Afternoon Tea and Business Awards

This weekend has been filled with glitz and glam! Firstly, I attended the Business Awards hosted by our local paper. The company I work for had sponsored an award so we were all invited! We got glammed up as it was a black tie event.

I wore a navy dress with hand sewn pearls on. It had cut outs at the waist. I had originally bought it from Topshop for my graduation ball but then wore another dress. I never had an occasion posh enough to wear it so was really excited to wear it! My heels were just little black heels from Marks and Spencer and my clutch was a navy clutch from New Look. My mom’s dress (above) was from the Wallis range at Harvey Nichols, her clutch was a gorgeous black sparkly number from Dorothy Perkins.

The evening was really fun, we were given champagne upon arrival, a three course meal and a disco afterwards. When we came out it had started to snow as well!

The part two of my glam filled weekend was afternoon tea and cocktails in Leeds with the ladies in my family. We were celebrating my Mom’s cousin’s 60th birthday so wanted to do something extra special!

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My Grandma and I on the way to our ladies luncheon!

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Drinking my all time favourite cocktail – Cosmopolitans – before our afternoon tea!

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My Auntie and I in Browns Bar

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Our afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols complete with Champagne!

The afternoon tea was beautiful, and we had scones and caramel lattes for afterwards! It was such a fun day – cocktails, looking around the Leeds Christmas market and having a ladies luncheon!

 

 

 

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My Graduation Ball

Following on from my graduation day post (if you would like to read that the link is here). The graduation ball’s theme was Las Vegas. It was voted that by the students – so the dress code was glamorous. I bought a beautiful nude dress from River Island which was covered in lots of hand sewn pearls and beads. It is the most gorgeous dress I have ever worn in my entire life! It was super heavy! I got ready with my mom – I did my make up simple – contoured, foundation, blush, smokey eye with lashes and bright pink VIVA GLAM MAC lipstick.

I went to my best friend’s house for ‘pre-drinks’. There have been a group of us at uni from my university halls that have gone out with each other on many nights out over the years – we have had some amazing times. We had a few drinks then walked to the union which was about 5-10 minutes away.

The student’s union was completely transformed! The iconic fountain outside was lit up with beautiful colours. Inside there was a place where you had your photos taken, a chocolate fountain, a casino room, a stage where an Elvis impersonated was doing his thing, women on stilts wearing red feathers, an acoustic set and a concert room for the main acts. Outside there was a silent disco, a pink Cadillac car, a fake wedding chapel, roller coasters and a fire works display. The Pigeon Detectives and Professor Green performed which was amazing!

The night was incredible! Freshers ball in first year and graduation ball in my final year were definitely the best nights out in my life! I had an amazing night with all my friends and danced until my feet killed!

My University Graduation

Firstly I apologize for not writing a post in a while! I have had my university graduation and have been on an amazing get away to Budapest! (but more about that later!). I thought I would write two posts on my graduation day and ball because it has been a massive mile stone for me! Graduating university has been an ambition of mine since I was a little girl. It was such an incredible day for my parents and I!

We set off early to travel back to my university which was so strange! I have been home officially from uni now for about two months so it felt strange not going back with the car packed full to the brim with all my stuff! We arrived there and were staying in my old room. I was quite fortunate to have a big room with my own en-suite for my final year. We got ready for the ceremony then travelled onto campus!

There was a shuttle bus to take us to where the ceremony and gown collection was because my uni campus is huge! (It actually is one of the biggest campuses in Europe apparently!) I went to collect my gown and register. The gown itself was so warm! It is catered to everybody’s height so fit well. I saw one of my old work colleagues there too which was lovely. We then went to have the official university photos taken (where you have a scroll and wear the traditional hat). First I had one by myself then another with my parents which was really nice!

I then met all of my friends at our department because the English department had organised a hog roast picnic for before the ceremony. It was so great to see my lecturers and my friends again! I was super nervous though for the ceremony!

The ceremony itself didn’t take that long – it was only an hour and a half! We were ushered to our seats then the procession started which included important people from the uni such as the Vice Chancellor who were going to sit on stage. One of the procession worked with me at the library so when I was on stage I gave her a big cheesy grin! We had a few speeches and a video about my university’s achievements this past year then the ceremony started. It was so nerve wracking going up on stage but I didn’t fall over! I was so happy and relieved to get my certificate!

