1. Going to an exciting event with someone fabulous.
2. Getting the bulk of my Christmas shopping done.
3. Fireworks!
4. Meeting Leanne, Michaela, Sarah and Tamsin (again!)....and perhaps Steph?
5.  Even vampy-er lips.
6. The new Hunger Games film!
7. Hopefully another Nandos trip!
8. Winter crafts.
9. Wearing new shoes.
10. Lighting warm, spicy-smelling candles.
11. Hopefully tracking down that elusive perfect pink coat.
12. Stew and dumplings served in giant yorkshire puddings.
13. Sunday walks in the woods.
14. Chunky warm socks.

How did October fare?  I managed 2(ish), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13.  I just didn't seem to get the time for 1, if I'm honest I don't if I'll ever get round to 10, I'm too disorganised for 11 and I'm still waiting for 14!

14 things I'm looking forward to in November

31.10.13

1. Going to an exciting event with someone fabulous.
2. Getting the bulk of my Christmas shopping done.
3. Fireworks!
4. Meeting Leanne, Michaela, Sarah and Tamsin (again!)....and perhaps Steph?
5.  Even vampy-er lips.
6. The new Hunger Games film!
7. Hopefully another Nandos trip!
8. Winter crafts.
9. Wearing new shoes.
10. Lighting warm, spicy-smelling candles.
11. Hopefully tracking down that elusive perfect pink coat.
12. Stew and dumplings served in giant yorkshire puddings.
13. Sunday walks in the woods.
14. Chunky warm socks.

How did October fare?  I managed 2(ish), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13.  I just didn't seem to get the time for 1, if I'm honest I don't if I'll ever get round to 10, I'm too disorganised for 11 and I'm still waiting for 14!
This week's guest post brings you some more expert interiors advice.  The focus?  Lighting!  We use candles in every room of our house, but this article gave me some new ideas on how to utilise lighting to create a different environment.
Interiors images found via pinterest, here, here and here
Incorporating style and design into our homes is nothing new.  When we look through the homes of history, we can always pick out and recognise a variety of styles which are specific to the time.

Aesthetics and decoration have a place in the home today, just as they did in the houses of 16th century Britain, but there are, of course, a number of different ways to bring fashion and style into your home.  For some, it is a matter of minimalism and high art; for others it is a simpler matter of eclectic displays.

Here, we look at seven things you can do to bring fashion into your home using lighting.  You can find more ideas about this at FreshHome.

1. Use accent lighting
Accent light is a method which is effective in terms of both style and cost.  If you're struggling to transform an entire space, it might instead be a good idea to focus your efforts into one particular area and then highlight it with lighting. 
Adjustable lights can be great for accent lighting, directing the attention of visitors towards a certain corner or area within your rooms.  Needless to say, using this technique with multiple lights in a single room can be even more effective.

2. Be original
Just as when you're selecting an outfit, the last thing you want when people see your home is for it to appear generic and unoriginal.  When it comes to being original at home, the accessories and fixtures you choose say it all.
Look for original light fittings and you can easily and cheaply transform your home into a stylish, fashionable and original space.

3. Make complementary choices
Once again, it is worth thinking about other areas of fashion and design in order to inform your decisions.  One of the most important factors relating to stylish clothing choices is the extent to which items complement one another.
Ideas like this can easily be transposed to home accessories such as lighting so choose each light fitting with others in mind, allowing the decisions you make to complement one another as you walk through the house.  Whether you go for something bold or plain, you'll find plenty to match it with.

 4. Spread your style
When it comes to design, it is rarely the case that you should opt for a single, knock-out piece.  Thus, with lighting it can be a good idea to spread your ideas around.  Typically rooms will make use of one central light source with perhaps just one or two others elsewhere in the room.
Consider ridding the room of a central piece and instead opt for multiple smaller pieces dotted around the room.  Spotlights and downlights work well for this look.  The BBC Home website recommends making a lighting plan to decide where you want to place different light fixtures.

5. Don't overdo it
It can be tempting to get carried away when fitting lights at home.  However, it is often the case that less is more.  While side lights should generally be chosen over single, central lights, anymore than a handful within one room can be overwhelming.
If adding decorative lights, remember to match them for the room.  Delicate strands and fairy lights are good for communal areas where you want to exude relaxation while something with a heavily printed design or distinctive, character-based shape are perfect for injecting fun into kids' bedrooms.

6. Colour is important
Fashion is not all about shape and material.  It's also about colour and how it can affect those things.  Similarly, the colour of the lighting in your home can be used to create moods and to highlight certain things within a room.
For a subtle move you can choose light fittings which are made from coloured materials.  These might match or simply complement the others in the room.  If you're looking for something a little bolder then you could change the colour of the light itself.
In this case, it might be a good idea to have a number of colours to hand, allowing you to change the mood as you see fit.

7. Be bold!
Finally, don't be afraid to make bold decisions.  Fashion is about taking risks in order to bring about change and this is just as important within the home as it is on the catwalk.  Look for unique, statement pieces or bold colour and do what you can to put your stamp on your home.

- Guest post -


How to bring fashion into your home with lighting: seven tips

30.10.13

This week's guest post brings you some more expert interiors advice.  The focus?  Lighting!  We use candles in every room of our house, but this article gave me some new ideas on how to utilise lighting to create a different environment.
Interiors images found via pinterest, here, here and here
Incorporating style and design into our homes is nothing new.  When we look through the homes of history, we can always pick out and recognise a variety of styles which are specific to the time.

Aesthetics and decoration have a place in the home today, just as they did in the houses of 16th century Britain, but there are, of course, a number of different ways to bring fashion and style into your home.  For some, it is a matter of minimalism and high art; for others it is a simpler matter of eclectic displays.

Here, we look at seven things you can do to bring fashion into your home using lighting.  You can find more ideas about this at FreshHome.

1. Use accent lighting
Accent light is a method which is effective in terms of both style and cost.  If you're struggling to transform an entire space, it might instead be a good idea to focus your efforts into one particular area and then highlight it with lighting. 
Adjustable lights can be great for accent lighting, directing the attention of visitors towards a certain corner or area within your rooms.  Needless to say, using this technique with multiple lights in a single room can be even more effective.

