Friday, 26 May 2017

PUBLIC DESIRE SHOE HAUL







‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ Marylin Monroe once said, and she couldn't have been any more right. 

As much as I love to drool over beautiful sky-high heels on Instagram (@publicdesire and @egoofficial are my all time favourite accounts), I barely ever buy proper heels just because I am all about comfort. And heels are not exactly the best shoes to walk around London. 


A few days ago I decided to spice things up and break the bank. As I mentioned, I had had my eyes on a few shoes from Public Desire so I decided to finally get them. The excuse behind the purchase was an upcoming dinner I have which is meant to be sort of fancy but, spoiler alert, I decided not to wear these as I feel like they are a bit too high for that occasion. 

Both pairs are quite similar but I absolutely love nude shoes, as someone who was not blessed with long legs nude heels are really a life saviour. Also, if you're like me and don't wear heels very often simple black or nude shoes are definitley a must in your wardrobe. They go with pretty much anything and they don't really go out of style either. So it's a win-win. 

These were each £35, which is not bad at all. The lightest pair are the Valencia Platfrom Heels 
and the other slightly darker model are the Atlas Platform Heels. I personally am in love with them both, and they look even more stunning when they're on. I'm not going to lie and say they are super comfortable because, at the end of the day, they are very high heels. But they are as comfortable as these kind of heels could be. 

The quality seems pretty good and they definitley not look cheap in the slightest - if something, I feel like they look more expensive than they are. They also came in an actual shoe box which, for some reason, made me excited. Probably because I usually shop at ASOS and they don't dispatch shoes in individual boxes. 

Overall, I am really happy with these shoes and with Public Desire in general. Delivery was only £2.99 and I got them in 3 days. It was my first time shopping there and it definitely won't be my last! 





Have you ever shopped at Public Desire?

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I WROTE A DISSERTATION AND I AM ALIVE


As you may have noticed I have not been exactly very active recently - well I actually have a legit excuse: I have been a tiny bit busy writing my dissertation.

I am still pretty shocked that I ACTUALLY wrote a real dissertation, regardless of what grade I get I managed to write 50 pages about cells, proteins and chemistry. Call me God. I thought I would share with you what this experience has been like because i) I really wanted to write a post ii) I love reading this kind of posts. 

I am doing a chemistry masters so, obviously, my dissertation was chemistry related. Whilst, I don't want to go into the details of my actual research I basically spent about 6 months working in a research group and then spent about a month writing about my findings. 

Starting the report was the hardest part, there were so many things on my mind I had no idea where to start or how to structure them. So I would definitley recommend writing down a list of topics you want to cover (which i did not do but should have, so learn from my mistakes). I did start my write up very very very early on - probably a bit too early even. No one needs 5 months to write a science dissertation, but I guess it's better to start too early than too late.

However, up until the last few days before my deadline, it didn't really feel like it was that big of a deal. Considering it was almost 40% of my year, I thought I would feel more stressed. The pressure only really kicked in about a week before my submission deadline, when I honestly lived for journal papers and Excel. 

I honestly think that if none of my friends had been going through the same experience as me I would have had several mental breakdowns; but I am a bit weird and I usually end up having the most fun during stressful periods. Exam week? I have the time of my life. So this was no different. (Don't get me wrong, I still had a few minor mental breakdowns but nothing out of the norm).

The night before my deadline I was honestly hysterically laughing with my friends, no one would have been able to tell I was stressed as hell inside. Even though this could also be because I was starting to become a tiny bit delirious. 

If I wasn't the perfectionist stubborn person that I am, I would have probably finished my report about three days before my deadline. But I went over my finished dissertation at least 10 times. I proofread the shit out of that document, I could literally write it all again word by word. This was honestly the worst part of the entire process. It made my brain die a little every time I read the same paragraph over and over again making sure there were no typos.

And would it really be a dissertation without a few panic attacks? My heart stopped in a few occasions, like when I literally deleted my ENTIRE dissertation by accident but thank god I wasn't dumb enough to empty my trash so I was able to recover it; or when my Excel decided to make ALL of my spreadsheets 'corrupt' for some strange reason and I thought I had lost all of my data two days before the submission date. But I survived. 

Was it easy? Absolutely not. Was it hard? Definitely not as hard as the Internet makes it seem. Whilst, obviously, a lot of effort went into that report and I worked hard in a lab for six months, spent endless hours analysing data and reading hundreds of papers, I do think dissertations are a bit negatively hyped up in a way. Yes, they are harder than most uni work, but you are also generally given more time and it is definitley doable if you want to do it. And, in my experience, there are significantly easier than exams. So, don't panic. 


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Friday, 19 May 2017

HOW TO GET NOTICED ON INSTAGRAM




Oh, Instagram - we all love this little app so much. I remember when I posted my first picture, it was a heavily edited photo of a room number: the room I had lived in for two weeks in summer boarding school.  Fast forward six years and now we all have themes, several apps to 'naturally' edit our photos that we have carefully taken making sure we look effortlessly fabulous. 

With so many accounts and great photos, it is hard to get noticed or to grow a following. And let's not even talk about keeping up with a theme. And whilst I am no Instagram expert and I most definitely am not Instagram famous, I have picked up a few tricks that can help you gain some followers and like with minimum effort. 

HOW TO GET FOLLOWERS


Let's start with followers. The easiest and less organic way of getting to the big numbers is buying followers, which I personally am not a fan of as the idea of paying to get your follower count up just sounds dumb to me. But to each their own. Personally I like to find cool people and follow them - this usually triggers some people to follow me back or other people who are in that niche to follow me too. Whilst, this is not going to get you thousands of followers, it takes minimum effort and you can also find some cool accounts! 

