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Saturday, 27 September 2014

A New Chapter

Hello lovelies!
Since finishing University in June, this will be my first September where I am not starting a new School/College/Sixth Form/or University year. It is a very strange feeling from being in education from very little and going through it for many years seems so normal and now to eventually be finished I'm very excited about not having to do all that and beginning a new chapter of my life is an awesome feeling. I finally feel more freedom and have spare time to enjoy doing things I haven't done in so long. People say the 'real world' is a scary place but honestly, I have never felt more at ease.
Onto the haul, September is usually the time to be starting a new chapter of School/College/University and I've always enjoyed getting myself prepared for it, there's always one thing I enjoy buying, yes you guessed it! It's stationary! I've been after a few bits and pieces to spruce up my boring desk space and Paperchase is by far my favourite stationary brand due to it's cute, quirky items which so perfectly fit my style so I naturally ventured in and came out with these goodies:
First we have the 'Beside the seaside' scrapbook, which I have bought to finally get round to sticking in the many magazine clippings I have collected over the years inside it as I have a ginormous pile next to my bed that needs a home and now I can get around to doing it.
Second is the patch work, hand-stitched journal. Those are my go-to favourites as I regularly write a diary and I really like these for the amount of paper you get, a comfortable size to carry round with you (if you prefer to do that) and the variety of ones they have are always so pretty and in such a range of colours. I also like the feel of them too. Next up is these ADORABLE turtle push pins! Honestly aren't they the cutest?!! Beats a boring circular, brass coloured pin doesn't it :)These seriously cute pieces I just could not resist buying! The bunny is a hole puncher and the lady bird is a mini stapler. Adorable X 2!Lastly are these postcards which have quotes on them. I chose these mainly for the quotes but I was also drawn in by the colours and the typography too (my inner artyness coming out there!). The idea I have for making use of these is to find some pretty frames for them and have them as decorative pieces around my room as I think they would brighten it up and look cute.

Thanks for reading and let me know below if you like any of these pieces too :)
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  1. Wow, well done for finishing uni! Those turtles are sooo cute! I love the ladybird stapler too! Abi :)
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    1. Aww thank you very much Abi :D I know aren't they the cutest?!! :) xx

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  2. I've never left school :) - I went straight from Uni to become a teacher. I still get excited by stationary!

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. Oh wow! that's fantastic Elizabeth :D haha glad I'm not the only one ;) xx

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  3. Love the post... totally subscribing... refreshing read.

    www.sherrynotsoconfidential.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much Sherry :D glad you liked it :) xx

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  4. Hi kate!

    oh my goshhhhhh i love everything you bought and i want it all in my life now!!! lol

    that patchwork journal is stunning!

    i try not to go into paperchase too much because i end up walking out with the shop and then some! hehe i see you're similar to me??

    deffo popping in tomorrow i really want that journal!!

    are there any other stationary brands you've discovered that you like??

    Love Shani xo
    Co-founder at Style Honey
    www.stylehoney.com

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    1. Hi Shani :D
      Haha they are so adorable aren't they?! I couldn't resist ;) it sounds like we both have very similar taste in stationary :D
      Let me know if you get it :D I haven't as of yet haha but if I do I'm sure I'll end up doing a post about them and let you know :D
      xx

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    2. Hi kate!!

      I totally went in today - spotted the journal but RESISTED (i don't know how?!) - i still have about 5 un-used ones that i've accumulated from there lol

      i bought a really cute birthday card for my friend though, and did end up buying some really pretty lantern fairy lights in the sale!! oopsie.

      oh cool that'd be awesome thank you!

      so you're done with uni now yeh?? what are you upto at the mo? feels like such a long time ago now for me even though it was only 2 years...

      xo

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    3. Hi again Shani!
      Oh did you?!! Omg how did you resist it? But I suppose I'll let you off ;) haha!
      That's no problem, happy to help :D
      Yeah, I am currently working in retail as a sales assistant/visual merchandiser, the merchandising has been more recent and will be doing more of it next month which I'm excited for as I really enjoy it and hope to pursue that career route, I've actually been looking into short courses too as an option, but I'm undecided as of yet as I can learn on the job for free so who knows, maybe next year :D
      I know, it feels long for me too even though it was only a few months ago haha! What did you study? Did you enjoy it? xx

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    4. Hi Kate :)

      oh cool that sounds really good! as long as you're enjoying your work - that's what's important i think!