2. Be original
Just as when you're selecting an outfit, the last thing you want when people see your home is for it to appear generic and unoriginal.  When it comes to being original at home, the accessories and fixtures you choose say it all.
Look for original light fittings and you can easily and cheaply transform your home into a stylish, fashionable and original space.

3. Make complementary choices
Once again, it is worth thinking about other areas of fashion and design in order to inform your decisions.  One of the most important factors relating to stylish clothing choices is the extent to which items complement one another.
Ideas like this can easily be transposed to home accessories such as lighting so choose each light fitting with others in mind, allowing the decisions you make to complement one another as you walk through the house.  Whether you go for something bold or plain, you'll find plenty to match it with.

 4. Spread your style
When it comes to design, it is rarely the case that you should opt for a single, knock-out piece.  Thus, with lighting it can be a good idea to spread your ideas around.  Typically rooms will make use of one central light source with perhaps just one or two others elsewhere in the room.
Consider ridding the room of a central piece and instead opt for multiple smaller pieces dotted around the room.  Spotlights and downlights work well for this look.  The BBC Home website recommends making a lighting plan to decide where you want to place different light fixtures.

5. Don't overdo it
It can be tempting to get carried away when fitting lights at home.  However, it is often the case that less is more.  While side lights should generally be chosen over single, central lights, anymore than a handful within one room can be overwhelming.
If adding decorative lights, remember to match them for the room.  Delicate strands and fairy lights are good for communal areas where you want to exude relaxation while something with a heavily printed design or distinctive, character-based shape are perfect for injecting fun into kids' bedrooms.

6. Colour is important
Fashion is not all about shape and material.  It's also about colour and how it can affect those things.  Similarly, the colour of the lighting in your home can be used to create moods and to highlight certain things within a room.
For a subtle move you can choose light fittings which are made from coloured materials.  These might match or simply complement the others in the room.  If you're looking for something a little bolder then you could change the colour of the light itself.
In this case, it might be a good idea to have a number of colours to hand, allowing you to change the mood as you see fit.

7. Be bold!
Finally, don't be afraid to make bold decisions.  Fashion is about taking risks in order to bring about change and this is just as important within the home as it is on the catwalk.  Look for unique, statement pieces or bold colour and do what you can to put your stamp on your home.

- Guest post -


I've had a few new followers recently, so the first in this list is probably a given....but did you know there are lots of other ways you can keep up with Scared Toast?  There's a bit of an overlap between a few of these platforms, but on the whole I'm working to bring you something different on each so it really is worthwhile you follow a variety.  Anything written in black below is a link...I couldn't make it any simpler!

Bloglovin
If you're an avid reader of blogs on your mobile or tablet, then Bloglovin is definitely the thing for you.  Download the app, then click follow on Scared Toast to be able to read it (as well as all your favourites) in a handy, mobile-friendly version.  There's the option to like posts that you've enjoyed, as well as being able to click through to view the original post and leave a comment.  Bloglovin is a great way to keep up with blogs on the go....or lying in bed!

YouTube
The big reason you should hit subscribe on my YouTube channel is Dudley.  A big dog interrupting my videos is proving quite a draw, so if you fancy watching him helping me out with hauls, sniffing out the goodies in the latest beauty box or just generally stealing the show then I think you'll enjoy my channel.  What is it they say about not working with children or animals...?

Twitter 
I use my twitter account to post links to my latest posts or videos, as well as chatting to anyone who wants to talk!  It's a great way to feel part of the community, with blogger chats running weekly, and is probably the best way to get an instant answer from me if there's any question you want to ask.

Facebook
 If you pick just one new way to follow me after this post, I'd really like it to be my Facebook page.  As well as publishing links to new posts and videos, I use it to share posts I've enjoyed reading, outtakes photos from my blog posts and quick wishlists of things I've seen and want to buy.  I'd like it to be a bit like my twitter, with lots of interaction from you guys, but hopefully it'll be easier to navigate and use as a group than twitter is.

Instagram
Like lots of others, my instagram feed is just a stream of consciousness.  You'll find anything that catches my eye on here, be it pets pulling funny poses or outfits that I like, as well as photos from the blog post of that day.

Pinterest
There are lots of boards for you to browse over on my pinterest.  Everything from tattoos, quotes, crafts to interiors.  I'm getting more adept at navigating the site now, so leave links to your accounts down below!

Tumblr 
Is tumblr dying a death now?  I go through phases of using it religiously, so click follow and wait for me to surprise you with street style and celebrity fashion inspiration as and when! 


This post turned out to be much longer than I anticipated!  Hopefully you can see a more multi-dimensional version of me across all of these levels, so pick which ones take your fancy and I hope to see you there!

Keep up

29.10.13

I've had a few new followers recently, so the first in this list is probably a given....but did you know there are lots of other ways you can keep up with Scared Toast?  There's a bit of an overlap between a few of these platforms, but on the whole I'm working to bring you something different on each so it really is worthwhile you follow a variety.  Anything written in black below is a link...I couldn't make it any simpler!

Bloglovin
If you're an avid reader of blogs on your mobile or tablet, then Bloglovin is definitely the thing for you.  Download the app, then click follow on Scared Toast to be able to read it (as well as all your favourites) in a handy, mobile-friendly version.  There's the option to like posts that you've enjoyed, as well as being able to click through to view the original post and leave a comment.  Bloglovin is a great way to keep up with blogs on the go....or lying in bed!

YouTube
The big reason you should hit subscribe on my YouTube channel is Dudley.  A big dog interrupting my videos is proving quite a draw, so if you fancy watching him helping me out with hauls, sniffing out the goodies in the latest beauty box or just generally stealing the show then I think you'll enjoy my channel.  What is it they say about not working with children or animals...?

Twitter 
I use my twitter account to post links to my latest posts or videos, as well as chatting to anyone who wants to talk!  It's a great way to feel part of the community, with blogger chats running weekly, and is probably the best way to get an instant answer from me if there's any question you want to ask.

