Sunday, 31 July 2011

In a Week...

Summer Days, Garden Furniture, New Jewellery, Country Walks, Feeding the Wildlife

1) Britain's had quite a few nice days of sunshine! My family have made the most of it, the parasol and garden chairs have been out everyday, much to my cats liking. Just hoping it holds out until Wednesday for our party!

2) This sideways cross necklace it from this Etsy seller and I've wanted to get my hands on one ever since I spotted Laura wearing hers in her YouTube vids. It arrived and I'm so pleased with it - its something so simple that I can wear everyday.

3) This leather cuff from H&M is also something I'm not ever taking off. You can see me wearing it here in my outfit post from the other day. I love finding pieces I will wear until they fall to bits.

4) (Heaton Park, Manchester) Feeding the squirrels! That's my mum giving him a grape which surprisingly he really enjoyed. They are so friendly but quick - difficult to photograph! It was such a hot day and we ended up walking miles because we got lost on the way back to the car park. 
We also stroked these friendly goats who were very photogenic indeed and loved being in front of the camera! 
I don't know this little girl and I hope her mum didn't mind me taking a quick snap - she was so cute with her huge Minnie Mouse balloon! 

5) I've been off sugar since Thursday to sort out my crashing moods and sleepiness in the afternoon. It's helping, although I'm a still a bit moody when I can't have a bloody biscuit. Its so hard to find snacks that aren't packed with sugar! You only realise when your on a health kick that they put sugar in everything.
Mum has also got us all on decaf tea again which I'm not happy about. I need my caffeine!!

6) Its my big sisters 30th on Wednesday and we are having a little family gathering/party at our house. I'm really looking forward to it (partly because I can have cake) so please please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry, sunny weather and the party can move outdoors!

How have all your weeks been?


Friday, 29 July 2011

A Tent For Trousers

Palazzo Trousers - Primark £14
White Tee - ASOS
Round Stone Rings - H&M
Suede Braid Necklace - Handmade
Leather Cuff - H&M
Gold Bangles - River Island

So I tried these on for a laugh in Primark. I was curious to see how they would look on and low and behold I  actually really liked them. They are super long, even for my 34" legs, but I'm pretty sure that's the style and the way they are supposed to be worn. Chic and elegant, until I step and trip on them. (yep 3 times so far)
They are a deep cinnamon (like the last photo) rather than a the burnt orange shade they appear to be. I think these are also available in navy, various floral prints and some wacky abstract prints too. For only £14 get em before they're gone!

I was pretty sure I would be laughed at hysterically by my mother when I brought these home, but she actually really likes them (good thing?) and keeps suggesting occasions in which I can wear them. My brother did have a few Aladdin comments but what does he know!
This was yesterdays outfit, it was sunny and fairly hot but my legs were below tanning standards so I threw these on instead. They're light and airy though so perfect for warmer weather. 

Loving brown and gold jewellery! Especially this cuff which I refuse to take off. So strange because I've always been a silver jewellery person. I think these golden hues are much more suited to summer. 
Just threw on a safe and boring white t-shirt for a casual day look but I think a chiffon/silk vest top tucked in would make a glamorous-and-ready-for-cocktails kinda outfit . Watch this space!

If you follow me on Twitter you'll know I got my hair dyed yesterday, just some lowlights to bring it to my natural colour. I've been thinking of doing a 'Hair Past and Present' post if that's something anyone would be interested in? I've never gone too crazy with my hair, although there was the time it was bright pink for a few months...



Thursday, 28 July 2011

My Raspberry Filofax

Just had to share my new love... this is my Personal sized Raspberry Pink Filofax that I treated myself to on yesterday's shopping trip. I spent a while in WHSmiths looking at all the different varieties and I'd googled a hundred reviews and opinions on Filofax organisers and found some great blog posts.

I decided a 'Personal' was just the right size for me, I prefer to have space to write and I always carry a huge bag anyway so this is easy to just chuck straight in.
My mum has always been a Filofax appreciator - she's currently using a Mini which is perfect for her and her wee hand bags but I need something sturdier.

I had some WHSmiths vouchers from my Sixth Form. I did pretty well in my A Levels and my college were kind enough to give me 2 gift cards to spend in store as a congratulations. This was at least a year ago! I just couldn't decide what to buy myself. There are lots of Photography books I'd love to own (and I still have some money left) but I took the plunge after wanting a 'proper organiser' for so long.

