2018/07/22

BLOGGING VS WORK


"Uni is the time you get to know yourself and discover what you truly want." Do you know how often I've heard that sentence in the past year? And even though I didn't really understand how a school could change me so much, I start to realise that it's not only the uni itself. It's everything that comes with it. Moving away, becoming independent, finding like-minded people, envisioning a career for yourself, ... The last one is a big one for me actually.

As you probably know if you've followed this blog for some time, studying Fashion Journalism in London was my biggest dream since the age of 10. And to be honest, it was my only one so far. When I first read the quota of international students that actually get in, I was pretty sure that I needed a plan B which at the time, freaked me out. Well, thank God, I didn't need one, because honestly, it's the only thing I'm not too bad at and can actually make into a profession.


Anyway, fast-forward 1 year, and here we are: I've got 3 internships and 1 job under my belt, all while absolving first year and (more or less) building up a social life. The thing for me is that I've never thought further than uni so if you'd ask me where I see myself 5 years from now, all I could tell you is with a bachelor in Fashion Journalism and that's about it. 

In general, I'm a very organised person. I like things to go by plan and I like to know what to expect. Well, the biggest lesson I've learnt so far is that you can't plan your life out to the fullest. There'll always be this little thing that goes differently, and who knows, it might lead you to even better things! 


After absolving my first year at uni in May, I got to work as Fashion Assistant at Paper Journal which was truly different to everything I've ever done before. Instead of being told about the industry, I actually got to meet people and get familiar with how things really work. 

And even though I love the job more than anything right now, it takes up most of my time and concentration which explains why there were so little posts these last weeks. Don't get me wrong, I still love my personal little gem but my priorities have switched to other things for now, which is why I decided to change things up a bit. 

I know that many people consider blogging to be just a little pastime, but it actually takes up so much time and needs dedication and passion and creativity to keep going. I don't really have that kind of time right now and even less dedication. I want my blog to be something I enjoy doing, a fun hobby, not another point on my always growing to-do list.

Therefore, I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of trying to post 4 times a week, I'll cut down to once a week (probably Sundays). I'm thinking of focusing on my little train of thought and lifestyle sections as those are the things I really enjoy writing about right now. 

This page is supposed to be a mirror for me. And, just as I evolved as a person, I want my blog to evolve, too. What's the saying again: "Without change, there's no growth." (Is that even how you say it?) - well, let's test that out!


Top Zara - Skirt Elizabetta Franchi - Sandals - Earrings Swarowski - Necklace Quiberon Street Market
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2018/07/02

STRIPED TROUSERS AND WHITE BLOUSE


These pictures actually make me really nostalgic. One month in and I've lost almost all of my tan - how sad is that? 

I've got this blouse not too long ago while searching for white shirts to wear. The little tulip sleeves really caught my eye and I still have no regrets in splurging on this beautiful piece. 

Another favourite of mine is the silver clutch, even though (let's keep it real here) it's one of the least practical things ever. But you know, you gotta have your priorities right.


Blouse Monari - Trousers Eureka - Sandals Unisa - Bag Karen Millen - Earrings Konplott
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2018/06/29

6 THINGS I'VE LEARNT DURING MY FIRST YEAR ABROAD / AT UNI


Most people will agree with me when I say that all beginnings can be a bit bittersweet. Your first year of uni is no exception to that.

While it is very exciting to say goodbye to your trusted high school/college and familiarise yourself with the new uni environment, it's no easy task nevertheless. Especially when you decide to leave your beloved home and move to another country as I did for example.

I love the idea of fresh starts, and even though it can be quite challenging at times, I can say now in retrospective that it was totally worth it and that I'm looking forward to my next two years.


Recently, I thought a lot about myself as an individual and, more specifically, how I've changed over the past year which was mostly due to the fact that I left my comfort zone and basically had to grow up in order to live alone in a whole new country.

So I figured it might be interesting to talk about 6 things I've learnt over this past year and who knows, it might be helpful to others who are thinking about doing the same thing. Let's do the rundown now!


Explore as much as you can
New country/city and new people equals a lot of new things worth exploring. I think one of the most common "mistakes" (if I may say so) is to build a new comfort zone in your new uni area and stay in your bubble without paying attention to what else is going on. Of course, it's amazing to build a friend group that you equally can have fun with and talk to about everything. But don't limit yourself! Try to meet as many new people as you can! You might come across really interesting and fun people that you wouldn't have met otherwise. Same goes for the city. As tempting as it might be to just go to common places that you already know, you shouldn't forget that there are plenty of cute coffee place, delicious restaurants and beautiful streets that only wait to be explored. 


Dare to approach somebody first

I think that especially when you're a bit more of a shy person, this might be quite difficult. Personally, I found it very hard to make the first step towards people but looking back at it now, I'm so happy that I did. Just try to think this way: what is the worst thing that could happen? That the person says no? Well, considering all the good things that could come out of you approaching somebody, I think it's definitely a risk worth taking.


Don't build your life around one single person

In the same thought line, I think moving away from home can make you a bit more vulnerable to get very attached to one single person. It's beautiful to find somebody that you "click" with and can connect to, but it's important that you don't start to build your new life solely around that one person. It's unfair to them and it's even more unfair to yourself.

Stay true to yourself and your principles

Very cheesy one, I know. But it's so important that you stay true to who you truly are. Uni is the time to explore yourself and become your true self. Sometimes, especially in the beginning, it can be hard to not conform to what you consider to be the norm, but it's so important! You want people to like you for who you truly are, not for who they think you are. And believe me, they will!


Be grateful

This is a very important point for me personally. The fact that I wanted to move to London since the age of 10 and finally got to go for it and live out my childhood dreams, makes me probably the happiest person alive. On the other hand, it makes me really sad to see people who take everything for granted. Never forget that there are people who maybe would've loved to get into your course, but didn't make it in or people who don't have the means to realise themselves to this extent. Don't forget that you're damn lucky to be able to do what you love!

Don't lose focus

When you first get to your new home/uni, there's so much going on that it's easy to lose sight of why you moved in the first place. I figured that it's a pretty good idea to sometimes just take a step back from everything, spend some me-time and remind myself what I came to London for. Believe me, it works wonders.

Have fun!

Last but not least, don't forget to enjoy your time to its fullest! People always talk about how uni are the happiest years of your life and, considering my first-year experience, I can only agree. Sure, it's really difficult sometimes and I've had to push my boundaries more than once, but all in all, it's going to be worth it!


See more photos of Alanya here

T-Shirt and Shorts Zara - Sandals Nila&Nila - Sunglasses Prada - Bag Esprit
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2018/06/25

THE BLACK DRESS


According to my grandma, black isn't a good colour to wear during summer. According to me, black is always a good idea and easy option if you have little time to think about styling and combining but still want to look put together. Even though I'm more the short-dress-kinda-person, I've been hugely loving this long silk dress by Eureka for years now. When I first bought it, I wasn't sure if I would get the use out of it (which, considering the price, was a question worth thinking about) but I found that I've had at least one occasion every year that I could wear it to. So if you ever find asking yourself whether to get a long black dress, don't hesitate - you won't regret it!


Dress Eureka - Shoes Karen Millen - Earrings Swarowski
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