Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Sunday Edit #1

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well and have had a lovely Easter! I've been thinking for some time about doing little life updates on the blog. Aside from the monthly Instagram posts, I wanted to check in from time to time and let you know what I've been getting up to. 

So I introduce to you my new series - The Sunday Edit.

Now I'm not the most exciting person, and I don't go out all the time or get invited to PR events etc, so these type of posts may not be a weekly occurrence. However, I feel like I don't really reveal much about myself on this blog. I mean, it's been live for over a year now, so perhaps I should allow you lovely followers a snippet into my life.

So what exactly have I been up to this week? Well, after months of academic torture I finally handed in my dissertation. I felt like it was 11,175 words of pure rubbish at first, but then I had a bit of a think on it and a few days after (with the help of lots of Easter chocolate) I suddenly felt a whole lot better about it. The dissertation itself only counts for 20% of my overall degree and I'm currently averaging a mid-high 2.1 so hopefully it won't be so awful that it'll bring my grade down! I'm feeling quite melancholic about university at the moment. I've got two other assignments to hand in over the next few weeks and then my university "career" is finished. I have had the best three years of my life and have met some wonderful people who I know will become life-long friends. I've also learned a lot about myself, as cheesy as that sounds! Another exciting thing that happened this week was receiving my graduation letter and promptly booking my guest tickets for the big day. It's not until the end of October which means there is a huge wait, but I'm so looking forward to that too!

Now that university is almost over and my dissertation is out of the way, I can finally read books that I actually want to read. Don't get me wrong, some of the books I've had to read for my degree have been really enlightening but there's something about reading for pleasure that is second-to-none. I like not having a deadline to work to and taking my time to absorb the words on the page. The same goes for creativity. Being an English and Creative Writing student completely sucked all creativity from me. Before I started my degree I wrote something every day, even if it was just a couple of paragraphs, but as soon as there was a deadline I suddenly couldn't write anything! It was so unbelievably frustrating. Now that I don't have that kind of pressure I hope to write a lot more - and that also includes blogging! Writing aside, I've got a pile of books that are waiting to be read. This week I've been absolutely loving Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It's a fantastic thriller with mysterious outcomes. I won't give anything away here, as I'm still in the process of getting through it, but I will say that it makes for very interesting reading. I'm aware that there's a film in the making, but apparently it's only going to be loosely-based on the book. I do hope it does it justice though!

Another thing that I've been really into the past few weeks is baking. I've been pretty stressed lately and I find that it has become a bit of a creative outlet when writing fails me. I'm so proud of my efforts! I think you need to give yourself time out to relax, whatever it is that de-stresses you. I turned my hand to savoury bakes and decided to make bread and croissants. I've never made either before so I was chuffed with how they both turned out! I made two focaccia breads for a family dinner - one was sea salt and olive oil, the other was rubbed with garlic - and they went down very well (I popped a photo up on my Instagram is you want to see my efforts). And at the start of this week I attempted homemade croissants. Let me tell you something, you need a lot of patience in order to make these little treats, but with the help of Mary Berry I persevered. It was quite a repetitive process because you have to roll out the dough with butter and then chill for hours at a time. All in all, it was over six hours before I even got to the baking. My parents really liked them, and I was super happy that they resembled actual croissants. When I have some more free time, I will definitely attempt them again. I'm thinking of dedicating one day a week to take some time out and bake. I hope I can stick to that! Perhaps I should open my own bakery one day?

What have you guys been up to this week? Also, let me know if you think these types of posts are a good idea. I was thinking of posting recipes here too. I want to branch out a little more! I would love to know your opinions!
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  1. I read Gone Girl last year, I was gripped from start to end!! Nicola noodlingalong.blogspot.co.uk Xx

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    1. Glad someone else is enjoying it too! It's very gripping! Xx

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  2. Congratulations on handing your dissertation in; I handed mine in a few days ago as well and totally understand the feeling of thinking it's terrible, the realising it's actually not that bad! Your baking plans sound amazing, sadly I'm having to put mine on hold until I finish my exams but it'd be lovely to see posts of your creations on here :)
    Kasia's Beauty Diary

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    1. Thank you, it feels like such a milestone. Well done to you too! Ooh thanks for your view. Hope you get back to baking soon! I think I'll start posting my creations on here as well as Instagram! Xx

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  3. Lovely idea for a post! Can't imagine the stress you've been through with writing that but it'll all pay off in the long run! I find baking really therapeutic too, I made some creme egg brownies which were so lovely x

    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

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    1. Thanks Hannah! Hopefully it will all pay off. Less than two weeks to go at uni now until it's all over - kind of sad! Ooh creme egg brownies sound lush. I made creme egg cupcakes for Easter last year and they went down a treat! Xx

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  4. I love Gone Girl, I am really hoping the film lives up to my expectations! Your croissants look great by the way - I love making breads, they take time, but are worth it for the end result! x

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    1. Me too! Ah thanks Amber, I'm quite proud of them! Xx

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  5. I totally understand the whole not reading for fun thing while in school. I find it so hard to do so much reading for school and then when I finally get a break to do more reading? Haha. Which is partly why I love the summer, so much reading done ! Also gone girl is such an amazing book, and the movie is coming out sometime in the near future !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. I know! I'm excited to be working nights again this summer so I have all day to play! That includes reading and being creative - pretty hyped! Xx

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  6. Yay to handing in the dissertation! Such a good feeling isn't it? Fingers crossed you get a good grade. Now relax for a bit before starting work :-) also you made me want foccacia :-P xx

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    1. I felt so awful at first, now I just feel like there's nothing I can do now so just forget about it. Thanks hun! Xx

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  7. I studied English Lit at uni so I know exactly what you mean about it being nice to read for pleasure! I wasn't crazy about the ending of gone girl so you will have to let me know what you think! x

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    1. I can't wait to get these last few assignments out the way - this summer is going to be so hype! Alright lovely, I'll let you know what I think when I get round to finishing it! Xx

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