8 Ways I Unwind

Lately, I’ve had a lot of college work on and its been affecting me a lot more than usual. A couple weeks ago, I ended up making myself ill from the work I was piling on myself and doing it so late into the night. I came to the realisation I needed to remind myself the ways I unwind and put more of a focus on them and try to include them into my daily routine.

Here are the 8 things I came up with…

1. Yoga

u3This year, I’ve seen quite a few people also joining in with Yoga With Adriene’s TRUE- 30 Day Yoga. I have been following Adriene’s videos for quite a few years now and I find her practices so beneficial. I’ve set myself the goal of doing a yoga video a day for a year, I love having that time that can just take me away from whatever is stressing me out to re-evaluate and to ‘Find what feels good’.

2. Plan what you need to do

u7Some would say its counterproductive to spend time writing down what you need to do rather than actually doing it. However, I find it so helpful to have a list of everything I need to achieve because it means I don’t forget to do anything. It also feels amazing to be able to tick things off. I LOVE to use the Reminders app on my IPhone because its more likely I’ll have my phone on me than a piece of paper.

3. Stop Working after 9pm

After I’d made myself ill, I decided it was for the best I set myself a time for when I have to stop all college work and settle down for the night. I’ve found it so helpful and its actually made me more productive because I think  ‘damn I have an hour before I need to stop’ so I get on with more work instead of just procrastinating and waiting until 9:30 and thinking ‘damn should start work now’. Another quick tip I have is I’ve stopped working in my room/on my bed. The majority of the time, I don’t enjoy working and I feel like if I do it on my bed/in my room I’m leaving that stress and negative energy in that area. My room should be where I can instantly relax.

4. Go for a Walk

u6Recently, I haven’t been making many plans, probably because its gloomy January and because I don’t feel like I have the time to go out. However, I feel so much better for getting some fresh air and taking this one for a walk. Even though the majority of the time Alfie takes me for a walk.

5. Clean

I feel that I’m definitely in the minority with this point. But to unwind, I clean. No, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, its weird, I know. Its just therapeutic for me to have a good ol’ clean. I don’t even just mean a quick polish. I mean I’ll rearrange rooms, sort out cupboards, clean places you wouldn’t think to. I’m not saying clean as heavily as I do, but try it out, it makes you feel productive. It sounds daft but whenever I’ve cleaned a part of the house, it makes my mind feel a little bit lighter. I feel like I’m Monica Geller clean (Friends reference.)

6. A Routine

u1We all have our routines, whether that’s skincare, morning, evening or exercise. Recently, I’ve adapted a much smaller one, every night before sleeping, I put on this Soap & Glory hand cream and apply some Carmex lip balm. Its not set in stone, I can always switch it round as seasons change.

7. Tea

u2If I’m feeling particularly tired or stressed then I’ll make sure to have some Green tea before bed, it puts me in the right frame of mind before sleeping.

8. Read

u4Whether its a book or a magazine, I appreciate having time to take my mind off things. I’m loving reading ‘How to be an Overnight Success’ as its really motivating me to do well. Also, can you really go wrong with VOGUE?

I guess you could say Blogging helps me to unwind as much at its still a passion. I always feel better after a long chatty post.

How do you unwind?

Lots of Love,







University Open Day Comparison: Manchester Metropolitan vs Leeds Beckett

For the past couple of days, I haven’t been feeling great, hence why this post is up late because I have ZERO energy. Anyways, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended 2 University Open days and I thought I could compare the two in a post.

Before, I get into it, I wrote a post about the first Open day I went to which was Northumbria. I didn’t see the point in comparing that one as well because you can just read all about it here.

Leeds Beckett


So I realise that the organisation of the day shouldn’t represent my overall judgement on the University. However, when it took 4 hours to drive 65 miles, it didn’t put me in the greatest of moods. I can totally understand that it was going to be busy. But to spend 2 hours in a multi-storey car park looking for a space wasn’t great. I found out that there was actually 2 University Open Days happening and a rugby match. So for me, that just seems badly planned.

Moving onto the University itself, I can’t say I felt the day got much better. Maybe because I wasn’t in the greatest of moods to begin with, because of how long it took to get there or maybe I did have valid reason to my judgement.

