Wednesday, 30 January 2013

TAG: 50 Random Facts About Me

I have seen this TAG floating around the Blogosphere recently and thought I would get involved as it is pretty funny!

Here goes...

  1. My Favourite Cocktail is an Espresso Martini (pictured above).
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with Paris.
  3. I have been in a Park Hampers Advert when I was little.
  4. I've met Richard Branson.
  5. My Nana's Grandad was the strongest man in the world at one point, called Arthur Saxon.
  6. I can actually sing quite well but I am a complete wimp and save the singing for in the car when I am alone.
  7. My favourite perfume is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess.
  8. My favourite sweet treat is Macaroons.
  9. My favourite slow song is Des'ree Kissing You.
  10. My favourite TV programme is Gossip Girl.
  11. I am literally obsessed with crime/prisons/CSI type TV.
  12. I have been made redundant 3 times.
  13. I hate coriander and lamb.
  14. I am quite lucky and win things fairly often.
  15. I once saw the Beach Boys perform, on a beach in the Caribbean. (Their record label were holding their Annual Conference there!)
  16. I think the best person I have ever seen in concert is Michael Buble.
  17. The first people I saw in concert was Take That at the G-MEX in Manchester.
  18. I have held a baby chimp and a baby tiger in Miami. FYI they were ADORABLE.
  19. When I worked at Starbucks I didn't really like coffee - now my order is a skinny, sugar free vanilla latte.
  20. Despite all the pink things around me, my favourite colour is actually Lavender/Periwinkle.
  21. Apparently mum was in labour a really short amount of time with me - like 2 hours or something ridiculous! Clearly desperate to see the world from a young age...
  22. My star sign is Pisces and I think I am pretty true to it.. hopeless romantic and a complete dreamer!
  23. I HATE the feeling of frost on bare skin and wet sand. Both make me feel uncomfortable. I am well aware that is odd.
  24. I wear a size 5 shoe.
  25. I was pretty much fluent in French and Spanish when I was at school doing my A-Levels in them - whilst I would still understand it I definitely am no longer fluent!
  26. The Charity I would always try and give money to would be Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester.
  27. My favourite season is Autumn.
  28. By the end of this year I will have been bridesmaid 6 times in my lifetime. Twice when I was little for my Aunties, Once last year for my friend Stephanie and 3 times this year!
  29. I am more of a savoury person than a sweet one. Crisps and Popcorn are my weakness.
  30. I really enjoy going to see a psychic. I have been twice and both times were weirdly accurate. They told me I have Guardian Angels and I would be inclined to agree! :o)
  31. One of my finest moments has to be when I was in Australia with my friend and I drunkenly did Karaoke. I won a voucher for the bar when there wasn't actually even a competition!
  32. My most embarassing moment probably was when me and my friend went to Vegas and went to see the Pussy Cat Doll Show at Caesars Palace. We were introduced to a Radio DJ and he came in as though he was going to kiss me on the cheek as a greeting so I did the cheek kiss thing and was like 'nice to meet you'. He then said no. I was just asking you what your name was. I thought it was pretty rude of him but absolutely mortifying for me!
  33. I have a bit of a weakness for muscley men. Just to look at though, I couldn't deal with going out with someone who was uber fit as I am really not! I particularly enjoyed Magic Mike the film.. ;o)
  34. My 3 best friends are from my school days and I have known them for just coming up to 15 years.
  35. My first holiday abroad without parents was a 2 week holiday to Magaluf when I was 18.
  36. I like to go to sleep with music playing or to the sound of rain falling.
  37. I have teeny tiny nails so more often than not I wear falsies!
  38. My favourite makeup brand is MAC. Although I have a large amount of love for my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.
  39. I decided to start this blog on a whim - along with most other things I do. I am not scared to be spontaneous and I love a random outing or road trip.
  40. My favourite part of this blog is my To-Do List. I love ticking things off and adding them on and keeping all my aspirations/hopes/random achievements all in one place as a reminder of what I want to get done!
  41. I have a Labradoodle called Jasper. He is like a giant dog but is the softest sweetest creature and just looking at his face makes me happy.
  42. I have never been in love, but I look forward to the day I am.
  43. One of the saddest things to have happened in my life was when a boy in my year at school passed away from cancer. It was so tragic and I wish that one day the complete genuises over at Christie's Cancer Hospital in Manchester find some way to stop cancer or treat it and make it treatable.
  44. I have never been to Italy - I definitely want to go and it was the only good thing to come out of the film Eat Pray Love.
  45. I have probably had pretty much all hair colours in my life time. Well normal hair colours like red, blonde and brunette.
  46. Biggest hair disaster would be either when me and my friend did a home highlighting kit on me and I was trailer trash blonde for a few days until I could get it calmed down. The other time would be when I always used to have my hair in a bob. My hair is pretty thick and in the days before GHDs, unmanageable, so the hairdresser SHAVED the underneath of my hair giving me an undercut. Granted it worked to make it easier to style my hair but it was terrible if it was ever really windy...
  47. Some of my former nicknames have been; Svelly, Sveelee, Stinky, Salsa, Sallison, Pooface, Osh, Derek(!), Dez, Derek Gordon Jefferson... the last 3 were by some horrible boys but then it evolved into being a term of endearment.. *I think*.
  48. One of my funniest/greatest moments of 2012 was when I did a drum solo randomly in Playground in Liverpool. I pleaded with this drummer guy who was doing drum tricks to let me have a go and everyone kind of winced thinking I was going to be rubbish. I am pleased to say I did an acceptable performance and shocked everyone!
  49. Some of my favourite jewellery belonged to my great grandma as it not only is really pretty but has alot of sentimental value.
  50. I have never stayed up all night. I just like sleep too much!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Shopping Streets around the World

