An update:




An update:

Evening all.

Just an update to keep you posted as to what’s been happening in my life recently.

Nothing really that exciting to report I’m afraid. Myself and my flatmates,and I imagine all other students aren’t being that sociable at the moment due to being tired,ill or having a lot of deadlines approaching. Not so lucky for me,I have all three.

To be fair I think the being tired comes down to staying up till 4am this morning watching Carrie and Tom Fletcher vlogs on YouTube. Hannah,I’m looking at you.

What’s wrong I can hear you all asking,or not. I’m just suffering with a cold which is slowly disintegrating with each passing day(thank god).

The deadlines are getting smaller as the week goes on. I now only have two more deadlines as I handed in my Multi-platform approach portfolio earlier today and also managed to finish my layout.

Only 2,500 words and a few annotations for my research folder stand between me finishing my first year of uni and the start of my four month summer break. Exciting stuff.

Unfortunately an essay on the invention of the teenager in magazines and a reflective log about my Paris layout have to be done first.

I feel glad that I’ve started to cross things off my to do list and hopefully by this time next week all my deadlines will be done.

Oh here’s a bit of exciting news. Three years ago today William and Kate got married. It was also the night that I got to see Olly Murs live. It was honestly one of the best concerts I’ve ever been too.

Now I’m off to call my mum and possibly do a bit of reading before a hopefully reasonably early night.

Sorry for the lack of exciting posts recently. I promise they’ll get more exciting once deadline are over.




Slowly getting There:



Slowly getting there:

Since arriving back in Southampton Friday evening,I’ve been relatively productive.

Yesterday I had a lay in until midday which I probably needed. I then finished tweaking my Paris feature for layout and visualisation so I could go to the library that afternoon to lay it out.

I wandered around town for a bit,buying a few new books in the process. Flappers by Judith MacRell about 6 flappers of the 1920s and About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk.

By the time I got to the library,it was 4.30. I had just sat down and a voice came over the intercom “the library will be closing in half an hour”. Typical.

Making the most of the half an hour I had I opened up my InDesign document and tried to work on my layout,which proved difficult within the time period. I told myself I’d go home,catch up with my flatmates and try again tomorrow.

Today,I was in a better frame of mind it seemed. I got up and 9.45 and was sat down at a library computer by 11. Not bad going.

I made relatively good progress,managing to lay out my feature which I’m really happy with. Hopefully Iestyn likes it too.

Ali McNamara,who I interviewed for my Multi Platform Approach feature and unit emailed me the audio file so I can finish and hand that in tomorrow.

Now,all I have to do is my reflective log for layout and visualisation,my essay and finish my research folder for Sallies.

I’m pleased to say I feel I’m finally getting somewhere and if the rest of the week goes how today did,then I’ll hopefully be done by Thursday so I can enjoy my weekend spending time with Sarah and going to see Birdsong in Winchester with Tim.

For now,however I’m going to have what I think is a well deserved break and have a cup of tea and read one of my new books.

Ciao for now.


Back to Southampton


After a lovely three week Easter break spending time with family and friends,celebrating my birthday,going to London to awards ceremonies and exhibitions and generally enjoying the break at home,today’s the day I’m back to Southampton.

It seems silly to think that I’m only in uni for a few more days and have just two more pieces of work to do then.

Come 8th May all my work would have been handed in and I’d have finished my first year(well,6 months) as a magazine journalism student.

People,mainly my parents ask if I e actually learnt anything over the 6 months of being here. The answer to that question is simply;Yes!

I’ve learnt way more than I hoped I would,both in uni and in the flat. And that’s all down to the amazing lecturers I’ve had and the lovely friends I’ve made in my flat and on my course. I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without you guys. I love you all so much. Thankyou.

Looking forward to going back to celebrate a great first year with friends that will hopefully stay with me for ever.

Sorry for the soppy post you guys,business will resume as normal with a final run down of lessons as each deadline is handed in.

Thanks for reading my blog,I appreciate all of you lovely lot over the world,taking time out of your busy schedules to read an aspiring journos blog.

