//Tips for starting Sixth Form//

Hello! As you probably know by now, I’m studying A Levels here in the UK at a sixth form college. This September I’ll be going into year 13 (eek!) so as I’ve been learning in a sixth form environment for a year now I thought I’d share some advice and tips with you for any of you who will be going into year 12 this September, or in years to come!

Before I start, I have written some posts giving advice about sixth for before, so if you would like some tips on how to manage your work load and revise for exams or want to read about my experience of year 12, then you may want to check out the linked posts as well!

As I do tend to rant quite a lot about A Levels on here, I’m going to be talking more about Sixth Form itself today, because the prospect of starting year 12 at a college or sixth form that isn’t joined to your secondary school can be quite daunting!

Try to relax – everyone is friendly!

know this is much easier said than done, but honestly I was so nervous about starting sixth form that it took me a while to settle in and I didn’t take advantage of the first few weeks as much as I should have done in terms of making new friends. Of course you’re bound to be a little nervous, but it’s important to remember that everyone else is in the same boat. If you’re lucky enough to have friends from secondary school at your sixth form/college, then that’s great – they’ll already make you feel a bit more comfortable, but if not, you definitely won’t be the only person who doesn’t know anyone. It may be hard to believe but people at college are a lot more friendly. For my first week – induction week – I literally didn’t know anyone in my group, and it was scary at first as I was the first to arrive in my allocated classroom for that week, but as soon as more people started to arrive I wasn’t the only one who was on my own and a group of friendly girls sat with me and we hung around with each other for the first week, which really helped! So I would say don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people and try not to let your nerves get the better of you!

Teachers aren’t always intimidating!

When I first started year 12, I did find most of my teachers quite intimidating, purely because I didn’t know them as my college isn’t joined to my old secondary school and the way that A Levels are taught was new to me, so at first it was a little overwhelming when they kept using complicated language that I didn’t understand and it felt like they had high expectations of us already. But really your teachers are there to help you, so if you’re stuck ask! Now I’ve got to know them better, my A Levels teachers are some of the best teachers I’ve ever had and you can have a lot more relaxed relationship with them than at school. Whatever you’re stuck with, they’re always there to help, not to mention they have an incredible knowledge of their subjects!

Enjoy the freedoms of being a Sixth Former

Something important to remember is that as a Sixth Former, you typically will have more freedoms than you had at secondary school. For example wearing your own clothes instead of a uniform and having free periods. I think sometimes this is what makes the whole sixth form experience more enjoyable as you have more freedom to express yourself and more responsibilities. It really helps you to mature and learn to manage your time better as well once you have to decide what the best use of your free periods are.

Try to buy your text books early on up

It’s best to try and get all of your required text books early on in September as otherwise there may be a sudden rush as every A Level student in the country tries to get their hands on the same books, so you have to wait for more copies to be printed (*cough cough* AQA French). Bear in mind that they are expensive though so maybe have some money saved if you can. If you can’t get your hands on the text books however, you could take them out from your sixth form library in the meantime as you don’ want to get behind in your learning.

Sixth form can be expensive

This kind of links in to the previous point, but as well as the cost of text books, there can be other significant costs that you’ll have to pay out when starting and during sixth form. To give you an idea, when I started last year I had to pay out around £120 on my textbooks (for three subjects) alongside £70 for a bus pass for the autumn term (as my nearest college is about an hour away). On top of that, I had to buy lots of stationary that I hadn’t previously needed at school such as ring binder folders, plastic wallets, tonnes of paper and refill pads, folder dividers, French dictionaries ect. and although I can’t remember exactly how much I spent on it all as I didn’t buy it all at once, it was probably around £50-worth of stationary. The good thing is that most of your stationary you can reuse for the next year of sixth form. As well as buyg the basics you need to do your course, there’s also the added cost of clothes to think about as if you go to a sixth form that doesn’t have a uniform like me, then you may find that you don’t have enough clothes to wear everyday or that your clothes (and shoes for that matter) wear out quickly. 

