SUMMER HOLIDAY HAUL 2019 | New Clothes, Travel Accessories & FRIENDS Collaboration.

 A couple of days ago, I decided to take a little adventure to Festival Place in Basingstoke for a little shopping spree. I’m sure you know this already, but in 3 weeks I will be heading to Barcelona. As you know from previous holidays, I absolutely love wearing new clothes and treating myself throughout the whole holiday. So of course, I was going to go shopping and buy some new bits. I only purchased things from New Look, Primark, Schuh, and Wilkinson’s – so it’s not a lot really!

Primark

I absolutely love going shopping in Primark. I think their quality of clothing is spot on for the prices they are charging, even better if they are bought in the sale. I normally try my best to hold off buying something, as usual, everything I like goes into the sale eventually. If you know Primark, then you’ll know how amazing their sales are. I decided to purchase some pajamas. I knew I wanted a short set and another nightdress, so this was pretty easy. I was so pleased to have found a FRIENDS nightdress and I LOVE FRIENDS AND I LOVE NIGHT DRESSES – IT WAS JUST PERFECT! I then found a long black t-shirt dress which just said “fearless” and some comfy lounge shorts. These are just a couple of staples which I wanted to have. I really want to wear an oversized t-shirt at the airport, just because it will be comfortable, and I think it will be perfect for the 2-hour flight that I will have. Lastly, I found some travel accessories which I just couldn’t resist. As you can see from the photo, they are just beautiful and a MUST HAVE!

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  1. Short Set £5.00
  2. Friends Nightdress £6.00
  3. Fearless Slogan Tee £6.00
  4. Cotton Shorts £2.50
  5. Passport Cover £2.00
  6. Eye Mask £2.00
  7. Sun Glasses £2.00
  8. Glasses Case £1.00

New Look

I feel like there is a clear trend in the sort of things that I like to purchase or a look that I am trying to create. A majority of things that I have purchased are either the same style or color. But, then again, I LOVE IT, so I can’t complain. I kind of went into New Look with an idea in mind of what I wanted to purchase. New Look is similar to higher end shops, so you can actually get a bargain for something that would be in Topshop or River Island, except you’ll be paying like £20 cheaper.

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  1. Cycling Shorts £6.99
  2. Black Slogan Tee £5.00
  3. White Slogan Tee £5.00
  4. Nude Tee £6.99 or Two for £12.00
  5. White Tee £6.99 or Two for £12.00

Schuh

Again, I went into Schuh with a purpose. I went in, spoke to the lovely worker, explained what I was looking for and that was that. I tried it on and I bought it. I am pretty sure I was in Schuh for less than 3 minutes. The thing that I like about me when I am shopping is that I already have a thing in the mind of what I want. Therefore, I hardly ever just pointless shop. I prefer going to shops, getting what I need and coming straight back out.

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  1. Black Checkerboard Vans £44.99

Wilkinson’s

And lastly, I went into Wilkinson’s or WILKO as some may say. I actually can’t remember the last I went here, except for today lol. I knew they do brands, except they also do low prices – so of course, I went there. I just picked up some of the travel essentials that I might need. I didn’t get everything that I needed as I still need to make a list of what I actually need. For the empty bottles, I will just put some stuff from home in there. Once, I have found out what I can and can’t take from home, then I will be heading out for a 2nd trip to get everything else.

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  1. Travel Bottle £0.50
  2. Spray Travel Bottle £0.50
  3. Wipes £1.00
  4. Eye Plugs £2.50
  5. Nivea Cream £1.50
  6. Toothpaste £2.00 each
  7. Lip Balm £1.00

Here is my summer holiday haul video:

Let me know what posts you’d like to see. It can be anything at all. I am open to suggestions.

Business email: Bryoni.Burns@outlook.com

What a month this is going to be!!!

I apologise for not posting weekly like I said I would.  

I am writing this post primarily to tell you about all the wonderful things I have been up to, and all the things that I am looking forward to.

What you’ve missed?

You may or may not know, but I have finished my second year of university. I am so happy to be announcing this as it has been a big struggle for me, especially achieving the grades that I have been pushing for. I have finished first and the second year scrapping a 2:1 so I am proud of myself. I just keep saying to myself – It’s just one more year, and it will all be worth it! I will be doing a little Instagram poll soon as I want to create a YouTube video answering all of your questions about uni, adult life, and any questions you may have. So, comment a question or direct message me personally and I will add it to the list for you.

I have also been photographing a lot more. I managed to be the leading photographer of a wedding, as well as a few uni events – including summer ball 2019 with the special guest SIGALA. These past few months have been incredible. I have learnt so much and I think I have found a photography specialism which I would like to develop further. I absolutely love creating unique photo albums for all clients to treasure for eternity.

