31 December 2014

On a rollercoaster that only goes up


2014 has been a year full of highs and lows, but I guess that's just the same for everyone. I chose that title, because looking back at this year, the first half was terrible compared to how good the second half has been.

The year started off with my applications to 5 different Unis in England, 2 of which I got rejected from and 3 that gave me conditional offers. To get into any of them though, I had to reach certain grades in my A-Levels which were probably the most horrific experience of my entire life. I hated having to learn texts and formulas that I will never use in my life, by heart and this clearly showed in my rather bad results. I didn't do these A-Levels to have them, all I wanted was to be able to move to England and go to University as there was no way I was willing to stay in Austria. My first choice, Southampton Solent, required me to have a 2.5 which obviously I didn't reach, but I was more than happy (and all the other positive adjectives) when I saw that my UCAS status changed from 'conditional' to 'accepted'.

The rest of the summer was boring and great at the same time, I went to London, to Turkey and had an internship that I really enjoyed, but these things are part of my summer round up, so I won't go in too much detail :) After I finished work in the end of August, I had 17 days to pack up my entire room, sell my furniture and organise the whole moving to uni thing, which was one of the most stressful experiences ever, but it all paid off in the end.

Since the 17th September I have now been living in Southampton and I absolutely love it. Whilst almost failing my A-Levels back in April & June, I never thought that I'd be able to move to England and study Fashion with PR, a course that I absolutely love. I was lucky enough to meet a bunch of people that I couldn't live without anymore and I am more than happy with everything as it is right now.

Besides all that school/uni stuff, I also got to attend my first proper Blogger events (special thanks to Anna Kummer who took me to my first event!) and got to know the people whose blogs I've been reading for a long time. In September I also got to meet my favourite YouTuber Colleen Ballinger which (I know I sound like a crazy fangirl) was pretty much one of the best things to ever happen, it was more than surreal to hug a person whose videos I watch on a daily basis on the Internet. After her amazing show in London, I also got to go to her Bath show and visit the probably most perfect little city ever.

Just like every year, this one had its good and bad moments, but I am so glad that everything that has happened, happened!

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this year, I genuinely love you all xx 


25 December 2014

Christmas in Austria


Hi everyone! First of all,  I do feel the need to apologise for not blogging in about 2 months, Uni has been really stressful lately and the poor light conditions don't make blogging any easier either. The fact that I haven't blogged in 2 months also almost made me forget my own blog name, it honestly took me few seconds to remember that it was 'floralchaos', which I by the way want to change as it's not something that I can 'identify' myself with anymore. 

There is a University update post among my drafts, but I'm not sure whether to publish it or not, let me know if anyone is interested in that please? :)

Anyway, onto the actual theme of that post, on the 17th I came back to Austria for Christmas and I wanted to share some pictures that I have taken since then, with you. If you live in central Europe you have probably realised that the weather conditions are everything except wintery, in fact last Thursday it was 16°C and today I saw some blooming trees which is very untypical for December. I was hoping to arrive in a snowy and cold Austria, so I could go snowboarding for a day, but I feel like I need to suppress my hopes until next winter. 

I honestly haven't done any very exciting things that I could tell you about since I've been back, my life tends to be more exciting in Southampton which is why I can't wait to go back next Saturday haha! I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and you forgive me for my looooong absence! :) x



8 November 2014

A magical city


Bath has been a city that I wanted to visit for a very long time. I have seen it in Hannah Maggs vlogs, on several pictures and in general I have heard many people speak about it. I honestly didn't know what the fuss was all about until I came there. The main purpose of my visit was to see Colleen's show (yes, I am obsessed with her) but of course I also did some sightseeing. Bath is a very small place, yet it has a lot to offer. Whilst I was walking around I wished I had more than two eyes as there is always something beautiful in sight, may it be a historical building or a cute little cafĂ©, everything looks absolutely perfect. 

I sadly didn't get the chance to go into the Roman Baths or into the Fashion museum, but I will keep that for another visit as I am certainly coming back at some point! Although it was freezing and raining from time to time, I really enjoyed walking along the river, looking at three rainbows and strolling down the little roads. 

If you have the chance to go to Bath or if you are looking for a place for a short break I highly suggest you to go there, it is absolutely stunning! As I am writing this I realise that I sound like someone talking about a product on QVC, but I genuinely have just fallen in love with Bath! 

