Friday, 21 June 2013


1) Birmingham Past and Present: In My Father's Footsteps 
I'm a total kind of a local history nerd and I love to read about what my home town, Birmingham, used to be like before the council demolished countless beautiful buildings. 

2) Jack Wills Phone Case
This case is pretty expensive, but it's so pretty! I haven't actually got bored of my current phone case, so probably won't be splurging on this soon... but I think it's adorable!

3) American Apparel Striped Top
Stripes are such a timeless style, and I love the boxy fit of this top. As it's from American Apparel, the quality of course would be fab, and I think it would go with so much (especially with just a simple pair of jeans or shorts) and practically any colour :) 

4) The Name of this Band is Talking Heads
Talking Heads are hands down, my all time favourite band. This album is super cool as it's live and has tons of amazing, previously unreleased songs that didn't make it onto albums. I would love to have it on vinyl... I'll have to keep my eye out for it! 

5) Denim Athletic Shorts 
These shorts have such a lovely relaxed fit, they look very comfy, and I think they'd look fab with just a t-shirt. Forever 21 have loads of shorts for great prices.

6) Topshop Hooded Jacket
Admittedly, I do already have a jacket that's in this sort of style... but I love this one! The little details such as the zips and lining add so much. 

7) Patterned Shorts
These are also from Forever 21 and I like the boldness of them. I definitely think you'd be able to dress them up or down easily, and they'd be comfier than denim shorts on hot days too :) 


Friday, 14 June 2013

Laura's OOTD

Dress - H&M, Jacket - New Look, Bag - Charity Shop, Shoes - Converse

Another friend outfit of the day! This time it's an ensemble worn by my friend Laura :) She recently bought this lovely dress and we both agreed that it's so versatile. This outfit shows how it can look fab worn casually, but with a pair of wedges and a leather jacket, it would be perfect for a night out too. The saddle bag was a brilliant charity shop find - I really should check out charity shops more often! I've only been back at post-exam school for a week, and I already have bits and bobs to get started on. I'm feeling optimistic about my A2 courses however, because there's lots of freedom. I have a huge amount of reading to get done for English literature and history... I will have to get started soon or I'm going to be overloaded during the summer holiday!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Loving Lately List #2






1) Skater Skirt
During the lovely weather last week I wore this skirt loads, it's so light and airy. The grey goes with basically everything and I love to pair it with t-shirts :) 

2) Nivea Moisturiser 
My mom uses this day cream and I thought I'd give it a try too - it's fab! It feels very hydrating but isn't greasy. The SPF 15 is so handy and means you don't have to put thick sunscreen all over your face! Also, it was reduced to £2 in Asda, such a bargain.

3) The Departed
I've been a fan of this film for a couple of years but over the past couple of weeks, I've been watching it non-stop! The story is so gripping and the acting is incredible - not surprising seeing as there's an amazing cast: Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg etc. It's directed by the genius that is Martin Scorsese too! Even if you're not a fan of "mob" movies, I think you'll enjoy this - such a brilliant film :) 

4) Pasta
Pasta is definitely one of my favourite foods. If we have some tomatoes or red peppers hanging around in the fridge, I whip up a quick sauce and have it for lunch... I much prefer pasta over sandwiches! I'm having meatballs and pasta for dinner tonight - yay!

5) Sunglasses
I've been wearing sunglasses so much recently that I now feel naked without them! When I grabbed my sunnies as I was leaving for school this morning, one of the arms fell off! I was not pleased. Especially seeing as I've only just bought this pair! I showed my friend Lauren and she pointed out that the tiny screw was missing. Luckily, I found it on the floor when I got home from school and managed (with a bit of help from my dad), to put the arm back on :) Good thing I showed Lauren before throwing them away! 

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What's in my bag...

I find these posts so interesting - I think we all enjoy being a little nosey! Having said that, the contents of my bag isn't very exciting...
  • Umbrella - Always needed if you live in the UK!
  • Notebook and pen 
  • Vaseline 
  • Embroidered purse - which has hand sanitiser and a mini bottle of perfume inside :)
  • Phone
  • Wallet 
  • Snack - I always get hungry and would rather bring my own bite to eat as opposed to buying something!
  • Water - I'm terrible at remembering to drink water. The majority of my liquid intake is tea (which I suppose does actually contain water!), but I make sure to bring a bottle with me
  • Keys - So I don't get locked out... like I did the other day

This is the bag I usually use. It's a satchel from Scaramanga and it's looking a bit battered! I've had it for almost 3 years though and I have used it tons, so I think the quality is pretty good. Being tan in colour and such a classic design, it goes with everything and is definitely my "go to" bag :)

Hope you enjoyed,

Monday, 10 June 2013

Room Makeover

New room!

I enjoy changing my room around and getting room decor inspiration. I recently gave my bedroom a bit of a makeover and I'm very proud of how it turned out!

