Fashion // A/W Footwear Wishlist

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A/W Wishlist

My favourite season Autumn is nearly upon us. It's almost time for us to get an extra hour of sleep and for it to start getting dark at around 4pm, eek. As always, with a new season only a few days away, it means I've been browsing so much online for new A/W staple pieces. I don't think I've ever mentioned it on here but I've got a pretty insane shoe collection which I'm definitely going to do a post on very soon! obviously my collection isn't enough as I still do the whole "Oh my gosh, I have no shoes. I'm really in need of quite a few pairs" as I stand looking over my shoes lined up against the wall... 

1 / Warehouse Cut Out Ankle Boots - ASOS
This summer I've been constantly glued in one of my favourite pairs of cut out boots from New Look. I'm so used to wearing socks and tights with boots but I'm loving not doing so with cut out boots. I saw these beauties on ASOS and have mentally purchased them. I go back to university next week and I'm going to be doing so much walking, I love to always have stylish shoes on but I feel like most of mine are more suited to non-university days/nights out, so these would definitely fit the occasion.

2 / MARA Leather Pointed Flat Shoes - ASOS
If there's a pair of shoes I've been lusting over since forever, these are most definitely it. I'd say over the past year I've become pretty obsessed with pointed shoes. I've only got one pair which I got from Topshop nearly a year ago, I need to go get them taken in as they've literally been worn out and I'm not ready to part with them anytime soon. I've seen quite a few bloggers with these shoes and each time I fall more in love. I really like how they aren't in black either, because it's honestly not everyday black shoes. Silver is such a statement colour and I tend to love wearing dark colours/all black errthang especially in Autumn so these would look great giving my outfits a pop of colour. At the inexpensive price of £32.00 how could anyone say no?!

                                        3 / Lillie Ankle Boots - Jones Bootmaker*
These Chelsea boots just give me life. These are the type of boots that just shout "Autumn is coming!!" I am already picturing how perfect these would look with a pair of my ripped jeans and my chunky cardigan, makes me feel cosy just thinking about it. Tan boots aren't something I'd usually go for but I've decided I really do need to inject a bit of colour into my style, as hard as it is to admit. I think coloured footwear is something I find hard to think about styling up but a nice tan colour is perfect to begin with. Also, at only 5'2 #shortgirlproblems I only ever seem to wear boots with quite a high heel to them just to feel that extra bit taller but I really must invest in boots with a smaller heel and embrace the shortness, because us short girls rule!

4 / Black Patent Cleated Sole Boots - TK Maxx
I do love me some TK Maxx. I brought some boots from them just before starting university a year ago and they've lasted so well. I love that they have such a wide selection of footwear and it's one of my go-to websites. I love all types of boots but I'll never love a pair more than I love just your standard black pair. I much more prefer just your normal leather shoes over patent ones but I seem to have come across way too many pretty pairs of patent shoes and think it's time to get my first pair. These are a good choice to start with!

5 / Air Force 1 - Nike
I absolutely love trainers but shockingly only own one pair, which I use when I go on runs.. which isn't very often or has happened in quite a while. Sometimes I don't feel like wearing boots or flats and know I'd feel so much more comfy in a pair of trainers. I've wanted this pair since forever and to be honest, there isn't really a reason as to why I haven't gotten them since I've purchased quite a bit of footwear over the past few months and really and truly I could have got these instead. I think I'm going to make these go right to the top of my mental footwear wishlist because I really need these in my life. In terms of the colour, I have too much black footwear and I think white can actually be just as versatile as black can be.

6 / Gabor Toye S Boots - Shotique*
I've always been a fan of knee high boots and actually own a pair which are in the greatest condition but have sadly never been worn. Like many things, more in reference to clothes sometimes we think certain things won't suit us for reasons such as it won't suit our body shape, the colour doesn't do anything for our complexion or in my case referring to knee high boots, my height. I've learnt to really embrace my height but boots at such a high length always were a no no for me.. Until a few months ago I met up with one of my friends who is round about the same height as me and she was wearing boots pretty much identical to the ones I've chosen and they looked incredible, even with her height and from that day I vowed I'd give knee high boots a go. I'm going to try to stick to that vow and firstly start off over the next few weeks wearing the ones hidden somewhere in my wardrobe and take it from there.

Have you currently got your eye on any A/W footwear?


