Monday, 21 May 2012

Denim DIY

Firstly, I am SO SO SO sorry for the lack of posts recently. It's very very inconsiderate of me.
This full-time job thing is taking its toll, but I'm getting used to it, so blogging will now resume as normal I hope!

Now, about a month ago I posted an idea of mine (and everybodys) to DIY a pair of denim shorts with studs. The shorts are last years Topshop. I ordered the studs off ebay and there were so cheap! The only downside is that they came from Hong Kong so I've been waiting for over a month to get them. But it's worth the wait.

Before...plain jane. 


I decided to keep the look simple and not go too overboard. It's really easy to do, so it's very tempting to just 'keep on studding!'. 
In terms of actually doing this - its so simple. You push the studs through the material and then bend the spikes down to secure them in place. 
BUT USE A POUND COIN! The spikes can start to hurt after a while. So using a coin is easier and less painful for your little pinkies!

It's a just a simple way to update a pair of shorts ready for the summer! And you can do it with any item of clothing, or even accessories. I might buy a cheap black clutch bag and spice it up a bit with a few studs! We shall see...

I promise to keep on posting guys and girls! Enjoy the beautiful warm evening tonight! This may be all the summer we get! 


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Panda eyes suck...

If I was stranded on an island and could only take one beauty product with me, it would be mascara. I love long and pretty eye lashes that make your eyes appear more open!
To me, it's a beauty 'must-have!'
For years I have bought 'Max Factor False Lash Effect Fushion, Volume & Length
Sorry for the awful picture, my camera on my phone is useless and my digital camera is charging! Anyway, this mascara is amazing! It separates my eyelashes beautifully, doesn't clump, and does exactly what it says on the outside. 
I would recommend this one to anyone who likes a 'fuller' look. At around £11 it's not cheap, but if you want a good mascara from the high street brands, then it's a pretty good buy. 

About a week ago, Max Factor brought out a new version! It's called 'False Lash Effect, Bold Volume for up to 24 hours'. 

Again, awful picture! 
I'm always up for trying out something new, especially when it comes to beauty products and I was really excited about trying a newer version of the mascara I love!
Each time I've worn this product I get really bad panda eyes. It's absolutely rubbish. It doesn't make my eyelashes look 'full' at all, and it just doesn't 'go on' properly. 
Within a few hours the mascara makes its way down my face and I look like I've been rubbing my eyes every minute of the day. 
It also takes ages to remove it all! 
So to conclude, do not buy the 24 hour mascara unless you like the panda look..

Take it from me, choose the purple one NOT the black one. SIMPLES!

Hand candy..

I would say I'm an average jewellery fan. I love rings, hair accessories and the odd earring for my random ear piercing! But when it comes to necklaces', earrings and watches I'm a little useless.
ASOS is one of my all time favourite online shopping has EVERYTHING! plus, free delivery, therefore everything I buy is justified. I know you'll all agree!
I had a little gander the other night at the rings and fell in love with these...

I was originally looking for three plain bands, but they had sold out! I believe they are now back in stock so I may be purchasing those - if I do I shall link you up :) 
Anyway, I went for these crosses which so far, every time I wear them, I get many many compliments. Girls just love if you like this sort of look, head to ASOS .. for £8 they are definitely worth it. 
Oh, and they're adjustable so will fit any finger shape - big or small! :) Not that any fingers are 'big'!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Shopping is my downfall.

Hello beautiful people. 
I start my new job next week and I have zero work clothes! This will be my first 'proper' full-time job which will hopefully kick start my career.
The first thing I did was make a list of all the clothes I'll need for my new job! This is what I do best.
My style is quite laid back, and pretty I guess. I like blouses, shirts, tapered trousers and blazers. I decided on a colour scheme to create my work capsule wardrobe! This is quite geeky I know, but I'm awful for buying an item of clothing which is lovely, but doesn't really go with anything!
Here is one of my new work shirts...

I'm a sucker for Zara! I tried this on and the fabric feels amazing and it falls really well. At £30 it isn't cheap, but I'll definitely get my wear out of it! I bought a couple of other things, but I still need shoes, blouses, a mac, a bag, cardigans and a diary! 
I'm shopping with my mother tomorrow and she only lets me buy 'good' shoes, so I'll be rather skint soon. 
About a week ago, I wandered through Oasis - bad idea! I fell in love with this blazer and if that happens, my bank balance suffers slightly. Here it is..

I can dress it up and dress it down - perfect! It cost around £60. Tut tut! 
Anyway, that's all for now, I'm really really hungry and when food is on my mind, nothing else matters. 

The complete set..

