Wednesday, December 31, 2014

did I keep my 2014 resolutions?

It's always a bit of an anti climax, isn't it? But, being inspired by a lot of other bloggers, I really wanted to do an end of the year round up sorta thing. This post isn't planned (which is my way of saying, ahem, it may not be my finest) but I feel the need to officially wave goodbye to 2014.
Last year, on this exact day, I posted my NY resolutions. I admitted that while the new year, new me stuff kinda irks me I also completely buy into it. Who doesn't love making a list of goals and dreaming about all the things you can change? I mean, there's a reason why so many of us relate to Bridget Jones. That constant need to better ourselves. Well that's one of the reasons. 
So did I keep those resolutions? 

♥  Manage my time better - A vague one. I definitely think I was better than 2013 but... I still procrastinated a lot. 

♥ Do my best in my GCSE's - I think I did this. Honestly, at this stage, I couldn't care less how I did in my GCSE's! While there were some subjects I probably could have put more effort into, I wouldn't go back in time and change it if I could. And I did get mainly A's, like I wanted, so I'll give myself this one.

♥ Keep blogging - Well I'm still here, aren't I? I didn't post once a week like I wanted, and even took over a month's break from it during exams, but I still love it, possibly even more now. 

♥ Get another ear piercing - Yep, I can check this off. 

♥ 'Experiment' with my style - Nope, definitely not. I wanted to buy more clothes (I'm more of a window shopper) and try different shops but that didn't really happen. Oh well, there's always next year...

♥ Start my driving lessons - I turned seventeen in August and I didn't start my lessons until December 1st. Why the wait? Laziness mixed with nerves. But I've had a few lessons now and cannot wait to get my license. I'm not particularly good or bad but I do love it. I've got my theory exam very soon (fingers, toes and eyes crossed I pass!) but I'd say it'll take me a while to pass the practical test.

♥ Save money - HAHAHAHAHA. That's you when you look at my bank statement. I saved zilch this year. Sadly.

♥ Grow out my hair - Success. It's not as long as it once was but I didn't cut it this year. *Pats self on back for doing absolutely nothing and just letting my hair grow* 

♥ Smile more often & be positive - Again this is super vague. I'm not sure. Honestly my thoughts haven't been very positive this year, more cynical ('we're all going to die someday and end up in the ground with no one to remember us so what's the point in doing all this? seriously why do we go along with it? why are we sitting in classrooms learning about what others did before us instead of actually doing something?') But there's no doubt I was happy, it's just the unanswerable questions that swirled around my mind seemed to turn me into more of a pessimist. Again, it's one I want to work on this year.

So, I kept some of them. Not too bad...

I'm not sure what kind of a year 2015 will be. I'll turn eighteen, get my braces off (finally!), see Taylor Swift in concert (finally!!!), see One Direction in concert, go on work experience, have a summer holiday somewhere, hopefully get my driving license, sit my AS levels, have my formal, decide what I'm going to do in university and then apply. On paper 2015 sounds quite... eventful. I'm not going to make many resolutions, only one. Document everything. Whether that's photos or videos or writing it all down. When I tried to remember all the events that happened in my life in 2014 I realised that they're mostly just memories, already a little hazy in my mind.

I hope you enjoy your NYE, whatever you're doing, wherever you are. I'm working this year but only until nine so I'll just be relaxing at home.
Did you stick to your resolutions? Did you make any this year?

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

christmas, christmas, christmas

I know christmas is over but I'm in denial, desperately trying to cling onto days where I can stay in my pajamas, overeat and watch TV without feeling guilty.
I was pretty torn over this blog post. For two years now I've shown you what I've gotten for christmas but I still feel uneasy about it. I'm not sure if it's the negative tweets that surface around this time ('If you post what you got for christmas on instagram, chances are I hate you') or maybe it's the fact that there are people out there who don't even have food on their tables so WHO CARES what make-up was in my stocking?! But if I keep thinking like that almost everything on my blog in my life is ridiculous and silly. And truthfully I really enjoy reading about what others got so I'm equally eager to share what I was given.

My main present, and possibly my favourite, was a fujifilm polaroid camera. It's such a novelty and there's something amazing about capturing all these tiny moments and getting to physically hold them in an instant. Also, waiting for the photo to develop is pretty exciting. I got two boxes of film but I'm trying to use it sparingly because it's so expensive.

