Cambodia Diaries : Siem Reap

27 June 2018

So, it's been just over a year since I embarked on my first solo trip. I travelled to Cambodia for just under a month and it was an incredible experience - perhaps the best of my life thus far. For those of you haven't read my other Cambodia Diary (the link is here) I spent 3 and a half weeks volunteering at a street kitchen for children in Phnom Penh. We had the weekends off, so spent this time travelling to different parts of the country. I personally went to Siem Reap once, and then Koh Rong Samloem twice. 

Travel

We took the Mekong Express bus, which picked up at the Riverside, to Siem Reap and it took about 6 hours. We were given a complimentary bottle of water and a croissant (yum!!) when we got on, winner. The roof leaked and I got rained the whole way, not so much of a winner. But for $12 all in I'm not complaining, and would definitely recommend the service. 

Accommodation

Once we'd arrived we took a tuk-tuk straight to our hostel: One Stop Hostel. It was right next to Pub Street and had some really good reviews. After checking in, it became apparent that we'd made a good choice. The hostel was really clean, in a great location, had aircon, lockers and wifi, and the staff were really helpful and friendly. After dropping our bags off we headed for some food. The first place we spotted was a fast food place, so just dived straight in there (I'm sorry I can't remember the name). The hunger had completely taken over, and as we had to be up early the next morning, it was ideal. 

Back at the hostel, the girls I met on my trip and I were discussing our plans surrounding visiting Angkor Wat the next day. It was only when we decided to set an alarm for 4am, and heard a boy scoff in reaction to that, did we realise we weren't alone in the shared room. Long story short, I invited Eric along with us, and he became the fourth member of our Siem Reap gang. 

Angkor Wat

Our alarms went off at 4am and we all bundled into a tuk-tuk headed to Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise. Unsurprisingly, we weren't alone in this plan and joined the hundreds of other sleep-deprived tourists at the ticket office. The ticket to enter Angkor Wat and a number of other temples is $37 for one day - so it makes sense to hire a tuk-tuk and a driver for the day and see all of the ones you want to.

As for Angkor Wat, I was really impressed, but where we didn't opt to have a guide, we were sort of wandering around aimlessly. We also just missed the sunrise, so definitely head their earlier than you initially planned, as the queue for tickets is pretty long! The Jungle Temple (Ta Prohm) was a really cool place to visit - there are trees growing in and around the ruins of the temple, and is also included in the Angkor Wat ticket - it's definitely worth seeing. 

After exploring a few more temples we headed back to the hostel. Now, our hostel was a sister hostel to 'Onederz' which has a rooftop swimming pool, meaning we had free access to its facilities. So, we grabbed our bikinis and headed for an afternoon of chilling by the pool, after our early start and morning full of exploration. 

Food

For dinner we went to a restaurant called 'Pots and Pans' and the food was really good, I'd highly recommend. Then, we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for drinks as it was one of the girls' birthdays! Following this, we of course had to hit up Pub Street. As the name suggests, it's essentially just a road absolutely crammed with bars and clubs, each offering dirt cheap drinks and lots of dancing. A great night was had and it's fair to say I don't remember an awful lot of it. We then grabbed some noodles from a street vendor for drunk food, and sat on the hostel's roof terrace eating them at 2am.

Massages

We woke up the next day feeling surprisingly perky, so went for massages at one of the nearby beauty salons. After walking into a few, and walking straight back out, it's fair to say you get a vibe of a place. Once we found a welcoming salon, I opted for a moisturising full body massage. It was genuinely amazing. I'd never had a massage prior to that, and I'm definitely a convert. It is a bit weird having a stranger poke you all over your oiled up naked body, but yanno, you get used it. Nothing like getting naked with your newfound travelling friends (that you've known a fortnight) to bond a friendship, hey.

