Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Favourite Instagram accounts

I have been absolutely loving instagram recently. I have a personal one and one for the blog, and since I got an ipod touch for Christmas (where the editing features are amazingly better than my windows phone), I've been finding myself looking for more and more instagram inspiration.

Whilst I still have a long long way to go (I'm not sure that I'll ever produce wonderful photos!), I'm keen to keep snapping away. So here are a few favourites of mine:

Jemma's instagram is so beautiful and always updated Her photos make me very jealous of her Tsum Tsum collection and of her drawing skills!

Rhianna's instagram is just fabulous! Her selfies give me major eyeliner envy (seriously, how do you do it?!) and her pictures are stunning.

Just another beautiful instagram. Becky's immaculate white home creates the most beautiful pastel pictures. Her instagrams of her dog Oscar are my favourite though - so cute!

I have only started reading Carrie's blog recently, but her instagram shots are to die for. I must definitely have a thing about instagram accounts with dogs on! Whether its fashion, beauty or a starbucks cup, I'll like them every time.

I love Sophie's blog and her instagram! Her photos are so crisp and clean (is it weird to describe photos as clean?), Her selfie game is strong and I love her fashion sense so much.

Do you have any other instagram accounts I should check out?


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Collection #FacetheDay Palette

 I am such a noob when it comes to make up. I have followed and watched dozens of beauty bloggers after last few years, but am still no where near better with my make up skills. I also have very little makeup. My usual make up is concealer, powder and mascara - eyeliner if you're lucky.

I have quite a few parties and gatherings over the coming festive weeks, and I thought enough is enough. I should take the plunge and experiment more with my make up and hopefully it will become a more permanent thing. In desperation, I headed down to Boots one rainy morning and found that all Collection make up was under £4. With this, I stocked up on some Lasting Perfection Concealer and found this palette. On offer for £3.99, I knew I had to snap it up, as buying all the bits separately would cost me a lot more.

The #FaceTheDay palette contains a Highlighter, Bronzer, Blusher and 4 eyeshadows, which I think it amazing value. I'm not going to pretend to know much about them, only to comment that it is everything that I kind of needed! This is the ultimate lazy girl makeup palette, one item, job done.
The palette also has a little guide on the back of the best way to use it, which is especially helpful with applying the eye-shadows.

If anything, snap it up for the price at the moment from Boots. I believe it usually retails at £6.99. I'm looking forward to using this over the festive period - maybe it will help me be a bit better at doing my make up!


Monday, 21 December 2015

2016 Blogging Goals

I can't believe that it is getting to that time where we start making resolutions again. As I am planning to get more serious about stepping up my blogging game, I thought I would set myself some goals for the new year. Let's see if this works!

The main thing that will happen in 2016 with this blog is a complete rebrand. I think I have hated the name Another Student Blog about a day after I created this blog - and seriously, who thought it was a good idea to have such a long url. Hating my 2014 self!

So, I've bought a domain name for the first time in my life and currently sorting out themes, headers and other bits and bobs. Whilst going into my last two terms of uni, it probably isn't the best time to start focussing on my blog, but I am so excited - so watch this space!

Whilst I know numbers aren't everything, I would also love to increase my readership and views in 2016:

Reach 1000 Bloglovin followers 

Reach 1500 Twitter Followers

Reach 200 Instagram Followers 

I also have a few general blogging goals

Post more frequently

Take more photos and get better with editing them

Make sure I schedule tweets for every day

Try and participate in one blogger chat a week

Comment on more blogs

Let the creative juices flow

Go to a blogger event or meet some bloggers in real life

So that's it! 2016 is going to be a big year, not only for this blog, but for my life. Thank you for coming along on the ride with me, and I can't wait to spend another year with you all. 

Also, if anyone has any advice about rebranding, please let me know!

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

What to watch on Netflix this Christmas

IT'S LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! This is absolutely crazy. I swear I say this in every blog post, but this year has gone incredibly fast!

I don't know about you, but when I am back from uni for Christmas, I pretty much don't do anything apart from visiting family, occasionally seeing friends, and of course watching a whole bunch of TV. So I have put together a little list of things that I am currently watching on Netflix over the festive period

1. The Santa Claus

An absolute Christmas classic. I have always loved this film and have had a few watches on Netflix already this Christmas. I will never get over how cute Charlie is throughout the entire thing.

2. How I met your Mother

It's only been on Netflix for the past week or so, but I have started from the beginning and flicking it on when I need some background music when I am cooking, cleaning or getting ready. I forgot how much I am in love with Ted.

