Saturday, 27 February 2016

Trip to Trafford Centre and Haul


So on Monday I went to the Trafford Centre and made a post about it. I also said that I was going to upload some pictures and a haul from that day on Tuesday. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that because I was doing an assignment all day on Tuesday that was due on Wednesday. I was very stressed out about that.
I also had a lecture and was kind of relaxing yesterday and on Thursday to. So sorry about that.

Anyway, here it is now. All the pictures I took plus a haul of what I bought in the Trafford Centre.

Enjoy.



As you know I did catch the train there and during one of the stops I saw this station and had to take a picture of it because I thought it looked good. It's Irlam station in Manchester if you're wondering.


It was about a twenty minute walk and as you know I had no clue if I was going in the right direction because I had no internet on my phone. I just kept going north and kind of hoped for the best or hope for a sign to show up. Believe it or not I nearly went in the wrong direction because I saw the word Trafford on a sign and went right on a roundabout until I saw a bus with Trafford Centre on it that I knew I was going in the wrong direction. I ended up watching the bus go on the roundabout and ended up following it. I realised now that if you just keep going North, you'll get there. It was about a twenty-thirty minute walk.


Finally I found the sign which helped me a lot. It was one of the very few signs that told me where the Trafford Centre is. That's why I had to take a picture. I finally knew where I was going.





I didn't know what to expect when I got to the Trafford Centre. I didn't really look at images of it so I didn't actually know what it looked like. I was expecting a tall building with loads of floors. I was not expecting something that looked a little bit like a palace. I was amazed and also excited because I had actually got there. Of course I had to walk across the huge empty car park before I got inside but it was worth it.



The inside of it is so beautiful. I was amazed by it all as well as all the different shops they had. It's so incredible and the best shopping centre I've ever been to. Even the food hall which is in this like big round room with loads and loads of places to eat. I chose KFC because it was cheaper.
It was amazing. In the food hall they also had the cinema which is where I went to next.

Now as I mentioned on Monday. I was half an hour early so I was the only one for a while in the cinema so I was playing with my phone and snapchatting even though at the time all the snaps failed to send because I had no internet. Eventually they did send when I used the free wifi in the Trafford Centre. I forgot to mention that but they had free wifi in the food hall not in the cinema though. Anyway, here's the snaps I made.





Now me being a bit clumsy. I spilt my popcorn. Oops. So embarrassing especially when one of the cinema workers actually sees you do it. I would have been fine if I spilt it and I was still alone in the cinema but nope it had to be when the worker was there. Oh well. That's life. Full of embarrassing moments.

Anyway that's all the pictures I took during my day in the Trafford Centre but while I was there I did buy a few things which I'm going to show you now.


Paracetamol - Asda (I didn't get this from the Trafford Centre, I actually got it from Asda before I caught the train because I didn't have any at home and sometimes I get headaches when I'm out and about.)

  • All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher - Waterstones (I wanted a new book to read and I thought this looked good. Plus it's useful.)

All these next items are from superdrug
  • Carex Soft Cleansing wipes for hands, face & body - I bought these because I thought they would be handy for travelling somewhere or going away because they're for cleaning the body as well as hands and face.)
  • A Kubuki brush - I was in need of a new powder brush.
  • Mua Mosaic Bronzer - I wanted to try something new with make up and I saw this. I'd seen on YouTube that people used a similar version to this so I thought I'd give it a try. It actually works because it's like a blush and a bronzer mixed into one.
  • Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask - I love this face mask. I always buy this if I'm in the mood for a face mask. I highly recommend it. Once I wash it off my face feels great. 
  • Collection Colour Lash all day wear colour mascara - I was in need of a new mascara because the one I normally use on an everyday basis is running out so I went to the same brand I used last time to see if they had the same one but they didn't. They had this one though which was very similar so I decided to buy it. I wanted one that didn't smudge and lasts all day.


Well, that's it. That's my trip to the Trafford Centre and the haul. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it convinced you to go to the Trafford Centre. I'll be back soon with another post.

Megan x

Monday, 22 February 2016

A day to myself

Hey guys!

