Ugggggh, if there is one thing I want in life it is to have my very own walk in wardrobe/dressing room. So much so, that when it comes to house hunting, it is top of my criteria list. 

I constantly find myself wandering into the interior sections when I am out shopping, envisioning how I will decorate it and I am always looking for inspo on Pinterest and Instagram. 

I decided to create my own little mood board with my favourite pieces. I am not gonna lie, I got totally carried away when I was browsing online, but having to narrow it down to just these was really hard! 

As you can see my aesthetic is clear: simple white featuring pink, grey and gold accents. I am currently obsessing over this, so I can confirm that this is my dream dressing room. 

Shoe Storage - Ikea
Pink Cushion - H&M
Grey Cushion - H&M
Chandelier - Arhaus
Dressing Table - Newtons Furniture
Print 1 - Arhaus
Print 2 - Arhaus
White High Back Chair - Newtons Furniture

Marble Tray - Arhaus
Sofa - Arhaus
Candles, Candle Holders, Fairy Lights, Diffuserr, Room Scent - Primark

Newton's Furniture is a company I have obsessed over since I was a teenager, their French inspired furniture is my exact aesthetic. It is elegant, and unique. I couldn't miss including it in this post. 

H&M and Primark are my go to places when I am looking for affordable, up to trend home pieces. I can't walk into a store without picking something up. These places are great if you like to reguarly update your homeware, as you don't feel too bad throwing it out knowing you didn't spend a fortune on it. 

If you visit the Arhaus website, it is seriously interior goals. Everything on there is so dreamy. These two prints I picked out are so beautiful, I think they would compliment a dressing room really well as they are fashion sketches. 

It was so hard having to narrow down my lighting choice to just one from Arhaus, as they have such a unique range with many options to choose from. I really fell in love with their Bronze Geometric Chandlier as it's a modern statement piece. 

Be sure to check out Arhaus on Pinterest and Instagram.

What would be in your dream dressing room?

This post is in collaboration with Arhaus

Okay, most clickbait title or what?

But in all seriousness, one of the hardest choices a millennial has to make these days is deciding whether or not to go to university. There are positive sides to both arguments, which is the main reason this decision was so hard for me to make. I sometimes still question whether I did the right thing, although it is never too late to go if I felt I wanted to.

My mom desperately wanted me to go, “What are you going to do with your life Dionne?” She would ask. I could never give her a straightforward answer because the truth was, I didn’t know then and I still don’t now.

When trying to make the decision, I had to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of both. Ultimately, this is why I made the choice I did. What I am trying to achieve with this post is to help those who are torn to read what the prospects of each are and to help them come to a conclusion. 

Positives of Going to Uni:

  • Greater job prospects. You can come out of uni knowing you can try for a job in your desired field, or if not, you will at least be in a position to start a professional job which is something a school leaver will struggle with.
  • Gives you a competitive edge over candidates. Pretty similar to the above, but if you are going for a job, they are more likely to employ the person with the higher qualification.
  • Gives you greater understanding and knowledge on the subject. We come out of school with a sound knowledge on a variety of subjects, but we never specialise in a single one. If you are super passionate about a certain topic, University will give you a much greater understanding of it and you will find friends with the same interests too!
  • Gives you 3 years stalling time until you figure out what you want to do. Okay, we all know this is a biggie of why some people go to Uni, but no one ever wants to admit it. If you have literally no clue what you want to do, but aren’t ready to try and find a career or a professional job just yet. Go to Uni! Start a course that you enjoyed at school, or something that is credible amongst employers and use that 3 years to discover what your passion is. Plus it gives you time to party up and get it out of your system by the time you are 21.
  • You learn how to live on your own and fend for yourself. A HUGE one. This can make or break a person.  Going to uni means completely fending for yourself. You learn to food shop, pay bills, cook, wake up early, be mindful of living with others and much more. If you’re not up for it, the alternative is stay at home and study at a local University. You’ll save a lot of money by doing this too.

