life recently #20

Sunday, 25 October 2015

 reunited // my new home is beautiful // train time
oreo brownies // he's so cute // keeps me going
 sunny days are happy days // science-y // a year with my love
student life // my world // first game as a UEA netball girl

Lots of happy things in the last few weeks. I'm still sticking it out at uni, finally finding my feet, got onto the netball squad and celebrated a whole year with Jamie. I am a very happy girl.

cross over

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Top - River Island // Jeans - Topshop // Trainers - Next

Goodbye nice blog photo backgrounds.. This is the first outfit post I've done since moving in at university despite being here 4 weeks already. This ravishing fire door is now going to be a regular on my blog!! A couple of weeks ago there was a student night in the city centre so I headed in and got this top along with a few other goodies at bargain prices! I love the mustardy colour and it's going to be such a staple peice in my wardrobe to dress up and down. Today I chose to dress is down with my beloved ripped jeans and slip on trainers.

Review: VEET Easy Wax ROLL ON KIT

Friday, 16 October 2015

When it comes to hair removal, waxing scares me. A lot. I am petrified of the pain it appears to bring, but I decided to bite the bullet and agree to give the Veet Easywax Roll On Kit a try.

The veet roll on kit gives women like you and me the chance to give waxing a go at home. I let my leg hair grow out, admittedly probably not quite enough and set up. All you need to do in preparation for waxing with the roll on kit is allow around 20-30 minutes for the wax to heat up. Once heated up the wax has melted enough to roll onto the skin. I found this super easy - the wax was neither too cold nor too hot that it was unconfortable, it was just right. Although I did find it needed more than one layer. Once you've glided the wax on you slap a peice of the waxing paper on top and smooth it down, leaving a little bit at the bottom to get a hold of. Next is the scary part. Hold on to the skin and rip it off, the quicker the better. Although painful I think this is definitely something I could deal with doing if it means hairless legs for longer. I did struggle at first because my leg hair was so short but it definitely did the job on some patches.

Surpisingly, despite the pain, I really enjoyed my first home-waxing experience and I look forward to giving it a go when my leg hairs inevitable grow to the length similar to apes, the veet electrical roll on kit was mess free and easy. A few more rounds of pain and I'll soon be a home waxing pro.

REVIEW: Batiste Stylist XXL volume spray

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Batiste XXL Volume Styling Spray - £4.29

As soon as I saw the new range of Batiste styling sprays I knew I wanted to give them a go. I live by their dry shampoo, and with always struggling to get any kind of volume in my hair I'd use their volumising dry shampoo a lot. Although nearly a fiver for a spray I'm likely to get through fairly quickly is a lot, I am so happy with the results. I spray it around my crown and roots to give my hair a bit of oomph and it works a treat! Perfect for a night out and then to give the messy look bun the day after. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the way it makes your hair feel - a bit matted, but it's something I can definitely get over. All in all, I will definitely be buying this again and again and again! Have you tried any of the other batiste stylist range?

life recently... #19

Sunday, 11 October 2015

night out with the girlies // winged eyeliner // coffee catch up with a good friend
pint at the pub with my favourite // grandparents // mummy and daughter in times square
rowing // me and jamie completed go ape!! // goodbye meal with all the besties
new adventures // an organised mess - uni room // pretending to be geographers

12 things I learnt in my first week of University

Thursday, 8 October 2015

I'm still alive, I haven't posoined myself so far, and I'm onto my third week of university.

