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Quick Update…

Hey guys!

In my last post I said that I was going to be doing a Primark haul yesterday – which I did! I was there for absolutely ages. The entire experience was pretty exhausting honestly! I went to pay once I realised that my basket was overflowing, but I made sure to get some really good pieces. I made sure to try lots on, and I feel really good in the clothing that I purchased. I’m excited to show you all everything!

Because of how huge the store is, I didn’t manage to really rummage through all of the 4 floors, so I’m likely to be going back next Wednesday for another haul (completely skipped the pyjamma and homeware sections etc.) I may even just keep going back every week until there’s nothing else that I can find! Returning back to the store will also be a good opportunity for me to return anything that I change my mind about.

I’m sorry for not uploading a Primark Haul blog post yesterday – I have SO MUCH to talk about! As I briefly mentioned in one of my weight loss diary blog posts recently, I’ve been unwell. I was completely exhausted after shopping yesterday, and just needed to sleep. Today I’m feeling even worse, but everything I bought is still neatly in Primark bags, and I’ll be sure to bring you guys a haul blog post as soon as I have enough energy to do so! It’s nothing serious, just a pretty bad cold. It’s like my body has gone into panic mode now that the weather has begun cooling down – I HATE the cold!

– Storm

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I Got Onto My Degree! Results + Treats.

Hey guys!

As some of you may know, a couple of years ago I dropped out of my foundation year for Physics and Astronomy, for various reasons. The next year, I applied for University again – and successfully got onto a foundation year for Astrophysics.

I have just completed that foundation year and, finally, I have actually managed to obtain a place on a bachelor degree in Astrophysics!

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I was pretty worried that I wouldn’t be able to, as I needed to achieve 65% in my Advanced Mathematics module – whereas I only achieved 62%. They’ve given me a chance, and I’m so grateful for that!

Here are my overall results:

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Here is a breakdown of my results:

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As you can see, I did pretty terribly in my final Advanced Mathematics exam (43%) – but I did SO WELL in my Statistics exam (90%)!

And here is the interpretation of my results (although this was just a foundation year, so my results this year don’t actual count toward my final grade):

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When I found out, the first thing I did was to call my partner – he was having some drinks with a colleague after work. That evening when he came home, he had brought me back a GORGEOUS bouquet of flowers, an AMAZING bottle of Rose champagne, and an absolutely DELICIOUS bag of Indian takeaway! What a treat! I just love how much it means to him when I achieve something!


As a treat to myself, from myself, I’ve decided that I’m going to do a Primark haul tomorrow. I’ll be heading down to the all famous Primark on East Oxford Street. My style has really changed over the past few years, and I have a lot of clothes that either don’t fit me right at all, that look bad on me, have become damaged or that I just plain don’t like anymore. I really don’t buy myself clothes very often, so I decided on Primark because if I shop there first, I’ll be able to get a lot of pieces at a low price – pieces that could very well be a lot more expensive elsewhere! I’ll also be able to actually try the clothing items on, and I much prefer high street shopping to online shopping in general!

So, I’ll be heading to the most popular Primark store that I have nearby, and I’m going to get there super early – like for 8:00 AM, so that I can pretty much have the store to myself. I’m so excited! I’m going to really make an effort to choose items that actually make me feel confident, and to not just chuck things in my basket without thinking. I don’t really have a specific spending limit, both because I trust in my ability to only buy the gems I find in the store, and because I genuinely need a LOT of new clothes! I don’t have anything specific in mind that I’m going to look for – Primark could have amazing shoes but rubbish dresses one month, but then have awful shoes and incredible dresses the next.

This is probably going to be the first planned haul I’ve ever done! I’ll of course be writing a Primark haul blog post tomorrow, hopefully with try-on photos, so look forward to that!

– Storm

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Weight Diary 9!

 


Weight Diary Day 9:

Starting weight: 142.8 lbs

Current weight today in morning: 124.2 lbs

Goal weights: 129.8 lbs, 128.8 lbs, 127.8 lbs, 126.8 lbs, 125.8 lbs, 124.8 lbs, 123.8 lbs,
122.8 lbs, 122.4 lbs.

Why I weigh this much: I haven’t had my lunch yet and am a bit thirsty, so I should probably weigh a bit more than I do! I have also been unwell, which could be causing some extra weight loss. I have been staying hydrated in general though – I have already had 1.2 litres of water so far today, and had my breakfast! I have definitely been keeping hydrated in general for the past 4 days or so, and have been eating a healthy amount of food consistently! So excited that I’m getting close to my weight goal!

