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Fashion Statements

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”-Coco Chanel

I am writing this post in the dead of night before getting up at 2am to take my sister to the airport; is this a good idea? We’ll see. It was started in one of those eureka I thought of that moments, that  moment where  no matter how much you jot it down in your trusty planning notebook it needs to be started. That’s where I’m left, starting a post on an idea I am quite passionate about, I have no idea if I’ll finish it before I need to sleep but we will have to see.

Fashion has always been a place of self-expression and opinion, it has always been a place to demonstrate your loves and style. Bearing this in mind and the current political discourse that encompasses the globe; I thought a post of showcasing your political beliefs through clothing was needed more than a written f**k you to President Trump. After all, why shouldn’t you showcase all your passionate thoughts and feelings through your wardrobe? These aren't necessarily on trend but they are just small ways you can help causes if you wanted to show your views or support openly.

Making your halls a home

Saturday, 19 August 2017
Bedding and Cushion are from Dunelm

The next instalment in my university advice series isn’t about whilst you’re there, it’s the bit that comes before. You’ve collected your results, you have a place and now you need to prepare yourself for the big move to wherever you have gotten into. Choosing a theme for your room is hard enough, I mean most people I know want
ed a set colour scheme at least to brighten up the basic layout halls give you, here is a basic idea of of a room in Pooley house so you can plan ahead how much you wish to bring with you.

Tips to save money at university

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

This isn’t really relevant to me at the moment since I am on my summer break but come mid November with the need to buy Christmas presents looming I am fretting over finances. As a student, and a student in London, this isn’t too uncommon as everything is crazy expensive. Moving on from my financial status most of the year I thought a useful post for prospective university students was helpful ways to save money. Most of these things probably will seem trivial or obvious, but these are just some of the things you can do to budget and save in first year so you aren’t swimming in your overdraft by the summer.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Six Month Review

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Equipped with vouchers from Christmas I decided to venture into the realm of Too faced in my local Debenhams as for once I could afford another high end beauty palette. I originally had planned on getting one of the Naked Palettes as I already have a few Urban Decay eye shadows and lipsticks. In a post-New year mindset though I left my beauty comfort zone to try something new.

What Westeros wears

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Winter is coming, well not quite yet but autumn is soon especially with how the weather has been recently here. Weather musings aside, what summer has brought us is the latest series of Game of Thrones and it has not disappointed so far. Inspired partly by a post Abbeylouisarose wrote a few weeks ago where she created a Disney princess look book, I thought I would do the same for some of the women of Westeros.

The Castle Queen

Saturday, 5 August 2017
What I am wearing; Dress- H&M

Ah Versailles, the palace I have longed to visit since it appeared in a doctor who episode that aired when I was 7. Fast forward 12 years and the history student was still just as excited to visit, but to view the grandeur and the gardens. It also fulfilled the quota of a palace for my inner princess, although I think it’s a bit too much for my taste in housing.

I probably should have snapped a few more photos than I did for this post, but I loved Versailles so much that I wanted to write this anyway. (Apologies for the text to photo ratio.) The day started off beautifully, the sun shining with a break from the rain we had experienced so far on our trip. The weather was so beautiful for this small portion of the day that I managed to get sunburnt from standing outside for an hour, a reason why I should always remember sun cream.

Now due to this hour spent outside in the queue, I recommend you spend an entire day at Versailles just so you get to see everything the palace has to offer. Similar to most major attractions when you visit anywhere, there is quite a long queue to get in although it does move fairly quickly. This is a bit of a sidetrack, but like the Louvre, as I mentioned in this post, EU citizens under the age of 26 get free entry to the palace and gardens.

For taking outfit photos, obviously the gardens are the best location due to the natural lighting and gorgeous background they offer you. In the palace it is best to just take photos of the rooms on their own due to the sheer size of the crowd in most rooms. Obviously it would be lovely to get a photo in the hall of mirrors but bear the crowds of tourists in mind that will be in the background, it is flawless though. The hall is worth taking a snap of just as it encompasses the opulence that the palace is famed for and it has such a role in history. It’s where the Treaty of Versailles was signed sealing Germany’s fate following World War one; I was just too excited to be in such a historical place.

Once we finished in the house we sat in the gardens before getting ‘le petit train’ for €7.50 which is the quickest way to travel around them due to how they roll on for miles! The train also stops off at Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Grand Canal which are three of the most idyllic spots to snap those dreamy shots in the sun. Unfortunately for us it started raining soon after we left le Grand Trianon so I only managed to get a few outfit photos in that garden.

The grounds are stunning and you can even hire a rowing boat at the Grand Canal to feel even more like you’re living in a French dream! This is definitely a place to add to any list you have of attractions to hit when you visit Paris, there are some great shops on the walk from the train station to the ch√Ęteau as well which just add that little extra bit of magic to the day. The palace was fit for a king, but I can certainly say it would also suit a background for many photos of blogger queens! (I know that’s cheesy, but try not to judge me too much for it.)

A Disneyland Dream

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
I’ve wanted to do an outfit post for a while and I thought whilst looking at photos of my trip, what better way to create one than to mix fashion with one of my other favourite things? Disney.

I am a self-confessed Disney addict who longs to be a Disney princess so of course I was over the moon to visit Disneyland Paris as I’d never been before. Instead of writing a mini diary documenting what to do there, I thought it would be better to share what I think are the best places to get princess-worthy instagram shots.

What I am wearing:

Ears: Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary ears
Skirt: Primark

Cropped jumper: Zara (I can’t find a similar one as I bought it 2 years ago but it may be on ebay)
Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger received second hand

Shoes: New Look – SOLD OUT (Similar)

The Castle

It’s a given that if you visit any of the Disney parks, you’ll be after that coveted shot of you in front of the castle. The issue with everyone wanting this, is that there’s always going to be someone in the background of your photo if you want the castle in all its pink and blue glory. In Disneyland Paris there’s a small circular are to the side of the bridge towards the entrance to Maleficent’s cave that is perfect for these photos. The area isn’t straight in front of the castle, but it’s usually empty so you have plenty of time to pose and perfect your royal photoshoot.

Aladdin’s lamp

Near the meet and greet area for Jafar in Adventureland there’s a miniature set up of a few market stalls in Agrabah where the Genie lamp resides on a cushion, this area is brilliant if you want shots with other people. It’s probably best to visit here in the evening as we did since meeting the character time slots are long past, meaning minimal crowds. Again, with the fun set up you can play around a bit more since Disney kindly provide a prop any person wishes to own.

Cinderella’s carriage

Just behind the restaurant Auberge de Cindrillon lurks Cinderella’s carriage, a mode of transport I’d choose in a heartbeat over the latest Ferrari. Unlike the one in the London Disney store you cannot go in it, but you can take gorgeous photos pretending you are arriving at the ball. It was quite overcast the day we went to Disney so the seating area was empty, I can’t speculate how busy it would be on a nice day but it is worth finding this spot to see the carriage alone.

The wishing well

There’s a wishing well veering off of one of the paths in front of the castle that many people throw coins in, but due to foot traffic this one isn’t too quiet. The well in the Cindrillon restaurant courtyard has the fantasyland buildings in the background so in a way it looks like you’ve been papped in Belle’s provincial town. I think this was one of my favourite places out of the four I’ve listed, just, as it carried the most fairytale magic, although all of the locations are fun to play about with and create the best photos worthy of any princess.

 What do you think of my locations, if you've been to Disney land are there any places you love to take  photos at?