25 April 2015

5 Things British People Do That Australians Are Confused By

Hello everybody!

I am from a place in south-east England called Kent, but I moved to Australia when I was younger. Although I live in Australia, I am still very British. I got thinking, so I've compiled a list of 10 things that British people do that Australians either don't do, or are confused by.

1. "Sorry"

British people tend to say sorry a lot. I do this all the time, even in situations where I have no reason for apologising. I will often say sorry when it is somebody else's fault. I was in Brisbane on the train the other day with my friend Alex, and we were at one of the main stations, and we got off the train, and this woman was running for the train, accidentally bumped into me (as I was getting off the train), and I turned around and said sorry. Alex just looked at me and said "She bumped into you, and you're apologising?!"

I also say sorry when I don't hear someone. Quite often, Australians will tend to say "what" when they want somebody to repeat something they have said. If I need someone to repeat something, I will just say "Sorry?". This usually results in the person I am speaking to being very confused as to why I am apologising.

2. "Do you want a cup of tea?"

Why is it that everyone is really confused when they come to my house and I offer them a cup of tea? When I have guests at my house, the first thing I do when they arrive is offer them a cup of tea, but no one ever excepts. Everyone just gives me a strange look.

I think just tea in general confuses people. I have friends who call me an old lady because I drink tea.

3. The English Breakfast

A full English breakfast includes fried egg, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, baked means, hash browns, fried bread and fried tomato.

I recently discovered what Australians find it strange that we have sausages with a fried breakfast.


Who doesn't have sausages with an English breakfast???

4. "Yoghurt"

So everyone seems to be confused about how I say yoghurt. In England, it is pronounced like "yog-ert", but in Australia, it seems to be pronounced more like "yo-gert". Because I grew up in England, I have always said it the English way, and all through primary school in Australia, everyone used to pick on me for "not saying it properly". Even now, because don't understand what I mean when I say yoghurt.

5. Flat vs. Apartment

I've always said flat. I feel this is a little bit English, my parents say flat, my grandparents say flat, on Hollyoaks they say flat...And then the other week in Business class, we were reading this case study about apartments, and my teacher asked "And by his property, it is referring to...", and I said "His flat." This launched a twenty minute lecture about the difference between apartments and flats, and how I "wasn't speaking properly, and now I am in Australia I need to speak like an Australian".

He isn't the first person to gets confused by flat and apartment. Many Australians I have spoken to have been confused when I talk about "when I lived in a flat".

Does anyone else in Australia get confused by these things? Or does any English people in Australia have anything else that Australians get confused by? While I was writing this, I thought of heaps more things, so keep an eye out for a part 2 of this post (and probably part 3, part 4, part 5...)


22 April 2015

14 but apparently act 21????

Hello everybody!

My friend Jayme over on Tropical Nerd did this cool little thing where you have a list of scenarios, and you tick how many you do or have experienced, and however many you have ticked gives you the age that you act (apparently - I'm not sure how this works, but anyway...LETS GO!!!)

[x] you know how to make a pot of coffee.
[x] you keep track of dates using a calendar.
[x] you own a credit card/debit card.
[x] you know how to change the oil in a car.
[x] you’ve done your own laundry.
[] you can vote in an election.
[x] you can cook for yourself.
[] you think politics are interesting.
[] you show up for school late a lot.
[x] you always carry a pen/pencil in your bag/purse/pocket.
[] you have forgotten your own birthday.
[] you like to take walks by yourself.
[x] you know what credibility means, without looking it up.
[x] you drink caffeine at least once a week.
[x] you know how to do the dishes.
[x] you can count to 10 in another language.
[x] when you say you’re going to do something you do it.
[] you can mow the lawn.
[] you study even when you don’t have to.
[x] you have hand washed a car before.
[x] you can spell experience, without looking it up.
[] the people at [Starbucks/Boost/Zaraffas] know you by name.
[] your favourite kind of food is take out.
[] you can go to the store without getting something you don’t need.
[] you understand political jokes the first time they are said.
[x] you can type pretty quick.
[] your only friends are from your place of employment.
[x] you have been to a Tupperware party.
[x] you have realized that practically no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job.
[] you have more bills than you can pay.
[x] you have been to the beach.
[x] you use the internet every day.
[x] you have been outside of your country 3 or more times.
[x] you make your bed in the morning.

