Sunday, 10 November 2013

music of the month: september, october and november



(whispers) hello friends i am very sorry for the absence i may have been busy with uni work but also i was watching many crap films, talking to as many people to try and make new friends and just in general not in the bloggy mood (whispers)

SO let us breathe life back into this wee blog I am still very much fond of, and pleased with, the amount of people who have actually come across here! Thank you so much for following, commenting and just in general being super duper awesome!

I was inspired today to get back into posting on this blog after receiving an email from Holly over at A Daydreamers Thoughts that it was her one year blogoversary - Congratulations! But what was the absolute loveliest thing about it was that she made a post about all the people she has met and talked to that have inspired her in some way shape or form. It is absolutely lovely to read, and now it's her turn to be inspiring - thanks Holly for reminding me about the fun-ness of blogging!! <3 Go check out her blog and send her some love, she deserves it!

So nostalgia and music hmmm? One of the things I have been doing a lot recently is listening to music. I am not sure if this is because I am at a stage in my life where things were changing a lot and the music I chose was either nostalgic (I had heard it when I was younger) or nostalgic-inducing (it made me think of school/memories etc.) but whenever I listen to some of this stuff it just makes me think of Aberdeen, a new life and new memories!

So I'm just going to kick it off with this tune which has become very popular recently:

OneRepublic - Counting Stars



I listened to One Republic - Good Life on repeat when I was just about to move to Aberdeen and was bored out of my mind, and it literally just made me think of school. Which is weird as I hadn't actually heard the song in its entirety at any point in my school career, so I don't know why it makes me think of that. Anywho - I asked my sister to send me over a bunch of songs as I was running out of ones to obsess over, and Counting Stars was one of those. I then heard it playing in a shop and I wondered why the heck it was on the radio, and then I heard it in loads of other places and, even though I still like the song, it has lost some of the personal-ness to it once I heard people drunkenly singing along to it in one of the other flats the other night.... heh.

I then moved on to a little phase I like to call: the 90s called and want your itunes playlist called "crap" back.




I then decided to try listening to one of the popular songs of AM - the new Arctic Monkeys album, and discovered I really liked it. Who knew eh?



I went on a spree of listening to Golden Brown by the Stranglers and bloody hell it is probably one of my favourite songs ever. Please listen to this at least once before you die.



And currently I am on a Keane revival after I saw their Best of Keane CD advert on Youtube and remembered how awesome their songs were.



Listen to them, maybe feel a little nostalgic for simpler times, (apart from Do I Wanna Know, which is totally a song to have sex to) and also not judge me. Please. Do not judge me.....

Much love to you all, and a merry time listening to Christmas songs in November.

CIAO
Jean
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Monday, 30 September 2013

My uni room

(excuse the bad quality image, the only camera I have now is a digital one, rather than my mum's DSLR I used to use!) 

I've been very busy the past two weeks, settling in, taking part in freshers week (and the FRESHERS FAIR ehehe), meeting new people, getting to know my new flatmates, learning how to use washing machines, doing my food shopping, all that jazz. Today I am starting my course - really scary... I am doing fashion and textiles, and since it is an art degree I am so so scared about expectations, and what other people will think / judge about me and my work... what if I am not good enough?!

But the most important thing is that I try and relax, forget about it, and move on. The whole point of this four year experience is to learn new skills, and if I learn one new thing today then I will have made progress in keeping to that.

So without further adieu, here is my new room! It would probably be slightly more interesting if I had some pictures of my old room, but believe me when I say this: it is SO much bigger. I genuinely used to stay in a room that used to be a cupboard. But not one under the stairs kind, like Harry Potter. And in addition, I have a freakin' ENSUITE. How great is that?! No need to share with my flatmates, and I have all the room in the world (ok two shelves) to hold all my skincare crap. Woop!

Notice my fabulous X Files and GOT posters....



My very confusing timetable is in pride of place on the wall.


My collection of fashion-y books I brought with me, and my pinboard which I am very pleased with.




As my new term and new life begins, so will posting on the blog begin again! 

Would you like some posts on what I am doing at university, how I am organising myself?
Or would you prefer more general posts on fashion... 

Any ideas on what you would like to see would be great! 

