Tuesday, 11 February 2014


I was a very lucky girl this year and received some absolutely lovely presents from my friends this year. Firstly, a few of my friends chipped in to buy me some absolutely lovely Bertie brogues! I've wanted brogues for years and years, but they're pretty expensive, so I'd never actually seen any in my price range that I actually liked. (Russell & Bromley brogues are the dream, but sadly, £165 for a pair of shoes is way out of my price range!) Anyway, I found these brogues on the Dune website and couldn't be happier with them - I love them so much! Next up, as mentioned in a previous post, I received a gorgeous brown leather satchel from The Leather Satchel Company, as well as a very handy and snazzy Google Nexus 7. I absolutely love these items and they make me feel every so sophisticated - definitely taking them all to uni with me next year. Along with these, I got some clothes which aren't pictured, as they're already tucked away in my wardrobe, but I received some stuff from Asos! Then I got a lovely crystal rock ornament, which is really pretty and will decorate my desk nicely! Along with this, some of my favourite stationery (Papermate pencils and WHSmith squared paper haha) and a perfect, personalised notebook. And last but not least, from quite a few friends, I asked for money as I'm still trying hard to save up for a DSLR camera! I'm almost halfway there, so fingers crossed I can save up enough to get one before the summer holidays! Thanks to those who gave any suggestions/opinions on my last post :-)

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^^^ I can't help but stare at my feet whenever I'm wearing these beautiful Bertie brogues! ^^^
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^^^ Some lovely cards. I especially love the London one, which my friend Gabi bought for me because she knows how much I love that city. ^^^
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^^^ Another lovely present from Gabi: this personalised notebook, which is just so lovely and very fitting because she knows that I'm obsessed with cameras. ^^^

It's been a pretty busy around these parts lately. I've been so tired and napped every day this week when I've gotten home from school (it sounds bad, but at least it's only Tuesday)! I feel well and truly exhausted, so this week seriously can't end soon enough. Luckily, I've got a week off for half term next week, so I'm looking forward to well and truly catching up on my sleep, on school work and revision and hopefully with friends. Also, I'm actually heading to Cardiff for the day next Monday as my sister has an interview on Tuesday morning, but rather than risking the 5am train to Cardiff, we decided to make a day of it on Monday and stay in a hotel the night before. It will actually be my first ever visit to Wales, so I'm looking forward to it! Fingers crossed that the weather improves!

On that note -- can you believe the weather in the UK lately?! The flooding has been absolutely crazy and I really feel for those who have been affected in the South of England. Luckily, the Midlands has been fine for the most part. I really hope it clears up soon.

Hope you're all well!

Chloe. X

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Birthday Celebrations

I am currently writing this post with Despicable Me on in the background (isn't Agnes the cutest thing you've ever seen in your entire life?!) and trying to desperately recover from this horrible cold that I've had for the past week.

In a bid to cheer myself up, I thought I'd flick through the photos from my 18th birthday celebrations last weekend! I went to the Handmade Burger Co. last Saturday with lots of friends to celebrate mine and my sister's birthday. I had such a lovely time, with some great food and great company. I'd never actually been to Handmade Burger Co. before, but had heard lots of good things about it - and it certainly didn't disappoint. We all managed to take advantage of an offer they have at the moment, where you can buy one burger and then another burger (or a salad) for just £1! Even better! I decided to go halfsies with my sister - I ordered the peppered beef burger (though I had a hard time choosing between that and the Wellington) while my sister went for the American cheeseburger. Then, we ordered a portion of chips between us (proper chippy chips, which made me very happy), as well as a fantastic vanilla milkshake and bottomless drinks. Needless to say, we were stuffed by the end, so I didn't even end up having any birthday cake that night. (I made up for this by having birthday cake for breakfast the following morning - the very best way to enjoy cake, in my humble opinion).

I had such a lovely night, filled with great chat and laughs. I also received some amazing gifts, which I'll do a proper post on next time! But I will say that I got some beautiful brown brogues from Bertie, which a few friends bought for me! They have been surgically attached (not literally) to my feet since I received them, so look out for them on the blog sometime soon!

Here are a few photos from the night, which were taken using my friend, Gabi's Canon 600D! (Speaking of DSLRs, I am still in the process of saving up for a DSLR. I really like the look of the Nikon D3200, but if any of you have any other camera recommendations, then please send them my way as I am a total beginner in terms of photography!)

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^^^ Making the impossible decision of which burger to eat! ^^^
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^^^ My friend, Charis' bacon burger! Mmmm... Who's hungry now? (I am) ^^^
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^^^ Cake ^^^
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^^^ CHEESE ^^^

In other news... I received my last offer from Edinburgh University yesterday - so I now have a grand total of 4 offers (from LSE, UCL, Bristol & Edinburgh), which is incredibly exciting. Also, I had my driving theory test on Friday, which I am very pleased to say I passed!!! I was really worried and fretting about this as I'm not the best at driving or perceiving hazards - ahem, apologies to the guy I didn't see at the zebra crossing last week (!) - so to say that I was shocked & relieved that I passed is an understatement. I'm a long way off from actually passing my practical driving test, but at least I'm kind of half way there!

Back to school tomorrow for 2 weeks before I'm off for half term! 2014 has flown by already, I can't believe we're already into February. Hope you're all well & keeping warm.

Chloe. X