Wednesday, 4 December 2013

F&F Christmas Wishlist

dress // coat // top // bag // boots // skirt

I recently went home to visit my parents, and whilst I was there I actually went into a big tesco store! As I'm living in the city now, we only have the tiny ones, that don't even stock the clothes, and it's not a site I often remember to browse on. I have to say I was really surprised at the quality of their clothes! Most things were so on trend, and designed for a range of ages. These are a few of my favourite picks, I absolutely love the coat, and if I hadn't just bought one from topshop, I probably would have bought this! 

Monday, 11 November 2013

John Frieda: Frizz-Ease Review

Frizzy hair has always been an issue for me, but it's never really bothered me so much that I wanted to really look into fixing it (lazy and very bad i know!). So trying these products made my quite excited because I didn't have any expectations, so the end result made me very happy! The whole idea of the frizz-ease products are to create smooth curls and frizz free hair - which is what every girl (or guy) wants! 

3 day straight*
First thing I tried is the 3 day straight spray. I have to say out of all 4 products this is probably the one I'll use the most, as I often struggle to keep my hair straight! I'm not too sure if it's because my hair is naturally wavy, or the fact that it's very long and thick, but for some reason the ends just never stay straight! It's so easy to use, just spray into damp hair, comb through and blow dry straight! Simple and easy. It actually kept my hair much straighter than if I hadn't used it, it lasted the day I put it on, and the next. I couldn't tell you if it would last 3 days, because I wash my hair every two days, so obviously I don't except it to work after washing it out! I really like the smell, it has that sweet conditioner smell, and kind of reminds me of those detangling sprays you use as a kid! 

Dream curls*

I expected my hair to go more curly with this, however re-reading the box I realize that isn't the intention of the product... So on that note it does add softness & shine to your hair. It made my hair feel wonderfully soft and nice. I was going to say if you wanted a product that gave you softer hair, then this is the product for you! However.. it did make my hair quite greasy after a day of having it in, but I guess as it's an oil you'd expect that. 

Smooth start shampoo & conditioner*

I never really go for expensive shampoos, as I think the cheaper ones do the exact same thing. However I've been using these two for a couple of weeks now and I'm really starting to see a difference! My hair looks less frizzy, and it feels a lot smoother. They also keep my hair clean for a good two days, as I have found some shampoos/conditioners to make my hair feel ridiculously greasy after only one day.

Also John Frieda have just launched a new range, Full Repair, which is made to help and repair your damaged hair! 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bullring: The Show Ten

Last week I was lucky enough to work backstage at the Bullring's Show Ten fashion show in Birmingham! The fashion show featured clothes from all over the bullring, for A/W 2013. It was amazing to be able to work backstage and get all that experience, but I would have loved to have seen the show too :(
I didn't manage to get many pictures, just a few of the rails backstage:

But these are my favourite looks from the show

Friday, 13 September 2013

How not to over pack

image found on google images

If you haven't read already, I'm going away from Christmas this year, and I haven't been abroad in about 8 years! So I'm obviously super excited, and love getting prepared early (purely because all the summer clothes are on sale atm, so it's the best time to be prepared!!). So when I saw this article on daily mail I knew I had to blog about it. It's about how women (sexist much...) over-pack by TWO THIRDS for holidays (so true). I'm so guilty of this! I pack a whole suitcase just to visit home for a week, and end up only wearing a few bits of what I'm packed! It's pretty stupid! For this holiday I'm using a smaller suitcase (about 70-80 litre capacity) and I plan on being so super organised that I wear every piece I pack! 

On the article it says this:

 Tops: 30, 10
Skirts: 13, 4
Shorts: 10, 4
Swimwear: 9, 3
Underwear: 30, 15
Socks (pairs): 5, 0
Flip flops / sandals: 6, 3
Wedges: 1, 1
High heels: 3, 1
Hats: 4, 1
Beach bags: 3,1 
Evening bags: 4, 1
Sundresses: 10, 6
Evening dresses: 5, 2
Trousers: 4, 1
Jeans: 1, 0
Cardigans: 8, 2
Jackets: 2, 0
Pyjamas: 4, 2
TOTAL: Takes 152 items and wears just 57
Obviously it will vary from person to person, but I think the idea is the same. So how about some tips to stop you over-packing?

