Monday, 17 September 2012

There was a storm, the sun shone and there was one messy festival! Croatia... it was a pleasure

Hello everyone,

I feel like I have really neglected the blog over the past couple of months and I do apologise but life has been going at a rate of a million miles an hour and it has been a whirlwind. 

Saying that, I have just returned from what I can safely say was some of the best weeks of my life to date. This summer I feel like I have done a mini European tour. (OK, so I've been to Germany and Croatia but still another two countries off my hit list!)

Over the last two weeks I have lost myself in the Adriatic and forgot about the hustle and bustle of my working life, hit the gin and grabbed the Piz Buin. It was utter bliss and I am not writing this to make all those that haven't had chance to get away this summer go green with envy, I simple want to share my fab holiday with you. 

Whilst in Hvar (the must-be party island of Croatia, so I'm told) I celebrated my 20th Birthday amongst good friends. Hvar was incredible and for those seeking some sunshine by day and a secret party island by night there is no better place to be. 

After a few days in Hvar we headed back to the mainland and from Split we took a bus to the North for Dimensions Festival. The festival was incredible, the setting was so woodland creatures meet fairy lights meet abandoned forts. Although, I thought the music was not my sort of scene, the setting and the sunshine plus the music created such a chilled vibe. Ideal! 

To me, you can't beat a good time in the sunshine with great friends and that is exactly what I did. Here are a few snaps to summarise my jollies... Enjoy xo

Dimensions Festival

Flux Boat Party

Beautiful Hideaway beach in Hvar on my Birthday

View from Ferry of Split- divine!

Hvar by Day

Little birthday Dip- my face says it all! 

Daytime beach snap

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

10 Essentials For University

AH, I haven't blogged for over a month! I had a fabulous holiday with the fam and then most recently Demi and I went to Creamfields - a dance festival in the UK. You may have heard about it but half way through the festival got cancelled because of typical English weather but we had a mega time while we were there!!

Anyways, I have got a few friends who are off to uni this month so following on from my Guide to being a Fresher, I thought it would be useful to give my Top 10 Uni Essentials that I think you should definitely take with you!

I limited it to 10 otherwise I'd be here forever - I rolled up to freshers week with a 7 seater car and a roof box full of stuff. So, let's begin!

1) DustBuster - HuH!?, you may say. My Dustbuster was honestly the most useful thing I had at university and useful to all my flatmates too! It's basically a mini hoover. My room only got vacuumed once a week at best and when you and your friends are eating and drinking the floor gets pretty gross pretty quickly.

2) Earplugs - There will be nights (especially if you are in large halls) where you just want to sleep but everyone else around you is wanting to go out. The guys above me regularly had, what sounded like, wrestling matches at 4am in the morning. On numerous occasions I thought the floor was going to fall through but thanks to my earplugs I always got back to sleep!

3) Speakers - An essential for good pre-drinks!

4) Fridge - Most people wouldn't classify this as an essential but if you want people's hands off your food then I'd get one. If not for your food then get one as a booze fridge, no one likes a warm cider.

5) Extension Cables - You never know how many plugs they'll be in your room, always room for more!

6) Fancy Dress - I wouldn't go out and buy stuff in particular because you probably won't know what you are dressing up as but it's handy to take some face paint, UV paint, glowsticks, funny glasses etc.

7) Pack of cards X2 - Preferably more than one pack because they always get sticky and ripped from spilled alcohol!

8) Door Stop - Handy for using during freshers. Stick it under the door the minute you get there so you can say hi to any passing strangers. "HEY NEW FRIEND!" (<<don't say that)

9) Febreze - A god send when you are eating in your room or when someone has made an unearthly smell in the toilet. My febreze was useful when the boys next door stink bombed our loos. If you want to be really gross you can even spray some clothes with it to make them last a bit longer....ewwwww.

10) Food & Alcohol - If you are self catered then take enough food to last a few days. The last thing you want to do during freshers is find the nearest supermarket! And of course take the parents for an alcohol stocking session before you go.

NOT ESSENTIAL: Bottle Openers and USB sticks. If you go to your freshers fair you get loads of stuff like that for free.

I hope this has been helpful. Obviously its subjective but I thought it would be good to include some things that you might not necessarily have thought of! Don't forget to subscribe (top right hand corner!)

Alex x