TOTAL - 21

So apparently I act like I'm 21? So 7 years older than I am? To be honest, I would say I act more like an elderly woman. I knit, bake apple pies and hang out with cats.

But anyway, that was fun to do! Leave a comment if you would like me to do more of these!


17 April 2015

Bold What is True

Hello everybody!

I found this little thing where you bold the statements that are true (a bit like the "Cross Out The Things You Have Done" thing I did a while ago). So I thought I would give this a go! :)

Bold what is true


        I am 5’7” or taller
        I wear glasses
        I have at least one tattoo
        I have at least one piercing
        I have blonde hair
        I have brown eyes
        I have short hair
        My abs are at least somewhat defined
        I have or have had braces
        There is something I would change about the way I look


    My Hogwarts house is: Gryffindor Hufflepuff Ravenclaw Slytherin
        My MBTI type is: [E/I] [S/N] [F/T] [P/J]
        I am an introvert
        I like meeting new people
        People tell me that I’m funny
        Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me
        I enjoy physical challenges
        I enjoy mental challenges
        I’m playfully rude with people I know well
        I started saying something ironically and now I can’t stop saying it
        There is something I would change about my personality


        I can sing well
        I can play an instrument
        I can do over 30 push-ups without stopping
        I’m a fast runner
        I can draw well
        I have a good memory
        I’m good at doing math in my head
        I can hold my breath underwater for over a minute
        I have beaten at least 2 people in arm wrestling
        I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch
        I know how to throw a proper punch


        I have had my first kiss
        I have had alcohol
        I have scored the winning goal in a sports game
        I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting
        I have been at an overnight event
        I have been in a taxi
        I have been in the hospital or ER
        I have beaten a video game in one day
        I have visited another country
        I have been to one of my favorite band’s concerts


        I’m in a relationship
        I have a celebrity crush
        I have a crush on someone I know
        I have been in at least 3 relationships
        I have never been in a relationship
        I have asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them
        I get crushes easily
        I’ve crushed on someone for over a year
        I have been in a relationship for at least a year
        I have had feelings for a friend

    MY LIFE:

        I have at least one person I consider a “best friend”
        I live close to my school
        My parents are still together
        I have at least one sibling
        I live in the United States
        There is snow right now where I live
        I have hung out with a friend outside of school in the past month
        I have a smartphone
        I own at least 15 CDs
        I share my room with someone


        I have breakdanced
        I know a person named Jamie
        I have had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce
        I have dyed my hair
        I’m listening to one song on repeat right now
        I have punched someone (lightly and/or playfully counts) in the past week
        I know someone who’s been in jail
        I have broken a bone
        I have eaten a waffle today
        I know what I want to do with my life
        I speak at least 2 languages fluently
        I have made a new friend in the past year


16 April 2015

BloggerTagThursday | The Shopaholic Tag

Hello everybody!

This week has been Australia Fashion Week, and in celebration, I decided to make 'The Shopaholic Tag' this week's BloggerTagThursday.

The Shopaholic Tag

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic? That depends. If I have money and I am with Ally, then I definitely love shopping.

2. How would you classify your style? I think a mixture of everything. I just wear whatever I like and think looks good on me. I like to wear quite bright colours during the day, but if I'm going out in the evening, I tend to wear darker colours. I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but I do love my shorts and converse.

3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing? Kmart. Altough it's not a designer store or anything, Kmart tends to have a lot of nice clothes for really good prices.

4. Where do you find the best deals? Like I said before, Kmart. They have such good prices for really good quality clothes. JayJays also has some really good deals from time to time (Last weekend I bought a dress originally priced at $45, but was reduced to $10.50!!!)

