A Little Catch Up #2

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Helloooooo lovely people!!!

What’s this? A blog post??? An actual, fully published blog post? I know, I’m as shocked as you are. I have returned (again)!! I think it’s pretty safe to say at this point that I simply cannot uni and blog at the same time. I thought I was a great multi-tasker (and don’t get me wrong, I still tell everybody I am) buuuuuut that’s evidently not the case. I think a little life update is welllllll over-due as I owe you an explanation for my complete lack of blogging over the past few months (I’m the absolute worst).

Where have I been?!?!

So uni is hard. I can’t lie to you, second year has hit me like a tonne of bricks. Through many a late night in the library and emotional breakdown, I have finally seen the light at the end of tunnel in the form of my summer holiday.  I have had the CRAZIEST final semester of second year, which, realistically, I only have myself to blame for. Something inside of me thought auditioning for a musical, co-directing an MT showcase whilst having two performance exams within the space of two weeks was a fab idea???? Ok honey pie, nice one. Looking back now, I don’t regret a single second but, if you’d have asked me at the time how I was feeling, I may have burst into tears as a result of the stress (lol). So many of my friends would come up to me and say “I really don’t know how you’re doing it all” and my response was NEITHER DO I. That being said, I thought it would be cute to give you a little insight into what I’ve been up to uni-wise in 2018.

The Wedding Singer

One of the biggest parts of my year so far has to be the university musical. This year I was fortunate enough to have been cast as Julia in our production of The Wedding Singer (you’ve probs seen the film. A baby-faced Drew Barrymore wearing a hideous selection of 80’s clothing and Adam Sandler being…well, Adam Sandler). The rehearsals for this show took up SO MUCH of my time, I practically disappeared for a while. Luckily, most of my friends were also involved in the production so it didn’t mean that I was missing out on spending time with them – we were all just being little hermits together. All in all, it was an amazing experience and I loved every part of it. Post-show blues are still in full force.

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The Last Five Years

As soon as The Wedding Singer ended, I hopped straight into rehearsals for The Last Five Years, where I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to play Cathy, a character on my musical theatre bucket-list (who, realistically, I never thought I’d get the chance to play)!! This was a really special production for me because this show has always been one of my all-time faves so getting to be a part of it was honestly incredible. It also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and work with a group of brand spanking new people who turned out to be a bunch of absolute angels. Whilst this show came about at an incredibly stressful time for me, it was the release I needed to stay SANE so I’m super thankful for that.

Socialisin’ (Well, trying)

I like to think that I’m quite the social butterfly, especially when it comes to uni. BUT I’ve most definitely been in hibernation over the past ten weeks or so which makes me sad. That being said, there were a few events/birthdays/REQUIRED FRIEND TIME situations I could not say no to. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the people I have met at university are honest-to-God some of the best people I know. Whenever I’m stressing (which is a lot I cannot lie to you) or upset, they genuinely lift me up so much. Sooooo of course, a night out or two is necessary every once in a while (or twice in a while, or three times in a while…).

 

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Exams, Exams, Exams

This semester I really had to wise up and realise that however much I liked being sociable or however much my course could frustrate me at times, I, in actual fact, enrolled at university to get a degree and getting a degree required taking EXAMS (*noise of someone vomming*).  As I study Theatre, as well as essay-writing for coursework, we also have performance exams (as you’d expect) which require, you guessed it, MORE rehearsals. Here’s a little sneak-peek into the average conversation of mine:

Friend 1: Hey G, we’re going for drinks at 7. Do you wanna come?

Me: Ohhhh I totally would but I have rehearsals.

Friend 2: Hiiiiii, you going out later?

Me: I wanted to but I’ve got rehearsals!

Friend 3: Shopping tomorrow?

Me: REHEARSALS.

You get the idea. I’m honestly a broken record of “sorry I can’t, I’ve got rehearsals” and this semester was no exception. I was rehearsing for 4 different performances at the same time. ARE THERE EVEN THAT MANY DAYS IN THE WEEK?!?!?! (Overdramatic moment. Can confirm my awareness that there are in fact seven days in a week). I had an experimental theatre performance, a dance performance, The Last Five Years and the musical theatre Summer Showcase allllll going on at once. Honestly am amazed I made it out alive. Chin bloody chin to me.

