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16 March 2017

Monthly Favourites: February 2017

After January exams, February put me back on track with classes and new assignments. I also finished writing my dissertation, which felt great! As nerdy as that might sound, I really enjoy writing essays and it has always been my favourite thing about being a university student outside social life. I find writing to be a calming and pleasurable activity, and I love how, compared to exams, it gives you the time to gradually formulate ideas and adapt your style. I also made time to read a few interesting books, which I'll soon be sharing with new posts.

12 March 2017

"Prisoner of Night and Fog" and "Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke" by Anne Blankman - Book Series Review

Before starting to write my February favourites, I'd like to dedicate a post to two of the best novels and first series of books I read so far this year - "Prisoner of Night and Fog" and "Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke" by American author Anne Blankman. If you liked The Book Thief, All The Light We Cannot See and Suite Francaise, then keep reading!

21 February 2017

Monthly Favourites - January 2017

Apart from the weekend off I took with my friends, January has been a month of full on study. I took my history exam and did material research for my dissertation, which I am currently writing. Unfortunately, this doesn't leave me much time to blog. However, I decided to make the most of today;s 'opportunity' - I'm feeling a bit ill and therefore lacking the concentration to study - to blog my favourites of last month. Read on to find out what they are!

2 February 2017

Hygge Getaway in Chorleywood

I've recently read a book on the Danish Hygge - a concept hard to translate, which means something like creating cosiness, connection and well being, as you would when sipping hot chocolate in front of a cracking fireplace, with your best friends on a cold day of winter (how wonderful!). While during Christmas I tried as hard as I could to recreate hygge by putting up fairy lights, lighting candles and frantically making hot chocolate, it didn't occur to me that in a few weeks' time my friends and housemates and I would have gone on a weekend retreat before the start of classes - the perfect occasion to get hygge and get our minds off things.

1 February 2017

Cream Tea in Bath

Whenever I have the chance to, I enjoy treating myself to a day in Bath since it's such a lovely place and it's very close to Bristol. When I realised I still hadn't posted any pictures of this small town on the blog, I borrowed my friend's camera and went crazy with it! 

21 January 2017

Monthly Favourites - November and December 2016



Despite having taken this picture yesterday (and hence in January) - November and December have been months full of treats. To keep the study going I treated myself to so many cups of hot chocolate, tea and cake (which was unhealthy for the body but not for the heart!). Plus, I'm a fan of pre-Christmas celebrations and hygge and had candles lit up all the time, bundled up in my PJs and blankets. Obviously my magical housemates were there to help, putting the kettle on whenever necessary and making the atmosphere cosy. Right now we're in January and I'm trying to get back to 'real life', even though the feeling of nostalgia is a big one. But I'm ready for the new year, as you could see in my New Year's Resolutions post. Read on to find out abotu my favourites of the past two months!

4 January 2017

2017: New Year's Resolutions!

Happy New Year! And thanks for stopping by my blog :) I hope today finds you refreshed after a couple of days of celebration, excessive eating and new year excitement. This time, I still need to realise a new year has started. I had some busy days that left me little time to sit and reflect on the past year, future intentions and goals. Today I'm feeling more motivated and ready to write down a list. This year, I made a list of goals with more specific ways to stick to them.