Final Year Stress & How I Stay Organised

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Final Year Stress & How I Stay Organised
 Do you ever just sit down and think- when was the last time I just sat down and did nothing all by myself?

Up until my final year in university I can safely say that it was probably last night while watching Netflix and eating way too many custard creams, but since September I feel like I haven't had many of them moments.

I go on as if this is a negative thing- it really isn't. I love being productive and my life, although at times hectic, is probably the best it has ever been.

This year in university, is the only one where my grades actually count towards my final grade, which impacts my next steps after I graduate. On top of that, I decided to do a 12 week diploma course in digital marketing because it is something I have been really looking into after I graduate. So with managing the two courses, a part time job, a long distance relationship, a social life and a blog- things can get a bit mental around here. I thought I'd share what I do to to get by.
A classic lesson I learned last semester. College 5 days a week and working 3 just burned me out. I found myself taking weekends off at a time because I just had no time to get anything done. I had money but I was so stressed towards Christmas. This semester I have whittled it down to two, maybe even working one day as it gets closer to exams because even though I'll have less money, there won't be as much pressure and I actually might be able to balance my life a little better haha.

If I'm at home all by myself, I'm working on assignments, blogging or sleeping.. I don't treat that as relaxation time. I have a Netflix account, but I hardly ever use it when I'm by myself (except around exam time when I watched the whole series of A Series of Unfortunate Events in two days.. oops). I tend to relax mainly when I'm with my friends or when I'm with my boyfriend, even though I do force him to come with me to blog shoots or even take pictures for me haha. Although it won't work for everyone, I find overlapping downtime with my social life works the best for me.

A little strange but all I do is plan. In my notes on my phone I write a weekly outfit plan which saves me time in the morning and every night I write down everything I need to get done the following day. Assignments and blog events get noted in my planner. My monthly blog plan is organised on Google Documents as well as my weekly Instagram and Snapchat plans (Wow I sound crazy haha).  It's just how I stay on top of everything I guess!

My commute to college is when I get shit done.. Them 25 minutes on the train up and back to college is where I do a solid amount of laptop time, and my makeup for the day (more time in bed? I'll take that!)
Even though I'm a people pleaser and I'm still working on this, learning to say no is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Learning to prioritise what you need to do and saying no to others when you need to do them enables you to actually manage your time better.

Shoes: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Bag: Topshop (sold out)

The other day I actually had the thought- why don't I go out and buy The Sims?! After writing this post, it's safe to say that that idea has been quickly swept under the carpet haha.

How do you stay organised? Let me know on my social media below!

Shoutout to Ailbhe for the pics 😘

Valentine's Day | My Opinion

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Valentine's Day | My Opinion
With Valentine's Day around the corner what a better subject to talk about than the controversial day itself. A day people seem to be either fully for or fully against so here is my two cents on the day.

On talking to my best friend on the topic the other day, she was adamant that it was a marketing holiday and how she would rather someone to express their love on any other day of the year, and not just February 14th. 

Sure, it is an excuse for brands and restaurants to make a whole lot of money through the pressure to give the one you love material objects and eat an expensive meal, I get that. It's just like any holiday to be honest, but behind it all is love. Even wether is it a card exchanged between two people, its a sign of appreciation for someone else. 

Something that saddens me is when it's so evident that there is so much hatred in a person. At the same time I have to think, well it is no wonder that people don't have that much love as from the minute they wake up they are exposed to tragedy on their Facebook feed and a stream of bad news in the background as the radio echoes. The hatred around the world on a daily basis is so saddening so I don't understand why someone would want to completely boycott a day that represents love and the celebration of people sharing it. 

It's not just about romantic love either, there are so many types of love out there. I feel like Valentines Day has a huge emphasis on romantic love, but why should you adhere to that? For as long as I can remember I have gotten my best friend a card, received one off my mam or just given and received little tokens off appreciation, what is stopping you from doing it too? Being single on Valentines Day isn't the bee all and end all- round up the girls and go for a nice meal and see 50 shades.. Share the love for your friends and family and let them know that you appreciate them (I can't read that without hearing DJ Kahlid in my head, I appreciate you hahah). Self love is a huge one too, with so much pressure being put on everyone these days whether it be from social media or too much college work, I say treat yo' self because you deserve it. 

