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20.5.18

Sick Tings 014

Exams start tomorrow, fook, so this week has certainly been a quieter one. I only have two exams this semester and after those I don't have uni again until September. My first exam is Perception and the other is Developmental Psychology. I cannot wait to be done with them both, Perception especially. This girl is not a fan of cognitive psychology, especially with all the physics there is thrown into this particular module too. 

This week has been a good week food wise. Yet another white chocolate and strawberry crepe was consumed - I ought to have shares in Sprinkles at this rate. There is just something about those things. 10/10. This year I have been kit sec and social sec for a society at uni, and this week was our last week as the current committee as I decided not to re-run for next year. I was given some lovely gifts at our last session and I still can't believe the year is over already.  I've made some really good friends this year and unfortunately a few of them are graduating this summer - it's genuinely the end of an era...  Uni is going to be so different without them. At our committee handover this week, we ordered a metric tonne of Dominos, and it's fair to say I ate an unholy amount of it. So much so that I've felt a bit sick ever since. Gluttony. It was nice to meet our successors though and hand over the baton for hopefully what will be another fantastic year for the society. 

Whilst revision has consumed the majority of my time this week, I've also done a fair bit of procrastinating. The other evening I decided to make banana bread for the first time and it was actually delicious. I used this Mary Berry recipe and my gal didn't let me down. My housemates and I devoured it all in a matter of days. This is a recipe I will absolutely be making again, and if you've never made banana bread this recipe is a good one. 

Another exciting that happened this week is my first sponsored post over here on becc4.co.uk went live. The email landed in my inbox last weekend and I had to take a double, triple and quadruple check that I wasn't hallucinating. I'm still so shocked that I was even asked, let alone sponsored by the huge brand in question... I've linked the post here if you haven't already seen it and are intrigued as to who it was and want to see who it was that sponsored me this week. 

So yeah, there's not much to report this week - just a lot of work, food, more work and even more food. 

What have you done this week?

Posts published this week:
// A Spontaneous Shopping Trip Haul 
// Blog Photography 101* 

19.5.18

Blog Photography 101*



As much as it drives my friends and family mad, I am that person that always has to take photos of everything. Going for dinner at a restaurant? It’ll be photographed. Baked a cake? Better get a picture for the gram. New clothes? Should probably take an outfit pic. My friend’s doing something stupid? This certainly needs to be documented. On holiday? Every second of the day will be photographed. I love taking photos. So much so, in fact, that I took GCSE photography outside of school. My Year 9 art teacher was genuinely so upset that I wasn’t going to be taking photography any further (due to my other options taking priority, hello triple science) that she offered to teach me in my own time. Despite it being a two-year course, I managed to squeeze it all into an hour a week session in a year and managed to come away with an A. So yeah, I’m pretty proud.  

For today’s post, I thought I’d compile a little list of some blog photography tips that I’ve managed to pick up along the way. I currently have a Canon DSLR but ideally would like to upgrade to something like this Mirrorless 12-60mm Lens Camera* in the future. I bought my camera back in 2013 so it’s fair to say it’s a little outdated now, but it still more than does the trick.

Bright lighting

I know this one sounds pretty obvious but it honestly makes a whole world of difference. It’s a pain when it’s dull and overcast outside and photography plans have to be scrapped, but bright natural lighting is the best thing for photos. Fling those curtains wide, open those windows, get all that light in. 

Edit, edit, edit

Haven’t got time to wait for a nice sunny morning? Editing is your best friend. It’s pretty easy to get carried away in the post-processing stage, but sometimes less is definitely more. I always adjust the brightness, check the saturation and play around with all the other settings until I create something I like the look of. It's fair to say I'm not an editting whiz, and tend to just go with the flow.

Get a tripod and remote

I’ve had my tripod for a fair while now and it’s definitely been a great help when taking blog photos. Not just for portraits when I can’t rope a family member/friend into giving me a hand, but also for flatlays too. I can’t even begin to explain how much easier it is to take a good flatlay when you don’t need to worry about keeping your hand still whilst holding the camera. Definitely invest in one. 

