Friday, 1 August 2014

JULY FAVOURITES

Yes July has crept up on us ever so quickly but let's face it, every blogger/vlogger in existence will say that every month, so I shall spare you the huge ramble about it this time :)

This month has been a pretty good one and I kind of feel like I've fallen (even more) head over heels for makeup and clothes. Especially clothes (...sorry purse!) So without further ado, here are the things I've been loving this month.

Almond magnums, Mocha Coconut Frappuccino's and BBQ chicken aside, of course!

Rimmel Breakfast in bed - If I had a pound for every minty green/blue nail polish I had, I would be able to afford the whole of Superdrug. Breakfast in bed wasn't necessary but it is very appreciated. And beautiful. Like, incredibly beautiful to the point in which I couldn't stop staring at my nails. It is actually less neon than it appears in the picture, almost like Tanya Burr's Little Duck's younger sister. The brush is perfect, the formula good (although maybe just slightly gloopy after a second coat) This is my summer favourite! 
Makeup forever HD foundation - a full review will be up soon so all I'll say for now, is that it is the stuff that superficial girl dreams are made of. That is all! 

Bourjois Duo Bronzer - I received this at the amazing bourjois summer launch a few weeks back and I have genuinely worn it everyday since. Swirled together, it makes a gorgeous glowy all over bronze and subtle contour. Use separately for a more enhanced contour. It also smells of chocolate/cocoa butter. Win win! 
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Pale Mauve - this lipstick, I christened my 'Young Apprentice' lipstick. I bought it almost 2 years ago just before I started working on the show and I literally wore it every day for 3 months. I rediscovered it this month and oh my, have I missed out. It is the perfect nude pink. The formula is pretty matte so it's long lasting but also very moisturising. If you like Mac Angel and Hue, this is like their matte baby. Perfection.

Those primark mules (linked here) - I searched high and low for weeks for these. I finally found them, I bought them, they haven't come off of my feet since. Well, figuratively speaking of course. They're also ridiculously comfortable considering the heel is around 4.5inches high and they also go with everything. So basically, I would've been a fool not to buy them, right? Right...

A gift to remember by Melissa Hill - I got this free in my Bourjois goodie bag a few weeks back too and finished it in around 3days. It's not thrilling, tense, it doesn't even really have a huge story line but it is such an easy, 'nice' read. Perfect for a beach holiday. Ahh, let's go to the beach, beach, let's go get away...

I generally always mention a blogger favourite in my monthly favourites, however I have been so obsessed with blogs lately that there are simply too many to name. So I will be a bit of a cop out and say all of you! Although - ahh there's always a but - I have particularly been loving my all time blogger fave, Kenza Zouiten. She needs no introduction, just head to her blog. She is the definition of perfection!

So that's it for July. A special mention should also go to that long lost friend of ours, named the sun, which has dramatically improved life just by hanging around more often. (Everything is better in the sun, right?)
 How has July been for you? What products, people, 'things' have you been loving this month? I would love to hear your thoughts!

xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

You can sit with us

I'm not one for a bandwagon. Well, maybe that's not entirely true. I generally abandon a trend while it's, erm, on trend? And then jump on it a whole load'a time later. Which is exactly what I've done with the t-shirt in question today. (A whole post about a t-shirt. Riveting stuff on 'the Elle next door' today. Riveting stuff!)

I'll start by saying that Mean Girls is genuinely one of my favourite films. It's definitely up there in my in my top five which I understand probably makes me a little tragic - that's just the beginning love... - and a little bit of a loser but I just can't help it. It makes me laugh, it's a feel good film, and it inspires fashion items apparently. What more could you want?
I left the whole "You can't sit with us" tee's after I saw at least 6 people wearing it in one day, however I came across the t-shirt in today's post and immediately fell in love. The cut and shape is relatively flattering on me - I think - the material is extremely soft and comfortable to wear and I generally just love the pattern/colour.

