Sunday, 3 July 2016

Working Girl

Happy Sunday, hope you've all had a marvellous week and are looking forward to heading off to work/school/college in the morning, unless you're one of those lucky ones off on holiday or home from university and can lounge around watching multiple seasons of Netflix! How student life has it's perks sometimes!

If you are headed to work, you're not the only one and after having a few commitments this week where I've had to look semi-professional (temp work, interviews and such like) I put together this blog post with a few of my go-to pieces that make me look all nice and smart and grown-up (sort of).

I feel I should state that I didn't actually wear these exact ones to my interviews/work, but I left my nice heeled boots in York so these were my best substitute at home (although I wouldn't dream of wearing them that high! So I've linked similar ones and here's some that seem a bit more appropriate ((here, here and pumps here)) but still do great things for one's legs!).

I'd love to know you're opinions on this look and any nice go-to pieces you guys wear!

Good luck tomorrow, hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Summer lovin' - Cocktail night

Even though the weather doesn't quite want to make it's mind up, that doesn't mean we can't try and live the summer life we've been wanting! 

And what better way to enjoy summer nights (even through thunder and lightening) than to have a cocktail night with the girls, filled with fruit, nibbles, cute milk bottles and cheesy umbrellas?!


50ml White rum

2 tbsp sugar

2 lime wedges

Lime juice

Sprig of mint

dash of lemonade

Strawberry Daiquiri / Woo Woo:

35ml rum

1bsp strawberry liqueur 

1tsp sugar

20ml lime juice

4 fresh strawberries

Blend with ice

Extra strawberry for decoration

So our daiquiri attempt didn't turn out amazing at first (didn't buy enough strawberries and we used raspberry sourz instead of strawberry liqueur as we didn't have any) as we didn't have enough ingredients for the 5 of us. So we made a couple of Strawberry Woo Woos using vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. However, we did make a concoction containing half daquiri and half  woo woo and I think we all agreed it was the nicest - just make sure the woo woo isn't too strong!

Mango Mama:

Our last creation was probably my favourite (although the mojitos were super also!). 

We created this out of simply mango flavoured vodka, crushed ice and a fruit juice containing pineapple, mango and passion fruit (I'm sure most tropical fruit jucies would work perfectly), and of course a nice slice of pineapple to decorate!

I think it's safe to say we all had a great evening, that went on well into the night. And even though most of the fun was due to us all having a great laugh and finally getting together after all being in elsewhere for our second year at university, the cocktails were all delicious and I'm looking forward to having them again very soon!

Hope you're all well! What are your favourite cocktails??

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Adulting Struggles

No-one likes growing up, especially grown-ups! We all miss those days when we come home from primary school at 3.15 to milk and cookies (or apparently hula hoops in my case) and go out to play with our bikes and our tamagotchis! 

However soon we all face the adult world, whether it be when you first move out or get a job. Still being a student at university, means I haven't quite hit the bit 'Adult world' in terms of full time work and living totally alone, however the jump to living away from my family home and the responsibilities it entailed did hit me. Here I've put together a few pointers and things that might come with adulting;

1. Dealing with people

No more can I throw a toy at someones face and sort of get away with it, or run home to mum to bitch about certain people and get a hug. In the real world, there are a lot (A LOT) of people, some amazing, some rude, some just plain weird (often cross over with the amazing ones to be honest) and some annoying af! Part of adulting is learning and practicing to deal with all these different people and to develop a bit of a thick skin can come in very useful. 

Stay true to yourself and stick up for yourself and others, obviously, but it's helpful to learn how to ignore and not be affected by certain people otherwise life could get quite awkward and difficult. 

2. Bills and Housing

The bain of my life, for the good first half of my second year consisted of these two! I stupidly signed up to be the 'responsible' one in the house and deal with bills and admin stuff - not good if you're a stingy git like me! Advice I'd give to students or people renting a house together would be to 1. try and make an organised file on all the places you visit (you definitely won't remember the details about each one and it gets very confusing!) 2. Ask LOADS of questions to both the landlord/tenancy agency and to the current tenants - I would also recommend asking them about the companies their bills are with, their prices and if they're helpful. I found uSwitch quite helpful for finding the best deal, but there are also bill packages for students (that are probably a good idea if you don't particularly trust your new housemates or don't want the hassle of splitting money etc) such as SplitTheBills or Glide (however I haven't used them so can't say whether they're good or not).

