what's in my sixth form pencil case?

I'm a huge fan of stationery! There's nothing better than a beautifully well coloured and organized page of notes, using lovely pens.

I hope that this serves to maybe give you some advice on what you need to bring to sixth form, as well as feeding the need to look at pictures of nice pens.

(When I was taking these pictures, my boyfriend was pretty confused over what the point was -"what's in my pencil case? let's see... pens?"- but I hope that, unlike him, you share my combined love of stationery and nosiness which is fueled by these posts.)


kind ways to use your words

At school, you can often slip into a state of fearing that your actions are ineffectual. You feel you're not doing anything to help anyone, and there is always someone outperforming your exam results. 
From an inward-looking viewpoint, kind acts are a perfect antidote to the feeling that your actions don't matter: you can directly benefit others from your choices, at no cost! 

I've just started reading How To Win Friends and Influence People, and despite its presumptious title and slight (in my opinion) overuse of case studies, it's been very useful. One of Carnegie's key themes is the universal human need to feel appreciated.

So, here are some of my favorite ways to make others feel appreciated!


an outfit for reading in the garden

 It was a gloriously sunny day today, perfect for wearing a floppy hat and finding some flowers!
This charity shop skirt is a particular favorite of mine. I love twirling around in it and it's pretty long, but cool for the summer. I did have some shoes on when I started taking photos, but I just kicked them off in the end because the feeling of grass under feet is just too good.

Having finished with my exams, I had the free time today to make a giant mess of all of my possessions on the floor of my room, and sort through what I'm going to sell, give to charity shops or recycle. I'll be blogging all of my big tidy up.
I also had time to start rereading The Great Gatsby - I almost forgot how much I love it!

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I hope you find a glossy tulip petal,
- L


DIY: paper diamonds decoration

As my exams finally finished yesterday, I had a little time to make something nice for my room!
It feels so relaxing to have exams over; to not have to put aside things I want to do, to have to revise.

I found the template for some pretty diamonds at minieco (here) , and cut them out with my scissors. The card I used to cut them from came from the covers of my old exercise books - you can recognize that peachy colour of a maths book there - and i pinned a string of them on the wall.

I think it's a very cute little garland.

I hope this summer brings a lot of cuteness to your room,
- L

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smarter reading

There's nothing nicer to me than an afternoon with a cold peach iced tea, in a sunny garden with a book. I know for a fact that my reading list this summer has spilled over a page already!

But looking back, although I know I love to read, I can hardly even remember the books I've read in the last year, or what I learned from them. This summer, I'm hoping to do a few things to make sure this changes.