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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Well, I have survived one week so far of my no jeans policy! Go me! You can see the daily outfits below :)

Outfit One - Wednesday 22nd February 2012
 Grey cardigan, deep blue oversized top, purple leggings and brown boots.

Outfit Two - Thursday 23rd February 2012

Black embellished cardigan, owl dress, skinny brown belt, jeggings and brown boots.

 Outfit Three - Friday 24th February 2012
 Purple polka dot top, jeggings

 Outfit Four - Saturday 25th February 2012

Flower print dress (one of my personal favourites of all time!), black tights, brown boots

 Outfit Five - Sunday 26th February 2012
Blue/Green top, Jeggings - Today was a lazy day ;)

 Outfit Six - Monday 27th February 2012
Oversized pink, black and white top (which I now realize makes me look massive!), grey cardigan, jeggings (again!) and black pumps

Outfit Seven - Tuesday 28th February 2012
Grey cardigan, yellow polka dot dress with skinny brown belt, thick cream tights, black pumps

Although I could have been a bit more creative, I'm quite pleased so far as I didn't think I'd even last a day! I've found that I don't really have a decent selection of proper skirts, most of them are fairly short for nights out so I definitely need to get some more casual skirts. My favourite outfit this week would be outfit four, I think it has a nice rocker girl feel to it :)

I will blogging my progress weekly showing all my outfits from that week, however I have for the most part been updating the actual page daily so you can look daily if you so wish or just check weekly!

So far so good :)

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

I thought with it being Valentines Day this month it might be nice for Laura to do something a bit different with her guest post this month! Rather than updating about her wedding planning, instead she has answered a few questions regarding hers and Rob's relationship. It's quite refreshing to hear the answers to these questions from real couple :)

1. How did you and Rob meet?
We met in a club through mutual friends but didn't get together for a while after that. We met up as friends in the first instance which progressed to more later on.

2. How did Rob propose?
We were on a short break in Yorkshire, and we went on a walk to Highforce waterfall (it's beautiful if you ever fancy a trip there! He kept trying to get me to go down onto the rocks (I wasn't having any of it - I had my good shoes on!). As we decided to leave, he got down on one knee in front of the waterfall and proposed. He later told me he wanted to do it on the rocks... felt a bit guilty after that!

3. What is it you love the most about Rob?
What I love most about Rob is that he accepts me for ME. He knows I'm grouchy, occasionally clingy, a bit insecure but he still puts up with it! He's also everything I'm not... patient, relaxed. We make a good team.
(Amen to that, that's real love! Sometimes it's not about massive romantic gestures but just finding someone who accepts you for who you really are!)

4. You say you're not a particularly romantic couple but aside from proposing, what would you say has been the sweetest/most romantic/nicest thing he's done for you and you've done for him?
I'm not romantic in the slighest, but I'd say that the nicest thing I've done for him is buy him an Xbox. It was a totally extravagent gift that we really couldn't afford, so I saved for a year and he got it as a birthday pressie. Perhaps not romantic for some, but he was very surpised! He does lots of lovely things for me, I couldn't choose just one. He's very good at buying diamonds for gifts, I have quite a collection now. He gets lovely thoughtful charms for my bracelet too - each one tells a story. Obviously the proposal is the most romantic thing ever though.

5. What does romance mean to you?
Romance is a tough one to describe... I'm quite happy with a mini break where we can spend quality time together without distractions of the 'real' world...

6. When did you realize that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with Rob?
I knew from early on that I loved him and didn't want to be without him. Although marriage has never been a big issue for me, when I had to leave to go and finish my final semester at university it made me realise that I didn't want to have to do it again.

7. How lucky do you feel that you have found the right person?
You hear stories and see the heartbreak of people whose relationships don't work out and you feel incredibly lucky that you've managed to find the right person. We have our downs... but we have more ups and long may it continue!

8. Do you have a list and if so who's on it? (Aka a list of 5 celebs Rob would allow you to sleep with if you ever met them :P)
No, no lists! I don't like to tempt fate... besides, he's too honest I don't think he could go through with it!

9. After the wedding, what do you think the next step will be of yours and Rob's relationship?
After the wedding we plan to go on as many holidays as we can afford and spend our time how we want to - travelling, progressing our careers, spending time together. If children happen, they happen but it's not in our plans at the moment... we like our lazy days too much!

10. When was the first time you said the L word to each other?
 It was me who said the L word first! We were still not really dating properly - we had a 'courtship' period of about 6 months where we didn't want to / weren't ready to commit to a relationship but didn't want to be apart from each other. Rob said it back though, phew!

