About time for an update…

It’s been over a year, but I think I’m back. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Well hello. It has literally been ages. I think my last post was way back in October of 2015, about Kanpai in Dubai (aha, that rhymes, yes I sat here giggling away). You’ll have to bear with me, I feel like I’ve literally forgotten how to form entertaining and half-decent sentences since I last wrote a post. I wholeheartedly apologise for the mess of words that no doubt is to come.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know generally speaking I can be quite a chaotic writer, you would think being a postgraduate student at present that writing would be a fundamental necessity. Somehow I think I’ve got worse. I know, I know that’s probably not the case but have you ever felt more stupid even though you’re being educated. That is me – right now.

But this post isn’t about my questionable writing skills, it’s about an update.

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I relocated to Dubai from the UK to finish my studies in the September of 2015. Fingers crossed, in May of this year I’ll be finishing and I’ll be well on my way to finding myself a real adult job. Honestly, I’m super excited to finish, and to return full-time to England, my home.

Dubai has been a struggle for me, to say the least.

I think a lot of that has to do with the limited amount of time I spend with people. I’m constantly studying, and where as the people I do know out there prefer to head to the beach (understandably, for a beautiful sunny country) or head out for a night clubbing – I’m not a beach goer (self-confidence crisis always likes to strike) and dancing the night away in shoes I can’t walk in make me uncomfortable. It’s definitely my fault that I’ve made limited connections, but it is something I’d like to work on for the rest of my time in Dubai.

I was lucky enough during 2016, to visit a whole load of places during the Summer months whilst I was back home with my dad, I’ll be writing a post or two on my blog about them with some of the photographs I’ve took whilst I was there.

  • Vienna
  • Milan
  • France
  • Czech

I spent Christmas at home in the UK with my dad, and at the moment I’m still in England, spending the last couple of weeks before I head back to university to finish my degree program.

In some ways I’m looking forward to going back, but in others I dread leaving. It’s a bit up and down. I want to finish as soon as possible so I can finally really settle down and find myself a nice little job to start saving for a little place of my own, or at least a flat share.

Honestly guys, I’ve missed you and I’ve missed this. Blogging and just letting go of feelings, it’s such a relief. I hope I can keep this up.

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The day of the friend.

Today’s blog contains no pictures, and maybe that’s wrong but it’s more of an impulse blog then anything else.

Tonight was the first time I spent with all my beautiful friends from school as a group. It’s probably almost been since school ended, which was about three years ago, since we’ve all been together having a proper catch up together and it was nothing short of amazing.

Where else can you find yourself feeling so comfortable with people who know so much about you even though you haven’t spoken properly for maybe two years.

These ladies are a part of my life and in some respects are closer than some of my immediate family. They know me inside and out and know my strengths and my weaknesses.

They are my support at all times even if we’re not close by, and I can’t thank them enough for being there for me during some of my most down right awful times.

One of them is going through a bad time and you know what, it amazed me how much it impacted us all. Metaphorical swords at the ready to defend her to the end. These ladies are the heroes of the day and they deserve everything in life which comes with happiness and opportunity.

Each of them is special and unique in their own right from their complexes to their skills. They are individuals and they are good at being themselves. More importantly perhaps they are good at being the kind of people that I want to surround myself with for the rest of my life.

I know this is a soppy blog, but you know what, these ladies deserve all the soppiness in the world.

Bring on Christmas dinner next year.

Happy 2015 and today, for me is the day of the friend. Of realising who is there for you through all the tough times and who is there for you when sometimes you completely lose contact. Friends are what make my world special.

I guess the only thing to ask is: what makes yours?

An Interview with Emma Enchanted

Emma Gerry, 21 is one of a kind. Beginning her own business at the tender age of 19 she has watched it grow and become a success in her North East England base. With a passion for making children smile and in some cases completely shock them into that pure awe-inspired state that only a child can have, Emma is fast becoming the biggest and best deal for children’s parties in the North East.

Emma Enchanted was the first singing-dancing and acting Princess company of it’s type in the North East and it has paved the way for other companies to follow in suit. With inspiration from California based company True Enchantment, and Traci Hines the cosplayer Emma decided it was time to shock the North East into remembering the importance of  childhood and how short it is.  It was Emma’s mission to explore and embrace childhood and she’s doing that perfectly. The parties, although they cater for the children also seem to excite the parents just as much, and Emma’s biggest tool in how her business has become so successful is through Word of Mouth. With one good party comes three more and so on and forth until Emma’s life becomes a mass of performing as Cinderella at one party in the morning and Ariel at one only two hours later.

With a massive Facebook following of 3,069, which shows no signs of slowing down Emma is kept busy throughout the year. Luckily enough for me, Emma was able to find time in the day to let me interview her. As I drove up to her house, it was the perfect setting for this fairy-tale princess. The house itself was warm and cosy and perhaps unsurprisingly enough when I met Emma she had the big eyes and high cheekbones and flawless skin that I obviously should have expected  from a Disney princess lookalike. In short, she was the epitome of princess and thinking about it now that’s probably part of the reason she has been so successful. I was quickly introduced to her mum Amanda, who was busy sewing costumes, sorting wigs and painting bits and bobs, in order to give Emma the time we needed. Her parents have remained a massive support for Emma throughout her business – with her mum originally sewing and making the original costumes. Both work full-time but still find time to help Emma make her business as successful as possible.

Not only has Emma got a legion of fans, supportive parents and a totally understanding boyfriend (who also happens to be the photographer for the princesses) Emma has a troupe of extraordinarily talented performers. All can sing, all can dance, and all can keep their American accents for the duration of the party – a feat which I promise is not easy. Tried and tested and failed completely by yours truly.

The following is a brief part of the interview with Emma in which she discusses her business and why she came up with the idea of Emma Enchanted in the first place.

It’s my first time making an audio slideshow so please be nice. For more information on Emma Enchanted I’ve linked the Facebook and website – so click the one you want.

My first attempt at designing a 20 page concept magazine

Now let me state this now, I am not a designer. I can try and I absolutely love everything, at the moment at least, that I know about designing but that does not mean I am any good at it!

I’ve finally got the courage to put it on here though. This was my first attempt at designing and creating a 20 page concept magazine. It was part of second year uni course and we were told we had to come up with an idea for a magazine which we would then have to create the layout for.

Obviously none of the work in the magazine is my own and it was sourced from many different parts of the Internet, so please don’t say I’m plagiarising as I know that it is not my work. It was the layout design we were working on as opposed to the images that filled it and what copy was used, (most of the copy is dummy text).

I had a whole load of fun designing this magazine, and although I didn’t end up with a very good mark I feel like I tried my best so to be honest my attitude at this point is whatever. It was my first time I didn’t know how to use the software and objectivity plays a key thing in decision making. I can’t wait for my new uni project which is to design a minimum of 36 pages all original content!

That is going to be something.

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