Coming up this week is...
  • How to score a virtual internship
  • A little post on my freshers week (and how I've found settling in)
  • A Babylips review (I don't even care that there are loads, I have opinions! :p)
  • OUTFIT POST! I scored some great vintage finds the day before I left to Aberdeen, at a student vintage fair in Edinburgh. I'm in love with the bargain purchases I got and I wanna show 'em off!

Much love to ya, and stay cool <3

Jean

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Scalloped circle again from the awesome Pugly Pixel!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

My skincare routine


I am completely obsessed with skincare and everything to do with it - I love reading posts from others about their best beauty finds or their skincare routine, and can happily spend ages wandering in my local Boots ogling their skincare aisle. It's a bit weird, but everyone has their obsessions!

You'll see a LOT of Simple, but it's mainly because I absolutely adore their range and after using Simple Sense, bought a couple new products to use weekly on my skin to keep it in tip topperoo shape.


Daily

For me, Simple is really kind to my skin and I easily use the Kind to Skin cleanser and light moisturiser every morning and night. I use the Simple Kind to Skin toner and the eye creams; balance Me Wonder Eye Cream and Good Things Bright Eyes Eye Cream at night, and since using a combination of the two eye creams it's really helped to improve my dark under eyes.

I can't imagine ever not using the three Simple products for my Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise steps, they have always worked for me and kept my skin nice and fresh!


Weekly

What I found just using cleanser, toner and moisturiser daily was that my skin was (generally) clear and alright, it really wasn't glowing, radiant, healthy. This was probably due to a combination of my eating habits (which are improved now, yay!) and that I did not exfoliate. After using really cool exfoliating gloves with the Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub, my skin instantly feels absolutely gorgeous. What is even better is that it works far better than the pore strips to unclog my pores.

I bought the Good Things 5 Minute Facial Face Mask in Brighton on holiday with my friends, and having used it a couple times I have found it to be very good at giving my skin a little radiance. 

My Nivea Visage Young - Bye Bye Spot cream is a bittersweet product. Although the bitterness has nothing to do with the products ability to work! I use it all over my face as a moisturiser whenever I feel a spot coming through, and I think it works great. The bitterness only exists because the Nivea Visage Young range existed for a short period of time in the UK, and I actually bought this product whilst on a school trip to Belgium! I can only hope I will one day find this product again, as I love it.

I also use T-Zone and Freederm spot treatments if I have a really bad breakout, and find those work really well on bringing the redness down. 

Ciao ciao
Jean
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What is your skincare routine like? And have you had experience with any of these products before? Let me know! :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Blog post frequency: Quality vs Quantity


I know, I know... I'm a bit of a failure, I only got 5 days in to the Blog Your Socks Off September challenge before I'm calling it quits! It's mainly because I found myself staying up ridiculously late into the night making headers for my posts or trying to think of a wittier way of saying "I LOVE THIS", and I thought to myself... "I don't need to put myself through this!"

Blog Your Socks Off September has helped me realise that my blogging rhythm was not suited to daily posting... I was enjoying blogging much more when I was posting around 2 - 4 times a week, with no pressure! That's not to say the challenge is bad, not at all! It is just that daily posting does not suit me, my blog and the style of my blog.

I discovered that less frequent post resulted in my posts being of a better quality, so the age old question beckons then;

Is it better to strive for quality or quantity?


Quality

  • The advantages of blogging only quality posts is that you will be fully (or mainly) satisfied with your blog - you know your blog posts are of the highest and best quality that you can produce!
  • In addition, your readers will think that too, and may be more responsive in terms of views, comments and shares. 
  • Quality blogging takes up a LOT of time - time that could be spent doing double the amount of posts, and building an archive. 

Quantity

  • With a larger amount of posts, there are more opportunities for people to come across your blog, as you are able to post your blog posts more often on Twitter and Facebook.
  • With more posts means a hindrance in quality, and the page views will likely not translate into returning visitors or readers.

I think that quality and quantity of blog posting can be considered to be on two sides of the same coin, and means that it is important to focus on BOTH, and find a balance.

Every blogger will have, through trial and error, discovered their particular rhythm or posting frequency, whether it be through daily posting, a few posts a week or once a week on a particular day.


Finding your rhythm

Deciding on the right posting frequency is important, since if you find the right pattern you are less likely to encounter the woeful "bloggers block" and most importantly not lose enthusiasm or motivation to blog!

