Friday, 30 January 2015

It's not in my jeans

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Buying jeans is my worst task ever. In fact, because my legs look stumpy in most cuts/fits/styles, I don't really wear them anymore. Even thinking about jean shopping now is giving me jean fear. How many times can I say jeans?

Anyway I reckon it's the fact they come in inches, you can't just grab your usual dress size and be done with it, oh no. You need to deliberate whether to squeeze into the inches you want to be, or embrace the inches you know you'll be (especially after Christmas) and be done with it. Unfortunately I always go for the former and tell myself that the necessary extra tug around my belly will give with time, then they get tumble-dried and the jean fear sets in again. It's like a big vicious jean cycle.

As much as I'd love to hide in my legging bubble, I'm making an effort to be healthier this year and do some toning up at the same time. Once I have the Kayla Itsines pins of dreams I'm going to be a smug shopper and shimmy my bootay into every pair just because I can. Skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, boyfriend jeans, none will be safe!

I've been told that True Religion jeans are a good investment if you're a hardcore denim fan. They're not the cheapest around but the prices are on a par with Levi's, and if you're off to America anytime soon they're a lot cheaper over there! They've got a tonne of skinny styles to choose from, my faves are the Chrissy Super Skinny Women's jean which look sort of acid washed and would make me feel down with the kids with the whole 90's fashion re birth. I also really like the look of the boyfriend jeans for the summer, hot weather and tight denim is not a nice thing.

Where do you get your jeans from? Any recommendations?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

MeMeMe Ultimate Eye Palette in Rich Plum

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I was sent the Ultimate Plum Palette by the lovely folk at MeMeMe to play around with and share my findings. I'm a massive fan of their baked shadows (have a peep at my post here) so couldn't want to try out my smokey eye skillz with a regular pressed eyeshadow. Yeah I just spelt skills with a z.

To be brutally honest I felt this palette was a bit "so so" and I've kind of struggled to write a post about it. There are things I really like and things I wasn't too (roy)keen on so it's probs best to split this post into pros and cons and let you be the judge.

Pros

The colours in the pan are gorgeous. Shimmery and delicious purples and silvers run alongside neutrals making this palette perfect for travelling if you have to pack light. The mate black shade is also really matte indeed and it was pretty difficult scrubbing this off my arm! As with most palettes there's a decent sized mirror for "on the go" application, and it comes with a fluffy brush as opposed to a cheapy sponge eyeshadow applicator.

Cons

Although the colours are beautiful and look amazing once applied, application took forever due to the amount of fall out. There was loads. It dusted all over my cheeks and I looked like a chimney sweep. You also need to sort of layer the eyeshadow in order to get the best colour payoff. As you can see from my swatches above, the colour comes off quite sheer at first - but layering = more fallout!
The other downside is the price, it's not extortionate at £15 but there are a lot of drugstore brands out there doing the same sort of thing for the £7 mark.

So those are my thoughts, granted it's not the best review as I'm sat on the fence with this. I loved the finish result but it took a long ol' time and a lot of concealer.

Have you tried any of the MeMeMe shadows? What did you think to them?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Teletubby Head


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Skirt: c/o Poppy Lux
Top: Boohoo
Shoes: Newlook

Someone at work said my hair looks weird in a bun, like I've got a purple ball on my head. Ah well, I'm liking the teletubby look at the moment.
I'm also liking this midi skirt which is actually the first I've ever tried, I've always been a bit paranoid about them making my legs look stumpy/drawing attention to the waist, but I'm pleasantly surprised with this one from Poppy Lux. Tbh (does anyone still use tbh anymore?) they're a brand I'm always stalking online as everything is so flattering and they always seem to have a sale going on.

Hope everyone's having a fun filled Sunday, mine's been a chilled one and I'm planning a mammoth bath later with a huge youtube catch-up session. I just need to clean my bathroom first....and do the washing, and clean the kitchen, and hoover. Sigh. I might just leave all that in favour of some bloglovin' though, it's been an age since I've sat down with a brew and nosed into the lives of others.

I feel like I should have more exciting things to say but I don't. January has been a complete non existent month for me spent feeling unfit in the gym and watching way too much tv. As much as I love the winter I'm looking forward to warmer days and holidays.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Silver & Purple Hur

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Argh I've been awol for quite some time. Truth is I've not actually done a lot other than put a shed load of toner on my hair. So rather than loads of photos of me doing exciting things during my month away from blogging, here are some photos of my barnet.

