Results Day – What Happens Next?

As we all know, most A-level students have received their results today, if you are one of them I hope you received what you wanted/needed to pursue your goals. However, if you woke up to find out that you didn’t do as well as expected, don’t be too disappointed, there are plenty of operations and systems in place for you to go on to achieve your dream career.

I received my results a few years ago, I was pleased with my grades but I had no idea which path I wanted to go down next. There are so many choices to choose from, most people go to university and others go in to full time work straight away – neither of these options are ideal if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. Upon leaving college, I went in to full time work at a Marketing company as I believed this would give me a great insight on what the professional world is really like. I worked at this company for over a year and I really enjoyed my time there. I was able to work on my communication and people skills which are essential for any job role. However, because I didn’t have a degree it was hard for me to establish myself as a worker in one particular job role, and so I was moved around a bit, constantly learning, working with different teams  and improving upon the skills I already had. In the end I decided I didn’t want to go down any of the routes that were available to me with this company and so, after lots of research and discussion with my family it was clear that I now wanted to go to university and get myself a degree.  It was a very last minute decision and so I had to go through clearing – everything was very rushed and in the end I only had 1 week to get my accommodation sorted and work out with student finance what I was entitled to etc. I have never regretted the time that I spent in full time work, it has made me the person who I am today and it really impresses people when they look at my CV, I know this will make me stand out from other university candidates when I finally come to graduate.

So, I went to university and I am currently preparing to go in to my third and final year next month. I decided to study Fashion Buying and Merchandising because I have always had an interest in Fashion and when working, I have found that I love interacting with customers as well as dealing and negotiating with suppliers and this is an important skill to have when it comes to being a Buyer. I never expected to enjoy my course or my university experience as much as I actually have, I have met friends for life and gained skills that you just wouldn’t if you didn’t go on to further education. I believe university is the place to be if you are 100% sure about what career you want to go in to and you are up to the challenge. If you are unsure don’t rush in to picking a course just for the sake of it, you will get yourself in to a lot of debt and it will not be worth it if you end up in a job that you hate or in a job that has nothing to do with your degree. Good luck with your future and make the right decision for you  – don’t let anyone pressure you in to something you don’t feel is right in your gut.

Amsterdam

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Last week I travelled to Amsterdam to celebrate my boyfriends 21st birthday. Although I have visited the city before, there was still so much that I wanted to see. Last year I went with my friends and we experienced the Anne Frank house, went on a tour of the city on a canal cruise and road bikes on the streets of the Dam. This year, as well as lots of walking and exploring we managed to fit in a trip to the Ice bar, a canal cruise and cocktails in the sky lounge. It is one of my favourite places to visit and I would definitely recommend going.

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The Amsterdam ice bar was a brilliant experience, it cost us 15 Euros each and with that you got 3 free drinks. Inside, it was – 9.5 degrees and you are allowed to stay in there for up to an hour (however, we only lasted 25 minutes before our fingers felt like they were going to fall off)

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The canal cruise lasted for an hour and during this time you get to see a lot of the city and the unique buildings as well as listening to facts about Amsterdam and its history.

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Another place to visit would be the Sky Lounge in the Hilton hotel which is located next to central station. During the week you don’t have to make a reservation but I would suggest you do if you are planning to visit of a weekend. There is a seating area both inside and out, so it ideal for all types of weather and you get great views of the city.

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Holiday Preparations

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Last week was payday and next month I am heading to Amsterdam, so of course I had to make some holiday purchases. Firstly, I ordered myself some teeth whitening sachets from the Coco White official website as they had an offer for 20% off on, I managed to get a 2 week course for just £19.99 including delivery. I have been using the product for just under a week and I can already see a slight difference in the colour of my teeth. I used this product last year and it is perfect for a temporary fix, however I wouldn’t recommend them if you want the effects to last long term. Whilst online, I headed to Topshop’s website where I purchased a new pair of jeans and the above beautiful Quay Australia sunglasses which I have wanted for ages. They arrived yesterday and I am in love with them, they will be perfect for my city break and I can also wear them when the weather finally decides to pick up in the UK.

