Saturday, 29 December 2012

she ♥

2012 has been a year full of everything really, I feel like this is the year where I've finally taken the step from a carefree university student, to a young professional (sort of..) trying to make myself known in the fashion and beauty industry. What a year it has been. It was so hard trying to pick the highlighs of 2012, but I think my blog has been a very big part of it. Let's start from the top, freelancing for more! magazine and actually seeing my face printed into the actual UK fashion and beauty magazine is definitely top of my list. Working with the beauty girls, Poppy, Zara and Annie has been one of the most fantastic experiences and I can't thank them enough for letting me work with them. Having my work published in Zoo magazine was also a great ride, it's an incredible feeling to see your name printed on a national magazine. Interning at Red magazine was also a fantastic experience. I feel so lucky to have worked with the Red team - it makes me feel even more greatful that I managed to itern at 3 different magazines in less than 4 months after I left uni.
Getting a 1st for my dissertation and graduating with a 2:1 has got to be another high point, right? Besides from my well known thoughts about the annoying little hat, it was a great day and I can't believe how fast 3 years have flown by. Going to London Fashion Week and actually having my blog accepted to attend the event was a great acheivement for myself as a blogger and for Fairytale Kiss itself. Now although I didn't write this down last year for my New Year resolutions, I have always wanted to attend a real catwalk show, since that, I have attended quite a few and each have been amazing. I also got to go to a Essie and Garnier launch at the W Hotel in London, then I was featured on Look Online for the ASOS Style launch. I can't wait to see how things go next year and I'm even more determined to do more freelance writing! Let me know what the highlights of your year have been, have a lovely afternoon girls. I'm off to Lara's house with the rest of the girls for a movie night! ♥

Friday, 28 December 2012

expecting ♥

Hello girls! I know its been a while, well a week technically...but now that the Christmas madness has sadly passed us, I'm back into my blog mode. How was everyone's Christmas?! I spent Xmas at my Aunt's house with the whole family and we pretty much chatted and ate turkey all day. I was so unorganised this year when it came to wrapping my presents, I was running around like a crazy person trying to wrap everything - I'll definitely be more prepared next year... I'm going to do a post about the amazing presents that I got from everyone, but for today's blog post I wanted to show you what I've ordered from online! I must say I did go a bit crazy with my shopping but my excuse's Christmas time ;) Some of these items I actually bought today, so you can see I've pretty much bought Topshop, Zara, River Island and H&M goodies! :)

I'm so happy with everything (although I have to return the silver Topshop dress because it's a tiny bit too tight), so I can't wait to wear it all. I'm definitely in one of those moods where I'm tired of my old wardrobe, now I've finished uni I want a fresh new closet! The main trend I'm loving at the moment is black lace, i.e, the gothic trend. I have often been called Wednesday from the Addam's Family so pairing these lace items with that delicious Kate Moss lipstick in Shade 4 is the perfect look for this Winter weather! Let me know what you think of these sale items girls! Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for all the new people following my blog :) ♥

Thursday, 20 December 2012

judgement ♥

Hi girls, hope you're having a good Thursday! I don't know whether this week is going fast or slow? I finish work on Friday for Christmas so everything is very busy, but the constant appearance of chocolate on my desk is very nice indeed ;) I'll start the healthy diet after Christmas...maybe. Last night we had drinks at work and a nice work catch up, I ate a large amount of scotch eggs. Random, I know. Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you about a fabulous magazine that has just been released. It's called TYD (short for The Young Director) and it is available on the iPad and is specifically aimed at anyone who is a young entrepreneur. I definitely think its a great interest for bloggers, especially if you want to make your blog a full time occupation and for it to be seen as a brand. The layout of the magazine is absolutely amazing, its bright, sleek and has a range of inspiring interviews. 

I was lucky enough to meet the editor-in-chief of the magazine (eep!), Michael Williams. It's pretty amazing that he's put together a magazine of this quality all by himself so I was really in awe when I met him. The content basically ranges from everything you can imagine, fashion, music, interviews with millionaire business owners (hopefully all of us one day ;)..), it also includes photographers, musicians, bloggers and fashion designers. I really love that it combines general magazine elements with actual tips and advice on how to expand your own business, I'm really interested in my career so to hear real life interviews with a young 23 year old girl who happens to be a millionaire is incredibly inspiring. As much as I love my Look magazine and Grazia's, I think its more refreshing to read about career journeys! Make sure you add this to your download list on itunes ;) Have a lovely evening girls   

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

i will remember you ♥

Hi girls, how is your evening going? I wrote this post in my lunch break but I realised I left my memory card at home so I couldn't post any photos! I am such a dope sometimes... Anyway, how is everyone's Wednesday going? I thought it was Tuesday for some reason. I've currently eaten sushi and cheesy Doritos - not the most common combination I'll admit, but I'm still very satisfied. Last night I went to Pizza Express with the girls and I got the iconic dough balls and a new Pizza that they've added to the menu. Was incredibly nice to have a catch up with the everyone. I came home to find that my sister's car was getting towed away because next door had reversed into it...-_- At least my sister is fine though! Anyway, for today's post I wanted to show you what popped through my letter box last night. Remember I featured a post of my favourite Achica products? 

