Friday, 25 September 2015

GLASSES SHOP //



As the end of Summer is drawing closer and closer in the UK, I'm trying to make the most of the season we have left. When Glasses Shop got in touch, it seemed the perfect opportunity to try out some new sunglasses for the remaining sunny days.
They offer a huge range of styles and even offer prescription sunglasses which I know a lot of people find useful, as most of my family have pretty poor eyesight without prescription lenses. I, on the other hand, don't have that issue (yet) and opted for the Seyne Round Tortoise sunglasses.


At first, I wasn't sure about the gold centre frame but actually, the more I've worn them, the more of a statement I think it makes! I love the shape of these and for the price, they're really great value.

The tortoiseshell colour definitely sold me on them, it works really well the the gold accents and they fit perfectly on my moon face. The only possible downside is how thin they are, if you're a bit clumsy (I haven't been yet, fingers crossed) they could break pretty easily. I really like the fact they're so skinny though, the roundness and thin frames make the term 'geek chic' pretty apt.



They're even coming with me right through to Autumn as we try and catch the last few bits of sunshine. Check out their range of glasses on their website here and let me know if you've tried them.

leanne

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

BOOK-IT LIST // SEPTEMBER 2015


In all my excitement at the start of the year, I resolved to read more.
Read about all my crazy book goals here.

As it turns out, there's been much more going on my life than originally planned (isn't that always the way) and I've put reading on the back burner. I've been guilty of reading half a book and not finishing it and it's only now I've started to feel particularly bad about it.

So, to sort of redeem myself a little, I've compiled a few books I plan to read over the next couple of months.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.'

Always claimed to be one of those 'must reads' and as I never read the entire thing as school, I picked this up for a pound in a charity shop and will finally complete it.


Zeroes

'Don’t call them heroes.
But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.
Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.'


This sounds like a great 'Misfits' style plot which really interests me, so snapped up the opportunity to be sent a copy to review. I love a good, young adult adventure and I'm hoping this won't disappoint. It's written by some particularly successful authors and already from the blurb, the characters intrigue me.

The Road Beneath My Feet - Frank Turner

'A searingly honest and brilliantly written account of Frank Turner's journey from the pub circuit to selling out Wembley Arena.'

Oh Frank. After falling in love with his music it's only right to read his story. I predict it's going to be just as down to earth and honest as his lyrics with no bullshit. I am a huge fan of autobiographies and more so of those written by my favourite music artists.

What are you reading at the moment?

leanne

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Friday, 18 September 2015

FIVE THINGS //


I stole this little filler post from Emma at CarpeDiemEmmie as it was lovely to read some positive little bits about her week. Read her post here. And five's my lucky number.

Also, I don't share the love enough on my blog so I've been actively trying to retweet other blogger's posts and achievements. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and this is nothing to do with the cocktails I had last night. I've included a few favourite internet things below so be sure to check them out and please let me know if you do!

FIVE...

...things that made me happy this week
1. Chiara and I booked a trip to Malaysia for December! We've talked about it for ages and I really wanted to go away before Christmas, so this is very exciting.
2. I'm getting a bonus this month which is both unexpected and very much appreciated!
3. I got a nice email about my blog from someone who can't work with me but wanted to get in touch regardless. Such a lovely thing to do.
4. We tried teaching my grandparents about Kindles, Samsung tablets and new phones.
Hilarity ensued.
5. I managed a shoulder stand in my aerial hoop class and was chuffed about it. Look at these guns.

...children's programmes I wish still existed;
1. Jungle Run
2. The Worst Witch
3. Zoey 101
4. Blues Clues
5. The Tribe (please tell me someone else used to watch this?!)

...things I'm loving this week;
1. My new, cosy ASOS cardigan
2. Kit Kat Chunkies - honestly, dip one in tea OMG
3. Made In Chelsea LA
4. Peppermint tea
5. Positive Songs for Negative People - Frank Turner

...blog posts you should read;
1. 200 courses in 24 hours. This is the restaurant and food challenge Laura found out more about.
2. Amelia has me in STITCHES every week with her take on GBBO . Read them all here, now.
3. I loved reading Bridie's thoughts on whether there's such a thing as 'too many' photographs here.
4. Natasha questions: 'Is it ever OK to not love your body?' over here. Tell her what you think.
5. Okay it's not a blog post, but Kayleigh's YouTube channel is super cute. Watch her vlog of Blogger's Festival.

Hope you enjoyed a little life update and a few random things I've enjoyed this week.

Let me know yours in the comments!

leanne

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

BEAUTY HAUL // Ft. Boots No7 and L.A.B. 2


A very bright, beauty haul for you today. I've been due a few updates to my makeup and finally got round to purchasing some pretty additions. As you've heard a few hundred times before, I'm a huge fan of the Boots No7 range and this year they're celebrating their 80th anniversary. 

