Friday, 18 September 2015

Things You Learn When You Move In With Your Boyfriend

You learn an awful lot about a person once you start living together. Every weird habit, fart and annoying quirk is out in the open and quite frankly, it's a test of your relationship, but a good test. And I'm pretty sure the main test is for men, seeing if they can put up with living with us when we leave 5 half full cups of tea around everywhere. Well, I mean me.

Jamie and I


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

MY EXPERIENCE AS AN EXTRA ON TOWIE

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I lived in Essex for just over 2 years and during that time I worked and lived in Brentwood. I'd often see the TOWIE cast around, doing filming or posing for the paparazzi outside Sainsbury's that they called on themselves, so when I was asked to be an extra in the background of my work I said yes just for the experience as I was doing Media Studies at the time in college and wanted to see what an actual filming set was like.

First of all, if you're interested in knowing how to be a TOWIE extra then I don't really know. I don't think they take on many new extras now after something was exposed by a girl about the plot line for the upcoming series; I think they re-use a lot of the extras now. I would suggest looking at an extras website or a Facebook page for casting in Essex as they always need background nightclub extras as they don't film in actual clubs, they'll go when it's shut for the night and use background extras, as they did at my work. I never applied or asked for the experience, I simply did it to help out at my work place; I certainly never expected to get paid! 

There was A LOT of 'free time' when the crew weren't filming. I got out of work at midnight and they'd arrived at about 9:30. They set up more equipment than expected and it goes to show that everything you see on TOWIE is completely set up, there is no 'popping for fish and chips' on this show. I once thought it was a small camera crew following the cast around, but it's actually a hell of a lot of lighting, wires absolutely everywhere, a track for the camera to move across and more. I actually dropped a salt shaker really loudly during filming which was embarrassing, but hey ho, they ended up doing about 7 takes of every single scene anyway! 

Arg and Lydia were both very nice and chatty and I did film a talking scene with them (I took their order behind the till, haha) but that was cut, much to my mum's despair. During takes we chatted about my job and other stuff. Lauren kept to herself (I'm saying she's fairly stuck up in a polite way) but Lewis was lovely and spoke to me and my boss for ages (probably because it was so boring waiting around for the crew to set up a different camera angle!)

Overall it was a pretty cool experience, getting to see how the things were set up and done, but I don't think I'd do it again. The entire process went on from around 9ish to 12:30, which is a really long time for a scene that was on screen for about 5 minutes.....




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Thursday, 10 September 2015

4 HELPFUL TIPS THAT EVERY FRESHER SHOULD KNOW

September is the beginning of a new era for college students everywhere. Going to university is both exciting and equally as nail-bitingly worrying, so I thought I would give some little chunks of advice to the people going this year as I have been there and done that, and nothing is really as complicated as some people make it out to be. This may well be the millionth post from your frantic Google searches if you're worried about starting university; perhaps this will help you, or perhaps it will remind you not to spend your student loans on Wagamamas. Again. 


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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Why Is It So Hard To Get A Magazine Internship In 2015?

I've been wondering for some time how it is possible, that in a world full of creatives, the only people that manage to land an internship in certain sectors are people that know someone, or get incredibly lucky. As an example, Cosmopolitan gets thousands upon thousands of work experience placement requests every year. How can a young person wanting to get their foot in the door of this industry ever expect to get an internship when they're struggling to stand out in an e-mail inbox full of the same underlying question: Please give me a chance.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

11 Ways To Improve Your Rented Apartment WITHOUT Getting Evicted!

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Everyone at some point in their life struggles with the perils of living in rented accommodation. The annoyance of living with a weird green carpet in a uni house or dated sideboards in the flat you and your boyfriend live in can really start to make some people tick..

When you're in rented accommodation, try to make the most of what you have. Take a look at the space you have to work with and find the most cost-effective ways to make it yours. Sometimes you do have to suck it up and live with the green carpet in your uni bedroom but sometimes you can totally change something to make your Pinterest home board come to life. It's all about saving money for a mortgage at the end of the day so remember, even if your landlord does magically grant you permission to change worktops and put down laminate flooring, do you really want to spend all that money on a place that isn't yours? I've put down my top ideas into a list for you to read and hopefully this will help someone out there.


