I should be writing..

Saturday, 30 April 2011
I should be writing an essay right now, but just a quick post before I get back to it! Thought I'd post this outfit because it's a bit different to what I wear most days. My mum took this for me before I went out to see my friends the other night. It was a brilliant night, we had a meal then took part in a pub quiz. We lost miserably, which I'm still quite bitter about, but it was really good to see everyone. I even saw a friend I hadn't seen since she left sixth form two years ago, and now she's engaged! God, that made me feel old! Then I remembered I'm only 20, being engaged definitely is not on my agenda at the moment! I think the only things on my agenda presently are family, uni, friends and edinburgh. Ok, so maybe clothes feature heavily in my agenda too, but that would just look superficial if I wrote that wouldn't it!? ;) So, on to the outfit:

Those are the wedges I was rabbiting on about the other day, they're super comfy too :) On a separate note I woke up to three things being delivered for me the other day. Getting post is one of those perfectly normal things that makes me really happy. Even when I know what's inside them, it's still fun to open packages. The first was my graze box, which I've been getting for a while now and are really yummy. The second was some more Sally Hansen Salon Effects, this time in Frock Star, which are basically very glittery! And the third was a beautifully wrapped item of clothing that I bought from the lovely Jazmine of Jazzabelle's Diary. I'll keep that a surprise until I wear it one day, but look how nicely wrapped it was:

I really like the Salon Effects that I bought, mostly because I hate waiting for normal nail varnish to dry (I normally forget and touch it or something and ruin it) and also because there's no way you'd be able to get such a detailed pattern on your nail, even if you had it done properly or something. My friend got Minx done on her nails and she said they were great, but I think they're pretty pricey too. She got them done for free because a friend needed to practice on people, so I think these Salon Effects are a good alternative if you don't have a celebrity budget to splash on your nails! The flowery ones I had on stayed on for a good 10 days, I'll see how long these stay on but I'm pretty sure I'll be buying these again!

I'm going back to Bristol tomorrow, so I'll probably be running around packing like a mad thing in the morning. I hate packing the night before, it annoys me to have to leave out things I'm going to need in the morning. So instead I tend to do it all in a mad rush the day I'm going anywhere. Although, the advantage is that I've learned to pack up pretty much everything I own in about an hour. And for the amount of rubbish I have (and insist on taking to and from uni) I think that's quite impressive. Right, now I'm debating whether to get a good night's sleep, or to try and crack on with this essay. My brain feels like mush, maybe it's bedtime!

It's a ring thing

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Current obsession - chunky rings. Big, crystally looking stones set in gold and silver are really appealing to me right now. There seem to be lots around on the high street, as well as online shops like ASOS and smaller individual shops. I only wish there were more stretchy and adjustable ones around so I could buy more for my little fingers! Take a look at these jewelled delights; kind of yummy, no?

Another obsession is definitely animal jewellery, and particularly anything with with a rabbit on it, very appropriate for Easter :) In the past few months the high street has been literally overflowing with rabbit-related jewellery, which is great because there's lots of variety about, but it also inevitably means that consumers will get sick of it much sooner. Just like owl-themed jewellery and cupcakes... 

Remember how fashionable cupcakes were a couple of years ago? Every wedding cake was replaced with cute bite-sized spongy things covered in far too much icing and floral decoration, and dedicated cupcake bakeries literally sprang up on every street. We were bombarded with recipe books, online communities that exist to discuss their latest cupcakey creations, cupcake clothing and jewellery, the list goes on. Literally, they were everywhere. At one point it did seem inevitable that cupcakes would take over the world (me, exaggerate? Never.). And then one day some sane person who'd had enough of all this faffing around with dainty little pansy cakes (and probably just wanted something he could cut a portion size of his own choosing without people saying 'are you going to eat three of those?!') said, "how about we return to eating cakes of all shapes and sizes? How about we stop this discrimination against the normal-sized cake?! We can buy one bigger cake for the same price as these showy mini cakes and eat it slice by slice over an extended period of time!" And the world turned around and said, "you know what, you are absolutely right! That, good sir, is a bloody good idea! Now cut me a slice and stick the kettle on." 

