Thursday, 29 December 2016

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals |

I was scrolling my Bloglovin' feed earlier and it made me notably happy to see all the upbeat, optimistic and uplifting posts. New Years are clearly as inspirational and motivational to a lot of other people as they are to me.

For years, I've wrote New Years resolutions, some years they're more specific than others but I love having goals to look forward to and this year is certainly no different.

2016 has been an odd one. A lot of awful things have happened in the world this year that have certainly tested my faith in humanity. There has been too many undeserved and untimely deaths of talented people, and there has been too many questionable political happenings, but I won't go into that here. (If you want to see my thoughts on Brexit, you can read those here). But many remarkable things have happened too, such as the eradication of ebola and other major health breakthroughs, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got that Oscar, world hunger is at its lowest point in 25 years, Norway committed to zero deforestation, wild wolves have started coming back to Europe and giant pandas are no longer endangered.

For me personally, I'm not actually sure how to look back on 2016. It's been testing for me.

Friday, 9 December 2016

UPDATE: The Ultimate Blog Organisation Spreadsheet 2017 VERSION!

UPDATE: The Ultimate Blog Organisation Spreadsheet 2017 VERSION!
How are we doing guys? It's nearly Christmas!! I hope you're all feeling festive and happy :)

Just a quick post today. Back in May, after numerous requests, I created a template of my blogging spreadsheet to share with you all. It has been really popular and I've had a few people ask for an updated version so they can carry on using it for 2017. So here it is!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now |
Hello world, I seem to have jumped back on the blogging train. It's not that I've run out of inspiration, you should see the length of my blog post ideas list, but it's the lack of time. And daylight. How do you all find time and enough light to take decent photos? Please tell me your secrets.

I've been so busy. It's my final year of university, so that has definitely been keeping me occupied, and that alongside working, trying to maintain a social life and not stressing myself out too much has kept me from finding time to blog. But yeah, here I am.

I've actually had an enjoyable few weeks. My sister came to visit last week and us two and Caitlin went to see Catfish & The Bottlemen. Despite the next level disorganisation from the train companies (note: 1 train to the venue with 1 carriage every hour is NOT enough, and having the last train at 22:30 is also not very convenient), it was SUCH a great gig. It's my second time seeing Catfish and they definitely did not disappoint. I also went home for a weekend which was really nice and it was good to chill out for a couple of days. I've had a couple of fun nights out, my best friend visiting, a shopping trip to Birmingham, another gig (keep reading for more about that) and I've just felt pretty content. I'm doing my best not to let Uni stress and post-uni-life worries get to me, and this post has helped to remind me that there are some lovely things in my life right now.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

My New Bullet Journal Setup for University

Bullet Journal for University Setup |

My favourite thing about starting a new academic year was always stationery shopping. In anticipation I bought a new bullet journal in my fairly large Paperchase haul just before university started, and I've finally finished my old one so I thought I'd give you a little, photo-filled tour of my new one.

My last bullet journal was quite different, as I was mostly working full time while using it, but now I am back at university I wanted it to be more study focused and less blogging/life focused (I also mostly organise blogging on my laptop anyway and it became a bit underused). I also wanted to incorporate more art, especially watercolour, as I love having an aesthetically pleasing bullet journal, it also gives me reasons to get my paints out which is very therapeutic. However I'm trying to keep my daily/weekly logs a lot more minimalistic and practical. I guess we'll see how this turns out!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

University Room Tour

University student room tour |

Another university year, another room tour post. I think one of my favourite things about starting a new year is having a new room to decorate and make my own. I love trying to make it as cosy and homely as humanly possible. I'm so happy with my room this year, I think it's my favourite so far and I wanted to share some snapshots of how it's turned out. I hope you're prepared for a lot of pics!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Velvet dress

Velvet slip dress |

Autumn is possibly my favourite season. I love the warmer Autumn days, when the leaves are changing and crunching under foot, the sun is shining and the air is crisp.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Dear Diary: It's okay not to be okay

Hannah Emily Lane

Dear diary,

The last month or so has been hard.

A lot has happened. I started back at university for my final year. I started back at work. I’ve been catching up with all my old work and uni friends. I’ve been settling back into university and studying again. I lost motivation and inspiration for my blog. I lost motivation for university and my ambitions for my career, I dreaded going back. I lost all my confidence. Panic attacks became an almost daily occurrence. I stopped eating and sleeping. My weight dropped to 6 and a half stone and I started spending every minute I could on my own in my bed.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Postcard from Berlin - Interrailing Part 2

Postcard from Berlin - Interrailing Part 2 |
In my second post about my interrailing adventure, I’m sharing some pictures about Berlin. If you haven’t already read my first post, A Postcard From Amsterdam, you can go read that here.

