Thursday, 29 August 2013

Blog of the Month

This month’s Blog of the Month is Haircut and General Attitude.

First off, I don’t understand how this blog does not have more followers, people clearly have not seen the light yet, they will soon, how can you not love it.  Jesse is (in a non stalker, non homosexual way), completely and utterly beautiful.  I love her hair (god I wish mine would grow like this), I love her clothes, I love her pictures and I generally I just love her blog.

Maybe you shouldn’t just take my word for it though, have a look yourself:

Yup, I was right, I’m always right, go on then, get over there and take a look at her blog here.

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Bye for now,

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

K Hole

“Lost in a K Hole,
back in the zone again”

This post’s TUNE comes from Ali Love.  I’ll be honest here, I have literally only heard this one song from Ali Love,  but it is such a good song that I though it selfish to not share it with the world, so this is indeed what I am doing.  I don’t have any interesting facts or tales to go with this song, it just is what it is, a great tune; although when typing in the song name into google when looking for the youtube video I have found that the song is pretty much just all about drugs.  On this note, don't do drugs kids, mmmkay, drugs are bad... (if you got this reference to south park then I think me and you would get along just nicely, as it appears you too have the sense of humour of a fourteen year old boy).  Anyway, the tune is what it all about, not the naughty lyrics!

 Please check out the song here and the website here.

Lost in this outfit:

Shorts: New Look (old)
Blouse: Primark (old)
Sandals: Primark (old)
Satchel: Camden Market (old)
Necklace: Topshop (old)
Watch / Bracelets: Urban Outfitters / New Look / Topshop (old)

Hola!  So bank holiday has been and gone (please wait while I wipe away my tears...), and unfortunately this means back to work as usual...  So I can’t say my bank holiday has been overly exciting, but still everyone loves a bit of extra time off work.  With my bank holiday I’ve pretty much lounged around doing not alot, doing a spot of gardening doncha know, going for little walks and doing the necessary bit of shopping (thats right yes, it’s necessary... well ish).  Oh hang on, I almost forgot, I went out Friday night for a works do, whereby I found out just how old I am as after only very few drinks I came home and felt very ill... Oh god, this old age business is not appealing.  Not that I condone heavy drinking kids, but still, it’s not good to know that a few drinks are gonna leave me feeling very hungover the next day...

Anywho, enough about my weekend, lets have a little talk about my outfit.

To be fair, it’s not the most exciting outfit, but it looks classy and it’s perfect for a warm day.

Wow, what a quick way to sum up an outfit!

So let me know what you think, how did your weekend go?

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Buh Bye,

Sunday, 25 August 2013

St Ives Facial Scrub: A Review

So a while ago in my “I’m Ready For My Close –Up” Post (which you can see here), I commented on how much better my skin was and what factors had contributed to it now looking a million times better.  I personally think that these products have played a massive part and are what’s helping get rid of the nasty scars left over from spots.

The products in question are both facial scrubs from the St Ives Range, these ones to be exact:

St Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish Fighting St Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub

So lets get down to a nitty gritty review shall we, first up Blemish Fighting:

I use every other day in the morning during my shower.  The exfoliating beads in this one really are quite big but they certainly aren’t too harsh.  This one claims to be blemish fighting and I do think, that it really is helping to rid my face of the nasty blemishes left by spots.  Every time I have a spot it leaves a red blemish on my face some of which are darker than others, so as you can imagine there are quite a few marks left, and I’m hoping this will rid my skin of these.  There was one really quite dark mark left from a spot a while ago and it has faded so much since I started using this product that you can barely notice it anymore.
Obviously, I am aware that generally over time the skin renews itself and these marks will disappear but I genuinely do think that this product has really helped speed the process along.

Now for the Gentle Apricot Scrub:

Just like the last product I also use this on an every other day basis, and therefore, will use one of these products a day by alternating them.  The beads are far smaller in this product and as the title suggests is a lot gentler on your skin.  The texture of it, much like the other one is like a soft past which doesn’t really foam in water.

Unlike some facial cleansers these do not foam (well maybe the tiniest bit), and they do not leave your face tinglingly (made that one up there) clean, but both are gentle, and great for acne prone skin like mine as neither has caused any kind of reaction.  Both are great at exfoliating my skin and I have noticed this when I am putting on my makeup that I don’t really have any flaky dry skin patches anymore.

Although both products are quite similar and I would repurchase them again in order to stick to the routine I’ve developed, I do prefer the blemish fighting scrub as I feel it helps with my skin more.

