Monday, 31 December 2012

2012

2012 was an interesting year for me. I'd just started to feel settled in sixth form and before I knew it I was leaving. I'm just glad I've stayed in touch with those that I met there and now couldn't live without. I went on an art trip to Barcelona and camping with friends to Wales, both trips I'll always remember fondly. I got accepted into Southampton Solent University to study Writing Fashion and Culture and although it's 150 miles way from everything I knew and loved, I really enjoy it there. I've met some great people and I feel like  I've known them so much longer than just a few months. I'm enjoying my course, it barely feels like work when I'm writing about fashion or beauty products. I split up with my boyfriend of nearly two years in October and although it was horrible at the time, I've got through it and I'm feeling much more optimistic about the future now. I had an amazing Christmas with my family and I'm looking forward to the new year and what it will bring.

Ciara, Danielle, Emily and myself at Danielle's birthday party in January.

Emily, myself and Ciara in Barcelona in February. 

Kiel and myself out for my birthday in April. 
 Dylan, Jon, Kyle and myself in Wales in July.

Louise, Max, Jamie, Ben, Darth Vader? Louise, myself and Holly out in Southampton in October.

Ed and myself in Stratford in December.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

WIP #21: This is a story and you're not in it.

Had such a lovely week! I had a great Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing day, which included a lot of food and drinks with friends and family. I've spent a lot of the week sleeping in until 2pm and not going to sleep until 5am, so I need to get that sorted before I go back to uni, which is in 6 days!
1. Lack of clothing = Crop top in Winter. 2. Xmas Nails. 3. Drinks for Emily's Birthday..
4. Presents! 5. Xmas OOTD. 6. My cat being uncharacteristically lovely.
 7. Boxing day OOTD. 8. Forever writing down song lyrics. 9. I shouldn't try to cook.
10.  Hobo OOTD. 11. Night out OOTD. 12. Out with the girls.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

MAC Lipstick Shy Girl Review

A very last minute Christmas present for me. My mother forgot I'd asked for it and my sister could see how gutted I was, so she sent her boyfriend up to Selfridges to get it for me.

This is only my second MAC lipstick, but I adore it like I do my first one
Shy Girl is a nude colour, with a glossy finish. I've been after a good nude colour for a while, but my price range never quite stretched to MAC. This is perfect for daily wear, it's casual but still gorgeous.
MAC are definitely my favourite brand for lipstick now, so once my student loans in, I may have to purchase a couple more, whether my bank balance likes it or not.

Merry Christmas!

Every year, something seems to go wrong on Christmas day, whether it be an argument occurring or something breaking, but this year I literally have no complaints.
 We all woke up around 9am and were greeted by a ridiculous amount of presents


These are probably my favourite gift, the are absolutely gorgeous and I will wear them to death!

I was told I couldn't get these until January and then my mother surprised me with them. How beautiful.


Lovely new make-up. I'm having to use a wash bag as my make-up bag I have that much now.
Reviews on the products will be posted in the near future of course.


Christmas dinner with my family was lovely. I set out the table like I do every year.
Looking classy with the Vodka of course,  but that was just for me.


I don't actually like roast dinners that much, so I only ate half of it.
I'd rather have a sandwich or pasta, but this is a bit more traditional I guess...


Desert baked by me! I made chocolate concrete, because no one in the family really like the usual Christmas deserts. It went down well and I now think I should open my own cake shop.

The rest of the concrete (I made a lot) was used as buffet food this evening, as we had family round.


I also made Flapjacks, they don't look the best, but trust me when I say they were delicious.


Highlight of my night was getting this. It's such a simple and random present, but my little sisters boyfriend got it for me and the fact he thought about how I'm interested in fashion, so got me this was so sweet.

I spent the night with my close family, having a few drinks and just enjoying each others company.
I hope every Christmas is like this.


and I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas.
I can't wait to read through everyone elses Christmas day posts.

Monday, 24 December 2012

I lost my heart to a Galway girl

This outfit is from Friday when I went to the Birmingham Christmas Market and then onto an Irish pub later that night. I had to try and create an outfit that would keep me warm while at the market, but not be too bulky while at the pub (I did end up having taking my jumper off at the pub though). This wasn't my original outfit for the day, but I didn't feel comfortable in the first one and I ended up really like this one. It's casual and cute. I love the whole jumper over collared shirts look.
 Shirt - Vintage / Jumper - Primark / Leggings - Primark / Blazer - New Look
Multi-Cross Necklace - Primark / Single Cross Necklace - New Look
Bag - eBay / Watch - ASOS / Doc Martens - Schuh

Sunday, 23 December 2012

WIP #20: You had my heart, at least for the most part

I'm really enjoying being back at home for Christmas. I managed to get to the Birmingham Xmas market on the last day of it and I've been to the Southampton and Leeds ones as well this year. 
1. Sweets from Leeds Xmas Market. 2. Hello Kitty Travel Mug. 3. My nephew thinks he's a model.
 4. Day in Stratford. 5. Forever loving tea shops. 6. Hello Kitty Bauble!
7. OOTD 8. Officially in love 9.  Birmingham Xmas Market.
10. Sweets from B'ham Xmas Market. 11. Drunken night at the Irish pub. 12. Forced to drink this rubbish.