As you all know, I am a wee bit obsessed with Paris, so when Travel Supermarket got in touch about providing all my lovely readers with some info on shopping streets around the world I jumped at the chance!

I thought I would give you the downlow on Paris seeing as I have just been, and also the fact that with Valentine's Day coming up you could well find yourself on a little weekend trip to the city!

If this has inspired you to jet off to Paris, make sure you visit Travel Supermarket for great deals on your break.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Review: Nakd Bars

As you all will no doubt be aware, I am currently on a mahoosive bridesmaid diet for the 3 rounds of bridesmaid duties I have this year!

As I work in an office without a great deal of choice for healthy foods I often have to bring in my own food to make sure I am staying on the straight and narrow. For me that mid morning slump is what hits me as I try and make sure I have a healthy snack on hand to curb the hunger until lunch!

The lovely people over at Nakd offered me some bars to try as some potential healthy snacks and I wanted to tell you all about them here! As per the above image - Nakd Bars are wheat free, dairy and gluten free and I will be honest at first impression I thought oh dear I can't imagine these will be nice. How VERY wrong was I?!

The only way to describe these bars is like compressed fruit, almost like a chewy fruity bar but not made with oats or grains. The couple I have tried so far which include Rhubarb and Custard, Ginger Bread, Berry Delight and Pecan Pie have been genuinely really nice and felt like a treat! On my Weight Watchers pro-points they were coming in at 3 points which isn't too bad and I felt like I was eating something that was much better than an artificial type snack that I probably would have had otherwise!

Thumbs up from me!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket Exhibition opens in London

In October 2012 London’s Saatchi Gallery saw the opening of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition, featuring over 100 black and white photographs of fashion icons wearing the classic black jacket. Celebrated designer and head of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld selected some of his favourite muses to feature in the exhibition. The eccentric designer took all the photographs himself, with subjects including Alexa Chung, Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld and Vanessa Paradis.

The photos demonstrate the incredible versatility of the little black jacket, with each image capturing the individuality of its subject. Georgia May Jagger’s youthful sexuality is powerfully conveyed as she stares down the camera lens in a balconette bra, black jacket and tousled hair. Daphne Guinness appears as unique as ever with her sparkling jewellery and dramatic hair, while Alexa Chung dresses down with double denim cut-off shorts and shirt, demonstrating the effortless casual chic style so popular among young women today.
As well as showcasing a selection of some of today’s most glittering stars, the exhibition is also a special insight into the intimate relationship Lagerfeld has with his subjects, and a great source of inspiration as to how to wear black. All the stars wear the simple but iconic piece with such stylish aplomb that it is hard to resist the desire to acquire a little black jacket of your own.

The black jacket comes in second to only one other fashion staple – the little black dress. As illustrated in these photos, a simple black item of clothing can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Teamed with ballet pumps and a denim jacket, a little black dress can be worn during the day, then quickly become elegant evening wear when you exchange pumps for heels and the jacket for a decorative shawl. Add a dash of crimson lipstick and you will be all ready for the red carpet.
Check out’s collection of black dresses to find the perfect style for you today.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Weekday Wishlist #19

Leopard Print Watch: River Island, Love Sleeve Cardigan: River Island, Loafers: River Island, Pug Blouse: ASOS Curve
It's been a while since I posted a Weekday Wishlist.. or at least it feels that way so here goes!

I LOVE how delightfully tacky this watch is! I think for a night out it is fab! I love leopard print and gold so this is the perfect watch for me.

Next up is the Love Cardigan from River Island. I am so impressed with River Island recently, I seem to be buying more from there recently as I think they had a spell where it seemed that alot of their stuff was just not my style at all! I really like this cardigan which is almost that all-american letterman jacket style. It reminds me of the Pink by Victoria's Secret range and is super cute and snuggly.