Generally I would say that both of these products are extremely good, and given my sensitive skin which normally reacts to anything which touches it, I would say I am more than happy with the effects.  I can now exfoliate my face without fear of a massive breakout.  I do accept that in life my skin will always be prone to spots, but at least with these products I can definitely help minimise the chances and hopefully help get rid of the unpleasant blemishes left.

So overall thumbs up for St Ives!

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Stay Cool,

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Top of the Shops

Good evening and welcome to Top of the Shops, with my best picks from the best shops on the high street this week.

(Every now and again I will be doing a roundup of my favourite picks from a selection of high street shops, basically what I wish I could buy if my bank balance would physically allow me to!  So this is my first ever Top of the Shops, enjoy…)

So let’s begin the top 5 countdown!

In at number 5:

Red Ombre Check Print Shirt, Warehouse, £45.00

In at number 4:

In at number 3:

Red Heart Print Collar Tea Dress, River Island, £32.00

In at Number 2:

Check Borg Collar Coat, Miss Selfridge, £79.00

And your number 1 this week:

Moto Vintage Wash Mom Jeans, Topshop, £40.00

Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon with another round up of the top of the shops.

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Stay Sexy,

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ava Adore

"And I'll pull your crooked teeth
You'll be perfect just like me..."

This post’s TUNE comes from the Smashing Pumpkins.  Oh my god, what a tune, it’s so dark, so beautifully dramatic, so friggin’ amazing!  The Smashing Pumpkins have produced many a beautiful track, I have an album of their greatest hits and every one on there is just beyond incredible.  Billy Corgan’s voice is utterly unique, and this along with the rest of the incredibly talented musicians, is what made Smashing Pumpkins such a legendary band.
The video to this song can be watched here (please take a peek, the video is equally as good as the song), and you can visit their website here.

Loving the outfit....

Shirt: Topshop (old)
Headscarf: Primark (£2.50)
Stachel: Camden Market (old)
Dungarees: New Look (old)
Daps: Primark (£6.00)
Bracelets: Topshop / New Look (old)

Yeeeeehah!!  In this outfit I feel slightly like I should be shouting that but you will be more than happy to know that I didn’t go around acting like a mental case wanabee cowgirl.  Well I can’t promise on the mental case front, but I certainly don’t think I’m a cow girl.

So yup, I found this headscarf in Primark and thought “I am having THAT”, even though I wouldn’t normally wear one, but I figure with enough practice I can actually go some way toward being able to pull it off...  I admit, I do have quite a way to go yet.  It’s just that I see girls wearing these and think, damn that looks cool, forgetting that I don’t really have the same look as them, but hey ho, I can damn well try, and anyway, I like it... so there!

So this weekend has been a boring one, my boyfriend has been working hard on his dissertation so I’m left all sad and alone with just my cat for company staring mindlessly at the television or outside doing a spot of gardening... oh my god, I’ve turned forty and didn’t even realise it!  Anyway, the point I’m trying to get to is that I’ve realised that I really need to get myself a hobby.  I’m thinking, given the time of year I may start a college course, or take up a sport... although I’m leaning more toward the course, maybe photography or something along the arty lines, who knows.

What do you do in your spare time? Or what hobbies do you have? Any suggestions as to what I could fill my time with would be much appreciated. 

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Love love love,

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Bucket List

In an earlier post I mentioned (I say mentioned, the whole post was pretty much centred around it), that at the end of August, it will be my twenty seventh birthday.  Now, since then I’ve been having a little think.  This new age means that there will only be three years until I am thirty.  Three years.  Only three years.  This is some scary sh*t.

Right, so with the rather large number hanging over me, I’ve realised there is quite a lot of things that I want to do before I hit thirty and everything starts getting a little more difficult what with children and the old arthritis setting in...  So to keep me on track and make sure I at the very least acknowledge and therefore attempt to complete these things I’ve decided to compile a bucket list.  Now I know a bucket list consists of stuff you want to do before you die, but mine is going to be stuff I want to complete before I turn thirty and stuff before I die.  I’m also gonna add some stuff that I have done to the bottom just because it will make me feel better, I’ll cross it through and stuff, I’m weird like that...

So here is my bucket list, it’s going to be available on a separate page of my blog so you can keep a track of how I’m getting on.

I’ve gone for a hundred things because it seems quite a popular number with most other bucket lists... If you can’t beat them join them.

