Monday, February 27, 2017

OOTD | Reflecting By The Sea

Jeans - Topshop
Shirt - Asos
Converse - Office

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I really am happiest by the sea, and probably the main reason that Plymouth will always have a hold over me. This is my favourite spot to sit, reflect and think about life in Plymouth. It's even beautiful on the moodiest of sea days, even after that gal Doris had swept through the city.

After the most manic and stressful 2 months, I did a bit of reflecting by the sea on Saturday morning. The gentle lapping waves make it easy to clear my mind, even for all but a little while, and to think forwards to the future. I have big plans for 2017, and although the first 2 months have felt like a bit of a roller coaster, you don't get flowers without rain, right?

The evenings are getting lighter, I'm finishing work to daylight which makes a huge difference, and I didn't even have to wear a coat for these outfit pictures, what a dramatic difference to the last lot of photos I took where I almost froze to death in a blouse! I did  layer up with this cosy Animal jumper though, who knew Animal did high street style too? I still always think of them as the surfy shop, it's the perfect jumper for lounging around in in the house too! There really is nothing better then getting home and jumping into your slouchy clothes in the space of 10 seconds, it really is the small things in life that make us the happiest, and make every struggle along the way worth it!

What do you think of this outfit? 

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Shoes Wishlist


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The best bit about the spring? Obv, the cute little pastel loafers, anything floral, and cute little ankle boots that aren't ruined by a pair of Primark tights that have seen better days (and mine certainly have, it's one of those things I can just never be bothered to buy, y'know?). As the lighter evenings are on the way, YAY - this does mean people can now see how my makeup has literally melted off my face as I leave the office, BUT it does mean that it's the perfect excuse to splash out on some new shoes to bring a smile to my face, did someone say payday is next week?...

Like always, I am a magpie to anything pastel coloured and fluffy, as well as pretty cute loafers. Loafers seems to be a BIG thing this year, almost as big as those pop pom covered sandals that literally everyone had last summer. They're super comfy too which is always a winner, and they seem to be available in every colour and embellishment that you could think of. I'm a huge fan of these pineapple loafers from Boohoo, so dreamy!

I've also had my eye on a few pairs of sturdy ankle boots that are perfect for that in between weather when you don't know whether it's going to rain or be 30 degrees melting heat. Brantano have a great selection of ladies ankle boots that are stylish and practical - and I definitely need to add some practical shoes to my collection, once and for all. You may recognise these amazing Rocket Dog Aztec Boots from an outfit post that I did last year, they really are the ultimate boots for festivals, they look great and they're waterproof too! 

So if these 9 pairs of ultra swoon worthy shoes could land on my doorstep in the next week that would be great! Roll on Spring...

What do you think of my picks? Are you a fan of the loafer trend? 

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

11 Things You'll Only Know If You're A Bloggers Boyfriend

Oh, to be a bloggers boyfriend. Let's face it, there is a clear distinction between the daily habits of a blogger compared to non-blogger girls. Vowing to ONLY eat at the most insta-friendly places and positioning your plates in a restaurant like a woman on a mission, to name just a couple. These 'habits' seem to heighten themselves even more when in the proximity of your partner - there's no holding back now. 

Besides from the free stuff that your boyfriend could only hope to have a share in, here are 11 things you'll only know if you're a bloggers boyfriend, from a boys perspective (heads up to James for sharing these (slightly embellished) enlightening facts about me..)

#1. She buys a Christmas Starbucks drink JUST for the cup, she doesn't even drink PSL's though?! And what even is a PSL? You don't even really have to like anything to be a blogger, jump on the cliche, take a picture and they're happy. Even if it does cost £10 and it gets chucked away or forced upon you.

#2. 'Have you liked my Instagram?' 'Have you favourited my tweets?' - 2 seconds after posting them. It becomes a daily chorus that echoes through the house every day, even when you do like it you're met with, 'yeh, but do you really like it? Like, really like it?'. 

#3. You HAVE to be her blogs no1 fan. You have to religiously read each blog, it doesn't matter if you've never worn a face mask or need styling tips for body shapes, you must read it, and enjoy it.

#4. You're tricked into breakfasts out and relaxing walks with having a camera shoved in your hand and having to take outfit pictures. You instantly become a clothes horse, being draped in coats, scarves and handbags that won't meet the cut. But the worst bit? People watching you, and when she says 'can you take a few more?', after the 100th picture.

#5. Contrary to what might come across on her social media feeds, she is jealous of other peoples blogs. No matter what time of the day it is, you have to be supportive of her blog and reassure her that her blog really is better than everyone else's.