After putting our clothes back on and restoring some dignity, we just about had time to squeeze in some more food. We popped to a nearby restaurant and had noodles before I caught the bus back to Phnom Penh ready for my volunteering placement the following day. I very much enjoyed my time in Siem Reap, but I'm not sure how much longer I could've stayed there. It was really good fun, but besides the temples and clubbing, I'm not sure what else there is to be done. There's much more to do, see and explore in Phnom Penh in my opinion - and definitely enjoyed my time more there. So, if you're planning a trip I'd definitely slot in more time in the capital!

Sick Tings 019

24 June 2018

Ahh, don't you lot worry, I haven't forgotten about you since my brief Love Island twitter 'fame' this week. For those of you that don't follow me over there, I tweeted about missing Love Island on a Saturday, Love Island's official twitter retweeted it and it's fair to say my phone started blowing up. I'm used to 3 likes max and maybe a RT if I'm lucky, so the 183 retweets and 1796 likes was definitely a shock to my notifications. I'll link the tweet here if you're interested. 

On Sunday I worked an earlier shift than usual so was left with a half a day of freedom in Southampton. So, I headed to IKEA for a wander in the hopes of gaining some inspiration for when we move house in a fortnight or so. I didn't end up buying a lot, only a cushion and some fake flowers/plants. I did, however, have a hotdog and cinnamon bun on the way out so all was not lost, the latter are some top tier stuff. The current plan for my new bedroom is a boho theme maybe... I'm not sure, I'm hoping a few more hours of Pinterest scrolling will lead to the eureka moment. 

Last week I put a load of old clothes on Depop and slowly but surely they have been selling. I've been trying to get back into exercising every day, and have been combining the two and running to the post office with my Depop parcels and back. It's a couple of miles round trip and has made running a lot easier as it feels as though it has a purpose. Somehow I managed to pull my calf muscles this week, and so have spent the last few days hobbling around like a right goblin. Serves me right for trying to be too organised, hey? 

This week I hit 1k over on Instagram!!! I know it's not the biggest following ever, but for someone whose account is still relatively new, I'm really really proud! I'm hosting a giveaway over there right now and I'll link it here if you're interested. The prizes include a phone case of your choice courtesy of Caseapp, and a load of beauty products including some Stila, Rituals and Ren. 

The weather has been incredible this week, so I've been spending a fair amount of time out in the sun. I finally managed to catch up with my 'home friends' this week. We did our usual; head to the beach for some daytime drinking. It was bliss. We literally only see each other a handful of times a year now that we're at uni all over the country, but it's always so so nice when we do get the chance to catch up. This week I also went for drinks with my parents, and it was super nice to drink pink gin in a pub garden of a summers evening. Lush. If you still haven't tried pink gin, do it, it's life-changing. 

Since having a garden at uni this year, it's fair to say I've got in quite a lot of practice at BBQ-ing. So much so that I had a BBQ with my parents this week and was in charge of everything - something I've never done before, it's usually my Dads specialty.

Now, my sister and I didn't go to the same upper school, so I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that we have very separate social circles. Anyway, over the last week and a bit, four separate people have approached her to ask about me. We're both equally as shocked about this as we don't think we look anything alike? She's the other girl in the above photo and I'd love to hear your thoughts. How are all these people that don't know her but know me putting the two together?...

What have you been up to this week?

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// How To Increase Your Blog's Domain Authority (DA)
// A Caseapp Review - Worth the Hype ??

A Caseapp Review - Worth the Hype ??

22 June 2018

So, as I'm sure you will have seen, everyone and their sister's pet gerbil seems to be raving about phone cases from Caseapp at the moment. I know the botanical one* is a bloggers fave, and am I surprised? Not at all - look at that gorgeous print! The other case I have is the brushstrokes* style and is the one my phone is currently repping. The amount of joy a new phone case brings me is perhaps a little abnormal, but what can I say, I am a bit of a saddo.

There are tonnnnes of designs and styles, all available on all the typical devices - for reference I have an iPhone 6S. As far as I can tell, all of the cases are the same price, regardless of what phone you're buying for. You can also fully customize a case on the website, using your own photos and designs - a great gift idea, no? I didn't, however, do this personally and instead opted for a couple of the predesigned ones. At £19 they're fairly steep in price, but are they worth it?