These loafers are so boring yet I really like them! I am tempted to buy some as they (old lady comment alert) look really sturdy and practical for work! Haaa sorry about that mumsy comment! What I mean though is that I practically live in Topshop/Primark ballet flats for work and I don't know if anyone else suffers with this but they always get wet inside as they are not built to withstand the rainy Manchester weather!

Aaaaand finally I have put this shirt on my Wishlist as it has PUGS on it! I love love love Pugs so when I saw this I decided that I simply must own it. It's definitely going on the Birthday list!

What are you wishing for this week? I am reading alot of #bblogger excitement for Rimmel Apocolips and Benefit's Fine-One-One!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

News Just In: Manchester Fashion Week

Hello hello!

I am delighted to be able to announce some news just in regarding Manchester Fashion Week 2013!

MCRFW13 will take place during the week of 22nd to 26th April 2013 at the National Football Museum!

Manchester, Fashion and Football all go hand in hand so it seems like a fantastic choice to house the week's worth of events at the Museum (based in Urbis).

The event organisers have outlined that the iconic Urbis building will be transformed into a must- visit hot spot, hosting 30 fashion shows and 15 exhibition spaces throughout the 5-day event. (Pretty excited to see how it is transformed!)

As many of you will know, Manchester has a proud legacy in football and fashion, with many iconic designers and athletes calling the city their home.

This year will see MCRFW house its usual extravaganza of fashion catwalk and shopping with a few surprises from the MCRFW team, to celebrate the building of the new website and blog plus the launch of MCRFW Hosts.

The MCRFW Team has also been strengthened (not that it needed to be!) by the addition of Kirsty Attwood as Head of Fashion. Kirsty brings with her a wealth of experience following her role at NET-A-PORTER.COM and has a decade of experience working with luxury brands and high profile clientele around the world.

For more information sign up to the Manchester Fashion Week newsletter and watch this space.

I am really so honoured to be a part of Manchester Fashion Week - I can't wait to bring you the latest from the shows and behind the scenes in the run up to and during the event!

Now all I need to do and decide on my outfits and book in a few blow drys to ensure I look suitably fabulous during my attendance!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: Lash Boutique

The kind people over at Lash Boutique contacted me recently to ask if I would like to review a set of their lashes and obviously I jumped at the chance!

Those of you who know me or have read my blog for a while will know that I LOVE LASHES and I think they are such a fab way of taking your makeup to a whole new level of glam and I find that they completely open my eyes up! I feel like it makes my neutral eye makeup look much more dramatic than having a smokey eye which I have found doesn't really suit me... *sob*

Lash Boutique sent me some 'Lorna' Lashes which on first look frightened me a bit by their length as I normally would wear something a little shorter such as the 'Clair' Lashes but I thought what the hell let's get them on and see how I feel! I actually loved the effect of them. Obviously they are more of a night time, dramatic pair but I really liked the quality of them and I think they applied really well.

Apologies for the slightly moody shots of me, but I was channeling Tyra and doing my best 'smize' which I think I have achieved fantastically ;o)

I would definitely recommend these as a treat or a gift for a friend as the packaging is gorgeous and makes them look so much more expensive than they are. Next up I want to try Clair or Hannah!

Check out their website or their Twitter account for more information!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

French Pharmacie Finds

I couldn't make full use of the AMAZING French Pharmacie we stumbled across that seemed to sell every single thing I have heard about in the Blogosphere as I was only travelling with hand luggage and those *blasted* 100ml liquids rules!

However I was able to pick up some bits and bobs that I wanted to try which I was really pleased about! Every beauty blogger seems to have put a spot light on the Bio Derma Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire so I have jumped on the bandwagon with an 100ml mini bottle to try. The Pharmacie I went into had the duo packs for a bargainous 17 Euros which seemed so unfair I couldn't take advantage!

I was introduced to La Roche-Posay by an event in Manchester with their creator, L'Oreal. I am hooked on this brand, their sensitive skin complementing, simple formulas suit my skin down to a tee and I love their products. I have previously featured the Cicaplast Baume B5 on my blog before as it is their version of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream but it is much less shiny, overall less fussy etc. I wasn't able to bring the big tube with me due to lack of space and my face was feeling a little battered from the cold and winds, so I was overjoyed to find a smaller tube which will be perfect for on the go!

The next one, I don't actually know the English name for it but my basic french knowledge told me it's a spot treatment cream and as flying almost always breaks me out without fail I picked some up to pop on a spot that was brewing to try and kill it off!

