Thursday, 30 October 2014

My October Music Picks

Wow. It seems like a very long time since I have sat down and wrote about my favourite music of the month. If you haven't read my other music favourites posts,then these short posts are basically me rambling on about seven songs I have been in love with for the past month. 
However, since I haven't done one of these in a while, I am going to talk about my favourite songs for the past three months.

My first song is Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. This song is an oldie but a goodie and have loved ever since I watched Perks of Being a Wallflower in the summer. It was of those songs that cheer you up and make you want to dance. 

The next is All About That  Bass by Meghan Trainor. This song is so  addictive and is another song that makes you want to dance. Even so that every time it comes on in the car, I turn it up and sing as loud as I can, whilst incorporating dance moves and winding up my dad. It is also a song that has given me a little confidence boost as the song is all about being a little on the larger side of the scales and feeling good no matter what shape or size you are.

The third song is Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Well Mr Sheeran you have done good. Ever since i heard this song on the radio I have loved it and didn't realise until a friend pointed it out and made me watch the music video, that it was Ed Sheeran. The video is so beautiful and has made me want to start dancing myself. This is also a song I love singing in the car.

The fourth is Simply The Best by Tina Turner. This song reminds me so much of being a little girl as we would always play this song in the car and sing along. It is also another good get up and dance song.

The next song is Soldier in The City by Aloe Blacc. My dad originally got me into this song as he would play the cd in the car. I really love the funky beat to the song and generally love this song. I also really love Aloe Blacc's whole album.

The sixth is Made to Love by John Legend. This song isn't really a dance song but is a great song to just play when you are having a chill or relaxing. I also love playing this song when doing school work or blog posts/planning.

The last song is Changing by Sigma featuring Paloma Faith. I am a big fan of Paloma Faith and her music so when I heard about this song, I had to listen to it. I am not going to  lie, I did hate it at first, but after the radio playing it non stop I slowly fell in love with it.

There are many more songs that I have been loving, but I decided to narrow it down to seven.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

Today I found my self wandering around the local shopping centre on my own. Since I bought a few things, I thought I should show you what I got on my little shopping trip.

I first when to a little shop called Xtras which sell brands that you can't really get in Superdrug or Boots and the best thing is that they are at a discounted price. I don't think there is an Xtras anywhere else, so if you find yourself in Sheffield, go to Xtras and grab yourself some beauties. In Xtras I bought the W7 Hide It Concealer as my normal tea tree one had ran out. Sadly they didn't have the tea tree concealer I originally wanted so I bought this one instead. I also bought the W7 Angel Eyes Silky Eyeshadow Palette in out on the town. It is a little neutral pallete that has seven shades in it, a pale beige, a light brown, a shimmery taupe, a darker brown,  a shimmery greeny brown, a black and a gold shimmery black. I think this is a perfect palette as it has the essential shades and is very small and compact. 
I also popped into The Body Shop and bought the Glazed Apple shower gel as it smelt divine in the shop. I also ventured into Lush and bought the Candy Mountain bubble bar and tow of the Butter Bear bath bombs. I also bought the exfoliating and purifying mud masks from Superdrug.

What is your favourite beauty product you have recently purchased?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Primark Pumps

I am not a big fan of the chunky trainers or heels, but I do love a good pair of ballet pumps. They are comfy, always on trend and very versatile. You can wear them with jeans for a casual look or dresses for a more dressy look. You can get them in different styles, colours and patterns. One place I love getting my ballet pumps from is Primark because they are cheap, good quality and some pairs are just one of a kind. My favourite ones are my two pairs of black lace/crochet pumps that only cost me about £5. Also, for the Primark quality and cheap pricing they are pretty good and long lasting. I absolutely love my two pairs of shoes because they simply go with anything.

The first pair (on the left) are a simple ballet pump with a little bow on the front. The lace on these is a flowery pattern with very intricate detail. The second pair (on the right) has a very different shape as they are more of a loafer shape then a plain ballet pump. They have a very delicate and detailed pattern. 

