Friday, 31 October 2014

Autumn Home Wishlist

Homeware isn't something I speak of often on here. In actual fact, I could peruse the home section of the likes of Debenhams for hours on end without getting bored, drooling over the pretty picture frames and wall hangings. It's the little touches that really make a room feel homely, and it doesn't have to be expensive either.

I love this Letter H Mug from M&S. I have a thing for nice mugs, and I really want one with my initial on it. At only £4.80 (and two glowing reviews on the website), I have a feeling this could be gracing my kitchen cupboard sometime soon.

These rose fairy lights would look so cute draped around my mirror or along the top of my bed. I had pink lights like this years ago and I really wish I hadn't got rid of them because I love the look of them, all lit up in the evening.

There seems to be a rose theme here, as here is a rose photo frame I found which would look so nice in my room. I love how it looks a little tarnished and worn, rather than perfectly painted. I have a few photos that I would like to get printed and put in frames and this would be perfect.

A pretty cushion can spice up and old duvet cover, and this one is just gorgeous. It's not too bright and in your face, but isn't plain and boring either. I love this silver zig zag one from Betty Jackson Black in Debenhams.

I adore wall hangings and pictures, and Debenhams has some great offerings. This 'enjoy the little things' one is soooo sweet! I love it so much. Then there is the really funny ones, like 'remember as far as anyone knows we are a nice normal family'. That describes my family to a tee.

Happy Halloween by the way ladies! I'm going to my second party of the week tonight but I still haven't decided what I am going to be dressed as, a pirate or a cat. Are you dressing up?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Nails Inc Sprinkles Effect in Fulham Palace Gardens

I love sparkly nail polish teamed with a colour for a statement look so the Sprinkles collection from Nails Inc is right up my street - two things I love all in one bottle. Save time and paint your nails just once and still achieve a pretty effect with an opaque colour complete with glitter particles already mixed in.

I must admit, I wasn't sure about this when I first painted my nails. I couldn't quite decide if I liked it or not but it has grown on me the longer I have it on and now I can't stop staring at my nails in silent happiness. Things like pretty nails fill me with joy because I am a really sad person with nothing better to do with my time. I did start the week thinking that it was a little bit too cutesy and girly and not very sophisticated, but now, I am thinking...who cares?

On a side note, I am really not liking this crappy weather because it makes for equally crappy lighting when trying to take blog photos. Thank the lord for the invention of photo editing, that's all I have to say! A little tweak here and there can make any day look like a sunny one.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Life Update: Applying for University

So the scary period of my life has arrived and it is time to start applying for university. I can't believe I have less than a year left at school, where has the time gone?! It feels like just yesterday I was preparing to move up in to the 'big school' and start first year, and now here I am getting ready to move on once more. The jump from high school to further education is such a huge one and means so many things will soon be changing in my life and believe it or not, I hate change.

I mentioned before that I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life. Since it was time to write my personal statement, I decided it was also time I figured stuff out. With that in mind, off I trotted to various university open days and I now have my sights set on journalism or something English based. I did consider primary teaching for a while and it does still interest me, but I think writing is my true passion. You never know, I may go back and do a post graduate degree in primary education but for now I am applying for journalism courses. There is a course which I am just desperate to do, but I am not going to tell you what it is in case I jinx myself!

With good exam results from last year that I am proud of, I hope that I do have a good chance of getting in to the course I want to do. I am above the entry requirements which is a good start, but I'm sure I'm not the only one up there. I have to hope that my personal statement and reference from school makes me stand out. 

One thing is certain - I wish I could stay a child forever.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Zoella Beauty: First Impressions

I always think that ordering online makes me spend more money, probably because it means using my bank card which doesn't feel like I am actually spending money (quite dangerous really). For that reason, I have been waiting not so patiently until I could make it to a Superdrug which stocked the Zoella Beauty range. I was in Glasgow yesterday and finally got to see it in person for the first time and it almost threw my buying-in-person theory straight out the window.

Everything is just so pretty. I had a hard time limiting myself and managed to only buy two things, although I would have bought three if the candle was in stock. Maybe it's for the best that it wasn't. From what I could tell, everything is well made and good quality, and the packaging is beautiful. Everything is a lot bigger than I anticipated too. Like the body lotion, it is actually a considerable size that you are getting which makes it great value for £5. The same can be said for the bath soak.

After a long time humming and hawing and my mum standing over my shoulder telling me to get a move on because she wanted a coffee, I finally decided on the Blissful Mistful and the Fizz Bar which came to a total of £13. Not bad at all. The bath fizzer contains eight decent sized cubes so that should last me a while and the perfume is just lovely. It reminds me of another which I have smelled before, but for the life of me I can't remember which. I would say it is very similar to the likes of Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang, so if you are a fan of those you will definitely like this. The tester that was in Superdrug wouldn't actually spray so I bought it blindly without actually knowing what it smelled like. I was hopeful after reading many glowing reviews of it which turned out to be exactly right. I will do a full review of both products once I have owned them for longer than 24 hours!

