29 March 2013

Suit and tie | Outfit

Suit: Zara | Shirt: Primark

I like to call this my 'lucky suit'... Even though it's a little bit too big for me now. I wanted a suit for important occasions, such as job interviews. Every time I've worn it, luck seems to go my way. I love the denim feel to it, and the fitted look (although, granted, it's not THAT fitted right now). The trousers are also ankle grazers, so adds a bit of an edge to what could have been a really standard suit. I teamed it with my alphabet shirt, because hey, I work with words.

I've been meaning to post this outfit for a while (notice the sudden bright hair compared to my last outfit post. Oops) but I didn't want to officially announce anything until now. I had my last day at Quicksilver PR yesterday. It was very strange leaving the company, as the people I worked with were fab. I even received a vintage jewellery box and a bottle of wine as leaving presents. Going to miss working with the Quicksilver PR team!

However, I'm off to pastures new and a new job at Rave Communications to work solely as a Social Media Executive. Definitely what I would consider a step closer to my dream (Head of Social Media at Walt Disney World, HELLO) and I'm really excited to start working there! So yeah... Thanks lucky suit for striking again!

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27 March 2013

Amara's Newgate Covent Garden Alarm Clock | Review

Newgate 'The New Covent Garden' Alarm Clock in Dreamy Pink*

I've been changing my room over the last few months, updating items and adding quirky little pieces just to make it more 'me'. I was very excited when the lovely people behind the homeware website Amara contacted me as it meant I could further adapt my room exactly how I want it.

One thing I've needed for a while is a new alarm clock, and this gorgeous 'Covent Garden' alarm clock fitted the bill perfectly. I love the old style of it, with twin bells on top. It's bloomin' loud when it goes off, so I haven't used it all the time (it makes me jump every time). Such a classic item, modernised with the light pink colour - it looks very cute on my bedside table!

For only £20, I absolutely adore this clock. I will probably just use it more as a decorative item, but it works perfectly well for an alarm and it comes in other colours too!

Whether you're looking for something to splurge out on, or you've got a tight budget to stick to, Amara has a great selection of designer homeware items. I'm now eyeing up these trinket trays, paperweights and this Peter Pan wall decor!

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25 March 2013

Take the pieces and build them skywards | Outfit

Dress: Primark | Vans: Zalando* | Rings: Temporary Secretary

Primark has a lovely range of Spring/Summer dresses at the moment - this denim look polkadot dress went straight into my wardrobe when I spotted it. It's a good length (as long as it doesn't shrink in the wash) for tights or bare legs when we finally get some decent weather. It's also got cute bow detailing on the front pockets (which I forgot to photograph - oops) and comes with a belt to help show your figure a bit more.

I decided to go for a bit of colour contrast and wore my gorgeous new authentic slim Vans that I bought from Zalando. I've wanted a pair of Vans for ages, so I couldn't resist this baby pink version. Enough to brighten up an outfit and will be perfect for summer. Zalando also offers women's clothes so I'll be sure to check out the website again soon (even though my heart sunk a bit when Yodel was delivering my shoes... All ended well though)!

As for the rings, I've been meaning to make a cheeky TempSec order for ages, but I knew the time had come when I saw the food rings! I love kitsch and creative rings like this - maple syrup pancakes and strawberries ON A RING? Won over right there. I also adore the silver pyramid ring too - chunky and yet quite subtle. I need to stock up on more silver rings like this.

After a lovely weekend, I'm now in my final week at Quicksilver PR. Time has literally flown by and I can't believe I've only got 4 days left here. I'm very excited for my next opportunity though! The last few days have been rather nice though - One particular highlight was that myself and the boyfriend went to see City and Colour & Biffy Clyro on Thursday night, which was incredible. We were right at the front of the gig and seeing Simon Neil perform Machines right by me was like a dream. Ah-mazing.


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21 March 2013

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb | Review

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum - 30ml

I received Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb perfume for Christmas after going on about it all year. It's a sweet perfume, full of floral notes - matches the name! It's not too strong when you first spray it, but it settles to a really nice and refreshing fragrance. It's feminine and quite sexy too. I always feel amazing when I wear it, which is odd to say for a perfume, but I do.

