Autumn Tag

As you all know, I really love autumn!  It’s just so cosy and I really love to be cosy.  Now that I’m on my half term break from school, which started on Wednesday 18th (quite early, but I’m not complaining!), I figured I’ve got some time for some extra blog posts and I’ve decided on doing the Autumn tag.  I’ve seen this floating around for years now, and never managed to source an official set of questions as I’ve noticed everyones vary somewhat.  So, I’ve basically compiled a list of any that I could find on google from all over the place, and I’m going to answer them for you all.

What signifies the start of autumn for you?

Honestly, as soon as my August birthday is done, I am more than ready for autumn!  What really signifies the start of it though for me is smelling everyone with their wood burning stoves on, which I find happens almost every night as I’m walking home from school.  When there are leaves on the floor and the air in the morning is really crisp, that’s when I know autumn has begun.

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Anything which has cinnamon in it.  Something that is spicy, because that always helps to get me in the mood for Christmas too!

What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I love mustards and burgundy, but also cream/oatmeal coloured knits!

What is your favourite Fall drink?

I’m not big on hot drinks to be honest, but I am partial to the odd hot chocolate. My favourite hot chocolate is the dark forest hot chocolate, which tastes like a dark forest gateaux! It also has cream, cherry sauce and a cherry on top; it’s lush.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

Well, as we all know from this post, Riverdale has come back and it  made me very excited!  My thursday evenings are now filled with Riverdale sessions, and I couldn’t be happier.  Another TV show I’m looking forward to is the second season of The Crown on Netflix which is coming out in November!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Really cosy jumpers.  I have a huge jumper and I love wearing it because it’s so warm.  Wearing jumpers is my favourite thing, and I love that I can do it in Autumn so often because the weather is perfect for it!

What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

As anyone who knows me will know, I’m not big on going outside and much prefer the comforts of my own home, however I do love an autumn walk, hunting for conkers and acorns and pinecones, taking pictures of all the colourful leaves and just being cosy in the cold is lovely!

Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

In the UK, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I do love Halloween.  I’ve always remembered it as very special since I’ve been a little girl; the old street I used to live on was always so festive!  Everyone used to decorate their houses for the trick or treaters, and I always loved getting dressed up and wearing spooky makeup.  Now I’m 15, i don’t go trick or treating anymore (mind you, I would if I didn’t think that little kids would find it scary having me out there!!) but I still love carving pumpkins and handing out sweets!

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?

Honestly, I would climb inside our fire if I could!  I’m permanently cold, so whenever the fire is on (it is now, and I’m about a metre away on the sofa and lovely and toasty) you can always find me pretty close by!

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?

I usually use packet hot chocolate (Cadbury is, and always will be the best) but I’ll almost always dress it up with cream on top and marshmallows if we’ve got any!

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?

Um, milk? I don’t understand people who make it with water: I was forced to warm myself up with watery hot chocolate one chilly morning on DofE and it was pretty rank.  I’ll always use milk, and sometimes if I’m feeling really fat, I’ll pour in some double cream too: it makes for the loveliest, creamiest hot chocolate EVER!

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

I love the fact that it is cold in autumn, but I like to protect myself from it at all costs.  I’m constantly wrapped up in millions of layers whenever I exit the house, but somehow I still manage to find myself pretty chilly!  I do love the crisp air in the morning though when I’m walking to school, it really wakes me up!

Do you go pumpkin picking?

I usually buy my pumpkins at the supermarket and I’ve never been pumpkin picking, but I would really love to!

Cold rain or dense fog?

England’s weather is very unpredictable so we never know what we’re going to get (cough cough, Ophelia and your red sun that made everyone think they were going to die for a brief moment) but I love both.  Cold rain is not something I’d opt to venture out in, but I really love sitting inside and listening to rain on the windows, but dense fog is always super spooky and cool.

How good are you at pumpkin carving?

I’d like to say I’m pretty skilled.  With the help of a stencil, I’ve been able to create a few really cool designs on pumpkins!

Favourite autumn candle?

Has to be Yankee Candles Cosy By The Fire.  It’s really nice and spicy and one of my favourite, warm scents.


That’s the end of all my questions I’ve found!  I’m not going to tag anyone, but for those of you who are reading, if you do want to do this tag then you totally should!  Leave me a link to your posts in the comments!

Soph xx

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Autumn Girl tagged me to do this tag, where I make a list of all the things that make me happy and that are my favourites; whether that’s to eat, look at, hear or be around.  I loved the idea of this tag, and I think it’s great that it helps spread positivity!  I know I’ve done quite a few tags recently – well, tomorrow you’re getting an autumn tag so thats only two, but it’s still quite a lot. However, I figured why not break out a few fun and easy extra posts in and amongst my posting schedule!  I hope you all enjoy!

RAIN ON WINDOWS

This is totally one of my absolute favourite ever sounds!  It makes me feel so cosy and I still get to watch and listen to the rain whilst being warm and cosy inside!

HAVING MY ROOM LOOK TIDY

I love it so much when my room is tidy.  When my bed is made, my floor is clear and all my surfaces are clean I can light some candles and put my fairy lights on and feel so cosy.  I also find that having a tidy room helps me feel way more productive and I tend to get on with things more, which is always good!

