Wednesday, 28 November 2012

You've Got Style

I have been getting the ASOS inside style magazine for a few months now and I always look forward to it coming through the letter box. They do a lot of features on High Street Fashion bloggers, and interviews with people from all aspects of the Fashion industry. These behind the scenes day to day articles on the fashion industry are right up my street.  I love reading anything to with the jobs / lives of people who run the scenes behind the catwalk shows, the high street stores and the glossy pages of the fashion magazines.

This months 'How was your day?' feature, looks at the life of a trend forecaster, who's job allows her to travel the world, obsess over street fashion, and predict the trends. I love reading these kind of articles, they're so interesting and they always make me want a job working where they do :)

An example of a mood board at work to help predict the upcoming trends. I love mood boards, I think it stems from my love of making a mess making collages when I was little. They help you sum up your ideas and thoughts and gather your inspiration for an upcoming project with pictures and a few key words

Who else here checks out other peoples outfits? Even when I'm in work I always find myself checking out other peoples style and outfit choices. 

Feature on Lilly Melrose of LLYMLRS a Fashion blogger from London. Even though other bloggers may have a different style to you, I still love reading their blogs, and seeing how they style certain pieces and what works for them. Reading Fashion blogs and watching YouTube fashion videos, in its way, also helps me in my job working in retail, because I find it easier to spot trends, and high street copies of designers work, as they come in to the high street stores, and gives you inspiration for styling pieces together.

The 'Working It' feature shows you the wardrobe of someone working in the Fashion Industry for the week. I think this is my favourite feature as I love looking at what other people are wearing and picking my favourite outfit 

Amen to that ;)

Lastly even though it's completely irrelevant, I decided to include this snap of our neighbours tree I took last month. The leaves on it turn the most beautiful of Autumn colours, blending from a hue of oranges up in to reds. I love Autumn, I'll be really sad when we kiss goodbye to it!

x x x x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

This December...


It's fast approaching December one of my favourite months of the year. I feel this year that I have embraced Autumn / Christmas more this year, and I feel happier for it :) September - December is my favourite time of year and every year I always feel like it goes by to quickly and I don't appreciate all the things I love about Autumn and Christmas. As we approach the last of my favourite months, I thought I would do a post based on twelve things that I am looking forward to in December :)

Candy canes and cocoa.

Looking forward to drinking crazy amounts of hot chocolate 

I love this Advent Calendar - a big beautiful pin board with tags for December 1 - 24th. And instead of chocolate or toys each day, there's an ornament to add to the tree. Wouldn't this be a fun tradition for a family- decorating the tree each day with a new ornament? So fun - and a pretty piece of decor, too! (this one's Pottery Barn but totally DIY-able)

Opening my advent calendar (never too old for chocolate)

Twine Ornament

Decorating the tree


Playing in the snow 

warm and cosy.

Cosy-ing up :)


Layering up

cinnamon sticks

Lighting heaps of candles

brown paper packages

Wrapping Christmas presents

Making yummy Christmas treats


Seeing all the pretty Christmas lights

Mui Mui love love love

Christmas parties 

Another perfect #Christmas film!

Watching Christmas films

love and kisses

x x x x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

You can throw them out or

 keep them in your mason jars 

So yes I stole my post heading from Radical Face 'Welcome Home lyrics' :)
Thumbs up if you associate it with the sponsor theme tune from Hollyoaks...... ;) 

Ever since I joined Pintrest,  I have become obsessed with recycling old glass jars, or Mason jars as I like to call them as it sounds more interesting and romantic . One of my favourite projects has been making 'Memory jars' out of them like the one pictured above. They are so simple to create, and they look so pretty and effective sat in your room. The best thing about them, is that when you look at them, you remember your day out / holiday / date / concert or what ever it is that you choose to make one on...a bit like Roahl Dahl BFG or Dumbledore's pensive...... ;)

The two that I have made are from my two recent weekends in London, The first to see the Harry Potter studios, (jar on the left) and the second when I went with friends. I printed the photos on to photo paper (which you can pick up from about £4 / 5 in Asda) as I think they look nicer then just ordinary paper, and if you cut them with a border they look like real photographs :) You can then add what ever mementos you have of your day......In my trip to London with my friends, I put our tube tickets, and Billy Elliot tickets in there, and in my Harry Potter one, I put my studio tour ticket and my favourite photos of the day.
To finish off I just added some lace to the rim :)

