29 February 2012

I'm baaaack!

Outfit 1 - the event.
Top: Primark
Trousers: Next
Blazer: Topshop
Outfit 2 - networking.
Dress: Primark
Outfit 3 - last night in Barca.
Top: H&M
Skirt: Topshop
Leggings: Topshop

Just a super quick one on a few outfits I wore at Barcelona from the last few days. I'm absolutely knackered right now, and I can't face writing properly today. I've done enough writing lately, so I'm having a break tonight! Well, sort of...

Sorry for the awful quality of photos too - they were taken on my iPhone, which really isn't great. It's all I could use though, so I had to make do.

Back to reality tomorrow! Also, if anyone wants to keep me company this weekend, or invite me anywhere, please do. I'm not looking forward to this weekend much at all. Maybe I'll just sleep it away...

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24 February 2012

Barca bound...

via weheartit

Sorry I haven't blogged in what feels like weeks... when really it's only been a few days. My MacBook decided to break so I had to send it off to the Apple Store to get fixed. Now I've finally got it back (looking all shiny and new!) but I literally have no time spare to fix up a few scheduled posts so you don't all forget about me. Truth be told, I could have done some this weekend, but the personal life got in the way (and not a good sense) so I've been a bit of a bad blogger lately. I guess I needed a mini break from blogging though... I couldn't exactly vent all my negativity onto here!

I'll be back on Wednesday so fingers crossed I won't be too knackered so I can blog then. I know for a fact I won't get chance to blog whilst I'm out there, as I'll be having some fun at the weekend before the hard work begins when I arrive at Mobile World Congress (possibly the BIGGEST mobile event in the world. Quite scared about going actually.)

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18 February 2012

feel good factor

Top: Primark
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: TOMS
Bracelets: Topshop
Rings: Primark & Blanche & Lola

Sometimes you have to doll yourself up a little bit to make yourself feel better, right? Sorting my hair out and applying just a bit more make-up made me feel a lot better today. Of course, I covered up a lot more when I left the flat as it was chucking it with rain, but it still helped. I need to get myself back into this 'look'. I used to dress up every day but I've dressed down a lot lately. Time to sort myself out now I'm in my new flat!

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17 February 2012

fly away, fly away

excuse the facial expression - psycho much?
Shirt: Vintage stall (by Jaeger)
Shorts: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Boots: Office

This was what I wore on Tuesday when I went to Sheffield Hallam University to chat to the final year journos... and basically make a fool of myself in front of god knows how many of them in a big lecture theatre. Apart from that part, I absolutely loved my visit to the Steel city and fingers crossed I can visit again! It was one of my favourite modules, so getting the chance to help out and see what this year's students are doing for it is actually pretty exciting! I sound a bit like a loser now don't I? I don't care. It's all about blogging, and I love it.

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14 February 2012

It's Valentines Day..?


I'm celebrating it by visiting Sheffield and talking to the Journalism final years about work, social media, etc etc... I think I'll treat myself to a Fancie cupcake whilst I'm there - the only way to celebrate Valentines on your own in the steel city! I do like Valentines Day... I know it's overly commercialised and just an extra day to spend money you don't have on your loved one and act more in love than you usually do, but I like it. No doubt about it, I like being a bit spoilt and 'lovey dovey'. What girl doesn't?! Oh well, bring on next week!

I've had such a manic weekend, and it hasn't subsided yet. I've moved into my beautiful new flat in Bristol and will officially be back there on Wednesday. Exciting! My new flatmate also seems really nice, so all's good! The flat is definitely nothing compared to student living. I feel like I've hit the jackpot in all honesty - I finally feel like a 'young professional'.

Oh how I long for a weekend where I can literally sit down on the sofa, eat chocolate and not give two hoots about anything. No plans. No thoughts. Just a nice calm, chilled out two days. Dream on...

Talking of no plans... I'm off to catch my train and finish my presentation for uni. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute. It literally feels like I'm back at university with an assignment that you don't touch until 12 hours before deadline. Eeeeek.

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11 February 2012

The big move!

Tunic: Topshop
Jumper: NEXT
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Office
Necklace: Handmade
Rings: Blanche & Lola, and Cheap Frills

My trusty Topshop tunic, with my Next jumper thrown on top. I'm not great with wearing layers as I get really hot sometimes, but then cold 5 minutes later. This was perfect as the jumper isn't too thick but still kept me nice and warm over my long-sleeved top. Thought it was a good combo too, as the blue wasn't too much of a contrast. I love wearing jumpers over dresses, but only if they match up right.

This weekend is proving to be a very busy one now, as I'm moving to Bristol on Sunday! I'm very excited about it... Not so much excited with the fact I'll have no money though. I'll miss Bath quite a lot, but the fact it's only a 15 minute train ride away means I don't have to say goodbye to the place completely (plus Tris still lives there!). I'm also off to Sheffield on Tuesday to speak to some of the final year students from my course at Sheffield Hallam University (hi journos!). Excited but terrified! I remember the size of the lecture theatre... Where's the Rescue Remedy?

