Monday, 23 November 2015

What has University Taught me so far? | University Edition

I have been at university now for nearly two months and in them 8 weeks I feel that university has taught me a lot about myself and a lot about being independent and stuff like that. So for todays post I thought that I would share with you guys the top 5 things that university has taught me so far.

1. People will steal your food
Admittedly no one has yet to steal any of my food in terms that I would eat it by its self, but someone has taken quite a bit of my butter. I was quite annoyed, but I know that my other flat mates have also experienced this as well and we think we known who it is. Trust me, living at uni is great until people touch the food. Hence, why I got a mini fridge, which I am not totally sure I am actually allowed but I will find out tomorrow as I have a room inspection

2. Laundry is expensive business
As my hometown is only like 25 minutes away from my university I don't tend to do as much of my laundry at uni as other people, but I have still done it three or four times. First of all it cost me £2 just to buy the laundry card and then it costs £2.70 for every wash after. I don't know how much the dryer is because I refuse to pay any more and I have space in my room to hand my wet washing up. On top of that when you want to top up, you have to top up online and the minimum you can put on is £5. This just annoys but hey, I have to wash my clothes.

3. University tests are totally different from A-Level tests.
So far I have had two in lecture tests which I have completed and I have one take home test which I am still doing and so far they have all been multiple choice. Yes, this may seem easy to some, but when the answers are all similar it is kinda hard to pick the correct answer. At a-level I don't even remember doing one multiple choice test or mock exam.

4. Buses are expensive
If I didn't work them I probably would not use the buses. However, I do work and I have brought a years bus pass which cost me nearly £150 and that is only because I got it in freshers week. If I didn't have a bus pass it would be costing me nearly £5 just to go into town and come back to my accommodation and its too far to walk. Also, if you don't get a bus you have to walk everywhere, unless you are lucky enough to have a car.

5. Non stop reading
I personally didn't think that a government course which mean so much reading, but oh boy was I wrong. The reading is worse when you are reading about the foundations of conservatism which was written in the 17th or 18th century and you don't really understand what the author is going on about.

6. They like to test fire alarms
At my accommodation I swear the fire alarm has gone off about 10 times in the last 6 days. Also, if they are not testing the fire alarm then someone has set of the fire alarm. Yes I am talking about last Tuesday night at 11pm when I was ready for bed, the wind was ridiculous and it was fucking freezing and we were all standing out side for probably nearly half an hour by the time they worked out how to actually turn off the fire alarm

7. The Kitchen will get messy and people will not clear up their mess
In terms of the kitchen getting messy it will happen especially when their are 7 people sharing it, but it will also smell as well. In terms of people not tidying their food up after cooking on the hob is one of the most annoying things, but you have to some how look over it

8. Wifi 
Wifi seems to be a bit of a problem. It like to go off, especially when you have an essay due in at 9:45am and have to use your 3G on your phone to get internet on your laptop. Oh the joys.

9.  There is always the one person who always asks annoying questions to the lecturer and you will hear basically the rest of the people in lecture do that silent huff. 
I can probably tell you the 3 people in every single one of my lectures who always ask questions and normally the questions they ask the lecturer has already answered.

10. You eating patterns and tastes will change 
Since starting university what I eat has changed and no I am not living off junk food and pizza. Actually I have only had one pizza and that was because I got it free at freshers fair. I also make sure I included at least three pieces of vegetables in my dinner, and snack on fruit throughout the day. I have also been drinking more water as well. See that every student lives of baked beans on toast.

Love Alicia x

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My First Pandora Ring!

How pretty are Pandora rings? Well, I certainly love them and when the lovely people at The Jewel Hut, sent me this Pandora Silver White Enamel Ring* I was overjoyed at just how pretty it actually was. What I love about Pandora rings is just how simple and elegant they are and this ring is certainly both of them. 

