Bowls. Lampshades. Baskets. Plant pots. Fairy lights.

Is it sad that I never want this copper trend to end? Copper homeware is slowly taking over my life, help me!! I have recently moved in to my second year university room and I made sure that copper featured massively in my new place.

I mean check our this gorgeous lampshade from Sass and Belle. The geometric design, THE COPPER ughhhhh! It is just so gorgeous and it’s going straight in my basket.









An essential for any room is some photo frames. How about this delightful one from Paperchase? Guess what colour it is? you got it.. It’s COPPER! It’s a little bit more expensive than your average photo frame but I love the new design of glass space surrounding your photo. Very faux vintage.

Ahhh, I get it. You have now bought too many copper things and need somewhere to store them. I have your back with this one too. A COPPER WIRE BASKET from B&Q; the perfect place for storing all your copper goodies. I got myself a pack of 2 from the Range for such good value for money but the copper is quite orange toned. I would suggest getting this one from B&Q for your typical blogger goodies like a 3000 thread count Egyptian blanket or your extensive collection of Vogue magazines.

Obviously a house is not a home without kitchen essentials. Sass and Belle have got your back there too. They have a selection of bowls, cups and measuring instruments for your pleasure.  I have linked the cup below but they have a whole section on their website dedicated to COPPER GALORE


In need of a new clock? No worries, get yourself a copper one for £4.99 in B&M. Look at the design, look at it!!! It’s just perfect, come on. This clock is so sleek and trendy, I love it. I have seen a few YouTubers pick this up so clearly you’re on to a winner with this one.









Okay, Okay, I get it. I’ve shown you enough copper now. But I mean… You wouldn’t mind another few things…surely?

If you are eally in to this copper trend and don’t mind dropping a bomb on some home accessories then this lamp from is a massive £275. I know… wtf?! Ahhhh It’s undeniable that is crazy cute though, come on!

Yes what a fantastic idea, a copper toilet brush…. Wait what? Yep! The copper trend is literally extended to stuff it isn’t necessary to copper-ify? It’s also a complete waste of money at £25! I recommend popping to your local Wilko and sticking with your £1.99 plastic bargain. Okay.. Maybe people went too far…

Ella x
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We all have those days.

The days where you want to wear clothes 3 sizes too big and avoid mirrors so you don’t know if you’ve gained weight. The days where you don’t do your hair and makeup and instead curl up in bed for hours and watch TV. The days where you go out with friends and in photos you can’t help but feel you look the worst.

Nobody deserves to feel that way about themselves and I thought this required some of my favourite tips for boosting your self esteem when you need it most.


Tip Number One: Write a List

This honestly seems like the hardest thing in the world to do and at first it made me feel crap but if you sit down with a pen and blank piece of paper, titling it ‘What do I love about me?’, I can assure you it won’t be empty forever. I’ll be frank, it took me a few hours to get one. I enlisted some help from my friends and boyfriend and after a day I had a list of 20 things I loved about myself that I never even thought about. It honestly can be anything from loving your baby toe or the way that you laugh so easily at films. These kind of lists help when some days are awful, trust me on that!

Tip Number Two: Hobbies

This honestly helped me so much. I suggest either taking up a hobby you already had before and have dropped or even starting something anew. When doing this, set yourself a goal that is reasonable and yet still feels a little out of reach (in order to make you work for it!) I had done some cross stitching yeaars ago and decided that for my mum’s birthday I would cross stitch a black and white cat in the garden for her (much like our 3 at home). I was really struggling while revising for my exams at university. I didn’t think I was good enough to be on my course and it was negatively impacting everything around me. Focusing energy in to something else prevents negative thoughts from consuming you, as well as being proud of yourself when you reach your goal. My mum loved her gift and I was proud of myself for trying something new and succeeding.

Tip Number Three: Make Someone Else Happy

It may seem like your achieving the opposite and boosting someone else’s self esteem but honestly, complimenting somebody else makes you feel equally as good when you know you’ve made their day. I think this point is particularly important for women as rather than pitting yourselves against one another it’s so much more rewarding to actually stop comparing and just be nice to yourselves and others. Instead of feeling jealous that someone is slimmer than you, has got the job you wanted etc. saying “well done on that promotion” or “you look fantastic today” makes them feel great and in return makes you happy. You never know, someone might have something nice to say back!
This also helps in building more friendships and support when it’s you who needs the compliment instead.

Tip Number Four: Take Care of Yourself

As I mentioned at the beginning, low self esteem days often mean you may reflect the inside on the outside. Taking the time out of your day to look after yourself is so important. So do your nails, wash your hair, do a face mask and just relax. I guarantee you will feel better soon after (and even if you don’t you’ll look good being sad eh)


Tip Number Five: Exercise

I think this is the tip everyone reads and goes ughhhh but sadly we all know it is true. Exercising will make you feel so much better and there is something about the ache the day after working out that gives you a feeling that you have achieved. I have also stumbled across some online tips about exercising while in bed which seems like a great idea. I often do small things like scissor leg lifts or a few crunches if I want to exercise but can’t bring myself to leave the comfort of bed.

