Graduation Day 2017: Outfit, Reflection and Future Plans!?

On Friday, the 21st of July, I finally Graduated with a Bachelors degree in Media with Communications. It’s crazy because of a few months ago, I was almost certain that I would not achieve the grade I wanted and had stubbornly decided that I would not attend graduation for that reason alone. Yes, it’s a ridiculous decision based on the view that the world is over if you do not achieve a 2:1 (forgive me!). But just as a side note, I achieved my 2:1 and thought I would blog all about it to provide an insight into the Graduation day, what I wore, and my plans for the future. Spoiler: It’s definitely not further education!

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So, the dress. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this. I had decided on this little number earlier on in the year which I believe I bought from PrettyLittleThing, around the £30 mark. I know this may be a little scandalous for a graduation considering the sheerness of some areas, however, I genuinely feel it was very classy and intricate and provides a great job at carefully concealing some areas. I also took into consideration that the gowns would provide further coverage on the day so I wouldn’t be too ‘exposed’, but would still peek out and add detail. Overall, this is probably one of my favourite dresses that I have ever worn and was really glad I saved it for such a special event!

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I began the morning of my Graduation in student style. I assumed that with the ceremony being at 10:45 am, I would arrive at 10 am and it would be a great idea. I didn’t realise that we were expected to be there at 8 am to accommodate time for queuing, registration, and putting on our gowns. I genuinely surprised myself with a skill of getting ready in 30 minutes, which involved a full face of makeup, including false eyelashes. After sprinting down the city streets in heels, I arrived with 20 minutes to spare which, even though my calves are now fine AF, I do not recommend!

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Before long, I was seated in the theatre. Fortunately enough, I was sat right next to my course bestie which was very memorial because we have shared almost all of the same classes as each other. This also made walking onto the stage a little easier as we could offer mutual support by cheering from the sidelines or singing nursery rhymes to calm our nerves. If you are soon to graduate, hear it from me that there’s almost no reason to be nervous because the walk on stage is over so fast that you will barely remember it, the pictures I have are the only way I know it actually happened! And besides that, there are so many people doing the same walk that, by the time it’s your turn, it just seems that being nervous is overrated (unless of course, you’re the first one up!).

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The ceremony lasted over an hour and a half, which isn’t that long compared to others I am aware of. I feel the general momentum of excitement heads in the direction of taking pictures outside the event, rather than within it, but that’s expected with millennials and social media, to which I am no exception. Here I am posing with some of my friends, whom I spent slaving away in the library for months, fretting about the direction of my dissertation. How I even overcame that stage is a mystery to me, but I couldn’t have done it without these girls. They all worked so hard and are all so deserving of the grades they received!

Nottingham Trent UniversityNow, it’s fair to say it’s all over. I’m no longer a student and I have started this new chapter in my life that permits me to shape the direction of the rest of my life. It’s something that hasn’t really kicked in because I still feel like I’ll return in September as normal and continue my academic life, but it’s simply not true. The third year of University is a mental mind f**k! The stress was enough to ensure I won’t be returning to education again. But saying that, I look back fondly on it and, considering I have been to two universities in my lifetime, and encountered a variety of obstacles (personal and academic), I now want to write about to help others. If this is something you’re looking for I do hope you follow this blog as more is to come.

As for my own personal journey? I’m using this time wisely to ensure I become the person I want to be. Digital Content Creating/ Marketing is so close to my heart that I’m soon to be looking to expand my career horizons past my part-time job as a customer service assistant. But at the moment, I’m trying to catch up on rest and my social life, which became non-existent due to university commitments. I am deserving of that break!

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So, if you’re a soon-to-be University student, or about to go into your third year, or just generally have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your concerns and questions! I’m happy to share my advice if it helps you out. But I promise you will come out on top.

 

Love,

lea-x

 

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What I wore In Gran Canaria: Daytime edition

Hello lovelies,

Back at it (again) with, yet another, post within my “What I wore in Gran Canaria” Series. If you follow my blog you’ll know I’ve already done a few of these already, but if you’re new and simply interested I have several posts which show what I wore by the pool, to the beach and evening wear – all linked here for ease!  In this post, I show what I wore for one of the hottest days there, where we decided to go on a long walk down to the other side of the island at which we were staying.

