Friday, 29 January 2016

University Chat

The SU put up this thing where people wrote on during freshers fortnight 

When Uni gives your free money for taking a survey 

Making crumbles with oats and honey and loads of frozen fruit to make the kitchen smell all nice
Still on the door now

lifesaver, I repeat lifesaver

Blurry and dark photo from a day in freshers week.

I have been trying to write this post now for the last hour and a bit and nothing seems to be going quite right with it. Originally, I wanted to do a post about '5 things they don't tell you about living at University' and then I kinda had the idea of 'tips for saving at university'. The latter has resulted in about 5 different posts written in the last two months but nothing worked and I wasn't happy with where it was going. So now I have just decided to do a 'university chat', so basically a bit like my mini mid year university experience almost. 

So here goes and lets see if I can actually get through this post without rewriting it a million times. 

I personally feel that everything happens for a reason, hence why I went through clearing and instead of reading Economics (something that I wanted to do since I was about 13), I ended up reading International Relations. The only thing is people constantly ask me (hi family members and random family friends who I have no idea who you are but you know my parents) what actually is International Relations? Okay, so I am basically doing Politics. I am in the government department and studying a subject that this time last year I never knew I was actually going to do, but somehow I am really enjoying it. Well, except for one module which happens to only be a core module for IR students, which kinda sucks because I couldn't care less about research designs and Kuhn (you will no if you happen to be doing a degree similar), I much prefer looking at institutions and conflict and cooperation, but hey ho you can't have everything your own way. However, I did manage to get a first in that module so something must have gone in somewhere, mixed with a bit of bullshit in that assignment. 

Okay enough about the course, now lets look at the social element, because the first year doesn't count right? Okay I have to get over 55% to do the year abroad (please let me go to America or Canada please!). On that note, I was thinking the other day about what my £9000 a year goes on considering I only have 8 hours of lectures a week, including classes. Oh and I basically finish on March 18th, with an exam in May. When looking at it that way uni is expensive, but you never really see that £9K a year in the first place. 

Social life, yes that was what I was about to get on to. Social life can be great. I feel personally lucky as my flat and the flat across all socialise (except for about 3 of them) and some people from the flat below as well. Yes, I admit I don't socialise everynight. I like my own space and sometimes I just like to be by myself and have a bit of me time. However, there is something unique about a student night out and every uni has that one night a week that everyone goes crazy about. At mine it is all about FED and the whole of Yik Yak goes crazy on a Wednesday. FED is actually the night when all the sports clubs come out, but really most people just go even if they aren't part of society. If you drink enough its a really good night. Also, if you drink enough you don't notice the cold when walking home. Yes I know that is technically bad, but you are only a student once. 

Oh and if you live in halls you will probably get used to smell of drugs, I would put the name but you can probably guess what I am referring to. The worse part is when it somehow manages to get in your room and it sticks and the smell of it makes me feel sick. That is one thing that I am not going to miss about uni accommodation next year. But enough of that. 

University so far can be one of the best times of your life. The one thing that I wished I had done was join more societies. Yes I joined dance, but I stopped going to that in November when there was a clique of people who thought they were the best dancers in the world. I signed up for the politics society but have yet to have gone to one meeting. Maybe I will go next week. I wish I had joined Netball or maybe volleyball. That is definitely one thing I am going to change in my second year, to go out of my comfort zone and actually go to the try outs. Oh I did also join pole dancing with the girls in my flat, I have gone most weeks but I have kinda stopped going now, but I will go back. The is also the first time I have talked about pole dancing because of the image around it, but it is actually really good fun, although I need to improve on my abs so I can actually climb up the pole higher, but thats for another story. 

The good thing so far is that I am yet to go into my overdraft, but seeing £2.32 in my student account for about a month was awful, but student loan day is the best. Then as soon as it enters, if goes on the accommodation, however I am planning on the saving the rest of it. I suppose being broke is about of the student life, so I just embrace it. 

I feel like this is a very lengthy post, so I am going to end it here. The first couple of months at uni have been interesting, weird, nerve wreaking and some of the best moments of life and I can't wait for  the rest of uni. 


Friday, 22 January 2016

Places to Visit in East Anglia

East Anglia, the area that I have grown up in and have family and friend in different parts of the area. From Essex, to suffolk, Norfolk and I include Cambridgeshire as well, there are plenty of places to visit that you do tend to forget about. A lot of people think that East Anglia is basically a giant field, which yes it does have a lot of fields, but there are also lots of other places to visit as well.


