Monday, 29 June 2015

Life Lately

Life Lately

After taking a 3 week mini hiatus (that was totally unplanned, oops) I thought it would be nice to talk about what's been going on in the past few months. It's been a little while since I posted one of these (early March I think my last one was!) and a whole lot has happened since then. It's been a bit of a mixed bag really, with some really exciting things cropping up and some things not so much - but all in all, I'm feeling quite content.

The past few months have been rather busy for me, completing 3 internships in the last 3 months. Which, considering in January, I couldn't leave the house on my own at all, is pretty good going! I finished my placement at Intu Metrocentre, which was amazing, and then was asked if I'd like to join the Core team for NE1's Fashion Futures event. With weekly team meetings, I was given the task to organise the goodie bags beforehand and on the day of the event itself, I was on the door making sure each guest was seated - as well as helping with various other tasks (including making a right fool of myself in front of 300 people... like I would, haha!). It was all completely out of my comfort zone, but I had the best time and enjoyed every minute. I've also recently started another internship - helping out at a local PR office to relaunch their online magazine, completing social media tasks, writing articles etc. 

Oh and did I mention? This is all on top of working on my University dissertation. Yes, I have to complete my full final year of University assignments in 8 weeks start to finish. I am completely freaking out if I'm honest, so chances are I may be a little quiet over here until the end of August (although I'm going to try and get 2/3 posts up a week!), but the website I'm launching is coming along nicely - there'll be a post coming soon talking more about it, as I'm going to be on the hunt for contributors! Go follow it on Twitter for the more details, it's a website that'll support creatives and small businesses and I'm really quite excited about it all.

And so, onto the blog. If I'm being honest, I've not really had my blogging head on recently. I've not been reading many people's posts, nor have I even been thinking about my own. Apart from my outfit post and the odd other one here and there, I feel like I've fallen into a bit of a blogging rut. I'm not entirely sure that working in social media and article writing has sort of made me feel like a chore to me, or that I've just got a little lazy. Anyhow, that buzz I've always had for blogging has dwindled somewhat over the last few weeks. Don't get me wrong, I'm still proud of my blog and I'll always be posting on here, but that love and excitement has fizzled out a little. I want to have fun with it again, without follower counts and daily views being a priority! But I have plenty of exciting posts coming up, so hopefully I'll be out of this funk in no time - I've spent the past week on holiday in the Cotswolds and I'm feeling somewhat refreshed and ready to take on the world again!

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And that's about it. I'm not really sure where this blog post went or the whole point, but sometimes it's nice to just have a chat, right? A little low-down into what I've been up to recently!

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Monday, 8 June 2015

Styling Challenge: Comfort Zones

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Outfit Details: Skirt - River Island*, Top - Zara, Shoes - New Look*, Bag - New Look
Sunglasses - Primark, Hat - Primark

When I think about my style, I'd say that whilst I like to try new things, I'm quite uniform in what I wear and I know what I like. So when I was challenged by Clarity Travel Management to put together an outfit that would refresh my image, I was quick to accept. I'd originally thought it would be quite easy, but in all honest - it was actually more difficult than I thought! However, we all know I'm addicted to Pinterest and when scrolling through my Style board I realised that I pin a lot of monochrome/minimal outfits but don't often wear them myself. And I thought what better way to rebrand myself, than to wear the outfit to a bloggers event.

I was kindly invited along to the Joe Bloggers Cupcake Decorating and Afternoon Tea event at the Copthorne Hotel, where I had the best time. And already want to back to check out their afternoon tea! We each decorated four cupcakes (there's a picture of three of them at the bottom of this post!) whilst catching up with some of my favourite NE bloggers. With plenty of GBBO-esque innuendos, the event was a right laugh and with an all you can eat afternoon tea, I couldn't complain!

Back to the outfit. So, trying to keep things pretty basic, I went for this combination. With a Love2Shop voucher in my hands, I headed straight for River Island - which is a shop I often forget to look in. After falling for quite a number of pieces, I finally settled on this snake print leather-effect A-line skirt. I know A-line skirts fit my shape quite nicely, but one in snake-skin print is something I wouldn't necessarily run for. However, I actually really like the piece and think I'll be wearing it more often as it's quite versatile and can be dressed up and dressed down easily. Keeping it simple with a plain tee (a wardrobe staple), I also chose to keep the footwear very minimal. Cue a rush to New Look (one of my favourite places for shoes) and these heeled sandals were mine. Their metallic heel really caught my eye, and although I made the rookie error of buying a size too small (and consequently spent the day limping around in them...) I think they're a useful shoe to have. And they're leather and under £20 which is pretty good going in my books.

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Do you think I've done a good job of refreshing my image? What would you go for? I'd love to know!

Ps - Apologies for the major bitch face going on in these photographs... apparently my 'lets look relaxed' face actually looks like I want to punch the photographers lights out. Oops.


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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Places to go in Newcastle on a Budget

Sunday Low-Down 5

As a student in Newcastle, I'm always looking for the best (and cheapest) places to visit in the city. Despite living from home, value for money is still a priority when I'm planning my days out, so when I was challenged by Walton Robinson, a local estate agent who specialises in student accommodation, to talk about my favourite places to visit in Newcastle if you were on a budget, I was quick to step up to the challenge. I decided on a few spots for food, coffee and some of the prettiest areas of the city - lets just say, some of these are my go-to outfit shooting locations!

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Leazes Park - Something that Newcastle City Centre and their surrounding areas boast is their parks and just how many of them there are such as Heaton Park, Jesmond Dene and Exhibition Park. All have their pros and cons, but my favourite has to be Leazes Park which just alongside St James Park. I always love to visit here during the summer, where there's often a whole host of people having picnics in the sun trap. And if disposable BBQs and picnics aren't your thing, there's a lake and plenty of short walks to take too. It's just generally a lovely place if you're after a lazy day, especially throughout the summer - it's a total sun trap!

NewcastleGateshead Quayside - Probably the most iconic and recognisable area of Newcastle that is one of my favourites is the Quayside. It's always a place that attracts a lot of tourists and with good reason, as everything about the place just makes me proud of my hometown. From the bridges, to the Sage and the Baltic, there's plenty you can explore - especially as it's free to visit these places. And I have to say, the gift shop in the Baltic is possibly one of my favourites ever. Plus if you visit on a Sunday, there's an rather large market that takes up the Quayside each week filled with various food stalls, so don't be alarmed if you leave 2 stone heavier.

The Boiler Shop Steamer - Somewhere I've been meaning to visit for a little while now, but have heard plenty of amazing things about - it's the Boiler Shop Steamer. It happens on the first weekend of each month, and is a three-day event which is home to the best street food, local ales and live music. One thing I've noticed in the past few years that has changed in Newcastle is the food scene, where recently a lot of more independent and not necessarily your average chain restaurant have been opening up all over the city. And this monthly event is the perfect opportunity to check out all of those local brands you've wanted to try, but all in one place.

Pink Lane Coffee - Now I can't mention my favourite haunts of Newcastle without mentioning this place, as it is hands down my go to for coffee. Seriously, it is incredible stuff. Located just a short walk from Central Station (I mean it's literally across the road), this coffee shop is a total gem. It has a chilled out vibe, and is the sort of place you'd certainly head to if you wanted to get some work done outside your usual haunts. I could go on forever about the coffee (and I'm not even the biggest coffee fan) but let's just say, everyone needs to try their Flat White, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.

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Ever been to Newcastle? Where are your places to go? I'd love to hear some more recommendations!
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