BLOGGING

I go through phases of blogging loads (cough cough, now – only because I’m on half term though!) and not blogging much at all, but no matter what I always love blogging.  Something about the community and the response people give to your posts is so positive and uplifting, it’s a place I really love to be.

MY CATS

I think we probably all know that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady by now, but I truly do find so much happiness in my cats!  They’re so wonderful, and even though they kind of hate each other, I love to see them together with their personalities clashing; it always makes me laugh!  What’s best though is when I get cuddles with my cats (sometimes against their will but they do love me, even if I do annoy them with my pestering!) and they’re just SO CUTE!

BEING AROUND PEOPLE

My personality is a really odd thing:  I’m very introverted in the way that I cannot be bothered to leave the house, I’m happiest in my bed and so on so forth.  However, as much as I hate being made to go out with people, I always love it when I’m there!  I’m actually a really social person and love being around people and having a laugh, I can just never find the motivation to do it.  I love being in a huge group of people because there’s always something to talk about and someone to talk to!

STATIONARY

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had an extreme love for stationary.  It’s just such a nice thing to have around my room, and I sometimes grow so attached to notebooks that I find myself unable to use them – weird, I know!  I just love having pretty pens and pencils with me at all times and it’s so much fun to just be around nice things!

So, those are just a few of my favourite things in life!  I know this was a super quick post, but that’s okay!

I nominate Alanna and Najida

What are your favourite things?

Soph xx

A Week In My Life: 7th-14th October 2017

I’ve decided I might start doing one of these posts every month.  I’m not sure when I’ll post it, because currently my 14th of October slot is filled up with a post – maybe I’ll throw in an extra post this week anyway, who knows (you know whenever you’re reading this I suppose!).  Anyway, I’ve seen so many people in the blogosphere doing these sorts of ‘Behind The Blog’ posts and I always find them so interesting to read (Najida does some awesome ones that I love!) so I decided I might as well write one of my own, even though my life is inherently boring and all I do is homework and sleep – someone might find it mildly interesting? I’m hoping these posts might also help me to be less ‘bloggy Sophie’ and more ‘sophie sophie’ if you know what I mean, because while I do LOVE chatting to you all about makeup and whatnot, I truly am a pretty boring person who just procrastinates forever and ever and doesn’t get up to much other than being too sarcastic all of the time.  Anyway, it’s 10:21PM on Saturday 7th October 2017, lets see how this one goes.  Pretty mad to think this is going to take me an entire week to write!

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER – A DAY IN WHICH I REACHED NEW HEIGHTS OF CRAZY CAT LADY, QUIZZES AND DESK BUILDING.

Today my grandparents have been down to visit and have been for a while, but my day was mostly spent building a desk with my mum.  I say I built it, but I was probably there for moral support more so than my fine craftsmanship skills. We bought the desk online for £80, so I wasn’t expecting the best quality desk you’d ever seen (which I was fine with because the dimensions fit my room perfectly!) but I at least expected it to be the right colour!  I ordered the desk in white, but it’s literally purple, well it’s more lilac but definitely not white!  It’s also really bad quality and so wobbly, but my dad has managed to fix that and it’s now really sturdy and a nice looking desk, so mum’s going to paint it for me and then all should be well.  I’m planning on maybe doing a desk tour or maybe even a room tour post when everything is finished, so leave me a comment if you fancy that!

Other than desk building, today has been very non descript! I’ve not been that productive with homework which isn’t good because I have way too much food coursework to be procrastinating.  I’ve been mostly chilling with my family, my grandad did a quiz for us all tonight which is somewhat of a weird little fun tradition that we have; I’d like to say I won, but I probably didn’t (I did surprise everyone with my knowledge of science though, myself included.  Perhaps not paying attention in science for the past year hasn’t been that bad of a move and a token gesture of information has seeped in?).  I have been playing with my cat today too (wow, you truly have hit the epitome of sadness Sophie, well done) and got some cute pictures of her, so perhaps I’ll leave one for you all below seen as she is really cute and rather nice to look at.

First, she sleeps.  Then you give her a leaf and she’s suddenly totally awake. Weird.

SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING!

Today my grandparents left and we went shopping into Swindon, which is a town relatively local to where I live.  We needed to go to B&Q to get tiles, but whilst we were there my brother and I got really bored so I bought us hot chocolate and a cuppa and we sat in the cafe and enjoyed those.  It was my first hot chocolate of the season and it was really nice! In B&Q I also got some really cute pictures of some flowers which was nice. After, we went to homesense and dunelm but I was a bit disappointed with homesense as I’d been watching all the hauls people have been doing on YouTube but none of the autumn stuff seemed to be in my store, and all of the candles were pretty rubbish.  Anyway, afterwards we all got really hungry so decided to head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and we ate at Giraffe which is one of my all time FAVE restaurants.  I shared nachos and an enchilada with my mum and it was really good, I also had the mango mama smoothie which is my favourite drink basically in the entire world. After this, I went into paperchase and because everything was slightly discounted I couldn’t resist but pick up a few of their 80p postcards because I love displaying these in my room, and then my brother showed me eight mini christmas crackers that were reduced from £6.20 to £1.75 – how can you turn them down!?  I’m thinking of doing a collective haul after I’ve been shopping next saturday (ooo spoiler for the end of the week!) so I guess I’ll include them in that.  The crackers, albeit a touch early, are adorable and I think I’m going to place them in and around my christmas tree and open them every so often.