5. What designer are you willing to splurge for? Is TopShop considered a designer brand? I don't know, I don't really buy designer brands, but if TopShop is considered to be designer, then I would be willing to pay money for TopShop clothing.

6. Do you have a "go to" shopping outfit? My go-to shopping outfit is this navy blue dress I have. Nearly every time I go out shopping with Ally, I will always wear this dress.

7. What is your shopping guilty pleasure? Not really a guilty pleasure, nor fashion related, but I love to buy notebooks. i buy so many that I actually have to hide them because my mum hates that I buy so many.

8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without? I suppose I could live without it, but my staple clothing piece is my black skinny jeans (the ones me and Ally went round the shops for a whole day looking for. We then bought matching pairs ;) ). These jeans just go with everything.

9. What trend do you hope never goes out of style? Is skinny jeans still a trend? Because I hope they never go out of style.

10. What trend did you love that pased way too quickly? I didn't actually wear these when it was a trend, but I love boot-cut jeans (AKA bell bottom jeans). They were big in the 1970s, and came back in the 90s, but faded out of style in 2006. I do love boot-cut jeans.

11. Who is your fashion icon? I don't really have one, but  I do love Tanya Burr's style.

That is all for this week! Please let me know if you enjoy BloggerTagThursday, and another one will be up in a fortnight!


13 April 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - Energy Drink, Celebrities and Reality TV

Hello everybody!

It is Monday, so yes, Cupcake Question time!!


Last week a #CQ asked why I called my blog The Cupcake Stall. A couple of people suggested I met a boyfriend there, and there was a suggestion that working at a cupcake stall was my first job.

The story behind it is that in Year 8, my school had a school fair, and I, in fact, worked at the cupcake stall. I got to bake the cupcakes, decorate them, and then sell them. To be honest, since I did that, I now hate cupcakes, particularly because after I worked there, my best guy friend bought two whole boxes of cupcakes, some of which he gave to me (let's just say I had cupcake overload that day!). It was just a really fun day, and one I will always remember. Because of this, I decided to call my blog The Cupcake Stall.

And now for this week's questions!

Who do you go to for advice?
Jayme or Ally. Every time.

Favourite and least favourite words?
Favourite would maybe be faffing, because it's a word I just use so frequently, yet in Australia not many people actually know what it means. My least favourite word I think is crusty, because it makes me think of this time I was sick. I'm not going to go into details about that experience.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Now I watch a lot of Misfits, which revolves around people with superpowers. I always have three superpowers for this question, but after watching Misfits I've realised major disadvantages to all of these:

Invisibility - Simon had the power of invisibility. I always thought it would be cool to be able to sneak around without being seen. He didn't have the same opinion, but nonetheless, I would like to be invisible.

Telepathy - I have always thought it would be really awesome to be able to hear what people are thinking, until I watched Misfits where Kelly had the power of telepathy, and I realised that sometimes you probably don't want to hear what people are saying about you.

Teleportation - Like Simon, Curtis's girlfriend (who's name I forget) had the power of teleportation, but she hated it. But how cool would it be to be able to get up really late and just teleport to wherever you needed to be?!

How long have you been in Australia?
I moved from England to Australia in June 2006, which means that I have been here for nearly 9 years.

What do you do (occupation-wise)?
I am a high school student, currently in Year 11.

Do you like energy drink?
No. I have a friend who, nearly every morning, buys a V energy drink at the train station, and he always gives it to me and says, "This is a different flavour, you have to like this one.". I don't. I always hate it.

Have you ever seen anyone famous?
The band What About Tonight played at my school when I was in Year 7. I remember all the girls in my year went mental. In 2011, Bruce and Denise Morcombe came to my school, and I actually got to meet and talk to them. Last year, I saw Kurt Coleman at a train station, but obviously, me being so shy and awkward, I didn't talk to him. And I saw Betty Who, Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue at the Kylie Kiss Me Once concert this year.

Do you have a favourite flower?
I generally like all flowers, but I particularly like white or pink lillies.