Much of my furniture was chosen by my parents when I was a toddler and so it wasn't to my taste exactly (I appreciate having it though of course!). When I was around nine or so, I picked a chest of drawers and for the past couple of years, I've regretted my choice. Nowadays, I prefer white furniture as it look makes a small room appear bigger and brighter. 

Here are some photos of my room before the makeover. Sorry they're not very good, unfortunately I didn't take any proper "before" photos and had to settle with a couple I found from last year.

I painted my bed, shelf and chest of drawers with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It's fab stuff because you don't need to prepare what you're painting, so no sanding - you just slap it on! To get the "shabby chic" look that Chalk Paint lends itself too, I used the colour Paloma (grey-purple) on the edges and corners, and then painted Old White all over. After it dried, I used sandpaper to create a distressed look and to make the Paloma colour peak through. I also used plenty of wax to get a smooth finish. It was so easy. The pressure was off because it's not supposed to look perfect :) The painting took me three days (one for each piece of furniture), and although I was glad when it was done, it wasn't too much work at all.

I purchased the adorable decorated knobs for my chest of drawers in Falmouth. They're so cute and the bright colours are a great contrast to the newly white chest. I think the white furniture suits my little room much better and I love how it feels as if there's a consistent theme. I also bought a few new furnishings to add the finishing touches. The beautiful rug was a bargain at £16! I found it in a shop in Falmouth that sells pretty much everything. I switched my busy floral curtains for plain white ones from Asda (for £15!) and it's amazing how much bigger they make my room look - especially when they are closed. I was lucky because they fit my window wonderfully and no alterations were required. I've mentioned my lantern lights before, but I adore how they make my room so cosy at night and look pretty in the daytime too. There were a couple more little changes, such as new bedding and a white curtain pole to match everything... I am a slight perfectionist!

I'm delighted with how it all turned out and I'm so pleased that I didn't just buy new furniture. I feel that my room is now cheerful, fresh and bright, and don't think I'll be redecorating any time soon! I seriously recommend Chalk Paint, it's incredibly simple and quick to use - perfect for newcomers to furniture painting. 

I hope you like my new room! What do you like about your own room?

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Sunday Snap

My parents and I had a wonder through some gorgeous gardens today and they were so pretty that I couldn't resist taking a quick pic! I think the contrast of the purple and green is beautiful.

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Lauren's OOTD

Jeans & Top - Topshop, Shirt - Republic, Shoes - Asos

I thought it'd be fun to have my friends do outfit posts to add a bit of variety to my blog! Loz felt kind of silly when I turned the camera on her, but I don't think you need "posed" photos to see an outfit. I adore Lauren's style and always have a good look at what she's wearing at school to get myself some inspiration. Speaking of school... I'll be back there on Monday after a couple of weeks off (post exams), but I'm aiming to blog just as frequently - I enjoy posting regularly :) I know I keep going on about the weather, but it really is lovely to have blue skies! I hope that this isn't the entire summer though... British weather is so temperamental. 

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

Friday, 7 June 2013

Instagram Snaps #1

New mug of my favourite book | New list-making pad | Cut an old t-shirt into a crop top! | Gemma stretching | Mini plum crumble | Pasta sauce made with left overs
Durham | Durham Cathedral | On my way home from Durham | Homemade pizza topping | Pedalo-ing in Oxford with my aunt and cousin | Delicious blueberry ice cream!

I recently started using Instagram and I'm finding it really fun! Since getting an iPhone in April/May (can't remember if it was late April or early May!), I've definitely taken more "spur of the moment" photos. Hope you enjoyed this post, if you did I'll do more of the same! :)


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Whilst in the North a couple of weeks ago, my family and I visited Rievaulx. It's an incredible, man made, garden terrace which looks down on the ruin of Rievaulx Abbey. The terrace is surprisingly wide and spacious - it must have taken so much effort to build, especially in the 18th century! The temple buildings are equally impressive. Apparently, the owners had fancy picnics in them, how extravagant! There is also a pretty woodland area with several lovely wire sculptures dotted around - they were on the terrace too. It was a beautiful day when we visited and many people were having picnics and kids were playing with stilts and other toys that were free to use - it was really cute. My parents bought me some stilts when I was younger and I actually got pretty good at walking with them... I wanted to have a go at the ones on the terrace but felt a bit silly as I am 17 ;) It's amazing that the builders went to so much trouble to create a terrace to overlook the abbey (having said that it is a wonderful view), but I'm glad they did as it's so pleasant to walk along and picnic on :) 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Kate's OOTD

Jeans and Biker Jacket

Jeans - Topshop, Jacket - H&M, Top - Topshop, Shoes - Converse

I've just come back from staying with my lovely aunt, uncle and cousins in Oxford. We did plenty of mooching around shops and some rather eventful pedalo-ing on the river! My cousin, Kate, has great style and kindly agreed to doing an outfit of the day. Kate and I both love simple outfits - you can't beat the classic that is jeans and a biker jacket!