Looking back on memories: 1

This blog post is the start of a serious of posts I’m going to do inspired by looking through old Facebook photos and the memories behind old pictures. I remember first becoming part of the Facebook community when I was at Secondary School. I was drawn in by the fact that everyone in my year was going around and proclaiming how Bebo (haha who remembers Bebo) was really lame now and that Facebook was the new ‘thing’. I didn’t like Facebook at first at all. In my opinion it was far too bland. I think the exact word I used to describe it actually was grey. But I soon came around and the rest is history.

This first post Is about one on the first photos I uploaded onto Facebook. It’s not particularly exciting so I do apologise, but I thought it’d be a good place to start. The feet on the left are mine and the feet on the right are my old friend Sophie’s


I met Sophie In year 7 as we were in the same tutor group, 7OCM. We got along really well and hung out all the time. Continue reading

Welcome to 2016

I may be a couple of days late but Happy New Year! I’ve literally been flat out with work this week and have barely even stopped. I was so knackered yesterday that I actually fell asleep at about 6:30 pm eeek.

So now I’ve got a spare moment I thought now would be a good time to have a brief look back at 2015 and a glance forward to what the next year holds. It’s always pretty interesting this time of year as people post snippets of their lives, the hard times they’ve overcome, the things they’ve achieved and lessons they’ve learnt. I feel we can all learn a lot from one another’s life experiences and it’s refreshing when people are so frankly honest and unmediated. Continue reading

My Boxing Day Sale Haul 

Why hello. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’m sure many of you were out and about at the Boxing Day sales yesterday. After realising how much of a hoarder and stuff collector I am, I have made it my goal to pretty much try and stop buying things I don’t need. This was my attempt at ‘trying not to buy anything’. It didn’t go exactly to plan but I think you’ll agree, It could have been a lot worse.

There are so many bargains to be had this time of year. I have to admit, If there is something on my wishlist, I will usually wait until the sales to go and get it. This year my Mum, Auntie and myself went to Guilford to see what bargains we could snap up. I’d never been shopping In Guilford before and it was actually pretty good. It had a lot of ‘High End’ shops though which aren’t really my cup of tea as Im more of a bargain hunter/ thirfty kinda gal. It was surprisingly quiet out at the shops which was such a welcome surprise. Boxing day shopping usually stresses me the heck out and makes me wish I was rather at home with a box of Ferrero Rochers and a Baileys Hot Chocolate.

I thought I’d write a little blog post and run you through a couple of the things I bought. The First thing I have to note is how necessary it is to visit Lush in the sale. All of their Christmas gifts and festive treats are half price. I am a huge Lush advocate. I swear buy their fresh facemasks, deep conditioner and most recently their Daddy-O shampoo for Blondes. I could have so easily bought up their entire stock of bath-bombs but trying to keep to my new ‘Minimalist purchase plan’ I sprung for this little gift set instead. Snow Fairy is a cult festive favourite and this little gift set included a 100g Snow Fairy Shower Gel and also a delicious smelling pink bath bomb for the bargain price of about £4, score one for me!

I also went to what is probably the most dangerous shop to visit during a sale, Topshop. Other than splashing out for a really awesome navy blue skirt (that cost about £22) I managed to be rather well behaved and pretty much only buy lipsticks. I love Topshop’s makeup collection! It’s colourful, playful and always pretty exciting looking. I have a current thing at the moment for Lipstick, as you can tell, and I managed to stock up on various colours. the coral Lip Cream was only £1, the purple Lip Varnish was only £2, the Lip Primer was £4 and then I got a really cool Lip Ombre set also for £4 (this was before I used my student discount which also applies on sale items!)


Next up was Cath Kidston! I adore Cath Kidston and have a terrible feeling my future home will be adorned with floral print everything. I went in specifically to get a travel purse as Im planning on doing a lot of traveling next year. I picked up this cute little red floral print one for £8. It’s really useful as It has a compartment at the front for cards/ travel cards/ tickets ect. I also purchased this random impulse buy of what I thought was a standard lunch box. Turns out its actually called a Bento box, something which I had never even heard of before. 

