CHRISTMAS UNI ROOM DECOR! #BLOGMAS DAY 9| Styled by Eva

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Blogmas Day 9! Today I am going to be letting you in on the secret of how I have decorated my Uni Room for just over £10.

That’s right: SO CHEAP.

My Christmassy Uni Room

This year, my shopping was done at ‘Poundland’ and ‘B&M Bargains’.

I even saved on a Christmas tree and just got a cute tinselly one… It was hard but I managed to persuade myself it was for the best.

Notice Board

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As you can see, my notice board has a little tinsel border. This cost 50p from B&M and makes the room look incredible. Seriously.

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I also hung up my advent calendar. My Nanna gave it to me when I was a little girl and every year we fill it with different types of Christmassy treats!

They’re currently not vegan but hey… I’m only plant-based! Still transitioning!!

 

Desk

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I haven’t really decorated my desk as such but I did put my tinsel tree in the corner. It was £1 from Poundland – a bargain!

These little Christmas Pudding baubles were 4 for £1 in Poundland. I also placed them at the bottom of the tree to make up for the lack of presents… (sad).

Windowsill

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This is actually my favourite part of the room. Obviously my mirror is always there but I decided to lay some tinsel out along the windowsill (also 50p from B&M) and then placed little Nutcrackers randomly.

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Aren’t they adorable?! I saw them in B&M for £3.99 and I just couldn’t resist!

Around My Bed

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As you may or may not know, I have a red wall behind my bed where I’ve hung my photo frames. I decided this was the perfect place to put some tinsel (50p in B&M) and some ‘snowflake’ fairy lights – a bargain for £1.99 in B&M!

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These wall stickers were £1.99 from B&M and look so adorable! Just a subtle thing that looks super Christmassy.

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I also put some tinsel, another 50p deal, along the side of my bed. This is such a cute thing to do and a super easy way to make your room look festive.

 

Thank you for reading today’s post! I really hope you enjoyed it! If I’m completely honest, I put my decorations up at the beginning of November…

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Merry Christmas,

Eva x

A TALE OF CHRISTMAS PAST #BLOGMAS DAY 8 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 8 and a Tale of Christmas Past.

Being a real lover of Christmas, I love looking back on Christmases gone by…

There are some memories I don’t have pictures of. Like having Christmas in the garage every year because my mum invited so many people that we didn’t fit in the house!

But I’ve decided to share with you some of the photos that I do have from my favourite Christmas memories.

A Festive Day at the Markets

I’ve been going to the Manchester Christmas Markets since I was a little girl and can never get over how pretty and festive they are.

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One year, I went Christmas shopping with my bestie Rachael. We have both improved fashion and hair choices since then… Although I think I look the worst!

It happened to be the same day that my Mum and Grandma went shopping and we met up for lunch in Chiquito and then strolled around the markets together! I think that’s when Rachael was pretty much adopted by my family!

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To say it was a day full of laughs and festive cuteness is an understatement. This is probably the first thing I think of when I think of Christmas past!

The Most Christmassy Visit to London

My Mum had to go to London for work a lot last year and so we decided to take advantage of it.

I had started uni in the September and Mum and I decided that the best way to meet up was to make a trip of it and see the festive lights in London!

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It was the perfect little trip because we were so excited – it was the first time we’d seen each other since I moved away and it was so festive!

But the thing that made the trip was our visit to Harrods.

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You can literally see on our faces how excited we were to see what was inside. It was AMAZING.

It had been on my Bucket List to go for a few years and when I was finally able to, the fact that it was Christmas made it an extra special trip for Mum and I.

So that’s everything for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed it! I’ve seen a few people writing these Christmas Past posts so I thought I’d join in.

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Merry Christmas,

Eva x

OCDiary: AM I COPING? #BLOGMAS DAY 7 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Day 7 of Blogmas and another segment of my OCDiary!

You might remember my post for Blogmas Day 1 where I spoke about being ready for Christmas time and looking after your mental health…

Well this is me right now:

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Okay maybe not literally, but I’m struggling.

My exams have come all at once and it’s been a mad rush to get everything completed. If you’re planning to study 3 languages at University, just be aware that yes, the year abroad might be great because you get to live in 3 different countries…

But the work load is insane.

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This morning I had to reschedule an exam because I ended up having panic attacks and didn’t sleep.

I rang my personal tutor sobbing begging for an extension – is that how uni is supposed to be?!

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I know what you’re thinking: you signed up for this Eva, you should have seen this coming!

Yes, you’re right. But I wasn’t going through ridiculous problems with my stupid brain back then. Now I have that to add to the list!

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See that smile? It’s me thinking about Milan in February. About how all of this shit will be over in a week and I’ll be back home celebrating the festive season properly.

I can’t wait.

That’s everything for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed this little rant. They appear every so often but you guys seem to enjoy them!

If you did enjoy this post, remember to give it a like, leave a comment and follow my blog to keep up with BLOGMAS!!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

MY WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE #BLOGMAS DAY 6 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Blogmas and my Winter Skincare Routine!

As you all know, my skin is quite sensitive and keeping it nice in the cold weather can be a bit of a chore.

