31 December 2012


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Can anyone else believe it's the end of another year? I feel as though it was only yesterday that i was writing this exact same post, last year. What a year 2012 has turned out to be. I can't quite get over what an incredible year it's turned out to be for Great Britain. 2012 will forever be remembered because of some of the occasions that happened this year. Like i say every year, i'm not one for regrets i'm just happy for what i've been blessed with however i feel as though 2012 has been a difficult but rewarding year, so far.

2012 saw me turn 20, visit Paris and Florida (again), finish my first year of University with a 2:1 and return to Southampton, hit a landmark of being half way through my University life, celebrate being in a relationship for three years, me watch my Mr graduate with first class honours and him turn 22. On top of this we saw the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics hosted in London.

2012 has made me even more thankful for my wonderful friends. The ones that i spend pretty much all of my time with, the five girls i spend my University life with. Kammy, Nicole, Abbie, Izzi and Izzi are five wonderful people and i can't be any more grateful or thankful that they're my friends. The ones from home that have taken the time to keep in contact, which sadly doesn't happen with all of them, but it lets you know who are the ones you want to keep.

Overall, despite 2012 having it's real ups and downs it's still been a brilliant year and one that i'll never forget. I hope that 2013 is an even more successful and thriving year.

2013 sees me turn 21, which i'm not sure why but although i don't plan to make a huge deal out of it i'm looking forward to it. It'll see me finish my second year of University and hopefully see a trip to New York with my other half.

I feel as though i've really changed in the last year, hopefully for the better, and i've watched and felt myself grow. I'm proud of what i've achieved and i feel as though i'm becoming far more self assured and independent.

I'm not going to initiate any sort of resolutions this year because a year is a very long time and who knows what's going to happen and change in that time; all i want for 2013 is to keep happy and healthy, continue to learn and grow and to do my best in everything that comes along.

I hope you all have had a wonderful 2012 and continue to have an even more wonderful 2013. I hope have a great New Years celebration in whatever you may choose to do, and that you spend it with the ones you love.

Happy New Year!


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29 December 2012

Not your Normal New Year #2

Dress: Topshop | Jumper: Next | Tights: Primark | Necklace: Rock N Rose | Boots: River Island | Lipstick: Revlon Lipbutter in Macaroon

This ensemble is a little more glam, for my freezing cold New Years Eve. Like i said previously, i don't want to be too glitzy because the occasion - in my case - just doesn't call for it, i'll be focusing on warmth and comfort, however this could be a, slightly on the formal side, option for fireworks.

I love this sparkly Topshop dress that i got for Christmas last year, it's so beautiful and despite it's glitzy exterior it's actually very wearable. I'm not really afraid to put myself out there with what i wear, so i'd probably even rock this during the day dressed down with flat boots, a printed scarf and a coat but dressed up a little more, like this, with a slight heel and a glam jumper could be a great way to keep it smart casual.

By adding this jumper, and keeping the glam at the bottom, i feel as though i'd be a lot more comfortable wearing this for my New Year occasion. It also means i could really layer up on top, underneath the jumper, and add a few more pairs of tights on the bottom - i'm all about the layers.


27 December 2012

Not your Normal New Year #1

Skirt: New Look Tall | Jumper: H&M | Necklace: Rock N Rose | Tights: Primark | Boots: River Island | Lipstick: Revlon Lipbutter in Macaroon

So, now that Christmas is over it's time to begin thinking about the inevitable; New Year. 

This is the first of my New Year outfit ideas. I'm not spending New Year in the traditional way this time around, as i'm hoping to be spending it freezing cold on the banks of the Thames with the other thousand people waiting to bring in the New Year with fireworks and a bit of cheer. So for this reason i don't want anything super fancy or super glitzy.

This is my kind of middle of the road style, it's not too glam but the sparkle in the jumper keeps it feeling festive. I'm not particularly one for going all out during this celebration, so by keeping things chic in black and adding a little sparkle it keeps it simple and not too overdone. An outfit like this is easy to layer up; so i can wear at least three pairs of tights (i kid you not), strappy tops piled with long sleeves under my jumper, add a scarf and my coat to top everything off. Maybe even a bobble hat or knitted headband to keep my ears warm.

