Saturday, 1 December 2012

OOTD: Orla Kiely Top

Firstly, happy December everyone! I don't know about you but I'm getting rather excited for Christmas now!

Anyway, I recently posted about my new Orla Kiely top (here) so I thought I'd quickly show you what I wore it with. 

Top- Orla Kiely for Unliqlo
Necklace- Dorothy Perkins
Jeans- H&M
Boots- River Island

I bought these boots at a student shopping night back in September but I haven't managed to get much wear out of them. I'm quite wary about wearing them on nights out as I feel like I'm suppose to spray them with some sort of leather protecting spray? Am I making that up? I probably am! But I do really like them and they keep my tootsies warm in this icy cold weather.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Recent High Street Buys

I was in London last week so I got to have a look round a few shops that we don't have up north. I was a bit pushed for time so I mainly targeted Uniqlo and Forever 21 because they're nice and cheap and, after paying for the train from Newcastle to London, cheap was all I could afford.

I fell in love with the style of this blouse as soon as I saw it. I then spent a further 15 minutes deciding on what print I wanted it in, trying really hard to convince myself that I didn't need one of each. I just love Orla Kiely patterns so much! I finally settled on this one and I can't stop wearing it!

Orla Kiely for Uniqlo blouse- £19.90

Any piece of clothing that looks like it could have originally been a pair of curtains is a winner in my books. I went through a lot of effort to get these shorts as they were on a really high rail and I'm a short ass, but I couldn't resist the pattern, or the price.

Forever 21 shorts- £16.75

I thought this was going to be an impulse buy that I never wore but I'm pleased to announce that I have worn it a few times since I bought it and it's very flattering. You can't tell on this picture (I'm camera-less at the minute so I'm having to use my phone) but that material has a bobble pattern to it which makes it look a lot more expensive.

Primark skirt- £5 (sale)
I'm sure you've all seen this cut-out shoulder dress in various prints, every time I go in they seem to have it in a new colour but this one is by far the nicest one I've seen. It's what I imagine Buckingham Palace's gardens look like in spring, on a picturesque sunny day as The Queen walks through and exclaims that these are the most beautiful flowers she's ever seen. But in a dress!

Topshop dress- £25 (sale)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Free Samples!

Firstly, I am SO sorry I didn't blog about this as soon as I discovered this website! It's only now that I've realised its true greatness so decided to share it with you all! (If you've already heard of it, please ignore me. I'm used to being the last one in the know!)

The website is called What's in my Handbag and it is full of great offers and opportunities to try sample sizes of products for free. I'd completely forgotten about signing up and requesting a sample of the Emma Hardie cleansing balm until I dropped by the post office to pick up a mystery package (I was convinced it was going to be some crappy catalog) and this is what I received...

 Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag
Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag 
Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag 
Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag 
Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag 
Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm free sample from What's in my Handbag 

How nice is the packaging! And it was 100% free! (Can you tell how giddy I am?!) Unfortunately, the free Emma Hardie samples offer isn't on anymore but definitely check the site for future deals (when I first signed up I saw an Alpha H offer which I'd missed, booo) and also have a look at the Korres deal they have on at the moment. I'm so tempted but having spent £30 on Korres at TK Maxx this month I think I'm going to have to be good. I can however, totally and completely recommend the wild rose lip butter which is included in that offer, I have one and it is a complete and utter staple product for me.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Korres at TK Maxx

If I had the money I think I would buy one of everything from Korres so when I was wondering round TK Maxx yesterday and saw these, I had to buy! It's £5.99 for the body butters (usually £12.50) and £3.99 for the shower gel (usually £8). I used my body butter last night and I can honestly say it's incredible, the best one I've ever used I think, and the shower gel smells so Christmas-y and lovely! Shower time heaven indeed!

So yeah, if you fancy treating yourself or just stocking up on Christmas prezzies (I'm going back for more to do this!) you should definitely check them out.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Matte Nails

My new obsession. I can't get enough of this Rimmel Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat recently. I bought it when it was on 2 for £7.00 at Boots making it much cheaper than other matte topcoat offerings (ie Essie's matte about you). I think it works best over nudes (as shown bellow) and over metallics. When used with metallics you can still see the glitter in the polish but it makes it look more like eye shadow, if that makes sense?!

nails inc. havana and Rimmel Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat
nails inc. havana
nails inc. havana with Rimmel Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat

The only downside about this polish is that the effect does wear off meaning it needs to be reapplied every couple of days. However, it dries pretty quickly so this really doesn't bother me. Great product- I recommend.

