My Top Five Tips for Uni

Hey Sweeties,

With Freshers across the country about to embark on University and three years of undergraduate study, I thought I would share my top five tips for University. Here goes…


1. Be organised
A great opportunity and excuse for an epic stationary haul! You need notepads, pens, a wall planner and I would also recommend a small diary to jot down your lecture times and any fun socials to carry with you. Unless of course you do are someone who manages their life through various apps and online calendars, then of course do that instead. I can’t cope with disorganised people; if you’re old enough to leave home, you’re old enough to get a handle on where you need to be at certain times of the day and week.

2. Join a club or society
Without going all Pitch Perfect on you (which is a great film by the way), there are so many benefits to joining a club or society during your time at Uni that goes far beyond just meeting people. Depending on where you are going, I can almost guarantee that there is a club for everything and if there isn’t, start one! While at Uni myself, I joined the Equestrian Society and in my 2nd & 3rd years became Vice President then President –this definitely isn’t for everyone but if you’re someone that likes to get involved then getting yourself elected onto a club or society committee can be a lot of fun and looks great on your CV.

3. Get acquainted with the University library & Second-hand Book Shops
This sounds quite geeky but honestly, if you want to do well, you need to keep up with all the suggested reading and academic books can be very expensive, particularly on a student budget. The University library will stock everything and if they don’t, they can either purchase it or borrow it themselves from somewhere for you but they won’t know to do this unless they know what you and your course mates need. Also, I can’t recommend finding out which local second-hand book shops and charity shops stock academic books. Of course you won’t find everything you need but you’ll be surprised what crops up with regular scouting.

4. Budget
Unless you’re fortunate enough to have parents that can afford your course fees, rent and general living fees during your time at university, you’re going to be heavily relying on a student loan and more than likely, a part-time job to keep you afloat. I actually think this only adds to your University experience as although you’re not quite in the real world yet, you’re preparing well for it and learning how to manage your money. You’ll also fairly swiftly realise that you would rather put you well-earned cash to something more than just propping up the bar in the Students Union.

5. Enjoy Yourself!
You won’t get this time again in your life so make the most of it –study hard so you have something to show for your time there afterwards, but also ensure you get out, join clubs and socialise so you can meet people and share in new experiences.

If you are about to head off to University for the first time, good luck! If you’ve already been like I have, what are your top tips?

Until next time x


Sunday Chat: Two Very Different Role Models

Hey Sweeties,

I was thinking recently about role models and got to thinking about who inspired me most in my mid-late teens into my early twenties… and they couldn’t be any more different to each other.

Carrie Bradshaw 


I took two things from Carrie 1. the want to become a writer, 2. a love for high heeled shoes.  Continue reading

My Top Ten List of Pet Peeves

Hey Sweeties,

Today I thought I would list my top ten pet peeves, I just feel I need to put it out there and get it off my chest.

In no particular order:

1. People coughing without covering their mouth, particularly on public transport

2. Professional sports people chewing gum while competing; it sets a terrible example

3. Professional sports people (namely women), wearing big earings and jewellery while competing; also sets a terrible example

4. Littering. I literally can’t cope with how some people have a total disregard and ignorance for the environment around them.

5. Spitting

6. Use of the C-word

7. Really shit drivers, specifically people who have no awareness of the road & traffic around them beyond their own car, but conveniently are always in the right. W******!

8. Facebook status’ by individuals who can’t correctly identify the difference between your/you’re, their/there/they’re etc.

9. People who think they know better (I wrote a post on this a couple of weeks ago here)

10. Laziness.


Phew, don’t we all feel better! What are your pet peeves?

Until next time x

My First Blogger Meet Up

Hey Sweeties,

Last Sunday I had quite possibly the best afternoon experienced in a long time! The day started off heading into London early ish (maybe a bit too early for a Sunday?) so I killed some time having a coffee and a read of Saturday’s The Times Magazine (–anyone else read the interview with Lorraine Candy?) I then headed to Somerset House to see the Guy Bourdin photography exhibition, Image Maker -if you’re into fashion photography or can appreciate eclectic work with a camera, I would recommend that you definitely get yourselves down there!

Guy Bourdin Image Maker

Guy Bourdin Image Maker

The core reason however, why I was in London on a Sunday afternoon was to -quite excitingly- attend my first Blogger meet up! Hosted by the lovely Serene and Zaineb (from @Blogginggals) with special guest jewellery brand Ultimate Collections. In total there were eight of us and I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more.