To finish everything off this Lipbutter in Macaroon pulls it all together, in it's gorgeous red shade. I find red very hard to pull off because i'm so pale, but this brown toned red really works; plus it's very light weight and moisturising for the cold, London weather.


25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope your Christmas is Merry & Bright, 

21 December 2012

#OOTD Disco Pants Dupes

Jumper: Primark | Snood: New Look | Necklace: Rock N Rose | Disco Pants: Glamorous | Converse

I bought these Disco Pants from Glamorous way back in the Summer, thinking i'd get tonnes of wear out of them because well, frankly, they're awesome but when i got back to University i got myself into a bit of a pickle with my ridiculous workload and got back into the awful habit of just shoving on whatever was easiest. So, the past three months i've been living in leggings and jeans, mainly for comfort and i wasn't really feeling like standing out. However, now i've got the worst semester over i'm beginning to feel like myself again and wanting to go back to experimenting a bit more; so when i saw these hanging in my wardrobe i decided to give them an outing. They're actually surprisingly comfortable but do make me feel a little naked because they're so skintight.

What i love about them is that they're easily dressed up or down; they're so versatile and can be paired with so many different tops, accessories and shoes. I got them in both blue and black - which is more like a grey - which you previously saw in my knit on knit post. As i'm going to be spending my New Year in London, most likely freezing my butt off on the banks of the Thames waiting for the legendary New Year fireworks for the first time, i'm not sure whether i want to wear a dress of a skirt and i think these are a great alternative to wear at New Year. They're easy to layer and look great with knitwear. I'm hoping to show you some of my New Year outfit ideas if all goes to plan.

What are you doing over New Year?


17 December 2012

#OOTD Pop of Print

Long Sleeve Top: H&M | Skirt: New Look | Super Cosy Tights: Primark | Necklace: Topshop | Chelsea Boots: River Island | Kimono: Primark

I love the Summer. Don't get me wrong, i love Autumn, Winter, layering up and big, chunky knits, but i find that i come into my style own when it's the Summer. So, when the temperatures plummet i feel sad tucking away all my unloved Summer clothes.

One of my favourite, but probably most unworn, items is this beautiful kimono from Primark. I thought i'd give dressing this for the Winter a go. I find that at this time of year long sleeve tops are my saviour; they can make any outfit Winter appropriate. I think this simple black outfit really compliments the kimono; it actually has black in it so it matches perfectly. It entirely changes the feel of an all black outfit, but injecting some colour and actually the colours in this kimono could be seen as Wintery as it contains black and some icey purple tones.

I love finding different ways to wear some of my favourite items, how do you like to dress during the Winter?


13 December 2012

Winter Wonderland #4: Stocking Fillers

Whittard Hangover Tea Bags: £3.50 | Topshop Pacman Stapler: £5.00 | Topshop Eye Palette in Atmosphere: £16.00 | John Lewis Jelly Belly Fabulous Five Gift Box: £6.50 | Accessorize Sequin Fairisle Capped Gloves: £12.00 | Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream: £10.00 | Hawkin's Bazaar Magic Christmas Tree: £6.00 | Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Body Spray: £3.50 | Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Gel: £2.50 | Hawkin's Bazaar Christmas Origami: £4.00 | Topshop Navy Blue Stripey Robin Socks: £3.50 | Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15: £4.00 | Urban Outfitters USB Bolt Hub: £15.00 | Lily Flame Silent Night Scented Candle: £8.50 | Charbonnel et Walker Mini Red Heart Champagne Truffles: £3.85 | John Lewis Drumstick Pencils: £5.00 | Whittard Caramel Chocolate Stirrer: £2.50

So, it's finally the last instalment of my Winter Wonderland series and i thought i'd finish off with Stocking Fillers as i always find that's the hardest thing to buy for - if you do the stocking route, with your family or with your friends.

