Life: Goodbye Twilight!

So as you've just heard if you read my previous post I'm now taking this whole growing up thing far more seriously now that I'm 21 and no longer have student discount.

After spending a majority of my first day back at home lying in bed and avoiding the thought of unpacking I woke up this morning (well it's now 00:47 so I guess yesterday morning) and decided that I would begin the process of moving back in to my tiny box bedroom/fairy cave.

At the moment most of the possessions that I had with me at university are still cluttering up the living room/bottom of the stairs/some of the kitchen and the only things that I've managed to actually move back into place are my coats that now live on a rail just outside my bedroom door (my room is so small that my clothes rail doesn't even fit inside!)

However the reason that I didn't unpack more today was because after spending Sunday in bed staring at every inch of my room, I knew that I didn't really want to start unpacking yet because my room was so full that I didn't really have anywhere to unpack.

So because of this I spent today (yesterday) decluttering my room and drowning under a pile of old books and dust.

Something you should know about me, and can probably guess when I tell you that I'm a writer, is that I love to read! However an occupational hazard of being a reader/writer is that you tend to accumulate books a lot quicker than you can hope to read them, and because I've been a reader for quite some time now I've accumulated quite an impressive hoard of books.

Another thing about being someone that loves to read is that you can get quite attached to your old books, even the ones that you didn't really enjoy that much or ones that you read years ago and cant really remember the plot of.

But I'm a grown up now, and part of being a grown up is making grown up choices like saying goodbye to all of the supernatural-teenage-romance novels that you loved dearly when you were 15-years-old and choosing between Edward and Jacob was something that sparked debates amongst you and your friends (for the record I am team Edward even though personally if I were in that situation I would pick Jacob).

As I sorted through all of my old books I found every type of supernatural romance that you could hope for from zombies and fallen angels to vampires and shapeshifters. Another genre that I clearly loved growing up was dystopian, however I do remember being frustrated that every dystopian novel targeted at my demographic insisted on a romantic subplot- just let me read about a girl kicking ass and leave the romance out until more pressing issues have been resolved.

I spent a good three hours slowly unpacking my bookcase and choosing which books made it back onto the shelves and which ones made it to the ominous pile that was forming that was destined for the local charity shop.

Every so often I would become overwhelmed with how grown-up I was being and had to spend a moment doing nothing and listening to the Spotify playlist that I had put on to motivate me to declutter my room. At one point the playlist decided to play a large chunk of the Back To The Future soundtrack which did the trick and helped me resume my dusty descent into the bookcase.

Something I haven't mentioned yet in this post is that one additional reason that I decided to start decluttering my room was because on Sunday night before I went to bed I made a very grown up online purchase on UrbanOutfitters and bought my first ever piece of furniture; a vinyl rack and basket to store my record player and the vinyl that is now overflowing from my vinyl carrier case. Two other purchases that I made with this order include a blue tapestry throw for me to hang on my wall and a branch jewellery stand for me to hang my necklaces off (up until this point I've always hung them off a coat hanger- not a very grown up thing to do).
After spending a couple more hours tackling my bookcase I set my sights on the DVD filled bookcase by my door. Since becoming a self-confessed Netflix addict the DVD's in my life have become somewhat abandoned and I only really watch them when the internet is down or when I fancy watching something on the TV downstairs.

About a year ago I made a similar DVD cull and got rid of all the movies that I hadn't watched in years or that I knew I could access on Netflix easy enough if I really wanted to watch them.

This time however I decided to only keep my absolute favourite DVD's as I knew that I had a lot of movies that simply didn't interest me anymore or no longer seemed so fun since becoming more socially aware and letting the feminist within me run free and wild.

So that's pretty much what I achieved in day 1 of me becoming a grown up. I got rid of a lot of old books and DVD's and my room feels about 15% lighter so I'd say today was pretty successful. Tomorrow I plan on continuing with this attitude and getting rid of loads of magazines that I know I will no longer reader and I will begin my search for the perfect bookcase.

Life: Becoming a grown up!


I know I've literally said this multiple times already but I really am going to start taking this blog more seriously and I think this time it may actually stick.

I want to start updating more regularly and creating content that I care about (rather than just writing a blog because for some reason university degrees are obsessed with blogs but I'll come back to this point later...) and will be using this blog as a way to stop myself from becoming mind-numbingly bored whilst I sort my life out and try to become a proper grown up.

In my last post I wrote about how I've recently finished university and graduated with a first (still v excitable and proud over this fact) and now I've officially moved on to the next phase of my life.

