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Snapshots of the Week(s)

Right, it's time! Face mask - check. Internet TV - check. Munchies - check. Finally a night off, woop! Not that I work at night, but my brain does work at night and I live with a million people, so there's not many chances to relaaax in peace and quiet. I've had some holiday from work this week so I've been home to Birmingham again, but I fully booked up my time so haven't stopped! I haven't been snapping photos for blog posts very much but I have been logging things with my Blackberry camera so here are a few buys, outfits and outings, including what I came home for - a Katy Perry concert!!! I have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to go on a Zombie Walk back in Bristol.... how do I get talked into these things?!

So starting from two weekends ago when I came home for a friend's birthday, it was of course tan o'clock! I am a rubbish tanner and it all may seem OK in a dark club, but I am streaks galore the next day. My sister just came home too and had a quick outfit change that desired a tan, and she was quite alarmed when she started putting on this DARK lotion! On my pale skin it makes me a nice warm colour though.

This is a sort of 'Nails of the Week' post as I had these flouro green nails for a while! I was fed up of about 4 months of coral so I went for the craziest colour and sort of hated it but sort of loved it.

My Mom gets my sister and I very random little presents sometimes as we both live away now and she found these tweezers that look like me! Seriously, haha!

I live by quite a cheap and cheerful highstreet so I raided the shops and found these mini drawers in Poundland which can house my every-day makeup, and stocked up on cheapie lashes. I forgot to add a disclaimer to my last post on how I store my makeup as I do know I have loooooads of it! However, watching loads of beauty videos showing people with huge collections made me loose touch a bit, even though most of those people are actually makeup artists and if I went near anyone else's face, it would be a disaster!

I have a slight Forever 21 addiction (see below) as they make amazing tops as far as I'm concerned! I got this Disney top with Minnie Mouse bows on a few months ago from the London Oxford Street store and it is sooo cute.

And from cute to erm, glam? Haha my green nails really were a sight! Here I am about to go out for my friend's birthday, wearing double lashes and the Motel Elsa Dress, which is my current 'wear to every occasion with every group of friends until it is all over Facebook' dress as I love it x a million! But I am of course biased :)

Last Friday at work we were discussing top secret and confidential Christmas plans (ooo it's only round the corner!!) and I ended up wearing 3 different types of animal, so to speak. I got a fur coat off eBay that was in River Island last year, and wore a huge River Island Dalmatian print sweatshirt with velvet leggings and New Look leopard print loafers. Usually I dress a lot smarter for work but there are very few of us in our office on Fridays so I take it down a notch.

Also in that animal photo was my GlossyBox under my arm! I can't really review mine as I always share it with everyone in the office, and I don't review things here exactly, but sometimes I just feel like I need to top up my makeup collection, you know? I do sometimes feel mine has space to grow (LOL).

I came home on Tuesday night after work so I could spend Wednesday preparing for Kaaaty Perryyy ahhh! I went to the nail salon as I had desperately outgrown gels by then and couldn't decide on bright coral (again) or neon yellow/green.

I had a little peek in New Look and spotted these gorgeous heels in the blue that I am obsessed with at the moment, I am very tempted!!

Also did a little shop of the cheapie stores and got my favourite hairspray and tan at discount prices and some blood for this zombie walk. Not sure I'll be walking the streets saying 'bbbrrraaaiiinnssss' but I intend to at least have good makeup!

 

First though, omgeee Katy Perryyyyy!!! I went with my FAB uni friends Ellie and Natalie and wowowow it was SO GOOD! The whole thing was a story with your expected crazy sets and antics and it was amazing! Standing in an arena is great as there was loads of room and we could basically stand where ever we wanted! I didn't actually take my camera as I knew I'd spend lots of time taking photos rather than watching but I'll try and nick some of my friend's for you!

 

Haha Natalie got us all blue wigs!! We wore ours for a few comedy photos and during one song but they were quite wild and made us look mental haha! There were loads of great Katy Perry costumes at the gig though. I really want to see The Saturdays and Rihanna now!

Today I shopped round the Bullring and got a few payday purchases! However I'm curbing it now as it's all Christmas present shopping from here on!

I saw these F21 sweatshirts on a few American Tumblrs but I'm so glad they came over here, OF COURSE I got the Little Mermaid one! They also had Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Cinderella there.

Oh Lordy, here are my nails for this week! Like I said, I couldn't decide which colours to go for so I went for both! Very Katy Perry in the Last Friday Night video I thought! I was also talked into getting a tacky flower gem on my ring finger, I have problems saying no!

