Sunday, 9 November 2014

Spirit of Christmas

It's November, but I'm one of those people. When my friend told me she had tickets for Spirit of Christmas at Olympia I was like urm...yes. It's basically a Christmas fair with loads of stalls of gifts, christmas decorations, food and general Christmassy goodness. I thought I'd share some pics to force you all into the spirit too.










Honestly, if only you could smell that candle and all the Christmas spice from the orange zest. Heaven. There were some lovely stalls with show discounts like 20% off Green & Spring. I managed to tick a few people of the list and get myself a few presents like that incredible Swarovski crystal print from Counting Stars.

Are you getting up to anything Christmassy soon?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Cream



There are loads of makeup/skincare hybrids around lately and to be straight up honest, I'm not sure if I'm convinced on mixing everything up. Part of me just thinks, can one product do two things that well? Unfortunately, I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong, the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is a good option for those no-makeup-just-popping-to-the-shop days but it's not a product you can quickly rub in like a normal face cream. To get a good finish you need to work the product into the face with circular motions, else you get a streaky effect. I also find it flakes away if you have too many other products involved like an eye cream or serum. 

After all that, I kind of just think a BB cream or lighter foundation would have been less effort and a similar price. Plus, you can't use this in the evening as it does contain makeup. Overall, this just didn't thrill me. Is this just me or have you experienced the same 'meh' feeling too? 



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Current Favourites


It's soooo dark in the mornings at the moment and to take photos I need to get up a little bit earlier. I know, #firstworldproblems but does anyone else struggle with even just an extra 10mins? Anyway, I got up and took some photos, so here's a run down of some current favourites.

GoneGirl
I finished this book in around a week. It. is. amazing. I won’t give anything away, but it's a psychological thriller that constantly makes you go ‘woah, seriously?’. The characters are brilliant and each one toys with your emotions throughout. After falling in love, I decided to go and watch the film, which is so worth a watch. Rosemund Pike is incredible and it’s really true to the book, which is usually hard to achieve.

I have terrible skin at the moment. The sudden change in weather seems to have taken its toll and a good foundation is a total must. Answer? MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. This is currently doing wonders to my blemished, red, bumpy skin.



I finally got this palette! Few years behind everyone else, granted. When I was in New York I took a cheeky and pricy (oops) trip to Sephora and took the plunge. I don’t actually think its overpriced at all for the quality and range of colours, so if that’s putting you off…buy it. Go on!


UrbanOutfitters Bras
Small breasted people, unite! I have a few of these little lacy numbers and not only are they really comfy, but if you have small boobs they are really flattering too. I say small because I don’t think you’d be able to contain your lady lumps if you’re blessed in that area.


What have you been loving lately?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Motivational Sunday





Images from weheartit

Happy Sunday! Sometimes when the weather gets cooler, so can our moods and the last thing we need on top of that is a Monday morning, am I right? Here's a few quotes that made me feel a bit better about it all. Cuz, you know what girl? You aren't the only one with not enough sleep, too many spots and more thigh that you feel is acceptable. Note: It also gets better if you put this song on and jump around a bit too.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Montana & Yellowstone

If you missed my NYC blog post, catch up here. After gallivanting around New York, my family and I headed off to Montana. Bit of a random place to go, but my brother and dad visited this ranch a few years ago and said it was a must. I spent over a week, eating a ridiculous amount of food, being a cowgirl and going practically technology free (never done so many puzzles in my life before). They were right, it was a must.







After trying to stay on my horse, lots of funny memories and also a few scary ones being made. We said goodbye to the new friends we made in search of a grizzly bear and Old Faithful. No luck on the grizzlies, but if you get the chance to go to Yellowstone National Park, you should. It's glorious.





