Saturday 8 December 2012


This blog hasn't been receiving its optimum amount of love recently. Without making this sound too formal or terms and conditions-y here's just a quickish post to say how due to the incredibly busy upcoming month filled with mock GCSE exams over the next two weeks and GCSE modular exams in January for all three sciences, two English, French and Geography exams I'm dedicating myself to education, school and the undoubtedly boring revision over the next few weeks. With the sun setting so damn early most days here in the UK I feel that after school blogging is just meh, I know many of us feel that the raised difficulty is just...not fun. I've been staying back until 5pm most school days for revision sessions and coursework, so let's just say we're praying for A grades miracles.
Penhaligon's, Covent Garden
 So...a little update from the past couple of weeks:

  • last week I went to a scavenger hunt in London for a Time Out challenge, met two lovely girls and we walked around London for three hours; taking photos with people dressed up as leprechauns or the Queen of Hearts. On the way we became very very cold, got almost lost in Soho but managed to get a free Bubbleology. No complaints - we passed and got into a party in Notting Hill.
  • School has been taking over my life..enough said.
And what's to come:
  • The obvious excitements over Christmas and New Years, December celebrations are always my favourite.
  • You Me At Six at Wembley for their Final Night of Sin which is actually tonight! So incredibly excited, I love them and the crowd are going to be wild.
  • After saving up for ages years, my parents managed to gather enough money to take a trip around South America, a continent that neither of my well-travelled parents have ever explored. I am so overwhelmed that Christmas and New Years will be spent abroad and my travels will definitely be documented and shared with you after this planned hiatus concludes.
Merry Christmas and New Year in advance, here's to another year of fashion galaxies xo come January 1st 2013.


Monday 26 November 2012

nails inc elizabeth street

About once a year or so, my (second) favourite magazine ever, Glamour, offers free nails inc nail polishes, worth £11 for the cheerful price of £2. The past two years have seen me build up a small but appreciated collection of three, consisting of Savile Row, Piccadilly Circus and this beautiful one. Now I'm going to be completely honest here- at £11 I would not even step near paying full price...coming from an absolute nail polish hoarder who winces at paying more than £4 for a new shade. For £2, free with a magazine I think it's wonderful. Essentially I would have bought the magazine anyway so as the adverts suggests, the product is somewhat 'free'.

Onto the beautylicious side of things, the colour first of all is gorgeous! The light blue-toned pink is undoubtedly girly and would look good on the whole spectrum of skin tones. Formulation-wise I find it to be quite light; full opacity does require 3-4 coats. However, the polish dries incredibly quickly so hardly any waiting time is needed between coats, meaning the process itself doesn't take longer than with the average nail polish. Nails Inc polishes I commend in how they are shiny and always look good even if you are sometimes lazy (like myself) and skip the top coat afterwards.

All in all I would recommend this product, if you are willing to pay the price. At £11 it is completely out of my budget however it would make a perfect stocking filler! I know you can buy variations with crystal lids as part of a gift, although they are considerably more expensive. Let's just say, if money were to be unlimited, Symons Street, Foubert's Place and Lowndes Square would already have their respective slots in my nail polish drawer.


Tuesday 20 November 2012

quick skincare purchases

cannot believe I'm posting a photo of myself with a nose strip on, but hey ho you've probably all seen my acne before so I might as well...
Just a quick mid-week post for today, I'm currently 2 and a half weeks away from mock GCSE exams and revision is sadly but definitely a priority for me at the moment. On Saturday I popped into town with my friend Elena to do some brief shopping and to see the latest Twilight installment. Having watched them since I was 12 (and waiting 6 months to see the first movie - problems of living abroad) I was excited to see the fifth movie. After thinking it through I've seen 4/5 of them in the cinema shortly after they were released so I guess it's good to continue traditions. And if you're wondering, it really is very good and enjoyable, perfect for a day out with friends.

My friend Hannah recommended me a couple of skincare products to try out, ones she said she relies on for good skin and to help tame any acne or breakouts. An easy trip to Wilko's was my solution, as she said her favourite product, the tea tree spot cream was from there and costs a mere 98p. Firstly, what a bargain! Spot gels can cost ridiculous amounts and for 98p if I went through one of these every 10 days the money would still be worthwhile.

