Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014

2014 is nearly over, it's crazy how quickly time seems to be going! I thought it was only fitting to include some of my blog photos in this post. It's such a nice way to look back at things that you were feeling or doing throughout the year. 

This year has been full of ups and downs, and whilst I am not going to bore you with the details, I think that even through the hardest bits, it has grown me as a person. I feel more determined than ever to reach my dreams and get through whatever is thrown at me. 

And then onto blogging. It seems weird that writing things on the internet can be such a huge part of your year, but it definitely is for me. I mean, sometimes it has got in the way. Taking photos of things I think would look good on the blog rather than taking them for my own personal use for example. I still have a long way to go. I still feel like I need to find my writing style, be a little more creative and take better photos! But I'm still learning. 

And, I LOVE being part of it. I never thought I would keep it up for so long. I've tried and failed numerous times, but this time it feels right. So, if you are reading this now... THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know blogging is meant to be for yourself, but getting another follower or comment really brightens up my day. 

HERE'S TO AN AMAZING 2015, I can't wait to share it all with you! 

Much love 
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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Favourite Blogs of 2014 | #2


I can't believe Christmas has come and gone in a flash! I hope you had a great few days, but it's finally back to normality a little bit, only with a lot more cheese!

But, here is the next instalment of some of my Favourite Blogs of 2014! Check out my first post HERE!


This was one of the first blogs that I started following in the summer and I love reading it! Apart from giving some great student advice, the recipes are amazing too, I can't wait to try some when I head back to uni next weekend! 


Olivia's blog is so beautiful. The header, the pictures. Definite wardrobe envy!


Jessica's blog is so up my street. From lifestyle posts to outfit inspirations, I love browsing through her posts. Plus, Jessica is so so lovely! 

Fine and Dandy

Everything on this blog is just so adorable! Favourite posts include Confessions of a Girl Gamer and the blogging tips!

Writing Essays with Wine 

As a student blogger, I love reading other blogs by students, and Emma's blog is no different! I love her outfit posts especially the 'Honest Student Life outfit'.


Know of any more blogs I should check out? 

Twitter | Bloglovin'

xxxx


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Chocolate Chip Shortbread | Recipes



I have always loved baking, but I am a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. Something always goes wrong, whether it burns, gets stuck or tastes disgusting.

But, I tried to make chocolate chip shortbread this afternoon, and was pretty happy with the result (well one batch was okay!).


They only used three ingredients (plus the chocolate chips) and were actually surprisingly easy to make - but I'll get onto the things that I did wrong later! 
Ingredients 

125g Butter
55g Caster Sugar
180g Flour
Chocolate Chips


1. Combine the sugar and butter together until it is smooth - it helps to cut up your butter into little chunks and keep it out of the fridge for a little while.

2. Stir in the flour and add the chocolate chips - it will take a while to combine it, and don't be scared to use your hands.

3. Use your hands to combine it into a ball of dough. It shouldn't be too wet, there is no need to add any water. The butter should combine it together.

4. Flatten with hands - if you are using cookie cutters (which I advise) use a rolling pin until the dough is just under a cm thick.

5. If you aren't using cookie cutters, take a small amount from the dough and roll into a small ball. Flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray. Continue until all the dough it used.

 6. Prick the shortbread with a fork and sprinkle with caster sugar

7. Place in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes

8. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5)

9. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden on top

10. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle more sugar (optional)

11. EAT!

Okay.. so they weren't a complete disaster - just a few odd bits. The paler ones were actually pretty burnt on the bottom which was a shame (but I managed to scrape some of it off). I also advise to use cookie cutters (but I left mine at uni!). I did attempt to do cut a star though!

Happy Baking!

xxxx
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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Guilty pleasures songs 2014

So I am not known for my great music taste - my 'getting ready' playlist usually consists of my favourite Steps classics with a few other 80/90/00s gems (super cool right?) 

Okay, so my music taste is a bit of a train wreck, but there have been some songs in 2014 that I have absolutely LOVED and these find themselves sneaking into my night out playlists. 

So have a listen - has my music taste been redeemed? Probably not! 


   

What have been some of your favourite songs of 2014?


xxxx
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Favourite Blogs of 2014 | #1


IT'S A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS! It would be a bit of an understatement if I wasn't just a tad excited. I am spending my week wrapping Christmas presents and watching Christmas films (with a bit of uni work in between)

I started blogging back in June and have loved getting involved in the community and putting posts out to read. Obviously, I have also been reading a lot more blogs than I used to before, so here are a list of some of my favourite blogs of this year!


