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Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive Favourites

Hello lovelies!
As if it is December already! I'll blink and it'll be Christmas! I've been trying to get my Christmas shopping done asap as I hate leaving these things last minute, however the men in my family are the worst for telling you what they want days before so I still have a few more gifts to get and also write out Christmas cards for friends and family too. I'm getting there slowly but surely. I thought I'd make this post very festive for you all and show you all what I enjoy about this time of year. Enjoy! :)
I love receiving an Advent Calendar, my inner child buzzes off stuff like that. My Mam always gets a Disney Princess themed one, bless her! Even when I'm really old I'll be buying them haha!
Christmas jumpers are my absolute fave! The more festive the better I say! Luckily Work allow us to rock our jumpers up until Christmas Day so it always makes a nice change from the standard uniform and getting into the festive spirit. Also I really enjoy working on Christmas Eve as it is easy work and everyone is all together, wearing our jumpers and blasting the Christmas songs.
Of course Christmas would not be complete without Christmas songs! I adore them and I really like how they don't really update them either so the songs I've grew up hearing, I still hear to this day. My favourite Christmas song of all time has to be Last Christmas by Wham! Normally I leave it 'til Christmas Eve to wrap presents as I get that little excited spark inside me in time for Christmas Day, however I have broke my tradition this year and began wrapping them early as I have quite a busy month ahead and being organised always gives me peace of mind.These have been on my wishlist for a while now after I did my first night of Visual Merchandising back in November, where we put out all the Christmas stock and these two cute things caught my eye straight away, I love a good novelty item. I mean how adorable is this tea pot though! <3

 Christmas Pyjamas and Slippers always go down a treat in my household. Even my brother at the age of 27 still enjoys this aspect haha! I saw these and it was love at first sight, too much cuteness!
 Since we have Christmas dinner in the dining room, my Mam always decks it out so lovely! She's very creative and I always enjoy seeing the different ways she decorates it. It is a combination of pinks, blues and oriental as my Mam loves the culture.
 And at last I see the liiiiiiiiiights! ...I love the variety of styles, shapes and colour schemes and the effect they create either in the hallway, up the bannister and of course on the tree.
 The tree in the hallway, which I now decorate on my own (my brother used to help but I don't think he enjoys it as much as I do) always fills me with nostalgia. We have accumulated a variety of Christmas decorations over the years. When my parents travel, my Mam has always bought a bauble from wherever in the world they visited and it goes on the tree. It always amazes me that we have some from years and years ago and remembering the first time ever putting them on the tree. The 'Jasper' house is one of my all time favourites, that was bought when my family went around Canada for 3 weeks and Jasper was one of the places we visited. Again very similar with the Koala decoration, Australia was another one of these long holidays and we have a memento of it on our tree. The globe decoration is a new one for this year, my Mam bought it for my Dad but I don't think he's that interested in that kind of stuff but I think it is so cool! I love the colours of it as it gives an old fashioned kind of feel to me. I have caught on to this tradition my Mam has myself and I've started to collect decorations from my holidays or trips in the year, however I want to save mine for when I have my own place and tree to decorate as I think that'd be really sweet.This little fella is another nostalgic decoration but for a different reason, they used to go on my Granddad's Christmas tree when he lived at his old house, now that he lives with us we like to mix his decorations in with ours.
These guys are my absolute favourite decorations! I remember going with my Mam to a garden centre when I was really young and she asked me to pick two new decorations for the tree and these are what I chose. They are called Icicle and Flipper and I always put them near the top of the tree.
This year my Mam surprised me with these absolutely stunning Disney decorations. I love the glitter and the detailing along the dresses. My Mam knows that Ariel and Belle are my favourite princesses and I absolutely adore these thoughtful gifts! Also just behind them is Pocahontas, another Disney character I adored as a child. We sometimes watch old family videos and in one of them I went through a phase of Pocahontas, my bed, pyjamas, slippers, you get the idea haha!
And lastly, I really enjoy going to Church. I know that isn't everyone's cup of tea and that's ok. It's always been a tradition with my family to go to the Christingle Service the sunday before Christmas however as the years have gone on, people grew out of it and work commitments sometimes means they miss it, myself included but I always try to go if I can. But I've always gone to Church on Christmas Day with my Gran and my Dad, it's like a tradition now and I really enjoy the sense of community and I thoroughly enjoy singing carols and hymns, my favourite has always been Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. It usually makes me feel the most Christmassy and festive.

