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30 Day Photo Challenge – DAY 14 HANDMADE

So I went looking for something I handmade around my flat because today is the keyword ‘Handmade’. I love to make things, I’d say I am creative but whether I am any good at it is another story! The reason I love making things is because I personally find it fun and relaxing, so I tend to spend my time doing some arty things when I am not overflowed with coursework or doing seminar reading for uni! 🙂

The handmade item I chose is something I did last Summer after a day spent in London, my partner knows I love sharks so brought me a 3D wooden shark model kit to construct from the natural history museum so I spent a whole afternoon fixing all the pieces together to make a 3D shark and then I painted it! 🙂

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Any things that you like to make or are proud of having made? Let me know! 🙂

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What’s lurking in the water? Sharks?

The Western Australia shark cull has widely been spoken about, debated, gained media coverage and questioned inevitably sparking quite the debate worldwide, some joyous and others disgusted.

It is understandable that some agree to the killing spree of sharks along the Western Australian Coast and other parts of Australia due to the recent and frequent deaths. However it is also understandable there are mass protests against this quite simply barbaric way of dealing with things.

In my opinion and mine solely I believe that killing an already threatened species won’t make much of a change except in the ecosystem because whether we like it or not even the dangerous, ugly & weird animals are all needed to do their part and have a place in this world. After all we have came a long way, stopping finning in most countries and other harmful issues to marine life are rather big achievements compared to previous centuries but now it seems all of that has been temporarily disregarded.

Understandably some people are pro shark culling and that is purely because they see sharks as killing machines, ruthless through and through but I think if more people were shown true statistics (see if there are any info-graphics, they’re a fun way to learn stats!) then a majority would be less resentful of sharks but evidentially this wouldn’t stop shark attacks obviously, so it is imperative to provide the public and those interested with the proper information and preventative measures of avoiding a shark attack. Further to the previous point another reason a proportion of people are pro shark culling is because of the recent and tragic deaths or attacks on those within the sea, it is however deeply saddening whenever someone passes no matter what the cause.

Sharks are an amazingly strong, agile apex marine predator and are my favourite animal (who would’ve guessed! :p) so I just thought I’d throw in a little blog post because of the current situation regarding sharks 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading it and remember it’s just my opinion! 🙂

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Just Trade – Carved Tagua Nut Shark Necklace Review*

A little while ago I had asked Just Trade if they would consider doing a promotional exchange with me because I loved the items they had in their online store! Just Trade is an online shop that sells delicate fair trade and beautifully designed jewellery.

A couple of mornings ago I received a small parcel in the post which contained a beautiful black bag and inside the bag was a black box containing a Tagua carved nut in the shape of a shark. I was super thrilled as I love sharks and they are my favourite animal and not to mention I really love fair trade jewellery and items.

The whole experience with Just Trade was friendly and the posting of the item was super quick and was elegantly presented upon opening the parcel. The shark itself is so delicately carved and looks wonderful, such a beautiful piece of jewellery. As Just Trade’s online store states in the description of this amazing necklace it says that it was hand carved in Ecuador which is wonderful and I love the idea that the fair trade aspect of these items in their store are helping others globally.

This is a definite love!

Please check out Just Trades website and also their social sites!

Web store: http://www.justtrade.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home

Twitter: https://twitter.com/justtradeuk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justtradeuk?fref=ts

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So a big thank you to Just Trade for this wonderful promotional exchange 🙂

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10 Things I Want To Do From My Bucket List

A while ago (roughly 2 years ago) I started writing a bucket list of things I want to do, being ambitious and someone who loves new things and adventures my list has some pretty crazy things on it, but also some very cool easy going things that I wanted to do and try as well! My list is phenomenally long going into the hundreds so I thought I’d share 15 random things that are on it! 🙂

  1. Swim with sharks – I genuinely really want to do this more than anything, I love sharks they’re my favourite animal and I know an incredible useless amount of knowledge on them as well but I think they’re great because they’re fierce and beautiful at the same time. I think to start with I want to swim with sharks in an aquarium as I’m quite scared of the sea, but if I get over that fear then I’d like to swim with some different types of shark in the ocean as well, maybe Black tip reef sharks and whale sharks 🙂
  2. Ride on an Elephant – I would love to ride on an Elephant, they’re so big and quite cute and I’d love to have a photo taken with one!
  3. Go Skydiving – It would be undeniably scary but that’s part of the thrill I guess, plus you’d see some killer views on the way down which would be something unforgettable!
  4. See Northern Lights – I know lots of people who want to do this as well, I think this would be amazing and a beautiful experience which I’d treasure.
  5. Make 1000 Origami Cranes – There is a Japanese legend that whoever makes 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish, this is something I’d love to do as I learnt how to make origami cranes really well, its just it would take a crazy amount of time!
  6. Experience Holi or a colour festival – Holi is a festival celebrated mainly in India or Nepal and a colour festival is celebrated in South Africa Durban, I’d love to go to one of these events the powders looks so colourful and bright I think it would be amazing.
  7. Go to a fashion show – I’d love to go to a big worldwide fashion show in one of the major cities this would be amazing to see the catwalks and designers as well as the upcoming latest styles.
  8. Hold a bird of prey – Not many people wish to hold a bird of prey but I’m a little different, I love animals and I love to admire their beauty and birds of prey like Eagles are much like sharks in the sense that they are fierce but also beautiful.
  9. Swim with Manta rays – I think manta rays are really incredible, I love how smooth and calm they are and I think it would be an unforgettable experience to swim with them.
  10. Travel everywhere on my travel list – This is a big one that wont be completed for a long time, but will eventually be completed because I love travelling and aim to finish my list 🙂

Well that’s ten random things from my bucket list! Hope you enjoyed!

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Some Statistics About Me…

I want to be a fashion journalist. If you didn’t know that you do now 🙂 My aim is to be a successful blogger and fashion journalist in the future for a big time glossy magazine, I’m not materialistic at all…far from it! My previous desired occupation was a nurse, I know what you’re thinking a bit of a crazy jump from one to the other? Well turns out my love for fashion and magazines has been combined by my newly discovered talent of being able to write good articles and it’s something I enjoy so there you have it 🙂

So I thought I’d tell you some little snippets about me:

  1. How many internships have I applied for since the start of this year? – 10 so far.
  2. How many published articles have I written since the start of University? – Around 15.
  3. Favourite thing to write an article about? – Fashion or the news
  4. Writers block? – Yes! everyone does now and then.
  5. Favourite colour? – Green or Red.
  6. Favourite season? – Autumn or Winter.
  7. Favourite animal? – Shark 🙂
  8. Hobbies? – Reading, writing, being an activist, helping the less fortunate and blogging.
  9. Do I like University? – Yes, although it has it’s disadvantages.
  10. Favourite holiday destination? – Ibiza or Cornwall.
  11. Favourite coffee shop? – Starbucks!
  12. Current favourite book? – Paper Towns by John Green.
  13. Favourite weather? – Sun but not if it’s too hot!
  14. Blackberry, Iphone, Samsung, HTC? – Iphone
  15. Something I want to do by end of this year? – Go on holiday, Swim with sharks or pass my driving test.
  16. Favourite magazines? – Glamour, Company, Heat, Vogue, Cosmopolitan.
  17. Favourite newspaper? – The I
  18. Something I hate? – Liars.
  19. Bad habit? – Eating sweets and take away.
  20. One place I want to visit badly – New York.