Another Primark Haul? June 2017

OK – I know I have recently posted a Primark haul but, I promise, I haven’t been spending all my money there… However, as I have just finished my exams, I decided that I definitely had a good excuse to treat myself to some retail therapy – plus with Primark’s current range I couldn’t resist!

Bikinis

Every year I treat myself to a new bikini from Primark – they are amazing value for money and last for at least a few years. This year I may have treated myself to 2… but hey ho, I couldn’t decide. (Continuing to use the “just finished my exams” excuse…)

The first bikini I got was a camo green halter neck bikini with a circular pattern. I love this bikini as it is very flattering on, however the only risk is dodgy tan lines as it would leave you with a very pale chest, therefore you would have to make sure you vary up the bikinis you wear on holiday!

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Where have I been?

EXAMS EXAMS EXAMS

The dreaded exam period, where you don’t care what you look like or what you are doing – you just wish it was over. My exam period was made 10x worse as I was the last one out of all of my friends to finish… but finally… the end has arrived and I have finished my first year at University!! Wow, saying that out loud makes it feel so real, scary.

It has been almost a month since I last wrote a blog post and I have truly missed it a LOT.

I had originally planned to continue my blog posts over my exams but turns out there was a lot more revision I needed to do than expected, which of course had to take priority over my blog – sadly.

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My Primark Favourites 2017

I guess you could call this my first ever mini haul. I have decided to write this post to show my favourite items that I have bought from Primark since starting University. Recently I have relied on Primark quite a lot (not only for fancy dress for Cheerleading socials but also for some retail therapy).

Some of these products were bought up to 6 months so please don’t expect to go into the shop and find them still there.

Up to date items:

Cushions (£5 each)

I absolutely LOVE these cushions. The colours and patterns together really bright up my bedding and bring a summer. I love the mini pom-poms around the edge of the pillow and for £5 they are a steal!

Lounge set (Present)

Unfortunately as these were a present I don’t know what they cost – however these are SO incredibly comfortable and I wear these pretty much every evening. (I promise I do wash them) There is nothing better than coming back home, knowing there’s no where you need to be that evening and putting on your comfy clothes – these are 100% my go to choice. Continue reading

Best – ever brownies

Firstly – I hope you have all had a lovely Bank Holiday!!

It has been a very long time since my previous baking post and, being honest, since I’ve baked full stop so I was very excited to write this post! I love baking and it is such a nice distraction and helps me de-stress from revision and trying to meet last-minute deadlines (plus it is an amazing excuse to eat the tastiest baked goods)

Today I am lovingly joined by two of my closest University friends and we have decided to make chocolate brownies!! I have used this recipe numerous times before and you will definitely be grateful that I have shared it. It is another recipe from the good food website – you can’t fault it!! Therefore, this is not my recipe but I have altered some of the wording in a way that, I believe, makes it slightly easier to follow. Enjoy!

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My first photography lesson

I was lucky enough to meet with a family friend (and professional photographer) , Yad, last week to learn how to take better photos using my Canon 450D camera. I learnt so much and thought I would share the main tips that I learnt.

The first section we spoke about was how to use the camera – focussing on exposure. Previously I would use the automatic setting on the camera, where it changes with the settings automatically to take the photo that it presumes you want. However, using the manual, Av or Tv settings allows you to have more control of the camera and you are able to capture the exact photo you want. Exposure is influenced by 3 settings on the camera that work together and changing these settings can provide completely different photos, depending on whether you want to take a landscape photo (where all of the photo is in focus)…IMG_5373
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What I Eat In A Day

9:00

I woke up and dragged myself downstairs for breakfast. Recently I have been trying to not eat just before going to bed so find myself waking up very hungry (and grumpy).

Breakfast: Half a bowl of Bran Flakes with half a bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes (I couldn’t choose) with Alpro unsweetened almond milk.

Drink: I am trying to drink more water so today I kept track of how much I was drinking with the goal to drink around 2 litres. To start the day I began drinking a 600ml bottle of water.


11:00

Drink: After a few hours of University work it was definitely time for a coffee. We have a Tassimo coffee machine and I used a costa coffee americano capsule (ooo controversial in a Starbucks mug) with a dash of unsweetened almond milk.

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White Chocolate and Blueberry Cheesecake

This is a recipe from a BBC Good Food magazine years ago and it has been a go to recipe for spring/ summer time. The richness of the white chocolate cheesecake complimented by the sharp blueberry purée is like heaven in a mouthful.

It is a relatively quick recipe to make (about 30 minutes to prepare) and then it is just a waiting game for it to set!  I made this for Mother’s Day and it went down a treat.

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Good Food in Sutton Park

As you can tell from the misty haze in these photos, this trip was back in January and I completely forgot to write this blog post (I get quite carried away when new ideas come up).

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This trip was to Sutton Park with my darling mother and my dog, Millie the gorgeous Cavapoo. We decided to go for a walk and go for some food and Sutton Park is somewhere we had been before and loved but had only ever stopped off at this cafe before for drinks and never for food and BOY was I glad that we did!

Also, I have been wanting to play around with this camera for a long time, it is the Canon 450D and I am in no way trained to use this camera so this was literally just a play around but I am excited to actually learn how to use it properly soon. Sorry if the quality or the brightness of these photos aren’t the most incredible you have seen, my deepest apologies – they will improve.

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A look back on my year as an 18-year-old

Last week I turned 19 (that feels so weird to say). I feel like I was only 18 for a few weeks, however looking back there are many things I achieved in my year of being 18 years old. I guess this post is mainly for me to look back on in the future but, I thought, maybe some people would also find it interesting to know a bit more about myself and it may also encourage people to think of what they have achieved in their past year. (A bit of Saturday self-loving)

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