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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Get Ready With Me (Honest Version)

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'She Moves In Her Own Way' - The Kooks ♫ ♪

 I get up at around 7am to prepare myself for a long day of socialising and studying at university...

I whip out my phone and check my university email. It is vital so that I know in advance of last-minute room changes or, even better further reading!
  I then float into the bathroom to start my rigorous morning skincare routine. Cleanse, tone and exfoliate always...
Toothpaste gets rid of zits right? Bliss Mag told me in 2005, so imma stick to that!
I then get into my gym gear, whip out my yoga mat and do a full hour of intensive yoga and/or pilates.... 
The Haagen-Dazs position is actually very effective!
When it comes to breakfast, I am really into eating clean and getting lots of energy through things such as porridge, chia seeds, almond milk and berries...
All major food groups covered here...
I'm quite well-organised and pick out an outfit for uni the day before from my colour-coordinated wardrobe...
I prefer an aerial view of my clothes
After a quick shower and cleaning my teeth, I wear natural or no makeup as I'm all about that natural Autumnal glow...
# nofilter #flawless 
Having done all of my further reading, it's time to get organised before lectures...
Didn't even realise I was doing this course????
Going Out with friends... 
HA! What friends?
After uni, I hit the books straight away and study for at least five hours. Going out and socialising isn't really a priority this year...
This is sacred water from the Fountain of Knowledge.... promise!
I then like to unwind by getting into my jammies, lighting some candles get all cosy before bed...
The candles are my source of heat...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Uni Room Decor Tour

A note from Joelle... 


Happy Monday! "Ya twistin' my melon, man!"
I hope you had a fabulous weekend [and got the song reference above...].
Today, I'd thought I'd share some bits and pieces that I have in my new uni room. Before this year, I wasn't one for decorations or fancy decor when it came to my uni room. But now, I love coming home to a tidy, pretty place with quirky bits and bobs!
I have a very pretty geological map on my wall from Paperchase, some revision notes, and empty vase [must get some flowers for that!] and this gorge clutch from Boohoo. All totally random when put together, but I love this little corner on my shelf!
After years of reading action/thrillers, I thought it was high time to delve into the world of Chic-Lit. It's safe to say that I am building a little collection on my shelf, but would still rather read something action-packed!
 The huuuuuge plastic cup was only £1.50 from Primark and this Happy Jackson lunchbox was £3.99 from New look. I was so bored of carrying my lunch in a plastic bag, so bought this to jazz lunchtime at uni up a bit. These are a total bargain and come in other colours.
As a writer, I have so many pretty notepads! I may not have written a single thing in some of theme, but they are so pretty to look at! The small Tube Map one at the top of this pile was only £5 from Paperchase [my new favourite stationery shop!].
As you know, I am a serious (fruit and herbal) tea drinker (I know, I've changed...) and I own a ridiculous amount of mugs! I even use some of them as bookends! 
I seem to have most makeup tools than actual makeup! Brushes and nail art tools are placed in my thin, glass vase and other applicators rest on top of my cute acrylic box. It's so good that it's clear and has little draws for my jewellery - I always know where everything is! I purchased it from HERE. Such a steal, right?
I really recommend investing in a clear storage box as it goes with everything and it keeps your desk space clean and tidy :).
 Can you tell I like maps a little bit? The vintage world map is from Amazon and the Tube Map is from Paperchase. The Tube Map is great because it reminds me of home when I'm up here.
When it comes to lighting, I find fairy lights too girly for my taste, but love to burn a few scented candles or tealights by the window. I also have some cute magnets made from my old instagram snaps, which were made for me a while ago.

Aaaaaaaaaaand finally, who doesn't love a good bit of tartan and some Union Jacks [probably Alex Salmond...]? This bunting was a total steal from TK Maxx at about £2!

Do you have any quirky bits and bobs in our bedroom?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Favourite Christmas Experience!

A note from Joelle... 
You might be thinking I am a bit keen posting about Christmas in October, but it's in under 100 days and that's definitely something to shout about, right?!
Transun have challenged some bloggers to blog about our favourite things about the festive season and the winning post will win a trip to Lapland!! Not too shabby, eh? Here are mine:
 THE FOOD - This is a no-brainer. You start eating at around 8am and don't stop until it's time to take the Christmas tree down in January.
The Festive Music - No Christmas would be complete without the Mariah Carey 'Merry Christmas' album, Michael Buble and The PoPoguesairytale of New York.
My church (Hillsong) take over Wembley Arena for a huge Carols concert, which is honestly the highlight of my year! The talented performers and the whole production is ridiculously cool!
The Smiles - There is only one occasion in this country when strangers smile at each other and even... dare I say it, start up a conversation - the lead up to Christmas! Weather you need help piling your Christmas tree into the car or going on a winter stroll, people are more cheerful!

The People - It's great seeing all the family and spending a few days in a glittery, festive bubble. We play games, tell lame jokes and just enjoy each other's company!

The Lights - I love walking into London and seeing those twinkly lights! Even on my road, families get really creative and make a Christmas light display!

"Merry Christmas!"
The Smells - Cinnamon, chestnuts, mulled wine, roast turkey, gingerbread, oooh I need to stop there before I start drooling!
The Message - All the things I listed above are things that I love, but the most important thing to me is remembering the true meaning of it all: Jesus being born in a stable full of animals. Such a humble and amazing birth that changed the world!
"MERRY CHRISTMAS!" (in 67 days), but I'm not counting, or anything...
Thanks for reading!
Transun offer really cool experiences and holidays. Find more about the competition HERE.
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