Friday, 27 September 2013

Back to uni briefing, Drama Queen style!

Houston, we have a handbag problem. I haven't enough space in my packing for all my new handbags.

Pray for me bloggers, I've had to make the difficult decision to leave one handbag at home *cries*. It's okay though, I can just promote it to the title of 'summer bag'. Okay I know you aren't reading this to hear all about my many handbag problems. So off to the real story we go.

For those who have moved to uni, or have just genuinely moved their life belongings to a new location can understand how much of a pain in the ass it is. You start off with a graceful and organised system of 'Clothes in this bag and home ware in this box'. Before you know it your down to stuffing socks and bottles of nail varnish in every spare crevasse and your parents are giving you that disapproving 'and how do you expect to get that in the car, let alone to another city' look. They've been giving me that look for nearly 3 years now and it is yet to change...

I have also noticed over time that I manage to double in the mount of random objects I own that I insist taking back and forth to uni. My wardrobe definitely grows as does my stationary selection. You also get deeply attached to random things you've accumulated over uni, such as freshers posters, loyalty cards at burger bars you never actually go to and t-shirts that have been shredded for a catwalk on the club floor on a social that if your mum saw the photos (which mine did) you'd put her in an early grave. Woops, my bad. But yes, moving back and forth entails you carrying lots of pointless items up and down the country. I feel like I'm a hoarder in the making.

Now, In other news, I entered a competition on the other week to win a 'Back To Uni' hamper from John Lewis worth over £700. This morning I was awoken with an email telling me I had won. Right now I'm so sky high with happiness and excitement, I'm on the ceiling. This prize involves a brand new Samsung laptop which many of you may know, I was in desperate need of ownership of a new laptop due to mine refusing to cooperate.

 As a student I recommend you check out this site and their partnership site for great content on fashion and university life. Now I'm not just advertising them because I won their competition...okay maybe a little but besides that they're a great site with brilliant bloggers so go and check it out!

Now I should really finish packing. You think you're finished and them BAM you turn around and see you still have half a bedroom to touch on. *sighs* I'm going to be here all night...

L.Bel xoxo

p.s. Yes that is my very excited Springer Spaniel


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Facing the fear and showing my brave.

Well folks, it's time. There are exactly 6 days until I head back to uni for my third and final year. Quite frankly, I'm terrified.

This is the year I must complete a 10,000 word independent dissertation as well as applying for jobs/graduate schemes for after I finish my degree. So far it feels as though everything is going wrong....or it's just not going at all.

Admittedly over summer I neglected my dissertation as I was so focused on working and whenever I was free I slept, as you all know from previous catastrophic filled blog posts. Since leaving work I have slowly tried to build a collection of readings for my dissertation. This isn't going so well due to well...lets just say the internet is one big recipe for procrastination. I have been so distracted I missed an email that stated who our dissertation supervisors are. Mine has changed. Nobody told me. I'm not happy. I was assigned a supervisor before summer by request and I was thrilled as mine specializes in the area I have chosen to research. Now I'm not annoyed with my new supervisor...well quite frankly I don't even know who they are so I can't be annoyed with someone I've never met right? I'm more annoyed with my university for failing to alert me that my supervisor has changed and why. So i'm feeling a little betrayed and disappointed before I've even begun. All you people in the real world with your real world problems are probably reading this and thinking 'man up girl'. *sigh* You're right...

Now lets tackle the J word that every time someone mentions in my presence I wince slightly. Jobs. I'm aiming for a grad scheme in marketing however this is going to be so difficult to achieve due to the whole wide graduate world competing all for the same positions AND the minor problem that I do not live anywhere close to a graduate scheme so it looks like I may have to move to London...that's actually if I get accepted onto a scheme...lets not get ahead of ourselves here. I have started filling out application forms and the whole time I'm filling them out all I can think about is some super star graduate from a top university with a top degree who has the sun shining out of their ass applying for the same role. As an employer who would you rather hire? The super sun shining ass graduate or me, the hopeless walking disaster? Now I know I'm being too harsh on myself but I find it so hard to find confidence in situations like this. I'm doomed. I also don't want to disappoint my parents by graduating and not finding a job or getting onto a grad scheme. *In Freddie Mercurys Voice* UNDER PRESSURE.

