Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Weekend Scenes

On Friday I decided to head back home for the weekend and had the nicest time - I hadn't seen my parents or my sisters since August so it was lovely to spend a few days with them. On the Saturday my sister Amy and I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon for shopping and afternoon tea. I used to visit Stratford a lot when I was younger so it always reminds me of my childhood. If any of you live in the Midlands I'd definitely recommend a day out there if you haven't visited already - it's such a pretty town full of old Tudor buildings and quaint tearooms. Perfect if you're an old woman at heart like I am ;) 

On Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the Fabb Birmingham Blogger event at The Custard Factory. I came across so many amazing brands and left with bags filled with complimentary goodies! I wasn't there long due to the fact I arrived quite late, but I still able to make the most of the afternoon. Little did I know that Tanya Burr and Zoella (amongst others) were doing their first Amity Fest at the Institute just a few doors down. I walked past a mile-long queue of screaming girls and wondered what was going on! 

Amy and I decided to go for tea again before she dropped me off at the train station yesterday. We visited The Winding House in Bridgenorth. It's tucked out the way of the town centre but I'm glad we found it as it's so pretty and the food was delicious. We both had bacon and brie toasties followed by apple cake and a pot of tea. As you can see, we were really lucky with the weather so we decided to sit outside - the terrace had beautiful views of the lower town and river. 

No amount of tea and cake could have prepared me for my train journey back to Southampton however, it was awful. The coaches were absolutely baking hot and so busy. What's worse, the train was delayed due to trespassers which meant we came to a stand still just before my stop. I'd got on the train at half 4 that afternoon and didn't get off till 9pm! Fortunately my boyfriend met me at the station with a bouquet of flowers to cheer me up which was a lovely surprise - I felt miles better :)

How was your weekend? 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Wishlist: Black and Yellow

Boots, New Look. I prefer my boots to have a heel as I always think they look a bit more stylish! These are a great price and look so comfy.

Skirt, Topshop. How gorgeous is this skirt? I was ooming and aahing over buying if for days after watching Corrie's Autumn Lookbook. However, when I finally thought 'sod it' and decided to treat myself, it had sold out! Sod's law eh? Hopefully it'll be back in stock soon!

Gilet, New Look. I've been looking for the perfect faux fur gilet for a while - I love this one from New Look. I'd pair it with black skinny jeans, a pretty blouse and a black fedora. 

Bag, Zara. Zara always get it spot on with handbags. This design is simple yet so chic - it's going straight on my Christmas list!

Lipstick in Rouge de Venise, YSL. Berry lips are a must for A/W. This is such a beautiful shade and I love the luxe packaging.

What goodies do you have on your wishlist at the moment?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Nights In

For as long as I can remember, I've been a bit of a homebody. When I was in my teens I never used to be into clubbing as much as my friends, and I'd worry I was going to feel left out or that people would think I was boring. Even though I enjoy nightclubs more now I'm at uni, I've come to realise that preferring to stay in on a Saturday night is nothing to be ashamed of. After spending all day at work, there is nothing I enjoy more than logging into Netflix, painting my nails and flicking through a magazine - all the while treating myself to copious amounts of junk food, of course.
Ever since I started blogging I've enjoyed staying in even more. I really look forward to coming home and checking my Bloglovin feed, writing posts and gathering inspiration for future content. Due to having uni work and a job, I don't have as much time as I'd like for my hobby, so I do cherish those evenings where I have a couple of hours to myself to do whatever I like. It's the perfect way to de-stress and unwind after a long day. 

Here are a few of my must haves for the perfect night in: 
iPad or laptop (for blogging, online shopping, Facebook stalking) // nail polish // takeaway food // chocolate // face mask of choice (pamper necessity) // scented candles // trashy magazines // bed socks // hot water bottle // extra blankets

Does anyone else often choose staying in over going out? What are your necessities for a cosy night in?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Goodbye Summer

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It's no secret that I am a Spring/Summer girl. I love warm weather, and would choose a maxi dress and gladiators over ankle boots and thick scarves anyday. Unfortunately for me, it's almost time to say goodbye to my favourite season - sob :( Therefore, I decided to hunt Flickr for some beautiful Autumn-inspired photos to get me excited for the coming months. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Autumn - I love Halloween, and the countdown to Christmas leaves me feeling like a giddy 5-year-old again (yes, I just said the C word). There's also something very satisfying about coming in from a long, crisp walk and treating yourself to a mug of hot chocolate. I just always feel a bit sad when the nights draw out and the trees begin to lose their leaves. I think I may need to invest in some new A/W wear in order to cheer myself up!

Do you mourn the end of summer as much as I do? What's your favourite season? 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Still Alive

I've been a rubbish blogger as of late. I can't stand seeing my little site looking so neglected, but finding time to sit down and post has been a bit of a challenge recently. I've been working more than usual and felt ill all last week, so any time off I've had has been spent zoning out in front of the TV. It's not that I'm feeling uninspired - I still enjoy blogging more than ever - I'm just worried about my content not being interesting enough. I've been trying to save up so I haven't been able to splurge on products to review, I've not been doing much in the day due to work and when I return home from my shifts the lighting is usually too poor to take pictures in. I'm very jealous of those bloggers who manage to produce beautiful photographs and imaginative posts on a regular basis while maintaining a full-time job and a social life - how do you do it?!

I'm going to be without internet for a little while as of tomorrow night, which means posting may continue to be slow for the next few weeks. Although I'm obviously going to miss it, part of me thinks it's a blessing in disguise. I've ordered a stack of books to keep me busy for when I'm not at work, and I'll be spending some quality time with my box sets. I'm looking forward to switching off for a bit, getting a good nights sleep rather than trawling Pinterest till the early hours, and seeing my boyfriend more. I'm hoping I'll return feeling refreshed and much more motivated!

I'll still be reading your comments, catching up on my favourite blogs and posting whenever I have the chance. Just bare with me - I'm not going anywhere for long, promise! :) x