Warner Bros Studios | Is The Harry Potter Tour Experience Worth It?!

14 May 2019



At the beginning of 2019, I ticked off one of the top things from my bucketlist - to visit the Warner Bros Studios and experience a Harry Potter tour in the UK. I've been lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter World in Universal, Orlando; however, I really wanted to visit the Warner Brother Studios in Watford because it holds some of the most amazing sculptures, costumes and more from the films. Growing up, the Harry Potter books and films were a huge part of my childhood - I was maybe too obsessed, collecting all of the merchandise, roaming the streets with a broom and wand and finally, owning a bloody cauldron?! Seriously. I was a little obsessed kid when it came to Harry Potter so I become very nerdy whenever I attend something wizarding-world related!

Anyway, myself and my best friend, Hattie, booked tickets for early January to treat ourselves after the Christmas exams. We were extremely excited and were fortunate enough to experience Hogwarts in the SNOW!! We had no idea until we reached the venue, best surprise ever! I thought I'd write a little review of my time there - telling you all whether I'd recommend spending your hard-earned money on this tour or whether to just stick to binging the films on a Sunday afternoon.




If you don't want any spoilers of your trip, I'd suggest skipping this post until after your visit because I will probably talk in detail about all my favourite elements of the Studios. Before starting the tour, we were given a little talk by one of the amazing staff members, seated as if we were about to watch one of the movies ourselves. After a few minutes, the screen unveiled the incredible Great Hall door - the theatrics were amazing and I was so excited to walk through the doors. I was literally such a little nerd smiling away to all of the intricate details - the Christmas touches were an extra bonus too! The food on the tables included Christmas puddings and there was a gorgeous Christmas tree at the top of the hall. 




After being overly excited from the first section of the tour, Hattie and I roamed all of the amazing set, costumes, props and other amazing items from the Harry Potter films. I literally adored seeing everything with my own eyes; it was like I was honestly living my childhood fantasy. The tour groups are designed very intelligently so it never gets overcrowded in an area. We took our time, there was absolutely no rush and we could stroll around reading all the cool information about the pros/set/etc.





One of the general standouts from my trip was definitely the interactive side to it all. There were green screens, moving sets and fun things for both myself and younger kids (haha!) to participate in to make the trip extra entertaining. We even tried some magic to levitate our own broomstick! I couldn't stop smiling as we ventured around the studio.





The layout of the place was a wonderful choice, in my opinion. All of the favourite destinations were planned towards the end so you left feeling incredibly happy and fulfilled with your time in Harry Potter world. Hogwarts in the snow was so stunning, Diagon Alley was super cool and the new Forbidden Forest that Hattie hadn't been to yet was very fun. I cannot wait to return in the future to see all the amazing additions they keep working on to get customers back! I've heard Gringotts is now there and I'm desperate to head back in the near future. Before heading home, we couldn't resist buying some merchandise haha. Check out the video I created from our day if you want to see all of these photos come to life and what we ended up buying HERE.

Have you ever been to the Warner Bros Studio? Do you love HP as much as me?

Lots of love 

The Best Graduation Dresses 2019

10 May 2019


Getting glam for an event is something I absolute adore - styling my hair, applying a fresh, glowing layer of makeup and choosing the perfect outfit for the occasion. Somewhere I adore shopping for big events and occasions is Quiz - their incredible dress range includes stunning prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and lots of wedding guest appropriate dresses. Personally, I would opt for Quiz when looking for a graduation outfit; their style is sleek, sophisticated and oozes class. It will be my graduation next year, as I'm currently finishing my second year at university, so I've already been eyeing up the perfect dress for the occasion. I thought I'd pop this post together to share with you my top 5 favourite dress picks that I'd love to pull off next year when graduating.



My Top 5 Quiz Dress Picks

Lemon Off Shoulder - For me, graduation will be held within the summer season; therefore, I've opted for five gorgeous, light coloured dresses to suit the occasion perfectly. This lemon, off-shoulder number is super simple, yet screams elegance. I love the way the material hangs off the model's body and the leg slit is extremely flattering. Paired with some dainty gold jewellery and some perspex heels, this outfit would be ideal for graduation.