Berlin was our second planned city on our route through Europe and though I’ve already done a post on Berlin from a trip last year, I’m excited to share some photos from this visit.

Leaving Amsterdam at 7pm on a Friday, we arrived at the train station in plenty of time as we wanted to ensure we were getting the right train and with the Amsterdam to Berlin train, the train will divide into two so you need to make sure you board the right half.

Our connecting train was in Cologne and we had around an hour between trains, so we sat (on the floor - book seats on popular trains guys) and relaxed. But not for long.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now
I haven’t written a chatty post for what seems like ages, even though they are some of my favourite posts to write. How are we all?

Ever since I moved back from Germany, I feel like my life is in fast forward. I’ve hardly been able to grab more than a few hours at a time to myself. Right now I’m sitting in bed with an empty house, my iPod in listening to Death Cab for Cutie, fairy lights on and a cup of coffee on the desk next to me.

I moved back to Leamington Spa into my new student house just over a week ago and I’ve been settling in here. We have no wifi yet, but the house itself is great. It’s easily the best student accommodation I’ve had yet, it feels super homely and is actually decorated alright!

I also started working again last week so I’ve had that keeping me busy. I’m working in the same store I worked in during my second year of uni, and it’s strange being back - it feels like a lot has changed yet nothing has changed simultaneously. But it’s a great place to work so I’m happy I could go back!

Before I ramble too much, here’s 5 things I’ve been loving recently:

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Strawberry Cheesecake Oreo Cupcakes Recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Oreo Cupcakes Recipe |
Anyone else get really into baking when Bake Off is back on or is that just me? That can’t be just me.

The other day I think I’ve made one of my best batch of cupcakes to date. My mum loved them and actually called them "expert", so they must have been good.

In case you’ve not already seen these in shops yet, Oreo have recently released a couple of new flavours, and omg, the strawberry cheesecakes one are to die for. We were kindly gifted a few packets for our Bloggers Picnic in the Park and I loved them, and when Oreo offered to send me more to try, there was no way I could turn them down.

Story time. Back in sixth form, we used to have ‘cake fridays’ where one person each week would bring in cakes for the lesson to help us get through the last day of the week. This happened in every lesson on a Friday so it was my turn to make cakes a few times. The most popular cakes I made were Oreo cupcakes, yet I haven’t baked them again since.

So when packets of Strawberry Cheesecake Oreos turn up at your door and you’ve been watching too much Bake Off (ps, go watch Bake Off funniest moments on Youtube, you won’t regret it), THESE happened…

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

New Hair For Autumn & Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Real hair extensions from Irresistible Me Review |
I am always changing my hair up. I’ve been dying it since I was 13 and I’ve had almost every colour of the rainbow, though it was mostly red through my teens.

In May I decided I hadn’t been blonde since I was a child, so I’d quite like to try the balayage trend out and bleach my hair blonde for summer. Being in Germany and not quite brave enough to go to the hairdressers there, I ordered some dye online and did it myself over the course of a month. In the words of my hairdresser, it was “brave”.

Also probably a bit stupid. Bleaching your hair does damage it, even if you don’t notice it straightaway because of the hair masks and what not. I haven’t had my hair cut in 2 years and it had gotten really long, but with constant dying and bleaching it wasn’t a healthy long.

I wanted a change so last week I went to my hairdressers and showed them a picture of a long bob.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Postcard From Amsterdam - Interrailing Part 1

Postcard From Amsterdam - Interrailing Part 1 |
I've been back from my travels for 2 weeks now and damn do I miss wandering around random streets in European cities or going for a swim in the beautiful Adriatic sea. Can I do it all again, please?

I promised anyone who asked that I would be posting about my trip on my blog and though I really want to share my trip, it's been somewhat overwhelming just how much I have to write about and photos I need to narrow down so I've been putting it off for a while, but I've finally sat down and looked through my little stack of memory cards and my travel journal.

Just in case you missed my post with my plans, I started my interrailing trip in Amsterdam, heading on to Berlin, Prague, Budapest, then a longer stay in Croatia, up to Slovenia and final stop in Vienna, which took around a month in total.