3. Extras

I have just finished Extras after watching it for the last few weeks and I absolutely LOVED it! It definitely is British Comedy at it's finest, with great guest stars and Barry from Eastenders, what's not to love. The Christmas special was so sad to watch, but Maggie is definitely my spirit animal. Her lines are hilarious.

4. A Royal Christmas 

So this is one of those cheesy American straight to TV holiday movies, with non other than Gretchen Weiners (so fetch) whose boyfriend turns out to be the prince of a European country. Of course it involves a training montage of her learning how to act in a royal setting and a strict mother who wants him to marry a royal, so no points for originality. It's predictable, cheesy and ridiculous, but hey, I'm a sucker for rubbish Christmas movies.

5. Chalet Girl

Ed Westwick being British for once. That is all. 

Do you have any recommendations for me? What are you watching this Christmas?


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Term 1 Round up

I can't believe that I am now a third way through my last year of university. Seriously, where has the time gone? It only seems like yesterday that I came home from my first term of university and cried because I was sitting on a comfy sofa watching TV - yeah, I was even more emotional than I am now back then. But two years on, the familiar feeling of coming home still feels a little magical.

Term 1 has been interesting. Starting with the not so good, without going into too much detail, I don't think that I have had a day in 11 weeks that I haven't been worried about something, mainly to do with my health. It's absolutely exhausting. I have taken the decision to start counselling again, so will be starting that when I go back after Christmas. Fingers crossed things get better. I am determined that 2016 will be my year.

But moving onto better things, my housemates are the most wonderful beings in the world. They've dealt with my passive aggressive whatsapp messages when the house gets dirty, my incredibly bad moods and crying spells. Additionally, they are just lovely people and they make me everyday want to be a better person.

My course is going okay - all deadlines have been met and I have never turned up to a seminar unprepared, so I am counting that as a win in my books. I had my first assignment for a module outside my course due, so I am very very worried about the outcome of that - I am majorly worried that I have messed up my referencing so they think that I have plagiarised (which I obviously would never ever do), so every time I get am e-mail, I have a little panic. I only have one essay to do over Christmas, so that is also really nice.

In terms of extra things, the last few weeks have been great. Whilst singing in a choir and volunteering at a local theatre company are going swimmingly, I went to the BBC Music Awards (and saw One Direction may I add), Birmingham Christmas Market, tried sushi for the first time, saw Fireworks and Kenilworth Castle and had the best 21st birthday ever.

As many finalists, I am still worrying about graduate jobs. I have applied for some schemes, that have come back that I have either failed their tests (damn maths tests) or just simply that I haven't heard anything from them. I'm at a bit of a limbo stage at the moment, not knowing where or what I will be doing in 6 months time. But I suppose that's all the fun of life isn't it? As one door shuts, another opens. Well it has six months to do so.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Last minute Student Gift Guide 2015

Christmas is just around the corner and if like me you have left all of your Christmas present buying to the last minute, here is a quick guide for the fellow students in your life!
These quick ideas are not only pretty cheap, but would also be so useful, and I am always up for buying presents that people will actually use. Whilst I have made quite a few of my presents for my friends, these are also some really cute ideas, plus things that I have totally asked for for Christmas! 

I am very new to the Adult Colouring phase. My mum has been banging on about them for months, and I finally got one the other day. I am totally obsessed. I love sitting down to do it and it makes me forget about all the essay stress. I think these would be perfect gifts! 

It makes me really sad that no one writes in diaries any more. Paperchase have some beautiful ones in at the moment, they are super cute and make me feel more organised and adult than I actually am! 

Wireless headphones are also the best creation ever. Although they need charging up, I cannot deal with the wire stress that gets caught whilst carrying all my bags on the bus. These are a must have, plus they don't get all tangled up miraculously - winning!

As the new law was passed in October about charging for plastic bags, I have vowed never ever to pay 5p for a bag again. Why not get your friend a fold away bag for them to keep in their larger bags just in case you have an unexpected chocolate food shop on your way home from uni? 

Finally, a student cookbook, because you seriously can never have too much of these! Even in my last year of uni, I am still trying to find new dinners and recipes as I pretty much live of curry and spaghetti these days! 

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas of last minute Christmas presents! 


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Student Money Saving Tips

It's getting to the last week of term, your bank account is looking a little worse for wear as you wait for the next student loan to come in January -  but you've still got to travel home and Christmas presents to buy. Nightmare!

I will be making full advantage of my last year being able to use my student card to get money off my Christmas presents, it will be a sad day when I can't use it any more! My railcard however is something that I will definitely renew and it is perfect for when I travel home, and they last until you are 25. Good thing I still have 4 years of use!

