Thursday, 30 May 2019

Where to stay in Falmouth - Chain Locker

Hey Guys,

You may remember back in January I reviewed a hotel in Falmouth (Where to stay in Falmouth - Cutty Sark) and here is the second.
If you've ever been to Falmouth I'm sure you'll know of the Chain Locker. It's possibly the oldest pub in Falmouth that was recently taken over by St.Austell Brewery and redesigned with a lovely restaurant and rooms upstairs.

I highly recommend the chain locker for any trip in Falmouth it located centrally in town just looking over the harbour along the main street of shops and restaurants so you can't ask for a more ideal location. Whether is for a pint on the harbour, a fresh seafood meal in the restaurant or a night in the hotel.

falmouth, hotel, cornwall

The room we got was small but perfect decorated to the ever-popular blue and wood interior trend that seems to be taking over everywhere in Falmouth at the moment which I love. The room was also filled with subtle touches to the sea without being completely nautical. I mentioned it being a small room but they utilised the same so well still fitting in a wardrobe, bedside tables either side of the bed with a TV on the wall opposite as well as making room for a desk with all the amenities you'd expect to find. 


This is the view pretty much from the front door of the chain locker and lots of the rooms have views looking over the harbour. 

I was really excited about the breakfast as The Chain locker is known for the amazing quality food and I'd have dinner there before which was amazing. Now admittedly I was a bit hungover which can affect these things. However, I was a little bit disappointed by the breakfast. I will usually make up my mind on the quality of a restaurants breakfast purely based on the selection of the menu. Nothing used to ruin the excitement of a hotels breakfast on holiday as a kid if all the offered was a fry up. I want to have a selection to choose from such as my ultimate favourite smoked salmon and eggs on toast, or eggs benedict etc but the veggie fry up had to suffice which was lovely and cooked to be fair.  

So another great night away in Falmouth I highly recommend a trip to The Chain Locker next time you are in the area.

Love Charlotte

Monday, 20 May 2019

Childhood dreaming - Style post

Hey guys,

Hope you're all well?

Sometimes you spot something completely different to your style but you can't stop thinking about? Well, this was it for me. It was on my ASOS wishlist since before Christmas.  I ordered around February but only now decided to wear it I love it but felt ridiculous in it. 

Mesh body - New Look
Belt - Primark 

I'm not normally one for character prints, Primark is hell for it every floor is full of Harry Potter graphic tops followed by every Disney character you can imagine then it goes on to Game of Thrones to the point where there isn't a dress in sight. To me, these graphics character tops should be PJ tops or for the gym and that's about it.  But for some reason this I liked.

I don't even remember watching Looney Tunes much as a kid but there is some level of nostalgia there as I remember both my dad and uncle getting super excited any time Loony Tunes or a character from it was mentioned followed by impressions. Somehow my Christmas stocking is also covered in Tweety Pie.

I just love the idea of using old childhood fabrics like a kids top from a trip to Disneyland in 1999 or the super 90s character duvet prints, sustainably using cool fabric and turning them into something completely new in a creative way that can be styled in endless ways more than just a t-shirt with Tweet Pie on with jeans. Reclaimed Vintage isn't the only guys doing this, I just discovered Sillygirlclub who do exactly what I just mentioned. She uses second-hand character fabric, usually from duvet covers and transforms them into amazing playsuits or dresses and I am obsessed.

While on the subject of 90s childhood characters, I went to see Detective Pikachu recently with low expectations and not much knowledge of Pokemon and wow was I pleasantly surprised. I mean I laughed all the way through and nearly even cried at the ending, one of the best 'kids' films I've seen in a long time, 10/10 would recommend.

What's your favourite iconic kid's character you'd love to wear in a dress, jumpsuit or t-shirt?

Love Charlotte

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

College or Sixth form? What to do after your GCSEs!

Hey Guys,

Now it's nearing to exam season once again. I thought this would be a good chance to share with you how I choose to leave my school and go to college for my A levels hopefully giving you all some advice along the way.

Now originally I planned to stay at my school for my A levels I wanted to stay with my friends, my boyfriend, I got on so well with particular teachers and I was really happy towards the end of year 11 but they just introduced a new uniform, the head of sixth is horrible and the subjects I wanted to take all clashed in the columns so I began looking at my other options.

I originally wanted to study Art, English literature and geography.

I actually went to a school out of my catchment area (which is a different story) so my mum looked into the local high school with all my friends from primary but I didn't want to go there! Then I looked into my local college, I went to an open evening and applied to study a full-time art diploma. I was lucky enough to get accepted but I decided to decline because I didn't want art to be my only option!  So I then enquired about A levels and attended the sixth form centre open day. Here we got to meet loads of really nice teachers, explore the amazing building....this may have been one of the main attractions with 4 lifts, 3 libraries, a gym and a salon all right next to a cinema, McDonald's,  Nandos and Frankie and Bennys! And I was informed about all the unique things the college has to offer.

I was hooked...desperate to study at this college.  I was still gonna find it hard leaving my best friends and my boyfriend but I knew I'd be able to do the A levels I want, closer to home, have a fresh start and it really excited me.

Now when it came to enrolment I did come across a few obstacles however the staff were so helpful. I was advised to take R.S instead of geography because I got a C in geography GCSE but an A in RS and I agreed this would be more beneficial and I loved RS. Also, my biggest disappointment is that my college sadly only offers an English A level rather than two separate Lit or Lang A levels. I only enjoyed English so much in school because of my love for book I loathed any kind of creative writing so I decided to take sociology instead. This does still frustrates me but I am enjoying sociology so much and I am not regretting my change from geography to RS either!

So that's my story of how I choose college over the sixth form.

Here are some of the reasons I am glad I choose a college:

·         The only students are my age or older so there are no year sevens running around of year nines causing fights.
·          We are treated so much more grown up, for example, most teachers are referred to by first name and phones are allowed more freely.
·         The amount of free time is insane... with no daily registration or assembly in your tutor group you only come in for lessons, this is brilliant! In my old school the head of sixth makes pupils stay in the full school day so obviously, it depends on the school though. 
·         You are classed as a student rather than a pupil so your college ID is a student discount which you don't get in the sixth form! Yes, girls you heard me 10% off Topshop and new look to name a few.
·         You receive a lot more opportunities. For example enterprise competitions. Some of you may know I recently took part in Trading places in Cardiff and was on the winning team with other college students from over South Wales. 
·          The support you receive is so much better than in school. With most teachers only having 4 or 5 classes they have a lot more time for each student, you have a college E-mail account so it’s really easy to contact staff (as far as I am aware you don't get this in school).

·         It gives you a better step between school and university.

I am aware some of those points may be selective to my college or my experiences but I am thoroughly glad I chose a college.

I hope this has been useful if you have any questions I'll answer in the comments. I fully believe everyone should at least consider college, it won't be the right place for everyone but on my experience, I really recommend studying at a college instead!

Love Charlotte