1. Autumn fashion!
2. Wearing my new clothes...
3. Seeing Rosie again and possibly filming together.
4. Burgundy, teal and burnt orange.
5. A bestie's birthday.
6. Getting back into a routine with work (this one's bittersweet).
7. Speaking of work, a new challenge.
8. Ella starting to crawl....perhaps!
9. Wearing hats!
10. Fingers crossed, sticking to my new shopping rules.
11. Harvest at school.
12.  The half-termly Nandos trip.
13. Evenings closing in quicker.
14.  Digging out my autumn charm to put on my bracelet.

Last month, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7(ish), 8 (once or twice), 9, 10, 11, 12 (almost....if my laptop hadn't broken!) and 13 all happened.  As expected, I failed at number 3, didn't do number 4 and 14 is just too hard to orchestrate!

How was your month?

14 things I'm looking forward to in September

30.8.13

1. Autumn fashion!
2. Wearing my new clothes...
3. Seeing Rosie again and possibly filming together.
4. Burgundy, teal and burnt orange.
5. A bestie's birthday.
6. Getting back into a routine with work (this one's bittersweet).
7. Speaking of work, a new challenge.
8. Ella starting to crawl....perhaps!
9. Wearing hats!
10. Fingers crossed, sticking to my new shopping rules.
11. Harvest at school.
12.  The half-termly Nandos trip.
13. Evenings closing in quicker.
14.  Digging out my autumn charm to put on my bracelet.

Last month, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7(ish), 8 (once or twice), 9, 10, 11, 12 (almost....if my laptop hadn't broken!) and 13 all happened.  As expected, I failed at number 3, didn't do number 4 and 14 is just too hard to orchestrate!

How was your month?

NARS-jungle-red-bohemian-collective-silver-wishbone-ring
So I've come up with a plan to try and stop my spending.  As you know, I can be a little out of control, so I'm attempting to stick to a "one item a week" diet.  There are five Mondays in September, so that's five things I can buy.  Here's what I'm thinking...

First up is NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red.  Apparently it's Nicole Richie's fave, and if you google it, a lot of photos of Olsen twins come up.  Sounds good right?  I love Nicole, and if it'll make me look anywhere near this awesome I'll be happy.  On a side note, I already own Russian Red by MAC so if any of you own both I'd love to know how they compare and whether you think I need both!

This above knuckle ring from The Bohemian Collective was in my last wishlist but I've been putting off buying it until next month.  I'll definitely be adding it to my collection come September though.

Part of the fun in going back to school is buying a new coat.  I've fallen in love with this asos one and even though I own quite a few jackets and coats with contrast sleeves, I have none in this colour.  Plus it's in the sale, even better!

One thing I've been meaning to purchase is the perfect breton tee.  This one isn't quite perfect, but tracking a better one down is surprisingly hard!  I do love this Maison Scotch one, but it's a bit too pricey compared to £14 at River Island.  I may wait until the end of the month to indulge my stripey side and see a) whether I managed to stick to this regime and b) how much money I subsequently have left.  If you've spotted a top like this anywhere else, please do let me know!

Last up is a repurchase which I debated leaving out, as I deem it more of a necessity than an indulgence.  But then I couldn't really find anything else (perhaps I'm all shopped out?) and I guess a fake tanning primer isn't really a necessity.  This stuff's awesome though and I've nearly run out.  It lasted me from Easter though and isn't too pricey.  Thumbs up from me.

So what do you reckon, can I stick to this?!

The big 5 - September

29.8.13

NARS-jungle-red-bohemian-collective-silver-wishbone-ring
So I've come up with a plan to try and stop my spending.  As you know, I can be a little out of control, so I'm attempting to stick to a "one item a week" diet.  There are five Mondays in September, so that's five things I can buy.  Here's what I'm thinking...

First up is NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red.  Apparently it's Nicole Richie's fave, and if you google it, a lot of photos of Olsen twins come up.  Sounds good right?  I love Nicole, and if it'll make me look anywhere near this awesome I'll be happy.  On a side note, I already own Russian Red by MAC so if any of you own both I'd love to know how they compare and whether you think I need both!

This above knuckle ring from The Bohemian Collective was in my last wishlist but I've been putting off buying it until next month.  I'll definitely be adding it to my collection come September though.

Part of the fun in going back to school is buying a new coat.  I've fallen in love with this asos one and even though I own quite a few jackets and coats with contrast sleeves, I have none in this colour.  Plus it's in the sale, even better!

One thing I've been meaning to purchase is the perfect breton tee.  This one isn't quite perfect, but tracking a better one down is surprisingly hard!  I do love this Maison Scotch one, but it's a bit too pricey compared to £14 at River Island.  I may wait until the end of the month to indulge my stripey side and see a) whether I managed to stick to this regime and b) how much money I subsequently have left.  If you've spotted a top like this anywhere else, please do let me know!

Last up is a repurchase which I debated leaving out, as I deem it more of a necessity than an indulgence.  But then I couldn't really find anything else (perhaps I'm all shopped out?) and I guess a fake tanning primer isn't really a necessity.  This stuff's awesome though and I've nearly run out.  It lasted me from Easter though and isn't too pricey.  Thumbs up from me.

So what do you reckon, can I stick to this?!
How cute are these? 

The other week I was saying on twitter how I wanted a tiny silver necklace, and although I've found a gorgeous one, I think we can agree there's always room for a couple more!  I love Dogeared's necklaces, but they can run quite pricey.  I'm so glad I've tracked these Moments ones down though, because these sterling silver beauts are a fraction of the price!

I love the Light As a Feather one...well, just because....the Protection one because I have a thing for Hamsa hands at the moment and the A Wish For You one because I did have a Dogeared wishbone necklace but the cats have lost it.  Literally.  I think they knocked it down the sink.

These necklaces all come in at under £30 and are available from treasurebox.co.uk.  Treasure box used to be a little boutique in my local town which sadly closed down a couple of years ago.  I always used to go in there when I was younger, so having a browse on their website made me feel quite nostalgic!

And the best part is, there's 15% off your first order.  Who else thinks I have no choice but to buy one of these?!

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Caught my eye // dainty silver necklaces

28.8.13

How cute are these? 

The other week I was saying on twitter how I wanted a tiny silver necklace, and although I've found a gorgeous one, I think we can agree there's always room for a couple more!  I love Dogeared's necklaces, but they can run quite pricey.  I'm so glad I've tracked these Moments ones down though, because these sterling silver beauts are a fraction of the price!

I love the Light As a Feather one...well, just because....the Protection one because I have a thing for Hamsa hands at the moment and the A Wish For You one because I did have a Dogeared wishbone necklace but the cats have lost it.  Literally.  I think they knocked it down the sink.

These necklaces all come in at under £30 and are available from treasurebox.co.uk.  Treasure box used to be a little boutique in my local town which sadly closed down a couple of years ago.  I always used to go in there when I was younger, so having a browse on their website made me feel quite nostalgic!

And the best part is, there's 15% off your first order.  Who else thinks I have no choice but to buy one of these?!

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Elemental-herbology-cell-food
elemental-herbology-facial-serum
Doesn't this packaging look wonderfully space-y?

I was sent the Elemental Herbology Cell Food to try, and if the packaging didn't get me hooked, then the name certainly did!  This little potion is packed full of patents, proteins, anti-oxidents and vitamins, ideal for dull skin.  In all honesty, I'm a bit rubbish at really knowing my skin type.  All I know is, I get dry skin and from what I've heard this can also mean dull skin.  And no one wants that, right?

You apply this morning and night; before moisturising in the morning, and after cleansing in the evening.  It says to use a few drops in upward motions from the décolleté to the face but, sadly, that's too difficult for me....I'm just not co-ordinated enough!  I settle for massaging it in, but I do find that "a few drops" doesn't seem to go as far as they would suggest.  Obtaining a few drops is also easier said than done, as the pipette isn't so good at sucking up an adequate amount.