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Go to a festival
  3. Go Paragliding from the mountains over my home
  4. Go Horse riding
  5. Get Engaged
  6. Get Married
  7. Cage dive with sharks
  8. Go to a fashion show
  9. Climb Pen-Y-Fan
  10. Raise my own ducks
  11. Get another 3 piercings in my ear
  12. Walk to Cardiff from my house, all 24 miles of it
  13. Have a go at archery
  14. Go to a driving range
  15. Go Go-Karting
  16. Bake a cake from scratch (never done it, I know, the shame!)
  17. Go Zip Lining
  18. Raise my own chickens
  19. Donate Blood
  20. Have a thousand followers on my blog
  21. Read over 500 books
  22. Visit London Zoo
  23. Get a rescue dog, or maybe two.
  24. Ride in a hot air balloon
  25. Build my own house
  26. Have at least 2 children
  27. Own my own business
  28. Own a rental property
  29. Eat at a michelin star restaurant
  30. Have a small holding with a pig
  31. Have a small holding with a goat
  32. Have a walk in wardrobe
  33. Have my own little library room, with walls filled with books
  34. Have a green house and grow my own vegetables
  35. See She and Him live
  36. Go to a gig in Camden Barfly
  37. Run a half marathon
  38. Go on Safari in Africa
  39. Visit Amsterdam
  40. Visit Berlin
  41. Visit Australia
  42. Visit Austria
  43. Visit Japan
  44. Visit Barcelona
  45. Visit Rome
  46. Visit Venice
  47. Visit Thailand
  48. Visit Vietnam
  49. Visit Morocco
  50. Visit Brussels
  51. Visit China
  52. Visit Scotland
  53. Visit Ireland
  54. Visit Iceland
  55. Visit Las Vegas
  56. Visit New York
  57. Visit California
  58. Visit Mexico
  59. Visit India
  60. Visit Paris
  61. Visit Chichen Itza
  62. Ride an Elephant
  63. Buy a house
  64. Go Camping
  65. Go Canoeing
  66. Go Parasailing
  67. Go Scuba diving
  68. Take a flight in a light aircraft
  69. Go Indoor skydiving
  70. See Incubus live (I’ve been to a lot of gigs, but this was one of those die happy gigs)
  71. See Oasis live (Another one of those die happy gigs)
  72. Swimming with dolphins (also swum with manatee’s, stingray’s and nurse sharks)
Now I ain't stupid, I know that this is not 100 things, hell, I've done a maths degree, I know how to count to one hundred (I can actually get all the way up to 239 actually), but I'm leaving me some gaps, I know that there will be something I think of, something that I decide I must do, so as time goes on, I can add it all to my list :)

Let me know what would be on your bucket list, hell, if some suggestions are good I may just steal a few, I’m not above it... :)

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

June Gloom

“Sunsets lost in
Skies of hazy greys...”

This post’s TUNE comes from The Like.  The irony of the title of this song has not been lost on me, that’s why I thought it would be appropriate for my pick for this post.  Other than this fact of course, there is no escaping from the fact that this song is beautiful, it’s quite mellow, and maybe not something that will grab you on your first listen but a song you will appreciate over time.  The lead singers voice is utterly gorgeous, as are all the band members, which at the time of this song were three ladies, all of which are cool as anything.  Please give this lovely little song a listen here, and have a peek at the website here.

Onwards and upwards....

Dress: New Look (old)
Denim Shirt: H&M (old)
Sandals: Primark (old)
Bag: Peacocks (old)
Watch/Bracelets: Urban Outfitters / New Look / Topshop

Looking at these pictures it does appear that this dress is really quite short, it does cover my bum though I promise, it just wouldn’t be the kind of dress I would wear on a windy day... no one wants to see that!

So yup, this is my dress I wore on a non-windy day, along with my long sleeve denim dress for modesty to make sure my arms are all nice and covered... I may have got something wrong here!

Anywho, stick it on with good old sandals, my lovely old peacocks bag and off I go!  Let me know what you think.

This weekend I went “daaan safff” (down south) to visit the boyfriend’s family for his sisters eighteenth...  Seems so young, so so long ago, but still I don’t think I would want to swap places, the thought of starting over uni, all that work, just doesn’t appeal, although, when it’s the first time round it’s all good, and is massively exciting!  

What did you get up to over the weekend, anything exciting, please share!!

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Ta ra,

Sunday, 11 August 2013

When I Grow Up I Want To Be...

For the past few weeks, other than spending a good portion of it crying, my boyfriend and I have been working on our garden to get our mind off of things.  I have spent my time covered in dirt, whilst moving literally tonnes of concrete, chippings, soil and whatever else needed shifting in our garden.  In theory I should now be proper stacked and aiming to compete in a woman’s body building competition, fortunately, my arms seem to be just as puny as they were before and I am still the proportions of a lady.

