Friday, 10 February 2017

My Travel Essentials;

Hello Lovelies!

Since I'm currently always on the move lately, I thought I'd write a post all about my travel essentials.

These things are always with me on long train journeys so I don't get bored and keep occupied throughout the journey.

My Travel List: 

A good book can be the make or break for long train journeys. I chose a classic - The Devil Wears Prada - which is certainly becoming my favourite book. You could even bring your university books to read if you're close to a deadline.

Glamour is my personal favourite
Hand Sanitiser
Trains can be dirty and travelling can even make you feel not so fresh. I opt for the orginal scent but you could spice it up with a strawberry laces scent or tutti frutti!

Hand Lotion
My skin is prone to drying when travelling so I always ensure I have a hand lotion on hand. My favourite is the Soap & Glory Hand Food lotion because it smells amazing and keeps my hands super smooth.

If you're in the iPhone crew like me, you're aware of it's appalling battery life, of course this means that my charger is never too far away. I am a savvy traveler and always request a seat with a plug so I can always give my phone a little extra juice throughout the journey.

I love planning - it's an illness I swear, and what better place to sit and plan the week than on a train? I have the Filofax Metropol personal organiser in red and it's my favourite stationary item ever.

This is a MUST. Train food is expensive and not that nutritious really so why not pack some quick snacks? I recommend apple and peanut butter, a granola bar or even some chocolate for that little lift!

Obvious I know, but you don't realise how many times I've forgotten my purse and had to run back for it! Make sure you know where it is at all times and keep emergency money somewhere else on your person in the event of an emergency!

Again obvious, but why not include it? Make sure you've got your railcards too - nothing worse than fumbling around looking for things at the last minute.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Dealing With Third Year Stress;

Hello Lovelies!

I know, I know, I've been MIA again and left you all to fend for yourselves!


Now, I'm back and I need to talk to you about university, and particularly the stress that comes along with it.

It's not the first time I've discussed uni stress with you, and it probably won't be the last but recently, I have been feeling very stressed regarding my modules. I do not feel like my grades are going to be good enough for next year and I definitely do not feel like continuing into third year most of the time.

I will be perfectly honest and tell you that university is NOT what I expected.

But I have gotten this far and will continue until I get my degree and shout;


So sit tight while I tell you how I deal with third year university stress...


This goes without saying, that everyone needs to chill out sometimes. Read a book, drink some tea (or wine!) and don't get bogged down with your work. It will drive you mad.


This also should go without saying too, but doesn't sadly. You are your number one priority, and if you're feeling stressed, you are going to do yourself more harm than good, trust me. Focus on looking after yourself and then your work will reflect your organised and calm mind.

Also, this counts when working in a group. Don't give your work to other people who are just going to copy you. You won't benefit off of it and they'll just be cheating. NOT COOL.


Start your assessments/revision early. The earlier the better! You more time you have, the less stress you will have! All my assessments are due in May and I started them last week so I have time and don't freak out.


Crying makes you human and it's perfectly natural to have a cry when it all gets too much. I cry over everything and I feel so much better afterwards. Sometimes crying is a welcome break when you're constantly stuck in uni-land and you can't see a way out.

So there's my tips for getting rid of uni stress!

Hope you all find them useful, and let me know if you have anymore!

Thanks for reading,


Friday, 4 November 2016

Solent Students Are Putting Together Their Own Digital PR Textbook!

Hello Lovelies!

Thought I'd support my fellow PR students today and talk to you about an exciting new opportunity being brought to PR professionals all over the country!

Friday, 7 October 2016

How to choose a dissertation focus;

Hello my lovely, lovely blog!!

You missed me?

I know I've been on a summer hiatus but I am finally back and better than ever!

So just to keep you updated I've got lots of stuff to tell you about;

  • I've turned twenty.
  • I've gotten myself an internship in fashion journalism (yay!)
  • I'm headed back to university to complete my third year.
Now, I'm sure you know that in third year, you have to complete a dissertation. A dissertation is a large piece of work which can be up to 12,000 words long (wow!), and counts for a lot of your final grade. For me, it's the work I have been dreaded since enrolling in first year. 