The girls wanted to get a group of Bloggers together in order to see how in the future we could collaborate and work together, but for me more importantly I found it useful to network and meet other fellow Bloggers and hear about what they do. I have been eager to attend some meet ups and it was something I outlined in my blogging objectives earlier this month so I was delighted that Serene provided me with my first opportunity. The great thing about this meet up was that anyone and everyone were welcome to join in whether you’re firmly established in the blogosphere or just starting out.

Blogger meetup

I was asked –or rather we all were- what our blogging objectives and goals are for 2015 and for me I said I had a little mini goal to try and reach 500 followers by next Christmas and I think –at the moment- that isn’t an impossible target. I was also interested to know how Bloggers can get involved with brands and onto the radar of PR companies and the answer was quite simply to put yourself out there into the community (i.e. at meet ups), approach brands you like with ideas for collaboration and of course a good, loyal following also helps. In consideration of my own situation, I am not entirely sure this is something I can consider doing just yet but it’s good to know how I need to develop in order to maybe one day do this. For now though I just like doing my own thing, developing my writing and blog content with my own ideas.

Overall, the afternoon felt like meeting up with old friends as very quickly I felt as though I had known each of them for a while as they were each so friendly and willing to input into the conversation and share advice. We have all promised to meet up again soon –whether individually or as a group- and I for one can’t wait. Ladies, if you’re reading this, thank you for making my first Blogger meet up so great!

Until next time x


100th Post for 100 Followers


Hey Sweeties,

It seems apt that I am able to write this on Thanksgiving… of course I am not American but I think it wouldn’t hurt us Brits to be able to publicly celebrate and be thankful once in a while.

A month or so ago I could see my follower count rising and I set myself a little goal to see if I could reach 100 followers by Christmas and I am delighted I beat this by a month. Having 100 of you guys following ClaireySweetie is fantastic and I genuinely couldn’t be more thankful. Thank you!

This post is also my 100th and the blog is not quite (but very nearly) 1 years old. It’s taken a bit of time but I feel I have now found my rhythm with content and posting (which I now aim to do so 3 times a week). It is a challenge -of course it is- to find new content and the time to write each week but I so enjoy doing this that actually, there is always the time and the content is there all around if you know where to look.

So Sweeties -my amazing followers- I’ll keep it short today as I wanted to dedicate this post to my thanks and appreciation rather than just squash it at the end of something else. However, on Sunday I have something quite cool to announce that I’ll be doing so do pop by then.

Once again, thank you so much for following.

Until next time x


Who is Zoella Sugg?

Hey Sweeties,

If you’ve clicked on this post with a genuine curiosity of who is Zoe Sugg, as in you have absolutely no idea who she is then I have to ask where you have been, particularly over the last year?! I mean seriously, where have you been?

*Right now in my head I have the Mean Girls clip where they question how you would describe Regina George*

Zoe Sugg. How would I even begin to describe Zoe Sugg?

“Zoe Sugg is flawless”

“I hear her hair is insured for $10,000”

“I heard she does car commercials… in Japan”

“One time, she punched me in the face… it was awesome”


I discovered Zoe by accident but seemingly right on the pinnacle of her name getting exploded across magazines and the media. For a while I was watching Lo Bosworth on YouTube (remember her from The Hills?) and one day I just happened to see Zoe in the list of suggestions YouTube thought I would be interested to watch based on my viewing to date. So I clicked on her ‘My Everyday Makeup Routine‘ video, then I watched a few other of her videos, and it slowly dawned on me that this girl was quite well known and I have been addicted to her channel ever since. What also dawned on me is that her and I lived in Bath at exactly the same time but because I was so engrossed in my degree, I failed to notice her on YouTube so would have failed to notice her out and about in town. Crazy!

At the time of writing, this morning it was announced that she had hit 6,000,000 followers. Six. Million. Followers. Wow! Just going to let that sink in for a moment…

Tomorrow (Thursday) is also the much anticipated launch of her Zoella Beauty range which I can only predict 6 million+ people are itching to see what that involves. As an early guess, I think it will involve lipstick… maybe a perfume but we’ll all have to be very patient little bunnies and wait and see. She also has her first book, ‘Girl Online‘ being published in November and I am sure many other things thereafter.

For me, what I love about Zoe, is that she is totally home grown and self made. She has become famous doing what she loves. Now of course, she is an advertisers dream as her following is now so lucrative that anything Zoe says, goes. For brands she is gold.  But unlike celebrities whereby you know they have a PR machine behind them and much of what they say has been paid for, with Zoe, you believe what she has to say but probably more importantly, you want to listen, and that is the golden attribute she controls. She recommends a beauty/skin or hair product, chances are, you’re going to go and buy it… I know I have! As they all say, she is the big sister you never had and I for one don’t have a (big) sister or a close group of girlfriends so of course to me, her opinion matters and I listen to her as I would any friend.

For me, she is refreshing and it’s about time youngsters had someone proper to look up to. I don’t hate celebrities but when you weigh them up, most celebrities, certainly the ones around at the moment, do not make the greatest of role models. Take Miley, admittedly she is doing everything at the moment to shake off her Hannah Montana image which I think she has safely done, she has taken all her young fans with her. Not that this is wrong, my point is that celebrities -like Miley- go through phases, some good, some bad and the fans go along for the ride, often jumping onto a similar bandwagon. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that because that’s all part of growing up. When I was a teen I went through a hippie phase, a goth phase, a little bit of a skater girl phase and then I discovered Lindsay Lohan and got into fashion trying to copy her style. It’s normal, popular culture dictates many a teenagers’ life. But for someone like Zoella, I get the impression that she is who she is and she is unlikely to suddenly go wild and flash her knickers to the paparazzi. If I was 15 and found someone like Zoe to follow, it would have been a dream and totally the person I would look to for guidance as I navigated my way through my late teen years. It’s unfortunate I discovered her when I was 26 but better late than never I guess.

So yeah, if you clicked into this post not having a clue who Zoe (Zoella) Sugg is and you’ve made it this far, why are you still here? You need to be getting on YouTube and subscribing to her channel… now! And for those of us who do know her… let’s all get excited about tomorrow!!

Until next time x

Royal Baby No. 2 | Sweetie Confession

Hey Sweeties,

OMG there is going to another royal bambino! I’m so excited! This news also means that I now have to confess something to you… I am a MASSIVE fan of Kate & Wills! I know I know, bit crazy but I don’t think there is anything wrong with just being really pro and supportive of two people, like you would any of your friends… except that of course I don’t actually know Their Royal Highnesses Kate and William but that’s just details!

My Mum does think though that I get quite unnecessarily excited as does Ian and to be honest I can’t blame them. A little while before the engagement was announced I was saying to her “any day now, Mother” so you can only imagine my reaction when William finally popped the question! The day of the wedding I was up early, bunting hanging outside my little annex (where I was living at the time), coffee poured into my Kate & Wills mug and my eyes glued to the TV watching all the guests arrive, Kate’s big reveal of the dress, the ceremony, the awkward squishy finger moment, the possession back to the palace, the kiss… ah man, what a day! The following morning I skipped down to the corner shop and bought most of the papers (yes I do mean papers -I bought a couple for different versions of coverage as I couldn’t possibly miss a slightly different angle to the same photos every single photographer got!). Ok, I do sound a bit crazy don’t I?


Oooh yeah, can't beat a bit of bunting!

Oooh yeah, can’t beat a bit of bunting!

Since the engagement, I have continued to get all the special Kate & Will’s supplement magazines in the paper –usually free with the Daily Mail (which for all other purposes I hate) -but my Mum reads it occasionally so she saves the magazine(s) to send onto me. These, along with the papers from the wedding, are all stored away carefully.


Yup, every memorable moment...

Yup, every memorable moment…

Although I am excited about the babies, I was more excited about the wedding. The babies are now just happy moments in the love story. This is not to say however that when Kate gave birth to Prince George, I didn’t sit in front of the TV staring at the hospital doors like everyone else, of course I was and I can only but predict I’ll be doing the exact same for bambino number 2! Do we lay down some early bets? It would be nice if it was a girl, but I think it might actually be another boy… Eek! Watch this space fellow royalists!

So yes, well I hope you don’t think any less of me following this revelation but I completely understand if you do. In my defence, in a world of war and conflict, all the stresses of Scotland deciding on independence, who is going to win Bake Off, when is the Apprentice coming back on TV, Wayne Rooney’s continuing hair loss despite surgery, Cheryl Cole’s (sorry, Fernandez-Versini) career, the growing digitalisation of print media… can you blame a girl for finding a bit of happiness in some (royal) baby news? The coupling of Catherine and William is a genuine love match, it’s a real life fairy tale where the common girl meets her prince and I am sorry, if you can’t forgive me albeit slightly for allowing myself to get caught up in the loveliness that all brings, then we quite simply shouldn’t be friends. 

Until next time x