Frolics & Fashion

CHECKED SHIRTS AND SKATER SKIRTS

Tartan Shirt Black Skater Skirt Black Chelsea Boots Outfit


Excuse the fact I'm gormlessly looking at my phone in this picture, I use it as my remote and despite taking 232311 photos, this was the only one where I didn't look like a marshmallow. 

This is the final item of clothing I was oh so generously sent from Tobi and I was sort of channeling (or just copying) an old outfit post I did about five years ago when I put this together. I haven't worn a skater skirt in forever but I forgot just how comfortable and easy to wear they were. I also clearly forgot I own an iron.....again, apologies. 

Completely off topic but this weekend has been a bit like a time warp. On Friday I went to a Pop Punk evening where the DJ played ALL the hits from Jimmy Eat World to Mayday Parade. And then on Saturday I ventured to a small town near me that I hadn't been to in forever and felt all nostalgic.
The reason for said visit is that my sister has finally moved there, which is great for me as I no longer need to trek 2 hours in the car whenever I want to see her - hurrah!
But going back to the pop punk night, if you're in the Northamptonshire / Milton Keynes area then I'd definitely recommend it, it was at some remote bar in Stony Stratford but loads of people turned up and jived the night away.

What have you been up to this weekend?

ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR REVIEW

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review

I've been in the blogging community for quite some time now and over the past 9 years I've always dismissed skincare. I know, I know, how ridiculous of me. But up until now a cleanser is all I've used and that's only because it gets my makeup off easier than my previous method....baby lotion.

But now I'm post 30 (SIGH) I really should be looking after my skin more, which coincides nicely with receiving the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair as part of a Christmas present. I'll be honest, other than hearing loads of people rave about this, I didn't know much about the product itself. But now I've been trying it out I thought I'd pop up a review for anyone else wanting to dabble in high end skincare.

So what does it do? Well it's an over-night serum that claims to reduce lines and wrinkles, and give your skin a more radiant and youthful look, which is something I definitely need. As with anything I'm about to slather onto my skin, I was a bit wary of what it'd smell like, but it's actually a non offensive almost citrus-ey scent that doesn't linger around too long.

It's not too oily either and my skin seems to "drink" it up straight away, meaning you're not going to get a gross pillow during the night. I think you're supposed to put it on before a moisturiser so I dug out my anti aging cream that I bought a few months back and I've been using it under that.

Once it's applied you really don't notice it's there, and your skin doesn't get that horrible clammy feeling that some products give you.

So does it work? Am I wrinkle free? Well no. I don't think anything's going to completely eradicate my laughter lines BUT my skin does feel wayyyy less dry than it did, and it's cleared up a lot after pre Christmas eating left me all oily.

At a staggering £53.00 for a mere 30ml it's not exactly purse friendly and I don't know if I'd buy this for myself, but receiving it as a gift was pretty nice and I'll definitely be finishing off the bottle!

Have you tried Advance Night Repair?

BLACK CORD EMBROIDERED PINAFORE

Primark Cord Black Embroidered Pinafore Dress
Primark Black Cord Pinafore Dress Outffit


Alas I can't link to this outfit because both the dress and stripey top were from Primark and they STILL don't have an online store. Who remembers when Asos sold Primark? Everything sold out super quickly so it's obvz a good idea non?

This pinafore actually looks a lot better with flats and tights, no idea why I decided to go bare legged for these photos. I've got these flats from Clarks and they go together quite nicely.

So. After all my whining in my last post I didn't actually get to the gym. I know. Fail. I AM going to go tomorrow after work and attempt to run on the treadmill. It's been quite a few months and I know I'm not going to be able to do ALL the miles like before which will be a bit disheartening but we've got to start somewhere right?

And a total change of subject to this weekend's plans which have been a bit non existent. I did the annual wardrobe clear out today so I'm feeling a bit more organised and refreshed, plus I found a load of clothes I forgot even existed which was nice. It's kind of like going shopping when you delve into the depths of a cupboard or drawer you barely open and find some hidden gems.

Oh and I also went to visit my good friend Caroline who was dog sitting for the cutest French Bulldog puppy I've ever seen. Her name is Annie Goblin and I wanted to take her home. Shame I live in a rented flat and can't have a dog....as soon as I move out I'm getting myself a Chihuahua and I will be buying it clothing.

How's your weekend been?


LEOPARD PRINT FUR JACKET. TRUSTY BLACK DRESS.

leopard fur short jacket black skater dress black vagabond boots



So it's a new year. And like the majority of people I'm heading to the gym tomorrow. Such a cliche. Seriously though I'm venturing off on holiday in April where I'll be wearing a BIKINI. So I need to run a lot of miles and do all the weights to get back down to what I was this time last year. All the christmas chocolates, mince pies and cheese have now vacated the cupboards and I've managed to muster up some motivation so hopefully it'll last. 