Up until this point I've spent the majority of the last 21 years on earth knowing what I'm going to be doing in September and knowing what I'm working towards. Whilst I still obviously have goals and aspirations I no longer have the safety net of going back in to education and having my life planned out for me, so I need be more pro-active when it comes to keeping myself busy and motivated towards reaching certain outcomes.

During the past few years I've updated this blog quite sparingly and the content has primarily been about my progress at university. In case you weren't able to figure it out this was mainly because as a part of my course I was required to write reflective posts about my work and whist I understand the merit of this, I would have much rather preferred creating a workbook to run alongside my degree as I very much doubt anyone was reading this blog eagerly anticipating the next instalment of "what Tara does at university".

But seeing as I'm now no longer at university this blog is free to be about whatever I want once again!

I've actually written a list of content ideas on my iPad that I will start to post on this blog as I want this little thing that I'm creating here to become something that I can show future employers so they can get a nice flare of my writing style and find something more interesting than just my twitter and linked-in page when they google my name. Also, I think as someone that hopes to become a writer a blog is a good way to keep myself busy with writing original content instead of just telling people about wanting to become a writer but never actually doing anything about it.

So I guess the main thing that I'm trying to convey in this blog post is that I will now spend more time writing blog posts about things that interest me and will hopefully interest you as well. Right now I'm pretty sure I'm shouting into the vast and cluttered void that is the internet and that there isn't anybody out there who regularly looks at this blog but hopefully the more I start to nurture it the more likely this is to change.

I doubt that I'm going to become one of those lucky bloggers that gets sent incredibly cool things to write about (hint hint The Great Frog London...) but I'll be quite happy if this blog simply becomes something I can show people when I tell them that I'm a writer and they ask to read something that I've done.

One goal that I've set myself in regards to this blog is to write a new post at least every two days. Whether this is a sort-of diary entry like this one, or a mood board or playlist, this blog will not have month long gaps between each post like before.

One particular set of posts that I plan on writing during this summer will be regarding my search for full time employment and realising that I can no longer postpone adulthood. These particular posts will document my efforts to declutter my life, become more healthy and turn myself into the cool hipster-it-indie-alt girl that I aspire to become (I'm looking at you Erin Wasson and Margaux Lonnberg).

My next post that I will be writing moments after I post this one will be about the first day of me decluttering my life, I hope you enjoy!


Learn: Finishing University!

Hello once again!

I'm writing this blog post from my bed back in Birmingham as I've now finished university and left Falmouth forever (well I'll be coming back in September to graduate but that will only be for a flying visit!)

I've got so much to write about and update you on that I've even made a list on my iPad so I don't miss anything out.

I guess I should begin with what I've already mentioned at the start of this post - that I've finished university! It feels very odd to be able to say this and I'm now slightly worried that I have no more reasons or excuses to postpone growing up.

The past few weeks have felt like a bit of a weird limbo period for me as even though I handed in my last piece of uni work at the start of June I still had just over a month left of my lease so I decided to stay down in Falmouth until the end of the month rather than moving back home like I usually would. I'm not really used to being in Falmouth and not having work to do, so to be able to have a while to actually go to the beach and have fun without having to think about deadlines was a strange but nice change.

I spent this strange little limbo period seeing friends a lot, drinking Jack Daniels a little and not doing much useful work at all (my excuse being that these few weeks were the last chance I really had to be silly and fun without the responsibility of a job or other grown up things hanging over me).

Also something very exciting that happened whilst I was in limbo was my birthday! I turned 21 and spent my first ever birthday in Falmouth. It was quite nice to celebrate with uni friends and having a birthday away from home means that I get a second chance to celebrate with all of my home friends.

My final week in limbo was spent avoiding the harsh reality of trying to find a job whilst also saying goodbye to friends that I will no longer live a short distance away from! It will be sad not being able to see them so easily but I also know that Facebook and Snapchat exists to keeping in touch with them hopefully won't be too hard.

My last full day in Falmouth was actually one of the most exciting /nerve-wracking days I'd spent there as it was the day that I found out my final mark. I'm over the moon to be able to tell you that I will be graduating Falmouth University with a first class degree in Journalism!

Before I knew my results I really wasn't sure what my final mark was going to be. I knew that I'd worked extremely hard and that I wanted a first, but I wasn't sure if I was going to get it or just miss out and graduate with a high 2:1 (even though this is still a fantastic grade and I would be proud to achieve this, it's just something I knew that would annoy the over-achiever in me!)

