28 April 2013

Up all night to get lucky | Outfit

Shirt: Glamorous | Shorts: Motel Rocks

I don't know what attracted me to this shirt... It's got a very retro, vintage feel to it. I love the patchwork and the variety of floral patterns and colours in it. The main pattern is quite sheer, which I like, but you don't need to worry too much about flashing your bra around (so it's great for smart/work wear). I love the way it fits too, and the sleeves are just the right length. I definitely need to get a few more wears out of this before summer, but it'll be a sure hit for autumn too. I also love these pleather shorts from Motel - such a great fit, not too short and high waisted.

Well I've had a very busy few days, so I've promised myself to do a couple of blog posts and relax for the rest of the day. I need it. I went to see Rudimental last night with my best friend, which was surprisingly good! Not a gig I would usually go to, but I'm glad I went as it was a lot of fun and it was actually a brilliant gig!

I'm off to London next weekend to see an even better act though... Beyonce!  So excited, even though our seats are a million miles away from the stage. If anyone is in London Saturday-Monday, give me a shout (:


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25 April 2013

MUA Pro Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit | Review

MUA Pro Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit - £3.50 (Superdrug)

I'm an avid user of the HD Brows palette, that I received in my first Glossybox (which feels like yonks ago) and I can't really leave the house without my eyebrows shaded in anymore. However, I needed to find a cheaper alternative as I can't afford the HD Brow palette.

The MUA Pro Brow Kit was something I was recommended, but I was apprehensive as it's incredibly cheap compared the HD Brow palette, but I needn't have worried. Yes, it's not as amazing, but it's definitely a good alternative that will do if you're on a budget.

You've got two shades to use (although I tend to mix the shades together) to fill your eyebrows, along with a clear gel to help set your eyebrows perfectly and a matte highlighter for your brow bone. It also comes with a mini set of tweezers, which is pretty cute! The mirror inside is a pretty decent size too, so you don't need to struggle to see into it to get the desired look. The pigmentation is okay... My eyebrows look darker, it lasts most of the day but the colour doesn't sit very well on my brows. I feel like they're not filled out as much as I'd like.

Overall, I'll happily buy this palette again when I need to. It's cheap and it does the trick. I'll definitely be keeping my HD Brows palette for special occasions though!

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22 April 2013

I've been waiting all night | Outfit

All Primark

I'm not usually one for printed skirts, but this one really caught my attention. It's not too print heavy - it's just really cute, using nautical colour and featuring what can only be described as a selection of trees (random, but I like it). It fits well around the waist, but it does come with a belt (more as an added accessory than actual use though). The length is great, so I can't wait for summer when I can wear this with bare legs!

This weekend has been one of the best weekends I've had in a while. Stupidly busy, too much money spent but good fun all round. After having breakfast at Frankie & Bennys (I seem to be getting addicted to the bacon and syrup pancakes there!) with my boyfriend and my best friend, I ended up going to Dudley Zoo for the day with the boy. It was a really nice day weather-wise, so we had to make the most of it, so what better way to do that than to go see some animals?! I felt like a little kid. I was tempted to get my face painted by the end of the day. Jokes. The really steep chair lift was pretty terrifying though... Photos will be up on the next photoblog, or there's some on Instagram if you follow me :)

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19 April 2013

Tell me do you feel the same | Outfit

oh hi chin and bra strap. deary me.
Top: Topshop | Skirt: ARK | Hat: eBay

I love midi skirts this season, and this Aztec colourful number is from Ark, which is slowly gaining my fashion respect again. I used to love that shop when I lived in Sheffield, but ever since I moved back home I felt it went downhill (and so did its audience due to the shop location... I will say no more). This skirt is quite stretchy but fits like a dream. The material is thin, but you really can't tell when you're wearing it. I love the mix of colours and patterns in it too! I matched it up with my Topshop peter pan blouse and my new bowler hat. Yes, yet another trend that I'm seriously late in joining! This hat only cost £7 and I absolutely adore it! It's going to be stuck on my head for quite a while now.

I've had a pretty good week this week, both at work and, well, in life. I had a day off on Tuesday so I dragged my boyfriend around Worcester to check out all the record shops. I didn't end up buying any (although made up for it with shoes...) but he did. He doesn't even own a record player yet. Unfair much. I also need to recommend going to Carluccios - ahmaaazing food there. They do pasta crisps. CRISPS MADE FROM PASTA. It's like my new favourite carb.

Tomorrow, I'm supposed to be off to the Brum blogger meet with fellow Midland bloggers, but unfortunately I can no longer go! I'm gutted as I've been looking forward to it for SO long, but stupid me doesn't use a diary properly and triple booked myself. Are you going to the meet? I hope you have a fab time if so! (:

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17 April 2013

The Great British Florist | Review

The Great British Florist*

Most girls love flowers - it's almost a fact. When I was offered a posy bouquet a couple of weeks ago, I of course jumped at the chance. My white roses that my boyfriend bought me were on their way out, so it was pretty good timing!

I've never heard of The Great British Florist before. To be honest, I've never bought or received flowers from an online store before. It doesn't have a massive selection, but what it does offer is handpicked posies and bouquets to suit each occasion. Sometimes you don't need loads to choose from.

They arrived really quickly, in the biggest box EVER. I was surprised at how well packed it was - the flowers weren't damaged in the slightest. The presentation was lovely too as they were hand-tied - it was a shame to take them out to put in a vase to be honest.

