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PINTEREST BOARD: Places

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This weekly pinterest board is going to be ‘Places’. I chose this subject as I have nearly finished uni for summer meaning that I can finally get excited for going on holiday.

This year I’m going to Rome in April, somewhere in June with my boyfriend (haven’t booked it yet) and Cape Verde with my family in August. So I’m really craving some sun and a change of scenery.

A lot of the pins are very similar as I love going to natural places as I don’t usually see them due to living in busy Manchester. City life is good but sometimes I do need to escape it, so this is basically a board of pins of places I can see myself relaxing in and that are pretty much the polar opposite of the type of environment I live in now.

Like always, if you have any board ideas feel free to comment them.

EG x

Things To Do In Manchester: Visit The Cat Cafe

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As I’ve said before in my 10 ‘fun’ facts about me post, I really like cats. It was my Birthday the other week and one of my good friends/housemates got me a trip to the Cat Cafe in Manchester with my boyfriend as a present. I was so excited.

So basically my friend booked it for us online, so that was an hour pre paid which was £12 per person. The good thing was that all drinks were included and you could have as many as you wanted, and they had a really good variety. You could also buy cakes and cookies etc for a little bit extra, and if you wanted to stay longer they just added £1 per 5 minutes onto your bill.

So the experience started off with us entering the reception-type area where we were given a little card that said how long we could stay for (unless we wanted to pay extra which was fine).

We were then told the rules which are:

  • You cannot wake a cat if it is sleeping.
  • You also are not allowed to pick cats up or feed them any food that is not provided by Cat Café.
  • Do not use flash photography.
  • High heeled shoes are prohibited (even with shoe covers).
  • Entry to children under the age of 10 is not allowed.
  • Only 2 people can play with a cat at a time.

We were also told to put shoe covers on or to take our shoes off (we took ours off).

After we put or shoes in the lockers provided we went through a door where the actual cats were. I’m not going to lie, I expected a lot more cats to be walking around however I agree with the fact that they allow the cats to go wherever they want and whenever.

They had sofas placed around the cafe along with small tables and floor cushions, and just normal tables and chairs which made the vibe very relaxed and almost like a living room in your own home.

In my opinion you could tell that the cats were used to being stroked and played with so they weren’t overly loving and as I said there weren’t many cats walking around meaning there weren’t many to actually stroke with the 2 people per cat rule.

The staff were really nice and you could tell they cared about the cats which was nice to see.

All in all I really enjoyed the experience as it was a nice day therefore it was relaxing, the only downside was that I adore cats and there just weren’t many to stroke or get to know, and when there was you couldn’t anyway because they were asleep and you’re not allowed to disturb them.

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I would definitely go just to experience it and I think it was such a good present idea, I just feel like because it was raved about so much that my expectations were higher. I definitely think people should check it out especially for the price with drinks included, and if you have no other way to get some cat loving like me as I’m at uni and don’t see my cat very often then it’s a good way to cheer yourself up a bit.

Let me know what your thoughts are if you’ve been to a cat cafe before!

EG x

PINTEREST BOARD: Home Inspiration

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OK so I know I haven’t posted in a while but it’s that time again where I have loads of uni work and I need to focus on getting that done which means unfortunately I can’t post as much as I’d like to.

I have however come up with a few weekly ideas which include a weekly Pinterest board and an OOTW (outfit of the week). These along with other blog posts will hopefully mean I’ll be blogging a lot more, especially as I’ve nearly finished my second year of uni.

This weeks Pinterest board (as you can tell from the title) will be based on what I would like my home to be inspired by.

You’ll probably know by now that I’m a student so can’t actually put these things into action just yet, but a girl can dream right?

I’ve been really into home DIY videos on Youtube at the moment which is really making me want to be rich enough to afford my own place. For now I’m sticking to Pinterest to help inspire my thoughts, and hopefully in a few years I’ll be the one posting pretty pics like the ones I’ve saved.

If you’d like to see me do a board on something you like, comment below and I’d be happy to do it!

EG x

Things to do in Manchester: Old Trafford tour

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I in no way, shape, or form like football but I have a boyfriend who does.

