Thursday, 29 October 2015

California Dreaming

It's 'ThrowbackThursday' today (like every Thursday on social media) and I thought I'd join in for once. I realised when looking through my blog archives from last year that I hadn't ever posted the snaps from my trip to California last year. I've been flicking through the pictures recently being nostalgic and sad - it's exactly a year ago that I was in the U.S.A. Oh how I wish I was back in Cali living the Cali life with the Cali weather..*sigh*.. I visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm and a few other random but wonderful California landmarks! I didn't take pictures of all of the places I visited because I was way too absorbed in actual life rather than focusing on taking pictures of every inch each place - sorry! So here are the long overdue pictures that I actually took of some of the places.

(PS: The evidence of my excitement is in the photo quality - a little fuzzy in places as apparently I was too excited to hold the camera still..sorry about that.)






















I am gutted that I didn't take more photos but I am happy with the memories that I have been able to capture! I hope to one day return to the sunbeams of California but for now I'm just California dreaming... 

Here's a California song that I played in California daily with my mates - total California vibes. 



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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Non-Scary Halloween Outfit Ideas

Halloween is fast approaching and if you're totally unprepared - fear not, you're not alone! Last October, I had the amazing experience of being on holiday in California during the festive season of Halloween. If there's one thing that I've learned from that holiday is that the UK celebrates Halloween pathetically in comparison. Kudos to the U.S for going ALL OUT with not only decorating their landmarks but for really dressing the part also. I spent my Halloween night in Six Flags - an amusement park with some of the biggest roller coasters ever. Perhaps that would be scary enough for some people - with heights that will quite literally make you scream just by looking at them. However, as darkness crept in, so did a series of actors dressed as your worst nightmare. Every corner you turned, you got a scare. Clowns were on stilts so high it made you ashamed to ever complain about walking in heels, zombies were dressed in a year's supply of toilet paper and the occasional unrecognisable scary figure would casually chase you with a handsaw. Yes, it was quite literally terrifying but so, so awesome. 

This year my plans are practically non-existent. In fact, I will most likely be watching Caspar the Friendly Ghost while cradling my bowl of popcorn. However, for those of you with more of a social life than me and a bit more of a Halloween spirit, I've put together a series of 'non-scary' Halloween outfits. Please notice the all important 'non-scary' detail. I thought that these outfits would be perfect for those of you who prefer to let your makeup do all the talking. Alternatively, if your night out is more of a meal date rather than a Haunted House pilgrimage, these outfits would also be ideas to consider. The outfits range from casual to a little more dressed up but either way you will look boo-tiful! (I'm sorry, that was so cliched but I just couldn't help myself.)

Like always, all items are linked in the titles so if you fancy a purchase just click on the title to be re-directed. I am also not sponsored by any of the High Street stores that I have included in this post. 

Outfit 1 


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Outfit 3


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Outfit 5


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Outfit 9


Outfit 10




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Friday, 23 October 2015

Topshop / Autumn Outfit Ideas

OK, so, I am finally blogging - for real this time. Unfortunately, unexpected steps backwards in my health meant that I had to take some time to recover further - but, I am here and with a schedule to follow and health that is improving by the day!

One of my goals in my gap year is to really work on my blog and hopefully to start up my own YouTube channel. I am obsessed with watching YouTubers - anyone and everyone. I especially LOVE watching hauls and lookbooks. One of my worries about starting up my own channel would be that I wouldn't have the funds to make the videos that I really want to make. There is nothing that I would love more than to create a video lookbook of outfits of seasonal items that I'd picked from the High Street. However, I don't even have a job at the moment so money is at an all time low - I certainly don't have the money for a pack of chewing gum let alone enough to create a lookbook of outfits. So, I thought the next best thing would be to create a post containing looks that I would put in my lookbook in a photo collage. I have been doing these types of posts for a while and they have always been super popular. I absolutely LOVE making these types of posts because it gives me a good excuse to spend a good chunk of my day scrolling through all the new clothes.

Before I stop rambling on and let you scroll through the outfit ideas that I have put together, I would just like to clarify that I am in no way sponsored by Topshop or any other High Street store when I make these posts, unless I state otherwise. My obsession with fashion means that I voluntarily advertise brands just because I love their items and they're perfect for my outfit ideas. Topshop just so happens to be my store of choice in this post. Anyway, moving on from that small technicality - here are the outfits!

(All item titles are linked directly to the item page on Topshop - making your life easier and my life harder - the things I do, eh!).




