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 this dress 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, this 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!

It personally reminds me of a mixture of Rollerblading (which I also adored as a kid), Skiing and Ballet, which are hobbies I took up in my youth. The thought of being able to leap into the air and do a a graceful spin and end it with a perfect landing would feel amazing to me. Not only that, but I find iceskating such a beautiful sport, the technicality of the footwork and the gracefulness of the spins and leaps just astounds me! I always look forward to the likes of Dancing On Ice to watch it. If there was a place near where I live I'd go there every week without fail! Someone please make an ice rink next to my house! ;)

 I always find iceskating something different to do whether you go with your friends or your partner or your family. It's always a different experience which I like. I enjoy trying new things rather than sticking to the same mundane, repetitive activities you can sometimes fall into. This time of year I find is the worst for that when it's too cold and the thought of leaving my bed is a battle in itself or trying to save the funds after the Christmas splurge, it can always seem like a drag so doing things like going out and iceskating is always appealing to me and going with friends is always a good laugh in my opinion. I hope to go iceskating so much more this year :)

Thanks for reading! :)

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! :)

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.
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!
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.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!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
 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!

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

Friday, 31 October 2014


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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Also for any of you glasses wearers, here is a funny article :)

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.

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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! :)
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