Monday, 29 June 2015

5 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week.


Admittedly its been ages since I've done one of these posts. But with all the negativity of exams and college being over with,  I'm feeling much more positive. I love reading these kinds of posts because they are so uplifting and usually show how the more little and simple things in life are the most rewarding. Anyway here are 5 things that have put a smile on my face in the past week.

1. Visiting my Nan and Auntie
Nowadays I rarely see my Grandma and my Auntie who's living with her now my Granddad's passed away. They live up in Lancashire so it's not like I can pop in whenever I like. We were making our way down from Scotland last week so decided to stay for a few days. It's so lovely being able to see family, and my Grandma and Auntie are two of the loveliest people.

2. Finishing College for the Year!
Yes I am so relieved, however unfortunately I still have to go back next year to finish photography. But I'll only be studying part time so I'm looking forward to getting a job and earning some more money, so I can save some up for University. My exams are over though and as I'm sure you're sick of me saying here I couldn't be happier. No more psychology and I can finally focus on my photography!

3. Newcastle Fun
For my last day at college we went to Newcastle to visit the University and explore the city. I had a really lovely time and I've never been to Newcastle before, so I had a great time walking around and taking photographs. We also had some amazing donuts which me and my friend wouldn't stop going on about. 


4. My Best Friend Turned 19!
I've had a great weekend celebrating my bestie's 19th birthday. We went for a meal with some friends and had cocktails and then we went for an evening walk through a nearby park. I've known her for 6 years so I well up thinking of how much she's grown up.


5. Cooking with my Bestie
I slept over at my best friend's house the night of her birthday and the day after we had a great time listening to music and making cookies and a roast dinner for her family. She's a bakery student so I get to play around with all her specialist equipment. We normally bake something like a cheese cake so it was nice to make these Millie's style cookies.


Thanks for reading, what has made you happy this week?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Lizard.




I'm back once again with some more photos from our little visit to Cornwall last weekend. This time I'm sharing those I took whilst having a short stroll on the lizard peninsular. We didn't quite get to the actual lizard point but we did stop at a stunning cove just down the coastline. 

I also wanted to mention how relieved I am today as I've finally done my last exam which was A2 psychology. I've found the whole build up very stressful and its meant I haven't been able to blog or take photos or do anything I want to basically. I can't wait to start blogging properly again and really enjoy my summer. I still have a few commitments with college and other programs, but apart from that I finally feel like I can finally focus on what I want to do with my life. I'll save all that for another post though as I could talk about where I'm at at the moment for ages.

All I can say is, I'm back and I can't wait to create some posts, do some personal photography projects and create a couple of videos for you all.

I hope those of you who've been doing exams did well and good luck with your results in August. Thanks for reading as always.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Lands End.








Hello again. I'm currently sat typing this at midnight pondering over how I did in my first exam, which was yesterday I'm guessing for when you'll most likely be reading this. It was my my first A2 psychology exam and I think I did ok, but we'll have to wait and see. Moving aside from all that stress the past weekend has been so lovely. I went to the Derby open day on Saturday which was really nice and I will most likely apply to go there. However yesterday I visited Falmouth university all the way down in Cornwall and it is just perfect. 

Me, my Dad and my sister drove down to Cornwall and stayed the night before the open day. We set off at 3 in the morning that day and got to Lands End at around 11am which is pretty good I guess although it was a Sunday. Living in Sheffield means I haven't really had much of a chance to explore the south west of our country and it was lovely to visit such a beautiful place, especially as the weather was so darn hot. 

I've taken a fair few photographs as we went to a few places on our short visit. But today I thought I'd share my first set of photos which I took when we visited Land's End. I can now say I've visited the most Westerly part of Britain and a short while after we visited Lizard Point as well which is the most Southerly part of mainland Britain. 

To see more photos click here to visit my Flickr page!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Breath.






I've not had a lot of me time recently as I've been stuck inside revising most of the time. These weeks leading up to my psychology exams have been very stressful and I'm having to teach myself most of the work at the moment. The thing with stress for me personally is that it builds quickly without you even noticing it. You just get on with what you need to and all of a sudden it hits you. I missed a day of revising because of my sister's birthday celebrations the other day and I was really glad to. We had such a nice day out, but the day after I got to college and looked over everything I still need to teach myself, let alone revise for these exams. I just panicked and had to go home, I curled up in my covers, cried for a bit and watched five episodes of Gossip Girl (cause doesn't everyone do that when they're sad). 

Exams are tough. And at that moment in time they are such a big deal and such a lot of pressure. The build up is like running a marathon. You know it will end soon enough but it is such a long and stressful climb. There aren't any benefits along the way, you just have to keep going and hope you do well. So I guess having that day of fun with my family was a great breather, we all have to take a break sometimes. It helps give us clarity and work out our next move. Cause in a way if everyone in a marathon stopped for a while, had some water and rested, they'd all still be at the same point, they'd just be better off for the rest of their journey. And at the end of the day just finishing a marathon is an achievement in itself.

