1. My birthday! 
2.  A new tattoo.
 3.  A trip to Gunwharf Quays.
4.  Lunch at the new diner in town.
5.  A family BBQ (of sorts).
6.  A trip to Westfield.
7.  A trip to Bicester.
8.  Guilt-free shopping.
9.  Ella in her tutu at the BBQ.
10.  Birthday celebrations with old school friends....undecided as yet!
11.  That Nando's catch up.
12.  Making more YouTube videos.
13. Driving with the windows open.
14.  Making the last payment for my camera!

And in May I've just realised I did two number 7s and actually listed 15 things!  Anyway,  1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7(II....minus the no spending), 8, 12 and 14 all happened.  I clearly didn't managed 4, 7(I) will hopefully happen soon, 9 has been postponed for a bit, 10 was changed to Harvester, 11 didn't happen and 13 I didn't get round to!

What are you looking forward to next month?

14 things I'm looking forward to in June

31.5.13

1. My birthday! 
2.  A new tattoo.
 3.  A trip to Gunwharf Quays.
4.  Lunch at the new diner in town.
5.  A family BBQ (of sorts).
6.  A trip to Westfield.
7.  A trip to Bicester.
8.  Guilt-free shopping.
9.  Ella in her tutu at the BBQ.
10.  Birthday celebrations with old school friends....undecided as yet!
11.  That Nando's catch up.
12.  Making more YouTube videos.
13. Driving with the windows open.
14.  Making the last payment for my camera!

And in May I've just realised I did two number 7s and actually listed 15 things!  Anyway,  1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7(II....minus the no spending), 8, 12 and 14 all happened.  I clearly didn't managed 4, 7(I) will hopefully happen soon, 9 has been postponed for a bit, 10 was changed to Harvester, 11 didn't happen and 13 I didn't get round to!

What are you looking forward to next month?
naturally-made-for-you-coconut-body-souffle-exfoliator
When I received an email about the naturally made for you souffle exfoliators I was intrigued.  Firstly, because I love anything coconut-scented and secondly, because on my quest for the perfect year-round fake tan, effective exfoliators are a must!

For starters, I don't think this smells particularly like coconuts.  Or perhaps it's just that it doesn't smell like the typical coconut smell present in most other coconut products.  Either way, to me this doesn't smell unpleasant, but there's something almost cheese-like in the way this smells.  I like it and it's hard to put my finger on exactly what it reminds me of (cheesecake?)  but it's definitely not that sweet coconut scent which I was expecting. 

I mentioned in my video that I like using an exfoliator which doesn't leave my skin too greasy.  That's still the case for day-to-day use, but I used this souffle exfoliator on a day when my skin needed a seriously good scrub.  It did the trick well and left my skin feeling so soft.  I mean, seriously soft.  But I did feel that I had to wait the day after until I fake tanned again because I didn't want the oils to affect it.

The consistency is unlike any other I've tried as well.  It was really hard to photograph, but there are fairly big chunks suspended in this, although it doesn't feel gritty in any way.  I've had a read on the website and come to realise that this is because it contains both dead sea salts and epsom salts....whilst I'm not too clued up on salts I have heard good things about them!

The packaging on this is no frills, but I quite like that.  It retails at £10, and while I'm not sure how much product you get for that I didn't use too much of my little sample pot to get good results, so I'm sure if it was 'normal' exfoliator-size it would last a fair while!  They also do a version of the Coconut Souffle Exfoliator with grapefruit and lime which I'd be interested to try.

All products are available from naturallymadeforyou.co.uk
- This post contains a gifted item -

naturally made for you Coconut Carress Body Souffle Exfoliator

29.5.13

naturally-made-for-you-coconut-body-souffle-exfoliator
When I received an email about the naturally made for you souffle exfoliators I was intrigued.  Firstly, because I love anything coconut-scented and secondly, because on my quest for the perfect year-round fake tan, effective exfoliators are a must!

For starters, I don't think this smells particularly like coconuts.  Or perhaps it's just that it doesn't smell like the typical coconut smell present in most other coconut products.  Either way, to me this doesn't smell unpleasant, but there's something almost cheese-like in the way this smells.  I like it and it's hard to put my finger on exactly what it reminds me of (cheesecake?)  but it's definitely not that sweet coconut scent which I was expecting. 

