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I’ve Graduated!!

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Yesterday was magical!

Grad

Photography credit: Sarah Warsaw

It is a firm belief of mine that you have to earn your cap and gown – through hard work, long hours, and questionable cooking as is customary of the university experience.  After all, it is the mark of the end of your academic education and your achievement!  So now, I can finally say that I DID IT!

“…Remain humble, be passionate, and attribute importance to what you do, not what you are.”

– Honorary Graduate, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

 


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My 21st Birthday

Back in the middle of April, my family and I celebrated my 21st birthday!!

On the 13th I started my day in my last ever university lecture and receiving first class essay marks back, before returning home for a meal with my parents in Liverpool. 

We met up in the Brewdog bar where my sister surprised (scared the daylights out of) me!! She had travelled up from London for our meal all together, which was the best! 

Reunited, the four of us visited an amazing restaurant on Rodney Street called Puschka; amazing traditional British food, and super friendly staff! We had the early bird special three-course menu (around £25 per head), which was perfect. Highly recommend from me for those extra special occasions!!


The next Saturday afternoon saw 5 of us attempt Breakout, an interactive game, in which you have to solve clue of varying degrees of difficulty in order to unlock the door!! Prices fluctuate based on number of players, but well worth the fun!!

Afterwards, my whole family joined us in Liverpool from various counties around the country. Dressed in our glad rags, we enjoyed an amazing meal at Il Forno; an Italian family owned restaurant with a welcoming and friendly vibe. We enjoyed great food from one of their set menus (around £30 per head). The same Italian family own a couple of amazing places in Liverpool, including a pizzeria and patisserie where my delicious birthday cake was made. They looked after us all so wonderfully! 

Afterwards, we ventured downhill to the newly build Clubhouse in Chavasse Park. The interior is beautifully themed as a New England yacht club, with a fantastic buzzing atmosphere. A large reserved table and a couple of bottles of prosecco to replace our bloodstreams ensured a brilliant birthday bonanza! 


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SURPRISE

Guess who’s back from an unintentionally long hiatus!!! My hotly anticipated return to blogging has arrived!!

After months of working long hours on all my final pieces of university work, including my dissertation, today is my deadline for all my work. 

…so uni has gone scarily fast…

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to… 

Trip to Chirk Castle

Easter cake 🙂

My proud face handing in my dissertation!!


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Disconnect to Reconnect 

Look around train carriages and queues these days and what do you see? Hundreds of us glued to our phones, updating our status, tweeting and checking email. 

There is the idea that being constantly plugged in is neurologically damaging, causing increased anxiety. Social Media also is prime ground for impression management; people control what they post to present themselves and their experiences in the very best light, which leads to low self esteem for the rest of us! 

I am not innocent of these crimes myself, although social media is fascinating, addictive, and brilliant all at once.  In order to gain some mindful perspective, I set myself the challenge to switch off from social media for a day. Disconnect to reconnect with the world in a Digital Detox
  

Here are the provisos I agreed with myself in order to reduce negative psychological impact on my social media addled brain. I can reply to texts, but completely cut out Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. It is a far cry from the complete digital detox I wish to partake in, but it is a step forward for the digital generation me. 

10:26: Up and out running errands around town. This went well, social media block-wise, as I did not feel the urge to constantly look at my phone. 

12:16: Go to open Facebook and stopped by the fact I’ve labelled my social folder on my iPhone as ‘NO’. Open notes to start writing this blog instead. 
  

12:34: Phone removed from accessible reach on desk and to other side of room. 

1:30: Lunchtime. The struggle to not check my Twitter is real. 

4:37: Actually being productive. Perhaps there is merit to this lark after all. 

18:03: Cooking tea before changing and heading out for late night ladies swimming. 

21:50: Home from swimming. No social media usage all day. Rather proud of myself. Does this mean I can tweet about my accomplishment yet?
Interested? Read more: 

Social Media is harming the mental health of teenagers 

5 weird negative effects of social media on your brain 

How social media is ruining your mind


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Heartbeat in Covent Garden

While in London last week, I heard about an installation by French photographer Charles Pétillion, which is in Covent Garden.

On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured into Central to see over 100,000 white balloons, each with their own dimensions and lit from within.  Entitled Heartbeat, it’s part of a photograph series called Invasions, in which these white balloons occupy unusual spaces.

Heartbeat

 

It is by Péttillion’s design that the slowly pulsating light from within the balloons, which stretch down the length of the Market Building, represents how it is the beating heart of the locality; vibrant and alive with energy!

I can certainly feel this energy; Covent Garden is one of my favourites places in the whole of London!

The installation is on display until the 27th of September, so if you get chance do check it out and let me know what you think!


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Keeping Busy!

Such a successful week:

1. Monday morning saw me take on motorway driving without bringing harm to others!

2. I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday down in London Town. My friend and I walked across the city, ate too much delicious food, drank the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (FYI, amazing), and visited the National Archives in Kew. 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are definately worth the hype

Strolls in St James’ Park with the bestie

3. On Friday I packed up my clothes and extra bits and pieces to move properly into my university room on Saturday, ready for Fresher’s Week and the start of term! 
4. This week I have also started my second Blogging U course, Blogging 201; a free and casually timed series of assignments to improve the blogging experience for both blogger and reader. Such a busy week means I’m super behind on this whole course, but who’s checking, right?! 

Have you been busy too? Sharing is caring…


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New Term Essentials: What To Take and What To Leave Behind

My new university room!

   September brings the smell of anticipation, Pringles and cheap alcohol as thousands of almost adults leave for their triumphant return to university. 