1. Your house will never look like a bloggers paradise. 
It's easy to look on Pinterest and wonder how these rooms are so perfect but the reality is that most of them have been photographed straight after being done up, ready to sell. Also, when your favourite blogger takes a photo of her desk, she's done a lot more than just snap a picture to make it look good. Take a took at where something is pinned from, usually it's Apartment Therapy or a similar website. You need to find a way to incorporate those ideas into a temporary space.

You're the one living there. Remember to make things work for you. Don't spend hundreds of pounds in Ikea because Sarah from bloggingbabe23.com has this amazing yellow chair and table set you just HAVE to have, even if it overpowers your entire bedroom.


2. White is fun. I promise. 
White reflects light and makes a room feel more airy and spacious. Most modern and new-build apartments have white walls as it's a neutral colour that can match almost any decor, and decor is key when you have white walls. Pops of colour and artwork on the walls make a room look totally different. If you're in a  rented accommodation that's a bit older, you can pick up paint pretty cheap these days and if you're painting a neutral colour, your landlord is likely to give permission as long as you make sure you do a tidy and neat job of it.

3. Sparking up your lighting. 
Lighting can be a huge issue in rented places. Sometimes bulbs can be very dim and make your bedroom feel like something from The Walking Dead. There are simple solutions for this. Super bright bulbs can be bought online for about £10, just make sure they fit.

You can buy some quirky lampshades to make your room less boring if you don't like a lightbulb hanging there being it's boring self, but these can dim a room quite a bit. If you're still not satisfied with your lighting, You can grab a great looking lamps for under £20 these days and are so ignored in the decor world but there are so many amazing designs out there and you just need to search for them.

4. Wall decor shopping is more fun than buying clothes (maybe)
There are relatively cheap photo frames you can buy from places like Wilko and Homebase, and Etsy sell some beautiful and unique prints. Hanging pictures makes a place look so much more put together. Having plain walls can make a place feel sterile.

Photos and art can really define a boring white bedroom as yours. Get a friend to help you put up artwork as sometimes you can't see how crooked a photo is until someone else points it out. Use a level if you are going to struggle, or live on your own and need artwork up asap to channel your inner Blair Waldorf. If your landlord doesn't allow for wall fixtures there are stick-back ones that don't damage paint you can use for light frames or canvas'.

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5. Rugs exist for a reason...
You can grab a rug for £20 these days and they can make a big difference over a dusty old carpet or boring wooden floor. Take a look on Pinterest for some inspiration, but don't just buy a faux sheep rug because your favourite blogger has it. Maybe a grey rug would look better with your white floor. You can buy long rugs for hallways, and even buy a decorative doormat. Geometric rugs look especially good on plain floors. Rugs are best bought online from stores on eBay or Amazon as they are way cheaper than stores and shipping costs are generally included in the price.

6. Don't clutter.
If you have a stack of boxes in the living room you've been 'meaning to recycle' or a suitcase in the corner of your bedroom with junk in it, it's going to make you feel cluttered. Do you need that suitcase? Is it going on holiday anytime soon now that you're paying stupid a amount of rent to live in the city? If not, get rid of it. Give it away on Gumtree or even sell it. Don't store junk around, because it will make your room feel cluttered.

7. Instant worktops are cool and can be used for more than blog pictures.
Instant and sticky back worktop sheets have become pretty popular with bloggers for backgrounds, but using them for their real use can really add an element of luxury to a rented kitchen. They are so easy to stick down and can cover up a dated worktop in minutes. You can pick up a 2m roll of faux marble or granite for £5 here.

8. Kitchen decor is more than just bread bins.
Leaving your kitchen boring and plain is not the way to go. If you're strapped for cash, make your space look put together within your kitchen utensils. Hang some colourful or fun looking silicone utensils for a great pop of colour or buy some worktop granite slabs, they make the space look more put together. You can grab the slabs in the B&M store for £5!