Much love


Come What May


Come What May:

So instead of my normal blog posts about exhibitions or events I’ve been to I thought I would write a more personal post as it were.

For those who know me,or even those who don’t and who just like to read my blog,you’ll know that Moulin Rouge is one of my favourite films. In this film there’s a song called Come What May which has become a saying I’ve lived by ever since I saw it.

I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo of it on my wrist for a a long while and today,I finally got it done.

I present to you my first tattoo. Come What May. My first and no doubt my last. I hope now that I have it written in a place on my body that when I look at it it become even more important to me.

Whatever happens will happen and I’m hoping that having Come What May imprinted on my skin will remind and help me get through this magnificent journey called life.


David Bailey Stardust Exhibition


David Bailey is famous for photographing the likes of Michael Caine,John Lennon and Nelson Mandela.

He is mainly a portrait photographer taking photos of celebrities and fashion icons such as Kate Moss and Alexander McQueen.

Each section of the exhibition was dedicated to the people he photographed and the places he had been.

The first section of the exhibition focused on the celebrities and musical heroes he had photographed. Michael Caine,The Beatles,David Bowie and The Rolling Stones were amongst these.

Fashion was next which included the fashion designers and models he had photographed for different magazines. He photographed the likes of Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss for Vogue.

Also featured amongst the photos were Baileys family members,most memorably his wife,Catherine Bailey and his children. It was interesting to have a part of him within the exhibition rather than just his photos.

The final section was dedicated to the places he visited and the photos he took of the people there. He travelled to places such as Papua Guinea,Sudan and Afghanistan to photograph the situations happening at the time. These photos were hard to take in.

It’s amazing what you can do with a camera. The thing found most interesting was that out of the photographs he took,not one of them was stood in the same position. Incredible. Proves how effective black and white photos and white space can be.

I would definitely recommend going to see this exhibition if photography is of interest to you,and even if it isn’t,it’s a great exhibition to start off your love for it.

“Everyone will take one great picture. I’ve done better because if taken two”-David Bailey.

So go and take not one beautiful photo,but two. Embrace the beautiful world around you and capture every moment with a camera.

Olivier’s 2014


The Olivier awards took place in Sunday evening in Covent Garden in London.

I was one of the lucky ones who got to go down and watch the action unfold whilst it happened(well on the red carpet anyway).

I often wonder why I sacrifice my Sunday morning lye ins to go up to London and stand around for hours waiting for celebrities. But this time,it all paid off.

I’ve done a fair few red carpet events over the past few years. The NTAs three years in a row and the 2013 baftas and empire awards. All have been brilliant,but the Olivier red carpet on Sunday beat them all hands down.

After taking a break from red carpet events for a year I went on Sunday not feeling very confident(mind you,I never am at these sorts of events, as they can go either go in your favor or against you). This time however,to quote the hunger games ‘the odds were forever in my favor.’

I set off on the train from my Nan’s in Chesham at 8am to Charing Cross where I met my friend Shell from Manchester. We then took a walk along the strand to Covent Garden where we met my friend Hannah and her sister Rosie.

After we had arrived we went and got our numbers for the red carpet(come on lucky 56) before going to chill in Starbucks for three hours to kill time,charge our phones and catch up and chat about who we were most excited to see on the carpet. We also looked on inquisitively at a lady with a guest list and autographs to figure out who else was coming apart from those on the guest list I received the night before.


Once we’d got our coffee and hot chocolate fix we went and got some cookies from Ben’s Cookies(Millie Cookies eat your heart out) before going to sit and wait to be let into the barriers.

Fast forward to 3.30 in the afternoon and we were finally let into the barrier. Now,for me getting a good spot at the barrier is the part I worry about the most,well until the possibility of meeting your favourite celebs pops into your head.

We luckily got to the front of the barrier and a good spot so we could see people when they arrived yet still see up the carpet.


The time went relatively quickly and before I knew it the celebrities arrived. (Not before i took some very bad selfies with shell and Hannah and Laura and Charlie who came strolling up the carpet in their best frocks as they had tickets for the show as apposed to the carpet).




