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Sunday, 28 April 2013

#CDFMeet

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the South Wales Bloggers' meet-up in Cardiff. The meet was very well-organised by Laura, Chantele, Leanne and Georgina so massive thanks to them for such a fabulous day!

I wore my new, specially-bought Motel dress and let me tell you it was such a pain! It's hand-wash only and arrived completely crinkled; I spent ages ironing it on Friday but then after half an hour on the train I arrived in Cardiff a complete wrinkly mess once again! I'm hoping Mama B can sort it out with some of her laundry magic when I go home in June!

Hat: eBay
Jacket: Wallis
Dress: Motel
Creepers: Amazon
Bemused facial expression: Model's own

I met up with Stef from Cowbiscuits at the train station before we headed to the event at the Brewhouse. I was quite nervous so it was nice to have someone to walk in with! We were treated to massive goodie bags, two-for-one cocktails and pizzas, cupcakes and demonstrations from Lush. I had a nice chat with Leanne and Gemma who I've met before, and Amy who I met at the bar waiting for drinks.


After we'd scoffed our food and worn the poor cocktail waiter out with our drink demands, we headed to Crabtree & Evelyn for hand treatments (everyone else) and sticking our noses in all the tester pots (me). Then there was time for a cheeky Starbucks before we watched the fashion show. I didn't get many good photos because I am useless but Laura's vlog shows the outfits and some of the awesome dancing really well! After that we had a bit of a chat with JP the stylist of the show and I got a cheeky outfit photo (above) on the catwalk, then a few of us nipped into Ollie & Nic to say a huge thanks for the cute little purses from our goodie bags, then on to Queen Street for some shopping! I was absolutely exhausted when I got home but still (somehow!) found enough energy to rummage through my goodie bag, flicking through all the leaflets and poking my nose (once again) in all the smellies! I'm particularly excited about the Benefit mascara, the Bioderma cleanser and the Mirenesse lip crayon from the Birchbox.


Thanks everyone for an amazing day, it was so nice to meet some new people and chat to a few familiar faces. Can't wait 'til the next meet-up!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

How to Survive in a Student House

(An example photograph to illustrate the state of our coffee table at a pre-drinks session last year)

I have lived in student accommodation for nearly two years now. Last year I was put into a house with six people I had never met before, this year I am thankfully living with my friends (there are now eight of us). However I have learnt a lot from both of these situations about how to survive living with a big group of people with whom you may not always see eye to eye. I'm not trying to say I'm the perfect, ideal housemate (I don't like sharing and I can be incredibly bossy), but I have learnt so much from my two years at Uni and I see so many people complaining about things that can be so easily remedied, so here goes...

1. Be tolerant
Don't try to tell me you can't learn to be tolerant. You definitely can. Last year I was the girl leaving passive aggressive notes to the people using my cutlery and pinching my milk, but I've learnt now that some people are just difficult to live with, and it's not their fault.*

If you bought a six-pack of eggs yesterday and now only two are left, don't kick off, remember someone might have just got a bit confused. Or maybe they were really hungover and desperately needed a fried egg toastie! Make a joke out of it, let it go, or just steal their eggs next time they have some, karma keeps the world spinning.

Some people just won't meet up to your 'living' standards. Our house doesn't recycle (sorry planet) and it drives me mad, but I've given up going on at everyone about it because I'd rather just keep the peace. I can't stand it when people complain about the little things. Nobody's perfect! If something really bothers you, mention it casually to the culprit and try to sort it out, they probably don't realise it's such a big deal. This leads on to my next point...

2. Don't bitch
If someone in the house is irritating you, never ever bitch about them to a fellow housemate. If you bitch about your housemates TO your housemates, they're just going to think you're a bitch. Simple really, and nobody wants to live with a bitch. On top of this, there's always the risk that they might hear you and get hurt.

Try to encourage some positivity into your house instead, and if you have to complain about someone, try not to say anything you wouldn't say to their face. "OMG I heard Jim and Betty having sex really loud in their room last night, they're so inconsiderate, how gross" isn't really going to help anyone, a bit of casual banter is a much more effective means of communication, "good night last night Jim? *wink wink*" might be a better way of approaching the issue without making too much of a fuss.

3. Don't be a martyr
"Ergh I just had to go out and buy loo roll for like the fiftieth time this year, why am I the only one who buys any?!" (This has been me in the past and so I apologise if any of my housemates read this!) First of all, if you're the only person who ever buys it, maybe other people genuinely don't think about it and therefore never think to buy any. Some people are actually that daft, trust me. When I felt I had fulfilled my toilet roll-buying duties for the year, I bought some just for myself and hid it so nobody else could use it. Kinda petty but it worked!