Boys and girls! Sorry for my lack of blogging lately. I've been really busy this week doing bits and bobs. I also had my brothers engagement party! 
Now, first of all I just want to say how much I love the brand Liz Earle. I bought their cleanser a few weeks ago and reviewed it in a previous post. I loved it so much I emailed Liz Earle and they kindly sent me the next two steps of the cleansing process! How amazing is that! 
I received the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, (which smells amazing by the way) and the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for dry/sensitive skin. There are a few combinations you can get in this moisturiser so make sure you choose the right one for your skin :) 
I'm going to try them out for a week or two so I can give you a proper review. I've never had a full set of cleansing products from the same brand so I'm super excited to try these bad boys out! 

Beautifully wrapped by Liz Earle!

My complete cleansing set to make my skin healthy!
I shall post my review very soon peeps :)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Time to cleanse...

Now, one thing to know about me is that I love make up. I'm addicted to MAC, and I've always bought foundation from there. However, I've decided that MAC foundation isn't quite right for me. So I've made the decision to start again with my whole make up routine.
The other week I went shopping on my own. It was lovely I must say. 
I want to make my skin beautiful, so I've decided to take up a new cleansing routine! 
These are some of the products I bought :)
I'll start at the very beginning...
Cleanser: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. ITS AMAZING! I've decided never to use face wipes again as they do nothing for my skin. I heard some reviews about this Liz Earle cleanser, and I'm so glad I bought it. It's a creamy texture, and just fabulous!

You just rub it into your skin, use a muslin cloth (which comes with the polish) to rub off the cleanser and then wash your face with warm water. it doesn't sting your eyes or anything and it removes every bit of make up! I will definitely be looking into more Liz Earle products! My skin feels like a babies bottom! Oh and it costs about £14, and totally worth it.

Toner: I bought a cheap toner from the Simple range. Seems to be working!
Foundation: I bought 'Supermoisture' foundation from Clinique. Firstly, I just want to say how good Clinique were. The lady spent an hour with me, trying out all the foundations. My skin seems to have lots of different tones - yellow, pink, nude etc...nightmare. But now I have the perfect colour match and texture! What's good about Clinique foundation is that each one does 'something' for your skin. Mine is for Dry Skin. Its lovely and has a satin look to it rather than matte which is what I prefer. I also got a free concealer. TREAT!
Brush: The Stippling brush is to apply the foundation - it really blends the foundation in well. It's by Real Techniques. 
Lipstick: And of course, I made a cheeky little trip to MAC where I purchased a lipstick. Its from the Luster range and is called Lovelorn. I wanted one that I could wear everyday and was quite neutral but had a little colour in it. This one is lovely! And very creamy. 
So I've been trying out all these products over the past week and all of them are excellent! My few new steps to beautiful looking skin!

A girl needs to treat herself sometimes!

Hello guys! Sorry it's been a while. Hope everyone is enjoying the blogging world! I've been a little bit busy - preparing for interviews!
So today I had my first interview and I think it went okay! So..I decided to treat myself to some converse.
Very naughty, but ah well!

 I LOVE THEM! I've never really had a pair of cool trainer type shoes, and I feel that these are perfect for the summer/rain.

I'm normally a size 6, but I got a size 5 as they seem to be quite a big shoe! If that makes sense.

I'm a little scared to try them out as they are white, so I need to pick a nice warm, dry day.


Monday, 16 April 2012

Girls love chocolate. It's a fact.

WOW! Today is a good day. The sun is shining, I've been to the gym and then I remembered I had these bad boys!

Home made chocolates from work. I work part time in a hotel, and if I'm MIA, you will most likely find me in the kitchen begging for food/scraps. Hard work pays off - as you can see!
My trick is to just stand there long enough for a chef to notice you, feel sorry for you and want to get rid of you. IT WORKS.
So if anyone works in a hotel, try it. 

Oh, the only downside to these chocolates, is that it took me at least ten minutes to get into the plastic wrapper! Nightmare. 

Bouys bouys bouys!

A little bit of everything - that is my blog description. So far, you've had DIY, fashion, sport and celebrity gossip! I think it's time to have a little chat about men. After all, men are very important. 
It's safe to say that I've had a lot of friends who are boys..
It's inevitable that growing up in a little village where pubs are "your second home" you eventually surround yourself with boys who like to drink beer. This is exactly what happened to me. Unfortunately, I then lost a few female traits due to my beer loving boys and a pint became 'my drink'. However now, I'm sticking to Southern Comfort and lemonade :)
Anyway, back to boys!  I believe that most men can fit into a certain category. In my experience..
There's the one that has two seperate personalities...who are you?
There's the one that has 'that' radar...knows exactly when you've stopped thinking about him and then sends you are cruel. 
There's the one that you can't have...timing is a b***h.
There's the one that has a great personality...but you just don't find attractive. 

Don't get me wrong..I'm not complaining - I love guys and I have some great ones in my life :)
Without these 'men' life would be so boring! And lets be honest, I dread to think how bad we are!

So to conclude, men are confusing, but I love them. Most of the time. 
Enough of boys, back to making my lemon sponge cake!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

It's a good day when the Tigers play!