I was awake throughout the night because I just brought myself down and I just kind of felt lost. I suppose I had an existential crisis in a way. Basically I was overthinking a lot of things which lead me to making hot chocolate and cheesy chips at one o'clock in the morning. Random but true.

I guess I was feeling down at this point and all I wanted to do was just feel better or do something to cheer me up but nothing seemed to be working. I listened to music, went on to pinterest and stuff like that. I avoided social media because I really wasn't in the mood for that.

Anyway, me feeling down is not the point of this blog. Well, it kind of is and it kind of isn't. We're all human after all and we all have some days where we're feeling extremely down and it's nobody else's fault. It's your own for overthinking too much.

During this sleepless night of over thinking I was trying to find a way to make myself feel better. One possibly was to go on a trip to Asda but honestly I go to Asda to many times during the week it's starting to get boring. But that was when I knew I wanted to go out somewhere. Somewhere new. Somewhere different that I've never been to before. Then it hit me. Manchester. I live about fifteen minutes away from Manchester but what could I do in Manchester. Then I remembered a few people had been to the Trafford centre so I did a little research. I researched the nearest station and then I looked at the shops. Let me tell you it did not disappoint and it actually got me really excited that I felt happier.

So then I went to sleep because it would probably have ruined the day if I pulled an all nighter and I was in the trafford centre feeling exhausted then end up going back to uni early just because I was tired.

When I woke up at 8am, I was excited and started to get ready. I left early because I went to McDonalds to have breakfast then I caught the train to a station called Urmston which I discovered was the closest to the Trafford Centre.

This was when I encountered a problem. My phone was out of credit and I couldn't look at google maps. I knew the Trafford Centre was north of the station but I didn't know exactly where it was. So I just went north and even checked the compass on my phone to see if I was going North.

Finally, I could see the top of a building which I assumed was the Trafford centre. It was actually a snow place but next to it I found the Trafford centre and it looked amazing.

If you've never been to the Trafford Centre in Manchester, I would recommend going there. There's so many shops and even indoor activities like laser tag, play area and I think there's even an aquarium (I think, don't quote me on that. I never actually saw it but on the website it said there was one.) It has a cinema.

So I went around the Trafford centre, bought a few things. I then decided to go to the cinema. I was a bit nervous because I'd never been to the cinema alone before but I was really curious about the film 'How to be single?' as I am single. Anyway, I was a bit nervous but I bought a ticket then the popcorn and a drink. I then went into the screen room where I saw that nobody was in there. I was twenty minutes early for the film but still. There was music playing but nothing on the screen. I sat in a chair and just started eating popcorn, playing around with my phone. Then one of the workers walked into the cinema and kind of stood by the entrance for a while, staring at me. I stared at him then made the mistake of leaning forwards which resulted in popcorn flying on the floor. I was embarrassed. The guy didn't say anything and just left then. I attempted to push the popcorn under the seats so that the mess didn't look to bad. After that people started to come in so all was good. I wasn't seeing the film alone. I nearly thought I was.

Anyway, the film was good. There were loads of funny bits and it was kind of interesting. It was different from normal romantic comedies. I liked it.

So yeah. After I watched the film I caught the train home and that was my day to myself. It was totally worth it and just made me feel so much better and happy.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll be back tomorrow with all the photos and a mini haul from my day today.

See you then guys.

Megan x

Saturday, 20 February 2016

6 tips for travelling alone on long train journeys


Being a student who lives a few hours away from home I have to catch several trains to get back home or back to uni as I had to do today. It's kind of a long period of time and many changes that may freak you out a little. Believe me I know the feeling.

I sometimes I have to double check everything. The times. The stations I have to get off. Sometimes I even go as far as trying to work out which platform my trains are on.

It can be daunting but if you're prepared then you'll be fine and it's not the end of the world if you miss your connection.

So I'm going to give you a few tips that may help if you're someone who has to travel alone on a long train journey.

1. Times - Find out when the times of each of your train changes are. From when you depart from the station to the time you arrive to how long you have to wait until your next train. Also find out how long the train journey is. If you've got all the times figured out then you should be fine.

