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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5 tips on feeling at home when moving away for university

Friday, January 26, 2018

I've seen posts like this all over the internet in the past but they've always been a bit wishy-washy for my liking. I've read the whole 'decorate your room with blankets and posters and cute cushions' take way too many times. I wanted to offer some alternative tips to help you feel more at home in university halls and in a new town or city.

Photo by Aleksi Tappura on Unsplash

1. Find solace in supermarkets. 🍏
A weird one to start off with, but supermarkets were pretty much my fave place to be. You've been food shopping a hundred times, whether alone or with your mum and/or dad. It's not an alien concept. It's probably one of the most familiar things you'll have when you move away. Enjoy shopping for yourself. I found it weirdly therapeutic because food shopping is just so... normal. I made sure to never go food shopping if I was on a time limit so that I could take as long as I wanted and do a successful job.

2. Get to know your new surroundings. 🏙
An obvious one. You have to explore your new town or city, there's nothing more anxiety-inducing than not knowing where the hell you are. As sad as it sounds, I spent hours upon hours on Google Maps getting to know York and all its little streets and alleys. I wanted to start university and know exactly where to go. By the time I started, I knew where the local shops were, I knew the quickest way to town, I knew how to get to uni and back, I knew where the train station was and how to get to it, I knew where the local cinema was and I knew where I could order takeaway. However it did mean that I was basically a tour guide for my flatmates when we all moved in. This made me feel like I was a true 'Yorkie'.

3. Spend time in the library. 📚
Whether this is the university's library or a public one, libraries are comforting and largely stress-free. Even when I didn't have a lot of work to do, I would chill in the university library because it was a nice comfy environment - they had big sofas, loads of desk space, and there was an entire 'quiet floor' for those who wanted to work in peace. I would always go to the big desks that faced the entrance so I could people watch. I often took my laptop and a notebook so if I actually wanted to write an essay I could, or if I just wanted to browse Tumblr and Twitter somewhere differently to my bedroom I could.

Photo by Mia Baker on Unsplash

4. TEXT your friends and family. 📱
I emphasise the word TEXT because honestly, every time I had a phone call with my mum I would cry. I got incredibly homesick and hearing my mum's voice made me miss home even more, so texting was better for me especially if I was on the go. I liked dropping my mum a text on my way to uni, or chatting to my friends on Facebook Messenger while I was having lunch. It felt more casual, it felt like I was back at home and nothing was different. If you prefer calling to texting, you do you, but I found texting to be a little more relaxed and it wouldn't make me as sad. I would usually save FaceTiming my mum for the evenings when I was done with the day and chilling in my PJs eating dinner, and more often than not she'd be doing the same thing.

5. Have a pyjama day or two, and don't feel guilty about it. 👕
You have them at home, why not in halls? I remember one Sunday I spent the entire day in my pyjamas and only left my room twice to get food. Turns out everyone else in the flat was doing the same thing because I didn't hear a peep all day. We didn't see each other until the following morning. I think solitary pyjama days are necessary. There's no need to force yourself out the flat every day, there's no need to get dressed for nothing. If you've got work to do, get your swankiest PJs on and crack on. I found these kind of days the most normal for me - I'd get a film up on Netflix or listen to music with my headphones on and for a while I'd forget where I was.

I hope at least some of these tips were helpful.

Tea bag art by Ruby Silvious

Monday, January 22, 2018

I first stumbled upon Ruby Silvious' art on Tumblr and at first it took me a second to realise these little artworks were being painted on dried out teabags. These are some of the most delightful pieces of art I've ever seen, plus I am a sucker for unconventionality. I just love when people think outside the box and produce something so wonderfully unique. It reminds me how cool art is and can be.

She even has a book featuring all of her teabag art which you can purchase here or here.

Please check out Ruby's website and explore some more of her fantastic art. 

Quirky home accessories for £10 and under

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Anyone else still skint from Christmas? Yeah. January is a hellish month.

