Since I finished university three years ago, I’ve been living back in my teenage bedroom at my parents’ house. While this may not be ideal for everyone, it works for me as I’m paying half the amount of rent that I was as a student back in Winchester. I first moved into this room when I was 12 years old and I’d outgrown the decor; so when I moved back aged 22 I decided to update everything to reflect who I am now.
The first thing I did was have a big clear out and throw away anything that I didn’t want or need. I then took to Pinterest to find some ideas and inspiration for decorating a bedroom, which really helped me to visualise how I wanted my room to be. I ended up getting rid of my lime green wardrobe (which I picked aged 9!) and swapping it for a white one. I also bought a pretty, white bed frame which I’ve jazzed up with some flower shaped fairy lights and some nice bedding. I can’t really do much about my carpet (which features blobs of hair dye and nail polish from over the years), so I’ve got myself a rather big rug which covers up the majority of my floor space; I think that rugs are great for injecting a bit of personality into a room without having to shell out for a new carpet.
I’ve also personalised my room more by adding shelves (white of course) and decorating these with pretty candles, photo frames and fake flowers. One shelf has all of my prettiest perfume bottles on display whilst another one holds my collection of Disney Tsum Tsums. I’ve got quite a few prints on my walls too which I’ve found from sites such as Etsy and eBay or which I’ve bought from my (very talented) friend.
I’m really proud of how my room looks now and I think it’s a true reflection of my personality. I’ll be sad when I can eventually afford to move out on my own and I have to leave it. It’s the one place I really feel comfortable in.
I have been buying… Mostly train tickets to different places! I’ve also had to buy glasses so I splashed out and got two pairs of Michael Kors frames.
I have been eating at… I’ve been out for a pub meal with my friends from Sixth Form and I also went to Pizza Hut with a group of local bloggers.
I have visited… London, Winchester and Birmingham – my usual haunts.
Best Bargain… I found a candle in Card Factory that smells exactly like Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir and that was only £1.99!
I have achieved… I’ve got through the month, which is something.
I’ve been listening to… Death Cab For Cutie, The National and the new Lana Del Rey songs.
Next month I’m looking forward to… Going to Edinburgh, visiting Amy in Berwick, going to my friend’s wedding and staying with my friend Alex in Winchester.
Next month I hope to splash some cash on… Having a great time with my friends
I’ve been reading… I’ve completely failed this month and have only read one book which was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I have started two others but I’m not enjoying them and it’s taking me a while to get into them.
I’m at the age now where all of my friends are either having babies or getting married which are both really exciting! At the moment I have two weddings to look forward to – one is just next week and I am so unprepared! Attending a wedding can be pretty pricey once you’ve added up all of the costs for individual things such as accommodation, travel, outfits etc so I always try my best to be as thrifty as I possibly can.
Luckily, I’m staying with one of my best friends for the wedding next week. If she didn’t live nearby, the cost of a hotel room would have been pretty pricey, especially as I would need one in Winchester which is a very expensive area, I’ve probably saved around £150 there. I haven’t even thought about booking my train tickets down there yet and I know that’s going to cost me a good £40 or so, especially as I’ve left it so last minute!
The one thing that’s playing on my mind the most is my outfit. At the moment, I don’t have anything to wear. Obviously, my wardrobe is packed but there’s nothing in there that I deem appropriate for a pretty church wedding and then a reception in a cute little barn. I wore a black floral dress to the last wedding I attended but I don’t think I can wear something like that to this one. I’ve been looking around for something cheap but smart and have found a nice pair of trousers from Dorothy Perkins which I could pair with a white blouse and a blazer, I just need to find a pair of shoes to go with them. It’s a bit of a nightmare!
Experian have done a bit of research on the cost of being a wedding guest and they’ve found that one in twenty wedding guests have had to borrow money in order to attend and of those, 17% have had to take out a bank loan. I’m glad I haven’t had to borrow any money but I’m dreading the day one of my friends chooses to get married abroad; I don’t even want to know how much that’s going to set me back. The average cost of attending a wedding is higher than I first thought – can I go back to being thirteen and only being invited to sleepovers please? After looking at all of the stats, I think that I’d better sort out how I’m getting down to Winchester and try to keep the costs to a minimum!