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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! :)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

#GETJUMPY!

Hello lovelies!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope you all had a good one. To celebrate the new year, I have teamed up with Méduse Original to join in their latest contest #GetJumpy , I was sent these gorgeous jelly boots and was told to take a photo of myself jumping in the air. I love jelly shoes anyway so I was already drawn to them, but I really adore the boots, they feel so comfortable to wear and perfect for this miserable wintery weather as they keep my feet so warm. I like the cute touch of the logo subtly on the side of the boot and of course I love the pop of colour on the base on the shoes, it really stands out and gives these shoes a little extra something and they come in an array of colours too.

Now the even more fun part! Méduse Original want YOU to join in the fun and post your own photo of you jumping, doesn't matter where you take it or how creatively you do it and upload it to either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetJumpy and tagging @MeduseOriginal, the photo with the most votes will win themselves a brand new pair of Jumpy Boots. Have Fun & Good luck! :)

All Ts & Cs below:

 How to enter:

  • Entrants to #GetJumpy must upload a photo (in accordance with Terms and Conditions - see below link) of them jumping
  • All photos must be uploaded to either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetJumpy and tagging @MeduseOriginal
  • Photos should be submitted for entry into the contest by 00:00 (G.M.T.) on Thursday 15th January 2015 (submission deadline)
  • All approved photo submissions will be added to a Facebook album on the Méduse® Facebook page (www.facebook.com/meduse.original) by 1:00 (G.M.T) on Friday 16th January 2015 (voting opens)
How to Vote:
  • One Facebook like = one vote
  • Voting opens on 16:00 (G.M.T) on Friday 16th January 2015  and closes on 17:00 (G.M.T) on Thursday 22nd January 2015 (voting closes)
  • The photo entry with the most votes will win a pair of JUMPY boots (our catalogue:http://www.meduse.co/en/collection/rainy-days/low-boots/) and the brand will contact the winner directly.

    Competition winner announced: on or around 27th January on the Méduse social channels (once winner has accepted the prize)

See full Terms and Conditions here.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hello lovelies! :)
First order of business...MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you all had a lovely day and thanks for the festive wishes too, I really appreciate it :) I've seen a few of these posts/videos and this year I've enjoyed looking through and seeing what people got. I think it gives you an idea of a person's tastes and interests which I really enjoy, so I thought I'd show you mine for any nosey people out there ;)
I didn't want to show too many but I hope you enjoy the ones I've shown. Let me know below what you got? or what your favourite present was? or if you got any of the same things? I'd love to hear :)

First up was this absolutely gorgeous Disney Traditions ornament. I ADORE these! I've collected many of the The Little Mermaid ones and this was latest edition to the collection. I didn't realise when I looked at it before putting it on my wishlist that it is actually a musical figurine so that was a cute realisation. After you wind it up, it plays 'Under The Sea'. The reason I'm so drawn to them is obviously because it is Disney but I love the intricate details of how the characters have been carved, the time and effort that must have taken fascinates me. The attention to detail is phenomenal! 
Next up was Pokemon Alpha Sapphire game, a present off my bf and the strategy guide off his brother. I am still a massive Pokemon fan since being a little girl. Pokemon Sapphire was one of my favourites of the earlier games (after Red and Crystal) so when I heard they were releasing a more updated version for the Nintendo 3DS I could not contain my excitement. I watched Danisnotonfire's video of him playing the game and was highly anticipating the game even more! I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this and it has brought back so many nostalgic feels. I'll definitely be screenshotting loads of the footage so I may include that on my blog.
I am very much into my flowers and florals so this photo frame was perfect. It was from Urban Outfitters. If you have followed my blog for a while, you may remember my stationary haul that I did where I bought these cute postcards and I mentioned that I think they'd look cute in a frame. So rather than using a photograph I decided to fill the frame with one of those postcards. I love how it looks!
Christmas would not be complete without Matchmakers chocolate! My Grandad has bought packets of these for my brother and I for years as part of our Christmas presents and the tradition lives on.
My favourite perfume, DKNY Be Delicious was another wonderful present. I was lucky to receive a few bottles of this light and fruity scented perfume. As I always say, you can't have too much of your favourite perfume! ;)
And lastly some cute stationary always goes down well. I thought this Alice in Wonderland notepad was adorable! I'll definitely be keeping this handy next to my bedside table to jot down my thoughts.

Anyway, there we have it! Just a few bits and pieces of what I got, hope you all had a lovely Christmas and again let me know what you got etc. :) Hope you all have a lovely New Year too!
Bring on 2015!

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!

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

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
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! :)
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