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9 Sep

Bonjour mon amis, how is everyone? Do you ever feel wrapped up so tight in your little bubble you forget there is a world out there? I have certainly been in my own little world lately and ever so aware that i’ve my blog has been on the quiet side, so apologies for that!

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What’s happened in my world recently? Well I quit my full time job to go back to college, I wanted to study a HE Access to Art course for mature students which would bridge the gap between my last point of education and getting into university. However there is just NO help towards the cost of living if you’re a mature student doing a further education course. Cue major panic as there was not enough time left in the week to work and earn what I required to make ends meet.

I decided to try my luck and apply straight to university instead…simple right? WRONG! I sat my A Levels 7 years ago and although I was accepted into university when I was 18 the grade requirements have increased considerably since so I was nowhere near the entry level. So I waited for the clearance to open and started to enquire about a place, countless nerve racking phone calls later and after trying to send select portfolio pictures across by email I had a verbal offer!

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Literally could not believe it, I really thought I wouldn’t get into university and I had been offered a place only a few hours after enquiring about one. We should never underestimate ourselves! Then started the onslaught of filling out my UCAS application and trying to apply for my student loan. Thankfully because university is classed as higher education I qualify for a maintenance loan and grant so I can still afford to live!

There was still the issue of needing a part-time job however and I was being turned down right, left and centre as I am ‘over qualified’ for everything. This isn’t me blowing my own trumpet, this was the general theme of excuses I was getting when applying for bar work or waitressing. Lets face it i’m over 18 and you’d have to pay me minimum wage, that’s what the issue was.

So I sent my CV around to a few agencies with a cover letter and low and behold I got sent down the path of applying for Aldi’s head office. I secretly really wanted this job. It was 15 minutes in the car from where I live, it was Saturday and Sunday only and it was a massive cut above minimum wage. However I wasn’t holding out hope that i’d get it or anywhere near being offered it.

For this job I had to attend the agency to show I could spell, do simple mental arithmetic and use Microsoft Excell. If I completed all the above along with a short interview, i’d be sent to the assessment stage at Aldi. The assessment was a group of 8 of us and we had to complete several tests and activities. We could only be marked on how much we input as individuals but how well we interacted and communicated as a team. Eeeeeep.

This immediately put my out of my comfort zone, I am let’s face it a wallflower in some respects, I like to sit back and observe the lions fighting over the meat. Times like this though you have to push yourself and it paid off. Whether I got the job or not I survived the group assessment and felt that I had done better then I initially expected. The assessment consisted of; a scenario that needed to be discussed in a group, a listening exercise, an attribute test, a maths test (yes one question we had to divide 8 into 13453279 in our heads…), a spelling test, a priority test, a customer service role play with no prep time! and finally another group discussion.

I finally got offered the job after a further interview, so relieved!

Phew. Following that we got two new kittens! Awwwweh!! They’re little monkeys but so cute so they totally get away with murder. We named them Inca & Nala and they have settled in nicely.

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What else, what else let’s see… I guess also I felt like i’d lost my blogging mojo, if I ever even had it, but even if just one person reads and enjoys it then that is wonderful.

Looking forward to updating you all shortly as I start training for my new job and my first week at uni! So nervous but super excited!!!

Much Love x

 

The Week #4 – Cornwall

12 Aug

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A beautiful view from our hotel window! Lots of small fishing boats bobbing up and down in the early morning breeze. Falling asleep and being woken up to the sound of the rolling tide was heaven. I made my other half promise we could move to the coast one day.

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We spent a day in the idyllic harbour town of Looe, here I had my first lessons in crabbing and had the most amazing double chocolate fudge clotted cream icecream…heart attack on a cone but very tasty!

