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Having received quite the following over on Twitter lately, I thought I owed it to my new blog readers (over 300 of you!!!) to write a lil 20 Facts About Me. I hope you enjoy this insight into my life, and do let me know if we share anything in common.
  1. Born and raised in Staffordshire, England. A bit boring, really.
  2. I now study English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
  3. I am this year’s editor-and-chief for my university’s Her Campus chapter, an online magazine for university women. It was founded by Harvard students, which is pretty cool.
  4. I am an avid theatre goer and have seen numerous performances at the West End and regional theatres (very lucky!) I’ve been privileged enough to assistant direct for a couple of shows for the Nottingham New Theatre — but I’m not much of a performer! (I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at it).
  5. After university, I want to do a masters in Broadcast Journalism.
  6. Off the back of this, my dream occupation is to be a journalist (hopefully) working in the television industry.
  7. I’m a major Harry Potter fan. I’ve been to the studio tour in London a couple of times and to the theme park in Florida.
  8. My favourite Harry Potter character is Luna Lovegood
  9. If you’re wondering what house I’m in, I would say Ravenclaw (proudly so!), but I see traits of both Gryffindor AND Ravenclaw within me. I guess that technically makes me a Gryffinclaw.
  10. I believe that if I’m determined enough, I will get to where I want to be. Determination is everything. I could write an entirely different blogpost on this mindset, if you like.
  11. I believe in being ‘other-centric’; again, another blogpost may be required to explain this.
  12. I’m 100% a cats over dogs kinda gal (pls don’t be mad).
  13. I’m the biggest Taylor Swift fan EVER: favourite songs include Dear John, Long Live & anything Speak Now era. I’ve seen her live three times: Red tour, 1989 & Reputation.
  14. I have an ever-growing literature collection. Basically, if you ever find yourself wanting to borrow a book, I’m your girl!
  15. My favourite genre of film is fantasy.
  16. I’ve never been to a private/boarding school: just your regular, non-selective state school.
  17. I didn’t drink alcohol or go out clubbing until university.
  18. I have quite severe joint hyper-mobility syndrome.
  19. I also have scoliosis.
  20. I love to write and my pipe dream is to write a novel one day.

20 Facts About Me!!


Having received quite the following over on Twitter lately, I thought I owed it to my new blog readers (over 300 of you!!!) to write a lil 20 Facts About Me. I hope you enjoy this insight into my life, and do let me know if we share anything in common.
  1. Born and raised in Staffordshire, England. A bit boring, really.
  2. I now study English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
  3. I am this year’s editor-and-chief for my university’s Her Campus chapter, an online magazine for university women. It was founded by Harvard students, which is pretty cool.
  4. I am an avid theatre goer and have seen numerous performances at the West End and regional theatres (very lucky!) I’ve been privileged enough to assistant direct for a couple of shows for the Nottingham New Theatre — but I’m not much of a performer! (I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at it).
  5. After university, I want to do a masters in Broadcast Journalism.
  6. Off the back of this, my dream occupation is to be a journalist (hopefully) working in the television industry.
  7. I’m a major Harry Potter fan. I’ve been to the studio tour in London a couple of times and to the theme park in Florida.
  8. My favourite Harry Potter character is Luna Lovegood
  9. If you’re wondering what house I’m in, I would say Ravenclaw (proudly so!), but I see traits of both Gryffindor AND Ravenclaw within me. I guess that technically makes me a Gryffinclaw.
  10. I believe that if I’m determined enough, I will get to where I want to be. Determination is everything. I could write an entirely different blogpost on this mindset, if you like.
  11. I believe in being ‘other-centric’; again, another blogpost may be required to explain this.
  12. I’m 100% a cats over dogs kinda gal (pls don’t be mad).
  13. I’m the biggest Taylor Swift fan EVER: favourite songs include Dear John, Long Live & anything Speak Now era. I’ve seen her live three times: Red tour, 1989 & Reputation.
  14. I have an ever-growing literature collection. Basically, if you ever find yourself wanting to borrow a book, I’m your girl!
  15. My favourite genre of film is fantasy.
  16. I’ve never been to a private/boarding school: just your regular, non-selective state school.
  17. I didn’t drink alcohol or go out clubbing until university.
  18. I have quite severe joint hyper-mobility syndrome.
  19. I also have scoliosis.
  20. I love to write and my pipe dream is to write a novel one day.
I am lucky enough to have been sponsored by Typeboost, a company that I believe truly values the virtue of productivity, for the creation of this blogpost.

