Since the academic year has recently started I thought I'd do a quick post to share some tips that I used or wish I knew at the time! I often found myself feeling pretty prepared and motivated at the start of the year but hopefully, some of these will help that to continue all year round, or more at least!

Attitude and Behaviour

Put in the effort now - when you get further into the year you'll thank yourself for putting in the time to learn everything properly, especially when it comes to revision as you'll already have materials to look back at.
> Mistakes are good - it can be disheartening when you make mistakes or don't get the feedback you hoped for but learning from them is a really productive and useful way to help improve.
> Strengths and Weaknesses - everyone has things they are better at and things they may struggle with, finding that out now and setting time aside to focus on the things you find harder will help reduce stress. You could also study w…


Sorry for the delay with this post, I've been pretty busy! This year is going so quickly that I completely missed the August favourites but  I have probably been loving most of the things I'm going to talk about today across August and September anyway!

Food - Last week my boyfriend and I celebrated being together for 3 years by going out for a meal at our local Indian restaurant. As a result their Chicken Tikka Masala, my personal favourite from their menu has found it's way into my favourites this month. It's honestly so good that we always go back (I have the pictures to prove it!!) and it has a chilled atmosphere which makes it great for smaller or larger groups of people.

Drink - In order to try and hold on to that last remaining bit of summer I have been enjoying Costa's Fruit Coolers - well the mango and passionfruit one to be precise! I am so glad my little town has a Costa because this drink so refreshing when the sun it out! Plus the designs on their cups are always fab!! Sadly now we are in Autumn I don't think this is as apt, however you can't beat a good hot chocolate!

Music - I've been trying to get into running recently and it was going quite well for a bit when the weather was nice but admittedly I have appeared to hit a wall right now so need to get back into it! However something that did keep me motivated was Andrew Applepie's music. They have the perfect tempo for running and will definitely remain in my playlist whenever I get back on track! My favourites are 'I'm So' and 'Secrets' - have a listen to them below! 

App - I've had Pinterest for years now but I've recently started using it more frequently because I wanted to get some inspiration for some new recipes. I am a real food lover and wanted try out some new things and the app is great for keeping all of these in one place. If you don't have an account then you should reconsider, especially if you're starting new projects or want some inspiration.

Beauty - This Summer I wanted to lighten my hair, just for a bit of change as I had never done anything to my natural colour before. I decided to use the Bleach London balayage kit, as I didn't want a drastic colour change. I did it once at the start of summer and then again in September (hence why it is in my September favourites!) just to lighten it a little more and I was really pleased with the outcome. It was pretty easy to use and I have had no experience with any hair products so most people would get along fine with it. Also what I was most pleased about was the fact that it didn't turn my hair a brassy tone like a lot of kits seem to do. 'Balayage' is essentially the new 'ombre' and for anyone wanting to experiment I'd definitely recommend buying the Bleach London kit, I got it for £8!
Here is a before and after of my hair!

TV/Netflix show - I couldn't not mention the new 'Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father' series that is currently on Netflix. I have always been a fan of Jack and the combination of him and his Father, Michael (or Mike as we now know him, once you've seen it you'll understand!) is beyond hilarious! They travel through Southeast Asia on a 'gap year' and I don't think I stopped laughing throughout the 6 episodes! If you haven't seen it, please check it out!

Hope all is good with everyone, Happy October! x


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