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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Outfit of the Day: Summertime Rain



Crop Top: River Island
Shirt: TK Maxx
Skirt: Topshop
Leggings: H&M
Boots: TK Maxx
Bag: Car Boot
Watch: Michael Kors
Gold Chain: Hand me down from my Muma!
Necklace: Astley Clarke

I wore this outfit to uni the other day for a practise interview. Some people were actually dressed in blazors which was funny to see because it was a totally casual event, especially as most of us had been trekking up the hill to uni in the pouring rain. I actually opted for my Cath Kidston tote instead of this leather bag in the end because of how much it was raining. As much as I love Cath Kidston, I don't think I will be buying another of her bags for a little while, they just seem to be EVERYWHERE now! As I mentioned previously I actually have my eyes on a Mulberry Bayswater which I am hoping to get at the end of the month! I came across a really lovely Mulberry reveal video by one of my new favourite Youtubers Alice Chidgey, she's also filmed a Bayswater review video here if you're also interested in getting one yourself. The more I read and look at Mulberry bags, the more I fall in love with them!

Our uni summer show exhibition is next week, so I am currently in that limbo feeling where I have done the work but still haven't quite finished my course. I am currently waiting for some frames to arrive from Hobby Craft, so am a bit stuck until they do. I just keep telling myself in a few weeks I will be 100% finished and FREEEE!!!!!




Monday, 2 June 2014

Getting Back on my Blogging Feet!



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 It's been quite a hectic year for me, what with finishing up my final year of uni so unfortunately my blog has suffered in the process. The past few years of running this page has been such a joy and really sparked my enthusiasm and inspiration for life, but it had started to take priority over my uni work. So when I started my third and final year as a graphic design student I decided to really go for it and put all my energy into that. Thankfully I am now 95% finished, there is just the final preparation for our summer show exhibition and then I am as free as a bird to conquer the next stage of my life. 

As a final year student, the one most dreaded and hated question I am asked is 'what are you going to do after uni?'. This question is especially unwelcome when you are spending each day and night working constantly on your final projects, you feel like you have no brain cells left to think about life after university! 

I do however have some small life plans which do not concern seeking employment or traveling the world. Starting with transforming my bedroom back into a functioning sleeping area and not a stationary, paper, design stockroom. I will also be graduating on July 17th so will of course be sharing that experience with you all! I still have no idea what I would like to wear, part of me didn't realize it would be so formal, as silly as that sounds! Besides half of your outfit will be covered up by a graduation gown (which cost me over £50 for the day?!) 

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A few trips are also on the agenda. This summer I will make the effort to see all the friends I haven't had the time to see during these stressful uni times. I am a bit of an organizer so they should be expecting to be to dragged out for plenty of day trips ;) 

At the end of June my mum and I are traveling down to London to stay with my grandparents, something I am so excited for! Lots of afternoon tea and cake eating is a must. I am also hoping to make my big purchase of the year with a Mulberry bag. I have been saving up for almost half a year now and am thinking about a Bayswater in tan. I've read and watched so many reviews on them and they are just gorgeous bags, I love how they age with you- a true bag for life! (Well it has to be with that price tag... gulp!)

Finally my boyfriend and I are going to Paris for a long weekend in September. I know, so cliche but it has to be done! Expect lots of photographs!


If you would like to see any posts from me at all, please let me know. I'm not promising lots of blog posts to start with, but I hope to post at least once a week and grow from there. Any requests are truly wanted and welcome!

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with this blog :)


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Dealing With Disasters at the Hairdressers


 
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A lot of us have been through the awful experience of hair being ruined at the hairdressers. No matter what people say, it can be a very traumatising situation to be in. Your hair stays with you, unlike an accessory which you can swop and change whenever you fancy. For me, mine is like a comfort blanket! So when things go wrong at the hair salon, sometimes we have no choice but to nod and smile weakly at the finished result, because let's face it, we're British and that's what we do. Here are a few tips to help you out and even avoid the getting it wrong in the first place!


COLOUR:
If the process involved bleach, take a deep breath and don't panic

1. First of all you need to avoid washing your hair for a few days. Bleach strips away not only colour, but your hair's natural oils, so you will need to give it a chance to rehydrate itself. 

2. Slather your hair with coconut oil, it has amazing moisturizing properties which people swear by, and it will really help your hair to recover and prevent it from drying out even more. You could alternatively use a hair mask, Lush do some lovely masks or you could go down the moroccan/argon oil route. 

