I'm struggling to remember much about this week!  I worked hard at the gym and did cardio Monday, core crunch again on Tuesday and then legs on Thursday.  I would have done more, but 96 squats and 192 lunges later and I'm in serious pain.  I can just about make it down the stairs now...

Wednesday I blogged another interiors post.  I'm thinking of making that a weekly thing; now that the summer holidays are wonderfully close, it'll give me lots of time to get my act together around the house.  Especially if I don't have the excuse of being able to shop.  So Wednesdays seem a good time to share any inspiration I've spotted from around the web with you guys.

I also took advantage of a couple of discount codes on Thursday and bought some definite necessities from cheapsmells and The Body Shop.  There's 40% off at The Body Shop ending today (including sale) so it's a great time to stock up.  I also snuck in there today and got some body butter and hemp soap-free handwash (my eczema hurts so bad!) for the grand total of £4!

I filmed another YouTube video on Saturday, which explains the cheesy photo above.  If you're interested in seeing what my June favourites are then click here.

Then today we went to Nandos for lunch for my younger sister's birthday.  Can't believe she's turning 19!  We did do a bit of shopping later and on the whole I was good.  Any little treats that snuck in were so cheap (e.g. The Body Shop!) that it's hard to feel guilty about them!

And because it wouldn't be a Sunday post without some sort of pet photo, here's Dudley in all his glory!  I've been messing about with my new lens and really loving the effect it gives.  Just a little bit miffed to have to admit that he's more photogenic than the cats!

The week: 24.6.13

30.6.13

I'm struggling to remember much about this week!  I worked hard at the gym and did cardio Monday, core crunch again on Tuesday and then legs on Thursday.  I would have done more, but 96 squats and 192 lunges later and I'm in serious pain.  I can just about make it down the stairs now...

Wednesday I blogged another interiors post.  I'm thinking of making that a weekly thing; now that the summer holidays are wonderfully close, it'll give me lots of time to get my act together around the house.  Especially if I don't have the excuse of being able to shop.  So Wednesdays seem a good time to share any inspiration I've spotted from around the web with you guys.

I also took advantage of a couple of discount codes on Thursday and bought some definite necessities from cheapsmells and The Body Shop.  There's 40% off at The Body Shop ending today (including sale) so it's a great time to stock up.  I also snuck in there today and got some body butter and hemp soap-free handwash (my eczema hurts so bad!) for the grand total of £4!

I filmed another YouTube video on Saturday, which explains the cheesy photo above.  If you're interested in seeing what my June favourites are then click here.

Then today we went to Nandos for lunch for my younger sister's birthday.  Can't believe she's turning 19!  We did do a bit of shopping later and on the whole I was good.  Any little treats that snuck in were so cheap (e.g. The Body Shop!) that it's hard to feel guilty about them!

And because it wouldn't be a Sunday post without some sort of pet photo, here's Dudley in all his glory!  I've been messing about with my new lens and really loving the effect it gives.  Just a little bit miffed to have to admit that he's more photogenic than the cats!
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This lipstick has been on my lust-list for a while now, so I was dead chuffed to be given it for my birthday.

Along with my Dior lipstick, this Rouge in Love is my first dabble into more high end lipsticks.  Until now, MAC lipsticks have been my staple, but I'm glad to be branching out.  Lancome Rouge in Love is, hands down, my favourite formula of lipstick.  It goes on feeling so sure, but the colour actually packs a real punch.  Because of how sheer it feels, I expected it to look quite glossy but it dries down to a more matte feeling, and eventually you can't even feel it on your lips.  It's so lightweight and wears really well, feeling moisturising all the time.

And let's just talk about the colour.  A beautiful raspberry pinky-red which is unlike any other in my collection.  And doesn't this look amazing in the bullet?

Lancome Rouge in Loves are a little pricey at £21.  But I think they're totally worth it and can't wait to get some more.  I'm thinking of a more everyday shade next....any suggestions?

Lancome Rouge in Love in 159b

28.6.13

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lancome-rouge-in-love-159b-swatch
This lipstick has been on my lust-list for a while now, so I was dead chuffed to be given it for my birthday.

