Michelle Almeida

Hello Everybody

I'm Michelle!

A journalism graduate from the University of Sheffield, a former Lifestyle and Beauty Editor at Liberty Belle Magazine, and a freelance lifestyle blogger. I'm currently an exchange student at Drexel University in Philadelphia and a staff writer in the Arts and Entertainment section at The Triangle- the independent student-led paper at Drexel.

I hope to pursue a career in either broadcast or magazine journalism, so until then...enjoy some of my articles and blogs!!

“Your Place or Mine:” a very mid rom-com

If you hear the words ‘your place or mine,’ you immediately think of a movie with a steamy plot, sizzling chemistry and palpable energy that gets the viewers envious. Unfortunately, director Aline Brosh McKenna’s film does not stick to the ideal romance tropes, which may not come as a surprise as McKenna is known for directing hit romantic comedies such as “27 Dresses” and “Laws of Attraction.” This time, we are shown an unconventional spin on modern-day romance, with a touch of traditional cli

Netflix Party with your (long-distance) partner

It is no surprise that long-distance relationships are tough. From hour-long video calls at odd hours to counting down the days until you are back in the same place, there is a lot of emotional and virtual work that goes into keeping that spark alive. On Valentine’s Day, a day widely dedicated to celebrating your relationship, the long-distance can limit your chances of indulging in a romantic night out with your partner. However, one of the few positives of the COVID-19 lockdown was that we we

Studying Abroad Was The Best Decision I Made!

But I Wish I Knew These 7 Tips Before Applying. The limited years of college life call for making the most of every opportunity. Whether it’s taking up an internship, accepting that prestigious industry placement, beginning your journey into ‘adulting’ by starting your full-time job or even studying abroad during your degree. While work opportunities are pretty straightforward to decide on — especially when they are in the same country — studying abroad is an opportunity you need to carefully


Did you know that there existed a generation when smoking inflight was allowed? Or that your essays once had to be typed by using a historical artefact called a typewriter? Generations have evolved. Millennials[1981-1996] today would be proud of the fact that we’ve inched towards socially practising that work-life matters more than anything and on the other hand, GenZ ers [1997-2012] would probably be in a dilemma between our need to hustle or prioritise self-care. With changes over the years

Falling For Christmas: A Hallmark Netflix Holiday Cliche

A spoilt, redhead hotel heiress. A charming single father suffering from financial loss and a Christmas past. A narcissistic boyfriend. Giggling girls decked in Christmas woollies. Snow in November, and a man dressed up in red, sporting a snowy white beard, who makes Christmas wishes come true by playing matchmaker. Falling For Christmas is a classic, formulaic Netflix-mass movie – the only standout element being Lindsay Lohan playing Sierra Belmont for her return to Hollywood. Directed by Jan

Anxious? Depressed? Homesick? You’re Not Alone!

Here are 6 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health At University. As exciting as traveling away from home and discovering yourself whilst living in a new country is while you’re in your teens or twenties, it can be exhausting to pack up, make a move and start fresh. As exciting as traveling away from home and discovering yourself whilst living in a new country is while you’re in your teens or twenties, it can be exhausting to pack up, make a move and start fresh. It’s even more nerve-wracking w

Counting Down the Days Till You Fly Back Home?

Moving to a new country can be a fresh and exciting experience. But no matter how much you anticipated beginning your new life abroad, you’re not an anomaly when encountering homesickness. As an international student, it can be twice as hard to cope with this feeling as you’re moving abroad and away from the people you grew up with, your friends and the stable life you had at home. While you’re not the only one experiencing confusion and culture shocks, navigating out of the chaotic spiral of

Joy To The Polls: Where democracy and music meet

With midterm elections just a few days away, the overwhelmingly long wait in queues to place your votes and drop your ballots will not be so dull after all. Joy To The Polls, a non-partisan initiative launched during the 2020 general elections, has scheduled notable bands to entertain voters at polling stations in an effort to encourage citizens in those exhaustingly long queues to go through with depositing their ballots. On Nov. 8, you can expect musicians such as Questlove, DJs such as DJ J

5 things I wish I knew before moving to the US for my year abroad

FRIENDS, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, and many other shows that romanticize the Western lifestyle. Growing up, I binge-watched these shows to the point that I can recite these dialogues unprompted and was infatuated with wanting to experience the same lifestyle I watched on screen. What I didn’t realise, life in the US is not as entertaining as it’s made to look on screen. For us foreigners, our exposure to Western culture is predominantly through pop culture. So you can imagine just how thri

The Inescapable Celebrity Cheating Scandal

It’s hard to scroll through social media without seeing celebrities sharing ‘cutesy’ couples Instagram posts, where they stare at each other with perfectly orchestrated romantic smiles and warm gazes. Their comments are flooded with “#OTP”, “#CoupleGoals” and other such schmaltzy compliments. Then, a few months later, when we’re infatuated with their perfect lives, comes the cheating scandal. Though we can only assume (in part from watching one too many episodes of The Kardashians), celebrity r

It's a very hands-on course, so you're never bored!