However, I’ve managed to find myself some new ways of keeping my skin feeling good – without all the hassle!

Shower

In the shower, I think it’s essential to use some sort of body scrub. Especially this time of year.

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s ‘Spiced Apple’ body scrub in the shower because it so quick smells so festive!

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If you’ve never tried it, I’d 100% recommend. Yes, the Body Shop are slightly on the more expensive side but hey! If it’s good and you use it regularly…

After Shower

After my shower, I make sure to moisturise. Don’t pull that face I know you’re pulling. Put the effort in and you won’t regret it!!

Basically, you need to get yourself a moisturiser that doesn’t take ages to buff in and smells awesome. The latter is so important because if you’re like me and you’re lazy, having a great smelling moisturiser is the perfect motivator because you smell good all night long!

At the moment, I’m switching between The Body Shop’s ‘Frosted Plum’ and ‘Vanilla Pumpkin’ scent.

(I’m not sponsored by The Body Shop I swear… I wish I was.)

At night

At night time, I take my makeup off using Coconut Oil. I like to just buy some randomly in the shop and use that: there’s no need to make it expensive!!

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I swear by Coconut Oil, honestly. My skin has never felt so soft before! It’s made me take my makeup off at night regularly whereas before I was so lazy…

Another thing I love to use at night is my KIKO Sublime Youth Night Cream!

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I love this because it again makes my skin feel awesome. There’s something about wearing a night cream that feels special – and this certainly does!

If you’re looking for a new Night Cream for your face, this is it. I swear by it. I actually bought it on a bit of a whim because I wasn’t sure if it would be good or if I’d be allergic, it just looked decent!

I’ve never heard anybody talking about it but I don’t know why! It’s awesome.

So that is everything for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed it! Sorry the pictures are a bit naff, I forgot to take pictures for some items…

If you did enjoy this post, don’t forget to give it a like, leave a comment and follow my blog to keep up with BLOGMAS!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

MY TOP 10 CHRISTMAS FILMS! #BLOGMAS DAY 5 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Blogmas Day 5!!

We’re almost a week into Blogmas and I thought it would be appropriate to give you a little festive film inspo to sort out those quiet moments…

My Top 10 Christmas Films!

I’m going to be counting down, from 10 to 1 (1 being my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE) and giving you a bit of festive inspiration!

So lets get started.

10. Miracle on 34th Street

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9. The Holiday

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8. Elf

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7. Arthur Christmas

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6. Polar Express

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5. Disney’s A Christmas Carol

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4. The Muppet Christmas Carol

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3. Love Actually

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2. Nativity!

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And finally….

1. The Grinch

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Nothing can beat the Grinch in my mind… NOTHING.

So that is it for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed it! I thought it was about time I gave you some Christmas film inspo – I hope I helped!

If you did enjoy this post, don’t forget to give it a like, leave a comment and follow my blog to keep up with Blogmas!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

FABULOUSLY FESTIVE VEGAN MINCE PIES!! #BLOGMAS DAY 4 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Vlogmas Day 4 and an extra special post! Today I will be making Vegan Mince Pies!

I found this recipe on Pinterest from The Veg Space where they make “Easy Vegan Comfort Food” so I’d definitely recommend you check it out!

I changed up the ingredients a little because I couldn’t find any Dairy Free cream cheese so here’s my interpretation…

Fabulously Festive Vegan Mince Pies!

You Will Need:

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 175g Dairy Free Margarine
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Ground Almonds
  • A little Dairy Free Milk for Binding and Glazing
  • 450g Jar of Mincemeat (Most are Vegan but make sure to check the ingredients just in case!)

Instructions:

  1. Rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Then stir in the sugar and ground almonds.

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2. Mix thoroughly and tip out onto a clean, floured surface. My mixture fell apart here but I just added a tbsp of milk and it sorted itself out! Knead the mixture gently until a ball of dough is formed.

3. Lightly grease a 6 hole muffin tray with some margarine.

4. Roll the dough about 3-4mm thick and cut out 6 large circles to be the base of your pies.

Yes I used a bottle of wine as a rolling pin and yes my measuring cups are my cutters. I’m a student okay? I don’t have posh things like a cookie cutter and a rolling pin!

Next, put the mince pie bases into your muffin tray, being very careful that they don’t split!

5. Divide the mincemeat between each of the mince pies! They should be fairly full.

6. Roll out the pastry again and cut out some little stars to go on top of the pies. My measuring cups actually had a star cutter on the base so we took advantage of them! Then brush the stars with milk to glaze.

7. Preheat the oven to 200C / 390F / gas mark 6. Bake the mince pies for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Leave them to cool in the tin and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve!

So that is it for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed it! These mince pies were delicious and I know they will be added to my Christmas baking list every year now.

If you did enjoy this post, don’t forget to give it a like, leave a comment and follow my blog to keep up with BLOGMAS!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

WINTER LOOKBOOK! #BLOGMAS DAY 3 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 3 and… My Winter Lookbook! 

I’m excited to show you my favourite outfit ideas for the next few weeks. It was so fun picking them out and doing this shoot with George!

