Friday, 28 August 2015
So last month I celebrated my first full year in a full time job! It's gone crazy fast (cliche) and I can remember my two interviews, not really thinking I'll get the job, then being offered a 6 months contract the day after.
This time of year everyone are receiving the results, whether that be for A-Level, GCSE or at University, so there's a lot of 'thinking' about your future involved and I thought I'd share a few (not so wisdomous) tips for surviving your first year at a full time job.
So you've got through the interview stage and have been offered the role - congrats! But now the serious work kicks in. Try and find out as much as possible about your role and the company you'll be working for, as you'll have to know them inside out. It also shows that you're dedicated to the job and company.
Don't Be Afraid
Easier said than done. I was a bag of nerves on my first day, after navigating two trains and a walk into central London. Just remember that they chose you for a reason and believe you have great potential for this job.
If You Don't Know, Just Ask
I had a particularly bad work experience at a newspaper (all male writers and editors) when they didn't show me the kitchen or where the toilet was. In the end I just asked, rather than sitting there unsure. Now I never feel embarrassed about asking silly questions because that's how we learn!
Get Stuck In
Join LinkedIn groups under the same job role or industry as you and talk to them! Interact with other people and you'll get a much better picture of how the company works and feel part of a team. I'm forever being taken into subjects that aren't my speciality but are still interesting and most of the time, useful for my own work.
Like I said at the beginning, my first year flew by so quickly that I can't believe I've stuck at something for a whole year and am still enjoying every day. It's all about experience and learning to better yourself and remember that life is short!
What are your tips for surviving a full time job? Are you on the job hunt?
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Rather than the usual 'Fashion Haul' post title, I thought I'd shake things up a bit. Although it's cringe to say out loud because I'm a stereotypical pale British girl.... Onto what I've been spending this month!
You know when you have your favourite white t-shirt then it comes back all bobbly after a few washes? Mine have pretty much gone past that, so I knew it was time for a trip to H&M for a few basics.
If you're ever on a budget and need those key basic pieces, then H&M is the one I'd recommend. I picked up a white and black scoop neck t-shirts and also a super creasy white v-neck t-shirt. I manage to go through so many plain t-shirts as they've my favourites to tuck into skirts and pair with patterned trousers (see below).
Along the same lines as my t-shirts, my basic black blazer was looking a bit sad and old. It was almost like fate, but I couldn't find a size 8 plain black blazer any where until I found this one randomly hanging on the end of some jeans. It's almost like it was meant to be, right?
Primark - Flower Print Trousers (Similar)
The Patterned Trousers
I'm not normally one for a pair of pattern trousers (give me black skinny jeans any day!) but I was drawn to these flower print pair in Primark. I'm very into monochrome at the moment, so I've been wearing this pair with a white jumper and black pointed flats and just love it.
Venturing out of my black skinny jean comfort circle, I'll definitely be trying a few more patterned pairs in the future!
The Beach Edit
So I'm off on my holibobs soon and was in desperate need of a new bikini. Something that isn't too expensive but will last for more than one holiday. I spotted this bandeau and high-waisted pair from Warehouse on ASOS and prayed that they had my size (they did!) and then a new love story started.
Similar to my bikini search, my old flip flops were more of a flop now. Accessorize, in my opinion, do the best flip flops - always long lasting, great quality and comfortable. I found this pair in the sale and have since been wearing them non stop around the house.
The Winter Shoes
It's kind of ironic that I'm talking about boots and plimsolls when I took these photos in 30 degree heat. But I find the summer sales are the best time to get new boots! Obviously no one is really thinking about buying new boots in July, so when I found this pair in New Look, size five, wide fit and real leather = fate.
Maybe I'm on a bargain sale finds roll, but these ASOS leopard print plimsolls were also a great find. Just £12, I found my size and a new pair of shoes that I can actually wear to work. I've worn this pair to almost death, so I knew it was time to invest in a new pair!
The British Weather Buy
Again, you're probably thinking "Why has she bought an umbrella in August? And why is she blogging about it?!" I ask, have you seen the weather recently?
Primark umbrellas have been letting me down recently, breaking all over the place and just one big faff. I spotted this Totes umbrella in Boots, whilst there was a full on downpour outside, again, fate! It's easy to open and close (nothing dodgy about this umbrella!) and it has a super pretty blue floral print that might actually make me feel better about the rain.
But the best bit is the size, it's tiny. Even smaller than my purse, so much so that it actually gets lost in my bag. Umbrella rant/appreciation over.
What's been your best buy this month? Have you found any sale gems?
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Primark Make-Up Brush Cleanser £2
Normally I'm sceptical about Primark beauty products, you're just not sure about the quality or yellow-y shades in the bottle! But another thing I'm not too sure about is washing my makeup brushes. Every Sunday comes around and my makeup brushes are clogged with product, calling out to be washed or they'll silently judge me for the rest of the week.
At £2 I didn't have much to loose and I genuiely wasn't expecting too much from this product - I've always been a soap and water gal!
I tested it with my new Sephora Multitasker Brush (review here) as it's the one I use every day for my liquid foundation, so I knew it was pretty dirty!
The instructions are spray directly onto the brush, then clean the bristles with a paper tissue or towel. I usually give it a good 6 sprays then swirl it around on the towel and massage it in to get all the makeup out.
And it wasn't half bad! Okay, so I'll be doing a good deep clean probably once every two weeks but for the in between time, this is a fab product. It has got a chemically smell, but also something floral-y that I can't put my finger on, which isn't too over powering.
