Violet Daffodils

Thursday, 7 December 2017

10 Things I Loved In November

1. Being able to bring out my favourite autumnal pieces like this incredibly comfy M&S jumper, my tartan scarf I spent months searching for last year and this adorable beanie. View the full outfit in this post.
2. Beautiful sunsets like this one that fill the sky with gorgeous pink, orange and purple hues.
3. Jumping around like a lunatic and belting out my favourite Oasis songs at Liam Gallagher's As You Were concert.
4. Drinking my body weight in hot chocolate. With whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles of course!
5. Feeling super cosy all wrapped up in my duvet.
6. Saturday nights in playing on my Xbox & scoffing Domino's pizza.
I've been borderline obsessed with LEGO Jurassic World. It's definitely up on my list of favourite games I've played this year. I love when a game excites you & gives you that eagerness to play it every chance you get!
7. Getting my paws on the adorable items from the latest Disney X Cath Kidston collaboration.
(Mickey Mouse Umbrella, Mickey & Minnie Jersey Top & Leggings).
 8. Spending time with friends and loved ones. Celebrating my Mam's birthday with her watching John Bishop live, meals out with the other half & also my fave girls, having cocktails and catch ups.
9. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally being released! This has become my latest craze towards the end of this month & will continue to do so for a long time I'm sure. Read my first impressions in this post.
10.  Enjoying quality time with my other half at the wonderful KP Lodge. So relaxing! 

What did you love about November?

Thanks for reading!


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Liam Gallagher's As You Were Tour

Hello everyone & welcome back!
Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to get my hands on tickets to see the incredibly popular Liam Gallagher at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. I was highly anticipating this gig the second I received the email advertisement in my inbox and even more so after finding out he'd be also be playing many Oasis hits. Being a huge Oasis fan from a young age, I'd been lucky enough to see them at the Stadium of Light when they toured back in 2009 so I couldn't wait to relive those memories all over again for the As You Were tour.
The set list there was good mix of old and new and as predicted the gig was incredible and the atmosphere was fantastic! All the die hard fans belting out the classics at the top of their lungs and jumping around like lunatics to the iconic guitar and drum riffs (self included), the excitement from the crowd having one of their favourite musical icons on their home turf was contagious and I loved every single second of it!

Set List:
Rock 'N' Roll Star | Morning Glory | Greedy Soul | Wall Of Glass | For What It's Worth | BoldPaper Crown |  Some Might Say | Slide Away | Outta Time | Come Back To Me | Better Run | Cigarettes and Alcohol | Be Here Now 

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Encore:
Supersonic | All I Need | Live Forever

Did you go to the gig? Let me know your thoughts in the comments & as always, thanks for reading! <3
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: First Impressions & Gameplay

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
You may have recently seen that a few days ago Nintendo released their brand new social simulation mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that is free to play for IOS and Android devices. As someone who loves Animal Crossing from having played it back in the old GameCube days to Wild World to still frequently playing both New Leaf & Happy Home Designer. After seeing the trailer for it last month, I was incredibly excited to embark on a new adventure with Pocket Camp and to see what it has to offer.
Now I'm usually not one for playing many mobile games, Pokemon Go was about as far as I've gone, unless it's a game series that I hold dear I usually don't bother with them but since Animal Crossing is such a huge favourite of mine, I was highly anticipating it's release.
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Autumn Rambles

 Hello everyone and welcome back!
Hope you are all having a great November so far. I still can't believe how quickly the year has gone! Having a slight panic that I will need to start planning my Christmas shopping out shortly. I have bought one present so far, so that's a start right? Fortunately I have a Pinterest board of gift ideas that I've accumulated with pins of present ideas over this past year so finding presents should hopefully be easy enough once I actually sit myself down properly and go through it. Fingers crossed! How are you all getting on with your Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments :)

Blogging & editing
I had been very frustrated with my blog this year, purely because I find editing photographs very time consuming and I don't always have the time and motivation for it. I'd been on the look out for a quick and easy editing software or website that allows me to quickly adjust the odd setting here and there as I find Photoshop doesn't make my images look how I want them to and again don't really have the time to watch hours and hours of tutorials. I was looking for a software that was similar to the settings of Instagram, the odd slide here and the odd slide there and post out. Sorted! 

