Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Being a Late Bloomer.

Today's post is inspired by a video I watched a few months ago where a girl just slightly older than me was discussing the idea of being what she called a 'late bloomer'. She was talking about how it took her an extra few years than other people to get to university and do the kinds of things her friends were doing with their lives. What she was saying really struck a chord in me because she was basically describing a lot of feelings I've been having for the past year or so.  

This year is my fourth year at college. I don't have bad grades, just an indecisive mind and in a lot of ways I've never felt confident enough at things I should of been pursuing. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that photography is my thing, but it took me a long time to realise that I could do something with it. It sounds cheesy but having a blog and reading really lovely comments about my images was the first time I'd really been complimented on my photographs. When I was around 14 my first experience with photography was borrowing my dad's cheap Lumix digital camera and I took loads of photographs of plants in my garden. I showed them to one of my friends who was really into photography and he told me they were rubbish. So being the impressionable teen that I was I decided to not bother with photography and it really wasn't until I started blogging that I really took it seriously again. 

I'm in my second year of doing a photography A Level and I've only in the past week felt good enough for what I really want to do with my life. The past few years have been rough for me in many ways but I do believe life has its own timings and sometimes we have to wait longer for things we feel should of come along sooner. I went to my first university interview yesterday and was a complete ball of nerves. Even though people have been giving me pep talks for the past week I still felt like I wasn't good enough to go to university. I sat down with my interviewer and before I even opened my portfolio he told me how impressed he was with everything I had done outside of college, I was stunned but still nervous as he'd not seen my work yet. I opened my portfolio and he actually complimented a lot of my images. Long story short something I was very stressed about turned out to be a lovely experience and this morning I checked my emails to find an offer from that very university! 

I can't quite believe it to be honest with you but I'm so happy and it's suddenly become very real that I can go to university this year. 

So being a late bloomer if you want to call it that. I'm still only 20, I have plenty of time to do the things I want to do. My friends may be already doing things I'd like to be doing, but here's the thing having more time isn't a bad thing. Yes in that moment you may be down and dwelling on missing out on things, but in reality you're not. Sometimes we have to play the waiting game in life, I've been miserable for the past 4 years but since setting myself goals in the past year it's really motivated me to work hard now for what's to come later. 

I know this wasn't the most typical of posts but blogging for me isn't just about sharing products I like and nice things that I'm up to. Sometimes I simply think about what I would of needed to hear a year or so ago and I have to make a post that reminds me and any of you that things do get better x

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Hello 2016.

So it seems 2016 is finally here. I for one can't fathom where exactly 2015 went but I am excited for a new year like never before. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that my college experience has lasted way longer than I anticipated (purely due to my indecisiveness). But this year I am definitely finishing and I may be finished by spring time! I'm also starting the new year carrying on the job I got in December and I may actually be going to University after this summer! 

I generally suffer from seasonal affect disorder at this time of year and it can be hard to be optimistic and excited about anything. But I genuinely feel like I have things to look forward to especially where friendships are concerned, and I can't wait for the summer time again. However January is going to be a busy and stressful month for me. Not only do I have work five days a week and coursework deadlines for the end of the month, I also have a tonne of pre interview work for the Universitys I'm applying for and will be popping down for my first interview next week. 

So inevitably this corner of the internet won't be getting too much of my attention but I do have a few things planned. After January my goal is to get my s**t together and finally get organised with everything. I'll only have a couple of interviews to prepare for alongside work and I should be able to handle my exam work a lot better than my major project. 

Thanks for all your support in 2015. I know I've been a bit vacant in the last year but 2016 is going to see more posts and videos and I'm even thinking about changing the blog up a little. 

Happy new year! 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Lush: Comfort and Joy.

Lush Comfort and Joy
Hello again. Long time no speak I know but I've been super busy recently so I can only apologise. I'll update you all soon on what I've been up to but for now I wanted to review one of my favourite birthday presents that I got the other week. So on December 4th I turned 20 and my sister along with a few other treats got me a Lush bath set. Comfort and Joy is a super luxurious gift set which includes 4 relaxing products that are perfect for the cooler months. I don't usually get actual Lush bath sets because I only have a shower at home, but this set is perfect for anyone who still wants a pamper but doesn't have a bath at home to go for the whole hog of pamper products. 

The first product in the set is The Comforter which happens to have one of my favourite Lush scents ever. If you've been missing the loss of the purple shower jelly like me then you may just love this shower cream as It has the same scent. Being a shower cream means this is like a super moisturising shower gel which happens to be the brightest pink shade ever. I think such a warm berry scent at this time of year is so lovely and that extra bit of moisture is much appreciated. 