Summer is probably the best time to 'get stuff done', as they say, and yet most of us relish in doing absolutely nothing at all. Or do we really? Whilst it is nice to have seemingly endless amounts of unstructured days free from any university or academic commitment, one cannot help from feeling completely redundant every now and then. I know that this dichotomy really gets me down: whilst it's lovely to not have looming deadlines or seminar classes to prepare for, at the same time I grow to hate not getting ANYTHING DONE WHATSOEVER. I swear it's even bad for my mental health, in the same way that having too much going on also impacts my mental health.

So, in this blogpost, I've decided to gather some ideas together that I've learned over the course of this summer and previous summers that I believe will really help you to achieve a productive attitude to this lazy (and very hot) summer.

1) WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Preparing for your upcoming studies, or fulfilling your own creative aspirations is a productive way to go about this underrated summer activity. Still, how many times do we say that we're going to write such and such an article or book review and never actually get round to fulfilling our desire to do so? In order to combat this lack of productivity, I recommend using Typeboost, an up-and-coming app which basically plays music as you type out your essay/notes/blogpost/anything you would like to type about. Having that sense of concentration in the musical form has proven to be effective when I feel the need to write stuff down, whether that's studying independently, creative writing or a blogpost (I'm using the app to type this up right now). As soon as I break for a while and the music stops, I feel eager to start writing again just to hear the calming classical music (which you can very easily personalise to your own preference). This is a really innovative studying tool for anything from practicing essays to taking notes from reading lists. You can learn more about Typeboost here in order to increase your writing speed: www.typeboost.io 

2) Exercise, exercise… exercise? Okay, so maybe not THAT much exercise. But a light work out here and there, or some yoga poses whilst you close your eyes and imagine that you're in a faraway island… you get the idea. Exercise is just as good for your peace-of-mind as the creative act of writing can be. Set out an exercise mat in the back garden and enjoy some light stretching in the sun. Whatever you choose, it doesn't always have to be heavy-lifting to feel fulfilling, and it's a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the glorious weather. Feel at one with nature, so they say. Still, it's important to remember to be realistic and to not be too hard on yourself as that's obviously counterproductive (the opposite aim of this article!).

3) Work experience. Work experience is a very easy way to become productive during your summer holidays. There are so many different places that you can apply for. If you're truly lacking inspiration/opportunities, you can easily find online magazines to write for that are willing to take on new writers and pitch an idea to them that relates to your interests. Failing this, starting an online project such as your own blog, website or YouTube channel is just as innovative and impressive (if not more) to future employers. A glossing-up of your C.V. can't hurt either.

Have you got any more summertime productivity ideas? Let me know in the comments down below.

Love,

Chloe

Thank you to Typeboost for sponsoring this post.

HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE… EVEN IN SUMMER! (FT. TYPEBOOST)

I am lucky enough to have been sponsored by Typeboost, a company that I believe truly values the virtue of productivity, for the creation of this blogpost.

Summer is probably the best time to 'get stuff done', as they say, and yet most of us relish in doing absolutely nothing at all. Or do we really? Whilst it is nice to have seemingly endless amounts of unstructured days free from any university or academic commitment, one cannot help from feeling completely redundant every now and then. I know that this dichotomy really gets me down: whilst it's lovely to not have looming deadlines or seminar classes to prepare for, at the same time I grow to hate not getting ANYTHING DONE WHATSOEVER. I swear it's even bad for my mental health, in the same way that having too much going on also impacts my mental health.

So, in this blogpost, I've decided to gather some ideas together that I've learned over the course of this summer and previous summers that I believe will really help you to achieve a productive attitude to this lazy (and very hot) summer.

1) WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Preparing for your upcoming studies, or fulfilling your own creative aspirations is a productive way to go about this underrated summer activity. Still, how many times do we say that we're going to write such and such an article or book review and never actually get round to fulfilling our desire to do so? In order to combat this lack of productivity, I recommend using Typeboost, an up-and-coming app which basically plays music as you type out your essay/notes/blogpost/anything you would like to type about. Having that sense of concentration in the musical form has proven to be effective when I feel the need to write stuff down, whether that's studying independently, creative writing or a blogpost (I'm using the app to type this up right now). As soon as I break for a while and the music stops, I feel eager to start writing again just to hear the calming classical music (which you can very easily personalise to your own preference). This is a really innovative studying tool for anything from practicing essays to taking notes from reading lists. You can learn more about Typeboost here in order to increase your writing speed: www.typeboost.io 

2) Exercise, exercise… exercise? Okay, so maybe not THAT much exercise. But a light work out here and there, or some yoga poses whilst you close your eyes and imagine that you're in a faraway island… you get the idea. Exercise is just as good for your peace-of-mind as the creative act of writing can be. Set out an exercise mat in the back garden and enjoy some light stretching in the sun. Whatever you choose, it doesn't always have to be heavy-lifting to feel fulfilling, and it's a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the glorious weather. Feel at one with nature, so they say. Still, it's important to remember to be realistic and to not be too hard on yourself as that's obviously counterproductive (the opposite aim of this article!).

3) Work experience. Work experience is a very easy way to become productive during your summer holidays. There are so many different places that you can apply for. If you're truly lacking inspiration/opportunities, you can easily find online magazines to write for that are willing to take on new writers and pitch an idea to them that relates to your interests. Failing this, starting an online project such as your own blog, website or YouTube channel is just as innovative and impressive (if not more) to future employers. A glossing-up of your C.V. can't hurt either.

Have you got any more summertime productivity ideas? Let me know in the comments down below.

Love,

Chloe

Thank you to Typeboost for sponsoring this post.


The revival of the classic Broadway tale has been running at the West End’s largest theatre for over a year now, and it’s more than fair to say that the whole cast have very much found their feet. 

The show is proof that you really don’t need much of an innovative plot to have fun at a show. And a spectacle of a show it is: the dancing and the musical numbers prove themselves to be an equal amount of infectious. In fact, it’s so feel-good (without being cheesy), that you can’t help but smile alongside the ensemble and tap your feet from time to time. Clare Halse is a stand-out as Peggy Sawyer— she is in equal parts believable, charismatic and sometimes awkward, making her character a lead that you can both aspire and relate to on many levels. 

Home to the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, the largest theatre in the West End, one can tell that the production has very much kept the audience at the forefront of the production. Whilst I was front row for the Wednesday matinee, I am very much willing to see it again from further afield as the sets really were made with the very back seats in mind. The set design lends itself seamlessly to the intricacies of the movement of the dancing and singing, so much so that it becomes a prominent theme itself. You won’t be missing anything even if you’re at  the back of the balcony, that’s for sure.

A more uncomfortable reaction comes from the old-Broadway-director-kissing-impressionable-ingenue subplot that comes in the second half.  It’s hard to make out what the intentions are behind this. In one sense, Peggy has truly noted that she has become sexually awakened and perhaps even autonomous: her continual rejection of Billy exemplifies this. In another, she is still the impressionable Broadway girl, barely an adult in terms of her lack of experience (especially in comparison to her fellow cast, who jeer at this before ‘Go Into Your Dance’). Mr. Marsh's intentions are all the more unclear: at one stage, he seems to reject her overfamiliarity. However, by the ending, he cruelly reveals that he has taken her ‘lucky yellow scarf’ by taking it out of his pocket and caressing it forcefully. Then, following her to the opening night’s after party, he aggressively walks into her direction offstage. It’s a dark and poignantly suggestive ending to an otherwise feel-good musical, and it’s the kind of controversy that I, quite frankly, relish in enjoying as a part of my theatrical experience. After all, this is 1930’s Broadway: it’s not all jazz-hands and pirouettes.  


Still, it was refreshing to see that one can have tremendous fun whilst still being alluded to some of the darker themes in 1930's Broadway. These themes are not distracting enough to detract from the feel-goodness that exudes from the tap-dancing and smiles, so you still come away having experienced some lighthearted fun for the last three hours. After all, who doesn't want an infectious Wednesday afternoon in London?


Love,


Chloe

42nd STREET REVIEW: INNOCENT AND SWEET?



The revival of the classic Broadway tale has been running at the West End’s largest theatre for over a year now, and it’s more than fair to say that the whole cast have very much found their feet. 

