Saturday, 30 August 2014

Harry Potter Studio Tour



On Friday I went to 'The Making of Harry Potter' at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan - I have all the books multiple times and went to see all the films at the cinema. I went with some of my family members, but I think that I was more excited than the children that I went with!

I was really surprised with the amount of things that there were to see. There were also short videos and extracts that were really interesting. Even though it ruined some of the 'magic', it was so interesting and when I watch the films back, I will definitely look out for some of the tricks that they used. 


We spent about 3 hours there, but we could have stayed for longer. I was expecting it to be very busy and was a bit worried about not getting the chance to take photos of things close up or having to queue for various bits, however, I was really impressed with how they managed the amount of people that there were (wow you know you are getting old when the way that an event is managed makes you extremely happy!) 

Price wise, tickets were expensive, as was the gift shop etc - however as a Harry Potter fan, I wasn't disappointed with the props, costumes and sets that were on show. 

I took way too many photos, so here are a few below! 


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Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Favourites #2

Another week has passed and am ready for another favourite post! I know that I said on twitter that I would be doing a post on the Harry Potter Studios today, but this will hopefully be posted sometime this weekend! (If you're not following me on twitter, follow me at @a_student_blog). So without further ado, here are some of my TV, music, fashion and film favourites!

TV Favourites 



Okay, this is not something that I would usually watch, but at the moment I am completely obsessed! The idea of the show is that people who are having online relationships contact the show where they try to uncover whether the people they are talking to are telling the truth or not. It usually results in the people meeting and it can either be good news or bad news. The presenter Nev had an online relationship with someone who turned out to not be the person he thought it was, and made a film about it, which I really want to watch. It seriously is so so addictive - definitely give it a watch!

(Plus, I just caught up with GBBO and oh my goodness..... crazy things went down!)


Music Favourites 


I am not usually a fan of Ariana Grande, but Problem is definitely my guilty pleasure. I am really liking the original, but the Pentatonix version is just on another level. Check it out! 


Fashion Favourites 

Ah Autumn is nearly here. Started some Autumn clothes shopping this week with a lovely knitted jumper from H&M. Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year, so was very happy to see some A/W clothes in the shops! 

Film Favourites 


So before I went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, I re-watched my favourite Harry Potter film 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' this week and I love it so much! Which Harry Potter is your favourite?

Just a quick weekly favourites - Hope you all had a great week!
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Uni Tips - How to Budget Like a Boss


Keeping track of your money is vital for university. Student Finance is a pain in the bum, and getting too much into your overdraft is not ideal. So here are some of my tips on how to budget your money and spend a bit less

1. Work out how much money you will have per week 
Once you have your letters from student finance, take off your accommodation and that is how much you will have to spend that term. Divide it by however many weeks until your next loan and tadaa! Remember to take off any other monthly expenditure such as phone contracts, netflix etc. Also, remember to save some money for the time that you are at home as well!

2. Use cash instead of card
If you are serious about sticking to your budget, get out the cash for the week rather than using your card. You know then that you can't spend any more than your weekly budget. This is also important when on a night out. I often don't take my debit card with me so that I don't spend a lot of money!

3. Keep tabs on what you are spending money on
If you do use your card, write down what you spend on food/going out/online shopping - this is not only useful for looking at how much you are spending, but you can also make sure that nothing fishy is going out of your account.

4. Save your change
Saving your £1/50p/20p to pay for washing machines and bus fares etc can all add up if you save a bit every time you get some change.

5. You may have to make some sacrifices 
You will not be able to afford to do your food shopping at Marks and Spencers or constantly go clothes shopping. Just be cautious and don't go crazy.

6. Save Save Save
Don't spend all your money for one week? Don't spend it, save it!

7. Get an NUS Extra card
I think that they save a lot of money. I bought a 3 year one so that I wouldn't have to remember to renew it. Although your normal student card will offer you some discount, you can often get extra discount with the NUS extra card

8. 16-25 Railcard 
One of these is also a must! You can save a third off rail travel, vital for going home or visiting friends. Santander give a 4 year one away for free when you sign up to their student accounts.

