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Monday, 20 October 2014

A Few of my Favourite Things and a Warm Hello

Hello you wonderful people!

Thank you so much to all of my lovely blogging-buddies who left me the sweetest of comments on my last post. I love you all! I want to say a HUGE thank you to the gorgeous Jade from http://bohemianmuses.blogspot.co.uk/ , I would recommend her blog to absolutely anyone and the kindest Freya from http http://freyablendell.blogspot.co.uk/ for some seriously adorable posts. They are truly two of life's beautiful people.

Now... I have been really enjoying the simple things and took a few snaps to show you guys.








I hope you feel like these few images capture my personality a little...

What are some of your favourite things?

xxx



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Woodland Walks and Dappled Sunlight

Hello loves!

Sorry I have been lacking in posts over the last few days... but I am back with a whole bunch of new posts lined up! This week, I went on a long walk through a woodland near my home. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and on this occasion I am going to leave the pictures to speak for me.











I really hope the pictures capture the beauty of the area. Walking is definitely one of my favourite past times... What have you guys been up too?

xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Lemon Cupcakes and Kitchen Destruction

Hi guys!

Today has been a pretty good day. Not only has it consisted of fab company and lots of food, but also a whole bunch of laughs (the best cure for anxiety in my opinion). I invited one of my best friends Evie over and we planned to make ourselves pizza for lunch and some sort of sweet treat for after. Truth be told, I was so hungry I didn’t manage to get a photo of the home-made pizza (*cough GREEDY cough*) so you’ll just have to trust me when I say it was delicious! I chose to finish mine with the classic margarita topping- and yes, I was always that boring kid who refused to try exotic pizza flavours over my traditional and safe tomato and cheese topping- whereas Evie was a little more adventurous; adorning hers with sweetcorn and mushroom slices.
I got this adorable apron from by Nan as a Christmas present, the style may be a little 'young' but  I still think it's sweet.
It even has little roses on the side!

As soon as we’d wolfed down our pizzas (I just realised how gross the word “wolfed” sounds, kind of makes me feel a bit uncomfortable…) we took a 10 minute break before delving into the experience that was baking our luscious lemon cupcakes.






Since doing my exams, I’ve sort of fallen out of love with everything I had once had a passion for. Baking became a chore, as did writing and reading and going out became almost impossible. Now my exams are over, I often find myself lacking motivation to do anything; which sounds terrible but I think it’s a natural response to being incredibly over-worked and stressed (at least I hope so… I don’t want to feel this way forever!).  However, todays baking escapades have begun to re-light my cooking-flame which, to be honest, I am quite thankful for.

There's nothing better than a cup of green tea after a long day!

 After Evie had left, I realised just how huge the cutlery mountains were and got to washing up straight away. I am being 100% honest when I tell you it took me about an hour to finish cleaning everything. I am now exhausted. I hope you guys like these longer posts… Let me know and be sure to follow me on BlogLovin or via Google if you enjoy reading.
How was your day?
xxx













Monday, 7 July 2014

Mani of the Week: Collection 2000 Parma Violet

Hello loves!

For today's post, I wanted to share this weeks mani with you all. I have been absolutely LOVING this colour and have been experimenting with darker colours recently (I know, slightly bad timing seeing as it's the summer...) But I think it's so chic and is surprisingly easily matched with a whole variation of outfits.


(Can you tell I haven't taken 'nail pictures' before!?)



This beauty of a shade is Collection 2000's Parma Violet. The pictures shown were a result of two thin coats (pretty darn good I'd say), and the sheen it provides is fantastic. You can purchase this nail polish either online or in stores like Boots and Superdrug for a steal of £1.99. Definitely one of my new faves!

Do you have any favourite summer polishes?

xxx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Plants, Family and Pool Foolery


Hi guys!

I hope you're all well and have been enjoying the summer so far... (if you're from the U.K; how fab is this weather we've been having!?)

In the past week I have done next to nothing. Truth be told, I have wanted to go out, but I can't seem to find anyone to come with me- what with most of my friends off enjoying holidays abroad. Perhaps the most exhilarating part of my week was a trip to my Nan's house. Now to a lot of people, this probably seems exceedingly boring. However, my Nan lives quite a while away and as a result of this I don't often get to see her. Due to the warm summer-time sun, all flowers are out in bloom and the garden looks completely different (allowing me to wander off and explore the jungle like-land to my little hearts content).

My set-up
One of the hens roaming free from the coup (plotting its escape, no doubt)
                                                                                   
One of my favourite parts of Nan's garden (the building on the left t is Grandad's garage/work shop- which FYI I have vowed to covert to a tiny house with a mezzanine ).

