Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Breaking News: La Preppy Girl Returns From Cambridge Uni

Bonjour, mes amies :) I have returned from Cambridge! Well, okay, I returned about a week ago, but it took me a little while to write this post - mainly because I procrastinate. A lot. All the time. About everything.

St. Catharine's at night
I guess you're wondering what this is about - don't worry, I understand. Allow me to expand: Monday and Tuesday of this week (22-23rd July) I travelled to Cambridge to participate in the Pembroke/St.Catharine's Languages Summer Residential (hence the bit of french at the beginning there). 

I was nominated by my Head of Languages as I apparently have a talent for understanding and learning languages. (Personally, I think I've just had too much practice pretending to be French or Spanish and playing up on the accent, but hey, who am I to decline an offer to spend two days at Cambridge Uni?)

So on Sunday night, I packed my suitcase with a variety of outfits - coming prepared for any type of weather, which turned out to be a good idea, seeing as it was boiling on the first day, and raining on the second day. Only thing was, when I set out on Monday, it was kinda dreary, so I went with a cute collared jumper, which was kinda formal, but not like suit formal. Unfortunately, the weather heated up, and I wasn't able to change into something cooler :(
Like this, but in pale blue, but I couldn't find a picture of it. Suitably preppy :3
So we finally found the actual college, after walking like a mile in the wrong direction down Trumpington Street :S and I signed in and said goodbye to my mum and brother. It was pretty emotional ;) This was the first time I've ever been away from home on my own for more than just a one-day school trip to Thorpe Park. So understandably, I was quite worried about the residential. Also, I was kinda freaking out once I went to bed and kept having to check the wardrobe to make sure Freddy Krueger hadn't found his way into my room.

So, the residential itself was basically about what it was like to study languages at a Cambridge University college, and there were handy seminars on applying to Cambridge, what the interviews are like, etc. The interviews talk in particular cleared up a lot of anxiety I had, and I feel a little more relaxed about it now, and a lot less scared :)

As well as these more practical talks, there were a variety of language based talks; Werewolves in Medieval French (Bisclavret, Marie De France), Politics in Egypt, Classics and Nuns during the Italian Renaissance (Nun Arcangela Tarabotti and her published works). Overall, I found these talks the most interesting, although the others were also very useful. Now, I've never been one for literature and language analysis, don't get me wrong - the topics of the talks were about historical figures I've never heard of, and works I would never have guessed did exist; but something about them had me hooked. After spending two days immersed in such history (as well as the olden-day feel of Cambridge itself) I really do feel like I would love to spend a lifetime studying historical texts and gaining an even deeper insight into the history of languages. 

Italian Renaissance Manuscripts 
Medieval Painting (?) of Bisclavret
After a long day of sitting in a blisteringly hot room in St. Catharine's, we got to go for a little tour around both Catharine's and Pembroke colleges. We also got to see the Cambridge Uni Library, which is an imposing, gothic-looking building, with a re-vamped factory kinda atmosphere.After that, we ended up in Cafe Pembroke, by about 9:15. By then, I was just shattered, so I stayed up for a little while, before deciding to hit the hay. 
The Library in it's full glory. It looks a lot cooler when the weather is a bit gloomier - like a castle in the middle of the city.
We (my new friends Poppy, Elina and I) managed to find our way back to our accomodation, and after locking myself securely in my room (and checking for any horror movie characters around the room), I got a phone call from Dad, asking if I had settled in okay, and if I was okay, to which I answered, yes, of course, I'm totally not checking for demons around my room - at all. Then he passed it on to Mum, who I think was more worried than I was, bless. [Love you Mum <3]

Then I managed to get to sleep, even though the thunderstorm did quite literally scare the cabbage out of me. I woke up early this morning to the sound of rain, and had to crawl out of bed, climb onto the windowsill (don't tell Cambridge :P) and shut the window, because I couldn't get back to sleep. 
Probably didn't look like this, but it's a picture of a cool thunderstorm - what more do you want?!
Then I slept till like 7 and got dressed for a second day of talks. The second day wasn't as bad, mainly because the talks were all spaced out between little breaks (and the room was still boiling, so at every opportunity, everyone got up and went to stand outside for as long as possible).

