Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Little Stationary Haul

The summer sunshine is leaving us, we are gradually putting our alarms on earlier and earlier and we are finally having to do that summer work we've been procrastinating for ages (in my case months). This can only mean one thing. It's back to school. I'm not dreading it too much, not like I was last year, as I'm starting college/sixth form, which is all rather exciting, doing classes I actually enjoy. But we all know the best part about going back to school is the stationary shopping, so today I am doing a little post showing you what I have picked up this year.

Firstly I have 2 binders from Paperchase. I'm not sure how many I will need but I thought 2 was a good starting point. The first is this pretty pink and white raindrop patterned one, and the second is actually a DIY I did. I bought the plain cardboard binder and then used some white acrylic paint to paint on this mandala design. I'm not the greatest at art but I think this turned out rather well and I'm quite proud of it. I can't take all the credit though as I got inspiration for the design from this video by Caitlin Rose.

Next I got this gorgeous mint and white pencil case from Paperchase as an everyday one, as well as a clear plastic one from W H Smith because you always need one for exams and my last years one has a big hole in. I never like to use a too big pencil case as I always end up filling it with crap and then can never find what I need!

I also bought a notebook from Paperchase in this black and white bird print which I thought was very pretty. I don't use notebooks a great deal for school, usually just paper and binders, but I always like to have one on hand.

For the more practical bits, I picked up some popper folders that clip into your binders, which I was looking for for ages and finally found. I really don't like the pocket ones you slide papers into in the top as if you accidentally pick up your binder upside down, everything falls out, which is a right pain, so these seemed to fix that problem. I also got some multi-coloured dividers to organised my stuff within the binders as well as a geometry pack because I am taking Maths this year and most of my equipment has gone missing. All of this was from W H Smith. I also bought a rubber. exciting.

For pens and highlighters and fine liners, I had lots from last year that still worked so I plan on reusing them and thus saving myself a bit of money, a bit of a bonus.

And that's everything I bought. I'll probably find I've forgotten something when I go back to school but hopefully I've got it all organised now. I wish you all the luck for the new year at school, and if you are dreading it, don't worry, it'll be over before you know it! What stationary have you bought this year?


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

A Peep Of Summer

||   Trousers - River Island      Top - Hollister     Sandals - Topshop     Bag - Boohoo  ||

The British summer has more or less left us where I live, thus it is currently a miserable grey outside pretty much 24/7, but the other morning the sun decided to show its face for a brief but beautiful hour and so I nipped out into my garden and took a new outfit post for you. This is one of my go-to outfits at the moment, and something I think will be a great outfit transitioning into autumn.

This outfit centres around these gorgeous trousers I purchased from River Island at ASOS. I had this in my saved items all the way through my exams just waiting till the end so I could order them as a little victory present for myself. They are in this unusual green, black and white print which I can only describe as a variation of zebra print as that is all that comes to mind, but whatever it is, I completely love it. They are so comfy yet very cool also, so perfect for summer days when shorts aren't really doing it for you or its raining (highly likely the latter in the UK). They are also pretty opaque for something so thin, so no danger of any awkward underwear-showing-through situations (we've all had it), which is always good. Too much information? Too much information.

I paired it with my white Hollister crop top with the daisy detailing on the back, which is one of my go-to tops in the summer as its so dainty and pretty and versatile. I think I've said this before but if you haven't been into Hollister since you were 12 and they only sold T-shirts with Hollister written on, definitely pop in because they have really changed their style and they have some really lovely on-trend things in there now.

For accessories, I popped on my tan Topshop sandals which have gotten a ton of wear this summer, and my black bag from Boohoo, one of the newest additions to my wardrobe, which I like very much indeed. If it was a little cold I'd throw over my denim jacket.

I hope you are all having a lovely week. I'm currently crapping myself because results day is on Thursday, and I am convinced I'm going to be disappointed. A tiny bit of me is hopeful that it might be OK, but we shall have to see. The waiting game is drawing ever closer to its scary end. Fingers crossed. Good luck if you're getting them too!

Lots of love

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Postcard From Barbados

Photos from Canon Ixus, dad's canon powershot & iPhone 5s
So I do like a good travel post on my blog and since I recently was lucky enough to go away to Barbados a few weeks ago on my family holiday so I thought I would do a post documenting my amazing trip. I love looking back on these posts 2 or 3 years down the line or when I'm sad, as they just remind me how many awesome trips I've had and things I've done.

This was my first time going out of Europe and on a long haul flight, which means I now have my first ever passport stamp which I am very excited about because I am a child. We have wanted to go to the Caribbean for a long time now and after numerous island recommendations, Barbados was a clear favourite and so that is where we chose.

Barbados is beautiful. The beaches are out of this world, with crystal clear sea and sunsets like no other. Not only is the scenery and surroundings like a picture postcard, but everyone there is so kind and friendly and makes you feel very welcome, which was so lovely. Everywhere was so calm and peaceful and everyone on the island was so relaxed, a world away from what its like where I live just outside London. It was the perfect holiday to just unwind and catch up on some much needed rest.

Most days we just sunbathed on the stunning beach, swam in the ridiculously clear and warm water and drank quite a few cocktails. I could not think of anything better, it was heaven.

In terms of exploring, we hired a car for 2 of the days and so we drove all over the island exploring. We drove to the west coast on the Atlantic, which is not as populated or calm but equally as beautiful and we saw these amazing dramatic rocks on the coast in a little village called Bathsheba, which was awesome. We also visited the main attraction site on the island which is Harrison's Cave which was very cool, as well as visiting the main towns of Holetown and Bridgetown. We also spent a large proportion of this time driving around getting lost because Barbados does not seem to like road signs and I was not built to map read :)

I also completely stepped out of my comfort zone and went water-skiing, which ended up being one of the coolest things I've ever done. I managed to get up and get a pretty good run on my second ever attempt which I'm quite proud of (even though the picture shows me falling on my face ahah!)  and I'm pretty sure I didn't stop grinning all the way through. I just want to do it 100 times more, even if my arms did feel like noodles the day after!

But probably the most incredible thing I got to do on this holiday was swim with turtles in the wild. It was one of those 'Is this really me doing this' moments and something I will never forget. They came so close to us and we got to swim around and stroke them and it was incredible. 

Overall I had a brilliant holiday and I feel so blessed and lucky to have been able to do all the amazing things I did while I was there. If you are thinking about going to Barbados or the Caribbean, I definitely recommend it. You will not be disappointed!

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