Michelle is in her final year of her BA Journalism course. Her advice is to just enjoy it, and to make the most of unexpected opportunities. Why did you choose to study your course and what inspired you to go into journalism? Since Primary School, I've always enjoyed public speaking. In addition, I had a knack for reading and creative writing, and as I moved to high school, I realised I love research work and being in the know about anything that happens around the world. After realising my i

Winter to spring: How to give your makeup a pop of colour

We’re finally moving towards brighter days, lighter layers, vibrant colours and warmer makeup tones. Just as the seasons change, your makeup looks can also do with a makeover, and spring is the perfect time to play with colours and bust out a new sassy attitude to go with it. Here are some ways to wipe off that winter makeup and glide on some fun colours and lightweight products that will give you a fresh look! Drop the heavy products: Your base no longer needs ‘rich’ formulas to protect the s

Luxury makeup brands – are they worth the splurge?

Whether you’re a makeup junkie or someone who just needs minimal products to achieve a quick, fresh and bright look, the dilemma you face when browsing through those endless makeup lines is whether to go the expensive route or the drugstore dupes. It’s no secret that products and makeup lines are unnecessarily expanding. You have new formulae being created, more and more brands are being launched, and the technology of applicators is ever-changing to make your makeup routine a lot easier. The p

Switch your makeup from day to night: Tips and tricks

At the end of those exhausting work hours, everyone's encountered a time where we have to quickly spruce ourselves up and freshen our makeup to meet up with friends for an impromptu drink, or maybe even head off to a date. The challenge is updating your makeup from the simple-turned-greasy look into something bold and glamorous. Here's how you can switch from day to night: • None Touch up your base makeup: You don’t want to meet your friends with a greasy and smudgy face. Always have your comp

International students- here are some ways on how you can be Airport Ready!

It’s almost time to fly back home for a much-needed break. However, the past two years have been a complete hindrance to travel and has probably made us rusty in our planning. Here are some tips on how you can plan for a stress-free departure! Travel in 2021 has changed and you don’t want to arrive at the airport only to not have the countless number of documents required. Dedicate some time to surfing your airline website and be sure to make a note of the tests (usually a PCR test), and the d

Four year old cycling 100 miles for mental health charity

Chelsea Ellis, a four-year-old girl from Barnsley, aims to cycle 100 miles during March and April to raise awareness of mental health illness. With the initial aim to raising £150, the toddler has already raised the bar by collecting over £320, the proceeds of which will be donated to the mental health organisation Rethink Mental Illness. The four-year-old from Kendray, Barnsley has taken up this initiative, saying that she “wants to help people just like they helped my mummy”. Proud mum Keele

Building content, gaining confidence – #jusplacement

Trying to get a job in the middle of a global pandemic, when businesses are shutting down and employees are being laid off, tends to demotivate you from scrolling through LinkedIn to find work that is suitable for you. You’re anxious to pull up your CV from somewhere on your laptop, and you are struggling to find the words to fill in those blank spaces on your resumé. After months of trying to find jobs that suited my interests, I secured a three-month internship for the then start-up brand Tod

Is it fair? Sheffield students differ on return to in person university teaching

The government announced that students studying in universities across England would not be permitted to return to their campus earlier than May 17. This rule has generated a conflict in opinions between local and international students who are concerned over the mandatory quarantine rules imposed on those returning towards the end of the semester. Heather Nicholls, aged 19, said: “I feel like this rule has happened as a way to appease people who really wanted in-person teaching because now the

Filtered vs Unfiltered Romance

Overwhelmed with travelling and adjusting to new places and trying to settle disputes among family and friends, the lockdown begins to affect her health, and the result of the stress reflects on her once clear skin that is now struggling with a serious case of breakouts. Relying on photo filters for over four years, Ms. Jamshid says: “One of the reasons why I didn’t notice that my skin was going bad is because of filters (Snapchat and Instagram). They smoothen your skin, and I realised that I’d

Friends: The Reunion (REVIEW)

An hour and 44 minutes after watching Friends: The Reunion and I'm an emotional sobbing wreck. The cast (Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer) and every member (including creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane), that played a part on the hit sitcom show F.R.I.E.N.D.S., all reunite on the very same set they shot their opening scene, 17 years after their last episode, taking the viewers through a poignant trip down memory lane. From never
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