My Fashion

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So, one of my new year’s resolutions was to be more adventurous with my fashion. In this post, I’m going to be sharing my go-to looks and typical types of clothes I wear!

+ tucked in t-shirts

Tucked in T-Shirts

I’m not sure why I like to style t-shirts this way, but I just do! When shopping for clothes, I really enjoy looking for cool graphic tees that could help spice up a look.

+ oversized jackets/shirts

Oversized Jackets

With the addition of a jacket or shirt, I feel that they really complete an outfit. For my birthday, I was fortunate enough to receive a Levi’s Corduroy Jacket which I have been obsessed with.

+ warm jumpers

Warm Jumpers

I think it has got to a stage when I have too many jumpers. They are such an essential in these times of the year and are so easy to just slip on.

+ funky socks

Funky Socks

I absolutely love socks! Once I’ve finished getting ready, I always pick my socks depending on the colour scheme of my outfit. Most of my socks are from Primark or H&M, but the pairs I’m wearing in the photo are from a brand called Happy Socks.

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Book Haul

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For Christmas, I am very grateful to have received a lot of books, so I’m going to share them with you!

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After listening to the soundtrack on repeat for a couple of months and watching a bootleg, I am completely obsessed with this musical.

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This book has been on my to-be-read list for such a long time, so I was overjoyed to receive it!

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I’ve read one or two of Frances Hardinge’s books so I’m really excited to see what she’s got in store.

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Technically I did not receive this for Christmas but it was heavily discounted in a bookshop in the sales. I have kept seeing this book pop up on Goodreads all the time so, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!

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Over the past year, I’ve managed to create a good balance between reading modern and past texts. With this collection, I hope to expand my knowledge of classic literature.

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I saw this book somewhere and was intrigued by the blurb and storyline. As I’m currently studying French at GCSE, I hope to one day read this book in its original language.

Goals for the New Year

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2019 is in full swing and now it is time for the annual tradition of new year’s resolutions.

+ 1se 

From the start of the year, I’ve used an app called 1SE to record one second of video every single day. At the end of the year, you can watch them all back. It was so incredible watching it all back. This year, I’m definitely going to do it again.

+ find volunteering

Over the summer, I volunteered in a library. I found the experience really fun and rewarding so I am planning on volunteering more this year, I just need to find more opportunities!

+ keep up a duolingo streak

Duolingo is my holy-grail for languages. For a while last year I kept up a streak but when I lost it, I became unmotivated to continue it. This year, I plan on starting a longer streak.

+ improve grades

School has recently become more and more challenging with GCSEs but I’m proud of myself for staying on top of my workload. I’m really pleased with some of my grades but this year I’m going to push to achieve all my target grades.

+ listen to more music

This year I managed to listen to far more music. I managed to broaden my horizons and discover genres I like. In 2019, I want to listen to even more music!

+ practice other instruments

As some of you may know, I have music lessons for the clarinet. I took my Grade 5 earlier this month and I passed with merit! However, I also have a keyboard and ukulele. Sometimes, I feel like they are just sitting gathering dust. This year, I definitely want to implement practising them into my routine.

+ go fully vegetarian 

I still eat fish sometimes and I would like to start caring more about the environment. In order to do this, I want to go fully vegetarian.

+ set-up my blog instagram

I’ve had a blog Instagram for a while now but I’ve never actually bothered to post on it! I hope to use it to encourage me to pursue photography and photo editing more.

+ re-start my blog

At the end of this year, I stopped posting for a while. Life got really hectic but next year I am going to attempt to post once a week. But I want to create content I’m proud of so, it might be less than once a week.

Feeling Overwhelmed by Work

Feeling Overwhelmed by Work

So, it’s been a while.

This academic year so far has been a whirlwind. I’ve laughed, cried and everything in between. My school does three years of GCSEs and I’m in my second at the minute. When the year started, I could not imagine by how much the workload increases. All my teachers are continually homework and the pressure is mounting. Although I have an entire academic year until I sit my GCSEs, it’s almost like I sit them tomorrow with the attitude my teachers have. It honestly just feels like school is only to pass exams, not to enjoy the gift of education.