Seen as it’s his Birthday coming up I thought it’d be nice to get him something a bit out of the box for it and he is OBSESSED with Manchester United. He’s never been on a tour of Old Trafford, which is something you can do for a reasonable price, so I thought that it’d be something he’d remember and enjoy so I booked it and went with him.

As I said, I DO NOT like football (I find it weird that people get payed so much for running round after a ball full of air?) however I kind of liked trying something new.

There’s currently an offer on the ‘stadium and museum tour for two’ costing £33.15, which I think is quite good for how long it lasts and how much you learn about the team and stadium.

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What’s Included?

  • A tour of Old Trafford stadium
  • Entry into the museum

What happens on the day?

Your experience will include both a stadium tour and visit to the museum featuring:

  • The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand – Take in the iconic and awe-inspiring stands
  • Pitch-side Dugout – Warm up like a substitute or pretend you’re Jose Mourinho
  • Players’ Tunnel – Experience the thrill of entering the ground to the roar of the crowd
  • Dressing Room – Sit under your favourite player’s shirt for photos
  • Award-winning Museum – View famous trophies and huge collection of club memorabilia

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Overall I think if you’ve got the money and you ever get a bit bored, I do actually recommend going on a tour of Old Trafford because it does actually have an interesting history.

Or if you ever need a gift idea for someone footy mad this would probably go down well.

EG x

What I do on my lazy days

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Lazy days feel like weekend to me. I don’t always have the money to do things and during the week when I have days off uni, my friends usually don’t so I’m left in the house alone.

This is good for me as it means I can do what the F I want, including playing music really loud and thinking I’m headlining a festival when singing (shouting) along to it.

My lazy day is just like everyone elses and I particularly enjoy them when they’re in between the days I’m at uni just because I get to lie in and not put makeup on for a whole day.

So here’s my stereotypical lazy day routine.

1. Wake up

Waking up at daytime is a given. I live with my boyfriend so waking up isn’t actually that bad for me because I get body warmth from him which is especially good seen as it’s now autumn and very chilly in the morning. It’s also nice because it’s the only time he’s not playing on his Xbox so I can bitch about whatever to him and he actually has to listen.

2. Make some brekky

Making breakfast seems like it would also be a given however in this household it’s not. I never have time to eat anything before uni and even if I did I am poor and can’t afford luxuries like cereal. So when i have my beloved days off I can always cook myself something up. Today were running low on food but I found some eggs and beans, hey presto- scrambled eggs with beans mmm.

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3. Coffee

Coffee comes with my breakfast of course. I like black coffee but usually it’s milk and one(ish) sugar (I sometimes have more). This of course is to keep me fresh and awake, not really I just bloody love coffee. Might even put a filter coffee machine on my Christmas list. Who knows?

4. Netflix

I’ve recently started watching Freaks and Geeks and I’m enjoying it. I’m up to episode seven and omg how fit is James Franco in it. Anyway, I just really like it because it’s easy to watch and it’s one of those cool 90’s shows where the fashion is on point.

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5. Blog

As I’ve just started my blog I thought it’d be good to post as much as I can. I think it’s quite therapeutic and it’s actually contributing to my journalism portfolio whilst being fun. I usually research blog posts too to give me some inspiration on what my next one should be.

6. Uni work

Of course on my days off I’ve got to do uni work right? Wrong? Well basically I do my uni work when I’ve got some but even if I haven’t I like to check my emails and look on moodle to catch up on things I might not fully understand.

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7. Watch TV / film

Usually after all of that I sit in the living room with my housemates where we watch TV or a film. We all like to watch American Horror Story together but even if there’s nothing on that we particularly want to watch we all sit and chat.

So yes that was my very, extremely, fascinating  lazy day. Obviously there’s nothing out of the blue on there but tbh what did you expect from a student? My weekends can be different and I sometimes go on nights out during the week so it can all change but that’s the basis of what I like to do.

EG x

What’s in my bag?

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We all have different bags for different occasions. I take different things with me depending on where I’m going so I have a casual bag, a going-out bag, and a uni bag.

I don’t always change the bag I use, just the things I put in it, but I do mainly use the bags shown in the pictures for what the occasion is.

Casual Bag

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So, first of all there’s my casual bag which is what I use for things like going to town or going to the shops etc. I use one of my favourite bags (Dr Martens bag) for this because it’s the perfect size as it’s not too big or too small.

