Saturday, 15 September 2018

10 Reasons Why I Can't Wait For Autumn

Autumn is my fav. I just love everything about it. The change of the season is so beautiful and I love nothing more, than walking over brown, crunchy leaves and watching them twirl and fall from the branch that they used to cling, to the most probably, soggy ground beneath them. The evenings creep in so much earlier, and I welcome that too. More reasons to cosy up and put on a film with a candle burning in the background. Here are the reasons why I can't wait to get all Autumnal.

Scarves, oversized coats and jumpers, boots and thick socks are my weakness. You can never have enough, and I just love not having to think too much about what I'm wearing. ANY jumper and jeans combo goes with a coat and boots. 

Bonfire night and Halloween are just great. 

Doesn't get much better than wholesome, warming foods like soup, cottage pie, and loads of vegetables - they are the best on a cold evening. 

Baths!! It's cold enough to sit endlessly in a scorching hot bath again - yay!

Hot chocolates.. Especially after a cold walk. 

Berry and red toned lipsticks are definitely worn on the daily basis, and it's so refreshing to switch out the bright, and muted tones for something that's more of a statement. 

Frost mornings are genuinely so pretty, and one of the better ways to wake up.

Dressing gowns can be brought back out of the wardrobe, and dusted off from being neglected over the summer months. Dressing gowns truly solve everything. If you don't own a dressing gown, you're missing out. Honestly.

A weird one, but... I swear scents are just so much better. Bonfires, spiced cakes and coffees, pumpkins even!

Conkers and pinecones too, of course.

Why do you love Autumn?
Amber X

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Life After University

Not going to lie, since finishing third year, life has been so different, in ways that are good and bad. It's such a strange position to be in, it's almost like a limbo. I am graduating in a couple of weeks time, but I completed and finished the course back at the end of May. To me, I haven't felt that feeling of it all coming to an end yet. Maybe that's because I know that I will be returning one more time to graduate, but I'm not entirely sure. There has been an 'in-between' if you will. Whereas, with other universities, graduation follows directly after finishing their course. I am looking forward to graduating though and getting on with the next step that continues on from my undergraduate degree.

One of the definite pluses of finishing uni, is having moved back home. I'm such a homebody, I love being at home and being so comfortable in my surroundings here. Granted that I now have adult responsibilities (which are such a bore, I'm so not ready to adult haha), it's been nice to have my room back to how it was before university, and not being spread out over two places is so much nicer. However, a downside to returning to home is the amount of people that I've had ask "Do you know what you're going to do for work?", or "Have you got a job yet?", or "You're going to use your degree aren't you?". I can't help but feel the pressure of it all. It's questions like that that almost make you question your motives and whether there is actually a job out there that will take your interests, and one that you stand a chance with. It's definitely such a stressful time - there is only so much you can do, and if you're as uncertain as I am in what I want to do, it hasn't been helping the matter. When attending uni, I don't think most people think about what you're going to do or what you want to do when it all ends, and I think that was a downfall of mine.

It's also so difficult to not compare yourself, and the position you're in to others, even when you don't mean too. Knowing that some of your friends have landed themselves incredible graduate jobs, and you're left thinking, well why haven't I been capable of doing so? It's going to happen, it will (that's what I'm telling myself anyways). You just can't gage when, everything happens for a reason.

Another thing I have noticed since leaving uni is how fast time has gone, and how much I have done and achieved in that time. It's crazy how quickly things can fall into place for you, especially when you're not imagining them too.An important thing that life after university has taught me is that stressing out is going to get you nowhere. I am literally the worlds best stressor - I can't even help it, but I always stress myself out over the smallest and stupidest of things. It's good to know that finding yourself confused about the process is ok! Trying to relax and staying on top of the job search etc, is the best way to go about it, and something will fall into place eventually. Your time will come!

How did you feel when you finished university?
Amber X

Saturday, 1 September 2018

What To Watch On Netflix Right Now

Yes, I know technically, it's summer still and that means we should all be out making the most of the somewhat decent weather, going on all the walks, attending all the BBQ's and festivals and living it up. But that doesn't mean that we can't have a cosy evening in, watching the somewhat decent weather through a window, paired with eating all the ice cream as if we were outside on the beach.. Whenever I want a night to myself, Netflix is where I start. I don't know if anyone is like me, but I always find myself endlessly scrolling through the masses of TV programmes and films that Netflix has available, never finding something to watch that takes my fancy. If you're like me in this sense, I hope this will give you some inspiration, and stop the forever scrolling time wasting.

The Kissing Booth
If you're in the mood for something super cringe, almost too much cringe, then this is the one I would pick. It follows two best friends, Elle and Lee, who have a set of rules that as best friends, they have to follow. However, one appears to become broken when Elle starts a 'relationship' with Lee's older brother, Noah. 

There is never a time that Friends can't/shouldn't be watched. It is by far one of my favourite tv programmes ever, and I don't think I could get bored of watching it over and over. I also love that you don't have to sit down and watch the episodes in order and they will still make sense to the person watching. But obviously, watch them in order if you haven't seen any of them before.

Hot Fuzz
If you want a comedy, then I'd recommend this one. This film was set in the city of Wells, which isn't too far away from where I live. Being nostalgic, as well as brilliant, Hot Fuzz is about a community of individuals whose secrets become exposed due to new police officer, Sargent Angel, whose moved in from London. Although no one wants to believe Sargent Angel's recent developments, he tries his best to make everyone see.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
This film is just so cute. If you love a chick flick/rom coms, then you'll love this one. Lara Jean writes her feelings down into love letters for 5 guys that she has had a crush on throughout her life, that way she doesn't have to express how she feels. Until one day, the letters got out and she now has a lot of explaining to do. It's definitely one of those feel good films that leaves you feeling warm and whole.

What have you enjoyed on Netflix recently?
Amber X