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A chat about advice giving, advice taking and then not really taking any of that in at all. By Michelle Chai.
I'm about to get all Mom on you guys, but today I'm talking advice on the blog. Despite what you might assume or what I might say, I'll confess that I'm notoriously stubborn, gullible and naive. A heady combination, some might say.

As a small child and the eldest of three kids trying to find her way in this world - what am I saying? I was 5. - I was relatively strong-headed and thought I had my parents wrapped around my little finger. Pokemon trading card decks and booster packs were bought for me weekly by Dad, Mum was in charge of replenishing my Tammy Girl wardrobe fortnightly... even my sister quickly became my personal butler. I was quite a nightmare, now that I've written it out and re-read it about four times!

But with all that in mind and with a TON of heartwarming advice from a bunch of you (like, seriously, go and hunt down Gem, Bee, Jade and Sarah if you have an 'issue'), I'm pondering the idea of 'The Best Advice You've Ever Had'. I think I'm tentatively going to go with "don't do it" because, yanno, I always go there and do it, no matter what advice I'm given.

Case en pointe:
  • "How about I just pack it all in, move to an unknown island and find some Wi-Fi?" (I haven't yet.)
  • "I think buying this McKenzie hoodie and the matching tracksuit bottoms will earn me some cool points." (Aged 14. I did. I still got bullied. I wonder why.)
  • "Can I wear purple glittery eyeshadow Mum?" (I did. I got detention.)
  • "Wow, this corduroy Von Dutch snapback will be a good look with flared jeans and a cropped top." (Aged 13. I did. I want to burn the photos.)
  • "I might buy those glow in the dark jelly shoes/Birkenstocks/pants/etc..." (I didn't.)
  • "The Metro gates are locked - maybe we should climb under?" (I did. A French gentleman assisted me to safety while I sacrificed all shreds of dignity.)
  • "I'll just pop out for 5 minutes without my umbrella, it won't rain." (It always does, who am I kidding? I live in England.)
  • "I think I'm in love with my best friend. Should I go there?" (I did. Don't do that.)
The moral of this story is I know exactly what's good for me and that you have my best interests at heart. But I'm going to do it my way first, fail at life and slip that story under my belt to share at a later date. Hey, you can't say I don't have entertainment value!
What's the best advice you've ever had?

18 comments

  1. Hahaha, I remember my early teenage love for Mackenzie too... and Jane Norman bags. Eugh. I think the best advice I've ever been given - although it didn't feel like it at the time - is to stick with things. Whenever I do actually stick at things it usually turns out pretty well!x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. Ah yes, the Jane Norman phase ;) thank God my Mum didn't actually let me have one back in the day (kinda like a faux pas double entrendre) so I can file that under advice I did take. That's such a good one, to stick with things and see them out! x

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  2. I love this post. It makes me so nostalgic all those days wearing Mackenzie, Von Dutch and Jane Norman - beyond cringe worthy!

    Emma x
    BEAUTY AND RAGS

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    1. Thanks so much Emma! Haha yes, nostalgic but equally horrifically embarassing.

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  3. Haha I love the fact you climbed into the metro. I hear you on Sarah. The girl is blunt at times but an absolute babe. Sometimes you need to know you're a noob right?
    Sophie
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    1. Yup - such a classy one, me! Yes she is, SUCH a babe and you'll get to where you need to be ;) was so lovely to see you on Friday Sophie! x

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  4. Haha, thanks for a good laugh Michelle! =]
    I was head strong too, I grew up as the middle child, so I was able to watch what my older sister did and avoid some things. LOL
    Carolyn | BLOG

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    1. Not a problem at all ;) ah you lucky thing! My siblings have both hugely benefited from my mistakes. But at least I have some semi-good stories to tell! x

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  5. Haha I love this post; reminds me so much of some of the ridiculous things I did when I was too young to know better.

    I'm actually an only child (and a leo!) so I'm pretty tenacious, and the best advice I've ever had is pretty much in keeping with what you said in your post; it was 'go with your gut, regardless of what everyone else says - at the end of the day, if you have regrets in your life, would you rather regret the things you chose to do, or the things you did because you felt like it was what everyone else had wanted?'. It's not particularly eloquent, but it suits me just fine xx

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    1. Thanks Francesca! We've all been there, eh? Ah I adore that one, going with your gut. I try to stay by this but it usually ends terribly so I also tend to take long breaks from that particular snippet!

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  6. Cute post ! Love your blog :)

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  7. Best advice I've ever had is to say 'yes' more often, I used to pass up so many opportunities because I was worried what people might think or what might happen but now I say yes a LOT more and I can definitely say my life is such much better for it!

    Jade
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. Ah that's a really good mantra to live by Jade! I started saying yes a lot more this year and last, and it's mostly paid off for me so far (:

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  8. Haha, love this post. I am definitely one for doing things my own way as I feel like a lot of "advice" is actually not, it's opinion. Although it definitely is good to have a select few on hand who you know can give decent, honest advice! x

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  9. Let's just move to Morocco, they have plenty of Wi-Fi!
    x

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