Recently I realised I was scribbling down blog ideas and plans on bits of paper here there and everywhere. Now I can keep on top of what I want to blog about and when I can find time to write my posts/publish them.
Compulsive list-maker and note-taker heaven!

Filofax's can reach the dizzy price heights of £70 and beyond. I thought that was a bit insane. So I found this exact one (a faux leather) for just £27. Perfect! The clasp is so strong it should last me forever and there is even room for two pens, credit sized cards and a notepad at the back.
There are loads of fun inserts, gadgets, accessories that you can get to slot inside - but I might save those for when I've had mine a little longer.

As long as it gets me through 3 years of University I will be happy, and even happier to show it off!


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

MUA Eyeshadows

Just a little post to mention these beauties. These are the single eyeshadows from MUA costing only £1 each.
I had a bit of a huge shopping spree today in which I was going to pick up a MUA palette (costing £4) Although after studing them very carefully I realised I only liked a few colours from each palette and what a waste when I would never use all the shades.
I went for four of these single pot ones instead...

From left to right: Shade 18, Shade 6, Shade 8, Shade 9

All of these are Pearl shadows apart from Shade 18 which is a Matte. As you can see the Pearl finishes are a little more pigmented than the Matte. Shade 8 being the most so, a beautiful teal blue (which looked more green in Superdrug but ah well.) 

I'm typically a nudes and browns type of girl when it comes to eye shadows but for £1 I really wanted to inject more colour into my make up. I'm so scared of using the blue and looking like a 90s Disco Diva - so I think I will be blending it like mad into another colour. Any tips? 

Shade 9 is so pretty and these photos do not do it justice. It has that iridescent 'petrol' type sheen, and there are about a million different colours amongst the deep purple when the light hits it. 

I recommend these highly, they're not super pigmented but build-able and I'm looking forward to trying them with a wet brush too. The little containers give such a satisfying click when you close them, and although they wouldn't survive being dropped from a great height on to concrete, the packaging does seem fairly sturdy. 

Anyone else a big fan of MUA shadows? Any shade recommendations send them my way!
(I already have Shade 4 and Shade 12 in my collection - I may just have to buy them all!) 


Sunday, 24 July 2011

In a Week...

1) My first Glossy Box arrived on Thursday! I was too late for the first two boxes, and I have to say was quite glad I didn't receive the 2nd box after all the trouble it caused. I was going to dedicate a whole post to the contents of my box but I thought you guys might be pretty sick of hearing about Glossy Box by now.

So I'll just let you know my initial thoughts... Orla Keily perfume was nice, quite an 'older' fragrance but one I wouldn't shy away from - long lasting too. Ultrasun Face is a great little moisturiser and spf and I will make use of it even on cloudier days you should always wear an spf. Weleda Pomegrante Body Oil, loved the idea, hated the smell. Sort of reminded me of Jagermeister and I don't really want to spread that all over my body. Others may love the scent though. Ciate Paint Pot in 'Mojito' a bright and bold lime green which I'm not sure how much I will use it but its a lovely nail polish and the quality is undeniable. And of course the Illamasqua Product - Powdered Metal in the shade Ether. I am yet to try this out on my face but the swatch looked amazing and its so great of Glossy Box to include this full sized Illamasqua product. My first Illamasqua product at that! What did you guys get in yours? I'm so nosey so link me your blog posts!!

2) Even my beautiful cat was snuggled up to my Glossy Box. (He had 4 teeth out Friday and wasn't very happy but he's doing well now!)
I'm going to carry on my subscription at least until September, and then I will re address my bank balance and see if I want to spend the extra money per month on postage. Not so happy about that increase, I'm a poor student!

3) Dad did his official last day of work on Thursday. He is now a retired teacher and living the bum life at home with me :) I made this Marble Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to celebrate! My cake decorating skills aren't something to be admired but the cake tasted gooood.

4) Barry M Peach Melba - a new firm favourite! I wasn't sure at first but I think the true peachy pink colour comes out when it has completely dried - I'm talking 24 hours. And looks great with a tan.

5) On Wednesday I had a bit of a girlie night in with some friend, garlic bread, pizza, curly fries and Black Swan on download. I thought the film was good, if not a little scary at times and I will definitely be staying away from metal nail files from now on...

