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Sunday, 26 May 2013

tag> shopaholic

First off, I. am. so. sorry! I haven't blogged in what feels like ages but I have a few ideas I've jotted down between exam revision ( I also gave out a few of my tips here) and I was tagged to do this by Zoe so.. here goes!

Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

If someone came and asked me this on the street, I would immediately say no, but the truth is, I am. Majorly. As in someone-lock-away-my-debit-cards-and-never-let-me-see-money kind of obsessed because if I have money to spend, I probably will. Oops!

How would you classify your style?

My style is really relaxed, and a mix of everything- girly, fun and classic! . I like to be relatively smart- except when I'm going to dance and I don trackies and a baggy top- and I wear jeans with pretty much everything, but I also love dressing up in skirts and dresses. 

What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

Topshop! I normally have a voucher for there because I always get them for my birthday but never use them straight away and their clothes are great quality and they always have things to my taste.

Where do you find the best deals?

For sales, I have to say Harrods at Christmas because the deals there are absolutely incredible. On a day to day basis, I'd probably say Boots for beauty products because they always have offers on, and Primark for clothes. I've only bought something from Primark once- a couple of weeks ago- but I really like the things I got and they were cheap enough for me not to worry too much about only wearing them for a few months.

What designer are you willing to splurge for?

Ohh, how many can I choose? Obviously I'm only 14 so I don't have hundreds of pounds to spend on one item, but if I did I'd get a Mulberry Bayswater bag because they are so classic and I feel it'd go with anything. I'd also get a pair of Christian Louboutins or Jimmy Choo's because I'm very much a shoe girl and I stalk their websites.. no joke.

Do you have a go to shopping outfit?

Not really. I wear shopping whatever I find in my wardrobe that looks good. If I'm in a more practical mood I'll ditch the jeans and swap them for leggings or a skirt which much easier to change in and out of.

What is your guilty pleasure? (Not including makeup)

Shoes, shorts and dresses! This is probably because I own the least of these, and given the temperamental English weather, I don't get much of a chance to wear the latter two, and my parents are quite strict about what kind of shoes I wear.

What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

Probably my Prada blazer, which I got from the LFW jumble sale earlier in the year. I love that I can just pull it on and any outfit instantly looks smarter.

What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

Monochrome! It makes me feel so chic, like I've just stepped into a black and white movie.

What trend did you love that passed way too quickly?

 Umm.. I have no idea! Is floral still in? I always look forward to floral in Spring..

Who is your fashion icon?

I'd say a mixture of Eleanor Calder and Cara Delevingne. Eleanor always looks pulled together and naturally, effortlessly beautiful. Cara has quite a quirky style is really fun and totally her own. I love that she doesn't tend to follow the crowd and doesn't conform to the 'typical' model look. I also love Kylie and Kendall Jenner's looks but I could never pass off their clothes.

I hope you liked this tag, and let me know if you've done it yourself

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

revision tips from someone who hates it

You probably guessed from the title, but I hate revision. It takes up so much time, effort and organisation (urgh) that could be better used elsewhere *cough*internet*cough* and, if I'm perfectly honest, I'm pretty lucky in that I'm one of those people that tends to do pretty well without any revision. However, I have my GCSE courses starting next year (to anyone that doesn't live in the UK, GCSEs are the exams you take at 16- General Certificate of Secondary Education) and my language orals this week have been pretty stressful so I've decided to compile a list of ways I find easiest and most effective to revise.

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1) Write revision notes in colour and keep them together- It may sound strange, but writing notes in colour helps learning them a lot. Associate different colours with different aspects of the topic and when the question comes up you'll be like 'Oh yeah! That was in **** and was all about ******.' It also makes it easier on the eye meaning you might not be straining your eyes as much, and keeping all your notes together means you won't get in a flap trying to find things.

2) Flash cards on the walls- I used this for a science test last year and I managed to get the highest mark in the class with 90-something%. All I did was write quick facts on flash cards and stick them anywhere I knew I'd go- wardrobe, bathroom mirror, fridge, top of laptop etc. The fact it doesn't even feel like revision is also a major plus!

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3) Scour the internet (and/or the bookshop)- Google is your friend! If you don't know how to do something, look it up. If you want some practise questions, look it up. An extra tip is if you know which exam board has written said exam (e.g Letts, Edexcel, AQA) pop into your local bookstore and chances are they'll have revision guides, practise exams and all sorts supplied by the exam board. These are great as they will know exactly what's in the exam and what you need to know.

4) Re-re-re-re-re-read- If you are doing a speech or language oral this is a great way to get it into your head fairly quickly. My friend told me to try this for our german and french speaking exams this week and I managed to learn them fully on the day (although I did have to wake up at 5am) . Basically read a sentence, say it without looking, say the first and second sentences, say them both without looking, and carry on throughout the whole thing. If you go wrong or forget, write said which word came next for your cue card if you're allowed one and start from the beginning again.

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5) Photocopy and delete- Another one for oral exams, simply photocopy your work (very very very important!) and delete every other word and see if you can do it. Once you become comfortable with this you can start eliminating more and more words until you know the whole thing.

6)Record and listen- My last one for learning orals, is record yourself saying it and play it whenever you have time- in bed, in the car, walking someplace. This is putting the speech into your 'hearing' memory and you will remember how to form the words orally rather than just read them. Make sure the recording is clear with no mistakes or distractions, and try and include pauses and other ways of speaking into it.

