Results Days

The 17th and 24th of August are important days for a lot of people this year… the dreaded days of results. I got my AS results today and I know friends who got A2 results, as well as next Thursday, friends who are getting GCSE results.

Before today, the most popular question I got was; ‘Are you nervous or worried?’ I think I mainly answered ‘No.’ This was usually met with a strange look or more questions about why I wasn’t having sleepless nights about ‘the day that’s the beginning of the end’.

My views on results days ( A-Level or GCSE) are nice and simple; once you have sat the exam (or handed in the coursework etc.) there is nothing that can be changed. Although that might be daunting if you think you’ve done badly, it also raises the question of why would you worry about something you can’t change?

If you got your results today; I hope you’ve done well and you are pleased with your grades. Congratulations if you have been given your place at the universities of choice, and if you haven’t, remember that A-Levels are not the be-all and end-all. If you don’t do as well as you hoped, don’t spend the next few weeks drinking the rest of your holidays away. You should research what your next options are. Are there other courses, at possibly different levels, that you can apply for? Can you go through clearing and get a place somewhere else? If you are truly passionate about the subject you want to study, I am sure there is a place available somewhere. There is no point hiding that you got lower grades than you wanted because otherwise, you wouldn’t be in clearing, so try and describe to universities how much you want to study your chosen subject and how much it would mean to be given another opportunity.

For GCSE students, it’s a similar story but instead of a university place, its college and sixth form offering you your next steps in education. I remember my GCSE results last year, and whilst I was happy with my grades as I had done quite well, I think I was expecting higher. I now look back and realize that the grades I got were a true reflection on how hard I worked. You honestly do only get out however much work you put in. I was fortunate to have teachers who really cared about their pupils and subjects, so I was at an advantage of good quality teaching. But, as I was at an independent school, the pressure it puts you under to achieve higher than average grades is huge, especially with many people around you with academic scholarships.

I am now at college studying A-Levels, and I am really enjoying myself. The thing that really hits hard in your first few months of college is; GCSE’s are just a ‘stepping stone’ (excuse the cliché) to your next choice. So, if you don’t get the grades, don’t worry about it! Because a D in geography at GCSE is NOT going to stop you getting anywhere in life, trust me on this. It is now one year since my GCSE results, and I can’t even remember what I got. That’s not just my terrible memory either. Multiple people, I have asked can’t even remember the subjects they studied.

I wish everyone the best of luck with their GCSE results next week, try not to panic too much and remember it will all be okay, whatever your grades are. If you’re off to university next month, good luck! I hope everyone has an amazing time. And if you are now looking at a different route to what you originally planned, don’t worry about it, because it will work itself out and if it’s meant to be, it will happen.

Thank you for reading this, especially today with everything else on your mind, and I hope I’ve reassured some people on next week. Once again, good luck!

Imogen ❤

Student Summer Fashion

So recently, I have ventured into the unknown and bought quite a few pieces of clothing online from a website called Romwe. I had seen the site advertised on Facebook many times but wasn’t too sure whether I could trust the crazy low prices, and it not to be a scam. But I can safely say, I haven’t been robbed of hundreds of pounds from my bank account, and not only have I received my purchases, but I actually really like them, and have had quite a few compliments asking where I have got my things from. When I say Romwe, they look surprised and I explain that it might take a couple of weeks to ship your stuff, but for basics like tee-shirts and jumpers etc. it is a great site!

As I just mentioned above, I have only used them for tee-shirts and hoodies so far, as I am not sure about sizing guides for denim jeans/shorts etc., but I am excited to try other items and see how they turn out. I’ll show you some of the tops I have already received, and a couple of two-piece’s (top and shorts) that are on the way to me now.

Tee-shirts and Hoodies 

These three were from my first order, and I noticed that they all came up a bit small, but if you like a cropped tee then that’s perfect. My favorite is the blue New York embroidered top. I know some people who ordered the Pineapple top, had concerns that it would be see-through, but it isn’t too bad, as long as you wear a nude or white bra you won’t be able to notice that it is that transparent.

You can check the individual size guides for each piece of clothing online before you buy anything. The Striped top is quite tight on me, so I would definitely recommend going for a small or medium unless you are really tiny, then an extra small might just be ok! The other tops I bought all fitted really nicely, and all of them have been made from a comfortable material, nothing scratchy or horrible.

If there is one thing I might mention, it’s that with the ones with badges (like the Pineapple or the Rose), the stitching can be a bit hurried and look a bit messy up close, but it isn’t anything you can notice from a normal distance away. Chances are, no one will ever know.

The hoodie I bought is exactly the same as I pointed out on one of my previous posts last summer, I believe, and was from Topshop at around £30, so for half of that, it was a steal, and the quality is the same as the Topshop version! Bargain!

The others I have bought are below.

Two Piece Summer Sets

 These two are in the post as we speak and should be arriving soon. I am really excited to see how they look and will probably order some more for summer once I know I can order with confidence. I really double checked the sizes for these, as shorts can come up quite tight, especially on the Sunflower design as they don’t seem to be elasticated. Of course, if that proves a problem, you could always pop a couple of belt loops on and tie a belt around the waist or even add elastic to the inside of the waistline!

