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It’s My Blog’s 2nd Birthday! Plus a £350 Giveaway!

Posted on February 14, 2015

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Firstly happy Valentine’s day everyone! I hope you have a fantastic day whatever you’re up to! 🙂 In other news, it’s also my blog’s 2nd birthday! (I know what you’re thinking, I obviously wasn’t up to much this time two years ago!) I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone, and I’ve also published 580 posts in that time, OMG!

So to celebrate the fact that I’m still here, still bloging and still loving it, I wanted to hold a little giveaway for you guys. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you read my blog, and I really appreciate every single comment and interaction. Enough of the gooey stuff now! I’ve teamed up with a few fabulous companies as well as putting some bits together myself, to offer a fabulous prize bundle worth over £350! Check out what you could win…

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 is giving away one dress and one separate of your choice from their site.

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 is giving away £50 online credit for their site.

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iKrush is giving away a  £50 gift code for their site.

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 is giving away a Benefit The POREfessional shine vanishing PRO Powder (£23.50) and a Benefit They’re Real mascara (£19.50)

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And I’m personally giving away everything included in the above picture 🙂

  • Sleek Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette £7.99
  • Glamglow Powermud Treatment 15ml £12
  • Cetuem Trio Nail Polish Set  £29.80
  • Yves Rocher Quelques Notes d’Amour 15ml fragrance £15
  • Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Amethyst £25.50
  • Kerastase Lait Vital £10
  • Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara £12.99
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner £6.99

As usual all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is international and will run for two weeks. If you have any questions please shout. Good luck! xxx


The Winter To Spring Transition

Posted on February 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

So it’s now turned February (Where did January actually go?) and the weather seems to be getting worse here. It’s been chucking it down and snowing, you know those really big wet flakes of snow that just make you wet through and freezing cold? Yeah that. It’s really pretty miserable with no hints of warmth or sunshine, so with the optimism that better weather is on it’s way, I’ve been immersing myself in online window shopping.

Due to over indulging in the money sense at Christmas I’ve now put myself on a spending ban – so why is it that I still keep browsing my favourite sites and filling up my basket with clothes and accessories that I’ve told myself I can’t buy!? Anyway, I thought I’d put together a little list of some of the things that recently have caught my eye, from cosy wooly jumpers to beautiful jewellery pieces, and an amazing oil slick coloured leather bag – at least I can still window shop for now!

  •  £34.99 from Mango at ASOS
  •  £42 from Topshop
  •  £199 from Ted Baker at ASOS
  •  £131.77 by Jacquie Aiche at Revolve
  •  £12.99 at New Look
  •  £30 from Topshop
  •  £185 from Senso at ASOS
  •  £32.00 from Woolovers
  •  £23.29 by Quay at Revolve
  •  £95.00 by Ingenious at The Dressing Room
  •  £46.59 by Mimi & Lu at Revolve

I’d love to hear if you have your eye on anything to cheer yourself up in this dreary weather?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This is a collaborative post.

Step Into Spring With J.W. Anderson

Posted on January 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I do occasionally like to talk about gorgeous things that are way out of my price range, that I can’t help lusting after, or coveting. With that in mind today I’ve got a little designer feature for you. I did actually have the idea a while ago of doing this once a month, just sharing some of my all time favourite designers, and newer discoveries that had caught my eye, but I just didn’t get round to it so it never really happened! Now one of my favourite designer stores, Avenue 32 has asked me to do pretty much the same thing, so I’m taking this opportunity to tell you all about J. W. Anderson!

Jonathan William Anderson was born in 1984 (a good year, same as me) in Northern Ireland, and graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2005 after finishing his degree in menswear. The J.W. Anderson label was then launched in 2008 with a men’s collection, and at the beginning of 2010 due to high demand, he decided to expand and launched his first capsule collection for women.