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Outfit 5


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Outfit 7 


Outfit 8





Outfit 9



Outfit 10 




PS: Have you entered my giveaway for a chance to win tickets to the Clothes Show Live? Click here to enter!
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Clothes Show 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Ok, so I know that I recently did a post saying how I want to aim to publish brand new blog posts every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I also know that yesterday was Sunday and there was no post to be seen. However, I hope that if you were waiting with baited breath that you will find this post anything but a disappointment. If you haven't guessed by the title already - this post is a giveaway (sorry if the title was too much of a spoiler - thought it was better to get straight to the point than to lure you into a post blind).

I have been blogging for nearly four years now (whaaaat) and in 2013 and 2014 I experienced December's second greatest event - The Clothes Show Live. I'm sorry Clothes Show Live but as wonderful as you are you will never be able to compete with Christmas Day which takes the lead as December's number one, greatest event. However, that being said, The Clothes Show Live takes a very respectable second place - only the most fabulous events come close to being Christmas' competition. If you're unaware what the Clothes Show Live is I will assume one of three things;

1) You haven't really analysed the title too closely 
 The manner of the event is practically spelled out in its title - The Clothes Show Live.  If you're still not too clued in, I'll simplify it a little more (I mean, I know it's Monday so the brain isn't fully functioning just yet). It's basically a show of clothes that you get to watch live. Before your very eyes you witness a catwalk of fabulously styled outfits and models strutting down with more attitude and sass than me on any given day. It really is as great as it sounds. 

2) You don't own social media (are you even human??) 
 The Clothes Show Live basically takes over social media around the time of ticket release and the time of the event. For any Fashionista, the attendance of The Clothes Show is practically compulsory - we like fashion and we like it even better in 3D form, up close and personal, showcased before us. 

3) You don't live in the UK 
Unfortunately, The Clothes Show Live is held in the NEC, Birmingham, so not hearing about it if you live thousands of miles away is acceptable..It also means unfortunately that you won't be able to enter this Giveaway (I'm so sorry!). Unless you're willing to pack your bags and come live in the UK for the chance of winning? 

So, you get the point - the Clothes Show is pretty fantastic and I am a big fan. I've been every year since being introduced and as well as it being blogger heaven, it's also heaven for any avid shopper. With its range of stalls, it's perfectly timed around Christmas, a perfect excuse to pick up some Christmas presents! If you don't believe me - I have photographic evidence of the event displayed in my posts from previous years (where I also ramble enthusiastically about the event in a similar tone as I am using currently..). Clothes Show Live 2014 / Clothes Show Live 2013 .


GoodResults PR got in touch again this year for the amazing opportunity for me to run a Giveaway on my blog, for you to get your mitts on your very own set of Clothes Show Tickets! The tickets are for Friday 4th December. All you need to do to enter is to enter the giveaway below and follow 2 simple steps for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good Luck and hope to see you at the Clothes Show! (I'll be wandering around on Friday 4th December!). For more info about the Clothes Show event and to view the line up, click here


A big thank you to GoodResults PR too for making this giveaway possible! 




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Friday, 9 October 2015

Life Update / Honesty & Taking A Gap Year

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Today I am writing a blog post that I never thought that I would write. Not so long ago I wrote a blog post all about going to University - 20 Reasons To Be Excited About University . The post was really popular and it was also one of my favourite posts to write because they contained my genuine feelings of excitement towards my new and upcoming phase of life. I also rarely post about my life and events that are going on unless they are related to fashion. Posting about relatable moments in my life, such as going to University, proved to be really popular on my little Fashion blog and sharing my feelings  (not just opinions of fashion and beauty products) was also something that I found enjoyable and therapeutic. My blog became more of my personal diary rather than a space endorsed with fashion and beauty. Don't get me wrong, I will never stop writing about fashion and delving into the world of beauty on this blog - it's what I set it up for and I will continue writing for my own personal enjoyment about my favourite things until it no longer becomes something I enjoy (if that's ever going to happen).

However, last month was the first month since setting up my blog back in 2012 that I didn't post any content. I thought that sharing my reason why and giving you a bit of a life update will not only give you an explanation and glimpse into my life, but it will primarily help me. My blog becomes a space where I can rationalise my feelings and come to terms with the very big change that has just happened in my life in a post like this. If this kind of post isn't something you're into and you only like my fashion and beauty related posts - come back soon because there will be plenty coming up!