Thanks for reading and Let me know your festive favourites or any traditions you have :)

Monday, 24 November 2014

TMART REVIEW: Makeup Brushes

Hello lovelies!
Today's post is a little different but you know me, I love a little variety now and again. So for a while now I've been in debate about getting a set of makeup brushes for Christmas and I've mmm'd and aah'd for ages and was leaning towards some real techniques ones as I hear good things about them, however not so long ago I was contacted by the lovely folk over at Tmart and was asked if I'd like to review a cosmetic makeup brush set for them, the timing was perfect so I obviously said yes! They come in a small variety of colours but I was particularly drawn to the pale blue. I think it was great price for what you receive too, I'm not a one for having tons of brushes, I'll update my brushes probably over an embarrassing amount of time and only buy the odd one, so this set is ideal because I prefer the bigger brushes for foundation, powder & blush, rather than smaller ones for concealer and lips etc so that was an appealing quality to me.
The brushes are standard size so they fit nicely into my makeup bag. The only issue I had was that it doesn't say what brush is for what, so for any of you who don't know the ins and outs of beauty products then do your research, although I suppose you can use any for whatever you want, but that's just a personal preference of mine. (From L-R) I used the first brush to apply blush to my cheeks, the second I used to blend all my makeup together, the middle brush for powder, the stippling brush to apply my liquid foundation and the brush on the end for contouring. Like I've said, I may have done that wrong but I didn't have any directions for use haha! If any beauty experts know which brush is for what then please let me know below.
I was really impressed with the feel of the brushes too, they felt really soft and gentle on my face and the application of products worked really well. I've been using the stippling brush A LOT since I received these because it blends my NARS Sheer Glow foundation so flawlessly which is a problem I had with a standard foundation brush. I also really like to use the angled brush for applying blush to my cheeks as well and the black and white tipped brush I like to blend my makeup all together after I've applied what I wanted. Just to give you an idea, the first photo of myself, my makeup was applied using these brushes so you could see the effect it has. Hopefully a good one! haha. Overall I really like them and they are really affordable too for under £10 which is an ideal price for someone like me who is wanting to try out the right brushes for the right makeup products, I think they would be a really good Christmas present for those who are wanting to get into makeup etc. and I will definitely be continuing to use them in my everyday makeup.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Visiting My Favourite Yorkshires


Ey Up lovelies!
I felt like that was needed to pay homage to the theme of this post haha! Yesterday I visited Mat and Lucy who I met during University and now University is over they have moved back to York. As it is nearly Mat's birthday and this week was the last chance I could get time off work before all the craziness of the build up to Christmas, I decided to pay them a visit. Also I had completed a life achievement and got the train on my own for the very first time haha :p It has been nice to get out of my comfort zone and daily routine and visit somewhere different, even just for the day. The day flew over but I felt so incredibly happy to see them and have a change of scenery, normally in new places I feel a bit lost but I actually felt really relaxed wandering around York, like if I went there on my own I wouldn't feel out of my depth and could happily navigate my way around the city.In true York fashion, a photograph with the Teddy was on the cards, as I have done when I have visited in the past.
Also wandering the shops I was shown a Mulberry store in the flesh! Aahhh! Heaven <3
We had lunch at Oscar's, I really liked the decorative walls inside, very pretty and then did some shopping. I bought myself a sparkly green top from Topshop, then these pieces from Ark (sorry about rubbish quality) and then snuggled up on the sofas in Costa and had a delicious hot chocolate before heading home.
All in all it was a wonderful trip and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing two of my best friends :)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

All the Leaves Are Brown And The Coat Is Grey

Hello lovelies!
I had a trip to town not so long ago and on my way out I found this beautiful dress in Warehouse which for some reason made me think of Carrie Bradshaw a little bit. The material is so soft with the jersey grey part and the soft pleated skirt. I feel super girly in it! Sticking with the grey theme I had been on a shopping ban for a while as there was a student lock-in at the Metro and was saving my pennies for that. Before that I had seen this gorgeous grey coat and I tried it on and really loved it but held off buying it as long as possible, so when it came to the lock-in, I eventually bought it so was a very happy lady! For my birthday I got a few gift vouchers so I put that towards it so thanks Sarah and Jess for those! :) I absolutely love this coat at the moment, I've even wore it with my recent outfit post and I like to wear really bold, colour, quirky dresses and the team it with the coat to smarten them up, so I love that it goes with everything I own :)Dress: Warehouse, Coat: Topshop, Flats: Matalan

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Kind Of In Love/GIVEAWAY!

