Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 1

Sundays are kind of an odd day, sort of rounding off the week, sort of preparing for the week ahead but I think they are the perfect day for 1) eating breakfast in bed, 2) reading magazines or books by my window an 3) tidying up all the mess I make while studying during the week. I've also decided it is now the perfect day to round up a few things I been reading/eating/doing etc in the previous seven days.

Reading - I just finished The Humans by Matt Haig and I can honestly say it was one of the best books I have ever read. It's about a alien who is sent to earth to go into the body of a man who has just discovered the mathematical secret of the universe in order to kill anyone who he may have told as the alien race doesn't want the humans to understand the world. It is really uniquely written with one or two page chapters and really witty dialogue. Also the message of it is just so enlightening and clever. I seriously recommend you look it up and read it because it is much more that I have described I promise.

Listening - I have really got into the artist Aurora because her music is quite ethereal and just really calming so it is perfect to do uni work to.

Eating - I have been on a slight health kick recently because I've given up alcohol, chocolate and sweets for lent so I thought now would be a perfect time but I did take a sneaky trip to Cloud 9 bakery in Brighton and I bought a couple of their cupcakes. I have discovered how incredibly amazing their peanut butter and sated caramel cupcake is. I wanted to buy a whole box of ten but I just about restrained myself.

Doing - University work has taken up most of my time this week because my term mostly finished this week so I had to complete all my final assignments so that I could hand them in early and go home on this Wednesday. I have finally learnt that emailing tutors and lecturers is the most useful thing, shame it too me my entire fresher year to discover that.

Loving - So all the flowers are now out on campus and all over the South Downs and it is the prettiest thing. It makes me so happy to see so many bursts of colour all over the place and flowers are so beautiful. I can't wait to buy some for the vase in my room when I go home next week.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Things I've Learnt: My First Year of University

I only have a few teaching weeks left of my first year at university and it is crazy how much my life has changed in the last six months and just how much I have changed as a person (for the better I hope!). For this reason I have been looking back over my first year of my studies and thinking about all the things I have learnt so far.

Food is expensive and cooking for yourself is a lot of work - I never realised how much I would need to spend on food while living away from home and even more than that how much money/food you waste if you don't at least sort of know what you want to eat in the week before you do a food shop. I now loosely plan my week's worth of meals and I have found I can almost cut a third off the price of my shop. I've also noticed that I eat a lot of chocolate when there is no one to tell me not too (buying a bar everyday is bad don't do it) although I've given up chocolate, sweets and alcohol for lent so that isn't much of a problem now. Also, props to my dad for cooking everyday after coming home from work because I find cooking fun, but such a chore when you are hungry and all you want to do is eat right that second.

Staying in with friends is often better than going out - Ok so firstly I'm not saying that going out clubbing or whatever can't be fun and in fact I enjoy it a lot because dancing away the night is awesome. However, I'm the type of person who doesn't deal well without a lot of sleep and so can only really take the strain (and cost) of clubbing once every week or two. So uni for me has been a lot less going out than I thought and a lot more having a couple of drinks with friends and playing twister in my flat which is more fun than I could have ever imagined.

You are going to procrastinate...A LOT but it's alright - I was already a serial procrastinator when studying for my A Levels but now I live in a house with 11 other people there is always something to do and lots of people to talk to which obviously is more fun than writing a lab report about the centrifugation of some pea leaf homogenate. The thing is this is what first year is all about, that is why (in the UK at least) your first year grades don't usually count towards your degree. The universities want you to spend time meeting people and hanging out with them so as long as you pass everything don't stress too much about getting perfect grades.

You won't necessarily make friends right away but you will in time - This was such a hard one for me to learn because I was always used to having a massive friendship group from which I could call up some people and at least one person would be free to spend time with me. When I came to uni I found it hard that I wasn't connecting with my house mates an hadn't really met anyone on my course so I felt as though when I was homesick or upset I had no one to talk to. It was really quite isolating. This feeling was made worse by the fact that both my sisters had seemed to instantly hit it off with lots of people when they had first gone to uni so I was left questioning what I was doing wrong. Now though some of my house mates are close friends and I have lots of people to spend time with from all different areas of my uni life.

Saying yes is usually better than saying no - I'm a big lover of quiet alone time with a book or a good TV show but at uni I have learnt than when someone interrupts this with an idea of something to do nine times out of ten you will be glad you said yes. Whether I've just been invited for Scrabble at the pub, to go along to the Quidditch society and attempt to play (yes this is a real thing and the sport is so much fun) or to just go hang out on Brighton pier/beach for an afternoon I've had really enjoyable times and made some great memories.