'Everything happens for a reason' is a familiar saying that I've always used to help me through a minor inconvenience in my life. In many ways I still like to think that everything does happen for a reason and that we can grow and learn from that not so nice experience. However, when you're in a hospital bed the day you're due to start your University course, it's hard to understand what the Universe had in mind - an inside joke? Good one planet earth. Excited to start my course and trying to frantically get through my reading list before the 'Freshers' Flu' struck me, I was more ready for Uni than ever. I had organised my time to get through my reading list and had even got some plans up my sleeve for my blog. However, at one of my friend's 19th birthday parties, I had a really bad series of stomach pains - I suspected I had a stomach bug or some form of food poisoning - the pains were how I'd imagine getting stabbed repeatedly would feel like. Determined to have a good time - I partied on - I didn't want to go home and miss the last precious moments with my friends before they all flew the nest to their new lives as they too embarked on the adventure of University in a few days' time. The next evening, along with the stomach pains, I had a searing pain in the bottom left hand side of my back. The details that followed over the next few days are ones that I will spare you but, having always been afraid of doctors, hospitals and needles (stemming from a childhood traumatic experience) - I was determined to get better independently. This resulted in bad things happening and very quickly.

Fortunately, having decided to take up a place in a University close to home, I hadn't moved out and had the care of my parents while feeling incredibly ill. Mum called the Doctor and he made a special home visit exception because I was far too ill to venture into the surgery. After taking one look, he confirmed that I should be taken to hospital immediately - I'd let things get seriously bad by avoiding tests involving needles and doctors when I could. After a bumpy ambulance ride, I arrived at hospital to be faced with my number one fear - a series of many needles. I had to give samples of blood and undergo investigative tests so that the hospital could diagnose me with the correct medicine and promptly. It turns out I had a severe kidney infection and worse still, a serious case of sepsis (blood poisoning, which untreated can be fatal). The events that happened next involved even more needles, more testing and thorough checkups daily from the nurses and doctors within the hospital. My treatment was intensive and my fear of needles was almost immediately overcome from the moment that the first one arrived. I knew that I was in a place where I was receiving the care that I had long put off and was getting better - needles were part of that process and I was okay with that. I cannot express how grateful I am for the genuine care and support that I received off the nurses and doctors. Their knowledge is far beyond impressive and without their care and the wonderful medicine that is available today, I wouldn't be here to write this post.

Although I'm still taking medicine to get rid of a pretty stubborn infection, the deadly sepsis has been well and truly blitzed out of my system. I am at home, resting and taking the time needed to recover from quite a serious and scary illness. The timing of the infections in some ways couldn't have been worse - as a result, I've had to drop out of University before I even got a chance to start my course and this aspect of my life has been put on halt. Aside from the actual illness itself, the experience has made me incredibly emotional. Some things in life are far beyond your control and as a person who likes to be organised and very much have control over situations - it wasn't exactly an ideal scenario. However, aside from the whole scary 'near-death experience' side of things, having this time to recover has also given me a lot of time to think and prioritise things in my life. I've reinforced who my true friends are - the ones that have been there for me, caring for me and supporting me with their love and friendship. (I know that I have entered a realm of cringeyness to another level here, but stick it out if you can!) I've also become so much closer to my family (who knew that was even possible) because primarily your family are the ones who will be with you through thick and thin and who will love you unconditionally - they will always be the most important people in my life.

This unplanned gap year has meant that I've got time to breathe. For the last fifteen years of my life I have been in education. A non-stop train ride, there have been moments I've loved and moments I've hated - that's school for you. This year out will give me a break from education and the stress of exams (which I suppose is a positive - I don't have withdrawals from exam stress or exam season). I also have some time to focus on me - something that is super difficult to do when you're surrounded and immersed in work and engaging with new people, developing new friendships and a new life in University. I will also take this time to think about what I truly want to do in life because deciding what career path you want is a tricky one. The course/major you choose at University will most likely influence what career paths are available to you after you graduate - I don't want to be rushing such a major decision. I also want to do some exciting things with my blog and have this time to really focus on my writing. Having this time to sit down and write will be utter bliss as during my A-levels and college years I barely had a second to spare to dedicate to this blog. Who knows, maybe I'll even venture into YouTube? This year and time off will give me the opportunity to do things that I wouldn't be able to do if I had started University last month. Maybe it just wasn't my time to go off to University this year. Primarily, this experience has taught me more than ever to live in the moment and not to take anything for granted. It's easy to complain in life and let things get on top of you but what primarily matters is that you're happy and healthy - everything else has its way of sorting itself out.

So, life update over! I've shortened it and dusted over a few unimportant areas but that's the main gist of things.. Expect some exciting and regular upcoming blog posts - I have an amazing giveaway coming up in the next few days! My aim is to release a blog post at least every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. YouTube is also an area that I hope to explore with so keep an eye out for the possibility of my first ever video!


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