The show is proof that you really don’t need much of an innovative plot to have fun at a show. And a spectacle of a show it is: the dancing and the musical numbers prove themselves to be an equal amount of infectious. In fact, it’s so feel-good (without being cheesy), that you can’t help but smile alongside the ensemble and tap your feet from time to time. Clare Halse is a stand-out as Peggy Sawyer— she is in equal parts believable, charismatic and sometimes awkward, making her character a lead that you can both aspire and relate to on many levels. 

Home to the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, the largest theatre in the West End, one can tell that the production has very much kept the audience at the forefront of the production. Whilst I was front row for the Wednesday matinee, I am very much willing to see it again from further afield as the sets really were made with the very back seats in mind. The set design lends itself seamlessly to the intricacies of the movement of the dancing and singing, so much so that it becomes a prominent theme itself. You won’t be missing anything even if you’re at  the back of the balcony, that’s for sure.

A more uncomfortable reaction comes from the old-Broadway-director-kissing-impressionable-ingenue subplot that comes in the second half.  It’s hard to make out what the intentions are behind this. In one sense, Peggy has truly noted that she has become sexually awakened and perhaps even autonomous: her continual rejection of Billy exemplifies this. In another, she is still the impressionable Broadway girl, barely an adult in terms of her lack of experience (especially in comparison to her fellow cast, who jeer at this before ‘Go Into Your Dance’). Mr. Marsh's intentions are all the more unclear: at one stage, he seems to reject her overfamiliarity. However, by the ending, he cruelly reveals that he has taken her ‘lucky yellow scarf’ by taking it out of his pocket and caressing it forcefully. Then, following her to the opening night’s after party, he aggressively walks into her direction offstage. It’s a dark and poignantly suggestive ending to an otherwise feel-good musical, and it’s the kind of controversy that I, quite frankly, relish in enjoying as a part of my theatrical experience. After all, this is 1930’s Broadway: it’s not all jazz-hands and pirouettes.  


Still, it was refreshing to see that one can have tremendous fun whilst still being alluded to some of the darker themes in 1930's Broadway. These themes are not distracting enough to detract from the feel-goodness that exudes from the tap-dancing and smiles, so you still come away having experienced some lighthearted fun for the last three hours. After all, who doesn't want an infectious Wednesday afternoon in London?


Love,


Chloe



Oh my goodness, MOD pizza. I think you can tell by that reaction from just looking at the blog pictures that my thoughts and feelings on this place are of a very fond nature indeed.

I went to MOD with my friend Izzy as a post-exams, end-of-year celebration type thing. I was very hungry and very ready for some pizza — I'd been wanting to go to this place for the best part of my two year uni experience thus far, after having heard many a good review from fellow students.

As a first-timer, it was intriguing to learn that MOD was less of a restaurant and more of a fast-food-but-for-pizza kind of place, so you can really personalise whatever you want from here. Think Subway, but for pizza. I think that's great as it makes it really inclusive, especially for fussy eaters as I can (sometimes) be.

I think you can make out what I got, but here's the run-down anyways: tomato base, cheese, chicken, sweetcorn and peppers. A pretty dreamy combination if you ask me. And I had leftovers — I got the last tiny cardboard box to take home a couple of slices in. Definitely demolished it for dinner. Not even sorry. 

The best part? Surprisingly, the price! Altogether it was only around £8 (don't forget to ask for student discount!) and on top of that, you get a refillable drink cup to choose whatever drink you would like at the drinks counter. So I'd say the price makes the pizza taste even better so you can eat without the 'I'm a student who just got pizza I can't afford' guilt. So relatable.

I definitely recommend you check out MOD Pizza! I'm so glad there's one in Nottingham (I think there are only around five or six in the country, including two(?) in London). Feeling very blessed to have this pizza place in my student city. Definitely going back for more when the next academic year begins so that I can cry into my pizza and refillable cup about the looming deadlines that approach.

Hope you enjoyed… what's your fave pizza place? Let me know.

Love,

Chloe


MOD Pizza Review: Nottingham




Oh my goodness, MOD pizza. I think you can tell by that reaction from just looking at the blog pictures that my thoughts and feelings on this place are of a very fond nature indeed.

I went to MOD with my friend Izzy as a post-exams, end-of-year celebration type thing. I was very hungry and very ready for some pizza — I'd been wanting to go to this place for the best part of my two year uni experience thus far, after having heard many a good review from fellow students.