Now I’m not trying to put you off by outlining the costs, but it’s important to be aware of them so you can put some money aside and make sure you have everything you need for sixth form. However, it is worth investigating if your college offers bursaries for low-income families and to see if you are eligible. This has been very helpful for me as it means I get some money each term from the college to cover the cost of books and stationary, as well as them paying for my spring and summer term bus passes. They also paid for half of my trip to Marseille with college which I am so grateful for as although it wasn’t extremely expensive, it definitely helped my parents out to not have to pay for the whole trip. So bursaries are definitely something you should look into if you think you may struggle with the costs of college but as I mentioned before, teachers are friendly so if you are having any financial problems throughout the year, you should definitely seek advice from them and they may be able to help you by loaning you a text book until you can pay for it for example.

Look after yourself

My last tip would be to make sure you’re taking care of yourself too, as well as all your academic needs. Starting college or sixth form can be quite an upheaval and although you may think you’ll be able to cope as you’re older than when you started secondary school, sometimes the stress can affect you in different ways. So of course make sure you’re working hard and meeting deadlines, but don’t forget to schedule in times to meet up with friends or relax at home with a book, because everyone needs a break sometimes and you’ll be able to focus much better because of it!

Well, that’s all my tips for today, all that’s left to say is good luck to anyone starting sixth form and everyone else who’s heading back to school in the next few weeks! If you have any questions about sixth form, then I’m happy to answer them as always. 🙂

//Exploring London; East To West//

Hello! After visiting Royal Holloway University back in June, I decided that I loved being near London and haven’t explored the capital nearly as much as I’d liked to. To be fair, I do live on the other side of the country to London, but now I’m (almost) and adult, it’s much easier for me to travel. So, this summer I’ve been lucky enough to go to London twice – the first time to East London and the second to West London (hope you got that from the title lol).

Some of you may know that in July, London hosted the Parathletics World Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (built for the 2012 Olympics). My family and I love watching sport and as we hadn’t managed to get tickets for the Olympic Park during the 2012 games, we decided to go and watch some Parathletics, and the Olympic Park definitely lived up to it’s hype – the grounds are beautiful and the stadium itself and the atmosphere from the crowd during the Parathletics was magnificent!

Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
Parathletes lining up for the 5000m race
Parathletes lining up for the 5000m race

As the Olympic Park is located in Stratford,East London, we drove past the East London Docklands – Canary Wharf – and through several areas of East London such as Poplar, Newham and Hackney. Whenever I’ve been to London before we’ve always stated in the centre in the tourist-y areas, so going to East London felt completely different. Although East London is considered to be the more deprived region of London, and many of the streets surrounding the bubble of the Olympic Park were covered in more graffiti than I’ve ever seen before in my life, I loved the feel of the region – it had character and after studying East London in geography, it was so interesting to actually see it first hand.

Canary Wharf skyline from a distance
Canary Wharf skyline from a distance

I really enjoyed the time we spent in East London although we didn’t venture far from the Olympic Park (other than when we were driving there and back). I’d definitely love to go back and explore more of the culture there!

After going to London for the Parathletics, I’d definitely caught the London bug and wanted more than anything to return to the city – I just love how it’s so vastly different in all the boroughs and regions and it’s so full of culture and life. So a few weeks ago me and my sister booked tickets with Megabus to go to London again for the day, but this time West London.

After waking up at 5:30 to get the bus at 6:30 then the Megabus itself at 8:15 (because they Megabus left from Bristol so we had to get to Bristol first) last Wednesday, we spent a lovely day in London exploring Chelsea, Westminster and Kensington. We’d never travelled without our parents before so it was a completely new experience, and it was a bit nervewracking, but I’m so proud of us for managing to navigate our way across West London as we walked from Victoria Coach Station to the Natural History Museum – an area we hadn’t been to for about 10 years.

We did get a little lost on the way there but we eventually arrived outside the stunning museum (I couldn’t get any good photos of the architecture though as there were so many trees in front of it!). There were huge queues for the entrance – and I mean huge I’d never seen so many people queuing for something! But we managed to find the back entrance which had a much shorter queue.

Back of the Natural History Museum
Back of the Natural History Museum

The museum was really interesting! Some bits I remembered from when I went years ago,like the human biology bit, but we went in a really cool exhibit about volcanoes and earthquakes (which kind of made me like geography a bit more) and everything space-y. We went in an earthquake simulator (where I attempted to film it but almost fell over when sorting out the camera because the floor started moving unexpectedly). It was set out like a Japanese supermarket and the lights went out and everything was shaking on the shelves, it was quite scary but having never been in an earthquake I’m not sure how realistic it was.

