UPDATE: Final Semester|UCD Fashion Show|Modelling|Joining the Gym


Hey everyone.  I'm writing this while I really should be working on my thesis, which is due in < 2 weeks time.  I haven't had much time to make any proper blog posts so I thought I'd update you all on what has been going on in my life at the moment.

Firstly as of last week I have officially entered my final semester of neuroscience in UCD.  I have barely any hours of lectures atm but I'm stuck in the library every day working on my thesis.

Last week I auditioned for the UCD Fashion Show for the fourth year in a row and am delighted to say that I'll be modelling in it yet again on the 15th and 16th February (the day before my thesis is due eek).  Every year the proceeds from the show go towards a well-deserved charity, and this year is no different with the charity partner being Jigsaw - The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.  You can read more about the amazing work they do on their website here.  Tickets for the show are €15 for adults and €12 for students and are available from UCDSU shops, models, committee members, and online.  To keep up with the show, follow UCD Fashion Show on Instagram or visit the Facebook page.  This year the show has a Zeitgeist theme, which is "the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time".  The show is divided into sections; Suffragettes, The Great Dictator, Black Civil Rights, Tech (my section), LGBT, The Wall & Young Designer (design college students submit their best pieces to the Show's committee who choose finalists that will be showcased on the night & one winner will be chosen by a panel of judges).  So far we've had one rehearsal and a launch and launch night & you can check out more updates on my Instagram

As well as the Fashion Show, I have a couple of other modelling events in the coming months.  Firstly, I'll be working with the UCD College Tribune yet again for an upcoming spread featuring Charlotte Tilbury makeup, which I am super excited for, so keep your eyes peeled for updates here and on my Instagram.  As well as this, I'll be modelling in a Toni & Guy competition in March and will be posting photos of the show.  On a side note, I wish I had found out about this sooner but the Toni & Guy Academy in Dublin offer majorly discounted prices for hair services for anyone who books in an appointment.  I was there last week for a cut and blow dry and my hairdresser was excellent.  A senior hairdresser watched over the entire process and demonstrated on my hair while other students watched and took note.  It took quite a bit longer than a traditional hairdressers appointment, but at such low prices and for such a nice cut and blow dry, I would 100% recommend going.  I have honestly never been so pleased with my hair after a hair appointment (lets be real - I usually silently hate my hair afterwards) and can't wait for my next one, where I'll be getting a full head of highlights.

For quite some time now, I've been meaning to start going to the gym (UCD Gym is free for students - no excuse) and actually make an effort to get fitter and stronger.  I am one of those extremely un-sporty girls (I am bad at basically every sport I've tried - not my thing).  I used to do a couple of classes of ballet every week but I've had to stop this year as I'm so busy with college and need to focus on my final year.  What has stopped me from going to the gym before is the fact that I had no clue what to do, where to start and I was terrified of being judged by bitchy girls in sports bras and huge muscular guys.  A good school friend of mine happens to be studying fitness and is a personal trainer and she was nice enough to draw up a very basic gym plan for me and come along to the gym with me to show me how to use everything.  Though it was initially very scary going into the busy gym with everyone watching me (they literally could not care less) I soon kind of got the hang of it and my friend was super nice about everything.  3 weeks on and I've stuck with my gym plan and I've even been attending the free classes that the gym provides when I can and though it may not be a huge difference, I'm definitely beginning to get fitter and stronger and I'm so much more confident walking into the gym on my own.  Let me know if you would like to see my beginners gym plan for anyone who wants to start out in the gym and I can do a more in-detail post about it.  For anyone feeling scared or nervous to start going to the gym I would suggest being brave and just asking at your gym for a gym plan to be made up for you, or if you are lucky enough to have a friend who is a PT, to ask them, or even pick a friend who is in the same boat as you are to head along with you until you gain confidence to go on your own.  When I started going I made a point of telling people that I was starting to go to the gym, that way I would be more inclined to stick at it as I didn't want to have to tell people I had quit already.  I used to wonder how anyone could actually enjoy going to the gym but I can honestly say I've really started to enjoy it and feel great after each session/class!

Sorry for the very long & wordy post, I just wanted to update you all as I haven't posted in a while.  I do have some v exciting news coming up that I can't wait to share, so keep your eyes peeled!

Love, E x

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