Double Fantasy: John & Yoko

Popular Culture & Entertainment

Little did I know, I was about to experience a world first.

The Double Fantasy Exhibition explores the personal and creative chemistry between the iconic couple John Lennon and Yoko Ono and their Imagine Peace campaign.

The free exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool expresses their deep and powerful love for one another through film, art and music and reflects their unique, creative flare and fame which influenced peace and human rights all across the world. This campaign went on to change their lives, music and other people’s lives (fans) forever.

Personal objects have been kindly donated by Yoko Ono especially for the exhibition, even a private collection which has never been displayed before. Emotional at times to witness what is before you, the museum includes rare film of John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s family, clothing pieces from their wedding in Gibraltar, even John’s Green Card which allowed him to travel freely to visit family in Japan and Bermuda with his son Sean, music produced by John & Yoko and even the guitar which is featured in the Give Peace a Chance video.

Fans of the influential couple also have the chance to write a message to hang up in the exhibition which leaves a personal and emotional journey.

The breathtaking productivity of the event leads up until John’s tragic and untimely death on 8 December 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and the most moving lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, is told in their own words for the very first time.

An exhibition music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors, features album cover art.

If you would like to visit the free exhibition please visit the Museum of Liverpool’s website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Sharney x

 

 

Mini-Break: Dublin

Lifestyle, Popular Culture & Entertainment

 









Dublin
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Dublin, the Capital of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city. 

A visit consisting of a three night stay as a short mini break. 


The Flight
Bearing in mind, I haven’t been on a flight for around six years this was a massive deal to me at the time. I didn’t know exactly the process of checking in as it probably changed in some way since I had last travelled, the security process etc, and the actual flight knowing I was going to be hundreds of feet in the air kind of still gives me slight anxiety in the back of mind.

We flew from Doncaster Airport and arrived in Dublin around the 40 minute mark. It was an actual breeze the process of taking a flight and I am so glad I have broke the anxiety barrier on being on a plane ever-so slightly. It took more guts on my recent 4-hour trip to Kos, Greece a few months after this mini-break to overcome my fears of flying. 

Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport. From the airport you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, rental car, or booking a private transfer. We decided to take the Aircoach bus which was really easy to get around with and got to our destination in under an hour.

Accommodation
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We decided to go with an airbnb apartment for a more unique feel and came across a designer apartment in the heart of Dublin with breathtaking river views. The £90pn apartment was open-plan and was recently renovated by award winning A2 architects. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny bridge. This location was brilliant as everything a tourist wants to see was in walking distance. From Temple Bar, to Trinity College everything was minutes away from your doorstep. Cross the bridge and you are in your element from restaurants, vintage clothes shops, numerous bars, Irish Film Institute and so many other attractions. I would strongly recommend this apartment and I will definitely be paying a visit here again in future. If you’d like further details on this airbnb apartment please see below for more.

thumbnail_file10Guinness Factory
A converted grain storehouse of Ireland’s most famous brewer is the most popular must-see museum in town. So as a fellow Guinness fan, it was a no-brainer to visit.
Visitors can make their way up through various exhibits until they reach the very top floor, the Gravity Bar, rewarding yourself with a breather, a quick pitstop with a bar, and an amazing 360 degree view of what Dublin has to offer, concluding the tour, a free complimentary Guinness beverage.

It’s a real unique experience which I would recommend to Guinness lovers who would like to know more about the history of the beer, its variants and most importantly – if you want to sample one of each!

thumbnail_file6-1.jpgJamesons Distillery Bow St.
We decided to take on a whiskey tasting tour at the second most popular attraction when it comes to alcohol. Jamesons Whiskey Tour. Before the tour started we decided to order a few of Jamesons cocktails – my favourite being the cocktail Black Barrel Belle, which consisted of; Jameson Black Barrel, Duo of Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Syrup, Orange Bitters, Sloe Bitters and Aromatic Bitters. Trust me, to die for.