 Having an NUS Extra card is also so useful - although it gives many of the same discounts for your normal student card, it also gives money off in restaurants, Co-op and even Amazon - so if you don't have one already, it is definitely worth checking out! Although I was always certain that I would never pay for Spotify, they are currently running an offer to have 3 months of premium for 99p. It seemed too good to miss!

TransPennine Express have put together this great infographic for ways for students to save money, which will be especially useful in the Christmas period - maybe try some of them out next term?!

*This infographic was provided by TransPennine Express* 


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Winter Fashion Haul

 I absolutely love shopping for Winter clothes so much more than summer outfits. Maybe it's the idea of not having to worry that I have shaved or what colour bra I am wearing because you can't tell when you're wearing an array of knitted jumpers right?!

Anyway, instead of working this weekend - which I definitely should have been doing because I am having a little bit of a panic right now - I decided to go shopping instead for my christmassy outfits which I will allow myself to wear when I have finished my essays (next Thursday I will be drinking all the wine and eating all the mince pies as I enter full Christmas mode!).

Firstly, I instagrammed my new ASOS Turtleneck jumper - yes, I have a new instagram for my blog, give me a cheeky follow HERE! - and I am totally in love. It is probably the nicest jumper that I own, plus I totally feel like I am in the cast of Love Actually. Okay, whilst it is highly likely that I am not going to find love this Christmas, I will settle for the turtleneck of my dreams.

Staying on the rollneck trend (see a bit of a theme here), I have been loving the a-line skirt and turtleneck trend this winter, so I went to see whether I could rock it too. Whilst I usually wear quite baggy tops, these are a lot tighter. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to wear these with my next purchase. And the best thing is, they were only £9 each from NewLook, so I picked two up in the very exciting colours of black and grey.

Possibly my favourite purchase is this skirt. Ah I am in love. With one very similar in NewLook, I was very tempted to buy it, but I went to Primark and found one for half the price, so I walked out with this £10 beauty. It is absolutely perfect. However, I am a little scared of wearing it, just because I very rarely wear skirts on a day to day basic. I guess I need to suck it up and just go for it!

Sticking with the A-line trend, I also bought this skirt from Oasis. I actually bought it for my birthday which was in October and I wore it on a night out, however, I can't wait to wear it for Winter too. Paired with a turtleneck and tights, it becomes a lovely wintery outfit.

These purchases have been a bit out of my usual comfort zone, but I am pretty excited about them! 


Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Gym Workout playlist

I find that I do sooo much better at the gym when I have a good playlist on the go. I current aim is to run 5k, so at the moment I am trying to increase my time on the treadmill each session to try and reach this goal (however, at the moment, I am somewhat failing).

I am by no means a gym expert, I am anything but. I usually try and go 3 times a week - although that has dropped to 2 over the last few weeks due to deadlines (or huge amounts of procrastination).

Current Gym Routine 
- Run/Walk for 20 minutes - increasing in speed every few minutes, fast walking half way through and then increase speed every few minutes again

- Cool down 5 minutes - decreasing in speed
- 10x Press ups
- 10x Shoulder Press
- Weighted lunges 
- 10 minutes cross trainer (at whatever pace I feel like, I'm not fussy) 
- 5 minutes Rowing
- 5/10 minutes bike 

I don't always stick to this, sometimes I'll only do half an hour of workout and others I will stay a little bit longer. I'm very casual about it and don't get annoyed if I don't manage it all.

But without further ado, here is my current gym workout playlist. If you use it, let me know what you think. Does anyone agree that you should be acceptable to sing at the gym, because I feel like I want to scream the words whilst I am running!

What are some of your favourite tunes whilst working out? 


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Love Actually Inspired Fashion - The Mighty Turtleneck

Now Bonfire night is over, it is officially Christmas now, right? As soon as I got back from a firework display on Saturday, we headed home quickly, put the kettle on, grabbed all the snacks that we could find and put on Love Actually. I forgot how much I love the film as we cried with Emma Thompson, swooned over Karl and realised again how much we hated Mia. But through all the atrocious fashion of the early 00s (yes, I'm talkin about Kiera Knightly's outfits throughout the entire film), one thing stood out for me. The Mighty Turtleneck.

Yes, you know the ones that every single character owns (honestly, next time you watch it, you will notice them everywhere). From the ones you are envious of (ie. Colin Firth's beautiful jumpers) down to the questionable pastel numbers worn by Liam Neeson. Nevertheless, I too have been looking at investing in this obviously classic pieces and realised that they are absolutely everywhere this winter. 

