Tuesday, 30 September 2014

AUTUMN WISH LIST



We're well into Autumn now, horaaay! One of my favourite things about Autumn is taking a long, hot bath and then getting all cosy and watching Netflix on a cold evening. Of course with Autumn, comes a whole list of new things that I need!


1 | Fine knit jumper | H&M | £15
I don't think it's possible to own too many jumpers when you live in England. Honestly, I pretty much live in jumpers through the whole Autumn-Winter season! I love wearing stripes and this jumper is such a bargain. I also like how it's fine knit, so not too thick for wearing when it's warm inside.

2 | Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette | Sephora | £18
I don't really wear eyeshadow that much, I tend to stick to just wearing winged eye liner and mascara. I want to start wearing eyeshadow a bit more, so the neutral shades in this palette will be perfect.

3| Black caged mesh playsuit | River Island | £40
I love this playsuit! I don't really know what else to say about it except that it will be perfect teamed with tights and boots for this season.

4 | Quilted zip front mini skirt | Topshop | £36
I admit the colour of this skirt doesn't exactly scream Autumn, but I just love it and how it has the zip down the front. Definitely need this in my wardrobe!

5 | Brown faux fur scarf | New Look | £15
I think I mentioned this quite a bit last Autumn/Winter, but when it gets cold, I am so obsessed with fur. I just think it's perfect for this time of the year! I think this scarf will look so nice and winter-ify (yes I'm aware that's not a word) any outfit. I also love how classy and chic fur looks.

6 | Nars lipstick in Tanganyka (neutral plum brown) | Beauty.com | £16
I think everyone needs a plum lipstick for Autumn. This Nars one is the perfect dark, vampy shade for this time of the year, without looking too dark and gothic!

7 | Lilac embellished beanie hat | River Island | £15
How cute and girly is this hat?! Obviously hats are a must for when the weather gets super cold. This one is pastel coloured and has jewels on it. Need I say more?


What's on your Autumn wish list?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

GRAZE BREAKFAST BOXES



Breakfast foods are one of my favourites. I know this is a bit different from my usual posts, but since granola is one of my favourite foods (along with pizza), I thought I would share this with you guys. 

So I used to get the Graze regular snack boxes. I thought they were okay, but to be honest I didn't find the snacks very impressive, and they didn't seem to be very good value for money. I was going to cancel my subscription when I saw that they offer breakfast boxes for the same price. So instead of cancelling, I just swapped my type of box! After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

I'm sure many of you know this already, but on the Graze website there is a list of all the granola/porridge products you can receive, and you have options to click such as 'Please send soon' or bin - if you don't like something. Because I'm not a huge porridge fan, I binned all of the porridge one's so that I only receive granola! 

My first box arrived and I was really impressed with the range of granola bags and the amount in each bag (not at all stingy). Some of them are more indulgent, such as the chocolate orange granola which is my personal favourite. It's basically regular honey granola, with tiny dried orange pieces and lots of decadent chocolate flakes. Any Terry's chocolate orange fans dream! The granola's are all super healthy and contain natural ingredients, fibre to keep you full until lunch time, and protein from all the oats and nuts. You may be thinking, how is chocolate healthy? But the chocolate they use is dark, so full of anti-oxidants! I admit I'm not a super health freak.. but it's always nice when you find foods that are healthy and tasty at the same time!

If any of you get the Graze breakfast boxes, what do you think of them? If you don't, you can check out the website here to see all the different boxes and snacks/breakfasts they offer.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT UNIVERSITY


If any of you have read some of my previous blog posts, you may know that I started University on the 20th September in Manchester. 

Throughout year 13 I had become pretty adamant about going to Uni. I can't help but feel they sort of brainwashed everyone into thinking that it was the only option and that it was the key to success. The few weeks before started, I began getting super nervous about it and started questioning whether it was really the right thing for me to do. I even started having doubts about the 'International Fashion Promotion' course I opted to study as it is so specific and wasn't going to keep my options very open. As soon as I arrived at the halls I was staying at, I knew it wasn't right. The accommodation was basically an enclosed circle of building.. I don't know if that makes sense but whatever room you were in, if you looked out your window, you could just see everyone else's (bad description but to put it simply it felt like a prison as it was so enclosed). Despite this, my Mum persuaded me to just try it for at least one night. That way, even if I left, I would never have that 'what if I stayed' possibility in my head.

My Mum and brother helped me move all my stuff in and then left. I soon after met my flat mates. I know this was very unlucky but they couldn't have been more the opposite of me! They were into indie music, fantasy/sci-fi films, and they slated pretty much anything I said. I know that they were just the people in my flat but it really didn't get me off to a good start. Something else which for some reason I hadn't even thought about before was the idea of the communal kitchen. I don't really feel comfortable cooking meals in front of an audience which resulted in me eating tins of cold beans in my room. 

The following morning, I woke up and called my Mum in tears. I couldn't cope with it. My course only involved 13 hours of contact time a week, so what on Earth was I going to do for the rest of it? (and why on Earth was that going to cost me £9,000 a year?!). The prospect of spending most of my time cooped up in my little uni room with barely any money made me feel so trapped and isolated. I just felt like a tiny spec in such a huge place, so lonely. After spending the day in tears, my Mum agreed to come and collect me the next day so that I could withdraw from the University.

