The Bag Search

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It suddenly dawned on me today that in a little under three months, I will be turning eighteen. For a few minutes I just kind of sat there, thinking about how weird it would be to finally be classed as an adult; about how I would be able to drink legally; and about how I would suddenly be free to do whatever I wanted. But then my sister was asking what I wanted for my birthday, what brilliant gift I wanted on my special day. And the dilemma commenced.

Did I want a car? Some wonderfully designer clothes? Just boring money? Oooh, or maybe a pretty piece of jewelry? The list was endless, but to be truthful, I didn’t really want any of those things. So I gave up, telling her that I just wanted a surprise.

However, later on that day, my sister came up with the perfect suggestion. A handbag. It was the perfect idea – something luxurious yet an essential part of everyday life. So I hugged her and, of course, told her what a wonderful sister she is sometimes. And then The Bag Search began.

Even now, I have no idea what type of bag I would like. There’s just so many factors to consider; shape, size, type, brand… Again, the list goes on.

But up to now, I have a short list to share with you;

Kate Spade
Mulberry
Dune
Ted Baker
Jack Wills

So now all I have to do is choose… a harder decision that I first thought.

.: Emily :.
xxx

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The leaves are falling – November Purchases

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I’m going to let you into the world of Emily’s purchases. I’ve not actually contained all of the things I bought this month in this post because there’s a lot (I was going back to college so I had an excuse!). But the pictures show some of my favourites.

First we have my Amazon purchases of the month. As you’ll probably come to learn, Amazon is my go-to place for books and DVDs. It’s super cheap, you hardly ever have to pay delivery, and who doesn’t want books delivered in the post?! It’s like Christmas has come early every time I open the parcels.
104 Things to Photograph is my kind of project for over this year. As its my last year in college – and next year I’ll be off to uni – I want to make some memories and I hope I’ll be inspired by some of the things in there. The second thing is Her Dark Curiosity, and that’s a sequel to this really great book called The Madman’s Daughter. It’s set in the past, and it’s everything a book needs to be; a mystery on an island, a beautiful romance, and a dangerous pursuit. I would definitely recommend! Finally, we have The Rehearsal, and to be honest, I don’t really have a clue what it’s about. One of my friends recommended it so I said I’d give it a go. I’ll let you know how it went.

In terms of fashion, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Next this month. Now, when I say obsessed… almost all of the clothes you see below are from there…

1 – This Black Playsuit is – yes, you guessed it – from Next. It’s a really nice fit and looks gorgeous with the silver Ted Baker belt and some heels I had bought for me for prom. I’ve bought it for my 18th; it’s comfortable, looks pretty good, and won’t fly up in the wind after I’ve had too much to drink!

2 – I’ve bought the Black and White Jumper, again from Next, as you can never have too much knitwear for cold Autumn days. It’s cosy without being too heavy and it looks really great with jeans or tucked into a skirt. The necklace I put with it is actually about three years old, but places like Topshop have got some that are really similar.

3 – This Red Lace Top (cough, Next again, cough) is my guilty pleasure of a purchase this month. I just couldn’t resist. It goes really well with any trousers and the lace feels really good quality. The Black and White Trousers are from Dorothy Perkins and were a bit of a risky buy – I don’t usually wear printed trousers because I HATE my legs – but I actually really like them. Paired with loafers and a thick coat, this outfit if perfect for a nippy Autumn day.

Thanks to everyone reading my blog! If you’d like to see more then please click to follow it and leave a comment below. What are your favourite buys this month? Any good new books out?

.: Emily :.
xxx

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Abbey life

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I’ve always loved going to see ruins of places; castles, abbeys, roman ruins. Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire has got to be one of my favourites; with its water gardens and beautiful lake, you can take a leisurely stroll along on a warm and sunny day. Even after a good few hours, when you’ve seen all of the ruins, the cafe is there to beckon you in with a delicious handmade ice cream or pot of steaming tea. Definitely one of the best days I’ve had in a while!

The picture below is of my sister, modelling one of my favourite skirts – yes, MY skirt, as she stole it that morning. But that’s sisters for you! I know, I know, you’re wondering when a picture of me will miraculously appear, but I will honestly post one soon… when I finally find one of myself that I actually like…

But for now I will leave you with some pretty pictures taken by moi! Comment below if you can recommend any other good ruins or castles to visit. Or even a cute little tea shop somewhere.

.: Emily :.
xxx

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Rain rain go away…

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As you can probably guess from the title of this post, I don’t like rain. I’m not sure that anyone does… unless they can stay indoors, wrapped up, without the threat of being sent outside. But that doesn’t happen much. No. Whenever it rains, my fate seems to have me needing to go out into it and get absolutely soaked. Typical! So what do I do when it rains?

Shop!!!!!!

