University Room Tour – 2017

Now that I’ve finally been able to tear myself away from Vine compilations on YouTube I decided that it was probably time to write a new blog post.

University can be hard, especially when you have to move away from home. I enjoyed being in Hall’s last year (most of the time), but living in such a cramped place that felt so far away from what I knew of home made it hard to motivate myself to do work, and I spent a lot of my time in the library and the local coffee shop hoping a change of scenery would help.

Which is why moving into an apartment for my second year was so exciting, and I spent my entire summer planning how to decorate a room I couldn’t even really remember viewing. (I didn’t really have anything better to do). I saved up money specifically so I could waste it at IKEA the minute I got back to Southampton.

This was the result.

Listen, since I was a kid I’ve wanted a loft converted bedroom, and since I got a Pinterest account I’ve wanted a stand-alone clothes rack for my room. The minute I moved in all the furniture got moved around (why would anyone sleep in a room where the bed is in the middle of the room?), and the next day I spent hours wandering Above Bar and IKEA to find (affordable) things to decorate it with.


Everything on my bed:

I value being comfortable a lot. Since the start of this year, I’d had my eye on Urban Outfitters’ grey Jersey bedding set, but wasn’t sure if I could really justify spending over £50 on it. Over the summer I found an identical set from ASDA that was £25 and came with the fitted sheet. Primark also sold a similar set, however, every Primark I went in had sold out of the Double set.

The pillows and cases are from IKEA, with an exception of the floral one (Primark, £3) which I bought to break up the block colours, and the fluffy yellow one which was a late addition and leads me onto the blankets.

I originally bought a plain black throw from Wilkinsons, before finding the yellow ‘teddy-bear’ blanket at Dunhelm Mill. It’s my best purchase ever, it was £25 for the large blanket and matching pillow, I don’t regret a penny.

Do I really need a total of 1 duvet, 3 blankets (I use an old one as an undersheet), 5 extra cushions in addition to my 4 pillows? Probably not. Do I care? No.

The plants.

There’s a lot of claims that having plants around the house can increase mood and productivity, I’m not entirely sure if that’s true or not but I just have them because they look pretty. The orchid on my drawers is actually fake from IKEA, because I knew if I bought a real one I’d forget to water it then just get sad when it died, which is why the plants on my desk are succulents, which means I don’t have to water them very often. Win-win really.

Clothes rack. 

Not going to lie, I originally wanted one of these purely for the aesthetic value, but I have a lot of coats and it turns out having them all on a rack separate from my wardrobe is really helpful, the one I bought was also super cheap too, also from IKEA.


At the start of every school year, i get excited to do a big stationary shop, despite the fact that I do most of my work on my laptop. Either way, my notebooks are from Flying Tiger.  My 18-month planner is from T.K Maxx, I can’t link it because it isn’t on the website, but if you are looking for a decent planner/diary for next year, I would definitely recommend having a look in your nearest T.K/T.J Maxx (depending on where you’re living).

The large candle on my desk is from Primark and is still yet to be lit, but it’s a combination of rhubarb and lemon (swear I didn’t just buy it for The Wombats’ reference) and it is SO nice, I have the matching infuser on top of my drawers that lasts for around a month and is £1, bargain.

Most of my posters are pretty old, the music posters are from HMV and the 5 Second Of Summer prints are gig merch. The map posters (I have a world map, a constellation map and then one that explains the phases of the sun and moon) can be bought from both Waterstones and Urban Outfitters. The small postcards above my bedside table are from Paperchase.


My aim was to create a space that I knew I’d be able to spend long amounts of time in, either just chilling out or getting work done and I’ve done that for myself. I hope that maybe I can inspire you guys on how to make a room that isn’t actually yours seem a bit more comfortable to live in.


Also, I SWEAR I’m going to be posting more from now on.





Summer Skincare Routine.

