Thursday, 14 July 2016

Recently Read: The Girl on the Train

“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps” 

I picked up The Girl on the Train last week. I'm very late to the party, I know, but I was still eager to discover what all the fuss was about. I started it on Wednesday morning - I only intended on reading a few chapters but I ended up finishing the book before the end of the day. I consider myself a fast reader but it's been a long time since I've been so compelled by a novel I've devoured it in a matter of hours.

The Girl on the Train is Rachel Watson, a lonely, divorced alcoholic whose life is spiraling out of control.  She travels into London every morning on the commuter train which passes the house she used to share with her ex husband, who now lives there with his new wife and baby. A few doors down live a young, beautiful couple who Rachel often witnesses breakfasting on their roof terrace. In her desolation, she fantasizes about the pair - what jobs they might have, what their names could be and what they do in their spare time. Despite having never met them, she imagines them to enjoy the idyllic marriage she so desperately desires.

One morning, the train is making its usual journey past the couples' home when Rachel sees something that disturbs her. Her interest then transforms into an unhealthy obsession as she finds herself becoming involved in something particularly sinister.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Dudmaston Hall

Yesterday my mom and I spent the afternoon at Dudmaston Hall and I thought I'd share some of the pictures I took. Despite it only being a 20 minute drive away I'd never visited before. We began our trip at the prettiest little tea room before taking a wander around the gardens and the house.

The 17th century property is home to orchards, a sizable lake, farmland and beautiful estate cottages. The mansion itself - which is still lived in - also boasts an extensive art collection.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Bedside Health and Beauty Staples

I haven't written a beauty post in a while so I thought I'd do a quick round-up of what I keep on my bedside table. I carry out the majority of my evening skincare routine in the bathroom, but I do like to have a few products on hand as I settle down for the night. Here are my current favourites:

Monday, 6 June 2016

Starting University: My Tips

Last month marked a year since I handed in my Final Major Project and finished University, and it inspired me to put together a blog post on my advice and tips for new starters. I originally attended the University of Gloucestershire in 2010 to study English and Media, but eventually dropped out - as much as I loved the area and the friends I'd made, the course just wasn't for me. I took a year out to work full time and have a good think about what I wanted to do, and in 2012 I headed to Southampton Solent to study Writing Fashion and Culture.

Although I've always been an independent person, I felt quite anxious about starting university. Thankfully I settled straight in at Southampton and ended up making the best memories. I was lucky enough to go on some amazing trips with my course (including New York and Paris) and it's also where I met my boyfriend of four years. Although uni was hard work I'm 100% glad I went and I'd do it all again if I could!

I've seen a few posts on my favourite blogs detailing their advice for new beginners, so thought I would write something similar based on my own experiences. Whether you're about to move out and start uni this year, or you're still at college and are beginning to look into open days, I hope you'll find this post interesting - and above all, helpful!

Friday, 3 June 2016

8 Things You Realise When You Reach Your Mid Twenties

Three weeks ago I turned 25. It was one of my nicest birthdays - I went for afternoon tea at The Ritz with my Mom and sister and flew to Rome with my boyfriend a few days later. However, despite looking forward to the celebrations, I felt anxious about my age. I thought of the things I hadn't achieved that I hoped I would have by now - I haven't moved out of my home town, I haven't bagged my dream job yet and I still don't have my own private butler (okay that one might be a tad dramatic). Still, I've spent some time reflecting on everything I've learned throughout the past couple of years and have felt more at ease. Here are 8 things I've discovered as I've approached my mid twenties...