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Friday, 24 February 2012

I know the majority of my blog readers are not from London, but for those who are or who live down south then I'd suggest this website.

The Date Guy is run by a guy who suggests different dates around London. Not only does he suggest different dates though, he also goes into detail such as how to suggest the date, topics of conversation that can be used on the date, activities to do, where to go afterwards if you don't want the date to end and how to act after the date when contacting the person again. It may seem a bit much but it's perfect for people who struggle with finding things to talk about on dates or who are bored of straight forward dates at the cinema or going out for food.

The best part is though all the quirky places he suggests going to and doing. He suggests places around London that aren't very popular, those quirky hidden away gems that you may not have heard of. One of the recent places he suggested was a restaurant where to gain access you have to use a certain phrase when talking to the waiter, then enter the area by a door hidden in a fridge! Very random!

He also suggests ways to get speaking to strangers and how to be more open. It's a really, really cool website that I absolutely adore because I love anything that's a bit different. Even if you are not dating at the moment, it's great to look at for ideas of things to do in London or places you can go to when you meet someone special.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Before I go onto my LOTW, I'll also quickly explain that this also counts as outfit one of my 'No Jeans Policy' for Lent! I have decided to give up jeans for lent (that's a whole 46 days!) as I feel I practically live in jeans and never experiment with skirts or leggings on a day to day basis. I will either blog my outfits daily or weekly, but in the meantime you can check out my progess here. You can also check out my new page/blog section on this by clicking the 'My No Jeans Policy For Lent' along the top of the page, beneath the banner. Wish me luck!

Anyway, onto LOTW. Me and my friend went to see The Vow tonight which was very sad and we went for a Maccy D's afterwards. Here's the look from tonight.


 I didn't want to make too much of an effort as we were only going to the cinema (and I was afraid of wearing too much makeup incase I cried as I knew it was going to be a sad film!) so this look is fairly casual. I've basically just worn a baggy deep blue top, which if you look closely, you can see it has small little gems on the neckline. I wore this over purple leggings and a pair of brown boots which have a bit of a heel on them so they are also a bit girly too. I chose a light grey/brown hoodie to add a bit of colour to the outfit, then just added some really nice accessories as shown in the last photograph. I also love my makeup here, I used the pallete from my 'Her Name Was Glowla' benefit pallette that I got for Christmas. The eyeshadow colours I used were white, light brown and dark brown. This look is fast becoming my favourite daytime look as I usually struggle to wear eyeshadow in the day without making it too heavy or over the top. However this is a really nice light and casual look that I think brings out my eyes. The lipstick I'm wearing is also a recent new favourite of mine, I have no idea what make it is but I picked it up from a cheap make-up store when I was in Sunderland and haven't stopped wearing it since. I think its the perfect deep pink shade.

Outfit :

I'm afraid I have no idea where any of this outfit is from, I cannot remember, sorry!

Make Up :

Foundation : Boi-ing shade 01 from Benefit and L'oreal Paris infallible brush in 015 Porcelain shade
Cover Up : Beige shade Hello Flawless by Benefit
Eyeshadow : Shadows from Benefit's 'Her Name Was Glowla' palette
Eyeliner : E.L.F Brightening Eyeliner in Black
Mascara :  Rimmel London Glam' Eyes Day 2 Night
Blusher : Blusher from 'Her Name Was Glowla' Benefit palette
Eyebrows : ILAH Eyebrow kit
Lipstick : Unknown

Accessories :

Necklace : Accessorize 
Earrings : Accessorize
Ring : Primark

Other :

Nails : Lemon Meringue by Models Own
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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Week (and a bit!) of 10th February - 19th February 2012

(I usually edit these pictures to make them look a bit vintage and I also give them rounded corners but as I am not on my laptop I haven't been able to do that this week. My phone has also been broken this week too so I didn't have the chance to take as many pictures as I'd hoped)

Ice cream!
This is me and my friend having some yummy ice cream after we spent the day hungover and finally ventured out into public. I can't tell you how happy this picture makes me. Forgetting for a moment the company in the photo with me, it's the fact that it was taken in Sunderland! I spent three years in Sunderland and before last weekend, it had been six months since I was last there. It was really nice being back and having a wander around a place I used to call home. I really hadn't realized how much I'd missed it.

Student life...
Unfortunately, this was how messy Jo's room was the whole time we stayed there! Just to clarify, it was fairly messy before we even arrived ;) It wasn't ideal sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor of a tiny student room filled with leftover takeaway and alcohol but it definitely reminded me of what it was like being a student. I remember I used to be particulary guilty of leaving my old student room in such a mess as well.