Anyway, after that I went into the Yankee candle store, but nothing took my fancy.  I then saw Jack Wills, and everything had about £20 off, so I couldn’t resist.  I bought a really nice blue shirt and a cream jumper, they look so cosy and I really am in love!  Now it’s 7pm and I’m going to tidy around my room a bit and get ready for school tomorrow, do some homework I’ve been procrastinating all weekend and pack my bag, lay out my uniform etc.  Also, this morning mum painted my desk so it’s drying now and she’s going to do a second coat tomorrow – I’m very excited to get it all up and running!

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The super yum hot chocolate I had in the b&q cafe!

Flowers at b&q

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Giraffe, which has some of my fave food and decor in the world!

MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER – SCHOOL, SLEEPING AND SPIDERS!

Last night at about 9pm my little blog hit 500 followers!! I just want to thank everyone so much for that (leave a comment as to how I should celebrate!)

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Today I’ve been violently unproductive. At school I had physics, double English, maths and then an afternoon of PE which is some sort of horrible interform thing where forms compete against each other. We did netball, I managed to get out of playing and I think my form won (probably down to me not being in their team and exhibiting the excellence of my netball skills). Anyway, we sat outside all afternoon which was quite cold.

When I came home I was suddenly very tired, which happens to me basically all the time, so I decided to have a bath and then a short 30 minute nap. However, my alarm went off after half an hour and not surprisingly I managed to ignore it and sleep for approximately two hours. My tiredness has not stopped and it’s currently quarter to eleven so I guess I’m going to sleep soundly tonight! I also did no homework tonight, I didn’t have any due for tomorrow but ideally I’d have liked to have done some, but I didn’t.

This morning, thankfully I wasn’t in the house, my mum saw two horrible spiders within the space of an hour and had to get my dad to remove them (even though he was about to set off for work). I’m so glad I didn’t see them as I probably wouldn’t even have survived through the day I’d be that nervous, but I’m pretty much on the look out 24/7 for spiders now!

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more productive than today, and I’ll be less tired. Anyway, told you my life was violently boring! Thank you for 500 followers, I’ll be back tomorrow!

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER – REVISION AND HOMEWORK, MOSTLY!

Wow, isn’t that just a compelling title for my day; actually, it describes it pretty well. Today has been much more productive than yesterday. Not necessarily at school, but then again I am never productive at school, but at home after school I’d say I’ve done well.  I actually got home at 10 past five instead of my usual 3:35pm, because we had a history revision session after school (I’d like to say this was useful, but it was mostly just messing around and laughing over a lack of knowledge for everything we’ve learnt already) and this is a weekly thing I think, so I guess I’ll be doing it most Tuesday nights.  It did make me feel more productive though so that’s good.

When I got home I had my tea and went on my phone for a while, and ate my tea.  I had a really nice prawn pasta salad from M&S, and then after that I got to work on my French homework which was SO draining.  I then had a small existential crisis about all the work I had to do, then did my biology revision for a test on the nervous system that I have tomorrow.  I used an app called FocusNow, which is basically like an app that allows you to grow a little pumpkin whilst you’re working, and you set the time you want to work for.  If you exit the app, your pumpkin dies.  You also collect your pumpkins in a little farm! I did two 30 minute revision sessions, so I grew two pumpkins in my time, and I really enjoyed using the app.  It’s now half nine, so I’ll probably go take off my makeup and wash my face, and I might do my english homework but I also might not.  Anyway, I’ve felt quite productive tonight and I managed not to have a two-hour nap!

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That’s some of the biology revision I’d been doing, none of which really went in!

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER – TESTS AND HOMEWORK!

My biology test was quite hard, but I hope it went alright. I think quite a few people found it difficult so hopefully if I fail then I wont be the only one!!  We also had a surprise French listening test which was exactly what I was looking for on a dark and cold Wednesday morning in my hellish double french lesson – I got 24/40 (French is not a strong point) which was a C, but only one or two marks away from a B.  My weekdays are really boring, tonight I just did loads of homework, I did english and history predominantly but also did some maths revision just as general practice considering I’m basically awful at maths.  I’ve also started to think about the revision I’m going to have to do this coming October half term, because when we get back to school it’ll be all about the mocks, and the pre mock exams and all sorts, and then it’s GCSEs (which is only a bit scary (note my intense sarcasm!))

So yeah, a very boring night had by me.  Tomorrow night should be more exciting though because the new Riverdale episode is out on Netflix!!  I’m so excited to watch it, I love Riverdale!

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER – RIVERDALE IS FINALLY HERE!

I’ve literally waited about a year ish for this?!  I’m so happy the new episode of Riverdale has finally graced Netflix, and it was SO GOOD!  I’m really wondering who exactly tried to (SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!) kill Fred Andrews, and who killed/tried to kill Miss Grundy at the end.  I thought it could be Betty’s dad, but only based on the fact that the guy in the mask at the end somewhat resembled him, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon and people will come up with so many theories.  Either way, it was AMAZING and I’m so glad it’s back; my Thursday nights will be a lot better now! I also want to know who you prefer together if you watch it: Betty and Jughead or Veronica and Archie.  I really cannot decide!

