Ryvita with Ben De Lisi

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ryvita have always been one of my favourite healthy snacks and recently I've been trying to eat a little better so when this dropped through my letterbox it was a match made in heaven.
Currently, Ryvita are going through an exciting relaunch and they've teamed up with award winning fashion designer Ben De Lisi to give the iconic Ryvita tin a brand new make over.  The bright geometric design is so cool and eye catching and it has really spruced up my kitchen cupboard (as well as keeping my Ryvita gorgeously crunchy and fresh!).

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As well as the lovely tin I was also sent some Ryvita Fruit Crunch crispbreads, which to be honest I really didn't know what to expect. I'm a classic Dark Rye kind of girl with a little cottage cheese and ham on top so this fruit variety had me stumped. I topped them with a little Philadelphia and my gosh! So yum! Perfect for breakfast with some fruit or even for a mid morning snack. 
I love seeing classic brands moving with the times and giving themselves a modern update. The tin is limited edition and is £7.49. It's available now so if you want one, you better grab it now!  

*While I was sent this item free of charge all words and opinions are 100% my own.
 

This ain't no sham. I am what I am.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

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(Yes this is my bitchy resting face. I haven't posed for outfit photos for so long my face wasn't playing.)

Jacket - New Look
Vest - ASOS
Jeans - Matalan
Boots - New Look
Bag - Primark
Necklace - Ebay

I've had a little blogging break and I definately feel more refreshed because of it. I've seen a lot of bloggers posting recently about the pressures of blogging, not feeling good enough, not having good enough content....blah blah blah. I've felt a little like this myself. I don't know why really as I find the blogging community so lovely and welcoming but I guess if your heart's not in it what's the point in forcing it? I'm feeling ready to put myself back out there so here I am!
As you'll already know if you read my blog I'm getting married (wahhh!!!) so I've been wholeheartedly throwing myself into wedding planning. It's proving to actually be a lot tougher than I anticipated. Finding the right venue is tricky. This outfit is what I wore today to go and view a venue I was VERY excited about. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked through the door so it's looking likely that it's THE ONE. Watch this space to find out what we end up choosing!
Anyway, I digress! The weather wasn't great in Liverpool today so I threw on what feels like my uniform, dark skinnies and a vest with my leather jacket over my shoulders in case of rain. I added a necklace, my boots and a little bag and I was good to go! I feel very myself in jeans and I've been loving black recently. I must be regressing back to the emo days! 

Currently Coveting #20 Holiday Edition

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

holidays!

I feel like I've fallen off the earth the past month. I don't know where I've been! I think I'll blame work. Anyways, my summer holiday is approaching and I am beyond excited. As of today it is 25 days until I fly off to sunnier climes! I've been shopping around for little bits and pieces to go along with what I already have and there are so many beautiful items in the shops right now that I could go on forever but I've tried to restrain myself as much as I can. Some of these things I've already picked up and the others I think I'm going to have to get my hands on.

1. Playsuit - ASOS A playsuit is something I've never owned but always really wanted to try. I thought they couldn't possibly suit my shape but after seeing some other blogger babes rocking them it's made me want to be adventurous and try one out. A black bandeau is a fairly safe choice but it's versatile and it could be easily dressed up or down.

2. Swimsuit - George @ Asda Every girl needs a pretty swimsuit and this one is gorgeous. The shape is super flattering on most figures and the print is even more beautiful in real life. Also for £12 it's an absolute bargain.

3. Shorts - George @ Asda Shorts are another item of clothing I tend to stay away from but everyone needs shorts on holiday and the colour and print of these is really different to anything else I've seen. They're really light and perfect for hot weather.

4. Top - Forever 21 I am completely in love with this. I love the festival vibe of this top and it will be perfect with a pair of denim shorts or even jeans when it's warm here. 

5. Dress - Ebay I actually love white clothing but I'm such a clumsy person (I can't brush my teeth without getting toothpaste down my front. Sad but true) that I usually avoid them but for the bargain price of this dress it will be perfect for exploring when I'm on holiday. I'm intending to wear this with a kimono over my shoulders to cover up from the sun.

6. Cami - Dorothy Perkins I have more cami tops than I can count. They're such an easy piece that go with so many things and I want them in every colour. This bright neon yellow/green is stunning and will look fabulous with a tan.

