Thursday, 28 April 2016

University Advice

 
I've been through the process of university application twice now. I've also had the experience of going to university. I originally started in September 2015 and I was there for just over a month. Unfortunately I really was just not happy there and the course I had chosen just didn't feel right. In the end I made the hard decision to drop out. I've been working part-time since then along side blogging and I've decided to return to university in September 2016. This time I'll be studying a degree in Fine Art. Whereas before I was studying Interior Design; which all seemed too much architecture to me.

I thought I'd offer some advice that I wish I'd been given before I went to university. I think this is advice that maybe teachers, lecturers etc. tend to skip.

- Check out all aspects of the course before you go. This is one of the most important things to do. I can't tell you how horrible it is when you hate what subject you're doing and realising you've signed up to do it for three years. Make sure you go through the three years of the course with the course leader at your chosen university. They will be able to tell you roughly what you'll be studying when etc. Also talk to previous or current students studying that course too! The course isn't always how they make it out in the prospectus. By talking to previous students you can ask them there experience. They tend not to sugar coat over the important parts that university staff might.

- Always consider the location of your university. You have to remember this is more than likely where you're going to be living for the next three years. Make sure that it's a nice area with local shops available. Check out the accommodation available also. If you have specific needs like your own bathroom etc. it's important that the accommodation can cater to your needs.

- Don't be put off by commuting! There's a lot of speculation that if you commute and live with your parents that you don't get the full university experience. This is absolutely not the case and don't let it put you off. It's more than likely you'll make friends that will let you stay on their floor after a night out. Just make sure get involved with as much as possible.

- Don't let friends, family or teachers affect your decisions. This is your life remember! The worst thing you an do is let someone else make a decision for you and then regret it for the rest of your life. For example the course you choose. If it's something that you enjoy then go for it! Remember you're the one studying it and you don't want to be stuck doing something you hate.

- Study a course that you know you'll love. Although I agree with the course being somewhat practical don't let it put you off. If you have no career in mind... honestly it doesn't really matter. More than likely you'll figure that out over the three years you're studying. I think the most common courses people are put off taking is arts courses. Don't let what people say put you off. There are plenty of careers available.

- Don't rush any decisions. Make sure you are absolutely sure about every decision you make. There's nothing wrong with taking a gap year if you feel you need more time. It could give you a chance to work and earn some money for when you go next year. There is always the option of deferring to allow yourself to do that.

- Make sure you go on any open/applicant days. This will give you more of a feel of the university. It will allow to have a really good look round so you can decide if it's somewhere that you would consider studying.

- Don't get disheartened if you don't get the grades that you expect. In all honesty I don't think many people get the grades that they expect. You may do better or worse than you might think. Either way if you change your mind about where you want to go you can always go through clearing. This is available on the day results are released. There will be all the information available on the UCAS website.

I hope some of this advice has helped you to some degree if you're considering university. I know this sort of advice would of helped me! Now I can't wait to get myself back in my own art studio in September.

Let me know if you've got any offers at universities or you're experiences if you've been etc. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thank you for reading,
Alice -Tilly


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Sunday, 24 April 2016

April Music Favourites


So I haven't had much time to write or schedule a blog post for this Sunday. I seemed to be incredibly busy in the last week. I thought I'd do a little post about my music favourites. We're nearing the end of April now. So I thought I'd share with you the songs I've been loving and have more than likely had on repeat the whole month. There are a range of songs from ones I love to sing to, to my workout tunes.

1. Break A Sweat by Becky G
2. Pull-Up by Jason Derulo
3. Footprints by Sia
4. Water Under The Bridge by Adele
5. Heaven by Troye Sivan
6. The Sound by The 1975
7. Jet Black Heart by 5 Seconds Of Summer
8. Dancin' To The Sound Of A Broken Heart by Galantis
9. Mad Behaviour by Izzy Bizu
10. Nirvana by Sam Smith

These are my top 10 songs that I've been listening to this month. Definitely go check them out if you haven't yet!
Also let me know what songs you've been loving this month too.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

