Sunday, 26 January 2014

Three Stars and a Wish #1

When I was younger, my peers and I used to mark our school work using the "Three Stars and a Wish" method... actually it may have been two stars but I want three! I'd been thinking about starting a week overview post and the star/wish system works pretty well - the stars being good moments, thoughts or whatever else from the week, and the wish being something to bear in mind for the week ahead:


* Having a 10 minute road trip with my friends Chloe and Tilly! Chloe has just bought her first car and we're all rather excited about it - it's the first car of our friendship group too ;)

* Finishing the first draft of my English Literature coursework! Feels so good to have a solid piece of work finished and just "tweaking" to do

* Trying out the library as a "coursework completion location". Definitely a great place for focus and productivity


- I need to get myself organised with school and ask for help from my teachers. I'v been feeling overwhelmed with it all lately it's getting me down. Time for it to stop! 

How was your week?


Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Pros and Cons of List-Making

Ahhh, to do lists... so many of us write them, think they make us feel better, more organised, less mentally-cluttered. But I think they have a down side (shocking I know). Ironically, I'm now going to create a sort of list about list-making... listception!


  • Initially you feel organised and clear on your tasks 
  • To do lists can make you feel motivated and ready to complete your tasks
  • Feels like a good way to start the day


  • Writing a lengthy to do list can cause you to feel totally out of your depth. After putting my pen down I often think "I'll never get all this done! Where on Earth do I start?!"
  • If my predictions are correct and I do not complete all my tasks, I feel unaccomplished and disappointed with myself, meaning I lose motivation! 
  • Writing a list often acts as a time waster when I'm not quite in the frame of mind to begin my tasks yet, or I'm just procrastinating. It's easy to write a neat, pretty list and feel like I'm being productive when I probably should be jumping into my work and making a start - any tiny step is progress :)
  • When you put down the various jobs you have to complete, you're not focusing on one thing at a time. I have a ton of coursework to do at the moment for all four of my A2 classes. It's very easy to get completely overwhelmed, which I did. I became totally unproductive. I find that focusing on just one subject a day and blocking out all other tasks helps me to produce quality work in a shorter amount of time. Worrying about my intimidating workload slows me down and stresses me out. Thinking about one thing at a time is the way forward! :) 

What's your opinion on list-making?


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Storage Solutions (for small rooms)

I love my small room, it's cute and cosy. It's also taught me several storage solutions that will continue to serve me well when I (hopefully) move into a room in university halls this Autumn. I read Erin's (from Reading My Tea Leaves) recent post about living in a tiny apartment and was inspired to share my tips! 


Now technically, this could be classed as clutter, but I love the look of books and notebooks - they're so bright and literally embody your own personal interests. Just try to keep the stack under control to avoid book jenga! Please excuse the handful of teen books that I cannot seem to bring myself to throw away just yet...

Don't hoard clothes!

This one is fairly obvious, but I find sorting trough my wardrobe every couple of months quite enjoyable! It feels good to donate unwanted clothes to charity shops and finally be able to close my drawers again - they do get rather full. 

"Steal" Space

My brother doesn't live at home most of the time and doesn't mind me sneaking a few dresses into his wardrobe. My theory is that if you have the small room, you should be granted the privileged to "borrow" any wasted space around the house ;)

Wall Hooks

Hooks are handy for housing larger clothes and bags and fill a bare space with some colour too.

Blanket Box

I'm planning on purchasing a big, sturdy blanket box that will be home to coats and school work and whatever else finds its way inside! I'm envisioning that it will be strong enough to sit on meaning I can make it look cosier by chucking a blanket and cushion on top - that way it can replace my wicker chair. 

Hat Stand

A hat stand is similar to wall hooks but provides you with 360 degree hanging opportunities! That is probably mathematically incorrect... I basically mean that it's not nailed on the wall and so you won't have to do any tedious DIY! Or actually, I suppose you might have to put the hat stand together... 

