October 31, 2013

NOTM: Halloween Edition

I think I'm probably the only person on the planet who's not that big of a fan of Halloween but as all my friends were getting excited I thought I'd at least attempt to get into the spirit of things by doing my nails.

I wanted something simple but that was still pretty obviously Halloween inspired and felt like this was the perfect combination. Unfortunately I can't take credit for this look. That instead should go to Lauren over at cover shoot who made a post of many different possible Halloween looks. To read her post click here.

I started off with 2 coats of Block Orange by Barry M to provide a Pumpkin inspired base and then I topped it of with a coat of Confettis by L'Oreal. I absolutely love this top coat, it's the perfect way to add interest to almost any polishes you already have.

I love this look, it's the perfect nod to Halloween but I think it's also totally wearable throughout autumn.

What are you guys doing to celebrate Halloween? Any crazy costumes lined up?

October 27, 2013

My First Time Tag

The first time tag is one that has been circulating the blogosphere for a while and so I thought I'd finally give it a go. However, as it was actually started by Sprinkle of Glitter over on YouTube i thought it would be more appropriate to tackle the tag on video.

I actually really enjoyed having a little reminisce about various firsts throughout my life from my first memory to my first car, so I hope you enjoyed it too. If you haven't already done this tag you definitely should! 

October 26, 2013

So Much Cambridge Cuteness

I know that the vast majority of the population don't care all that much about the fact that it was Prince George's Christening on Wednesday or they at least care a normal human amount. I on the other hand...and my love for Prince George and his family sky-rocketed about ten minutes ago when I saw this newly released official photo.

I mean honestly, could that picture be any more perfect? I love everything about it. The shear unconditional love that Kate has for George, the adorable look of delight that George has for bring with his Mummy and then the proud William looking down at his beautiful little boy. Even the almost Instagram style filter that seems to have been used just adds to the perfection. Gah. I love this so much! I can't even.

Apologies that this basically turned into me gushing about the Cambridges but I just had to get my feelings out so I hope you don't mind. 

October 21, 2013

5 Colours in Her Hair

About a week ago Vanessa Hudgens debuted her new autumnal ombré look and it ignited a love for brightly coloured hair. I really want to do something fun with my hair because let's be honest if you can't do crazy things with your hear when you're 21, when can you? Plus, having your natural colour at the top equals slightly less upkeep. 

I thought I'd take this opportunity to show you a few of my favourite looks that I've discovered while scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration.

Vanessa Hudgens' amazing autumn inspired do.

Love this look so much especially for the Summer. The only thing that stops me is that I wear a large amount of red which would end up clash horrendously! 

A slightly less in-your-face option but no less awesome! Love these colours so much for winter.

Rainbow hair! I'm not sure I'd have the balls to go for this but I kind of really wish I did because it's just all kinds of amazeballs.

What do you think of the multi-coloured trend that's so popular at the moment? 

October 17, 2013

A Year Abroad: Yes or No?

Yesterday I found out that, despite being in my final year at University, I still had an opportunity to study abroad for a year. This information got me extremely excited as spending a year in the US is something that has always seemed inviting to me.

I came out of the talk about it all extremely excited but now that I've had time to think about it I've realised just how big of a thing this would be for me to do. So, I've decided to run through some of my thoughts on here so as to try to make an informed decision but also so I don't just sit and worry and talk myself out of it just because I'm scared.

Worlds Away: I mean this less in terms of the literal sense and more in the metaphorical. There's about 6 different Universities that I could choose from but all of them would be so different to where I live now. It was a big enough jump for me to move to a city (and when it comes to Bangor, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word) as I grew up in the middle of nowhere and attended a very small school. So, moving to somewhere like New York for a year could be incredibly overwhelming.

Food: I'm a pretty fussy eater, I'm trying to improve but it's slow progress and when I went to Florida in May, my diet basically consisted of chicken or turkey burgers. This is absolutely fine for two weeks but for a year? I've already looked at the food that's on offer in some of the Uni dining halls and it definitely made me concerned that I'd end up living on various forms of potato.

Confidence: This is one of the positives of going. It may be the scariest thing I will ever do in my life but surely if I can prove to myself that I can do that then anything else will be like child's play. At the moment the thought of even going to an interview and starting a new job seems terrifying but I'm sure that if I can stick it out in the States for a year then an interview will seem like a doddle. But on the other hand, if I can't even cope with an interview how am I going to cope with living in a foreign country on my own?

Experience: If you looked at my CV you'd think I'd literally done nothing with my life which isn't too far away from the truth. I've had a very comfortable life and have never really had to set foot outside of my comfort zone and I am yet to fully experience and appreciate what life is like outside of it. When better to start than when I'm not held back by any commitments or just life in general?

Flying: Flying doesn't bother me in the slightest but what does is transfer flights. I've only ever taken a transfer flight once and I was with my school so it was the teacher's responsibility to get me to my next flight not mine. But I think this would be one of those things that once I've done it once it's fine. Before I came to Uni I avoided having to change trains like the plague, now I've done it that often that I actually sometimes choose trains with changes so I can get there faster.

Learning: Because this doesn't involve any transfer of credits I would be allowed to study whatever I wanted, within reason, which is extremely inviting as that is one of the things that I don't like about UK universities; we have to focus on one particular subject from the beginning. However, if and when I go, I'll have completed my degree here at Bangor so I wonder whether I'll actually want to go back to University having handed in my dissertation and got that sense of relief that it's all over and then bam I'm back in a classroom studying for finals.

Make My Mind Up: Spending a year abroad would allow me to have an extra year to really think about and decide what I want to do with my life but again, am I just putting off the inevitable and wasting more time getting an even bigger debt as opposed to just getting a job and starting to actually earn a living?

Destination: My final issue is with choosing specifically which University to go to. I know it's only for a year as opposed to 3/4 but it's still an important decision and there are pros and cons to all of them, for example, Pace University in New York is in a city that I've been to before, it's the closest to home and doesn't require a transfer but it's New York, one of the most populous cities in the world and therefore absolutely terrifying! 

Like I said before, I don't want to talk myself out of going just because I'm a bit scared but I definitely think I'm going to take my time in deciding whether or not this is what I want to do. No matter how you look at it, it's a huge step. I've just got to decide whether it's the right step and/or one I'm ready for.

Sorry for such a long and wordy post but I really needed to just write all of this down somewhere so that I could see straight so I hope you don't mind. If you have any advice for what you think I should do then feel free to let me know in the comments below :)

October 13, 2013

Numbers Don't Matter

It's been almost 3 months since I last uploaded a blog on here and I've decided that I should try and get back into the swing of things.

One of the main reasons I stopped was not because I stopped enjoying writing posts but that I worried to much about how many people were reading them. I was doing the exact same thing with my Youtube channel and it has taken me until now to realise that numbers don't matter. I started this blog so that I had somewhere to put down random thoughts and opinions that I had. If someone came across and liked what I wrote then great but those views should not be my sole reason for blogging. 

I was pressuring myself to upload posts when I didn't have anything to say. This time I'm going to try and ignore the numbers and write these posts for me. If I have something to say then I'll write. I I don't then I won't. That'll probably lead to random waves of posts followed by quiet periods but I don't think there's anything wrong with that. If I want to write, I enjoy it more and ultimately create better posts, or at least I hope I do.

If you read or follow my blog, thank you! It means a lot that someone would take the time to read about my thoughts on things and from now on I promise to appreciate every single view I get whether that be one or one hundred. 

See you soon!