Before the trip, Amsterdam stood firmly at the top of my list of favourite cities. I love the buildings, the vibes, the people, the Amsterdam way of life in general. After the trip, it still stands there (though it is much more closely contested).

Saturday, 27 August 2016

What is Hygge (& 12 Ways To Hygge)

What is Hygge (& 12 Ways To Hygge) |
I've found my new obsession. Hygge.

Hygge is a Danish word and concept that does not easily translate into English. Pronounced (sort-of) like 'hoo-gah', the closest word we probably have is 'cosy'. But oh, it's so much more than that. It can be defined as:
What is Hygge (& 12 Ways To Hygge) - Hygge Definition |
You know those lovely things about autumn and winter? The chunky knit sweaters and oversized scarves, open fires and hot chocolates, family gatherings and board games, crisp air and crunchy leaves. That content feeling where you're appreciating the little things and being kind to yourself? That. That is Hygge.

Hygge is most definitely not those cold, wet and dark morning walks to work, spending the day with damp socks, and then leaving work and oh yes it's dark again and still raining. No. But then getting in to your cosy house and lighting a few candles and having a warm bath, then snuggling up on the sofa with more candles and a fluffy blanket and a film - Hygge.

This is more than just a word to the Danish - it's a way of living. And they're obviously doing something right as they are the happiest country in the world. Even with their 17 hours of darkness a day in the depths of their winter.

I'm totally sold on the idea. And as someone who struggles for motivation through winter, Hygge is something I will definitely be trying this year.

Here's 12 ways you can make your winter a little more hyggelit:

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Most Instagram-Worthy Picnic There Ever Was | #BloggerPitP

The Most Instagram-Worthy Picnic There Ever Was | #BloggerPitP |

Oh what a lovely afternoon it was.

On Saturday morning when I arrived in London to grey skies and a copious amount of rain, it took all the optimism in me to remain positive that the event wouldn't be a wash out. But someone was looking down on us, as from the endless grey, blue skies and sunshine started to emerge.

A couple of months ago, Sarah from It's Sarah Ann messaged Gwennan, Mel, Effi, Nina and I suggesting a meet-up in the form of a picnic. Best idea ever? I think so. We soon got to organising, setting a date, location, building up a guest list, getting in touch with brands and coming to agreements with sponsors and planning the logistics. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

A Wishlist For University

A Wishlist For University |
It's results day in the UK today. 3 years ago I stayed up all night unable to sleep a wink, unsure whether I'd be getting an offer from Warwick University or be taking a gap year. The relief and happiness I felt when I checked UCAS Track and saw I had a place is something I won't ever forget.

I spent the rest of the day on such a high. I also went online and bought a load of things I needed to get for moving out as a Congratulations present for myself. Oops.

I'm now going into my final year of university (cry), but I'm really excited and have been making little wishlists all over the place for the favourite day of the year for all students - student loan day. So whether you're going to university as a fresher or a final year, or even if you're not going to university, hopefully you will enjoy my little collection of university essentials*.

*not really essentials, but let's pretend they are.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Must-Dos In Frankfurt

Must Dos in Frankfurt |

Frankfurt was my home for 6 months. There's a saying about the city - "there's a tear in your eye when you arrive, and a tear in your eye when you leave" and I totally get this. On first impressions, the city can seem a bit dull, commercial, unfriendly, grey, but once you get to know it and find the nice spots, you will understand the charms of it.

I fell in love with the city and I really enjoyed living there. It took me a while to do the 'touristy' things as like always when you live somewhere, you always put it off thinking you can go to that tourist attraction another day. Towards the end of my time there, Tom and I had a number of visitors, and we managed to tick off a lot of the things we really wanted to see and do.

Here's my guide of things that I would really recommend if you ever find yourself in Frankfurt for a few days:

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Why Is Bullet Journalling So Popular

Why is bullet journalling so popular |

Bullet Journalling has been around for quite a while, but it has massively grown in popularity in the last few months. It’s most likely just a trend, and I can imagine the ‘hype’ will die down as quick as it started, but a lot of people have discovered an organisation and planning system that actually works for them and that’s great.

I’ve seen a lot of people criticise the system but then follow up with ‘I don’t understand it’ which somewhat baffles me, but then I guess this happens a lot in other things too (#Brexit). But it got me thinking about WHY bullet journalling has become so popular. Sure, the blogging community has got behind it which always helps, but it’s become a life saver for a lot of people.

