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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Saying Goodbye

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

My final video will be up later tonight, but for now, I just want to write this – it’ll be my final post (or one of them, depending on if I decide to share more with you before finally signing off) It’s gonna be pretty wordy though, you might need a cuppa!

I’ve had a great year. It’s been tough in places and challenging to say the least but looking back on it, there really were some amazing moments.

My boyfriend surprising me with a trip to Berlin for my 21st birthday is definitely one of the highlights (if not the absolute best part of the year) and he did so well to keep it a surprise. I know I would’ve struggled and probably wanted to tell him the moment I booked it. Guess that’s how he knows I’ve not booked us a trip anywhere, ha!

Traditional Christmas market

Traditional Christmas market

Spending the week before Christmas in Berlin was amazing and I’d highly recommend it to you. The city is amazing, it’s so clean (like literally, there is no litter…anywhere) the people are friendly and it’s just a beautiful place. Looking over my vlogs has really made me realise just how much I want to go back. I don’t think that’ll happen this year, maybe next year we can go back and visit other cities in Germany too. Andrew, hope you’re making notes! 😉



This is probably now in the wrong order, but I need to mention November and our trip to Manchester. Although I’ve just said above that I would never be able to keep a big surprise from Andrew, I did manage to keep his birthday present a secret pretty well. I’d booked us tickets to see Yellowcard in Manchester on their Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour and it was definitely one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. We had front row seats (yes, I’m that good) and loved the support band, Like Torches – pop punk band from Stockholm Sweden. Sometimes the support bands are a bit ‘meh’ but these guys absolutely blew me away, so much so we spoke to them after the gig and we’ve been to see them again since! The whole reason we were there though, was Yellowcard. They’ve been one of my favourite bands for years and Andrew’s a big fan too so he was well impressed with the front row seats. When they took to the stage to play their set, they asked everyone to move forward. Seconds later I was sat just a metre away from them, I could see Ryan’s Star Wars travel cup with his green tea in and Sean kept smiling at us all. It was an amazing night and I’m eagerly awaiting their new album in October!

Back to chronological order now ey…


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From January until May things were pretty hectic with our dissertation project. At the time it seemed like we’d never get it finished as there was always another problem cropping up. We did it though and now I look back and aside from the stressful days and long nights, we actually had loads of fun filming and I kinda wish I’d made the most of it while we could. We did incredibly well though, getting a first overall for our film and we won 2 Sparky awards. I think when you’re too close to something, you get hung up on the tiny things that no one else sees and for our dissertation, Trace, this was definitely the case. In the end though we did all pull together and we should all be proud of ourselves! It’ll be interesting to see what we’re all doing in five years time (although at the same time, I don’t want to think about being 26!!!!)


Focusing on my personal blog, Hello Freckles, for a moment, it’s been a really successful year. I was featured in Very Magazine (free with OK Magazine) for a fashion blogger challenge which was amazing. I’ve had my name in print before, but to be featured for my blog and actually have photos of me in a magazine, was something else completely. It was so nice to see how supportive people were and I’d love to do it again in the future. I also started a YouTube channel for my blog a few months ago and I’m looking forward to getting back into that very soon. I took part in a Zip Wire Challenge which was so unlike me – I’m not keen on heights but I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and it really did boost my confidence. Another really exciting thing is, I’m incredibly close to 800 followers which is crazy. To some people it might not seem like a very big number, but I can’t even imagine being in a room with 800 people wanting to hear what I have to say!

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The big thing this year was graduation and that whole days feels like such a blur. To graduate with a First Class Honours was incredible and I’m really proud that I didn’t fall over or cry (I really thought one or both would happen, I’m a right sop) and it’s a day I know I’ll look back on for years to come.

The week after graduation, Andrew and I went to Paris for a few days. I already want to go back, but this time visit the city in the winter and see how it differs from the summer. We were there in 30 degree heat, which is funny as we were either going to Paris or Barcelona but Andrew though Barcelona would be too hot (though Paris actually was warmer for the time we were there) We saw Bastille Day fireworks which were absolutely amazing and something I’m so glad I saw. We had no idea when we booked Paris that we would be there on their national day, but it was great to see how they celebrate such a special day.

The week after Paris I started working full time and I really enjoy my what I do. I’ve actually got a few things to say about that, but you’ll find out in my video, since I don’t want to ruin the surprise now!

I suppose that’s a very quick round up of some of my highlights over the past year as a Lives Online blogger. I’m sure there’s so many more things I’ve done, but we’d be here until midnight if I was to mention everything. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts and watching my videos.

See you soon!

Here’s a few other highlights too in the photos above!

Freshers Weekend!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

At the weekend I was working  the ‘Puzzled’ drop in event for Freshers. It felt weird to be there and not be a student anymore. Weird in a good way though. So much has happened in the past few months, it’s been crazy busy and I’ll be discussing that in my final video – that’ll be next week.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was getting ready to start my final year studying Video and New Media. Seeing all the Freshers yesterday and answering their questions was lovely, just a few years ago I was in that situation. I worried about what to take with me for the first week, where I needed to be and who I needed to speak to. Now the tables have turned and I’m dishing out advice and sharing stories about my time as a student. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great… it just feels weird and I guess it hasn’t hit me properly that I’m no longer a student!

