Starting Sixth Form | My Honest Thoughts

25 August 2020

After having nearly half a year off school, the thought of going back to 'normal' life, a busy schedule and a work load is more than daunting to me. Whilst being in lockdown was not always the most fun, I have loved and embraced being in the comfort of my own home. I must admit, I have been out a lot more since lockdown restrictions eased and seen my friends (safely and following social distancing guidelines) but going back to school is a bit more of a step. Especially as I'm starting a completely new school with barely anyone I know, essentially a new chapter of my life whilst still in a global pandemic. The normal little 'Sunday night back to school' nerves have kicked in early with a bit more weight added to them this time. I'm sure a lot of you reading this can relate to what I'm typing right now and also, anyone that's already been to sixth form, can you enlighten me or give me any tips please?

Receiving my GCSE results last week was such a surreal experience for me. After not doing my exams and finishing high school in March, I'd been thinking about that day for such a long time. Even longer than that, probably when I first knew about results day after seeing my sisters go through it! So you could say, I put myself under a lot of pressure. Whether that's a good or bad thing I don't know but I've always been one to hold myself to a high standard, even down to getting disheartened if I answered a maths question wrong. Over time, I've gradually learnt that making mistakes is okay and actually even better than getting everything right but GCSEs were always a big thing for me. I can remember my stomach churning at pathways evening and my hands shaking in the exam hall every time I walked in. To not be  all doom and gloom, it did get better and after many mocks, I was fine and it didn't faze me. 
As you can gather, I was very nervous about results day! I think mostly about the event as a whole and the feeling of having that envelope in your hands right before you open it. Luckily, I was completely over the moon with what I achieved so I was so relieved and pleased! 

Pretty soon after that I enrolled into my Sixth Form and confirmed my place. I'm not sure why I'm worrying so much when I know I've been excited to go to Sixth Form for years. (Maybe don't ask me if I still find it exciting when I'm snowed under with work in a few months time!) But to be doing my favourite subjects (photography, media studies and English language), surrounded by people that are also just as passionate about them as me is what I can't wait for. 

As well as starting a new chapter in my life that's scary in itself, I've now also got the worries of still being in a global pandemic. Will I have to wear a mask? What if I get it, have to self isolate and miss school again? What if we go into a second lockdown? And those are just a few! As much as I worry and overthink, it's comforting to know that I'm not alone in this situation and everyone is in the same boat. It's easy for me to say that everything happens for a reason and to take each day as it comes but those sayings are so true.

So, if you're feeling a bit like me, worried about going back to school, starting sixthform/uni or snapping back to reality, it's completely okay to have those feelings. Don't fight them but don't get too worked up about it, it's not worth it! And chat to people, talk about it with your friends and family - don't let your worries eat you up. 

Bethan xx

2020 Summer Adventures | Photo Diary

17 August 2020

Summer 2020 has looked different to all the summers I've had before but I haven't enjoyed it any less. Fortunately, we weren't planning on going on holiday abroad anyway but we did have a holiday booked to go to York last week which we sadly had to cancel. So as all my family still had the week off, we decided to make the most of it and visit places near where we live. I was a bit apprehensive about being out properly again but everything was so safe; we wore masks where we needed to including just as a precaution and sanitised more times than I can count. In previous years where I've been abroad, I've always uploaded travel blog posts so I thought I would do the same this year and share the photos I've taken throughout the week. I hope you enjoy! 

Sunday- A family picnic and a walk in Captain's Wood

Monday- Beach day in Southwold

Tuesday- A picnic in Flatford Mill 
(The day we got trapped by about 50 bulls! These photos are thankfully not a full representation of our day because if they were, there would be photos of me completely freaking out instead of posing calmly by the river haha.)

Wednesday- Our first meal out since Lockdown

Thursday- Re-living our childhood in Hemsby and Joyland Fun Park

Saturday-  A scone in Dedham

What have you been up to this Summer?

Bethan xx

The perfect summer dress | Shopping sustainable

8 August 2020

Possibly my favourite dress I've ever owned and it arrived yesterday. A sentence that sums me up perfectly. 
I've been a huge fan of Nobody's Child for a while and have loved everything I have ordered from them before. I saw this dress on their website earlier this week and all their new in dresses had 20% off for 48 hours so you can imagine the next part to the story.

