The Truth Behind My First Year at Uni – Friendships

This post has been a long time coming… I have mentioned it multiple times to you all now before, but it was a lot harder to write than what I anticipated. There have been so many times where I have sat down and just not known where to begin. I have written and rewritten paragraph after paragraph, not sure if what I was writing was really the truth, bit I have finally finished and am ready to share it with you all. I have decided to split my story into a few difference parts so that my posts aren’t too long and waffly! So keep a look out for them all.

This is probably the most personal thing I have posted on my blog to date, but I want my blog to stay real and truly be about me and to do that I want to share with you the ups and downs of my life. So here goes…

University… a place where great things happen, where you change as a person, where you always enjoy yourself… A place where you meet the most amazing people, best friends, boyfriends… A place full of happiness, hopes and dreams. For me that place doesn’t exist. I’m not saying that uni isn’t great and these things don’t happen, it just isn’t quite as simple as that. Before I started I had been blinded by an unrealistic expectation of what uni would be like but these quickly shattered after a week of being there! I’ll start with the story of how my freshers week went. In my mind I planned to move in and instantly make friends with my flatmates. I then thought I would be out socialising every night and trying out for lots of societies during the day, but its didn’t quite pan out that way.

Moving into halls began well. I got my room set up perfectly and I felt at home in there quite quickly. Even the first night went well. We went to the club across the road and it was good fun, it was the next time that we went out, the Monday night, that didn’t quite go to plan. If you are interested on my freshers stories then let me know and I will do a specific post for it! If I write it all now we could be here for days. So I will keep it brief; I made the mistake of trusting people too quickly and thinking that just because we were at uni everyone would be friends with everyone. But in my mind this quickly changed and it wasn’t the last time my true friends were slit from the fake ones. That’s what part one of this story will focus on, Friendships.

It was after that night at freshers that I knew I was in for an eventful year! I knew that sharing a flat with 9 other girls would be hard but it was nothing like I imagined! Being in an all girl environment meant that emotions were constantly running high and at times I found it hard. At home I was used to being able to get away from the drama one I was in the comfort of my house, but it was the place I was living that held the drama. There were fall outs and arguments and changing friendships all the time and although I tried to distance myself with the drama, there were occasions that I found myself stuck right in the middle. I was stressed, down and lost. At times I felt like I had hit rock bottom with my emotions and I wanted to do anything to leave that place. I had got caught up in so much friendship dramas that the good times in my mind were taken over by the bad. It’s only now that I have left halls that I can really appreciate the good times that I had and my real friends who helped me through the worst of it. I know what I have just written may make halls seems like a horrible scary place to some, but for many of you that have been to uni, I feel like you will understand the ups and downs, but also the fact that looking back a few months on, I wouldn’t have changed anything. If it wasn’t for living in halls then I wouldn’t have met the girls that I call my best friends today and even if I had met them, there wouldn’t have been the tough times that have made us grow closer. I thought I would make bestfriends as soon as I started uni, but now I understand that it takes time for the real friendships to develop; friendships that are invaluable. Friendships that will last a life time.

It wasn’t just uni halls where friendships grew but on my course too. Again I was in an all girl environment, but here I was lucky enough to click with some of the girls more easily. Unlike halls, it was easier to see who I would get along with, and not being forced to spend all our time together meant that there were a lot less personality clashes. I was lucky to quickly develop good connections with my coursemates. Being on the same course, we share the same interests and goals, as well as understanding each others stress! Like the rest of my friendships it took some time to see who were my closest friends but again I am happy it worked out this way. I now have a coursemate who is also a best friend!

So it is right when people say you will make your best friends when you go to uni! You just have to remember that not everyone is going to be your best friend, something I was naive enough to believe at the start. For some people, they end up with big groups of uni friends and for a long time I wished that this was the case for me. For others, they end up with best friends instantly and never argue. But as you can see things panned out a little differently for me. It took me a while to accept that I wasn’t one of those lucky people and I spent months wishing that things had been different for me. But now, being back at home for summer, I have grown to see that although my unrealistic idea of friendships was shattered so early on, I would not change it for the world! I many only have a handful of close friends at uni and it may have taken a while to get to this stage, but I love them all dearly and couldn’t ask for more! I know they will be there for me through thick and thin and I am excited for more years of sharing memories.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Stocking up on the Basics

Is it just me that finds all their beauty essentials run out at the same time?!

