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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

After seeing the entire female population of the internet rave about it over the summer, I couldn't resist treating myself to the new Jo Malone scent: Wood Sage and Sea Salt. The beach is my happy place and I've always loved gulping in the sea air, remembering a happy childhood spent on the sand. The 'sea salt' part caught my attention as this perfume seemed much more suited to me than the usual florals. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Barry M Ladybird Nails

As a nail biter, I'm probably not the best nail art model and for that I apologise. Having such a tiny space to work with made the job even harder and doing my right hand was almost mission impossible! 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pinterest Lust List

I've always loved interior design. My mum used to take me to look around show homes on new estates and Ikea is my weakness. Since I don't have my own home to fill up with pretty things, I window shop on Pinterest and save cool ideas as inspiration for when I do. I thought I'd show you some of the things I've been lusting over, enjoy!

My Pinterest: abarnardwright

Pastels are my current favourite accent and I'm lusting over anything shabby chic. I'm obsessed with cutesy storage ideas and jazzing up boring necessities, my home will be filled with pretty things I don't need! Does anyone else get a little overexcited over home decor or is it just me?

Love, Anna x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

September Playlist

I haven't posted a playlist in a while, so here's something new for September. I've especially been loving Alt-J's This Is All Yours, which is officially released tomorrow - eeek! I'm also obsessed with Frank Turner after seeing him live at Y Not Festival where he was astounding! Another brillaint hit is Don't You Find, after Jamie T's hugely popular comeback, bigger and better than ever.

1. Left Hand Free - Alt-J
2. Every Other Freckle - Alt-J
3. If Ever I Stray - Frank Turner
4. Teddy Picker - Arctic Monkeys
5. Bonfire Heart - James Blunt
6. Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith
7. Best Of You - Foo Fighters
8. Bigger Than Us - White Lies
9. Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
10. Don't You Find - Jamie T

What are you solo bedroom raving to at the moment?

Love, Anna x

Monday, 22 September 2014

To The Future

Exciting changes are about to happen in my life. On Sunday I move three hours away to Durham to start life as a university student. Since I finished my A Levels I've spent three carefree months with minimal responsibilities, mainly lounging around sipping coffee and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I'm incredibly bored of my own company and having so much free time stuck in a small town so I'm eager to embark on a new adventure. My house is overflowing with boxes of towels, saucepans and photos to keep me company in my new room.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Tag

Do I even need to write this review or is the beauty of that bottle enough to sway you? *Drool*

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Garnier Haul: Skin and Hair

The lovely people at L'Oreal kindly sent me some vouchers to spend on Garnier products so after some very difficult decision making in Superdrug, I ended up with these new goodies.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Weekend Escape

Last weekend for a little change of scenery, myself and Calum took a trip to Norfolk for two nights, camping at Sandringham. Tucked away amongst elegantly tall pine trees, this campsite is one of my favourite places and offers a peaceful retreat. I'm in love with the smell of the pine cones scattered everywhere and the birdsong each morning. 

There are lots of footpaths wavering through the woods, which lead to us getting completely lost on a ten minute loop and returning over an hour later! Eventually we found human life again and stopped for coffee and flapjack at the Sandringham Estate Visitor Centre, fun fact: the Queen has a holiday home at Sandringham!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lunch Date

Recently I visited Yumi Yumi Bakery in Loughborough for a lunch time snack with Calum. I'd never been before but was enticed in by the curious selection on the menu. It was a really tiny cafe with probably five tables inside and a couple outside, which made for a cute and intimate setting. As it's also a bakery the scenery consisted of extravagantly decorated home baked cakes and other yummy looking treats. I opted for a cinnamon and apple crepe and Calum choose a cream and syrup concoction. We both had mango bubble tea with mango juice balls which was a rather weird taste experience! Although super sickly, everything was delicious and I'll definitely be going back to try out some other crepe and bubble tea variations. A lovely little place with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, I definitely recommend it.

Friday, 8 August 2014

YNOT Festival!

Last weekend, along with my boyfriend and two other friends, I braved my first proper festival, YNOT, in the Peak District. It's classed as a 'small festival' which means it was somewhere in between Glastonbury and local festivals I'd been to closer to home. There was a main stage and a handful of smaller venues such as tents and bars. As i'm generally scared of people this suited me much better than a huge scary festival. I apologise in advance for the quality of these photos but I didn't want to risk taking a proper camera and iPhones don't mix well with dark gigs, you get the idea though.)

