Thursday, 20 November 2014

FASHION // H&M AND PRIMARK HAUL

I've been spending a bit too much lately getting ready for winter but in my defence, the shops do have some really gorgeous & cozy winter wear right now. Additionally, with my 25% H&M staff discount, I can't really say no, can I? 

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Here's what I bought, starting with my buys from H&M. Also, sorry about the photo quality, it's winter which means no natural light :(

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I absolutely love this vest from Divided Grey and think it's so edgy and cool. It's a well fit with low armpit holes without being too big and a really simple design on the front. I didn't actually realize there was a design on the back until it turned up so that was a nice surprise! It's really cute to wear over a pair of leggings when lounging around the house or with a floral kimono in work to make it a bit less edgy and a bit more feminine.

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On the left, another edgy top with skulls on the boobies! I really love this and in real life it looks really worn with a few small holes and rough edges which I adore about it. It's totally rock & roll and ideal for gigs and probably to wear in the summer too as it's very loose fitting and light. On the right is an oversized deep green top just for work. Unfortunately you can't really see the colour very well in this photo but it's so comfy and looks great just worn over a pair of skinny fit jeans and boots. It's perfect for winter.

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These socks are adorable! I've been wearing them religiously on cold days and they look so cute and stylish with my ankle boots. I really love the funky print, ideal for Christmas and winter.

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THESE SHOES. Now let me tell you a story about THESE SHOES. So someone returned them in work a month or so ago because they didn't fit. They clearly hadn't been worn and were in perfect condition. I'm normally picky with shoes but, well, with these it was love at first sight. So I popped them on hold behind the till until my next shift and went home to dream about them. But when I came back they'd gone! Someone had put them back out on the shop floor and I couldn't find them ANYWHERE. I looked online and they're not available online either. I sulked for days, let me tell you. Then a week or so ago I was putting some shoes out on delivery and found my babies hidden behind another pair! Not only that but they'd now gone down from £30 to £10! It was FATE! I bought them immediately. Let me tell you, I'd never been on such an emotional roller coaster with just a pair of shoes.

But how cute are they?!

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Speaking of cute...how sweet is this Christmas jewelry?! I adore the little earrings and have already worn the stars and reindeer a couple of times now (I'm saving the more Christmassy ones for December) and I've been itching to wear the bracelets.Christmas jewelry used to be SO tacky & over the top (although sometimes that's good!) but lately I've seen lots of seasonal accessories that are actually really cute too. The earrings are from H&M and the bracelets are from Primark, which brings me to what I bought from Primark..!

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These two fluffy jumpers have kept me super warm lately. The white one is a little more versatile meaning I can keep it back and continue to wear it after Christmas too. The snowflake one is more wintery than just Christmassy and I've pulled it on to snuggle up warm many, many times after a long day at work. Both are oversized and perfect for when I'm feeling slouchy.

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Finally, I got some really fluffy socks to keep my tootsies warm....and some teenage ninja mutant turtles pajamas! Because they're totally a winter necessary...they just make awesome and cool ;)

So that's my recent mini haul, all of which have been getting a lot of wear! As always, it's a mix of edgy stuff and corny but sweet Christmassy things too. I just have to try not to spend anymore money now..!

Have you picked up any bargains lately? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

LIFESTYLE // A STORY TO TELL THE GRANDKIDS

This time last year, I was sitting at home in my pajamas, feeling worse for wear and recovering from a long, long week. My hair probably needed a wash and, come to think of it, I probably really needed a proper long soak in the bath - as well as along break from alcohol. I'd been exhausted and still felt slightly sleepy after my much needed lay in, yet I couldn't help but sit there with a smile on my face as I recalled my week to my family and gossiping about what had happened on Facebook.

For in November 2013 me and some friends embarked on an adventure, the type of adventure I'm sure many people dream about or think only happen in books and movies - and to this day I still can't believe it happened. We followed a band on tour, booking tickets to see them at every one of their UK tour dates and turning it into a week long road trip/adventure/party.

To this day, it's still one of the BEST decisions I've ever made.

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Music is my passion, but that's not the only reason why I did it. It was to create new memories, to have some fun. To travel around the country and discover cities I've never visited before. To meet new people and to ultimately go on a road trip. Every single one of my wishes came true and sitting here now typing this, I can't even keep the smile off my face as I remember how the week went.

I still remember the long drive to Newcastle, the pit stop in Sunderland to grab what I still insist is the worlds best takeaway pizza (especially after a night out). How I finally got my night out clubbing in Newcastle (I'd studied at Sunderland University for three years and somehow never went clubbing in Newcastle whilst there). How we bagged ourself into a super expensive club for free. How everyone was so friendly - picking me up and spinning me around. The funky cocktails in one bar and the dancing 'cage' in another. The themed 80s bar. Posing in front of a giant Budda Head statue when it was time to go home...then climbing into a fake car and taking more photos.

