Hello everyone, long time no see - uni took over my life but I've got lots of time off so I can get back to work here on my blog! I want to try and improve my site so I can enjoy a fresh start for the new year, I can't wait to show you.
As Christmas is creeping up, I've found the perfect gift for anyone who is frantically running around the shops hunting to find something for their loved one. Or this could make the ultimate treat for yourself...
As the name suggests, Flowerbomb is a fragrance which replicates the smell of a flower explosion. I immediately fell in love with the scent as soon as I sprayed it onto my skin. I felt as though I had just entered a floristry, with every flower releasing a refreshing attractive aroma. The scent includes tones of tea, jasmine, orchid, rose, bergamot, saffron and many more.Many would think that a sweet perfume such as this would be too overpowering and I'm happy to say I've had no problems in experiencing this. I was really impressed by how long lasting the scent is! I enjoyed the sweet floral scent all night and could even smell it the next morning. This is for sure my new staple, a feminine and flirty scent made for us ladies!
I absolutely adore the packaging also, the glass catches the light at every angle - it glistens on my dressing table. It's a classy little bottle and is a PERFECT shape for travel and popping in your handbag.
You can find this perfume on the House of Fraser website here, where it is being sold in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles.
Let me know if you've tried this perfume in the comments below :)
Last week I had the amazing opportunity of attending Ultimos VIP blogger event at House of Fraser Oxford street, for their new AW15 lingerie range, seen HERE. If anyone remembers my post Fitted Lingerie, you will know how much I adore attractive but supportive looking bras. So it was a no brainer for me to attend this event and I'm so glad I did! Every piece was simply stunning and were all very different to each other. Some offered a girly yet pretty vibe whilst others were promoting more of a raunchy and seductive look!
Not only did we get to walk around these glorious displays in utter awe, we also got fitted by one of the lovely specialists from the Ultimo team and got to choose a set. I opted for the OMG Jasmine piece which is gold detailed with black lace and scalloped edges, not to mention very sheer briefs!
Our next challenge was to style up our set with selected clothes and accessories from House and Fraser. A professional photographer (with insane dreadlocks btw haha) then snapped away at us whilst we modelled our Ultimo set. The idea of the styling challenge was so that we dressed smart/casual whilst giving a little tease of what was underneath; I loved seeing everyones different looks!
I selected an all black outfit, choosing a leather mini skirt which I felt was very empowering and opted for a waterfall gillet which I pulled at the waist with a gold chain belt. I felt like the hint of gold really compliment the bra! This was all teamed up with a pair of black heels to add a little bit of classiness! (...they came off as soon as the shoot finished, I'm surprised I managed to keep balanced!!)
I then popped back out and went back to enjoy the atmosphere while nibbling on the macaroons and sipping away at my prosecco. I noticed at a desk a lady was doodling away and happened to be doing fashion illustrations at request of our personal sets! I was totally interested in this, I'm going to be studying Textile Design in a couple of weeks and this is the sort of thing I'd be doing; creating fabrics on paper. I asked plenty of questions and she was so lovely to talk to! Her Instagram is @alihansenillustration if you're interested.
MAKE A NOTE: If you have fallen in love with any of the pieces from the collection be sure to visit the consumer event at the concession in the House of Fraser Oxford store on the 10th of September at 7pm. Attending the event will be fashion expert Grace Woodward (X factor/Britain's next top model) as well as the celebrity stylist of Jessie J and The Saturdays Frank Strachan. They will be answering any questions live on stage! Any purchase over £35.00 will receive 25% off AND a gift too . This is a perfect event if you love lingerie as much as me!
Thanks to the lovely team at Ultimo for inviting me to this event, it was a perfect girly day!
If you would like to keep up with Ultimo or see behind the scene pics from the event, check out:
Just a quick little update to let you know that I passed my a-level exams and will be off to Uni in two...(omg) TWO weeks! I will be starting Textiles Design at the University of Derby, I'm so excited as it was my first choice and I can't wait to begin; I'm finally able to study something I love.
