Sunday, 29 December 2013

What I Wore at Christmas!

Happy Sunday!
I would just like to start off this post by thanking you for reading this, my 50th post. Yes, 50. The big 5-0. I've got to admit that's a little crazy, and it's gone by so fast but I've loved every second of it. Whether this is the first time you've stumbled across my blog or if you're an avid reader, I thank you as you bring such a smile to my face everyday. Here's to 50 more! 
Now, lets get down to business...
I really enjoy making outfit of the day (OOTD) posts, so this will be a combination of three days of which I enjoyed very much, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

Christmas Eve
I didn't really do much on this day apart from see my family and deliver various presents to them. When I went out I just popped on a black jacket, black boots and a cream scarf to complete the look and to help me stay warm. 
Jumper - Matalan
Jeans - New Look
Collar - Home-made 

Christmas Day
The big day has arrived! I had originally planned to wear whatever clothing items I got that day but the shirt I got unfortunately didn't fit which called for a quick change of plan *I say quick, it took me about 40 minutes to decide on what to wear* My family and I tend to stay at home for Christmas so I never actually wore a pair of shoes apart from my slippers, but if I were wearing this outfit out then I would add a little black jacket and boots with a matching burgundy hat and scarf. 
Shirt - Matalan
Jeans - New Look *I'm starting to sense a pattern here*

Boxing Day
On Boxing Day, it was vital that I dressed as warmly as possible as I went to watch my local team play football and I was freezing, even in my multiple layers!  As well as what you can see in the pictures, I had two tops on, two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves and tights on in an attempt to stay warm, which didn't really go too well, but my team won the match so it was all right.
The jacket I am wearing is actually my dads so it's rather big but it's really thick and warm which makes it great to wear when I watch the football.
Jumper - Boohoo
Scarf - Matalan
Hat - Matalan 
Jacket - Sports Direct
Jeans - New Look

Have a great week!
P.S: I'm still trying to decide whether or not to do a 'What I Got For Christmas' post, if you would be interested in reading it, please let me know by commenting below, thanks! 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Christmas Cracker Tag

*sneeky little mid-week post*
Happy Boxing Day or to be technical, happy St Stephen's day!
I hope you all had a great Christmas stuffing your face with food or a great Wednesday of you don't celebrate Christmas. 
The other week, I was tagged by the lovely Sarah to do this, so without further ado...
1) What’s on your Christmas list?
Back in October, tickets to Taylor Swift's 'Red' tour went on sale and so I asked for them and I was lucky enough to get a pair. I was told at the time that I had got them, but otherwise they would have been at the top of my list. 

2) What’s on your Christmas Day agenda?
Me and my sister normally wake up about 7am but have to wait as we aren't allowed to wake up my mum and dad until 8. We then open our stockings in my parents room, then go downstairs to open the rest of our presents. We'll eventually get dressed and cook lunch/dinner which we tend to eat whilst listening to 'Top of the Tops'.

3) How much Christmas shopping have you done?
I would hope all of it as Christmas was yesterday. 

4) What’s been your biggest ever surprise?
Ermm, I'm not too sure. I remember getting a bike a few years ago, and my parents covered it in fairylights to disguise it into the tree. 

5) When do you normally put up your Christmas Tree?
For as long as I can remember its always been the second Saturday of December. 

6) Do you have a special outfit planned for Christmas Day?
I tend to wear whatever clothes I've been gifted that day, unless I only get pyjamas or something. 

7) Do you have any special plans for Boxing Day?
Well that's today, so today I went to watch my local football team play and practically froze my fingers off, but it's okay because we won 5-1. 

8) When did you stop believing in Father Christmas?
I'm not really too sure, I don't think anyone has ever sat me down and told me that Santa wasn't real, I think it was just something I picked up and learnt as I grew older. 

9) What's your favourite Christmas scent? (candle/perfume)
I've mentioned this so many times before but I absolutely love Wonderstruck Enchanted, the second perfume by Taylor Swift. It's a mix of vanilla and floral scents and I think it's great for the winter months, especially Christmas. 

10) What do you love about Christmas?
It's the obvious, cheesy answer but I love spending quality time with my friends and family and buying them all presents. 

I tag who ever reads this tag and wants to do this. 
Have a great week!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Decorate It Yourself - Baubles

It's nearly Christmas and I've finally broken up from school after what seemed like the longest term ever, but I'm still not really in a Christmassy mood, even though my room is now completely covered in fairly lights and tinsel.
Whilst decorating my room, and my little pink Christmas tree, I came up with the idea of decorating some baubles. I remember doing this at lower school and just literally throwing glitter everywhere and hoping some would actually stick to the bauble. But this year, I decided to go with a more 'sophisticated' approach and I'm quite proud of the outcome.

To decorate your baubles, you will need:
    -  Baubles *obviously*
    -  Glitter
    -  PVA Glue
    -  Nail Varnish (optional)
    -  Glitter Glue Pens (optional)
    -  Anything else you want to put on your baubles (sequins etc..)
    -  Hairspray
    -  Newspaper
    -  Christmas music (optional, but highly recommended)

Start of by clearing at space to work in and laying a few sheets of old newspaper down to prevent getting glue stuck to everything. Then you can get decorating!

For my first bauble, I used the glitter glue pen to draw little dots around the whole ball, which didn't really take that long as all. You could do any pattern with this like swirls or snowflakes, but I just kept it simple with dots. When your finished, just leave it do dry completely which took about twenty minutes.

For my next bauble, I found some sliver glittery nail varnish that I don't use, and painted the whole bauble with it. Once it was dry, which took practically no time at all, I went over with a second coat to add to the overall sparkly-ness.

This next bauble is the one that took me the longest, but is probably my favourite. With a pen, I lightly drew out my name across the centre of the ball. I then went over the first letter in glue and placed it into a tub of silver glitter. Simply repeat these steps for the following letters. I decided to do it one letter at a time to make it neater and to prevent the glue from smudging and all the letters rolling into one big smudge. This one probably took the longest to dry too.
When you are finished, and all the baubles are dry, spray them all with some hairspray to make sure everything stays where its supposed to be. Alternatively, you could cover then all in a coat of clear glue but I went with hairspray as it was much quicker.
And there you have it! Some personalised baubles that you most definitely won't be able to find in a shop. I think these could make great presents for your friends and family, especially the one with names on.
Merry Christmas and have a great week!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Clothes Show Live 2013


First of all, I would like to apologise for not posting this last week but I simply just ran out of time to finish writing it. I had a rather hectic weekend last week and have mock exams for the majority of the coming week so I don't really have a lot of time to do anything right now. But lets get down to business...
On Friday 6th I was lucky enough to go on a school trip to The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham. I'd never been before so I didn't really know what to expect but I've got to admit it was pretty amazing.
We arrived at the NEC just before 11am and went straight into a seminar with some fashion people and editors (I can't remember who) after which I spent the next three hours... SHOPPING!! The NEC is huge, way bigger than what I thought it would be. The shopping part of the NEC was split into four sections, 'Fashion Fix & The Bazaar', 'Vision Village,' 'The Beauty Haul' and the 'Style Boutique'. The first two were pretty much just full of clothes from literally hundreds of different brands. Everything there was rather reasonably priced with the majority of it being cheaper than it would be on the high-street. The same goes for the 'Beauty Haul' which was packed full of different brands including Models Own, Barry M, W7 and Rimmel. Pretty much all the well known brands, including the ones listed before, had incredible deals on including £50 worth of Barry M products for just £10! I spent the day with my two friends Heather and Katie who decided it would be a good idea if we each get a goodie bag from different brands then split them up between the three of us. So rather than just having products from one brand you would have three! This is what I ended up with for just £10.
What I got:
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara - £7.99
Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Desire 393 - £4.49
Barry M Nail Paint in Sivler 288 - £2.99
Barry M Nail Paint in Fuchsia 302 - £2.99
Barry M Supersoft Eye Crayon in Blue - £3.99
Barry M Kohl Pencil Kingfisher Blue - £2.99
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Silver - £4.59
W7 Paint The Line Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black - £2.99
In all fairness, I'm not really too sure when I'm going to use a sparkly blue eyeliner but I will most likely use the rest *or give it to my sister as part of her Christmas present so shhh*

The fashion section was like a massive market with literally hundreds of different brands and stalls that you could get lost in for hours, and the best thing is that everything is rather reasonable priced. Here I brought a jumper and a dress. The jumper is oversized, which in the picture above looks incredibly unfaltering, and is so thick and cozy which makes it great for winter. They had loads of different ones with different sports teams and univeristy logos but I chose a UCLA one simply because it was the first one I saw. The quality of this jumper is great, especially since it was only £15. 
The second thing I brought *actually it was the first but oh well* was a dress, which was also £15. I was rather unsure about buying it, but I was eventually persuaded to do so by my friends Heather and Katie, and I am so glad I did. I wasn't to sure about the colours used but now they are my favourite part of it, I just need somewhere to wear it. Although I have to admit, I really don't like the look of it in the picture, but I can promise you it looks a lot better on - or at least that's what I've been told anyway. 
After hours of shopping we got to watch the fashion show which was incredible. I have never seen anything like it before, and I know I won't be forgetting it anytime soon. For starters, we had really good seats as we were rather close to the stage and Stooshe performed who were amazing! All the clothes were based on the theme of the high street and they each had immaculate dance routines when they came out on stage. I would include some pictures of the stunning clothes here but unfortunately the majority of them are rather blurry and of bad quality as it was dark in there.
Overall, The Clothes Show Live 2013 was great and I really want to go again next year.
Have a great week!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Essentials!

I feel capital letters were vital to show how excited I am for the final month of the year, simply because of the twenty-fifth day, also known as Christmas!!
For about the past month now, I've had a list of all the things I would use/wear as soon as the first day of December came.
The first item on the list is my Christmas jumper. I only own one, at the moment, which is a purple fairisle print jumper I got from Matalan last year.
A few weeks ago my mum brought me a pair of snowman mittens from Primark which were £2. I refused to wear them when I got them though, but now that it's December, I shan't be removing them!
Christmas here in the UK tends to get incredibly cold especially on the way to school in the morning wrapping up warm in scarfs and gloves is very important if you don't want to freeze. I've still not decided what hat and scarf  I will wear for the majority of this season, but its probably between my cream and my burgundy pair.
Those who know me will know that I have a rather weird obsession with socks, so Christmas ones are a must have for me. I have a pair with Christmas tree's on them, some with reindeers, penguins and snowflakes!
Ever since I was little, I've always had chocolate coins at Christmas, and this year is no different. I brought some last week and they're sitting by my bed as they make a great little motivational snack whilst I'm revising.
I've also been listening to Christmas music at every opportunity I've had today. I really love all the old Christmas songs that I remember dancing to with my dad when I was little.
I can't wait until I decorate my room and the rest of my house in the coming weeks.
Have a great week!