Sunday, 28 April 2013

Beauty Vs. Brains Tag

I saw the gorgeous Joelle at February Girl's post about this tag and instantly felt inspired! This is not just a fun post to do, I also want to prove that (although I have absolutely NO common sense whatsoever or any sense of Geography/direction) even though I study fashion design which isn't considered 'academic' I do have more than 2 brain cells to rub together. Plus I'm a massive closet nerd, sorry guys!

1. Favourite book

Oh dear, I have thought long and hard about this. I have always been such a massive bookworm so picking a favourite is ridiculous because it completely depends on my mood. However, there are 2 books that I will always go back to and the spines on my copies are falling to pieces, 'Little Women' and 'Wuthering Heights' are books I've been obsessed with since I was a kid. Also the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series has me totally hooked.

2. Favourite quotation

'One day your life will flash before your eyes, it's on you to make it worth watching' I'm doing my best to live by this, life is far too short I want to make the most out of every single day. I think it may have been Gerard Way who said this oddly enough (my 13 year old self is subconsciously trying to get back out) but I find it so inspiring.

3. English or Maths?

I have to admit I'm a total Maths nerd, there's just something about numbers I seem to understand. I hate it but I can do it, I took Maths and Further Maths at AS level but I decided to focus on my art and textiles subjects the year after to prepare for uni.

4. Science or Art?

Easy peasy...ART! Science and me never clicked.

5. Favourite and least favourite subject at school?

My favourite was by far Textiles (obviously) closely followed by A Level Psychology and least favourite was easily Physics. Great for when you're suffering from a touch of insomnia.

6. Favourite celebrity with a brain?

Gaga is my favourite full stop haha! Honestly though, she is a very intelligent woman and an inspiration in a lot of ways. Or Sarah Burton, she's running a fashion empire for goodness sakes! She must have a brain somewhere in there to keep on top of everything whilst keeping the memory of Lee McQueen alive.

7. If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be?

Fashion Design...anywhere

8. What is your 'nerdy little secret'?

Oh I have far too many to mention! I think my most out-of-character is I'm a massive history nerd. I hated it in school because they mostly focused on WWI and WWII but I love watching documentaries and Time Team is my go-to daytime TV!

9. Favourite beauty gurus who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion?

Zoella is one I admire for her honesty, success and for being the first person to make me realise that having problems with anxiety is a lot more common than I had ever thought. Sam Chapman over at Pixiwoo is amazing, she started off as a vlogger and blogger like many of us and now she has an amazing line of Real Techniques make up brushes which the majority of beauty obsessives own at least one! (Me not you money!)

10. Name some things you're obsessed with that other people would find strange.

Time Team? Mark Rothko? My oddly large collection of thimbles?

11. Name 5 people that inspire you (not friends or family)

Oh dear all I want to say is my mummy (awwhh) but outside of friends and family I am massively inspired by Coco Chanel (shocker). This isn't just because I'm a fashion student but because of what she stood for. Women were constrained to the corseted figure for years, but she is credited with the liberation of this potentially life-threatening silhouette. She broke barriers, shocked people and was incredibly controversial but she stood up for what she believed in and succeeded! 

The ever fabulous Lady Gaga! I want to work for her, designing for her is my dream! She proves that it's okay to be bonkers and be yourself no matter what.

Henry Holland. He inspires me so much as a designer, he started off doing what I do now. Making clothes and blogging from his bedroom...hopefully one day I'll be where he is today.

Mary Portas is an inspiration to a lot of people I think, she is so intelligent and knowledgeable within her field and her incredible drive and determination is something I admire her for.

Kate Middleton embodies grace, style, class and elegance and I think everyone can learn a few lessons from a true Princess.

12. Who is your intellectual soul-mate?

I love a bit of Stephen Fry!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Chi Chi Dress Wish List

I'd never heard of this brand before until this competition came up to win £200 worth of Chi Chi clothing through etail PR so I thought I'd have a quick gander. Ooohh prettyyy dressseessss, it makes my inner diva get all giddy! I didn't think my personal style would relate to a brand like this but, honestly, I have fallen in love with far too many things already. It makes me wish I had my school prom all over again just so I have an excuse to buy something. Everything is super girly and pretty, what's not to love?