6) A huge hello and welcome to any new followers! Most likely you have found me through Fleur's blog and I've been loving reading all your kind comments - it really does make my day to see lots of lovely comments so thank you so much guys!

Don't forget about my new Twitter :)
And enjoy your Sunday!


Friday, 22 July 2011

Guest Blogging: Tropical Ombre Nails

Hey guys, I'm going to be guest blogging over at Fleur's blog today! Make sure you go and check it out if you want to know how to create these Tropic Summer Inspired Nails...

I'm a big fan of Fleurs blog she's been doing it a lot longer than me and I trust her opinion when it comes to beauty products. So if you're not already a follower, go and check out her blog...

Let me know what you think of the tutorial and if your going to give it a go - its so easy!

* Announcement*

I now have a brand new Twitter account made for the purpose of updating you all at regular intervals on what's going on with my blog, sneak previews of future posts and all things fashion/shopping/beauty. You can follow me, ThisFashionTwit.
And of course you can always follow my personal Twitter here - in which I'll never mention my blog ever! :)


Thursday, 21 July 2011

DIY Studded Collar

Here's a very simple tutorial on how to achieve a DIY studded shirt collar - minus the designer price tag!

What I used:
Black Collared Shirt - H&M £12.99
8mm Triangle Studs in Silver - Ebay £1.79 for 100 studs
Pair of small pliers

You can choose to use square or even round studs and a good way of saving money it to remove the studs from a studded belt rather than buying them from a craft shop.

How to:
1) Taking a stud, push it firmly into the fabric
2) Carefully fold down the three prongs with a fingernail to secure the stud in place
3) Use the pliers to gently press on the backing of the stud to ensure there are no sharp prongs sticking out.
4) The studs on each collar tip don't have to be identical - just similar
5) However use the same amount of studs on each side
6) I just embellished the tips of the collar but you can keep adding - you can even cover the whole collar!

Wear your studded collared shirt tucked into denim shorts, patterned leggings or a high waist skirt. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. It adds a little bit of glam rock to any outfit!

Let me know if you give this a try! I'm going to invest in a few more shirts to stud too. I quite like the subtleness of this shirt, but maybe I'll go wild on the next one!


By the way this is my 100th post! I'm quite surprised I'm only just reaching 100... but here's to many more!

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

In a Week...

I apologise for the lack of photos this week... not much has happened that was worth photographing so here are some shots of my face. Perhaps a 'face of the day' although I've never really done one of those...

Makeup: Collection 200 mineral powder, MAC Well Dressed Blush, MAC Hue Lipstick, various UD Naked Palette shadows, ELF gel liner, Collection 200 dark brown eye liner pencil, Colossal Mascara.

This rust orange cardigan makes my eyes look unnaturally blue! I swear I've not edited them but i will be wearing this colour more often! 

1) As mentioned in a previous post, I was supposed to be going to see Jeremey Kyle's new quiz show, High Stakes but after a terrifying taxi journey around Salford we got arrived too late and it was full. Complete fail. But it was a nice sunny evening in Manchester so we wandered around and ended up in Zara just before closing. I spent pennies.

2) I've been keeping up with my running, or trying too when the weather is on my side. My health and fitness post is a long time coming but I will eventually get around to it.

3) Rainy days = shopping online. I have several orders waiting to arrive - hopefully by next week! Can't wait to blog about my new buys

4) I've got back into baking during the weekdays so my parents come home to a house filled with wonderful cake or biscuit aromas! I've not been as successful on the biscuit front but my signature brownie buns are still my fave.

5) TV wise I'm so excited that Torchwood is back. Anyone else a Torchwood fanatic? More so than Doctor Who now David Tennant has gone. Captain Jack 4lyf. 
The Big Bang Theory has also been playing non stop. I think I could probably sing the whole theme tune backwards by now. 

6) I've spent all my weekend working. Not all bad, today we had on a Freddie Mercury tribute act and a BBQ (yes in this weather!) so an unusual Sunday shift for me but I'm absolutely exhausted now.

My sisters home from the US for a few weeks so it'll be nice to have her around. Going to watch the footie on Tuesday night with her and my brother. Also a shopping trip is called for and its her birthday soon - I need ideas for small, lightweight but very special presents for a 30th birthday that can be packed in a suitcase when she goes back...

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends, here's to another week!



