Monday, 30 June 2014

Life Lately

Over the last 2 weeks or so since finishing my final exam, I have had bouts of both doing lots of different things and then having a few consequetive days completely free. Although I didn't manage to take many pictures when I did go out places (still scared of breaking my shiny new camera!), I have taken a few pictures which I would love to share with you.


Last weekend me and my sister went to stay with my auntie by the sea where we ate lots of delicious food and did a lot of shopping.
On the Saturday we went into our local city and went to a big antique fair (sizable haul to follow) then into a nearby harbour town to visit a beautiful 3 storey antique centre. The views outside were stunning and the views inside were also gorgeous - but I was too shy to get my camera out in the shop.
On the Sunday the rest of my family met up with us and we had a picnic in the park. I left my camera in the car as I was worried that it would get broken (running theme here) but it was a lovely day and I enjoyed myself eating mango in the summer sun.


I wore my Primark tee, New Look jeans and TK Maxx bag. And a fabulous gurn. 



Whilst at my auntie and uncle's house we had an amazing meal which I just had to share. They had meat but as I am not the biggest fan of meat, I had falafel (a much better alternative, in my opinion). I also had smoked cheddar cheese, olives, grapes, cous cous, hummus and rocket - it was so lush!



We also got two bread items - one cheese and tomato and the other was olive and pepper. They were kind of like crumpets inside but were absolutely gorgeous. We had some left over which we took cold to the picnic the next day (feel so hungry right now!).


Last food picture, I promise! 
Ok, I got a slice of this lovely Black Forest swiss roll to eat and it was so beautiful. Yum yum yum.



I was also hugely lucky to win a signed copy of The Fault In Our Stars in a giveaway hosted by the lovely Hayley of Water Painted Dreams. I was so excited and am so thankful to Hayley for hosting the giveaway. 


I recently went into town to meet up with two of my friends from college and have a catch up. It was a really nice day, despite the rain, and we got lovely olives to eat. It was really nice to catch up with them after not seeing any of my friends for about 2 weeks after finishing college (socialite, that I am).
And, yep, I took some selfies. Was much more difficult on my new camera as it is a bit bigger and I thought I was going to drop it on my face.



Some selfies in my sunnies (of course, not serious ones - just in case anyone thought I was a major pouty person) before the sun went in. Will hopefully find more ocassions to wear these though.


And last but not least, a changing room outfit picture. My camera was embarrassingly noisy when I turned it on but this is literally the only time in my day that I can take a full length picture.
Anyway, the deets: Primark (via eBay) crop top, M&S high waisted cropped black trousers, Clarks slip ons and my TK Maxx bag huddled in the corner.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the amount of selfies weren't too off-putting.
Also I have some really exciting lifestyle posts coming up so stay tuned, folks!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Rokit Vintage Favourites

On Wednesday Channel 4 showed the first episode of the new series 'This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show' which is presented by the very cool Dawn O'Porter and, since seeing this, I have been very eager to rampage into a vintage store or fair and fill my arms with goodies. However I live in a village where lovely vintage shops (or shops in general, really) are rather limited so I had to direct my search elsewhere. So, I went to Rokit and fell in love with quite a few things.







I would love to know which item is your favourite. I especially love the square floral scarf in the first collage (bottom, middle).

Monday, 23 June 2014

Makeup Storage

A while back I wrote a post about how I store my jewellery (you can read it here) and I have been intending to also share how I store my makeup but, until now, haven't managed to get round to it. However, since finishing college I have had a lot of time on my hands so I have finally got round to doing this post which I hope you enjoy.



I bought this tin from a vintage shop in Rochester and, since then, all of my nail varnish have gone there to serve out the remainder of their days. 
Also, I did try to tidy up these nail varnishes for the post but it just wasn't happening. 



I keep my basics in this makeup bag which I have had for ages and have no idea where it came from. I keep this on my shelf and I like to just have my foundation, mascara and powder in there so when I woke up at 7:15, 10 mins before the bus left, I could jump out of bed and grab what I needed. 



I was given this little pot, which was originally filled with truffles, for my birthday and thought that it was really pretty so decided to use it to store my lipbalm. 



I got this vintage cigarette tin recently at a car boot sale and I have used it to store things like hand cream. I have recently been able to fill it up with more things.



Finally I have my big box which I got from a charity shop. I put all the items in here which aren't in my basic makeup kit and also some backups of foundation etc. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and liked seeing where I store all my makeup. I would love to know how you store your makeup - especially if you have any unique tips.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Collective Haul: June

I have recently been quite good with not spending too much. Mostly because I got a lot of things for my birthday and thus I don't have much that I need to buy but also because I haven't really been to town since finishing college. However I did win two giveaways and I had a bit of birthday money to spend so I have a couple of things to show you.


I found this gorgeous bag in TK Maxx and I fell for the colour - it's described as 'chestnut' and reminds me of autumn (already thinking ahead). 