Facebook
 If you pick just one new way to follow me after this post, I'd really like it to be my Facebook page.  As well as publishing links to new posts and videos, I use it to share posts I've enjoyed reading, outtakes photos from my blog posts and quick wishlists of things I've seen and want to buy.  I'd like it to be a bit like my twitter, with lots of interaction from you guys, but hopefully it'll be easier to navigate and use as a group than twitter is.

Instagram
Like lots of others, my instagram feed is just a stream of consciousness.  You'll find anything that catches my eye on here, be it pets pulling funny poses or outfits that I like, as well as photos from the blog post of that day.

Pinterest
There are lots of boards for you to browse over on my pinterest.  Everything from tattoos, quotes, crafts to interiors.  I'm getting more adept at navigating the site now, so leave links to your accounts down below!

Tumblr 
Is tumblr dying a death now?  I go through phases of using it religiously, so click follow and wait for me to surprise you with street style and celebrity fashion inspiration as and when! 


This post turned out to be much longer than I anticipated!  Hopefully you can see a more multi-dimensional version of me across all of these levels, so pick which ones take your fancy and I hope to see you there!
monochrome-outfit-leather-skirt
French-connection-leather-skirt-riot
H-&-M-black-chunky-boots
Top: Zara // Skirt: French Connection // Necklace & Boots: H&M
I don't tend to shop in French Connection, so when I was offered the chance to pick something to try out from their website I was excited to see what they had to offer.  From my online dalliance, I can say that French Connection have much more of a classic look to their clothing than the shops I usually frequent.  So seeing as I was trying out somewhere new, I decided to push the boundaries and step outside my comfort zone to try I style that I don't normally go for.

The pencil skirt is not my friend.  We usually steer well clear of each other, but I love the way they look and thankfully the pockets on the Riot skirt hide my tummy and make it really flattering.  The leather-effect is so on trend, and the length is modest.  That's probably because I'm really short though; on the website it looked much shorter.  I think this will be a really versatile addition to my wardrobe and I'm already envisioning it with chunky knitwear for winter.

In other news, today marks the start of half term.  Our fence blew down in "The Storm" this morning, I ventured out and did a bit of Christmas shopping and am part way through baking cookies when the oven decided to stop working.  So I figured I'd do the same and turn to blogging instead.

Did the weather affect you today?

Outfit: Leather skirt

28.10.13

monochrome-outfit-leather-skirt
French-connection-leather-skirt-riot
H-&-M-black-chunky-boots
Top: Zara // Skirt: French Connection // Necklace & Boots: H&M
I don't tend to shop in French Connection, so when I was offered the chance to pick something to try out from their website I was excited to see what they had to offer.  From my online dalliance, I can say that French Connection have much more of a classic look to their clothing than the shops I usually frequent.  So seeing as I was trying out somewhere new, I decided to push the boundaries and step outside my comfort zone to try I style that I don't normally go for.

The pencil skirt is not my friend.  We usually steer well clear of each other, but I love the way they look and thankfully the pockets on the Riot skirt hide my tummy and make it really flattering.  The leather-effect is so on trend, and the length is modest.  That's probably because I'm really short though; on the website it looked much shorter.  I think this will be a really versatile addition to my wardrobe and I'm already envisioning it with chunky knitwear for winter.

In other news, today marks the start of half term.  Our fence blew down in "The Storm" this morning, I ventured out and did a bit of Christmas shopping and am part way through baking cookies when the oven decided to stop working.  So I figured I'd do the same and turn to blogging instead.

Did the weather affect you today?
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?! 
Image found via pinterest
Yesterday I went shopping with Mum, Ella and my sister for some autumnal homeware bits for the house.  Spending time with some of my favourite people, buying candles and pumpkins has really made me happy and left me feeling all autumn-y.

Keep your eyes peeled for a haul of what I've bought on my YouTube channel....and tell me what's made you happy this week! 

Something I've loved this week: 21.10.13

27.10.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?! 
Image found via pinterest
Yesterday I went shopping with Mum, Ella and my sister for some autumnal homeware bits for the house.  Spending time with some of my favourite people, buying candles and pumpkins has really made me happy and left me feeling all autumn-y.

Keep your eyes peeled for a haul of what I've bought on my YouTube channel....and tell me what's made you happy this week! 
Schwarzkopf-got2b-Powderful-Volumizing-Styling-Powder
This little wonder pot has been giving my hair all the volume I could need of late.  It's the best I've tried on the highstreet, and perhaps the cheapest too.

It's the standard volumizing powder; dust it into your roots, bouff it up a little and marvel at the height you've achieved, but this is so much better than my TresEmme offering.  They are very similar, but this one just gives better results.

That said, this is a little stickier than others I've tried.  It's easier to sprinkle in, but the result is that I can still feel this in my hair the next day.  I'm a volume fan every day of the week though, and happy to keep layering up (not sure my hair appreciates this), but that is something to bear in mind if you like smooth hair you can run your fingers through.

This is the first of a few products I've recently tried from the Schwarzkopf got2b range and I'm really impressed!  Are there any others you'd recommend to me?

Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder

25.10.13

Schwarzkopf-got2b-Powderful-Volumizing-Styling-Powder
This little wonder pot has been giving my hair all the volume I could need of late.  It's the best I've tried on the highstreet, and perhaps the cheapest too.

It's the standard volumizing powder; dust it into your roots, bouff it up a little and marvel at the height you've achieved, but this is so much better than my TresEmme offering.  They are very similar, but this one just gives better results.

That said, this is a little stickier than others I've tried.  It's easier to sprinkle in, but the result is that I can still feel this in my hair the next day.  I'm a volume fan every day of the week though, and happy to keep layering up (not sure my hair appreciates this), but that is something to bear in mind if you like smooth hair you can run your fingers through.

This is the first of a few products I've recently tried from the Schwarzkopf got2b range and I'm really impressed!  Are there any others you'd recommend to me?
MAC-Retro-Matte-Lipstick
MAC-Flat-Out-Fabulous
MAC-Flat-Out-Fabulous-lipstick-swatch
For any matte lipstick lovers, you're in for a treat.  MAC's Retro Matte collection is the one for you.