I've bought myself a lot of kitchen/bedroom stuff already, it's great to finally have an excuse to look at homeware sections in shops, it's fair to say I've been waiting for this moment for a few years! It's quite a way from home but fortunately I have plenty of family that way so I won't feel completely uncomfortable. The thought of moving away from what I know is beginning to become a little bit daunting however I'm sure it won't take too long for me to settle in and make some new friends (I can't wait for the uni accent to develop haha).
I was actually thinking of doing a vlog on my moving in process. I thought it would be quite useful for others in a similar position or just as a little momento for myself. I made a video a while ago and I really enjoy watching back those memories, I just think everything may be absolutely hectic when I move!
Let me know anyway in the comments, I'll be sure to blog some of the process if all else fails! :)
Every now and then we can all get a little bit stressed out and I for one am a good example for this. Sometimes I can let things build up in my head and not worry about them too much but suddenly my brain goes 'AHHHH' and explodes. So I like to opt for a bit of a detox to help myself calm down and allow myself to enjoy life a little more. For Emily's perfect way to detox, you shall need...... Peppermint Tea I always always ALWAYS find myself making this when I want to relax. This is a great remedy for soothing stomach pains and relieving stress, helping you to sleep much better at night. It's super calming and I much prefer it to ordinary tea! Pyjamas/onesie It's no wonder you are feeling stressed if you're not in your comfiest clothes EVER. Come on, what are you waiting for? Jump into your snug pjs and cuddle up in your duvet. Favourite chocolate My favourite snack is guaranteed to cheer me up. Recently I've been loving Cadburys chocolate buttons, perfect bitesize pieces which really do not last long...but hey as long as you feel happy after! A pamper Sometimes I feel like a little refresh is needed. Taking some time to look after my body externally can help me internally. Painting my nails, deep facial cleanse, moisturising or a lovely bath can help relax and reassure you. Films/music Nothing like a classic film to get you giddy, I chose Love Actually and although it's August, it got me so excited for winter/Christmas I couldn't stop smiling away. This is perfect to snuggle up to in bed whilst sipping away at your tea and nibbling your chocolate. OR some relaxing music may help calm those thoughts. Tell me what you like to do when you need some time for yourself below!
Hello everyone! I thought I'd show you some snaps from a much needed Amazon splurge. I have been building up my Amazon basket for a long long time! I ended up in a vicious cycle of putting things in and throwing things out but never actually ordering anything. For those of you who don't know (how?!), Amazon is a massive online catalogue which sells just about anything for a much cheaper price than on the high street. Why wouldn't you want this! So basically I've just had a little gather up of things I've been meaning to get for a while, some essentials and what not! I bought myself an A4 sketchbook for my summer uni project and some fancy pancy pencils to go with it. No idea what each and every pencil is for, I can't believe how many options the world has. Once I fill the sketchbook, I hope to show you a selection of the pages. I also got a couple of books to read (sticking to my summer challenge), I forgot how exciting it is to hold a new book! One of them is about twins starting uni, and as I'm in this position I can't wait to read it. After months of pain from feeling like my powder brush was stabbing me in the face, I finally decided to go ahead and buy a real techniques one! Good bye cactus and hello soft fluffyness of joy on a stick. I bagged myself the blusher brush also. Lastly, I got The Fault In Our Stars dvd. I've watched this twice already, cried too much already but I still want more! I'm looking on stocking up on loads of dvds because I won't have a TV at uni :'( Let me know where you love to online shop and please recommend any dvds you think I should get beloooow :)
My Summer this year is destined to be a long one. What with finishing college a month ago and still having a couple of months before I start university, I've decided I need to make some plans. I've made a little list of things I'd like to get up to this summer, I'm hoping I get the chance to do them all and I plan to do an update post a month or so down the line. READ BOOKS AGAIN I was once an avid reader back in the day and I believe it was my schools fault for making me read novels (which I considered boring) and not having the time or brain capacity to read other books. I really feel like since I've stopped reading, I've lost all imagination...I need it back! So I plan to read my way through Summer with as many books as possible! Let me know of any recommendations below. TRAVEL/DRIVE MORE I've already travelled to Bulgaria to see Kris this Summer but I'd really like to travel around England or even just London to find any secret lovely places. I also want to visit family that have dotted themselves around the country, however me driving to them is a different story. I need to gain more confidence in my driving but the thought of going near a motorway petrifies