Friday, 13 October 2017

13 creepy short stories to read on Friday 13th

You won’t get that feeling of relief when the credits come on after a horror film with these stories because the credits won’t roll, the nightmare won’t end, why? Because these encounters actually happened in real life. The true horrors of this world are those of the imagination and down to ones character.

1. A Close Encounter 
“In the late 70's, my uncle was studying medicine at the University of Chicago. After a morning class, he decided that he would hitchhike back home to Lincoln Park on the North side instead of paying for a taxi.

A man drove up in a Plymouth Satellite and offered my uncle a ride. The man looked normal and seemed friendly... light-hearted even. So, my uncle got in the car and they started driving towards Lake Shore Drive. However, once they got there, the man drove South on Lake Shore instead of North, towards Lincoln Park. My Uncle told the man he was going the wrong way and to turn around and head North. The man looked at my Uncle, put his hand on his knee and said, "No son, you are coming with me" and smiled darkly at him. My Uncle froze in panic, and when they hit traffic near the South Shore, he quickly unlocked the passenger door and ran away without looking back.

A year or two later on a cold December day, my uncle was having coffee in a cafe with my future aunt when he caught something on the TV that made his blood run cold. He saw the man that had picked him up from school that day the year before. He had been arrested for the suspected rape and killing of over 20 young men and boys. The man on the television was John Wayne Gacy. And he had removed the door handle off the passenger side door to prevent the men he picked up from escaping.”

2. Don't turn back
“This girl posted a story about something that happened to her mother. Her mother would every now and then drive miles out into the boonies to see her parents. She describes what her mother told her happened to her when she was driving one night.
Her mother is driving on a road with cornfields on one side. After a few hours, she sees something lying in the middle of the road so she stops. It's a man lying on his stomach on the road facing the opposite direction.

A part of her wants to get out of the car to see if the man is okay, but her instinct begins to sound an alarm that something is not right and that she should stay in the car. She decides to drive around the man and proceed forward. After she is several feet away from the man, she looks in her rearview mirror and sees the man in the road get up and walk into the field.”

3. Footprints
"My family used to rent a house in town along with my aunt and uncle when I was very young that we eventually moved out of because of very strange things that happened while we lived there, but the most memorable and final straw was the night my aunt was using the toilet and just happened to look down at this small hole in the floor that had been there since we moved in and saw a man standing in the basement looking right back up at her smiling. My aunt ran out of the bathroom and screamed for my uncle. After explaining to him that there was a man in the basement my uncle went and got my Dad and they both went down the stairs (the only entrance into the basement) where they found nothing but footprints in the dirty floor where someone had been standing and moving around under the hole."

4. Nobody wanted to live there
"I was super excited to get my first apartment. It was in an old antebellum house that was split into four units. Very cool place to live. However, every time I was taking a shower, I would get this overwhelmingly creepy feeling. Like somebody was watching me. Then the dreams started. I kept dreaming about this old lady in a pink nightgown. Sometimes she just looked frail and sweet, and she'd say that I should go with her. She never said where we'd go. Other times, the dreams were terrifying. Her eye sockets were empty. Her hair was greasy, stringy, and falling out. Her mouth was twisted in a tormented scream. And she'd frantically claw the air trying to grab me. 

The longer I lived there, the more menacing the dreams got. Also, the feeling of unease and the feeling of being watched in the shower increased dramatically. By the time we moved out, I couldn't close my eyes in the shower. It sounds silly, but I had this overwhelming feeling that I was going to die or lose my soul or something if I had my eyes closed too long. After moving out, I discussed all these weird feelings with a friend of mine who had recently moved into a house across the street from the old apartment. I was trying to laugh it off. He said that another friend of his used to live in the apartment above mine several years ago. An old lady died in what used to be my apartment. Nobody else wanted to live in that unit for more than a couple of months at a time. The building recently burned down. The fire started in my old apartment. They still don't know what started the fire."

5. She never returned 
"It was 1933 and she was thirteen, living in the middle of Manchester, England. One night she got out of bed to go to the bathroom, and as she wandered through past the staircase, she saw her aunty standing at the top looking out the window.