The YNOT sign aka selfie central, especially popular with people named tony...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

My Week In Photos 4

Last week I was gifted with a couple of days off from work so I did a little exploring around my local area in the sunshine (read: blistering sweaty gross makeup ruining heat).

On Saturday, Calum and I took lunch (Boots meal deal hell yes) to eat in my local park under the shade of the trees, it was lovely to see children learning to ride bikes and families playing in the sun.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Coral Crush

I've been keen to delve into the world of 'coral' beauty products for a while now and what better time to try out a bright new shade than summer. I took a trip to Superdrug and by sheer coincidence, two products of the same name caught my eye. I picked up a Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in the shade 'Juicy Papaya' and a Barry M Gelly Nail Paint, also in the shade 'Papaya'. I also bought a MUA lipstick in the shade 16 Nectar which appears to have the exact same hue.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Green Tea Detox

In a bid to get healthier, I've jumped on the green tea bandwagon. I know I'm a bit late to this party but oh well. Starting from this week, I'm going to try to drink a cup or two every day for the next month to see if it's worth the hype surrounding its health benefits. Experts claim these range from building up your immune system to reducing breakouts, although they say that about a lot of things. At the end of the two weeks I'll update you if I've noticed any changes.

I find raw green tea to be rather unpleasant... it tastes sort of dry? Instead, I like to add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it, plus honey has a lot of its own health benefits so it's a win win! I also really like the flavour variations available in the ever expanding green tea section in Tesco, my favourites are the Twinings Peach and Cherry Blossom and Ginger.

Do you like green tea? What are your favourite flavours? Have you noticed any health improvements?

Love, Anna x

Friday, 18 July 2014

My Week In Photos 3

Much to my dismay, there has been a heatwave in England over the last week. I like being warm, don't get me wrong. What I don't like is stepping outside at 5:30pm and almost fainting in the 28 degree heat. Due to my ghostly pale skin I don't really tan, I burn nicely though! I braved the sauna that is the great outdoors for a few hours but mostly hid inside my house waiting for the inevitable end of the world. 

My friends and I  went for a picnic at Rutland Water as we all had the day off work, there
were barely any people there on a Friday lunch time so it was really peaceful.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser | Review

I confess, I'm a bit of a slacker when it comes to moisturising my body. It's always seemed like so much effort to have to smear lotion over my entire body (especially my legs which are about a mile long) and flap around for ages waiting for it to dry before I could continue with my life. I guess you could call me lazy. So when I heard about this intriguing new product from Vaseline, a brand I've long been a fan of, I couldn't wait to try it out.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Exciting News: Radsound

Last week, I was messaged by the lovely Josh, editor of After reading this blog he invited me to feature on his own site, a student run alternative music blog. Although I was apprehensive having never really reviewed music properly or even written for anything other than my own blog, I seized the opportunity. It was much harder to express what I wanted to say than I'd expected but for a first attempt I'm pleased with the outcome and hope I'll develop my own style with practice. I've now been asked to become a regular contributor to Radsound which is an opportunity for experience that I'm so looking forward to.

Check out my review of The Black Keys / 'Turn Blue' and take a look at some of the talented writers HERE and watch this space!

Love, Anna x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My Week In Photos 2

As promised, this week I made more of an effort to take 'aesthetically pleasing instagram worthy' photos. I'm really enjoying having some free time now so I can focus more on my blog, which should be more interesting as I have more time to 'go out and do stuff'. Here's the second installment of what I've been up to.

On Wednesday I visited the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour for the second time with four of my friends. It was equally as magical as my first experience and as a massive Harry Potter fan, I cannot praise it enough.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My Week In Photos - 1

Last week was my first full week off from sixth form now that I've finished my A Levels, I've made the most of this sunny freedom by sitting inside watching Netflix, I'm currently loving Modern Family. Reluctantly, I've taken on four days a week at work so my social life has been even more limited than usual. Here are the highlights though, enjoy!

At the weekend, I visited my boyfriend and we went to a fruit picking farm with his family. This rest of the week was spent overdosing on strawberries.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Trends: Kimonos, Statement Trousers & Whites

This summer, the high street is splattered with festival vibes and 90's inspired pieces. My three favourite trends are statement trousers, whites and kimonos. I've collected my top pieces from each trend to make updating your wardrobe this season extra easy.