 

How to: do it on a student budget

Pay day is still around two weeks away and I am currently living off the pennies I have left from my student loan in April. However, I refuse to miss out on any event, and of course this means a new outfit is needed. Yesterday I attended one of my best friends Mum’s wedding in Newcastle, with it being a special occasion I knew that I had to dress accordingly. I managed to find this gorgeous nude dress from ASOS, it cost me just £30 which is perfect because its also something I will be able to wear again. I paired this with my trusty New Look heels and my Ted Baker clutch. I found it really hard to find a wide range of variety when looking for wedding guest outfits, but ASOS pulled through and with wedding season upon us,  I would definitely recommend having a look on their site.

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When it comes to shopping on a student budget, I think the best thing to do (other than wear something that you already own) is just to browse online ALOT and look for any discount codes that you may be able to use – your wardrobe/outfit shouldn’t have to suffer just because you’re bank balance isn’t at its best.

Festival Season

Happy Sunday! If you read my last post you will know that two weeks ago I won a competition with Missguided in which I won two VIP tickets to We Are FSTVL last weekend along with an outfit, which you can see in the images below. I had such a great weekend and it has definitely gotten me in the mood for the rest of the festival season.

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Every girl has their own specific look, especially for festivals. Some girls go all out by getting their hair and make up done in the morning and rock up looking super glam, whereas others (like me) would rather be comfortable and dance ready in a pair of shorts and basic tee. Whatever your style, you are guaranteed to find something on the high street. I would recommend looking at Missguided and Boohoo – both have ‘festival shop’ sections on their website making it easy to find whatever you are looking for.

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I love a pair of wellies, but this does depend on what festival you are heading too. You will find the perfect pair usually in Primark, the term ‘cheap and cheerful’ comes to mind because seriously, how often do you wear a pair of wellies? Although the weather is gorgeous at the minute, as it starts to get later in to the night you will more than likely start to get cold stood in the middle of a field. So, I would suggest taking some sort of jacket with you, it is ideal to have to either carry it round through the day or wrap it around your waist, but you will be grateful for it when it starts to get a bit chilly.

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Next week I am going to my second festival of the year, Parklife. I am planning on wearing my Missguided shorts again and a long shirt/top from Boohoo and of course, my trusty wellies. If you are heading to a festival this year my main advice would be: don’t stress too much about your outfit because at the end of the day it will probably be covered in grass/mud, drinks and god knows what else. Just have a great time with your friends and make it a festival you will never forget.

Second year: complete

Last week I finished my second year exams, although I am so relieved and excited to start my summer I’m terrified that when I come back to university in September, that will be my final year. The day after I finished my exams I was thrilled to find out that I had won a competition with Missguided – what an amazing way to celebrate the end of second year! I won two VIP tickets to We Are FSTVL at the end of this month as well as the outfit you can see below.IMG_202613164474_10206050907214102_4353413900588430298_n

All of the above items are from Missguided and they are lovely. I think the necklace and the jacket are my two favourite items and they can be found on their website. In order to celebrate not only the end of second year but the last of my 21st birthday celebrations me and one of my housemates went to watch Mamma Mia at the Manchester Palace theatre. We had an amazing night and I would definitely recommend going to watch it if it ever comes to a theatre near you. IMG_2135

When in Rome

Last weekend I travelled to Rome as part of my belated birthday present from my boyfriend. I am now back in Manchester getting ready for my exams next week whilst wishing I was back in Italy. 13043681_10205899883518604_5600854522499244730_n

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On our first evening, we visited the Colosseum which was absolutely beautiful to see lite up. Throughout the three days of being there, I have consumed around 27642738 calories from all of the pizza, pasta and ice cream I have eaten – it was absolutely amazing and definitely worth the fact that I now can’t comfortably fit in to any of my jeans this week.

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On our second day we decided to have a tour around the Colosseum which was very interesting and amazing to see. If you ever visit Rome, I would definitely recommend a visit – no matter how long the queue is.

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We also took a visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican City which again was such a great experience. Over the three days of us being there we managed to fit everything that we wanted to in to our schedule and I would love to go back in the future. It was the perfect way to finalise the end of my birthday celebrations.