Frolics & Fashion

THE £7.99 PLAYSUIT

Under £10 playsuit polka dot jumpsuit select fashion

Polka Dot Playsuit - £7.99
Adidas Superstars - £30.00
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So I'm all about the cheap clothing and I accidentally stumbled across Select Fashion when searching for Isawitfirst. Thanks to the power of adwords, Select appeared above what I actually wanted and I ended up clicking on it in error.
Good thing really as there are SO MANY bargains on there. If you're rather partial to a jumpsuit like me then there's a tonne at £7.99....they're not the most amazing of quality but for that price I'm not too fussed. They also have a load of culottes starting from £5.99....and I do love a comfy pair of culottes.

So yeah. I'd definitely recommend having a peep, especially if you're just starting uni and money is quite tight.

In other (more personal) news, I actually received THE BEST news on Friday but things aren't set in stone yet and won't be until Monday. So I'm trying not to get overly excited but I'm already grinning insanely like the cheshire cat, even as I type this.

And secondly, I never really know where I'm going with this blog. I love posting fashion content but I'm thinking of venturing into the world of mental health on here. I have a dual diagnosis and would love to help spread awareness, I just fear that it's something you won't want to read? I dunno.....let me know your thoughts.
And without going off on a tangent, I just kind of feel like the blogging world has accelerated into something so un obtainable and I want to keep my little space as real as possible. That's not to say I don't enjoy seeing bloggers have an ace time in Bali etc, but for me blogging has always been about being relatable - and with mental health being such a massive subject I feel I'd be silly not to throw my own experiences into the mix.

So yes. It'd be wins if you could suggest some "keeping it real" blogs for me to follow as I feel my feed is lacking them a bit at the moment!

Over and out.

£14 OUTFIT, £35 VANS

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My skirt was a mere tenner and my t shirt was a bargain at £4. I even lucked out on the pink vans by buying them from the kids section, they go up to a size five and are SO MUCH CHEAPER. The wonders of tax free footwear.

I would say though (and I'm not the only one), the leopard print skirt comes up so small. I sized up and it still bulges around the stomach area...lovely imagery I know.
I find Primark to be so off with sizing which is pretty unhealthy if you're conscious of your weight, which I am at the moment. I wear their clothes ranging from a size 8 to a size 14, and my friend Emma recently sent me an article showing that their size 12 jeans vary on the waist by around 4 inches per pair!

And don't get me started on their "New Improved Sizing" that they've recently introduced.....

Despite all of the above, I'll still shop there as 1. I'm poor, and 2. I'm useless at picking capsule pieces so just go cray around the isles instead screaming TAKE WHAT LITTLE MONEY I HAVE.

So here's to Primark and their ridiculous attempts at measuring out their clothing.

This post seems very passive aggressive. That wasn't the tone I intended when I first started writing this. Soz.

ALL PRIMARK ER'THING

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I want to go back to how my blog used to be, when I'd show my outfits even if they are are bit, er, mundane. I'm not fashion blogger by any means but I've been inspired by the lovely Lucy Wood and her #averagegirlsize movement which has really struck a chord with me.

As you probably know, I'd previously been a bit down about my weight. I take a lot of medication that has impacted my size massively and I'd gotten to the point where I just didn't feel comfortable anymore. But since following the averagegirlsize hashtag I've learnt to embrace my in between size and who knows? I might even go back to wearing outfits that don't just consist of jeans and a t shirt! So if you don't follow Lucy on instagram, or you're not subscribed to her on YouTube, then definitely go and have a stalk.

But going back to how my blog used to be, I used to post outfits and then simply write what was gwan' in my life at that point. And I liked it like that. It was nice to look back on both visually and textually. So here's to 2012 me, who didn't care about numbers, would write a load of rubbish, and try to be funny from time to time. I was a lot happier back then, and after going through a rough time recently, happiness isn't something to be scoffed at.

BLONDE HAIR EXTENSIONS: BEFORE & AFTER

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vivid hair extensions Northampton blonde before and after
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Before I go into details, I just thought I'd explain straight away that Vivid in Northampton are offering my lovely readers a hefty 10% off a full head of hair extensions if you mention my name when booking, wins!

Just over a year ago, I got my first set of hair extensions from Vivid and I was obsessed. I'd always wanted long locks but my dry and frizzy hair refuses to grow past my shoulders, and by the time it gets to that length it always looks damaged, thin, and super lifeless.

So. I loved them so much that (after finally lifting my hair to the colour of blonde I wanted) I decided to go in to get another set fitted. I went for a full head of bonded extensions, although Vivid do fit tape-ins and micro bead extensions.

The first stage of my hair transformation was a consultation with the lovely Nicole, I explained that I wanted a darker root stretch at the top, blended in to my super blonde ends. She said this was definitely do-able and we then went on to discuss the different methods of extensions available, I'd had bonds last year and they lasted a good 5 months so this seemed like the best option to go for again. I went away feeling confident that my hair was going to be looked after, and excited for the following week's transformation!

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vivid hair extensions northampton before and after salon review

On transformation day, my appointment was at 12pm and I was made to feel welcome straight away with a brew and some pick & mix! As I tucked into the treats, I was introduced to Jemma who would be colouring my hair. I showed her a tonne of pinterest snaps and she got to work, explaining that the roots might look quite dark at first but they'd soon fade to look like the 232312 Perry Edwards pictures I showed her....

