Monday, 21 April 2014

New York Photo Diary

Dear New York City...
 I think I've left a little piece of my heart within your busy streets. Maybe it was Times Square, where the huge neon lights make it feel like daytime, all the time. Or perhaps it was the crazy city traffic in the center of town. It could have been Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday, filled to the brim with happy people in their homemade Easter bonnets, or Central park on a gorgeous, sunny day, or Broadway all lit up in the dark. Or maybe it was just that perpetual chaos that constantly engulfs the whole city and everyone within it. Whatever it was, it all but took my breath away. And though I was only there for a very short time, I feel like New York has already become a part of me. Sometimes it's good to go on adventures, and if your looking for excitement, New York is the city. I feel like nothing I write here will ever justify how much I enjoyed my whistle-stop tour. It's safe to say that NYC has gone straight in as one of my favourite places I've ever visited, as well as one of, in my eyes, the greatest cities in the world. I will treasure this visit to the city that never sleeps, and I hope to return someday soon. I'd like to thank you, New York, for everything. Goodbye New york, until next time... xoxo

 This was one lady at the parade down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday, probably my favourite part of the entire trip. She had made matching outfits for herself and her chihuahua. She was so lovely to let me (and a veritable crowd of others) have her picture, and I couldn't not show it to you.
Until Next Time, New York...

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Obsession: D.I.Y. Midi Rings

Hey everyone! So, I think we've all noticed the 'midi ring thing' going on. When it first emerged, I wanted to jump straight on the bandwagon. However, as soon as I bounced into Topshop, I found that not a single ring fitted on my fingers. I have teensy little pixie hands and feet, hence why I can still buy shoes from the children's section, and why rings/bracelets will fall off as soon as look at them. This annoyed me greatly, but at the time I didn't really think to do anything about it, apart from skulking out of Topshop and going home on the tube. The trend sort of faded out, but I was still seeing them everywhere. Yesterday I was playing around with the jewellery wire, and just twizzling it around my fingers - and it made me think; I could so easily make some rings for myself, and I could encompass my own designs and make them my perfect size. I did a quick Google to find an effective way of finishing/fastening the ends, and then I let loose. I think I made about 9 or 10 in total, but I could easily have made more. They're extremely quick and easy to make, but if you'd like to see a detailed step-by-step 'tutorial' as it were on how I made them, please let me know. Oh and apologies for half-done triangle manicure, present only on my left hand. I hope you don't mind. Let me know what you think of this DIY in the comments below. Speak soon my lovelies xoxo

All That Time, Wasted... I Wish I Was A Little More Delicate

Clementine - Sarah Jaffe

 Hello everyone. So, as promised, I am here with a fashion post - they are still here! I was with my friend Z (again(!) ... I hope she isn't getting sick of me haha), so we obviously wanted to take a few snaps. I felt like being a little bit grungier with my outfit this time around. I've been dressing very girly lately (queue pastels, florals etc) which I love now that spring is here, however, anytime I dress in a certain way for more than a week or so, I start itching for a change again. I still wanted to keep some of the elements quite feminine and springy, whilst incorporating a little bit more edge. I won't go on too much but I hope you like it, let me know what you think. I've left a handy list of where everything is from just below. See you next time! Bye!

Flower crown - festival, T-shirt - H&M, Necklace - Primark, Skirt - Car boot for £3(!) originally from H&M, Boots - New Look

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Product Loves

 (Clockwise from left: L'oreal True Match Foundation in N1, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Light, Maybelline master drama kohl, Eyeko skinny mini liquid liner, Sleek blush in rose gold, Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in Heart Breaker 016, Sleek ink pot gel liner, Ecotools Custom Coverage Buffing brush)

 Hi everyone. Today I wanted to show you some of the products I've been using and loving recently. Sorry if these posts are boring you a bit, I really hope not. In all honesty, I've been leaning more towards lifestyle/beauty posts recently, for many reasons; the most prominent being my lack of places to shoot, and my lack of a good camera. I am currently in the process of saving up for a Canon (if any of you have any recommendations as to what type would be best, please tell me! I'm a bit of a DSLR newbie haha), but despite both these things, there will be more fashion posts coming. Its just a lot of work at the moment. Everytime I get a set of shots, they're never to my satisfaction. The angles aren't right, the quality isn't good enough... blogs are increasingly becoming more and more editorial, more like the new generation of online magazines, and less like where they all started - just of couple of folks uploading whatever came into their heads onto the internet, as a way of expressing themselves, and connecting with others. I'm not saying that spirit is totally diminished, and I'm also not saying that this change is a bad thing, it just makes it a little hard to keep up, that's all.

