. Yano, having chats about what pads they use and whether or not they’re allowed take painkillers for their cramps. I wanted mine! So, I lied. To fit in, obviously. And I really didn’t see the harm in it. That’s because, of course, I didn’t consider when or where I might get my actual, real, non-fictional period. I was in my best friends house after school one day and we were sitting at the computer listening to ‘whopper’ DJ hits and talking about the local gossip. I went to the bathroom, initially to pee, but to my surprise had something else on my hands. I was so freaked out that I actually got my period for real that I was literally crying so I had to put up with the embarrassment of going to my friend, telling her I lied about having it in the first place, and asking her for a pad. Caught red-handed. 

So, they are only my top ten. I’m sure within the next few months I’ll build up a brand new portfolio to present in part two! My life is a constant spine-shiver of ‘you probably shouldn’t have said/done that’ so don’t worry, there will be more. I’m doing this new thing in life where I embrace my flaws and build on them. I’m trying to trust that somewhere out there something has a bigger and better plan for me and that all of these moments that I don’t like, or regret are just to pass the time. Maybe comment and share some of your embarrassing moments just to help me on my quest of embracing mine? We can be embarrassed together. It might be fun. 

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Review: Headerz Hair Salon, Bray, Co. Wicklow | Not Another Beauty Blog

Review: Headerz Hair Salon, Bray, Co. Wicklow | Not Another Beauty Blog

I was feeling quite sick of myself and fed up with college and work and I really felt that I needed a change. So, I decided to splash the cash on a new hair do! I was given an amazing transformation from a washed-out dull black to an amazing, conditioned copper orange at Headerz, Bray. Delighted with my results isn’t the word! I was smiling from ear to ear leaving the salon! I am a regular customer at the salon, however, this visit meant a little bit more to me than the rest as I really needed a friendly service with a nice cup of a coffee and a pinch of confidence to go with! I was so ready for my Friday night by the time I had to leave. 

Headerz is situated at 32, Novara Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. If your hoping for a lovely chat, cup of tea and amazing quality service and prices, I strongly advise you head down to the ladies at Headerz. It’s just off the main street of Bray so it’s easy to get to. There’s a huge pay & display car park just a block down and there’s also a bus stop literally just across the street. You have no excuse not to go! 

May is a very kind, funny and beautiful lady that works at Headerz, Bray and is also a very close family friend of mine. I’ve been getting my hair cut by May since I was old enough to have my hair cut. May has taken me from peroxide blonde, to Rihanna red, to jet black and back to blonde all over again! I have gotten every single style under the sun done by her and I have never once been disappointed by her work. She truly is a tremendous woman and has every shred of passion for what she does. I have asked May to do some stupidly crazy and out-of-the-box things with my hair over the years and she has always been accommodating and helpful, giving me the best style and color along with some helpful advice and guidance on the upkeep. May works alongside Leon (the beautiful and talented salon owner) everyday, giving customers great confidence, advice and service. I have always gone to May and followed her from salon to salon but she has been at Headerz, Bray for as long as I can remember now. The ladies ensure that they deliver exactly what you want. If not, it gets done until it’s right. Perfection and quality are key elements at Headerz. I even got my hair for my debs done by May! And boys, if your feeling like this a very girly blog- don’t sweat it. The girls do gent’s hair as well! A few friends of mine from school still go to Leon for great trims & styles! The prices are great too!

What I love most about Headerz is that it’s cozy. It almost feels like home. I find at other salons, bigger salons, that I feel very much like another number, another chair. In Headerz, every customer is treated like a friend- not “just another customer” and that will make your experience all the more special. It’s nice when you pay for a service and get exactly what you expect and deserve. There is always a scalding cup of tea or coffee on offer and the ladies really do know how to keep an interesting conversation going! But don’t worry, if you like to be left alone in peace while your new hair color works it’s magic, the ladies will always respect your space. I believe this salon was created to accommodate every customer. 

Leon has the salon decorated gorgeously. She recently uploaded a picture on to the Facebook page (link below) of the new salon decor for everybody to see! The salon is always clean and comfortable. Leon is a very hard working business woman and this is made crystal clear by both the upkeep of the customers, staff and salon. Between May and Leon doing the phenomenal hair-dressing and customer care that they do, the salon has become a place of inspiration for me. I have never opened the salon door to a bad day. There’s always an amazing atmosphere. Customers of all ages never fail to make each other welcome with compliments and great humor. Regular customers of all ages and all styles return to Headerz for the service that they have been availing of for years! I have never spoken to a customer that has been unhappy or disappointed with any aspect of the service or results at Headerz, Bray

I am always welcomed with a smile. As soon as anybody enters, they are spoken to. There is never any standing around hoping for someone to notice you. The salon does walk-ins- which is handy if your in a rush or need to be somewhere last minute but I would advise you to book in advance to ensure a place for your glamorous transformation! Leon upholds the best prices in Bray with tremendous rates for children, OAPs and students! I have honestly never felt like I’ve paid too much and not received enough at Headerz. If anything I feel like I should be paying more- so I try to leave a little tip each time! 