But, whether you're redecorating your entire home or just want to add a few new pieces to a room, you really don't have to splash a lot of cash to make an impact. Quality doesn't have to mean costly. If you look hard enough and shop around, you can find some real bargains that are made well, look beautiful, and will suit your style down to the ground - all without making your bank account weep.

Here are my homeware picks for £10 and under for you guys to shop.

Lovely quotes / 12

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Here's part 12, enjoy.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

“You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.”
— S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.”
— Rudy Francisco

“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
— Madeleine L’Engle

“Hardship often prepares ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
— C.S. Lewis

“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”
— Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Winter is beautiful not because it is the end of everything but because it represents the start of something new, when everything is all the way back to zero, a fresh new start.”
— Lukas W., Winter is zero

“The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees — to learn something by being nothing a little while but the rich lens of attention.”
— Mary Oliver

Sunrises & skincare

Friday, January 19, 2018


It's bloody freezing and I'm mildly annoyed about it. Cold is fine on its own, but when it's accompanied by icy wind I hate it. Icy wind is my nemesis.

On the other hand, winter brings us some cracking sunrises (and sunsets). I can just about look past the horrid wind when the sky looks like that at 8am. I'm really excited for spring to arrive - I miss waking up to the glorious sunshine in a morning. I also just miss it not being 2°C every day.

My Beauty Bay order arrived this morning. I've ordered some of The Ordinary Serum Foundation and a tube of Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser. I've tried foundation from The Ordinary before and didn't love it, but I reckon I had the Coverage Foundation and I found it a bit... blah, plus I think the shade was wrong, so I ordered the serum one this time. They're both quite similar in consistency but the serum foundation's had way better reviews so I figured I'd give it a go.

I've already tried and tested the Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser and it is be-au-tiful. So luxurious and soft, I want a hundred more tubes of the stuff right now. It can also be a make-up primer and make-up remover which is interesting - will definitely try it as a primer.

I also purchased a bottle of Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash recently from LookFantastic. I've been on the hunt for a new face wash because although I love Liz Earle, her products are a bit pricey and I don't always have the funds for them, so I have been looking for cheaper alternatives that clean my face just as well. This face wash was highly recommended so I ordered it, and so far I love it. It's in between being a gel and a foam cleanser and it completely strips your make-up off with so little effort. It's also kind on the eyes so you can use it to take your mascara off. Oh, and it doesn't leave your face feeling tight and dry!

Apart from doing a stupid amount of internet shopping, I've been a busy bee at work and at home I've been working my way through the first two graphic novels from George R. R. Martin's 'Tales of Dunk and Egg' (I talked about it here briefly). They're fantastic stories and way more fun in the graphic novel format.

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend. I'll be spending it relaxing in my warm bed, reading, possibly blogging, watching a lot of YouTube, and playing my new favourite household on The Sims 4. Living the high life, I know.

Movie days & thrifted things

Sunday, January 14, 2018


It's been a lazy one for me today. I'm currently watching Beauty and the Beast (the 2017 one) and it's just one of those films that gives me all the happy goosebumps. I love it so much. Next up I'm thinking either Baby Driver or Rogue One... I've decided it's going to be a movie-and-food kinda day. It is a Sunday after all.

Yesterday my mum, step-dad and I went on a bit of a charity shop rummage. I'm forcing myself to be more thrifty for the rest of this month (don't get paid for another 2 weeks, boo), so to satisfy my shopping habit I thought I'd look for some bargains. I found a grey duffle coat (dreamy for £5.99), a gorgeous copy of Henry V by William Shakespeare (a mere £1.50), and a book called Letters of Note (for £3.50!!!) which I remember seeing in Waterstones years ago. You can find it here if you're interested.

I had to nip into Superdrug very quickly and pick up some new mascara. I've been trying out the I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara from Essence but turns out it's naff as hell (goes on clumpy, flakes off at the end of the day) so I got one by Max Factor instead. I haven't tried it before but I can guarantee it'll be better than the Essence one. 