3. Managing Money!

Eugh, money is definitely my biggest worry most of the time. Constantly trying to find good deals and stop myself buying all the totally unnecessary clothes or cookies (or both), is just part of student life to be honest, but it does hit when mum and dad don't do your food shop anymore (let alone cook for you!) and it makes quite a big dent in my bank account (probably more than it should, but still, watch out!) 

Handling credit can be really confusing and I still know very little about it, but there are helpful links, especially for students. I got my first credit card as a student one (not all banks do them but it was perfect to start gaining a credit score) and I'd definitely recommend making an appointment with your bank and they will tell you all about how to manage credit and what's best for you. Also sites like Credit Card Insider are great for information on credit management etc and they have a great YouTube page, which I've actually found has some useful tips and points to think about that no-one really tells you!  

4. Time Management

University particularly taught me how to do this! It's very different when you move from living at home and doing your homework to then living on your own & working/studying and having to factor in not only studying and assignments, but commute, food shopping, food preparation, doing your washing, cleaning the house, working out/sorting bills, socialising etc etc! It's a big jump and can be difficult to juggle but best way to start is to keep a good organised calendar (google calendar on your phone is great when you have your university timetable synced too!) and to timetable slots where you can do a food shop and allow extra time for cooking/commute when booking things into your schedule. 

5. Feeling like you're ready

You won't. Ever. Sorry! (Well I'm hardly much into my adult days so maybe some day) One of the things I have found very hard about turning this age and starting to go about adult-y things like working and living alone is feeling like I'm actually ready and prepared. I mostly just look up to anyone older and think that they think I'm just young and naive because I don't know a lot of simple things about adulty stuff, e.g. about the points I've written about above. However, I think a lot of people feel this way and that everyone is just going through life hoping everyone else can't tell that they have no idea what they're doing!

So any advice I can give on this point is just to act confident and know that you're more than ready for everything that comes your way. We're all a little clueless and all we can do is help each other through all the scary adult things that we face!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Casual Attire

A recent love of mine have been my new flare jeans from ASOS (although I bough them off depop, but I've left a link to similar/if not the same ones below). They're super comfy and I love the navy colour and they're the first pair of flares I've owned since my very first pair of jeans, many years ago! I've loving them paired with nice t-shirts like here or with my black body suit, and go great with some trainers and sunnies...maybe even a hat!!

T-shirt : Primark

Jeans : ASOS

Sunglasses : New Look (Here and Here)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Role Models

We all have different things that are important to us. Different issues, different opinions, views and priorities, which lead us to look up and admire different people. In most cases (as well as various members of family and friends) this includes a number of celebrities out there.

Celebrities' lives are out there for a lot of us to see, whether we want to know about them or not, we often can't help but hear or see things about these people.

One issue in looking up to these people is that not all of the information we hear about them is true, or sometimes we only hear good/bad information about them and often we don't know the whole story behind these stories.

Another issue is the extent to which people admire their role models. Looking up to celebs is harmless, when all it is is 'looking up to', maybe buying a cheeky pair of jeans that Lucy Watson wore on Made In Chelsea but when young girls spend all their time worrying and striving to be exactly like what they think certain celebs are like, it gets a bit out of hand.

However, I thought I'd share a few of the people I look up to and admire and some of the reasons why.

Demi Lovato

Starting off with a pretty big one of mine, this girl is - in my view - pretty incredible. Not only is she stunning and has an indescribable voice but she has an immense load of integrity and courage that I like to think I could have if I tried. I have admired her since I was a little girl who first new of Demi from her Disney Channel days. Not long after I developed my mental health problems, I heard about Demi's problems too. I never really thought about it until she came out of rehab and I researched what she went through. I can't imagine the courage it took for her to risk everything as she did, as well as to manage to recover (something I'm still struggling to do, so for that I will always admire her). On top of that she is actively doing what she can to help others through what she went through and I just think she is an extremely brave and courageous woman.