3. Next you need to go back to your salon or a colour specialist and have the problem fixed professionally. You might have to opt for a different colour to your original plan if it is really bad, but don't lose hope it will be fixed! Don't be tempted by shop bought hair dyes, you don't want to risk turning your hair green! 

4. Try to avoid using heat on your hair, you need to treat your damaged locks with caution. Instead research non heat techniques for achieving beautiful curls and waves, or brave going natural for once! 



HAIR CUTS:
This problem can vary from having a bit too much hair chopped off, to a completely awful style which you did not ask for. If your hair is long anyway, it can often be salvaged with a trip back to the hair salon, if not, google hairstyles which can be done to cover the damage up with various braids, or even a bit of texturising spray - all hair looks good with a bit of volume! If you find this does not work for you, then you could even play around with some hair extensions to add some weight and length to your hair. 

To encourage hair growth:
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1. Drink plenty of water. This will also help clear out toxins from your body, thus maintaining great skin and overall health.
2. Eat healthy, exercise and get 8 hours sleep a night. Hair won't grow if it thinks you're in trouble and will stop growing to save you energy.
3. Massage scalp and roots to encourage blood flow to the head. 



AVOIDING DISASTERS:
1. Research respectable hair salons- google their reputation or ask around for recommendations

2. Have an extremely clear idea of what you want. Your hairdresser cannot mind read and will only do his/her best based on your description. 

3. Bring lots of photographs to help your hairdresser understand what you have in mind. Whether this be based on colour, style, length, having something visual will help you explain things better. 


I hope these tips will help some of you out, let me know if you enjoyed them and good luck!


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Shopping is my Cardio







T-Shirt- eBay
Cardigan- Topshop
Jeggings- Obey via TK Maxx
Boots- TK Maxx
Necklace- Zara
Bag-Nica

Simple, comfortable outfit, jazzed up with a big statement necklace (the one I wore in my wedding OOTD) my favourite style to wear. Plus I can't get enough of a monochrome outfit with red lips!



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Green Tea: 11 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking It




I'm sure everyone is aware that green tea is good for you. It is not highly rated for its taste, but many swear by its health giving benefits, so I thought I would research a bit deeper into why green tea is just so amazing. I personally drink 1-3 cups a day of jasmine infused green tea, it masks the sour taste of raw green tea and adds a beautiful floral fragrance. Failing that, squeezing a little lemon juice or honey is also a great way of adding an alternative taste. 





From my research, here is a list of the amazing benefits green tea is said to have:
Weight Loss. 
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.


Diabetes. 
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. 
This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

Heart Disease. 
Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

Esophageal Cancer. 
It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Cholesterol. 

Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

Tooth Decay. 

Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions

Blood Pressure. 
Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Depression. 

Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. 
Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

Skincare.
Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, this is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.


How much should you drink? 
Nobody knows how many cups a day you should drink to reap the benefits. I would say 1-2 cups a day is a good start, until you get used to the taste! Don't forget green tea does have caffeine in it, so best not to drink before bed. Happy drinking!







Monday, 31 March 2014

Outfit of the Day: Country Wedding





Hello! This is my outfit for a country wedding last weekend which I wanted to share on here-
It was a little breezy so excuse the untamed hurr!


Dress: Monsoon
Clutch bag: Karen Millen
Jacket: H&M
Necklace: Zara
Heels: Dorothy Perkins
Lipstick: Hourglass in Riviera

I also wore Mac eye shadows in Jest Frost and Sable Frost as I wanted something natural which wouldn't compete with such a bright lipstick. Because the necklace and clutch were extremly sparkly I also kept my nails simple with a French manicure. 





Friday, 21 March 2014

Current Obsession: Jewellery Stackers




Meet my new obsession, Jewellery Stackers! These are individual trays which grow with your jewellery collection. You can mix and match the type of tray, whether it be a ring holder or small sections to just a simple, deep tray. The Stackers are designed to fit seamlessly on top of each other (you could quite literally build them as high as your ceiling!) however I prefer to use mine in my dressing table drawers. I currently own 8 of these Stackers and they are perfect for keeping everything organized. The great thing is that they also come in so many different colours, my favourite being the cream with a luxurious purple lining. I bought my trays from eBay, so if you are also interested in these, that is probably the best place to purchase them from! Also, let me know if you are interested in seeing a jewellery collection post, as I have been refining my collection recently.

Until next time...

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