The only negative I can say about this perfume is the price. I received a 30ml bottle, which costs £49. FORTY NINE. It should last a long time though as you don't need a great deal and it lasts a long time. I love the bottle too - it's really cute and modern, and can easily pop it into your handbag. Again, the fact that it's shaped as a bomb, like the name states, is very different to what you normally see. It looks fabulous on my shelf anyway!

This is possibly the first floral perfume that I really love. Most are so overpowering, with so many flowers thrown into it. You don't get that with Flowerbomb at all. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive...

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19 March 2013

Follow baby, we gonna live forever | Outfit

Top: Primark | Disco pants: Glamorous | Bracelet: Vintage

I've jumped the disco pants bandwagon. Better late than never, right? I'm amazed at how slimming and clingy they are, and yet they actually cling to the right places. I can't help but feel a bit 'on show' when I wear them though. I know they're not leggings, but they're not exactly trousers either. I do love them though and I'm sure I'll get used to wearing them (even if I mainly wear longer tops with them for the time being)! For £30, they're a great dupe for the ever-popular American Apparel version, which I can't see myself buying anytime soon - these are good enough for me!

I've been non stop so far this week, with doctor's appointments all over the place and my parents going on holiday tomorrow... Okay, I don't sound that busy, but I'm exhausted. I'm now on antibiotics (two lots in fact. TWO!) and all I want to do is to get into bed tonight with a cup of tea and watch rubbish TV. I'm allowed to feel sorry for myself for one night, yes? I may do a bit of online shopping too... Any recommendations for new season stock that I can feast my eyes on?

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16 March 2013

Photoblog: March 2013 (Part 1)

1. Curly. | 2. Party time. | 3. Congratulatory lilies. | 4. Cupcakes. | 5. Building site bedroom. | 6. New ink. | 7. Temporary Secretary goodies. | 8. Blue Album. | 9. The Cribs. | 10. First ever Vans. | 11. Cat's new hiding place. | 12. Red Nose Day.

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14 March 2013

If it gets rough, it's time to get rough | Outfit

Dress: New Look | Leather jacket: Topshop

I actually love the simplicity of this outfit. I can't get enough of mini dresses at the moment, and there's fabulous range in New Look in different colours and patterns at the moment. I picked up this aztec style one a few weeks ago and I love it. It's very clingy, but it doesn't cling to the wrong places. It's quite flattering.

I wore it with my gorgeous leather jacket and my old military boots for a bit of a 'rock chick' look. I can't wait to doll myself up and wear this with some bright chunky heels for my next outing!

Despite the fact that my knees are still giving me mischief (hi new meds), I've been trying to carry on as normal. For one thing, I managed to get my tattoo on Saturday and I love it! Two hours of agony was definitely worth it.

I also had a lovely day on Sunday, seeing family and spending time with my mum (well, it was Mother's Day after all) and watched Silver Linings Playbook. I adore Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. 'Nuff said. Anyway, I bought my mum a poster from Cut Out & Keep and some baby daffodils. What did you get your mum for Mother's Day? (:

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12 March 2013

Palmers Swivel Stick | Review

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick *

Having dry skin can always be an issue for me no matter what time of year. Occasionally I get dry patches on my face or my hands, which just looks plain stupid and is pretty uncomfortable to suffer… I don’t really own a compact face cream that I can fit in my handbag in order to carry it with me wherever I go. 

When I heard about Palmers Swivel Stick, I was really intrigued to see what it was like. I’m already a fan of its Daily Calming Lotion, so was hoping for the same results with the Swivel Stick.

The Swivel Stick aims to soothe and soften dry, chapped lips, but it's also great to apply on other areas to moisturise your skin. With added SPF30, it's useful to keep with you for added protection for your cheeks, nose and other exposed areas when in the sun (although obviously don't swap your suntan lotion for this).

It definitely lives up to its Palmers brand name. The smell of cocoa butter is insane. I’m still not a fan of the strong scent – I just can’t get used to it. Whenever I apply this product on my face, all I smell is chocolate. It’s even worse when I apply it around my nose. I can’t get away from it then!

