Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Valentines Day Girls Night


So that time of year that people either loath or get all giddy for is nearly upon us. ok so we still have nearly a month or so but come on let's be honest we all have a little think about how we're going to spend it. Single or not I think it can really be a time to just get who ever you love together. Whether it be actually spending it with your other half or with friends or family or even just your pet dog. We all love someone and so why not spend this time to show them that extra love you all have stored away. (although don't worry I am a believer in showing someone you love them 365 days a year) I just like a reason to treat my nearest and dearest.

Usually Valentines day falls on the day of a football match and with sam being a season ticket holder for Brighton we know that means he cannot miss a game and I don't blame him. So I always turn to my girlfriends and the last few Valentines have been spent with them. Honestly it really is lovely to just get together have a girly natter and of course put those rom-coms on, wild child and the lucky one being favourites of mine.

Valentines day really doesn't have to be all of that mushiness that people see, what with the lacy underwear and the shaving and tanning and all of that. I don't have time for it. I want comfy underwear and a good slice of pizza so that's why for a night in I'd go for the sports style. A) you can't drop food down those kinds of bras that easily and B) they are just so damn comfortable! I mean can we just pause this whole valentines chat to talk about these two sets from Pretty Little Thing. Firstly, girls look no further, you know longer have to spend £40 on those Calvin Klein sets because Pretty Little Thing have created these gorgeous sets for a fraction of the price and also I kinda really love the fact that the side is just the elastic band and no material. I desperately want it in the Black and Charcoal too so keeping my eyes peeled for my size to come back in stock! Also, my velvet obsession is still growing strong. This time in the form of this gorgeous set. Look at the red colour! Talk about perfect for Valentines, the colour red but comfy, big tick in my box!

But if ultimate comfort isn't your style then I would also 100% opt for this gorgeous teddy. I mean we're all friends so what's a little see through teddy between girls. Plus I don't know about you guys but a teddy isn't just for the guys, or gals you want to 'impress' I feel so super pretty and cute in one and what better time of year to feel those and treat your self to a nice loungewear than the day full of love! 

So this year, expect me to be in my comfiest (or prettiest) underwear. My favourite girls by my side. A pizza, wine, candles, films and if the girls are lucky I may treat them to flowers because it's a good enough reason to treat someone you love! Then, I'll get to go home to Sam (let's hope his team win the game) and he get's treated to my pizza tummy (and probs pizza stained top) and I'll probably be a little tipsy and we're just have a good giggle while watching whatever we're currently binging on netflix together. Can you think of anything more perfect, I am already excited for Valentines day and I'm not even a big believer in the day, well I wasn't until now! Spread the love girlies (or guys) oh and don't forget to treat yourself at the same time too, because there is no better love then self love - in the form of new underwear!

How are you planning on spending your valentines? Do you even believe in the day?

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

My 2018 Reading List

Ever since I was little I have had a love for reading, I would ask for new books all the time and in any spare minute I got I would be found reading. Plenty of times I would have my mum shouting at me to hurry up because we would be leaving the house but I'd just have to finish the chapter I was on (I hate leaving any book half way through) I would consume anything and everything. When I was at primary school and we had our weekly visits to the library I would secretly be bursting inside with excitement at what I could find next (while trying to pretend not that interest like all my friends). But often like many, as I grew up my reading lessened and life got in the way. Last year I had to commute to London and Surrey for 9 months and so the reading went up and I'd be dying to finish my day at placement or university lesson just so I could get on that train and continue reading. But when I graduated my reading disappeared again. However, this year I plan to read a lot again. I want to make time to read at least a chapter a day. Ideally I'd love to read 12 books this year. Not a lot at all but very achievable. So I've put together a blog post on a few of the books I want to read during the first half of this year.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
First on my list is The Couple Next Door. Now I have heard so much about this book and thrillers are my absolute favourite to delve into, I get so sucked in with all the twists and turns. They really are gripping. This story is about a couple that go to a dinner party that the couple next door are hosting. The host as asked for the baby to be left behind, it's nothing personal she just can't stand when the baby cries. The husband persuades the wife it'll be fine as after all they only live next door and so with reluctance they head next door armed with the baby monitor and the promise they will take turns to check on the baby every half an hour. The baby was fine when checked on last, but as the couple race to the room their is a deathly silence and their worst fears have happened. The baby has gone. Will they ever find out what happened. I mean lets be honest we all have a feeling who the culprits might be, but with these kinds of stories their is always a massive twist and I can't wait to find out what it is!

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella
A complete polar opposite to the above, but I haven't read which is known as an 'easy' book in ages. That's not to say its worse than the other, an easy book is just one that makes you feel peaceful and it's all lighthearted. I love those as I feel you can just read and read and forget about the time. This tells the tale of a girl who lives in London, has a glamorous job and super cool instagram feed (sounds like the life many of us dream of) However, all is not as it seems and it talks about the behind the scenes of her instagram and how actually it's not so perfect. I feel it's going to be quite hilarious and something that all us instagrammers and bloggers should read as a little escape, I can't wait to have a giggle and probably a few "yes so relatable" moments.
The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Yes, I know this is essential a children's book, as I know many read it at school and while I read a lot I never read this series. So now the time has finally come after my friend Agnes has mentioned a few times I thought I'd do it. It's about a girl who lives among scholars at a college in oxford and has a animal daemon (not sure what that is just yet) However she has a destiny that has awaited her since birth and now that her friend is missing she must travel to place full of witch clans, armoured bears and stolen children. Now this isn't really my thing now days, but I can imagine younger me would have enjoyed it as I very much into my action/adventure books so I'll just have to channel my inner childhood for this book as I am not one to read one in a series and I'll have 2 others to read after (not yet purchased)

GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Now considering since the real birth of my blog in June (yes I know it shows I've blogged since 2013 I only ever really dabbled in it, but since really looking into it and diving into properly this year I state that June 2017 was really the start of me blogging) and so I've been all about trying to work hard and considering this book is all about a girl who dropped out of school and created the well known brand NastyGal I thought this would give me the big kick up the butt and inspire me through reading about her tales to work as hard as ever this year!
SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler
My sister I think read this while she was gallivanting in Australia last year and luckily bought it home with her. She mentioned that it is being turned into a tv series (so I know I have to read it). It's about a girl Tess who is 22, who has moved to New York and stumbles into a restaurant job we follow for a year as we see her experience the chaotic and privileged life of a back waiter, on and off duty. With two people alongside her, a young handsome bartender who she falls for and an older women who has murky, overpowering relationships with them both. We will see how these two relationships will be Tess's hardest lessons. It sounds like an interesting read and I can't wait to delve into it.

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
I've already her first book, The life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck and I loved it. I read it when I wasn't my happiest 2 years ago and it really put things into perspective and so when I saw this came out I knew I had to get it. Although I have seen a third is out called You Do You so I'm sure I'll be purchasing that too. But anyway, this book is for anyone who wants to do just as it says on the front cover. It talks about all the f*cks you should and need to help you leave your day job and travel the world and balancing work and fun which is all things we'd all love to do. It even helps you save money or get that get up and go to go to happy hour ever day if that's what you really want to do! I'm excited about this, as I am so up for taking my blog to the next level and I feel this will be quite eye opening.

The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
I have never actually read a book set in history. But this intrigued me. Mainly because it's a thriller so I think I can over look the time difference. This book is set in 1881 and starts with Pheobe Standbury standing in front of all her guests who have attended her engagement party, she is ready to join her husbands family and the polite society. But as she takes her fianćes hand someone steps out with a knife and stabs her to death. During the chaos that ascends the killer turns to the fianće and mouths "I promised I'd save you" Enough to suck you in right!? I just need to know why and who! I love a good thriller.

The Secret
I have read this before when I was lucky to find a copy online, but I feel to fully digest it and actually understand how to use the concept it needs to be digested a good few times. I have so many things I want to achieve this year and I want to channel the secret big time. Some people may think it's crazy, I know Sam did when I first tried to explain it all to him but I'm all for it. For those that haven't heard it's basically this power that we all have but many do not know about it and it's called the secret. Now if we learn to use it correctly we can channel so much happiness to every aspect of our lives - including relationships, health, money, anything we desire. It shares stories of many men and women who have used this power to create their world and bring joy to many aspects of their life. It really is powerful and eye opening and I recommend anyone to read it.

So these are what I'm starting with. Let me know if any of these interested. If you have read any and what you thought (no spoilers though!) and if you have any recommendations to what I need to add to my list please let me know! I want to read as many books as possible this year!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Why I Used To Struggle To Wear Dresses In Winter


Last year I stopped wearing dresses during autumn/winter due to not liking how I styled them. I just felt frumpy and just not great in all honesty. However, after months and months of wearing jeans and trousers I've become a little tired of it. Although jeans are my one true love I am always looking how to add a little something to my outfits and so when this dress appeared on my doorstep it gave me the challenge of styling a dress for winter again.

Now usually I just go for no tights (when it comes to shooting an outfit) because lets be honest we know that the majority of the time when bloggers shoot outfits with bare legs in winter they 90% of the time either wear the outfit just to shoot it or have tights ready to throw on after the outfit snaps have been taken. However I've been intrigued in the sheer look of tights and thought because it'd be wise to actually keep my legs warm, even if it's just a little I should start trying to style with tights for once and do you know what, I don't hate it. 

I think because usually in autumn/winter I go for black dresses my outfits tend to all look really dark and mash together too much as I am a girl with little colour in her wardrobe. But because the tights are sheer and you can pretty much see my skin through them it breaks up all the black. Then we have the dress from Tobi which of course is black. Another thing that I struggle with is floral prints. I love them, but can't ever find one that I love love. However this one appealed to me, I think because the print isn't too ditsy, nor too big and also not too colour. It doesn't catch my eye straight away and that's what I like about it. It also has a lovely button up detail which I think is a nice added extra to the dress.

I also layered with a jumper as I'm all about layering, or learning to layer should I say in the winter. I think a great way to style a dress is by just throwing a jumper on as it instantly turns it into a skirt. Then if you get too hot just take it off and ta-da a whole new outfit is created.

Lastly, I chose to style it with white converse as I thought A) it would compliment the white in the dress and B) the outfit would be all dark which is one thing that put me off wearing dresses in the first place and I think it just adds something to the whole outfit. 

 Also I know this photo is an odd one out, but how could I not add it! I just loved the background and also we were attempting to get our first twin shot, because why would you not use the fact you're a twin to create content?!