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Friday, 28 August 2015

Leather-Look Loafers

A girl like myself with size 2 feet will always be a girl who will struggle to find decent shoes. Finding a good pair of shoes has always caused so much hassle for me as most of my favourite stores only ever stock size 3 and up. However, recently I have noticed that a few stores are starting to stock a selection of their shoes in size 2, which for me is an absolute miracle. 

One place I've been really impressed with in terms of their ability to cater for size 2 girls like myself is ASOS. They have such a wide variety of gorgeous shoes for different occasions, most of them with reasonable price tags too. My most recent shoe purchase from ASOS is this pair of gorgeous stone leather-look glossy loafers. 

I was browsing through ASOS, which is quite a frequent hobby of mine, and when I saw these they immediately caught my eye and I knew I just HAD to have them. Most of my shoes are black, so I love the colour of these as it is just so different to anything I already own. The leather-look and glossy finish that ASOS describes these shoes to have is just so beautiful and I know it will instantly dress up and add a touch of class to an outfit. The neutral tone of the shoes also means that I can pair these with almost anything in my wardrobe, and for £20 (that's right, you heard me correctly, what a bargain) I'll definitely be getting my money's worth. I can't put into words how much I love these loafers and I'm just so excited to start wearing them.

If you are like me with size 2 feet, other stores that I find are particularly good for size 2 shoes are River Island and New Look, so I would recommend checking them out as some of their shoes are equally as gorgeous as these! Let me know if you know of any other places or suffer the same struggles as me, I'd love to read about it in the comments.

I hope you liked this post and thank you for reading. What do you think of these leather-look loafers? Where do you buy your shoes from?

Monday, 24 August 2015

My Signature Scents

Every girl has their own signature scent, however I can never seem to choose just one favourite... so I have three! A girl can never have too many perfumes though, right? I never feel complete without perfume on and I love discovering new scents, so I thought I'd share my faves with you to help you out if you're on the hunt for a different perfume. (Let me tell you now, I'm pretty bad at describing scents, but I will try my very best).

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs is a fairly recent discovery of mine. I received it as a Christmas present last year and I've loved it ever since. It's a combination between a fruity and floral scent which I love as overly floral scents really aren't my cup of tea. The scent is particularly strong when you first spritz it however it lightly fades after a while of wearing it. Another reason why I love this perfume is the packaging; you have to admit it, it is so pretty and cute, so it's always a great one to have on my perfume stand.

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne has been one of my favourites for years now. Out of the three perfumes, this one is probably the closest to my number one signature scent. My boyfriend says that the smell instantly reminds him of me! The smell is so beautiful and sophisticated with a really nice musk, and as well as that it's also really strong so you're guaranteed to be smelling amazing all day through to the evening. I actually wear it so much that my wardrobe has a faint smell of this perfume as it lingers on all of my clothes - I'm not complaining as it smells so good! This perfume is also a great one for the evening since it is such a luxury scent, so you will be able to both look and smell like a million dollars.

Polly by Ted Baker brings back such great memories from my holiday to Florida in 2013. I wore it constantly over there as it is such a fruity yet fresh/floral summery scent, so whenever I wear it I feel like I'm back in the warm Florida sunshine all over again. This perfume is actually fairly strong so it lasts well on me, and it is also quite a sweet scent, which I really like. The bottle is quite small but I'm pretty sure this little perfume isn't too pricey, although to be honest you don't need to spray much of this at all on the skin as it lasts so well.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! What is your signature scent?

Monday, 17 August 2015

18th Birthday

It makes me so happy to now be able to say that I am 18 years old. The big 1-8. Finally! It was a long and tedious wait to turn 18 as there were so many events that I had to miss out on, simply because you can't get into a club or buy drinks without being 18. Since my friends went out and did this a fair amount, I had no choice but to stay at home and sadly flick through the photos of their antics, wishing that I could have been there.

My 18th birthday didn't really start off like any other typical 18th birthday, simply due to the fact that it was also A Level results day (aka the most emotional and nerve-wracking day of every student's school career). It definitely wasn't the best feeling waking up on my 18th birthday feeling like I was about to vom from the anticipation of not knowing my fate. The wait between waking up at 6:30am and 8am when UCAS Track went live was certainly painful and felt like it dragged for hours on end. Luckily, to my delight, I had done it. I got into my first choice university. Yay - I am now officially a Media student! Even though I had got in, not all of my friends got into their first choice uni and it was heartbreaking to see their dreams being taken away from them so easily, so I did have a little cry. Also, receiving my results made the prospect of everyone going their separate ways ten times more real than before and it hit me like a ton of bricks. 