The tour was a guided tour unlike the Guinness Factory unfortunately, however it was interesting to be taken through the processes of making the whiskey in much detail and was a great vibe. Our guide went on to discuss the triple distillation process which makes Irish whiskies unique from their Scottish and American counterparts and also got the group involved in a whiskey tasting session. It finished off with us having a better understanding of the tastes and flavours Jamesons have to offer. The tour was short compared to the Guinness Factory and the duration of this was roughly 35-40 minutes long. Although short and sweet I would say it is a must see visit and did actually prefer this location and venue a lot better than the Guinness factory.
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Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
The reason why we actually took a mini break is because of Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour coming to Dublin at Croke Park. I booked tickets by impulse a few months prior and didn’t really think twice about it being overseas I just needed to go. I have been to many gigs and concerts in my time and I do feel lucky to have the time and money to put aside to add this to the list of artists I have seen. But this has to be the best tour performance I have seen. Taylor recently added her Reputation Tour from Dallas Texas on Netflix which is available to watch now in the UK and overseas.

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Famously known for it’s music decor memorabilia, Hard Rock in any city or country is a go – to when you are a diehard music fanatic. From Jimi Hendrix’s rosary beads and shirt, Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 vest top, to Madonna’s pair of shoes that were worn in 1991 during a photoshoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, there are many gems on the ground floor of this American cuisine restaurant. The Hard Rock Cafe is a decent place to waste an evening away. The American styled meals consist of burgers, nachos, bruschetta, quesadillas – causal, family-friendly American dining. A range of merchandise is available also in their upstairs shop.

Flights, Ticket Prices, Accommodation, Websites and Other Info:

Flights from Doncaster Airport:

http://flydsa.co.uk/ 

Aircoach Bus: 
Plan your journey ahead to and from the airport with Aircoach Bus here.

Airbnb:
Price: £90 per night
Location: Next to River Liffey, Ha’penny Bridge
Website: For more details on the accommodation and host please click here.

Guinness Factory
Prices:
Adults 18+ from €18.50 

Children 13-17 (Under 13s Free) €16.00 
All adult tickets include a complimentary free drink of Guinness with a valid ID. 

Under 18s will receive a free complimentary soft drink.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en 

Jamesons Distillery Bow St
Price: €30 for the 40-min Whiskey Tasting Experience 
Ticket price includes a guided tour, four premium whiskey shots, two of which are exclusive to the distillery.

Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en-US/visit-us

Hard Rock Cafe
Location: 12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Use Google Maps for directions if needed
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Website: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/

Thank you for taking a read of this post and I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful if you are planning your itinerary for a trip to Dublin.

If you have already visited Dublin, what are your favourite attractions/recommendations? Let me know in the Comments box below.



Sharney x














New Beginnings

Lifestyle

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Hello! Long time, no speak. How are you all doing?

I have to admit, it’s been a while, and this blog has sadly been put on the *cyber shelf* and got a little neglected and a little dusty. I decided a few months back that I should start a-fresh, blow the dust from the screen and put fingers to keyboard, and now here I am.

To cut a long story short, since I’ve graduated, I just wanted a break from being on my laptop… or should I say try and stop the impulse clicking on the New In section on the Topshop website… (habits don’t die hard) and also the fact that my laptop officially broke a year back and I confess, I’ve only just got it fixed.

Although this is no excuse for shelfing the blog, it’s been a pretty busy two years and as 2019 is coming up, I thought I’d reflect my two years with you. Kind of like a catch-up for what has been missed on the blog I guess and to share with you my New Years resolutions which has actually inspired me to kick start this blog back in action.

So let’s start with an update…

New career – 

As already mentioned I have come out of uni, and you may already be well aware of this by viewing a previous blog post on my blog titled ‘Post Graduate Depression‘ where I talk mental health and the struggles I have personally faced. For those of you who may not have read this, the title pretty much tells you the story.

Education has been there majority part of my life, and for it to end so abruptly has been a lot to handle and finding your feet in a career that you have always wanted isn’t a piece of cake. If you’d like to read my blog post on Post Graduate Depression click here.

