Spring Wishlist

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

I wanted to do a Spring Wishlist post, but this has ended up just being a Topshop and Miss Selfridge wishlist instead. I started looking at their websites for some ideas and fell in love with so many of their clothes that I didn't look elsewhere otherwise this post would have gone on for ages, so apologies for the lack of variety in shops - blame Topshop and Miss Selfridge for having such nice clothes in!

Over the last couple of years, I've not really worn jeans, instead preferring to wear skirts. However, I bought a pair of black ripped knee jeans from Topshop a couple of weeks ago (see my What I'm Wearing | Spring OOTD) and haven't stopped wearing them since. Now I want a dark denim pair too!

I've been seeing a lot of girls wearing bomber jackets lately. I'm not too sure if I'm 'cool enough' to pull it off, but I think it would be perfect for the cooler Spring nights. 

I saw this dress on the Topshop website and instantly fell in love. I want it soo badly! I love this style of dress as I find it really flattering for my figure - I think it'll be a pay day treat.

I was in Topshop a few weeks ago and spotted this dress, it's so gorgeous and again, the skater dress style is one that I love.

I'm not sure if I'd ever be able to pull these shorts off (short stubby leg problems), but I think they're so super cute. A girl can dream, right?
Last year, Topshop had some similar tops to this in and I loved them so much, but never got round to getting one, maybe this year I'll treat myself to this one.
I'm loving all of the crochet around at the moment, I think this is one for when it's slightly warmer, but I can see it being perfect for festival season!

This top instantly caught my eye on the Miss Selfridge website, it's such a gorgeous colour and the crochet trim and back is so cute. It's definitely one that you could dress up or down.
I absolutely love these trousers! I have a similar patterned pair from Topshop and they're ideal for Spring! 

I recently bought a pair of black plimsolls from New Look and have since worn them constantly. However, when we had that mini heat wave a few weeks ago, my feet got really hot in them. I think these shoes would be a great alternative because I'm not prepared to fully commit to sandals in Spring.  

What are you loving this Spring?

Sudocrem - The Best Skincare Product?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

We've had a pot of Sudocrem in the house for as long as I can remember, any rash, cut or sore, mum would suggest using a bit of Sudocrem to help make it better. Although I'm not a mum myself, having spoken to many, they wouldn't dream of leaving the house without a pot of Sudocrem in their baby's changing bag. There's no questioning that having been around for years, it does what it says on the tin, an 'Antiseptic Healing Cream' recommended for use on nappy rash, eczama and surface wounds. However, being a thick consistency, I would never have dreamt of using it on my face, until a few months ago.

I'm very lucky with my skin, although I went through 'the spotty stage' whilst I was a teenager, as I've grown out of my teenage years, my skin has cleared up a great deal. However, there's no escaping the odd spot, especially around that time of the month, when my skin does start to become a bit more oily, blemished and I suffer from a break out. It always resulted in lots of concealer to help cover it up, without actually trying to get rid of the spot itself. Whilst at university, one of my friends swore by Sudocrem for spots and would often send me snapchats of white patches all over her face where she'd applied Sudocrem. Since then, I thought it would be worth giving it a try, at £2.99 for a 125g pot from Boots, there wasn't much to lose. Now I use it all the time! I apply a tiny amount to the affected area and if I'm going to bed, I won't rub it in completely, instead allowing it to soak in throughout the night. However, if I apply it in the morning, I make sure I rub it in well! There is no doubt about how effective this underrated product is for spots, I wish I knew about its use whilst in my teens.It really reduces the size of the spot, helps bring it to a head and helps to clear it up and I would recommend it for anyone struggling with acne. Also, I have heard of people using it as a face mask, but I'm still reluctant to apply a large amount to my face as it is rather thick - perhaps I'll give it a try one day.

Have you used Sudocrem for spots? Or do you have any good ideas for helping to clear up spots?

