Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Life Update ♥

Hi girls!

I've noticed that my blog is becoming less beauty/fashion based and more life-style which I don't mind. I'm ridiculously nosey and love reading other people's lifestyle blogs. I don't know why seeing what people have been up to interests me so much but it does!

April was a fun month, I got to celebrate two of my housemate's 21st and my favourite club in Manchester! The night is quite blurry but we had the best time 'cause we were in the VIP section and the night ended with my friend Alex falling over in the middle of the club - always funny.

I'm not having the best time at the minute because I'm working towards my exams, which start 25th May. I know nobody enjoys revising but I think I hate exam-season a tiny bit more than anyone else! I always seem to think of a million things I want to do/watch/read and I can't because my days are spent stuck in the library. I couldn't be more relieved that these are my final exams ever (I hope).

Despite my boring weekdays stuck in the library with weird heavy breathers putting me off my revision, I had a good weekend last week. It was my uncle's 50th birthday party so I headed home for that. A family party might not be every 21 year old girl's idea of a good time but I had SO much fun! Probably due to the fact I have the best family in the world. And I'm finally old enough to enjoy myself at family parties without getting in trouble for being drunk. The party was at a veryy posh hotel and we had a room for the night (which was great to sneak back to top up our drinks with handbag vodka). The party itself went on til 2.30am, but the resident's bar was 24hr and my cousin's boyfriend signed for his last drink at 4.05am so it's safe to say we had a late night!

Breakfast at 9am wasn't fun the next day. I passed out on the sofa watching the Kardashians as soon as I got home and then headed back to Manchester to get back on the revision bandwagon :( Only two more weeks until exams are over and the fun can begin! Two weeks of non-stop celebrating, but I am going to be so sad to say goodbye to everyone. I can't believe how fast 3 years has gone! It feels like yesterday we were all moving into our halls, trying not to cry at the disgusting mint green breeze block walls!

Me and my housemates have made a bucket list for everything we want to do before we leave - it includes all the nights out we've loved the most over the past 3 years, our favourite takeaways & a few other silly/vulgar things. As creative as ever, I wrote the whole list out on A3 sheets and they're currently stuck up in the living room!

The only things getting me through boring revision season:
♥ my new jelly belly candle in toasted marshmallow. sickly sweet but I love it!
♥ the book i'm reading, Insurgent - the sequel to Divergent
♥ catching up on american tv shows online, including: extreme couponing, i didn't know i was pregnant, the hills and my fave - make it or break it
♥ weekend plans to get a huge takeaway and watch harry potter films all night!

Speaking of takeaway, I've decided to try and cut down on the junk food (until Saturday at least). I managed to eat healthy for a few weeks over Easter and my clothes definitely felt loose and more comfortable. But I slowly slipped back into my old habits (excessive amounts of chocolate, macdonalds big macs etc) but I'm determined to get back into healthy eating! Drinking lots of water, swapping white bread for wholemeal, swapping chocolate and crisps for special k cereal bars. I really don't wanna feel like a whale in summer so I need to stick to this, if it kills me!

I think my next two posts are going to be an empties post and a post about my amazing new heels and clutch back.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Girl Crush Alert!

Hi girls!

I wanted to make a quick post about my recently rekindled girl crush: Lauren Conrad. Like most 20-something girls, I grew up watching laguna beach and the hills religiously and have always had a soft spot for Lauren. I recall buying my first ever high-waisted clothing item when I was 16 after seeing her sporting a similar skirt on the hills! What a life changing fashion purchase.

Where to start? Her flawless hair, her amazing tan, her incredible dress sense. Ms. Conrad just seems to get better with age and I'm extremely jealous of her lifestyle! I even credit Lauren for my all time favourite hairstyle - loose curls with a center part.

I own her style book, which I got for Christmas last year but she is due to bring out a beauty book soon - which I'm very excited! I love Lauren's make up so can't wait to read what products or techniques she uses in her beauty routine. Will you be picking up a copy of it?

She also has a website which is http://www.laurenconrad.com/ which acts as a blog! It has photo posts, recipes, fashion posts, tips for spring/summer - everything you'd find on a beauty blog really. I've been reading her website all day!

Who's your girl crush?

Lots of love,

Tuesday Summary.

♥ I've been addicted to my Ipod touch ever since I bought it for myself a few weeks ago. All the benefits of an iphone without having to sacrifice my blackberry.

♥ I've also been addicted to apps on my Ipod. My favourites so far: draw something, tiny tower, paper toss, skill game, hair colour booth, instagram. What are your favourite apps? Leave them in the comments below!

♥ I've been so busy with uni work lately. 3rd year is no fun! Although my 3rd year project has been handed in, I now have to start preparing for exams. I cannot wait for after-exam celebrations and summer.

