30 April 2012

i'll be your clown

Vest: Topshop
Jeans: Primark
Cardigan: Topshop
Trainers: Office
Necklace: Topshop

Hello boring outfit and iPhone quality photos... What can I say, I've lost my touch for this week. These skinny jeans are a lifesaver though. A Primark bargain (£7?!), they fit perfectly, which is really strange. It usually takes me ages to find a good pair of jeans, so the fact that these fit like a dream, and for such a cheap price, I'm beyond impressed. I haven't owned a pair of black jeans in a few years either, so I feel like I've missed out all this time. Teamed with a lot of white and grey... I think this could be classed as a 'mood-setting outfit'. Definitely suits the way I'm feeling.

I wanted something comfortable and easy to wear, but instead I just went dull. I pulled out these trainers from the back of my wardrobe as well. I can't quite decide whether I like them or not. They're not my usual style, but there's something about them... Maybe it's because they're just not 'me', that I like them? Like making a statement... branching out my style? I don't know. Maybe I'm just connecting with my inner Kidderminster chav-ness... Maybe moving back home isn't a good idea after all. I'm joking.

I've decided to go on a month long spending ban as of tomorrow. No clothes. No make-up. No skin care products (unless absolutely necessary). I'm only allowed to buy things that I really need... and I know that I don't need to buy any more clothes or make-up, so this ban should really help my bank balance. Not only that, but the fact I need to buy a car and I have no wages coming in for a while now, I just need to stop spending money. It's going to be beyond difficult, but I know I can do it. I just might have a few mini breakdowns on the way...

Have you done a spending ban? How did you stop yourself from breaking the ban? If you have any tips, please share them with me... I need all the help I can get.

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29 April 2012

c is for cookie


I cheated for today's photo... I didn't prepare myself well for this coming week AT ALL. My camera is still in Bristol and I'm back home at the moment. I barely have any clothes with me... Only the ones that are either a few years old or are slightly too big for me. That's why I've ended up posting a lovely shot of my mouth and my new Cookie Monster pyjama top. I'm having a make-up free 'slobby' day (which I haven't had in AGES so definitely embracing every minute) so this is the best I could do. To be honest, I'm seriously loving this top at the moment anyway. It's only from Primark, and if you know me, you'll know that this top definitely suits me to the ground. Not because I love cookies (well, I do) but because I love everything to do with the Muppets. Yes, he's from Sesame Street, but they're linked, so it's acceptable! I'll stop going on now... I could talk about the Muppets allllll day.

There's a lot of change going on at the moment. I guess this is another reason why I'm using this Sunday to relax as much as possible. Like I said, I'm back home at the moment... and I'll be moving back here within the next week as I'm in the process of changing jobs/career. I couldn't be more excited to be honest. I'll miss Bristol and the lovely people I've met whilst living there, but I'm definitely ready to move back home, be closer to my friends and family and get into the industry that I've now realised I really want to be in. Of course, this means I'll need to somehow pack away my Bristol life within a day or 2 and then fit it all in my bedroom back home. Not sure how that's going to happen! If anyone wants to help me next weekend, please do! It's my last time in Bristol anyway so I'd like to make the most of it somehow!

The last couple of weekends have been full of celebrations because of this, mainly involving food and a lot of alcohol! Ended up having Dominos and wine night with the parents when it was first announced... Completely stuffed ourselves full of takeaway because we couldn't decide from the pizza menu so we pretty much had a feast. The following night, I celebrated a friend's birthday at an Indian restaurant and in town with a few too many jagerbombs. I then had my last ever day at work on the Monday (with no time to say goodbyes, which was a bit of a strange feeling!) then visited Sheffield to help out at uni again (which was great, as always!), and ended up nearly failing at a Disney pub quiz (although I blame my friend for that...). Now, I'm back home and trying to organise my life. Trying to get back to reality. I don't know whether I'm coming or going at the moment. I guess all that will become clear when I've moved back home.

I guess this is why I haven't blogged every day (or every other day, at least) throughout the last week or so. Everything has been all over the place... Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things again soon though. I still don't want to go into too much detail on things... But with my life being so epically busy lately, I needed to say something!

Regular business will commence on Tuesday (fingers crossed)! Especially with Selina's idea of the May 31 Day Fashion Blogger Challenge... I've never done a blogger challenge so it should be really fun to do :) Are you getting involved in it?

