Sunday, 31 January 2016

University Interview | Advice

As a few of you might already know but on Wednesday I had my first and only university interview. I'm hopefully going to study TV and Radio Production at Salford University in September which is scary as it's creeping closer by the day.

With many prospective uni students who will be partaking in admissions interviews in the upcoming months. I just wanted to share my top tips and advice on how to schedule, what to wear, and what to expect! As well as focusing on frequently asked questions that you may get asked during your interview and advice on how to answer those questions too.

PLAN- Before the interview, make sure you know where you’re going, how you’re going to travel and how long your journey will take. To avoid extra stress, give yourself plenty of time on the day. Don’t be late!

READ CAREFULLY- Look carefully through any material that is sent to you before the interview, so you know what to expect when you arrive.

EXPERIENCES + ACHIEVEMENTS- Don’t forget to bring along any documents you might need, certificates or a portfolio – this is really important!

DRESS APPROPRIATELY- Think about what you’re wearing and what it says about you. For professional courses, smart attire is expected.

KNOW YOUR STUFF- Find out about the university and course you’re being interviewed for and think about latest news in the area too.

ENGAGE- Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Just make sure that they haven’t already been answered in information you’ve been sent by the university.

Finally, just BE YOURSELF! They want to know about YOU, what makes YOU tick, why YOU want to study the subject you’ve applied for and why YOU want to come to that uni. Don't try be someone you're not and pretend to be different as you'll get caught out eventually.

Just watch this clip from Friends it sums it up...

It also help to get someone (who hopefully knows a bit about your subject) to give you a mock interview. Having some interview practice beforehand will help to boost your confidence and expose areas you need to work on.

Obviously there is a lot of universities that aren't going to ask you to attend interviews but they may ask for a "portfolio" of your work or if you're one of the lucky ones you can get offers straight away, but that all depends on which course you're applying for and where it is too.

If you do have to submit a portfolio then don't panic it's not the end of the world. You'll obviously be applying for a creative course and they will give you details of what they want to see from you but just make sure you select your best pieces of work. whether it's a collection of art work, photography, a short film or an article. The key thing to remember is quality over quantity as they want to see your skill and not how much you can produce.

I understand not everyone will be applying for university but this advice is transferable to whether you're wanting to move on to college or move up to sixth form and in fact some of the questions can even be asked in job interviews or finding works experience. I hope you enjoyed this and find the advice was somewhat helpful.

Thank you

Sunday, 17 January 2016

5 Ways to Creating A Home That Shows Off Your Fashion Sense*

By: Katie Comer

The perfect home should be a depiction of your style and personality. Decorating a home should be a personal experience that allows you to create your ideal environment. This allows you to feel comfortable, cozy, and confident in your home every day. Here are a few of Modernize’s favorite ideas that can help you create the best home using your personal style.

Magazine Wall
Artwork can be a pricey purchase when decorating a home. For a look that’s fashion-focused and thrifty, try using magazine photos or clippings from your favorite magazine. You can frame vintage photos, or decorate an entire wall using the photos. This is a way to re purpose your old magazines, while also not breaking your budget. A magazine wall can be fun and interesting if you display articles or photos that mean something to you personally. If someone in the photo is wearing your dream outfit, then make sure you use that print to create your perfect magazine wall.

Closet as a Showroom
If you live in a small space, chances are you usually close the door to your closet when guests come over. Most closets are meant to be private. However, adding a French door and displaying your closet can allow you the opportunity to showcase your favorite accessories. Organize your closet using wicker baskets, and make sure you invest in velvet or wood hangers. Organize your shoe rack to perfection, and you can turn your closet into your favorite part of the home. Add a light fixture that accents your personal style to turn your closet space into couture.


Favorite Fashion Item Display
If you have extra shelving space or need objects to fill a table, try using your fashion items as space fillers. Display your perfume, magazines, and other other fashion pieces to make a room beautiful. If your closet is filled with nice purses, display them on chairs or on a coat rack. In a bathroom, display jewelry and perfume to create a snazzy upgrade to a regular bathroom. Utilizing your personal fashion pieces can not only save you money, but can be the perfect touch of your style throughout your home.


Clothing as Decor    

Clothing doesn't only have to be found in your closet. Many people are re purposing their old clothing as household decor items. You can use clothes to make blankets, pillow covers, and even curtains. Take your old T-shirts and create a memory blanket, or use your favorite dress to create a pillow cover. This is an easy way to showcase your memories and your great style.

Color Inspiration
Sometimes decorating a home is not always an easy task. You can spend months trying to pick out a perfect color swatch, or bedroom comforter pattern. Use your closet, clothing, and personality to make these tasks easier. If you wear flower prints often, pick decor with a floral print. If you wear more natural hues, then go with a beige traditional wall color. Use your style as your inspiration and you can’t go wrong. Its an ideal way to showcase your personality through your home, after all, home is where the heart is.

If you liked this post and want to read more of Modernize’s  content please go check out their site.


Friday, 15 January 2016

Mask of Magnaminty | Lush

When I heard that Lush had a sale on after a Christmas I headed straight in to the store and there was lot of bargains with 50% of most bath bombs and bath bars. I was in love. I wasn't particularly looking for bath bombs as I had heard really good reviews on the face masks and how they are amazing for a deep facial cleanse.

Over the past few months, with the winter and the cold, my face has become really dry and has many breakouts. I was struggling to find something that would help but I stumbled across the Mask Of Magnaminty face mask in Lush. I instantly fell in love it and as much as I want to use it everyday as it smells gorgeous, I don't as it would just tear my skin and destroy it. I tend to it use it once a fortnight just to deep clean and get rid of any excess dirt and return my skin to tip top condition.

This mask is peppermint so is quite strong but it does everything it can to right eruptions and outbreaks, and the great thing is its made from all natural ingredients.You only need to put a small amount on your face and it layers thickly. It tingles a bit at first, but to me that just feels refreshing. I love how well it exfoliates and gets rid of my dry patches leaving my skin visibly smoother and soft to touch every time. It's already made a difference to my skin. I would definitely buy this product again in a heart beat.

So don't mask those spots, Mask of Magnaminty them!


Friday, 8 January 2016

My Goals for 2016

Firstly, Happy New Year! It's that time of year again when everyone sets new year resolutions and goals and people say the whole 'new year, new me' thing. For me, I want to set goals that are achievable if I focus, plan ahead and keep smiling. The title itself is pretty self-explanatory about this post but I just want to share what my goals are and sort of my bucket list for the year. I understand some of them seem stupid and simple but they mean something to me if I can do it.

•Do a charity skydive and raise over £500
•Travel to as many new countries and cities as possible
•Work hard and achieve good grades in summer
•Get in to university
•Meet the Vamps
•Feel more confident with my body
•Improve my blog and photography
•Spend more time with family and friends
•My skin clears up and my acne scars fade
•Pass my driving test
•Decorate my room
•Attend a fashion show in London
•Spend a night under the stars
•Do more photoshoots
•Build a huge blanket fort and have a movie marathon
•Send a message in a bottle in the sea
•Throw someone a surprise party
•Visit a film premiere
•Write letters to myself for 10 years time
•Go to a festival
•A week long sleepover with my best friends

Looking at a huge list like that can be some what seem as daunting and terrifying but there is 366 days this year (well 358 now) but I am determined to get most of these achieved by the end of the year. I want to be able to say on December 31st that this year I've been successful in chasing my dreams and reaching my goals.

What are your goals for this year?
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