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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tartan Ivy


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

Friday, 17 October 2014

Tartan Leaves

 Hello lovelies!
Today I thought I'd go for a more Autumnal look, considering it is Autumn after all (well noticed Kate!), I recently wore this outfit to see the Illuminations with some of the girls: Jess, Amelia, her niece Erica, Sarah and Alice. I've been on a hunt for a tartan scarf as soon as they came back in season. I missed out last year and have had it top of my wishlist for ages. The other week I went into town and searched high and low for one, I'm very particular when it comes to clothes, so if I get an idea in my head of a certain style or colour etc. I go out of my way to find the exact one I'm looking for, I wouldn't get a one just for the sake of it, it's like an investment to me. Does anyone else do that? Eventually I found this one from River Island, which is a brand I don't usually go to but came out a very happy customer. It is exactly what I was looking for: colour, tartan, red and soft material. One of the things I love about this season is the Ivy that crawls up the wall of my bedroom, watching the leaves change from lush, bright green to the in between golden yellow/burnt orange phase, to eventually a gorgeous crimson red. For me it really is nature in it's most beautiful glory. Also below I have done the Autumn Tag as I have been wanting to do it for a while and felt it fit in with today's autumnal themed outfit. It might be time to do more tags so that my readers can get to know me a little more on a personal level. Let me know what you think of this idea and hope you enjoy reading my answers :)1) What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
It has got to be a large hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles from Cafe Nero :)

2)Accessories- What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Depending on the weather it varies but usually all 3. I have my brown boots or my glittery Vivienne Westwood boots, boring black gloves and now my new jazzy tartan scarf :)

3)Music- What's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I don't usually have a favourite, just the same as what I normally listen to all year round, just whatever I fancy listening to at the time :)

4)Perfume- What's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My signature scent is what I wear all year round, DKNY Be Delicious :)

5)Candles- What scenes will you be burning this season?
I've been really drawn to a one in Matalan called Vanilla Sugar, smells gorgeous!

6)What do you love most about Autumn?
The changing of the leaves, drinking hot chocolate and wrapping up in cute scarves and jumpers

7)Favourite make-up look?
I usually go for more shimmery brown tones as opposed to my usual golden ones and maybe throw in the odd red and plum lip :)
Dress: Topshop, Scarf: River Island, Shoes: Matalan, Tights: Asda

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

And At Last I See The Lights

Hello lovelies!
The other evening, the girls and I paid a visit to the Illuminations. Last year they did Alice in Wonderland and this year they did the same theme, which was great as last year I took some pictures on my phone which were poor quality and then I broke that phone so didn't have them anymore, however that meant this year I could take my camera with me and take some good quality shots. My favourite illuminations have to be the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Deck of Cards. Also in the park they had a water feature which had water spurt out in time with songs playing nearby and had different colour changes throughout too. It doesn't really take too long to wander round and have a look but I like the sense of community it brings, seeing local people come together to appreciate it.
Have you been to visit the Illuminations? Do you like them? Let me know :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

DISNEY: Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic

Hello lovelies!
The other night I took my Mam to see Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic as an early birthday present for her. I had never been before but I thought it was fantastic! It combined ice-skating and Disney, two of my favourite things, what more could I ask for?! The costumes were gorgeous and it was great to hear the variety of songs from the different films. It brought back so many feelings from my 21st in Disney World. My favourite performances had to be Beauty and the Beast, they even reenacted the death of the Beast and I could feel myself welling up like a saddo haha! Mulan was another fantastic one. I was pleasantly surprised by The Incredibles and Aladdin, they did loads of acrobatic skating which was incredible, I'd love to be able to do that! And of course It's A Small World, which brings back so many DisneyWorld Florida memories, not only from my 21st but old family holidays too. My 5 year old self would have been loving her life ;) For my first time of going I thoroughly enjoyed it and having some mother-daughter time. I would definitely go again! :)

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you are going/have been and what you thought of it :)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Aviva Formal Dresses

Hello lovelies!
There is nothing I love more than dress shopping, so when the lovely Sarah from avivadress.co.uk got in touch about their brand, I couldn't resist having a look and in doing so created a few collages of my favourite dresses. The ones I chose were mainly bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses, but they also have a whole range of styles from cocktail dresses to evening dresses too.
If it wasn't common knowledge already, green is my favourite colour, closely followed by yellow and when it comes to formal dresses I have to go with floaty as it looks so elegant, so I chose to collage dresses that I felt reflected my style. In the last collage, second dress from the left reminds me of Ariel's dress from The Little Mermaid but in a more formal version haha no idea why, maybe that's just me. Let me know what you think of my choices and if you'd wear them :) Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