I mentioned in my video that I like using an exfoliator which doesn't leave my skin too greasy.  That's still the case for day-to-day use, but I used this souffle exfoliator on a day when my skin needed a seriously good scrub.  It did the trick well and left my skin feeling so soft.  I mean, seriously soft.  But I did feel that I had to wait the day after until I fake tanned again because I didn't want the oils to affect it.

The consistency is unlike any other I've tried as well.  It was really hard to photograph, but there are fairly big chunks suspended in this, although it doesn't feel gritty in any way.  I've had a read on the website and come to realise that this is because it contains both dead sea salts and epsom salts....whilst I'm not too clued up on salts I have heard good things about them!

The packaging on this is no frills, but I quite like that.  It retails at £10, and while I'm not sure how much product you get for that I didn't use too much of my little sample pot to get good results, so I'm sure if it was 'normal' exfoliator-size it would last a fair while!  They also do a version of the Coconut Souffle Exfoliator with grapefruit and lime which I'd be interested to try.

All products are available from naturallymadeforyou.co.uk
- This post contains a gifted item -
how-to-get-textured-beachy-hair-wavy-hair-salt-spray-bumble-and-bumble-surf-spray
I'm forever on the quest for Olsen twin hair, and while my mission is not yet complete, these products are doing the job for me at the moment.

Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Perfectly Un-Done Spray Wax is a firm favourite, and I swiftly stocked up on these when they were on offer a while back, only to learn that they're on offer in Boots pretty much all the time.  Ah well.  This stuff "gives choppy, unstructured, next day hair with style and definition".  It can be sprayed straight on the hair or into your hands and then scrunched through.  It's great for adding a bit of wave to the ends of my hair and I find that used either way it doesn't leave my hair crispy.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.  It's got pretty much rave reviews all round, so perhaps I was expecting a bit too much.  I anticipated using this and getting that California-surfer girl look in a jiffy.  I was clearly wrong, and for the price I have to say I really don't think it's worth it.  After reading Lily's post though, I've been experimenting spritzing this into my hands and then working it into the ends of my hair.  This works far better and since doing this I haven't been ending up with wet clumps of hair.  Hurrah!

The L'Oreal Play Ball Beach Fizz is my new holy grail product.  It's another salt spray, but this doesn't dry my hair out at all.  In the past, whenever I've used a salt spray I've had to wash my hair that night otherwise I won't be able to get a brush through it the next day and it'll just be a tangled, sticky mess.  This gives "sexy hair with a matt finish" which is virtually undetectable.  Sea salt-sprayed hair which I can still run my fingers through?  Yes please!

And finally, Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! Flirty Fix! Texturising Polish (how many exclamation marks?!) is good for just tweaking the ends of hair and giving them a little more definition.  This stuff is the cheapest of the bunch and is a vibrant pink jelly-like consistency.  Like the Surf Spray, less is more with this.  Unless sticky, wet-look hair is your thing!

 So there we have it...the products I've been reaching for to give my hair a little more 'oomph' and help it to look more lived in.  What products do you swear by for texture?

Styling routine: textured hair

27.5.13

how-to-get-textured-beachy-hair-wavy-hair-salt-spray-bumble-and-bumble-surf-spray
I'm forever on the quest for Olsen twin hair, and while my mission is not yet complete, these products are doing the job for me at the moment.

Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Perfectly Un-Done Spray Wax is a firm favourite, and I swiftly stocked up on these when they were on offer a while back, only to learn that they're on offer in Boots pretty much all the time.  Ah well.  This stuff "gives choppy, unstructured, next day hair with style and definition".  It can be sprayed straight on the hair or into your hands and then scrunched through.  It's great for adding a bit of wave to the ends of my hair and I find that used either way it doesn't leave my hair crispy.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.  It's got pretty much rave reviews all round, so perhaps I was expecting a bit too much.  I anticipated using this and getting that California-surfer girl look in a jiffy.  I was clearly wrong, and for the price I have to say I really don't think it's worth it.  After reading Lily's post though, I've been experimenting spritzing this into my hands and then working it into the ends of my hair.  This works far better and since doing this I haven't been ending up with wet clumps of hair.  Hurrah!

The L'Oreal Play Ball Beach Fizz is my new holy grail product.  It's another salt spray, but this doesn't dry my hair out at all.  In the past, whenever I've used a salt spray I've had to wash my hair that night otherwise I won't be able to get a brush through it the next day and it'll just be a tangled, sticky mess.  This gives "sexy hair with a matt finish" which is virtually undetectable.  Sea salt-sprayed hair which I can still run my fingers through?  Yes please!

And finally, Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! Flirty Fix! Texturising Polish (how many exclamation marks?!) is good for just tweaking the ends of hair and giving them a little more definition.  This stuff is the cheapest of the bunch and is a vibrant pink jelly-like consistency.  Like the Surf Spray, less is more with this.  Unless sticky, wet-look hair is your thing!

 So there we have it...the products I've been reaching for to give my hair a little more 'oomph' and help it to look more lived in.  What products do you swear by for texture?
chunky-gold-necklace
I already own a chunky gold necklace but I wanted to go bigger and, as Estee would say: why be subtle?

I took advantage of a 25% off voucher following the fashion show I went to for GetReading, and got this for around £5.50 rather than its original price of £7.99.  I love it, so would still have paid £7.99 for it although I don't actually think it's worth that.  It's really light and makes a cheap "clinky" noise compared to my silver necklace which was the same price.  It also annoys me because the links need a re-jig everytime I want to wear this and never seem to sit flat.  Moan over though, because it really does add a little somethin' to a basic outfit of plain t-shirt and skinnies.

What do you think of chunky chain necklaces?

New Things: New Look chunky gold necklace

24.5.13

chunky-gold-necklace
I already own a chunky gold necklace but I wanted to go bigger and, as Estee would say: why be subtle?

I took advantage of a 25% off voucher following the fashion show I went to for GetReading, and got this for around £5.50 rather than its original price of £7.99.  I love it, so would still have paid £7.99 for it although I don't actually think it's worth that.  It's really light and makes a cheap "clinky" noise compared to my silver necklace which was the same price.  It also annoys me because the links need a re-jig everytime I want to wear this and never seem to sit flat.  Moan over though, because it really does add a little somethin' to a basic outfit of plain t-shirt and skinnies.

What do you think of chunky chain necklaces?
Image found via pinterest 
  1. Ed and I had our first date on Valentine's Day 2009.  In the way that only he could, he got salt in his eye...it was a tense few minutes.
  2. We had a long-distance relationship for the first 18 months which saw me driving to Norwich every weekend.
  3. I finally shed all the weight I'd put on since leaving school (5st!)
  4. To try new exercises, I dragged Mum to a Jive class.  I could dedicate a whole post to this, but let's just say it was like middle-aged speed dating and I spent the evening being passed around (and having to touch!!) 95% of the men in the room.
  5. I saw The Legendary Miss Britney Spears in concert.
  6. I moved out and learnt to cook.  And yes, I use that term loosely.
  7. I started blogging and a shopping addiction soon followed.
  8. I touched a lemur at Whipsnade Zoo and got told off.
  9. I became a responsible grown up who owns 2 cats.  Sometimes the love I feel bubbles up as a surprisingly overwhelming lump in my throat (aaaah).
- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

9 Little Things: Life as a Grown Up

20.5.13

Image found via pinterest 
  1. Ed and I had our first date on Valentine's Day 2009.  In the way that only he could, he got salt in his eye...it was a tense few minutes.
  2. We had a long-distance relationship for the first 18 months which saw me driving to Norwich every weekend.
  3. I finally shed all the weight I'd put on since leaving school (5st!)
  4. To try new exercises, I dragged Mum to a Jive class.  I could dedicate a whole post to this, but let's just say it was like middle-aged speed dating and I spent the evening being passed around (and having to touch!!) 95% of the men in the room.
  5. I saw The Legendary Miss Britney Spears in concert.
  6. I moved out and learnt to cook.  And yes, I use that term loosely.
  7. I started blogging and a shopping addiction soon followed.
  8. I touched a lemur at Whipsnade Zoo and got told off.
  9. I became a responsible grown up who owns 2 cats.  Sometimes the love I feel bubbles up as a surprisingly overwhelming lump in my throat (aaaah).
- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -
river-island-blue-cut-out-wedge-high-top-trainers
I am, unashamedly, slowly buying 99% of the items that are in Stacie's wardrobe.  The latest addition would be these mouthful of a pair of trainers.