I told my mum if I just got books for christmas I'd be happy and I wasn't really exaggerating. My True Love Gave To Me is a collection of short stories with love and christmas as their main themes by some pretty popular YA authors such as Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. So far I'm loving it as the short stories are cute and well written plus it's great being able to flick through it and choose which author's to read next. Also, can we just appreciate how pretty the cover is?
 More Than This is a novel I've seen online loads and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it. It's a book about life after death and reviews promise there's a few twists in the story so I'm hopeful I'll love it. It by Alexa Chung has been on my wishlist since it came out. I'd be lying if I said I had high hopes for it since I read this guardian review and many others with a similar opinion. I guess it's a bit like a scrapbook, something very fun to pick up and read a few pages of. I was also given Rookie Yearbook Three which is what I've been reading the most over the last couple of days. 

I'm so grateful for the new make-up pieces I received as I was starting to run out. The Naked 3 palette, which was really popular among bloggers last christmas, is gorgeous and I can't wait to use it for nights out. Brow Zings by Benefit is genuinely all you need to get perfect eyebrows and I think it's going to be something I'll reach for almost everyday. I got a few Real Techniques brushes and my sister bought me a beautiful berry YSL lipstick. My mum had the perfume I was given, Flower by Kenzo, years and years ago so when I saw the bottle and spritzed some on my wrist I swear I was five years old again.

I'm in love with the satchel I got from River Island and the 2015 paperchase planner makes me excited for the New Year. I'm just so happy and thankful for every present, it did make christmas that bit better.
As for christmas day itself, I had an early start at six (younger siblings...) but after all the excitement had died down I went back to bed for a few hours. It was a great, quiet day. I'm not really into the religious side of christmas but isn't it cool that there's this day that so many people in the world get together with their families, take time off work and relax?

I really hope you all had a good christmas and you enjoy the next few days before the New Year!
 January... that's when real life resumes.
What did you do on christmas day? Did you get anything nice? 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

secret santa

Two days until Christmas! WHAT?!
I'm now immersing myself in everything christmas: spotify christmas playlists, pajamas days, wrapping presents, freaking out because I have yet to finish my shopping. The normal. Is it really cliche of me to say that it doesn't feel like christmas? I'm not sure why... maybe it's the lack of snow or the fact that I'm getting older. Whatever the reason, I don't like it.
My friends and I exchanged secret santa presents recently so, seeing as I did a post on it last year, I thought I'd show you what I gave and what I got. My friend Sarah-Jane and I both got each other (and we totally knew, making it less of a secret santa and just a... santa?) My present for SJ is actually double our price limit because it's her birthday present AND christmas present. Even though her birthday was at the start of November. Yes, I fail.

You probably already know this but TK Maxx is the shop to go to if you want products at a discount. Both the Essie and Ciate nail polishes were only £3.99, which left me tempted to buy some for myself. I bought Attachments on Amazon after SJ mentioned she liked Rainbow Rowell (I do too!) The other book, My Life Next Door, is one that I've never heard of but has good reviews and looks like an easy, romantic read. Soap and Glory are so good around this time of the year, their packaging always lures me in. The mini Yankee Candle is a very sweet scent, Strawberry Buttercream. And the Lush present, which are always my go-to gifts when I don't know what else to get, has four christmas bath bombs.

SJ got me the cutest present! It was a jar full of sweets, now only a few remain of course, and also a MAC lipstick in Bombshell. It's a really subtle glittery pink and I've already worn it several times (since I only got it on the 19th, that's a lot!) It's incredibly pretty and there's something so satisfying about having three MAC lipsticks. I think it's how sleek they look together.
And, cause I know she'll read this, thank you so much Sarah-Jane!

So that was secret santa this year.
Did any of you exchange presents with your friends? 
MERRY CHRISTMAS ('and keep the change you filthy animal!')

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

christmas lush haul

Who doesn't love a good christmas lush haul? 
They're overdone, sure, but is it really christmas without one? (true meaning of christmas: overpriced bath bombs. obviously.) Truthfully I just haven't been feeling christmassy yet - I know that's not even a word but you know the feeling, right? I can't pinpoint exactly what it is but it's a mixture of cosiness, a cinnamon scent, festive films, fairy lights, baking, hot chocolate, family, late night shopping and being giddy like a child again - not much then. But that's the christmas feeling summed up for me. And I haven't completely got it yet. I've been trying. All our christmas decorations are up, I watched Frozen last night and right now I've got a cinnamon stick yankee candle burning on my bedside table... but nothing's working! Still, I'm hoping that a bath with these lush products will increase my excitement for December 25th. 

