As we enter a new season, fashions as well as many other things change. As the months get colder and the leaves start to drop from the trees its time to change your style into something warmer and comfier. This season, according to Vogue, is all about the wide leg trousers. They’re an excellent clothing piece for these transitional months into winter, they offer more insulation due to the extended space in the leg and not to mention comfort, (I felt like I was wearing pyjamas).
I found these candy blue striped trousers in Topshop for £39, and paired it with a burgundy top to illustrate Autumn. However, as the British cold weather decides to visit us once again, I will start wearing these trousers with cropped jumpers, this is so the ruffled waistline is still accentuated and gives the perception of a more hourglass figure.
So as it would seem, Saturday marks my first day at University! Well that isn’t strictly true as that is only my move in day, and my first day of lectures doesn’t actually start until the 25th but it is my first time in a new city, and my first time living on my own with a house full of strangers. Sounds neat! Not! Its scary!
There are so many things that University has to offer, and so many exciting new changes. I have been waiting longer than most to go off to University, I’ve had a gap year and I’ve spend said year contemplating my future, figuring out what I want out of life and living and working in the real world. This past year has been more than beneficial to me and although I cannot wait to jump into my University experience, I wouldn’t have changed anything about that year, because without it, I wouldn’t be where I am.
Looking at what others have achieved out of University got me thinking what I want out of this first year, and how I want to achieve it. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are a few things I want to achieve in my first year at University.
Make lifelong friends
Get on with my housemates
Not be in my overdraft
Although try not to worry about money
Be certain I am studying the right subject for me
Keep up a high grade average through the year
Get a first in my degree, although a 2:1 is great too
Attend every lecture
Feel proud of every assignment I do
Find somewhere I fit in
Join a society
Step out of my comfort zone
Don’t live off microwavable meals and frozen pizza
Join a gym
Don’t miss out on anything
Go with the flow
Be the person everyone wants to be friends with
Don’t be background noise
Keep up to date with blogging
Without letting it affect my studies
Don’t let distance ruin my relationship
See my family as much as I can
Stay in touch with old friends
Don’t be afraid of what others think
Let others know about my blog, its nothing to hide
There are so many things I want for my first year, and there is nothing I want more than them all to come true. Its a big step in my life but I’m so exciting to begin this journey. I have waiting for this all year, and feel more than ready to start this experience knowing exactly what I want out of it.
So its our last day in Paris, and the last day of the most amazing holiday I have ever been on. The whole experience was perfect even down to the weather which is an odd thing for a Brit to say. Truly one to remember.
We’re actually heading off home today, and our train is at 16:00 local time, which meant that today we only have the morning. We decided earlier in the week that we would do the Louvre Museum on the last day as they have baggage lockers that store your stuff, as you aren’t allowed to bring anything with you into the museum. The lockers hold a standard cabin size case, so if you are planning on doing the same make sure it fits the measurements shown on their website (however mine was slightly bigger and it still fit).
We arrived at the Louvre Museum at around 11, slightly later than we planned on arriving but the late night from Disneyland yesterday really took a toll on us. This was still enough time for us to have a quick look around, but we got to see the Mona Lisa, so we’re not exactly complaining.
They say that it takes 9 months to fully get around the Louvre Museum, including reading every label on every floor. This to me is ridiculous and just shows how big the building actually is, because at first I thought the museum was just the pyramid, lol I was wrong. Everything in the building was so interesting and it was full of many different artefacts from many time periods, my favourite being the Egyptians. However, because of time issues we skimmed most of the museum and didn’t read any of the labels (mostly because they were in French). If we would’ve had more time I would’ve loved to have seen more of the museum and taken the time to examine each object. We still enjoyed our visit and even though it was short we were glad we got to see it.
After leaving the Louvre it was time to say goodbye to our temporary home, one in which I did not want to leave for at least another few days. On the train journey back I felt so down about my holiday being over but despite everything I had created so many great memories and travelled to one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world!
Lets visit the place where dreams come true! DISNEYLAND!
Before even booking our holiday to Paris I knew that Disneyland would an essential stop, much to my boyfriends dismay (although he enjoyed it a lot more than he thought he would).
Our day began very early, with an 8 o clock start (7 in British time) so that we could get to the park as soon as it opened. However, everyone around us seemed to have had the same idea and the queue to get in was impeccably long, so if any of you are thinking about visiting Disneyland any time soon I would suggest booking your tickets in advance or getting printable tickets like we did because it just saved us waiting in another very long line.