Blue isn't really a colour that features in my wardrobe, but something about these really caught my eye.  I love a good wedge trainer, and the cut out detailing on these makes them just a little bit different and perfect for summer.

These retail at £40, but luckily I managed to use a 25% off voucher from Grazia magazine and got these for £30.  I say I got these, Ed actually bought them for me.  I'm not sure I'd have happily spent the full price on these though; the size 5s I originally tried on were a bit grubby and looked slightly unfinished, with straggly white threads coming through in places.  That's another thing to mention; I'm a size 4 and a half, but tend to go with 5 everywhere, although the 5s were massive in this case so I'd recommend sizing down. 

What do you think?

New Things: River Island Concealed Wedge Cut Out High Tops

17.5.13

river-island-blue-cut-out-wedge-high-top-trainers
I am, unashamedly, slowly buying 99% of the items that are in Stacie's wardrobe.  The latest addition would be these mouthful of a pair of trainers.

Blue isn't really a colour that features in my wardrobe, but something about these really caught my eye.  I love a good wedge trainer, and the cut out detailing on these makes them just a little bit different and perfect for summer.

These retail at £40, but luckily I managed to use a 25% off voucher from Grazia magazine and got these for £30.  I say I got these, Ed actually bought them for me.  I'm not sure I'd have happily spent the full price on these though; the size 5s I originally tried on were a bit grubby and looked slightly unfinished, with straggly white threads coming through in places.  That's another thing to mention; I'm a size 4 and a half, but tend to go with 5 everywhere, although the 5s were massive in this case so I'd recommend sizing down. 

What do you think?
jammy-and-jelly
For a while now I've admired Emily's blog, Jammy and Jelly (although I've just noticed that GFC has decided to unfollow it at some point).  I think it's an underrated blog by a talented blogger who illustrates her posts with these cartoon drawings.  It's just a delight to look at, and I really enjoy the snippets of Emily's life that go alongside them.

Anyway, I was admiring Emily's drawings and got in contact with her to request a custom illustration.  She obliged, and was kind enough to draw this and send it out to me free of charge (again, thank you!)  I love the fact that she got my orange bag in there, and I'm also really grateful that she adapted the design to my (fussy) requirements and added the cats in there.

So now my Jammy and Jelly drawing sits in pride of place on my desk, until I can persuade Ed to put it up in the hallway for me.  And Emily tells me that she's in the process of setting up an online shop so that you can get your mitts on one of these yourself!

My Jammy and Jelly Illustration

15.5.13

jammy-and-jelly
For a while now I've admired Emily's blog, Jammy and Jelly (although I've just noticed that GFC has decided to unfollow it at some point).  I think it's an underrated blog by a talented blogger who illustrates her posts with these cartoon drawings.  It's just a delight to look at, and I really enjoy the snippets of Emily's life that go alongside them.

Anyway, I was admiring Emily's drawings and got in contact with her to request a custom illustration.  She obliged, and was kind enough to draw this and send it out to me free of charge (again, thank you!)  I love the fact that she got my orange bag in there, and I'm also really grateful that she adapted the design to my (fussy) requirements and added the cats in there.

So now my Jammy and Jelly drawing sits in pride of place on my desk, until I can persuade Ed to put it up in the hallway for me.  And Emily tells me that she's in the process of setting up an online shop so that you can get your mitts on one of these yourself!
ghd-style-and-protect-set
ghd-paddle-brush
how-to-sleek-straight-hair-ghds
fishtail-braid-plait
how-to-twisted-fishtail-plait-braid-updo
I'm all for a bit of texture in my hair, which means that protecting it and keeping it sleek isn't really top of my list.  So when the people from ghd kindly gifted me the ghd Style & Protect Set and asked me to have a go at creating spring hairstyles with it, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try and change my ways.  The kit comes with everything you need; a big paddle brush (which I love), sectioning clips and a couple of ghd's styling sprays

I went to my sister (who's also a talented hairdresser) for help with this.  Seeing as the set contains the Straight & Smooth spray, we started off with this and figured a sleek straight look should really be done.  We got rid of any knots with the brush, straightened it and, hey presto!  Enter my Iggy Azalea poker straight hair...I hadn't realised how long my hair had got!  Finished off with a spritz of the Final Shine Spray and this super-easy look was done.

