Millenial Gift Guide!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

I did a Gift Guide parody for my university's student union, please check it out! I think my favourite thing is this Gemma Collins wrapping paper. How amazing.

Guide to Los Angeles!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rodeo Drive

Melrose Avenue

Beverly Hills

Hollywood Boulevard

Santa Moncia

Rainbow Bar and Grill

Alfred Tea Room

Venice Beach

Urth Caffe

Griffith Observatory/Hollywood Sign

It's safe to say I'm now just as obsessed with Los Angeles as everyone else.
It is an amazing city. It was the first stop in our road trip and we loved everyday we spent there, so much that we have booked another trip to go back! I felt like we planned our time there really well and so I thought I'd mention what we did and offer some advice for anyone planning to visit.

We stayed in Beverly Hills using Airbnb and honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Beverly Hills is obviously a stunning area of Los Angeles and with Airbnb we got a room for a great deal in a fantastic location that was only a 5 minute walk to Rodeo Drive. We were close to shops, restaurants particularly Urth Caffe which I was desperate to try and it did not disappoint.

Of course you cannot go to LA without visiting Hollywood. It is really a surreal place that is so much fun, just expect it to be busy! You can also see the Hollywood sign from the boulevard which was a great surprise. I would also suggest while you are in the area to hit Melrose Avenue, probably the most insta-famous street on the globe. It street is covered with wall art, small boutiques and Alfred Tea - the cutest tea room ever.

If you love anything rock music or 80's nostalgia you should see the sunset strip and if you need food or refreshment go in The Rainbow Bar and Grill which is where parts of the November Rain music video were filmed. The beaches of Los Angeles are beautiful we went to Santa Monica and Venice and if you fancy it you can cycle between the two, or just visit them separately and explore the areas.

And finally Griffith Park was fantastic for viewing the Hollywood sign and also getting a panoramic view of downtown LA.

Thanks for reading!


Second Year - First term

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

So the first term of my second year is over and I can't believe how quickly it went! So I thought I would do a quick round up of my favourite books that I've read over the last couple of months in each of my modules, some were better than others...
One module was Romanticism, literally my worst nightmare. When I saw it on the schedule I was dreading having to read romantic poems and novels for ten weeks, but to my surprise it wasn't actually that bad! My favourite novel was definitely The Sorrows of Young Werther as Werther himself is an interesting character to critique, and his suicide is shocking in its gruesome detail. It's a really easy read (which is shocking for romanticism) and I really enjoyed writing about it in my coursework.
My favourite course was Apocalypse and the modern novel and it was so difficult to choose my favourites as I loved everything! One that kept me hooked from start to finish was Cat's Cradle a dystopian fiction that is told through black humour and human stupidity. It centres on an end of the world that is the result of scientific progression in the form of ice-nine, a solution that freezes the globe - I recommend this novel highly! I also really enjoyed The Day of the Triffids where the world is taken over by man-eating plants, and also The Road, a story of a man and his son travelling across a desolate America in search of refuge. It was actually quite scary studying the Apocalypse while Donald Trump was elected...
The last module was the American Novel, one I was really looking forward to but was really disappointed! So many of the novels weren't really enjoyable to read, not just the racist ones, and I feel like there were so many we could have read that were completely ignored. Despite this I love The Great Gatsby and it was nice to read it again and study it at University level - a definite must read and the recent film is such a good adaptation

Thanks for reading everyone!