Tuesday, 10 December 2013
I definitely need to clean my mirror. Whoops.
This was my favourite playsuit over the summer (a H&M bargain in the sale!), and I wore it ridiculous amounts with bare legs and shoulders when the weather was absolutely boiling. It'd been shafted to one side in favour of more conventional winter wear, but at the weekend I decided it deserved more than just being a summertime lover, and reworked it with a plain black t-shirt underneath and some Primark Super Cosy tights. It's a really simple, cosy outfit, but something I definitely want to do with some of my more summery/strappy dresses and playsuits now. Hooray for layering!
How have you transitioned your summer wardrobe pieces into winter wear?
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Blogging has taken a bit of a backseat this week (and might be less often until Christmas), as I've been working extra shifts in the bar at my work to make some extra Christmas money - I'm still doing my normal job alongside it, 12 hour days are incredibly tiring and I've been sleeping quite a bit. I've still done a few fun things though!
The design agency we use at work sent us this Hotel Chocolat Christmas hamper, so much tastiness in one box! My favourite were the 'Tiddly Penguins' - we haven't actually had them yet but the name alone is adorable!
This year I took part in a blogger Secret Santa, and I was paired with Lucy, who picked me out some awesome gifts - I particularly love the lipstick, and really needed some new skincare products so this came at exactly the right time!
Today I went for lunch/shopping with one of my bestchums, we did some wandering in the shops around Islington and I really liked this badge making set - especially as all proceeds from each sale go to charity. He also bought me my Christmas present, this awesome book that has reproductions of Second World War Instruction leaflets - it's really interesting to read and look at (and yep, that's an afternoon gin next to it!)
For lunch, we went to Five Guys - I've heard lots of people go on about the American chain which recently opened its second London store in Islington, so we decided to see what the fuss was about. The burger and chips were really lovely - sort of like upmarket fast food, and really flavoursome. Maybe not quite worth the restaurant prices, but for a rare treat, I'd definitely go again. Although, for me, the best part was definitely the soda machine (I think my odd face in the picture below is definitely a product of TOO MUCH SUGAR!). It had tons of different varieties of fizzy drink, and I tried quite a few - the best being cherry cloudy lemonade and peach Fanta!
Hopefully I'll try and get a few blog posts done after work this week, as I have a few things I want to post about - but in the meantime, thanks for sticking around - hope you've had a great weekend!
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Bathtime is one of my favourite standard times, and Christmas is one of my favourite once-a-year times, so when the two combine, it all gets real. Recently I've started working extra bar shifts in the theatre I work at, and I wanted to treat myself to a bit of a relaxing time to take my mind off 6 day weeks and 12 hour days. I was doing some Christmas shopping (read: buying a few bits for others then deciding to buy myself some boots) on Sunday, and had to nip into Lush. While I was there, I couldn't resist picking up this little dude (I think it's a dude. Yep. It's definitely a snowdude...) to drop in my bath later on.
Unfortunately, the lil chap isn't the most photogenic of bath bombs - but when something's taking a trip into your water to make it all nice, that isn't a huge worry unless you're being quite particular about giving it as a gift. The fizzing bath bomb has the same sweet vanilla scent as the Butterball ballistic, which I hadn't actually tried, but really liked when using this one. It's sweet without being sickly, and, like all Lush products, will give a lovely smell to your bathroom for ages after.
One downside was that it didn't add as much colour to my bath as I'd have liked - it turned it a light pinky colour - the bubble bar nose was also missing from mine, which was disappointing. But, the way my bath felt more than made up for it. It dissolved quite quickly, and the cocoa butter and ylang ylang oil felt really smooth and soothing on my skin, it felt really moisturising and relaxing. After using it, my skin definitely felt softer and non-greasy after I'd dried it, and the softness was still very noticeable the next day, something I don't find with many cheaper bath bombs/products.
At £2.50, it's one of Lush's lower priced bombs, which is good for how lovely it is! For the scent and the way it made my skin feel, I'd definitely consider purchasing this or the Butterball in future. Also - I love the current Lush packaging and Christmas bags!
What's your favourite Lush bath bomb? I need more to try!
Monday, 2 December 2013
Happy December! I'm basically a massive child at Christmas, so I was mega excited on Saturday evening, when I headed over to Winter Wonderland with some friends. If you haven't heard of it, it's pretty much a 'land of Christmas' that pops up every year in London's Hyde Park, with rides, stalls, a Bavarian village and loads more. I didn't actually take too many pictures, but I thought I'd share a few of them here - mostly of food and drink, it seems! After moseying around for a good whilewhile, we settled in the Bavarian beerhouse, with live music, Bratwurst in a bun and lots of singing/banging on tables.