Whilst I'm dealing with the above I also have a degree to do along with reading and assignments. I know I'm whining but I'm a worrier. This girls gotta worry. I'm currently sat quivering under a blanket and praying for future success. In the words of Sara Bareilles, I wanna see myself be brave.

So wish me luck bloggers on what will be the hardest year if my life so far. Obviously you will be kept up to date regularly on me not so gracefully stumbling into the adult world.


L.bel xoxo


Friday, 20 September 2013

Confession: The Drama Queen needs YOU....and your blogging advice.

Houston,  we have a blogging problem.

This girl is a damsel in distress among the blogging society and she needs you to save her.

I have been blogging since May and it has kept me very entertained and given me a new way to procrastinate from all the important things I should be doing in life. Such fun! I really feel like my blog is gaining slow and steady popularity....that is with glipho. When it comes to 'Blogger' I feel like a needle in a blogging haystack. It's hard to see the activity of your blog, that is if there is any, and quite frankly I loose interest in the site because I don't think my blog gains any attention. Now I don't expect blog popularity to happen over night but since I signed up in May I do not think much has changed in the way of my audience. Now I know I am definitely not the best blogger out there by a long shot so I am not blaming blogger, I am more blaming myself, my content and my efforts to promote my blog. Where am I going wrong? I publish my blog into as many relevent communities that I can find, I promote it over twitter among other social networks, is there more I can do?

This is when you come in. I want to hear your blogging tips and advice on how to gain a stronger audience on blogger. I want to hear your stories and and tricks and how to crack the blogger society. It will all be much appreciated so hit me with it!


L.Bel xoxo

Sunday, 15 September 2013

A Drama Queens Favourite Winter Wardrobe Must Haves

Winter Fashion. What's not to love?

One of the main reasons behind my love of winter is the fashion. I feel you have so much more to work with over the autumn season then you do over summer. It's easy to create a sophisticated and comfy style with a wide choice of cooler colours and styles. I picked out my favourite winter wardrobe must haves for AW/13. Enjoy!

1. The Cropped Sweater - £34 Topshop

A knitwear essential with style. I think these are a super cute yet edgy approach to knitwear that can be worn over a dress, skater skirt or my personal favourite, a long white shirt accompanied with leggings and boots. I have just invested in one from Tesco Clothing for a very fair price in a beautiful cobalt blue.

2. The Biker Coat - £59.99 Dorothy Perkins

Biker trends are hitting everything from boots to coats. It's a huge trend for Autumn 2013 and it's a definite must. I wasn't a huge fan at first but after trying on the one above in Dorothy Perkins, I loved the feel and look of sophistication it added to my outfit and therefore just had to purchase. Marks and Spencers are stocking a few styles at around £90 but shops such as New Look and Dorothy Perkins are sporting them at a more reasonable price so you have so many styles to choose from!

3. The Tartan Skater Skirt - £17.99 New Look

I love tartan but it can be so hit and miss. It's difficult to find the right pattern and colour without looking to tacky or over the top. I like this skater style tartan skirt from New Look as the subtle colours give a nice grunge affect that can be put perfectly with a black over sized cropped jumper and a pair of biker boots.

4. The Oversized Tote - Belinda Grab £35.00 Fiorelli

It's the bigger the better this season when it comes to handbags. These are the perfect bags for day use for the college/uni, work or casual weekend use. These bags are especially stunning in the on trend colour block styles. Big labels such as DKNY and Michael Kors have produced some flawless designs however if you're looking for a more high street price, Accessorize, Zara, River Island and Fiorelli have some beautiful totes.

5. The Chelsea Boot - £24.99 New Look

The Chelsea Boot is a sweet addition to this years wardrobe, especially with the additional cut out trend. They are a nice way of dressing up a casual outfit or dressing down an evening look. New Look and are definitely ones to hit if you're looking for this winter look a bargain price or if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, Topshop and Office have a wide range of fiercer styles.

So here are my top 5 winter wardrobe must haves. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. Now excuse me whilst I hammer my bank card through some eager online shopping. Shhhh don't tell my overdraft!

L.Bel xoxo

Friday, 13 September 2013

The Confessions Of An English Drama Queens View On New York City...

I wrote this weeks ago but life got in the way and I wasn't feeling to motivated towards posting it. As I have been in my sick bed now for too long I did some tweeking and viola. Enjoy my lovelies.