Here are my theories:

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

An Open Letter To Anyone Going On Their Year Abroad Soon

An Open Letter To Anyone Going On Their Year Abroad Soon |


So you’re going on a year abroad soon? That was me this time last year. I had less than a month before I set off to Germany for 10 months with a suitcase and my nerves in tow. I was anxious, as I expect you are.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

A Guide For Improving Blog Photos

A Guide For Improving Blog Photos |
Taking photos is my favourite part of doing a blog post. I've always been into photography and I love that blogging gives me an excuse to constantly snap away. I think my photography has come a long way as well since I first started my blog, though admittedly, I was taking photos on my iPhone and now I take them on my old, trusty DSLR.

The photos and graphics are so important on your blog to bring in readers. If someone is scrolling down their Twitter feed, they are most likely to be attracted to a quality photo and then pause to look and read the words. It's definitely still possible to get traffic to your blog without attractive photos and/or graphics, especially if you're writing vey informative and quality posts, but with people's attention span shrinking, the single best way to grab someone's attention is with a photo. Though, the writing is what will encourage them to read on and stick around.

Here are my top tips for achieving better blog photos:

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My Year Abroad In Pictures

My Year Abroad In Pictures |

I thought a fun way to sum up my year abroad would be to show some pictures. I have taken SO many photos since I started my year abroad so this was a really difficult task haha. There's soooo many more I wanted to include, but I ended up just picking my favourites. Hopefully one day I'll have some time to sit down and make a scrapbook but I don't see that happening anytime soon with final year coming up, so this is the next best thing...

I'm so sad my year abroad has come to an end, even though I am currently travelling around Europe, it's such an experience to actually be living in a different country and I have grown to love Germany. It'll always be a special place to me now, and if the UK goes tits up because of Brexit, then hopefully they'll accept me back!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

How I Use My Bullet Journal For Blogging

How I Use My Bullet Journal For Blogging |

I mentioned in this post on my bullet journal setup that I use the second half of my bujo to keep organised with my blog, and that I'd post again soon with a walkthrough of that. And here I am, a little later than planned, sharing my setup for my blogging bujo with you all.

I just wanted to place a little warning in that this half of my bullet journal is not as nice looking as my first half. I try to focus on the practicality of it and it's quite nice not having to worry about fancy lettering or banners or illustrations in this section. It's also a part I've not really shared on my blog before and wasn't planning on it so sorry for all that!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

An Update

I just wanted to do a quick post to keep you all updated. I'm off interrailing around Europe for a month today. When this post goes live I'll actually (well, hopefully!) be sitting on the plane to Amsterdam. You can read about our full route here.

I have data abroad and most of our hostels have free wifi so I will still be on Twitter and can reply to blog comments. Posts are scheduled too so that my blog doesn't gather dust while I'm away from my laptop! 

I'm also going to try post daily on my Instagram while I'm making my way across Europe, so if you don't already and want to follow along my journey, you can follow me here

See you on the other side guys!

Hannah Lane

Saturday, 16 July 2016

3 Summer Formal Outfits

Summer Formal Outfits |
I love an excuse to dress up or order a new dress. It had been so long since I last did a haul so I went a little crazy when I found out I needed a couple of formal dresses. I ordered loads as being 5'1" and small, I never know what will look right on me, but I ended up liking almost everything which made it super difficult to send things back!

These are the three dresses/outfits I liked the most though. I wore the second dress for Ed's (my boyfriend's twin brother) graduation and the first outfit for my birthday, and I got lots of compliments on both which was lovely, but they are beautiful! I'm keeping the third dress as I just love it and I may wear it to another upcoming event.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Best Ways Of Saving Money When You're Travelling

The Best Ways Of Saving Money When You're Travelling
Travelling doesn't have to drain your bank account.

I'm by no means rich, I'm living on a student budget and trying to save as much as I can for next year when my student loan won't even cover my rent (thanks very much Leamington housing market and Student Loans Company...) but I still love to travel as much as I can.

Having been based in Germany certainly helped to keep the costs down, but now I've moved back to the UK I will definitely be using some of these tips I've picked up for my next trips away so I can still afford to travel.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Journey From Dark Brown To Blonde Balayage Hair

Bleach London Beach Lights Balayage Kit Review |
A while ago on Twitter, I stated that I was going to dye my hair blonde for summer. Though I had white blonde hair as a child, it became darker as I got older and it's almost always been a dark colour since I first dyed it at 13. I'm not even totally sure what my natural hair colour is.

