Sorry girls but I’ll be taking a break for a while (again, I know) as I have just found out some upsetting but personal news. I’ll hopefully be back sooner rather then later though!


Week of 18th – 24th July 2011

Rainbow Cake!
Mmmm yummy! If you follow me on twitter then you’ll know the week before last I was declaring myself a domestic goddess for making a rainbow birthday cake. Thing is, my mum helped, and we didn’t have many colours so it wasn’t really a rainbow cake. Nonetheless, this was the end result! It was very yummy and I got loads of compliments about it.

I won this gorgeous Soap & Glory set from Rachel Marie as part of a giveaway. I’m so pleased, I never win anything and I adore everything Soap & Glory! So thank you so much Rachel!

As you are aware, I recently graduated from uni! This is me on the day, looking very proud!

This is me and my family, who all drove 6 hours to see me graduate and celebrate with me! It was such a lovely day! The only person missing from this picture is the ex who also celebrated with me, but there is a group photo with him in as well somewhere!

Finally, this is me and my sister (looking a bit shiny faced) drinking cocktails. We all went out for a really nice dinner afterwards and had some drinks. It was such a laugh and the cocktails were so yummy!


I’d just like to do a quick post on this because I am absolutely ecstatic that as of yesterday, I have now graduated! It’s been a long, tough three years and I think my degree was touch and go for a while but I still got to graduate yesterday and it was an amazing feeling!

If any of my friends or family are reading this, I just want to give a big thank you to all of you that have supported me over the past three years!

Me and my brother! I’m clearly too cool to wear the hat properly!
I’ve decided to put together a few tips for anyone who is starting/thinking about going to/studying at uni – mostly tips I wish I’d knew over the years!
  • Don’t get into a relationship before starting uni. If you’ve been with your bloke for a long time and you are in a stable relationship then ignore this! But there’s really no point trying to be serious with anyone when you start uni – you will want to have fun at freshers. I don’t mean that in any specific way, but yes you may want a couple of cheeky snogs or hook ups and you certainly don’t want to worry about putting time aside for your boyfriend when its freshers and you’re going out meeting new people, really having no worries. If you do have a boyfriend though, do consider his feelings – if you’ve moved away and you’re out getting drunk and clubbing and meeting new people every night then it’s no surprise he’s going to worry a bit. So if you are in a relationship, try and see things from his point of view, reassure him that you’re relationship is stable and maybe agree to always have one or two nights a week to skype with each other or something. It’s not worth having boyfriend worries when it comes to your second year because you’ll have enough stress as it is!
  • Really put yourself out there. After uni a lot will change so essentially this will be one of your last chances to have a bit of fun. Do go out all night on the cheapest, busiest night of the week – even if you have a 9am lecture the next day. The following week just put your uni priorities first. What I mean is try to have a good balance – but take chances too. You don’t want to look back and regret not getting a good grade because you didn’t buckle down – but at the same time you don’t want to look back and regret not having as much fun when you were still at that age.
  • Be safe! This one is self explanatory but be as safe as you can. Never get taxis alone (especially when drunk), always keep a spare tenner in your shoe/bra aka away from your other money so if you spend it all on drink you’ve got that last bit of cash to get home etc. Also, register with a doctor and dentist immediately and look around to see what the uni has to offer. My uni did free condoms (lol!) and they also had a scheme with the local taxi rank – if you couldn’t afford to pay your fare then you gave the taximan your student card and simply paid the taxi fare within the uni to have your card returned to you! Also, don’t listen to what other people think! If you are single, there’s nothing wrong with having fun, as long as you are safe and you are not hurting anyone/cheating in the first place!
  • When it comes to living arrangements ALWAYS make a rota and lay out some ground rules. It sounds boring – but get it done ASAP and you can always do it whilst pre-drinking or whatever. I never did with my two flatmates and at the end of the year everything escalated into massive arguments. By the end of the second year they were bullying me and by the third year we weren’t even talking. So a simple thing by not setting out ground rules (i.e who takes out rubbish on what day, even things like checking to see who has early starts and when or who has to revise for exams so you know not to come in late being loud and such) can lead to something as serious as bullying which will most definitely effect your work.
  • Money save all the time. is useful, as is using cashback websites. Don’t forget if you’re running low on supplies, mum will always be happy to post up/bring up some resources! And look around too, you can get a travelcard which is useful if you travel back home by train, and loads of shops offer student discount.
  • Finally, have fun. It will be hard and it will get on top of you (which is usually about the time you ring mum!) but it will also be one of the best times of your life. Keep your head down, but also go out and party. Celebrate big, or drown your sorrows big too if you fail an exam. Hook up (safely), make lots of friends, and take lots and lots of photographs!


Giant Giraffe
My parents took me antiquing…not really. But we did go to an antique place filled with adorable chic furniture and vintage clothes. I almost bought a birdcage (the white chic kind!). I saw this massive giraffe there and thought it was funky. 

Fly Girl
I bought these awesome vintage glasses (which are probably from New Look or whatever but have the vintage look). I’m really bad with sunglasses, I think when I was in highschool like three years in a row I’d nick my Dad’s and forget they were in my bag before sitting on them and breaking them. I’m really giggling at the fact that my Dad walked around the corner as I took this photo and that if you look closely you can see him in the background. He looks like a ghost caught on camera haha!

Saturday Night Takeaway
Getting a curry from the local is our Saturday night tradition in the Joy household. Sooo yummy!

Hell 🙁
Although I’m home atm, next weekend I’m moving back properly. So in the week I’m going back up North for the ex’s birthday, to pack and to graduate, then coming home at the weekend. There’s so much to sort through so I started doing my room this weekend to make space. I’m really sad at leaving when I think about it and it makes me upset to think I’ll never see my ex again. We haven’t been broken up long and when we were still together I was either going to stay up North or he was going to move down here. Now that we’ve broken up, I have little reason to visit the North East and until I get a job I can’t afford it anyway. It’s going to be a weird situation saying goodbye knowing that will be it. 

Empty Wardrobe
This is the end result of my sort out (bear in mind at the other end of my wardrobe I have stored coats, hoodies and day dresses). Not much at all!