Monday, 15 May 2017

Romwe.com

Hey everyone! Today I thought I would do something different to my first couple posts and do a review on the online store Romwe. I've seen a few YouTube videos on it, and it is always coming up in ads on my Facebook, and then one day I decided to take the plunge and order some bits from there and see how it is. And to be honest, I'm actually really happy with it, minus a couple of things I may be returning.



This sunglasses are so cool! And for £5 I didn't think I could go wrong with them. I've only worn them a few times since getting them, as it isn't too sunny in England yet, but I will definitely be making the most of them over the summer. They came in a decent case, and seem pretty sturdy as well, so I think they are amazing for a fiver.

I just bought this as something to throw on when I don't know what to wear and I absolutely love it! It's so soft and comfy and came a bit over-sized, amazing for how much it is! Really happy with this item as well.


Another item I am over the moon with is this blouse, it's so pretty and it's not like anything else I really own, but I want to own more girly and patterned clothing like this for the summer. It's cropped, which I didn't expect, but I still think it looks lovely, especially when its sunny out.


I was really excited to get this dress, I wanted to wear it horse racing and I thought it would be a really nice material and look really cute. However, the big off the shoulder ruffle doesn't really suit me, and the material was horrible. It kind of looked and felt like a nurses dress for me, I tried to style it with a belt, and this did help the overall look, but I would probably not wear this again as the material is just awful.


This is the first item I saw that made me want to initially order of Romwe, however this item was definitely the most disappointing. It comes in one size, which I thought would be fine, but it was tiny on me. I should have looked at the measurements of it, but it was actually really cropped, the arms weren't long enough and the hood didn't really fit over my head without being uncomfortable. This is probably fine for someone a lot shorter than me, but from the image I just presumed it would be over-sized and baggy, as nowhere in the name of it does it say it is cropped. I am definitely returning this item. 

Although a couple items were disappointing, the rest of the stuff I loved and thought were amazing considering the price and what I've heard about the site. It did take a little while to arrive; I think they must ship from China, to Belgium the onto the UK from there. But because I spent over £40 it was free shipping, which pushed me to buy from there even more. 
Let me know what you guys think of Romwe, have you ever ordered anything from there and what has been like?

Nikki, xxx

****Photo's not mine, taken from Romwe.com 





Monday, 8 May 2017

Studying abroad: my advice

Following on from my last post, I thought I would write a post of some advice I have for anyone who is planning on studying abroad; I only went for one semester but I'm sure some of it will be transferable to people going for a whole year or even for the full 3 or 4 years. 

1. Save up!
This is probably the one thing I regret the most; I didn't realise how much it would cost me and I didn't even think about travelling whilst I was there or afterwards like many of my friends over there had done. Some places probably aren't as expensive, but I went to Canada and found that accommodation (as I was living on Campus) was way more than I was told by my uni, and I know places like America and Australia are even more expensive. You also want to have money so you can do fun stuff while you're there as you should make the most of your time there as well as making the most of your studies. 

2. Know what you need and don't need
When I moved into halls in my first year of uni I literally took everything I owned, but realistically you can't do that when you're going to a different country. When it came to knowing what I did and din't need to bring I was sending a lot of emails to the student adviser at my uni in Canada and I also spoke to my future Canadian roommate about it and she let me use a lot of her stuff to be honest. For example, I didn't bring bedding with me. That's way too much hassle, and it was pretty cheap to buy when I got there. I brought 2 massive suitcases with me to Canada, but they were full of clothes and little things to make my room feel more homey. Living on campus also meant I didn't need to buy any kitchen stuff or food really to be honest.

3. Find people on Facebook and other social medias
My roommate added me on Facebook pretty soon after we found out we would be sharing a room, and it made so much difference as I felt like I already knew her a bit when I got there and met her. The university also had Facebook pages for first year students and students coming from abroad so I was able to find out what kind of people I would be meeting over there. I made so many good friends that I remember seeing on those pages and knew I wanted to be friends with them. 

4. Research the place you're going to
Find out a bit about the place you are going to so you aren't surprised. Where I went I had never heard of, all I knew was that it was the capital city of the province I was in. But after a bit of googling I realised it was not a city like London or anywhere I had been, it was essentially a town. So when I arrived I wasn't too surprised to find it wasn't a massive place and there wasn't masses of people everywhere. Also, some research in places you can visit and sight see whilst there is a good idea; we had plenty of long weekends because of thanksgiving etc, that allowed for people to travel. Or like some of my friends did, road trips on the weekends.

