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THE LIEBSTER AWARD //


This is my first award and I am chuffed, thank you to Yari over at Yari's Adventures for the nomination! 
Yari asked...


1. What do you like the most about blogging?

It's a really good way of expressing my opinions and finding out what other people think. The blogging community is fabulous, it's nice to be a part of a new group of people.


2. If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

I would love for myself and my boyfriend to be working for ourselves so we could spend more time together and travel!


3. What inspired you to start blogging?

Sort of inspired by the YouTube community but I much prefer communicating by writing. It's a great way of speaking to an audience about things you care about.


4. What do you love the most about yourself?

How much I've changed my perspective of life and now I'm super laid back, unlike I have been in the past! I'm also lucky to have been successful in a lot of things I've put my mind to.


5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Amsterdam maybe? I haven't been to enough places for long enough to judge what it would be like living there.


6. Do you speak any other languages? What language would you like to learn?

I speak a tiny amount of spanish but would love to be fluent, it's beautiful.


7. What is your biggest achievement in life?

Ending up in a graphic design career after I decided I loved it at 16 years old.


8. What is your favourite food / dessert?

Sausage and mash/Victoria sponge cake mm


9. How old are you?

22 (yes, I still sing to the Taylor Swift song when I'm asked this)


10. What's your favourite season?

I thought it was Summer but yesterday, I had an overwhelming surge of happiness at the cold weather and brown leaves on the way to work. Autumn, apparently!


11. Are you a tea, coffee or hot chocolate kind of person?
Tea, tea and more tea. And green tea. And peppermint tea. Just tea.



Random facts about me...



My best marks at uni were in Spanish and Dance, even though I studied Digital Media



I want to start pole dancing soon



I am scared of driving but have passed my test



My wardrobe is mainly black and grey



I hate the Pearl & Dean score they play before films



My favourite band are Biffy Clyro



I once did Colin Firth's uncle's makeup for a film



I used to play the clarinet



My favourite TV character ever is Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill



I have a huge crush on Dave Grohl



I have twin nieces, two nephews and a goddaughter




I am nominating...









Callie Rose @ Callie Rose









Sarah @ Sarah Smiles



Lissy @ lissybeauty



Shannon @ Lipgloss & Love x



Michele @ Let me cross over



Jennifer @ jenmarier



Mary @ Mazzle



Your questions are...



1. Do you have any big plans for next year?

2. What is your favourite thing to do on an evening?
3. How old is your blog?
4. What is your favourite outfit?
5. Do you have any siblings?
6. Why did you start your blog?
7. Do you miss anyone right now?
8. How many lipsticks do you own?
9. What is your favourite book?
10. What is your favourite blog post you have written?
11. What is your life goal?


The Rules:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer all the 11 questions.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award (if you can).
5. Let the bloggers know you have nominated them.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer


THINGS YOU SHOULD STOP WORRYING ABOUT IN YOUR 20s //

Source: Pinterest

I have had a wonderful last couple of weeks and that has led me to thinking what is so different right now, than how I was feeling last year? A lot has changed very quickly in my life for the better but the main reason for this is because I've also taught myself to be happy, cliche as it sounds.

Here are a few things that - now I'm in my twenties - I have realised you should STOP worrying about, they shouldn't dictate your life.




Money


Stop worrying about the things you WANT as long as you have the things you NEED.
Hopefully, you have a job, or a student loan, or an amazing family who can support you. This means as long as you have enough for the basics in life, you're pretty much set.

Forget about the new coat you were after or the fact you want to go on holiday next month if it's getting you down. You can sort out getting that extra spending money later but just enjoy what you have right now.



'All my friends are getting married,
mortgages and pension plans' 
Frank Turner // Photosynthesis

Frank hits the nail on the head in these lyrics.

When you're in your twenties suddenly everyone seems hell bent on getting engaged, having babies, buying houses and it seems like the world's most unfair competition. It's really, really not.

Hey, I'm the one who hasn't spent a crazy amount of money on a white dress and can afford to go travelling with my boyfriend. I'm the one who gets to buy cute baby clothes and be the fun babysitter then give the screaming child back to their parents. I'm the one who can ring a landlord when my flat has a problem and not have to fix it myself. 
Perfect.



Losing Friends

This is a weird one but guaranteed, you will lose at least one person you used to call a good friend in this decade of your life. Not because you end up arguing about 'grown-up issues' (see previous paragraph) but probably just because you drift apart.

It could be people who move away, or you move away and lose touch. It could be because you both make new friends or have a high flying career and work colleagues and they take priority.
It could just be, ultimately, that you have grown apart. And that's fine.

