Friday, 28 February 2014

Warehouse Fashion Shooters Campaign

Warehouse have just recently launched their new SS14 campaign, Fashion Shooters, working with supermodel and photographer, Helena Christensen.

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 This is such an exciting campaign and working at Warehouse means that I've been able to see it all come together, if only in our store. The Fashion Shooters campaign is all about photography and fashion, and Warehouse want to inspire people to pick up their cameras and get creative.

As part of the campaign, Warehouse are hosting the Fashion Shooters Festival on Brick Lane in London on the 22nd March, for all those fashion enthusiasts and budding photographers out there. Among many other things,  you can make a bespoke tee with Yr Store, create your own photo flickbook, get pampered at the WAH Nails nair parlour and check out the Toni & Guy photo ready hair salon all while enjoying an amazing DJ set by Whinnie Williams. Want to know the best part? This exclusive event inspired by the SS14 campaign is free. Yes, free! All you need to do to attend is sign up, but spaces are limited so hurry! 

Helena shot twelve of the campaign images, and Warehouse are running a competition where YOU could shoot shot number thirteen. 25 lucky winners will win a night in a Shoreditch hotel for you and a friend, travel expenses paid for the two of you, an exclusive VIP experience at the Fashion Shooters Festival, and will shoot the final campaign image with help from Helena in a professional studio. To be in with a chance of winning (how amazing does this sound?!) all you have to do is sign up. So simple and such a fantastic opportunity.

Despite working for the company, I'm not personally involved with this event nor have I been asked to write about it on amyjanealice, I just think this campaign is so exciting and a great opportunity, and want to let people know about it. Good luck if you enter the competition, I've got my fingers crossed for you!

The Book Challenge 2014: To Read

If you haven't read my initial post where I introduced The Book Challenge, you can check it out here

In that post I mentioned the fact that I have a really bad habit of buying books, storing them on my bookcase and then forgetting all about them. A couple of weeks ago I made a list of those books, and decided to read them and not buy any others until I'd ticked them all of. So I have to admit, I have caved a downloaded a few books on my iPad; I can't help it if they're free and sound really good! Some of these books I've started before and just not got into, others I've just shoved to one side as I have better things to read, but this is the list of books and I'll update it every so often until it's all completed! Hopefully it won't take me too long.

  • The Longest Holiday - Paige Toon
  • The Art Of Fielding - Chad Harbach
  • Say You're Sorry - Michael Robotham
  • The Wish List - Jane Costello
  • The Moaning Of Life - Karl Pilkington
  • Fairytale Of New York - Miranda Dickinson
  • Welcome To My World - Miranda Dickinson
  • Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews
  • Sleigh Bells In The Snow - Sarah Morgan
  • Son Of A Witch - Gregory Maguire
  • From Notting Hill To New York...Actually - Ali McNamara
  • The Truth About Melody Browne - Lisa Jewell
  • The Josie Gibson Diet - Josie Gibson
  • Pearshaped - Stella Newman
  • Absolute Beginners - Colin Maccines
  • The Host - Stephanie Meyer
  • Blood Work - Mark Pearson
  • Persuader - Lee Child
  • Without Fail - Lee Child
  • Welcome To Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop Of Dreams - Jenny Colgan
  • Diary Of A Jet Setting Call Girl - Tracy Quan

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Book Challenge 2014

I know that we're nearing March now, but after coming up with this idea I thought that it was definitely not too late to post it! 

In January I had a chat with a few girls on Twitter who were setting themselves targets as to how many books they could read in a year. I didn't set myself any, but decided to write down each book that I read over the year. At the moment, the figure is pretty high as I will admit, I am a HUGE book geek. I love getting comfy in bed and having a good read before I go to sleep. Also, I read quite a lot on my iPad which means I can get stuck into a book on the way to work and university, and on any breaks that I have, so I do get through quite a lot. I also have a really bad problem with buying books, shoving them on my bookshelf and then forgetting about them, especially with those pesky deals like "3 for £5" that they have in bookstores! So, I've also made a list of books that I need to read and (hopefully) I won't buy any more until I've checked them all off. 

Basically, The Book Challenge 2014 is going to consist of me adding each book I read to the list on The Book Challenge page (at the top of my blog), and also posting about what I need to read and noting my progress on that particular list. This probably won't be interesting to some of you, but I know there are some fellow book lovers out there, and if you have anything similar to this please link me in the comments! Feel free to join in with this, it doesn't matter that it's not the start of the year and please let me know if you do take part :) 


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Fresh Laces x Harvey Nichols Event

Last Friday, Fresh Laces took over the menswear floor of Harvey Nichols in Manchester to host an exclusive sneaker lifestyle event, showcasing some famous kicks and collections from designers such as Mr Sneaker, Dimension London, Tapis Rouge UK, Tranerholic, Kicks on the Moon, Elisha Francis London, I Want Your Sole, BenJArt, Custom Eyes, Crep Protect, From Virginia, Davo Howarth, Lescott-Stewart and Sultan Est. Originating in South London, Fresh London was created by Nathan Massiah, after he decided to turn his passion for collecting, or as he said his hoarding of trainers, into something more. After realising there was huge hype around sneaker events in America, he wanted to bring it to the UK, and so Fresh Laces was born.

I met up with my lovely blogging friends, Callie Rose, Francesca and Jessica and after some breakfast, we headed to Harvey Nichols for the event. On arrival, we were greeted by the people hosting the event, and met the lovely Elisha, events manager for Fresh Laces. 

We looked at some amazing sneaker collections, and although I'm not a huge sneaker fan personally, I definitely had my eye on a couple of pairs. Throughout the event there was entertainment, in the form of resident Fresh Laces DJ 10Faces and drummer NathStar

Elisha also owns her own gorgeous handmade jewelry range, Elisha Francis London. It's absolutely beautiful and I especially loved the bracelets and definitely plan on looking at buying some, check it out!

I had a great time at the event and meeting the Fresh Laces team, and it was definitely a hit judging by the amount of people taking up the second floor of Harvey Nichols. After their first Fresh Laces event in London going down a storm, and now this one in Manchester, I guarantee that any future events will be even more popular. After speaking to Nathan, he told me he had plans to maybe go to Europe next, and the brand obviously has plans to go even bigger. 


Monday, 17 February 2014

Lush Haul

For Valentines day, as one of my presents, my lovely boyfriend kindly bought me a gift card for Lush as he knows how much I love their stuff. So, on Saturday I popped in before work to pick up a few of my favourite bath products. Baths are my favourite way to relax; once a week, usually on a Sunday night I run a bath, pop a bath bomb, melt or bubble bar in from Lush, grab a book and just chill out for an hour or so (or until the water goes cold)! 

I actually bought two of the Creamy Candy being bubble bars, as they're perfect for nice relaxing bubble baths, so I used one before I took pictures! With vanilla, almond oil and cocoa butter ingredients, it leaves your skin feeling super silky and moisturised. Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment does a very similar job to Creamy Candy, minus the bubbles; it's full of skin softening butters and essential oils. Pop In The Bath is a nice and cheerful bubble bar, with oils and ingredients to create colourful bath water. Blackberry Bath Bomb is the best bath product to help blast away your worries and create a calm atmosphere and Space Girl is the best way to clear your head and come back down to earth, with a sweet fragrance and fruity essential oils. 

With so many beautiful products, I can't wait to get them all used up! Are these any of your favourites?

Amy x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

University Series #9 UCAS Offers and Replies

Congratulations on finishing your UCAS application! That's the hardest part out of the way, so now it's time to sit back, relax, and watch all your offers roll in! 

Once you receive an offer or something changes on your application, you will be notified by email. If you haven't provided an email address, UCAS will notify you by letter so don't worry but of course it's easier to provide an email address. You can also add more choices to your UCAS application, which is known as Extra, but there are certain terms and conditions. You can see them here. Before accepting any offers, you need to consider a few points first:
  • If there's one thing I would STRONGLY recommend, it would be to visit each of your universities on open days. I attended open days for each of my choices and found them extremely useful. Going to open days gives you a feel for the place you may be studying, and the majority of the time there are opportunities to visit the university accommodation. Something else I found useful was the fact you get the chance to talk to course tutors and current students. Ask them anything and everything you can think of, it really helps to get as much information as possible. Sometimes a prospectus or the university website can mislead you, as obviously they want you to believe that they are the best university for you so its important to visit the university and form your own opinions. Also, open days often feature "life fairs" which include information about things from student finance to student nightlife.
  • You need to be 100% sure before making any decisions, as once made they can't be taken back - this includes the insurance offer which I'll explain later!
  • You don't have to wait for all your offers to get back to you before replying, you can cancel any you definitely don't want to attend, but this cannot be reversed so ensure you know exactly what you want to do!
There are three options when it comes to replying to your offers, you have to make a firm acceptance, an insurance choice and and the rest will be declined.

Firm Acceptance: A firm acceptance will be your preferred choice out of all those you have made, and you can only pick one of these. If you choose to accept an unconditional offer, you are agreeing that you will definitely attend the course and must therefore decline any other offers. If you want to accept a conditional offer, then that means you are agreeing to attend the university if you meet all the entry requirements. With accepting a conditional offer, you can accept another as an insurance choice. 

Insurance Choice: The insurance choice can be conditional or unconditional, and is basically a back up; if you don't meet the requirements for your firm choice, but do for your insurance, then you are committed to your insurance choice. If your insurance choice has higher requirements than your firm choice, and you don't meet those for your firm, it doesn't mean you will automatically be accepted. Also, you don't have to make an insurance choice if you don't want to! If your firm choice is unconditional, you cannot choose an insurance choice.

Decline: Once you have confirmed your replies, you can decline the ones that you definitely do not wish to attend. 

Here are some key dates from UCAS to make a note of:

7 May 2014: If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 31 March you must reply to any offers by this date (except for Extra) or they'll be declined

5 June 2014If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 8 May you must reply to any offers by this date (unless you applied in Extra) or they’ll be declined

26 June 2014If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 5 June you must reply to any offers by this date (unless you applied in Extra) or they'll be declined

24 July 2014If you receive all uni/college decisions by 17 July – including Extra choices – you must reply to any offers by this date (or they’ll be declined)

You should also have a look on UCAS to see what to do if you receive no offers (which I'm sure will not happen!) or if there are any changes you need to make.

I hope this has been useful, and don't forget to have a look at the rest of my University Series. Thank you!
Amy x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Fresh Laces at Harvey Nichols Manchester

Recently, I discovered that I'd been chosen to be an official blogger for an upcoming event at Harvey Nichols, hosted by Fresh Laces. For one afternoon, on the 21st of February, Fresh Laces will be taking over the Menswear department, giving customers the opportunity to grab a pair of limited edition sneakers, customise their favourite pair and have a look at some famous kicks. 

Fresh Laces was created by Nathan Massiah, a huge sneaker collector since the 90s. From his passion for sneakers stems Fresh Laces, a sneaker and lifestyle exhibition featuring sellers, clothing brands and all things hip hop culture. Fresh Laces pride themselves on being a platform for UK brands, sneaker re-sellers and all sneaker enthusiasts.

Some of the sellers for this month's exhibition include Mr Sneaker, Elisha Francis London, I Want Your Sole and Kicks On The Moon, among many others and while browsing you can enjoy music from top DJ's.

The one day only pop up event will take places on Friday the 21st of February, running from 12-8pm at Harvey Nichols Manchester. I'm so excited to attend and can't wait to see what Fresh Laces will bring to Manchester, especially after seeing coverage of their last few events.

Keep your eyes out for a feature on amyjanealice after the event takes place! Are you going to be there?

Amy x

University Series #8: Organisation & Study Tips

It's getting to that time of year where university and college students are either sitting or preparing to sit exams, so I thought a post on organisation and some study and revision tips that help me might be useful; organisation is of the utmost importance throughout your time at university, and especially when it's coming up to exam time. This might be a bit of a lengthy post, so grab a cuppa, a pen and some paper and take some notes that might help you!

Keep a diary - A diary is one of the best tools for organisation. Personally, I prefer to have an actual organiser that I can write everything down in, (plus I think it's really satisfying to tick things off when it's completed!), whereas some of you may prefer to use your phone, tablet, laptop etc. Whichever method you use, it is important to note down any appointments, deadlines, important dates and meetings to ensure that you don't forget anything. It's also useful to check a couple of weeks ahead every now and again so you know what you've got coming up. A revision timetable is also really useful to create.

Have a folder for each unit - I like to keep all my notes from lectures and any other paperwork relating to a particular unit in a folder, so that when it comes to revision or if I need to find something in particular, I can quickly look through the file. Use dividers to separate different topics or sections within the folder. You could also have another two sections within the folder: one for paperwork that is frequently used, such as an assignment brief, and another for less frequently used paperwork that is still important, such as a past assignment with feedback. I also keep important dates at the front of the folder, like exams, deadlines and meetings.

Take notes - This might be a pretty obvious tip, but I'm always surprised when I see people turn up for lectures and just sit there throughout without even pulling a notebook out. I won't lie and say that I write every single thing down, but anything that sounds important, any definitions or theories, or anything that may come up in an exam, I make sure I write it down. I like to have a notebook with divided sections, where I can write on the tabs which unit each is for. You might prefer to take a laptop with you, which is also great!

Tidy desk, tidy mind - Another obvious point, but one I need to listen to more!  I gather the essentials and spread them on my desk, after clearing away any clutter or anything that might distract me. Unless you need your laptop and phone, turning them off may help you to focus solely on the task at hand. I like to play a little music in the background, and I'm sure I was told in school that if you revise a certain subject to a certain song, when taking the exam if you think of the song it also helps you remember what you learned while revising!

Revise actively -  For some people, like me, reading a textbook and writing down important notes works, but for others, it doesn't. Varying your revision techniques also makes it more interesting, so you're willing to take more information in; mind maps, post it notes stuck around places you look regularly (on your mirror or around your desk), flash cards and colour coding notes are all also really useful.

Take a break! - Although sitting and revising for four hours straight may make you feel like you've accomplished a lot, chances are about half way through you stopped absorbing information. Every now and again, go for a little walk maybe to make a drink, to the bathroom, or even for some fresh air for 15 minutes or so. 

Stay healthy - Making sure you get a good nights sleep regularly, drinking plenty of water and doing some physical activities will also benefit you, not only in terms of health, but will also make you feel less sluggish and tired when it comes to revising. It will also reduce stress, which is never good for you! 

These tips work for me, though you may do things completely differently which is fine! I'd love you to comment below with any more tips that you use, which will help me too. Thank you for reading.

Amy x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

February Wishlist

I'm quite glad to see the back of January this year. It's not like anything bad happened, it was just a little boring and dismal, especially with the weather we've been having. Although February will probably be much of the same, there's Valentines day, and we're getting that bit closer to Spring! I haven't posted a monthly wishlist in quite a while, so I'm definitely bringing the series back for amyjanealice this year. I'm currently watching how much money I spend on what, so I doubt I'll be able to buy every product; it would be lovely though!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - So, I must be one of the only bloggers without the Naked 2 palette... Anyway, after lusting after it for months I think it's definitely about time to go ahead and buy it.! £37

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - I'm not the type of person to jump on every bandwagon, but I definitely want this mascara! I've read so many posts on Miss Manga and it sounds incredible. I love my They're Real and Thick and Fast mascaras, but this will have a permanent spot on my wishlist until I give in and buy it.  £8.99

Lush Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar - For the past few months, I've been absolutely loving Lush Bubble Bars and pick up a few different ones each time. Next time I head into Lush I'm definitely picking up the Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar. Who couldn't say no to the bright colours and zesty fragrance? £2.95

The Balm Frat Boy - This looks like such a gorgeous blush, and after reading so many positive reviews I really want to try it out. Recently I've been loving bronzer a lot more than blush products, but over Spring and Summer I think it would look lovely with winged liner and a bright lip.  £14.50

Fuji Finepix S4900 Bridge Camera - I've been after a camera for quite a while now, and with it coming up to my blogs first birthday and only a few months until mine and my boyfriends first holiday together, I think this would be the perfect time. I definitely want to improve the quality of the pictures on my blog, and even though buying a new camera doesn't automatically make you a better photographer, I think it will help! £99

Olivia Burton Medium Dial Link Watch - I've been lusting over this watch for a while now. How beautiful is it?! I love the colour, the style and the simplicity of it and am hoping I can save enough money, by not by not throwing it away on things like food and unnecessary products, to buy it! £85

This month I also plan on getting my nose pierced again. I loved it when I had it a couple of years ago, but instead of keeping a stud I'm definitely going to switch to a hoop when I can. For the past year or so I've been desperate to get a tattoo, and having now decided what I want, I'm going to try and gather my courage and go ahead and do it.

Amy x
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