I can announce the tables have started to slowly turn and career-wise I finally got into the sector of my dreams, Marketing. 

One step at a time, I’m starting to feel more in control of my life. Still a long way to go but finally I feel I’m getting somewhere!

Councilling –

This is a biggie for me. One of the reasons for me to press hold on this blog has been the fact that I didn’t feel in the right space of mind. I will write a post on my councilling experience in the near future. So watch this space.

What I’ve learnt from these two years…

  • To be more confident – Stop caring what other people think and just be you.
  • Think more in a positive light – Let go, surround yourself with the people who matter and put in the same amount as effort.
  • People do change – Friends change and sometimes the flame does burn out. This may seem a simple and obvious lesson to you, but what I have learnt mainly from this is you can put all the effort into a friendship but it has to work BOTH ways. Sometimes you can’t force that relationship to work.
  • P.S I’ve learnt that midi skirts and leopard print are my new fav thang… where u been all my life?


New Years Resolutions…

  • Be healthy and mindful – This year I would like to eat more healthy and be more mindful on my lifestyle and change for the better. To encourage this, I will be posting some health/lifestyle entries on the blog about my journey.
  • Save – I’d like to have my own house by the end of the year. 
  • Read more – This resolution was previously mentioned in an older blog post to do with New Years Resolutions… 365 Days, 365 New Chances to view click here I can say I have kind of achieved this but it’s a continual resolution I want to make sure I stick to.
  • And lastly, post more to my blog and bring you along on my life and journey.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and I am looking forward to sharing more with you in the next upcoming weeks. 

Sharney x

I want to visit New York

Food, Lifestyle, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Uncategorized

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Every single year around Christmas I say that I want to go New York, yet it’s never happened. So this year I am going to try my very best to make it happen. I would love to stay there for around a week, close to Times Square, be able to visit the little quirks as well as the most popular landmarks, visit the museums and art galleries and try some delicious cuisine and feel a sense of what it is like to live within a different culture of life. 

The only thing is when I have had the time to sit down and plan this trip out I just don’t know if I’m planning it right, I have looked into what you should and shouldn’t do in New York yet I feel like I don’t have enough information. If any of you guys could help me with a guide, websites, links to videos or just some personal advice from visiting there or even living there on what I should visit, little heads up on certain things that would great. I am thinking of either going in June or around December time this year. If you could leave a comment in the space below it would be so helpful as I am looking for some guidance and I would appreciate it a lot.

Here are a few things that I’ve saw upon research and would like to visit:

1.

Times Square

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Watching videos and reading some guides it seems the people that live in New York or who have visited New York regularly tend to discourage tourists or beginners to see the sights of Times Square as it’s one of the most popular things to do. But I think it looks visually breathtaking, to me I think it would be a once in lifetime opportunity so i definitely would like to check this out.

2.

The American Museum of Natural History

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I’m not sure so correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the film The Night At The Museum filmed partly here. My favourite thing to do when visiting a different country or even a city I haven’t been to before is to go in search of a museum so this is on top of my to do list.

3.

High Line

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When browsing through the New York City To-Do Guides I have come across so many that have recommended walking the High Line.

4.

5th Avenue

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We all know that I love to shop, the greatest shops in the World are strategically placed within this quarter.

5.

SoHo

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SoHo is another place that has been recommended to me and has been advised as a ‘must see’.

So guys if you could help me out and inform this rookie it would be fab. I have no clue as you can tell ha. Thanks!

Sharney x

Advent Calendar: Beauty Picks

Beauty, Popular Culture & Entertainment

Beauty Advent Calendars this year have upped their game to a whole new level. After having a lengthy browse, I’ve come to my decision which ones have captured my attention and made my mouth drool, it WILL be dangerous damage to my bank account too so I thought I’d share what has tickled my fancy and see what you guys have also been loving this year.

P.S (It’s never too early for a cheeky browse ok) x

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// Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 

World of Legendary Parties //

// £150

So to start the list off, I wanted to show you my ultimate favourite. The Charlotte Tilbury Advent is a firecracker. This fabulous assortment of goodies will leave you with the best treats for the holiday season with 12 travel sized beauty products.