I have only been to Disneyland once before, and it was at Christmas time when I was around 6, and my memory of the holiday was very limited, in fact the only thing I do remember was the ice rink outside our hotel (so not actually in the park) and the gift shop. So walking into Disney felt like the first time and it was unbelievably magical. The attention to detail though out the park was mind blowing and the way they made every experience for each individual special.
I felt like the variety of activities in the park was inclusive for the whole family, it goes without saying that Disney is primarily marketed at young children but there is a substantial amount for older children and adults as well. The variety of amusement park rides was vast, too much so that we failed to get round them all. The level of intensity per ride was also given on the booklet which meant that finding the ideal ride was made easy and not time consuming, waiting in line however was. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those only going for a weekend or for the day to invest in a ‘FastPass’ ticket for the rides. It just makes getting on them so much easier and you can do what you have to do before and then you can just hop on the ride of choice. This cuts your queuing time by more than 75% and therefore you have more time to enjoy your day. Trust me the extra money is worth it.
There was many events happening throughout the day including plays and musicals in massive tent theatres, and also a daily parade which all the characters ride in floats around the Disneyland park. But the main event in my eyes was the evening show, which is a show of lights projected onto castle. This light show happens every night just before closing at 11pm. This was by far one of my favourite elements of the day, every detail was timed and imagined perfectly, and there was a mixture languages in the end show which meant that all children will feel as though they are involved. They definitely spoke in French and English, and I believe they also spoke Spanish, but don’t quote me.
My overall experience of Disney was mind blowing and I was truly in my element, the magic of the park brings out the happiness in everyone. The involvement from every member of staff was lovely to see and they all looked very happy to help. Each staff member spoke a minimum of 2 languages which is very helpful for tourists like myself.
I feel like I have blinked and summer has disappeared! I think that a lot of people will be feeling the same as I am right now, but for me its more than just summer.
I don’t know if many of you may be aware but this time last year I finished my A-levels and decided to have a gap year before my deferred place at University. I didn’t feel ready to move away from my family just yet, and mostly because I didn’t really know what I wanted. I spent the year working full time at the job I already had prior to starting my gap year, I work in my local Care Home looking after the elderly which is a very fulfilling job. Along with having a job I have gone back and forth over the idea of going to University in the first place; I would say I am a very indecisive person especially when it comes to big decisions that will ultimately change my future, so after looking at countless different Universities, Colleges, Apprenticeships and jobs, I came to my final conclusion.
My gap year has benefited me as it meant that could not only save for Uni and have more money behind me, but it also meant that I am sure on my future and what I want to get out of my degree. I cant speak for everyone but when I have something to work for and something that I want to achieve, I work harder than if I’m just doing it for a “what if” reason. For example, my GCSE grades and my AS grades don’t reflect what I can do, I had no drive, nothing to work towards, nothing I wanted to do. About halfway though my second year at Sixth Form I knew I wanted to do Psychology at University and I worked my butt off, and it paid off. It just goes to show you how much goals really do help drive you.
So after I’ve finished rambling on, I am going to post one picture for every month of my gap year to illustrate how I have changed and what I have done this past year, starting last September.
Thank you for reading, I’ve had the most amazing year and I cant wait to begin the next chapter of my life at University next month.
Our third day in Paris marks the halfway point on our holiday, easily a time to wallow in the fact that its nearly over, but in my case a time to celebrate another 3 more days in sunny Paris. I’ve always been a glass is half full kind of person.
Day 3 was an aesthetically pleasing day, visiting the world famous Notre Dame, where I was excited to meet my childhood love Quasimodo, also known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the 1996 Disney film. Notre Dame sparked childhood nostalgia so had a lovely time dancing around the cathedral pretending to be Esmerelda, much to the discomfort of others.
Notre Dame itself is a working church and while on our visit, there were many people praying, which I can understand must be hard to do when the whole cathedral is full of tourists, despite there being a strict no talking rule. The interior of the church was amazing, with gorgeous stain glass windows and stone statues; far more remarkable than my local church. The whole Cathedral was enchanting from top to bottom, every detail was as I would’ve imagined. From the bells in the bell tower to the gargoyles on the side of the church. The view was incredible and you could surprisingly see a great ordeal of Paris from the top.
After visiting Notre Dame, I headed down to the Luxemburg Gardens, which to me gave off a Blair Waldorf vibe? The sheer vision made me feel like I was in a whole other world. Everything was perfect down to the last rose petal. Such a remarkable and photogenic destination.