Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Haul: The Makeup and The Shoes

Recently, I have been shopping more than I probably should. The main issue is that the second I set foot into Boots or see something pretty in town, I have to have it regardless of the fact that I need to save to put down a deposit on a flat. This month I have been a bit of a happy shopper and picked up more things that I probably needed. I'm blaming the fact that I have a lot more free time now I am home from uni and don't have to budget for things like food anymore.

I got this Seventeen contouring palette as I wanted try out contouring but didn't want to spend a huge amount on something I just wanted to have a go at. I don't use the highlighter colour so much as I already have another product which is a better highlighter on my skin but I didn't really have anything to create the shadowing with so I am glad I picked this up.
So far the product itself has been quite good but my technique is letting me down in that I just look like I can been out hiking and have caked my face in dirt rather than that I have cheekbones to rival Angelina Jolie.

I also picked up this Collection eyebrow palette in Boots. I thought it was good as it has all the things you would need - including an angled brush which I didn't previously own. The one problem I have found with this though is that the middle colour which is closest to my eyebrow colour is still a little dark and thus I have to be very careful else it looks like a have a pair of slugs shimmying across my forehead.

I got this Collection Lasting Perfection powder as my other powder has shattered and now come out in a shower of loose powder whenever I open it. I was going to get some translucent powder but I couldn't find any so I made do with this.

I had heard that this Collection Lasting Perfection concealer was good so I decided to pick it up as well. It does really stay put which is a good thing and the coverage is great - especially for my wretched dark circles.

Whilst in Exeter, I went in a really cute shop called Hyde and Seek. It has so much lovely stuff in there. And I found this battery powered hurricane lantern style lamp and fell in love. The colour is gorgeous and it has a dimmer switch so you can control the level of light that it emits. I really like the vintage feel to it and how unusual it is.

Admittedly, I don't own many pairs of shoes (well, I didn't anyway) and it is always a pain trying to find ones that fit. After an entire shopping trip devoted to trying to find a pair of heels which fitted without success, we made a final attempt to find some in the M&S Outlet shop. And, boy, did we find some!
I picked up these for the princely sum of £5. I am not really one for a kitten heel but they look quite cute on and I can actually walk in them so that is a win.

I also picked up these wedges for, I think, under £10. I like the look of these although they do make my toes look a bit squadged up but I think that's the style of them.

I also got these for £18 and I absolutely adore them. I am usually a size 7 but I had to get them in a size 5.5 so I was pretty chuffed by that. They are a bit painful but show me a pair of heels which aren't. I really like how they look on and everyone knows that nude heels elongate your legs and who wouldn't want that?

Finally, I picked up this top from Topman. I have no qualms about shopping in the men's section if I can pick up things like this. I loved the colours and the pattern. I think it would look perfect tucked into high waisted black jeans or a black skirt with a leather jacket.
I am usually a size 12/14 in women's clothing and I got this in an XXS which is quite fitted but they didn't have an XS and the S looked a bit big.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A La Ronde

Today I went with my auntie and uncle to a National trust property called A La Ronde near Exmouth in Devon. I hadn't heard of it before so had absolutely no idea what it was going to be like - they hadn't visited it before either and had only come across it on a blog.
It was a really interesting place to visit, to be honest. Despite being quite small, there are lots of things to see (as you might have guessed from the amount of pictures). You could even play croquet!
They had a lovely tea shop where I got a cream tea - as did my auntie - and my uncle got a crab sandwich which, he informs me, was delicious. They also had some really nice ciabattas on their menu and vanilla beer which sounds interesting. They also had a nice gift shop and grounds to walk around.
This property, if I remember rightly, has 16 sides and was privately owned until the 90s. It is really nicely furnished and there is a major collection of seashells. So many things all over the property are made of shells and there is even a shell grotto on the top floor where the walls are encrusted with shells (unfortunately, we didn't get to go to that level as they are doing work there but we got a sneak peak up some stairs).
My favourite parts of this property were all the books and the ceiling feature with the hanging ball (the disco ball, as I called it).
So, I hope you enjoy this post and that you aren't daunted by how photo heavy it is.


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Things That Make Me Happy

Today I am having a bit of a bad day. I mean, earlier I had a great time. I went into town with my sister and got a BBQ pizza to share from Domino's (which we scoffed on a bench whilst it drizzled slightly - not even bothered). I went to Boots where I got a load of new makeup which is always fun. But since getting home, there have been issues with trying to get my new SIM to work. Also I have been waiting almost two months for my new bank card to arrive and it seems pretty impossible to obtain it no matter how many times we go into the bank and try to rally them into action.
So, I decided to put together a post about all the things which make me happy to cheer myself up a bit.