Part of the earthquake simulator shop
Part of the earthquake simulator shop

We also saw the blue whale skeleton which has replaced the diplodocus that had been in the main hall for years previously – it was really cool! We didn’t manage to look round the whole museum because it was HUGE, despite spending hours in there!

Blue whale skeleton
Blue whale skeleton

After we’d finished looking round, we had about an hour before we needed to head back to the coach station, so as it was sunny and hot we wandered down the road past Imperial College London into Hyde Park. We didn’t venture far into the park but it was so nice to sit in the shade by the Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall and relax.

Albert Memorial in Hyde Park
Albert Memorial in Hyde Park

I think my favourite part of the day was walking back to the coach station, as we used Google maps to navigate our way and it took us a different way to we came in the morning. Honestly I felt a bit out of place because we were walking through what felt like a really posh area of London. I mean, there streets were lined with towering white houses with balconies covered with plants and flowers (a.k.a. what I imagine Paris to be like).

Also there were hotels with posh cars outside and chauffeurs. Not to mention we walked past Harrod’s which LOOKS LIKE AN ACTUAL PALACE (we had to look it up on Google maps because we couldn’t work out why there would be a palace in the middle of the highsteeet and then ofund out it was Harrod’s). All the shops were really posh too – I loved this Harvey Nichols window display with suticases with wings.

I was sad to leave the city behind at the end of the day but I was shattered after getting up so early and spend 8 hours in total traveling. However I was so impressed with the Megabus coach service,considering it’s so cheap! We also stopped off at Heathrow airport to pick people up on the way back and as I’d never been before I was overwhelmed by how huge it was! I was glad to get home at last and go to sleep but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in West London,which was so different in comparison to East London, but I enjoyed and loved both visits to the city just the same!
Have you been to London recently? Where’s your favourite place to go? 

//Reviewing My Summer Study Goals//

In hindsight, I probably should have written about my goals at the beginning of summer AND THEN written the review…but hey this is me we’re talking about and I’m not that organised, especially when it comes to blogging.

Anyway, a couple of weeks before the summer holidays, I started to make a list of things I needed to do over the summer for my A Levels, and now it’s nearing the end of the summer (two weeks left for me!!), I thought I’d write up the review and see how many of my goals I actually completed, and which ones I’m going to have to cram into the last few weeks.

This post is scheduled as I’m currently away in Yorkshire for the week, so hopefully whilst I’m away I’ll be cracking on with some of these goals still!


Despite not having a teacher for 1/3 of the year, I was surprisingly not too behind on history, as I’d managed to catch up in time for exams, so I didn’t have too much of the first year of A Levels to do over the summer.

Make a keyword glossary – I actually did this fairly early on in the summer. it didn’t take long but I wanted to make sure I had it ready for next year as during GCSEs I found glossaries really helpful for revising history.

Organise history folder with sticky flags – again this didn’t take long – I also transferred my notes into lever arch files.

Write up Holocaust notes – the Holocaust isn’t an examined module in the history spec I’m doing, but this year we’ll have to write a 4,000 word piece of coursework on it, so we spent the last few weeks of term brushing up on our Holocaust knowledge, during which I took notes which consequently needed to be rewritten.

Holocaust reading list – well, let’s face it I was never going to read all 12 of the 400-1200 page books on the reading list for the coursework, but I have started to read Hitler, The Germans and The Final Solution by Ian Kershaw, which will give me views from one historian to cite in my coursework, so that’s something. I chose this book mainly because it’s the shortest on the list at 400 pages and it’s divided into three sections, only one of which is relevant so I don’t actually have tonnes to read!


Geography is one of those subjects where there is always work you need to do and copious amounts of course content that’s impossible to teach in the the timescale given, so it’s fair to say I had a lot to catch up on (along with needing to re-discover my love for the subject because I’m fighting the urge to drop it – even though I can’t realistically as I wouldn’t be able to get into uni with two A levels). As with history, I’d managed to make my way through the two text books (well, skim-reading the second one) before exams, so I’d got those out of the way, but there was other stuff I needed to catch up on, as well as making a start on my fieldwork.