1. Plan your outfits. 
Don't plan what you're going to wear on what day, but plan outfits. 14 day outfits, and 14 night outfits. Try to mix and match, wearing things twice or more.

2. Don't take things you don't need.
It's going to be hot, you're going to be sunbathing and in the pool or going to the beach. You're not going to need that much make up, so keep it to one make up bag. You wont need multiple towels, or bags. One beach bag, one handbag, one small bag and one clutch will be enough, maybe even too much. 

3. Keep it simple.
You wont need your entire range of belts, hats, and jewelry! Stick to things you wear a lot, and that will go with the majority of the clothes you've packed. It's all about mixing and matching to create a range of outfits!

What are your tips for not over packing?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

my life through instagram #6

Wow I really haven't been using instagram much these past months, as some of these date back to june! 

happy fathers day // late night reading // packed and ready for the house // late night cuppa

the first bbq of the new house // enjoying the Jacuzzi bath // sun time! // fresher pics

job interview time // inspiring words at the gym // fashion show outfit // Harvey Nichols a/w show

Monday, 9 September 2013

Autumn wardrobe wishlist

Can you believe it's almost time for autumn? I don't even want to think about it, especially with all the nice weather we've had all summer! But I do have to think about it, as a brit i need to prepare for the cold and wet that will soon be coming! First of all, a new year a new coat?! I love a black coat, because it's easy to wear with everything, and I only like to buy one coat a year (hello expensive), so it needs to work with my entire wardrobe. I love this over sized one from topshop, it just looks so warm and comfy. And to pair it with the scarf, hello heaven in an outfit. I love the pattern and that check/tartan pattern seems to be every where recently. 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Graze Box Review

I'm sure you've seen these boxes everywhere, and if you haven't tried them yet then why not?! I have a code to get my first box free, then I just canceled the subscription so I'm not left paying for anything. I can't remember where I got the code from but there are always ones avaliable if you just google 'free first graze box' or something similar. 

I'm not a huge fan of dried fruit, I often find them too sweet which just ends up hurting my teeth (I have weirdly sensitive teeth when it comes to sweet foods). But this ones a bit different because I'd never tried any of these dried fruits before except for raisins! I loved the pineapple and cherry, they were definitely my favourites!

I loved the cheese cashews and the herd crackers, but I was disappointed with the salsa corn sticks, they just tasted bland really. 

I'm so glad I got a flapjack included, as I love flapjack, and this didn't let me down! It was packed full of flavor, and under 250 calories! Definitely one for a sweet tooth.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one, firstly I thought the bag would be tiny, and secondly I though they'd take 'lightly salted' very seriously. But the bag size was perfect for 1 person, I hate how popcorn comes in such big bags, sometimes I just want to eat popcorn without having to share the bag with someone just to finish it. Also it was packed with flavor, each piece tasted salted, without being over powering!

Have you tried a graze box?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Primark Autumn/Winter 2013 Favourites

printed midi dress - £10 // paisley trousers // skater dress - £13 // tartan scarf // cut out PU crop top // asymmetric zip clutch // oversized shirt

If you read my blog, you'll know I'm a huge fan of Primark, I'm always buying from there! So when I saw there autumn/winter collection, I just had to share with you my favourite pieces. Click here to see the entire collection. These are my favourites so far! I love the brightness of the midi dress, and I've seen the skater dress in person and it's just as pretty as the picture. Patterned trousers are so hot right now, I really want some, and I love how these are colorful, without being in your face.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

recent purchases #7

I recently got my first ever pay day, so hello treats for myself..

