Monday, 27 April 2015

OOTD- Outfit of the day


Top: Zara
Jeans: Topshop Joni black
Shoes: Addidas Gazelle (black and white)
Jewellery: necklace: tiffany and Co
               Watch: Micheal Kors
               Ring: Pandora
Makeup: Lipstick: Topshop lip bullet (matte) colour ‘could this be love’.
    Foundation: Bobbi Brown
    Mascara: Maybelline: Go extreme Volume.
    Concealer: Mac: Studio Finish
    Blush: Mac: Rosy Outlook

Iz Xo 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The most beautiful village in France: A must visit

The most beautiful village in the world

This village has been ranked ‘the most beautiful village in France’ since 2003, and it certainly lived up to that title when I visited. As we arrived, the beautiful aray of colours were overpowering and ever so welcoming. Every building is filled with such colourful panels and surrounding every windowsill sits stunning flowers of every colour imaginable.

As we were driving into the Equisheim I noticed this towering, yet elegant bird soaring through the gorgeous blue sky. When I called my family to all look at it, not surprisingly it had vanished. To my amazement, as soon as we walked into the village another two flew by. We soon found that the village was filled with these birds (storks) everywhere! They nested on the corners of the houses and the village cathedral with their nests the size of a small bush. When we visited the gift shops we soon realised that this was a golden attraction; with toys, tea towels, and mugs all embossed with storks.

Equisheim is in France, but very close to the German border, which I believe explains the German feel of the architecture as well as German foods available in cafes as well as typical French food.

The nearest town to Eguisheim is ‘Colmar’, this has the same beautiful houses, but is bigger, and so have more restaurants, shops and attractions for tourists. With this of course come a lot more people, yet Eguisheim is fairly quiet, with just a handful of tourists. I would recommend visiting Equisheim and Colmar, as they are both as stunning as one another.

Just like the advert!

Stork nesting on the church


Monday, 20 April 2015

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Starting University/College

Starting University/College 
When I was beginning University there were so many fears than were running through my head. I thought, it might be helpful to share some advice with you, and hopefully ease the worry!
If you’re off to university this September, get prepared for the start to a new chapter of your life, that is only filled with fun, alcohol, a bit of drama and lots of laughter, (not to mention a wee bit of work!).

Home Sickness
I am from Bristol, and decided I was going to go to uni in Portsmouth - a good 3 hours drive from home. When you arrive at uni it’s ‘Freshers week’, this means a fun filled week of partying, meeting loads of new people (from your course and halls) and getting to know your lecturers. In Freshers week I hardly even thought of my parents (as much as I love them), but honestly so much is happening, it’s crazy, and may seem a little overwhelming. After a few weeks of getting use to living with new people and getting use to your new daily routine, I did start to miss them, but nothing a Skype or phone call can’t fix! Moving to Portsmouth seemed so far away at first, but now as a second year, it really isn’t that long on a train journey home, if there was an emergency I could be back in no time!

Making no friends
A friend of mine is beginning uni this year, and this is her biggest worry, as it was mine when I began. Okay, now seriously trust me… you will make friends... I promise! At university, you get every kind of person, there will be someone just like you, and there’s plenty of friends to choose from! You can join countless societies, which gives you more chance to meet new people if you don’t get on with your flatmates, or coursemates. I moved into a flat with 4 boys and 1 girl (to which the one girl was verrryyyy different to me, to say the least). At first I thought ‘oh my god’, I have no girl friends, to which I popped to the flat next door and met two other lovely ladies who became good friends of mine! You do need to make some effort to meet people and I’d advice you not to hide in your room. Just remember everyone is in the same boat... everyone is nervous!

Not being able to understand the work
I always thought I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but uni has told me different. I did very badly in school, and did a BTEC course, which often has connotations to failures. But I feel I definitely proved people wrong. I went to uni and my grades were okay, but in second year they have improved even more, and I’m now a very good 2.1. If I can get a 2.1, you guys definitely can. The lectures are so helpful and clever, their job is to inspire and teach, and so make sure you get the most from them. I also send countless emails to my tutor, so make sure you use the resources you can, and you will be just fine!

Okay, this one is a little bit sad and I’m probably on my own worrying about this. I do love a good party, and I drink alcohol and love going out and having fun..but I did worry that I wouldn’t want to go out much, and would want to focus on my work, as I always thought I had to work harder than everyone else to get good marks. This isn’t true. I went out a great amount, probably about 4 times a week on average, and loved it every time. We had such fun, and plus first year marks don’t count towards your overall uni grade, so make the most of being able to party and meet people. This was a totally stupid worry of mine, and I just laugh at it now!

 **just remember, everyone is in the same boat…Nerves are normal…and… Enjoy yourself!!

Good Luck xoxox
Are you off to uni this September? let me know if this advice is helpful?

Throwback to my first photo ever taken at university!

Iz Xo.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Best Moisturising Lotion - Clinique

Best Moisturizing Lotion

Clinique ‘dramatically different moisturizing lotion’
For skin: very dry to dry

This cream has definitely lived up to its name. The label says it will ‘dramatically’ change the dryness of your skin, and I can say with certainty that I feel my skin is so much softer than before I used it. In the mornings, I would always wake up with very dry skin. I tried exfoliating and other creams or lotions, but nothing seemed to help the dryness. I have been using this cream for a week now, putting a small amount on every night before bed, and now I am waking up fresh faced which is so lovely. It was quite expensive at £22.25 from my local cosmetics store, (which is also a discounted price), but the bottle is a decent size, and I noticed that you do not need to use much with each application. The cream is fragrance free, which is a shame as I like nice smelling lotions, but it works in softening skin and improving the texture, so it is definitely worth it! I would recommend this lotion for people who struggle with dry skin and haven’t found anything on the market at a cheaper price that helps. I would rate this cream at 9/10!

Iz Xo

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