Because I've been away from the blogging world I've missed all the new years resolution posts, needless to say (I had the last laugh, if you know this quote then 103232 points - DON'T BE BLUE PETER) I didn't stick to any of last years resolutions, ho hum. So this year I didn't actually make any, I was one of those people that dragged themselves to the gym during the first week of January but even that's dwindling now and I'm contemplating eating a snickers....

I've also been obsessively watching The 100 which is amazing, although it's weird seeing Rosie from The Sleepover Club acting all serious, nearly as weird as Calvin from Hollyoaks with an american accent.

So there's my little catch up. I have no excuses as to why I've been absent other than "I've been eating and watching tv" but I should now be back to enjoy my fifth year of blogging!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Shivers on Boxing Day


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Jumper: c/o La Redoute
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Vagabond (Office)
Bag: Michael Kors (Zalando

The temperature seems to have dropped really quickly in the last few hours, so I've exchanged this oh so tiny skirt for some comfy leggings. The jumper is never leaving me though, it's that "eyelash" knit and it's ridiculously comfortable and warm. It's actually only £10.80 now on La Redoute and I'd definitely recommend!

Hope everyone had a fab Christmas, I'm feeling angry with myself for the amount of shortbread I've snaffled and the anger is being taken out on poor unsuspecting Facebook people with selfie sticks. I've seen one selfie stick photo of you and your family around the table, I don't need to see eleven.

Rant over. Soz. Mine was a quiet one really, watched Arthur Christmas, snoozed, and ate lots. The usual. Now I'm about to prepare a mean turkey sandwich (complete with the moist maker) and settle down to some boxing day tv, Mickey Flannagan is on the big fat quiz of the year later and I love him.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Last Minute Christmas Jumper Picks


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A few years ago (think Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones) Christmas jumpers were the things of nightmares, tacky prints, gaudy colours, and ugly characters were things you'd see in eighties movies or old family photos. Switch to the present day and they're everywhere, so much so that they've kind of become a bit too obvious a thing to do? Call me a humbug but there's only so many "Merry Christmas ya filthy animal" jumpers you can see before the joke gets old.

I don't want to be a complete Scrooge though, so this year I've decided to stick with fairisle esque prints, they're festive enough for Christmas but can also be worn throughout winter which makes them a win for me. These six are all pretty affordable and will also keep you warm in the run up to christmas, I'm loving the clash of pastels and reindeers on number five, and the eyelash knit of number one looks ridiculously comfy.

If you're reading this thinking "that's all very well but I want lights, novelly, elves, the works!" then fear not! My Voucher Codes have come up with a Christmas Jumper finder that gives you the pick of a few categories. Have a peek below!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Planning my 2015 holiday



So the end of a year and the start of another is usually when people start thinking about what direction the next year is going to take them in, what goals they have, and things they need to accomplish. Whilst I haven't thought of any of that yet (I never stick to my resolutions anyway), I've already been going crazy online whittling down my choices of holiday destinations for next year.

I'm all for going back to Mexico for a third time, I'm a bit obsessed with the place. Being one for routine I'm a firm believer in the "know what you like and stick with it" theory. Thomas on the other hand is completely different and wants to try somewhere knew.
We're going with his choice and will hopeful be sat on a plane heading to Las Vegas at some point next year. Although my plan is to get some sneaky overtime hours in and try to go to Mexico as well! So after hours looking at different hotels/excusions/shows, I then spent a while looking at holiday clothes which felt a little silly when it's under 10 degrees outside....

Anyway there's a tonne of holiday appropriate shoes on Reef and those in the snazzy wish list above are my favourites. It's a handy site if you're planning a winter getaway too, as trying to hunt down a pair of sandals in January is a complete nightmare. I really like the rainbow lace ups, they'd look great with a simple white cotton dress on the beach but would also be a good choice for a vegas getaway!

I didn't add any regular flip flops in but they've got some Ginger Thongs Flip Flops that look like they'll hold up against the pacific waters! There's also some nicer leather flip flops that can be worn to explore in as well as on the beach. Oooor if you a complete winter fiend and don't want to think about summer at all, these over the knee boots might be more up your street!

Have you booked your 2015 holiday yet?