Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dresses for special occasions from Aviva dress

There's always a special occasion around the corner, whether it be a wedding your attending, your wedding, prom or a party. Sometimes it can be really frustrating looking for a dress. I hate going shopping for dresses simply because I know they always need adjusting for my height.(because I'm short) You can spend hours pouring through catalogues and trying on a million different dresses and even then you don't always find the one. 

A lovely lady named Zoe introduced me to their on-line store Aviva dress, it's a wonderful store where you can basically have the dress made to your measurements and requirements, they have many different categories such as Prom dresses, Formal dresses, evening dresses, cocktail dresses, brides maids and wedding dresses.
They also have an amazing vintage wedding dress section, I'm not planning on getting married any time soon but there is a wedding that I will be attending and of course this shop sprang to mind, there is such a wide range of choice and something for everyone.
Here are a few that I looked at and really liked.
This is one of their gorgeous wedding dresses, it has lovely shape and the detailing on it is just stunning, I know where I one day be shopping for my dress. And of course you don't need to worry about the fit because it can be custom made. You can also change the colour of the dresses if you aren't a fan of the colour but you like the design.
These are really nice prom style dresses and they do both Long prom dresses and short prom dresses.

Lastly this is the one that I have been looking at which I think is suitable for a wedding, it's basic but it's really pretty without all the flashy bling, so you won't show up the bride. I definitely think there there is something for everyone here from dresses to red carpet event's to a grand ball. There are some stunning pieces and the shop has some really good deals and prices, far less than you would pay elsewhere. They also ship to a wide variety of places such as Africa, North America, Europe, Oceania and North East Asia.
 I would like to say thanks to Zoe for introducing me to the beautiful shop and I hope you all check it out when your in need of a new occasional dress.
You can find their store by clicking this link Here 
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Gorgeous chocolate chunk cookies

I really enjoy baking and I haven't done a baking post yet, so today's post is going to be How to make chocolate chunk cookies.
200g of Butter, 300g of sugar, 1 egg, 75g of cocoa powder, 275g self raising flour, a dash of milk and two bars of chocolate, these can be any type you want white, milk or dark chocolate. 
Next you want to preheat the oven to 200°C
First you need to put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix together, until it's almost smooth and creamy. Then add the egg and mix it all together.
Next add the self raising flour and the cocoa powder into the mix, you can sift this if you want, I did but I don't think it's necessary, then mix this until it all comes together. At first it will look to dry like it won't come together, but keep going and it will, if it is a little too dry then add a splash of milk. 
Then chop up the chocolate, I would say break it into the cubes and then cut in half, then combine this with the mixture thoroughly. 
you need to then line 3 baking sheets with baking paper and then grab a small ball of cookie dough and roll into a ball shape then place 4 to a tray and press a cube of chocolate  on top of each one.
Next place the cookies into the oven to cook for 10-12 minutes. Once the time is up check them by pressing lightly with your finger, they should feel really squish but not leave a mark, thats when they are ready.
You don't wan't these to start going brown-er or harden. 
You need to leave these to cool on the trays for at least half an hour, if you try and move them while they are warm they will just fall apart.
These where amazing, even when cool they just melt in the mouth and packed full of my favourite thing CHOCOLATE! If you haven't made these before then you need to they are heavenly, if only it was acceptable to eat these for each meal. I didn't take a presented picture of these because my family where in on the cookies like vultures and they where gone before I knew it. 
 I hope you enjoyed this post and if you make these then tweet me @alittlebirdee1

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Preparing for university: Budgeting for student accommodation

In my previous post I talked about how to budget all your expenses if you are staying at home for uni, this post will be more for those of you who are living in student accommodation or renting a place when your at uni.

You may have to share a house with someone or you will be in communal halls so to start off with I would say you need to work out what your new home has furniture and appliances wise, then if you require anything else I would wait to get these items and share the new cost with your new house mates.

You can look use this list to check all the items that you will need to take with you to your new home most of these you will already have. once you have figured out what other items you may need to buy for uni.

My last post basically explains how to budget which you can see Here so you if you are living in shared accommodation make sure you take into account other things such as
Tv licence
These can all be split and shared between you and your house mates, I would make sure you and your house mates sit down when you first meet and decide talk about the way you are going to split the bills.
Another thing to think about is decide who is going to do the shopping, whether you are going to share the duty of if one of you has a car an they don't mind doing it. A good idea would be to have a note pad attached to the fridge or somewhere everyone knows so that you can write down things you want or need.

Other thing you may need to think of is chores and house cleaning duties, you can set a rota or each person one room to keep clean, and when it comes to washing up I would say everyone just washes their own plates and dishes up that way there's no arguments.

There can be a lot to think about when you move into a new place for university especially when you have to share with others, and if you set out all this when you get there them everyone knows what's going on and then you have the worst part over with.

I hope that this post helps and thanks for reading

Monday, 1 September 2014

Preparing for university: Budgeting

For most students they struggle most with budgeting so hopefully this will help you to plan out what you need to prioritise and how to work out your outgoings better.
First look at your student finance and work out how much you will get for your first semester, once you have that you can also add on whatever wages you will receive from a job if you are have one at the time.

I will do this in two parts the first will be mainly for about how to manage your money by listing what you need to pay out for and how much you can spend here and there. This post is mainly for those staying at home but you can apply this to your budget for living at student accommodation. 

For this I will use an example of a student loan of £2000 first for the first semester,
First you need to work out what you need so. Remember that everyone is different and may need a little extra here an there, so you can make your own budget pan this is just to help you see how to manage your money.
Rent (if your parent's want any, but it is good to make a contribution, if not then that's extra money for you) Lets say that this. Lets say your rent is realistically roughly around £500 for the semester which is 4 months.
Travel expenses Bus fair or fuel/car expenses, If you are taking the bus then you can get discounted deals as a student, If you live in the UK then First do a yearly student bus pass for £299 the link for that is Here.
Uni trips and deposits I have one to new York in the second semester which requires a deposit and I may also have to pay for it the rest in the first semester. This can vary so I will use mine as an example £60 for one trip then £150 as a deposit and £400 for the trip which includes the deposit.
Extra food money if you like to buy your own stuff or buy your food when your out save around £200.
Equipment or stationary You may need to buy Microsoft word or Photoshop and pens and paper.  word is around £90 for a student and then say £20 for stationary.
Phone bill say you are on a contract of £25 a month.

This then leaves you with £156 which needs to be divided up into the 4 months which leaves you with £39 a month, 
It is a good idea to have a part time job with this so I will use my job as example 8 hours a week roughly at my rubbish wage is £200 a month or more if you get more hours, so if you get or have a job that earns that much then you will have that extra £200+ a month to spend on whatever else you may need.
Another thing that I want to add is that don't get an overdraft or if you do, don't ever use it unless you really need to because you will paying back that and if you borrow £500 in your first semester when your second loan goes in you will b £500 down, so don't use it if you don't have to.

I hope this has helped and gives you some insight into budgeting for Uni and I will also be doing another post student to help you a bit more if you are moving away. 
Thank you for reading.

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