Golden Wonder is a firm favourite of mine that I've been buying every christmas for three years now. It's one of those bath bombs with a 'surprise.' You may think it'll leave your bath a gold colour but it dissolves into a teal blue (sorry if I ruined the surprise... but it's a bath bomb, come on!)
I bought Father Christmas because it looks so festive and I remember I really liked it last year.
Luxury Lush Pud and Star Light, Star Bright are two Lush products I haven't tried yet. The latter is an extremely glittery bath melt. I've never tried a bath melt before so I'm looking forward to giving this one a go. Beware of how glittery it is though - with a touch the glitter will come off on to your fingers. The Luxury Lush Pud is so colourful and a lot of people seem to love it (hopefully I will too!)

I think something from Lush makes any christmas present better; you can't really go wrong with it.

What's your favourite from the LUSH christmas range? 

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P.S I've got exams until the 17th so I might not be able to post until then... if you've got exams coming up as well, good luck! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

my christmas wish list

my christmas list 2014

I didn't intend for my wish list to look like that of a typical teenage girly girl - but that's me I guess!
I thought this would be helpful for any of you struggling to think of what to get others or to put on your own list (first world problems, eh?) Strangely I'm not in that christmas spirit yet... I'll need to go shopping for gifts some evening and dedicate a day to lying up with festive films. Actually that's one of the things I'm looking forward to most right now - getting my A Level mocks over with so I can relax without feeling guilty.

A fujifilm polaroid camera has been on my wish list for a long time now. I've been so in love with polaroids (along with the majority of teenage girls recently) and although part of me thinks they might just be a novelty, I know people who take loads of them. There's something whimsical about the pictures and I can imagine keeping a scrapbook or sticking them up around my bedroom. I really don't take enough photos but I could totally fix that with one of these!

You may have noticed from my lack of beauty posts recently that I haven't been feeling passionate about any make-up products. I've been lusting after a YSL rouge volupte lipstick for over a year now and the colour extreme coral is my favourite currently. Their packaging is so damn pretty I could just sit and admire them all day long. My sister has the benefit brow zings kit and I think it's perfect - I should probably get my own one so I can stop sneaking into her room in the morning to use it. The hype surrounding the naked 3 palette is long over but the colours are perfect and I'm looking for a new eyeshadow palette. Nars is so well known for their bronzers and blushes, especially laguna and orgasm (that name, I know). I've wanted one of their products for the longest time so even if I don't get one for christmas I'm going to treat myself anyway.

Alexa Chung's book It was very popular last year but the mixed reviews and the price (I think the hardcover was £11, so not exactly going to break the bank but it's more than I'd like to spend on a book) put me off buying it straight away. I was always planning to get it (hehe It, get it?) but just never got around to it. I said 'it' too many times in that last sentence. Anyway I'd really like her book this year. Rookie Yearbook Three is high on my list - I don't need to rave about how wonderful rookie is cause doesn't everyone know by now? The yearbook makes christmas morning so much better, flicking through all the articles and pictures. Pretty Honest is a book I've seen on a few other blogs and I'm really intrigued by it.

Others things I'd love would be a subscription to vogue, sims 4 (bit nerdy) and the friends boxset. I've been watching reruns of friends on comedy central (and before that E4) for years now but I've still not seen every episode. It's just one of those familar, funny shows that instantly makes me feel better.

Do we want any of the same things for christmas? Are you excited yet? 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

"what do you wanna do when you're older?"

 I feel like my life has been one huge existential crisis since September.
From careers classes to reading depressing retrospective poetry in English I've suddenly realised - I'm growing up. And someday everything I'm familiar with now, everything I'm feeling, will just be a memory. HOW TERRIFYING IS THAT? There's a quote in one of my favourite films, 500 days of summer, that makes me kind of sad, 
"Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin and they end with no lasting memory made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life." 
Sure, it's just stating a fact, but doesn't it highlight how mundane life really is? I'm probably not going to remember today because I did nothing special. And if you asked me what happened on November 14th 2011, I couldn't tell you. Sometimes I feel motivated, carpe diem and all that, but most days I grudgingly wake up after hitting the snooze button too many times, scrape my way through school and come home exhausted. Then repeat.
For six years now, or longer if you include primary school, I've been stuck in this routine and so the fact that it's all going to change soon... is one that I'm still getting used to. 