      I studied fashion design at nottingham trent, and yes I loved the whole uni experience, but realised that design possibly wasn't for me. I worked as a designer a bit after that, and now I'm working in buying which I really enjoy, and also working for a start up - www.stylehoney.com which is very exciting!

      What did you study kate? was it something in the arts, or a totally different subject?

      I know what you mean, there are great opportunities to learn on the job that actually don't require a degree even, which saves soooo much money! i wish i'd known... but at the time of going to uni, i was still unsure about what i wanted to do after. and i don't regret going for a second! only just starting to pay back my loan now though :/

      xo

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    5. Hi Shani :)
      Yeah I'm really enjoying it thanks :D
      oh did you?! it sounds like you've had a very busy career so far and having lots of exciting experiences :D
      Funnily enough I studied a design-based degree too, I studied Illustration and design, I hadn't done as well I had hoped so I don't know if that will effect my chances job wise so it put me off for a while, but I've always loved working retail and after doing my research it turns out my degree is a relevant qualification for VM work so it has a positive outlook :)

      I'm thinking of maybe doing both, learn on the job and apply for some qualifications as well just so I have that something extra and learn more about it as I'm really intrigued and interested in it :D I know what you mean though, I didn't feel ready for Uni during sixth form and originally wanted to do a gap year but ended up going anyway, I also wish school had taught us about other options to take but it felt like it was either, go to uni, gap year or don't go, so I never knew any different tbh but never the less things happen for a reason :) I dread the day I have to start paying it back :( I feel your pain!
      xx

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    6. Hi Kate!

      sorry for my superrrr late reply!!

      yeah i kind of just fell into things really... i think that's what happens to most people!!

      VMing seems really cool actually - i met a girl who started work on primark shop floor, and now they have started hiring VMs for each of their stores, so she got offered that job as they knew she was inetersted in it - and she gets left alone most the time to design the displays how she wants, using a vague guideline that gets sent from head office.

      oh don't even think about paying back the loan - i literally only just started paying it back last month and it goes out your pay check each month without you noticing it much at all :) i've heard if you leave the country for 7 years then they wipe it - so that's always an option haha!

      I totally believe things happen for a reason, and if you work hard, you will get where you want to be, it just takes time and putting the effort in, and NEVER giving up :)

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    7. Hi Shani :)

      Haha no problem :D wow that sounds so cool what your friend does :)
      Does it really?! that's ridiculous that it writes it off like that, there's almost no point in even paying it back haha!
      Yes I completely agree, you always say such inspiring things :D I love it!
      xx

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    8. Hi Kate :) yeah i think you'd really enjoy it if VM is what you wanna go into... Primark is a great place to be right now.

      Ha i know it's crazy?! rumours though... don't know anyone who has actually had this happen to them!

      awww that's so nice of you to say, thanks hun! i just try to be positive and self-motivate myself every day, because then you just get the best out of yourself which is really important i think :)

      xo

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    9. Hi Shani,
      that is very true :D xx

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  5. It will be incredibly weird for me next year not going back into education!
    Love these little bits!
    Would love if you could check out my blog if you get a chance!
    www.emilyh.co
    x

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    1. Yeah I bet it will feel strange at first, I'm sure it will be okay though Emily :D Good luck with your final year :)
      And thanks :) I'll be sure to check it out :D xx

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  6. Fab haul! Love the mini ladybird stapler!

