Monday, 30 September 2013

September Round Up


WHOAH! How is it the last day of September already?! This month feels like it’s gone so fast. On my first ‘Motivational Monday’ post of the month (check it out here) I stated a few aims for this month which were the following....
‘start looking at my future, make plans, start figuring out where I want to go what I want to do’
‘Learning something new’
‘Attempt to do a blog post every day for the month.’
Err so I kind of failed miserable at all of these, in terms of making plans I still have no idea how to get to where I want to be. Although I know I want to write, I want to travel, I’d love to meet Mr Right instead of Mr Oh So Wrong.... I just have no idea how to do any of these three!! I lack confidence in my writing, I have no money at all so travelling is out unless some amazing person would love to pay for me to travel and write about the experience??? And as for prince charming, how the hell do you meet hot single boys these days?!
I don’t think I’ve learnt anything new and I failed miserable at blogging every day! However the week where I did manage to blog every day, I’m not sure I enjoyed it that much. Don’t get me wrong I love blogging and have post ideas coming out of my ears but when I put pressure on myself to blog each day I didn’t get the same buzz out of it. Therefore in a good way it’s made me realize I love blogging and I will blog when the mood takes me. No pressure, no ‘I have to post’, no mass commitment. I think this is then reflected in my writing, if I’m happy I think my writing improves.
Do you blog? Do you like to read/write posts daily? I’d be really interested in people’s views on this.
On the plus side, this month’s been pretty awesome, I may not have achieved my aims but I’ve still had a blast! Works been crazy busy but I’ve managed to catch up with so many of my amazing friends. I feel so lucky that I’m surrounded by some pretty talented, lovely, funny, crazy people. As you get older it sometimes feels harder to see people and have regular catch ups, due to the daily grind of life getting in the way. But when we do see each other, it’s like no times past, and I love it. There’s something about good friends that just make you feel so awesome. It may also be due to the large amount of cocktails and dancing that’s taken place this month!
 
I’ve also done a bit of moon lighting this month, I was very lucky that I got the chance to write a piece for FETED Magazine about my homemade face mask and scrub. It’s so exciting to see my work someone else other than my blog! I also did my first ever guest post for the lovely Gabriella at Brighton Girl Blogger, which you can find Here. I also recommend you check out here bucket list! It’s inspired me to start my own. I’m not sure I’m as brave to put it in the public domain though!
Favourite product...
For September it’s definitely got to be my Moroccan Oil! It ran out about a week ago, but it’s lasted me for months! I’ve been using it most days and since I’ve run out I’ve definitely noticed my hair is more knotty and isn’t as soft at the ends. I’m trying to be good with money at the moment but I’ve got a big argument in my head to order some more. Oooh the dilemma!
Top Tune for this Month...



Please forgive me for such a word heavy post!  I just feel that even though I didn’t quite do what I set out to achieve this months, it’s still been refreshing and fun and I feel like I’m making massive strides down a positive happy path! It’s also been really nice to write this post, to be able to sit down and reflect on things. I think we are all guilty of not taking the time to do that, and it’s so important.

Happy Monday Lovelies! xx

 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

OOTD: Weekend Warrior!

 
Weekend Warrior Tank Top from Jawbreaking
 
Fast as a Bullet Necklace from Cut and Run London
 
I’ve not done an outfit post in a little while, and I feel like I’m slightly cheating here only sharing my cleavage area with you. My reason for this is because I am still suffering the aftermath of a nasty cold so I am sporting a gorgeous red nose that would give Rudolph a run for his money. Because I am feeling run down I am also feeling a little self conscious and having a fatty day. However I really wanted to share my new purchases with you!
If you’ve not heard of Jawbreaking where have you been?! Their logo tops in various styles are fab and I’ve had my eye on a few of them for a while. I’ve been trying to be good with my unruly spending lately but when I came across a 10% off code I couldn’t stop myself from making a cheeky purchase.
I went for two vest tops and I’m so glad I did! They are great quality and completely suit my style. This ‘weekend warrior’ top is one of my purchases and I’ve been a bit naughty and now purchased this in the sweatshirt design too! Ooops!
My gorgeous bullet necklace is from Cut and Run London, another great site for cool clothes and jewellery. I’ve got my eye on a pair of earrings and a tee at the moment. I MUST resist!!
Have you made any cheeky purchases lately?
 