"What do you want to do when you're older?"
A question regularly asked by adults when you turn seventeen. And the truth is, I don't really know. I have a vague idea, an outline but the thought of applying to universities makes me feel nauseous. Not because I don't want to go to uni, I do, but since it's so expensive I have to be sure that the course I do is right for me. And how am I supposed to know what course is right for me?! When I think about my dream job it's not really a specific career but a bunch of things - I want to write for a magazine but also write books. I want to go to meetings, pitch ideas, organise things. I want to take photos, live in a city, travel.

And then there's the whole financial thing. Sure I can dream about running around London or New York, coffee in hand but how could I ever afford that? I'm not delusional, I know you can't just leave school and move into a pretty apartment that you'll come back to every evening after your creative, fulfilling job. 

Yet despite everything I've said, all my fears and worries about the years to come, at this stage in my life I feel like I have the ability to do anything. Go to China? Sure why not. Write a novel? Easy. Marry Harry Styles? Pfffff piece of cake. 
They say you get less fearless when you grow up. You realise that you're not invincible or special and that the world keeps spinning long after you've gone. Maybe that's the feeling adults remember when they reminisce about their teenage years - that courage, confidence and belief in ourselves that we have. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a confident person but I dream big and since nothing has come in the way of those dreams yet, why would I not believe they'll come true?

The point of this post? I guess to reassure anyone else who is utterly confused but also hopeful about the future - you're not alone. Whether you know exactly what you want to do and where you want to go or you literally haven't got a notion, I think everyone feels the same way. It's terrifying. But here is to hoping that life won't be so bad... hey, it might even be kinda good.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

taylor swift 1989

 Since August 18th, when Taylor announced in a livestream that her new album was called 1989 and it would be released today (!!!), I have been excited. Actually that's an understatement. So I do apologise if this blog post isn't very articulate and is just a messy stream of thoughts from a fangirl. I have feeling it's going to go that way.

First off, before I even get stuck into talking about the album, I just want to talk about Taylor. Sometimes people really dislike the fact that I'm a fan of Taylor Swift, or they think it's weird because, for some reason, the media decided to pick on her and make her this massive joke in 2013. And while I think things definitely aren't as bad this year, you'll still find people saying, 'all she does is write songs about boys she's dated' or 'she's so immature' and other rubbish like that. If you're not a fan, that's fine, cool, everyone's different, fabulous. But if you're hating on her because of something you read in a 89p magazine with headlines like 'OMG SHE TEXT HARRY 100 times' then... just no. If you want to get to know Taylor like the fans do I'd recommend you check out her tumblr because she comes across as the coolest and most down to earth person ever.
Also you should definitely watch her response to the 'haters':

Okay let's get back to 1989 (which is a strange sentence if you don't know the context). It's her first pop album, although Red was definitely a step in this direction. However 1989 is so obviously influenced by 80's pop, which Taylor has said in previous interviews.
One thing Taylor does so well is make you feel a certain emotion through her songs. So, for example, in Out Of The Woods you feel anxiety and uncertainty as she chants the chorus. And Welcome To New York makes you feel like you're rolling up to the Big Apple in complete awe and joy. 
Blank Space, I Know Places and Wonderland make it clear that Taylor is very aware of the media. It's quite sad as you can tell that it affects her a lot (but we did get three amazing songs out of it!) Blank Space, which would make a brilliant single as it seems to be the one everyone can't out of their heads, is very sassy with lines like, 'got a long list of ex lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane.' She wrote it from the perspective of the character the media portrays her as - clingy, desperate etc. - and not who she really is.
I imagine that I Know Places and Wonderland are about her relationship with Harry (#otp) as they both received a lot of hate for it and these songs paint that picture, '...but there was strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking and talking turned to screams.'
One of my favourite songs, Wildest Dreams, is quite Lana Del Ray-esque and is so different to anything she has ever done before. The chorus of Style (can you guess who inspired this track?) is definitely one you'll find yourself singing along to uncontrollably but it's the verses that I personally love as there's something dark and mysterious about them, 'I said I heard that you've been out and about with some other girl'.

