Wednesday, 18 September 2013
I'm a bit late for the back to school and back to college people, but this week I've been buying my guilty pleasure - Stationery.
Here are a few of my favourite budget friendly stationery products!
(L-R) set of 2 storage boxes / set of 2 storage boxes / set of 2 storage boxes / index card box / box file / folder
(L-R) Set of owl food boxes / unicorn eraser / iwako kokeshi doll eraser / red satchel / pencil case
I have to say that I'm quite proud of how small my 'notes' section considering my 'notes' section in my desk is by far my biggest collection! (I have to buy all designs and sizes of any post-it notes I find) but my favourite items have got to be the pencil case tin which would be a great solution to the awkward moments I experiences last year at Uni where I opened my bag and didn't look in when I grabbed my pencil case and pull out my make-up instead (whoops!) and the index card box because I swear that using index cards to make revision cards has got to be a pre-exam lifesaver!
whats your favourite?
Lots of Love
Monday, 16 September 2013
As I flick though blogs I'm flooded with posts named "top tips for starting university!". I have to read every one of these posts just out of curiosity to see if the suggestions are as silly as the last post I read.
For a start, if you're starting university this month - do not take these posts to be like your new bible! Everyone is different and if something is definitely not your cup of tea don't feel like you have to.
I'm going to list the most common "tips" and put my own spin on it.
1. Get involved with clubs and societies.
If there isn't a club or society that you're interested in - don't join one. You can join any time or at the beginning of next year. I didn't join any when I started last year and I don't feel like I missed out on much. Don't get me wrong if you're a massive fan of a sport or hobby and there's an appropriate club/society then join it - you'll meet loads of people who share your interest.
2. Go to every freshers event.
This is stupid. To go to every freshers event or even plan to is crazy. You will have a seen or received your freshers week calendar thing. Pick out your favourite ones and highlight them in a certain colour pen. Then, once you've got to university discuss with people in your halls of residence which events they'll be going to. If a lot of people in your block are going to an event and it doesn't sound completely nightmare-ish then give it a go if that many people in a small space are interested in it chances are a lot of people will go and you might meet some people from your course while you're there. But if there's an event you really wanted to go to and no one else in your block wants to go - still go you'll meet people who you are most likely to things in common with interest-wise.
(For example my university does a board game night and a computer game night as well as all the alcohol related nights that are on.)
3. When you move in - pack light.
When you pack to move in DO NOT pack light. Pack everything you think you might need in a year. I had to do 2 trips in a Peugeot 306 to move my stuff in and I managed to fit everything into my room (just about (to takes a lot of planning to find a sensible place for everything)) but I'm so glad I took everything I did because I felt like I have everything I could possibly need and it saves the situation where you realise you need something and you didn't pack it and now you have to waste precious money on something you already own. You can always take things home when you visit home if you realise you definitely did not need to pack it.
Also, make sure you pack home comforts. I didn't pack my stuffed toy from when I was born because I didn't really use it anymore but when I moved in and nipped back home for my 2nd load the whole idea that I was moving out was starting to dawn on me and I quickly grabbed my stuffed toy which I was go glad I did. It's nice to have something like that for when you feel homesick because for me just seeing the toy in my Uni room it made me feel so much more comfortable.
4. Put up lots of photos and posters
This is one tip I couldn't recommend more. Lots of websites give you 100 free prints of any photos you want and you just have to pay postage (such as boots and snapfish) when you sign up for them. Make the post of it I completely covered my room in photos, posters, tickets, pictures of my favourite bands etc and every single person in my block said my room was by far the most homely.
5. Don't go home when you feel homesick.
I sort of agree with this. When I moved to Uni I only moved 2 bus rides away from home (25ish minutes in the car) and during my first week of Uni I had to go to inductions for my lectures and I was in campus accommodation which was about 10 minutes walk from campus still and it was absolutely pissing down with rain. I have naturally curly hair which I hate so I HATE rain because it makes my hair go curly so you can imagine my shit mood when on my first opportunity to meet people on my course I turn up looking like some weirdo. I was freezing cold and just wanted to go back home so when my lectures finishes I caught the bus home, had a shower and got ready and went back to Uni and this quick trip home did me the world of good it got rid of that bit of homesickness I had and I was completely ready to start again with Uni life after spending just an hour at home.
Anyway the moral of the story is that if you feel really home sick, go home if you feel you really need to. Just try not to go too often - you'll also be surprised how your home sickness can go away when you speak to family or friends on Skype or if you invite people to visit you at Uni rather than going home to visit them because as much as going home can help, it can also make it so much worse if you go home too often and it will also mean you'll end up losing out on the university experience.