Recently, problems with blackheads have increased around the sides of my nose, so as a solution/preventative I picked up a pack of nose strips, which once again were bargainous at 99p. So far I've tried one and the blackheads were definitely brought to surface and improvements can hopefully be made over the next few days.

Hopefully in the next month or so I can do a detailed post about my skincare, as it's something I've really been dedicating myself to recently and I love reading skincare posts on other blogs! Definitely my guilty pleasure.

Have a lovely rest of the week,


Monday 19 November 2012

you're my sweetheart

blue marl top (only slightly seen) dorothy perkins / striped jumper mango / corduroy shorts topshop / studded loafers primark / earrings forever 21
on nails: marks & spencer city grey, accent nail models own silver fox

Not really a autumn/winter weather appropriate outfit, considering the average temperature is around the 11 degree mark but in all honesty Sunday consisted of chilling, blogging, having a 9 hour sleep and trying out skincare products. Notice minimal revision whatsoever? I did...

The striped sweater was one of those I-can't-believe-I-still-own-this finds, I bought it in Mango in Saket, Delhi almost three years ago when my Mum has a 1000 rupee off voucher (equivalent to around £12) and I bought this for around the £9 mark. It's lightweight, perfect for an Indian winter and a British autumn, stripy and has a very cute collar. The shorts are a boxing day sale find from last year, costing £15 from Topshop. They're a size 6 so fit quite well, giving space around the waist however that's nothing a belt can't solve. The colour which the website once named 'Bordeaux' is a gorgeous deep purple colour, which for me is very autumnal and reminds me of France... it must be in the name.

Tights are from Primark as always, I consider them to be essential yet disposable so affordability is imperative. My babies shoes are the pair I bought recently and I just love them, words cannot just... I should stop gushing. As for makeup I've been keeping it minimal, I never wear any makeup to school anyway as I'm placing lots of effort towards my acne clearing up. My eyeshadow is using a trio from No.7 called ' Good Earth', consisting of a matte ivory, matte mid-brown and a shimmery brown. Earthy, as the name suggests, and very wearable. I'm wearing my favourite tinted lipbalm on my lips, it's Body Shop's pomegranate and gives a noticeable yet subtle red sheen. 

Hope you're all having a lovely week,


p.s - title song : I've been absolutely addicted to it, been on replay for the past ten days!

Sunday 18 November 2012

affordable glasses from Firmoo

black clear lense wayfarer glasses* Firmoo

One of my favourite things about blogging is having the ability to share things I've been loving, products I lust after and how to style my favourite trends. If you've read my blog previously you'll understand that I'm a pretty major bargain hunter, with Primark being one of my favourite shops and 'sale' being my favourite shopping-related word.

I've never been a glasses wearer before, I'm lucky to have pretty good eyesight so I've never needed glasses for prescription reasons. However, I feel they are something that are pretty much always on trend, like a watch they can also be practical. A brand called Firmoo contacted me recently about reviewing a pair of glasses, and of course I was glad to. Glasses aren't a thing I've really explored in the past, so why not try something new.

A negative factor I feel a majority of glasses have is their price: generally they are really quite expensive, obviously guaranteeing their durability but harsh on the wallet nonetheless. Firmoo however sell a variety of frames, for prescription and fashion purposes, all for a very reasonable price. What's even better, is that every customer gets their first pair absolutely free. Free?!?! (a fact that I'm sure many bargain hunters finds sets their hearts racing). But it's true, you only have to pay for delivery. However, if you're located in Europe like myself shipping will cost roughly £10, unless if you're in the Czech Republic, Icleand, Slovakia or Slovenia it will cost a bit more. Information regarding delivery prices and services can be found on their website here if you want to look! Shipped all the way from China, my pair took 3 days to arrive, which is crazy as essentially they were shipped from half around the world.