Eventually I have stumbled upon Picmonkey which I heard of whilst listening to a podcast recently and after scoping it out I am thrilled that it fits the criteria I was looking for so I can make quick and easy edits for my blog photos now so I can hopefully get content out much quicker! Hooray! I realise I have joined this Picmonkey party years late as bloggers used this years and years ago but either way I'm happy now! 

Autumnal favourites & playing video games
Although I consider myself a summer lover, I do enjoy this time of year. I love seeing the sunlight hit off the vibrant green, orange and red leaves on the trees. The gorgeous sunsets that look like someone painted the sky. Belting out my favourite songs whilst driving through the countryside and of course stopping off for a cheese scone or two and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. Whilst spending my evenings with loved ones before finishing the night off playing xbox games.

I've recently got back into playing video games, after finally getting a new TV as my old one was kaput. With the Xbox 360 being probably considered 'old' in this technological day and age, especially with the Xbox One X just being announced too, it's the perfect time for me as I can score  preowned versions and save a ton of money. Although there is a couple of games for the Xbox One I am itching to play, for the moment I am enjoying playing the preowned games I've just bought and  revisiting ones I'd started playing when I was in my second year at university (5 years ago, holy cow!) that I never got round to finishing. Now my nights aren't spent wondering what I should do with myself whilst trawling the internet aimlessly. Oh how I've missed the excitement of playing a new video game!

Hat: Topshop , Scarf: River Island, Jumper: Marks & Spencer, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Matalan.

My Autumnal wardrobe
I find it amusing this time of year when I dig out my autumnal wardrobe because of how different my autumn/winter style (if you can call it that) has evolved over the years. For one, I was never a jeans kind of girl. I had one pair of jeans which I occasionally wore if I was going to art class or painting at university etc. until I was about 18 and only just threw them away this year at 25 year old. Back in the day I'd just wear tights with a floral dress with a coat thrown over the top. Or even bare legs! I can imagine my Gran's facial expressions of utter shock now haha! Love you Gran! Fast forward to now and I can't seem to stop wearing jeans. I've hardly worn anything else! Funny how this happens.

Most likely because I find them so easy to throw on. The same goes for jumpers too, I think they have started to slowly take over my wardrobe one by one. I know I'll get to spring/summer and wonder where the hell my cute floral dresses have disappeared to. I never used to enjoy dressing for autumn/winter as the clothes I had always felt like they were unflattering and trying to swallow me whole but now I'm starting to enjoy it more.

I think this is due to finally finding key pieces that I love to wear repeatedly like this cute pom pom beanie I picked up last year before I went to New York, or these black boots I went back out to purchase after originally buying the same style in brown a few weeks before (haha!) and the tartan scarf I spent the majority of autumn 2014 trying to find one that had soft material and bright colours or this incredibly soft jumper that I enjoy throwing on as it gets colder.

I've also been trying to incorporate older pieces into my autumn/winter wardrobe again like this beloved denim and shearling jacket (hello double denim!) and a few other coats, as well as my leather gloves which usually lurk at the back of one of my drawers, to get more wear out of them. I've also got some new additions to add which are; the black version of this cream jumper, the burgundy version of this pom pom beanie and some black sock boots. I finally feel excitement about dressing for the colder months! 

Anyway enough of my ramblings for today, thank you so much for reading!
 Let me know below how far you've gotten with your Christmas shopping and what your favourite autumn/winter pieces you like to wear this time of year or got your eye on for this year, I'd love to read your thoughts :)
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bringing Memories To Life With Printiki


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
At the start of the year I mentioned to you all my goals for 2017, one of which was to print off photographs as I was wanting to get back into the habit of doing so. So when Printiki kindly got in touch with me to review their products and service I naturally jumped at the chance to collaborate with a highly recommended brand and service.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Outfit Of The Day | Tessuti



Polo Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt : Tessuti* , Leggings: River Island , Flats: Topshop

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
Hope you are all well. I was recently contacted by the lovely folk over at Tessuti who introduced me to their brand and very kindly asked if I would review one of their products for this site which I jumped at the chance to do so. I must confess I had never actually heard of Tessuti beforehand so I was very intrigued to discover more about who they are but after some research I discovered they are a retailers of designer clothing and accessories for men and women and that they also have a store not that far from where I live too!
After exploring the website I came across this gorgeous shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren, I adore the pale blue shade and the intricate detailing of the logo too, it is such a classic shirt that I know I can wear both casually like I've done above or dress it up more with smart trousers and heels or tucked into a cute skirt and heels. I find this to be a very versatile piece and I'm a sucker for clothing that has a soft and comfortable feel to it so this was a complete winner for me.