Well, I noticed these two books on their and I instantly fell in love. I'm starting to really have an obsession with books lately, especially hard back. I think they look great in your room (and obviously its great reading the book of course..) and I'm so excited to start reading the Fairytales of The Grimm Brothers book. It's beautifully illustrated and I love how thick it is! The next book is Film Noir, it is incredibly retro and it looks at the history of films and the iconic still life shots from all different movies from the 50s to the 70s. I don't think I've really dedicated a blog post to just books so I think its nice to mix it up a bit! What do you think of collecting unique books? Have you found any books that have really amazing front covers? Have a lovely evening girls, I hope you're all excited for Christmas! 

Friday, 14 December 2012

sense and sensitivity ♥

When it comes to comfy clothes I am very fussy, in fact I am incredibly fussy. Just because comfy clothes aren't my usual leather trouser ensemble, that doesn't mean it shouldn't look good! Your Own Clothing is a edgier version of Hollister, more street and less beach. If I'm being totally honest, I've never really been a big fan of Hollister, besides from the fact that you can't even see anything when you step into the store... But I find that Your Own really brings an edgier look to casual clothing. I can't think of anything harder than when it comes to making hoodies and tracksuit bottoms actually look good, but Your Own pulls this look off perfectly. Inspired by Japanese street style, Your Own products include t-shirts, tracksuit bottoms, hats, vest tops, jackets and coats. Now there are a lot of trends that people can be iffy about, but everyone needs a comfy hoody to relax in this Winter weather.

I must be honest, I have recently found out the benefit of relaxing in tracksuit bottoms and I'm moving away from tight, uncomfortable clothes and besides, if tracksuits are good enough for Cheryl Cole...;) Your Own was created in 2009 and they were actually the first fashion company to produce a music video for Kaskade and Deadmau5's "I Remember" - we all know this song! The also own shops out in American and Japan, so it's exciting to see what the future hold for Your Own Clothing ;) Are you a big fan of Japanese fashion? What do you think of Your Own Clothing? Leave a comment below and don't forget to post your blog link if I haven't followed you yet, have a lovely weekend girls! ♥

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

blind date ♥

Good afternoon girls, how is everyone's day going? I am currently hunched at my desk eating yoghurt and carrots - obviously not together ;) Today has been pretty hectic at work, I've been sorting out Christmas cards for the entire magazine population! :) Last night I scheduled blog posts and had a relaxing magazine hour. Isn't it crazy how relaxing it is to read a copy of Vogue while eating chocolate? My plan for this week is to do a few more outfit posts and to review a few more beauty products - particularly teeth whitening ;) I'll let you all know when this post will be going up. Is there anything in particular you would like me to review? For today's post, I wanted to focus on tops - in particular French Connection women tops. I adore French Connection and their unique and bold style. I'm becoming a bit of a top junkie at the moment, I've overcome my leather trouser addiction and I'm not hunting for a leather top. 

Yes, you heard right, a black. leather. top. Incredibly snazzy I would say ;) I adore the leather top on the first row, it looks sleek and glam without looking a  bit...umm TOWIE. I'm sorry, I had to say - the TOWIE crew have given the leather look a bad name. Anyway, the other top I love from French Connection range is the last top on the bottom row. It would look perfect with jeans and a leather jacket, incredibly relaxed by still stylish. As you can see, my favourite tops from French Connection are a mixture between party tops and comfy tops, I definitely think the colour palette for French Connection this season is neutral but it still has a dash of glamour with it. What is your favourite French Connection top? Do you like their colour palette for this season? Let me know what you think girls, leave a comment below! Have a lovely afternoon. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

epiphany ♥

Good evening girls, how are we feeling today? I think there has been some shock and confusion with the whole snow fiasco last week. Apparently it's going to snow this week too?! Am I the only one who really, really hates snow?! I have trouble walking on solid ground, let alone adding snow on top of it... Now before I start rambling on about my hate for snow, lets talk about what popped through my letter box last weekend! First of all, I am a big fan of winter - well winter make-up shades anyway. The Colour Couture Smouldering Smoky Eye Set is the perfect little pick me up for all the winter make-up fans out there. This women's eye make up set is perfect for a night out! Not only is the price incredibly pleasant to your bank account but the blue tones are incredibly flattering to any skin tone or hair colour. I think the dark blue shade is absolutely gorgeous and paired with a nude lipstick, this would look magic! It also comes with a nifty little mascara and eye liner which makes the perfect kit for on the go. I love, love, love the packaging of this set too, I love magazines so I'm incredibly pleased with the packaging ;) 
The variety of the shades means you can mix and match these eye shadows the wherever you're going. If you need a drastic look for a night out, stick to the darker shades and nude lips or if you have a date or if you're going to work, use the lighter shades more subtly and pair it with a pink lip shade. The make-up wipes came in pretty handy too, I have been needing to buy make-up wipes (instead of baby wipes...) for ages. Yes, I admit that I use baby wipes to remove my make-up instead of actual make-up wipes. I know! I shouldn't be using them! After using the Biore wipes this week, I can definitely tell the difference. What do you think of these shades? Do you think of Winter Wonderland too? For more products visit: Let me know if you've tried this palette before! Have a good evening girls. 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