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  • Mini Magic Cream®
  • Mini Wonderglow®
  • Mini Multi Miracle Glow
  • Mini Goddess Skin Clay Mask
  • Mini Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover
  • Mini Supermodel Body
  • Full Size Eyes to Mesmerise: Marie Antoinette
  • Full Size K.I.S.S.I.N.G.® Lipstick: Penelope Pink
  • Full Size Colour Chameleon: Black Diamonds
  • Full Size EXCLUSIVE Pocket Pout: Jessica Red
  • Mini Legendary Lashes
  • Full Size Lip Lustre: Sweet Stiletto

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// The Body Shop Advent Calendar

24 Happy Days Deluxe //

£80

Bodycare have thoughtfully hand-picked the best selling and new products and brought them together into a specific draw for each treat. Including body care, accessories and make up.

Contains:

  • Spiced Apple Shower Gel 60ml 
  • White Bath Gloves 
  • Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml 
  • Almond Hand & Nail Cream 30ml 
  • Lip Definer in Clover Pink 1.1g 
  • Vanilla Chai Body Butter 50ml 
  • Soft Facial Sponge 
  • Polynesian Island Tiaré Shower Gel 60ml 
  • Lash & Brow Comb 
  • Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream 15ml 
  • British Rose Shower Gel 60ml 
  • Frosted Berries Softening Body Gel-Lotion 60ml 
  • Eyelash Curler 
  • Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover 60ml 
  • Fuji Green Tea™ Gel-Lotion 60ml 
  • Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil 7ml 
  • Eye Definer in Black 1g 
  • British Rose Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub 50ml 
  • Skinny Thin Felt Eyeliner in Black 1.1ml 
  • Colour Crush™ Nail Polish in Almond Kiss 6.8ml 
  • Eyeshadow Brush, Shea Lip Butter 10ml 
  • Nail Polishing Block 
  • British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter 200ml 
  • Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream 5ml & Zzz Eye Mask
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    // Selfridges Advent Calendar

    Eclectic Little Luxuries //

    £95From YSL to Urban Decay this is the most luxurious advent calendar you will see. Fit to prep and primp your party season needs.Screen Shot 2016-11-06 at 17.06.53.png

    Contains:

  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer 10ml
  • YSL Instant Moisture Glow 5ml
  • YSL Mon Paris EDP 7.5ml
  • Lancôme Trésor EDP 7.5ml
  • Lancôme La Vie est Belle EDP 4ml
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara 2ml
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter 2ml
  • Lancôme Absolue Premium ßx 15ml
  • Lancôme Énergie De Vie Liquid Moisturiser 5ml
  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum 7ml
  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Cream 5ml
  • Lancôme Galatéis Douceur 50ml
  • Lancôme Tonique Douceur 50ml, Lancôme Bi-Facil 30ml
  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 7ml
  • Viktor & Rolf Bonbon 7ml
  • YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche 7.5ml
  • YSL Black Opium EDP 7.5ml
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • Kiehls Crème de Corps 30ml
  • Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate 4ml
  • Kiehls Amino Acid Shampoo 30ml
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 15ml
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion 2ml

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// Boots No7 Advent Calendar

Bright Lights Big City //

// £39

If you want to go for something more affordable this Christmas, No7 is bringing an amazing selection this year of skincare and make up goods.

Contains:

  • No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream 25 ml 
  • No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream 25ml 
  • No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream 5ml
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Hand Cream 10ml
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Cream 10ml 
  • No7 Airbrush Away Primer 10ml 
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover 30ml 
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Blissful Body Wash 50ml 
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Completely Quenched Body Milk 50ml 
  • No7 Midnight Lash Mascara Black 7ml 
  • No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara Black 7ml 
  • No7 Stay Perfect TM Eyeshadow Truffle 1.9g 
  • No7 Stay Perfect TM Eyeshadow Wheatsheaf 1.9g
  • No7 Stay Perfect TM Eyeshadow Starry Lights 1.9g 
  • No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Day Dreamer 1.4g 
  • No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm in Parisian Pink 2.8g 
  • No7 Special Edition Moisture Drench Lipstick in Pillarbox 3.8g 
  • 3 x No7 Limited Edition Nail Colour 4ml 
  • No7 Match Made Blusher Gift Invitation 
  • No7 Lift & Curve Eyelash Curlers
  • No7 Limited Edition Mini Blusher Brush
  • No7 Limited Edition Mini Eye Shadow Brush
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    // Cheeky Advent Calendar

