Friday, 21 October 2016

Think Pink!

Hair update! I've (finally) taken the plunge, jumped the band wagon, and livened up my look a little. I've gone pink! Since being a fresher I've been looking at the pastel colour hair dyes in Superdrug and wondering which colour to go first. I think at one point I even bought a lilac hair dye, but my hair was too dark to dye at the time. But, being my final year at uni, I thought that this might be the last year where I don't have a job that doesn't let me play with my hair colour, so I might as well give it a go and have some fun with it while I can!

Admittedly, it didn't go as pink or as all-over as I thought it would, but it's a good place to start I feel. Plus, I kind of like the blonde bits that didn't take the colour mixed in with the pink bits... 

The dye I used this time was the Jerome Russell Bblonde Maximum Colour Toner in Pink. It was super easy to use, you literally just whack it one after you've shampooed your hair, put a plastic bag over your hair, and leave it for half an hour. I found it much easier to use than normal hair dyes, however it was a bit harder to make sure it had covered every bit of hair. 

I love my new pink hair, what do you think? And what colour should I go next?!  Hmm, decisions...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A Typical Uni Wednesday

I haven't really felt totally immersed in uni life for a while, what with being on placement year last year, but this year is my final year and it feels great. As sad as it sounds, I'm really enjoying being back in study mode, but having my nights out and rowing training as little breaks. Uni days are just so chilled and full of things to do, so I thought it'd be nice to blog my average Wednesday at uni... mainly because Wednesday is my busiest day, but who doesn't love a hump-day treat...?

Wednesday morning is training morning. This means I wake up at half past five in the morning, throw on a lycra onesie, and head down to the river for a row. And everyone says a student's life is lazy! 

I'm lucky enough to have Wednesdays off of uni, which means I can scrabble back from rowing and have a proper breakfast before heading to the library. This week was a bit of a special treat breakfast, as I had a bottle of pancake mix that needed using up. Breakfast was three pancakes (plain, unfortunately, I'd run out of lemon and sugar) and an orange for pudding. 

After breakfast I head into uni with my housemate. We're on the same course, which means we often have the same lectures. 

As I said, Wednesday's are our day off from lectures, but we usually head into the library anyway to do some reading and essay-writing. When we get in early (and when I sometimes meet Izzy at uni straight from rowing), I treat myself to a breakfast at uni, like a croissant or a sausage sandwich. Obviously this morning I didn't have to worry about that, thanks to the pancakes and orange.

And Wednesday means another thing in Bournemouth... student night! Wednesday nights are the cheap night out for students, and we all head out to Cameo. This week hasn't happened yet, but last Wednesday it was a house night out for us. 

And straight from that into Thursday, which usually consists of a more hungover, less study-motivated Katy. (Check out my hangover post from last week here!)

Wednesday are my favourite day of the weekdays (obviously not including weekends!). I get to row, I don't have to go to any lectures, and I get a bit of a party out of it. 

And I thought hump day was supposed to be the hard day ;)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Post-Wedding Post

I've been out of contact this weekend... I've been at my bestie's wedding! At 24 years old I've never been a bridesmaid before, and never been to a wedding that wasn't a family wedding... i.e. one where I'm watching what I do in case an auntie of some kind catches me out. So yesterday's wedding was my first one where I was a bridemaids (ahem, Maid of Honour please!) and where it was a friend's wedding. It was amazing, honestly the best wedding I've been to! Chelsea did such a good job at organising everything and it was so personal to her, really amazing. Today, I woke up in my hotel room, packed my bag, ate a full-english breakfast, and headed back to Bournemouth. 

I didn't feel hungover, despite all the champagne I'd drank the night before, but I was so tired. The first thing I did was have a nap. I put on some chilled music on my Spotify and closed the curtains, and I was asleep in seconds. When I woke up I wasn't in the mood to do anything too heavy with my day, so I dedicated it to being a Disney Day. 