So, to conclude, the Cambridge Uni Summer Languages Residential has totally inspired me, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Breaking News: La Preppy Girl Discovers Imagine Dragons (A Fangirling Post)


I've been hearing a lot about these Imagine Dragons, and to be honest, I originally thought they were pretty awesome-sauce anyway, because they have imagination, and dragons in their name, for one thing!

I first heard them this weekend when I was going through my cousin's collection of CDs, and found Night Visions, so I kinda borrowed it and had a listen and I was MINDBLOWN.
Demons is officially my favourite song on the album, but to be honest, all of them are totally my cup of OJ. I love the way On Top Of The World has such an upbeat tune, and you just wanna jig along to it and smile all day. 

One of the main things I love about their style is that it's kinda rock, but not heavy like Linkin Park (who I also adore), and it's got a little bit of a pop feel to it at the same time - but not as superficial as something from someone like Katy Perry (okay, you got me, I like her too, but still). And the way their album is like a box of liqorice allsorts - you've got really cutesy tracks like "Tiptoe" alongside with songs like "Bleeding Out" and "Amsterdam".

The band themselves just exude coolness and pizzaz and stuff, and the best part of it all? They're so down to earth! You just don't see them being all like "yeah, we're awesome rockstars, bow mortals!" They're on the level, and really just awesome.

Anyway, fangirling over - I'm glad I got that out of my system :3 
But, you know, if you haven't had a chance, pleeease check them out on Youtube or even their own website: Imagine Dragons.

xx La Preppy Girl

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Everything Has Changed

So yesterday, Friday 19th July 2013, was the last day of my Yr 12 school year.  * sadface * It was a really happy day, because obviously the sun was out, and the weather was great, and everyone had that summer feeling. You know the one, where everything feels crackalackin' (okay, I stole that one from Marty the Zebra, but I promise to come up with my own from now on).

But it was also kinda weird and a little scary - for me, at least. Because I realized how much stuff has changed. People have changed; I've changed. My priorities have undergone a full frontal geomagnetic reversal and things that used to be important to me just aren't all that significant anymore.

Half a year has passed since I started Yr 12, and I remember the huge butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling I had as I started my A Levels ; hey, it was a big deal. Half a year ago, I was a different person. Now I truly feel like ME, La Preppy Girl ;) I don't recognise that other girl from 6 months ago as myself anymore. And that threw out another revelation - in another year's time, I'll have changed again.

It's worrying to think that I'm constantly changing as a person, but hopefully it's for the better. Maybe I'll look back on this blog in 5 years time and shake my head, laughing to myself, wondering what on earth kind of a girl must I have been back then.

Woah, that was a little deep for me. * exhale

And I know how much you guys like checking out the music I'm listening to, so here's one for the road. A lovely feel good song from the one, the only, Jason Mraz, Supreme King of awesomeness.

Everything Is Sound :)

xx La Preppy Girl

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Breaking News: La Preppy Girl Finds Herself Unable To Comment

Okay, recently, I've had a lot of time on my hands - as you can probably tell what with the revamp, etc. Along with this plethora of time, I have found myself discovering even more interesting blogs :D Fun times, right?
So, there I am, trying to show said blog author that I appreciate their time and effort by commenting on their blog, and you know what Blogger does? Blogger goes and eats my darn comment!
At first, I thought it was me, messing up, or just pressing the wrong button or something, 'cause I'm just that quirksome (here meaning dippy). But it turns out that for some reason, I can't comment on other Blogger blogs! How unfair is that! I can't even reply to comments on my own posts! CABBAGE!
Ahem... So, I just wanted to let you know that I can't comment and it's ruining my blogging experience, and I have no idea how to fix it, and I really need to fix it. * sadface but for real this time *
If any of you know how to sort this out, or have any suggestions, please let me know :(

x La Preppy Girl

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Breaking News: Mad Hatter Fever Strikes La-Preppy-Girl Land

So, it's official, summer is here, along with tanned skin. I'm already pretty tan, so going any darker for me is a definite no-no :L Solution? Hats!
I've always had a "thang" for hats; beanies, cowboy hats, floppy hats - every hat under the sun!!

