Not A Typical Teenager: July 2014

Sunday, 27 July 2014

5 Inspirational Female Book Characters

Many people enjoy reading, and many of us do it from a young age. I read throughout primary school and I still read now. Over the years there have been many book characters that I have looked up to, as I'm sure many other women have. These are, I think, my favourites.

Clary Fray

The reason I love Clary is because she adapts well. She is thrown into an entirely new world and she adapts very quickly to her new surroundings and quickly meets interesting people and (sort of) makes some new friends. (Mortal Instruments series)

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is a good role model because, even though she kills a few people, she loves her family. That sounds really stupid. Clary loved her family to didn't she? Yes, Clary loved her mother. But Katniss works hard to hunt for food for her family. She practically looks after her sister for a period of time like her mother should. She cares so much about her family she volunteered for her sister in the Hunger Games! That girl cares. (Hunger Games Trilogy)

Tris Prior

Tris Prior is the first jumper. Very admirable. For all of you who have read/seen divergent, Tris goes from abnegation to dauntless. This is a massive jump between factions. Tris, being from abnegation, has been brought up to be selfless. She goes to dauntless, the most violent of the factions. I guess what I love about Tris is her up-for-anything attitude to life. She is just fantastic. (Divergent series)

Hazel Grace Lancaster

DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ/SEEN THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!! Hazel Grace. What can I say. I just love her. She is fab.  Hazel Grace falls in love with Augustus Waters. He is so kind and charming. *goes to sob quietly in corner*. Hazel lets Augustus help her live her life despite her illness. She even goes to Amsterdam with him!! Such a cute story, you know, until the feels kick in. (TFIOS)

Hermione Granger

I would say that, for me, Hermione is the most inspirational female character of them all. She is smart and a fighter. She taught that being smart is OK. and that it's a quality you can be proud of. She also taught that just because you are book smart does not mean that you cannot be a fighter. She is truly inspirational. I think that Emma Watson did a fantastic job portraying her.

There you are un-typicals. These are my top 5. who are yours? xxx
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer tag

Recently my friend Bethan tagged me in her post when she did her summer tag,. So now i have to answer a whole bunch of questions. Here we go:

1) What is your favourite thing about summer?
I love being off school and being able to go out with all of my friends to the beach, for coffee at costa etc. I love how calm everything gets and the fact I can read or play piano constantly.

2) Do you have a favourite summer drink?
An after eight milkshake. I drink them all year but i love them most in the summer. They are absolutely gorgeous.

3)  Is there a location you like to go each summer?
Usually I will go caravaning with my cousin and grandparents. Its so lovely. We don't tend to go to a specific location, we take the caravan to a few places. So i think just the caravan.

4)  Favourite makeup look for the summer?
No makeup. Maybe a little mascara.

5)  Dresses or skirts?
Dresses, definetly. Although shorts are preferred, dresses are nicer and comfier than skirts in my opinion.

6) Sandals or ballet pumps?
This is not an option, but my converse are my favourite. I do not own a pair of sandals or ballet pumps.

7) Do you prefer to wear your hair up for the summer?
It doesn't really bother me. I like to wear my hair both ways. I mostly wear it down and curly.

8)  Deep smoky eyes or bold lips?
I don't really wear make up, but i suppose i would choose bold lips

9) What perfume are you wearing this summer?
I looooove the red apple by DKNY.

10) Last but not least, favourite music for the summer?
This summer I know I will be listening to a lot of Avril Lavigne and Ellie Goulding. I love the contrast  between the 2 artists.

Thanks for  reading un-typicals xxx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Controlling frizzy hair

So far, my summer bucket list is still full. With preparations under way, I expect to have a few completed by this time next week. Hope my un-typicals follow and have taken inspiration from my list xxx

As a girl with naturally curly/frizzy hair, I know exactly what it feels like to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and want to cry. these are good in the summer as well as they stop the humidity. I have tried many different things but only 2 have actually worked. I would highly recommend both:
V05 smoothly does it
This cost me about £3.85 and its fantastic. Gives me ringlets. Here's how to use:

1) Wash your hair and towel dry it

2) Put about a plum sized bit of mousse in you hands

3) Flip your hair over your head and scrunch it in (do not brush you hair after this point)

4) Leave to dry naturally (if you are going to bed, put your hair in a high ponytail to preserve the curls

Its simple really !!
Frizz ease dream curls
Roughly £6 in price and creates looser curls

1) Wash hair and towel dry

2) Spray on hair liberally (so a lot. Make sure its not to high up to your scalp with this one as its more watery. Try to go 2 inches from your scalp. Make sure ends are sprayed).

3)  Scrunch your hair so the spray is in all of your hair

4) leave to dry naturally

These are my 2 favourite hair care products as a victim of curly hair. I hope some of you un-typicals give them a try xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Music stereotyping

As a teenager, there is lots of stereotyping done among different friendship groups about different things.  Music is definitely one of those things. People define who you are as a person just because of what you listen to. This is completely inaccurate, and here is why

1) 'Screamo' does not mean emo

I have heard many people say that music that involves screaming is emo music. For starters, emo is not a thing. Calling someone emo does not define who they are because no knows what it means. There is a general understanding but the word is interpreted in different ways. Secondly, some of the happiest people I know listen to this music and that bliws peoples minds. However, it is true.