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As we were walking, we came across a perfect lookover spot with a gorgeous view of the sea. Naturally, I decided it would be the ideal backdrop for pictures for my blog – despite the fact that behind the wall there was a drop large enough to end my life. Blogging is risky business.  To add some more comedy to the situation, the wall was really hot and my foot had been burned badly by the sun, which is literally why one foot is hidden in some perfectly placed shade. Yes, the pose looks intentional but really, I was more concerned about my foot.

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Coming back to the main purpose of this post, the majority of the outfit is from Primark. The crochet top was bought last year and is one of my summer holiday staples. The top can be tied like a bikini, with strings around the neck and back, which makes it easy for taking off and on. As such, this makes it ideal for going to the beach and pool when wearing swimwear underneath. An added benefit to this top are the tassels around the waist, which if like me this isn’t your most confident area, then it provides a nice detailed distraction where you can show off your mid drift without being completely exposed.

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Whilst I usually pair this with some high waisted denim shorts, I decided to mix it up by wearing something lighter and flowier in material as denim had begun to chafe at my thighs. Initially, I wasn’t too sure about pairing the red patterned shorts (Primark also, £4) with the crochet top, but I feel like it came together well to secure a bohemian vibe. And it felt completely appropriate with the gorgeous red flowers which hung from the tree above me, respectably used as a hairpiece.

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How are you spending this summer? Let me know!

Love,

lea-x

 

What I Wore in Gran Canaria: Fashionable One-Piece By The Pool

Hello lovelies,

Back at it again with my third entry to my ‘What I Wore In Gran Canaria” series! In this post, I show what I wore by the pool. which is always the most exciting aspect of going abroad for me.

One Piece

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Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of bright coloured one-pieces all over Instagram. I have been obsessed trying to recreate this trend but had problems finding ones in stores that were inexpensive.  However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found swimsuits in Primark at an absolute bargain – 4 pound each! I almost decided to take the plunge and buy one in every colour. Though I decided it was probably best if I stuck to two, buying one in red (Baywatch style) and another in blue, knowing it wasn’t hurting the bank.

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Considering I haven’t worn a one-piece since I was a kid, I was concerned I might look childlike in a sea of grown women in ‘adult appropriate’ swimwear. I was even more concerned because I decided I couldn’t leave Primark without an inflatable pink flamingo, knowing that I was staying in a hotel that is specifically for adults only. I won’t lie – I did receive funny looks. I’d like to think it’s because the high cut of the swimsuit and the low back made the piece a little sexier, but truly, I’ll never know.

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In terms of practicality, I did not expect very much at such a low cost. I chose a size 10 but perhaps could have gone a size down because the straps kept falling down, leaving me exposed on occasion. This I did not mind so much as it really only was intended for fashionable wear, a splash in the water, and not for swimming lanes. The fabric, of course, does not offer much support but again, this is something that isn’t a requirement for me. The only issue is the fabric can become thin which does not conceal nipples all that well but, if you’re a bit of a feminist/ #freethenip advocate like me then let them reign in all their glory.

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How are you spending this summer?

Love,

lea-x

 

 

 

 

What I Wore In Gran Canaria: Evening Edition

Hello Lovelies,

This is the second post within the ‘What I Wore In Gran Canaria’ series. In this post, I show what I wore for my evening wear, which consists of a gorgeous little buy from Quiz Clothing.

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Initially, the playsuit wasn’t intended for holiday wear, but upon deciding to go to the Canary Islands, the playsuits floral design just became a favourable piece in my wardrobe. I felt the saturated red colour, alongside the dresses ruffles resembled a traditional style Spanish dress which was all so fitting to where I was staying! Alongside this, this playsuit style spin-off was both so playful and feminine that it became a statement piece in my wardrobe (or should I say suitcase?). This is exactly why it was perfect for evening wear.

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In terms of practicality, the playsuit is made out of thin, loose material which allowed me to keep cool. The only difficulty is the elasticated off-shoulder style which, just like other similar items, would rise up occasionally. This meant arm movement was limited to staying below shoulder height. Also on a side note, I did not go to dinner wearing this but I feel if I were, the kimono style sleeves could be a disaster – unless you like a side of fabric with your meal. So overall, probably not the most practical but it’s worth the sacrifice!

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What are you wearing this summer?

Let me know, Love

lea-x

Beach Day Lookbook: Gran Canarian Edition

Hello lovelies,

Starting off my ‘What I wore in Gran Canaria’ series, today I show what I wore on the beach. This was a perfect beach day as it was a fairly cloudy day which gave me chance to somewhat heal my sunburn a little but still enjoy the warm temperature.

