London

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So today I decided to take a break from everything and treat myself and my mum to a shopping spree in London. I always feel that shopping sprees are the perfect excuse for lots of food and coffee, I mean, you cant walk about all day on an empty stomach can you?

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So after an shamefully chocolatey breakfast at my favourite patisserie, we walked to the train station to begin our day. Our first stop was covent garden, because I have a stupid obsession with macarons, and they have a Laduree store there, and I was dying to try some of their famous macarons. I bought a box of 6, and once I have tried all of them i’m going to make a separate blog post dedicated to them, trust me they deserve it hah!

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As it is nearing valentines day, the people at covent garden have set up this adorable place where couples can go, and padlock hearts and messages to metal cages spelling the word love. I know that they have a similar thing to this in korea, and I have always thought it was the most adorable idea.

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(More food hahaha!) I got a delicious Red Velvet cupcake from Candy Cakes and it was fabulous. The icing was perfection, and the fact that it had glitter on it make it 50 thousand times cooler ah 😉

I ended up spending quite a lot of money, and it was a lot of fun, so I thought that I would show you a mini haul (to be honest I gave up taking photos of london once I had a few shopping bags because I’m lazy oops)

IMG_3873 IMG_3880Here are the macarons I bought, i’m just so excited about tasting them all. I paid a little extra to have them put in a box, but I think its worth it because the box really is pretty, and I will definitely be able to find a use for it in my room.

IMG_3891 IMG_3892 IMG_3894I’m such a sucker for anything cute that I can hang from things like drawer knobs and handles. I dont really know what I’m going to do with the bucket, but I just couldn’t resist the colour and the polka dots (plus it was only 99p, a bargain right?)

IMG_3893I bought this hand cream from L’occitane. I have never actually purchased anything from this brand before, but I tried one of the testers and just instantly fell in love- it smells really lovely, and unlike some hand creams it doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky or greasy after you use it.

So… I found a Cath Kidston shop… and as you can see.. I went a little bit mad. Their shops are always so pretty and I just cant resist and I decide that I need to buy everything and ah it doesn’t go well for me hah.

IMG_3895 IMG_3896I bought the 2013 diary because it was half price, and plus it’s already February so I suppose that it is about time that I accepted the fact that it actually is 2013.

The edges of the pages are printed with different patterns, and there is a lovely little plastic zip wallet attached to the back cover so you can keep loose bits of paper safe if you have no where else to put them.

IMG_3898I bought the passport holder because I actually use my passport as my form of ID- I dont have a drivers licence so I have to carry it with me if i’m going to buy anything age restricted. I thought that getting a passport holder might make it slightly safer and make it look less passport like (ok I dont know it was just cute ok).

IMG_3899The tissues were only 89p it would be a crime not to buy them really…

IMG_3901I bought this lanyard to attach to my college locker keys- they always seem to get lost at the bottom of my bag, and I hope with this I will be able to find them a bit quicker (probably wont work).

IMG_3902Gah ok this lip balm is so so so nice. I really cant explain the smell but it is literally the most perfect thing in the world.

Paperchase is another weakness I have in my life. I mean really, who can resist cute stationary? There is actually a paperchase literally 5 minutes away from my college which I spend my life in, and it was nice to go in a different one for a change (even if they sold the same stuff…)

IMG_3903I feel that highlighters with cats on them are a necessity in life ok just look at them.

IMG_3904Ha ok so I thought these would be fun for a future blog post where I can fail at making cookies again!!

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My hands are permanently cold. Seriously, even in the summer my hands are cold- and they have been ever since I was a baby. So when I saw this cute little hand warmer I had to buy it! It has an owl on it what more do I need to say really.

So, it was a really great day, my mum even decided that she wanted a mulberry purse so I had great fun helping her choose that (can I just get a full time job as a personal shopper that would be great thank you).

Did you all have a good day?

À bientôt!!

P.S Can I just say how happy I am about parliament finally approving gay marriage. It gives me a little bit more faith in humanity.

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Birch Box

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Hi guys, ok so today I received my first ever Birchbox.

I was so excited about receiving this, formerly known as Jolie Box, a monthly beauty box brand has recently been taken over by the american company Birchbox, and this was their debut UK box.

This box totally lived up to my expectation, the products I received were great and some of them were completely worth the £10 cost of the box.