me!! GET BACK INTO DRAWING I've really wanted for a long time now to start doing silly little sketches or patterns. It's something that will be part of my university course so I need to get some practice. I used to love designing greetings cards and wall posters! I want to get back into this and see where it takes me. LEARN TO COOK Strange one as I actually achieved an A* in GCSE food, what ever happened to that I don't know! I need to gather up some easy recipe books that will allow me to make cheap and yummy meals for when I'm away at uni. This summer I plan to develop my cooking skills whilst making an awful mess in the kitchen....sorry mum! HOMEWARE SHOPPING I've been so excited at this prospect for a very long time. I remember every summer holiday I would look at 'soon to be university students' in the shops buying all their home stuff and I always wished for that moment to come to me. I'm now here and I have no idea what to do, I need to budget but I just want it all! I can't wait to own my own bedding and kitchen utensils and cushions and everything! So these are my mini little challenges I plan to complete! Have you got any of your own, I'd love to know in the comments below :)
I remember college being the most exciting thought (other than the long summer) whilst at school, it seems such a long time ago now! At the time, our school didn't have a sixth form so we all knew we were going to be heading in separate directions, for some it was a relief and for others it was hard to say goodbye. When leaving school, I didn't find it as easy as it is to leave college. I feel like the days have dragged and the 2 years become a lifetime but nonetheless the time arrived. I often wonder what it is that I dislike about college so much, but every time I come down to the same conclusion: A-levels. Either way I have actually found a few things that I will miss about college!
This is a weird one. Surely this is what everyone hates? As I'm going to be studying an art degree, my knowledge of how cells are adapted and integrating trig functions are soon going to disappear over this summer. Having being able to once solve such challenging problems, I know in the future I will miss being able to have this skill. Socialising It's fair to say that I made some amazing friends whilst at college, and we'll be sure to keep in touch throughout our next adventures. But the people I will really miss are the ones that are the characters in the class, the teachers full of banter, the dinner ladies that know your order before you even open your mouth. It's weird to think I won't come across those people again. Individual Style I think this one will still crop up in my life but at college style was so varied! We had no rules, wear what you want... look how you want. I found it so cool to look at other peoples fashions, and question if I could ever pull off their hairstyle(answer was ALWAYS no). But also what people got up to around the grounds; playing cards, guitars, singing...there was always something I would admire. Student Discount Definitely struggling without this, I felt like my soul was ripped out of me when my student card was taken away! Hurry up uni. Those are the things I'll miss, pretty sure to say I won't miss the nightmare of a carpark that place had! If you're leaving a job, uni, college/school, let me know what you'll miss in the comments!
My bedroom has currently been pulled apart as my Dad is painting the walls. This means all of my stuff has been shuffled about around the house and of course, this is the time I have to be low on photographs! Soon my room will be finished so I'll be able to get my blog back into action and schedule some posts for when I'm away next week :)
In the mean time, I visited my favourite local area with my Mum and took my trusty camera along with me. Leigh on Sea is kind of split into two; new and old. The old area is where you will find the beach and little beach shops where you can find traditional gifts and yummy seaside food. The newer area is a little high street full of hustle and bustle, and FULL of quirky little shops along the broadway. I always love shopping here and supporting the independent shops. It's nice to be able to buy gifts or little pieces that you know you can't find in your local supermarket!
I hope you like the photos, are there any secret areas that you love?
It's official that exams had consumed me and my time for blogging became very limited. However, here I am and I'm ready to get updating you all on where I've been!
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by House of Fraser to view this years Autumn and Winter collection. It was my first event and I wanted to make sure I was there to see all the delights, this meant a quick 'doctors note' was given to the college and away I was! I met up with Katiewho is so lovely! We had a great natter whilst we were walking around the showrooms, and being our usual clumsy selves we knocked everything off the shelves! We had a peep round the womenswear collection as well as the homeware, there is so much to look out for this winter.
There were such a vast collection of gorgeous bags, every shape, colour and style could be found in every corner of the room. I particularly loved the cute fluffy ones! I also really liked the coat and shirt combinations, the monochrome really suited a clash of colour and some of the coats were so cleverly detailed.