9. Don't let it stress you out
If you are having problems with money, the student union can give you advice. It is just about having a bit of restraint and being responsible. There is no point using all your money in Freshers Week and not being able to eat, but don't feel bad if you don't stick to your budget for one week, just save some money the next.

Hopefully this will be useful!
University is getting close now for many - I don't start until the 29th of September which is really late. 


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Monday, 25 August 2014

Introverts Unite!

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I have always liked being in my own company. I spend too much time inside on the internet, I get too attached to TV show characters and I love going shopping by myself. It's not that I am anti-social, I have friends who I absolutely love, but I know that I am an introverted person. 

When I was younger, I thought that this was a bad thing. Especially at school when everyone would go out and I would be quite happy staying in. I would turn down opportunities to go out, and soon I found that I was stopped being invited to things because they assumed that I wouldn't go. I felt that even some of my best friends didn't really understand, and that they still don't. 

I thought that at university I would make myself become this person who would suddenly love going clubbing and wouldn't feel nervous about meeting new people - of course, this didn't happen. I lived with some very big characters who were the complete opposite of me. They thrived off other people's company and hated being alone. I soon realised that I was never going to be that person. I have grown to love my 'introvertedness' and you all should too! 

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After some persuasion at university, I do go out a lot more than I did and actually have a good time. However, my friends know that I need some time to recharge and don't judge me for the maybe too many lazy days that I spend in my room just watching youtube videos and reading blogs. They understand that this makes me happy. It's just the little things.

So.. Introverts Unite! There is nothing wrong loving night ins watching another re-run of Bridget Jones in your pyjamas whilst scrolling endlessly through Tumblr. 

(Plus check out this buzzfeed on what all introverts love - I totally agree with all of them!)

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Favourites #1

I am starting a new series of 'Friday Favourites'! As the title suggest, I am going to round up some of my tv, film, fashion, beauty and food favourites of the week, plus a few extras. So without further ado, here are some of my favourites from this week!

TV favourites 


My first favourite has to be the Great British Bake off. I don't know what is so appealing that makes me watch obsessively every Wednesday evening, but it finishes and I just want to do loads of baking. I have a GBBO recipe book from a few years ago, and it is my aim this year at uni to make some things from it!

Film Favourites 


I watched Divergent for the first time this week. I am a huge Hunger Games fan so my friend recommended this to me. It was so good! I found myself completely engrossed and am slightly in love with Theo James.

Consequently, I found myself on Buzzfeed taking the 'Aptitude Test' and got factionless. Disappointed with that, I took the official quiz on the Divergent website and got 'Amity' (the kind faction) which is fine by me!



Fashion Favourites 


I bought this necklace from New Look yesterday for £5.30 (with student discount I think!). I really liked the shapes of it, but am a bit unsure what to wear it with. I wanted something that could potentially glam up a plain top if I wanted to go out. I hope I can find something and feel confident enough to wear it out, any suggestions would be useful too!





Food Favourites 


My first food favourite this week has to be Diary Milk with Oreo (I would have a picture but I have eaten the whole bar!) I picked a bar up in Sainsbury's for £1 which I was very happy with. I may have to pick up another one!

My second food favourite has to be Costa Chicken and Bacon toastie. I have actually had 2 of these this week when meeting various friends for lunch and they are so good. Seriously.

Beauty Favourites 


I am loving a bit of liquid eye-liner at the moment. I don't know what it is about drawing a black line on my eye lid, but I feel just a little bit more confident. I am a bit of a beauty noob and am so rubbish and doing my make up. However, as a result of more procrastination, I think I have mastered it and it hopefully looks okay!

So there is my first Friday Favourites post! What have been some of your favourites this week? 