Whilst it isn't pictured, I have recently purchased the Effaclar Duo that has been talked about excitedly by many a beauty blogger and I wanted to try it out! I have quite large pores and greasy skin so when I found out that it is a god send for both of those skin complaints I wanted to give it a whirl! I am not disappointed so far! You can put it on morning and night but I tend to pop it on in the morning as I *think* I would probably find it a little drying to use twice a day, but in the morning it is the perfect pre base for my makeup. It has a gel like consistency and almost moisturises but mattifies and tightens pores all in one easy application. Thumbs up from me!

Finally, I realise this is not exactly a hard to get brand but I adored the bright orange colour of 'Hot and Spicy', and I picked this up to accompany my LBD on an upcoming jaunt to Liverpool for my friends hen party!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Sweet Treats from Laduree

Welcome to the gorgeously pastel world of Laduree.. for those of you who are unfamiliar with Laduree, they are the french Macaroon specialists!

Laduree is sold in Harrods in the UK (mental note has been made to stop by next time I am in London!) but as soon as we booked Paris I knew I had to go! I discovered the lovely key rings when I was searching for images online for my blog and stumbled across a picture of one! I got the brown one as I thought it wouldn't get dirty through using it day to day!

The shop on Champs Elysees is so beautiful, they look like the absolute Parisian Dream when you come across it and inside was a gorgeous cafe and shop selling the Macaroons in beautiful gift boxes. I was overwhelmed for choice when I picked some up. The salted caramel ones were my favourite and I brought a box back for my mum and sisters from the airport!

I also treated myself to a little bag to take my lunch to work in style :o)

I think I love this brand so much because of the sheer girlieness and luxury that they convey. Their packaging is to die for and if I could have got hold of more of the boxes to store bits and pieces in I would have done! They also sell scented candles, perfumes, purses etc..

It was difficult to control myself to be honest, those pastel hues call out to me!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Bienvenue a Paris!

It's official. I am hopelessly obsessed and in love with Paris!

Me and my friend Steph literally did a 24 hour whistle stop tour of gay Paris which kicked off with a pre-dawn flight to Charles-De-Gaulle at 6am on Saturday morning (this meant a 3am wakeup to get showered and ready for the day ahead!!) we arrived in Paris very early and decided to get the train into Gare Du Nord to experience a little authentic Parisien travelling and to save on the Euros it would cost to get a taxi!

It was so easy to do this, cost 9.50 Euros each and was hilarious. Hilarious because a busker got on the train with his accordion and then treated us to some tunes and broke into singing towards the end of his performance. He had some serious pipes on him so I wasn't too irritated when he did the rounds with his cup to ask for change!

We then got a taxi to our hotel once we were in Paris Centre which caused us some confusion as we tried to figure out what the 'I'm free' sign was! We got to our hotel around 9.30am and then went out to have some breakfast which was lovely. We knew that we had several sights in mind we wanted to see (including Laduree and Sephora.. lol) so we headed to the Champs Elysees where we found some of the most lovely shops, restaurants and views!

It was pretty icy/cold which made walking around a bit annoying as we feared for a head over heels incident so when we spotted a bus tour we thought we would invest in it! At 27 Euros per person it wasn't cheap but it was a good way to get round the city to see everything in our limited time. Because of the snow we couldn't sit up stairs which I think probably ruined it slightly for us, but we did get to see alot and I think I would do it again if I went and get the 2 day ticket at 29 Euros as for a hop on, hop off service I think it would be much more worth it!

We went to the Eiffel Tower and my god I just love it! I can't wait to have some of my photos developed as I have always wanted a sepia print of the Tower and it makes it so much more special that it will be my picture. I have taken so many photos of it, it borders on embarrassing!

We were flagging a bit by this point so a nap time in the hotel was VERY much needed so that we could manage to stay up to go out in the evening! Word of warning however.. Paris Hotel rooms are notoriously small and ours didn't break that tradition. Don't get me wrong the hotel was lovely - we stayed at a Holiday Inn Grands Boulevards which was brand new inside, just a very small room which had the smallest double bed I have EVER seen! To the point where we didn't have normal sized pillows which was just odd! So one recommendation would be to get twin rooms if you are there with friends as otherwise you will have to get up close and personal!

After a nap we headed out for some dinner around our hotel, as we were very close to Montmartre so we thought that it would be nice and lively, which it was! We had a slight detour via a French Pharmacie (Blog Post to come!) and then headed to Hard Rock Cafe for a pre-dinner cocktail! Because we wanted an authentic French evening meal, we ate at a little restaurant whose speciality was Fondue and Raclette, I ended up having Steak Frites but it was seriously delicious! We then had a wander back to the hotel, enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere and picked up a nutella crepe just to sample the local delights fully... ;o)

We had a fairly early night as we needed to be up and out of the hotel room for our taxi at 6.45am to get to the airport and I can genuinely say I was sorry to be leaving. The snow had got worse over night however so how pleasant our day would have been if we had had longer I don't know, but one thing is for sure - I 100% want to go back! Everything was so pretty, the people watching was incredible and admiring the style was really good fun.