Here’s what I thought:

  1. There was a lack of students. Maybe there was plenty, I just didn’t see them. Yes for sure I saw Student Tour Guides. But I wanted to meet Students who did the course I was interested in to gain their insight.
  2. The lecture. I was so excited to have 40 minutes of knowledge about the Fashion course I wanted to do. However, it was only 20 minutes and the other half was about Fashion Marketing, which I’m not interested in. I couldn’t even leave discreetly because it was in the fashion classroom.
  3. The stands were unhelpful. When I found the Design stand, I was told I’m best off just going to the lecture because they personally had no information on the course.
  4. The detail into the course. At LAST I have a positive, during the talk I did appreciate the depth they went into to talk about what the course entails.
  5. The course itself. The thing I like most about the course is that they put a real emphasis on photographing the garments they make. Which is great for me as I do Photography at A- Level and it would be a shame to let that go to waste.

Overall, I liked the course but I didn’t find the University right for me.

Manchester Metropolitan


We took advantage of the park and ride service the University had on offer and as soon as we arrived there was someone there to take us to sign in. Everyone seemed so friendly and there was a plethora of people on hand to help.

IMG_4087This fashion Lecture, didn’t disappoint. I love that there was a real emphasis on the amount of well known brands that reach out to the University and how many graduates get great jobs within the industry.

IMG_4097After the Fashion talk, we found the Fashion stand. A lady there suggested we go to the Fashion Design and Technology Lecture as well. She was so lovely she even walked us round to the exact building it was taking place.


After the Fashion Design and Technology lecture, we had a tour around that building. And from what people had said to me during that time, I’d guessed there was another building for Fashion and art subjects.

So after having a 10 minute argument with my Dad about this second building, we found the second building…I refrained myself from saying “I told you so”.

And let me tell you, it was BEAUTIFUL. (the building not the satisfaction of being right.)


The facilities were AMAZING. I was in awe of all the machinery. A room filled with knitting machines, another with looms, another just different types of sewing machines. I also really loved the amount of space there was for students who weren’t in lesson, that you could just grab a desk and start working.

Overall, I LOVED Manchester, it was the city I was born in and even though I now live 2 hours away, it felt like it could be home again.

Love, Sophie


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How My Golden Retriever has Drastically Improved my Well-being.

With the help of Puppyspot, I’ve been able to recognise the immense impact being a pet owner has had on my life. So in todays post I decided to share with you exactly how my 16 month old Golden Retriever Alfie has improved my day-to-day life.


1. No more Loneliness.

Just before getting Alfie, my life pretty much consisted of school work. My parents have jobs so they were always out the house and I realised how lonely I actually was. Nowadays, I always have someone with me i.e; Alfie.

2. Happier Mood.

Walking through the door instantly lifts my mood. Mainly because of who I’m greeted by. Alfie is always so excited to see me and that’s a contagious feeling.

3. Reduces Stress.

According to the Huffington post, when you pet your dog you’re relaxing not only your dog but yourself too. If you want to read the science behind it check out their article.

At this point Alfie was clearly tired of me taking his picture. 


1. Fresh Air.

Taking Alfie out immediately makes me feel better. It’s definitely the fresh air that has that effect. Also, you’re getting Vitamin D from the Sun. Vitamin D helps to fight obesity, heart attacks and many more.

2. Build Immunity.

Several studies have revealed that just having a dog in the house can boost immunity.

3. Out Moving.

Obviously Alfie needs long walks and that gets not only him moving but me as well. If I didn’t have Alfie in my life I probably wouldn’t end up doing the recommended amount of exercise in a week. 

If you also have a golden retriever, you might find this just as interesting as I did. Or feel free to check out golden retrievers for sale here.

A few more examples of how your dog can affect your life. 

If you would like to find your best friend you can do so here

Hope you enjoyed this blog, all opinions were my own and this wasn’t a paid advertorial. See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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Smoothie Recipes

Since Christmas, when my Mum got a blender as a present. I have had a smoothie pretty much everyday. Truthfully, I have started having them every other day just to lay off, don’t want to turn too healthy do I?

Anyways, I thought I’d share with you the couple of different smoothies I do make. And I thought maybe one of you could tell me some of your favourite recipes for smoothies so I get a bit of inspiration.

Strawberry & Banana

img_1941I’m the type of person who doesn’t really pay much attention to measurements so I just throw it all in and hope for the best.

So roughly I use:

  • Around 250 ml of semi skimmed milk or a bit less.
  • 1 or 2 Bananas depending on whether my Mum bought the fun size ones (I’ll use two then)  or just the regular ones.
  • A few strawberries.
  • A couple ice cubes.

I love this smoothie and its probably my favourite out of the ones I make. You know, all three of them…

img_1942Side note: I love the mug I use for the Smoothies, I got it off my best friend at Christmas and it came in a hot chocolate set. But you know I’m just living that healthy lifestyle at the minute so I guess I’ll just carry on using it for smoothies.