Tell a story with your photos

This tip sounds a bit cringe but it’s definitely one I think is important. For example, the photo in this post contains an old film camera my Grandad gave to me and a couple of disposables I took in London back when I was about 13. I mean, with a photo of a lipstick it’s admittedly a bit trickier, but with lifestyle photos it's a really nice touch

Create a theme and try to stick to it

Consistency is key, kids, consistency is key. Now I’m not saying all of your photos should be carbon copies of each other, but some sort of coherency is a good idea. Perhaps in the form of a certain flatlay prop, or a particular background, or lighting style. That way when people scroll down your blog there’s a sense of fluidity and it all just sort of fits together.

What is your number one blog photography tip?
*This post contains a sponsored link*

17.5.18

A Spontaneous Shopping Trip Haul

I mentioned in my latest Sick Tings post that I  headed home for the weekend last week. It was lovely. Despite only being home for less than 48 hours, my mum, sister and I managed to squeeze in a very fruitful shopping trip. We hadn't initially planned to go clothes shopping, but we had to return a faulty clothes rail back to Argos (what a glamorous life I lead, it's not all parties and blogging events) and ended up falling into Topshop, New Look, H&M... The usuals. I was only really on the lookout for a potential boat ball outfit, but somehow managed to accumulate quite a haul, none of which including a boat ball outfit. I did, however, make an ASOS order and think I've found the dress I'm going to wear, there's a photo of it on my twitter here if you're interested. I'd love to hear your thoughts. My housemate said it looks like I've just wrapped a beach towel around me so there's that. It's definitely out of my usual dress scope, but I do think I really really like it, and I'll be more than likely wearing it to the ball. 
New Look are currently holding a sale (when are they not??) and I managed to grab all three of these pieces from the sale, winner winner.  Now, let's start with that skirt. I'm still not entirely sure how the tie at the front of it works, but the print is what absolutely sold this to me. I absolutely love the red and the pink together, particularly with the black contrasting with it. This skirt was only £5 and whilst I can't find it online, it might still be in stores if you want to look out for it. The Bonjour tshirt is in one of my favourite colours at the moment and was only £3 ?? Whaaaat? I'm going to pair it with blue denim and my white Missguided leather boots for casual days, and I think it's going to be a vibe. As for the floral number, it's a playsuit and cost a measly £8. I have quite a lot of events/parties/balls coming up after exams so I'm sure I'll be wearing this to one of those. It fits really nicely, and the print is stunning. I'm not usually a florals kinda gal, but there's something about winter florals that really draws me in. 

Shall we just pause here for a second to admire the beauty that is that botanical print? I absolutely love it. Both of the above pieces are from H&M and were only £8.99 each full price?? I've recently ordered quite a few Boohoo playsuits and had to send them back due to them covering less than 30% of my derriere, so was pleasantly surprised when this H&M one was plentiful in length. I got this in a small and it's genuinely a perfect length, so if you're after a playsuit H&M is certainly worth looking at. Wait what, is that two floral pieces in one haul? Yeah it is, kids. This second piece is actually a maxi dress and I'm lowkey in love with it. I haven't had a maxi dress in years, but this one fits like an actual dream. The bodice of it is really tight and the skirt has a slit the whole way up of it, so it's super flattering and not at all frumpy. Get me to Bali in my maxi dress already please. 

Have you bought any new pieces recently?

13.5.18

Sick Tings 013

So, this week started slightly differently to usual, thank youuuuu Bank Holiday Monday. On Sunday night I attended a drum and bass event, and it was definitely one of the best nights out I've ever been on, it definitely makes the top five. For anyone that's interested, we saw SASASAS who I'm actually seeing again at Mutiny festival in a couple of weeks time and I'm so so so excited. Get me in that dnb tent, even if my final exam is only 5 days from then... Ah well, all about living my best life and all that. 

I woke up on Monday morning, admittedly a little worse for wear, to the best text I could have received at that moment. My manager had messaged me saying that I didn't need to go into work today and he'd put it through as holiday. Hellooooo, sunny weather, Bank Holiday chilling.