So, in true blogger style, finding inspiration everywhere, I have put together a little list of some of my favourite Love Actually inspired turtlenecks that I will probably be purchasing over the course of Autumn/winter. 

Top Left - Newlook
Top Middle - H&M
Top Right - Newlook
Bottom Left - H&M
Bottom Middle - Newlook
Bottom Right - Topshop

And on this note, I will leave you with this fabulous Buzzfeed article which ranks the best turtlenecks in Love Actually - my favourite definitely wins. 

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Current Favourites

Again, long time no see. Trying to find the time at the moment to sit down, take photos and write a blog post is getting even more difficult these days, which I am finding really sad. Hopefully when I sort my life out a bit more and stop procrastinating, I'll get onto writing some more blog posts!

First favourite is definitely Autumn. It is my all time favourite month - snuggly jumpers, scented candles and the beginnings of Christmas. Perfect!

My second favourite is my Cambridge Satchel. Urgh I am totally in love. It was a present for my 21st Birthday from my Dad and whilst I would never even think about spending over £100 for a bag, it is probably the prettiest thing I own in my wardrobe. I chose a classic Batchel (as the handle is soo useful!) in Oxblood with my initials embossed on the front (in blind in case anyone cares). Whilst I can't take it with me for a jam packed day at uni, I take it shopping or when I only have one or two hours on campus. It arrived in a lovely burgundy box, which inside had a drawstring bag with my satchel inside, a little note from my Dad and a Curly Wurly. Good work Cambridge Satchel Company, good work.

To complete the autumnal look, I am also loving tartan scarves and brown boots. My tartan scarf I believe was £5 from Primark whilst my boots are from New Look. I love crisp autumn days and I feel like a walking Pinterest photo cliche, but I absolutely love it.

I am also obsessed with "How to Get Away With Murder" on Netflix at the moment. I don't usually like things like this, but I am totally hooked. It's about a bad ass lawyer and her students as they become involved in a murder plot - totally gripping stuff.

So that's it, my current favourites. I don't have many at the moment. To be honest, my life is currently made up of a whole lot of procrastination, stress and anxiety right now, but hopefully the excitement of Christmas and the adrenaline of impending deadlines will soon take over and things will get better.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Hack your Student Accommodation with Sugru*

Let's face it. Student housing is rubbish. Lack of matching furniture and storage space, units with missing shelves and the inability to stick anything to the walls (although we all do it anyway!) makes it hard to think of it as our home for the next 9 months.

When the people at Sugru got in touch with me about hacking your student room, I was intrigued. I had heard about Sugru before, it's mouldable glue that you can make into anything. It's not only used to fix things, but make things, so of course, I put it to the test.

Whilst I am not as creative as some people as I scoured through Pinterest for some ideas, I first started with making some hooks. I have a shelf next to my desk, and thought it would be nice to make some hooks for my keys, or necklaces so my desk isn't cluttered.

You have 30 minutes to mould the Sugru into something before it starts to set. You then leave for 24 hours and the next day, it would have hardened into rubber. Pretty cool right? It took me a while to get it into the shape that I wanted, and then attach it to the bottom of my shelf. So they don't look perfect, but it was my first try okay! Somewhat sceptical, I left them overnight. And this morning, I have hard, rubbery hooks that hold my keys and necklaces - and they're still there a week later! I then went on to fix our bathroom towel rail which was coming away from the wall!

Sugru is definitely one to check out. If you're into hacking your life, or just want to fix those hard to fix things, it is one to try.
Plus, they have loads of student tips and hacks for you to get started (check it out HERE!), including an example of a beer can table? So I'm definitely not that creative (and I don't drink that much beer!), but, I think it's pretty cool!


Monday, 19 October 2015

What Bridget Jones taught me about life.

It's a Sunday night. I'm currently celebrating the fact that my only lecture has been cancelled tomorrow with a decaf tea, some scented candles, and watching clips of Bridget Jones on youtube. If that isn't a fun Sunday night, I don't know what is. #singlelife #foreveralone

 I'm definitely looking like this right now as I jam out to I'm every woman

Amongst all the news and pictures of the filming of the new Bridget Jones film (I'm literally googling and checking everyday, I can't get enough, I'm like a woman obsessed), I find myself going back to the film and even the soundtrack a lot. Actually, they are the only DVDs I bought with me to uni this year. So here's a few things that Bridget Jones taught me about life.