During this time, other than going to work, I have spent it without a scrap of makeup on, hair just tied back out the way and in old clothes, even wearing, dare I say it, trainers (they were one of the few old pairs of shoes I was willing to be ruined by being covered in mud).  I have even ventured outside looking in such a way, and do you know what, I didn’t give a rats ass.

All this has made me realise exactly what I want out of life. 

One day, I want to have a plot of land out in the countryside where me and my boyfriend can build our own little house.  I want to fill my little house with a lovely little family and loads of animals, including two dogs, two cats, some chickens, some ducks, a goat and a pig (obviously not all of these will live within my house... children can sleep outdoors...joking!).  I want my own little veggie plot and to spend my days looking after my own little mini farm (children included there), preferably with my own small business that I can run from home.

So this is what I want to be when I grow up... happy.  I don’t have a particular career or business idea in mind, but I am trying to have a bloody good think about it every day (if you have any business ideas for me, I would be more than happy to hear them).

Having thought about this recently I had a bit of a reminisce about what I wanted to be when I was younger.  I’ll be honest, I change my mind alot, especially as I’ve got older, but I will go through the main ones:

First up, Artist.  So when I was young my granddad taught us how to draw and we used to practice down his house every Sunday.  I honestly think you can’t learn to draw, if your artistic, it’s already in you, so I think my sister and I had already inherited then genes (how big headed does that sound), but heck, I’m sure it didn’t hurt to practice.  So from this, at a very very young age, I decided I wanted to be an artist.

Next, Vet.  This is the main one that stuck right the way through school, or at least right up until GCSE where they send you on work experience.  Now I love animals, hence the reason why I wanted to be a vet, but my work experience week put me off it somewhat.  Given the amount of little animals that were put down in that one week I was there are then the way that some were treated after surgery, this well and truly put me off.  Given the chance again I wish that I had stuck with this side of things, any job with animals would have been amazing.  To be honest, I don’t think I would have quite made the cut to train to be a vet, I’m just not clever enough, but I wish I had stuck to wanting to work with animals.

I no longer really had a specific career in mind, but knew I wanted to work doing something science related, particularly biology.  Clearly at some point I lost track of this and then decided to start a degree in computer science.  I now have literally no idea why I chose to do this, I actually hate computers, ironic, considering I spend my working day on them and obviously use one to create this blog. 

After a year of Computer Science I decided to leave the course.  Now, this goes to show, quite how quickly I can change my mind, over the summer holiday I was helping a friend with their accounting/maths, course and had a thought that, ‘ooh, I can do this, maybe I should be an accountant’. 

After finding out there was no more spaces left for the accountancy course for Cardiff for the next year I made a literally 2 minute decision to go and do Maths instead.  I based three years and potentially the rest of my life on a two minute decision.  Listen up kids, don’t do it, have a really good think about what you want to be, don’t just take a course purely for that course, think what you want to do one day.  Don’t do it for the money or any other shallow reasons; really think what you want to do for the rest of your life, because a degree will be a good boost in the right direction, or it will be three years for nothing.  Wait, that’s just painting it black, it’s still a good experience, and I have to say that my maths degree hasn’t let me down so far, I have my job because of it, I’m just saying pick a degree and a career doing something you love.

Finally, after working in my job for a few years I decided that teaching seemed like a good option.  There is a bit of a shortage of maths teachers in secondary schools so I was pretty much guaranteed a job at the end to a certain extent and it was making the most of my degree.  I got my place, quit my job and started training as a maths teacher.  This was the only time since turning 17 that I have ever been technically unemployed.  I say technically because I continued to work weekends at my old job, I can’t help it, I just don’t believe in not working.  After two months of teaching children and working at what can only be described as the most depressing school ever, I decided to quit and was lucky enough to return to my old job.

Right now, I am a Clinical Data Manager, I work in a clinical research unit where we test new drugs out on volunteers (if you want to know more about this kind of thing ask, you have no idea how much volunteers can get paid for doing these trials!).  It’s not exactly my dream job, but it’s flexible and I don’t have to spend hours travelling, which basically means I can spend more time doing exactly what I want to do.

What I have learnt is that work/a career is not the be all and end all.  If you’re lucky enough to be in a job which you love then enjoy it and make the most of it, but if, like me, a job is a job, a means to an end, then let’s be grateful that we do have a job, because it’s just there to give us the money to do all the things that we really want to do.

So having said all this, and having rambled on for what seems like forever, I would really like to know what you want to be when you grow up, or what you always wanted to be.  Let me know!

Thanks for sticking with me,

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