One of my modules this semester involved participating in a debate, which if you follow me on twitter, I've been going on about a lot about recently. Essentially, we were given our topic one week before the debate but weren't told whether we were for or against the motion. So, we had to prepare arguments for both sides and 10 minutes prior to it beginning we were told which side of the debate we were arguing for. The motion my group was allocated was 'This house would not fund research into illegal drugs'. Considering how much I dislike public speaking, I think it actually went fairly well, wahey. Now that this is over, it means I only have two more modules to finish before second year is officially over! Where the fook has time gone ???

This week I also attended a very flashy, black tie event at uni. It was the volunteering awards, and involved a three-course dinner and plenty of wine. To be honest, I didn't particularly enjoy the food. The chicken main course was the best of the three, but I wasn't so impressed by the one roast potato on the plate? One? Fancy dining isn't for me, I need at least 17. Anyway, we managed to win the two awards we were nominated for, so that was incredible. We went up on stage, the president of the society did a speech, it was all really lovely and a bit of a shocker! No way were we expecting to Uber home with two awards under our belts...

Having not been at home-home in a while, I felt a trip to the land of comfy beds, delicious food and my fam was well overdue before exams well and truly took over. I did my uni park run and then headed back to my family casa. I had an incredible roast for lunch and then my Mum, Sister and I headed for some good ol' retail therapy. I actually picked up quite a lot of stuff, so expect a haul sometime soon... On Saturday evening I was subjected to Eurovision, and I'm not sure I have any words. What even???

What have you been up to this week?

Post published this week:
// Having Skinny Bitch Shouted At Me In The Street

9.5.18

Having Skinny Bitch Shouted at Me in the Street



Lol, so I wish this title was clickbait, it's not. Recently, in this glorious weather we've been having here in the UK, I decided to go for a run into town. The sun was shining, I needed to grab a few bits from the shops and fancied doing something other than revision. So, I put on my gym gear and my trainers and decided to run the 2 and a bit miles into the city center. I wore a t-shirt and cropped leggings, which shouldn't matter, but for the sake of the story, I thought I'd include it.

I got over halfway, albeit after getting some stares from randoms, before another girl, out of absolutely nowhere, shouted 'skinny bitch' at me. I'd never seen this girl before in my life and I certainly didn't know her. Lol, okay hun... I'm not even sure where to start on this one.

Firstly, why even bother shouting at a total stranger, nice things or otherwise?

Secondly, why would you shout something rude at a total stranger unprovoked?

Thirdly, why would you shout something rude at a total stranger unprovoked?

In no way do I need to defend myself here. All I did was go for a run. I wasn't naked and showing off, God forbid, all I did was sweatily jog to the shops to grab some more notepads for revision. I'm not entirely sure where I intended to take this post, I just wanted to address the fact that skinny shaming is very much a thing.

Fat-shaming is often discussed, both on social media and in the press, and quite rightly is just seen as wrong. Skinny-shaming, however, doesn't ever seem to be recognized as a thing? Shouting 'fat bitch'  at a stranger on a jog is taken as a much sincerer crime than shouting 'skinny bitch' and I have no idea why? Both are equally as derogatory, and unnecessary, as each other.

I'm not sure the cause of this apparent dislike to slim people, is it jealousy? Who knows. All I know is that it's vile. I don't see the issues girls have with other girls' bodies?

I have a fast metabolism, am 5 foot 8, wear a size 8 and eat like a horse. Can we not just celebrate this (whilst it lasts) rather than hurl abuse at me in the street?

I obviously didn't say anything in return to this polite, friendly young lady in question, just carried on running safely in the knowledge that I'm not an asshole. I wouldn't be nasty to total strangers on the street. I wouldn't body shame a total stranger. I'm a decent human being. It would have been so easy to have turned around and hurled abuse at her, you know, eye for an eye and all that. But no, why would I stoop to that level? I'm perfectly healthy and am totally happy with my body, and the way I look. Shame this girl wasn't on the same wavelength.

Now, some people may not see an issue in what this lovely girl said to me, and think that I should take it as a compliment. No, hun. It's not a compliment. It's degrading. it's unnecessary and it's just plain rude. 

Can we all plzzzzz stop with the skinny shaming and just all get along?