    Kelly x

    http://thebellevieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you very much Kelly :D it's lovely isn't it?!! :D xx

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  7. Fab post...I used to work at Paperchase, it is literally the dream!! Love your taste and I've only just stumbled upon your blog but I'll definitely be back :)

    If you have a moment to check mine out too, I'd be very grateful!
    www.alwaysalicex.blogspot.com

    Alice x

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    1. Oh really?! that's so cool Alice! I'd be terrible working there, I'd spend my wages on all the cute stuff :p
      Thank you very much, glad you like my blog :D I'll definitely check out yours :D xx

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  8. Omg the turtle pins are SO CUTE! And I love the post cards :)

    Great little haul Violet - I love reading your posts as they're always different and you have a lovely way of writing :)

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

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    1. Thank you very much Gabby :D they are cute aren't they! Need to get myself a board to pin them too, any excuse for more shopping really! ;) aww thank you so much, I've been trying to keep things different so its great to see it being recognised XD xx

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  9. Oh I have the biggest thing for cute stationary, it's a bit of an obsession haha.
    I love Typo for stationary, they're collection is super adorable :)
    That is the best stapler I have probably ever seen (and even had a clear one so you could see how it all worked inside)

    http://shineongolddustwoman.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Miranda you are the girl after my own heart, stationary soul sister ;) ooh! the clear one sounds really cool, that's definitely my style as well :D xx

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    1. They're cute aren't they?! :D thanks for the comment! xx

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  11. The push pins and the staplers are just the cutest things ever!

    http://thatgirlnora18.blogspot.com/

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    1. They're so cute aren't they Nora :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  12. Want the ladybird stapler! Paperchase is definitely the best stationary store
    xxx
    http://beinglittleb.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I completely agree Beth :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  13. I really like the postcards too! Oh and the bunny (gosh, it's cute!). xxx

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    1. They're cool aren't they :D Thanks for the comment Carly :D xx

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  14. Great haul! The bunny hole puncher is absolutely adorable!

    Made in Mauve

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    1. Thank you very much lovely :D it is isn't it :D xx

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  15. Loved the post ans your blog ! So colorful ! :)

    http://letmecrossover.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw thank you very much Michele, glad you like it :D xx

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  16. Everything you got is so cute, stationary is my absolute weakness. I have so much stuff form paperchase from that I have never used because its too cute

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    1. Aww thank you Emmie :D haha I know what you mean, I have some cat highlighters from ages ago that I've barely used :p xx

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  17. I love buying stationary. I wish I could say I have more time since finishing university - I went straight into full time work. It can be bit sad not having holidays/reading weeks/weekends to look forward to!

    Corinne x
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    1. Ooh very good Corinne :D that's great you have a full time job straight from Uni :D I get what you mean though about the holidays :) xx

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  18. Aww the bunny is so cute! I might have to go pick one up for myself! :)

    Holly x

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    1. Let me know if you get one Holly :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  19. I bought lady bird pins for my new uni room and they really brighten up a dull area! :D I'm going to give you a follow on bloglovin' lovely <3 Gisforgingers xx

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    1. Oh did you?! I have those as well :p That's what I love about stationary from here, it's good for sprucing up a dull area, definitely! And thanks so much for the follow :D xx

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  20. What a lovely blog post.... enjoyed reading :)

    you have a lovely blog here


    hope to see you over on my blog http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/


    have a nice day

    Jade 

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    1. Thank you very much Jade, glad you like :) Checking out your blog now :D have a great day too :) xx

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  21. Ahhh I always love buying new stationary, love all of this!! <3

    I have a new outfit post up, would love to know your thoughts;

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. Thank you Helen :D I'll give it a look now :) xx

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  22. I am the same about it being the first time I don't have any form of study to do. It is so incredibly different for me. I adore everything in this post. I absolutely love stationary so this is the best.

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    1. Glad to hear it's not just me thinking like this Imogen :) glad you like the stationary! xx

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  23. Oh my goodness, the stapler and the hole puncher are so cute!! I need those! x

    www.aimeroseblog.com

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    1. Haha they are so cute aren't they?! thanks for the comment Rasa :) xx

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  24. Ah a fellow stationary freak! Love the little bunny hole punch and the adorable board pins. I can't help but buy cute stationary even when it's not needed. Lovely little haul :)

    http://lovefromlucky.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. Haha yes I am ;) they're cute aren't they, I do exactly the same, I can't help myself :p Thanks Chloe :D xx

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