Thursday, 27 June 2013

My Week In Pictures


A few beautiful Plato's Republic study books


Clearing out all my old work - books from top: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jane Eyre, Homer's Iliad and a lovely issue of Company magazine


My mum made jam tarts - yum!




I went to McDonald's and got a Mocha Frappe and a chocolate cookie


My best ever friend Abi munching away in Maccy's - check out her blog at http://musingsofathoughtfulperson.blogspot.co.uk



Messing around in Primark


Gnomeo and Juliet


Plato The Republic came in the post - it smells amazing!

I would love to hear what you have been up to this week and be sure to check out Abi's blog! 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Great Gatsby Book Review


For once I am on the bandwagon at the right time - yay! - and have actually read The Great Gatsby however I have not yet seen the film - I would love to hear everyone's opinions of the film! So, I found this book rather confusing. I usually stick to what I know book-wise and what I know is old books. I can read classic books like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights yet I find modern books a bit more tricky. In a nutshell I am not usually a big fan of modernist books - books you have to work at to find the meaning - and I know this because I had to study Wide Sargasso Sea for half a year and it was not an entirely pleasant experience. But I found this book rather intriguing.  I love how each line sounds like it should be in a poem, it is very beautifully written, and I can imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald scrutinizing over every word he placed in the sentence as he knew the words he chose could alter the meaning of the entire sentence. Similarly, if you were to take one line - any line! - you can analyse it to death and come up with something great every time as the writer is very clever and hides a lot of meaning beneath the surface and when you start to stratch at the surface you uncover a whole host of ideas and meanings. I also liked how the sentence would start on one point and then tangent off and by the end it would be a totally different point - amazing but confusing.
Basically, this book is set in the 'Jazz Age' or the 1920s in America and tells the tale of a self-made billionaire - not entirely by honest means - named Gatsby who sets out to win over the girl he loves. After a lot of devotion, passion, trouble, pain, anger, regret and parties the book concludes with righteous anger from the narrator on behalf of Gatsby and a grim assessment of the whole grim business.  The book discusses many matters and not least greed which is represented by Gatsby but, despite this, he is probably the most lovable character of the entire book. Gatsby holds an unusual tendency to always be optimistic even to the extent of what people may call delusion no matter how bad the situation may look. Having created his own image of the person he wanted to be he cannot move forward as he is tied to the past as this is a character created by his former self thus being his tragic flaw.
Overall this book is a really great read and if you have some time I would advise reading it more than once in order to look deeper into the meanings and understand what the writer is trying to say.

So, that concludes my first ever book review - hope you enjoyed it! If you have read this I would love to hear what you thought of the book and whether you want to see more reviews from me. Also, I am very open to books you would like to see reviewed in the future and which books you think are good for me to read.



(pictures courtesy of Google Images)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Shopaholic Tag

I have a tag for you all today and I want to tag you all in it so you can also do this on your blog! 

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?
I wouldn't consider myself a proper shopaholic but I have to admit I do like a good shop and I also enjoy browsing shops when I have nothing else to do or have like half an hour until my bus comes and have nothing else to do.

2. How would you classify your style?

I have two categories of style - when I can be bothered and when I can't. That really does sound dreadful but when you wake up at 6:30 am who can really be bothered to put on tights and sorting out an entire outfit when you can just grab a pair of jeans and a jumper? I do like to wear jeans and a casual jumper or T-shirt but when I wake up a bit later or have somewhere to go other than college I like to wear vintage dresses a lot. So, my style is either 'vintage' or 'super casual'. 

3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

 Primark, definitely! I spend so much time in Primark that my friend even has my name on her phone as 'Primark'.  It is great there, though! I love the prices, the home section and how you can find really great items for next to nothing! I also love that feeling of joy when you find an item identical to one you wanted to buy from a brand like Topshop in there for a fraction of the price.

4. Where do you find the best deals? 

Once again I find a huge amount of bargains in Primark but I also love to hunt for cute pieces in charity shops and I find that supermarkets are an under-appreciated source of great, cheap clothing. 

5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?
 I don't really buy designer clothing because the price really is too much for me! I would buy makeup or perfume from designer brands though - like my beloved Gucci Flora perfume!

6. Do you have a go-to shopping outfit?

When I go shopping I love to wear something comfy which I can quickly change out of when trying things on. I usually go for jeans and a jumper or T-shirt and brogues or a simple dress and brogues. I always make sure I have super comfy shoes on as well because when I go shopping on an actual trip I go from about 10 am to 4 pm. 

7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Not including makeup)

I have an addiction to buying bags! As I find it super difficult to find shoes to fit my abnormal feet I always love bags as it is one size fits all. I especially love satchels - they are so cute and 'student chic'.

8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

Definitely jeans. I am constantly wearing jeans. I always buy the dark wash £9.99 New Look jeans as they have to leg length I need for my chipolata legs and they are cheap as chips - especially with my student discount on top bringing them down by 10%. 

9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

I hope that brogues don't go out of style because I love them and I would hate not being able to find any. I also hope ombre sticks around for a bit longer and the satchel trend. 

10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?

. I loved the burgundy trend when everything was burgundy coloured - I want that to come back in as it is a gorgeous colour!

11. Who is your fashion icon?

I usually get my inspiration from bloggers and Youtubers but celeb-wise I think Kate Middleton always looks really classy and sophisticated.








(images, of course, courtesy of Google Images)

In a post or so time I am hoping to do a Q&A post so please feel free to leave all your questions below and I will try to answer them and I will also leave a link to your blog in the post saying that you asked it. 

