Christmas is without a doubt one of my favourite times of year. I'm lucky enough to have my birthday fall just three days before the big day so as you can imagine my excitement doubles around this time of year! Although, unlike most people I've never been one to write a Christmas list. When I was younger, my sisters and I would only ever ask for one present, which meant we were always extremely grateful whenever we received more. And although I stick by the idea of 'one gift only' it would have been boring to post just one gift - the Michael Kors watch, pretty please Santa! So with Christmas quickly approaching and only two weekends left to finish your Christmas shopping I thought I would share this year's 'wishlist'...
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Since my love affair with the highly coveted Primark ankle strap heels last season I've been really excited to see what Primark have to offer for Autumn/Winter. I'm a sucker for Autumn accessories, with black ankle boots being my speciality, and this year has been no different with the welcomed addition of these Primark cut out ankle boots.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
The winter months are definitely starting to draw in and I can't help but feel that twinge of excitement that comes this time of year. The days get shorter, and dark, cold mornings make waking up almost impossible but I find something really magical about winter. For me, nothing beats bundling up in your favourite winter coat, cosy evenings spent by an open fire or popping into Starbucks to warm up with a seasonal coffee.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Over the years the YSL Touche Éclat has earned cult beauty status, namely for it's ability to add a natural brightness to even seriously tired eyes. It's one of those products that everyone either owns, has owned or wants to own, and used to be one of my favourite go-to beauty products. However, sometime in the last year or so the infamous highlighting wand seems to have fallen under my beauty radar. So after recently seeing it crop up in Hannah Maggs' recent vlog I decided a re-purchase was definitely overdue.
Friday, 18 October 2013
Last month I was invited along to The Oracle Shopping Centre's Fashion Fix event for a much needed Autumn wardrobe update. Myself and a few other local bloggers were invited to shop the new season collections while getting pampered with a range of Nails Inc manicures and personal stylists.
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Saturday, 28 September 2013
So it would seem I have finally, accidentally on purpose jumped on the latest blogger bandwagon. When the Skort craze first hit the blogging scene earlier this year I wasn't completely convinced. The model-esque 6ft something blogger who looks as though they've stepped right off the pages of Vogue can obviously pull it off, but at 5ft nothing I knew I had no chance, until about a month ago.
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Most of you will already know that I’m a big fan of thick, graphic eyeliner. Taking inspiration from the likes of Alexa Chung and Jameela Jamil I’ve embraced the winged liner look for as long as I’ve worn make up, so you can imagine my excitement when the lovely ladies from L’Oreal Paris introduced me to the beautiful Line of Beauty range.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Last week saw the launch of MUA Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘House of Rock N Kohl’ make-up range for Selfridges. A week long beauty festival, two tons of make-up and everyone who’s anyone in the beauty industry came together to celebrate the launch. I was a little slow off the mark (as usual) to actually pick up any of the beautiful Rock N Kohl make-up, however I did manage to get my hands on one of the limited edition Charlotte Tilbury Kissing make-up bags for Kids Company.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
So unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of months you'll be no stranger to this little stunner. The Zara Office City Bag. It's rare I fall in love with a handbag that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, but as soon as I saw this hit the blogosphere I fell fast and hard!
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
With the transition into Spring, I’ve promised to keep my handbag relatively clutter free - Tidy handbag, tidy mind, right? That said, my monthly fashion magazine can’t be compromised, I need something to keep myself entertained during my lengthy commute to work. This month I’ve been reading LOVE Issue 9 – The Clean Issue. One of my favourite publications, I’ve avidly collected LOVE since its release in 2009. It offers the perfect balance between fashion, beauty, art and photography without being too out there. LOVE magazine have dubbed this issue as ‘The Cara Takeover’, another reason why I just had to buy it. Cara, Kittens and Lipstick have been my main source of inspiration for this month.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
This month, pay day meant one thing - a long overdue trip to my local MAC store. My last beauty splurge had been quite some time ago, so this was an exciting shopping trip to say the least. And with a wishlist as long as my arm, I came out feeling very satisfied without having completely destroyed my bank balance - at least that's what I've been telling myself!
