The tie-up

Saturday, 20 February 2016

top - primark // skirt - asos // shoes - office

The tie-up trend has definitely been a favourite of mine this autumn/winter, and I'm excited to see it continue into spring/summer. Primark has been my favourite shop as a student, and I loved this top so much that I got it in a second colour too! Their homeware is looking so gorgeous right now, I can't wait to spend some money on it for some goodies for my new room next year! We're signing for our house today, I can't wait. Posts may be a bit sparse in the next week, it always seems with my course you're free from work for weeks then all of a sudden everything comes at once! My deadlines are all in the upcoming week so I won't be quiet for long!

five product face

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Being a uni student, I am one hundred times more in love with my bed than I should be. There are actual feelings there. This love means sometimes, my personal appearance is slightly neglected and my usual one hour to get ready is cut short. That's where the five product face comes along..

the £19.99 backpack

Monday, 15 February 2016

Bag - La Moda

I'm definitely a backpack-over-handbag kind of girl, throughout high school I suffered with my unpractical handbag.. having so much stuff but so little room you have to have a suitable highstreet clothing shop plastic bag (Hollister was always a keen favourite in my school) or walking home to a strap breaking from the sheer weight of all those books. In year 11 I ended my suffering by buying a rucksack, and I've been a fan ever since.

 This Christmas I decided it was time to purchase another backpack which I could use at uni. After pondering on a few websites I chose this one from La Moda, and I can't praise it enough. Although a gift, at £19.99 it's ridiculously inexpensive, it's the perfect size for all my books and also has plenty of nifty little pockets inside to hide my keys and phone - there is nothing worse than rooting in the bottom of your bag for them! It does have a slight bit of wear and tear on it, but I'm willing to overlook that. I'd never purchased from La Moda before, but after this experience, and by the looks of all their beautiful backpacks they have online, I'm definitely keen to purchase again!!

The Topshop wishlist

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Online browsing is dangerous, but even more so when you're a student. Morning lectures leave me with whole afternoons of boredom, leading to me gawping at clothes, shoes and accessories which I can't have. Topshop has always been a favourite of mine - the prices are sometimes a bit steep but you can't fault them for their fashion! I had a look at the new in page and picked a few of my favourite. The khaki obsession has made another appearance in the block coloured top, but a few different pieces are in there too like the super funky holographic clutch which would be perfect for my nights out at uni!

My skincare holy grails

Thursday, 11 February 2016

I've always struggled with my skin having frequent breakouts ever since I reached my teens, and subsequently have always been very conscious of it. I have tried every skincare treatment under the sun from vigorous scrubs to homemade remedies. I feel now like my skin is the best it's been in a while and other than age and 'growing out of it' it's down to my current skincare routine.

 I went to the doctors a year or so ago and was prescribed a gel called Epiduo for acne. It took a while for my skin to get used to it, it made my skin really dry and sore originally but now it works wonders. The idea is to place the gel on any breakouts every night to help them clear up, and I've found although it doesn't make those pesky spots disappear immediately, it definitely helps them clear up sooner, or if I'm super speedy I can get rid of those dreaded under the skin spots before they surface! Epiduo is the only spot treatment I use, and for the rest of my routine, I strip it right back using Cetaphil's cleanser and moisturiser/moisturising lotion.

Cetaphil is for sensitive skin being soap and fragrance-free and I find that's just what I need. I hate the thought of rubbing lots of nasty chemicals all over my face.

For makeup removing, I'm a big fan of Garnier's micellar water and have repurchased it many times. A couple of pads does the job brilliantly, and any extra makeup left over is soon taken off with cetaphils cleanser.

I think, especially being a blogger, it's very easy to get caught up in a big extravagant skincare routine which involves lots of steps with lots of different products, and while I have no doubt it works for some, sometimes I think less is more. I've found a very simple non-time-consuming routine and my skin is loving me for it. What's your go to skincare routine? Do you have any holy grail products?

Life Recently #22

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

 ootd // <3 // decorating the uni room
 miss my boy // lcr // beautiful morning sunrise
 best flatmates ever // reason for dating jamie? his cute as f cat // best friends!!
bestie // disney night // my #mcm every time

Getting back to uni has been a lot of fun as you can see - I've had lots of nights out and made lots of memories. I've also managed to pop back home once to catch up with my favourite furries - my little doggie Bobbie and Jamie's adorable cat Mitzy.

Valentines Gift Guide for her under £15

Monday, 8 February 2016

Here is the second lot of valentines gift guide, this time for the females in your life! Again, all are very simple and generic gifts but things I know I'd be very happy to recieve. My favourite has to be the book - I'm a complete sucker for a bit of romance and when better to be a soppy git than valentines?! Also just a word for that clutch bag, how gorgeous?! It would be so perfect for summer.


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Top - Asos // Skirt - H&M // Heels - Office

A week or so ago my two best friends, Alice and Anna came to stay up in Norwich for a night. We went out to the on-campus club night and celebrated Anna's 19th Birthday university style! I had such a fun night and really love getting the chance to dress up and do my hair and make-up all fancy.  I even wore the killer heels again, and this time ended up with only one blister at the end of the night. If that's not a good result - I don't know what is! As you can see the khaki and black theme is still going on. Anna curled my hair because I'm absolutely useless at it and I loved it! Apologies for the messy backdrop - 3 girls in one tiny uni room results in a lot of mess in a very small space! I had such a fun couple of days and am already planning when they can next make a visit!

Valentines Gift Guide for him under £15

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Valentines is just around the corner, and if you're like me, you're completely unprepared for it! Jamie and I don't do big presents for valentines, instead have a nice meal out just spending time in eachothers company. This year we've decided to get a nice hotel room for the night. Men are so hard to buy for, it takes months for me to think of ideas for just Christmas and Birthdays alone! I've found a few general pieces that are perfect for any woman buying valentines gifts on a budget!

Dealing with homesickness at university

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

All my life I knew I wanted to go to university, and after finally starting last September I can safely say I really underestimated how hard I was going to find it being away from home, despite only being a 40 minute train ride away. I cried a lot, I missed my family and boyfriend constantly and quite simply, I struggled! I'm now on my second semester at university and feeling a whole lot more positive about the next 3 years. I still get those days where I feel homesick, but I've slowly learnt how to deal with it. Here are my top tips!

A round up of January

Monday, 1 February 2016

January was an odd month. I always think it's a bit of a funny one, the Christmas and New Years Celebrations are over and you've got to find a way to get back into routine. Luckily I had an extra week or so at home before I headed back, and got to spend some time with my mum. I miss her the most at university - having two older brothers, we always get along as best friends.