Curious she trotted upstairs and stood next to see what she was looking at, but only saw the back garden and the alleyway out the back. She turned to ask her aunty what she was looking at only to see a nebulous, faceless figure staring back down at her. The figure then reached out her hands and gripped my young grandmother's face. The next thing my grandmother remembers is her older brother (about 27) running down the hall towards them, picking her up and carrying her into the nearest room.
She then spent the next week in and out of consciousness, eventually recovering, but now without a sense of smell.

Her family insist it was all a hallucination caused by a severe case of influenza, which is probably true, but my grandmother said she never felt safe in that house ever again. She moved to New Zealand about 10 years later and only ever returned to England, and that house, once before she died."

6. Don't go into the woods
"There was a hunter in the woods, who, after a long day hunting, was in the middle of an immense forest. It was getting dark, and having lost his bearings, he decided to head in one direction until he was clear of the increasingly oppressive foliage. After a what seemed like hours, he came across a cabin in a small clearing. Realizing how dark it had grown, he decided to see if he could stay there for the night. He approached, and found the door ajar. Nobody was inside. 

The hunter flopped down on the single bed, deciding to explain himself to the owner in the morning. As he looked around, he was suprised to see the walls adorned by many portraits, all painted in incredible detail. Without exception, they appeared to be staring down at him, their features twisted into looks of hatred. Staring back, he grew increasingly uncomfortable. Making a concerted effort to ignore the many hateful faces, he turned to face the wall, and exhausted, he fell into a restless sleep.
Face down in an unfamiliar bed, he turned blinking in unexpected sunlight. Looking up, he discovered that the cabin had no portraits, only windows."

7.  15 years later...
"This is a true story, told to me by a man who had been working as a murder investigator for over 30 years at the time. I was told this story after asking what the creepiest case he'd ever been involved in was.

This happened in northern Scandinavia in the late '80s, in a part of the country that is mostly covered in dense pine forest. On the highway between cities in this part of the country, you do come across the occasional villages and secluded houses, but there are stretches that seem to go on forever with only pine trees as far as you can see. A young girl, in her early twenties, was taking a motor coach home after being on a trip down south, presumably visiting friends or relatives. This happened just as winter was approaching, and it was freezing outside after nightfall. This girl lived in one of these really small communites that you pass along the highway, but during the bus trip she fell asleep and missed her stop. Looking at her watch, she realized that they'd passed it only recently, and that if she were to get off she would be able to walk back in approximately three hours. Either that, or get off in the next city where she didn't know anyone or had any place to stay. She explained all this to the bus driver, who pulled off at the next parking space and let her off. That was the last time anyone saw her.

Almost fifteen years later, long after the search for her has been given up, she is stumbled upon by a hiker. Her dead body was found tied to a tree, well over an hours walk from the road into the dense, almost impassible forest. The autopsy showed no signs of physical violence of any kind. Someone had just left her there, alive."

8. Don't close your eyes
"Every boarding school has some odd tradition or skill students must undertake before graduation. At my school it was knowing how to swim and at my brother's it was ballroom dance classes. Anyway, this specific school had a very outdoorsy tradition and before graduation students were required to spend a long weekend camping alone in the woods.

A faculty member would drop the student off after classes on Thursday and pick them up after the weekend. Most students looked forward to the experience as a calm spell before graduation week, with all the family drama and stress of moving out of school, began.

A girl is dropped off at the location and has a wonderful time all weekend. She writes in her journal. She takes tons of pictures. She sees lots of wildlife and relishes the calm away from other people. She is very rested by the time she returns to campus.

Two weeks later, after the insanity of graduating and moving out of school, she develops her pictures from the trip. As she flips through the photos she realizes that one whole roll of pictures were of her sleeping."

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

10 weird/scary facts about boobs

We all knew one boob can be slightly bigger than its sister but did you know some women’s boobs weigh as much as three bricks? Imagine carrying that load every damn day.

