Tuesday, 26 May 2015

That time I got a desk...

I am slightly ashamed to admit that for the past three years (so my entire time at university), I have not had a desk. My rooms have all had desks in them but I used them as a place to store my makeup because you know, priorities. Since I've been at university my bed has been the centre of my life and I do everything there, from writing essays to eating. This is definitely one of the reasons why my room is always such a mess, especially around my bed, so when I got my new flat I decided it was time to change and finally get a desk.
Desk styling appears to have become quite a big thing and people always post these amazing pictures of their adorable, organised desks with perfectly lined up colour coordinated washi tape collections and planners that look like an art project. I'm not the kind of person who can do that (I love my simple Moleskine notebook and it works perfectly fine for me without a million colourful stickers), but I tried to create a desk area that is aesthetically pleasing and works for me at the same time.
When I first saw the layout of my flat I knew that I wanted to use the little nook in the corner for a desk, because it's just perfect. Unfortunately the IKEA desk I originally wanted was a bit too big for the corner so I went on ebay and found this one, which fits perfectly (or so I thought). It turns out I'm not very good at adulting yet and measured without taking the skirting boards into account, so the desk just about didn't fit. I still put it in the corner thought and there's just a little gap now. It doesn't really bother me for now and I can always put some shelves up later for extra storage.

I knew I wanted a glass desk because there's a theme of glass and metal in my furniture to keep the place feeling open and airy. I don't have a chair yet but I have ordered a seethrough (surprise surprise) chair from IKEA, which I will probably put a cushion and a fake sheepskin on, in true blogger fashion.

The actual styling of the desk is still very much a work in progress and is awaiting help from my fellow blogger and desk styler extraordinaire Jaye. For now I decided to keep it quite functional with a black and silver pen holder and a matching hole punch. As a decorative element I added a small stack of books (blogger favourites, of course) with my Diana camera on top and my fake cacti. I also have a very classic desk lamp, which I think really completes the look.

The two most important and functional items on the desk are my acrylic tray thing (seriously, what is that thing called?) and my phone charger. I like having the charging station standing up because it looks more purposeful and it means I don't keep losing the cable. The acrylic tray is my 'inbox', which is something I've adopted from my mum. She has a similar tray where she puts everything, from letters, to vouchers, etc. That way all the clutter is contained in one place and everything is easily accessible and you can go through it once a week. I'm not one of those people who perfectly file away everything that comes through the door immediately so it's nice to have somewhere to put it so I can then go through it later.

What do you think of my desk setup so far? What is your favourite desk element?

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Jojo's Gelato Brighton (Hove, actually)

A few days ago some of my friends finished their exams so we decided to celebrate by getting ice cream... like adults do. Rachel had the idea to go to Jojo's Gelato, as none of us had ever been before and it most certainly did not disappoint! The store itself is very spacious but cute with 50s inspired decor and big booths you can sit in. You can actually go taste the ice cream flavours before you order, which I thought was a great idea. There are the usual flavours as well as some crazier ones like apple pie and Coca Cola... The waiter kindly informed us about the flavours that weren't very good (like Parmesan... who even came up with that??), which I thought was nice because it kept us from making bad decisions.
Most of us went all out and got a Sundae, which is what you can see in the pictures. Rachel got a Fruit Pavlova, which had meringue, mixed berry sorbet and vanilla ice cream and was absolutely gigantic! Most of us went for the Ferrero Rocher, which was vanilla, chocolate and Ferrero Rocher gelato and had actual Ferrero Rochers on top, along with some very generous servings of whipped cream.

The ice cream was absolutely delicious and we only paid £6.50 for the sundaes, which is amazing value for what you get. I will definitely be going to Jojo's Gelato again, maybe to try out their crepes and milkshakes next time...

Friday, 22 May 2015

A Free Benefit Gimme Brow?!!