Catch up on first year online resources – hahaha yeah I’ve kind of decided to abandon this one. My theory is if I could get my target grade in the end of year exams without trawling through the pages of “extra knowledge” that my teacher has put together for us, I don’t really need it. I mean, it would probably would be helpful, but it’s just so time consuming and I can’t find the motivation for geography at the moment. besides, I would only be giving myself even more content to revise for next years exams, when I’ve already got 4 textbooks to revise from as well as an A Level maths workbook.

Go through geography maths – as mentioned above, the new A Level geography has a maths element requiring you to be able to use some of the skills taught in A Levels maths, and because we had to TEACH OURSELVES the maths last year, I had intentions of going through it this summer to make sure I understand it. But, I just can’t bring myself to do it. My GCSE maths skills a fading away quicker than you can say pythagoras and every time I try to tackle the maths I get frustrated because I just don’t understand it, or why we’re being examined on it. I mean, I may try to do it before the end of sumer – I hope I do – but for now it’s just one of those things I’m hoping will magically disappear if I ignore it for long enough.

Background reading and introduction chapter for fieldwork – I think this is my only “homework” I’ve been set for the summer from geography, and I have started it but it’s just so time consuming! I’ve probably spent around 6-8 hours working on it already, after trying to make sense of the 50 billion  different ways the resources our teacher gave us think is “the best way” to structure the coursework. I mean, honestly geography, where is your consistency?? I haven’t done much in the way of reading, because there isn’t much to read up on my location of study because it’s so small and insignificant, and also the reading is only used to back up knowledge in the introduction, but because I don’t know how to write the introduction, I don’t know what to read up on. In fact, I did write a draft introduction that was reasonably presentable, but then I decided to completely change my fieldwork hypothesis because I wasn’t happy with the one I chose at first. So I’ve had to start writing it again, and honestly there is only so long you can go on writing about how pebbles are deposited on beaches and how the depth of the seabed affects the energy of waves breaking on the shore. I’m going to have to finish this by September though so I’ll definitely be working more on this in the coming weeks.

Collect more fieldwork data – finally a geography thing that I have actually (somewhat) done!! I spent two days at the beaches I’m researching collecting data – and enough of it to be able to calculate statistically accurate averages (which included measuring the length, width and depth of over 100 pebbles). The only thing I need to do, is to finish shading a field sketch, so I’m going to class this as complete because that won’t take me long.


As I talked about before, French is something I wanted to keep up over the summer so I didn’t forget it. Although I haven’t been speaking it as much as I’d have liked to, I did set myself goals for reading, writing and listening.

Think about French research project – you would have thought just thinking about something would be an easy goal to meet, and I have definitely thought about what I would like to do my research project on next year, but I would like to narrow it down to one idea by the end of summer. Basically, for next years speaking exam, one part consists of me giving a presentation (in French) on a topic I have researched and then having a discussion with the teacher for 10 minutes, so it needs to be a topic that is sort of controversial or something you can have opinions on. We will be starting the research in March, but my teacher advised to think about what topic we would like to do now so it’s easier when we get to researching it. So far I’ve come up with the ideas of researching the French occupation during WW2 (because that’s the topic of the French set text I’m currently reading and it’s quite interesting) or the role of minority languages in France (because I wrote in my personal statement that that’s what I’m interested in  – in all seriousness, we study le verlan and l’argot last year, which are forms of French slang, and it was really cool!).

Read Un Sac de Billes in French – I AM SO HAPPY I FINISHED THIS. It was such a long read, and although I enjoyed the book, I sort of lost motivation towards the end because reading in French can be exhausting and I just wanted to read YA fiction.

Read A Bag of Marbles in English – I have to read the set text (above) in English too to make sure I understand it, so I’m making steady progress through that.

Finish La Haine scrapbook – this took me almost a month but I got there in the end! Basically, we are studying this film in French and I decided to consolidate my notes into a scrapbook with drawings and everything so when it comes to revising next year, it’s a bit more fun.

Go through Year 1 grammar book – the first year of French A Level was very grammar-heavy, but we didn’t go through it in the same order as the book, so i basically read back through it and made sure I had notes on everything we were supposed to cover and ordered my little grammar flashcards in the right order.

Update French vocab book – something I did all year during French was write down new words I’d learnt in class in the margins of paper with the intention of writing them up into a little notebook that I bought specifically for this purpose, but I sort of gave up writing them in the notebook halfway through the year so I took some time to go back through my notes and do this.

