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22 January 2015

Winter Wellingtons

I used to have a beautiful, floral pair of wellies when I was younger but unfortunately age happened and my feet grew so I no longer fit into them. Because of this I have been needing a new pair for a while now and the time has finally come! This is another item that I managed to get through the Etail PR blogger programme so if you're yet to, head over there and see what they can do for you and your blog. These wellies are from the brand Online Avenue and are super affordable. Unfortunately I have slightly larger calves than the average leg due to doing gymnastics my whole life so these are a little tight at the top so if you're like me I'd be cautious of this. But other than that, I love the pink and black colour block of these and should go with any rainy day outfit! Be sure to also check out their other items as well as shoes!

wellingtons* from Online Avenue

16 January 2015

Monthly Resolutions: January

If you were a follower of my blog throughout the last year, you may have spotted my 'monthly resolution' posts. The general idea behind this was that as I am pretty useless at continuing a new year resolution through a whole year, I decided to break them down into bite-size resolutions.

This year I am planning on continuing this as it's nice to have a little something to work towards each month. Last years included such changes as getting up before 10am everyday, drinking nothing but water, and have no lazy days for a month. Some of them I completed, some I didn't but as it was only for a month, I didn't have a years worth of guilt on my back as 2014 drew to an end.

For this month, I decided to not drink any alcohol for a month. Whilst this may seem easy (if you know me you'll know I don't drink much anyway), I just wanted one to slowly ease myself into the new year and one that will get me straight on the successful resolution road!

So far all is going swimmingly so here's to no more naughty drinks until February (*cheers-ing with a mug of tea*)! Let me know on here or twitter if you'll be doing the same and we can work together on it! :)
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11 January 2015

What I Wore.. Recently

You may be aware that I have been a bit poo with blogging recently. I've had a splendid mix of health problems, overload on uni work, the mad run up to Christmas and a general feeling of 'mer' towards blogging. I'm trying to get back on the bandwagon this week and as it's a Sunday I was going to do my weekly 'What I Wore This Week' post. So went onto Instagram to see what ootd's I'd put on there and realised in actual fact I hadn't put any. Turns out remembering to put up little things like that each day is harder than it seems! So as I haven't got any looks from this week, but have lots backed up from the last few weeks of non-blog-posting, I thought I'd just share What I Wore.. Recently!

Christmas day!

9 January 2015

Knitted Co-Ord

Ever thought there was a gap in the market when it came to twosies in winter? They're amazing in summer but most on the market would be too cold to take into the winter months. Please welcome, the knitted co-ord (insert smiley face with love hearts for eyes).

I got this set from Blue Vanilla through the Etail PR Blogger Network and although I think the price is a little steep for the quality, I still absolutely love these pieces. That's not to say the quality is awful, as it's not at all, but I would have liked at least the skirt to be lined for the money. But that aside, these pieces are SO warm and are therefore the perfect solution to the it's-too-cold-to-wear-a-co-ord-but-they're-so-cute-i-can't-wait-until-summer-to-wear-them-again problem!



Co-Ord*


21 December 2014

Knee High Socks and Bunny Ears

Sometimes I stock up on outfit pictures so when I'm not in the mood to go out and take new ones, I have back ups. Which is a good idea until you forget you have them and end up having really old pictures! I found these from a look a wore to uni a few weeks ago and as they're not yet put in the 'too late' pile, I thought I'd share!



Headband* // Necklace*


 

14 December 2014

Stocking Gift Guides For Him And Her

Only a few days left until my favourite day of the year now, so depending on your style, it's either time to get your last few bits or time to start altogether! As one of my favourite parts of Christmas gifts is the stocking, I thought I'd create a little guide to help anyone who may be a little stuck for ideas this year! All presents are under £15 and I either own or have tried and tested myself so really recommend them highly!

FOR HER 


Mean Girls Tee - Lush T Shirts*
 Perfect t shirt for any Mean Girls fan, also available in white and black.
Temporary Tattoos - RoseGal*
 For anyone thinking about future tattoos or just wants to decorate their bodies for a day, these tattoos would be great.
Nail Art Pens - Primark
 With two different application options, this set of three colours is an amazing value for money.
3 Wick Candle - Primark
 Having owned one of these I can safely say they small gorgeous and fill your whole house.
Serum - Spa At Home*
 This serum is so lovely on the skin, hydrates amazingly and is brilliantly priced.
Grapefruit Fragrance - NSPA (buy in Asda)*
 Perfect for a lady who likes fruity and unique smells.
Gingerbread Shower Gel - NSPA (buy in Asda)*
A beautiful, festive scent mixed with a lovely creamy consistency, what more would you want!


