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My Big Move

8 Nov

Hello lovelies!

After a very long absence, I’m back. I’m definitely guilty of procrastinating…but 5 months?! I apologise! :O Not a lot has changed, apart from, you know, where I live. I moved to France! Eeeeep! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this little pet project of mine, I’m currently a university student at Royal Holloway, University of London – and studying French and Drama. Third years have to undertake a year abroad, and I’m spending mine in Bayonne, which is in the South-West of France. Firstly, it’s gorgeous. Seriously beautiful. But secondly…it’s terrifying. Oh my goodness, so so terrifying. Moving to university didn’t really phase me at all, I was so eager to get out of school that I jumped at the chance to be more independent, wherever it was. But after two years there, not only have I come to love my university setting, but also appreciate my hometown SO MUCH MORE. Has this happened to anyone else? Add a dash of homesickness to an overwhelming language change, and you get a pretty scary environment. However, after six weeks here, I can honestly say that I’m starting to feel at home. I’m working in two schools as a language assistant with kids aged 10-22 for twelve hours a week. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the area I live in – happy to report that there is a Sephora and plenty of French pharmacies around – watch out for a blog post on Sephora findings a little later in the month.

The view from my back window - not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

The view from my back window – not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful :)

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful πŸ™‚

Parts of the cathedral - a must see.

Parts of the cathedral – a must see.

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Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute's walk from my apartment.

Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute’s walk from my apartment.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

So there we go. A few life updates since July – I finished work at Legoland after a really long summer that was challenging and incredibly fun. I’m definitely going to be heading back there at the beginning of fourth year, there’s nothing quite like it.
I also turned twenty! Eeeeep. Twenty is a weird age. I definitely feel like I’m in adult-limbo. Someone told me I was in my twenties the other day and I nearly shouted ‘NO I’M NOT’ at them before realising that it’s true. Ergh.
I also bought my first bottle of Bioderma. Big changes guys, big changes.

So, please tell me what you’ve been loving, life updates, and what you want to see from me on the blog.

I feel like this blog can legitimately be called BonjourChristie now. I’ve got some kind of pseudo-French credibility.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are!
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A little update… + HAPPY NEW YEAR!

11 Jan

Hello lovelies!

I’ve had a rather long ‘blog-vacation’. I know…over 2 months! Although there are multiple reasons for this, the most important one is probably that I really have been busy. I had a couple of essays due in November and at the beginning of December, I applied for my British Council Language Assistantship in BELGIUM (:O), I worked throughout the entire Christmas period at a very festive Legoland Windsor (spoiler alert to those of you who are new readers or didn’t know πŸ˜‰ ) and I spent some relaxing time with my family to round out 2013. What a year! I passed my first year at Uni, got myself a job, worked throughout summer, went to Prague, turned 19, worked some more, started my second year, worked some more and ended the year with some wonderful friends and my fab family. Despite all of this, it was definitely a difficult year too. Unfortunately my lovely Nan passed away in September, and I felt pretty lonely a lot of the time. However, I feel like I could be approaching the end of this stage of my life, the messy, disorganised, workaholic stage. Everyone goes through tough times, but it’s how we deal with it that truly defines us. Got a little bit deep there lovelies, hope you don’t mind. πŸ˜‰

I’ve been thinking about some resolutions for this year. Not really ‘resolutions’, more like ‘things you just have to learn to do/be if you’re actually going to become a fully-functioning adult’. Fear not though poppets, my intense love of beauty products has only become more of a problem. The thing is, I feel like if I put my resolutions on this blog, then I have to follow through. The internet will totally hunt me down if I don’t…right?

1. I will keep my living space organised. Notice I say organised, not tidy…I just think that I will never be a tidy person! Tough luck inner Virgo!

2. I will take chances. 2014 involves me taking a biiiiiiiggggg step. I have to move to a foreign country, speak and learn a language and teach children. I think that it’s going to be incredible, and I can’t wait, but obviously…I’m petrified. I feel like if I take more chances then I’ll find my place over there. (I shall keep you updated on this saga in little blog posts I think.) πŸ™‚

3. I will not be pressured into doing things that I do not want to do. One of the biggest challenges about university for me is that I am not a typical Uni student. I don’t like the clubs and pubs, I’m not a big drinker, the societies I’ve tried at my Uni haven’t tickled my fancy and I’ve only properly bonded with one or two people in nearly a year and a half (and one of those people is leaving me in June…sob…sob….). The ‘Uni life’ isn’t really for me, which I always knew but never really anticipated properly. It’s hard to learnt o stand your ground when difficult situations could mean you accidentally isolate yourself. However, I kind of like to live by the quote ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’ and I find that it helps to remember this when something comes up that I don’t like/want to do/am not interested in. I’ll find my place easier if I am true to myself.

4. I will send care packages. I’ve got three proper besties, and a couple of super-close chummys, so one of my resolutions is that I will show them how much I appreciate them and everything they do for me. I live with one who’s graduating and heading to grad school in her native US in September, and I can’t wait to send her letters and little bits of the UK so that she can hold onto this bit of her life. Eeeep! Then I can go to America and visit her at her prestigious grad school. Hoorah!

5. I will buy more clothes. I’m so terrible at this. As a curvy girl, it’s hard to find clothes that fit right, and sometimes you have to dig…and dig…and dig…to even find something that resembles cute/stylish in your size. (Side note, my sister struggles with this also and she’s a size 6, definitely not exclusive to larger ladies. Our favourite place to shop for clothes? TESCO. Oh yeah. Affordable and adorable.). If it’s a choice between Β£30 in Boots or Β£30 on a pair of jeans, I’d choose Boots all the way. My wardrobe is suffering.Β 

6. BLOG. New year, new name (the one I wanted at the beginning) and a new determination to blog. I can’t wait to see what the year brings me. And it means that I take more pictures, which I’m always up for!

I’ve been re-hired for next season at Legoland, so that means I’m back mid-February until August, when I turn the big 2-0. Wowowowow. I’m ready to get some teaching experience now, to see whether I like it properly so I can start tailoring my degree to what career I want. I’m also super ready to buy new brands of make-up this year (new to me). NARS, I’m comin’ for ya. I know there’s been some severe weather worldwide recently. I live 5 minutes from the Thames and drive along the river on my way to work. There was a journey home where I literally squealed with nerves the whole time because I was aquaplaning everywhere! Ah! To everyone in the UK especially, please take care. Don’t go out into dangerous weather unless you absoltuely have to. A young boy went out to take pictures of the storms a few weeks ago and was killed due to the severity of the flooding and choppy waters. Pllleeeeaassse be careful. Little mum-like warning over!

I’d also like to say a big ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ to you guys. If any of you have stumbled upon this blog more than once, it’s nice to see you again and I hope you’ve had a great start to January. While I have been away on this blog, I’ve been pretty active over on Twitter and Instagram. I’d love to see you there!

Hope you have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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Just a quick update!

7 Mar
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Does anyone else do derpy faces like this? Nope? Just me? Okay then.  Also look at my poor cracked Stila eyeshadow 😦

Hopefully better quality photos will follow on this blog soon! As much as my iPhone 3GS tries, she just can’t compare to an actual camera! In order to keep you occupied until then, here is a funny picture of me doing my make-up yesterday! WOW πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful day my lovelies!
Christie xoxo