The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Length: 371 pages
Published: October 2009

My Week #2

The Fault In Our Stars movie tickets // Yankee Tarts for my dad's birthday present // The Maze Runner review notes // Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar // New Primark Flatforms // Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Bedroom Details

One of my favourite things in my bedroom is my Ikea Alex Bookcase. I'll probably do a post on the whole case itself when I'm 100% happy with the way it's being used, but until then I thought I'd share what I keep on top of it!  

New Bedroom Storage

One of my favourite places to scour for hidden gems is Home Bargains. The make-up selection is a bit outdated & useless, but their home décor pieces are gorgeous. I find that the best place to look (other than, obviously, the home décor section) is the kitchen section. They have all sorts of cute little dishes and plates, as well as pretty glass storage jars - which is what I'm going to show you today.

Mini Haul | Primark, Poundland & Charity Shops


Today I thought I'd share with you some of the things I've picked up recently. They were all bought on separate occasions but I thought I may as well throw them all together in one mini haul! First, I visited Primark. I did actually pick up a few clothing items which I am very happy with (I shared a pic of one on my Instagram), but I also picked up this gorgeous skull & floral design notebook and pretty little hair accessory. I don't really know what to call it - it's kind of a decorative hairband that you put around your hair when it's in a bun. If that makes any sense. It was only £2 and I thought it would be a quick and easy way to jazz up my hair for summer. Paired with shorts, a basic tee and some sunnies you're good to go! The notebook was a bit of an impulse buy - just look how pretty it is. I really didn't need another notebook, but what's a girl to do? It was £1.50 so I couldn't walk away without it. Really.
Next, on a little trip to Keynsham with my mum and sister, I picked up this cute ceramic jewellery holder in a charity shop. It was just £1.50! Bargain. The tree-like part in the middle is perfect for hanging rings, whilst the surrounding plate is now home to stud earrings. Finally, I snagged a Maybelline Baby Lips in my local Poundland! I was so happy, as it has SPF 20 which is a must for this weather. I wouldn't usually think to protect my lips from the sun, but as the skin is so fragile I'm definitely going to make an effort this year.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 278 pages
Published: 2009 (2011 UK Release)

This was one of those books that I didn't know existed and yet had been somehow surrounded with quotes from it without realising. The writing is that beautiful and lyrical in this novel that snippets can be found all over Pinterest and Tumblr. Naturally, as soon as I realised that these golden lines were actually part of a book I headed straight to my nearest Waterstones and picked it up. I couldn't wait for online delivery, I wanted it now.

My Week #1

Current TBR stack // Currently Reading: The Maze Runner by James Dashner // First attempt at drawing! // my beloved Deathly Hallows necklace // my fave Shakeaway // Primark & Lush haul
This week. It's been a bizarre one. Monday was stressful/exciting as it was my last day at college! I finally signed off my final two practical assessments and now it's official - I'm fully qualified in Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3! I'm not planning on taking much away from the course, aside from the skincare and massage which is something I'd be interested in specialising in if I ever took the beauty-route for my career. The rest of the week was quite mellow, although there were a few mental breakdowns scattered across the days. I took two trips into town which I was really proud of - my anxiety is a little temper-mental with large crowds - and I picked up a few lovely things in Primark, as well as the Comforter Bubble Bar in Lush which I frickin' adore. Probably one of my favourite Lush products. I also finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth and started The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I'm not planning on putting up a review for Insurgent as practically everyone has read it, but I must say it's a million times better than Divergent, both plot- and writing-wise. I wont say much on The Maze Runner because I'll hopefully be uploading a post on it as soon as I finish!
I hope you all had a wonderful week!
Posts this week:
- The Post Education Panic - I talked about the thoughts/feelings/pressures that accompanied my end of college milestone.
 - The Reading Habits Tag - I joined in with the Reading Habits Tag & discussed my favourite ways to read.

The Post-Education Panic

Yesterday marked my last official day in education. For those of you who didn't know, I studied Beauty Therapy for two years starting September 2012, using up my last two free education years. I didn't have much of an interest in the beauty side of things - I chose the course as I'd be put into situations dealing with the general public and I thought it would help me battle my anxiety issues. Two years later, I've finally finally finished the course and I was overwhelmed by the sheer fact that I'd completed it whilst dealing with those issues that still cling to me today.
So yes, at first, I was ecstatic. But as the night crept on, the question of 'what am I going to do with my life?' well and truly began to circulate. And I have to admit, it's giving me some problems.
All around me, people my age are getting jobs and cars and going on group holidays with their friends. My anxiety doesn't allow me to get into a car without some panic and I wouldn't even dream of going abroad with just a few girlfriends, so it's making me feel really unsettled that everyone else seems to be carrying on with all the things I'm told I should be doing. But I know what my limits are and I know what I can handle, so why should I, when I'm already trying my best, push myself too hard for things I don't even want?
I saw this quote on Pinterest that made me think of things a different way:
And it made me realise that I shouldn't really care what other people think and expect me to do. It's my life. And no, I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. And I don't know where I want to work and I don't know where I want to be. But I'm only 19 years old and I only have one official day of non-education life behind me. And I'm thinking (and hoping) that I'll have some time to figure things out before I'm pushed into adulthood. There are things I need to work out - my anxiety being one of them - but I'm taking one step at a time and as one of my favourite quotes from JRR Tolkien says "Little by little, one travels far." Trying to figure everything out at once is confusing and overwhelming, so I think it's best to just work out the things that can be sorted and then go from there. And in the meantime, troll Pinterest for inspirational quotes.
What are your guys' thoughts on this topic? Do you ever feel pressured to do things other people are doing? I'd love to hear your views!

What's On My Bookshelf #1

As a nod to the classic 'What's In My Bag' post that is always making the rounds in the fashion and beauty blogging community, I thought I'd do a little 'What's On My Bookshelf' post. This shelf is part of my tiny Ikea Alex unit that I keep next to my bed and is where I keep all of my current TBR books, along with five of my favourites for a re-read. The books on this shelf rotate regularly, depending on what I am reading/want to read next.