We then went home, ordered a Domino's and stuffed our faces with butterscotch tart. Well, I stuffed my face with butterscotch tart. It was a lovely afternoon spent watching Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and eating a lot of terrible but wonderful food. My favourite kinda days to be honest.

I hope the week ahead is kind to you.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My 2018 winter skincare routine

Monday, January 08, 2018


Today I want to show you guys the skincare products I use. I have normal to combination skin if that's useful to anyone looking into buying any of these products - bear in mind some of them are intensely hydrating so if you're an oily gal I'd be cautious.

Hope you enjoy this post!

Cleanse: I use Cleanse & Polish by Liz Earle daily and use Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash by Amie once a week because it's way more exfoliating than the Liz Earle one. If I'm feeling lazy I'll remove my make-up using these Micellar Oil Cleansing Facial Wipes from Superdrug and then this Micellar gel from Primark to make sure I've got everything off.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Unrelated yet cute photo.

Watching: QI, Insert Name Here, Would I Lie to You? - basically all things BBC and panel show-y. Can't cope with anything too heavy at the moment. Oh, I've also been binge watching sophdoesnails videos on YouTube. I like her make-up reviews and the fact she tries make-up from cheap and cruelty free brands like Essence, Collection, and MUA.

Reading: I just finished reading The Mystery Knight graphic novel by George R. R. Martin. Loved it, but only realised after doing some research that it's the 3rd in a series, so I'm going to have to buy the others soon. I can get through graphic novels like nobody's business - I'm much more of a visual person than a 'wordy' person. If every novel could be turned into a graphic novel I'd be chuffed to bits.

Eating: Marks & Spencer's cool tortillas, Hotel Chocolat's caramel everything, and Wotsits. Like, a shed load of Wotsits. Yes, my diet is very healthy and nutritional, I know. It's truly inspiring.

Drinking: Plain old water. Occasionally OJ.

Loving: The fact that Christmas is over. Anyone else get a little fed up with it by the end of December/beginning of January? I don't want to look at another Christmas decoration, listen to a Christmas song, or even say or hear the word 'Christmas' for at least 10 months.

Feeling: Happy with my blog and the progress I'm making - it's been slow, but I feel motivated to push on and grow my readership and blogging skills no matter how long or how much effort it takes. Those that do read my ramblings - thank-you. My blog is currently a seedling and I'd love to see it become a sapling in 2018.

Thinking: About how I can be a little more conscious. I want to stop multitasking so much (I'm rubbish at it anyway) and start focusing all my attention on one thing and do it well. I love being on the computer and having some YouTube videos on my iPad next to me but I'd like to limit how often I do that. I'd also like to limit how often I sit watching shows in bed and simultaneously scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. Technology is addictive and I find it hard to break away from even when I want to. People who do digital detoxes - how?!?

Hope you guys are having a great weekend. I'm working today but it's an easy-breezy shift. Excited to book some time off over my birthday soon and then I can start thinking about what I want to do for my 24th... 

A part of me fancies a two-night stay in London but I can already hear my bank account crying. So much £££... Another part of me wants to spend a few days in the peace and quiet of the Peak District. Somewhere nice like Buxton, Castleton or Hathersage. Not sure, any recommendations?

Showcase: buttery soft cashmere

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Cashmere is the epitome of luxury. It doesn't have to cost a small fortune either - cashmere is all over the high street now and even in some supermarket's clothing ranges (F&F, Tu etc.) If you want to snag yourself something cashmere this winter I'd do it now while the sales are still in full force, you'll find some amazingly discounted pieces that will last you a lifetime.

I've featured 10 of my favourite cashmere picks from the web for your shopping pleasure. Enjoy!

Note: Some items I've featured here are cashmere blend - blended with either wool or cotton, usually. Still very luxurious (and sometimes more affordable).

Wet weather & bargain jewellery in Bakewell

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

This morning my ma and I set off for Bakewell for what was probably the wettest day we've had so far this winter. Usually we'd rearrange a trip if the weather was naff but we decided to go anyway because I was dying to go to Fat Face and check out their sale.

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Monday, January 01, 2018

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