I have never, ever, had the best skin. Terrible skin literally runs in the family. For some reason, however, I never had a set skincare routine. Sure, I’ll make sure to always take my make-up off, put moisturizer on if my skin’s feeling a bit dry.

That was until the start of this summer when all I wanted to do was celebrate that I’d finished my first year of Uni, and I ended up with an allergic reaction on my face that resembled something more like 2nd-degree burns. I’d bought Loreal’s new red clay face scrub, which from what I heard, works brilliantly for everyone else, just not me, but who was I to know I was allergic to red clay?

It was not a Fun Experience, but on the bright side, I used so much moisturizer, exfoliator, and stolen eczema cream from my younger sister I was left with really nice skin and the motivation to actually keep up a routine.

This isn’t exactly daily, how many of the products I use depends on if I’m wearing make-up that day, but it’s close enough.


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When it comes to shower cream/gel, I just pick up the first thing I see in the cupboard because we have an entire shelf dedicated to them, even though recently I’ve re-discovered my love for Lush’s shower jelly’s (I use Sweetie Pie but I don’t think they sell it anymore, you can find their range here)

Shaving, I use Johnson’s Baby Lotion, because when you have sensitive skin, you can’t really go wrong using products that were made for babies, I prefer this over the oil because I just don’t really like oily products, plus it smells really nice.

When it comes to post-shaving and moisturizing in general, I use Vaseline’s Aloe Vera moisturizer because 1) you can pick it up super cheap 2) it works, you can’t really go wrong with aloe vera. I also use this DoubleBase gel/cream that my Mum gave to me during the whole allergic reaction debacle, it’s basically a medicated, eczema cream. It helps keep any kind of reaction from shaving at bay and just makes my skin look approximately 10x better in general.  This particular tub was prescribed and I’m not sure if you can get the same size over the counter or in the shops, you can get smaller tubes but there’s a similar product called Oilatum which is available to buy in stores and online.

Daily Routine

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These are my daily products. I did realize when planning this post I don’t actually have a facial cleanser, I usually use micellar water even if I’m not wearing make-up but I’ve previously used Soap and Glory’s Face Soap and Clarity which I really enjoyed, it’s just you know…expensive. Worth it, but expensive.

I do use cheaper products, partly because I’m not one for buying luxury items, mainly because I don’t have the money and I’d rather be able to stick to products I can buy regularly than grow attached to a product I might not be able to afford once I need more. I use two exfoliators because I read apricot seeds are supposedly really good for your skin and after using the scrub it checks out, and because I was curious about the whole charcoal thing but too nervous to use the masks. It doesn’t get rid of everything, however using it regularly has made my skin look a lot cleaner.

It’s pretty common knowledge to use a toner after cleaning your face, it gets rid of the remaining dirt and evens out your skin tone, which I definitely need. It also closes the pores you opened whilst cleaning your face. I use the Clarin’s one currently since I received it as a Christmas present, but at any other point, I am likely to use Simple’s Facial Toner.

As for moisturizer, I use Simple’s Hydrating Facial Moisturizer because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated or oily and it does indeed hydrate, which is what you need after toning and if you have dry skin, a.k.a me, especially in the summer. My favorite, however, is the Scosmetics Aloe Vera Face Cream. I’m not sure if this is available anywhere else other than TESCO because I’m not sure if this is TESCO’s own brand or not. I bought this alongside the red clay scrub, and when I had the reaction this helped so much. The aloe vera in it cools the skin down after you’ve just scrubbed at it for five minutes and leaves it feeling soft and healthy, whilst also making it feel tighter and not oily.

Pre/Post Make-Up 

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So, after moisturizing, if I’m wearing make-up, comes primer. Now, everybody who has watched or read beauty bloggers has probably heard about the Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm being an exceptional primer. I didn’t believe it at first, till I stole some of my Dad’s and was proven wrong. I don’t like the texture of a lot of primers to start with, and frankly, I’d like to state that the price to size ratio of most primer tubes/bottles etc. is absolutely ridiculous. So why would I spend £9 on a small tube of primer, when I can either steal my Dad’s balm or buy it for £2/£3? (It usually retails for around £5, which is still better value if you’re on a budget, but it’s always on offer somewhere).

