Christmas Eve and the RSC

I have always wanted to see a Shakespeare production live, there's something about seeing it performed that makes it so much more easier to understand, compared to mere words on a screen. So when I was told my family and I were going to see the RSC's Christmas Eve production of The Tempest I was thrilled. 

Christmas Market!

If you know me, you'll know how much I love Christmas! I love everything about it from the cheesy music to the copious amounts of food, but my absolute favourite thing is the Christmas Market at uni!

Cursed Child - REVIEW

I have been a huge Potterhead since I was a child. The series means a lot to me and each time I read it I find new meaning within the words on the page and I love how magical the books are, despite having re-read them many times. When I heard that the Cursed Child was coming out I was a bit skeptical, would the book match up to the original series, would it add something new to the story? Well, since I got the book yesterday* I guess I've found answers to these questions...

What it's like growing up in Barnsley

Growing up is tough; you've got high school, friends and puberty to deal with and sometimes it can just be too much. I know, I've been there, but I had it a lot tougher than most as I grew up in Barnsley...

Creative Writing - Character

This week we focused on character and how to develop well rounded characters in our future writings. We had 10 minutes to write about our character and what they would have in their bedroom, making sure to add in some surprising belongings to spice up our writing a little.

Creative Writing - Famous First Line

I've always been interested in creative writing and writing in general. As a child I had a notebook that I would write all my wacky story ideas in, most of them were very blatant rip-offs of famous books I was reading at the time but I loved to write. Fast forward a few years and I had the opportunity to pick a creative writing module at university so I jumped at the chance to improve on my writing and develop my style.

Honesty

As you may well have noticed, I have been absent on this blog for a while now. I could make up an excuse, or I could be brutally honest - which is what I am going to do.

To all those starting university in September...

First of all, congratulations! You've made it to the university of your choice and you're about to start the next chapter of your life; studying something you're passionate about in an area surrounded by people your own age...

Summery Gold Liner Look

A few months ago I was browsing through the Nyx stand in Boots when I came across a gold eyeliner which got me really excited. I had been looking for a gold eyeliner for aaaggees and the only one I could find was in Lush for £15 or so which I thought was a little expensive (sorry Lush) so the fact that this one was £5.50 was an instant hit with me! Having said that, I have only used this product once properly as I keep reaching for the same make-up I usually wear but the Rio Olyimpics and summer has inspired me to embrace the gold, so here's a summery gold liner look...

The Best Day Ever - Bolshoi Ballet

Every person has a list of things they want to see/do in their lifetime and at the top of mine for many years has been to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform. Well, when I got the chance to make this dream a reality I jumped at the chance, it's not everyday that the ballet company you're most anxious to see tours your country!

London Lookbook

As you have seen the clothes I took for my weekend trip away, I thought I would compile a look-book of all the outfits I wore while there. Since I have been in the south of England, the weather has been a few degrees warmer than what I am used to in the north and I took the opportunity to dust off my summer clothes from the back of my wardrobe...

How I pack for a weekend away

Way back in April, my flatmates and I booked a trip to see the Bolshoi Ballet on their English Tour. Since it landed in the middle of summer, we decided to make a trip of it and visit my flatmate in Essex. This means, however I would have to pack for a long weekend away... which I am terrible at! I always seem to pack waaay too much and my bag weighs a ton, but my dad gave me a great piece of advice 'write down what you think you need, then half it' - with that in mind, here is how I packed for my weekend away...

To All Those Doing Their A Level Exams...

This time last year I was in the midst of my A2 exams. These exams would decide whether I got into the university of my choice, my insurance choice or indeed whether I would be going to university at all, and let me say, I was absolutely sure I had failed...

10 Inspirational Women

Following the news that Kate McCann has been named as one of Woman & Home's Most Inspirational Women, 2016 I have decided to compile my own list of 10 women I find inspirational and who made a difference within the world. I'm not saying the list Woman & Home compiled is completely awful, but many people will have their own opinion as to whether she should have been included on the list. Having said that, I thought I would compile my own list of inspirational women from the past as well as the present...

Second Blogaversary!

Doesn't time fly? Seems like only yesterday that I was writing a post to celebrate my one year blogaversary, and now I have been blogging for 2 years!

