July 2017 – 100 Followers!

Hey guys,

 

It’s that time of the month again where I fill you in with a monthly update and what a month it’s been! Sorry its a few days late but it’s here now! I have hit the 100 followers mark! And not only for my blog but my Instagram too! If you haven’t seen my feed check it out here! I want to say a big thank you to you all for the support you have given me over the past 7 months! All the support has made me not give up on blogging. There have been times where the amount of posts have dropped and there has been a lack of content, but knowing you are all out there reading my words and letting me express myself has kept me going! So thank you again!

 

Outside of my blog, I have been back at home for about a month now and I have started my fourth week of work. It has been crazy busy and I did struggle with the first few weeks. I was so out of routine that being thrown back into 6 days of work a week tired me out, leaving me drained and grumpy. Three and a bit weeks on and I am back into the swing of things. I love staying busy and learning new things each and everyday.

 

With two months left of summer, I am looking forward to my week off very soon where I hope to be spending some quality time with some of my friends from uni, as well as hopefully having a few days away with my boyfriend! The summer is flying by and I know that I’ll soon blink and it will be that back to uni time. Although I am struggling to fit my blog in around my full-time job at the moment, I am trying my hardest to make it work and hope that I can stay onto of my weekly posts for you all!

What have you been up to over the summer break? Would love to hear from you all!

Yours Truly,

 

Emma x

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Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey country park, the perfect place to spend a sunny sunday afternoon. Whether you’re going for an event at the hotel, a wander around the park or just to sit in the sun, soaking in the atmosphere, Coombe Abbey is the place.

I recently took a trip here with my boyfriend to make the most of the beautiful weather and it ended up being an amazing day! The country park is the home to a beautiful hotel manor house and on the day in which we visited, a wedding was taking place. It gave the park a great atmosphere, hearing the wedding party celebrating the happy day, sun shining, birds tweeting, what more could you want!

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After sitting in the sun for a while, we decided to take a walk round the grounds and through the woodland! It was such a nice feeling to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time in the quiet, peaceful woodland area. It gave me a chance to escape from reality for just a few moments! But one thing that I couldn’t escape was the ain that my feet were in! I had made the mistake of wearing cute, but very impractical shoes! I had chosen to wear a cute floral summer dress from zara and had stupidly paired it with some heeled sandals from Bershka. These may be my favourite sandals, but I can tell you now that they are not designed for walking around woodlands in!

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After our walk round, we realised just how late it had got and with tummys rumbling we made a bee line for the ice cream van, treating ourselves to a large whippy ice cream each! It was the perfect way to end a perfect Sunday afternoon and I hope to go back to Coombe Abbey again soon!

What do you like to get up to on a Sunday?

Your’s Truly,

Emma x

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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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Who Am I?

Who am I?

Some of you may already know a bit about me from reading my post but for those of you don’t know who I am, let me introduce myself properly!

My name is Emma and I am a fashion student from Hertfordshire, just North of London. I study away from home and am currently living in student accommodation near to my uni. Although I love my family dearly,  but as a really independent person, living away from home has been great for me. I have wanted to study fashion for a long time and have progressed from doing a two-year course at college to where I am today. There are many fashion courses out there, all slightly different but mine is purely Fashion. This means I get the chance to do projects in all the different areas within the industry, lots of which I have never tried before. Some of the projects that I completed at college included Illustration, McQueen and Industrial Standards (click the links for more detail on these posts). I loved doing these projects and uni has taken me even further doing new projects including A Walk in my Shoes, Scrap for One Fashion for Another, Fashion Issues and A Digital Sketchbook (click the links for more details).

But I am not jsut a fashion student. I have two jobs which I have kept for when I am home over holiday times. One at an independent pottery studio and the other for an online fashion retailer. I love both of my jobs and miss work when I am away at uni. I have been at the pottery studio since I was 15 and having grown up there, my colleges are like family to me! Then alongside all of that I have my blog! I had always wanted to start a blog but it was only this Christmas (2016) that I finally got round to setting one up and I am so pleased that I did. I enjoy writting and love being able to connect with my readers, sharing my thoughts and feelings.

In the little time that I have spare around coursework, blogging and working. I spend time with my boyfriend, family and friends. Whether its a catch up over dinner, a shopping trip or just a movie night in, I always make sure to save some time for those who I care about most.