It also dries super quickly - and I mean quick! So even if you're in a rush in the morning but all your makeup brushes are too dirty with product to use, a few spritz and a quick wipe with a paper towel and voila, it's ready to use.
Have you tried this makeup brush cleanser before? What's your favourite makeup brush cleaner?
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, 23 August 2015
It might just be the weather, but I've been eating seriously healthy stuff these past few weeks! Usually I'll opt for the chocolate granola (hey, I need a treat in the mornings?) but I found a super nutty, which means super healthy, muesli instead. Just add a few blueberries, a sprinkle of milled linseed, a banana and yogurt and I'm good to go!
Along with every other British person, I've barely cracked out my summer flip flops and shorts because the weather has been SO RUBBISH this year. I posted my What To Wear To A Festival OOTD the other day and it just makes me so sad that the next week is full of rain and storms!
I did make the most of the good weather on Friday though and headed down to my favourite city, Brighton, to watch Pulp Fiction on the beach. It's part of the Brighton Big Screen company, where from 14th August to 13th September 93 films will be played on a massive screen right on the beach! Just next to the pier, you've got a few food and drink trucks to keep you going and even better films to keep you entertained. I'd definitely recommend it - especially as tickets are only £3 how good is that?!
What's been your highlights this week?
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Saturday, 22 August 2015
Not a Sephora beauty haul per se, but my friend went on holiday and brought a few bits back for me as a birthday present that I thought were rather good. I haven't actually bought anything from Sephora before and have only been in a store once, now wishing that I had bought something!
Even though I've tried a few sheet masks before and never really got on with them (#funnyshapedface) the Sephora Lotus Mask is by far the best fit I've found. Enough room to fit around my eyes and nose, I actually managed okay.
The results weren't half bad either. Ideal for hydrating and nourishing, I woke up the next day with sifter and refreshed skin. It does say to not wash away and leave the hydrating gel on after using, which can feel a little sticky!
I've long been a fan on the Real Techniques brushes for basically anything (are there any brushes more worthy?!) but the Sephora Multitasker Complexion brush has definitely earned its spot. I'd liken this as an in between of the Expert Face Brush and Buffing Brush from Real Techinques, so mainly used for foundation but I've also applied cream blusher and bronzer too - really is a multitasker! Gorgeous quality, super soft and so easy to clean, it's definitely a great one to pick up.
Sephora Smart Roller
Super easy to apply, you just tear a section off (all precut perforation) then apply the sticky side down on a DRY nail. Add a few coats of a coloured top layer, leave for a few seconds then peel off the stencil and voila!
They do lots of other patterns, so if you're into nail art then I'd definitely give this a whirl as it's so easy! Only downside is that I can't actually paint my nails very well, but they do say practise makes perfect.
What's your best buy from Sephora?
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Thursday, 20 August 2015
Jacket, Top and Kimono: Primark
Bag: River Island
Earrings: New Look
This post is probably way out of season now, but hey, there's still a few more festivals this summer! Although I haven't got any more planned, my highlights have to be Reading & Leeds, V Festival and Bestival so there's still a few more to come. I wore this last month to Citadel Festival in London (seriously one of the best day festivals I've been too) to see Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club.
It was a fairly last minute outfit as the weather was looking okay, but colder in the evening so a jacket was essential. Leggings are a great idea as they're not as thick as jeans but will still keep you warm in the evenings. Because of my pale English complexion, I didn't fancy getting burnt so opted for this light kimono which actually turned out to be a great buy!
On the other hand, I wouldn't recommend wearing white trainers, why? Because festivals are dirty and dusty or wet and muddy. I'm hoping to resurrect them in the washing machine! Hand bags are annoying to wear too, so I'd opt for a cross body bag so your arms are free but your bag is still safe. Also wearing light and loose clothing is essential, because we all hate sweaty mosh pits...
What are your go-to outfit essentials for festivals?
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015
For just 10 weeks per year on every Wednesday evening, we're glued to our TVs watching the next set of bakers create three themed bakes with one contestant leaving each week. It's tense. There's ovens not working, mousse not setting, mixture curdling and cakes with a 'soggy bottom'.
#GBBO starts trending hours before, as everyone excitedly tweets about who they reckon will leave and what floral blazer Mary will be wearing this week. But what makes over 10 million viewers watch each week? Here's 5 reasons why I think we all love The Great British Bake Off.
- Because we love the presenters.
Stuff Paul and his amazing bread kneading and Mary with her ability to pick out the finest of ingredients in a cake, the show wouldn't be the same without Mel and Sue. Their easy one liners and quips create a humorous tone that you wouldn't get in competitive competitions like this. And when they try to help out the contestants and it goes disastrously wrong is hilarious!
- Because of the drama.
#bingate and soggy bottoms trending on Twitter must mean something?! We were outraged when Iain's Baked Alaska was ruined after Diana took it out of the freezer and responded with these memes that still make you laugh a year on. I predict a similar incident this year...
- Because we're British.
Only would the Brits get competitive over whether a a Victoria Sponge is light and fluffy enough for them. Imagine trying to explain to someone across the world why you get so angry when a contestant on the show decides to 'try something new', which ends in a completely predicted disaster?
- Because we all want to be pro bakers.
Even if you say you're 'just watching for fun' you are mentally taking tips and notes for your next bake. Then wonder why no one has discovered you're the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood...
- Because we all want to eat the cake.
I'll admit it, I have to make sure I watch The Great British Bake Off on a full stomach, otherwise I will be tempted to start baking and eat it all! And if you say you wouldn't want to eat one of their cakes, then we need to have a talk.
What's your top reason for watching The Great British Bake Off?
Thanks for reading!