♥ I turn 22 years old next month and I'm actually excited. Most of my friends are desperately clinging onto their youth, whereas I can't wait to be older. I'm also excited to graduate from uni, look for a real job and move out. I finally feel ready to be a grown up!

♥ I've also learned to forgive and forget over the past few weeks. Holding on to a grudge won't benefit anyone and it feels great to put conflicts in the past and renew old friendships that you thought were over. Life's too short!

A picture that really inspired me:

Hope everyone is well!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Book Review: Divergent

Hi girls!

This is going to be my first (hopefully first of many) book review blog post! I love to read, it's one of my favourite things to do to just relax, chill out and have some much needed 'me' time. I loved reading books when I was younger, but got distracted as I got older and I'm ashamed to admit I barely read at all (apart from for school/uni) from about age 15-20. I made a New Years resolution at the beginning of 2011 to read more often and have stuck to it ever since !

I'm a huge Hunger Games fan and have loved the recent hype about the film. I usually stick to the 'chick-lit' books you can pick up in Asda or Tesco, usually about a professional twenty-something in some kind of romantic dilemma. Reading the Hunger Games trilogy was a completely new direction for me and has introduced to whole new genre of books!

The Review

by Veronica Roth

I picked up a copy of this book after reading numerous reccomendations and comparison to the Hunger Games online. The cover was a bit bleak but I ignored that and started reading it anyway. I began the first chapter in the bath one evening, and I'd finished reading the entire thing by the next night! And this is not a short book, it was just so good that I couldn't put it down. I think it's safe to say that it is the best book I've read this year so far.

The story is set in a dystopian futuristic society, where war has completely divided civilisation. Society exists in 5 seperate groups known as 'factions', each faction representative of a personality trait that those people think is the most important (the trait opposite to that which they blame for the downfall of society). They are abnegation, candor, dauntless, amity and euradite. The factions express the personality traits in a really extreme way and it basically dictates how they look, act and even think (sort of like 'brain washing'). The main character, 16 year old Beatrice was raised in abnegation, the faction which believes in selflessness. However, when the teenagers in each faction turn 16, they're given the opportunity to either stay in the faction they were raised in, or switch to a different faction. I don't want to give too much away but the main character ends up switching to a different faction and the majority of the story explains the initation process and the consequences of choosing a different faction.

The story is quite dark and violent in places, but it also has light, funny moments. I love the main character, she's a very determined and strong young girl and it's so interesting to watch her personality change and develop as the book progresses. There is also a love story, which is a lot more prominent than the romantic aspects of the Hunger Games - which was a huge bonus for me! There is also a really unexpected twist towards the end and I have to admit that I did shed a few tears in the final few chapters.

Overall, I would highly reccomend this book. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games or are interested in the dystopian-themed books that seem to be everywhere at the minute, I'd suggest go taking a look at this in your local bookshop. Dare I say it - I think I prefer Divergent to the Hunger Games so far? The book is part of a series and the 2nd book Insurgent is due to be released May 1st. I cannot wait!

What are you guys reading at the moment? Feel free to leave any reccomendations in the comments!

Lots of love,

Monday, 9 January 2012

Monday Summary.

- This past week has mostly consisted of revision. I'm in my 3rd year at Uni and with January exams coming up in a week, there is plenty of revision to be done. Reading articles and making notes all day is not my idea of a good time.

- I also got to meet my cousin's new baby boy this past week who was born at the end of December. He was poorly when he was born so had to spend a week or so in hospital but he's now home with his mum, dad and big sister. I love going to visit and just holding the baby for a bit so my cousin can get things done without carrying him around. He's so tiny and adorable, I never want to give him back when I have to go home!

- Having spent the last of my overdraft last week, I am currently living on £0. As a self-confessed shopping addict, I'm finding this really difficult. I hate not having spare cash to pick up things I need or something new I've had my eye on. It also means I have no social life due to having no money to go out with friends. And it's still a couple of weeks until my loan comes through :(

- Due to my lack of funds, I have turned to ebay selling to make some extra cash. I was very into ebay selling a few years back and made a lot of money selling old clothes. I managed to make a bit of cash this week selling books, dvd's, old clothes but I didn't have a lot to sell as most of my belongings are at my uni house and I'm currently at home. But it is something I want to do more of in 2012 because it's an easy way to make cash and have a clear out at the same time.

- I also had my very first beauty box experience this week, which I will discuss in detail in the next post. Unfortunately, I didn't get very good first impressions!

- As for films, I finally got around to seeing the inbetweeners movie this week! I felt like the only person in the world who hadn't watched it but I thought it was brilliant and will need to pick up the dvd, as I'm a huge inbetweeners fan anyway. I also re-watched Bridesmaids this week when I'd forgotten how funny that film really is.

