July Favourites 2018

Its safe to say, July has been hottest month EVER. However, did anyone else have such a bad storm last night?! Where I live it just seemed to be consistent lightning. Anyways, here’s what I’ve been loving this month…

7At the start of the month I went to my College exhibition. It was a chance to see my work on display and show my Mum what I had been up to for the past two years. In the above picture, my photography work is the three images that are titled ‘FLAWED’. I really enjoyed that project and I was so proud of the outcome. It was based on the pressures society’s standards can have on anyone, presented in a magazine format.

2365These other pictures are of my costumes from Design. The first being a jacket inspired by the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the second costume being influenced by pollution.

I don’t know whether I can categorise my next favourite as something I really love. However, recently I started watching ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and even though I’m only 4 episodes in, I’m gripped. On the other hand, its scaring me, a lot, but I still feel like I need to carry on to see what happens.

4This month, my Mum and I bought these boxing gloves from Amazon. We both wanted to try some form of fitness at home and as my Mum used to do kick boxing, we thought getting some gloves would be a good place to start. So far, we’ve loved it, were using them every other day and I’m so impressed with the quality.

Curved Focus Pads and Punch bag boxing gloves set

Music favourite this month has to be Years and Years. I have been loving ‘All for you’ and ‘Karma’, they’re just such catchy songs and I’ve had them on repeat.

1Finally, my last favourite is the Lee Stafford Everyday Blonde Shampoo. I always find it difficult to notice that much of a difference in my hair after I’ve washed it (apart from the fact that its clean). However, with this shampoo, my hair just seems to look so much brighter and healthier, possibly only noticeable to me but still I have loved using it. I also really like the scent, I used to have a perfume that was just like it.

What have you been loving this month?

July Favourites 2017

July Favourites 2016

July Favourites 2015

Lots of Love, Sophie

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What Happened when I tried to go Vegetarian for a Week

In the midst of Summer, I was brainstorming ideas of things I could try out. Things that would be a challenge but also make for an interesting blog post (priorities). Vegetarianism was definitely top of that list. Ashamedly, I was a pretty big meat-eater and in the current day, I feel that that’s becoming more and more frowned upon. I believed that if anyone were to struggle with a Vegetarian diet, it would be me, which gave me all the more reason to try. So after thoroughly searching the internet, visiting one veggie forum to another, I finally ventured into the vegetarian world for 1 week…

5In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my Mum reminding me to take pictures of what I was eating, this post would be non existent- not-a-food-blogger-in-the-making. Even this was Tuesdays dinner; Spinach and mushroom crispbake. It was okay, since this I’ve found better meals so probably wouldn’t buy again. Monday’s meal was a vegetarian country pie, probably not something I’d have again, it was just a taste I don’t think I’d get used to. Although, the first two days weren’t as successful as I had thought, I had had no meat cravings, which was a plus in itself.

4Wednesday, I experienced how difficult it is to eat out as a vegetarian. Firstly, I checked three different menus online (which I never have to do) and I was quite disappointed with the variation of vegetarian options they had, or lack of variation would be more accurate. We ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and I just had a margherita pizza. It was nice, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a pizza.

I did consider that because of where I live, a small town with not that much around it, there was limited options compared to maybe a more built up area. It would be interesting to know how other people get on with eating out with food requirements.

3As part of the research I did, I found a really useful website on BBC, it has a plethora of vegetarian recipes. Some I’m still so excited to try, but just as a quick and easy meal we tried the ‘Healthy Egg & Chips’  for Thursday’s dinner. I enjoyed it, I like mushrooms and got the source of protein from the egg.

2If at any point this week I thought I’d cave, it was going to be with the quiche. My Mum and I make the best quiches and I always have chopped bacon in mine. This time around for Friday’s dinner, it was mushroom and onion quiche. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it just as much.

1Saturday’s dinner was a cheese and leek plait with pasta and vegetables. The plait was definitely a personal favourite and we already have more stocked up in the freezer.

6Finally, for the last meal of the week I had dippers, DIPPERS?? Vegetarian of course, but guaranteed I would not be able to tell the difference between the veggie version and the meat version. I had it with a mushroom stir fry which was very filling. Out of the whole week, this was probably my favourite.

