“Time to dig my grave for RESULTS DAY!”

Okay! Okay! Before we start preparing for our death, re-evaluating our life plans and crafting the perfect explanations for our parents we just need to PAUSE!

Just PAUSE!

Great! Now let’s just start over!

RESULTS DAY! These two words are possibly the most terrifying pair EVER! I am not going to lie to you but hearing them or seeing them across my Snapchat drives me crazy. Not crazy mad but crazy nervous! Why? It’s the day which declares whether you FAILED or SUCCEEDED in life!

WRONG!

Throughout our lives we have been rigorously trained to conquer the evil beast: EXAMS! Therefore, it is only natural to be worried when you are awaiting to find out how well you did. However, one thing we haven’t constantly been taught is that “EXAM ≠ LIFE“. If you fail an exam, it doesn’t mean you have failed life. As a student, I understand how annoying my last sentence sounded! However, I do realise that we are so consumed by this ‘bubble of education’ that we fail to see that life is a lot more than grades on a piece of paper.

Success can be defined in many different ways so it doesn’t have to be based purely on your educational performance. There is so much more you can do to create success in your life. Alternatively, if you have a particular career ambition, don’t think that there is only one path to getting there because there is a lot more.

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us

– Alexander Graham Bell

During my work experience at UBS bank, I learned that people entered the industry in different ways. That’s the beauty of life, we all have a different story to share – otherwise our world would be pretty boring!

So yes, I sound super dopey and cheesy but it’s little motivational pieces like this which can help you change your mind set. I also want to be able to look back at this every results day so that I don’t bury myself in so much negativity.

If there is one quote I basically live by it’s “Positive vibes only“! There is no room for negativity – life is too short to be a glum bum so cheer up and keep it moving because I ASSURE you that there are GREATER things that lie ahead!

P.S I have been so worried about Result’s day that I couldn’t sleep. Writing this post helped me to de-stress and leak out all the negative thoughts in my brain (very therapeutic)! We’re all in the same boat so you’re NOT ALONE!

Photo credit: Nottingham University student blogs

Fashion Feature: Skirts

It’s been a while since I last posted something fashion related but I was really happy about the response with the last post so I have decided to write another one. I have been thinking about what fashion topic I should talk about and I decided to talk about…SKIRTS!!!

Skirts are a great way of changing up your outfits and provoking different moods/ personalities. For example, a skater skirt allows you be free, fun and quirky whereas a pencil skirt can make you look sharp, sophisticated and chic. To add to that, they can be worn at any point of the year as long as they are styled in the right way. So who cares if its currently summer/ autumn… Grab your skirts! In this piece I will be mentioning 3 different types of skirts which I am a fan of just to kick start your skirts inspiration.

A line skirts

They are basic, comfortable and stylish all in one! I love how there is so much variety when it comes to this type of skirt because you can really create versatile outfits by incorporating this simple essential! For example:

  1. You could go for a midi length skirt if you want to look a bit sophisticated and keep those legs more covered. Then you can choose a basic or fun print e.g. floral depending on what mood you what to convey.
  2. Alternatively, you could vouch for a classic denim skirt! I feel like whatever the mood, whether you are lazy or you want to look a little cute and flirtatious, this piece works in practically any situation. Personally, I feel like it is an essential to have a denim skirt! Why? Well if jeans seem too boring and repetitive, they are a great way to spice up an outfit with little to no effort!

 

 

 

Skater skirts

Immediately they scream comfort from all directions. They aren’t very figure flattering so if you are worried about the skirt showing off your curves – this skirt generally wouldn’t be a problem. Whilst browsing, I noticed that because they are so popular, there is a huge range of skater skirts you can choose from. I was particularly interested in how the colour palette or material of the skater skirt could actually ‘upgrade’ your skirt to a special occasion/night outfit. They are very playful skirts and seem like they will keep you spinning for days!

 

 

 

Pencil/ Mini Skirts

Alas, lets not forget our beloved mini and pencil skirt. I believe both skirts can achieve similar looks and depending on what your personal preference is, you are likely to pick a side… #TEAMPENCIL (What team are you on? comment below)  Unlike, the skater skirts, I believe these skirts are definitely figure hugging! If you want to flaunt your curves and shape, this is the way to go. I have always been a fan of pencil skirts and body cons for this reason. Personally, I believe that wearing block colours and keeping these pieces simple is the key tip to their success!

  1. Pencil: There is nothing wrong with starting off with a basic black pencil skirt. It goes with practically anything and can be styled in numerous ways e.g you could pair it with a jumper or a cropped top. This skirt is as versatile as a skirt can get because you can wear it to a formal event e.g. a day at the office or switch it up for a sophisticated and stunning night outfit! If you don’t want the skirt to be too basic, look for little detailing that sets it apart e.g. the lace and side slits.
  2. Mini: These skirts are already ‘BOLD STATEMENT MAKERS‘. Why? Well they allow you to show of some skin by shedding some light on your legs. I am someone who LOVES their legs, like I can resist saying ‘DAYUMMM‘ when I look in the mirror. Having said that, you don’t want too much going on with the skirt. I recommend playing with the colour palette and looking for skirts which are tailored in interesting ways – don’t go too basic!

If I could afford to purchase all these skirts, I would buy them in a second but obviously that isn’t the case. I hope you take inspiration from these skirts instead of feel like you need to purchase the exact examples I have provided. I was actually surprised at the variety available at very good prices (under £10) so I am sure you will be able to find a skirt within your budget. I really enjoyed writing this post because I have also been very interested in fashion so it’s always exciting to window shop and decide which pieces I should add into the posts. If you have any suggestion for another fashion item or trend or just anything fashion related please let me know.

Otherwise, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the content!

Haddy xoxo

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Hello August!

WOW!!! I can’t believe that we are already in the 8th month of 2016. We are nearly 3/4 through the year. I still can’t comprehend how fast time has zoomed by. This year I know that personally, I have accomplished a lot and I know that also applies to many of you amazing people out there!Today’s post is a little light hearted since I  wanted to give you a general update of what’s happening with me and my blog at this moment of time.

Apologetically, I have taken quite a break from blogging. However, I really needed time to just SHUT DOWN! It’s crazy how consumed we can be by the internet and social media. I definitely love going onto Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter on a daily to see what’s going on, but at times I just need to throw away the phone and pick up a book instead.

As a matter of fact, I have currently been reading ‘Dreams from my father’ by Barack Obama and it has been so insightful learning about his life but also about black lives in America at that point in time. It is a great read (I would totally recommend it even though I haven’t finished it!) and I wouldn’t mind writing a book review if people are interested (comment below).

In addition, I have been working on my blog and making some improvements to parts of it. For example, for every page, you can see all the blog posts related to that topic! I understand that seems like nothing to you, but I put in a lot of time and effort just to make a small alteration. Furthermore, I have updated my Home and About page so please go and have a read because you will get to know me a bit better!

During this month, I have a lot of exciting things coming up. Some of which can provide exciting blog content and other’s which are huge changes for me personally so just watch this space for whatever may pop up occasionally. I have many cool ideas for things I want to discuss but I don’t want to mention them here since I don’t want to make a promise I can’t keep.

Overall, I just want to thank you for all your patience and support. This blog has been alive for nearly 2 years and it’s crazy how much I have achieved in such a short space of time! I look forward to the rest of the year and the crazy adventures we can explore next!