For shopping trips when I know I’m going to buy something, I like to take my Lush ‘Fight animal testing’ bag as plastic bags cost 5p now and it helps the environment to use my own bag.

If I were to empty my bag as soon as I got in from shopping in town then it would probably be filled with my:

  • Keys
  • Phone
  • Chewing gum
  • Earphones
  • Bus tickets
  • Purse

Pretty stereotypical tbh, my favourite thing in that bag is of course the purse (side note: I once cried when I thought I lost it. Not because of the money, cards and ID inside it but because of the actual purse).

Going-out bag

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I use this bag, obviously, for going out (meaning clubs, house parties etc) as it’s small and minimises what I take with me.

Taking the minimal is very important for someone as clumsy as me as I do stupid things like give NARS lippy away in the girls loo because I become overly nice to people I don’t know. Or drop my phone when waiting for a drink and the only way of fixing it is if I bite it.

So basically I take out my:

  • Keys
  • Phone
  • small purse (I put my ID, money and student card in it)
  • Lipstick

My boyfriend enjoys looking after my phone on nights out because he doesn’t trust me to not break it, and I’ve learnt my lesson and take a cheap lipstick out with me now.

Uni Bag

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My uni bag is my biggest bag as I have to fit bigger stuff in it. I like to carry the necessities with me as I’ll never know what I need.

These include my:

  • Phone
  • Purse
  • Keys
  • Laptop
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Tampons
  • Drink

Loads of people on my course don’t really take their laptop but I enjoy doing my work on mine so it’s more accessible. It also means I can internet shop without being monitored by the lecturers.

So they’re the three main bags I use. Sometimes if I’m going home for the weekend I’ll take my Vans rucksack so that I can fit clothes and makeup in it. I also have a suede, tassle bag which is cute for casual occasions.

So there we have it, you now know what’s in my bag.

EG x

My student room

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When you’re a student like me who lives away from home it can be pretty annoying when trying to make your room homely. When I was in first year it was hard to make my room unique because every single room was the same and the carpet and colour of the walls reminded me of being back at school- yes it really was that dull.

Now that I’m in second year me and my friends went out and chose a house to live in, and I’ll tell you now, it’s 1o times better. My room is bigger than the one I have at home, I have a double bed and my window is bloody massive.

I’m EXTREMELY fussy about how my room is decorated, and of course I’m still not allowed to paint the walls or put in some carpet, but my landlord is quite relaxed about how I want my room to be.

Here’s how I’ve decorated my room.

1. Tapestry

Tapestry’s are really in fashion at the moment and I got this one last year to spice up my room in my halls. I feel it is colourful without being too bright because, let’s be honest, who wants a fluorescent, glow in the dark, minging thing on their wall? Nobody, that’s who. I also like the fact that it takes up a lot of the wall because I don’t really like large blank spaces, but of course everyone has a different taste.

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2. Desk

Every student has to have a desk to study, revise and work on don’t they? Yes, they probably should. But who really uses a desk for that unless they’ve brought like two things with them? My guess is no one. Unless everyone in my house is extremely odd (including me) as we’ve all got what we like to call our ‘babies’/ most important things in our lives on there. For me it’s my cameras, record player & records, and my laptop. For some of the lads it’s their Xbox or whatever is ‘important’ to them.

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3. Bedside table

I don’t even know what to call it because it’s not at my bedside and it’s not a table, it’s not a shelf either, get my predicament? I basically just keep my jewellery on the top of it, my perfume on the weird shelf it has, and a lamp that I’ve actually put on the bottom shelf.

4. Posters & pics

My posters and pictures basically serve the same purpose as my tapestry as they take up some of the blank space on my walls. They also make my room feel more homely because the pictures are of my friends and family and the posters are of things I find interesting. I also have a wall calendar which I know is quite weird for a student with a phone, but if I didn’t have it I honestly wouldn’t be able to keep up with what day it was. I also use it for it’s purpose and write what plans I have on a specific day.

5. Window

The window in my room is probably my favourite just because it’s the biggest in the house and I can see into the garden. I love the size of it because it lets in so much light and there’s a tree just outside it so it makes me feel all autumny when I’m laid on my bed watching a film. I store most of my books and keep a few candle on the windowsill, and I even have a mirror so that when I’m doing my makeup in the morning so I can see the little squirrels we have in the garden, and sit in bed all cozy.