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7) Schedule- Even if you don't stick to it, write a schedule for your revision and plan out which subjects you need to revise most/ least and for how long. Once you've done this, you can review it to see whether you really are putting it in perspective (and not just putting off your worst subjects) and it'll help you think when you sit down to revise exactly what you could do. Also, don't be afraid to go around asking teachers for what you need to do to prepare if they haven't already told you. There's no point revising the whole book if you only need to know chapters 1-5!

8) Work hard, play hard- If you spend too long doing the same old thing and staring at pages and pages of notes, you're going to get tired and won't focus properly. I recommend revising in 30-45 minute sections if you're finding it hard to concentrate, and 45 minutes- 1 hour if you're in a great revising mood to fully take advantage of this. Between these, take a 10-15 minute break when you relax your eyes, maybe have a quick energy boosting snack, and do whatever you want to do. Try to avoid electronics and books during this time.

9) Don't panic!- Once you're in the exam room and you're handed your test, don't panic and think 'I can't do this'. Instead, take a few deep breaths, focus, and remember- you've revised for this! Even if you haven't (join the club) still try and keep a positive mental attitude because at the end of the day, a test is not the end of the world. Exams are more of a test of memory than real knowledge so as long as you paid enough attention in class you'll most likely get the gist of it. Plus, once it's over, it's over! You will never have to take that test again (re-sits don't count, okay?!).

I hope this has helped you in some way and 
you now have a few ideas of ways to prepare for
whatever test you are taking.
And finally, good luck!

Monday, 13 May 2013

manicure monday> hot pink glitter accent

My nails today are painted with Essie's Cute as a Button which is a really bright, hot, neon pink with orange undertones and with a 2True Glitterati nail polish in shade 6 accent nail.
I got both of these polishes in this months GlossyBox (Essie> GlossyBox by Pearl Lowe / 2True> Miss GlossyBox) and they are perfect colours for hot summer days.
The look is really quick and easy so even total nail-aphobes (it's my new word) like me can accomplish it and I think it looks so pretty!

So there you have it- my first 'manicure monday'
I hope you like it and let me know if there's a particular post you want to see

Thursday, 9 May 2013

tag> beauty things i suck at

I saw this tag going around YouTube and thought I'd make a blog post on it :)

1) Eyeliner - I swear, if you can do eyeliner perfectly every time you must be magic. In your head and in videos it looks so easy but the reality is I often have to re-apply eyeliner several times just to have matching eyes and lines that aren't almost as thick as my eye or go so far out to the side when I wing it that it looks like it's aiming to reach my hairline.

2) Makeup on other people - This must be about viewing angle or simply being comfortable as to where I should put things without hurting myself because whenever I try and attempt to be a MUA for a few minutes it goes horrendously wrong. Think badly applied bronzer, 2 inch thick mascara and a traumatised friend and you're part way there.

3) Nails - Personally, I think painting nails is an art ( have you seen The Nailasaurus?!) and unfortunately it's not one I have mastered the skill of. Even if I had decent nails instead of weak, stubby things I couldn't even make clear nail varnish work.

4) Eyebrows - Even though nobody else notices (or so they say) I can never get my eyebrows to look how I want them to ( aka like Cara Delevingne's) and they either seem to be too dark and Lily Collins-esque to suit me or have sparse patches that I can't seem to cover. Also, my eyebrows grow at a rate I would be ecstatic for my hair to grow at but instead means that I constantly have to keep them in shape which hurts like a...

So there you have it- 4 beauty things I absolutely SUCK at!
I tag all of you to do this either on your blog or YouTube if you have one, or even comment what they are below :)

Monday, 6 May 2013

OOTD> time stands still, beauty and all she is

What I'm Wearing:

Hoodie - Jack Wills
Crop Top - Topshop
Necklace - Sassy Lemonade (mentioned in this blog post)

This bank holiday weekend has gone by so quickly, and has been filled with birthdays, including my dad's. Today I spent the day at my friends house for her party and we watched Pitch Perfect ( oh how I wish I could sing) did a mini, improvised photo shoot and just messed around in the garden.
It was a great day and the sun coming out made me dream of summer and feel a little bit sorry for my late November birthday and all the rain it seems to constantly have.
We have exams coming up after half term and revision has now officially started so I will try and post things as frequently as possible but please bear with me.

Have you got exams coming up? 
How excited are you for Summer 2013?!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

sassy silver necklaces

I'm not normally one for jewellery, let alone necklaces- not allowed them at school, never seem to be able to undo the clasp- but while I was browsing Etsy I came across a little shop called Sassy Lemonade that sells gorgeous jewellery.
The two items I bought were silver necklaces. One was a Petite Camera necklace that I love almost as much as my actual camera, and the other the Sparrow Flying into her Birdcage with a Dash of Tulips design- which you can purchase here and here.
I have definitely been getting my money's worth out of them as I love wearing them all the time, even at school sometimes (ooh, naughty!) because they go will pretty much everything.
Two other designs I have my eye on are the Gold Branch of Leaves bracelet and the Fancy Me a Bow bracelet in powder blue.

What are your favourite Etsy stores?
Any staple jewellery pieces?