One of my favourite things was having hot cider - even though the serving guy managed to drop my pound change into the vat of it, oops! I don't mind mulled wine, but definitely preferred this, as I'm an avid cider enjoyer most of the time anyway...
We stopped off at a small hut halfway round to grab a drink, and happened upon a live band doing some covers. Perhaps not necessarily the best vocals or indeed remembering of the lyrics, but they had everyone singing along and having a brilliant time.
I'd definitely recommend a visit if you live near or are going to London - entry to Winter Wonderland itself is completely free!
What are your favourite festive things to do?
Friday, 29 November 2013
I'd seen plenty of bloggers and fashiony types chatting about Black Milk, including Becky absolutely rocking it in their Marauder's Map Dress. Although I loved the Harry Potter collection, I felt like a lot of Black Milk was a bit too bodycon for me - I really don't have the best confidence when it comes to my figure and the idea of being hugged in all the bad places terrifies me a bit (they also do a lot of other things though, from cute shirts to super fun leggings!). I was having a browse at the website looking at the HP collection for a themed wishlist I'm working on, when I noticed that they have an Adventure Time collection and sort of lost my shiz a bit. If you've never seen Adventure Time - it's a cartoon following Jake the dog and Finn the human in the Land of Ooo. Yes, it's a cartoon - but it's not just for kids, and I know a lot of people in their twenties who watch it for the quirky cute action and sneaky bits of grown-up humour.
When I saw these skater dresses, I fell
Black Milk is based in Australia, and the dresses are a very exact £53.63 in GBP with free international shipping, which I think is super reasonable for such unique dresses. I really, really want all three - but I think I might have to opt for the BMO one (in the middle) as a bit of a payday treat, as I love how bright the blue is!
Have you bought anything from Black Milk? (or just, y'know, leave me some comments about how awesome the show is!)
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
As you might have seen if you follow my Twitter/Instagram, on Saturday I went along to ASOS headquarters (eee!) with some fellow ASOS Insiders as part of their Access All ASOS scheme, for 'Selfie School', an afternoon focused on learning how to get the best out of your mobile snaps. Upon arrival, we were greeted with some of the loveliest food I've ever seen (and tasted!), including mini fish and chips, the fabulous ASOS cake pictured above and, of course, cupcakes!
After we'd done the challenges, we were treated to a tour around ASOS HQ, a place where any fashion lover would probably give their Mulberry Alexa to work. The building is absolutely stunning, and houses around 900 employees, way more than I expected! A little more unsurprisingly, there are loads of lovely clothes all over the place, and I was pretty tempted to crawl behind a rail and never leave!
#AccessAllASOS is now recruiting for 2014 Insiders, so if you're a fashion lover who wants to get up close and personal with ASOS, head here to find out more and apply! Huge thanks to the team for having us (and the lovely food!), the day was fantastic - expect much better selfies from this point on!
Monday, 25 November 2013
Last week was a bit of a bareMinerals binge for me, as I popped along to two of their events in the space of two days! The first was an intimate, cosy affair to have a nosy at their Christmas Collection, accompanied by mince pies and mulled wine, which I went to with the lovely Lisa. The next day I ventured over to Canary Wharf to check out their newly launched boutique. I sort of fell in love with the boutique a little, it was so welcoming and well decorated, and I spent ages just snooping at all their products, leaving me with severe 'beauty blogger swatch hand' (it's a serious condition, guys).
As part of the evening, one of the bareMinerals makeup artists did my makeup - well, I say they did it, I actually did half of my face myself. For someone who plays with makeup a lot, I got really nervous about doing it, but I think I actually impressed myself with my ability to not mess up under pressure! I'd not had much experience with mineral makeup and always use liquid foundation so buffing in powder instead was a bit of a novelty. The result was amazing though - my complexion looked really clear and glowing, and it felt like my skin could breathe as it was so light. As well as the brilliant foundation, I also fell completely in love with the concealer - it was a perfect match to my skintone, and had amazing coverage. My problem area is usually my nose, as it gets quite red, but the concealer is absolutely perfect for giving pretty full coverage. And finally, I loved the Giddy Pink blush, great for building up the colour using the angled blush brush.
I had such a great time at both events, and have to say a massive thankyou to bareMinerals for having me - they have possibly one of the friendliest PR teams I've encountered, and I ended up having lots of non-beauty related chat, mostly about pretty boys and payday being too far away!
Have you tried bareMinerals before? Which of their Christmas Collection would you like to find in your stocking?