Friday, 27 September 2013

Up Is The Only Way

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Hat - H&M
Jumper - Vintage - my dads
Jeans - Topshop Leigh
Shirt - George at Asda
Boots - Office
Bag - River Island
Watch - Vintage - my dads

Ok so technically I didn't wear this hat out of the house with this outfit but that is only because I bought the hat whilst I was in town wearing this outfit. I've been lusting after a floppy hat for ages but haven't seen one I liked until now, and I bloody love this one. My mum says I just need to actually wear it because I buy trilby and bowler type hats but then never wear them because I always think its looks over the top. This one is too much of a beauty to hide, so I'd better start styling up some outfits to wear it with. Speaking of my mum, she has officially become my new blog photographer, after her first try at it for my Groombridge Place blog post I think she's a winner. The boyf Luke complains far too much and won't put up with me asking him to do a few more shots because I don't like the ones he's taken, whereas mumma bear puts up with all of that and even wants to take more photos than I do. So mum, you're hired! 

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Girl Crushin' #1 - Laura Whitmore

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All images via Pinterest

Every girl needs a few celeb style crushes, so I thought I'd share about my latest one, Laura Whitmore. I love her hair the most, why doesn't mine look that good?! I'm also crushing on her make-up and pretty much everything she wears. She's a babe. Please could someone just provide me with her life, hair and wardrobe? That would be great thanks :)
Who are you style crushing on at the moment?

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Is It Just Me

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When I was between the ages of roughly 15-18 and starting to find my own style, I loved River Island bags. They were the only bags I would buy because I just loved everything each season. I have quite a few of their bags now, 3 of which I have pictured above. However, my love affair with their handbag range has subsided rather a lot, and I think I've figured out why. The metal River Island logo slapped on the front of the vast majority of their bags. Now the above label I could just about cope with, but the new-ish "RI" initials logo I just hate. I think it looks tacky and cheapens the bags. The majority of other high street shops I buy from do not have their shop name on the outside of the bag, Topshop don't, Zara don't, H&M don't, Miss Selfridge don't, etc etc. Is it just me that hates them? I now rarely buy handbags from River Island because the whacking great metal badge on the front of most of them puts me off SO much. I even dislike to use my River Island bags I already own that often because I hate the metal badge, I tried to get one off the other day but they are tough little buggers and alas it is still attached. I think bags with the logo badge on the outside should stick to the high-end designers, I think that high-street bags with the metal badge on the front look naff and cheap. I think that high-street bags look much more chic and expensive without a big metal logo on the front, and then you can even pretend your bag is much more high-end than it actually is! If theres a huge River Island badge on the front then you definitely can't pretend that! Come on River Island, get rid of the horrible metal badges and let me fall in love with your handbag range again!
What do you think of River Island bags and metal logo badges?

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Random Purchase of the Week

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When I went to Venice, these wax seals were everywhere, it must be a thing there. For some unknown reason, I've always wanted one of these, just to look fancy y'know. So I bought one, and I bought Luke one, because I knew he'd like it too. I had a go and it went a bit smudgy, I think I need a bit of practice. Anyway, I'm off to go and make myself a Hogwarts acceptance letter with it ;)

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Sewing Sewing Sewing

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I am a very lucky girl. As an early graduation and well-done-at-uni present, my nan and mum went halves on a sewing machine for me! I've never had my own machine before. I've been sewing since around the age of 14/15 when I took Textiles for GCSE but have always used the school/college machines or my mums sewing machine, so I am ridiculously excited to have my own. It's definitely an investment that I will keep for years and years to come because it was quite expensive. Its an all-singing, all-dancing one, as you can see by the vast amount of stitches it can do. I also seem to have started singing a sewing song when I use it in the tune of this song, replacing the "rolling, rolling, rolling" lyrics with "sewing, sewing, sewing". Don't ask me why, I'm a bit of a strange one sometimes.

If you want to find out more about the machine then the model number is Janome MC5900 QC

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

I Bit the Damn Bullet



I have been thinking about starting a YouTube channel for god knows how long. I even put on my plans and must do lists for this year "Try YouTube" all the way back in January. And here we are in September and I've finally plucked up the courage to make a video. In the end I just decided, screw it, you never know until you try. So here is my first ever YouTube video. Have a watch if you fancy it, or even subscribe or give it a thumbs up, that would literally make my year :)
Is there anything you've been plucking up the courage to do for ages? I'd say do it, be brave! It might not be as scary as you think. In the words of Dr Pepper, "whats the worst that could happen?"

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Rockin' & Rollin' and Whatnot

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My little cutie came for a visit to star in the photoshoot.