Friday, 27 September 2013

BOOK CLUB TAKEOVER: Lynsay from 'The Work Wear Edit'

Here are my thoughts… I LOVE hearing other people’s views and reviews on pretty much anything especially books! Some of my favourite reads are ones that have been suggested by other people. So thinking along those lines,’ The Book Club Takeover’ was born! Hopefully each week I will bring to you a post from one of my lovely and amazing fellow bloggers who will in turn share with you what their favourite book is, why they love it and a review. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


For those of you unfamiliar with me, allow for me to give you a quick introduction: my name is Lynsay, I'm 21 and have a blog aimed at inspiring women everywhere to inject their love for fashion into the working week ( http://theworkwearedit.blogspot.com, for those curious enough to look). My reading tastes tend to fall as far away as possible from romance and chick lits (although I have been known to dabble every once in a while) and so the particular book that I am reviewing may come as a shock to those who already have an understanding of its plot line.

Propelled into the public eye by the 2010 film adaptation starring the remarkable talents of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, it was in fact the cinematic version of Never Let Me Go that first introduced me to the novel and drove me on to read the original text. Although a wonderfully heartbreaking film, silver screen embodiments tend to never have much on the written works that came before them and this was not an exception.
 
What starts as the childhood recollections of our protagonist, Kathy, soon turns into a fully fledged dystopian version of the England that I myself have been raised within. As we journey through the difficult teenage years into fully fledged adulthood, we experience Kathy's relationships alongside her, namely the power play that comprises her friendship with bestie Ruth and the admiration from afar of lifelong crush Tommy.

However, underneath these normalcies which, on their own, would amount only to an average storyline, is a very soft science fiction theme that pulls the reader directly into the ethical debates surrounding cloning and what constitutes a human life. Despite at first being seemingly raised within a pleasant, albeit protective, boarding school environment, it is quickly revealed to the reader that Kathy and her friends were purely created at the hand of man to become living organ donors. This dramatic twist is what shapes the novel into becoming a masterpiece, as author Ishiguro's subtle and graceful prose forces us to challenge our views about our own inherent mortality.

If you seek out books with happily-ever-after endings, then perhaps Never Let Me Go is not the one for you. In Kathy's life, and indeed Tommy and Ruth's, happy endings cannot exist. Instead, the reader is led on the journey of the "other" in this particular book's universe, celebrating joy and experiencing pain in the same way they do: with the constant acknowledgement that nothing is permanent. Instead of a short smile before carrying on with the rest of their life, after reading the final page of this particular book it is impossible for the reader to not continue to think about what they have just finished. Utterly affecting and, at times, moving to tears, the fact at the characters do not ride off into the sunset together does not stop Never Let Me Go from being a necessity to read in order to recognise that life is both bleak and beautiful at the same time, and always destined to end the same way.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Motivational Monday #26

 
I am massively sorry for the lock of posts this past week, I went on a hen weekend to Butlins last week and I think Butlins broke me! I was suffering all week with an extended hangover followed by an absolute corker of a cold. Therefore all I have done is go to work and come home and sleep! This has resulted in a massive fail in my attempt at #blogyoursocksoffseptember.
After finally feeling human again by Friday, I had a lovely fun filled weekend catching up with some of my awesome friends. It feels so good to be starting this week feeling fresh and half with it! I think today’s quote is quite fitting, I am determined to have a happy, full of fun week and it is completely down to me to make that happen!
Happy Monday Lovelies! xx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fringe Issues

I am currently suffering the hair-mare which is growing out your fringe. I do like having a fringe and think it suits me, however I have super fine hair that gets greasy super quickly. Meaning having a fringe can be hard work, therefore I have decided to grow it out and see what happens.