What is your favourite reality TV show?
That would be a tie between My Kitchen Rules and House Rules. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know most my tweets are about MKR!!

Does blogging effect your life at school?
Not really, because I haven't told a lot of people in real life about my blog. I do, however, get distracted in class sometimes when I think of blog post ideas. If I recall, I thought of #CQ in a double period of Biology. And I tend to write #CQ in Monday's double period of business...

That is all for this week's #CQ! Feel free to tweet me some more for next week with #CupcakeQuestions!


6 April 2015

Cross Out the Things You Have Done

Hello everybody!

Two posts in one night! Jayme sent me this fun little thing that I thought I might do. Essentially, it is a list of experiences, and you have to cross out everything you have done, so I thought I would give this a go!

Graduated high school. | Kissed someone. | Collected something really stupid. | Smoked a cigarette. | Got so drunk you passed out. | Gone to a rock concert. | Helped someone. | Gone fishing. | Watched four movies in one night. | Gone long periods of time without sleep. | Lied to someone. | Snorted cocaine. | Failed a class. | Smoked weed. | Dealt drugs. | Been in a car accident. | Been in a tornado. | Been to a funeral. | Burned yourself. | Ran a marathon. | Cried yourself to sleep. | Spent over $200 in one day. | Flown on a plane. | Cheated on someone. | Been cheated on. | Written a 10 page letter. | Gone skiing. | Been sailing. | Had a best friend. | Lost someone you loved. | Shoplifted something. | Been to jail. | Dangerously close to being in jail. | Had detention. | Got in trouble for something you didn’t do. | Stolen books from the library. | Gone to a different country. | Dropped out of school. | Watched the “Harry Potter” movies. | Had an online diary. | Had a yard sale. | Had a lemonade stand. | Actually made money at the lemonade stand. | Been in a school play. | Been fired from a job. | Swam with dolphins. | Taken a lie detector test. | Voted for someone on a reality TV show. | Written poetry. | Read more than 20 books a year. | Gone to Europe. | Loved someone you shouldn’t have. | Used a coloring book over age 12. | Had surgery. | Had stitches. | Taken a taxi. | Seen the Washington Monument. | Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once. | Overdosed. | Been in a fist fight/split one up. | Gone surfing in California. | Had a hamster/guinea pig. |  Pet a wild animal. | Used a credit card. | Did “spirit day” at school.| Dyed your hair. | Got a tattoo. | Got straight A’s. | Been on the Honor Roll. | Know someone with HIV or AIDS. | Made out with someone. | Played on a sports team. | Snuck out of the house. | Swore at a teacher.| Gone laser tagging. | Had a romantic relationship. | Been on the TV. | French braided. | Skinny-dipped. | Driven a car. | Performed in front of an audience. | Gone bungee-jumping. | Been to Mexico. | Crashed a car. | Sky dived. | Been kissed in the rain. | Made an 11:11 wish. | Drank alcohol. | Made a mistake.

#CupcakeQuestions - Makeup, Twerking and Tweets

Hello everybody!

It is Monday, and we all know this means another CupcakeQuestions. Shoutout to Jayme who has been messaging me all day asking when it will be up!! Also, thankyou to everyone on Twitter who sent me these questions, and to Ally, who gave me heaps of questions!!

What is your favourite Taylor Swift song right now? ~ @Mr_Alex_Baker
I can't choose just one song by Taylor Swift to be my favourite, so I have narrowed it down to my current top 5:
- The Lucky One
- Style
- Fearless
- Invisible
- Back to December

Favourite show from your childhood that you still watch? ~ @maryalice090399
From when I was really young, I still watch that animated show Arthur. From when I was a little bit older, The Latest Buzz (just saying, Rebecca and Noah = OTP)

Weirdest tweet someone has sent you? ~ @Boboboberla
This was actually the other day. I don't know who this person is, but someone tweeted me this:

Nothing wrong with tweeting me math bots, by all means, do so...It was just a bit strange.