It's been a long time since I've kept up to date with MAC releases, and I don't think this is a particular recent one.  But this lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous is perfect for the coming season.

It's a beautiful purple-toned fuschia, unlike any of the many others that I own.  It wears really well and rather than just fade away it leaves me with a berry-toned stain on my lips.  The matte formula can be a bit unforgiving, but with a slick of a seriously intense balm underneath I find this to be fine.  And FYI I quite often have really chapped lips, so if I'm good with this stuff, nearly all of you guys should be soon!

It's been so long since I've bought a MAC lipstick so the price was a bit of a shock (what happened to the days when they were £12.50??) but this could just be the product to get me back into the swing of things.  And if you needed any more convincing, then just check out this promo shot!

MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous

24.10.13

MAC-Retro-Matte-Lipstick
MAC-Flat-Out-Fabulous
MAC-Flat-Out-Fabulous-lipstick-swatch
For any matte lipstick lovers, you're in for a treat.  MAC's Retro Matte collection is the one for you.

It's been a long time since I've kept up to date with MAC releases, and I don't think this is a particular recent one.  But this lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous is perfect for the coming season.

It's a beautiful purple-toned fuschia, unlike any of the many others that I own.  It wears really well and rather than just fade away it leaves me with a berry-toned stain on my lips.  The matte formula can be a bit unforgiving, but with a slick of a seriously intense balm underneath I find this to be fine.  And FYI I quite often have really chapped lips, so if I'm good with this stuff, nearly all of you guys should be soon!

It's been so long since I've bought a MAC lipstick so the price was a bit of a shock (what happened to the days when they were £12.50??) but this could just be the product to get me back into the swing of things.  And if you needed any more convincing, then just check out this promo shot!
Image found via pinterest
I love the idea of having a seasonal display in my home.  We do the obvious Christmas decorations, but I've seen houses online where people do autumn displays, easter etc.  This candle holder would be the perfect way to inject a little bit of autumn into the house without spending a fortune!

Have you seen any other autumn crafts knocking about online?

Interior details: Autumn candle holder

23.10.13

Image found via pinterest
I love the idea of having a seasonal display in my home.  We do the obvious Christmas decorations, but I've seen houses online where people do autumn displays, easter etc.  This candle holder would be the perfect way to inject a little bit of autumn into the house without spending a fortune!

Have you seen any other autumn crafts knocking about online?
Image found via pinterest
I don't think I could pay anybody enough to put up with me and my hair requests.  Luckily my hairdresser is my big sister, so a) she's used to me by now, and b) she has to put up with me.

My hair cuts are normally punctuated with "not too short....about a centimetre off!", hair-dying is accompanied by "you're not making it too dark are you?!" and let's not forget the amount of times I send her photos of some celebrity's hair which is nothing like my own just to check if she can work her magic.  She's given up on telling me that my hair cut/colour and face are nothing like said person's, and instead just appeases me with "yes, ok".  I appreciate that though, there's no lesson learnt quite like the one you discover on your own.

So thank you, Nichola.  There's no one else in the world I'd trust with my hair, nor do I think anyone else would want that burden.  Let's just forget the time I ended up with one side shorter than the other, yeah?

That special relationship....with my hairdresser

22.10.13

Image found via pinterest
I don't think I could pay anybody enough to put up with me and my hair requests.  Luckily my hairdresser is my big sister, so a) she's used to me by now, and b) she has to put up with me.

My hair cuts are normally punctuated with "not too short....about a centimetre off!", hair-dying is accompanied by "you're not making it too dark are you?!" and let's not forget the amount of times I send her photos of some celebrity's hair which is nothing like my own just to check if she can work her magic.  She's given up on telling me that my hair cut/colour and face are nothing like said person's, and instead just appeases me with "yes, ok".  I appreciate that though, there's no lesson learnt quite like the one you discover on your own.

So thank you, Nichola.  There's no one else in the world I'd trust with my hair, nor do I think anyone else would want that burden.  Let's just forget the time I ended up with one side shorter than the other, yeah?
daily-face-make-up-naked-2-palette-hd-brows-bobbi-brown-brow-drama-revlon-nearly-naked-foundation
Bobbi-Brown-pot-rouge-stonewashed-pink-the-balm-mary-lou-manizer
The past few weeks have seen the addition of a few new products in my make up bag, and as a result I've been sticking to the same make up look each day (what's happened to me?!) so it seemed as good a time as any to spill out the contents and let you have a look around.

The new things in question are the Maybelline Gel Liner in Brown, their Brow Drama in Deep Blonde and the Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe.  What can I say, there was an offer on Maybelline in Superdrug and I couldn't resist!  Permanent Taupe is a shade I've had my eye on for a while now, and I'm really loving the cooler grey tone it gives to my eyes.

To blend into my crease I've been turning to Urban Decay's Tease from the Naked 2 Palette.  My old favourite Max Factor Tonal Eye Brightening Mascara for Green eyes was of course used, as was my MAC Pencil Liner in Powersurge.  And as well as the Brow Drama I've been using my HD Brows palette/

As for my face itself, I've gone back to Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation with my Origins Quick! Hide! Concealer.  To contour I've gone for my Inglot Cream Foundation (explanatory post here!) with a light application of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel.  I'm loving cream blushes at the moment too, so my blusher of choice has been the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Stonewashed Pink.  And finally, to highlight, that recent blogger fave, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer.  Mine's smashed to smithereens, although I am feeling rather smug for featuring it on here nearly two years ago

What was on my face last week

21.10.13

daily-face-make-up-naked-2-palette-hd-brows-bobbi-brown-brow-drama-revlon-nearly-naked-foundation
Bobbi-Brown-pot-rouge-stonewashed-pink-the-balm-mary-lou-manizer
The past few weeks have seen the addition of a few new products in my make up bag, and as a result I've been sticking to the same make up look each day (what's happened to me?!) so it seemed as good a time as any to spill out the contents and let you have a look around.

