So I have decided that I want to start creating an interiors section on my blog because it is something that I am absolutely loving at the moment. If you follow me on any social media *all links at the top of the page*, then I’m sure you will have noticed that I’ve just gone absolutely mental for everything to do with interior design, textures and creative spaces. I am also in the process of completely redecorating my bedroom, transitioning it from a teenage boy’s playroom to an adult space where I can relax and write.
So as some of you may have seen, if you follow me on any social media, I graduated on Monday with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. finally
After three years of blood, sweat and tears it has come to an end and I am still unsure of what to make of the whole situation. Going from study nights in the library, endless hours of group work and forcing every ounce of effort into my work to doing absolutely nothing is the most surreal feeling ever.
On Sunday, I had a day off and the weather was divine, so I decided to venture to Richmond Park and get some shots for my Magazine University Project.
The concept of the magazine is a health and fitness guide which doesn’t support the idea of diets or supplements but reinforces the importance of keeping healthy – by regular exercise and eating right.
I decided to go for a brisk walk to Richmond Park to capture some images of the various places to go for a run/walk/cycle and I am so glad I did.
The beauty of the park is something that I have completely overlooked since being placed just a stone’s throw away for University.
Sometimes just going to a place like this is enough to calm you down, cleanse the soul and create inner peace with any problems or troubles going on in your life.
I just walked. And walked. Taking photos as I went along to capture the stunning picturesque park in all it’s glory.
The sun was shining high in the sky and it was pretty warm, it was a perfect day to see the park to it’s full potential and document my walk with images that I am proud of.
I only managed to walk a little bit (I checked on Google Maps when I got home!) and I was completely astonished by the sheer size and density of the park itself. It covers over 3.5 square miles and is around three times the size of Central Park in New York – just to put that into perspective for you guys!
Whilst I was there, my phone died so I was just able to wallow in the beauty of the place and get beyond my thoughts, taking steps further and further into the stunning wilderness that swallows you up and throws you out somewhere new.
Here’s a few of my photos I took whilst there – bearing in mind they were taken on my iPhone 5, I think I captured some great shots. I’d love to know what you think.
*This competition is in partnership with Nak Online Branding*
Now that I’ve got your attention, I can tell you all about how you are able to win the gift card to spend on menswear retailer East Dane.
It’s simple: all you have to do is go onto the website, choose what you would get with your gift card and comment below (with a link to the item) for your chance to win. It couldn’t be easier, right?
So, gents, if you’re looking for the perfect treat for yourself this Christmas or, ladies, you’re wondering where to go for the perfect present for the man in your life, then this is your chance.
The online retailer caters for all of your needs. They have a collection of the most perfect mens blazers for a special occasion this festive season, all at the most reasonable prices. If you’re still looking for the best jumper this Christmas, even after my posts offering great ones, then East Dane can help you with that. Or the best trousers around, keeping you looking suave.
Or, if you’re simply looking for the perfect present for someone else, that is completely fine too!
And if you’re feeling like you don’t wanna spend too much, they currently have a great selection of 50% off mens clothing, which has the last minute bargains that you can have the chance of grabbing before it’s too late.
The competition closes at 9pm on the 19th of December 2014.
There are 4 gift cards up for grabs so get creative.
I always think the best present for someone is something personalised, so when I saw The Book of Everyone I knew I had to get one.
The basic premise of the book is making it specific to one person. This is achieved by entering the person’s name & date-of-birth and the rest is done for you! The system automatically creates a book of facts relating to the very year (and sometimes day) of their birthday. It’s awesome!
There are opportunities to personalise even further by adding photos, quotes and maybe even something embarrassing to make them laugh.
The book includes so many interesting facts that you may not even know, right from the film and book of that year to the famous people they share their birthday with.
The book can be printed on paperback, hardback or a deluxe option that comes with a a stunning gift box! There is also the choice of getting a digital version to be used on your smart phone or tablet, you know, when you want to be able to show your friends.