I should have realised that when I was putting up posts 2 - 3 times a week in my first few months was the right rhythm for me, as I continually found things to post about and felt enthusiastic to write about them. 

Rapidly switching to daily posting was detrimental to not only my enthusiasm for blogging but also my ability to find enjoyment in the things I was writing about. Writing a post at stupid o'clock probably did not help though, and my time management was a shambles too! But that is a whole different blog post, my friend...!

I hope you guys found this post helpful

What is your posting frequency right now, and do you feel happy with your quality and quantity balance?

Sources: Thanks to this page for way more pros and cons of posting frequency that I could think of! 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Why I love tumblr #1




The Aristocats {scenery} - Original post: loserslurgy.tumblr.com


Awesome heart doily clipart from Good Night Little Spoon!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The secrets to blogging: my experiences


Blogging as a way of expressing opinions, news, tips and more has been around pretty much since the Internet came about, and the reign of websites like LiveJournal made sure that in the early 00's that blogging was here to stay. Now, with Wordpress and Blogger and Tumblr, and fashion bloggers sitting front row at runway shows, it has lead the way for bloggers able to make their LIVING doing something that so many people started doing just for fun - amazing, huh?

It occurred to me today that, even though this blog is very, very new, that through my escapades with my previous blogs, that I seem to have finally found the secret to "successful" blogging. And my way of defining "successful" is that a) I am writing what I like to write about, b) I am getting visitors and readers and c) I have made friends and they are actually conversing with me on the blog - woah!

Okay, so obviously this blog is incredibly new, there isn't that many readers or comments, and I haven't even hit double digits in posts yet... but - what is stop me from sharing what I have learned so far from blogging, and my other experiences in blogging?


Think about what you enjoy. Write about that!

Back in early 2010, I began a book blog called Magic Bean Review. I had read book blogs for a bit and really liked the look of being able to pass on enjoyment of reading books to others. I was blogging at Magic Bean Review regularly for about a year and a half when I discovered that, although I absolutely love reading, that I did not enjoy blogging about reading, or writing reviews of books. Hence, I gave up with the blog.

Lesson? Write about what you enjoy. I wholeheartedly believe that if you choose to blog about things you truly, truly, love, then you will probably find a way to continue blogging for a long time.

Find blogs, read them.

There were several occasions when I began a blog and was committed fully for a few weeks, and then the commitment tapered off when I realised no one was listening. (aww)

Lesson? Go find blogs that post similar things you are going to post, and go find blogs that are the opposite of what you post because sometimes you need outside inspiration. Email, comment, tweet! Effy over at Effy Talks Life wrote a great post on effectively using Twitter to get your blog out there, and included the timings of the different blogger chats.

But the most important secret? Don't get hung up.

Did that post you spent ages writing and taking photos for not get as many hits and comments, or didn't start a conversation like you thought it would?

Forget about it.

Tweet the post a few times and then move on to another quality post. So long as you're interacting with other bloggers in the community and continually putting out content that you yourself would read on other blogs (or is something you are passionate about), your posts will be noticed.


For a long time I thought the secrets to blogging were just that, secret. But they are not. The secrets are posted by others all the time, their tips on blogging, their tips on being noticed. I hope you enjoyed my perspective of blogging and something here was useful for you!

Ciao
Jean
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Game of Thrones Fashion Appreciation

Game of Thrones is by far one of my favourite book series and TV series, pretty much of all time. It comes very, very close to The X Files in terms of enjoyment! As a fashion student, the television series is an absolutely wonder to look at, so I thought a post that showcased both fashion worn in the programme, and runway fashion that really gives off the elegance and artistry that the books describe and the TV show brings to life...




The absolutely amazing work of Michele Carragher is adorned on many of Cersei's beautiful dresses, and in addition, Sansa's wedding dress. 

What I find really interesting is that there is so much modern runway fashion that can be linked to Game of Thrones in some way, or be seen as inspired by the garments worn by the affluent King's Landing folk. 

Georges Hobeika, image courtesy of A Game of Clothes
With the lovely embroidery on the sleeves and shaping of the corset along with the cascading silk, it literally screams "Sansa Stark".

Top left, Valentino. Images from A Game of Clothes
Sansa Stark, member of one of the protagonist families, tended to wear whilst in Winterfell pastels and cool colours in loose forms, but since being in Kings Landing (where the money lies!) has been wearing more bulky clothing, nearly kimono-esque in shape - which I deem quite strange as compared to Winterfell where it is cold, you'd think it would be the opposite.