That’s what happened to me this weekend which resulted in a trip to boots! Although I like to play around and mix up my make up and toiletries, there a few basics that I keep the same! These are the products that I know work well and are affordable. Firstly I grabbed the rimmel stay matte pressed powder, 01 transparent, this has been the powder that I use for years now and sets my makeup in place flawlessly without any caking or patchiness. Another setting product that I use is the clear mascara from natural collection. This mascara is great for setting my eye brows in place and definitely gives it a good hold for the day without going stiff and looks fake and the best thing is ita inky £1.99! Next was the collection lasting perfection concealer, again a product that has been a go to for a while now. I use it for an under eye brightening concealer and since when I tried it I haven’t looked back! Finally is my favourite mascara the maybeline, lash sensational mascara in black. This gives my lashes volume as well as length and doesn’t go clumpy either!

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The next few iteams I have to get were toiletries! First up was new shampoo. I have been using treseme for a while now so decided to switch it up a bit and go for the Aussie stop the break shampoo a great shampoo that helps stop hair damage when styling and using heat on your hair on a regular basis! I also got the conditioner in the same type for extra protection! I got two other hair products at the same time, some L’Oréal Elnett hair spray, the one for coloured hair and then some Alice bands for keeping my hair off my face when putting on makeup or cleansing!

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Finally the last item I picked up was a pack of cotton pads (from Wilkos). Also a must to have a bug supply of these and I use about 4 a day!

So that’s everything I picked up this time and hopefully they’ll last me a while!

What are your beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Have you seen my last beauty post? Evening Pamper Routine

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Planning my Bullet Journal

It’s getting to that time of year, the ‘back to school’ period, and although I’m now at uni rather than school, I still love this time of year! I may be slightly early with thinking about going back to uni in September but I loved being organised as far in advance as possible! So to help me this year I’ve decided to merge all my organisation into one and create a bullet journal! I have always wanted to make one but never really had the time it takes to set it up, hence why I have started planning it so early on!

I started with buying the go to bullet journal notebook, a Leuchtturm 1917 dotted paged book in yellow! I loved the colour and thought with it being bright it would be hard to loose! I also stoked up with some Crayola super tips to help make the pages look fun and inspiring!

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Once I had my supplies I went about deciding roughly what pages I wanted to include for the year and then each month, before adding post it’s notes into the book to see what would go where.
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Finally I went in to do some quick sketched page layouts. I wanted to do this so that I could make the most of the space on my page and to help me work out what would be best for me since this is my first journal.

I have now been working in creating the final pages in the book so will be photographing and posting them soon! Keep a look out for that post in the next few weeks.

Yours Truly,

 

Emma x

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Note: My weekly Wednesday posts will now be posted at 6.30pm instead of the pervious 6pm due to timing with my job. Thanks.

Liebster Award and Q&A

I want to say a big thank you to Maggie from Maggie’s Simple Life’ for nominating me for this award. I don’t normally take part in these awards but I thought as I was already planning on doing a Q&A I would combine the two!

The rules of Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award;
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you;
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself;
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the nomination;
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer
  1. What made you start your blog?

I have always had a passion for writing! When I was younger I used to fill note books with stories and poems, as well as keeping a diary, which I still do to this day. As I got older I began to play around on blogging sites, doing the odd bit of writing here and there, reading the blogs that I aspired to be like. Then about a year ago I finally set up my own blog. I was nervous to start with, but it was only in December when I really began to blog properly and it the grown from there.