Hope you're having an equally lazy Sunday like me :)

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25 April 2012

i used to have it all

I didn't realise how orange my hair looks... Whyyyy?!
All Topshop!
Ring: Handmade
Bracelets: No idea where, but they're sentimental items

A full on Topshop outfit (for a change). The glittery pink t-shirt is a recent sale impulse buy but I'm so glad I bought it. I haven't got many t-shirts, but this is a great addition to my wardrobe. I love how shimmery it is and the shade of pink... Not too bright, so just to my liking. It's quite baggy, so I have the slight issue of potentially flashing people if it drags down too much, so I'll have to be careful with that! The skirt is also new - £16 is a bargain, especially for Toppers! I think the shape of it is really flattering, and I really hope it doesn't shrink in the wash (as most Topshop skirts I've owned lately have gone drastically shorter).

Having prepared this outfit for my second day in Sheffield, there's not a great deal I can write about yet. I have plenty of news to share... But you'll just have to wait that little bit longer! I'm sure I'm having a great time in Sheffield right now though... (because I can obviously look into the future as I'm writing this). After another busy day at uni though, I'll be travelling back home later tonight... All will be revealed as to 'why' soon :)

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24 April 2012

Superdrug's Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

With my review of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish product being thrown into the huge ‘positive’ pile of other blog posts going around, I didn’t think I would find another cleanser that could work just as well. With the issue of having no money but running out of product, I had to find another alternative and FAST.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser is, to me, not ‘perfect’ but definitely a great substitute until you can afford the extra few £££. With a price tag of £5.99, it’s hard to know what to expect until you just give it a go.

The first time I used it didn’t go so well. I was really apprehensive to try it out because of my dry skin. After I removed the product with the muslin cloth (which isn't as soft as the ones you get from Liz Earle), it honestly felt like all the moisture had been sucked away from my face. My skin was really tight, so extra moisturising was needed that evening. After complaining about it on Twitter, I heard that a couple of people suffered the same effect but had no problems afterwards. I decided to carry on trying it out to see if the same would happen to me.

The same reaction occurred 2-3 times until I noticed a much better result. The product itself felt really nice on my skin – it wasn’t too heavy and it took all my make-up off in one go. It was just the after effect that I had the issue with. However, that soon stopped and my skin didn’t feel as dry as before. Now a few months down the line (as I wanted to test it properly before writing this review) I can safely say that I have no issues whatsoever with it.

It doesn't dry out my skin anymore, it still takes off all my make-up and so does the job perfectly. I think the cleanser is not as kind to your skin as Liz Earle, as I notice my face doesn't look as calm, but it's nothing to worry about. I only use this at night time in order to take make-up off, so I can't expect my face to look incredibly fresh!

For just £5.99, I do feel like this is a great alternative to Liz Earle when on a budget. Of course, I will repurchase both, but I will probably use Superdrug's product more so due to the price and keep Liz Earle for the days when my skin needs some much-needed looking after.

Have you tried either product? What do you think?
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22 April 2012

in the blink of a night

Top & Skirt: Topshop
Tights: House of Holland for Pretty Polly
Wedges: Primark
Jewellery: I have no idea...

These are officially my favourite pair of tights. I've never worn suspender-like tights before, but I was instantly attracted to these (not just because they were in the sale) because of the studs. The detailing just makes them different to the standard style you can buy everywhere, which I love, as I always like to look a little bit different! They'd be great to enhance an outfit as well, such as a little black dress. The outfit in general is pretty old but it's my 'go-to' outfit when I'm struggling for inspiration. I didn't really think it through at all, but you can't go wrong with a black bodycon and a crop top in my opinion!

After what has been a very mad weekend (and yes, I'm suffering today...), I've got a lot to look forward to over the next few days. For one thing, I'm off to Sheffield on Tuesday for a couple of days to help out at my university again, in order to spread more of my social media wisdom. Very excited to visit the steel city again... (and if any bloggers based up there are free at any point, let me know)! Then I'm back home for the weekend for my friend Laura's birthday! TOO MANY APRIL BIRTHDAYS!

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20 April 2012

MaxFactor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara

I’m always on the look out for the best mascara to create my perfect night-time look. I love my eyes, so I always feel the need to accentuate my eyelashes in order to make the most of them. I’m blessed with pretty long lashes as well to be honest, but a little helping hand doesn’t go amiss.

I used to be a big fan of Benefit’s Bad Gal mascara, and a more recent purchase of MAC’s Wonder Woman mascara… But with both being very high-end brands, I can’t always afford and my needs for a decent mascara is ever increasing.