Nobody's child are a sustainable fashion brand but always have the latest styles and trends. Their clothes are sourced and made in a way that benefits people and creates a positive impact on the environment. They produce small collections to reduce textile waste and upcycle prints to make new shapes. For example, I also ordered a pair of pyjamas and it came with a free scrunchie made from excess fabric. Such a good idea!
Personally, I'm really trying to make a conscious effort to shop more carefully and Nobody's child is a great place to start if you're making an effort to do the same. 

I went on the train to a town near me yesterday with my friend Holly and it was so nice to be in a different surrounding for the afternoon. (Everything was really safe and we wore a mask for the majority of the time.) As I was wearing this dress, we had a little photo shoot down a small street so I thought I would share the rest of the photos on here! 

The dress I'm wearing is the 'Yellow and White Daisy Mary Frill Mini Dress' and as I've already mentioned, it is the most summery dress ever! Yellow is such a happy colour anyway but it makes me even more happy when I am actually wearing it. It is a really loose fabric so I didn't get too sweaty whilst walking around in the heat (nothing worse). I love the pretty, dainty daisy pattern and the frill detail adds an extra touch. I know that I will keep this for years and it will keep in a great condition. A perfect summer dress is such a wardrobe staple for me.
Paired with:
Bucket bag- Zara
Trainers- Adidas
Sunglasses- Rayban
What is your Summer style staple?

Bethan xx

*this post is not sponsored by Nobody's Child, I bought this dress with my own money and chose myself to write about it.

What to wear? | Summer trends for 2020

5 August 2020

We can finally wear clothes out! Yay! 
Or if you're like me, you've dressed up practically every day in lockdown. Wearing pyjamas or joggers in the day is not for me haha. 
The shops weren't obviously open for quite some time but that didn't stop me from buying online, mostly ASOS and Zara I found myself browsing on. It felt like Christmas when a package came through the door, something to look forward to in such an odd time. 

With that being said, I love everything in the shops at the moment and the trends going around so I've curated my favourites and raided my wardrobe to try and recreate a similar style. 

1. The puffy sleeve

This is a bit of a marmite one. I personally love it and think it gives such a cool silhouette to an outfit but I know a few people who aren't too keen. Rather than just wearing a plain t-shirt, it gives an outfit a bit of 'depth'. The one that I'm wearing is from Stradivarious and yes, very risky wearing this colour in the Summer but I love this shade of blue! 

2. The colour 'mauve'

I'm especially loving the pastels at the moment so when I saw this top on the Zara website, it went straight into my basket. I went on a couple of weeks ago to order more in different colours but I couldn't find the same t-shirt anywhere! However, I have seen so many tops in the same colour on nearly every website I've visited so they're not hard to find. It's so easy to style too, I'm wearing it here with my leopard print midi skirt (Loavies) but it would look great with just a pair of denim shorts or jeans. I love the cropped (but not too cropped), boxy fit and it's such good quality for not very much money at all. Perfect for summer.

3. Linen bermuda shorts

They may be a pain to iron because they just crease straight away but a really cool piece to have in your wardrobe that's different from the basic denim short. You could dress them up too but I haven't tried that as typical me is always wearing a trainer. They remind me so much of holiday as I wore them in Portugal last year! I'm just wearing it here with a black t-shirt but they would pretty much go with everything.

4. Tennis skirt/Sports clothing

I've only just joined the tennis skirt hype but the sporty style has been around for a while. Better late than never, right? I am yet to try the cycling short trend as I'm not sure it's my style but it's so cool! I think I might just stick to my tennis skirt, see how I style it in my blog post here.

5. Bucket style bags

I have been a huge basket bag fan for years but for Christmas, I received this bucket bag style one and I haven't been able to use it until recently! It instantly makes any outfit look cool, I love it so much. You can't fit a lot in there so it's only really for essentials but I don't feel I carry a lot around with me in Summer anyway. It reminds me, again, of going on holiday as they always have so many basket bags in Portugal markets!

What's your favourite Summer 2020 trend?

Bethan xx

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