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Last week I picked up Soap & Glory's Sit Tight Intense XS - a special super-strength body firming serum. I've had my eye on it for a while, partly for the super shiny packaging, but mainly because a bum firming serum sounds like my type of product - especially with summer just around the corner! And seeing as I adore pretty much every other Soap & Glory product I've ever owned, one more couldn't hurt - right?
Monday, 4 March 2013
I don't know if it's just me, but I'm starting to get a little tired of the whole nail art craze. More recently I've been taking inspiration from some of the Spring/Summer 2013 beauty trends we saw last season, so this week I decided to give my nails a little make-under. Tapping into the nude nail trend I opted for a nice subtle pink nude. My nude nail polish collection is constantly growing, particularly now that Spring's on it's way, but this week's lacquer of choice is Models Own in Nude Beige - it's a beautiful, warm nude that gives a gorgeous barely there look with a sleek, glossy finish.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
So I guess this post has kind of been a long time coming - I’ve had my heart set on this book for what feels like a lifetime and was left devastated when it had completely sold out over Christmas and my Birthday. I’m somewhat of a book collector, particularly when it comes to Fashion & Style books, so being a book dedicated to Kate Moss this one is certainly no exception. I’ve spent the last few months religiously checking my local Waterstones store and had no luck.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Most of you probably know I’m somewhat of a shoe hoarder, but I rarely opt for dainty or delicate shoes. This was however, until I saw these little beauties in LOOK Magazine a couple of months back. As most of you will agree the Primark Autumn/Winter 12 collection has been incredible, and these Ankle Strap Heels are by no means an exception. I had forgotten all about them until last week when I saw them in my local store - how could I resist? At an unbelievable £12 I grabbed a size 3 and ran to the checkout feeling extremely proud of myself.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
With January long gone, February has finally arrived and is a very welcomed fresh start. I love February, the mornings begin to get that little bit lighter, the bitter cold of winter starts to fade away and it’s the time of year I really start to look forward to Spring. February is always a busy month for me, what with Fashion Week madness and Valentines all thrown into one week, but with a new job on top of that, this month will be even more manic than usual.
Monday, 28 January 2013
With the snow from last week having melted away and January finally coming to a close, I've decided it's time to start looking towards Spring. What better way than with a fresh spring manicure? Models Own Bare Beauty is my latest nail polish crush, it's a really cute pastel peach that adds a little bit of colour to the classic nude nail. Since applying it this morning it's already begun brightening up an otherwise rainy January day. I think this is going to be one of my go-to colours for Spring. I absolutely love it!
What are your favourtie nail colours for Spring?
Saturday, 19 January 2013
This weekend the UK was hit with an abundance of snow, resulting in a rather white weekend. It fell thick and fast Friday morning and has hardly stopped since. As ever, I donned my chunky thermal socks and Barbour Town & Country Wellies, then Tom and I went out for a lovely snowy stroll.
Our beautiful scenic walk escalated rather quickly into a frantic snowball fight; and after our fingers were too cold to play we decided to head home with wet hair and red noses. The best part about the snow? Snuggling up with a warm hot chocolate, and that's exactly what we did.
There's something about the snow that makes me really love winter! How did you spend your snowy weekend?
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Another month, another peek inside my handbag... Firstly, and most importantly are my gorgeous new gloves. These were one of my favourite Christmas presents this year, luxury leather gloves with a faux fur trim to match my staple fur collared leather jacket. I haven't stopped wearing them, and with the much colder weather creeping in I'm certain these will come in handy when I’m out and about or my train has been delayed. There’s nothing worse than cold hands!
Next up is the ever-present fashion magazine and this month I’ve opted for Vogue. The February issue delves into spring with a beautiful catwalk guide to the new season. I renewed my Vogue subscription a couple of months ago now, so I’m rarely without the latest issue. Alongside that is my trusty Topshop Phone Purse, it's a really cute moc croc hard phone case that doubles up as a purse.
