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*

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What was the last book you read?

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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?

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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

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What have been your May Favourites?

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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.

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Sophie

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April Favourites 2018

I am LIVING for this nice weather in the U.K, its literally been a day of having the sun out and I’m already in the BEST mood.

Anyways, onto what I’ve been loving during April…

IMG_0479I have mentioned my bed in too many favourites post. However, we can excuse this as I’m actually talking about my bedding instead. Once Spring rolled round, I realised it was time to change to some lighter bedding. Instead of putting on one I already had, I went out and bought this one instead. I think its simple but with really cute detailing.

IMG_0489  During my trip to Dublin, I craved fruit, I don’t know whether it was because I was so tired I just wanted something I knew would give me some energy or just to help me feel less groggy. Either way, this was what I bought and ended up LOVING. Whenever I can, I’ve been making sure to add an Innocent Smoothie to the basket and when I’ve finished this blog post, I’m going to reward myself with a smoothie. This is an ok habit right?

IMG_0499Not my usual type of favourite, although one definitely worth mentioning. My car was starting to lose the ‘new car’ smell and I wanted a car freshener. But I didn’t want one that dangled down from the car mirror so I was very happy to find this that just clips onto your air vent. I have this one ‘blossom & breeze’ and one currently on my car is ‘cotton fresh‘. Honestly, my car smells amazing, I love how small it is, yet its so effective. If you’re in the market for a car freshener, I just can’t recommend this enough.

Side note: I was looking at how much they are online and I got mine for half the price at B&M.

 I didn’t think Design and Photography (2/3 courses I do at A level) would ever properly end up in a favourites post, however, here we are. So my exams for these subjects are all next week, then I’ve completely finished both of them. Which is weird when they have taken up so much of my time for the past couple of years. Overall, I have enjoyed both, the freedom to be creative and create my own projects. As well as having a really chilled teacher, it will feel weird when it sinks in I don’t have it anymore. Obviously just have to get through the 15 hour exams (30 hours in total, PLEASE LET TIME PASS QUICKLY).

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I have fallen back in love with my Dior ADDICT Perfume. I’m not even going to try and describe the scent, I just know that it smells good and it lasts all day. That is what counts.

Music- Recently, I have been obsessed with Anne-Marie. I love her new album ‘Speak Your Mind’. I just love her music, at the minute especially ‘2002’ and ‘Perfect’.

April Favourites 2017

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What have been your recent favourites?

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OOTD #20 Interview (no.5)

It has been a LONG week. What with trial exam week in College and having my last university interview, I am very tired. But anyways, on Wednesday I had an interview at Bolton and I got offered an unconditional offer! It’s a new Fashion course starting in September so maybe that’s the reason for it being an unconditional. Either way, the interview went really well and it was good to end the uni interview experience on such a high (it has been a JOURNEY).

Whilst I have a big decision to make this weekend, I thought I’d share my last interview OOTD…

1I LOVED this outfit. Do you ever just feel really good when you find a new combination within your wardrobe and it didn’t require you to go out and buy anything new? Well this was me, I discovered that I flippin’ love these shades together.

Heres what I’m wearing:

Off the Shoulder Cropped Jumper

Trousers

Boots

3When I was plaiting my hair that morning I did not think they had been the slightest bit successful. But in this picture it really doesn’t look that bad. The low bun was just not going to have every strand of hair in place and I accepted that pretty quickly.

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If you would like to catch up on any of my Interview OOTD’s…

Interview #1

Interview #2

Interview #3

Interview #4

Have you had any interviews recently?

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Sophie

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Products That Didn’t Work For Me Part 2

My blog is quite often a space of positivity (and OOTD’s) but sometimes I think its interesting to talk about the products that haven’t quite worked for me. It was a year ago since I last did this post, so I’ve managed to accumulate another group of items that are yet to end up in one of my monthly favourites.

2This is definitely the product that has disappointed me most, My skin had been the best it had for a while and I had a couple small blemishes that I thought this would have been perfect for. Unfortunately, I broke out quite bad, I was getting spots in places on my face I’ve never had before. I was so full of hope, I carried on using it, putting the breakout down to hormones. I probably used this for at least a month, maybe 6 weeks. Yes, my skin would get better (not to how it was before, the spots were just less red) But ultimately, the breakouts came back frequently, with more spots. Realising Proactiv had to be the cause, I stopped using it.

My intention is not to stop you from buying this product, but to share my experience. Using this really knocked my confidence, I disliked having conversations (in fear of judgement) and I generally hated how I looked. After a visit to the Doctors, my skin is slowly going back to the way it was a couple months ago. I don’t want to discourage anyone from using it (what with different skin types) I just wanted to bring a bit of awareness.

5Before jumping straight to ‘it didn’t work for me’ I think its more that I would need to try this product again. When I did use it, I found it almost flaky?/rubbed off, could be down to skin type?? I also didn’t notice a difference in blemishes. However, after having done further research it does say ‘For clearer skin in 4 weeks’. I can’t be certain I used it consistently for a month and that may be where I’m going wrong. Therefore, I’m going to start incorporating this again back into my routine and it may just turn up in next months favourites.

3Is this TMI to talk about? Am I entering weird territory, talking about razors online? Either way, I can’t say I’ve been a no.1 fan of this one. Maybe its just me lacking a good technique, I just can’t seem to achieve that freshly shaved legs feeling (if that’s TMI I do apologise). Anyways, I’ll just go back to one I can actually use, I’m sure you were all sat at the edge of your seat to see how I was going to resolve that issue.