Friday, 15 January 2016

A Wishlist Letter from My 14 Year Old Self

Back in May 2012 I wrote three wishlist/letters to my older self. One was to be opened on my 18th, one on my 21st and one on my 30th. Now I turned 18 around 6 months ago, and to be complete honest with you, I had completely forgotten about this letter and that it wasn't until two weeks ago that I found this letter in my memory box. Honestly, I couldn't even remember what I wrote or wanted to happen by the time I had turned 18 and it was kinda a surprise about what I wanted by the time I had finished school. Looking back, there were some goals that I knew deep down was never going to happen (I mean for starters I kinda knew the Jonas Brothers were never going to tour again or get an A in A-Level maths) but there were some things that are surprisingly similar to what actually happened in my life. 

1. 'I want to have got the following grades in my GCSES: English Lit, English Language, Maths, Drama, Textiles, Biology, Chemistry a B. In Humanities and Dance and A. In Physics a C' 
Okay, so some of these did happen and some of them didn't. In the end I got four A's in Maths, History, English Literature and Chemistry. I got B's in English Language, Biology, Physics, Drama, humanities and textiles. I also got a C in Dance and a D in Spanish.

2. 'I hope to stay on (insert school name) for sixth form or go to Suffolk One and study...'
Dear 14 year old  Alicia, why the fuck did you ever want to go to Suffolk One. You could have at least said you want to go to Colchester Sixth form as you did actually apply about 6 months later but never went in the end. I did actually stay on at said high school.

3. '... history, maths, economics, english literature and sociology' 
Okay so this is really weird (except for sociology) as I actually did all four of them subjects. When applying for my subjects in sixth form I actually picked law instead of history, but because law clashed with english literature I did history instead of law. I did actually drop maths half way through year 12.

4.'I hope to meet Justin Bieber, The Wanted and Cody Simpson' 
Justin Bieber: Check x2
The Wanted & Cody Simpson: no didn't happen

5. 'I hope to see Justin Bieber more times, see The Wanted again, Cody Simpson, Carly Rea Jepsen, Boyce Avenue, Usher, Coldplay, One Direction, Olly Murs, Jonas Brothers & Taylor Swift' 
Justin Bieber, The Wanted, Cody Simpson, Carly Rea Jepsen, One Direction, Olly Murs and Taylor Swift did happen.
Boyce Avenue, Usher, Coldplay and Jonas Brothers didn't happen, but I did see Nick Jonas and as he was my fave that is all that counts kinda.

6. 'I hope to have a job by my 16th'
Does a paper round count. Oh wait when I wrote this on the 24th May 2012 I had been doing my paper round two months already, so no it doesn't. I did manage to get a job just 3 days after my 17th birthday.

7. 'I want to go to New York' 
Still true, still waiting but happening in June!!!!!!!!!!

8. 'See a concert at MSG'
Well I haven't been to New York, so this hasn't happened.

9. 'I want a 16th Birthday Party'
Nope. However, by the time it got to my 16th, I no longer wanted a birthday party.

10.  'A tattoo of two stars behind my right ear'
I no longer want this tattoo, in fact at this point in time I don't want a tattoo. Tattoo count is still currently: zero.

11. 'I hope to be applying to university in either Warwick or bath' 
Well this didn't happen either.

12. 'I want to have booked tickets to go on a girls holiday' 
Nope, didn't happen either.

13. 'I want to have paid for a holiday for my mum and dads 25th anniversary' 
Okay so this didn't happen, but I did book them tickets to see a West End Show.

14. 'I want to have been to the Capital FM Summer time ball' 
The only reason why this is on the list was because Justin was performing at it in 2012 and my mum wouldn't let me go. However have been three times since.

15. 'I want to go to Prom'
This did happen and I still have my little ticket as well.

16. 'I want to run the race for life and help out and raise money for charities' 
I may have not have done these yet, but I will do in the near future.

Love Alicia x 

Monday, 11 January 2016

Cheerz, Cheerz Box!

Printing photos seems to be something that people no longer do. We upload them on to our computers, or onto Facebook, and maybe share one or two on our Instagrams, but we never thing to go to a shop and print off are memories. Personally, I love looking through photo albums and seeing the memories of past holidays or seeing pictures of my parents when they were younger. Like they say a picture can tell a million stories, and sometimes it nice to hold a photograph in your hand, instead of looking at one through a screen. (Also, they can act just as good on a wall, or hanging on a washing line type of thing in your bedroom).

Cheerz is an online website where you are able to print photos in a variety of different forms; from prints, to albums, to magnets, to posters and lots of other things as well. One pf my personal favourites is the Cheerz Box*. The Cheerz Box is a little cute box, which is filled with 'retro style' photos, from which you can print from Facebook, Instagram, Google and your own computer. In the box you can have between 30-45 of your favourite photos in this box.