Sorry if I don't blog again until Tuesday/Wednesday... It's going to be a very hectic time! So bare with me :)

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09 February 2012

Palmer's Daily Calming Facial Lotion

In October, I reviewed the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula (Fragrance Free) lotion, which wasn’t a very good one in all honesty. I was very disappointed, as I’ve heard great things about the brand, but no luck for me. However, I didn’t want to be put off trying other products by Palmers. They have a new ‘formula’ designed more for sensitive skin, so I was really intrigued to see if it had a similar effect on my skin. The first product I tried was the Daily Calming Facial Lotion*.

On first try, I wasn’t too sure about it. As mentioned in my previous review, the smell of chocolate was way too overpowering for me. I noticed that the facial lotion also had a hint of chocolate in it, but it definitely wasn’t as strong. Maybe it was because it was applied to my whole body last time… The less, the better.

I used the lotion at night after cleansing, because I didn’t want to change my morning routine. That wasn’t the only reason though. Since it smelt like chocolate, I figured I could apply it at night and then it would be washed off in the morning. The smell did fade after a bit so it was calmer than the body lotion – more tolerable. It sinks into your skin really well too - it's quite a thick consistency, but glides on smoothly. It doesn't feel oily afterwards either, as some creams do and leaves a weird glossy finish. This definitely doesn't do that. You also don't need a lot of product in one go either - it spreads very easily. I'd say I use as much as a double sized tic tac? Random, I know, but it's the only way I could think to explain it!

It did help moisturise my skin, making it feel more soft and smooth after cleansing. It didn’t completely rehydrate my skin, compared to the products I use in the morning, but since it was nighttime, I wasn’t too fussed. It didn’t make my skin go red, blotchy or irritated. That was something I was very worried about due to previous experience, but I needn’t have worried!

This has become a general part in my skincare routine now, and I can safely say that it is a very good product. I definitely advise you to use it at night, because you don't have a chocolate smell on your face all day! It's a tiny bit pricey at £5.95, but it has lasted me a long time (well, since October and still going) so it is worth it. It's also recommended for sensitive skin, so the new formula is definitely a lot better than before!

Have you tried any of Palmer's products before? What do you think? What face lotion/cream do you recommend?

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08 February 2012

Nails Inc Basil Street

Back in November, Glamour magazine offered free Nails Inc nail polishes with each issue. Cue bloggers grabbing hold of as many mags as possible. I managed to get hold of a couple of shades, but one in particular caught my eye the most and I absolutely adore it.

Also featured Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black

Nails Inc's Basil Street is a soft, nude/beige colour that not only compliments, but also creates the whole 'mannequin' hand effect that bloggers have raved about a year+ ago. I was far behind that trend, probably because I didn't find it very flattering. And I guess it isn't that much... Making your nails skin toned and looking like you actually have no nails isn't the best look to go for. However, this has now grown on me and is pretty nice for a 'work' look or if you want subtle nails but go crazy with some nail art.

I tried my best with some nail art, but in all honesty, I suck at it. I can't draw straight lines, nor can I draw squiggly lines. Luckily, you can't tell this at a distance, but the nail art did not go well. The hand above was my good hand. The other one had straight lines of various widths and some extra blotches thrown in).This is why I chose to only do this for one nail... I couldn't face the hassle and the embarrassment otherwise. All I need is some practise and a steady hand... or maybe someone to do it for me.

Do you have any tips for nail art beginners? Or shall I just give up and go home now?

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06 February 2012

Karl 4 ELLE

Images via magxone.com and Elle UK

I've broken my curse of the magazine abandonment, and decided to purchase a couple of glossys during the last couple of weeks. First one was Company's new issue with Alexa Chung gracing the cover. Since their new design, I've taken a strong liking to Company. I've never been too fussed about that magazine, but I actually really enjoyed reading it from cover to cover - including the features on blogger fashion!

Also bought ELLE's March issue... I haven't bought ELLE in months. Literally. I feel like I've cheated them. Anyway, I bought the issue with Karl Lagerfeld, without realising that the cover star was meant to be Alexa Chung. Again.

I must ask: why? Suddenly, Alexa is everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I'm very fond of her and her style... But Alexa on two magazine covers at the moment is a bit much. Am I on my own on this one? I like variety for cover stars.

ANYWAY - the main point of the post is to generally talk about Lagerfeld's cover. I was so confused when I found out he wasn't the main cover star this month. Low and behold though, this one is a 'special' cover, and I'm pretty damn pleased I bought it. The legend that he is, it makes a fantastic change to seeing someone who actually makes a big difference to the fashion world, rather than someone gorgeous, airbrushed and who just wears the clothes nicely. The cover itself I really like - so much so that I'm tempted to create some kind of wall decor/collage thing with covers. The idea is there, but I need to make it bigger and better! It's a shame to just keep them hidden away or throw them in the recycling bin, don't you think?

Do you do anything special with magazine covers? Or magazines in general? What do you think of the cover stars recently?