But recently, since the dreaded module is getting closer and closer, I've really started looking into my topics and have actually chosen one which I reveal later in the year!

So I thought I'd give you some tips on how to choose a focus for your dissertation...

Do your research

Make sure you research your potential topics to make sure there's plenty of material available about the topic. There's nothing worse than getting passionate about an idea and finding out there's no literature to support it.

Make sure you're interested in the topic

Choose something which ideally, has a lot of literature about it AND that you're really passionate about. Your dissertation is your own study and requires a lot of time and effort so ensure you can be interested in the topic for at least eight months - even though you'll probably hate it by the end. 

Speak to your tutors

If you're still stuck on what you should do for your dissertation, try talking to a tutor about your strengths and interests regarding your topic. My tutor was a huge help when choosing my subject, and gave me lots of information about how to shape my study. 

Start early

I cannot stress this enough! If you have to do interviews or your own research, please start early and get yourself sorted so you aren't panicking at each deadline. I've already started my reading for my lit review and suggest you do too. 

Hopefully you'll take my advice and I hope choosing your topic is a breeze!

Thanks for reading, 

Joanna x

Monday, 15 August 2016

I'm a Top 25!!

Hello Lovelies!

I'm taking a quick break from my summer hiatus to tell about my recent credentials...

Yes, Diary of a PR Girl has been featured as part of Personal Income's Top 25 Female PR Career Advice Bloggers at #12!!

I can't believe my little blog has been recognised in a Top 25, I am very honoured and humbled to be even considered!

If you want to see the article yourself please head over to Personal Income's website and give it a read!

Big thanks to Lewis, the author of the Top 25, and I can't wait to start writing again regularly!

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Summer Hiatus;

Hello Lovelies!

Lots has happened since we last spoke, I've been to Greece and I've also received a 2:1 in my second year of my PR degree!

This summer I have chosen to take a hiatus, to focus on myself and get my things in order for a tough but amazing third year!

However, I will still update you with any exciting news, such as writing accreditation and any events I attend!

Hope you're all having an amazing summer and I'll see you properly in September!

Thanks for reading,

J x

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Diary of a Work Experience Girl; John Lewis Edition

Hello Lovelies!

I have been gone again due to an ever-piling workload from university and my own laziness.

BUT, I felt that it was time to step away from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and tell you all about my fortnight at the head offices of John Lewis HQ.

Yes, I went to the building where they think of the Christmas adverts!!

First, I want to express the importance of internships in this career field. Internships and experience are what is going to set you apart from your classmates. Get as much work experience as you can and not only will you be more employable to companies, you'll also learn a lot too!

Now let's talk about John Lewis!!

I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the building and the amazing people there - I even met Andy Street, the CEO of John Lewis (I know right?!) Everyone was so welcoming and no question was too small or too stupid - at this point I'd like to thank Leah, my boss for the two weeks, for answering every question I threw at her!

Now my place was in Fashion Communications, with four lovely ladies. Each of them were amazing to watch and I learnt so much from them, from how to speak to journalists to why it's so important to find all press coverage each week...let's just say I read a lot of magazines which I loved!

I also was relieved to find that during my time there, unlike any other work experience I have encountered, not once did they ask me draft tweets.

It felt so good!!

It made me realise that social media is not the whole of Fashion PR, no matter how current the internet may seem.

People, in cities especially, pick up a magazines or two and read the newspapers. I was astounded.

I also realised that PR cannot be done from behind a desk. I was constantly running down to buying and to the postroom to pick up and drop off samples for magazines. Fashion PR is so important and getting your brands clothes in magazines is essential for sales and promotion.

I even got to help choose what to send out - like Miranda Priestly in 'Devil Wears Prada'.

Overall my experience there was incredible and I would really love to visit again, maybe one day as an employee!

Thanks for reading,