6.5.18

Sick Tings 012

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was writing something kind of exciting, and this week my article went live! I wrote a piece on Blogging Slumps; what they are and four tips for getting out of them, and this week it got distributed. I wrote it for Blogging Breakthrough magazine, which, if you haven’t already checked it out, I suggest you do so (and not just because I’m in it). It’s quite a lengthy piece and took quite a while to compose so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Another thing that happened this week related to the blogging world, was I attended another blogging event! This one was hosted by The Body Shop, and was at West Quay, for any of you local readers. I had a really lovely evening and came away with quite a few new products to try. I’ve written an entire post on the event – which you can read here. I’ve been giving the products a go, and the stand out product is definitely the Ginseng and Rice Toner… My skin feels so smooth and soft, and this product is the only thing that’s changed recently, so I’m wholeheartedly putting it down to that.

One of my housemates has been on placement on the Isle of Wight for the last few months, and this week saw her finally return from that faraway land. The evening she came back we went for dinner, and ended up going to a restaurant called L’Osteria. I’d never heard of it, but oh my, was the food incredible. The pizzas are 18” of pure Italian delight, and I’m proud to say that I did manage to eat the whole of mine. I went for the standard margherita and I wasn’t disappointed. So, next time you fancy going for a pizza, this is definitely one place to consider.

Guess who finally made it to Parkrun this week after what feels like forever? Yep, it’s me. The weather was far too nice not to do it, and I’d already managed to convince myself to do it, so heading down there was a breeze. It was a tropical (for England) 22 degrees, so it’s fair to say I was a little sweaty once I’d finished. Having not done any training in the last 6 weeks or so I was very positively surprised by my time. Perhaps no training is the best form of training for a Parkrun, who knows. Afterwards, myself and some of the others in the Athletics club headed for brunch at a local restaurant. We sat outside in the sun, sipping pink lemonade and munching on granola. It was lovely. 

We also had another house BBQ this week and summer I am so ready for you. For a very last minute decision (it went something along the lines of, ‘let’s have a bbq’ ‘okay’ ‘I’ll go to the shop now and we’ll cook once I’m back’), we managed to whip up quite a storm. We had burgers, sausages, pasta salads, crisps, fruit, vegetables, the lot. I’d give it a solid 10/10. We even met one of our neighbours after living next door to them for the last 10 months, nothing like a free burger to bring people together.

What have you been up to this week?


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4.5.18

Southampton Bloggers: The Body Shop Event & Haul

On Wednesday evening I headed to another blogger's event with the lovely @Sotonbloggers. This one was hosted by The Body Shop, at West Quay, and was to showcase a few of their newest products. Now, I'm going to be honest here, The Body Shop isn't somewhere I ever pop into and I can't even tell you the last thing I bought from there, perhaps a solid perfume back in '09? Every Christmas and birthday I'm fortunate enough to be absolutely swamped with new toiletries to use, so much so that in my twenty years of life I don't think I've ever bought myself a bottle of shower gel. So, popping into The Body Shop just isn't something I ever find myself doing, as prior to this event, the only things that came to mind when I thought about them were shower gel and body butter. Two things this girl certainly doesn't need any more of... But, this event really changed my opinion of the brand, and I think I could be a convert, particularly to their skincare. 

The event itself was to showcase all of their newest products, particularly the body yogurts and face mists. Both are 100% vegan, which, whilst I don't live a vegan lifestyle myself, is never anything but a good thing. After we'd all arrived at the store, we had a little wander around and then were given a talk through of the products in question. Of all of the mentioned ones, the yogurts were the ones that interested me most. They're body moisturisers with a gel consistency and The Body Shop claim they sink in within 15 seconds. Which, can I just say, if it's true could absolutely revolutionize my skincare habits. So much so, that I knew I had to buy one on this premise alone.

They've launched six scents in the yogurt but my favourite by far was the Almond Milk one. It smells really clean and fresh, and isn't overpowering in the slightest. From what I could see, the Almond was the most popular scent at the event by a country mile, so if you're looking at getting one, that seems to be the blogger's pick. They retail for £8.50 a pot, and I'm really excited to see if it lives up to expectations. 

