As were now officially in autumn, and autumn is my favourite season of the whole year; I thought I would share with you my 5 favourite things about this leafy season.
The autumn clothing. I love how you can put layer upon layer to create a great autumnal look. A few of my favourite ways has to be the autumn dress, with thick tights and boots, the cute collar popping out from under a jumper, and the thick winter coat, paired with a cosy scarf and gloves.
Lot’s and lot’s of hot chocolate’s, that are covered in cream, marshmallows and usually a flake. You can’t go through any autumn without having a good hot chocolate or two.
Cuddling under a really fluffy blanket, getting all cosy and warm, to watch the TV or a film.
Having an evening bath, when it’s completely dark outside, a candle slowly flickering, and a lush bath bomb, with a gorgeous scent, fizzing away.
My ultimate favourite thing about autumn has to be my birthday, I suppose that’s why I love autumn so much, because I’m such an autumn baby, being born in October. I love going out at night for a meal with all my family, and celebrating the fact that I’m turning another year through my teens.
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out my 5 ultimate favourite things about autumn. It’s my number one favourite season. I love the leaves falling off the trees, the chill in the air, the layers and layers of clothing, and just everything that feels so cosy about autumn.
If you’ve loved reading this post, and want even more autumnal love from me; then go and have a read of my previous autumnal post HERE.
I thought it was about time that I went back to my fashion roots again, and to kick it all off I want to share with you an amazing fashion and styling programme, that has only recently hit our TV screens. It’s called The Changing Room, and for the first time channel 4 has had access to the changing rooms of 6 high-street stores, in order to showcase Britain’s true changing room habits.
The programme features 6 high-street stores: House Of Fraser, New Look, H&M, Monsoon, River Island and House of CB, and goes into all their changing rooms, in stores throughout the country, in order to see what happens behind that changing room door. The underwear, the outfits, and ultimately the huge amount of selfies. It’s the one true time that you get to see what happens when people truly go to try things on.
The programme is hosted by the fashion designer Henry Holland, and mixes his love for clothes, fashion and styling, with his witty humour, and the funny moments that happen in that small changing room cubicle. In the first episode the programme follows around 7 different groups of people such as: a couple who have recently lost a huge amount of weight and need help with their new figure’s, mature best friends who love shopping and are looking for a 70’s inspired outfit, a woman who’s looking for the perfect statement dress in order to impress her ex-boyfriend, and another pair of best friends, who have a love for everything matchy matchy, and loads of changing room selfies.
It’s the ultimate programme that not only feeds are nosy needs when it comes to what happens behind that changing room curtain, but also helps us to eliminate our bad habits with tips and tricks when heading for the changing room, advice and guidance from the host himself, and a programme that mixes the serious and the not so serious side of fashion.
So, what are you waiting for, go and have a watch of the newest fashion and styling programme to hit the block. It’s on every Tuesday night, for the next 2 weeks, over on channel 4.
The time has finally come when I’ve going to be showing you around my work station/ desk / blogging space. It’s really a place for a little bit of everything.
Back in March to April time, as I was just beginning to really start revising properly for my GCSE exams, I decided that I really needed to get a desk and a work space, in order for me to be able to organise all of my revision, homework and also a base to write all my blog posts from. After only a short time of actually seriously thinking about getting a desk, my mum saw this gorgeous kidney shaped, white, glass topped desk in a local charity shop. Within a couple of days we went back to go and have a good look at it, and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s so modern, chic, simple and just so me. But what made it even better, was that it was a bargain at only £30.
What I love about this desk is how everything about it is so perfect for what I wanted it for. It provides a desk and work space that has plenty of room for not only my a-level work, but also all my blogging notebooks and fashion books; an amazing background for all of my blog photos, and the versatility of it being able to go with anything anywhere, and can fit in with any design theme that I decide to go with. The only thing that’s a real downfall, has to be how big it is, and how as it’s kidney shaped it’s a really awkward thing to move around, so I had to be careful when deciding where I wanted it to go.
These two little area’s of my desk above, have to be some of my favourite design wise. I love how I’m able to display all my fashion related books, so I can always admire them and I can easily just grab one and have a little read to gain some inspiration. And, what makes that even better is the gorgeous white, pug book ends that hold all the books up and add to my ever evolving desk design. Also, I adore these cute, little, patterned set of draws, that create another dimension to my desk design and provides a storage for a few things and also a display for my fake flowers and a lovely perfume bottle.
However, the part of my desk that I love the most, has to be my quote door, where I’ve got around half a dozen of my favourite quotes. There’s one’s that I’ve bought myself and one’s from my friends and family, and they all provide me with motivation and inspiration when I’m hard at work with this blog or with school work. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you’ll know I’m a pure and utter quote freak, and love them to death; so I’m so glad that I’ve got this part of my desk, as I feel like it just really reflects me as a person.
If you have your own work space and need some design inspiration, then why don’t you go and check out my post all about desk design inspiration HERE.
I know all to well myself, that starting your first job is extremely daunting. Around a month and a half ago I embarked on applying for a job, a real life job where I would have a contract, get paid and actually work with customers; and I some how managed to get an interview and actually get the first job I applied for. I’m know this literally hardly ever happens and I feel extremely lucky that it ended up this way.
So, after being through the whole applying, interviewing, training and actually working stages of getting a new job, I feel like I can now give a little bit of advice and tips on starting your new job, to hopefully give you a little bit of a heads up on how to approach a new chapter in your life.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
I know that you want to be able to do it all yourself, and don’t want to ask for help, even if you maybe unsure or uncertain, but please do ask for help, because honestly no one minds lending a hand. Everyone at some point has been in your position and knows how it feels to be the new person at work.
