Ok, I know I've been a terrible blogger the last few months. Posts have been far and few between for the past few months and I hate I've let it be near enough 4 months since I last posted. I think I owe an explanation if anyone is still even here!

Just posting this here to share my love for my new jumper. It's the only recent photo I have to even put in a blog post!

As I've talked about before, I started studying A-Levels in 2014, and left in July 2016. I had decided in my second year that I didn't want to go to uni, and instead search for a higher apprenticeship. 1 year of searching for said higher apprenticeship and I was no further forward.Within that year of searching, I definitely started to lose a bit of hope.I often found myself wishing I'd just concentrated and worked a bit harder whilst in 6th form and just went to Uni the first chance I was given.

On a bit of a whim, I applied for an English, History and Law college course about 2 weeks after the course initially started (apparently I didn't stop to think that if I want to study media, I should probably be taking a more creative course... but I'll get on to that in a bit), and attended lessons for about a month. I loved the course. English and History were two of my best subjects when I was at school, so I got used to the course extremely quickly. It's a bit of a weird feeling going back into education after a few years out. I kind of felt a bit lost. Along with the fact that the whole time I was there, apart from 2 days out of the month, I was the only girl in the class. I also started late, so everyone had already made friends before I even started. When I was in 6th form I had a group of friends who I'd sit with on free periods and go for lunch with and on this new course in a new college I sat by myself the whole time.

I got told by another person on that course that there was an art and digital media course which wasn't on the website. Approximately 10 minutes after finding out that information, I went to a tutor and transferred courses. I didn't have to think about it long. I was wanting to take a creative, media based course at uni, and there was a creative, media related course being taught. I don't think I've made a decision so quick before.

I've now been on the art course for about 3 months, and I'm so happy I made that decision. Everyone is friendly and I've settled into that course so much quicker than the other. I have a group of friends I share a table with and go for lunch with. I'm honestly just so much happier where I am now.

So... why exactly haven't I been blogging? There's a mixture of reasons really... one of them being college. All my free time seems to be taken up with assignments. The days I'm not in college, I work. Before Christmas I was on one occasion going 3 weeks of consistent working and college, with not one day off. The days I did have free I became lazy, or wanted to go out somewhere with my free time and blogging, as much as I regret to say, took a backseat.

Well, happy 2018! One of my new years resolutions is to get on top of all my commitments and return to the things I love. To give myself time for myself wether it be time to blog, or to watch a new series, or start reading again. This is another reason why I recently invested in an unlimited card for the cinema, so I can have one day out of my week or a couple of evenings where I can just relax and do whatever I want, be completely up to date on college work as well as maintaining an actual sleep schedule. (I've probably convinced myself this will be way easier than it actually is).

Sorry for the ramble-y post today. I had a lot of things I just wanted to type up which I've wanted to for so long in my absence! I hope to be posting a lot more posts in 2018!

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned on here is my love for painting my nails. I pretty much always have them painted and of course they have to match the season we're in (ps I'm super excited for dark nails and glitters for autumn). A few months ago, I decided to get acrylics. This seemed like an amazing idea at the time, and I absolutely loved them. Since at my job I need to lift boxes of books and heavy stacks of newspapers, they probably weren't the most practical for that. After about 2 months of getting infills, I decided to take them off myself at home. This was possibly the worst idea I've ever had. Yes I got my nails off and it felt amazing to have my own, short nails back - but my nails were also so damaged from the acrylic, that they'd break instantly. I've always had strong nails that I could grow quite long, and after the acrylic, my nails went soft and would bend easily.

Alex Silver PR got in contact with me to let me know about Leighton Dennys' new halloween range and sent a couple over for me to try. Within those was the 'Rock Solid One Coat Strengthening Treatment'.

I have to be honest - I've never been one to use treatments on my nails. I just let them grow, and break off naturally. After the trauma my nails must've had from all the acrylic, I thought I'd give it a try. The first time I wore it, I applied it to clean nails and wore it as a clear polish, and the second, I wore it under a colour polish.