The pair I chose are a plain black, wayfarer framed glasses, with a definite glossy finish. I love the ray-bans style, however at a considerably higher price they for me are completely out of the equation. Now some people may think that this style is geeky, however geek chic I feel has increased in popularity, along with the sales of that shirt from Topshop.
 Along with the glasses came a leather-esque hard case, a pocket sort of slip for them for less protection but easier transport (the correct name escapes me completely), a lense cleaner cloth and a small packet of screws to fix or replace given the circumstance when one may break or become lost. You can really tell I'm not an experienced glasses wearer with this vague vocabulary! For me I feel the *package* they deliver as a brand was fab, it's obvious that you get more than what you pay for with their service and they really commit to making sure that as a customer you're happy. 
(bit of a photo overload however using them in a small photo shoot was incredibly fun)
All in all I'm really impressed, I don't like usually sounding too happy about something I'm reviewing however I can see these matching with many outfits, looking chic and lasting a long time.

In the mood for a new pair of glasses yet?


Monday 12 November 2012

nails by american apparel: mount royal

In yesterday's outfit post I mentioned how thanks to Lily of etcllymlrs I managed to snap up an amazing deal - a nail polish worth £9, from American Apparel, for absolutely free. Not even a mere penny was spent on this purchase, leaving me incredibly satisfied even before trying it out. I took off my previous nail polish quickly using my (absolute favourite) Bourjois Magic nail polish remover and painted on a smooth layer of base/top coat 2 in 1 (from Sally Hansen, always.) You all obviously know how to paint nails, so I won't continue with this whole 'will she, won't she' tone but anyhow, I carefully applied a coat of this gorgeous, royal blue colour to my nails. The brush is long and thin, perfect for someone like me who has unpleasantly long and bony fingers. Ready to apply a second coat, which has pretty much become a ritual of mine as two coats is 9 times out of 10, an absolute minimum, I stopped. A second coat would be unnecessary, as the colour was so opaque/beautiful/satisfying already. So, after three-four minutes given for optimum drying time I applied a top coat and smiled. Pretty nails in under ten minutes?! And for free?! You could say I'm an incredibly happy girl. 


Sunday 11 November 2012


grey neppy peplum top dorothy perkins / zipped cardigan la redoute / zipped jeans topshop via clothes show / loafers new look / necklace vintage

makeup: benefit porefessional / bourjois healthy mix serum in 52 vanilla / sleek contour kit in light / mua eyeshadow in 17 matte (nude) / mua eyeliner in starry night (smudged out) / mua lipstick in 3 (pale pink frost) / american apparel mount royal on my nails, (post coming soon...)

Today is a bit of a *meh* day, not much is going on, neither am I trying overly hard to be productive / proactive etc. I'm still recovering from the crazy buzz that was the Kardashians in London yesterday, which as described in my previous post was absolute insanity. I managed to get a free nail polish yesterday from American Apparel thanks to this post from Lily of (etc)llymlrs; using the photo she uploaded I printed off two copies (one for myself, the other for Victoria) and we treated ourselves to a nail polish each in Mount Royal and Mannequin. I'm going to post on it really soon but asdfghjkl first impressions are amazing...need I say any more?

School coursework, homework and excitement for Christmas are all increasing simultaneously, with my post-dinner attention spam moving swiftly from the likes of homework to the new series of I'm a Celebrity. There's nothing that excites me more than celebs being forced to swallow jungle insects and being forced into extreme (but hilarious) discomfort. I'm not the one for sympathy in these sorts of situations. 

I'm not someone who instantly thinks 'Christmas is soon!!' as soon as I see the Coca-Cola advert, for me it's the gift adverts from Boots. (Can you tell I'm beauty obsessed? Surely I'm not the only one..)


p.s - Rest In Peace to every single soldier that has died fighting for our wonderful country. Thanks to you, your bravery and endless selflessness we are the country we are today; you are the people that in my eyes define it. Without you we would not be as proud as we are. Lest we forget. 

Saturday 10 November 2012

the Kardashians take London!

all photos taken by me, edited using my beloved PicMonkey (love you)
 Today, myself and many other Londoners woke ourselves up at ungodly hours of our precious Saturday mornings to travel to West London as the Kardashian sisters were going to be there for their launch of the Kardashian Kollection in Dorothy Perkins shops nationwide. Now I won't delve into how much I dislike Westfields organisation / dealing with large masses of people but let's just say a good six or so hours were spent standing in claustrophobic areas (of which two and a half were in the eight degree cold) with increasingly irritated fans; however seeing them was immense. Westfields was absolutely wild, with thousands and thousands turning up to see the famous trio arrive.

