Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

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NYE Party Beauty Picks

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

When School 'Friends' Turn Against You

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Boxing Day Sale Wishlist

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Monday, 26 December 2016

A Couple of Lush Bits & Bobs

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

A Bit Of Festive Sparkle

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The Pressure To Have A Perfect Christmas

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Friday, 23 December 2016

25 Things That I Love About Christmas

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Bettys, York

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Few Little Instagram Tips

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

A Trip To Manchester Christmas Market

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Friday, 16 December 2016

So, I Graduated! (Again!)

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Wish List!


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Hello December (& Monthly Goals!)

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Dear November,

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Monday, 28 November 2016

What's In My Handbag?

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The Week In Pictures #3

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

What I'm Grateful For This Week

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week #2

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Feeling Deflated & Uninspired (And How To Beat It)

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

10 Things To Remember When Everything Gets Overwhelming

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Boots Haul!

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

5 Things To Do for Yourself This Week

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Week in Pictures #2

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Hello November (& Monthly Goals!)

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Blogtober: Lessons I've Learned From a Month of Daily Blogging

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Week In Pictures #1

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

The Best Value Remedy For Sore & Tired Feet

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Friday, 28 October 2016

10 Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

24 Things I've Learned At 24

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week #1

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

What I Learned from Studying Broadcast Journalism

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Monday, 24 October 2016

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sorry I'm the Annoying One With the Camera

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Why I Don't Have Any Piercings or Tattoos

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Friday, 21 October 2016

October Beauty Wish List

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

High End Vs. High Street: Are You Living A Lifestyle You Can't Afford To Lead?

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How to Get Through Writer's Block When You're a Blogger

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Whoopie Pies!

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Hitting A Brick Wall: Blogtober Update!

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Few Little Bits of Dating Advice

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

My Five Product Face

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Being More Positive (When You're A Massive Pessimist)

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

5 More Tips For Starting University

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It's that time of year again. A-Level results day has been and gone, clearing's all over, and the next generation of first years are embarking on an educational foray into adulthood.

After the success of last year's 5 Tips for Starting University, I thought I'd share 5 more of my tips. I have been to uni twice now, so I do kind of know what I'm talking about, guys. Hope they help!

Experience


Do some work experience and internships, if you can. Make sure your CV isn't completely empty. Grab any opportunities you can with both hands. It doesn't necessarily have to be related to your course either. For instance, I studied an arty Joint Honours degree, but volunteered at my local hospital. On one occasion, in a job interview, an interviewer told me that it was that placement that got me the interview in the first place. So get as much experience outside your course as possible!

Be sensible


Don't overdo the drinking. Go out and have fun, by all means, but don't go over the top. Your fellow students won't appreciate it when you turn up to every single lecture or seminar hungover and grumpy. Especially if your course contains a lot of group work, like mine did. You need to maintain a good work/life balance, but don't let your grades suffer at the hands of going out all the time. You'll have to rein it in eventually. 

Halls or home?


Do whatever feels right for you. I personally stayed at home both times, which saved heaps of money, but it also impacted on the social side of uni. I knew that I probably wouldn't be happy with living in halls, so I ended up commuting instead. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for doing one or the other. It really does depend on what feels right for you.

What if it's all too overwhelming?


If you're struggling to adapt to uni life, there are people available to support you. Go to your SU and ask for them to put you in touch with someone who might be able to help. Just remember that it will get better, and everybody worries about whether they're on the right course or whether uni is right for them from time to time; but just stick at it. It's all worth it when you get to prance about in a mortarboard and cape thing.

Don't blow your student loan in one go


Don't spend all your loan and bursary when you first get it. Try and be sensible here. Work out how much money you've got to spend each week, and stick to it. I know it's tempting to nip into the MAC store and blow it all on lipsticks, but you can't afford to. Take it from someone who was terrible with their student loan. You don't want to have to go crawling back to mum and dad for a loan because you've spent all your cash weeks before your next payment. Try and keep a track of your finances. Trust me, it's important to. 


And here's a bonus tip for recent graduates: Don't panic when your student loan statements arrive. Every single year I get a statement with a perpetually rising figure, due to interest that I never signed up to pay, but I'm not earning enough money to pay anything back yet. What my friends have been telling me for ages has finally sunk in: there's no point in worrying about it, because there's nothing you can do right now. Just accept it, and try to put that horrifying amount of debt to the back of your mind for now. 

What advice would you have for new students?

Katie
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

25 Things I Want To Achieve At 25

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Growing Apart From Friends

Friendships, Positivity, Inspirational Quotes, Katie Writes,
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Monday, 10 October 2016

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

5 Small Ways To Improve Your Blog This Week

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

12 Observations On Blogging

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