Picture 602Inside Polhawn Fort decorated for the wedding reception! A stunning seaside theme of blues and ivories, pearls and shells. Personalised rock wedding favours and pebble place names. 
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he bride being given away down the aisle, happy anticipating smiles. She looked absolutely radiant all day. A real example and inspiration that true love does exist for us all.  Picture 600The pre wedding hog roast feast. A lovely family & friends get together. A chance to meet new people in the gardens of the fort. Picture 593

Stunning views framed by Buddleia. I love the dreamy cornish coastline.
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More gorgeous views from Polhawn Fort in Cornwall. The gardens were really beautiful for photos. The ocean was really clear and clean.

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Parker insisting everyone play with him whilst we’re all getting pampered at our girly party. Bless him don’t think he fancied a manicure.

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The perils of being pasty pale! I was out for 3 hours, it was cloudy & breezy NOT sunny. Even so I ended up like a tomato.Picture 582

Round the corner from our hotel was another little shingle cove. Such pretty scenery.Picture 580

A rusty anchor that served it’s duty. Lots of bits like this decorated the streets and back lanes. Picture 581

Pink daisies so bright and pretty. All the flowers seemed to be much more colourful in Cornwall.Picture 579

The higgldi – piggldi streets full of multi coloured cottages, bunting and teenagers with attitude…Picture 577Another shot of our coast line out of our hotel window. The local ferry taking people to Plymouth & back.

I  hope you enjoyed these snaps of my week in Cornwall! Wish I was still there!! xx

The hunt is over – Makeup & wedding

3 Aug

I feel like i’ve been out of touch for years and i’ve only had a week away! However my lovelies if you’ve been following my post series titled ‘The Hunt is On’ you’ll know where i’ve been!

Some friends of ours were getting married in Cornwall and invited us along for a weeks worth of preparations and celebrations! I had the dress, shoes, hair and accessories all sorted. So was feeling pretty confident that nothing much could go wrong!

On the day of the wedding I started off by exfoliating and giving my face a deep cleanse and a moisturise. My hair i’d washed the day before so it was clean but already had loose waves in from sleeping on it damp. I started my hair off by curling it with large barrelled straighteners and setting with hair spray as I went. After that I braided a section of hair by my temples and started to sweep it to the side to pin in place for my boho up-do.

It took a lot more effort and patience this time! My hair was a lot smoother and cleaner then the previous attempt so it was a bit more rebellious!

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After the hair was completed, I went onto the makeup for the day! Here is what I ended up taking…

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory// Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Vanilla 51// Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent// Benefit High Beam highlighter// GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer// Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51// Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba// Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1.Picture 575

Sleek Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural 601// Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium// Natural Collection Clear Mascara// Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black// Markwins Eyeshadow Palette in 00512// Mememe Cosmetics Dew Pot in Silk Dust 11// Topshop Engraved Magic Liner in Black.Picture 576

Makeup Bag Past Times// Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral// Fraulein Spoolie Brush// Revlon Shadow Contour Brush// Real Techniques Stippling Brush// QVS Stippling Brush// Dirty Works Eyeliner Brush// Dirty Works Smoky Eye Duo Brush. 

First step was to prime my skin, for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. After applying that liberally to my face and neck and letting it settle I went straight in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I wanted a semi matte/dewy finish and I think this lasts slightly better on my skin out of the two choices I took. I buffed that in to my skin with my new Real Techniques Stippling brush and after that just touched up any other imperfections with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

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After creating a flawless canvas I started with the eyes. I applied a base using the Mememe Cosmetics Dew pot to give my eyeshadow staying power and longevity. I applied my all over lid colour and the crease colour as so… I then started to blend the crease colour using a windscreen wiper motion until all the harsh lines disappeared. Carrying on applying colour then blending to create the desired gradient and depth I groomed my brows and applied mascara.

Picture 628Time to sort out the cheeks! As i’d caught the sun quite considerably on the first day there I wanted to bring some warmth to my complexion. Using Bourjois Bronzing Powder I swept this lightly across my cheek and back into my hair line. This helped define my freckles and brought the desired bronze glow. I picked up a blusher from Natural Collection before I went away and used this to bring a flush of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Finally I highlighted my brow bone and the highpoint of my cheekbone using High Beam from Benefit.