After Katy Perry, we went to an infamous Birmingham club called Snobs and I just discovered this in my bag that I stole off the wall, haha I'm sure you Midland people will have a chuckle! Snobs is the least calm place. EVER.

And so we come to tonight, where I was chatting to my sister while she got ready to go out and she showed me her new MAC lipstick collection addition- Ruby Woo (on the right). It's really funny how every MAC lipstick she has is an insane colour! (Impassioned/Morange/Cyber/Ruby Woo) I suppose if you are spending that much, it might as well be worth it! I should remember that thought :)


Recent OOTD Videos

Hey everyone! I'm in Birmingham for the weekend, woo! I just hit the cheapie high street near me for lashes and impulse beauty products, and I'm out later! Here are a few videos I haven't shared before if you're spending the weekend chilling; a night with X Factor would sound good to me too!xx


My New Makeup Storage!

Hi everyone! You know every Sunday I sort my life out a bit, and my makeup and beauty product storage has been bugging me for months! Every week I sterilise, wipe and clean all my makeup and brushes, so finally this weekend I bought some new draws and gave it a huge overhaul. I have been lusting over clear drawers like Kim Kardashian but at Muji or on eBay a full set are around £40. Even going to a bog standard stationary storage company ends up costing loads, however I ended up getting a bargain! 

 

So my previous storage was in some little draws from WHSmith over a year ago, which had cute cupcakes all over but couldn't be easily wiped, so by now they were a bit grubby. My products were just in plastic boxes but they were a big mish mash and things would always fall over. Above is my desk/dressing table at the messiest previously!

My daily makeup items were kept in this geisha girl box from Wilkinsons so I could grab them easily.

The contents of my draws were way too busy! Some draws were overloaded like the middle lip drawer on the left and some were almost empty like the top middle brush drawer. It was time for a change! If you are going to spend a lot on makeup, you have to keep it clean and neat too. It would be like buying a lovely dress but leaving it screwed up and dirty!

I was browsing Wilkinsons for sandwich boxes (oh the glamour!) and I spotted the pink tower of drawers below for only £7! They called to me and I snapped them up, and sorting out all my makeup was a few very fun hours. Cleaning is totally destressing!

The draws are just lilac tinted plastic and can be pulled apart, so essentially I could buy more and stack them up even higher. I'd love to but this storage is to house the makeup I don't use every single day. In an ideal world I would peruse my whole collection each morning but I don't really have time, so I will pick out a few new picks of lipsticks and blushers at the start of the week and usually choose between those mid week.

I just about fitted everything in the drawers!

The top drawer is eyeliners, eye shadows and mascara of all different varieties. I only really wear eyeshadow at night as it comes off during the day at work, but shadows are always something you seem to have a huge collection of - they last so long! My Barry M dazzle dusts that I now never use cover the whole base of the draw.

The next draw is a hidden base of lipglosses and then lots of blushers. I love blushers! If I were to grow a part of my collection right now, it would be blushers. I've been buying clothes lately though, not makeup!

The third draw is face makeup so foundation, concealers, powders and highlighters. I use old/not-quite- right foundations to mix with each other to find the right colour or on my legs for nights out.

 

The bottom drawer is my favourite - lipsticks! I have about five in my bag every day anyway as I like to chop and change.

I also got rid of the white boxes and laid out my products in sections on the left so I can see them at a glance. I have a box specifically of face stuff near the centre, makeup bags with hair curlers inside in the middle, my new drawers, palettes, a box jam packed with nail art goodies at the end, and on the very front right is still my daily makeup box. The apple print table cover is actually a few wipe-clean place mats from a DIY shop! My wooden table was getting marked so I picked up these for super cheap and they are perfect as they can be cleaned at the end of the week too.

Maybe I'll show how I clean my makeup another day! For now it is very nice to have an autumn shake-up of everything and really appreciate the things you have invested in. How do you store your makeup? Can you give me any tips?


A bad life day!

Today was one of those days! I got blue pen on my white Wildfox tshirt as soon as I got to work and it was another hot, sticky day with fine drizzle so my hair frizzed right up! I felt too gross for even the gym but went into town to get my eyebrows done as I've been meaning to for ages, but I don't know any cheap-but-cheerful salons in central Bristol! I'll look online next time but the only last minute place open was a brow bar in House of Fraser, which consisted of a slooow threading so it was a major painfest and a sales pitch on random eye brow products, and when I got to the till it cost £17!!! Considering it was around £4 where I usually went in Manchester or Birmingham, I nearly cried when I handed over my debit card!