As you can see, it's a thick off-white solution.  It's not thick in the sense that's it's gloopy and lumpy, but it's certainly not runny.  It also smells....zingy?  It's hard to put my finger on it, but it smells like something I've had before.

After applying, my skin feels tacky.  Not sticky and horrible, but it definitely takes a few minutes to sink in.  After a while, my skin was left feeling smooth, although I could still feel the Cell Food underneath.  Touching my face now, it feels really soft, hydrated and plumped up.

As with all skincare, it takes a while to see real results.  But for the time being, I have been noticing that my skin is in much better condition recently.  I managed to get out of *that* time of the month's hormonal spot-fest unscathed (i.e. no spots!!), which I'm putting down to a combination of this and my new cleanser.

This stuff's a bit pricier than I'd like, but if the results are clearer, softer skin then I'm seriously tempted to invest!

Elemental Herbology Cell Food

27.8.13

Elemental-herbology-cell-food
elemental-herbology-facial-serum
Doesn't this packaging look wonderfully space-y?

I was sent the Elemental Herbology Cell Food to try, and if the packaging didn't get me hooked, then the name certainly did!  This little potion is packed full of patents, proteins, anti-oxidents and vitamins, ideal for dull skin.  In all honesty, I'm a bit rubbish at really knowing my skin type.  All I know is, I get dry skin and from what I've heard this can also mean dull skin.  And no one wants that, right?

You apply this morning and night; before moisturising in the morning, and after cleansing in the evening.  It says to use a few drops in upward motions from the décolleté to the face but, sadly, that's too difficult for me....I'm just not co-ordinated enough!  I settle for massaging it in, but I do find that "a few drops" doesn't seem to go as far as they would suggest.  Obtaining a few drops is also easier said than done, as the pipette isn't so good at sucking up an adequate amount.

As you can see, it's a thick off-white solution.  It's not thick in the sense that's it's gloopy and lumpy, but it's certainly not runny.  It also smells....zingy?  It's hard to put my finger on it, but it smells like something I've had before.

After applying, my skin feels tacky.  Not sticky and horrible, but it definitely takes a few minutes to sink in.  After a while, my skin was left feeling smooth, although I could still feel the Cell Food underneath.  Touching my face now, it feels really soft, hydrated and plumped up.

As with all skincare, it takes a while to see real results.  But for the time being, I have been noticing that my skin is in much better condition recently.  I managed to get out of *that* time of the month's hormonal spot-fest unscathed (i.e. no spots!!), which I'm putting down to a combination of this and my new cleanser.

This stuff's a bit pricier than I'd like, but if the results are clearer, softer skin then I'm seriously tempted to invest!
Tedious link, but how cute is this sticks and stones ring set?

1.  V-Neck ~ because my school jumper was far too big

2.  John Major ~ just...because?

3.  Abe ~ because I have big eyes.  As in that alien from the old Playstation game.

4.  B-Dubz ~ because 'Bookworm' became 'BW' which became 'B-Dubz'

5.  Orlaith ~ because I had blonde hair and extensions, like Orlaith from BB

6.  Lazy Lump ~ because my Stepdad thinks it's funny to still call me this

7.  Sexy Lump ~ because my 5 year old cousin got confused when trying to call me Lazy Lump.

8.  Horris ~ because Ed loves to twist my surname about.

9. Girl ~ because when she was younger, my little sister couldn't say my name.  It eventually changed to "My Girl", which is a little nicer I suppose.


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9 Little Things: I've been nicknamed

26.8.13

Tedious link, but how cute is this sticks and stones ring set?

1.  V-Neck ~ because my school jumper was far too big

2.  John Major ~ just...because?

3.  Abe ~ because I have big eyes.  As in that alien from the old Playstation game.

4.  B-Dubz ~ because 'Bookworm' became 'BW' which became 'B-Dubz'

5.  Orlaith ~ because I had blonde hair and extensions, like Orlaith from BB

6.  Lazy Lump ~ because my Stepdad thinks it's funny to still call me this

7.  Sexy Lump ~ because my 5 year old cousin got confused when trying to call me Lazy Lump.

8.  Horris ~ because Ed loves to twist my surname about.

9. Girl ~ because when she was younger, my little sister couldn't say my name.  It eventually changed to "My Girl", which is a little nicer I suppose.


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On Monday I had a day out at my aunt's house with my stepmum, big sister, Ella and other aunt.  We took Ella swimming and picked apples....a pretty blogger-esque day I think you'd agree!

I really need to start writing these down as I go, because I can't remember much about Tuesday.  Ed's been using my car for work, so the chances are I didn't actually do anything!  On Wednesday I did a spot of shopping with my bestie, tracked down an awesome pair of boyfriend jeans and dropped my laptop off to be fixed.  My stepdad managed to do it, by wiping the whole system and restalling from scratch.  Seriously, why do people bother making these malicious viruses?  Only trouble is, somewhere along the way a couple of the buttons on my keyboard have broken.  I've been assured there's no virus which could have done this, so I'll need to return the laptop to the shop to get it fixed.  Technology is not my thing at the moment!

Thursday we went and had lunch at Dad's for his birthday, then on Friday we had a day trip to Thorpe Park.  There was one summer when we went regularly, and I got used to all the rides and loved it.  Unfortunately we worked out that that was about 5 years ago, and now that I'm older I really do not enjoy being chucked around on rides.  In every photo of me on the rides I looked like I was praying (I was) and the only thing I was thinking on each and every one was 'this isn't fun anymore!!'  And, I wish I was joking here, but the advert for Thorpe Park came on tv that evening and I felt sick all over again.  I won't be going back there for a while!
It was to be expected, but on Saturday I woke up with a massively achey back and shoulder.  We also did a spot lot of tidying because Ed's friends were meant to be coming down for the bank holiday, but there plans changed.  It's not all bad though, at least now we have a tidy house!

I think today we're off out for either lunch or dinner, and I'll be spending the day nagging Ed to tidy my desk area up so I can get back on track with my YouTube.  I'm thinking of filming a massive haul if you're interested?  Anyway, Ed's been busy building a paludarium (as you do) so it's looking a bit grubby in the library!

What are your bank holiday plans?

The week: 19.8.13

25.8.13

On Monday I had a day out at my aunt's house with my stepmum, big sister, Ella and other aunt.  We took Ella swimming and picked apples....a pretty blogger-esque day I think you'd agree!

I really need to start writing these down as I go, because I can't remember much about Tuesday.  Ed's been using my car for work, so the chances are I didn't actually do anything!  On Wednesday I did a spot of shopping with my bestie, tracked down an awesome pair of boyfriend jeans and dropped my laptop off to be fixed.  My stepdad managed to do it, by wiping the whole system and restalling from scratch.  Seriously, why do people bother making these malicious viruses?  Only trouble is, somewhere along the way a couple of the buttons on my keyboard have broken.  I've been assured there's no virus which could have done this, so I'll need to return the laptop to the shop to get it fixed.  Technology is not my thing at the moment!

Thursday we went and had lunch at Dad's for his birthday, then on Friday we had a day trip to Thorpe Park.  There was one summer when we went regularly, and I got used to all the rides and loved it.  Unfortunately we worked out that that was about 5 years ago, and now that I'm older I really do not enjoy being chucked around on rides.  In every photo of me on the rides I looked like I was praying (I was) and the only thing I was thinking on each and every one was 'this isn't fun anymore!!'  And, I wish I was joking here, but the advert for Thorpe Park came on tv that evening and I felt sick all over again.  I won't be going back there for a while!
It was to be expected, but on Saturday I woke up with a massively achey back and shoulder.  We also did a spot lot of tidying because Ed's friends were meant to be coming down for the bank holiday, but there plans changed.  It's not all bad though, at least now we have a tidy house!