Ok, so that may or may not have happened, in my opinion it most likely did happen; but you catch my drift - cupcakes have gone out of vogue recently. Maybe it's the credit crunch. Anyway, my point (I think it got lost somewhere along the way in all that icing) was that fluffy little animal jewellery will probably be "out" by this time next year too. Nevertheless, I'll probably still be wearing mine proudly, whilst I scoff another vanilla cupcake (but they're just so adorable and miniature!!)

Today I had a long overdue haircut at Steph's Salon (aka, the kitchen by my mum - it's great, you can pay her in hugs!), and by long overdue I mean it probably should have been cut in about 1999 because that's how straggly and long it was! I've been quite busy with work and drama stuff lately, especially sorting stuff like accommodation for Edinburgh, and I have two essays due in next week. So I'll try to blog as normal but it may not be that interesting as I will most probably be sitting in my room day after day drinking copious amounts of coffee and crying at my inability to write the essays and my hideous habit of procrastination which has led to me writing them a week before they are due. 

As my abnormal ramblings above clearly illustrate, it is most definitely time for me to shut up and go to sleep, and hopefully I won't plague you again with any more fabricated tales of the cupcakes' demise. Soz guysss! Night!

Happy Easter :)

Sunday, 24 April 2011
Helloo, I hope you're all having a nice Easter weekend and consuming unhealthy amounts of chocolate! I haven't had any yet because I went out for a meal and am so full I might explode if I so much as look at any more food! I am looking forward to my little lindt chocolate rabbit later though, they're just so cute and yummy!

So I went shopping yesterday with my Mum and bought some new shoes from H&M. I got the black wedges, and then a pair of tan sandals with a heel. I wore the sandals today when we went out for lunch. We went to Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham, and it was delish. I had soup and then this goats cheese and pear tart kind of thing. It sounds a bit strange but was so good. You know when you really want to keep eating something because it's so yummy but you know you will literally burst if you don't stop... yeah, well thankfully I didn't burst, but I definitely had to loosen my belt! How embarrassing! Anyway, moving swiftly on... here's what I wore:

We were kept entertained throughout the meal by two women sitting behind us, clearly gossiping about their sister (we think, we were trying to work it out!). I know, I'm so nosy, but it was pretty funny!

Have a good bank holiday everyone :)

Shoe Lust

Saturday, 23 April 2011
Hello all, I've been busy discovering new blogs, amongst other things, which is why I haven't got round to posting this until now (when I should be asleep!). So here's a quick update: I'm back home from Wales now, my plans for the rest of my holiday basically consist of - essay writing, planning a holiday, uni drama stuff, blogging (I hope!) and most likely procrastinating by online window shopping! 

I was having a little look at H&M's new website (mentioned here previously) and decided to have a look at the shoes. For someone with lots of clothes, I have comparatively few shoes. This is probably partly due to the fact that I have stupidly small and narrow feet, so even when shops make shoes in my size, they quite often don't fit. I also think that nice cheap shoes are harder to come by than nice cheap(ish!) clothes, and therefore I end up spending money on more items of cheaper clothing, than investing in more expensive shoes. I suppose, for a budget like mine, H&M is somewhere in the middle. It's not Primark, and it's not Topshop/Urban Outfitters/Office etc. Whilst Primark shoes tend to fall apart (except I have found a few good pairs of heels that fit) and the price of Topshop shoes put me off (although I have never found a pair that fit me, so I don't have to worry about that really!) shops like H&M seem to be a good compromise. So I thought that, although I shouldn't be spending any money at the moment *sadface* I was tempted by the promise of a good alternative to the aforementioned. And boy, were my eyes in for a treat! Look at these babies, I don't know whether I'll be able to resist. They seem to encapsulate lots of styles I've been looking at recently in much more expensive shops. I think for something that is not often as prominent as the rest of an outfit (because who is really looking at your feet all day...?) I would rather compromise slightly on the design and brand, for something more affordable and student budget-friendly!