1. Statement Trousers
Statement trousers are a pretty bold trend to step out onto the high street recently, but the casual fit of so called 'pj pant' styles mean you can throw on a pair with a plain top and a few bangles and look like you've made a lot more effort than you have. Elasticated waistbands and ankles are great for flattering every figure and they're much comfier than jeans!

 2. White
This trend is perfect for enhancing your skin tone and giving you a much more tanned appearance, great for anyone who, like me, can use snow as camouflage. White also reflects heat so you'll be much cooler than in dark colours, an easy way to achieve a pretty, summery look.

3. Kimonos
Kimonos have absolutely exploded into fashion this year, making an appearance in every catwalk show and high street shop. Perfect for festivals and boho styles, they'll keep you cool and stop you burning during the day then help to keep off the chill in the cooler evenings. Kimonos are super easy to style and make your wardrobe more interesting.

So those are my top summer fashion picks, what are yours and how do you style them?

Love, Anna x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June Playlist

Summer is finally here which means long drives with the roof down on a lazy sunny evening - who am I kidding I don't even have a car. I've been making the most of my freedom from A Levels by sitting around at home watching a lot of TV, wild I know. One good thing has come from this though as I have rediscovered the magnificence of themetunes, as you can tell from most of this month's choices. I got through both series of Orange Is The New Black and it's brilliant so I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't yet. You'll probably also recognise track 4 as The Inbetweeners themetune which is a great song in itself. Anyway, here's my top ten June tunes.

3. You've Got Time - Regina Spektor
4. Gone Up In Flames - Morning Runner
5. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
6. I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers (check out the video for this, the 'retro' special effects are hilarious)
7. Disco 2000 - Pulp
8. Fever - The Black Keys
9. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
10. Best Friend - Foster the People

Thanks for taking the time to have a listen to this slightly odd mix of songs, let me know in the comments what your top Summer tunes are.

Love, Anna x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

How To: Easy Homemade Iced Coffee

This may seem too simple to even need a tutorial style post but after posting an Instagram snap of my homemade iced coffee, a few people asked how I made it. For anyone who is yet to attempt this delicious summer drink, here's how I like mine.

1) Use two teaspoons of instant coffee granules (the Douwe Egberts chocolate infusion makes for a sweeter, mocha style twist) to boil about a third of a cup of coffee. Add sugar to taste, or sweetener for a guilt free treat.

2) Leave the coffee to cool to room temperature and place in the fridge.

3) Take your drink out of the fridge and fill with ice cubes, I usually use the whole tray of ten.

4) Top up the glass with semi skimmed milk and stir well.

This is my absolute favourite drink at the moment as it's been so hot here in the UK and I'm enjoying lazy sunny afternoons as I'm finally free from exams. Sorry if you expected something fancier from this post but as a few people did ask how I made this and it's so yummy I thought I'd share it with you, enjoy!

Love, Anna x

Thursday, 29 May 2014

May Playlist

I've been slacking on the blogging since lately as I've been attempting to revise (to little success) for my A2 Level exams which start next week *collapses in tears on the floor*. I thought I'd do a quick monthly playlist post to remind you I'm still here and I'll be back to posting regularly in a couple of weeks once exams are over. Here are some songs that are helping me through the pain of revision.

5. Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
6. All The Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
7. Life's For The Living - Passenger
8. Post Break Up Sex - The Vaccines
9. Sappho - Tribes
10. Whispers In The Dark - Mumford and Sons

Give these a listen if you need cheering up a bit on this rainy May day, it would seem summer has been and gone this year!

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Life Through Pastel Tinted Glasses

It's official, Spring has sprung. Well, it was a bit warmer and quite sunny one day last week so let's whip out the Mini Eggs and pretend. Although I'm feeling rather emotional about letting go of my cosy winter jumpers and eskimo-esque parka so soon, the idea of refreshing my life with a whole load of pretty pastel shades is definitely inviting. The highstreet has gone pastel crazy and I'm hopping right aboard the bandwagon. As usual I've been window shopping longingly instead of revising so I thought I'd share with you my favourite pieces.

