Forget Friday, it's all about the weekend! I love my job but that makes weekends even better as I can recharge and get everything sorted for the next week ahead. The difference between being a 'professional' and a student is that you have to live for the weekend and treat yourself, otherwise what are you working for? Like being a student is a mixture of studying and partying with rare cash injections and you are a student 100% of the time, but working only takes up 9-5 every weekday and then your options are open. It's a bit weird!
I hold the importance of treating yourself very highly as I'm not one to scrimp and only shop in sales and get water at the restaurant instead of a drink. Those things would probably be more beneficial for my bank balance but you have to keep yourself happy! I think I've finally settled into the house here and Bristol and work, as the house is a bit more homely now, even if it is still very male! I just cleaned the bathroom though and it made me quite suicidal, I don't think it has been cleaned properly in actual years!!
So as I live in town, I pop to the centre a couple of times a week just to have a look round the shops and get any bits and bobs I need. I've also just joined a gym, which added up to a fortune with the trainers and membership fees that I had to get, even while making do with clothes I have for gym clothes! I seem to have things I have to visit home to Birmingham for all the time but if I'm here on a weekend, I like to spend a little day in town shopping around. I didn't have my camera but I had my phone so here are a few glimpses.
The best H&M seems to be the one outside the main shopping mall and there's loads of good things in there at the moment. I'm cautious of buying anything new right now as I need to plan what sort of trend I want to buy into this autumn and what I already own, but I've settled into a work/weekend style that I can predict. I got this little heart cropped tee as I know on the weekends I always wear jeggings, a cute tshirt and lots of jewellery!
I also popped into Poundland as I was walking through town as I wanted a new container and saw this cute cat box, perfect for a sandwich! Sadly it doesn't even shut properly so I'll have to save it for things stationed at home only. I also got some tissues, some gems I'll use for nails, and a flask where you can store the central tube in the freezer and it keeps your drink cool then for the rest of the day! I haven't actually done anything crazy to my nails in a while - weird! I guess that working in an office now which the potential of visits from big bosses means I don't want to have ridiculous nails. I love crazy nails but 3D nails are quite far into the extreme stages of nail art and can be quite shocking to some people!
The shopping centre in Bristol is called Cabot Circus and it's LOVELY but a bit like a maze! All the entrances are on ground level but they slope to all different levels when you reach the end of the row of shops, so you don't quite know which floor leads back to which entrance! I usually start at Urban Outfitters, though everything is tribal inspired in there right now and super expensive as usual. They have the Seche Vite topcoat there but it's £10 so I haven't picked that up! I saw this lovely swing coat though in navy with green piping, which I would seriously consider if I didn't have three perfectly good coats.
I popped into River Island, which has loads of great stuff in and makes me really miss working there! Every time I get something I feel like saying 'I used to work here!' with a big grin but there would be no point to that and the Sales Adviser would be like 'Errr OK!?'. I am literally LIVING in maxi dresses and skirts for work, and wear them about four days out of the five. They are so effortless and always fit well because they barely require any fit at all, and you don't need to worry about perfectly shaved/tanned legs last minute when you're getting ready in the morning! Slim maxis suit me best as I am more pear shaped, so a flared/empire maxi makes me look bottom heavy in an unflattering way, so I got this black maxi with slits up the side for only £20. The slits are just to below the knee and they give the skirt a unique column shape and make it a bit more special than a plain black skirt.
I found my way to another exit that has Topshop on the corner and had a browse, but I hardly ever buy clothes from there. Sadly 90% of the things I buy just never look as good as they did on the hanger once I've washed them, and so I can't justify the prices. However, the Leigh jeans in the burgundy colour on the left did catch my eye as I was looking for berry coloured jeggings a few weeks ago. I've decided to just stick to maxi skirts for the next few months but I thought coloured jeans would be fine for work and the Leigh jeans are a good half-jeans-half-jeggings hybrid. I had a pair last year but should have got a smaller size as they definitely get stretched after a few wears. Hmm I think these will haunt me for a few weeks until I at least try them on!
Also they still have a jewellery sale with loads left and everything was £1.50!!! I got loads of jewellery and will save it for future birthdays and Christmas presents. I got more than in this picture but I have them in mind for people who may see this post! I also got Head Over Heels cream blush as my Neon Rose one is almost running out, although I've literally has it for more than a year and use it every single day. They're so great! I stipple it on and put another powder blush over the top depending on which colour I fancy that day. Your blush will last from morning until night! I think I'm going to keep the earrings and the ring with the pink pearl at the centre.
