Sunday, 13 July 2014

A 90's Party

Summer is here!!! and as you may well know, with Summer comes great parties. I recently got invited to a fancy dress party which was really fun in general, it was so nice seeing all my friends and just having a good time, naturally i thought i'd share some of my favourite snaps with you. The night also made me really appreciate 90's fashion too, i feel like more people should incorporate the 90's in to their everyday wardrobe- i mean who doesn't love scrunchies?!
I went for the classis croptop-shorts combo. My Croptop is from Topshop, i absolutley adore the gingham print and the bardot style, it looks really flattering. I got my shorts from Zara and i'm planning on doing a post on these next week, as i absolutely LOVE them! I'm also incredibly short at 5ft3 so i whipped out some casual heels with tights, because i didn't want to look too over the top, but if you're taller i'd just go with some converse or vans. Makeup and accessories wise, i wanted to keep it quite simple- I went with red lipstick, winged liner and hooped earings, which i think added a little more flair. And of course, for the Pièce de résistance, The Scrunchie- as you may well know, no 90's outfit is complete without the classic scrunchie. I just had a black one, because i didn't want too much to be going on and i think it worked quite well at keeping the look more classy, yet still 90's, as it could have gone down the trashier route.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post and received some inspiration on what to wear if you're going to a 90's party, or if you just want to incorporate more of the 90's in your wardrobe. What's your favouirte thing about the 90's?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

REVIEW: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner


As you may or may not know, I have extremely dry, frizzy and curly hair, I'd heard from people that Moroccan Oil is a great brand and so i thought it would be a good place to start in the everlasting war against my unruly hair.

I've been using this combination for about two months, and i absolutely LOVE the results. After one wash- i kid you not- my hair felt instantly hydrated, shiny smooth and atleast 50% more frizz free. With time, I've also noticed that my hair is just a lot easier to work with, it's a lot less dry and much more smooth, with defined curls; i mean i can actually brush it now without it going crazy, definitely a first. It also just smells really lovely, something i'd like to call "the standard salon smell"- quite strong and artificial. Please don't let that put you off, I'm more of a natural fruity/floral scents kind of gal, but this really does cut it, and i always get comments about it too. The scent also lasts a couple of days, which is great if you don't wash your hair everyday like moi.
The duo set is currently sold for £39.90 from Feel Unique at 500ml each, which is either going to seem really great to you or just a pretty hefty price tag. I would say if the price puts you off,  then go for the conditioner instead. I feel like the condition of my hair is more so down to the conditioner, rather than the shampoo, because i absolutely slather on conditioner, it feels so moisturizing and detangles like nothing else- I've honestly never used a conditioner that would even compare to it before. However, although i did like it, I found the shampoo a little bit hard to work with as it didn't lather properly like i wanted it to, i had to have dripping wet hair for it to even start lathering, which was a bit annoying; but in general it just felt like a normal shampoo, it's nice, but not quite for the price. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, then i recommend L'oreal Ever Riche, i used it for absolute ages and although it's not as good as the Morroccan oil duo, it's a good drugstore alternative if you're watching the pennies. 

All in all, i really do love the results, it's worked for my hair and it's made it more hydrated, which is all i really wanted. I hope you enjoyed this post, have you ever tried anything from Moroccan Oil?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Quick and Easy Boho Inspired Nails

