Thursday, 16 June 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: Disney World via Iphone

Hello everyone!
Hope you are all well! I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for some time now, something which I may elaborate on in a future post. I have missed blogging and been craving to get back into it for such a long time but just didn't know where to begin. I have a few ideas for posts that I want to share with you all but for the moment I will ease myself back into the blogosphere with a straightforward post of my trip to Disney World back in March. I think there is something quite raw and natural about pictures taken on a phone compared to a more thought out, planned photograph taken on a camera.

1. Selfie in Magic Kingdom whilst waiting for the queue for Space Mountain to die down.
2. My favourite spot at Magic Kingdom- The Statue of Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse.
3. Watching Orland Magic VS Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game at the Amway Centre.
4. Loads of alligators at GatorLand.
5. View from the plane when heading to Orlando.
6. Waiting for the Disney Magical Express Bus to pick us up.
7. Disney Transportation Bus for our hotel: Disney's Art of Animation Resort.
8. View of the hotel sign from our bus.

9. Concept drawing in the hotel of what Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid could have looked like.
10. Concept drawing of Flounder from The Little Mermaid.
11. More concept drawings inside the hotel lobby including my favourite drawing.
12. Close up of my favourite concept art of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
13. Our first day at Disney World. A photo of my outfit for Animal Kingdom.
14. Sharing the train to Rakifi's Planet Watch and with Chip and he waved at me.
15. A hidden Mickey wall art in the Harambe market place.
16. An inspiring proverb on the construction site wall.
17. A photo of my outfit for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
18. Showing off my new Disney Ears.
19. After queuing for 100+ mins for Toy Story Midway Mania ride, sporting the snazzy glasses provided in a selfie to celebrate the moment of finally getting on the ride after waiting for so long.
20. Our scores from Toy Story Midway Mania ride (I won ;) ).

21. Another outfit photo for Disney's Magical Kingdom.
22. Breakfast at the hotel: pancakes, bacon and fruit= perfect!
23. Delicious strawberry milkshake at Johnny Rocket's Diner in Mall at Millenia.
24. Selfie outside of Hard Rock Cafe.

25. Getting my autograph book signed with character's signatures.
26. Selfie sporting my Jurassic Park T-shirt for Islands of Adventure.
27. The end of It's A Small World ride in Magic Kingdom.
28. Being front row of It's A Small World. One of my favourite rides.

29. A beautiful illustration of Mickey Mouse on a card in a shop in Disney Springs.
30. A Disney notebook I bought in a shop at Disney Springs. I absolutely love this!
31. A gorgeous photo album I found in the shops at Disney Springs.
32. One of my favourite paintings of The Little Mermaid by Thomas Kinkade.
 33. The view of Orlando from the plane. Leaving to go home.

I'd love to know if you have been to Disney World and what your favourite park/things to do is?
Also feel free to leave me your links so I can catch up on your latest posts.
Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Advent Calendar: Days 1-5

About a month ago I purchased this adorable 'The Sweetest Thing' advent calendar from Matalan after it caught my eye during a VM nightshift, which includes 24 days worth of mini nail varnishes. I normally go for chocolate filled calendars but last year I just wasn't craving it like I normally would and I'd be away from home for a few days at a time and I lost the sparkle of excitement I'd have in past years so I decided this year I'd get something that I would actually enjoy and get to use throughout the year too. Also it has a cute unicorn illustration which I love too.
Overall I've really liked the colours that have come out of this calendar. I'm not a snob when it comes to brands of nail varnish, as long as it does the job I have no preference over what brand it is. However there is some colours I tend to repurchase and some colours that I have never tried, like the Taupe/Beige coloured nail varnish from Day #4 and this calendar has gave me the option to have that and give it a try which I think is a really good idea.
The older I get and the more I'm exposed to more festive things and ideas, the more I've realised how popular and beneficial it is having a calendar that has something a bit more useful with it. Maybe I'm an old soul or maybe my taste buds have changed and don't give me the craving for advent calendar chocolate (send help!) but I think these type of calendars that include items that are around more these days are a great gift for those who are into beauty or wanting to try something new. I think you can get some really great items within them to try out so I think they are worth having far much more and are appreciated more.
Although I've seen some incredible calendars advertised out there, I really enjoyed my cheaper option from Matalan at £12 (with Staff Discount) and I can't wait to try out all the colours in the new year.
Thanks for reading & Let me know which colour is your favourite :)