7. Flipflops - Havianas These flipflops are the holy grail of flipflops and they're unbelievably comfortable. I usually hate plastic flipflops because that bit between the toes is torture but there's something magic about these ones and you don't have that problem. The bright orange colour is a lot of fun too, again these will look fab with a tan and a bright nail polish on the toes. 

8. Sandals - New Look I've seen a number of bloggers wearing these in New Look's Chasing Summer campaign and I just think they're so gorgeous. Sandals are perfect and the low chunky heel adds a dressy edge. These could be worn in the day or the night and they'll go with loads of different outfits. 

9. Kimono - Ebay I just love Ebay. This kimono costs £3.66. Yes £3.66! It's so beautiful and such a bargain price. I think I need one in every colour and pattern! This will work perfectly as a cover up over a swimsuit at the beach or for wandering round.

9. Bag - ASOS Mini duffle bags are my favourite kind of summer bag. I've got a similar style one from River Island but a girl can never have too many bags right? This has such a boho Ibiza vibe and I can it with with feather earrings and a floaty dress.

10. Necklace - Forever 21 As I've said before I love a statement necklace and while I'm sure I already have enough I really like the bold collar style of this one. It would look fab to dress up a bikini with a kimono or with a cami and shorts for drinks in the night time. I love this style over a plain tee at home too.

11. Bikini - Forever 21 Buying a bikini has been a big step for me. I'm fairly confident when it comes to clothing and I'll wear some things people may think are daring but when it comes to baring my body I'm not confident at all. This is high waisted which means I'm not showing much of my myself and I'm also staying in a private villa with the boys family which means I feel less shy but this is still a hurdle for me to get over. I love the hot pink shade and the beautiful vintage style shape. 

12. Shorts - Forever 21 Yes another pair of patterned shorts but I think they're so cute (& so cheap!) I couldn't say no! I'm seeing these with the neon cami and sandals for drinks at night and with an oversized tee for wandering about in the day. They've got a fab high waisted fit and they're made from a very soft and very comfortable material. Perfect holiday shorts!

So that's my round up of my favourite holiday pieces, some which I've already picked up and some I'm intending to get. I'll hopefully be able to get some outfit photos while I'm away to show you how I'm styling what I've got. 

This Love Is Be & End All

Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Jacket - ASOS
Tee - Topshop
Jeans - Matalan
Necklace - F21
Trainers - Dunlop

This probably isn't the best OOTD post I've ever done but it is the outfit I was wearing the day I got engaged! Looking back now I'm disappointed about the scruffy trainers and jeans but as far as I was aware I was going for a walk in the forrest and on the beach so I didn't expect to need my ball gown on!
I was eyeing up this boucle style jacket on Asos for ages before I nabbed it in the sale. It kept selling out in my size so when I saw it come back into stock it flew into my basket like the speed of light. It's a fab little jacket. It's a great shape, a lovely soft material and the neon colour is perfect for the S/S season. It looks great over a casual tee or with a more formal dress so it's definitely earned it's keep in my wardrobe. 
The printed tee is one I've had for years that I refuse to part with (same with the trainers to be honest), it's the perfect oversized fit and I like the unusual print. The necklace is a recent purchase and the colours are a match made in heaven. Gold and mint. Swoon. I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the necklaces in F21. I wanted at least one of each!  


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I just thought I'd share a couple of photos of our cheesy grins after getting engaged. We're a pair of happy chappies at the moment! 

I Belong With You, You Belong With Me, You're My Sweetheart

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Last Thursday I woke up thinking it was a normal day but I couldn't have been more wrong. Thursday was the day that I finally became engaged to my wonderful and loving boyfriend. He took me on a trip to the beach where he very inventively (&sneakily) hid a message in a bottle for me to find. Inside the bottle was a simple message 'will you marry me?'. He then got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring for me. I promptly burst into tears and of course said yes.
We've been together for 6 years and I honestly couldn't be happier right now. I wrote this super late while he was snoozing away next to me and I felt like I could burst into a million glittery pieces (yes I'm being super soppy and whatnot but humour me - I'm a little overwhelmed right now). I've been waiting for this for what seems like forever and I can't wait to become his wife. 
I'm going to marrying my best friend and what could be more perfect than that? I'm a wedding fanatic and we intend to get married in the not too distant future. Would you be interested in seeing some wedding-ey bits on the blog? I love seeing other peoples plans. 

