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?

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?

Friday, 16 December 2016

A hair change

Between the ages of 13 and 20, I always had the same very long, all one length hair. I thought I wouldn't ever have my hair any other way until I suddenly became fond of the idea of cutting my hair a bit shorter. I feel like shorter styles are so ~trendy~ at the moment and I tend to follow the crowd so hey, thought I'd give it a go. 

I haven't actually been to a proper hairdresser since I was 14 so I just cut my hair myself! So many people seem to find that crazy but it's honestly not difficult in the slightest - when your hair is all one length anyway. I decided to cut my hair a little shorter and I did this about 3 times until my hair would probably be classed as a long bob? I don't know the technical terms.. but yep, you can see in the pictures. 

I was worried I'd regret the cut but the only thing I regret is not doing it sooner. 

  • It makes my hair look so much thicker because I no longer have that long straggly mop. 
  • It requires half the effort to wash and dry it.
  • It requires half the effort to style it.
  • It doesn't need to be styled to look presentable because it is no longer just a long mop.
  • I personally think it looks a lot nicer, makes me look more 'grown up' and less 'little girl-y'. 

I stuck with that hair style for a little while but I swear once you start changing your hair, you get addicted to that hair changing buzz - just me? I feel like fringes are also SO in at the moment and I'd been contemplating cutting one in for a while but kept chickening out. Megan Ellaby posted the most beaut selfie on Instagram (see below) and that was all the encouragement I needed.

I also feel like I was inspired by Arden Rose, Jess Woodley from MIC and of course the queen of the fringe, Zooey Deschanel. I watched a few Youtube tutorials on how to cut a fringe and voila. The fringe happened. I personally really love how it looks and think it flatters my face shape a lot more than when I didn't have a fringe. ALSO..

  • I no longer have to get my eyebrows done or make any effort with my brows.
  • I no longer need any foundation on my forehead.
  • A simple top knot hairstyle actually looks stylish and not like I've just shoved it up to go to the gym.. not that I ever go to the gym.

If you've had the same hair style for a long time then I would definitely recommend changing it up. It's super fun and like me, you might realise that you actually suit something a lot different than what you thought. 

What do you think of my new hair style? Have you changed your hair recently?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Mangobean, Darlington

Mangobean is a relatively new cafe in Darlington. It's actually a chain cafe but I don't think I've ever come across another one before. They do all your typical Starbs coffee's as well as delicious Belgian waffles with brownies, ice cream and marshmallows - YUM. 

The decor is cool and has a kind of jungle theme to it. It's quirky which goes with the peculiar cafe name. Why Mangobean? I ordered a pumpkin spice cappuccino - any cafe that has pumpkin spice syrup is a winner. My friend went for a regular mocha and waffle (which looked amazing). 

The coffee was really yum but not quite as strong as I usually like it. They put the perfect amount of pumpkin spice in and I LOVED the coffee art. My friend said the waffle was nice but a little undercooked and dough-y. How delicious does it look though!

The thing that stands out about Mangobean is how cheap it is. My coffee was the large size, with an added syrup and still only came to around £2.95. It's what, half the price of Starbucks and arguably better as I find Starbs can be SO hit and miss.

Mangobean is definitely worth a coffee stop if you get the chance. Super inexpensive and yummy coffee with all the coffee options you could want. They actually have a special chilli latté on at the moment which I'm really keen to try. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Fossgate Social, York

On Saturday I went to York to catch up with a friend who I hadn't seen for 3 whole years! I hadn't been to York since last year which is crazy considering it's probably my favourite city - also where I was born and lived until I was 6. I get so many nostalgic feels whenever I go! 

A trip to York (or anywhere for that matter) meant coffee and cake was very much an essential. My friend recommended the Fossgate social which is a cafe bar - something I very much like the concept of. Brownie and a G&T anyone? I just think it's cool how you could be sipping a latte and eating cake while your friend is getting on 'the sesh'. L o l.

The aesthetic of the cafe was really cool too. Quite dark as you would expect a bar to be, but still with cafe styled decor. It was SO busy and we actually ended up sitting outside in the freezing cold... but hey, what are hot drinks for. 

I ordered a vanilla latté (they don't have syrups on display but I asked), my friend ordered an americano (I know, how boring) and we both went for the chocolate orange cake. The coffee was really really good. The coffee was strong and they put quite a lot of vanilla syrup in it. Some people might have found it too sweet but I'm a big fan of super sweet coffee and hate when they don't put enough syrup in. The cake was yum and tasted like Terry's chocolate orange.. but a bit on the dry side and could have definitely done with more icing. 

I would definitely recommend the Fossgate Social. The atmosphere is just really great and I'm definitely craving that coffee again right now.