Overall, I was so proud of myself for not eating any meat and I was surprised at how I just didn’t think about it. It wasn’t difficult, I didn’t crave any meat and I enjoyed trying a different selection of food. Granted, there was a few freezer meals but I was going into this a bit blind, so I needed a starting point.

Its been a few days since I’ve finished the week of vegetarian meals but I already know I want it to stay a good part of my diet. I also want to do a follow up post to this about other vegetarian foods I’ve loved but didn’t have chance to include in this post and some more stuff on the topic.

I hope you’re having a great Summer!

Lots of Love, Sophie

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The BEST Rain Mac?? OOTD#23

Never have I found a pretty rain mac. Until today…

3It’s ROSE SEQUINS. If there ever was a rain mac that spoke to me on a spiritual level it would be this one. I love that it stands out from anything I’ve ever seen before. However, I soon found that it was very difficult to capture the true colour of this mac because it does have quite a pink tone to it. So the best place to see a true reflection of what it looks like is to go to where its from; Topshop.

Sequin Rain Mac

1You can bet my jaw dropped when I saw that Topshop have this in a MINT shade?! They currently have a 70% off sale, that I know I’d be taking advantage of, if I hadn’t just made a purchase. Luckily I did get the mac 30% off in my local OUTFIT.

I flippin’ love this mac and I kind of wish I had a festival to go to because this would fit right in. Otherwise, I’ll just have to wait for some rain to be able to wear it, or some clouds, I’ll go out then too…

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Since I’ve featured the rest of the outfit in my last OOTD, there’s no point linking everything again other than that post, which is here.

Other Sequin Items:

Sequin Raw Hem Shacket

Heart Sequin Mac

Light Pink Iridescent Disc Sequin Kimono

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Sophie’s Book Club #9

I am loving how much time I have to read lately. The only issue being I can’t keep up with the reviews,  but I’ll get there eventually and its a nice problem to have.

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‘The Girl On The Train’ Paula Hawkins

This had been on my reading list for a VERY long time…

‘Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it- is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. Its only a minute until the train moves on, but its enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…’

I was definitely late to reading this book, the hype over it had well and truly diminished. However, I’m glad I read it now as I’m only just getting into this genre so I think I appreciated it more. I loved the storyline, it had quite a bit of depth to it along with the characters. I liked the different aspects to it as this is usually what keeps me interested in a book. It definitely had me gripped at parts, particularly the ending. Overall, I would recommend and think its a good light read thriller compared to other books in that genre I’ve read. Definitely would like to watch the movie version now.

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‘The Girl Before’ JP Delaney

This book has been described as ‘more than a match for The Girl on the Train’ and I can do nothing but agree…

‘Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a list of exacting rules. But when she discovers the previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there, Jane starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.’

As soon as I read the back of this book I was intrigued. It had a unique storyline, I hadn’t read anywhere else. From start to finish the book held my attention. My only issue with it would be, that at parts it was a bit too graphic. Whilst I understand it would have been done to show the intense relationships the characters build together, I kind of felt it could have been done in a more modest way. Other than that, I couldn’t fault the book and I was not expecting the outcome it had. To conclude, it was a good read and I’ve added ‘Believe Me’ by JP Delaney to the reading list.

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I finally have the next couple of months blog post ideas sorted, so there should be no more hiatuses from me.

*Side Note: Text in italics is not my wording but the description on the back of each book*

Sophie’s Book Club #8

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OOTD #22: A Hair Change!

Last week, I decided to change my hair a bit. I really craved a change and with the Summer I knew I wanted to go shorter and blonder. Obviously I thought it was a good opportunity to turn the occaison into a post.

Heres the before and after, excusing the annoying snapchat text…

 

 

81Clearly its not the biggest difference but I just love the colour in the second picture so much more.

Anyways, onto what I wore on that day..

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This top is my most recent purchase and I’m really loving this mustard colour at the minute. Its from New Look and whilst I couldn’t find this exact one they do have similar ones that I thought I’d link.

Mustard Yellow Tie Button Front Top

Mustard V Neck Button Front Shirt

Yellow Ribbed Button Front Vest

75The rest of the outfit I have definitely mentioned before, they’re just so comfy and I can put them together with anything.