Write up “y” and “en” rules – this is basically grammar rules we did in the last week of term, and as I went away to Marseille with college as soon as term was over, I didn’t stick to my usual habit of rewriting my notes a few days after the lesson.

Watch two French films – this was a task my teacher set us as homework, and I’m halfway there! I watched Sage Femme at the cinema with my friend, which was so exciting to see a French film surrounded my fellow French-learners, and I almost bought La Belle et La Bete (the original 1940-something version of Beauty and the Beast) from HMV last week but was talked out of it because I could get it cheaper online. So to complete this I’m either going to have to buy some French films online or hope that I can find one on freeview.

Read 2 French books – well, I read Un Sac de Billes which counts as one, and technically I haven’t read a second (I bought Le Soleil Est Pour Toi – the French version of I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson whilst I was in Marseille, but I haven’t got round to reading it yet) but I have read a copy of Ca M’intéresse (please excuse my inconsistent use of accents) magazine which I also bought in France, so I’m going to count that. AHHH HANG ON I’VE JUST REMEMBERED – I also read Le Petit Prince which is a really cute French children’s book too (it was so short I forgot about it lol).

Make a travel scrapbook of the Marseille trip – because I don’t go abroad often, I like to make scrapbooks of the trips to consolidate all my memories, photos and other little bits and bobs I picked up during my travels. It’s also relaxing as I like doing arty stuff to de-stress. I’ve started the scrapbook and done a bout three or four pages, I just need to motivate myself to do some more haha.

General goals

Personal statement first draft – ahhh personal statements, my (and every other 6th formers) arch enemy. Basically, it’s an essay-like piece of writing you have to write to accompany your university application, explaining why you are interested in your chosen course, what skills you have gained from A Levels ad what you will gain from the course, as well as relevant extra curricular things you’ve done and your aims for the future. The tough bit is trying to fit that all into the 4000 character limit. But!! After literally hours of writing, redrafting, and editing, I think I finally have a copy I am ready to hand in to my teachers in September, so they can give me feedback. Not going to like I am a bit nervous to let them read into my thoughts and hopes for the future (mainly because I want to go into teaching but don’t want to admit it to my teachers because I don’t think they’d believe I could do it) but it has to be done I guess. I just have to change one smallllllll thing – he course title I refer to within my personal statement. It’s a bit difficult though because you have to make it clear which course you want to study, but I’m applying for two different courses – French and Politics and European and International Studies. Whilst they are essentially the same course, I don’t want to keep using the terms “French and politics” and put off the admissions staff of the other course (which happens to be my preferred university), but it shouldn’t take too long hopefully! Otherwise I’ll just ask my tutor what I should do when college starts again, but overall my statement is basically finished (for the purpose of the post).

Make a revision time capsule for next year – I did this fairly early on in the summer and I’m hopefully going to do a separate post on this soon! Basically, because A Levels are now linear, next summer I’ll have to take exams on last years content as well as this year to come, so I decided to make some really good quality revision notes for all my subjects and put them in a sort of “time capsule” which I will then “open up” next year and use to revise from.

Okay! So, overall I’ve completed a grand total of 12 goals, am halfway through 6 and haven’t started 2. I think we could all tell by the end of that that me and geography aren’t really “friends” at the moment haha. Anyway, thank you for reading, I’m sorry this turned into basically a massive rant about A Levels, but it does make me feel better knowing that I’ve completed over half of my goals this summer and will hopefully have done more by the time I go back to college.

Did you set yourself any goals for this summer? How are you getting on with them? 


//DIYs to help you stay organised//

Hello! Recently I’ve been loving doing crafty stuff, and have turned my hand to making some bits and bobs that help to keep my room organised and to keep ME organised when school arrives in the next few weeks.

I always like to try to keep my room tidy, but over the past few months the amount of clutter has been growing and growing, so I decided it was time to have a bit of a tidy up because having an organised room will (hopefully) encourage me to be more organised and relaxed instead of despairing everything I walk into my messy room.

So as well as making some school-related DIYs to add to my room, I’ve also made some things that help to tidy up the clutter.

