Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Photography- Natures paintbrush

 I just love using my camera to capture the colours of nature.
Sometimes watching the sun set and seeing the colour stream through the window glass can make you go into a reflective mood. You just begin to think of the world, and who else is watching  the same sunset.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

September Series : Writing a Personal Statement

That time of year has come around again, where everyone seems to be heading off to different places around the country for university. I imagine many of you are in that group of people, or are at least thinking about it in the future! It is also that time of year where UCAS starts up again for those of you wanting to apply, so todays post is dedicated to an area of the application that can be a bit of a challenge.
Now even mentioning the words 'personal statement' can sound terrifying and daunting, but if you know you will soon have to write one, don't worry! I was so nervous about how it would make me look or even if I was including all the right information, but if you do your research, make loads of drafts and get feedback, it will all be fine. Here are just a few tips from my experience to help you get started!
Begin on paper This really helps in the planning stages.
Make a list. Of Everything you want to include, and what each paragraph will feature.
Spend time of your opening sentence. I cannot stress this enough.

In a personal statement your opening sentence is vital, try to make it unique and interesting, or just straight forward. One piece of advice I was repeatedly told was to never begin with "Since the age of ... I've always wanted to study..." or "For a long as I can remember I have loved" because it makes your statement sound very generic. Here is what I used for my first sentence, as I really wanted to communicate my love of literature. I think it is good way to begin if you show enthusiasm for your chosen subject.

Whether being captivated by Lewis Carroll’s vivid, nonsensical fantasy world as a child or intrigued by Sylvia Plath’s compelling narrative voice as a teenager, literature has never failed to engage, fascinate and stimulate my mind, or make me less determined to become a writer.
It's also a good idea to look around the internet of personal statement examples, however only take INSPIRATION from these examples as UCAS can track anything you have copied from the internet and then reject your application. Look at these examples to see how to structure your statement, and if you're including the right information.
It's important you include more information other than your school achievements, I included a small paragraph.
Through working in a retail shop, a residential care home and babysitting from a young age I have had to communicate with a variety of people, which for me, have been very valuable experiences. They have all helped me increase my confidence in my ability to help others in vastly different circumstances and improve my communication skills, something vital for a working environment. By balancing work and school I have been able to manage my time well which again will be useful in higher education and the future.
You want your university to know a bit more about you, such as your determination and work ethic! I wasn't really sure how to end my statement, but I think I good technique is to mention the future, like what you would like to achieve at university etc. I chose to mention my Gap year.
I also love to travel and have the desire to see more of the world, which is why I have decided to defer to 2015, and hopefully obtain even more invaluable experiences by travelling and taking a teaching volunteer placement.
Everything said in this post of course is only my opinion based on my own experience of writing a personal statement, however I think most this advice can be applicable to many different subject based statements all wanting a place at university!
Hope you found it helpful!

Monday, 15 September 2014

LFW SS15 : The Topshop Unique Experience


Dazzling: Looking for the perfect party dress? Topshop has them in abundance and Cara and her crew (including Lily Donaldson), show us how to work the look

Look who it is! Cara Delevingne, who is the face of Topshop, lead the stellar model pack in today's Unique show, which served up some seriously sartorial options for SS15

Ready for her close up: Cara is worked on by Hannah's team who created a fresh faced, youthful and natural look for Sir Philip Green's show

When I reached that age of when you are becoming aware of fashion, clothes and style, I would always try to save every penny to buy something special in TopShop. From a day dress to a jumper to the perfect pair of skinny jeans (which I still own), Topshop always had something I felt that I absolutely had to have.
So when Topshop Unique made its debut at London Fashion Week, like the rest of the fashion world I was undoubtedly excited. The autumn/winter shows are still remembered for their military themes and everyone, including Rihanna was seen loving their Cleopatra inspired collection.

So this year, all eyes were on the Topshop Unique Catwalk, and the show didn't disappoint. Models of the moment Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Hailey Baldwin paraded the collection described as " faded glamour of the British seaside, from pier to Pleasure Beach" by head designer Emma Farrow to the public. The collection featured elements of sports luxe in a young, fresh way and beautiful barely-there cocktail dresses embellished with interesting applique.

Full of muted, spring colour the collection breezed down the catwalk in a completely effortless way, oozing the cool confidence that Topshop is famous for. Minimalist prints, colour and accessories makes this collection such a statement show at LFW because it brings out the best of London fashion, cool street style mixed with elements of luxe high fashion.


On the FROW there was everyone from the ultimate IT girl Alexa Chung to Anna Wintour, and the usual pack of fashion week bloggers such as BryanBoy and Tanya Burr. The crowd of people transfixed by the show added to whole effect that Topshop Unique rightfully deserves it's place as one of the shows you have to see at LFW.
So, what was your favourite piece from the collection?

Friday, 12 September 2014

September series : The Best Coming of Age/High School Movies

No matter how much you hate school, there's always another teen-highschool movie that you feel you need to see. Whether that being 80's classics directed by John Hughes or featuring a time travelling Delorean, to the phenomenon of Mean Girls that I think has changed most of our dialogue forever. I love these kind of movies, despite them being so misleading compared to most high school experiences...

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ahh, where do I begin persuading those of you who haven't seen to go and see it now. One of my favourites, directed by the iconic John Hughes and starring golden girl Molly Ringwald, you will not find a more perfect 80's movie. Showing a group of teenagers stuck in a Saturday detention, each character shows the different struggles of being a teenager. It's such a great movie and even my parents still remember seeing it back in the day and loved it, so that just shows its enduring popularity.
"You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed."

Cry Baby (1990)
If you want a definition of the most eccentric/weirdest film ever, then I think I've found it for you. This movie is just plain crazy, but I love it. It mocks the whole idea of 'the teen idol' or 'teen hearthrob' which is what at the time Johnny Depp was becoming, so this movie was his attempt at throwing people off. However 25 years later we are all still in love with him, and this was the movie where the hype surrounding him began.
"Grandmother, Uncle Belvedere, you've made me the happiest juvenile delinquent in Baltimore! And guess what? I met a girl!"

Clueless (1995)
Clueless is just simply a classic. Cher Horowitz is still a style icon today like she was in 1995
"So okay, I don't want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don't get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so."

Foxfire (1996)
Another one of my favourites, however this film is one that NEVER gets talked about EVER. Starring Angelina Jolie pre-Oscar/Brad Pitt/army of children and during her wild child days, this is the ultimate girl gang movie. After beating up an abusive teacher, the girls form a bond that gets the whole town talking. Led by 'Legs' who turns up out of the blue, the girls hide out in an abandoned house, give each other tattoos and steal cars. It's probably the greatest film you've never heard of, so please all you feminists out there watch it now!
"If you ever put your hands on me again, I'm gonna snip your little nuts off
with my toenail clippers!"

Mean Girls (2004)
So how could I not include mean girls? I remember watching it for the first time when I was young enough to not really understand a lot of it, but I loved it. Every friend I've made over the years could probably recite at least half of this movie, which is why its the best 21st century coming of age flick.

"Calling somebody else fat won't make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn't make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George's life definitely didn't make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you."

I hope you enjoyed this post, and please leave any recommendations below!

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