Having been to quite a few productions over the past year I was rooting for Hayley Atwell to win Best Actress for her performance in The Pride,Tom Hiddleston for his performance in Coriolanus and for the cast of Once to win atleast one of the 6 awards they were nominated for(they won two).

They we’re the three people I was most excited to see and meet and I met all three of them. It was also announced a few hours before that James McAvoy(one of my favourite actors since 2005,who I admired but hadn’t met yet was to attend). As soon as I heard that you can imagine my excitement at getting the possibility to meet him along with the other two I wanted to meet.

Many theatre actors and celebrities arrived before the ones I was there too see including Gok Wan, Martin Freeman, Barbra Windsor and Samantha Barks.




20140415-213751.jpgZrinka Cvitesic who plays ‘Girl’ in the musical Once arrived first(unfortunately without Declan Bennett but there’s always the NTAs next year to meet him as he’s now in Eastenders). Zrinka looked beautiful and seemed happy to sign and taking pictures.


James McAvoy arrived not long later looking very dapper in his blue suit and his shades. I told him I loved his work and asked for a picture to which he replied ‘if you’re quick’ and signed my notebook. I took it as though these sorts of events weren’t really his thing as he’s quite a private person but I’m so happy I got the chance to meet him,(especially as Id waited nine years to).




Next to stroll elegantly along the carpet was the beautiful Hayley Atwell dressed in a gorgeous white number. She was escorted by her boyfriend Evan and she too signed for the fans(including me after I had told her how phenomenal her performance in The Pride was) but was unable to take pictures due to time. Still,I’m glad I got the opportunity to tell her how amazing her performance was because it really stuck with me.




Other celebrities arrived on the carpet including Arthur Darvill who most people know as Rory in Dr Who. He’s taken over from Declan playing Guy in Once and I’m sure he’s amazing but I’m going to have to stick with Declan as Guy and Arthur as Rory.


Finally at 6.10 Tom Hiddleston arrived on the carpet to tremendous noise looking handsome in his Alexander McQueen tux. Even though he had just flown in from filming in Toronto he took the time to sign for all of his fans,despite the ceremony starting at 6.30.


When he came over to my side I managed to tell him how amazing his performance was in Coriolanus to which he looked me straight in the eyes and replied ‘Thankyou SO much’ with emphasis on the so. He then took my phone and took two selfies(one of him not smiling,and another one with).


I was going to ask if he received the fanbook I made and sent to him last year but chickened out at the last minute for fear of ruining the experience I had just had.


He then continued talking to his publicist Luke whilst signing. Tom asked if he was tired to which Luke replied ‘not really’. He then said something to which Tom replied ‘like a sleeping lion’.

I also got this picture which I thought was quite funny. It looks as though Luke is dancing and Toms laughing at him.


Anyway enough of the Tom fangirling.

After the carpet had ended myself,Shell,Hannah and Rosie went around to the Piazza where the ceremony was being streamed and Les Miserable and Wicked performed.

I watched until 8.30 before leaving to get my train back to my Nan’s where I watched the highlights of the show before going to bed.

The Olivier’s I can say hands down was the best red carpet I’ve done(accept for the first NTAs where I met and handed Allen Leech the Fanbook for the cast and where he winked at me,but anyway that’s another story).

So much for keeping this blog post professional. Apologises for that.

A really great day spent with lovely people. Thanks to Shell,Hannah,Rosie,Laura and Charlie.


Just a quick blog post to apologise for the lack of updates recently.

I’m currently on Easter break and as of late haven’t had anything interesting to post about.

The good news is is that when I go back to Southampton in a few weeks time I only have the last few bits and bobs to be done.

You can expect more updates next week as this afternoon I’m going to my Nan’s and won’t have wifi until I get home on Tuesday.

Stayed tuned however as tomorrow I’m attending the Olivier awards and next Thursday I’m going to the David Bailey exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery so you can expect full reports on both of those over the coming week.

For now however,I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.