Saturday, 30 November 2013

What's On My Wish Lists / November

I disappeared again and I'm sorry! I honestly don't know where the time went since I last blogged - it went way too fast! I lost track of my blogging schedule and was completely disorganised this month, which is NOT good. Since starting sixth form and studying my AS's I've had very little spare time and the little spare time I do have I spend selfishly and just laze around. I've made a mini end of year resolution to blog normally, organise my time and schedule posts because my blog isn't at a standard I want it to be. Anyway, that's my resolution and I plan to stick to it so hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me!
 I usually publish my wish lists nearer to the beginning of the month but since that time has passed I thought better late than never and collaged together, on beloved Polyvore, a collection of my most wanted items. Not only am I always on the look out for new clothes that I need to find an excuse to buy, but now more than ever I am constantly looking for things to purchase because…it's nearly Christmas! Before you go all stroppy and pull the line, 'it's still November', Christmas gifts need thought well in advance. Although these wish list items aren't on my official 'Christmas list', some of them may have to make an appearance on my letter to the white bearded man himself.

I had so many items to stuff onto this wish list but they actually wouldn't physically fit so I had to be selective, as always.

1. Urban Outfitters Cheap Monday Perfect Print Spray Tee - One of the reasons I love Urban Outfitters is their original and quirky style as a shop. I suppose you could call their stuff 'indie' with it having that definite 'urban' vibe that they strive for. This top is definitely one of those 'urban-chic' looks with the spray paint effect writing and casual essence of the top. This top would be perfect to dress down a wardrobe - throw on a beanie and you're sorted!

2. Forever21 Bombshell Sequinned Crop Top - With Christmas being very nearly around the corner people want to celebrate and when people want to celebrate there is often an excuse for a party. This top is festive with the sequinned detailing making you glisten and sparkle like a Christmas tree :) - horrayyy. Jokes aside I've actually developed a bit of on obsession with Forever21, their clothes are amazing and surprisingly cheap with low delivery cost - any online shopper's dreamworld really!

3. Topshop Satin Animal Jumpsuit - I actually think I love this Satin Animal Jumpsuit from Topshop. It's true what they say, 'love at first sight', I experienced it a few minutes ago when I first spotted this jumpsuit. One thing Jumpsuits will be your best friends for is their versatility. You can dress up or dress down a jumpsuit accordingly. For example, to dress up this Jumpsuit you'd add a statement necklace and some high heels, to dress it down you'd simply add a leather jacket and a pair of ankle boots. There are so many outfits I could make from this jumpsuit and quite frankly it's going on my Christmas list because I've become rather obsessed with it.

4. Boohoo Melody Tartan Knickershorts - The fact that these Knickershorts only cost £6 has got to be a definite bonus. These Knickershorts, although are relatively short, could be paired with a shirt tied at the waist and a casual cropped tee for a day-to-day look. Dress these shorts up for a festive gathering with some good accessories - all while nailing the famous A/W tartan trend.

5. Deena Ozzy Arrow Lock Bag in Green - I have restrained myself from buying multiple bags this year. In fact, as part of my New Year's resolution I told myself that I wasn't going to buy a new bag each time that I went out. I am happy to declare that my bag buying has reached a controlled level. However, this doesn't stop me browsing endlessly for my next bag. I came across this bag and instantly rekindled my 'bag buying' obsession. Although there isn't anything particularly amazing about this bag as far as they go, I just like the structure and overall design of it!

6. Missguided Aleysa Suede Platform Buckle Boots - I added these beautiful shoes to my wish list a couple of weeks ago - what's not to love about them? They are the essence of the gothic/grunge look that is everywhere this A/W. Although they are platformed I think that these boots are perfect for casual wear - pair them with some leggings or tartan trousers and you're ready to go. Unfortunately these boots are now sold out and it's no wonder because they truly are fantastic..

7. Missguided Bulinca Cropped Denim Shirt - Although this piece is fairly simplistic and plain, I think it's versatile and edgy. Wear it on its own or throw on a cosy jumper over the top - I think this denim top would be a perfect piece for my A/W wardrobe.

