Northumbria University Open Day

On Saturday the 1st of July, I went to my first University Open day. Northumbria has been the place to appeal to me the most so I was so excited about visiting and they definitely did not disappoint.

IMG_3161We arrived at 9:30, it took us about an hour in the car to get there and it was surprisingly easy to find. I know there are two campuses and that there was shuttle buses to take you to the other one but I just stayed at the City Campus.

You also got a couple of bags that had booklets of information, a newspaper and of course a free pen.

IMG_3159This was the main hall where all the stands were, they included information about each course, accommodation, finances, studying abroad and work placement. There was also refreshments, which was handy for my Dad who seemed to have about 3 cups of coffee. Also the picture above only shows half of the hall, if that gives you a sense of how big it was.

I headed straight for the Design stand which was right in the corner.  I ended up speaking to one of the students on the stand for about 40 minutes, she was so lovely and gave me a ton of information. Everything from the course itself, preparations for the interview and even the best shops to get samples.

IMG_3160There was a fashion lecture at 12. So after talking to the people at the stand we ended up having an hour to spare to wander round. We walked round to the Design building and got speaking to another student and professor about the fashion course. Whilst my questions had been answered by the previous student at the stand, the second student seemed to have plenty more to tell me and I could actually look through other students portfolios. I found this really helpful and interesting because I got to see the amount of work that’s produced and the quality of it too.

IMG_3162Anyways, we had the Fashion lecture in the Business building which was really useful because it thoroughly explained the different courses within Fashion and just helped me to solidify which course I am actually interested in.

We then headed back to the Design building and had a tour of the studios. The facilities are amazing and are absolutely massive. Also, I just want to apologise for this picture being a bit blurry, I was on a tour with just one other family and it was really difficult to take pictures without anyone noticing.

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I was in awe at the work that has been produced by students there. It has me aspiring to one day be at that same level.

IMG_3164I had such an amazing day- not just because it was my first Saturday off work in about 3 months. But because Northumbria had been the University I liked the look of the most and to actually be able to look around the Campus, meet students and just in general have more information, it has just reassured me that its still my first choice.

Have you been to any University Open Days? Are you at University currently?

See you Soon.

Love, Sophie

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Photography

Yesterday, I decided not to upload, out of respect for the London Attack. My thoughts go out to all involved and families of those. 

Anyways, on a more positive note, recently in Photography I have been quite pleased with the outcome of the pictures I’ve been taking. 

And whilst I didn’t want this to just be pictures I was kindly nominated by Hannah Cole to do the Blue Sky Tag. However, I feel like I’ve done quite a lot of tags recently so I thought I’d cheat and just answer the questions instead. 


What is your favourite food? 

Ben & Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream. Lasagne. Steak pie. Chips. Most foods really.


Where is your favourite place you’ve visited? 

Florida.


What is your greatest achievement to date? 

GCSE’s?? I’m really not sure. Kind of feel like I’m too young to have any good ones. Kind of think I’m just not thinking hard enough. 


If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

To not worry about the future because so far everything’s going alright. 


What is your favourite song at the moment? 

Green light- Lorde


If you could take up any hobby, what would it be? 

Making YouTube Videos but to be honest I don’t have the courage to do it. 


Where would you visit if you could go anywhere and why? 

New York. There’s so many places on my travel list but I think New York is where I could see and do the most. 


What is your favourite sea create/animal from the sea? 

Dolphins. One day, I want to do that swimming with dolphins thing. 


If you could recommend a book to someone, what would you recommend and why?

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. I read it years ago and so did my Mum. We both fell in love with the book instantly and still recommend it to people today. 


What is your earliest childhood memory? 

I’m pretty sure it was back in Nursery? Is it even possible to remember that far back? I remember snack time of having the cartons of milk and a Bourbon biscuit. Trust me to remember the memory that involves food


What’s one thing you could not live without? 

I know my Mum is not a ‘thing’. But I couldn’t imagine life without my Mum she’s my best friend. 

Hope you enjoyed this mashed up post. I love sharing my photography. Anyways see you soon. 

Love, Sophie

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Wintery Days

YAY! Here’s to my first extra post of the week. Well if we want to be technical I have done plenty of extra posts but none that are a now definite regular upload. I’m very excited to be blogging more so lets get into it.