Blueberry & Banana

img_1973Ooo the first time I tried a blueberry I did not think they were going to be as sour as they were. But they taste 10x better in a smoothie. I use pretty much the same measurements as the strawberry & banana apart from the obvious; I put blueberries in.


Banana Smoothie

I do like a good old plain banana smoothie. I haven’t taken any pictures for this one because I haven’t actually had one in a little while. But I still enjoy this when I’m in a rush.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I literally made this short post so maybe one of you guys could give me inspiration as to what other smoothies I could try. Should I stop putting banana in everything? Should I be replacing the milk with natural yoghurt? I really haven’t got a clue. But maybe this post gave you just a slither of inspiration. See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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We Need To Stop.

We need to stop taking our beaches for granted. Scrap that. We need to stop taking our environment for granted.

This is far from my usual upload, so if you’re not prepared for a rant, then feel free to click off now.  Today, I decided to take Alfie for a walk on one of the many beaches  I  fortunately live close to. As we arrived at 1 of more than 200 beaches that we have over here in the U.K, I stood aghast at the amount of waste dumped onto the sandy grounds.


Old Christmas trees, Plastics (A LOT) , Rope and in general litter. You name it, you’d probably find it there. Plastic bottles found on our coastlines rose by 57.2% in England. Plastic litter has increased 140% since 1994. Overall, charity’s reports reveal a 34% rise in beach litter between 2014 an 2015.

And because of the state the beach was in, I decided it was clearly unsafe to walk my excitable pup who’d more than likely step on something he shouldn’t or eat something he shouldn’t.

But it got me thinking; when did our natural surroundings start to become so ruined? When did the ocean start washing in rubbish that we had dumped in the sea to start with? When did there become people who were too lazy to empty rubbish into a bin and treat the beach as one?  When did we stop caring?




What surprised me more than anything, was just taking a short drive down the coast-literally less than 5 minutes– we reached a long clean stretch of sand.

The intention of this post wasn’t to focus on the negatives of our beaches. But to recognise the good in them and to realise we need to hold DAMN tight onto these sandy shores. By looking after them the right way. Because its clear we have hope left, we do have picturesque beaches, we just need to make sure the rest of them reach the same standard.

Dear Reader,

I’d like to carry on taking my dog for long enjoyable walks on the beach for many years to come. And I’m sure if you have a dog you can reciprocate. If you don’t, a good walk along a beach didn’t harm anyone either. So let’s please do this together. Because if we don’t, no one else will. We can’t neglect our beaches any longer. This is just one problem to the many that we face everyday. And if we carry on the way we’re going we’ll face a lot more. This is something I’d love to know more about, so I’m basing one of my Design projects on it at A level. Hopefully, I’ll learn a way to help.

Love, Sophie


Surfers Against Sewage

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Taking Time Out For Yourself

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of having nothing to do, that’s right NOTHING. It was a great change and a massive contrast to how busy I’ve been these past couple of days. However, it did make me realise the importance of having that time to yourself, doing something you enjoy, even if it is just for 20 minutes. But I thought I’d share my Top 10 activities, to possibly give you some slight inspiration if you’re struggling to relax.

1. Exercise

I am not the gal that goes for a run- under any circumstances. Although, I do enjoy following Blogilates videos because I can do it in the comfort of my own home, therefore having no excuses not to do it. Also, I’ve always loved Yoga as its really not just about your physical state but the mental being as well. My favourite being Yoga with Adriene.


2. Listen to Music

I try to listen to music as much as possible, which could quite possibly be a bad thing so maybe I don’t advise this. Although, its a crazily good stress reliever to just blast music, whilst singing along. Next week, I’ll be posting my January favourites so I’ll make sure to include the songs I’ve been loving.

3. Blog

For me, blogging is purely a hobby. So its definitely something I do if I have the extra time on my hands. Even if I don’t have the time, I’ll make time as its one of the few things I’m passionate about.


4. Take a walk

Similar to exercise, but this time the focus is getting some fresh air. Now, I take regular walks with my dog, Alfie. For some reason, I think getting out makes me so much more motivated when I get home. Maybe it is just the fresh (albeit freezing) air that gives me a clearer mind set.

5. Read a Book

According to the February issue of Glamour, reading for 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%. Personally, I know I don’t read as much as I should and since getting quite a collection of books for Christmas, I have no excuse. All it takes is 10 minutes out of my day, easy right?

img_15006. Paint your Nails

Admittedly, I rarely have the patience to sit and paint my nails. If you’re the same then you can switch this up and put a facemask on. Which is what I’m going to do once I’ve finished this post.

