Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Hello Autumn

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It's feeling a lot more Autumnal recently...there's a definite chill in the air, coats are becoming much more essential and I would be lying if I said the thought of turning the heating on hadn't crossed my mind once or twice. Summer is my favourite time of year, but instead of feeling sad to see the higher temperatures and sunny days go, I'm going to embrace the new's what I'm looking forward to this Autumn.

Cosy jumpers, boots and scarves (in love with this one I found for £5 at Primark). There's just something about snuggling up in the biggest, most fluffy knit you can find...
Autumn colours...they're just so beautiful, the leaves are turning brown, yellow and orange and there's a glow to everything.

The fact that Christmas is just around the corner. I don't care if it's too early to be excited, I officially cannot wait!! Bring on the mince pies.

Nights in, watching movies (Love Actually anyone?), drinking hot chocolate with all the marshmallows and generally avoiding going outside ever.

Hearing the rain pour down outside when you're all snuggly in your bed...OK, I know in England you can do this any time of the year but it's just not the same in the Summer.

Comfort food - macaroni & cheese, roast dinners, crumble, custard, bread sauce (possibly my favourite thing about Christmas)...the list could go on and on.

Halloween + Bonfire Night

What are you looking forward to this Autumn?

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lifestyle | University Tips + Experience

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With the start of the new term already becoming a distant memory as we settle into the routine of lectures, reading and the occasional hangover, I thought I'd offer some insights into uni life and what to expect for anyone starting this year (you lucky things!). Moving away from home somewhere where you may not know anyone can be slightly daunting; add into that adjusting to studying, being more independent and generally starting a new chapter and it can seem pretty overwhelming! I will admit to not being the most organised student ever, I will often leave things to the last minute however have somehow managed to make it to my fourth year (I know I'm so old) so hopefully am at least somewhat qualified to offer a little bit of advice.

1. Don't worry if you aren't doing as well as others. This is something I think is pretty relevant throughout life, but there will always be people who are at a different stage to you. We all take different amounts of time to adjust, and that's fine. If everyone around you seems to be having the time of their lives whilst you're still feeling a bit lost and down, talk to someone. If it gets really bad, it's OK if uni isn't for you. I've seen a few posts about 'not going to uni' and know a lot of people who drop out and do amazingly, it's early to talk about this but there is no point being unhappy!!

2. Grades are not everything. I'm absolutely not encouraging you to slack and do no studying, but there is so much more to uni. Joining societies, making friends, maybe's important to work hard but equally important to enjoy the ride. Especially when first year (for most) doesn't even count past getting over 40%!! At the same time it's good to get into good studying habits for the next few years which will count, so make sure you do manage your time properly!!

3. The level of university is very different to school. This was something I had a real problem with when I arrived at uni, and in fact ended up changing my course completely. I found that whilst at school I was the best at history, but at uni was somewhere in the middle, feeling completely lost. Maybe in part because there were only around 25 people in my sixth form year, but also because everyone is going to be really good at what you're studying - that's why you're there!! So don't stress and without wanting to sound like my mum, just do the best you can me it will be more than enough.

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4. Make mistakes!! That's what your first year is for, finding your way and not always getting it right. This goes for both social life and studying, it's crucial not to worry when you don't get it quite right because nobody does all of the time.

5. You will miss home. Some more than others, I didn't really but I had friends who went home relatively regularly. I would say try to stick it out for a good while as chances are the homesickness will fade but if it doesn't, firstly - don't be afraid to admit defeat and go home for a good bit of home comforts if possible!! Equally, talk to people - flatmates, friends, family...they will all want you to be happy.

6. Get advice when you need it. If you're struggling with a course, with keeping up with your work, with writing an essay, with making friends, with settling in...literally with anything at all and it's getting on top of you, don't be scared to get help!! Your course or personal tutors will be more than happy to help if they can, it's their job and also they really want you to do well. Most unis also have good student health centres where you can go if you need any advice about depression/anxiety/stress etc. as these are problems which really affect students. If you are struggling to get to lectures or meet deadlines for a legitimate reason, again your tutors will want to know and will be able to help because at the end of the day they do care and they do want you to do well!!

7. Most importantly...have fun! Everyone always says make the most of it which stresses me out slightly because I haven't joined every society going, I haven't been involved in any committees and I haven't been on every single night out whilst still making it to my 9am lectures. But take any opportunity which interests you and enjoy your time at uni, it will fly by and before you know it you will be in the big world of work which will seem a LOT more scary, trust me on that one!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Photo Diary | Life Lately

 photo PhotoDiary1_zps1e0d8aa4.jpgStarting the day properly with good strong coffee, OJ and fruit left over from the B&B where I work occasional mornings...I'm a strong believer that a good breakfast can change your day! | 3 generations as my granny came to visit before going off to Ireland, she is a truly energy filled lady! | Very good logic. | Enjoying the Lake District in all it's beauty. | Why on earth don't they have such amazing flavours in the UK? Got this from Budapest, need to go back already for more. | Pretty flowers at a dream wedding I worked at.

 photo PhotoDiary3_zps00ed9abc.jpg Yummy coffee & cakes at Chesters, a truly lovely little café which I cannot believe I haven't visited sooner! | Showing some British/Northern charm to my gorgeous Belgian friend | A cheeky little trip to Manchester, I forget how pretty this city can be!!

 photo PhotoDiary2_zpsd2efb2f2.jpg Gorgeous + very wise quote. | Lake District loving! | Chips chips chips, these are my favourite food and I miss Belgian frites every day (these came from a local hotel, and were preeeeeeetty good!) | Making the trek back down to uni including a 2 hour train's good to be back! | Trying to recreate French breakfasts | Missing my beautiful little sister and her crazy face. 

What have you been up to this week? If you've done any similar posts I'd love to read them.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #11 | Autumn Edition

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Can you believe Autumn is upon us already? I may be exaggerating slightly, some might argue that Summer is here to stay for a few more weeks but I can't help thinking about cosy knits, hot chocolate and warm autumnal colours.

Joules have really been upping their game recently, I've always loved the brand but this season I'm much more tempted than usual!! This fedora is the perfect autumn accessory - I love the feather detail so much. It also reminds me slightly of something you would see in MIC which is good in my books!

Elephants are one of my favourite animals so this necklace is just perfection. I love the off gold colour and the gorgeous design - ideal for adding interest without being too OTT.

Blanket knits are going to be massive this year from the looks of things, and I'm so happy that you can basically wrap yourself in a blankie and look good doing so! I've seen one on the Boohoo advert I'm obsessed with but this one comes in a very close second.

Midi rings are still going strong and you can't go wrong with a minimilastic, simple little heart design. River Island always do gorgeous jewellery and this is no exception.

Another brand I'm a litle obsessed with at the moment is Boohoo - I discovered them way back when they were super cheap and, dare I say it, a little tacky. Thankfully they're still cheap but definitely not tacky, and I'm lusting after pretty much everything they have in. These shorts are a great summer/winter transition piece + would look great with tights or a simple white shirt.

It's no secret that Barry M's gelly nail paint is a firm favourite of mine, and there are some really beautiful Autumn colours to choose from at the moment. This looks like a gorgeous browny red - I'm also tempted by Mustard and Cardamom.

I recently bought my first ever pair of Topshop jeans (I know, I know!) - the Jamie jeans in a light blue colour (from Ebay no less!). Ever since I've fallen more and more in love with the idea of building up a jean wardrobe entirely from the same style, and these are top of the list. Artistically distressed, super casual and the perfect colour all in one. Need.

What are you lusting after this Autumn?


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