Bank Holiday Whitby Trip

It's bank holiday, which can only mean one thing - the seaside. It's somewhat of a tradition within my family to rush to the seaside as soon as the weather shows any sign of warming up, and since we have had a couple days of nice weather, me and mum decided now was the time to get the first seaside trip of the year off to a start. 

Photo shoot and Leeds

A couple of weeks ago I entered a competition for a photo shoot and a make-over, which I won so today myself and a friend had a lovely photo shoot followed by an impromptu trip to Leeds. 

Self-Esteem

Ok, so I am going to veer away from the usual 'light' topics of my blog posts to talk about something that effects myself, and thousands of people across the world. For the longest time I have wanted to do something like this but feared that people wouldn't read my blog if I didn't produce my 'regular' posts, but, like you I am a real teenager with real thoughts and body hang-ups... let's talk about self-esteem. 

Perfectly Peachy Park Picnic

Since the weather here has been so nice for the past few days, myself and my flatmates took a trip to Lincoln Arboretum and had a lovely little summer picnic to celebrate the term coming to an end.

End of Year Uni Sum-Up...

As of yesterday, my first year of university is officially over! That means I survived my first year of uni and, honestly I am really happy - not because I hate uni or anything but because I've made it to the end of the year! I have to say though, somethings are different to how I imagined them to be, so here is a sum-up of my first year of university...

University Room Tour

Since my first year of University officially draws to a close tomorrow (where has the time gone?) I thought I would share with you my uni room and where I have been living since September. I have loved making this room my own and I have big plans for my room in my accommodation next year, and since I will be leaving this room I thought I'd give you a little tour...

Beauty Review

Recently I have stepped out of my 'comfort zone' in terms of beauty products. I'm not one to try different things, I usually find a brand I like and stick to it, regardless of whether it actually does the job properly - call me old fashioned I know! But I've been watching and reading a lot of beauty reviews and thought I would give you a rundown of my favourite beauty products of late...

GRWM - Birthday Make-up

Since it is my birthday today, I thought I would show you the 50s/ Audrey Hepburn inspired make-up look I did when I went out on Thursday. I loved this look because it was quite elegant which fitted with the dress I was wearing and I felt great! So, without further ado, here is how to achieve my birthday make-up look...

My thoughts on A Levels

Like many students in England, before I came to university I studied A Levels at my local college. I saw this as the best way for me to gain a place at university and to learn the skills required to proceed into further education. Like many students however, I underestimated how hard A Levels are and thus, questioned whether I would make it to university or not.

My Skincare Routine

As I mentioned in my January Favourites post, I have sensitive skin and need a tough but gentle skincare routine to stop my pores from being eternally clogged. I love the Clinique kit I have as it removed dirt from my face without being too harsh on my skin which is great! I don't use this process everyday, but once or twice a month I will use this routine to wash away the layers of make-up and dirt that has built up on my face. Here is my skincare routine...

January Favourites

As January is drawing to a close I thought I would share the things I have loved this month. Most of these will be Christmas presents so I don't think my favourites will always be this big but there's a whole range of things, ranging from things that have made my life easier to things that are just fun. So without further ado, here are my January favourites...

Why I didn't enjoy Freshers' Week and it's OK if you didn't too!

Moving to university is a scary and daunting time in many students' lives and for many Freshers' week is the prime time to get to know everyone and have a great time before lessons start. However, some people - like me - didn't really enjoy Freshers' Week and there's nothing wrong with that, it's not for everyone as there is a lot to take in in the first week or so...

My 2016 Resolutions

I can't believe we are a week into 2016! It feels like 2 minutes ago since I was stuffing my face with Turkey and now I've just finished my first essay of the year (and when I say 'just finished' I mean like 10 minutes, pyjamas and chocolate later) But I've been thinking about New Year's resolutions and how I can apply them to my blog.

New Years Day Make-up

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time and never actually got around to it, so I thought 'what better time to try new blog ideas than the new year?' With that in mind I thought I would show you my make-up look I did for New Years Day - it's not a particularly heavy look as I was spending time with my family and I felt like I would be too done up if I had darkened my make-up. I was also wearing a new outfit which featured a green skirt so I didn't want my make-up to clash with the colour of my skirt as I mostly own red lipsticks. The products I used will be at the end of the post, so here is my New Years make-up...