At the end of the day though, I think love conquers all. Don't be put off by those cringy couples putting up everything they got each other on Facebook along with a huge paragraph expressing their love, enjoy it and share a bitta love too.

Let me know your opinions on my social media linked below and wether you will be acknowledging the day or not, have a good one!

Amsterdam Photo Diary

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Amsterdam Photo Diary

Happy Thursday everyone!

If you have been following me on any of my social media accounts and if you have seen my latest post (you can check out here if you want), then you'll know that I was in Amsterdam last week. There is nothing much to this post, I just wanted to share some of my photos that I took whilst away. I hope you enjoy them and keep your eyes peeled for my Amsterdam city guide coming Sunday!

Breakfast in Amsterdam

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Breakfast in Amsterdam
I went to Amsterdam! If you have been following me on Instagram or Snapchat (@michellealicex), then you'll know that I visited the beautiful city with the girls for a few days and today I'm going to share with you a little outfit post along with this GORGEOUS place we had breakfast on the first day we arrived.
As 6am flights are not fun, we all dragged our suitcases along the streets of Amsterdam dying for some food and coffee and luckily enough, we came across this gem just down from Central Station. It's called Cafe de Paris and was just so pretty. Half an hour into the trip and 5 minutes after sitting down, I couldn't stop taking pictures of the place haha.

The decor was amazing, so Instagrammable!
The girls all got the eggs but I had to get the acai bowl. I've been eating them nearly everyday at home so I jumped at the chance of having another one.

As for my outfit, this is what I wore on the plane. I wanted to wear my warmest and heaviest items so I'd have more room in my case however it worked in my favour because Amsterdam is SO cold at this time of year. My whole outfit is Penney's with a little ASOS, standard for me!

Coat- Penney's
Jumper- Penney's
Jeans- Penney's
Boots- ASOS (sold out)

Stay tuned for my Amsterdam Photo Diary- coming Thursday!

The Type of Bloggers That I Appriciate

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Type of Bloggers That I Appriciate
Self reflection is key when it comes to growth. Through procrastination before my exams, I recently started scrolling through some of my favourite blogs more than ever. I would end up on these sites spending my time admiring the content and just having a really good experience reading about what they had to say. I was then struck with the thought, I'd love people to have this feeling when reading my blog. I just had the feeling of content and enjoyment while scrolling through their content and I'd love if people had the same experience with mine.

At the end of the day, everyone is different and this is just my opinion, but today I wanted to share with you types of bloggers that I appreciate and aspects of their blog that just make them so good.

A very difficult thing to do if you're a blogger and post quite frequently because sometimes you just don't have all that much to say but there is nothing better than coming away from someones post and having gained something from it. Wether that be learning a little bit more about the person or just hearing their opinion on the topic, it is just so refreshing to gain something from reading a blog, especially if you're a busy bee. Retro Flame and The Little Plum are perfect examples of this!

There is nothing worse than knowing another blogger is only saying that they love every single product when you know they just got sent it all. There is a certain amount of 'sucking up' to brands and PR companies that I see going on and it is so disheartening. I know the product was sent to them, because I too got the press release in my email but non bloggers don't know that. Receiving freebees is a huge part of what we do, but transparency is the key part of it. Let everyone know you got that for free, half the time that might not even impact what you have to say about it, but in my opinion, its just the way to go. It is so refreshing when someone is being 100% honest about a product or an experience and it makes that person so much more trustworthy. 

For me, I'm all about the aesthetics and making sure things look good. I find such joy in looking at a variety of beautifully constructed, bright photographs especially of clothing. I know personally that I have an eye for capturing a good photograph so it is just an interest of mine that I have. In my opinion you don't need a DSLR or the latest Olympus Pen to achieve this, as long as it has a good composition and just works. 

I thought that I'd share this outfit today too, the main focus on the shoes. I debated on whether to get them for ages because I didn't think they would suit me, but I love them! Even better, I got them when ASOS had their 20% off for students. I paired them with these jeans from Penneys, which are so comfortable and this top from Bershka which I got in the sale for just €7.99! My jacket is really old from H&M and my sunglasses are from Penney's, I'm obsessed with them.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a wonderful day ✨