I picked 3 of my favourite dresses to show a taster of what they have to offer.

As you can see there's a bit of a lace theme but I think they're all so flattering to my body shape (I have a rather large backside, fondly named my 'Nicki Minaj') and I already own a couple of peplum shaped tops/dresses so I know how body confident they make me feel. APOLOGIES FOR THE MONOCHROME! I just can't help myself...I think I should just admit that I have a problem. Rehab for wearing too much black anyone?

You can check out their website here.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Loves xxx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Cheer Me Up Day

Hey lovelies, apologies for my absence I (among many in the blogger community) have been up to my big brown eyeballs in uni work but my biggest deadline is over yayyy!! I have missed blogging so insanely much so I'm excited to be tapping away right now.

So this weeks been a bit pooey, I've barely slept and my workload has threatened to crush me so now I have a day to myself I've realised how knackered I am both physically and emotionally. My anxiety is through the roof because of this and it resulted into the biggest, scariest panic attack I have ever experienced last week which I still haven't fully recovered from yet. 

Today I decided I need a little pick me up, so I tidied my disgusting bedroom (a tidy room makes me feel so much better), had a long hot shower and set myself up for a pampering day. Happy music, the sun shining through and lots of lovely girly bits and bobs slowly bringing my body and mind back to a relatively normal state. Mani/pedi and a good exfoliate followed by a load of moisturiser is my idea of heaven!

I chose Barry M's Prickly Pear with Ciate's Sand Dune on my ring finger (and toes!) as my pretty, happy nail polish with a hefty load of Garnier's 7 day moisturiser. I feel human again!! Now for a girly romcom...

So, my question to you is what do you do to cheer yourself up?

Loves xxx

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Mini-OPI Giveaway!

Oh lovelies I'm so excited! I saw this gorgeous mini OPI Euro Centrale manicure set and just couldn't resist buying and hoping it gets sent to a loving home! Very Easter-y colours so please enjoy. This is just to say a huge thank you to all you lovely people who take the time to read my senseless ramblings and have supported me through twitter etc. And also to say a HAPPY BELATED EASTER! 

The colours included are:
Can't Find My Czechbook - a pastel teal/blue
Suzi's Hungary AGAIN! - a pretty pinky coral
You're Such a Budapest - a gorgeous pastel lilac
OY-Another Polish Joke! - a shimmery gold

The sizes are small but they're perfect handbag size or even to take away on your summer jollies. I hope you love these as much as I do and I'd love to see the manicures the lucky winner creates!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope I'll be able to keep posting as much over the next couple of weeks, uni work is getting hectic so I'll do my best to keep all you updated on my mad life!

Good luck!

Loves xxx

Lincoln Trip

This Easter I decided I couldn't bear to be parted from one of my uni friends the ENTIRE 2 weeks so I hopped in my trusty car and drove to Lincoln to visit. I've never been and I can honestly say, I am completely in love with this place! I only had time to go for 2 days (boo uni work) so we just chilled, ate, drank and laughed! Here's a few piccies to try and show how cute and quirky the town centre is but I really don't think they do it justice.

I also did a teeny bit of shopping, I needed to pick up a red lipstick for a uni photo shoot so I took advantage of yet another 3for2 Boots offer. I initially wanted a darker, more matte look for this but I completely fell in love with how shockingly red Rimmel Apocalips in 'Big Bang' is and couldn't say no. This stuff lasts forever and is super super pigmented I can see why everyone is raving about it!

I also picked up 2 more Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes (I reviewed another one a while back), in 'Lychee' and 'Prickly Pear' both of which I've had my eye on for a while.

I also had fudge too but that didn't make it into the picture....ooooops!

Anyway, hope you liked this post, I'd love to do more like this! What do you think?

Loves xxx