Saturday, 30 May 2015

SPRING/SUMMER STYLE RESOLUTIONS

     

I'll be writing a post about finding your personal style sometime soon, but for now I wanted to write a fashion resolutions post for myself. We're well into Spring now even if the weather doesn't reflect that. So I thought I would highlight a few of the ways I'm going to outline a few of the ways I'm going to switch up my style for Spring and Summer.

This post is inspired by Lily Melrose and HelloOctober who both posted a style resolutions post in January. As I said, this is slightly different because it's going to focus mainly on Spring Summer fashion but a couple of these resolutions I'l be attempting to keep with me all year round.

PUT THE JEANS DOWN!
For the past few years jeans have been the only thing I've worn. Skinny jeans to be precise. I love jeans but they're not really practical for Summer, even in rainy Great British Summer. So I'm Looking to buy a few playsuits and shorts through the next few months.

INJECT SOME COLOUR
I would describe the majority of my wardrobe as 'safe', I love everything in it and get my wear out of every piece, I feel very comfortable in monochrome basic outfits. I'd like to buy more colourful clothes, even if it's just a pop of colour with an accessories or a coloured pair of shoes.

MIX PRINTS AND COLOURS
This sort of goes hand in hand with the previous point. I want to be more daring with what I wear by mixing prints with coloured pieces e.g a patterned top with a coloured skirt. Nothing too crazy but something to push my out of my comfort zone.

INVEST IN SHOES
I have quite a few pairs of trainers and I wear them ALL the time. Converse, Vans, Topshop Slip-ons make up my shoedrobe. I want to start dressing slightly smarter than I do right now and investing in a really nice pair of flat smart shoes is a must for me. They really can add a smart element to most casual outfits. I'd also like to invest in a pair of Nike trainers, mainly for casual wear but also to support my feet slightly more than my others trainers when I go on long walks and the occasional run (I'm working on the running part ;)

MORE YEAR ROUND DRESSES
I'm not sure why but I've never been one for 'getting my legs out'. I have absolutely no issues with my legs but I just haven't looked too closely at buying dresses. I do prefer playsuits over dresses because wearing a dress in the wind is horrid but I would like to branch out and buy a few different style dresses. At the moment I have four dresses in my wardrobe and they're all skater style so I'd like to change it up a little. Dresses look great layered up in the Winter with tights, boots and a big coat or bare legged with sandals in the Summer.


Can you think of any style resolutions for yourself? Maybe adding a pop of colour, or changing up your style a little bit?

Thanks for reading x
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

TO FOLLOW YOUR HEAD OR YOUR HEART?


A very very difficult question to answer. Something I've been thinking about a lot lately due to the rest of my college class starting to work on their personal statements, and being asked the dreaded question 'What do you want to do with your life?' However, I must say this time it's a lot less pressure to try and come up with an answer, usually an 'I don't know' is greeted with reassurance that it is a totally fine answer.

Now, in terms of following your head or your heart, head is definitely the most realistic, using the most viable career option in terms of money and being able to afford to live. Then you've got your heart usually totally following the idea of following your dreams and or your favourite hobby in hopes of turning it into a career.

It's a difficult argument that you will have, no doubt, with yourself at least once in your life. To follow the path that sees you being able to get by in terms of money (your head), the one that's realistic and somewhat easier to get into than your big hopes and dreams. The other option is to take a leap of faith. Put your all into your dreams until you make it.

In my opinion the latter is the correct decision. Imagine in 30 or 40 years sitting wondering that if you'd have tried to achieve your dreams maybe you'd have got there. Although the unbeaten path is undoubtedly petrifying, you'll struggle and it will be hard hard work, at the end of the day you won't be able to look back and think 'what if?'. You'll hopefully be able to say that you've somewhat achieved your dream. By trying new things to achieve your dreams you might just find a perfect in between.

The one thing that I don't want to think is 'what if'. What if I'd have moved away from home when I first started working? What if I'd have done this? What if I'd have done that?

So, if you're reading this and you're in my predicament, work to earn enough to get by but spend every other minute working for your dreams. Put your all into making your dreams a reality. I believe in you, now believe in yourself.
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SIMPLE SPRING MAKEUP

Hi guys, today I thought I'd share a makeup look that I wore to a family party at the weekend. I really like the simple natural look and I know it'll be a firm favourite getting into the warmer months.


Starting with the base I just used a little of the Collection concealer on any blemish, buffed that in and then powdered using the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 transparent. I then continued with my face and contoured with the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Palette to define my cheekbones and add some depth to my face. I decided to just apply some Carmex to my lips seeing as the occasion I was going to was a BBQ and no one likes smudged lipstick. I then went ahead and filled my brows in slightly, I used the benefit brow zings. I used the wax to set the brows and the powder to fill any gaps. I didn't go overboard as I wished to keep this look quite natural.

Last but not least is eyes. I actually stole my sister's The Balm 'Nude'tude' Palette. I used the shade snobby all over the lid, sleek and serious in the crease to create a subtle smoky eye. To brighten my eyes and open them up a little, I used the shade sassy. Before mascara I went ahead and used the benefit 'They're real push up liner' to create a thin winged line. I then popped on a couple of layers of mascara for reference, I currently use Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Endless but I'm not a huge fan of it so I'm looking to buy something else soon.

So there's my super quick easy and simple Spring makeup look. I hope you like it, I think I'll start doing some more beauty related posts in the future so look out for them if you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading, see you soon x
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

GETTING BACK IN THE SADDLE

If you read my last post all about my horse riding history, firstly congrats because it was very long and could be quite boring to none horsey people, secondly here's the follow on post.

After my final time in the saddle 18 months ago I didn't really think much of it for a while. Then Spring/Summer 2014 happened and I wished so desperately to be paddling in a river on horse back and going on evening rides. We were in Ireland in February last year and I had no desire to ride any of the ponies there, I'm not entirely sure why but I just didn't feel like it. As the weather started getting better in England recently, I decided that on our last visit I would most definitely 'get back in the saddle' after all it really is like riding a bike, you never forget.

So I eased myself in gently and rode twice. Hot, a bit bothered and with one situation that could have ended up with me on the floor, I dismounted on Saturday evening with the biggest grin on my face. Everything that I did was pretty basic, just walk, trot and canter. I woke up on Sunday and my legs ached like nothing I'd felt before but it was amazing. I'm also blown away by the fact that my sisters rode 'Paddy' the pony. They've never properly ridden before so I was shocked but also very happy that they appear to have a similar interest to me.

Blogging is one my favourite hobbies, however it's not physical in the sense that you're doing strenuous exercise. I do it sitting in my bedroom on my laptop, usually under my duvet. Working at a riding school at the weekends involved everything that makes me happy; horses and ponies, teaching children and being out in the open air. I've now started the task of finding somewhere to ride again and possibly help out every once in a while. I went cold turkey with exercise 2 years ago and I really want to get my fitness back. I spend everyday apart from college days in my house working so I really think finding somewhere to ride again will be really good for me. Cross your fingers for me!


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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

3 SPRING NAIL POLISHES


Hi guys, seeing as we're getting into Spring time now I thought I'd share three of my favourite spring nail polishes with you. One of which also featured in my '3 AUTUMNAL NAIL POLISHES' post but I love the colour so wanted to feature it again.

Top Centre - Barry M Aquatic (unsure of the shade)
I love this polish because it's a bit different to your normal block colour polish. Being from the aquatic collection it's obviously quite Spring/Summer appropriate as people begin planning their Summer holidays. It's a really nice shade as it shows blue, green or gold depending on the light.

Bottom Left - Bourjois 05 Taupe modele
This polish is a great polish all year round but I really love it for Spring as it's purple/pink toned so eases me in to wearing bright nail colours. I really like the finish of this colour and would definitely buy more Bourjois polishes in the future.

Bottom Right - Topshop Matte Sapphire Shores
This is the polish repeat from my previous nail post. It's such a gorgeous colour and I love the matte finish. In my opinion it isn't completely matte. It has quite a shine to it when it's dry so it's a great in-between glossy and matte polish. Again, it's great for helping make the transition from Winter to Spring and Summer as it adds a pop of colour to you outfit.

So that's all from me today. Hopefully I'll be posting four or five times a week from now on so look out for more posts to come soon. Thanks for reading x

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

A COUPLE OF TRIPS TO LONDON

I was lucky enough to visit London twice last week so I thought I'd share a few photos with you. We visited Hyde Park, The Natural History Museum, Somerset House for a design exhibition and of course my favourite place, South Bank.

The weather was so lovely, sadly the weather hasn't been quite so great for a past few days but I'm praying for better weather throughout May.



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