To top off the reasons why you shouldn't go home to often is that when you actually move home whether its for summer or permanently at the end of Uni, you will hate every minute of it you'll have to live by someone else's rules and you'll lose a portion of your freedom so make the most of your freedom!
6. Get a TV and TV licence.
Don't. It a complete waste of money there's nothing you can't go on your computer/laptop as long as you've got Internet. Chances are you'll miss most programmes you like when they're actually on so you will have to watch them on on demand players online anyway and if you aren't going to miss a programme you're much better getting freewire anyway which has all the freeview channels on and runs off the Internet streaming tv programmes as they're being broadcast.
Further if your parents have sky or virgin media TV get their username and password and you can watch sky/virgin channels online too and it's such a space saver in your room not having to have a TV and a computer/laptop.
7. Share food shopping
I never did group food buying but I do know other accommodation blocks which did and it worked well for them but even if you don't group buy food (I can't see the practicality as everyone wants different things) I do recommend going in small groups to a local supermarket as you can divide a taxi fare between you to make it work out cheaper than if you'd caught the bus and catching a busy bus with food shopping is not pretty.
I would like to add one recommendation which I haven't yet seen anywhere else.
eBay eBay eBay!
It's been a life save when preparing for both of my courses and its been great for feeding my shopping addiction at the lower cost as some clothes on there are great value.
Anyone who is starting university this month - good luck and make the most of it!
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Just a quick post to show you all what I've seen on the high street ready for A/W 2013.
The post will be focusing on 4 looks: Punk, 1980's Club Kid, Classic Co-ordinates and Oversized Outerwear.
Redcrop top - River Island £10 / Tartanhair scrunchy - River Island £4 / FauxFur Collar Biker Jacket - River Island £60 / TartanCropped Skinny Trousers - Zara £29.99 £17.99 / LeatherSkinny Trousers - Topshop £32 / FauxFur Collar Waxed Jacket - River Island £60 / Blackand Gold snake nail ring - River Island £3 / DipDye Spike Collar - Topshop £10 / BlackChunky Buckle Cut out Ankle Boots - New look £29.99 / BlackLeather Look Collar Shirt - TK Maxx £16.99 / BlackLeather Cut out Ankle Boots - New look £59.99
Lilac Slingback flatform pumps – Topshop £25 / Neon greenmesh panel pencil skirt – Topshop £25 / Tie dye studded shorts – Topshop £50 / NeonLeopard print tassel dress – Topshop £32 / Florescent Boarder flower Jogger trousers – Topshop £35 / Earrings– Topshop £32 / Colour block pencil skirt – river island £25 / Cosmic Cat printt-shirt – Topshop £25 / Neon halter neck wrapped cropped top – riverisland £28 / Embellished Tiger Cropped top – Topshop £24 / Black and blue Ankleboots – Topshop £80 / Eyes bodycon dress – Topshop £32 / Gold brogues – Riverisland £45 / Animal print bralet – topshop £26 / Jelly shoes – JuJu at Office£25 / Coin Bracelet – River island £20
Lace Panel shirt – topshop £36 / Colour block cami – topshop£38 / Pink and Gold rose bracelet – New Look £5.99 / Stone Flower Ropebracelet - Topshop £10 / Pink and blackcolour block skirt £25 and top
£22 £10 – river island / Blue mesh insertskirt – topshop £48 / Purple spotty crop shirt – Topshop £29 / Grey Textured Woolen Shorts – French Connection at TK Maxx £14.99 / Lilac floral a-line Skirt –topshop £60 £20 / Cream check velvet flocked skirt £25 and top £28 - river island
Black Shearling Panel Waterfall Biker Jacket – River Island£75 / Long Black Jacket – TIBI at TK Maxx £129.99 / Black Long Line Biker -Miss selfridge £69 / Wide Collar Pea Coat – Topshop £75 / Brown 2 Tone WaterfallCoat – River Island £60 / Glittler and Black Blazer – Elizabeth and James at TKMaxx £119.99 / Wool Black Wrap Cape – Dsquared2 at TK Maxx £299.99 / BlueWoolen Coat – Far Fetch £830 / Faux Fur Collar Waterfall Jacket – New Look£39.99
What are your favourite A/W 2013 styles?
Lots of Love
Monday, 22 July 2013
Sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation to use some mungo jerry lyrics as my title :).
We've all been enjoying some lovely weather lately and I'd say that this year we have definitely had a summer in Britain (which hopefully isn't going to end that soon.. Fingers crossed!) and this sunny weather just makes me want to go to somewhere beautiful and have a picnic.
Here's a few of my ideal picnic scenes:
Yes, I've been sad enough to (sort of) plan my ideal picnic..
My ideal setting would be a beautiful gardens:
and some of the favourite picnic items would be like these..
What do you like to do in the sunny weather?