Monday, 5 October 2015

Bristol A/W 2015 Fashion Show


HAPPY OCTOBER EVERYONE! I do realise that it is a bit late but this is my first post of the month so we shall just ignore it right?! This post if you haven't guessed is all about Bristol Fashion Week where I bought tickets for me and my sister to attend. We got front row tickets and were really surprised at how good the seats were... I could of touched the fabulous Denise Van Outen and Mark Heyes if I just out stretched my arm. On a little side note, please excuse the weird line through my opening photo, it seems that when I uploaded it from my camera (As the photo is absolutely fine on there) the computer didn't like it -_-. 

What were the major trends in the show then? First up, the whole event was based around cinema glamour. Even when walking into the tent there was popcorn for the refreshments and pictures of old famous movies hanging around. There were a few clothing pieces within the refreshment part as well which were all truly stunning but not the type of clothes for everyday wear. So, I can tell you that another trend this season will be tweed. I do love a bit of tweed as coming from Bristol (Farmer Land to most people) and not in the centre, you do see a lot of posh, country folk wearing tweed and if I'm wearing it too it makes me feel posh haha! The last bit of trends for this season that I picked up was faux fur. The reason why I made that bold and in italics is because I purely can't stand real fur clothing. I've never understood why killing and skinning an animal just to have for your personal look is something anyone would want. Yes, it probably comes out better than faux fur but you just have to shop around for the best faux fur as I have felt some that have been heaven for the hands. To be honest, if you can afford the price of real fur, you will be able to get a good faux fur. 

Anyway, enough ramblings! Here are a couple of shots from the day:

Me with my sister and her crazy red hair o_o

Mark Heyes and Denise Van Outen... They both looked stunning



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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Reverse Washing

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I'm a little behind the trend here but I've only just discovered reverse washing for your hair. However, after trying this I can now fully recommend this to anyone. Whatever hair type you may have, I urge you to try this at least once. Reverse washing is really easy to explain. Instead of shampooing first, you condition first. I really didn't think this was going to work as after I condition my hair it feels all smooth and clean and with this way round the shampoo just doesn't leave my hair feeling the same. 

My hair can be thick at times but is more on the average side and is usually pretty straight with a bit of wave in it. I had dyed my hair many-a-times and can tend to go dry at the ends and oily at the roots and scalp. So, that's a little bit about my hair. The first time I tried this I didn't know really how it was going to turn out. I didn't really know what to use or to be honest how to do it. I have been using Garnier Ultimate Blends - The Sleek Restorer for my conditioner and Vo5's - Revive Me Daily for the shampoo. However, this is almost certainly going to be different for different people and hair types. 

So, how do you actually do it?! Just follow these simple steps below and your'll get there in no time! Please bear in mind that it may not work first time. You may need to experiment with a few different shampoos and conditioners to see what works best for you and your locks!

1. Make sure your hair is fully wetted. If its not it the conditioner will not completely distribute fully and we need it to do this.

2. Leave the conditioner in for the stated amount of time. I believe this normally around 2 mins however, some conditioners may vary.

3. Don't rinse out the conditioner! This is the most important step! Use the shampoo with the conditioner to remove the conditioner. Don't use a regular amount of shampoo though, use just about a half less as you don't want to strip all of the conditioner out of your hair. After that you are free to rinse as much as you please!

I found this worked amazingly for me but obviously it is going to be different for different people but I urge to at least try it once. Even when I let my hair dry naturally (which is about 99% of the time) and when I blow dry my hair the results are still the same. It gives a good shine to my hair and generally makes it look so much healthier. Just like I've just had a new hair cut actually... I was so impressed! Please comment below if you've tried it or going to try it as I would love to know how you got on!

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Friday, 11 September 2015

#RightToDie

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I never normally get involved with political issues on my blog but this one has really made my blood boil. Some of you may or may not know that today in parliament MP's got to decide on whether or not terminally ill people can be assisted to die in England and Wales. As the result stands, it was a firm no with 118 MP's being in favour with an astonishing 330 MP's going against this. How any one can say that people being able to die with dignity is 'totally unacceptable' needs to take one step back and actually meet some of these people to see their reasons as to why. I maybe a little bit bias here with my terminally ill father having MND however, hearing countless upon times saying to his own children that he just wants to die really pulls at heartstrings. Yes we don't want him to leave us so soon however, seeing that he can do literally nothing and having no quality of life what so ever makes you really evaluate the situation.

As it stands, you can yourself take a lethal dose of pills if you know you have less than six months to live however, with MND it is so under researched that you don't know when he is exactly going to die. In addition, if we did know that he was going to die in six months time he wouldn't even be able to move his arms to administer the pills himself! I understand that the law is there to protect the elderly and other people who may be at risk of someone passing it off as euthanasia when it fact it could have been murder however, if there are doctors, nurses and carers who daily see someone and can see they are willing to die, I think it should be done!