This polish has restored the strength in my nails again after only 2 weeks of use. It has honestly worked amazingly for me!

Leighton Denny 'Rock Solid' Nail treatment retails for £12 and can be bought here!

Have you tried anything from Leighton Denny before?

I have to be honest, makeup becomes one of my least favourite tasks once Summer comes around. Spending 30 minutes putting makeup on that will just end up leaving you greasy and shiny in a couple of hours? No thanks... When I do opt to put makeup on, I have to make sure that I'm protecting my skin from the sun. Here are my 3 favourite SPF foundations for the summer!

1. L'Oreal True Match Foundation - This is the heaviest coverage out of the 3, so I usually only reach for this on special occasions that require more makeup. This one contains SPF 17.

2. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - This one is by far my favourite out of the 3. I have used this foundation, on and off for about 5 years now. I'm always trying new ones, but I always end up coming back to this one after a couple of weeks. This one is a medium coverage, with an SPF 20, making it my perfect day-to-day wear foundation!

3. Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser - This is my 'it's too hot let's just slap some makeup on' foundation. I am currently using a tester, but when I use this, I use very little product because I am just aiming to even out my skin tone, not cover or conceal. This one has SPF 15 in, making it perfect for the days you want to protect your skin, but still look fresh faced!

If you're looking for extra sun protection, Check out Reviews.com's best sunscreens of 2017 post here!

Have you tried any of these products?

I am a self confessed Primark addict. They have so many, pretty - yet affordable items that always fit the newest trends.

I recently picked up this little beauty for £25. It is the perfect light jacket for Summer! It is in a beautiful blue-grey shade, made from an incredibly soft faux suede material and finished with silver hardware. I've been adding this jacket to plain outfits that need jazzing up slightly!

My favourite way to wear this, is over an all black outfit -My black ripped jeans, a black slouchy t-shirt and white plimsolls. It adds a pop of colour and makes the outfit a little more fun! I've also recently been adding my new sunnies from urban outfitters to make it look a bit more styled and put together!

I know this post is very short - but I just wanted to show my best find from Primark in a while!

I'm always wanting to change the decor of my room. Having a clean and pretty bedroom is one of the main factors in keeping me motivated! I have collaborated with Blind Hut to create this blog post on my take on Summer interior trends to create my dream bedroom!

Block Colours

As you can tell, I am a fan of mixing patterns. I tend to mix pretty pink patterns with bold black and white prints. I added the pink 'plate' style pattern with a variation of black and white cushions, such as  the geometric one from Ikea (middle back), the 'R' initial cushion (gift) and the stitched chevron cushion (Primark). To break up these patterns, I added 2 dusty pink velour square cushions from Primark, with a rose gold foiled square cushion to add some glam!

Product Displays

I always have my perfumes all lined up and on show. At the minute, I have them next to my new Ion light up turntable which I snagged in the HMV sale for £50 a few weeks back! I'm in love with it! I always like to keep luxury product carrier bags, such as this one from Harvey Nicholls. Not only do they look pretty, but they can also be a discreet way to store boring items. For example, this one holds paracetamol and ibuprofen in case I feel ill during the night! Plus, they're free when you buy makeup and I'm sure everyone has some lying around the house! If you don't - it's another excuse to buy that lipstick you've been wanting...

Ok, so I'm completely aware that you can see the washing on the line outside the window, but please ignore it! I always have items on my windowsill because I think it looks so pretty. I currently have some of my book collection which I have yet to read, with an hourglass I bought in the BHS sale for £3 (similar here) with a Clementine and Honey candle from Primark, and one of the candles from a Next set I received as a gift. I also have my cacti from Ikea, the Daisy Picking and Seaside Stroll Zoella Lifestyle candles and a hanging plant from Wilkinsons!

I'm absolutely in love with my room at the minute and incredibly happy that I managed to save and get most of my items from Primark Home!

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