Now that I have spoiled you with my blog posts on my tourist life in New York I thought I'd get down and dirty on what I really thought of the life in New York. It is a stunning city with a skyline I wish I could view every single day. There were things I adored about the great city and yet there were a few things that I thought...'Well that's just strange'. Now I don't know if these things are just occurrences in New York or all over the states. I compiled a list of the crazy and a list of the things I loved. Enjoy!

The Crazy

1. The Driving. Oh my I was so shocked I didn't get hit by a car nor did i witness anyone getingt hit by a car. Everyone drives like a maniac in New York regardless of the rules! What baffled me even more is that this crazy driving didn't really seem to shock the people of New York. In fact, they would cross the road even when cars were driving at them. New York, you sure got balls. It was so obvious who the true New Yorkers were and who the tourists were as the tourists would be waiting for the lights to change the the New Yorkers dived across the road like a boss. Did I miss the memo about New York roads being Formula 1 tracks?

2.The Tipping. In the UK you would never ever ever request for a tip. You wouldn't even imply that you want a tip. That would be like going to Buckingham Palace and asking for a coffee instead of a cup of tea from the Queen. It's just not British! It makes me blush just thinking about it. In New York I was so shocked that not only was the tipping expectancy double the percentage of the UK but it was actually insisted. On the end of every bill we were told how much we were required to tip. For a British person this was quite a shocking concept. I also felt pressured to tip for everything. Literally everything. Forgive me New York for my awkward behavior.

3. The Public Toilets. This has to be the worst. So you know how everyone has those nightmares where you're in a room full of people and all of a sudden your clothes disappear and everyone starts to stare and laugh? My version of that nightmare is when I go to a toilet and the doors and walls are so small that everyone suddenly sees me on the toilet and starts to laugh. Pray for me right? In New York every public toilet was exactly like my nightmares. The cubicles were tiny as were the walls and doors. I felt like everyone in central park was watching me go. Once again New York, you got balls to use public toilets. I will never ever complain about a British public toilet ever again no matter how gruesome it is.

The Loved

1. Everybody is Nice. I was so not use to the caring treatment the hotel provided. In the UK you turn up at your hotel, you check in and then you take yourself to your room. In New York your luggage is taken before you even set foot in the hotel, the doors are always held open and you are constantly asked if you are well and if there is anything that could be done to assist you. I felt like a celebrity every time I went in and out of the hotel. By the end of the week I was practically strutting like I was walking the red carpet. Girls just wanna have fun right? ;)

2. The Super-sized Stores. One word: Macy's. UK we need a Macy's! I could have spent all day in there, and that would have been fine as they had plenty of places to grab a drink and a bite to eat inside. Tiffanys had I think 6 floors. 6 floors for a jewelry shop. I really did feel like Audrey Hepburn! We could learn a lot from Americans UK! However one Michael Kors and Tiffanys purchase later, it was probably a good idea we don't.

3. The Food. In case you haven't noticed already from my blog, I really love food. Mostly cake. I loved the fact that no matter what time it was and no matter where I was I could get pretty much anything to eat. Plus there really was a Starbucks on every corner so it was coffee after coffee and donuts after donuts. I was in food heaven!

4. The Fashion. I loved it. Mostly the handbag fashion. You hear that people like to 'people watch'. Me? I like to 'handbag watch'. I sat outside Grand Central Terminal watching the leather labels pass me. I see that Louis Vuitton, Longchamp Le Pliage and Michael Kors appear to be New Yorks favourite daytime accessory for summer 2013. You are definitely my kind of people. My mum was slightly concerned by the fact I could name every designer bag that walked past us. Woops...

I am definitely missing New York already and would do anything to be able to relive the amazing week I had with my parents. All I have now is the photos, the handbag, the necklace and the memories <3 Maybe I could win the lottery and fly on back next week....

L.Bel xoxo


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Confessions Of The Long Awaited Cold...

Ergh. I'm sick.

I came down with a cold yesterday afternoon. Completely out of the blue. All of a sudden I was sneezing and flying through the tissues. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact it was my mums birthday so I had to put on a happy healthy face for the evening when all I wanted to do was crawl under my duvet and die. No, I am not being a drama queen.