What is your favourite city? :) xx

31 October 2014

Zombie


Guys I cannot even explain how sorry I am that I haven't blogged in a month! I have just been really busy with University and life (yes I actually have a life here for a change haha) and whenever I do have time it is pitch black outside (thank you to the one who thought changing time was a good idea) so I can't take any pictures. I have been thinking about getting myself a very cheap softbox so I can blog more often again because I genuinely miss it.

Enough rambling; yesterday we went out for Halloween and obviously dressed up. Only a few days ago I saw Tess Christines Zombie make up tutorial on YouTube and instantly knew that I wanted to recreate it, I never knew it was so easy to create wounds! The make up was relatively easy to do, but putting in contacts was on a whole new level haha. After seeing everything blurry and having a teary eye for hours (my eye is still red 15 hours after removing it) I truly appreciate having a good eye sight and not having to put up with this every single morning & evening; I genuinely do not know how people do it haha. Apart from the contact lens struggle I had a really good night out!

Did you go out for Halloween? If so, what did you dress up as? :) x

3 October 2014

LUSH Christmas Event Portsmouth


Yesterday after Uni I rushed to the train station (High heels were definitely the wrong choice) to catch my train with Faye and Catherine to go to the Lush Christmas Event in Portsmouth where I finally got to meet the lovely Alice and Ami. At first we had a little look around the shop until the Christmas collection 2014 finally got revealed. After taking a few pictures all the bloggers went into a separate room where we got a more detailed presentation of the new bath bombs, shower gels, etc. Winter collections are usually my favourite; you get very sweet scents such as snow fairy, fresh scents like So White but also (my favourite), spicy scents like Hot Toddy. Some of my favourite bath bombs were the christmas hedgehog (it's so adorable!), the melting snowman which I had last christmas and looove and cinders

In the end of the event we all got to make our own Comforter which was so much fun! Although mine doesn't look quite as professional as the ones you can buy, I enjoyed making my own bath product SO much! We also got to create our own goody bag; I chose the Hot Toddy Shower gel, the snowman shower jelly, the snow fairy bar and the shoot for the stars bath bomb. 

Thank you so much to Lush for making such a lovely event, I had such a fun evening! Definitely go and check out their new collection in your local Lush store, you surely won't be disappointed! 

What is your favourite Lush product? :) xx


2 October 2014

checked skirt | OOTD

In the last few weeks I seem to have developed a thing for checked clothing, I used to genuinely dislike it but now every checked item catches my eye and wants to make its way into my wardrobe. As a fashion student I also feel kind of obliged to own the latest trends so when I saw this gorgeous skirt I couldn't help but take it home. Although the skirt looks kind of smart-ish I think if you combine it with a plain T-Shirt or even blouse it's still not too much for uni etc. Here in Southampton it has been pretty warm recently, but as soon as it gets colder I will wear this skirt with plain wool jumpers, that combination would make a really cosy looking winter outfit in my opinion :)

I do feel like I need to apologise for the rather unprofessional setting, but there is no one to take my outfit photos here so I had to use my tripod and camera remote in my bedroom. 

The skirt is from NewLook, the T-Shirt from Missguided and the shoes are form Pull&Bear

What is your favourite A/W trend? :) xx

30 September 2014

charity shop finds


After my little stroll through Southampton the other day I ended up on a little street with a couple of charity shops and couldn't help but pop in. What I love most about charity shops is that you have no idea what items you will find inside and I think the calm atmosphere is just so lovely. My favourite part of those shops is always the book section, not only are the books very cheap, you also don't feel like you are wasting a lot of money on something that you might end up not liking. Also, why buy the book in a high street shop when the money is for a good cause? I ended up getting four books; a novel called 'All that I am', two fashion books that come in handy for my course and a book called 'my little Paris'. Each of those books only cost me 1.50, so all in all that is less than one book in a high street shop. I also ended up getting the movie Notting Hill for 1.50, I absolutely love it! The area it is set in is gorgeous (I wish I lived there) and the story is very cute, too. Last but not least I also spotted a bronze bowl for 2.00 that I use to store my cotton pads in, looks much cuter than leaving them in the plastic bag. 