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Finally the lips got love from my new favourite Lip Gloss from Revlon Kiss Me Coral!

Picture 627I hope you like how I did my makeup for the big event! I went for quite a neutral palette in the end to not take away from the amount of colour I was wearing! A snap of me and my fella from just after the ceremony! Please excuse my brolly in the shot but if you look at the weather behind us you’ll understand!

See how sunburnt we are! This is not actually a very flattering photo. Oh and just to give you a giggle, I was so taped into this dress that it took nearly an hour to get out of it!!!

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Finally a lovely shot of the happy couple! Didn’t they both look gorgeous!

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Much Love x

 

Love the life you live, Live the life you love

20 Jun

Sometimes I find life can get so hectic, so stressful that I get completely wrapped up in the one thing that’s not going right at the time which makes me feel incredibly negative, but who isn’t in the same boat with me on this?!

That negativity is easily spread and sometimes I find it extremely hard to not let it taint the rest of my thoughts and mood that day. I think we all need a reminder of what good things we have in life, in what ways we are truly blessed and that luck, fate, destiny, god (whatever you want to call it) is really on our side.

If anyone was to ever ask my advice I would tell them that life is meant to test us. Bad things do happen to good people, but in bad situations good people better themselves in order to deal with it. Bad things happen to teach us life lessons and experiences, they help you appreciate what you have and make you learn to love it all the more.

You may feel pretty average, a home, a job, married with 2.4 kids maybe..you maybe be wondering what’s so great about all of that, you’re just the same as the majority of the world population. Some people would give their arm and a leg just to have that i’m sure. Some people don’t have a home, some people are discriminated against and can’t find work, some people spend their lives alone longing for a life companion and some people can never have kids. Just remember what riches you have in the things you take for granted day to day.

How would you feel if one day you woke up having lost everything? Life can give with one hand but take it with the next but instead of crying because it’s over, smile because it happened. Appreciate and love what you have for the time you have it because, sadly, nothing lasts forever.

I truly believe that life throws curve balls to people with the inner strength (perhaps undiscovered) to deal with it and throw it back with greater force.

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Food for thought x

Survival 101 – Living with the other half…

6 Jun

Ok, so lets see a show of hands…

Who else has issues with commitment? It’s a scary thing… for me at least. Now doubt in my mind that I won’t be alone in this.

So lets set the scene. You’re enjoying the journey of your relationship, working with the perfect balance of boyfriend, friends and ME time – until that nesting instinct kicks in. Suddenly you’re thrown into hormonal turmoil and you find yourself pondering the what if’s of setting up shop with the fella.

Perfectly normal let me tell you, also perfectly normal to then stress about all the little consequences of your to be living situation.

First of all, lets accept he’s going to see you in the glorious state you wake up in on a morning….fantastic (ugh!) – time to embrace the neanderthal look ladies, I bet he’s no Prince Charming on the toll of the AM alarm either. 

Aside from seeing you with no makeup and before the grooming ritual he’s also going to be; invading your personal space, trying to cut into your TV time with the sports, leaving last weeks boxers on the floor (maybe in a pile, if you’re lucky) and filling the whole house with sounds of zombie splatter from his precious Xbo360. Believe me all the little annoying quirks will frustrate you tenfold.

Don’t let me put you off by the way, despite being an Xbox/PC widow myself he’s turned into a real hunter-gatherer type and loves catching and cooking dinner (when I say catching I mean from the fridge/freezer). My own Jamie Oliver in training – i’ve lucked out!

I am rather pleased to admit, that it’s not as bad as I anticipated. Despite the rich tapestry of worry I wove for months it’s working out rather nicely. Our space is still our own but with all the bonus of time together, Sky + is the saving grace between our taste in TV and as for washing on the floor..who doesn’t join the floordrobe trend now and again?

I’d encourage anyone who is in a fluster over the possibilities to just take the plunge, you’ll naturally adapt and soon find you’re enjoying cohabiting. Embrace the change, what’s to lose?

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Much Love x