Dress: Jones and Jones - £60, Shoes: Topshop - £65, Bag: Accessorize - £32, Headband: The Lost Lanes - £15, Sunglasses: Rayban - £106, Nail Polish: Topshop, £5
Jeans: Topshop - £36, Top: Topshop - £26, Socks: Topshop - £3.50, Ring: Miss Selfridge - £5, Shoes: New Look - £39.99, Bag: Topshop - £28, Nail Polish: Models Own, £5
Top: Topshop - £40, Shorts: Topshop US - $64, Bag: Ted Baker - £45, Shoes: Juju - £85, Hair Dye: Bleach London, £5, Jumpsuit: Topshop - £40,  Nail Polish: Gosh - £3.99, Hair Bow: Oasis - £6
Top: New Look - £14.99, Belt: J.Crew - £39.50, Nail Polish: Essie - £7.99,  Socks: Topshop - £3.50,  Shoes: Vans - £52,  Watch: ASOS Curve - £20,  Skirt: Boohoo - £15, Hair Straighteners: GHD - £110,
Alarm Clock: Beales - £5, Tins: DotComGiftShop: £8.96, Camera: Polaroid - £35, Candle: Yankee Candle - £19.99,  Perfume: Marc Jacobs - £67.50, Telephone: Amazon - £30, Cushion: Dove Mill - £10.95
So that's what I'm lusting after this spring and when I win the lottery I'll be splashing out on every item, a girl can dream, right?

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Confessions of a Charity Shop Junkie

Hi, my name's Anna and I'm a charity shop junkie, an eBayaholic and proud of it. I'm going to take a brief interval from impulse buying like a mad woman and try to trick you into conforming to my way of life. Okay so we're talking shopping tactics not planning an armed robbery but I'm here to banish the stigma attached to buying second hand and convince you that you're missing out, just call me Mary Portas!

I've never really understood why some people look down on charity shops, in what universe is giving to charity something to be ashamed of? Don't fancy the idea of wearing someone else's clothes? Then wash them for heaven's sake! Can't bear the thought of rummaging through other people's old stuff? Think again - most charity shops organise clothes into size rails so it takes minutes to sift through your section. In the words of Macklemore, one man's trash is another man's come up - broken or damaged goods aren't accepted, usually it's all clothes people have grown out of or couldn't find space for on their floordrobe, but that doesn't mean you can't squeeze them in somewhere. Another common misconception is that all stock is donated by the public, when often businesses donate brand new items at much cheaper prices, and not only clothes but really cool homewares. The best thing about charity shop raids is that you'll always find something unique and even designer brands are cheap as chips.

I don't know about you, but my student budget barely stretches to a pair of socks from Urban Outfitters. Why splash out on this season's must have Topshop piece when the likelihood is, you'll find it in the same condition for half the price on eBay? I always check here before taking the plunge with an expensive find. The secret to eBay success is knowing exactly what you're looking for. If I see an Instagram pal wearing a cute jumper, in seconds I've asked what brand it is and conducted an eBay search for my size. You'll be surprised how often you'll find the very thing you're after. Accessories are no problem and jumpers are easy because you can get away with wearing a couple of sizes too big so there's more chance you'll find a suitable match, oohhh cosy oversized chic. The one annoying thing about eBay lately is the number of businesses clogging up searches with mass produced items. I usually stay away from these because the quality tends to be low and their 'buy it now' offers take all the fun out of bidding wars. This may seem an obvious tip but when it comes to bidding, wait until the last minute to swoop in when they don't have time to up their bid. As hard as it is to restrain from jumping in with a week to go and only one bidder, if you hold out you're likely to catch them off guard.

I've collected some gorgeous bits and bobs so to prove my point, here are some of my favourite                                                                   ebay and charity shop finds...

Teapot - Cancer Research UK, £1.49 (new)
Timberland boots - eBay, £50 (used)
Urban Outfitters Jumper - eBay, £3.20 (used)        Urban Outfitters Jumper - Loros, £8 (used)  
Prom Dress (I'm second from the left, excuse the annoying bit caught under my armpit, oops) - Oxfam, £20 (used)

UPDATE: Since writing this post, the absolute gem that is Depop has blossomed into social media's favourite app. It's a mix between eBay and Instagram, sellers post photos of everything they wish to clear out (some well loved, some brand new) and anyone is welcome to make an offer. Most people accept swaps which is the best bit because you can bag yourself a new wardrobe and clear out yours at the same time for free - all you pay is each others postage! Depop also doesn't ask for seller fees like eBay so it's much more purse friendly. I've already received about 15 Depop packages in the post full of wonderful goodies including a Benefit brush, some Chelsea boots, a Hollister hoodie and the book The Lovely Bones - all without breaking the bank! My Depop account is @annabarnardwright so feel free to head over.