As a fellow student, I love Joelle's blogs (and her tweets are just fantastic). She posts reviews, recipes and some simply hilarious posts. Personal favourites include How to pose like a blogger and Get Ready with my (honest version). I click the instant I see she has updated! 


This was one of the first blogs I found when I first started blogging this summer and I love it! It is filled with lifestyle posts, some beauty and theatre reviews (which I can't get enough of!) 


Again, one of the first blogs I read. Jess fills her blog with lifestyle blog posts. I don't know why, but I instantly feel relaxed when I scroll through her beautiful photos!


I love how girly and cute Sarah's blog is. I particularly love her fashion posts and it always gives me a little bit of inspiration for my next shopping trips - her wardrobe is to die for! 


I love scrolling through the perfectly placed gifs that come with some great blog posts. Personal favourites include Pop Culture Feminists I appreciate

So here is the first instalment of some of my favourite blogs - go and check them out and send them some blog love! 

xxxx
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Why Shopping by yourself is awesome!

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I think I have said this before, but I am a bit of a loner. I much prefer doing things by myself. I guess I like to get things done quickly and efficiently. Here is why shopping by yourself is just so awesome!

1. You can go when you want to
you can make it a spontaneous trip, or just go when you are ready. You don't have to wait around for someone else who is probably going to be late.

2. No waiting around
You can spend as little or as long in a shop as you like. Therefore, no traipsing around Topshop when you really want to be in New Look

3. You can be daring
Especially with clothes shopping, I try on things that I wouldn't usually pick up if I was with friends or family.

4. You can go back to shops
I do this all the time. I always look around and then go back to places - other people don't always like to do that!

BUT, don't go too overboard - you will have no one there to tell you that you are spending too much money (been there, done that!)

Do you go shopping by yourself? 
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

14 things to do before the end of 2014



It is 18 days until the end of 2014 - seriously, where has the time gone? I saw Emma from Writing Essays with Wine do this post, so thought I would have a go too! 

  1. Finish my essay
  2. Build a gingerbread house
  3. Look for more exciting lunch ideas for next year
  4. Try to eat as much as my Nan's desserts as possible before going back to university
  5. Invest in some better quality make up
  6. Be more spontaneous
  7. Catch up with old friends
  8. Spend a day off the internet (This will be so hard to do!) 
  9. Catch up on The Vampire Diaries
  10. Go to a carol service
  11. Try not to eat too much cheese (Can't guarantee this will happen)
  12.  Blog more!
  13. Make more of an effort to see people
  14. Stay Happy! 
What do you want to do in the next 18 days?

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Pinterest | Christmas Baking Inspiration

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I LOVE baking. I definitely don't do enough at university (because I procrastinate too much!). 

I turned to Pinterest for some festive inspiration (because that's the first thing to do!) 

It is my dream to make a gingerbread house - hopefully I will have enough time to actually try and make one, along with a yule log which just looks divine. 

Things are starting to get so christmassy now, and I can't wait! 

xxxx


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Top 4 Christmas Films!

If you didn't already know, I am home from university for christmas. As none of my friends are back yet (my university breaks up super early!), I have spent the last few days just doing chores, blogging and of course, watching Christmas films.

I have seen this post on quite a few blogs and thought I would join in the party!

1. The Holiday



I LOVE this film. It's so heart warming and just so damn cute. And Jude Law <3 p="">

2. Love Actually

                                     

 A christmas classic bringing together some great british actors. I especially love this film for some of the greatest early 00s fashion ever - those turtlenecks! Plus, who can forget Keira Knightley's baker boy hat you don't want to admit that you ever had.



3. ELF




If you do not know all the words to this film, then you are doing it wrong. As a huge fan of Will Ferrell, I laugh every time I watch this. Plus, a blonde Zooey Deschanel? Who knew?!


4. The Santa Clause


In my eyes, this film is so underrated. with Tim Allen becoming Santa after Santa falls off his roof. Plus, the little kid is so cute! Shame about the sequels though!

Do you have a Christmas film that you watch every year? 

xxxx

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Student Christmas Gift guide - Under £20

It is 16 days until Christmas - how crazy is that? The big day is almost upon us, but you haven't started your christmas shopping yet? Here is a cheeky little gift guide for you. If you are a student buying for a friend, or looking for a gift for a student, here are some ideas of what you could buy.