    // £50A little bit different from the other top picks but Cheeky Nails are showing off their long lasting, quick dry collection of nail varnish. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and feel the festive spirit.Contains:

  • Advent calendar containing 24 x 5ml Cheeky nail paints
  •  Extra wide brush for easy, speedy DIY application
  • ‘3-free’ – no toluene, dibutyly phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde

    Let me know your favourites from my list, or tell me about an advent calendar you’ve found or purchased this year! Sharney x

What’s trending: ZARA Autumn/Winter Collection 2016

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment

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Zara has become my new adoration and obsession.

I’ve always been a big fan, but I’ve been especially loving their autumn/winter collection this year, just a tad more than usual, so I thought I’d share some of the pieces that have caught my eye recently…

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ANIMAL PRINT SHIRT //
// £25.99

Black culottes or skinnies tucked in with a simple belt would be dreamy with this long sleeve animal print blouse.

 

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CULOTTES WITH BRACES //

// £39.99

This smart casual look is a classic for a long day at the office. For extra style, team up with an over the shoulder bag, metallics are hot right now.

 

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JACQUARD MINI DRESS //

// £59.99

This mini dress is perfect for a night out on the town. With a round neck, long sleeves, frill on the front and hem details, it is finished off with an elegant touch.

 

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TURTLE NECK SWEATER // 

// £19.99

What is more comfy and casual in autumn and winter than a turtle neck sweater? This is a definite must in any girls wardrobe, or guys.

 

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PINSTRIPE TROUSERS //

// £29.99

Pinstriped trousers seem to be my favourite at the minute, pair up with classic white trainers or black shoes for a smart casual vibe.

 

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FAUX LEATHER JACKET //
// £59.99

Finally, the Faux leather jacket, with a fur collar and zip pockets, it ticks all the boxes for a winter statement piece.

Comment what you have been loving from Zara recently.

Sharney x

 

Post Graduate Depression

Health, Lifestyle

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Graduation is looming, the pressure of living at home with parents and still being stuck in the same dead-end job you had before you left uni can seem like the biggest step backwards and seem very overwhelming.

The job market sucks, education is our comfort blanket; after all, 14 years of being told what to do and having a structure in your life can seem a blessing when you’ve suddenly stopped and think what is the reason of today?

It’s not as easy as people make it look being in the real world compared to the virtual reality of social networks either. Lisa may have a fab job she always wanted and you may see this with all the swanky food porn dishes she puts on Instagram that makes our mouth water but is money or success really the key to happiness? You don’t know what happens behind closed doors maybe nothing, but still people can feel down and struggle in different situations.

Talking is hard, it can be vulnerable, naive and portrayed in the wrong way, not everyone is a good talker, therefore people may not understand and that just causes frustration and loneliness. Giving a voice to those doubts and fears may be a place of optimism, give yourself your own little place of thoughtful thinking, distract yourself by looking and applying for jobs, apply to be a volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart, go for walks, start running, just try anything that you think will make you feel more motivated and positive.

Do something rather than nothing.

Advice doesn’t hurt, join a group, talk to a councillor,the quote ‘you never know if you don’t try’, might be a cliche, but it can help dramatically with someone who is suffering depression, anxiety or just feels low at this time in life.

Post graduate depression suffers 1 in 4 post grads so please remember you aren’t the only one that thinks what the fuck are you doing with your life, you are never too old to find out what you want to do and/or get to your dream place of satisfaction, success of thoughts and happiness.

