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30 October 2014

Lifestyle | Carving Pumpkins

Believe it or not, but in my 21 years of living I have never carved a pumpkin! I know, I haven't lived. We decided that enough was enough and dashed off to Tesco to get pumpkins.

Armed with the correct tools and chocolate we made a start. First we chopped off his top..

Then we scooped out the innards..

It's rather messy work! We then gave him his face.

Finally we took him outside and lit his tea light, he's now sat happily with his pumpkin friends.

Have you had a go at carving pumpkins this year?

27 October 2014

Fashion | Salt & Pepper

Hat- Select
Roll neck top- New Look
Salt&Pepper cardigan- Select
Tartan skirt- Asda
Boots- Peacocks
Another weekend has flown by, another week has begun. I wore this outfit for our usual Sunday stroll through the fields. I love the mix of patterns with the chunky knit cardigan and tartan wool skirt. I think the colours are very autumn appropriate with the berry hue mixed with grey and black.
I love hats but always chicken out of wearing them, so I thought I would be braver and attempt to pull it off, how do you think it looks? I'm still coming around to the idea of them. I always see other girls wearing them and think that they look so nice and really bring an outfit together, but when it comes to wearing one myself I shy away.
It's still fairly mild to say that October is drawing to an end, I can get away with not having to wear a coat. I'm pleased but sad about this at the same time, I like to be able to show off what I'm wearing but also I have a nice coat collection going on at the minute and none of them have made their debut as it is just too warm! Who'd have thought I would be saying that!
I don't know if you can tell in these pictures as I'm wearing the hat but I have had my hair done, I have had 4 inches cut off! I have tried to grow my hair for a long time and it was finally long, but all it ever did was knot together, took ages to dry, and was forever frizzy. It was time to make a stand. I sat in the chair and told them, I wanted lowlights and highlights and I wanted a good cut. That is exactly what I got and in all honesty I am so pleased with how it turned out. There have been plenty of times I have left a hairdressers feeling a little deflated, but not this time.
I thought I would also include some candid photos that my dad took of me playing with our dog. She loves a good walk and if there is a stick involved it is all the more fun.

Hope you enjoyed this outfit and a little peak into how I spent my Sunday!
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26 October 2014

Fashion | My 'Go To' A/W Boots for 2014

Winter Boots

winter boots

One of my Favourite things about the change in season is being able to justify buying new shoes. I love buying winter boots, there is such a variety of styles to choose from, however, I think these 4 pairs of boots cover all angles. This is why they are my go-to boots this A/W 2014.

These first pair are everything I look for in a boot, black, flat and comfortable. Who wants their feet hurting all day? Not me that's for sure. These little beauties are from Peacocks and cost around £22.00 I think. They are easy to wear and go with every outfit. I like that they are a mix of faux leather and suede as it gives them a bit of texture and makes them more than a standard pair of black winter boots.

These are my most recent and my most lusted after boots. I love everything about them, the shiny mock croc effect, the buckles and the little stack heel. These can be worn dressed up or dressed down and that's what makes them the best pair of boots to wear this A/W 14. You can't beat shoes with versatility, the ability to be a day and night shoe means they are cost effective as you can get double the wear out of them. These were £20.00 from Select, meaning they are more affordable than similar pairs that you see in Topshop etc.

Your Shoedrobe is not complete without a pair of Chelsea Boots. These classic, clean looking boots are excellent for this autumn/winter. I chose the heeled pair over the flat style as I wanted something I can wear with leather look trousers and a bit fur coat for evenings out or jeans and a jumper for cosy meals. These cover all bases and were from Primark! You would not have guessed that would you?! I can't remember the exact price but they were around the £15.00 mark, so again very affordable.

Although I'm more a lover of black boots I just couldn't resist these little brown western style boots. They look incredibly cute with indigo blue jeans and a cream cable knit jumper or cardigan. I think they are more autumn appropriate and can be worn with a variety of looks. I like to wear them with dresses to give the outfit a little something different and less girly. These are the most comfy of all the boots featured in this post and for this reason they have had a lot of wear, the more you wear them the comfier they get. These were also from select and were just £10.00 in the sale! What a bargain.

Hope you enjoyed a little peak into what I will be wearing on my feet this autumn/winter. I am still on the hunt for some knee high boots so if any of you have suggestions then I am all ears!

Thanks for reading!

23 October 2014

Black Swan Halloween Tutorial

Black Swan

 This is actually a quick, simple yet effective Halloween look, only got a small amount of time to get ready or not enough money to splash out on fancy dress? This is the look for you.

You will need:

-Black liquid eyeliner pen (I used a primark one!)
-white face paint
- Dark red lipstick
- Black eye shadow

That's it!

Halloween Costume

1. To start, apply your white face paint all over your face, make sure you go around your eyes and nostrils thoroughly!

2. To create the appearance of strong cheek bones, take an angled blusher brush and apply black eye shadow to the hollows of your cheeks.

3. Time to get creative, taking your liquid eyeliner pen, start at the middle of your nose and trace all the way up to the start of the eyebrow. Create a point as you join the liner from the middle of the nose to the inner corner of your eye. Now draw along the top of the brow and underneath the eye, leave the outer eye and eyebrow open.

4. All in the detail now, start by drawing little semi-circle shapes in a row, over lapping the as you go, fill in the whole eye. This creates the illusion of feathers.

5. Once you reach the outer corner of the eye extend the last semi-circles into flicks, overlap these too create a more rustic look.