But just as a little background, I dyed my hair dark brown this time last year, then for a festival I bleached the ends blonde and put lots of different semi-permanent colours in like a dip dye. The pinks and purples faded quickly leaving only a turquoise blue which ended up fading to a green, while the dark brown on top faded to a lighter brown. I struggled to get rid of this green as it had completely stained my hair, and resorted to dying over it again with a dark brown. This worked for a couple of washes but soon started to reveal the green again. A couple of months later I dyed it dark again, and this solved the problem. 

As a small disclaimer, I would just like to say at this point I am absolutely no expert in hair colouring or really, anything to do with hair. All hair reacts differently to dyes and I can't say that results I have achieved would be exactly the same as someone else's. I do a lot of research before messing around with my hair but I am not trained, qualified or anything like that, and all my knowledge has come from the internet or my own experience.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


My birthday has totally crept up on me this year. I usually get so excited about it and I love that my birthday is always an excuse for a summer BBQ and get together with all the family but this year, I've hardly thought about it.

I've had a whirlwind few weeks with finishing work and my year abroad, seeing Coldplay, flying back to England, catching up with Tom's family, Ed's graduation and finally getting the train back last night.

I love my birthday but I hate getting older. I know anyone older than me reading this will probably be like "you're 21, you're not even old", but time is going SO quickly and I'm really happy with where my life is now. This time next year, I will have finished university and be out there in the real world.

Though I had a perfect childhood, I never really enjoyed the teenage years of my life. I struggled a lot and among other personal things, I had a toxic group of friends and certain people (both students and teachers) made me dread going to school. I didn't have the best attendance even though I loved learning. I still love learning and I don't feel like I'm ready to stop studying next year.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Tips For Working Full Time And Blogging

I've just finished interning at a marketing company and working full-time hours. I'm so enjoying these lay-ins, and I'm also looking forward to having more time to focus on my blog. Working and blogging is doable, but there's no getting around the fact that it's tough.

I'll admit, I found the first couple of weeks difficult and I didn't blog at all. With any new job, there is a lot to learn, but this was also in my not very strong second language and I had long commutes. I was exhausted. But I fell into a routine quite quickly and after 2 weeks I decided I did want to carry on blogging, though I told myself I wouldn't push myself and only post what I could manage. 

But then this is me we're talking about. A bad habit of mine is pushing myself too much, but let's not get started on that one. Anyway, I decided I wasn't happy with my blog and if I wanted to get my blog to where I wanted it to be I would have to put more effort in. Except I had less time to do that. 

Blogging and working full time is all about time management. Here are some tips how I helped to manage to grow my blog alongside working a full-time job: 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Back In England

I’m writing this post while cruising at 30,000ft up on my (very delayed) flight back to London, which signifies the end of my year abroad. I feel like 'time has absolutely flown' has been my catchphrase the last few months but seriously, time, will you slow down a little bit? Thx.

10.5 months ago, I was sitting on a plane feeling a little bit sick with excitement and nerves, and now I’m feeling a little bit deflated. I’ve missed England and I’ve missed my family, but I also know I’m going to miss this country that I’ve grown to love.

I’ve blogged a lot about my time in Germany and I wanted to do a final update of my last bit of time I’ve spent here. It’s been super busy. I’m so exhausted and I can’t wait for a lay in tomorrow morning. And some English food. I’ve missed English food a lot.

My last update post was 2 months ago, though I’ve been doing a few weekly update posts, I’ll fill you in from there!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Blogging Terminology 101

Blogging Terminology 101  |
When you first start out in the blogging world, or even still after blogging for a while, it can be a bit overwhelming. There's so much jargon floating around and a lot to learn. Before I started, I wouldn't have had a clue what DA or a media kit was, but these are the things we learn! To make things a little bit easier, I've made a a little index of terms that you may have heard and not understood or you may not have heard yet at all! If there's any terms I've missed, please let me know in the comments, and I will come back and update the page if I come across more:

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Hannah Emily Lane

I feel alienated.

The last couple of days have been awful. On Thursday night I couldn't sleep, I had BBC1 on and I watched the results come in. The anxiety was overwhelming as the future of my country was being decided.

I fell asleep for half an hour with the TV and woke to Tom shaking me saying "We've left". There was no clawing back now and that Leave had the majority of votes. And I started shaking.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Making The Best Impression At Your Internship

Tips for starting an internship |

I finish my internship next week. These 6 months have gone ridiculously fast - 2 more days and I will have basically finished my year abroad.

