Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Shannon Darko

I know it's not quite 2014 yet but I want to wish you all a very happy new year! Whatever you're doing tonight, have a wonderful time!

2013 was the year that Shannon Darko began and although my posts have been a bit sporadic in recent months due to myself being extremely busy, I'm proud of what I've accomplished on my blog this year. There will be lots to come in 2014 - I'll be posting more often and about a wider variety of topics.

I want to thank every single one of you who has ever read any of my posts - it really does mean a lot to me that people actually read my ramblings! An extra thank you to anyone who has commented or shared my posts and to those who have taken the time to follow me too. If you haven't already done so, you can follow me on Bloglovin' here!

I hope 2014 turns out to be a brilliant year for you all <3

Lots of love, Shannon xxxxxxxxxxx

Life Update #2

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Hello everyone! You may or may not have noticed that I haven't posted in a little while so sorry about that! I thought I'd do a little update post to let you know what I've been up to and also to explain my absence!

The main reason I haven't posted is simply because I've been super busy! I've had four uni assignments due in which all count towards a substantial chunk of my final grade for this year, so I've had to spend a lot of time on them. My last one is due in this Wednesday and I'm excited for it to be done!

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Snacks that I got from the Bloggers Christmas Party which kept me going in the library!

I've also been working a lot more than usual, due to it being Christmas time. I'm on a 0 hours contract but am working 32 hours this week! I have a lot of late shifts so by the time I get home and have my dinner etc it's 10pm, leaving me little time to blog or do anything else, especially since I'm so tired.

On top of all that I have articles to write, Christmas shopping to do, presents to wrap, and trying to find time to see Adam, Lauren and my family. Basically, I'm very stressed at the moment! Blogging has had to take a bit of a backseat but I really want to get back to posting again. I'm hoping that next week I'll have a little bit of time to relax more and do things I actually want to do!

Let's talk about the better things that have been going on now!

Last Monday was my dance society's Christmas social. We had a private room in Moskito and had a Secret Santa so it was very festive! Lauren and I only went for a little while, though, because we didn't want to get a taxi back and Lauren had just had an operation so wasn't drinking or anything. We had a really good night though and it started to get me in the Christmas spirit!

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Lauren and I at the dance society social

The next night I had another Christmas party, which was the Scottish bloggers one at October. I went along with Tasha from Drawdrobe and we had such a lovely time! The dress code was Christmas jumpers so I got to wear my wonderful Home Alone jumper for the first time.

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Tasha and I (photo taken by Paula) and my Christmas jumper!

I was lucky enough to win one of the raffle prizes too, and it was the prize I wanted most! It was Vidal Sassoon Shine Envy straighteners, which was ideal for me because my old straighteners were getting a bit past their best and I was going to buy new ones with my Christmas money anyway. I'm loving them so far - would any of you like to see a review on them?

Shannon Darko Vidal Sassoon Straighteners

Photo again from Paula's blog 

Adam and I had a nice little date on Saturday - we went to Jamie's Italian for dinner and it was such a lovely restaurant. We then saw the new Hobbit movie which was really good but we went to the 10.30pm screening so didn't get out til almost 2am, and I'd been working all day so was absolutely exhausted! I had a great night though and it was so nice to have a bit of time off from all my stress.

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Christmas cupcake from my Dad and Royal Exchange Square looking pretty.

I've rambled on a bit more than I planned to, oops! Anyway, I'm going to be really busy again this week but I want to get another post up anyway and hopefully next week will be a bit better. I hope you're all well and are getting excited for Christmas!

What have you been up to? Tell me about your Christmas parties, uni stress and anything else!