The Joy of Crop Tops


Not long ago, I was one of those people that was very disparaging of crop tops. It wasn't that I didn't like them or that I thought they were 'wrong' in some way, I just didn't get it. I think the truth of it is that I wasn't happy with how I would have looked in a crop top, so I couldn't comprehend how anyone else could be. Now I'm the daughter that our mum asks 'what's with all the crop tops all of a sudden?' (If you're wondering my answer was 'I'ts summer,')

It was only a month or two ago that I bought my first crop top. I'd never really considered buying one before but I saw it, loved it and when I tried it on I loved it even more. With my new-found love of crop tops, I have also realised something about myself; despite the fact that I haven't changed much, I am a heck of a lot more confident in my own skin.

I GOT IN - Results Day and Brussels


The night before results day I was an absolute mess of anxiety. The thing is, I pretty much knew from how the exams went what I'd be getting (I am surprisingly good at predicting my own results), and even if I didn't get my teacher's predictions I would have had to drop quite a few grades to not get into my firm, York. Although there was the added stress that I was also going to find out my accommodation and college on results day if I did get into my York. So yeah, I got about four hours of sleep and even that wasn't very peaceful.

I woke up around 7am and with an hour to go, I desperately needed to distract myself from the inevitable panicking my brain was planning on doing. I put my phone on do not disturb and left it on the other side of the room, opting to go on tumblr until 8. This was a silly decision because it turns out my school emailed me my results half an hour early and so I had half an hour of unnecessary anxiety. 

Girl Hearts Girl - Lucy Sutcliffe


Somehow when I picked this book up and read the blurb, I didn't read the last part that would have told me that a) this book is a memoir and b) it's a (kind of) YouTuber book. When I discovered this at home I was a little apprehensive; could I really enjoy a book written by a YouTuber I didn't even know? Or a memoir written by someone so young? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding yes. Despite having never heard of Lucy Sutcliffe before, I was instantly charmed by her writing and invested in her story.

Preparing For Uni


With just over two weeks until A level results day and just under two months until the start date of my firm and insurance universities (York and Surrey respectively), I thought it was about time I really kicked into gear with the uni preparations. It's safe to say I have been gradually preparing for quite some time (I asked for student cookbooks last Christmas), so I thought I'd share what I'm currently doing to prepare, and what current students and recent graduates have said helped them.