Some of my favourite images EVER are of the close-up views of the intricate embroidery work by Carragher, and my only dream is to be able to work with fabric and beads even a tenth of Michele Carragher's talent!

Take care,

Jean
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Monday, 2 September 2013

Blog Your Socks Off September

(I'M A SUCKER FOR CLIPART I DON'T EVEN CARE)

So, it is technically 23:56 right here in Scotland, so I guess that still counts for my 2nd of September post...? Whoops! Blog Your Socks Off September (or more commonly known as  #blogyoursocksoffseptember on Twitter!) is a challenge set up by Jess over at Lovely Jubbly, in which you must try and post every single day in September!

As my blog is relatively new, I thought this would be the perfect challenge to really get to know my style of content and mix it up with new posts.

What is coming up over the next week?
  • Game of Thrones fashion
  • My skincare routine
  • Sewing tips
  • What I've been sewing
  • Sketchbook fun!
  • and, obviously, way more!
I have planned what I am doing every day of September (bar one, which for the life of me I can't think of) but if you want to request something or see more of a type of post, comment!

CIAO,

Jean
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Jotter clipart and text clipping mask (a cute lamb under a cherry tree) from Just Something I Made and doily from Pugly Pixel


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Liebster Award


I am absolutely so touched to have received the Liebster Award from two lovely ladies, Gill at My Miss Dior Fashion and Katie over at Far From Uniform! Thank you very much, and it is such a nice feeling to have been recognised by fellow bloggers already when I have not been blogging for particularly long!

Many of you will have come across the chain award before, but for those who have not, it is just a little way for bloggers with under 200 followers to pass on the love to others with under 200 followers! You pass on 11 questions to 11 bloggers you have chosen, and answer the 11 questions you were given! Since I received it twice I mixed up the questions I got from Gill and Katie.

1. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand and why?

To be honest, the majority of my makeup would be categorised under "drugstore", but solely because of the lovely Kate Moss lipstick, Rimmel!

2. How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is a play on words which one of my friends came up with a few years ago, and since I've been using versions of it for usernames and such! It is pronounced exactly the same as the vegetable aubergine (or eggplant to those in the USA), but is my name - "Jean", and part of my last name, "Ober".

3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Japan! I've been in love with the place for ages now and I just really want to go there at least once in my life. I have a chance of going in 2015, but it's a very small chance, and at a cost!

4. If you could only pick one make up product to use which would it be?

Concealer. Usually it is the only product I use anyway, but you gotta hide 'em dark circles somehow!

5. If you could have any hair colour and pull it off what would you pick?

Probably lilac! I dyed the ends lilac as I just won't ever be that rebellious to go all over, and it wouldn't suit me, so just dip-dyeing is the way to go.

6. What's your biggest dream?

To be able to find a well-paid job doing what I love! It's a dream alright... sigh.

7. If you would win a £1000, what would you do with it?

Put it towards my university fund - very boring I know, but in truth that is what would happen to it.

8. The thing I like the most about blogging is ...

The community! Already have talked so much with awesome people about things we like and blogging, and it's just really, really nice.

9. A quote that you live by?

"If you spent less time bitching about your life - you'd possibly enjoy it more"

10. If you could only shop at one store from now on, where and why?

Probably New Look as it would mean I wouldn't become bankrupt!

11. Who is your style icon?

Probably both Alexa Chung and Emma Watson.

Not only are you meant to answer questions set for you, but you post 11 facts about yourself, but I'm not going to bother with that as the questions give you enough facts for one post, I think! :0

My 11 Questions

1. What is your ultimate blogging tip?
2. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
3. What song would you recommend to people in order to understand and get to know you better [by listening to it]?
4. What book quote do you try and live by?
5. What is your number one favourite TV programme?
6. What is your favourite hobby/interest?
7. If you won the lottery, who would you tell/not tell?
8. What is your favourite word?
9. If you had the chance to do a trolley dash in a shop, which one would it be, and what would you try and definitely get?
10. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
11. If you had the chance to eat dinner with a famous figure of your choice, dead or alive, who would it be?

I pass the award on to...