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Autumn/Winter Essentials

(I realise it is December and not Autumn anymore but I had forgot to post this earlier on!)
When I think of autumn, I am always drawn to the thought of the colourful leaves and the sun shining low through the trees and the beautiful scenery that comes with it. It is always this time of year when it reminds me of one of my favourite places in the UK which is a lovely little country park in Brampton. I used to go there as a kid with my family during the autumn half term and spend the day walking around the tarn, wading in the water with our wellies on and collecting conkers. As I've got older I have visited a few times myself (see here) and hope that it can be a place to take my future family and make our own memories. Unfortunately when I recently visited we could not get many photographs like I did the last time as the weather was very dull and miserable. Although I was able to capture this army of ducks whilst they were being fed. There is something really pretty about the feathers on ducks. One of them came so up close to me I was almost certain it was going to peck my fingers off! Luckily I survived ;) I'm hoping to plan my visit next year in a more organised manner as I would love to get snap happy when the sun is out as the tarn looks breath-taking when the sun is setting over it. I would also love to venture through during the summer as that is something I have never done and maybe even be brave enough to canoe across the tarn which would be amazing.

My go to autumn essentials are pretty much summed up very nicely in this post. Visiting Brampton, seeing the colourful leaves and beautiful scenery, my super soft tartan scarf, chelsea boots and my gorgeous brand new coat. It is so comfortable and warm whilst looking smart at the same time, which is what I have longed for in autumn coat for a very long time. I saved up a few giftcards from my birthday and rather than just buy for the sake of it, waited it out until I found something I truly loved and when I saw this coat it was love at first sight. It has been a perfect addition to my wardrobe.

I have also had some exciting news. I have a brand new job! I am so happy and excited to work for a design company in a role that suits me perfectly and I have been really enjoying it so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Coat: Topshop, Scarf: River Island, Tights: Asda, Wellies: Reynold's, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Matalan

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

23rd Birthday

Happy birthday to me! :D
Hello lovelies! This year I have had a much more low key birthday compared to the past two years (see here & here). The wednesday before was spent having a meal at Mamma Italia with my parents as it has been a long time since the 3 of us have done something together, which was a lovely evening, followed by another meal with my family and my boyfriend at Luciano's where I wore my gorgeous new playsuit from Miss Selfridge teamed with these Matalan chunky heels, I love the chain detail on the straps and also where I got the classic sombrero & the waiters singing to me, haha!

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Hello lovelies!
I was recently contacted by Caseapp, who asked if I'd like to try out their website to create my own custom Iphone case. I was instantly drawn to it as I find it very difficult finding cases that I like for my Iphone 5C, so gave it a go. The website was very easy to navigate, I clicked on 'create your case' and then chose the phone model that it was for and began to create a collage on the template provided. There was a good choice of template styles which looked effective but personally preferred all squares close together as I think they really stand out. Using the photos from my 21st birthday in Florida, I created my case. I thought it would be a cute keepsake for myself as I loved that holiday and the photos that went with it. Caseapp are offering the chance to create your own using the discount code:VIOLETCASE20 for 20% off your order. It is valid for 2 and a half weeks, so enjoy! :D

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tsum Tsum Collection #1

Hello lovelies :)
I was introduced to this current Disney craze by my good friend Amelia, who shares my love for all things Disney. She had seen/bought some herself when she had been to Disneyland Paris and mentioned they were going to be heading to the UK which I was really excited about. Once they hit the stores, they obviously have been a huge hit so far and I can only imagine they will continue to be. I remember seeing them whilst I was out shopping with her and darted for Clintons to begin my collection. They also sell them in Disney stores too and every month they release a new set of TsumTsums to collect. The word 'Tsum Tsum' (pronounced sum-sum) is Japanese for 'Stack Stack' which is what they are used for, to collect and stack them on top of each other. I honestly think they are the most adorable plush toys I've ever seen, so soft too. They really trigger the excitement of my inner child haha! I hope that maybe one day when I'm older I can pass them down to my future children and be able to watch the sheer joy on their little faces, like I know I would have as a child. Anyway I thought I would show my collection so far for you all.