2) 'Pop' is not a certain kind of music

Many people refuse to listen to music because it has been in the charts and is now classed as pop music. However, in 2013, fall out boy reached number 2 I the chart which means it is pop. (Pop is short for popular). Pop is not a type. It is chart music.

3) Respect other people

You might not like their music but you shouldn't tell them their music is bad. No music is bad, its just not your favorite kind. If they ask you to listen, be polite and try it. However, don't let them force their music upon you.

Overall, just be yourself and don't let others tell you what you listen to is bad
 That is just their opinion xxx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

6 Reasons why 'Twilight' is not all good


Recently, I read an article ( and it has totally changed my views on Twilight.
Here is a summary of why:

1) Bella starts as a selfless person

Bella leaves her mother and her step-father to live with her father so that her mother and step-father can have some space and she helps her father with chores.

2) Bella starts out as an independent young woman

She does her school work, makes some friends. Everything is going fine.

3) Then she meets Edward (this is where it goes downhill)

I always thought that this was a good thing as she had found found a romantic interest and he is desired by every girl in the school. This is a good thing right? WRONG!!!!! He follows her on trips with her friends and removes parts from her car so she cannot go and see Jacob. She becomes very dependant on him. She is part of an abusive relationship.

4) Then he leaves

In New Moon. Edward leaves Bella because he thinks he is bad for her. She struggles without him and does some pretty reckless stuff (e.g. ride motorbikes, cliff jump). Not good.

5) The pregnancy

After wrecking her independent life. Edward proceeds to impregnate Bella. The foetus almost kills her and during labour Edward injects her with venom. When she becomes a vampire she is no longer Bella, but a shell of her.

6) And the worst part? There are thousands of girls who love Edward

There are literally thousands of teenage girls who have fallen head over heels for Edward and his abusive behaviour because not many people realise how abusive it is. He ruins her life and many girls still love him

So thank you for changing my opinion. I hope this has changed yours un-typicals xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer Bucket List

So, basically, I read yesterday in the library about summer bucket lists and I have decided to do one for myself and my friends. This is what we came up with:

1) fly a kite

2) make crepes

3) go swimming

4) picnic

5) no technology day

6) tie-dye

7) make a new friend

8) go to the beach

9) try spaghetti tacos

10) bake nutella cupcakes

11) make lemonade

12) do something I've never done before

13) draw on a pavement with chalk

14) movie marathon

15) finish a game of monopoly

16) re-build a friendship

17) write a summer song

18) watch a sunrise

19) watch a sunset

20) send a message in a bottle

21) water fight

22) watch a meteor shower on August 12th at 10:30

23) cook a full meal

24) release paper lanterns

25) buy white shoes and doodle on them

26) *yes day

27) pick a summer song and make a music video to it

28) roast marshmallows

29) silly string fight

30) learn latte art

31) try a new flavour of ice cream

32) get lost

33) make a summer collage

34) messy twister

As you can probably some of these aspirations are not very difficult but it's stuff that me and my friends would like to do with all of my friends. I hope some of my un-typicals take inspiration from this list xxx

* a yes day is a day where you have to say yes to everything within reason.  And a no tech day is no phones, tvs etc. Microwaves, watches, etc are allowed. Its more no tvs and no ipads xxx

Friday, 4 July 2014


Since tonights post is reasonably late (which I apologise for un-typicals) this is going to be brief  and just really going to see what I will be going over Sunday. Basically, there are 2 different clefs when reading music. Treble and bass. These are what music is read off. There are two because there are so many notes that they would not all fit on one stave (set of lines) I will basically just go over what they are and how they work. Hope you are all enjoying so far xxx

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Basics

So un-typicals, I'm struggling to upload the image at the moment but basically, all musical notes range from A to G. There are obviously more than 7 musical notes. What happens the notes go around. We call these octaves. For example, most octaves start on the note C. Therefore the octave would go C D E F G A B. That is one complete octave as there are 7 notes in order. On my piano, there are 7 octaves. Which means there are 7 A's, 7 B's etc. eventually I will have an image here showing 2 octaves with the notes labelled. I hope this makes sense to anyone reading. If it doesn't, comment and I will try to explain in further detail. If it makes sense then I will explain more music tomorrow xxx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


I am planning on doing a few tutorials on how to read music for my next few posts starting tomorrow. For anyone who is interested. I have learnt from a lot of my friends that they wish they could read music but they can't. Starting tomorrow, I will show the basics and may progress to some of the harder things over the coming weeks. Watch this space un-typicals xxx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Being Yourself

As this is my first week I am posting everyday. I find it quite entertaining. As you can probably gather from the title, this post is about being yourself. Lots of people are afraid of being themselves in front of people, and that's understandable. However, I think I know how to dodge this.
The reason people are afraid of being themselves can be because people are afraid of how other people may react. The thing is, most people will not say anything to you, and if they do it is usually a compliment. The people who have nothing to say will look at you differently at first because they aren't used to seeing you this way, but they will learn to love the real you. So my un-typicals, sorry for the length but just take from this that yourself is better than anyone you could pretend to be.