4.8.15

Student Flat - Drab to Fab! Post 1: Bedroom

Aloha guys!
Today is something a little bit different for me, so I hope you'll bear with me in this series as I've never written anything like this before! Like I mentioned in my last post, I moved into my flat in Stirling at the end of May and since then my flatmate Erin and I have been working hard to transform our flat into a 'pinterest worthy' home for ourselves.

This series will be documenting all the little things (and big things) we've done to make our flat look more aesthetically pleasing. As our flat is rented, like most students, it's simple things that have made a huge impact, meaning that they will be easy to replicate if you so wish!

This post is going to be all about my bedroom, which is something that I struggled with. My bedroom is an odd size, meaning it was difficult to find storage solutions that would fit. I decided to give my flatmate the bigger room, as she's from Aberdeen meaning that she can't go home that often and stay in her own room. Whereas, I'm only 30 minutes from Stirling, so having a smaller room didn't bother me as I can go home whenever I wish!

STAGE 1: MOVING IN




The previous tenants were two guys, so clearly there wasn't a lot of decoration before we moved in! The first thing I did was take the chest of drawers and give them to Erin. They were too wide for the room and I decided I would rather buy my own and make the room look bigger. The fitted wardrobes were a life saver as it meant I didn't have a huge wardrobe taking up anymore space. When I first moved in, I turned the bed round as I didn't like it on the side.

Now, let's take a look at what my room looked like up until last week!

STAGE 2: ORIGINAL ROOM IDEAS

Originally, I decided I wanted my room to be monochrome and copper, a theme we have throughout our whole flat.
Bedding- Next
Happy Pillow- Asda Living
Triangle Pillow- Next

Lamp- Homebase
Mirror- Not sure
Side table- Not ours, came with flat
Copper Pyramid- TKMAXX
Heart Jars (Can't really see them here)- B&M


Copper Tubs- TKMAXX
Head scarf- LUSH

So as you can see, I turned my bed so that the frame was facing the door. I liked it this way, but still felt as if my room felt tiny. Although there was space at the bottom of my bed and the side, I wasn't happy with it. I also had no storage drawers meaning that my stuff looked messy and unorganised. I loved all of my decorations but I felt as if it wasn't me. My Gran then took me out to Braehead and I totally changed my theme and decided that I would make it copper, floral and white. My reasoning was that it would make my room look bigger as it would be lighter. After a few trips to IKEA with my Gran and my parents, I finally had everything I needed.

STAGE 3: TOTAL ROOM MAKEOVER


The new, decluttered entry to my room
Instantly, by turning my bed around, it gave the illusion of far more space than there had been before. I definitely will be keeping my bed this way, as I love having more space, I'm currently looking for a little rug for in front of my bed, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!

Lamp- As before
Wooden Crates- IKEA
I took these two wooden crates from IKEA and used them as a cute and rustic storage solution. The longer one is supposed to be a long box, but I put it on it's side to take up less room and to put my copper candle holder in it too. I have got all of my lush toiletries and my shampoos etc in the top box as it helped to declutter our bathroom too!

Bedding- Harry Corry
Stitch- Disney Store
LED J- Ross (America's version of TKMAXX)
Fairy Lights- Homebase


Malm Drawers with Mirror- IKEA
Canvas- Harry Corry
Copper pots- As before
These drawers are seriously the greatest thing I've ever owned. For £79, you get a mirrored top, two smaller drawers and four large deep ones. I got the Godmorgen acyclic makeup storage, a blogger favourite, to fit in these too instead of having all of my makeup scattered across the room. The mirror is also great, as you don't have to put one up on the wall and it saves a lot of space too!

THE FINISHED PRODUCT
So, that's my room for my second year at University! I hope you've enjoyed this post and look out for next weeks, as it will either be a kitchen or living room transformation! Do you enjoy interior design? Why not let me know in the comments below!

Ciao!









3.8.15

Hello blogging world, I'm back!

Aloha guys!
I'M OFFICIALLY BACK! After spending a few months on a blogging ban to clear my head and work on my University projects, I'm back and ready to start blogging again! I've missed blogging and interacting with bloggers and thought that it was finally time to start back at it again!

Here's a few things you might have missed while I've been away!

1. I GOT A JOB!
I got a temporary part time position at a well-known shoe shop and I'm loving every minute of it! I love interacting with people and so this is the ideal job to help me do that! This is also part of the reason that I haven't blogged in a little while, as I've been busy working. I'm only on a temporary contract which started in May and ends at the end of August, but I've loved my time there and can only hope that I'll get kept on!

2. I MOVED INTO MY FLAT!
I finally moved to Stirling and my best friend and I have got ourselves a cute little flat two minutes from Stirling city centre! We've had so much fun decorating it and spending a small fortune to make it our own! Keep your eyes peeled for a little flat tour post soon with before and after pictures!

