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Friday, 30 August 2013

There was no way whatsoever that I WASN'T going to blog about these awesome skull shoes. I spotted these on the ASOS website months ago and have wanted to buy them ever since. Finally, I purchased them last week since I got a bonus at work and wanted to treat myself. They were also on sale at the time too which I'm taking to be a sign!

How cute are they?! Being a massive fan of skulls, as soon as I saw them I just HAD to have them. And they're even more prettier in person; I couldn't believe it when I opened the package and saw them! They kind of remind me of really cute Aladdin shoes haha. I feel very glam wearing them and a bit like Dorothy too! What I really love about them is that they're in a really versatile colour - grey goes with almost anything - and the little embellishments do really glam them up a little too. This means they will be perfect for day to day wear or even evening wear too, I can imagine I'd probably get away with wearing these with a nice dress on a night out too as opposed to heels!

These shoes are still available on the ASOS website at the bargain price of £19.50 (originally £28.00) and are also available in yellow. 

What do you think? And do you like my feeble editing attempt on some of the photos too? Let me know with a comment!

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I thought I'd go a bit old school today and do a 'Be Inspired' post. Even though I'm house sitting with a lovely puppy in a really beautiful village surrounded by stunning countryside, I have no inspiration whatsoever this week I'm afraid. It's funny how some weeks you can be raring to go, a million blog post ideas written down and the next you're completely stuck. Let's hope my blogging mojo returns soon.

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Being a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk, I obviously couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest book, About a Girl. Although I knew she'd manage it, I did wonder if she'd be able to break away from her I Heart... theme, like she did with The Single Girls To-Do List. I can't imagine it must be easy to start a brand new standalone book having been writing the I Heart Series for so long, but Lindsey managed it perfectly. There are a few similarities - the theme of travel and reinventing yourself, but it was these themes that made us love her other books in the first place and luckily they have yet to get old.

About a Girl is all about a lady called Tess Brookes who, in the space of a very short time, loses her job, fucks things up royally with her best friend/love of her life and after wallowing in self pity for a while, she decides she has enough. Luckily her fairy god mother appears in the picture in the form of her flatmates rather vocal agent, offering Tess a once in the lifetime opportunity. Will she accept?

The blurb reads - 

I'd lost my job. I'd lose the love of my life. My best friend was especially annoyed. And my flatmate probably had a hit out on me by now.

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she's forced to reconsider.

After accidentally answering her flatmate Vanessa's phone, she decides that since being Tess isn't going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa's photography assignment to Hawaii - she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he'd like to get in her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else's shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or 'fess up and run...

This book is the perfect summer read - especially since most of it is set in Hawaii but I kind of cheated and read it curled up on a very comfortable chair with the fire on in my sisters beautiful countryside house. What? I waited until a day when it was pouring down with rain outside, I promise I've been enjoying the sunshine otherwise! Anyway, back to the point, it's mostly light hearted but has it's fair share of serious moments to that get you thinking. There are loads of messages behind this book as well, like running away isn't always the worst thing to do when you need to get a bit of space on a situation or that you shouldn't tear yourself up with guilt for sleeping with that bad boy. But, as with all of Lindsey's writing, it's bloody hilarious. Some of the stuff she comes out with just makes me laugh my head off, especially because the way of her writing is often the way I talk myself. It's just so witty (which unfortunately I am not, I admit) and she uses the funniest and oddest phrases.

What I really loved about this book was how different and unpredictable it is. At the end of the day, we all know the trying-to-resist-a-womanizing-bad-boy storyline has been done to death, but Lindsey puts a refreshing twist on it. You won't know how it ends and a lot of the storyline is very unpredictable. I find with a lot of books one you 'meet' the main male character, you immediately know who the lead is going to end up with and normally how it's going to happen too. Lindsey kept me guessing right up until the very end with this book.

My favourite character was Nick because he was a typical bad boy. He was mysterious and played games, but he wasn't predictable either. I loved how there was so much more to know about him and as the main character warmed to him, so did we.

Charlie I loved as well, but not as much as Dan. I did love how realistic his character was though and his relationship with Tess - he did seem like the ideal bloke at first - they'd been friends for life, he was sweet and always there for her - but Lindsey still made him human and male. As in, there wasn't any unrealistic declarations of love and he didn't claim that he'd been in love with her all this time. I really loved that. Too many books rely on doing that and it was refreshing to see that although he was a real good guy, he was still human and could still make mistakes like freaking the fuck out after hooking up with one of his closest friends.

I definitely loved the other characters but I found Tess's flatmate, Vanessa, to be particularly funny. She reminded me so much of Chloe from Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23!