1. You'll definitely make mistakes, and that's okay.

2. Nobody is perfect and you shouldn't try to be either. It's better to accept your flaws than pretend they don't exist. 

3. Life is too short for uncomfortable underwear

4. Had a bad day? Did someone say icecream for dinner? 

5. You always need that friend who gives you the best advice

6. It's actually pretty fun being single 

7. Not everyone is an amazing cook 

8. Someone will love you just as you are... Mark Darcy, I'm still waiting 

Come on ladies, embrace your inner Bridget!! 


Saturday, 17 October 2015

An Update - Third Year

Here, have a picture of what I was hoping would look super autumnal, instead, very limited leaves - and what looks like a cigarette - and a dirty pavement. Oops!

Well hello there. Long time no see. It feels like forever that I sat down and wrote a proper post. I have been back in my uni town for about 3 weeks, although I only properly started lectures and seminars last week. I can't believe that this time two years ago, I was starting first year, not knowing what the future held, and now the end is really in sight, and it is so scary!

The first few weeks have been spent trying to get on my feet. Luckily my house mates are amazing, and I actually live in a proper house rather than a rubbish cold flat. No longer do I have to worry about being kept awake all night by noisy neighbours. And I can actually walk around in my room without bumping into or having to walk over something, which is an absolute delight. So it's still very studenty (you know the feeling), but we have done loads to make it a proper home - which included an amazing ikea trip!

I feel like third year has so much added pressure to it. Besides studying for my degree (and the dreaded dissertation!), applying for graduate schemes and wanting to volunteer and join all the clubs as it is your final year just adds so much pressure to it all, and I'm worried that I'm going to cave. I'm scared.

In other news though, like I said on my third year bucket list, I auditioned, and got into a choir. Not any choir... but an a cappella choir. My Pitch Perfect dreams can now finally come true. Don't laugh, I know it's cheesy as hell, but man am I excited! Also, isn't the weather getting dreamy. I love the smell of Autumn/Winter. Please don't tell me that I am the only one who LOVES winter. The cold doesn't bother me anyway.

Things may be a little quiet around these parts for a little while - no longer do I have time to sit all day on twitter! But please bear with me.. and don't forget about me!

Here's to a great first term of university. And here's to hoping that my house will be warm enough that I don't see my own breath whilst sitting in bed. 


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Long time no see! If you have been reading before, you will know that I went to the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer. I have already written a little post about it on here before, but when Enterprise Magazine asked me to write an article for their "Schools Out For Summer" feature where they asked bloggers about their best summer memories, of course, I had to write about this summer.

Check out the article HERE, or have a read below - and please let me know what you think! Even though I have been writing on here for about a year, I am still trying to find my writing style, so any feedback would be great!  


1 City, 25 days and over 3000 shows in 313 venues. Over the entire month of August, theatre and arts lovers flock to Edinburgh to take part in the largest arts festival in the world. And of course, I was one of them.

Choosing to spend the majority of my university summer holidays in Edinburgh was an easy decision. Having the chance to see some amazing (and some questionable) theatre and meet likeminded people is such an amazing opportunity that I couldn't turn it down. However, venturing to Edinburgh for an entire month may seem to some as a relaxing holiday, but honestly, it was anything but.

My Edinburgh Fringe journey started way before the beginning of August. As the producer of a show, as soon as I got the go ahead, I was booking accommodation, renting cars, sorting out budgets and overseeing the rest of the team. Although most of my hard work was over by the time we arrived, it honestly didn't stop there! Once the festival got into full swing, myself and the rest of the cast and crew would head out for what felt like hours flyering on the Royal Mile. Trying to sell your show to unenthusiastic members of the general public was not a fun task - you have to get over the fear of rejection instantly.

The festival is incredibly demanding and hard work, something that people don't realise. I spent ever waking hour worrying about something, whether it was budget or making sure that set and equipment was being couriered to the right places. But would I have changed my summer plans? No! It was all worth it when everything falls into place.

Between busy schedules, time was allowed to see some amazing shows. My particular highlights were Christina Bianco, a youtube sensation and incredibly talented impressionist and singer. Her one woman show of Party of One described how she got into impressions, singing some of her favourite songs and telling her story. It was inspirational and I could only sit in awe of her incredible vocal chords. Additionally, Baby Wants Candy, a company from America bringing a full band improvised musical to the Fringe were equally amazing. Their improvisation skills and voices were stunning and their comedy timing was absolutely perfect. I don't think I have laughed so much watching a show before.

