SURVIVING COLLEGE

29 Oct 2015

As mentioned on numerous occasion, I am now into my second year at college and getting stuck into another year of hard work and lack of sleep but I think this year may be a little better than the last because I learnt a lot from my first year that will think will help me out this year as well as if you have just started college or are going to next year.

Organisation is key

Planning out times to get your work done and to revise will make your life a hell of a lot easier because you'll get into the habit of doing work at such and such a time instead of sitting there procrastinating. I'm not sure about all colleges, but we have free periods at ours and they are a blessing! Getting work done then is the best way to get everything out of the way and to keep your weekends free. Diary's and To-Do lists are the est way to keep track of work needed to be done and what you've done so your not wasting any time finding out what your homework was or if you actually had any because it's there written down. 

Get revision in early

Most schools and subjects give tests throughout the year and, unlike high school, I no longer walk in after just revising for five minutes before and revise properly before hand because it will help me in the long run. I also make myself textbooks where I write out the key notes from subjects so that when it comes to the end of year exam I just read through that maybe make a few posters and cue cards and I feel like I've remembered as much as I can. Revising throughout the year saves time when it comes to the last exam as you're not trying to cram 12 modules into a few weeks. If you want some revision tips, I've done some posts in the past and if you want more I'll be happy to write some more for you!

Plan & Prioritise

It links to the first point really but planning really will make the year go by a little quicker and a little easier. Do what needs to be done first before you do something that maybe a bit more fun but isn't due in till two weeks later. If you need to stay in an extra hour to get your chemistry done do it now instead of having to squeeze it in later just so you can see friends an hour early. Having said that...

Make the most of the year

A lot can happen in college years so don't miss out on spending time with friends. I regretted missing out on day trips and parties to stay at home doing work or sometimes nothing. Make the most of your free time and make your weekends packed full of fun because soon you'll probably be heading off in your separate ways and you don't want to be left wishing you'd done more with them.

This is just a few bits of advice I'd give myself and anyone starting their first year at college and so I hope they help.
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

AUTUMN

23 Oct 2015


Like many others, Autumn is my favourite time of the year. The colours and the crunch of the leaves as well as the different of scents that accompany the season I can't help but love. Every autumn, the same products make an appearance and so I thought I'd share them with you today as well as a few new additions. 

A good autumn book is always good and so I thought I'd mention one I've been enjoying recently and that's Extroardinary Means by Robyn Schneider. A book centred around Latham House; a boarding school for sick kids as it follows the story of two of the teens in particular and their story at Latham. I promise there will be a review soon but right now, take my word for it, it's a book you must check out this Autumn.

You can't have a good Autumn book without a good playlist. I have my ATMN 15 playlist currently on my spotify if you'd like to follow me there. It's just song I've come across this season. If you're wanting songs that, I guess, reflect the month more my 8Tracks playlist "Float Down" is a good one to check out.

Autumn's the time where I can finally crack out my candles again and one I loved last year and I'm going to carry on using this year is the Yankee Candle Honey & Spice. Like the name suggests it is rich with spices but the smell it lets off isn't over powering but nicely subtle and one I love. 

I get chapped lips all year round but autumn/winter is the peak of the dryness and so I always find Carmex to do the trick. Making sure, I have it to hand out and about, it's great when my lips begin to dry a little. It's time for dark colours to make an appearance again and the Collection Lip Butter in Perfect Plum is such a great, wearable purple that adds some extra moisture which is great great for me.

I always like matching bold dark nails to match my bold dark lips in Autumn but I've been loving this Essie Nail Varnish in Master Plan which is a great every day beige/grey that is so quick to apply and dry and the colour is lovely. 

The weather's getting colder and it's time to wrap up warm and I found the best place for coats and scarves is Zara. Last Christmas my sister bought me this huge scarf from Zara which could act as a blanket it's so big but it's also so cosey and warm. I don't think they have this back in stock this year but they have some similar ones again in Zara and also New Look that I've seen. Zara also have some great coats and that's where I picked up my Zara Traffaglur Parka Coat. which has a great hood with some parts lined with the softest fur that I do, somtimes, find myself stroking like a cat! It's super warm and goes great with the scarf. 

Hopefully this is the first post of me getting back in to the swing of things and, again, sorry for going AWOL.
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

STUCK IN A RUT

14 Oct 2015

I'm sorry. My blog has been lacking and I am sorry. I've bee stuck in a bit of a rut with college and work and not actually blogging. Honestly, it's been the last thing I've been thinking about and I know that's bad because I don't want it to be like that.

I'm a big planner as I've discussed before but I am also a big procrastinator and instead of using blogging to procrastinate from work. I'm using work to procrastinate from blogging. Ideas dry up and I'm still waiting to have a waterfall of new ideas fill my head as well as finding the time to sit down and get something worth reading written and posted.

That's all I want to say; that I'm sorry I've not been very active and that while I aim on being back in the next week or so please don't hold me to that. I have a few things to sort out and then hopefully everything will be sorted and I'll be able to get back to my good old weekly posting self.

Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

BOOK HAUL

5 Oct 2015

It's been too long for my liking. Not just with blogging but with reading as well. Everything has been put on the back burner as I've been adjusting to A Level life which is a lot harder that I first anticipated. I've disappointed myself with the lack of blogging and reading I've been doing and so to hopefully spark a reading marathon, I bought a small mountain of books that I thought I'd share with you to get me back in the swing of things.

There have been a few books I've been eyeing up on Amazon for a while that all seem like my kind of easy-rad contemporary to refuel my book love starting with Just One Day by Gayle Forman. It's been a while since I've read a Gayle Forman book and, seeing as though I loved every book I've read of hers, I thought this was a safe bet. It's about about a day in Paris and so obviously a love story is involved and so a book I can't wait t read.

Way To Live Forever by Sally Nicholls was a book I read when I was 12 and I remember it being one of those books that opened me up into the world of reading that wasn't all joy and puppies? I remember this being one of the first books I balled my eyes out to and, after realising I'd lost it, I thought I'd best repurchase and reread it as well.

After seeing Cait from PaperFury review Extraordinary Means by Roybn Schneider and being an author I've wanted to check out for a while, I picked this up and I have actually already read this and I loved it! It's centred around a boarding school for sick teens and Lane who's being sent there to be treated. It's about his time there, making friends and falling in love.

Tape by Steve Camden is one I know I'm going to enjoy with the synopsis sounding like something I'd love and also having a slightly similarly idea to what I wanted in my very own book. It follows two story lines of Ameliah is 2013 and Ryan in 1993. Ryan records his feelings on tapes and when Ameliah finds them, she really connects to them.

The last book I ordered from Amazon was The Martian by Andy Weir. I've been wanting to buy this book for months even before the film was announced to release. It's been a while since then and the movie is now out and yet I've still not read the book so what better time than now to read it so I can experience the book as well as experience the gorgeous Matt Damon on the film screen.

Annabel Pitcher is an author I loved back in high school and always wished she'd bring out new books and so when The Book People had her newly released hardback, Silence is Goldfish, for just £4, I got very excited and had to pick it up quickly. Her synopsis are always quite mysterious and this one is now different so I'm excited to find out what this book really is about. 

The last back I was sent and the story line really interested me: Zeroes by Scott Westfield and others. Scott Westfield wrote the famous Uglies series which I sadly missed out in my childhood (but still might pick up) so reading this gives me a look into his writing style. The storyline feels so unique being about six former friends with extraordinary power. After Ethan aka Scam gets caught up in a bank robbery, the other Zeroes come to help. It's unlike anything read before and, so far, it's very action packed. I look forward to reporting back on this one.

Hopefully these books will encourage me to get reading again and make enough time for blogging again,
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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