June 25, 2014

OOTD #24

Hello Readers,

Today I have another OOTD post for you all! I'm finally wearing the amazing peach coloured Topshop Skort I featured in my massive collective haul a few months back. It's honestly one of the nicest items of clothing I own, such good quality and so worth the money! I decided to style it up with that infamous cropped fluffy jumper that all the bloggers went mad for a few months back, a chunky gold necklace and my new white flatform sandals. An unusually colourful outfit for me but I quite like it. 

Peach Skort - Topshop 
White Fluffy Jumper - Primark 
White Flatform Sandals - LaModa

That's all for this post. I hope you're all well!

June 17, 2014

Topshop Wishlist #3

Hello Readers,

Today I have a Topshop Wishlist for you all. It's been a long time since I last looked on the Topshop website as it's a pretty dangerous thing when you're supposed to be saving your pennies. I somehow ended up on the website today and I think it's fair to say I found a few items that I liked! There's so much colour going on in this wishlist for a change as I'm really feeling the tropical trend. I don't know what's come over me all of a sudden but I'm drawn to colour at the moment..


June 16, 2014

Should I take a Gap Year?

Hello Readers,

Today I'm going to be doing a little bit of a different post to what I usually do on here and I'm going to be talking about Gap years. I'll be talking about what I experienced during mine and hopefully giving relevant advice that will come in handy to people who are currently making this difficult decision. Now I'm not really sure on what the typical age is for the majority of my readers so I don't know how relevant this will be to some of you. However if it helps or is interesting to at least one person then that's all I can ask for! 

I'll start off by saying that I myself am currently on a gap year, I didn't choose to take a gap year as such as originally I was adamant that I was not going to go to university. I couldn't mentally picture myself being there, going to lectures, doing dissertations etc. I was sure university wasn't for me so I decided not to bother applying. It wasn't until some of my friends started going off to interviews and getting offers that a small part of me began to wish I was doing the same thing - it also didn't help that I had teachers and my mum telling me that I should apply and I was good enough to go to university despite what I initially thought.

I decided that instead of just disregarding their encouragement for me to go into higher education, I would bare it in mind for a few months whilst I took a "gap year". As college came to an end and Summer began, I decided to set myself goals for my gap year. I wanted to see what I could achieve and see if any of the experiences I went through would help me make up my mind about whether or not to go university at all. 

So that brings me to my first Gap Year tip;

1. Set yourself realistic goals.
It's all well and good saying you want to take a gap year to do other things but unless you sit down and plan what you want to achieve during your gap year, you'll just end up sitting around and before you know it the year will be over and you won't feel much better for it. I made myself a few simple goals, all which could be achievable if I worked hard enough. Most of them relate to photography as that's what I want to do but without actually sitting down and setting myself some goals I can almost guarantee that I would have wasted my time doing nothing.

 Thankfully I have achieved all of these tasks (apart from saving up, that starts now) I've built up my photography portfolio so much this year, both with my own personal work and client work. I worked in Topshop over Christmas and also managed to bag myself a little photography job at a little vintage beauty salon. I made a few very valuable contacts whilst living in Nottingham which will come in handy as that's where I will be studying for the next 3 years! I also managed to get some photography work published in an online magazine which was an absolute dream come true for me! 

2. Do something exciting! 
I know it's pretty predictable to turn around and say go travelling around the world but if it's what you want to do, do it! Do something different, go somewhere new, do something which challenges you to be more independent. For me that was moving out of my family home and moving to Nottingham with my boyfriend. It's something that was scary, exciting and challenging yet I don't regret it in the slightest. It's taught me some important life skills which I know will come in handy with uni. Now I'm not saying you have to move out of your family home, but maybe just doing something as simple as going on holiday with your friends or working abroad? Something that will teach you how to look after yourself and how to be responsible with money.

3. Gain some work experience.
I'm sure this pretty much goes without saying but jazzing up your CV a bit whilst you have the time will work wonders. It can be extremely difficult trying to find work these days so don't just expect to complete a 3 year uni course and find yourself in the dream job straight away. It's a highly competitive market and a degree doesn't necessarily improve your chances therefore it's crucial that you try your best to add to your resume and further improve your skills whilst you have the chance. Whether it's paid or unpaid work it will help you! Remember, volunteer work always looks great on your CV and who knows, maybe you'll find yourself in the dream job without having to go to university! 

4. Enjoy Yourself! 
You're finally free of the pressures of education so make sure you enjoy yourself! Spend time with friends, relax, take that dream holiday with your friends / family or find yourself a hobby and really throw yourself in to it. Having a hobby will come in handy whilst at Uni as there are lots of different social groups you can join, which ultimately means you'll be able to make friends with people who share similar interests to you. 

5. Explore Your Interests
Use your free time to explore your interests and really think about what it is exactly that you would like to go on and study. For example, I have an interest in fashion and after leaving college I began looking at possibly taking up a fashion styling course instead of photography - which was something I'd never even considered previously! I ruled it out in the end, but it was nice to look at my options and see the different career paths I could take.

6. University Isn't Everything
It's important to remember that University is not the be all and end all in life. Too many people these days are stuck in the mindset that you can't achieve anything without going to uni and that's not the case at all. Don't feel pressured to go to university just because everyone else is or because your parents want you to go. If you know 100% that it's not for you then don't push yourself into going as you'll only make yourself unhappy. 

A few months into my gap year I realised that I wanted to give university a go. There's still room for me to grow and develop my photography skills and that's exactly what I want to do. I've got a confirmed place at Nottingham Trent University and I can't wait to see what university life is like. I don't regret my gap year in the slightest as it helped teach me important life skills and also helped me tremendously when it came to making my decision about university. 

I hope this post has been helpful for anyone considering taking a gap year. I'd love to hear some feedback! 