Floral heels - £29.99
Tan wedges - £29.99
Black wedges - £24.99
Flat sandals - £14.99
Pink heels - £29.99

I've chosen mainly spring/summer shoes, but I had to put the black wedges in because I seem to be obsessed with them at the moment. I think this little collection would see me right through spring and summer for all occasions! If I had to choose two pairs it would probably be the two pairs of wedges (height and comfort?! Yes please!) so I may try them on if I see them in store. At under £30 you can't go wrong really can you? That's twice I've mentioned H&M in the past few days, I should be a brand representative or something!

So, now I really should go to bed, but before I go I'll leave you with this...

What can I say, the sunshine makes me happy! This was during a pathetic attempt at an outfit post that was going horribly wrong. 'If all else fails jump around like a loon', that's the saying right? Or something like that...

Wild Horses

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
So I'm in Wales at the moment, and one of the things I always look forward to when I come here is going to find the horses and ponies that live freely on the common by my grandparent's house. If you give them polos, they will literally follow you to the ends of the earth! Sadly I didn't have any treats so went empty handed today, but they still let me stroke them :) It was boiling hot and really sunny so I brought my camera with me and my brother caught a really nice moment on camera. I went up to one of the horses and it kind of looked at me for a minute, then must have decided I was alright and proceeded to lie down next to me! Because these aren't tame horses I'm always a bit wary, but they're so beautiful I can't resist going to find them.

Last night I tried out Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips after reading about them on The Dainty Squid recently and so far I am absolutely loving them. I've tried Nail Rocks from Topshop and these were ten times easier to apply and i feel like they're going to last a lot longer too. They don't feel like they're another layer on top of my nails, more like nail polish that they're really stuck to my nails. I'll let you know how long they last because that might determine whether they're worth buying again, but so far I'm pretty sure these will become an obsession. I'm already wondering which other patterns to try. I got Girl Flower to start with because they looked so pretty. The only downside was I had to open both packets to find strips to fit my nails so I couldn't keep them for two uses, so I used the leftover ones to do my big toes and my Mum's thumb nails, which was fun :) I did try to persuade my Nanna to let me do hers too but she wasn't having it haha!

These aren't my actual nails, I found this image online because they give a more accurate idea of how they look. My nails are quite short and I've been biting them recently so I thought you probably don't want to see those! Having them nice and pretty is motivating me to stop picking at them though, so I'll see how long the strips last and show you before I take them off. 

I'm not sure where you can buy them in the UK but I got these from Ebay, for any UK readers who want to try them too!

Goodnight everyone!

Day Trip

Today I ventured out in the beautiful weather on a little excursion to Bourton-on-the-Water, a delightful little town in the Cotswolds that has a little river running through it with bridges. Apparently it's the 'Venice of Britain', but I've never heard anyone refer to it as that. It's really pretty and cute though, and is often filled with families and old people, so you know it's going to be a wild day out! This is the type of thing me and my friends like to do; go for picnics and stuff, it's like we've descended into middle age already or something. Surely we're meant to be out drinking and behaving badly or something? But no, instead you'll find us doing something perfectly wholesome like buying sandwiches and doughnuts in Tesco before driving 40 minutes into the countryside to sunbathe and chat. 

It was pretty awesome though. We bought our little picnic (delish, btw) and then went to Bourton, where we spent the afternoon basking in the heat and moving every now and again to follow the sun. Then we went into some of the shops to look around and got ice cream. It actually felt like summer. 

And it wouldn't be a summer excursion if I didn't get at least a little bit burnt. I didn't even realise it was that hot, but I tied my hair up halfway through the day and my neck caught the sun a bit. To be honest it's not hard for that to happen, it's like I'm part vampire or something, my skin shouldn't see the light of day. My friends like to sit next to me because I make them look so much more tanned in comparison. It's usually not a problem but like I've mentioned before when it comes to summer and I get my legs out they have a tendency to blind people. But nonetheless I went for it and wore shorts today and allowed my legs to get accustomed to the sun. I don't think it shows, but at least they didn't burn!