In all honesty I was expecting this cold and have been since June. It's the kind of cold that happens when you just stop. I always see it as my bodies way of telling me I need to take some time off. I've been expecting it since June as I finished my exams and thought I was 'stopping'. However as I spent the entire summer working I guess I didn't stop. Now that I am no longer studying nor working and I have been mostly sleeping, my whole body has shut down and viola, queue cold of death.

Enough with the sob story, I'm just blogging to distract myself from how horrific I feel right now. I have had 2 hours sleep and no matter what I take the symptoms do not change. I've already gone through one box of's so bad it sounds like I'm massacring an elephant in my bedroom. Pity me people.

What scares me the most is my eye test appointment later. A fiver says the optician is hot and I end up sneezing in his face. Doomed.

If you have any good home remedies or tips for the dreaded lurgy please please please hear my SOS and throw them this way.

Now excuse me whilst I spend the day in bed watching old Gossip Girl episodes and dying.


L.Bel xoxo

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Stop trying to make 'Twerk' happen, It's not going to happen.

I have sat back and watched the internet explode in all it's mighty with amusing pictures, videos and posts about Miss Miley Cyrus and what appears to be her spiraling downfall from grace. Now before you continue please bare in mind these are my opinions to which I am entitled to, therefore if you are a die hard Miley Cyrus fan, I accept your views and think maybe it's best you stop reading....and watching any other future performances of Miley Cyrus.

After watching her newest music video 'Wrecking Ball' last night I couldn't help but feel sorry for the girl. The words 'Try' and 'Hard' are so over used with it comes to Miss Cyrus that I'm so close to messaging her and telling her to use them as her middle name to spare the haters the effort of typing them out in the YouTube comment box. The only surprise that this new video gave me was that she didn't twerk. That be the only positive as well.

Let me give you some perspective here. I am 2 weeks older then Miley Cyrus. 2 weeks. Maybe in that 2 weeks I was born early I stole all the common sense for that month and there were none left for Miley? I understand that she is set out in expressing her new style, sound and that she's a big girl now, but is dancing around naked and promoting a drunk and high life style really the way to go about it? Let's not even talk about THAT VMA performance...

I always thought Miley had such incredible musical roots that she was destined for greatness. It seemed that way at first with Hannah Montana, The Last Song and singles such as 'When I Look At You' and 'Party In The USA'. So when 'We Can't Stop' was released I only felt disappointed in the direction she had taken. When I heard 'Wrecking Ball' I thought, well there might be hope for the girl yet. It was a lyrical raw expression of a broken heart. This is all destroyed in the space of a 3 minute video of Cyrus being naked and making crude expressions with a sledge hammar. Was there a need? I get that your heart broken but I tend to deal with heart break more like this

and less like this

But that's just me. I get where she's going and what she's trying to achieve but there is only so much naked twerking the internet can take before you become one '2007' away from the next 'Britney Spears'. Shedding your good girl image can be done in a classy and steady way for example Selena Gomez and her first adult role in the film 'Spring Breakers'. I thought she handled her part well and it was one way of saying to the world 'Look I'm a big girl now, I can handle adult roles'. Or you can go around on stage shaking your semi naked butt to national television like a stroppy child as if you're desperate to prove something. Am I right?

I want to know your opinion on her new naked twerking lifestyle and whether you think she has her head screwed on straight to know where she's going or whether she's about to be joining Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes on the crazy club?

On another note, enjoy Bastilles great yet slightly philosophical cover over 'We Can't Stop'

L.Bel xoxo

Monday, 9 September 2013

How To Survive Freshers, Part 2.

Well after the success of my first 'How To Survive Freshers' post which you can see here I thought I'd do another one. As no one in my direct family or friends had within the past few years attended university, I was literally going in blind. I wished someone had warned me about the dark side to uni or all the little hints and tips that make you go a long way so I see it as important to share my experiences. Sit down and shut up kids.

Now many of you will be heading off to uni over the next couple of weeks and no doubt you're probably freaking out as you enter the great unknown. I went through moments of 'Oh a new adventure' to 'PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME GO.' It's completely natural whatever you're feeling so stay calm folks!