Mini Mouse, Pluto, Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Bambi
Marie, Eeyore, Daisy Duck, Lady, Donald Duck, Goofy
Let me know if you love/have TsumTsums too and which ones you have :)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Weekend In Leeds

Hello lovelies :)
I recently wore this attire to a recent weekend away to Leeds for my friend Sarah's 21st and it has started to become a favourite go-to outfit of mine since. We started the day decorating our hotel room with balloons, party poppers and banners so when she came back to the room we shouted 'SURPRISE!' which was cute and we had some group photos taken wearing party hats and props. I wore this outfit during the day when myself and the girls were wandering around shopping and eating. I managed to pick up a few gorgeous pieces from Victoria's Secret and a little treat for my Mam too before heading to Revolution.

I was also introduced to The Botanist which I've heard good reviews about the Newcastle one from other bloggers but have never had a chance to visit so being able to go to the Leeds one was exciting! I like trying out new places for food and now I can totally understand the hype over The Botanist as I thought it was fantastic! I ordered the scampi and it came in a mini picnic basket and the tartare sauce was inside a mini watering can which I thought was adorable! I really appreciate attention to detail like that and although the first cocktail I tried was a bit too bitter for me, I literally had to trial and error as I didn't know what ingredients tasted the best so had to sip a few of the others' drinks and found a one I liked in the end and that was delicious. I thought the decor inside the place was really quirky too. I really enjoyed the place and definitely want to visit the Newcastle one in future now. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and got ready and headed out for the night which was a lot of fun and then the following day indulged in a fondutta formaggi at Zizzi's for lunch before heading home.

I absolutely adore this white dress from Missguided, it is the perfect summer dress and I can dress it up or down, no matter the weather. The waistcoat is a new purchase which I had originally planned to wear over a long sleeved top and jeans but decided to try and see how it looked with a dress and really liked how it looks. I really like the paisley print against the subtle mint green, very Spring/Summer without being too in-your-face like I find with a lot of paisley print clothing. I think I'll try mixing this piece with more items in my wardrobe to really make the most of it this summer, maybe even paired with shorts? Who knows! Also I have been lusting over these boots lately. I normally don't go for day shoes that have a heel as I always felt like I'd look ridiculous, however over the past few months I've completely changed my mind. I was completely drawn to owning a pair of boots and find myself really loving them, again another item that I have been mixing with the contents of my wardrobe and seeing what works and what doesn't and also enjoying the added height it adds whilst being incredibly comfortable and cheap is absolutely ideal for me. Also it might sound a bit weird but they make me feel like they add maturity to my outfits. Being nearly 23, I've started to struggle with trying to find the right balance between wearing outfits that I like that are colourful and quirky patterned and be able to feel myself in but not look like a 16 year old or just super childish. I know I already look younger than 23 being able to dress maturely and still show my personality through my clothing is an on-going battle, however I do feel like the boots weirdly help this situation haha! Does anyone else have this problem?
Dress: Missguided, Waistcoat: Topshop, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Matalan

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Scarlett of Soho Review

Hello lovelies!
I was recently contacted by Scarlett of Soho, who are a brand who specialise in eyewear and they asked if I wanted to try out their Free Home Try On service. Being a glasses wearer, I naturally said yes as I was intrigued by the concept. You first begin clicking on 'style finder' and select your gender, then you have to identify what your face shape is and finally skin tone. I went for oval and fair. It then auto selects a variety of glasses that they recommend fit you. You can also just chose your own to try for yourself, you don't necessarily have to go for the recommended ones. I found this whole process very quick to do and the website very easy to navigate as well.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Sims 4