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The Versatile Blogger Award.

Heya!

I’ve been nominated for this award by Lise at Lushtivity. Thank you lovely!


 

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.


Seven facts about me:

  • I left school when I was 14 years old! I just hated school, so I pestered to be taken out until my mother agreed to it! I was technically home educated, but didn’t hold any official qualifications of any kind until I had finished my year at college when I was 20 years old, after deciding to pursue an education at 19 years. During that year, I took GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English and an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Biological Sciences.
  • My family moved to Bulgaria when I was 15 years old. Around 10 days after moving there, I found a litter of abandoned puppies. I did my best to take care of them, feeding them goat’s milk from a baby bottle. Unfortunately they all died shortly after, apart from one. I named him Pippin, and he was my companion for the 4 years that I was in Bulgaria! I didn’t have other friends while living there, but Pippin kept me company! He died one winter, just a few months before I flew back to the UK.
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  • While living in Bulgaria, me and my family lived in a mansion! It was an ex-government building of some sort. We lived in a little village in the East of the country. I loved how peaceful and natural my life was there – I miss it very much!

     

  • I live in an adorable flat in North London with my partner! We’ve lived together for pretty much the entire 4 years that we have been together. I first moved into his mother’s home when we were 19 and were just buddies, and we started renting our flat together last September.

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  • I have never, ever had a tattoo – but I really want one!
  • I wear glasses, full time, 100%! I actually really can’t see too well without them, and the only reason most of my photos are of me without them on is either because my glasses were broken/lost at the time or because I took them off for the purpose of the photo.
  • My hair has been a lot of different colours in the past. Red, purple, black, burgundy, orangey, bright blonde, blonde with purple, black with purple, natural with a black fringe, magenta… I started dying my hair when I was 12 years old – the first time was just my natural hair with some permanent purple splodges in there (I thought that looked really cool.) 3 years ago I decided to dye and cut my hair one last time, before growing my hair natural. It has been completely natural since around a year ago, after having it dyed for 10 years!

    I really can’t be bothered to nominate anyone honestly. It takes me a while to link up everyone’s sites – if you are reading this and want to have this award and do this tag, go ahead!

    – Storm

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Summer Would You Rather Tag.

Tagged by Karalee at Tales of Belle.


Would you rather…

  • Live in a tree house or a castle?
    I would much prefer to live in a tree house! I love nature, so living in the trees in some epic forest sounds pretty awesome. Castles are overrated!
  • Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
    I’d much prefer to be able to dance beautifully. I absolutely LOVE dance!
  • Ride a horse or a camel?
    I’d love to ride a camel. Something new.
  • Know a fairy or a unicorn?
    I’d way prefer to know a fairy. Again, unicorns are overrated guys! What’s all the hype over unicorns these days?! When I was a kid, I used to pretend to my best friend that I had a secret fairy – my own personal fairy that nobody else knew about. Would be so cool if that came true!
  • Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
    I’m pretty lazy, so I’m going to go with the ball pit (as long as it wasn’t an insanely deep one obviously.) It sounds fun to just sort of lay back and chill out in a ball pit, under the nice lovely sunshine.
  • Travel or stay home?
    TRAVEL! TRAVEL! TRAVEL! Although I LOVE home, I just HAVE TO see the world! Travel!
  • Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
    Fly. Terrified of the sea honestly – I wish I wasn’t, but, sharks. And drowning. And being alone in the middle of the ocean. Many nopes. Also, I’ve always wished I were a bird. Birds are almost limitless in terms of where they can go – at least the ones that fly are. They can fly around, walk on land and many can bop around on the water and eat fish. Lucky things!
  • Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
    I don’t really know. I like the idea of things being a surprise, but… I think if it’s something small, I prefer it to be a surprise. If it is something big and important to me, I’d much rather know about it!
  • Be on a boat or on an airplane?
    Boats are fun but scary, airplanes are fun but scary. The upside with planes though is that you get to see all the water AND all the land below you, all in one big go! Pretty amazing!
  • Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
    Well, I do love my sleep. Seeing in the dark sounds sort of creepy though. I have a fear of the dark (or rather, what might be in the dark,) and I’m not sure I really want to find out what it is that I haven’t been seeing up until now! But, I love my sleep! I’d choose neither – if I had to choose then I’d choose to never get tired – get to be more productive that way!
  • Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
    Somewhere with mountains and beaches in close proximity 😛 Okay, well I generally would prefer to go to the beach. I love the coast – gives me a sense of freedom 🙂
  • Have picnics in the forest or in the park?
    If there were several people in the forest, then the forest. I’d find it fairly creepy if me and my partner were just sat in the middle of an empty forest. Otherwise, the park!
  • Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
    Prefer the ocean, although I am also scared of the ocean. But I still prefer it to a pool!
  • Be a dolphin or a cheetah?
    Cheetah. Fuck living in the sea.
  • Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
    Make people laugh. The people who don’t trust me are the people who I don’t really want in my life, so I’d rather be able to make the people who I love and am happy to have in my life, laugh!
  • Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
    Ooh, tough one. I love surprises, but at the same time, I know what I want! I think I’d prefer to give a general idea of what it is that I want, and then the present-buyer person to pick the specifics. E.g, if I really wanted some new Lush, I’d be happy to give my wishlist to anyone who wanted to give me a gift for my Birthday, and then they pick what it is from the wishlist that they want to get me!
  • Eat popsicles or watermelon?
    Watermelon! Natural wins over artificial sweeteners, colourings, flavourings…
  • Go camping or stay in a hotel?
    Okay, so camping sounds a lot of fun, and is something I did A LOT as a kid. I haven’t been camping anytime recently though, so I’ve sort of become attached to the luxuries of a hotel – a lovely private shower and bathroom, lots of private space… I’m going to say a hotel in general, but, I would love to go camping every now and then!
  • Do art or read?
    Art 🙂
  • Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?
    Ooh, see, I did an epic zip line recently over some chasm thing. It was really cool! I’m going to go ahead and say a waterslide, just because I haven’t done much like it recently (plus it sounds REALLY fun!)