 Right now I'm loving the slower songs like This Love, You Are In Love and Clean. The latter, which was co-written with Imogen Heap, is the last song on the ordinary album and is a musical masterpiece. Seriously, what other pop song has lyrics like, 'You're still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can't wear anymore.'
New Romantics is possibly the most 80s sounding track on the record and reminded me of Blondie when I first heard it. If you can sit still while this is playing then you're a stronger person than I am.
One of the most adorable songs is How You Get The Girl which should be cheesy but it's not and it also kind of reminds me of 22, yet I like this one better.
Included on the deluxe CD are three voice memos of the beginnings of the songs I Know Places, I Wish You Would and Blank Space. It's so interesting to hear how these songs started and they're hilarious as she doesn't really know the lyrics yet, it's mainly the melody, so she's just mumbling random words at some parts.

Every album comes with thirteen polaroids and there's five sets, so sixty-five altogether. Not only is this a super cute idea but it's also a smart marketing technique because fans, like me, are going to want to collect all the polaroids and therefore buy more albums. I've already ordered the deluxe version from Amazon in hope of getting a different set of pictures (and because I really want the deluxe.)
And who says Taylor Swift has nothing in her brain?!

Something Taylor has done since her first album is record secret messages in the album booklets. The lower-case letters in the lyrics can be put together to form sentences. The way she did it for this album is a little different as it's a story instead of little details relevant to each song. I think it's the cutest thing:
We begin our story in New York.
There once was a girl known by everyone and no-one,
her heart belonged to someone who couldn't stay.
They loved each other recklessly.
They paid the price.
She danced to forget him.
He drove past her street each night.
She made friends and enemies.
He only saw her in his dreams.
Then one day he came back.
Timing is a funny thing and everyone was watching.
She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything.

I wish I could give you a list of my favourite songs but I can't because I pretty much love them all equally. Is it even possible to pick a favourite Taylor Swift song? I think her albums are more like an emotional journey than thirteen separate songs.
1989 is so incredibly catchy and it'll make you want to dance no matter where you are, but what sets it apart from other pop albums are Taylor's lyrics and the meaning behind the songs. I honestly think it is Taylor's best album, like ever (well, so far!). As my eight year old brother put it, 'It's like Red doesn't even exist anymore, 1989 is just so good.'

' From the girl who said she would never cut her hair or move to New York or find happiness in a world where she is not in love...' 
Are you a fan of Taylor? What's your thoughts on 1989? 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

spinning like a girl in a brand new dress

Dress - Topshop
Boots - River Island
Oh hai guys. 
It's been over three weeks, sorry about that, but I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Being back at school means I obviously have less time to blog but also less motivation. Anyway I'm not going to do the whole generic blogger apology/excuse thing (I've used it way too many times!)
I wore this outfit to my baby cousin Anna's christening yesterday. I love the fact that you can wear this dress during summer or winter if you put on a pair of tights. Technically it's my sister's dress but pfffff I've worn it more than her so it kinda belongs to me now, right? Isn't that how it works? ...

The christening was really lovely (I can't think of a better adjective to describe a christening) but I had work that evening which was a bit annoying. On Sundays, since I work, I tend not to fully enjoy everything I do beforehand because all I can think is 'you've got work in x number of hours.' It's weird. It's like whenever you have to wake up early but you can't sleep because all you can think about is the fact that you have to get up in a few hours.

I'm writing this when I should be typing up my history essay. Procrastination at its finest.
Mmmmm, well, I will leave you with this question:
Do you know what song the title is from? 

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Monday, September 08, 2014

now that you're back at school...

If you were looking forward to going back to school you probably forgot about this:  Getting up at 7am. How the weekends feel so short. Homework. Exam stress.  
And now that you have returned, let me guess, it's like you never left? Yeah. It sucks.
I've only been in school a week and already I've had hours of homework. It's not just the homework - since A Levels are such a step up from GCSEs you have also got to read over your notes to make sense of them and read ahead so you don't fall behind. It's exhausting.
 That is why I think it's important to remember the little things that make you happy. Remember to read those YA novels. Remember to watch your favourite movies while eating chocolate chip cookies that you baked earlier. Remember to make yourself feel better by applying a face mask and dancing around to Taylor Swift.

Last night I watched Juno for the first time in years. I forgot how good it was - the acting, the soundtrack, the quirkiness of it. The other film I watched recently doesn't have as good reviews but is good in that 'it's so cliche and girly' way. It is, of course, Sex and The City. After binging on the six seasons of SATC earlier this year it was nice to 'catch up' with the characters in the movie. Both films I'd totally recommend if you need a two hour break to a fictional world.