Anyway, I took some pictures of our little day out, sadly there aren't any great pictures of Bourton itself, I was too busy getting snap-happy taking pictures of my friends, but you can see how nice the weather was :) 

Me sitting in the old car/buggy thing at the motor museum (we couldn't pay to go in and see 'Brum' so we just took pictures outside in true student fashion) See my blinding paleness?! I wasn't making it up!

The ducks! We gave them some of our leftover picnic :)

Those kids kept ruining the shot so I just gave up and took one anyway!

There was actually another reason we were in Bourton today as well. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of Geocaching, but it's quite hard to explain, so I'll just link the website and if you're interested you can have a look, but a quick way to sum it up would be to describe it as a kind of treasure hunt. But with sat navs. Anyway, it is so much fun, I absolutely love it! So we were trying to find geocaches in Bourton today, but due to a lack of organisation we had no sat nav, which pretty much made it impossible! That didn't stop us however, and we got a few odd stares while I stood on one of my friends to look in a tree...! I'm sure that's really made you want to find out about it now (not!) but I swear it's amazing, you should all google it and let me know if you do it, or if you already have!

Sorry this has been quite a wordy and long post, I had a few things to talk about but I'm planning to do another post tomorrow, so I hope you're all well and haven't fallen asleep reading this yet :) I'm in Wales at the moment visiting family as my Grandpa is ill, but it's still nice to be here even though it's in unfortunate circumstances. I'm hoping to do some horseriding while I'm here, which I'm really looking forward to.

I took another lookbook picture the other day, so here it is. It took ages to take that one picture, my face kept doing odd things and then the sun would go behind the clouds and I'd be in complete shadow, but it turned out ok in the end I think. I got the skirt for Christmas, it's a snakeskin print which isn't something I'd probably go for but I really like it!

I really will shut up and go now, but before I do I must say how I've been counting down the days until Gossip Girl, 90210 and One Tree Hill were all back on.. I'm literally obsessed with those shows! For a drama student I have pretty poor taste in television it seems but I am a complete sucker for trashy American teenage programmes. So I can't wait to catch up and find out what's happened, I'm sure I'm not alone either!

Thanks for reading!

Little Red Dress

Saturday, 16 April 2011
Hello hello, I've had quite a busy day today seeing as we finally got our offer from a venue for our play for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, so I've been doing lots of emailing and organising this afternoon! I'm really excited though as it looks like I'll be in the same place as last year, and it was a really nice place to be.

So it looks like it's sunny again in the UK so I decided to break out the little red dress before the weather had a chance to change its mind again. Apparently it'll be warm for this weekend at least, which is as good an excuse as any to go and meet my friends at the pub tonight for a drink and a catch-up. So here's the dress I bought in Topshop the other day; as you can see my legs aren't quite ready to be bared, so they're still in tights until it's a bit warmer. Every year I tell myself I'm going to do a bit of fake tan for the summer so I can get my legs out, but inevitably I rarely bother. I tend to blind people with my white legs though so maybe I should make an effort this year. I do get jealous of people who get a nice light tan easily as soon as the sun comes out, it just makes wearing bare legs a whole lot easier. I don't mind being pale at all, but there is a limit to how bright you want your legs to look when they're on display! At the moment I don't think they're fit for the public, I'll have to get some Dove summer glow lotion on the go I think.

So I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine, I know I am. I found this image on Lauren's blog, La Petite Fashionista, and it just made me want to get in a car with my friends and go on some epic roadtrip somewhere. I would love do that across America one day, I think it would be so much fun to be free to roam wherever you want for as long as you want!