1. Into the deep. The first minutes of arriving at your student flat are probably the scariest minutes of your life. You've just arrived at your new flat, you're in a building full of strangers and your dads dragging your hysterical mum out the door ready to abandon you in a strange city. But you've made it this far so DON'T PANIC. If it makes you feel any better, after my parents left I spent 10 minutes crying in my room too scared to go into the kitchen where my new flatmates were. However I plucked up the courage to open the door and bound on in . Before you know it you'll be helping each other with the fancy dress of whatever theme is going whilst playing some rather bizarre drinking games. Little things like keeping your door open whilst you unpack and bringing chocolates etc are a good way of making friends in those first hours/days.

2. Student meet microwave, microwave meet student. Your new best friend. And NO I am not encouraging ready meals. In all my 2 years of uni I haven't consumed a single ready meal. Snaps for Laura! Back to the point - because you are an unorganized and spontaneous student you wont ever remember to defrost your meals or your meat so buddy on up to your new best friend Mr Microwave and it's plain sailing for the next 3 years. Making your meals stretch to 2 is a good idea if you freeze one so on those long,  cold, hard days at uni when all you want to do is sit in a ball and eat your body weight in pizza takeaways but don't have the cash, no fear, you saved some pasta bake in the freezer last week. Hey Mr Microwave!

3. It's Hard. When you actually get round to attending lectures, yes that thing you actually came to university to do, you have no idea what your going into. You're starting a new subject with a new learning style and you're expected to do EVERYTHING by yourself. Your first reaction maybe to jump ship. Especially when you get your first assignments. Don't panic. Everyone finds it hard at first. Don't let the work knock your confidence. It's always said if you can make it through the first term you can make it through anything. Very true. So hang on in there, procrastinate a lot and boss out those assignments. If you're stuck don't be afraid to speak to your lecturers/tutors or any open doors services your university offers. There will always be help on hand even when you feel quite stuck and alone.

4. There is such a thing as being too ambitious. Really there is. When you join uni they will offer you so many societies/clubs/activities/events you just don't know what to do with yourself. There's a society for everything. My uni even has a 'Fetish Society'. Don't ask me the details I honestly don't know nor do I want to! You'll probably discover a whole new world of activities and sports that you want to get involved with and that's great! However you'll most likely sign up to at least 6 societies during freshers fair and actually attend a grand total of 0-1. Don't stretch yourself over 3 societies and attend every social and event on the calender. Remember you need to study at some point!

5. Stock up on Lemsips. A very valid argument pointed out on my last post by a reader. You can't run, you can't hide, freshers flu WILL get you. After 2 weeks of term I laughed as my fellow students coughed their way through a 9:15, thinking myself the lucky one for escaping the dreaded lurgy. Oh how freshers flu got the last laugh. Not only did I get freshers flu but I got tonsillitis which wiped me out for half the term and took 3 months to recover fully. My poor flatmates were bringing me cupa soups in bed and dealing with my self pity. Cold and flue medication can be pricey so it's best to get your parents to by you enough to stock a pharmacy before you even meaning no lurgy can catch you off guard. Don't forget the tissues!

So here are another good 5 tips for surviving those first precious weeks. If you are about to embark on your journey at uni and you have no idea what to expect with your mind full of questions, don't hesitate to get in touch as I can possibly try to help ;)

Good luck!

L.Bel xoxo


Thursday, 5 September 2013

A Little All About Me...

Just what you always wanted to hear

Okay my views are about to reach a significant milestone on glipho and therefore I felt I would celebrate this with a little blog post revealing a little bit more about me. Because telling you my life story every day just isn't enough and because apparently I think I'm that interesting that you will all want to read about it. I'm excited for this milestone as it has given me the motivation to continue blogging. It's probably nothing compared to all you super duper bloggers out there but it's the little things in life right?

So where do I begin?

I'm an undergraduate studying Sociology and Education and I am about to enter my third and final year at university. I am so depressed about this as I love being a student and I love uni, all my uni friends and my uni lifestyle so I really don't want to say goodbye to it at the end of the academic year. My housemates are like my sisters and I can't go a day without speaking to one of them on the phone. Even if we're skint and it's an arctic blizzard outside we can still find fun in the house. In fact sometimes I think I have more fun in the house then anywhere else. This year I'm mostly looking forward to making the most of one of the best years of my life by throwing myself into student life again once more. I am also excited to try and gain entry onto a graduate scheme in Social Media Marketing at the end of the year however I am also terrified at how scary this process is going to be.