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Shindiggin’

And fiiiiiinally, I attended the end of year celebration for my course, which we call Shindig. This is where everybody studying for a Theatre degree, across all the years, gets together and – to put it bluntly – have a massive piss-up. It’s always a looooovely affair, with everyone dressing up and making an effort (which is rare for my jeans and trainer-lovin’ self). This year there was major stress around dress shopping, not only for me but some of my friends too. Admittedly, going into town THE DAY BEFORE the event with no backup options is not the smartest of moves (which I found out mid-meltdown in the Topshop dressing rooms) buuuut eventually I settled on this little gold number from Topshop. It retails at £26 (which my student budget was thankful for) and I have linked it for you because I am an angel. Although it wouldn’t have been my first choice in an ideal world for this particular event, I ended up being a pretty happy gal and having a fab night. Shindig also involved a very great moment for me when I won the “most likely to always have a glass of wine in their hand” award. Proud.

 

 

So there you have all my excuses for being a terrible blogger. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me (lol) and hopefully you’ll love all the content I’m planning on uploading over this summer. I’m really wanting to get more into the beauty blogging realm, posting makeup looks so do let me know if that’s something you’d want to see/read. However, I am going to Portugal on a girly trip with my lovely Mom next week so keep your eyes peeled for some (fingers crossed) pretty, scenic pics on the old Instagram (follow me: @geeblogs) and potentially a post on here too.

Have a lush week & I hope to be back very soon (look at me being all non-committal and not making promises that I’ll break…I’m learning!!!!).

G X

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Twitter: @geeheasel

Winter Coat Wishlist

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Autumn is fiiiiinally here which fills me with so much excitement. I’m all about the cosy jumpers, big scarves and heeled boots so I’m always more than ready when September rolls around. Each year, I tend to invest in a new coat that will last me through the (heartbreakingly) cold Winter we always have in Britain. To me, a coat is an investment piece – something you can shove to the back of your wardrobe in March, pull back out the following September and still be just as in love with it as when you first purchased it. That being said, I tend not to follow ‘trends’ when buying a new coat, rather I choose something I know is ‘timeless’ in style and colour – basically something that I won’t hate the following year because it’s ‘gone out of fashion’. This year, I’ve got my eye on a few coats but am still shopping around until I find the one (yes, I do realise this is coat shopping and not boyfriend hunting lol)…

Borg Cocoon Coat – Topshop

The first coat that caught my eye is this gorg pink number from Topshop. This coat retails at £79.00 so whilst it is relatively spenny, it’s likely to be made well and of a high quality due to it being from Topshop. I absolutely looooove the colour of this coat, as well as the faux fur effect. This looks super warm and cosy – perfect for Winter – and is different to any other jacket or coat that I own. I think the only drawback with this piece is that, due to the colour, you may have to consciously pair it with outfits, rather than just being able to throw it on, to avoid clashing colours.

Black Pelted Collarless Faux Fur Jacket – Missguided

Another coat which I’ve got my eye on is this (slightly more dramatic) one from Missguided. Firstly, I love that it is black as I feel you can never try and pair this with something and it look weird. I also love the style of this coat – it’s become clear I’m a faux fur fan – but the ‘dips’ in the fur patterning look so cool and give the coat another dimension. This retails at £75.00, so is similar to the Topshop coat. I feel like you have to be willing to pay around this price for any decent Winter coat. Also, with Missguided student discount helping a gal out, this piece should not be too much of a splurge.

Light Before Dark Oatmeal Hooded Teddy Jacket – Urban Outfitters

I just thought this jacket was so freaking cute. Shock, it’s furry but the reason I like this piece is because it’s not as ‘heavy’ as some of the other coats I’ve chosen. It would be perfect for Autumn evenings – like going to watch the fireworks – paired with a chunky scarf and skinny jeans. I also like the fact that it has a hood as – although it won’t be great in the rain – it can protect my curled hair from the wind!! This jacket costs £69.00 which honestly I don’t think is too bad for Urban.

Textured Curl Knit Coat – Zara

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Zara is literally the love of my life when it comes to Autumn / Winter shopping. So, of course I happened to stumble across ANOTHER(!!!!) furry coat. I absolutely loooove the cream colour as it will contrast the darker outfits I tend to wear in the Winter. This coat looks practical and snug whilst also looking fashionable. For £79.99, this coat is one of the most expensive on my list but Zara prices do tend to be up there on the more expensive side of high-street fashion.

So those are my Winter coat picks! I’ve subconsciously gone for some very fluffy choices but I love all of them. I’m also thinking of doing a few more ‘wishlist-style’ blog posts so do let me know if that’s something you want to read more of.

What coats have you got your eye on this year?

G X

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