Holly at A Daydreamers Thoughts
Andrea at Fancy Fashion Castle
Justine at Chioma C.
Sarah at Creativity Avenue
Harri at Cupcake Crafty
Milly at Miyyi
Jessie at Painting The Ocean
Sally at Sally Tangle


If you don't really want to post about the Liebster Award specifically, which I completely understand and chain posts aren't always everyones bag (and I debated whether to post specifically about it too!) then I challenge you to answer a few of the questions above, share a little more about yourself, in a similar way that you normally post about!

Take care,

Jean
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AIR MAIL ENVELOPE CLIPART from Just Something I Made, and scalloped circle from a pack at Pugly Pixel.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

BEING A VIRTUAL INTERN


The past year has seen the rise and rise of the virtual internship (also known as a remote internship), a form of the classic tea-getter which leaves out the act of having to get tea. This is because instead of being in the office of the magazine you love, you're in your room whilst listening to OneRepublic on repeat whilst you go about your internship duties. What's not to love?

The benefits of a virtual internship

Why should you think about finding a virtual internship? Let me list the ways...

  • Compared to an internship you have to get up at silly o'clock to get to, a virtual internship is there whenever you have access to the internet and email. 
  • You learn how to manage your time. I don't spend quite as much time on tumblr reblogging pictures of Rose and the Doctor between walls (although it is still an unhealthy addiction) when I know I have to do looks for LOOKSIMA.
  • If you have no way of getting an internship in whatever your career of choice is, such as you live in nowhere-ville, then a virtual internship allows you to build your skills and CV easily.
  • Speaking of CVs, your virtual internship will boost your CV.
  • Email etiquette. You probably know how to type an email, seeing as you probably sent an email to obtain the virtual internship, but there are always ways of improving your email etiquette.
  • Interview skills. You might be interviewed via skype, in which case you just developed some skills in being interviewed, gurl!
  • and many more...!

Using your internship to learn

The whole point of an internship where you are not paid is to develop skills. With a virtual internship, this is just as true. I have learned to effectively organise my time to fit my virtual internship within my life. I was VERY bad and let myself neglect my internship for several months, but luckily was able to learn from that mistake to continue doing the internship and instead of neglecting and getting overwhelmed I managed my time better.

Not only that, but with my internship I use Photoshop repeatedly, and thanks to that I have massively developed my skills in the program from the continued use. Before I had my internship the program scared me a little, but the tried and tested term "practice makes perfect" really does ring true in that I do not have to look up on Google what steps I have to do to do a clipping mask, for instance, it is just automatic.

How to find virtual internships

I came across virtual internships whilst on the InternQueen website (which if you are looking for PR virtual internships there are plenty) and quickly wanted to discover a fashion-related internship which would not mean I would have to move to London, seeing as I am based in a small town in Scotland.

A Google search led me to internships.com, which allows you to search for any kind of internship (in my case, I typed "fashion" into the search bar) and tick a box: "Virtual" so you come across ones which you don't have to leave your home to do.

Internships.com works in such a way though that you need to fill in your information AND a CV before you can apply for internships, as you apply through their website to prospective companies. (For those based in the UK, you may have to put a note at the top of your CV page to say you are from the UK, as I found the location does not allow for those outside the US). 

I really enjoyed using this website and it was how I found my virtual internship, but it definitely is not the only way to find one! Simply typing your type of internship along with virtual internship can mean you find opportunities, as well as using Twitter.

As more people discover the beauty of virtual internships, there will most likely be more and more ways of coming across them! Just yesterday I was told about a website coming soon where you can find virtual internships, called Edumoko. Hopefully that means a surge in the popularity of virtual internships is coming soon!

Take care!!

Jean
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Have you had a virtual internship before? If not, do you think you will try and find one now?
Let me know if you would like more posts on virtual internships, if you found this post helpful!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

REVIEW: SIMPLE SENSE


Simple is by far one of my favourite skincare brands, ever since I began using their Light moisturiser, one of their most popular products, I have been using their products on my face and found that they have been super beneficial! Most days I tend to use just their cleanser and light moisturiser, and that is good enough for making sure my skin is clean, but I had been noticing it was glowing or healthy looking. 

On a Twitter escapade I came across a tweet by Simple discussing their new personalised skincare routine called Simple Sense, which is free! Naturally I could not say no and instantly began the quiz to see what advice Simple could dish out. 