So you have got the basic direction of my life but here 15 fun facts about me:

1. Dog Power: In case you haven't already noticed, I love dogs. My pet dog Barney is my best friend. We're inseparable most of the time and he also gives excellent cuddles.

2. Rock and Roll: My favourite genre of music is rock. I always wince inside when I say that because when I was in school I got a lot of stick for it. However 4, nearly 5, years later from school and my love for rock has inspired my dissertation topic along with my passion for social media so Booya!

3. I'm a twitter addict and have been since 2009. My friends always tell me it's a wonder no one has told me to manage twitter and that if I ever get a job in social media they are blocking me on all forms of social networking sites. That's a sign I'm good right?....Don't answer that....

4. I'm addicted to designer. An unfortunate habit I have picked up over the past couple of years. I obsess over handbags until the obsession takes over common sense and I purchase a bag slightly (or a lot) out of my price range. But my theory is a nice leather designer handbag gives you the confidence to walk down the street each day and achieve your goals. (I also tell that to my family and friends so they don't get so pissed when I do buy another handbag).

5. I constantly wish there were more men in the world like Ted Mosby and less like Barney Stinson.

6. I prefer action movies to silly chick flicks and rom coms as rom coms make you feel insignificant and who doesn't love blazing guns, explosions and some super hollywood actor kicking ass to a cool soundtrack?

7. I have a tea and cake addiction. As I drink tea every day I have to have cake every day. It's a bad cycle but fatty like that.

8. My favourite idols are Taylor Swift as she helps me cope with my crap love life, My Chemical Romance because they got me through my mega emo phase in high school, Slash because guitar solos, I don't need to say more, and lastly Avril Lavigne as now even at the age of 28 she still doesn't take herself seriously and there produces amazing, up beat and fun songs and music videos

9. I'm afraid of Spiders (demons from hell sent to torture me) and diary products (apart from Milk and Ice Cream)

10. My dissertation question was inspired from watching Kerrang TV playing Greendays 'American Idiot' but shhhh don't tell my dissertation supervisor that.

11. My favourite season is winter because I love knitwear. Not only is it super cute and cosey but it also covers up my not so skinny minny body. I also love winter as it means I don't have to shave my legs for 3 months. Judge me.

12. I have a secret love for american country music like Carrie Underwood, The Civil Wars and Miranda Lambert.

13. I have a secret talent in creating home furnishings like cushions.

14. Whenever I am home alone I tend to reenact 90s pop classics in the mirror e.g. Hit Me Baby One More Time

15. If it wasn't for glipho I don't think I would have stuck at blogging for so long.

So If I haven't bored you to death, thanks for reading!  Now you know a little more about me you can continue your life thinking 'that's 5 minutes I'm never going to get back'.

Ciao Bello

L.Bel xoxo

p.s. Fact 16: I can't speak Italian.


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Confessions Of Loyalty...

Brace yourselves folks, this is a gripping post.

Okay I lied it's not really that gripping and I give you permission to leave now if you don't think you can face the commitment of reading this post. It's going to be a small(ish) rant/discussion and I deeply value your opinion on this topic so if you have something to say on the matter I would appreciate hearing it! I have been contemplating writing this post for a while but I just couldn't put it off any more

Definition: Loyal
Giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution: "he remained loyal to the government".
faithful - staunch - true - devoted - trusty - constant

Loyalty to me is a big deal. I like to think I'm a loyal person to be friends with. I always prioritise my friendships and I like to think my friends do the same. However after a while, especially over summer, I have began to find it increasingly difficult to let certain issues of disloyalty go within friendships. I often find myself feeling disappointed in friends due to there lack of commitment and effort with maintaining our friendship. Admittedly I have been busier then planned over summer so I haven't been around as much however that doesn't mean I haven't been able to get in contact with on the other end of a phone. 

I also admit that I am stubborn and if something or someone offends me, I find it hard to let go. Unfortunately I could hold a grudge until the day I die. This is when I begin to question myself on whether I'm just being too harsh. For example, if a friend makes no effort with me over a certain period of months I begin to feel irritated at their lack of care. I therefore shut off communication with them and are less likely to want to socialise with them in the future. Now I don't mean after not speaking to them for 2 months that that's the end. No it's more of a gradual long length of time. I then find it confusing that said friends can't seem to grasp why I am so annoyed/let down by them when they eventually do turn around. On my part I really should reach out and tell them why but I get so caught up in my own grudge I can't let myself do so.