After that we tried an updo, which is my favourite of the two looks.  We started with a simple fishtail plait and then, taking inspiration from Luxy Hair, twisted it back on itself to make the updo.  It took a fair few kirby grips to secure, but I love the different take on the usual fishtail braid and think it looks really sleek and polished.

What do you think of super-straight locks?  Or will you be giving the updo a go?  

GHD Style & Protect Gift Set

13.5.13

ghd-style-and-protect-set
ghd-paddle-brush
how-to-sleek-straight-hair-ghds
fishtail-braid-plait
how-to-twisted-fishtail-plait-braid-updo
I'm all for a bit of texture in my hair, which means that protecting it and keeping it sleek isn't really top of my list.  So when the people from ghd kindly gifted me the ghd Style & Protect Set and asked me to have a go at creating spring hairstyles with it, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try and change my ways.  The kit comes with everything you need; a big paddle brush (which I love), sectioning clips and a couple of ghd's styling sprays

I went to my sister (who's also a talented hairdresser) for help with this.  Seeing as the set contains the Straight & Smooth spray, we started off with this and figured a sleek straight look should really be done.  We got rid of any knots with the brush, straightened it and, hey presto!  Enter my Iggy Azalea poker straight hair...I hadn't realised how long my hair had got!  Finished off with a spritz of the Final Shine Spray and this super-easy look was done.

After that we tried an updo, which is my favourite of the two looks.  We started with a simple fishtail plait and then, taking inspiration from Luxy Hair, twisted it back on itself to make the updo.  It took a fair few kirby grips to secure, but I love the different take on the usual fishtail braid and think it looks really sleek and polished.

What do you think of super-straight locks?  Or will you be giving the updo a go?  
zara-orange-mini-shopper-handbag
zara-orange-handbag
So this is the last of my (many) recently bought Zara bags, and I'm planning for it to be my last new bag for the new future.

Can I just say, I looked everywhere for this bag.  I'd spotted it online, but my local Zara didn't stock it, nor did either of the two Zaras I visited on Oxford Street.  I'd pushed it to the back of my mind, but when I spotted it in Southampton it felt like it was meant to be.

As with the majority of my Zara bags, this was a bargainous buy.  It's only £22.99, but easily as good in quality as my mini bowling bag which was nearly double the price.  It's a really good size, easy to carry, zips up nicely and just adds an extra something to everyday outfits.  Next to this in store was the white version which I'd quite liked online, but word of warning to anyone looking to purchase - the orange bag is super nice and feels like a decent (p)leather, whereas the white version felt really cheap and was a completely different texture.

So which of my bags is your fave?

New Things: The Zara Mini Shopper

10.5.13

zara-orange-mini-shopper-handbag
zara-orange-handbag
So this is the last of my (many) recently bought Zara bags, and I'm planning for it to be my last new bag for the new future.

Can I just say, I looked everywhere for this bag.  I'd spotted it online, but my local Zara didn't stock it, nor did either of the two Zaras I visited on Oxford Street.  I'd pushed it to the back of my mind, but when I spotted it in Southampton it felt like it was meant to be.

As with the majority of my Zara bags, this was a bargainous buy.  It's only £22.99, but easily as good in quality as my mini bowling bag which was nearly double the price.  It's a really good size, easy to carry, zips up nicely and just adds an extra something to everyday outfits.  Next to this in store was the white version which I'd quite liked online, but word of warning to anyone looking to purchase - the orange bag is super nice and feels like a decent (p)leather, whereas the white version felt really cheap and was a completely different texture.

So which of my bags is your fave?
I'll be honest - 7 minutes is an estimation.  I didn't think to get my timer out but I do know that two songs played on my iPhone whilst I put my make up on this morning, which would make it roughly 7 minutes right?  Since dying my hair darker I'd been putting on more and more eye make up (which was making me later and later for work), so for the last week or so I've stripped it right back to basics and this is what I've been going with.

I use my fingers with Clarins Instant Smooth Self-Tanning Primer, which gives a lovely tanned, marzipan-scented start to my make up (I happen to like the "fake tan smell") and then I apply Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation to give a relatively sheer base, using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  I blend in Origin's Quick, Hide! Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, and next use a big powder brush to sweep M&S Limited Collection Bronzing Powder in a 3-shape across my temples/forehead, cheeks and jawline.  This stuff's great; only £5 for a 7g tub which is seriously pigmented and, in my opinion, better than Benefit's Hoola.

Onto the eyes, I pat on MAC's Constructivist Paint Pot and then blend into my crease using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.  I also run a little of that along my lower lashline and line my waterline with Rimmel's Nude Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner.  I leave that to set a little, and do my eyebrows using my HD Brows Palette.  Then I curl my eyelashes and then apply two coats of my favourite mascara, Max Factor's Eye Brightening Mascara and finish by patting on a little more of the paint pot to make the colour slightly more intense.

And because I can never get enough bronzer, I apply The Body Shop's Baked To Last Bronzer onto my cheeks.  Another lovely bronzer, this has a slight rose gold shimmer to it that I love.  And to finish, a little MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl.

I'm loving simple, quick make up looks for summer and it means I have a little more time to faff about in the morning taking instagram photos and choosing which bag to use.  Have you simplified your make up for the warmer weather?

The 7 Minute Face

8.5.13

I'll be honest - 7 minutes is an estimation.  I didn't think to get my timer out but I do know that two songs played on my iPhone whilst I put my make up on this morning, which would make it roughly 7 minutes right?  Since dying my hair darker I'd been putting on more and more eye make up (which was making me later and later for work), so for the last week or so I've stripped it right back to basics and this is what I've been going with.

I use my fingers with Clarins Instant Smooth Self-Tanning Primer, which gives a lovely tanned, marzipan-scented start to my make up (I happen to like the "fake tan smell") and then I apply Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation to give a relatively sheer base, using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  I blend in Origin's Quick, Hide! Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, and next use a big powder brush to sweep M&S Limited Collection Bronzing Powder in a 3-shape across my temples/forehead, cheeks and jawline.  This stuff's great; only £5 for a 7g tub which is seriously pigmented and, in my opinion, better than Benefit's Hoola.

Onto the eyes, I pat on MAC's Constructivist Paint Pot and then blend into my crease using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.  I also run a little of that along my lower lashline and line my waterline with Rimmel's Nude Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner.  I leave that to set a little, and do my eyebrows using my HD Brows Palette.  Then I curl my eyelashes and then apply two coats of my favourite mascara, Max Factor's Eye Brightening Mascara and finish by patting on a little more of the paint pot to make the colour slightly more intense.

And because I can never get enough bronzer, I apply The Body Shop's Baked To Last Bronzer onto my cheeks.  Another lovely bronzer, this has a slight rose gold shimmer to it that I love.  And to finish, a little MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl.

I'm loving simple, quick make up looks for summer and it means I have a little more time to faff about in the morning taking instagram photos and choosing which bag to use.  Have you simplified your make up for the warmer weather?
h-and-m-chunky-silver-necklace
chunky-silver-statement-necklace
Chunky, Mr T-style chains are quickly becoming my thing, and there was room in my collection for a silver addition.

Enter H&M.  I find their jewellery section to be a bit hit and miss at times, but they came up trumps with this one.  It's weighty enough to feel more expensive than it was, sits nicely and is the perfect length.

Speaking of the price, this retails at £7.99, but thanks to a 20% off code and the usual £5 off one that's always floating around, I managed to get this for around £3.  Well worth it in my eyes, and although I can't find it online anymore I'm sure if you have a hunt in store you'll find it...or at least a similar offering!

New Things: H&M chunky silver necklace

6.5.13

h-and-m-chunky-silver-necklace
chunky-silver-statement-necklace
Chunky, Mr T-style chains are quickly becoming my thing, and there was room in my collection for a silver addition.

Enter H&M.  I find their jewellery section to be a bit hit and miss at times, but they came up trumps with this one.  It's weighty enough to feel more expensive than it was, sits nicely and is the perfect length.