I managed to get through Hercules, Oliver & Company (which I hadn't watched since I was little, so cute!) and started on The Road to Eldorado (which Disney buffs will tell me isn't actually a Disney film, but it's the best kids film anyway, so I added it to the list!), while munching on some fizzy cola bottles that Chelsea gave me. 

I can't believe that the wedding has been and gone. It was so lovely to be a part of my best friend's wedding, she looked amazing and it was the best time! 

Now off to bed for my second nap of the day! Nighty night, 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Dealing with a Hangover

Mid-week hangovers are THE WORST, as I'm quickly remembering now that I'm back at uni. They get you in with the cheap weekday student nights, but the cheap nights lead to grim morning-afters. Today, for example, I have a tummy ache, I feel like my insides are still drunk, and I nearly fell asleep in my 9am lecture... although, the fact that I even made it to the 9am lecture in the first place is a miracle! For all you freshers, uni students and party animals, here's my go-to's for when I'm nursing a hangover... and I'm doing them all right now!

1. Have a shower when you wake up
Get this over and done with when you first wake up, and you'll feel so much better for it! Last night you were probably hot, covered in make-up and hair products (I'm a back-comber, so my hair is always crazy by this point anyway), and I can guarantee that, no one knows how it happens, but you have muddy or dirty feet (right?!). Get yourself all clean and ready for a fresh new day!

2. Eat bad food
I'm currently waiting for my dominoes delivery to arrive, and I cannot wait! Today's choice is a half-and-half pizza (margherita and vegi-supreme with added chicken strips) and Fiery chicken nuggets. Yum yum!

3. Drink water
Boring advice, but honestly, even if it doesn't actually help me, I always feel like I'm doing something that my body will thank me for later! I try to have a glass of water with me all day while I'm mooching around the house, and force myself to keep taking sips from it. Downing is usually too much, and brings back memories from the Malibu-downing the night before, so just sips suit me fine!

4. Make yourself a nest
You're feeling rough, so you deserve a cosy nest to coop up in all day. I pull my duvet right up to my headboard on my bed, put my pillows and cushions on top, and sit in the middle of it all with my furry throw over me.

5. Wear something loose
If you have a tummy ache, or you're feeling a bit hot and bothered, the last thing you need is a pair of skinny jeans and a tight t-shirt. I go for a pair of loose leggings and a baggy, comfy jumper. Not too tight, but still cosy enough to curl up in.

6. Cuddle a hot water bottle
If you have a tummy ache cuddle a hot water bottle. This is good advice for any sort of tummy ache, and the first thing I do if I'm feeling poorly.

7. Open your windows
Let some fresh air in, you'll feel so much better for it. Don't worry if it's cold, you have your hot water bottle, and if you feel like you need a little more fresh air go and sit on your doorstep for a little while.

8. Avoid Facebook
It's too soon to see the photos from the night before yet - give yourself a chance to recover before you remind yourself of the awkward dancing and sweatiness of the club last night!

9. Pay your housemates a visit
My favourite part of the morning after is running into my housemate's room, who is usually feeling about the same as I am at this point, and having a catch up of what went on last night. We have a good laugh about the stupid things we did, and it gives me a little bit of a distraction from feeling grim for a while.

10. Watch something easy, non-shouty, and without bright colours
I usually go for a Pixar film, something that's easy but isn't going to be shouting at me through the screen or brightly coloured enough to hurt my head. Although, having said that, a favourite of mine to watch is always Stardust. I watch it whenever I've had a 'not-so-good' night, and the ending gives me a reason to have a little cry... anyway!

11. Write today off
Don't try to be ambitious with your day. You're not going to write an amazing essay, or tidy your room spotless today. That's not what today is about. Today is about feeling crappy and feeling sorry for yourself. Make the most of it!

12. A cup of tea...
I'm a big believer that a cup of tea can work miracles! When you're tired of drinking water, switch to a cup of tea. You'll feel like you're getting back to normal, and it's a bit of flavour that doesn't involve anything you drank from the night before.

