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!

photo credit: mripp via photopin cc

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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