This next product seems to be getting a lot of hype at the moment and I completely get why. I'm generally not a fan of lavender scents just because they're generally quite strong, however the Twilight shower gel manages to get the perfect balance of lavender and malt which makes for a lovely sweet scent. I've been using this in the evenings after work and it is such a relaxing product. I've looked for this on the website and I can't find it so I'm not sure if you can get this individually in store anymore, but I'd definitely suggest keeping a look out for this one I highly recommend it. 

This next product is an adorable block of the Reindeer Rock soap. Like The Comforter this soap has a gorgeous warm berry scent that I'm obsessed with at the moment. Generally I don't buy myself soap bars but receiving this in the Comfort and Joy kit has really made me love the control and lather you can get from a decent bar of soap. Using this product with The Comforter's scent makes for a really calming and uplifting shower and I really recommend the two as a cleansing pair as I've been loving using them both at the moment.

The final product in this set is an incredibly rich and nourishing body conditioner, which you put on after you've washed your body and rinse it off to leave you're skin feeling super soft and glowy. I like how I don't really need to moisturise post shower after using Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, however personally I cannot stand the smell of argan oil so I've given this to my mum. It's honestly one of the only scents that I really hate so it is a shame for me, but I do really love all the other products in this kit so I'm still a happy bunny and really grateful that my sister got me this set for my birthday.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite Lush scents?

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Society6 Wishlist + Update.

Today's more lifestyle post is inspired by a conversation I was having with my best friend the other day. She's hoping to get her own place soon with her boyfriend and we were talking all about home decor and interiors. I've been reading the blogs Llymers and Gh0stparties for years now, and recently with decorating their new homes they've really gotten me into prints. I love quirky graphic design and cool typography and I can't wait to decorate my home with prints when I get older. A great site for all kinds of prints is Society6, so today I thought I'd create a wishlist of the kinds of prints I'd love to get myself from the site. If you like this kind of post I'd love to make another in the future of more paintings and graphic designer's prints that I'm currently obsessing over, as I love art. So let me know!

Instead of rambling about how much I love these prints I thought I'd leave a little update for you all at the bottom of this post as things have been a little hectic for me recently. I've been a college student for so long now but I am finally in that second year of university applications, which means I'm drafting and re drafting my personal statement and stressing over my portfolio at the moment. My Mum was also in a really scary accident the other week, long story short she was on her bike and got hit by a car. She was incredibly fortunate with the injuries she did get but she's still not been able to do a lot and I've been looking after her quite a bit. So like I said things have just been stressful for me recently and if you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I'm a very stressed person usually anyway. So apologies for the lack of blogging recently but it really can't be helped. It's my birthday in a few weeks and christmas is three weeks after, so I'm hoping to share a lot more with you over the next month.

Thanks for reading and coming back to Emmihearts. Blogging is one of my favourite things to do and I hate that I can barely do it at the moment. Be sure to comment below any prints you like the look of on Society6 and any artists on there I should check out x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Halloween Fun.

Today I wanted to share a few snaps that I took whilst enjoying Sheffield's halloween bash the other day. I didn't manage to take too many photos but I had a really great day with some of my friends so wanted to create this post to remember it by. We didn't go on tonnes of rides but there was plenty of nice food and cool costumes around, and the water from the fountains in the city centre had been turned luminous green which was really unexpected. I didn't manage to get a photo taken of my outfit but I was wearing a black romper with black tights and boots, and I also had on some cat ears and I'd done some spooky makeup. I hope you are enjoying the halloween season, I don't think I'll be doing anything too exciting on the big day but I'm definitely enjoying wearing darker makeup and I'm planning on doing some halloween themed baking in the next couple of days.

Comment below how you're celebrating halloween this year!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Cheesy Basil + Spinach Pasta.

The other week I shared with you some things I'd like to start doing now that I'm technically an adult. One of those was to cook more, and although I wanted to venture outside of my Italian comfort zone, I knocked up a quick pasta dish with what I could find in my cupboards the other day, and it ended up being so delicious that I just have to share it with you all. Now I'm slightly apprehensive about sharing my own recipe as I'm really not sure about measurements and portion sizes, so hopefully you'll bare with me for this one as it really is worth it. I will share a list of ingredients for you at the end, but you will have to read my instructions carefully to know the kind of rough measurements I'm talking. I would say this recipe makes enough for two people, but it is so easy that you can adapt it for however many people you might be cooking for.

First of all bring a pan of water to the boil and add your pasta with a pinch of salt. To measure pasta portions I generally use the kind of bowl I'd eat the meal in and put half of the pasta into it per portion. Now I used rigatoni pasta for my dish but use whatever you prefer, I do think rigatoni is amazing though and I used it from the brand Napolina if you're interested.