The thing i love about stocking stuffers is you can go a little out there with your purchases. It's traditional to choose things that are a bit different and, of course, are in diddy sizes. My favourite ideas for stockings is the great travel range from Soap & Glory. They do some of their best sellers in little sizes. Their Hand Maid is used by many and is great to keep in your handbag, or if you'd like something a little nicer why not pick up a little body spray. They have a selection of scents and they're all delicious! Sticking with the toiletries branch, the Body Shop sell some amazing hand creams. There's a selection of them for different skin types and the almond one is perfect for a range of different people.

Something that i love for putting into stockings, or even secret santa ideas for your friends, are novelty gifts. Hawkin's Bazaar is great for these little bits and bobs: something that i used to love was their growing Christmas trees. All you do is add a little water, and wait. The previously naked stick that sits in the container begins to grow green fluff all over it. It's pretty cool and lasts a little while, so is great to decorate with too! Something else a little crafty and Christmassy is this Christmas Origami set. It contains the paper and instructions to make some great decorations for the festive period. You could string them into garlands and make great wall hangings for your room.

Foody gifts always go down well and who doesn't love Jelly Belly! This great set comes with samples from five of it's best collections, giving your giftee to try lots of things at once. Charbonnel et Walker chocolates are always a great gift, especially as they're packaged so beautifully. They comes in plenty of sizes, shapes and flavours so you're sure to find something for everyone.

These are just a few suggestions of gifts, what do you like to find in your stocking?


10 December 2012

Winter Wonderland: #3 Gloves

Accessorize Pheobe Chevron Capped Gloves: £12 | H&M Gloves: £7.99 | Emma Cook for Topshop Jingle Bell Mittens: £25 | Accessorize Diamond Fairisle Gloves: £12 | Alice Hannah for New Look Grey Sequin Heart Gloves: £17.99 | Accessorize Narrow Stripe Smart Phone Glove: £14 | River Island Brown Christmas Pudding Gloves: £13 | Accessorize Chunky Cable Fur Trim Mittens: £14 | River Island Black Studded Leather Gloves: £30 | Accessorize Two Tone Fairisle Chunky Capped Gloves: £12 | ASOS Fairisle Converter Gloves: £10

Wow, where does time go? I'm sorry i haven't posted for a while but let me tell you it's been an extremely long and tiring few weeks filled with presentations, late nights and lots and lots of writing. This makes for little time to blog but i've finally handed in the remainders of my work and i've got some time to spare so i decided to continue my Winter Wonderland series.

I don't know where it's come from but suddenly it's gotten very, very cold and for the first time this year i've had to pull out the gloves. This bitterly cold, frosty weather means that we really need to up our game at keeping our fingers warm so here are my favourite choices for gloves this year.

Accessorize is my go-to store for winter wear as their Winter Shop has yet to be rivalled. With a range of mittens, gloves and capped gloves to choose from there's definitely something for everything. I am a capped gloves kinda gal, so you can keep your fingers warm but when you want to use your phone or remove something from your eye (essential) you can simply take the cap off your fingers while keeping the rest of your hand warm. They've also got some of the infamous smart phone gloves this year with the special fingertips designed to be felt by your touch screen device meaning no need to get your tips cold!

I'm not a huge fan of mittens but how can you not love these gorgeous pairs! Novelty gloves are great for feeling festive this time of year, and this Jingle Bell pair is perfect for the Christmas festivities! If something so bold isn't quite up your street then this cream, fur lined, cable knit pair is perfect to keep your mitts warm this season. 

If you're more a simple gloves kind of gal but want something a little different, there are plenty of options on the High Street. Why not try a twist on some classic black gloves and give this River Island studded pair a whirl. They're perfect for someone who wants something a little different but don't want to stray too far from the classic styles. Another option is this beautiful green pair from H&M. They've got a great retro look about them, and would suit a multitude of styles.

What's your glove of choice?

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