Back in August, Lauren from Little Lauren's Blog asked if I wanted to be involved in the #StudentBoxSwap she was running with Emily from A Letter From Em. My blog was less than a month old at this point and I was delighted to be invited to join in. The idea was very simply for student bloggers to be matched, get to know one another and send each other a hand-picked box of goodies costing £10-£15.
I was paired with Lauren herself and we exchanged a few emails to find out more about each other- what we studied and what kind of things we enjoyed outside of university. I found that we shared a love for baking and for pretty homeware, so this was an excellent match!
The story of receiving my box became a bit more complicated than it should have been- but has two important points. Firstly, always double check your address when you give it out! Secondly, there are some really lovely, helpful people in the world.
Lauren let me know when she posted the box so I knew when to expect it, but a week later it hadn't arrived. Thinking it had probably gotten lost in the post, I was feeling very disappointed that all Lauren's thoughtfulness had been wasted and that I wouldn't get the chance to write this blog post. As I emailed her on my walk to lectures, I suddenly realised that I'd mixed up my old house number with my new one! So that was the first point- always double check! (I feel silly writing this,because we even joked about having to look up our addresses seeing as we'd both moved and didn't know our postcodes.)
That afternoon I tried knocking at the flat I thought it had gone to, but got no answer. I then tried the bakery below that flat and have to say the lady there was so kind, searching all round the bakery in case it had been delivered there and then offering me paper to leave my number with her, and to leave a note at the flat so I didn't have to walk all the way home to get a pen and paper. It would have been so easy for her to just say she'd not seen a parcel and carry on serving customers, so I really appreciated her kindness.
The next evening I passed the flat and spotted some people going through the front door, so I went over and asked if they'd got my note- and they had! The lady living there (with the prettiest handwriting I've seen!) said she'd popped it back through my door with the attached Royal Mail missed delivery note so I could pick up the parcel. And that's just what I did first thing the next morning. All this additional running around after the box made the anticipation even greater, and I was really excited to get it home and open it up.
So now you have the story of how I came to receive this box, I'll show you what lovely treats Lauren had sent me:
The gifts came packed in a beautiful pink box which is now sat on my shelf waiting to be filled and made useful! Like people who don't want to waste a brand new notebook so keep it empty for ages, I have pretty boxes just sat looking nice until I find a way to use them. I loved the little touches like the pink tissue paper and the paper flowers. Lauren also wrote me a note on some of the most beautiful stationery and I've kept the note and the envelope because I love the paper so much!
This floral laundry wasn't actually in the box, but wrapped underneath it. The pattern is just the kind of thing I like- very Cath Kidston style. As I end up moving around a lot with placements, big bags for clothing and bedding are really useful to me- and my other laundry bag has a big hole in it, so this was ideal.
When it came to the things wrapped up inside the box, I started with the smallest thing first and was so pleased with what I found inside- a lovely chocolately-bronze eye shadow. This is W7 Perfect Eyes in Hot Chocolate and I had to try it out on my hand instantly. It's a great shade for my colouring and it's not too pigmented, meaning it's ideal for daytime wearing- while still being buildable enough to wear a heavier eye make up look in the evenings. Neutral and brown eye shadows are my favourites so this was a perfect choice for me.
As we'd both said we liked baking and decorating cupcakes, I'd guessed from the shape of this parcel what kind of thing was inside! These soft shimmer pearls will look great next time I'm baking cakes. Cupcake decorating pieces aren't the kind of things I buy that often while I'm at university for some reason, so having these in will be great.
I then unwrapped this floral printed notebook. I think the pattern is really pretty- Lauren seems to have excellent taste in floral prints! I like the size and weight of this notebook- it's small enough to put in my bag without taking up lots of space or weighing me down.
These Accessorize bracelets will brighten up plain outfits. They're not something I'd ever have picked out myself, but actually I can see myself wearing them- one of the nice things about someone else choosing things for you.
These six heart-shaped cupcake cases are silicon which means they are reusable- no more dashing out to the shops mid-bake when I realise I don't have any! They're a really generous size and will hopefully make my cakes look better when they're presented in these.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to Lauren for choosing such lovely items for me- I have a use for every single one and I feel like she's put so much thought into doing so. I know I really enjoyed picking things for Lauren and it was so nice to get this in return. The #StudentBoxSwap also helped me find loads of new blogs so I'm really glad I took part.