4I think I expected too much from this product. It does what it says, it is a refreshing eye roll on and I think its at a good price point. However, I wouldn’t agree it reduces the look of dark circles (maybe mine are so bad, they’re past the point of help?) I also wouldn’t say it soaks in too quick. Considering its a clear gel, I can still see where I’ve applied it for longer than you’d think.  However, I’ll still continue to use it because I appreciate the coolness it does have on application.

DISCLAIMER: Just because these products didn’t work for me, doesn’t necessarily mean the same for you. I’d also like to say the majority of products mentioned had good qualities. But some that just didn’t suit me.

If you are interested in what wasn’t working for me this time last year, you can here.

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OOTD #19 Interview (no.4)

I have come to the realisation I can’t take outfit pictures away from my garden. My back garden seems to be my comfort zone and whenever I’ve been in different cities for University Interviews, I just can’t seem to bring myself to get my Dad to get some pictures. Mainly, because I’m nervous for the interview but also because cities are busy ok? Living in a small, quiet town, I’m just not used to it all.

Anyways, I had my interview at Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday and whilst it was a very tiring day (a nice 4 am wake up call) I still wanted to do an ootd to carry on this interview series I have going on.

4We can just excuse my appearance in these pictures, it had been a long day.

Starting off with the leather jacket, I have probably had this for a couple of years now and I really believe that because of the quality, it doesn’t show any signs of age or normal wear and tear.

Originally bought from Miss Selfridge. Due to the time, I didn’t think I’d be able to find the EXACT jacket but I’m pretty sure its this Black Bella PU Biker Jacket.

One day, I’d love to be able to afford this Acne Leather Jacket because it would be such a staple in your wardrobe.

Briefly mentioning the trousers. As I said in my last post, they are really versatile, last week I dressed down to have a casual day and for the interview I styled them a bit more formal. If you want to know where I bought them and a similar pair, you can read last weeks post here.

As for the boots, I ADORE these. I originally purchased them from River Island but they’re no longer available on the website and I really struggled to find a similar pair. They’re surprisingly comfortable to walk in and if you’d like a closer look you can here.

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I bought the top from Pull & Bear and if Pull & Bear was anywhere near me it would be my next obsession. Unfortunately, the store I bought this top from was in Dublin. However, overall I think the brand itself seems to be really well priced and I will be very excited to eventually get my hands on more from here. This top is unbelievably comfortable and surprisingly good quality.

Apart from the colour, this isn’t similar, I just thought it was so edgy I had to share. Striped cropped Jacket.

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The good news is I got an offer from Liverpool John Moores University to study Fashion: Design and Communication!

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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OOTD #18 My Mums Birthday

It was my Mum’s birthday on Sunday but because she had to work we ended up celebrating it on Thursday. I needed a casual but still nice outfit for during the day, because I was the designated driver for our plans I also wanted to be comfortable. Anyways, I paired this combination together and I LOVED it, if I do say so myself…

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Off Shoulder Cropped Jumper- Topshop

Ahh its a rarity I find the exact item online. I LOVE this Jumper though, its so comfortable and I don’t own anything else in this colour.

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Trousers- H&M

Similar Trousers Here

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the exact trousers I’m wearing. However, I found similar ones that are a close match. I think these are really versatile, and a good fit; slightly high waisted.

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Shoes- Topshop

These were a recent purchase and I don’t even need to tell you how good they are. I had these in pink and wore them CONSTANTLY. Therefore, I had to buy them again, but this time in white. The real question is how long will they stay that white? I’m thinking maximum, a week.

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Missed my last OOTD? You can read it here.

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Sophie

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March Favourites 2018

As I’m writing this blog post, its raining. Its actually done so all day. Which makes me very happy for April, where I can only hope we all get to see the sun a bit more. Anyways, I feel like March was such a busy month, I couldn’t really pinpoint many favourites. But here’s what I have been loving.

3My first favourite being these polaroids. Getting some of my pictures printed has always been on my to do list but not something I ever seem to get round to doing. However, with my 18th and an Ireland trip, I knew I had to finally get some printed. I absolutely love these prints and they were really well priced. (If you’re wondering, I ordered from Photobox, not sponsored.) Now I’ve just got to figure out where I want them, in a scrapbook or on my wall.

In March, I spent a weekend in Dublin. It was definitely a highlight of the month and couldn’t not include it in this post. I’d absolutely love to go back one day and if you didn’t see my post about it then you can here.

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I don’t usually have many makeup favourites but as we’re leaving Winter, I’m opting for lighter makeup. I have been mixing Rimmel Foundation with Seventeen 3 Way Highlighter and its a game changer. I put that combination on and my base makeup is done and it gives my skin a healthy glow. Another thing I have fallen back in love with is my beauty blender. I’ve started using this to apply my foundation/highlighter and it just helps it to apply evenly. I also feel that it lightens the makeup, my face doesn’t feel as cakey and heavy, does that make sense?

My Music favourites have been:

  • Nothing to Regret- Robinson
  • Normal- Sasha Sloan
  • Turn Back Time- Daniel Schulz
  • Just a Kid- Two Friends

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What have been your favourites this month?

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Sophie

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