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Monday, 29 September 2014

Lifestyle: Minimalist Bedroom Decor Inspiration

Today I thought I would do something a little different, and write a post on room decor and bedroom inspiration. About 3 months ago, after finishing University and moving back home, I decided to give my sickly girly and pink themed room a bit of a make over. It is something that I had been thinking about for a while, and since I was moving back home, I wanted to give my room more of a grown up feel and a new lease of life as they say.

I decided to go for an all white theme after being inspired by so many other beauty bloggers whom all featured a lot of IKEA Malm furniture in their posts and videos, and we all know that its a bloggers prerogative to buy white furniture to make blogging pics look ridiculously crisp and gorgeous. My room re-decoration did not cost a lot at all, I decided to buy a big tub of white paint and managed to paint all my walls, windowsills, and even my bed-frame with a bit left over. In terms of furniture the only thing I bought was my Malm bedside table, which was only about £30, and everything else was basically room decor which I got from Ikea (the green pot plant, and candles are from ikea) and QD, which is a bit of a random handy store that sells about everything for great prices, so there was no need to break the bank. For starters IKEA is the place you really need to visit to achieve that sleek and simple look in your room for a really great price.

I wanted my bedside table to be in-keeping with the white theme, and so I bought a gorgeous lamp from Dunelm mill, a lovely vase with flowers (QD), and also placed my yankee candle burner which I light all the time, and is FAB as it is so much more long lasting than your average jar yankee. 

I also bought the white cut out holders from IKEA, which I use to store my makeup brushes, these are placed on my vanity/chest of drawers table and add a really nice touch to the look of my table and over all room.

I also bought two of these glass jars from QD for about £2.00 each, I use one of them for decorative purposes on my shelve, and the other I use to store my cotton pads, again a great way to add a little glamour to your table instead of showing the packet of cotton pads.

I am really pleased with the outcome of my room, Its exactly what I envisioned and i'm so glad that we have shops like IKEA and QD that offer the most gorgeous items for such cheap prices. I thinkthe white theme brightens up my room and makes it look a lot lighter and larger, and I encourage anyone who is thinking of re-doing their room to definitely get on the 'all-white' decor bandwagon.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Style Edit: Paris

This is going to be a very quick post just to show you a few key pieces I wore whilst in the most amazing City in the world, Paris!

I had to juggle classy with casual because my mum had warned me that we would be doing a lot of walking, and so comfort was a must! I opted to bring my boyfriend coat, the weather was pretty hot however on a few days it rained and was quite breezy so this was the perfect item to keep me feeling cosy and looking somewhat stylish for the fashion capital. I tried to keep it quite casual with day wear, most days I wore my black jeans, or my blue and white Top shop ones with rips at the knees alongside a comfy and cute knitted top.

 I also brought along my leather trousers from H&M, which I loooove, I wore these for the evening of the Moulin Rouge to keep my outfit quite classy, I have to admit, I'm not really a girl who's into my dresses and colour, I prefer the more tomboy, monochrome, put-together look (blame Victoria Beckham!) For shoes I lived in my Nike free runners, we walked about 5 miles (no exaggeration) everyday so comfy shoes were a necessity, and these trainers looked cute but more over they are the comfiest shoe EVER. I also brought my black chunky boots for nights out and dinner.

I think my style has changed quite dramatically over the past year, I use to love getting all kinds of cool and quirky items and being 'down with the kids' as they say, but since finishing UNI and turning 21 my style has evolved, and i'm more into buying simple and good quality pieces, as apposed to the girly girl look. I know the whole tomboy/androgynous thing is probably the biggest man repeller out there, but I think if you feel good in what you wear that's all that matters.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Beauty: Mac Uninterrupted Long-wear Eyeshadow