I met a lovely group of girls who had not only travelled from Cardiff (!) they were forced to pull an all-nighter and spend five hours in the cold. They (like myself and my friend Victoria) never got the chance to physically meet the Kardashians, despite queuing and all of that jazz. However - grudges aside, the girls were are so gorgeous in real life, as it was Khloe's first time in London the crowd chanted for her crazily and no, I could sense no sibling jealousy. Well, maybe a bit.

Did any of you try bearing the crowds today for the sisters?


p.s - I saw this article on Daily Mail online (secret obsession, shhh don't tell) and it really goes into the details about today, as well as having better quality photos etc if you want to check them out!

Tuesday 6 November 2012

barry m ultra moisturising lip paint in shade 160

without flash
full face shot, without flash
with flash
availablility: in store at superdrug and boots, online at barry m

Whilst in Cardiff last week I took advantage of Boots' 'Buy 1 get 1 half price' deal, with my intentions set on purchasing two new lipsticks. Dark, reddy oxblood tones are huge this autumn, seen on lips of both bloggers and models on the catwalk. Naturally, I wanted to try out the look myself for Halloween as it definitely can suit a night out, or simply a vampy look.

The lipstick itself I find is really commendable - it definitely meets the 'ultra moisturising' claim the name suggests, as my lips do not feel the slightest bit dry when wearing it. Obviously it's no replacement for a classic Nivea lip balm however when colour is wanted this lipstick delivers.

Something I adore about the colour, with the name 'Black Cherry' as stated on Barry M's website, is that it is so buildable. It can be used lightly, dabbed on to the centre of the lips then pursing your lips can look like the ever-so-coveted stained lips look. Building it up gives a pigmented, dark look that is very striking and centre-of-attention, a look seen lots recently. The colour has the ability to range in depth when applied at different forces / thickness, which is something I like as it makes it versatile and suitable for a range of looks.

Most of all, I adore the staying power. It stays on your lips for hours without the need for re-application, which admittedly only needs doing after meals or drinks. Major thumbs up for longevity.

swatched, without flash
What's your favourite autumnal lipstick?



Monday 5 November 2012

with a word, all my love came rushing out

 grey neppy peplum top dorothy perkins / disco pant style leggings h&m kids / denim jacket vintage / studded loafers primark / watch casio via asos / nails: barry m berry ice cream & max factor sunny pink

My outfit from last Sunday I found was very ~blogger~, however I love every single item of clothing included so collectively it reaches a happy-outfit-fest-for-Thalia. The studded loafers are a new purchase from Primark and for £10 they are not only wonderful, they are an absolute steal and the mink pair are next on my mental shoe wishlist. Neppy, bobbly style fabric is something I've been in love with over the past couple of months and I was so pleased to find it in the form of a peplum top in 'Outfit', a shop in Cardiff that hosts all of the Arcadia group shops under one roof (think Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins all under one roof. It was amazing.) They don't have Outfit in Central London I know for certain however there is one in Croydon if you're willing to branch out that far. Think of it this could visit IKEA on the same day?! That sounds wonderful to me.

Back on to the top, it was a brilliant £8 in the sale and the size 6 fits me perfectly. I find it acceptable to wear over leggings as it hides my bum, which quite frankly to me is the deciding factor. The leggings I have featured before and at £6 were another steal representative of my bargain-hunter shopping mindset. Now as much as I would love to bore entertain you with the details of every single item of clothing I have on, I have revision to do for Wednesday's French writing exam. 500 words in a foreign language, seven paragraphs, an hour to do it in? Bring it on.

