Friday, 10 April 2015

Spring Fringing

New Look Top / Primark Waistcoat (last years) / Primark Jeans / 
Gemini Bag / Topshop hat & shoes / Ray Ban sunglasses

The weather has been so lovely this week which has made me abandon the jumpers and have a rummage through my wardrobe for suitable clothes! This resulted in a bit of huffing about the fact I have no clothes (I do) I've just spent far too long wearing nothing else but jeans and jumpers that I've lost the ability to put together another outfit. Secondly, I really do need to have a H U G E sort out of my wardrobe, because I can't get anything else in it and there's a large amount of things that I just don't wear any more. It is after the spring clean that I can justify new clothes... 

This was the result of a bit of a rummage. I bought the red top in the Christmas sale from New Look for a fiver which is a bargain! (Top Tip: keep an eye out for New Look sales here!) It's the only red thing I own but it certainly suits the sun! I bought the waistcoat too late into the summer last year to wear it a lot but I can see myself wearing it more this year with pretty tops, shorts and maxi dresses, especially as we are going to Gran Canaria and Greece, yipeeeee. I really wanted to wear one of my new playsuits but it was a little bit on the chilly side to go completely bare legged. It is only April after all... 

I've been a little bit absent (okay quite absent) on my blog recently. I had such a manic end to my second term with my dance show that I had to get all my work done beforehand. Then I just wanted to sleep for an entire week. I came home about two weeks ago and have been working towards my deadlines for the end of April. I can't believe how fast my Easter break is going because I go back to Birmingham very soon and I need to get my butt in gear and sort out my revision too. Eeeew. I am planning some more blog posts because if I didn't have something else to concentrate on I think I'd go a bit barmy. I am very very excited because on Sunday I'm going to a Spring Styling event with Boohoo(!) and I haven't been to a fashion event in a while! 

I hope you all had lovely Easters! 

S x


Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Summer means Prom season is approaching and my brother is on the hunt for a suave suit for the evening. This obviously makes me feel very old as my prom was about four years ago now! I love an excuse to dress up and a prom or summer ball is exactly that. I've been scrolling through Pinterest for a bit of inspiration and daydream purposes and it's got me wondering what kind of dress I'd wear if I had to go to the ball this year! Next year will be my graduation ball and I'm already ridiculously excited to find a pretty dress (though I have to pass first...)  I've put together some of my favourite images together including some gorgeous hairstyles to go with the dresses. 


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Things I'm Loving #4

I haven't done a favourites post in a long, long time! There's a lot more lifestyle-y things in this one which I've been enjoying recently. I don't really buy beauty products any more as I can't afford to spend money trying things so I stick to my staples and rarely branch out. I've been a busy busy bee this past few weeks and with the end of term only seven days away, I'm so looking forward to going home for chill time and Mum's dinners.

Alright, how cute are these. As a book lover and literature student these are right up my street. To celebrate their 80th year since the first book was published, Penguin are selling 80 books for 80p each. Just 80p! I want them all! Each book is a short story, piece of literature or poetry which I think is the nicest idea ever. I've picked up a few (okay, six) including Modernist writer Katherine Mansfield, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson and one of Ovid's Greek myths, The Fall Of Icarus. I love these and they make perfect gifts and collectables. They are all very short so it's nice to be able to sit and read them in one sitting. There's a whole load more I've got my eye on!

In the past month or so, I have discovered the wonderful world of personalised planning. I've had a Filofax for a few years but mainly scribbled down my schedule in pencil but this month I've gone all out with making myself as organised as possible. I bought some postcards from Paperchase and use washi tape to stick my to-do lists on the back of them for each week. It has really made me so much more organised and it's so satisfying to tick stuff off. I've was so busy with assignments and my dance show last week that I've had to know exactly what I'm doing when, and my Filofax has been my life saver! I'm also loving these sweet little Ted Baker pens from Flamingo Gifts - you can never have enough cute pens!!

Also from Flamingo Gifts are these gorgeous things. The Matilda mug is my new favourite morning tea mug and takes me back to my childhood a bit! I love (still do!) the Roald Dahl books and I think Matilda was one of my favourites. One of my new obsessions is Flamingo Candles. They are gorgeous, and although I can't really burn them in my student house, they look so pretty sitting there and they slightly scent the room when the lid is off. The Daisy one smells like spring in a jar and the Pomegranate and White Fig has a lovely sweet scent!