1. Slippers 
No one can have too many pairs of slippers. My ones this year are officially broken and am in definite need for a new pair to keep my feet warm in the winter months. 
(Mouse slippers - NEXT £12)

2. Lunch box
This could be a slightly weirder present to buy someone, but if you live off campus, in a bid to save money, you take lunch in. By the time I get to eat it, but sandwich is crushed as are my fruit. So a lunch box would be extremely useful! 
(Yay Lunch box - Happy Jackson - £5.99)

3. Cutlery 
Another practical present, this time, cutlery. Despite having a new set at the beginning of the year, mine have already gone missing. Tip - buy ones with coloured handles as they are much less likely to get lost! 
(Colourplay cutlery - Wilko - £6)

4. Dressing Gown
See how many of these gifts revolve around keeping warm? A dressing gown is a student must have.
 (Cream bear hooded dressing gown - New Look - £14.99)

5. Pyjamas 
Again, you can never have too many pyjamas as I always forget to put mine in the wash. 
(Blogger PJ Set - Forever 21 - £10.65 - although not too great for the winter, how perfect are these?!)

6. Socks
Much like cutlery, socks can be very easily lost. Any socks, ankle, trainer, fluffy would be absolutely perfect! 
(Red slipper socks - New Look - £3.99)

7. Mugs 
For an avid tea drinker, mugs make a perfect gift. And if not, it can be used as a pen holder! 
(Retro Mug - Wilko - £2.00)

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas! 
What is on the top of your Christmas list?

xxxx
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Experiences every University student has when they come home

1. Everything is so clean - like really clean

2. The kitchen isn't filled with dishes and saucepans and doesn't have a funny smell (probably as your parents actually take out the bins when they need doing!) 

3. You then have a little cry (just me... okay) 

4. You realise how much you missed your family

5. Having your first roast dinner 

6. Spending all evening in front of the TV

6. Realising your 12am bedtime is a lot later than everyone else in the house (no midnight cereal snacks for you!) 

7. Icecream isn't on the weekly shopping list... what?!
8. Having to tell your parents if you are going out.

9. Always being asked by extended family about university (and the dreaded question - do you have a boyfriend yet?) 

10. Realising how much you miss your uni friends

11. Despite everything, you realise how much you have missed home (and the warmth.. goodness it is so warm right now!)

xxxx
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Birmingham Christmas Market








On Friday night I went to Birmingham Christmas Market with one of my flatmates - it was so magical. I didn't get the chance to go last year, and living so close to the train station, we decided to go.

It really got me in the christmassy mood - the Bull Ring was open (and it being black Friday, there were a lot of deals on!) and we did a spot of Christmas shopping before heading outside.

I ate so so much food. We had a hotdog when we arrived, followed by the biggest slice of cake, which we ate in a little wooden hut (pictured above!) before eating what tasted and looked like tiny little pancakes with lemon and sugar and then finally a cup of strawberries and marshmallows covered in melted chocolate from a chocolate fountain. I came home full with sweet treats and my purse lighter.

It is times like this that I wished that I was a beer drinker. Everyone was carrying their large glasses of beer and generally having a great time. It was such a good atmosphere and we had the best time!

I am now feeling very christmassy. With only a week to go until the end of term, I am so excited to go home!

Have a great week! 
xxxx




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Friday, 28 November 2014

Makeup Revolution Awesome Dual Eyeliner - Line and Flick


So I'm back with another beauty review! This time with the Makeup Revolution Line and Flick awesome dual eyeliner. I picked this up for £3.50 from Superdrug.

Following lots of beauty blogs, I saw how everyone was loving Makeup Revolution, so when I saw that my local superdrug stocked it, I couldn't wait to try some products! 

I have been trying liquid eyeliner for a while. I was previously using the Collection 24hour Felt tip liner, but felt it was way too thick and could never get it right. I thought I would try this one, and with a kohl liner on the other end, what could go wrong? 

This is so so easy to use. The first time I practised and was very happy with the result. Of course, this doesn't happen every time (I am too rubbish and makeup to not have this happen to me!) but it is so much easier to use due to the smaller nib. I used the liner when going clubbing on a night out, and it stayed put. Good job. 

The Kohl eyeliner is okay. I use it occasionally, but am still using my MUA intense Kohl liner to tight line my eyes, but nevertheless, this product is now going to be a staple in my makeup bag. Plus, due to the dual nature, I just put it in my bag for a night out so I can top up on the go. 