I was totally happy that the outside packaging was pink- forever my favourite colour, and when you opened it up there was actually a smaller cute box inside, which is nice because then you know that your products have been well protected in the post.

IMG_3744It came with a Birchbox magazine inside (cute little added extras are my favourite thing in life hah).

IMG_3746Once you opened the smaller box there was once again more to protect your products in this adorable little pink drawstring bag, which i have actually found really handy for keeping bits in on my desk (aka the messiest part of my room, seriously it’s insanely bad) in an attempt to be more organised.

IMG_3747Inside the box I got 5 products, a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment (my favourite thing out of the whole box, it is fantastic), KMS California Volumizing Spray, Taaj Creme Mains Delhicates Hand Cream, WEI White Lotus Moisture Rich eye cream and a Teapigs super fruit tea bag.

IMG_3748The Sugar Rose lipbalm is so lovely. It is slightly tinted with pink, which is nice because during the day my benefit liptint that I put on in the morning wears off, and I never carry it with me because i’m lazy, but this adds a little boost of colour if I need it. It also smells and tastes so yummy.

This is actually a full sized product which usually individually sells for £15.50, so I am extra happy that this came in the box as that makes it a complete bargain!

IMG_3749Ok, so I haven’t actually used this volumizing spray yet, to be honest I’m not really a person that uses these kind of hair products because for a start anything like this makes my hair greasy and ew so sorry, I dont really have an opinion on this one! Do any of you use this?

The full size of this product usually sells for £14.85

IMG_3750At first I wasn’t completely sure about this hand cream. Sure, it made my hands feel lovely, but the smell is rather….. overpowering I guess you could say? And at first I didn’t really like it. But, it must be one of those smells that you grow to love with time because I’ve been using this before I go to sleep and now I actually think it smells yummy! However, I dont think it is one of those hand creams that I would keep in my bag and use in public- the smell is just too strong.

The full size of this usually sells for £10

IMG_3752I really like eye creams, so I was excited when this came. This product is really refreshing, I tried using it in the morning and it made me feel more awake after I applied it, which is always helpful as I am literally a zombie in the morning haha! The size that they give you to test though is actually stupidly small, the tube is about 2 or 3 centimeters, so use it sparingly if you want it to last a while!

The full size of this product usually sells for £60 (which probably explains their small tester size), and i’m not sure I would pay that much, but if you want a really high quality eye cream, then this is for you.

IMG_3751Ok I love tea so I got quite excited about this (except what is the point of having caffeine free tea, I will never understand), but I actually haven’t got around to trying this yet. As soon as I do I will let you guys know my opinion!!

A pack of 15 of these teabags usually sells for £3.99 🙂

 

So, did you all have a good start to the week? I got my art essay finished, and I’m almost done with one of my final pieces so YES i have been productive this week so far (which makes a change hahah!!)

À bientôt!!

Weekly style inspiration- Alexa Chung

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This week’s style inspiration post has to go to the lovely Alexa Chung. Alexa is an English model/tv presenter, and her style is, in my opinion, perfect.

She tends to be rather androgynous, sticking to dark colours and showing a passion for wearing tailored suits, making her style a very distinctive one. Many people find this charming however, with multiple influential people including Karl Lagerfeld  and Vogue’s Anna Wintour describing her as “a phenomenon” and “the Kate Moss of the new generation”.

And of course we cant forget the famous handbag brand Mulberry, that designed, and named the much sought after “Alexa” bag in her honour.

She’s gorgeous and I’m obviously completely jealous.

What do you guys think of Alexa’s style?

(its 5 minutes to midnight, this still counts as a friday post right?) haha!

See you again tomorrow~

À bientôt!!

Nick Knight

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Ok, so it’s insane how much I love this photographer. What’s even more shocking is the fact that my photography teacher initially introduced me to his work, a man who usually suggests really boring photographers that I just cant get excited about no matter how hard I try.

Nick Knight is a British Fashion photographer, and his work is really outstanding. He has shot both editorial and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Lancôme, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent. He is also well known for directing Lady Gaga’s music video ‘Born this way’. (And he has the coolest name ever, you cant say that you dont agree ha).

The compositions are fabulous, the dresses are fabulous, I just really love everything about these photos.

You should definitely check out his website  where there are hundreds of examples of his beautiful work- including some non fashion pieces!

Until tomorrow,

À bientôt!!