Next on my list to buy from Zoe's range is the candle and maybe the body lotion. As much as I want the cosmetic bag with her eyes printed on the front, one thing I definitely do not need is another makeup bag. Not that that stopped me with the perfume and fizz bar...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Five Problems That Only Glasses Wearers Will Understand

It's been a busy few days since I last blogged on Thursday, with little daylight time for taking photographs! With the dark nights creeping in, paired with not getting home until half past 5 at least has taken its toll. Luckily, I was able to take a few snaps this morning while I was free that should last me a couple of posts! The next few days will be spent working and doing school stuff before I return to my normal school routine on Wednesday. Then we don't have another break until Christmas, which I am sure will drag. Oh joy.

So I was inspired by a blog post I read somewhere (can't remember where now) to write about my own issues that come hand in hand with being basically blind as a bat so here they are. In case you were wondering, my glasses are by Karen Millen. Also, please ignore the fact that I am sitting on the floor in the following photograph.

When you go to drink your cup of tea/coffee and your glasses steam up, leaving you unable to see to put the cup safely back down on the table without spilling it | Every morning before I put my contact lenses in, I have my breakfast and a cup of coffee to get me going. Every morning I forget about the issue this causes. Cue waiting it to be just before the lukewarm stage to be able to get your much-needed caffeine boost.

When you forget you have your glasses on and get in the shower, and only discover you are wearing them when they steam up and you can't get out the shower to take them off | Similar to number one, this causes a serious problem because you can't see the door handle to get out the shower. And since you need glasses to see in the first place, you can't just take them off because that provides no help and you still can't see the door handle. This is a case of waving your hand blindly in front of you until you come into contact with it.

When you go out without your glasses on and someone waves from across the street and you don't know if they are waving at you or someone behind you | Do you pretend you didn't see them and keep on walking, only to discover later that it was actually your best friend? Do you wave back regardless only to get a weird look because it was a random stranger waving to their gran behind you? You can't just look behind you to see if there is someone there because your limited eyesight means you can't see them either. This is less of an issue for me now as it would be seriously dangerous for me to go out without any aid for my sight as I would more than likely get run down by a passing car.

When you try to take a snapchat and all you can see is your phone reflected in your glasses , especially at night with artificial lighting | This results in a selfie of you with a picture of your selfie in each lens. What a nice look. Very attractive.

When you lose your glasses and need your glasses to find them | Quite embarrassing really. This happens to me regularly when I take my contacts out at night and forget to look for my glasses before rendering myself blind. I am left fumbling about in my room, hoping for the best. It's also common in the mornings when I first wake up and realise I didn't leave them sitting within reach on my bedside table and have no idea where I left them. This is especially difficult as you know how it is when your alarm goes off and you feel so groggy and crappy and can barely open your eyes because the smallest bit of light burns.

I am jealous of you if you have 20/20 vision and are reading this right now chuckling away at my expense.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn Outfit #1: Checked Tunic Dress

I really want to start incorporating more outfit posts into my blog. I don't do them very often but I do enjoy them so I don't really know why. I have decided on a series of Autumn outfits to motivate me along so here is the first instalment.

I absolutely love this dress. It is so perfect for this time of year with the darker colours and looks lovely with tights and boots with a big coat and scarf. It could also easily be dressed up with heels and statement jewellery for a party look. For £19.99, it isn't expensive but could be worn for a whole variety of occasions which makes a key piece in my autumn/winter wardrobe.

The block heel chelsea boots are a recent addition to my shoe collection and I LOVE them. I can't stop looking at them! I purposely have them sitting on my bedroom floor so I can just stare at them lovingly. The heel isn't too big that they are uncomfortable to wear or look too clumpy. In fact, they are some of the comfiest shoes I own! They are quite pricey for boots that aren't even leather - £38 - but since they are just so beautiful I am choosing to pretend like they didn't cost that much. They are quite good quality though so I suppose that doesn't make me feel better.

On the bright side of things, October break begins tomorrow!  That means a whole 11 consecutive days off school which is such a comforting thought. School lately has been all uni applications, personal statements, blah, blah, blah. I mean, give me a break. I am sixteen years old and you expect me to know how I want to spend the rest of my life? This holiday will be spent in the comfort of my bed watching cheesy chick flicks, thinking of anything but school. Sounds good, right?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Just Write.

It's no secret on this blog that I am a massive fan of procrastination. When I find things too difficult, I simply punt the task off for another day and ignore the nagging feeling in my head. I tell myself it is nothing to worry about because I'll do it tomorrow. The truth is, I won't do it tomorrow. Being in my last year of high school and preparing to head off to university next September (hopefully), I kind of need to get this problem of mine sorted. I love to write, that's why I have a blog, but sometimes it's just hard to get round to doing the things you don't want to do. I'd rather write a blog post than do that essay for school. It's a simple fact of life. 

When you are stuck, just write anyway.

