Monday, 31 December 2012

2013

 
New year, new me. That's what we all say right?!

Every year I set myself some targets for the year rather than resolutions. That way even if it takes me till November to achieve I know that I have all year to aim for. I sometimes find that resolutions can mean that one day you're acting like a completely different person to the day before and can often lead to unrealistic goals.

Last year on this very day,  I made a blog post about my aims for the year, which you can check out here, I can't believe a whole year has past! Below are the targets I set myself for the year 2012 and whether I finally reached my goals.

Nail my interview and Get into University
(I have an interview for Southampton Solent Uni)
 
If you have been reading my blog this year you will know that not only did I get an offer after my interview but I also got the grades to get into university. The past few months have been so different but I'm really loving Uni and I know that it can only get better!

Get the A level results I will be proud of
 
This is probably one of my greatest achievements this year. At the start of last year I never would have thought that I would be able to get the grades to get into university. After resiting exams and resubmitting numerous amounts coursework I was able to get better grades than I would have thought possible this time last year.

Organise my time management between blogging, College work and sitting around personal life
 
Now this is something that I still think I need to work on. I'm ok when I get started but I tend to constantly find excuses for not doing things. I'm not sure why because once I start blogging or start my university work I really enjoy it, its just the starting which seems to take a while. I think a specific schedule will help with this next year.

Finally build up the courage to make You Tube videos
 
This didn't happen! However, I've basically decided that its definitely something that I want to do its just a case of when. It will be within the next year though!

Soak up every moment I spend with my family and friends
 
This is something that has definitely changed since university. Living in Southampton, I am 4 hours away from home, so when I do visit home I really value the time I spend with my family and friends. I've already planned a lot of things to do with my friends next year and can't wait!
 
Increase my confidence
 
I'm really not sure about this one. Since being at uni I've felt like the shyest person in the world and its actually ended up making me less confident than I was before. I know that its work in progress and when I think about all the little things I've missed out because I didn't speak up or just go with the flow. Its a real aim of mine for 2013 and I will kick this!

Lose 5 stone... Yes, 5!
 
Ok, now looking back I realise how ridiculous this goal was. Loosing 5 stone in a year was an extremely silly goal so I ended up just aiming to lose as much as possible. I'm so happy that in the past year I managed to lose just under 3st, 2st 12.5lbs to be exact. I'm really proud of myself for it and although I still have a way to go, I made some serious changes this year and I will be continuing with these next year to finally reach my goal weight

Meet lots of new people
 
I've definitely done this from university. Its so exciting and strange knowing that there are so much more people I'm going to meet along the way. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the people I've met more and hopefully making friends for life.

Start selling the creative things that I make

This is something that I decided I don't really have time for at the moment. With university life and work, friends, family and blogging, I don't think I really have time to make anything let alone sell the things I make. Its definitely something I'm thinking about in the future as I would love to sell the things that I make.

Look back on the year and smile at all the happy times
 
I'm one of those pessimistic people who always remembers the bad times rather than the fun memories. This year has been such a mix but I've had some truly amazing parts. Some which I've mentioned above!
 
Last year I set myself 10 goals so I'm going to be doing another 10 for 2013. The first few are on going from last year.
 
Lose 2 stone
(Yes, that final 2 stone)
 
Create a schedule of when I'm going to Blog or do Uni work
 
Start making You Tube videos
 
Stop being so God Damn shy!
 
Stop worrying so much what other people think of me
 
Visit a foreign country
 
Photograph the special moments
 
Take a road trip with friends
 
Work hard with University work
 
Smile and be grateful for what I have

And to end on, heres something super cute that I found that I thought would be perfect to do all year long...
 
 
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas OOTD

It pains me so much that these are slightly out of focus!
 
Firstly, I hope the everyone had a brilliant Christmas and soaked up the precious time with family. I had a really great day filled with food, laughs and a lot more food! This is my outfit from Christmas day. Its a smart casual look but that's what we tend to wear in my house. The dress is from Internationale and I absolutely love it. Its great for someone like me as it covers my arms and stomach without completely losing my shape, a definite recommend for a curvy gal. I paired the dress with black tights, these are a thick denier as I find these more comfortable. Its quite a simple outfit but I really like it as it can be dressed up or down.
 
I hope you all had a great day
 
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

The Christmas Tag

 
 Its Christmas Eve Eve Eve!
 
I really wanted to get this post up as soon as possible to give the opportunity for my lovely followers to post there responses on their blogs (let me know if you do). I thought this one was really sweet and its a great way to get to know people.
 
1.Whats Your Favourite Holiday Movie?
 Ohh there's SOO many, I love Home Alone, The Muppet's Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street. Anything that gets me excited!

