Sunday, 4 January 2015

…Beauty: Some delightful treats...


These are just some of the wonderful gifts I received this year! One very lucky girl. The ones I wanted to share with you were some of the beauty products I got. I don't think you can ever have enough bath stuff. It is always handy to have an extra moisturiser or shower cream, or a perfume. I love smelly stuff. Who doesn't want to pamper themselves every once in a while?

So, on my wish-list this year was a set of new make-up brushes. I am not amazing at applying make-up but find with the right tools, it is much easier to get a cleaner finish. I saw these on Amazon (see link in this post) and thought they looked lovely. From the wooden handles to the full array of different brushes. I have been using them over the past week and feel my make-up looks cleaner and fresher, and more even. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with using your fingers, sometimes it's quicker to do so, but when I want to make the effort then using my brushes and taking my time is much more preferable.

Secondly, the collection of Crabtree and Evelyn stuff I got is just divine. Especially the hand therapy collection. I used the exfoliator last night combined with the moisturiser and it was amazing. My hands have never felt so soft before. This will definitely be my weekly treat to myself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

On a not so beauty not, this book is so witty and delightful. Have seen it cropping up on my Instagram feeds over the past few weeks. If you have it enjoy, and if not get it! Plus following on from my last well-being post, these new yoga pants are so comfy and another item ticked off my wish-list. A very lucky girl indeed this year. I hope you all received some well deserved gifts this year too!

xxx

Friday, 2 January 2015

…A simple Christmas...

My Christmas. A simple day spent at home, just us two. Perfect! Food, Cava, lounge wear and T.V.


xxx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

…Hello! 2015...

Well, here it is…2015! 2014 is no more! Weird feeling really, it never feels any different, just another day as per usual. Last night we spent it together, just James and I, in front of the TV and it was great. Bottle of wine, a curry and some films. Perfect!

When 00:00 hit and Big Ben chimed in the New Year, it all felt quiet normal. So, for me I haven't made any resolutions just some ideas to think on and maybe act upon in the coming months. I suppose the one thing I want to achieve is QTS and becoming a teacher of my own class. And am well on track to achieving it. Yay! Might compile a post on that soon, talking about my feelings on tackling something new and challenging.

Anyways, moving on from the sentimentalities of the New Year, this post is about rounding up some of my happiest or bestest or favouritest moments (okay so we're still on the sentimental here, ha!), or whatever you want to call them. I put together three collages that I think tell a true picture of my 2014; some outfits, some life moments and also my photography which I have been proud of this year. I feel I got some really great shots. I hope to continue this in the coming months…


Fashion: A collection of outfits that I think show my style and the progression of where I think my style is going. I suppose I wear things that I like rather than thinking about its 'fashion credentials'. I've said it before I think, fashion should be fun and ultimately and expression of yourself rather than hitting the 'on trend' buttons.


Life: I have had a wonderful 2014! Two weddings, a great Summer off seeing friends and family. My first yoga disco was brilliant and something I'll never forget. I also started my journey in becoming a teacher, and love it. Was a big change for me, leaving a job I was secure in, to go and challenge myself and my skills. But the best decision ever!


Photography: I may not have used my camera as much I as I would have liked but when I did, I think I captured some great shots. I love taking candid shots of events, especially of my friends and their respective events (weddings and shows). When away in Menorca I couldn't help but snap away all the time. Was a stunning, beautiful place to take pictures…

HAPPY NEW YEAY EVERYONE!

xxx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

…Well-being: Fitness//Health...

Click here for link to Adriene's website for more details…

image from Adriene's webpage

…30 Days of Yoga…

Getting back to myself and taking stock of what's important. Yoga has been a way for me over the past few years of a way to reconnect and relax. Over the Summer and my time off, I really took off with my practise and loved being able to practise on a daily basis. Since starting my PGCE I have found that my practise has taken a back seat. So I've decided to start the 30 Days of Yoga mission, which has been compiled by Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. Now, I follow this woman's videos on Youtube and love them. She puts together some wonderful routines and practises that range from detoxifying to gentle flow routines. When I saw this mission pop up on her Instagram feed I knew it would be perfect for me. I have seen a few of these packages flying around as they do for the coming new year. But for me I wanted something that I knew would be in keeping with my original ideas and thoughts on health and well-being.