The designs are so pretty - just look at these two! As for the quality, I've always been an eBay 99p jobby kinda phone case girl and I can definitely tell the difference between my usual cases and these ones. They're made of a much more durable plastic, and I didn't even go for the cases in the 'tough' line. They feel really nice to hold - so yeah, I'm really impressed. I'm intrigued to see how these wear - will the white one stay white or is it soon destined to be a dirty beige colour? We shall have to wait and see...

Overall, I'm very very pleased with these two cases and I can assure you that my instagram will most probably be bombarded with photos featuring them from now on. Speaking of instagram, this week I will be running a GIVEAWAY to win a case of your own courtesy of Caseapp, as well as a few beauty bits that I've picked out myself. Buzzzzzing. My instagram is @becc4_blog if you're interested. And if that wasn't enough, I also have a 20% off code for any of you that fancy picking yourself up a case or two: BECC420 - if you do, send me a photo, I'd love to see it!

(And yes, I did take my glasses off to use as a prop in this photo. And yes, I did struggle to take said photo what with my eyesight being equal to that of a mole's. The things we do for the 'gram, hey?)

How To Increase Your Blog's Domain Authority (DA)

19 June 2018

Domain Authority – much like pizza, the bigger the better. This post initially had a very very similar opening line, but one with a very different tone. Alas, I figured I ought to keep it parent friendly, you know, hi Mum and Dad, I know you’re reading this. Pizza will do. Anyway, today’s post contains five tips for improving your blog’s DA. I’ve had a couple of other bloggers ask me how they can increase theirs, so thought I’d compile a post to refer to in the hope it could also help a few of you out. I am obviously not saying I know everything about this field, heck, these tips could all be complete BS. That being said, I only bought my domain 3 months ago and already have a DA of 11 – so something seems to be going right…. 

For those of you who have no idea what I’m going on about, Domain Authority is all about how well your site appears in search rankings. DA is scored from 0-100, with websites like Facebook having a DA of 100. As a guideline, lots of bigger brands are often looking to work with bloggers with a score of 30+, whilst other brands look for 20+. DA is not by any means the be all and end all and it doesn’t categorically define how good your content is. A blog could have a DA of 5 and the posts could still be interesting, witty and engaging. Domain authority is simply how well your site fares in rankings, but the two do tend to go hand in hand.

- Make your blog user-friendly   

Yes, those 17 widgets might make your blog look incredible, but if they increase your blog's load time to the time it takes to recite the full story of Romeo and Juliet, they may not be quite worth it. Now, I'm obviously not advising deleting everything other than your content, but maybe just have a look at what you have going on and how much of it is necessary.

In a similar vein, once you've edited your photos be sure to resize them to a more load-time friendly size. My DSLR creates some pretty meaty file sizes, which is ideal for photo printing, but not quite so much for my blog's DA and rank.

- Keep going 

Older domains have a higher DA. I know to some of you this might sound kinda obvious, but it’s definitely something to bear in mind. If your blog is fairly new then don't be disheartened if your DA isn't sky high - these things take time. That being said, the age of your site is not the most important factor with regards to domain authority, there are many other contributing influences.

Just keep producing good quality content and with time this alone will help improve how your blog ranks in people's searches. People enjoy reading good content. People share good content. Just write good content people, just write good content.

- Guest post, guest post, guest post 

These are really fun to do and if you get the chance to guest post on a blog you love – definitely snap their arm off at the opportunity. Now, as with everything, guest posting here, there and everywhere isn’t the answer. In regards to DA, posting on blogs with similar content to yours is important. There’s little point guest posting on a gardening blog if your content has never featured the words: spade, lawnmower or trowel, or what to do with them. Plus, the readers of said gardening blog are there because they want to hear about when best to plant their tulips and how to prevent weeds growing in windowboxes – not your review of Glossier’s latest release. If you write about beauty, post on another beauty blog. You’re also more likely to attract their readers to your site as it’s clearly the type of content they enjoy reading.