Finally, getting up early instantly becomes harder when you are a student - So since I was four I've had to get up at 7am on a weekday to go to school and although as I got older I started snoozing the alarm more I still never really had a problem with rolling out of bed at this time. However, now at uni I find it so hard to get out of bed at 8am or even 9am because there is nothing stopping me from just staying there and missing my lecture. It doesn't help that all my lectures are video recorded as I say to myself that I can just catch up later (may or may not happen). Over this second semester I've become better at getting up though mainly because I've been reminding myself that if I don't go what is the point of me being at university.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Wes Anderson dreams

wearing: top from zara, cardigan and boots from h&m, jeans from topshop, lipstick is rimmel kate moss 01.
This year as I'm trying to blog a lot more I'm also trying to be more confident taking photos on my own in public. When my sister is around there is no problem as having someone behind the camera makes the whole situation seem a lot more normal. However, as soon as I set up a tripod on the street and stand in front of it I always feel like people are watching me and think I'm weird. As of 2015 I am attempting to ignore it and stop it bothering me because to be honest I bet they really don't care that much and even if they do I will probably never see them again. 
Brighton has so many Wes Anderson-esque streets such as this one  and I was determined to face my fear and get some nicer photos. I'm really proud of how these turned out but I really need to smile in photos more. I have such a sad looking resting face which is really exaggerated in these photos so I'm sorry.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Topshop wishing

Topshop - 13.03.15

As I've been saying in basically every post this March Spring is pretty much here so that means a big change in terms of clothing. My wardrobe seems to perpetually just be summery with just jackets and tights thrown on too. The problem with this is that before spring/summer has even started I'm bored with the clothes I'm meant to be wearing for that period. This leads me to want to buy (or actually buy) more summer clothes as soon as the sun comes out even a little bit.
Topshop is always my go to shop for summery items so I made this list of a few of my favourite items I've seen on their site recently.

Star Moon Open Cuff
Crinkle Maxi Skirt
Vintage Wash Pini Dress
Floral Print Lace Trim Shorts
White Mom Shorts
Florentine Strap Sandals
Suede Fringe Backpack
High Crown Fedora Hat
Embroidered Tassel Playsuit

Monday, 9 March 2015

Spring is coming

March is well and truly under way, the flowers are blooming everywhere and here in it is now warm enough to at least entertain the idea of going outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. I mean over the weekend I even went on a 10 mile hike to  nearby village and back without a coat in sight. All this season change means that my beauty picks are shifting into a new phase as well - by that I mean all pink.

Step outside and smell the daisies..
This time of year sees the return of wearing my favourite fragrance Daisy by Marc Jacobs. This edition is the Eau So Fresh scent which personally is my favourite of the lot as it is delicate yet slightly brighter that the original. I've been trying out a lot of new skincare in the last couple of weeks because my skin needs all the help it can get at the moment. This Radiance Concentrate Serum from the Boots botanics range has worked wonders on brightening up my dull and dehydrated skin which is basically just what I need. Also, in terms of nails I have been non-stop wearing Fiji by Essie (which is incidentally my favourite nail polish shade of all time) because the shade is such a pale pink that it makes even my pretty much white hands look sort of tanned. It's a miracle to get my skin to appear to have any colour really.

Pretty in pink...
Pink for spring ingenious I know but bear with me, please, This sleek blush in Rose Gold is the most glorious shade because it gives a rose gold shimmer (duh, way to state the obvious Katy) but it is subtle enough that when I go into direct sunlight I don't look like I rubbed my face in a child's glitter pot. Not a good look, I've been there. Speaking of subtle shimmer I was given this Ted Baker highlighter an age ago and I have recently started using it everyday. Spring = dewy skin for lots of people and this product does it for me. Finally I've been wearing this Revlon Matte Balm in 205 Elusive recently and it is really unlike me because I normally either wear a nude lip or a bright red one. Bright pink lipsticks have always scared me as I'm afraid I will look like a Barbie but this shade, although it is very pigmented, is light enough that it doesn't terrify me.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Working on it

wearing: tshirt and jacket from boohoo, jeans from topshop, shoes from river island, necklace from delilah, sunglasses from brighton.
 These are the most accurate pictures for what I wear at least four days out of seven. I mean I am a uni student and as I study Biomedical Sciences I spend a lot of my day in lectures, labs or running between the two. This day I managed to get halfway to my tutorial before realising I had left my work in my flat so these shoes came handy when I had to sprint back the way I came to go pick it up. These Topshop Jamie jeans and my other pair of indigo Joni jeans are glued to my legs throughout most of the year but they are the comfiest jeans you will ever find so I don't think I should ever have to give an excuse for this behaviour. I'm also pretty excited because it is totally acceptable (at least in my eyes) to wear sunglasses everywhere I go now, perching them on my head. It covers up my bad hair dye roots, right?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Twirling my way across the fields