Although I loved the main character of course - she was very average and settled in her life, which made it all the better when it came to mixing things up. I kind of did end up feeling a little sorry for her too when she realized she didn't really have a 'thing'. No favourite bands or movies or books. I couldn't imagine being like that so it was really interesting to get into her head.

Lindsey Kelk has always been a favourite writer of mine so I knew this book would become a firm favourite. I'd definitely recommend it - it's longer then her other books so there's more to read but it's still lighthearted, funny and inspiring!

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Admittedly, it's taken me a while to get this post up. The reason being that these lovely lotions and potions are used for showers and I'm not really a lover of showers. Don't get me wrong, I'm not some dirty skank that never washes! Just anyone who I've ever lived with will tell you how much I prefer baths. I go all out. I bring books into the bathroom with me, I light candles, stick in some bubble bath and use every product I have. But with this oddly nice weather, I've barely had a chance to have a nice long soak in the bath, or I've barely even wanted to with it being so nice. Of course I've had showers instead but generally until I had one of my lovely long relaxing baths, I didn't have the chance to test out these products properly.

I was given these products to review in my goody bag which I received at the Beauty Blogger Tea Party. I was given Zesty Starfruit body scrub, Jasmine Indulgence shower gel, and Tangy Delight body cream.

Each item is the perfect combination for your day to day pampering session. The body scrub has been perfect for exfoliating my skin, removing any old skin and leaving my arms and legs feeling so soft and silky. It smells delicious and is the perfect texture - it's hard enough to reassure you that you're definitely cleaning your skin as well as you can but likewise it's not too tough on your skin.

The shower gel (which smells AMAZING by the way) is by far my favourite product, possibly just based on the smell alone. Whenever I use it I feel so refreshed and clean (ha). It's so relaxing too and really soft on my skin and gave me a real boost.

Finally, the body cream is perfect for after my shower and really helps lock in all the products I've already used. It's the final step to help keep my skin in top condition. It moisturises my body and by this point I smell so, so good!

I really love how the range is divided into different 'moments' and scents. The card I was given, which tells me more information about the product, says;

'Match your mood from four enticing and sensuous collections;

- Jasmine Indulgence - Cleansing Moments of Indulgence
- Tangy Delight - Uplifting Moments of Delight
- Blissful Blossoms - Tranquil Moments of Bliss
- Zesty Starfruit - Age-defying Moments of Zest

Blended from native Thai plants, herbs and flowers, each has been formulated to nourish the skin and naturally enhance well-being through their inherent aromatherapy properties.'

I definitely find the whole concept interesting, how each scent can provide you with a different mood. The tangy delight body cream and zesty starfruit  body scrub definitely left me feeling much more upbeat and uplifted, whereas the jasmine indulgence made me feel effortlessly relaxed and tranquil.

I was also given an Ajala Spa product - a mandarin and grapefruit massage oil which also smells amazing. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to review this yet as I'm not very good with massages and I'm still waiting for John Ohh to come give me one ;)

I feel very lucky to have received these products and they've definitely made my whole body feel smoother, cleaner and just generally in better condition. It was particularly nice using these products after my Hammam Ritual, and even weeks later my skin still feels much more amazing then it did before my massage!

Thank you SO much to Sranrom for the products, and also Aqua Pr and Ajala spa for the lovely event.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Top; TK Maxx // Shorts; Primark // Sandles; Primark

Recently a bunch of us went and spent the day at Legoland for a friends birthday! I had a lovely day, and here's what I wore :) It was very sunny and although I usually don't think shorts are very feminine, I thought these would be the safest option as opposed to a dress or a skirt as I'd be going on rides!

Note - It wasn't actually a safe option. When we went on the river rapids, I thought it would be a good idea to put the map down and sit on that to avoid getting a wet bum. Not only did we end up drenched anyway, but the wet map then transfered ink onto my bum and because my shorts are white, I ended up walking around all day with a green bum. EPIC FAIL.
Spiked bracelet; Stella & Dot // Turquoise and Gold bracelet; Accessorize // Nail Varnish; Models Own in Nude Beige

So yeah. Quite a straightforward outfit. The shorts and sandles are from Primark, and surprisingly the sandles are very comfy. I wore them constantly last year for my holiday in Egypt. The cute skull top I picked up in TK Maxx a couple of weeks ago for a tenna. Very cute. Make up I kept minimal as it was a long day!