Friday, 21 December 2012

In a little English town

Yesterday, myself and three friends took a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, which for those who don't know it, is a small town South-East of Birmingham. I'd never been before, but everyone who has been said it was a lovely place and quite cute, particularly around Christmas time.
We didn't really chose the best day to go, as it rained the whole time, but we still managed to have a great day.

 We caught the train from Moor Street Station, which unlike the other two main stations in Birmingham, is old fashioned and it looks like a station you'd be able to get a train to Hogwarts from.

Also, it was really cheap to get there. Just £5.50 return. 

 Our first stop was a pub, of course. It was lunch time by the time we got there and we were all hungry, so to a Wetherspoons we went!
 On a main stretch of shops is Shakespeare's house. We didn't go in, none of us really had the money to spare, but it looked nice from the outside!

 Next, we visited the Creaky Cauldron, which is a shop dedicated to magic. There are hints at Harry Potter, which is basically why we went, all being Harry Potter nerds.

 Elixir of Life..

 ..Dragon Blood.
Would have loved to had bought these, they'd look so cute in my bedroom.
 Afterwards, we headed out to have a look around and see  where-else we could visit.  

 And so we found the Peter Rabbit shop, which also had Alice in Wonderland items, I had to force myself not to buy them.
 Stratford have an all year round Christmas shop, which I imagine would be strange to be in at the height of summer, but we went at the perfect time for it. 

 When I have my own Christmas tree it will be decorate with pink..

 and white. The decorations were all so lovely.

 As you can see, the weather didn't let up, but we still walked down to the river and saw the Swans and Geese that were around.

 Needing to get in from the rain, we headed for The Fourteas, the nicest tea shop I've visited. As the title smartly hints at, it's a forties themed tea room. Filled with teapots, vintage radios and decoration, even the menu is styled as a ration book.
(You're able to buy a replica ration book for just £1.50, I may have left there with one)

 I had tea and a scone and they were both beautiful. I'd recommend the tea shop to anyone who visits Stratford.

Afterwards, we searched for a little sweet shop to pick up some goodies for the journey home.

We ended the day back where we started, at the pub.
I had such a lovely day, it's nice getting out of the city once in a while and experiencing a new town.
Now to decide where my next visit will take me...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

High Street Statement

I've never been one to wear dainty jewellery, I've always loved big statement necklaces.
They're great for dressing up an otherwise casual outfit and are perfect for the Christmas party season to add that little bit extra to an outfit.
These are four of my favourites from the high-street right now.
(L-R)
Gold Spiked Necklace - H&M  / Beaded Collar - Miss Selfridge
Multi Row Animal Necklace - River Island  / Extra Chunky Chain - Topshop

Monday, 17 December 2012

WIP #19: Take a journey, take a chance.

My first week back in Birmingham has been great! I put up the Xmas tree with my family, spent time with my friends, went shopping and even managed to fit a weekend away in Leeds in there.

1. Finally put up the tree. 2. Essentials. 3. My cig looked pink, pretty impressed.
4. New coat. 5. First ever McMuffin, won't be the last. 6. Ridiculous fog.

7. Starbucks. 8. Shopping. 9. New jumper.
10. Phone case got a 'temporary tattoo'. 11. Hat matched my lips.  12. 'Fat Friday'.
13. OOTD. 14. Weekend in Leeds. 15. Vogue.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Crosses and cuffs

Primark has really upped its game recently, particularly jewellery-wise. In my opinion, there are still some things that look a bit tacky sold there, but you are able to pick up some great stuff.
I got a set of six rings, two ear cuffs, a necklace and a pair of earrings. All of this came to a total of £7.50 and my sister commented that it's could easily pass as Topshop jewellery.
Why not pick some up for yourself or even as a little xmas present for someone?

Sunday, 9 December 2012

WIP #18: Driving home for Christmas

I spent a lot of this week doing work, as deadlines are getting ever closer. I had massive trouble sleeping and ending up not sleeping for three nights this week, but instead watching Made in Chelsea all night. Got the majority of Xmas shopping done, spending money I definitely don't have. I'm home in Birmingham now for just under a month, so glad to be back, but I know I'll be missing Southampton soon. 
1. Ignoring work, drawing instead. 2. Cups of tea are for mugs. 3. Sleepless night
4.Healthy Breakfast. 5.Cute wrapping paper. 6. FR Tickets!
7.Spending money I don't have. 8.Eating Junk. 9. Bored after another sleepless night.
 10. Ready to go Xmas shopping. 11. Snow-less Southampton. 12. Gingerbread Latte - Vile.
 13. Xmas countdown. 14. Company. 15. More junk food.
 16. Double Denim OOTD. 17. Lunch with my mother. 18. Driving home for Xmas.