I’ve interned before but I was SO nervous with starting this job. I think the fact I’d be working and communicating in my second language all day was part of the reason, but also 6 months felt like a long time and I wanted to start off on the best foot possible.

Then I got really ill, but thought it’d look bad to call in sick straight away, so I struggled through. I was focusing on getting through the day without sneezing or coughing over anyone or passing out at my desk, rather than building up relationships, being social with my work mates and making the best impression.

But I learnt quite a few things about the start of an internship, so here are my tips for if you’re starting one soon:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Ultimate Year Abroad Packing List

The Ultimate Year Abroad Packing List |
Packing for a year abroad. The hardest part of it.

No I'm kidding, it doesn't have to be that hard. My boyfriend packed the afternoon before he left. I on the other hand was thinking about what I would and wouldn't bring months in advance. I own a lot of clothes as I've not grown out of anything since I was around 11 years old and I find it super hard to get rid of them. The thought of only being able to take 1 suitcase for an entire year was nearly enough to bring me out in a cold sweat.

I ended up packing 2 suitcases, 1 of which I took with me when I flew out, the other I left with my mum to bring out when she visited 3 or 4 weeks after I arrived. The second suitcase mostly had winter clothes in and seeings as I arrived in August, I definitely didn't need it straight away. I bought a few bits when I arrived to save on packing space too.

Here's my list of all the things I would recommend bringing, the things you won't need and the things you definitely don't want to forget.

Monday, 20 June 2016

My Bullet Journal Setup

Bullet Journal Tour |
I've been using my bullet journal for a while now, and though I usually post my weekly log layout in my weekly posts, I haven't written an update in how I use it since a month after I started using it.

I love the flexibility and adaptability that bullet journalling offers. I'm able to change up my daily log and weekly spread layouts every week, add whatever pages I fancy and I can be creative with it.

In this post I'm just going to show how I use my bullet journal for my daily life, but I use the second half of my bujo for blogging. I've had a few people ask about the setup for this part of it so there will definitely be a post on it soon! I'm more reluctant to share as it's the messier half of my bullet journal, but I will grin and bear it and do the post soon, I promise!

Here's a little walkthrough of my current bullet journal setup:

Saturday, 18 June 2016

ASOS Finds: 20 under £20

My ASOS under £20 wishlist |

In case you didn't know, you probably didn't, it's my birthday soon! In the run up to my birthday, my family are always asking me what I would like and I never know how to answer. I never really want much and when I do it's usually something expensive like a horse or a car that I can't realistically ask for. So I end up spending a lot of time (more than usual) online shopping and making endless lists.

I'm also excited because I'm going back to England which means I can start ordering stuff online again! Not that I couldn't in Germany, but shipping abroad is NOT cheap. I will probably do a little haul when I get back to England as I probably need some new summery clothes. I'm still wearing my winter wardrobe in Germany as I didn't pack any summer clothes at Christmas and it's consistently above 20 degrees now :) :) :) :).

Here's a little roundup of some of my favourite and cheaper things that are on my list:

Thursday, 16 June 2016

10 Quick And Easy Ways To Update Your Blog Design

10 Quick And Easy Ways To Update Your Blog Design |
Last week I changed up the colours in my nav bar and a couple of other accents. It's only a subtle change, but I went from a grey to a light blue colour and I feel so much happier to have a little more colour in my blog design. I may have a complete blog redesign soon as I'm getting itchy feet with it, but I was surprised at how just a few seconds changing something up made such a difference to how I feel about my blog!

There's so many little things you can do to refresh your blog design and fall back in loe with it. Here's just a few ideas:

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

5 Things I Don't Regret

I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. We all have. It's how we learn and grow as a person. Sometimes risks pay off and sometimes they don't. 

I'm a strong believer of never regretting anything in life, but naturally there are things you will regret, like drinking one too many cocktails at a work do or being a bit too ambitious on the monkey bars when you're younger and breaking your arm shortly before a family holiday. Neither of which happened to me, nope, not me. 

But yes, regret is a natural feeling and we are bound to regret one thing or another, big or small. But we shouldn't regret these things with a bad feeling, but with a haha-why-did-i-do-that feeling. We should look back on our mistakes with a more positive way of thinking. Yes, the things that happened might have been bad, but whether it was our decision or not, that was the path life took for us. We have to accept that and learn from it and look towards the future.

Wow this is all very deep for me, can you tell what time of the day I'm writing this? Yep it's late, and it's pouring outside and the rain is hitting the skylight in a very therapeutic way. It's encouraging all this deep thinking. 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Week #4
In 3 weeks tomorrow I will have flown back to England after 6 months of not being home and finished my year abroad. That's crazy.