Lilac Lace - My next favourite is this heavenly lilac dress with laced detail on the straps and upper body. The contrast in textures on this dress is what made it stand out to me. The scalloped hem clings to the chest area like a dream and I just find the overall fit of this lilac dress very flattering. Lilac is the colour of summer 2019 so I can imagine a lot of people will be opting for this dress for prom, weddings, graduation and many other special events.

Pink Peplum - If you're one to avoid wearing a dress for special occasions but still want to look glam, I'd definitely recommend trying this pink peplum dress. The style makes the dress appear almost like a two-piece. A peplum top with gorgeous floating material at the waist (very flattering on the figure) and a delicate pink skirt. The material looks high quality and the style of this would be ideal for my perfect graduation dress - a figure hugging, pink coloured garment.

Blue Bardot - If you're looking for a pop of blue, this blue bardot number is sweet, elegant and beautiful for your graduation day. The slightly off-the-shoulder straps paired with the fishtail style instantly made this dress appeal to me. The light blue is so pretty for the summer months, so if you have a summer graduation day, this dress is the one for you!

Nude Showstopper - Finally, if you love making a statement and want everyone at your graduation to be looking at you...this has to be the SHOWSTOPPER of all the Quiz dresses. I'm honestly in awe at the drop sleeves, ruched front and sparkles all over. If you have an event coming up where you want to make jaws drop, wear this! The model literally looks unreal and I'd love to be able to pull something like this off at my graduation next year.

Which is your favourite out of the five dresses I picked? Do you ever shop at Quiz for dresses?

Lots of love


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This post is in collaboration with Quiz Clothing; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Sky Garden | Free Things to Do in London

24 April 2019



A few months ago my boyfriend and I managed to secure a spot at the wonderful Sky Garden in London. We fancied a cheap day out (ugh student life) doing something different and that we'd both thoroughly enjoy. We love visiting new places, admiring views and it's always an extra bonus for us if it's FREE!! When I popped to London for a lovely weekend in between university stress, we booked an afternoon slot for the Sky Garden, located on Fenchurch Street. This whole blog post is dedicated to our experience because I feel like this location is extremely underrated and not talked about enough considering its beauty, affordability and a nice place to clear your mind. 




MY TOP TIPS

So my number one tip for going to the Sky Garden would definitely be to book in advance - tickets sell super quickly, probably because you don't have to pay, so make sure you're pro-active and book in advance. You can only book a few weeks in advance so if you want to make sure you definitely get a booking, then check every single day for slots. I'd definitely go during the afternoon again because of how bright the building was; it filled me with a creative buzz and was a lovely light to view the beautiful city. The only other tips I'd have is to try booking on a day that you know will be sunny or fog-free. Unfortunately, we didn't check the weather regularly and ended up going when it was extremely foggy. However, we still managed to see a great distance so I'd still suggest you don't cancel the trip. We had a wonderful time and could still gaze at the views for hours. Ultimately, the best time to go would definitely be a weekday if possible - this way you will avoid the busy weekend crowds and enjoy the experience in the best way. We went up on a weekday in the afternoon which was the perfect time - super relaxing and not very busy at all. 




If you fancy a bite to eat or something to drink, do not fear. Indulge in the wonderful food facilities that are available in the Sky Garden - there are perfect places for brunch or dinner dates, as well as a fun family trip or something for the road. The bakery goods looked delicious but we were trying to save our money so we didn't purchase. However, I will for sure be picking up a muffin or cookie next time we go. The prices weren't too expensive either - they probably equate to similar costs you see in your local Starbucks/Costa/coffee shop. I have no idea how pricey the restaurant was but I'm certain I want to go for a cute date night one evening. I think the views would be gorgeous at night - seeing the lights turn on across the city would be amazing to watch.

Overall, this experience was a 10/10 for me. I found it super calming, the greenery was my aesthetic and I personally believe it is one of the best, and very few, cost-free things to do in London. 

Where have you been that was amazing but didn't cost a penny? Where are your favourite places to visit in London?

Lots of love

The BEST App For Productivity!

23 April 2019



"WILL POWER HAS A NEW FRIEND" 

Something I've been desperate to share you with you guys is this new app I'm using. And no, this isn't a sponsored post. I'm just OBSESSED with how enlightening this app is and fits in with my mini resolution of staying off my phone for longer periods of time. HOLD is an app, originating in Norway, for higher education students which has now moved to the UK to help all of us British students out! Staying off your phone for twenty minutes (and more) helps you accumulate points to trade in for rewards. Who knew that spending hours off your phone could lead you to freebies, vouchers and discounts for your favourite activities/brands?!