Essays are often put to the back of my mind because I dismiss them as being too difficult a task to wrap my head around at that moment in time. I find any excuse I can - I need to paint my nails because they are so chipped, I need to reply to this email, I need to read the next chapter of this book. Sometimes, it's easier to just start the essay, or whatever task it is that needs completed, because it's much easier to come back to a couple of hundred words of utter garbage that you can re-jig and pad out until you have a decent enough essay to hand in than returning the night before the deadline with a blank Word document on the screen in front of you. 

Ramble to your heart's content. Write whatever comes to your mind, it will turn out better than you expect.

This applies to blog posts too. Sometimes I have no inspiration for what to write next because I feel like I am just droning on with the unoriginal posts. I need a bit more spice in my blog. I want posts that are a little more thought out and not so typical and common. The best blog posts sometimes come when you have the tiniest idea in your head and you just put finger to keypad and start to write. I didn't even know where I was going with this blog post when I started it and look how much I churned out without even consciously meaning it. Begin with an inkling and let it carry itself along. Because sometimes, you have to just write.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

September Favourites 2014

Hello October. I can't believe we are already in to the tenth month of the year. Time just slips by without you even noticing, doesn't it! I don't have many plans for October as of yet, apart from going to the Strathclyde University open day in Glasgow to see what it is like. I'll be writing my personal statement this month which is such a scary thought. University deadlines are only a few months away, eek! I have a nice mixture of favourites this month so let's just get started.

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Oh I just love this book. I'm planning on writing a full review on this soon so keep an eye out for that. It's not my usual kind of book being a psychological thriller but there is something about it that I love. Because it is so different, I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping for a good read and boy did I get one. Highly recommended.

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat
This may not be cheap but it is one of the best top coats I have ever tried. I had it a while ago but my mum's friend gave me it earlier this month because she didn't want it - why, I cannot even begin to imagine. It lives up to its name and leaves with you with such smooth glossy nails. One downside is it takes a good while to fully dry but as long as you don't go and do anything major right after it, you should be fine.

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butter in Perfect Plum (review) and Vintage Rose
I was sent Perfect Plum by Natalie from Your Almost Alice after winning it in her giveaway and it has quickly become one of my favourite lip products with the exception of my Baby Lips. The colour is so pigmented and bright which is not my usual style but it looks great for parties and a more dressed up look. It can also be dabbed on slightly and blended with your fingers for more of a subtle stain, with some lip balm or gloss added on top if you want some shine. It's a really versatile product and isn't expensive in the slightest either. I have conveniently misplaced it at the moment, just in time for this post. After loving it so much, I went out and bought myself another one in the shade Vintage Rose which is a much more everyday colour and equally as gorgeous. Thanks for introducing me to this Natalie!

Forever 21 dress
This costs NINE POUNDS. Wow. I would easily pay double that, at least, for this dress because not only is it just so lovely, it's really good quality too. It's very flattering with the v-neck and fitted waist and can be worn dressed up with heels for a party or a pair of black tights and boots for a more casual day out. I'll do an outfit post with it soon so you can see it on because these pictures don't do it justice. For something so versatile, £9 is an absolute steal.

The X Factor
When it gets to the time of the year that X Factor is starting again, it marks the start of the countdown to Christmas. I love this show and watch it every year regardless. I'm really glad Simon is back this year, even if he is a big softy now that baby Cowell has entered the world. Cheryl Cole or whatever her name is now is also one of my many woman crushes so I am happy to sit in front of the TV screen at the weekend and watch her beautiful face (creepy or what).

I have been really loving the Goodreads website this past couple of weeks. It's a website where you can basically rate/review the books you have read and track your progress on any books you are reading at the moment. You can add friends and see what they are reading and whatnot. You get the idea. It's a really great site for any bookworms like myself for keeping a record of all the books you have read and discovering new ones, and also for newbies who want to get in to reading. You can add me here to follow what I have been reading!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Book Review: We Were Liars

My friend Emma gave me this book to borrow recently after having read it herself and loving it. I think I'm the third person in my friend group to have this book passed on to, and then it's going to someone after me! I made sure to take some photos before passing it on yesterday. 

This book is a strange one for me. Although I did really really enjoy it, I found it difficult to relate to the main character which is kind of crucial when reading a book. That's what makes it so unusual, I loved the book but didn't like the main character. I didn't think that was possible. I did begin to tolerate her a bit more as the story unfolded, but at the start I just thought she was a bit pretentious and stuck up, talking about 'mummy' and all the money they have and how highly thought of the Sinclair family is. Hmm. 

The storyline itself is fantastic. It took me a while to get to know who everyone was and remember who was the cousins and who was the siblings because there are quite a lot of characters. Once I knew, everything made a bit more sense. One thing that did really help was the family tree at the start of the book which helps you to remember who's who because you can flick back and check, and also the map of the island they own (yeah, I know) which reminds you who lives in what house. And by God, the plot twist. You won't see it coming. You have to read it for yourself to truly understand. Let's leave it at that.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads (add me as a friend here). It would have had 5 if Cadence was a nicer person but hey ho.