And that's my advice for a hangover day. I hope none of you are feeling like I am today, I feel absolutely grim! No more Malibu's for me for a while...

Well... until next Wednesday anyway...

Friday, 30 September 2016

Asos Haul

It wasn't long ago since I last did a haul, but when your student loan comes in, it's only right to dedicate a little bit of it to treating yourself! This round's treat-haul was Asos, and it was so hard to not spend more than I did! Check it out...

First I treated myself to a new pair of jeans. I've always wanted a pair of ripped blue jeans, but never actually taken the plunge and bought a pair. Today's the day folks, and here is my new pair of ripped blue jeans. These ones are high waisted, and cost £30. They're a little baggy around the top, but nothing a belt should sort out.

Next, I bought this cream cape jumper. Funny story, my housemate's Asos parcel arrived at the same time, and it turned out that we'd both bought the same one... great minds think alike! This is such a cosy jumper, and I already wore it to uni this afternoon. I love the cropped sleeves too, a great jumper for slouching.

I loved this black skirt with a zip up the front. I wanted a plain black skirt to wear with tights for the winter, but this one was so much more interesting with the zip. 

I already have a blue denim dungaree dress, and since I bought it I've nearly worn it out. I treated myself to a black one, so I can mix it up a bit from day to day. I'm loving this trend at the moment, I feel so girly, but dressed casual at the same time.

And finally, I bought this skater-style pop-up skirt. This is the item I'm more unsure about. It's a bit loose around the waist, and might possibly be a little bit too floaty and girly for me. Any opinions, please comment!  

And that's that for another haul. Hopefully it'll be a little bit longer until the next haul, my bank account isn't my friend at the moment! But we shall see...

Watch this space...

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New Uni Room Tour

My final year of uni has begun, and a new year means another new room. The good thing about Bournemouth uni is that when you move house, it's usually pretty much down the road from the last place you've lived. My new room is my favourite so far, it's so light and bright and pretty! So, here's just a quick couple of pics, from my hungover state today... 

 Now just to find myself a blogging background.... 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

#TBT: Advice I'd Give my Fresher-Self

It was three years ago that I was heading to uni, all mousey and nervous, ready to meet my new housemates and start my uni life. It was exciting, terrifying, and all brand new, all at the same time. Since then, I've met some of my best friends, found a sport that I'd never considered before, and had amazing nights out that I'd only seen on sitcoms and films. If I could go back and do it all again, I totally would! But, I'd have a few bits of advice for myself, and for all the new freshers getting ready to head to uni now... 

1. Never say no to a party
Even if you're feeling tired or not into it. Some of my best nights have been surprise ones that I didn't want to go to. Go along, and if it's rubbish you can always head home. 

2. Meet everyone you can
Make friends with as many people as possible. You meet some amazing people at uni, and everyone has different backgrounds and stories. Sounds lame, but it's interesting the amount of people you can meet at uni, especially if you're living in student halls. 

3. Join a society early on
I waited until my second year at uni to do this, and I regret not doing it sooner. Most of my uni friends are through rowing, and I would have less than half of the nights out that I have if I wasn't in a society. 

4. Use first year wisely 
First year, despite what they say, is important study wise. But use it as your year to have fun. My advice is to go to all the nights out you can to size up the clubs and bars that you like, then when it comes to second year you know where to head and on what nights. After your fresher year it'll probably get more studious, so make the most of having a more chilled first year. Don't stress!

5. Pack lot's of decorations for your room 
If you're in student halls for your first year, it's going to be a little room that's probably very cute, but also very basic. Take whatever you can to make it your own space. I went armed with fairy lights, bunting, postcards and posters. 

I can't wait to go back to uni for another, and final, year. I'm so excited, and this throwback to my freshers days has made me even more eager to go back! Could you guess which one in the photos is me? 

Night night,