Hello lovelies!
It has been such a long time since I did a gaming post/review, I'm talking like 2 years which is ridiculous! So today I am changing that. I've always loved the Sims, aside from Sims 3 which never appealed to me as I felt the graphics were too 'over done' and the sims all looked the same. I was a big lover of the original and I'm still a massive Sims 2 fan, still currently playing it. Anyway you get the idea. When I heard they were releasing a new Sims, I was in limbo about purchasing as, like I said, I was not drawn to the Sims 3 however I did my research and looked at Youtube videos and read review after review. Eventually it came down to that feeling of excitement you get when you really look forward to something, so I caved after a month of it's release and got it.


Thursday, 23 April 2015


Hello lovelies!
For a long time I have been interested in Visual Merchandising and unfortunately where I work doesn't really have many opportunities to move up the career ladder and into that field so rather than whinge on about it, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Before Christmas I had looked into it a lot more and came across the Fashion Retail Academy in London and was very intrigued. I didn't even know there was such a thing as an academy for things like visual merchandising! How completely wrong I was! For ages I'd constantly kept going on the website and contemplating booking the 'Introduction to Visual Merchandising' course which had always stood out to me and eventually after the new year I decided to just bite the bullet and booked myself in.

For someone like me who has only ever gotten the train on her own twice in her life and never travelled/stayed away alone before, this was a pretty big deal for me. After months of mini freak outs, it turned out to not be daunting like I had created in my head. I found it really enjoyable and honestly it was good to have a few days on my own away from things back home, I think I just needed some time away and a change of scenery to gain some perspective. I feel like the mini trip boosted my self esteem too which was something I felt I'd be lacking recently, so it was worth it on that level too.

 It wasn't all just hard work though, I did manage to have a bit of time to explore so many an evening was spent walking around and taking in the sights. Of course one of the first things I did when I first arrived in London was go on a spree in Victoria's Secret, which personally was like a pre-reward for all the work I was going to do ;) (Any excuse really!) and treating myself to some tortellini from Carluccio's for dinner always goes down well with me ;)
One of my goals whilst I was here was to go and see my friend Alice perform live in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. I have known her since I was born and she's always been a close family friend and for as long as I've known her she's always wanted to perform in theatre and this has been her big break! I was so pleased to hear the news and was dying to go see her! Especially as a few occasions she's performed up north and I've been working so hadn't seen some of her performances but I was adamant to see this one especially and lucky I got too. I love Mamma Mia! anyway so I knew it would be good, but as soon as the music kicked in and the curtains opened and I'd seen she was the first one on stage I felt a sudden wash of emotions and an enormous sense of pride. I honestly could have cried right there haha! I managed to keep it together (just!) and the show was absolutely AMAZING! And I'm not just saying that because of Alice. I thought all the main characters were sooo good! They all played their parts so well and were so funny and they sang the Abba songs brilliantly! I was completely entertained throughout the whole evening, I could have sat there all night watching it over and over again. I was also fortunate to see Alice after the show briefly too which was a sweet little cherry on top of a great evening! :)

The Fashion Retail Academy

So back to the main reason why I was in London now. The FRA building from the outside looks so ordinary, I honestly would have walked straight past it if it wasn't for good ol' Google Maps, but when approaching it I noticed these incredible mannequins in the window, I had never seen anything like it before and thought they looked amazing! There was more inside too. I really liked the variety of ways the mannequins had been transformed into a piece of art, I found it really inspiring. I remember walking into the building and thinking 'Omg there's going to be tons of people and they will know everything and I'm going to feel like an amateur!' but wasn't the case at all! There was 9 of us in the class, different age ranges but everyone was pretty much on the same level. The course was for 3 days from 10am-4.30pm and included so much within that short space of time, not in a 'cramming' type way either just through really good organisation on their behalf. It was a good mixture of lectures and workshops, although it was mainly the first day where we sat the most and were talked through the history and technical terms etc and the rest of the time was little introductions to what we were doing that day before the more hands on stuff which was definitely the more fun part! I really came away knowing a lot more than I initially thought I would and a cool little certificate signed by the Dean which was sent in the post days later to say I'd attended the course as a nice memento of the great experience to keep which I really liked that they did that as I'm one of those people who loves to keep my old certificates and reports from school and old hobbies I used to have to look back on.
There is a few other courses that they have which I'm thinking of looking into for another time as I found this course really helpful and would happily venture back to learn more things from their other courses, plus it's always something additional to add to the ol' CV too and I'd happily return back to London again especially to be a full blown tourist as I didn't get a chance too on this occasion ;)