3. I PASSED FIRST YEAR WITH AN A!
After months of crying while eating tubs of ice-cream and working till my fingers bled on my online magazine for my University project, I passed with 79.5% (A) and got direct entry into my next year at University. I can't wait to start deciding what part of media I'd like to specialise in and try and develop my skills further.

Thank you so much for bearing with me while I was away and I can't wait to start posting regularly (at least once a week to begin with) again!

Ciao!

29.3.15

A blogger's night at Lush Stirling

Aloha guys!
So, on Wednesday night I was lucky enough to secure a spot at Lush Stirling's first ever blogger event. As soon as the opportunity arose, I made sure I was available as I didn't want to miss it. As a soon to be full time Stirling girl (only there for Uni at the moment, but soon moving there!), I couldn't wait to see what the night had to offer and I certainly wasn't disappointed!

The night was themed around the Lush Spa and it's treatments. As a proud Lush supporter, I am devastated that I still haven't sampled what the Spa has to offer, due to not having enough time (too busy with Uni work eh?) so I couldn't wait to get a little introduction into the Spa!

As usual, the lovely staff were on hand to guide us through everything. I was an absolute ditz and forgot to take photos because I was enjoying myself, so please excuse the lack of pictures in this post!  There were two lovely ladies from the Lush Spa in Edinburgh, Genna and Charlotte, at the event and also four of the Lush team from the Stirling store itself.

We were offered some water or wine and then split into three groups. Each group took a turn at going around the store, having a skin care consultation and also sampling the massage bars and the hot chocolate treatment which are both featured at the Lush Spa.

I was introduced to some products that I had never tried which I absolutely love and will most definitely be repurchasing. These were the Dark Angels cleanser and the Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask. It was great to have a mini consultation as this meant that I could try products which were suited to my skin and it wasn't just the usual guessing game that you play in some stores!

It was great being able to have a store tour, finding out some extremely interesting history behind Lush and it's founders. We discussed the reasoning behind the layout of the store and also sampled some perfumes. I fell head over heels in love with Kerbside Violet which I may have to purchase when I get a job (soon, hopefully!). I've spent the last few months job hunting with no prevail but here's hoping I'll get my lucky break soon so I can splash my cash more freely at Lush.

The attention to detail at the event was so special, from the sliced fruit, to the cucumber infused water, we could all tell how much work had went on trying to organise the event! We got given some information about the Lush Spa and even sampled a few treatments. After getting a lovely hand and arm massage, we were able to try to hot chocolate scrub which was so luxurious! I was ready to collapse from being so relaxed. I'm now longing for a trip to Edinburgh to sample the Spa, so I'll have to start hinting to my parents soon!

At the end of the night, I made a few purchases including the Golden head wrap and a gorgeous knot wrap, as recommended by Iona. I also received a lovely goodie bag, along with a few tailored samples from what I had enjoyed throughout the event.

Thank you so much to the wonderful staff at Lush Stirling who made this event truly amazing and also to the lovely girls from the Lush Spa in Edinburgh for giving us a little taster of the Spa.

I hope you've enjoyed reading all about the event. What's your favourite Lush item? Why not let me know in the comments down below!

Ciao!

15.3.15

I'm back!

Aloha guys!
After going AWOL for a few months, I'm finally back! I needed a little time to myself and now that I've got everything sorted, I'm ready to start blogging again!

If you have any suggestions for some posts, please let me know as I've been struggling with writers block recently which is why I haven't posted since late December! I hope you can all forgive me for my absence and I look forward to interacting with you again!

Ciao!

22.12.14

8 things I wish I'd known before I started University!

Aloha guys!
I thought I'd write this post as I've seen a few of these posts, but none of them have ever really applied to me! So here is 8 things I wish I'd known before I started University.

1. Being underage will become the bane of your life
I started University when I was 16 and only just turned 17 in October. As I'm under 18, I can't enjoy the nightlife which sucks. I still have a great time with my friends, but I just wish that I had been older when I started Uni.

2. You will inevitably leave everything until last minute
It doesn't matter how many study plans you have, or how much free time you have, those 800 word essays will always end up being done the night before they are due. I currently have 6 essays due back in January and I'm writing this instead! YAY FOR PRIORITIES!

3. Work out a budget
No matter how good you are with money, you will need to work out how much you can afford to spend weekly. It is impossible to survive otherwise. Listen to your parents when they tell you to stop going to McDonalds for lunch and to bring your own as it will honestly save you a fortune!

4. You will put on weight
When you start University you are extremely likely to live off of Fast food. This means you will put on weight, but hey, get a gym membership and everything will be fine (unless you don't go, like me).

5. You will make some bad choices
You will regret some choices you make at Uni, but don't think about them too much as you will just get angry. We all do things we wish that we hadn't, so we might as well get on with life!

