Friday, August 1, 2014

OOTD | Flamingos


Shorts - Hollister
Double ring - Shop in Mykonos
Midi Rings - Forever 21 and River Island
Sunglasses* - Ice Watch

Can a swim suit be any dreamier?! Missguided are on point with their body suits this summer I think I need every single one! The flamingo one was used in their summer campaign and my love of the beautiful animals meant that it was getting purchased. A few people have asked about the material of it and yes you can wear this to go swimming, its just the type of swimming cossie material that you get. However, I will be definitely wearing this as a bodysuit as well. I just cannot get enough of the colours and the gorgeous scoop back, the padded bra section means you don't have to worry about purchasing a backless bra and the added worry of it going see through without one. Missguided have got it completely covered, for only £11.99 plus a student discount it is the biggest steal this summer and I cannot wait to be wearing this for summers to come!

I'm really into my rings recently too, I just think it makes your whole ensemble look more polished! I picked up the pretty stars and moon ring from Mykonos, whilst the midi rings are both from Forever 21 and River Island! 

With the beautiful evenings we have been having I also headed down to the sea front for the evening to snap some pictures and I really like the overall effect,the lighting was just perfect! It's going to look even better soon with my new camera that I purchased on Wednesday (Canon 1200d). I cannot wait to share some of the pictures with you eek! Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you get up to! I am off to Bristol for the weekend to meet up with James, so expect a post on that sometime next week!

What do you think of this swim suit? Do you like the missguided range of bodysuits? Do you like backless tops? What do you think of the setting of the pictures?

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Life update | University life and beyond

As you may know I recently finished my final year at university, I can't even believe where the last three years of my life have gone?! It truly has been an amazing whirlwind of time. I'm still finding myself each night wondering what work I have to next before realising that I never have to do any again, long gone are the sleepless nights and stress induced spots (See pic above!!), hallelujah! I thought it would be nice to round up my time at university and what I plan to do next, I do like to keep you all in the loop with my life aside of blogging! I studied International Business Management at Southampton Solent University and in hindsight getting Solent as my second choice of University was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,well worth the many initial tears on results day! I really do believe in such a thing as fate! 
I had never even been to Southampton beforehand to check out the university, city centre and the surrounding areas so it really was all alien to me when I arrived and realised this is where I would be living for the next three years! Unfortunately for me I didn't get a place in halls but the university laid on some really good find a home days which is where I found 12 other people to live with in a HUGE house right in the centre of town,perfect for obsessed shoppers like me but very bad for the bank account. The first year flew by and it was mostly spent partying and sleeping off hangovers, oh and studying of course.. My course group was very small unlike other courses so we had a really tight knit group of friends that did a lot together, it also made the whole experience at uni really enjoyable, the small class sizes were also brilliant for interaction with the lecturers. As for the accommodation, living with so many people of course had many downsides as you can imagine, but I'm still grateful for the experiences that I had and that I met my boyfriend in that house,clearly fate working its magic again! 
My second year was without a doubt the most amazing year and experience of my entire life and it will always be something that I look back on with extreme fondness. Because my course was International Business Management we had the option in the second year to stay at Solent and do half a year placement or to study abroad for the year. Without thinking I packed my bags and said good bye to England for a year and embarked on my year living in Finland! The whole experience was just phenomenal, the university was fantastic, the people I lived with are still my best friends and Finland will always be referred to as my second home now.
So this brings me onto my final year. As anyone knows who has been to university it's stressful, there is lots of work but there is still room for plenty of fun! I haven't actually written about my achievements on my blog but you may have seen me announce it on twitter/Instagram that I am proudly graduating with a first class honours woo hoo! I have had a really tough year and I was 99.9% sure that I had achieved an amazing 2:1 that I wasn't even eager to read my results in the morning that they came out. The shock of it made it even better and I still think that it's only just sinking in now, my graduation is not until November which is a while off but I'm already looking forward to getting dressed up for the day and seeing my uni friends once again. I really am so grateful to have had the experience that I did at Southampton Solent, the university was all that I could have wished for,the year abroad and the experiences and friendships that I made along the way. It may be gone but never forgotten! But I'm more than glad to wave goodbye to student accommodation, and of course I missed having a bath way too much! Nothing beats having those home comforts back.
Now that uni is over it's time to enter the real world,no more watching TV box sets all day and spending all my student loan on clothes! I was always aware of the job situation post uni and being a graduate does not make you instantly employable. I'm currently in something which I call catch 22, I'm too experienced for some jobs yet I don't have any experience for graduate jobs. They ask for at least 2 years experience  for some of them which is madness as I've had next to no time or any opportunity to gain experience alongside my course, other wise I would have done so in a heartbeat. I really do see the attraction of work placement years. I'm looking for a job in the marketing/social media sector which really is my dream career, I'm not going to let the endless applications and rejections dampen my spirits, the key is definitely to remain positive and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is comfort in knowing that I am definitely not the only one in the same boat. Whatever is out there I am completely ready for it and armed with my first class honours degree waiting to make a difference,but fingers crossed i'm employed by graduation!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my time at university! If you are moving away to uni for the first time this year I wrote a post last year on surviving freshers week which I definitely recommend a read of!