I bought this copy of Les Mis in a charity shop for £1. I have been intending to read this for ages and I was pleased to finally find a copy which isn't in French.


I also picked up 'A Room of One's Own' which is an essay by Virginia Woolf. I haven't read anything by her before but this looks really interesting.


At a school fete I picked up this copy of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' by C.S Lewis for 50p. I love the cover and it looks like it's new. My friend recommends this book so much and I felt bad that I hadn't read it so I decided to give it a go.




I then picked up this gorgeous collective Beatrix Potter book for just 10p at the school fete - was rather chuffed with it and the illustrations really are adorable!


I got this reed diffuser in B&M for 99p as I am trying to collect them for uni due to the annoying no candles policy.

The following items I was lucky enough to have won in two separate giveaways run by the lovely Naomi of Oh Hello Mango and the equally lovely Char of t*rexes and tiaras for which I am hugely thankful and suggest you go and check out their blogs now.
I am just going to put everything together because I can no longer remember who sent what. Also, for some reason, I forgot to photograph a few things so some stuff is missing.


I thought this cute little bracelet was adorable and I am so excited to wear it.


These mushroom pegs are one of my favourite things that I got - they are so, so cute! I pretty much think that I am in love with them.


Another one on the list of adorable things I love are these cute little felt fox napkin rings. I really do like foxes so these were lovely to receive.


I do enjoy a nice face mask so I am interested to see how good these are.


I also got these lovely Invisibobble hairbands which are actually amazing! I was worried that they would snap - like many hairbands which have felt the wrath of my thick hair - but these stretch really well but also return to their original shape. They remind me a bit of an old-school telephone cord but they are lovely and I really recommend them.

I have now realised that perhaps I did have a few more things to share in this post than I expected - and I didn't even show everything that I won (I will share the other things in my next haul). I hope you will forgive such a long post and that you enjoyed it.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Swap a Postcard With Me


I have been recently thinking of how to decorate my future student room - as I hope to go to uni in September - and, as some of you may know, must student rooms have massive pin-boards. However I have nothing to put on my pin-board.


So, I was wondering whether anyone wanted to do a postcard swap with me. It would be really nice to get to know everyone better and see where you are from (not in a weird stalker way).
I also would love to send you guys a postcard because I think more people should send postcards and I see you all as my friends who I want to get to know better.
So, if you are interested please leave a comment saying so, and preferably your email address too, email me at theemeralddove21@gmail.com or tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove.


And this doesn't just apply to my lovely foreign readers. If you're from the UK or even know that you live not far from me, I would still love to swap a postcard with you.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Summer Tag


I recently came across this tag that the lovely Georgina of Makeup-Pixi3 (you can see her post here) created and felt that I should give it a go. Although summer isn't my favourite season, as I am really not good with heat and would prefer to be wearing jumpers, I do always feel a bit excited at the start of the month because of the prospect of the warm weather in which I can picnic and take books outside.
I tag everyone to take part in this! Be sure to let me know if you do and give Georgina the credit for making the tag.

1.  What's your favourite thing about Summer?
I really like the days when it is sunny and there is a light breeze but not muggy (I really can't stand it being muggy - especially when it is too warm at night to get to sleep). I also love being able to have picnics and organise things with friends and not have to worry about exams and revision.

2.  Do you have a favourite Summer drink?
Pimms is always nice - although I have to have mine extra diluted as I'm not a big drinker. Coke floats are amazing and remind me of Christian camps when I was younger - they always had coke floats and pancakes. But, my favourite, is elderflower cordial - it is absolutely lush.

3.  Is there a location you like to go to each Summer?
We tend to always make a trip to Cornwall and, if I was in charge of trip planning, we would also go to Germany every summer. I am going this summer but I would love to make it tradition.

4.  Favourite makeup look for Summer?
I only wear really basic makeup as it just melts off anyway so I don't want to put too much on in case I get panda eyes. My basic makeup consists of just mascara, foundation and powder.

5.  Dresses or skirts?
I prefer dresses. Skirts are pretty but I find that dresses are often more flattering and you don't have to worry about what to wear it with.

6.  Sandals or ballet pumps?
I don't do sandals. I could never go out with my toes hanging out - ew. They suit other people but they don't look good on me so I always go for ballet pumps.

7.  Do you prefer to wear your hair up or down for Summer?
As I have quite thick hair it is often too warm when I wear it down but then my head looks disproportionally small in comparison to my body when I wear my hair up. Therefore I tend to always wear it down.

8.  Deep smokey eyes or bold lips?
Bold lips as eyeshadow makes my eyes look really small. I am quite fond of a red tone on my lips.

9.  Favourite perfume for Summer?
I love anything which is rose scented. I am currently wearing Rose The One by Dolce and Gabbana which is so nice.

