It’s Summer!!! (How To Celebrate The End Of Exams)

Hey everyone! My fourth-year degree exams finished on Friday and after popping some bubbly, I jetted off to Bristol and then Vienna to celebrate! With Summer fast approaching for many of you, here are my top tips for celebrating the end of exam season.

1) Say Cheers!

Celebrate the end of exams with some cheeky cocktails, an indulgent glass of bubbly or a yummy meal out.

  1. Travel, Travel, Travel!

Visiting somewhere new will help you to clear your mind and get into holiday mode! Travelling is also a great way to reward all of your hard work and keep in touch with old friends.



3. Expand Your Mind

Degree programmes are very focused; so why not use your Summer to expand your horizons and learn new things? Visiting local tourist attractions and reading around subjects that interest you are great ways of unwinding after exams, whilst keeping your brain active.

4. Treat yourself!

Exams take a toll on you; that’s why the post-exam period is a brilliant time to invest in some gorgeous new Summer clothes, get that haircut you’ve been putting off since April and even indulge in a sneaky spa day with your mates (head to Groupon’s website and nab yourself a bargain).

5. Catch-up On Some Sleep

Summer is here, so there’s no shame in spending the odd morning in your pyjamas catching-up on your favourite Netflix shows (I won’t tell if you don’t!)

I’m taking lifestyle tips from my cat!

6. Develop Positive Eating Habits

Now that my exams are over, I’m trying to cut back on my obsession with takeaway fajitas and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cookies. However, the post-exam period is a time for celebration, so I allow myself to eat whatever I fancy when socialising with friends, whilst sticking to a healthy, balanced diet when at home.

Yummy fusion Tapas at Under The Stars, a floating restaurant  in Bristol

 7. Do More Exercise

After exams is also a great time to develop a healthier exercise routine and use your  spare time to engage in your favourite hobbies. Remember; you’ve worked hard during exams and now is the time to reap the rewards.

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Going out and getting some fresh air can make all the difference!

8. Declutter

That dress that’s a size too small for you? Get rid of it! Those shoes that you haven’t worn for two years? Those too! Charity shops will be grateful for your donations and you’ll have less clutter to lug around on the train or stuff into your boot on your journey home.

9. Make Plans

Exams are over, so why not take the time to set yourself goals and explore exciting holiday, volunteering, work and study opportunities for the Summer months?

10. Be Spontaneous and Have Fun!

Work hard, take time to relax and you’ll make Summer 2017 the best one ever!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s blog post. What are your Summer plans?

Until next time!

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

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Galentines Day Ideas 2: Paint the Town Pink

It’s wintery in Edinburgh; the semester is in full swing  and I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling the need to let loose and forget all about dissertations, job applications and the joys of degree exams. So if you’re also feeling like blowing off some steam this Galentines day, how can you make your night out that extra bit special?

Here are some ideas to get the party started in style:


1.Get ready with your gals

Blast some music, do each other’s makeup and dig out an outfit that you feel GREAT in.

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 2.Go out for dinner beforehand

Want to have a good old catch up with your girls? Indulge in a delicious meal and some cocktails before your night out.


Here are some affordable suggestions:

Mariachi 

Theme: Mexican

Location: The Grassmarket

Tip: The Steak Fajitas and White Sangria are to die for! They also offer great lunchtime deals during the week.

Amazing cocktails! (Photo credit: http://mariachi-restaurant.co.uk)

La Sal

Theme: Spanish
Location- Howden Street (just off Clerk Street)

Tip: Sangria and authentic Spanish Tapas; what more could you want? Their Saturday lunchtime offer of 2 courses for £10 is also pretty purse friendly.

No.8 Lister Square

Theme: Scottish

Location: Quartermile

Tip: No.8 offer 2 for 1 student cocktails throughout the week, so that you can get the party started early!

The best start to a girls’ night out- cocktails at No.8 (https://m.facebook.com/no8listersquare/?locale2=en_GB)

3.Dance like nobody’s watching

If you’re stuck in a night out rut, why not be adventurous and try out your sassiest salsa moves at Boteco Do Brasil? Their catchy Latin tunes will get you on the dance floor in no time; and if that fails, there’s always the mojitos.


4. It’s sleepover time!

Who says you’re too old for a sleepover? And the best bit? Waking up with your mates to giggle over last night’s antics.

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What do you think makes the perfect night out? And how will you be celebrating Galentines Day? Let me know in the comments!

Danielle xxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

Galentines Day Ideas Part 1- A Pink Pyjama Party

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What is Galentines Day?

The 13th of February, otherwise known as Galentines Day, is all about having fun with your mates and celebrating the kick-ass girls who’ve had your back all year!

So, this Galentines Day, will you opt for a cosy catch-up with your mates, in the comfort of your own flat? Or will you be breaking in a sexy LBD and partying the night away with your squad? The choice is yours; but in this 2-part series I’ll be sharing some top tips to ensure that whichever you choose, you’ll be having the. B.E.S.T Galentines Day E.V.E.R.



Part 1. A pink pyjama party

So, you’ve decided to save your coppers by hosting a glamorous Galentines night in. Here’s some tips to impress even the finickiest of flatmates and convince you that staying in is anything but boring!


1.Wear your pyjamas to the party

You’ll feel like a Fresher again. And the best bit? No sore ankles from your stilettos the next day!


2.The delight is in the detail

It’s all about the fairy lights, the scented candles, the balloons! Channel your inner interior designer and transform your flat into a girly paradise.


3.Buy some glamazing snacks… or make your own!


Think yummy homemade pizza (it’s easier to make than you’d think), and beautiful pink cupcakes. Let your imagination run wild!


4. Roses are red, violets are blue, the food is pink and the booze is too!

Give these stylish drinks some love this Galentines Day

 

Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger Gin– Pair it with your favourite tonic water for a drink which is sweet and spicy; just like you!

[Available at John Lewis- £18.00 for 50cl- It might be expensive, but it’s worth every penny!]

Fentimans Rose Lemonade- With a shot of vodka (or two!) this is a classy new take on a weekend classic. And for a handy hack; use the empty bottle as a vase!

[Available at Tesco- £2.75 for 750 ml]

-Channel your inner mixologist and make your own fancy cocktails. Try a pretty-in-pink Raspberry Mojito and a Strawberry Daiquiri for starters.


5.Primp and pamper

Think manicures, pedicures and homemade facemasks. Soon you’ll be saying “deadlines? What deadlines?”, as all worry washes away with the soap studs.


6.Watch a film your squad loves

Stuck in a movie rut? Try my top picks!

The tear-jerker: One Day [2011]

– The historical one: Brooklyn [2015]

-The funny one: The Pill [2011]


7.Have a blast!

Galentines Day only comes around once a year, so make the most out of spending some quality time with your mates.


Getting ready for Galentines

Have you been inspired to host a glamazing Galentines night in? Or do you have any suggestions for the perfect girly get-together? Don’t be shy, let me know in the comments!

Danielle xx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)