The new things in question are the Maybelline Gel Liner in Brown, their Brow Drama in Deep Blonde and the Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe.  What can I say, there was an offer on Maybelline in Superdrug and I couldn't resist!  Permanent Taupe is a shade I've had my eye on for a while now, and I'm really loving the cooler grey tone it gives to my eyes.

To blend into my crease I've been turning to Urban Decay's Tease from the Naked 2 Palette.  My old favourite Max Factor Tonal Eye Brightening Mascara for Green eyes was of course used, as was my MAC Pencil Liner in Powersurge.  And as well as the Brow Drama I've been using my HD Brows palette/

As for my face itself, I've gone back to Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation with my Origins Quick! Hide! Concealer.  To contour I've gone for my Inglot Cream Foundation (explanatory post here!) with a light application of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel.  I'm loving cream blushes at the moment too, so my blusher of choice has been the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Stonewashed Pink.  And finally, to highlight, that recent blogger fave, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer.  Mine's smashed to smithereens, although I am feeling rather smug for featuring it on here nearly two years ago
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Image found via pinterest

A tedious link here, but my car passed its MOT yesterday and the relief I felt just set me up for the weekend.  I'd worried myself into a state, and need to remember that there really is no point in stressing over things that haven't yet happened.

Does anybody else do this?

Something I've loved this week: 14.10.13

20.10.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Image found via pinterest

A tedious link here, but my car passed its MOT yesterday and the relief I felt just set me up for the weekend.  I'd worried myself into a state, and need to remember that there really is no point in stressing over things that haven't yet happened.

Does anybody else do this?
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Gaaaaaah how amazing are those trousers?!  I love printed trews, and these ones are just perfect!

Original Attire is a website that I wasn't familiar with, and stocks quite a few designers that I'd yet to hear of.  I think it's always nice to discover new brands, although not knowing anything about them can make it tricky to judge the price tag.  Not that I pay more for something just because it has a name attached to it, but it does play a part if you're aware of the designer and the general price that comes with it!

Anyway, I found the website itself a bit tricky to navigate (clicking on the 'jeans' section only came up with one pair, although I found more by clicking 'new'), as well as a bit bare at the moment.  There is, however, 10% off all first orders, so fingers crossed they get some more stock in, and perhaps a few more designers too!

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Caught my eye: Original Attire

18.10.13

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Gaaaaaah how amazing are those trousers?!  I love printed trews, and these ones are just perfect!

Original Attire is a website that I wasn't familiar with, and stocks quite a few designers that I'd yet to hear of.  I think it's always nice to discover new brands, although not knowing anything about them can make it tricky to judge the price tag.  Not that I pay more for something just because it has a name attached to it, but it does play a part if you're aware of the designer and the general price that comes with it!

Anyway, I found the website itself a bit tricky to navigate (clicking on the 'jeans' section only came up with one pair, although I found more by clicking 'new'), as well as a bit bare at the moment.  There is, however, 10% off all first orders, so fingers crossed they get some more stock in, and perhaps a few more designers too!

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heel-harness-boots
Top: Mango at The Oracle // Leather-effect leggings & bag: H&M at The Oracle // Necklace & boots: New Look at The Oracle
I don't think I can express from behind a keyboard my love for these boots.  They're a slightly different take on the chunky autumn boots that we're seeing in shops at the moment, and they tick the box for the embellished heel trend which I'm led to believe will be happening soon.

In fact, I've been wanting some heel harnesses (is that what they're called?) for a while now, so finding these in New Look for less than £30 made my day.

This look puts a lot of the items I bought in The Oracle all together as one, and creates a more "rock chick" vibe.  I think I hate that term, but sometimes it's necessary!  Besides the boots, I also love the bag; it's so different to any others I have and isn't something I'd normally go for, even though I love the way fringed bags look.

What's been your favourite look so far?

Autumn Updates with The Oracle - Look 3

17.10.13

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heel-harness-boots
Top: Mango at The Oracle // Leather-effect leggings & bag: H&M at The Oracle // Necklace & boots: New Look at The Oracle
I don't think I can express from behind a keyboard my love for these boots.  They're a slightly different take on the chunky autumn boots that we're seeing in shops at the moment, and they tick the box for the embellished heel trend which I'm led to believe will be happening soon.

In fact, I've been wanting some heel harnesses (is that what they're called?) for a while now, so finding these in New Look for less than £30 made my day.

This look puts a lot of the items I bought in The Oracle all together as one, and creates a more "rock chick" vibe.  I think I hate that term, but sometimes it's necessary!  Besides the boots, I also love the bag; it's so different to any others I have and isn't something I'd normally go for, even though I love the way fringed bags look.

What's been your favourite look so far?
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bourjois-bb-bronzing-8-in-1-cream
I'd never succumb to the hype surrounding the famous Bourjois "Chocolate Bronzer", so when I spotted their BB cream version (with £2 off!) my interest was piqued.

This stuff promises to even skin tone, give a sheer tint, boost radiance, provide 16-hour moisturisation, smooth skin, prolong tan, contain SPF 15 and have a refreshing sensation.  So how did it match up?

I've been using a few pumps of this mixed in with my foundation to boost my bronzeness in time for summer.  It's a nice product when used like this, but as a BB Cream I'm not so sure.  Feeling daring, I decided to up the amount of this I was using and only apply a tiny amount of foundation.  It really didn't work.  My skin looked patchy and weird.  It was just orange and odd, and I was actually really embarrassed to be out in public with my face like that.  I'm not sure how noticeable it was to everyone else, but to me it was so obvious.  And sod's law that I only realised in the car on the way out when it was too late to fix!

So would I repurchase?  That'll be a no.  I'm not a fan of the patchy look, and for now my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel is giving me all the bronze-ness I could want!

Bourjois BB Bronzing 8 in 1 Cream

16.10.13

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bourjois-bb-bronzing-8-in-1-cream
I'd never succumb to the hype surrounding the famous Bourjois "Chocolate Bronzer", so when I spotted their BB cream version (with £2 off!) my interest was piqued.

This stuff promises to even skin tone, give a sheer tint, boost radiance, provide 16-hour moisturisation, smooth skin, prolong tan, contain SPF 15 and have a refreshing sensation.  So how did it match up?