Also, I have NO idea why my outfit posts always come out in such bad quality. I'm terribly sorry. I wish I could fix it.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Years and years ago, back when I was still an innocent teenager, I went camping with my first proper serious boyfriend and his family. As corny as it sounds, it really was 'the summer of love'. We met in the not so romantic circumstances of being introduced to each other by a mutual friend in the boys toilets of a pub where a big bunch of us used to go and drink underage. Classy. But after that, things were pretty much smooth sailing. Fed up of the many complications of the opposite sex at 17 years of age, I was beyond happy to have found someone that didn't play games. We went on our first date the very next day and after that, I was smitten. 

Because he was going off to university in September, we tried to make the most of the three or four months of summer that we still had together, which included going camping with his uncle and his family. It was on one of those summer nights that I experienced something I'll never forget - laying outside, staring at the stars and just chatting away after his family had gone to bed. It was then that we were shocked to see a beautiful shooting star shoot across the sky. It was so bright but it was gone within seconds. We chatted about how cool it was and then about ten minutes later, we saw another one. And another one. Before we knew it, an hour had passed and we'd seen about ten! As beautiful as it was, I was getting pretty freaked out. I was convinced it was a sign of the world ending or aliens coming down to earth or something. The next day we told his family but no one believed us. We told them to sit outside that night and just be patient and wait and, sure enough, that evening it happened again.

And that was how I accidentally discovered one of the coolest things ever, The Perseids meteor shower, which is one of the UK's biggest and most prominent annual meteor showers. I was pretty gobsmacked. I didn't even know meteor showers existed in this country or that we could even see them with the naked eye. I certainly didn't expect it to be so beautiful. Ever since then, I've made it kind of tradition to always watch The Perseids every year. To me, it's something that is completely out of this world and even though it's annual, I do look at it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean, c'mon, how many of you can say you've seen a meteor shower?! 

Last night I got round to watching some of it in my back garden, having missed it for the past few years with the weather being too cloudy. I wrapped up warm, grabbed my iPod and a blanket, and settled down with my eyes glued to the sky. It was just as amazing as I remembered and since the peak of the shower continues on tonight, I thought why not put a play list together for all of you who might be choosing to watch it tonight? I hope you all do take the time to at least try and watch a bit of it, it's out of this world and well worth the wait, I promise you!

These songs, to me, are just *those* songs. You know the type. You can't quite explain what makes them so moving or what makes them stand out for you, but whenever you listen to them, you sure as hell start thinking about everything from life and death and everything in between. You start feeling like you can do anything and just like that, the music has made you feel like there's something much bigger out there for you. What exactly, you don't know. But if you're going to sit outside and watch a meteor shower, thinking about this massive vast universe and how little you are compared to everything surrounding you, well, this is the play list you'll want to listen to whilst doing so.

Let me know what you think and, even if you have work the next day, please do take the time to try and watch The Perseids tonight, if not tonight then next year. I promise you, you WON'T regret it!

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

If you know me in person, or you've been observant enough on Twitter, then there's no doubt that you know how much I'm obsessed with zombies. Yes, okay, I'm a little bit of a weirdo. I'm a huge fan of zombie movies and I can honestly say hand on heart that if a zombie apocalypse were to happen, a small percentage of me would find it AWESOME. I'm even very, very, VERY slowly working on a zombie novel (it'll one day grace your eyes, I promise you, but I've been working on it for about two years now and have barely got past the fifth chapter). 

So it constantly baffles me and excites me that there are other people just as obsessed with zombies as me and there are even people out there (I call them 'my people') who have gone on to create zombie-like events around the country. So a zombie apocalypse may not actually happen anytime soon (I lie, I hope you all haven't forgotten about the drug that turned lots of people psycho in America last year and made them go bonkers and start eating everyone else's flesh...), but who's to say you can't have some zombie related fun in the meantime?

Inspired by the recent announcement that 2.8 hours later is finally set to return to London after four years, here is my little blog post basically saying how awesome it is as a giant hint to any of my friends that they MUST get me tickets for my birthday (even though the event takes place before my birthday but oh well)

Image taken from 2.8
2.8 hours later is an adrenaline filled experience that takes place in a major city (much like the film, 28 Days Later) and is about as realistic as you're going to get without the dead actually coming back to life. Basically you're given a map which will detail different locations you must attempt to get to within the city, each offering more clues to the next. It's like a giant treasure/manhunt, quite literally in that the zombies are hunting you. But there's no treasure at the end, except for an awesome Zombie Disco at the end if you survive. Thousands of 'zombies' will be continually out to get you and the game can last between an hour and a half and three hours. Plus I really love that on the 'How To Play' page, they find it necessary to add in a header which states, in huge letters, WE HAVE BEER. You're told not to drink during the game (as they state, drinking in a zombie apocalypse is a rubbish survival plan) but beer will await you if you survive. Too awesome.