The sad truth is that no matter how many times my Father says he wants to die, we or himself cannot make that physically possible. We can not fulfil his wishes and instead we have to watch this awful disease take over every aspect of his and our lives. We know its been a heartbreaking journey for him with plenty more problems to come and he just wants it all to end. He can't go out, he can't eat for himself, he can't move his arms, his legs nothing. What I want is for some of these MP's to come off their high horses and down from their ivy towers and meet some of these people who want to die and see their reasons. Maybe, just maybe it would change their minds. 

Until people are in this situation, most will never understand.

 


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Monday, 31 August 2015

Second Floor Bristol


One of my birthday presents was a 3 course meal for two and a cocktail at the gorgeous place called the Second Floor restaurant in Bristol as part of the famous brand Harvey Nichols. I took along my best friend and fellow blogger Molly from What Molly Loves and we had an amazing time. We followed a set menu and were so full up by the time all 3 courses had finished! Before we even had our starters they were bringing out plates of complimentary canapés which were again absolutely divine! To start, I had the Smoked Aubergine and tomato salad which also came with a dip of Greek yoghurt and crisp bread whilst Molly had the sweetcorn soup with a chilli salsa. We both loved them! Then we moved onto mains where we both had the beef rendang with coconut rice and neither of us knew what this was. But, when it came out it was sort of like a beef curry and it was cooked to perfection. The beef just fell apart with hardly any fat attached to it and the rice and beef were in exactly the right proportions. In my opinion, this was definitely the best beef dish I have ever tasted. Then finally, it was time for dessert where again we both had the Lemon Posset with blueberry jelly and meringue cream. Neither of us knew how to pronounce posset so I let Molly try to say it! But, this was equally as nice as all the other courses! Here are a few pics of the food...






The complimentary cocktail was yummy and tasted like alcoholic pineapple and I even got a special 'Happy Birthday' message in chocolate with a chocolate shortbread, Belgium chocolate brownie and a coconut ice (I think that's what they are called) as my mum left a message on the booking reservation that it was my birthday a couple of days ago One thing I must mention about this restaurant is that they use a lot of beetroot. That's not a bad thing of course but everywhere we turned there was beetroot everywhere! Beetroot in the dessert, the canapés... If you don't like beetroot you'd have a very limited choice! 

The waiters and waitresses were very attentive to our needs and kept filling up our water whenever we needed it without us having to ask which was lovely! I would like to give a massive thank you to the chef, Louise McCrimmon who I believed cooked all our food that night! It was a lovely meal and I would recommend the whole dinner to anyone who thinks they would like it too!

Have you been here before? What did you think?


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Chunky Nachos


I never really knew what to with turkey mince until my Mum suggested this recipe to me. Mexican food has also been a big love of mine and being able to make it in your own kitchen is even better. My last recipe post did really well so I want to make this into something more on my blog! I am in no aspects a brilliant cook, I'm just average, but this recipe will suit anyone's ability. It probably makes enough for around 2-3 people and depending on portion size it will probably stretch to 4 as we always have seconds! In the above picture is all the ingredients you need and as you can see they are all very simple. This is not for people who are on a diet but could be modified to being healthier as the cheese is the only really unhealthy bit! Here is what you do...

Ingredients:

500g of turkey mince
1 x Packet of Smoky BBQ Fajitas seasoning
Cheese of any kind that you want to sprinkle over
Sour Cream to top
1 x Pot of Salsa (I tend to go with ones with onions in so I don't need to add extra)
Any type of plain, salted Nachos

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to around 200 degrees.

2. Cook the turkey mince in a frying pan until fully cooked.

3. Add the smoky BBQ seasoning mix and salsa and mix thoroughly.


4. Get an averaged sized oven proof dish and layer with nachos on the bottom. Then add the mix from the frying pan with another layer of nachos on top.

5. Finally, add cheese all over the top and place in the oven for around 5-10 mins until the cheese has melted.

Then the final result looks something like this and oh my it is lovely!



If anyone tried it let me know and I hope you LOVE IT!


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Friday, 24 July 2015

Please Me


My cat in the picture looks far from pleased so he does need a bit of pleasing! I'm sure I'll cheer him up later with a game or even more to his liking... food! But can you spot the cheeky MAC lippie in-between his fluffy paws! Please Me is a Matte lipstick from MAC and I bought this little beauty whilst away in Norwich. This colour is not out of my comfort zone purely because I wanted another lipstick that was long lasting and that I could wear everyday. This colour made the criteria. Being a pale pink colour and being a MAC lipstick, for me this is a perfect everyday shade and the reputation that MAC has for being highly pigmented and long lasted it just had to be. They are a brand that is more expensive however, with their lipsticks you really get your moneys worth. 