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Uni Tips - Living in Halls

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Living in university halls of residences was something that I never prepared myself for. The accommodation that I was put in had 19 of us on one floor with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. It doesn't sound very glamorous does it? Luckily, I got on really well with the majority of my flatmates this year, but here are some tips and tricks on living in halls.

1. Set up a facebook group
If you live with a lot of people, or just a few, set up a flat/floor facebook group. It's a good way to communicate about problems throughout the year and also through holidays as well to keep in touch

2. Set up rules early on
I am not talking about written down rules, but things such as 'you can use my kitchen things if you put it back' etc. Setting these up early will make it a lot more easier. Also sorting out cupboard/fridge space early is also a must. 

3. Keep Communal spaces tidy
This goes without saying... *cough* although some people will not follow this! Clean up after yourself whether this is in the kitchen area or bathrooms. It really isn't nice when it is dirty!

4. Noise
If you live with a lot of people, it will be very noisy, with different people coming in and out. This is what I found quite hard at the beginning. Earplugs are great, and don't be afraid to ask people to be quiet. A good nights sleep is crucial!

5. Try not to fall out with one another
If there is a problem, take it up individually and nicely. I couldn't imagine what my first year would have been like if I hadn't got on with some of my flat mates. It can make the atmosphere tense not only for you, but for the rest of your flatmates. 

6. Quiet time
What I found the hardest about living in halls was the constant amount of people. I felt like I didn't have any time to myself - I couldn't watch some tv or a DVD without someone knocking on my door wanting to join. It can be very hard for an introvert like myself. So remember to have some time to yourself! 

Living in halls can be challenging, with fall outs, breakups and misunderstandings. However, this is a new time for you all, so the best thing is to support each other. And of course have fun! I regard most of my flatmates from last year as really good friends. It's like having your own family away from home. 

Check out more of my Student Advice posts HERE 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Back to Uni: Paperchase Wishlist



Multi Calendar Desk Planner £8.00 - Tree Owls Pass Case £5.00 - Ladybird Push Pins £2.00 - Red Polka Dots Washi Tape £3.00 - Owls Purse Pencil Case £5.50 - Sketch Owl Stickers £1.50 

It is almost 'Back to School' (or back to university) time and stationery shopping is definitely my favourite part! - Plus paperchase is one of my favourite shops. They also offer 10% student discount. What is there not to love?! 

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

How to have fun clubbing when sober

This may seem a slightly weird blog post, but over my first year of university, I have had some great nights out, as well as some truly awful ones. I enjoy a drink, but don't like being completely out of it when I am out clubbing - I like to remember what happened in the morning. And sometimes, I don't drink at all.

So.. I am writing this to debunk the common myth that you can only have fun when alcohol is involved.


1. Positive thinking
Don't go into the evening thinking that it is going to be awful because (a) all your friends are drinking and you aren't (b) you are going to be the odd one out etc etc. Go in thinking that you are going to have a good night with your friends. 

2. Getting ready 
Be geared out to go out! Get involved with getting ready with a group of friends. Or if you are by yourself, get dressed up, put your favourite music on and jam out. Get your mind into the partying spirit

3. Have a drink in your hand
This is mainly one for pre-drinks (especially at university). Don't awkwardly stand there. Join in, take your own soft drink and keep it with you, talk to people and get involved. 

4. Stay with your friends
Whilst this may seem a little clingy, don't let them out of your sight. Stick with them. If they are your true friends they will stay with you for the night and not leave you by yourself. There is nothing worse than that. 

5. Boogie! 
Dance, have fun. Even copy what some of your friends are doing. If you are dancing or singing along then it will be a lot more fun

6. Don't constantly look at the time

7. Suggest to be the designated photo taker
Great if it is a friends birthday. Take a camera or use your phone and take photos of the night. Then you can be in the action and with your friends

8. And if it all goes wrong... Make sure you have enough money to get a taxi home and chalk it up to experience. 

If you don't drink, or choose not to on a night out, it does not mean that you can't have fun! Plus it is hilarious to update your friends the next day of the funny things that you saw them do

On a sidenote, thank you to everyone who is following me on bloglovin'. I hit 100 followers last night and am so grateful, so thank you so much! 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The British Tag



I saw this tag on London Callings and thought I would give it a go too. I love reading tag posts, so hopefully you will enjoy this too! 