It is in collaboration with Age UK, that with every book you buy it goes towards the “gifting” of a book for an elderly person who may not receive a gift. Because, after-all, we all know that amazing people deserve an amazing gift too!
And the coolest thing about it all? The fact an ant (yes, a real ant) gets called your friend’s name in their honour!
So what are you waiting for? Go and make sure that you’re the one giving the best present this year! www.thebookofeveryone.com
The other day, I had one of those “stop and think” moments when I was getting my hair cut.
I sat down, told the guy what I wanted and he set off, snipping and chopping away. Until he stopped and said:
“What do you wanna do after uni then?!”
And that was it. I mean, people have asked me that before and I’ve just kinda brushed it off because it wasn’t the right time to be thinking about it. In the past, I usually changed the subject, got on with things and said I’d think about that in the future. But that “future” is nearing and I have to face that question for myself. What do I want to do? And for once, I actually had no idea how to respond. I’ve done many spots of work experience and I could have easily just made something up, but I really had to think, search the depths of my brain for the perfect answer.
I replied, “I’m really not sure to be honest.” That was all I could say. It was the truth.
A puzzling look came upon his face, with which he said, “Really? No idea whatsoever?”
I was completely caught out, stuck on what to say and it suddenly became awkward. I know I’m only 21 (wow that’s the first time I’ve written that down, strange) but I thought that surely there is something in my head that knows. Surely there is some idea somewhere in my brain that knows exactly where I want to go. But I just couldn’t bring it to the surface and into words.
It wasn’t until I got home and looked back on the situation that I realised the sheer importance of that conversation. I think the main reason I don’t know is because I don’t want to know. The unknown element of the future is something that excites me more than anything. I’d much rather take the undiscovered path through life, taking every day as it comes and welcoming opportunities along the way than planning my every move.
I think the way life should be approached is with much enthusiasm and determination to succeed. If you don’t aim for the top, then you’re never going to be able to make it. Take every step with a pinch of salt and evaluate everything that you do. Critically reflect on the things that happen and build upon them, not everything has to be a negative. If you get knocked down, stand straight back up and think about why that happened and how to work around it.
This is exactly the thesis that I am adopting to my life and I hope many people feel the same. You may want to have an outline of the path you want to venture down in your life, but never be reluctant to go the opposite way at the crossroads, jump a few hurdles and go completely off-course. If life takes you that way then go with it. I heavily believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason, so if it happens then take it in your stride, embrace the change and love your life.
You only get one, so go out there and make it count.
A few days ago, I lost a dear friend. A friend that I hadn’t seen for over a year (probably because he lived in Norway) but I still considered him to be a good friend of mine.
I spent a year living with this guy who was truly beautiful, inside and out, who had the heart of an angel.
The moment I found out the news, I just froze. I stopped right in my tracks and my mind went blank. Like everything had just paused, like the world had stopped mid-rotation and nothing else mattered anymore. He was on my mind.
Then, a gush of thoughts began running through my head. Why? How? What happened? I needed answers. But no-one knew them.
We were all completely left in the dark about what had happened, having to scramble around to try and contact someone closer to him that had more information.
But that information seemed to take a lifetime to reach us. Everyone was asking around to see if anyone had got the latest, to put our minds at rest, to at least get some sort of closure.
Thomas was a happy and cheery guy, always put other people first and tried his hardest to put a smile on your face.
That’s the word I’m searching for. He was completely selfless. He wasn’t one to gloat or want the attention on him. He was always interested in how I am, how my day went and my life.
He took his time on you, had the patience to sit and have a conversation about anything and everything. Even sitting in silence around him was a blessing. His presence just emanated love and happiness. There was never a dull moment when I was around Thomas. He would walk into a room with a huge grin on his face and I couldn’t help but smile and be cheerful, even if it was for a couple of seconds.
It’s now time to celebrate the life of one of the most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. It’s time to remember the good times that we shared and support one another. It’s that time to think back on the moments we spent together and the ways in which he affected each and every person he touched throughout his lifetime.