Since I'm back at school naturally I can't read non-school related books as much but I try to read before I fall asleep. And currently on my bedside table is Since You've Been Gone. I happened upon it when I was buying books on Amazon (I'll forever be poor because I keep spending my money on new books) and it had really good reviews so I thought it would be worth a read. I am only on the first few pages but I love the concept of the book. Basically Emily's best friend Sloane has disappeared but she sent her a list of things she has to do over the summer... and Emily thinks if she completes the list that maybe Sloane will come back into her life. It sounds like a typical, girly book but I would be lying if I said I don't love them!

What girl hasn't bought a Montagne Jeunesse face mask before? Well if you were anything like me you didn't know the name of them but just knew them as 'the face masks with women covered in fruit.' I remember buying them years ago in Claire's or Boots for sleepovers with my friends. The majority of them are only £1 and even if the mask does nothing for your skin (honestly I can never tell) just by applying it you feel all pampered and relaxed. I was sent this one to blog about and it did wonders for bringing down my stress levels and did leave my skin feeling smooth. It comes with a cleanser in the first half of it and in the bottom half there is the face mask. If you're in the need for a pamper evening you should pick up one - there are a huge variety of them and they won't burn a hole in your wallet.

So those are some of the things that have successfully been able to take my mind off of school.

School is not all bad though. I genuinely enjoy the four subjects I took on (so far!) and so going to class and doing the homework isn't that unpleasant. It's strangely quite nice. I remember for subjects like Maths and Irish, ones that I hated, I'd put the homework off until midnight the night before it was due or not do it at all.
Now I've got into the routine of starting my work half an hour after I get home because I am just not dreading it as much. Nevertheless the workload is insane compared to last year. Yay.

In summary: School is hard, A levels are hard, life is hard therefore don't forget to indulge in the things that make it a little bit easier.

How are you finding school/work? What are the things that help take your mind off it all? 

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P.S You should go check out my friend grace's blog. It's called clothes and complexity and it is seriously good.

Monday, September 01, 2014

a pretty paperchase planner

What is it about new stationery that makes my heart beat a little faster? 
I was having a nosy on the Paperchase website last week when my eyes landed on this gem. To some it may look like a notebook that belongs to a seven year old... but it is actually a planner designed for teenagers. Well I assume it is designed for teenagers because it has a page for you to fill in your timetable and when your exams are - and what seven year old needs that? 
Not only is it cute (and you cannot deny that it's cute) it is also really practical. It has plenty of room for you to write down the homework given that day (hopefully not much) and there are a few pages at the back where you can record 'silly' things like what films you want to watch & books you plan to read. 

You're never too old for stickers...

(Sorry I went a bit overboard on the pictures but it's too pretty not to share!)

At £8 I would consider this planner to be cheap, especially when you look at the quality of it. It is hardback and so a lot more sturdy than the planners my school gives us.
  I swear I'm not getting paid to write this, haha, it is just my current favourite thing!

Anyway... there is only so much that can be said about a planner. 
But like all adorable stationery, it makes going back to school a little more bearable. 
What do you think of the planner? Cute or too babyish? 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

is it too soon for autumn outfits?

Oh yeeeeah, an outfit post finally!
You have no idea how many times I've wanted to write up an OOTD but either a. it's raining outside b. I have no time to take photos because I'm late to wherever I'm supposed to be or c. I have no-one to take the photos. My little sister agreed to take them for me eventually but I had to part with two of my favourite nail polishes in return... for a ten year old she sure knows how to get what she wants.
So, is it too soon for autumn outfits? I don't think so considering the weather we have in Ireland at the minute. Summer really is over, a little sooner than usual. I wore this outfit to dinner on Saturday with my family. We went for a meal to celebrate me and my sister's results (I got my GCSE results and my sister got her A Levels). I'm definitely not one for sharing results on social media as they're a little personal for that, in my opinion. (But if you posted yours that's cool! I like seeing how other people did but I'd just be a bit nervous to share mine).
Since this is my blog though and I like hearing how everyone else did I don't mind letting you guys know! I got 3A*'s (English Literature, Biology and P.E) 4A's (English Language, Maths, History and Religion) and 2B's (Irish and Drama). I did a lot better than I thought I'd do and I'm so relieved I can do the A Levels I want since that's what I was nervous about. I'm doing English Literature, History, Religion and Biology this year so we'll see how they go...
I hope everyone's happy with their results and if you're not then remember that they're just exams. There is so much more to life than grades. 
Anyway back to the outfit: I got the tartan smock dress for only £7 while it was on sale in Topshop. Bargain or what?! The boots, also from Topshop, weren't such a bargain at £36. The necklace I'm wearing, which you can barely see, says my name and I was sent it from a website called Punky Pins. It was pretty windy so the photos didn't turn out great, sorry!

