Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Where am I going?!

"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." - L. Frank Baum 
 Howdy, howdy, howdy!
What a crazy start to September, I haven't stopped! Started University, finished my last ever dance show and drank way too much tea! Here's a lil update on what I've been up to!
(We drove for hours and hours, visited many beautiful places, stayed in many Travel lodges and drank hot chocolate!)

So September is the month where many people start their journey by enrolling/ joining/ moving in/ all things University/ College/ School/ work related! It's a scary time, but also super exciting! 

During my last year of A-Levels I, like many others, had to make the 5 university choices within a deadline, this freaked me out and I didn't give the locations of my choices a solid thought.. For example I chose Plymouth as a choice, as well as Falmouth I am a current home-bod and the thought of being 4/5 hours away from home made me run away from even applying! Anywhos I applied to my 5 choices, went through portfolio days/ interviews/ hours of travelling and staying over. 

(During one of my university tours we were greeted by severe hail stones! Welcome to England!)

Along with applying to universities I also applied for a 'Foundation in Art and Design' at Central Saint Martins in London - Kings Cross (train station where Harry Potter was filmed *cry*). I applied for a foundation course incase I decided a 3 year degree course was too soon/ not for me/ and further unsure mind-twisting scenarios! A foundation course is an extra one year further education level, the course at St Martins includes the following to try out to see if it's the design path for you: Graphics and Communication, Fashion and Textiles, Architecture, Performance Design and Practice and Fine Art.

So in the end I had applied for 5 universities with the 'Illustration' course and 1 foundation course in 'Art and Design'

(My finished portfolio, jammed with all my artwork!)

My interviews ran from January 2013 through to March 2013.
I was so, so happy when I received 5 'conditional' offers (this means I would have a secure place at the universities ensuring I got the correct entry grades). All my interviews were successful and I had great feedback from the top teachers of Illustration. However, something in my mind was unsure, like a small grey cliched cloud raining over my confused art books and hard work. I didn't know if Illustration was for me, I needed more time and wanted to further explore art, as there is sooo much more to art than meets the eye!

In the end I chose Norwich, to study Illustration for three years! During my decision process, I had also been accepted to study at Central Saint Martins, I was over the moon as myself and my Grandad would always talk about how he's brother taught there, it's where his brother met his wife who was a dress maker and the stories and smiles were endless. From day 1 I have been hugely influenced by my families art background, something I always knew I wanted to follow. One of the last conversations with my grandad was about art, we had spoken about me going to St Martins before but I never thought it would happen. My Grandad was and still is a huge deal to me, so I knew all I wanted was to aim for what we'd always spoken about. 

This changed everything! I knew more than anything that if I went to St Martins my grandad would know where I was.. I don't know about you but I am a huuuge believer in all the spiritual kinds of things, and I don't know I just guess all the signs were pointing to do the Foundation course.

With days of deciding, ups, downs, confusment (now a new word..), I didn't know what planet I was on. My brain/ mind went for a long wonder and I came to the deciding moment of opting for the foundation course at Central Saint Martins. I declined my 'un-conditional' offer from Norwich and everything just fell into place. 

(Catching the train for my first enrolment!)

And so, I guess this brings us to now! I have since then successfully enrolled and am now a student at Central Saint Martins studying Art and Design, the first thing my nan said to me was "Grandad would be so proud." That's all I seemed to focus on for a while! It's all happened so fast! Can't believe I'm here and I'm so excited to see what happens next, I started on the 4th September and am really enjoying the course so far! Let me know if you would like to see any snippets of my art and what I've been up to!

 (Sitting outside my new Art home for the next year!)

 (Cute frozen yoghurt van on the way to the University..)

EEEK, fangirl moment... During London Fashion Week I was lucky enough to bump into Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Anna Wintour and Daisy Lowe! The Erdem Fashion show was being held at my Uni! I was listening to the catwalk rehearsals whilst drawing structural work as part of my project early in the morning with no clue who was going to appear at the show that afternoon! When I moved back inside it was crazy, I was literally sitting in my classroom watching my main fashion idols/inspirations walk past my very eyes.. 

The show finished just as our lunch break started, so off a few of us went to grab a photo! I was so happy to be able to speak to Daisy, Poppy, Pixie and Alexa, they were all so kind and even beaaaautiful-er in person! The perks of studying/being in London! 

Dance school!
I have been a student and teacher at my local dance school 'Fi Steps' for seven years now. I knew there would come a day when I would have to hang up the dance shoes and be on my way. I never thought I would have to leave, but with university piling on the work, there is simply not enough time for solid commitment elsewhere. Art is my passion and I knew I had to follow this.

On Saturday 14th September I had my last ever dance show with Fi Steps, along the way I have met unforgettable friends, danced to 100's of routines, performed in places such as The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesties Theatre, local theatres, school fates and many more! I have done unimaginable things and laughed/cried oh so much!

My dance girls are like my second family, and couldn't have imagined life any differently without them (cheesy, but true)! It's safe to say I was a complete crying state when it came to saying goodbye, however it's never goodbye and I can already feel myself swaying towards returning for the odd dance here and there..

I wish all my friends every luck in the world and I can't wait to watch future Fi Steps performances! Love you all!
(A collective collage of images over the years!)

There we have it, my lil update on life and September!
So wherever you may be off in the world, be sure to have a wonderful experience, explore the things you love in life and give it all ya got! Good luck!

With love, Charlotte 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lip Balm Review!

A little quick review on all the lip balms I've been loving!
It's nearing to winter and there has definitely been a strong change in the weather, wrap up warm and keep your skin hydrated!

1. Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Punch - £2.99
I have really been loving this lip balm, after wanting to try it for ages I finally managed to get my hands on one! I picked this up in Boots for £2.99 and so far so good! Along with it's high moisturising texture, there is also a subtle touch of colour, 'Pink Punch' appears as a Barbie pink but in fact adds a healthy coloured glow to your lips, it also tastes like fruit, mmmm!

Available in six varieties:
Hydrate - Peach Kiss - Pink Punch - Cherry Me - Mint Fresh - Intense Care

2. Carmex 'original' - £3.25
This has been my go-to lip balm, I love Carmex being in a tube, it's super easy to apply and you don't need to worry about having clean hands as appose to using from a pot! When I'm in need of an instant replenish, this is the lip balm I use!

 3. Blistex 'intensive moisturiser' - £2.63
If you're a fan of mint then pocket yourself one of these! They taste amazing, but with the liquid lip balm being white, it tends to turn your lips that colour! I've recently really been into using Blistex., my skins all over the place at the moment and with this attached to me everywhere I go, I feel a little more reassured! 

4. Carmex 'cherry' - £2.69
This isn't my favourite from the bunch, but still a very good moisturising fix! The taste, amazing.. But whenever I seem to apply this my whole mouth goes numb.. Unsure if thats the normal effect, but I guess I just don't look forward to using this one as much! This Carmex liquid form is also available in the 'original' flavour. I found the Cherry form particularly hard to get hold of, but I think it's as equally as good to the other squeezy Carmex tubes available!

5 & 6. Vaseline 'original - £2.08 & Carmex 'original' - £2.69
I currently use these two before I go to bed, I don't tend to take these out and about with me as I'm not a fan of touching door handles/ etc and then using my fingers to apply the balm, I'm sure most of you's don't like to do this either! I have been through oh so many pots of the Carmex balm, also in Cherry. These lip balms keep your lips so hydrated and prevent any sore redness/ cracking to your lips.

If you are on the hunt for a good lip moisturising fix, then I would highly suggest Carmex, I tend to use Carmex and then on top of that to add colour I apply Maybelline Baby Lips in the colour 'Pink Punch'!

I hope this was helpful, feel free to share any of your favourites!
Stay warm this Winter!

With love, Charlotte ☂

- The prices mentioned in this post are from BOOTS. Carmex and Vaseline are also available to buy in any Supermarket/ Drugstore, prices may vary.
- Maybelline 'Baby Lips' are available online and in-store - Boots, Drugstores and Supermarkets.

*Disclaimer* All views on this post are my own, all paid for by myself. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Quote of the day.. #2

Hello wonderful's,
I am here to present you with another quote, ahoy!
This is without a doubt one of my all time favourite quotes. The joy of Roald Dahl's words sends me dreaming on a path of loveliness.

(I do not own this image, stumbled upon on Tumblr)

This quote sends out a huge message:

Being positive is sometimes quite hard, of course we all have very good days but sometimes those down days tend to slip through the net. Many times I find myself in a deep thought about life and where I'll end up, sometimes those thoughts get the better of me and I find myself countlessly picking myself up with a favourite film/ song/ hobby. It's easy to get carried away in a spiral of thoughts, most inconveniently when you are trying to sleep!

I find quotes like these lift my spirits and boost me back on track. Say 'be gone' to unwanted feelings and doubts. In this current moment you are alive, think of all the good thoughts your mind can make room for! 

Stop waiting around for your next train of happiness, build up positive thoughts, go for a walk, drink more tea (or a drink of your choice that makes you smile), read a book, chase a butterfly, treat yourself, enjoy the little things.

Be happy, you will always look lovely.

With love, Charlotte ☂