Sunday, 15 January 2017

A fragrance fit for a Princess (Vera Wang)

I was just having one of my chilled, supposed to be doing uni work but not really doing uni work days when a parcel arrived for me. I hadn't ordered anything so I was like???? As you can probably guess it was the brand new Vera Wang Princess of Hearts fragrance.


Obviously I was so shocked and excited. I think the only thing better than deliveries arriving is when unexpected deliveries arrive. Being the ultimate girly girl myself, I absolutely love the super girly and princess esque vibe of Vera Wang. Every time I'm in a department store, Vera Wang fragrances are always the ones I go to use the testers of (as well as Chanel of course). So this is pretty exciting for me. 

First of all, can we just talk about the bottle. I mean how gorgeous? And I can assure you, the fragrance smells just as pretty as the packaging. Maybe even prettier. What I love about more expensive perfumes is that they're never specifically sweet or fresh - you always get notes of both. I think explaining a fragrance is practically impossible but this is what the scent actually comprises of... 

Top: watermelon, wild strawberry, bergamot
Heart: star jasmine, lily of the valley
Base: musk, vanilla cream, cedarwood

What a delicious blend of smells !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would describe it as being quite girly but not overly sweet in the slightest.

The fragrance is available to buy nationwide in February (I'm feeling super special that I have a Vera Wang exclusive right now) priced at £50.00. Obviously the fragrance has a very Valentines Day vibe so maybe the perfect thing to hint about to your other half.. or just, you know, TREAT YO SELF. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Some pretty pictures of doors/buildings in York

If you don't like looking at aesthetically pleasing doors, then this blog post will have no interest to you. 

And to be honest, I don't really think anyone else shares this interest so this post is really just to please my own aesthetically pleasing needs I use the phrase aesthetically pleasing way too much, sorry!! (and also just so I can store these photos somewhere nice and all together lol). 

Door and building pictures look great on insta so feel free to use any of these and tag me @r_achelmarie ;))))))).

Monday, 9 January 2017

Getting an internship

So I landed myself a digital marketing internship - woop woop.

I thought I would write a post just to give advice to anyone who wants to work in the marketing field or find themselves an internship or whatever really.. this probably won't be mega helpful. 

So basically my aim is to work in digital marketing (if you haven't already guessed) and after looking at job options, it seemed pretty clear that I needed to get myself some experience. I swear experience is so difficult to get when every job REQUIRES experience. Even a lot of unpaid internships state that experience is desirable.. I mean, seriously? Thankfully I've had some marketing experience working for my parents and of course, my blog! I've kind of just accepted the fact that I'm going to have to work on an unpaid basis in order to get where I want to be. So it's basically an investment in my future anyway.

Location is a big thing when it comes to getting experience. If you live in a big city you're probably sorted as there will be plenty of marketing opportunities. I live in the middle of nowhere and my nearest city is Darlington.. which let's just say isn't exactly the most opportunity laden city. There's lots of marketing agencies in Darlington so I emailed all of them and asked if they offered any work experience opportunities. Annoyingly all of them said no or just didn't reply.. which is understandable since they probably don't have the time to basically train a new member of staff and all the planning that would involve. 

I ended up looking for internships which are SO hard to find in the North. Honestly, I'm so jealous of people that live in London because internships are everywhere - although there is more competition so swings and roundabouts. The nearest internships that I could find were in Leeds which is basically a 2 hour commute from where I live. The commute costs a lot but I get part of the commute expenses paid which is very helpful.

Something else worth considering is the actual company you're working for. When applying for marketing opportunities, I found myself applying to so many that I wasn't even aware of what the companies exactly were. Since starting my internship for a brand that I love, I've realised how important it is to be working for a business that I'm actually interested in. I mean it's hard to be creative and motivated to work towards marketing something you're not really that interested in. 

Lastly, something that I think would be beneficial (and that I haven't actually done yet) would be to complete some form of online digital marketing course. Obviously you can research a lot of the skills and techniques free of charge, but I think a course would lay it all out in a much clearer way. Skills like SEO, SEM, Google Analytics (and lots of others) are things that employers ask for and if you're able to demonstrate them it will most definitely make you a more attractive candidate. A digital marketing course is definitely something I am thinking about doing this year.

At the end of Feb when I finish my internship, I'll definitely do a little update post on my experience of working in a digital marketing role. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Spring Espresso, York

I did my favourite pastime again. Got coffee. This time at Spring Espresso in York which is a cute little cafe on Fossgate. 

Unfortunately they don't have any coffee syrups so I ordered a plain latte but it turns out the amazing coffee made up for the lack of syrup. V v v v good coffee. My friend ordered an Americano (I know how boring) and a caramel shortbread which he let me try some of and oh my goodness, unreal. Hands down the best caramel shortbread I've tasted. They had so many other amazing looking cakes/biscuits but I'm trying to be healthy.. definitely didn't end up eating a McDonalds later on that day.. 

They also do the most beautiful latte art except that it can only properly be seen in the first photo as this was before I decided to drag my coat sleeve through my coffee :) I'm great :). 

Monday, 2 January 2017

An instagrammable breakfast

Ya girl made one of those pretentious blogger-esque breakfasts. 

I'm not really one for fancy breakfasts but every so often I'm like hey, I might put some effort into making something healthy.. and pretty.. totally not just for the instagram picture or anything.. 