Benefit Gimme Brow

It's no secret that the only person who gets to touch my brows is Meg from the Benefit Brow Bar in Brighton (you can read more about that here). I go there every three weeks to get my brows waxed and last time I was pleasantly surprised when she handed me a full size Gimme Brow after my wax! This is part of their Bold is Beautiful campaign this month- 100% of the profits of your brow wax goes towards the charities Refuge and Look Good Feel Better, which are great causes. So you're doing something good and getting a free product at the same time- a pretty good deal if you ask me! There's ten days left to get your brow wax and they have already raised £139,446 which is pretty impressive if you ask me.
I'm not sponsored by or affiliated with Benefit in any way, I just thought this would be worth sharing because it's a great campaign and I love their Brow Bars (and now also their Gimme Brow, which I've been using every day since!). 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Help a girl out (and win some free clothes)

Today's post is different but very important to me. One of my best friends, Jordan aka Hello Miss Jordan, is taking part in the Boohoo Style for Stroke campaign, which is a campaign to raise awareness for strokes, especially in younger people. For the campaign, Boohoo asked lots of bloggers to design tshirts with the theme 'famous last words' and the tshirt that receives the most votes will get sold on Boohoo for £10, £5 of which will go to a charity helping stroke victims.

Jordan's design definitely speaks to her love for Disney, because as anyone who has met her will know, she is a real life Disney princess. "Go live your dream" is a simple yet powerful message and I think it encourages people to live in the moment and really fits in with the campaign. I've known Jordan since before she was a blogger and I'm so incredibly proud of her and how far she's come. I would be really grateful if you guys could vote for her design, because I geniunely think it's the best and also because I think she deserves to win this competition (and also a little bit because I really want to buy a tshirt with her design on it).
Now for the technical stuff- you can vote every 24 hours and by voting you are automatically entered to win a £75 Boohoo voucher and a tshirt with the winning design on it. Who doesn't want free clothes?

You can vote for Jordan's design here.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Credit cards, jammed locks and lack of electricity- The Moving Diaries

Welcome to another installment of the moving diaries, where I tell you about the fun journey of moving into my own apartment. I have to say, if I believed in 'signs' from the universe, I would not have moved into this apartment because all the signs were against it!
Let me start from the beginning- on the 6th May I was meant to go to the letting agency to pay my deposit and rent, to then get my keys. Unfortunately, my credit card limit turned out to not be high enough, so I had to awkwardly go home and say I'd return the next day when my limit had been put up. So the next morning I returned but the card still didn't work. It thought that maybe the bank was just slow, so I went shopping and came back an hour later- it still didn't work. I repeated this (very awkward) routine three more times until I finally gave up and very angrily called my parents asking what went wrong. It turned out that the bank had lost my request to put up the limit, but I went back the next day and finally paid and got the keys.
Sounds like I managed to overcome the obstacles, doesn't it? Well this is where the fun starts! I went to the flat with my friend Lauren and it took us about ten minutes to manage to open the front door because the lock is terrible and you can't turn the key. So we dropped off some of my stuff and then went to Asda (where we bought mainly wine and cleaning products, like adults do), but when we returned we just couldn't open the door so I had to get my neighbour to buzz us in! Not exactly the way I wanted to meet my neighbours but at least we were in. I put it all down to the rain and thought that something was probably wrong with the door and it would be fine when the weather was better.
Unfortunately, when I returned a few days after, I still couldn't open the door. I spent 45 minutes standing outside and even asked strangers to help me but just couldn't open it. I got so upset that my friend Jordan actually offered to come pick me up, and as soon as she got in the car (without her phone), the door suddenly opened. It turns out there's a trick to it and once you know that, it's extremely easy to open.
But the list of issues isn't over yet! I now don't have electricity, which is not an ideal situation because it means no fridge, no internet, no anything. While having a housewarming party in candlelight was lovely, I would very much appreciate some electricity at my flat, so I called the property manager, who told me to call the landlord. I hate talking to people on the phone (#foreignerproblems) so I was quite nervous and said this: "Hi! I have some issues with my electricity. The issue being that there is none.". I just have a way with words.. Anyway, I haven't heard back from the landlord yet but I'm hoping that it'll be fixed tomorrow so I can finally have a cup of tea in my flat.

If you're still reading this then wow, you really were very bored to read such a long post of me rambling about my house issues! If you have any funny/weird/annoying moving stories then please leave them in the comments below!
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