A recent article from the Guardian states  “We’re just not very well designed for large changes, as post-university may be a time when many transitions happen at once, while also losing a support system of friends and tutors, it is unsurprising that this is a prime period for self-doubt”. Mike Burton, a psychiatrist, sees this post-university period as just one of many major life events that can bring about unease and anxiety.

University is a place for growth and finding who you are, then becoming disempowered once leaving is a shock to the system leaving you feel unnatural. The uncertainty of life can seem a negative thing but we need to recognise this as a new adventure, may be less colourful and more bland, but you make it how you want it.

I have to say, writing this post I honestly believe it has been one of the most daunting experiences I’ve gone through, but at least I’ve made progress in accepting the situation and I’m actually writing publicly about it.  Making plans for your life and believing you are succeeding to getting catapulted back to square one feels like you just need to wing it, cross your fingers and hope for the best and it gives me the worst anxiety.

Mental health is a massive issue in the UK and around the World, and I believe it needs to be talked about more due to lack of articles of Post Graduate Depression discussed in the Media and this is one of the reasons why I have wrote this post to get through to other Post Graduates that they aren’t the only people.

Being a newly graduated twenty-something surely you are to feel the heat due to average student’s debt of being around the £25,000 grand mark and the cost of living in London being the 4th highest in the World.

Although this may be true, it doesn’t mean that if a graduate does manage to bag a job they love that they won’t be struggling with pressures of their own, it’s a big step and takes a lot to adjust in such a short time of being in the real world but it feels like we need to adjust naturally yet automatically.

Work is completely different on a social scale too, you don’t instantly make friends, it takes time for people from work to start socialising outside of work, and sometimes not at all, but just stick at it and if you feel it’s not for you, hang on to the job until you find a career you would fit in with more. I know it’s not that easy but at least it’s a goal that I find myself willing to take.

Leaving education for good is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but surely it gets better. Only you can make a difference to your life nobody is going to save you from yourself, nobody knows what you want except you and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get your own concept of success, so don’t give up.

If you’d like advice on mental health issues contact Mind or Samaritans for free advice.

Sharney x

 

How do you become a fashion journalist?

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print

The million dollar question a lot of people ask within the UK each year, but is there really a perfectly single solid answer that will hit the nail on the head?

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, fashion journalism is writing about the most wonderful and weird textile industry. From a perspective of professional practice it enables our world to delve into aspects of fashion media, working within magazines, newspapers and books and also intertwining within the television world and online fashion of websites, magazines and blogs. With a sophisticated style of critique, reports and knowledge of fashion designers, trends and at times also involving within their field of work – celebrity fashion.

Having an interest in this has always been fascinating for me and I’ve always questioned among many others how do you become a fashion journalist? Stumbling across a video on YouTube I discovered the talented fashionista Alexa Chung presenting Vogue’s Future of Fashion video series, with them being titled “How to get a job at Vogue” and “How to get into Fashion Journalism” along with many other episodes… but these striked me the most.

Tackling the title of my blog, I believe that  Alexa explores in relation to my topic at the most iconic magazine’s London HQ. Interviewing several editors, including the queen of British Vogue, Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Schulman and the lovely Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers. Questioning the two of how they got where they finally stand it comes to no surprise that it is an interning theme jumping from one company to another.

Vogue senior Lucy Chambers explains that there is no linear way of trying to get into the industry and that it happens in different ways for many different people. (Unless your Paul McCartney’s daughter obviously; a photographer that has been at Vogue for many years).

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone from Vogue get the job working the hard way though; Bower began from completing her degree in Human Resources, then went on to work for a retailer in their HR department, she then became an intern for The Sunday Times at an older age than most interns and this is how she got in with the chance of a  connection with Vogue as she began working as an assistant for a Contributing Editor at the magazine.

Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers began by working at Topshop and called Vogue to ask for an interview. A lucky day was in store when she managed to speak to Personnel Director simply for the fact that her assistant was ill that day and managed to bag a job and has worked for Vogue ever since.

It all seems to be struck with luck, the chance to put your foot through the door at any chance given, but also being at the right place at the right time.

