Saturday, 27 June 2015

Kefalonia

Whilst you read this, I am in Kefalonia! I was going to schedule posts for whilst I was away, but life got busy and I decided that actually there was no need. I'm going to miss blogging, but expect a holiday lookbook and some other posts about the holiday when I am back. I hope you all enjoy the next couple of weeks whatever you are getting up to! 


flashback to Turkey last year!


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

11 Things I Learnt at University

 In an attempt to hold onto the barely there threads of my student life, I'm going to write about the things I learnt whilst I was at university. Although there were ups and downs, I think it's been important for me to recognize that the ups outweighed the downs, and the downs taught me lessons which are always helpful.

One | Get stuck in - I wouldn't have made any friends if I hadn't put my worries aside and got chatting to people. Everyone was in the same boat initially, and even friends I made later on in my university life, I wouldn't have made without putting myself out there and getting stuck in

Two | Independance is Golden - Before University, I was independent to an extent, but I knew there was room for improvement. This is something that has been achieved for me. I feel so much more confident in doing things independently.

Three | How to eat better - First year was a blur of 11p noodles. Third year was a combination of roasted vegetables, couscous and fruit. I've learnt not to deprive yourself of treats, but to eat a more balanced diet.

Four | You will stay friends with the people you want to - When you go to university, there will be friends who take an interest in you, and friends who don't. And vice versa!

Five | Love is fabulous - I met Dan back in first year, and he's just changed my world. He's incredible, and I am lucky uni brought us together

Six - Stay in touch with your family - They are the ones who will be there for you no matter what if you are lucky enough. Stay in touch with them, its important to remember them and not get caught up in your lifestyle

Seven - Try new things - Go away to a place you would have never thought about going to, join that exercise class or volunteer for something.

Eight - Do what you love - Personally, from second year onwards, I really disliked going out to clubs and would sometimes feel like I had to just because all my friends were going out. In third year, I realised it was OK to just stay in doing my own thing and I'm so glad I realised this before it was too late

Nine - Hard work pays off - this couldn't be more true. There will always be the people who get good grades naturally, but for those of us who have to work harder, the feeling when you get a good result back is insanely good!

Ten - You will cringe at your younger self - I am so pleased that I am leaving university as a different person to the person who came. Yes, I was fun, but now I am more classy and for that I am so grateful.

Eleven - To have more confidence - Both in myself, and in my work as well. I was so nervous to hand in pieces of work, but as we went on I was more and more confident that I would do OK. Some of my lecturers were so good at helping with this.


What did you learn when you went to university?

Monday, 22 June 2015

Footloose and Fancy

I am a sucker for a gorgeous pair of shoes, especially summery sandals so today's post is a few of my favourites that are out there at the moment! I can't afford all of these pairs as much as I would like to be able to, but I know for a fact that I will be purchasing at least one pair for my upcoming holiday to Kefalonia.


Clockwise from Top Left


Do you like summer shoes? Which ones are your favourites?


Friday, 19 June 2015

Kefalonia Planning

On the 25th June, Dan and I are jetting off to the San Giorgio Hotel in Kefalonia for two weeks. I am so excited! I have only ever been to the greek island of Zakynthos before, and for the party side of it, which I didn't really enjoy at all. However, I have heard amazing things about Kefalonia so I'm really looking forward to both relaxing, and getting stuck in there.

Before we travel to a new place, it has become a tradition for us to order a travel guide for the area we will be visiting. I love learning a bit about the place I will be seeing before I actually go there. This time though, we have two travel guides! The Berlitz "Zakynthos and Kefalonia pocket guide" and the Marco Polo guide* to "Zakynthos, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas". I have been really enjoying reading them and learning about some of the places we will be visiting. We have actually decided to test-run both of these travel guides, as we thought it might be helpful for anyone visiting Kefalonia in the future! So expect a post on this in the future...