Despite having a dramatic and emotional morning, I had a pretty relaxing day and received some lovely presents from my friends and family, and some of these are shown in the images above. My main present I received in the morning from my family, which is what I am writing this blog post on at this current moment, is my beautiful new MacBook Pro. It is literally STUNNING, and it will be absolutely perfect for when I start uni in September. Later in the day, my boyfriend came round before the rest of my friends were due in the evening for predrinks and what was an amazing night out in town. I was so grateful and overwhelmed with the present I received from him; he bought me a beautiful woven leather bracelet from Pandora with an 18th birthday charm on it. I've worn it everyday since my birthday because I just love it so much. Some of my other lovely presents include Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs perfume, River Island & Topshop vouchers, jewellery, photo frames filled with lots of special photos and A LOT of alcohol (an 18th birthday tradition).

I celebrated in the evening with all of my closest friends, firstly at my house and then straight to town afterwards for the big A Level results night event, and this meant that pretty much every student in my area was out that night. The words jam-packed and sweaty describe the atmosphere in the club pretty well, however that's all part of the fun and I had an amazing night. Walking into the club was such a surreal moment (as lame as it sounds) but I had waited so long to turn 18 and to go out to town with my friends, and it hit me that now I finally could. 

I certainly had an 18th birthday to remember, and I feel extremely lucky to have been able to spend it with my best friends and amazing boyfriend, and to have received such lovely and thoughtful presents. 

How did you/do you want to spend your 18th birthday? Did you receive your A Level results too? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear all about it. 


Friday, 7 August 2015

I Passed My Driving Test

Being an August baby meant I was the last one to turn 17 out of all of my friends, so I was almost guaranteed to be the last one to pass my driving test. All I could feel when all of my friends were passing their tests was pure jealousy. I craved the freedom that driving gave them, as they could travel anywhere they liked whenever they felt like it, however all I could do was keep asking for lifts. So, when I finally booked my test I already felt one step closer to freedom, well, until I failed my first test. But I pulled through and tried again more determined than ever, and I never knew how satisfying the sentence "I'm pleased to tell you you've passed" could even feel. I had finally done it - I passed!

I haven't really seen many bloggers write about their driving test experiences, so I thought I'd share mine with you and give you some tips along the way for those of you that may have your test coming up. Since I failed my first test, I thought I'd discuss my second test where I actually passed, as of course it has a much happier ending. If you do fail on your first time, even though it does suck, don't let it hang over you forever. The practical driving test is difficult, especially under the pressure of having someone watching your every move, you just have to keep your head up high and know you will get there eventually. 

I felt much more determined to pass the second time round, 1) because I knew how it felt to fail, 2) the next available tests apparently weren't until October and I couldn't possibly wait that long to try again and 3) it would be another £62 down the drain. I tried to stay positive and kept telling myself that I could do it and this really helped my nerves. The ten minutes in the test centre waiting for all of the examiners to appear is probably the worst part, as I just wanted to get the test over with. Once I had met my examiner I felt reassured, as he was really friendly and made an effort to ask how I was, and this continued throughout the test with a few questions about how I was spending my summer, where I work etc, which they tend to do to break the silence and keep you at ease. The examiners are not all as scary as they may seem!

My biggest tip once your test has started is that if you make a mistake, ignore it and don't let it stay on your mind throughout the test. Doing this will only make your nerves worse and distract you from concentrating properly on the roads, potentially leading to even more mistakes, which could result in failure if they become more serious. All you need to remember is that if you feel that you have made a mistake, stay positive, concentrate and try to correct yourself as safely as possible, as at the end of the day the examiner is looking to see if you are able to drive on the roads safely without causing danger to other road users. I was much more aware of the little mistakes I made on my test the second time round, as I had a better idea of what the examiner was actually looking for. I left my signal on for too long after exiting a roundabout, my parallel park (which may I add I had on my first AND second test) wasn't quite up to scratch as I had to correct my positioning after starting to steer back too early and I was unduly hesitant a couple of times. But we all make mistakes, and most of these little mistakes usually only end up being minors, so try to stay positive and keep telling yourself in your head that you can do it.

The test itself flies by, you get your manoeuvre out the way, then onto the independent drive, and the next thing you know you're turning back into the road where the test centre is. As I knew I was to be told my fate within the next ten seconds after pulling over for the last time, it's safe to say my heart was pumping, as I honestly thought I had failed again due to being much more aware of my mistakes. So when the examiner told me I had passed, the first thing I said was 'really?!?' and I cannot explain to you just how much satisfaction and happiness ran through my body at that moment. I waved goodbye to my provisional licence and said hello to a lovely pass certificate and the title of a newly qualified driver. Now I am able to go out driving on my own, when and where I like. Another great thing about it is I can finally play my own choice of music in my car, as loud as I like, and this is especially fun when out driving with friends (or if you happen to enjoy singing loudly when driving alone like me). Freedom is finally mine!

Have you passed your driving test or is your test soon? If this post was enjoyable or helpful in any way then please feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to know what you think and give any further advice! Lots of love xo

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