2. Help is always there - If you're standing in the station and have no idea where the platform is or when your train is departing. Don't panic. Help is always around. Just look for a departures board and look for the time of your train. It'll tell you the platform. There's also signs to where platforms are which will definitely help you. If you're really struggling there are train guards about the station. Go up to one and ask for help. They've probably been working at the station for years and know where everything is. Plus it's kind of their job to help. They're not that scary and won't judge you if you have no idea where to go. Even at the ticket office they can help. I went to the ticket office today and asked for a ticket to my station. He of course probably never heard of the station so he looked it up. He printed out for me the route I can take with all the times of all my changes and when they arrived at the station. He also printed out three tickets one for the route to each station which was quite helpful.

3. Don't rely on the internet or the train app. I've been in a situation where I've needed to look up the time of a train on the Trainline app and I had no internet connection. Internet won't always be there when you're travelling so screenshot the times of the trains on your phone. That way you don't have to rely on the internet. It's also right there so you can just open it instead of waiting for it to load. Better still have a paper copy too. I always write the times of my trains paper in case my phone battery does die.

4. Boredom - Believe it or not you may get a little bored. While waiting for your next train or on the train journey itself. Now you probably already know this but bring some entertainment whether it's a book or the best thing for me is a phone or an iPod where you can listen to music. I always love long journeys where I can listen to all my favourite songs. It's kind of relaxing. However, don't have your music too loud or you won't be able to hear the announcement of the next station.

5. Be aware of your surroundings and remember your luggage. Just double check you have everything before leaving or getting on the train.

6. The biggest tip is not to freak out or panic and you'll be fine.

I hope my tips were helpful for you and I'll be back soon with another post.

Megan x

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Travelling


I'm currently travelling on the train back to my home.

It feels nice to get away from uni. Sometimes the stress of assignments and life gets too much and you just want to escape. It's nice to be able to go back to the comforts of home and actually home cooked meals rather than microwavable ones and pot noodles.

I like travelling by train. It feels relaxing apart from the stress of switching trains but I'm currently on a train that I know I don't have to get off for at least another 45 minutes so it's nice.

I kind of just got inspired to make a post because I know my phone has internet sharing on it so it works as a nice internet hub though it depends where I am and if I have any signal but still. It's better than nothing.

It actually feels nice to be able to type away on the train because I actually feel like one of those business people you find on the train and people may think I'm a business when really I'm not. Though if anyone looked at me then it's pretty obvious I'm a student on the train home with my jumper, leggings, backpack, handbag and suitcase. Yep definetly a student on her laptop.

I also caught an early morning train today because I kind of just wanted to set off early that way I get home at lunchtime and I can just relax for the rest of the day. It's also less busy in the mornings. Sure you do get a few people but it's not busy. There's actually about ten people in the carriage I'm in so there's plenty of seats available which is nice because I'm not a big fan of a random stranger sitting next to me. It kind of makes me anxious.

Anyway as I'm going home and the internet at home is not the best, I figured I'd also make this post to say that I may not be posting for a week. I also want to go on a little internet detox for this week as I just want to relax and enjoy life for a bit. I do enjoy blogging but social media has made me stressed a little so I just want a break from it for a week. So yeah. You may hear from me during the week but if not I'll be back the week after with another post.

See you soon guys.

Megan x

Friday, 12 February 2016

My go to song for when I'm feeling down


We all have a song that we like to listen to for when we're feeling down in the dumps and usually that song will make us feel somewhat better.

Well, recently I found one particular song that made me feel so much better. It helped for when I was feeling upset, alone, anxious or even nervous. I listen to it before going to a lecture. 

Here it is.


It's called Stronger from the musical Finding Neverland. I have not seen this musical but I watched this song on YouTube being performed live at the Tony Awards. I thought it was amazing. I felt like I related to the lyrics so much. I love it so much. It's quite possibly my new favourite song.

If I was you I'd give this song a listen and look up the lyrics online because it may make you feel better and relate to you just like it did to me.