5. Lastly, be open to anything
My last piece of advise is to just say yes to any opportunity you get over there. I was so nervous and worried about going and missing my family and boyfriend so much that I realise I did miss out on some opportunities. But honestly, it's only for a short time and then you'll be back with your loved ones again and you'll want to make the most of it. Go to all the parties and events and experiences you get the chance to, because it's going to be so different and you'll meet so many amazing people that way. I'm pretty luckily that I did make a group of friends I can call my friends for life, who live all over the world, and that's probably the best thing about having gone abroad. 

I hope this helps for anyone who is going abroad or thinking about it. To be honest, I was a bit unprepared in some ways, so this would have helped me. 
Let me know where you guys are going to study, and ask me anything if you need more advise!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My semester in Canada

Hey guys, I thought I would write a little blog post about my semester studying in Canada, last year. I went to Fredericton, New Brunswick from September to the middle of December. New Brunswick is on the east coast of Canada, and Fredericton is it's capital city. It was a beautiful place, especially in the autumn when the leaves were turning, and when it was snowing. I went to the university of New Brunswick, and lived on campus in the biggest house, which had about 200 people I think. It was mad, and there were a lot of things about living in that house that made me feel as if I was in an American movie. I had an amazing time, but I definitely missed home a lot, but I don't regret going for a second. 


Canadian cider is the one, and the pubs they had in Fredericton were really cool and what I imagined Canada to be like.







I had never heard of Poutine until I came to Canada, but it is amazing. And Smoke's Poutine was famous in New Brunswick for its massive range of toppings


The house I lived in on campus 



A doggo we met when doing a charity car wash during O week


The St John river




This place served the best burgers




Christmas tree shopping for the house


The snow came pretty late but when it did come it didn't stop



My first ice hockey game; it was college league but still really impressive. I'm now a follower of NHL and have been to some Elite league games in England.



Fredericton and it's natural side was beautiful and we went on an amazing walk one weekend and got so many nice photos of the trees and surroundings of the city.

The only regret I have is not taking the opportunity to travel Canada more, but it was still an amazing experience, although Canadian university and student life is very different to how it is in England. 

I might make a post on advice I have for anyone thinking of studying abroad or who will be studying abroad soon, let me know if this would be interesting to anyone.

Nikki 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Boston in October

Hi everyone! I thought I would do my first blog post on when I went to Boston for a weekend in October with some friends. It was a fair time ago now but I thought why the heck not show how amazing the city is and how much fun it was. 4 friends and I drove there from Canada, which is where I was studying for a semester, so we were able to drive around Massachusetts as well and go to Salem and Harvard as well as exploring the city. 





On our first full day there we went whale watching, and I don't think I've ever seen anything as amazing as those whales. Unfortunately this was the best photo I got


This is the view from the top floor of the Prudential Tower, it is an amazing building full of shops and places to eat. However, you can pay to take the lift and go to the very top floor which has full glass walls all the way round. The views were amazing, especially at this time of the evening and there was so much you could learn up there about the history of Boston as well. It was well worth the trip up there, even for one of my friends who is terrified of heights. 


Whilst wondering about the city, we went to the Boston park in the city centre. It was massive but absolutely beautiful, I just love this photo of the bridge and the stereotypical Boston buildings behind it. 

We also went to the Boston Red Sox's baseball stadium; I've never played or watched baseball before but it was actually really cool and worth going to



Enjoying a burger at Wahlburgers



Some candid shots of friends whilst we explored the Harvard grounds



We also visited Salem; we went to the witch museums and did all the witchy things and did the walking tour on our. But we also went to this street which was voted the most beautiful street in America, and I can honestly see why. It was super rainy that day, but it added to how beautiful Salem was.

The Salem Witch Museum, whale watching, prudential centre and Red Sox tour were all included in the Boston Go Pass which we purchased - I would recommend this to anyone going for a short length of time and wanting to pack a lot in, it was worth the money and worth looking in to. 

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Boston for a weekend, and I would definitely advise it to anyone. It is a beautiful city, and has so much amazing stuff and I think for my first ever time in the USA it was definitely a great place to start. 

*All these photos were taken on my iPhone

Romwe.com

Hey everyone! Today I thought I would do something different to my first couple posts and do a review on the online store Romwe. I've s...