Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tips for Freshers/Introduction Week

A few weeks ago, I started a little series of 'University tips' posts with the first one about Preparation. So I'm back with the second and a few tips on how to approach freshers/intro week. 

1) Go to your lectures
Intro and welcome lectures may seem pointless but they can also give you important information. For example, exam dates, assignment deadlines, course structures and you might get to meet a few lecturers. So don't think I can get all that information from someone else, go to it yourself. It'll also be the first time you meet the rest of your course which is important. 
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2) Talk to others on your course
Of course doing this requires you to follow tip 1. I know it can be daunting walking into a room of strangers, all by yourself on your first day of uni, but you have to remember everyone is that boat. No one knows each other yet so even if it's just a 'Hello' try to say it to someone. I mean you're going to be studying together for the next few years you're going to need to talk to each other someday. 
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3) Have a little cry/down moment
Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone will miss home at some point in the first few weeks of uni. Even if it's just the little things like clean clothes, cooking, your own bed etc. So don't feel embarrassed if you need a few minutes to yourself. I bawled my eyes out once my parents had left me at uni. It's just a way of getting things out. 

4) Join societies
Most ex/nearly ex-students will say this to new ones. Again, it might be embarrassing but it's not. It's just getting together with other people who like doing the same thing as you. Societies are great way to meet new people and even learn new things. Plus you have fun. Universities have so many different ones from Film to Tea Appreciation, you've just got to find the one you like. 

5) Enjoy it
Simple advice that you've probably been told a million times. But honestly coming from someone who's been there. Enjoy the first few weeks because even people say first year is the least hard, you still need to put time and effort into it and the work will slowly start to creep in. 
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So, there you are. My five tips for the first few weeks of university. There are probably loads more so let me know if you think of any. Are you a new student let me know your thoughts too. 
Happy University-ing. (haha clever me) 
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Friday, 12 September 2014

Photo Blog: Summer

As I prepare to move back to uni, it's hit me that Summer is over. I've had so much going on this summer, it's definitely one I won't forget so I thought I'd share it with you in pictures.
 It all started with the wedding invites
Then came the first of many wedding events
One of the outfits I wore.
 We had a civil wedding ceremony. The centerpieces were gorgeous. 
Yummmy. Chicken
 An OOTD
 Some henna
 Wedding cake. 
 Then came birthdays. 
I managed to fit a Meetup in there. 
And a week with my nieces. This was her playing about on my phone.  
A final few wedding family friend weddings and some henna. 
And finally my birthday a few weeks ago! Yay. 
That's a quick look at my summer. I've definitely had a busy one and I doubt there will be another one like it for a while. How's your summer been? Got anything exciting still to look forward to? 
Til next time Happy Shopping x 
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Monday, 8 September 2014

#NewarkBloggerMeet Goodie Bag

If you've read my other post, you'll know I went to a Newark Blogger Meetup a few weeks ago. Well, the lovely host Frankie gave us the cutest goodie bag. I just love the bag. But here's a little peek at what was inside. 
Beauty
W7 Mascara and Lipstick. Essence Lipgloss and Compact Powder 
This deep red/maroon colour is perfect for autumn/winter. I'm a lipstick addict so it's perfect for me. Can't wait to use all of these products. 
Facemasks
I've used these Facemasks and they're great. I love the different 'flavours'. I always want to eat them though. Oops. 
Batiste Dry Shampoo
You never know when you'll need Dry Shampoo and even though I haven't tried Batiste (shock horror), this is a great little add. 
Cocoa Brown Fake Tan
Although I won't be using this myself, I'm sure I'll find a friend who can make good use out of it. Supposedly a good tanning product though. 
Nanshy Eyeshadow Brush
I'd never heard of Nanshy until I received this but from first feel of the brush, it's so soft and definitely looks like a good brush. I've even thought about buying their other brushes. I'm sure this one will serve me well though. 
Jewellery
Jacy and Jools
I found it so hard not open this goodie as soon as I got it. It wrapped in lovely pink tissue paper in a paper J&J bag. Neons are so in at the moment and you can wear bracelets with everything. I'm thinking Freshers Week UV rave might be the one for this. I hope I don't lose them!
Lylia Rose Earrings
I also found some Lylia Rose earrings in the goodie bag. I'm assuming this was accidental but the fact that they are Butterflies makes me love them even more. The look so delicate but pretty. 
Food
No goodie bag is complete without some snacks in there. The first was Popcorn. Yum. 
Handmade cookies
These were by far the cutest thing included in the goodie bag; Pizza shaped and decorated cookies. They were so moreish and had to stop myself eating them at once. Props to Frankie for making these from scratch. 
Jelly Belly's
Another snack to make me fat. Still working my way through the packets. 
Other
Kiss Air Oil Burner Wax
The final little find in the goodie bag was this oil burner wax. Firstly can I just how cute; it's heart shaped. And secondly, it's not just any scent but Blueberry Cheesecake. Heaven! I can smell it from the packaging and it smells yummy. Definitely can't wait to use that. 