What I'm Wearing | Spring OOTD

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Leather Jacket - Miss Selfridge
Top - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - New Look
Necklace - Primark
Rings - H&M
Earrings - Vintage

The last couple of weeks have given us a glimpse of some more Spring-like weather and so I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Spring OOTD. However, on the day that I had planned to do the shoot for this post, it was a rather grey and windy day, so apologies for the 'windswept' photos, but you get the idea of the sort of thing I'd wear at this time of year. I recently invested in a pair of black 'ripped knee' jeans from Topshop as I thought they would be the perfect staple for Spring. Whilst they still keep me warm for when it's slightly cooler in this unpredictable English weather, they are not too heavy for those rare days of sunshine. I teamed it with this gorgeous crop top also from Tophsop. I've seen a lot of stripes and crochet/lace around at the moment and this top is no exception. It's nice and light for this time of year and I can see it being a big favourite of mine in the Summer too. I wore my leather jacket from Miss Selfridge as it's perfect for keeping me warm on the cooler days of Spring and completed my look with these plimsolls from New Look. Whilst I'm not always a fan of New Look, they have a gorgeous range of shoes in at the moment and so I couldn't resit it when I saw these slip on Plimsolls. 

What will you be wearing this Spring? 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Firstly, sorry for the lack of posts lately, with term coming to an end, I had three pieces of coursework to write whilst conducting lab sessions for my dissertation so time and creativity was very limited. Anyway, as the term is pretty much over now, hopefully I'll be back with one, if not two posts a week. Secondly, I am honoured and delighted to have been nominated for 'The Versatile Blogger Award' by the lovely Gillie Jayne, thank you very much Gillie - my first ever nomination.

The Rules 
1./Thank the person who nominated you 
2./Share 7 interesting facts about yourself 
3./Nominate 10 other bloggers 

Apologies in advance as my 'interesting' facts really aren't that interesting!

1./My date of birth is a palindrome (29/11/92).
2./I have never dyed/highlighted my hair. 
3./I have a first class honours degree in psychology. 
4./I have never broken a bone in my body (touch wood). 
5./I played the flute from the age of 9-18 and reached Grade 7. 
6./I was on a magic show on the Discovery Channel. 
7./I once flew a Glider.

(Apologies if you've already been nominated)
1./Samantha - In SAMazement
2./Kathryn - Kathryn's Cupcakes
3./Lucy - Sparkly Science
4./Jasmine - Magpie Jasmine
5./Hayley - Tea Party Beauty
6./Jessie - All Things Beautiful
7./Lucy - Dinosaur Dances
9./Chelsea - Through Chelsea's Eyes
10./Hope - Hopes Gone

None of my nominations are in order, I admire all of their blogs for different reasons. Thank you again Gillie for the nomination, I feel very privileged to have been chosen.

A Day Out To London

It's been ages since I've written 'A Day Out To...' post, which just shows how busy I've been lately! Despite living about 30 minutes away from Central London, I rarely spend much time there, however, during the Easter weekend, Emil came down to visit me and we thought we'd be tourists in London for the day. We started by climbing 'The Monument', which neither of us had done before, with 311 stairs, it was a great way to burn off all the Easter chocolate. However, all of the steps are worth it because once at the top, the views of London are beautiful; you can clearly see 'Tower Bridge', 'The Gherkin' and 'The Shard' to name just a few. Afterwards, we walked around 'Borough Market' which is my favourite market ever, the smells of the food are incredible and we treated ourselves to a pulled pork baguette and I had a piece of Tiffin and Emil had a cookie the size of his head. After indulging ourselves, we hopped on the Tube and went to a new shopping centre called 'One New Change' in Cheapside. Ironically, a lot of the shops are high end and so I didn't end up doing much shopping, but the selling point of this centre is the views from the roof. A few bars/restaurants are based on the roof and being right next to St Paul's, you get a lovely view of this iconic cathedral as well as other famous monuments in London. Next we got back on the Tube and went to the BoxPark pop-up mall in Shoreditch which had loads of interesting shops and so we spent ages looking around. Finally, we walked down Shoreditch high street and into Brick Lane where we had dinner in a really 'hipster' Mexican restaurant, but the food was delicious. I had such a lovely day, although it was very tiring, it was so nice to have a day where I didn't have to worry about work and could explore bits of London that I hadn't been to before.

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