At present it is at that awful stage where it’s too long to be a fringe but not long enough to do anything other than look a mess. This results in me constantly just pinning it back with a Kirby grip which gets a bit of a bore.
So for the last week I have challenged myself to make a bit of an effort with it and be a bit creative. So here is what my last 6 days have looked like (I was aiming for 7 but as I am having a lazy Sunday morning, I am not sure I want to share my manky unwashed hair look I am sporting today!) …

 
Apologies for the poor quality pics they were all done on my phone. As you can see I have been relying heavily on quiffs, Alice bands, Scarfs and plaiting said fringe!

Anyone have any style advice for alternative growing out your fringe looks for super fine hair?!
 

Friday, 20 September 2013

BOOK CLUB TAKEOVER: Holly from 'Crumpets and Tea'

Here are my thoughts… I LOVE hearing other people’s views and reviews on pretty much anything especially books! Some of my favourite reads are ones that have been suggested by other people. So thinking along those lines,’ The Book Club Takeover’ was born! Hopefully each week I will bring to you a post from one of my lovely and amazing fellow bloggers who will in turn share with you what their favourite book is, why they love it and a review. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do!



Hello! I’m Holly and I’ve been blogging about anything and everything over at http://crumpetsandteauk.blogspot.co.uk/ for around two months, mostly in an attempt to keep my brain active now that I’ve graduated from university! Reading has always been incredibly important to me so I’d just like to thank Gemma for allowing me to share this with you all.

Like a couple of other people have, I’ll stick to Gemma’s usual layout so I hope you enjoy my thoughts on my favourite book!

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens



The Blurb
A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

The Review
I’ve been a fan of classics since I was young, having read Oliver Twist aged 6, so I was surprised that it took me until my English Literature A-Level to pick up this one. But since then, I’ve hardly been able to put the book down. My copy is battered and crumpled, but surely that’s the sign of many hours of enjoyment?! If you love a bit of romance, danger, mystery, extravagance and suspense that keeps you guessing until the end, then this mid-Victorian masterpiece is definitely one that you should get your hands on!

It tells the coming-of-age story of Pip, a young boy living with his sister and uncle in the countryside. Through a series of personal connections he meets Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster, and is summoned regularly to act as company to her adopted daughter Estella. One day, a stranger calls at Pip’s home to inform him that he must travel to London immediately as an anonymous benefactor has gifted him a large sum of money in order to leave his family and become a gentleman. It goes on with the usual Dickens detail to show what Pip makes of his new life, the experiences and the range of people that he meets along the way whilst always leaving you wondering: who is this mysterious benefactor? What will happen to Pip when someone from his past unexpectedly arrives? Will Pip ever be able to fulfil his ‘great expectations’?

There have been so many film adaptations of this book that it’s easy to just watch those instead but I would highly recommend reading the book before diving into any of these. The 2012 movie with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham-Carter is fantastic but as with most page-to-screen adaptations, there will always be details left out. Whilst it’s not a light and fluffy holiday read, I’ll take a guess that once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review and thanks again to Gemma for letting me share this with you!
 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

10 Reasons you know your a blogger...



It’s only recently that I’ve accepted myself as a blogger. For many reasons I’ve always felt a bit of a fraud and never really owned it. I didn’t think I was good enough, however I’ve now faced my fears and lately I’ve been really embracing blogging. It’s really hit me lately and kind of taken over my world! I thought id share with you my reasons why I know I’m a blogger....

1.    You have a healthy addiction to twitter!
I love Twitter! I find it vital to blogging! I love connecting with other bloggers through all the different chats, sharing links, tips and general chit chat. However this does mean I prob spend half my day on twitter through my phone. I recently got blocked as they thought I was spamming people, when sharing my link after a chat. WHOOPS! I just find it the best way to advertise your blog and find others to read.
2.    Your bank balance is always in minus figures.
Okay, so this one may just be me! I love finding new products and sharing my views, good or bad. I love reading about new products in other blogs and find myself HAVING to try it! #bbloggers chats on twitter do not help either! I am a complete make up whore!!
3.    You can’t use any new product until you’ve photographed it, even if this means waiting a few days for the perfect light.
 