I can only presume I received the British Posy, as each posy is different and handpicked - I quite like that it was surprise and the flowers are unique to me. The posy was filled with a variety of flowers... I can't tell you the names of each one, because I have no idea, but they're all so pretty and colourful, and the smell of them is gorgeous (but quite strong when you first open the box)! They also lasted quite a while - flowers only tend to survive for a few days, but these lasted just short of a week, which was pretty good going. I also received a thorough guide on how to ensure my flowers last longer, which I thought was a really nice touch.

For around £35, the flowers are pricey, but if you want a high quality florist that will deliver your flowers safely (and quickly) then I recommend The Great British Florist. I hope they get some more selections soon (maybe smaller bouquets or the ability to choose your own flowers).

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15 April 2013

Photoblog: April 2013 (Part 1)

1. Flowers. | 2. Peekaboo cat. | 3. Hi Gino. | 4. OOTD. | 5. Multitasking. | 6. Family brownies. | 7. Shopping spree. | 8. OOTD. | 9. Orange lippy.

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11 April 2013

Welcome to the new age, to the new age | Outfit

Dress and socks: Topshop

I'm officially rubbish with outfit posts, but bear with me. This little number ended up in my wardrobe pretty quickly, all because of the cat face. It's quite a standard Topshop fit - very slimming, floaty yet fitted at the top. I'll be honest, I only bought this because of the cat face... And I still stand by that decision. The design is very quirky, especially since the cat eyes are perfectly placed on your chest.

The last weekend was so good, but it absolutely flew by. I went to Coventry for a work event on Saturday, tweeting for one of my clients, which was great fun. I nearly had the chance to meet Gino D'Acampo, but the day was so busy that we had no spare time! Hopefully I will meet him next time! I also got to have some munches with my friend's baby boy and had a lovely catch up with the girls whilst celebrating my friend's birthday! Sunday was possibly my favourite day though - most of the family came round for the day as my brother, sister-in-law and baby niece (from Holland) were visiting! Seeing my baby niece dance to Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Give It Away was possibly the highlight of my year so far. So cute!

Random thought to end this post, but can you believe that we're in April and yet we haven't seen a significant amount of sunshine yet? I remember we had some lovely weather in March last year... Instead we've had snow. What is going on? I want to get my summer wardrobe out again!

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09 April 2013

NARS Blush in Deep Throat | Review

NARS Blush in Deep Throat - £21.50

This blush is my first ever NARS blush, and it's possibly my favourite ever. It's a lovely medium pink shade, with a peach undertone so it's quite warm compared to some pink blushes. The pigmentation is amazing - one sweep of product is enough. It's quite shimmery (with gold tones), but subtle at the same time so it's not too harsh on your cheeks. I'd be happy to wear this for both daytime and nighttime looks because of this.

I think it suits my skin tone perfectly, but it's versatile for others too. It almost makes your face look fresher as it looks just like natural colour on your cheeks (as long as you don't apply too much). I'll be honest, as much as I adore this product, I haven't used it much since I've bought it. This is purely because I can't afford to keep replacing it, and I'll be gutted when it runs out! I'm only using it for special occasions at the moment, but after writing this review, I might have to dig it out of my makeup drawer more often...

The price (£21.50) is very steep, but you can tell it's high-end product, and you won't need to use much at a time, so it should last a fair while! It's such a luxurious blusher and I really need some more NARS in my life... When I've saved some money.

One last note: Whoever thought of the name of this blush (along with other great NARS product names)... I salute you.

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05 April 2013

Keep dancing like we're 22 | Outfit

Dungarees: Ark | Tshirt (DIY): Drop Dead Clothing

I didn't think I'd find myself in dungarees, but I absolutely love these ones from Ark. An indigo/dark blue shade so they will go with a lot of my tops. I'd wear them during autumn/winter as well, due to the colour. Light denim is more for summer in my eyes (so, yes, an excuse to buy some more dungarees)! The front panel isn't too prominent, so I've found myself enjoying wearing these more and helped 'ease' me into the trend. I'd probably wear tops and jumpers over it too, so it looks like I'm wearing shorts instead. Multi functioning outfit for the win.

I've fallen way behind in the world of blogging, which I knew was going to happen. I'm currently keeping busy with my new job this week. I'm loving it so far, and fingers crossed I will continue to do so as well! There's so much to take in and learn though - my little brain is struggling right now, hence why my blog has had to take a step back until now! Saying that though, apparently I've been voted as Insider's Tip of the Month on Inside Fruits (alongside the fab The Style Box) - such a lovely surprise and reminds me why I blog! Maybe that's the motivation I need to get back into it.

I had a lovely Easter with the family, and this week has flown by because of my new job (which I'm really enjoying at the moment!) but I'm currently very excited for this weekend. My friend's birthday (meaning more munches with her newborn baby!), an event in Coventry for work AND my brother, sister-in-law and niece from Holland are visiting on Sunday. So excited to see them all again, and very intrigued to see how much my baby niece has changed again. (:

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03 April 2013

Photoblog: March 2013 (Part 2)

1. City & Colour | 2. Biffy Clyro. | 3. Dominos night. | 4. New job. | 5. I'm a crushed Gos fan. | 6. White roses from the boy. | 7. FOTD. | 8. Creme egg brownies. | 9. Easter.

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