I think I would love to go back in the summer as I can imagine it would be easier to wander around when it is warm and all the cafes would be so lovely to sit outside and people watch! Also, whoever said the French can be rude are COMPLETELY wrong. We encountered really lovely people wherever we went and also people telling you that they don't like it if you don't at least attempt to speak French are exaggerating massively! We threw in the odd merci and je voudrais which was as much as our GCSE Francais would afford us but still I think the preconceptions that I had were completely false.

So there is part 1 of my Paris Adventure! Check back as I will soon be popping up a post of my French Pharmacie purchases and a spotlight on Laduree who make the most heavenly Macaroons!

Au Revoir!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

My 24 Hours in Paris Capsule Wardrobe

Coat: Dorothy Perkins, Clinique Chubby Stick, Leggings: Topshop, Ugg Boots, Stripy Top: Dorothy Perkins

Whilst I do love the snow and seeing everything get all white and sparkly I am PRAYING that it doesn't have a negative effect on my upcoming jaunt to Paris!

Everyone has told me it will be a bit nippy so I am going to layer up for my tourist activities and hopefully not lose any limbs to frost bite. First mission is getting there. People have rather helpfully joked about the flight being cancelled or delayed (they had better not have tempted fate!) so let's all say a little prayer than Mother Nature doesn't wreak too much havoc!

Our plans are to be as out and about as we can, interspersed with cafe hopping and shopping, so I have picked an outfit that will be comfy and the Ugg boots are a necessary evil I think! Not the most smart of footwear choices but comfortable and warm and I think that probably should be my priority!

My rather cliche outfit does include a stripy top but I figured it had to be done. I have also purchased a black beret for some especially cheesy photos!

So what about shopping list.. What should I have on there??


Sunday, 13 January 2013

What's in my Shower: January 2013

Boots Expert Shampoo - Build Up Removal, Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash, Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, Body Shop Chocomania Sugar Scrub, Gillette Venus Razor
My current shower faves are as above!

I bought the Build Up Remover Shampoo from Boots following a post from Lauren over at the Beauty Habit who gave the shampoo a lot of praise and likened it to Bumble and Bumble's Sunday Shampoo.. I was really impressed with it and at a fraction of the price of the B&B version I will definitely be repurchasing!

I absolutely ADORE the sweet lime scent of the Sugar Crush Body Scrub by Soap and Glory so when I saw that new products had been introduced with the same gorgeous smell I had to purchase them! I love this body wash, it is luxurious yet refreshing and paired with the body butter is a lovely treat for the skin!

Organix Shampoo and Conditioners are a brand I have wanted to try for a while so when I spotted that the sell them at my local Waitrose I opted for the Argan Oil version. I do like the Shampoo and Conditioner but I do feel that they are quite expensive for what they are. I'm not sure I would necessarily repurchase the Shampoo but the Conditioner is nice.

I got a Body Shop Chocomania Gift Set of my Grandparents for Christmas and I love it! For Chocolate or sweet fragrance fans like me this is perfect, it smells so lovely and chocolatey! The scrub is really nice and think I will alternate between this one and the Soap and Glory Sugar Scrub for pure indulgence!

The Gillette Razor is boring but functional.. I don't really need to go into much detail!

What's been in your shower this month? Do you buy the same thing month after month or change things up?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Review: GLAM GLOW Super Mud

GlamGlow Super Mud
I don't know about you but for me Christmas nearly always means two weeks of excess.. partying.. being lazy.. eating more.. putting more makeup on.. disturbed sleep patterns etc etc etc and that results in unhappy skin in January. *Sad face*

I received a sample sachet of GlamGlow Super-Mud in December and have only just got round to using it as I wanted my skin to be at it's worst so I could put it to the test.

Super Mud can be applied as a spot busting treatment or applied over the full face as an intensive cleansing mask. With some pretty impressive claims, GlamGlow works it's magic on skin problems such as blemishes, large open pores, black and white heads, ingrown hairs, shaving rash and more. I felt that I had pretty bunged up skin that was getting greasy quite quickly, large open pores and spots brewing so I wanted action and I needed it to take effect pretty quick!

I opted for a full face application and I use a Real Techniques Foundation brush to do the honours as it spreads it nicely and means you don't end up with it all over your hands or under your fingernails! Plus there is something so satisfying about the painting process! You leave it on for 5-25 minutes depending on how long you fancy and then wash it off leaving plumped and cleansed skin behind.