Jennifer Lawrence

Now I'm sure I'm not alone in kind of fancying Jennifer Lawrence. As a fan of the Hunger Games myself, I was drawn to Jen through many unshamed hours of YouTube videos in which many hilarious interviews of hers came up. I was attracted to her care-free attitude and hilarious personality and those things have always been quite relevant to me (a shy, worrier with many a sarcastic comment, sometimes to shy to voice) and I admire her for those traits. 

Steph Claire Smith

Now here is one girl, most of you may not be familiar with and who may not be your everyday role model. Steph is an Australian model who promotes healthy eating and a healthy body image. Honestly, I don't know much about her, never met her and all I know is off social media (snapchat and instagram and the likes) which I normally don't like to be too influenced by, but, from these platforms I think she's pretty cool and I've noticed that some of what she posts has motivated me both in my eating and fitness habits but has encouraged me to feel better in my body and my skin. 

Giovanna Fletcher

Probably the celebrities I most stalk (on the internet, I'm not that dedicated) and are slightly obsessed with, must be Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. I mean talk about relationship goals! As a fan of Mcfly (and Busted) for as long as I can remember, I have been a huge fan of them all. Therefore I have come to be a fan of Giovanna herself also. I'm not that educated in her life tbh. but from what I've seen and read, she is a brilliantly successful woman who is massively caring and seems to have her priorities and views in order! Some important qualities to me.

Emma Watson

Well, I could hardly do a post on role models and not include this absolute babe!! Her and J.K.Rowling have probably been the two role models that I have kept since I can remember (literally since I was about 10!) I don't really know what to say, except she has been a true inspiration to me through her insane hard work and dedication to her work, whether it be acting or education, as well as to her beliefs and to many people out there, through her charity work and speeches on feminism and much more. Keep inspiring babe, you're amazing!!

Joanne Rowling

I've had to delete some of the other role models I'd chosen, since this post was getting too long, but I just couldn't bare to leave out the wonderful J.K. I've always admired and been inspired by her motivation and passion toward her writing and the incredible courage she must have faced during her life. I can't imagine the bravery and hard work and perseverance she faced to get to where she is now and for her superb writing talent (giving us Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike etc) and her inspiration, I will always be grateful!

So these are just a handful of the amazing people I look up to and admire for similar although different reasons. I could probably write pages listing all the people I class as role models, all the way from Beyonce and the like, to some inspiring bloggers like Zoella or Beth Norton (but I'm sure you wouldn't want to read the entire list).

 Personally I think it's better to admire everyone for different reasons and to be inspired by everyone we meet - whether it be celebrities or just all people in general - than to pick one person we strive to be exactly like at all costs!

Who are some of your role models?


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Farfetch Competition

Recently I got contacted to take part in a fashion blogging competition by Farfetch. They sent a content pack including some fashion trends and inspiration together with an interview from the amazing Marsha Campbell from Style of a London Tall Girl and Sara Azani from Style MBA and the idea was to create a blog post inspired by the content pack. 

Since the interviews and content pack were all about individual style and fashion pieces, I've used some of the questions asked to the wonderful bloggers mentioned and given my answers below and provide a few piccies of some of my style pieces I've been loving recently.

Sunglasses: New Look

Dress: Primark

Trainers: Nike

What are your go-to fashion pieces and how do you style them?

My go-to pieces would be my Nike trainers, my sunglasses and my Michael Kors handbag, for more formal outfits or Longchamp rucksack, for any casual look. I find sunglasses always finish a look really nicely and most styles go with just about any outfit.

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

My style is very varied so I tend to just spot nice pieces anywhere to recreate the look I have in my head. The main styles are really like are Tanya Burr, Beth Norton, Taylor Swift, Stephanie Smith

How do you approach building your look and updating your wardrobe?

To be honest, my wardrobe is not nearly as big as I would like it to be! But I’ve come to realise recently that fashion trends come back round from years ago and so I’ve decided to not throw away any of my clothes. I know it sounds very hoard-ish and unhealthy but recently I’ve had so much inspiration for nice looks and discovered that I had the perfect item for it some years ago and have given it away or chucked it, leaving me devastated and having to buy it again!

What’s on your fashion wishlist at the moment?

A triangl bikini, rose-gold sunglasses and some dungarees.

Where do you love to shop?

TopShop, Urban Outfitters, New Look, Boohoo, Zara and H&M

Hope you enjoyed this post, I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments and some of your favourite style pieces!