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day - how many sugars? 
On average, I probably have 3-4 cups of tea per day, each with two sugars (shhh) and milk. 

2. Favourite part of a Sunday Roast?
I am probably the worst British person ever as I am not a huge fan of a Sunday roast - but still have them every week when I am at home. But, the classic Yorkshire Pudding is always my favourite

3. Favourite Dunking Biscuits?
Either Chocolate Digestives or Bourbons 

4. Favourite British Pastime? 
Probably watching the Great British Bakeoff (loving the new series) with a cup of tea and watching it with an equally excited group of friends 

5. Favourite word? 
Erm... Probably 'Blimey'. I just really like how it sounds

6. Cockney Rhyming Slang?
Ah! I only know Apples and Pears which means stairs?! 

7. Favourite Sweet?
Cadbury Chocolate Buttons or Fruit Pastels 

8. What would your pub be called? 
This is such a good and hard question! Probably something quite generic like "The Rose" - I am not very creative and would be an awful landlady! 

9 Favourite British person?
Can I have people? - probably Ant and Dec... oh and Kate Middleton

10. Favourite shop or restaurant?
I am going to be a typical student and say Wetherspoons - I mean who can beat those prices, and there food is pretty good for the price. Shop wise- I think it is New Look or Paperchase

11. Which British Pop songs pop into your head?
Anything by the Spice Girls and S Club 7! 

12. Marmite? 
LOVE IT!

I tag YOU... yes you to do this tag! Hope you enjoyed my answers and look forward to seeing yours. 

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A-Level Results Day: Tips!



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If you are receiving A-level results Thursday, I know how you are feeling. This time last year, I was a nervous wreck - I couldn't sleep properly and couldn't enjoy myself until I knew what my future held.

So, if you are getting your results (and consequently University Places) on Thursday, I have put together some tips on what to do before and on the day.

Before the day... 

1. Research 
I know it's not what you want to be thinking about, but have a think of your back ups. If things don't turn out the way that you hoped and you go through clearing, it will be better to have an idea of what you may want to do. Whether this is changing courses or university choices, have a snoop around. Some universities will have some clearing spaces up a few days in advance, so have a quick look. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. Talk to your parents/someone you trust
It is no use suffering in silence by yourself. Have a chat with your parents or your friends about your worries. They may help you think of potential back up plans or just talk through your concerns. 

3. Have your UCAS number/ID/username/password written down
There will be nothing worse if you wake up on the Thursday morning with no idea how to log in to check your results. 

4. Organise a gathering/drinks on the night before results 
Make a pact with your friends that you will not talk about results. Instead, suggest going out for drinks or have a film night. It will be a nice way to relax before the big day. 

On the day... 

1. Wake up early
As you probably know, you can check UCAS when it opens. Last year it was due to open at 7.30/8, but it opened earlier. Start checking from 7am - this way, hopefully UCAS won't crash with the increased traffic. 

2. Do it by yourself
I found it most comforting to sit in bed with my laptop and checking myself. With the added pressure of family members there, it can all be a bit much. Wake up early, make a cup of tea and try to relax. You can then share your news with them afterwards

3. Social Media
Checking sites such as Facebook or Twitter on the morning can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you got the results that you wanted, it is a great way to share your success. Facebook last year also told me that UCAS was open earlier. However, if you are celebrating, be sensitive to those who may not have got the results that they were hoping for. 