to shanshu in l.a ♥

Good evening girls, how is everyone's Sunday going? For the first time in forever I have had the longest sleep, since I've left uni and started working I find myself waking up at 7am every weekend.. -_- but today, I've had the lie in ever! I've spent my weekend sorting out my room and colour coding my wardrobe (yes, I have too much time on my hands) and yesterday I went shopping with the best friend Harry, to see if I could add more to my wardrobe. I ended up buying quite a few bras from La Senza for some reason, maybe too many. We came back to mine and watched The Punisher and The Business with Danny Dyer, yes, yes we know I have boyish film taste... Anyway, my plan for today was to exercise but, I'm just too comfy! Before I start rambling, the outfit I wore yesterday is quite debatable because I know not that many people are keen on army print. I can't help but love these Primark trousers though, and for only £15 they are perfect for keeping warm this winter. Although, I didn't appreciate my grandad calling me "Rambo" all afternoon...
The jumper was £8 from Primark and is incredibly warm and snuggly, I love the sleeves especially because I like my watch and bracelets to show when I'm wearing tops. The bag was stolen from my sisters room and is the renowned Zara tote bag ;) The boots are from ebay, I've attached the link for you - I can honestly say that even though there is a slight heel, they are really comfy and perfect for this horrible weather. My lipstick is the Rimmel Kate Moss shade in number 22, I adore this lipstick and the formula. Creamy and long lasting, perfect if you have slightly dry lips. I think I'm moving away from nudes lip this Winter, I need more colour on my pale face haha. So, what do you think on army print trousers? Do I really look like Rambo? ;) Leave a comment and your blog link if I haven't followed you! Have a lovely evening girls and keep warm :) ♥

Friday, 7 December 2012

the ring ♥

The Truth About Beauty Sleep

You’ve probably heard the expression “beauty sleep” thousands of times. But is it really true? Can sleep make you more beautiful? How you care for your body is directly reflected in the condition of your skin.1 If you’ve been partying too hard, or you’re tired and stressed, your skin will show it. Not getting enough sleep is one of the quickest ways to change the way your skin looks, and how you feel. 2 Once your skin isn’t at its best, that can get you down and cause you stress, which, in turn, can affect how you sleep. 3 So don’t fall prey to the downwards spiral, and start off on a good footing with plenty of rest. Sleep allows your body the opportunity to rest and recover. It’s time for your body to regenerate, and to repair the day’s damage.
4 Without sleep, you’ll lack energy and focus, and you are likely to be more irritable and anxious. 5 Negative emotions and stress are tough on your skin, and will have you looking old and tired.6 So always make space for sleep in your schedule. But it’s not only the quantity of sleep that matters – the quality of it is important, too. You need to unwind mentally everyday, so make sure you set aside time before bed each night to prepare yourself for a really good night’s sleep.7 A bath is a great way to get you ready for rest, and if you use a moisturizing bubble bath like Johnson’s Dreamy Skin Bath, you’ll be doing your skin wonders too. Moisturizing before you go to bed gives your body an extra helping hand as it recovers and renews your skin overnight. Then, when you wake up, rested and ready, your skin will look and feel fabulous, and so will you. ♥

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

over the rainbow ♥

When it comes to keeping fit and healthy, it can be harder than it sounds. I mean, just take today for example - I have to walk past KFC and Burger King every morning on the way to work, then I go past 3 corner shops that sell countless chocolate bars. Since I've graduated from uni and started working in the fashion and beauty industry, I find it incredibly hard to..well, stop stuffing my face with junk food. Even with all the industry events I've recently attended, I am surrounded by beautiful people. Models in particular. They all dress amazing, exercise and eat healthy. How?! I find myself reaching for the cookies whenever I can and I have a strange feeling its because I'm in winter and love being wrapped in my duvet. Whatever the reason for my unhealthy eating, I need to stop! Now, I'm not saying I need to go cold turkey and completely cut out junk food because hey, that's just impossible... But what I am saying is, I need to start finding time to exercise more and actually eat a healthy and balanced diet. So I found that healthy snacks are the perfect solution for my junk cravings, instead of pigging out on a chocolate bar, I simply have a packet of fruit raisins. 

They come in a variety of different flavours and are absolutely delish! I think this is the first time where I can eat fruit and not want to dive into a packet of crisps. They also count as one of your five a day ;) As for the exercise part well...for me, I find my stomach to be the most stubborn. So when I received a mysterious brown box in the post last week, I was curious and slightly in awe of what was inside. The XLS Medical was waiting for me inside and boy, oh, boy did I have a treat waiting for me. This exercise tool is perfect for me, I mean really. There are hundreds of ways to use this bad boy but for me, I mainly want to focus on my stomach. So by placing it on the floor, you can stretch the bands forward and feel the burn! It basically works as an elastic band for your abs and you can feel it working out your core. The best part is you don't get bored using the machine so you will be able to stick to it. Have you got an exercise tool that really keeps your abs in check? Post the link below, I'd love to see it! Have a lovely evening girls and get those abs! ;) ♥

