Saturday, 30 April 2011

Weekly Love - Week 65

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+ My first attempt at blueberry pancakes. Did not turn out too badly methinks.

+ Though I may have thought all the hype was a bit much, watching the Royal Wedding made me feel proud to be British. And now I know what I want my wedding dress to look like! I also enjoyed the multiple occasions where I was able to sing the National Anthem. 


+ The really hot and sunny bank holiday weekend we enjoyed!


+ The latest episode of Hellcats. The ending. Oh my God. If you saw it you'll know what I mean! Too bad the actor who plays Julian is filming a pilot for another show...

+ Sarah Ashley talks about the stigma attached to fashion blogging.
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+ Taking photos of all the beautiful flowers that are bursting into bloom all around me. My mothers lilac smelt amazing!

+ Jessica Rose from Star Violet Beauty did an incredible Easter egg hunt around her blog this week (which I won!) - it really was fantastic, you must check out her blog!

+ Is eyeliner on your lower lash line dangerous? I'd never though about it, but when this article came up in my Bloglovin' feed I started to get worried!

+ Hotel Chocolate easter eggs.

+ Ashley is running this incredible blog project where you exchange packages of snacks and candy from your country with another blogger. It's called Yummy International, and I can't wait to get paired with someone!

+ Watching NBC's The Voice. I saw it advertised while I was flipping channels looking for The Vampire Diaries in my hotel room in California, and after one episode I'm already hooked! So much better than The X Factor and American idol, you must check it out! And, no, I'm not just watching it because Adam Levine is in it! Seriously, so addictive I found myself shouting at the judges on the screen at one point! 
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+ Logging into and cleaning up my Buzznet page - god I have not been on that site for so long!

+ Lucy Hale talks about makeup and Pretty Little Liars over at Nylon. God I love that girl! 

+ California by Phantom Planet and anything by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

+ Sneaking into the ruins and sitting there talking in the dark for hours. 


+ Watching The O.C. Why did I never watch this show when it was on?

+ Meredith gives a first hand account of the effect of the storms and tornadoes in Alabama. You really must read his post - it made me cry for the plight of all the people who have suffered and lost their lives both in Alabama and in her hometown. 


What have you been enjoying this week?

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Product Review: Covergirl Makeup

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I tried the Outlast Lip Stain pen, the Liquiline Blast eyeliner and the Smoky Shadow Blast eyeshadow dual end crayon. 
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First up is the Smoky Shadow Blast stick I have been lusting after ever since I saw it a few months ago in Nylon Magazine, and the main Covergirl product I wanted to pick up in the States. This was mainly because of the amazing eye makeup Drew Barrymore is wearing in the advert, but the idea that you can get two eyeshadow cream colours in a crayon like stick is pretty useful too!
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They give really good coverage, and are really, really easy to apply. The colour also stays really well. The only downside is that, as with most cream eyeshadows down the cheaper end of the spectrum pigment gets trapped in the crease after you've been wearing it for a while. It was not actually that hard to recreate the makeup in the advert when I paired this with the matching eyeliner. I will most certainly be picking some more of these up in different colors next time I'm in America!
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Next is the matching eyeliner I picked up a few days after falling in love with the eyeshadow. I'm really big on anything purple, especially around the eyes (I'm totally in love with my plum Benefit mascara) so this seemed like the perfect eyeliner for me!
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It is a little bit grainy, and not as easy to apply around the eyes as it is on the back of the hand, but it is what is to be expected from a drug store eyeliner (though the ones by Rimmel are amazing!). With a little bit of patience is does the job and looks fantastic. I like how it has a lot of brown pigment in it so it blends in with your everyday makeup. As for the smudge stick on the end, with the eyeliner it is very very hard to achieve the effect around the eyes so I think it may be redundant. 
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I first tired a Covergirl Outlast Lipstick pen last year when I was doing my makeup at Kokopelli Blu's house when we were getting ready to go out for the evening and I fell in love with it - the colour stayed on for so long! 
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I must say, I picked out one of the darker shades but the colour is still a bit too bright for me. However, it is really easy to apply and while is is still wet you can wipe a bit off for the lighter finish. It lasts for ages, but is really hard to get off. Even the last remnants can not be removed with a lip scrub - this can be either a pro or a con depending on which way you look at it! It also has a nice sweet but subtle taste and smell. 

Have you tried any Covergirl products? Which would you recommend? 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

DIY Colour Block Wedges

I'm not usually on for trying to dress 'on trend', but one of the trends for this summer I actually really like and I want to embrace is colour blocking. Problem is, my wardrobe revolves around the colour black, and I don't really own any bright clothing!

