Sunday, 29 October 2017

I Need Your Help - Blog For Uni

Hey everyone!!

So I thought I'd do a little post to let you know I've had to create another blog for uni purposes as I have a module on blogging, I'd love it if you guys could show it some love and maybe have a read and comment etc!!

It's lifestyle related but as I'm used to beauty blogging, I will write about beauty too. Please give it a little look as it would mean a lot to me!!

I've done some OOTD posts and wishlists so far if you are interested and there is plenty more coming! It's a little different to what I've done so far on this blog so do check it out!

Here is the link if you guys are interested!

Thank you so much for reading and it would be amazing if you gave it a read/comment!!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day 2017: What It Means To Me & My Tips

Hi everyone!

Today this post comes out specially for World Mental Health Day.

As someone who has dealt with a few aspects of mental health, I find this day particularly important. Mental Health problems are very common and it's important to consider the fact that you can't see who may be suffering from one. They are all around and can come in many different forms.

This day itself revolves around promoting the education and raising awareness for conditions which you may not be as familiar with. And knowing that there are so many different people out there facing struggles with their mental health. I feel like it's important to be because I want there to be education on mental health especially in schools and for the younger generation because these skills can be kept throughout life and hopefully reduce or even make others feel at ease knowing what they may be dealing with. If they learn about these things during their teenage years it can be beneficial for years to come. It may also make recovery easier because you have more of an understanding of what is happening to you. It took me a while to properly acknowledge I had anxiety as I'd not really been educated fully on mental health, I feel there's a huge amount of assumptions regarding mental health and stigmas which can hold you back from understanding yourself and also receiving treatment.
I feel like World Mental Health Day keeps a reminder that we have to consider others around us and their ways of life and the way their minds work.

Some tips I'd offer if you or someone you know is suffering would be:

* Don't be afraid to take some 'me time'. Sometimes being busy can be extremely stressful and tire you out, even social situations. By balancing out both work and social commitments it can mean you have a schedule which suits your needs better.

* Talk! It's hard to open up, but talking to those who care can really help. I know I'm being slightly hypocritical here because I bottle up a lot of things, but I know that there's people around me who do know some of my triggers and generally my own battles, although I've not shared everything. However talking your worries out with someone can be hugely helpful.

* Write down your achievements and be proud when you do something brave. One of my friends actually gave me a little notebook to write down some of my achievements and good things in and it was such a thoughtful and considerate gift. It's important to keep these in mind during a down day as it's easy to become engulfed by the negativity.

I hope this post for World Mental Health Day has done it justice. Thank you for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Fashion Tag

Hey everyone!

I was reading through Anna Saccone's blog recently and came across 'The Fashion Tag' which she had completed. I've never completed a tag based on fashion before so thought I'd go for it.

1. How would you describe your style?
My fashion style is quite casual yet comfortable. I'm girly but I'm not in your face girly. Some days you'll see me in a Disney top or something cartoony and other times you might see me in some sophisticated tops or darker clothes. I've got a mixture of styles, which I quite like.

2. What are your wardrobe staples?
A few of Primark's Basic tees, they are so useful to throw on for university lectures with a hoodie or sweatshirt. Some comfy pairs of jeans are a must. A nice dressy top for fail-safe last minute evening arrangements. Also a checked shirt will always look stylish.

3. Most expensive item in your closet?
Probably a faux leather jacket from Wallis. It's one of my favourite clothing items and it's great for evening occasions and day time too. I'd wanted a leather type jacket for a while and I was so happy to finally get one.

4. Most wanted item?
I really want more dressier pairs of shoes but I've got really picky feet!  

5. Favourite designer?
I'm not really bothered about designer clothes to be honest. I care about high end makeup, but in terms of clothes I'm not quite big on fashion designers and things. I can't afford to spend loads of money on just 1 handbag or something.

6. How much do you spend on clothes?
I've been more experimental with my style and clothes buying recently so probably about £20 - £50 in a couple of months. I just seem to be buying clothes a lot recently.

7. What are your favourite places to shop?
I love Primark, it really saves my life. Asda and Sainsbury's do great pairs of jeans and jeggings which are of really good quality. I also love Boohoo and New Look. Topshop's a bit more pricey but they have nice stuff in.

8. Favourite fragrance?
Probably Beyoncé's Heat perfume. It's just such a gorgeous scent and even without being a Beyoncé fan I'd still love it.

9. What's your favourite way to do your hair?
I have it natural really, I don't do a lot with it because I'm not a hair care expert. I have many different shampoos so I don't have to worry about product build up cos I don't use the same one each time.

10. What is your go-to outfit when you have no idea what to wear?
Depends if it's a day event or a night time event. If it's day time I'll just throw on my New Look skinny jeans, a Primark top and a hoodie and trainers. For an evening event I'll probably throw on my Asda black jeans, a black top and jacket and boots.
11. One fashion trend you wish would come back or stay?
I love 90s fashions so I'm glad that they've been in recently. I love chokers so I really hope they stay for a while! I also really like the mom jeans trend as I don't always opt for outright skinny jeans.

 12. Show us your most prized possession in your wardrobe.

As sad as it sounds probably my Yonce t shirt and my Lemonade sweatshirt. I love wearing Beyoncé related clothing and I ordered them off Amazon. I love them. Probably because they are harder to find.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog post and I tag you to complete it if you wish to!
If you complete the post please link me to it!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Update: New Uni Year/Autumn Days


One of my favourite ever sunset photos I've taken.

Let's ignore the fact there's another break here!

How have you all been? I've had a busy few weeks and I'll let you all know why..

So I've just started my second year of University, I've been here for just under 3 weeks so far after moving into my new flat on 17th September. Obviously it takes adjusting even when you've already studied for a year, I'm moved in with new people (minus my coursemate who's also here) so that was also different as I'd stayed in student accommodation previously.
Luckily, my housemates are really lovely and also funny!
It's not been the easiest of few weeks but I've handled it better than I would have thought I would have done. Living arrangements isn't the only thing that can be unsettling however, as receiving and dealing with a new timetable especially when you have anxiety can be hard, so far it hasn't been too bad. It's not been super easy, there's been a few tough bits naturally.

I'm still going by the same quote as I ended my last uni year with 'Make the most of everything you have' and I hope I have the confidence to do more and try and focus more on me (probably another post coming soon!)

It also happens to be my favourite part of the year. I really like Autumn as the good TV starts and October's quite an interesting month and then it's my 21st birthday next month and Christmas is just around the corner too. There's a lot of things happening. Which reminds me I still need to have my first Pumpkin Latte of the year (I tried one last year and loved it).

I can't remember if I did a blog post explaining that I'd lost confidence in my blog (and indeed myself) but I still love writing and I love the freedom I have to talk about the things I like. As there's a lot of exciting things coming up I'm going to try and give my blog a bit of a makeover. I have a blog to do as university work too, so I feel like there's a lot of content I'm going to have to produce.

I'd like to thank you all reading this for staying with me, I know my blog posts have been very scattered this year, I still care so much about you all and this blog. You are not forgotten!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx