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Last Week #3

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♥ OOTN Parrot crop tee, skinny jeans, heart necklace | Red lips & Nails | Barry M Coral with Red Wine tips | OOTN heeled trainers ♥

Sorry that this post is late! Bloody useless haha. But without further ado here is my latest ramblings and happenings complete with Instagram best snaps of the week.

♥ T H E  G O O D ♥

Outfits & Nails: So I’ll work backwards and start with the weekend : ) I went for a couple of drinks with John’s housemates & friends on Friday night to New Cross. I wore a cropped tee shirt that I’ve had for ages. It’s navy blue with little bright parrots on, subtle but with a small pop of summer colour. It also has lovely scallop edges including the sleeves which makes it a bit more interesting for a casual evening outfit. I wore this with my super skinny jeans (the type you have to wiggle in to – but luckily they have an elastic waist instead of a button!) and brown, heeled trainers from River Island. I wore red lips and painted my nails a deep coral with dark red tips (both Barry M).

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♥ A handful of ratties | Lovely midweek sandwich | Sleepy | Homemade lasagne & wine  | Samples | Becks arty labels
| Makeup and Nails | Late night chicken burger | Hangover mission, fry up for five ♥

Work: The week itself was uneventful, I did some reception work in Farringdon Monday and Tuesday, John made a really nice Lasagne which was a surprise on Monday so that was dinner for 2 days >.<

Samples: Collecting dust amongst my beauty products are numerous samples and freebies, those you tend to accumulate every time you get a nice shop assistant or in a beauty bag free when you spend a certain amount on a brand. These little mini versions are often overlooked, I tend to already have something else on the go so put them aside. But I dug them out the other day and I thought why not!? I’ve been using them all everyday for the last week so for their miniscule size they pack in quite a bit of product. I’ll get a full review up soon, but here’s what I’m trying out: No.7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum, Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Care Illuminator, Dior Capture Totale eye serum and eye cream.

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♥ Underground | Greenwich Park | Neutral nails for work, O.P.I Alpine snow | Buskers in Greenwich | The Market | Johno in the park! ♥

Sunday: On Sunday we walked in to Greenwich because the SUN was out, yep that long-lost friend of ours that’s been hibernating for, oh, only about 8 months!! It was a really nice day, had McDonalds, walked to the top of the hill which has a pretty good view over London and sat and drank some cider. The Market in Greenwich was pretty nice for a wander around, there were lots of unique patterned tops and crafty necklaces I’d have probably treated myself to if I’d had money!

Sometimes I can’t believe how fast a week flies by! I’m starting a new temping job role next with as a Communication assistant for a Hotel brand. Wish me luck! It’s scheduled to last a few weeks but we’ll see! What have you been up to now the sun has surfaced?!

T w i t t e r | B l o g L o v i n | Y o u T u b e | I n s t a g r a m | T u m b l r

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Apologies and new starts!

It’s been a while (to say the least) since I’ve graced Panda Pop with any sort of writing and I’m sorry! This past year has flown by, and with it my blogging motivation went into hibernation.

I’ve been in and out of various things since we last spoke. I waitressed for 6 months at a new opening near Marble Arch after moving to London. I left to work as a Marketing and Sales team member for Salon Evolution in Shorditch, which was a grueling sales job that made me sell my soul a tad. It taught me a few lessons and skills though as every experience does.

I spent Christmas back home in my beautiful Cornwall before coming back to London and starting at a new restaurant. That was the beginning of an amazing (but frighteningly fast) year that blessed me with some amazing work colleagues (now friends), some amazing experiences (Soz in Kos, Bestival 2012) and an amazing someone I’m incredibly lucky to call mine ❤

When Christmas came around again it felt like I’d blinked and everything had all gone by so quickly. I was on another grueling 8 hour mission back to my hometown for a spell of gaming with my little brother and cooking Christmas lunch with mum. All too soon I’d be watching the south west countryside flash past the train window as I headed back to the city.

So when I got back and I slugged it through the post-Christmas London transport system with my suitcase and my rats (they traveled home with me) to my south east haunt, Lewisham I decided something needed to change. I’d been too comfortable doing something that allowed me to pay for my nights out, my overpriced flat and a few holidays but stopped me from actually engaging and thinking and learning. I moved to London for the experience, the city and the people and whilst it doesn’t disappoint it’s a budget breaker. I realised I’d been scared to leave what I knew and relied on, to leave the only solid foundation I’d had so far in London.

So March 2013, here I am currently unemployed and living in the most expensive city in the UK. Scared? A little. Excited? Definitely. It’s a month where things are changing for me and I’m starting to engage in projects I’m passionate about. I’m going to be writing a lot on here and starting to update my YouTube. Meanwhile I’ll keep you posted on the immensely stressful task of job hunting and my experience so far with interviews and applications.

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Update :)

So It’s been quite a while since I updated this blog. I’m afraid to say it took a back seat to my third year studies but perhaps rightly so. The stress and pressure that accompany the final year in a degree are now haunting memories in back of my mind, and the relief and pride at actually crossing the finishing line welcome replacements. I’m going to take the time over the next few weeks to actually upload some of my final pieces of work, including my creative dissertation, and of course it’s the dreaded results day at the end of this week so I will be sure to write (perhaps woefully) about that. For now I am in the midst of finding a place to live in London, finding a job (waitressing for now) and choosing what I want to do with my life in the next few years. No pressure this month then?