Trousers (H&M)

Similar trousers found on ASOS

Trainers (TopshopI don’t know what I’d do if Topshop ever got rid of these, they’re just too affordable not to love.

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Are you enjoying the Summer?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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June Favourites 2018

For once it seems like it was a lifetime ago since I last wrote a favourites post. So much happened in June that it now just feels like a distant memory. Anyways, as hectic as it was, I still have a few things I’ve been loving.

I still haven’t got my head around leaving college. I keep thinking I’m just on a break and any minute now I’m going to remember there’s revision that needs to get done. Obviously that’s not the case, so it had to be a monthly favourite.

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Onto a bit of a weird favourite. Muller Corner Yogurts. I’ve never been much of a yogurt person but since Dublin, I’ve loved them. I love all the different versions but what pushed me to include it in this post is that I recently tried the Strawberry Shortcake one for the first time. It tastes incredible. I’m not sure how long I can talk about how great these yogurts taste, but I think I’ve already crossed the line.

Whilst I started this post explaining I’ve had a hectic month, I may be contradicting myself now with all the tv I’ve managed to watch. Love Island, I’m sure the majority of the nation are watching. Whilst it didn’t start as the most entertaining series, its definitely become more interesting with Megan/Casa Amor/Josh.

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After finishing college, reading was definitely high on my to do list. I just never had as much time as I would have liked, to read during exams. However, in about a week I’ve read 4 books so I couldn’t not have it as a favourite. The first two books I read are up as reviews on my blog already and the two pictured will probably be posted in about a week.

1My last favourite of June is my phone. This month I was super lucky that when my contract ended I could upgrade to the iPhone X. I know that my Dad follows my blog (because I was the one that signed him up) so I’m very grateful to him for paying the contract. Also the EE staff who helped us were so lovely and talkative. Customer service was really good and they even managed to get us a discount code. Would recommend them if you’re looking for a different phone plan.

What have been some of your favourites in June?

June Favourites 2017

June Favourites 2016

Awkward when you realise that for three years in a row you’ve mentioned Love Island in your June Favourites…

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #8

Apparently I needed to zone out from the outside world after finishing a levels. But I’m properly back and ready to start posting (hopefully) twice a week. There will be 100% more book reviews- I’m onto reading my fourth book in a week. Anyways to change this post a bit, I asked my Mum to tell me what she thought of the books as well. Its not super common when we both read the same book/s. However, since that’s occurred I thought it would be interesting to see how opinions can differ and/or be similar.

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‘Dear Amy’ Helen Callaghan

What a way to start my Summer reading with this gripping book…

A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter. Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am. Please help me, Bethan Avery. This must be a hoax. Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago. As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and- unlike the police- convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected. Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life- but could it also cost Margot her own?’

My opinion on this book is that it is such a good read, it had an unexpected twist and overall it was just incredibly written. It had just enough detail to leave you feeling quite disturbed and towards the end had my heart racing.

My Mum’s opinion: This book is definitely a great Summer read. Twists, turns and mood swings, a great who is it book. Once you start to read, its hard to put down.

3‘The Book Of Souls’- James Oswald

This was an interesting one…

‘Every year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmas time: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean’s fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree. Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has murdered the Christmas Killer. But with the festive season comes a body: naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister explanation? McLean must revisit his most disturbing case and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again…’

Personally, I found this book difficult to get into, I’m not sure whether that’s because a detective drama isn’t usually what I go for. But I did find myself hooked and wanting to know what happened. Definitely think it had a surprising ending. Although I found with some aspects of the book I wasn’t quite certain how it ended, whether it was mentioned and it just didn’t click? Overall it was a good read, but I partly felt I lacked intelligence to fully comprehend it.

My Mum’s opinion: its a great police thriller, keeping you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It definitely got my heart racing. With a fabulous ending.

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Probably one of the longest book reviews I’ve done. But it makes me so happy that my Mum also got her opinion on the books in the post too. Hopefully, it can occur in future reviews.

Last book club post I gave away the books I mentioned, this time I can’t do that as I gave them to charity. But the mini giveaway will carry on, just maybe not for every post because that could get expensive haha.

*Side Note: Text in italics is not my wording but the description on the back of each book*

Sophie’s Book Club #7

What was the last book you read?