Are you already looking forward to autumn/winter fashion? 
Also, if you live in the UK, what A Levels are you doing/planning to do? (I'm nosy!!)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

some new skincare pieces

Over the last month I've picked up a few new skincare products and I thought I'd share them with you.
I'm hesitant to call this a skincare routine because the truth is I don't think I'll ever be able to stick to one. I get too lazy or impatient or I just fancy a change. And I don't use these products together. So, for example, one night I might use the Clean & Clear daily wash and the deep cleansing lotion but I'll not bother applying the tea tree toner or Garnier's cleansing water. Therefore it's not so much a routine.
 But anyway these four products are what I'm currently loving.

The Clean & Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash is something I repurchased and I actually mentioned it on my blog last year. It's a great daily facial wash as it's like a soap (the way it lathers and cleans your skin) but the little grains in it exfoliate your face, making it so smooth.

I put a few drops of the Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face once it's clean and free of make-up. It's difficult to tell if skincare is working, isn't it? Because it can take months before any improvements are made and even then it's usually small, barely visible changes. But this product makes your skin tingle and feel fresh which makes you believe it's working. Even if it's doing fuqq all!

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is something that's recently been mentioned on a few blogs which totally convinced me to buy it. It's basically like soapy water (that might be simplifying it a bit...) and it's great to take your make-up off with. I would say it's an excellent alternative to face wipes - just add some to a cotton pad and it leaves your face feeling much better than wipes do.

And finally Lush's Tea Tree Water was something I picked up more for the gimmick. You see I love the fact it has a spray nozzle - is that weird? Like it's quite fun (maybe fun isn't the right word... how about interesting) to finish off my skincare 'routine' by spraying toner water in my face. I don't know. I can't tell if it's working but tea tree is supposed to be good for spot-prone skin and my skin has been getting some spots recently (probably due to stress from thinking about these exam results tomorrow) so let's hope it zaps them away!

I do love buying new skincare products because it makes me feel all motivated like 'YEAH! I'm gonna use these every morning and night and then I'll have beautiful skin!!!' That excitement doesn't really last very long though... like I said before - I'm lazy.

Have you got any of these products? Is there any others I should try?

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

back to school haul

One of the things I will miss when I've grown up is that excitement you get when stationery shopping and how, even though in June you couldn't wait to leave the place, you are strangely looking forward to school.
Don't get me wrong - a week into September and I'll be lusting for summer again. But every year, without fail, I'm eager to step into my new school shoes and start using my clean notebooks. I think it is the routine I miss and getting to see my friends every day.
 My GCSE results are out in less than a week and I am so nervous. What I am most worried about is not getting to do the A Level subjects I want to do...
But in an attempt to clear my head from negative/pointless thoughts about exam results I bought pretty things for the new school year. And these are said pretty things.

Okay so pens, a pencil case, colouring pencils (hey, you never know when you need colouring pencils!) and highlighters - they are all basic school supplies. Although I only showed one in the picture I have five lever arch files. Since I am doing four A level subjects I am planning to take one file to school and keep all the notes from each subject in it. Then, once a month or so, I'll separate the notes into the other four files that I'll keep at home.
The cat sticky notes were a total impulse buy in Accessorize. They were on sale for only £2! They are cute, right? Probably not very practical but I'll find a way to use them.

My school bag, which could belong to a seven year old, is from Accessorize. It was £35 so a bit pricey but it is pretty and I don't have to only use it for school. My shoes this year are very simple with a little strap.
I was in Donegal earlier this week with my cousin and while we were shopping in New Look I spotted the lunchbox above. I remembered seeing it in Urban Outfitters last year so I picked it up straight away. It's quirky (I hate that word) and makes me want to bring a packed lunch to school more often.

Is anyone else looking forward to school? Why or why not? 
Are you waiting for exam results? 
Is their any other back to school posts you'd like me to do? 

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