Headerz is a unisex salon so it accommodates everyone. If your looking for your baby to get their first hair cut or you want to treat your Nan to something special, you can always pop and find the girls waiting at your service. It’s almost traditional for my mum and I to pop into Headerz every Christmas Eve for a refreshing wash and blow dry. A hot cup of coffee in the cold weather and a nice little fresh hair style for the holidays is a must-do on my Christmas check list! The fact that I know the staff there will give me the attention a customer deserves along with a good giggle makes me all the more delighted that I’m already booked in! I’m excited for this year’s visit already! 

I really can’t boost this place up enough. I highly recommend you to go and have a little look, maybe even book in! If your looking to speak to any of the ladies at Headerz, the number can be found on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/headerz.bray?fref=ts

And if you’d like to have a look at all the crazy things I’ve asked May to do with my hair over the years you can find some hardcore photographic evidence on my Instagram page: http://www.instagram.com/jaydamccann

Dont forget to tell the ladies that I sent you!

Jadey x

How To Cope: When Your Friends Make New Friends | Not Another Beauty Blog 

How To Cope: When Your Friends Make New Friends | Not Another Beauty Blog 

Situations like this happen all the time. And if your a teenage girl like me, this can be heartbreaking. The other people in the situation might not even notice that anything could possibly be wrong with what’s going on and well, technically, there’s nothing actually wrong with people making new friends or meeting new people. But, it can be hurtful and hard to deal with -especially if you guys were close. You can be left feeling forgotten or lonely. But there’s logical and illogical ways to deal with these situations and you’ve come to the right place. 

The reason I’ve chosen to write about this particular topic today is because I’ve been both people. I’ve been the friend that lost a friend because I made new friends and I’ve also been the friend that was left behind. Neither scenarios are pleasant and both happen to quick for anybody to grasp. My advice, which I probably won’t take but I really hope you do, is to talk to your friend about it. If you feel like your friend is upset or feeling left out, just ask them if they’re okay. If you feel like you’re friend has completely ditched you for somebody else (be it a boy or another friend), just ask them what’s going on. Most of the time, if your friend is really the friend they say they are, they’ll be honest with you. Don’t let the situation get so far gone that it can’t be fixed.  Talking is strength. 

Recently, a friend of mine has been hanging out with a girl that I wouldn’t particularly trust. It’s none of my business to say. I really can’t open my mouth and judge someone that may be on a completely wave length with them as they were with me. If this person really isn’t to be trusted, my friend will figure it out on her own, in her own time, when she’s ready. I can’t be of any interference. It’s not my place. I am also quite a sensitive person. Crying is like a hobby to me, it’s actually quite funny. It really doesn’t take much to make me cry at all. Try to remember it might not be anything personal. It’s just the way things are for the time being. It’ll blow over.

I’m very close to my brother. There’s only two of us siblings in our family so we tell each other quite a lot and get on really well. But, there has been times that he has been friends with, or gone out with somebody that I don’t take to. At the time I didn’t realize that it was out of my control. One thing I learned is that you can not pick other people’s people. If you’re like me, you’ll really want to. I’m impulsive. I can be a bit protective and I like to look after the people I care about. But sometimes, you’re better off letting them figure it out for themselves. It’s calling live and let live. Unfortunately, it can be difficult. But if you’ve enough respect for the people you love and care about, you will trust that they will make the right decision at the end of the day.  

So to sum today’s blog up, here’s some bullet points on how to cope with situations like these that are completely out of your control.

  • Understand yourself. It’s okay to acknowledge that your upset. Take steps in your mind. Go through why your upset and how you it can be resolved before you speak to anybody. This will steer you away from saying hurtful things or causing an argument. 
  • Don’t lose your temper. People that shout say nothing at all.
  • If you feel like you could be the one doing the hurting, be it accidental or on purpose, never be afraid to admit it to yourself and your friends. Mistakes are made by everybody but they are a lot more easy to forgive with a pinch of honesty and an apology. Be the bigger person.
  • Try to remember it might not be anything personal. Work on your sensitivity. Sometimes people just act without realizing. It may not have anything to do with you at all. 
  • I can not stress this enough: Talk to someone. After you’ve finished deconstructing your little stressed and upset mind, just speak to somebody that could give you a better insight. If you’re not ready to speak to your friend, talk to your mom or your siblings. But always be careful who you trust, make sure you’re speaking to the right people. It’s horrible that I’d need to include a warning but some people just want to hear the gossip and don’t actually care about your well-being. That, my darling, is unfortunately the way life is. 
  • Take a step back to think about the consequences. If you go running around talking to everybody about it, mentioning names left right and center and causing trouble, nobody is going to take you seriously. Just simmer down. It’s out of your control anyway, there’s nothing you can do.

And lastly, trust your friend’s instincts. Know in your mind & heart that your friend will come to her senses eventually. It might not be today, or tomorrow, or next week. I can’t tell you when but things happen and work out for a reason. Maybe your friend has a lesson to learn. Let it happen. Trust that everything will work out for a reason, and hopefully for the best. 

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.