tag: Lady Law Student: June 2016

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Good, The Great and The Ugly

What a week...

The Ugly
What a week its been, this has honestly been one of the most up and down weeks that comes to memory, I can honestly say it has been like riding a roller coaster. The end of last week saw My furry family and I head off on holiday to St. Davids in Pembrokeshire for 10 days of relaxing with friends. We arrived late Thursday night having just voted in the EU referendum. We awoke Friday morning to the news that the UK had decided to leave the EU, I can hand on heart say that this was not the news I was expecting. Having spent a year studying EU law I firmly believed that we would be remaining within the EU and that this was the best option for the UK. I'm not ashamed to say that the news brought tears to my eyes, I do not believe that the UK has made the right choice and I'm currently undecided as to whether I will stay when I graduate from university. While it may, in the long run, lead to a stronger economy, I am tired of being the generation that lives through uncertainty. I am the generation that saw the introduction of tuition fees, the removal of student grants and one recession. The idea of facing further uncertainty and a possible second recession greatly saddens me. But that being said, I suppose it falls to us all to pull up our sleeves and knuckle down together to make this work. 

The Good

Don't worry this weeks post won't be all doom and gloom. The good this week is that I spent my birthday with my wonderful partner. friends and cheeky spaniel Bramble. We spent a wonderful week playing board games, cooking, drinking (possibly too much) and playing on the beach. It was a truly wonderful long weekend and I am so lucky to have the wonderful friends that I do. 

Bramble in the sun

My wonderful partner and friends
Prosecco and Trivial Pursuit

St Davids, Pembrokeshire

I highly recommend, to absolutely everyone, visiting Pembrokeshire in Wales no matter what the weather is like it is always beautiful and full of incredible things to do. There are countless beaches to visit, amazing places to eat and independent shops crammed full of beautiful things to take home. My top 5 things to do are; 
  1. Narbeth, Pembrokeshire - one of the best tapas restaurants in Wales is located there, its called ultracomida. It also has tonnes of independent shops full of incredible treats. 
  2. Cwtch  restaurant, St Davids, - we eat here every single year and it never fails to wow me.  The menu changes most days and serves up some wonderful local produce. Also cwtch means cuddle in welsh. 
  3. Caerfai Bay, St Davids Pembrokeshire - less busy than most beaches in Pembrokeshire and is completely stunning. I took the dog for a walk there most mornings and the fresh sea blew out any cob webs from the night before. (pictured below) 
  4. The Bench , St Davids - the best gelato in wales, made from milk from the farm down the road. Also if you have a craving for a particular flavour you can request it and they will make it for you within 48 hours.
  5. The Farmers Pub , St Davids, Pembrokeshire - traditional local pub, full of wonderful pictures of the local lifeboats, stunning beer garden and they sell kitkats behind the bar...what more could you ask for . 

The Great (saving the best till last)

The Best news of the week...month...year for me is that *drum roll* my darling partner..now fiancee asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes. He took me to our favourite spot in Wales (a small bench which overlooks the sea on our favourite walk) and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, I of course burst into tears (of joy) and said yes. There are no words to describe how happy I am and I'm beyond thrilled that it happened in Wales. This means that there may be a student wedding budget blog post in the future (depending how crazy 3rd year is)

Fiancee and Bramble

Sadly we now only have one day left of our holiday before we head back to reality, so I am going to spend it curled up with the dog and a book. Sending sandy hugs and cwtches from Wales. 

Lady Law Student 

Monday, 20 June 2016

June Favourites

Good Morning it is a very rainy Monday morning here in Leicester, so I thought i'd write a blog post to cheer my self up. I've seen lots of bloggers post their favourite products each month so I thought I would do the same. 

June Favourites
(I know its not quite the end of June but I'm off on holiday on Thursday so I thought I would post this before I jet off on my holidays)

 Makeup & Beauty Products

Benefit shy beam dandelion
  • This is my current go to highlighter, its the dandelion shy beam highlighter from benefit, it's a liquid highlighter which I apply with either my beauty blender or my highlighter stippling brush from real techniques. It gives just a gentle touch of highlighter and it is perfect for creating that beautiful strobing effect that all the bloggers and MU are going raving about. 
Garnier Micellar Water
  • My second favourite this month (and probably this year so far) is the Garnier Micellar water, this has been a skin life saver. I suffer from really bad skin at times and this makeup remover has cleared by skin up no end. I use it morning and evening with a cotton pad and I cannot recommend this highly enough. It takes off all makeup easily and leaves my skin feeling so refreshed. 
Keratin Oil
  • I always use Argan oil when I wash my hair to protect it from the heat that I (and most people) subject their hair to when styling. I recently ran out of my favourite oil and I thought that I would try one with keratin (hair protein) as well as Argan oil. I love love love this oil, I use it before I blow dry my hair, after straightening to smooth and after styling for a sleek finish. The other great thing about this product is that its often on offer (which is super important if your a poor student)

Food & Drinks

Ultra Cleanising Matcha Green Tea Powder

  • This month I've given up coffee and tea and I've swapped to a morning Matcha Green Tea Almond Milk Latte instead. I mix 1tsp with boiling water and mix until its a dissolved and then I add almond milk and ice and I whiz it my blend active. I've only recently started drinking it but so far I'm a huge fan it wakes up in the morning but doesn't make me feel like I'm wired. I also sometimes add a tsp to my lunch time smoothie if I feel i need a boast later on in the day. (This is also currently on offer in Holland and Barrett)