So theres a little insight to my life! If theres anything else you would like to know about me I will be doing a Q&A in a couple of weeks, so leave your questions in the comments below!

(Also apologies for the delay in this post, was supposed to go live on Wednesday but due to my internet order being cancelled and being left without any connection I have only been able to post today!)

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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March/April 2017

Hey Everyone!

I hope all is well with my new 50 followers! I would like to thank all my followers for getting me to the 50 mark. It may not seem like many followers to some but as my blog is still fairly new , it is such an achievement for me!

I sadly missed last months update post due to being incredibly busy with deadlines and can say that I miss these more chatty posts! Now where to start on the past few months… I have been stressed to begin with. I had a deadline in March, another in April and a third and final coming up in just under three weeks time. The work load has been high but I have loved staying busy and being creative! My current project is a Communications module, involving illustration and photography! I have had my on and off days with my work but over all I have been loving it and a few photography posts will be coming up soon, so keep a look out for them!

Like many I had an easter break where I went home for a few weeks. During this time I got the chance to take a trip up to Wales with my family. It was a great escape from everyday life but almost left me more stress as I returned home to even more work! This aside, I did have a good time. It was nice to throw on a raincoat and walking boots and just walk for miles and miles. It also gave me the opportunity to capture some great photography shots of the scenery. I am thinking of featuring these photos in a blog post! I did a post about Cornwall a few months back and was thinking of creating another post along these line.

The next few weeks will be busy with working towards my deadline but once this is out the way its my summer break! From June onwards, I am hoping to start blogging more! I currently try to post every Wednesday afternoon and the odd Sunday with my monthly updates! I want to try and up that to every Wednesday and every Sunday and possibly a third time in the week depending on how that goes! So with that in plan I will give you a peak of the posts to come.. There will be some fashion photography, an exciting make up haul featuring newly released products and what I eat on my cheat day (credit to Chelia from Pink for Days for the suggestion)

What have you been up to in the last month and what have you got planned for the upcoming weeks? Can’t wait to hear from you all!

Yours Truly

Emma x

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What I Eat in a Day – Monday

Monday! The start of a brand new week! Whether you love it or hate it, Mondays definitely have their positives and negatives. For my there is the pain of dragging myself out of bed after the weekend but then I look to it as a fresh start where I can begin something new! For me I find I always seem to put the most effort into what I eat on a Monday. After having done a food shop at the weekend, my fridge and cupboards are normally full and ready to go! I thought I’d share with you what I ate this Monday.

Breakfast

To start my day I went for a really healthy breakfast. Yoghurt is always my go to breakfast food and today I decided to add in a chopped banana, chia seeds and a swirl of honey to sweeten it up!

Lunch

I have been loving this lunch time treat recently! Fresh pita bread stuffed with tomato, feta cheese and green olives, warmed under the grill for a few minutes and a side of humus has definitely been a go to favourite the last few weeks

Dinner

I decided to try something new for dinner this week and went for a fish dish. Something I don’t do that often. I roasted new potatoes, tomatoes and lemon all cut into slices in an oven dish, mixed with herbs and olive oil, before adding cod and cooking further. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really loved this dish! The lemon when being roasted had added the best flavour to the tomatos and potatoes, making the overall meal so yummy! The only thing I would do differently next time would be to add another cod fillet to make a bigger portion!

What do you all eat in a typical day? Would love to know to help inspire my food choices! Let me know in th comments.

Yours Truly

Emma x

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Curios about what I eat on other days! Read more here – What I Eat in a Day Sunday 

 

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A Peak in my Portfolio

Drawing… definitely a skill that I have a love hate relationship with! When I’m in the right frame of mind I can draw for hours, other times I get easily frustrated with my work, causing it go wrong, leading to more frustration and the cycle goes on!

Recently I have been working hard on a body of work, involving Illustration along side photography. I was stumped at the start of my sketchbook; having not drawn in this way for months I didn’t know how or if I could get back into it! So I turned to my previous portfolio for inspiration! Alongside my particle work, I have a range of drawing techniques in here and it’s these I thought I’d share with you today! I hope you enjoy having a peak into my portfolio and I hope I can inspire you to creat your own master pieces!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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