SUNDAY LOW DOWN #10

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(First of all, how adorable were these cocktails at Friday’s blog event?!)

So, I’ve decided to change my Sunday posts around a little, it began to feel like a chore and blog posts should’ve feel that way, right? In the light of that, today’s sunday post may be a bit of a ramble, whether that be a good or a bad thing.

The past week has been pretty hectic, filled with catch-up with friends, university preparation and ending on a high in the form of a blog event at Love Niche with a lot of my favourites. On Thursday night I attended a local fashion event to photograph on behalf of a magazine, which was a whole lot of fun. I always find myself panicking that I haven’t enough experience under my belt, and since I study Fashion Journalism, it’s very much based on contacts and what skills you bring to the table. And yet I realised, my writing and photography has been featured a number of times in a fashion magazine (that the editor of Vogue reads, or so I’m told), I’m now invited to events both as a journalist and a blogger (which is pretty damn cool) and here I am with a blog doing better than I ever could have imagined. I’m working with some of my favourite companies and places, I’m helping to photograph outfit posts for other local bloggers and I’m loving every second of it. I rarely give myself credit, but it’s something I’m determined to work on. Because, I’m in a good place right now.
In terms of blogging, I’ve been thinking a lot about it’s future. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere soon, I promise. Yet something hasn’t felt right. So whilst my posts may be sporadic over the next few weeks, it’s because I’ll be focussing more time into where this blog is headed and what I want from it, so please do let me know your favourite posts to read! I look at my favourite bloggers and think to myself, why isn’t my blog like that? Why can’t it be as good? And it got me thinking, there’s no reason why it can’t be and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t at least try, right?
I return to university on Tuesday to begin my third and final year. And if I’m honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. University hasn’t been that ground-breaking experience everyone goes on about for me. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the course itself and the modules, I’m one of those who people who loves to learn (and I even quite like some of the exams.. yeah, I said it). But everything else? Not so much. After not doing so well in my A Levels, I became a very self-motivated person and I tend to do things my own way or no way at all. My second semester of second year at university my attendance was shocking (for a few personal reasons which I’m not going into) and yet I got my best grades to date. The module I attended no lectures and 2 seminars all semester? Got straight firsts, weird huh. However, this year means I get to tackle my dissertation, which involves creating my own fashion magazine – everything from the design, to the features to the editorials and their photography – all of my own work. This year is going to be super busy, filled with deadlines, presentations and assignments coming out of my ears. I’ve told myself from the very beginning that final year I’d do everything in my power to come out with a first, and you know what? I’m going to do just that. And I couldn’t be more excited. Bring it on.
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How has your week been?
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THE SUNDAY LOW-DOWN #3

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Yep, I missed out my Sunday post last week. Truth is, I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to scheduling posts (something I’m working on!) and after coming down with my third really heavy cold within a few weeks, I ran out of steam. But hey ho, life goes on and I’ve had a pretty hectic few weeks.
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What I’ve been up to //

If I could sum up the past two weeks, I’d have to say that there has been a lot of catch-ups and shopping (oh, and eating cake, a whole load of cake). Most of my friends are now either completely finished university or finished for the summer, so it’s been lovely to see some of them for the first time in months. I get my second year university grades on Monday (eek!) but this week I was incredibly happy to found out that I’d passed not one, but all three of my NCTJs I took in May – in Reporting, Public Affairs and Production. At the time I told myself that I’d be very happy to pass one exam (as I know they’re rather tricky) so you can imagine my amazement at passing all three with grades I never imagined receiving. Public Affairs was the exam I feared the most, and I had pretty much convinced myself that I would fail, so I was incredibly surprised to find myself receiving an A. Crazy right?

Much of my week has been spent sorting out bloggy bits and bobs – I have some rather exciting things coming up and lots of ideas for future posts. I’m in a happy place over it and how it’s growing, my outfit posts I have ready for next week may just be my favourite ones yet!

What has made me smile this week //
– Realising that I’m a lot more capable at exams/work than I thought I was. I lost all confidence when I did a bit rubbish in my A Levels (after getting mainly A’s in my GCSEs) so it was nice to feel proud of my achievements.
– Catching up with friends.
– Zara and Topshop sales, need I say more?
– Taking outfit photographs around a lot of people and for the first time ever, not caring what others thought, so liberating!
–  Discovering a coffee shop that makes the best brownies in Newcastle, mmm.
What I’ve been listening to //

– Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

– Drowners – Luv, Hold Me Down

– Imagine Dragons – Nothing Left To Say

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