Vintage Shopping

Spending a day with our little Moletti Bunny is always going to put a smile on my face. We often have a wonder around the little shops in town and end up shooting a photo session in the parks, along with seeing some disgraceful sights.. (Personal joke with Mol, you’d all feel sick if we shared our experience)

For this day, even putting on makeup in my room was making me flustered so I knew a coat wasn’t necessary. A coat will always be a statement to an outfit, so picking clothes that speak for themselves can be tough.

T – Shirt – Primark £2.50
Dungarees – Urban Outfitters £15 (I paid £13.50)
Tights – Primark £3 (for 5 pairs)
Boots – Primark £18
Backpack – New Look £19.99
Bangle – A good luck present from my Aunt ♡

I opted for the grey denim dungarees that I recently purchased from Urban Outfitters, from £56 to £15, THEN a further 10% off for Students.. I know. Thank me later. I was stupidly paranoid about my size, and was so close to changing into an all black from head to toe but I stuck with my guns and actually got complimented a few times too.. *blush*. To try and prevent me from vomiting every time I saw my legs in a reflection, I threw on some thick skin coloured tights to blur out any imperfections and stomped around in my bulky boots.
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Being a cheap and cheerful student, I am forever buying plain Primark T-Shirts (typically men’s, as the looser fit is far more comfortable and easy to layer!) I was evidently feeling maroon, as I kept it consistent throughout my lips and eyeliner too. Through camera I look puffy eye’d and potentially ‘high’, but I can assure you I was not; and this also wasn’t the case up in person!

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Eyeliner in Berry Wine – MUA £1 
Lipstick in Persian Plum – MUA £1.50 

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I always find myself dragging friend’s to the Re:So Shop hidden away in the Marland’s! I think it’s the sickest shop, and everything I love from interior to the actual product being sold. I admire these students for running the business and keeping up with their career, I can definitely see myself working in such a cool place. 

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(My head peeking through the mirror.. Excellent blogging skills)
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(I am able to access any business cards if interested, there are different sections to the store that belong to different students and their little independent set up’s)


We didn’t end up purchasing anything for ourselves from our stroll around, therefore a haul won’t be included, but I hoped you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Thank You ♡

Holographic

If you’re feeling that your outfit is a little dull this A/W, adding a holographic bag will provide you with that instant shock of colour through a different approach. Opting for an accessory that changes shades depending on daylight will have you standing out from that crowd, even in a minimalistic outfit.
The mood board down below was designed for a unit called Design Skills, which focuses mainly on magazine layouts and the techniques they use to draw the target audience into the article.
I concentrated on Shopping bags, and after my research, my results concluded that holographic was the trend to be involved in this season.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Little Life Update

Having coped four weeks away from home, I think i’m content enough to write about my experience of University so far.
If, like me, you’re way too attached to your parents, then of course it’s going to be an absolute roller coaster of a journey but knuckling down on your assignments soon passes the time away.
I haven’t visited home as of yet, and my first trip back will be for my Mum’s birthday in just over a week (Couldn’t be more nervous and excited!). The thought of driving through a three and a half hour journey by myself is eating me alive, but the people waiting at the other end will make up for that con!
I’m also dreading the tears, and emotional talk that will be constant over the long weekend that i’ll be spending in the Midlands. I can imagine it will only make me want to avoid University altogether.
And, of course, those goodbyes! I’ll never be good at those, but you have to do what you have to do.
Think of that degree Chloe; think of that magazine spread that has your name underneath. Reminding myself every day that i’m doing this to better myself and to make my Old’ man proud.
I pushed aside any expectations that I had for Southampton, to prevent disappointment. Having done this, I am way too pleased with the outcome. Living in halls can be a pain up the backside sometimes for obvious reasons, too loud when you need sleep, people not washing up their plates until they run out of places to eat their food from and the friction that can be caused when two people disagree on one thing. But don’t let that fool you! I went to work for just 4.5 hours and already missed my flat mates. I head straight to the door across the corridor from me the minute I feel doubt, or loneliness. I wake up to notes under my door to make me smile, or encourage me to continue in what i’m doing. If it wasn’t for this annoying group of divs, I wouldn’t leave my bed. (Warning – Soppy content throughout).
Food. Garlic Bread. Pasta. Cheese.
Seem’s so typical of a student, but honestly you look forward to eating a bowl of creamy carbs at the end of a days work. Also, going home to your Mum’s home made pie and chips will be so much more appreciated. If you’re reading this Mum, just 8 days and i’ll be expecting to smell pastry! (Thank you & love you in advance).
Nagging my brother for our printer from home for three weeks got tedious in the end. So I took the plunge last night and invested in my own. I am the kind of person that would need to have a talk to myself after spending over £15 on one shopping trip! Budget is my middle name. So after calling up my parents, and grandparents, and even got my flat mates advice, I finally ended up splashing out at 1:20 AM (the printer was only £30 anyway.. Bargain if you were to ask a normal person, or a person not obsessed with saving their dough).
The work load in itself, I do genuinely enjoy. So far I’ve had tasks including magazine spreads; photo shoots (me being the model, AH!); moods boards and blog posts!
I am yet to publish my work onto my blog, and still awaiting on the finalized images from my Photography tutor.