And… if you don’t like that idea I would recommend just reading a lovely book in a warm bed. Nothing beats getting yourself engrossed in a good book and trying something non-fiction is also worth it too! You never know when you could use the information and learning something new is a winner for self esteem.

Ella x
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I had the delight of going to the Globe Theatre on Tuesday 23rd August to see Macbeth with my boyfriend. Adam (my boyfriend) has never read or seen a Shakespeare play in his life so I took it as my duty as an English Literature student to open his eyes to the wonders of Macbeth (how cheesy).

We took an early train and arrived in London at about half 10, heading straight to Camden to do some Pokemon hunting – shamelessly. I’ve only been to Camden once before so I loved wondering around the individual shops and looking at the gorgeous vintage clothes.


An awesome place in Camden

I had booked the 2pm showing but having faith in miserable English weather didn’t expect 29c to be burning down on my ginger skin for 3 hours straight! We stocked up on lots of drinks from outside the Globe, something I would not recommend, unless you somehow get off on buying water for £1.80; pure daylight robbery!

The Performance

The performance had mixed reviews online but I was excited to see what the cast could bring to such a famous play. Some of the scenes were incredible, especially those of the supernatural nature. I particularly loved when Banquo’s ghost plagues Macbeth at a banquet – the cast used a black sheet pulled tight over Banquo to give the illusion of something terrifying and the outline of a face and hands desperately writhing to break free were visible to the audience. (I have to admit that it heavily reminded me of Voldemort but yeah.. anyway).


Inside the Globe

Also, if you can afford the seated area and you don’t mind paying a bit extra I would totally go for it. Standing at night is totally different compared to midday in the hot sun and I have to admit that I felt pretty faint in the first act. I have actually seen people faint at night before too so sometimes the £5 bargain isn’t all that worth it if you miss half the performance!

Turns out Adam absolutely loved the performance and I am over the moon that he did. Even for someone who reads Shakespeare a lot, the language is often hard to grasp but it’s undeniable that with the Globe you are guaranteed a fantastic performance filled with energy.

Meal Time!

Afterwards we had a lovely meal at the Pizza Express next door and the view over South Bank and the Thames was pretty lovely! I thought I would include some photos to show you too.


View of St Pauls from Pizza Express

Overall, I think it’s safe to say that we loved the Macbeth performance and I can’t wait to go again soon. I’ve added the link below for the showings if you are interested in going yourself too.

I would definitely recommend checking out for more information about the theatres and what’s on in London!

Ella x
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My trip to China was something that was very spontaneous and yet has had a lasting impact on me. I decided to take part in a volunteering programme with GotoCo and travelled on the 2nd June from Heathrow to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Beijing and finally Beijing to Guilin, landing on the 3rd June.



I was so so so nervous. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for a while and taking the plunge on such a trip was a huge milestone for me personally, even if it meant that I had horrific panic attacks everyday for a week prior to leaving. I had to say goodbye to my family and boyfriend who were my comfort blanket and I took this opportunity to be independent for myself and learn what I was capable of – disallowing my mental illnesses to have control over me.

I had the weekend to get adjusted to my surroundings, meet the lovely Hargun from MA, USA who was going to be volunteering with me, and get over the jetlag before starting my 3 and a half weeks at a nursery in Yangshuo.

The Nursery

The nursery was slightly out of the town with stunning views. Every time I looked out the window I was blown away by the scenery – nothing like I have ever seen before. I’ve included a photo of the view from the teacher’s office, just to give you an idea.


I was lucky enough to teach a class of 10-15 children, aged 2-3 years old, that kept me on my toes all day! They were the most adorable children who put a smile on my face everyday and made being 5000 miles from home seem so easy. Obviously, the language barrier was something that made lessons hard and I would be lying if I said it was a breeze and everything I planned was a success. Sometimes things got lost in translation with the teachers so I had to change my ideas so that they could help explain to the children and we even had a day where the power went out, rendering us hopeless!


Excuse the sweaty, red face and humidity (it was 99% wtf!) ruined hair. This is my adorable class

Exploring Yangshuo

Alongside having the time of my life working with such cuties, Hargun and I frequently explored the area on bikes with dodgy brakes. The town had a road conveniently named ‘West Street’ where we went if we had got slightly tired of the staple Chinese foods and were craving a pizza and diet coke. The shops featured typical tourist souvenirs that I couldn’t help but get (I’m a sucker for overpriced tourist rubbish!) and it was where we spent a lot of our evenings.


A tourist shop in West Street

Hargun and I also took part in a calligraphy lesson with one of teacher’s relatives from the nursery. Those couple of hours were probably one of the best moments of the trip and it happened to be the day before I left so I didn’t get the opportunity to return. Stone was so lovely, making Hargun and I personal posters about friendship, love and life.