Us on the night
This is me and my two best friends Jo and Becky. I met them in my first year of uni and we're still extremely good friends now (as you can tell). Obviously we don't get to see each other too often so it was so nice to have a catch up.

Hot dogs!
How amazing is this! One of the clubs we were in had an actual hot dog joint inside! I was amazed. We had to sit down here as my feet were killing me so we got some hot dogs in the process, made some new friends and nicked a guys beer. The pub crawl was absolutely amazing, we danced, we drank, we laughed and we took a million photos (most of which came out pretty dodgy). I'm already excited for the next one.

Yummy food
I spent Friday night at my sisters and this was the dinner she made for us (including homemade burgers). She is new to twitter, and decided to tweet this image. Anyway, we made bread, watched some movies, went to a party, ate the above food and also ice cream and laughed our asses off at Noel Fieldings Luxury Comedy. A perfect night in!

This week I've been...
Watching...The Office
Reading...From London With Love by Jemma Forte
Listening to...The All American Rejects
Playing...a game on my phone called Abdcution!
Smelling of...Very Valentino Perfume for Women by Valentino
Perving on...John Krasinski
Loving...seeing the girls again

This week has been pretty awesome. Being up north again gave me so many mixed feelings! Since going back I've even considered the idea of moving back to the north east permanently. Just being in the place where I spent three years of my life brought back so many memories and reminded me how much had changed. I also bumped into my ex whilst I was there (which I knew would happen knowing my luck) and that was pretty weird as I haven't spoken to him in so long and this time last year we were still together. We chatted only for a few minutes but it was definitely nice saying hello. I did feel pretty weird afterwards, even though I hadn't expected to. The pub crawl was so much fun, the big night out was definitely needed by all of us! I ended up seeing an old work friend as well whilst out and that was kind of nice as I'd kind of always had a bit of a crush on him, but obviously whilst I worked with him I had a boyfriend. As we're both single now, I will only say that it was nice to see him ;). What wasn't nice was my friend knowing we were talking and deciding to write on the back of my pub crawl t-shirt 'I want Argile' (his second name). It was pretty funny though nonetheless, even though he didn't believe that it wasn't me who wrote it! So I came home really happy after having a nice break away. I've also started swimming again (I stopped just before Christmas). I've spent most of this week job hunting and becoming over obsessed with The Office. In fact, if I'm honest, I've spent most of this week in tears at how incredibly sweet one of the characters on the show is (haha I'm so sad!). My favourite feature of the show is how one of the characters is in love with the receptionist who has a boyfriend, even though they clearly love each other. The show follows them and it was pretty sweet to see how he finally got the girl. It gave me hope that decent men do exist! The show is also really, really funny as well and has fast become one of my favourite shows, I've already ordered the box set. I'm on season 6 out of 8 at the moment and I'm pretty much obsessed, so don't be surprised to find me posting about it again!
We've also decided to go to Ibiza next summer as well which we've already started planning, so that should be fun! I can't remember if I already mentioned this or not but I also passed my theory test first time last week, so that's also put a massive smile on my face :)
So that was a bit of a long conclusion to my week, in general this weeks events have just got me thinking about my future really and whether or not I want to stay down south or move back up north. The Office has also had a ridiculous effect on me in that for ages now I've kind of gone off the idea of relationships and stopped believing that there is someone out there for everyone. Although I know the show isn't real, it's kind of given me a bit of hope again and made me want a relationship again :)

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Okay so I planned to start blogging again this week after I arrived home from Sunderland. I didn't get home till gone 9pm so I spent the next day sleeping and catching up on The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother and Gossip Girl. Then just as I was getting annoyed about the fact that my phone charger has stopped working and my phone had ran out of battery, guess what else stops working?

My laptop charger! I have an apple mac laptop and bought a new charger only a few months ago so I think I've realised that the problem is the laptop and NOT the charger. Just before it stopped working it started going funny, working sometimes only when I wiggled it about or held the laptop in a certain position etc and then the charger began to get extremely hot. So I figured it must be the actual laptop battery. And because I just had to insist on purchasing an apple laptop, I'm assuming it's going to be pretty expensive to fix!

I won't lie, I am struggling enough as it is without my phone :( Luckily I can use my parents laptop in the meantime but it's so bloody slow that it's hard to update the blog. Nonetheless I will try my hardest!

This last weekend was so much fun! As you all know, I went to the University of Sunderland (which is up north near Newcastle) for three years to study Magazine Journalism. I graduated in July and have since come to miss the place a lot. For somewhere thats about a five hour drive means I can't just up and visit whenever I want. Me and two of my closest friends (who also went to uni there) have been discussing for ages a trip back there, especially as I hadn't seen one of them in over a year as she took a gap year abroad. So we finally went last weekend to coincide with one of the towns biggest pub crawls.

