General | How I Prepare For The New Year

I know I always say it but I really don’t know where the year has gone, it’s really flown by and I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve tomorrow.

In preparing for the new year, there’s a few things I like to do building up to New Years Eve. One of the first things is a big clear out, I tend to clear out all my drawers, under my bed and my wardrobes. All my bags get sorted out and re-organised, my furniture in my room gets a little move around and I try to get rid of as much stuff as I can that I no longer need, use or want. I like to divide this equally into stuff to sell on Depop and stuff to give to charity. This is to make room in my wardrobe for new clothes that I want in the New Year and also to de-clutter my room, I do believe that living in a cluttered space will only clutter your mind.

I then have a huge phone and social media clear out. I like to remove people from my contact book who I no longer need in there or necessarily talk to, remove those friends from Facebook who love to nosey at what you’re up to but never like to support, and unfollow those people I follow on Instagram who’s photos I never like. I feel this is necessary in order to make space for all the amazing people I’m going to attract with my new energy in the New Year. I then lastly upload all my photos from my phone onto my MacBook (which will then go onto a hard drive) and then remove them off of my phone ready for all the amazing photos I’m going to take in the New Year.

I then like to reflect on the year I have had, what I learnt, what I loved and what I achieved. Each year since 2015 I’ve created a vision board for the New year and so I love to reflect and tick of what I managed to accomplish that year. Going forward I then set myself some targets and some goals, and create a new vision board. This is something I normally think about all year and note down in my notepad, and then I put it all together the day before New Year’s Eve with images into my vision scrapbook. My vision board is something quite personal and close to my heart so I don’t tend to ever show anyone or tell anyone other than my family and my boyfriend, however I have put examples below of how I like to reflect on the year and how I set my targets and goals to help some of you.

 

How do you prepare for the New Year? What goals will you be setting for yourself? Comment below and let me know.

Love Always

AHVB X

Uni | Reflection

So I have made it to Christmas break and I’m finally back home from uni. I can’t believe I am almost half way through my first year of university already, and so I wanted to use this time to really reflect on what I have learnt, what I am enjoying and areas I need to improve on.

Going to university has been something I have wanted for myself for a very long time, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I knew exactly what I wanted to study. So when I got the highest grade in my Diploma for visual arts and got accepted into my first choice university, I knew I was on the right path. And I couldn’t have been anymore excited.

However moving 100 miles away from home does come with it challenges, especially for myself who loves family time and very rarely steps foot out of my comfort zone. I have had to learn to enjoy my own company, how to communicate with myself, how to stay self motivated and how to feed my soul, as well as juggling cooking, cleaning, socialising and uni work itself (just being a general adult).

In terms of my course I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment so far, and all the skills I have developed. From struggling with working in groups and not being able to speak confidently in front of a seminar group, which I really struggled with in the beginning, I have really grown and improved. My lectures not only inform me but they also inspire me and motivate me, which has made a huge difference to my learning. My course has taught me to be more aware of what’s going on in the world around me, especially in terms of the fashion industry.  As well as the importance of putting in extra hours of reading to develop my knowledge, which has in turn really developed my style of writing and has allowed me to develop a voice which I confidently use to give my opinion.

Looking forward in 2019 I would love to increase the amount of extra time I put in to read, as well as broadening my range of reading material. As well as being a lot wiser on how I use my spare time in order to accomplish more, I know I could get a lot more done in 24 hours than I currently do. I would also like to develop my skills further on Adobe software programmes and build my confidence, as I know this would be a great to have when going into the industry after I graduate. Overall I’m excited to learn more and continue to grow and improve, and make the most of my first year at uni.

Love always

AHVB X

Beauty | I Won A Giveaway

Two weeks ago I entered a giveaway that @naomigenes was doing on Instagram, and lucky for me I won it. I was over the moon to win my first ever giveaway, and the bits I won were so lovely. The giveaway included a Coco berry coffee scrub by Bean Body, a Happiness Planner from The Paper Parlour and The Superhero shadow palette from IT Cosmetics, and all in all would total up to £70.

At first when I saw the planner in the photo for the giveaway I assumed it was just a general notepad with empty pages on the inside, but when I received it and actually looked inside, this became my favourite part of the giveaway. The happiness planner is an undated 100-day calendar, it is 100 days of positivity, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. The planner includes daily reflections, weekly reflections, inspirations quotes, positivity exercises and positive affirmations. I can’t wait to start using it, it’s one of the best ideas and I would recommend everyone to have one. The Paper Parlour do a large range planners, there’s two more I want to get myself.

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The Coco Berry Coffee scrub is what I was most excited about, I’ve wanted to try it for absolutely ages but I have never got round to ordering it. The scrub is amazing for stretch marks, cellulite and in general just dry and rough skin. The caffeine in the scrub stimulates your blood flow and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, and psoriasis. The Demerara Sugar and Himalayan Salt exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts & other skin blemishes, whilst the Coconut oil hydrates & moisturise your skin. And lastly the Cocoa & Vitamin E are high in antioxidants which nourish & protect the skin, promoting cell repair & rejuvenation. I am still yet to try it, I’ve been so busy lately and want to save it for one of my pampering evenings so I can really enjoy it and use it properly.

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Lastly the Superhero palette by IT cosmetics is amazing. I’ve never tried anything for IT cosmetics and was very excited to try out a new make up brand. The shadows are very creamy and are smooth on the skin. The palette contains 3 eye foundations, 3 nudes, 3 neutral shades and 3 liners. I will be doing a blog post on the make up looks I create using it.

I will be doing a giveaway of my own very soon, so keep a look out on my Instagram. But for now I hope you’re all having a great start to the week and are enjoying the beautiful weather.

Love always

AHVB X