Anyway, enough rambling about that.  Tonight has been mostly filled with work, surprise surprise.  I’ve finished some English work that I’ve needed to do as I didn’t manage to complete it during the lesson, and I’ve also started some French revision for next Tuesday’s writing exam.  Fun times for me! Tomorrow is the last day of this week and I’m SO happy because it has dragged way too much! Also, we break up from school on Tuesday of next week which is really good as it means I get an extra three days on my holiday.  We got our history tests back today, I did alright, I got a 6 (which is a B) but then miss remarked one of my questions as we’re allowed to query her marking so that we get more familiar with the mark scheme; it took my 16 mark question from 13/16 to 15/16 which was good.  I did struggle with time on that exam, and missed out one of the eight markers, so I think I’ll try and do that tonight in a little while.  I also need to sort all of my recent tests into the right wallets in my folders at home so that when I finally get round to revising they are all there.

We did have double PE today, which is the bane of my existence, however it worked in my favour as I spent most of the lesson with my friend in the medical room because someone had thrown a ball at the side of her face – oh the joys of dodgeball!

Anyway, that’s been my night.  Pretty boring, apart from Riverdale.

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER – NEARLY DYING IN FORM, BLOGGER MAIL AND A PAMPER SESSION!

Okay, maybe that’s a touch dramatic, but it is Friday 13th afterall.

There was some sort of wannabe tarantula in my form this morning, and apparently I’m the only person who has a ‘Oh my god I’m going to die’ experience whenever I see any form of spider.  I had to watch it crawl around and hide in nasty places opposite me on the floor before my form tutor noticed and removed it, but she wasn’t even scared and started to show it to people around the room before she got rid of it.  Mad.  It was like the devil had descended upon the room, I was PETRIFIED.  It literally nearly walked over my foot, I had to move myself to the other side of the classroom before miss managed to safely remove it, and everyone was laughing at me because of this severe terror I’d been put through.  Not fun.

Anyway, after my highly enjoyable spider filled day (which left me permenantly on-edge all day), I got home to some blogger mail which was such a great thing, and exactly what I needed.  I’ll be doing a review soon (Wednesday is the plan, but it could be later than that if I haven’t got time), but for those of you who follow me on instagram (@lovesophblog_ if you aren’t following, or you can just click here to go straight there!) then you’ll have seen some sneak peeks of the product – it’s fair to say that I’m really enjoying it.  Anyway, in light of it’s arrival I decided the best way to try it out would be to have a full blown pamper session for myself!  I had a bath, shaved my legs (so they’re now so soft and its GREAT) and did a hair mask.  After that, I got out and moisturised my body with the amazing body milk that I got in Augusts Betty Box and washed my face and did a face mask, and tried out the facial oil I’d been sent. A full review to come, but it was so lovely and relaxing, both me and my mum love it!

So yeah, not a productive day or evening but I did really enjoy a little bit of ‘me-time’!  I’m going to go to bed basically now because I’m up early to catch the train to Southampton to go shopping tomorrow.

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING AND EATING OUT!

Today has been so lovely!  My mum and I went into Southampton for a really good shop, as we love the shopping centre, West Quay, that is there.  West Quay is so great and filled with all my fave shops, so it’s fair to say I did a bit of damage.  I went into Jack Wills and bought myself a shirt, and mum got me a bodywarmer and a purse (that matches my school bag!!) for christmas.  I always go out to buy my christmas presents with mum because I actually kind of hate surprises so I like to know what I’m getting! In hollister, I bought a long sleeved top with buttons on the chest in this really beautiful burgundy colour, and the most gorgeous, cosy jumper ever! If you’d like to see these in a haul/lookbook post then do tell me in the comments as I love a good haul post but feel like sometimes people can get bored of them!  I also grabbed myself a little pot vase thing in Tiger which I’m using as a pen pot and it’s really nice, and some postcards (again!) in paperchase, but they were just too cute to resist.

Mum and I had lunch out in TGI Fridays, which is definitely our favourite restaurant because we’ve always gone there to eat out basically since I was little. We always get loads of appetisiers to share because we can never decide what to get, so we got a sharing portion of chicken nachos, loaded potato skins and a side of fries.  It was so good, and I loved the decor (although I forgot to grab any pictures); I’d really reccomend TGI Fridays in Southampton, but the one near to West Quay as I think it’s a lot nicer!

Anyway, below is a picture of me.  I wore my Topshop Leigh jeans, Converse and my Jack Wills blue shirt, but I also had a cream jumper from Jack Wills to throw on incase I got too cold (which happened on multiple occasions!)

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Please try to ignore my ‘broken’ looking foot, I have some weird habit of standing like this for photos!


 

So, thats the week over! This was maybe one of the longest posts I’ve done (3141 words!) so if you’ve gotten this far I congratulate you!  How was your week?  If you’ve got a similar post to this make sure to link me to it in the comments so I can have a read!

Soph xx

The Birdhouse Calligraphy: Beautiful Calligraphy, Quotes and More!

Recently, The Birdhouse Calligraphy got in touch with me asking if I could feature some of their products on my blog.  I love working with brands, and when I saw their products I completely fell in love and jumped at the opportunity.  I was sent over a gorgeous card, which I’ll be using for my Mum’s birthday (when this goes up, that will have been yesterday!)