Friday, 15 July 2011

Long Lengths, Great Heights

This top + Wind = High risk of bra flash

Batwing Cropped Jumper - ASOS, Camel Maxi Skirt - Primark, Nude Heels - Ebay seller, Bangles - RI, Belt - Primark

I'm trying to improve on my outfit posts and I just cannot find the right background. I'd love a plain white wall next to a huge window to play around with, but all the plain backgrounds indoors seem to be shadowed by the towering furniture. That's what you get for placing all your belongings near the windows.

So I venture outside to find blinding sunlight which again, not great for outfit posts - hence squinting eyes. 
(Just noticed how bad they actually look, and considered photoshopping on some shades...)

I do try for you guys! 

I can't make up my mind about these shoes. I love the chunky heel and platform but I just cannot walk around in them. Check out the ebay seller if your interested in buying your own, they're on sale at the moment!
I bought this maxi skirt last Autumn for about £8 and its seen me right through to summer. Its a little clingy in places but better for everyday wear - more subdued than a massive floaty tent. 

Hopefully more successful outfit posts to come. I'm going to invest in a new and improved tripod that can actually support the weight of my dslr. So if anyone is looking for an albeit decent yet frail tripod just for their point and shoot, you can have mine!



Thursday, 14 July 2011

Blackcurrant Mini Muffins Recipe

I made these blackcurrant muffins the other day and they have gone down a treat with my family! This recipe makes 12 and after 2 days they were all gone! They make great treats but can also be fantastic desserts if flipped upside down and covered in custard or cream.

You can substitute the blackcurrants for blueberries but I quite like the unusual blackcurrant version. I call them my Ribena Muffins!

What you will need:

150g Plain Flour
150g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g Blackcurrants

  • I washed and dried my blackcurrants thoroughly. Make sure they are fairly dry before you add them to the mixture.
  • Set your oven to Gas Mark 4 or equivalent. 
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and light in colour
  • Slowly add in the flour and baking powder to the mixture, mix well
  • Slowly add the eggs, mix well
  • Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and mix well
  • Carefully add the blackcurrants and stir gently without squashing the blackcurrants

  • But the mixture into bun cases, filling them almost to the top
  • The raising agent will make the muffins rise and overflow their bun cases but this is ok!

  • Bake for 30 minutes on the middle shelf of your oven at Gas Mark 4.
  • Check on the muffins now and again but do not open the oven door unless necessary 
  • They are ready once they are golden brown on top and springy to the touch!

Peel off the bun case once cool and serve as a upside down berry cake (with cream or custard)
Or just as a mini muffin snack!

Enjoy :)


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

A White Tee

Very boring outfit post today. I just ran some errands. Dragged a HUGE bag full of parcels to the post office. The staff in there must have thought I was completely off my rocker when I handed over 18 parcels, wrapped, stamped and pre-paid for. But yes, my ebay listings did end and I'm glad to say I made a decent amount of money out of stuff I didn't want anyway.
I still have a wardrobe full of unworn items so maybe in a few weeks another clear out operation will begin.

I've grown to love the V neck. I used to only wear rounded necklines as I just thought V necks were so unflattering on me. But I love my white tees and having them in a selection of cuts and shapes makes things more interesting. 

The denim blue leggings/jeggings are from H&M and only cost me about a tenner. They are super comfortable and wash really well. No baggy knees or saggy bum yet guys! I'm not quite keen on the length of this tshirt with the leggings and I'd normally wear something longer to cover my bum but ah well. 

My Toms are my ultimate comfort shoe! I have the classic navy ones and I'm trying not to wear them down. I'll be so upset the day I get caught in the rain with them or stand in a puddle. 

The scarf is a Primark one if I rememeber correctly. Cross necklace is from, bracelets and ring from Primark, nail polish is Barry M's Shocking Pink. 

I popped on the train to Manchester in the evening with two of my girls with our free tickets to a new game show, High Stakes hosted by Jeremy Kyle but unfortunately we were turned away at the door as they were full! Apparently some crazy people had queued from 4.00 that afternoon. 
It wasn't all bad, we chose a trip to the Zara sale instead and I came away with a butter soft grey leather gilet for only £9.99 which I'll show you all soon. 

I quite like my hair in these pictures... irl it was a bit of a mess actually and all knotty at the back. After years of smooth tangle free hair I've suddenly started to get huge knots at the back. Any tips? 

How's this week going for you guys? I think I'm going to spend the rest of my week baking blackcurrant muffins and getting out to go running in order to work-off said muffins.