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I have had this Primark buy, a long black slit skirt, in my wardrobe for a few years. I’ve never been too sure or confident in wearing it because I am short and feared the ultimate ‘trip-and-fall’ in public. I also feared the underskirt would rise up (which it did, plenty). However, upon planning my holiday outfits, I really wanted to invest in a sarong but when I caught sight of this skirt in my wardrobe, I realised this finally had some wearing potential. Not only would it look seriously glamorous on the beach, but it will also save me money in the process. Even when the underskirt did rise, it was pretty acceptable considering there was a strong presence of the nudist community on the same beach earlier that day. I wore bikini bottoms for extra protection.

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Black in the summer is an entirely new concept for me – even buying my first black bikini (£12.99, h&m), the same one in this picture, came as a shock. But I have to say I felt incredibly comfortable and chic wearing all black on the beach, though this is probably because the contrasting mesh skirt provided a break-up dynamic to the overall look.  Additionally, the long layers of fabric, when moved by the wind, made me feel super feminine, almost to the point where I should have been walking in slow-motion.

 

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Also, since my trip to Bulgaria last year, I’ve hoarded metallic stick-on tattoos in hopes of someday wearing them. While I may have gone a little mad in wearing them (the gold leaves on my chest we’re not necessary), I think they looked appropriate to the outfit and the rocky terrain, especially the ones on my thigh. The fact those tattoos, in particular, could only be seen when my skirt was flowing in the right direction, added a special element to the outfit also. Though, next time, I probably would not want to wear those near sand again because of the intensive scrubbing labour that involved later that night. Sand and stick-on tattoos do not mix. Repeat and learn.

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What do you plan on wearing to the beach this year?

Love,

 

,lea-x

 

Valentines outfit!

Hello again!

Since Valentines day is quickly approaching, I thought I would release a bunch of Valentines related posts to suit the occasion. You can expect a Vegan What I eat in a Day (Valentines day edition, of course), so if you are interested in how you can make plant-based choices whilst eating all the cake in the world, definitely keep in touch by hitting the follow button!

One of my favourite things about this holiday is that it allows me to go all out with my outfit and makeup – that’s probably one of the most ‘basic’ things I’ve said today, but that’s because I don’t get of the house out much (#thirdyearstudentproblems).

Today is also just one of those days. So here I am, on a Friday afternoon, not doing my coursework and posing in a nice dress.

New Look // 19.99

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This is, without a doubt,  a boob popping dress, which is one of the things that drew me in. I love an outfit that can make going bra-less appear sophisticated but I just really hate wearing bra’s anyway, so this really is a winning situation for me.  The only downfall is that I do find myself ‘falling’ out of this dress, so this is going to require some tape to keep the material firmly fixed and public appropriate.

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Another thing I love about this dress is that it is so universal. Since I  put on weight last year, I have been self-concious about my tummy which literally looks invisible in these pictures because the material just flows so nicely over it. Though at the same time, the tie at the waist  provides a nice eye-drawing detail that flatters your curves. All-in-all, three course meal food-baby approved.

Let me know what your plans are for this Valentines day!

lea-x

Spring // Primark Haul

Hi Guys!

I’m really supposed to be knuckling down and writing this dissertation but final year of university makes you do stupid things, like go shopping and come out with a bunch of items you just don’t need. But, at the same time, if you’re anything like me, you also love a good Primark Haul. Everybody wins.

Bralette // 8 pound

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I really do love the edgy but feminine design of this bralette, especially the  triangular shaped cut which is super flattering. I don’t really wear bralettes out of the house just because they don’t offer the coverage I need, but I love to wear them around the house as loungewear because they are super comfortable! If it wasn’t so sheer I would wear this as part of a ‘going out’ outfit.

 

Rose gold hoodie

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Now, this is either going to be the ugliest looking thing you’ve seen or the best. Honestly, I love rose gold and this material felt so silky  I couldn’t deny myself. This is technically a sports hoodie, which is how I will wear it if I ever go to the gym, but I also feel like I could incorporate this into an every-day outfit.

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There is definitely a bit of a Rose/gold theme going on in this haul! Since last year I’ve been a sucker for edgy sunglasses with an intricate design. I absolutely fell in love with these two! Im so excited to be wear them when the sun comes out.

Nails // 1 pound 

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I’m not a massive fake-nails person, In fact, it’s very rare I do anything to my nails and tend to leave old, cracked nail polish on until it flakes off naturally. That’s probably quiet disgusting but I’m very low maintenance.  However, I do admire good nails from afar so when I saw those in Primark for 1 pound each, I couldn’t really find fault as to not give them a try.