I have literally been sitting here for the last few weeks, doing UCAS applications whilst ordering some kind of clothing from one shop or another. I’ve also been really ill over the last couple of days so I’ve been on the sofa, scrolling through the iPad apps and once again ordering clothes. The thing is, when I order things, unless it’s free delivery, I tend to have it delivered to the shop (because who wants to pay £4 every time you order something?!). And of course, that means I have to go outside…

… into the rain.

So now, I’m about to head outside to pick up some Next clothes and it’s absolutely tipping it down. All in the love of clothes… Wish me luck! And let me know in the comments below what you guys will be ordering this Autumn? Jumpers, hats, scarves, or maybe even bikinis for a Christmas getaway?!

.: Emily :.
xxx

P.S. On another note, the picture is a picture of Pippa, sad because it’s raining.

Signing off my life

This last week has been the most hectic I’ve had in a long time. I’ve had to finish my UCAS application – in which my personal statement was torn to shreds three times – and actually decide on a list of four universities I want to apply to. This might sound like a piece of cake, but for anyone else who has gone through this process, you’ll agree with me when I say; IT DEFINITELY IS NOT A PIECE OF CAKE! Now that it’s all done though, you would think that I actually have a little bit of time to relax before more hard work kicks in.

But that isn’t the case.

Now comes the US Common Application to fill in, along with the work I’ve not done whilst I’ve been filling out my UCAS application. I know, I know; I’ll stop moaning now. Rant over.

Deciding where to go to university hasn’t been an easy choice. Although studying medicine limits the universities to about 31 in total, the entrance requirements are all very similar, so it’s really been a matter of picking the prettiest places out there. I’ve picked two in Scotland and two down south (anywhere other than the North-West is absolutely fine with me!).

But then my number one out of all of them is Ireland! I am so determined to go and study in Dublin because it’s all a part of my heritage. I discovered over the summer that I am actually an Irish citizen; meaning that I will qualify for free fees (I know, crazy!!). Also, the accent is so so so so perfect and I love love love love it!

However, I also have the US to consider too – places like Yale and Harvard – but it’s just so damned expensive! Just to apply it’s going to be about $1000 dollars, and that isn’t including all of the entrance exams. See my problem? It just seems a bit pointless to apply when I’m so keen on going to Ireland.

So now all I can do is wait and see. Wish me luck!

.: Emily :.
xxx

Fairytales

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So yesterday I went on a walk with the dogs and my childhood dream was finally fulfilled. I finally found a toadstool like the ones in all of the fairytales. Not only one, but a big cluster of them! Now that I’m writing about it, it doesn’t really make a very exciting post, but I was so over the moon.

Okay, so I’m going to go all mythological on you now; fairy rings (not quite what I saw, but close enough) are said to be the result of a fairies and elves dancing, leaving behind toadstools in their stead. Some other myths say that it’s where the devil laid his milk churn, but I definitely prefer the fairy one.

On another note, this morning I woke up to be greeted with Autumn. A true October day blustered around outside my window and a shiver rattled through my body. I really really hate cold weather – the wind, the rain, the snow, the ice – and Autumn is just the start of Winter. However, there are some fun things that come with it. Here is my list of what I’m looking forward to this winter;

Cable-knit jumpers
Cosy bed-socks
Cups of tea
Crackling fires
Bonfire night
Halloween
Comfy trousers
Boots
Gloves and scarves
Snow
Walking in the snow
Sledging
More snow
My holiday to Crete (eeeeek!!)

.: Emily :.
xxx

Sentimentality

Okay, so couple of weeks ago I received my AS Level results. Now I know what you’ll all be thinking; you did really well, stop moaning! But hear me out. I am hoping to study medicine next year, which obviously means that I need A grades or better. My grades were AAAAB – with the B being in Biology. I know, I know, STOP MOANING EMILY! I’ll probably be fine, but then again, I might just have ruined my chances. However, I’ll stop complaining and get on to what this post is really about.

This week I haven’t really been doing much, but I have been rearranging all of my things. The picture is of my necklace collection and I’m going to write the stories behind some of them.

The silver locket was a present from my grandmother. Unexcitingly, I don’t have a picture in it yet, but I like to think that the real memory is in the giving of the necklace. It’s one of my favourite possessions and I probably wear it too much, but I honestly don’t care.

The little Pandora bag on the necklace was a gift from my dad. I had asked for a charm for my birthday, to go on my bracelet, but with my dad being Dad, he got one of the only charms in the shop that would not fit on. *sigh* I couldn’t bring myself to tell him though, so I went ahead and bought a chain for it to go on, and I think it looks really pretty.

The other pieces of jewelry on there don’t really have a big story behind them, but they’re pictured because they’re what I wear most. I hope you like them – let me know in the comments below. Also, do you have a piece of jewelry you couldn’t live without? Or maybe a family heirloom passed down to you?

.: Emily :.
xxx