When I originally heard about this I was a little confused by the description that it almost visibly 'hoovers' the rubbish out of your pores as I couldn't envisage what on earth was meant by it! Well keep reading and check out the last picture. Apologies for the completely un-glam picture zoomed in of my chin but I thought it was the best way to show you! It really does suck the nasties right out! You will see the spotting on the mask and that is the excess oil and grime being sucked out of the pores!

A day on, I am left with brighter skin and a spot has come to the surface..not ideal but equally it's not half as angry and red looking as a blemish would normally be on my face so I figure that it's worth it especially if it's got it all out! I would recommend that if you want to do a full face spring clean, definitely don't be scared to do so but perhaps not the day before any big events as it may suck something out in the form of a spot, which none of us exactly want in the run up to a special occasion!

It genuinely feels like a treat to apply and whilst it is not a cheap pamper treatment, the cost per use is actually quite low considering it does feel like a facial in a jar!

Retailing at £44.99 for 17 full face applications or 1000 on the spot treatments I think it isn't too bad.

Maybe it's one for January payday when the finances right themselves post Christmas! Alternatively you could host a cheap night in with the girls and all chip in for a pot and have a facial party? May as well do it whilst things are quiet in January and get your skin in tip top condition for Valentine's day... *happy face!*

Excuse the self shots.. just had to take them to show you the congestion removal!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Weekday Wishlist #18

Topshop: Scallop Shift Dress, Drape Top, Cross Earrings, Leopard Shoes, Rare London Lace Poncho
It's been a while since I have done a Weekday Wishlist so I thought I would do one today! This week's is all from Topshop!

I felt like Topshop got a bit weird and wonderful for a while and I went off it but recently I am oh so on it. It's rare that I don't go in and think that there is half the shop I want!

I really like the simplicity of this LBD and with a statement necklace and killer heels it would look amazing! I have my BFFs Hen Do coming up and us Hen's are all wearing LBDs and the Bride in a little white dress.. this could be a contender!

Next up we have this gorgeous grey drapey top. Wonderfully simple, I bet this would become a staple in the wardrobe and easily dressed up or down.

I love these little earrings! The mix of gold and silver makes them really versatile yet they are subtle enough for work. I may have to purchase...

Leopard print is the print that never gets old, ankle straps can cut your leg off at an unfortunate point but the delicate width of the strap means that these will look amazing! I also particularly like that the heels aren't too high... I have a relatively low pain threshold on my feet!

Granted this poncho is a bit quirky but there's something I love about it! If it was sheer lace I think it would be actually very versatile and could be worn in summer as a kaftan or as a top in winter with a long vest/t-shirt underneath!

So there we have it! What are you lusting after this week?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Talented Tresses: Red Carpet Worthy Hair

Red Carpet Hair: Christina Hendricks, Dianna Agron, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Miranda Kerr, Olivia Palermo, Mila Kunis, Shenae Grimes, Rochelle Humes, Taylor Swift, Leighton Meester.
This post is a competition entry to the #CWBaftaReporter Competition where one VERY lucky Blogger wins the chance to Blog from the EE British Academy Film and Television Awards for Charles Worthington!

I want to win this amazing prize as checking out and telling you about the red carpet looks is one of my favourite things to do. Whenever there has been a big event in town (whatever town is irrelevant!) I ALWAYS like to check out my favourite magazines and see how the celebs have styled themselves.. hair in particular!

For those of us who have a slightly less glam day to day existence without the personal trainer or designers on call, recreating the hair styles from the red carpet is something we can *actually* achieve!

Red Carpet hair is soft, shiny, luxurious and sometimes accessorised with an added decoration...

What I love about these leading ladies' hair choices is that each and every one of them is achievable either by yourself or with the helping hand of a hairdresser, it needn't cost the earth and can take your Primarni frock from cheap to sleek.

How your hair looks starts with using the correct tools and products which is where Charles Worthington comes in.. with a wide range of lotions and potions available you can prep your hair so that it's ready for your red carpet style!

I should be the red carpet blogger as it is my dream to attend an event as prestigious as the BAFTAs and I really want the opportunity to see and report on the tresses trends for 2013... AND BRING THEM RIGHT TO YOUR SCREENS AT HOME!

So come on Charles Worthington pick SweetieSal for your star studded dream prize.. I won't disappoint! :o)

Return of... the #BridesmaidDiet

Trainers* are well and truly out...
Another new year.. another reason to downsize the rear.. It seems like EVERYBODY is on the wagon this January with various people committing to the 'dryathon' and people like me who have the fear that we are now on the wrong side of NYE with a few pounds to lose!

I am Bridesmaid 3 times this year.. so that's 3 fabulous frocks to fit into and 3 sets of photos that last a lifetime...

I bet some of you are in the same boat as me and feel that the impossible challenge is in front of you in your weight loss journey. If you have a bit of weight to lose and feel like you need a helping hand then why not consider one of the options available to you from Chemists and Pharmacies?

