Sunday, 21 December 2014

What I've Learnt From The First Term of Uni

First term at university done! Crazy times. I thought I'd just put a little post together to tell you just a few things that I've learnt from my time at uni so far. I may not have masses of experience, but I've certainly learnt a lot during the last 12 weeks. 

1. Freshers flu is inevitable 
When I went to uni, I was determined that if I took vitamins and ate lots of fruit I would manage to avoid the infamous 'freshers flu'. No chance. Every person I met at uni in the first two weeks had freshers flu, with all the new germs and bacteria floating around from all over the country (and world) your body will become ill to become immune to all the nasties. Deal with the fact you will get it. 

2. Get involved and you will meet some amazing people
I was worried about meeting new people and finding friends at uni, but I'm so happy I joined so many societies. Some of my friends I've met through being in the uni choir and being part of the badminton society. Societies are a great way to meet similar people to you as well as introduce you to a range of different people without clinging to your flatmates. 

3. Don't let people change you, but at the same time discover who you are
Since being at uni I feel like I've discovered a bit more about myself. I've definitely become more confident, going to societies on my own for the first time forces you to throw yourself in at the deep end and talk to people you've never met before. I'm not a big drinker, and I'd like to think I've not lost that part of me. But at the same time I've learnt to enjoy going out more, and it doesn't stress me out as much nowadays. 

4. Southern people have a lot of slang words which take a while to understand 
Even though I was born down south, I moved up north when I was 5. This means I am not overly used to the many different amusing words and phrases which I've been exposed to in the last term. Although you may look silly not knowing what they mean at first, they'll soon become normal to you (even though they might still be a bit strange!). Just to name a few; 'peak' 'butters' 'kekkers'...

5. Evernote is the best app for note taking in lectures 
I started off taking paper based notes, however I've since changed to using Evernote to take notes in lectures electronically and writing them up as part of revision later. You can import powerpoints and then make notes underneath so everything is all in one place. Another bonus of the app is that you can create notebooks, which helps keep different subjects/topics in separate places along with their relevant notes. Also, it's free - what is there not to love?! 

It has definitely been one of the fastest, biggest, most amazing 12 weeks of my life. I hope this post was some-what interesting, I thought it might be nice for those who are anxiously checking their UCAS applications or those who want to relive some first year first term uni memories. The first term may be over, but boy am I excited about the rest to come! 

Have you started uni/been/applying? 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Necklace With Options

H&M has become one of my favourite shops in the last few months, mainly because the one in my uni town is waaaaay bigger than the one back home which means much more choice. In terms of my jewellery tastes I tend to go for quite simple things, so when I spotted this gorgeous necklace I was already in love. When I discovered it came with 8 changeable options I was sold. This comes with 8 different coloured circles which can be switched out really easily to create many different combinations, whether you have a favourite colour or change it depending on the outfit you're wearing. 

The colours are really pretty, you can see in the photo above it comes with a black, gold, dark blue, light blue, maroon, white, green and pink charm so I now never have a problem with finding the right necklace to go with my outfit. As someone who does like to have some sort of theme to my outfits I've been having so much fun deciding which to pair with things each day, and it's quickly become my most work piece of jewellery. 

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you buy something similar? 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Why Do I Blog? My Blogging Journey

A couple of days ago I read a post by an amazing fellow blogger Thunderlove (check out her post here) in which she spoke about the mass amount of 'blogging advice' that is thrown around the internet. PR companies, increasing traffic, and generally how to have a successful blog seem to be the big advice areas at the moment. This got me thinking about the reason I blog, and why started a blog in the first place.

I started my blog originally as MacLoverGirl96, as a side step to go along with my youtube channel (which has taken the very back seat nowadays). It seemed an obvious move, as most youtubers had a blog in which they could write posts instead of filming a video. From June 2011 up until late April 2013 my blog stayed as MacLoverGirl96, when I decided it was time for a change. Beauty Babbles was a name that popped into my head at about 11pm one night when I was in bed, and I fell in love with my blog all over again. 

Beauty Babbles has always been designed by me, and each time I redesign it I love it more and more. I find myself giving my blog a revamp when I'm feeling uninspired with it, or when I feel like it just doesn't reflect who I am anymore. There's no doubt I've changed over the past 3 years of blogging, but why I blog still remains the same. I blog because I love it. I love taking the photos for posts, and my photography skills have improved dramatically as a result. I love interacting with other bloggers, whether this is through twitter, blog comments, letters or even in real life! I love writing the posts, making sure I get my message across. I love seeing the post come together, with all its parts. I love feeling like I'm talking to a friend, whether it's about beauty or some of my advice posts (Like my moving out post here). 

Blogging has never been about making money, or having a massive audience - each new follower I get I simply appreciate that they want to read what I've created, just like when someone buys an inventors product. I'm proud of my blog, and I really hope that other bloggers feel the same way as me. The blogging community inevitably will change in the coming years, but the hopeless romantic in me will always pray that at the bottom of the blogs is passion and love for what is produced, rather than the need for money and success. 

Why do you blog/read blogs?