A few weeks ago Boots No 7 offered a gift box with every two purchases made from their range. This included a skin illuminator, an eyeshadow, a small mascara AND a voucher for a free lipstick. Some of these are featured below but the lipstick I only purchased recently; keep an eye on Instagram because I'm sure it will make an appearance!



One of the items I bought was this. I did not read the packaging properly and thought this was a liquid eyeliner - schoolboy error.

It turns out it's actually an oddly shaped brush dipped in black powder to create a smokey eye effect, just as it says. I've tried this a few times and although it creates a really pretty, smokey makeup look the staying power isn't great. It ends up smudged around my eye quite quickly so if you're wearing it, keep a mirror handy and reapply.


I wish I'd had the skin illuminator earlier in the Summer, it's quite a shimmery one! I don't think I've utilised it enough to judge yet but so far, I quite like it under some of my paler foundations to give them a little more depth.

The Essentially Natural Foundation is definitely a great alternative to my usual foundation types, which obviously, are mostly No 7. The liquid formula is much lighter and my skin has thanked me for the break in the past couple of weeks! It's not available in the full range of skin shades but I found the 'warm ivory' has been ideal, even with a few extra freckles and a slight tan.


This eyeshadow is a lovely autumnal colour so I'm excited to wear it more as October approaches. My past experiences with No7 single eyeshadows have always been great so I have no doubt this will be the same. In combination with the smokey powder eyeliner it creates a glam, smokey look.


I am terrible at replacing makeup brushes and have used the same ones for way too long, so I was excited to try L.A.B's 'I'm Turning Pro' brush set they kindly sent over.

The set includes a foundation, buffing, contour and eyeshadow brush. Immediately the buffing brush became my new favourite because of it's size and shape. I love a powder brush that perfectly fits my actual powder and it makes it easy to apply, you can get great coverage quickly.

I've been using a No7 foundation brush for a while so I thought I'd try the L.A.B. one instead. Unfortunately, I used it a few times but the long, thin style just doesn't work with foundations as easily as I find other brushes. It doesn't pick up a lot of product and it's not easy to control and apply. It works better for under eyes and creases so would make a much better brush for concealers.


this beautiful little writing pot is from an old season at Wilkos; they usually have fab homeware ranges all year round
The contour brush shape is superb and this is actually the first proper contour brush in my collection, usually I prefer a small powder or blusher brush. It's angled so you can apply makeup perfectly across your cheekbones and the length is ideal to control.

The eyeshadow brush is good for applying a base colour but not so much for blending, so I'd use it alongside other eye makeup brushes. Overall, the set is a great addition to any brush collection and they look super professional, which makes people think I know a lot more about beauty than I actually do.



It's nice to have some new products to experiment with and my makeup bag certainly looks a lot healthier now! The makeup bag itself was a lovely treat from Lola & Gilbert in a goody bag I receive from a fun, style event which you can read about here.

Have you bought any new favourite makeup products recently?

leanne

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This post features some products that were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own and unbiased; I actually really like them.

Friday, 11 September 2015

SLATE NQ // LEEDS


There's been a new bar opening every week in Leeds (I'm only slightly exaggerating) and one of the more recent ones is Slate NQ. I was kindly invited for a night of cocktails, pizza and pool which seems like a recipe for a great time by anyone's standards!



We started by ordering a couple of beautiful cocktails (Authorised Persuasion and Grape Expectations, if you must know) and a large pizza each.

I opted for the smoked cured ham (with goats cheese and roasted artichoke) and David went for the bresaola, which is dried beef to you and me. The pizzas defeated David us by a mere couple of slices; next time I'd definitely have a large pizza and a couple of sides to share instead!

Their menu extends beyond pizzas too, including lots of nibbles and sharing platters perfect to snack on alongside a game of pool.




playsuit - H&M // rings - Empty Casket
When we'd had our fill - it took us a while - the lovely chap who was serving took us over to the pool tables. We spent the next hour sipping more fantastically named cocktails and getting furiously competitive. Take a look at their menus here and tell me you don't want to try a 'Yorkshire Rose'.

I'm a huge fan of the laid back bars we have in Leeds now. You don't have to search for a pub to get a decent drink and a good atmosphere anymore.



Some pool bars can be pretty expensive, however Slate NQ charges £4 per half hour for pool off-peak. Sure, it's not your average 50p per game but you can't have a meat and cheese platter whilst playing at your local pub now, can you? And, it's cheaper than Roxy Ball Room.

Huge thanks to Slate NQ for having us and treating us superbly. If you're a fan of a chilled out atmosphere, huge pizzas and cocktail puns galore then check out Slate Nq in Leeds' new Northern Quarter. I've already decided it's better than Call Lane.

leanne

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Slate NQ and PG provided us a discounted meal, pool and drinks night but all opinions are my own and unbiased. I lost at pool, by the way.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

BONDVILLE MODEL VILLAGE, BRIDLINGTON //

When I was younger, my parents took me to the east coast for holidays and one of our favourites was Bridlington (aka Brid, if you're from up North!)