As a first-timer, it was intriguing to learn that MOD was less of a restaurant and more of a fast-food-but-for-pizza kind of place, so you can really personalise whatever you want from here. Think Subway, but for pizza. I think that's great as it makes it really inclusive, especially for fussy eaters as I can (sometimes) be.

I think you can make out what I got, but here's the run-down anyways: tomato base, cheese, chicken, sweetcorn and peppers. A pretty dreamy combination if you ask me. And I had leftovers — I got the last tiny cardboard box to take home a couple of slices in. Definitely demolished it for dinner. Not even sorry. 

The best part? Surprisingly, the price! Altogether it was only around £8 (don't forget to ask for student discount!) and on top of that, you get a refillable drink cup to choose whatever drink you would like at the drinks counter. So I'd say the price makes the pizza taste even better so you can eat without the 'I'm a student who just got pizza I can't afford' guilt. So relatable.

I definitely recommend you check out MOD Pizza! I'm so glad there's one in Nottingham (I think there are only around five or six in the country, including two(?) in London). Feeling very blessed to have this pizza place in my student city. Definitely going back for more when the next academic year begins so that I can cry into my pizza and refillable cup about the looming deadlines that approach.

Hope you enjoyed… what's your fave pizza place? Let me know.

Love,

Chloe




Oh, hey, blogosphere. It's been a while, hasn't it? It feels like forever since I've just taken the time to chill out and write a blogpost. Maybe some of that is to do with everything that I've had going on in my final semester of second year which — and I can't believe this as I'm writing it — is over. 

So, second year. I feel like I did a complete 180 turnover this year and I don't know how I did it. Now, I'm not usually one for believing in fate/destiny, so maybe it was more my own determination and will to put myself out there and change things for the better. Even if didn't consciously think about these things at the time.

If you're wondering what I'm talking about, it's partly the best decision that I made during uni: to start the theatre society. Partly this decision, partly the people that I met as a result of this. I just became a happier, smilier and generally better person because of the experience that I had assistant directing a couple of shows and making so many friends from doing this. It's a total difference compared to the lack of community that I felt at the start of second year with having left halls to now: I have made genuine good friends, bettered myself and made many more memories than I would have if I hadn't joined the theatre. All of which I am so grateful for.

Academically, things improved as well, but I shan't go into too much detail about that as it's summer now and I'm going to enjoy it. I enjoyed my modules and am proud of my overall grade, but I know that things need to improve for next year even still. It's crazy to think I'll be applying for my masters in September but I'm excited (and anxious) for a new start when I graduate next year (omg). 

So, that's a brief summary of what I've been up to. I hope to be a bit more regular with the blogposts now that I have the time (including some foodie reviews from around Notts), so please stay with me for that!

Love,

Chloe 

My Thoughts on Second Year of University



Oh, hey, blogosphere. It's been a while, hasn't it? It feels like forever since I've just taken the time to chill out and write a blogpost. Maybe some of that is to do with everything that I've had going on in my final semester of second year which — and I can't believe this as I'm writing it — is over. 

So, second year. I feel like I did a complete 180 turnover this year and I don't know how I did it. Now, I'm not usually one for believing in fate/destiny, so maybe it was more my own determination and will to put myself out there and change things for the better. Even if didn't consciously think about these things at the time.

If you're wondering what I'm talking about, it's partly the best decision that I made during uni: to start the theatre society. Partly this decision, partly the people that I met as a result of this. I just became a happier, smilier and generally better person because of the experience that I had assistant directing a couple of shows and making so many friends from doing this. It's a total difference compared to the lack of community that I felt at the start of second year with having left halls to now: I have made genuine good friends, bettered myself and made many more memories than I would have if I hadn't joined the theatre. All of which I am so grateful for.

Academically, things improved as well, but I shan't go into too much detail about that as it's summer now and I'm going to enjoy it. I enjoyed my modules and am proud of my overall grade, but I know that things need to improve for next year even still. It's crazy to think I'll be applying for my masters in September but I'm excited (and anxious) for a new start when I graduate next year (omg). 

So, that's a brief summary of what I've been up to. I hope to be a bit more regular with the blogposts now that I have the time (including some foodie reviews from around Notts), so please stay with me for that!

Love,

Chloe 

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Chloe Jade is an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham reading English and Philosophy. Post-graduation, her ambition is to become a journalist. In order to read, write and share as much as she wants, she decided to create this blog so that she could explore her wider interests and experiences.