I choose my Cheerz Box with some of my favourite photos from 2015 (some did escape in there from 2014 as well), to make it almost a memory style box of 2015. I mainly took the photos from my instagram, but some did also come from Facebook and my computer. This is something that I really like about the Cheerz website, is that you are able to choose photos from websites. It is super easy as well, you just log on through the website and then you can choose the photos you want. 

The Cheerz Box comes in at £12.95 (+ delivery), which I think is a really good price, for the quality that you get and the delivery is quick as well (and I ordered around five days before Christmas, but still received my photos two days before christmas), which is something that I love. However, if you spend £8 or more on Cheerz, you can get £4 of your first order with the code 'ALIJORR'!

If you want to explore the website more, then visit them here!

Love Alicia x

*This box was kindly gifted to me, but all opinions are my own. 


Friday, 8 January 2016

Worth the Hype: Emma Hardie

During the week leading up to Black Friday, had quite a lot of offers on, and when I saw that the Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face Cleansing Balm' for £25 instead of £38 I knew I had to purchase it. After so many bloggers and vloggers raving about the balm I really did want to try it out and it had been on my wish list for quite some time. Now after using the product for nearly 4 weeks now (yes I got it delivered to my home address and not my university address, hence why I didn't use it straight away), I thought it was time to do a review on the product.

First Impressions:

First of all I didn't really except it to be in such a big tub, yes I know it is 100ml, but I don't know it just doesn't seem to look that big in youtube videos. Secondly, it is actually quite heavy which again I was not expecting. However, the moment I opened the lid I feel in love with the smell of the balm. I personally feel that it is quite subtle but I like that. If I am using it in the morning then I don't really want to smell it all day, which I don't. 

The first time using it, it did feel a little weird. I am a person who loves her Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, where you just pump it out and rub it into your face. Whereas, with this cleansing balm, you scope it out hard and then rub it into wet hands and then put it onto your face. At first I was a bit like 'I don't really know if I like this or not', but now I have got used to it and I quite like applying it this way. 

The Cleansing cloth which comes with the cleansing balm is probably one of my favourites because it is quite thick and just feels a lot nicer when taking off the product. 

What I like About It:

1. It does not break me out 
2. It's quick 
3. A little goes a long way 
4. The smell 
5. The overall appearance of the product 
6. It removes all my make up so quickly 
7. Leaves my face feeling clean and fresh

What I don't like About It:

1. I'm scared that one day a load of water is going to get into the tub and the product will be ruined 

Apart from that, nothing really. 

Would I re-purchase it?




Love Alicia x

Monday, 4 January 2016

50 Things That Make Me Happy Tag!

I've seen this tag going around now for quite some time, and as it is the New Year, I kinda wanted to start the year off with some happy thoughts and just a look back at everything that has made me happy. So in no particular order, here are 50 things that make me happy!

1. The feeling of fresh bed sheets 
2. Cold Sunny mornings 
3. Finishing a good book
4. Good hair days
5. Good brow days 
6. Watching films whether my mother
7. Knowing that I have meet some amazing friends at University so far
8. Trips that I have been on with my best friend 
9. My friends from High School
10. My Parents

11. Long Horse riding hacks 
12. Dancing 
13. Having a tidy room
14. The smell of baking
15. The smell of bread baking 
16. Knowing that I can drive 
17. Getting into University 
18. The countryside 
19. but, also big cities 
20. Taking photos

21. going on spontaneous day trips 
22.  The thought of finally going to New York in June (excited isn't even the word) 
23. Decorating 
24. Re arranging my bedroom
25. New notebooks 
26. New Stationary 
27. Colouring books 
28. The thought that I have met Justin Bieber (somehow that is nearly three years ago) 
29. Ice Cream 
30. Afternoon tea

31. The buzz after concerts 
32. Getting new make up 
33. Painting my nails 
34. Flowers 
35. countryside walks 
36. exploring a new city or town 
38. Buying new books 
39. Downton Abbey (not so much that it has finished, but I can just re watch all six series again) 
40. Pancakes

41. Roast Dinners 
42. Eating out
43. Concerts and Live music in general 
44. Accomplishing things that people thought I would never do (Hi, year 5 english teacher who said I had no imagination) 
45. Making some one smile 
46. Disney films 
47. Justin Bieber 
48. Face masks 
49. Baking 
50. Saving money

I tag you! Go ahead and see if you can thing of 50 things that make you happy (it is actually much easy that some other tags out there).

Love Alicia x 
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