The blogger outtakes
T-Shirt - Topshop
Shorts - Topshop
Shirt - Primark
Sunglasses - H&M
Trainers - Converse

When this post publishes I will be living it up in the theme parks of Florida, yay for holidays! I wore this outfit on another of the last hot days of summer down to Hastings on the south coast of England. Its one of those naf British seaside resorts thats just so naf but brilliant. I actually went twice in one week, first with Luke and then a few days later with my mum after I said she had to go ASAP because we hadn't been in years and I'd forgotten how much we loved it. Over both of the days I was there I ate the best ice cream I've ever tasted (banoffee flavour), went to the aquarium, went up the funicular, ate fish and chips and candy floss, and strolled down the seafront. It reminded me of my childhood days when we used to go there regularly. The great British seaside will always be brilliant, even if its a bit rough round the edges and not the hottest of places, its a winner for me.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

New In

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Topshop Arabel Boots

I've wanted these for ages so I bit the bullet and ordered them. I need better self control, and a job. Oh life.


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Monday, 16 September 2013

Groombridge Place

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On one of the last days of the English summer last week me and my mum decided to go to Groombridge Place, a gardens near Tunbridge Wells in Kent...

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Venice Final Day

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On our final day in Venice we were conscious of getting to the airport for our flight so we decided to stick to where we knew. However this all went down the pan and we ended up exploring even further than the previous couple of days, typical. The part of the plan we did stick to was trying to see as many of the highlights left in the guidebook that we possibly could before we had to leave. The majority of this that we managed to accomplish was the churches, we saw all of the churches on the list, as you can see from the picture of the guidebook above. I ticked off the stuff we had seen to make it more visual so we felt like we had done a fair bit. The churches were relatively easy to see as they were open every day, and were the cheapest to visit. Even then it was at least €3 to go into every church which seems a bit outrageous for a place of worship. We also saw Venetian ambulances which fascinated me, the yellow boats in the photo above are their ambulances. The only worry I have with this is that if you're quite far from the Grand Canal then how easily can they get to you down the winding alleyways? Just make sure you don't hurt yourself if you're ever in Venice! So our final few hours were spent seeing as much as we could, and getting a last cheeky ice cream. Mum's was Grand Marnier flavoured, as you can tell by her delighted face in the photo above.
After all the sight seeing was done we rushed off to the airport, several hours early because we weren't sure about how long the water bus transfer would take, this meant that we were too early to check in for our flight so we were bumped onto an earlier one, leaving in 45 minutes. Cue mad dash to get checked in, through security and onto the plane, but we made it and managed to get home that little bit earlier.
All in all I thought Venice was beautiful and if you have a lot of money to splash, I would definitely recommend it. If you want to go then be prepared to spend a lot of money to see things such as museums, famous sights and galleries, a lot of money on food, and a lot of money if you want to go on the famous gondolas. Not a place for scrimping.
I'd say its a place you should see at least once if you are able to. Anyway that's the end of my days in Venice, hope you enjoyed these posts if you've been reading them. I'd better get packing again because I'm off to Florida tomorrow! Aren't I a lucky sod! I'd better make the most of it because once I come home its onto the job hunt :)

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Venice Day Three

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Dungarees - Topshop
T-Shirt - ASOS
Shoes - Topshop
Sunglasses - H&M

On our third day in Venice we planned to visit all of the sights around St Marks Square. We began with Doge's Palace which essentially was a big old, beautiful building where the sort of 'council' running Venice used to hold their meetings etc. Not put very well but thats the basic gist. But like many museums/houses you can't take photos inside, annoying much! It was beautiful so I would say visiting is a must if you're in Venice. After that we went to St Marks Basilica. The outside view was not as beautiful as it probably normally would be as most of it was covered in scaffolding, then we went inside and were completely underwhelmed. I wouldn't really recommend waiting to go inside as there are other much more impressive churches you can visit in Venice. Next up was the Campanile, a big tall thin tower with a bell at the top, you can see a photo of this in my previous Venice post. The views from this were stunning, I would definitely recommend. It is €8 a person but I would say that it was worth it. Finally we went to the Museo Correr, again somewhere where pictures are prohibited so I have nothing to show for that either. I would also recommend this as it was a good historical look at Venice. This day was much more successful day than the day before as we stuck to the same area meaning we could find everything! For dinner we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, a tradition me and my mum have started, whereby we try to have dinner at Hard Rock everywhere we go that they have one, so far we have done 9 out of 175 (says Wikipedia ;)). So we have a long way to go! After dinner it was absolutely lashing it down, so we donned our pac-a-macs and ran home, only to realise we didn't have any ice cream that day. We had been having ice cream everyday in Venice so far, so rather than have a day off we put our macs back on and went out in the rain in search of some ice cream. Its fun to do silly things like that. I have one more post to do about Venice so check back for that soon! :)

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