4. Get your results
At my school, I found out in the morning on UCAS that I got into my university and then went into school a few hours later to pick up my results. This can be a great time to talk to your teachers, either sharing your success or asking their advice on what to do next 

5. Clearing
If you do need to go through clearing, if you have prepared the night before, it should be straight forward. Try ringing your university first, asking whether there was anything else that they would offer you or simply see whether there are clearing spaces on your course. The worst they can say is no. Then try ringing other universities. It can be tedious and upsetting, but doing it sooner rather than later will ensure that you get the place that you want. 

6. Celebrate
If you do get what you were hoping, congratulations. But again, be sensitive to those who weren't so happy. 

I hope these tips will be useful - remember to share them on to others who may be getting their results too. 

And once you find out, let the fun begin. Check out my Student Advice page for what to pack and some more tips coming soon!

Good Luck! 

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Going out Outfit and Makeup


I don't go out very often (I am not exactly the stereotypical partying student type!), but tonight I am venturing out for a friends birthday. I thought I would share some of the products I used and what I am wearing. This is my first fashion/beauty post, so please bare with me!

The products I used:

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Foundation (100 Ivory) 
MUA Undressed Palette - I usually use shade 3
Superdrug Eyelash Curler 
Natural Collection Lash Length mascara (black) - I bought this as I needed something quickly and didn't have time to look at the others. This is something I usually wear daily so may need to invest in a nicer mascara than this. But it does the job
Collection Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner (black) - I have always been scared to wear liquid eye liner in fear that it looks awful. I think, well hope, that it didn't look too bad last night.
MUA Intense Colour Eye Liner (jet black)
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 

What I am wearing : 

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I am wearing this daisy peplum top from New look and a pair of black jeans from Next - not hugely adventurous but okay

Have a good night! 

Also, I have set up a new twitter, so check it out @a_student_blog or on the new social media buttons on the sidebar! 

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014


Some amazing balloon animals on the mile


Getting very bored in the queue for tickets

The best Frozen Yoghurt ever
I took a little break from my blog for the last few weeks as I was working up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival flyering and helping out with marketing on a show. It was an amazing experience which I would encourage anyone to do, either working, or just going to see some great theatre.

My two weeks consisted of getting up very late, and then setting out to the Royal Mile (the main hub of the fringe) handing out flyers and promoting the show. As the fringe got started on the 1st of August, it was full of people and it was fantastic.

As well as spending my day humiliating myself by trying to get people to listen to what I wanted to say, I also saw some really amazing shows (and some less amazing), but that is what the Fringe is all about. Probably the best part was meeting the cast of some of the shows that we saw on the mile the next day or in the venue bar. It felt like such a community, and that's what I really loved about it. Everyone is so passionate about what they do and we all shared the same enthusiasm for theatre and just generally being in Edinburgh.

It really was an experience I will never forget and hope to go up next year as well.

(Plus, this was my first time taking pictures for my blog. I am not a photographer but I hope they are okay!)

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Liebster Award




I am back from my two weeks in Scotland and had the most amazing time (but more on that in another blog post). But first things first, whilst I was away I was nominated 3 times for the Liebster Award by Oh DreamingEleanor Rose and Sandra. Sorry that this has taken so long, but this is finally happening! Thank you so much for the nominations - it is such a great way to gain some links with other bloggers! I have seen some versions starting with 11 facts about yourself, but as I have been asked quite a few questions, hopefully they will cover it!

Questions from 'Oh dreaming' 

1. How did you decide the name of your blog
I originally wanted to be a student advice blog and knew that there were also a lot of teenage/student bloggers. Therefore, 'Another Student Blog' was born. I still don't know if I am entirely happy with it, but it is still early days!

2. Cats of Dogs?
Dogs - always!

3. What's your top life goal?
To have a comfortable and happy life - as cheesy as that sounds!

4. Who is your celeb crush?
I went through a Ian Somerhalder phase at the beginning of the year which I am still not really over! 