Monthly calendars

A while ago Janet wrote about how she stays organised at university and advised the use of calendars, and as I usually just rely on a small pocket-sized diary to scribble down deadlines and other notes, I thought I’d give it a go. As I didn’t want to go out and but a calendar (and i would only be able to use it until the end of December before buying a new one) I decided to make my own monthly calendar printouts. There are loads available for free on line, but I just simply opened up Microsoft word and made my own.

As don’t have a notice board, I often use my wardrobe as a place to display things, so it was the perfect place to put them. Monthly calendars are so useful as you can write all your deadlines on there and it’s very easy to see when you have important dates coming up, even if they are a few months away, so you don’t end up procrastinating and leaving them until the last minute (in theory). I’ve decided to display four months at a time, as the acedemic year can be divided into three “chunks”: September-December, January-April and May-July (and also it just looks nice with four), but you can display however many you want at one time. The good thing about having calendars in your room is that when you wake up and go to bed, you’ll be able to check all your deadlines and stay up to date, so there’s less chance you’ll forget something important.

(If you would like a copy of the monthly printouts I made, comment your email down below and I’ll send them over!)


As I mentioned before, memos are a great way to stay organised. They don’t take up much space and are always handy for more taking and to-do lists. Last year I didn’t have lessons on Wednesday and Friday, so I used to stay at home and study and the one thing I could have done with is some memos to write up my to-do lists for the day. Although you can buy some really cute memos and sticky notes, I decided to reuse an old notebook by ripping out all the unused pages and cutting them down into quarters. I then fastened them with a bulldug clip to hold them together. It’s so easy to do and it’s great to reuse old stationary, plus you don’t feel guilty about getting rid of them after you’ve used them!

Earring box

This is less directly related to school, but it’s still a great way to stay organised! I don’t know about you but one thing that used to stress me out was having loads of packets of earrings and no way to store them – I literally just had a draw full of them and it was such a mess. However, yesterday I cleared out a load of of earrings and made this little box for the ones I am keeping. It was very easy to make – I just used one of the many jewellery boxes I had that had one set of earrings in (such a massive box, can you believe it) and rolled up some face wipes I’d had for ages that had dried up to create the ridges, then poked the earrings in between. It’s so much neater having them all in one box, and I think it looks really cute too.

Storage pots

This is probably the simplest DIY ever. Whilst clearing out my room, I came across two small round pots that had gems in (first picture) that you’re supposed to stick on your nails. Although I didn’t want the gems any more, the pots were too cute to throw away so I’ve repurposed them and they’re the perfect size to store spare earring backs in (because they always come in handy!).
The second picture shows a bigger plastic pot which used to be a box for cake cases. Before I found this my bobby pins and hair bands were all jumbled up in a draw and it was such a pain to find what I wanted, so I found this little pot and am using it to store them in, which is so much neater!
So, that concludes the DIYs I’ve made recently! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and if you have any DIYs to recommend, please do so in the comments – I love making new things!

(Also it’s almost autumn and I’m sooo excited, it’s by far my favourite season! I was thinking about doing some sort of back to school posts about advice for starting sixth form and maybe a what I wear to sixth form fashion post, so if you’d be interested then please let me know! (I’ll probably end up doing them anyway haha). Also I’m always open for collabs/guest posts – I feel like I don’t say that enough, so if you would be interested get in touch).

//Blogger Aesthetic Tag//

Hello! The other day the lovely Michelle nominated me to do this tag! I love spending hours making aesthetics over on my tumblr so of course I couldn’t wait to do this tag!

The Rules:

  1. Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  2. Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  3. Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  4. Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  5. Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).


  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes.


So, here’s the aesthetic I made! I’m quite happy with how it turned out, it includes thinks that I love like reading, travelling, art, French, the colour yellow, but also some quotes that I could relate too, and the top left picture looks a bit like my shadow and reminds me of my love of sunsets and taking shadow photography. I used a sort of yellow, pink, blue/green pastel theme as well because I have a soft spot for pastel colours. Also the rainbow flag represents my sexuality, which is obviously an important part of my personality.


So there we go, I hope you liked that. 🙂

I’m not going to nominate any specific people, but if you want to do this tag then consider yourself nomiated!


//Tour de Bristol; an artsy guide to the city//

Hello! I’ve always been a creative person, however since A levels became such a major a part of my life, I’ve neglected my arty side and found myself reaching for a paintbrush or my sketchbook much less then I’d like to (*sobs*). 