                                                                      Chelsea boots - Depop , £30 (new)

I hope this post has shown you that second hand items can be loved again and encouraged you to have a browse when you have a few pennies spare, happy hauling!

Love, Anna x

Friday, 21 February 2014

February Playlist

Upon discovering Arctic Monkeys would be performing and were nominated for several awards, I couldn't not watch The Brits this week. I'm not really into the whole clubbing vibe that usually dominates chart music but I was pleased to see most of the awards went to truly talented people. In light of this, my February Playlist is compiled of some of my favourite tracks by nominees and winners from the glitzy bash - enjoy!


1. Arctic Monkeys - R U MINE? 
2. Ellie Goulding - Explosions
3. Lorde - Royals
4. Bastille - What Would You Do
5. David Bowie - Starman
6. John Newman - Cheating
7. Tom Odell - Another Love
8. London Grammar - Strong
9. Passenger - All The Little Lights
10. Haim - The Wire

Love, Anna x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Lush Goodies

After getting excellent results from my last two Lush buys (Tea Tree Toner Water and Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask) I couldn't resist popping in when I spotted another store in Nottingham. This time I opted for a Cupcake Fresh Face Mask and a small bottle of Sea Spray Hair Mist.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

How To: Add Social Media Buttons On Blogger

So this post is going to be a little different to my usual, but no one should have to spend as long as I did trying to figure this out. I've tried to explain it in simple steps so you should be able to follow along if you're a technophobe in a pickle. As I only use Blogger, this will only show you how to add social media buttons on this site and it'll be a little different if you're a WordPress user etc.

1) Find and download a set of social media icons you like, there are loads of free sites on Google offering these. I got mine from I'd recommend you just use these to start with as they have transparent backgrounds and come in lots of colours so they blend better with your blog. Download the full set of your chosen colour and copy the individuals icons you need in the size 48x48 into 'my pictures'.

2) Log into Blogger and open up the new post bit (where you normally type up your posts).

3) Insert the first icon you want to use as an image. Once it appears in your post, highlight it and click 'link' in the toolbar (you might have to click a couple of times for it to open). Paste the URL of the site you want the button to go to in the link box e.g your Bloglovin' page. 

4) Make sure 'open this link in a new window' is ticked and click 'ok'.

5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you've linked all the icons you want to use to your sites. Drag the images into the order you want them to appear in your sidebar, you can also do this by highlighting the images and clicking 'left', 'right' or 'center'. Tip: rows of 3 is the easiest as you can have one left, one center and one right then repeat the next row underneath.

6) In the top left corner of the screen, change from 'compose' to 'html' view. Highlight and copy the code, being careful not to miss any of it out.

7) Return to the Blogger homepage for your blog and click 'layout'.

8) In the sidebar of your blog layout click 'add a gadget'. Scroll down until you see 'html/JavaScript' and click that. Paste your code into the content box and save. It will then show up as a 'html/JavaScript' box in your sidebar, drag it up or down to wherever you want your icons displayed. You should now be able to view your blog with functioning icons!

I hope this post helped you to add buttons a lot quicker than I managed it and was easy enough for you to follow. Feel free to leave your blog link in the comments below so I can see how you've got on.

Love, Anna x

Thursday, 30 January 2014

January Playlist

This month I've spent as much time as possible snuggled up in the warm rather than have to brave winter. This means I've spent even more time on the internet to carefully pick out the songs I've loved the most this month. I've decided to change from just one song a month to a mini tracklist because I find it so hard just to choose one. A good mixture of old and new to dance yourself warm to.

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Bleach London Silver Hair Care | Review

As my natural blonde hair has grown dull and dark in the last few years, I get a full head of blonde highlights every couple of months at the hairdressers. Unfortunately this is very expensive on a student budget which could be better spent on 20 Costa chai teas or a new pair of Vans, but I don't trust box bleaches - the struggle. As any fake blonde will tell you, within weeks the lovely salon colour fades to a tacky kind of brassy yellow - yuck. 