Have you been to university or are looking to go to university? What are your tips for a new graduate like myself?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OOTD | Liquorice Allsorts

Belt - River Island
Sandals - Juju jellies
Sunglasses* - Ice Watch

I got 'Allsorts' of looks wearing this on the weekend (aren't I funny?!). What would have been more funny is if I turned up at a supermarket and purchased a bag of them too! Seriously though, I have never come across such a fun pattern on a dress, a little bit out of my comfort zone but who could not love this! This little sun dress is from Best who sell handpicked items sourced from around the world, many of these are then reworked by their in-house designers and seamstresses. As well as selling their own Best branded range of clothing. They also have shops located in Leeds,Newcastle and a new shop opened in Liverpool only this weekend, if you're local to these then its definitely worth a look!

It was the perfect cool outfit for the weekend as it really was such hot and sticky weather. I teamed it with my juju jellies, so comfy and easy to wear with anything, they also match perfectly with my black belt from River Island which actually came off a pair of shorts I own from there!

Am i the only one who really fancies some Liquorice now?? What do you think of this dress? Would you wear something like this? Have you heard of Best before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Travel | Mykonos, Greece

I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend and enjoying the prolonged sunshine and warmth, its a little bit too hot for me, its definitely energy zapping but who needs to go abroad when the weather is like this! As promised i said on my Eastern Mediterranean cruise post that i was going to do a travel diary kind of thing showing you all of the beautiful places that i stopped off on whilst on the cruise. Naturally i had to start with my ultimate favourite place and which is probably the most gorgeous place i have ever visited on earth (such a huge claim huh?), which is pretty little Mykonos, a small and idyllic island off Greece. I think you'll all be agreeing with me by the end of this post!
From the cruise ship it was a very short bus ride into the centre of Mykonos town, we could tell already that we were heading for utter paradise. I seriously cannot get enough of the perfect white washed buildings in Greece.
The small beach in the centre was just divine,crystal clear blue waters,glorious sunshine and a backdrop of white buildings, a totally picture postcard moment.
Mykonos town is like a huge rabbit warren, there are so many cute winding streets filled with cafes,restaurants,gift shops and homes! We never stumbled upon a street that we had been to before, you could wander through them endlessly.
 The flowers are so well placed across most of the streets, i really don't know of a prettier sight!
 The cutest and smallest restaurants filled the streets of Mykonos.
I absolutely adored these hanging tea lights from the old trees, oh so pinterest! Definitely want to take this idea to my garden!
 A beautiful greek orthodox church.
You couldn't turn a corner without stumbling upon beautiful cats, i was rather fond of this little ginger one.
 Dining with a view, wow!
 The cutest old windmills, at the top of the town
 We walked for miles this day and we stumbled across an idyllic beach setting, it was super windy this day which is why it was so quiet.
The most delicious ice cold chocolate milk that i have ever had, so refreshing! The restaurant also had free wifi,score!
The streets are bustling full of touristy shops and in no way are they tacky! I purchased a mini Mykonos lighthouse and some cute rings.
 I need to refrain from using the word cute again, but seriously their gelaterias are the cutest, i love the seats,the signage and everything about it!
 If Greece was a statue it would be this!
The stairs to the shop were amazing! Its such a true, motivational and inspirational quote and the setting of it is just so fitting!
Its true i do and i want to shout it to the world, I LOVE MYKONOS!

Being on a cruise is perfect to see a lot of different cities and also a taster of the place. I could definitely see myself living here, its just too perfect and so me. I just need to win the lottery right about now..

Have you fallen in love with Mykonos yet? Have you visited Mykonos before? Would you like to see more travel posts like this?

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