15 November 2014

Currently I'm...#18

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (previously published as 'Where Rainbows End') after falling mildly in love with the film. I know what you're thinking - "you should've read the book first omg fake fan" - and I agree but I didn't know the book even existed until about a week before the film adaptation was released. After seeing the movie with Rachel a few weeks ago, I knew I had to read the book. I started it last Sunday and so far it's pretty good but I'm struggling to get into the style as it's a compilation of letters and emails. Hopefully I'll get used to it. 

Listening To:
A mixture of the Once soundtrack, Dreamgirls soundtrack and Submarine soundtrack. I have a huge soft-spot for musicals and killer soundtracks... Once is absolutely amazing so if you haven't seen it, get that fixed, and the music is so beautiful. Dreamgirls is a bit different because I haven't actually seen the full musical and when I did watch a bit of it, it was in 2nd year drama so, to be honest, I pretty much just talked through it. The music from it, however, is freaking brilliant. Submarine is a brilliant film (and book) but I only realised a few weeks ago that the soundtrack is all original songs by Alex Turner. It's really great and suits the movie perfectly. Favourites from each soundtrack are easily Falling Slowly, The Hill, Listen, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going and Stuck On The Puzzle (respectively). 

A lot of costume make-up tutorials when I was trying to decide what to dress as for Children In Need at school on Friday. My school always puts on a big production thing for CIN and the seniors all dress up and organise the event. Last year, I was a zombie (boring, I know) and this year I ended up going as a fawn which I like to think was a bit better. It was an amazing day and we raised a good 8K for Children In Need. ♥ The tutorial I used for my make-up was this one by FreshBlush. 

The selfies I took with my dog when I got locked out after school on Friday. Not even ashamed of that.

Lots of love, Cat

12 November 2014

Secondary School Survival Guide

I'm in my final year of school before I (hopefully) go off to university and I feel like, after 6 years of secondary school, I've finally got to grips with it. I'm not going to go as far as saying that I've mastered the art of surviving school but I'm not too far off. As obscene as it may sound, I don't actually hate school. When I started secondary school back in 2009, I was terrified and for about 3 years, I dreaded going to school everyday. Now, I go to school feeling pretty happy and come home feeling good after a decent day. I can't remember the last time I had an especially bad day at school and although it's stressful, I feel like I'm quite good at managing everything that gets thrown my way. I recently had a conversation on twitter with Holly, Lucy and Fi about school and it became apparent that a lot of teenagers really struggle with school so I thought that, although I'm by no means an expert, I would try to give you all a little bit of advice regarding high school and how to get through it with as little pain as possible. Here we go! ♥

Not everyone will like you and that's totally okay
The first step when it comes to surviving school is working out how to cope with the people there. You're not going to get along with everyone you meet and not everyone there is going to like you, no matter what you do or say. You can be the nicest person in the world but there will always be someone who doesn't like you. The sooner you realise that and work on being happy despite it, the better. It took me a good few years to come to terms with some people not liking me but as soon as I accepted it and moved on, school got a lot easier. Last September, I did a full post about this which you can see here

Some people are annoying
Another thing that I personally use to struggle with was dealing with inconsiderate, disruptive people in classes. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the most patient and tolerant person in the world so I used to get so frustrated with people in my classes who wouldn't just sit down and work. All I can really say to help with that it is to hold out and just wait for them to either settle down or drop out of school. In my experience, by the time you get to the senior end of high school, you're only with people who want to be there. Just wait it out! 

 Just do you (haters gonna hate)
I recently did a post about image, self confidence and personal style (here!) and that was kinda just the tip of the iceberg because I'm a strong believer in doing and wearing whatever you want and blocking out all the hate. I've been like this for pretty much my full life but even more so since I started my final year of school. Since August, I've been the most confident I've been in years and I really think it's because I'm finally feeling happy with who I am. Being confident in yourself gives you one less thing to worry about so you can focus on school and not constantly worrying about what people think of you makes school a lot more enjoyable. Go for it. Experiment. Make mistakes. Think about the people you admire: I bet they push boundaries and stick to what they believe in. Why not do the same?