So thats everything to tell you related to finishing university. I have loads of other things that I want to write about but will break it all down into multiple blog posts so I don't make this post about 10 pages long!


Learn: the final semester of my final year!


The last time I posted on this blog I was slowly approaching the deadline for my dissertation and I'm now happy to say that the storm has passed and my dissertation is complete and has been handed in! I haven't had my grade back yet so I'm not sure how to feel about the whole process, however I do know that I worked extremely hard and that my dissertation supervisor is aware of how much effort I put into my work.

Since my last post I have however received my grade for my International Journalism module, and whilst I don't usually like it when people post their results online (as it often comes across quite 'braggy' and people often try to down play how much hard work they put into getting that grade), because this blog is about my time at university I thought if it was appropriate to post this information anywhere it would be here! So I am happy to say that for my first module of my final year I managed to get a 1st! I'm really proud of my grade as I did work extremely hard and it's always a nice feeling when you know that your hard work has payed off.

After finishing the first semester and handing in all of my work I had two weeks off for an assessment period during which I travelled back home and spent my time off relaxing and finally catching up on all of the TV that I missed whilst I was working.

I'm now back in Falmouth and I have started my final semester of my final year at university! It seems strange to think that in a few months I will be graduating and will be out in the world trying to find a job that I love. I know that most news outlets like to emphasise the shortage of jobs for recent graduates and that in reality we should be grateful for any work we get, even if it is in a fast food restaurant (I want to point out here that this is still a valid job and I have endless respect for those that work in the service industry), but I don’t think that I will ever settle for a job that I don’t absolutely love.

The whole reason I decided to go to university in the first place was in increase my chances of getting a job in a field that I find endlessly fascinating. When I was in my final year of secondary school and throughout college the question "So, what do you want to do when you're older?" kept on cropping up, and at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do! I'm not sure how many people grow up knowing the answer to this question with absolute certainty, for me it was more of a gradual elimination process.

By the time I finished secondary school I knew that I was good at English and that I enjoyed writing (academic essays as well as creative writing, sometimes I even enjoy academic writing more) and by the time I finished college I knew that whatever I was going to do with my life would include writing in some context. However even though I knew that I wanted to write, I wasn't entirely sure of what it was exactly that I was going to write.

I decided to look at a degree in journalism as writing in any format is better than not writing at all. During the second year of my degree I created a magazine called yearbook, (and if you scroll down you will be able to read blog post about creating the magazine) and discovered that I'm actually pretty good at making a magazine. I adore magazines and working for one is pretty much my dream job.

As I mentioned, I'm now in the second and final semester of my university experience and one of the modules that I have to compete is called Negotiated Portfolio. This module is focused on creating a portfolio of work that I will be able to show to future employers once I have finished my degree. Because I want to work for magazines after university, all of the work that I create in this module will be created with this in mind. I want to create a body of work that not only reflects media subjects which I am highly interested in but my ability to write about these subjects to a high standard!

I will be writing a series of blog posts throughout this module discussing my progress as I create pieces of work for my portfolio and hopefully send them off to various publications for writing opportunities! This has been a fairly lengthy post but I hope you enjoyed it!

Tara x


Learn: How to cope with deadline stress!

Hello again lovelies!

My deadlines are looming in the near future and I'm currently having to find a way to deal with the expected deadline stress, so I'm writing this post to share with you all the tips and tricks that I've picked up over the years that have helped me keep a cool head whilst at university. Some of them may sound silly, but they always work for me so why not give them a try!

  • Tidy your workspace, and I don't just mean your desk! Personally I can feel quite overwhelmed if I have too many tabs open whilst using the internet or too many icons cluttering up my desktop home screen. I find organising things into folders not only helps me relax but also makes everything a lot easier when it comes to finding something again.

  • Take breaks however best suits your working style. Sometimes I benefit best from one hour long break after working for a few hours and other days I find small breaks every half an hour more beneficial. Whichever method best for you, make sure you take breaks long enough to help you wind down but short enough that you don't get sucked into another Netflix binge.

  • Lists! I really do love writing lists! At the start of the day I will write down all of the work that I have to complete, and then a second list for all of the things that I hope to achieve during the day. As I complete each thing on the list I will tick it off and feel myself getting slightly more relaxed as I work my way through the list. At the end of the day I will write a final list of all of the things that I hadn't magaged to complete that I can start working on tomorrow. Somehow things don't seem so intimidating if you can fit them onto a post it note.