The Edinburgh Fringe was the perfect way to spend my summer holidays. I got the chance to hang out with my best friends and do something that I love. I would also love to get into arts management/production, so also, whilst not the most conventional way to carry out work experience, I also have something amazing to put on my CV whilst having fun.

When people come up to you in the street and say how much they enjoyed the show, commending the cast and making them feel like celebrities, walking up to the top of Arthur's Seat with your best friends feeling like you can concur anything, and when you see that piece of theatre that made you cry with laughter, you realise that Edinburgh is really the best place to be.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

21st Birthday Wishlist

So... I'm turning 21 on Thursday. 21 just sounds so old, when inside (and questionably outside), I still feel abut 16. I'm also starting my final year of university this week - seriously, where have the last 2 years of my life gone?

As my birthday is coming up, I thought I would put together a very small list that I have asked for and would like for my 21st. I may also buy a few of the bits with my birthday money too!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I have started crocheting, and the amount of wool and bits and bobs I have accumulated over the past few months have got a bit out of hand! A cute knitting or craft bag is just what I need! 

I am still toying with the idea of getting a new digital camera for my 21st. As much as I would love to use it for both blog photos and for everyday, I'm worried that I won't use it as much as I hoped and it would just be put in a draw. I'm still thinking on this one! Let me know if you think I should get one, and any suggestions would be great! 

Okay, so I know that I have this on the way! I've asked for a Classic Batchel in Oxblood with my initials embossed, and I am so excited for it to arrive. 

Pitch Perfect 2 
I haven't seen this film and I NEED to! I absolutely loved the first one, and as a theatre kid at heart, I do love a good musical, especially when it is about a capella. Has anyone seen it?

Everyone I follow on Instagram (esp Dorkface!) has some of these adorable Tsum Tsums and I really want to get my hands on some. The Frozen ones are adorable and so is Stitch. Even if I don't get any of these for my birthday, I may just treat myself to a few! 


Thursday, 1 October 2015

3rd Year Bucketlist

1. Go to a firework display
2. Visit Warwick Castle
3. Have a shopping trip in Birmingham
4. Visit Birmingham Christmas Marketing
5. Dress up for Halloween
6. Have one crazy night
7. Get a first in an essay
8. Keep my room neat and tidy
9. Visit another university
10. Audition for a choir
11. Go to a blogger event

What do you want to do this academic year? 

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Getting Nakd*

After my month in Edinburgh where a daily trip to the £1 pie shop for a macaroni cheese pie (yes, this is a thing!) occurred way too much, Natural Balance Foods got in contact and asked if I wanted to review some Nakd bars, I immediately said yes.

I had never had a Nakd bar before, and to be honest, I hadn't really heard of them either. When the box arrived, I was surprised at the amount of flavours that there were. In the box I received: Berry Delight, Cafe Mocha, Cocoa Orange, Rhubarb and Custard, Bakewell Tart, Ginger Bread, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Pecan Pie - so many to choose from!!

I was surprised when I opened one. It doesn't exactly look super appetising. But boy did they taste good! I thought as a chocolate lover that I would like the cocoa ones the best, but I think the Gingerbread, Pecan Pie or Cashew Cookie were my favourite!

They are also SUPER good for you - wheat, dairy and gluten free, plus one of your five a day? Say whaaat?! They also list the ingredients on the back, usually consisting of dates, some sort of nut or raisin and sometimes flavouring, all squished together, making it feel super healthy.

Natural Balance Foods also have loads of other products which I am now sooo tempted to try! They also have some great tips on weightloss or just generally getting a bit healthier with foods, something that I definitely need to work on - getting more protein and cutting down on the amount of bread and carbs that I eat (okay, I'm not sure that I am ready to give up tiger bread yet!). Why not have a look at their blog and articles on "Energy Foods" if you are ready to take that next step?!

I have a few bars left over which I am going to attempt to keep for when I am back at uni for my lunch! 

Have you found any good new snacks recently? 


Friday, 18 September 2015

Musical duets I sing by myself

There's no denying that I am a musicals fan through and through. I would much rather listen to a musical soundtrack than today's Top 40! I also love to sing (although I'm not a great singer, it totally doesn't matter, because when I'm home alone, I'm a Tony award winner, right?), but unfortunately for me, some of my favourite songs require usually a male partner. Now I don't have one of these, so I have to be creative. Being an alto, I can sometimes sing the male parts as well, or I log onto youtube and find male only versions of songs (yes, I am one of those people, don't judge). So here are some of my favourites...

1. A Whole New World

What.A.Classic. Who doesn't dream of being Princess Jasmin (or Aladdin!) whilst singing this song?