During the event I also had a skin consultation. I was looking at the plethora of skincare bits in the shop (including a terrifying-looking metal blackhead remover) and didn't really know where to start. After a couple of tests with some interesting devices, it became apparent that my skin was very very dehydrated (note to self: get swigging that H20), and wasn't anywhere near as oily as I thought it was. I was also told the importance of toning, which is something I've never thought was that much of a big deal and hence haven't ever really done. Not toning is apparently, and I quote, 'like washing dishes in soap and then not rinsing them'. Oops. My poor skin.

 I was recommended a whole routine's worth of new products but decided I'd start with the toner and take it from there. My skin can be pretty temperamental, and bombarding it with a whole routine's worth of new products is a bit of a risky move that would only ever end in tears. The toner I bought was the Chinese Ginseng and Rice one, which claims to brighten and smooth the skin. Two things that my acne scar ridden cheeks are always screaming out for. I've used this a couple of times already and I'm actually quite impressed, my skin feels lovely and looks a bit brighter. This retails at £9.50, and could very much be a skincare game changer for me if I keep loving it as much as I do currently. 

We were lucky enough to be gifted a few products to take home with us, one being one of the new face mists. There are five different mists, all targeting different skin types and qualms, and personally, I chose the Mint one. It's the mattifying one, which, in the summer I think is going to be ideal. A fresh scented, mattifying, refreshing facial mist? Sounds good to me. These can be used both on top of and underneath makeup apparently, but don't work as a setting spray, so won't prolong the duration of your makeup. I haven't used this yet, but when I have I'll certainly be reporting back. The other bits in the goodie bag were a British Rose Shower Gel and a Strawberry Conditioner - neither of which I have used before, but both are fully vegan too! Which, as always, I'm sure you'll hear all about once I've tried them.

Thank you for a really nice evening The Body Shop, I'm sure I'll be back soon to pick up the rest of the skincare bits I was recommended and maybe another yogurt or two...

2.5.18

What I Eat In A Day At Uni

Now, I would just like to say before I start that this is actually fairly representative of a typical day whilst at uni. My days always start with the best of intentions and before I know it I'm drunkenly stuffing my face with curry at 2am...

For breakfast, I had natural yogurt with granola, sultanas and dried apricots. Nutritious, right? This particular day I actually woke up quite late and didn't have to go to uni so this breakfast more than did the job. (Your girl usually needs way more food than this if she's heading to lectures/work/anything that isn't just sitting in bed).

As for snacks, I try to eat lots of fruit. I try to eat at least a banana a day as well as some pineapple, blueberries or oranges. No raspberries or strawberries here as this girl is a student and is not forking out £2 for an eat-them-all-in-one-sitting tray of those bad boys. My other current go-to snacks include Fondant Fancies and Sunbites popcorn. What an exciting life I lead.

My lunch this day consisted of hoops and sausages on toast. I mean, it's not exciting nor nutritious, but it is so easy to make and does the job. (Sidenote: is it possible to take an aesthetic photo of some hoops on toast?? Answers on a postcard please)

Onto dinnertime, yay. Spaghetti bolognese defrosted from the freezer for me today. I have this habit of bulk making (at least 10 portions) bolognese and then freezing it for future Becca to enjoy. It's easy, and I stuff it full of vegetables in an attempt to get my five a day.

Now, this is where I intended this post to finish...

However, I ended up going out-out and after leaving the club, as always, was hungry for some drunk food. Near my student house is a sit-down Indian restaurant that is open until 3am, and welcomes drunken students with a £7 meal deal. A curry, naan, poppadoms, onion bhajis and rice for £7? The best part of a night out for sure. I had a chicken makhani and drunk Becca thought it was great. I am still yet to ever visit sober, so who knows how good the food actually is?! But a night that ends in there is never a bad one.

And there we have it, what I eat in a day whilst at uni

29.4.18

Sick Tings 011

Compared to last week (which you can read about here) this week has been a very calm and relaxing one. At the risk of sounding a) very British, and b) very boring, I just want to take a second to discuss this week's weather. What on earth was that?! Please, can that heatwave please come back pronto, I was very much enjoying the bbqs, sitting drinking pints in the sun and wearing alllllll the skirts and dresses. The majority of this week has been spent doing uni work, as exams are less than a month away now, meaning that the end of second year is very rapidly approaching...