I nominate whoever feels like doing this tag!

The Questions

  1. Live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. Ride a horse or a camel?
  4. Know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. Travel or stay home?
  7. Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. Be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. Have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. Be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. Eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. Go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. Do art or read?
  20. Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?
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Liebster Award.

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Hey guys! Lise at Lushtivity posted her Liebster award answers and questions in this post, and nominated anyone who read the post – so I’ve decided to give it a go! Thank you Lise for giving me a chance to do this!

The rules:

  • Display the award, and thank your nominator.
  • Answer the nominators questions.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Notify them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Lise’s Questions and My Answers!

  1. Is there anything you believed to be true that you found out wasn’t true at all?
    Hmm, this is a really difficult question to answer! I can’t think of any situations like this honestly!
  2. If you had the opportunity to start a chain of businesses, what kind of business would it be?
    I’m not a businessy sort of person really. I’d probably start up some sort of charity organization that focuses on spreading the word and raising awareness for animal welfare, the environment, the world, artistic expression… Like loads of little educational hippie hubs around the world – sanctuaries for people to be kind to the world and true to themselves! Maybe I could sell some unique clothing and jewellery within the organization to turn it into some sort of a business or something…
  3. What would be your personal theme song?
    Oh wow, probably something without lyrics. Maybe Cello Suite No.1! It’s chill, then speeds up, has a lot going on… I feel like this song suits my mindset pretty well!
  4. If you could be the president of the United States for one term, would you do it? If not, why not?
    Nope! Because I hate to be in control. I don’t want to be making decisions that would affect the lives of every citizen of the US, and of anyone entering the US! That would be far too stressful.
  5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
    My favourite childhood memory… The little things, really. I remember my mother would come up into mine and my sister’s room in the morning with a bag of clean socks. She’d pair them all up and put them into piles of who they belonged to. She’d then throw each of us a pair of socks onto our bunk beds, and then the rest of our school uniform, and sing a little song to wake us up in the morning. We were a very close family – me with my four siblings, our mother and our father. We are all also very close in age – my younger siblings are 2 years younger than myself, and my eldest is 3 years older than myself. 5 kids all within 5 years of eachother in age! We all live in different places now, and don’t see each other often at all, so it is the little childhood memories, things that used to be super normal in my everyday life, that I miss most now!
  6. Do you have a life hack you think no one else really uses?
    I’m not sure! You know those head scarf things that people wrap around their heads and use as headbands? Like, knot wraps? Well, anything like knot wraps or elasticated headbands just wont stay on my tiny head, so I use bobby pins to secure them on! Then they stay in place all day 🙂 I only think no one else uses this hack because most people don’t have tiny head issues, but for those who do, give this a go! Also, when I am planning a shopping haul to a specific shop, I first find the shop on Google Maps. Google Maps now have a feature that shows how busy the shop is at different hours of the day – I always make sure to go when they are least busy to avoid crowds!
  7. What is on your bucket list this year?