2. Suddenly Seymour

I LOVE the music in Little Shop of Horrors and Suddenly Seymour is no exception. Whilst I never have a hope of playing Audrey, a girl can dream about singing this song with somebody right?

3. Sun and Moon/Last Night of the World

After seeing Miss Saigon last weekend with my family, I have been playing the soundtrack non stop. All the songs are absolutely beautiful, but these songs are just stunning!

4. Phantom of the Opera

Of course, who doesn't wish that they could hit that high note at the end. Well I certainly can't, but I can jolly well try in the comfort of my own home where only the neighbours can judge me! #altoproblems

What are some of your favourite musical numbers to sing (or try to!) 


Monday, 14 September 2015

It's Okay To Say No

I am a firm believer that a night in can solve all of life's problems (okay, so maybe not all of them). Okay, so maybe that makes me a loner that I have passed many a night out with friends, for some quality me time and the chance to spend all night in my pyjamas. Maybe that's something that comes with my introverted nature.

I am sure there is a moment in our lives when we have a "just say yes" thought, where we believe that saying yes to things will drastically change our lives. Whilst I don't believe that sitting waiting for things to happen is the way to live your life, I don't believe that doing things that you don't want to do is the way forward either. I have often written about my experiences of university, and the expectations that it came with. Being the fun, outgoing and lively student played havoc in my first year, making my anxiety flare as I couldn't live up to these expectations that the media, friends and family, and myself had put up for me. I wanted to be that person who said yes, but I soon realised that this isn't healthy.

That's why in my second year, I forgot all of those. Whilst I increased my social aspect in some ways, I learnt to say no. Saying no to a night out for example isn't going to make you lose a friend. They may be annoyed for the night, but they will soon get over it.

Whilst they say that life is too short to sit around all day, life is also too short to do things that you don't want to do. If I want to sit in, watch Bridget Jones and crochet, then no one is going to stop me. Why is there such a stigma about just saying a simple two letter word? No.


Saturday, 12 September 2015

A little Primark Haul - September 2015

I am very excited for Autumn and Winter fashion to be coming back into the shops. I much prefer shopping for a woolly jumper or boots at this time of year.

I popped into Primark quickly and picked up a few things. First is this scallop edged t-shirt. I have been looking for one for absolutely ages as I love the details on the sleeves and the bottom. I have a pair of trousers that this would go perfect with and I can't wait to try it out! For £6, this is significantly cheaper than the Topshop equivalent and I was thrilled when I found one!

Secondly, I picked up some more things from their workout range. I am planning to join the gym again in October, so treated myself to some new leggings and socks. The leggings are full length and cost £9.00 whilst the socks were only £2.

I couldn't leave without buying a scarf. This one is like a blanket, absolutely huge with christmassy and wintery tartan. I absolutely love it and for only £5, I couldn't leave it behind. If you can see, there is also a set of fairy lights which cost £2.50. These are so dainty, with simple copper wiring and little stars. I can't wait to put them up in my uni room, even if they are a bit fiddly to manage!

Have you picked up any Autumn/Winter fashion pieces?


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

I'm back with another beauty review with a product I have been using non stop recently. After my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish ran out, I wasn't sure if I was ready to part with another £14, so instead I went hunting for another hot cloth cleanser to try out.

I have been trying to stay away from products for spot prone skin. I have realised that these really dry it out, making my skin look worse. I find that hot cloth cleansers help smooth my skin, making it easier to use concealer or other products afterwards whilst also helping to fight the red marks. I picked the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser for £5.99 on a buy one get one free offer, but I believe it is currently £2.95 and an absolute bargain! You also get a muslin cloth included, and although I prefer to use a flannel, this is also a huge bonus.

The cleanser is infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry, which boasts to leave skin feeling renewed, soft and ultra clean. I was at first worried with how this would react with my oily skin, but I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst not leaving my skin feeling as soft as when I first used Liz Earle, it was still a really nice feeling.

The formula is not as thick as Liz Earle, and I feel that I need a lot more to cover my whole face, but for such a bargain price, I don't really mind. I also wouldn't suggest using this around the eyes. I always take my eye makeup up before using this, so this may be a drawback for Cleanse and Polish lovers. As with the Cleanse and Polish, because of my spot prone oily skin, I have to ensure that I get all of the product off, but I always follow up with another cleanser, toner and a moisturiser for oily skin.

If you are trying to steer away from harsher skincare products, and don't want to shell out for Liz Earle, this is a great substitute, and always nearly on offer. Winning! 


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Why do we blog?