If you fancy downloading HOLD, you can use my INVITE LINK HERE. This takes you swiftly to downloading the app so you can get started on collecting your points, staying focused and resulting in happiness from the amount of work you've accomplished in time that you would have wasted, distracted on your mobile device. I've currently collected over 200 points, which correlates to over 20 hours of productivity; I honestly feel so refreshed and enlightened. My mind is focused for longer periods of time when I don't have my stupid phone distracting me from my university studies. I get a larger quantity of work done, work for longer periods without taking small breaks to check my notifications and feel a lot more relaxed having less screen time.


If you are also looking to boost your productivity, stay motivated for longer hours and get that assignment finished way before the deadline is due, then you have to download this app. I cannot recommend it enough and will continue to use it throughout exam season. My stress levels have definitely decreased and I'm sure I'll see many more improvements in my mood, mental health and motivational levels the more I use HOLD on a daily basis. Let me know if you end up downloading the app so we can challenge each other to get the most points!! I'm the most competitive gal on the planet so challenge me...

CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM BECAUSE I'M GOING TO BE HOSTING AN EXCITING GIVEAWAY WITH HOLD WHERE YOU CAN WIN FOOD SHOP VOUCHERS TO SAVE ON YOUR NEXT FOOD SHOP!! 

Have you downloaded the app? Do you feel like you spend way too much time distracted on your phone?

Lots of love

Choosing The Right University For You...

1 April 2019



When you are thinking about going to uni, there are a lot of things that you are going to have to
consider. One of the most important, of course, is the university itself. The last thing you want is to
end up in a place which you are unhappy with, or which you feel is not going to provide you with the
best possible education. It is helpful if you have some strong idea of what kind of qualities you would
hope to find in such an institution, as that will help you to make your decision much more easily. This
blog post I'm going to tell you my favourite qualities that I feel you should consider when choosing
the best, most ideal university for you!

Plenty Of Extra-Curricular Opportunities

For me, university was much more than just adoring the course itself. You also want to make sure that
you are going to make the most of whatever else there is on offer, and this is one of the first things
you might look into when you are choosing your perfect uni. There should be plenty of extra-curricular
options which you can join, support and embed into your free time. Socialising has made university
so enjoyable and relieving for me so I'd definitely recommend it. If you are into sports, you will want
to look into the best universities for sports, for instance. Alternatively, if you enjoy theatre and dance
like me, you could find a university that offers those societies. As long as your interests are catered
for, there is no reason you shouldn’t enjoy your time at university a lot more. You could even push
and challenge yourself to join something you've always wanted to try, who knows? You might fall in
love with it!

Great Teaching

To be honest, the teaching itself is the most important thing; you should definitely look into whether
or not a particular university offers good teaching in the first place. This can vary from course to course
but there are a lot of ways that you can discover this. One of the best is to simply look at the league
tables, which are ultimately just an indication of what kind of level of teaching you can expect to
receive from any given university. The better the professors, the more likely it is that you will get the
kind of education you really want, so make sure that you have looked into this as soon as possible in
order to find the best uni for you. Although I don't personally believe that the league tables mean
you'll end up with a better job than someone at a university 'higher' than yours. Attend the university's
open day, speak to lecturers that you'll potentially have, chat to current students and find out if they
seem knowledgeable in their field of expertise - if it all seems good, go for it!

Accommodating Atmosphere

The way you feel when you are on campus is hugely relevant too, which is why it is quite so important
to go to an open day and check it out for yourself. You need to make sure that you are actually happy
with how you feel when you are on campus, otherwise you will find it much harder to feel comfortable
when you're walking around and working at university. This is hugely important for your mental health
and having the best possible experience doing your degree. Find a university that has a great and
accommodating atmosphere, especially in the areas you will spend most of your time in. Therefore,
make sure to visit the library, lecture theatres and the student's union to see how you feel.

What qualities do you look for in your ideal university? What is most important to you?