  • Don't leave everything until the day before your deadline. I know this one sounds obvious, and luckily I've never been once to leave my work that late but honnestly your life will be a lot easier when you just tackle whatever it is that you need to work on! And if you are procrastinating, try and figure out why that is. If you are feeling itimidated and overwhelmed with your work load there are always people you can talk to for support, from people at your school/university to friends and family.

  • Get a good nights sleep. Doing an all nighter may work for some people, but I've always found that instead of worrying through the night about work getting a good nights sleep and starting fresh the next day always helps me clear my mind and produce better work. This point also includes taking naps if you need them! After working for a while I can usually feel myself get a bit sleepy, so rather than writing whilst battling with my eyelids I find that having a short power nap works wonders! If you are afraid of over sleeping just set a timer on your phone for a certain amount of time and then hopefully afterwards you will wake up with a fresh burst of energy to carry on with your work.

  • Don't forget to eat! Again, this sounds silly but sometimes if I spend all day concentrating on my work I can forget to eat at appropriate times and I end up having a naughty binge on unhealthy food that probably doesn't help my productivity. So set an alarm for your meal times and make sure you drink water throughout the day.

So that's it! My little list of tips for you all. I hope they are useful and good luck with all of your deadlines!

Tara xx

Life: Hello 2015!

Hello once again lovelies!

I can only apologise for the fact that I haven't posted in quite a while, but it hasn't been due to laziness or blog abandonment!

In September (2014) I started my final year of university and I am now pretty much halfway through and I can (kind of) see the finish line. I'm still writing my dissertation at the moment and even though I only have a couple of weeks until my deadline I still have a lot of work to do! I would say I am about 2/3 of the way through and I will be turning into a little work gremlin until deadline day.

Because I have my own little methods to help deal with deadline stress I think I shall treat you to another post shortly after this one telling you my tricks to keep a cool head whilst doing your own work!

However because this post is called 'Hello 2015!' I shall now be telling you about my year in 2014 and what I hope to achieve in the following 12 months.

Overall, I would say that 2014 was a pretty good year! I turned 20 and got one step closer to becoming an actual proper grown up. I learnt boring grown up things about washing machines and standing orders but I also learnt other things like the fact that candles and tea towels are quite cool.

My dress sense in the past year somehow became more monochrome and my skin somehow got even more pale?! I don't know if this means that I'm actually turning into a vampire or not but come to think of it I have been spending more time awake at night compared to the day recently...

Moving on to more important things, this year I somehow managed to keep in touch with all my home friends whilst also making new ones at university (I realise this is only impressive if you know how socially lazy I can be and that I often find it difficult keeping in contact with people!). And everyone in the Pilkington clan ended 2014 feeling happy and healthy which is always something to be grateful for.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, in 2014 I started my third and final year of university, and at the moment I would say that everything seems to be going well! I've handed all of my work in on time (and in 90% cases I've done so a day earlier, quite swatty of me I know) and even though I don't know my grades for this year yet I'm hopeful that my hard work will pay off.

There are probably a lot of wonderful thing that I could write about that happened in 2014 but looking on my Instagram feed does a much better job as opposed to me rambling on.

I've never really been one for new years resolutions, but in the spirit of this post here are some things I'm going to try and keep in mind throughout 2015 and constantly remind my future self. Maybe some of these will also apply to you!

Things to remember in 2015
  • continue to work hard at university, you're nearly at the end champ you can do it!
  • actually get a proper grown up job and save some money. Your little bedroom at home is cosy but it's not really big enough for you anymore so start saving so you can move into a little appartment with your friends.
  • try and travel if you get the chance, because why not!
  • keep in touch with people, most of the time they're not really that bad you're just prone to being anti-social.
  • start writing that book you always tell yourself that you're going to write, and actually write it down properly not just in little scrawls on your phones notepad.
  • try to eat a little bit healthier, smoothies are quite nice so try making your own more often.
  • try to learn how to drive this year, even if you dont really need a car it's a good skill to have.

There are probably more things that I should keep in mind, but for now that seems like a pretty good list!

Tara xx


Learn: Final year at university!

Hello again!

Since the last time I posted on here I somehow managed to complete my second year of university and I am now starting my third and final year of my journalism degree!

I have a couple of exciting things in the pipeline that I'm excited to share with you all, but I wont tell you just yet until they become more concrete ideas.

This blog has become a kind of online journal/progress report for my time at university and hopefully has been a somewhat useful reference/resource for people that are either at university, thinking about going, or just want to hear about my own experience so far.

