New Years Dreams

2014 was an amazing year for me, I turned twenty-one, graduated from university and then I managed to get my first real big girl job as a Junior Account Executive in a food industry PR firm. So now that 2015 has started I thought I would share with you some of my hopes, dreams and resolutions for the year ahead of me.

To blog

At the end of last year life seemed to get in the way of blogging for me- starting a new job and moving house took up most of my time. However this year I want it to be different, I plan to try and develop this little blog into something more, I hope to update more often and improve my style and photography on here.


I hope that over 2015 you will all get to see a number of improvements taking place here and I hope you enjoy them all.

To develop myself

Over the next year I would like to see an improvement in myself. In my last couple of months, while I have been working, I have seen an improvement in how I have tackle stress, how well I work on a number of different things from my writing to my customer interactions. However there is still room for improvement and there always will be I hope to keep developing myself and the way I work for a long time.

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My body

In 2015 I hope to get myself back to a healthy state. I gained a lot of weight while I was at university and went from a dress size 6 to a 10, although I don’t necessarily want to get back to a size 6 I would like to be able to get down to a size 8.


In 2015 I want to start going to the gym, eating healthily and fitting into my lovely clothes than need a slightly skinner body.


So what are your plans for 2015? Have you made a resolution or do you think new year, new you is a stupid idea?

I’ll see you in a few days! Lauren.

All about me!

I have updated my about me page and I thought you might want to read about how this blog got set up!

Award winning!

Award winning!

All about me!

Hi everyone, my name is Lauren and I am the blogger behind this little blog. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to share a bit of information about me.


City girl

City girl

I was born at 11:07 on the 29th April to 2 wonderful parents, Colin and Sandra- my young life was always filled with happiness, until at aged 8 my parents rocked my world by announcing their divorce. After that I spent my life running between 2 house, 2 families and 2 lives- although I never found this too upsetting two lives felt like one big adventure to little me. My dad moved into tiny little one bedroomed flat above an Indian Restaurant, and every night I spent their felt like an adventure weather it was running across the busy road to shop in Aldi (There isn’t another store like it!) or playing games with my dad on a playstation.


At school I struggled with reading and writing and was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia, my teachers told that I would always struggle through school and wouldn’t be able to go to college. In 2009 after a lot of hard work I went off to sixth form college to study Media studies. After a year at college I started to look at the possibility of going to university. I searched the internet to find anything I could about university, as hard as I searched I couldn’t find anything that told me what it was really like to be a student from the point of view of a student.


School girl in Freshers week

School girl in Freshers week

In 2011 I headed off the university and decided that I would set up a blog all about my experiences at university giving future students a place where they could find out all about what university is really like- and three years later here we are!


I have had an amazing experience since I went to university, and loved every opportunity that has come along with writing this blog. In 2014 was an amazing year for me I turned 21 and graduated from university- but don’t worry I am still going to be blogging!!




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Christmas Cake Recipe

Last weekend I really wanted to bake- looking through to cupboards I was trying to decide what to bake when I decided I would make a Christmas cake- I already had everything in the house. So I thought I would share my Christmas cake recipe.   Ingredients 1kg mixed dried fruits (I used Raisins, Sultanas, Prunes, apricots) Zest and Juice 1 oranage Zest and Juice 1 Lime 150ml rum 250g butter 200g soft brown sugar 175g plain flour 100g ground almonds ¼ tsp baking powder 2 tsp mixed spice 1tsp ground cinnamon 5 cloves (ground) 100g flaked almonds 4 large eggs 1tsp vanilla extract  IMG_2086 Method Put the dried fruit, Lemon and Lime juice and zest, butter and sugar into a large pan and bring to the boil. Allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes before letting it cool.   Pre-heat your oven 130c (Fan Oven). Line a cake tin with 2 sheets of parchment paper and cover the outside of the tin with newspaper- tying with a piece of string.    IMG_2087 Add the remaining ingredients to cooled fruit mixture, stirring well to make sure all the ingredients are mixed.   Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.   Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes in the top- Pour 1-2 tbsp of alcohol. Wrap in clingfilm to store.  IMG_2090 Pour 1-2 tbsp over the cake every 2 weeks. 

My Graduation Review

I can’t believe that my graduation was almost 3 months ago! It feels like yesterday, yet so much has changed since I gradated but that is a story (or a few) for another blog post. Today I am finally going to share with you my graduation day.


Unfortunately 2 weeks before my graduation my dad was in a car crash while racing a broke most of his ribs, this meant that he was only able to attend the main graduation ceremony due to his poor health and lack of energy, so the beginning of the day, was spent with my mum, Stepdad and my boyfriend. I arrived early in the morning so I could spend as much time as possible in my graduation gown, I had spent a lot of money on that gown and 3 years at university! Once was in my gown- there was a woman who dressed everyone so we wore it correctly and had my professional photographs taken, I walked around the grounds of the university with my mum stepdad and boyfriend and took some wonderful pictures.


We managed to grab some lunch in a bar which was open during the middle of the day and then went to meet my dad and step mum by the theatre where the graduation took place. When we got into the theatre I had to separate from my family and went into the studio where the students sat, facing their parents once the curtain was raised.


Everyone stood up as the curtain was raised and screamed, shouted and clapped, looking around at the hundreds of faces that stared back lovingly at their children and friends was such an amazing feeling. In that moment the feeling of relief that I was finally there dressed in my gown washed over me along with pride and pure happiness to be there amongst my friends as we all received our degrees. Once they called my name I walked proudly, and slightly nervously across the stage, doffed my hat to the line of esteemed professors and collected my degree.


Once the ceremony was over I met my family outside for yet more photographs before meeting my grandparents for dinner in my favourite restaurant. Overall the day was amazing and a day that I will honestly never forget. I have never felt the love from my family more than I did on that day.


Spice Tomato and Chilli Chutney

This is a chutney recipe that I make every year for my dad at Christmas time. He has been asking me for the recipe for a while, so I thought it was the perfect time to share! You will need a large saucepan.



2 tablespoons Olive Oil

2 teaspoons Brown Mustard Seeds

1.2 kg of large tomatoes, chopped

2 Brown Onions, chopped

8-10 Chillies Chopped (with seeds)

500ml Malt Vinegar

330g Sugar

1 teaspoon Mixed Spices



  1. Heat the oil in the largest saucepan you have and add the mustard seeds until they start to pop- be careful they jump high. Add all the ingredients to your saucepan and bring it to the boil the reduce heat to a medium simmer uncovered. Make sure you go and stir occasionally. Leave the sauce to cook for about 4 hours, this time can vary. Until it looks like a chutney and will taste amazing!
  2. Put your chutney into a  glass jar- old jam jars are great for this, but you can buy them in shops. Make sure you wash your jar in almost boiling water, or place into your dishwasher, to avoid any contamination as your chutney can be in the jar for a long time. Spoon your chutney into the jar and seal immediately. Place a label on the jar and it is perfect for a gift along with homemade crackers.

Next week I will give you the recipe for my homemade crackers.

Ooh Mr Grey! Fifty Shades of Grey

The Fifty Shades of Grey book swept the globe with millions of women delighting in the tantalisingly sexy world of Grey Incorporation. With more and more spin off books- including my favourite ’50 Sheds of Grey’ however the biggest spin off from the trilogy is the long awaited film!

After speculations about who will play the raunchy Christian Grey and the timid Anastasia Steele, and a petition for Alexis Bledel to play the leading female part, the movie trailer has been released. Giving us a view of their first meeting with flashes of the sexy stuff that -let’s be honest- everyone is dying to see!

The brief clips of the film seems to be everything I expected, the sexual tension between the two main characters is clear throughout their initial meeting and the pure seduction of the ‘red room’ is hinted at- without any feeling that I was watching a dodgy Porn film.

The film will be out in cinemas on February 14th. So I think next Valentines day will be filled with lots of naughty toys for many couples all around the world.

So are you excited to see the film?

Competition!! Win £600 Watchbot!


I am sure you all know that as a student we are target for all sorts of crime; thanks to little security and lots of expensive equipment. I have been testing out a new gadget, the Watchbot. Which like a CCTV camera allows you to record, however the Watchbot also allows to remotely access the video feed to make your house is secure even when you are away- perfect for the long summer months where your procession are left alone.

The Watchbot is a perfect devise that allows you to feel comfortable and confident in your own home, knowing that you are safe.

The Watchbot company are kindly offering to give one of you a Watchbot!

Simply follow the link and enter to competiton!

Good Luck

(review To Follow!)



I am sure you all know that as a student we are target for all sorts of crime; thanks to little security and lots of expensive equipment. I have been testing out a new gadget, the Watchbot. Which like a CCTV camera allows you to record, however the Watchbot also allows to remotely access the video feed to make your house is secure even when you are away- perfect for the long summer months where your procession are left alone.

The Watchbot is a perfect devise that allows you to feel comfortable and confident in your own home, knowing that you are safe.

The Watchbot company are kindly offering to give one of you a Watchbot!

Simply follow the link and enter to competiton!

Good Luck

What to wear to graduation!

Since I started thinking about going to university I have thought about my graduation. When I was looking at applying for universities, I joked about making sure I went to one that had a good graduation ceremony. In my first year of university I thought about what I should wear on the final day of my student life and in my second year I watched the graduation ceremony of the year before me. So when it finally came to time when I would wear my cap and gown, I knew the outfit I wore had to be special.


TM Lewin started off as a men’s suit company however recently has developed a womans business line. Their tailored suits, and dresses look like the perfect business outfit, however dressed with some nice jewellery can be perfect for a walk across the gradation stage.


Although their clothes can be very expensive, suits costing almost £300. The quality of them means that you can be wearing the around the office years after your graduation.


So have you thought about your graduation outfit?

Lauren x

p.s. This post was sponsored by TM LEWIN.

So, What’s next?

I am getting to that stage in an undergrads life when they begin to question everything. Will I manage to get my dream job 3 months after graduation- with enough time for a holiday? Will I end up being stuck as a tea girl in the industry I love? Or will the evil journalists be write, is my degree not enough to get me a job? 


I am 3 months away from my final hand in, 5 months from donning my cap and gown and parading across the stage to get my diploma. This is something that I have worked at getting for well over the three years I have been at university. My family, friends and loved ones have all become as invested in my university life as I have.


But what will I do next? Christmas was filled with this dreaded questions, my family, boyfriends family and everyone else are dying to know what the next stage of life will bring me, but the truth is I am as much in the dark as I am.


Since December I have been applying for jobs. In fact I became so absorbed in the process of applying I ended up applying for a job in America, without realizing. But even though I have sent off what feels like millions of applications I have not received any job offers.


So last week I decided to go to a talk the university where having about doing Masters courses. My lectures talk about the type of material that would be covered in the masters and how you can fund a masters course.


So I have decided that I am going to apply for a masters course, at my university, as well as applying for more jobs. So my plan for the future is basically I have no idea, and I am going to cover every base!