Picnics are always perfect in the summer. I love heading out to the park with friends or family and a bag hamper of food. It is especially nice if you make some little treats yourself to hand out.

If I had to live off of one thing forever, it would probably be watermelon. It is so refreshing and it looks so nice and it's something you just don't get sick of.


I love being outside at dusk during the summer. Just when it gets a bit cooler and the suns starts to go down. Just sitting outside having a chat with your friends at this time maybe with a glass of Malibu and coke - perfect.

Who doesn't like pizza?! It is the food of kings. Especially the pizza from Pizza Express.

I haven't had a BBQ in such a long time but I really enjoy them. Despite not being the biggest fan of meat, I really like a good BBQ. Especially the BBQ pudding options - eg. you can put a banana in caramel sauce and wrap it in silver foil then barbeque it. Delicious!

Outdoor Lighting
I love how fairy lights and lanterns look when they are strung up outside. If I got married, I would love to dine outside or in a little marquee adorned with fairy lights for the reception.


Tiramisu is my go-to pudding. I absolutely adore it. They do an especially good one at Carluccio's.

Coke floats
Coke floats are just the ultimate summer drink. I always had them with pancakes at summer camp and I always had them at my grandparents' as a kid so I love them.


Sausage dogs
Sausage dogs are my absolute favourite dogs ever. They are so cute and I love seeing them run with their little legs.

Pride and Prejudice
The book. The Colin Firth film. The 2005 film. I love them all. If I need cheering up, I stick on P&P and get lost in the cuteness of Darcy and Bingley and how relatable so many of the situations are and how realistic the characters are.

I love a good market. An antique one (Shepton Mallet, Newark), a food one (Borough Market), a fete, or a jumble sale - they are all amazing.

Bridget Jones
Both the films have such a feel good vibe and are so relatable. I think every woman has felt like Bridget at least once in their life.

Colour co-ordinated bookshelves
I love this look. I recently colour-coordinated my own bookshelf (as I am such a cool kid) and I love how it looks. I hope to one day have enough Penguin books to have a shelf of all orange spined books.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what makes you happy.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


I recently bought this kimono as a bit of an impulse buy from Primark. I really liked the print and colours so I decided to just go for it. I think that this kimono would be good just to chuck on in the summer to avoid being burnt or to keep a bit warmer on summer evenings. I would also be tempted to use this as a cover-up at the pool or the beach.

Kimono: Primark
Top: Topshop
Jeans: Peacocks (old)
Boots: New Look (old)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

I always find it near on impossible to buy for my dad so Father's Day always leaves me puzzled in what to purchase. Usually I opt for Bertie Bassets or chocolate coffee beans but, this year, I would really like to surprise him with something different. Admittedly, I still haven't decided what but I have been browsing many sites to try to get an idea of what would make a nice gift.

Rectangular Jord Watch
Liquorice Allsorts Trees
Personalised Favourite Song Print
Quote Hammer
Circular Jord Watch
Happy Socks

Jord Watches
Personally, I know my dad would absolutely love a Jord watch (I mean, wouldn't we all?) but it is slightly out of my price range. I have seen a few posts about these watches around the blogosphere and I think they are pretty cool. They are made out of wood and come in a variety of designs for men and women - they have some seriously pretty ones in the women's section.

Liquorice Allsorts Trees
I think the liquorice allsorts trees would be a nice twist on a tradition of gifting liquorice allsorts on Father's Day though so that might be a good idea as well. They look quite unusual and would definitely be an exciting alternative to buying the same thing every year.

Personalised Song Print
This is a pretty cool idea. You say which song you would like the sound waves of to be printed - preferably your dad's favourite song - and you get it printed out really nicely. They have a few different colours to print in too. I think this would be ideal if your dad is a bit of a music buff.

Quote Hammer
I feel like this is a fun alternative to buying the generic DIY tools which lots of dads will probably be getting this year - especially if your dad has a good sense of humour.

Happy Socks
You can't go wrong with socks. right? No-one can ever have too many socks and especially not if they are as funky as these.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know if you have any ideas for great presents and what you have got your dad this year.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Room Tour

I have officially completed my first year of university! Well, unless I flunk any of the exams which doesn't seem unlikely. But, either way, I am back home in Devon for the next four months and have been moved into a makeshift bedroom in the utility room. In all honesty, I really didn't realise I had so much stuff but I have managed to organise it all and, I think, have managed to make the room look fairly nice. It is a small room so lots of my stuff has been packed up into the cupboard and some of my winter clothes are in the wardrobes upstairs.
Anyway, I hope you like seeing my room and I would love to hear if you have any tips on how to organise a small room and if you would like to see a bookshelf tour then let me know.




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