ModCloth Fall Fashion Layering Challenge

Hello lovelies!
I have been asked by the lovely Amy over at ModCloth to participate in the Fall Fashion Layering Challenge. The challenge is to select either blouses, sweaters or cardigans and create an outfit based around them.
When it comes to dressing for autumn, I tend to keep my colour palette neutral, hence choosing the cream and grey for the core part of the ensemble. I feel a sweater is a key part of any autumnal outfit so I chose a laid-back pullover sweater and put it together with a chunky cardigan as cardigans are more for autumnal months and a coat is more for winter months. I'm definitely going to be wearing my wet look leggings more as they keep my legs really warm when it gets colder. I don't usually tend to wear tons of jewellery anyway but in autumn especially I don't so I like to wear colourful scarves as the colourful element of my outfit as it gives it a nice bright pop of colour to a neutral outfit. I've also been after a tartan scarf recently as I missed out on that trend last year and regret it. I know a cowl neck collared sweater paired with a tartan scarf may seem like an unusual combo but when it comes to cold weather, I like to make sure my neck/chest is really protected from the cold so the extra layering of the two would work wonders on me. Depending on the weather I'd either wear it wrapped around my neck over the top of the collar, maybe play around with it and have it mixed in with the cream or when it is slightly milder, have it loose so it hangs on either side for a more laidback look. I chose black for the hat and boots as they go with everything and are items I could reuse throughout the year. I am a fan of over the knee boots and I am debating putting on my potential Christmas list, I think they look so cool but I don't think I'm edgy enough to pull them off haha we'll have to wait and see!
Thanks for reading and let me know if you like this outfit :)

Monday, 6 October 2014

BEAUTY/HAUL: You're So Lush


Hello lovelies!
First of all, thank you very much for your ongoing support, I have reached 220+ followers on here and 140+ on Bloglovin so thank you very much, I really appreciate it and hello to those new followers :)
Funnily enough, as I have been editing this I noticed Zoella posting a video of a recent Lush haul too so I feel like a bit of a copycat but nevertheless I still want to share what I bought. I have been so undecided about purchasing Lush products for ages but I've seen tons of bloggers singing their praises so I thought why not go all out and get a ton of Christmas themed products to try and see what the hype is all about and any excuse to have a few relaxing baths really ;)

The Melting Snowman
Christmas Eve
Holly Golightly
The Christmas Penguin
Butterbear
Star Light, Star Bright
Snow Angel
Luxury Lush Pud

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Let me know :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

STATIONARY/HAUL: A New Chapter

Hello lovelies!
Since finishing University in June, this will be my first September where I am not starting a new School/College/Sixth Form/or University year. It is a very strange feeling from being in education from very little and going through it for many years seems so normal and now to eventually be finished I'm very excited about not having to do all that and beginning a new chapter of my life is an awesome feeling. I finally feel more freedom and have spare time to enjoy doing things I haven't done in so long. People say the 'real world' is a scary place but honestly, I have never felt more at ease.
Onto the haul, September is usually the time to be starting a new chapter of School/College/University and I've always enjoyed getting myself prepared for it, there's always one thing I enjoy buying, yes you guessed it! It's stationary! I've been after a few bits and pieces to spruce up my boring desk space and Paperchase is by far my favourite stationary brand due to it's cute, quirky items which so perfectly fit my style so I naturally ventured in and came out with these goodies:
First we have the 'Beside the seaside' scrapbook, which I have bought to finally get round to sticking in the many magazine clippings I have collected over the years inside it as I have a ginormous pile next to my bed that needs a home and now I can get around to doing it.
Second is the patch work, hand-stitched journal. Those are my go-to favourites as I regularly write a diary and I really like these for the amount of paper you get, a comfortable size to carry round with you (if you prefer to do that) and the variety of ones they have are always so pretty and in such a range of colours. I also like the feel of them too.Next up is these ADORABLE turtle push pins! Honestly aren't they the cutest?!! Beats a boring circular, brass coloured pin doesn't it :)These seriously cute pieces I just could not resist buying! The bunny is a hole puncher and the lady bird is a mini stapler. Adorable X 2!Lastly are these postcards which have quotes on them. I chose these mainly for the quotes but I was also drawn in by the colours and the typography too (my inner artyness coming out there!). The idea I have for making use of these is to find some pretty frames for them and have them as decorative pieces around my room as I think they would brighten it up and look cute.