Topshop have totally cute bowler hats
Nothing like a floppy hat to feel summery - and elegant too :)

These are too adorable for words, so I'll settle for *squeeeeeeee*

And a little summery picture for you :)

This was really just an excuse to show you lots of pictures of hats :P
Any of you guys have any summer must-haves on your wish lists? Let me know below :P


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Friday, 12 July 2013

Breaking News: "La Preppy Girl" hits the Blogosphere!

Hey guys, I'm back - with a new blog name!

Okay, so I've read it all over the web, that changing your blog name and website is like suicide, because reader's get totally attached to it, and then when they see you've changed it, they're all like "huh?". But I don't care (#IconaPop teehee). I'm the kind of person that likes to do what she wants, how she wants, and when she wants, so - BAM. Here you have it; La Preppy Girl.

The name sucks a little, according to my brother, but I like it; I'm feeling preppy these days. I was thinking something along the lines of something to do with summer, seeing as the fantastic weather I've been waiting for for sooooo long, is finally here (*Does victory dance*) but I couldn't come up with anything that I really liked :S
Here are some pictures which make me feel summery :D

I don't know why, but I'm just sooo excited for summer this year! There's so much to do, friends to hang out with, summer barbeques to organise, guest list to be created; as well as studying for other exams. There's also a summer residential course that I'm doing at Cambridge University in a few weeks time :D That should be really fun; I can't wait to meet all the new people!

I'm super excited about the barbeque, because it's the first time I've ever organised a partay-get-together thing, and my friends are going to come around and just chillax and eat food. I'll have to clean up the garden though, and give it a #summerclean. Oh, and that reminds me, I need to find the speakers, so we can play awesome-sauce music and summer tunes.
Some vegetarian options for my vegetarian friends :)
Yummy burgers :3 oooh, my stomach's growling really loudly now :S
I've also been compiling a list of summer tunes, for my Summer 2013 Playlist. Here are some suggestions - maybe you'll like them :)

Summertime - Will Smith 
This is the ultimate summer anthem; something about the track just screams summer, and the lyrics are pure genius. Favourite line: School's out and it's a sort of a buzz / Back then I didn't really know what it was

Radioactive - Marina & The Diamonds
Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive single cover.jpg
It's a lot different from the other tracks on her Electra Heart album, but the clubby tune makes you just wanna throw your hands in the air and run around in the desert - or back garden, in my case. 
Favourite line: Lyin' on a fake beach / You'll never get a tan

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke and those other guys. Maybe Pharrell?
This song is just sooo groovy! Again, I just wanna dance along, although the video is somewhat je-ne-sais-quoi :S Favourite line: You wanna hug me / Hey, hey, hey / What rhymes with hug me?

I Love It - Icona Pop
I think the fact that most of the song is sing-shouted makes this so catchy. Whenever it comes on the radio, I just let it rip, and totally yell along with the chorus (I Don't Care!) I'm sure people in the other cars can hear me :S but oh well, 'cause I DON'T CARE! The song itself is basically about letting go, crashing your car into a bridge, throwing some guy's stuff down the stairs, etc, etc, being up in space, and being from the 90's. OMG and I'm a 90's GAL!
Favourite line: (this is how I sing it) I threw your stuff into a bag and pushed YOU down the stairs

Disclaimer - I totally warn you not to do any of those things though, 'cause I'm pretty sure your insurance wouldn't cover "I don't care" :P

Yowch, I just reread this before posting, and I don't really know what labels to put on it :S it's like a massive, buffet sandwich thing with music, food, randomness and me as the filling. Yummy!

Hope you enjoyed the La-Preppy-Girl-sandwich, and let me know what you think of the new look :D