I must admit I am newly converted to this website now. Usually I find myself sticking to a very small selection of websites for designer clothing as there are specific ones I trust and now I can honestly say I have added Tessuti to that personal list too. I was recently scouring the site for some gift ideas for potential birthday and christmas presents (yes I like to plan ahead!) and found they have an eclectic variety of designer brands to choose from that are catered to everyone such as Barbour, Calvin Klein, Love Moschino, Melissa, Stone Island, Versus Versace and of course one of my personal favourites, Vivienne Westwood. All of which I know friends and family would love and they have great sale items too. So I am thrilled I was contacted as now I've discovered a new clothing site to spend all my pennies on! Thanks Tessuti!

*This post is in collaboration with Tessuti, all views expressed in this post are my own.
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A Week In Outfits: Mojácar Edition



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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

3 Ways To Style A Strapless Bra | ThirdLove



Summer is upon us!
I just recently got back from a weeks holiday in the very sunny Mojacar in Spain. Before I went away, I was challenged by ThirdLove, a bra and underwear company based out of San Francisco to style a few outfits whilst wearing a strapless bra. ThirdLove have their classic strapless bra in two colours; both flesh and black making them versatile to wear with many pieces. So I thought I'd show you 3 different ways to wear a strapless bra whilst on your holidays:

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Monday, 12 June 2017

City Marble: A Brand New Concept by CaseCompany


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
I was recently contacted by the lovely folk at CaseCompany who introduced me to their brand new concept called City Marble. City Marble is a brand new and unique way to create your next phone case or laptop sleeve.

I was really intrigued by this concept and couldn't wait to try it out for myself! All you need to do is chose what brand you are going for (Iphone, Samsung, Laptop case, etc), the model and then the case of cover you prefer (transparent, hard case, soft case, flip case) and then design. For the design, you type in a place in the world and it automatically generates a map of the chosen destination. Think google maps but on a phone case. They also have a choice of style options to give it that extra quirkiness to the designs.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Spring Moments

1. Blue skies and cherry blossoms.
2. Little lambs grazing in the fields.
3. Daffodils! My favourite flowers in bloom.
4. Chocolate! Scoffing all the malteaster rabbits, mini eggs and cream eggs.
5. Planning fresh new pages in my journal.
6. Evenings by the beach eating all the ice cream.
7. Burning my scented candles on a night and feeling all cosy in my extremely soft Cath Kidston pajamas.

What are your favourite things about spring time?
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

My First Vlog

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
So I did something a little crazy for me and actually created a video and uploaded it to Youtube! I've been wanting to create a video for a little while but I was a little afraid of taking the plunge and aside from that I wasn't sure what I would make a video about. Eventually I bit the bullet and decided to create a video compilation of a few video clips from different adventures and compile them into one little vlog - a video montage if you will. I really like watching these types of videos myself so thought it might be interesting to create my own. It's not amazing by any means but I just wanted to have a little fun playing around with video clips and experiment with video editing just to try it out and get out of my comfort zone. I've included the video below so feel free to give it a watch if you'd like to. Hope you enjoy watching! Let me know what you think and as always thanks for reading! :)
Music: End of Summer by The 126ers
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

My First Papergang Subscription Box: April 2017- Arden Rose X OhhDeer


 Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
If you didn't already know this about me, I love getting new stationary. I always remember when I was still in school, before the new school year began I'd go to my local W H Smiths and treat myself to new stationary for the coming year and it would make me so excited and motivated for starting school. Fast forward many years and although I don't attend school anymore, I still get that same excited feeling when I go into a stationary shop: beautifully patterned notebooks, delicately illustrated cards and quirky pens and pencils. A good example of this is my stationary haul I did a few years ago now. I think it stems from my creative background. From Art being my favourite subject throughout school to my degree in Illustration and Design. I love looking at other designers works and can find it really inspiring.