What with going to university in September, I finally get the chance to have an excuse for looking at homeware! I absolutely adored the collection. There were such bold colours to brighten any gloomy winter day, and they included a range of throws which means you could change your room to suit your mood that day! Yes please. I also noticed that copper and bronze were a big deal, it adds such a simple and elegant touch to a room!
So those were the pictures from the event, let me know what you'll be looking out for later this year!
Recently I've been trying a perfume by Jo Malone, Wood Sage and Sea Salt. It comes in the familiar packaging, a classy little box tied with a ribbon, but inside is the real beauty! The bottle is a really simple and sleek shape, I have the 30ml which is just perfect if you want to slip it in your handbag for when you're on the go.
The fragrance is really refreshing. Every time I spray it I can picture myself walking along the shore of the seaside with the waves trickling at my feet, awaiting to see what the day ahead holds! I find the scent to be so fresh, I can particularly make out the spray of the sea salt which is so natural and restoring. There is also an earthy and rocky aroma which is coming from the wood sage, it compliments the sea salt well. It's definitely not a girly or floral fragrance and so it's perfect for me as it isn't too sweet or sickly.
I think Jo Malone have payed close attention to detail with this scent, I feel it aims to bring back your own personal memories of those seaside days which makes this so unique. I really enjoy wearing this and mainly wear it on special occasions just because I fear that I'd wear this so much it will vanish! Although I'm pretty sure I'd be up for repurchasing it for another, I really want to try all their other gorgeous perfumes too, plus their candles always entice me!
You can find this perfume on the House Of Fraser website here, where it is being sold in 30ml and 100ml bottles.
Tell me if you have a favourite Jo Malone scent in the comments below :)
I think it's certain to say that the sun is giving everything its got to make an appearance here in England. It has dawned on me that soon it's time for my skin to be re-united with the warm rays of the sun, however it's always this time of year where I remember just how pale my skin has become. Now, I'm not a typical Essex girl who goes and get themselves a spray tan to make their skin the colour of a tangerine, but I do get a little self conscious and need a quick fix! In the first few weeks of summer I like to just prep my skin with a gradual tan moisturiser. I apply it all over my body and this just gives me a little bit of colour so that I'm not transparent! I particularly love this one from Garnier, I'm not aware if there are different colour intensities but I always pick up the Deep sun-kissed one. Obviously the more you apply it then the darker you go, it also depends on the frequency of application. I like to apply this after one of my weekly showers, but first I concentrate on my elbows, knees and any other dry areas of my body with another moisturiser and just let it soften the skin a little. I smooth the grad tan all aver my body and only lightly concentrate on my knees and elbows just because I don't want those areas to appear cakey. It's also worth noting that it's best to wash your hands every once in a while otherwise they will be glowing haha! (mistake learnt) I'd generally say that the moisturiser takes affect over night but I always allow my second shower of the week to wash off any excess just so it's a bit more natural. My skin looks naturally bronzed and what's better is that there are no tan lines! I then just apply it as and when I need it but soon enough my natural tan is developing by then. I would say that this product does still produce the fake tan smell, it does look enticing with this apricot extract malarky but unfortunately it only lasts a couple of hours :(
I really love to dress in an androgynous style lately and these unisex tees from ENGlorious were the ideal supplement. ENGlorious is an independent online store run by a designer inspired by her surroundings and style. I love stores like this as everything is unique and handmade, this means that the designs get updated frequently so if there's anything you like, grab it quick! The tees are of a really high quality, the material is made from a strong jersey that will last a lifetime and the prints have not budged at all.
I was asked to pair these two tees up and do a little outfit post (eek it's only my second one- still new to this haha). Both of the tees are a medium, this gives a bit of bagginess which I like in a tee! For these I wore them with denim, I thought it gave a bit of edge to the outfit and a nice casual approach. With the pinafore dress I wore my favourite little backpack, I like the look it gives, it reminds me of my childhood fashion traumas!
I'm really loving these tees, I can't wait till the sun is fully out so I can wear them through out the summer. Let me know what you think of these and if you have or are going to check out ENGlorious!