Positives of Not Going to Uni:

  • No £30k debt. The biggie, but we cannot forget that massive debt that is looming over your head throughout the entirety of your adult life. You can’t ignore the fact that you owe the Government a lot of money, and that doesn’t get wiped until you are like 30? I think. (VOTE LABOUR AND THAT MIGHT CHANGE lol)
  • Gives you 3 years to gain experience working/saving money. Whilst all your other friends are getting smashed and partying hard at uni, you are out getting real world experience. It gives you a great opportunity to start your savings pot and start your life. Soon you will be able to buy yourself a nice new car, or even save for a house if that’s your goal. A lot of my Uni friends are bloody clueless about what it is like livng in the real world. 
  • You don’t have to settle on a course you don’t really want to do. This was a huge one for me. I was going to study Marketing and eventually continue on to do my Masters in Fashion Marketing with the slightest possibility that I might be able to get my foot in the door in the Fashion industry. Albeit unlikely.
  • When it comes to jobs, it’s not what you know it is who. Quite often you find these days that the competition is so fierce amongst young people looking for jobs that even if you have a degree, you’re not that special. Unfortunately, we live in an age where a person can’t afford to work part time or pick up minimum wage and still live comfortably. Millennials need to work so fucking hard, with the prices of everything going up and wages coming down that if you can get any kind of job you should take it. With that being said, if you know someone who works in an office it is a great way to get a start at a career and usually, they don’t care if you have a degree or not.

So, those are my positives for both. I decided against University, because the cons of going, although there are less they simply outweighed the pros. It wasn’t worth the time or money it would take to study something I wasn’t truly passionate about.

I haven’t ruled uni out, if one day I am sitting at my desk and it clicks what I want to do I will sign up straightaway, should I need to. But for now, I am okay without the debt to pay back. I have created a great work ethic and have learned how to manage and save money.

I hope I was able to aid your decision, as I know how difficult it can be, especially if you lack the support from peers or family. I struggled with it myself by trying to do what I thought people wanted from me but, I stuck to my guns much to my parents dismay, and now even they agree I made the right decision.

Let me know below if you have some tips I might have missed, I will add them into the post so we can all help shape the youth of today's minds! 

I'm a tele addict. In every way, shape and form. It's my perfect end to a busy day, and even my not so busy days. I actually don't think I can put into words how much I really do love it, and that is saying something for a self proclaimed "writer."

I have found myself actually cancelling plans with friends I haven't seen in months just so I can get through a series. Okay, that's lame right? But I'm obviously a major Introvert, so maybe that has something to do with it. 

Anywayyy, so this month I haven't just watched brand new shows, some of them have been oldies, but goodies. This list isn't huge as I don't have as much free time as I would like to sit in front of the TV all day and night. But hey ho. 

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside. (IMDB)

The first series I binged was Prison Break. So, unlike every other person on the planet, I had never watched this. When I heard that it was being resurrected, I had to watch it before the new series aired on Fox, and luckily all 4 seasons were on Netflix UK. So every night after work, my mom and I would race through dinner and our chores before we settled down for the evening to watch this. We were up to the early hours of the morning!! This is by far one of THE best TV series I have ever watched, absolutely recommend it. You never know what is coming and I swear, I had genuine palpitations watching it. Am I selling it? Well anyway I'd rewatch again and again. Plus, Wentworth Miller is a total babe. 

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated. (IMDB)

Ever since season one aired over here, I was waiting for Jane The Virgin to come back onto Netflix. It did, and I think it took me several days to get through it all. SPOILER ALERT: Poor Michael!?! Jane The Virgin is one of those shows where you can just stick it on when you fancy something that isn't too serious. In a brief summary think - Aspiring writer, supportive Spanish family, beautiful, rich man, adorable baby, light humour and a lot of romance. One of my go-to chick flicks.

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life. (IMDB)

13 Reasons Why. Of course. I had to watch this just so I could find out what all those stupid memes about Clay meant! Initially, I found this super boring. It took me a while to get into it and I spent a lot of time staring at my phone instead of the TV. However, it snowballed so fast and over the last few episodes I was addicted. When I watched the finale I was fucking SHOOK. Like, I couldn't believe that was allowed to air on Netflix but it's a good thing it did because this kind of stuff is happening all the time, all over the world. I don't doubt that it will have created a lot of awareness for Mental Health, but my only issue is that they may have targeted it in the wrong way. I'm gonna put this out there and I know my opinion is unpopular but I felt it glamourised suicide. For those that have said to me "it shows you what a person with depression goes through etc" If you are watching that as a person who suffers with depression, how can you believe there is another way when the person who represents yourself on TV doesn't find the help they need or any other avenue other than to kill themselves? I really don't agree with that. However, the actors were phenomenal. 

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. (IMDB)

I had been meaning to watch Riverdale for so long and kept putting it off but I am SO glad I finally did. I binged this and finished it within days, it's so addictive. I loved the characters, the outfits, and the story lines. I would recommend watching it if you are into shows like Pretty Little Liars. If I were to mention the few qualms I had I felt that it sped through some storylines pretty quickly, like is that all with Mrs Grundy? That went nowhere and there is a shortage of male eye candy!!

What shows have you been binging? I need something new for June!!

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