The Things I Learned
I learned about the history of visual merchandising and the technical terms that are used. I was shown store layouts and had to create a layout to match a customer scenario. I was shown the different types of mannequins and the groupings of mannequins. I also got to create my own accessory display, worked as a team in the Mock Shop where we had to create two wall displays using different items of clothing and accessories. I also had to dissemble, reassemble and dress a mannequin, then in a group choose 3 mannequins and group them together and dress them appropriately and finally create a window display where we got to choose however many mannequins we wanted, clothes for them and props.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Valentine's Day

Hello lovelies!
As you may already know I absolutely love Valentine's Day, I think it's so sweet that there's a day completely dedicated to celebrating love and showing the special people in your life how much they mean to you or even just having a day to completely spoil yourself with no judgement ;) It doesn't matter if I'm with someone or not I still always make the most of the day, I like to go all out and wear red and heart shaped things etc. haha I love going a bit over the top with these special days, as you can probably tell by my attire above.  I had bought the dress below last year and was adamant I was going to keep it in my wardrobe and wait for Valentine's Day (sad I know!) and with my last minute V-day plans I was so keen to wear it that I'd have even wore it to pick up a Domino's pizza or for a drive through MaccyDs haha! Luckily we managed to get into Zizzi's so that was a bit more appropriate ;)

The week building up to Valentine's day was not the same as it normally is, I'm usually really buzzing with excitement but I recently had to deal with a sad time in my life (hence why I haven't blogged so much either) so I hadn't really felt up for even talking about it as much, which is so unlike me and I was also meant to be in work so I wasn't really too fussed but eventually things had calmed down and my shift was cancelled so I got myself together and made the most of it. I was greeted in the morning with this gorgeous bouquet of flowers that had a lovely bright sunflower, lilies and a glittery red rose and a necklace. Later on in the day we headed out to have our delicious Zizzi's and then went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, on first impressions of the film, I thought it looked good but after watching it, it turned out to be better than I had anticipated, full of action and some humorous parts too. I'd definitely recommend it :)

Before deciding on my outfit above and before our plans had changed, the outfit at the top of the page was what I was going to wear if we had ended up out for food during the day. It takes my dress I wore last year and layering this cute jumper over the top for a more day time look.
Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! <3

Outfit #1: Dress: Missguided, Heels: Vivienne Westwood, Ring: Pandora, Clutch: Lulu Guinness.
Outfit #2: Jumper: Primark, Dress: TFNC London, Heels: Vivienne Westwood,
Ring: Pandora, Clutch: Lulu Guinness.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Iceskating At Beamish

Hello lovelies!
A few weeks ago, by some miracle it turned out that the girls and I all had the same day off of work which is an extremely rare occurrence! So we decided to plan it out and make a day of it and rather go for food somewhere local, we changed it up and headed to Beamish for the day. Beamish is known for it's old fashioned style, showing visitors examples of old classrooms, playground entertainment, tram systems, sweet shops, etc. I remember going there back in the day at primary school so it brought up nostalgic feelings, especially the back of the sweet shop where you can watch how cinder toffee gets made, although this time they had no sugar mice! (cry) However they did have apple bonbons which are an absolute fave of mine so all was not lost ;) One of the main reasons why Beamish was so appealing was at the moment they have an ice rink up until the 1st March, so we had decided to go iceskating, which I absolutely LOVE!

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! :)


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.

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

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.

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
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