I don't know if the liquid eyeliner pen is sold separately at all, but I will definitely repurchase this. It is so easy to use and the price for two eye liners, you can't complain. 

I will definitely be buying some more makeup from Revolution! Any suggestions on what to try next?

xxxx
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Christmas Tag!

Via Pinterest


IT'S ONE MONTH UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! *squeals*

The Micheal Buble Christmas CD is a firm favourite in my uni flat at the moment and the christmas films watching has begun! I break up from university in 11 days, so we always start Christmas celebrations a little earlier than some people like. But now, I feel it is acceptable to go full out Christmas. (wow, Christmas was written a lot of times in one sentence!)

I saw this tag on Shannon from Shannonstacey and thought I would answer some of the questions too!

1. What are your favourite Christmas Movies? 

Is it possible to say them all?! My absolute favourites include Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf and A Muppets Christmas Carol and The Santa Claus (but I will watch pretty much any Christmas film on TV!)

2. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas day?

We open them all on Christmas Day, some in the morning and some after lunchtime.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas Memory?

All my Christmas's blur into one really, but I do remember one Christmas when my great grandma was in hospital. My mum and aunty went down there and literally told the nurses that she was coming home with us for the day, they were really angry, but my grandma had the best time!

4. Favourite Festive food

All of it? Okay, probably the copious amounts of cheese and biscuits and pigs in blankets!

5. Favourite Christmas Present? 

I have had some great presents over the years, but I can't really remember one that has been my favourite. I get quite practical things nowadays!

6. Favourite Christmas Scent?

Another apple or cinnamon! I am still on the hunt for the best Christmas Candle!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions

In recent years, I usually spend Christmas Eve at my Dad's, either cooking or watching films.

8. What tops your tree?

A Red star that I am still not tall enough to put on without standing on a chair!

9. As a kid, what was the one gift you always asked for but never recieved?

I always asked for an inflatable sofa (because of course I needed one of those!) and a puppy!

10. What is the best part about Christmas?

Ever since being a university, coming home has been the best. I am back early enough for all the Christmas things to be up and I can really cherish the time that I spend with my family!


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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Songs to sing when home alone

Here is a post for all the theatre nerds out there. 

I find myself home alone quite a lot, especially at uni. And goodness knows how, but I can spend hours listening to instrumental or karaoke versions of sings which I will then sing to myself (please don't tell me that I'm the only person who does this!)

So here is a pick of my favourites to blast out when I am home alone.

Let it go

What else? This song is so high, that I would never sing it in public, but home alone, I pretend I am Idina Menzel and can hit those high notes. Alto problems! 


Defying Gravity 

Yet another Idina Menzel song, yet another song that I can't really sing, but in my shower, it sounds amazing. 


Don't forget me

Any SMASH fans? Come on, there must be some other people! Megan Hilty is an absolute goddess, I can't sing like her, but boy can I pretend to! 


 So much better

This song is particularly brilliant when you have had a bad day. 


What are your favourite songs to blast out when no one is at home? 

Happy singing! 
xxxx

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Eating more fruit and veg without changing you diet (too much!)

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Eating healthily, the bane of my life.

I know I should eat better. Ever since turning 20, I feel like I am having a bit of a quarter life crisis which has caused me to be more conscious of the things I am putting in my mouth (okay, so not that conscious to cut out chocolate all together, don't worry!). It has made me wonder how easy it could be to get up to at least 4 of my 5-a-day fruit and vegetables without really changing what I eat drastically.

So over the past week, I have given myself the challenge, and I think I have done pretty good. I will definitely continue with this as it wasn't a huge amount of effort... so I still have days when I eat a packet of cookies, but I do feel good when I know that I have had some fruit and vegetables in my diet.

1. Eat a piece of fruit and a glass of orange juice with every breakfast

My morning breakfast usually consists of some cereal/crumpets, a banana and a glass of orange juice with a cup of tea afterwards. There we go, already two portions done.

2. Have some sort of fruit at lunch

As I go to uni most days at lunch, I pack and make my own lunch box to save some money and to know exactly what I am eating. I now always add lettuce/cucumber to my sandwiches as well as some fruit or veggies at lunch. I usually take something like pepper or carrot sticks.

3. Hide vegetables in your dinner


So I haven't changed my eating habits too much at all. I still pretty much live of fajita's, pizza and curry, but hiding and adding extra vegetables can actually be pretty tasty.