But! The wonderful Michelle from The Writing Hufflepuff recently started a new series called The Artsy Hufflehoe, where she discusses art exhibitions she has visited recently in Amsterdam, and I absolutely love it! Although there aren’t as many art  a galleries where I live because I don’t live near a capital city, I do live near Bristol, which is such a multicultural city with a vibrant art scene. Michelle’s​ posts have inspired me to explore Bristol’s artsy side (instead of just staying in the shopping quarter haha – when your friends don’t appreciate art rip me) and as Bristol has become my favourite place to relax and escape the small-town-bubble that I usually live in, I was excited to see a different side to the city.

I’ve been to Bristol many times, due to living in Somerset, yet I still haven’t seen the entirety of it! But recently I ventured into the city with my mum and we visited a few of the museum’s and galleries, as well as discovering some of the outdoor art and just general pretty places! 

However, my artsy adventure is no where near finished, so as well as sharing some places I have already been, I’m going to share some things I would like to do and see over the coming months.

The MShed

The first place we went was the MShed (there’s a bit of a theme in Bristol – there’s an MShed, a Cashed, a Watershed – I could go on – basically, all the “sheds” line the harbourside which used to be part of the busy dockyard there and vital to trading, and they’ve now been converted and modernised). The MShed is a free museum documenting the history of the city. You may be wondering how this is artsy, well, let me explain. The way exhibits are presented in the museum is very modern and intuitive – my favourite but is the little model boats in glass blocks in the shed doors, so when you look out you can see the harbourside. (The boats were painted but it was hard to get a photo to show that!)

There was also an exhibition in the second floor, about democracy, fighting for minority rights and a slave trade memorial. Throughout the exhibits there were artworks, often with a political message behind them, this was my favourite!

On the third floor they house temporary exhibits. When we went it was an exhibit on skeletons, which was a bit gruesome, but sometimes they have art exhibitions there!

The Arnolfini

Next we headed to one of Bristol’s most renowned art galleries. I hadn’t been to many galleries before – I have vague recollections of going to the Tate Modern when I was quite small, and a gallery in Cardiff when I was at secondary school, but I guess I was too young for them to have made an impression then. However I really enjoyed the gallery. I loved how one artists exhibition takes over the whole gallery, and there’s loads of little – and big – rooms to explore. 

The exhibition we saw was The Stars Were Aligned For A Century Of New Beginnings by Egyptian artist Basim Magdy. Magdy is a visual artist, so a lot of his works comprised of video clips of his travels where he used different chemicals on the film and experimented with light leaks to give the clips different overlays of colours and patterns. The first thing I noticed about his artwork is that it was quite pessimistic about life, and it was interesting to see the world from that perspective. My favourite clip was on rules of life, where he used tulips with faces drawn on and many other interesting objects as props. The rule that was most poignant to me was along the lines of “don’t pretend to love nature and the environment, we’re all aliens here” – it really made me think.

Another of my favourites was this collection of his works – some of the captions were very interesting, for example:

Sometimes I wish the sky above was a mirror, he said, instead, all the facism, impression and lost lives evaporate into clouds that are only capable of reflecting massive fires.

It just really made me think about the world in a different way, and how much we can learn by reflecting on ourselves.

In the reading room at the top of the gallery, there were questions asked by Magdy on the walls, and people had left there responses on little cards, which I loved reading!

College Green

After visiting the gallery, we wandered round the city, exploring places we wouldn’t normally go. Collage Green is in the university quarter, and when we went it was graduation, so there were tonnes of graduates in their gowns and mortar boards chilling on the grass in the sun. Whilst College Green is very pretty, it’s only once a year it gets turned into a work of art as graduates hang their old shoes from the branches of trees – it was actually quite pretty to look at.

May have just taken this​ photo because there was a pride flag in the distance (that you probably can’t see, tragic)

St Nicholas MarketMarkets are always full of creativity, with people selling handmade goods at every corner, and this was no exception. St Nicholas Market is a permanent market housed in a lovely building (honestly, the curling was so pretty with sculptures and fairy lights, I wish I’d taken a picture!). I went to a little textile shop, because I needed some lace edging for the hem of a dress I’d made into a top, and there was so much choice! It was so lovely.