6. There will be some people you just won't get along with
It doesn't matter how nice you are, you will annoy someone in someway. Don't spend too much time trying to be everyone's best friend as it just wastes your time. When you've got your best friends, stick with them as they will be the only people whose opinions matter.

7. If you need help, ask for it!
If you are stuck, email a lecturer for some advice or speak to your personal tutor! If stuff is going on behind the scenes, speak to a University counsellor and they'll be able to advise you. You will feel so much better when you realise that there are solutions in place for your problems.

8. Have fun!
Obviously the reason you are at Uni is to learn and gain a degree, but don't let that get in your way! Have a social life, make plans, do stuff which makes you happy! Otherwise, Uni will be no fun at all and you won't find it enjoyable!

I hope you've enjoyed my little insight! What would your tips be for someone starting University? Why not let me know down below in the comments!

Ciao!

9.12.14

The Christmas Tag

Aloha guys!
I was tagged by the lovely Leigh Jarvie to do the Christmas Tag. I'm so excited to do this as I'm sure it will put me in the Christmas spirit! Make sure you check out her answers HERE!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
Personally, I think that if your answer isn't Elf, then you aren't from this planet. Elf has always and will always be my favourite Christmas film. A close second would be the Nightmare before Christmas, if it even counts as a Christmas film? Who knows!

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes! I know I've had a few so far and I'm sure we had one either last year, or the year before. The only reason I remember is because we used a load of snow in the back garden to keep the champagne cool because there was no room in the fridge!

3. Where do you usually spend the holiday?
Our Christmas is extremely traditional. Every year, my Dad's mum and sister come and stay with us on Christmas Eve and we open all of our presents from them on Christmas morning. Then, we go to my Mum's Mum and she cooks the Christmas dinner and we open all of our presents from my Mum's side of the family.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
My favourite song is White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. It's one that people usually turn their nose up at, but I love it. This year it has gotten even better as my favourite group Pentatonix have covered it and it is absolutely amazing!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I wish! Every year without fail I beg my parents to do this and every year without fail, my demands are met with 'NO!!!!!'.

6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Rudolph, Cupid, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer? Is there any more? I don't know.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most this year?
I love putting the Christmas tree up, which we usually don't do until around the 10th, so I've still got that to look forward to! I wish we did it sooner though, I know that when I move out my tree will be up on December 1st!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We get a real one every year!

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
STUFFING!!!!!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
It's a mix of both. I love getting presents, I mean who doesn't? but I also love getting my family things I know that they will love and when they open them it's always a great feeling!

11. What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?
 I sat for ages trying to answer this question and then I realised what was the best gift I had ever received and it wasn't a material thing. Last year, my Aunt couldn't afford to fly home from Australia and we were all gutted as it was the first year we were spending Christmas apart. On the 20th of December she walked through my living room door and I burst into tears. My wonderful dad had paid for her to fly home to surprise my mum and I and it was honestly the greatest gift I could have ever received.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Probably somewhere in America. It seems so much more 'Christmassy' there, I feel like it would be a great experience.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I'm pretty good at wrapping presents, but I wouldn't say I'm a pro! I can wrap adequately, that is the best way to describe it!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
See Answer to number 11!

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I'm sure it was someone at school that told me and ruined it. I was probably about 9ish I believe?

16. Do you make new year's resolutions and stick to them?
I make them every year but I have never stuck to them. I'm one of those 'New Year, New Me' kind of people, but a week later they are back to the 'Old Me'!

17. What makes the holidays special to you?
Family. Without fail, my family makes Christmas special every year.

Thanks for reading! I'm going to tag Zoe from beautyandtheblank.com and Mel from raisethewaves.blogspot.com. I can't wait to see what you'll answer!

Ciao!


2.12.14

Falling out of love with blogging | Why I was on a break

Aloha guys!
Blogging is something which has been extremely close to my heart over the past year. It has gotten me through some very bad times and I've joined a community who will always be there for me. However, since August I've been taking a blogging break while I re-evaluated why I was blogging.

I felt like it had become a chore, like I had to do it to stay 'relevant'. I was starting series and then getting fed up and never finishing them, something which pained me to do. There was a lot of negativity surrounding bloggers and I honestly questioned if it was something I was still willing to be a part of.

University has also been a big factor. Having so many assessments consisting of essays, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down in front of my laptop and write happy posts about things which I had fallen out of love with. It became too much pressure so I decided that I would stop and step back. My anxiety has been consuming me recently, which lead me to starting therapy in the hopes to get it back under control.

Now, I'm back. I'm going to start off by blogging spontaneously, just to get back into the swing of things. I'm going to get more consistent when I feel truly ready and when I feel like I can make the commitment again.

So yeah, I'm back for good.

Ciao!