For example - if I make a curry, I'll add pepper, carrots in with the chicken and sauce. (I want to try and add some green beans in soon!). Curry sauce makes everything taste so good, trust me!

With Pizza, I usually add extra tomatoes and peppers on top as well. And with fajita's just add in loads of peppers!

I know that these are pretty easy, but they are really effective too. You don't need to change your whole diet to add more fruit and vegetables in, just add some in! And, it isn't that expensive. Buying frozen veg (such as carrots, peas and sweetcorn!) is pretty cheap from places like Iceland and it doesn't require any peeling and chopping! 

Happy Eating! 
xxxx




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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Theatre Review - Dreamboats and Miniskirts!


If there is something that you should all know about me, it is that I LOVE musicals. I really love them. So of course, I jumped at the chance to go and see Dreamboats and Miniskirts this weekend with some friends.

'Dreamboats and Miniskirts' is the sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats which I didn't actually see when it was on in the west end a few years ago. Nevertheless, it was pretty easy to pick up who the characters were and what had happened.

The first thing we noticed was that a group of 20 year old's was not the main demographic audience. However, we got into the full spirit and had a really great night.

It was a jukebox musical with songs from the 60s such as "I only want to be with you", "Twist and shout" and "Pretty woman". The cast had amazing voices that really suited the songs, and as soon as I went home I immediately tried to write down which songs were in it so that I could sing them when I am home alone! (life of a theatre kid!)

The story was slightly predictable and so cheesy, but hey, it was a super fun night and that's all we needed after a week full of deadlines!

xxxx


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Friday, 14 November 2014

A Student's Guide to keeping warm

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It's mid November.... November! I remember it being August not too long ago, and today I have woken up to grey and rainy skies, lovely. 
Don't get me wrong, I adore autumn and winter (just check out my Pinterest boards.. do you see ones for summer?). But, let me tell you, student houses are so cold. Gone is the warmness of your own home or halls and what you are left with is an extremely cold place where you can see your own breath. 

So here are my top tips for staying warm, without increasing your gas bill... 

1. Layer up
I cannot stress this enough. If that includes multiple socks, jumpers, blankets whilst you are working, do it. Even fingerless gloves help for those late night essay writing sessions. I am even considering buying thermals... yes, I know.

2. Candles
Ah the humble candle. I am not talking about tea lights here, I am talking about big fat candles that may actually let off a little bit of heat. Also, they are pretty good too at having a cheeky hand warm up. 

3. Tea, tea and lots of tea
... Just because

4. Stay in the kitchen after you have cooked
Make sure you have a lovely warm meal at the end of the day. Shut the kitchen door whilst you are cooking and absorb that heat. Once you have finished cooking, turn off the oven and leave it open ever so slightly. The kitchen will stay toasty for a while, so bring your work into the kitchen for a little extra warm time. 

5. Blanket under duvet
I am sure that if you are living in a cold house, you will definitely have a blanket (if not... get one!). I have a fluffy throw from BHS from a few years ago, but Primark do some lovely ones. Okay, so here is the real game changer, sleep with your blanket under the duvet instead of over. Who knew? 

6. Electric Heater
So this is maybe defeating the point a little bit with saving money on bills, but, it is so useful when there are only a few of you in and want a quick warm up. Because my room is so small, it only takes 5 minutes to heat it up for a little moment of bliss. 

7. If all else fails, head onto campus
Especially if you have a day off and you are home freezing, head onto campus, or alternatively a coffee shop or library and heat up for a while whilst doing some work. 

Enjoy the cold! 
xxxx

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

COLAB Dry Shampoo Rio Review

So I am one of these people that beauty bloggers/gurus will tell me I am doing wrong. I wash my hair every day. There I said it! Even on days when I know I will probably be in most of the day, I still wash my hair. 

I have tried Batiste Dry Shampoo before and hated it. It left my dark blonde hair look grey and even my lifeless that before - and with a fringe, I felt dirty and icky. 

I picked up the COLAB dry shampoo in Rio from Superdrug when it was on offer last week. I tried it out on second day hair (which was a weird situation for me to be in!) Whilst I don't think I will be changing my hair washing habits drastically any time soon, I was pleasantly surprised. 

The smell... oh my goodness the smell. I would repurchase this again just for this! I sprayed this under my fringe and around the front of my hair and could smell it for most of the day!