Have a lovely week,


title song

Sunday 4 November 2012

Autumn wishlist

These velvet check treggings are simply gorgeous. Whilst browsing in Topshop's flagship store on Oxford St I discovered these in the petite section (a.k.a where I wish to hibernate upon growing up and earning money, then living there for eternity).  Currently I could only find them in store in petite sizes, so if you're like me and would die for that size 4, try in store or look out for them in the upcoming weeks.They fit like a thick, second skin and are incredibly comfortable, as well as fitting in with my favourite colour scheme of greyscale, berry and navy. The velvet feels pristine and the check print is reminiscent of the popular houndstooth print that I'm seeing everywhere at the moment, yet slightly more subtle. To me they just ooze class and comfort. Basically, I just love them.

My last outfit post saw me style the black version of this peplum top. At £7.99 it is an absolute steal, is so figure hugging and I could just rave about the black version for days. I'd love it if they released more colours (fitting my ideal colour scheme, why of course) however the burgundy is glorious and oh so autumnal. And christmassy. And wonderful.

I'm not really someone who often wears jewellery, and when I do it's in the form of a small pair of stud earrings or my silver casio watch. This bronze brushed heart pendant is beautiful, small and subtle, and the colour is so gorgeous. The rose gold trend was huge this summer and bronze is definitely its autumnal counterpart. It also comes in gold and silver (the silver in particular is gorgeous) and is only £5. £5 you say? From Accessorize? I often find that place to sell wonders, but at a price I can't convince myself to pay. But a mere fiver is something I can see spent easily, and the necklace something to be worn on more than just the odd occasion.

Tan boots are something I find to be a wardrobe essential, and currently my wardrobe is noticing a gap from where these should be. They are a lovely shape and are so smooth! Toe caps aren't typically my cup of tea, however I like these ones as they are less prominent than others, and I think they got the shoe : toe cap ratio just on. And yes, that was a nerd moment.

What is on your autumn wishlist?


Saturday 3 November 2012

I never knew I'd surrender my heart

long sleeve black top primark / black peplum top new look 915 / scarf h&m / coat new look 915 / jeans h&m kids / socks primark / boots new look / bag gap, gifted / nails: barry m berry ice cream & max factor sunny pink

The past week has been a lovely, different mix-up of what I consider the 'norm'. Half term weeks off are my favourites, and the four times every academic year we have a week off I enjoy myself thoroughly. From Monday-Thursday I travelled westwards to the beautiful city of Cardiff and stayed with some family friends. I adored the trip and although not everything went as planned I had a lovely time nonetheless. Coming back home to London, Thursday afternoon was spent in darkness (can't only be me who dislikes it being pitch black by 4pm?!) but being welcomed by my family was awesome. Almost leaving my suitcase on the train...not so awesome. 

Today I spent catching up with close friends in Oxford St, including the wonderful Rosie of Rosie's Closet (she's kinda wonderful, so check her out) and I finally found a perfect pair of studded loafers after my search began a whopping ten and a half months ago (you all know *the* Topshop £28 Vectras). Even better - they were a bargainous £10 from Primark. I already thought that was the home of Gods, however upon entering the new shop at Tottenham Court Road I fell in's official.

The peplum top is a new buy from Cardiff's New Look Store in the St David's Centre, not only is it two, brilliantly laid out floors of utter beauty it has a brilliant teen range to suit the petite girls like myself. I'm embarrassed to say it's a size 9, suitable for a child 6 years younger than me however it fits like a glove and at £7.99 is my idea of perfection. After hunting for a while I'm glad I waited, although the Topshop petite peplums look beautiful, at £10 more I would much rather spend the extra on another pair of studded loafers as Primark also have them in mink, and my lord they are gorgeous. It also comes in dark red and white, and I think soon enough the deep red will be mine. Autumnal, figure-hugging, perfectly priced. This triplet is the equation that makes me a very happy girlie.



Sunday 28 October 2012

American beauty purchases

maybelline dream bouncy blush in orchid hush / sinful colours nail polish in stuck on you / revlon lip butter in creamsicle / revlon eyeshadow quad in decadent.

Lately I've been mentioning how my Mum embarked on a trip to America, so naturally I handed over a beauty wishlist of things I asked her to 'look out for'. On Tuesday she returned home to London after being delayed overnight in Toronto and handed these over to me when I came home from school and I was very, very excited. 