2.8 hours later is taking place in Bristol, Edinburgh and London between September and November and you can find out more or buy tickets here.

Also worth a mention are Zed Events and The Last Survivors, both of which I'd also love to attend on my slightly odd zombie related activity bucket list.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

This past weekend, me and some friends went to Legoland! Yes, I know we're all 'adults' who don't have any children but to be fair we're like kids ourselves and most of my friends aren't really into rollercoasters so we decided to go to a more family friendly themepark for my friends birthday.

It was a really fun day. Because of the mix of attractions for all ages, there really was something for everyone and we definitely had a laugh going on the kids rides. The weather was gorgeous, I was surrounded by good friends and I'm a massive fan of themeparks - the day couldn't have gone any better.

We found beer! And I don't know why I'm posing like that

The only thing I would complain about is the price. Normally when my parents mention how expensive tickets are, I roll my eyes but this time, with me going with friends and therefore paying with my own money, I really noticed it! An adult ticket is £45.00 alone, which is ridiculous considering that Legoland is aimed mostly at children and other themeparks are much cheaper (for example, Alton Towers is over £10 cheaper and has a lot more to offer in terms of thrill rides, whereas Thorpe Park, which is more family oreinated like Legoland, is again over £10.00 cheaper). I just find it hard to understand why Legoland is charging so much for an adult when the park is aimed at children and other themeparks that have more to offer for adults are actually over £10 cheaper! 

Of course when using the 2-4-1 tickets the price ends up about the same, if not cheaper, and more affordable, but I don't think I'd ever go without using a 2-4-1 voucher. It actually cost us £30 because we split the price between three of us (we were going for a friends birthday and covered her ticket), which I suppose is a really good deal even when going thirds on an extra ticket.

However, when walking around the park, it was again easy to see how easily everything adds up. Lockers cost a non-refundable £1, which isn't ideal if you need to retrieve something from your locker later on in the day or if you've bought a picnic and are storing it in there. Keyrings from photos taken on the bigger rides are £8 alone, and rainmacs cost £3.50 (whereas last time when we'd gone they were only £2.00). Don't get me wrong, Legoland is a GREAT day out, but if you're not careful it can be very expensive.

And here are the top three things we learned from our day out ;

1. It's not a good idea to sit on the park map when riding the River Rapids to avoid your bum getting wet because you will end up drenched anyway and the map will transfer onto your white shorts and give you a green bum!
2. You can find alcohol ANYWHERE if you look long and hard enough
3. Children really are the spawn of the devil

Nonetheless, it was a really great day spent with friends. Despite being far too old for most rides, we had such a laugh, and even found a cheeky popup bar for a brief beer break ;) Even though it was a tad expensive, it was nice just going all out and doing something a little different for the day, especially if it meant making use of the lovely sunshine!

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Recently I was emailed by the team at Snupped and asked if I wanted to review a product for them after they explained a little bit more about the company. The idea came about when co-founders Bryan and Darcy tore down a curtain and made it into a laptop sleeve - hence the launch behind the website that specialises in artists and designers having the opportunity to have their works transformed into products such as laptop sleeves and tablet cases. Each item is completely customizable and tailored to each device and I really love that they support artists by giving them the chance to earn commission on their designs via the website.

Snupped also has a 'Lookbook' via Pinterest where customers can show case their items, bringing a whole new light to the way we choose to store our products. I love that you can design your own case and tailor it to your outfit, carrying your product and incorporating it as part of your look!

Here's the awesome laptop sleeve that I chose and recieved for my MacBook. To be honest, it couldn't have come at a better time because when I'm not using my laptop it's always lying around in random places and I'm on constant fear of spilling something over it. (I'm VERY clumsy and sometimes I just leave my laptop on the floor, I'm sure it was bound to happen eventually...) so it was great to receive a case to actually keep my laptop in. It stands out too and is a gorgeous pattern, and doubles up as a little cushion to place my laptop on when it's charging, as sometimes the bottom of it does get rather hot and burns me!

I adore the quirky design too - I just HAD to pick something with skulls on, didn't I? - it's both rock chick and cute at the same time. I love it!

I'm very, very pleased with my laptop sleeve and would definitely suggest checking out Snupped next time you need anything customized or anything good quality to help store/look after your favourite technology. Prices are affordable and my sleeve is amazing quality. There is also a very wide range of designs to choose from so there's bound to be something you'll like.

Thanks very much Snupped!

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