It seems so crazy to me still that I'm here, on my own for the next three years building my future. I already feel so different as a person than what I did a few weeks ago. There have been tears, lots of burnt food, long boring lectures but there's been a lot of fun too, and after just a couple of week I thought I could share the top 12 things I've learnt so far:

  1. 1. If you're feeling homesick, go out and do something.
  2. 2. Don't leave biscuits and other fattening snacking foods in your room, you will eat them.
  3. 3. It's 100% okay not to go out every night of freshers.
  4. 4. It's 110% okay to want to get early nights!
  5. 5. Everybody is lovely, be brave and talk to people... make friends!
  6. 6. You can't live on pasta and noodles for the rest of your life.
  7. 7. Sometimes the best nights are those unplanned.
  8. 8. Start the semester as you mean to go on, be organised and work your butt off.
  9. 9. Make an extra effort with everything you do.
  10. 10. Fresher flu is real. And you WILL catch it.
  11. 11. Cover your room with photos and bring as many teddies as you like.
  12. 12. Do what YOU want to do.. you're here for yourself!

Upcoming Fashions for Fall

Monday, 5 October 2015

We're in the home stretch for Fashion Month. Paris is winding down, and soon we'll be left to our devices to find the new hot trends of the season.

Thankfully however, the recent shows have left us with plenty of inspiration to last until winter, and they're just as casual-chic as any fall style should be. Check out a few of these fall pieces that you'll want to grab before they're gone.

This season's dresses are all about long hemlines that hit between your knee and your mid-calf—a style of dress known as a "midi." Fits vary from form-fitting, to a loose, bohemian style with '70s influence, allowing midis to flatter most body shapes. Better still you can pair this style with everything from heels and wedges to booties and flats in order to reflect your desired look.

For inspiration, browse the dress collection from Lyst. The collection of different designers highlights the variety of ways the look is put to good use. For example, the Yepa Printed Midi shows how you can use the design to create a casual style, appropriate for most functions, while the Ekundayo Midi Dress is ideal for events that require formal attire.

Bags for this season are simple in shape, but fun in design. They resemble functional carriers like briefcases, lunch boxes, cosmetic bags, and even toolboxes. And their hard exteriors are limited to your imagination, in whatever print, texture, and colour that catches your eye.

If the box bag isn't your thing, try a suede purse adorned with fringe instead. It's just as hot this season, and it's easy to pair with some jeans and a flirty top. E! spotted Jessica Simpson with a suede and fringe purse recently, and they said her fall outfit made running errands "look effortless."

I can plan an entire look around a pair of shoes, but sometimes I just need to slip on a pair and go. Thankfully this season's ankle booties are as chic as they are comfortable and universal.

Once again, suede is particularly popular for this season, but you can also experiment with leathers (or faux leathers). Try a neutral colour in brown or black to keep your outfit options open. You can also check out Bustle's recent article on how to pair them with everything from skinny jeans and leggings, to skirts and dresses.

Fall is already upon us, and it's likely that most of you have already felt a chill in the air. If you haven't filled out your fall wardrobe yet, now is the perfect time to do so!


Friday, 2 October 2015


I never realised how much of this outfit was H&M before typing this up, but who can blame me? H&M is brilliant. I think of it as a slightly better primark, it's clothes are so cheap but always so on trend. This could be the last time you see this background in a post of mine for a while, I am officially moved into my new room at Uni. I've had a great two weeks so far and can't wait to share some uni-related posts with you soon!


Saturday, 26 September 2015

HAT, SKIRT & JACKET - ASOS // TOP - RIVER ISLAND // TRAINERS - NEXT I finally found a hat to fit my pea-shaped head!! Thank you Asos. Too bad it's approaching winter and I'll barely get any wear out of it now until next summer. This is the only outfit I managed to photograph while in NY which is really bad of me, but it is in the best location ever.. in front of the whole of the city! 


Thursday, 24 September 2015

A few weeks ago before my trip to NYC I decided to get into the American mood and make myself some american pancakes. I'd never tried eating nor making them and I'm pretty chuffed with how they turned out! If you want to give it a go like me, I've written up a lovely little recipe for you to follow. It's super simple!

100g plain flower
1tsp baking soda
1 egg
100ml milk
1tsp brown sugar
a pinch of salt

The first step is to seive both the baking soda and flour into a bowl, seiving will help it catch air to make your pancakes super fluffy! After this, add the milk, sugar and salt, as well as the yolk of the egg - keep the egg white in a seperate bowl. Mix the mixture until it forms a batter consitency.

