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.