I also found this yesterday. It's a colour vision deficiency test. Apparently one in 225 women and one in 12 men have colour vision deficiency of some sort. I wonder why it's so much more common in men? It does explain why so many of them get dark navy and black confused though! The better your colour vision, the lower your score, and I scored 0 so I have perfect colour vision.. sweeeet! So try it out and see how yours is. Right, I'm going to enjoy a well-earned rest now, have a nice evening everyone!  :)

Productive Day

Thursday, 14 April 2011
I'm having quite a productive day today; I'm doing lots of little annoying jobs that need to be done like tidying my room and sending emails. I've also been playing with apps on my iPad (ok, so not THAT productive!) like the Old Camera one. I didn't realise it was an iPhone app so it's small on my screen but it still takes old-looking pictures, which is always fun! It puts random different effects on pictures so it's quite a cool way to waste time, not that I'm wasting time or anything... Anyway, these are two of the effects, I think I like the first silvery-blue one best but they're both quite nice :)

I love the jumper I'm wearing today, well if I'm honest I've been wearing it pretty much every day since I've been home for the holiday, it's just so comfy! It's a really nice muted green colour and is just the right thickness for this kind of weather. I got it in the ASOS sale a few weeks ago, I think it was reduced from £60-something to £25, so it was a bargain! It's the ASOS White label, and just feels like a really good quality jumper, so I'm glad I bought it.

In other news, H&M have changed their website and it's up and running today, so have a look because it's much more aesthetically pleasing and easier to navigate than their old one. The mobile website is still annoyingly hard to browse but I do think the main one is vastly improved. I remember when they opened their online shopping website I was really excited because I like H&M clothes but sometimes find shopping there a bit of a mission as things are never organised that well, at least in my local H&M. But the website was a massive let-down as there never seemed to be stock on the website that I had actually seen in store, as well as it being visually unattractive and hard to navigate. I haven't fully explored the whole website yet, but so far it seems to be 100% better than their first attempt! This should be good for everyone who, like me, likes their clothes and prices but doesn't always like shopping in-store.

Right well I better get back to my to-do list before I ruin my productive streak, but before I go here's a reminder to enter Sofia's latest giveaway of Lauren Conrad's 'Style' book. Even if you didn't watch her on The Hills, you have to admit, that girl has style! Have a good day everyone :)


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Had a fun day today, I went into town with my Mum and spent my birthday Topshop voucher from my brother as well as getting a few other bits and pieces. To be honest, it just goes to show the sad state of affairs at the moment if I'm getting excited about going into town, which, if you've been to Gloucester, you'll know is nothing to be excited about! I am definitely having a very relaxed holiday so far, which is one way to put it, although the prospect of shopping is always exciting really! 

In typical British fashion it started chucking it down today, immediately after I took this photo. I knew my prediction yesterday would be correct. Not that I'd checked the weather or anything... *cough* So this is the rabbit t-shirt my housemates got me for my birthday and I love it! I only wish I could wear my rabbit necklace and rabbit ring at the same time, alas I fear that would certainly be overkill! Also, this is the first time I've posted a look of myself wearing trousers. Someone once asked me on formspring if I ever wear trousers, because I only ever post pictures where I'm wearing skirts/dresses/shorts and I hadn't even thought about it before! I do wear trousers, all the time! Jeans, leggings, trousers, jogging bottoms (although I don't think you really want to see what I wear when I'm lying around watching tv!). But for some reason I never like to post looks including trousers. Perhaps it's because I'm really short and they aren't as flattering...?! I have no idea! But anyway, these jean/jeggings (sorry if you hate that word, I'm not particularly fond of it myself) are quite flattering so I thought I'd push the boat out and post this even though it's not that interesting. I also thought I'd share a rare smiley picture too as for some other unknown reason I always try to pull of (usually unsuccessfully) the moody model stare haha!

Look, a smile!!

Oh I thought I'd quickly show you what I bought as well! I got this red spotty dress from Tophop with my birthday voucher, you can just see the top half there because I wanted to show you the little scalloped collar. I think this will be a staple summer dress for me! It's not too short either so I can wear it in the day and to uni, and as it's sleeveless it will probably be really nice as it gets hotter.