Hello lovelies!
Ok so I am kind of in love with this new top. After returning a pair of shorts the other day, the lady who served me was wearing this and it really caught my eye due to the quirky pattern and colour of it and I mentioned it to her and she told me it was in the store so on my way out I was casually admiring and decided to leave it for the time being. But then, I don't know if anyone else does this but, when I like a piece of clothing I will think about it for ages until I realise that I like it so much I need to go back and buy it haha. So yesterday I nipped into town and purchased it and I just want to wear it all the time now! A perfect piece to add to my autumnal wardrobe.Also I wanted to say a MASSIVE massive thank you for all your support on this Blog because I have reached my blogging target for the year! I hit 250 followers! I am insanely happy! Thank you so so much to all of you lovely people and I really appreciate it so much! <3


To celebrate hitting 250 followers, I am hosting a giveaway which can allow you to use a Voucher online to spend on a FREE pair of frames from Firmoo, which I know a few of you liked in my recent post about them and now you too can have the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and get yourself an unusual pair too! Please leave an email or some form of contact so I can let the winner know!
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Thank you for reading :)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Pinktober

Hello lovelies!
First up, happy Halloween! I can't believe it is almost November now, I need to start sorting out my Christmas shopping asap! Anyway for fancy dress at work recently I dressed up as a Gothic Fairy and on the last day of it I decided to use this hair chalk that I had lying around being unused and see what it would come out like and do a mini tutorial for you all. Enjoy!First thing you do is get the pot of hair chalk, I got mine from The Body Shop.
I held the chalk in my hand and using my thumb and fingers, made a rubbing motion onto my hair until I was satisfied with how pink my hair was. Then I'd recommend using some hairspray to lock in the colour so that you don't get the majority of it all over your top or neck.
Then wash your hands afterwards as the pink can get all over your hands (this wasn't as bad as when I did it the day after!) and check your neck area too, I used makeup wipes to clear any extra bits.
And there you go! Considering how blonde my dipdye is usually, I was impressed with how bright it came out, unlike my last attempt of dying my dipdye! I think this a great idea for either any subtle halloween ideas or if you just fancied changing up your look. And it washes out straight away so if you are dissatisfied with it then you can be at ease in knowing it disappears straight away.

Thanks for reading! & Happy Halloween! :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Glasses Face

Hello lovelies!
I was recently contacted by the lovely Tina over at Firmoo who asked if I'd be interested in trying out their range of glasses. Many of you don't know this but I actually wear glasses, I used to wear them in public since the age of 10 and felt uber self conscious in my awkward teenage girl phase and as soon as I could put contacts in, I saved the glasses wearing for indoors, lazy 'not going anywhere' kind of days. So to even have a photo of me wearing any on the internet is conquering a fear of mine. Maybe it was because I never found a pair that really suited me until last year haha! Anyone with glasses will empathise, I used to hate having to choose a new pair of glasses, being stood with some random sales lady and my Mam both watching me awkwardly and getting impatient in deciding on a pair and just choosing whatever I felt looked OK-ish for the sake of time and discomfort. It's a lot different going into a place by yourself and taking the time to really try out a pair as the attention isn't really on you and you can do it out of your own accord. Anyway Firmoo have this cool option online of uploading a photo of yourself so that you can see how the different pairs are going to fit, which is handy for someone like me who has a small face and a biggish nose, as usually different styles cater for different face shapes, eye shapes etc. As the pair of glasses I have at home are your usual black and tortoise shell, I thought I would take the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and experiment by getting a pair that is a bit more 'out there' and quirky so I decided on these gorgeous blue and brown ones as I was really drawn to those the most when I was browsing. They arrived really quickly and I was happy to receive them in this really cool case that is based on an old world map (I'm a fan of unusual glasses cases too, so it fit my personal taste perfectly!).  I tried them on and I absolutely love them! I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the colours looked and with them being a big size, I didn't think they'd fit my face properly but they really framed my eyes nicely, so I am very happy with this result!

They have a 'first pair free' offer (excludes postage) for new customers so it is definitely worth giving it a try, especially if you are like me and fancied trying something different. If you want to read more about it look here. Even if you didn't need glasses they have the option of lenses too incase you were wanting some for fashion purposes I would definitely recommend this brand.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think :)

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Glasses: Firmoo*

Sunday, 26 October 2014

GUEST POST: SaraPags- Everyday Quick Hairstyles

Hello to everyone,
it's Sara from SaraPags here! 
First thing first, I wanted to say a massive than you to Kate, who let me write on her beautiful blog. She's already done one for me (here), which is very cute so make sure you check it out!
As I contacted her since she left a comment below a hairstyle post of mine she liked, i thought I would share something similar with you!
These hairstyles are very simple and quick, they're just something I do to change a bit my everyday look.