After make-up, I always start by wiping my face. My choice in facial wipes differs to where I’m shopping when I need some, however, I try to stick to more hydrating ones. I always stay away from anything that includes Tea Tree oil unless my skin is bad with spots because it really dries the skin out. I used the Olay Facial Wipes at Leeds Festival last year and my skin felt really good afterward, and Primark always has a huge range of different facial wipes, usually in double packs.

Then, like everybody and their great, great, great Aunt, I use Micellar water to get off my remaining make-up. It works, and I don’t tend to like many other Make-Up Removers because they’re usually really oily, and as I mentioned earlier I am really not about that life. Along with the water, I use Body Shop’s Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover, particularly if I’ve been wearing a lot of eye-make, and especially in the summer since I get really bad hayfever so my eyes are constantly a lot more irritated than at any other point of the year.

If you read this, I hope you take something away from this. If not, I hope you still had fun listening to me pretending to know what I’m talking about.



YouTube’s Young Proteges – A Feature

You might have seen me mention it in a few of my earlier posts, but one of my assessments this term at Uni has been to pitch, interview for, and write a feature on anything of our choice (fashion related, of course, I am a Fashion Journalism student). It didn’t take me long to figure out what and who I wanted to write about. After starting Uni I’d gotten into the habit of turning to watching beauty tutorials, hauls, vlogs etc, whenever I was stressed (procrastinating), free (procrastinating) or bored (procrastinating) and found a number of channels belonging to talented young girls under 17.

I am not one to judge, I’m one to encourage people to do what they want to do – if anything, there was just jealousy that these girls were better at doing their makeup than I am now, nevermind when I was 14. I could see the controversial side though, seeing how people would wonder if it was affecting their education, if it’s a safety risk and how they were affording the products.

Anyway, what better way to find out than to ask them directly? And this assessment was the perfect opportunity. I had to pleasure of interviewing Aylish, Elouise, Nicole and Sophia for this project, and I’d like to thank them yet again for agreeing to help. It was a pleasure.

The feature can be found below the cut.


All Time Low – Young Renegades Tour

5 and a bit years ago, at age 14, I saw my favourite band live for the very first time. It was the first time I did a ‘wait’ for a gig. 11 hours, in January, in Manchester (the north of England, basically, it was cold). I have vivid memories of spending half an hour wandering around to find the closest McDonald’s which was only 5 minutes up the road and only realising I could cover my cold hands with my hoodie approximately 7 hours in.

Long story short, we still ended up at the back, I very almost ended up in a pit of angry 13 year olds and my best friend ended up in the first aid tent. We’ve seen them once a year since then, in smaller venues, in arenas, and 5 years later…back at the venue we saw them the first time around.

Manchester Apollo. Admittedly, not my favourite venue in the world. Mainly it’s because I associate it with almost freezing to death, partly because though the sloped floor gives you a pretty decent view it’s terrible for people with bad knees (aka…me). However, it has been the place I’ve seen a lot of my favourite bands live for the first time.

This year I was actually lucky enough to see them twice, due to the whole ‘moving to the edge of the country for University thing’ . So on the 10th of March I saw them at Southampton’s 02 Guildhall and on the 23rd I saw them at Manchester 02 Apollo.

I never get tired of seeing this band live, and part of the reason is because they know how to choose support acts. There’s never been an All Time Low gig where I’ve not enjoyed the support (The co-headline tour with You Me At Six and WalkTheMoon as support in 2015 anyone?!) and this year was no different.