Now onto how it actually faired. I still didn't feel comfortable having my fringe down, so I french plaited it back, and it didn't look too bad. I am not sure that I would want to have my hair scraped all back, but my hair did feel quite silky and soft. 

I was going to attempt to not wash my hair for a third day, but couldn't bring myself to do it. But compared to Batiste, this one doesn't give a grey hue and the smell is a lot lot better. My flatmates hadn't noticed that I didn't wash my hair the night before, so I suppose that means it worked right!

I think I would repurchase again, for days when I can't be bothered or before a night out for example, but I still don't think I can rock second day hair. 

xxxx

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Baby You're a Firework





Apologies for the cheesy title - but who can resist?!

Last night I went to the fireworks display at Kennilworth Castle which is apparently the biggest in the West Midlands! I ended up going with one of my really good friends and a few other people who I didn't really know very well, but we ended up having a great time and everyone was so nice. 

The fireworks were amazing. I am a huge sucker for festive things and cute moments that I will remember, and this one I seriously won't forget. 


But, the only downside was that it was spectacularly muddy. I mean so muddy that stewards had to help us down the paths because people were slipping and sliding everywhere. I also ruined my boots, so I will be attempting to sort those out today, not what I wanted to spend my Sunday morning doing! 


I hadn't been to a fireworks display for probably 10 years, and it was so nice to do something a little different, explore a new area around where I go to university and meet some great new people. 

What did you get up to fireworks night? 

xxx
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday Favourites #5

It has been so long since I have done a Friday Favourites Post... actually, I don't think I have done one since I got to university which has now been 6 weeks (how time flies!) 

As expected, things have been pretty busy here, I am currently procrastination of writing the other half of an essay right now! But, there are a few things that I have loved over the past few weeks of term... and here are a few for you! 

1. Candles




Okay, so I have never been one of those girls who have candles in their room, but boy am I one of those girls now. As my house is so cold, I have a trusty £2 pillar candle from Primark on hand to warm (or burn) my hands whilst I sit and type into the night. Plus, it is so damn relaxing!

(I would have taken a picture, but my candle is looking a little icky. I cut it down using scissors which has now resulted in a jagged edge which is slightly sad. But will definitely splash a little more for the next one - yankee candles, I am looking at you! - so instead, have a picture of some lovely tea lights that I took!)

2. Statement necklaces 



I am loving these necklaces right now. If I can't be bothered to get changed or get dressed up for drinks or something (it is an everyday struggle!) I just stick one of these on and instantly feel glam!
These were both £3 from Primark!
(Am thinking of potentially doing a fashion post about these beauties? Let me know what you think!)

3. Maltesers Teasers Chocolate
Okay, so whilst I am trying to be more healthy (eg hiding more vegetables in my dinners!), sometimes, you just need some chocolate to get you through an essay or just general life. This is where this beauty comes in!

(I didn't take a picture of this one... because I have eaten it all!)

4. Doctor Who



So it is hard enough to catch up and watch TV series at university with the amount of work/lack of TV license. However, how good has this series of Doctor Who been? I won't post any spoilers about last Saturday's episode, but I finally caught up last night and OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am so excited for the series finale. Plus, Jenna Coleman's clothes are to die for in the series.


Thanks for reading - what have your favourites been this week? 
xxxx

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I was nominated by Hannah from Hannah's Chapter for the 'One Lovely Blog Award' which was so lovely - so thank you very much!

The rules!

- Add these set of rules
- Write seven facts about yourself
- Thank the person who nominated you and leave their blog link
- Nominate seven other blogs and leave their blog links
- Inform the nominees that they've been selected
- Inform the person who nominated you once you do this post
- Enjoy and have fun!


My 7 facts about me!

- I taught myself the guitar a few summers ago - I can only do a number of chords, but am pretty happy with that!
- I am loving Taylor Swift's new album! (seriously who isn't!) 
- My favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast or Tangled
- I drink way to much tea (but we have run out of sugar at the moment and it is too cold to go and get some more!)
- When I am home alone, my favourite soundtrack to sing to is the Wicked soundtrack - it's just too good an opportunity to miss! 
- My favourite food is fajitas! 
- Topshop kind of scares me

Okay, so now I have 7 people to nominate... 

1. Nati from Artdicted
2. Dee from Prompts By Dee
3. Jessica from The Pyreflies
4. Chloe from Chloe's Concept
5. Haley from Bows and Buttons
6. Kaylie from Kickz-n-Giggles
7. Emma from Essays and Wine

Thanks so much for the nomination! 

xxxx


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Monday, 3 November 2014

University Food Diary + Bacofoil Student Cook 2014 Competition!