Now the purpose of me asking her to buy me some bits and bobs is as most of you may know, prices/availability over in the US is so much better than what you can get here, with brands (especially American ones) being sold for up to half the price you can get here! Now as a bargain hunter I love finding inexpensive buys, especially ones you can't get over in the UK. Out of all of these, you can buy the Revlon quad over here but at £8 I felt you can buy more product for that price (cough cough, MUA palettes for £4 are my life) and usually I don't go for the quality > quantity mindset. I only wear make up for 2/7 days a week maximum so for me it's about the experimentation. 

The dream bouncy blush, firstly I just find to be so cool. The texture is so original, and is reminiscent of play-doh in texture. Pigmentation wise I'm sad to say it's not fab, however as a highlight for cheekbones this pale shade would be wonderful. 

Since March the Revlon Lip Butters have been available in Boots and Superdrug nationwide, and I can still remember the massive hype that initially surrounded them. I've always wanted to try a few shades, Cupcake and Sugar Frosting especially but at £7.99 each I can't convince myself to spend that on essentially, a coloured moisturising lip balm/ lipstick hybrid. Creamsicle is a shade unavailable over here, it's one of the six Revlon never brought over to the UK. The texture is really nice and super moisturising as so many people have raved, however the colour is really quite nude (think more nude than Creme Brulee, less brown) and you'll get this. Don't let the pale peachy colour mistake you, it comes out really quite nude so I guess it's pretty hard to style. However, I can see it being pretty used even as a natural sort of product as they are pretty low maintenance and smell really lovely, which is always a bonus. 

Lastly the nail polish from Sinful Colors is in the shade Stuck on You, a metallic mid-purpley colour. It's one of those fancy metallic magnet ones where on the lid a detachable magnet comes with it, perfect for getting the abstract look. I briefly tried the magnet out and I think it's really cool, not original by any means as many brands have reached out into the technique but the idea itself is really fun. I found the colour on its own with two coats is really lovely, but when using the magnet it's..inconsistent. I think it's just me though and my application technique. I'll have to try again soon sometime!

What make up product do you wish was available in the UK? 


p.s - Happy 17th Anniversary to my beautiful parents, I love you both very very much. 

Sunday 21 October 2012

I'm always in this twilight

studded collar blouse new look / rust jumper tesco / disco pant leggings h&m kids / boots new look / watch casio via asos / nails ciate wait until dark

Another mainly unproductive day today, however I tried out an autumnal colour (pride) with this jumper that I haven't worn in months! I love re-discovering old favourites. I have a week left until my spending ban concludes and I get to spend four days in the beautiful city of Cardiff. Words cannot explain my excitement right now and I'm so excited to take photos to update! An oxblood jumper, jodphur leggings and black leathery jacket, please?



Saturday 20 October 2012

I do not want to die inside just to breathe in

skater dress topshop / long sleeve black top primark / belt primark / knee high socks primark / brogues primark / nails ciate wait until dark

I never realise how much of my wardrobe is from Primark until I list them under blog photos. I guess it just proves that style/basic wardrobe pieces don't have to be bought at ridiculous prices!

Today was a pretty chilled and relaxed day, my Mum's in America at the moment attending a quilt show (she's a professional quilter) and she won a prize! I'm so so proud of her and her hard work. Anyway, her not being home changed the family dynamics a lot meaning time spent doing average stuff (i.e spending the day in bed watching nine episodes of The Vampire Diaries) is spent going food shopping with Dad. And forcing asking my brother kindly to take some photographs of my outfit.

I've seen a few skater dresses around for ages now, I got this dress in a Topshop deal back a few months ago for a brilliant £15. It's from the petite section, so once the straps were taken in a bit it was perfect for my annoyingly small frame. Layered underneath it is a plain £2.50 black long sleeved jersey top, perfect for the upcoming autumn months and its corresponding cooler weather. 