Along with my Dior lipstick, this Rouge in Love is my first dabble into more high end lipsticks.  Until now, MAC lipsticks have been my staple, but I'm glad to be branching out.  Lancome Rouge in Love is, hands down, my favourite formula of lipstick.  It goes on feeling so sure, but the colour actually packs a real punch.  Because of how sheer it feels, I expected it to look quite glossy but it dries down to a more matte feeling, and eventually you can't even feel it on your lips.  It's so lightweight and wears really well, feeling moisturising all the time.

And let's just talk about the colour.  A beautiful raspberry pinky-red which is unlike any other in my collection.  And doesn't this look amazing in the bullet?

Lancome Rouge in Loves are a little pricey at £21.  But I think they're totally worth it and can't wait to get some more.  I'm thinking of a more everyday shade next....any suggestions?
Last week's interiors post went down better than I anticipated, so this week I've managed to bag you another one!
Finally it feels as if summer is here, and at last we’re able to enjoy some much needed sunshine. However, before you start donning the shorts and shades, you need to ask yourself, is your home summer-ready? Taking the initial steps to transform a home can be a daunting prospect for anyone. So, to alleviate the pressure a little, why not opt for a quirky trend or two? Not sure where to start? Here’s a selection of our favourite eccentric, dynamic and downright unusual design ideas for the best season of the year. 

Alice in Wonderland
Picture this: the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Everything is upside down, back to front, and generally far from the place where it should be. Well, it’s this topsy-turvy world which designers have fallen in love with. It’s about bringing a bit of magic to your home; ‘silly but structured.’ Sound like something for you? Then try to be spontaneous with your interior plans and embrace the ditsy, carefree world of Alice. Fill your home with adornments that make you smile. Maybe a lamp made from teacups, a patchwork couch, or even some pretty Hillarys plantation shutters to bring the look together? With this style, you’re free to be as creative as you like! 

Old versus New
Don’t you just love it when you move into a new home and your parents/grandparents tell you that they used to have furniture like that or that they still own something similar? Well, with this in mind, interior experts are turning this age-old conversation on its head by creating the concept of ‘old versus new.’ Taking those dated pieces that once defined a generation, and flavouring them with a taste of contemporary character, designers are encouraging homeowners to embrace modernity, but with a difference. For instance, why not take that old-fashioned leather armchair you once thought about throwing away and reupholstering it with a bold, zany Aztec maQterial? Instantly your room feels more interesting, and given a new lease of life. 

Botanical
With the push for the nation to become more eco-friendly, interior designers are eager for the public to bring the outside indoors… literally! Everything from moss tiled walls to plant chandeliers, they’re doing everything they can to show that it’s easy being green. However, if you too would like to incorporate the ‘natural feeling’ into your humble abode, then there are ways and means of achieving this without making it look like the Amazon. For example, there are plenty of 1950s-esque botanical print wallpapers available for you to choose from, so why not give it a go?
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Quirky trends for summer 2013

26.6.13

Last week's interiors post went down better than I anticipated, so this week I've managed to bag you another one!
Finally it feels as if summer is here, and at last we’re able to enjoy some much needed sunshine. However, before you start donning the shorts and shades, you need to ask yourself, is your home summer-ready? Taking the initial steps to transform a home can be a daunting prospect for anyone. So, to alleviate the pressure a little, why not opt for a quirky trend or two? Not sure where to start? Here’s a selection of our favourite eccentric, dynamic and downright unusual design ideas for the best season of the year. 

Alice in Wonderland
Picture this: the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Everything is upside down, back to front, and generally far from the place where it should be. Well, it’s this topsy-turvy world which designers have fallen in love with. It’s about bringing a bit of magic to your home; ‘silly but structured.’ Sound like something for you? Then try to be spontaneous with your interior plans and embrace the ditsy, carefree world of Alice. Fill your home with adornments that make you smile. Maybe a lamp made from teacups, a patchwork couch, or even some pretty Hillarys plantation shutters to bring the look together? With this style, you’re free to be as creative as you like! 

Old versus New
Don’t you just love it when you move into a new home and your parents/grandparents tell you that they used to have furniture like that or that they still own something similar? Well, with this in mind, interior experts are turning this age-old conversation on its head by creating the concept of ‘old versus new.’ Taking those dated pieces that once defined a generation, and flavouring them with a taste of contemporary character, designers are encouraging homeowners to embrace modernity, but with a difference. For instance, why not take that old-fashioned leather armchair you once thought about throwing away and reupholstering it with a bold, zany Aztec maQterial? Instantly your room feels more interesting, and given a new lease of life. 

