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Sunday, 30 July 2017

What have I been Up to | Part 1


I haven't done any lifestyle posts in ages, so I thought it would be interesting to introduce a new series. Plus you can get to know me a bit better, and to be fair even I was getting tired of review after review haha!

Graduation
First of all, I recently graduated with a first class honours from University. Honestly, I'm still a bit shocked as I remember starting University what only felt like yesterday, and now I feel like I'm an adult looking back on it all. I did enjoy the various modules I did, but I can't say the heavy workload wasn't tiring! Like a lot of posts I've seen recently, I also didn't think University was all it was made out to be, it wasn't an episode of friends really. There was still a lot of childish behaviour. It was a learning curve, but I'm glad that I had my close friends to go through final year with. I'm also planning on writing about my year out doing work experience, what do you think?

Capsule Wardrobe
Since finishing University, I've probably done around 10 'spring clear outs'. I had a lot of clutter I got rid of (useless lecture slides haha). I also have a wardrobe full of clothes and drawers filled with makeup, yet I often have nothing to wear and I'm still not happy with how my makeup looks or my application skills. Therefore, I've decided to sort of create a capsule wardrobe with a mix of high quality formal and informal pieces, so that I can mix and match. The only problem is good quality is hard to find on the high street nowadays, it's all flimsy, cold shoulder tops!

I also want to get some good makeup staples that I will use everyday. I've still not found the perfect concealer match, I'm also experimenting with correctors but I'm yet to find the one. Hopefully, all the skincare products I'm currently trailing should give me a good result, so there's less need for correctors to cover my hyper pigmentation.


Chaophraya - Restaurant Review
I really want to include more restaurant reviews in these lifestyle posts too, mainly because I love food! We were in the mood for trying something new, and decided to visit Chaophraya. I have a good mix of Thai restaurants around me, and so previously I've been to the Thai Edge and Chi Kitchen (which was amazing, but has since closed down). I LOVE Thai starters, so of course we went for the platter as a starter. Although, the menu was quite confusing as it said £9.95 for the platter but two people minimum, so why not just say the platter is around £20? I did enjoy the spring rolls, however the chicken satay was a bit too dry for me. It wasn't like a marinade like other restaurants I've been too, but more of a coating. The fritters were decent, but I didn't really eat much of the salad. I didn't feel like the starter was really worth it, as in the Chi Kitchen you would be given 3 of each item and the quality was definitely better.


I generally don't get on with Thai mains, especially the curries, the taste just isn't for me. With that in mind, I went for the Chicken stir fry with cashew nuts, does this look like a stir fry to you? Even then it would have been fine but there wasn't much chicken in it, and it was more like a soup with gravy, and I really didn't like the taste of the sauce. The mushrooms and nuts were also too hard to eat, so I didn't really have much of it.


My Sister on the other hand had the spicy fried rice with chicken and basil. Again, there wasn't much chicken in it, and it just tasted of spicy rice (it was a on the greasy side too). The fried egg also tasted a bit too rubbery. Chaophraya is actually more pricier than the other Thai restaurants I've been to, but I really didn't think it was worth it. The starters were mediocre (with the exception of the spring rolls), and I didn't think the mains were up there.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What have you been up to lately?

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84 comments:

  1. Congratulations on graduating! I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe too, as I'm the same as you, as I seem to have lots of clothes, but nothing to wear! Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  2. Congratulations on your graduation! I love update posts so definitely continue doing them!

    Emily xo
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  3. Huge congratulations on graduating, that's amazing news!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  4. Congrats! You've been very busy recently!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

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  5. Congrats on graduating!!!! Welcome to the "real world" like they always say.

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  6. Congratulations on graduating with honors, it's a huge accomplishment!! I'm a huge fan of Thai food, they have such great and complex flavors! :D

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  7. Congratulations on graduating with honors! That's such an amazing accomplishment. I love this new series. It's a great way to see more of your daily life! x

    Kara | karascloset.net

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    1. Thank you, I can't wait to do more xx

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  8. Congratulations on graduating! I'm curious to hear more about capsule wardrobes because I seem to have a lot of clothes but can never find anything to wear xx Nikita

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  9. Wow huge congratulations lovely! You must be so proud xx

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  10. Congratulations on graduation! I know surviving uni is not easy, but nevertheless, you persisted!
    I also LOVE Thai food, but I end up getting Pad Thai. Now you make me wanna go out and get some!

    Hannah
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  11. Congrats on graduating! Would love to hear about your work experience and perhaps your capsule wardrobe? I'm planning to make one as well (since my closet looks like a hot mess a week after i've cleaned it haha) x Sam

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

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    1. I'll definitely start writing that up, and I still need to find some good pieces, I've had no luck yet xx

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  12. Congrats on graduation! The food looks so yummy.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  13. Congratulations on your graduation! I know what you mean about university though, it wasn't really what I expected either but I was proud of myself for finishing. I also am not happy with my wardrobe at the moment and creating a capsule wardrobe with more high quality pieces sounds like a great idea :) x

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    1. You should be! It's a lot harder than they portray it sometimes. xx

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  14. congrats on graduating! I'm actually going to be starting university/ college in around a month, so that will be an exciting change xx Brynn

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    1. Ahh I hope the transition all goes well for you xx

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  15. Congrats on your graduation! I liked this post a lot! Looking forward to reading more of your lifestyle posts.
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  16. It sounds like you've been up to some amazing and productive things, girlie! Congrats on graduating with honors, I know you've got to feel so proud of yourself to know that all your hard work finally paid off! I'd love to see a post on how you adapt to working life, I know you'll do great!