My current nail polish of choice is Models Own in Champagne. It’s such an easy colour to wear and looks great with just one coat. I've also been carrying around the Jessica Quick Dry Oil that my sister got me for Christmas (thanks Verity) and I honestly don’t know how I managed without it? With one drop it protects a fresh manicure from scratching, smudging or wrinkling so its perfect for nails on the go.
Lipstick wise, I’ve got a new favourite; Bourjois Rouge Edition in 10 Rouge Buzz*. I posted about this lipstick last week and from your reactions it seems you guys love it just as much as me. It’s really hydrating so saves me having to worry about carrying lip balm too. Perfume wise it’s the trademark Chanel Chance. I feel lost without it!
You can find my latest WIMH post here. I also have plenty of invites, so if any of you lovely ladies would like to join WIMH simply leave me a comment with your emails address and I'll send you an invite right away.
Monday, 7 January 2013
Glamorous Black PU Studded Toe Boots
Most of you will already know that I’m a sucker for a new pair of shoes, and black ankle boots seem to be my specialty. These boots have been on my wish list from the minute I saw them, so after a few subtle (obvious) hints to my wonderful boyfriend, this Christmas I finally bagged my dream boots. I squealed as I opened the box and spent all of Christmas day strutting around in my 'I don't need a job, I don't need my parents, I've got great boots, boots' like Rachel in The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate.
They look great with a pair of black skinny jeans and an oversized jumper for a nice, cosy day and even better dressed up with sheer black tights, one of my favourite little black dresses and my leather jacket for an evening out.
This is the start of something special, I know it.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Coming into the New Year earlier this week means I’ve spent the majority of my time trying to get back to some sort of normality. There’s nothing more refreshing than a new start, so I spent Friday afternoon sorting out all of my beautiful Christmas and Birthday gifts in an attempt to get everything back in order.
I've been feeling slightly poorly the last couple of days, so after a manic few weeks with my Birthday, Christmas and New Year I decided to settle for a very quiet weekend full of movies, magazines and Tumblr. Tonight I'm snuggled in bed watching Mr Selfridge, with my favourite Yankee Candle burning. A perfect start to the New Year.
Saturday, 5 January 2013
This week's nails come courtesy of Models Own Champagne, a sparkly cool gold/mink polish that I've had my eye on for what feels like forever - you might remember it from my Christmas Wishlist post last month? Anyway, come Christmas morning this little gem was stashed away in the bottom of my stocking (thanks Father Christmas) and I've been dying to try it ever since. As with all Models Own metallic polishes it covers really well and is super sparkly, I can't stop looking at it...
I think it's fair to say that this is fast becoming one of my favourite polishes to date!
Thursday, 3 January 2013
With the New Year finally here, I've vowed to keep myself inspired. After leaving university I found it fairly difficult to find the time and the resources to retain my creativity; using my blog as my main creative output means I spend the majority of my spare time on that and forget about many of the other vices I used to love. I recently renewed my Vogue subscription and I've promised myself one evening a week where I log off of my computer and have some down time. Another way I plan to keep myself inspired is through Tumblr - it's not really a blog as such but a place where I can lose myself in an online diary of inspirational images. If you like whimsical photos of fashion and fluffy animals then you're in for a treat...
If any of you have a Tumblr account leave your URL below - I'd love to have a little look at your creative space.
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
I’ve never really been into making New Year's Resolutions. I generally find that people make a long list of unrealistic goals, therefore instantly setting themselves up for failure and that's no way to start off a New Year. I also believe that you don’t need a New Year to make those all important life changes.
This year however, I aim to take up Bikram Yoga in an attempt to get myself - body and mind into a healthier routine. So I'm dusting off my yoga mat and trying my hand at the workout regime that Mirander Kerr swears by. After all, if it's good enough for a Victoria's Secret Model it's certainly good enough for me. Here’s to trying something new this year...
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