Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A part of me is actually really gutted that the summer has come to an end as it is really the only time you can take a 'break' from all the studying and given that Second Year is coming in a fortnight, I really wish I made better use of it! As always, London is at the top of my agenda when it comes to day trips out and this time, Francesca and I - having heard about it from Carrie at Wish Wish Wish - had to visit Q-Grill's On The Rooftop in Selfridges for afternoon tea. I absolutely loved everything from the atmosphere, the staff and the dainty scones and finger sandwiches!
That aside, we also 'casually' joined in a protest along Oxford Street which has to be one of most bizarre experiences yet in London. I also fell in love with St. Paul's Cathedral having seen it for the first time and it too was eventful in that there was an entire bicycle takeover and a wedding. And to top it off, based on Francesca's recommendations, I had to try some Gelato ice cream after hearing about its exotic flavours - who would have thought Blood Orange and Apricot would taste this nice together?! 
And lastly, we also went to Camden Market! This place, by far, has to be one of my favourite places yet. There's just something so exciting about visiting unique and very individual shops with all sorts of 'treasures' to be found but sadly - whilst not surprisingly - we didn't have enough time but I definitely intend to be back soon!  


Monday, 1 September 2014

 Having always lived in a remotely small area, I've always sought to 'explore' and broaden my horizons through whatever means possible, many of which included going to London frequently! I've constantly found myself thinking that a 'na├»ve' mind set can only expand once it ventures beyond its comfort zone, and I can wholeheartedly agree that there has been so much I've learnt over the past year. Being caught up in all of these thoughts, whilst made me feel that I was 'missing out' on so much of life, however led to actually missing out on the little details that were so easily taken for granted.

In all of these many experiences, I've found that the greatest catalysts of perceiving life in a different light are the people you come across. Quite recently, I've encountered au overwhelming degree of 'niceness', particularly among those I'm not relatively close to, only to realise that there is so much more out there that I've yet to grasp. 

Despite that life over the past year has been difficult, thiings have taken a better turn recently and I've found myself surrounded with more people who are amazing in their individual ways. With some people, it seemed like such positive personalities only encouraged you to think likewise. With others, you're surprised by just how much interest they show only to inspire you to keep going. I've also met people who have helped me out a great deal unexpectedly for which makes me think twice about the people I see. Whether it be their friendly and supportive nature or their generosity, for some reason I couldn't quite fathom just how wonderful they all are, despite that they were all people I've only ever met a handful (or even less) of times!

I couldn't honestly give you a reason why I'm so in awe of all this. It's not as though I'm totally unaccustomed to such behaviour, given that I've grown up with so many kind people who've helped me reach where I am today. But more so, it's peculiar that there exists people who do such things without any sort of obligation to do so. Their actions and their words have merely been enough to remind me that even if things get rough, there are reasons why we should all keep persevering. They may not be people who you meet everyday but their mere presence is a reminder that one day, you'll find people who make you feel endlessly positive and good without reason. I'm a true believer that anything is possible with hard work and determination, and being with such people only makes it seem all the more possible!  


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The majority of past three years of blogging has been spent with my blogging partner in crime, Francesca, given we figured we were more or less the only bloggers who existed in our city (to our knowledge) at the time! Never did I imagine that by connecting with bloggers via twitter, I'd get to meet even more bloggers and on top of that, I never imagined them to be so incredibly wonderful!  
Hosted by the lovely Frankie of Crazy Blonde Gal, this meet up was held only a small train journey away where we'd be making pizza at Pizza Express! My last memories of making pizza date all the way back to a school trip when I was 10 so I was pretty ecstatic that I'd be putting my skills to use once again, all of which we scoffed down afterwards - let's pay no attention that I added far too much olive oil and needed help at every stage. That aside, we spent a little time at Boots and Superdrug and although I may still be a massive newbie to the world of make-up, I've actually been wanting to try out some new things since!
Getting to know these lovely bloggers (picture courtesy of Siobhan, left to right: Laura, Frankie, Siobhan, Jemma, Karishma, Amber) definitely had to be one of the greatest peaks of this meet up. It's not everyday you come across people who casually review beauty products on the spot or accept taking pictures of anything that looks remotely interesting. Likewise, Frankie had also put together such a generous goodie bag for all of us and I seriously cannot believe all the time and effort she put in doing so, whilst managing this meet up too! Here's hoping we all meet again!
Dress (old) - Dorothy Perkins / Scarf - old / Bag - HT Fashion London / Boots - USC