I was toying with the idea of getting a blazer now I have a daily job but I don't think I need to look so smart and I haven't worn a blazer in years. They're the kind of wardrobe staple that you think would be handy but I think I can survive without one. This nude/beige one in Topshop was £65!!! Lovely though. This coat with a furry collar and cuffs was also looovely but I have my Miss Selfridge coat with a furry collar and cuffs. I definitely recommend those features in a coat, they make a world of difference! So comfy and cute.
I eat at Yo! Sushi at least once a week, I love it!! I still have my student discount hehehe. If you get the refillable Miso soup for about £2, you don't need a drink, and if you only get two dishes, it comes to around a fiver only! I am getting a bit bored of the vegetarian dishes as I've had them all now so there's no fun in trying something new, but they are still so tasty. I love the Vegetable Gyoza and anything with seaweed. Yo! Sushi is also a great place to eat alone as the belt is so entertaining to watch and you're involved with everything rather than sitting at a table alone. Sitting at a table for one in Nando's is a bit boring!
I went into Superdrug to check out the Sleek Pout Paints, which I LOVED. I really wanted the peach and coral but they were a fiver each, and even on 3for2, I couldn't really justify that as I have ten thousand peach and coral lip products. I popped along to Boots to check out their deals and the Got2B range is half price so I snapped but a 2 Sexy hairspray for only £2. I have been through at least ten cans of this, it's amazing and smells like raspberries! My old housemate Sophia (who is now teaching English in Colombia, I miss her so much but am so proud :') yay) introduced me to it as she knew Katie Price uses it, and now my Mom and sister use it too!
I've also not been having great hair days recently and it is totally because I refused to buy a new bottle of serum until my Kerastase Ultimate Elixir has ran out, but that is taking an eternity!!! So I just bit the bullet and got my ALL TIME favourite John Frieda Extra Strong Formula Serum, which I've also had a million times and even used to buy it in Sweden where it was £12!! It wasn't even on offer in Superdrug or Boots but I just had to get it, it has been too long!
Then I went to Wilkinsons on the way home and got a few plates and kitchen bits as I think nice crockery will encourage me to cook at home more! I got this cute storage box reduced to £1 and am going to use it to put my daily makeup in. I store my makeup in little draws from WHSmith but the stuff I use everyday ends up strewn across my table constantly. This should keep it all tidy but quick to locate.
I also got a hand blender as my new favourite things are food and healthy living blogs! I think it's because I fantasise about having my own kitchen where I can make and store whatever I want as right now I share with eight others and eat out a lot. I was inspired by Laura of Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish who makes the most glorious looking smoothies!!! Her dessert ice creams look especially amazing. I'm going to try her recommendation of a banana, peach and spinach smoothie first!
I also love Sweet Potato Sarah, who is the reason I am actually able to blog tonight and am not banging my head against the wall as she gave me internet!! Well due to housemates moving in and out of my house all the time, an internet changeover means we haven't had it for a few days and probably won't for a few more, but Sarah answered a desperate tweet of mine when I was about to spend £££ on BT Openzone saying you can get it for free if you have BT Broadband. Well my Mom does so I can use her log in, yay!! Thank you Sarah! And thank you BT, I'm sorry I complained so much about your rubbish home broadband! I can't upload YouTube things but I can blog so Sarah I am so grateful. Please, as a thank you, go over and check out her blog as I love her recipes and food diaries but also love her life updates. Fingers crossed this post will publish OK! Have a great start to the week everyone xx
P.S. I thought I'd mention this as some people may relate but I have been on the contraceptive pill Microgynon for a while and think I have pinpointed it as a source of all my worries! Nothing major but in the past few months I've felt really emotional and up and down all the time, and would cry at anything and wouldn't be able to stop! I know I've had loads of changes and stressful times recently but I just didn't have the positive attitude I normally do and couldn't make a decision and was quite anxious. I don't know if it is placebo thinking but I'm pretty sure I've felt better and much more upbeat, sociable and relaxed since I've stopped taking it for only about a week. Has anyone experienced anything similar? I've heard of these things before as it's just the bog standard pill they give to most people.