Botanical
With the push for the nation to become more eco-friendly, interior designers are eager for the public to bring the outside indoors… literally! Everything from moss tiled walls to plant chandeliers, they’re doing everything they can to show that it’s easy being green. However, if you too would like to incorporate the ‘natural feeling’ into your humble abode, then there are ways and means of achieving this without making it look like the Amazon. For example, there are plenty of 1950s-esque botanical print wallpapers available for you to choose from, so why not give it a go?
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Remember my devastation when Let The Good Times Roll left my life as quickly as it entered?  I've been mourning it ever since, and have been keeping an eye out on Lush for something to come close.

So on a recent trip to Lush, I found myself perusing the scrub section at the back of the shop.  I tend to hover around the fresh face mask/cleanser area, so I was on new territory here.

But I should have gone there sooner!  A plethora of new and exciting products was in front of me, and I quickly sniffed out Ocean Salt.

This scrub contains fine sea salt, organic limes and avocado butter (amongst other things), which means it smells amazing.  Fruity and refreshing, the opposite of Let The Good Times Roll, but perfect for summer.

Now, I'm not entirely sure which part of the words "salt" and "scrub" led me to believe this would be on the more gentle side of scrubs and more like a cleanser.  The reality is that this stuff means business.  But I quite like that, and (I'm assuming) the avocado butter leaves a sort of oily, soft residue that the salt seems to be suspended in which leaves my skin feeling moisturised and soft as opposed to literally scrubbed with sea salt.

For now, I've found my HG facial scrub and am really enjoying using this alongside Oatifix.  Anything else from Lush you'd recommend to me?

Lush Ocean Salt facial scrub

24.6.13

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lush-ocean-scrub-facial-scrub
Remember my devastation when Let The Good Times Roll left my life as quickly as it entered?  I've been mourning it ever since, and have been keeping an eye out on Lush for something to come close.

So on a recent trip to Lush, I found myself perusing the scrub section at the back of the shop.  I tend to hover around the fresh face mask/cleanser area, so I was on new territory here.

But I should have gone there sooner!  A plethora of new and exciting products was in front of me, and I quickly sniffed out Ocean Salt.

This scrub contains fine sea salt, organic limes and avocado butter (amongst other things), which means it smells amazing.  Fruity and refreshing, the opposite of Let The Good Times Roll, but perfect for summer.

Now, I'm not entirely sure which part of the words "salt" and "scrub" led me to believe this would be on the more gentle side of scrubs and more like a cleanser.  The reality is that this stuff means business.  But I quite like that, and (I'm assuming) the avocado butter leaves a sort of oily, soft residue that the salt seems to be suspended in which leaves my skin feeling moisturised and soft as opposed to literally scrubbed with sea salt.

For now, I've found my HG facial scrub and am really enjoying using this alongside Oatifix.  Anything else from Lush you'd recommend to me?
On Monday afternoon I discovered that I no longer want to be a person who feels sick mid-month at the realisation that I've spent an awful lot of my wages on a whole lotta nothing.  So I am back on the no-spending wagon, and so far my nerve has stuck and I've resisted a fair few temptations this week.  The goal is to avoid spending for the next 10 weeks.  It's a long time, but the summer holidays are notoriously bad for my bank balance, so I'm aiming to spend as little as possible and perhaps blog about my efforts along the way.

That said, I did treat myself with a little spare cash I had.  The spending ban is mainly on clothes and make up, so I didn't feel too guilty about buying a new tablet on Saturday.  I'm sure it'll be in a favourites video so I'll leave the details until then, but I will say I didn't go for an iPad. I went for a much cheaper and underrated alternative which I'm loving.  Speaking of videos, I also filmed a haul video this weekend.

On Wednesday I went for a much-needed Nandos catch up with an old work friend.  I tried their bottomless frozen yoghurt for the first time, she helped me build up some no-spending motivation, and it was nice to chat to somebody who reads my blog/watches my YouTube and knows me in real life as well.  Always good to check that you're coming across as 'you' still!

Thursday I did a new ab workout at the gym.  Core Crunch (I think it's called) on the Nike Training App is a killer....I can still feel it now!

We had an Egyptian-themed day at work on Friday so I got to unleash my inner-Cleopatra with lashings of eyeliner.  I used to wear liquid liner on a daily basis; I took the majority of it off at lunchtime but with what was left I discovered that I just don't like it anymore.  My eyes looked far too 'done' and it just didn't look right.  Funny how times change.

And today I'm writing this in my pjs before I jump in the shower and head over to my sister's for a haircut.  At the moment I'm scared, but I've admired the long messy bob style for so long that I may as well take the plunge.  There's a chance I may cry, but it's only hair right?  And it's not as if I had ground-breaking Kardashian-esque locks.

Speaking of Kardashians....North West? Really??
P.S. To avoid disappointing you over the course of the next few weeks, I will say there are a few exceptions to my spending ban. 1) Necessities are allowed.   2) If Debenhams has a mega-day event thing.  Although I've been good and resisted the one this weekend.  3) On a long-awaited trip to Bicester in a couple of weeks I have a limit and I am allowed to treat myself!

P.P.S  It's the evening now, and I love my new hair!!!

The Week: 17.6.13

23.6.13

On Monday afternoon I discovered that I no longer want to be a person who feels sick mid-month at the realisation that I've spent an awful lot of my wages on a whole lotta nothing.  So I am back on the no-spending wagon, and so far my nerve has stuck and I've resisted a fair few temptations this week.  The goal is to avoid spending for the next 10 weeks.  It's a long time, but the summer holidays are notoriously bad for my bank balance, so I'm aiming to spend as little as possible and perhaps blog about my efforts along the way.

That said, I did treat myself with a little spare cash I had.  The spending ban is mainly on clothes and make up, so I didn't feel too guilty about buying a new tablet on Saturday.  I'm sure it'll be in a favourites video so I'll leave the details until then, but I will say I didn't go for an iPad. I went for a much cheaper and underrated alternative which I'm loving.  Speaking of videos, I also filmed a haul video this weekend.

On Wednesday I went for a much-needed Nandos catch up with an old work friend.  I tried their bottomless frozen yoghurt for the first time, she helped me build up some no-spending motivation, and it was nice to chat to somebody who reads my blog/watches my YouTube and knows me in real life as well.  Always good to check that you're coming across as 'you' still!

Thursday I did a new ab workout at the gym.  Core Crunch (I think it's called) on the Nike Training App is a killer....I can still feel it now!

We had an Egyptian-themed day at work on Friday so I got to unleash my inner-Cleopatra with lashings of eyeliner.  I used to wear liquid liner on a daily basis; I took the majority of it off at lunchtime but with what was left I discovered that I just don't like it anymore.  My eyes looked far too 'done' and it just didn't look right.  Funny how times change.

And today I'm writing this in my pjs before I jump in the shower and head over to my sister's for a haircut.  At the moment I'm scared, but I've admired the long messy bob style for so long that I may as well take the plunge.  There's a chance I may cry, but it's only hair right?  And it's not as if I had ground-breaking Kardashian-esque locks.

Speaking of Kardashians....North West? Really??
P.S. To avoid disappointing you over the course of the next few weeks, I will say there are a few exceptions to my spending ban. 1) Necessities are allowed.   2) If Debenhams has a mega-day event thing.  Although I've been good and resisted the one this weekend.  3) On a long-awaited trip to Bicester in a couple of weeks I have a limit and I am allowed to treat myself!

P.P.S  It's the evening now, and I love my new hair!!!
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A while ago I expressed my uncertainty about this jumpsuit on instagram....should I keep or it should I return it?  I decided to keep it, and I'm so glad I did.

The grey's not quite as light as I'd like it to be, but this is perhaps the comfiest item in my wardrobe.  I wore it to a family meal today where, as you can imagine, lots of eating took place.  I, however, was as comfy as could be in my expanding waistband!  If I could wear this every day, I would.  It's like wearing pyjamas in public but having it be socially acceptable.

New things: Sparkle & Fade jumpsuit

21.6.13

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sparkle-and-fade-knitted-jumpsuit
A while ago I expressed my uncertainty about this jumpsuit on instagram....should I keep or it should I return it?  I decided to keep it, and I'm so glad I did.

The grey's not quite as light as I'd like it to be, but this is perhaps the comfiest item in my wardrobe.  I wore it to a family meal today where, as you can imagine, lots of eating took place.  I, however, was as comfy as could be in my expanding waistband!  If I could wear this every day, I would.  It's like wearing pyjamas in public but having it be socially acceptable.
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Heading to university can be incredibly daunting. You’re abandoning the home comforts of mum and dad to go it alone in the big wide world. Scary stuff. But there are ways to make the initial move less intense. Like decorating your brand new bedroom! 

Finally you’ve got the freedom to do what you want, when you want, how you want, so make the most of it! Injecting a little personality into a space is a great means to make you feel right at home. But how? Bringing style from catwalk to the bedroom, here’s how you can get your uni pad bang on trend.   

Glamour
There’s nothing uni students love more than a bit of glamour. Forget about microwave meals and daytime TV, what undergraduates really want is a taste of the celebrity lifestyle.
Weekday partying and shopping splurges; ‘Made in Chelsea’ eat your heart out! So why not incorporate this sense of glamour into your bedroom? It doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of bedroom accessories UK available to give your room a feeling of complete luxury. Think rich pinks and purples; opulent silk bedding, cosy cushions and diamante adornments; lovely.

Quirky
Picture the topsy-turvy world of the Mad Hatter’s tea party and you’re on the right track. Thinking outside the box is what the fashion world does best, so why not be unconventional and follow suit? Laugh in the face of landlords who won’t let a speck of paint touch their walls, and show them that creativity doesn’t end there!
The more bizarre the better we say. From teacup shaped lamps to multi-coloured fairy lights, there are endless ways to give your room a quirky edge (without white-tacking a single poster!) And if you really want to put your imagination to the test, then why not try hand making some of your room’s accessories? Knitted embellishments are big for 2013, so go wool-crazy. 

Prints
A huge trend on the catwalk this season, are bold and eye-catching prints. Grabbing the attention of fashion audiences across the board, this year’s models have been caught strutting their stuff in all types of patterns. From fabulous florals to sultry animal prints, there are a whole host of designs just waiting to bring your uni room to life. Be it through a simple pair of statement curtains or striking zebra print bedding, the choice is yours! 

So what are you waiting for? Make your room the envy of your uni mates and treat it to the transformation it deserves.
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Catwalk-proof your uni bedroom

19.6.13

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Heading to university can be incredibly daunting. You’re abandoning the home comforts of mum and dad to go it alone in the big wide world. Scary stuff. But there are ways to make the initial move less intense. Like decorating your brand new bedroom! 

Finally you’ve got the freedom to do what you want, when you want, how you want, so make the most of it! Injecting a little personality into a space is a great means to make you feel right at home. But how? Bringing style from catwalk to the bedroom, here’s how you can get your uni pad bang on trend.   

Glamour
There’s nothing uni students love more than a bit of glamour. Forget about microwave meals and daytime TV, what undergraduates really want is a taste of the celebrity lifestyle.
Weekday partying and shopping splurges; ‘Made in Chelsea’ eat your heart out! So why not incorporate this sense of glamour into your bedroom? It doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of bedroom accessories UK available to give your room a feeling of complete luxury. Think rich pinks and purples; opulent silk bedding, cosy cushions and diamante adornments; lovely.

Quirky
Picture the topsy-turvy world of the Mad Hatter’s tea party and you’re on the right track. Thinking outside the box is what the fashion world does best, so why not be unconventional and follow suit? Laugh in the face of landlords who won’t let a speck of paint touch their walls, and show them that creativity doesn’t end there!
The more bizarre the better we say. From teacup shaped lamps to multi-coloured fairy lights, there are endless ways to give your room a quirky edge (without white-tacking a single poster!) And if you really want to put your imagination to the test, then why not try hand making some of your room’s accessories? Knitted embellishments are big for 2013, so go wool-crazy. 

Prints
A huge trend on the catwalk this season, are bold and eye-catching prints. Grabbing the attention of fashion audiences across the board, this year’s models have been caught strutting their stuff in all types of patterns. From fabulous florals to sultry animal prints, there are a whole host of designs just waiting to bring your uni room to life. Be it through a simple pair of statement curtains or striking zebra print bedding, the choice is yours! 

So what are you waiting for? Make your room the envy of your uni mates and treat it to the transformation it deserves.
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  1. I can't catch.
  2. I only ever eat desert, breakfast or soup with a teaspoon.
  3. I always have crazily cold hands and feet.
  4. Speaking of hands, I get eczema on them so bad that at times even water stings it and I can't ever chop up fruit.
  5. I can't cope with food touching each other (accidentally) on my plate.  Gravy is a nightmare.
  6. Being chased terrifies me.  I will always stand still rather than run.
  7. Friction (e.g. sweeping up, hoovering a rough carpet) makes me feel physically sick and gag.
  8. I don't drink tea or coffee.  Hot chocolate or hot 'bina only please.
  9. I'm scared of ants.
- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

9 Little Things: My Quirks

17.6.13

  1. I can't catch.
  2. I only ever eat desert, breakfast or soup with a teaspoon.
  3. I always have crazily cold hands and feet.
  4. Speaking of hands, I get eczema on them so bad that at times even water stings it and I can't ever chop up fruit.
  5. I can't cope with food touching each other (accidentally) on my plate.  Gravy is a nightmare.
  6. Being chased terrifies me.  I will always stand still rather than run.
  7. Friction (e.g. sweeping up, hoovering a rough carpet) makes me feel physically sick and gag.
  8. I don't drink tea or coffee.  Hot chocolate or hot 'bina only please.
  9. I'm scared of ants.
- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -
I accidentally went AWOL!  I don't want to sit and apologise for it (we all know bloggers have lives away from the keyboard!) but I will say it's been a busy week, and give you a little update sort of post.

Firstly, it was my birthday!  Ed took me down to Brighton for a day of shopping and it was so nice to be out and about in the sunshine for a change.  Then there was a night out with my oldest friends....I don't normally drink, so waking up on Sunday was a shock to the system!  After I managed to drag my behind out of bed and make myself look more presentable, I headed to the shops again with Mum and my sister.  A quick burger at Ed's Diner and I was on my way to feeling much more human!  Oh, and the Dior purchase I made certainly perked me up a bit ;)  If you fancy seeing the fashiony bits I was bought/bought myself then I've filmed a video on my YouTube channel.  Things went a bit wrong, so the make up version will be up next week!

So that was last weekend, and sort of explains why I didn't post on Sunday.  Not only that, since I've put my Diary of a Spendaholic posts aside for the foreseeable future, I'm kind of at a loss as to what to write on a Sunday.  Any suggestions?

Besides that, how a person blogs is a common topic of conversation on twitter in the various chats that go on.  Personally, I like to take photos and write at the weekends to create a stockpile of posts to go live throughout the week.  There's no way I'd have time to do it all in the evenings after work, but it does mean that when the bank of draft posts runs dry I come a little unstuck.  That happened this week, so Friday's post was missing.  It felt really bizarre to know that there wasn't anything to publish, and already I feel like my blog looks a little outdated! 

If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr (you really should!), you may have noticed that I'm debating getting a haircut and have been throwing some inspiration around.  I love the wavy bob style, but I'm just worried I'll regret chopping my hair off on days when I can't be bothered to style it and just look like I have a plain bob!  Plus, the last time I cut my hair short I was 5st heavier and looked like a peahead.  Deep down I know this won't really happen again, but I'm still scared there are peahead-tendancies which may come out!  I'm really leaning towards this....what do you think?  At the moment my hair's looking like this (if you click the link you'll also be able to see a post I wrote for the local newspaper that went up this week), so it'd be quite a change.  I'd also love to know any product recommendations you have to get that textured, wavy look!

And then today has been spent outside in the intermittent sunshine enjoying a family meal for my birthday.  Enchiladas, fajitas, carrot cake, foam bananas and baby Ella in her princess tutu.  Perfect!

How was your week?

Recent stuff

16.6.13

I accidentally went AWOL!  I don't want to sit and apologise for it (we all know bloggers have lives away from the keyboard!) but I will say it's been a busy week, and give you a little update sort of post.

Firstly, it was my birthday!  Ed took me down to Brighton for a day of shopping and it was so nice to be out and about in the sunshine for a change.  Then there was a night out with my oldest friends....I don't normally drink, so waking up on Sunday was a shock to the system!  After I managed to drag my behind out of bed and make myself look more presentable, I headed to the shops again with Mum and my sister.  A quick burger at Ed's Diner and I was on my way to feeling much more human!  Oh, and the Dior purchase I made certainly perked me up a bit ;)  If you fancy seeing the fashiony bits I was bought/bought myself then I've filmed a video on my YouTube channel.  Things went a bit wrong, so the make up version will be up next week!

So that was last weekend, and sort of explains why I didn't post on Sunday.  Not only that, since I've put my Diary of a Spendaholic posts aside for the foreseeable future, I'm kind of at a loss as to what to write on a Sunday.  Any suggestions?

Besides that, how a person blogs is a common topic of conversation on twitter in the various chats that go on.  Personally, I like to take photos and write at the weekends to create a stockpile of posts to go live throughout the week.  There's no way I'd have time to do it all in the evenings after work, but it does mean that when the bank of draft posts runs dry I come a little unstuck.  That happened this week, so Friday's post was missing.  It felt really bizarre to know that there wasn't anything to publish, and already I feel like my blog looks a little outdated! 

If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr (you really should!), you may have noticed that I'm debating getting a haircut and have been throwing some inspiration around.  I love the wavy bob style, but I'm just worried I'll regret chopping my hair off on days when I can't be bothered to style it and just look like I have a plain bob!  Plus, the last time I cut my hair short I was 5st heavier and looked like a peahead.  Deep down I know this won't really happen again, but I'm still scared there are peahead-tendancies which may come out!  I'm really leaning towards this....what do you think?  At the moment my hair's looking like this (if you click the link you'll also be able to see a post I wrote for the local newspaper that went up this week), so it'd be quite a change.  I'd also love to know any product recommendations you have to get that textured, wavy look!

And then today has been spent outside in the intermittent sunshine enjoying a family meal for my birthday.  Enchiladas, fajitas, carrot cake, foam bananas and baby Ella in her princess tutu.  Perfect!

How was your week?
next-metallic-cuff-sandals-white-shoes-gold-ankle
I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of white shoes for a while now.  I wanted them a bit blingy, but I was well aware that the line between lady and lady of the night was all too easy to cross. 

Enter these bad boys from Next.  I got them on a shopping trip with Lizzie, the ultimate enabler.  I love them.  A more modest heel height than the majority of my shoe collection and with just enough bling to avoid going over the top.

The best bit about these is the price.  £30, although I got 10% off because these were the last size 4s and had a small scuff on them.  I'm generally a 5, so if you are ordering online you might want to consider sizing down.

And if you needed any more convincing about these, check out how amazing they look on!  Definitely not what I'd expect from Next, and I was willing to spend a whole lot more on these from somewhere else.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

New things: Next metallic cuff sandals

12.6.13

next-metallic-cuff-sandals-white-shoes-gold-ankle
I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of white shoes for a while now.  I wanted them a bit blingy, but I was well aware that the line between lady and lady of the night was all too easy to cross. 

Enter these bad boys from Next.  I got them on a shopping trip with Lizzie, the ultimate enabler.  I love them.  A more modest heel height than the majority of my shoe collection and with just enough bling to avoid going over the top.

The best bit about these is the price.  £30, although I got 10% off because these were the last size 4s and had a small scuff on them.  I'm generally a 5, so if you are ordering online you might want to consider sizing down.

And if you needed any more convincing about these, check out how amazing they look on!  Definitely not what I'd expect from Next, and I was willing to spend a whole lot more on these from somewhere else.  Don't you just love it when that happens?
zara-woman-chocolate-rollerball-perfume

I'd smelt the Zara Chocolate fragrance before and liked it, but trying it out in the rollerball variety really sold it to me.  It just sits well on my skin and gives a really nice sweet, but also musky scent.  I think it was Vivianna who first opened my eyes to rollerball perfumes and I've been itching to get my hands on one for a while....at £3.99 for 10ml, this is an absolute bargain!

I think Zara perfumes are such great value for money.  The perfume version of this retails at £7.99 for 30ml, so I'll be buying that to spritz on in the morning and then keep this in my bag for top ups during the day.

One thing that drives me nuts about the Zara fragrances is that you can only buy them in store.  Or at least, I've not managed to figure out where to buy them on the website!  Let me know if I'm wrong....or if there are any other Zara scents I should try!

Zara Woman Chocolate Rollerball

10.6.13

zara-woman-chocolate-rollerball-perfume

I'd smelt the Zara Chocolate fragrance before and liked it, but trying it out in the rollerball variety really sold it to me.  It just sits well on my skin and gives a really nice sweet, but also musky scent.  I think it was Vivianna who first opened my eyes to rollerball perfumes and I've been itching to get my hands on one for a while....at £3.99 for 10ml, this is an absolute bargain!

I think Zara perfumes are such great value for money.  The perfume version of this retails at £7.99 for 30ml, so I'll be buying that to spritz on in the morning and then keep this in my bag for top ups during the day.