I also happen to be particularly late to the whole 'plaid shirt tied around your waist' look, and I'm a bit sad about that. No, I definitely don't pull off Sincerely Jules cool in this as I was hoping praying begging for, but, it does kind of give off a casual cool vibe I think.

(Emphasis on the word 'think')
I also picked up these shoes recently after declaring a "I need black mules" mission, and I'll give you one guess - this is me after all - where they're from. Any guesses, you over the back there? I'll tell you shall I... they are from my Mecca, the second home, the place of belonging (OK, OK, I'll give it a rest now) Yeah... they're from Primark, and I bloody love them!
And that's about it from me. It's been a busy week that ended with the most perfect weekend consisting of some beach time - Botany Bay in Kent is just [insert thumbs up emoji here] - and a Oxford St and Soho shop crawl. And I really was crawling by the end of it!

So, what are you thoughts on icon tee's, what did you get up to at the weekend? I wanna hear from you! :)

As always, thanks so much for reading, see you in the next post!

xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CHANGE

Change. For someone that is generally pretty petrified by even the thought of it, I am very happy to sit here and right about the newness in my life - and blog, exciting times!! - of late. If you've read my blog previously then you'll be more than aware that I love nothing more then to waffle on into the next century so I will try to keep this as short and snoozeworthy-less as possible.

Please take note on the word 'try'. I am making no promises :)

Blog changes. For a long time I have been extremely unhappy with my very amateur, simple and pretty much bodged together blog layout, template etc. which is nobodies fault but my own. In truth, working in TV - and particularly the shows that I worked on - meant that I had barely any free time to dedicate towards my blog and when I did, I was focusing completely on the quality of content - yep, I did actually work on that believe it or not ;) - than 'prettying' things up a bit. But after fan-girling and being slightly envious of all the pretty blog layouts out there, I finally decided to do something about it. This something was getting in touch with Pipdig to design my blog and I can honestly recommend them wholeheartedly! Not only is the service perfect - quick and helpful replies to emails, always feeling like I could ask for different options etc. - but the actual designs themselves are beautiful. I won't admit how long it took me to make up my mind which template to go for but as you can see, I went for one that is very simple, clean and what I personally believe to be very chic. I am over the moon with it so thank you very much Phil from Pipdig, my blog no longer looks like 5 year old designed it. Halle-bloody-lujah!
Life changes. Life changes? That all sounds a bit serious doesn't it, well it's me so of course...it really isn't. A lot of shit has been going down lately in my life when it comes to that pesky little word called stress. I'm not sure how many people will know that I've worked in TV since I was 18 - if you didn't, you do now :) - and it's only now, 3 years later that I've had enough time to sit back and reflect on all of the incredible experiences that I've been lucky enough to experience in that time, but also on how much stress and worry and I guess anxiety came along with that too. Please don't get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful and thankful for my career - how many people can say that they've spoke to and looked after some of the most famous people in the world, been in the most exhilarating circumstances etc. - but I feel like now is the right time to put my priorities into place and I'm extremely looking forward to, dare I say it, 'settling down' and just taking more time to see family, friends... and just the world really. I want to travel, I want to be able to make it to loved ones birthdays, I want to be able to go out one night and not worry about a 5am wake up call the next morning. Honestly and truly? I want to be able to blog multiple times a week as well as fulfilling other passions of mine.
Which is why recently I made a choice to work in a slightly different spectrum , if you will, of TV. I am now an Assistant producer and VT Editor - if any UK readers can hear VT without picturing Keith Lemon from Celebrity Juice saying "VT stands for video tape", you are a better person than me - of an Interactive TV show on Sky. Of course, it's still generally a stressful job, but it also means that I get to work half the week from home, pop out to Starbucks in the morning with my Mum if I have time, nip out to take blog photo's on my lunch break etc. and I am more than happy with that. My health - which is a whole other post that I've been considering writing for a long time but just haven't had the balls to yet. I'm basically a professional Sick Note so it's gonna be a long one ;) - and happiness come first now, and I am all for raising a glass - or 5 - to that! (not sure how 5 glasses of wine quite equates to better health, but I'm trying people. I'm trying)

I'm going to wrap this bad boy up here as I could quite happily bore you all into 2015, but I just wanted to take this moment to say that to everyone that reads, comments, likes my blog (that's you Mum!)... you are a huge part of why I am currently so happy right now, and I feel very grateful for each and every one of you. 