All hail the arrival of purple shampoo. Designed for blonde hair, it has strong violet pigments to counteract the yellow and claims to leave you with a much prettier silvery ash blonde. After seeing positive reviews on Instagram, I decided to experiment with Bleach London. At £5 each for 250ml shampoo and conditioner, it's a little on the pricey side but a quick scan along the shelves of Boots tells you it's the going rate for such products. Worth a shot. The packaging immediately caught my eye - a cool street art design, purple themed of course. Not too big and not too small, just right!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Is bareMinerals Worth All the Hype? | Review

For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a selection of bareMinerals makeup but annoyingly, I forgot to photograph it all freshly packaged before using it. I've included photos anyway, so I'm sorry it doesn't look as beautiful as it once did *cries at the memory*. Being an expensive range and one that beauty bloggers have raved about, I have to admit some of the products didn't live up to my high expectations. 

The Starter Kit included: Prime Time Foundation Primer, Fairly Light Foundation, Warmth All-Over Face Colour, Mineral veil and three brushes. Of course I had to have the lightest complexion range. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Review: Very British Problems

Today on my little piece of internet, I'd like to share with you a book I recently bought which has really tickled my socially awkward little self. Rather than include it in a favourites post I feel it deserves full attention. Rob Temple's Very British Problems hilariously empathizes with the oh so awkward, temperamental and apologetic Great British Public. If you aren't from the UK then you'll probably find it to be ridiculous nonsense but if you are, I can assure you it's like reading your autobiography. If you're not an avid book reader, don't be put off. This book is basically a collection of one liners rather than huge chunks of text, it even has pictures!

A few of my favourite problems...

"Saying hello to a friend in the supermarket, then creeping around like a burglar to avoid seeing them again."

"The unwelcome surprise of someone telling you how they are after you've asked them how they are."

"Panicking in a sandwich shop and allowing a distressingly odd combination of fillings to happen."

"Looking away so violently as someone near by enters their pin that you dislocate your neck."

"The pure horror of mentioning a song and being asked, "How does it go?""

I won't say much more because I strongly recommend you all go and read this book right now this second. It had me laughing out loud (causing several choking on tea incidents) because I could relate to so many odd things that we all do for no apparent reason. I challenge you to deny facing most of these problems on a daily basis, It definitely earns five stars for humour, sarcasm and awkwardness. 

You can also check out the twitter account, @SoVeryBritish for further reassurance that you're not suffering alone. 

Love, Anna x

Monday, 6 January 2014

New Year, Fairly Similar Me

Happy New Year everyone! 

Being the lazily unprepared soul I am, the new year has yet again sneaked up and pelted me with a load of gifts, food, expectations and opportunities. Having eaten enough to last me the whole year, I've devised a couple of resolutions I hope will outlast my 2013 targets, which I stuck with for approximately a fortnight. I won't bore you all with the same old British teen girl resolutions you've probably seen plastered across social media eighty seven thousand (ish) times, but I do have a few little things planned this year.

My first blog post in April 2013, cringe!
Firstly, this blog is soon to celebrate its first birthday! So far I haven't really made the effort to publicize it and gain many readers, I think I actually just talk to myself on here mostly, oops. So this year I want to try harder to establish more of an identity and mix up my ideas a bit. I feel I need to jazz everything up and maybe step away from the same old beauty reviews towards more general topics and anecdotes - watch this space! Note: I will be sitting my A Level exams this summer which has to be a priority, but after that it's full steam ahead.

Also this year I'll turn eighteen. For most people this is the most exciting thing ever but I feel kind of weird about it. I still skip around my house singing S Club 7 more often than is generally acceptable for an almost eighteen year old and I don't know the first thing about taxes. I guess I'm kind of stuck in 2008 and in denial that I'll one day have to do grown up things                                         such as stress about a mortgage and watch Question Time with a black coffee. 

Durham Cathedral A.K.A Hogwarts
September 2014 will be focused on only one thing - university. If all goes well with my exams, I'll be heading off to freshers week at Durham, eek! The Potterhead within me is SUPER excited to live in a city where parts of the actual Hogwarts building was filmed, so I can waltz around pretending I'm Hermione Granger. You can actually study Harry Potter as a degree there - don't worry, I'm not that crazy, I'm doing sociology. It's also really far away from where I live now because unlike most people I know, I want to embrace this chance to live somewhere completely different to force myself to become more independent, confident and experience a new world. Hopefully I'll make at least one friend and have the time of my life, fingers crossed.

That's all I have for this new year's update, I'll be sure to keep you posted on how I get on with all this.

Love, Anna x