If this is something that you think you might be interested in, then click the link at the top of this post for further details. The best part about this programme is it is for free. The only thing that is asked of us is our commitment and a willingness to try new things, and push ourselves a little further. Plus what better way to start this programme can I have with my new yoga pants and all my lovely yogi tea drinks to help shift some of the unwanted toxins in my system. That's not to say I've let myself go over the festive period, I think I've just enjoyed relaxing and not feeling pressured to do stuff. Having this two week break, where Uni and work has taken the back seat, really helped me put things back in their right place. Equal the balance of things. I don't necessarily think we have to wait until the New Year to begin our journey to good health. I feel it should be something that's in our thoughts all the time. Maybe it's because the idea of a new year, a new start is more appealing and I can totally see that.

So from the January the first I will begin my 30 Days of Yoga, however before that I have already started thinking about my food and went for my first run in, oh I don't know how long.

Everyone have a fab and prosperous New Year!!!!!!

xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

…A Christmas outfit...

Jeans - New Look, Top - HM, Shoes - New Look, Watch - TkMaxx


Seems like years ago now we had Christmas. The time really does fly by. In just three days it will be the January 1st. Wow! As I write this I am currently snuggled up in my new robe, heatings on full blast, and I've just pigged out on a delicious salted, caramel, chocolate pudding. Feeling bit sick now, not going to lie! Let the new fitness resolutions begin tomorrow!

So, moving onto this evenings post, a festive outfit for you. Well, festive being it was Christmas day rather than the actual items being festive themselves. Although we spent the day at our flat, just us two (myself and James), we still felt like dressing up and making an effort. Not too long after though we were in our new lounge wear, horizontal in front of the TV.

The shoes I felt were festive, being that lovely green colour, plus the sequins on the top made it feel all sparkly standing next to the tree. The top I found two years ago in the New Year sales, along with the green shoes and jeans. Can't beat those sales. Can always find some gems and those must haves you've been craving...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

…Festive Season...


It's getting to that time of year again. Wrapping, tinsel, mince pies and festive films. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I bang on about every year, so I won't bore you with more details about my love of all things festive. Wrapping and gifting giving, is at the top of that list alongside decorating the home and watching Christmas films. Taking the time wrap up a gift for someone special is such a pleasure. I love seeing a full Christmas tree with lots of wonderful goodies underneath. There a lot more pressies under the tree now than when I took these images

Now I have only just begun my wrapping, as last year I peaked to early and didn't have anything else to do. For me what makes gifts so special is the paper used, the little details such as name tags and funny sticky tape. This year I've gone and got an amazing tacky role of tape. It is so wonderfully tacky I couldn't resist it. I always try and make my wrapping fun and different, so when I visited the convenient Christmas Shop (that pops up every year) I went a little crazy and grabbed all that I could. Like these gift labels. So cute and silly. That's what Christmas is all about really. Being silly and having fun. Also can I just take a moment to appreciate these cards, which I got last in Fortnum and Masons. So beautiful and elegant. Just divine images.

I try and take my time wrapping gifts, making sure the folds are neat and tidy. That the paper is even and scruffy. I think it shows people that you care about them. Lets be honest though I do find the wrapping difficult. Trying to hold the fold over whilst getting the tape stuck down. Can be a bit fiddle; all the more reason to take your time and not rush the process.

How you do all like to wrap your gifts and what kind of style do you go for? Tacky, fun and silly? Or kitschy, cute and simple? Maybe you go the sophisticated look, with clean lines and tacky tape free. Whatever the way, it all comes down to personal taste and style. This is the season to show our loves how much they mean to us and sometimes a perfectly wrapped gift is the way to go…

So tomorrow I officially finished for Christmas. Cannot wait for my two week before I start it all up again. Will be nice travelling up to my dad's for a couple of days before spending Christmas with James in a our flat. Am a very happy girl right now...

xxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

…November Round Up...


Weeks are just flying by at the moment. Have nearly finished my first term of my PGCE (loving it by the way - takes up so much time though) and it's nearly Christmas - Yay cannot wait! K know this is titles a November round up, but really it's a mixture of October and November. Bit late I know...

So, what has been happening lately apart from studying, placements and planning. Well I've been reading, cinema-ring  and charity shopping mostly. Being a student again has it's benefits (student discount) but also means your cash needs to be spent wisely. Have found some great stuff on ebay and in the local charity shops. I have also been trying to keep up with my healthy lifestyle, making good choices and experimenting with new skin care routines.

