Saturday, 27 August 2016

What is Hygge (& 12 Ways To Hygge)

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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 | www.hannahemilylane.com
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hey!

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.