Table ware - Naomi Battersby Pottery

  • My super talented friend has just finished her degree at DMU (De Montfort University Leicester) and invited us all to her degree show on Friday. She has created the most stunning range of table wear, I absolutely love her large bowls with the speckled grey effect. I highly recommend checking out her designs and following her on FB and Instagram  She has also earned her self a place at the Younger Designers Show in London, so if your around London time go check it out. 
  • My favourite flowers used to be Lilies however I've recently fallen in love with Peonies, I picked up these stunning flowers from Lidl of all places. The sweet Williams were £1.50 and the Peonies were £3.00. I know that flowers are realistically a luxury for a student but sometimes you just feel like treating your self and I just fell in love with how big and beautiful they were. 
Clothing & Accessories

H&M Gym Leggings
  • Can we just take a moment to fall in love with how bright and jazzy these work out leggings are. I'm obsessed with jazzy gym wear, I find it motivates me to get off my bum and go work out.  H&M's activewear collections are pretty much my go to gym wear at the moment I love all their different designs and collections. So go check them out!! 
Present from my Soul Sister
  • I love this ring far too much, it was a leaving present from my Canadian Soul Sister before she flew home. It's a vintage map of her home town so that she's always with me and I'm reminded of her. I've no idea where she got it from but I think its the perfect present for long distance friends. 

Bramble's Favourites 
As I'm sure your aware we recently extended our furry family and brought home the cutest little cocker spaniel called Bramble Liddi (or Reese's Pieces, Brams, Fur ball, Naughty Spaniel, or Bramblelicous). In honour of this I've added a Puppies favourite section of all of her favourite things. 

My other owner - Simon
  • This is probably Bramble's favourite this month (year/life/ever), her other owner (and my partner) Simon. As you can see she is a bit in love with him and gets super excited every evening when he comes home. I guess he is also one of my favourites too. 

Crate beds from Pets at Home
  • Being the naughty little spaniel that she is, she has been rather terrible at chewing her beds. We bought Ruff Tuff pet beds originally but at one point they only lasted two days, which for £30 a go it was not economical at all. So on a recent trip to pets at home I found these crate mats for £8.00 (BARGAIN!!!).  The designs are a little bit bright but so far they are holding up well, they also fold in half and velcro together which is great because they also fit in her travel crate (massive plus) and as you can see they seem to get her snooze of approval. 

  • Her final favourite this month is the Natures Menu meaty treats, we were recommended these by our puppy class instructor (Wits End Training School, Leicester). They are grain free, free from artificial flavours, gluten free and are made with real meat. She loves loves loves them, which makes training way easier (especially for recall training in the park). I also love the fact that they are softer which means you can tear them up in to smaller pieces so that they last longer. 
So thats all from me and Bramble this week, I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I hope you all have a lovely week and this maybe brightens your rainy Monday. If you have  any questions about anything in the blog then drop me a comment. You can also follow me on Instagram @katdolly, Twitter @haines_cat and on Snapchat @katdolly. 

Peace and Love 

Lady Law Student 

Friday, 10 June 2016


May 2016

It's been a busy couple of weeks so I've been away from my blog for a bit, but now with a long summer ahead of me I'll aim to try and write a post at least once every two weeks. So without further delay here is my May post. 

Trying New Things

  • New LimeCrime - I have two moods, the cutest and most perfect nude matte lip to ever have existed, its called marshmallow as well which I super love. I wear it for nights out and day trips its so versatile. The second shade which is super dark is perfect for a vampy dark lip, I love it for nights out, it definitely sums up by other moods.  
  • Makeup storage - I have forever been scanning through pintrest looking at makeup storage, especially the acrylic ones. I just love the way you can see all your different lipsticks, palettes and brushes. So I decided to dive and buy my own from Amazon. I mega mega mega love it. I can be super messy at times and I love the way that it keeps it all contained. 

  • NYX - I'm so happy that this brand is now finally in boots, I'm forever buying it from asos but now I can go down and browse through all the amazing colours in person. They also make my favourite contour palette (powder and cream). I use the powder for my day-to-day contour and cream for a stronger more dramatic night time look. I also cannot hype up the lip liners enough they are so perfect I love them. 
  • Finally - My New lace off shoulder top from H&M it is so structured and lady like I LOVE IT!! I love H&M it is my go to shop for; gym wear, day-to-day, work wear and evening glam. 

What I've been up to 
  • May saw me say good bye to my favourite Canadian Soul Sista, after a crazy night of tapas, tequila, gin, champagne, margaritas, jager bombs and sangria. We partied till 5:30 am (for those who know me...that is crazy late for me) its normally the time I get up to let the puppy out. It was the best night and the perfect see you soon for my Soul Sista.....obviously I'll have to start saving for my first visit to Canada. 

  • My Last Exam...THANK GOD is over. It is so nice to not have to wake-up and immediately hit the books. So with all my spare time I'll be trying to get back in shape, start a bullet journal and do so much needed puppy training.  

Up Coming Plans
  • So....whats planned for June ..Well in 2 short weeks we'll be driving to Wales to spend a week with friends. I plan on laying in the garden with a glass of wine, eating lots of gelato on the beach and cuddling my best friends baby. 
  • I'll also be catching up on lots of missed date nights with the boy, who has been some-what neglected due to lots of revision. 
  • Finally I'll be spending some quality time with the latest member of our family Miss Bramble the cocker spaniel. We started puppy classes week and we have lots of homework to do. 

See you soon 

Lady Law Student