The Watershed

I actually visited this a few weeks earlier, but thought I’d include it as well! The Watershed is an independent cinema, that shows films from all around the world and is certainly a hub of cinematic arts. I watched a french film here with a friend, and it was brilliant! Plus, the staff are really friendly!

Future visits

So, that’s just a small selection of Bristol’s artsy attractions, but there is so much more I want to see!

  • Spike Island (a contemporary art gallery on the edge of the city centre).
  • Grayson Perry’s The Most Popular Exhibition Ever! (Which is coming to The Arnolfini in September I think!)
  • Bristol Museum and Galleries (I’ve been before but haven’t been in the galleries).
  • Banksy street art tour (Bristol is home to Banksy and if course many other amazing street artists – I’ve seen a few and they are incredible, so I think I’m well overdue a tour).

That’s it for now! Have you ever been to Bristol? Or explored art in other cities? Let me know below!

//lgbtq+ music I’m loving//

So…I missed Pride month 😥 I mean, June was a very busy time for me with exams and university applications and exams and open days and exams, so I didn’t have time to write anything on here for Pride, which I’m sad about but hey ho.

But! I thought I’d share some lgbtq+ artists and songs that I’ve been loving recently (I say recently, but I’ve been listening to them for months). Most of these were recommended to me by awesome blogger friends, and I’m very grateful because I’ve found some artists that I absolutely adore and can’t imagine how I lived without them (*cough cough DOUWE*). Some of these artists I’m not sure what their orientation is, but they have some songs with lgbtq+ themes, so I thought I’d include them anyway.

Anyway, without further or do, here are some of my lgbtq+ music faves!

Hayley Kiyoko // wlw

I have so much love for Hayley Kiyoko, her songs are so…gentle? And pure? I have quite a few favourite tracks of hers, of course Pretty Girl and Girls Like Girls which are probably her most popular (?) but I also really love Cliffs Edge and Grave to Tempo and the whole Citrine EP ❤

Douwe Bob // bisexual

LOOK AT THE DOG (and Douwe of course)

Douwe is my Eurovision bae. He competed for The Netherlands back in 2016, and I fell in love! His music is so relaxing and calming, but also very catchy! I do wish he sung more of his songs in Dutch though, because Dutch sounds so nice when it’s sung, but netherless he is a very talented artist (who has very cute dogs). He Ho of Bi is one of my favourite lgbtq+ songs ever (the title basically translates as heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual – credits to Michelle for introducing this song to me and for sharing my love of Douwe!!), and I’d highly recommend watching the music video if you can to understand the Dutch better (plus it’s so cute). Both his albums Pass It On and Fool Bar are worth a listen too!

Christine and the Queens // pansexual

What a beauty!!

Okay, so this is turning out to be international music faves as well as lgbtq+, so here is some beautiful queer French music to add to the party! I think I first came across Christine and the queens when Tilted was a big it in the UK, but since she came up in my French listening exam (French exams are rad), I decided to check out more of her music, and she definitely doesn’t disappoint! I really love iT which discusses gender and is just generally such a jam!

Ingrid Michaelson // lgbtq+ lyrics

Ingrid Michaelson – Tickets – The Lincoln Theatre – Washington ...

Although I’m unsure of her sexuality, Ingrid Michaelson’s song Girls Chase Boys (chase girls) is such a beautiful song with lgbtq+ themes. The Way I am is also a joy to listen to.

Shura // gay

Shura: Star of hit single Touch explains why she chose music instead ...

Shura!! Her music is so pretty and peaceful – I especially love 2Shy and Tongue Tied, but she has so many other songs that are so relaxing and just generally nice to listen to! (Shout out to Elly for introducing me to her and the next artist a while ago!)

The Internet // lgbtq+ lyrics

The Internet Pictures | MetroLyrics

I’m going to finish of my faves list with The Internet. A lot of there music is quite slow and gentle, which is also very relaxing to listen to. Again I’m not entirely sure of their sexualities, but lead vocalist Syd’s sings Girl beautifully and I just love her voice! Somthing’s Missing is another of their songs which I love.

So, that’s a round up of some of my fave lgbtq+ artists and songs. Of course there a loads more and more well-known artists who represent the lgbtq+ community, but these are the ones that I really love and can really connect with. If you have any more recs or faves, feel free to share them below 🙂