Monday, September 29, 2014

spinning like a girl in a brand new dress

Dress - Topshop
Boots - River Island
Oh hai guys. 
It's been over three weeks, sorry about that, but I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Being back at school means I obviously have less time to blog but also less motivation. Anyway I'm not going to do the whole generic blogger apology/excuse thing (I've used it way too many times!)
I wore this outfit to my baby cousin Anna's christening yesterday. I love the fact that you can wear this dress during summer or winter if you put on a pair of tights. Technically it's my sister's dress but pfffff I've worn it more than her so it kinda belongs to me now, right? Isn't that how it works? ...

The christening was really lovely (I can't think of a better adjective to describe a christening) but I had work that evening which was a bit annoying. On Sundays, since I work, I tend not to fully enjoy everything I do beforehand because all I can think is 'you've got work in x number of hours.' It's weird. It's like whenever you have to wake up early but you can't sleep because all you can think about is the fact that you have to get up in a few hours.

I'm writing this when I should be typing up my history essay. Procrastination at its finest.
Mmmmm, well, I will leave you with this question:
Do you know what song the title is from? 

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Monday, September 08, 2014

now that you're back at school...

If you were looking forward to going back to school you probably forgot about this:  Getting up at 7am. How the weekends feel so short. Homework. Exam stress.  
And now that you have returned, let me guess, it's like you never left? Yeah. It sucks.
I've only been in school a week and already I've had hours of homework. It's not just the homework - since A Levels are such a step up from GCSEs you have also got to read over your notes to make sense of them and read ahead so you don't fall behind. It's exhausting.
 That is why I think it's important to remember the little things that make you happy. Remember to read those YA novels. Remember to watch your favourite movies while eating chocolate chip cookies that you baked earlier. Remember to make yourself feel better by applying a face mask and dancing around to Taylor Swift.

Last night I watched Juno for the first time in years. I forgot how good it was - the acting, the soundtrack, the quirkiness of it. The other film I watched recently doesn't have as good reviews but is good in that 'it's so cliche and girly' way. It is, of course, Sex and The City. After binging on the six seasons of SATC earlier this year it was nice to 'catch up' with the characters in the movie. Both films I'd totally recommend if you need a two hour break to a fictional world.

Since I'm back at school naturally I can't read non-school related books as much but I try to read before I fall asleep. And currently on my bedside table is Since You've Been Gone. I happened upon it when I was buying books on Amazon (I'll forever be poor because I keep spending my money on new books) and it had really good reviews so I thought it would be worth a read. I am only on the first few pages but I love the concept of the book. Basically Emily's best friend Sloane has disappeared but she sent her a list of things she has to do over the summer... and Emily thinks if she completes the list that maybe Sloane will come back into her life. It sounds like a typical, girly book but I would be lying if I said I don't love them!

What girl hasn't bought a Montagne Jeunesse face mask before? Well if you were anything like me you didn't know the name of them but just knew them as 'the face masks with women covered in fruit.' I remember buying them years ago in Claire's or Boots for sleepovers with my friends. The majority of them are only £1 and even if the mask does nothing for your skin (honestly I can never tell) just by applying it you feel all pampered and relaxed. I was sent this one to blog about and it did wonders for bringing down my stress levels and did leave my skin feeling smooth. It comes with a cleanser in the first half of it and in the bottom half there is the face mask. If you're in the need for a pamper evening you should pick up one - there are a huge variety of them and they won't burn a hole in your wallet.

So those are some of the things that have successfully been able to take my mind off of school.

School is not all bad though. I genuinely enjoy the four subjects I took on (so far!) and so going to class and doing the homework isn't that unpleasant. It's strangely quite nice. I remember for subjects like Maths and Irish, ones that I hated, I'd put the homework off until midnight the night before it was due or not do it at all.
Now I've got into the routine of starting my work half an hour after I get home because I am just not dreading it as much. Nevertheless the workload is insane compared to last year. Yay.

In summary: School is hard, A levels are hard, life is hard therefore don't forget to indulge in the things that make it a little bit easier.

How are you finding school/work? What are the things that help take your mind off it all? 

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P.S You should go check out my friend grace's blog. It's called clothes and complexity and it is seriously good.

Monday, September 01, 2014

a pretty paperchase planner

What is it about new stationery that makes my heart beat a little faster? 
I was having a nosy on the Paperchase website last week when my eyes landed on this gem. To some it may look like a notebook that belongs to a seven year old... but it is actually a planner designed for teenagers. Well I assume it is designed for teenagers because it has a page for you to fill in your timetable and when your exams are - and what seven year old needs that? 
Not only is it cute (and you cannot deny that it's cute) it is also really practical. It has plenty of room for you to write down the homework given that day (hopefully not much) and there are a few pages at the back where you can record 'silly' things like what films you want to watch & books you plan to read. 

You're never too old for stickers...

(Sorry I went a bit overboard on the pictures but it's too pretty not to share!)

At £8 I would consider this planner to be cheap, especially when you look at the quality of it. It is hardback and so a lot more sturdy than the planners my school gives us.
  I swear I'm not getting paid to write this, haha, it is just my current favourite thing!

Anyway... there is only so much that can be said about a planner. 
But like all adorable stationery, it makes going back to school a little more bearable. 
What do you think of the planner? Cute or too babyish? 

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