Inspiration Monday: Making the most out of University

I don't think I'm really ready to write a post like this as I only just finished in July - but I really want to give some advice for any Uni starters. Advice being a veeery loose term by the way, but I thought I'd compile a post anyway!

1. Go out to Uni Events
My University experience was very different to a lot of other people's - there wasn't as many societies or sports popularity in mine. People kept to their own groups and since I was on a small campus a lot of societies found it very difficult to have successful events as most students just couldn't be bothered to attend (boo! don't ever be that person!) Nonetheless I highly recommend you grab your mates and go to a few Uni socials - it's a great way to meet new people and have a good night too. And if you enjoy planning and organising events - why not help out some societies? I'm sure they'd welcome you with open arms!

2. Remember that Uni is actually for STUDY
I know far too many people who fell short of their academic expectations due to the simple fact that they just did not work throughout Uni. Yes it's exciting that you've moved out and you don't have a curfew - but please remember you're paying £9k a year to get a qualification at the end of it! Just get your work done and celebrate each achievement! :-)

3. Your Uni mates will become your family
I love my Uni mates more than words can describe. I am beyond lucky to have found such a hilarious group of people who I had great times with. You will find those people too! Don't be shy at Uni, if you overhear an interesting convo just join in! I think at this age we find making new friends really awkward - but it's only like that if you make it to be like that. Be relaxed, be yourself!

4. The Careers Advice team are actually awesome
Keep in touch with these people and attend some events here and there to pick up skills. I've been to so many that I'm quite proficient at knowing what a recruiter wants to see and hear. They're all priceless information that these people are happy to give you. Get them to help with CV, cover letter, placements - everything! Honestly make the most out of them - it's so important to be focused on your career. If you're unsure about where you want to go, try finding work experience and narrow down from there.

5. Be sensible
If you live at home, do you really need that whole student loan instalment? Be smart with money, I've always said that the UK try to pale down the whole paying back student fees palava. They make it seem very casual and easy to try not to scare you, but you should be scared. You will be paying a huge chunk of money back for the foreseeable future - spend that money wisely. Yes they make it simple to pay back, but there is interest on top of it and you'll be shocked at how much they end up taking from you. Another thing they fail to tell you is that your loan makes you look very unattractive in the eyes of a bank and it's a bit more difficult to get credit cards, mortgages and other loands! Not to mention, at that point the government will also be swiping taxes from you too - and suddenly your salary will look very dry at the end of it. Budget carefully, spend smartly and be safe!

There's millions more I could say, but that's all for now! What's your top Uni advice?

Wishlist Wednesday

A/W wishlist

A/W wishlist by shabna (click for more details on each item!)

ASOS Seek You Out Heels - I love the little sparkly panel on the top of the shoe, they have a very classic (almost boring) shape to the shoe but the glitter just lifts it to this season. I really want these for work, I think they'd look fabulous with skirts.

ZARA Asymmetric Flats - I tried these on in store and actually kind of liked them. They're a bargain for 20 quid but I don't think they'll be particularly comfortable or long-lasting. The material is quite flimsy and the patent leather feels like it'll make a sweaty hell inside! Let me know if you own these and what you think!

River Island Box Pleat Midi - You all know I'm in love with midi skirts and this one is no exception. The pink is so beautiful, I saw this in store and it really is gorgeous. It would look great with a basic tshirt or sweater.

Topshop Sporty Trim Tshirt Jumpsuit - How cosy does this look? It's basically a onesie for the day sooooo I need it. I have a silky black jumpsuit but it's quite constraining and I'm scared I'll rip it. This looks perfect for lounging around in at work. I'm one of those people who always has their leg or feet up in strange positions.

Ted Baker Dress with Lace Collar - This dress is extortionate, I definitely don't think the price tag is worth it - but it is such a classic shape and design that I couldn't help but throw it in here. I could most probably DIY this so I'll get back to y'all on that! ;-)

Chi Chi London Lace Midi Prom Dress - The star of the show! It's so classic and gorgeous, I want to go to a fancy party just to wear this. I really do want to just splurge on this - even to just hang on my wall! Don't you guys agree? It's stunning!

Inspiration Monday: #002

scarves by shabna featuring plaid scarves
There are multitudes of these massive scarves around - even in Primark. The Zara & Pull&Bear ones seem gorgeous but you can get the exact item for a fraction of the price on eBay and Primark - so do your research! They look great with simple outfits, and if you buy a statement one it can easily jazz up your outfit!



I'm working on doing this to my room, I think bed curtains are so dreamy! Add fairy lights and you have yourself a gorgeous little nook. The official way to do it is to buy bed-curtain rods and install to your ceiling - but you could easily fashion one with a bit of DIY and a ladder! Get creative! Now that I don't have Uni, my room is reserved for rest and sleep so I want to make it as cosy as possible! (I have a room tour coming up soon!)



Mmmmm I love knitwear. And I'm loving the slouchy numbers I'm seeing on the highstreet. Can't wait to invest in a few pieces. Go for colours like black, white, grey and other neutrals so they can be paired with any outfit. And if you live in the UK then remember that this can be worn all year round too due to our unpredictable weather!

Staying Organised

Organisation is one of the biggest life lessons you should learn - because you can honestly use it anywhere. I found being organised integral to school, sixth form, University and now my job. In this day and age, procrastination  is inevitable. It's difficult to ignore and with the vast world of the Internet at our fingertips - there's no way we'll get board of procrastinating. SO for this - you MUST STAY ORGANISED. Here are my top tips!

1. To-Do lists

I freaking love to-do lists. Start your day by opening up your diary or special to-do list pad and jot down all the things you need to do. It can be as random as possible - from the food you need to eat to the meeting you need to attend. Or it can be more specific, maybe just your work items or school items. Prioritise as you need to, we are all different. I personally mainly put work items, any phone calls, any e-mails etc! Then try and complete all your tasks for the day. Simples :)

2. A Diary

I've always loved diaries, from a young age. I think they're so pretty and I used to dream of owning one like the one Mia has from The Princess Diaries. All fancy and girly and quite ostentatious. But I was awful at keeping up with diaries - I'd always get lazy at filling them in. I'm actually very lazy at writing in general, I read very, very quickly and of course my hand can't write as quickly as my brain is reading out what to write - therefore I get frustrated and bored pretty easily. Strange brain. Nonetheless I now have a weekly planner by Moleskine and I make it a priority to fill it in and pencil every single event in - even my workouts!  I really want to get a Filofax next year - especially after seeing all of these! If you're not a fan of diaries or writing then make use of the Calendar app on your phone or download a planner app (there are multitudes) and stay organised through there.

3. A Desk Planner

This isn't completely necessary but it's great for Uni when you wake up and you just want to quickly see what's going on today. It's like a normal calendar but specifically for the week. I got the above one from Paperchase and they have loads of other designs. After that week you just rip the page off and plan the next week! Great way to see an overview of your plans for the coming week.

4. Prioritise

I can't give much advice on this as it's up to you to prioritise appropriately. Your studies/full-time job should come quite high but remember to add in some fun things to really balance your life out. It's crazy how quickly you can feel overworked. I love organising my workouts throughout the week too!

Do you guys have any more tips?