  1. What motivates you for blogging?

I love the way that a blog gives you freedom to express you thoughts and feeling with others. I love being able to connect with my readers and it motivates me to see how I inspire them in different ways. I also think that blogging is a great way to network and entering the fashion world, this is extremely important, so it gives me the motivation to keep doing this through my blog.

(Questions from Azra from  https://simpleserenity.wordpress.com)

  1. Whats your favourite comfort food?

Ice cream is no doubt my favourite go to food when I need a lift me up! I try not to be drawn towards it too much, but when I have a down day or want a movie night in I soon find myself grabbing a tub of chocolaty goodness out the freezer!

(Question from  https://stashmatters.com)

  1. How do you organise your time to blog?

Organising my time on my blog can be hard as I have to fit it in alongside my other commitments, such as uni and work, but I try and always schedule in my planner that I will do at least one post a week, on a Wednesday. I try and get this post written the week before which gives me a  bit of time each day to write it. Then on those quieter weeks I also try and do a Sunday post. I do struggle sometimes but from September I am starting a bullet journal to help me organise my time better.

  1. What do you do when you have a long weekend?

On the rare occasion that I get a long weekend to myself, I will try and see any friends or family that I feel I may have neglected slightly. Whether this is just going for a coffee together to catch up or having a fun day out in London, its important to me that I find time for everyone in my life!

  1. Any place you want to travel?

I have an ever growing list of places that I want to travel, but one place that has been other for years now is Verona, Italy. I have a soft spot for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and would love to see the city in which it’s home to.

  1. What is your best blog post so far?

This is quite a hard question as I have a few favourite posts but I think it would have to be my ‘Berlin Look Book’. I had so much fun shooting this while on my trip to Berlin and I adore the outfits I wore

  1. When do you think you are maturer than people with same age?

I get a lot of people thinking that I am older than I am when I am at work or even just out and about. Lots of my family and my friends have said to me I am mature for my age and I do tend to get along with people who are older than me better. Even my best friend is older than me!

  1. When do you think you are childish?

I definitely have a childish side to me, which I think comes out most when I am with my older brother! Although we have grown up now we can’t help muck around and act like kids again when we see each other!

  1. What is one thing you can’t live without?

I cannot live without my family! They are the most important thing to me. They are not just my family but my best friends!

  1. If you have to time travel, do you want to go to future or the past?

I would go to the past! I love fashion from the 1940’s-60’s and would to experience it for real and get a true feel for life back then.

11 Random facts about me

  1. I have never had a pet!
  2. I refuse to wear anything velvet. I have a weird phobia it seems!
  3. I am a massive book worm
  4. I have a fear of pigeons and everyone finds it hilarious!
  5. For years I wanted to be a teacher
  6. I have a soft spot for teddy bears and still keep my first ever teddy next to my bed at night.
  7. I am starting classes to learn sign language in September.
  8. I have weird sized feet! One is a 3.5 the other a 5!
  9. I am a sucker for anything vintage.
  10. I love being outside! Whether thats going for a walk or just sat with a book.
  11. I used to be able to play the Violin.

I now nominate the following blogs for the Liebster award…

  1. Azra 
  2. Stashy 
  3. Melissa 
  4. Lauren
  5. Rebecca
  6. Haya 
  7. Hannah
  8. Iqra
  9. Jodi
  10. Alifya
  11. Ella

My Questions!

  1. What made you start your blog?
  2. What motivates you for blogging?
  3. Whats your favourite blog post to date?
  4. What are your blogging goals?
  5. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  6. Where would you go on holiday if you were leaving tomorrow?
  7. Whats you favourite comfort food?
  8. Name one thing you can’t live without?
  9. What would you do on a long weekend?
  10. What was your dream career when you were a child?
  11. 2017 goal?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Gym Look Book – The Black and Pinks

I am a sucker when it comes to cute gym clothes! I just can’t get enough of them! I am always adding new bits and pieces to my collection so I thought that I would finally share that collection with you today! This is the first look book that I have photographed by myself, on myself so please bare with me as the image quality isn’t amazing as I am still experimenting on how to get the best shot!