Last week, most of the U.K got SNOW! The majority of it being just a light shower. However, from where I’m from it lasted a couple of days, so I decided to take pictures of the little snow we had left. Although, to be honest it was mainly just a photoshoot for my dog…OOPS- sorry not sorry.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It is short, but I love having a platform where I can share the pictures I take. Comment if you share the same interest in photography and I’d love to look at your posts if you’ve shared your images. 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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Alfie’s 1st Birthday

This is probably very uninteresting to all of you. But for me, I’m very excited to share all these pictures of my now 1 year old Golden Retriever, Alfie. His birthday was yesterday and to mark the occaison on this blog I thought I’d share pictures that I’ve taken of him over the months.

January 

This was the month I chose Alfie out of a cute litter of puppies. I had to wait till February to pick him up. 
February 

I picked Alfie up on my 1 year blogiversary. And I actually blogged on that day, if you want to read it you can here

March 

 
April  

It’s crazy to think there was a point that I could actually pick Alfie up, not very well but still. 
May 


June 

July 


August


September 


October 


November 


I also attempted cupcakes or ‘pupcakes’. But they didn’t really turn out too well. Nevermind…


Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It was so cute looking back at old pictures of Alfie and I can’t believe he’s now 1. The next milestone will be actually having him for 1 year. As well as that being my 2 year blogiversary. Okay, I’ll stop now as this has turned into one of my longest endings. See you soon. 

Love, Sophie

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Newcastle Christmas Shopping Weekend

I didn’t realise it was possible to be this tired. I got back from a 2 night stay in Newcastle today and the rush of it all, has very much worn me out. However, I had the most incredible time and definitely a highlight of my year. 

Here are the pictures I took… 

 Overall, my weekend in Newcastle was a very memorable experience. I managed to get more Christmas shopping done and maybe just treat myself to one or two things. 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, as much as I enjoyed looking through the pictures I took. Hopefully next week there’ll be a Haul post on everything I bought. See you soon. 

Love, Sophie 

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OOTD #8: Best Friend’s Birthday Meal

Since starting college, this weekend has been by far my busiest. Not even with homework, but just because I’ve actually had plans, me, that’s crazy right?!

Anyways, it was one of my Best friends birthday earlier in the week and last night we went to a restaurant to celebrate.

Here are the pictures I got my Dad to take. And if you have read a few of my posts now you’ll realise that when I ask my Dad to help take blog pictures, I end up with the majority of them being of my pup. I’ll let him off though, my dog is cute enough to be in my camera roll.

I’d add some links in but honestly, I have had these items in my wardrobe for so long now. I doubt any of them would still be in stock. 
Also, I kept telling myself that this top was not black but a really really dark navy. However, no camera actually picks up the colour of it so I guess, yet again, I’m styling that all black outfit. 

Had to include a couple of pictures that included Alfie just so you know I’m not lying when I say that I get more pictures of Alfie than of what I’m wearing. 
Since I already told you all I had a busy weekend I might as well mention what I was up to today.

Let’s all just excuse this no makeup face. I realise I’m looking a tad horrendous. But everyone needs at least one day of the week to not wear makeup. And mine was today…Can I find someone that looks at me the way that I look at my dog? No, alright then…
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I do apologise that it was more picture based. Comment down below what you’ve been up to recently, I really need to stay connected with the blogging community. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Stationary Haul + My First Day at College

It’s been a crazy week and I’m just not used to having so much to do. I also had a not great week at College and wanted to share it with you all. Including pictures of my stationary I’ll be using for College. 

I seem to have more than enough notebooks. Although the blue one is for blogging. Also, I went to Tesco with the intention of buying a diary and ended up with this A4 project planner, either way I’m happy. The other two are from The Works, and I personally think these are so cute with the colours and lettering. 
I’ve had these pens and pencils for ages now and they’re so handy to have whenever I’d like to make something look pretty. Both are from WHSmith

I bought both of these today from Tesco. I think these are so asthetically pleasing. The one on the left is just a massive folder and the other is a file with 20 plastic wallets inside.
These are just a few different things I’ll be keeping in my bag, pens, highlighters, calculator..this I was not expecting to need.

