Bake Off Baked Alaska #bingate controversy

As I am sure even if you don’t watch the Great British bake off you are aware something went down this week… something bad… something really bad. Diana removed Iain’s Ice cream for his baked Alaska out the freezer (despite there being enough space) and left it sat on her bench on the hottest day of the year, causing it to melt (no shit). I know right? this will go down in history. Incase you’ve been living under a rock here is what we are talking about




So what do i make of it? I must admit, I was furious straight after the show aired, I was even one of those 811 nobs that complained to the BBC. The BBC edited in such a way the only thing your mind could comprehend was that the Ice Cream had been left out enough time to completely ruin it, which is a lot longer than the 40 second claim they keep banging on about. So yes, myself and a handful of other people I know, jumped on the justice for Iain bandwagon, I mean come on, who wouldn’t throw a massive tantrum if they thought someone had deliberately sabotaged their precious baked Alaska? and for someone who should understand forgiveness more than anyone is that arrogant Paul Hollywood after his affair with his half his age American co host. So on principle Iain definitely should not of gone home. But rest assured baker fans, by the sounds of it Diana has had a fall and will not be returning to the show (convenient for the BBC hey?) and I am 95 per cent sure Iain will make an appearance again.

Do I regret complaining.. no. Because even if their ’40 second claim’ was true, they need to work on their editing skills and sack the person who has caused poor Diana all this grief, Is it really necessary to have her face on the front of The Sun newspaper calling her a witch? and by the looks of the papers the abuse is shifting from Diana to the BBC for what they have done to this lady. I get it, I do, their editing has got their programme in every British newspaper, plastered all over social media and has people talking about the bake off who knew nothing about it before… it worked, but to the people bullying an elderly lady who has not been given the chance to tell her rendition of the story, lay off, after all it is just TV and if thats not enough, your playing into exactly what the BBC want, exploiting Diana, all the women wanted to do was bake in that glorious tent. Perhaps it’s the naivety in me, but i can’t believe Diana did it on purpose. 

Incase like me you missed the show stopper challenge because you were too busy discussing the controversy you’d just witnessed before your very eyes. Here is what a baked Alaska out of the bin looks like. 





Much Love,


Joanna x

Psychology fun facts

As I’ve mentioned previously I am now a Psychology graduate, and i thought a good idea would be to share with you the TOP TEN little theories, models, and research which I found  not only super interesting to look at but also found so helpful when I applied them to by own life.

So here it goes, if there is anything else you would like me to expand on I have a feeling psychology related posts may become a predominate feature on my blog so Just ask, I’d love to ramble on some more about psychology *nerd alert*


10.  The spot light effect. Now I LOVED looking into this, in basic terms it means we believe people are paying more attention to us than they are. It is the idea that we are the centre of our consciousness, so we find it near impossible to comprehend that we aren’t at the centre of everyone else’s consciousness. So basically, no one actually cares if you fluff up because everyone around you is too busy worrying about what they are doing. woo!


9. Memory loss occurs following on from an emotionally traumatic event. This is our brains way of defending itself from having to relive the emotions. Pretty clever huh? So don’t feel bad if you can’t emotionally relive traumatic times or even the time leading up to and following few days after it, it’s our brains way of telling us it’s probably for the best.

8. More of a biological fact but we had to do a lot of biology on the course I took – As you probably know we are constantly shedding and reproducing cells and in 7 years from the time you read this you will not have a single cell you have now. So in technical terms in 7 years time you’ll be a new person!

7. Research shows birth order does effect the person you become! So when your mum yells at you for being ‘too laid back’ tell her it is her fault for having you second.


6. Extraverts are less internally confident than introverts. So BIG UP TO THE INTROVERTS.

introverts5. We become.. to some extent a combination of the 5 people we spend the most time with, SO CHOOSE THOSE PEOPLE CAREFULLY! Whether we know it or not, you will imitate mannerisms, change the way you speak and present yourselves dependant on the people you have been spending time with.