One thing that I can tell you guys is that I'm going to be creating an online platform soon that will act as more of an professional portfolio than this blog does. Whilst I do love this blog I also know that it is quite casual and not a professional or academic reflection of what I would like my online presence to be.

However I do enjoy writing these more down to earth posts, so this blog wont be going anywhere! I'm not sure what format this online portfolio will take yet, but I know that I want a very clear and clean looking online space that I can fill up with all of my work to show future employers.

That's all I have to say for this quick little post but I thought I would let you all know that I am still here and I don't intent on abandoning this blog anytime soon!

Tara xx


Learn: Case study reflection and dissertation thoughts

This is going to be my final post regarding my university case study and also introduce what I plan on doing for my dissertation.

Looking back at the process of creating the study, the main concern in that I have is that my results may have been completely different had I actually gained a work placement. However, this was out of my control and even though I applied for placements I had no luck. Other than this, I'm proud of all of the hard work I put into my case study and hope that I was able to reflect my efforts in my final piece of work.

Moving on to my dissertation...
Recently I had a lecture regarding my dissertation for my final year at university and I've had a pretty strong idea of what I want to do for a while. For quite a few years I have had a great interest in the way mental health is represented and portrayed in the media. From news stories regarding individuals with mental health disorders to the way mental health is portrayed by actors in films and television, I've always been interested to see not only how accurate these representations actually are but how the general public use these representations as a framework for how they view and understand mental health.

If somebody with a mental health disorder is portrayed as dangerous by a news story, and subsequently in a film, do people that have no prior experience of mental health disorders then only understand and view this disorder via the distorted realities in the media representation.

Recently there have been campaigns to try and break the stigma and silence surrounding mental health, and I plan to make my dissertation run alongside these campaigns. I want to try and establish how important it is to portray mental health accurately in the media, and how this can have a direct influence on the way people view mental health. I also want to talk to people that live with mental health disorders and establish their views on how they are represented and if they are satisfied with the way mental health is treated by the media. I finally hope that by creating this dissertation I can show that people with mental health disorders are not inherently abnormal or strange, but individuals that deserve the same amount of respect and patience as everybody else.

Learn: Yearbook updates!

Hello again!

Sorry that it has been a while since I last updated but I have some exciting news regarding yearbook. Over the past couple of week me and deputy editor have been going through the process of relentlessly sub-editing the first issue  in order for it to get printed!

I'm not sure how many copies exactly are going to be printed, but regardless the fact that it is getting printed at all is extremely exciting! I'm hoping all of this hard work will pay off and somewhere down the line this magazine will help me get a work placement or internship at a real working publication.

I'm incredibly proud of yearbook but I also don't want to brush over the fact that it has been extremely hard work to produce! Creating the final piece has required a couple of all nighters and caused one or two stress induced breakouts.  However, I wouldn't have been willing to put in all of this work if I wasn't sure that magazines are the industry that I want to go into.

Even though it is now the end of my second year at university and the news and magazine module is completely over, me and the rest of the yearbook girls hope to carry on the magazine during our third and final year. Over the summer I will prepare some interviews and be on the look out for even more people to feature in the magazine. If all goes to plan yearbook will be something that my team can pass on to new students when we finish at university and become a lasting publication!

I don't have much more to update you on just yet, but in the next few days I will post a link to the second issue of yearbook and hopefully have some photos to show you of the final printed copy of yearbook once I finally get my hands on it.

I'll talk to you soon!



Learn: Yearbook Online! Part 5

So the deadline for the magazine is getting closer, but I am thankfully up to date with my work! I'm currently in the process of putting all of my work through InDesign and these are my two feature layouts so far...

Feature 1)

Feature 2)

As you can probably see my style is defiantly minimal, but with a slight twist. My main inspiration comes from magazines such as Hero and iD, as I like their use of white space and layout design. Everything looks very clean and organised, but not boring. I'm still not finished editing these layouts but I'm pleased with the results so far.

One primary difference between the second issue of yearbook and the first one is that in the new issue there will no longer be a 'news' section. From the start me and my group weren't that happy about the news section as it did not fit into the ethos of the magazine. Because we aim on making this a yearly publication, a news section wouldn't really fit in as by the time the magazine went to print the news wouldn't be relevant anymore.

Another difference with the new issue of yearbook is that many of the layouts have less limitations as the second issue has been designed with the intention of just being an online magazine. We may at some point get the funding to get the magazine published in print, but if we do then small changes may need to be made such as having images in the gutter!

Tomorrow me and my group are meeting on campus to put the magazine together and hopefully have it ready to put online!

