The Cyber Week Post

Now I know you guys must not only be feeling overwhelmed by Black Friday sales (aren’t we all?) but also the influx of posts by your fave bloggers trying to round up the best of them, too. Well, I’m here to add to that influx - sorry!

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ASOS Cyber Week Picks

It’s that time again when ASOS is running a 20% student discount, and I know that lots of you guys are students so I thought I’d put together a few of my fave picks from my fave brands. It’s so easy to forget the sheer range of brands that ASOS carry, meaning you can get lots of your wishlist pieces with a significant discount!

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Normal People

A few days after reading Sally Rooney's Normal People in one sitting and I'm still not quite sure what I think. In my heart of hearts, my instinct is that this is good writing doing a lot of work to cover up a rather hackneyed love story.

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The Overstory

What's everyone's favourite genre? I don't think there are many people out there who would say ecofiction. The reason, of course, is time. With the exception of apocalypse novels maybe, you need at least decades if not longer to reveal the drama in nature, especially in plants, and even more particularly in trees.

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Snap

I'm back to book reviewing and I couldn't be happier. If it's relevant (i.e. there are lots of twists and turns), within my reviews I'm going to do a couple of paragraphs with no spoilers that summarise how I feel about a book, and then for those who have read the book or just want my full thoughts, a second clearly marked spoiler section will also be available. That way I get to write proper reviews but also don't spoil anything for those of you who don't want to know!

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Diary 003: Updates

Finally I’m back on the blog with a chatty post! I thought it was only fitting that we start with one of these diary posts to help me gather my thoughts and reintroduce myself to the blog. Way, way back in March I wrote about some new habits I was trying to form and whilst I want to update you guys on how I’m getting on with those soon, I figured I’d give you a little roundup of my last few weeks/months first (where is time going?? How is it November? I’m confused).

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Shelf Tour: The Classics Part II

It's time again to examine one of my bookshelves and write a few mini reviews. If you missed my last Shelf Tour, make sure you check out that post here. We're looking at classics again this time, either ones I haven't got in Penguin Classic form, or some more recent works. As I said in my previous post, I read many of these books years ago, and have probably completely forgotten their contents (so useful!), but we're going to plough on anyway. It's going to be a long one, so strap in.

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Outfit 014

It's been a while since I last wrote a blogpost, and it feels good to be back. I'm kicking things off with an outfit post, but I have a fair few longer chattier posts in the pipeline now that I’ve finished my Master's and got a lot more time on my hands! Let me know if there's anything specific you would like to see from me in the comments though.

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FITNESS PART 1: Starting Out, Goals and PT

The first proper workout I did this year I bottled it 11 minutes and 15 seconds in. I was doing interval training on the bike: high resistance, 10 seconds pushing as hard as I could, 20 seconds going slow and steady, just lightly pushing the pedals round. This is something I did fairly regularly during my gym attempts before, and I’d never felt like this; I got tunnel vision and I thought I was going to throw up.

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Outfit 013

Today I'm cracking out this gorgeous Free People jacket and I am loving it. It's such a statement piece and so beautifully fitted and structured, so to really make it shine I kept the base outfit super simple, wearing this cute little brami also from Free People and then some super ripped jeans to make it more casual.

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Outfit 012

This is something I threw together for a (very) casual night out and ended up liking it. The shoes and embroidered jeans make the look that touch smarter, but that doesn't mean you couldn't easily wear it at uni or in everyday life.

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Outfit 011

No matter how many times I look at these trousers, I'm still bowled over by them. I'm (unusually) loving the straight leg, the pop of blue, the way they add such a fun element to an otherwise relatively easy outfit (that old black tee/leather jacket/boot combination). 

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Productivity Tips

I have a pretty fraught relationship with the concept of productivity. I have that socially inculcated feeling that each and every day of my life should be productive, and if it isn't that I've failed somehow. If it's an unproductive week, even month, this can compound into a seriously real mental health dip. I've been trying to fix this over the past few months (though its bloody hard to unlearn some of this stuff) and to realise you don't always have to be busy, or working.

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Master's, Semester Two

Seeing as I did a post about my first semester that you guys can read here, I thought it only made sense to update you all on how I've got on since then. The general theme is much better, though when you're reading this I will be a few weeks into essay deadline madness, so I may be silently cursing my past self for being so positive.

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Shelf Tour 1: The Classics

In a vlog a little while back, I suggested doing shelf tours for those of you who might be interested in a more detailed look at what I've got on my bookshelves, and lots of you seemed keen. I figured it would actually be a lot easier for me to do this on the blog than on video, so I thought I'd start with the classics.

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South Africa + Zimbabwe

Earlier this month I closed my laptop, packed a suitcase, and left my everyday balancing act for South Africa and Zimbabwe for another safari trip. I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the pictures that Zak and I took over the days we were there, and also tell you a little bit about what we got up to.

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Outfit 010

This is one of those minimal-effort outfits that is nonetheless super effective and makes you feel so chic and put-together. Is it the stripes? Or the monochrome colour palette? I'm not sure, but it's the kind of thing I turn to every time I need to rush out the door but still look presentable. 

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Outfit 009

If there's one thing I'm certainly a sucker for clothing-wise, it's a comfy pair of trousers. The first thing I do when I get in the house is whip my bottoms off and put on something with an elasticated waistband and embrace the freedom.

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