The only way around this I can think of of adding some colour to my wardrobe without spending any money at the moment is through DIY. 
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I decided to revamp an old pair of wedges (something else which is bang on trend at the moment!) by giving them a really bright block colour heel. 
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I was wearing these shoes when I went to see The Pretty Reckless last year and I must have caught them on something as some of the heel material had lifted off. I had only worn these shoes a few times, but I could not work out how to repair them so I had not thrown them away. I'm using an old pair of shoes, but you can follow the tutorial with a cheap pair of new shoes if you don't have anything suitable that has been kicked to the back of your wardrobe. 
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First you need to protect the material around where you will be painting from any stray paint. Making a line with the edges of pieces of tape will also help you achieve a cleaner line. Try and use either masking tape or the least sticky tape as possible so you won't damage or pull the material the upper of your shoe is made of when it is time to pull the tape off later. 
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Depending on the pigment of the acrylic and what colour you are using you'll need anything between 3-6  layers of paint, waiting for the paint to dry between coats. I used 5 coats. 
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Carefully remove the tape. If you've gone over the edge somewhere, or you lines need a bit of tidying up, and you're using a pair of suede shoes, mistakes can easily be corrected with a sharp craft knife and a lot of patience by scraping gently and running the blade along the join between wedge and material upper. 
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And voila! What do you think? I'm hoping they will feature in an outfit post very soon!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Outfit Post: You Really Got Me Bad

I know I have not done an outfit post for absoltuly ages, so I though I'd show you some of my new favourite accessories I wore to the hairdressers the other day!
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Hat - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - Accessorize
Slouchy Tee - H&M
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Black Skinny Jeans - French Connection
Bag - Longchamps
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Wedges - Jaeger

What is your favourite, most recent purchase?



Friday, 22 April 2011

Weekly Love - Week 64

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+ Baking a Chocolate and Raspberry torte for my Dad's 50th birthday. I was so happy with the way it turned out, and it tasted great too!

+ My friend Catharine has a fantastic new blog called Polaroid Daydreams!

+ Making American pancakes for the first time and eating them with bacon and syrup.

+ I now have a Chictopia account, if anyone prefers it to Lookbook (I still have one of those too!)

+ Essie Weingarten talks about how she names her nail polishes.
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+ Shopping at Bluewater - I have not been for ages! Great purchase from Kurt Geiger, Jaeger, Urban Outfitters (this hat) and Lush!

+ All new Gossip Girl and 90210. Yes, summer is here!

+ I have been starting to clear out my rooms at home and getting rid of stuff I don't want anymore, so I've opened up a blog store! I'll ship anywhere in the UK and all prices include postage and packing. Currently in the store there is some stuff from Paul & Joe Sister, Urban Decay and Hermes!

+ Checking out the new Jack Wills in Canterbury - I absolutely love the decor!

+ Sofia has written a brilliant 'Blogging 101' post - better than most of the posts of the same topic I have read out there!
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+ Unlimited TV marathons after I've been studying all day. God I love The Mentalist.

+ The first BBQ of the season!

+ 5 reasons why fashion bloggers should join Tumblr. You can check out my Tumblr if you want!

+ Driving out to a country pub for a drink and an amazing pub meal.

+ Doing lengths in the pool every day.


What have you all been enjoying this week?

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Summerfield Garden Centre

The other day I went back to my childhood and went to our local garden centre to choose plants with my Mother for all the empty plant pots on our patio - something we used to do together in the Spring and Summer all the time when I lived at home. 
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It was a beautiful day so I decided to take along my camera. Walking through the plant pot filled gardens and the giant greenhouse I felt so nostalgic!
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I have an obsessive thing for all things that are purple, so I fell in love with these beautiful bright flowers just by the entrance. It was a real shame that they were not exactly the thing we were looking for! 
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I really loved the idea of these mushroom garden ornaments. They also came in polished metal, but I liked the bright colours. They were basically ceramic stalks stuck the the pots, and with hollow fungi shaped suspended above - is that very impressive, or am I just easily impressed.
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Cute ceramic cat with brightly coloured flowers growing on its back. Need I say more?
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Somehow, as I fell in love with so many pretty flowers with such bright colours, we ended up going for a black, dark purple and white colour scheme. I blame the black petunia's reminding me of Harry Potter. 
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My very fashionable mother had been out that morning before we went to the gardening centre so she was all dressed up smartly. No diffrent from how she usually dresses, but it seemed like an odd contrast to see her in her high heels dressed like something out of a slightly more casual version of Face Hunter wondering around the garden centre picking up plants. 
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Finally, I knew she'd say no, but I was still rather disappointed that she would not let me fill our garden with meercats, even if, looking nothing like Alexander Orlov they still managed to look absolutely adorable! 