If my calculations haven't gone completely wrong (which they might have haha) I ended up spending less than 10 Pounds and got quite a few bits. I can't wait to start reading my books and watch Notting Hill with a cuppa :)

What was your best charity shop find? :) xx

28 September 2014

exploring southampton

After doing my first wash at Uni yesterday morning I went to explore Southampton, because the only place I actually know well here is ASDA haha. On Twitter the lovely Alice told me to go to Ocean Village and the Old Town and that's exactly what I did, so thank you! :) Ocean village is a beautiful part of Southampton with gorgeous little houses and a view on boats (or yachts...?). I'd love to live there, but as a student that is obviously not affordable. On my walk in between the gorgeous buildings I met a beautiful white cat that I would have loved to take home, it was so pretty and reminded me of a snowball haha :) 

My next stop was Itchen Bridge where I got a great view over Ocean Village and the rest of Southampton as well as something that looked like a factory, but I'm not too sure what it was. As I have only been here for one week I pretty much have no idea where what is and how to get to places, so I just headed back and somehow ended up on Oxford Street which led to the Old Town that finally got me to the High Street which I was already familiar with. I quickly popped into Lidl where I found plain tomato sauce (yes I got very excited about that) and also got myself some Almond Milk. 

I would list you all the places that I have been to, but I genuinely do not know where I was apart from Ocean village, because I literally just walked without knowing where I went :) I am also planning on doing a little update post about University, but I want to wait until my course has fully started and I actually have something to talk about. 

Have a good day! :) xx


24 September 2014

a few beauty bits


I must admit I have been really lazy regarding my make up routine lately, I still love make up but I've been noticing it become more like a chore for me than a pleasure, so I have also kind of stopped purchasing make up, I just don't really get excited over it anymore like I once used to. So when I was in London last weekend I didn't even fancy going into Space NK or Liberty, which was probably great for my purse. When I went into Boots though, I spotted a gorgeous Rimmel lipstick and picked it up because I think it's a gorgeous A/W colour (although I hate the packaging, it looks so cheap!) The shade is called 128 starry eyed and is a darker berry colour. Back in Austria I still had a voucher from a high end make up store so I used that to buy Clarins lipstick in the colour 05 pink berry, which is also a berry colour (as the name suggests), just a tad lighter and more appropriate for everyday wear. 

For my birthday back in August I received the Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream perfume and I absolutely love it. Marc Jacobs flacons always look adorable, but this one is by far my favourite, because it's not too colourful and crazy, it's just very cute and pretty. 

After I had a not so great day yesterday, I quickly popped into Lush and picked up a shampoo bar that is supposed to stimulate the roots and hair growth plus it's supposed to make my hair shinier. After 1 wash I obviously cannot tell you wether it actually makes my hair grow faster, but I definitely noticed, that my hair is shinier than it usually is & I really appreciate that :)

My hair colours has become a lot lighter recently (my colour has washed out) and I found it looking a little bit brassy and it just wasn't a colour I was happy with so I got myself a silver shampoo from Bleach London. The purple liquid looks really scary at first, but I think it actually helps! It doesn't eliminate the brassy tones entirely, but it definitely tones them down, which I am very happy with!


21 September 2014

Meeting Colleen Ballinger


So If you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I am obsessed with Colleen Ballinger, already. Back in February I bought a ticket to see her London show on the 19/09 and I have been anticipating this day ever since. Last Friday I finally headed up to London to see Colleen's show. She started as herself and sang 'Happiness is very happy' followed by 'Defying Gravity' where she transforms into Miranda. I find it astonishing how fast she is able to take up a character! To be honest, I was kind of sad when she transformed into Miranda because I would happily watch Colleen do a show as herself, she is incredibly talented! Miranda describes her shows as a 'self help tour' where she teaches you what to do on the first date & how to stand up against bullies; in a non-serious and funny way of course. 

After the show I queued for the Meet&Greet and (as fangirl-ish as that may sound) I still can't quite comprehend that I got to meet and hug the person that I watch daily on the internet, it was so surreal. The security guys were kind of strict, they wouldn't let us take more than one picture and wanted everything to be over really quickly. When I told Colleen that I really wanted a picture with her as herself though, we got to take another one :) 

I once read a quote that said 'never meet your hero' which implies that meeting your idol will disappoint you, but that definitely was not the case. Colleen is pretty much the sweetest person in the universe and I would give everything to meet her again.