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1920’s Prohibition Era Ball

My boyfriend has finally started University! Unfortunately his loan hasn’t come through yet, but hopefully it wont be long.

His Freshers Ball was in the Theme of the Prohibition Era. Luckily I had the night of work because I was so excited to dress up in tassels and big feathery head pieces!

Unfortunately I ended up working a lot before going (4 people have just left my work including one of the managers meaning we’re pretty low on staff) so I didn’t have time to buy the amazing outfit I had envisioned.

Instead we had a quick run to Camden on the day to of the ball as we figured it would be the best place to find some vintage looking outfits. I did see some lovely and perfect outfits but unfortunately my budget would not allow for them. I also saw some cheaper outfits which again would have been perfect but I just couldn’t justify spending £20 on them when I knew I wouldn’t wear them again.

In the end I settled for a cheap cream lace number. It didn’t quite fit the style (it had too much shape to it really) but I figured I could make it more 1920’s with some accessories and make-up. I knew I had some shoes somewhere that we’re very 1920’s, but unfortunately I seem to have left them in the north so I settled with some matching lace heels.

I ended up tying a ribbon round my waist, not all that 1920’s but it looked pretty and gave me a big bow on the back (I love big bows!). I also wore a few long, beaded necklaces to try and make up for the lack of tassels. For the headpiece I used an old sparkly headband I wore when I danced the charleston with my old dance school (how appropriate!) and attached a big flower to it as I didn’t have any feathers.

For my make-up I made it quite simple just adding some eyeliner and then bright red lipstick. I wasn’t about to cut all my hair off into a 1920’s bob, so I just left it as it was, straight and long.

Considering my lack of time and money I think I actually looked pretty good!

It turned out to be a really good night. Just him and I dancing like idiots whilst getting a little merry.

It’s a shame the journey back wasn’t quite so fun. Our flat is really hard to get to with the night buses. This meant we had to take 2 buses and then walk for 40 minutes, which wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t freezing and absolutely pouring it down with rain.

Hopefully there’ll be many more good nights out soon, if I’m not working too much that is.

‘Till next time!!

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Exciting News for my Boyfriend

Recently money’s been extremely tight, i’m only working roughly 20 hours a week minimum wage and my boyfriend can’t seem to get a job no matter how hard he tries, although he’s good at getting interviews for jobs he’s not completely qualified for surprisingly. When we first met he was in his first year of University and I was in my last, he quit his course though as he didn’t really enjoy it, I don’t think it was exactly what he was expecting.

Since then he’s been working at a sales job, basically being one of those annoying people who come to your door and try to sell you insulation. He didn’t really enjoy it and the long hours (he would usually work 10 to 12 hours in a day if not more) to make little to no money were just draining him. We knew he just couldn’t keep it up any longer. He decided to quit so he would have time to look for a new job, but hasn’t really had any luck.

Then he started thinking about university again. Maybe there’s a course more suitable out there? He began looking and almost immediately found a course right by us which sounds like exactly what he wanted to do in the first place! Unfortunately by this time applications had already closed and so we had to wait until clearing started. Luckily we heard that his course would be available when clearing opened so then it was a mad rush to get all his UCAS and Student Finance things filled in asap, followed by waiting. A lot of waiting.

Eventually it was time to ring up for clearance. The first day they were having trouble with their lines, he couldn’t get through. Then there was a bank holiday and so they were closed. It was so frustrating just having to sit and wait, not knowing if the course would be filled up or not.

Then yesterday he tried again. He kept ringing and ringing but the phone lines were busy and every time he managed to get through he’d give some of his details before being accidentally cut off! At one point he was left on hold for 40 minutes only to be cut off when the person came back…We were really not very impressed by this point.

When he eventually managed to get through again it went a lot faster. The guy on the other end seemed a lot more competent than the one who had left him on hold for 40 minutes! I tensely watched Ash’s face during the conversation until i heard ‘That’s great thank you!’ and saw probably the biggest smile i’d ever seen on his face.

After he hung up i asked ‘Well?’

His reply: ‘I got in’

It was so much of a relief, after so long just having to wait and so many annoyances and things seemingly going wrong. Now we just have to wait for the offer to come through on ucas and for Student Loans to confirm.

So as of October Ash will be enrolled on ‘Internet Application Development BSC’ (or to you and me – web development).

We celebrated by buying chocolate bars.

‘Till next time!