Saturday, 26 July 2014

SUMMER HOLIDAY SHOP//

This summer seems to be lasting aaaaages, which is great although I've probably just jinxed that for us all, sorry. I'm finally going on holiday in a couple of weeks so thought I'd share a few things I've bought specially for the sunshine!

(I apologise for the random array of photography, I have not even thought about organising my things or packing yet, it was as and how I found them!)



Adidas - Jersey Duffel £45

This barrel bag is just beautiful. Really simple, classy design and I also got a bargain because my friend got me a huge discount, which always makes things even lovelier.

Perfect for the gym but I was going to use it as hand luggage, hopefully it's the right size...




H&M Bikini Sets £4/£5 (sale)


I've wanted some new swimwear for a while but apparently now is the right time to buy them, every high street shop seems to have bikinis on sale.




I picked up a simple grey set (above right) which has a clasp fastening, the only negative is although it are stated as a 'push-up' bikini, there is an
extraordinary amount of padding in cups lower than a C. I am very happy with my tiny boobs H&M, please leave them be.


Another caught my eye because it has stunning colours, very neon and summery. I have a thing about hummingbirds so obviously I couldn't resist it. It also has a clasp fastening (as did most of the ones I came across in H&M) and it would be easy enough to wear this one as a bandeau. Unfortunately they didn't have the matching bottoms so I picked up some bright blue which I think will go pretty well and they were mega cheap.








H&M Floral Beach Cover-Up £5 (sale)

H&M was spot on for holiday shopping this year. I found this gorgeous grey dress which will be ideal for wearing during the day, probably over the bright bikini.

It has an elasticated waist and tie fastening which means it is ideal to throw on whilst on the beach and it was a FIVER. My friend picked up a plain blue one for the same price so we were chuffed with those.









Clarks Scent Lily Sandals £24.99 (sale)

I love love love these 60s inspired platform sandals. I'm gonna be honest, when I first saw them I was a bit intimidated but I think I'm gonna be wearing them constantly on my holiday.

They are super comfortable because they don't feel as high as they look (platform's are the way to go for clumsy people!) They'll go with a lot of my summer wardrobe because I tend to stick to block colours or patterns.




Barry M - Foil Effects £3.99

I actually bought this last year and it has mysteriosuly vanished and I think may have ended up in my sister's beauty bag instead. Siblings, eh.

All time favourite Barry M nail colour, it looks amazing, it dries REALLY quickly and goes with everything. It also comes in gold if you prefer, but this looks a lot nicer in the sun in my opinion.

Boots have a 'Buy one get one half price' on selected Barry M polishes so I snapped up this and a lemon yellow gelly one which I have yet to try.





It's a random collection of holiday things but these are what I'm loving most at the minute and I think will be loving when I get to Turkey!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

BOOK BLOG: Goodreads Challenge

This is what I have just been faced with.


I have read a mere THREE books so far this year. THREE!

What is this madness, what happened to the girl who used to read every series I came across back to back no matter how much work I had to do?

Goodreads is a nifty site that lets you rate books you've read, find new books you've yet to read and see what everyone else is reading.

Last year I failed at the reading challenge so obviously, I thought I'd try again this year. And obviously, I seem to be failing even more miserably. The fact Goodreads is telling me I'm 17 books behind schedule is very sad and this is where I vow to redeem myself.

I've come across some books I will be reading (I promise!) over the summer.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan

'One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.'


John Green. What more can I say.
Looking for Alaska became my most inspirational book last year when I read it and I've since been making my way through the rest of his stories. It only makes sense to try this one out.

Thank you to the girl on the train who reminded me of this!





Twenty-something - Paul L'Estrange

'Every year hundreds of thousands of twenty-somethings fill a backpack, jump on a flight and arrive in far away destinations all over the world away from friends and family and in search of adventure, excitement and self-exploration.'



Am I cheating this list if I'm already reading it?!

It's different to usual books I've read because basically, it's ramblings of a twenty-something's travels around Southeast Asia. I say ramblings because it isn't the most well written book however I am actually really enjoying it.





Every Day - David Levithan

'Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.'



This tagline solely made me want to read the story.

It's only fair that if I enjoy Will Grayson, Will Grayson (mentioned previously), that I experience the other co-writer's own novels as well.





The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon

'Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.'


As the sequel to the AMAZING 'The Bone Season', I just have to read it. It is bound to be just as quirky, just as interesting and a fantastic, unique plot.

Although I cheated a bit, this isn't actually a summer read.
It's not out till October 2014. Waaaaaah.



Sunday, 6 July 2014

FESTIVAL INSPIRATION //

Following my last two posts I've put together a few festival outfits I love using Polyvore. It's a fantastic tool to create collections and sets you love. Missing Glastonbury is definitely inspiring more festival related posts!


Polyvore - festival inspired outfit including comfy tee and denim shorts and lots of accessories
(clockwise)
I recently bought THE comfiest grey tee from Primark for only £4 (!) which is really versatile and perfect for layering when it gets cold.