7. Re-organise your Space

Whether this is your work space, your bedroom or just your house in general. Sometimes, I can’t think of anything better than having a good clear out. Getting rid of the stuff I don’t need and rearranging the things I need to keep.


8. Cook

There’s nothing better than a home cooked meal. Taking the time out to prepare everything and then having the joy when you take something like this pie out of the oven. Which by the way, tasted delicious!

9. Hot Bubble Bath

Everyday, I make it routine to have a soak in the bath tub. Mainly because its the one thing I can do which immediately relaxes me and settles me for the evening. Just 20 minutes of having time to yourself can really make the difference.


10. Eat Healthy

This may sound confusing because if you want time to yourself and to relax. You’re probably thinking about relaxing with a chocolate bar (or is that just me, k.) But recently, I’ve been making smoothies everyday and it gives me so much more energy to do these things for myself.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It seemed to take me 173462x longer than it usually would have because Lady and the Tramp has been playing in the background. And I haven’t seen it in YEARS. Beside the point, so excited to be so into blogging at the moment. See you soon.

Love, Sophie



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Christmas Gift Guide

Today, I finished off my Christmas shopping, AT LAST. If any of you are yet to finish, I thought I’d share some ideas.

Starting with the most thoughtful present. I actually put this together for all of my friends and it was a great personalised gift to give. I bought the Mug from Matalan and then filled it with body spray, lip balm and body butter from Boots and a lip gloss from New Look

My friend actually bought this for me as part of my Christmas Present. But I did buy one for one of my other friends too. This is really affordable and the cute packaging means I’ll probably use it to store something. 

If you have a local sweet shop then they might do something similar. If not, it would be super simple to pick up a jar yourself and fill it with sweets from a supermarket. 

These have definitely become popular in the last year or so. But I think they’re a really great gift to buy as it’s something different. If you want this specific one, you can here. Also maybe buying coloured pencils so the receiver of the gift is all set. 
My Dad is probably the hardest person to buy for. However, it can be quite fun to shop for him because I know I can just get daft presents. I.E pictured above is a daft present. I found this in Superdrug surprisingly. 

This is a standard Dad present. Every year without fail, he’ll get some sort of shaving kit. It’s just an easy stocking filler, right? 

If you know someone who likes to bake then recipe books are just the obvious choice. These are both for my Mum and I may or may not use them myself…
James Martin More Home Comforts 

The Hairy Bikers Chicken & Egg

Alcohol. Do I need to say anymore? I personally don’t drink alcohol. But I did get it for my Dad and I just think it’s a bit different to just a normal bottle of whatever. 
If all else fails, gift cards are the perfect present! I’m very grateful that I got this off one of my best friends. And obviously you can get gift cards for pretty much anywhere. 
Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I tried to include things that aren’t just makeup, etc. But I also couldn’t include everything because I’ve started wrapping. See you soon. 

Love, Sophie


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How I’ve Settled into Sixth Form

I was so close to not blogging today. And it’s not as if it was because I couldn’t be bothered or I didn’t have the time. It was that I had planned posts for every week but this one. 

Anyways, back to the point of this. I wanted to do a chatty post, so I thought I’d share my opinion on Sixth Form, since I have spent more than half a term there. Before I go over the obvious advantages and how the courses are going, I thought I’d just mention that I did write about the bit of nightmare I had when I had first started. Just so I don’t have to go over it again, here is where you can read all about it.


 At the minute, I’d say Photography has been one of my most enjoyable lessons. Probably because it’s still creative but there’s less of an intense work load. 

If you were interested, the picture above is my final piece for a Documentary topic. We’re now onto Digital Portraiture and I’m excited to experiment with this one, because I’d never be happy with just taking a picture of a person. I want to be able to edit the picture, splash paint on it and basically do whatever I want. 

Apart from the course itself, I couldn’t be happier with the teacher and I’ve made some lovely friends in the class.

Even though initially this wasn’t the subject I wanted to take, neither was it one I had much knowledge on. I am beginning to come to terms with being alright with it. It does seem to be an interesting course. And at first when I found out there was a maths section (don’t judge me if you already knew psychology included maths, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into). I kind of freaked out as I really thought I’d left maths behind me. But I got an A in the maths paper we were given for it, so I guess I have nothing to worry about, for now. 
One thing, that I suppose doesn’t really help if you are reading this post trying to gain knowledge on the course. But I made the nicest friend in that class. So as part of me wishes I could have picked my original subject, I’m also super grateful I don’t have to brave psychology on my own. 


