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Obsessing over… September

Saturday, 19 September 2015
Hey lovelies! Something you should probably know about me is I have quite an obsessive personality. I often find myself discovering something new or rediscovering something from my past and quickly becoming completely fixated on it. This can be pretty much anything: clothes, brands, stationary, etc. I've even gone through phases of being so addicted to certain foods that I've refused to eat anything else. It's ridiculous! Anyway, I've decided to embrace my quirks and make a monthly post where I'll talk about whatever weird and wonderful things are the objects of my affection at the time. Here's the September edition…


Goodies from

One of my dance teachers at college recommended I try Graze a couple of years ago and I've been getting them on and off ever since. When I'm on subscription I get sent a box of four snacks every week that have been tailored to my personal tastes. My absolute favourite is the apple and cinnamon flapjack so I was incredibly excited when I opened one of my recent boxes to find it sitting there. All the snacks are really delicious (but never too high in calories) and I simply cannot get enough at the moment, so much so that I've bought a near endless supply of individual boxes from Sainsbury's here in Fallowfield.

Venessa Arizaga

Bad Kitty Bracelet by Venessa Arizaga

On one of my many Urban Outfitters USA browsing sessions (they happen far too often) I came across this ridiculously cute bracelet by American jewellery designer Venessa Arizaga. I thought it was so clever and funny and couldn't help but add it to my basket. I'm not overly into jewellery but have always worn string bracelets and feel like this is a more sophisticated evolution of them. I made the mistake of going on the official Venessa Arizaga website and now have a wish list as long as my arm.

Matt & Nat

Brave Backpack (Cocoa) by Matt & Nat

I'm really picky when it comes to bags and have spent the past couple of weeks searching for a new bag to carry my uni things in. I'm naturally drawn to backpacks but feel like they can look a bit too sloppy. I'd really been struggling to find something I liked until I saw the above piece at Topshop. It's by vegan company Matt & Nat and is a great alternative to the more traditional style. It's sort of an oxblood/chocolate brown colour and the perfect addition to my A/W wardrobe. 

Peace x

New Release Event at The Body Shop

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Hi beautiful people! Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend a mother and daughter event at The Body Shop, Trafford Centre for the release of their two new collections: Oils of Life and Spa of the World. It was a wonderful evening filled with shopping, treatments and goodies and a great opportunity to treat mama bear to a night of pampering.

The Oils of Life range includes oils, creams and lotions containing three precious seed oils that revitalise and repair the skin and also a twin-ball facial massager that stimulates blood flow and increases skin elasticity. I have supersensitive skin (even Simple products can send my face into a frenzy) so didn't try any of these products but judging by all the empty spaces on the shelves, they were really popular with my fellow bloggers. This was particularly true of the facial massager which had nearly sold-out by the time I arrived!

Oils of Life

Spa of the World is a reinvention of The Body Shop's Western Spa range and includes exfoliants, body clays, massages oils, creams and a heavenly milk and honey bath soak inspired by Cleopatra. The products are luxurious, nourishing and perfect for an at home pamper session. They are split into three rituals: relax, revitalise and bliss. After trying a few products in an incredible hand treatment (my hands have literally never felt so soft), I chose to fully commit to the relaxing ritual and am looking forward to using it again.

Spa of the World

(From left to right)

As well as a major spending spree on products from the Spa of the World collection, I also walked home with a few other essentials I picked up and an incredible goody bag of samples and gifts. 

Other purchases and a sweet strawberry freebie (from left to right)

Both my mum and I had a lovely evening and cannot thank the wonderful staff for putting on such a great event. I literally can't wait for the Christmas collection launch later this year!

Peace x

I can't live without

Sunday, 30 August 2015
Summer loving...

My posts have taken a backseat recently but for a good reason - I've just been offered a new job! From next week I will be working as a part-time sales assistant at Jack Wills. I've been trying to get a job within fashion retail for about 2 years so I'm super excited. It will help fund my shopping addiction whilst I'm still at university whilst giving me experience that kickstarts my career in the fashion industry for when I graduate. I can't wait to start working for the 'fabulously British' brand and have decided to create a post inspired by the #jwcantlivewithout lists within their Autumn 2015 handbook. Here it is…


-   YOGA
-   RUM

So, what are your absolute favourite things? What simple pleasures brighten up your day? What can you not live without? Let me know...

Peace x   

Review: Balmy Daze

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

I would consider myself to be a very lucky girl. I'm healthy, have amazing friends and family and live in one of the best cities in the world. I'd also consider myself blessed for another, perhaps more trivial, reason: I have great lips. They're naturally plump and have quite a strong pink pigment to them. I think when God created me, he took all the pigment that should have gone into my skin and pumped it into my lips.

Anyway, because of this I very rarely wear lipstick (very rarely translating to a couple of times a year at most). Instead I just slick on some lip balm and go. I have a bit of an addiction and on a recent trip to Florida, I got carried away in my purchasing of it. I've spent the last couple of weeks testing them out and have compiled some reviews for your viewing.

EOS Lip Sphere in Summer Fruit

I'd wanted to try this lip balm for quite a while but at £7 a sphere in Topshop I couldn't justify buying one to simply see what it was like. When I spotted it on special offer for just $2.97 in Walmart, I jumped at the chance to try it out without wasting too much money. Applying this balm is incredibly easy however it takes a lot of it to feel any benefits and even then it's not awfully moisturising. I think it's good for a quick boost of moisture or maybe as a base under a lipstick but if replenishment is what you're looking for, there are definitely better options.

Overall Rating: 7/10

Burt's Bees Soothing Lip Balm with Eucalyptus & Menthol

I love Burt's Bees products and Walmart always has a great selection of them. I picked up their soothing balm on a complete whim and am so happy I did. This is such an amazing balm! The menthol within it tingles on contact with the lips and a little bit goes a long way. It's really soothing and I'm sure it'll come in handy when winter comes around and my skin goes into meltdown mode. It has quickly become one of the core products in my daily makeup routine but I'm struggling to find a UK stockist and am starting to worry about what I'll do when it runs out.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Mr Zoggs Sex Wax Sunscreen Coconut Lip Balm

Anyone with any knowledge of surf culture has heard of Mr Zoggs Sex Wax. It's a leading board wax company and one of the dominating brands at the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. They also sell a range of sun care products including this coconut lip balm with SPF 23. I tried it out while I was in Florida and was incredibly disappointed. It offers very little in terms of moisture and when that ran out my lips felt worse than before. Maybe it would suit someone with more natural oils in their skin but for me it just didn't work.

Overall Rating: 3/10

Peace x

In with the new.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Yesterday I got my hair cut and coloured. After five months since my last trip to see the beautiful Stacey of Cabello Ormskirk, it was long overdue. I had about three inches cut off the overall length, some nice long layers cut in to give it shape and a full head of highlights in light honey tones. As cheesy as it may seem, I feel like my new look brings about a new start. My old hair was messy and gave off the impression that I didn't care, definitely not a good thing for somebody looking to work within fashion and media. In contrast, my new look is a lot more sophisticated and professional. I love it!

By complete coincidence, my whole week has followed the theme of 'out with the old and in with the new'. I retired my beloved black Converse low tops. They were quite literally falling apart and just like my hair, made me look like a slob. They've been replaced with a shiny new pair that most definitely need dirtying up a bit before I wear them in public.

The last change in my life has been a little more difficult to deal with. A couple of months ago I started spending time with a guy and developed feelings for him. He was a wonderful person but when the uni year ended what we had fizzled out. A short while later he got a girlfriend and I was quite honestly devastated. In order to gain clarity I asked him what had happened. He said that he'd really enjoyed my company but I had never made much of an effort to show much affection towards him and he moved on. That's completely fair. I was scared of coming across too strong so consciously acted cool. In hindsight I would have acted differently because it may have lead to an alternate ending. In the future I'm definitely going to allow myself to show my vulnerability and just see what comes from it.

Peace x

That Florida Feeling

Friday, 31 July 2015
5.41am in Cocoa Beach, Fl

A good while ago a boy said something that's always stuck me. He said 'at least once in your life, get up and watch the sunrise. It will make you understand'. He spoke poetically and I hung on every word he said. Admittedly, there is a 98% chance that he was high at the time but that didn't matter. While I was away in Florida I had the opportunity to watch the sunrise and at about 5.20 in the morning, I wandered down to the beach, sat down in the sand and waited.

As the sun began to rise slowly above the horizon I was overcome by it's beauty, so much so that I forgot to take any pictures until it was fully risen above the sea. It was a great experience. I wouldn't say I necessarily understand anything more about life, gained spiritual clarity or anything else profound, however it was incredibly beautiful and I certainly agree that it's something everyone must do at least once in their lives.

Peace x

Inthefrow interview

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Hey beautiful people! As you're probably already aware, I want to be a writer and have been gaining experience within journalism by writing for The Tab Manchester. A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to interview the incredible Victoria Magrath of She's a Wigan native (we went to the same college) and both alumni of and former lecturer at UoM. She's now living the dream as a full-time blogger down in London but somehow managed to take time out of her busy schedule to talk to little me. After the obvious issues that come with collab articles and a few technical difficulties, the piece was published while I was on holiday and I thought I'd share it with you guys.

Check it out here.

Peace x