Back to Uni Haul

I am officially moved into my second year flat! I have this week to settle in before freshers week and then it’s back to the hard work that is my uni degree! I wanted to get myself sorted with a few beauty bits while I still had the time and also the money! A trip to the usual boots and superdrug did the trick!

I started by picking up a couple of skin care bits. The first was my trusty go to micellar water. This thing is amazing! I try to use a proper cleanser normally but this is a life saver after a night out. There is nothing worse than going to bed with a full face of make up, but with a cotton pad and some micellar water, its quick and easy, you can’t go wrong. The next face product I got was a new night-time moisturiser. As winter is quickly approaching, my skins gets dry so fast and the best way to solve this is to get a good hydrating night cream. I have never tried this one from Una Brennan before but I love there face masks so thought why not give this one a go. Finally the last skin care product is nose strips! I don’t use these that often, maybe once a month, but I find that’s enough. The ones that I got this time are the deep charcoal Biore ones.

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Next I got myself a new hair product. I recently cut my hair a lot shorter and am enjoying playing around trying to style it, so decided to treat myself to a hair moose. I am yet to try this but I am sure I will be doing a review very soon. Lastly are two make up products. The first is Tanya Burr face illuminator, I thought that this would be a good foundation alternative for those days in uni or at the library where my skin is tired and I don’t want to be wearing any foundation. Again I have not tired this but a review will be coming soon. Lastly I grabbed my favourite eye liner, the soap and glory super cat liner. This product is so easy to use and the best part is, it stay on all day and all night without budging!

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What are your back to school beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments below.

Yours Truly,

Emma

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Yep that’s me… 15 year old me… I remember that, it was night before I got my braces, I remember being filled with excitement and nervous. I had got bullied for having bad teeth and in my mind getting braces would fix it. Thinking back now I was so young, so determined to fit in, always trying to look better. That was 5 years ago now. Five years may not seem like a long time to some, but when you’re a teenager growing up, life can change within the blink of an eye. You are always changing, discovering yourself, learning, making 5 years feel like a life time. So this is where it starts… I have always wondered what I would say if I could talk to my younger self. Would I myself warn what was to come, would I stay positive, would say anything at all? I pondered over this for weeks now, unsure on whether to even write this post, but with it being on my mind and my blog being a place to express whats on my mind, I can’t not write this…

Dear My Younger Self,

I know you probably don’t want to listen to this. You always were stubborn about taking in advice, but you’ll soon learn that sometimes you need to. Sometimes you need to take a step back and get an opinion off someone you trust. Talking of trust that’s where I’ll start. Don’t be naive! Don’t be blindsighted by the nice things people say to you. It will be hard, but only trust those who you know really do have your back. You’re about to hit a rocky stage. Things will seem hard for a while and you’ll want to talk to someone… you’ll need to talk to someone. But only talk to those the closest to you, the ones that you know deep in your heart you can honestly trust. Being a teenager doesn’t last forever, keep that in mind. Once you hit rock bottom, the only way that you can go is up. Yes,  know that sounds cilche, but I know you always liked your motivational quotes. You’re a lot stronger than you think, but sometimes you have to hunt for that strength. Don’t give up on hunting for it, you’ll find it just when you need it.

You’re final couple of years at school will be hard. People can be horrible sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that everyone is. Give it a few years and trust me, you’ll meet some of the best people in your life. Just be patient and don’t let the wait get you down. Remember that idea that you had about doing fashion at college? The one that people laughed at, the one that teachers persuaded you not to do? Yeah you know the one I mean, well make sure you don’t give up on that idea. Going through with it will be the best decision that you have ever made. It will lead you to amazing things.

Oh and one last thing. Just be you! Yes again another cilche and one that you probably don’t believe. But trust me, this is the most important. You may not know who you are yet, you may want to experiment, but always stay true to yourself, no matter what. Don’t let others lead you off in the wrong way, don’t think you should be doing something just because everyone else is. Just do you… just be you!