Cooking at university is hard... I mean super hard. Trying to think of meals every night usually ends up with a trip to Iceland and chucking in some chicken and chips into the oven, with a few vegetables if you are lucky.

This week, I am trying to be a lot more healthy, cooking more nutritious meals and making sure that I have vegetables with every meal.

So I thought I would do a food diary for the week, to maybe give you some inspiration of food to cook. Yes, some nights are worse than others, but I'm a university student, what can you expect?

Day 1 - Peri Peri chicken, Mediterranean rice and Corn on the Cob
Okay, so tonight was one of those nights where I put stuff in the oven, but the corn on the cob was so good!

Day 2 - Chilli con carne and rice
To save time, I used a jar sauce, but I did put in extra tomatoes and peppers to make me feel like I am eating a little healthier!

Day 3 - Chilli con carne and rice (leftovers) 
Leftovers are your best friend, especially if you can't be bothered to cook. Just chuck it in the microwave and eat. Yum!

Day 4 -  Vegetable and chicken curry and rice
Instead of just using chicken in my curry, I now add carrots and peppers and a few tomatoes just to bulk it out a little bit and add some vegetables.


Day 5 - Pizza 
So I couldn't really keep up the somewhat nutritious meals and had to have pizza that night. Admittedly, I had to take dinner on campus with me, and cold pizza is just perfect!

Day 6 - Chicken Fajitas
An essential student dish. I must have fajitas about once a week. Add it extra peppers, an onion and tomatoes with the chicken and spice, add some salsa (or make or own if you are extra fancy) and serve with tortilla wraps. Perfect!

Day 7 - Vegetable and chicken curry and rice
Again, another leftover dish!

So there is my typical evening meals for a week at university. I pretty much live off curry most of the time, but I am feeling so much better with putting (or hiding!) vegetables in my dishes. 

Think you can do better than I can? 





I was recently contacted by Bacofoil who have launched their 'Student Cook of the Year' competition where students can win £1000 worth of groceries! 

If you are a budding chef, check out their website for all the details and send your dishes on twitter using the hashtag #BacofoilStudentCook before the 31st December 2014!

Time permitting, I will be hopefully putting up some recipes or even entering my own dish into the student cook of the year! 

Happy Cooking! 

xxxx












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Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! 

I have never really been a fan of Halloween, but at university, you can't really avoid it! 

I was planning to go out on Wednesday night, but it fell through due to illness or coursework and things, so I didn't get to go out in my costume! - but I can definitely reuse it for any other fancy dress party which is always a bonus. 

So here is what I was going to go dress up as this Halloween... 

A sim! 


So as my plans fell through, this beauty will have to stay in a drawer until the next fancy dress party comes along and I have nothing to wear! 

Also in line with the Halloween spirit, I carved pumpkins with my flatmates which resulted in this masterpiece... 


Okay, so not really a masterpiece but I am pretty happy with it. 

That's basically my Halloween festivities finished. I am planning on spending tonight with some of my old flatmates watching 80s horror films which should be a laugh - as you know me, I much prefer a night in than a night out!

And don't forget, if you still haven't got your costume for tonight, check out my last minute DIY costume posts last week - check out my archive of posts! -------------->

Happy Halloweening! 

xxxx
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Last Minute Costume Series - #5 Peter Pan

Another day, another last minute costume idea! Here is another Disney themed costume - Peter Pan! 


Peter Pan

Start off with any green top, I prefer to wear one that is a bit longer and looser, but any will do. Now if you do have a pair of green leggings, stick those on, but if you don't, then stick to black! Next, take a small brown belt and tie it around your waist, and finish with a pair of brown boots or shoes 

And of course, you can't forget accessories, which includes Peter's green hat. When I did this costume, I bought some green card from Paperchase, but any green card will do - have a look in some stationary shops! I then used this youtube video to make the hat!


To keep it on my head, I fastened a small black headband on the inside, and wore it all night so it wouldn't fall off!

Happy DIYing! 

xxxx
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Monday, 27 October 2014

Last Minute Costume series - #4 Sandy from Grease

So of course I had to add a character from a musical in here! Here is a quick Sandy from Grease look that can easily be achieved from things that you can find in your wardrobe (or your flatmates!)