Hey guys! So, I'm back (back again, Shady's back, tell a friend- couldn't resist), I know I've been gone an obscenely long amount of time and I don't really have a great excuse, this blog just suddenly became more of a chore to me, rather than something I loved doing, and what with exams I felt like a break was needed. However, Now I'm back! I've got posts planned and I don't plan on leaving any time soon!
To kick off the summer vibes on this blog, I thought id start off with a summery nail look for you all. I am absolutely obsessed with Boho Style at the moment and Vanessa Hudgens has quickly become my queen- a bit too evident from my pintrest. I just find that Boho style is so effortlessly chic, summery, strong, vibrant and fun, all in a beautiful combination of awesomeness- defininitley my type of thannggg. I've noticed that on the hands, the most prominent colour associated with this style seems to be a turquoise blue, so I whipped out this old goody I found lying around, Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Nail Polish in "Blue Bath"(which also happens to be £1.99!) It's a stunning bright sky blue colour. This colour would look lovely against a lot of different complexions, but especially against tanned skin, oh how that tan will pop! It's also got a really nice wide applicator which makes it much easier to do your nails if you usually struggle with precision and end up getting it everywhere. It's a very quick drying formula aswell which is a bonus as i don't like waiting around- i'm sure many of you can sympathize. For the price it's actually quite long lasting, you need two coats of the colour and with the top coat it lasts around 5 days, which is pretty standard. Although I absolutely adored the simplicity of my nails with just the block colour on, I wanted to add a bit more interest, but to still keep it simple so I went for an accent nail.
To get this look all you have to do is apply the nail colour and roll around a single nail in sugar(I'm aware how odd that sounds, but trust me), when you've done that just blow off the excess sugar and apply the top coat. Voila! I used my ring fingers, just because I think it looks classier, but if you want to, you can go all out and apply it on every single nail. I find that using sugar in particular just adds a really nice effect to the nails, the grains also catch the light and reflect really well, just making the whole thing look a lot prettier, you would honestly not expect it to be sugar and it lasts surprisingly well too.
There we go; cheap, easy and quick Boho inspired nails. I hope you enjoyed learning how to do this look, love you guys! If you do decide to have a go yourself don't forget to comment below or send me a picture on twitter, as i love hearing what you have to say. What's your favourite summer nail look?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Joni Jean

Hello lovelies, so recently i've gone out and bought a second pair of joni jeans from Topshop which retail at £36.00, and upon realising just how much i love them, i thought i would let you all know and discover the amazing-ness(if that isn't a word, it is now). Now, i've tried my fair share of jeans, and these have to be my absolute favourite! I've also seen quite a few celebs wearing them too, the most recent one's been the incredibly gorgeous Kylie Jenner- just the fact that she has them makes me love mine even more! 
On to the actual jeans, not only do they go with everything, and i mean everything(i wore a white croptop, so you could see the jeans as they naturally are), but they're also just really flattering on! They're super figure hugging and they're meant to be extra high waisted, so they make your legs look slightly longer too and just generally better shaped as they're pretty much skin-tight and make everything waist down look better!They're also made from a thinner material for added elasticity, which means they're a lot more comfortable and easy to maneuver in than "normal" jeans, but they're by no means jegging-like.What i love about Topshop aswell, is that they base their sizes around waist size and leg length, instead of your average sizing, which is such a dream, because those kind of jeans never seem to fit me, as i'm quite short, and needless to say i'm not a fan of the baggy-ankle look. They also do a petite and tall range aswell, so if you have the same problem i'd definitely recommend popping in to take a look! I also find that these last absolutely ages aswell, which is a standard with topshop jeans and the experience i've had with them in general. I've had my blue Joni's for around a year now and they're only just beginning to stretch out, which i think is amazing considering how much i paid for them. 
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Overall, i really do recommend these, what's not to love! They also do a HUGE range of colours, if you're a little bit more quirkier than me and want something different. Thanks for reading, love you guys. xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Zara haul! (Basics)

Hello lovelies, Zara has been absolutely on top of their game recently, and everything they seem to have in store, i love!Natruallllly, this resulted in me spending a lot of money- i have no regrets. I bought a lot of neutral staple pieces, and i think Zara have really outdone themselves lately.

This is one definitely one of my favourite buys, i absolutely adore the detailing, i think it looks very Grecian and it's so me! The back is so nice too, it's got a keyhole button hole, which is still really simple, but just brings the piece to life a lot more and adds interest. I love how chic this looks, and i'm so excited to wear it in the summer or when the weather gets a little warmer.
 
I've wanted a nice white jumper for ages, but it was either rubbish quality or too expensive, and then i found this in the Zara Sale for around £17, which is amazing! It's a cropped jumper aswell, which means you can wear it with dresses and high waisted jeans- pretty much anything you want really, and it'll still look good. I really like the amount of detail in this and the pattern, especially the ribbed design which gives it a nice twist. Not to mention, it's super snug.
The next thing i got was a lovely a little black jumper(there seams to be a theme with jumpers...) I love the lace inserts on the sides, which really give it something a little extra and add interest to what could be quite a boring piece. I really like how it's fitted aswell, because most of my jumpers are quite baggy, so i was quite drawn to his. The colour is really good to match with with aswell, it's black so it goes with pretty much everything.
Wandering away from the jumpers and now to the tops, i got this really lovely 3 quarter length over-sized top, i wasn't going to get this originally, because i thought it was quite plain and boring, but i saw that it was £1.99, and i didn't really think twice after that really. When i did try it on, i did really fall in love with it, it's completely different on the body to what it looked like on the hanger, you could wear it tucked in to jeans or out with leggings and it would still look effortlessly chic.
This was actually one of the first things i got,  it's a really oversized thin knit dark grey sweater/jumper, this is such a stape peice to have, it's really easy to match with, warm(but not too warm), comfy, and really flattering on.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what i've brought recently, because i love seeing these kinds of posts! love you guys.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Living Life and Feeling Good!