The size and shape of the product means it’s great to keep in your handbag for emergencies or a skin care pick-me-up. It's helped save my skin from any sudden dryness during the winter months, but it won't be replacing my favourite lip care product. 

For around £6, it's useful to have but it's not essential. I won't be repurchasing it though, purely because of the extreme smell of chocolate lingering around my nose (it doesn't even smell like nice Cadburys chocolate. I could handle that). It is useful to have for emergencies though, and the product will last a very long time as you only need to use a minimal amount at a time, so it's worth the money!

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09 March 2013

John Frieda Frizz-Ease | Review

John Frieda Frizz-Ease - Hair Serum, Smoothing Creme & 3-Day Straight Styling Spray *

John Frieda is pretty well-known to help eliminate frizziness, but I've never really given it a proper chance to see if it would work for my locks. My hair is manageable, and usually controllable, but it has its moments.

My hair is quite coarse and incredibly prone to some frizz attacks. Winter weather hates my hair. Flyaway hair goes everywhere and my hair can look like a flattened afro at times. I do love my hair to be volumised, but occasionally I would love it if my hair just did what it was told and I could style it without my hair frizzing at the top. That's where this collection comes in. I've tested a few products from the range to check out just how much of a difference Frizz-Ease makes (if anything).

Hair Serum (Original Formula) *

I used to be a big fan of hair serum when I liked my hair straight, but now I much prefer volume. This product is for medium to coarse hair, which definitely suits my hair so I was intrigued to see the results. At first use, I was really impressed with this product. I applied one pump of product to damp hair (a little goes a long way!) and blow-dried as normal. As it includes heat defense, I didn't use any other product (I put all my trust in it)! I did notice a big difference straight away. Usually my hair dries like some kind of big fluffball, but instead my hair is smooth and straight without needing an attack with the straighteners. It doesn't feel heavy on my hair and it adds a nice gloss to it.

It's great to use if you want your hair to be smooth and manageable, but I did notice the next day that my hair was completely flat. Not good for someone who likes volume! I won't be using this hair serum every time I've washed my hair, purely because of the volume aspect, but it's perfect if I fancy straight hair but have less time to style it properly. I will repurchase this product in the future (it costs £6.29 in Boots) - it did the job and got rid of the frizziness with ease (exactly what it says on the tin).

3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray*

I wouldn't say my hair is curly, so immediately I'm not expecting a great deal from this product! The idea is to spray it on wet hair and your hair should stay straight for 3 days. You also need to blow dry AND straighten your hair after applying it (because it's activated by heat). The spray in general is really good - it's quite light (as it's liquidy). It feels a bit sticky at first, but once dried that does disappear and your hair is left with, again, a nice shine to it. My hair actually becomes more straight during 3 days anyway, so I'm not sure entirely sure if the product aided that or not.

I doubt I would repurchase it again (£6.99 in Boots) because it doesn't suit my hair type. It's a nice addition to my beauty box, but won't be part of my routine. It helped my hair a little bit, but my hair is already manageable. This product may be more suitable for those of you who have slightly curlier/thicker than mine!

Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme*

I was a little bit apprehensive with this product - the world 'creme' just makes me think that it's going to be so heavy on my hair and end up all greasy! It turned out that I was wrong though, and I was pleasantly surprised by how the flyaway hairs on the top of my head (that just WON'T STAY DOWN) actually stayed down for the day. You only need a little bit of product, but my hair felt soft and smooth afterwards.

Again, I probably wouldn't use this all the time but it will help in the autumn/winter months when my hair is little less controllable. I'd definitely repurchase this though (£5.89 at Boots), but I can imagine I won't need to for ages as this will last me a very long time.

Overall, the range is pretty good and I can't really fault it much. Some products suit my hair type better than others, so don't rely on my review (or anyone else's review for that matter) as you could experience something different. I've always loved John Frieda products - in the past, I've been an avid user of its Radiant Red and Sheer Blonde ranges before (yes, I've been both of those colours! (Click here to check it out) and I will definitely add Frizz-Ease to the list (in particular the serum)!

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