Crop Top - Select - £6

Fake Tan - Home bargain - £3.99
Concealer - Superdrug - £1.99
Lip butter - Superdrug - 2 for £10

Cami - New look - £12.99

floral bikini top -£13
floral bikini bottoms - £11
pink bikini top - £11
pink bikini bottoms - 11

Monday, 26 August 2013

Fitness wear under £20

hoody // tee // vest // socks // leggings // shorts // joggers // bra // trainers

Sports wear can be quite expensive, but now with high streets bringing out their own twist on things, it can be a lot more affordable (and stylish). Of course there are also the sites that are tailored to sports wear, SportDirect and SimplySweat offer sportswear that is affordable! The majority of the things on my wishlist are actually under £10, except the trainers and leggings. You can find cheaper leggings and trainers, but I'm so in love with these leggings it would be wrong not to include them, and the trainers are the same ones that I own, and they are amazing. They are toning trainers, so they just add even more to your workout, and the front lets in air, so your feet don't get hot or sweaty, and at £20 they are a complete bargain! A sports bra is a big necessity, and with this pink number being only £10 you can't go wrong. Weirdly, I didn't meant to have a pink vibe running through all of them, but I really like how it all works! I'm not comfortable wearing shorts to the gym yet, but if I ever get to that stage I would definitely got for a runner style short, as I wouldn't want something tight and fitted. This is the same for tops and vests, I much prefer something baggy as I feel more comfortable.

Do you have any high street sportswear? 

don't forget to enter my giveaway - only 4 days left

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Holiday Essentials

I haven't been abroad in years, and the only thing I've seen for a holiday is a caravan in 'sunny' England. So now that we (me and the family) have a holiday booked for December, I've been thinking nothing but sun sun sun! Because I haven't been in a while, I have nothing prepared for it, not even a beach towel! So I thought I'd put together a little list of holiday essentials that are needed for any holiday!

Linea                        Antler                        Tripp

First things first, you need a suitcase! I recommend 4 wheel suitcases, especially if you use a suitcase a lot. It's just a lot less effort, no matter how heavy the suitcase is! However they can be quite expensive, so if you are only going to use it once a year, stick to a 2 wheel as they can be much cheaper! Since moving to uni I've found I'm often living out of a suitcase, so a 4 wheeled one is definitely on my shopping list!

Anorak                   Ben de Lisi               Orla Kiely

For me, a holiday isn't a holiday if it isn't within walking distance of a beach! Making a beach towel an essential for the days spent relaxing on the beach, or drying off after a swim. I love these cute prints, so eye catching - you'll never forget which sun lounger is yours! 

      Oasis               Topshop            French Connections

A beach bag is definitely needed so you can keep all those important things safe - phone, keys, sunglasses, sun cream, book.. etc! The list is big, so a big bag is needed! I prefer to have a zip top, as it's a lot more secure, plus it will help keep out the sand. 
Dorothy Perkins             Miss Selfridge             River Island

When you were younger, a hat meant a brightly coloured sun hat, or one of those "snapbacks", were you'd put your pony tail through the gap! Now I'm older, a beach hat means a big floppy pretty hat! I want something that will look fabulous no matter what I'm wearing, whether it be just a bikini, maxi dress, shorts and a tee etc!
New Look               Topshop                 Cheap Monday

Keeping safe in the sun doesn't just mean sun cream, you need to keep your eyes protected (as well as look good!). For me, they have to be big! I love big sun glasses, especially with black frames, but I'm also loving those pastel frames from top shop.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Packing for university

packing for 1st year in halls // packing for 2nd year in a house

Since we've just passed A-Level results day I thought this might be quite appropriate, and hopefully, helpful. Last year I was the one getting my results, getting into university, packing for university and get very excited to move! But the one thing that kept going through my mind was what to pack? Do I take this, do I need to buy this, is this too much? But we're all in the same boat, no one knows exactly what you'll need until you get there, you're always gonna need to buy something. But hopefully I can make it a little easier with this list.. Some of these you might want to wait until you move in (especially if you are in halls), or you could end up with 6 tin openers...

Take everything. Unless you are travelling back home ever weekend then you should consider that your uni halls/room (where ever you're living) as your new home. The amount of times I heard people say "I wish I could wear ___ but I left it at home" was crazy. And if you have any fancy dress items it's always a bonus!