After the ceremony closed me and my friends dashed to the iconic places for photos on campus (the fountain and the Loughborough sign). We clambered onto the sign for photos in our heels and dresses! Then we handed our robes back and I went for a meal with my parents.

The day itself was so much fun. My parents really enjoyed themselves too. The weather was really nice and sunny as well which was great!

Graduating with a 2:1!!

This past week or so has just been so great! Everything is going amazingly at the moment and today I received some great news – I have officially graduated from university with a 2:1 degree in English literature and language! I am so so sooo happy. I can’t even believe it! I have worked so hard through high school, college and university to get to this point so it’s a bit surreal that I am finally there! I’m really looking forward to my graduation ceremony and graduation ball (I’ll keep you all posted with the outfits/hair/make up looks!). My family and I are off to Centreparcs next week as part of the celebrations!

xox

30,000 views say whaaaaaaaat!!

I literally can’t believe I have hit 30,000 views on my blog! Seems like not long ago I was freaking out about getting 20,000 views! I started my blog really because I love to write and because this blog was quite a cool way to keep all my uni work in one place (that’s why in my earlier posts I have poetry and language tutorials as well as the more recent fashion and beauty content). I never expected it to be this well received and follow the direction it has. Everyone is known for their ‘thing’ and I guess my ‘thing’ which people would associate most with me is most probably my blogging. I love being ‘the girl who blogs’ because blogging has so many rewards. It is the nicest thing to feel like other people appreciate and value what I write and even go as far as to choose to click onto my page and take moments out of their day to read my work. So thanks again to everyone that reads my blog, follows me, likes my blog and comments. I really appreciate it 🙂

So what’s next for my blog?

Wellllll….. I have just come back from Prague (which was incredible!!!) so will be doing a three part post on my trip. I had my first ever Sephora shopping experience (I must have been living under a rock because this shop is amazinnnng!) so expect a longgggg make up haul article! I am going on holiday to Centreparcs with my family and Budapest with my boyfriend so will post about the shenanigans we all get up to. I also recently got a new job which I’m really enjoying so will post a work-fashion related article. Phewwwwww I’m going to be busy this next month! If there is anything you’d like to see/ read a tutorial of then just comment below or drop me a tweet/ Facebook message or email because I love hearing people’s suggestions and requests!

xox

Today I did a skydive!

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My friend Lizzie and I after the jump

Today I did a skydive! I did it to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign, when I put everything together I will have raised £400 for this amazing cause!

I have always wanted to do a skydive and my university were offering the chance to do one in their ‘choose a challenge’ evening. So I signed up then seven months later the day finally came! I was so excited for it I only managed to have four and a half hours sleep the night before! A group of us went from the university on a coach to a local airfield. Once we got there we were briefed on what to expect, what positions to do at certain altitudes (the safety stuff really). I was one of the first to jump! I was more excited than nervous because I’m quite good with heights. We climbed into the little plane (which had no seats and a sliding see-through door!). The flight up was quite cool because I have never been in a plane that small before. I was then attached to my skydiver because I did a tandem. Then when we got to 13,000 feet above the clouds it was my time to jump!

We shuffled to the edge, the plane door was open and I dangled my feet over the edge! This was the scariest bit because all I could see were clouds. It is honestly what I imagined heaven to be like, it was so peaceful. It was quite cold at the top and progressively became warmer the closer to the ground I got so I wore gloves! I had to cross my hands over my chest, put my head back and arch my back ready for the free fall. The free fall was really amazing! Floating in the clouds, just enjoying what felt to me like flying. I had such a good time, it lasted for about 50 seconds before Chris pulled the parachute. Then we shot up and began to descend. The views were absolutely incredible! If you have ever seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original version) when they fly in the glass lift – that’s what it felt like!

It was literally the best experience of my life. The feeling you get from skydiving is so unexplainable – the adrenaline, the excitement and the nerves all at one time! I really enjoyed it and would do it again! The guys at the airfield made us all feel so comfortable and not nervous at all.

In the grand scheme of things I am more proud of the money I have raised than doing the actual jump itself. To be able to help people who have breast cancer by raising £400 is incredible. The university raised well over £6,000 for breast cancer from the skydives alone – which is phenomenal!

I will never forget this experience! I had a cameraman so have photos and videos and when they get sent to me I will upload it to my blog and you all can have a good laugh at me screaming the whole way down in true Sophie style!