I find that wearing the right gym clothes can really help to motivate me in the gym. I love putting on the clothes and to be able to do that I have to be going to the gym so it can help make me go more often! Also by having cute outfits I am more confident wearing them out and about when I am planning on going to the gym after whatever I am up to that day, so it becomes a win win situation.

Look 1.

I love the simplicity yet stylish look of this outfit. The leggings have a great fit, giving me both comfort and shape while I work out. I also adore the pattern on them, fun yet not too over the top! The top I have paired with them is a pale pink t-shirt that I tie at the front to give more shape and effect. The sports bra ia my go to sports bra. Although it isn’t underwired like some, it has a decent amount of padding and good coverage, making it the perfect support for me.

(Top and leggings are from New Look, sports bra New balance, Nike trainers and then my wireless Beat headphones)

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Look 2 .

This new look is an all Primark outfit! Showing you that you don’t have to pay a lot for cute gym clothes! The sports bra and leggings are a matching set and with the detail only at the bottom of the leggings, it means that the two pieces are easy to wear together. I don’t find the sports bra to have the best fit for me, so I tend to only wear it when I know I wont be doing any intense cardio. On top of the set I have thrown on this cropped hoodie and a matching cap!

(Jumper, hat, bra and leggings from Primark, Nike trainers)

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Look 3.

My final look features my favourite pair of leggings that I own. These are from Sweaty Betty and are the softest, comfiest pair on leggings I have ever felt. although they are expensive you can easily see the quality that you are paying for! I have had these for around a year and a half now and they are yet to show any signs of wear and tear! Again I have paired them with my grey sports bra and then on top I have put on a lightweight charcoal jacket!

(Jacket from H&M, leggings are Sweaty Betty, Spots bra from New Balance, Nike trainers)

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I hope that you have enjoyed having a look at a few of my gym outfits and that you are inspired to give you workout a fashion kick! These are just a few of my workout items, I have a few brighter coloured pieces that I have also done a look book for and will be sharing with you soon!

Dont forget I am doing a Q&A next month so leave your questions below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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June 2017 – A Lot of Changes

June is over and can I just say… how fast is this year going!

I can’t get over how fast time flys by when your busy! Like always June was a very busy month for me and it had a lot of changes in store. The first big change was me moving! It had got to that time of year where I needed to move out of my uni halls accommodation and I was lucky enough to be able to move straight into my flat for next year! I have been staying here the last month, making the most of the last few weeks of independence before summer and I have fallen in love with this place! Majority of people at uni go into shared houses after staying in halls, but due to some complications I have ended up living by myself. I was worried about it but I love having my own space and knowing how busy I will be with uni next year I think it has worked out for the best. I have been working on a ‘Truth about my first year ar uni’ post where I go into more detail about living situations.

The second major change that I cam across was my boyfriend moving away. After getting a new job he has ended up moving further away from me. It’s a big change for the both of us and it’s still taking some getting used to but we are working hard to still see each other and as the saying goes, distance makes the heart grow fonder and I can say that, although its hard, I can see that this saying is true.

I move back home next week for my full-time summer job so got the business of that to come yet! But I also can’t wait for it!

What have you been up to recently?

I am hoping to do a Q&A at some point over the next month, please leave any questions you have below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

 

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A Trip to Bistol

Doing a creative course at university has opened up a whole new range of opportunities for me! I touched on this in my recent post ‘Who am I?’, but I thought I’d share a bit more with you about a trip we took to Bristol. A lot of the work we do is based within the uni or around the city, so when the opportunity arose to travel to do a photo shoot to Bristol, I was excited. I was a great day and gave me the chance to experiment with some photography.  I enlisted the help of Holly, my friend and author of ‘Good Golly Miss Holly‘, to be my model and we worked together, creating some good images ready to be the starting point of our communication module. As the shirt was inspired by transport we picked locations that would fit into this, including car garages and a railway style bridge. I really enjoyed being given the opportunity to create these images and has helped to boost my confidence in photography!

What sort of photography do you like? Let me know below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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