Hahaha this one is the bain of my life! Especially at the moment with this dreary weather. I like photographing new products and want them to look all pretty and new. It’s hard to restrain myself whilst I’m waiting to photograph it first!
 
4.    The staff in your local Boots / Superdrug know you by name.
 
And at my local benefit counter too... I think it’s due me regularly pestering them about when certain products will be in! I pretend it’s cute that they know me, but I’m not sure if they think like that!
 
5.    You take more ‘selfies’ than the average person.
I recently was showing a friend some photos on my camera and had to scan through a ton of ‘selfies’ to find them. Slightly embarrassing if they don’t know about my blog! Needs must though! I hate it when bloggers don’t show you the lippy /eye shadow/ blusher actually in action. I like to see what it looks like as it can massively vary to what it looks like in the package.
6.    You carry a camera around ‘just in case’.
I hate having moments where I’m somewhere thinking I wish I had a camera with me so I can photograph this as it would make an ace blog post. My camera on my phone is pretty pants, so yes I’m lame and carry my camera around ALOT.
7.    Someone starts talking about MAC to you, so you get excited and tell them about your fave products until you realise they meant Apple Mac, doh!
 
THIS happened TODAY!! Was at work and in a day dream I heard a colleague mention MAC. This followed a blow by blow account of what I love about their shadows, gel eyeliner and concealer..... ‘Umm Gem, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Can I use the APPLE Mac?’. I hang my head in shame, I have beauty on the brain!!

8.    You actually have release dates for products in your diary. I kid you not.
Yep, I am sad! Yes I even have some dates for next year (I am dying to try the Mark Jacobs range!). I am like a magpie to silver when it comes to shiny new beauty products!
9.    A constant thought, no matter what I’m doing is ‘Hmm could I blog about this?’
I even carry a note book around with me for blog ideas! I am often found day dreaming about what I want to write and how I want to improve my blog. I am inspired by so many things on a daily basis.
10.  I no longer by magazines or newspapers, I just read blogs.
I think I spend a good hour most days browsing other blogs, there are so many great writers and photographers out there.  They make me feel so inspired and ready to tackle anything. I follow blogs on so many different subjects from beauty, fashion, photography, food, DIY, art..... The list is so long! I love seeing the world through other people.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Can you relate to it?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Super Sunday Shower Time*




Please don’t get the wrong idea from the title of this post! I promise I do shower daily, however I am a 5 min wash and go kind of girl. Mainly due to the fact I am normally running late, I am not a good morning person! Therefore every Sunday evening I try and make sure I get a little ‘me’ time and have a bit of a pampering shower before bed. I have to admit it’s one of my favourite parts of the week. I am definitely a shower girl, baths are great but I don’t always feel that clean after a bath, I can’t get my head around the concept of laying in a bath of dirty water?! Saying that baths are pretty nice on those freezing cold dark winter nights, with a large glass of wine, a good book and lots of bubbles! But that’s a whole other post for another day!


So I here you ask what does a Super Sunday Shower involve? Well let me tell you! I take this shower just before bed on a Sunday night as it helps me switch off ready for bed. First of all I want to set a relaxing tone so as I am obsessed with candles I light a few of my favourite vanilla tea lights around the bathroom and then begin to run my shower.



First product up is my Lush ‘The Sacred Truth’ Fresh Face Mask. I love lush products, especially there fresh face masks. They always leave my skin feeling great, which is an accomplishment bearing in mind my face can be quite sensitive! I tend to cleanse my face first using hot water to open the pores and then apply the face mask.

Next up I use the Korres Watermelon Body Scrub, apart from the fact it smells delicious it’s an amazing exfoliant! I always use a scrub before I shave my legs as it removes any dry skin and lifts the hairs allowing for a closer shave and resulting in lovely smooth legs. To shave my legs I use a Gillette Venus Razor and Gillette Satin Care Radiant Apricot Shave Gel. Both of these are part of my bathroom staples. My legs always feel great after using them, and I really like the apricot smell.