#6. She constantly asks for new ideas for blog posts, but with every response you're met by 'no I don't like it' or 'I've already done that before'. Regardless to this, she'll still ask you the same thing every week, sigh.

#7. The time between your food arriving at the table in the restaurant between the time you get to eat it is a grey area. She has to arrange the plates and cups before pictures, and whatever you do, make sure your arms are out of the shot as you wont hear the end of it. YES the food will be cold afterwards, but if pictures aren't taken, did it really happen? 

#8. How soon is too soon to zone out when they start speaking about their blogger friends as if you know them. 'I don't care if I've never even met them, Sally has just posted an Insta with the most babein shoes, and OMG she's been nominated for the Glamour awards eeek!!!'.

#9. She's constantly on her phone, but as soon as it's put away she says 'why are you always on your phone?', before you can answer she says that it doesn't count when shes always on her phone as it is practically 'work related' - even if that is checking your Insta likes every 10 seconds...

#10. You never have any pictures together and you'll always struggle to find a picture of the two of you that's not older than 3 years. You're beat to the post on Instagram with pictures of tea, cake, lush bath bombs and shoes. You start to think that you're the third wheel in the relationship.

#11. 3 different delivery drivers turning up to the door at once with 'free stuff' for the blog is common practice. You only wish there was ever something half decent that you could enjoy too, nail polish and high heels never is so appealing.

P.S. (from the bloggers perspective) You'll also really struggle to find pictures with your bf on your phone as the rest of your phone storage is taken up of cafe shots, lush bath bombs and selfies, am I right? <3

Do any of these sound familiar?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OOTD | Is It Spring Yet?

Blouse - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Coat* - Boohoo
Pink Loafers - River Island
Clutch Bag - Topshop

Okay, so I very nearly lost 8 fingers to frost bite on Saturday morning when I stupidly chose to shoot some outfit pictures. Turns out this weather isn't really designed for backless loafers and thin blouses, but will I ever learn? Probably not, but in all seriousness, I really didn't enjoy shooting these, it was freezing and I kinda prefer having my health than some content for the blog. So I may suspend outfit posts just for a few weeks until it warms up, because I have plenty of other lifestyle posts that I can't wait to share with you!

But hey, I bought the first couple new pieces for my wardrobe since my spending ban began, so I naturally wanted to share with you just how god damn cute this polka dot blouse from Topshop is. It's very thin, but not see through and the frilled/ruffled sleeves are just divine. Not so great for wear when you're doing the washing up, but they look pretty great with black, white or light blue denim jeans so it's going to be a staple of mine transitioning into spring.

With every great outfit of mine, I'll always have to throw some kind of blush pink item into the mix & these baby pink suede/patent loafers remind me of my mules from Office and they're just all kinds of beautiful. If you like me LOVE pink, you're going to need these barbie esque shoes for the upcoming seasons, flat loafers are honestly the comfiest things ever, it's like wearing cosy slippers, except the fact that it's currently freezing and I couldn't feel my feet in these. So I think I'm going to sadly put these away for the next few weeks until it's warmer and when I want to start acting more like an adult and being sensible with my shoe choices. 

So fingers crossed for some sunshine and warmer weather, yes? The lighter mornings and evenings are already here which is such a blessing in disguise, I know we'll be wishing for next Christmas before we know it, but for now I'm just going to embrace this bitterly sweet cold weather and look forward to those summer days where wearing backless loafers and no socks is going to be a pleasant affair...

P.S. Happy Valentine's/Galentine's Day to you all, let me know if you have any plans, I hope you have a wonderful time whatever you get up to!! I'll be heading to work and wishing it's 5:30pm for the whole day (much like every day), the joys of being in a long distance relationship, eh?

What do you think of this outfit? How do you cope shooting outfit pictures in this weather?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Unboxing Plymouth & VLOG

When I was younger, I wanted everything BUT to live in Plymouth. My ambitions and goals for my future were far too big for such a small city, and I grew bored of doing the same things each weekend. I never appreciated the small things in life back then, we never do when we're young and are just dreaming about our next milestone. When we're 14 we want to be 16, we then want to be 18 and we then want to be at uni. Before you know it you're 30, up to your eyeballs in stress, have 10 dogs, one kid and you wish for nothing but to be young again. 