As I start to use some of these products a bit more, I'll post some reviews. But thank you again to Frankie for organising such a brilliant day. And to all the brands that gave us something inside the bag. I can't wait to use/eat/try them all. 
Til next time happy shopping x 
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Friday, 5 September 2014

Birthday Presents Haul

You may or may not know, it was my birthday last weekend and even turning 20 I still got a few presents. So I thought I'd share them with you all. 

TK Maxx bag
This popped up in my August Favourites but it was actually an early birthday present. I've been using it since I got it and love it. It's a more classic, elegant bag that I've wanted for a while. It just feels expensive. 

Poster, Earrings and Nail Varnish
The nail varnish from these presents was also in my August Favourites. I raved about it so much in my favourites; it's a really nice colour and leaves a shiny effect. It looks a bit like a gel varnish. What can I say about the poster? If you know me you know how much I love tea and I can't wait to put this up in my uni room. Apparently these earrings are handmade; they look so pretty and are my favourite colour! 

Perfume
This was one of the presents I didn't know about. My mum bought me this as a surprise and after buying me the bag I didn't expect to get this. It's a really pretty, sweet smell. She actually bought me a tester but I told her not to buy it as I guessed it would be expensive. I've never heard of this brand as I think it's from a smaller 'boutique' shop in town. But I love it and can't wait to use it. 
 New Look Necklace
I'm not a massive everyday necklace wearer but I really like this one. It's not too ott, just the right size. I like the small detail and will have to find an outfit to wear this with now. 
Butterfly Top
Again, if you know me you know how much I love butterflies. This is such a simple but pretty and useful present. I can imagine this quite casual with leggings and some pumps. 
Sleek Romance Palette
I couldn't quite believe someone had got me makeup for my birthday. I hadn't really told my family that I secretly wanted makeup for my birthday. I guess they read my mind. But I love this and can't wait to try out some looks! I love my Storm Palette and this just adds to the collection. I love the names of the shades which isn't a massively important factor. But they are sweet. Definitely a great present. 
They were the small collection of presents I got. I love them all and can't wait to use/wear/show off all of them. Definitely feeling spoilt. Have you got any of these things? What did you think of it? Let me know. 
Happy Shopping x
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tips for University Preparation

I know there are so many blog posts on tips for university or freshers and most of them probably say the same things. So I've decided to add myself to that list. But instead of talking about tips for the whole year, I've started with tips on preparing for university and the lead up to the big day. 

So here goes.. 5 tips for university preparation. 

1) Make a list of things you need. 
Something so simple but lists will become your best friend in the lead up. Let's face it, it's the easiest way to remember what you need to get and what you've got. I find splitting into sections like Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom always helps. Don't do a me though and forget to tick something off when you've got it. Oops. 

2) Be organised.
I guess this kind of leads on from No1. But organisation is key whether you're starting first year or third. I'm not just talking about shopping and things you need to take. But if you're a Fresher sort your accommodation and student finance out as early as possible. At least then if something does go wrong you've got time to sort it out. I might sound like your parents but it's true. Being organised will make everything a bit simpler. 

3) Don't take everything.
I'm talking about clothes here. I've made the mistake of taking pretty much all of my clothes to uni the last 2 years and I haven't learned this year either. Although I am beginning to wonder now. I don't wear it all and it takes up room. I think it's just worth being selective. You can always do a trip home to pick up some more or something. If you've read my homeware posts you'll know I've become a bit obsessed with buying homely things this year. I've had to stop myself buying much more than I've actually bought. And I think I'm learning. There's nothing wrong with taking these things just don't go too overboard would be my advise. 
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4) Enjoy the most of your time at home.
You might be thinking this is stupid because you can't wait to leave home, start somewhere new, meet new people, become independent... But I guarantee you, there will be a time when you miss home. Whether its the food, the clean clothes, having someone to do things for you, even just the comfort of your bed. You'll miss it and you might not have the money to come home every few weeks. So enjoy it. Look forward to the next big step but make the most of your time at home. 

5) Don't panic.
Probably the most important advise you'll get. Don't panic if something goes wrong. If you're worrying about not being given accommodation yet, your timetable, your induction etc.; don't. Ring up the university and I'm sure they'll help in some way. If you're panicking about not having everything; don't. Check your lists, it'll be there. Keep Calm and Don't Panic as would be said. 

There you go. A few tips to help you prepare for university. It's such an amazing experience and trust me you won't want it to end. But it requires preparation before you actually move in and I hope this has helped a little. 
Are you moving to university this year? Are you already at university? What do you think is important before you move in? Let me know.
Til next time happy shopping x 
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