Next up I wash and condition my hair, I won’t tell you about that here, imp planning on doing a hair post shortly so will tell you all about it there! Whilst rinsing the shampoo out of my hair I also wash the face mask off too. Also to rinse off all the scrub and shaving gel remains I use Korres Guava Shower Gel, it is so moisturising and smells so lush! If that’s not enough, to top it off its so good for your skin as it contains Aloe,  vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and antioxidant enzymes.
When I’m out of the shower I moisture my body using Korres Jasmine Body Butter. You know how smells trigger memories and moods? Well this one does it for me, the jasmine scent is gorgeous and every time I smell it really chills me out and it’s definitely my Sunday night bedtime smell! It’s also incredibly moisturising, I suffer from dry skin on my legs and using this has really helped!
Oooh and one final point, Fresh Bedding! It’s a must! There’s nothing better than feeling all nice and clean and getting into fresh bedding! Perfect! Hopefully it leads to a good Monday morning!

Friday, 13 September 2013

BOOK CLUB TAKEOVER: Pandora from 'Petit Dora'

Here are my thoughts… I LOVE hearing other people’s views and reviews on pretty much anything especially books! Some of my favourite reads are ones that have been suggested by other people. So thinking along those lines,’ The Book Club Takeover’ was born! Hopefully each week I will bring to you a post from one of my lovely and amazing fellow bloggers who will in turn share with you what their favourite book is, why they love it and a review. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do!

 
Hello! I’m Pandora, I blog over at Petit Dora and I’m really excited to be part of Gemma’s book club as I am an avid reader! My blog still hasn’t found it’s way yet but it’s a bit of fashion due to me being on a fashion communication course and a bit of lifestyle with personal posts.
 
Anytime I have the chance I’m reading, I do prefer a physical book but if I’m out and about I have lots of books on my phone to peruse! I had a really hard time choosing what book to write about because I have sooo many that I love but decided to settle for one I finished quite recently, The Fault In Our Starts by John Green. Enjoy!
 

The Blurb
 
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Review
 
I was quite slow to join the John Green bandwagon but oh gosh I’m glad I got there eventually!
 
I started my journey with Green’s “Looking For Alaska” which was one of those books that when you finish your mouth is hanging open and you’re screaming “WHY WHY DO THAT TO ME?!” So of course I ran out to get The Fault in Our Stars, which did not disappoint.
 
I really want to write this without giving too much away for those who may not have read it so here’s the low down, Hazel has cancer, she meets Augustus Waters at the Cancer Support Group and okay yeah it’s a love story.
 
It’s no twilight though, Hazel isn’t a damsel in distress or a pathetic fawning lovestruck teen, she’s so...real. (Okay so there’s a little bit of lovestruck teen but come on, it’s a teen book, and she’s still a teen girl after all.) Green has the amazing ability of writing characters that you might not relate to in terms of their situation, or who may even have wonderful monologues that nobody could come up with on the spot but yet you still feel so connected to them. 
 
I may not want to include spoilers but let’s face it if you’re going to read this thinking you won’t finish it heartbroken and crying then you’re being a little silly. I love a book that makes me cry and this one had streams of endless tears running down my face!

I’d say that if you’re going to read this then go into it with an open mind because sometimes it can come across a little precocious and some of the dialogue made me roll my eyes at first but you really do get sucked into Hazel and Augustus‘ story and not even just them but the other characters, the parents, their friends, John Green has written ALL of the characters really well.
 
If you’re in the mood for romantic monologues, lots of quotable lines and some tears then I definitely recommend reading it (before the movie comes out)!

I hope you’re enjoyed my sort-of review (more of a recommendation) and thanks for reading!
 
Pandora xoxo
 
 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


Now I LOVE blogs! I love reading all types of blogs ranging from DIY, Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, you name it. I can spend hours holed away checking out different posts, I don’t know if it’s because I’m nosy or what but I love reading them and I also love writing my blog! All this blog love is massively aided by the fact the blogging community is pretty awesome in general. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and supportive. Between twitter and my blog I know I’ve got a great bunch of fellow bloggers out there to cheer me on and offer me advice and support. I LOVE it! (I promise I am trying hard not to be too gushy, but I know I am failing!).
 