I hope you're all well.

June 13, 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

Hello Readers,

I was running low on some of my beauty essentials recently so I decided to pop in to Superdrug and restock on some of my products. I didn't pick up many products so there's not a lot to show but I thought I'd do a little post on it anyway! 

First thing I picked up was a box of L'OREAL Casting Creme Gloss Hair Dye in the shade Iced Truffle. Now I don't think I've mentioned this on my blog before but unfortunately I'm on the side of the family that goes grey early meaning I have to dye my hair pretty regularly to stay on top of the problem. I've dyed my hair countless times throughout my teen years and don't usually stay loyal to one brand, however the last few times I have repurchased this exact dye and in this exact shade. It's a lovely product and I feel like the colour is the perfect shade of chocolate brown! 

Next up is the Gosh CC Illuminating foundation which retails for £8.99. I've never used this product before, in fact I was going to purchase my usual Gosh BB cream however when I saw this I just felt really overwhelmed to try it. GOSH is a make-up brand that so many people overlook, probably due to price - however their BB cream is probably one of the best face products I've ever used. So when I saw they had released a CC cream and in 2 lighter shades I just had to have it. I've used this twice already but hopefully once I've formed an opinion on it I shall be able to review it soon! 

I then picked up a pack of Superdrugs own brand cleansing facial wipes. A bit of a boring purchase but a completely necessary one! Again, I don't stay loyal to one brand of face wipes and these just happened to be the ones I picked up on this particular trip to Superdrug. These wipes seem to be quite heavily fragranced which may or may not irritate my skin so I'll use them for now and see how I get on. 

The final product I picked up was the VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray. I was never usually one for hair products as I never knew what products I needed to use and felt like they didn't do anything for me. However recently I have sort of settled into a hair care routine and this is one of the products that features in it, I do use it for its intended purpose which is to protect my hair from heat but it also kind of doubles as a de-tangling spray for me as I have really knotty hair. It's cheap and it does the job! I'm pretty sure I will be doing a post on my hair care routine quite soon so look out for that if you're interested in seeing what other hair products I use! 

That's all for this post, I hope you're all well!

June 12, 2014

Excel Clothing Wishlist

Hello Readers,

I recently stumbled across a site called Excel Clothing and whilst looking at some of their stock I ended up finding a few pieces that I liked, so I thought it was only right that I made up a little wishlist and shared it with you all! Excel Clothing stocks clothes, shoes, bags etc for men, women and children - all of which are designer brands. On their site you can find brands ranging from Fred Perry to Vivienne Westwood so there really is something for everyone. Excel offer free UK delivery on orders over £75 and if you order before 2pm you qualify for same day despatch which is pretty impressive service! 

How adorable is this dress?! It's a lovely turquoise green colour and is covered in this cute little camera print. As a lover of photography this dress goes down well with me! With a tan belt to cinch in the waist and some little tan loafers to match this would be a great summer outfit.

I can't get over how beautiful this watch is. It's the perfect gold tone and looks so classy and elegant. Definitely worth investing in.

I'm an absolute sucker for brown cross body bags. No matter what shape or size, I just can't get enough! I was really drawn to this one as I love how structured it is. As I'm going to university this year I'm looking for the perfect uni bag and I think this might just be it. It looks perfect for carrying any books or stationary I'll need to take. Stylish and practical! 

I've always loved how classy the Ted Baker purses look, especially this nude pink one. So simple yet cute, I'd love to get my hands on one! 

That's all for this post, I hope you're all well! 

June 11, 2014

OOTD #23

Hello Readers, 

It's been a while since I last did an OOTD post but as we've finally got some nice weather I thought it was about time I showed how I style some of the more summery pieces of clothing that I featured in my massive February collective haul. This outfit is not really what I'd consider to be my typical style, it's kind of sports luxe meets clean cut yet I really like it. I've recently been lusting over Co-ords but haven't yet got my hands on one so this is kind of like my own answer to the Co-ord trend and I think it works rather well! 

Verity White Skort - Missguided - Sold Out, Similar one here
Gold Chain - River Island - Old, Similar one here 

That's all for this post, I hope you're all well!

June 03, 2014

Beauty Photoshoot #4

Hello Readers, 

It's been a while since I shared some of my photography on here so I figured I should probably update my blog with some of my more recent work. This selection of images are all from a little test shoot I did back in April featuring the lovely Holly Stancer from Model Students Agency. She's only 16 years old yet she was an absolute dream to work with, so natural in front of the camera! The original sort of theme for this was quite minimalistic, with cranberry eye-shadow, sharp contouring and slick wet hair however I like to experiment on my shoots which is why we decided half way through to switch up the make-up look and even try shooting behind a wet plastic sheet for an almost glass like effect. I'm really happy with the outcome of these images so I hope you all like them too!  

Model: Holly Stancer @ Model Students
MUA: Jessica Rose Pykett

That's all for this post, I hope you're all well!

June 02, 2014

New In: White Flatform Sandals

Hello Readers,

I'm a little bit late on the the bandwagon here but I'm pleased to say that I FINALLY have a pair of flatforms in my life! I don't know why it took me so long to get them as I've wanted a pair for the longest time but I can stop lusting now as they're all mine. These are the Leila Chunky White Platform Velcro Sandals from La Moda. They're great quality shoes, they're perfect for summer and they were only £20! I've had a look at all varieties of chunky flatform sandals online and in store and these are probably the cheapest that I've come across so far. I've already thought of countless ways to style them and can't wait to feature these in a few OOTD posts which will be coming up very soon! 

If you're looking for the perfect chunky sandals for summer I highly recommend checking these out. Also, have a look at the other shoes La Moda stock - they have lots of amazing shoes and all at a really reasonable price. 

I hope you're all well!