I do tend to go with similar colours but this one is a little bit away from those shades. I'm really happy with this lipstick as it ticks all the boxes that I wanted it for! Do you own this shade? What did you think?



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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Norwich & More


A few days ago now, me, my mum and her boyfriend went to Norwich. Whilst they stayed there for a week and are still there now, I left after 4 days due to my brother taking the other half of the week so someone was at home with Dad whilst the other was away. This did however mean that I had to take a 7 hour coach journey home back to Bristol but, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be! Personally, I find Norwich such a gorgeous city and even though we stayed in a lovely farm house away from the city centre, the outskirts were even prettier. They had such huge houses where we were staying and of course there was one for sale so we had to have a peak at the price! The farm house we stayed in was still being half renovated from the lady that owned it. Our part slept around 8 people and when the whole house is done the lady reckons it could sleep a massive 16 -18 people! She showed us around the house and showed us what she was doing and I believe its going to look amazing. The house is such a maze and I loved it! The house was also set on a huge amount of land with around 40 horses occupying it as well with a show jumping arena. There were 2 gorgeous foals and funnily are named Frankie and Benny! 

On the first day, we didn't get in til around 3 o'clock so just unpacked and chilled in the house until it was time for some food where we went out to a local pub called The Fox. The food was amazing and I had salmon and asparagus wrapped in filo pastry with creamy cheese and veg. On the second day, we went out to Norwich town centre where I bought loads of things including a new MAC lippie and a Joules dressing gown and then went into Cromer and had a walk around that seaside town. We saw a wedding on the pier and the bride and the bridesmaids looked stunning in their 1940's styled dresses. On the 3rd day, we went into Great Yarmouth and walked around that seaside town. It was safe to say that I really like that beach and area! And on the final day, we could go far as I had to go and catch a coach but, we went to have lunch and went to the Norfolk broads and had a stroll around the shops. I left at around 14.30 on the bus and didn't get home til around 21.10. My god it was so long. Here are just a few pics from my long weekend away...





Have you ever been to the East of England? What do you think?






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Thursday, 16 July 2015

S/S 2015 Favourite Swimwear

We don't really have much of a summer over here in 'sunny' England we normally just get a week or two that they claim to be a heatwave around May/June and that tends to be it. After that just comes rain, rain and oh even more rain. However, if you are going away on holiday in the upcoming months, or just generally going to a pool in the UK and want to look stunning, this is a post on my favourite swimwear that has come out this season. Personally, I don't wear bikinis but that doesn't stop me from having a gander at all the lovely ones available. These are my personal top 5 but if you see any more that you think should be added, just leave me a comment below as I'd love to see some more!


S/S 2015 Swimwear

1. Traingl Bikini 'Poppy Flamingo Fling' - $89 
2. New Look - £13 (Downside is the tan lines!)
3. Simply Be Navy - £28
4. River Island White Floral - reduced to £12
5. River Island Black Embellished - £28 

What one is your favourite?



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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Afternoon Tea at Tortworth Court

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The other day for my mums birthday treat me, my brother and my mum went to Tortworth Court for afternoon tea. This truly amazing place is in Wotton-Under-Edge not far from where we live and has beautiful grounds. The afternoon tea was £16.95 per person and for that price you get an unlimited supply of tea (I stuck to Jasmine Petals and Pearls Green Tea) and all little cakes and finger sandwiches. It doesn't look much but by god does it fill you up! The room where we sat an ate was a little back from the main room for dinners and was filled with books to give a library impression. I'm a person who loves old mansions and history and this place was right up my street. All the old features still remain and was absolutely gorgeous. The food was excellent with a mixture of scones, varieties of finger sandwiches, lemon drizzle cake and many more. We ended up taking home a doggy bag as we couldn't eat it all and was too nice to waste! 

Here are a few snaps from that afternoon...







I would recommend going to at least one afternoon tea session in your lifetime as its just so relaxed, civilised and just generally lush! I would happily go and again even if its to a different place!


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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cath Kidston Styled Shellac

Before holiday I decided to get my nails done professional as they needed a bit of TLC. So, I opted for CND Shellacs at my local hairdressers/beauty salon. The girl that did them was absolutely lovely and couldn't have done a better job. I also got my eyebrows shaped as well as I kept forgetting to pluck them and they got SO bad. Anyway, she does loads of designs for nail art shellacs for a fiver extra or you can you just have a simple colour. She showed me loads of designs until I chose ones that I can best describe as a Cath Kidston design. I also opted for some glitter on my index finger which gives it that added touch and sparkle.



The picture above was taken whilst I was on holiday a few days later so you can see my natural nail underneath growing. Whilst writing this post they are still going strong as well and that will be around 2 weeks I've had them on with no chips and a high gloss shine. I would recommend shellacs to anyone as they last ever so long and they don't damage the nail underneath as long as taken off correctly and you don't pick!