Another way of gaining followers is by using hashtags. I love hashtags, honestly. They allow you to be discovered by a lot of people and if you choose the right ones you can easily get featured in the 'top posts' for that hashtags, and therefore easily gaining likes as well as followers. I am planning on doing a separate post on which hashtags I use and all about hashtags basically. 

This is gonna sound very stupid but: follow people you know. If you know someone, either from school or because they're a friend's friend, and you follow them they are very very likely to follow you back. Unlike random people who have no idea about who you are and that are therefore less likely to hit that follow button, if that someone simply knows about you or has met you once I can assure you they'll most likely follow you too. 

HOW TO GET LIKES


Likes are far more easy to get than followers, because no one is going to unlike your photos (usually) but they might unfollow you later on. The most effective way in my experience is to use the right hashtags. They don't necessarily have to be the most popular ones, in fact, unless you're already big you might want to use less well-known hashtags so that your photo is visible for longer. For example, if you use the hashtag #wanderlust your photos is going to disappear from 'recent posts' pretty soon as A LOT of people use this hashtag. Also, because big accounts use it too it is going to be very hard to be featured on the 'top posts' section. 

You've probably heard it before: give and you shall receive. Well, Instagram is no different. If you like other people's photos you will probably also get some likes from them and maybe even a follow! 

Another way to get noticed and get likes is to comment on photos. This is more time consuming but it gets your name out there and if you comment something witty or interesting people are likely to click on your profile and stalk you for a bit - we are all stalkers at heart.

Are you a big fan of Instagram? Let me know in the comments! 


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A #GIRLBOSS ALL THE TIME




GIRLBOSSwoman in control, taking charge of her own circumstances in work & life. Someone who knows her worth and won't accept anything less. She is not a "mean girl" in fact, she hates "mean girls." She is empowering and inspiring to those around her. She kicks ass!

This is what a girlboss is according to Urban Dictionary (i.e. the most reliable source of information on the Internet). Let me begin by saying that I love how empowering this word is and that I encourage everyone who wants to be a girlboss to be one. 

Buuuut, today I want to talk about why 1) you don't have to be one and most importantly 2) you don't have to be one ALL the time. I think our generation is a generation of overachievers - we all want to be successful. We see all these incredible people on social media, living a life they love and, most importantly, being happy. They all talk about how they followed their dreams, how they worked their ass off day and night to achieve what they wanted.

I applaud that. I really do. 

I believe it is important to work towards your goals - whatever they are, big or small. But it is as important to have some 'down' time, to have breaks, to not always have your shit together, to be stress-free. We are not machines or robots, we are human beings. And as human beings we cannot expect to always be on top of everything, life gets in the way and a lot of things are out of our control. 

The reason why I am writing this is because I have reached a  point where I feel like, unless I am working on my blog, my part-time job or university assignments, I am wasting my life away. This is probably because I have spent the last three years practically dying doing all my uni assignments and revising for exams. Now that I don't have such a packed and strict schedule I can actually chill some days, but I usually end up feeling too guilty and doing some work. After a few months I have realised that taking a day or an evening off (or even a weekend!), is not the end of the world. 

It may sound obvious to some of you, but I think I am not the only one who is used to being overworked and sometimes all you need is someone else to tell you that it is okay to chill. 

You don't have to be a girlboss all the time, because that's what makes you a real girlboss. 



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Thursday, 4 May 2017

10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY



It's incredible how quickly someone's mood can change, and unfortunately it is usually easier to go from happy to sad than the other way around. Today, I thought I would spread some positive vibes and share some things that can easily shift my mood.


  • An unexpected cute message from someone I care about
  • Running that extra mile on the treadmill
  • Waking up to ta sunny and warm day
  • Watching the rain hit the window from my bed
  • Never-ending chats with friends over coffee
  • Being complimented on my work
  • Making someone else happy
  • Planning a new adventure
  • Eating homemade food
  • Seeing a friend I haven't seen in ages


I am going to keep this post short and sweet and finish it off with one of my favourite quotes from the Harry Potter books:

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Albus Dumbledore



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Monday, 1 May 2017

SPRING ZARA & ASOS HAUL





I love fashion, fashion loves me but my bank account hates it. 

I swear every time I place an order online (who even shops in stores anymore) my heart stops for a second, that guilt feeling invades my body and I consider cancelling it but then I think how fab I would look in that dress and move on with my life. 

I must say, though, every item shown in this haul does actually have a purpose and I have a legit reason to buy it. I promise. 

Let's start with my most recent purchase: this faux leather bag with flower embroidery which screams spring. I have been meaning to buy a new bag for over a year now, as I currently use my massive Longchamp bag for everything - from uni to weekend brunch. I decided to get this one because it is the perfect size, it's bigger than most shoulder bags which is perfect because I alway carry a lot of stuff with me. It was £30 on ASOS but unfortunately it is now sold out, sorry folks. 

Next, I got something I very very rarely buy: a jacquard skirt. I am a jeans kind of gal and the only times I wear dresses or skirts is when I have formal event (so like twice a year). I have my finalists' dinner coming up so I was in desperate need for something other than ripped jeans to wear and as the Spanish person that I am, I obviously went to Zara. What made me want to try on the skirt was the colours, I love the blend of blues and greens and the fit is also very nice! 

To pair with the skirt I got a cropped white blouse with some ruffles on the front (similar). Ruffles are literally everywhere now, walk into any Zara store and you will see two things: ruffles and flowery prints. I caved in.

Have you been shopping much recently? *wink wink*


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