Curious as to why Cath Kidston had included chop sticks in my lunch box (was it trying to test me?) I google what a Bento box was, guided by the helpful label sticker on the front, and was very pleasantly surprised to find out that Bento is a traditional Japanese style of eating where single portions of foods such as rice, meat, fish and vegetables are creatively packed into boxes to create meals. after searching for recipe inspiration on Pintrest, I can safely say I am going to have a lot of fun creating Bento meals and I will probably end up writing a blog post on in later. 

As well as all of the goodies above I treated myself to a brand new phone case and protective glass screen for my Iphone 6 Plus after having somehow broken my Griffin Surviver Case, which is supposed to have a lifetime guaranty eeeek.

So I picked up a few good buys and didn’t spend too much money or buy too many things that will help contribute to my hoarding ways. I have to have a proper clean out of the house and all of my stuff in the new year and I’m trying really hard to not replace my current clutter with slightly newer clutter. I was really close to buying a Fijifilm Intax instant camera today. They are so cool but then I stopped and asked myself “do i really need that?” so instead the money I saved can go towards my upcoming getaway to Vienna.

I hope you all have fun grabbing some bargains in the sale, but take my advice, sometimes it helps to just stop and ask, do I really need this?

My Top 40 Moments Of 2015

It’s that time of year again! That time of year you get all nostalgic and think back to all of the things you did over the last year. For me 2015 was a bit of an odd year. As you will see from this little top 40 moments list I’ve created, I got a lot done. Instead of dwelling on all the bad things that have happened to me this year (I sure did have my fair share) I have decided to share with you 40 of my best moments and a little slideshow to go with it. I hope you have all enjoyed your year, and here’s to making 2016 even better!

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  1. Went on Holiday to Orlando, America
  2. Wrote a 10,000 word Dissertation
  3. Graduated from University with a 2:1
  4. Lost a heck load of weight!
  5. Started running
  6. Ran in my first ever 5k (Brighton Colour Run)
  7. Became a single pringle
  8. Saw Fleetwood Mac at the Isle Of White Festival
  9. Went camping A Lot!
  10. Went on a girls camping and cycling holiday to the New Forest
  11. Went to an inflatable water park at Lymington salt-water baths.
  12. Decided to become a Primary School Teacher
  13. Got offered a place to train on a schools direct programme for next year
  14. Got a new job as a support worker at Mencap starting in January
  15. Learnt to cut the negative people out of my life
  16. Stayed in a hostel for the first time (the travel joy hostel In Chelsea)
  17. Hired a Boris bike and rode around Hyde park
  18. Saw Wicked the musical
  19. Sung a lot of Karaoke (sometimes very badly, sometimes very drunkenly)
  20. Knitted a Gryffindor scarf (It only took me TWO whole months)
  21. Interviewed The Wombats
  22. Went to fright night at Thorpe Park (those horror mazes are terrifying)
  23. Carved pumpkins like a boss
  24. Dressed up as Princess Leia for the Star Wars release
  25. Went indoor snowboarding
  26. Went indoor skydiving
  27. Turned 22 years old (eeek)
  28. Went to Winter wonderland at Hyde Park for the first time
  29. Interviewed for some proper jobs in the city of London
  30. Decided working in the city was not for me (The Rat Race just doesn’t cut the mustard)
  31. Dressed up as Stevie Nicks (like a boss)
  32. Swam with a dolphin
  33. Got retweeted by the GBBO (hahaha)
  34. Interviewed bands at Takedown Festival
  35. Strengthened my friendship with my best friend (even when she was half way across the globe)
  36. Went on a 30 mile sea front bike ride
  37. Took part in numerous Nerf Gun wars
  38. Got to vote for the first time in a general election
  39. Joined the Labour party (ready for a budding career in politics, should I chose to do so)
  40. Completed the Fellowship challenge at The Hobbit Pub!