Following the last paragraph, I’ll now briefly explain my first few college days. Basically, French and Photography (2 of my chosen courses) were on at the same time. This I was gutted about because these were my two favourite. I was told it would be fine because Photography had too many students in the class so they were going to split the class in two. This all went over a few days whilst I didn’t know what was going on. They then told me that Photography students were starting to drop the course so they didn’t need to split the class so I needed to pick something else. 

To sum up, I have had to change French to Psychology. I’m quite disappointed as its not what I wanted to do. I never seem to rant on here, but I thought this was necessary. The teacher sorting my situation out, told me that it costs £10,000 to split a class. But I fail to see how that’s in anyway my fault or my problem? Surely they’re supposed to be accommodating everyone. And I wasn’t told any of this when I was enrolling. 

I have been looking for french classes outside of college. So if anyone knows of any websites for open colleges etc that would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Sorry I kind of left it on a negative note but I am trying to be positive on the whole situation. I might end up liking Psychology, who knows? Also have no idea how I’ll keep up two posts a week. If anyone has any suggestions to blog posts please comment. See you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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August Favourites 2016

The time has come round once again to write a favourites post and I’m really beginning to wonder where the days are going. Like seriously take me back to the start of Summer when I wasn’t worrying about College starting.

Anyways, it took me a while to think about what I’ve been loving this month as I have just been having a really laid back, do nothing kind of time. But here is what I came up with…

1. My Phone

This seems like such a basic favourite. However, this month my new phone came and I was very excited. I’d basically been using a cracked, bad Wi-Fi connection phone for too long and I was desperate for my contract to end. Now I may have already dropped my new one already, but apart from that I haven’t really put it down, that’s why it’s a definite favourite.

2. L’Oréal True Match Foundation

At first, I have to admit whenever I used this I just craved the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. But when I realised I was stuck with it (I’m cheap ok? I like to finish products) I knew I had to just go with it. BEST DECISION EVER. I found I just had to keep working with it to get the overall look I wanted. This blends like a dream. It’s probably my main reason for loving it; because of its blend-ability (that a word? probably not.)

3. Tresemme Hair

Currently, I am liking switching up my hair care to see what works best. This month I purchased these (mainly because they were on sale at boots, oops, told you I was cheap) because I wanted to see if the well known brand lived up to my standards. And it most certainly did. I love the scent. I love the how long my hair stays fresh for. I just love the results. Also, whoever thought of the condition first, shampoo second, YOU’RE GENIUS.

4. ‘Closer’ by the Chainsmokers feat. Halsey.

As soon as I heard this song I knew it would end up in my favourites post. It’s just so catchy and I’m also loving the Chainsmokers in general right now.

5. Movies

What can I say, the weather in the U.K hasn’t exactly been glorious sun everyday. Although, I’m starting to think there’s some sort of permanent cloud over where I live. Anyways, a few days this month, I’ve had to search for my favourite movies to watch. This time I reached for ‘Mean Girls’, which my Mum watched for the first time and loved. I mean who wouldn’t? Another I picked was ‘Wild Child’. Both movies I obsess over. Finally, one I watched the other night for the first time  was ’10 things I hate about you’ and to be honest I snapchatted people after I watched it and I just felt really late to the party. Never mind, it was amazing.

6. My Results

This was definitely a highlight to my month. If you haven’t seen my Results post then feel free to read it after this. But it just made me so happy because it really did finally end an era for me (you know, secondary school.)

7. The Schemer.

In no way is this my type of book but I started reading it because my Mum suggested me to when she was only half way through it. In less than 24 hours I had finished the book. My Mum had given up trying to read it because I wouldn’t give it back until I’d finished and it was probably for the best that my Mum let me tell her what happened otherwise I would have exploded. Basically, don’t know which character I despised more. But it keeps you on your toes because you want to know a) what happens and b) if they all get revenge. It was honestly so intense compared to what I usually read and I just wish there was a sequel.

8. Black Bardot Top

It seems these are definitely on trend at the minute. I know mine isn’t exactly a summery colour but it’s not as if it’s actually been nice enough that I look weird to be in black. Anyways, this is so comfortable and I personally think it suits me, I could be wrong. I  believe that even through the colder months I’ll still wear this and just have cold shoulders, why not?

9. L’Oréal Infallible Sculpt Contour Kit

I could have quite easily mentioned this already in  favourites post if not I’ve certainly spoke highly of this product on my blog somewhere. I love this so much. It’s definitely helped make sure I don’t look like a mess when I’d just started contouring. And now I wear it whenever I’m having a makeup day. I love the creamy consistency, this also helps it blend really well also.

