Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Study tips.

Hi lovelies,

As you all know I am in university. It has taken a bit me a bit of time to get back into the swing of things which is why my posts have been a little less regular. I also started a new job in January so I had a lot going on and it is so easy to fall behind on work.

So I thought it would be a good idea to talk to you all about my study tips. These can be used during the semester or for exams. Here they are:

Go to your classes 

This is a funny one because, in all honesty, sometimes you can miss a fair few lectures and just read over them and still be fine. However, you never know what you'll remember from someone else saying it. Also, there's no lecturer I've ever had that has included everything they've ever said in their lecture slides. As much as you can, try to attend as many lectures as possible.

Figure out how you like your notes

This is something I have only learned recently. I have always used mind maps, but recently I discovered that printing out my notes works so much better for me. There are so many ways of formatting your notes, mind maps, flashcards and bullet points can all be so helpful. Try out a few and see what works for you.

Take seminar prep seriously

Seminar prep can seem like such a waste of time, especially when the lecturer doesn't even expect anyone to answer any questions, but the work you do will half your wider reading for exams. Seminars are the perfect opportunity to make some extra notes throughout the semester, and they help you to engage with your modules so much better.

Get your wider reading done early

Speaking of wider reading, try to start it as early as possible. You don't want to be sifting through chapters when you really need to be focusing on the core information you need for your exam. Wider reading can really boost your marks so get it done early.

Get some coloured pens

I have two reasons for this 1) its super fun to buy pens and pretty notes make the whole thing more enjoyable and 2) its so much easier to visualise colour coded notes in an exam. If you get really stuck imaging your study sheets in colour in front of you is so helpful. 

Invest in a great planner and use it

Writing down deadlines keeps you on track, especially when you can look at it all the time. It also helps you to see the other deadlines you have so you don't accidently end up with 2 essays due at the end of the same week.

Hope these tips help, have a lovely week all

Christie xx

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Favourite Designers: Diane Von Furstenberg.

Hello lovelies, 

So a few months ago I decided to do a blog series on my favourite designers, that post was on Elie Saab and can be found here http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/favorite-designers-elie-saab.html. Anyway, It was one of those posts I always meant to do but other ideas ended up taking over. With the arrival of New York Fashion Week designers have definitely been on my mind, especially Diane Von Furstenberg. 

The DVF show this season was so gorgeous, and Karlie Kloss looked so amazing haha. So here are some of my favourite looks from the show. 

I love all the colours in the show and the really feminine cuts to the clothes. The fabrics used are gorgeous and flowing and got me so excited for summer. I also absolutely loved the hair and makeup used in the show. DVF effortlessly made all the models look so summery and I loved it. 

What shows have you loved this fashion week?
Christie xx

Monday, 8 February 2016

Book Recommendations

Hi lovelies!

Something I absolutely love to do that I haven't talked about on here yet is reading. I am one of those crazy people who reads an entire book in a day and can't focus on anything else until I've finished it. The thing with being a quick reader, however, is that I am constantly searching for a new book to read. I have read some really disappointing books lately that have had great reviews on iBooks, which gave me the idea for this post. I thought I could share some great books I've read recently, and then you guys could give me some recommendations too. 

So first on my list is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. A lot of reviewers say things like if you loved Gone Girl you will love this, but then the book turns out to be a pretty bad mystery novel. In this case, if you loved Gone Girl, you probably will love this. It is so well written and interesting, and the characters are so real. I can't wait for Paula Hawkins' next book because this had me hooked. 

The next is the obvious choice; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Even if you've seen the film I still 100% recommend giving the book a read too, I knew the big twist before reading it, and I was still obsessed with this book. It is fantastic and deserves all the praise it gets. I should say I have tried reading other Gillian Flynn novels and, unfortunately, they didn't live up. 

I also really love Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It's a sort of sequel to the shining yet has a totally different vibe to it. I was really unsure about this one to start with but Stephen King is just a genius. The characters are flawless and he is fantastic at keeping the pace of the novel. 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is the only book I've properly read multiple times. If you only read one on this list it should be this one. It has such a great narrative and the ending was not what I had expected at all. Wonderful character development and an all around great read.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin is not like any book I have ever read before. I shared my copy with so many people it actually got lost along the way. Its one of the only books about the afterlife I've read and I found it so interesting. I really recommend this one. I think I will have to buy a new copy.

If you liked this post do let me know as I would be happy to share more with you, let me know your book recommendations bellow, I would love to hear them!

Christie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Weekend in Paris.

Hey lovelies,

This weekend my boyfriend and I went to Paris to celebrate my 21st birthday. We had such an amazing time and I wanted to share some of the photos with you. 

We stayed in Opera which is such a lovely part of Paris. The hotel was really central so luckily we could walk to most of what we wanted to see! 

A little collage of the trip

Out for a meal on the first night

The mechanics of the Eiffel Tower

The tower itself

Out for a meal

Up the Eiffel Tower

Champagne cocktail and a macaroon 

Exploring in the night

Up the top of the Eiffel Tower

It was seriously windy up there

At the Louvre

The Eiffel Tower and our
 mini one

More exploring

Walks in the park

The Eiffel tower at night

At the Louvre
The Eiffel Tower

The Sein

Paris is such a beautiful city, we took at least 100 more photos than this. We stayed in the Millenium Hotel Paris Opera and it was so gorgeous. The room was so charming and the breakfast was to die for. I would definitely recommend it and all the staff were fantastic. 

Now showing photo 11, Detail Doors

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I hope you all liked this post, What is your favourite city break?
Christie x