When was the last time you wondered around a garden centre, or just spent some quality time with your mother?

Monday, 18 April 2011

Thank You French Connection

About a month ago in French Connection I bought the most comfortable and stretchy pair of skinny jeans I have ever owned. I wore them all the time, and they were amazing as something to just wear everywhere when I traveled to and around California. However, while I was stocking up on Clinique skincare in Duty Free at San Fransisco International the button at the top of the jeans ripped and popped off, past repair. I was very lucky that I was wearing a very long tee shirt as, having already checked my luggage I had to wear undone jeans for the 14 hours until I had touched down in London and traveled home. Now, I would usually think this was my fault if I was trying to squeeze myself into a tiny pair of jeans, but I got them a size too big so they'd be comfortable! 
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I was a mixture of upset and disappointed about this, because everything from French Connection is usually really great quality. A few days later, though I could not find the receipt I headed into French Connection in Canterbury, where I had bought them to complain. I did not expect much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I showed the girl at the desk what had happened, and the woman standing next to her (I think she was the manager) told me not to worry about the receipt - she actually remembered me going in and buying them last month - and asked me what size I wanted as they would replace them right away. Ten minutes later I walked out of the store with a replacement pair of jeans! 

So, everyone please go and show your local French Connection store some love for their exemplary customer service! 

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Weekly Love - Week 63

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+ Taking photos of the details of peoples outfits.

+ Truman Capote writes about Elizabeth Taylor in The Telegraph. She was incredible, and every time I read Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf her vivid portray of Martha plays magnificently in my mind. Truman Capote still is amazing.

+ If you make a purchase at Eyeko next week from the 18th to the 25th of April using the code E14972 you will receive a free Cherry Fat Balm!

+ Maroon 5 - I know I'm head over heels in love with them anyway, bit I'm enjoying their music more than usual this week!

+ Cupcake Couture has a post full of fantastic blogging resources!

+ Finding the perfect pair of new sunglasses almost the moment I stepped into Accessorize.

+ Gala Darlings interview with a pageant queen has changed my mind about beauty pageants.

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+ All of this sunshine we've been having. This is some of a beautiful white blossom we have here at home!

+ Why have I only just got a Lastfm account? You can check out my music here!

+ Maroon 5's video from the UK part of their world tour captures some of the energy of the show I enjoyed with Sherin in February!

+ Brothers & Sisters TV Marathons.

+ Shakespearean insult generator.

+ 10 Things About Your Blog That Drive Me Crazy (via @_amyct)

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+ I spend an afternoon our driving with my mother in the sunshine taking photos of the beautiful countryside, towns and villages we live near.

+ California.

+ In case anyone in the UK is interested in voting in the referendum, I've written a post over at my politics blog explaining the Alternative Vote.

+ Apart from the fact that I've always loved lipstick and I love makeup now, Susie Bubble's makeup and beauty journey was very similar to mine.

+ Gala Darling shares here first Trapeze lesson with us all! 

+ The new promo is out for the last 5 episodes of Gossip Girl. Excited does not even begin to sum it up for me!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Spring Giveaway Winner!

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Hi everyone, can I first say a big thank you to everyone who entered my Spring Giveaway - almost 100 entries! While I wish that you all could be winners, there could only be one. When Random.org spewed out the number I almost fell off of my chair when I found out who it was, so congratulations to my wonderful blogger friend...


Congratulations! I'll send you an email to sort out prize exchange details, and thank you again to everyone who entered! 

