Dip Dye Day!

Today I got my hair dip dyed. It is dark at the roots and gradually gets blonder as you go down my hair. I didn’t want it to be really obvious because you see some people’s dip dye and there is a clear line separating the colours. As my hairdresser (who happens to be one of my best friends) said: I wouldn’t want to look like a pint of guiness would I?!

I joked around with my family at tea time and said I was getting it dip dyed. My mom asked what colour, to which I replied with maybe hot pink or electric blue. And I got the look that says ‘hahaha what is your next joke going to be?!’ so I figured I’d play it safe and go for a more, shall we say ‘natural’ look.

I’m a big fan of the dip dye look though! This is the look I tried to go for…

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A Book Review of ‘Staying Strong 365 Days a Year’ by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is a famous singer and actress as well as being a judge on the X Factor USA. In November 2010 she entered a treatment centre for Bulimia, Anorexia, self-harm and bipolar disorder. This book is a result of her exceptional road to recovery.

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This book is set out like a diary, there is one page per date. On each page there is a meaningful quote from Demi, be it a lyric, a life lesson or one of her favourite quotations. She goes onto explain why this quote is of significance to her, relating to her own experiences. She then sets a goal underneath her explanation. Even though Demi is still a young person, this book is full of wisdom and advice for anybody from any walk of life.

This book is incredible. It is so uplifting, so touching and so personal to Demi. I would really recommend this to anybody – whether you are going through something or not you can completely relate to it. There are different ways to read it. Some people read it all at once, but I am reading the day corresponding to the date in the book. So I can start my day with a different quote and goal. It really is thought provoking and full of positive thoughts.

Would definitely recommend!

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How to Write Essays – Tutorial #1 – How To Start an Essay

We have all been there… getting an essay back and it was not the mark that you thought it should have been. These series of tutorials I will be doing will provide the base to writing a great essay.

For a good essay you should = 

– Present your arguments in a well-organised way.

– Demonstrate that you have engaged with your course/ chosen topic.

– Research and analyse your subject thoroughly and critically.

How Should I Go About Starting it?

– Think about which essay title you would like to do. One that may be easier, or challenging, or on a particular topic you enjoy – choose the one that suits you and that you feel confident writing about.

– Collect material for your essay such as your lecture notes, library books, information from websites or journals – anything that you find relevant.

– Write a brief plan, collecting your ideas into one place.

– Then try writing the first draft – it does not have to be by any means perfect because you can edit it later.

– Leave it to the day or a few days after to re-read your first draft as you will have had a break from it and will more likely spot any mistakes. I always get one of my family members to read my essays through because sometimes they spot things that need changing that you cannot.

– Carry out a final check – checking grammar, punctuation, lay out, referencing.

– Once you are happy with your final product – print and submit!