Simple ask you a bunch of questions, from what your face feels like if you touch it, what sort of things you eat, what problems you encounter with your skin, and a bunch more. It takes around 10 minutes to complete if you think about each question properly, and at the end you find out 3 specific areas you can focus on to get what you what out of your skin, but there is an entire array of sections from Deep Cleanse to Treat which give you advice depending on what you answered.

What I found the most helpful was that under each tab it told you how to effectively DO that process, so for example in Deep Cleanse it told you how to actually use the Simple product it recommended you, in order to get the best result out of it. This was by far the most useful aspect of Simple Sense, along with personalised product recommendations!

Word of warning however, if you plan on doing the quiz and going back to look at it again, screen shot or save the bits you want to read! I did the quiz, skimmed through and closed it, and had to re-do the questionnaire again... and then I did it again twice! It's a bit of a faff so make sure to keep that in mind.

Below were the product recommendations I was given with my results. I don't tend to use eye makeup often so I didn't bother buying the eye makeup remover pads, and I also already use the hydrating light moisturiser religiously, so I left those two products out. 



However, I went on a little spree to find the best place to buy the remaining three products - and for me they were good recommendations as I had not heard of them, and rarely have found a good facial scrub or face mask. I ordered them from Boots on 3 for 2, as trying to find them cheap on Amazon backfired as they had introduced the "Add-on" scheme by then and I didn't get the products to add up to £10 annoyingly!

Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes
I have used ALL the Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes, and to be honest, could not find a difference between using them and with any other old cleansing wipe. I did not see a big difference in my face's radiance when I just used the wipe along with moisturiser.

Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub
I have been using this along with the Face Mask, around once or twice a week, and instantly find it makes my skin more supple, glowing and my nose, which tends to have noticeable pores and blackheads, looks smoother. I have applied the scrub with exfoliating hand glove things and that really helps I think!

Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask
You apply this and wait for 3 or so minutes, and using this after the facial scrub means my skin is super soft afterwards. I definitely plan on repurchasing the mask and scrub once they have run out. I am super surprised I had not noticed them in-store before, as I always check out the Simple section in Boots or Superdrug.

Overall, the results were what I expected, but there was information in there that was new to me, but in addition there were things in there that I was being reminded of to do, such as toning! I usually fail to do that and since I did Simple Sense (around a month ago) I've been using the Simple toner and have noticed improvements! In addition, their product recommendations were great and it helped me buy some new products which I had not done in a while, and meant I have new staples too!

I really recommend Simple Sense, even if you don't plan on buying anything once you have done it, it's got a lot of interesting information there!

Click here to check it out ~

CIAO FOR NOW

JEAN
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(Note: This isn't a sponsored post at all, I just really like Simple...!)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Filofaxes are cool part 2: organisation


I got a really good response to my "Filofaxes are cool" post, so thanks to everyone who commented! Since then I have bagged my mum's 1985 Filofax, a proper vintage one! I absolutely love it and how it is worn and used, it has a great texture. 

I wanted to chat a bit about how I am planning on using my Filofax to organise my life for university. I thought I'd try out a few ways to start off with and see how it went. Hopefully I'll manage to stick to it! 


The oracle card I forgot to take a photo of last time


So the tabs I am using in my Filofax are UNI, BLOG, NOTES, REFERENCE, and DIARY (which can't be seen because it is obscured unfortunately!)

UNI has details about SAAS and when payments are being put in (which I don't know yet but will soon hopefully!), and also will have course details and timetable, things I need to do, and other such things.

BLOG is pretty self explanatory and so far I've got a couple pages with post ideas and the front page with a couple to do's on it.

NOTES has nothing in it so far and I can't really think of anything to put in it just now - any ideas would be welcome!

REFERENCE will have, even though it's UNI related, my university finances and budgeting, along with my virtual internship things (which I am going to post about soon!), and other useful information.



Once I actually get to university I expect some things to change and be added in, such as a place to write shopping lists and menu ideas... and I also want to put in more useful things like work outs, my morning routine, skincare routine and other bits and bobs! However I want to just see whether the tabs I am using now are useful for the next couple months and from then on I will swap around and pop things in :)


If you're nosy, here is last week.... you can see that I went to Brighton on Friday, and this is a scheduled post! I'll be back on Saturday with hopefully some nice photos and interesting buys from the vintage shops there!