Fluffy Top

Fluffy Top Hairstyle


Everyday Quick Hairstyles

1) Take this kind of a little sponge with a mini comb (I found it in H&M), which I don't think is supposed to be used like this, but never mind. 

2) Set it on the top of your head, moving the little comb toward your face.

3) Take the front section of your hair and pull it backwards.

4) Pin it with a few hair grips.


Here you are, a bit of volume at the top of your head, which I personally love.

Messy Ponytail


Messy Ponytail


Everyday Quick Hairstyles

1) Gather your hair up with your hand. 

2) Tie it up with an elastic band.

3) Now you should have a normal boring ponytail. As we want something a little different, we'll work it up a bit.


4) Pull the two side sections on the top of your head and pull them out.

5) Now your ponytail should be a bit weak. Don't worry, we're going to fix it.

6) Tie the ponytail again without caring if it's not smooth and flat because we want some mess.


As someone I know said, simple but effective.


So that was my little hairstyle tutorials which you can easily recreate on your own!

Let me know if you liked it !

If you want some more hairstyles check this out.



Thank you a lot for reading my feature! 

Love,



Sara

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Hello lovelies!
Isn't Sara amazing?! I love this tutorial, it has definitely made me want to try out these for myself, so thank you for sharing your tutorials with us and thank you for featuring on my Blog, if you liked this post, definitely go check her out over on her blog and give her some love!
Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, 24 October 2014

Gothic Fairy

 Hello lovelies!
A different post for you all tonight. This weekend at work we are having a Halloween themed weekend for charity, as next week is a big sale so we couldn't do it then. Anyway I thought I would show you a little snippet of what I wore for the evening. I decided to go as a gothic fairy as this was what I had lying around in my box of fancy dress gear and was easy to put together in a small space of time. I enjoyed this look as, if you know me enough you'll notice I love wearing anything floral and lots of colours and this look is the total opposite to my style which was fun to play around with and it also inspired me to use minimal colour in these photos to continue on with the theme. Tonight there was only 3 of us who dressed up but apparently more are getting involved over the weekend so I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with :) Also a  few people actually thought this was my real hair at first and thought I'd suit black hair which was funny, I honestly wish my hair was this long in real life! It's like my dream hair length...maybe one day.
The key elements of my makeup was using my NAKED palette eyeshadow in 'Creep', then I used my FrontCover eyeshadow palette in 'Moonlight' under my eyes and Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in '04' which is a dark purple colour. My outfit consisted of my black mesh crop top by Missguided layered over a plain black M&S vest and then my black velvet Topshop leggings. My wings, wand and crown I got from Ann Summers and my wig is from Dr Funkenstein.

Thank you for reading!
Let me know if you are doing anything for Halloween and what you are dressing as :)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tartan Ivy


Hello lovelies!
Another autumnal outfit for you all today. Before I continue can I just say thank you so so much, I was blown away by the feedback on my last post, so many lovely comments, the most I've ever had on a post in my entire blogging life haha and even upto 240 followers on here and 160+ on Bloglovin, thank you so much! I really appreciate it and hello to those new people :D It feels weird doing an outfit with my hair this straight, this is freshly washed hair, I tend to do it before I go to sleep and tie it up so that it has some waves but for this look I felt straight hair went better with my hat and it is always something different isn't it :) Anyway enough rambling about my hair washing, I recently treated myself to this little tartan dress which I think is so adorable! It was bought for future nights out nearer Christmas which I will wear with my hair curled, red lips and black heels or wedges. I wanted to come up with another idea of how to wear it but catered towards during the day so that I can get more wear out of it. After racking my brain I came up with good old fashioned layering! I decided to wear this black long sleeved top and then wear the dress over it which I'm happy with the outcome. As the dress stands out on it's own I would team it with dark accessories to finish off the look. In my last post I mentioned the gorgeous Ivy leaves that crawl up the walls of my bedroom so I decided to put together a few brightly coloured ones for you. Hope it gets you into the autumnal spirit! I'm also doing a guest post over on Sara's blog soon so go over and check it out if you'd like and give her some blog love. Thanks for reading! :)
Hat: Matalan, Top: Topshop, Dress: Topshop, Wedges: ASOS
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