What do you think if Shellacs?


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Friday, 12 June 2015

The British Tag

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I must admit to you all that I have done this tag before however, I have had a blog re-brand and whilst in the process of that I decided to have a complete clean start and thus deleted all my posts. I do miss the British tag being one of them so I've decided to re-do it for you all. I think this tag was created by Sammi at Beauty Crush so here is my first second attempt that is going to be very similar to the first anyway! I tag anyone who wishes to do it!

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Next to nothing apart from having the odd green tea here and there. To be brutally honest I don't really like normal tea... Maybe being given it loads as a baby made me go off the taste. I'd rather stick to herbal teas or fruit teas or even better coffee! And I don't have any sugar as I'm sweet enough. 

2. Favourite part of a roast.
Everything. How could you possibly narrow anything down! The meat, pigs in blanket, stuffing, the goose fat roasties... I'm literally drooling at the mouth as we speak.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit. 
Well considering I don't really drink tea, I don't normally have a dunking biscuit however, my favourite biscuit has to be a good bourbon or ginger nut. All this talk of food is making my stomach rumble.

4. Favourite quintessentially British past time.
Definitely will have to be walks in the countryside and then getting to a really quaint and old village. Especially in all types of weather. Winter crisp walks and then in the summer after the walk you can stop off in a pub for a lush British cider. 

5. Favourite word.
I have quite a lot to be honest but for some reason I love the word Kumquat. God knows why I just find it really funny to say. For those who don't know what a Kumquat is, it is a citrus-y fruit. 

6. Cockney rhyming slang?
Being that my parents and pretty much my whole family originally come from London I have picked up a little along the way. Things like the dog and bone is the telephone, apple and pear is the stairs and a pony is £25!

7. Favourite sweet.
Again I have so many! I don't really have a favourite but at the top of list is tango flavoured Bon Bon's and anything kinder.

8. What would your pub be called?
I quite like the name Ye Olde Wishing Well but I'm never going to own and pub and thank god at that!

9. No 1 British Person.
I don't really have one but would probably now have to be either Tom Hardy, Ed Westwick or Mark Sheppard (Supernatural fans!).

10. Favourite shop/restaurant.
I really don't know to be honest. I wouldn't be able to give a specific shop but I do love having a browse in shops that sell old things which are unique and vintage. I do like having things like this in my possession.

11. What British pop song pops into your head?
George Michael - Faith... God knows why but then again that seems to be the song that always pops into my head.

12. Marmite?
Now I know the advert says you either love it or hate it but to be honest, I don't hate it but I don't love it. Yes, I'm one of those people.

I tag everyone! Please comment below if you have done it so I can have a read!


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Friday, 5 June 2015

Dinner Date with Topshop

I've never been out and specifically got an outfit for a dinner date with the boyfriend mainly because A. we hardly go out as it is and B. I never have any money. So, I decided to have a browse on the Topshop website and make an outfit that I'd love to wear on a dinner date to somewhere with a bit of class not just down to the local pub. After having a huger browse I came across these little pieces and of course I just had to include a perfect shade for summer lipstick. This outfit does contain a little addition of an Olivia Burton watch however, it is purely stunning AND it was featured on the Topshop website so it can technically be counted within the post! The detailing on the dress is just gorgeous and the colour is right up my street. The whole outfit is just something that would suit me perfectly... Shame about the added up price tag though!


Topshop

Dress £100 // Lipstick 'Ooh La La' £8 // Watch £75 // Shoes £58 // Bag £48 // Ring £8.50

What do you like about this outfit?



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Monday, 25 May 2015

Molto Mauve


Popping into Boots one time after the gym the other day, which probably happens more than its supposed to, I came across an offer from L'Oreal Paris that gave you £5 off when you bought a bottle of coke. Now, I do drink coke and saving £5 off an £8.99 lip gloss sounds like a pretty good deal to me and I believe its still running! The lip gloss is a color riche extraordinaire and I fell for the colour Molto Mauve 500. Its pretty similar to my natural skin colour which is rarely a colour I go for in the first place so was a nice addition to my other lip products. 





For a person who doesn't normally wear lip gloss due to the whole hair stuck to your face thing, it isn't too bad at all! This product is actually designed and called a lipstick but the only thing that resembles that is the high pigmentation of the lipstick that is underneath all the micro oils on top which basically makes it a lip gloss in a way. It's so soft and the shine doesn't come through like your wearing a Disney Princess lip gloss that make your lips just look wet (obviously back when you were younger... or now if you prefer). It's available in 9 different shades and has an easy application wand which is also so soft!

I don't know whether I would have spend £8.99 on it though due to personal dislike of lip gloss but having that £5 off made me want to give this one a go and I'm glad I did! I would recommend anyone to give it ago whether they like or dislike lip gloss! If you have used this before leave me a comment to let me know how you got on with it!



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