Lots of love

Mental Health Diaries | 6 weeks on Anti-Depressants

30 March 2019



If you are new to the blog or my life on social media, you may not know that I have been suffering with depression. I was finally diagnosed in December, despite knowing I haven't felt my normal self for so many years. I'd been rejected from the doctors, told to smile by those around me and a counsellor even told me to try being positive in order to improve my depression. I've been through so many ups and downs throughout my childhood in terms of mental health and FINALLY found a solution that has benefited me in the most amazing ways possible. I wrote my first mental health diary post a couple of weeks ago if you want to read these in order (read that here) but if you just want to join now, I'm going to be discussing the effects of anti-depressants on my mental/emotion/physical health over the past six months of being on them.


The Taboo

Starting medication is always viewed as negative - family members and the media always seem to neglect anti-depressants, or only view them as the last resort. In some cases, including my own, it usually is the last resort because doctors and counsellors usually sway you to make other decisions first before beginning medication. However, after trying all these methods that did nothing more than make me more depressed, deflated and helpless, I knew that this had to be the next step for my own wellbeing. Don't get me wrong, I know SO many people that have managed to recuperate from methods such a CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and yoga/meditating/exercise, so I'm so saying these are all useless. I just knew that they weren't helping me whatsoever - I've tried them all so many times over suffering with my illness over the past 5 years and nothing ever worked.

The Side Effects

Anyway, I began taking Sertraline daily since the beginning of February. My doctor told me that 6 weeks is usually the period where the medication hits its peak, essentially where it starts settling in to your bodily system and you usually notice a difference (if it's working for you). I'm currently on the smallest dosage they give, which I'm content with, as I knew it was appropriate due to the millions of side effects I'd researched. My lovely doctor had warned me to look up the side effects and check them out before I officially began; I searched the web thoroughly and was more than happy to go ahead. I also know a number of people in my life that I'm super close to and who were on the tablets too, which was another great way of researching how the medication had affected those around me.

To be honest, I regard myself super lucky with the side effects I've encountered. Nothing has been extremely inconvenient, painful or disruptive to my everyday life. The only three symptoms I received in the first two weeks of taking sertraline were: low sex drive, vivid dreams and light-headedness. Although I'm not a doctor, I feel like I also suffered a little with 'emotional bluntness', which I read about online and described how I felt perfectly (but I'm not going to self-diagnose!!). Anyway, the thing that seriously made me worry prior to the side effects were the dreams. I've suffered with lack of sleep for well over a year now and I didn't want anything else to negatively contribute to my dire sleeping pattern. However, the sertraline has calmed my anxiety HUGELY, alongside boosting my dopamine and serotonin levels; thus, I was able to sleep inexpressibly better than before. I have not felt more like myself since starting these tablets - my life has improved in a matter of one month and I'm absolutely thrilled.


The Result

Prior to starting my medication, my mental health was at its worst and I was diagnosed with depression. I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt genuinely happy - possibly when I was about 11/12 years old - but since then I have definitely struggled with a variety of mental health issues. Persistence has been my key to getting the results I needed to help support my mental wellbeing - I tried doctor after doctor, method after method, to try and get my happiness back. The only way that has worked for me has been antidepressants and I cannot be more grateful for them. Do not worry, I won't be relying on them for my entire life. Those close to me were worried about the addictive effect of antidepressants but I can assure you that the regular check ups with my doctor, and the thorough appointments I have with her, she will know exactly when it's fine for me to become independent again. This journey has been great so far and all I want to do is let others know that poor mental health is only temporary - you can change the way you feel and there are so many options to try to get your life back on track. I'm always a message, DM or phonecall away (no matter if you are a stranger, follower, friend or relative of mine).

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and you're all doing well.

Lots of love


The Money Saving App Every Student NEEDS!

26 March 2019



Being a student, most of us cannot help but worry about money 24/7. Myself and all of my friends probably talk about how little money we have in our bank accounts at least 3 times every SINGLE D A Y. Despite having a good budget in place, sometimes there are terms at university that make it very difficult to survive without popping into the overdraft. Even though we have endured many a struggle money-wise, I have managed to find an incredible app that can help you and many others save as much money as possible when spending money in your local city, at your favourite cafe or buying gifts for an upcoming occasion. 