Have a lovely Saturday night,



Sunday 14 October 2012

no more pain, no more drama

dress primark  / scarf gifted / cardigan la redoute / boots primark / watch casio / nails rimmel london pulsating & la colours jewel tone
makeup: bourjois healthy mix serum 52 vanilla / sleek rose gold blush / mua undressed palette / neals yard black eyeliner / soap & glory thick & fast mascara / mua clear lipgloss

To me, this outfit screams anything but autumnal. All purple and lilac, pink and blue glitter, and no autumn. I love autumn and all, but I dread placing my beloved purples to the side every year. Currently I'm on a spending ban and haven't bought anything in around six weeks, saving up for my trip to Cardiff at the end of this month. Now this heartbreaks me as every single shop is releasing new stuff weekly, beautiful oxblood tones are coming out as well as tartan prints and more studded accessories. Worst of all is that Boots have a 3 for 2 deal which I am dying to use! Really tempted to try Barry M's new Gelly polishes, the perriwinkle blue and the dark green especially. Rimmel's nude eyeliner's next on my wishlist, too. The three of them for £7? Sounds too good to be true :( :( :( 

The title's from this song, I am obsessed with the X Factor as I am every single year and I thought James was brilliant last night! My favourites are definitely Rylan and Ella though, Rylan is just the kindest and most entertaining one there, and he looks like such a laugh. Ella though is beautiful and it's astonishing to think that she's a year older than me and that good. Pretty sure that she'll end up winning! Are you also obsessed with Weekend night television?


Saturday 13 October 2012

so I put my faith in something unknown

breton striped top la redoute / jeans h&m / loafers new look / earrings forever 21.
makeup: mua bb cream in light, sleek storm eyeshadow palette, unbranded shimmery peach blush, la colours brown eyeliner, covergirl lash blast volume mascara (uk dupe max factor false lash effect) and nivea lipbalm in milk & honey.

This week has been so incredibly chaotic. Academic priorities have pretty much taken over most of my time, something I don't see dying down for a good portion of a year, at least until next summer. I'm putting in more effort that I have ever done previously, waking up early to complete unfinished work and giving up my beloved nightly Vampire Diaries episode, trading it for an hour and a half of Physics revision. It sucks, but it's good to be motivated. Any my gosh do I want those results next August.

The breton striped top is a new purchase for me, I ordered it off La Redoute last week with an order code from the catalogue and they had a sale on, so I think I saved around a fiver on it so picked it up for around £12. Delivery was good, Mum & I got a couple of things each and they all arrived in an exciting package two days later. Now the top had a page-sized spread in the catalogue, and is available in an array of colours and can be purchased in either a top or dress length. The navy and white stripes screamed 'classic' to me, breton is something I feel suits so many seasons of the year and is perfect for transition weather conditions. It's longer than I had expected considering I bought the smallest size, a 6/8 but in general I find their sizing to me slightly on the large side. Also fabric is comfy and warm and I can definitely see some wear coming from it in the next few months, which is a general happy point and yeah, it's all good.

The jeans and loafers you've probably seen many times before, my trusty H&M £5.99 babies have lasted me nineteen months now without fail and I can truthfully say I don't know what I would have worn this past year if I didn't own them. Naturally they've faded from being a royal navy colour to a slightly washed out tone, however I personally like it and still find them versatile. I absolutely adore H&M (kids section) for jeans, I first bought a pair of their skinnies when I was 10 and have owned a good six pairs since, remembering two years since then I lived in a country with an unfortunate lack of access to the beauty that is H&M. I have my eyes on a couple pairs of their current season, including some thicker and definitely winter appropriate ones, which are stretchier and warmer as well as keeping the skinny frame. These ones here are so gorgeous also, I've seen the coated leather-esque trend everywhere and this are no exception to the general amazingness. Basically, I need them. Before anyone wonders, no this post isn't sponsored. I merely love them so much that if it were, I hope I wouldn't be doing a half-bad job. For anyone of a reasonable height (a.k.a fitting into normal adult size jeans) you should fit into these perfectly.

Also in the upcoming week my Mum departs to America for six days, in which I'll be able to learn the joys of morning sandwich making, laundry runs, dishwasher emptying and orthodox cooking skills. Listing these doesn't half make me feel sad about being a teenager, I merely wish to spend my time in happiness rather than soak up home-related responsibilities. Have a lovely week!


p.s the title song can be found here!
p.p.s any thoughts on the layout of the photos? I find editing them this way so much easier than struggling to arrange them with blogger.

