Deep Down We’re All #Basic

Hello old friends, it’s been a while once again. These last few months have been great! I’ve met some amazing people and gone to fantastic places. I’ve also come to the realisation that I’m #basic. I used to make fun of #basics but now I’ve become one. You know when I realised this? When I spent 20 minutes at Trevi fountain in Rome yelling at people to get out of my shot and making my friend take photos on both our phones and my camera. It’s only gotten worse now; I went for lunch with the girls. THE GIRLS. As soon as our drinks came we decided on who had the best hands to pour our drinks, who had the best angle and who was in best position to take a boomerang. Instantly we all uploaded similar images onto snapchat, Instagram, Instagram story and checked in on Facebook. #basic. So below I will list a few things I have done and sometimes still do and if you’ve done at least one of these I’m sorry honey but you’re #basic too. Just accept who you are and own it! 

  • Owning a graphic T-Shirt with pictures of a band you’ve never listened to just because you look cute wearing it as a dress matched with a pair or superstars or vans.
  • Taking 100 selfies and editing your favourites in a different app then uploading to Instagram because the insta filters just don’t cut it anymore.
  • Making sure you take photos when you’re out with the girls because if you didn’t take photos did you even really go?
  • Obsessing over Love Island and wondering what you’re going to do at 9pm every night when its over.
  • Using the neon pen on your Instagram story because is super cute but not as cute as your selfie you just posted.
  • Taking photos on the Missguided store and posting it all over your snapchat. Lets face it, the store opening has changed all of our lives. Who doesn’t love a store that’s all pink and holographic?
  • Going on holiday and pre-planning outfits you’ll wear to take specific photos to post on your social media.
  • #ad. When companies approach you via Instagram and send you products for you to promote to your followers.
  • Going crazy over the new Starbucks unicorn drink then feeling heartbroken as they don’t make it in the UK.
  • You either own a real or fake Lumee case.
  • Telling people you hate the Kardashians but you follow all of them on Instagram and snapchat and you’re secretly dying for Kims new contour line.
  • Being proud of yourself for knowing every line of Mean Girls and yelling “You go Glen Coco!” just in time with the movie.
  • When Zac Efron is bae, has always been bae and WILL always be bae.
  • Taking photos of your over decorated healthy breakfast full of grains and fruit.
  • Owning either fluffy heels or fluffy sliders or those little fluffy unnecessary pompom things girls have dangling off their bags.
  • Making sure you stick to a clear theme on your Instagram… for example having mostly white in your photos because it makes your dash look clean… I do this. I obsess over this. I have a problem.
  • Having either a pinterest or tumblr full of inspirational quotes you occasionally post on Instagram.
  • You love brunch. You tweet about brunch. You Instagram your brunch. You snap your brunch. You check in at where you’re having brunch. Brunch gives you life. Bring on that Avo Salad.
  • You are known to upload Instagram photos with snapchat filters on.. the deer.. the dog.. the famous butterfly crown. We’ve all been there.


Peace out my fellow basics,

Arda xx


New Year. Same You.

Happy new year and welcome to another addition of Ardas rants. This is going to be the most hypocritical post ever as one of my resolutions this year was to get back into blogging. Lets see how long this lasts. I give it about two months.

Every December I hear people talking about ‘New Year New Me!’ and discussing with others their resolutions for January and how bad they’ve been recently with dealing with life. So below I will list a few resolutions I have heard others make and give you my opinion on them.

  • Gym Life. You know those people that haven’t been to the gym since last February and say that they will start again in January. These are the people that will sign up to a monthly direct debit gym, go for two weeks, but still keep the membership running till about April when they realise no matter how many times they say “I’ll go tomorrow” they just wont.


  • Veg Out. These are you new healthy eaters. Through out December they will literally stuff everything that is edible into their mouths and straight after their meal they will decide “Yep, cant wait to start eating healthy in January”. This healthy eating usually last till they get their first whiff of Chinese food and persuade themselves that Chinese food has some veg in it ergo it must be healthy. Its a downward spiral from there.


