5 November 2016


Who doesn't love being a little bit nosy from time to time?

Well, my hand is firmly up in the air for sure (and if we're all honest with ourselves and get off our moral high horses we can probably all admit this! ha!)

Now don't get me wrong, I love sharing my latest must-have fashion, beauty and everyday favourites with you lovely lot, but to make things a little more interesting and for you to get to know me a little better I thought it would be interesting to share some random facts about myself with you!

"So here goes..."

1. I'm actually quite shy really! - When I was younger I used to be exceptionally shy when  around new people and even with some of my friends.  I used to get embarrassed very easily and clammed up in situations where there were a lot of people.  To some extent, I still find situations where I am the centre of attention very difficult to deal with, but my career in sales and then subsequently recruitment has meant that as I've got older I've become increasingly more confident and I'm not afraid now to meet new people, strike up a conversation or speak my mind when need be! In fact, I'm now quite the opposite of my former self!  

2. I'm obsessively neat and tidy.  To the point where I cannot go to sleep at night if every thing is not 'in it's place'! 'Bits' on the carpet make me feel anxious and I can't work unless my desk is clear and tidy.  Oh and I also have to have everything in my fridge and kitchen cupboards with the labels pointing outwards so I can read them. I know, I'm weird!  Sometimes this is a great trait to have - sometimes it's just plain annoying!! 

3. I love music - music is such a huge part of my life and always has been since I started getting into it at an early age.  I remember recording the 'Top 40' on my cassette player (ok, so now I'm showing my age!) and then playing my favourite tracks over and over, much to the annoyance of my parents! I am never without a pair of ear-phones and find music such a great way to lift my mood, relax or gear myself up for something.  I enjoy many genres (far too many to list!) but some of my favourites include various types of house music, drum n' bass and some pop / R n'B - it really depends on my mood and what I'm doing! 

"I'm not a morning person!"

4. I hate the morning - I am at my absolute worst first thing in the morning and if I haven't had my coffee yet then don't bother talking to me because I'm seriously lacking in personality until I've glugged down at least one cup of coffee and I'm not even joking here! In contrast to this, I'm probably at my most productive late afternoon and early evening and I'm one of those odd people who just loves the night time! 

5. I don't sleep enough - this goes hand in hand with the previous fact! I'm often awake early because I have work or I naturally wake up,  but I struggle to actually get to sleep at night unless I've exhausted myself by staying awake as long as I can.  This isn't healthy and I'm well aware that I need to address this, although I've being doing this from such a young age! I remember reading my book with a torch in my bedroom when I was little because my Mum used to shout at me for having my light on if it was late! 

6. I've never really known what I wanted to do as a career - I was incredibly studious and academic until I reached the 6th Form and then after that I kind of lost interest! I've always worked hard though and that's got me where I am today. Recruitment was something I kind of fell into and really enjoyed.

7. My first job was a waitress - I remember my friend Kaete getting me to go to an open evening for new silver service staff at the Celtic Manor Resort when I was 17 and still in the 6th Form.  I got a job there and used to work some evenings and weekends whilst I was studying. I still love the fact that I can carry three plates with one hand and know how to pour champagne properly! I'm also very 'judgy' when it comes to service in a restaurant as a consequence of being on the other side of the fence in the past! 

8. My favourite food is Italian - this was hard to narrow down, because I absolutely adore food and cooking but if I had to pick one cuisine it would be Italian for sure! 

9. I hate mushrooms, celery and dill - a random selection, but these are foods that make me go "eughhhhh!"

10. I have a tendency to over-analyse things - and let's add over-complicate things here too shall we?!  Although this is something I'm definitely trying to work on to improve, it does sometimes hinder me in all aspects of my life and can be a real pain for me.  I also have the natural ability to create problems where there aren't really any! One piece of advice I received a few years ago is to not care too much what other people think and this, I think, is a very powerful message and is certainly helping me moving forward. 

"One piece of advice I received a few years ago is not to care too much what other people think..."

11. I grew up in the countryside - I live in the centre of Cardiff now and as much as I love city life and it has many plus points, sometimes I long for the peace and quiet I grew up in! I feel grateful that I got to grow up in such a gorgeous place (although at the time I definitely didn't appreciate it as much as I should!) So thank you Mum and Dad, and I'm sorry for all the teenage moaning! 

12. I've had the same hairstyle all my life - except for two moments of madness I had in 1990 and 2001 where I cut it really short and vowed never to do it again.  Short hair does not suit me! 

13. I always wanted to be a journalist - before I picked my A' Levels I had a strong desire to get into journalism.  But, the fact I didn't particularly like English at school though totally put me off this path and it's one of my biggest regrets.  However, my blogging now feeds that creative desire and I'm really happy I'm able to do this. 

14. My surname is actually of German origin - and so are some of my family if you go back far enough through the generations! sidenote - nobody can ever spell or say my surname - 'Rilatt' is actually pronounced 'Ry-lut' - so now you know! 

"'Rilatt' is actually pronounced 'Ry-lut' - so now you know!"

15. I'd love to be able to play the piano - one of my other biggest regrets is never learning to play an instrument and I've always, always, always wanted to be able to play the piano.  It's never too late though I guess! 

16. I have a short attention span - I find it very hard (and increasingly so as I get older strangely!), to be able to focus my attention on one thing for long periods of time.  I get bored so quickly and therefore prefer doing or watching things in short spurts.  I actually struggle to watch a whole film these days! 

17. I'm addicted to buying and selling on eBay - some of my best designer bargains have been found here and I also find it a great place to sell designer items when I'm having a wardrobe clearout.  I'm actually planning to do a blogpost on this soon with my hints and tips. 

18. I'm late - a lot! - I always have such good intentions to be on time but it rarely happens! My best friend Sian is forever waiting for me because I'm nearly always half an hour later than I say I'll be.   In order to be on time I have to allow myself at least a half an hour buffer time! There's no excuse unfortunately other than I just faff around! I hate being like this and wish I could be one of those people who is on time for everything!

19. I'm always cold - although I love the Winter, it's the season where I do my most 'whinging about being cold'! I don't know what it is, I'm just one of those people who constantly feels the cold unless it's 30 degrees and I'm on a beach somewhere! Blankets and slippers are never far away from me when I'm in the house and I love to snuggle up in a hoodie!

20. I like time to myself - I enjoy my own company and I'm not afraid to admit it.  Having lived alone for almost 7 years in the past it not only made me fiercely independent and self-sufficient (and teeny bit of a control freak - although that side of me has mellowed!) it also taught me how to enjoy spending time alone.  That's not to say I don't enjoy spending time with other people though, because this is equally as important to me.  I couldn't live without all the special people in my life and enjoy the time I spend with them just as much but I do need time to myself in order to 'balance' if that makes sense!

I hope you enjoyed reading these facts, I actually found it quite an enjoyable post to write!

As always, thank you for reading x








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