Get super organised
Ring-binders, highlighters, flashcards and notebooks are literally your best friends when you're going through school. Those people you call your friends? Scrap 'em. It's all about stationary now. I find that getting lots of pretty stationary makes it all a bit more enjoyable (maybe I'm just a stationary geek). Seriously though, getting organised is the first step towards clearing your mind and dealing with stress. 

Ew exams
Exams are a thing and although they absolutely suck, you might as well stick it out and do your best. I really feel like exams are an awful and unreliable representation of how intelligent a person is and, at the end of the day, it's not all about how textbook-smart you are when you get out into the real world. Despite this, everyone has to do exams and you might as well try your hardest when the time comes to set them. I'm coming up to my third year of exams and over the years, I've tried out both ways of studying: gradual bit-by-bit revising, and last-minute cramming. Both ways actually worked out quite well for me so it's really just about finding the best way for you. Just try to stay calm and don't push yourself too much. Exam-season is stressful for everyone but you'll be okay. Stay positive! I might do another post about studying and exams in the future, if ya want.

Getcha head in the game (gotta getcha getcha getcha getcha head in the game)
It's really important to remember why you're in school. Yeah, it's important to make friends and have s social life - that's a huge part of being a teenager, after all - but you're there to get an education and get the experiences and skills you need to go onto higher education or get a job when you leave school. Stay focused and keep on top of your school work. Do the homework, get stuck in and build up your CV for when school isn't there as a safety blanket anymore. Don't overdo it and push yourself to the point of destruction, just stay on top of it all and focus on getting through school with good grades and as little pain as possible. You can do it!

Give yourself things to look forward to! Make plans with friends and family for the weekend and after school so even if you're having a crappy day, you have something to look forward to later. Give yourself enough time to get your homework done and keep on top of your schoolwork but remember that your weekends are for relaxing. It's so important to unwind and keep yourself healthy and happy - get plenty of sleep, eat healthily and don't neglect your social life. I have a general rule that I don't work after 9pm (this tends to go out the window during exam season, though) and I always make sure I have plenty of time to meet up with friends and relax during the weekend. It's all about finding a balance between school and leisure. It may take a while to get the balance right but once you do, school will be a lot less stressful.
Are you in school? If so, how's it treating you? If not, how did it treat you? Tell me your school stories!
Lots of love, Cat

10 November 2014


You might remember a week back in April, hosted by myself and Rachel, which was completely dedicated to Divergent. During this week, we had challenges, lots of awesome stuff and hinted at a possible giveaway which never happened...UNTIL NOW. That's right, we're hosting a Divergent giveaway! One lucky person will win a copy of 'Inside Divergent: The Initiate's World' and a copy of the official illustrated Divergent movie companion book. Now for the rules - I'll keep this brief:

  • UK only! This is just due to postage etc. so apologies for those of you who live outside the UK,
  • You have until midnight on the 24th of November to enter,
  • The winner will be emailed (or tweeted) on the 25th of November and we'll take it from there,
  • Enter using the Rafflecopter gadget below,
  • You can enter whether you participated in Divergent Week or not!
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Good luck!
Lots of love, Cat

3 November 2014

Book Guilt #3

I've always had a problem when it comes to reading: I read a lot but I actually seem to re-read more than I read, meaning that I just don't get through my TBR pile and there are a load of very popular books that I own but haven't read yet. Some of the books on my TBR pile have been there for well over a year (sometimes two) and I feel pretty damn guilty about it. The concept of 'book guilt' isn't new here on Through A Cat's Eyes - I've done this post another two times since the start of 2013 (here and here) but I felt like it was about time I did an updated version which is hopefully much better written and edited. Here are 15 books I've never read. I have book guilt.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
One Day by David Nicholls
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Feel free to express your outrage and disgust in the comments below. I won't take it too personally... What books have you had on your TBR pile for months on end? Do you have book guilt? 
Lots of love, Cat
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