I wanna see how you organise your life - do you have a diary, a planner, use pieces of paper or just keep it all in your head? Let me know!

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Lipstick Tag


Thanks to the lovely Charlotte over at Colours and Carousels who tagged me in the Lipstick tag - my very first one!

How many lipsticks do you own?
For some reason I thought I had about 5, but I only have 3! Which is a very disappointing number...


What was your first ever lipstick?
I have very fond memories of some Barbie lipsticks, which came in different colours like orange, pink and yellow (maybe more a lip balm in a lipstick tube, then..), and when I first saw the packaging for the Maybelline Baby Lips it instantly reminded me of the Barbie lipsticks because of the font and bright colours!

What is your most worn lipstick?
It's pretty obvious I don't wear lipstick very often, but I decided a few months ago to buy a red lipstick to wear out at night, and I bought Kate Moss's Rimmel lipstick in shade 22 for that specific purpose, and so far it's been really good. At the same time I bought a Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint in shade 04 which is for when I want a darker shade of lip colour but not full-on!


What is your favourite brand for lipstick?
Well I can't really say, because even though I have 2 Barry M lipsticks, which I got on offer once (in ghastly pink and a not so ghastly nude pink) I don't really wear them very often... I really like the lip tint though so I guess Max Factor!


What is your favourite finish?
I tried to wear lipstick which had gloss in it once and it just looked like my lips wear sweaty. Never again.


What was the last lip product you bought?
The lip tint and Kate Moss lipstick!


How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? (Including balms and glosses)
I tend to just carry around the lip  tint even if I'm not wearing it, as I like it so much (may have to buy some in other colours) and also trusty Vaseline.


What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
The Kate Moss Rimmel one in shade 22, as previously mentioned :0


How do you store your lipsticks?
I have a little drawer which literally holds all of my makeup and they just go in there.


What lip products are you currently lusting after?
Everyone seems to be talking about the Maybelline Baby Lips, so I am tempted to try out one of those. I also want to buy a few more lip tints in different shades, as lipstick often scares me.


I tag Cat over at Through a Cat's Eyes, Hannah at Hannah's Beauty Blog and Jessie at Painting The Ocean!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Leaving School


This last year was my final and sixth year at high school, and to be honest was the best year at school I had ever had, with fifth year being a very close second.

I've been sort of sitting on this post for a little bit now, as I wanted to wait until the exam results day came past (the 6th August) but my results weren't particularly amazing! Our deputy head teacher gave us a lecture at the start of the year and said "Sixth year was not a party", and we used that quote pretty much the entire year whenever we did anything remotely procrastinating.

So this year I took three subjects - Advanced Higher Art (which would be equivalent of AS Level Art? Is that a thing? Anyway, Highers are how you get into university in Scotland and Advanced Highers are the next step after the Higher and the highest award you can get in high school here), Advanced Higher Modern Studies (which this year was all about crime and law, so good for people wanting to do politics or law at uni) and I crashed Higher Spanish (crashing being that I went into the subject never having done it before - I had done Higher French but Spanish.... no hablo espagnol ;)).

Advanced Higher Art was beyond a doubt the funnest class I have ever taken, but also simultaneously utterly soul destroying in how much work needs to be done. I worked a lot in my frees and at lunch and then during exam leave to make sure it was all done in time before the 7th June deadline, and I was so relieved when it was sent away! I had gotten a B in Higher and was pretty determined to get an A in Advanced Higher, so getting a B in Advanced Higher was slightly disheartening... BUT I'm saying to myself that art is subjective and whoever marked it just didn't like what I did. I got into my preferred university doing fashion design with my folio so it's all water under the bridge!

With Modern Studies, I got a B in that too - which I am not fussed about at all because the amount of revision I did for it was laughable. With Higher Spanish, I am considering obtaining a C an achievement because I had never done Spanish before and I also did not revise very much for it.

It's taken me awhile to actually feel sad about leaving school. And I know people always say, "high school were the best years of your life", and people disagree with that, but I feel like high school got progessively better and better, and I'll obviously have better years ahead of me but high school was pretty damn great. I have met some of the funniest and nicest people in my time there and even though I did not cry at the Leavers Dance, I'll probably cry when my sister goes to school on the first day back and I realise I am not!