6. You could apply red contacts, but I would prefer not to so instead I have used a thin eyeliner brush to apply red lipstick to the waterline of my lower lashes.

7. The lips, apply your dark red lipstick and shade the outer edges with the black liner.

Et Voila! Your very own Black Swan make-up look.

Hope you have enjoyed this quick and easy Halloween make up look! Let me know if you tried it out yourself.

19 October 2014

Working 9-5

I have been working almost everyday recently, and let me say it is taking its toll. I finally got a day off yesterday (Saturday) and decided to treat myself to a nice ''little'' shopping trip.

Amongst the mountain of things I bought was this tartan check dress. I love the scallop detailing around the bottom.

It just gives the dress a little more of an edge.

I paired it with thick wooly tights, a long duster cardigan and a black and gold necklace.

And my Michael Kors bag got a cheeky outing too, I try and save it for special occasions but how could I resist its' loveliness.

Another sneaky purchase were THESE boots..

Let's just take a moment to appreciate their beauty.

They remind me of some I have seen in Topshop, however these little beauties cost just £20 from Select so were a fraction of the price! I love the mock croc effect as I think it just makes them that bit more interesting than your standard pair of black winter boots.

There we have it folks, some very naughty purchases but there are just too many nice things about at the minute.. I can hear my bank balance crying. There will be more new purchases coming up in my future outfit posts, so keep an eye out for those!

Longline Cardigan- Select
Tartan scallop Dress- Select
Bag- Michael Kors
Necklace- Peacocks
Watch- Michael Kors
Boots- Select
Thanks For reading!

15 October 2014

The Perfect Autumn Palette

Sephora Palette

The Sephora ''Sunrise to Sunset'' Palette has been my go to eye shadow pick since the end of September, you can probably tell by the scratches on the packaging! As soon as the leaves turn golden brown so does my choice in eye shadows.

The palette contains 5 stunning warm shades. Four shimmer and one matte. They range from a light champagne to a deep woody brown.

Sephora Palette

As you can see from the close up pictures of the pigments they are extremely shimmery with the middle gold shade containing small glitter particles. This makes it an ideal palette for the upcoming festive season.

The quality of the eye shadow is excellent. It provides an opaque coverage meaning that you don't have to use too much shadow in one use. There isn't much fall out either which is really good.

Above I have attempted to photograph how I wear the shadows on a day to day basis, I didn't realise how difficult it would be to photograph your own eye! I put a swirl of the lightest champagne in the inner corners of my eyes. I then sweep the 3rd gold shade all over my lid, to finish I blend the deep matte brown into my crease to create definition to the eye.

I was actually bought this as a gift for my 21st Birthday from my lovely friend who was travelling in  America, but now that Sephora ships to the UK it has made it all the more accessible for us bloggers! - is that a hole I feel burning in my pocket?!

All in all this palette is definitely going to be my favourite eye shadow choice this A/W14 and I will continue to sport my golden smokey eye paired with a plum lip until the spring returns. Who could resist a glitzy warm toned make-up look on these cold dreary days.

Have you got a go-to Eye shadow palette this Autumn?

12 October 2014

A Chilly Autumn Walk

I love a good long walk after a hearty Sunday lunch. You can't beat the fresh air lapping around your cheeks and seeing the golden leaves falling from the trees. I have to admit this time of year is my favourite (but that's for another blog post!)

Today we grabbed Tilly's lead and set of for a long autumnal walk over the fields.

Just lately I've been extremely busy at work, what with the festive season coming at a rapid rate everything has stepped up a notch, this means that quality 'me' time has been somewhat lacking. It was nice just to get out in the open and gather my thoughts. To be fair it was lovely to just relax and not worry about anything.

To me Sundays are all about re-grouping yourself, relaxing and preparing to start the next week. What better way to do this than with a walk.

Not only does it make me happy..

It certainly makes her happy.

Ahhh, there is nothing quite like a good long walk, and a happy little dog.

How do you like to spend your Sunday's?

7 October 2014

Demonic Dolly | Halloween Tutorial

Hello October, you came around quick! Seeing as we are now 1 week into October I thought I would share with you a few themed posts; including a couple of make-up looks and some ghoulishly good goodies. See what I did there?

To kick start the Halloween theme I thought I would share a fairly straightforward but very effective make-up look.

You will need:

-White face paint
-Pink blusher
- Dark red/plum lipstick
-False lashes
-Fake blood

First you are going to need to create the ''doll-like'' porcelain skin. Take a 50p sized amount of white face paint and mix it with a 20p sized amount of your usual foundation. I find this helps the face paint apply more evenly. Remember to cover your lips and blend well around the nostrils.

Next you are going to want to apply your pink blusher, any bright pink or red blush will do the job. Swirl this into the apples of your cheeks creating very opaque circles. You can now draw in your eyebrows, either using a pencil liner or liquid. I opted for a black liquid liner from Primark as I find the shiny effect it gives looks almost wax like.

Onto the lips! Take a dark plum or red lipstick and apply in an almost heart-like shape on the lips, missing out the corners of the mouth, this creates a permanent pouting effect.

You can now go on to add the smaller details of the look. I chose to apply some very dramatic eyelashes, Asda's own brand. I also bought the stick on stiches from Asda too for just £3.00, however you could easily draw these on using your liquid liner from earlier. Finally add a few splatters of fake blood and your look is complete!

There you have it! One very demonic dolly.

Did you enjoy this Halloween look?
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