I decided to give a high street name a chance. I’ve heard so many good things about this mascara, but never got round to buying it. £11.99 (from Boots - may be cheaper elsewhere?!) was still on the high scale in my opinion – for a high street brand anyway! But with it being cheaper than MAC or Benefit, I had to give it a shot.

Just one application for 'daytime'

MaxFactor’s False Lash Effect ‘Fusion’ mascara has been raved about by both bloggers and my dear friends (who possibly know more about beauty than I do). On first application, I already noticed a big difference to my eyelashes and knew I would get on very well with this.

There were no clumps, my eyelashes stayed separate and curled nicely without the help of an eyelash curler. The black was ‘intense’… If you know what I mean. I almost felt like I didn’t really need any eyeliner because the black was so strong. I was really impressed with how defined they looked and the amount of volume it gave my lashes, especially after a second application. The photos show just one layer of mascara... and usually I find that you need to apply mascara 2-3 times to achieve this kind of effect. I only needed to apply it twice to get my desired look, and the fact that I could also create a subtle day look is great.

The brush itself had very small 'spikes', which definitely helps limit the amount of clumps you get. I always find these brushes much better for application.

I'm not sure whether I would repurchase this mascara, when my beloved Benefit mascara is just £4 more. However, I definitely recommend this if you want to create a dramatic eye look (with a small-ish price tag).

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18 April 2012

i won't blackout

Shirt: Topshop
Shorts: Topshop
Belt: Primark
Boots: River Island
Bracelets: Topshop
Rings: Primark and Blanche & Lola

Not the newest of outfits... I've probably worn this on the blog before, but never mind. I love this Topshop shirt, but I can only wear it with high waisted shorts/skirt because it's shrunk so much. It's borderline cropped now, which is very annoying! As a matter of fact, the shorts seem significantly 'shorter' than usual as well. Either all my clothes are shrinking or I've gone taller all of a sudden? Nice excuse to buy new clothes maybe? The boots are brand new - cheeky purchase from the River Island sale! The grip on them is horrendous, especially during April showers, but hopefully after a bit more wear, I won't be slipping over in them.

I've had such a busy week, hence neglecting the blog! Hopefully I'll keep on top of it a bit more now, but I'm still all over the place over the next week or so. Tomorrow sees the start of my weekend, as I'm heading back to Kidderminster for a few days for my lovely friend's birthday celebrations. Then one day back at work and I'm off to Sheffield... THEN 2 days of work and I'm back home again for another lovely friend's birthday! Can I collapse yet? Woman in demand right now.

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15 April 2012

so call me maybe

Shirt: Zara
Shorts: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Wedges: H&M
Rings: Blanche & Lola, and a birthday present

You may have noticed me say on Twitter how I spent £110 in Zara around a week ago... Well this shirt is a 1/3 of that. I absolutely adore this shirt and it's quickly become one of my favourite items to wear. It's really quirky and different, thanks to the leopards printed on it. I also love the studs placed on the collar and cuffs too. My only issue is that a gap seems to appear between two buttons depending on how I'm standing/where my arms are. Flash alert. Other than that, it's really light and comfortable to wear... I'd be able to pull this off for both smart and casual looks, so it's a win/win situation. Sure I'll get my money's worth out of it! I'm quickly falling in love with a lot of Zara's range at the moment. It's not good on the ol' bank balance.

I'm catching up on a lot of blogging stuff today... I feel like I've neglected it a little bit during the past week or so. I've got around a million (slight exaggeration) blog posts to read too! So excuse me whilst I sit down on the sofa with many cups of tea, 4 Easter eggs (yes I still have that many to eat - I've only eaten one so far!) and bash out a load of reviews and general ramblings that I have put off for the last couple of months!

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13 April 2012

stand on shaken ground

Vest: Urban Outfitters
Vest underneath: ASOS
Leggings: eBay
Shoes: New Look
Rings: Handmade & Babi-Online (I think)
Necklace: Handmade

Very inappropriate outfit today considering the leggings are super thin and I got drenched walking back to my flat from work. Luckily I had my Barbour jacket on top and my umbrella. Someone happily pointed out that I 'colour co-ordinated' my umbrella with my outfit (stripes like my leggings, with a red border, like my hair). Definitely just a coincidence, and I have no idea whether to take that as a compliment or not. Anyway, I've also realised that I'm too tall for these leggings as they look like ankle grazers on me. I quite like that to be honest, but again, inappropriate for today as my feet and ankles were cold!