Next you want to whisk the egg white. I decided to use this cute little whisk, although, if like me you lack in arm strength and stamina, use an electric whisk! Once it is stiff and forms peaks, begin to gently fold it into the batter.

Heat up your pan, if it's not non-stick chuck on a bit of butter first. Scoop the batter into the pan, making the pancakes as big or small as you like! I managed to make 4 smaller sized ones. They don't take long to cook at all so make sure you keep an eye on them.

When they're all done, stack them up and enjoy them with whatever toppings you choose!

Finding motivation to work out

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Shoes* - Sports Shoes // Bra/Crop Vest* - New Look // Top - Sweat Shop // Bottle - Sainburys

Buy some new gear.. if you're really serious.

If you're really serious about getting into shape, you wont mind parting with some money. Of course this isn't necessary if you've already got plenty of gym wear from all those other occasions you decided to get fit, but it definitely helps. Let's be serious, who doesn't love buying clothes?!

Make a workout routine

By knowing exactly what you're going to do when you get to the gym makes it a whole lot easier. Decide how long you'll run for, how many sets and how many reps and you'll save yourself a lot of pondering.

Make goals

Seeing progress is what makes going to the gym so worthwhile, so make some goals! Whether that be losing a certain number of pounds, lifting a certain weight or running a certain distant in a certain time frame.

Plan a timetable

For me, this is one of the most important things to do to stay motivated. At the end of every week go and plan your week ahead, fitting in those gym trips. This way you leave time and know exactly when you're going. If you miss out session you'd planned the guilt is almost unbearable!

Reward yourself

Hard work get's rewards. Go eat some damn chocolate.


Friday, 18 September 2015

Naked Palette - Sephora // Jumper - H&M // Trainers - Footlocker // NYPD Tee - NYC GIFTS // Pooh - Disney // Underwear - Victoria's Secret

You can't go to New York City without making any purchases can you? Although the majority of our time was spent doing touristy things, we did manage to squeeze in a little time to spend some dollar. Of course, I had to buy some new trainers with the price being a lot less across the pond! I've been after some casual ones for Uni for a while and the Nike Theas are perfect. I also (finally!) bought the naked palette. I'm super happy with the naked 3 palette I already have but have been dying to get my hands on the original for years. Sephora was a beautiful shop. Next I got a cute blue jumper from H&M. I love the lace detailing. From VS I got a beautiful khaki set, the bra is racer back with a lovely lace back. My mum found this cute little pooh bear in the Disney Store which is the perfect size for when I go away on holidays! Finally, I had to get a NYPD tee to remember the trip didn't I?!

P.S On Sunday I move to my new home at University. I'm so scared but excited to start a new adventure. I have a few posts scheduled but bear with me if I'm a bit vacant for a while, I'll be back to normal asap x


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Day four was techically our last day as we travelled back late evening of day five. I woke up very ill this day but made a speedy recovery and we finished our travels with a trip to the iconic Central Park. We got a horse and carriage ride around which was pretty awesome, it was like in the movies!! After a day of more shopping and wandering we finished with what was the best meal of our time there - West Side Steak House. We all had the most delicious steaks leaving our bellies very happy. We popped back to Times Square to take some final photos, where I also took an awesome time-lapse video which you can see on my instagram!

New York really has been a once in a lifetime trip and I am so grateful to have been able to go. Hopefully I'll be able to visit again soon!


Monday, 14 September 2015

I didn't lug my camera around on day 3 but for this day we went to see a show on Broadway! My brilliant dad queued from early in the morning at the famous TKTS stairs in Times Square to get some discounted tickets to see Finding Neverland - a show not yet in the UK! I'm always a fan of broadway/west end so this was a real treat. We did the majority of our shopping on this day, going to MACY'S in the evening! 