However I popped into Topshop to have a look for the rabbit print skirt (with no joy - should I order it?!) and a denim skirt that I've been eyeing for a few weeks. When I asked if it might have sold out as I couldn't see it, the changing room SA was like 'I don't know, I haven't worked here for long' with no other suggestion and another SA said 'If it was here it should be out' without looking with me, so I was a bit disheartened! And then there was no one on the ground floor at all to help with the shoes I bought (OMG will show you tomorrow!!!). But I'm in a weird shopping mood at the moment where I want to buy new things with the aim of wearing them all autumn but I don't know quite what! I don't want to just copy trends so I have a super fashionable wardrobe as where's your own personality? And I'm wary of buying anything too new in case I don't end up wearing/liking it, but I don't want to buy things similar to anything I already have! 

I just took the first steps and ruthlessly ejected all the summery things from my wardrobe. I made sections of tops, jumpers, skirts, leggings, jeans/trousers and maxi skirts, and will soon pick out a few items that could be key, lots of things that will go with them, and find any gaps where I could buy an on trend item! I'm awaiting an ASOS discount code to pop up as there's loads I'd love to order on there, and I have a Motel wishlist as long as my arm as we have the clothing samples for future seasons at the HQ that won't come out for at least a month so it is very painful to see them every day! P.S. If you haven't liked us on Facebook, I'd really appreciate it if you took a second to do so please as I'm the one writing the statuses :):)


Hello October

Hi everyone! Gosh it's October already, and today it dawned on my that I made some goals for the past month and nearly forgot! It's been a really hectic month with a burst of travelling to London loads and visiting home, and I'll do the same this month too. The photo above is from a Motel company-wide team bonding day where we had to do loads of tasks in teams that ended in building rafts and sailing them across this river! (P.S. It is 20% off everything tonight only!) I was soaking by the end after going into the river to swim our raft across rather than paddle as it fell apart (!!) but I did loads of things like climb over a huuuge wooden wall on two guys shoulders and it was fab meeting everyone! Thankfully it was a gorgeous day as it might have been a bit miserable if it was raining!

Here is the progress I made with my goals and my new October ideas...

September

1. Make Lunch and Dinner - Since it was a five week month, I definitely cut back on eating out and invested a little bit more in 'nicer' foods for lunch and potentially dinner, as I'd spend more buying lunch anyway! I got in lots of nice cheese and sun dried tomatoes and great bread for sandwiches, which made me wince at the time of buying when it's £3 for a jar of tomatoes but it's cheaper in the long run. I still need to make larger dinners though as my quick fixes could involve a larger variety of ingredients.

2. Go to the Gym! - Hmm OK so I went to the gym ONCE! How awful! I went to a level 1 spinning class and was quite shocked when the instructor turned the lights off so it was pitch black, but it was good! I'll try to go every week as the Zumba class is always full, and maybe brave it alone on a weekend. I hear the gym is much busier now the students are back though!

3. Hit Fashion Week! - Fashion Week was great! I still need to hunt down all the photos but I've spotted myself on loads of great sites which feels amazing, and I met loads of fabulous people.

4. Sort my room - I have barely spent any time in my room sice the mouse fiasco! They blocked up one set of holes but there has been more mouse sightings and I am super paranoid so I've been staying in the spare bed of another housemate and popping in and out when I'm getting ready for work or bed! However I have kept up with sorting out my wardrobe each week and sterilising and cleaning all my makeup, which is very stress-relieving! I'm still after a clear plastic/perspex storage set for my makeup but they're so expensive on eBay and beyond!

5. Get back into nail art - I didn't even have time to think about nails this month! However I went to the salon today finally and on my housemate's request, I got a BRIGHT green polish like the Hulk! They match my new River Island jumper and it will be nice to have an interesting flash of colour again, even if it is very garish. I kind of love it but hate it at the same time!

So I subconsciously touched on my September goals but didn't make great progress. Here are the aims for October...

1. Cook a large variety of things - I'm hoping to stock up on vegetables like I used to and pre-prepare loads so I can whack things into a stir fry or soup or pasta for dinner. I've had loads of fruit recently as you don't need to cook it, which is ironic as I never used to eat fruit but used to eat a million vegetables! I also have a little confession: I ate some fish! For over five years I've been totally vegetarian but I've been wanting to coax myself into eating a little fish for the great health benefits and while in Yo! Sushi, a prawn roll was calling to me! It's small steps but I'd love to eat sustainable fish more often and will hopefully see the difference. Still feel a bit nervous about it though!

2. Blog more! - I'm full of ideas and wishlists at the moment but I'm lacking on taking actual photos of myself. I never have time in the morning but maybe setting my alarm 10 minutes earlier will help!