Without further ado here's my new skin care regime using an array of Superdrug products. During the colder months my skin really suffers. The changing temperatures from going inside and outside is not great for my skin and it can become ever so dry and tight. These Vitamin E products have really helped to hydrate and put some much needed moisture back into my face. My complexion and pores will never be perfect but every little helps as they say. The hot cloth cleanser is like a mini facial once a week. Leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean…

Secondly, and one of my fave things about being a student is the stationary that comes along with it. Pencil cases, notebooks, diaries, folders etc are just so much fun. They can bring some light and joy into what can sometimes be a tedious chore, especially with the amount of filing I have to be doing for my course. Post it and cute note books, and colourful folders help make those days a little brighter.

And finally, as aforementioned I love a good charity / ebay bargain and wanted to find some great pieces I could wear for my school / teacher uniform. Seeing as I'm working in the Primary sector I can have a bit more fun with my attire. Found some wonderful pieces, from this Paul Smith shirt to these two tartan beauties. And being a student again I needed a good solid bag to lug all my books and planning around in. Plus the wonderful boyfriend that he is treated me to this snugable coat from HM, which I had been perusing over a few weeks back. He knows me too well.

Well, there you have it, my October/November round up…Not much going on at the moment apart from working hard and this little blog of mine has taken a back seat. Holidays soon and cannot wait to take my well earned break…

xxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

…Naughty or Nice…

A little round up of the things I think I would like to receive seeing as I've been a very hard working and good girl this year...


1. Instax mini camera - link here

2. Make up brush set - link here

3. New yoga pants from H&M - link here

4. New nightwear - link here

Basically anything from H&M will never be turned away. My favourite brand. Vouchers for that place is one of my all time favourite kind of gifts. Lame I know.

5. This wonderful pair of brown over the knee boots - link here

I think it could be deemed as a little silly putting a list together of the things you want for Christmas, however for me, it's more a case of putting together a few items that I would like to purchases myself. Maybe over Christmas or in the coming New Year. You never know! It doesn't hurt though to have a little hope here and there though. These are only a few of the items I could think of really. It gets harder every year to think of stuff, and when you get asked the dreaded "What do you want for Christmas?" questions, it's like, "ahhh! I don't know". I hope the rest of you have more ease thinking about what you would like this year...

xxx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

...Autumn / Winter wants...

I love Summer. Not going to deny that one. Swimming, the beach, holidays etc are all wonderful and equally enjoyable. However, I do find layering up, snuggling into some comfy knits pretty darn fun too. It is easier to dress during the colder months. Choosing ones tights, knits, warm coats and the many varieties of hats, gloves and scarfs are always exciting decisions to be made. You don't have to worry about showing any unnecessary skin.

As the festive season looms over us, begging us to join, I have been on the wonderful world of online stores searching for some pratical yet stylish clothes I can wear at school. Thick, wool skirts, plaid shirts and chunky jumpers are perfect in my book. One site I am really loving at the moment is Sheinside. There are some great deals and bargains to be found on there. And although I am yet to make a purchase, I have put together a little wish list of items I can see myself buying in the not too distant future. As you can see below they are always holding deals and special offers, and always seem to have a sale on. I am blown way by the variety of style and scale of clothing they have. Something for everyone I'd say…





xxx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

…Autumn Days...

Jacket - ebay, Trousers - ebay, Scarf - charity shop, Shoes - Office, Bag - market in Portugal, T-Shirt - band shirt


A recent outfit post for you here today. But firstly I must say it has been really nice being back on here and blogging again. Having a half-term is brilliant. Yes I still have lots of work to do but I have the time to do. Mostly importantly I have time to hang out and just 'be'.

Anyways back to the outfit and present moment. I have been pretty much living in this outfit. The trousers are so comfy and the perfect khaki colour. Plus these boots are one of the best purchases I've made recently. A bit pricey but I thought why not. I have been spending a lot of time recently on ebay looking for items of clothing that I can wear for school. Some nice skirts and shirts. Forgot how great it is on there. Especially when you win a bid and bag an item for next to nothing. Paul Smith shirt for 0.99 don't mind if I do.

Walking around town yesterday I really got a feel that Christmas is soon to be in the air. Those crisp evening chills. Bright sun light and Chai lattes. Oh, I just cannot wait!