I don't tell anyone that I blog. I always wonder if people that I know and have met in real life know that I have been writing for the past year, on the internet for anyone to see. That's quite a scary thought.

I was having a conversation with my family the other night about how things have changed since we started secondary school (all the way back in 2006!), and talk quickly got onto the internet and most particularly vlogging and blogging. My family thought it was weird that people want to look at the lives of others. I kept my mouth shut. It's a really weird thing to explain why I like looking at blogs and watching vlogs. Partly because I am looking for inspiration, partly because I am interested in the way that other people live (I do study for a sociology degree!) and just because I am being nosey really. Luckily, my brother tried to explain why he watched daily vlogs by seeing a life that is different to yours.

I started blogging in summer 2014. I was bored and had been reading blogs, specifically beauty blogs for years, and thought that I could do that too. It's weird, because I don't mind complete strangers reading my blog, but the first thought that someone might know about my blog makes me worried. I'm worried that my close friends wouldn't understand, and that I would be mocked or judged for the things that I am posting.

I can't really explain why I like reading clothes or stationery hauls or why I like looking at recipes or outfits of the day. It's hard to explain that to people who don't read blogs or write themselves. I still wouldn't call myself a blogger. But what actually makes a blogger? Is it having thousands of readers, or working with lots of companies?

I guess blogging is something personal to us. I don't know if I will tell my friends and family that I blog, but for now, sharing parts of my life with complete strangers online is fun.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Uni tips - Masterpost

The beginning of term is almost upon us! I can't wait to get back, starting new modules, living away from home again and of course stationery shopping!

This time last year, I put together a number of "Uni Tips", and thought I would dig these out for the new freshers (or returning students) joining university in the next few weeks! Take a look and let me know if you read them!

1. How to enjoy clubbing sober

2. How not to act on moving in weekend!

3. Living in Halls 

4. How to budget like a boss

5. Being Organised 

If you are heading to University for the first time this September, good luck! You are in for the best 3 years of your life. Enjoy it, because it will go faster than you think!

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

If you've noticed (or not noticed!) that I have been a bit absent on social media and on my blog recently, it's because throughout the entire month of August, I was in Edinburgh taking part in the biggest arts festival in the world. This was my second year, but this time, I was there for the whole month, and the producer of a show, so the pressure and the stress was on!

I treated myself to a first class ticket up to Edinburgh (as it only cost a few pounds more), so I left on the 1st August from London Kings Cross ready to take the four and a half hour journey up. Can I just say that first class is amazing. I was fed and watered through the whole trip, plus free wifi, so who could complain?

The first few days were filled with meetings with the venue, sorting out the flat and making sure that everything was running smoothly. To be honest, most of my hard work had happened before we arrived, however, I wasn't slacking throughout the month!
I ate a LOT of Macaroni Cheese pies!
A usual day would consist of waking up late and flyering on the Royal Mile from about 1. I would then go and see a show in the afternoon and continuing flyering before my show which was at 5.30. We could then do what we pleased afterwards, but we were usually too tired to do anything. Trying to sell your show to unenthusiastic strangers wasn't really that fun - you have to get over rejection instantly. However, what made it fun was being with all of my friends.

It wasn't all work though. I saw some amazing and inspiring shows. My personal favourites were Christina Bianco. You probably don't recognise the name, but you would recognise her Youtube videos. She sings songs in the styles of Broadway and music stars. She was absolutely hilarious, plus she is an incredible singer. Her show "Party Of One" deserved all the raving reviews and it was one of my favourite moments. I also caught a few musicals including "Ushers:The Front of House Musical" which was perfect for a theatre and musical lover like myself, and "Zanna Don't" a musical set in a high school where it is cool to be on the chess team and normal to be gay. I also caught "Baby Wants Candy" and "Showstoppers", two professional improvised musical troupes from America and the UK respectively which blew me away by their improvisation skills and talent.

Climbing up Arthur's Seat was also a highlight. The view made the hour walk worth it. I am not very outdoorsy, but once I made it to the top, I felt like I could concur anything.

  If you ever get the chance to go the Edinburgh Fringe, take it with both hands. Meeting other theatre lovers and putting together a show made me realise that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to create theatre, I want to produce art. I want to meet all the people and be surrounded by people who love the same thing that I do. The atmosphere was electric, and although it was probably the most tiring and stressful month of my life, I think it is the month that I am most proud of. This is the biggest project I have ever worked on, and I feel proud of myself for coming out the other end, overcoming all the pressure and telling myself that I can achieve something big.

What have you been up to this summer?

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