 Something to open and wear on Christmas day, both festive and smart.
Quote Wall Art - Not On The Highstreet
Perfect for any sports fan.
Christmas Tee - Lush T Shirts*
Similarly to the bow tie, great to be worn on the big day, but much less itchy than an ugly Christmas jumper!
Face Mats - Ebay
 I recently used these at a party and had so much fun. Brilliant for Christmas day laughs.
Moleskin Notebook - Topman
 Essential for any man to keep his ideas, thoughts and lists in.
Key for a guy who likes to give a vintage feel to his looks
Watch - Weird Ape
Over £15 but I recently bought this for Jack and it's too lovely not to include!


8 December 2014

Nigel O'Hara Gift Guide*

I'm not sure if it's an age thing or a trend thing, but recently I've become more and more obsessed with watches. I remember the first proper stylish watch I got was when I was about 10 as a gift from my Dad. It had a huge round face and a gorgeous red faux leather strap. Obviously being young he didn't spend loads on it as I was more than likely to break/lose it at some point, so I remember after wearing it for a long time that strap started to fall apart and got a big smelly (gross I know, but wrist sweat happens to the best of us!). But despite it ending up a little tatty, I will always remember that red watch as the moment I fell in love with watches.

I feel like they are such a lovely accessory to add to any outfit as, depending on the style, it can really finish off the look. I have a few cheap ones that are for more fun outfits as they have cat ears and faces, etc and I have a fake high end one (naughty I know!) for when I'm pretending to be expensive! But as I get a little older, real designer watches are something that I have stared to think about collecting as they are such lovely investment pieces and perfect as birthday or Christmas presents. This year was my 21st birthday and for my present, I decided to combine it with my parent's Christmas gift budget so I could get an extra special watch. I am so looking forward to receiving it as it will be so special and I will forever cherish it as a reminder for this time in my life.

As it is the time for getting excited for the festive season and Christmas gifts are flying around, I thought I'd pop up my first one of the year and focus on watches. I think a lot of people assume that to get a really lovely watch, you have to spend hundreds, and whilst this is half true, I found some beautiful watches on the Nigel O'Hara watches site for under £50 that would make really lovely gifts! Below I have found six watches, three for 'Her' and three for 'Him', all in different budgets that would make the most lovely presents for Christmas this year, some of which come with a free gift and all available for price match if you find the watch cheaper elsewhere!

Watches #1 - £0 to £50
Watches #2 - £50 to £100
Watches #3 - £100 to £150

For Her

One - Caravelle New York 44L153 Ladies Blue Watch, £41.30. This is such a lovely watch for any lady who likes a little pop of colour and style in her wardrobe.

Two - French Connection FC1176GM Ladies Watch, £109.65 (only just over the £100 mark!). Owning a French Connection watch myself, I know that this watch will be such beautiful quality, and the style is a perfect day to day look for any woman.

Three - Bulova 96P129 Ladies Diamonds Watch, £132.84. This gorgeous silver watch from Bulova would be the perfect special occasion watch for any lady who likes to add a little bit of sparkle to an outfit.

For Him

One - Royal London 40007-01 Men's Watch, £27.99. Perfect for the stylish man of all ages, this Royal watch has a smart silver face and a gorgeous brown leather strap, and is amazingly priced compared to how expensive the design looks.

Two - Accurist MB944N Men's Watch, £80.50. This watch from Accurist is a good bet for any man if you are unsure what to buy for them. It's a standard but very handsome watch, so would suit any style.

Three - GP.1044 Men's Pocket Watch, £140.25. This amazing pocket watch is perfect for the man who likes things unique and dapper, and who may already have other wrist watches and is hoping for something a little different.



 

  
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6 December 2014

Seashells and Fringed Capes

Do any other bloggers feel like they have to make up things to write for an outfit post? I'm not going to lie, I usually just talk about irrelevant things to fill the space between the title and the photos! I just find it so hard to think of new and exciting things to write for each post and just want to share my outfits! So, for this post I'm just going to share these amazing clothing pieces rather than babbling on about rubbish!


Jumper* // Jeans // Cape*