Love your future self x

What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? Tag me in your posts or leave a comment down below! It’s amazing how much you learn and how much you wish you knew when you were younger. 15 year old me would have loved some guidance, but I’ve got where I am today and couldn’t be happier.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Gym Look Book – The Brights

Its been a while coming but I am super excited to share with you all my latest lookbook! The gym brights! After the great response on my last gym lookbook post I have been wanting to post the second part here but as some of you may know I have been so busy over the summer and it has taken until now to get this post written and pictures eidited. If you didn’t see my last lookbook check it out here – Gym Lookbook – Black and Pink. I loved all the outfits in my last post, butsometimes I like to go a bit brighter and bolder, so for you fun loving gym girls out there… here are the brights of my gym wardrobe!

Look 1

This first look is a perfect summer go to look. It’s cute and fun, while keping you cool, but staying covered up. When I found these shorts on Bershka I just couldn’t resist and looking further into their website I soon found a cute top to wear with them. The two pieces compliment each other well, being colourful but not too over powering. I had always been nervous to wear shorts at the gy, worried they would ride up but these are super comfy and stay in place, making me feel secure while working out.

(Top and shorts from Bershka, sports bra from New Balance, Nike trainers)

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Look 2

This next look is slightly darker than the first, but still has a good amount of colour to keep it fun. For me a perfect colour scheme for the gym in the winter. The leggings are my favourite in the look. The pink and purple ombre gives the outfit that good hint of colour, while to mesh pannel at the back of the legs give it a stylish edgy look. I would normally add a black jacket when going to and from the gym and then add a black cap to make the outfit look complete.

(Leggings from TKmax, sports bra is New Balance, Nike trainers and cap from Asos)

 

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Look 3

This next look is a bit more toned down with plain black leggings, but the fun comes in with the sports bra! Although this isn’t the most supportive sports bra, the look of it is great. I tend to stear away from this bra when doing weight bearing , but for a spin class or abs work out it works fine. I loved the bright pink pattern on the bra and not wanted to cover it up, paired it with this muscle tee. This tee has a large open back and dropped sides really showing off the colours on the bra.

(Leggings, top and bra all from forever 21, Nike trainers)

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Look 4

My final look is possible the boldest of the collection! Not only are there bright galaxy print leggings but a bright pink top to match my trainers! I found these leggings in TKmax for just £8 and couldn’t resist! They are definatly out there so for anyone wanting to blend in at the gym, maybed these aren’t the best option. But if you know me, I love a bold choice!

(Top and trainers are Nike, leggings TKmax and foam roller is from Amazon)

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I hope you have enjoyed my second gym look book! I am back to uni next week so will be back at it in the gym and I cannot wait. I feel like my fitness has really dropped over summer but a new academic year and I am raring to go! Do any of you go to the gym?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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A Date with the Animals

Whether I’m 9 or 19, I will always love a trip to the zoo! Walking up to the gates I couldn’t help feeling a bubble of excitement growing inside me! I was there for a day trip with my boyfriend. A chance to spend some time together, enjoy the sun and whip out my camera to take some cute pictures of the animals!

It was such a fun day out and I wanted to share with you the photos I took on the day. I have never tried wildlife photography before and was more than happy with how these came out!

Hope your enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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August 2017 – Summer days

How is it September already!

The summer has flown by in a blink! But then I guess that’s just what happens when you’re busy! August was such a busy month for me, but I was lucky enough to take 10 days off in the middle, where I got to spend some quality time with friends and my boyfriend. Around working full-time, I haven’t had a lot of time to myself, so knowing I had these 10 days coming up, I was more than excited! I planned in advance how I would spend my time, fitting in a trip to see uni friends, friends from home and then finally spending the last few days with my boyfriend. These days that I spent with him we decided to take a trip into london and then a couple of days later, a trip to Brighton! Both days were amazing! I always love the hustle and bustle in central London. Everywhere you look there is something going on and it’s so easy just to lose yourself in your surroundings. Going to Brighton had to be my favourite day of my time off. Brighton is one of my favourite places. Theres so much to do, from shopping in the centre, to sitting on the beach. Collection vintage keepsakes from the lanes, to eating donuts on the pier! You just can’t be bored! The trip was eventful too with prying seagulls eyeing up our donuts, we tried to keep the hidden, but within moments of taking the first bite… a gigantic seagull landed straight on Chris’ head! It scared the life out of me, but I can say that moment wont be forgotten easily!