This is my favourite photo! Writing ‘everlasting’ which quickly became my favourite

The Benefits

I feel that my trip helped hugely with my anxiety. I was forced in to circumstances I would previously have avoided and yet I didn’t spontaneously combust like I thought I would (shocking, eh?) I made some great international friendships which I am so grateful for and I learnt how to travel alone through countries where I can’t speak a word of the language. Flying still isn’t my forte but at least it’s getting there! I mean who enjoys turbulence anyway!?

I thought to end this post I would include a few more photos from the trip to give you an idea of what we did. I feel super blessed to have been able to go on such a trip and I hope you enjoyed reading my first real post!



Cave Exploring


Birthday girls

Ella x
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Well done to everyone who has got a place at university this year or is moving on to further education of some sort!

I thought it was perfect timing to give you guys some tips on student budgeting and how to look after your finances. I know it’s boring and most people would rather go out and enjoy being a student but trust me it will come back to bite you!

Tip Number 1: Pick the Right Student Account

When I got to uni I had completely pushed back the idea of shopping around for different bank accounts and just stuck with my trusted Barclays account. I suggest checking what banks are available on your campus for convenience if you need their help. To give you a low down of a few:

  1. Santander: Many people I know moved to Santander when they went to university and think it’s the best! They offer you a 4 year free railcard which is fantastic (it’s around £30 a year normally) and from what I’m aware, your overdraft is automatically provided.
  2. Barclays: The best and worst bit about Barclays is that you have to make an appointment to obtain your student overdraft. This is crappy because who can be bothered reaaaally but then also fabby for the same reason – it totally put me off getting an overdraft and therefore forced me to budget.

Tip Number 2: Take Advantage of Student Discount

Unidays and NUS are both fantastic for student discounts. On Unidays, you can get Apple Music half price at £4.99, 15% discount from Dell, 50% off the Financial Times as well as the average 10% discounts from retailers. They have a great app too which I am forever using in Chiquitos to get 25% off food.
NUS is also fab, providing 10% off at the Co-op, 25% at the Odeon and 25% off National Express. Their card is only £12 a year which is great when you think of the savings!

Tip Number 3: Get a Job!

This is obviously one of the most common pieces of advice given to students but take it with a pinch of salt. I’ve seen people massively over work themselves with their degree and employment and personally I wouldn’t recommend working more than 12 hours a week on top of your study as it can very easily become too much.
Also, make sure that your employer is aware of your student status – might be a bit of a shock if you disappear at Christmas for a month without notice!
Retail is often very good flexible work for students, as well as bars/restaurants and any on campus shops or cafes that work for the student union. I often worked in my holidays away from uni and didn’t work while I was there so that I had a small income now and then to get me by.
I recommend using Indeed, Totaljobs and Student Beans which is where I have had the most success getting jobs.

Tip Number 4: Weekly Budget

It’s hella boring but hella necessary. It doesn’t have to be a detailed spreadsheet of your income but make a rough budget for yourself every week to stick to. This particularly goes for food. Eating out and getting takeaways seems fab the first few times but wait until the dreaded fresher’s extra pounds creep up on you!! If you take my advice, do a weekly online order as you can get a great idea of how much you have spent. Definitely buddy up with others to avoid charges too (normally it has to be over £40). ASDA is great for cheap, good food and is handy for comparing your online orders to get discount.


Tip Number 5: Buy and Sell Cheap

Course books can get crazy expensive very quickly so I suggest checking eBay and local Facebook buy and sell pages to get them for a good price – the same goes for selling them on after use. Also, in your second year, you may need to buy extra furniture and you can get some great deals from previous students who need quick cash.

Tip Number 6: Drunk Smart

I have learnt the hard way with this one! Avoid taking your debit card out with you for several reasons. 1) You may loose it 2) you spend waaaaaaay too much which isn’t fun checking the next day. I’d definitely ensure that you’re only going out on a student night as it’s when you will get the best offers on drink; a local’s night can be a lot more expensive.
Find a cash machine near where you live that doesn’t charge to withdraw and stick to it! My campus had a machine that was used by so many people that you could only take out £20 notes, only prompting you to spend more than you needed to.

Tip Number 7: Washing

This was something I hadn’t even thought about when I started uni! Washing was crazy expensive so I often abused my lovely mother by bringing it back with me whenever I could. I would definitely suggest doing your washing with someone else and splitting the cost as it can definitely eat away at your bank balance over time.
Also, my college didn’t allow you to use certain washing products in their machines so check before buying. I often used handwash in my sink for my underwear which soon caught on with others in my flat!

Tip Number 8: Organise your Dates

Print out your student finance dates so that you’re aware of when you’ll receive your loans and any bursaries you’re eligible for. Be aware though that it is often a few days late so don’t push your balance to the last couple of pennies in hope for a lump sum. I recommend not getting overexcited by a lot of money coming in and instead finding out what dates you have to pay your rent, how much it is, and moving it in to a separate bank account which you don’t touch (remember to move it back when you have to pay though!). This helped me a lot as it gave a more realistic impression of what money I had and how long it would last me.

I felt this post would be useful for many people starting (or already at) university as they’re all points I have learnt over the past year and have meant that I have been able to afford what I want to do and avoid relying on large overdrafts!

Ella x
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