Patience and determination seems to be the key to build a reputation and stand out and be a member of this industry get work experience and apply for many internships as possible.

As hard is sounds, don’t give up.

Have the right attitude, set realistic goals concentrate on making every opportunity brilliant and productive, jump in the deep end and keep motivated through those pain-stakenly mundane jobs, take risks, write a blog. It will be worth the wait, remember to stay eager and be ready to listen and learn.

The Fashion Industry thrives off building the right contacts book, so make sure you stand out and show that you are dedicated to the job. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Develop a friendly skin and introduce yourself to anyone and everyone- you never know who you might meet.

Indulge in copious amounts of trends and affairs that are circulating right now never underestimate the knowledge you may need, not only what is present but also look over previous decades and educate yourself about the history of fashion.

Like Senior Fashion editor states to Alexa Chung there really is no linear way to get a job within the industry, it happens differently for different people, at least we can take in more knowledge and try our best at succeeding one step at a time.

One more thing:

“Life is a little bit like a garden – you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow.”

– Oscar De La Renta

Sharney x

BOOK REVIEW: AFTER THE CRASH

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***No Spoilers***

As most of you will already know, I love a good thriller, so when I spotted this little gem on the side of Waterston’s Best-sellers Shelf I decided I’d treat myself to a little bit of excitement of the unknown.

So it’s a suspenseful book I’ll give you that, and ‘thriller of the year’ may I add which definitely impressed me and is one of the reasons I grabbed it without second thoughts.

Michel Bussi is seen to strategically layer the evidence for the reader to sink their teeth into the investigation and solve the missing pieces that are yet un-found.

This book was devoured within a total of three days for me and would have probably been completed within the space of one and a half, if I didn’t have a life.

The novel is by Michel Bussi, a bestselling French Crime novelist. Set in 1998 France, the novel unfolds the story of a 1981 plane crash located within Mont Teri that leaves behind no survivors, except from a three month old baby girl. Two sets of grandparents with very different financial wealth, the poor Vitral’s and the rich De Carvilles are set to fight for their rights, as they are each convinced that the child is their blood.

Due to the high amount of publicity the case goes on to eventually award custody of the baby named ‘Lylie’ (a mixture of the two possible names due to not knowing her identity) to the Vitral family.

The remaining uncertainty causes eighteen years worth of grief for both families and of course for Lylie. Marc Vitral has a romantic affair with his possible sister instead of having natural familial feelings, whilst another intense situation occurs with the De Carvilles wanting to  keep the case fresh by hiring controversial private investigator Credule Grand-Duc.

Without giving too much away the tale of the novel alternates back and forth with Marc’s modern day perspective and Grand Duc’s summary of findings from the investigation before he eventually has no more time left and commits suicide out of despair and anger from the case.

Due to a dramatical event around her identity but also confusion Lylie is left on the run and Marc is left limited time to run around france and find Lylie not knowing her circumstances of why she has ran away.

The only little fault I see within the novel is that Lylie, who is a big part of the book is part of the main plot however doesn’t intervene in solving her own mystery, even though in the novel she is deemed the most beautiful and intelligent.

Bussi writes in a manipulative nature with the most short but sweet chapters, unexpected and shocking deaths, fantastic twists and turns, a narrative that is fabulously juicy due to numerous delays on details. However it can be seen less enjoyable when you have to sift through the irrelevant sections for the actual clues Bussi tucks away but fear not revisit these parts as they are more relevant than you think, cleverly linking every piece of the puzzle together.

If you’ve read the book yet let me know  in the comments about your thoughts and other recommendations that are similar to this book!

9/10

Sharney x

Glastonbury Festival 2016: In Pictures

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My second year at Worthy Farm was one to remember, from Muse to Coldplay it was one of the most amazing experiences, however it was a muddy one…

Here’s a few photos of my second time at Glasto!

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Hope you like the photos I’ve taken, let me know about your experiences from Worthy Farm this year and what your favourite part of the farm was in the comments box!

Sharney x