And this was before tour had even started!

The rest of the week served us some even more amazing memories. I fell in love with Edinburgh. I laughed so hard in a beyond trippy rotating tunnel. I made friends with support bands and random Noel Fielding lookalikes in the street. I partied hard. I recovered. I partied harder. I took too many pictures to count and listened to some of the best playlists that I'm still proud of now.

And the travelling to new cities part was pretty cool too. From staying in basic travelodge hotel rooms to all out glamorous party apartments like the one below, it's safe to say that we had a real mix throughout the week...!

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I still remember watching the sunset as we drove somewhere in between Edinburgh and Liverpool, running late and music blasting loud. A few years ago, I watched the 'Kids in Love' music video by Mayday Parade and just thought how badly I'd love to get away and take a trip like that with my friends, to be speeding along in the car with music playing loud...and at that time, I did. I had that moment, and that was pretty damn surreal for me.

Truth be told, I'm notourous for having dreams and not following through with them. But this is one dream I actually managed to fulfill and it was hands down one of the most amazing adventures of my life. Sure, it was tough arranging it all and it cost money and some people even judged us for it. But it was more than worth it in the end.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you want to do something crazy, do it now while you're still young. Don't think about what people might say or how much it might cost. Don't even worry about work. Just book a week off, jump in your car and do it. There's no time like the present and you'll be amazed at how one small road trip can change your life forever.

DO IT. NOW. You wont regret it.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIES CHALLENGE // BOOGEYMAN

I know it's not strictly Halloween or even October anymore, but I still have 5 more movies on my B-List Horror Movies Challenge list! Tonight I'm reviewing Boogeyman, a film I was at first surprised that I hadn't yet seen. When I first picked it up, I figured it was one of those old 90s movies that most kids had seen growing up, but on further thought, I think I might have been getting it mixed up with Candyman (which I haven't seen either come to think of it). Boogeyman actually came out in 2005!

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Watched : This evening
Essential movie snacks : Pringles
Watched with... : Some friends
Score out of 5 : 4.0/5


The premise of this film feeds on childhood fears - the fear of the dark or, more specifically, what hides in your closet at night. When a young Tim looses his father to such a thing hidden in the dark, it's no surprise that when he grows up, he's not quite over it. Following the death of his mother, he comes home and finds himself fighting to unravel the mystery or at least beat the thing that had haunted him for so many years.

Considering this only cost me 65p from CEX (I know!) I wasn't sure if I was expecting it to be bad because it was so cheap, or if I just had low expectations for it costing so little and hoped it would be much better than my expectations.

As it turns out, it was one of the best movies I've watched from this challenge so far! It had a strong storyline which I really digged because of how simple and innocent it was - everyone has been scared of the dark at least once in their life. The 'boogeyman' was never really revealed until the end (and man he was freaky), so that really built up my anticipation. There were quite a few jumpy parts too.

I wouldn't say the actors in the film were amazing, but they were a lot better then I expected them to be too. Some of it didn't make total sense though and got a little confusing, like how he tended to transport from one place to another through the closet at some points (and even seemingly go back in time at one point?). I didn't entirely understand the end, but it was exciting and kind of dark.

The film had a very nostalgic feel to it, like it was the type of film to be watched as a teenager, sneaking out of bed to watch a scary movie your parents don't want you to, or the type of film to watch with your best friends and scream your head off at the whole time. I'd probably even go as far to say that this is a date night movie too.

The ending was okay, too. It stayed away from typical horror movie endings where there's 'one last kill' or a suggestion that there might be a sequel a few months on. It was nice and simple and rounded things up nicely.

It wasn't the best horror movie I've ever seen but I enjoyed it and would watch it again.

My notes/inner monologue during the film -
  • Is that Sylvester Stallone 
  • Holy crap this is actually kinda messed up 
  • That Tim guy is sort of hot but damn that jumper is ugly 
  • What a weird little kid
  • Hiding in the barn and shit
  • He’s like transporting through the closet what 
  • Tim doesn’t need mental help it’s the boogie man!
  • OMG THE TWIST
  • How the hell can a tap make me jump?! 
  • Holy sh*t it’s actually kinda scary 
  • Hmm I didn’t completely understand the ending but the very very ending was nice and simple
  • And the song in the credits is awesome
I've discovered this movie inspired a couple of straight-to-DVD sequels which I wouldn't mind seeing for review purposes of course! Maybe I'll keep them in mind for next years challenge...


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Friday, 14 November 2014

FRIDAY FAVOURITES // MY FAVOURITE THINGS LATELY


Sometimes I find weeks pass by ever so quickly when I'm working full time, being that I often finish late and usually only have time for dinner and an hour or so to chill out after work before it's time for bed again. I suppose when you work full time, that's life though, isn't it?