4. Eye contact! So eye contact is such a good habit to get into, not only does it give someone more of an incentive to listen to what you are actually saying to them but it also increases your confidence in the situation!… in fact the only time I would advice avoiding eye contact is definitely while eating a banana.

3. In some cases there is no rhyme nor reason as to why some people recover from traumatic brain injury and some don’t. It’s debated it’s down to the type of person you were before the injury took place.

2. Excessive use of social media creates lower self esteem in an individual. It makes sense though doesn’t it? The more we read about other people the more we compare ourselves and the more we compare ourselves to other people the lower our self esteem. After completing a piece of research on this in my second year ever since I’ve made a conscious effort to spend as little time on Facebook and such likes as possible.


1. And finally it’s now been absolutely drilled into me the positive and negative effects of taking anti-depressant drugs to combat depression, stress and anxiety. Do not get me wrong I am not saying they are a bad thing, I am saying they are not a long term solution though. All these drugs do are stop the symptoms, they stop the shaking or loss of appetite, sleeping pills help you sleep but they do not touch on any of the actually causes of these health problems.  To tackle them you need to change something other than adding taking a pill to your daily routine.


Much love,


Joanna x


99 problems but being small ain’t one

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Just to give you a rough mental picture of how small I am a colleague approached me the other day and innocently asked in conversation if i was old enough to drive. Well, to say my jaw hit the floor (which isn’t that far down for me) would be a lie.

It is comments like this that don’t make me dislike being petite, its comments like that which makes me dislike people. And it should be that way for anyone else who is fortunate enough to be cute and compact. Silly comments like that one are not a reflection on your height, they are more of a reflection on how inconsiderate and lets face it, down right thick some people are. So this blog is all about embracing our vertically challanged-ness

Enjoy, and I would love to hear anyone else’s petite stories, hell I have a lot more to tell. From people shouting out car windows, to being asked for ID on a first date.


Conversation starter, my oh my how I hate being stuck with a strangers and not knowing what to say, whether its at work, at an interview, or even giving a presentation. As long as you know the jokes there isn’t a small person joke you can’t crack that wont make people laugh, even if they don’t find it funny, they laugh out of awkwardness, so it is all good! Perhaps the classics ‘oh it basically breaks my neck to look up at you’ will get them or maybe a light ‘whats it like up there?’. The longer you do it for the better you get at assessing the situation and seeing what small person joke it is appropriate to crack, either way this has never failed to get laughs for me.

We look young much younger than average people! like seriously, I moan about getting ID’d for scratch cards but really? It is not insulting at all being told you look 8 years younger than you are, most women would sell their for breasts for that kind of compliment.

TAX FREE CLOTHES, I repeat tax FREE clothes. Our clothing ranges are double than that of an average sized people because we can wander on in to the kids department, and low and behold their are actually some really cute little items you can find. New look kids is a definite recommendation!

No heels are EVER too high! and flats just make you look cuter and cuddlier than ever. So LOVE being able to pull off any height footwear you desire.

#shortgirlproblems look this up on twitter and share the love with thousands more who embrace the genes.

There are a million more advantages to being a little un and so not be surprised if you see more posts form me on this, Its something I love talking about and I endeavour to make people love their petiteness too!

Much love,

Little Joanna x

Barry M Gelly

Wow wow wow just wow, where do I begin? 


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The colour range was what first caught my eye, the dark colours for the winter and then the pastels in the summer (Unfortunately I only have pictures of my most recent colours for summer), but there just isn’t an occasion this range doesn’t cater for. Granted, I have never been one for spending a lot on nail varnishes so I can not compare to the higher price range varnishes like Chanel and YSL. But I have used a lot of Rimmiel, Bourjois, MaxFactor and L’oreal varnishes before and their lasting abilities do not even come close. I can paint my nails on a sunday night for work and forget about them until the following Sunday!

I am currently using the Barry M base coat and then it takes me two coats of the varnish to make it look flawless and then I apply a top coat, although honestly I think this might be habit, the hi shine they leave doesn’t actually require a top coat at all.