You will end up visiting home (I'm guessing..) so a suitcase is essential for the train trips! I do recommend a 4 wheel suitcase, especially if you have a walk to the train/bus station.

Personal Items
Photos, cards, posters, memories etc! Anything that you can put up around your room to make it feel homely, as it can seem a bit like a hotel at first.

I lived in halls, when it came to the summer, it was boiling (I also recommend taking a fan), but in the winter it was freezing, so a throw really helped!

Cutlery and Utensils
I bought a set of 16 cutlery, so you get 4 of each. It may seem like a lot, but I can guarantee you will lose or break something, or you will just be quite lazy with the washing up and the extra sets will let you put it off for a bit longer :P This is the same for glasses, plates and bowls. Cooking utensils I would recommend getting a set of spoons/spaghetti spoon/turner (the big long ones for cooking). You will need at least 1 pan, and 1 frying pan, 1 baking tray (and/or pizza tray) a wok can be quite useful depending on what food you eat. A pan strainer, corkscrew bottle opener, scales (you will bake at some point!), dishmatic washing up brush (life saver), tin opener, peeler, grater, jug, masher, pizza cutter, mixing bowl, chopping board, tupperware boxes, cling film, straws, shot glasses.

Hand washing can be quite time consuming, so to save money when washing buy an airer to dry your clothes on as a typical dry can be £1-£2 depending on where you live (unless you get a washer and dryer included).

And all the rest:
Toiletries, CD's/DVD's, books, phone, laptop, head phonesprinterchargers, stationary, passport/ID, important documents such as NHS medical card, USB stick, extension leads (you will only get around 4 plugs in your room), camera, game consoles, a pack of cards (pre drinking essentials, or just plain boredom), door stop, washing basket, bin, first aid kit, sewing kit (for fixing small holes in your clothes, and for makeshift fancy dress), tea towels, coat hangers, drawing pins (for hanging stuff on your notice board.. if you get one).

When you're buying things for university, it can often get quite expensive as all the little bits add up! I recommend looking around at prices. I used/bought from wilkinsons, argos, tesco, asda, poundland, bnm. There are also shops like homebargains and such!

Anything I've missed? Are you heading to university this year?

Monday, 19 August 2013

9 ways to use wallpaper samples

When I was home (at my parents), I found my old stash of wallpaper samples! I'd been collecting them for if I ever needed them for college projects etc. I got all of them online at various sites, just search 'free wallpaper samples' and most sites give you about 5 samples for free! You can get even more if you go to shops like b&q. I thought since I had them I might as well make somethings from them (with a little help from pinterest). Note it's picture heavy!

1. Bunting

First I made a template, by cutting out the triangle size I wanted, then folding over about 1cm and trimming the sides (so it looks how it is in the picture).

I got everything I needed ready.

I drew around the template on the back. I got 2 on each sheet, but if my template was a little bit smaller I would of gotten 3.

All cut out.

I put double sided tape at the very top so it covers the flap we created.

I put the string in the middle of the tape.

And folded over.

Then hung them up!

Ta-da! My wall was looking quite bare so this is perfect! Brightens up my room and makes it feel much more homely! (excuse the messy desk)

2. Gift Tags

Again, I made the template, drew around it on the back of the wallpaper, cut it out, then hole punched the top, and threaded in some string (you could use ribbon etc!).

Ta-da! So cute, and you can personalize the front and back - so cheap and easy :)

3. Covering a book

My 2013 diary was looking a little blahh, it was marked and dirty and since it's only august, I needed to update it! I used double sided tape in the areas above, then put the wallpaper over it.

Then did similar on the inside, wrapping the paper around.

The front.

I then did the same to the back.

I then added some more wallpaper (cut out a lot :P ) and some paint for '2013' :)

4. Frame It - put it in a photo frame, then put the frame on the wall!
5. Make Envelopes - Find or make a template, and have personalized pretty envelopes.
6. Line drawers
7. Decorate cards - cut out patterns or shapes to design a card.
9. Covering things - cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, canvas's etc

Do you use wallpaper samples for DIY's? :)