Sometimes I get to relish in my own time though, especially on weeks like this one where I've had an 'easy' week. By this weekend, I'd have only had to do a couple of 'lates', with an early morning delivery shift on Tuesday and a sort-of-early finish Wednesday, paired with my two days off I've had a chance to join reality again and indulge in my favourite hobbies. 

Recently I've been to the cinema a few times, caught up on blogging, found myself engrossed in a new (new to me anyway) book, cooked something from scratch all by myself and even managed to squeeze in a lazy movie day with Mamaw.

So here's exactly what I've been loving lately.

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MOVIE DAYS WITH MAMAW
The weather outside was especially dreary today so we grabbed a blanket, plugged in the Apple TV and decided to watch a couple of movies today. We finally got around to watching Maleficant which was really, really good! I don't tend to fuss over kids films or ones suitable for all the family so it's taken me a while to actually want to watch this and once I did, I didn't really know what to expect. It was pleasantly surprising and offered a good twist to the classical Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Angelina Jolie was absolutely captivating in her role too.

We also rented out Begin Again, a light hearted comedy film all about music. I found it really charming and it was very easy watching. It was heart warming and had a great soundtrack and was really the perfect film to watch on a cold Thursday afternoon. 

THE MAZE RUNNER
I know I'm REALLY slow about getting into this series but I spotted it in WHSmith after watching the trailer and figured I'd give it a go. I haven't been able to put it down since. It's deeply gripping with twists appearing left right and center. I'd really like to go and see the movie but seeing the trailer before beginning the book kind of helped me imagine the setting of the book which was good! If you haven't read it, I'd recommend picking it up now. It's a must have for anyone who favours action or mystery books and if you're a fan of The Hunger Games then it's a no brainer really - you can't NOT read this book!

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
IT'S BACK! I'd fallen behind a whole season and a half when the newest season aired so naturally when I saw it was on Netflix I watched back to back episodes for weeks on end, going through the complete motions. Most of the time I found myself shouting random stuff at the laptop like 'DAMON! NOOOO! YES! Oh my god Enzo is SO hot and that accent is so sexy. DAMON! I want to marry him! Or Enzo...One of the two' etc etc. I will admit, the season before last I DID feel that things started to get a little silly in terms of storylines but the last season and this one has really picked up. They've gone back to the classical edgy way of the show with sexy characters (Mmmm, Enzo) and lots of wit. 

HALLOWEEN & BONFIRE NIGHT & CHRISTMAS
For once I've actually managed to have some plans for each. I got scared witless at Dr Fright's Halloween Nights for Halloween, watched some firework displays with friends and family and Christmas...well, we've still got a while yet but I'm really bloody excited. That is all.

EVERYTHING ELSE
The best account on instagram right now, featuring a super cute rescue dog living with super hot models, this creepy island in Mexico which helped me decide where I'm DEFINITELY going on holiday next year and this really cool creative doodle book which I've promptly added to my Christmas wish list.

What have been your favourite 'things' lately? Let me know!


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Monday, 10 November 2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY CHALLENGE & MY NEW FAVOURITE APP...


Recently I blogged about how photography is a very small side hobby of mine and today I'm blogging about one way I've tried to explore this interest further. 

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A friend of mind recommended the Little Moments app to me after I was constantly seeing her beautifully edited and super cute photos on Instagram & Facebook, more often than not stamped with inspiring quotes or scribbled with creative doodles. In this day and age, we're often quick to judge how modern society relies on technology and how it has changed the beauty of life - and not always in a good way. On one hand, it is kind of sad how most people would rather use their mobile phone to browse art rather then visiting it in a gallery or how photoshop is such a common thing. Photography has definitely taken a back burner after the invention of so many good cameras on phones. A lot of people don't even bother to get photos printed anymore.

However, technology has offered some benefits when it comes to photography and that includes editing. These days we can add cute filters to our photos and edit them with quirky quotes and stamps, making them all round a lot more creative.

I've found myself addicted to the Little Moments app and actually use this to edit or add filters to my pics just as often as I do on instagram. The addition of quotes and doodles makes it really fun and offers me another way to show how my day has gone - whether I've spent it celebrating a birthday or just relaxing etc. It's really sweet for when editing photos with my friends.

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Alongside the app, you can also get daily prompts for different photos to take which I think is cool. The app itself as a photo-a-day challenge which changes each month, and users of the app are encouraged to take part and upload their photos via Instagram or the app's Facebook group. It's a pretty neat way to get more creative with your photography or even if you just want to offer something a bit different on your Instagram for a bit. 

I'm currently taking part in the November challenge which is really fun...

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Taking part in this challenge gives me a daily reminder to not only indulge in this hobby but also get a little creative with it! I think the December challenge is going to be particularly fun!

What do you think? Do you enjoy taking part in challenges like this? Do you use similar apps to edit your photos? Let me know with a comment!

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