Here are 8 more things you may not have known about the squishy pillows on your chest:

  1. Some women can orgasm via breast stimulation. - We are very jealous of these women but yes, some can get off from a bit of titty fondling.
  2. People stare at your breast more than you realise. – According to a study where women and men were fitted with an eye-tracking device, both were found to gave down at the boobies but men stared for longer (obviously).
  3. Men have nipples and breasts because all fetuses are female at first. – Because women rule.
  4. The largest bra size is an L, and the smallest is an AAA. – But what if you need an M?
  5. There are more than 4 million new bras produced every day. – Yet I still can’t find a decent one for my big titties.
  6. Sleeping facedown can change the shape of your breasts over time. - *sleeps in chair from now on*
  7. There are eight different types of nipples. – From normal, flat, puffy, and inverted.
  8. The largest breasts in the world are on Sheyla Hershey from Texas. – After nine surgeries, her breast size is 38KKK.
  9. 85% of women wear the wrong bra size. – We’ve all been there where we’re too embarrassed to ask for an assistant’s help but do it! Your life will change forever.
  10. Men can get breast cancer too. – An important one to include and one most people don’t know. Tell a man you know!

Written by VavaViolet’s Founder and Editor in Chief Sophie Blackman.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

8 things you should never say to a smoker

From peasants’ asking us for a ‘spare fag’ to people constantly telling us we’re going to die it’s no wonder at the end of a stressful day we place a death stick between our lips.

There are a number of things you should never say to a smoker because it’s just none of your business. Here are just a few things we hear over and OVER again.

  1. ‘You would save so much money if you quit’ – thanks for telling us something we didn’t realise every time we spent £8+ on 20 fags. You’ve really opened my eyes.
  2. ‘It’s killing you’ – yes, I know, the packet did tell me that.
  3. ‘Do you have a spare fag?’ – these are the kind of people that grab girls’ butts in the club and smirk to their mates.
  4. ‘Do you have a fag I can burrow?’ – this culprit is even worse than the previous one. What do you mean burrow? How you going to give it back to me? Blow the smoke back into my lungs?
  5. ‘Can I keep your lighter?’ – yeah sure because I love it when I can’t light a fag after I’ve given it to a stranger.
  6. ‘It must ruin your nails and teeth’ – there’s always acrylic nails and teeth whitening. I’ve got that covered don’t worry.
  7. ‘You stink of smoke’ –give me a chance to coat myself in Yves Saint Laurent before you come for me okay.
  8. ‘You’re such a lovely girl why do you do it?’ – I didn’t realise smoking changed my personality, sorry.

At the end of the day smoking is awful, disgusting in fact, but it is an addiction. It’s down to the smoker to take control of their life and quit – not you. If they don’t want to quit then leave them be, they will realise how terrible it is one day. If your loved one smokes sit them down and have a proper chat with them – don’t keep pestering them and nagging.

This article is in no way, shape or form, condemning smoking. If you have never tried it we recommend you don’t as it is a deadly addiction.

Written by VavaViolet’s Founder and Editor in Chief Sophie Blackman.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

HAUL: Lush Cosmetics new in Halloween collection

It’s the little things that make autumn so great, baths, hot chocolates, Halloween decorations, feeling cosy, fairy lights, scary films, and of course, Lush bath bombs.

There are two things I pick up annually that make my season and that is Lush’s Halloween range and some Halloween decorations from ASDA. I mean, it wouldn’t be October without them!

So, I placed my order the other day and already I’ve used two out of the four things I bought. I went on the website with the intention to buy it all but, to be honest only these things grasped my attention. 

I’ve been buying this bad boy since 2015 and I am so bloody thrilled that it’s returned. Holding this under running water and watching it crumble and go all soft in your hand is as satisfying as popping bubble wrap.

You’d assume it would be pumpkin scented but sadly it is more of a fruity blend which is still lovely and leaves you feeling so refreshed.

You just have to make sure you rinse down the glitter from the sides of the bath afterwards and no, it doesn’t leave you looking like Edward Cullen. 

I have never tried this shimmer bar before and still haven’t got around to using it so can’t review it but, it’s described as a multitude of iridescent lustres.

It’s buttery texture apparently leaves the skin feeling soft and has a fruity scene. I’ll let you know my thoughts on Instagram (vavaviolett) once I get around to testing it out!