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Day two was probably the busiest day of the lot, we woke up bright and early and headed down the island using the subway. We managed to hop on a free ferry which went past Staten Island so we could get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Then we walked up to Ground Zero, a really surreal and chilling moment. It's awful to think of that horrible day, but it really is such a beautiful way to commemorate all those lost. I took the image below because my dad, who had visited and gone up the twin towers many years ago, told me you could once look up this gap and see the towers, where now there is a gap.

Next we went to Grand Central, the very famous train station in NY! It's so beautiful inside.
We finished day two eating out at Ellens Stardust Diner - a definite must visit if you ever go to NY. It's a completely different dining experience where you are sung to by the waitors and waitresses, all working there while they wait to try and make it on Broadway. It was so much fun!


Thursday, 10 September 2015

I'm back from New York! I had such an amazing 4 days there with my family and can't wait to show you all my pictures and share my adventres with you! As the title hints, here are just a few photos from the first day. Despite still being on UK time and having flown for 7 hours, when we arrived and checked in we went straight to the rockafeller centre to see some views of our home for the next few days. The views of the Empire State Building and Central Park were amazing! 

We then went back and sussed out the area, realising we were just one block from the iconic Times Square. With the hectic day catching up on us, we took a bite to eat and good old maccie d's (couldn't go to America without a takeaway right?!) and tucked ourselves up for another long day tomorrow.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The lovely people at escentual recently sent me this foundation to give a try and I am SO impressed!  hadn't heard of Vichy before, and was surprised to find it is a fairly affordable brand - the packaging and name certainly fooled me into thinking it was a lot more expensive than it is. 

As I said, I am super impressed by this foundation. I was a bit sceptial that the shade wouldn't suit me, normally the shade Ivory in most drugstore foundations, but I was wrong! It it possibly the best suiting shade I've ever had. It's a fairly thin, liquidy consistency but you don't need a lot at all. Coverage is surprisingly good. It takes a while to warm up but once that is done it blends nicely into the skin. As for lasting power it does fairly well, with a layer of powder over the top it'll last all day. 

I'll definitely be reaching for this foundation a lot and might even consider repurchasing it. Have you ever tried any of Vichy's products?

the winter coat

Sunday, 6 September 2015


Whenever I go to a different town/city I will always check out their Primark. The Primark in my town is fairly small and doesn't stock the best things, so I love when I go away and find a big store full of goodies. My most recent trip was to Brighton where I found this beauty of a coat. I've been after a camel one for a while now so this did just the job. I can tell it's going to be the perfect coat to chuck on while I'm walking around campus this winter.

This is a scheduled post as I am currently in NEW YORK!!!! I get back tomorrow and can't wait to share all my photos and experiences with you all.

5 ways to destress

Friday, 4 September 2015

Everybody get's stressed once in a while. After recently finishing my final year of sixth form and it's tortorous exams and coursework I've found my top 5 ways to destress to share with you..

Clean your room

Cleaning my room always helps when I'm feeling stressed out. 50% of the time my untidy room is probably the sole cause of my stress, but nonetheless a good tidy cheers me up. I don't know what it is, but there's definitely something therapeutic about sorting and cleaning, and best of all, you have a clean room at the end of it.

Take a bath

Everyone loves a good bath. Lock yourself away, chuck a lush bath bomb in and chillaxxxxxx sister!

Go for a walk

Fresh air always does good. It's nice to surround yourself with a bit of nature, so, if like me, you're lucky enough to live near lots of fields and woodland, go and take a stroll. Maybe take the dog out, or take a camera with you and get some pretty snaps.

Listen to some music

When I really work myself up I love to sit down, chuck on some headphones and listen to some chilled out tunes. My favourites have to be Ben Howard, Sam Smith and my recent new-found loves Oh Wonder.

Watch a movie

Get a chick flick and get tucked up in bed. And it's an excuse to eat popcorn.