I enjoyed it there so much. I hadn't seen either friends in ages and it was so nice to have a catch up and spend some genuine time with them. Although we speak all the time, it was nice to have a proper gossip in person. It was also really weird being back in Sunderland. Upon the time of graduating I was fed up with the place but after being back there it's really hit me how much I miss the place.

We spent the majority of our time gossiping, eating takeaways and watching movies but the big night out was also amazing of course. The theme was nurses and doctors. That's another thing I miss about being up north, the social life. In my town we don't have anything remotely similar to a pub crawl. Up north the uni had so many different clubs and nights out, as well as trips to other places. Here we don't have that! So it was definitely fun to be part of that again. I definitely felt like a student again, getting glammed up and tipsy in my friends tiny student room and stumbling from one crowded club to the next. I must admit though we did feel pretty old by the end of the night as a lot of the pub crawlers were about 18 years old and freshers, where as we're all 22/23 and two of us are graduates! It didn't stop us having a laugh though!

Us on the crawl, I don't know why my friend is pulling that face and I am extremely annoyed that I've got kings of leon hair! I made that hat myself!

Anyway, the weekend away was a much needed break for all of us and it's definitely got me thinking about the next step of my life. I'm even considering the option of moving back up north, depending on the job situation.

In the meantime I have become ridiculously addicted to The Office! I find the relationship between Pam and Jim incredibly sweet and romantic and it's definitely got me dreaming of working as a receptionist and having and office romance, haha! I don't know what it is about John Krasinski either but he used to annoy me and I didn't understand what the fuss is about but now I think he's so cute! I think the pranks he pulls are hilarious and I love the faces he always makes at the camera too!

So that's what I got up to this weekend and I thought it would be nice to just update you all until I am able to continue blogging properly again! I hope you all had a lovely Valentines day :)

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy Valentines day :)

I know I've been lacking with blogging again and I've also been up north this week so I'll talk about this in another post! But whether you're single or not today, whatever you're doing have a lovely day!

On a further note to all of you single girls, keep your chins up :) I know first hand what it's like being single and feeling alone - feeling especially worse on a day like this - but the right person will come along eventually! And as Stella Zinman from How I Met Your Mother once said, the right person is on their way and they're getting there as fast as they can! In the meantime, enjoy the single life ;)

I myself will be spending today being very exciting (not :P) by catching up on sleep and my favourite TV shows! I might exchange a few Valentines day wishes through out the day to one or two people as well ;) Even when you are in a relationship Valentines day can seem very overrated. Last year I did go all out a bit as mine and my ex's anniversary fell only a few days before Valentines day so we spent a weekend away in York but in all honesty it's the little things that count and not the pressure to make a massive romantic gesture on a day like today. The best Valentines day gift I ever received? Mushrooms! (The food!) Laugh all you want but the fact that it was part of an inside joke just showed how thoughtful it was and made me smile. So, the point of boring you with talking about what Valentines day means to me is that don't wait for that today if you have found someone special and that little things count :)

Finally, if you like someone, take a chance on them today of all days. I think the excitement has gone from Valentines day as it used to be seen as a day to exchange cards from secret admirers but people don't seem to take chances anymore. I would fully suggest telling that special someone how you feel today as it makes it an extra nice gesture when I bet they are probably feeling a bit low about being single!

Happy Valentines Day everyone :)

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

As you are all aware, I celebrated NYE with my lovely sister in none other than Paris! I realised I didn't really do a post on it on this blog, so I've copied and pasted my post from my other blog so you can all see what we got up to!

Myself and my sister went for three days/two nights and I fell in love with the place. The sights were amazing, the atmosphere was exciting and their lifestyle and culture is so different. In France everyone is so, so sophisticated! Swapping sweaty clubs for delicious French cuisine and glam bars and eating so much food but still staying so thin is definitely something I could get used to.

Anyway, here's what we got up to!

The first thing that amazed me about Paris is how thin everyone is! I know it's a common assumption that everyone in France is thin anyway but I had no idea how true this would be. Hand on heart I only saw one larger lady whilst being there for three whole days (and we visited a LOT of Paris) and I'm not even sure she was French anyway! It must be all the smoking! Also, people in France really do love baguettes. I spotted so many people walking around just munching on their baguette, or a baguette just randomly sticking out of their handbags. I don't blame them though, they were lush! The second thing amazed me as we travelled to our hotel is that in France they sometimes use double decker trains. I found this amazing. Why can't London have double decker trains?!

