Sunday, 23 August 2015

Autumn Bucket List

With autumn right around the corner, I am getting pretty excited. Autumn is the uncontested king of the seasons, in my opinion. I love the feeling of layering up in cosy knits and getting the candles back out. There is something so nice about an evening snuggled up under a big duvet, with all your cinnamon and spiced apple candles lit, watching a cute film whilst snacking on chocolate and endless cups of tea.
So, I decided to put together a little list of things that I would love to do this autumn in order to make the most of my favourite month.

Have lots of cosy nights in snuggled under duvets watching films
Buy a proper pair of boots
Buy more cute knitted jumpers of various colours
Make mulled wine

Buy and sell more antiques
Go to flea markets and find the antique shops of Cardiff
Experiment with a range of lipstick colours
Try out recipes with cinnamon and apple in them
Buy some knee high socks

Buy an item of clothing which is burnt orange colour
Attempt to make my own autumnal potpourri
Eat roasted chestnuts
Explore new places in South Wales
Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Go to a carnival
Have a bonfire and toast marshmallows
Go shopping in London
Stock up on Scream Eggs
Travel somewhere new in the UK

Friday, 14 August 2015

Swap a Postcard With Me #2

Some of you might remember that about this time last year, I posted about wanting to do a postcard swap with anyone who was interested and I got more of a response than I was expecting.
So, I thought it would be a nice thing to swap more postcards with whoever is interested.
I really love receiving postcards and pinning them up on my wall - or hanging them from pegs as I currently have them in my room - as I think it is a really pretty way of decorating your room with something also quite personal.
I also like seeing where you're all from and snooping at your handwriting (not in a creepy way - I was just taken aback by how lovely some people's handwriting was last time).

So, if you're interested, please comment below or email me at or tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove and let me know your email address so we can exchange postal addresses.
I am very happy to send postcards to anywhere in the world so don't worry about that if you are an international reader.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

I'm An Educated Fool

I am probably breaking some unspoken blogger law by posting autumn outfit pics in August but we live life on the wild side.
I got this dark green kitted jumper from H&M a while ago as I loved the colour (who would have guessed that I like the colour emerald, eh?). I paired them with possibly my favourite pair of trousers which are these patterned fitted trousers also from H&M. I put them with my new brogues as I love the look of brogues and I think they go nicely with the trousers.
Also I thought the title was very apt as this is one of the outfits I am taking with me to wear in my second year of university. Surely I'm not the only one who goes through their wardrobe and picks out items to take with them that can be paired with so many different things.
In case you're not big on rap, the title is from Coolio's Gangster's Paradise which I know all the words to - just sayin'.


Jumper: H&M (old)
Trousers: H&M
Brogues: Clarks

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Decorating Your Uni Room

Yesterday I put the agency fees down thus securing a room in a shared house for my second year. We spent the day in Cardiff viewing a load of different places - some studio flats, some in shared houses. Admittedly, there wasn't much which was actually nice for my budget - seems lots of the places had rather big issues with damp. But the final property we viewed was great - well, it was a building site but the pics of what it will look like were great. And it is two doors down the road from the hall of residence I stayed in for me first year which was funny. It is a shared house with 6 other people but all the rooms are quite big and all have en suite - just like in my first year, I wanted en suite as there is a risk of getting lumped with someone with very poor standards of cleanliness. Kitchen-wise, I don't mind so much about cleanliness there as I don't cook much so I doubt I'll be spending a huge amount of time in there anyway.
In all honesty, I am just glad that I have somewhere to move into next month and not somewhere that I have to worry about the ceiling rotting away and having my neighbours fall through from the room above.

But all this property searching had me thinking of this time last year when I was anxiously googling everything university related. I was very excited to be moving into halls as I would have my own room (a novelty after sharing with my two sisters for so long) and I was looking at every room tour going envisioning how I would decorate said room.
So, I thought I would put together a small list of things that I did to make my uni room feel more homely.

Take things to decorate the walls like posters
Most rooms in halls have large corkboards. Although you aren't usually allowed to put anything on the actual walls (not Blue Tak/pin rules), you can use the corkboard to make things a bit more personal. Some long term readers might remember from my uni room tour (you can read it HERE) that I collected lots of postcards before and put them all up on the walls. But posters and pictures of loved ones are also nice touches. My uni did a poster sales at the start of term and I expect lots of unis do things like that - and we all know how much free stuff you get during Freshers - so if you don't take posters with you, it is easy to get some once you're there.


Take some personal items but not too much
I didn't take a huge amount with me to uni as I assumed my room would be really small. In actual fact, it was bigger than I expected. So, on my first trip home, I got some more stuff to take back with me. Unfortunately, I then had too much stuff.
So, you have to get the balance between what is too much and too little. My advice is to take the bare minimum but make sure you take things that are special to you (like decorative items, framed family photos etc). If you then find you have space you can go back home and pick up a few more things.

Bedding can add colour to the room
Uni rooms (especially in halls) tend to be a bit clinical and have white washed or magnolia walls but an easy way to brighten up your room without taking up excess space is by buying some nice, colourful bedding. The bedding I had at uni had multi coloured pineapples on it and it was amazing. Primark do lots of bedding sets with nice, colourful prints but be sure you know how big your bed will be before buying them - most beds in uni halls tend to be (very small and rather uncomfortable) singles though. On the subject of uni hall beds: take a mattress protector. Seriously. You don't know who was last sleeping on that mattress.

Don't crowd every surface area
It's nice to have a bit of space in your room. It is tempted to decorate every space but when it comes to revision time, you're gonna need every inch of that desk to spread out your text books. I remember a time where I had so much on my desk that I had to move the pile of junk onto the floor just to be able to put my textbook down. Don't be that person.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you the very best of luck if you are starting uni next month - you will have an amazing time, I'm sure.
Also I am thinking of doing a bit of a mini series about starting uni so if you thinking this would be a good idea then let me know and if there is anything specific you'd like me to cover then please either comment, email, or tweet me. Any suggestions would be happily received.
And if you just wanna chat a bit about uni with someone who has just finished their first year or need any advice, my email address is in the sidebar. I am happy to chat day or night.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Favourites From

It is no secret that I am quite the fan of My brother recommended it to me as he said it is good for cheap next day deliver and, as impatience is obviously a shared trait between us, I was keen to check it out. Admittedly, finding something really nice takes a bit of searching - I am not overly keen on some of their things - but the search always seem to pay off for me and I end up finding more nice things than I can afford.
However, another plus is that everything is pretty reasonably priced which is good for penniless students like me.
My favourite from these things I found is the smudge print dress - it reminds me of something you would find in a shop like Seasalt. Either way, I definitely think it looks a lot more expensive than it is and I just love this print. I can imagine pairing it with tights, black heeled ankle boots, and a burgundy knitted cardigan for autumn.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making Of Harry Potter

As I have mentioned a few times on here, I recently went to the Warner Bros Studio near London for the Harry Potter Tour. It was a really exciting experience as it was my first time going there and I had heard from so many people that it is a really cool place - they were right.
Also, just a warning, this post is going to be quite photo heavy so you had better brew yourself a cuppa and get comfy, we're in for the long haul.

When we were there, they had a Sweets and Treats feature so there were places along the tour where you could learn how the prop food is made to look so realistic and the Great Hall was kitted out with a selection of puddings that looked good enough to eat.

There was a section showing lots of different costumes which really interested me. I especially liked looking at all the pretty dresses and my sister was pointing out ones she would like to wear for prom in the future.

I really liked the look of this potion bit with all the bottles of different sizes. I think I would definitely be a professor of potions if I could.

Another new feature they had there was the Hogwart's Express. We were able to go inside and each little compartment was set up as it was for each year in the films.

I was very excited to get a butterbeer - they also had butterbeer flavour icecream - and it was really nice. I liked how it was kinda fizzy but creamy on top. However, it was a bit rich so more than one definitely wouldn't have been an option.

There was a section that showed how they made all the animatronics and there were little screens which had the people who worked in this explaining it which was interesting.

We then headed into Diagon Alley which was so cool. Unfortunately, it was quite busy so I wasn't able to get many good pictures but it was a really great thing to experience and I felt like I was little Harry in the first film wandering along looking at everything in awe.

The final part of the tour brought us to this huge model of Hogwarts which was lit from inside so had lots of little twinkling lights shining out from it. It was really beautiful and the perfect finish to the tour.

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