I have so may pictures and so many new memories from this whole trip. I wont bore you with them all, but yeah going away with your family in your 20's ain't so bad. Holiday of a lifetime.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New York


I recently came back from what can only be described as one of the best holidays of my life to date. My family and I went to America for a trip to Newwwww Yoooorrrkkk (obvs, Alicia Keys reference) and Montana, with a few places in between. If you are thinking 'What the firetruck do you do in Montana' let me paint the scene, think horses, gorgeous mountains, bears, cowboys (real ones), minimal people and taverns, not pubs people. 

We saved all our pennies for this trip, which we've been planning for some time and I thought I'd start with sharing the NYC section first...




I ate a lot of food, pizza, burgers and more. So much meat in fact, I am currently an honorary vegetarian because a bacon detox minimum was required post-holiday. The sandwiches were from Katz's Deli, which has featured on Man vs Food (need I say more?) and was a truly New York experience.

New York is also famous for brunch and breakfast is kinda a big deal. The french toast was from a really cute and un-assuming breakfast spot in Greenwich Village, Cafe Condesa. Big points if you can comment which film Pershing Square is featured in, another incredible breakfast spot.



We did the usual sightseeing, Empire state, Wall St, 9/11 memorial, Central Park, Macy's etc. Before we arrived we actually booked a private tour with Real New York Tours and did The Half Apple Downtown Tour which I couldn't recommend more. If you are going to NYC, you will not be disappointed by this company. Our tour guide was a charming New Yorker called David, who knew everything and was a lot of fun to hang out with.

Evening-wise, one of the best nights we had was at the Stand Up NY Comedy Club. Ok, not kidding, full on tears-rolling hilarious-ness. We got tickets cheaper from one of the ticket sellers in Times Square and it was brilliant. It's quite intimate, so they really use the audience and we're aged 20-mid 40's (can't remember how old my rents are...) and all 5 of us were in hysterics. 


Foam finger, an essential. This is me at the Yankees match, which was so much fun and another experience I would totally recommend. You actually do order hawt dawgs and beers from a guy who passes them down the stand. Amazing. 



We also did some shopping, duhhh. Here's proof of my damage done in Sephora and the pouty pic is a Mac Cremestick liner I bought in Beurre so I can pretend to be Kylie Jenner.


All the excitement meant many tea breaks were needed, especially if alcohol wasn't on hand. How cute is this tea in the cafe attached to Urban Outfitters? Hope you liked my travels, if you have travel posts, please link as I am already dreaming of another escape!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

WHAT TO BUY RIGHT NOW! A/W

WHAT TO BUY RIGHT NOW! A/W
Mac Liner - Beurre

Hello A/W, hello new coats (let's not lie to ourselves, we know we will buy more than one). The duster jacket is big for A/W and I think it will stick around with some amazing brights showing up at New Look, incredible patterns at River Island and classic cuts over at Missguided. Not a fan? Let's just admire the bomber jacket for some time. So in love with this Missguided one right now, proceeds to checkout...

After a long sun filled frolicking Summer, I always have loads of new photos, little tickets and travel souvenirs. I have one of these frames and they are beautiful. They open up, so you can slide more than one photo, ticket, pressed flower etc inside and are tres retro chic. 

Getting one new item of makeup not only pleases me (yay, new makeup), but is an easy way to change or update your entire routine. I freaking love the Mac Cremestick Liner in Beurre if you have been falling in love with Kylie Jenner's recent make up looks, you need this. It's always sold out, but give the department stores a whirl (you can check the colour, no filter on my instagram here)

Just like the item of make up, a small accessory can really cheer up your wardrobe. Add a floppy hat, fedora or slogan beanie for an on-trend update. Especially good if you are suppose to be curbing your spending habits because what's one hat between friends? No judging here. 

As we wave goodbye to Summer, lets brighten up. Places like Dunelm Mill, TK Maxx & this gorgeous little site, Peony have really affordable artificial flowers, these ones are a cute and bright alternative to the picture and super cheap. If you have a bit more cash, take a look at the Pink selection at Peony here.

Hope you like my suggestions and are feeling inspired for the seasonal change. I'm kinda looking forward to boots and scarves, are you?

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