This may seem a doddle, but that’s in-between the major pile of essay questions and research folders that need completing too. I’m sure i’ll end up sick of seeing my laptop screen, but as of now, i’m doing good.
I’ll leave it here, as I have nothing else that springs to mind to update you guys on. I can cover any topics about University in more detail if it is requested. Tweet me – @Ch1oeleigh.
(Whatever doubt I feel, I refuse to give up! One day I will be Alexa Chung..)  ♡

Moving Out

Frightening title for a frightening stage of my life!
After months of being adamant I wasn’t going to be able to cope at University, I’m finally coming to terms with the whole situation. Who would have thought it?
If you know me on a personal level, you will know I am extremely family orientated. I was determined to give University a go, a trial if you will, but never saw myself sticking around for more than a few months with my family being three and a half hours away from my residence.
I have been making plenty of purchases within the last four weeks and am still in need of a long list of items but what I have to date will be shown in my next blog post.
My accommodation is also finalised, and I am massively impressed with my study room. I had already visited a block of flats on the open day, but at a separate location that I am now going to be staying in. Therefore a rough guide was given but nothing solid to work with in terms of décor and colour schemes.
I have been updating myself none stop with emails from my University so I don’t miss any important dates or events, keeping myself notified on their social media has been a huge help too. So much so that I am now added into a Facebook group with the girls that will be studying the same course as I. It’s completely mind-settling to actually get to know these lovely ladies before meeting them, and having an insight on how they’re feeling before we all leave our cosy bedrooms at home. We are all in the same boat and I’m truly grateful for being found by these girls and stupidly excited to meet them at Freshers Week! If you’re heading to Uni soon, definitely check their Facebook page (Or taking my experience into consideration, I was found on Twitter just by stating I was going to start studying Fashion Journalism and made sure to tag the University handle too!)
Personally, I’m not certain that I’ll ever be ready to move away from home, but how on earth will I know if I don’t just dive head first into it? On one hand I am absolutely against leaving. I have my laptop booted up and am researching ‘what happens if you drop out of your studies’ and on the other hand, I am making lists of all the places I want to visit once I’m settled; the food I need to buy; organisation tips from other bloggers and endless photos of things I’m still yet to purchase to make my space look homely. But when I think about it overall, three years of my time is not going to matter when I have a lifetime of income and a career I am fully satisfied with that also allows me to challenge and further myself in something I am truly passionate about. Also, what the heck, my phone is with me 24/7 I can just call my parents/grandparents/partner whenever I dam feel. Plus I didn’t spend all of my wages on a car and not visit home?
At first it will be completely daunting and the most lonely place on earth. Just please remember that it will always get better.
This too shall pass.
You’ll learn to love your environment whilst your also learning to meet new people, and juggle your independence with your studies. You’ll learn how quick you can wake up in the morning and dart to your lecture. Be determined in your work and achieve all that you can, be aware what is going on around you but lastly; Have fun out there!
Tweet me your thoughts and feelings about University.
Twitter – @Chloe_Cordell

Binning the Bootea!

Having tried the 14 day Tiny Tea detox March last year, I thought why not treat myself again a year on, experimenting with different brands. 

I researched for days trying to find the most effective detox tea and narrowed my results down to BooTea (14 day detox). With it being stocked in my local Holland and Barrot I instantly thought ‘brilliant! It must be decent if my favorite whole foods shop are claiming it’s a best seller!’ Hm.. Not quite the impression I got afterwards. 
Pros.. It really did give me energy, I felt like I wanted to spend my days outdoors in the sunshine rather than cooped up in bed reading books and blogs, which is a hella’ good sign. I’ve always been one for wasting potentially productive days to John Green (but he’s so worth my time). 
I felt my skin cleared up for a few days, but then my acne came back in full speed all over my body (which is the reason I purchased this teatox in the first place!). It was pleasant to have clear skin for almost a week but towards the end I was greeted by the most painful blemishes.
The taste! Oh man it tastes so good, especially the night time cleanse, was so fresh and nourishing. However to me I would have personally preferred to drink it in the morning because the smell was so refreshing and minty! (I stuck to instructions but was tempted..) 
Cons.. Why in the world has it got such powerful laxative effects! I mean I know it’s kind of a ‘pro’ as all of the toxins are released from your system but it gave you about 5-6 hours to get your day over and done with before needing the toilet   I KNOW TMI BUT A REVIEW IS AN HONEST OPINION I DO APOLOGIZE!
I didn’t feel that one daytime tea, and one nighttime cleanse every other day was doing much to my body other than making me need the toilet too often. I can understand how that might sound contradicting, but I weren’t necessarily phased by that issue, as I expected the laxative effect! I also expected to be less bloated and to finish my teatox with clear skin and possibly lose a few pounds from it all? But I didn’t get any of that! I did follow a healthy meal plan as always with balanced choices and regular exercise (I have been loving Charlotte Crosby’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz ❤️❤️❤️❤️) 

To conclude, I wouldn’t be repurchasing from this company, I was sadly disappointed but my experience with Tiny Tea last year was wonderful and I will make that my go to detox! I noticed less bloated within 48 hours and lost 3 pounds within 4 days! Unfortunately I have my comparison photos on an old phone and am unable to post them online as the old phone is completely *bleep*. My skin cleared up magically after using Tiny Tea and the customer service from their team was delightful after a series of unfortunate events with my delivery. I have known just two others that have had a similar experience to my own based on the Bootea detox and wanted to know your thoughts and feelings if you had tried it! 

Thank you so much for reading,

Chlo x