Here I’ll leave a list of all the products with direct links to the pages where you can buy them. Or alternatively, you can just visit www.romwe.com and browse through their whole collection.

Blue Letter Embroidered T-shirt ‘New York’

Blue Striped V Cut Cropped T-shirt

White Pineapple Embroidered Patch T-shirt

Rose Patch Knot Front Tee

White Palm Tree Embroidered Patch Crop Tee

Pineapple Embroidered Tee (Red)

Letter Embroidered Short Sleeve Tee ‘Heartbreaker’ (Yellow)

White Letter Print Hooded Crop Sweatshirt

White Crochet Trim Crop T-shirt

Sunflower Print Tiered Frill Cami Top With Shorts

Halter Neck Rose Applique Crop Top With Shorts

I really like Romwe because it is crazily cheap, and isn’t actually too bad for quality! This is perfect for students or anyone really from the age of 11-25 because money isn’t the easiest thing to get hold of, and good, cheap clothing is always a win!

Thank you for reading guys! I hope you are all looking forward to the sunny weather we will hopefully be getting this summer! Have fun and remember to wear sun cream! Burnt is not a good look, trust me!

Imogen ❤

Top Tips to Exam Success!

So my exam season is OVER thank goodness. But, I know lots of you aren’t even halfway through. I know first hand how stressful exams can get, even though in the end I always look back and wonder why I ever worried so much! There were a few little things that helped me get through the two weeks from hell, and they aren’t the normal; revise lots, do exercise, cliché nonsense. These are just a few bits and bobs I’ll do to just take my mind off the looming events of the next day and just make some time for myself.

  1. Have a bath. Obviously make sure you are keeping your personal hygiene up, because trust me, there is nothing worse than sitting next to somebody in an exam that smells a bit pongy. Take an hour to just relax in the bath, maybe buy a bath bomb, or light a few candles and just relax for a bit. Don’t forget, nothing is more important than making sure you are ok yourself.
  2. Try to get some fresh air. True, this can be tricky with the English weather like it is, but maybe try to sit in the garden for a bit, walk your dogs (if you have any!) or simply sit in your room with a window open. Fresh air helps me be more relaxed, and I know for sure that if I am getting stressy at college, the best thing is for me to take a walk to the Greggs round the corner.
  3. Listen to a playlist that gets you in the mood for studying. Yes, I know it sucks that you have to actually study, but when you do, if music is something that helps you concentrate, then go for it. Everyone is different so this is a personal one, but if it’s something that works then try choosing something less ‘rock’ and more ‘relax’.
  4. Get up in the morning with plenty of time to make yourself feel ready for the day. If that means getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier so you wash your hair, then try and do it. I know at the time of 6 AM it doesn’t feel like it will be worth it, but just take a few extra minutes in the morning to make yourself feel beautiful. Feeling a natural day? Wear no makeup! Feeling a little more self-conscious? Go all out and use all your makeup skills to sculpt your face until it’s chiseled to the bone! I try to wash my hair every morning because it just makes me feel more ready for the day ahead, and one less thing to worry about halfway through the hot and sticky afternoon, but if I don’t have time I tend to double braid my hair and get it up and out the way.
  5. Pack your bag the night before, making sure you have everything you could possibly need. People that know me, know that I carry practically everything with me. I’ve been called a walking pharmacy! Take rainbow highlighters, and glitter gel pens and funky Post-It Notes. When you’ve been forced to write with a boring black biro for hours, a sparkly pen can really liven things up a bit. (Not in your exam though!)
  6. If you are that way inclined, why not go for a run? I know, it’s not for everybody, but if you know exercise takes your mind off things, get up off your ass and go for a 20-minute jog, if you can’t face a half marathon right that second!
  7. If you have a job, don’t take time off! I know that sounds backwards, but I found that working gave me something to take my mind off things and let me relax for a bit, (even if it was 30 degrees and I was standing in-front of an oven for a good 6 hours!) If you obviously don’t have enough time to work and revise, then do take some time out, but really think whether you need the time off or whether you just aren’t time-managing very well.
  8. Talking about time management, take a few hours out of a busy day to get together with some friends for lunch or a coffee. Just have a catch-up, and if you are feeling really guilty for not studying, then talk about revision over your lunch. Test each other and see how well each of you know areas of the subjects you take. Make it ‘fun’, if that’s possible, so you are truly having a break from the books.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a list of rules you should follow for success in your exams (whatever the title says), but I do find these little things just made my exams a bit less worrying. The most important thing is to make sure you are having time to yourself, and however you do that is your choice, but make sure you fit it into the schedule because revision 24/7 is draining and won’t help at the end of the day.

I wish everyone luck in their remaining exams and I’ll hopefully be back soon with some ideas on kick-starting your summer!

Thanks for reading!

Imogen ❤