August Favourites

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

I really need to get into the habit of writing down my favourites throughout the month! August's favourites are sparse, featuring just 3 items, but 3 very worthy items nonetheless. First is my denim skirt from asos. As mentioned in a previous ootd, this skirt is my favourite summer purchase, I've practically lived in it for the past 4 weeks. My second favourite of the past month is Paco Rabanne's new perfume - Olympea. Jamie kindly treated me to a perfume shop voucher back at Christmas and I finally found a scent to spend it on! I just wish I had bought a bigger bottle now! Finally a beauty fave - Rimmels BB cream. Previously I'd been using a quite thick and high coverage foundation from Maybelline, and although I still use it occasionally, I've found myself reaching for this a lot more, especially during the daytime. It has a really light feel but covers just enough!

In terms of things that have happened this month, one very special thing stands out - a trip to London for two nights for Jamie's 18th Birthday. It was so lovely to spend a couple of nights away with him to celebrate, even if we were woken up at 3am by the fire alarm!! Another favourite of the month would be results day. Although my university offer was unconditional so ultimately grades didn't matter, I was super proud to find I'd done way better than expected, finishing with the grades AAB in A-Levels. Probably better not to talk about the celebrations that followed, it was messy. 

P.S. I go to New York TOMORROW! How is that even possible? I'm super duper excited. 


Monday, 31 August 2015

top - dorothy perkins // jeans - topshop // trainers - next

I ended up spending just £2 on this checkered top, using a voucher I got for my birthday a few months ago. I think it's possible that I now own every single checkered shirt under the sun. I can already tell at uni I will live in checks and leggings all day every day. Also may I point out a recent purchase - my slip on trainers from next. I've wanted a pair of slip ons for ages now but my skinny feet had refused until now! They're the comfiest things ever.

Life recently.. #18

Friday, 28 August 2015

Jamie and I before our Indian meal // one of my disposals from the girls holiday // London Olympic Park
Out celebrating after our results // little photobooth collection growing // gorgeous gowns in London
Celebrating my favourite mans 18th Birthday // London at night // Olympic park again

bare shoulders

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


I love this top so much, even if my brother did say I looked like an old lampshade. I've loved the bare-shoulder trend this summer, just wished the English weather gave me more opportunities to dress like this!! For £16 from Topshop it was a steal. Have you got into the bare shoulder trend this season?

Life as as a student: one month to go

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Exactly one month today I'll be settling into my new home: the University of East Anglia. I'm attending UEA for 3 years to study Geography.

University is something I've always had my heart on. I love to learn and be in a learning environment, and the social aspects have always appealed to me just as much. They always say university will be the best years of your life. Despite it being a scary process, I know it's the right thing for me and this time in 3 years I'll be grateful to have done it, with hundreds of memories and new life experience learnt.

Thankfully UEA isn't far from my hometown, Ipswich. It's far enough away for me to feel independent but close enough for me to jump on a train when I need a mummy cuddle or a proper homemade meal. Nonetheless, it's still a very daunting thing for me. I'll be living on my own for the first time with complete independence, some of which I haven't yet gained! I'll be leaving my family, my friends and my boyfriend and made to make new ones. I'm excited to meet new people and start new adventures, building both my experiences and myself as a person.

Did you go to uni? Do you have any tips for me?

My current favourite artist: Oh Wonder

Friday, 21 August 2015

It's not very often I write about music. I've always been a music girl, right back to my fangirl days (the fangirl emotions are very much alive, hidden inside of me.) Around 6 months ago I pondered across the South-London duo 'Oh Wonder' on spotify. I patiently wait every month for them to release a new song - something they've been doing since January and will be until December, also, something that apparently, hasn't been done since 1992. Their songs are the perfect chill out tunes, with a soft beat and clearly well-thought lyrics, So good, I find it impossible to pick a favourite.

the denim skirt

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


This skirt has got to be my top summer purchase. I haven't taken it off since I bought it a month or two ago. Styling it with a basic white tee is my favourite along with my special necklace I got for my 18th and as always my MK watch. I also had my hair cut as it had started to get a bit too long and although this shorter style is still pretty brave for me, i'm tempted to go even shorter.. what do you think?