Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Uni so far...




The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me to say the least so I apologise for the lack of posts on the blog. 

On the 19th September I made the big move to Nottingham Trent University and so far I have settled in pretty well.

Prior to coming I was feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves and I didn't know what to expect at all. Moving in to a flat with ten strangers can be pretty scary let alone being in a brand new city that I have never been to before!

As soon as I arrived I started unpacking my things and setting up my room to make it feel more like home. I met my flat mates and on the second night we had a drinks together before heading to the SU for a night out. Those freshers sure know how to drink!

I have loved meeting new people, both from around the uni and on my course, and have also had fun exploring the city and discovering the many great things there are to see and do here.

It's still early days but I am sure I will grow to love my new home even more and plan to make the very most of my time here. 

Here's to the future! :-)

Holly xx




Saying goodbye to my mum and sister



My cosy room




Finding space for my shoe collection





The view from my kitchen window






Ready for the first night out








Pre drinks at the flat



Breakfast with a view :-)




Nottingham castle






Robin Hood




The Chambers of Justice






St Mary's church



People watching



Pesto, tuna and avocado pasta. And who said students only eat beans on toast?!




Monday, 1 September 2014

August




Despite time going increasingly quickly August has been a pretty busy month. The past few weeks have consisted of preparing for myself for Uni and
Shopping for essentials such as pots, pans, plates and other exciting kitchen items (ahem). I still have a few things to get and have the fun task of packing everything up left to do.

The weather appears to have turned fairly Autumnal over the last 2 weeks but I am holding out hope that September will provide a last hit of summer - I would like to have a little bit of a tan before Autumn comes!

This month I have been for a few nice meals with friends and family, including a trip to a local tapas restaurant with the girls. I went on a night out with my sister over the bank holiday weekend and enjoyed one too many cocktails. I’ve been making the most of my free time by reading lots of good books including ‘Girl Friday’ by Jane Green – It was so good I was actually sad when I finished it!

September is going to be a very exciting but emotional month. My mum’s birthday is on the 2nd so my Grandma is coming to stay and we are planning a day out with some shopping and a nice lunch. I am hoping to have a small party at some point before I leave so that friends can come over and celebrate my departure/say goodbye and then of course I have the official move on the 19th!

What have you been up to this month? Any exciting plans for September?

Holly xx



Workout time



New Barry M nail paints, healthy dinner, bank holiday smiles, loved reading ‘Girl Friday’ by Jane Green, gym time, my delicious chocolate vanilla cake, green juice, pink nails and my journal, fresh manicure.



New workout pants, pink pout, my sister & I, yummy green soup.






Bank holiday night out with my sister


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

10 ways to feel happy every day


Sometimes the littlest things can have a negative impact on our emotions and leave us feeling down. With a few small changes you can overcome the negativity and feel healthy, happy and cheerful every day.


Smile
Even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, smiling tricks your brain into thinking that you are happy and has been scientifically proven to improve your emotional state and make you feel happier. Even when alone make sure you have a big grin on your face!


Start the day right
Rushing in the morning can set the day off badly. Make your breakfast and lunch the night before and prepare your clothes and daily essentials. Get up 15 minutes earlier to allow yourself time to wake up properly and mentally prepare for the day ahead.


Practise gratitude
Take a moment to list all of the things that you are thankful for, sometimes it really is the little things that make a difference. Try thinking of 3 things that make you happy each morning or write a list of positive things that happened during the day before bed.


Give a compliment
Be kind and compliment someone new each day. Being nice will not only make someone else feel good but will also leave you feeling better, and you may even get a compliment in return which is a bonus.


Take the stairs
Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel good. Small changes such as taking the stairs, getting off the bus a stop early or going on a short walk at lunchtime can count towards your recommended 30 minutes each day and make you feel happier.


Declutter
Mess and clutter subconsciously make us feel stressed. Take some time to have a clear out and create space. Whether its spring cleaning your house or organising your work desk. Decluttering will provide a feeling of accomplishment and create a positive environment.


Take a break
Sit quietly for 15 minutes or take a short walk, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Make sure all other thoughts are pushed aside and focus on what you can hear, smell and feel. This short meditation exercise is a quick way to relax and recharge when you’re feeling stressed.


Sing and dance
Singing and dancing are associated with being happy and joyful. Similarly to smiling our brain associates these activities with being happy which will automatically enhance your mood. The dancing will release the same feel-good endorphins that we experience when exercising.


Try something new
Whether it’s a new breakfast option, a different drink to your usual coffee or an alternative route home. Variety is key and it’s important to mix things up and break the routine. If you’re feeling adventurous why not sign up for a new class such as cooking, gardening or learn a language.


Switch off

Most of us are constantly surrounded by technology and it can be hard to escape. Try spending at least 1 hour a day without it. Turn off your phone, computer and appreciate your surroundings. Relax in a bubble bath, read a book or enjoy some delicious food.




Monday, 11 August 2014

Minimal Chic Moodboard


Whether it's art, interior, fashion or beauty I just love minimal style. Monochrome, open spaces and clean, straight lines feel so laid back and look effortlessly chic. 

Simplicity really is beautiful.