Thanks for reading and let me know below if you like any of these pieces too :)


Friday, 19 September 2014

ADVENTURES: Hello September

Hello lovelies!
When I think of Autumn, I automatically think of this beautiful picturesque area of Cumbria that I used to visit time and time again with my family when I was younger to collect conkers and take in the scenery. Almost a year ago I took some photographs there and due to a busy schedule and it being a warmer time of year, I failed to upload the photographs I took on my trip in time, so since the autumnal season is upon us, I felt it was the right time to upload them. I have so many fond memories of this place and eventually felt that it was time to visit it now that I am older and took my bf to see it as it is a very special place to me. I drove there and it was possibly the longest road trip I have ever done to date too which was a nice achievement. I always like to wrap up really warm for these trips as it usually is rather cold given the time of year it is. We had a wander round taking in the sights and enjoying the sound of the leaves crunching under our feet before having a cheeky hot chocolate with marshmallows before a long drive home. A particular highlight was befriending some ducks and swans and trying to get a photograph throwing leaves everywhere haha! Success ;)
Gloves: Matalan, Coat: River Island, Jeans: Topshop, Wellies: Reynolds, Scarf: Turkish stall

Sunday, 31 August 2014

LIFE: August Diary

Hello lovelies!
As I stated back in my post from the start of the month, August was going to be very busy and it was! I can't believe how fast this month has flew over! I'm looking forward to a much more relaxed September (hopefully!) Here is a quick round up of what I've been upto:

1. A cheeky selfie before food with Charlotte
2. Meal at Italian Kitchen with Charlotte
3. Having a blue slushie and watching the boys play football at the beach
4. Charity ball with friends from work at Hardwick Hall.
5. Pollo Gorgonzola takeaway from Mamma Italia after work, MmmMmm!
6. The gorgeous bride on her wedding day
7. Cookie Monster cocktail at Liberty Browns for Sarah's leaving meal
8. Been practically living in this Ariel jumper

9. An early birthday present: New camera!
10. Jonny's birthday with Kate & Caitie
11. My fave starter from Zizzi, Delicious!
12. Love this art work from a book I rediscovered

13. Mamma Italia takeout for Sunday Dinner. Delicious!
14. Outfit for a new Blog post
15. Birthday flowers off the bf
16. Day at Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday

17. My new tee! :D
18. Huskies <3
19. Louise's birthday night out with Sarah & Jess
20. Belated birthday meal at Luciano's 

Hope you enjoyed my August round-up! Let me know what you have been upto :) <3

Saturday, 30 August 2014

BEAUTY: August Favourites

Hello lovelies!
At the start of the month I had been thinking of new content for my Blog and as August is my favourite month, (being my birthday month) I thought I'd give this 'Favourites' malarky a try!
Some of these you may recognise from my big haul I did as I was really impressed with some of those that I bought back then. These are definitely products I'll continue to go back to in the future. Let me know in the comments:
1) If you have tried any of these and your thoughts
2) What have you been loving in August
Happy reading!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

OUTFIT: The Panda Dress


Dress: H by Henry Holland, Pointed Flats: Matalan, Bag: Fake Mulberry from Turkey

Hello lovelies!
As you know I recently visited Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday, so I thought today I'd do a little outfit post of what I wore. I had found this pretty panda print dress round about the same time as I did that big haul of mine and I thought it was perfect for my 'zoo attire'. I think the print is adorable and the style of it is not usually what I go for but I thought it looked really flattering. I absolutely love Henry Holland's brand, it is one of my all time favourite brands as it always has really cute and quirky prints which are not usually found elsewhere. I teamed it with these pointed flats which I have been living in for months now, I think they look so smart and can really change up a look that you'd normally put round toe flats with. And of course, the genuine fake Mulberry! After my trip to Turkey back in June/July I had been after a small black bag to replace a very well worn Topshop one and found this one at a Sunday Market, the quality of it is really good and it is the ideal size for the things I carry with me for evenings and nights out.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ADVENTURES: Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd Birthday!


Hello lovelies! :)

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22! ;) As the title of this blog post and the stereotypical Taylor Swift lyrics reveals, I have just had my 22nd birthday! On the morning of Friday the 22nd of August, I was greeted with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and 22 by Taylor Swift and It's My Birthday by Will-I-Am playing in the background as I opened cards and prezzies. I'm usually the type to be really excited for my birthday and I really like to do something different than what I do in normal everyday life to celebrate and this year was no exception. Myself and the bf took the train to Edinburgh for the day which was lovely, I had a delicious birthday meal at Vittoria Restaurant and went on the wheel and had a fab view of the city, but the main point of the trip was to visit the Zoo! I have been dying to go to Edinburgh Zoo for well over 2 years and now I can finally cross it off my Bucket List! I decided to rock my new Panda print dress for the occasion as it seemed to fit in nicely with the theme ;)
I thought I would show you some photographs from my day at the Zoo, my favourites had to be the Lion and the Penguins. So cute :)
Enjoy!

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