I know some people may be thinking, you were only there for a couple of days, you should have given it more of a chance? I can honestly say that I know so many people love University and the whole experience, but I know for a fact that it just isn't for me. I have decided that I'm going to study for my degree from home. This also will allow me to work at the same time which means a) I will be earning money and b) I will be able to gain work experience, all at the same time as gaining a degree. I know this wouldn't appeal to people who love the idea of Uni life, but for me this sounds like the perfect option.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

MINT CHOC CHIP



How pretty is the colour of my jumper? I absolutely love it. It reminds me of the colour of mint chic chip ice cream (hence the title) and I just think it's such a pretty colour. I got the jumper from a place called Fever London  which is a cute little online boutique that sell vintage inspired clothing. They have so many lovely items! The jumper is a lovely fit and I have to say, it's quite nice to find a jumper that isn't oversized as most jumpers in shops tend to be at the moment!

I can't wait to wear this in Winter layered with a white collar and some kind of winter jacket.. I'm thinking a black duster coat (must buy one!). 

*Jumper - Fever London
Joni jeans - Topshop
Boots - Primark

Thursday, 18 September 2014

BAGS THAT I NEED IN MY LIFE


Bags are one of those things that you never seem to have enough of.. am I right? Of course I am! Recently there have been so many gorgeous bags on the high street. I've been saving for uni at the moment (I move on saturday and am ridiculously nervous!) so I can't really splurge on any *cries*. No harm in sharing a few of my favourites though. As you can see, pastel colours are a recurring theme in my wish lists!

1 | Mini Tara Holdall | Topshop | £42
2 | Light blue contrast panel bowler bag | Topshop | £40
3 | Colour block tote bag | New Look | £35
4 | Leather satchel company | Asos | £75
5 | Hickory stab stitch bag | Ted Baker | £210
6 | Reiten bag | Aldo | £50

Which is your favourite?

Monday, 15 September 2014

BABY LIPS | PINK SHOCK


The lovely Sally from the beauty product testing team sent me one of the new Maybelline Baby Lips products to review. As a keen lip balm wearer, I was pretty excited to try it out. I'd never actually used any of the Baby Lips products before so I wasn't really too sure what to expect.

The one I was kindly sent, is from the new range 'electro'. They are tinted with colour which I think is a great idea, as it's sort of like a lipstick and a lip balm all in one. Mine is in the shade 'Pink Shock' which is a bright, berry-pink colour. I love it! As soon as you apply the lip balm, you can tell how moisturising it is. This will be perfect for winter when your lips dry out in the cold weather, but you still want to be able to give your lips a pop of colour.

It claims to give 8 hours of moisture feel. I don't know about 8 hours, but if you apply it once in a while it will definitely stop your lips from drying out. To maintain the bright colour, I would say you definitely have to apply it every few hours.. but that's expected from a product that's so moisturising as it will easily come off.

Have any of you tried any Baby Lips products?

Friday, 12 September 2014

BLUE TAPESTRY




The weather seems to have gone from a hot Summer to Autumn in what seems like a blink of an eye. Most people love the hot weather, but I much prefer when it's colder when it becomes acceptable/bearable to start wearing thick tights and dark clothes.

Anyway, at the moment I am loving Topshop pelmet skirts. I love how they're not super tight like bodycon skirts, yet they are still figure hugging. They pretty much flatter your figure without being too tight in the wrong places! The one I'm wearing has a pretty dark blue and white tapestry kind of print. It's quite a bold print, so by wearing it with all black, it doesn't look too much and let's the skirt take centre stage. 

My black crop top is from Wear All which is an online shop that I mentioned in a previous blog post. It's such a good clothes site for basics like my crop top, which will go well with so many different outfits. Also, it was only £6.. so you can't really go wrong with that!

Pelmet skirt - Topshop
Black long sleeve crop top - WearAll.com
Black boots - Primark

Sunday, 7 September 2014

THE PERFECT WINTER COAT


I don't know why, but I always seem to struggle to find the perfect winter coat. The past few winters I've just stuck with my trusty leather jacket. But let's face it... a leather jacket isn't exactly warm enough for winter in England! Recently I've spotted some gorgeous coats on the high street. There's lots of pastel colours, and if you know me, you will know I'm completely obsessed with wearing pastel colours at the moment. I know not all the ones I have picked out will suit me, but I thought they all looked pretty anyway! Now the impossible task of deciding which to buy...!

1 | Petite faux fur hood coat | Topshop | £65
2 | Light pink faux fur oversized coat | River Island | £100
3 | Blue faux fur collar oversized wool coat | River Island | £90
4 | Tilly colour block collar wrap front crombie coat | Boohoo | £61
5 | Grey boucle fabric biker jacket | Dorothy Perkins | £21
6 | Duster coat | Miss Selfridge | £68

Which would you choose?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

FULL TIME FASHION BLOGGER?!


    

Okay, so I know I'm not technically a full time fashion blogger.. (I wish). But ever since River Island started stocking their 'Full time fashion blogger' jumper, I fell in love with the slogan and the idea of having it on a top. I came across an online clothes shop called www.WearAll.com  that sell this slogan tee along with lots of other lovely clothes.

They have so many clothes that you would see on the high street but for a fraction of the price.. particularly good for me when I'm soon going to be a poor student! I bought this top for only £6.99. How good is that?! I'm not normally one for wearing oversize tee's but I love the way it looks with my pastel pink joni jeans from Topshop. Very girly.. very me!