So I promise, this range is definitely worth a shot, they often have 3 for 2 offers on in Boots and Superdrug so keep your eyes peeled!

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Colours in order of appearance – Rose Hip, Blueberry, Prickly Pair and Sugar Apple.

Scared of change

CHANGE So I finished my three year undergraduate in psychology and sociology this May, little did I know what was to follow…

Throughout the three years I had worked for an agency, temping my way through Uni, it served me well but it was never a long term solution. I met some lovely people, learnt a lot about the working world and also a lot about myself. The day after I had finished uni (a Saturday) I distinctly remember this massive weight falling on my shoulder when I was sat in my room alone and without an assignment to complete… what do I do now? what do I fill my days with? Is life just downhill from now? I’m 22 and I don’t know what to do with my life!! ahhh!! so many questions and questions I felt silly about pondering over, everyone else just seemed to get on with it?? I had just said goodbye to all I had known for three years. So applications galore started happening, everything and anything full time I would apply for. Although with every application submission came another wave of anxiety, what will happen if i get it? what will the people be like? How will my social and family life be effected? It drove me CRAZY! Throughout this time in hindsight I can see I applied too much pressure on myself in a very short space of time, this not only affected me but also the people closest to me. That feeling of not knowing whats next and not actually knowing what I wanted to come next overshadowed a lot of my being. One of the parts that takes the most getting used to is having to remind yourself you don’t have uni assignments to be getting on with, as odd as that sounds I actually missed them, it felt like one of my only purposes had been taken away from me. Trivial I know and difficult to understand when you have not found yourself in that position, but lord how I missed those assignments.

We all know what they say though…. hindsight is a beautiful thing. I wanted to write this blog to anyone in that phase, in one of those ‘lost’ phases where you start to question a lot. TALK, talk talk talk to people closest to you, as long as you trust them they will keep your feet on the ground. Had I not talked to people I would probably still be climbing up my bedroom walls in a frantic state of panic. I can one hundred per cent appreciate this isn’t everyones reaction to life changes, but from one hater of big change to another.. you are far from alone. Reading this blog won’t change your next approach to a life change, people telling you it will be okay won’t change your next reaction, but knowing you are not the only one is comforting.

So another reason for writing this now is it also give readers and insight into why I am starting this blog I need to start giving myself new purposes, after all something has to replace those god forsaken sleepless nights writing essays, lab reports and the dissertation… oh that bloody dissertation. I would love to hear other peoples experiences with leaving school, uni or a job behind, so maybe leave a comment or pop me and email.

It would be nice to know I’m not the only one out there that tries their hardest to run in the opposite direction when the inevitable life change rears its head!

Much love,

Joanna x


Welcome to my first ever blog (Yikes!)

So what to expect from Joanna?! This is going to be a lifestyle blog, so if you’re really super nosey like me you can enjoy looking into my life and hearing my (sometimes ridiculous) opinions on lots of things; current affairs, fashion and so on and so forth. Im also super excited to do some fun tags! And I’ll be bringing in a few different people very close to me – by that I mean dragging my little sister in kicking and screaming.

If you are a petite lady like myself you can also expect lots of hints and tips on what I like to wear to flatter a smaller frame as opposed to looking like a child drowning in ‘big person’ clothes. Also expect lots more make up, films, books and TV series reviews.

I’m a very snap happy person so there will be lots of photos a long the way to keep the internet up to date with what I am up to.

So a little about me… I am 22 and have just finished my undergraduate in psychology and sociology I will be graduating this summer with a 2:1, happy days! I am now working full time in Norwich.

Norwich born and bred, I love it here. I am a middle child, which according the psychologists means I am a peacemaker, very laid back, creative and a bit of a loner.. which I can’t argue with. I am an auntie to two little bundles of fun whom I am very close to, so without taking it to baby and child photo extreme, there will be pictures here and there popping up of them as they are two very very important people in my life.

If you have any suggestions please help me out, comment or contact me in anyway! Tweet me, Facebook me or email me at, I would love to have some suggestions and help form you lovely people to get my blogging creative juices flowing.

Much love,

Joanna x