So today has been really really dull. The weather is miserable, work was busy and I didn't eat lunch until three o'clock!! Food is my life, by the way.
Anyway, that's all my moaning.
 I arrived home to find that Leicester Tigers were walking all over Northampton...lovely news! 
I'm the biggest Tigers fan you will EVER meet. 
I know all the names of the players...well nearly! And I have four shirts, one tie, three balls, and a pillowcase! Now that's commitment.  
Rugby is by far my favourite sport, followed by cricket and tennis. Football is totally dull (sorry, but it is). I watched a game the other day, and all they did was pass the ball from one player to the next and then fell over occasionally to get sympathy...sorry, but I just don't buy it! 
Rugby however, involves many techniques, tall handsome men (I think!) and lots of dirt - what more could you want?
Why do I love rugby I hear you ask!? Apart from the fact I like to watch it, my grandfather actually played for Leicester Tigers. I have his shirt and tie, which I'm pretty sure my brother is slightly jealous of. But I keep them well looked after! I take pride in knowing that he played for such a great team, and wish I had been alive to see him play! That would have been fun!
Here is a picture from back in the day! 

My grandfather is on the top row, fifth player in from the left. SO PROUD! 
That's all for now...maybe a blog on boys later! :)
(Tiger picture - google images, Aviva)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Home made...

As I explained in an earlier post, my room is slightly mix and match and wannabe vintage. So, i decided to make some home made bunting. My mother helped me a little :)
It's so easy to make! 
If anyone wants details, just let me know! 

I made two strips, each having 15 triangles...

Again, excuse the plaster! We haven't got round to the walls yet! :) 

I purchased all the fabric from John Lewis.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Get studding.

So, I have never updated a piece of clothing by adding zips, or beads or chains. The most I've ever done is cut up a top for a fancy dress party - back in my uni days!
I feel like I need to join the cool club and put my own spin on a pair of denim shorts ready for the summer. 
So here are my short shorts! Last year's Topshop in case anybody was wondering...

And these are the studs I shall be adding...

I haven't decided where to put them yet, but once I've worked my magic I'll update! I'll also let you know how easy it is! If I can do it, so can you. (cringe, I know!)

I'm beginning to realise a lot of my posts are DIY - maybe I'll do a review soon, or comment on something political?? :) Just to mix things up!

Summer lovin'

Sunshine, fresh grass, bonfires, barbeques, pimms, beer, shorts, bikinis, and flip flops are just a few reasons that summer needs to hurry its ass up and say hi!
Winter has gone on long enough.
I'm hoping that my parents go away again so I can have the run of the house...although no grass burning this time. Just to explain this part a little - my friends and I decided to start a fire. Instead of putting the bin (as you can see in the picture) on a slab, we decided to put it on bricks, which barely covered the ground. Result = burnt grass and an angry father.
Last year, my week of mayhem involved: ALCOHOL MEN CROQUET FIRE FUN AND FRIENDS.

                                                                                   the fire begins...
losing at croquet, shame!

So, whatever plans you have this summer, just take it from me, ALWAYS be sensible when playing with fire and choose a day when it doesn't rain (typical English weather)


Do It Yourself. Three words which, when it comes to building wardrobes and furniture can frighten most people, especially me.
For some strange reason, I decided to DIY my own cushions for my newly decorated room.
Step 1: Buy material = Easy
Step 2: Design cushions = Easy
Step 3: Cut out fabric = Easy
Step 4: Sew the buggers together = HARD
Step 5: Making more than one = BORING

This is what I made...
In case you were wondering, its a bird :) I've made a couple of others which I shall post soon. It's actually quite satisfying once you've made one, and SO much cheaper than buying them!
So if you're ever bored and like to try out a needle and thread...go ahead!
This is the back...
Sorry for the poor quality! You get the idea...I hope :)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Real or fake?

I still live at home with my parents, and we just had an extension, and when I say extension, I mean knocking the house down and re-building it back up again! Sleeping on a mattress in my lounge for 8 months was no fun. Although waking up to 20 builders every morning was quite amusing. 
So, I'm now in the process of re-designing my room! (I say re-designing because it sounds good).
My theme is vintage/cottage/floral/a bit of everything - the opposite to my sisters matchy matchy room!
I wanted to decorate my room with roses. Now, here's the keeping flowers alive NEVER happens. fake ones! All I want to know is...can you tell they are fake?! Please all say "no of course not!"

..which ends up as this!

Please excuse the plaster on the walls...I haven't got that far yet!

I wish...

WOW! So this is my first post. How exciting. 
I've been trying to think of something to write, and I realised I'm just trying too hard. So, I thought I would post something that caught my eye today. Here it is..

Picture: Google Images.

I would actually love these two beauties to fall in love and get married. Apparently they are smitten, so we're half way there. 
Just so you know, I won't be post too many celebrity gossip items, but sometimes you just can't resist! Mollie King would be a lucky girl..just saying :)
Time to publish this post..I'm dying to see if it all works. Bye!