I have very mixed feelings about this class. On the one hand, I love it because I have no limitations and I can be as creative as I would like to. But at the same time, I have a teacher who’s my least favourite out of the three that I have. I’ve been sat thinking for the past few minutes on how I can sum him up. And all I’ve come up with is; he’s good at giving criticism just not praise. Now I’m not saying I need him to worship the ground I walk on or anything. But I by far have put the most effort into that lesson out of my other subjects and I only ever hear improvements. Maybe it’s just something I need to get used to. 

Again, I’ve made friends in that lesson. A boy     Friend. If my friend is reading this, notice the space. And a couple of other people who I sit next to. It’s been so much easier to make friends at college than anywhere else. 

Advantages of College

  1. Free periods. Or should I say ‘Private Study Periods’. At the minute I don’t need to use my frees to work, I’m sure that’ll change. But for now I’ll enjoy my lie ins and early finishes that take place throughout the week.
  2. How chilled it is. You don’t get told off for not writing a note down. If you don’t get it. Your loss. Or turning up late. Your fault. However that’s not something I’m guilty of because I have to be at least 5 minutes early to everything.
  3. Teachers. I knew eventually there’d come a time where they gave you as much respect as you give them. They don’t treat you like little kids anymore. It’s great. What’s weird is calling them all by their first name.
  4. No uniform. So for me, I can wear my own clothes. Before starting the year I worried that maybe I wouldn’t have enough clothes and why couldn’t everyone just wear the same. But it’s actually so much more comfortable to wear what you like. And strangely it feels like there’s less judgement from people, even though people are free to be individual with their style. 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I decided not to include disadvantages because for now, there isn’t really any. See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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What You’ve Been Missing To Achieve A Healthy Glow

Personally, I love to find different ways I can improve the look of my skin and my general well-being. Recently, I discovered  that Healthy Snacks can have a big impact on your lifestyle. 

I’m so excited to introduce the snacks that I know will make my skin look less, well dull. I’ve never been the healthiest of people so I do still want to give my honest opinion on the products.

1. Goji Berries

Goji berries are known as the ‘anti-ageing fruit’. Not only that, but they offer a plethora of benefits for the skin.
Taste Test: One thing I have to admit is that I’d probably struggle to eat these on their own because of personal preference. But I think I’d enjoy them a lot more in a breakfast cereal for example. 

2. Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs, I have to admit, were my least favourite. It was definitely the smell that put me off. Next time, I’ll be trying them in a natural yoghurt maybe. The bonuses of eating Cacao Nibs really makes me want to try out different recipes with them. As they’re all packed with nutrients, antioxidants and fiber.

3. Chia Seeds 

I’m very excited to try Chia Seeds but I had no idea where to buy them from. No supermarket sold them, that I looked at. The best reason I read on Nuts.com to start eating Chia Seeds is that it helps weight loss as they reduce food cravings. 

On a side note: it was extremely difficult to get these ingredients which would be the only downfall. I had to get my Dad to travel 40 minutes to a store that stocked these. If you’re from the US though you can easily purchase these items from Nuts.com 

4. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea had to be my favourite out of the selection. Before I tried this I had the belief “If it’s not Yorkshire tea, it’s not right”. How wrong I was. I’d happily have this again and definitely over my usual tea brand. 

A major benefit of green tea is it reduces stress. Which today I started college and was told that I might not be able to do one of my options due to it clashing with another class. And since I have no other options, I feel very stressed and panicky right now. After finishing this post, I plan to make myself a cup of Matcha Green Tea…
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It was inspired by Nuts.com. I’d love to know what your favourite Healthy Snacks are so I could maybe try them and make a part 2 of this post. See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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My Dream Closet

Today, I’ve been spending a few hours putting together some of my staple pieces to make different outfits and designing my very own closet…IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!

So firstly, I would like to share with you a couple of clothing items that I’d find a necessity in my dream closet.

I love my black high waisted jeans and my grey sleeveless jacket, therefore, they would definitely have a place in my wardrobe.

Also a staple would be an oversized white shirt and a black leather jacket.

Next, the part I really enjoyed; designing my own closet. Here’s what I came up with…

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make space 7Interestingly, according to the Mail Online: ‘in every woman’s closet 22 items she never wears.’ This made me think about how much of our clothing doesn’t go to use because of either its out of season or that its simply too sentimental to let go of. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does the latter?!) And with space and minimalist views being a problem who knows where to store their clothing? That’s where MakeSpace comes to the rescue. They’re a company that provides that extra space. Simple right? All you need to do is download the app, request a representative to pick up your clothing and keep it safe until you’d like it back . Feel free, to click here to see if they’re near you yet, don’t worry if they aren’t, they’re expanding all the time!

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I’d love for you to comment a staple item you’d have in your dream closet and your design views, would you go for a rustic theme like mine? See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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