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    Jalisa
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    1. Thank you so much! I was relieved it was over, there's definitely going to be one coming your way xx

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  17. All that food looks so good! And congrats on 1st class honours!!! It's my last semester now and I cant wait to leave :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. Ahh I bet you just want to try it over with now, I was the same xx

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  18. Ooooh, I also got a first class undergraduate degree! You should have studied so much for it, well done! My graduation seems ages ago, it's already been a decade aaaargh! Have you tried the new Bobbi Brown concealer? If your skin isn't dry, maybe go to your nearest counter and try it, I find it to be good :).
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    1. Ahh well done to you too! Thank you :) I tried their corrector but I found their counter too pushy, I might look into it though x

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  19. Congratulations on graduating and with a 1st! That's incredible and one of my goals <3 Definitely would like a post on your work experience and I've been trying a capsule wardrobe where I just stick to 5 colours (black, white, grey, nude and blue) and it's been really working for me <3

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm sure you'll achieve it :) I did hear that it's easy to go for neutral shades as they go with everything xx

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  20. I actually really like laid-back lifestyle posts like this, I feel that they help us to get to know you a little better which is awesome. :) Congrats on your graduation! And the restaurant looks so lovely, I too am not a fan of Thai mains so I know what you mean, but the stir fry sounds great xoxo

    Kay
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    1. Thank you, I enjoyed writing it too :)

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  21. The food looks yummy! And congrats on graduating!! I love chatty posts like this!

    Darriyan xo | http://www.darriyancateland.co.uk/2017/08/welcome-back.html

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  22. grats on graduating with a first class!!! that's a great achievement! I love Thai food too but I haven't been able to find a decent one in Manchester yet...

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    1. Thank you! Oh no, we have quite a bit here x

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  23. Yay, congrats on your graduation! Oh man, and I totally know what you mean about finding the right makeup & clothing pieces. I'm in the same stage now! I feel like I'm getting way better with the clothes, but with my makeup I'd rather finish it up than throw it out, so it's taking some time. I hope you find a concealer that works for you!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Thank you! I just feel like I've accumulated so much, but it's just going to waste! x

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  24. Congrats on graduating dear! Great post and the food looks great ;)

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  25. Congratulations on graduating with first class honors! That is so amazing. :]

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  26. Well done on graduating! Amazing achievement. What a shame about that meal - so disappointing! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  27. Omg congrats on graduating! Such an accomplishment :)

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  28. Congrats on your graduation! Would love to read about your work experience :D I seldom go buy clothes nowadays because most of the clothes from shops I used to love are now really not as great as they once were, like you said, they are all flimsy, cold shoulder tops! Is this a sign of ageing? HAHAH! The Thai food is such a shame. Can't wait for you to do more restaurant reviews! xx

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    1. No, it's not a sign of ageing! I just think shops are only catering for certain trends nowadays, but what about the rest of us! x

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  29. Congratulations on your graduation!! This is huge, well done!!! I want to do a major clearout of my closet too, I have so many pieces that I don't wear anymore and I want to invest in classic every day pieces.

    Yiota
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  30. Congratulations on graduating! I did a huge wardrobe clear out last summer and it was the best thing that I ever did. I have so much space now :)

    Sarah x
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    1. Thank you! I cleared quite a bit out but there's still so much x

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  31. Congratulations on graduating! ♡
    Haniya
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  32. Congrats on graduation!!! (And wow, A+++ on the first!). That restaurant sounds fab and your photos are making me hungry!!

    🍉 Pia
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  33. Aaaah CONGRATS on graduating with a first!!! I recently finished Uni and graduate in the Autumn, I'm both excited and nervous haha. I'm exactly the same with Thai food, I wasn't a great fan but I've really gotten into recently xx

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    1. Thank you! Ah I hope it goes well and congratulations xx

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  34. Woohoo you go girl, well done on graduating, it's so nice to hear you've made a bunch of new friends from the experience too. I really need to sort out my wardrobe but because I don't think I have that much it's harder for me to clear things out as I will be left with one top or something silly haha! I mean I'm all for a few cold shoulder tops but I really want some variety and some 'normal' ones too in my collection. Loved this post!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Aww thank you! Sometimes I feel like I tend to wear the same few tops again and again. I have stuff but it's not really things that you can wear day to day, like a metallic midi skirt, so my wardrobe is actually quite limited xx

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  35. Well done on managing all the spring cleaning! That food looks amazing!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  36. Congratulations!! Your photos are lovely! And the food looks yum!! x

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  37. Congratulations on graduating! Also, great idea about capsule wardrobe/makeup. I can't wait to do a bit of decluttering in my room too!

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  38. Wooohoooo! Congratulations on graduating babe! <3
    The food looks so delicious!
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    Ankita
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  39. Wow congratulations girl on graduating university!! You should be very proud since it's a very big accomplishment to achieve :). I'm also glad you've been working on narrowing down your wardrobe! I think I'm due for another one because I keep looking at my closet and seeing things I haven't worn in years! And wow those dishes have my mouth going...I'm about dinner time here so I'm getting hungry just looking at your photos!

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. Thank you, I was so relieved! Same here, most of my clothes have just been lying there for ages x

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  40. Congratulations on graduating! That is great new! What did you study :)

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  41. Congratulations on Graduating!
    I've always been told that university will be the best experience of my life, but its interesting to know that you don't completely agree with that!

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