Lifestyle // 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Starting Uni

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                 1) Student Loan:
A lot of people depend on their student loan to help pay for their rent, food, alcohol etc... Myself included. You're told months in advance that you need to get your student loan application done pretty quickly as it can take up to six weeks to process and find out how much you'll be getting overall in your year. Procrastinating (when in fact it's not to much of a long process) can really mess you up money wise when you start. I personally filled in my application form at the right time but there was still a bit of a kerfuffle as I didn't realise you wouldn't actually get paid on the day you thought as you'd have to enrol first. I enrolled in the middle of the week, so it took a while for my loan to actually come in. It was all so confusing and it meant I was living on a very small sum of my own personal money until I could finally stop refreshing my online banking and my loan was in! My Voucher Codes recently conducted a survey on student loans and found that 38% of students had trouble getting their loans on time, not to mention that some students had to wait up to sixth months, I'm not sure how I'd be able to cope if I were in that situation. It's always good to have a Plan B just incase everything doesn't quite go to plan.

2) Everyone is in the same boat:
This is something I heard as soon as I got to university, but it still took a while for it to sink in. I couldn't help but think I'd be the only one feeling nervous, when in fact everyone was in exactly the same boat. Nerves are a natural thing, so don't spend your time worrying about not making friends or that your new housemates won't like you. Everything will plan out fine in due course and the most you should be worrying about is whether you need to order that Topshop top for freshers in one or two colours.

3) Budgeting:
This is one of the most important tips. It couldn't be more important to budget. I really had my ups and downs when it came to my own personal budgeting. I was the worst in my first term, we had an event in our shopping centre which was a student lock in (discounts on my dream shops such as Topshop and H&M) I didn't think about if I should have set myself a budget to spend and withdraw money, I went straight in for the kill and spent over £100 in Topshop, in fairness I'd wanted a pair of Joni Jeans for ages but I just practically blew my money in an instant without thinking. You'll make your university experience so much easier on yourself if you set yourself budgeting limits and in that case you won't be worrying about having to ask your parents to lend you money before your next loan drops.

4) You won't need as much as you think you will
My goodness, I wish I could go back and someone tell me this. I went in hard with my university shopping and most of it wasn't worth it. I think my brain forget I'd be around a shopping centre when I moved to uni, incase I forgot some vital things. Of course you don't want to seem unorganised and yes, there is quite a lot you need but over the course of the year you'll realise either everyone else in your flat has it and you're all sharing one or that you're packing up your kitchen things when you're moving out and realised you never used (and never were) going to need all the baking supplies you accumulated.

This one is a bit of a lie because all anyone ever said when they knew I was heading to uni was to "keep up to date with all my work but also have the best fun ever" looking back at some of my first year memories, there were many times when I stressed out over such little things. University is pretty stressful, but at the same time you'll never get an experience like it again. Problems occur and sadly you can't change everything, sometimes you've just got to take a couple of deep breathes and relax. University is very life changing for a lot of us, soak it all in and have the best time you could ever have.

Do you have any tips for anyone heading to university?


Lifestyle // An Open Letter

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I'll just come out and say it, you're a bitch. You're an even bigger pain in the ass than the guy on Tinder who just won't accept I don't want to "Netflix and Chill" (I'm more into Anime and scoffing my gob with never ending slices of pizza!) 

You're a physical and mental challenge for me. How is it possible that in an instant you can ruin things that mean so much to me? over the course of two years, you've managed to ruin a lot for me.. Do you even realise that? sometimes I find it hard to even do things on my own, it's a struggle to go out by myself, meet new people and recently even stupidly give me struggles to EAT actual food. You make me scared everyday, especially for the future. Scared to turn down fantastic opportunities, get into a relationship and even just to be myself. 

But you know what? in a way you've done something incredible, that I couldn't see until you came into my life. You've made me realise what a STRONG and BEAUTIFUL person I really am. You've tried to knock me down so many times and you most probably think you've succeeded... Right? ha, you couldn't be more wrong. Yes, I'll cry because it's hard, because I've ended up in hospital again just to be told "it's just anxiety" because at 20, I feel like I'm in a constant battle with you but just know, you will NEVER define me in any way, shape or form. 

I am beautiful, bubbly, funny, a daughter, a sister, a niece and a friend to amazing people who have helped me through so many issues you've caused and not to mention a compete and utter weirdo but these are the things I love most about myself.

I'll continue my therapy sessions and find ways around you trying to destroy me but just know I will NOT give up this fight.