LIFE UPDATE

Hi my lovelies! I know it’s been a super long time since i’ve blogger and i’ve been totally MIA but i’ve just been having some time out and figuring out what I really want to do with life.

There’s been some major changes in my life i’m the past year or so. For starters I’m no longer in university as I decided this wasn’t the route I wanted to take in life.

For those of you who have read my blog for a while you’ll know I went to university and I was studying Sociology! Unfortunately I fell ill and had to drop out in January this time last year. I spent the year recovering and decided to go back to uni in September 2018 to do Media, Culture and Journalism. I made the difficult decision to decide university wasn’t for me and I struggled at the thought that I didn’t know what to do with my life.

After I made the decision to drop out of uni I had a temporary job in New Look which was great to get myself back up on my feet before looking for a new permanent job.

Now care work isn’t something that I thought I would ever get into however I’ve actually started training to be one! I think it’s one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had and I’ve had the best time training to be one as well.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I had been struggling with my acne for years! I actually made the decision to go private and pay for my treatment! I’m now so happy to say I am finally acne free! I will make a completely separate post about my experience during this, what medication I was on, my before and after pictures.

Anyway I know I’ve been chatting on for so long and you’re probably bored of reading this now but I just wanted to say hi and I am back and blogging again! Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by my side throughout the past year it has meant the world to me!

See you soon,

K x

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Saturday’s Wisdom

“You are one decision a way from a totally different life. Hunt for who you are yet to become.”

Make decisions and stick with them. Change is inevitable, some is unprecedented whilst the latter is conscious. Conscious change is good, all it takes is courage and following that gut feeling. There’s always another chance.

Honest Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Review

In July I decided to go ahead and buy a Polaroid camera that I had been dying to buy for months. I was debating it for weeks due to the fact everyone has commented it was “so expensive” or “not worth it”. Personally I think it’s the best item I’ve ever purchased and I’m going to tell you why.

What is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8?

So basically the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is a instant camera which develops photos as Polaroids using Fuji Instax film which measures 62 x 46mm (about credit card size). Many people are buying these cameras because they are so easy to use and the photos look really cool.

The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 has a lens on the front which you pop out with a button next to it to turn the camera on. It has 5 exposure settings, the camera will light up the correct setting you need for the photo and all you have to do is turn it to the correct one (settings for different types of lighting e.g. sunny/cloudy). The features are pretty basic, on the hand grip there is a camera trigger to take the photo, on the back of the camera is the viewfinder. However there is no auto-focus so you have to make sure you’re up close. And yes, the camera requires 2 AA batteries but that’s no hassle.

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The camera isn’t exactly pocket size but you can buy cases to keep it in, I think the size of it just adds to the novelty and how pretty it looks anyway. I went for the white one so it can get grubby quick but it’s easily cleaned.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Costs

I paid £59.99 for the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 with 10 shots in Argos in the colour white, this does seem pretty expensive for only 10 photos but I have to say it is so worth it. The camera does come in other colours; Raspberry (redish colour), Grape (purple), white, pink, blue, yellow and black.

When I have run out of shots I repurchase a pack of 20 film from amazon (cheapest place I’ve found them) for £14.99. This is a great deal as they can cost £10 for a pack of just 10 shots! Buying things in bulk is always better value for your money.

You can purchase a protective case from Argos which I believe is £14.99 as well. These are great as you can buy the same colour to match your camera and so handy if you’re using your camera on a day out.

Pro’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

  • Easy to use
  • Retro looking pictures (more sentimental)
  • Cheaper than other Polaroid cameras

Con’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

  • Cost of Instax film
  • Results of pictures can be mixed if not used on the right exposure setting
  • Quite bulky to carry around

My Honest Review

Personally I believe the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is the best purchase I’ve ever made. The photos are so much more sentimental than simply taking them on an iPhone. By using the film sparingly the film lasts longer and it isn’t really that expensive at all.

I haven’t really had a problem with selecting the correct exposure level as the camera has got it right every time bar one photo (which was probably my fault due to picking the wrong setting). The photo didn’t come out awful it was just a little too dark, however I have read that this can be a common occurrence with the camera so be careful you select the right one.

The only thing I’m not in love with on the camera is the fact you can’t see what you’re taking if you’re taking a selfie with other people. This is where you can start wasting film if you haven’t captured the photo properly. My top tip is to get someone to hold the camera without moving so you can look through the view-finder and stand in position ready for the photo. However to save the hassle of making sure you’re in the right position you can buy a mirror to clip onto the camera so you can see what’s in shot and what isn’t. I am 100% going to invest in this.

I’m in the process of organising all my Polaroid photos and putting them into an album. For me the photos are so much more sentimental as they have kind of a retro look to them and there is room at the bottom of the photo for a message or date. The money I have invested into the camera is so worth it and I will continue to buy more film for as long as the camera lives.

The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is extremely easy to use and a lot of fun. It’s easy to capture good photos as long as you accept in the beginning you will mess up a few as you’re getting used to the exposure settings and only a rear view-finder. If you have the money and you’re willing to invest in this product I would highly recommend it as it’s so much different than just uploading a photo to Instagram or Facebook.

For me this camera is a 5/5 and I’m so happy I bought it, it’s worth the money trust me.

See you soon,

K x

Stationary For University

If any of you know me you will know I am a stationary freak, if you aren’t interested in stationary I suggest you look away now.

I thought I would write a blog post about my ever growing selection of stationary I have bought in preparation for university. Although I have been told I won’t actually need that much stationary I decided I would go ahead and fulfill my obsession (this is also not all of it, oops).

The day of results I decided I would spoil myself to something for getting good results. However, I’m not your typical girl and didn’t treat myself to shoes, make-up or clothes. I treated myself to stationary (I know).

The first piece of stationary on my list to buy for university was pens. After carefully browsing through Tesco (local supermarket) I settled on the Paper Mate Ink-Joy ballpoint pens, in black obviously. When it comes to pens I am extremely fussy and i’m only interested in the good ones. For highlighters I obviously had to get the standard classic Staedtler pack of 4 colours.

Now when it comes to notebooks/paper you have to do the ‘paper test’. Is it soft? Is it thin? My typical choice of notebooks would be the Oxford Campus Notebook. Not only because the paper feels nice but they also come in different colours. I have plenty of different folders and organizers that I can use during university so I opted out of buying folders until I saw the Pukka Pad bundle. The bundle comes with 1 A4 lever arch file, 1 200 page refill notepad, a pencil case with a few bits in it and 5 folder dividers. The price of this bundle was only £6 so I thought it is good value for my money.

For my university course Criminology one of the books that was suggested we bought was over 1000 pages long (I know right). Therefore I decided to buy some sticky notes and index tabs just to mark where key bits of information are in books. All of this stationary came to just over £15 so I don’t think it was too expensive. Fortunately this isn’t the only pieces of stationary I will be buying for university as I’m sure I will find other bits I “need”.