(I have no idea what happened here I obviously just forgot to press publish last night wow i’m an idiot pfft)

Velvet

So, recently I’ve been super aware of all the velvet pieces that are appearing in our shops, and can I say, I love it.

When I was really young, I vividly remember my mum buying me a dress for christmas, an adorable little dress made of velvet. I used to love this dress so much- it made me feel like a princess and I would insist on wearing it everywhere, my mum literally had to bribe me to wear other clothes. So, I think this must be where my underlying love of the current trend comes from.

I was playing around on polyvore today, and I’ve created a few outfits using different aspects of velvet.

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This dress is one of my absolute favourites. Peter pan dresses are a cute style that I have always loved, and I think it really works well with the velvet and the hot colour of 2012, oxblood.
I picked accessories that match the mood of the dress, as well as creating a variation of colour and texture within the outfit.
The idea of velvet blazers make me really happy, and I am going to have to buy one VERY SOON.
Here I decided to pair it with jeans of a similar colour, along with a light coloured top and light coloured matching accessories to break up and highlight the blazer itself.
Blouses with bows are always a cute investment, they go with numerous things and add slightly more interest than a blouse of the same colour without the bow would. Lets just say I have more than I need in my wardrobe… oops!
Annnnd finally, an outfit similar to what you would see me in every single day of my life.
I love love love the combination of skater skirts paired with pretty blouses. I love high heeled boots and structured bags.
Here I have added a cute bangle as an accessory, which is something I wouldn’t usually particularly consider. I dont really have many bangles but this one was just too adorable to ignore.
This skirt is so lovely, I have something similar to it in my own wardrobe and it is one of my absolute favourites.
Here’s a link to my polyvore account, just incase anything here has taken your fancy and you want to know where it’s from! 🙂
So, do you guys like the velvet trend? Let me know because the more comments I get, the more you make my day 🙂
See you tomorrow!
À bientôt!!

Sale Shopping

Now, you know I love a bargain. And as the January sales are in full swing, I have been shopping quiiiite a lot recently…

I already spent the majority of my money on my mulberry handbag (which is now my baby, how did I ever live without it?!) and that too was in the sales, so, practically a bargain!! But of course I couldn’t resist doing some clothes sale shopping too, which has literally left me with just over £100 in my bank boohoo (no more shopping for me for a while waa).

Instead of boring you with a loooong post with lots of photos, I thought I’d bore you with an awkward video instead!

 

So, have you done a lot of sale shopping? Is anyone as broke as I am now? hahaha

À bientôt!!

 

 

Going Dotty

Recently I’ve become a huuuuge fan of polka dot nails. They’re cute and I think that they look nice with any outfit.

I’m one of these people that seriously sucks at painting my nails. It always takes me like 3 hours, and FORGET ever doing a french manicure because that never goes right. One hand always turns out perfect, and the other is always a disaster. Plus i’m too impatient with letting them dry, they end up chipped and smudged in less than an hour.

So, why would you listen to anything I have to say about nails when I suck so majorly at them I hear you ask? Well, I’ve found a really simple way of achieving polka dots, that even I can do, so here it is!

I dont have any nail art tools at home, so previously I was just getting my white polish and dabbing it onto my nails to create dots, but they always ended up different sizes and because some had a lot of varnish blobbed on, of course i smudged them before I finished painting my whole hand. Not a good look.

IMG_3506So, i have made a really easy DIY nail dotter. Instead of spending like £8 on a profesional nail dotter (which i’m sure are wonderful), all you need is a pencil with an eraser on the top and a dressmaking pin.

Poke the pin into the eraser on top of the pencil and voilà! There you have your homemade nail dotter.

I am actually really pleased with the results you can get by using something so simple. I’ve had my nails polka dotty for about 5 weeks in a row now, and I’ve even had customers at work compliment me on them, and then ask where I got them done. That’s a big deal for me ok, because my nails usually look terrible haha!

Here are a few photos~

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Pastel nail colours are my absolute favourite, with pinks and muted colours literally taking over my nail polish collection, and I really love glittery top coats (even if that does make it impossible to take your nail varnish off). I’m such a girly girl its almost unreal haha!

I’ve been really tempted lately to buy one of the gel nail kits, as I’ve seen some great reviews on youtube… maybe that shall be one of my investments for the new year!

So, what are your favourite nail trends or colours, and are any of you as useless at nails as I am? (probably not haha)

I hope all your mondays weren’t too hideous…

À bientôt!!