Anyway, to leave this on a positive note, here’s my free ice cream I had yesterday, thanks to the Student Union!


Tomorrow Makers – University of Sunderland TV Advert

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I’m really excited to announce the new University of Sunderland advert is here! I had so much fun being involved in the filming – and obviously putting my best acting skills to the test!

I saw it yesterday at a preview screening and it’s now live in the cinemas in the North East and on TV – I’ve not yet seen it on tv but it’s gonna be so exciting to see my face on the screen (let’s not even think about how big it’ll be on the cinema screen!)

See it below and let me know if you spot me!

My Life Changing Moments

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Although I did my little graduation video, which you may have seen, I also answered a few questions to be made into my own ‘Life Changing Moments’ video. Since blogging for Lives Online I’m pretty comfortable talking in front of camera and I thought it’d be a nice thing to do to remember my graduation day too!

I hope you like it and count how many times I say really! Haha!

It’s Graduation Day!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A quick photo from this morning. I’ll have more up soon and a video to follow!

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

An envelope arrived yesterday from Sunderland Uni, I saw it before I went out to the hairdressers but didn’t think much of it. Earlier in the week I received my graduation tickets, so I just presumed it was something relating to that. After returning from the hairdressers and going back through town to meet up with a friend, I had around an hour at home to get lunch before going back out (yep, I’m sure yesterday was one of the busiest days I’ve had in a long time!) As I was stood chatting in the kitchen and browsing facebook, I spotted one of the girls from my dissertation group had announced her results. I panicked! I asked her if the results had popped up online on Evision early (which would have been sneaky) but her response ‘came in the post’ had me rushing to the porch to grab that letter I’d shrugged off at 8:45am!

All of a sudden it hit me. Whatever was written inside this letter was the result of three years of hard work. I took a deep breath and opened it. Yes, it was my results. Well, it was my entire transcript of results from all the modules I’ve done over the past three years. I quickly skimmed the first page before turning to page 2, the one where I’d find out what I’d been given for my dissertation and overall for my degree.

76 overall for our dissertation, wow! All that hard work had paid off, all the stress, the late nights, waking up and thinking I was meant to be mixing sound when it was 4am was all worth it. Ahhhh! Now for the overall degree classification.


I saw those three words and burst into tears. I could barely see the words on the page, but I knew I’d read it right. I still can’t explain how it feels and I didn’t expect to cry when I saw it, but it all just got too much. I knew I’d worked hard and I knew I was going to be on the borderline of a 2:1 and a 1st, but I didn’t know if I could actually do it.

Happy doesn’t really cover it and every time I think about it, I could cry again I’m just so surprised!

I definitely earned that cake I had yesterday when I went back out and I can completely justify buying a few things I’ve had my eye on now.

What a week, a graduate job and I’m going to graduate with a first! Wow!

A Graduate Job Interview

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Today I had my first graduate job interview. It’s really hard to tell if it went well or not – but I find you can never really decide that after any interview! All you can do is answer all the questions you’re asked as confidently as possible and get across your experiences to demonstrate your skills and why you’re the right person for the job!

OBviously, after the interview I went for a coffee – not only so I could plan out some blog posts, but to see my barista sister and check how her coffee-making skills are going!

I hope I get it, but I’ll let you know either way… as I’ll find out next Monday! Eeep!

coffee starbucks post interview graduate role

Casual Summer Outfit

Monday, June 16th, 2014

It’s been a while since I last talked about fashion and outfits on here, but today I want to show you one of my go-to summer outfits and something that’s become a bit of a must-have for me lately.

I think smock dresses are really flattering, especially for summer BBQ’s and going for meals, because no one will know if you’ve eaten too much and feel like you’ve got a bit of a food baby! They’re great for keeping you cool too.

My new thing is the black fedora. It’ll come as no surprise to you, that I’m a fan of hats (you’ve probably seen past posts with my bobble hats) so when I spotted this one, from ASOS, I thought I’d give it a go. It’s so easy to wear and I think I’ll probably end up buying another colour too.

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Katy Perry!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

On Saturday night I went to see Katy Perry and she put on an amazing show, so many costume changes, different themes to the set and she ended on the hit, Firework and, you guessed it – she had a little firework display behind her!


NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week Catwalks

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

On Saturday I went along to the Company Presents NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week high street catwalks. I’d never been to a catwalk fashion show before, so being moved to the front row was pretty cool! I was actually meant to have Julien Macdonald sat beside me, but he ended up the row behind – presumably so he didn’t have a restricted view past my fedora or get knocked by my elbow when I was taking photos.

It was great to see the SS14 trends from the high street on models rather than just seeing the items on rails in store. The only downside of the event was the length of the catwalk shows, I thought they’d be about 30 mins each allowing us time for lunch between the 12pm and the 2pm shows but they ended up lasting nearly 2 hours each! That aside, I still definitely want to go to more shows and more of Newcastle Fashion Week if I can! It is going to be a busy couple of weeks now with that dissertation deadline looming!

  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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