3. Make more effort with outfits and buy key things - I'm shifting my wardrobe to autumn and I'm automatically starting to hate my summer things, but I need to invest in some key things to bring everything together for autumn again.

4. Sort my hair out - I got a keratin treatment on GroupOn so I have that booked; hello frizz free locks! I also need to keep an eye on my roots and keep my dyed hair in good condition.

5. Use my days off! - I have three days off near the end of October for a Katy Perry concert! And my two friends and I all have purple wigs for it!! I'm hoping to make some lovely plans during the days off but take time to totally relax too.

Do you have any October goals? I'd love to hear!


Monki for the UK!

With shipping at  €6, I am SO EXCITED that Monki now has an online store that ships to the UK! They're part of the H&M group so I shopped at Monki loads when I lived in Sweden as it's the most amazing shop. Everything is sweet but edgy, great quality but oversized and comfortable, and totally unique but not too 'out there'. Here is my current wishlist, clockwise from the top left:

Johanna Blouse: I'm looking for a lovely printed blouse and this merged geometric pattern it almost right! It has a gorgeous batwing fit too which would look great with more fitted bottoms and block ankle boots.

Patricia Top: This lace crop top is the sort of thing I know I will WEAR, it would go with everything!

Siliva Blouse: The peter pan collar shirt would be fab with a colour pop skirt and black tights for a bit of a '60s look.

Mona Boots: These are the ultimate '90s boots! So clumpy and chunky, they would make any outfit 100 times cooler.

Cara Top: Ah how cute is this top!!! I'm not sure how it would look with your actual hair over it but I love the idea.

Katy Top: I love the Monki family so this tee would be an ode to those cute critters!

Oki: If you are placing an order, you have to get one of the giant Monki teddies! I made sure I brought Oki home even though I had £80 over baggage fees when I left Sweden, but it was worth it as he's so cute and velvety soft!

Fran Top: I love a cropped top with long sleeves! A super flattering fit and perfect with high waisted skirts.

None of these things are quite amazing enough to place an order although they are damn good prices. However I can't think of Monki without thinking of it's edgier twin shop Weekday, and when I had a browse of their site, I spotted these amazing boots! I'm obsessed with navy/grey at the moment but nude looks so great with black, and they are only 50 euros each! I have the sudden need to order them through Filippa's shopping service from Sweden but I can't decide! I love the slanted heel of the grey middle pair but the higher pairs go that extra fabulous mile. Decisions decisions!


The Show: Redefinition, Bullring

Last weekend I was in Birmingham for the Bullring fashion show! A collection of events across the city made up Style Birmingham and Bullring hosted The Show: Redefinition to showcase the high street AW11 collections. I'd just been the The Look Show the weekend before so I was already geared up for the new season, but The Show managed to feature a load more trends and items I want to invest in!

 

I went to the show last season and this year had a huge black catwalk with a backdrop projection so each model looked like they were posing as a magazine cover before strutting out. I loved the long, waved hair as I'm all about hairstyles at the moment, and I'm seriously considering some knee high boots. Not to wear in a '60s costume way but looking hot and sturdy with pencil skirts and capes. The boots above are from New Look and I  just bought some ankle boots from there today; love their shoes. I also loved the softly waved hair, something you could try with ghd straighteners.

Here are a few of my favourite trends: one being piled on knitwear, especially pom poms! I'm going to get some cute gloves and a loooong scarf soon to wear with a knitted headband and wool cape! I got some knee high wool socks today with big bows on from New Look again so I'm looking forward to some chilly weather (currently sweltering in the heatwave here!). I also love the idea of a chic suit, or at least a sharply cut blazer and slim trousers, but I know the quest for the perfect fit of both of those items would be a very long one. I'm also hunting a bright pencil skirt to wear with a fur scarf or coat and a bright blouse, but the ones I've tried on didn't quite fit perfectly. Topshop have some for only £25 in amazing colours but the fabrics were a bit too cheap. I also love all the white blazers around! Fritha and I were discussing them at the Look show so I can't wait to see how she wears hers.

The collection Feathers and Fur was my favourite as I am obsessed with finding the perfect fur coat. I own loads that I've bought in sales or on eBay but none are exactly what I'm looking for. The furs above are from Zara, Lipsy and River Island so the next time I go shopping, I'll look in allll shops to spot something great.

It's been fashion show crazy recently! I can't wait to start off autumn and I'll make a post with my shopping list soon. Here's a little snap of the male models at the show too haha, the girls next to me did not stop swooning! Thank you Bullring!