Do you own any pretty ballet pumps?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Options for Students 16+

It is coming to that time of year where students are picking what colleges/sixth forms to go to and what courses to pick. Of course you don't have to go to a college or sixth form and study A Levels and since I am going through this transition myself, I thought I would write about the many choices you have to pick from.

A Levels
A Levels are kind of a step up from GCSE and you can do a range of different ones from Biology to Philosophy. You don't to choose them but if you do, you have to choose three or four. In A Levels you get grades, like in GCSE, and each grade corresponds to a certain amount of points. These points are what you need to get into university.

Not a lot of colleges offer BTECs but you will find some that do. You can do a range of things as a BTEC like health and social care and IT. A BTEC takes up three of your options and you have to do it for the two years that you attend your college, unlike A Levels where you can "drop" one after your first year.

These are basically where you go into a work place for three days a week and they train you in that type of work, like engineering. For the two days left of your week you will go to college and do maybe an A Level or something there. With an apprenticeship you may also get paid. 

Vocational Qualifications
These are where you know what career you want and you get trained in that type of work. Sort of like an apprenticeship. Vocationals are available in many subjects from childcare to plumbing and can be based in either a school/college or a working environment.

Depending on where you live, there may be other courses or options you can choose from. But I hope this post has helped you in seeing what options you have.

What are you currently studying and what would you like to study later on in life?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Stressed, Depressed and in a Mess

I haven't done a chatty post in quite a while and since this will relate to some of you, I thought that it would be a good post to do. 

Let's start with stress. Since I am in my last year of secondary school, I am having to make big decisions like: what college/sixth form do I want to go to?; what courses should I choose? and should I do a BTEC or A-Levels? These questions are a constantly revolving thought in my mind. Not just in school but out of it as well. Not only this but I have exams!
With all the pressure and choices building up and weighing me down I end up being cranky and angry. However I do try and chill out and try not to think about it too much. If you are feeling stressed about school, don't keep it bottled up. Tell someone and get help from staff or your parents.
The next topic is depression. I haven't been diagnosed with depression but I do occasionally suffer with a lack of self esteem and cry at the littlest things. Whenever I get upset about things I just say to myself "what are you doing? Think positive!" This does work. Also, when I am having a day where I am feeling low and not confident, I just push myself. In test I get the feeling of low self esteem, like I am going to epically fail at it. But if I try and put effort in, I end up with a decent grade. If you are always thinking negatively, then you are probably going to rubbish, but if you think positive you are most likely going to come out on top. 

If you are feeling depressed or stressed then take a break. Get on with something else that is positive and doesn't put pressure on you. If it is a person or a certain situation that makes you feel stressed or depressed then don't talk to that person and remove yourself from the situation. If you are feeling even more depressed or stressed then this, talk to someone like a friend or family member or go to the doctors.

Hope this has helped some of you

Friday, 3 October 2014

The British Tag

I have seen many bloggers/youtubers do this tag as either a blog post or video and I thought I would join in, since I am British. 

Question 1 - How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
I know I cheated a little as this is two questions. However, at least tow a day with two sugars.

Question 2 - Favourite part of your roast?
It has either got to be the mash, vegetables (if their is broccoli) or the Yorkshire puddings.

Question 3 - Favourite dunking biscuit?
Either a rich tea, chocolate bourbon or custard cream.

Question 4 - Favourite word?
Gravy or Yorkshire. But only said with a strong Yorkshire accent.

Question 5 - Favourite sweets? 
If we are going for traditional sweets, then bon bons. If not, then Haribos.

Question 6 - What would your pub be called?
The Bucket and Spade. If I was to on a pub it would be at the seaside, hence the name.

Question 7 - No1 British person?
Don't have one.

Question 8 - Favourite shop/restaurant?
Shop - Yankee Candle as it smells like heaven. Clothes and beauty wise, Primark or Newlook and Boots or Superdrug.
Restaurant - Pubs with great food.

Question 9 - Marmite?
Never tried it. It doesn't sound that appealing.

Feel free to do this tag....