Another note on guest posting – don’t spam your post with 17 links to different pages on your blog, one or two will suffice, don't take the mickey.

- Fix any broken links

Again, this isn’t one of the most important factors but it is one of the easiest to correct. There are so many sites out there that will check your site for broken links, and many of them are free. I currently use this one and I haven’t had any problems with it. In case you weren’t sure, a broken link is just a link that doesn’t do what it should. Perhaps it's been incorrectly typed or a URL has been changed or deleted. This doesn’t need to be done regularly, every once in a while will do.

- Do some internal linking 

The effectiveness of this is often discussed online with some people claiming it has a large impact on DA whilst others argue that internal links do nothing. I’m not an expert on this, and I’m not sure what the real answer is, but I try and do it in every post nonetheless. Not only for the possible increase in DA but to promote posts to my readers that they might not have seen, and increase their overall time on my blog. Every week I do a round up post titled Sick Tings (here’s my latestsee what I did there?) and in that I always link to the posts I’ve published in that week. That way if people have missed a post and like the sound of it, it’s very easily accessible. If you're posting a haul from a brand you've previously posted about, link it! Mentioned a product in a favourites that has its own review post, link it! You get the picture.

And there you have it, a handful of ways to help your blog appear higher in peoples searches. Let me know how these work for you, and if you have any other tips be sure to leave them in the comments

Sick Tings 018

17 June 2018

I've spent the last week just chilling at home and it has been bliss. I mean, it couldn't have been less like a week at uni if I'd tried. There's been no drinking or nights out, lots of delicious food and plenty of good nights worth of sleep. One of the highlights of being home is 100% the roast dinners. Roasts are something I'm deprived of at uni, mainly due to my lack of motivation and expertise - do you know how hard it is to make roasties as good as my Mum's? Honestly, it's not worth bothering, quit while you're ahead and all that. I'll stick to mash.

Speaking of food, my house and I went for our last supper (of second year, we're living together again next year) at Baffi. I'd never been before but was really impressed. I had the bolognese pizza and it was delish. I can't believe we'd never been there before - it's oh so local, really well priced and the pizzas are amazing. I highly recommend. 

This week I've been making an effort to get back out running again. The last 6 weeks or so have been incredibly lazy, mainly due to exams and then many nights involving copious amounts of alcohol. The running itself has actually been quite fun. Where I live is very green and foresty so there are plenty of places to run without having to repeat the same dull route, and it's easy to avoid pervs in cars. 

I've been trying to get on top of a lot of becc4.co.uk related stuff this week and have finally made a proper Pinterest account. My username is becc4blog and you can follow me here. I'm still trying to get to grips with how best to use it for my blog, so if anyone has any tips please slide in my DMs.

An exciting parcel arrived this week containing a load of my photos from second year. These prints* are from Printiki and are the Square M style, I opted for a white borderand a matte finish. They arrived super quickly and I'm really impressed with the quality - I can't wait to put them up in my new room. I love getting photos printed, but choosing just a handful from the thousands and thousands I've taken is always a mission. Note to self: get photos printed more often.


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ITINERARY : TRAVELLING VIETNAM IN 4 WEEKS

15 June 2018

If I hadn't already mentioned it enough times, this summer I am doing quite a lot of travelling, including 5 and a half weeks of backpacking around Southeast Asia. Last summer I spent 4 weeks solo travelling around Cambodia (you can read my tips for solo travelling as a female here and the first of my Cambodia Diaries on Phnom Penh here) and decided that I wanted to travel more of Asia this summer. My housemate and I are going together, and the current plan is to visit Thailand, namely Bangkok, Vietnam and Laos. We fly into BKK mid-July and the next day we fly to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. We will be in Vietnam for less than 30 days so will be able to apply for our visas online before we go. 