But we all want to do our best and I completely relate to that. Everyone revises differently and the motivation alone is hard enough for most of us. If you are about to take your exams soon, I want you to take a deep breath and clear your mind. Think about your end goal, what doing well means for you and realistically what you can do at this stage to ensure you do your absolute best.

Stress is one of those things in life that can seem impossible to manage. I'm at a point with it where I just clench my fists, look up and say "I've got this". It's a silly little ritual but whenever I get flustered I just take a deep breath and do it, it gives you a second of clarity that is invaluable when bogged down in revision. Yes I still have my nerves the night before exams and get crabby when my Dad asks what I'm doing with my day, as I look up from my psychology books...

but this time will pass soon enough and once they're done I cannot wait.... because then I finally get to leave my house and enjoy my summer break. Good luck to those of you who've taken or still have to take exams x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Two Spring Days // Video!



Today I am feeling very excited as I'm finally going to share my first video, on my new Youtube channel! As I've explained in one of my previous posts, I'm taking more of a creative approach to my content without me talking at a camera as much. I am a fairly shy person, however I'd much rather express myself in this way anyway because as you know, I love photography and anything remotely creative.

My first video is something I filmed a few weeks ago in April. I had two lovely days out with Stef so instead of just taking photos I thought it would be a nice to get some shots together for a video. I would definitely like to make more of these kinds of videos in future as I really enjoyed putting this together, and with practice I'll hopefully get much better at this. I'm also planning on making some other kinds of videos including beauty and lifestyle advice. 

Anyway I hope you like my first video. Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Current Everyday Base


I'm loving every product in my base routine at the moment, so today I thought I'd share what I'm currently using on the daily. I have combination, blemish ridden skin, so for me a priority is getting a good amount of coverage for my redness, without the product looking cakey and feeling heavy on my skin and this Laura Mercier foundation is perfect for that. I apply it with my favourite Real Techniques brush, which with the foundation formula makes blending in the product so quick and easy.

I've included one of my favourite concealers at the moment, however I don't normally reach for it unless I've not had enough sleep. As it is has a good amount of coverage and adds a subtle glow to brighten the under eyes. I've also gone back to my old favourite powder, as this stuff really is a gem for the price. Because the foundation has a good coverage already, I use the translucent version of the Stay Matte powder and simply apply the product to my t-zone to control any shine. 

What base products are you currently using in your makeup routine?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stuffed Courgette Pizza Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been trying to get a lot healthier recently. I cycle to college now and most shopping trips now involve, mainly buying a variety of fruit and veg. Two months ago I would have laughed at the thought of me living like this, but now I'm feeling more positive then ever and a lot healthier for it. 

On one of my more adventurous shopping trips the other day, I decided to pick up some courgettes to see what I could cook with them. The only memory I can pinpoint where I've had courgette in a meal I've cooked, is back when my Dad used to have a huge allotment and we'd often have barbecues in the summer, where we'd barbecue all kinds of vegetables as well as meats. So I googled "courgette recipes", as one does and nothing really excited me. However I did come across a lot of "stuffed courgette" recipes and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate my love of pizza into something much healthier. I make homemade pizzas all the time and I usually put tuna on them, so today I present my, "tuna stuffed, pizza courgettes". I know it doesn't really have a ring to it, but you can stuff your courgettes however you want using the following recipe, to pizza-fy your healthy courgette meal. 


Stuffed Courgette Pizzas (serves at least one person)
Ingredients:
1 Courgette
(for the stuffing it's completely up to you, you could use tuna, mince, rice and with whatever you fancy, but below is what I used)
1 Tin of Tuna
1 Garlic Clove
Half an Onion
Half of a Pepper
Cherry Tomatoes
Passata (or any kind of tomato sauce you would use for pizza)
Seasoning
Cheddar Cheese (parmesan or mozzarella would also be fine)

1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cut your courgette in half and scoop out the inside using a teaspoon.

2. Now dice your veg (except cherry tomatoes) and mix your ingredients for your stuffing together in a bowl (not including the tomato sauce). Make sure to first cook any meat if you are using beef, lamb etc.

3. Apply a layer of passata to your courgettes as if you were making a pizza.  

4. Then put your stuffing into your cougettes and grate your cheese on top.

5. You can now put slices of your cherry tomatoes on top

6. Now place your stuffed courgettes in the oven for around 25 - 30 minutes, and cover with tin foil if they start to brown, as you don't want them to burn. 

7. Voila! Enjoy your healthier alternative to pizza.


Thanks for reading, if you try this recipe out be sure to let me know what you think and any other stuffing suggestions you have for courgettes.