LoyalFree is an app that has recently made its way into my life and I honestly wish that I'd discovered it sooner. The app intelligently connects to your location and brings all of the offers available in your area into one place. You can access deals/codes for local restaurants, cafes and other services (i.e. discounted gym memberships) from your city, making it super easy to save some of your pennies. Student life can be a struggle so now that I have this app, I can always check to see if there are better alternatives to opt for, in order to help me save that extra cash!



One of my favourite features about the app is that you can earn rewards by collecting stamps - just take a photo of the LoyalFree bar code in your favourite stores and receive a stamp! They also have a section on the app that is dedicated to local/surrounding events - this has made me aware of all the amazing things that are going on in my city within the next couple of months that I had NO idea about! There is a Lincoln Street Food Festival this weekend and I'm super excited to go - if I didn't have the app, I would honestly have no idea because it hasn't been advertised anywhere in my city centre. LoyalFree also have a 'trails' section which I think is a wonderful idea; for instance, it has collated all the amazing places in Lincoln that are dog friendly! This means you can plan your day in advance, knowing which places allow dogs to join you if you haven't got a dog sitter or want to take your pooch out for the day.


Finally, I look at the LoyalFree app as a tour guide. If you've never been to a city or town before, you can hop on the app and find a map of where you are. You can be guided to places that offer amazing deals and discounts, you have access to opening times and contact numbers for restaurants if you fancy booking at table. It even has a section to find nearby parking, which is extremely useful for drivers like myself when travelling to a new place.

Here are some images of LoyalFree happiness in Lincoln: 



Overall, I am absolutely thrilled that I have this app in my life and I am now able to save so much money when I'm out socialising with my house mates, going out for a drink or shopping for my weekly essentials. This app is super convenient - holding all your deals and stamps in one places. Let me know what you guys think of the app and don't hesitate to download it here...it's FREE:

DOWNLOAD LoyalFree HERE



Have you heard of LoyalFree before? Will you be downloading the app?

Lots of love


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This is a paid collaboration with LoyalFree; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Surviving Uni by Building Your Independence...

23 March 2019


Making the move to uni is challenging, often in ways that you might never have expected. As excited as you might have been to leave your family home; when you find yourself out there, loneliness and a fear can set in. If you’ve never relied on yourself so much before, it can quickly feel overwhelming. Today, I'm going to have a chat and give you guys a few tips on how to build the independence that can help you survive university.


Put a budget in place

Learning a little financial dependence should be the first step, simply because it’s so important. A lot
of first-time students away from home get into debt simply because they don’t know how to manage
their finances, so they take out credit cards and dip into their overdraft, putting themselves at some
risk. Look at these tips for managing your student income and put together a weekly budget so you
always know how much you have and how much you’re spending. Think about food shopping,
washing your clothes, socialising and some extra cash for a treat!


Get organized with your time

You have a lot more responsibilities when you move from home. Not only do you have to study, you have to take care of your living space, make time for socialising, do all your own shopping, and so on. Top Universities offers some practical advice on getting more organised and learning how to better use your time that’s worth looking at.


Consider moving out of halls

The university halls can be a great place to live and a great way to make friends, but if you want to
become more independent, it might be worth taking a look at other accommodation. With sites like
Mighty Student Living, it’s easy to find shared accommodation. Simply put, having your own home or
apartment that you have to manage yourself can teach you what it’s like to live on your own or with
housemates, while halls can still feel like a managed experience with less responsibility.


Find your own interests and hobbies

While in high school, it’s easy for most of your time to be dominated by schoolwork, hanging with your
friends, doing chores, and being a part of the school club. As you grow up, you have to find how to
make good use of your own spare time. Avoid boredom and frustration with sites like Meetup that can
help you find all kinds of local hobbyist groups and find yourself a passion to make good use of what
extra time you have.

Don’t be afraid to call home

Feeling homesick is not a sign that you’re not cut out to be an independent young adult. It simply
means you miss your family, your hometown, and the comforts of life that aren’t as near anymore.
Don’t try to ignore that feeling, fight homesickness by getting in touch once and awhile. A familiar
voice over the phone can offer the support and relief you need, helping you face your new life.


If you’re truly struggling to cope, it’s worth looking into what mental health assistance your university
can offer. The vast majority of people deal with depression and stress at one time or another, even if
they don’t show it. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, it’s an effective way to find the strength
to cope.

How have you built your independence?

Lots of love

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