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So far I like how my room is however I may end up changing things as the seasons change. I’ll probably add a few more pics and posters as I find things along the way, but for now this is it.

EG x

10 ‘fun’ facts about me

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Seen as this is my first blog post I decided what better way to start off than a few facts about myself?

I’m going to jump straight into it purely because I want to boast about what my first fact is about, so here goes…

1. I have a pet cat called Luna

I’ve basically grown up having at least one cat in my life however when the last one died I got a rabbit and guinea-pig. Cats are a nice pet to have as they are very independent which is good if your family has a busy lifestyle like mine. I’ve had Luna for around four years now and she is the prettiest little thing. Sounds bad but I miss her probably more than anyone else when I’m at uni (you can speak to your family on the phone) and I need me some cat loving!img_1509

2. I fucking love Harry Potter

I feel like the fact that my cat is called Luna means that it’s a given that I love Harry Potter. My mum has always said that I need to get in the real world but it’s bloody hard when you grow up with the wizarding world being so accessible (books and DVD, I do realise it’s not real!) and it’s so easy to talk about with new people, especially when you’re awkward like me. My favourite characters are Sirius Black and Remus Lupin (I can’t chose out of them) and I actually dislike James Potter for being a dickhead to Snape.1

3. I used to be a dancer, cheerleader & gymnast

From the age of two till 16 I danced and I actually really enjoyed it. I also did gymnastics back in the day but that wasn’t for long as I broke my right leg and wait for it… Had to have a zimmer frame AND a wheelchair. I was a mess. My favourite sport that I participated in was probably cheerleading, just because it was something different to me and my squad was actually pretty good. I played netball in college however now that I’m at uni I’m a lazy bugger and do absolutely nothing.

4. My favourite alcoholic drink is vodka, lime & lemonade

I once tweeted ‘vodka is my valentine’ and to this day it is still true. I enjoy it because I dont get bad hangovers, I don’t chunder (much) when I drink it, and it’s easy to drink. I have the lemonade because I’m not an animal and can’t drink it straight (although it used to be my party trick) and the lime is so I can’t taste the vodka therefore I can drink more of it. Smart I know.

5. I have met Spongebob Squarepants

Many of you will be like ‘wtf why did she want to meet him?’ but tbh I don’t care. My friends and family know I love a bit of spongey B and when the opportunity arose when I went to Universal this year I obviously couldn’t say no.

 

6. I like the sea

I enjoy going in the sea a LOT when I’m on holiday and have always wanted to move to a hotter country near the sea. I love going snorkeling and would like to try out scuba diving and surfing, and learning about the different sea creatures makes me happy.

7. I enjoy sleeping

zSleep is very important to me (I feel like it is to every student) and I’m going to be honest with you it’s what I spend most of my time doing. Even when I’m not sleeping I’m just sat in my bed doing F all which to me is relaxing. Strange enough I am a morning person, I’d just prefer to be asleep than awake.

8. I’m socially awkward

I’ve been socially awkward since I can remember and I seriously don’t know how to overcome it. I have a fear of being put in social situations where I don’t know anybody and the annoying thing is that once I do know someone, I’m really open with them. I’ve recently been told by my friend that I met in college, and who I’m currently living with, that she never expected me to be like I am and that’s purely because I’m so quiet and shy when I first meet people.

9. I was first to be ‘put on pen’ in my year at school

Brilliant I know. No but for real this was a proud moment for me. I got a certificate and everything. For those that don’t know what I mean by being ‘put on pen’ (probably everybody) I actually mean that I no longer had to write with a pencil because my handwriting was good. So technically I was better than everyone else (in my head I was).

10. My favourite animal (atm) is the Elephant

I really love elephants as they are extremely intelligent and have an amazing memory. I detest the fact that they are hunted and used for entertainment (I don’t like any animal being put through that). Their length of life should be spent in the wild where they’re supposed to be. I have many favourite animals as I am a big animal lover.2

So that’s it. 10 random rather than fun facts about me. I hope you’ve learnt a bit about me and that you stay tuned for more blog posts.

EG x