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Sophie

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OOTD #21- Last Exam

I’M BACK!! Granted I only missed two posts but it has felt like a lifetime. Nothing could make me happier that I’m sat at the table blogging instead of my usual revision. But a levels are finally finished so I thought I’d share what I wore for my last exam…

I bought these trousers recently and I’m in love. For ages, I always liked the colour pink but never imagined I could wear it, now my wardrobe is 40% pink and I am not complaining.

Top- Pull & Bear

Trousers- New Look

Shoes- Topshop

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My Last OOTD.

What have you been up to recently?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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May Favourites 2018

Its been a while since I missed one of my weekly blog posts. But in the midst of exam season, it just couldn’t be helped. Anyways, I realised that it was about time for a monthly favourites. However, because of exams (again) there’s not as many things I’ve been loving this month. Ahh I love* when my life revolves around exams…(*hate)

1It was actually a February Favourites post back in 2016, when this product was first mentioned on my blog. I fell in love with it then and I’m in love with it now. My skin always feels thoroughly cleansed after using this Clarins gel. The only reason this ever fell out of my skincare routine was because I was in the mood for a mix up and wanted to try cheaper alternatives. But as you can see, it always makes its way back.

Youtube- Grace Fit UK

This month, I watched a lot of Graces’ videos. I don’t know how I found her channel but so glad I did, I love her uni vlogs and I really don’t know how she seems to balance everything. She’s also the greatest motivation for fitness, something I really need to get a routine with.

2In the past couple of months, I have been loving moisturising my face with Sukin. It is such a natural product and smells so good. At first, I was a bit apprehensive because it has a slightly oily consistency but once applied it absorbed well into the skin.

No Makeup

I can’t remember the last time I put makeup on (because of exams, once again) but it feels good to have let my skin have a break from foundation, concealer and all the rest of it. It also saves a lot of time in the mornings.

Music

Music favourites of the month are: ‘Back to you’ by Selena Gomez and ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ by Bastille.

 

May Favourites 2017

May Favourites 2016

What have been your May Favourites?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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How I’m revising for A Level Psychology

It has been a LONG week of exams, I still have 6 hours of Photography to go and then Psychology exams left in early June. So with my art exams basically close to finishing, I know my attention will be focused into psychology revision. I thought this weeks post would be a brief one, going through how I am revising.

1. My Study Life App

I think an important place to start is to actually allocate time to revise. Recently, I downloaded an app ‘My Study Life’ so I had set times to revise. I find it super helpful to know I have particular times in the day to get revision done and if I don’t get revision done in those slots, I’d just feel guilty. I would also not be doing anything else because I’ve scheduled in the time, so it makes me motivated to do work.

32.  Organisation

You’re really never going to feel productive if you don’t know how much you need to revise. I try to be as organised as possible, not to make life easier for myself (although that helps) but because I like lists, I like being able to see I’m getting through work. Otherwise I would never get anything done.

2Firstly, I have my list of everything I need to revise. Split into topics; core studies; mental health; child and criminal psychology. I like that its all there (apart from research methods yet) and it means I can tick it off as I go.

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Here I have my two week plan. Its very satisfying to be able to rub off what you have written because if you’ve been productive you end up with a clear board. Anyways, I can use it to decide what I want to get done each day depending on how much I have on. For example, Tuesdays I have a psychology lesson and a revision class so I’ve tried giving myself easier less time consuming topics. WIMB– stands for ‘What is meant by’ and then I have a ton of definitions to remember. So trying to do a little bit each day so its easier to remember it all.

3. Focus Keeper

Another app I use is Focus Keeper, I find it helpful to use during revision. You work in 25 minute slots and take a 5 minute break in between. After 4, 25 minute slots you can take a longer break. You decide how many sessions you want to aim for in a day. I feel that this definitely helps a lot, sometimes I just don’t stop revising and end up burning out. Whereas using this tells me when I should take a break and I end up being able to revise for longer.

44. Practice Questions

Finally answering questions. Its great learning all the information but if you can’t apply your knowledge, the revision is going to be for nothing. They’re not the most fun things to do, but the more you practice and improve the more motivation you’ll have to do them.

Good luck if you have any exams! We just need to remember they won’t consume our lives forever.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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