I featured this product in my recent beauty faves post simply because I am using it everyday and am just in love with the colour. I have been lusting after MAC's uninterrupted long-wear eye shadow for quite some time, and I finally managed to grab it at the Mac store in Cambridge. For starters it comes in much larger packaging than the usual eye shadows which is really good value for money as it will set you back about £16. I am just all over this eye shadow at the moment, and I don’t think I’ve worn any other shade for a long while. The colour is a very smouldering burnt orange-bronzed colour, and is just the perfect golden bronze to use day-to-day or for an evening out to get a really gorgeous yet subtle Smokey eye. I have transitioned from a black and silver Smokey eye to bronze as i feel that it looks a lot more natural and complements my eye colour much more. Another great thing about this colour is that you can use it as just a crease blending neutral colour, or like me, you can apply it all over the lid with no other shadow and just get a fabulous one tone eye look. I have been using it on its own and I find it doesn’t need any other colour as it works great alone. I apply it to my lid and blend it out, and for an added all over Smokey look I also apply it to my outer corners, under my eye line and in my inner corners. The trick is to blend all the time, so it looks even more Smokey and natural. I apply my MAC paint pot to the eye lid before I apply my shadow, this works great as an eye primer and just gives your lid a nice clean slate to apply the shadow, I also use my Real Techniques eye brush to apply and blend, so really its an all in one job!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

My long weekend in paris

Paris is one of those cities that you just have to visit in your lifetime. People come to visit the city from all over the world, and yet being just a stone throw away, us Brits just don't seem to be as intrigued or as keen to visit as opposed to those who come from across the pond or from other parts of the world. I have been to Paris before, however I was too young to remember it, I just have the one foggy memory of waiting for my dad and brothers whilst they climbed the Eiffel tower. As a very generous 21st birthday gift, my Mum decided to take me to the city. I of course brought all my own spending euros for food, travel and attractions but she sorted all the main travel, hotels and tickets out. Along with New York, Paris is the city that I had been longing to visit for many moons, and I always found it frustrating with how close it is to me, yet I had never had the time (or money) to visit. And as cliché and materialistic as it sounds, ever since Kimye started their fascination with the city, and always seemed to visit I thought if its good enough for them, then by golly its good enough for me!

Mum and myself set off at 6am on the Saturday morning, and travelled to Paris on the Eurostar, (probably the simplest and quickest way to travel into the city centre, however not the cheapest) this was unflawed, and before we knew it we were on the Parisian streets, all sunglasses and stripes ready for our adventure. We were staying in a hotel called Palm Opera, which was ironically decked out with palm trees decor and 70's style furniture. Mum picked this hotel, and I can say with confidence that I could not fault it at all. Check-in was so simple and easy, and we were greeted by a table of complimentary coffee, sweets, cakes, biscuits, fruit and cans of drink which were available any time, which was so handy as after a long day of walking all I wanted was a cold can of coke, and it was free! The hotel was overall very clean, slick and modern yet with a twist of eccentric Parisian style. Our hotel room was pristine and we had a delightful authentic Parisian balcony which looked over the street, (our hotel was fairly central, but we did have a handy tube station right by the hotel) One thing I loved about the hotel, which my mum found strange was the bathroom... it was just so modern and slick and had the power shower from heaven, and was the one thing I would look forward to arriving at the hotel after a long old day of roaming the streets of Paris.

I think its safe to say that we literally did everything on this trip, we climbed the Eiffel tower in a thunder storm, took a boat ride on the river Seine, climbed the Arc De Triomphe, drank champagne at night by the foot of the Eiffel tower, dined whilst watching the famous Moulin Rouge show, took a cycle ride along the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, visited the Louvre and stood before the Mona Lisa, visited the love lock bridge, saw the beautiful Notre-dam, dined in the famous Laudree cafe, shopped, (or browsed) through the famous designer stores such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, ate truck loads of macaroons (when in Paris) and probably my favourite part, visited Versailles on the most beautifully autumnal day. Perfect.

We had four full days in Paris, and everyday was jam-packed, we were up at 7.00am everyday and would arrive back in the hotel at around 10pm every evening. There is just so much to see and do in this City. Even though I was exhausted every night from the walking and tube travel, you just have to make sure you do it all. There’s no point in coming to one of the richest cities in culture and saying ‘I wish I had done that’. I fully had the best time ever, and it is up there with one of my favourite holidays ever. Seeing the Eiffel tower at night is just so unbelievably magical and I can’t wait to return with my boyfriend. The city is brimming with culture and stunning architecture and I’m just so glad I had my new camera to capture it all.

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