Anyway, excuse my rambling. So let's talk products; as the more beady eyed viewers will notice, Mr Sleek has crept his way back into my favourites post, for reasons mentioned in this post here. I just love the brand as a whole and I've been using these two goodies a lot. If you know me, you'll be aware of my quest to find the perfect foundation. I'm not saying that this is it, but L'oreal True Match is one of the best so far. You can bulid the coverage from medium to full if desired, and you can also use a thin layer all overfor a more natural, no-makeup finish. It also has an amazing shade range - the shade I have is N1. Another cult classic next, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. This is my second or so tube of this stuff, and I really like it, I think it works particularly well on spots and blemishes.

I also noticed that this post is very eyeliner heavy - these two, Maybelline Master Drama kohl pencil & Eyeko Skinny Brush felt tip liner, really take the biscuit. The Maybelline one is super black and creamy, which means the lightest touch will apply more than enough product (say goodbye to dragging on your eyes, yay!) and the Eyeko liner is great for clumsy handed gals like me, it makes winged liner a walk in the park. I've also been loving my EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush, which has been my favourite way of blending in my foundation. It gives a really nice smooth, flawless finish. The last favourite is my Rimmel Lasting finish lipstick in Heart Breaker, 016. It leaves the lips a lovely pinkish berry colour - very sophisticated and lovely for all year round.

(Body Shop Shea Butter lip balm, Witch Blemish stick, Aqua Di Parma Blu Mediterranean Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette, No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser, L'oreal Skin perfection miracle cleansing oil, No7 Essential Moisture day fluid)

I've been trying to take much better care of my skin lately, and all these products, bar one, are my valiant attempt. I went into boots and stocked up on some lovely skin care bits, to help maintain my skin's condition. The first thing I got was a repurchase of the No7 Hot cloth cleanser, which is a gorgeous, rich cream you slather onto your face to remove every last trace of makeup (even waterproof), as well as giving your skin a spa-like pamper at the same time. this is my second bottle, and though I use it almost every night, it lasts me ages. On the subject of cleansers, I've literally only just discovered this L'oreal cleansing oil. I purchased this about two weeks ago, so I did wonder whether to put this in, but I'd fallen so head over heels in love with it I thought it would only be fair. I'm totally new to oil cleansers in general, but after this I will definitely be trying out some more. Firstly, it smells absolutely divine. Secondly, it removes the most stubborn of makeup so easily, without any scrubbing and in no time at all. It just dissolves instantly and your face feels amazingly clean after use - not greasy in the slightest. I've also loved the No7 Day Fluid moisturiser - it gives lovely rick hydration without feeling to heavy, or clogging up my pores. I'd say this was good on dry to normal skins, but if you're really oily you might not like this as much.

I've also loved applying the Body Shop shea butter lip balm before bed, it gives my lips a great boost, as well as smelling great. I've also been loving to use Witch blemish stick on any spots anytime I think of it. This is my second tube and I really notice a difference when I use this, more so than with any other spot treatment. Plus, it's really cheap so it's never a worry when I run out. My last favourite is this fragrance from Aqua Di Parma. I wasn't really very familiar this brand before, but oh blimey, I wish I'd found it sooner. This scents just screams Mediterranean holiday to me, the perfect quintessential summer fragrance. I'm terrible at describing scents, so you can check out the product description on the website, here, instead. It is quite pricey but it's a very generous bottle, and the scent lasts for ages, so a little goes a long way. I loves it.
I hope you enjoyed that guys, love you, byeee! xoxo

There's A feeling In The Air, There's Something All Around

Hi everyone, it's that time of year again, where everything feels fresh and renewed (cheesy), and I was in a *puts on terrible West Country accent* right good mood for takin' some pretty flower pictures. For a belated Mother's Day treat, we took my Gran out to a lovely spot out of the city, Mydyllton House, a stately home surrounded by these amazing grounds. I thought I'd take the opportunity to take some pictures while I was there, just to get a bit more into the spring spirit (not that I haven't already been since January). I did a post last year (!) very similar to this one, here, so you can check that out too if the urge takes you. I hope you're all having a lovely time enjoying the sunshine. Love you xoxo