It wasn't until I'd spent 3 years away at Southampton and in Finland that I realised just how great Plymouth was. I'd worked out that living by the sea is possibly the greatest thing in the world, and sure London is great, but nothing beats the slower pace of life, listening to the waves hitting the shore and grabbing an ice cream by the sea, even on the rainiest and windiest day of the year. 

Just because I love Plymouth SO much, I teamed up with Watchshop to Unbox The City of Plymouth for the day, documenting it with a series of photos and a vlog. There is sooo many things to get up to in Plymouth, so I crammed together a few of my favourite places and things to do that should definitely be on your list to complete if you're ever in my home town <3
The first stop of the day was Mount Edgecumbe. This will forever be my favourite place to head to in Plymouth, with a 5 minute ferry trip from Stonehouse to Cornwall, it's like a secret escape from reality for the day, and I love it.
Despite being a favourite among many people, a lot still don't know about this little secret getaway in Plymouth. It costs £1.50 to get across, and there's plenty to do and explore when you get to Mount Edegcumbe.
Is there really a better sight to see on a Saturday morning? 
Once stepping off the ferry you're greeted by the most gorgeous gardens, The Orangery Cafe (perfect place to head for afternoon tea!), and plenty of paths for long walks. In the summer I love to walk the 6 mile round trip to Cawsand Beach, the coastal cottages are all but a dream, and there's nothing better than tucking into a picnic on the beach and a cheeky ice cream.
After a lovely morning at Mount Edgecumbe we caught the ferry back and walked over to Royal William Yard (only a 5 min walk away from where you catch the ferry). The RWY is probably my favourite place in Plymouth to grab some food and take in the views, again, it's by the sea so of course I'm gong to love it. 

There is so many yummy food places to choose from, but we only fancied a snack and Seco Lounge was perfect for this. Anywhere that does marmite on toast is a winner in my eyes though, we'd already decided we would save ourselves for a sweet treat from our favourite bakery on the Barbican too!
My favourite spot in Royal William Yard, with views like that on a sunny day you could be anywhere else in the world.
We then walked down to the Barbican which took about 15 minutes from RWY, once you're in the centre of Plymouth everything really is within walking distance. There's no denying that I love the cobbled streets of the Barbican, besides the fact that it's the perfect backdrop for outfit pictures! I love the winding streets, cobbled lanes and quirky shops and cafes. We stopped off at Jacka Bakery which is the oldest working bakery in the UK for some sweet treats. I love it so much that it made it into my 10 of the best places for breakfast in Plymouth post!
Full to the brim of flapjacks and pastries, we slowly made our way up to The Hoe. The Barbican and The Hoe go hand in hand, and is what lends Plymouth the name of Ocean City. If you're just looking for some sea views and a leisurely walk The Hoe is the place to be. Being by the sea always help to restore a sense of calm in me and ever since I swam the breakwater last year I can't help but walk past in excitement, point and utter 'did I really swim that far?'. I'll probably still be telling my grandchildren about this when I'm 90.

Once we made it to the top of the hoe we coincidentally bumped into my friend Ben who had his shiny VW camper van with him, isn't it beautiful?! It's hard not to raise a smile when you see this trundling along by the sea front, I personally can't wait to head to the seaside in it in the summer and eat fish and chips from inside whilst watching the waves roll in!
After waving goodbye we headed to our final location for the day, Smeatons Tower! For me, this is the iconic landmark of Plymouth, and a must visit! I honestly couldn't remember the last time I went up the lighthouse so I was excited to refresh my memory of it. It costs £3 to go to the top and the spectacular views are 100% worth it! If you don't mind a lot of narrow stairs, it's definitely worth the climb. It was a great way to end the day in one of my favourite places in Plymouth, looking out over a city that I'll probably always call home, and I'm totally okay with that.
As you can see, there wasn't really any part of my day that didn't involve the sea, but it is the Ocean City of the UK, and as long as I'm by the sea I know everything's going to be okay. Plymouth might not be perfect, but it is to me and I'll just simply never tire of living so close to the sea!

Take a peep at the full vlog below to see what I got up to on my touristy day in Plymouth! I'm still fairly new to the vlog scene, but I love making them and want to do more like this in the future, so please let me know what you think and also subscribe if you want to keep an eye out for my future vlogs!

Would you like to visit Plymouth? What's your favourite thing to do in Plymouth? How would you spend 24 hours in your own city?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

12 Things Every Girl Thinks At A Football Match

I hate football. I may even go as far as saying I loathe it. I personally blame my Dad for this who watches it every Sunday night when I choose to have dinner. Even I can't crunch over the droning sound of the TV. I still can't get the obsession with people who are essentially kicking one ball from one side to the other, such madness, eh?