Hands down the cutest thing in this year’s Halloween collection in my opinion. It’s a monster mash-up of lime and neroli oils. Also, it makes a lot of bubbles which is lush (excuse the pun).        

So, if like me you actually want a ‘Halloween scent’ then this is the one to get. I was gutted when I sniffed the others and they smelt like my bloody fruit bowl. The pumpkin smells of vanilla and cinnamon aka drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

It creates bubbles and your bathroom will smell like a bakery. 

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman. 


The healthy snacks that will keep your diet on track

It’s day three of your diet, everything is going well. You’ve had your breakfast, now it’s just the wait for lunch time. Only two hours to go. That’s 120 minutes, which is 30 minutes four times, right? That’s not that long I guess. Those biscuits look good, though don’t they? Maybe if you just have one or two to tide you over… before you know it you’ve devoured half a packet of hobnobs and five custard creams. Diet who?!
Healthy snacks are the key to eating well. By having easy to make, enjoyable snacks when you’re on the go, you’re much more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan! These snacks are my favourite to keep me on track when I have a long day ahead of me:

·       Hartley’s 10 calorie jellies 
These are a-maz-ing. You can find them for around 60p each in all supermarkets and come in different flavours such as orange, strawberry, orange and mango, raspberry, apple and watermelon and more. Although they’re called 10 calories jellies, some actually have as little as four!! With less than a gram of sugar per pot, they’re great for satisfying sweet cravings without making a dent on your daily calorie intake.

·       Edamame beans
I had these for the first time when I was at Wagamamas and fell in love from there. You can buy them in ready-made pots from lunch sections at a few supermarkets (Aldi being one), however if you go to Tesco, you can buy big bags of both pods and shelled ones for as little as £2! I personally like to go for the pods as then I can eat them with my hands and I don’t devour them quite so fast. Simply chuck some in a microwaveable container, season as you wish (I use salt and chilli), and cover and microwave for four minutes. They’re a great little protein packed snack for on the go.

·       Individual packs of popcorn
Because crisps are soooo last year. There are so many different brands making so many different flavours of popcorn these days that there is a flavour to suit everyone. My personal favourite is sweet and salted, but you can get even get savoury ones if that’s what floats your boat. Just be wary of caramel/toffee coated ones as these will be higher in sugar. With a much lower fat content than your standard crisps, popcorn is a great addition to your lunchbox.

·       Fage 0% Greek yoghurt
Flavoured yoghurts tend to be packed with sugar, particularly the low-fat ones as they substitute the flavour lost from less fat with more sugar. 0% Greek yoghurt is low in both fat and sugar and can be made more exciting by adding toppings. My go-to topping is strawberries, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of granola, but you can literally add anything you like to it (watch the calories). Watch out for the “Greek-style” yoghurts as they still have a higher sugar content than actual Greek yoghurt!

·       Tuna and smashed avocado
A nice light, low carb snack! Mix together avocado, tuna, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl. You could also add cherry tomatoes, spring onion, red onion or even a few chilli seeds if you like it hot! This one is particularly good for on the go because the lemon juice stops the avocado turning brown from oxidation. Just don’t forget your fork!

·       Carrots, bell peppers and hummus
Last but certainly not least. This little snack is so simple hugely underrated. Satisfy your need for picky food with a couple of these veggies chopped up and dipped in hummus. A good little snack to tide you over until your next meal.

Written by VavaViolet's Health and Fitness Editor Zhane Alexander. 


Monday, 2 October 2017

Halloween fashion to get you hot under the collar

As Mean Girls once taught us ‘In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it’. But let’s be real, some girls will still look you up and down and some boys will think they can do whatever they want if you’re dressed like a thot but your clothes do not define you and just because you’re wearing a short skirt does not mean you’re a slut.

So, if you want to look sexy as f*ck this Halloween then what are you waiting for? Check out the sexiest outfits out there this year…

I mean the pink wig, the figure-hugging body-con, the lipstick… Nicki Minaj vibes or what. This outfit can be transformed in so many ways. You could even do some pop art makeup and make it your own.

The classic skeleton dress. Simple yet with an edge of class if that’s more what you’re after. Again, your makeup can determine what route this look goes down.