The things we are definitely excited for is the natural beauty the island has to offer. I want to see the lake in a cake, Melissani Lake, and the beautiful beaches too. We're also hoping to make the most of the fact that there will be logger heard turtles, and we want to go snorkelling in the north too! We'll definitely be relaxing as well though...There's obviously also the food to enjoy as well.

Our main aim of the holiday is to relax, because it has been a very long year! Hopefully we will get to do some touristy bits too. I am excited to see what the nearest town of Skala has to offer though.

Have you ever been to Kefalonia? Do you have any recommendations?

* I was kindly gifted this travel guide to review by Marco Polo guides.



Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Going with the Flow

It's hard sometimes to not feel lost when you aren't too sure of things, but I think equally it is important to remember that sometimes not knowing what you are doing is part of the fun. At the moment, I have been feeling a bit anxious because I don't really have a plan. I'm usually so organised, and know exactly what I'm doing and when. I only know this up until the 9th July which is a bit freaky for me. Dan is constantly trying to persuade me to stop worrying, and just go with the flow, so that is exactly what I am trying to do.

It doesn't matter that I don't have a job yet for next year.

I have only been applying for jobs that really stand out for me. Although I could have applied for a lot more, until I am really in need of a job (come september), I'm going to be quite specific. As I'm not too sure what I want to do for the longer future, I'm attempting to narrow my options down now, so I don't get stuck doing something I'm not very good at, or don't enjoy. That would be the worst. Not only for me, but for the people employing me too! They deserve someone who enjoys the work, and will be motivated to give it 100%.

There is plenty of time for me to travel.

Ah, travel. One of the things I am guaranteed to think about at least once daily, and to try and book at least three times per month. I am always calling Dan up with a "really good deal" to so and so, but realistically, there isn't the time or money for me to be doing this at the moment. There is so much I want to see out there, so I am a bit anxious that I won't get the time to do all that if I have a proper job, and I am always saving for a house, or a car or the next thing needed in our lives. I'd love nothing more than to jump on a plane now and go exploring. BUT, I have to go with the flow. I have to train myself to think that actually, saving for a bit longer, will make that experience that bit better, because who wants to explore with a budget of £100. Not me.

Make the most of what you've got.

Not everything you have to do has to cost money. This is something I do struggle to go with the flow with. I'd love to go shopping, to the cinema, or do touristy things around Canterbury, or Cambridge. Yet again, money has put a little restricter on that for me. Why should I spend money I don't have, when there is so much left to explore that does not cost me anything. I should be satisfied that I can head to a field with a book, and sit in the sunshine reading on a blanket, or I could go and explore in the woods local to my house.

If there is a will, there is a way.

Just because I cannot imagine doing everything I want to do in the next five years let's say, doesn't meant that these things will never happen. I truly believe that if there is a will, there is a way; if you want something badly enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it - even if that does mean waiting longer than you had initially planned to wait. Maybe I do want to go and live in America for a year or two, but at the moment, saving enough to buy a house is more important. I don't want to be living with my parents until I am 30 (as much as I love you mum and dad, I don't think that would be healthy for either of us!) so exploring America will have to wait.

Don't stop dreaming.

So maybe sometimes it is important for me to live in the moment and go with the flow, perhaps like now when I am feeling anxious because I know the things I want at the moment will not go to plan. I've read quite a few good blog posts about not having to live in the moment, and couldn't not mention it when I am talking about going with the flow. I am not the type of person who will go with the flow forever. I have to have plans, for me having a dream of seeing the world, and doing the things I want need to be tied together with plans. Otherwise, they lose their meaning for me. Part of my personality is wanting to constantly organise every fine detail of my life, so I have to do this so that even when I am going with the flow, my dreams are still living on, they are just planned for another time.

What do you do when you have the urge to organise every last detail?

Monday, 15 June 2015

The London School of Beauty and Make-Up

The lovely Anna from over at anna louise-m has recently been training as a MUA at The London School of Beauty and Make-Up. She needed a model for a few of her looks so I went up with her for the day to have my make-up done! The two looks we'd be trying out were "Glam Punk" and a "Twiggy" look.

