Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Style Icon of 2013 - Kate Middleton.

Its here, the last Style Icon post of the year. I couldn't be prouder of this series. Not only is it one of the most consistent thing I've ever done (ignoring the one month I missed), these posts are also the most popular on my blog. This will be my 9th one and I'm still debating whether to finish up the series here or do a 10th and final one in January. Nine feels like an odd number but I'm thinking of starting a new series and what better time than the first month of the year? I'm still not sure yet. And this will be my last post of 2013 so I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

So my Style Icon of the year is the beautiful Kate Middleton. I have never seen a woman dress so gracious not only in general but throughout a pregnancy as well. I hope I look as great as she does in maternity wear.

This dress is my favorite that shes worn this year. I love the pale blue its such and elegant and soft colour to wear. Its a beautifully demure dress with the high neck and the length that just brushes the knees. I also love that at certain angles such as the picture in the middle the dresses loose pleats show. I think its a fantastic maternity dress because the material quenches just above the belly. Kate wore a pair of grey heels just to keep everything simple and went with her trusty half up, half down hairstyle.

Kate was way ahead of the trend here with her soft pink coat! I love these kind of coats and have been dying to get one myself. The creamy pink dress she is wearing is very simple and a decent length for a pregnant woman as her belly isn't making the dress fly up. Keeping with the colour scheme, Kate has a small cream clutch and is wearing one of her favorite LK Bennett heels.

How super cute does she look here? And get this, her dress is from Topshop! And not from the maternity section either so you don't have to be expecting to copy this look. I absolutely love the Polka dots on Kate they look really cool on her. The short cut blazer that she wears on top makes the dress great for a smart casual occasion but you could always dress it down with a cardigan. The small black clutch with the bow is really cute as well. She's worn these small earrings and kept her hair in loose curls.

This simple black dress with a white peter pan collar that Kate is wearing in the early stages of her pregnancy is also from Topshop. Its such a simple dress that too many accessories would just feel a bit crowded so Kate has worn similar earrings to ones above. I absolutely adore the coat that shes wearing on top of the dress because of the way the collar pokes out on top. The way the coat splits at the bottom looks awesome as well. Her hair is mostly straight throughout with a few curls added at the end.

Here, Kate is at a much more formal event so has really gone for the wow factor. This dress is absolutely gorgeous; I love the high neck and long sleeves and that thigh high split makes her look hot hot hot! The colour of the dress isn't too in your face which makes its even more elegant. The Jimmy Choo heels are also a fabulous change from the usual heels Kate wears. From what I can make out the clutch she is holding is glittery which adds even more glamour to the look. Her hair looks great but I think I would have preferred something a little different.  

This dress is again another one for a more formal event. I love the pale grey-purpleish colour as its nice and soft. I realsised that if Catherine is wearing colours, they're usually very soft. The design of the dress is super cool, I love the folds in the top half of the dress and the belt in the center. And the ripped effect at the top of the dress also makes it very interesting. I'm not sure but I think the clutch she is holding here is the same as in the outfit above, so that means its definitely glittery. Her heels match the colour of her dress in this picture and her hair looks awesome when its up in a bun.

Time for my own Kate Middleton inspired look!

Dress, Asos, Coat, Topshop, Earrings, House of Fraser, Heels, House of Fraser, Clutch, Asos

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Friday, 27 December 2013

My first Essie nail polish - Fishnet Stockings

Last week Friday I bought an Essie nail polish! After much deliberation at the nail polish section in Boots, I thought that it was not only due time that I bought a red nail polish, but that I also try out Essie since apparently everyone but me already owned one. I must admit it is a bit pricey but after trying it out, I would definitely say worth it. The brush is quite large so it glides over the nail effortlessly and the varnish is thick so even one coat would be enough. I'm wearing two coats but only because I wanted a darker shade. It is also quite sturdy as it doesn't chip easily so I would recommend this for people who use their hands a lot. The colour also feels perfect for the season so grab it while you can!


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas! My Holiday favorites.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your family and friends. I wanted to get as many Christmasy posts in as I could before the holiday ended but exams stopped me from posting a few up. Next year, I'll start writing them a month before! I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite things to watch, listen to or do at Christmas and what better time to post it than on Christmas day?


