Bowes Museum- Photography

What a tiring couple of weeks it has been. Does anyone else have a busy/stressful time and as soon as it starts to calm down you end up feeling ill? Well anyways, a little while ago I took a trip to the Bowes Museum in County Durham with my University. I wanted to post about this last week but my Mum unexpectedly ended up in hospital, hence why I didn’t get to post anything. Anyways, she’s feeling a lot better now so I thought I’d share the pictures I took.

1The exhibition itself was so much better than I could have imagined.

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The sparkle on this dress could only be appreciated in person. You can also tell how luxurious it is because it was one of the few garments behind glass.

63This Comme des Garçons garment really took my breath away.

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9It was such a beautiful stately home which created the most elegant setting, contrasting well with the garments.

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I spent the majority of the day in absolute awe of the garments. But a couple of garments caught my attention immediately, this being one of them. To the point where I had to get a selfie. During a-levels, Vivienne Westwood was a big inspiration, particularly the pirate collection. So to see the garment in real life was amazing. I also got to see the other big garment that inspired me a lot during my design was the Alexander McQueen, The Horn of Plenty collection.

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Sorry for the shorter post this week, life should resume as normal now and its officially the start of Christmas?! How very exciting…

Lots of Love,

           Sophie


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Ireland Photography

Last weekend I took a trip to Dublin and I had the BEST time. So I thought I’d share the pictures and let you know what I got up to.

7Firstly, it was a very tiring weekend. We flew at 6 am from Leeds Bradford airport on the Friday (but I had to get up at 1am to get there in time). On the way back, it was a 9 pm flight on the Sunday, so we really did get the whole weekend.

859On the Friday, we were all really tired so we just had a wander around the city.

61On the Saturday, my Mum and I spent the morning at the National Gallery of Ireland. It was beautiful and because we got there early it was quite quiet and the best atmosphere. We could have spent all day there but we wanted to fit more in.

2At this point, we were trying to navigate our way to the castle.

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I absolutely loved Ireland and would love to go back. I also realised how much I love weekend getaways. So my Mum and I have already decided for our next trip it should be Amsterdam.

Anyways, as much as I’m still catching up on sleep now I’d happily trade my sleep to be back, everyone was so friendly and we couldn’t have had a better time.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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3rd Blogiversary & Photography

This day, three years ago, I started this blog. I can’t quite believe where the time has gone and I see it as achievement for it to still be going strong. It was my birthday a few days ago, so there’ll be a lengthy post on that going up on Saturday. The couple of days that followed after my birthday, I managed to take a few pictures on my walks with Alfie, which I thought would be nice to put into a post…

12Not only has it been 3 years with a blog, its been 2 years with this gorgeous boy. I honestly can’t believe we’ve only had Alfie for 2 years, he’s part of the family, it feels like a life time. Seriously, what was life like without a beautiful dog?

3456I just LOVE Alfie’s face when he’s observing something new. This time it was sheep. He probably thought they were just fluffy dogs and with anyone he just wanted to play with them.

1087I think this post is turning into ‘What my Dog watched one day…’ But this time Alfie was interested in the ducks. He clearly wanted to attempt a run down the bank and a swim into the water.

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Do you have a dog? 

Lots of Love, 

Sophie

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December Photography

I was so excited to do a huge clothing haul but time escaped me so here I am at 9pm on a Monday putting together a photography post. I haven’t done one of these in a while and because its the festive period I’ve been capturing some pretty pictures…

IMG_4404IMG_4405Late November, I took a trip to Durham, it was so beautiful as all the Christmas lights were up.

IMG_4464This was my towns Christmas tree. It looks pretty and had me feeling very festive.

IMG_4465I took this picture on the night that my town had a Christmas parade. I went on my own and it was lovely to just have that time to be by myself but still surrounded by so many happy people.

IMG_4466It started snowing on the 1st of December!! This picture isn’t from then its actually from today where its snowed again. I’m not too sure how I feel about all this snow, whilst its very fitting with the time of year it is just a bit too cold.

IMG_4460IMG_4462My 2 year old Golden retriever, Alfie, very much enjoyed the snow. He rolled around in the snow as if it was mud. But its okay, he’s cute.

Sorry for the short post, last week at college and then I put extra effort into my posts over Christmas.

Have you had snow recently?

Love, Sophie

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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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