It'll be weird going to a city where I know no one on my course, and only a few going to the same university, but it's for making new memories! /cheese

I haven't decided yet what type of posts I am doing concerning university but no doubt they'll be more useful to you readers than this post was! I felt like I wanted to let some feelings out and as a blog I felt it was the right place to do so :)

HASTA LA PASTA!

XXXXXX

If you haven't left school, how do you think you will cope when it comes? If you have, how did you find school overall? 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Filofaxes are cool

Filofaxes are inherently cool.

That's right, I said it. The classic 80's paper personal organiser is not only a way more hipster way of organising your life, it is possibly the most customisable. Scratch that - it IS the most customisable type of organiser.

When I was little, I had a furry pink organiser which I kept important information like my name, my friends names, and who they fancied. It never occurred to me at an older age that personal organisers existed for adults until I read the infamous post by Gala Darling on her filofax. Seriously, go read that and then try and NOT go on ebay looking for used Filofaxes - I dare you! I knew instantly after reading that that I had to buy one.

After discovering there was a community online for Filofax lovers, I set about reading anything I could get my hands on to do with Filofaxes, organisation, time management - and the most important thing - making your Filofax and its innards look amazin'.

My blog is not going to be just about fashion, and instead I want to include other things. One of those is my love for Filofaxes and organisation! My goals right now are making the set up of my Filofax far better and incorporate everything I will need for university life.

However, that is a slow process - and just now I want to show you my Filofax set up for now.

Now, the really sad thing about this post is that earlier today my Filofax broke. What you see above, with the awesome Totoro sticker on, is my Filofax. But below...


The rings came off.

I have only had it for a year or so, which makes it sadder. Filofaxes are known for being built to last. My mum has a Filofax from 1985 which is still in good nick. Luckily, I've already purchased the exact same Filofax - a Personal Metropol - in Lavender... but for now, I am using a binder which I have no idea of the brand... it is just for now... I hope :0


To be honest, in this photo it doesn't look that bad. But it feels bad, you know?

When you open it up, you first see my pretty pocket filled with some scrapbook flowers, a ticket from something which I can't recall, and a paper kimono (ON A FREAKING HANGER!!) and some Japanese washi paper. The blue card is a oracle card, which I just realised I didn't take a photo of from the right side. At the bottom right is a mini girl guide pin. I wasn't actually a guide (those from 10 - 14 years of age) but it was too cute!

I am sincerely sorry for the shittiness (it is a word (ha)) of the photography AND editing of this photo.
In between my display pocket of awesome and my dashboard (what Filo-lovers call the first port of call in a filofax) is a piece of card with a Norwegian sardine tin label. Don't ask, it's art (nervous laugh). My dashboard boasts some stickers, and three sets of post-its... Throughout my filo I use different colours to mean different things. Yellow is used for things to do with "Me" - (fitness, health.... that's about it). As you can see I can't be bothered with that sort of stuff right now, although I should. Orange, is the colour I used to use for school, but since I left in May I have been using it for anything useful - making a dress, tidying my room.... Pink was used for my future, and I think I will be changing it to uni! The white post-it note is for particularly important things, natch.



Some more pretty things, and a glimpse of a home made divider I made with a Cath Kidston magazine.


Paper I really like, and is actually from my first ever personal organiser - the pink fluffy one - but I haven't thought of a use for them yet.


In the third tab is useful things - a card of conversion tables and such... and next is where I am planning on keeping my finances and budgeting in check for university.


Here are some assorted weeks of my filofax for your viewing pleasure :D




Right at the back I used a credit card insert and filled it with a bunch of stuff, including a tiny origami crane and some useful post-its, used for the transparent flyleaf I have during the particular week it is.




I have a few zip-lock bag (it's not a bag but I can't think of a better word) inserts including a pretty bee notebook which I also do not have a use for. I cut up a post-it note bonanza which was for A4 ring binders and fit it for my Filofax.

In my head, I imagined this post to be way more interesting and completely selling the awesomeness of Filofaxes, but I don't think it quite got there. In any case, I hope one person quite enjoys looking at how I organise my life...

Coming up soon are posts on what I have been sewing lately (not an awful lot... shit) and one on exam results, when I get them on Tuesday the 6th. Please let me know if you want more posts on Filofaxes or if I should never consider it again ;)

Ciao ciao xxx

Jean