Waterparks are one of those bands you can’t really put in a genre…maybe Emo Bubblegum Pop? I got to see them live at Slam Dunk Midlands last year (I also met front man Awsten Knight, I complemented his jumper and we discussed if it was possible to swim from England to France) and Leeds Festival. I did wonder why they were the first band on, till I realised this is a band that can make anybody dance.

SWMRS are a band you can’t listen too without picturing yourself driving down a palm tree lined California road in a beat up convertible. Described by some as Green Day’s protege’s with drummer Joey Armstrong being the son of Billie Joe Armstrong and going through multiple name changes, SWMRS, despite still being in the process of learning how to put a setlist together (WHERE WAS HARRY DEAN?) are a good soundtrack for Summer 2017, and an equally good live band.

All Time Low, however, are in a completely different region. I do complain regularly about their setlists never being the best (one song from Dirty Work…o n e s o n g), and then remember that there’s only so many songs you can play in an hour and a half slot with 6 albums out and a 7th on the way.

Between the odd spontaneous cover and onstage banter, Alex’s voice always leaves me as amazed as the first time I heard him sing Damned If I Do You on their first live CD. One second you’re dancing, then crying, then singing like you and the rest of the venue are marching into battle. Their shows are a bigger rollercoaster than anything you’ll find at Thorpe Park, and there’s no better sense of unity anywhere else.

The 23rd was a nostalgia trip. Being in a venue full of other fans who had probably grown with this band the same way I had, girls who had stopped throwing their bras on stage because they were old enough now to know that shit is expensive, younger fans who were seeing them for the first time (and I promise you it won’t be the last, because I doubt this band is going anywhere anytime soon) made it the best show yet.


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Plus, I got closer this time.

BONUS CONTENT – 2nd time I saw All Time Low (I met Jack, this was the time the Ravens won the Superbowl and he didn’t take the hoodie off for weeks) and the 7th time I saw them. 


Clo xoxo

Pre-order All Time Low’s new album on ITunes here.

Buy Waterparks’ debut ‘Double Dare’ on ITunes here.

Buy SWMRS’ debut ‘Drive North’ on ITunes here.

An Introduction

Okay, so I was never much good at talking about my life. However, I’m getting better. Maybe it’s confidence, maybe it’s narcissism.

I’m Chloe. I’m nineteen. I come from a little big town called Wigan in the UK. Late last year I moved from The North down to The South to study Fashion Journalism at Southampton Solent University.

It’s strange really, this time two years ago I expected myself to be in a little dorm room in Manchester after opting to study criminology and law, because “hey, Law, good line of work, your parents will be proud, if it goes well you’ll have a stable future”. Until I realised that basically, my interest was rooted in American crime TV shows and if I wasn’t actually Tim Roth in Lie To Me, I wasn’t as into the subject as I thought. Needless to say, my tutor wasn’t happy when I came in saying I wanted to apply for Fashion Journalism instead.

When said tutor asked where I wanted to study my answer was “Don’t care, as long as it’s in a city and I’m not stuck in the middle of nowhere”, because I am literally, maybe, one of the most restless people you could ever meet. Most of my friends are studying at Lancaster University, which is a wonderful place, but if you want anything more than a Subway, you better have bus fare. I love Southampton, it’s enough like home and enough like somewhere new to keep me satisfied for the time being.

Fashion is a primary interest, next to many other things, namely music. If I’m not wandering around the city, I’m usually at a gig. As I write this now I’m preparing to see Green Day tomorrow. I’ve always been a writer, as a kid it was books and stories, now it’s still books and stories (when I can find the inspiration) and journalism, hence the degree. I l like taking photos, namely of the sky and I like painting and drawing, as long as it’s something easy.

2016 was a big year. Both the best and worst year of my life. I went to a lot of gigs, went to my first festivals, moved away, had nights I wished would last forever. I made a lot of new friends and became closer with older ones. I realised the person I wanted to be – where I want to go? I’m not entirely sure yet.

This is my journey after I stopped playing it safe.