(L-R 08 Grand Cru, 04 Peach Club, 03 Hot Pepper)

I thought I would share with you guys my favourite lipsticks at the moment. These are definitely my top three! I love having them in my lipstick collection and they're definitely what I'm reaching for at the moment. These are all Bourjois products and are part of the 'Rouge Editions Velvet' lipsticks. These cost around £8.99 per lipstick. I think this is totally affordable and a good price for the quality product you get. These are more of a liquid lipstick but I personally think this makes the product easier to apply. They dry super fast; I usually wait around 30 seconds to a minute to make sure they're fully dry. I usually put a couple of coats on my lips. They're not patchy but I think if you want a super bold colour then to apply the product a couple times. I've worn these on days out and they've lasted really well. There's no need for those quick trips to the bathroom to reapply.



This shade is 03 'Hot Pepper' which is a really bright red with an undertone of orange. I have particularly loved wearing this on days where I feel like making a statement. I wouldn't say this would be my go to on a chill day but if I'm going out shopping in London etc. This is what I've been reaching for!
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 08 'Grand Cru' is a gorgeous deep red with a purple/pink undertone. I'm in love with this shade. I've found myself wearing this on nights out, to concerts etc. Considering most of my wardrobe consists of black and white clothes I've found that this colour goes with everything! I'd recommend this if you're thinking of trying darker lipstick shades for the first time.
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This has been my go to everyday colour. I love this colour on my lips! The only thing I would say is that it is a lot different to what it looks in the bottle. I assumed this would be a dusky pink when I bought it. However when I tried it on my lips it was a relatively bright pink with a more orange undertone. I suppose I should of looked more at the name more closely 04 'Peach Club'. I am in love with it though! It's always there when I just want to throw on my casual make-up for the day.
Link:
Superdrug - http://www.superdrug.com/Bourjois/Bourjois-Rouge-Edition-Velvet-lipstick-Peach-Club-4/p/904560

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments or on twitter what lipsticks you're loving this month. I'd love to hear them because you can never have too many lipsticks haha.

Thanks for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sounds Live Feels Live




I attended the Birmingham UK date to see 5 Seconds Of Summer. This is their second tour called 'Sounds Live Feels Live'. I've seen 5SOS around 6 times before this show. I saw them 5 times when they supported One Direction on their tours. The 6th time was on 5SOS's last tour 'Rock Out With Your Socks' at the Birmingham date. I had a pretty good seat for this tour which was at the Genting arena formerly known as the LG arena. It was in block 16 which is just to the left of the stage. It was really close and you had a really good view! The photos make it look a lot further away than it was.

Overall the staging was really thought out and well planned. The big screens were great! I very much enjoyed the camera on Ashton as you can't always see him very well behind the drum kit. Also there was a little catwalk that the boys could walk down. I'm pretty sure one girl right against the barrier nearly passed out when Luke was only around two metres from her. To be honest, I would probably be the same! There was also two raised parts of the stage to the left and the right. This was great for me as it was right in front of the block that I was in. Therefore I got a really good view. I secretly think Michael favoured our side!



The set list for the show was:
- Carry On
- Hey Everybody
- Money
- Disconnected
- Don't Stop
- Heartache On The Big Screen
- Outer Space
- Waste The Night
- Castaway
- Jet Black Heart
- Amnesia
- Beside You
- Vapour
- Catch Fire
- End Up Here
- Voodoo Doll
- Good Girls
- Permanent Vacation
- What I Like About You
- She's Kinda Hot
- She Looks So Perfect

I really enjoyed the concert overall! The band are incredible live and I would definitely recommend going to see them if you're thinking about it. My favourite song to hear live was 'Outer Space'. The atmosphere was amazing and the lyrics in that song mean a lot to me. Everyone had their torch lights on and the arena looked beautiful. Other songs which I particularly enjoyed were 'Waste The Night' and 'Good Girls'. 'Hey Everybody' was probably me least favourite song. Although it's my least favourite 5SOS song so that's probably why. The only thing I was really sad about was that 'Safety Pin' from the 'Sounds Good Feels Good' album was not included; as it's one of my favourites! They should definitely think about adding it to their set list and performing it live. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Let me know of you've seen 5SOS live and what you thought or if you want to to check out 5SOS more the link to there website is here: http://www.5sos.com/home/