I distinctly remember visiting a model village and finding it fascinating as a child, so it was somewhere I really wanted to revisit. Bondville Model Village is located in Sewerby - just off the coast - so we went to the seaside for a day and I took a step back into my childhood.




crop top - American Apparel // sunglasses - GlassesShop* // nails - Barry M 'In a Heartbeat'
After a couple of hours drive, we were in dire need of a good brew to start our adventure so we went straight to the tearooms on site. With a beautiful coffee & walnut cake (David had a scone) and a pot of tea, we were ready to explore the miniature town.





Bondville model village is a miniature town with mini versions of everything, from the local newsagent to a castle with armed guard to a harbour with motorised boat.

One of my favourite things about this place and dioramas in general is the attention to detail. Whoever makes an entire village with coin-sized people and still puts the effort into creating secret corners and hideaways have my admiration. It's definitely necessary to wander around this village more than once because I guarantee, you have missed some of the quirky additions first time round.


Something I realised on our trip was that as a child, I was clearly easily impressed. Much more easily in fact, than when you embark on a walk around a tiny model village at the age of 23. That being said however, it was so lovely to see that nothing had changed from so many years ago! We actually had a great time, despite being the only adults without children or of retirement age.

It's a lovely trip out whether you have children or not and I'd definitely recommend it if you're planning a coastal holiday. Oh and grab a slice of cake, too.

Aaand I'm going to finish with a cute photo of me the very first time I visited the seaside and the model village. Here you go.



leanne

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Friday, 4 September 2015

I HAVE A BATH // LUSH HAUL

One of the best things about moving into a new place? I FINALLY HAVE A BATH! It was on my 'must-have' list and having now settled in, I ventured into Lush for some lovely bath things for the first time in ages.



The first I picked up was an inevitable winner. 'Butterball' is a really subtle scent that makes your skin feel super soft and makes a huge difference if you suffer from dry skin. It does leave your skin feeling a tad greasy but the cocoa butter acts as a moisturiser and smells lovely.

I picked up a 'Fizzbanger' because, well, why wouldn't you when it sounds like a product of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory? This one is full of surprises and made my bath a wonderful, swirly green and it smells great. A mixture of cinnamon and sweets, I'd definitely get this one again.


Always a favourite. 'The Comforter' is basically what I imagine bathing in Barbie's townhouse would be like and smelling like a loveheart sweet for the rest of the week. The smell is divine and I always pick up a bubble bar from Lush when I venture in. They last enough for few baths which I always feel is much better value than a bath bomb, although a bomb is usually pretty impressive.

I've heard there's now a shower cream version of this scent, so I'll be snapping that up when my 'Snow Fairy' runs out!


This is another of my all time favourites: 'Mask of Magnaminty'. This peppermint mask works wonders on spot-prone skin and you'll notice the difference immediately after using it for the first time. I tend to use it sparingly, maybe once or twice every fortnight so as not to dry out my skin. If you've been hitting it hard (be that alcohol, cakes or work - I'm guilty of all three right now...) pick this up and give it a go.


The girlfriend award this week goes to... me, for providing the fella with 'Kalamazoo' for his face. He mentioned he wanted to start using some beard products and this caught my eye between bath bomb hunting. Pineapple and almond oil are just a couple of ingredients in this facial wash and it smells lovely. David's testimonial for this product, and I quote: 'My beard is so soft!' There you have it.

It's safe to say, I'll be heading back to Lush to restock very, very soon.

What's your latest Lush purchase?

leanne

x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

BAKERDAYS // CAKE IN THE POST


These cakes have been my holy grail on Twitter for a while and I finally got the opportunity to review one, courtesy of Bakerdays. Their letterbox cake, as the name does suggest, is one that is packaged perfectly enough to slip through your letterbox.

The company I work for recently celebrated 10 years of business, so what better way to celebrate than with a Bakerdays creation? I created a simple design for the cake and let the website do the rest.



Along with the cake, we received a mini party kit which is a great touch. A few balloons, candles and party blowers later and it's safe to say I'm sold on Bakerdays and it's service. They're the first I've known to create a cake specifically to post through somebody's letterbox and a beautiful cake at that!

I opted for a standard vanilla sponge and icing emblazoned with my (hastily thrown together) artwork. The Bakerdays design team made it that bit more attractive by adding a little more star decoration and we added the candles they sent along with it.


The cake arrived super quickly after it had been ordered and Bakerdays creations stay fresh for up to two weeks, not that this cake lasted that long in the office! I'd definitely look into sending one of these out as a surprise for somebody, it's such a simple and quirky idea and doesn't everybody love cake?!

Find their range of cakes (both letterbox sized and otherwise) here.

leanne

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Bakerdays sent me this cake free of charge. All opinions are my own and unbiased, I just bloody love a good cake!