As summer draws to an end I am finishing my last week off at work before heading back to uni on the 16th of September. The time has disappeared before my eyes and I can’t help but feel sad that I have not been able to do as much in the time that I had; but that was my choice. I knew working full-time would take it out of me, but being a student, I was keen to earn as much as I could for the upcoming year.

Have you guys started back at school, uni or work? Let me know what you are up to in the comments below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Abandoned Treasures

Finding locations to create the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot can be hard, but once found can create photographs that only your mind could once imagine! For me I wanted an area that carried a run down, grunge vibe but at the same time one that wasn’t going to draw the eye away from the fashion item itself. I soon found myself lucky when I stumbled across an abandoned hospital! It was just what I had been imagining! It’s amandoned treaures held the key to my look and after snapping plenty of shots, follwed by a bit of editing, I had a photo lookbook, better than anything I could have hoped for!

All this work had been for part of my final uni project. A communication breif wanting a range of images and illustrations for the grament at hand, a previously made white shirt. I had carried out a couple of previous shoots prior to this one; one location in Bristol and the other at a scrap yard (Click the links to see the previous shoots), but it was this shoot that had worked the best and had been what I had been looking for. I went on to using these pohotgrpahs as my final images. Working with them to creat both postfolio pages and digital illustrations, I am happy to say that I can away from the project with a first!

Its important to give yourself credit for the work you produce and I am proud of myself for what I have achieved. This has to be my favourite shoot I have ever completed as well as the best and I am happy to be sharing it with you today!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Bullet Journal Set Up – September 2017

With September drawing closer I am getting excited to start my new bullet journal! If you saw my previous post, planning my bullet journal, you will see that I brought my first bullet journal and had been planning what to put into it. I thought I’d share with you the next step of the journal! I have finished setting up all my collection pages and also have set up my september log.

I started my journal with two double page spreads on my future log. I draw out a small box for each month, with all the dates and days. I also left lots of space to add in my plans for that month.

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Next I moved onto my collections. When I get really busy I struggle to keep track of my blog so I decided to creat a page where I can jot down any blog ideas and then also a page where I can keep track of my stats across different platforms. Following those pages I thought I’d create of pages on books, films and things to do! I have seen pages like being created in other journals and I thought it was such a good idea. I am already getting book and film suggestions yet never following up on them, so hopfully this will help me get round to actually reading and watching more! I also thought that by having a ‘things to do’ and ‘places to go’ page, I could jot down things when I thought of them and then when bored or wanting to do something with friends, I have some ideas. I also thought that the other side of this page could be used as a goals page.

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After recieving a scholarship in my first year of uni, I was lucky enough to keep my grades high enough and get it renewed! I don’t receive the money until the end of the year though so I thought it would be important to make a tracker so that I have a clear idea of what I am spending the money on. The final page in this section is my brain dump! For any random thoughts that may pop into my head! I also left a few pages invade I want to add anything in.

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Finally I am moving onto my September spread section! I decided to go with a cute back to school theme of wise owl teachers! For my monthly tracker I created a small calendar over view so I can see the month at a glance, underneath that I put my tracker where I have chosen quite a few set things to track over the month. I am hoping this will be what will help me get into a better routine. Also on this page I have added a section where I can write my scheduled blog posts and a general to do list. Finally with some space underneath I added a little quote!

On the next double page I created a spending log. Being a student in a budget, I like to be able to see where my money is going out to each month and decided this would be the best way to see this.

Finally I have my weekly spreads. I used a column design so I have space to write my to do lists each day. I also included space at the bottom to plan meals and each outfit!

I also left a bit of space at the end of the week for a shopping list!

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Have any of you got a bullet journal? Would love to see your spreads! Tag me on Instagram or leave links below and I’ll go check them out!

Yours Truly,

Emma x