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Caramel & Fudge Cupcakes



Ingredients:
For The Cupcakes (12)
- 170g/6oz Margarine
- 170g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
- 170g/6oz Caster Sugar
- 3 Eggs
For The Buttercream Icing (For 12 Cupcakes)
- 140g/5oz Butter
- 280g/10oz Butter
- Splash of Water (if needed)
For Decoration:
- Caramel Sauce (I use Treatz)
- Fudge Pieces (I used a bag of Tesco's Dairy Fudge)

The Method
For The Cupcakes
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/160°C. Place 12 muffin cases into a tin.
- Mix together all of the caster sugar and margarine. Mix until it's at a lighter consistency and has turned a lighter colour.
- Add one egg to the mixture at a time and stir in.
- When all three eggs have been added to the mixture; add a small amount of self-raising flour into the mixture at a time and stir. Carry on this until you have mixed in all of the self-raising flour.
- Fill each cupcake case 3/4 full of the mixture.
- Then bake for 15-20 minutes or until risen and golden brown. The cooking time can depend on the type of oven you use.
(TIP: to make sure they are cooked insert a skewer or a cocktail stick into the middle of the cupcake. If this comes out clean with no mixture then the cakes are cooked.)

For The Buttercream
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
- Add the butter and stir until soft consistency.
(TIP: I'd recommend having a thicker consistency of icing if your going to use a piping bag. Although if you think it's too thick you can add a splash of water.)

For Decoration
- Cut fudge pieces into small chunks to sprinkle over your cupcakes.
- Drizzle a small amount of Caramel sauce on the top of your cupcakes.
(TIP: all of this is optional! It's entirely up to you how you decorate. This was just the way I did it.)

This is my own recipe and measurements for the cupcakes and butter icing. This is what my mum taught me as I was growing up. I'm in no way an expert on baking nor do I claim to be!

Please let me know if you try out this recipe. If you do tag me in a picture of them on instagram or tweet me a picture of them. I'd love to see how they turn out.
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Oxford Street & Sprinkle Of Glitter



I recently made the journey over to London to spend the day there. I travelled from my hometown on the train to London Marylebone. From there I caught the tube to Oxford Circus to get to Oxford Street. Considering this was my first time travelling in London by myself I think I handled it pretty well. I only managed to get lost once! All I say is thank god for google maps. 


 
I did a little bit of retail therapy. I hadn't been shopping in a while and I'd never been shopping at Oxford Street. Safe to say I'll be going back after next payday. All the shops are relatively close together it was nice to wonder round and spend time there. Although I was not used to it being incredibly busy but I suppose that what happens when you go on a Saturday. I would definitely recommend shopping there. It's a good place to visit for the day.  
 

 
 
The original reason I actually went to London was the #MeetSprinkleWithSB competition. This was a competition to meet Louise a.k.a Sprinkle Of Glitter at Simply Be's Oxford Street store. If you didn't know Louise has her own clothing line there. Here's the link to Simply Be if you want to shop the collection: http://www.simplybe.co.uk/ I would definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't yet. There's some beautiful pieces all available in sizes 10-32. I was lucky enough to be added on extra by Louise. I headed over to the Simply Be store to meet Louise. I was very grateful for the opportunity! I'd like to thank Louise and the lovely ladies at Simply Be for making it all possible. I had an amazing day. Louise has impacted me a lot personally. I now stand with her to spread body positivity. Without her I wouldn't have the confidence I do today (Thanks Louise).
 
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
 

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Get To Know Me Tag



As I'm a pretty new blog I thought I'd answer some questions from the 'Get To Know Me Tag'. Hopefully this will give you a little more insight into what I like etc. and you'll feel like you know me that little bit better!

How tall are you?
Not very tall at all! I think I'm about 5ft 1inch... I definitely do wish I was taller sometimes!