What are your thoughts on twerking? ~ Jayme
Honestly, I don't really like twerking. My friend Alex calls me old fashioned with regards for this, but I just find it very odd. I guess it's just not my cup of tea. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

Last song you listened to? ~ Ally
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

What do you study? ~ Ally
I study English, Maths, Biology, Business, Psychology and French. I absolutely hate Business and French.

What makeup brands do you use? ~ Ally
I use a combination of several brands, but the main ones I use are Almay, The Body Shop, Lacura, Lush, Essence, and Face of Australia.

How long have you been in Australia? ~ Ally
I moved to Australia from England when I was 5, so I have been in Australia for nearly 9 years now.

What do you consider yourself to be in public? ~ Ally
Ridiculously awkward.

Why did you choose The Cupcake Stall to be the title of your blog? ~ @annemarieee_018
I actually want to turn this question into a little bit of a challenge. Leave a comment with your theory behind the title of this blog, and on Sunday I will reveal if anyone got it right, and the real story behind it. Happy guessing!!

2 April 2015

Blogger Tag Thursday | Get to Know Me Tag

Hello everybody!

I had a friend who made a suggestion that once a fortnight I do a "tag" on my blog - And that is what I am going to do! If you don't know, a tag is a set of questions to a certain theme. Every second Thursday, I intend to do one of these tags, which will be called "Blogger Tag Thursday". To start off, I will be doing the Get to Know Me Tag.

The Get to Know Me Tag

Vital Statistics:

Name: Carly

Nicknames: Unfortunately none. I guess my name is one of those names it is impossible to create a nickname for :( Ally does actually call me MJ, which references to Cry Baby, our favourite movie.

Birthday: December 3rd

Place of Birth: A small town in south-east England.

Star Sign: Saggitarius

Occupation: High school student.


Hair colour: I have no idea how to describe it. I suppose it's a very dark blonde colour.

Hair length: Very, very long.

Eye colour: Blue

Braces: Yes

Righty or Lefty: Righty


Best friend: A girl called Natasha who I met on my first day of reception, and to this day we are still really good friends, although we live in different countries.

Award: An Attendance Award in reception for attending school every day for a term.

Sport: None. I hate sport. So I suppose my first sport would be primary school PE class.

Real holiday: When I was 3 I went on a houseboat holiday in Norfolk with my parents, sister, grandparents and great-grandmother. I still remember it and I loved being on a houseboat.

Concert: This March I went to see the Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once concert in Sydney, which was my first concert. It was amazing, particularly as when I was a child, my mum would always be listening to her albums.


Film: The first film I went to see in the cinema was "Bratz 4 Real", which was actually pretty good. I may or may not have rewatched it recently when I was off sick from school ;)

TV Show: Degrassi. I started watching Degrassi Junior High when my mum found it on DVD in the library, remembered she used to watch it, and told me and my sister that it was good and we should watch it. I remember we watched one episode before school in the morning, and two episodes every night. Keep in mind I was 7 here - I don't think that's the intended audience for Degrassi. Nonetheless, I do still love it, particularly Season 10.

Colour: Pink
Song: This always changes. At the moment, it is "The Lucky One" by Taylor Swift.

Restaurant: Either The Flower Garden, which is a Chinese buffet, or Ashmore Steak and Seafood, which is this amazing steakhouse my dad always takes us to.

Store: Kikki K. Their stationary is just beautiful.

Book: I have quite a few. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.


Feeling: Happy that school is over for two weeks

Eating: Nothing yet, but thinking of cooking noodles.

Listening to: "The Time of my Life", from Dirty Dancing, because my mum is playing her vinyl of the soundtrack.

Watching: Season 1 of Misfits. Again.

Wearing: My Eeyore pyjamas.


Careers in mind: I would love to do something creative, like something involving writing, design or film.

Where do you want to live: Probably still on the Gold Coast, because I love it so much.

And that is the get to know me tag! Let me know what you thought of me doing a tag in the comments, adn if there are any other tags you would like me to do!!