The past 2 weeks (sorry I didn't write a post last week, to be honest I just didn't have all that much to say!) have flown by. Last week Tom's parents visited us, so I took a couple of days off work to spend some time with them and we packed up our flat for them to take a lot of it back to England in their car. We're living in a very empty flat right now *sad face*. It also sucks because I'm extremely lacking in blog photo props and am having to resist the strong urge to buy anything.

We visited Heidelberg (again - I love it there) and I finally went to Hans Im Glück after my friends claim it's the best burger they've ever eaten. It was definitely an amazing burger, though I think Five Guys still holds the top spot on my best-burger-ever list.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Bullet Journal: 5 Daily Log Layouts

Bullet Journal Daily Log Layout |
I've just woken up from an almost 12 hour long sleep and I feel horrible. I've got a thick headache and I feel so groggy and stiff. I probably needed it though.

So this post was supposed to be up this morning but alas, I fell asleep before changing into my PJs or putting my phone on charge so I had no alarm. Then I went to get the photos off my memory card and my laptop rudely interrupted me by saying I had no memory left, despite deleting over 1000 raw photo files last week. Guess I better delete the other 70,000 too. Better late than never though, right?!

I love pinning bullet journal weekly spread photos on Pinterest to get inspiration. So I thought I'd gather a few of my favourite daily log layouts to share with you, in case you're in need of some inspiration or just like looking at bullet journal pictures as much as I do. I don't know, I guess there's just something about seeing all the organised pictures that makes me feel a bit more relaxed. Is that normal?

Thursday, 9 June 2016

My Interrailing Wishlist

Interrailing Wishlist
You know when you're just really excited for a holiday and you spend every spare moment gazing at clothes websites and trying to justify buying more things you will only wear for that fortnight and then will shove them to the back of the wardrobe until you clear it out for a car boot sale in a few years time? Definitely never done that. Not me. Nope.

Anyway, now I have a blog I can at least call my holiday shopping wishlist-making productive because I can make a blog post out of it. I'm not going on a usual beachy holiday this year, I'm going interrailing and I will have to carry everything I take with me in a rucksack. I'm small. I can't carry much so I know I'll have to pack light. Therefore the things I am taking I want to absolutely love and want to wear multiple times.

So here's my current interrailing wishlist, which includes pieces that will help me pack light or might need and some clothes that I can mix up yet still look slightly put together!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

10 Thing You Might Not Know About Me
I love getting to know the person sitting the other side of the screen writing a blog so I love reading these sort of posts where you can learn more about a blogger and their personality. In a post about What every blog should have, I said that blogs should include an about me page, so I can learn a bit about you. I find knowing a bit more about the person behind a blog makes it more relatable and believable.

I've previously done an A-Z post with little facts about me and I've recently started blogging a little catch up every week, but this is for those people who might like to know even more about me. So here's a roundup of 10 things I thought you might not know about me, even if you know me in real life!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Trip To Freiburg

A trip to Freiburg |

I mentioned in my last weekly catch up post that I went on a trip to Freiburg for the weekend but I thought I'd write up a little post as I had the most amazing time and also managed to fill 7GB worth of memory cards with photos and videos so I should share them with you! I can't even upload them onto my laptop because I've ran out of memory so they're just gathering dust on my external hard drive...

I had such a nice weekend. Whenever Tom and I go away with Rob and Naomi it's literally always torrential rain or thunderstorms predicted, and usually the forecast holds true. When we saw the weather forecasts for Freiburg we just rolled our eyes and packed our waterproofs, so we were a bit surprised when we ended up getting burnt in 30 degrees blue skies weather!! 

The last time I went to Freiburg it rained. It was so nice to see the city in the sun!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Alternatives To Bullet Journalling

Alternatives To Bullet Journalling |
If you're a reader of my blog, you will know I'm a huge bullet journal fan. I am so in love with it and it has kept me super, super organised. I feel like all's right in the world when my bullet journal is on my desk and up to date.

However, you may not know that I actually tried bullet journalling about a year ago and gave up. I didn't think it was for me. Looking back I didn't fully understand the concept and there wasn't quite as many envy-inducing, beautiful bullet journal pictures and guides floating around then.

I've tried so many ways of organising my life and though I think bullet journalling is my favourite, it may not work for others. If you're not a bullet journal fan then some of these suggestions might be better alternatives.