9. Your bathroom doesn't have to be boring!
Most rental bathrooms are small with not much space for storage so every detail counts. Add a shower caddy and make sure to put on some door hooks for towels and bath robes. If you can't whack a nail into your door, buy some stick on or suction hooks. They're not pretty, but can paint them if you really hate the plain style. Available here for £1.50.

10. Plants aren't hard to look after.
Plants are one of the cheapest ways to make a room look so much more lively. They're an easy way to bring some colour into a room, especially if you choose an unusual succulent. Cactus' are a great choice because they require hardly any looking after, they are relatively cheap too and sometimes even flower! You can pick plants up at Ikea and Homebase for as little as £3!

11. Clothing racks save space and look chic
Clothing racks aren't just for car boots anymore and they're way cheaper than a wardrobe. At £30 for a basic sized one, you're saving a lot of money. They also save so much space in a bedroom and you can line up your shoes underneath. Most of them are totally transportable and you can take them apart and put them back together within 5 minutes. Great for while you're at uni too if you have more clothes than you know what to do with.


The best stores for homeware and decorating:

Tiger - This store is one of the cheapest and best quality stores to buy home stuff from. They do little colourful rugs for £3, cute candles.. They don't sell online though so it's pretty much whatever you find in store, that's what you get. It's pretty easy to get carried away and buy junk like a £4 mini shopping trolley though, so I tend to skip these novelty sections and walk round the other way, straight to the candles and home items.

Dunelm Mill -  This is a fabulously affordable store! They sell bedding, cake tins, bathroom accessories, the list is endless! They do some nice furniture too, if you like a classic look. I love this store and could spend hours in there!

Homebase - Great for succulents when you're not near an Ikea store. They also do some good lamps and sell a range of products like paint and decorating tools.

Wilko - This store isn't everywhere but you can buy online, unlike Tiger. They do really cheap homeware, and seem to do everything from utensils to paint. It's a great shop with a  range of things. They do quite cheap cutlery and plates too, great for going to uni.

Primark - Some great bedsheets and super cheap candles and accessories for shelves, offices and bedside tables. It's all cheap as chips too so go and see what your nearest store has, chances are you'll be suprised. Primark has turned very Urban Outfitter-esque lately and has some great finds!

BHS - Expensive for what you get sometimes, but there are some great finds in here and some are pretty unique too. Just remember to shop around and see if you can get the thing you want for less before you spend money in there.

Homesense/TK Maxx  - You have to grab something while you see it in these stores as most of it is one off. The clearance sections can be really good in these stores for finding items that are so easy to fix or spruce up for as little as £2! Check it out and you'll be surprised.

B&M - This store is great for stuff like saucepans and random finds you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. I'd recommend it more for the boring things you have to buy for your flat or house but  it's still great to see what they have. They do some pretty cheap furniture and pillows as well.

H&M / ZARA - I've popped these two together as they both have pretty small homeware sections but are making a definite dent in the homeware world! H&M is a bloggers paradise, incorporating copper and marble most recently has proved to be a huge hit and I can't wait to see what they release next! Zara is more of a traditional style and has some beautiful lamps and decorations but unfortunately isn't cheap at all.

And lastly... IKEA! - It's not always the easiest place to get to, and you need a pretty huge car to fit all those flat pack boxes, but anything you buy here is great value and easy to put together. It's a good starting point for when you need basic furniture and they have such a huge range of products that you're bound to find something you love. It's all simplistic and fun, and they do several colours of everything. It's also a pretty fun place to go...


Shops I don't recommend buying homewares in:

Next - Most of prices aren't very purse-friendly and if I'm honest, the homewares you can buy in here can be found in shops like Wilko for less, or elsewhere online. It's pretty generic and nothing is unique that cannot be found elsewhere for £8 less.

Shabby chic stores - Sorry to say it, but most of the independent shabby chic stores around these days are way overpriced. I'm all for supporting local business', but when they want £400 for a dressing table, it's complete overkill. You can easily make your own shabby chic homewares if you look up tutorials and it's so cheap to do it. It's time-consuming, but worth it, and you can even sell these re-creations afterward when you're bored of them, after all, shabby chic is just worn out furniture painted pale colours!


What do you do to your space to make it 'yours'?




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