Sunday, 2 December 2012

smile time ♥

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It's the weirdest things that make me feel Chirstmasy, usually it has to be actually Christmas day with a turkey sitting in front of me to feel like its Christmas at all. But it turns out that yesterday was very festive for me, and this all happened while I was wondering around Sainsbury's of all places... Christmas songs were blaring very loudly while me and my dad whizzed around the aisles with the trolley. The decorations were placed everywhere and I was quite impressed with the whole atmosphere - minus a little old lady pulling her basket around with her scarf... So with the whole Christmas spirit in mind, I thought I would make a little Christmas list. Obviously I don't expect to have all of these gorgeous items wrapped under my Christmas tree, but if my family were millionaire's..;) I think the River Island coat is absolutely amazing, I tried it on yesterday to see how it looked and it did fit perfectly. I think I need to branch away from my leather jackets and try um...a leather jacket with fur! o_O okay fine I'll never branch away from my leather obsession but I must be growing as a person if I'm including fur.
The next thing is the Doll WonderStyler's - these bad boys can style synthetic hair without them melting and doing that funny burning sound (yes, I'm easily pleased). I spotted them on Red Online and they seemed to really like them. Have you tried Doll Haircare products before? I am officially in love with the Zara heels, they look glam and very 90's, which brings me to my next wish list item, the Clueless t-shirt! Now I know I've featured this top before but, I love, love , love it! My leather trousers have sadly died a death but as soon as I buy a new pair, I will be pairing the Clueless top with them. Are there any t-shirts you would like to find that have a certain film/TV programme on it? For the My plans for tonight involve putting up the Christmas tree, watching Die Hard (I really feel like watching this film for some reason) and then washing my hair. A very glamorous routine I'd say ;) What is your plan for tonight? ♥


Friday, 30 November 2012

disharmony ♥

Afternoon all! How is everyone’s Friday going? I’m feeling a tad icky today, I had far too much Chinese last night so I’m eating something pretty small for lunch – sushi. Ahh how much I love sushi, I have a terrible feeling I’m going to be hungry in 5 minutes though… What keeps you from raiding the chocolate shelf in the shops? Last night, I saw my friend Ashley and we watched Bridget Jones (well I did, he didn’t) then we watched The Expendables. As I went home, I couldn’t believe how cold it was! I’m generally in shock at how freezing I was, oh how I miss summer time. For today’s post I wanted to take a look at a current offer from L’Oreal Paris. When you spend £15 or more on L’Oreal products, you get this gorgeous little Dress Up In Diamonds box. Inside, you get the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara, a red lipstick, pearl nail varnish and a few small sized sample products. I think it’s unbelievable value and when you think about it, it works out around £2.50 for each product. How amazing is that?! The actual products I bought were mascara and a nail varnish so you definitely get your money back with another mascara and nail varnish!

When it comes to the Christmas season, it’s the perfect time to be glitzy and glam, so I definitely think it’s all about the make-up ;) Red lips are back with a bang this season so I think its time for me to embrace darker lip shades. Usually I’m a nude or bronze kind of girl, but the L’Oreal lipstick is gorgeous so it’s empowering me to be daring! I’m incredibly happy with the L’Oreal mascara too - I think the Million Lashes mascara is my absolute favourite. I have terribly stubborn lashes and to top it off, this week my usual mascara (the Rimmel Scandal Eyes) died a painful death. I feel much more myself now my lashes in coated in L’Oreal! Have you bought this L’Oreal offer yet? I’m not sure how long it will last so get to your Boot’s now! I’m not sure if it’s available in Superdrug actually, I’ll have to do some snooping around. I’m back to work now and then tonight I am in full pyjama night mode – my yummy sushi pyjamas are calling!  

Thursday, 29 November 2012

soulless ♥

Oh dear, I've found a pack of cookies - and when I say pack, I mean two packs... This won't end well. But on the plus side, I'm waiting for the microwave to ping so I can make my hot chocolate ;) Isn't hot chocolate and cookies the best ever combination?!....Okay, so I've just gotten the hot milk and I've somehow managed to make it explode in the microwave. How?! Who screws up using a microwave! Anyway, moving on from my fabulous cooking skills...todays post is based on an outfit that Kourtney Kardashian wore a few weeks ago. Now due to Kanye's meddling in Kim's wardrobe, Kourtney is fastly becoming my favourite Kardashian style icon. Her clothes are so sophisticated and glam! What I love about this particular outfit is the casual hint of summer paired with a large white coat. The floral trousers add a nice mixture to the whole collaboration and I think she looks absolutely gorgeous. I must say, it was incredibly hard trying to find a pair of trousers that looked similar to Kourntney's so if anyone can find a pair that looks closer, please feel free to add the link in a comment! The main shops that I used for these items were Topshop, Boohoo, Bobbi Brown, New Look and BASErange. What do you think of this look? Are you starting to prefer Kourtney's style to Kim's like me? Leave a comment below girls! Have a lovely lunch 


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

i've got you under my skin ♥

Hi girls, how is your lunch going? I've just had a delicious Boots meal deal and I'm currently drinking pink Vitamin Water...I hope its healthy. My plan for tonight is to get snuggled up in my duvet, watch The Devil Wears Prada and again, drink my body weight in hot chocolate. What is everyones plans for tonight? For today's post, I wanted to have a quick recap on the past week, the main thing was...I graduated! See..there's me with my little hat on! Not the most flattering outfit but hey, I'm a graduate now ;) My other highlights of last week was going to the Donna Karan show (eeep!), seeing Harri and running around the Disney shop, being uploaded onto Look online and drinking lots and lots of coconut water. If it's good enough for Rihanna.. My mum and dad bought me a lovely Pandora bracelet with a little cap charm on it, I haven't taken it off! Did anyone else graduate last week? 