  • Dry January. For all my low key alcoholics out there; I feel ya. It starts off okay because you’re actually sick of drinking and being hungover then someone suggests going out after work and dry January turns into dry gin. you lasted 10 days or so. #stillcounts.


  • Me, Myself and I…Till you see a cutie smile at you on the train and spend the night obsessing over this unknown person that you’ve fallen in love with who you will probably never see again.


  • Every Little Counts. When you decided to start actually saving money because you’re so skint from Christmas but this all goes out the window when you come across your favourite store that has a massive January sale going on. You convince yourself that you didn’t receive enough presents over Christmas and they you NEED to treat yourself. You NEED all the items under £5 in the sale and you don’t care that it all adds up to a price you cant afford right now.


  • Positive Vibes. This usually works up until your first day back at work about 2pm just after lunch when you realise you’ve already broken major resolutions buy having a stir-fry for lunch with a side of dry gin at the pub.


  • Stop Smoking. I really don’t need to elaborate on this. We all know this one never lasts.


Arda x

Adult Life: Things we should’ve been warned about

The day that you finally finish education all your worries go away and you feel so free and happy… until… you wake up the next day and think “What now?” You dont know what to do with yourself. If you lived away for uni you move out of your student house and get hit with the hard reality of adult life. A few months later you start to look at the real adults around you and wonder how on earth they do it. How do the not die from stress? how do they have time to go and do things? How do they not want to kill themselves when another bill arrives? Or even how the hell do that keep a poker face about it all??? So for this post I have decided to list a few things I think we should have all been warned about before being thrown into adult life.


  1. Water bill. This is apparently a thing; a pretty expensive thing depending on where you live. I always went about my life thinking there were only gas, electric and phone bills. I was clearly living in my own little happy bubble when I would take hour long showers and leave taps running.
  2. Work commute. Pre adult life you get so used to going to your little retail or restaurant job doing shift work and always wish you just had a proper 9-5 job. No hun, you don’t. A 30 minute journey turns into a 1h30min journey. You’re stuffed into a bus or train filled with other sweaty 9-5ers and on top of that it even costs more to travel at those times!
  3. Everyone is serious. All the time. You just end up so fed up always being faced with new adult life things that you can no longer take a joke. You’re just super stressed all the time.
  4. Comfy shoes. Noone tells you that that woman on the train you used to see on the way to school with really ugly shoes didn’t actually chose to wear those. She had to. Comfy shoes for some reason are always so ugly and if you’re commuting to and from work its best to just put up with the ugliness because you never know if you’ll be sat down for your journey or stood up the whole time and if you’re running late you’re going to have to run to work.
  5. No energy. Back at uni you could go out 5 nights of the week and still be fine but now you go out once or stay up passed 12am and you’re literally dead for the next two days.
  6. No friends. You don’t really realise how hard it is to actually meet people. fair enough you’ll have uni mates and work friends but other than that how on earth do you make friends? It not like at school when you go up to someone and be all “Hey I like your pencil case, lets be friends” If you did that now you would see that other person run. run fast.
  7. Holidays. You only typically have about 20-25 days of holiday from work and it may seem like nothing but you cherish it so much! its not like being at uno for three months then having a month of  three times a year. You need to make those 25 days count!
  8. Food. Its not actually acceptable to wake up and have last nights kebab or pizza for breakfast anymore. During student life you would have been so chuffed to find half a pizza still in the box and you would think to yourself “Thank you last nights Arda for not finishing this” But its not acceptable. You need to start eating fresh cooked food and healthy things. After all, our bodies are actually giving up on us now.
  9. Council tax. This is when you truly realise you are no longer a student and you have entered adult life. I don’t really need to explain this its just a sad expensive fact.
  10. Everyone else. You soon realise that all the people around you are either getting engaged or married or having kids and you’re still at home trying to connect to the downstairs cafes wifi to watch Netfilx.