I've been using a few pumps of this mixed in with my foundation to boost my bronzeness in time for summer.  It's a nice product when used like this, but as a BB Cream I'm not so sure.  Feeling daring, I decided to up the amount of this I was using and only apply a tiny amount of foundation.  It really didn't work.  My skin looked patchy and weird.  It was just orange and odd, and I was actually really embarrassed to be out in public with my face like that.  I'm not sure how noticeable it was to everyone else, but to me it was so obvious.  And sod's law that I only realised in the car on the way out when it was too late to fix!

So would I repurchase?  That'll be a no.  I'm not a fan of the patchy look, and for now my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel is giving me all the bronze-ness I could want!

Minus the carrier bag, my favourite photo of Ed and baby Dudley!
 
1.  The leaves.  The colours and the crunch.
2.  Wearing scarves.
3.  The chill in the air with the sun simultaneously shining.
4.  Hot chocolate with marshmallows.
5.  Bonfires.
6.  Halloween.
7.  Sundays (they're so much better in autumn).
8.  Fireworks.
9.  The promise of Christmas.



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

9 Little Things: I love about autumn

15.10.13

Minus the carrier bag, my favourite photo of Ed and baby Dudley!
 
1.  The leaves.  The colours and the crunch.
2.  Wearing scarves.
3.  The chill in the air with the sun simultaneously shining.
4.  Hot chocolate with marshmallows.
5.  Bonfires.
6.  Halloween.
7.  Sundays (they're so much better in autumn).
8.  Fireworks.
9.  The promise of Christmas.



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I was recently invited down to the newly revamped M&S beauty hall in Reading to do some writing for the Get Reading website, and while I was there I was offered the chance to have a tour of their autumn fashion.  It's no secret that autumn's my favourite season for clothes (such a cliche), and with the buzz surrounding Marks and Spencer's new Leading Ladies campaign I happily took up the opportunity.

I'd noticed a few changes in the Reading store (as well as my local M&S), so it was interesting to find out a little more.

For example, did you know that Hilary Alexander has joined Per Una and they've now launched an "Ask Hilary" section online for tailor-made fashion tips? 

The brands within M&S now all have clear identities; Per Una is the brighter, pink section, Autograph is the more luxury, monochrome department with pops of mustard, whilst my personal favourite, Limited Edition, features on-trend shades of red, black and tartan.

And did you read about *the* pink coat?  When the shop opened they'd had 15 on display; by the time I was shown around a couple of hours later they were down to 3.  It's good to see Marks and Spencer becoming a little more trend-led and I can really see it being a place that I shop more regularly in for something besides just underwear.

I know this maybe reads a little like a sponsored post, but it really isn't.  M&S just has a soft spot in my heart for being a reliable, safe brand and I'm excited about the changes that are being made.  Here are my top picks for autumn:
- Dress - Jumper - Bag - Top -

What are your thoughts on M&S?

New season fashion with Marks and Spencer

14.10.13

I was recently invited down to the newly revamped M&S beauty hall in Reading to do some writing for the Get Reading website, and while I was there I was offered the chance to have a tour of their autumn fashion.  It's no secret that autumn's my favourite season for clothes (such a cliche), and with the buzz surrounding Marks and Spencer's new Leading Ladies campaign I happily took up the opportunity.

I'd noticed a few changes in the Reading store (as well as my local M&S), so it was interesting to find out a little more.

For example, did you know that Hilary Alexander has joined Per Una and they've now launched an "Ask Hilary" section online for tailor-made fashion tips? 

The brands within M&S now all have clear identities; Per Una is the brighter, pink section, Autograph is the more luxury, monochrome department with pops of mustard, whilst my personal favourite, Limited Edition, features on-trend shades of red, black and tartan.

And did you read about *the* pink coat?  When the shop opened they'd had 15 on display; by the time I was shown around a couple of hours later they were down to 3.  It's good to see Marks and Spencer becoming a little more trend-led and I can really see it being a place that I shop more regularly in for something besides just underwear.

I know this maybe reads a little like a sponsored post, but it really isn't.  M&S just has a soft spot in my heart for being a reliable, safe brand and I'm excited about the changes that are being made.  Here are my top picks for autumn:
- Dress - Jumper - Bag - Top -

What are your thoughts on M&S?
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"....which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
My new blanket is bringing me more joy than I should probably admit to.  It's super soft, big enough to curl up in and should put an end to Ed and I arguing over who gets the big blanket!

And all that for £10.

Something I've loved this week: 7.10.13

13.10.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"....which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
My new blanket is bringing me more joy than I should probably admit to.  It's super soft, big enough to curl up in and should put an end to Ed and I arguing over who gets the big blanket!

And all that for £10.
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leather-belt
eagle-necklace
Blazer: River Island // Vest top: Mango at The Oracle // Jeans: River Island // Shoes, belt and necklace: H&M
Good Lord, I really don't know how to arrange my face when it comes to taking photos!  Still, perhaps you could forgive me and it can become my niche...?

Look #2 of my Autumn Updates with The Oracle comes in the form of this casual outfit.  The grey vest from Mango is so soft and sits perfectly.  A real bargain for £9.99!  I also love the leather belt; for a long time I've been looking for the perfect plain(ish) belt, and this H&M one fits the bill wonderfully.  I just need another hole punched in it ASAP.

Oh, and let's not forget the necklace.  I've been after an eagle one for a while now, but so many of them have extra dangly bits.  When I saw this one, I couldn't get to the till quick enough!

Autumn Updates with The Oracle - Look 2

11.10.13

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leather-belt
eagle-necklace
Blazer: River Island // Vest top: Mango at The Oracle // Jeans: River Island // Shoes, belt and necklace: H&M
Good Lord, I really don't know how to arrange my face when it comes to taking photos!  Still, perhaps you could forgive me and it can become my niche...?

Look #2 of my Autumn Updates with The Oracle comes in the form of this casual outfit.  The grey vest from Mango is so soft and sits perfectly.  A real bargain for £9.99!  I also love the leather belt; for a long time I've been looking for the perfect plain(ish) belt, and this H&M one fits the bill wonderfully.  I just need another hole punched in it ASAP.