One thing that drives me nuts about the Zara fragrances is that you can only buy them in store.  Or at least, I've not managed to figure out where to buy them on the website!  Let me know if I'm wrong....or if there are any other Zara scents I should try!
soap-and-glory-endless-glove-hand-mask
I bought this on a whim in Boots the other day.  I'd had a sneaky test of the Hand Food cream and fell in love with the smell, so went back to purchase that.  Noticing Soap & Glory was on 3 for 2, I decided to buy double of the hand cream (I'm forever buying duplicates in the S&G offers) and then decided on this as a little extra.

Owning Hand Food means I tend to keep this by my bed and only use it at night as a mask.  I hadn't used a mask before, so I quickly popped into Superdrug to get a pair of cotton gloves.  FYI, if you're looking for gloves then go to Superdrug....99p vs. £4.99 that Boots Botanics was charging!

When I mentioned that I'd bought this, Catherine (aka my eczema-treatment guru!) and a few others warned me that the chances were S&G products would make my eczema worse.  Recently it's been so bad that my fingers literally burn, but I'm happy to report that Endless Glove has gone down a treat.  It's left my hands incredibly soft and smoother than they've been in a long time.  But after getting them into tip-top shape, I foolishly went and touched some fruit at work so now I'm back to square one.  I'm looking forward to seeing if this gives great results second time round, or whether it was just beginner's luck.

Endless Glove has a nice fruity scent with "notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence" and although at times I've found it a touch strong, on the whole it's quite a soothing fragrance that I associate with drifting off to sleep.

Have you tried this?  I'll definitely be repurchasing, and luckily Soap & Glory is on offer in Boots at the moment if you did want to get your hands on it!

Soap & Glory Endless Glove 2-in-1 Moisture Mask & Hand Cream

7.6.13

soap-and-glory-endless-glove-hand-mask
I bought this on a whim in Boots the other day.  I'd had a sneaky test of the Hand Food cream and fell in love with the smell, so went back to purchase that.  Noticing Soap & Glory was on 3 for 2, I decided to buy double of the hand cream (I'm forever buying duplicates in the S&G offers) and then decided on this as a little extra.

Owning Hand Food means I tend to keep this by my bed and only use it at night as a mask.  I hadn't used a mask before, so I quickly popped into Superdrug to get a pair of cotton gloves.  FYI, if you're looking for gloves then go to Superdrug....99p vs. £4.99 that Boots Botanics was charging!

When I mentioned that I'd bought this, Catherine (aka my eczema-treatment guru!) and a few others warned me that the chances were S&G products would make my eczema worse.  Recently it's been so bad that my fingers literally burn, but I'm happy to report that Endless Glove has gone down a treat.  It's left my hands incredibly soft and smoother than they've been in a long time.  But after getting them into tip-top shape, I foolishly went and touched some fruit at work so now I'm back to square one.  I'm looking forward to seeing if this gives great results second time round, or whether it was just beginner's luck.

Endless Glove has a nice fruity scent with "notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence" and although at times I've found it a touch strong, on the whole it's quite a soothing fragrance that I associate with drifting off to sleep.

Have you tried this?  I'll definitely be repurchasing, and luckily Soap & Glory is on offer in Boots at the moment if you did want to get your hands on it!
marc-jacobs-rose-gold-watch-michael-kors-silver-watch
I've always had a little bit of an obsession with watches, and from the age of about 11 I've loved buying new ones.  I own a different one for most outfits, but my gold Michael Kors one is, so far, my only higher quality one.  Now could be the time to branch out into spending a little more money on others though....thank God I decided to apply for a credit card!

So my question is this - do I go for the beautiful Marc Jacobs rose gold one, or the slightly masculine but equally beautiful silver Michael Kors?  Help me decide!
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Watch this space

3.6.13

marc-jacobs-rose-gold-watch-michael-kors-silver-watch
I've always had a little bit of an obsession with watches, and from the age of about 11 I've loved buying new ones.  I own a different one for most outfits, but my gold Michael Kors one is, so far, my only higher quality one.  Now could be the time to branch out into spending a little more money on others though....thank God I decided to apply for a credit card!

So my question is this - do I go for the beautiful Marc Jacobs rose gold one, or the slightly masculine but equally beautiful silver Michael Kors?  Help me decide!
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