Super simple but super effective :)

Birthday Cake in a Jar  1 yellow cake mix, prepared according to package directions  1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles  1 jar vanilla frosting, tinted into two colors  Stir the rainbow sprinkles into the prepared cake mix. Bake according to package directions in a 9×13 baking dish. Once the cake is cooked and cooled, tear it into large, crumbly pieces.  Assemble the birthday cake in a jar by placing a small amount of cake into the bottom of four small canning jars. Top with one color of frosting, a bit more cake, and the second color of frosting.  Top each jar with a seal and lid. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days.  Serve with candles and a lot of birthday wishes.  Want to send your cake via snail mail? Feel free to pack it tightly and pop it in the mail, but you’ll want to make sure it arrives at your destination within 3 days for maximum freshness.  Makes four cakes in jars.

On a side note it was my blog's second birthday at the beginning of this month
Can't believe how fast time goes! I know I have lost a lot of motivation
for this blog in the past year.....but I'm hoping to get it back for the new year :)
Thank you to everyone who takes time to read, comment or follow my little blog 


love and kisses 

x x x x 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The one with Harry Potter 

Last weekend I went to London to see the Harry Potter Studios. If you are a Harry Potter fan and haven't been to the studios, then tickets are something that definitely need to go on your Christmas list :) 
The Studio Tour is separated in to three parts and you can take your time walking around all the different sets and looking at all the different props and costumes, that were used in the film. I don't think I've been so excited since I was little child on Christmas Eve :) I think I took about 200 + photos on my iPhone so I thought I would post some of them to my blog in a Harry Potter post 

First glimpse of the Harry Potter studios :)

Inside the Harry Potter Studios foyer. Even as you are queuing to get in there is so much for you take in and look at, and you can feel the infectious Harry Potter magic working on you as soon as you step through the door :)

The Cupboard under the stairs. This is in the actual foyer bit as you queue to go through 


The doors to the Great Hall. This is the actual film set where they filmed the scenes in the Great Hall so you can imagine how excited I was to go in. When you go through , they show you a short film of how Harry Potter has exploded in to the phenomenon it is today, and then you are taken through to a little cinema esque room where you are shown a five minute film, where the actors of Harry Potter talk to you about what it was like to film on and grow up on the film sets. Then when the music fades and the cinema screens lift these are the doors that are waiting behind for you to walk through... 

Sat on the bench in the Great Hall with my little sister, wearing her Harry Potter glasses. You can't actually sit on our touch any of the props, but in the great Hall they do have a bench from one of the tables you can sit on

The Gryffindor dormitory set with Harry and Ron's luggage

Stood in front of the mirror of erised

Professor's Snape's Costume in the Dungeons where potions were held

The second half of the tour takes you outside were you can see the Dursleys house, The Knightbus, Godrics  Hollows house, and Hagrids motor bike and The Weasleys flying car. You can actually sit on the motor bike and in the flying car....... major cause for excitement :)

My little sister outside Godrics Hollows, the house where Harry Potter parents lived

My sister on Hagrids bike

Standing in Diagon Alley :)This is the third part of the tour where you see all the special effects and creative side that goes in to the making of the films.  There are all the drawings and models that have been used to create the buildings, sets, and character outfits. I don't think that the  Diagon Alley set is the actual set that was used in the films, but it is pretty spectacular :)

Standing outside Olivanders wand shop

This is literally amazing...... a huge model of Hogwarts Castle that they used to film the Castle shots in the beginning of the films. This is one of the last things you see before the tour ends. It's obviously not to scale but it is massive and the attention to detail is literally breath taking.

Of course you can't leave without buying a little something......