Speaking of, I chose my optional modules for next year aka my last year. How quickly has time gone by? The day I moved into halls still feels like yesterday and here I am deciding my last ever modules to study. In case you're interested, I'm doing one on anxiety, one on advertising, one on sexual health, one on developmental mental disorders and the other is an economics one... A right mixed bag, hey? We still have a couple of weeks until we need to finalise our choices, but I'm pretty certain these are the ones I'm going to stick with, even if they do include group work and presentations aka the two worst things about uni.

I bought my ticket to our Psychology Boat Ball this week, and have hence been on the hunt for an outfit to wear to that ever since. I've made a couple of online orders but haven't liked any of the pieces, so the search is to be continued. Speaking of tickets, I also bought a day ticket for Mutiny Festival this week, which may or may not be occurring in the middle of my exams, oops. I mean, as long as I get my head down now and get cracking on some work I'm sure it will be fine.

Guess who watched the Greatest Showman for the second time this week? Yep, it's me. This time I saw it at the cinema with a couple of my friends and I loved it just as much as the first time around and the songs have been ingrained in my head since. To be honest I'm still pretty shocked that I even like the film at all as it's really not my usual sort of thing. Before the film we went for dinner at Frankie and Benny's and can I just say, the bolognese I had there is potentially the worst one I've ever had... So, if you ever find yourself in an F&B's opt for something other than the bolognese, you can thank me later.

My housemate and I woke up fairly early one day this week and decided to go for a run. Now, let me just be honest here, I haven't been running in a long old while, so it's fair to say that jumping straight back into a 5k at my usual pace was an absolute struggle. That being said, once we'd finished I felt really good, so it's definitely something I'm going to try and get back into the habit of doing, even if it's just on my own.

This week saw me do Laser Tag for the first time, and all I want to ask is why it's taken me this long to give it a go? I honestly had such a laugh running around with my friends, being stupid for half an hour or so. We took a minibus there and the driver had only passed his minibus test a couple of weeks previously, so it's fair to say the journey there was an experience. So much so, that we headed straight to Nandos afterwards to avoid another near-death experience. The Nandos was delicious, as usual. And I, unsurprisingly, had another mango and lime double chicken burger.

On Saturday my parents were in Southampton so we headed to 7bone for lunch. No prizes for guessing what I had. Yep, it was another Winner Winner - honestly, you can't beat it. There's just something about that chicken that's so goooood, and if you haven't been before I hightly recommend you go ASAP.

What have you been up to this week?

25.4.18

7 Things I've Done Solely For the 'Gram

- Bullied a family member/friend into taking an outfit photo of me, stood in front of a vaguely interesting wall. And by interesting wall I mean a white wall, or screw that, any sort of wall. Actually, screw that again, bullied a friend to take outfit photos literally anywhere.

- Ordered a more aesthetically pleasing drink in a bar. A vodka lemonade doesn't get the likes rolling in, but a fancy pink cocktail made of glitter, and covered in fruit, that's more like it, even if it does cost 5 times as much.

- Cooked a more aesthetically pleasing meal. What does Becca want for breakfast? A bowl of quick, easy, convenient cereal, yes. Pancakes drizzled with white chocolate that take 3 years to make and clean up, no. But, the latter makes for a more instagrammable breakfast, so pancakes it is, even if by the time you've finished making them it's time for lunch.

- Bulk taken photos for Instagram whilst the lighting was good. To anyone normal person, the prospect of doing that is absurd. But, when you have a theme to keep up, there's no rest for the wicked. These bright white photos aren't going to take themselves...

- Made walls/tables/basically any background whiter in editing to make them fit more cohesively in my feed. Thank you Facetune for assisting me in keeping up my particularly difficult feed to maintain, and helping me catfish that every room in my house/restaurant I visit perfectly matches my theme.

- Created flatlays of the most dull, mundane, everyday objects. A cup of tea and some highlighters? Yeah, that'll make a great doing uni-work flatlay. The people of Instagram will love that.

- Gotten changed just to take a selfie, and then get back into comfy clothes. My faded, toothpaste stained pj top is perfect for lounging it, but god forbid it makes it on the 'gram, there's nothing aesthetic about that.

You can follow my attempts to be aesthetic on Instagram here.