I’ve got a few new teachers this year which in some ways is a good thing and unfortunately, is also a bad thing. One of them I had to complain about due to their lack of control but nothing been done about it yet. On the other hand, all my other teachers are mostly really helpful and supportive in helping me progress in lessons.

At the minute I’ve not really had enough free time to sit down and relax because I’ve just been so busy. Deadlines are always looming in the back of my mind. Music has really taken over my life which is some ways is a blessing because I do enjoy it. Hopefully, as the year goes on I can adjust to find a personal balance.

In terms of everything else, I’m doing my Grade 5 Clarinet at the start of December which I’m not too worried for. When I did my Grade 4 this time last year after the exam finished I came out of the room crying because I thought I’d done so badly. I ended up passing which I think was all I wanted.

This term I also started a new concert band which has been so fun. I’ve met some lovely people and created a stronger friendship with one of my friends from school who goes there. We’re going to Paris in July on music tour which I cannot wait for. Paris is one of my dream destinations to visit and I feel so lucky to be able to travel there.

Next year I’m probably doing the most travelling I’ve ever done in my life. In February, my school was supposed to have a performing arts trip to New York but that got cancelled. Instead, I’m going to Belfast with my family for a wedding. In the summer I’m obviously going to Paris and then we’re also going on our annual summer holiday. In October, I and my twin brother will hopefully be going on the Chinese Exchange our school runs every other year.

Over the summer I did a bit of volunteering at a local library and thinking back made me really want to do more to help the local community. I’m currently doing some research but I hope I can find some other places to help it.

I want to be more honest on this blog instead of creating content that makes an illusion of me having a perfect life. I know that’s so overused online but the reason I wasn’t passionate about blogging was that I was making content that I just did not enjoy making. From now on, I’m posting whatever I want and making this a place to share my thoughts.

See you soon 🙂

Inside my Journal – Ocean, Land and Sky

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[inside my journal – sunflowers, roses and cacti]

It’s been a while since I featured my journal on this blog but I’m finally coming around to posting about it again. Since then I have done a ton of pages, however today I’m only sharing three: ocean, land and sky. These themes were really fun to use and gave me a greater appreciation for the world around us.

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So, we first of all start with waves. I decided to draw a storm in a teacup in the middle because I’ve always been fascinated by that concept. With the empty space, I decided to fill it with a pen drawing of a ship.

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After seeing a beautiful watercolour of a face on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to choose that as inspiration for a page. Using coloured pencils instead, I added birds and finished with a quote.

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[inspired by @starfreckless on ig]

When I saw this on Instagram, I knew I had to re-create it. I love the idea behind it and how simple and effective it is. I’m so glad I decided to start journalling!

Recent Reads

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I love reading. I think it absolutely magical how powerful words on a page can transport you to another place. Here are some of the books I’ve read recently.

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White Rabbit, Red Wolf is about Pete, a teenage boy who is almost afraid of everything. However, when his mother gets kidnapped and his sister disappears, it’s up to him to get to the bottom of it.

Now I started this book with high hopes. But, it went all downhill from there. I just don’t know what made it a bit disappointing, it didn’t live up to its full potential.

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A Berlin Love Song is about Max, a German schoolboy and Lili, a trapeze artist. Lili is from a Romani gypsy family whose life and customs are very different from those of Max and his family. Their friendship turns into love – but love between a member of the Hitler youth and a gypsy is forbidden.

I really enjoyed this book, however, at some parts, I thought it was a little insensitive. Told from two perspectives, the changing view created tension.

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Girl in Pieces is about Charlie who at seventeen has already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to remove that pain, through cutting; the pain washes away the sorrow and replaces the emotion with emptiness.

This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster, I felt true empathy towards some of the characters.  The pace was slightly odd but I quickly got used to it.

[full review on goodreads]

Carrot Cake Muffins

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Muffins are one of my favourite things to make and when combined with carrot cake, make a wonderful treat. This recipe creates light, moist and irresistible muffins that you simply have to try!

Ingredients (makes nine muffins):

For the muffins:

  • 1 large carrot
  • 150g of self-raising flour
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 135ml of sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

For the frosting:

  • 100g of cream cheese
  • 100g of butter
  • 10ml of orange juice
  • Icing sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/gas mark 5.
  2. Place the paper cases into the tin.
  3. Peel the carrot and grate finely.
  4. Put oil and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat for 1 minute.
  5. Add the eggs to the mixture little at a time, mixing well.
  6. Stir in the carrot.
  7. Pour the flour and spices into the mixture.
  8. Gently fold.
  9. Place mixture into cases.
  10. Bake for around fifteen minutes.
  11. Once cool, mix the frosting ingredients and pipe.

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What I Eat as a Vegetarian (School Edition)

School has finally started again and it has hit me hard. But one thing that can always keep me going is food! If you couldn’t tell, food is basically my life. I have done one of these posts before, just on a day at the weekend. I love reading these types of posts, so I decided to share what I eat as a vegetarian on a typical school day. This obviously varies throughout the week, but sometimes the lunch stays the same.

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For breakfast, I normally have a bowl of cereal and some toast. This morning I decided to have some honey nut cornflakes and on my toast I had apricot jam.

Lunch - School Day

At lunch, I usually have a sandwich but my Mum kindly made me and my twin brother a falafel salad. I absolutely love these because they give me such a boost and are really filling. Afterwards, I had a mango yoghurt.

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When I got home from school, I always have something to eat. Today I had one of the muffins, me and my twin brother had made earlier in the week.

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For dinner, my Mum made tacos; I absolutely love tacos! Afterwards, I had some ice cream.

So, that’s what I eat in a day as a vegetarian when I have school. Obviously, I don’t eat like this every day, this was just a random day I picked to document.

Poem: Accepting

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no one knew how far i’d go
just to be like the others i know
fretting and fraying
stammering away

it made me unhappy
it made my sad
even though i was kinda glad

to be like them
all popular and cool
but i didn’t know what i’d become

happiness had simply disappeared
for it was them i feared

no one knew how i felt
not enough to make my heart melt

then I discovered you
understanding myself
I knew
all my sense had gone askew

everyone changes
just like time displaces
the world spins round
to make us confound

ourselves
one another
from each other

is anyone like anyone else
personalities are individual, unless
can we not be who we want to be

embracing physical and mental identity
that’s what makes you and me

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This poem was written to show that everyone’s different and that accepting who people are shouldn’t be too hard. This poem wasn’t necessarily written from my personal experience, but I decided to choose this account of events to shed light on what some people go through.

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Postcards from Valencia

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Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Valencia, the third most populated city in Spain. Although before my trip I’d never heard of it, by the end I was wishing to be able to stay just that little bit longer. If you are looking for a short or long break to a non-touristy part of Spain, Valenica is the place for you!

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The flight from London Gatwick is around two hours.

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For the duration of our visit, we stayed at TRYP Valencia Oceanic. It had everything you needed out of a hotel and the staff were friendly.

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One of the main tourist attractions of Valenica is L’Oceangràfic. The architecture is so modern and blends in well with the rest of the area. Although we didn’t go inside the actual building, it is a wonderful place to spend a morning walking around.

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Marking the start of the old town, Torres de Serranos is amazing in providing views across the whole of Valencia.

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Casa de las Rocas housing wooden ceremonial carts from the Corpus Christi festival. It was absolutely fascinating finding out about the history of the festival and why it is celebrated.

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Also in the old town, Centre de Carme Art Gallery has a range of exhibitions from local artists. The garden in the middle was a lovely touch.

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IVAM was really interesting and had an exhibition for everyone. The pop art I especially enjoyed.

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Jardi Botantic had so many cacti! Heaven for me. Everything was outdoors apart from a few plants which made everything feel so real!

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El Carmen is famous for its street art. The people who do this are very talented and it is a trip in itself walking round to see all of them!

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Llotja de la Seda is a UNESCO World Heritage site with history in its very walls. The building was stunning, especially the floors.

If you are looking for a unique break for any time of year, Valencia is the place. I loved visiting and definitely enjoyed myself.