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05 February 2012

Snow day... Not so much.

Jumper: Primark
Leggings: Zara
Coat: Topshop
Hat: Topshop
Boots: Ugg
Ring: Blanche & Lola

IT'S SNOOOOWIIIIING! Or it was. The snow in Bath has practically vanished now, like it didn't exist. It did look pretty outside my window last night though when it stuck around. I must admit, I'm not a 'snow' girl. I hate snow. I hate cold. I hate winter. Pessimist alert. The only way winter's made slightly easier to manage for me is by wearing my trusty Ugg boots and Topshop faux fur coat. I know Ugg boots are very much like Marmite - I don't like some versions of them myself - but my classic Uggs have never failed to keep my feet warm. They're more practical than fashionable, and sometimes I'm more than willing to escape fashion purely to ensure I can feel the ends of my toes! As for my coat, I adore everything about it. I never feel cold in it as it's so snuggly. The pompoms are annoying though - if I ever need to run in my coat, the pompoms attack!

I thought my chunky knit Primark jumper and my thick glitter Zara leggings go well together - sometimes I like dressing down, but the glitter helped add some extra sparkle to make the outfit less plain and simple.

Went out for a walk today, hence why my winter wardrobe came out in force. Tris and I had a walk around Royal Victoria Park and watched the ducks slip and slide on the frozen lake whilst they tried to run for bread... then went to yet another new cafe for tea and cake - it's become a Sunday tradition now! Lovely end to my last weekend in Bath (:

Hope you've had a fab weekend - did you get to enjoy the snow?

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02 February 2012

oh hai 'Versatile Blogger Award'

So I've been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. Twice. Victory dance! Thanks to Martha and Chloe for mentioning me in their top 10/15s. I noticed my first award last week but completely forgot about it, but when the second one came in, I thought it was probably best to do this post! Don't worry though, I'm only doing it the once!

Never heard of this award before, but apparently I have to list 7 interesting things about myself and then list some of my favourite bloggers. So here we go...

1. I write about technology for a living. Use an app on your phone? I (try to) write about how they're made. I wish I could write about fashion apps - perfect combo.
2. On Graduation day, I tripped up whilst walking up the steps into Sheffield City Hall. I had to trip up somewhere; I'm just thankful it was before the ceremony and not during.
3. If I'm not drinking water, I'm drinking full blackcurrant Ribena. I hate other types of juice. I also have a rather particular palette when it comes to water. I'm an Evian girl, and I HATE Volvic.
4. My first pet, Rosie the rabbit, was 'kidnapped' and eaten by a fox. True story. It was a horrible day.
5. I never pretend to know something that I actually know nothing about. I usually get found out otherwise... and in the career I'm in, that's a pretty dangerous and embarrassing thing to happen to you.
6. I prefer Elle to Vogue.
7. I was nominated the 'Best Dressed' award in my Sixth Form award ceremony. I didn't win, but the nomination was good enough for me! I did, however, win 'Most Changed'. Most changed into what is a question that was never answered.

And in no particular order, the bloggers...

1. Leanne Marie
2. A Slice of My Life
3. Emily Charlotte
4. Ceriselle
5. Good Golly Miss Hollie
6. Stephanie Dreams
7. Being Little
8. Blonde Honey
9. Flying Saucer
10. Blue October

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01 February 2012

Photoblog: January 2012

A new series of posts I've decided to do :) I always love looking at weekly photo posts, but I never take enough (or, in fact, do activities enough) to fill an entire blog post for one week. Is my life really that boring?! Anyway, I thought doing it monthly was a nice little compromise and a way to keep some memories intact! Funnily enough, most of the photos are of food... I swear I've done more this month other than stuffing my face.

1. Possibly the best chocolate truffles I've ever tasted. Leonidas is a brand I discovered in Schiphol airport in Holland - quite expensive but so delicious. My favourites are the champagne truffles (the white ones in the box!) Also found out that the company has opened a shop in Bath, so my obsession will be easily fulfilled from now on!

2. Ordered some Facebook cards from MOO. Not overly impressed by the quality - the photos are really blurry. However, 50 cards for free isn't all bad, so I can't complain. They'll do for emergencies.

3. Tris took me out for dinner one night to the Marlborough Tavern in Bath. Gorgeous place and food! The chocolate mousse was insanely good... and looked much better than it does in the photo!

4. Featured on hellocotton on its Beauty page :) made my day!

5. Lasagne. My favourite food, which I finally made after 3 months of moving... Must admit, I'm pretty damn good at making lasagne. The fact that Tris doesn't like lasagne meant more for me too!

6. Told you I'd share my awfully short nails with you. The embarrassment is now complete and I can now go on to growing them. They have grown quite a lot since taking that photo, so I'll do an update soon (: Quite proud how it's going but still a long way to go!

7. Enjoyed a day out with Tris visiting the vintage and antique fair, followed by mint hot chocolate (minus the cream as I already ate it...) and cake at a cute little cafe we discovered in Bath. Nom.

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