10. Independence, Kind of?

This is one of my weird favourites. But this month, I’ve found myself pushing myself out of my comfort zone a lot more. You’ll probably read this and think ‘I do that everyday’. So from simple things to talking on the phone to someone I don’t know, or ordering drinks at Costa. These are all non-big-deal things, but to me I’m feeling happy with myself that I’ve managed to do. On Saturday, I’m going to get my hair done, ON MY OWN. For me, that’s new and something I’m not used to. This is definitely a weird favourite. But we all have things that we have to step out of our comfort zone for, mine are just smaller. And by doing them more, they’ll just become mundane everyday tasks. This month, I realised I’m starting to do the small things for myself and I actually kind of like it…

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I love not only writing favourites posts but reading them too. So comment down below some of your favourites or if you’ve posted one then link it so I can give it a read. Also, I’m nearing 400 followers (currently at 380) which is insane, so thank you. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Summer Baking 

Going completely off topic from this post but I get my GCSE Results tomorrow and I couldn’t be more nervous. If I’ve felt happy today than I think ‘why should I be if I haven’t done well tomorrow?’. My parents have been so supportive and know I’ve tried my best so they said they’ll be happy no matter the outcome. Whereas I’ll be disappointed if say I haven’t passed anything. Anyways enough of me worrying. 

A while ago, I did a Spring Baking where I did 3 different recipes. So I decided to do it again…

Peanut Butter Squares

I have to admit I don’t like Peanut Butter but they were so cute that I had to try them. They did taste really nice though, I think it’s the chocolate that made the recipe. 

Ingredients:

150g butter

200g milk chocolate 

250g of Digestive biscuits

200g brown sugar

300g peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract 

To start, line a baking tray with grease proof paper (this helps when taking the peanut butter squares out). Put the butter in a large pan and melt it on a low heat. Remove the pan off the heat once butter has melted. Next, move onto melting the Chocolate, whether that’s over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave for 30 second bursts. Then I put the biscuits and sugar into a food bag, got a rolling pin and smashed it into crumbs. If you ask me, it’s great if you have some anger that needs releasing. Next, tip the biscuit and brown sugar crumbs, peanut butter and vanilla extract into the pan with the butter. And MIX! Tip mixture into the tin and squash down. Then place the melted chocolate over the top and refrigerate for at least an hour. 


White Chocolate Drizzled Flapjack 

Alright, so it doesn’t look amazing. But that’s only because of my decorating skills. But trust me, it tastes really nice. 

Ingredients

125g butter

125g brown sugar

4 tablespoons of golden syrup 

250g porridge oats

100g White Chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4. Melt the butter over a low heat and add the golden syrup and sugar. Remove from the heat when everything is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the porridge oats. Put the flapjack mixture into a baking tin and squash down. I found a metal spoon really helps to achieve this. Finally bake for 20 minutes. 

To finish, I melted some white chocolate in the microwave and tried (and failed) to drizzle it over the flapjack once cooled.


Strawberry Cakes 

I made these this morning but they sunk in the oven, maybe too much rising agent. Anyways, tried again (just for this post) and they worked out much better. I love these, seriously, so much. I may, or may not be devouring one right now.

Ingredients

250g butter

250g caster sugar

5 medium eggs

250g self-raising flour 

1tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

Couple drops of vanilla extract

300 ml double or whipping cream

50g icing sugar

Strawberries

Preheat oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4. Make sure to have paper cases lined ready for the mixture later. For the sponge, put the butter in a bowl making sure it’s soft. Add the sugar and mix together. Then adding the eggs and this is where I had to beat the whole thing crazily for a couple of minutes. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract and stir well. Then put the mixture evenly into the different cases and put in the oven for 25 minutes. 

Once cooled, I made the mixture that goes on top. This was the cream, vanilla extract and icing sugar all mixed together. I also added a bit of food colouring to make it pink, because who doesn’t like pink? Obviously putting that on top of the cakes and putting the strawberries on top of that. 


Hope you enjoyed this post, I love baking even though this took a little while to make all of it. Comment what you’ve been baking recently or would like to soon. Wish me luck for tomorrow and my results. See you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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