(Sorry about the mad fonts)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Haul June 2013

Over the last week or so I got a couple of things I wanted share with you - one super exciting thing (but all in good time)! I went into a different town to where I usually go which doesn't have a huge amount of shops. So, we spent most of the time in the Factory Shop. This shop really does seem a bit rubbish, in all honesty, but I found some great things in there and if you have one of these shops near you I would advise you looked at the makeup, home section and bags (they had a Kate Middleton style bag which was gorgeous!). I would also advise visiting Store 21 as it has an amazing home section even if the clothes don't float your boat!
So, on with the haul!



Barr's Cream Soda - 3 for £1


Floral Pot - £3




Calvin Klein Madly Mauve Nail Varnish - £2 (RRP in other stores - £11)

I was so excited by the cheap nail varnish and they had cheap Essie stuff as well - wish I had got more!
I would love to hear what bargains you have got hold of recently and whether you have been to the Factory Shop before - I love reading all your comments and I would be very happy if you followed me on Bloglovin'!

ALSO I am hoping to do a Q&A post next and I would love for you to leave your questions below for me to answer in my next post. Of course, if it is too personal I will be unable to answer it but I would love to hear from you all.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Summer Lookbook

Since having a minor drama over the state of the quality of my OOTD posts I came to the conclusion that I would much prefer to show you outfits which I have laid out than with me in them. Of course there will be the odd occasion when I can grab an unsuspecting victim and make them take pictures of me but these victims are few and far between - and it is just awkward having someone photograph you!
So, I have compiled this look book and I do realise many of the outfits would be better suited to autumn but I tried to make it so that it suited a British summer which is hot one minute and cold the next so I added jackets which are removable when it gets warmer etc etc.
I hope you enjoy this and I would love to hear whether you would like more of these kind of posts or if you prefer the previous OOTD setup. I would also love to hear which is your favourite and if you have any ideas of how you would style these pieces I would be very happy to hear from you!


Denim jacket - New Look
Bag - Primark
Scarf - Primark Men's
Dress - Topshop


Leather jacket - Ebay (originally Primark)
Clutch - Primark
Dress - Matalan
Heels - New Look


Top - Primark
Necklace - Matalan
Clutch - Accessorize
Top - Primark


Playsuit (worn as shorts) - Ebay
Jumper - Topshop
Bag - Primark


Crop top - Primark
Trousers - Ebay (originally H&M)
Shoes - Primark
Bag - Matalan

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear from you! Hope you're all well!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

My Week In Pictures












1. Wearing makeup again after a week of letting my face 'rest'
2. My outfit - Top - Topshop, Trousers - Ebay (originally H&M)
3. The hedgehog cake my mum made for my sister's birthday
4. The perfect party treat - Party Rings!
5. Party rings again!
6. Mini peppers - how cute!
7. Tomatoes - they looked so beautiful I couldn't resist taking a picture!
8. Party Rings again - sense a recurring theme?
9. Cola - sharing with friends
10. Pancake with cherries - yum!
11. Close up of the pancake

I hope you had a nice week and I would love to hear what you have been up to!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

OOTD - Primark & Ebay

For ages I have been on the hunt for a top to go with my stone colour maxi skirt from Primark and everything I tried just didn't look right. But when I got this crop top, also from Primark, I loved the combination and I am super thankful to my friend for getting this for me for my birthday! I also love how you can wear the trend of a crop top without having to flash any tum with this look.
Please excuse the poor photography - it really isn't my best!





Crop tee - Primark
Skirt - Primark
Jacket - Ebay (originally Primark)

I would love to hear what you thought of this outfit and if you have any ideas of what would be good to wear with the skirt!


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Saying Goodbye to GFC!


Apparently in July Google Friend Connect is going and the only way to follow blogs is via Bloglovin'. This is extremely annoying but I have just signed up to Bloglovin' and will install the gadget onto my blog once I have written this. I would love for you all to follow me as I love hearing from you and being able to read your blogs by clicking on your name in the comments. Please follow me on Bloglovin' and I will be following all of you as well!

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The Summer Plan


This summer I have a 10 week break - yes, 10 whole weeks! - and not a huge amount to do but I am ever the woman with a plan and I would like to share this plan with you all as it will give the incentive to follow through with the plan and maybe inspire some of you to do similar things too.

Blogging
-Blog more regularly
-Improve OOTD posts
-Follow more blogs (be sure to leave your links below!)
-Improve photography
-Start saving for a DSLR camera
-Start 'adventurous' OOTD series

Studies
-Read all the 'classics' I can find
-Finish EPQ
-Read more theology blogs (links?)
-Look at a range of unis

Health & Beauty
-Improve diet
-Drink more water
-Decide on an effective cleansing routine
-Use more face masks
-Find a good hair care product

Fashion
-Take more risks in what I wear
-Buy more from charity shops

Friends & Family
-Take more pictures
-Spend more time with friends and family
-Meet up with old friends

Travel
-Visit Bristol
-Go to the charity shops in London
-Visit some castles and stately homes

Faith
-Read the Bible more regularly
-Get more involved with the Church
-Visit other Churches in my area
-Visit a Church in London

I would love to hear what you have planned for the summer and whether you could give me advice on my plans.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Day Trip to the Beach

Recently me and my family went to the beach to enjoy the sun. Annoyingly my camera really wasn't up to it on the day so most of the pictures I took came out blurred - I think it may be time I invest in a DSLR - but there are a couple that I want to share with you all. It was a really nice day and it was even warm enough to have a little paddle which is almost unheard of in England (I exaggerate). Overall it was a lovely day out and some Lipton's Ice Tea was the perfect way to finish the day.









 I would love to hear how you have all been enjoying the sun and what you have been up to. I would also love to hear about what the weather is like near you (especially if you are from another country!) as I am sad and that kind of thing interests me.