I’m in love with J.W. Anderson’s Resort 2015 collection, it contains some beautifully sophisticated wardrobe staples, with subtle wrapping and knotting techniques which echo Anderson’s signature aesthetic. Fabrics are clean, crisp and fresh, with a limited colour palette making each piece easy to wear and incorporate into your current wardrobe. I particularly like the simple, origami-esque Midnight Leather Twist Bag, which would be a chic addition to any outfit, and the Blue Stripe Beach Bodice Dress with it’s modern detailing and subtle nod to nautical styling. I would absolutely love to have any of these pieces in my wardrobe!

All the items above are available from Avenue 32, and I’d love to hear who your favourite designers are?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Clarks Dunbar Animal Print Flats

Posted on January 22, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Today I want to talk about Leopard print. It’s a bit of a marmite pattern, some people love it and some really can’t stand it. To some it conjurs up images of the famous Pat Butcher from Eastenders, with her AMZINGLY massive earrings and loud clothing, or if you’re a bit older you may remember Bet Lynch from Corrie, with her platinum blonde beehive? Leopard print, or animal print in general can look a bit, ahem, cheap, but I personally love animal prints! I actually had a good five years of my life where I pretty much lived in H&M brightly coloured leopard print vest tops, teamed with equally bight contrasting coloured cardigans – such good times! For those who might want to dabble with a bit of animal print though, without it being OTT, shoes and accessories are a great place to start.

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This is where my amazing new shoes come in! Their full name is the , from Shoetique. ‘Interest’ I’m guessing means the print. These super comfy flats are a traditional moccasin style (which I have to say wouldn’t usually appeal to me) they’re made with leopard printed leather and have a textured pony hair upper, and I LOVE these shoes! They’re perfect for jazzing up an every day outfit, they look great with jeans, leggings, or frocks. They really are super versatile. They also have a cushioned leather insole for comfort, amazing!

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So what do you think, have I tempted you to try leopard print out?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Forgotten Fashion Brands of the 90’s…

Posted on December 15, 2014

Hi Guys!

Whilst chatting away on Twitter the other evening, I started talking about , and that I remember when it was originally As Seen On Screen – I wonder how many of you remember those days? They used to copy celebrity looks and you could search for clothing by celebrity. This is what their site looked like in 2000!

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This took the conversation onto other brands of our youth, and I also realised that next year it’ll have been 20 years since I started high school – arrrgh! I do love a bit of nostalgia, so on the back of this I thought I’d gather together some of the best forgotten brands and products of my youth.

If you grew up in the 90’s like I did, why don’t you take a little trip with me down memory lane…

Lets start with Global Hypercolor colour changing tshirts… these were simply magical. Who needed expensive gadgets and computer consoles when you could watch your hot and sweaty areas change colour. global hypercolor tshirt

School bags looked like this…  I managed to lose the key for the lock from my Head bag and had to cut it open with scissors, oops.

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They also looked like this…

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Or this… I had a bright orange World Dance record bag!

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And you carried your P.E kit in one of these… (or possibly an orange Jane Norman rope handle bag?) Anything else was not acceptable.

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We had Pod and Kickers school shoes. Those rubber soles didn’t last long though!

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Spliffy jeans and Jackets… The baggier the jeans the better, preferably black. Must have the little spiffy figure embroidered on the bum or don’t bother.

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Naf Naf and The Sweater Shop we the most coveted labels of the early nineties… I never owned either!

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Adidas Poppers… Say no more.

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Jeffrey Rogers and Bay Trading were the shops to go to on a Saturday…

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As were these…

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Chipie Trainers… These were the first ‘fashion’ trainers, that I can recall not being from a sport brand. I remember it like it was yesterday, seeing the beautiful silver leather pair in my mums Freemans catalogue. Of course I wasn’t allowed them 🙁

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Kangol accessories… Hats, shoes, scarves, bags. I had a Kangol pencil tin. You needed that kangaroo logo on your outfit somewhere.