I think today we're off out for either lunch or dinner, and I'll be spending the day nagging Ed to tidy my desk area up so I can get back on track with my YouTube.  I'm thinking of filming a massive haul if you're interested?  Anyway, Ed's been busy building a paludarium (as you do) so it's looking a bit grubby in the library!

What are your bank holiday plans?
girl-feather-tattoo
feather-tattoo-shoulder
Mum, if you read this, I'm sorry. Julie too for that matter. 

I love feathers and while, on the whole, all of my tattoos have a meaning behind them, I got this one just because I think feathers make beautiful tattoos.  It's the most delicate tattoo I've got, and I love it.  Bizarrely, apart from my skin stinging a little from all of the rubbing, this tattoo didn't hurt a bit.  I must be getting brave!

(Fairly) New things: feather tattoo

23.8.13

girl-feather-tattoo
feather-tattoo-shoulder
Mum, if you read this, I'm sorry. Julie too for that matter. 

I love feathers and while, on the whole, all of my tattoos have a meaning behind them, I got this one just because I think feathers make beautiful tattoos.  It's the most delicate tattoo I've got, and I love it.  Bizarrely, apart from my skin stinging a little from all of the rubbing, this tattoo didn't hurt a bit.  I must be getting brave!
LuxeBC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
I love finding new beauty brands to get obsessed with, and looking on the LuxeBC website reminded me a lot of walking into Holland & Barrett.  There are so many brands to explore, with potential remedies for all sorts of ailments.  There's also a pretty extensive beauty section too.

The good thing about unfamiliar websites like these, in my eyes, is the possibility to try something new without feeling that I have to go for *the* product of the moment.  Browsing brands that I haven't yet heard of (although there were some on there which I am familiar with) evens up the playing field a little; I'm not tempted to buy things because so-and-so mentioned it, and instead I can really focus on what the product promises to do.

I'm looking to get a little more adept with my skincare regime, so all of the products above really caught my eye.  The Acure Organics packaging is just beautiful, and the Devita Under Eye Repair Serum really sounds tempting!  The range is a bit pricey, but it's nice to look, right?

LuxeBC was a little tricky to navigate at times, but it also has a really handy section for you to search for a specific issue which really helps to hone in on what it is your after.  There's also the option to filter your searches for allergen-free, toxin-free and vegan options, which really impressed me.

Has anyone shopped here before?

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Caught my eye // LuxeBC

22.8.13

LuxeBC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
I love finding new beauty brands to get obsessed with, and looking on the LuxeBC website reminded me a lot of walking into Holland & Barrett.  There are so many brands to explore, with potential remedies for all sorts of ailments.  There's also a pretty extensive beauty section too.

The good thing about unfamiliar websites like these, in my eyes, is the possibility to try something new without feeling that I have to go for *the* product of the moment.  Browsing brands that I haven't yet heard of (although there were some on there which I am familiar with) evens up the playing field a little; I'm not tempted to buy things because so-and-so mentioned it, and instead I can really focus on what the product promises to do.

I'm looking to get a little more adept with my skincare regime, so all of the products above really caught my eye.  The Acure Organics packaging is just beautiful, and the Devita Under Eye Repair Serum really sounds tempting!  The range is a bit pricey, but it's nice to look, right?

LuxeBC was a little tricky to navigate at times, but it also has a really handy section for you to search for a specific issue which really helps to hone in on what it is your after.  There's also the option to filter your searches for allergen-free, toxin-free and vegan options, which really impressed me.

Has anyone shopped here before?

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scented-candles
Everyone loves a good scented candle right?  In today's interiors post, I figured I'd talk you through some of my favourites...
yankee-candle-fireside-treats-jelly-bean-toasted-marshmallow-candle
Let's get the expensive one out of the way first.  After months of using the wax tarts and sampler votives, I finally decided to take the plunge last week and invest in a big Yankee Candle.  Fireside Treats is the most delicious scent ever, and I've put it together with this Jelly Bean candle because I've realised that these two are, effectively, the same smells.  Toasted Marshmallow is a cheaper alternative, with a much more food-y smell to it, whereas Fireside Treats has more of a clean undertone which leaves the room with a more delicately sweet fragrance.
muji-hinoki-wood-tin-candle
My love affair with this Muji candle is long-lasting.  Hinoki Wood is a sweet yet woody scent which is hard to describe.  It's unlike any candle I've smelt before (or since), and at £3.50 a tin these are a bargain.
maggie-and-james-scented-candle
On to another woody scent, this is the Maggie & James candle I mentioned in my Favourites video.  It's a really warm, comforting smell which is spicy and borders almost on masculine.  Another one which really fills the room, I'm just sad that this was from TK Maxx so my chances of replacing it are slim!  
airwick-colour-change-candle
This final candle is a bit gimmicky and not like the others I go for.  It's not sweet in that typical cake-y way that I like, but is much more fruity.  It's an Air Wick Colour Change candle in Purple Blackberry and Fig, so not only does it create an ambient light, it also fills the air with a really fresh scent.  Perfect for freshening up a room when Dudley's made it smell a bit stale!

Are you a candle lover?  I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Interior Details: Scented Candles

20.8.13

scented-candles
Everyone loves a good scented candle right?  In today's interiors post, I figured I'd talk you through some of my favourites...
yankee-candle-fireside-treats-jelly-bean-toasted-marshmallow-candle
Let's get the expensive one out of the way first.  After months of using the wax tarts and sampler votives, I finally decided to take the plunge last week and invest in a big Yankee Candle.  Fireside Treats is the most delicious scent ever, and I've put it together with this Jelly Bean candle because I've realised that these two are, effectively, the same smells.  Toasted Marshmallow is a cheaper alternative, with a much more food-y smell to it, whereas Fireside Treats has more of a clean undertone which leaves the room with a more delicately sweet fragrance.
muji-hinoki-wood-tin-candle
My love affair with this Muji candle is long-lasting.  Hinoki Wood is a sweet yet woody scent which is hard to describe.  It's unlike any candle I've smelt before (or since), and at £3.50 a tin these are a bargain.
maggie-and-james-scented-candle
On to another woody scent, this is the Maggie & James candle I mentioned in my Favourites video.  It's a really warm, comforting smell which is spicy and borders almost on masculine.  Another one which really fills the room, I'm just sad that this was from TK Maxx so my chances of replacing it are slim!  
airwick-colour-change-candle
This final candle is a bit gimmicky and not like the others I go for.  It's not sweet in that typical cake-y way that I like, but is much more fruity.  It's an Air Wick Colour Change candle in Purple Blackberry and Fig, so not only does it create an ambient light, it also fills the air with a really fresh scent.  Perfect for freshening up a room when Dudley's made it smell a bit stale!

Are you a candle lover?  I'd love to hear your recommendations!
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I read a tweet the other day that said we're less than 19 weeks away from Christmas.  19 weeks.  So with the end of the year sneaking up on us, now seems a good time to take a look back at the resolutions I made back in January and see whether I've succeeded while there's still time left to make a change!

Start spending less money
In all honesty, no.  Big fat fail on this front.  I have managed to whittle down the amount I spend on beauty products though, now for the fashion!  Totally do-able in 6 months.

Keep a diary for the year
In terms of organising myself, I managed this for a couple of weeks.  I like to think that my blog is a little online diary, so maybe we could say I've managed this?  I'm clutching at straws (as I so often do...), but have just received a new diary which I'm excited to try and keep up!

Cook a new meal once a month
Errrrm, no.

Use up all the moisturisers and scrubs under the bed before buying any more
This lasted until February.  When I got scared that the 3 for 2 deal on Soap & Glory was going to end and that I'd never be able to get such a good deal again.  What a fool I was.  I'm pretty sure S&G has been on offer in Boots continuously since the end of May.  And when I broke the rule in February it opened the floodgates for repeated purchases.  I did manage to palm off some of the under-bed stash on Ed though, so I don't feel too guilty.

Comment, via blogger or twitter, when I've enjoyed a blog post
I kept this up for a fair while, but have slipped recently.  As of today I'm back on track, and I do think I've invested more time in talking to people on twitter this year.

Lose 12lbs
The trouble here is that I can't remember the weight I started at?  I do know that since March/April I've lost half a stone, so maybe there's only 5lbs to go?  I know that there's 7lb until my lowest weight, so let's aim for that!

Stop taking on other people's problems
I did really well with this up until about June/July.  I'm aware I've slipped though and am making steps to calm down the anxiety/stress I feel so hopefully I can sort myself out again!

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?  How are you doing with them?

Changes? A mid-year review

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I read a tweet the other day that said we're less than 19 weeks away from Christmas.  19 weeks.  So with the end of the year sneaking up on us, now seems a good time to take a look back at the resolutions I made back in January and see whether I've succeeded while there's still time left to make a change!

Start spending less money
In all honesty, no.  Big fat fail on this front.  I have managed to whittle down the amount I spend on beauty products though, now for the fashion!  Totally do-able in 6 months.

Keep a diary for the year
In terms of organising myself, I managed this for a couple of weeks.  I like to think that my blog is a little online diary, so maybe we could say I've managed this?  I'm clutching at straws (as I so often do...), but have just received a new diary which I'm excited to try and keep up!

Cook a new meal once a month
Errrrm, no.

Use up all the moisturisers and scrubs under the bed before buying any more
This lasted until February.  When I got scared that the 3 for 2 deal on Soap & Glory was going to end and that I'd never be able to get such a good deal again.  What a fool I was.  I'm pretty sure S&G has been on offer in Boots continuously since the end of May.  And when I broke the rule in February it opened the floodgates for repeated purchases.  I did manage to palm off some of the under-bed stash on Ed though, so I don't feel too guilty.

Comment, via blogger or twitter, when I've enjoyed a blog post
I kept this up for a fair while, but have slipped recently.  As of today I'm back on track, and I do think I've invested more time in talking to people on twitter this year.

Lose 12lbs
The trouble here is that I can't remember the weight I started at?  I do know that since March/April I've lost half a stone, so maybe there's only 5lbs to go?  I know that there's 7lb until my lowest weight, so let's aim for that!

Stop taking on other people's problems
I did really well with this up until about June/July.  I'm aware I've slipped though and am making steps to calm down the anxiety/stress I feel so hopefully I can sort myself out again!

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?  How are you doing with them?
creme-de-la-mer-refining-facial
I heard about this facial a while ago, and perhaps you have too.  It's the one containing pure diamond powder.  Pure diamond powder??  So when I was offered the chance to give the Crème de la Mer Refining Facial a go, my inner rich bitch jumped at the chance.

The pamphlet enclosed in the box says you'll probably only need to use this once a week.  I'm pretty low maintenance (lazy) with my skincare, so once a week is pretty much perfect for me.

So what about the product itself?  It smells.  I was looking for an adjective to combine that statement with the scent it actually has, but I couldn't think of one.  It's not overwhelming, although it is very noticeable.  Just put it this way...it smells strong enough to come through the packaging (which is a fairly sturdy box) but the smell itself is a nice, quite subtle, minty one.

You apply this in circular motions to a damp face before rinsing off.  It's a little like smearing toothpaste on your face, this is a pale minty colour a lot like the lid of the tube, but a little goes a long way.  A pea-sized amount covered my face, so I'm estimating that this tube will last a long while.

Immediately after use, my skin feels smoother and softer and (I may be imagining here)....clearer?  The tone looks more even, and redness seems reduced.  Next day, and the nasty spot that was brewing on/taking over my chin has calmed down a lot.

As with all new skincare products, it'll take a fair few uses before I can really report on the benefits of this.  I am impressed with it so far, but at £65 it's a definite luxury product.  It'd be a nice one to give as an extravagant gift, or to treat yourself if you've got a bit of cash lying spare.  Let's be honest though, with my spending habits I never have cash lying spare, so it looks doubtful that this will be on my repurchase list.

Creme de la Mer The Refining Facial

19.8.13

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I heard about this facial a while ago, and perhaps you have too.  It's the one containing pure diamond powder.  Pure diamond powder??  So when I was offered the chance to give the Crème de la Mer Refining Facial a go, my inner rich bitch jumped at the chance.

The pamphlet enclosed in the box says you'll probably only need to use this once a week.  I'm pretty low maintenance (lazy) with my skincare, so once a week is pretty much perfect for me.

So what about the product itself?  It smells.  I was looking for an adjective to combine that statement with the scent it actually has, but I couldn't think of one.  It's not overwhelming, although it is very noticeable.  Just put it this way...it smells strong enough to come through the packaging (which is a fairly sturdy box) but the smell itself is a nice, quite subtle, minty one.

You apply this in circular motions to a damp face before rinsing off.  It's a little like smearing toothpaste on your face, this is a pale minty colour a lot like the lid of the tube, but a little goes a long way.  A pea-sized amount covered my face, so I'm estimating that this tube will last a long while.

Immediately after use, my skin feels smoother and softer and (I may be imagining here)....clearer?  The tone looks more even, and redness seems reduced.  Next day, and the nasty spot that was brewing on/taking over my chin has calmed down a lot.

As with all new skincare products, it'll take a fair few uses before I can really report on the benefits of this.  I am impressed with it so far, but at £65 it's a definite luxury product.  It'd be a nice one to give as an extravagant gift, or to treat yourself if you've got a bit of cash lying spare.  Let's be honest though, with my spending habits I never have cash lying spare, so it looks doubtful that this will be on my repurchase list.
So this week was a pretty bad one.  I can't remember much about Monday, but on Tuesday I headed to Bicester to track down my dream handbag.  I was meant to go with a friend; in the end she couldn't make it, but so desperate was I that I drove there on my way, only to be thoroughly disappointed.  I don't like the revamp that Michael Kors has had, there was nothing there that was a particular bargain, so I trotted down to Kate Spade, still hopeful that the bag of my dreams was waiting for me there.  It wasn't.  The prices weren't that great either.  The sale section was fab (but much too bright for me) but I'm sure that some of the jewellery was more expensive than the store in Westfield?!  I bought two bangles in Westfield for £25 each, yet in Bicester there were no bangles under £33!  Anyway, I was tempted to buy something (anything!) so that my trip wouldn't have been a waste, but then figured that'd be a bad move.  So I drove home and bought the bag from my wishlist and a Yankee Candle....

I was still feeling a bit stroppy on Wednesday, so my sister and I headed to town to treat ourselves.  The shoes I bought in Primark cheered me up immensely, and so did our lunch in Ed's Easy Diner.  Things weren't so good though when I realised something was seriously up with my laptop.  You know the one....the one I've only had 8 months?  Yes, I was being a sheep and looking for that YouTube standard - ukulele music - and all I can think is that I've downloaded something dodgy.  Aaaaand my stepdad, the one person who I know can fix it, is floating around in the Mediterranean somewhere on a cruise.

So Thursday I renewed my subscription to McAfee, ran a scan which found (and fixed) one virus and two unwanted programmes.  It's now saying everything's fine but it's not!!!  My beloved laptop, the best one I've ever had, is so unresponsive I can't even turn it on.  Hence the exceptionally old (but cute!) photo of Dudley above.  I'm back on my old faithful HP that saw me through my last laptop malfunction, but this doesn't have a port for my SD card and I can't find the lead to connect my camera so I'm stuck trawling through the photos already stored on here.

Things got a bit better on Friday when an old friend came over for a make over and catch up.  We ended up heading into town where I found a gorgeous little necklace and had just an all-round nice day.  I think I should clarify here that I live near lots of towns...I don't just go to the same one all the time!

Saturday was a no-makeup day, when I managed to finish the book I was reading before lunchtime (such a good feeling!), made yummy pasta for tea and watched Gangster Squad wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa with Ed.  It's been such a long time since we watched a film together in it's entirety....I usually fall asleep or get bored!

And then today I might watch another film.  I didn't manage How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days last week, but might have to watch Dreamgirls today.  It's my guilty pleasure!

I'm looking forward to next week....things can only get better, right?  Swimming with Ella tomorrow, my stepdad's back on Wednesday and Thorpe Park on Friday.   Lots to look forward to!

The week: 12.8.13

18.8.13

So this week was a pretty bad one.  I can't remember much about Monday, but on Tuesday I headed to Bicester to track down my dream handbag.  I was meant to go with a friend; in the end she couldn't make it, but so desperate was I that I drove there on my way, only to be thoroughly disappointed.  I don't like the revamp that Michael Kors has had, there was nothing there that was a particular bargain, so I trotted down to Kate Spade, still hopeful that the bag of my dreams was waiting for me there.  It wasn't.  The prices weren't that great either.  The sale section was fab (but much too bright for me) but I'm sure that some of the jewellery was more expensive than the store in Westfield?!  I bought two bangles in Westfield for £25 each, yet in Bicester there were no bangles under £33!  Anyway, I was tempted to buy something (anything!) so that my trip wouldn't have been a waste, but then figured that'd be a bad move.  So I drove home and bought the bag from my wishlist and a Yankee Candle....

I was still feeling a bit stroppy on Wednesday, so my sister and I headed to town to treat ourselves.  The shoes I bought in Primark cheered me up immensely, and so did our lunch in Ed's Easy Diner.  Things weren't so good though when I realised something was seriously up with my laptop.  You know the one....the one I've only had 8 months?  Yes, I was being a sheep and looking for that YouTube standard - ukulele music - and all I can think is that I've downloaded something dodgy.  Aaaaand my stepdad, the one person who I know can fix it, is floating around in the Mediterranean somewhere on a cruise.

So Thursday I renewed my subscription to McAfee, ran a scan which found (and fixed) one virus and two unwanted programmes.  It's now saying everything's fine but it's not!!!  My beloved laptop, the best one I've ever had, is so unresponsive I can't even turn it on.  Hence the exceptionally old (but cute!) photo of Dudley above.  I'm back on my old faithful HP that saw me through my last laptop malfunction, but this doesn't have a port for my SD card and I can't find the lead to connect my camera so I'm stuck trawling through the photos already stored on here.

Things got a bit better on Friday when an old friend came over for a make over and catch up.  We ended up heading into town where I found a gorgeous little necklace and had just an all-round nice day.  I think I should clarify here that I live near lots of towns...I don't just go to the same one all the time!

Saturday was a no-makeup day, when I managed to finish the book I was reading before lunchtime (such a good feeling!), made yummy pasta for tea and watched Gangster Squad wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa with Ed.  It's been such a long time since we watched a film together in it's entirety....I usually fall asleep or get bored!

And then today I might watch another film.  I didn't manage How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days last week, but might have to watch Dreamgirls today.  It's my guilty pleasure!

I'm looking forward to next week....things can only get better, right?  Swimming with Ella tomorrow, my stepdad's back on Wednesday and Thorpe Park on Friday.   Lots to look forward to!
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One of my New Year's Resolutions way back in January was to keep up a diary for the year.  This lasted until about August, but has since fallen by the wayside.  Mid-year always marks a fresh start for me, so I thought I'd try and get back on track by buying a new diary.

I spend a good evening hunting around for the perfect diary.  I knew what I was looking for (cutesy, blogger-esque...the usual!) but it was tricky to find one that wasn't extortionate and that I could use straight away.

A couple of people suggested I try looking on eBay for Korean journals.  And enter this beauty!  I got it from this seller, who actually had loads of offerings on the go.  A couple I'd already spotted on other websites at a higher price too!

I've opted for this red Ponybrown version, and if I manage to keep it up I think I'll go for the blue cupcake one next year!  It comes in a plastic sleeve (handy for accident-prone people like me!) and is undated.  It's broken up into five-weekly chunks, with a monthly plan at the beginning of each.  There's also a year plan at the front and a generous section for notes at the back.

This post isn't sponsored, and the diary was bought with my own pennies.  I just thought I'd share it with you incase, like me, you like the look of a whimsical diary but aren't quite sure where to look.  This wasn't the cheapest (I paid £15.20) but it is everything I need and I'm looking forward to organising my life with it!

Do you have a diary?  Come back tomorrow to find out how I've done with the rest of my resolutions!

New things: Ponybrown diary

15.8.13

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One of my New Year's Resolutions way back in January was to keep up a diary for the year.  This lasted until about August, but has since fallen by the wayside.  Mid-year always marks a fresh start for me, so I thought I'd try and get back on track by buying a new diary.

I spend a good evening hunting around for the perfect diary.  I knew what I was looking for (cutesy, blogger-esque...the usual!) but it was tricky to find one that wasn't extortionate and that I could use straight away.

A couple of people suggested I try looking on eBay for Korean journals.  And enter this beauty!  I got it from this seller, who actually had loads of offerings on the go.  A couple I'd already spotted on other websites at a higher price too!

I've opted for this red Ponybrown version, and if I manage to keep it up I think I'll go for the blue cupcake one next year!  It comes in a plastic sleeve (handy for accident-prone people like me!) and is undated.  It's broken up into five-weekly chunks, with a monthly plan at the beginning of each.  There's also a year plan at the front and a generous section for notes at the back.

This post isn't sponsored, and the diary was bought with my own pennies.  I just thought I'd share it with you incase, like me, you like the look of a whimsical diary but aren't quite sure where to look.  This wasn't the cheapest (I paid £15.20) but it is everything I need and I'm looking forward to organising my life with it!

Do you have a diary?  Come back tomorrow to find out how I've done with the rest of my resolutions!
In general, we're not a particularly arty household.  There are a few bits and pieces in frames; the library has lots of old Hollywood photos, and the hallway is decorated with magazine covers and other bits and bobs, but perhaps my favourite thing to do is to turn photos we've taken into canvases to hang.

So far we've got three hanging.  There's Mini Dudley as a huge canvas at the bottom of the stairs, my namesake Tabitha (or Taz) at the top of the stairs, and next to her, Gus, the family cat who passed away last year.  I took it really badly, so he hangs in just the right spot so that I can see him through the doorway when I'm in bed.

Taking the pet theme to another level, I've got plans to get smaller canvases of Coco and Beau to hang up there with Taz and Gus.  It'll definitely be this one of Coco, but I'm yet to decide on Beau's...although I'm swaying towards this one. When I do eventually make up my mind, I'll be looking to What's On Your Wall to have it printed.  In the past I've used more of a budget website, but What's On Your Wall offer a wide range of finishes, sizes and (if I've read it right!) the canvas arrives all ready to hang.  Saves me getting Ed to fix it all together like I have done in the past!

What do you think of custom canvases?  Do you like the idea of hanging your own pictures on the wall, or do you think art is best left to the professionals?

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Interior Details: Custom Canvases

14.8.13

In general, we're not a particularly arty household.  There are a few bits and pieces in frames; the library has lots of old Hollywood photos, and the hallway is decorated with magazine covers and other bits and bobs, but perhaps my favourite thing to do is to turn photos we've taken into canvases to hang.

So far we've got three hanging.  There's Mini Dudley as a huge canvas at the bottom of the stairs, my namesake Tabitha (or Taz) at the top of the stairs, and next to her, Gus, the family cat who passed away last year.  I took it really badly, so he hangs in just the right spot so that I can see him through the doorway when I'm in bed.

Taking the pet theme to another level, I've got plans to get smaller canvases of Coco and Beau to hang up there with Taz and Gus.  It'll definitely be this one of Coco, but I'm yet to decide on Beau's...although I'm swaying towards this one. When I do eventually make up my mind, I'll be looking to What's On Your Wall to have it printed.  In the past I've used more of a budget website, but What's On Your Wall offer a wide range of finishes, sizes and (if I've read it right!) the canvas arrives all ready to hang.  Saves me getting Ed to fix it all together like I have done in the past!

What do you think of custom canvases?  Do you like the idea of hanging your own pictures on the wall, or do you think art is best left to the professionals?

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Hold the phone....what's this?? An outfit post? And one where my head's not been chopped off?  Crazy times people.... 

This is what I wore on my day out with Lizzie; my new Criminal Damage top. It's love.  The print is very Wildfox, the fabric is so soft, and I'm imagining wearing it with a blazer in autumn to look all Lily Collins-esque. 

One thing I don't like is the fact that this top is one size the whole way down.  I like my tees to flare out softly at the bottom to create a nicer silhouette.  As it is, I'm left wondering if I should have sized up for a more flattering look.  Or maybe I should have said no to sharing that belgian bun with Lizzie right after scoffing that panini....

Speaking of Lizzie, I had to include the first photo.  Her words were "look up again, that was good!" but then I got a fit of giggles hearing someone in the window above.  To the man washing up near the church in Farnham, I really hope you didn't look out and spot me gazing up at you!

New things: Criminal Damage tee

13.8.13

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criminal-damage-diamond-tshirt
Hold the phone....what's this?? An outfit post? And one where my head's not been chopped off?  Crazy times people.... 

This is what I wore on my day out with Lizzie; my new Criminal Damage top. It's love.  The print is very Wildfox, the fabric is so soft, and I'm imagining wearing it with a blazer in autumn to look all Lily Collins-esque. 

One thing I don't like is the fact that this top is one size the whole way down.  I like my tees to flare out softly at the bottom to create a nicer silhouette.  As it is, I'm left wondering if I should have sized up for a more flattering look.  Or maybe I should have said no to sharing that belgian bun with Lizzie right after scoffing that panini....

Speaking of Lizzie, I had to include the first photo.  Her words were "look up again, that was good!" but then I got a fit of giggles hearing someone in the window above.  To the man washing up near the church in Farnham, I really hope you didn't look out and spot me gazing up at you!
So here are all the things I'm currently lusting after. Although it would seem I've gone a bit spend-crazy already, so looks like these will have to wait until next payday.  Seriously, how is it only the 12th today?!

Lily's worn the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick enough times to cause me to fall in love.  It's the perfect orangey-red shade which I'm addicted to, and I don't think £23 is too bad for a lipstick?  Even as I write that, I don't know what's happened to me.  I remember the days when I lived off MAC and baulked at the idea of spending any more than their (at the time) £12.50!

I wear lots of silver rings, so I think that this above knuckle wishbone ring would be a welcomed addition.  £12 is a bargain for sterling silver, and I just think the dainty style of this will look perfect.  This one's a definite on the list!

In our house, Coco gets the blame for most things.  She comes in a close second behind Dudley, but on the whole, if there's damage done upstairs then it's Coco's fault.  This t-shirt makes me smile, and printed tees are becoming my thang at the moment.  I'm just not sure on the weird logo on one sleeve.  There's also 20% off as I write this, so it'll be a struggle to hold out until the end of the month!

I spotted this bag in this month's Glamour magazine and have fallen in love.  I'm hoping to invest in a designer handbag soon (either that dreamy Michael Kors or one from Kate Spade), but £30 for the perfect autumn bag seems too good to miss!  Another one I think I'll definitely be buying.

I spotted this Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion in the paper, and I have to say I'm intrigued.  After googling it, my suspicions are that it's pretty much the same as my beloved TreSemme texture dust but it does include those magic words "bulked up", "matte" and "texture" on the bottle....how can I resist?!

After a disaster with my phone I fought 3 and am expecting the delivery of a swanky new iPhone 5 any time today.  I think it's only right that I treat myself to a new case and this Fifi Lapin one from Iconemesis has captured my heart!

Finally, Real Techniques brushes will always be a favourite of mine.  From what I've seen, the setting brush is a lot like a smaller version of the blush brush (one of my all time favourites), and I figure a girl can never have too many blush brushes!

Is there anything you're itching to buy?

Things I might have to buy #1

12.8.13

So here are all the things I'm currently lusting after. Although it would seem I've gone a bit spend-crazy already, so looks like these will have to wait until next payday.  Seriously, how is it only the 12th today?!

Lily's worn the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick enough times to cause me to fall in love.  It's the perfect orangey-red shade which I'm addicted to, and I don't think £23 is too bad for a lipstick?  Even as I write that, I don't know what's happened to me.  I remember the days when I lived off MAC and baulked at the idea of spending any more than their (at the time) £12.50!

I wear lots of silver rings, so I think that this above knuckle wishbone ring would be a welcomed addition.  £12 is a bargain for sterling silver, and I just think the dainty style of this will look perfect.  This one's a definite on the list!

In our house, Coco gets the blame for most things.  She comes in a close second behind Dudley, but on the whole, if there's damage done upstairs then it's Coco's fault.  This t-shirt makes me smile, and printed tees are becoming my thang at the moment.  I'm just not sure on the weird logo on one sleeve.  There's also 20% off as I write this, so it'll be a struggle to hold out until the end of the month!

I spotted this bag in this month's Glamour magazine and have fallen in love.  I'm hoping to invest in a designer handbag soon (either that dreamy Michael Kors or one from Kate Spade), but £30 for the perfect autumn bag seems too good to miss!  Another one I think I'll definitely be buying.

I spotted this Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion in the paper, and I have to say I'm intrigued.  After googling it, my suspicions are that it's pretty much the same as my beloved TreSemme texture dust but it does include those magic words "bulked up", "matte" and "texture" on the bottle....how can I resist?!

After a disaster with my phone I fought 3 and am expecting the delivery of a swanky new iPhone 5 any time today.  I think it's only right that I treat myself to a new case and this Fifi Lapin one from Iconemesis has captured my heart!

Finally, Real Techniques brushes will always be a favourite of mine.  From what I've seen, the setting brush is a lot like a smaller version of the blush brush (one of my all time favourites), and I figure a girl can never have too many blush brushes!

Is there anything you're itching to buy?
On Monday I spent most of the day sitting in front of the tv.  This is the first time I've done this all holiday, and catching up with Jeremy Kyle wasn't as fun as I anticipated.  I did get a chance to check out lots of blogs that I wasn't already familiar with and found some new favourites.  If you've got (or know of) a blog you think I'd like, then please link it in the comments below!  Looking back, I think it's safe to say I tweeted more on Monday than I've ever done in my life!

Tuesday I uploaded my July Favourites video and hit the shops to return a few of my misjudged and hasty purchases.  I returned home £55 better off, and feeling rather smug.

On Wednesday I went for a day out with one of my favourite blogger people, Lizzie.  I blogged about it here, and had a really lovely day.  Disaster struck later though, when my phone decided to lose signal and get stuck on "searching"...