Thousands too are starting at university for the first time, full of enthusiasm and nerves. It’s a bit of a cliché that University is the best time of your life and that Fresher’s Week is amazing. 

My personal experience of Fresher’s was horrendous, but university life has certainly improved and is so much better than just one week at the very beginning. It’s taken two years, but I’ve learnt to eat healthier, balance work and play, and have a small group of amazing friends. Give university life time. 

As a somewhat seasoned packer of university essentials going in to my third and final year, here are my top five items of what to take and what to leave behind, from my own meandering experience. 
You won’t need;

  • Full 10 piece dinner set: you need two of each thing, maximum. One clean, one dirty. 
  • Iron: despite best intentions, you won’t iron your clothes. Hang them up and hope for the best.
  • Your entire wardrobe: pack sensibly and seasonly. Remember, by the time summer comes around, chances are you’ll be back at home for the holidays!
  • Corkscrew: screw top wine bottles are a gift to embrace.
  • Negativity: A bad attitude doesn’t get you anywhere, and other people can sense them a mile off. Give everyone a chance, you never know who you’ll meet, and remember: university is completely different to the drama of high school! 

You will need;

  • Laundry essentials: you’ll have to learn to use a washing machine, either in your halls or the local laundrette. Remember detergent! I always managed to forget it. 
  • First Aid Basics: gather a little box of plaster, antiseptic cream, tablets and stepsils to see you through the grazed knees of drunken antics and the notorious Fresher’s Flu (living in such close proximity with new people means you’re bound to get ill)
  • Photos, blankets and cushions: take the time to make your room your home. It’ll help you settle in, especially when inevitable homesickness hits and make a comfortable space for you and your new friends.
  • Door Stop: this is one of the most important items in your possession during Fresher’s. Propping your door open means you can target new flatmates as they walk past and make them into new friends. Offer cookies for bonus results.
  • Positivity: Being a positive person makes university a brilliant experience. You’re paying for the education, try to embrace and enjoy all aspects. 

   

Love fresh coloured bedding.


 

Wardrobe and pull down desk

  

Bookcase corner

 Check out these other great articles:

My Experience of and Tips for Fresher’s Week by PollyCatContemplates

Essential University Checklist  
What Not To Take To University
13 Common Myths about University
Fresher’s Flu: Causes and Cures
23 Things Grads Wished They’d Known In Their First Year


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Three Face Masks Review

Three Face Masks; No7, Lush, and Quick Fix Facials

 

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask £6.50

  • I dubiously bought Cosmetic Warrior last week upon the reassurance that it was good for prone-to-nasty-breakout-skin, a stereotypically teenage problem which unfortunately didn’t disappear overnight as I turned 20. I say dubiously, because it contains garlic.
  • However, I need not have worries. The garlic and tee tree active ingredients in this mask are subtle; it doesn’t overpoweringly smell of garlic, and applies on easily (be generous).  Actually, it’s rather pleasant. It dries well and so is not as easy as some to wash away, but I believe it’s benefiting my skin; it definitely looks clearer than before!

No7 Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask £12.50

  • I apply two or three pumps of the bottle like a face wash, before leaving it on for a couple of minutes. Beware though, the mixture is oily and when easily washed away it separates from the water, leaving mask particles behind.
  • Although at the higher end of the price range, (at least on my budget) this looks pretty in the bottle, all corkscrew curls, and works wonders for making your skin seriously soft!

Quick Fix Facials Purifying Charcoal Mask £4.99

  •  Simply designed tube with up to 10 masks in?! Brilliant! Apply generously though the easy squeeze bottle and leave for a few minutes. It’s pleasantly cool on your skin, and washes off easily afterwards. Active ingredients are; Charcoal to rid the skin of impurities, Dragon fruit for vitamin C, and antiseptic cinnamon.
  • The slightly cheaper option, but just as good at making your skin feel clean and fresh without drying or tightness.

Remember to avoid delicate eye areas with all facial masks!!


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Best Foot Forwards

When I was a young girl, my mum insisted my sister and I wore Clarks shoes to school. While other girls my age danced, light footed and carefree in their bow decorated ballet pumps, we were forced, kicking and screaming, into thick soled and arch supporting clunky monstrosities.

My point?
In the Life and Style pages of the Daily Mail last Monday I came across an article entitled ‘Forget Jimmy Choos – I’d rather wear Clarks!’
At this point in my life; older and wiser, I can safely say that I wholly agree.  
These days I can walk past the window of Clarks, notice a beautiful pair of shoes, and happily walk in to try them on. I did just that a few weeks ago, and invested in this beautiful pair of metallic brogues; perfect for late summer, and autum with dresses, skirts and skinny jeans!

 

AW15 Metallic Brouges

  
 

As noted in the newspaper article, authored by Sarah Vine, Clarks have transformed their shoes to tick four crucial boxes; comfort, style, affordability and quality. There is a range of styles to suit the traditional and not-so-traditional, as well as half sizes for that perfect fit; catering to everyone’s needs. 
Unfortunately, this brilliant brand revamp came too late for my school shoes days, and now even thick soled and clunky shoes are all the range for young teenagers; the Doc Marten’s look having grown in popularity the last few years (I must have been born before my time!).  Regardless of their notoriety to break in, I wish I suited Doc Marten’s boots. 
The desire for well made and comfortable shoes is now ingrained into who I am, thankfully there are more choices available to us now. So thank you, mum, I am grateful despite the fight that my younger self put up. 
Here’s hoping Clarks continues serving their homeland British market for another 190 years!