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Hey guys, so recently i listened to a really motivating podcast, and it was basically about how to use up your time better, i suppose, the main thing that stood out to me was when he said "Money is power, but time is life"

Time is life.

I'm a major slacker, i always leave everything until the last minute, which is pretty standard for a 16 year old, but why should it be? Those things never make you feel good! You feel good when you wake up on time, when you get ready with time to spare, when you take opportunities in school/college/work, when you do a good workout, when you finish tidying your room, when you do your work on time, when you go out, have fun, and so many more positive things- That's what life is and that's what makes life worth living- doing what may seem like the hard things that lead you to becoming successful in every aspect of your life, whether emotionally or physically.

I really want to encourage you to just think about that, and next time you think "oh i can't be bothered to do work", or "i'm too tired to do that workout", or "i'm not good enough to take that opportunity in work", life starts when you step out of your comfort zone and do things that will end up in you becoming the best you, that you can possibly be(wow, there was a lot of you's in that sentence there). And do you know what, even if you fail at whatever it is, so what? at least you are in the margin of people who really tried and actually went for it! Who saw something and realised it was worth the hard work, worth the struggle, and after failure comes improvement- you try and try again, i will guarantee you will be at the best you've ever been. I know it's hard, but you can do it and i believe in the power of every single one of you.

Stay motivated, stay active, work hard, live life- you will be happier. It all starts with your mindset, as a famous sport company once said, Just Do It.

Here are some video's that have really inspired me in to becoming healthier, but also just doing this whole "life" thing well. I also really recommend checking out Blogilates if you haven't already, they're the best Youtube Channel i've ever come across for helping you get in to shape; they're super helpful, really motivating- and best of all, you don't need any equipment!




I hope this post has inspired you to live a better life and to use your time better! Love you guys.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - 08 Pirate

As I'm writing this, I've just come home from college to lovely little parcel! Recently the lovely Jessica reached 100 followers and to celebrate she gave away this Chanel Nail Colour in Pirate, I was very lucky and won! So as always, i'd thought i'd share it with you guys.

Most people that know me know that I love 2 things: Chanel and red nails. All I ever have on my nails is red and Chanel is just such a beautiful and iconic label, so naturally, me and this product got on like storm.
As expected I absolutely adore the colour, it's a gorgeous deep dark red, and i can actually understand why they called it pirate. I usually wear a lighter red, but i have definitively fallen in love with this. The shade does tend to change a little bit though, depending on what kind of light you're in (i used natural light to take the photo's) and how many coats you've put on, i put on two, with no base coat or topcoat, just to test out the wear. I have to say... i'm so satisfied with this! It's lasted around 5 days with only some minor chips at the tips of my nails that are barely noticeable, and i'm sure if you wore a top coat with this, it'd be fine. I do really recommend this, lovely colour and incredible wear- better than any nail varnish i've ever tried before, what more could you want from a Nail Colour? I've also got compliments from people commenting on how shiny and glossy this looks, which is lovely. The only thing that's a little bit off putting is the hefty price tag it comes with, it retails at £17.50 from Boots, but if you can afford to splash the cash, then go for it, it's worth it. If you are interested, but this stretches the budget a little bit, I've heard Revlon do really great dupes of Chanel nail colour, and i've also seen a similar colour to this that Rimmel have done recently done.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this, what's your favourite Nail Colour/Polish?

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Let's do breakfast


Hello beauties, as someone who's in a rush pretty much always in the morning, what I really need is a fast and healthy breakfast. I don't want to miss it all together because it's not good for you, as overused as a phrase it sounds, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day; also it's pretty awkward when you're with a group of people and suddenly your stomach makes a noise akin to an earthquake, slight exaggeration. Anyhow, that's when I came across this little recipe(if you can even call it that), it's very French toast-like or Eggy Bread-like as us Brits like to it.