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Not only is this card super gorgeous, it’s beautifully crafted and so relevant to me and my mum!  I totally love it!

The Birdhouse Calligraphy offers many designs on their website, all hand written in beautiful calligraphy, and they do quotes and cards.  The quotes can be framed around your house, or just used as a gift or anything really!  They’re beautiful and many are so inspiring: plus, there are lots of pieces available for animal lovers!  You can see examples of their lovely work on their instagram here or on their etsy store here.

I truly am in love with their designs, and I think that Louise is so talented.  I’ve featured some images of their other designs below, which are my absolute favourites!

Those are some of my favourite designs from the shop: they’re so pretty and would look so lovely pegged up on a photo line (I have one of these in my room, filled with pictures and postcards from paperchase: these quotes would make such a wonderful addition!). However, if you don’t find one that tickles your fancy, worry not.  You can always ask for a personalised design, they make whatever you want, which is so lovely.  Everything is hand drawn, there is no digital printing; this makes it personal, and so sentimental.  I love thoughtful brands like The Birdhouse Calligraphy – they’re so special!

Also, Louise has given me a 10% off code for my readers, which you should totally use! It’s THANKS10 !

Soph xx

My Top 5 Favourite Netflix TV Shows!

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a Netflix junkie and have watched basically everything on there (this is a HUGE understatement, but it sometimes feels like I have!).  This means that when searching for new things to watch, it can be quite difficult as you scroll through endless episodes of Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls (I love PLL, but it totally got boring towards the end for me – I haven’t watched Gilmore Girls though), looking for something a bit more exciting to watch.  Thats why I’m here today to reccomend you a few of my favourite ever shows on Netflix.

And you know, you’ve just gone back to school – what better way to procrastinate than by binging TV shows none stop!

Pride and Prejudice

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No, not the film.  The 100% perfect TV series with none other than Colin Firth playing Mr Darcy.  This is, for me, the ultimate love story and I totally have watched it maybe 50 times?  Every moment just has you doing the little ‘SQUEEEE!’ happy noises because it’s just so good!  There isn’t a character I don’t like, Lizzie is so amazing, as is Jane and all the other sisters (apart from Mary who I kind of hate) and then you have their parents who are the best, Mrs Bennet makes me laugh so much.  Don’t even get me started on Mr Darcy!

Gossip Girl

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A classic which I know many people like, but it took me such a long time to get round to watching Gossip Girl, and then I couldn’t stop!  With it being the 10 year anniversary recently I figured I had to watch it again.  I love all the characters so much, and the show never gets boring because the drama is just TOO GOOD! I still have a problem with the gossip girl reveal because there are just way too many gaps in the plot for it to work!

Skins

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Skins is the ultimate British actual realistic TV programme! All the characters through all the generations were super fun and exciting, everyone is really relatable and not only that, its based in Bristol in an actual realistic place.  Each generation is not better than the first, but they’re still good!  I’d really recommend this one, but if you don’t have netflix then it’s on Channel 4 catch up!

Riverdale

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I’m super excited for Riverdale to come back with season 2 in October, but until then I’ll just have to keep rewatching the first season!  It’s a mystery based programme but it doesn’t get boring, and the actual mystery is interesting and isn’t dragged out which can happen with some things.  The plot is really good and all the actors are so good, I especially love Camilla Mendes who plays Veronica!

Orange Is The New Black

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I love this SO MUCH!  I’ve only recently started watching it but I’m about halfway through and honestly its just so good, I love all the characters (apart from Alex, you suck at the moment) and it’s just such a fun thing to watch.  It’s basically about an all women’s minimum security prison and what goes on there.  Piper is such a great character too!

Do you watch any of these shows?  Whats your favourite TV show? Let me know!

Soph xx

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Whats In My School Bag 2017

Back to school season is well and truly upon us, and I couldn’t be more displeased?  The summer has truly run away with me, and now I’m forced to go into year 11, a year I’m sure will be filled with stress and inevitable procrastination.  Anyway, as we all know from my previous post, a BTS Stationery Haul, I love buying new bits for back to school, and that doesn’t stop at my school bag.

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This is my bag, it’s from Jack Wills and was £54, which is quite a lot for a school bag however with my unidays student discount (you can sign up here, and it gives you some great discounts on loads of brands and saves you tonnes of money!) it came to around £49, which while it isn’t the hugest saving ever, it’s decent enough! I love the bag, it has loads of room and lots of compartments which I find super useful for organising my things.

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In the front pocket, I have this little Jack Wills bag which holds some of my essentials for every day, and also some products I need around that time of the month.  It’s quite big, so I can hold lots in it, and I love that it fits perfectly into the front pocket of the bag, which is also really roomy.  I also have some tissues in there, and some headphones for walking home or just listening to music in lessons if we’re allowed.  I also have a really small pencil case, with a pen, pencil and highlighter incase I need a spare or I forget my main pencil case.

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The first thing I have inside the bag is in the little pocket on the inside of the front.  This would also hold my phone when I go to school.  For now, it holds my timetable, some plasters (these are so useful, especially if you take food technology as I always accidentally end up cutting myself on something!), my favourite lip balm, a bobble, my keys and some tictacs.