XLS Medical is a fat binding weight management tool that helps you lose weight up to three times faster than dieting alone, they provide support on dietary needs, having an active lifestyle and giving yourself the best possible opportunity to lose unwanted weight.

Start 2013 as you mean to go on, and reach out for the support you might need. Weight loss is not easy so why struggle with it alone?

As for me.. I will be getting the trainers* on and getting my ass down to the gym and becoming BFFs with all kinds of fruits and vegetables :o)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Ch.. Ch.. Ch.. Ch.. Changessss...

You may have noticed that my Blog has undergone a New Year image overhaul!

The WONDERFUL Emma from @emsdesigns has only gone and created me a wonderful online image! I wanted something classic but girly and not too 'hearts and flowers' and I think Emma has done a fantastic job. I really wanted to up the professionalism of my Blog this year as I attempt to take things a bit more seriously so first stop was a new Blog look.

She completed the work with lightning speed and helped me with the upload which was FAB considering my lack of HTML knowledge so I am one happy lady!

You can get in touch with Emma via her website :o)

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

How To: UV Gel Nails

Creative Nail Design: Shellac
January boredom has well and truly set in.Whilst I am pleased to have a little down time to relax after a rather busy Christmas, the thought of spending next Saturday night in too isn't exactly the most thrilling of thoughts.

As a part of my Manchester Fashion Week Blogger commitments, I will do a variety of posts, including how-to's and demonstrations. This week is all about UV Gel.

I am trying to grow my nails following a couple of months wearing stick on false nails, so to keep them strong whilst they grow I have applied some UV Gel! Shellac and UV Gel seems to have really taken off over recent months so I thought I would write a post with how to do them yourself at home!

Don't be scared by this.. it really isn't complicated and being able to do them at home is a nice little money saver! Obviously you will need to invest in some equipment first.. but the return on investment is high if it is a monthly habit you already have.

What You Will Need
  • UV Lamp - This should be 36 Watt, do not scrimp and buy anything less as your Gel will not cure very quickly and it will make the process really longwinded and annoying! You can buy UV Gel Lamps on Amazon for £30 which do the job nicely. I bought mine from Amazon probably over 12 months ago now and it is brilliant, still working great and has produced many a set of lovely Gel Nails :o)
  • UV Gel - You will probably see Gel in Boots as well as branded stuff online. I haven't used the stuff from Boots so I can't really comment, but I have used NSI Gel that I bought at a Beauty Exhibition as well as CND's Shellac both of which are easily purchased from Amazon or eBay. What I will say is do not spend much more than £15 on the Gel unless you are buying OPI Gel Colour, as you are buying it from a seller who is clearly trying to make a big profit! I have some Shellac on the way from the US and have paid £14 including postage. Also I personally prefer using a well known brand as I know I can rely on quality and it actually sticking to my nails!
  • Nail Polish Remover - You will need both remover containing and without Acetone. With Acetone will remove Gel Polish and without is good for wiping off the sticky residue after it has set.
How To Apply Gel
  1.  Prepare your nails. Wipe each nail over with nail polish remover to remove any old nail polish, oils on the nail bed (as this will weaken the Gel and stop it sticking properly). File as necessary and push cuticles down.
  2. Pick out your favourite Gel Colour. A lot of sites will tell you that you need base and top coat. I personally find that I don't need it, it just makes my application more messy and thick if I add in these extra layers!
  3. Paint on the Gel to your little finger through to your pointing finger and put those four until the lamp to set. Try and remove any errors before you put under the lamp as once it is dried/cured it is not so easy to get off unless you remove the full nail. If you really mess up I would recommend wiping it clean off rather than thinking you will tidy it up afterwards. In terms of how long, I would put the nails under for 2 minutes initially.
  4. Paint your thumb and put it under the light flat on it's own to ensure the polish sets evenly.
  5. Do the same on the other hand.
  6. Apply a second coat to make sure you have a nice even colour and this time leave the nails under for 3 mins to set.
  7. Once you have finished I normally pop a coat of clear nail polish over the top to make them extra shiny! It is worth mentioning that when the Gel initially sets it is tacky so do not be shocked if you touch them after setting them under the light and they still feel sticky. They will have set don't worry!
  8. If you don't have any clear polish to hand, just wipe over each nail with the Acetone FREE nail polish remover and this will remove the sticky layer.
Gel is a really good base to try nail art as you can literally just wipe off the nail design using Acetone free remover and any errors are a thing of the past. Once the Gel is past it's best, has started to grow off or is peeling, you simply soak your fingers in Acetone remover and this will soften the Gel and enable you to remove it. Simples.