This week I've been pretty busy at work and with scheduling blog posts, but it's all a good type of busy, I'd be worried if I didn't have anything to do! On the weekend I watched the incredibly scary film Sinister, if you want a scary film, I recommend it..but with lots of pillows and teddies around you! I also pigged out again on McDonald's and Nandos. Woops! I've got some great things to feature this week, especially things that are health based. Yes, Jade..trying out healthy things! Well I'm back to work and trying to start up a new Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty show, if you could all be dears and give the page a like for me, that would be amazing! :) Have a lovely afternoon girls, let me know what graduation presents you got! 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

five by five ♥

Good evening girls, how are we doing this cold, miserable Tuesday? I've spent my time after work watching The September Issue with Anna Wintour (if you haven't seen it yet, I really recommend you do..) and I've been drinking my body weight in hot chocolate. For today's post, I wanted to strictly feature bags from House of Fraser, particularly the designer brands. I really don't think its possible to fall in love with so many bags at the same time. The bag range that House of Fraser have, including the brand, style and colour, really are inspiring. From Michael Kors to Karen Millen, there are countless bags to chose from. I think I have quite a particular taste in bags, I really like the colour tone to speak for itself and the size to be fairly large. I don't think I would say I'm a small bag lover, I believe bags should balance out an outfit and show of the sleek design and features. 
Other than that, I don't think my make-up bag would be able to fit in a tiny clutch... If I had to pick my absolute favourite bag, it would be the Karen Millen Tan Luxury Shopper. This is definitely on top of my wish list, and I'm placing this bag on my most wanted! What I love about House of Fraser is that they sell a beautiful range of designers, especially ones that are considered to be high fashion. I really don't think you can go wrong with a beautiful bag, to me, they really do make your outfit complete and I think bags do go in and out of season. Let me know what your favourite bag is, I'll make sure I attach the link for you. What is the one thing a good bag must have? Is the brand, colour or style most important to you when shopping for a bag? Leave a comment below! Have a lovely evening girls, I'm back to watching the rest of The September Issue and I'll be having a hot, hot, hot bath tonight. ♥

Monday, 26 November 2012

i fall to pieces ♥


Last Wednesday night at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, the fabulous Yesmin O'Brien and her team from seanhanna were busy backstage preparing the army of models for the long anticipated Donna Karan runway show. The guests arrived at half 6 on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols, and they were catered with champagne and canapés while the show was being prepared back stage. To start with the make-up, Tom Ford was a huge factor with regards to the products being used, the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad was the main product used to create a "nude neutral" look. Everything was incredibly subtle (it make me feel slightly cakey sitting in a room with models getting their make-up done by professional make-up artists...) and it matched perfectly with the hair. The hairstyles were perfectly sleek pony tails that defined the term "sleek chic", hair extension pieces were inserted to create a fuller pony tails. The L'Oreal techni art range were used to create the base and protection for the hairstyles, while the make-up artists kept perfecting the nude make-up. 

The main products to look out for are L'Oreal Techni Spray and the Fix Design spray. Protection spray and nossled hairdryers were the main tools used to create the pony tailed look, the seanhanna team were able to transform the models perfectly and effortlessley, even amongust all the stress and panic backstage! Hairspray was rubbed between their palms and also sprayed directly on the brush to create incredibly straight and shiny hair, the look was incredibly structured. The flat irons were constantly at the ready to help complete the look. With the final touch ups being made, tissue was neatly pinned over the pony tail and front of the hair to keep everything in place. I think the inspiration for the catwalk show was definitely late 90's, it was incredibly structured and glossy, the pony tails were created to work with Yesmin and her hair team to adapt to Donna Karan's liking and the actual style of the show. It was amazing to see everything finally being put together, when the final show started the VIP guests waited to see the gorgeous designs from Donna. Donna actually took to the stage and explained each look and gave insight to her inspirations. What do you think of Donna's designs? Have you got any tips or tricks to create a perfect ponytail like the seanhanna team?

Saturday, 24 November 2012

conviction ♥

Hi girls, hope you're having a good Saturday. I am currently typing away on my laptop, while trying to eat grapes - not as easy as it sounds! For today's post I wanted to look at the website Achica - I really, really enjoyed doing my last interior post so when Achica got suggested to me, I though I'd take a look. I don't know whether its because I've gotten older or because I did live by myself for 3 years at uni, but I love, love, love interior design! I love how there are so many different things to decorate you're house with and I think you can personalise things to suit your personality. Achica sell countless products for your house including your bathroom, bedroom, living room and just general things that make your house look pretty! Yes, I am easily pleased. I picked out my favourite items, if I had to pick one, it would definitely have to be the Banksy picture at the bottom. I'm determined to buy this canvas for my bedroom. This is what I really like about these items, they really personalise your house and bring some fun into it! I think your house, particularly your bedroom is a place where you can really experiment and show off your personality. If I had to have one main thing to decorate my room with, it would have to be candles. Lots and lots of candles! What would be your ultimate bedroom accessory? Hope you're having a lovely weekend girls, this post has actually inspired me to tidy my room! ♥