I found a recipe for vanilla baked oats which I thought sounded so yum (and I was right). So here is the recipe and I think you should all try it and eat it for breakfast tomorrow morning and then tell me what you think. K. Enjoy.

Ingredients you will need

30g-50g oats - depending on how hungry you are
Some form of milk (I used oat milk). You need just enough to cover the oats
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
3 teaspoons of sugar
Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
A mixture of cool toppings - I used raspberry coulis, chia seeds and hazelnuts

How to make

First of all you need to soak your oats over night. Yes it requires a bit of pre planning but trust me, so worth it. Literally just put your oats, milk, vanilla essence and sugar into a bowl, mix it all up, cover with cling film and then put into the fridge. Easy.

In the morning you need to mix in the bicarb and then shove into the oven at 180 degree celsius for 35 minutes. Yes it takes a while and is definitely not a get up and go breakfast - just making the most of being a student that only works 2 days a week :)

The oats should rise a bit and go a nice golden brown colour - almost looks like a cake! I then just arranged my toppings in an aesthetically pleasing fashion, took my ever so important instagram pics and then devoured. The vanilla flavour is so yum and the bicarb gives it an almost cakey texture. ALL THE YUM. 

Friday, 30 December 2016

My new year resolution/goal type things

GUYS, where did 2016 go? I'm also kind of scared at how fast my birthday (in March) is coming back round again. I'm not really feeling being 21 TBH.

I talked about all my highlights of 2016 here and thought I would do a separate post for my goals for 2017. I say 'goals' as I think resolutions are a bit meh and who even sticks to them anyway? 

Career career career
Towards the end of this year I feel like I've suddenly become so much more motivated *touches wood*. Starting my digital marketing internship has made me realise how much I want to do well career-wise and how I really need to step up my game. My internship finishes at the end of February and after that, a goal of mine is to get a paid job in digital marketing. I think it's going to be a difficult process as its competitive and let's face it, there'll always be someone that has more experience and expertise than me. Wow I'm pessimistic.. but yes, that is something I plan on doing and I know I'll be able to do it if I put the effort in. yes you work that optimism Rach
Alongside my job, I obviously plan on continuing my degree and working extra hard on it. I say this all the time, but I am going to put more effort into assignments and tasks. I've actually already been doing this for the past few months and its amazing what a difference a little more effort can make. I aim to achieve at least a second - this is where I kind of hate myself because I know a first is achievable for me, but would just require a LOT of motivation.. where can I buy motivation?

Goodbye douche bag player guys :)
This year I have dated a number of guys who have seemed very lovely at first but then turned out to be, well, douche bags! I've spent far too much time making effort, chasing after and crying over guys that aren't worth any of my time. In 2017 I am no longer doing this! Watch me get lured in by even more players this year. lol. I've decided I have no more time for people that are blatantly ignoring messages, talking to me when it's convenient for them/they feel like it or just treating me like I'm worthless.
Take more pictures & SLAY Insta
As you might already know, I got an Olympus Pen for Christmas - GOD BLESS MY PARENTS. I really want to start taking more pictures and obviously continue slaying on my instagram (@r_achelmarie). 

Those are my goals! Would love to hear what yours are in the comments.


Friday, 23 December 2016

Highlights of my 2016

2016 seems to have got the reputation for being what seems like the worst year ever. HOWEVER Some really cool things have happened to me this year. Like REALLY cool things. I just thought I would show them off because hey, why not.  

1. I Passed my driving test

So I already did a blog post on this and updated everyone on every social media known to man (sorry not sorry). Being told I had passed was probably the best feeling I've experienced so I guess that would technically make 2016 my best year yet.

2. I Met Victoria & had very fab times in London

Vicky and I became friends because of our blogs (and the fact we share a love of Eurovision). After talking to each other for ages, we finally met in real life in April. She's become SUCH a good pal of mine and hanging in London with has definitely been a highlight of my year. LY VV. 

3. I met (and got drunk with) Hugo from made in Chelsea

This was back in January so it actually feels like it was forever ago.. but for those of you that don't know, I live in a hotel. I walked into the bar one night and there was Hugo and his pals! It was kind of surreal! Next thing I knew I was there doing shots of absinthe with Hugo from Made In Chelsea - as you do.

 4. I changed my hair

I've had super long hair since I was around 14 and had been adamant for so long that I would never have short hair again. One day I was feeling kind of bored and just decided to cut lots off and I'm not sure why I didn't do it sooner. It's 10 times easier to wash/style and looks a lot healthier. Then came my fringe. Now I just feel a lot more ~me~ and more styled.

5. I got the best digital marketing internship ever

You may have already seen on Instagram and Twitter that I am in the process of completing a digital marketing internship. Not only am I basically doing my dream job but it's also for a company that I love - Top Collar (basically like Graze boxes but for dogs) and I work for the most lovely boss ever in the worlds most aesthetically pleasing office. Yay for all the happy. 

6. I discovered my huge love of coffee

Maybe sounds like a silly one but going out for a nice coffee with friends/family has become my favourite pastime. Coffee is just THE best. 

It's been a really great year for me and I hope 2017 is just as good (would be amazing if it is EVEN better).

What have your highlights of the year been?