Mustard Jumper and Leggings

Mustard Jumper, Skirt and Boots

Gingerbread Man Jumper and Jeggings

Reindeer Jumper and Ripped Jeans

Black Jumper and Jeggings

Christmas Jumper and Skirt

 

What are you planning to wear?

So that is everything for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed it!

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Merry Christmas,

Eva x

DIY ‘STARBUCKS’ CHAI LATTE! #BLOGMAS | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone!

Welcome to #Blogmas Day 2!

Today I decided it was time to show you all my secret. My biggest secret.

I’m going to tell you the secret of how to make everyone’s favourite festive drink: a Starbucks Chai Latte.

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In this post I’m going to show you my AMAZING hack. I have discovered how to create my own Starbuck’s Chai Latte without all the fancy spices and a ton of sugar. It’s exciting.

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You Will Need:

  1. Your Favourite Mug
  2. A Chai teabag
  3. Some Almond Milk
  4. A tsp of Honey

Step 1: Make your Tea

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First of all, you need to boil your kettle and make your tea how you like it. I enjoy a strong Chai tea so I leave my teabag in the water for about 2 minutes.

Fill your mug about a quarter of the way up with your boiling water, leaving the teabag in for as long as you like.

I like to use M&S’s ‘Spiced Chai’ teabags (which George gets me on his discount!!) but you can use your prefered tea, obviously. Here, I’m actually using the Chai tea from T2 as I’d run out but this one is also gorgeous!

Step 2: Fill the rest of your Mug with Almond Milk

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This step is really simple. All you have to do is fill the rest of your mug with Almond Milk and stir it it into the tea. It’s the milk that makes this a latte!

Of course, you can use normal milk but given my Plant Based diet, I always opt for Almond.

Step 3: Add a tsp of Honey

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As you know, I’m not opposed to using honey. This is due George’s beekeeping experience and his explaining the process to me. If done correctly, it is not at all cruel.

The I’m using here is from George’s own hive! How cool is that?!

So, I add a heaped teaspoon of honey to my latte. Stir it thoroughly and there you have it:

The perfect Chai Latte!

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That’s it for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the rest of #blogmas! Only 23 more to go!

If you did enjoy, don’t forget to like, leave and comment, and follow my blog to keep up with BLOGMAS!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

OCDiary: AM I READY FOR CHRISTMAS? #BLOGMAS DAY 1 | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe I’m saying this… but it’s BLOGMAS!!

To start off my 24 posts, I’ve decided it’s time for another segment of my OCDiary. This time I want to talk about Christmas.

This year, Christmas seems really far away. My uni work is piling up and getting more and more stressed. So am I ready for Christmas to arrive? Totally.

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In my opinion, the festive season is the best. However it can be a strain on your mental health.

I find that when I’m feeling down, I can get super stressed watching everyone else happy and festive… Because why can’t I be?

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I think the thing to remember is that you can’t always be happy. It’s important to remember to look after yourself and not worry about not feeling ‘festive’.

One piece of advice I can give is to surround yourself with people and things you love. That means getting your friends together, sticking on a Christmas film and eating lots of Christmas treats!

Sounds good to me!

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Being a ‘perfectionist’ at Christmas has its good and bad points. I make sure that everything is sorted and ready for Christmas but I can make myself ill from it.

Try meditation if you’re really struggling: this can be a great help!

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Anyway, that’s it for today’s post. It’s just a short one where I wanted to share with you my thoughts about this time of year!

If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give it a like, leave a comment and follow my blog to keep up with BLOGMAS!

Merry Christmas,

Eva x

EVERYONE SHOULD MEDITATE! #OCDiary | Styled by Eva

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another segment of my #OCDiary! Today I want to talk about the importance of being positive – especially if you’re a student.

I’ve struggled with my positivity lately because of all my exams. It might sound silly but exam stress has really been getting to me recently, where it usually wouldn’t.

However,  I’m trying to stay positive! 

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I’m currently loving Mindfulness. 

My university offers a course called ‘Mindfulness for Anxious Minds’ and I genuinely believe it has helped me immensely!

In the dictionarymindfulness is defined as:

A technique in which one focuses one’s full attention on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them.

It is supposed to put your body into a more relaxed state by reducing stress and/or physical pain.

If I’m honest, when I first heard about it I was extremely dubious. I genuinely thought that it was just for crazy people who do yoga and eat plants. (Wait a sec…)

Okay, so all joking aside: Mindfulness is amazing.

Every week, I spend two hours meditating and understanding the feelings and sensations of my body, within a group of 10 like-minded people.

Nothing is shared if we don’t want to, it’s about personal experience. It’s incredible.

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This course has helped me gain so much confidence that I actually wore a cropped jumper the other day… without high waisted jeans. My stomach was showing all day and I felt comfortable. 

Thank you for reading today’s post. I really recommend getting on YouTube and listening to some guided meditation. It feels silly at first but stick with it, it’ll work I promise.

I’d also recommend the ‘Headspace’ app for your phone. The guy’s voice is relaxing and he’s created meditation programmes that are specifically catered to different types of people. It helps you ease into the practice and then find your perfect program.

There’s even a specific program for Depression and Anxiety!

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I hope this helped,

Eva x