A beautiful creation that grows in abundance in the flower beds

After arriving, a group of my family members opted to take a dip in the pool to cool off. Although the water was incredibly tempting, I decided that I'd rather not put myself through the embarrassment of lugging my less-than-toned body into the water in an attempt to "canon ball" like the others. Besides, I'd much rather take myself off and spend a little time with nature... Well, and my camera of course.
I also thought I'd take this time to do a little 'outfit of the day' as they're often called:

Just for reference... T-shirt= H&M, Peg trousers= Asos, Flip flops= Tesco (oh-so-classy), Bangles= Accessorize and Hat= Ripcurl


What have you been up too this week?

xxx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

REVIEW: Nailene Full Cover Nails

Hi guys!

On Thursday of this week, I attended a rather momentous event that I had been eagerly anticipating for months. To be honest, finding the right dress and shoes and putting my whole look together was more than a little exhausting, but I had the most amazing time and would give anything to go back to the evening.
Admittedly, by the end of the night it was difficult to walk due to 4 straight hours of dancing in heels and my hair was looking slightly worse for wear... But it was the small details that brought the entire outfit together and kept me feeling confident all night.

When planning my purchases and deciding what I needed to buy, I totally discarded the idea of doing my nails myself; thinking it would just be easiest to go to the salon and have a professional do them properly (bearing in mind I had never expressed an interest in my nails before). However, as I walked around Boots (my favourite "drugstore") I found myself in the nail section gazing slightly bewildered at the selection of press-on to acrylic nail sets before me.
I immediately decided that I wanted to have a go at creating my own manicure... And this is where I discovered Nailene full cover nails.



I chose to purchase the oval shaped nails as I decided this would be best suited to my hands and current style. A set of 200 nails came to a grand total of £8.49, which is a huge bargain when compared with the £25 I would have paid for acrylics at the salon.

Not only were these nails cheap, but they were incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is make sure your natural nails are clean, then gently buff them and apply the full cover nails using the glue provided. They are also extremely easy to trim and file, although I opted to keep mine at their original length as they were already perfect for me.









  




After applying the false nails it was time to paint them. I chose a light pink
shade as it complimented my dress (the exact polish being Sinful Colours' "easy going"). In total, these nails lasted just over a week but I believe they could last a while longer with a little extra care.





I can 100%, whole-heartedly say that I have been converted to the false nail hype. I will most definitely be re-purchasing these false nails due to their simple instructions and low price. If anything, the only problem I have with the nails is that half of them are too big for my fingers... But with that being said I have often been called out on my small hands; being referred to as both Chipmunk and Elf-hands on several occasions. I would recommend these little-tips to anyone looking for a cute at home mani and would give them a rating of 8.5/10.



Do you have any favourite nail products?

xxx

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Messy Hair, Long Walks and a Picnic

Hello guys!

Earlier this week, a good friend and I spent a day in the park enjoying the beautiful weather we've recently been experiencing. Coming from England, a bit of sun is something we very rarely see... Meaning that when it does decide to come out and grace us with its warm beams of golden light, almost everyone can be found enjoying it. 
Usually, we would stay at home and watch movies or catch up on our favourite Youtubers weekly videos, but this Tuesday was different. With messy hair, bags full of food and a more than sufficient layer of sun-cream applied, we decided to venture out from the comforting coves that are our houses and head into the big wide world for our daily dose of Vitamin D.
(an example of the crazy nest that is my hair)

Upon reaching the  park, we sat on the grassy floor where we soon began tucking into our picnic. It's funny how enjoyable something as simple as a picnic can be. It was nice to be able to soak up the atmosphere: children running around playing while their mothers looked slightly distressed, dog owners playing fetch with their pets and people like me, those who were just there to enjoy their time and relax in the sun. 























Strawberries, Granny Smith apples, sandwiches, Doritos and chocolate chip cookies adorned our picnic area as we began devouring our "feast" of goodies! There's something about enjoying food out in the open that's extremely refreshing. I know personally I spend a lot of time indoors and on the internet and it's moments like these that bring me to the realisation that there's a whole world out there waiting to be appreciated (cue soppy music).




On a less serious note, I cannot wait to get stuck into some really exciting things this Summer and I am eager to bring you along with me! This was definitely my best day of the week so far... 

What was yours?







Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Introductions and first impressions

Well hello! I guess I better start with a simple introduction: my name is Emily and I'm from the U.K. For a long while I have wanted to start a blog, but there always seemed to be something that needed doing or a task that needed finishing. As Summer is quickly approaching, I figured now would be the best time to take the plunge (if nothing else, I'll definitely have a lot more time on my hands!).
If I had to give this blog a label, I think I'd call it a 'Lifestyle blog'... It's going to be a little bit of everything! 
I cannot wait to begin blogging properly and hopefully one day create a blog that can be enjoyed by many...

Let the adventure, begin!