I also got Camomile eye make-up remover from the Body Shop, two nail varnishes (Barbara Day - Tesco) and Maybelline Collossal Mascara because they didn't have the Max Factor False Lash Effect one that I usually get. Hopefully this is good too, but I do really like the Max Factor one. Oh and the Starbucks thing is a packet of 12 instant coffee sachets that they've started doing. I used to work for Starbucks so I got to try the products and this is way nicer than normal instant. I love coffee so this is good for when you don't have time to make a proper pot or if you're out and about (they clearly brainwashed me while I worked there because I seem to be plugging their products on my blog! I'm not getting paid to say that haha!) I know, you didn't really need to see all that extra stuff but like I said, I lead a boring life at the moment and the little things make me happy!

Have a nice evening, I think I'm going to watch a film or something, any suggestions? I watched Brokeback Mountain for the first time the other day (I know, been meaning to watch it for AGES!) and I loved it! I have a massive list of films I want to watch but can never decide. I might have to watch something rubbish and trashy, I feel like as I often watch lots of 'quirky' and 'highbrow' films as part of my degree that when I watch something for fun I just want to see something where I can switch off and just enjoy it!

A bit of sunshine

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

It's actually been sunny and warm in the UK this week for once, which is nice, although I'm pretty sure it'll be raining by Thursday. Anyhow, a bit of sun is always an excuse for the summer wardrobes to make an appearance in the UK; seriously sometimes I see people in flip-flops in February and I just think 'Are you absolutely mental?! Your toes are definitely going to fall off because it's still snowing, so stop kidding yourself that because we're out of the negative degrees then summer must have arrived early!' 

Also, I seem to be one of those people that is always on the chilly side, even in my own house. Maybe I have a cold heart haha! Anyway, so although it is still not warm enough for flip-flops (that's right, put them back in the cupboard!) I thought I'd wear this summery blouse. White always feels like such a summery colour doesn't it? Still resolutely wearing the battered old boots though! It'll be a while before I'm out of those.

My Mum took these pictures for me, which is why my face looks a bit odd; she kept laughing and making me laugh too, which is not that attractive when caught on camera. Trust me, these are the best of the bunch, the rest were pretty funny to look at though! Right, I'm off to do some Edinburgh-related work, have a nice day in the sunshine everyone :)

New design

I was getting a bit bored with the old background and header so I decided to make a new one, which will hopefully be here to stay. I've been debating getting a tattoo recently and I've been looking at thousands of bird tattoos so I think that's why I decided to put birds on the header!

Don't worry, it won't be some hideous flamingo plastered over my back or something, I was just thinking something really small and discreet that you wouldn't have to have on display all the time. I'll let you know if I do decide to do it, but for now here is a collage I found that is sort of along the lines I was thinking...

I just saved this on my computer and can't find it again so if this is your collage let me know and I'll credit you!

Also, my friend from uni has just re-opened her blog so have a look - http://wendy-in-disguise.blogspot.com/

Bye now :) 

Cute things!

Friday, 8 April 2011

I do have some proper posts coming up now that I'm home for the Easter holidays; the last week of term was pretty manic! Although I thought I'd do a quick post now to show you the top I'm wearing that I got from ASOS and this ring I bought from H&M the other day because it's the cutest thing ever and it will probably never leave my finger now! I am obsessed with rabbits, so I couldn't resist, but just look, how sweet?!

I definitely have a love for all things cute and cuddly, especially rabbits! For now Nibbles the hamster will have to do because I can't really have any other pets at the moment. I think he pretty much fulfils the cute quota though, he's swinging from the bars in his cage like a monkey right now, I think he's trying to convince me hamsters are just as cute as rabbits. Bless, I'll have to upload a video of him doing it sometime because it's really funny! He swings around from the roof of his cage and then just lets go and falls onto the floor. Silly hamster.

Anyway, enough of me blabbing on, have a nice weekend everyone :)

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