It's not only super yummy, it's really easy to make too as I have to admit my culinary skills don't stretch too far- I can do a pot noodle, salad... An omelette on a good day, you get the jist.
So you basically just get a cup and make a hole in a piece if toast, put the piece of toast in to a frying pan(with oil in it), crack the egg and pour it In to the hole of the piece of toast, add salt and pepper, wait around a minute or so until it's cooked, and voila! not-quite-but-sort-of-getting-there-not-really gourmet chef status achieved.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and maybe try it out on lazy days or when you're in a rush- but hey, if all else fails there is always the beloved breakfast bar.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Come on baby be with me, so happily.

Hey lovelies, I thought I'd let you all know about a certain album that I'm really enjoying at the moment! It might not be for everyone, but those people who usually say "I like all kinds of music" like myself, will definitely enjoy this! 

It's called Midnight Memories by One Direction, which i'm sure most of you guys must will be familiar with, and I have to say- I've joined the hype and I'm absolutely loving them! They seem like such lovely guys and I've always really liked them in general, but their music is honestly really good- it's definitely a very rock-y kind of sound in it's roots, but it's still very fun and very pop like. 
My favourite song off the album has to be Happily!  I could listen to it on repeat for hours and I always catch myself having a huge smile on my face when I listen to them; all of their songs are just so incredibly fun, young, energetic and they make you feel good! If you've not listened to Midnight Memories yet, but like One Direction or if you're not quite sure If it'd be up your street, just go for it, have a listen, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! 

*warning: by the end of the album you may turn an insy bit fangirl and have a new found guilty pleasure*

If like me, you're already in love with the Album, what's your favourite song that they've done?




Saturday, 4 January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I hope you've had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and an incredible start to the new year(and if not every single day is a second chance). It's the first blog post of 2014!!!

I just thought I would talk you through my New Years eve, it was just really really nice. I usually spend New Years with my family, but I spent it with my friends instead. There was about six of us and we just hung out, danced a lot (6 man party h o l a), we played this game called taboo  aswell- if you haven't played it, you have not lived! It's genuinely really fun and I'm one if those people that gets pretty competitive so it was great for me haha! I'm such a bubbly, naturally very excitable person, so I absolutely love the Christmas-New year season, it's so exciting, positive and just a really kind, good willed, fun time of year, which are things I absolutely adore anyway! 
Also during new year, people tend to make resolutions, I don't usually do them, but I have officially been conformed like the masses... Here they are, a mix of generic and personal in no particular order:
  1.  Blog about what I find important- I'm really excited for this one, I've been really sloppy with my content, but keep an eye out, things are going to get seriously cool.
  2. Exercise more, aim for 2 or 3 days a week for 1 hour each session- everyone has this as a resolution, but I'm possibly the most unfit person ever- I get a stitch running up the stairs... I don't think this is a lot to aim for, so I kept it pretty realistic.
  3. Read my bible and pray every day- this is a bit more personal a lot you won't have this, but I'm a Christian, I love Jesus and I want to have more of God in my life, because I think he's pretty cool.
  4. Be more generous at home - I really think it's important that I make more of an effort at home, I've been really lazy this year and I just want to pull my weight more, which links in to the next one.
  5. Do one random act of kindness every day, no matter how small- I love this one, I'm a big believer in the power of just being kind, just little acts of kindness can change lives and I think that's beautiful.
  6. Try harder to make things work out, take that responsibility- This ones a bit more personal, so I'm not going to go in to it, but just in general taking a lead and being responsible.
  7. Use my frees at college wisely- Somehow I don't think I'm going to keep this one, I like doing I what to do too much rather than what I need to do. As I'm writing this there's a history essay that was due in 3 weeks ago which I haven't done, plus I've not revised for my mocks which are in a week- you get the idea.
  8. Know what i want to do with my life by the end of the year - ahh scary, this ones a biggy! Yeah basically, I have ideas about what I want to do, but I'm not sure- hey maybe I'll have made a post of where I'm going with my life this year.
I love you guys so much thankyou for following my blog and reading my posts,  I've had an incredible 2013, i feel so incredibly blessed, here's to an amazing 2014