Who said angels have to be good? These wings are only £6 perfect if you’re on a budget and already have a little black dress/jeans/playsuit in your wardrobe.

The fishnet bodysuit was giving me pirate vibes. I’d so turn this look into a female Jack Sparrow costume or something edgy.

I mean, I wouldn’t wear it to the club but this onesie was just too cute not to include. If you’re staying in this year there is something you can enjoy too.

If you hate dressing up then this fang t-shirt dress is perfect. It could also easily be worn all year round. Pair with some chunky black boots and a dark lip and you’re sorted.

Left and right are the same outfits just in different colours but the sex appeal is just fire. If you want to really flaunt your body this is for you. I love how it’s styled with the boots.

Forget the little black dress it’s all about red. Stick on some devil horns and you’ll be turning heads for sure.

Stickers just save time and these are super cute. They would be paired perfectly with any skeleton outfit.

If you want to dress up as a doll or something cute these cat tights could really finish off an outfit. Likewise, if you were going as a cat how cute are those ASOS cat ears (second from the right)?

We had to include some shoes that would look awesome with any outfit so we opted for these shiny beauts. They probably won’t be comfortable but we will be too drunk to care.

Written by VavaViolet’s Founder and Editor in Chief Sophie Blackman. 


Sunday, 1 October 2017

8 things girls go through when flow comes to town

From not being able to open the packaging of a tampon, to crying over it, and then eating five sharing sized bags of Malteasers life can get really bad, real fast. 

I've been on the pill for eight years so like a dog I typically only get a period twice a year (awesome I know) but my body decided to let me bleed to death for 10 days straight last month. So, it reminded me exactly what it's like and the sympathy I have for all women who deal with this sh*t monthly.

These are a few things I personally do/think when on my period, my friends do, and I'm sure most you will nod your head throughout the next eight points.

We throw our diets out of the window
My brain constantly tells me ‘it's okay to eat chocolate/order junk food you're on your period treat yourself’. That's okay if your period lasts three days but if you've been bleeding to death for a week straight the pounds can pile on.

The panicked double check
Either I’m alone and have the memory of a goldfish or periods f*ck with our memories. I’ll take out my tampon and not even a fraction of a second later I’ll go to put a new tampon in and I can't remember if I've taken my tampon out or not. So, I’ll frantically prod myself to try and discover if I've removed it. Of course, because I'm a total idiot this isn't helped by the fact that as soon as I put my tampon in the toilet I flush it so can't even do the toilet check.

Outcomes Mr Spot Cream
After suffering from acne as a young teen I'm now blessed and never get spots but when flow comes into town spots be popping up like unwanted guys in the club. Also, they tend to appear in awkward places like in the middle of your nose, between your brows and the devil itself, the edge of the lip spot. I’ll be slapping on Sudocream like there is no tomorrow.

The granny panties come out to play
We’re not about ruining our Ann Summers thongs or Victoria Secret frenchies so you best believe I'm pulling those Christmas panties over my thighs.

Our sex drives drive us crazy
Yes, our hormones are heightened. Our brains are telling us to breed but our heart is telling us not to ruin the bed sheets.

Talking of crazy
We get moody, teary and will probably snap at you a lot. One minute I’ll be bat sh*t crazy angry and the next the simplest thing like not being able to twist my tampon wrapper open will make me cry. (If you know the struggle of trying to open a tampon wrapper I feel you).

The pain is real
Don't even get me started on the cramps, f*ck me. The hot water bottle, a soft blanket and painkillers are coming out to play.

Feeling the ugliest you’ve ever felt
You know when you sit in the hairdresser’s chair, they put the towel on you, pull your wet hair back and you just stare in the mirror feeling so butt ugly? Yeah, the period feeling is so much worse. You’re bleeding out of your vagina, spots are popping up left right and centre and you have no motivation to do anything from washing your hair to shaving. By the end of my period, I’ll be looking like a Yeti.

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

HAUL: What's new in the drugstore?

I went in for some nose strips but ended up getting sucked in by all the displays advertising new products. So, started throwing things in my basket, then I clocked a sign saying ‘3 for 2 across all makeup’ and well, I ended up with a receipt longer than my 5’1ft body.