After the pasta has been cooking for around 5 minutes on a medium to high heat, you then want to get out another pan to cook your topping in and add in around a table spoon of butter to a low heat and melt per two portions. Once the butter has melted add in a clove of chopped garlic and fry just before it is lightly browned. Then add in around a table spoon of flour and fry with the butter. You then need to add in milk gradually and keep stirring until you have a thick roux. 

You then want to stir in a tablespoon of basil pesto and your chopped spinach. To prepare your spinach simply grab a large handful of spinach leaves, place on a microwave safe plate and microwave for a minute on high. Then grab the spinach, squeeze out the excess moisture and chop finely. 

Now all you need to add to the topping is the cheese, and make sure you turn off the heat at this point. I used a mature cheddar which I chopped up but you can also grate it. For two people I used around 175g of cheese but feel free to give or take as much as you need and stir in thoroughly to your mixture.

Finally put your cooked pasta in a colander to drain out the water and mix your pasta and topping together. I usually make sure to cook my topping in a larger pan so that I can add in the pasta and stir it into the sauce with ease.

Ingredients (measurements given should be treated as a rough estimate to serve 2 people)
Rigatoni pasta
A Pinch of Salt
Butter // 1 Tablespoon
Garlic // 1 Clove
Flour // 1 + Tablespoon
Basil Pesto // 1 Tablespoon
Spinach // Large Handful
Cheese // 175g

This recipe makes for a super indulgent winter warmer with some amazing flavours. I'm not a chef by any stretch of the imagination but my incredibly hard to please sister was very impressed by this dish and I had to make it the day after as well because we loved it so much. 

Thank you so much for reading, do let me know if you give this recipe a go x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

My Creative Space. 1.0

For today's post I wanted to do something a little bit different and show you my personal creative space. As I'm back at college now I have lots of work to get on with at the moment and as my studies are now creatively focused, the vast majority of my work involves doing independent experiments. I'm not one for staying at college any longer than necessary at this time of year so my bedroom ends up becoming quite chaotic with all my work. So today I thought I'd share with you my current creative space in my bedroom. I thought this would be interesting for anyone who like me studies and pursues a creative passion and anyone else who has a small bedroom who is trying to find ways to make it more suitable for them to focus and work in. I know that it is really off putting working in the same space you sleep in, but I don't have much choice and the thought of bringing every piece of paper I need to college all the time, is more than enough to make me cram everything into my bedroom. 

You'll notice that I've put 1.0 after the title of this post and that is because if you like seeing posts like this I will gladly do updates as I change up my room (which I do a lot) and also when I hopefully move out to uni and get my own house etc. 

You'll notice that I have a mirror on my desk that is leaning sideways onto my wall. I claimed this mirror when my parents decided they didn't like it being in our living room anymore. I have another mirror that I use for doing my makeup so this object isn't really for looking at myself for any reason. I decided to put it on my desk to break up my white wall a bit and I do think it makes my room look bigger, I also use it as a kind of cork board in that I use washi tape to stick up important information, which at the moment is mainly related to my work or applying for university. 

The other day I picked up some of last year's work from college which are these framed black and white photographs you can see, I don't really have anywhere else to put them at the moment so I've scattered them around my desk which I actually think looks pretty good. As you can see I have a Moleskine sketchbook leaning up against one and also some other little notebooks and materials. 

On the surrounding white wall above and around my desk I stick up anything that inspires me, and at the moment relates to the kind of work I'm doing. I have also made a digital collage using the website PicMonkey, of work I've found on sites such as Tumblr that inspires me, so that whenever I turn on my laptop I see an abundance of work that I love which I do find really motivates me to create things.  

I also have a little DIY I created that hangs from my ceiling. To make it I simply bought some string and some miniature wooden pegs that I found at a DIY shop, I tied the ends of a piece of string to some rounded hooks I nailed onto my ceiling and then attached some bits of work I've made in the past such as photographs and prints. I'm hoping to create a DIY post soon so you should get to see my creation in more detail along with some others!

As a photography student a big part of what I do involves using a computer and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm currently using a MacBook Pro which I find ok as it comes with IMovie and is obviously a pretty decent computer for editing softwares. Some of you however will remember that I was an IT student for a year and it's safe to say I have a few issues with Apple computers, especially mine as it's broken countless times and it cost a lot in the first place. 

Finally I have my mug which I use to store my art pens, my camera remote and also the attachment that connects my camera to my tripod. If you're wondering what I keep in my little white desk, it's mainly notebooks, camera equipment (such as my film camera and rolls of film) and other materials that I may need for my work. 

So that's everything that is currently filling my creative space. Apologies that my desk is pretty messy, I did tidy it up a bit but I figured you wouldn't mind as you can imagine this desk is messy most of the time anyway as I do work on it a lot. 

If you'd like to see more artsy posts like this do let me know below, thanks for reading!