By Thursday my phone was still stuck looking for signal.  It was never going to find any, turns out I had a glitch.  Cue a visit to my local 3 store where I was told to restore it and perhaps make an appointment at the Apple store.  I did both, only the restore failed, meaning not only was I signal-less, but now the phone won't turn on.  EVER.  3 were pretty unhelpful, but the guy in Apple gave me a few tips on consumer law.  I got my legal hat on and decided to fight 3 and their suggestion that I pay £139 to get out of my contract early.  After hours on the phone and me announcing "I have a law degree!  I know the law!!" they finally accepted I was right.  Only in not so many words.  And I'm having a new phone delivered tomorrow, free of charge.

The phone drama rolled on till Friday, in fact, when I began to get serious instagram-withdrawal symptoms!  I'm fine with not having a phone, but being unable to share Dudley's ridiculous faces with you left me feeling a bit out of sorts.

I woke up early on Saturday to upload a new YouTube video; only it got stuck at 99% so I had to go through it all over again.  I'm not sure there's anything worse than video-uploading time....it steals all the megabytes and makes it impossible to do anything else online!

Today I'm not feeling so good, so I think a day of pampering is in order!  I've started by testing out my new Body Shop Beautifying Oil and think I'll continue with a face mask and nail painting.  A chick flick is most definitely a requirement....I'm thinking How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!

What are your plans today?

The week: 5.8.13

11.8.13

On Monday I spent most of the day sitting in front of the tv.  This is the first time I've done this all holiday, and catching up with Jeremy Kyle wasn't as fun as I anticipated.  I did get a chance to check out lots of blogs that I wasn't already familiar with and found some new favourites.  If you've got (or know of) a blog you think I'd like, then please link it in the comments below!  Looking back, I think it's safe to say I tweeted more on Monday than I've ever done in my life!

Tuesday I uploaded my July Favourites video and hit the shops to return a few of my misjudged and hasty purchases.  I returned home £55 better off, and feeling rather smug.

On Wednesday I went for a day out with one of my favourite blogger people, Lizzie.  I blogged about it here, and had a really lovely day.  Disaster struck later though, when my phone decided to lose signal and get stuck on "searching"...

By Thursday my phone was still stuck looking for signal.  It was never going to find any, turns out I had a glitch.  Cue a visit to my local 3 store where I was told to restore it and perhaps make an appointment at the Apple store.  I did both, only the restore failed, meaning not only was I signal-less, but now the phone won't turn on.  EVER.  3 were pretty unhelpful, but the guy in Apple gave me a few tips on consumer law.  I got my legal hat on and decided to fight 3 and their suggestion that I pay £139 to get out of my contract early.  After hours on the phone and me announcing "I have a law degree!  I know the law!!" they finally accepted I was right.  Only in not so many words.  And I'm having a new phone delivered tomorrow, free of charge.

The phone drama rolled on till Friday, in fact, when I began to get serious instagram-withdrawal symptoms!  I'm fine with not having a phone, but being unable to share Dudley's ridiculous faces with you left me feeling a bit out of sorts.

I woke up early on Saturday to upload a new YouTube video; only it got stuck at 99% so I had to go through it all over again.  I'm not sure there's anything worse than video-uploading time....it steals all the megabytes and makes it impossible to do anything else online!

Today I'm not feeling so good, so I think a day of pampering is in order!  I've started by testing out my new Body Shop Beautifying Oil and think I'll continue with a face mask and nail painting.  A chick flick is most definitely a requirement....I'm thinking How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!

What are your plans today?
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Oh Lorrrrrrd I love this bag!I spotted it a couple of months ago, but from what I remember it was quite hard to track down in the black and most places stocked it in a purple shade.

I pushed it to the back of my mind, but after some late night online window shopping (I'm writing this at 11:05pm on a Saturday night....rock 'n' roll) I've fallen in love again.  I found this beauty on Cavells, and am seriously debating returning the bag I just bought from H&M to put that towards this and cover a fraction of the price tag.  From what I've seen, Cavells are offering it for a really low price (in comparison....£315 for the large version.  I've seen it at £330 for a medium!) and with free delivery.  Both are little things which I look for when buying online.

What do you reckon....should I go for it?!

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Dream bag?

9.8.13

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Oh Lorrrrrrd I love this bag!I spotted it a couple of months ago, but from what I remember it was quite hard to track down in the black and most places stocked it in a purple shade.

I pushed it to the back of my mind, but after some late night online window shopping (I'm writing this at 11:05pm on a Saturday night....rock 'n' roll) I've fallen in love again.  I found this beauty on Cavells, and am seriously debating returning the bag I just bought from H&M to put that towards this and cover a fraction of the price tag.  From what I've seen, Cavells are offering it for a really low price (in comparison....£315 for the large version.  I've seen it at £330 for a medium!) and with free delivery.  Both are little things which I look for when buying online.

What do you reckon....should I go for it?!

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One of my many to-do list items of this summer was to meet up with Lizzie again.  Lizzie blogs over at Blue October (her carbonara recipe is bookmarked on my laptop!) and was the first blogger I tracked down as living locally.   We go on regular jaunts to Guildford, but this time decided to visit the vintage tea room in Farnham that she's told me so much about.

It was a day of firsts for me.  The first time I've had homemade lemonade, the first time I've drank from a jam jar, the first time I've eaten a side salad, the first time I've taken outfit shots outside (coming soon!), the first time I've looked in Whistles aaaaand the first time I've visited every charity shop in town to track down the elusive books on Lizzie's reading list.

Old habits die hard though, and we've already pencilled in another trip to Guildford to visit Muji very soon!

A day out in Farnham

8.8.13

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One of my many to-do list items of this summer was to meet up with Lizzie again.  Lizzie blogs over at Blue October (her carbonara recipe is bookmarked on my laptop!) and was the first blogger I tracked down as living locally.   We go on regular jaunts to Guildford, but this time decided to visit the vintage tea room in Farnham that she's told me so much about.

It was a day of firsts for me.  The first time I've had homemade lemonade, the first time I've drank from a jam jar, the first time I've eaten a side salad, the first time I've taken outfit shots outside (coming soon!), the first time I've looked in Whistles aaaaand the first time I've visited every charity shop in town to track down the elusive books on Lizzie's reading list.

Old habits die hard though, and we've already pencilled in another trip to Guildford to visit Muji very soon!
kitchen-bookcase
Image found on pinterest

How perfect is this??

I love kitchens.  Sleek, all black, high gloss.....rustic, country kitchens....but the idea of a bookcase in the kitchen fills me with cosiness.  So simple, but I just get images of curling up on an old arm chair in winter, book in hand, with an oversized jumper and hot chocolate.  Bliss.

What's your idea of a dream kitchen?  I remember how much of a headache planning ours was, so if anyone's thinking of a revamp, this video from Magnet has some handy starting points.


And is it sad that the part I liked most was the person's handwriting?!
- Collaborative Post -

Interior Inspiration: Kitchen bookcase

7.8.13

kitchen-bookcase
Image found on pinterest

How perfect is this??

I love kitchens.  Sleek, all black, high gloss.....rustic, country kitchens....but the idea of a bookcase in the kitchen fills me with cosiness.  So simple, but I just get images of curling up on an old arm chair in winter, book in hand, with an oversized jumper and hot chocolate.  Bliss.

What's your idea of a dream kitchen?  I remember how much of a headache planning ours was, so if anyone's thinking of a revamp, this video from Magnet has some handy starting points.


And is it sad that the part I liked most was the person's handwriting?!
- Collaborative Post -
   
My July Favourites video went live today, featuring the products above. You can watch it here, or click over to my YouTube....remember to keep an eye out for some Dudley bloopers at the end. I couldn't fake that stuff if I tried....

What made it to your favourite list last month?

July favourites + video!