Sandy

To achieve this look, grab a pair of black leggings (please not see-through leggings - a major bugbear of mine!). If you have leather leggings, put them on, but I am guessing that not everyone, myself included will have a pair!

Next add a Black top. In the movie she has an off the shoulder top, but I think any black top/vest top would be fine! Put a black belt around the middle and a pair of red heels and voila!

Don't forget the curly hair and the red lipstick either!


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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Last Minute Costume Series - #3 Where's Wally/Waldo


Here is Outfit #3 - Where's Wally (Or Waldo if you are in the USA!) 



wally

Okay, this one is pretty simple, but that's the idea right!?

Start off with a red striped t-shirt or long sleeved top. Then add a pair of blue jeans, a red bobble hat, and finish with a pair of glasses - the ones in the picture are from amazon, but any glasses would do - again, it's time to bring out your school uniform costumes!

You could even add a camera around your neck, or a walking stick like Wally has in the book!

Check back tomorrow for another outfit idea! 

xxxx


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Last Minute Costume Series - #2 Katniss Everdeen

Here is #2 in my Last Minute Costume series! For all you Hunger Games fans (oh my goodness, I am so excited for Mockingjay part 1!), here is a quick Katniss Everdeen costume idea.




Katniss
























So this outfit is super simple to put together. Start off with a Plain black t-shirt and pair with a pair of black or dark green jeans or trousers. Add a pair of boots and a Leather Jacket. Plus, don't forget your Mockingjay pin! 

Don't forget the iconic Katniss braid! It can be hard to do yourself, but after a bit of practice, it will be fine. This tutorial from Zoella is pretty good!



Wait, you don't have a Mockingjay pin? Don't worry, you can make one! 

1. Find an image of a Mockingjay symbol on google images and print out. (I used this one!)


2. Next cut out the image and mount on a piece of cardboard. I used some packaging from Amazon that I had lying about the flat.

3. Next, cut out the shape from the cardboard

4. Flip over and attach a safety pin with some tape

5. Attach to your Katniss Jacket!



Happy Costuming! 

xxxx
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Friday, 24 October 2014

Last Minute Costume Series - #1 Belle

Okay, so it is a week until Halloween! Whilst I have never really got into the swing of Halloween, since coming to university, Halloween is the ultimate time to whack out the costumes!

So over the next week, I will be doing a 'Last Minute costume' series with things that you could use from your own wardrobe (or your flatmates) to look like you have put a bit of effort into your costume!

#1 - Belle from Beauty and the Beast 

I have previously done this outfit before, and it was really simple to put together and it only required me to buy/source a few things.



Belle

What I used to make this outfit was a blue skater dress. I actually borrowed one from my flatmate that was blue lace, but it still worked well. It should be preferably sleeveless.

I then used my old school shirt which I brought to university with me (obviously for school themed socials!) and wore it under the dress. I used a blouse with a collar and with three quarter length sleeves.

And onto the apron! The one in the picture is from Amazon. I bought a chefs apron that started at my waist and cut and sewed it to the right length for the dress and then tied it on top.

A pair of black ballet pumps (or heels if you prefer) would finish it off, and don't forget a blue ribbon for your ponytail.

If this isn't 'Halloweeny' enough for you, make yourself into a zombie belle and use red paint (or fake blood - but this is a lot more messy) and rip the apron and shirt. Pair with some dark makeup and you can make it a lot more scary - look at MUA or Make-up Revolution make-up for cheap eye shadows/lipsticks

This costume is for any disney lover, and if you already have some of the clothing items, significantly cheaper than buying a pre made costume

Happy Costume making! 

xxxx







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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Diwali


Happy Diwali!

Today I went to a Sikh Gurdwara for the first time with one of my flatmates who celebrates Diwali. I was a bit nervous about going as I didn't know what was appropriate and what wasn't, but it was so relaxed, and I am so glad that I went and experienced something new.

We took our shoes off and washed our hands and then covered our heads as a sign of respect. Then after bowing in front of the Guru Granth and giving some change, we then accepted Prashad which is like a sweet dough like consistency food before heading down to the Langar kitchen. We then had some food which consisted of a lentil curry, a vegetable curry, yoghurt and pickles followed by a sweet rice pudding.

Whilst I am not hugely religious, it was so nice to experience something new and do something with my friend. Unfortunately, there were no candles to light, so we lit our own when we got home!


Did you celebrate Diwali? 
xxxxx
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