Although there are only four items on this month's wish list the prices excuse that fact completely…sometimes I wish I didn't have such expensive taste…

1. Benefit World Famous Neutrals - Easiest Nudes Ever Eyeshadow Kit - One thing that I'm in desperate need of is new makeup, in particular new day-to-day makeup. Day-to-day makeup is absolutely essential for pretty much any girl (or guy), however, due the the hefty price tag I tend to sway away from spending the little money I have on makeup when I could spend it on clothes. This Benefit World Famous Neutrals Eyeshadow Kit would literally 'benefit' me and my face - lovely collection of neutrals and awesome packaging - need I say more?

2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette - I have heard and read so many fantastic reviews for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I was in Debenhams recently looking at all the Naked palettes and to be quite honest I was at a loss trying to choose just one to stick on my wish list (and eventually buy). The palettes are a collection of neutral colours, all are quite similar but so very different at the same time. The palette colours vary in pigmination and shades slightly which made my choice very difficult! I might just have to buy them all….

3. Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara -  A new mascara is well overdue, I'm currently using a cheap, drug store mascara that quite frankly makes my eyelashes look like bits of spiky wire..Quality is everything when it comes to makeup and it's always best to stick to what you know, which is why this gift set makes a special appearance on my wish list…Santa, are you reading?

4. Mac Stroke Of Midnight Brush Set - I currently own two brushes, one of which isn't even mine. I think it's therefore safe to say that a brush set would be very much appreciated and is very much needed. I like this Mac Stroke Of Midnight Brush Set because it's compact, cute and has quality, professional standard brushes.

So, there you have it - my November Wish Lists! I can't believe that December starts tomorrow - who's got their advent calendars at the ready?


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Winter Favourites and Essentials

Yesterday, freezing cold, standing in the frosty, gusting wind and torrential hail, I thought that perhaps Winter really had arrived. This realisation, however, was a little bit too late as I stood unprepared for the harsher elements that come with the wintery season. Warm and in the safe realms of my own home I put together an action plan and made a vow that this Winter I would be prepared. In this blog post I've put together my top Winter favourites and essentials to share with you all - here they are! 

I would like to firstly apologise for the picture which was taken on the floor. I was planning on doing a spot of modelling but unfortunately the weather has been truly horrific so conditions were not exactly optimal for such a picture! 

1. Rocket Dog Tacey Boot * - These boots are ridiculously warm, snug and practical. Despite my hesitation at first about taking them straight into the deep end and plunging them into water, the boots actually survived really well after I went out in them in near-torrential rain. As far as a Winter boot is concerned, these are definitely up there with the best of them. Sometimes practicality and fashion don't go hand in hand but these boots make that possible. I absolutely love the fur lining inside the boot and around the cuff, making these literally the warmest pair of boots that I own. So, if you're on the hunt for the next winter boot I would highly recommend these booties. They come in three different colours - mine are in the colour 'drizzle', but all the colours are highly versatile and practical - the other shades are 'black' and 'rust'

2. Topshop Fur Coat - Unfortunately this coat has actually been a sell-out for Topshop and after searching their online site I couldn't find the exact one anywhere - sorry! I did manage to find the coat in a navy blue, however, so if you've taken a fancy to it you can buy it here.  This coat is definitely one of my top Winter essentials. It is the cosiest, warmest coat I've ever got my hands on and keeps me warm to say the least! The feature that I adore on this coat is the full, fur lined hood - quirky and definitely larger than life, this hood is fantastic for keeping the bitterly cold bite of the Winter wind away from those ears! I feel like I'm in a sleeping bag every time I wear the hood - hood up, world out! 

3. Topshop Knitted headband - I've had this headband for over a year now and since then it has been worn so many times. I think these knitted headbands are great for a number of reasons. Firstly, they cover up bad hair days and also prevent them! When you're wearing the headband not only does it  flatten down any fly-aways, it also keeps your hair in place, which considering the Winter winds, is a fantastic creation in my opinion. Secondly, it keeps you so toasty! When inside I have to take my headband off because it literally makes me sweat, but being warm outside is never a bad thing so I'm not complaining! You can find these knitted headbands everywhere now so hurry and grab yours before they're sold out! 

So there you have them - my winter faves and essentials! What are you loving this Winter?  

Saturday, 2 November 2013

A Memoir For Those Chocolate Biscuit Days...