Tanatomicals - the Holy Grail for the Deathly Pale instant + self tan mousse

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

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Tanatomicals instant + self tan moose Superdrug £6.99

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know I'm fake tan mad. Unfortunately I have that very pale skin that never ever tans (only burns sadly) so if I want a golden, sun kissed glow I must resort to getting it from a bottle. I appease myself by telling myself that at least I'm not at risk of skin cancer or wrinkles (I completely avoid the sun - sunblock is my best friend!). 
I actually came across this product during a rummage in TK Maxx and picked it up for £3.99 so if you live near one get down there and have a root! 
I've come across Anatomicals before but I've never actually tried any of their products. I'm not sure why as they're extremely reasonably priced and the quirky tongue in cheekness of the brand really pulls me in. I love the names of the products and I had to include all these photos just to show the funny little verses covering the packaging. When I came across the instant and self tan mousse I was immediately intrigued. 
My last experience with instant tanner was a bottle of Rimmel Sun Shimmer and I'm not going to lie it wasn't a pleasant experience but I decided it's time to give instant tan another go. Sometimes you may embark on an impromptu outing and you may need a tan for that. Instant tan is the way to do that. 
My first impression of the product was the absolutely amazing smell. It's exotic, coconutty, pina colada-y...just gorgeous. The mousse is incredibly smooth, easy to apply and blend using a self tanning mitt. You are left with a beautiful colour straight away so it's easy to see where you've already applied the tan and it also means you can be tanned and gorgeous straight away although it does develop a little more into a deep, rich colour. It doesn't streak at all and it only lasts until your next shower so you can avoid that horrible patchiness you can sometimes get with tan although it does leave behind a sheer tan on the skin. 
Another massive plus of this product is the lack of that biscuit/curry smell you are sometimes left with from tan. There's none of this what so ever so no one needs to know that you've actually haven't spent 2 weeks in the Bahamas and and that in fact you've been chilling somewhere wet and windy for the weekend.  
This product hasn't quite knocked Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan off it's top spot yet (read my review here) it does sit with it side by side in my dream tanning team.
While this is my first foray into Anatomicals products it definitely won't be my last. 

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Monday, 31 March 2014

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£5.99 - amazon.co.uk

I've never actually written a book review on the blog before but I'm a massive reader and often get through 2 books a week and when I love a book I just want to tell everybody about it. Books are one of my favourite things in life and I would choose them over the television, magazines and even the internet if I was made to make a choice. I love how a good book can transport you to a completely different place and make you feel so many different emotions just by the power of the written word. I love words. I am an English graduate and blogger so I'm sure that's pretty obvious. 
I may be 25 but I'm a complete sucker for a Young Adult novel. Perhaps I'm not ready to give up my youth, perhaps I'm just weird I'm not sure but I love reading teenage stories. I first heard of Rainbow Rowell while browsing the best sellers list on Amazon, as I often do when I'm looking for something new to read. Eleanor & Park isn't the first Rainbow Rowell book I've read (Fangirl is highly recommended) but it is the first book of hers that I've fallen completely in love with.
Eleanor & Park is the story of 2 'misfit' teenagers who fall in love. Eleanor has a troubled family life, a strange dress sense and she's 'big'. Park is half Korean in an exclusively white neighbourhood and he's not fitting his Dad's expectations of him. The book spans over a school year in 1986 and the up's and down's of Eleanor & Park's relationship. 
They fall in love over a shared love of alternative music (Joy Division and The Smiths are amongst them - the playlist for this story would be my dream - swoon) and comic books. Their relationship isn't easy - it's quite fraught at times but it's very real. It doesn't end how you expect but at the same time it couldn't end any other way.
Everybody remembers their first teenage love and this book just reminded me of how strongly you can feel when you're a teenager and experiencing these feelings for the first time. The book is beautifully written and I hung on to every single word. I honestly didn't want it to end. I was transported back to being an awkward teenager myself and I think I fell a little in love with Park myself. 
I also love books (or movies) with a nostalgic edge. No matter what era I love looking back and seeing the differences between now and then. Give me a flashback in anything and I'm happy.
If you like a YA romance novel then you should definitely give Rainbow Rowell a try. As of yet I haven't read anything by her that I haven't loved. 
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