First things first, the packaging that all Pandora items come in is so beautiful and it something that looks really pretty on my shelves (helps to make my university room look a bit more prettier to say the least) and just a nice keep sake. From the pretty pink bow, to the white little Pandora box. 

This pretty silver and white ring fits perfectly into my everyday style and I really enjoy wearing rings, especially when I am not wearing any other accessories, or I am just wearing minimal accessories. In the near future, I will probably purchase a few more Pandora rings from The Jewel Hut, so I can create a stacking effect. 

As this was my first ring from Pandora, I decided to use the online size guide on The Jewel Hut website. I found that this was quite straightforward and I ended up getting the right size, although the ring is slightly too big for one of my figures and slightly too small for another one of my fingers. However, I really like wearing this ring on my finger that is between my little finger and my middle figure. I do not know why this is, I just always feel more comfortable with wearing rings on that finger.

Now on to the ring!

The main part of the ring is silver, with oval shapes around the outside that are white. This reminds me sort of like snow, I do not know why, but perhaps it is because snow is round and white.  I do really like this effect and what also helps the ring is that it is quite small, so it doesn’t stand out like ‘hey I am wearing a ring’ but at the same time isn’t too small that there is no point in it being there.

I will defiantly be buying more Pandora rings in the future from The Jewel Hut. I can also see myself getting a lot of use out of the ring throughout the winter months as a simple accessory to add a little something extra to my outfits.

I am also planning to do a winter accessory look using this Pandora ring and a few other accessories that I have also picked up for autumn and winter.

Have you ever bought anything from The Jewel Hut, or own any Pandora Rings?

Love Alicia x 

*This ring was sent to my from The Jewel Hut, but all opinions and photos are my own. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

October Favourites!

Another month has pasted, which means another monthly favourites has appeared on my blog. This month has really been all about settling in to uni, so a lot of this months favourites are quite old favourites, except for some lifestyle bits.

1. Real Techniques Buffing Brush
So Ihave been after this brush now for quite a well and because I got a £60 gift voucher for Amazon (thank you HSBC - student account) I decided to treat myself to some new brushes. Now normally I just apple my foundation using my hands, however in the last couple of weeks I have been applying my everyday foundation with this brush and honestly it looks so much better. I did always used to apply my foundation with a brush but then I got bored, however I probably will not be going back after using this buffing brush.

2. Tiffany necklace
Oh how I love this Tiffany necklace. This have actually been a favoruite this I was given this necklace for my 18th Birthday (you can see my 18th birthday haul here if you want to take a look) and I have been wearing it every single day. I love this necklace and I love how simple, elegant and how pretty it looks. I dont always have it on show, sometimes I like to tuck it in and other times I like to have it out. If you are ooking or thinking about getting a Tiffany necklace I would defaintly say go for it, because they are really, really lovely.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Range
I think it was back in February/ March time when I did a mini review on The Body Shop Tee Trea range and I did say I didn't really know if I was going to really like it or not. However, after giving it about 6 months my verdict is, is that I love this range. I prefer to use the range in the morning as more of a wake me up, as I do find that the cleanser does not remove all my make up, but I really do like using it as something I can just reach for every morning. Also, it does not break me out.

4. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 
I finally brought into the hype and I can now understand the hype. Compared to the Body Shop Tea  tree range, I prefer to use this at night to remove all my make up and to make my skin feel a bit more normally after a long day. This product really does remove all your makeup (halloween, this was a god send) and it also does not break me out.

5. Sweet Potatos 
So I have been at university now for just over 5 weeks and I have eaten sweet potato for about 95% of all them days. I love them and plus they are so healthy as well. If you are looking for an alternative from pasta or normal potatos I would definatly recommed them. I buy mine from either Tesco or Marks & Spencers ( yes I know I am a student but they are the same price as Tescos) and they do about 6 in a bag for about £1.50 and they last me all week.

6. Dancing 
I have loved dancing since I was very young but I have finally got back into dancing again after having two and a bit years out, so thank you to the Dance society at my university.

Love Alicia x

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