As aforementioned, the first stop on our tour of Vietnam is HCMC. We fly in at about 4pm, have two full days there and then leave early on the third day. One thing I'd like to do whilst there is visit the Cu Chi tunnels - I think it'll be one of those things that you don't fully understand and comprehend until you see them for yourself. Ben Thanh Market is another place on my list to visit, gimme all the food.

With regards to getting around Vietnam, the current plan is to buy an open bus ticket that will allow us to travel all the way from the bottom Vietnam up to Hanoi. From what we've read online the tickets are very affordable and the service isn't horrendous - win win! 

Next up is Da Lat. This is meant to be very good for canyoning, which it's fair to say I'm already a bit apprehensive about. I have absolutely no balance and the athletic ability of a wooden spoon, so we shall see how that goes... We're spending two whole days in Da Lat and then heading to Nha Trang.

We've heard mixed reviews of Nha Trang but decided we wanted to see it for ourselves for a couple of days and make our own judgement. Following this, we're then getting a sleeper bus to Hoi An.

Hoi An is potentially the place I am most looking forward to visiting. I have heard so many good things about it and I can't wait to experience it for myself. Our three days here will be spent wandering the ancient town, eating all the good food and just relaxing on the beach before heading to Da Nang.

The Marble Mountains are the main thing we want to see in Da Nang before heading to Hue two days later. I'm not sure we have any set plans for Hue, but I'd really like to see the Hai Van Pass. Then, after Hue is Phong Nha.

In Phong Nha we plan on visiting the Paradise Cave and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park - google it, it's gorgeous. We have scheduled two full days here before heading to Ninh Binh on a sleeper bus. We have two full days in Ninh Binh (are you sensing a theme here?) and plan on taking a boat ride here between the rice fields and mountains. 

Then from Ninh Binh we're heading to Cat Ba Island. Halong Bay is perhaps the most visited part of Vietnam, unsurprisingly, just look at that white sand, turquoise water and the limestone mountains. We're not actually going to go to Halong Bay, instead opting for a very similar but slightly less touristy option; Cat Ba Island. We're planning a few days on the Island before heading to our last stop in Vietnam: Hanoi. 

After a good thorough explore of Hanoi we are flying to Luang Prabang, the first of our three stops in Laos. This itinerary is of course entirely flexible, and we probably won't stick to it, but if you're planning a trip to Vietnam I hope this was helpful!

Have you ever been to Vietnam?

Birchbox - First Impressions and Review (May & June)

13 June 2018

Can I even call myself a beauty blogger if I've never had a beauty subscription box?? Yes? No? Either way, I've been doing so regardless. I do, however, like marble print, rose gold and striped t-shirts, so that's a few of the blogger's checklist ticked off. Anyway, Birchbox were recently selling their May box for a fiver plus £2.95 so I figured it was a good time to give one a go. I had a fairly good idea of what I was expecting having seen a few pictures and posts online, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it all. The concept itself is really cool. A monthly flat rate subscription (£10 + £2.95 shipping) which posts 5 beauty samples to your door. My worry? I'd have piles of small travel sized samples of products I know I'd never get around to using. Expectations aside, let's get onto the boxes...

May - Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze 


Now, we of course need to start by addressing the gorgeous print of this box - look at those botanicals. I'm definitely going to be using this on my desk to store all the little bits of toot I can't seem to live without. As for the products, the theme for this box was all about getting ready for summer. Inside were a Doucce Lip Stain, a Greenfrog Botanic Bodywash, a Native Unearthed Deodorant Balm, a Marcelle 8in1 Power Serum and an Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. Whatta mix of products. 

I'd never heard of any of the brands, besides Eyeko, as I have previously owned their Skinny Liner and loved it. The Doucce Lipstain is a dream to apply and is so so light on the lips. I'm not so sure about this particular colour on me, it's a bit too much of a bright in your face pink for me. I haven't worn it for a prolonged amount of time, but when I have I'll definitely update you on its longevity. It retails at £21, and is quite drying, so I don't think this will be a product I'd repurchase in the future.