Sometimes you just need to binge and treat yourself and then not feel guilty about it – something I’m exceptionally good at. As I said I went in for nose strips and discovered that Biore has brought out their famous strips in limited edition packaging. They do them in zebra and leopard print but of course, I went for the box that I thought would look best in photos for Instagram because I am that extra.

I also picked up some makeup that I haven’t seen in the drugstore before so to me, it’s new. I used the L’Oreal Paris Paradise Extatic mascara yesterday and it’s nothing special. My lashes didn’t look like the girls on the packaging that’s for sure. It didn’t lift them at all or give them any volume.

However, I also picked up the Superstay Maybelline foundation and I was super impressed. My skin looked so smooth after application so much so that three people asked me if I’d changed anything in my skincare routine.

The other products I picked up that I haven’t had a chance to try yet is the Maybelline tattoo brow, which according to the packaging will give me semi-permanent eyebrows for three days. The L’Oreal True Match concealer (I mean finally L’Oreal), a black liquid lipstick for Rimmel London (Halloween is upon us), Volume Reveal mascara from Bourjous, a concealer palette from Revolution, and L’Oreal’s new Brow Pomarade.

The last thing I chucked in my basket was the Maybelline The Eraser Eye concealer because I have never tried it… I know, I’m behind on the game.

What have you picked up from the drugstore lately? I’m nosey and need to know.

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.


Monday, 18 September 2017

The crucial advice you need when moving out from home

VavaViolet’s newly engaged Managing Editor has shared her tips and advice after she recently moved in with her fiancé and strangely the cleaning fairy has disappeared and the cupboards are foodless.

Moving out can be a difficult time at any age but it doesn't make it any less exciting. Whether it's getting your first home, moving out for uni or even moving away. There are so many things to consider and remember.

Lists - My most helpful tool has been the list I wrote down before moving. Look online if you're not sure, but the internet has some great lists of things you will need when moving into a new place. There will always be something you've forgotten or put to the back of your head so write it down. 

Bills - School is amazing but will never teach you about council tax, water, electricity and internet bills and they are something you need to look at. Sophie, the Editor-in-Chief of VavaViolet, introduced me to the free app Numbers that comes on the iPhone. It is a great tool to manage and work out expenses and how much money you have coming in and out. If you keep on top of it is so easy to manage your finances!

The price of food - You never realise how much food costs until you move out. It's all well and good when you’re living at home and your mum buys it for you, but really how can shops justify charging £3 for a packet of cheese. Prepare for this and buy bits and bobs when you can.

The bare essentials - You forget that when you go to the cupboard for seasoning it isn't going to be there unless you buy it. It is just all the small things you don't normally think about, even the gods send that is ketchup. Always prepare a shopping list and check your cupboards.

Cleaning - The cleaning fairy that used to do the washing and ironing for you feels like a distant memory. Keeping on top of it is key (something which I forgot and am now paying the price). 

Money - There will always be a worry but now you have to always be financially secure. If you don't pay your bills, in reality, you're going to get kicked out. So, always make sure that you have something saved just in case something happens which means you can't pay your rent one month. Maybe the car breaks down or the electricity bill is more than you're expecting just make sure that you always plan ahead if possible.

Peace - I love quietness. I love being able to do things in peace but sometimes you do miss the craziness of living with your family. Your mum never calls up the stairs anymore to ask if you want dinner tonight. That's something you’ve got to think for yourself now or you will starve to death.

Missing home - It's okay to miss being at home. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Maybe give your family a call or a text just let them know that you're thinking of them because they're probably missing you just as much but just don’t want to bother you because you're just starting your new journey.

Be thrifty - You will want the most expensive and beautiful things for your new place but just remember to budget. It is important to know that you can get everything you need on a budget. For example, when going to uni you always take more stuff than you need. The slow cooker and wok probably aren't going to get used as much as the saucepan for baked beans when you're broke. Just make sure you've got enough of everything to cover yourself. You can get all the nice things when you can finally afford them and when you're settled in. On the plus side, your parents might be willing to get rid of things.

Written by VavaViolet's Managing Editor Jessica Murray. 

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