On the first day we visited Notre Dame de Paris. Notre Dame, based in the gothic quarter of Paris is so beautiful. It's stunning and I really loved how gothic it was. It looked almost scary with the various gargoyles and stone statues. I saw one statue in the entrance of a lady standing on a squished man?! Notre Dame has such a rich history as well and there was no way we could visit France and not go here. We did go inside but none of the photos I took came out particularly well as we were not allowed to use flash photography. We did make sure to light a candle for our Papa Roy though :)

The beautiful Christmas tree just outside of Notre Dame, we were lucky to go just after Christmas as all the decorations were still up!

We spent NYE at Champs-Élyées (also known as The Avenue des Champs-Élyées) which is a really famous avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe. Before that we also went to this super expensive restaurant for dinner which was, wait for it, SIX COURSES! We only managed to eat five courses though I don't even know how! Anyway, for events like NYE, Champs-Élyées is THE place to be. It runs for 1.91 km and on NYE the whole avenue is packed with crowds celebrating the new year. It is also popular because it is host to various cinemas, cafés, luxury speciality shops, clubs and restaurants (it is one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world!). Champs-Élyées to France is like Leicester Square in London - it's where everybody goes to celebrate NYE.

Myself and my sister at Champs-Élyées, and the photo above showing some of the decorations that run along the famous avenue. In France it is tradition to exclaim 'Bonne Année' which translates to 'Good Year' when the clock strikes 12!

After this we got chatted up by a few randomers who discovered we were English and then we were, as usual (yes it happens on a regular basis to us) stalked! I am partly to blame for this because I was eyeing up some bloke at the Arc de Triomphe (as we walked along the avenue and up to it). But I wasn't eyeing him up, he just looked like a spitting image of one of my ex's friends only chubbier so for a split second I thought it was him! Anyway we left and found a metro station which is when they began chatting us up, asking us to go out with them, asking us for kisses etc. We told them we had boyfriends and then one asked us for a 'baguette kiss' whatever that is, whilst the other claimed that having a boyfriend doesn't count as we were in another country! Then they tried to bribe us to come to their market stall the following day to give us free makeup? In the end they followed us to the Arc de Triomphe ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE METRO STOP OUTSIDE OF OUR HOTEL. All this way! Me and my sister ALWAYS attract the weirdos!

The following day we briefly visited the famous Moulin Rouge. What I didn't know (which should have been really obvious) was that it was based basically in France's red light district among sex shops, sex shows and places like that! I was surprised to find how different it was then how I expected it to be from the film. I thought it would be much more glam and I definitely thought it would be tucked away somewhere, not sticking out in the middle of a street filled with dodgy shops! Nonetheless you can still see why it's considered to be so famous, inside it still seems very glam and the shows look amazing.

After that we visited Monmarte

At the very top there is a church (Basilique due Sacré-Coeur) and from the top you can see a spectacular sight of the city. Along the climb there are also usually various artists performing such as buskers and mime artists (not typical mime artists but the people that are painted white all over and pretend to be statues, I'm not sure of their proper names!).  

A carousel at the bottom of the hill with Basilique due Sacré-Coeur in the background.

The view from the top

When we got to the top we found that there was a Christmas fayre still running so we got some delicious mulled wine and hot chocolate (seriously, the best in the world!) before going inside Basilique due Sacré-Coeur.

The next day, as you can see, we visited The Eiffel Tower! 

We waited in the end for about four hours to get to the top. We had wanted to go up in the evening and the long wait was horrible but it was worth it. We only actually stayed up the top for about 5 minutes and had to queue to get back down as well (I know you're all wondering why we bothered if we only stayed up there for 5 mins!) but I'm really glad we did. The view was one in a million, it was hand on heart absolutely astounding and made the wait more than worth it. The reason we didn't stay longer was because it was raining very heavily and it was extremely windy, I was worried the wind would blow the camera out of my hands!

This was taken from the second floor.

View from the very top. Sorry these photos aren't very good quality!

Then we went back to the gothic quarter near Notre Dame where they had all these cute slender backstreets which were filled with different places to eat and drink. Below is a photo of one of the streets, it doesn't do it justice. This area reminded me of The Shambles in York.

We ate in a cute Italian restaurant where we stuffed our faces yet again.

The ceiling of the restaurant.

The restaurant had notes from all different currencies hanging up and people had signed them which I thought was cool!

The Notre Dame at night.

The following day we were pretty exhausted and after checking out of the hotel we only had a couple of hours before checking our train. So we ended up in a posher part of Paris where we had a nosey around the shops and visited another pretty church before heading back.

We had the most amazing time ever and I'll never forget it!

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