This movie only just became one of my Christmas favorites. My sister begged me to watch it but after having a look at the trailer I thought 'meh'. Then one night, whilst we were flipping through tv channels, it happened to be on and since there was absolutely nothing else to watch, I gave in. By the end of the movie, I had not only laughed and cried my head off, I had also acquired a new crush on the oh so beautiful Jude Law. This is the perfect movie to watch on Christmas in a cosy blanket with a hot chocolate on your own. You'll love it.

I laughed so much.  That is enough justification for you to watch this movie. I remember first watching this a few Christmases ago when I had absolutely nothing else to do and it was a great movie. A couple who would rather spend Christmas on holiday in a sunny country than with their family find that their flight is cancelled so the only other thing to do is visit all their family in one day. The best scene is when they're roped into playing Mary and Joesph in the church play! This movie is best watched with friends.
I could never get bored of this movie. Its been my favorite version of the Christmas Carol since I was about five and I try my best to watch it every Christmas; everyone loves a good old classic. It just brings so many nostalgic memories and the Muppets are just the best aren't they? Let me know if you love watching this movie with your family as much as I do.


Daniela Andrade is one of my favorite singers on Youtube. I could listen to her all day. So when she brought out a Christmas EP a few weeks ago, I squealed with excitement. I have been playing all six songs back to back non stop, like seriously this is my new favorite Christmas album. I just wish she had a few more on it. I couldn't embed the playlist so I put my favorite of all the songs up. Shes brilliant, give her a listen.

I listened to this entire whilst wrapping presents this year. Twice. I can't fault Micheal Buble. Every year he is my favorite artist to listen to while doing anything Christmasy. And I'm sure its not just me, right? Its not just his Christmas album I love. His songs always have me dancing on my feet.

So these are my Christmas favorites in nutshell! Let me know in the comments what your favorite movies are to watch at Christmas, music to! And I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

How to: Homemade Hot Chocolate.

I'm back! Yes, finally! I'm going to be posting as much as I can because once I get back to school, I'll only get a chance to post like once fortnightly and I hate that! How is everyone's holiday going? I hope they're great! Today's post was supposed to be on my trip to the Christmas Market at Southbank but the storm yesterday was terrible so I sadly couldn't make it. I had to think fast for what to post when I watched a video of Zoella's and became inspired! I popped to the supermarket and bought a few chocolate bars and marshmallows and tried my own homemade hot chocolate. I've never had it like this before, I've only ever used the powder mix so this was exciting to try!

To make you will need:

Pour the milk into the saucepan and heat slowly on a medium heat. Make sure you stir whilst it is heating up. Break the chocolate bars up so that they are medium sized pieces and then turn down the heat of the milk. Slowly add the chocolate and stir as you're doing so. You can vary the amount of chocolate you want depending on whether you want it really chocolately or milky. This is also the point where you can add any other flavoring such as vanilla or cinnamon.  

Pour into your favorite Christmas mug, throw in some marshmallows and enjoy!

This is brilliant to drink on Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas everyone! 


Thursday, 12 December 2013

School sucks - I'm gone till the holidays.

This is going to be the shortest post ever. My mocks start tomorrow with English (so tonight I'll be dreaming of George and Lennie and animals on a farm) and so I'll be off the Internet until they finish next Friday. After my dreaded exams a done ill be posting three times a week in the holidays! But until then, Bon voyage! This sucks for a 50th post doesn't it? I'll do a proper one in the holidays.


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Style Icons - Allison Williams

I've had my eye on Allison Williams for a while, I knew I wanted her to be one of my style icons at some point and I've finally gotten round to her. Most people know her from the tv show Girls. I don't actually watch Girls, I'm just happened to stumble across her one day on Dailymail. Ever since, I press on all her articles just so I can see what she is wearing. I love her style and I hope you do as well! 

This dress is a beautiful statement. You can never go wrong with black and the styling of this dress is so simple and I love how the high halter neck drapes down the back. Its great that shes worn minimal makeup and jewelry, this means all focus is on the dress which it should be! If you're going to wear a high halterneck, you're hair definitely has to be up . 

   This is one of my favorite outfits of Allison's. I can only wish I could pull off something as sleek as white trousers. Once again, she's kept this very simple, no jewelry and demure make up look. The jacket is absolutely gorgeous. I love how vibrant and bold it is, a complete contrast to the pale colours that are the current trend. I would say this is a more of a summer night look, with the wedges as well.

 How beautiful does she look here? I love this Valentino dress; the light colour, the embroidery and the cap sleeves, its beautiful. She gone for a bit more make up on but its still pretty basic. She has still kept the jewelry minimal with the beautiful statement earrings and and chunky ring on her finger. 

  Allison's gone a little bit bolder here, and I love it. The sheer panels on the shoulder of the over-sized white shirt match the sheer panels of the skirt fantastically. I love the material and shape of the skirt, its very chic sixties. The shoes are super cute and the red lipstick shes wearing really makes the whole look pop out. 

This is without a doubt, my favorite of all of Allison's outfits. I love the high neck and long sleeves and the netting pattern that goes through the dress is beautiful! Her hair looks super cool and the shoes are perfect. And how hot are her legs?!   

 Allison looks super sophisticated in this baby blue mini dress. It really brings out the blue of her eyes. The style of the dress is once again very effortless and I love Allison's style just because of the simplicity. 

Now time to create my own Allison inspired look! 

Dress, Asos, Earrings, Asos, Clutch, Asos, Heels, Asos, Lipstick, Asos

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Bare with me..

I know. I suck. My last post was ages ago and I feel terrible. I hate how much of my life school and exams has taken up but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I'm about as organised as a lemon so I'm finding it difficult to revise, complete homework, complete coursework (get this done early or you will hate your life, trust me) apply for a hundred sixth forms and keep up with blogging. I literally have a million unfinished posts and ideas that are just begging to be seen, but finding time is difficult. I have my mock exams round the corner, which literally means two weeks of no internet and so I can't promise anything. But even if it kills me, I will try my utmost best to get my Style Icon's post up before the end of this month (bearing in mind that's four days away-eep!) 

And I also want to say a massive thanks to all the support I've been getting lately even though I've been practically non-existent these past few weeks. I gained a couple new followers, hit over 5000 page views and have had some lovely comments dropped off. So thank you, thank you, thank you for bearing with me! Things will be back to normal (fingers-crossed) by the Christmas holidays! 


Saturday, 9 November 2013

My Topshop Personal Shopping Experience.

Last week Thursday me and my beautiful friend Masite, made our way to Topshop for our Personal Shopping appointment. When I found out about Topshop's Personal Shopping, my first thought was that it would be an awesome birthday treat. Masite's birthday was in October so I had plenty of time to save up. I knew it would be the perfect gift for her because she never treats herself; she'd rather buy something for her mum instead. It took forever to book an appointment, because its a free service dates where almost impossible to find. The personal shoppers were lovely throughout the booking process, trying their very best to find a date that would suit us. When we finally got one, we were over the moon. Since the appointment was really early in the morning, I made sure to pick my outfit out the night before. The skirt I'm wearing is from Topshop, the top from Primark  and the boots were bought in this cute little shoe shop close to where I live. The lighting bolt earrings are my absolute favorite earrings ever; my sister bought them for me on sale in New Look. My nail polish is also from Topshop. 

Once we got there, we were sat in the cute little waiting area while they just finished getting our room ready.  The art work on the wall was gorgeous and they had a little television screen showing off their latest collections. I absolutely loved the couch and the pillows so I got comfy and grabbed a Vogue magazine to read. They offered us a cup of tea or a glass of water, and I of course opted for the tea because I am obsessed. We only waited for about five minutes before we were introduced to our personal shoppers and taken to a room. It was all ver ver exciting!

Masite We had so much fun trying on the clothes, goofing around and taking pictures, we loved almost everything on the racks and just could not decide which ones we wanted to buy. Occasionally, the personal shoppers would pop in and give us a little advice. After the hour we sat down and finally picked the pink jumper with the denim skater skirt, the black jersey skirt, the white jumper with the stud detail and the gorgeous blue dress.

We took to the clothes to the personal shopping checkout (no cue!) and while we payed the clothes were being wrapped up and put in this fabulous bag. We had the best time ever and our personal shoppers were wonderful and incredibly helpful. Now I wished I booked for both of us! It is something I definitely have to do again and I recommend it as well. You will honestly have the time of your life, its way better than just ordinary shopping. There is no fuss, the clothes are all there and you can just take your time in a relaxed environment.

After all that shopping, we popped into Giraffe, one of my favorite places to eat. 

Have you ever tried Personal Shopping? If you have let me know in the comments! Have a great evening. 


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