Another case scenario is going out with friends in a nightclub. Even though I'm having fun I always have in the back of my head the dangers of clubbing and therefore feel slightly more protective over myself and my friends when I go out. If one friend insists on going off by themselves to the toilet or the bar I try not to let it happen as I worry. I only hope that my friends would feel the same about me. It then disappoints me if a friend goes off  for the night as not only do I feel it's irresponsible on their own safety but also careless on the safety of their friends that they leave behind. If this act is repeated over a series of time I begin to less likely want to go out with them again. It's a viscous cycle. 

I often tell myself to be the bigger person and to let it go. To get on with life and forget about it. However a little nagging feeling side (known as stubbornness) tells me to not be such a fool and stick to what I believe in. Am I being too harsh in thinking of friends being disloyal if they make less or no effort? If they act careless over our friendship? I want to hear your opinion on the matter if you have ever felt as though someone in your life has been disloyal?

L.Bel xoxo


Monday, 2 September 2013

The Confessions Of Winter Season...

Pack those flip flops away and whip out the sweaters 'cause autumn is in the air! I want to highlight to you all the bonuses of winter season!

Today was the first day in months that I stuck on one of my winter tops and wore my winter coat out to walk the dog. I am most definitely not bitter about this as I really love this time of year. Being outdoors in the cooler weather makes everything feel and look slightly more enchanting. I love autumn and winter colours in seasonal weather and fashion. Plus with so many great holidays coming like Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas (plus my 21st birthday ;D) there is so much excitement in this time of year. To top it off, my student city is stunning during autumn and winter so for the third and final time, I can't wait to make the most of it!

I prefer my winter wardrobe to my summer wardrobe as not only is comfier but definitely cuter. I have tons of knitwear from Primark, Tesco Clothing and my favourite peace, my Superdry Buffalo Knit Cardigan that my housemates spent months trying to stop my purchasing but in the end my mum treated me to it. Knitwear is great as not only do you feel super snug all the time but you can get so many different styles and colours you just can't ever get bored of wearing a jumper! As well as jumpers, it's all about cute bobble hats and matching scarves, chunky coats and long leather boots. I love walking to uni in a pair of boots, coat, hat scarves and gloves much more then walking to uni in a pair of sandals and a dress. As I'm quite self conscious of my body, winter wear gives me the cover to feel comfortable. Plus, winter justifies living in hoodies as everyone just thinks you're being sensible and trying to keep warm. Snaps for winter!

Even though I'll be moaning in my student house about the antarctic conditions I'll be living in, it definitely is just another excuse for me to snuggle up under my duvet, drinking 50 cups of tea and hot chocolate and consuming many bars of Dairy Milk whilst 'studying'.

You have to admit, if none of the above points have you excited for winter, the food definitely will. Winter means Christmas dinners, Halloween treats and bonfire banquets! I look forward to Christmas day mostly for the food as I can eat as much as I possibly can and them some more! I'm envious of Americans who celebrate thanksgiving as anyone who isn't american just sees that as your Christmas day practice. Am I right? Go on, you can tell me, I wont tell anyone...

The only downside to winter is that it's really hard to go out on a student night in a short dress and a pair of heels as the snow is a tiny tiny obstacle...ah well, bring it on!

L.Bel xoxo

[Please note all images are my own from my instagram Laurabelsh13 apart from the first which a very good friend took. Enjoy] 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Confession: I Survived My Summer Job!

Greetings my lovelies

Guess what?

BOOM Today was my last shift at the Kennels and Cattery. To my blog readers I have moaned, cried and laughed about my summer job. It has been hard, it has been messy, it has been smelly but in the end I got through it! I'm so proud of myself as at the start I really didn't think I was going to last all summer. There were numerous times I felt like quitting, walking straight out and not looking back. But no, I was brave and I stuck with it. *Internet High Five*

By the end I had made great friends with the people I worked with, I was trusted by the supervisors to be in charge of all the other summer staff and I simply was excelling by the end. Jeez isn't this the most cheesiest blog post you have ever read? Oh well, I'm free! I am now going to hibernate myself into student living again and will away those memories of Rupert the Boxer marking his territory all up my leg. Clean living, here I come, I have 3 months of sleep to catch up on!

Sweet Dreams

L.Bel xoxo
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