I met Felicity and Ellie at the awards!
Yesterday, my mum and I took an early train to London for a very lovely day of shopping as well as mingling with fellow bloggers that evening at the very awaited Company Style Blogger Awards 2013. Although I did not win anything, I came away from the awards with a glorious goody bag and massive grin on my face after meeting so many amazing girls that I have been wanting to meet for so long.

Congratulations to all who won in their chosen category and I hope to meet you all again soon!

Have you ever visited London?

LDN & The Company Style Blogger Awards

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I have an extremely exciting post for you today as it's not everday that my iPad lights up with a notification that says : '@GabrielleAplin has replied to your tweet'. I was squealing with delight and couldn't believe that someone who I admire so much had said yes for me to interview them. Not only is this lovely lady a fabulous singer/song writer but she is also a huge fan of charity shopping so, I thought this would be a brilliant opportunity to ask her a few questions on this topic.

First of all, what are the main reasons for shopping in charity shops?
I've always bought most of my clothes there, especially when I was younger. So did my parents, we weren't a really wealthy family and I guess it was the only place if I needed clothes! I didn't really see it as a thing that was 'cool'. My mum used to take me to jumble and car boot sales too. 

Where are your favourite places to go charity shopping?
Literally anywhere! I always go in and have a look. RSPCA are great, and it makes it more worthwhile when it’s a charity you really support. 

What started your love of charity/second hand shopping?
It's just something that was a normal part of mine and my family's life when I was growing up. It wasn't a thing we did for fun; we just didn't have the money to buy everything we owned new.

What is your favourite find from a charity shop?
I buy lots of vinyl from charity shops. Rumours by Fleetwood mac is my favourite find! 

Do you have any tips for when shopping in second hand/charity shops? 
Shopping is shopping and is the same everywhere you go, but it’s always nice to research and find out about what your money is doing for them. It’s humbling to know how much you help! 

I'd like to thank the wonderful Gabrielle for taking the time to answer these questions!

What did you think to this interview?

Five Minutes With Gabrielle Aplin

Know Your Exam Timetable!
I have my exam timetable on my mirror and all my exam dates in my school planner and tabbed so I know exactly when and where my exams are. If you turn up late to an exam, that's it and you won't have another chance to do it, so be prepared and be on time or early to an exam!

Use Colour! 
I always use highlighters to jazz up my revision notes and highlight the most important bits of my revision that I think will help me for my exams. I usually colour code my highlighters for different topics in certain subjects (e.g. In RS I've highlighted everything in Pink for Against certain topics and everything in Green for Agreeing with certain topics).

Make Revision Posters!
I have made revision posters for RS because it's one of my weakest subjects to learn a) because I despise it and b) I don't really understand it so I thought I would make it easier and more fun to learn with a spider diagram/poster with all of the information in one place rather than a boring revision guide. 

This is absolutely vital for a subject such as English Literature as one of my exams is Poetry and It's so important that you annotate everything that you can to get the best points in the exam.

Past Papers & Questions!
This way of revision is the best way for subjects such as Maths, English, Science and others such as Sociology and DT. You can easily access them online from the exam board website or your teacher is sure to have some in school so ask. You can also mark and grade them yourself.

Group Sessions!
Whether it's a revision class at school or a Saturday afternoon at a friends house, group sessions are great for if you're stuck on a certain subject or topic and you can help each other out, give advice and have a break afterwards.

Have a break!
DO NOT spend hours and hours revising! I do revision hourly or two hours per subject and then have a tea break for about half an hour of forty five minutes. Watch a few You Tube videos, do some blogging or watch an episode of Friends (it's only half an hour long and It always makes me laugh). Sometimes, if it's nice I will go out for a walk for an hour or so and it gives me some time to breath and enjoy the spring whilst I can. After your break you can go to a different subject.

It's that dreaded time of the year where exams are luming and everyone begins to panic about revision. Well, have no fear! With my tips and tricks (hopefully) you can become motivated to do the best you can! I hope these tips have got you that slightly bit more motivated and if you think I have missed anything or you want to share some of your revision tips then please do so in the comments!

Do you have any revision tips?

Revision: My Tips & Tricks

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