What was your favourite subject in school?
Definitely art without a doubt! The only thing I really enjoyed at school. Fine art is actually what I'm going to university to study this year.

What's your favourite song at the moment?
Sweetest Devotion by Adele. It's off her new album 25; which you should go check out if you haven't yet. It's one of those songs where I feel a billion emotions at a time.

What's your favourite book?
I'm guilty of not having read in a while. One of my favourite book however is 'Girl Online' by Zoe Sugg a.k.a Zoella. I'm sure everyone's heard of this one. I enjoyed it so much I read the whole book in one day. I love the story although I can't really say anything without ruining it!

What's your favourite TV show?
Hands down my favourite TV show is Casualty. I've grown up watching it and what can I say I'm in love with medical dramas. Other programmes that I can just watch over and over again without ever getting bored are, Gavin & Stacey, Pretty Little Liars and Holby City. I wouldn't advise either Holby City or Casualty if your squeamish though!

Have you been out of the country?
Well I live in the UK and I've been out of the country twice. The first time in 2010 on a school trip to Germany. In all honesty it was not the best trip I've ever been on. It was incredibly hot and I got sun burnt on the first day. I spent the rest of the trip looking like a lobster. The second time was on a school trip to New York. It was literally one of the best experiences ever! So many good memories made there. Hopefully one day soon I'll be able to go back.

Do you speak any other languages?
No, I did German at GCSE but failed it. I would like to learn Spanish though but I'm yet to find the motivation to do it.

What phone do you have?
I currently have an IPhone 5C but I'm getting a new one hopefully soon. I've smashed the screen on my current phone again... I'm hoping to get the IPhone 6S Plus soon.

What are some of your favourite blogs?
I'll link some below here:
InTheFrow: http://www.inthefrow.com/
Zoella: https://www.zoella.co.uk/
Tanya Burr: http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk/
Sprinkle of Glitter: http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.co.uk/
Poppy Deyes: http://www.poppydeyes.com/
These are all of my favourite blogs that I always read all the posts on! Definitely hope my blog is as good as all of these one day.  

What was the last thing that you bought?
I'll link the last things I bought below:
- Pale Blue Ruffle Trim Cold Shoulder Top, New Look.
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/pale-blue-ruffle-trim-cold-shoulder-top-_371413345
- White Floral Print Cupped Bralet, New Look.
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/white-floral-print-cupped-bralet-_373997219
- Perrie's USA Pro Butterfly Sports Bra, USA Pro.
http://www.usapro.co.uk/Pages/Little-Mix

If you want to know anything else about me then leave a comment below and I'll try and answer you!
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Day Out In Brighton





I recently visited Brighton for the first time ever. I'd been wanting to go for ages and decided that it was finally time to stop putting it back in my calendar. I left my house at 6:30am (way too early in my opinion). I caught a National Express coach to London Victoria. I'd recommend looking into it of you're looking on travelling anywhere. Very good service and super easy to catch. I took the train from London Victoria direct to Brighton station. I was very surprised that it was incredibly busy. I'd never really imagined it busy but later on I found out that there was a Brighton football match... so that's probably why.



After heading down from the train station I took a walk down the sea front. So glad I went the day that I did as it was actually quite warm and sunny despite it being raining when I left.
 
 

After walking the sea front I headed onto Brighton pier. I was a little uneasy at first as I hate the thought of being above the sea. I'm not sure if anyone else is like this or just me. Once I'd been on there for a while I completely forgot any unease I was feeling because the views were breath taking. I didn't really do much on the pier apart from go on one ride as unfortunately it is quite expensive. It's definitely something to consider before going. I suppose it depends how much you like rides though. I think maybe I'm just too picky.
 


I then spent time relaxing and lying on the beach. It was nice to spend time not in the city. It gave me time to reflect on things and have some thinking time. I honestly fell in love with Brighton beach. I will definitely be going back in the summer to spend more time there. I really would recommend going there!  
 
So I hope you liked my first blog post. Please comment or tweet me your experiences of Brighton or maybe suggest any other places that I could visit.

Thank you for reading, 
Alice-Tilly



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