Speaking of the price, this retails at £7.99, but thanks to a 20% off code and the usual £5 off one that's always floating around, I managed to get this for around £3.  Well worth it in my eyes, and although I can't find it online anymore I'm sure if you have a hunt in store you'll find it...or at least a similar offering!
A while ago, a good friend of mine who's forever encouraging me to consider bigger and better things, tweeted me a link to a shout out looking for fashion bloggers in the Reading area.  Strictly speaking I'm not a proper fashion blogger.  Nor am I in the Reading area, although I do frequent it often.  But I sent out a response nonetheless and to be honest, forgot all about it.

That is, until a couple of weeks ago when I got a very exciting email.  It was Caroline asking if I'd like to get involved in an exciting project with GetReading, the website for Reading's local newspaper - The Reading Post.  All last week I was blogging in the run up to a catwalk show in Reading town, which involved me styling up some outfits in New Look, trying on a wedding dress and checking out the accessories in TK Maxx.  You can see some of the photos above, as well as the big surprise of me actually making it into print!

And the even better news is that there's the possibility of this becoming a monthly thing with GetReading.  I always wanted to write, but gave up on that in favour of law when I was about 15.  Blogging has been a little creative outlet, and it's so exciting to now get the opportunity to do that on a larger scale and with the backing of The Post.

So it's an exciting time for Scaredtoast.  The cat's out of the bag; my family and friends have read my blog and been so supportive, you've all now seen my face, people from work have seen me in the paper and wondered why I'm calling myself Tabitha and also now have access to my blog (hi Julie and Sally!)  It's a funny feeling, but in some ways it's also a relief to be honest about some of the opportunities I get (the "I won a competition" line was wearing thin) and having people I know read my blog and say it sounds just like me is the best feeling ever.

New things: GetReading.co.uk's fashion blogger

3.5.13

A while ago, a good friend of mine who's forever encouraging me to consider bigger and better things, tweeted me a link to a shout out looking for fashion bloggers in the Reading area.  Strictly speaking I'm not a proper fashion blogger.  Nor am I in the Reading area, although I do frequent it often.  But I sent out a response nonetheless and to be honest, forgot all about it.

That is, until a couple of weeks ago when I got a very exciting email.  It was Caroline asking if I'd like to get involved in an exciting project with GetReading, the website for Reading's local newspaper - The Reading Post.  All last week I was blogging in the run up to a catwalk show in Reading town, which involved me styling up some outfits in New Look, trying on a wedding dress and checking out the accessories in TK Maxx.  You can see some of the photos above, as well as the big surprise of me actually making it into print!

And the even better news is that there's the possibility of this becoming a monthly thing with GetReading.  I always wanted to write, but gave up on that in favour of law when I was about 15.  Blogging has been a little creative outlet, and it's so exciting to now get the opportunity to do that on a larger scale and with the backing of The Post.

So it's an exciting time for Scaredtoast.  The cat's out of the bag; my family and friends have read my blog and been so supportive, you've all now seen my face, people from work have seen me in the paper and wondered why I'm calling myself Tabitha and also now have access to my blog (hi Julie and Sally!)  It's a funny feeling, but in some ways it's also a relief to be honest about some of the opportunities I get (the "I won a competition" line was wearing thin) and having people I know read my blog and say it sounds just like me is the best feeling ever.
Outfit posts, for me, are a bit of a faff.  Getting the tripod set up, focusing the camera....blah.  But I do quite often wear an outfit that I love and then forget about it.  So you may have noticed that last month I made a real effort on instagram to try and photograph my (decent) clothes combinations when they happened.  Hopefully this will become a monthly feature so I can get back to a bit of the fashion that I originally had on my blog.

Anyway, as you can see, this month my bags were the stars of the show.  And towards the end of the month I got into wearing slouchy tees.  My favourite outfit?  Bottom left.  I love that Zara top.

A month in clothes: April

1.5.13

Outfit posts, for me, are a bit of a faff.  Getting the tripod set up, focusing the camera....blah.  But I do quite often wear an outfit that I love and then forget about it.  So you may have noticed that last month I made a real effort on instagram to try and photograph my (decent) clothes combinations when they happened.  Hopefully this will become a monthly feature so I can get back to a bit of the fashion that I originally had on my blog.

Anyway, as you can see, this month my bags were the stars of the show.  And towards the end of the month I got into wearing slouchy tees.  My favourite outfit?  Bottom left.  I love that Zara top.

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