LOTS of rings and layered jewellery adds sophistication to your outfit if you've opted for a simple shorts and tshirt combo.

As mentioned before, the bandana is IDEAL. Wear it under your hair, over your hair, tied on top, as a scrunchie, as a neckerchief, as a belt...ANYTHING.

LEVI shorts are a must have for any festival. This year I found a new pair for £15 at a vintage fair.

Converse or vans are staple, only if the weather is nice. They will not recover from the mud otherwise!



Polyvore - festival inspired outfit with wellies and denim shorts



(clockwise)

Again, the black bralet. They're available at most high street shops at the minute. I stress, it goes with EVERYTHING.

Statement colourful necklace. Enough said.

The beloved kimono. A tribal patterned kimono is very festival chic. It means your mates will also be abe to spot you in the crowds!

Funky wellies! I personally prefer black ones because they match everything but a bit of detail or colour adds an extra touch.

The shorts. Again <3

Saturday, 5 July 2014

GLASTONBURY 2014 (fashion)

Converse All Star - Office now £25

Glastonbury is pretty much the most anticipated music festival in the UK for celebrity culture. Who will be playing, who will be going and WHAT WILL THEY BE WEARING?

This year wasn't spectacular in the form of me celeb spotting, although I did spot Sophie Ellis Bextor, she had a beautiful light blue sundress on, a hat and statement cat eye sunglasses.
I asked for her ticket then was extremely embarrassed as she smiled and held out her performer wristband. Soz, sophie.


As I said previously, I'm not majorly into the festival fashion hype but I do have a few favourites after this year's trip.

(left) Adidas Bralet Top £19

This was THE BEST item of clothing I have ever taken to a festival with me.

  • It's plain, it's black, it goes with everything.
  • You don't have to wear a bra with it (well, i can't speak for you lot with big boobs but I know I didn't!)
  • It doesn't give you ridiculous tan lines. 
  • Did I mention it goes with everything?!




Select Black Bright Daisy Kimono £16

Kimonos seem to be everywhere at the minute so I hopped on the bandwagon.


  • It's a beautiful floral pattern so PERFECT for summer.
  • It's light and dries really quickly if the weather isn't what you expected and BBC told us it would be...
  • It's a great cover up over shorts and crop tops







New Look Black Fox Head Wellies

It doesn't look like they're still on sale but New Look have a lot more to choose from!


  • I got so many comments on how cute the foxes were (before the mud obviously, they are not so cute afterwards!)
  • Perfect size, I find it hard because wellies don't come in half sizes (5.5) but these 6's were spot on.
  • They're mainly black. Again, they go with anything.

I've come back to mid-season sales everywhere and it is so, so tempting! Hopefully a holiday haul coming up soon because I'll be in Turkey in August, I can't wait :)

Please let me know if you've discovered any must have festival items, we can join forces and come up with a perfect Glasto checklist.





GLASTONBURY 2014 (beauty)

Girls at a festival - Glastonbury 2014

I went to Glastonbury last week.

It was amazing - as expected - and I'm currently having festival withdrawal symptoms.

Apparently it's no longer acceptable to have tequila for breakfast, covered in mud and walk around shouting 'ROLAND' for no logical reason.

One of the best things about festivals other than the music, is being able to not give a shit about what you look like. A lot of people love the 'festival fashion' and put a lot of time and energy into looking good but honestly, I can't be bothered when I wake up at 5.20am because my tent has accumulated all the sun's heat and is trying to cook me alive.

HOWEVER I will do my damn hardest to stay as clean and human as possible when I camp for 6 nights (yep, SIX nights).

Below are some of my personal festival beauty favourites I took with me this year!

Collection of beauty products that are festival essentials

(left to right)

Two bandanas and some flower hair accessories.
Various stores: Always a winner to hide greasy hair.

'Collection 2000' Cover up stick in Natural Beige
Superdrug £1.99

'Simple' Facial toner
Boots £1.50 (bought in 3 for 2 miniatures)

Shampoo and conditioner
Hotel freebies do the trick!

Clubbing cooling mist
Bodycare - 4 for £1

'Impulse' body spray - True Love
Boots 99p - various scents

'Batiste' dry shampoo - Blush
I bought for £2.49 from Bodycare BUT they are often on offer at Boots
(now £1.99 as of 5/7/14)

'Vichy Idealia' smoothing and illuminating cream
Boots £22

'LUSH' bubblegum lip scrub
Lush £5.50

'Nivea' Pure invisible roll-on deodorant 
Bodycare £1.99

'Katy Perry' Killer Queen perfume
Bought as a present. Available from drugstores between £11- £30

'Oral B' 3D white toothpaste
Freebie from Oral B! Can be bought as miniature from Boots


These are not all essentials, obviously, but this is what got me by and I came back with flawless skin and a tan (due to excessive fresh air probably but i'm sure these helped!)

Things I didn't include in the image are SUNCREAM, AFTERSUN, and tons and tons of BABY WIPES!

Enjoy the rest of festival season!