    To start my actual degree in Astrophysics, get my first tattoo, visit all of my siblings and parents at least once, to reach my weight goal, for me and my partner to get our first pet, to engage more in creative, artistic things, to begin learning a language… There’s loads!
  8. What is your idea of the perfect vacation?
    Somewhere away from the city, where there aren’t many people. Somewhere very rural and by the sea, somewhere warm and where there is a lot of biodiversity in terms of animals and plants. There has to be a Lush store there though! I’m going to Mallorca this Summer, and honestly, for the moment, that is my idea of the perfect vacation! I’d also love to go somewhere super jungly though – somewhere in South East Asia!
  9. What was the worst phase in life for you?
    Umm… I’ve had some pretty bad phases to be honest! I’m just going to go ahead and say my time I spent on my Foundation Year at the University of Sussex. It’s probably the worst experience I’ve ever had in my life for a lot of different reasons! That was pretty much from September 2014 until around May 2015! Everything is SO MUCH BETTER NOW and I appreciate that more than anything!
  10. Do you believe in reincarnation?
    I don’t 100% believe in it, but I do believe there are some mysteries in the world that we just can’t fully comprehend quite yet. I definitely think that some sort of spiritual energy is released when someone dies, because a person is more than just their physical, tangible self. I think that maybe that energy goes to different places for different individuals when they die – for some maybe it goes into a baby animal or human, for others maybe it just sort of lingers. I don’t really know!
  11. Would you say you portray yourself differently online than in real life?
    I don’t think that I do at all! I’m an extremely honest person, and always say exactly what I mean. For example, if my partner were to read my blog posts and he wasn’t told who they were by, I can guarantee he’d know that it was me who wrote these posts! Always unapologetic-ally myself!


My Questions For You!

  1. What products do you try to use on your face on a daily basis – both makeup products and skincare?
  2. What are 3 things that you are extremely grateful for in your life right now, and why?
  3. What are your plans for the rest of the Summer season/ whatever season you are experiencing at the moment?
  4. What are 3 of your favourite stores and why are these your favourite stores?
  5. What is one big thing that you really feel the NEED to achieve in your life?
  6. What are 5 things that you LOVE about yourself and why do you love these things about yourself?
  7. What is something that you have done recently and are proud of?
  8. Which 3 places would you like to travel to most in the world  – why do you want to travel to these places?
  9. What is something that you are excited for this year?
  10. If you could learn a new language, which would you choose to learn?
  11. If you could instantly gain amazing skill and ability in one artistic activity, what would you choose that activity to be?

    I’ve never done this tag, or received this award before, so I don’t know whether my questions are a bit rubbish or not!

    I nominate:

    1. Karalee at Tales of Belle
    2. Sarah Lilly at The Lilly Mint Blog
    3. Lauren and Rachel at The Flower That Blooms
    4. Chrissey at THE UNABRIDGED SASS
    5. Lulu at Lush Upon A Time
    6. Bonnie at Queen Of The Girl Geeks
    7. Emily Clare at Emily Clare Beauty
    8. Rachel at sittingintheclouds
    9. Zoe at WRITING WHIMSY
    10. Nathi at Inexorable Spark
    11. Sami May at Journey To Green Living

    – Storm

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Weight Diary 8!

 


Weight Diary Day 8:

Starting weight: 142.8 lbs

Current weight today in morning: 125.4 lbs

Goal weights: 129.8 lbs, 128.8 lbs, 127.8 lbs, 126.8 lbs, 125.8 lbs, 124.8 lbs, 123.8 lbs,
122.8 lbs, 122.4 lbs.

Why I weigh this much: Again, I’m very dehydrated and am not drinking enough water! The food I’m eating also isn’t the most nutritious, so my body probably isn’t holding onto as many nutrients as it should be. I definitely need to be keeping on top of both of these things if I want to remain healthy. I also need to really make sure I am sticking to my calories! I’m going to try my best to keep on top of everything today to keep myself healthy 🙂