wearing: dress from topshop, hat from miss self ridge, shoes from new look.
 I think the first day of the month is a perfect day to drop responsibilities and do something fun (especially if said day is a Sunday) so on March 1st I donned a cute dress and hat for amazingly sunny and warm morning of wandering the South Downs. I am ecstatic at the fact that for the first time this year I didn't have to wear tights although when the sun was behind the clouds I silently berated myself for not brining a jacket. It's not summer just yet Katy. This dress may possibly be my favourite thing in my wardrobe an has been since I bought it as my birthday dress last October. I don't know how it hasn't been up on the blog yet because it is perfect for swirling about in (a big factor for me really) and it's loose enough to cover my doughnut-induced food baby. Perfection if you ask me.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Red lip wearing, green juice drinking

Can we first address how bad I am at remembering to take blog photos. It is currently 11pm and I have been using five light sources to get these photos. I mean I had to borrow a lamp off my flatmate while she was trying to sleep...and no before you ask these photos could not wait til tomorrow because speaking honestly I would have forgotten again until the sun was way past the horizon. I just think being an night person and blogging don't really mesh well together.

Anyway these are few of my current favourites -

42 juice - This shop is just my dream and I'm so glad I now live in Brighton because back in Bournemouth I'm pretty sure there isn't a huge market for a juice shop. I say that knowing that a year ago I wouldn't even have dreamed of drinking liquid greens (I had barely even forayed into green tea back then). Nowadays every time I go into town I have to pick a couple up because they are so refreshing and such a great, healthy alternative to drinking water. This one is the I am Little but I really prefer the I am Skinny juice.
Cath Kidston - More specifically this wonderful cloud print. My mum came to visit me and we spend our time eating amazing veggie food at Food for Friends and buying everything in Waterstones but we had time for a trip to the Cath Kidston shop. I got really over excited at their new cloud print because it is such a change to the usual florals and my mum was kin enough to buy me this adorable mug in the print (still coveting the ironic sunny day cloud print umbrella though). Then in the sale we saw these cute Sealyham dog print socks and because you can never have too many novelty socks we had to pick them up

Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo in On and On Bronze - I've had this bad boy for an age but I've recently got back into it after a long stint with matte eyes. I love how easy it is to just sweep over you lid, blend and be done. I mean with this who needs a crease colour anyway? Not me that is for sure.
Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 01 - Putting aside my hate for the fact that this lipstick has no colour names it really has no faults. It is the perfect true red to suit my skin tone and it even lights my face up amazing which my other beloved Kate Moss lipstick, 107, unfortunately doesn't do (that may be due to the darkness though). This has been all I have reached for recently.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February instagrams

1) At the start of the month I met up with my sister and mum in London for a trip around the V&A. I especially enjoyed this piece of modern Japanese art. The wedding dress through the ages exhibit was the best part but we couldn't take photos.
2) While I was in the capital I took the obligatory 'here's the Houses of Parliament' photo.
3) I got a bit sentimental on my instagram about how much I love the beach.
4) A couple of days later I then took a cute shot of my new skirt and shoes whilst on a beach walk (shocking I know...)

1) Me and my friends took a trip to the Alice in Wonderland themed 'White Rabbit' pub and their beer, in my opinion, was pretty awesome.
2) I just thought this picture I took of my flatmates, Pedro and Holly, on the beach was pretty cool.
3) I served up a stack of sugar and lemon pancakes on shrove Tuesday to commemorate my giving up of chocolate, sweets and alcohol for Lent (it is really so hard!)
4) Me and some friends got a big sassy at predrinks (sans alcohol for me) before a night out in Brighton.
5) I discovered a restaurant called Tortilla which do the best vegetarian burritos. All my flatmates were visiting their families so I ate it alone on the beach and just after this picture was taken it started hailing. Not my favourite time to be sat on the beach.
6) The sunshine is starting to come a bit warmer and more frequent so shopping in the Laines is a lot more fun.
7) I also enjoyed the sun as I took some outfit shots in this impractical yet wonderful skirt.
8) I served up my wanderlust with a beautiful tumblr picture.
9) And finally, I ended yesterday with a visit from my mama and three courses of the most incredible vegetarian food ever at Food for Friends.