Once the colour was done both Nicole and Jemma looked at the ends of my hair and decided they wouldn't blend in with the extensions that well, so they took the time to re dye, wash, and blow dry my hair just to make sure the end result was perfect!

Then it was time to fit the extensions, Nicole was super friendly and my time in the chair went so quickly. I think I was in the salon for about 4 hours but it flew by, especially with the copious cups of tea and a glass of prosecco!

Over all I'd totally recommend Vivid in Northampton, as I've loved my hair both times I've had extensions fitted. If you're hair won't grow and you want a quick fix then extensions are such a good choice.

And don't forget, you'll get 10% off the full price if you quote my name when booking! So definitely visit Vivid's Facebook page and book your consultation!


I HEART MAKEUP CHOCOLATE ORANGE PALETTE

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I tweeted on Friday asking for recommendations for an Urban Decay Heat palette dupe, and Sandra recommended the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange palette. She sent the link over and as soon as I saw the array of warm tones I knew it had to be mine.

I think I Heart Makeup are part of the Tam Beauty group, so the eyeshadow quality is pretty much the same as anything by Makeup Revolution - which is a win for me as those eyeshadows last yonks!

You get 16 shades for a mere £8.99 and the colours themselves are pretty close to those in the Urban Decay Heat palette. So 16 super pretty warm tones perfect for spring, two of which are highly pigmented highlight shades.

I've trialled it today and my eyelids remained all shimmery and orangey from 11am 'till 7pm, so they definitely stand the test of time. They're also really easy to blend and they don't crumble all over the place.

A huge winner for me.

Have you tried anything by I Heart Makeup?

TIGI S FACTOR SERIOUS CONDITIONER & LEAVE-IN MOISTURE SPRAY

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I know I keep blathering on, but my hair is fried. It was pulled apart by a painful hair extension removal and then I decided to bleach what little life was left in it.
So needless to say it's in need of a little (or a lot of) TLC. With this in mind, when the lovely folk at Klip Shop asked if I wanted to try some products I jumped at the chance.

I'd used the Tigi Serious Conditioner many moons ago and I remember it doing wonders for my hair so I thought I'd revisit it. It's basically a really thick conditioner that helps repair damaged and dry hair, whilst smelling lovely.  It contains sunflower seed oil and silk that targets the parts of your locks that need the most love.
It actually smells quite minty and gives your scalp that nice tingly cool feeling, it'll also help smooth your locks when blowdrying and reduce unwanted frizzyness. A complete winner in my eyes.

The Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray doesn't smell as minty, it's more of a subtle sweet scent that smells, like, er, sweets. As the name suggests, it's a leave in moisture spray, so I spritz it onto damp hair before blowdrying and it honestly works like a dream. It reduces frizz AND detangles, whilst giving your mane the moisture hit it needs.

The two products together are a great pair, plus they're on sale at the moment so you can bag them both for under £30

Have you tried tigi products before? What're your favourites?

HOW TO USE THE INSTAX MINI 9 & IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?

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How to use the instax mini 9 is it worth the money polaroid camera

I'm no pro photographer as you can probably tell by my poorly edited blog photos. But I do love a gimmick and the fujifilm instax mini 8 or 9 is a gimmick loving phototographer's dream. It's basically a regular run of the mill polaroid camera, although the polaroids are the perfect purse size AND the camera looks cute.

But is it worth the £66 price tag? Especially when the films are around £8 for ten photographs? IMO yes.
How many times do we take awesome photos on our phone never to look at them again? The only time I ever really go back and look at my phone pictures is when I'm planning on deleting a load of them. If they're extra special they make it to instagram, if not they end up being binned.

We take so many photos daily that the "magic" of getting people together to get that perfect shot has disappeared. Well not anymore. The Instax Mini 9 keeps the magic alive for 2 reasons.

1. The films are ridic expensive so you'll only want to take special photos
2. As Eminem would say "You only get one shot" - so you end up making sure each picture is worth it.

So we've covered the fact that I reckon the Instax Mini 8/9 is deffs worth the money. Now onto using it.

Surely it's just a point and shoot right?

Kind of.

With the Instax Mini you're going to want to do all you can not to waste a photo by over exposing or under exposing it.

Saying that, tip number 1 is to consider your first film as a tester. Don't expect the photo's to come out great. Get the hang of the different settings and see what impact they have on your photos.

Tip 2 - Don't always trust the settings. Sometimes setting it to sunny will leave your photos looking too dark. Or setting it to hi key will leave it looking too white/overexposed. As a general rule I normally leave it on the "indoors" setting regardless of how bright the light is around me. Obvz if I was outside on an overly bright day I'd change it. But "indoors" normally works for me.

Tip 3 - Play around with filters. These clip over the lens and, depending on which colour you can choose, give a coloured vintage effect to your photos. These filters are a steal at £5.99 on ebay.

Tip 4 -  Display your photos! A quick pinerest search for "instax mini" will give you loads of ideas. Hang them from fairy lights or pin them to a wire board. Alternatively you can buy mini albums on ebay to store them in.

Tip 5 - If you're still unsure, buy a used one! My first instax mini 8 was a used one from ebay and I saved around £20 on the price. As they're quite a gimmick a lot of people receive them as gifts and they go unused, so there's loads floating around on ebay.

Wowzers this post has become quite the essay. Kind of like an ode to the instax mini. But seriously, I really love this camera. It's completely on the other end of the spectrum to my Olympus Pen but I love them both equally!

Have you got an instax mini?
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