6.8.13

   
My July Favourites video went live today, featuring the products above. You can watch it here, or click over to my YouTube....remember to keep an eye out for some Dudley bloopers at the end. I couldn't fake that stuff if I tried....

What made it to your favourite list last month?
1. A teaspoon. 
2. A white gold and diamond earring.
3. Buttons.
4. Multiple pairs of ankle socks.
5. Rocks.
6. A frozen chicken (whole).
 7. Tealights (not lit).
8. Pens.
9. Teabags.


- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

9 Little Things: that Dudley has Swallowed

5.8.13

1. A teaspoon. 
2. A white gold and diamond earring.
3. Buttons.
4. Multiple pairs of ankle socks.
5. Rocks.
6. A frozen chicken (whole).
 7. Tealights (not lit).
8. Pens.
9. Teabags.


- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

On Monday I had the best day in one of my favourite places - Westfield, White City.  We love it there and this time was no exception.  Something about the place just makes us throw caution to the wind and treat ourselves; we ended up in Kate Spade New York where I bought two bangles to stack up with the one I was given at the end of term.  Seriously, new favourite shop.  Next on my wishlist is a rose gold bangle they had and a purse.

Tuesday I treated myself to a pair of cosy leggings to wear around the house (living the dream!) and tried on the Topshop Arabels.  It well and truly got wanting a pair of borderline-ugly, chunky boots out of my system.  They looked hideous on me!  In the evening I went for dinner with some school friends to the place one of them works.  The food was delicious, and thanks to mates rates and a 2 for 1 offer, I got a 3 course meal for just over a fiver!

By Wednesday I finished the redesign for my blog which I've been debating for a while now.  I'm in love with the way things look!  I also made my way back to the gym for the first time in 3 weeks and was pleasantly surprised with how well I did!

On Thursday, I melted.  The sun came back so I took advantage and filmed the I Heart Summer Tag for YouTube.  I also went with my sister to get my ear pierced....I expected the worst and actually, it didn't hurt at all!  She felt slightly worse for wear though, so a cheeky purchase to perk us up seemed appropriate.  I changed my mind about the borderline-ugly, chunky boots when I found some dreamy ones in Topshop.  They were a pair I'd spotted online, and in person they were just as lovely.  I'll be showing them in a video soon, but they're ever so slightly narrower than the Arabels were which helps them to look just a bit more feminine.

Friday I went shopping with mum, primarily to return something, but I ended up treating myself (again...) to a new scarf.  Remember my scarf obsession?  It's not as bad as it used to be, but that could be down to Primark's offerings not being as good.  Anyway, it's been a while since I bought a new scarf and I can see myself wearing this one all through autumn.

Yesterday, after uploading a new video (The I ♥ Summer Tag), we spent the day traipsing around pet shops to find Ed a new fish.  He went for a really cute cowfish who I named Bingo, but sadly he died last night.  Turns out we have a particularly nasty species of fireworm in the tank which paralyses fish.  Very sad....I liked Bingo!

And then today I've been sat on the sofa in my onesie feeling rather chuffed about the influx of subscribers that have chosen to join me on my YouTube channel today.  I've been really enjoying making videos with Dudley; I think he provides added entertainment, and watch out for his bloopers at the end of a video I'm uploading next week!  I've also been experimenting with editing, so I really hope you can see an improvement.  If you do have any critique or suggestions, I'd love to hear them :)

The week: 29.7.13

4.8.13

On Monday I had the best day in one of my favourite places - Westfield, White City.  We love it there and this time was no exception.  Something about the place just makes us throw caution to the wind and treat ourselves; we ended up in Kate Spade New York where I bought two bangles to stack up with the one I was given at the end of term.  Seriously, new favourite shop.  Next on my wishlist is a rose gold bangle they had and a purse.

Tuesday I treated myself to a pair of cosy leggings to wear around the house (living the dream!) and tried on the Topshop Arabels.  It well and truly got wanting a pair of borderline-ugly, chunky boots out of my system.  They looked hideous on me!  In the evening I went for dinner with some school friends to the place one of them works.  The food was delicious, and thanks to mates rates and a 2 for 1 offer, I got a 3 course meal for just over a fiver!

By Wednesday I finished the redesign for my blog which I've been debating for a while now.  I'm in love with the way things look!  I also made my way back to the gym for the first time in 3 weeks and was pleasantly surprised with how well I did!

On Thursday, I melted.  The sun came back so I took advantage and filmed the I Heart Summer Tag for YouTube.  I also went with my sister to get my ear pierced....I expected the worst and actually, it didn't hurt at all!  She felt slightly worse for wear though, so a cheeky purchase to perk us up seemed appropriate.  I changed my mind about the borderline-ugly, chunky boots when I found some dreamy ones in Topshop.  They were a pair I'd spotted online, and in person they were just as lovely.  I'll be showing them in a video soon, but they're ever so slightly narrower than the Arabels were which helps them to look just a bit more feminine.

Friday I went shopping with mum, primarily to return something, but I ended up treating myself (again...) to a new scarf.  Remember my scarf obsession?  It's not as bad as it used to be, but that could be down to Primark's offerings not being as good.  Anyway, it's been a while since I bought a new scarf and I can see myself wearing this one all through autumn.

Yesterday, after uploading a new video (The I ♥ Summer Tag), we spent the day traipsing around pet shops to find Ed a new fish.  He went for a really cute cowfish who I named Bingo, but sadly he died last night.  Turns out we have a particularly nasty species of fireworm in the tank which paralyses fish.  Very sad....I liked Bingo!

And then today I've been sat on the sofa in my onesie feeling rather chuffed about the influx of subscribers that have chosen to join me on my YouTube channel today.  I've been really enjoying making videos with Dudley; I think he provides added entertainment, and watch out for his bloopers at the end of a video I'm uploading next week!  I've also been experimenting with editing, so I really hope you can see an improvement.  If you do have any critique or suggestions, I'd love to hear them :)
1.  Getting up when I want to!
2.  A trip to Thorpe Park.
3.  Succeeding(?!) in not buying any new clothes.
4. Perhaps getting a new dressing table.  Or a new camera to film with!
5.  Getting rid of the clothes taking up space, unloved, in my wardrobe.
6.  Going swimming.
7.  Keeping the house tidy.
8.  Afternoon naps.
9.  A new ear piercing <<< did this yesterday but it counts as August still!
10.  Spending time with Mamph.
11.  Seeing clothes for autumn filter their way into shops.
12.  Trying to upload 2 videos each week to my YouTube channel.
13.  Having time to read books.
14.  Going to Norwich.

But what about July? 1, 2, 4, 5 (too warm!), 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 (until the last two weeks!) and 14 all happened.  3 got postponed (again!), I've been too lazy for 8, 10 just snuck in on the 1st of August and I'm quite proud of the fact that I haven't actually done 13 yet.  There's still time though!

14 things I'm looking forward to in August

2.8.13

1.  Getting up when I want to!
2.  A trip to Thorpe Park.
3.  Succeeding(?!) in not buying any new clothes.
4. Perhaps getting a new dressing table.  Or a new camera to film with!
5.  Getting rid of the clothes taking up space, unloved, in my wardrobe.
6.  Going swimming.
7.  Keeping the house tidy.
8.  Afternoon naps.
9.  A new ear piercing <<< did this yesterday but it counts as August still!
10.  Spending time with Mamph.
11.  Seeing clothes for autumn filter their way into shops.
12.  Trying to upload 2 videos each week to my YouTube channel.
13.  Having time to read books.
14.  Going to Norwich.

But what about July? 1, 2, 4, 5 (too warm!), 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 (until the last two weeks!) and 14 all happened.  3 got postponed (again!), I've been too lazy for 8, 10 just snuck in on the 1st of August and I'm quite proud of the fact that I haven't actually done 13 yet.  There's still time though!

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