Lately I’ve been really spoilt and keep receiving notifications from some of my amazing fellow bloggers for the Liebster award. A while back in March when I was first nominated for this by the fab Claire fromClaire Does BeautyI did the tag back which you can check out HERE. Therefore I’m not going to do it again but I would like to say a MAHOOOSIVE thank you the following bloggers for nominating my little space in the blogosphere....
 
Kayla fromKaylaliscious
 
Michael from Anything and Everything
 
Tania fromThe Tania Diaries’
 
Annie fromANNIELEAF
 
Nikki fromBasically M Soul’

I suggest you go check out all these fab blogs! I feel very honoured and lucky that these lovely people stop by and check out my waffling, let alone feel my blogs more worthy enough to be mentioned as a nomination. So I really do mean it when I say Thank You!

Before I get to emo on you all, I’ll get back to the point of this post! I was apprehensive of doing another Liebster Award post so when the gorgeous Sophie fromS K Beautyemailed me to say she had nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I blushed a little then figured it would be cool to continue this tag. I figured it would be a nice way to acknowledge the lovely people mentioned above and Sophie, as well as continue these good vibes and nominate some other bloggers. When you whittle away in your corner of the internet it’s always nice to be recognised by someone.

The rules for this award are:
  • Display the award log on you post
  • Link the person who nominated you in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10 bloggers you enjoy reading, link them and let them know you have nominated them

So, 7 facts about me....
  1. I am 5'2, and completely disproportioned, my top half is longer than my bottom half! My dream height would be 5’5.
  2. I hate mash potato, id even go as far as saying I have a phobia of it!
  3. I can touch my nose with my tongue.
  4. I failed my diving test 13 times! I’m pretty sure I may have passed in the end due to sympathy!
  5. When I’m stressed I clean and tidy things. I tell people it clears my mind but I think it’s more of an avoidance technique! (Shhh! don’t tell!).
  6. My favourite films are the The Goonies and The Notebook.
  7. Favourite TV programme at the moment is Pretty Little Liars – I am obsessed!

So there you have it, there's some random facts about me :) 
Now for whom I'm going to nominate. I’ve decided to choose the lovely bloggers who nominated me for the liebster award as well as 5 more of my fave blogs. (Some of these blogs may have already been nominated, but they are people who really inspire me)
 
Kayla fromKaylaliscious

Michael from Anything and Everything
 
Tania fromThe Tania Diaries’

Annie fromANNIELEAF
 
Nikki fromBasically M Soul’

Jem fromBeautiful Clutter
 
Meimei frommeimeisays
 

Kirstie from ‘A Yellow Brick Blog
 
Faith from ‘Darcinder Diary’

Tada! There you have it! It’s all about spreading a little blog love today!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour in Navy Glint


This is the second Seventeen nail polish which I purchased a few weeks ago. ‘Navy Glint’ is a gorgeous dark blue with a silver simmer in it. This polish applies well and stays put without chips for quite a few days. I do love a dark polish as it suits my style and can go with most outfits. I will definitely be using this one again and again!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mini Haul: Primark

 
This is the first time I’ve ever ventured into doing a haul post! I love reading them on other blogs but have never been sure if I could do as good of a one as the ones I like! However I thought I’d give it ago, as last Saturday I took a trip to Primark and thought id share my purchases with y’all!
 
So first up are these cute pair of White Hi-top sneakers. I’ve wanted a pair of white converse for quite a while now but have not been able to justify the £50 price tag. My logic is that I will try out these first, if I wear them nonstop I shall replace them with my converse.
 
I love this red coca cola sweater! It’s perfect for slouchy Sundays and those chilled out days. It’s fun yet grungy, which suits my style. They have a black version that was in the men’s section which I was tempted by but preferred this one.
 
Next up, the reason I went into Primark in the first place was to purchase a pair of pjs. Next weekend I’m off to Butlins for a 90’s weekend and all my nightwear is pretty old so I thought id treat myself. I loved the fun bird print on these trousers. The T-shirt is from the men’s section, I like to wear baggy tees in bed so I tend to do this.
 
Finally, for as long as I can remember I’ve owned a pair of leopard print ballet slippers. They are a great go to pair of shoes for something smart yet comfy. I don’t really do the traditional smart, so these are perfect! My last pair got wrecked due to rain, so nice to have a cute new pair
 
 
 
 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Motivational Monday #25



Please excuse the dodgy picture, I wanted to share this quote with you but all I had with me was my phone in dodgy lighting! However you can read it so that’s what counts! This quote is so fitting for me right now and really hit a nerve when I saw it. At the moment or I guess actually for a while now I’ve been in a little bit of a rut not really know what I want to do or where I want to go. Well that’s what I’ve been telling everyone anyway, I actually desperately want to travel but am scared of making those steps by myself (I’ve always travelled with my ex or friends before) It’s that stepping into the great unknown and in all honesty it scares the shit out of me! I can throw so many what if questions out there.
I also want to write, in a dream world my life would revolve around travelling and writing. I’ve started writing a book and I am probably a quarter of the way through but I hit a massive wall of lack of confidence and put it aside. What would my friend think if they knew I wrote a book? What if its crap? What if I’m delusional?
You get my drift! Well by Christmas I want to have at least booked a flight SOMEWHERE and made more progress with book. I think it could be good, I get a massive buzz when I write it, in my dreams it could be a success. So back to today’s Monday motivational quote, I don’t want to get old with regrets. I want to achieve things, I want to be happy and I don’t want to worry when I should be out there living!
What do you dream about doing? Do you worry about the ‘what ifs’ like I do? I think we should make a pact to turn things around
Happy Monday, I wish you all a positive and fun week!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Feted Magazine: Natural Face Mask and Scrub

 
 

Last Sunday was a pretty awesome day, I had my first piece of work published somewhere other than my blog! It’s always been something I wanted to do but was lacking in confidence to put myself out there!
However when the beautiful Sarah from Feted Magazine contacted me and asked if I’d like to write a beauty piece for them and the theme for the issue was food, I was definitely keen!
If you’ve not heard of Feted yet, it’s an online Magazine from sisters Clare and Sarah. This is their second issue and it’s gorgeous! I won’t tell you to much as I’d rather you took a look for yourself but if you’re not craving afternoon with a yummy slice of cake by the end of I will eat my hat! (I don’t actually own a hat so please don’t test me on this theory!)
I LOVE making my own beauty treatments whether that be my own lip scrubs, face masks, conditioning hair treatments, body scrubs etc. It is so easy, it costs a hell of a lot less than anything you’ll pick up in the shop and most importantly you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already!
So for this piece I decided to share with everyone my ‘Natural Face Mask and Scrub’ it’s full of natural (kitchen cupboard essentials) ingredients that are so good for your skin! No chemicals involved!
I would love you all to check it out my piece which can be found on page 24, would love to know what everyone thinks!
Feted Magazine, issue 2 can be found HERE
 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

OOTD: Flowers and Spikes

Trousers: ASOS CURVE Peg Trouser in Floral Print
Tee: H&M
I don’t do may Outfit posts as I’m not sure I’m classed as cool enough, or wear enough of a variety to talk about! My usual standard get up is skinny jeans, converse and a slouchy tee. I am very lucky that I can wear what I like to work and it’s pretty casual, I’m not comfortable wearing ‘smart’ clothes so it works well for me!
I really like the outfit I’m sharing with you today, and hope you guys like it too! It’s very ‘me ‘and is what I wore to work yesterday. I love the flower trousers, they are so comfy and remind me a bit of PJ bottoms. They are slouchy but I think they can be dressed up or down. I’ve teamed them with a plain black tee for work which I think smartens it up slightly.


Necklace: New Look
Footwear: Haviannas
Rings: Both Accessorize
Watch: Fossil

I’m a huge accessories fan, I think you can make the most boring outfit exciting with a fab necklace or ring or hair accessory. I think the necklace here really funks up this outfit, it’s grungy but fun.
I am trying to wear my jeans a little less so think outfit is a great alternative!
What do you think of outfit posts? Would you like to see more of them?
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