The first look was "Glam Punk" and Anna had to source images from pinterest to have ideas about the look she would be doing. Some people had copied the image but she decided to go her own way and add a little twist!





I really liked the look Anna did! It was so cool, and nice to have a change.The brightness of the eye make up contrasted with the bright lip was very glam punk. Anna used Aqua Waters for my eyes, and then MAC Flat Out Fabulous for my lips, with the lip liner from MAC in Magenta. On my face is the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation in the colour C2.

The second look was a Twiggy one. This one was more focused on my lashes, and it included having the tickliest individual lashes on ever. I equally thought this look was cool, and definitely something different to what I've ever had before. The lashes were from Eyelure, we used Collection mascara, MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation in C2 again, and MAC gel liner. She also used white eyeshadow mixed with water to create the effect of Aqua Water as there was none left.





I really enjoyed having my make up done by Anna. Thank you for the opportunity!

Have you ever had your make up done by a MUA?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Goodbye Canterbury!

My three years in Canterbury has come to an end and I will be leaving for good tomorrow. Its been an emotional couple of weeks, and I feel a little bit lost at the moment. There aren't really any words to sum up exactly how I am feeling. I feel sad, because it seems like yesterday that I was on my way down to Canterbury in the car with my dad, with my sister and mum following behind. It's a very odd feeling knowing that I will never live the way I have for the past three years ever again!




I will most definitely miss Canterbury, it's such a gorgeous city, with a studenty feel but I love the fact that you can walk anywhere - no bus pass needed for me! Canterbury has brought me Dan, some wonderful friends and I can safely say I am leaving here a much happier, less stressed and more positive person.




It's sad that I have to leave, but I know I will definitely be back for more of Canterbury in the future. Starting on the 15th September for my graduation! But for now, here's to the next chapter...Thank you Canterbury, it's been a real pleasure.

Have you ever visited Canterbury? Are you leaving your university city for good?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Canterbury | Club Burrito

Club Burrito caught mine and Dan's eye ages ago, when it first opened in Canterbury. However, due to the constant flow of Tesco vouchers for meals out (thanks mum and dad!) we never got round to go - why pay when you know you can eat out for free? After the summerball though, we decided that actually, we would give Club Burrito a go! With only a week left in Canterbury, I really wanted to make the most of what the city had to offer...


We were far from disappointed, and only wish we had been sooner! There was a wide range of meats to choose from, with a veggie option too, so it catered for everyone. You could also have a variety of different dishes - although we opted for the burrito of course.


Both Dan and I both went for the marinated chicken. It was so gorgeous! Not at all dry, and so very tasty. It was definitely the right decision. Not to mention the vast range of other toppings you could have alongside your meat - I think mine had rice, lettuce, peppers, onions, black beans, salsa and a sauce in it - all for £6.50, although I believe prices do vary depending on what meat you decide to go for!


The portion sizes were beyond huge, but this just meant more food for Dan so he definitely wasn't complaining. Not only was the food to die for, but the interior (and exterior for that matter) was really fresh and unique - I loved it. This is definitely somewhere to head to if you are ever lucky enough to visit Canterbury.



Do you like mexican food? Have you ever been to Club Burrito?

Monday, 8 June 2015

OOTD | Summerball

Every year CCCU holds a summerball! Although I have been to all three, the favourite part of the night for me is always getting ready and pre-drinking with all of our friends - I find this is the best bit because you are all together rather than spread out all over campus. Unfortunately this year I wasn't feeling my best, so I didn't have as good a time at the actual event as I would have if I didn't have a silly summer cold...

However, I loved getting dressed up so I thought I would do a quick OOTD to show what I wore...



Dress - Forever 21 | Shoes - ASOS | Jewellery - Primark | Hair - Blakes

Dan is wearing a suit from Topshop, Shoes from River Island, and his bow tie and pocket square are from next. He looked very handsome!

I'm so sad it was our last ever summerball, but each of them have been fantastic despite me feeling ill. The first will always been my favourite because it marks mine and Dan's anniversary!

Have you been to a summerball?

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