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

parting gifts ♥

Hi all, hope you're having a good week! Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, I've been a busy little bee at work. Tomorrow is a huge day for me because I am graduating from university! I'll officially have earned a 2:1 degree and a 1st for my dissertation, so pleased that all my hard work has paid off, are any of you graduating this week? I'll be honest, I'm really not looking forward to wearing the little hat and gown -_- but I'm wearing a plain leather dress, so hopefully I'll look like Batman walking around haha. What?! Everyone likes Batman! Anyway...I have to wake up extra early to get down to Southampton tomorrow, I hope I don't get all teary eyed going back there. It was my home for 3 years so I think it's pretty strange that it will be the last time I'll be there. On Saturday, Harri from uni came down and we went to see Breaking Dawn part 2, um I'll be honest here, without wanting to make the Twilight fans angry, I really wasn't impressed with it. 

Although I did enjoy making moon eyes and Edward Cullen for 2 hours, I found the plot..well, dull. I won't give anything away, but I hope those of you who have seen it already will agree with me. I did really like Kristen Stewart's outfits at each of the premiere though. She did look amazing and I think that's pretty big of me, seeing as I am not very fond of Kristen Stewart. What did you think of her outfits? For today's post, I just wanted to keep it short and sweet! I have been put on Look online for the ASOS challenge and I would love for you to take 2 minutes to vote for me, well to press "like" from your Facebook ;) I entered 3 different catorgories, hair, fashion and nails. Thank you so much for those who have already voted for me! :) Hope you have a lovely girls, I'm back to work and then tonight I am preparing everything for graduation - eep :S Let me know what you think of Breaking Dawn and if you prefer Jacob or Edward ;) 

Friday, 16 November 2012

in the dark ♥

Christmas at home or abroad? Winter sun vs. White Christmas

For many, Christmas is a time to return home and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Eating festive treats, buying a tree and adorning the house with Christmas decorations are just some of the traditions which make a great British Christmas. However, the unpredictability of our weather, coupled with an overloaded transport system, means that spending Christmas abroad can be a more appealing prospect for some. But can the lure of sun, sea and sand really trump the traditional festivities at home? An estimated 4.25 million Brits are expected to jet off on holiday this Christmas. Popular destinations include Mexico and the Caribbean, with their guarantee of a warm climate and tropical surroundings. These may seem like pricey options, but cheap deals and promotional offers are still available and continue to tempt last-minute bookers. British Airways has even introduced a new online payment deposit scheme, allowing holidaymakers to secure their package for a fixed fee and then save gradually until departure to cover the rest of the cost.

Short-haul destinations can also deliver on winter sun for those looking to get away on a budget. The mild climate in places like Tenerife and Casablanca makes them popular winter holiday destinations, and with several low-cost airlines offering regular flights, they are affordable options too. A recent survey by supermarket chain Morrisons found that British families expect to spend an average of almost £500 on Christmas, with many planning to spend far more. Making savings on things like festive food and drink can mean that taking a holiday is a financially wise move, especially if the trip counts as a Christmas gift to members of the family. Despite the draw of winter sun, there are many reasons to stay at home this Christmas. After a summer of legendary sporting success, a more upbeat atmosphere continues. High street sales rose during October and online and catalogue orders increased by over 40%. This will put a smile on the faces of retailers, and shoppers too have reason to feel positive. Rather than escaping Christmas present shopping by taking a holiday, why not make the experience a pleasure by visiting one of the many German-style Christmas markets held across the country? Mulled wine, mince pies and carol singers create a warm, festive atmosphere that's unlikely to be matched in any beachside destination. 

For many, Christmas revolves around friends and family: a reason to get together, exchange gifts and put any differences aside. In a 2011 survey by ComRes, 8 out of 10 people questioned agreed that Christmas is about spending time with friends and family: helping to prepare Christmas dinner with parents, decorating a tree with the kids and opening gifts together all help to make Christmas at home an unbeatable experience. Even the chilly weather in the UK can be embraced by staying in and enjoying British TV specials galore - the BBC is set to show favourites like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Eastenders and Call The Midwife, whilst ITV will attempt to outshine these offerings with the much loved Downton AbbeyA positive financial outlook at home and the unique traditions our country has to offer make staying at home a great option this Christmas. Focus festivities on family and friends, embrace the chilly weather, and maybe consider jetting off in the New Year to beat those January blues! 


Monday, 12 November 2012

hush ♥

Hi girls, how is your Monday going? I struggled to step out of my warm duvet this morning, but when I finally got myself ready, I found myself feeling much more aware and brighter when I had some green tea. I think this may be the first time in history, where I actually like something healthy for me! :O Anyway, for today's post I wanted to touch on my two favourite trends for this Autumn/Winter - of course we all know that leather is a constant favourite of mine (even in the hot weather...) so it comes as no surprise that I would include it in today's post. Everything I have featured in this post either comes from Topshop, Victoria Beckham or H&M. I think there may be a few exceptions but just let me know what items you like and I'll send the actual link to you ;) Now, whenever I see leather, I see the 90's. A very important era for fashion, and definitely one of my favourites from the overview of fashion history. It's fun, funky and it definitely marches to the beat of its own drum - yes, I do have to mention Buffy in this part..Buffy the Vampire Slayer captures 90's fashion perfectly, including leather back packs and tight fitted leather trousers. 