2. Whats Your Favourite Christmas Colour?
Probably green or gold, anything with glitter.

3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
I tend to spend the first few hours in the most festive pyjamas I can find then get all dolled up to... well spend the day around the house!

4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
This is a tough one. I would probably say my mum. I think she is probably the most deserving person that I buy presents for.
 
5. Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
We have little stockings in the morning and a few presents but tend to save the rest for the afternoon, that way they last all day!

6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?
If setting the hob on fire, ruining a pan and loosing your temper counts then yes, we got that far.

7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
Spend time with my loved ones, watch films and eat lots.
 
8. Any Christmas Wishes?
Everyone to have a lovely Christmas and a brilliant New Year, me included! :)

9. Favourite Christmas Smell?
I love the smell of the Christmas dinner cooking!
 
10. Favourite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
It has to be the Christmas Dinner.......of course!

I'll most likely be posting about before Tuesday but I just want to say have a very Merry Christmas!
 
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas Time


 
 

 

 
I LOVE CHRISTMAS
 
The decorations are up, the turkeys been ordered and I have a stack of christmas films waiting to be watched, if the fire worked, I'm sure that would be on too! I really enjoying taking these pictures and its made me even more excited about being back at home and spending Christmas with my favourite people. I hope everyone is excited as I am for the festive season. Tis the season to be jolly... sleep, laugh alot and eat too much.
 
What are you most excited for about Christmas?
 
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Favourites

 
I'm one of those people who doesn't go out and buy new products every month, hence why I don't post monthly favourites on my blog. Even though I haven't been shopping recently there have been some really great products that have stood out as essential items in my everyday routine.
 
 I featured Benefits Powda Wowzer on my blog about this time last year as an item I was lusting over. As you can see I was lucky enough to be blessed with the product over Christmas last year and I've loved it ever since. The set includes versions of Bella Bamba Blush, Hoola Bronzer and Coralista Blush. Its Hoola Bronzer which is the dark brown powder in the palette that has become my recent obsession for contouring. I've never really used bronzers before as I've struggled applying them in a natural way. However, with the purchase of a new brush recently it has really become an essential part of my daily make up routine.
 
The Witch Anti Blemish stick was actually sent to me from Witch a while ago. I never really used it until about a month ago when I had a really bad break out. The product is really easy to use and by simply applying the product to the breakout area reduces the redness of spots within hours. Its really great size for caring in your bag to clear blemishes on the go. Something that always makes me want to use Witch products is there use of natural ingredients and previous experience with the brand.
 
My next current favourite is the H&M lip balm. I brought this a couple of months ago but it has become a staple in my handbag especially over winter with the cold weather. I'm one of those people who always like to wear lip balms or lipsticks and I'm constantly buying different shades or brands. This particular balm is in the flavour vanilla and is such a nice scent. I rate this product highly and it most likely one of the best products that I have used all year.
 
The Nivea Daily Essential moisturiser has been the product I've been using for about the past year and a half. Its a real great budget product that's perfect for applying just before putting on your make up or just after cleansing. Its seriously a great product for hydrating the face and makes applying my make up so much more easy.
 
What long term or newly discovered products have you been loving recently?
 
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Monday, 3 December 2012

Winter Wishlist - Non Beauty Items


|Ukulele|Listography|Soft Box Lighting|Maroon 5 Album|Macbook Pro|

Can't Wait!
 I don't know if its just me but is anyone completely over the top excited for Christmas. I think its being away from home this year that made me more thrilled for the festive season. Although I have my Christmas tree and advent calender up in my room, it still doesn't feel quite right and can't wait to go home and enjoy Christmas with my family. Of course I've spent numerous hours looking online over what I'm wishing for in my stocking this year.
 
If you haven't heard of the Listography books before I strongly recommend that you check them out. The great little books are filled with lists of all the things you've achieved or want to and they're super cute as well! I also mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to learn to play an instrument, my choice... the ukulele. A little random I know, but I think its super sweet and will definitely be a start to getting me on the 'musical ladder'. Another musical item I'm craving for would definitely be the Maroon 5 album, I know that its been out a couple of months but I think the band are truly amazing and can't wait to get my hands on it.
 
Something that I'm really really hoping for this year is camera lighting, I've thought about making YT videos for a long time so its something I may consider, but I also have an SLR camera that I don't feel I'm using to its full potential. Not only will the lighting improve my blog pictures, but it will also improve any photography work I have to do at University. To be honest, I also think that they are a real bargain compared to some of the camera lighting out there. My must wishful present would definitely have to be the Macbook Pro. Now there is no way on earth that I am getting this for Christmas unless my family soon come into large amounts of money.
A girl can dream though, right?!

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