Decorative Storage

I like to use suitcases and gift boxes because they are practical but add interest to your room and can conveniently fill awkward spaces. This suitcase lives under my chair and keeps my hair straighteners out the way! 

How do you get around the storage dilemma?


Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Top - BDG, Leggings - Zara, Cardigan & Boots - Asos

Hi! How are you all doing? I have mocks this week so I'm in that weird limbo between school and no school... study leave confuses me on all sorts of levels - getting up at different times everyday depending on exams, wondering exactly how much revision you are supposed to do for mocks, and questioning if you should feel guilty for spending most of the week re-watching Sherlock... Anyway, I love this simple henley from BDG, it's so comfortable and easy to chuck on over pretty much anything. It was a massive bargain too (in the Urban Outfitters sale) at £5, I couldn't resist ;) After spending quite a hefty amount of money during the Christmas period, I have been resisting giving into retail therapy for the past couple of weeks, until I saw another pair of shoes I'm want... good thing I'm working this weekend! This was just an outfit for lounging around at home, hence the lack of a coat! It's so chilly at the moment, I seem to live in my dressing gown and slippers. 

Hope you're all doing well,


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Saturday, 11 January 2014


(First 5 images from Tumblr)

I often look at minimalist interior design and think how lovely and crisp and bright it looks, but I always choose cosy over clutter-free. My uncle and his fiancĂ© came for dinner on Thursday and the kitchen just looked so homely and cute. I'm glad my mom and I added the little fairy lights above the window, I'm a fairy light addict :) Although the copious amounts of Tumblr photos showing snug bedrooms and hideaways look effortless, I actually think that achieving the perfect cosy-casual look can be quite tricky... How many cushions? How much should I ruffle and crease my blankets? And how many blankets? Should they all clash? I'm probably over thinking it. My bed is looking fairly cushy, however I think it could do with a more un-made look... I might go and mess it all up after I've finished this post! Either way, I'm a big fan of clashing patterns, fairy lights, more cushions than necessary and manageable amounts of clutter ;) Nick-nacks, little ornaments and decorations can give a room tons more personality. Having said that, a minimalist room definitely has a strong personality too... but I'll always go back to fairy lights! 


Wednesday, 8 January 2014


Shorts - Forever 21, Shirt - Gap, Jumper - New Look, Tights - TK Maxx, Belt - H&M, Coat - Cornwall, Boots - Next

Happy Wednesday! Today I been watching loads of Casey Neistat's short films as well as getting some work done. Casey is sooooo cool and I LOVE the style of his films, definitely check them out - beware of their addictive nature however (I could watch and re-watch them all day). I feel all inspired and motivated after watching him living his dream in NYC and then travelling around the world on spontaneous adventures :) 

On to the outfit... I bought these fleece-lined tights in TK Maxx the other day and have been enjoying the warmth they give my legs on these chilly January days, they're much warmer than normal tights. Speaking of chilly days, my school is freezing at the moment and it's horrible. I have mock exams next week and can't say the thought of sitting in the icy, un-heated, smelly gym is boosting their appeal! I am tempted to wear my dressing gown. 

Hope you're having a fun week,


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Instagram Snaps #6

Loz and me living it up at a party | Pretty sunset | The Jewellery Quarter | Loving my Cath Kidston mug | Christmas Corner of my room | Snap of Brum from the canals 

Hello! Sorry that some of these photos are kind of old... I'm ashamed to say that the last time I did an Instagram post was in October (hence the unopened advent calendar etc). I love the photo I took of the Birmingham during a canal walk - the canals baffle me because they're so hidden! They take up quite a lot of land and yet many people don't even realise they exist. It's a shame really, they used to be such a central, significant part of the Birmingham (and the whole country), trade and transport. 

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the new year. My good friend Lisha turned 18 yesterday and so on NYE we went to a huge event with food and music and tons of dancing... we had a blast :D 

Happy New Year!