He wouldn’t be wanting us to cry. He’d be wanting us to carry on with our lives, with our daily activities but keep that part of him always in our hearts.
The past few days have taught me to not take things for granted and appreciate everything whilst you can, you never know which day will be your last.
Life is too short: seize things whilst you can, say “I love you” to the people that deserve to hear it and live your life to the fullest.
Thomas, you will always be in my heart, constantly on my mind and never forgotten. Heaven has gained an angel.
Hello everyone, wow it’s been so long since I last blogged – a month yesterday actually.
I’ve been super, super busy doing things. Like my internship. What internship you ask? This one right here.
It has been a crazy month and it has gone extremely fast, it only seems like yesterday I was mega excited to be starting and now I’m almost half way through.
A lot has happened in that month though. I have learnt a lot of valuable skills that have taught me a lot (and I mean a lot) about the fashion industry. People are either nice or horrible, there is no inbetween. Luckily, the majority of the people I have met have been the nicer ones.
I’ve learnt that, unlike The Devil Wears Prada, what you wear doesn’t matter. If you want to wear trackies to work, so be it. If you do, however, wear something nice, it will be noticed so that’s always something to determine you to dress the part. I got complimented on my shoes many times, thank you very much!
I’ve gained a few new contacts. Speaking to people is the best way of just getting yourself out there. People love confidence, especially future employers. And oh, the fashion industry needs confident people, trust me. If you’re shy and quiet, just leave now.
I’ve learnt quite a bit about myself and how I approach things. I like to be organised and do things to the best of my ability. I love to do things efficiently and work towards a goal, whether it’s reachable or not. I like being set high goals, it shows that people have trust in me and have faith that I am able to work towards them and hopefully achieve them.
I have also found out that I love fashion. I have been completely surrounded by clothing, shoes and accessories and I just love it. I love looking at it, talking about it and working with it.
It has definitely been an eye-opener to my future and my career prospects. It has told me that I should never be scared to do something, just go for it. The minute you begin to doubt the idea, is the moment that it all starts to crumble, your dreams become farfetched and the cracks begin to show. Would you rather regret something you didn’t do and never knew what would have happened or something that you did do and failed?
Failing is a chance to learn and grow. Failure is normal. Everyone has to fail to realise what is really needed to succeed.
Ok, I’ve jumped in way too deep. Back to reality.
What else has happened? I have gained some fantastic friends – Katie & Samantha (better known as Scarphelia and Nashbag.)
I have grown a lot as a person in the past month and I have really seen a lot of the world (well, London!) to show me that things are reachable, dreams are possible and to never look back. The past is done, gone and forgotten. Look the the future, aim for success and reach for the stars.
Imagine you met your future self (pretty far-fetched I know, but bear with me) and got the chance to ask them 3 questions, what would they be?
Would you ask how things happened for you?
Would you want to know what happened to something specific?
Would you ask for their advice on what to do? How to go through life? Who to meet, who to say hi to, who to avoid? What places to visit and when? What jobs to apply for?
Would you ask who you married/spend your life with? Or avoid this question to leave it open for your adventure? Would you ask about your family/friends?
Would you ask them what happens tomorrow, next week/year or, again, not?
Maybe you’d ask who’s president/prime minister? Who’s running the country?
Maybe you’d ask what’s the latest craze/fashion trend to “invent” it yourself, and get one step ahead of others.
There’s so many possible things that you’d want to know from them, choosing 3 seems the hardest choice in the world. They would have lived their life their (your) way and the way they (you) wanted to. It seems crazy to think that you could follow exactly in their footsteps if you wanted to, just by asking 3 distinct questions that could decipher it all and bring the future into your own hands. You could play the game of life, looking for the next move to coincide with what your future self told you. Searching for that one person they said they married, looking for that specific job they worked in, unearthing the truth about the society that they lived in and so much more.
Just 3 questions that could open a world of possibilities for you and, yet, still constrain you to living a planned out life. Just 3 questions between you and your future.