Oh, and let's not forget the necklace.  I've been after an eagle one for a while now, but so many of them have extra dangly bits.  When I saw this one, I couldn't get to the till quick enough!
Image found via pinterest
I know, I know....time's change, fashions grow, styles are dropped.  But that doesn't stop me harking back to yesteryear when I started blogging and feeling all sentimental about the way things have progressed.  In fact, when I first began my blogging journey....

- Everybody wanted a Mulberry Alexa -
- I only owned 2 MAC lipsticks -
- Lifestyle blogs were virtually unheard of - 
- Alexander McQueen skull scarves were *the* must-have accessory - 
- The Models Own 50% off sale caused an online stampede - 
- It was all about Chanel Mat, or Pro, Lumiere -
- I didn't show my face -
- H&M mini tube skirts were all the rage -
- Sleek i-divine palettes (Storm in particular) were the way forward -
- Formspring was the rage -
- The only length to wear a necklace was long -

Which long-forgotten blogger fads do you miss?


Rewind

10.10.13

Image found via pinterest
I know, I know....time's change, fashions grow, styles are dropped.  But that doesn't stop me harking back to yesteryear when I started blogging and feeling all sentimental about the way things have progressed.  In fact, when I first began my blogging journey....

- Everybody wanted a Mulberry Alexa -
- I only owned 2 MAC lipsticks -
- Lifestyle blogs were virtually unheard of - 
- Alexander McQueen skull scarves were *the* must-have accessory - 
- The Models Own 50% off sale caused an online stampede - 
- It was all about Chanel Mat, or Pro, Lumiere -
- I didn't show my face -
- H&M mini tube skirts were all the rage -
- Sleek i-divine palettes (Storm in particular) were the way forward -
- Formspring was the rage -
- The only length to wear a necklace was long -

Which long-forgotten blogger fads do you miss?


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Let's just get one thing out the way....I was completely, and utterly, sucked in by the packaging with this product.

I got this BB cream pretty soon after it launched, and I really want to love it.  In fact, I enjoy wearing it, it gives good (I'd say medium) coverage and you get 50ml of product for around the same price you'd pay for a 30ml foundation.

So why don't I love it?  It's such a faff to put on!  It leaves my skin looking great at first, but as I apply my eye make up and my hand brushes against my face it seems to just peel away.  A lot like when you've got glue on your hand and can just rub/roll it off.  I don't get it.  At first I thought it was the Cell Food I've been using, but I've tried with or without it and the results are the same.  It rubs off the back of my hand as well, so it's not the moisturiser I use either.

At first I persevered with this and just went back over my face with my buffing brush once I'd finished my make up, but now it's just plain annoying.  It looks unsightly (like my face is coming apart) and I can't run the risk of forgetting to buff it in again and leaving the house all patchy.

I'm so disappointed.  I really want to like this product, and if it didn't have the strange peeling property I'd definitely repurchase.  Has anybody else experienced the same issue?

L'Oreal Skin Perfection BB Cream

9.10.13

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Let's just get one thing out the way....I was completely, and utterly, sucked in by the packaging with this product.

I got this BB cream pretty soon after it launched, and I really want to love it.  In fact, I enjoy wearing it, it gives good (I'd say medium) coverage and you get 50ml of product for around the same price you'd pay for a 30ml foundation.

So why don't I love it?  It's such a faff to put on!  It leaves my skin looking great at first, but as I apply my eye make up and my hand brushes against my face it seems to just peel away.  A lot like when you've got glue on your hand and can just rub/roll it off.  I don't get it.  At first I thought it was the Cell Food I've been using, but I've tried with or without it and the results are the same.  It rubs off the back of my hand as well, so it's not the moisturiser I use either.

At first I persevered with this and just went back over my face with my buffing brush once I'd finished my make up, but now it's just plain annoying.  It looks unsightly (like my face is coming apart) and I can't run the risk of forgetting to buff it in again and leaving the house all patchy.

I'm so disappointed.  I really want to like this product, and if it didn't have the strange peeling property I'd definitely repurchase.  Has anybody else experienced the same issue?
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Top: asos (very, very old!) // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes & Bag: Primark // Belt: H&M // Necklace: Accessorize
I've come to the conclusion that, despite their name, boyfriends don't actually like these jeans.  They're up there with other man-repellant things (bright lipstick, bowler hats...), but much to Ed's dismay, I'll wear them nonetheless!

I'll tell you what though, these jeans are blimmin' comfy.  They're the same size as all my other Topshop jeans, but they sit on the nice side of baggy and make me feel suitably 90s.   And after avoiding boyfriend jeans because I thought they could only be worn in that fashion-y way with a pair of heels, I was pleasantly surprised to find how well they work with a pretty pair of ballet flats.

 While I'm not throwing out my skinnies just yet, it's nice to have another style of jeans in my wardrobe again.  Who else is a fan of the boyfriend fit?

 Oh, and I threw that last photo in, teeth and all, to show that although my face looks moody 99% of the time, I do actually enjoy doing outfit posts!

Outfit: Boyfriend jeans

8.10.13

Topshop-lacey-jeans
boyfriend-jeans
boyfriend-jeans-leopard-ballet-pumps
Top: asos (very, very old!) // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes & Bag: Primark // Belt: H&M // Necklace: Accessorize
I've come to the conclusion that, despite their name, boyfriends don't actually like these jeans.  They're up there with other man-repellant things (bright lipstick, bowler hats...), but much to Ed's dismay, I'll wear them nonetheless!

I'll tell you what though, these jeans are blimmin' comfy.  They're the same size as all my other Topshop jeans, but they sit on the nice side of baggy and make me feel suitably 90s.   And after avoiding boyfriend jeans because I thought they could only be worn in that fashion-y way with a pair of heels, I was pleasantly surprised to find how well they work with a pretty pair of ballet flats.

 While I'm not throwing out my skinnies just yet, it's nice to have another style of jeans in my wardrobe again.  Who else is a fan of the boyfriend fit?