Serums are a product I don't think I've ever used. I mean, coming from the girl that has only recently started using a toner I'm sure that will come as no surprise. I don't have anything to comment on the one in this box as I'm yet to give it a go. I have swatched it on my hand, however, and it's very very light, so that's a promising start. The Bodywash is a really fresh scent; 'relaxing geranium and peppermint' and I'm definitely going to save it for future travels as it's a really handy size. 

Now, onto the curveball (in my opinion) of the box - the deodorant balm. Sidenote: mine actually came with a chunk missing??? Anyway, this is a product I'm not sure I'd ever think about picking up or using. I love the concept - an all natural, portable product, but the thought of rubbing this all over my sweaty summer pit is not something quite up my street. But, in the name of fairness, I will give this a go and I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts.

June - 5th Birthday Box 

The idea behind this box is a tea party, hence the gorgeous biscuit tin, which I'm also definitely going to be reusing. From the offset, I was much more impressed with the products in this box and can see myself genuinely using all of them. Maybe that's the thing with these subscription boxes - you win some, you lose some. This box also included a bonus gift: three Whittards teabags. 

As for the beauty products, included were a Number 4 Hair Balm, an Ella Eden Eyeshadow in Julia, a Polaar 30 UVA Suncream, a Lord and Berry Strobing Pencil and The Porefessional Pearl Primer. I've swatched both the eyeshadow and the strobing pencil and I'm actually impressed by both of them. They're both really pigmented and shimmery and I can definitely see myself reaching for them whilst doing my makeup. 

My hair is often a bit of a frizzy, curly mess so the smoothing hair balm could be a bit of a life changer if it lives up to all of its claims. It apparently minimises frizz, restores softness and protects against humidity - three things my hair can always do with in summer. 

If you weren't already aware, I'm doing a lot of travelling and backpacking in the next few months and am going to need all the suncream I can get my hands on. This looks like a really really nice one, so I'm excited to see how it compares to some of the cheaper ones I have been using. 

Benefit's Porefessional has become a bit of a cult product, hasn't it? I'm not sure if I've ever used the original (and if I have, it couldn't have been life-changing if I can't remember it) but this one contains pink pigment for brightness. This will be great for those no makeup sunny days, when you want something on your skin, but not 3 inches of foundation, concealer, powder and half a metric tonne of highlighter. Again, when I've given it a thorough test I will report back. 


And there we have it, my views and first impressions of the most recent Birchboxes. I would say I've been pleasantly surprised, and whilst I adore the actual box from May, the products in June's box were far better for me. 

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?

Sick Tings 017

10 June 2018

Okay, so please could someone explain to me how time works? No way has a whole week of summer already passed? A week of lectures feels like forever, but 7 days of freedom fly by at a rate of knots. Like how has it already been a week since BlogconLDN? (Which I posted about here.) Speaking of, this week I booked tickets to London to see Lucy again and to finally meet Fran!! We're planning a day of good food, pretty photos and allll the classy bars, expect a bombardment of photos.  

So this week saw me attend two boat balls on consecutive nights, am I crazy? Maybe. I'd never been on a boat ball before so the excitement clearly got to me. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I had a really fun time. Everyone gets dressed up, downs a few beverages and then boards a fairly large boat ft a dancefloor and a bar. The boat then just sails around for a few hours whilst more drinking ensues, people dance, and copious amounts of photos are taken. The second ball was much the same except the boat itself was much smaller meaning a) claustrophobia and b) it was rockier on the water - not ideal when you're a few bevs in. 

We also had what could be our last BBQ at our house, this week. I mean, our 'garden' is the typical student house garden: a concrete square covered with weeds and a scattering of traffic cones. The food was good though, we made vegetable kebabs, as well as having the usual burgers and sausages. 

This week I took two of my pals to Bournemouth for the day. We had a delicious lunch, a wander along the seafront in the rain (classic Bournemouth) and did a bit of shopping. I've written a whole post on the day which you can read here. We also ended up having a low key house party that night too, all started by a Love Island drinking game.