OhhDeer
I came across OhhDeer a few years ago after coming across some of their beautiful notebooks in Urban Outfitters and on Asos. It was only more recently I would buy directly through the site once I realised there was one. I'm a huge Gemma Correll fan and upon discovering they stocked her illustrative work I was over the moon. I also discovered some more amazing artists such as Lucie Sheridan , Sophie Corrigan , David Olenick and many more. They stock stationary, books, home wares, post cards and gift wrap to name a few.
Papergang
Papergang is a monthly subscription box by OhhDeer of stationary which includes a good mix of stationary pieces from what I've seen previously and from what I've noticed in my first box and from what I gather, each month has a specific illustrator that designs pieces for that box. The products inside the box do go up on the website eventually too so if you see something in particular that you like, you can guarantee it will end up on their website at a later time. However the beauty of the this box is that you pay around £11.90 for a box, including postage but the total of the products altogether can cost much more than that so I think personally it's definitely worth the money. I first heard of Papergang after watching Vicky from VVNightingale 's Youtube videos of her Papergang unboxing videos. I was really intrigued by the boxes and really enjoyed seeing what stationary was included in the boxes each month so finally decided I'd treat myself and order one for myself.

The Designers
For this month, when I first signed up for the subscription, it didn't mention who was the designer originally. Then about a week or so later it mentioned Arden Rose. I thought this was a unique take on what I've previously seen, having a youtuber involved in the creation of the pack. So I was looking forward to seeing what was inside as I love her channel. From what I gather, I don't think Arden specifically designed anything in the box (correct me if I'm wrong!) which is bit of a shame if that is the case as it would have been interesting to have a youtuber design their own box, but it's not the end of the world if it isn't the case. Perhaps she chose some products she liked from the website and that was put together. I'm just taking guesses here! I did notice in the note you get with the box that the products inside were designed by both OhhDeer design team and Amy Lesko. Anyway enough of the back story I'll stop rambling now and show you what is inside!

What's Inside
A Beautifully Designed Box with an Origami rose to make
A rose. Arden Rose. I see what you did there OhhDeer!

A Message with Product Listing
This is really useful as I love seeing who designed what so that if I like their design style I will definitely check them out and keep an eye out for their work again in future.
Sticker set
Personally sticker sets aren't my thing. I have a few for my journal but I don't really care much for them, however I do think this set is really cute and I do like Amy's illustrative style.
Two cards: A Birthday card & A Thank You card
I like this idea of getting cards inside the box. My mam is one of those people who always seems to have a box of spare cards lying around which I think is great in case of an emergency like a forgotten birthday. So inspired by my mother I'm going to start my own collection of cards now with the cards I receive in this box.
 To Do list notepad, a pencil & a June calendar
This is great! I'm always on the look out for to do list notepads as I'm an avid list maker so I'm in my element with this. Also I really like the cute illustrations on it. I didn't realise straight away until I took these photographs but the pencil has a cute little smiley face on it too which I thought was a sweet touch. And the calendar is something I'd never come across before I looked on OhhDeer's website but I think they are really useful, especially to those of you who like the bullet journal as it would save you having to draw out your own monthly calendar, you could add a pop of colour by sticking on of these in your journal instead.
A5 Planner
This is so cute. I like the layout inside, very simple in design and straightforward to understand. I love the design on the cover especially and also it's the perfect size to carry around with you in your bag.

Verdict
Overall I think this is a brilliant subscription box for those of you, like myself who love discovering different illustrators and designers. It's a great way to give them that extra exposure for their work and of course it's brilliant for those of you that have a big love of stationary too. It also shows great products that would be great for gift ideas, it's really affordable and you definitely get your moneys worth. I'm very happy with this box and I'm already highly anticipating the next one!
And also thanks again to Vicky for her videos that 
Let me know what you think of this box below :)
Thanks for reading!
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