Try to be the best version of you
Try to always show the best side to your personality, and allow people to see the funny, charismatic, genuine side of you, and someone who they can get along with and love to be at work with, not the person who is always very quiet, moody and introverted. Try to feel calm and relaxed, as that will impact on the other people you’re getting to know and then they will also feel the same around you.
Be open minded
Always be open minded and expect to do or take on anything that is asked of you. Almost go in with no expectations, as then you will not have any thoughts on what you should or should not be asked to do, and instead just go with the flow.
You will not know everything straight away
Don’t expect yourself to be able to do everything and know everything straight away, it takes time for your brain to get to grips with things and get used to new surroundings and new tasks. You won’t be able to do everything first time, and you may fail multiple times, but that’s okay, because you’re learning and it won’t always be like that.
I hope that you know feel a little bit better about starting your new job and that you find these tips useful. Also I would like to say ‘ Good Luck’ to anyone who is applying for a job or has an interview and is waiting for the result, and ‘congratulations’ to anyone who has just got a brand new job.
As there are so many official holidays and events coming up in the next few months, such as August bank holiday, the big Macmillan coffee morning, Halloween, Bonfire night, and of course Christmas; there will be so many people that will be deciding to gather a few friends and family around and have a bit of a party or celebration. Whether that’s a small intimate get together, to celebrate the long bank holiday weekend, or a huge birthday celebration. I want to share with you my tips on how to plan a celebration on a budget.
Back in October I threw a massive party in order to celebrate my 16th birthday, and along with my mum, I planned every single part of it. We didn’t have a massive amount of money to play with and knew that the biggest amounts would have to go on the DJ and the Venue. Therefore all the other components had to be done cheaply, but super effectively. So we went all out and rang and visited loads of venue’s, bought lot’s of decorations, and I referred a lot to my party ideas Pinterest board, in order to create the perfect 16th birthday, on a reasonable budget.
So, I feel in a good position to share with you my best tips and tricks on how to create an amazing celebration, with not such an amazing budget.
1. The Venue
This is the thing that you need to prioritise the most, as it is the single most important thing about your celebration. If you don’t have a venue, then you won’t be able to have a party or celebration. Therefore, when planning a party think about the venue first, and consider whether you want it to take place in your house, garden, at a local place such as at a community centre or club. Then consider whether you know anyone who could help you get a discount or money off, whether that’s a friend who works at the local golf club and can get you a discount, or your family member has an amazing garden and would be prepared to let you use it for your party.
*Tip: Always think logically when deciding on your budget for your venue, it should probably be just under half of your budget, as you don’t want to end up with an amazing venue but not any food, decorations or entertainment to go along with that.
2. The Food
Now you’ve sorted out your venue, it’s time to talk food. First you need to decide if you want food at your celebration, most people usually do, and what type of food are you going to offer. It could be a full blown 3 course meal, a buffet, sharing plates served to each table, or just a small selection of nibbles. Then you need to consider how you will provide the food, such as will the venue be able to make and provide the food for you, at so much per head, will you make it along with help from your family and friends, will you get outside caterers to come in, or will you go to a large wholesale store, such as Costco, and buy items already pre-made to serve.
*Tip: Remember when considering food, make sure that you are able to afford to serve for the amount of people you want to invite to your party, and if not, think of an alternative way of providing food, or cut down the invite list. Just make sure you don’t blow a big amount of your budget on food, unless that is the main feature of the event.
3. The Entertainment
So, you’ve thought about the venue, and you’ve thought about the food; now it’s time for the entertainment. This is a really broad thing, and you can do all most anything. You need to think about what you want to have as you’re entertainment, for example a DJ, a local band to perform, party games, an ipod playing music etc.. After that you need consider whether you just one 1 form of entertainment, or do you want extra’s, such as two bands performing, or a dj and a singer, or a dj and a photo booth.
*Tip: There are always ways to make entertainment cheaper to provide or produce. For example instead of hiring a proper photo booth, have a D.I.Y one that your guests can have fun in, or see if you know anyone who is a dj or who can dj, and can do it at a cheaper deal for you. Also sometimes the venue comes with entertainment people that they regularly use, that are trusted and reliable, always pursue them as you may get a better price.
4. The Decorations
So after considering all the practical elements to your party, it’s now time to consider the visual elements, and what will make your party look visually stunning. You need to consider what types of decoration you want to use, such as banners, balloons, confetti etc… Then think about where you will purchase your decorations from, for example the best places to go for decorations are generally super markets or pound shops. They won’t have the quality, but you will only need them for one night, so that really doesn’t matter. Also make sure that you ask your venue what you’re allowed to do decoration wise, so there is no issues at the end of the night.
*Tip: See whether you can make any decorations yourself, for example I made loads of paper pom pom’s to hang from the beams for my party. Generally this is a cheaper way of doing it, and it makes it super personal. Also see if anyone you know can make you something, such as bunting. This will be individual to you and you can use it again.
5. The Extra’s
Finally it’s time to think about all the little extra parts to your party, for example how you will invite people to your celebration and favours you want to provide them with at the end of the night, as a thank you for them coming. Regarding invites, think about the way you will invite people and if you will traditionally send them or give them a paper invite, or you could email or text them about it. It could also just be word of mouth or you could put posters up around you’re local area, if it’s a community event that is open to the public. Then there’s the favours. For my party I still wanted to give something away, like a party bag, but without being that expensive. Therefore I did sweetie bags that I filled with a mixture of sweets from a big wholesaler, and then wrapped them up myself.
*Tip: I think this is the most enjoyable part of planning your event, as you can actually do a lot of it yourself. Make it super creative and get your hands dirty. Look for inspiration on the internet, and especially on Pinterest. I love it.
I hope that you now feel very inspired and full of tricks and tips in order to help you plan your next party or celebration.
*Make sure to check out my Party Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration and tips.