I hope you enjoyed this little post and the recommendation. I'm not associated with this music or the songs. I just love this song and wanted to share how much it's made me feel better when I've been feeling down.

I'll be back soon with another post.

Megan x

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Feeling alone?


Feeling alone can really suck and make you bring yourself down.

It can also make you feel really insecure and anxious about what people might be thinking of you.

Lately, I've been doing this a lot. Even before a lecture I have this knot in the pit of my stomach and suddenly I'm just scared. I keep thinking of scenarios that might happen. Especially when I think I haven't done any research or started an assignment and just think the lecturer will yell at me in front of everyone. Yeah. That really sucks. However, thankfully I'm wrong and most of the time it turns out better than expected. Then I just laugh (mentally not out loud) about how I wrong I was and then I just feel loads better.

Anyway, back to the topic of being alone. It sucks. Everyone knows that and everyone feels it. It's okay to be alone. You can still be happy while being alone. Trust me I know. Most of the time I like being alone because I can do things I want to do without worrying about being judged or feeling as if you're annoying anyone.

However, some days I can get bored when I'm alone. Those times is when I feel alone and bring myself down. It really does suck because it's those times when I bring myself down. I do the worse thing possible and I go on social media and see posts of other people doing stuff. Then I just feel left out and even more alone. 

I suppose my advice would be if you're feeling alone take an internet detox. Don't completely cut off the world though. Just in case you do get messages from people but just don't check it. Don't scroll through any posts or anything. 

Then do what makes you happy. Read a book, it's kind of a way of escaping reality and I love it because I feel like I'm part of that story and I feel happier. 

Listen to music. I don't know what it is about music but it helps so much sometimes. There's literally a song for every situation or emotion you're feeling. Listen to the songs you love that make you feel better or even confident. You can even do what I do and go all nostalgic and listen to the old pop songs you listened to as kid. These songs make me feel happy like Reach for the Stars or Thunderbirds. Just classic pop music. That's what I love and makes me feel happy.

Have a movie marathon. If you're feeling alone or left out. Have a movie marathon with your favourite films. 

Just distract yourself from feeling alone and from the internet. 

Even watch your favourite YouTube videos that make you laugh or make you feel happy.

So yeah. That's all I have to say. I hope my advice was helpful.
But if you're reading this and are feeling down or alone. Feel free to send me message.
My email for this blog is the contacts page and there's also a little space on the right where you can write a message and it'll go straight my emails and I'll reply to you. 

Anyway, I'll be back soon with another post.
See you later.

Megan x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

January Favourites




I thought I would show you all my favourites from January as I've developed quite a few and I wanted to share with you.

Book wise I've been loving Demi Lovato's book Staying Strong. Every page is a dedicated to a day of the year and every morning I've picked up the book and read a page. At the end of the page there's a goal and I like it. It makes me feel positive about the day and it's always best to start the day as a positive one as the rest of the day will be positive.

The next is Michael McIntyre's autobiography Life & Laughing. I always find reading autobiographies interesting because you know it came from the celebrities point of view rather than an author doing research to write a biography. It's also good to look at the way your favourite celebrity was brought up and realise they weren't born famous they were just like everyone else.

TV wise I don't watch TV is mostly just catchup TV or Netflix, but this month loads of people in my halls were talking about Celebrity Big Brother so I decided to watch the first episode and see if I'd get into it. Then I ended up watching the whole series which finished yesterday. It was so good. There was so much drama and funny bits. I just loved it and spent most of my nights staying up late to watch it on catchup. It was great.

Game wise I have been loving Minecraft on PS3. I had bought it a while back and played it a couple of times but didn't really get into it. Now though I'm so into it that I can't stop playing it. I've played it nearly everyday now. I do stop because I get bored but then I get right back on it afterwards. I love it. It's great. 

Finally, probably the best thing I've bought so far in 2016 is my iPhone 5. I have never had an iPhone but I've always wanted one. So I was really happy when I bought this and it came in the post. I actually really love it, it's one of the best phones to have.

Megan x