The post you're about to read is a little bit different but I'm hoping that a bunch of you can relate to it. This post is focused on girls here purely because I am one - I'm sure the issue of weight is not just a girl problem, guys are probably in the same situation but for now, in this post, I'm focusing on the chicas - sorry chicos.
  It's becoming apparently clear to me that teenagers/young adults are more obsessed with weight than ever before. I say teenagers/young adults specifically because they're in my age group and they're the evidence I have first hand on this topic. During summer I thought that a little bit of an obsession during the summer months was relatively acceptable - everyone wants a good bikini-bod at the end of the day, don't they? I'm guilty of that. Bikinis are revealing and summer clothes also take the form of showing a little more skin than the average winter outfit. Therefore, we're allowed to fuss a little bit about our weight, it's only natural. When you're exposing your body in something as revealing as a bikini, it's normal to feel self-conscious about our weight, to want a 'thigh gap', a 'flat-stomach'... Or is it?
  This summer I started thinking about why weight is such an issue today for so many teenage girls/young women. I particularly started thinking about it because I, myself, began an obsession over my weight. A few years ago I could eat anything I wanted, I'm pretty sure I didn't even know what calories were back then. I could eat anything I wanted because I was having a several years' long 'growth spurt'. These are magical things that transfer the energy you intake from food and use it all up for the process that is the 'spurt'. Not only does this allow for binge-eating, eating for fun or just general snacking whenever you wanted to, but it also makes you grow quite a bit as a result. However, over the past year this thing we call 'growth' came to a screeching halt for me. My eating habits did not screech to a halt, they continued in all their glory. What also didn't help this matter was that I began to mildly binge-eat a little here and there along with the occasional comfort eating. As a result, I went from my normal weight to gaining 8 pounds. There will be some of you reading this post saying 'big deal, 8 pounds, who cares' but there will be some of you aghast at the thought of putting on 8 pounds and who will sympathise with this weight gain. It was the first time in my life where I was uncomfortable with my weight. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't overweight, I didn't have some massive problem, I was just personally uncomfortable with the way I looked. My thought process was - lose the weight now and fast. 
  I did exactly that. How? By simply going hungry, counting my calories and cutting out the junk food. It was a sacrifice but within a week or two the weight was gone and I was back down to my normal size. There came a point, however, where I just kept going. I was shedding pounds that didn't need to be shed. I started thinking about 'thigh-gaps', doing exercises for an even 'flatter stomach'..This was the point when I thought, wait a second, I've jumped on the band wagon. A band wagon is easily jumped on but a hell of a lot harder to jump back off. I was brainwashed by the media, by magazines making the likes of Cara D front page, flaunting her 'perfect', thin, 'thigh gap' figure. I looked at her and then I looked at myself and thought, maybe I should look like that? Pictures filled my Instagram feeds of girls whose bones were visible in their bikinis with captions 'Perfect body', 'I want her body', 'Please let me be you'. I took a moment out of the craziness and started typing this very post. I found it incredibly sad that girls were fantasising about having another girls' bodies. Even sadder when their own bodies were possibly in better shape than the girls that they aspired to be like. What was even worse, I became one of those girls for a little while - looking at 'thinspiration' pictures.
  One thing's for sure, I'm not saying that being thin is bad, trust me - I've been called 'anorexic' numerous times as I was growing up, but I was just slim. People have their own reasons for being thin, some people are naturally thin/toned and as a teenager I was one of those people. I physically couldn't put on weight. Now that I'm a little older, I do have to watch what I eat to a certain extent because I'm not growing anymore! This post isn't a judgement post, it's not targeted at thin people, I'm not saying being thin is bad. I'm also not saying that aspiring for a better figure is bad either. In this post, all I wanted to do was to share my thoughts. I don't think many people really voice their opinions at my age when it comes to the issue of weight. Maybe they do and I just haven't read them but all I know is that a lot of them voice their opinions on what they want to look like. I think it's important to get the balance right when it comes to weight. Know your personal goals and don't compare your figure with one in a magazine or even your friends. We are all different, none of us are the same. It's fine to diet, it's fine to want to be thinner, it's fine to set yourself goals but make them achievable, realistic and healthy. All this obsession with weight loss is at an all time high and there was a point where I looked in the mirror and thought it's time to put on some weight and that's ok. I know what my ideal weight and size is, the weight that I'm comfortable being and the size that I want my clothes to be. However, it's different for everyone. To round this ramble off, don't compare yourself to size zero/ two / four models, instead, make and set your own goals. Don't starve yourself and don't count those calories too much - it can become so much of an obsession it's all you think about. Live life to the fullest, enjoy it and more importantly enjoy those chocolate biscuits now and again - they're so worth it.

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