SUMMER FAVOURITES

19 August 2018

Since the start of summer, I have discovered lots of new cool things that I'd like to share with you, from make-up and fashion to Netflix shows and films.

The first thing is an online shop I'd only just discovered called missyempire.com. Have I been living under a rock? They have so many cool statement graphic T shirts which is also another favourite of mine lately. Another online shop which sells really cool graphic tees is nastygal.com.

I'm also loving statement earrings at the moment and they have some really nice ones in Topshop and Primark are doing some super affordable ones too. I bought some yesterday in a shop in Southampton called Lovisa. I'm not sure where else they have these shops, I've only seen it there, but they were doing 3 for £9 on earrings and one of the pairs I bough were £8. Absolute bargains.

If you want good perfumes to wear every day but don't want to splash too much cash on a designer one then try the perfumes at Zara. They all smell super nice, I got one for my birthday and I had to get another one because they're so good they smell like you have bought a designer one and the one I bought was only £10.

My beauty and skincare favourites of late include things from lush and the body shop. At lush I've been loving bubble bars lately. My favourites are the rose jam bubble bar and the big orange one, I forgot the name of it but it smells like oranges and it's huge. I've only used it about 4 times so far and there's still over half left. My favourite bath bomb is of course, think pink. How can you go wrong with sparkly pink bath water? My favourite body shop item is the banana body yoghurt. I haven't tried any of their other body yoghurts but I know that they are 100% vegan and I liked the banana one best it smells so nice but not too overwhelming. 

I recently bought a duochrome lip gloss from NYX and it's my favourite lip gloss now. I have the colour "fairplay" which has like shines of pink and gold in it. There are other really nice ones with shines of blues and purples too. Other than that, I haven't been wearing that much make-up lately because it was really hot and I don't wear any to work because I start at 8 so I just roll out of bed and go without making too much of an effort.

My favourite things to watch on Netflix over summer have been Full House, Insatiable and Orange is the New Black Season 6. If you haven't seen Full House before then I'd recommend it, it's such an easy watch. It's a family sitcom from the late 80s - early 90s and it's just a nice watch. If there's anything else that's good on Netflix then please give me some recommendations because I feel like I've seen everything now and I don't really have anything to watch at the moment.

I've been liking Jeffree Star videos lately too. For some reason I never really watched him before, I watch so many other beauty Youtubers like NikkiTutorials and James Charles but I just never really watched Jeffree Star so I thought, why am I not watching Jeffree Star? I really enjoyed Shane Dawsons series with Jeffree Star, it was SO entertaining and I usually can't concentrate through really long YouTube videos like that.

My favourite summer film just has to be Mamma Mia: Here we go again. I just loved the first one so much and I love ABBA and all the actors. I missed Meryl Streep in it, although Cher was in it which was exciting. And I love Lily James too it was just so good, I need to see it again.

Last but not least, my favourite album over the summer has been Sweetener by Ariana Grande.

A GUIDE TO UNI COOKING: FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T COOK

5 August 2018

If you were expecting a blog post with gourmet recipes for you to cook whilst at university then you are reading the wrong post. I will start by saying I cannot cook well at all and in the famous of words of chef Gordon Ramsay, I am an idiot sandwich when it comes to anything in the kitchen. However, I am also someone who survived my first year of university on my own cooking and I'm going to share my top tips on how I did that with other fellow novice chefs like myself.

Tip number 1 - If you visit home, make sure to always take left overs with you to uni. The microwave is your most important tool in the kitchen and will warm up anything from leftover roasts to leftover spag bol; the microwave is your new best friend.

Tip number 2 - Chips are in any students diet - but to make them healthier and cheaper for you, try buying potatoes and chopping them to make your own homemade chips in the oven. By doing this you will feel somewhat like a chef for making something of your own and it may boost your confidence. You might even go as far as trying it with sweet potatoes, but remember to take things at your own pace.

Tip number 3 - If possible, become best of friends with the people you meet who actually can cook because then you might actually get a decent meal. Try to encourage them to do big portions and then when they have lots left over, they will have no choice but to give you some. Obviously, you won't be able to repay them with your own cooking so just buy them a drink on your nights out to thank them.

Tip number 4 - Before starting university and moving from home, make sure you learn basics like how to poach eggs or how to cook pasta and super noodles because you may find that these are the only things you will be able to cook on your low budget and limited kitchen skills. Pasta is the holy grail of student living and if you're feeling a bit unhealthy after all the carbs, put some veg in it and join a uni sports society.

Tip number 5 - Never cook food after a night out. You may feel like you don't want to spend a fiver on the kebab at the end but trust me, it is better than setting fire to your house drunk.

Tip number 6 - Don't, under any circumstances, ever buy tinned macaroni, no matter how desperate you get.

Tip number 7 - Always try and cook at the same time as your housemates because if you mess something up, they will probably just feel sorry for you and help you.

Tip number 8 - If you are really feeling stuck and worried about something then perhaps buy a student cookbook because if you can read you can cook. Also don't forget to use google, your housemates may be as unskilled as you.

Tip number 9 - Make too much pasta or whatever you are having for dinner so you can have some for lunch the next day. It's stressful enough trying to think of what dinners you will get when you're food shopping let alone thinking about other meals like lunch. It is a rare occasion that you will wake up before lunch time to make breakfast.

Tip number 10 - Jokes aside, try and make cooking a fun experience not a daunting one. If you mess something up then just laugh and learn from your mistakes. You won't be the only atrocious cook trust me, I've seen some surprising food choices.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope you all become kitchen wizards in no time.