This was super expensive..... at *coughs* £25 pounds but I really wanted to get one so I brought myself a Gryffindor Quidditch scarf :)  If you are a Harry Potter fan I would really recommend you go and pay a won't be disappointed

love and kisses

x x x x 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Above the knuckle
above the knuckle rings
I have been completely obsessed with above the knuckle rings recently. I think they look amazing and stacked together they create that arm- candy (ring candy?) look that I am so obsessed with. Sadly finding them on the high street is really difficult. Dollybow bow does these ones which are pretty but I was looking for something a little more tibal-esque and plain. I did purchase these River Island rings, and at £2 each they are a total bargain, but they are actually nail rings, and are designed to sit over your nails, so I can only wear them on my little and ring fingers. (Just a head ups if you are thinking of getting these they hurt after a little while)
I was just blog hopping when I came across apair-andaspare.blogspot who has shared this fab tutorial on how to make your own Chevron rings. I am definitely going to be trying this tomorrow. They are exactly the kind of rings that I have been looking for :) As these are made from wire, I think they are going to be for more comfortable than the River Island rings as they look like these move with your finger and don't actually constrict the knuckle (really uncomfortable trust me)
diy chevron rings 16
They look super easy to do, all you need is some thin gold wire and pliers (or scissors at a pinch) and five minutes :)
love and kisses
x x x x 


Sunday, 30 September 2012

A good idea 

Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile.  On New Year's Eve, open it up and reread all of the good stuff that made the year wonderful!  Love this idea!

A lazy cozy rainy Sunday afternoon catching up on X factor and pinning happily away on pintrest. I just had to share this image because I think it's such a good and sweet little idea I'm definitely going to do it :) 

Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile. On New Year's Eve, open it up and 

re read all the good stuff that made the year wonderful!

I think I might go and find a jar and start it now :)

love and kisses

x x x x 

Saturday, 22 September 2012

A journey

do it NOW

When I stopped blogging for a while, I thought about doing some posts that would help me focus 
on things that I want to get out of life. The nice thing about having a blog, especially if you have a lifestyle blog is that you can look back over things. I get a lot of inspiration and motivation to do things off Pinterest like learning to cook, being more creative, getting fit and places that I want to travel too but I am also the world's biggest procrasinator and always put things off until 'tomorrow' So I decided to use my blog to help me start doing more things that I want to achieve 



Not the most exciting thing to start off with.... but I would love to motivate myself to go running and 
get fitter. The reason I usually put it off is because I feel self conscious. I like to run along the roads because I don't think I would feel comfortable running through country lanes as it's too quiet (plus there aren't really that many around by me) but then I always feel very uncomfortable and self conscious running along where everybody can see you!  I know this is my issue and nobody is looking at you or cares if you running along the pavement, so I need to get this in to my head and get over it :)

  Apple Cider Pancakes + Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

Make delicious food

Mmm learning to actually cook properly. The great thing about Pintrest is that usually the photos are linked back to some amazing blogs and easy to follow recipes. It would be great to be able to make the kind of food that always makes my mouth water

Parisian SquareI love this just at the edge of the tower

Spend the weekend in Paris

I'd love to spend a weekend in Paris, preferably around Autumn/ Christmas time, and wander around the beautiful streets and visit the little tucked away eateries and boutiques. I think there's something really magical and romantic about Paris that you don't get in any other city.  Also go up the Eiffel Tower but that's a given :)

tubing down old sugar plantation flumes in Kauai,Hawaii

Travel more

This according to the picture caption is ' Tubing down old sugar plantation flumes in Kauai Hawai'
I'd love to travel more than I have. Sometimes I think that its easy to forget that there's a whole world out there :)


Have the perfect romantic day

I think every girl should have one day that's just completely romantic and beautiful.

wouldn't this be perfect for a stormy afternoon nap!

Create the perfect little nook in my house

I've always been drawn to images of cosy little nooks and hideaways. Nothing better than snuggling up in them and relaxing with a cup of hotchocolate and a good book. Perfect especially now Christmas is coming.
I will have one of these one day!


Swim better

I can swim, but only in a very basic be ok if I fell in water and had to swim over to the side kind of way.
I'm not a fan of having my face in the water or it splashing in my face, it just instantly makes me panic and feel like I can't breathe. So I would love to be able to learn how to swim better than I can. I brought a costume now I just have to get to the pool :)

Yes!! Something to think about...

Try to live my life more like this :)

Just a few of the things on by bucket list.
Whats on yours?

love and kisses

x x x x