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27 September 2017

Autumn Dress Haul | Tobi Clothing kindly got in touch with me recently and gave me a sample of their dresses to try. Tobi is an online women's fashion boutique based in Los Angeles, but have extended their shipping to over 150 countries worldwide, including the UK. I selected a range of dresses perfect for the transition from Summer to Autumn fashion.

5 March 2017

Visiting Leuven & Brussels | POLITICO EU Studies Fair

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now will know I studied in Leuven, Belgium for my third year of University. I moved back to Edinburgh in September 2016 and whilst deciding where to study my masters degree, I came across the POLITICO EU Studies fair set to commence in Brussels in February 2017. Of course, I couldn't miss out on an opportunity to visit Belgium again, so last month, I combined a trip to catch up with friends in Leuven and attend the EU Studies fair in Brussels.

2 March 2017

I Dyed My Hair! | L'Oreal Paris Colorista #BurgundyHair

After seeing a tonne of youtubers rave about the new L'Oreal Paris Colorista dyes, I thought I would give it a go. The whole range is on offer at Boots right now and I managed to grab a bottle of the wash out dye for just £6!

21 February 2017

Novia Cat Eye Glasses | Review & Voucher Code

* were kind enough to send me glasses for review purposes however, all opinions in this post are my own

I've worn glasses full time for just over 3 years and I've always stuck to the same shape and colour of frames... standard black and slightly curved. When reached out to me, offering eyeglasses in return for a review, I used the opportunity to branch out with my style choice and I'm really impressed with the frames that I received.

6 February 2017

A Day In Dean Village: Edinburgh University Buddies

An opportunity received on a year abroad is the option to have a 'buddy' during your stay in a foreign country. A buddy is there for an international student during the initial period of their stay in order to make sure the settling in process is as stress-free as possible and to act as a helping hand along the way. I decided against having a buddy during my Erasmus year in Belgium, but I had a lot of friends there who had buddies and some turned out to be their life-long friends. After missing the international side of my studies returning home, I decided to participate in the Edinburgh University buddies programme, where two 'Edinburgh Buddies' are assigned to a group of 6 'International Buddies'.

30 January 2017

Everyday Red Eye Makeup | Morphe Budget Palette

Over the Christmas holidays, I experimented a little bit with my eye makeup and came up with an everyday red eye makeup look featuring a Morphe eyeshadow palette. I was looking for a maroon/red eyeshadow palette for a while, and was lusting after Kylie Jenner's eyeshadow palette, but came across Morphe's eyeshadow palettes instead, which are simply INCREDIBLE!

23 January 2017

Kraków | Auschwitz & Wieliczka Salt Mine

- warning: some may find the photos/issues discussed in this post distressing -

2016/17 was a year of big birthdays for my family: I turned 21 in September, my Mum turned 50 in December and my Sister was 18 at the start of this month. To celebrate, we went to Kraków from the 14th to the 17th of October together. We try to go on holiday together once a year, previously we enjoyed a week in London during the summer months, but the last time we went abroad (besides visits to Belgium) was a trip to Paris well over 6/7 years ago. 

8 January 2017

2017: New Opportunities & A Year of Uncertainty

On New Years Eve of 2015, I knew exactly how 2016 would pan out. After spending my Christmas break with family and friends back home in Edinburgh, I would return to Belgium for a second semester and eventually move back to Edinburgh later that year. I knew that when I returned, I would start to complete my final year at my home University. Everything seemed so certain. Of course, I had a couple of surprises along the way, a bundle of resits meant I prolonged my Erasmus year an extra two months and I managed to do a lot of unexpected travelling in my summer holidays.

This year seems different.
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