10.  Last but not least, favourite music for Summer?
Anything fun which I can dance to. But I also love King Charles, who is great to dance to, and A Fine Frenzy who makes gorgeous music which is great for the evening.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Places To Visit Bucket List

The summer is almost here, I only have one more exam to go (yay!), and that means that I will have enough free time to leave the house and actually do things. No longer will I reply to people asking what I have planned for the weekend with 'just revision', for I intend to fill my summer with fun things. One of which being travelling. Of course, this bucket list isn't just for the summer - no-one has that kinda cash - but, if I did, these would be the places I would visit. Also it is always nice to find out about new places to travel to.


Austria
This has been top of my list for a while now. As some of you may have guessed, I love Germany but I have recently become more and more intrigued by it's friendly looking neighbour. Although Austrian German is something which would be an issue for me (ie. I can't understand anything), hopefully they would be able to speak in high German. Or just plain old English. Anyway they have such beautiful buildings - I especially want to visit Salzburg (pictured above is Hohenwerfen Castle which is in Salzburg). 


Chatsworth House
Who wouldn't want to visit Pemberley? I think every Jane Austen fan should visit and I am yet to go *sob*, so I am definitely planning a trip. Maybe there will be a Mr Darcy included in the admission price - here's hoping!


Munich
I have been wanting to go to Munich for so long now. I am really interested to visit as it has so much history there (including where the resistance group 'Die Weisse Rose' were based). Also the Bavarian landscape looks stunning and for someone who has never seen a proper mountain, it would be quite an experience. I could run onto the mountains and sing like in The Sound of Music. Would be very enjoyable.


Scottish Highlands
This is another place I have wanted to visit for so long. The landscape looks absolutely idyllic and so different to what I am used to. I love going for walks, being a West Country lass, and a holiday in wellies sounds pretty good to me.


Stratford-upon-Avon
Has anyone guessed yet that my list is swayed entirely by literary heritage and prettiness? The houses look gorgeous and I would love to see where Shakespeare lived. 


Verona
This is where Romeo and Juliet live. Well, not really but they did in the play so thus Verona will forever be there home. Apparently there is a balcony which is Juliet's balcony which I really want to see. And a wall where people leave letters - or did I dream that? Anyway it seems like a magical place and is in Italy, so what more can a person want?


Vienna
Apparently Vienna is really beautiful, especially at Christmas, and a great representation of Austria. Therefore I really want to visit. 


York
York is the final destination on my list as it looks like a city full of heritage and is further north than I have ever travelled (uncultured person that I am). I have seen pictures of it and it reminds me of Canterbury so it would be interesting to visit it as I love Canterbury.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear where you want to visit.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Life Lately

I know that recently I have been not been posting much or interacting much in the blogosphere so I thought I would post a 'Lately' post to give you all an update and just because I haven't done a post like this in ages.


First and foremost, I have been revising like there is no tomorrow - well, some of the time, anyway. I have had 2 retakes and 3 A2 exams as well as 2 German speaking exams. Although that doesn't sound like much I am hoping to go to a uni which, really, is quite optimistic and I have had to work hard to bring my 'A game' (very apt) to the exam room. For those who are new (and a very good morrow/afternoon to you all *waves*), I am studying English Lit, German and History. 
Above is a picture from my AS retake revision - I am using the age old revision tactic of highlight everything and hope for the best.


Recently I have been to lots of 18th birthday parties. My own was in May but, alas, I was hosting and thus didn't have much of an opportunity to take pictures. It was a really nice time though. We intended to have a BBQ but it rained so we just kinda sat inside and chatted and ate. Many of my friends have also recently turned 18 so I have been to a few parties.


The cake above my friend Abi (who write a theology blog which I would recommend a read of) made for me and she intended it to look like a guy that we know. Who has orange peel for hair.


We went out for a meal for one of my friend's 18th and I got this cannelloni and it was delicious. It is a bit like ravioli as it is like pasta parcels filled with stuff, this one was filled with spinach and ricotta, and is covered in a tomato sauce. It was delicious and a great option for me as I don't really like meat.


My birthday cakes (one for the day and one for the party). My sister made the one on the left and my mum made the one on the right. Very chocolatey and delicious!


I also went to Spring Harvest a couple of months ago with a few friends and it was a really great day - above is me and Abi in Maccys which is Spring Harvest tradition. 
So, Spring Harvest is a big Christian gathering and you go to seminars and worship sessions and you eat lots of sweets. Also it's at Butlins so it's always fun to go on rides and stand by the side whilst everyone else goes on the scary rides. 
Also, rather excitingly, my poem about Canterbury was shortlisted in a poetry competition and I have been invited to go and read it at Canterbury. Whether I will be able to get there though is still undecided but I thought that I would share my poem with you.



On the theme of success, I also won a blogger competition held by Distinctive Chesterfields to write a review of The Great Gatsby. You can see the review on my book blog, Reading By Candlelight, where I post book related things and lots of poems. I won £100 of Amazon vouchers (which I got lots of books with - you can see the haul here), slippers, a book mark and, last but not least, a beautiful armchair which I adore!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to do more like this in the future.