This weekend involves a lot of flat cleaning and... not much else really. After a few busy weekends over the last month, it's really strange having zero plans. I don't like it one bit. In fact, I think I'm bored already.

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11 April 2012

tonight, we are young

weird face. and apparently i didn't move my dressing gown out the shot.
Top: River Island
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Next

The River Island sale completely ruined my bank balance last month. I bought this shirt after spotting it online, and knowing I needed it in my life. I refused to pay for delivery though, so thankfully I found it in the Bristol Cabot Circus store! I adore the lace collar/tie - minimal detailing can make such a difference to an outfit. I'm not usually one for lace, but it's a cute little addition to this shirt. It's also long enough to wear over leggings, which is great for me as I've definitely hit the phase of wearing 'long tops over leggings' instead of jeans again. However, it's since been washed and it looks like it could have shrunk a little bit. I will be absolutely devastated if that's the case!

So the lighting was shocking when I took these photos... You can barely see the shoes (although they're not new, so it doesn't matter IMO). I've also cheated today, as this was taken a few days ago. My outfit today is actually pretty boring... and now my hair has turned into a frizzball after walking home in the rain. I usually hate rain, but for some reason I found it quite relaxing and calming... Strange, yes? It was nice to walk in the rain (luckily it wasn't raining much, else I wouldn't be happy getting home like a drowned rat) just thinking about stuff, getting my head together etc. Do you ever feel like that?

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08 April 2012

darkest before the dawn

Dress: COW Vintage
Blazer: Topshop
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Bracelets: Accessorise

I bought this dress on impulse when I lived in Sheffield two years ago, and it's still treating me well. It's a very clingy dress, so I can only wear it on good days... and the fact I haven't worn it in a year says a lot. I can't remember how much it cost, but it wasn't expensive. I've definitely made the most of it money-wise, and it's still going strong. It's quite stretchy so covers my tallness well. I bought this blazer to wear at my brother's wedding nearly two years ago as well. Old outfit or what! I may have to start digging out the blazer more often now for general wear... The colour is perfect for summer so it would be stupid of me not to.

Happy Easter everybody! I have no chocolate to eat today as I forgot to bring my easter eggs back home with me. Massive fail. But even so, today still consists of eating (hopefully some of my parent's easter eggs if they're kind... No?), resting and sleeping. My sciatica has kicked in good and proper and it really hurts to walk. I'd blame the shoes, but I think they just sent it over the edge as it's been coming back gradually all week. Wheelchair please?

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06 April 2012


Top: Topshop
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Next

The first showing of my amazing new leggings that I bought in Topshop ages ago. I literally fell in love with these the moment I saw them on a mannequin, teamed with a black cropped top. I'm not sure if I would ever have the guts to wear these with a crop top... I think a few more gym sessions are in need before that ever happens. I love the vibrancy of the colours, all mixed together in a baroque pattern... It kind of looks like it's been tie-dyed. Or that I should be going to a rave with neon face paint... Either way, I love them! Great way to brighten up an outfit during the day.

I'm back home for Easter now... So glad to be here. I'm feeling pretty rough right now though. I've been suffering with a stupid cough all week, and it's actually getting worse. At least I can rest up at home for a few days now so I can be all better. However, I've since realised that I left my Easter eggs in Bristol, so now I have no chocolate to eat. Gutted.

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05 April 2012

Gwynedds S/S 2012 Collection

Recently, I was told about a new brand that is hitting the UK very soon. I say 'new' - it will be here - but it's actually been around since 2007 in Germany. It's called Gwynedds, offering a luxury 'essential' collection, which is both colourful yet minimalist. With their philosophy of 'fashion doesn't have to be complicated', I believe that they've definitely proved themselves right.

I love the sugary sweet, pastel shades on offer throughout the collection - definitely in season! And the huge range of tees, dresses, trousers, shorts... All very contemporary, easy to wear, but versatile. Some could be dressed up for an evening, or dressed down for a day on the beach. The items are also made of soft cotton, so will be perfect for the summer months.

There are a couple of items that have caught my eye, but with a price range beginning at around £50, I can't see myself owning anything just yet. Hopefully one day though - I have a feeling it could be something that I'll be able to wear each year with no problems whatsoever. The brand will be available in the UK and Ireland soon, so keep an eye out :)

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