5. What are your 3 must have beauty products 
My Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer - yes I bought into the hype
Rimmel Scandal eyes eye-liner 
Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel foaming face wash

6. Hot or Cold 
Cold! - bring on winter!

7. What blogs do you check daily?
I love Gingerly Pale at the moment as well as Zoella and Milk Teef

8. What do you like doing outside your blogging life?
Apart from watching a silly amount of tv, I love theatre and singing, so am usually spending my time 
finding new soundtracks or trying out new harmonies and chords

9. What's your drink of choice?
My non-alcoholic beverage is a trust cup of tea, but a glass of wine (red or white, I'm not fussy) can't go wrong

10. Where is your ideal holiday destination
A city break is definitely preferred, I would love to go to Rome or the south of Frace

11. What is your favourite place to shop?
At the moment, I love clothes from New Look and Asos

Questions from Sandra from Loft 47

1. What is your favourite quote? 
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

2. Name your favourite Blogs - see above

3. If money was not an option and you can live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why? 
I would probably live in America, probably New York. I have never visited (and would love to!) but it just looks to glamorous and fun... I have clearly been watching too much Gossip Girl!

4. Which movie can you re-watch over and over again? 
Bridget Jones. I think I know all of the words now

5. What is your dream job?
I would love to work at a magazine or behind the scenes of a theatre 

6. Name one thing that always makes you smile 
An unexpected cup of tea

7. Your once in a lifetime trip - where would it be?
Probably Australia - again, a place I would love to visit

8. Any Pets?
Unfortunately not :(

9. What's your favourite store?
New Look 

10. What is your favourite type of blog post to read?
I love blog advice posts as well as lifestyle/interior posts for inspiration!

11. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
Proving everyone wrong and getting the the university that I wanted to, and probably going to Edinburgh this weekend not knowing many people and coming out of it having the most amazing time, as well as getting to and from Edinburgh by myself!

Questions from Eleanor Rose 


1. What is your favourite blog - see above

2. What is your dream job/career - see above

3. Favourite perfume/scent
I am so bad with perfume! I have had Britney Spears Fantasy for quite a few years now and used to really like it. However, I am looking for something new - suggestions please?! 

4. Favourite song
Budapest - George Ezra

5. Something you look forward to in the future 
Finding 'the one' (sorry, it's very corny) and just having a happy life

6. Somewhere you would love to visit 
Australia or America are my two big ones!

7. Cats or Dogs 
DOGS! 

8. Favourite TV Shows?
These change very regularly as I discover new things, but at the moment, it is the Vampire Diaries and Smash - two things that I really like to re-watch and not get bored with!

9. Who is your role model?
My mum, without a doubt

10. What would you change about the world?
As generic/cheesy as this may sound, I would like to change how people view and act upon their judgements of others - for everyone to have a mutual respect.

11. Random fact about yourself
I can touch my nose with my tongue... random enough?!

Thank you so much ladies for the nominations - hope these answers were okay for you! Now for my nominations - some of my new followers on bloglovin 

My Questions to you... 

1. Do you have any pets?
2. Favourite subject at school?
3. Favourite Film?
4. Favourite TV programmes?
5. 3 things you would take to a dessert island?
6. Biggest accomplishment in life so far
7. Favourite colour?
8. Describe your perfect outfit
9. Favourite blog posts to read?
10. What is your dream job?
11. What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Thank you to all that nominated me, and those who I have nominated, comment when you have completed the questions - would love to see your answers! 

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Thank you!

Am currently sitting in the flat in Edinburgh with a horrible temperature (which is not very fun when everyone else is flyering and seeing other shows)

However, I thought it would be a good time (apart from catching up on some youtube videos and general internet alone time) to say a huge huge thank you to everyone that is reading my blog. I have gained many blog lovin' followers over the past few weeks and just wanted to show my appreciation. I started this blog last month as a summer project with the aim to hopefully do more with my summer, so I am very grateful that people are reading. I promise that content will get better!

Also wanting to say a thank you to the 3 lovely ladies who have nominated me for a Liebster awards. I have tried and failed to get on this on my tablet, so will answer the questions and continue it on as soon as I get back home the end of next week.

xxxx

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