Bullet journals have took the blogging and Pinterest world by storm, but they may not be suited to you and that's perfectly OK. If you think that a bullet journal just isn't your organisational partner in crime, here are some other things you can try:

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

25 Thoughts I Have On My Morning Commute

Fun fact: I actually wrote this on my morning commute.

My commute to my internship takes about an hour. Normally it goes quite quickly, I usually plug my head phones in and get my kindle out and just block the outside world out. I'm a sociable one. But I recently finished 'Me Before You' and it has ruined my emotions and I just can't face reading another book at the minute. So this killed some time on my commute this morning:

Sunday, 29 May 2016

My Week #3

My week #3 |
I love Sundays. I love waking up naturally to the morning light with no alarm screaming at me, Tom still dozing next to me getting up only to make a coffee and a smoothie bowl, jumping back into bed with a book or something on TV. That's what dreams are made of right there.

This Sunday is a bit different though, as I'm waking up in a hotel room in Freiburg, ready for a last day of exploring. Weekend trips are the best.

Last week I mentioned I had one of those crappy sort of weeks (thank you for all your lovely comments by the way, you guys always make me smile), but this week has definitely been better. So, so much better. After publishing that post last Sunday, Tom and I went off to watch some polo and I had such a nice day!

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

Anyway, here's a little roundup of my week:

Saturday, 28 May 2016

7 Best Travel Tips

The 7 best travel tips |
I've done more travelling this year than ever before. I absolutely love it, I think living abroad helps because even just going to the next city feels like a new and exciting trip. I love airports, I love long train journerys, I love the excitement of checking in at a hotel.

I know it's easier for some people than others, but I really feel like everyone needs to travel at some point in their lives, it doesn't have to be far or even cost much but there's so much to get out of going! Experiencing new places, new foods, new cultures, new sights, new people. There's so much more out there. 

I never want to stop travelling. I love discovering new destinations. I'm hoping once I don't have to travel with a student loan budget I can get to some more places like South East Asia and South America #bucketlist #goals

I've been doing as much travelling around Germany as I could on my year abroad, as well as seeing a bit more of Europe and I will get to see even more of Europe when I go interrailing this summer. If you want to see all of the places I've been and my travel posts, you can find that all here! Travelling isn't always straightforward though. I've picked up some tips, both from the endless research before trips and my own experiences to help you get the most out of your time away and to make sure everything goes smoothly:  

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How To Create Pinterest Graphics

Pinterest graphics
The secret to success on Pinterest is making beautiful, eye-catching graphics. You may look at them and think that it’s really difficult and you need expensive software or a degree in design, but I can promise you that that is not the case!

This post is a bit of a follow up to last week’s Pinterest guide, which if you’re wanting to start out and grow on Pinterest you should probably read first.

To make visually-effective graphics on Pinterest, there is a few basic rules to follow which I’ll share and a couple of programme suggestions. I hope you find this post helpful, but as always, if you have any questions I haven’t answered, please let me know!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

How German University Differs To British

How German University Differs To British
Apart from the obvious differences of languages and German universities being almost free, there are quite a lot of nuances in the systems that make for a whole new experience.

One of the best things about doing a year abroad is experiencing a different culture. I was looking at my year abroad posts the other day and I noticed that while I've mentioned things here and there in my updates, I haven't written specifically about the differences in daily life between Germany and England, so I thought I'd write a bit about how the two countries compare.

You may not think it, but there are actually quite a few variations in the culture - I didn't even think there'd be a culture shock when I moved here but oh, there really was. Experiencing a different university was so interesting and looking back I'm so glad I chose to split my year abroad and study for the first half.

The way courses are structured and run are very dissimilar, but then university and courses can vary even within the same country, so I'm going to talk more about the more general 'student life' differences, but if you have any questions about uni in Germany and what to expect, please feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help!

If you're going on a year abroad in Germany soon or are just curious about how a German and British university experience is different, then this post will hopefully interest you.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My Week #2

My week #2 |
Last week's weekly catchup went down pretty well, and I really enjoyed writing it, so here we are again for another week!

This week has been tough. It shouldn't have been, it was a public holiday here in Germany on Monday so I had a short week at work, I had lots of work to do to keep me busy but not stress me out too much and I had an exciting delivery from Boots.

But you know, it was just one of those weeks, when you feel a bit crappy and you can't place your finger exactly on it.

So I'm looking forward to the start of next week to pick myself back up and start afresh.

Here's another little look into my life the past week: