After 6 months of living in Aberdeen, I finally discovered the blogging community and attended my first event at Union Square organised by McFrank PRUnion Square is my favourite shopping centre in Aberdeen and hosts an incredible variety of eateries upstairs. The other bloggers and I were treated to complimentary drinks and dinner from Las Iguanas, YO! Sushi, Byron and Carluccio's on a Supper Safari. And yes I did have to unbutton my jeans as soon as I got home.



Union Square Supper Safari

It was only yesterday I noticed my room in Aberdeen has become a lot more homely. My cushions are fluffy and patterned with cats whilst my nail polishes stand in a perfect formation. One thing I didn't have in Edinburgh however is a pinboard. I wasn't quite sure what to do with it when I moved into my flat. It was grey and bare and just a little intimidating.

Luckily I have managed to fill it pretty successfully over the past few months, thanks to poundland paper dolls, university memorabilia and some of my favourite necklaces. I feel you can tell a lot about a person from what they consider important enough to make it onto their personal pinboard, so please enjoy this little insight into my university life and if you'd like to buy the fabulous paper dolls - get yourself to poundland ASAP.


Let me tell you about my pretty paper dolls and why they're on my pinboard. If you have seen my Prom Dress Adventure in Glasgow vlog, you'll know these paper dolls were an impulse buy from roughly last May. I had no idea what I would use them for but I was sure they would come in handy at some point - don't we all need some paper dolls in our lives after all? Finally they have come out of the packet and onto my pinboard, acting as not only a cute decoration but also a reminder of my friends back in Edinburgh as well as the new friends I have made in Aberdeen. So emosh.




If you're wondering why I have two massive bows at the top of my pinboard - I don't blame you. The reason why however is because I am a cheerleader. Yes, me. I was unaware cheerleading was practiced in the UK until moving to Aberdeen but the sport is definitely one of my favourite parts of university. It's such an uncommon but difficult and tiring (all those bear crawls gawd) sport which definitely deserves more recognition as a "real sport". Luckily, last week I was voted as Fundraiser for the Cheer Committee next year so am hoping to promote RGU Cheer's image as well as the reputation of the sport in the UK and Scotland in particular. A separate post including a video of our competition routine filmed by my lovely mother will be published shortly. P.S. the medal is up because it was my first competition which we competed in and won *sassy cheer hair flick*.


Oh look what we have here - a couple of exciting tickets from two university related events. The centred ticket was for the LOVE fashion catwalk show hosted by Trend and Premiere Productions back in November. This was my first taste of fashion in Aberdeen outwith my lectures and I have to say it was an impressive show. You can see some of my photos from the night over here and here.

The second ticket was for Baby Blues - a ceilidh/night out at Institute for all the sports clubs. I am very happy to report I survived four ceilidh dances in my new 5 inch stilettos - a feat which I am very proud of and would shout from the rooftops if I knew how to access my flat's roof. Baby Blues is a taster of the huge sports ball at the end of April - Blues Ball. No idea why blue is in the name but there it is. I am now facing the dilemma of whether to wear my prom dress once more or buy a new dress - I just can't decide!


Moving a little further down the board you will find one of my favourite necklaces bought from New Look one or two years ago. And no it's not from Oliver Bonas - I just like their little label and the brand and thought it filled the gap well. Apologies for the confusion. This necklace is definitely a statement piece and has been very handy on a few nights out when I haven't been bothered to do a washing and can use this pretty necklace as the main feature of my outfit. It looks great paired with simply a low neck white crop top and skinny jeans. I just love how iridescent and sparkly it is - I need more jewellery like this!




Now at the bottom of my pinboard, you'll find a few of my other necklaces which made the cut to be taken up to Aberdeen. I don't tend to buy jewellery for myself, but if anyone gifts me it I will be sure to wear it. Next to these necklaces I have placed another very exciting ticket from The Clothes Show in Birmingham. This was a pretty exciting day trip organised for my course, fortunately for a pretty student friendly price. I was going to post about this but feel I have left it a little late. All you need to know however is it was an amazing day out and the fashion show was incredible - more of a theatrical performance. You should definitely go next year.



Lastly on my pinboard are some slightly more personal items from my friends home in Edinburgh. The first is an eighteenth birthday card from my close friend Ellie. If I could have fitted all my birthday cards on my pinboard they would definitely all be there, however my birthday was all the way back in November so the rest are no longer on display (sadly). I also have a good luck card again from Ellie from when I first moved and a little more personal photograph (again from Ellie haha) of my first holiday with my friends to Malta last summer.



It's the little things like these that make my room just a little more homely and are good at lifting my spirits if I'm ever feeing down or missing friends and family. I'm not really someone who gets homesick but it's always nice to be reminded your friends and family care about you and are there for you, even if that's 3 hours down the road instead of 2 minutes.

Hopefully I've given you a little insight into my life at university and me as a person I suppose. What's on your pin board?

What's on My Pinboard

Hello there stranger, it’s been a while.

Recently I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with just about everything. I’m not falling behind at university coursework or not having time to see my friends, I just have too many idealistic thoughts and ideas swirling around in my head. I’ve been feeling rather disorganised and stressed and my mind and concentration are all over the place.

I’m not sure if you know already, but I am an indecisive procrastinating perfectionist. Three traits which aren’t the best combination I’m sure you’ll agree. I am also incredibly creative. My thoughts constantly jump from one idea to another, thinking up which vegan dinner to conquer next or an incredible get rich quick scheme. The trouble is I try to do too many things at once, which leads me to doing none very well or at all.

Hence, I want to find a focus again to hopefully destress and become more productive.


How do I plan on doing this? After many hours of procrastinating reading several blogs and articles on the issue, I have decided to loosely take inspiration from this post by Ciara Conlon on Lifehack. I found myself a pretty notebook lying unused at home and have created what I call a “Life Planner and Journal”. This may all sound a little unbelievable and optimistic (I like to be positive) but I feel I need organisation in my life to keep me on track and keep me feeling good about myself and what I am doing.



Blogging

Blogging in particular is one area of my life I have been feeling rather demotivated about recently, which is very sad. I think the issue here was moving to Aberdeen. That’s not to say Aberdeen isn’t a good city in which to be a blogger – it has so many hidden gems that are unique to it that definitely deserve more exposure on the internet.

However for me, making the move from Edinburgh was tough in relation to blogging. The blogging community in Edinburgh is where I started and saw my blog grow alongside the several supportive other bloggers. I even consider a lot of them my friends. Admittedly there are more meet ups and events in Edinburgh which also helps with the social side. I find interacting with other bloggers really motivates me to create content myself but in Aberdeen I know of only about 3 bloggers, none of who I have met unfortunately, and the community here does not exist to the same level as in Edinburgh.

Luckily, two of my friends on the same course as I have just set up their own fashion blogs so I now have people to get excited with about blogging again! We already have plans to discover our local blogging cafĂ© (you know what I mean – laptop and a smoothie and/or coffee) and have discussed a trip to the beach to take some outfit photographs which makes me so happy.

My plans for Copper Pink are to become more focused, alongside my life. I’m aiming to have one outfit post a week, three posts up a week and want to get back into YouTube. Twitter chats are definitely going to becoming a weekly thing for me and I have set aside at least an hour a week to read all the other lovely blogs out there and interact with fellow bloggers, no matter if they live in Aberdeen or afar. I may also have a design revamp to help me get back into the swing of things – I just can’t decide on a font #bloggerproblems.

The other areas in my life I want to focus on are university of course, the gym & yoga, cheerleading (post about that coming soon), healthy eating and finding a job. My ‘Life Planner’ is still a work in progress, but if it does work for me I’ll be sure to talk more about it in a future post and keep you all updated.

Well that was a lot of text but I felt I needed to get it all out.

The purpose of this post was really to let me get all my thoughts written (or typed) down out of my head and let you know what’s happening with myself and Copper Pink, but hopefully if any of you are feeling similarly you can relate – feel free to send me an email or DM if you don’t want to comment! I’d be happy to have a chat. Have you ever felt rather overwhelmed and stressed like I do now? Any tips or even just letting me know I’m not alone would be greatly appreciated!

I’ll definitely be seeing you here again soon (and not once a month as previously).

Life planner is good to go.


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