You will meet so many new people and trust me, your best friends will still be around come wind or high water. Don't worry about it.



Hope this gave you something to think about!
Anything you think is unnecessary to worry about whilst so young?


ETSY REVIEW// CHALKBOARD HOMEWARE


TREND // CHALKBOARD HOMEWARE


Previously, I did a blog post about George Home at ASDA and the things I absolutely love/want/need for my house this season. You can check it out here.

What I didn't mention (saving it for this post, obviously!) is the new theme of...



CHALKBOARD ACCESSORIES


(left to right)



This trend is a pretty nifty idea and I particularly love the teapot, although I'm not sure it would fit enough tea in there as I would like. They're cute, don't get me wrong, but I'm not the sort of person who likes everything to match and I certainly wouldn't want all my kitchen accessories to be black.

AUTUMN 2014 WISHLIST// FASHION

So this month I am on a serious budget due to a tax office hiccup (sigh) HOWEVER it hasn't stopped me lusting after certain fashion items I've come across on the high street and online.

Snake Fang Ring with Gold Teeth £50

Creature Jewellery

As mentioned in previous posts, I'm a huge fan of Made In Chelsea and in particular, Lucy Watson.
Her recent Instagram posts have so tempted me to keep looking at her jewellery range and I adore the Snake Fang rings in particular. I'll be adding it to my christmas list I think...



Mango UK Textured long coat £79.99

A New Winter Coat

I've wanted a long coat for a year now and the trench style blazer I originally saw in Urban Outfitters literally disappeared from the website and in my local store in less than 24 hours last year. I've not seen another I love as much until this one in Mango! It isn't quite as long but the texture and look is amazing. This is my A/W must-have.


Clarks Malm Magic £69.99

Tan Leather Boots

I own these exact boots in black and they are my absolute favourite pair. Perfect for dressing up and dressing down, comfy even with a heel, and absolutely bang on trend.
Can you imagine how excited I was to find they have brought out a tan version?!
Clarks shoes have always done me well and I know for a fact these would last years, so it's only right I splurge and get them soon. Then I can alternate colours throughout the season.
That's completely reasonable, right?



FIVE TIPS FOR FRESHERS//

Sooo it's been over a year since I graduated from university and although I'm glad to be in a career of my choice, I do miss being able to lie in till 12pm and drink until I threw up every weekday, just because.
(This is an exaggeration...kinda. I do not recommend this is how you spend your three years at uni.)

I've put together a few tips for those of you starting college or university for the first time this month.
It was absolutely one of the best times of my life, but every moment is completely worth it!


1) SAY YES

To everything.
Well, within reason.

You will have a much better experience if you come out of your comfort zone and say yes to things you never thought you would. If someone invites you to a party, if you're offered extra classes, if a mate asks you to feature in a film noir style exercise video... say yes. The options might not be as weird and wonderful as that but you'll be surprised. You'll meet more people and have so many more memories by saying yes to whatever comes your way.


2) WORK HARD, PARTY HARDER

Enjoying your university experience is vital but you have to find the right balance. In most cases, you can wing your way through first year and scrape a pass but funnily enough, you can learn a LOT from those first lectures. In my first lecture, I learnt that the art of creativity is to learn how to 'bullshit'.

This advice I have found to be the most useful I have ever been given in life.


3) YOUR STUDENT LOAN WILL NOT LAST FOREVER

It is the best moment to get thousands of pounds put into your bank account at the start of every term.
It is the worst moment to find that, after you've bought an Xbox One, a BB tank and a life-size cut out of the Queen, you only have £20 to live on for the next two months.

Spend it wisely so you don't miss out on any nights out or events towards the end of the year.



4) DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE YOU ARE LIVING WITH
Unless it's actually likely to go somewhere.

You don't want to end up with a reputation at the end of fresher's week. Even if one of the prospects of university for you is meeting a hell of a lot of new people and having sex with most of them. If you must, for goodness sake, don't do it with the people you'll be seeing every day for the rest of the year. It will be awkward. It will not be worth it.

Then again, you might end up getting on really well and end up living with them five years down the line...


5) JOIN A SOCIETY OR SPORTS TEAM

It's likely you'll meet tons of people and get on with some of them in your halls or in your lectures. Another awesome way is joining a society. Whether it's politics or netball, sign up to something different at fresher's fairs and you will get those few extra opportunities. And if you turn out to be really lazy, the sports team social night outs are completely worth doing anyway!


Have the most amazing time, first year was 100% brilliant for me and I have no doubt it will be the same for every one of you!