 Oh, and I threw that last photo in, teeth and all, to show that although my face looks moody 99% of the time, I do actually enjoy doing outfit posts!
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Comme Des Garcons were a brand that I sort of knew about, but never really knew where to check them out.

Enter hervia.com.  I first found out about this website when I received an invite to an event they're having in conjunction with Vogue's Fashion Night Out up in Manchester this Thursday (10th October).  Sadly, since it's on a school night (and so far away!) I can't make it, but I couldn't resist doing a spot of online window shopping.

Hervia stocks loads of brands, but it was the colours and vibrancy of Comme Des Garcons which really caught my eye.  I really want to get a plain, bright leather clutch bag/wallet....these ones are perfect, and I love the orange and blue.

And those hats are so fun!  Realistically, I'd never be able to wear them outside....and £170 for something gimmicky?  Sadly I have more sense than money.

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Caught my eye: Comme Des Garcons accessories

7.10.13

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Comme Des Garcons were a brand that I sort of knew about, but never really knew where to check them out.

Enter hervia.com.  I first found out about this website when I received an invite to an event they're having in conjunction with Vogue's Fashion Night Out up in Manchester this Thursday (10th October).  Sadly, since it's on a school night (and so far away!) I can't make it, but I couldn't resist doing a spot of online window shopping.

Hervia stocks loads of brands, but it was the colours and vibrancy of Comme Des Garcons which really caught my eye.  I really want to get a plain, bright leather clutch bag/wallet....these ones are perfect, and I love the orange and blue.

And those hats are so fun!  Realistically, I'd never be able to wear them outside....and £170 for something gimmicky?  Sadly I have more sense than money.

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This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
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 This week I think I've finally made a big decision, and I've loved it.  There's nothing like a welcome change to really motivate you and give you something to work towards.

What have you loved this week? 

Something I've loved this week: 30.9.13

6.10.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra of "do something you love every day"....which means finding something I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?
Image found via pinterest
 This week I think I've finally made a big decision, and I've loved it.  There's nothing like a welcome change to really motivate you and give you something to work towards.

What have you loved this week? 
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Looks like Zara will be taking lots of my money this month!

I wanted the original City Bag yonks ago, but for some reason never got my act together and bought it.  Now it's sold out, and the new version is out.  It's £10 more and I think a little more slouchy, but I think I should just get it now or I'll regret it forever!  And speaking of bags, this shopper reminds me a little of the Mulberry Willow but with a much more accessible price tag.  I don't think you can go wrong with Zara handbags!

Another Zara buy is this checked shirt.  I'm not 100% sure on this one; the checked shirt that all the bloggers went nuts for last year just didn't look right on me, so I'm not sure whether this is a style that I just can't do.  The faux leather joggers are another maybe as well....I just can't figure out which shoes I'd wear with them and whether they'd be versatile or not.  I've noticed that the model's been styled with black wedge trainers on the website though, so perhaps I could give that a go.

And finally, another one I've been meaning to get for a while is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.  Maybe the amount of money I'm prepared to pay for make up has gone up, but this doesn't seem as expensive as I thought it was?  I don't buy make up as regularly anymore, so perhaps subconsciously I'm more willing to invest a little more! 

Last month I didn't quite stick to buying only five things....check out my haul video here.  It's getting closer to Christmas now though, so I'll have to start being good! 

The big 5: October

4.10.13

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Looks like Zara will be taking lots of my money this month!

I wanted the original City Bag yonks ago, but for some reason never got my act together and bought it.  Now it's sold out, and the new version is out.  It's £10 more and I think a little more slouchy, but I think I should just get it now or I'll regret it forever!  And speaking of bags, this shopper reminds me a little of the Mulberry Willow but with a much more accessible price tag.  I don't think you can go wrong with Zara handbags!

Another Zara buy is this checked shirt.  I'm not 100% sure on this one; the checked shirt that all the bloggers went nuts for last year just didn't look right on me, so I'm not sure whether this is a style that I just can't do.  The faux leather joggers are another maybe as well....I just can't figure out which shoes I'd wear with them and whether they'd be versatile or not.  I've noticed that the model's been styled with black wedge trainers on the website though, so perhaps I could give that a go.

And finally, another one I've been meaning to get for a while is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.  Maybe the amount of money I'm prepared to pay for make up has gone up, but this doesn't seem as expensive as I thought it was?  I don't buy make up as regularly anymore, so perhaps subconsciously I'm more willing to invest a little more! 

Last month I didn't quite stick to buying only five things....check out my haul video here.  It's getting closer to Christmas now though, so I'll have to start being good! 
1.  Autumnal Sunday walks.
2.  Vampy lipsticks.
3.  Halloween.
4.  Half term.
5.  Making a start on my Christmas shopping.
6.  That Nando's trip.
7. Trying to blog every weekday again.
8. Accompanying my sister to the local student shopping night.
9.  A little hairdo change.
10.  Attempting to use the slow cooker.
11.  Making holiday plans.
12.  The leaves changing colour.
13.  The arrival of my new coat.
14.  A cinema date.

And what did I manage last month?  1, 2, 3 (half), 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 (only one that I managed last Saturday!), 13 and 14 happened.  I didn't film with Rosie, 8 just hasn't happened yet, 10 I think we can all agree will never really happen, 11 is just getting started and 12 is taking place tonight.

14 things I'm looking forward to in October

2.10.13

1.  Autumnal Sunday walks.
2.  Vampy lipsticks.
3.  Halloween.
4.  Half term.
5.  Making a start on my Christmas shopping.
6.  That Nando's trip.
7. Trying to blog every weekday again.
8. Accompanying my sister to the local student shopping night.
9.  A little hairdo change.
10.  Attempting to use the slow cooker.
11.  Making holiday plans.
12.  The leaves changing colour.
13.  The arrival of my new coat.
14.  A cinema date.

And what did I manage last month?  1, 2, 3 (half), 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 (only one that I managed last Saturday!), 13 and 14 happened.  I didn't film with Rosie, 8 just hasn't happened yet, 10 I think we can all agree will never really happen, 11 is just getting started and 12 is taking place tonight.

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