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Now, into the main pocket of my bag.  The first thing I’ve got is my lunch box.  This is from tiger and it was only £2, and it’s so clever!  Basically, it’s collapsible, so when you’ve finished your lunch you can just compress it, and it’ll slot into your bag really easily.  I’m hoping that it’ll help me actually eat lunch at school and hopefully eat healthier!

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Next is my pencil case, it was £3 from tesco and I really like it because it’s so roomy.  I have in it some highlighters, pens, pencils, a really small glue, a ruler, a rubber, some page flags and some very ruined coloured pens.

I also have some books for my first day in there, and my copy of Romeo and Juliet.  In the back pouch which is actually a laptop compartment, I keep a document wallet in a navy colour which matches the bag and will be great for storing any loose sheets of paper.  I also have a calculator and a maths set, which I have to use a lot, much to my dissapointment.

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So, thats everything in my bag.  It will of course fill up over the next few days with books and textbooks and other desperate requirements, however it’s roomy enough so I should be okay.  I really like this bag, and I’m sure it’ll see me through the whole year.  Whats your school bag essential?

Soph xx

 

Back To School Stationery Haul

A few pits I picked up for back to school!

Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I am going into year 11 in September.  Yes, GCSE year. Only a ~bit~ nervous!  Before I go back to school every year, I like to pick up some bits of stationery to bring with me that year; sometimes its a lot, other times not so much.  This year, there isn't as much as I'd usually get, however I do have a few more bits to pick up. Since I had big end of year exams in year 10, I had bought all the folders and things that I need for my subjects in year 11, and also all my books and revision guides at the start of year 10.  So, this post basically just shows you some of the staples that I need for the year that I've bought now, and then I'll pick up a couple of extra bits I need next time I'm out shopping.  I also need to get a new school bag, and so I'll do a post all about that and what I'm keeping in it, along with everything else that will be in my pencil case!

Now thats explained, I'll move onto what I actually bought! Everything in this post is from Tesco, as their back to school stuff is amazing value and super great quality.

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The first thing I picked up was my new pencil case, and this was £3.00!  It's so cute, and it's a canvas material, super roomy and not really very structured, which I really like as I can fit more into it, and it goes into my bag easier too.  I love the pattern on it, and it's lined with a really nice hot pink fabric, which will be really easy to wipe down so that it wont get too dirty! Also, another thing I like about this is that the zip is really sturdy rubber, you can't see it in this picture, but it's strong and should last me the whole year!

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I also got some pens and pencils, pretty obvious necessities really.  My favourite pens are these ballpoint ones from Papermate in the InkJoy range; they write so smoothly and they're amazing to hold.  They were £1.50 for five. I also got these Zebra retractable ballpoint pens and they were £2.00 for ten.  These are hands down my favourite pens, they write really nicely, don't smudge (so they work great with highlighters), and have really comfortable grips on them.  I also got some Staedtler pencils, and this pack is great as you get a whole variety of widths of pencil lead (I think that's what the B's and H's and numbers mean!) – they were £1.50.

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You can't see too well in this picture, but I also got five document wallets for £1.00, which is amazing value.  They came in light blue, like a normal blue shade, navy blue, black and hot pink.  I like to keep a couple of these in my bag at a time, one for loose sheets and letters and the other to keep in any books I use for english or any revision guides, because I like to have those separate from my other bits for whatever reason!  Plus, when I have one folder for loose sheets/homework sheets it makes it really easy to keep them separate, take them home and put them in the right folders or just know where my homework is for when I finally decide to do it!

I also got some rubbers (or erasers, as I know that for some people 'rubbers' has an entirely different meaning!!) in various different sizes and colours.  I like this, because it should last me all throughout the year; I use pen most often and so I don't find myself needing a rubber that often apart from if I'm drawing diagrams in Geography or something.  This pack was only £1.00, and it's great value.

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The final thing I picked up was this pack of glue sticks for £2.50, and I really like this pack as it has smaller glue sticks which are perfect for my pencil case.  School never has enough glue in some lessons and so I figured it would be easier if I just had a mini one in my pencil case.  I don't know how good they'll be, but I guess we'll see.


Thats all the main things I've picked up for year 11, things like highlighters and a ruler I already have in my house and you'll see that in another post!

Soph xx

 

Making You Feel Better During That Time Of The Month: Betty Box Review

Recently, Betty Box got in touch with me asking if I’d like to review their monthly subscription box which is centred around your period and designed especially for teen girls (although I can imagine that people who aren’t teenagers would love this too, it is just full of great bits and bobs that really help you feel that bit more normal during that time of the month!), and of course I jumped at the chance and said yes!  This box is filled with loads of treats to make your period less of a pain, and because you design it when you subscribe, it comes with the sanitary products you love and know work for you – all for £6.99 for your first box, then £10.50 every month after.  For the price, what you get is such a bargain!

So, how exactly does Betty Box work? I wondered the exact same, because of course, everyone’s periods are different, they fall at different times of the month and need all sorts of products.  Betty box has such a unique and personalised subscription service, so the box you receive every month is perfectly tailored to you and your body!