Recently, you would have seen, probably definitely you have seen if you follow me on social media or keep up with my blog posts. I wrote a post about creating a new YouTube channel that I would actually like to keep up and running, especially alongside my blog to help show in detail some of the posts that I am writing about. I mainly create content based on ASMR, lifestyle, and travel. Again, if you have any suggestion, please let me know.

What’s to come?

So, here’s to the best part… WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TOOOO!!

This month is going to be filled with a lot of happiness. I am hoping to start a new job that is the same as what I am doing now, although it is higher up in the industry which will be great for my CV. I have been really focusing on things that I can do for experience. I have one year left at uni and I am so indecisive about what I want to do after.

I have been considering going travelling next June for around 2-3 months, if not longer. I have been thinking about going travelling for some time now. And, I am at the point in my life where I am worried that if I don’t do it now, then I probably won’t do it ever. I don’t want to regret not going as it is something I have always wanted to do. Of course, I would be able to go on holidays, but there is something about travelling solidly that I want to do. On my list so far, I have decided to go to Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand. I am sure the list will definitely get longer, but that is it for now. If you have any suggestions or advice on anything at all about travelling, please please let me know as I will appreciate it greatly.

I will also be going on holiday at the end of this month to BARCELONA. I am extremely excited – to the point where I am thinking about packing my case already. I will be going there for 5 days with a group of friends. It is actually the same group of friends from when I went to Budapest last year. We have so much planned, and of course, I have planned and thought out the whole thing AGAIN! I just want this holiday to be perfect, and I want everyone to have a great time. I think I am going to be vlogging my time away. Although, I am not sure how I am going to do it. I don’t know if I want to do daily vlogs or to just do a new vlog every other day or so. I suppose it will be down to how much footage I actually manage to film.

And lastly, I have a few brands who I will be working with this month. I do want to keep it a surprise, but I thought I would give you the warning. These won’t be revealed for a few weeks yet, as things are still being discussed. I am very excited to be working alongside these businesses and I feel happy to have accepted their products to review for you. As I have said before, I will only work with the brands who I trust and support, and if I haven’t used them before, then I will give an honest review.

That’s all for today. This post is just a casual one to let you know about what is going on in the life of Bryoni. But yeah, if you have any advice or suggestions for anything that I have spoken about, then please please please drop me a comment.

Thank you.

Study & Work With Me | Full Pomodoro Timer Included | Tips & Advice.

Prepare your study session

I would suggest that you prepare and/or set up a perfect study/workspace that you will be comfortable in. I found that sitting on my bed with lots of pillows supporting me and laying my stuff out on the bed really helped me to crack on with what I wanted to do. I liked how much space I had to work, especially as normally I just use my desk – which is tiny. I would suggest that you create a clean space, and this will make a big difference and ensure that you have a cup of water or something that you like to drink to keep you hydrated. As you can see from the video below, I had a big bottle of water and a banana which I had during the break.

Make a study plan

Even though this seems like one of the most basic tips to give someone, it does indeed make a big difference. I would suggest that you plan what you want to get done within the first half, second half, and any other sections of your study time. This is where the Pomodoro technique comes in handy. I will explain and talk you through what happens in a Pomodoro in the next section of this post which is followed by a video. You should set yourself goals on what you want to achieve, for example, 600 words of an essay which is approximately 2/3 paragraphs, including the introduction.

Try out different learning methods and techniques

This is very important whilst maximizing your study time. I suggest that you try studying in a range of different places, such as a coffee house, the kitchen, your desk, or on your bed like I did. I have tried out many places and I know that when I am working on specific things, I work better in different places. Although this may seem strange, I think it is fairly common to those who get distracted quickly. Alternatively, you can try out a range of study methods which can include a range of methods as to how you can learn everything you need to. I would suggest using your laptop (for research, spelling, and grammar), a notebook (for planning what you’re going to do), and books (to gain knowledge). You can also use flow charts and diagrams to construct a plan or a structure of what you want to include in your work.

Watch and/or Listen to a video

I find it extremely useful to listen to sounds/videos whilst studying. It helps me to cut out background noise as well as getting into the piece of work that I need to get done. I had a very soothing piano instrumental which honestly helped me to complete all of my assignments that year at uni and I will always use that know whenever I have the assignment to do. You could listen to other instrumentals that you like, or ASMR relaxing videos or even a study/work with my video which I am currently creating whilst writing this blog post. I watched my first ever one from Gibi and I fell in love. It is like having a study partner, except they are actually there, which is good because you don’t actually get distracted.

Those were just some of my most valuable study tips and advice. To complement this post, I have created a full Pomodoro with a timer included, so that you can maximize your studying time, as well as getting all the stuff done that you need to do.

If you don’t know what a Pomodoro is, I will explain it now…

What is a Pomodoro?