Sunday 7 October 2012

I'm the devil on your shoulder, I'm the conscious in your mind.

top forever 21 / army jacket ebay / jeggings h&m / bag primark / boots new look / belt primark 
nails h&m cherry

concealer collection 2000 lasting perfection light 02  / foundation bourjois healthy mix serum vanilla 52 / primer benefit porefessional / eye primer mua / eyeshadow mua undressed palette / lipstick natural collection rose petal / lip gloss mua shade 5 / mascara avon super curlacious

Today a couple of friends and I went to the cinema to see 'the Perks of being a Wallflower' and my gosh it was amazing. I'm currently reading the book and they're both brilliant, however read the book first as nobody likes an unwanted spoiler. Emma Watson was great as per usual but the two male leads, played by Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman really were striking, in a very good way. A definite recommendation from me!

My weekend other than that was pretty uneventful, I stayed in yesterday and went through a whopping seven episodes of The Vampire Diaries..I'm in love. I watched the Pilot episode just over a week ago and I'm already a convert. And before you ask, I'm team Stefan.

Tidying / organising / autumnal cleaning my room this afternoon really informed me that I ama true magazine hoarder, and that over the past couple of years I've lived back home in London it really has become an obsession. One that is heavy when you fill a whole underbed storage box filled of Marie Claire, Company, Glamour and the various Elle. All in chronological order, why of course.

The upcoming week brings nothing particularly special, two science tests, orthodontist appointment and numerous in-school tasks. I've booked train tickets to go back and visit Cardiff at the end of this month after adoring it when I went there for a wedding back in August, I'm craving Welsh accents already! Three more weeks of school I remind myself on a daily basis.

Have a good week!


p.s the title song is this!


Thursday 4 October 2012

melabelle press and blogger event

Last Tuesday night was very exciting. A couple of weeks before I'd been invited to my first ever blogger event, at a cute, talent-filled shop in Portobello Road, London. Designed by Bella Cager, Melabelle features subtle, classy colours and bespoke prints to flatter a variety of shapes, as well as suit many different occasions.

The collection, inspired by Bella's grandmother Thora was something I found very versatile; there were distinct pieces I saw myself attracted to, yet collectively they joined together to offer a range of clothing items that could make perfect wardrobe staples. An independent brand, something that strikes me is that they are all printed by hand, something that would require such extreme skill, dedication and patience. I found it lovely to see the passion from Bella, who you could tell had put a huge creative and time effort into the collection.
Featuring classy and wearable colours such as camel, cobalt, navy and burnt orange; the idea of prints was something focused in the collection. After talking to Bella herself I was fascinated to find out her thought process behind the collection - how featuring movement lies well on the women's figure, as well as how she ensured a kept sense of originality.

A range of shapes were explored, varying from floaty layered dresses to warm winter coats in a chic, block camel colour. Layering was also possible, and the insolvency of colour and prints seemed appropriate for the upcoming autumnal months. Plain outfits can be dressed up with one of her silk scarves, or an outfit can be taken from work to an evening meal with one of her clever day & night dresses.
Personally, the item that stuck out to me the most was the the flamingo print scarf, available in the most beautiful intense fuchsia shade. The range of scarves available was vast for such a small room, one suiting the taste of everybody could be found, as well as my personal favourite in the star print. By using hand designs and etching the shape to make it more original, Melabelle show off both skill and creativity.

In addition to Bella's designs, I managed to get a clear glimpse of some beautiful jewelry from the brand Silver Service Jewellery, designed by Tilly Sveaas. They displayed a range of intricate items, including some inspired by skulls, peace or even religion, yet kept small in size so easily wearable. Displayed creatively on glass bottles, I was taken away and hoping to myself that I wouldn't knock any over.
Some lovely bloggers: Nicole of From Nicole With Love, Hayley of A British Cocktail and Lola from Passtime Bliss.

So if you're interested in beautiful prints, sleek shapes and some essential wardrobe staples, look no further than Melabelle's website. And thank you, for a brilliant night.


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