  • The box contains everything you’ll need to get you through the month, in a handy little pouch labelled ‘for now’, you receive liners and pads, in a box labelled ‘for later’, you receive your choice of sanitary products for the daytime, and in a box labelled ‘for night’, you receive your choice of products for the nighttime!  It’s so customisable, as Betty Box have loads of brands to choose from, and you can get a selection of all pads, all tampons, or a mixed selection!  I chose to have a mixed selection of products, in order to truly test out everything.  Betty Box have all sorts of brands, including Always, Body Form, Tampax, Lil Lets and Kotex – you’re sure to find something that you use or that works for you and your body with their huge selection!
  • Once you’ve made your box by going online and choosing all the sanitary products you want in there, you then pick a delivery date.  At first, this is where I thought how can a box like this work if there is only one date it is delivered on.  Of course, there isn’t just one date – there are three!  This way you choose either the 10th, 20th or 28th of the month to have your box sent to you, so it comes in time for your period!

Betty Box is a teen version of the popular subscription box for periods called ‘Pink Parcel’, and they also have a website, Betty.Me, where they write about everything and anything you could want to read about: style, lifestyle, body and people.  It’s like an online magazine!

Anyway, I’m sure you’re all here to see what is inside the box – so let’s get on to it!

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So, in the box you get a huge variety of things: I was so excited whilst unpacking this!  In the box labelled ‘for night’, I got four longer length nighttime pads, in the box labelled ‘for later’ I got three pads and fourteen tampons, and in that gorgeous striped pouch I got six liners and three pads.  So far, I would say that you’ve got a huge bargain for what you’re paying, as you have enough to last you through your period (just about, I know I would need a little more than this but for the average light-medium period, this is perfect!).  Also, can we just talk about the packaging on this: it’s so bright and happy, so it’ll really help to brighten your mood when you might be feeling a bit down in the dumps!

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The pouch full of liners and pads is so great. I love this addition as not only does it add some variety to the box and break up the flow of boxes within a box, but it’s super useful!  I know that I’ll be taking this in my bag with me now, and it’s nice and compact but still manages to fit enough into it for what you’ll need.  Plus, the hot pink and blue stripes are so vibrant and summery!

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These two boxes of supplies I really loved, not only for the fun packaging but I really like the way they open.  It makes the products so accessible and you can just have these in your cupboard and it’s easy to grab what you need!

Now, onto the bit of the box I was most excited about: ‘For You’. This box is filled with lovely bits and bobs to make you feel nice and special, and it did not disappoint! Plus, you get decently sized items and not very tiny samples, which is always a plus!

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So, this is everything you get in the box.  A total of eight things, that are amazing quality, alongside a little magazine which gives loads of information on all the products, what’s not to like? My personal favourite so far has been the Candy Kittens, but I might be a bit biased because I love anything that is sweets and cats related, so put the two together and you’ve got my attention!  Plus, they tasted like blueberry and weren’t overly sour, which is just what I like!

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Another one of my favourites from the box, and something I have been wearing all the time since receiving it, has been this Lisa Angel bracelet.  I love dainty jewellery, it looks so understated yet still so gorgeous, and this is no exception! I can see me wearing this with so many things, and I am loving the combination of rose gold and silver together, which is something I might not have gone for had I have seen it in shops.

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I also really loved these hair ties, which I have always been so dubious about, but I’m so glad I got the chance to try them!  You know the ones, the scary plastic springy loops that claim to be ‘snag free’ and that they’ll ‘leave your hair without marks after wear’ – well they’re not lying!  These really are so comfy to wear and my hair doesn’t get damaged by them, which proves that even the thinnest of hair works with these guys!  Plus, the gorgeous neon coral colour is perfect for summer, and these not only look great in your hair but when you’ve got them around your wrist they’re the perfect addition to any outfit!

The box also contained the coconut and coffee scrub by Scrub Love: I’ve always been so interested in coffee based scrubs, but never actually gotten round to trying them.  Let me tell you, I tried this tonight and its so good! Seriously, my skin hasn’t felt as soft in a long time!  The smell of coffee is very strong, and the mixture of coconut is really quite unique, I imagine it is quite an acquired scent – if you don’t like the strong smell of coffee then you might not like this.  However, I love a good coffee smell, and I found this one particularly revitalising!  The scent does linger on your skin for a while afterwards, which is great, but I would probably mask it with a body lotion if I was going to be around people because I think it smells a little strong and you might not at first identify it as coffee.  However, this super gentle scrub makes my skin feel luxuriously soft and I really love it!

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This Anatomicals hair mask was also included, which I know I’m going to love.  I always get on really well with anatomicals products and I’m sure this will be no exception; plus, the packaging is always really fun which makes for a nice product usually!

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These were the final three items, and I am so excited to try them out.  The nail polish is a gorgeous pale mint shade and is from L’oreal, and the Korres bath milk smells of bergamot and pear – I think it will be lovely and summery and I am really excited to try it out.  Having used the face wash by Balanceme, I can assure you that it is great!  It felt super natural and the scent wasn’t overpowering, and it left my face feeling soft and clean!

So, that’s the end of this post!  I was so happy with this Betty Box, its great value for money and something I’d really recommend to everyone!

Also, thank you for 400 followers!  That is so insane – comment a way you think I should celebrate!

Soph xx

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My Stationary Favourites

I’m a self confessed stationary junkie, and so when I find cute stationary I will buy it.  I have my selected favourites, and I’m always using them.  I use cute stationary all the time; when I’m revising, doing homework and just making notes – I have enough to sink a ship and figured I would share with you guys some of my favourite bits.