I will update you tomorrow!

Goodbye lovelies!


Learn: Case Study Development!

So, I've finally finished my case study!

All that I need to do now is edit down and review my work, create my appendices and get somebody to read over my work.

Even though I'm used to writing case studies, there are a few things that I hadn't considered doing until I was reminded in my seminar. For example the types of case studies I am used to writing are psychological studies, and obviously a journalism and literature based study is going to have some differences.The main difference that I found was how the results are written out. I'm used to writing out results for each method individually, rather than mixing all of the results together in terms of thematic categories. Once I was reminded of this in my seminar, I went back home to re-edit the study for this style.

For my appendices, I need to include a copy of my survey and interview questions, a transcription of the results I used most in my case study, and a copy of the two magazine covers that I referenced within my study.

I'm hopefully ready to hand in soon. After my tutorial tomorrow I will know if there are any more changes that I need to make to my study before I submit for marking!

I guess in terms of a "critical blog post" on my progress through this case study I would say that I'm quite proud of the hard work I've put into this study, I've paced myself nicely so haven't felt under stress and I'm ready to hand in before the deadline which is always nice! If I were to do this study again however, I would push harder to get a placement. Even though I did try extremely hard to get a placement, I would just persist more and maybe create more example articles to show to companies rather than just saying what I could write.


Look: Inspiration, And While We Were Here

So recently I watched a film on Netflix called And While We Were Here and I have since become slightly obsessed with it.

Not only does the movie star one of my favorite actresses and style muses Kate Bosworth, but it is also set in the beautiful island of Ischia. I am a huge fan of films that are set in stunning locations, and as with this one I will watch them over and over again simply to take in the beauty of the location until I can travel there myself.

Also, with summer just around the corner this film has become my inspiration for my summer wardrobe. Although I don't tend to change my style much from season to season, I do like to add a few new pieces every so often to update my wardrobe. And Kate Bosworth in this film is simply stunning. From her natural makeup to her effortless casual style, she is my style icon for the coming summer months.

Below are a few screen shots I took whilst watching the movie. Every shot of the movie could be used on a post card. Even though this film is by no means fast paced and energetic, the blissful and slow paced theme fit's nicely with the summer aesthetic that it creates.


Learn: Case Study Development!

I can finally see the end of this case study in sight!

I'm currently in the process of writing up my methodology, results, conclusion and evaluation! I hope to have completely finished this by the end of tomorrow so I can start editing down my work and putting everything in order for my appendices.

I've now finished collecting all of my data for this study. I've done my content analysis of two magazines (FHM and Esquire), gotten back the replies from my two online surveys, and conducted my one-on-one interviews with three participants. So now I just need to sift through all of this data, try and establish a connection between the raw data and my initial case study question, and then draw my conclusion.

Even though the evaluation isn't needed until the end of the case study, I've already started to write it up as it was easier and more efficient to evaluate as I went along rather than leaving it all as a last thought and not really remembering what I could have done better/worse.

There's not a lot more I can really say in this post! I'm right in the middle of typing up my work so don't have much more I can say until I do my final case study post summarising the whole process of this case study and doing a brief online evaluation and retrospective look at the work that I have completed!


Shop: ASOS/Urban Outfitters/TopShop Wishlist 11/04/2014!

Recently my blog has become completely dedicated to university related content and I thought it was about time I did another more casual style/music/lifestyle/inspiration post! So here is (a long overdue) post on things that I am lusting over at the moment in my three favourite shops: Topshop, Asos and Urban Outfitters!

As you can probably tell from this post, my style is still as minimal as ever! Packing to come home from university made me realise just how monochrome my wardrobe is. Under my bed I have two boxes dedicated to shirts that are black/grey, one box dedicated to white shirts and one box dedicated to my 'colourful' shirts (even then these shirts are primarily khaki green or a neutral shade of brown/pink/blue). 

However, I am attempting to branch out with my wardrobe and purchase things that have some colour to them. Most recently I did purchase a beautiful lime green/yellow coat from Topshop that is just amazing! In the future I think I'm going to make some posts dedicated to deconstructing my style and showing you all who my fashion icons/muses are. If you happen to follow me on Pinterest you will know that I have numerous boards already dedicated to my fashion favourites and spend around half an hour every day looking on the website at new inspiration!

I know I say this time and time again, but I plan on taking blogging a lot more seriously in my spare time and not just using it as a platform to talk about things I'm doing at university but also a place where I can write down my thoughts and feelings about various things happening in my personal life.