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September Favourites

Can you believe that it’s nearly October – where did the summer go? I must admit that I’m pretty excited because I love this time of year. I love Autumn clothes, hot chocolates and of course, Halloween, but more on that later on in the month.

For now, I’m going to write about my September Favourites. I always love reading monthly favourite posts but have never written one myself so I’ve decided to make this a monthly feature on my blog that will include lots of things I am loving from makeup and fashion to food.

1)H&M

I can’t believe how impressed I was when I went into H&M the other week, I literally wanted to buy the whole store. I did buy quite a few things so be sure to look out for my H&M Haul on Wednesday. I love the fact everything is affordable (all students will agree with me here) but you don’t compromise on the quality. I will definitely be returning when my student loan hits my bank account.

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Homeware Haul: Bedroom

After having a very childish bedroom for the majority of my life, my parents finally decided it was time to re decorate and thank god they did as I’m not sure I could bare having any more friends round for them to see the state of my bedroom. So when I returned from university this summer, I was greeted by a lovely cream bedroom with a new fluffy carpet ready for me to accessorise. Having a plain room meant that I could go out shopping and pick out a colour scheme so here’s a post to show you what I picked out. Surprisingly, I found some really nice things in the cheaper shops such as Primark which shows that you can decorate on a budget and some of the things I found will be great for those of you heading to university in September.

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The Truth About Going to University

With my first year of uni finished, I’m now at the stage where I’m still trying to get over the sheer chaos of exams (let me tell you, it was VERY stressful) and I’m also coming to the point where I feel it’s actually time to find myself a summer job as watching back to back episodes of Prison Break probably isn’t the best way to spend my summer holidays. But whilst I ponder around at this stage, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my first year at university, what I learnt and what I wish someone had told me.

Having taken a gap year before heading off to uni, I watched a lot of my friends go the year before me, which worked in my favour as I could see what it was like for them and they could give me a heads up on what to expect. By the end of September my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of my friends at uni, followed by tweets about  how great it was and how drunk they had been the night before – as you can imagine, this filled me with excitement and I couldn’t wait to head off the following year.

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A Guide to the Perfect Cover Letter

The pressure to start looking for placements getting to you? No need to worry, I’ve put together the ultimate guide for the perfect cover letter! Things will have never been easier for you to get the placement of your dreams.

Writing a Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter has never been easier

Know the company
It sounds silly but this is really important! Make sure you know the ins and outs of the company you are applying to – a little bit of research can go a long way. Find out what the company is all about and more importantly, what the company will gain from taking you on. Pay attention to the skills required in the job description and write the cover letter according to that position in particular. Why would you make the perfect candidate?

Make a good first impression
Make that extra effort to find out who will be reading your letter. As easy as it is to write ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ this can look a little lazy. Ring the company and find out who is in charge of recruitment and direct the letter to them. Not only is this polite, it shows you are keen and proactive! It’s a win/win situation.

Don’t waffle
Don’t write your life story in your cover letter, get straight to the point! I would say about three or four paragraphs is enough. Tell them why they will benefit from employing you, and if you are applying for a magazine, why not give them a few ideas of articles they could feature in the magazine. This will show that you really know your stuff and that you are passionate.

Check for spelling mistakes… and check again
Don’t rely on spell check to correct all your spelling mistakes. Get your friends and family to read it through so that it is perfect! There would be nothing worse than a typo in the first line… you want to make a good first impression so this is really crucial.

These tips helped me get the placement of my dreams at heat magazine, you can read all about it here.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Behind The Scenes at Heat Towers

I was on my way to heat towers in the heart of London for two weeks work experience with Leicester Square and Convent Garden on its doorstep. As you can imagine, I was extremely nervous as I stepped on the tube surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the London rush hour, but this nervousness soon disappeared when I arrived and was greeted by the most welcoming fashion team.

Heat magazine

 

Junior Style Writer, Hannah Brimson was my supervisor for the week and sat at the desk next to mine with her friendly attitude making me feel part of the  team. I was shown around the office and told what I would be up to for the next two weeks and it didn’t include making the tea and coffee (hooray). My first task involved sending back clothes to PR companies after a shoot with Ferne McCann from TOWIE – to do this, I used a site called Fashion Monitor to look up contacts and ensure that all items were sent back to the right places.

Throughout the two weeks, my other duties consisted of researching current fashion trends using celebrity pap photos for inspiration, calling PR companies to request items for shoots (it was pretty cool answering the phone with ‘hello heat…’) and I even got to write some ‘who wore it better’ stories for heatworld.com which you can view here.

 

I even got my own pass

I even got my own pass

The Brit Awards were held during my work experience and a group of the heat team were invited to report on the red carpet and even got to attend the after parties! The next day I couldn’t believe how lucky they had been as they casually dropped in conversation that they were chatting to the likes of Kylie Minogue and Harry Styles to name a few. At that point I knew this was definitely the job for me!

When the two weeks were up I couldn’t believe how quickly it had gone – I really didn’t want to leave. It has made me realise how much I want to work for a company like heat as there genuinely wasn’t a task that I didn’t enjoy doing! They even gave me a goody bag full of lots of lovely hair and beauty products to say thank you which was completely unexpected as the work experience was a treat in itself!

Look at my lovely goody bag!

Look at my lovely goody bag!

I now hope to further my knowledge and skills I learnt from heat and gain more work experience in the media. If you have any questions about my time at heat I’d be happy to answer them and would also love to hear about any of your experiences!

 

Bringing It Back With S Club

All my childhood dreams came true last night when S Club reunited to perform at Halo, a nightclub near my uni. I’ll admit, there was only three of them (Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole) but that was enough for me. I could barely contain my excitement as I danced around to the likes of ‘Don’t Stop Moving’ and ‘Bring It All Back‘.

S Club 3 performing

S Club 3 on stage performing

S Club 3 so the former pop stars call themselves now, reformed when they realised their classic songs are still stuck in everyones head and sure enough, they are right! They embarked on a tour around universities and nightclubs to bring students back to their childhood for a night and I’m bloody glad they did.

The trio opened with their classic hit ‘Reach’ and were thankfully still pretty good at singing. Unsurprisingly they have aged and their appearance has changed, with Jo opting for bright red hair and both Bradley and Paul have gained weight so they didn’t look like the fresh, young stars that we remember. I’ll hand it to them though, they danced around the stage with as much enthusiasm as they used to and I honestly had one of the best nights I’ve had so far at uni. I sang (or was shrieking if you will) along to every song like a 10 year old girl at a Bieber concert.

Their set list included:

  • Reach
  • Bring It All Back
  • Never Had a Dream Come True
  • Don’t Stop Movin’
  • Natural
  • S Club Party

My friends and I even managed to blag our way up to VIP to meet them – the best part being that I got a selfie with Bradley and he even asked for my friends number but she politely declined – mainly because he is 32 now *gasps*. The young me would have been so proud.

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

So all in all, the night was as good (if not better) as I expected it to be and brought me right back to my 7 year old self.

Can S Club still throw an S Club party? They certainly can.