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I love ring-binder folders, and I use them for everything; they’re so useful for storing my revision notes in for GCSEs and considering I’m in year 10, I assume I’m going to start to build up quite the collection!  Wilko do such amazing, but cheap stationary and their folders are no exception.  This one is so pretty, and I am in love with the gold foil writing ‘Hello Lovely’ – plus, it was only £1.25! I’m going to use this for English at the moment, and I’m going to gather myself a collection of pretty folders for each subject, it just helps to make revising that little bit easier!

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Revision cards are so useful, however sometimes I find them to be a little small or flimsy feeling, so I like to use these Silvine record cards, which are only £1.00 for 100!  They’re great for writing quotes on to learn, and then I like to stick them onto my wall so I can see them every day and they’ll ingrain in my memory.  I like that they’re a clean white ruled card, and they’re not super flimsy either.

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I’m a total highlighter junkie, and Stabilo Boss make the best highlighters.  I love the skinny flash ones, because they’re so easy to fit inside pencil cases, and they’re easier to hold than the fatter chunky ones.  Only, they run out quicker and don’t have as many colour options.  The chunky ones come in huge packs of eight with really interesting colours, and I love them because they’re so vibrant.

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On the topic of pens, I love fineliners.  Staedtler do some great ones, and I really like to use these fineliners.  They’re great for mindmaps, or writing notes in my planner.

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Finally, possibly the most used out of all my favourites, my planner.  Because all my homework for school is online, I love to keep track of it all in a planner like this cute one from paperchase, and then highlight it when I’m done. It helps me to keep track of everything I’m doing day to day, and I can stay more organised.

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So, I hope you all liked these favourites.  I’m planning on doing a whole huge post on revision and how I revise, although I know it’s not very apt considering GCSEs have started (how did they go, by the way, for those of you who’ve been doing them recently?) but better late than never right!  Anyway, I have my Year 10 exams soon, so I’m trying my hardest to start revision for those and get decent grades, which is unlikely but we can pray!

Soph xx

Summer Goals 2017

Featured image taken by me: beach huts in Lyme Regis

I think making goals for the season ahead can be a really nice way to put your priorities into perspective and help you stay organised and on track with what you want to achieve throughout that season.  Most of my goals for previous seasons always seem to be more academic, hence why I always feel overwhelmed by them and never end up fully doing a good job at it; they’re too broad and for a procrastinating soul like myself, they’re often not achievable! I’ve decided that for the summer season (even though I’d technically say we’re still in Spring, until Saturday I think, but I’m looking forward to summer in a big way!) I’m going to take my goals and really pinpoint what I want to get out of the season through them – and try not to focus them around school too much!

1. Visit more places

I’m going to do a summer bucket list soon, as I have lots of places I want to go and things I want to do this summer, but one of my largest goals is to visit lots of lovely places in the UK.  This is my first proper summer living down south, and not only do I want to make the most of the good weather (all my friends say it’s not really that hot, but having come from the 15 degrees maximum north of the UK to the sometimes 26 degrees south of the UK, I assure you the heat difference is immense and also very lovely) but I want to make the most of this nice weather in lovely places.  We’ve recently had some amazing spring weather and last weekend I went to two lovely beaches with my family: Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis, both of which were lovely.  I fell asleep on Chesil Beach, which was a huge pebbly beach but the pebbles weren’t hard and nasty, they moulded into really nice beds, hence my sleeping.  Lyme Regis was very English seaside, which I love and the beach huts were really pretty.  My main goal really, is to enjoy what the UK has to offer over Summer and visit lots of pretty beaches and take lots of lovely pictures, especially when my best friend comes down from Yorkshire to see me!

2. Stay on top of my homework/coursework:

I know, I said I’d refrain from the academic goals but this is one I want to achieve and strive towards.  Homework piles up really quickly, especially now I’m doing my GCSEs and I really do try to tackle it in an efficient way but it still seems to be drowning me!  Do any of you also get this problem?  I’ve decided to try get loads of homework done during the evening as soon as I get back from school, and not to do it the night before it’s due.  I have serious respect for those of you who can just do your homework and coursework the day you get it, no distractions or procrastination involved  because I always procrastinate on my phone!

3. Make my life more organised

My life is a mess sometimes, I’m never organised and even the simplest things like not packing my bag for school the night before really make me go into unorganised meltdown!  I’m planning on (not that we can promise this will happen!) making my life a little more organised; keeping my room clean and tidy, keeping track of my blog posts and always having something up to schedule, getting myself ready for school the night before, waking up early and other small bits and bobs to keep me organised on a daily basis!

4. Watch everything on my Netflix watch list

Am I the only person who gets irrationally annoyed when my watch list on Netflix is a mess?  I have so many things listed on there for me to watch and so little time; having already watched Gossip Girl and Skins, I’ve decided to rewatch both (and not for the first time either!) but this leaves me in a predicament.  I have basically no time to watch any of the others I want to watch like Riverdale and Stranger Things.  I cannot wait for the Easter holidays, because lazy old me will be going on a massive binging session, especially when the new season of PLL comes out!

So, those were my goals for the spring/summer months.  I hope you enjoyed them – what are your goals?  Have you got any netflix recommendations for me, even though my watch list is too long to function! Have a lovely week!

Soph xx