Hope you’re having a wonderful January,

lea-x

Primark & Misguided Haul, Youtube, and UPDATE

So last Monday I had surgery. Since then, it has been a very painful recovery and I have often  been questioning myself on why I went ahead with it in the first place, despite reading up online discussions on forums that specifically said “Childbirth was easier”. Its not all doom and gloom though, I am grateful to the strong pain medication I was perscribed that sent me to sleep hours at a time which I guess, in some sense, speeded up the healing time. Still, it has been pretty shitty.

More than anything, the timing has been the worst part because my boyfriend had planned to be out of the country for most of October working on film shoots, which meant I was left home alone. Thankfully my parents came home and helped me with tasks I didn’t want to do (washing the pots). A friend of mine also helped take me around town to pick up more pain medication, which I took advantage of, and ended up shopping my own weight in clothes. It is hard being stuck in the house alone. The only other thing I could look forward to is my weekly grocery delivery, which by the way, I bought some Vegan Wensleydale-style cheese and it is SO good.  If you’re wanting to become vegan or just looking for ways to cut out meat and dairy, I definitely recommend the new line that Sainsburies have recently added. The hype is real!

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Since I’m not quiet recovered enough for uni yet and I haven’t updated this page for a while, I really felt the need to make a video on my recent splurges. This is something I have been wanting to try out for a long time, even though I don’t have the equipment to make the high quality content I really want,  but this is just the start. Please let me know if this is something that you enjoy and are willing to support. My channel will be similar to my blog, a focus on Veganism, health, beauty, fashion; all of that jazz.

Thank you so much for being a great reader and a fabulous supporter. I wish you all a fantastic weekend!

lea-x

I’ve noticed recently that my choice of clothing was just boring and repetitive, I would often be going to work in jeans and a “nicer-than-usual top. Mostly, this was down to the fact I had put on a little weight over the christmas holidays and haven’t been as confident to get my best assets out (as far as I was concerned, they were hidden through months of hibernation). But after my 21st birthday earlier this January, I decided enough was enough and that I would be going back to my healthy ways in order to drop the weight and feel happier in my skin. As motivation I have ordered some cute items from misguided that I am able to wear to work and would love to give my honest opinions to potential customers.

The Midi Skirt

I’m 5’2 with a fairly slim but curvy figure so I’ve always avoided the midi skirt in fear that I would look like I’m drowning in material and exaggerate my not-so-great features. However a dear friend of mine, who is also very petite, advised me to find a skirt that just about hit the knee for its best effect. I’ve used Boohoo in the past and bought cheap, flimsy ones made of a jersey type material and was put off with everything that was wrong with it. This time, I decided to take a plunge and try Misguided, opting for asymmetrical cuts and see through hemlines. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the quality of these skirts, especially as some of them were on sale from £5. I did buy a nude coloured version of the striped skirt, however it appeared the skirts were slightly different in design. Instead of an elasticated waistband it had a zip fastening.

Advise: If you do want to buy from misguided please be aware that the majority of items that I have bought had a very poor zip which would often get stuck and fail to function. As I have arthritis, I struggled with this and required the help of my friends and boyfriend who also painfully struggled to fasten me up! Many of the items I just had to give away.

The Playsuit

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If you knew me when I were  between the ages 16-18, I basically lived in playsuits and shorts even if it meant taking the extra five minutes to go to the bathroom. Working at a nightclub, I saw a girl wear a really cute playsuit and re-inspired me to purchase one again. I came across this “teal” playsuit on Misguided and fell in love with the plunge feature as I don’t really have anything that shows that part of me off. Plus, I really like the almost  geometric feature that the straps have incorporated, I really cant wait to wear this tomorrow night with my new haircut.

Advice: “Teal” as in, it was supposed to be more green, but it sadly wasn’t as true to colour. I still love it regardless. 

The Bodysuit

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So, I completely forgot to photograph this one myself even though I had it ready, please do not judge me. Seeing this on the website made me question two things, 1. How bad is the camel toe? 2. How much boob spillage will there be that night? I decided to take the “plunge” and buy it anyway knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry about tucking excess fabric into my cute skirts and it making it visually obvious. So, the bodysuit isn’t exactly comfortable on my crotch and i’m definitely going to have to buy those stick on nipple/boob pads, but I’ll still give this a thumbs up on the basis that its cute.

Advice? Just do you, honey boo boo.