Sunday, 10 April 2011

San Francisco, April 2011

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So, as some of you may have noticed there have been some wonderful guest posters looking after my blog over the last week (thank you!), because I have been soaking up the sun and hitting the slopes in California! I only flew in from San Francisco yesterday afternoon, but as so many of you have been asking to see my photos from the trip (after sleeping all morning!) I've put this post together!
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I'd never flown a 10 hour flight before, and it was a killer, but I was lucky to be sitting near the window so I got some incredible views as we were passing over Greenland and Canada! I watched The Social Network, Black Swan and Burlesque during the flight, all incredible films I'd wanted to see for ages!
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Once we had checked into our hotel we walked to Pier 39 for dinner. It was a bit tourist orientated for my first ever snapshot of America, but the food was fantastic and it was fun to have a wonder around.
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The port was so beautiful, and I loved how warm everything was! You can see the island with the old high secutiry prison on Alcatraz island in the background - I visited it the next day. 
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Sorry that this photo is a bit blurry, we were not really supposed to take photos in the store but I just had to show it to you! This is a picture of some of the Halloween decorations in the Holiday Shop, a shop full of Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and decorations for every other holiday in-between, open all year long. Absolutely mental. Only in America. 
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The next day we had breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39. This made me very happy because it meant that I was able to get a San Francisco Hard Rock tee shirt!
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The breakfast was absolutely incredible - bacon with syrup and cinnamon french toast - amazing! The eggs and orange juice were also really great too! 
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They opened up especially for us, so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves! I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the background music - it was like listening to a hybrid of my and my Dad's iPods!
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It was incredible how much rock history there was littering the walls, it was like the very best type of museum! I spent ages just gazing at the stuff that littered the walls... 
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My friend Amy took this photo of me on the boat out to Alcatraz island, it was so beautiful and sunny! It looks a bit windswept here, but I have found the best hair product ever. It is not available everywhere. The water in California is incredible, all of us notices how glossy and silky and free from fly aways out hair was, even after the first time we washed it with our regular shampoo! 
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This is the view of Alcatraz you get as you approach it. Its fine for it to look that grim as a high security prison, but the guards families, including children also lived on the island until it closed on 21st March 1963 - what a horrible place to live! 
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This was one of the nicer cells. 
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However, the view from the island was absolutely stunning. This was my first ever sighting of the famous Golden Gate bridge. 
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This is what San Francisco looked like from Alcatraz.
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After Alcatraz we took a tram up into Union Square. I was shocked that on the way up I could see a Starbucks literally every block. I had another o-m-g moment when I saw people caring the new extra large size, but that was nothing compared to when I discovered that outside the city Starbucks was a 24h drive thu affair!
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As a dedicated follower of all things Apple (my Blackberry being my only sin) I had to take a photo of the incredible temple store!
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While I saw loads but did not manage to get a photo of a yellow school bus, I also loved how different their fire trucks are!
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I think the funniest thing I saw in San Francisco was while we were waiting to get on the famous cable car. I study American politics, so in reading the constitution I know all about freedom of assembly, of speech, religion and expression, but I had never seen it first hand. We were heckled by one of the rudest, most outrageous but the funniest Christian street missionary protest outside Forever 21. I had never seen anything like it. You would never see anything like it in England. 
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My friend Alex has his arm around his girlfriend, and he was yelled and condemned to hell for being an adulterer. This slogan was also on their baseball caps. 
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I took this photo from the famous cable car, it took me a while to get used to the fact that all the streets are in 'blocks' in America, but I do quite like it I think. 
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I was so excited to find you can get Wonka Candy in the USA. I used to LOVE Nerds as a kid, and I was so upset when they stopped selling them in the UK! 
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After the cable car we took a road trip up to out ski resort in the mountains. On the way we stopped for dinner at Taco Bell. Now, we only have one of these (I think) in the UK, and its about 2 hours drive away. My friend Tristan has been trying to get me to learn to drive for ages so I can take him, but not yet. So when I found out were were stopping at Taco Bell I felt very smug. 
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The chicken soft taco I had was really good, and we all filled up on unlimited Mountain Dew soda. That stuff tastes amazing, even if there is over 300g of sugar per litre! 
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This was the view over Lake Tahoe from our hotel room. So beautiful - but it took me quite a while to get used to the idea that there was snow on the beach! 
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I took this photo as we where heading back into San Francisco. You know that Phantom Planet song, 'California' with the lyric 'Driving down the 101'? That is why I wanted a photo of one of the 101 signs! 
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I took lots of artsy shots of the American flag during the trip. This one was my best one, taken at the viewing area of the Golden Gate Bridge! 
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And here is me in front of the Golden Gate Bridge - thanks so much to my friend Briony for taking the photo! I'm wearing my battered old Topshop sunglasses I need to replace, and a slouchy striped tee by H&M. 
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The view of San Francisco from the Golden Gate viewing platform.
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When we got back to San Francisco I had a really nice Fishwich for lunch while everyone else had the famous clam chowder in sourdough bowls. 
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It is basically what you see in the picture, a sub with tasty olive oil infused coleslaw and a piece of battered Haddock, but I had a half one because of American portion sizes. And it was still huge!
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I just could not get over how beautiful the port was!
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And, finally, I just had to show you these two tees I snapped at Fisherman's Wharf - so funny!
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Has anyone else been to any other exotic locations recently, I'd love to see some links of photos!