I have been testing some products this month that I was kindly sent and they've really impressed me! First up is the Weleda Skin Food which has mended my horrible lizard skin from the winter. It's a very thick cream and effortlessly gets rid of dry elbows, knees and feet. It's brilliant and is perfect for recovery for dry rough skin. I've worn false nails a few times which has weakened my nails considerably. My saviour has been this Jica Nail Magic. I've been wearing it as a base coat under my nail polish and my nails have grown stronger as I've been using it. After 3 weeks use it seems to be working a treat!

Spring seems to have finally sprung and although the mornings can still be bitterly cold, you can smell spring in the air and the sky seems to be more blue than grey at the moment! It's also lovely that it's still light after 6pm, making late lectures a little easier. I've popped some daffodils in my room to brighten things up a bit. I love having fresh flowers out, it really lifts my mood! You can't help but smile at daffodils. They are cropping up all over campus at the moment too, as well as a scattering of crocuses which is so lovely to see.

What things are you enjoying at the moment?


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Chorizo Risotto

I love using chorizo to cook. It might not be the healthiest option, but it adds a smokey, spicy, spanish flavour to any dish you use it in. I can pick it up really cheap from Aldi (under £1.50!) and one will serve 3-4 dishes. I like to use it in a couscous salad and I thought as it worked so well with that, I'd try it in a risotto using similar flavourings and ingredients. The result is delicious. 

You will need:
- 1 chorizo sausage, sliced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of risotto rice
- 1 tbsp cumin & paprika
- 1 litre of chicken stock

1. Fry the chorizo, pepper, onion and garlic in a large pan. Don't worry about adding oil, the chorizo will stop everything from sticking. When the onions and peppers are soft, pop the risotto rice into the pan and give it a good stir to coat it in the flavours.

2. Gradually add the chicken stock. Add it in small amounts so the rice becomes tender. When you've added half of the stock, add the cumin and paprika. Simmer until all the stick is absorbed and the rice is tender.

3. Spoon into bowls and serve with chopped mozzerella and a sprinkling of black pepper.

It really is that easy! This served me for three meals. It tastes just as good cold for lunch the next day and is so filling. It's a really yummy dish that will probably become one of your favourite meals. I love how versatile it can be too. Next time I make it I'll add chicken into the mix at the start! You could also add more veg like sweetcorn, but as I'm often short for time, I like to keep it simple. 

Will you be giving this a go? Sorry I haven't been blogging much recently, I'm trying to get my assignments done and I'm also involved in my dance show. It's going to be a very tiring week! 


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Everyday Make Up Look with Pür Minerals

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Pür Minerals is a new brand launching soon on Look Fantastic. As the name suggests, they are a mineral make up brand creating high quality mineral make up products that won't break the bank. Mineral make up has a reputation for being able to solve skincare problems as well as creating the flawless base we desire. I've never really used mineral make up as it's quite expensive and I don't tend to suffer from bad skin so it doesn't quite meet my needs! However, the team at Look Fantastic sent me a selection of products from the range to try out and I'm rather impressed! I created a look with the products so you can see them all in action... 

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Pür Minerals palette eye shadow make up

I got sent the Liquid Veil foundation which is a spray foundation in an aerosol can. It sounds like the weirdest concept but I loved the effect it gave. It sprays like a mousse and then you simply buff it into the skin. It's got an incredibly light texture and gives a glowy finish. I also got a Disappearing Ink concealer pen which I love. It's got a very light texture but conceals imperfections so well, even when it's used without foundation. The 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Make up can be used over the foundation or on it's own which is fab if you have oilier skin. It also has SPF15 which makes it a good option for the summer. My favourite of the products had to be the Soul Mattes Palette - I love the plum and nude shades! Pink eye shadows always look a little scary but as you can see from my look, they are surprisingly easy to wear. I feel that matte pinks are a lot prettier than a full on shimmer - Barbie girl alert! 

I used the foundation and concealer for my base with a quick dusting of the powder on my nose and forehead to hide shine. For my eyes, I used the light pink nudes for the whole eye lid then blended the darkest plum colour into the crease. The colours are so soft and buildable so you can vamp it up for the evening if needed. I then coated my lashes in Big Look mascara which is clump free and gives amazing definition and volume! 

I'm so impressed with this selection from Pür Minerals, especially the eye shadow palette. I feel a little less guilty for using mineral base make up as they don't have too many harsh ingredients in. You can find Pür Minerals launching on Look Fantastic very soon! 

What do you think of Mineral make up? 

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