I am currently wearing a Navy Gel with my OPI Gold Leaf Top Coat to jazz them up whilst they grow a bit! I think UV Gel is one of the easiest 'DIY' beauty things you can do at home and I have never looked back since doing them myself.

It is more about being a neat nail painter than having a qualification! If you decide to try it then please send me pics of your efforts! I love to see :o)

Remember: Manchester Fashion Week is taking place in April of this year and will feature high street brands alongside Manchester based designers.

Follow the build up on the Manchester Fashion Week Yours Fashionably Blog and on Twitter - @mcrfashionweek.


Friday, 4 January 2013

Weekday Wishlist #17

Greetings and good evening one and all!

Seeing as the last post was so incredibly boring I thought I would liven things up by showcasing the 3 beauty products that have wormed their way onto the Wishlist after spying them in February's Cosmo!

First we have the Tangle Teezer, I am REALLY struggling with my hair being inexplicably knotty at the moment and I have it on good authority that using this little beaut in the shower with conditioner will sort me out or at least I am hoping so!

Next up is a newbie beauty product from Benefit called Fine-One-One... It is a multi-use stick for lips and cheeks and it's just so pretty that it needs to be in my make up bag, pronto!

Finally, we have the OPI Nail Sand in Stay All Night or something like that.. These are the new offering from OPI that deliver a matte textured nail that is glittery.. The science behind them baffle me in all honesty but I LOVE the effect!

What are you wishing for?

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Au Revoir, I'm going to Paris!

Eiffel Tower
I am absolutely DELIGHTED to be going to Paris for my very first time in two weeks for a weekend jaunt with my pal Stephanie!

After the lovely Em from Emtalks tweeted about an offer she had seen for bargainous return train tickets on the Eurostar me and mon amie talked about possibly going.. we have been able to get cheap flights from Manchester and a cheap hotel so we thought sod it let's seize the moment and go!

Cue some very excited texts, tweets and emails about what we want to do, buy, eat and visit!

I have always wanted to travel to Paris, even more so when it was featured on Gossip Girl and The Hills!

Some of our plans for whilst we are there include;
  • Head to THE place for Macaroons - Maison Laduree
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Shopping in Sephora (obvs!)
  • Visit the Glass Pyramid outside the Louvre.. whilst reminiscing about The De Vinci Code!
  • Stroll down the Champs Elysees and window shop at the major Fashion Houses
  • French bread, cheese and red wine :o)
Any other recommendations for us? We have 24 hours in Paris pretty much! :o)


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

Image Courtesy of abcitsme Blog
Happy New Year! I hope you all have had/are having a great time tonight!

Ever since starting my Blog I have used it as almost an online diary interspersed with reviews and such like  but I have also used it as a public place (where I am semi answerable) to display my goals/to-do's/aspirations.

I think having a clear idea of what you want to achieve is really useful and it can be a great way of channelling your energies when you feel a bit aimless or are having a low day/bored etc.

I keep my to-do list fairly up to date as and when I do things so always check back and if there is anything on there you are trying to achieve too then let me know! I think having a goal buddy is great and totally helps keep you on the straight and narrow  :o)

So what are my goals for 2013?

I think the things that I will be focusing on are as follows;
  • Lose a Stone
    I am on Weight Watchers and have taken a little break over Christmas but last year I lost a stone and am hoping to do the same again this year and I definitely think that is realistic and manageable. If it is more then great but equally I don't want to make things traumatic for myself! I also want to get back into the Gym routine and go 3 times a week.
  • Win a Blogging Award
    I know this might sound big headed and as though I expect some sort of award - but I don't. I completely appreciate that it is hard work to get recognition and comes through people enjoying your blog and I hope that is something I am able to achieve over the next year!
  • Be a good Bridesmaid
    I am a Bridesmaid a whopping 3 times in 2013! Real life 27 dresses right here eh?! Seriously though, I take the job very seriously and there are 3 ladies who I fully intend to lavish attention and be their right hand woman in the run up to their big day's. It is incredibly touching to be asked and I cannot wait for all the fun to be had!
  • Dentist
    I am putting a boring one on there as I REALLY NEED TO GO. I avoid the dentist like the plague as I hate it and am being lazy about getting myself a new one so that really needs to stop.
  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
    I am quite a weird combo of being too laid back about certain things (see above Dentist issue) and wayyyyy too highly strung about other things so I need to reach a happy medium and pick my battles../get over it. That's something I intend to work on this year!
  • Further Study
    I would love to do another vocational course as an extra string to my bow and now that I have the option of doing further studies through work I fully intend to make use of it! Now I just have to decide whether I want to do something technical such as HTML or whether to get back into the Beauty ring and plough through the couple of modules I need to do to become a Beauty Therapist!
What are your New Year's Resolutions/Aims and Objectives?
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