So, I'd love you to tell me what changes you've made in life - or to your blog - for the better? What are you enjoying at the moment? I'm all for some positivity around this place so I am all ears!

As always, thanks so much for reading. Here's to much more regular posts on this blog. (miracles happen right?!)

xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

MONDAY BLUES

Think I was joking about having to separate my Primark Midi skirt posts into parts because I bought so many? Yeah, I wasn't... After buying my first Primark midi in the gorgeous - if slightly picnic blanket-esque - gingham print, I deemed it necessary, yep necessary, to follow it up with not one midi repurchase... but three. (I also blogged about the second, which is a gorgeous pastel checked number, here)

My new years resolution to spend less is clearly going as well as my resolution to eat healthy and exercise.

Onto the next Midi purchase. It's a pastel/periwinkle blue, it is slightly sheer with a shorter slip underneath, it is - to quote Cheryl for the thousandth time (I really do need to stop quoting bloody Cheryl) - right up my street!

Friday, 18 July 2014

THE BLOGROLL

I've never done one of these 'BlogRoll' type of posts before. I think that's because I have a tendency to fan girl, girl crush drool over my favourite bloggers at the best of times, let alone a whole blog post focused on doing just that. But here I am, deciding to share the love today.

And of course it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my face has had an explosive breakout making me resemble a pizza. Nothing at all... ;)

I've tried to cut this list down as much as possible - yep, this is my short version - but I do want to take a minute to say that there are literally 100's of blogs that I love and adore, but these are just the ones particularly floating my boat right now. My go-to blogs if you will.

Onto the stalk-ee's, err... I mean bloggers.

Monday, 14 July 2014

SUMMER PRINTS

This kind of print, for me, just sums up summer. It reminds me of the ocean and makes me want to hot foot it to the airport, catch the soonest flight and head straight to the Bahamas (one of my favourite places ever)/Maldives/Thailand [insert place of paradise here] As it stands, I currently work on a show that 'can't have me away' #FML so dressing like the ocean and a day trip to Southend is about as good as it gets for me. It's OK though, I'm not bitter. I'm not bitter at fucking all! ;)

Onto said dress. Oh, and apologies in advance for the lack of photo quality and posing. It was a bright, but windy - hey Hagrid-esque hair! - day. The 'touch the hair, act natural' pose on the other hand? Well, there's no excuses for that one.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The IMATS Haul

Many people, have many different opinions and perceptions of what Heaven might be. Some would immediately think of heaven in biblical terms. Some may think of a feast at their favourite restaurant.  Some might think of a stroll round Topshop on Oxford Street all by yourself. And some might dream of walking round a huge venue with countless stalls, selling not very accessible make up brands at discounted prices, surrounded by an abundance of makeup lovers.

I fall completely into the latter category. (Well, slightly into the second and third option too, but mainly the latter) This is why, when my lovely friend Hannah asked if I fancied going to IMATS this year, I hot footed it straight to my computer and ordered a ticket.

Two weekends ago was IMATS weekend and I came, I saw and I conquered* 

[*Bought!]

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Embracing Colour

I am a woman of lots of words but very little colour in her wardrobe. After watching Niomi's haul in which she only purchased items of colour (and I mean bright colours, not your classic black, white and neutrals) I was inspired to do a little summer brights shopping myself. Any excuse...

Starting with some skorts that are most definitely "I need some sunglasses on to look in your direction" worthy, meaning I definitely succeeded in my 'branch out and wear something other than black you boring bitch' mission. Neutrals 0 - living life on the edge, Yolo style - 1!
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