They really are meant for everyone's wardrobe - why do you think I'm so obsessed with it?! As for the cobalt blue, well I definitely think this branches out of my comfort zone, as my sister said to me Saturday night, as she was trying to raid my wardrobe "I can't wear any of your clothes Jade, you always look like you're dressing for a funeral." Yes, it is true - I don't wear much colour, but as former Wednesday Addam's junior, I do really like this blue trend. I think it goes well with any hair or skin tone and adds instant glamour to an outfit - perfect for any Christmas parties that are coming up ;) Let me know what you think of these trends girls, I know none of you are surprised I've included leather haha. Hope you're having a lovely evening! Leave a comment and tell me what trend you prefer 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

the gift ♥

Hi girls, again you can picture me right now, eating my lettuce salad huddled against my duvet - yes, I am continuing my depressing healthy eating diet. Yum! -_- I can't believe how quickly this week has gone, it's Saturday! I'm having a lovely lazy weekend, I have been snuggled up in my duvet while reading glossy magazines and watching Batman cartoons - so basically the same to what I do every week... Like I said yesterday, I am in a incredibly organised mood, yes, this is very odd. So I thought I would invest in a new Diary to schedule blog posts, shopping wish lists and my other crazy ramblings. Luckily, I got contacted by the lovely team at Utterly Personal and as soon as I went onto their website, this pretty little thing caught my attention. I think this pretty much sums me up totally, still a 90's girl at heart. Do you remember Bang On The Door as a child too? Utterly personal do a range of different gifts and gadgets that can put your name on anything - pretty nifty ;) I'm going to be using this for all my little blogging needs and I love how organised and structured the pages are - perfect for the new year. Have you started looking for a new diary yet? Let me know what ones you come up with, yes, mine had to be pink with a cartoon on it... What did you expect for me? ;) Hope you're having a great weekend girls, pop onto Utterly Personal to see what other goodies you find! ♥

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

tough love ♥

I'm feeling pretty organised this week, which is a very rare occasion - I think relaxed and calm is another way to describe 'the life of Jade' right now. I'm in bed typing this (I'm typing this on Monday, for Tuesday's post - see, told you I was being organised!), while listening to Usher's new Numb song and waiting for my sister to find my Valentine DVD. Yes, yes I know - Valentine is a god awful film but I can't help but love it! David Boreanaz was my first crush okay, I have to love this film! Ahem, moving on... Today at work I got to go to a TIGI workshop which showed off their new highlighting technique, it was amazing watching the team work their magic, it has also made me very aware of how bad my hair is...woops! So far my week has consisted of buying Batman comics, running around the Disney shop and eating a lot of Nando's. Oh, don't forget watching Batman cartoons of course - what can I say, I'm obsessed ;) Of course there was the fabulous seanhanna awards, still can't believe how spectacular the show was!

My plan for tonight is to watch Valentine (hehehe it really is awful) and have a boiling hot bath, definitely something to beat this Winter weather. It might be slightly hard to do this though when my 10 stone Ridgeback is shaking on my lap from the fireworks... Oh dear. She is such a little pussycat. This breed is supposed to hunt lions but here Kaya is, crying on my lap. Very brave ;) How are your pooches holding up with all these fireworks?! And you'll be all pleased to know that I really am starting my healthy diet (again...), I ate every fast food you could imagine last week. Not good! So I'm back to being healthy girl tomorrow! Thank you for all my new followers, let me know if I haven't followed your blog yet! :) Have a lovely Tuesday girls, I'll be doing some product reviews and wish lists this week - exciting stuff ;) ♥

Monday, 5 November 2012

chosen ♥

Hi girls, how is your Monday going? It is unbelievably freezing! To distract myself from this horrible weather, I’ve been reading some amazing blogs. Quite a few of them have featured interior design posts and even though I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now, I don’t think I’ve ever featured furniture in a post! So, I thought it would be nice to show off some fabulous items that I would include in my ‘dream house’. Now as a label lover, if I had to pick any brand to design my house with, it would have to be the Donna Karan Lenox range. The best way to describe this collection is glamorous and classy. The collection really is gorgeous, they remind me of something you see in a Hollywood film – very Marilyn Monroe ;)  It has a very unique look, as it's described in the collection "International Cuisine" so you know that different elements of cultures have been put into designing this fabulous set. I’ve put together a little collection of all of my favourite pieces, it was quite hard picking my favourites but I hope you like what I’ve selected.
I think my favourite piece has to be the Gold Dust Serve Bowl, I have a huge obsession with gold so I think its safe to say, that my future house will be full of gold plates, mirrors, picture frames, lamps - you name it, I'll have everything gold. I love, love, love the Abstract Coral – Candle Holders. I am a huge fan of candles because I think they add a lot of sophistication to a room. What do you think is the best item I’ve put on this post? Do you think this collection matches Donna’s signature style as a designer? Let me know what things you would use to decorate your room with, please include the candle so I feel less candle obsessed..haha. Hope you enjoyed this post girls, I think it’s a nice change to go to the designer side of interior ;) ♥

Thursday, 1 November 2012

new year, new you ♥

With New Year’s Eve only a couple of months away, thoughts about what we are going to wear on the biggest party night of the year are already beginning to enter our minds. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to dress up to the max and battle it out to be the belle of the ball, but if you’re having difficulty deciding what to wear then the following advice could give you the inspiration you need...
The most stylish letters in the fashionable world, the LBD (Little Black Dress) is found in most wardrobes. This timeless outfit is incredibly versatile, suiting all types of New Year celebration. When worn with a pair of dangerously high stilettos it is the ultimate party outfit and is guaranteed to cause a few glances to come your way on New Year’s Eve. Paired with flat shoes and an elegant shawl, it could also be perfectly suited for a sophisticated dinner party.

When it comes to choosing what type of evening dresses you want to wear when the clock strikes midnight, look no further than a sparkly dress. The last night of the year is all about going over the top and getting noticed, so why not paint the town red in a sparkly dress? Whether it’s long, short, sleeveless or backless, so long as it sparkles you’re guaranteed to get noticed. Heels are a great option once again but you might want to select something with minimal detailing and plain colours so as not to detract attention from your dress or look overdone.
These one-piece fashion staples hug the skin tightly and typically have long sleeves and full length bottoms with a tantalising zip at the back. A bold fashion choice for most nights of the year, at New Year these are a great option – especially for anyone attending a themed party. Providing you’ve not eaten too many mince pieces and turkey sandwiches over Christmas and can still fit into this figure-hugging garment, the catsuit will certainly raise a few pulses. For the ultimate glamorous look, opt for PVC or leather material and grab a pair of tight leather boots to finish the outfit.
New Year’s Eve attire doesn’t have to be confined to evening dresses. A pair of leather trousers will make you look wholly glamorous whilst you wave goodbye to another year. Stilettos and a brightly coloured top will give your leather trousers the justice they deserve in the glamour stakes. ♥

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

hell's bells ♥

Hi girls, hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday. Again I am sitting at my desk stuffing my face – yes, I do admire the Boots meal deal. How is everyone's week going? It’s been incredibly busy at work today, I feel a little all over the place. Last night I went to Nando’s with the sister and ate my body weight in chicken – definitely my favourite place to go out to eat! For today’s post, I wanted to do another 'Get the Look' and I wanted to base it on my favourite Saturday girl - of course, I am talking about the gorgeous Mollie King. The 25-Year-Old was lightly running around Los Angeles in this scrumptious little outfit. Simple, but stylish and very neutral, so it would suit anyone's liking. I am incredibly proud of my detective work right now, I managed to find the actual shorts that Mollie is wearing in the pictures - they are £50 from Lipsy. Slightly pricey in my opinion but hey, I'm a cheap skate haha. Aren't they gorgeous though?! Very nice indeed ;) The rest of the outfit I went high street based, the top I found is from H&M and the shoes are from River Island for £60. 
For the make-up, Mollie has kept it pretty neutral, but her eyes do have a hint of bronze tones to it, so I've included the fabulous Chanel quad. Next is the Kate Moss lipstick and of course the fabulous John Frieda shampoo for all you blondes out there ;) What do you think of this outfit? Due the incredibly cold and depressing weather, I would just wear this on a night out. I love Mollie's style! Anyway, I'm back to work, but I hope you all have a good evening – I’m off to have a girly night in tonight after work (let’s hope I don’t have takeaway…). Let me know what sort of posts you want me to feature, I’m in the mood for some product reviews! How about you? ♥


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

dead things ♥

Hi girls, hope you're having a lovely week. I am currently exhausted at my desk from attending the Seanhanna awards last night - it was amazing! I may be dying of tiredness but boy oh boy, it was certainly worth it. The hair industry surely know how to party - it was full of glitz, glamour and a whole lot of hairspray. There were countless awards given in the seanhanna industry and there was also a catwalk show that demonstrated all the unique techniques that the seanhanna empire were famous for! It's incredibly inspiring to see Sean and to see how he turned his name into a brand name. Why can't I be good with scissors?! The only thing I know how to do is to ramble...and eat and buy make-up...ohhh I could write about edible make-up?! I could be on to something here ;) - maybe? Ahem, moving on... I wanted to show you all the fabulous pictures from last night, I think I pretty much captured everything from the show, I casually went in front of everyone to take good pictures for you all, I'm surprised someone didn't try to cut my hair off haha. Attending the award show made me realise how much I need to sort my hair out...everyone looked so glam and perfectly groomed! 

The gorgeous Olivia Cox from Marie Claire was there to present an award for the best retail receptionist of the year, it was lovely to see everyone from the magazine industry attending. Skyler McDonald is the Creative Director for seanhanna and she was also on stage showing off her magic skills! It was incredibly inspiring to watch the hairdressers create different looks, I definitely think you can call the hair and beauty industry a form of art. The collections they put together - wow, oh wow. I've been to two different hair shows in 2 weeks now and I have to say they are becoming incredibly addictive, I just love the runway shows with the music and the models. I got to spy on the male models too..yes, I am a perv. But 6 packs are very hard to find these days - they're so pretty! Have you been to a hair show before? Did you attend the seanhanna award show last night? Let me know who you would love to see create a runway show - yes, you can say Kim Kardashian. This is a Kim allowed blog remember? ;) Have a lovely evening girls, let me know what blog posts you'd like this week! 
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