A Pomodoro is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This method uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length which totals to 2 hours, separated by short breaks around 3-5 minutes. For the purpose of trying this out, and filming it for the first time, I tried this technique for half of the recommended time of 1 hour.

I really enjoyed creating this video. I managed to get a lot checked off my to do list and I managed to write this whole blog post.

If you found this useful, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you would like me to do a longer Pomodoro then, of course, let me know and I can do that.

 

 

The Body Shop Blogger Event June 2019 | #tbswinchester #plasticwithbottles #gifted

I had a wonderful time at The Body Shop Blogger Event this evening at the Winchester store (#tbswinchester #plasticwithbottles). I was kindly welcomed by the staff (Sian and Georgio) and introduced to the brand. We were provided with beverages from Whittard and some cakes and crisps which were a thoughtful thing to do.

I enjoyed hearing about the 3 new products (Coffee Face Mask, Banana Body Yoghurt, and Ginger Shower Gel). As well as that, I was informed about the incredible projects The Body Shop are trying out which includes using already made plastics and re-using them and using the fruit and veg that are unwanted.

In addition, The Body Shop has introduced a new scheme that involves customers/anyone to recycle their finished bottles, which can be anything except perfume bottles. If customers bring back 5 used bottles they will be rewarded with a free £5 to spend voucher in The Body Shop which is just amazing. Not only all of this, But The Body Shop in Winchester are also working with Winchester Basic Banks to encourage customers and staff to bring in any unused products, foods, drinks, clothes, etc. anything you can to help those who need it most. I thought this was just absolutely wonderful and I am looking forward to contributing anything that I can to help.

After this, we were able to try out any products that we wanted, ask for samples and any advice followed by making a purchase if we wanted with 25% off. As you all know, I LOVE The Body Shop so much so there was a lot in my basket. Surprisingly, I only purchased 6 items which were: The Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover £7.50, Vitamin E Hydrating Toner £8.00, Setting Spray for Make-Up £8.00, Nail File £2.50, Cotton Pads £2.50, and a Coconut Hand Gel £2.50. The grand total of this was only £23.25. I saved a total of £7.75 which is fantastic. A majority of what I purchased is just a top-up, although the nail file and coconut hand gel are a first for me to try. I have previously written about my Skin Care Routine which can be found here.

Here is a photo of everything that I purchased:

As if that isn’t enough, once I had finished paying I was automatically given a GOODY BAG #gifted by The Body Shop and put into an Instagram lucky dip which will be revealed next week. We also played a couple of games where we had to pick out a smiley face out of a bag in order to win a face mask of your choice. I absolutely loved this and guess what I WON! I even had to guess the name of an animal in a photo, I picked WALLIS – SO LET’S HOPE I WIN AT THAT TOO! That is pretty much what happened tonight at The Body Shop Blogger Event in Winchester. I had a lovely time, learned so much about the products, and I can’t wait to give everything a try in the next few weeks.

Here is everything that I was #gifted inside the GOODY BAG:

Thank you so much for all of these amazing products, I am so grateful for everything and I had a wonderful evening.

Here is my latest YouTube video telling you all about the products (in the style of ASMR):

Bateaux London Dinner Cruise.

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An Introduction to Bateaux London …

“Bateaux London’s fleet includes two handsome boats, River Room and Glass Room, specially designed for dining and celebrating on the water. As the boat sets sail, enjoy fresh food served to your table while London’s landscape unfolds around you. Our tailored entertainment enriches the experience and creates a truly timeless atmosphere that you, a partner, family or friends will remember for a long time to come. Choose from a classic dinner cruise, an afternoon tea cruise or a lunch cruise and enjoy sparkling wine, live music and spectacular views of London. The history of the river is narrated as you sail” (Bateaux London, 2019).

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What Did I Think of Bateaux London?

From the very start to the very end, I felt like a very important person. The staff were ever so friendly and were professional at all times. It is definitely one of those dressier events, clearly, I didn’t know that. It was a great experience to have lunch whilst taking the tour of London. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and found myself wanting to sightsee rather than eat my lunch LOL.

The food was really nice, although there was not a vegetarian option available. They just took out the meat from the main course of what everyone else had. The starter was a choice of bread and butter, soup, and a couple other things. The food was not anything special, but I do think that you pay for the experience of the whole thing, rather than the food specifically. Sadly, the drinks were not included and the prices were extortionate – for two small Proseccos we paid £18.00. As the meals were spaced out over the 2-hour tour, I found myself not getting very full. I was still hungry by the time we got off. Personally, the food isn’t really worth it, so if you’re going to expect an amazing meal, then this isn’t the place. If you want an exceptional experience and an amazing tour of London, then you will LOVE IT!

Check out the website here: https://www.bateauxlondon.com/

Reference: 

Bateaux London (2019) Bateaux London Dinner Cruise. Available at: https://www.bateauxlondon.com/. [Accessed 24 May 2019].