But as society dictates, if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend the likelihood is that they'll either love football or rugby. So I thought maybe it was time I stopped battling football and actually gave watching a real life game a proper chance. 

So on Saturday I got the tube to Seven Sisters and was sucked into the stadium of White Hart Lane, I didn't know what to expect but I'm one for trying new things this year so went in with an open mind. It's fair to say that these 12 thoughts at my first premiership football match were obvious.

#1. A football ground is the only place in the whole existence of the earth where roles are reversed. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: You DON'T have to queue to use the toilet, and there's loads of them, what sweet hell is this?

#2. EVERY spectator is basically the football manager for said club. "PASS IT" "SHOOT" "He's done nothing this match" "Shouldn't be on £100k a week for that performance", etc.

#3. No sentence uttered within the stadium can be constructed without a swear word. Won't work. 

#4. When everyone sits forward this means 'a goal could happen', head in hands - not so good, and.. repeat.

#5. You feel like a sardine crammed into a tin in your seat. They'll be at least 5 occasions that your neighbour almost takes your eye out with their elbow too.

#6. You may feel like a rabbit in headlights as there is SO many people, so many men. It's like a secret club that no one talks about, and should I really be here?

#7. People treat the snack situation like the cinema. Eating sweets and munching on hot dogs between goals is a REAL thing, and I like it.

#8. This is not the place for high heels and skimpy outfits. Not being able to feel your feet and hands after an hour is common practice. But I'm not ready to surrender to the sweaty, nylon football top trend just yet.

#9. You're completely mesmerised by the 'boxes'. What celebs are sat in there? What are they talking about? And WHY IS MY BF NOT A PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER?

#10. Watching football in the flesh is like watching an amateur game of year 10's playing football. How can it be so different?

#11. The fans clap at everything. Pass the ball to a team mate? Clap. Stop the ball from going offside? Clap. Happy to just be there? Clap. Prem footballer looking great in those under amour trousers? Yes, I'll bloody clap at that.

#12. You can't help but feel all those hours of moaning about football weren't worth it. But we'll never admit defeat, and we may even come to a match again...

Can you relate to any of these?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#FeelGoodFebruary - A little Bit of Good In Every Day

How is it February already? The way life is currently going it will probably be April by the time I finish writing this post. February for me is the month that everything starts going the right way, with lighter mornings and evenings, and hopefully warmer days. January is always quite a miserable and dreary month after having a lovely Christmas and NYE. So reaching February is like that light at the end of the tunnel, and the realisation that you know everything is going to be okay.

With what I hope is going to be another motivational and inspirational month for me, I'm wanting to work on yet another small new years resolution of mine which is to go out of my way and be kind to a person or stranger at least once a week. I wanted to make time for those less fortunate or those that needed a helping hand more this year.

I'm such a firm believer that what goes around comes around, so by doing good for others, kindness really will come back and help you out too. Besides the fact that in doing so it makes you feel a lot more content and happier as a person. I always do try to be as kind to others anyway, but in the past I've felt let down with society and in situations where others have not shown their appreciation for my efforts or have been rude (friends and strangers alike) which always leads me to thinking why do I bother? 

I want to get out of this mindset this year, and however stressed or let down I feel I want to forget that, not hold grudges and simply, let it go. Life is too short to be hung up on silly things, so here's to hoping I can spread or sprinkle a lot of happiness this year.

My goal for February? To simply do something nice for others each day. It doesn't have to be anything massive, whether that's holding a door open for someone or stopping to let someone cross the road when it's pouring with rain. I've set myself this challenge and I'm going to be recording every little thing I do during the month which I can reflect on in March and share on my blog. 

It will force me to find a little bit of good in every day even if I've had the Monday from hell or feel like curling up and shutting myself off from the world (y'know those days that you just hate everyone and everything?). This is something that I often forget when I'm stressed at work during the week or focus on worrying about silly, insignificant things.

I think it's going to be another enlightening challenge of mine, (I learnt so much from my social media detox) and it will hopefully lead me further on my path of finding self love - one of my ultimate goals for 2017.

After reading a lot of other bloggers new years resolutions, quite a few also shared a similar goal to me, in to simply be nicer to others which I think is the first step in finding self love, and being happy with yourself as a person. So I challenge all of you to take part in #FeelGoodFebruary too and try to do something good each day, however little. 

Spreading a little bit of kindness doesn't take much time, but it could totally make someone's day.

What do you think? Will you be joining me?

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