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Massive Fila American style basketball trainers… I had white Fila trainers and a blue and black Fila coat 😀

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On that note, did anyone have a pair of these?? (Fila has had a bit of a resurgence lately, check them out on )

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This brings me on to Spice Girls style Buffalo platform trainers…

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Back to ‘normal’ trainers now… Hi Tec’s or Nicks if you were not so well off or if your parents hated you (mine did) and Reebok Pumps or if you were A GOD.

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Tommy Hilfiger was everywhere… That red, white and blue logo was instantly recognisable. The only Hilfiger that the kids round my way wore came from the Sunday market though. Not quite the same thing!

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… Those two thoughtful looking silhouettes sitting back to back became the emblem of a generation – and ‘ Kappa slappers’ across the country. I love the Vicky Pollard parody!

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Massive Helly Hansen coats that made you look five times bigger than you really were… They also cost a fortune.

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Helter Skelter bomber jackets and record bags… All the cool kids were into happy hardcore in the early to mid nineties; Helter Skelter, Dreamscape and World Dance were the names to wear. Somehow this branded clothing was the height of cool… even though it all came from the Sunday market.

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(I had this Dreamscape poster in my bedroom)

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I’ll leave it there for now, I could go on! Other brands worth a mention though were Joe Bloggs, Pepe jeans, Stussy, and Paul Frank. Let me know if you think of any more!

We didn’t have mobile phones, or internet (except in school) and we definitely didnt have social media. God I loved the nineties. I wouldn’t change a thing!

If you liked this, you might also like my Must Have Beauty Products From The 90’s post! I hope this brought back some memories! xxx

Blue Vanilla Giveaway!

Posted on December 3, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I’ve teamed up with  to give you guys the chance of winning an item of your choice from their site! Blue Vanilla have some fantastic clothing on offer, so this is the perfect opportunity to grab some beautiful party wear to strut your stuff in this Christmas!

All you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below, the giveaway will run for five days and is open internationally. As always please let me know if you have any questions xx


This giveaway is sponsored by Blue Vanilla.

Ugly Christmas Jumpers

Posted on November 30, 2014

Hi Guys!

Now December is officially looming upon us I feel I can freely talk about the ‘C’ word without upsetting any one – oh except my other half, who believes all Christmas presents should be bought on Christmas eve, and the tree should be up for no more than two weeks, yes his name is Scrooge. Today I was going to talk about ‘Novelty Jumpers of Christmas Past’ – you know the ones, you were ten years old and dreaded opening that present from Granny, you knew it would be another hideous knitted Christmas jumper that you’d be forced to wear on Christmas day, and you’d even have to write her a thank you card telling her how much you loved it. Then because she thought you loved it, she’d knit you an even more hideous one the next year. Ahh good times!

Unfortunately I have no photographic evidence of any of my old Christmas jumpers to show you (they were probably ‘accidentally’ distroyed at some point) Even one of my more recent favourite Christmas jumpers, a vintage black number with gold sparkly snowflakes all over has seemed to miss being caught on camera.

Over the last few years, Christmas jumpers have officially become a ‘thing’, whether you go for novelty, cheesy, or traditional, you are no one if you don’t have some sort of Christmas jumper. This was last year’s effort –

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And no I don’t know who those people are. I have this jumper but can’t find it and can’t find any pictures of me in it I’m afraid! I have to say I’m a big fan of the brighter / louder / more ridiculous the better! IF IT LIGHTS UP THEN I WANT IT!

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This year though, New Look have kindly sent me this Brave Soul -Let It Snow Jumper, I think it’s rather smart and understated really! – it’s also currently reduced from £24.99 to £18.50 too! 😀 New Look have loads of awesome jumpers in stock so make sure you check out their site if you’re still looking for one!

To celebrate the modern day Crimbo jumper tradition, I thought I’d put together a few amazing / ugly / hideous Christmas jumpers for your enjoyment and possible inspiration…

 

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I particularly like the ‘cone-boob-snowmmans-nose’ DIY one, I may try this myself 🙂

So what do you think of this new tradition? Are you a Crimbo jumper fan or wouldn’t be seen dead on one?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx