My Current Perfume Collection

Happy Monday!  I’ve spent all weekend dancing my knickers off at our bi-annual street dance show, and am feeling absolutely exhausted.  I was so tired, that my lovely Mother bought me a beautiful perfume gift as a ‘Good Luck’ and ‘Well Done’ present before our final performance.  It’s prompted me to give you a mini tour of my current perfume collection I’m spritzing.  

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Lacoste – Touchh of Pink

Jasper Conran – Woman

Ted Baker Ldn – Eau de Toilette

Burberry – Weekend

(N.B. REALLY sorry about the poor lighting!)

ImageLacoste – Touch of Pink

I have a very strong sense of smell, so scent and perfume have the ability to instantly take me back to a certain occasion or time in my life.  I wore Lacoste – Touch of Pink one very important summer, and every time I spritz I’m instantly taken back to some very happy memories, and it’s since then been a firm favourite of mine.  It’s amazing the power of perfume!  My main comment about this perfume is that it’s very long lasting, I spray onto my main pulse points and into my hair of a morning, and by 4pm people still comment on how nice I smell (or the perfume smells!).  Despite being long-lasting, it’s a very light scent.  The tones are very fresh and fruity and it isn’t too strong or pungent.  It’s a very summery scent, so it feels slightly odd wearing it in the winter, but definitely worth it when the sun comes out!

ImageJasper Conran – Woman

I got this set just before Christmas in a set with the bath and shower gel of the same fragrance.  Being a woman who NEVER saves good stuff for a special occasion (i.e. I use and wear nice, good quality and expensive things whenever I feel like it – life’s too short!) I used the shower gel straight away, and funnily enough, preferred it to the perfume of the same scent.  It’s a very strong smelling perfume, the kind that might give you a headache if you spray too much, with very masculine tones.  Boyfriend uses Calvin Klein – One and there are very similar notes involved.  A pro point is that it’s definitely a very autumnal perfume, meaning it’s perfect to see me through the next month or two.

ImageTed Baker Ldn – Eau de Toilette

Whilst this is a lovely, simple perfume full of citrusy undertones, I was unimpressed at how long it lasted, but I guess that’s in the name; ‘Eau de Toilette’.  I feel this perfume definitely matches the Ted Baker brand (more than the other perfumes), with it’s pink colour, edgy geometric bottle and slight floral scent.  Despite not being long lasting, at first spray its a very crisp and sharp perfume that smells lovely and isn’t too pungent.

ImageBurberry – Weekend

Last, but definitely not least is another long standing personal favourite of mine that I’ve been wearing for years now.  It’s a very high quality perfume, and feels very urban and edgy when you spray it, like you can rule London (well, that’s how I feel!).  There are vanilla and cinnamon tones in this scent, which means it can be worn guilt free summer or winter and will compliment any environment.  Being high quality, it is very long lasting and a firm favourite in the perfume stakes.

What perfume are you spraying this season?  

 

 

 

 

 

Home Alone – Kevin, The Fashion Icon

I had a pretty chilled Sunday afternoon.  I watched Home Alone, burnt my new Yankee Candle and wrote all my Christmas cards with a cuppa and a mince pie.  Jubbly.  It was only after I got thinking how freaking cool the character Kevin is in Home Alone!  I mean, alone all by himself, no crazy family .. every kid’s dream come true to have free reign over the house!  Not just that though, his outfits.  That kid has style!  See what I mean?

Image1)  Grey, White and Red Fairisle Beanie – Topman – £12.00

2)  Burgundy Mohair Mix Knitted Snood – New Look – £7.99

3)  Light Brown Patterned Sleeve Jacket – River Island – £85.00

4)  Loom Tartan Wool Scarf – Franco Ferrari at Harvey Nichols – £185.00

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Cheap Monday Marble Jumper – Cheap Monday at ASOS – £50.00

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1)  Bomber Jacket by Schott NYC – Topshop – £150.00

2)  Scandi Fairisle Beanie – Topshop – £14.00

3)  Classic Cabe V Neck – Crew Clothing Company – £58.00

4)  Linea 100% Wool Scarf – House of Fraser – Was £39.00 Now £29.00

Well I certainly want to dress like Kevin.  Nothing like a little fash inspo from a favourite childhood Christmas movie, ciao!

Glamping

At the weekend, I went glamping.  Or rather, hashtag glamping as I feel it should be said.  Nestled deep in the depths of the Sussex countryside (we didn’t even find out the location until we booked) we went to EcoCampUK (http://www.ecocampuk.co.uk/), a completely off grid camspide where all we had to bring was food and bedding.  As a keen camper (every year since I was 9) this was an absolute walk in the park for me but for boyfriend, who hasn’t camped since Beavers, we decided on a glamping holiday to ease him into the outdoor lifestyle.

It was absolutely beautiful.  On the first night, giddy on love, laughter and too much wine we put our fire out and scuttled into the tent to play scrabble.  It was only hazily around 5am where I heard the pounding of rain on our bell tent I realised we had left ALL our firewood outside in the pouring rain.  The ultimate facepalm moment.  Undeterred, we just about managed to make a fire using the wood from the bottom of the bag and my ‘Ideal Home’ magazine (sob, hick, sob), but shortly after, packed it in and went to the pub.

We went for long country walks, read that book I’ve been meaning to for so long, had a digital detox, drank wine, mastered the game Triominos (it’s amazing!) and spent pure, quality time together as a couple where our only company was the distant mooing of cows (oh, and woodmice come sundown).  On our last night we had a lazy stroll around the adjacent farmyard field, looking up at the stars.  It always strikes me how incredibly bright, light, powerful and beautiful they are away from the hustle and bustle of the city suburbs.  My weekend was peaceful, contemplative and I’m home feeling utterly refreshed.

Beautiful Sussex Countryside

Beautiful Sussex Countryside

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Our Bell Tent

Woodland View

Woodland View

Countryside Canopy

Countryside Canopy

Fall in love with life, I dare you.

 

 

Oh, Hey

Howdy.  How are you all?  Sorry for my absence.  It’s 2 weeks until I start at my MA at University and I am well and truly making the most of the last of my holidays until September 2014.  I’ve been seeing a lot of friends and family, sightseeing, hanging out and just mentally preparing to start 9-5 again.  

I had a beautiful weekend in the Isle of Man.  I forget how peaceful and beautiful it is there.  When you wake up in the morning, you can’t hear car alarms, the rumbling of trains and early morning market traders, you hear .. well, nothing.  I love living urban, I do.  I’m very cosmopolitan by nature and I get a bit queasy if I don’t see concrete and a skyscraper every day.  I’m just a city girl.  But I do love the countryside, in short lengths of time!

Yesterday, I also started back at the Street Dance school I attended for 7 years before I headed off to University.  It was absolutely fantastic.  There were some old faces and new faces, classic moves and mod moves.  I’m so excited to get really stuck in and see what the new term brings.

Gosh, this has been the first time I have just sat down and wrote, in a really long time!  I’m going glamping (yes, glamping!) this weekend so I will try and get some photos there to post for you all.  Today, I’m about to experience the legend that is Costco!  I intend to purchase bottled water, tuna and wine.  Priorities!

Anyway, it’s been lovely to stop by.  In the mean time, if you fancy exploring my random ramblings and ways of life, you can follow:

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Have a lovely day!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Look

So last weekend I was invited to a good friend of mine’s belated 21st birthday party, with the theme ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  At first, Boyfriend and I thought we’d go all out with togas, pink body paint and glitter but when we discovered we were heading out on the town afterwards, we thought better of it.  Instead, I opted for this look, and thought I’d tell you guys about how I achieved it.

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The dress is from TK Maxx, and has always been a summer favourite of mine.  (I’m also wearing it in this post: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/the-day-i-turned-20/).  I thought it suited the brief as it’s flowery, floaty and ethereal – not to mention super comfy.  I teamed this up with a £2 crown from Hobbycraft (the final idea ended that Boyfriend and I were King and Queen of the forest) and lots of fake Hobbycraft flowers.  Using garden twine I wrapped real ivy from my Mum and Dad’s garden around it to make a sash, with the fake flowers.  I also wrapped the fake flowers around a clubbing bag from TK Maxx and my favourite gold sandals from Dune.  And Voila!

ImageMy makeup for the look is very subtle, as I wanted my hair and outfit to do the talking.  All I added (to my standard ‘clubby’ makeup) was liquid eyeliner and gold eyeshadow.  I felt this look was all about the hair!  (You can read about my hair here: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/hair-story/)  I have wavy to curly hair anyway, so this look was created with hair mousse, curling tongs, some braids and a whole lotta hairspray.

There you have it!  My Midsummer Night’s Dream Look.  I do love a good costume party, anyone got any coming up I can come to?  Please and thankyou.  Tarah!

X Factor Humble Pie?

There’s something about family and friends coming together over a glass of wine or a beer in front of the TV on a Saturday night that makes Britain think they are judges.  Despite the fact that for the most part, we know absolutely nothing about the foxtrot or the samba, tone or pitch, or if and how she’s got her fake tan wrong; we love to think that we know it all, and further to that; have our say.  Whether this is through texting our friends, facebook statuses or twitter, Britain absolutely loves to have a good old bitch about what’s popping up on our TV screen.  And I’m no different.  Here’s what went down on my Twitter feed last night regarding ITV’s The X Factor:

 

I turned into a complete cow!  Who the hell do I think I am?  That being a blogger instantly makes my opinion worthy, that I am qualified to judge the voices, the appearance, the staging of these singers, these people?  It might have been the wine, but I didn’t half go off on one.  The thing is though, it’s not just me.  My entire Twitter feed was buzzing with bitchiness and brash comments about song choices, what whoever was wearing or a Judge’s comment.  Who do we think we are?!  Unless we are show business professionals, have sung on the X Factor ourselves or a have a Top 40 single,  we simply haven’t got a clue.  How would I feel if someone tweeted this way about me and my work?  Not too great, that’s for sure.  Whilst in the comfort of my own living room, I might yell and scream what I think at the TV, I think from now I’ll keep my tweeting to a minimum.  X Factor Humble Pie much?!

What’s Happened In May … So Far!

Basically, May has been SUCH a hectic month, it always it.  The sun is just beginning to show its gorgeous face, exams are looming, there’s far too much work to be done … thus the inevitable need for distraction and fun!

 

1)  We went to Thorpe Park!  It was very weird actually, we drove down for the day in the cold, wet and wind and seeing as Thorpe Park is very close to my home, it was very bizarre to drive all that way and not actually go home.  Here shows Emily (being the most sensibly dressed out of us all wearing proper waterproof hiking gear), Eimear (in her famous Southampton Scarf who she supports to the death), Jamie (in wellies, a very good idea) and myself (in Dorothy Perkins denim jacket (WHY did I think that was a good idea?!), Topshop dress, Florence and Fred jeggings (again, WHY?!) and Reebok trainers (and what?!)).  It was an amazing day, especially seeing as Eimear had never been before.  Because the weather was so awful there was barely anyone there, meaning we got on every ride in about ten minutes, amaze!

2)  Draw Something!  I’ve recently discovered this Android App, and its amazing!  Basically, the idea is that its quite like Pictionary, you draw something for someone and they draw something back and you gain points to buy more colours and words … simples!

3)  STA Travel!  For those of you who don’t know, the boyfriend and I have booked to go backpacking around Thailand for a month (where I will TRY and blog but I have no idea how successful I will be), meaning countless trips in and out of STA Travel in Southampton, in fact we’ve got another one tomorrow.  I just love it in there.  Everyone that works there is so cool and friendly and has been to millions of places and just done the most amazing things, I want to be in their gang!  If you’ve ever booking a far flung hol, I would absolutely recommend it.

4)  My beautiful new Cath Kidston bag :)  I had quite a bit of money from my Birthday left over and was desperate for this bag in the white with the spring colour flowers, but alas, it had sold out EVERYWHERE.  So after many hours or scouring the internet high and low, I found the brown version which I still absolutely LOVE.  A Summer and Winter bag, that’s waterproof and won’t get dirty.  Score.

5)  Now, to any chefs out there, do you remember that rush, that satisfaction the first time you cooked a proper meal, and it was delicious and people enjoyed it?  I experienced that for the first time this May Bank Holiday.  After a failed attempt to go to a Boot Fair (that had already closed by the time we got there, at 10.30am pffftttt), we decided to have a quick Tesco run and whilst in there, I was struck by inspiration.  May Day Bank Holiday = Roast Dinner, and so the quest began.  After four hours running around our absolutely tiny kitchen that I share with 8 others, yelling profanities having filled up every single hob and oven shelf much to the annoyance of the housies, I did it.  And it was incredible.

6)  Southampton in the sun!  After 18 months of living here, I walked to town for the first time and it was delightful.  Normally I get the bus or drive but in the sun I thought, hey, let’s walk.  And it was lovely, sun and Southampton = perfect combo.

7)  I’ve officially handed in all of my Second Year Coursework – hurrah!  So inevitably this called for a 10.30am trip to the pub to drink pints and play pool, and not leave all day.  Lush.

8)  And this weekend, the weather was so divine and the boyfriend and I were getting so stressed out about work and exams we decided to just escape and head off to the New Forest for the day, which was absolutely beautiful.  We found a few villages and bought lots of ice cream, got scared by lots of horses before we found a clearing where we played cards, played frisbee and got burnt.  Bliss.