Another semi resolution is to resurrect this blog. I've been posting photos of myself and my frivolous purchases for eight whole years now but lately I've neglected my little space on the internet in favour of pyjamas and copious tv time (so much Dance Moms). So i'ma up my game with my photography and get back to posting regularly. 

And finally I'm going to continue looking after my barnet. I was totally addicted to heat (woah oh oh) and fried my tresses before stupidly having extensions in. This resulted in major hair loss and lots of tears so I've been bunging it up everyday for the past two months and I'm starting to see growth! Wins.

And finally finally this dress is another Tobi garm, they've got a pretty awesome sale on at the moment so have a peep!

What are your new year's resolutions?


TOBI WHITE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

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white floral playsuit outfit of the day black heels


Happy Boxing day! I hope your day has been filled with leftover meats, mince pies, and copious amounts of cheese. As I write this I'm thinking of the turkey and ham sandwich I'm going to make (and devour), along with a slice of Yule Log. 

So another Christmas has passed and we've got a whole 364 days to wait until it swings around again. My Christmas was actually pretty quiet this year, it involved unwrapping some Bronze Goddess (yasss), a trip to the pub, and a roast dinner I couldn't manage. 

Before this post becomes solely about food, a little word on my playsuit. This white flared sleeved number came from Tobi and I'm rather happy with it. It's a little bit more boob-ey than I'd normally go for and I don't often wear white, but I'm all for anything floral and it'll work well for both day and night. 
There's a tonne of playsuits on the website, it's set by default to USD but you can easily change the currency and they ship to the UK without any pesky custom charges. Wins.

Also, I feel very 2009 - 2010 posting outfit photos in my flat, I'm going to attempt to switch it up a bit in the new year and rope one of my buds into taking some outdoor photos for me. So now I'll look awkward outside as well as in!

One final note - boxing day sales. Has anyone found some reet bargains? I'm useless at trawling through all the websites.



BENEFIT PRECISELY, MY BROW EYEBROW PENCIL

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benefit cosmetics precisely my brow review before and after beauty cosmetics
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I bought Benefit's Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil at the same time as I bought Ka-BROW, partly because I wanted my eyebrows to look super defined and awesome and partly because I'm easily talked into a purchase by a counter gal.
Tbh when she showed me this I didn't think I was going to like it, I've tried Soap and Glory's Archery pencil before and didn't really get on with it, so when persuasive counter gal (I didn't catch her name) came at me with something looking similar I recoiled slightly, in fear that I was going to have drawn-on looking brows for the rest of the day.

I was wrong. This actually works really well in conjunction with Ka-BROW. Whilst that sculpts the brows and tames them into a rather nice shape, the Precisely My Brow pencil goes in and ads that extra bit of definition, making your brows look more "fluffy" and like actual hair, if that makes sense.

As you can see from the before and after snaps (where I'm wearing both products), together they do a rather lovely job of making my brows stand out, as well as giving them a more angular shape. The colour isn't too drastic either, I went for shade "medium 03" which is the lighter of two medium shades, and it matches my botched box dye hair colour quite nicely.

As it's Benefit it's obvz not going to be the cheapest of products, and £20 is a little steep. Although a little goes a long way so it'll last yonks and you'll get your money's worth out of it.

So would I recommend? Definitely! Especially if you're willing to part with the cash and use it as part of a dynamic duo with Ka-Brow.

What're your favourite Benefit products?


CHECKED BLAZERS, FEELING BODY (UN)CONFIDENT & MENTAL HEALTH

Leather A Line High Waisted Skirt velvet s t shirt grey checked checkered jacket blazer outfit post
Black leather a line skirt velvet pink t shirt checked checkered jacket blazer outfit post


Well it's been a long time since I've posted any form of outfit photo, mainly because I've been feeling uncomfortable (and just meh) about my body, and partly because I've been too skint to purchase new clothes. But I went on a jaunt to Rushden Lakes a couple of weeks ago where I went crazy and ventured out of my comfort zone with this leather A-Line skirt and checked (checkered?) blazer. Not sure if I'm feeling the outfit as a whole, maybe once I'm feeling a bit more confident I'll embrace it. For now I'll just inwardly grimmace whenever I see myself.

On a completely unrelated note and a bit more of a "lets get down and personal" one, you may have seen me tweeting incessantly, or at least a bit more often than not, about mental health recently. As someone who suffers with my own personal mental health issues, it's something I've previously shied away from talking about because I've either been so completely overwhelmed by it, or I've embraced the stigma and became sort of embarrassed. Which is ridiculous and I want that to change. Asap ideally.

So recently I've had a bit of an epiphany and wanted to open up about mental health in general, speak about my diagnosis, and reach out to others who are going through similar sort of stuff. Soooo I bit the bullet and made a mental health youtube channel and I'm thinking of maybe incorporating the subject into my blog, which would mean after eight whole years of blogging I might finally get a bit more thought provoking - who knows.

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