Don't be the person who moans and whines about doing household jobs because 'nobody else will'. If you have made the conscious decision to clean the kitchen/bathroom then you have to deal with it. Maybe everyone else likes living in mess and you're ruining it for them!

4. Be respectful
Don't use other people's shelves in the fridge without permission, NEVER steal bacon (I don't like bacon but I've seen it happen, people get quite annoyed), don't hog the washing machine/tumble dryer/shower and be quiet when you know everyone else is hungover/sleeping/revising. It sounds simple but there's almost always one...

5. Lower your expectations, just a little bit
Your student house/flat is very rarely going to be clean, tidy, organised, warm enough etc. As a student you have to just sigh and accept that this is what you signed up for. The same goes for the people in it, you can't expect everyone to live up to your standards of cleanliness, tidiness and behaviour, unfortunately. I guess this links with my first point, and it also carries on into my last...

6. Remember it's not forever
This works both ways. On the one hand you need to make the most of your time living in student housing because soon you'll have to be a grown up paying council tax and starting a career. On the other hand if things really annoy you about your living situation, you can try to get by on the fact that eventually you'll have your own house which you can operate by your own rules. Or that's the dream anyway!

My bedroom is cramped with minimal storage and a tiny desk, not really ideal for studying and it makes it really awkward to clean, but if I get a bit stressed about it I can just sit back and look on Pinterest at interior design inspiration and dream about when I move out of my scummy student house into my own lovely, clean flat.

I hope this has benefitted some of you and we can try to all be more positive and tolerant and forgiving and all love each other and hold hands and sing *hippie hugs*. Have any of you got any student house-related horror stories or advice to share?

*I have had to exercise a lot of restraint while writing this to not use real people as examples or go off on a tangent and rant about the things my housemates do that annoy me. Now try again to tell me you can't learn tolerance ;)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Check Shirt, Leather Jacket

 
Hat: eBay
Jacket: Wallis
Shirt: Topshop
Dress: Matalan
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Topshop

Today has been lovely and sunny and actually warm too! Walking to my lecture today I saw quite a few people in shorts and t-shirts, and little sundresses with bare legs. While I admire their bravery (and maybe question their sanity) I really don't feel right breaking out the full summer wardrobe just yet, let's not tempt fate guys!

I think days like this really emphasise the fact that I don't do colour. My housemates often pick on me for only wearing black but I just never seem to buy brightly-coloured clothes! Black goes with everything and is (almost) always flattering. Yes I may roast when (if?) summer officially hits us but at least I won't have to worry about grass stains/ice lolly drips :)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Bow Hair Tutorial

 I was mooching around on Pinterest last night and I found a picture of a girl with her hair in a bow, literally. I figured hey, I could do that, and so I did, and here is how I did it!

Step 1: Tie your hair into an incredibly attractive high ponytail and shake it around a bit, for funsies.

Step 2: Fold the ponytail in half and tie it with another bobble. You could combine these first two steps if you wanted but for demonstration purposes I have done them separately. Make sure the tail bit of the ponytail is pointing forwards.

Step 3: Separate the big loop-y bit into two halves and pull them down. I've found that pinning the bottom bit  of each loop to your head can help it stay in place.

Here, have a close up. This is a messy stage, you can rearrange and tidy it up at the end. Or whenever, your call.

Step 4: Grab the tail part of your ponytail and bring it up and over your loop-y bits. I twist mine a little bit to make it tighter but it'll still work if you don't. Pin it at the back as close to your bobble as you can to keep the whole bow thing in place

Here's another close up so you can see how mine looks at the end (the pin at the front is for my fringe, not a key part of the bow). This would look ridiculously cute if you did one on each side of your head like pigtails. Or you could, as my housemate suggested, go crazy and do lots of teeny ones all over your head. Send me a pic/link if you try this!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Life Updates

Hi all! I've not really had much to say recently blog-wise, been lounging around in my leggings and procrastinating from doing Uni work (so much so that I am now more than a little bit swamped with five assignments due in this month). Here's a few little things I've done recently:


I jumped in the ridiculously deep snow at my Gran's house (it was frozen though so I didn't sink!)

I dyed my hair so now it is all one colour

I let my little sister drag me out roller blading, and I sucked at it
(check my unimpressed face, I much prefer my quad skates!)


I went to see Evolution Rollergirls play Hereford Rollergirls and it was incredible! Evolution RG also let me train with them a couple of times and I've learnt loads, can't wait to skate with them again!


Me and my Mama were on the telly!


Isn't life exciting?! Now I'm back at Uni where all my clothes and my tripod live I should be able to get back into outfit posting again. I've really missed blogging but didn't want to force myself to post when I knew I didn't have anything particularly interesting to say! Thanks to everyone who hasn't unfollowed me... ;)