Saturday saw me go for a Nandos (mango and lime double chicken burger with peri chips if you're offering) and a shop in town with one of my gal pals. We had a really nice lunch and catch up before we both head home home for summer. I picked up a lovely bikini in Primark - I'm sure it'll be over on my insta soon. Then, in the evening I went for drinks with another of my gals and drank pink gins in pretty bar gardens. Bliss. 

This week I hit 900 followers on Instagram and I am soooo happy! It happened whilst we were in Bournemouth, and I can't believe that I'm so close to 1k now! If you'd like to follow me you can do so here, I'd be eternally grateful! 

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OUTFIT / Beach Wanderin' In The Rain

8 June 2018

So, yesterday, a couple of my uni friends and I headed to Bournemouth on the train. It's not at all far from Southampton, we were there within 40 minutes, so I'm not quite sure why it took us 2 years to visit having spoken about doing it for ages. For those of you don't know, Bournemouth is my hometown(ish) so it was really fun to show my friends around. We had checked the weather and were promised a warm sunny day, but the second we stepped out of the station it started absolutely pouring down, lush. It's safe to say we didn't need the bikinis we'd packed and the umbrellas were a much better shout. 

We went to Ask Italian for lunch and it was honestly delicious. I'm not sure I've ever been to an Ask before but it was genuinely really good. Sidenote, the restaurant at BH2 is gorgeous - the decor is so my aesthetic and well worth visiting. I had the garlic bread with mozzarella (always, wherever I go), the linguine carbonara and a still raspberry lemonade and I'd recommend all three. Incred.

Besides a bit of shopping, we also went for a walk along the beach and ate a 99 in the rain. Welcome to sunny Bournemouth, friends. I've said that we have to go back on a sunnier day to get the full experience on the UK's no.1 beach (fact).

Jumper - New Look
Skirt - New Look
Shoes - New Look
Sunglasses - Primark 


I mean, I know this isn't a very useful outfit post as I can't link any of the items, but maybe it'll give you some sorta inspiration/reading this will pass some time. I know the sunglasses are still in stock, but I haven't seen the other pieces instore/online recently. The shoes are old-old but I featured the skirt in this post here

Ps sorry about the poor quality photos - I know it looks like these photos were taken on a potato, they weren't, but they certainly weren't taken with my DSLR.

7 Things No One Tells You About Going To University

6 June 2018

Having just finished second year, I am now technically in my third and final year of University, eek. Where has time gone??? I know I say it all the time, but going to uni has been the best experience of my life thus far, and I honestly wouldn't change it for the world. I've met some amazing people, I've done things I never imagined I'd do, all whilst living with my best friends. Life is good, boys and girls. That being said, there are quite a few things I hadn't realised about uni until I got there, so I thought I'd compile a list of a few of them 

1. Being an adult is expensive

It's only when you move out and have to fend for yourself that you realise that daily life is expensive. There's no magic fairies around restocking toilet roll and laundry detergent, and every month there are utility bills that unfortunately aren't optional. School never prepared me for the heartbreak that is spending £30 on a water bill. 

2. Making it to 9ams is an extreme sport for only the bravest

Now that I'm at university I have no idea how we all went to school for 8am every day, no hassle. 9ams are always the emptiest of lectures and there's always that sense of achievement when you do actually make it to one. It's not like 9 is even that early, there's just something about 9ams lectures...

3. Going out gets boring

Lol, am I allowed to be a student and say that? I don't know, there's something pretty dull about dancing around in a club to the same exact songs for a fourth night in a row that just doesn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, I loooove a good drunken boogie with my friends, just not 10 day benders, please and thank you.