- A new year means all new series of some of my favourite tv shows. This week saw the return of Pretty Little Liars on US tv (which I catch up with online) and the new episode definitely did not dissapoint. Brand new Jersey Shore has also started, with a great first episode of the series. Everyone's guilty pleasure Take Me Out started again this weekend and it was a cringeworthy and entertaining as ever. And one of my all time favourite shows Dancing on Ice is back on our screens and I'm loving it already!

Hope everyone is enjoying 2012 so far,

lots of love

Sunday, 4 December 2011

The Chelsea Boot Bandwagon

Hi girls!

I must admit that in winter, I tend to live in Ugg boots. And although they are incredibly warm and comfortable, I sometimes feel thats Uggs are just too casual. Sometimes I find myself wishing I had smart winter boots I can wear of an evening, or to look more formal in the daytime. Upon realising this (and after seeing plenty of bloggers and youtubers raving about them), I decided I wanted a pair of chelsea boots! I had my eye on the Topshop Allegra boots, but at £80, they're slightly above my student-budget. But I wasn't keen on the flat-style Chelsea boots sold in Topsop either.

I sent out a tweet asking if anyone knew where I could find a nice pair, and got a reply suggesting River Island. As soon as I spotted these boots, I fell in love!

Sorry for the rubbish quality picture, I don't have my camera with my at the moment so this was taken on my phone. But, these are the boots! They're really simple, sturdy, exactly what I was looking for and the heel is the perfect size for me to be brave enough to wear in the daytime, without feeling silly.

I love high-heels for an evening out or parties, but have always been reluctant to wear anything other than flats in the daytime. Buying these boots is my attempt at overcoming this, and embracing a more sophisicated shoe to wear in the day! I wore these for the first time yesterday which unfortunately resulted in a few blisters on my toes, but I am more than willing to persevere and break them in. I felt really smart wearing these with my jeans, a grey top and black blazer and finally feel like I'm dressing my age (21) rather than looking 17 years old.

And these only cost £40! They were an early Christmas treat from my lovely Mum, but I think it's a perfectly reasonable price for a pair of Chelsea boots; literally half of what you'd pay for Topshop Allegra boots. If you're looking for a pair of Chelsea boots, I'd highly reccomend popping into River Island and trying on a pair of these, because I am in love with them.

Hope everyone has had a great weekend. Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Another 'trash tv' reality show ?

Hi girls!

As of last night, the whole of twitter and facebook are buzzing about E4's latest semi-reality tv show - 'Desperate Scousewives'. With these type of shows focusing on Essex with TOWIE, or Newcastle with Geordie Shore, E4 have decided to focus on Liverpool. Living just outside of the city myself, I was fascinated by the idea (although I was anticipating cringeing at the strong accents).

With the first episode airing last night, I tuned in and have to admit that, although it is ridiculously staged, I think I will be watching next week! With TOWIE and Made in Chelsea off our screens for a few months, I need my reality-tv fix and I think Desperate Scousewives will fill that void perfectly.

The show is your typical semi-reality programme with love triangles, bad acting, confrontation etc. but what stands out to me is the fashion. Liverpool girls are known for their glamorous lifestyle (and the hair-rollers-in-public look) and the girls of Desperate Scousewives live up to that repuation from the onset. I have to admit that I was mesmerised by the flawless make up, sparkly dresses and perfectly back-combed hair. The girls on the programme may be a bit OTT for some people, but I think a some of them look great! And with their hair extensions, false tan and fake eyelashes, they're just like so many of the girls who are watching (including myself).

I have to admit that I'm looking forward to next monday evening, partially to see what oufits or make-up looks the girls sport in the next episode! What do you girls think of Desperate Scousewives? Entertaining or reality-tv gone too far?

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Mini-Lush Collection

Hi girlies!

Due to gifts from christmas and the Lush sale, I've managed to get my hands on a few products recently. I'm actually spoilt for choice when I take a bath, because I don't know what to use first. I thought I'd do a quick post on the Lush products I have at the moment + can't wait to use :)

First up, I have a So White bath ballistic from the Christmas collection. Described as apple scented on the label, it's a gorgeous fresh, clean scent. I also have the Christmas Eve bubble bar, which is so cute. I picked this up in the Lush sale, as it was 50% off!

Next I have a (very pink) Comforter bubble bar. I think this is my all-time favourite product from Lush. You get so many uses out of one bar and the scent is just amazing, a gorgeous, sweet blackcurrant-type scent. I also have the Godmother soap cut into a cute star shape, which I got in a Christmas gift box with the Candy Cane bubble bar - which you can see I've used half of already!

I also have Angel Delight soap, which was also 50% off in the sale and Summer Pudding soap, but both are in my bathroom and not particuarly attractive-looking, as they've been used a few times. Leave a comment and let me know what you're favourite lush products are ! I tend to stick to the same products every time I go in the shop, so I'd love some reccomendations.
Thanks for reading!
Laura xxx