Sunday, 7 October 2012


These pictures were taken at the student shopping night at Eldon Square earlier in the week. I had just come straight from uni after spending 8 hours on my feet in labs (I didn't even have time to eat!) so comfort was definitely my top priority with this outfit. I bought the jacket for £8 from the vintage section at The British Red Cross in Newcastle. When I bought it it had horrendous shoulder pads but I hacked the buggers out as soon as I got home and thankfully it fitted okay without them.

jacket- charity shop | T-shirt dress- H&M | scarf- Zara

lips- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in 045 Romantic 

*Cue lip balm tangent*
I have been loving this lip balm recently! It's the perfect colour for when I want a red lip but can't be bothered with the maintenance as it fades evenly and you can apply it without a mirror. It's really pigmented and a great dupe if you can't justify paying £16 for a chubby stick. I do however prefer the formula of my chubby- I find it to be more moisturising and I really don't like the menthol scent of the Revlon one but maybe that's just me? 

embroidery detail

shoes- hi top Converse

*Cue Converse tangent*
I am not a trainer person at all and I have been so surprised at the amount of wear I get out of these! I got the black ones with the black soles so that they wouldn't cut my legs off and so that I wouldn't look like I was reverting back to the days when "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was my favourite album. They go with everything and they're so comfy! Who'd have thought it!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Charity Shop Haul #1

I spend most of my free time in chairty shops; either because I volunteer in one or because I'm shopping in one. I definitely buy at least one item a week from them but I've stupidly never put them on my blog. So I have decided to do a 'Charity Shop Haul' post once a fortnight, starting now!


wooden trinket box
Age UK £1.49

wooden trinket box
Age UK £1.49

floral hat box
Sue Ryder £1.99
(used for storage)

floral hat box
Sue Ryder £1.99
(used for storage)

glass vase
RSPCA £1.49


100% silk slip dress
British Heart Foundation £3
(to be worn under jumpers)

grey blouse
Sue Ryder £2.99

Last, but definitely not least, is my bargain of the week...

beaded dress
RSPCA £4.99!!!!

beaded dress
RSPCA £4.99!!!!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Tips for Living in Student Halls or a Rented Property

As we're edging closer to the start of a new university year I thought a post on how to jazz up those bland, bland rooms would be useful.

In my first year at university I lived in Halls. My flat was old, rank and had peach coloured walls. I knew I'd never be happy with the room so I went with, what I like to call, 'fuck-it decor'; I covered it in garish posters, Doctor Who bed sheets and topped it off with a rainbow stripped rug. Thankfully, by second year I was living in a lovely little house which was thoughtfully decorated yet bland enough for us to add our own touches. We fell in love with said house and have decided to stay here for our final year making it even more of a home away from home. Let the tour commence...

I struggle MAJORLY with storage and am constantly on the lookout for new space-saver ideas. I have no shelves to put books and files on so these go in the drawers in the base of my bed (out of sight, out of mind).

double clothes rail- for all the shopaholics out there

IKEA canvas divider- a really cheap makeup storage option

everything in its place- face stuff and brushes

everything in its place- eyes, cheeks, lips and face

fits perfectly underneath my stand alone mirror
this picture also aided my discovery of a box of lost panda
biscuits (under my bed). Scccoorreeee!

DIY Touches
I am not at all crafty but even I, with my limited DIY skills and lack of creativity, managed these two customisations. I bought the grass-like rug from IKEA for about £10 and then stitched a few material flowers onto so it looks like I have my own teeny, indoor lawn. I love it. The bedside table is, again, from IKEA and I customised it with a bling-tastic door knob. Eaassssyyyy!

lawn rug

bedside table with crystal door knob

All the Small Things
Some little homely touches that I've added to my room.

fresh flowers (the white gladi is from our garden!)
and lots of 'stuff'

the brick-a-brack shrine

a beaded lizard and a few postcards

wall of nostalgia- you're not a student if you don't have
photos blue-tacked to your wall

Flensted seagull mobile

a very old dream catcher 

And the Rest

for when the kitchen is too far away

IKEA floral bedding, velvet cushions

my favourite family photo, bomb cosmetics candle
and a fringed Argos lamp

boring desk

awesome cotton wool jar, bought from HP studios

So there's my room. And congratulations if you're reading this and didn't die of boredom half way through this ridiculously long post.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

Here are the products I've fallen in love with this month...

August Favourites

Clinique chubby stick in super strawberry 07- I bought this with my last euros at the airport on my way back from Madrid and I am SO glad that I did. It is the perfect daytime colour and I love the balmy texture. 

Sleek blush in Life's a Peach 922- This is my go to blush at the moment and looks lovely when I have a more muted lip colour.

Balance Me. rose otto intensive lip salve- Free in Glamour magazine. Really moisturising and lovely.

Balance Me. wonder eye cream-  Again, free in Glamour. I have very sensitive eyes so it's hard finding eye creams that don't sting. This doesn't and for that reason it has made it into my favourites. 

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets- I have combination skin so suffer from midday shininess, these little beauties absorb all the excess oil on my face and leave me lovely and matte. 

'Mathilde' Necklace- If you have an unusual name then you will know how difficult it is to find personalised things. Me and my friends all purchased one of these necklaces in Madrid and they were made right in front of out eyes. I love how cutesy it is!

Tangle Teaser- I've had this a while now but forgot to put it in my June Favourites. This has been a godsend to my ridiculously thick hair and cuts my brushing time in half.

Left- Sleek blush in Life's a Peach 922,  Right-Clinique chubby stick in super strawberry 07

Balance Me. rose otto intensive lip salve and wonder eye cream.

My personalised name necklace