4. Your housemates absolutely make or break your experience

Obviously, there are far more people at your university besides just your flat, but your flatmates are the ones you see all the time, day in day out. You argue with them all the time about washing up, being messy and taking the bins out, but at the end of the day, there's nothing that binds a friendship better than cleaning a sick covered toilet together. Whilst it's not the end of the world, being put in a 'bad' flat definitely puts a huge dampener on the whole uni experience. 

5. Cooking and preparing meals is a chore

Before uni I was so excited for the freedom of cooking and eating whatever I want when I want. Spoiler: that gets boring real quick. After 7 laps of Aldi and only a packet of custard creams in your basket, the novelty really does wear off. On the plus side, if you want garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, heck have garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

6. Freshers week is 10000% overrated 

Yes, it's a week (we had two) of all sorts of activities, but no one knows anyone yet. The best nights at uni are the most recent ones with your best friends, and not Tom, Dick and Harry who you met at the common room 5 minutes before heading to the club, and will inevitably never see again.

7. Everyone knows everyone

I think I say 'uni is such a small world' at least three times a week. Despite going to a fairly big uni, it seems that everyone knows everyone, literally. No matter who you meet there is always a link back to someone you know or things you've done. It's so weird that in a uni of 24,000 people, this happens on a very regular basis. Madness. 

Do you have anything to add to this list?

Sick Tings 016

3 June 2018

Aaaaaand I'm free! Cheers to the end of second year and 4 months of freedom. Helloooo lazy days, travelling and getting lots of blog stuff done. I am just so so glad that I have a good few months without having to revise or look at a textbook. I'm fairly pleased with how my exams went, but we don't get our results for another month or so, aka plenty of time to temporarily forget all about them.

To quote one of my recent tweets:
"What to do after finishing exams:
A) Down a pint with ya pals
B) Go clothes shopping
C) Go back to the pub and down more pints with ya pals
D) Go out out"

And that is exactly what I did on Thursday after my last exam. Typical though, the one time I have all the time in the world and a penchant to buy alllll the clothes, I didn't find anything I like. I tried on a load of things, including those midi button down dresses from Primark, but genuinely didn't like the way anything looked. I did, however, pick up a head massager and can I just say it is an absolute game changer. The best 80p I've spent in a while, thank you, Primark. On Thursday night I went to karaoke at the uni pub and then onto a club, where we were the only people there when we arrived. It was a really fun night, and so needed after slogging away at the textbooks for the last few weeks.

On Friday morning I had to wake up early, not ideal, to catch a train to Bournemouth. Next week I'm having my hair balayaged, so I had to go and have a skin test and a consultation at the salon that are doing it. I'm super excited to be blonde(ish), especially now the sun is out and summer is here. I just have my fingers crossed that it turns out ashy and not really warm and yellow. I then met my Dad and sister for lunch before heading to a travel clinic appointment. My housemate and I fly out to Bangkok on the 21st of July, so it's not long at alllll. For any of you that might also be travelling this summer, and are wondering, the vaccination we had this week was Japanese Encephalitis, and we have to go back for a second next week.

Friday night saw my housemates, friends and I go on another night out. They all finsihed the day after me so it was nice to all go out together. It was a really good night, except the music was really really odd. One second it was Taylor Swift (no thank you) the next it was some the duttiest drum and bass (yes please) and then onto some Little Mix (again, no thank you). Music aside, a good night was had by all.

Okay, so onto the highlight of the week: #blogconLDN. I woke up at a charming 6.30am on Saturday after 3 hours sleep, buzzing to head to London. I caught the train and then met Lucy from Forever September (go and check her out, she's a total babe) at Waterloo. We then made the trek to Rainham, to the CEME Conference Centre where the event was being held. An afternoon of mingling with bloggers and brands, panels, workshops, and drinks ensued. I really enjoyed myself and am excited to use all of my new products. After the event, Lucy and I headed to Pizza Express for dinner, and can I just say that the pizza was incredible. I mean, Pizza Express always do good pizza, but there was something extra tasty about this one. I had such a good day in London, and am now really keen to get stuck into becc4.co.uk, and produce some really good content.

What have you been up to this week?
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