Friday, 29 August 2014

New In: Nike Air Force 1

    Nike's Air Force 1 trainers: the newest edition to my shoe cupboard.

    I must admit, I'm not a huge sneakerhead. In my heel:flat shoe proportion, the former hugely outweighs the latter. But I do appreciate a good trainer every once in a while. The first pair I ever bought were all black bar a white sole etched with an image of a geisha - definitely not for wearing while pounding the pavements on a Sunday jog.

   For me, trainers are not for the gym. The idea of wearing these whilst exercising seems preposterous to me - even the thought of marking the beautiful white exterior makes me cringe.

   So, no doubt, these will stay in my shoe cupboard until such time as I am confident to release them into the big wide world. Wish me luck.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tea Talk: Staying Home vs Moving Away for Uni

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   If you're applying for uni and thinking about whether to live at home, or move away, I've put together some tips from experience that may help you make the decision.

   There is no shame in living at home for uni - don't think you're missing out on anything, because you should always be able to make what's best out of the life you lead - just as you shouldn't have fear in leaving home for uni, as many students will be in the same situation.

   Weigh up the factors, and think about what is best for you, your goals and your mindset.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

5 Things to do on a Rainy Day

   Since the weather's decided to take a turn for the worse, I thought I'd compose a (hopefully) helpful list of things to when going outside just isn't an option. 

   I've seen thousands of lists like these on the internet, but most are dedicated to families with children - so if you're mostly by yourself (like me!) then here are a few productive things to do to keep occupied!

1. Feng shui

   I find that this ancient art is one of the most satisfying activities for a rainy day! There are certain rules in 'proper' feng shui, but I just tend to move things around and re-organise until I feel that the room looks good.

   Start by clearing out everything that you haven't used in the last six months (I use the three box system: one box for things to throw away, one to give to charity, and one to sell). Then, start shifting the large objects around, i.e. beds, wardrobes, tables. Think about how you use a room and move around it - it must flow well - and consider how you're going to get the best lighting, as I find that this completely changes the look of a room.

   'I Heart Organising' has some great ideas for home organisation!

2. Baking

   To say that I'm not great at baking would be an understatement - I'm terrible. It's the one thing I don't have patience for, but maybe making fresh cookies/cakes/puddings appeals to you.

   Have a good flick through internet recipes (I find that Pinterest provides the best inspiration - though most of the recipes seem to be American, so be careful with measurements). Clear a workspace in your kitchen, and bake your heart out! And if you really want to be savvy, buy some pretty packaging and deliver your fresh-baked goodies to your friends and family!

3. Order your winter wardrobe

   Right now I'm thinking long and hard about cosy boyfriend coats, leather trousers, black boots and blanket scarves, all of which are only a click away.

   Most retailers are uploading their AW14 collections; my favourites so far have been H&M, Zara and Acne. I'm a sucker for Scandi tailoring.

4. Small-scale DIY (and starting your own internet shop)

  I'm talking practical-but-chic make-up storage, adorable tablet cases and beautiful hand-made photo albums.

   My favourite DIY bloggers are Ann Le at 'Anne or Shine', and Elsie and Emma at 'A Beautiful Mess'. Why not get inspired by their ideas and create your own DIYs? If they go well, you could start your own DIY blog, or even create an internet shop and sell your homemade products on Etsy.

5. Work out

   This may seem like the last thing you want to when the weather is dragging your mood down, but a little yoga, circuit training or even an exercise DVD can boost your endorphin count and make you thankful that you went through with it. For me, exercising is a chore; but I only need to remember how I felt after my last work out, and I'm ready to go.

   If you're by yourself, make a workout playlist and turn it up while you're getting sweaty - or maybe reward yourself at the end of your routine with a little bit of retail therapy, รก la point number 3.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Must Have Bohemian Fragrances

   For some reason, I've become a closet perfume obssessive; not even a year ago, I could walk past a perfume stand and not be drawn in by the various scents wafting at me - now, I sample a fragrance I adore and I inevitably become attached to it like the family dog.

   An exemplary occasion happened earlier this week, when I stumbled upon Miller & Harris in Covent Garden. Of course, I've walked into this shop many a time when visiting the district with family, but I was never mature enough to appreciate the craftsmanship of their fragrances. 

   The sales assistant asked me a few questions about the scents I was attracted to, then talked me through a few fragrances that she recommended, one of which really stood out for me - it was the 'Le Jasmine' eau de parfum: a cocktail of beautiful citruses, florals and woody notes. After a sample spray, I was hooked. But then she told me that it was £155, and my heart plunged into my stomach.
   Being a student on a rather tight budget, I had to embarrassingly make an excuse and leave, but I couldn't stop smelling that little patch of aroma on my wrist for the entire day. I was actually so caught up in a moment of sensory stimulation, that I had half a mind to blow my entire day's shopping budget on one perfume.

   My boyfriend couldn't understand my manic fixation when, in his words, "perfumes all smell the same, so why buy more than one?". But, to me, this fragrance was the holy grail. I'm hoping that someone will be extra nice to me during my upcoming birthday and reunite me with this more than wonderful scent, but, in the mean time, here's a list of all the rather bohemian fragrances that I'm lusting after right now.

top row


'le jasmin' eau de parfum by miller & Harris - £155

'oyedo' eau de toilette by diptyque - from £55

'Salina' eau de parfum by Laboratorio olfattivo - £90
top: lemon, pine needles, sea salt
heart: sand myrtle, sea notes, lavender
base: vanilla, tonka bean, cedar, white musk

bottom row

'Isis' by agonist parfums - £125
top: cistus, green tangerine, ylang ylang, black pepper, ginger
heart: anise peach, caramel, heliotrope, Nutmeg
base: amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla absolute, labdanum, lorenox

'Blenheim bouquet' eau de toilette by penhaglion's - from £65
top: lemon, lime, lavender
heart: none
base: pine, musk, black pepper

'Bergamote 22' eau de parfum by le labo - £105

'nashi blossom & pink grapefruit' eau de toilette by kiehl's - from £24.50
top: nashi blossom, pink grapefruit
heart: none
Base: ginger, soy milk, white musk

Thursday, 21 August 2014

But For You I'd Leave It All


Sunday, 17 August 2014

London Shopping Haul 2014

   I think I've refined my style so much that it's actually having a negative impact on my shopping ability. Surprisingly, I only bought seven items at Westfield Stratford this weekend, and only three of which were clothing items (if you count socks as clothing).

   Don't get me wrong, I went in, guns blazing, with a list of items that I wanted to purchase - but nothing caught my eye! It was like fashion had given up on me.

   So here is my haul of seven items - I hope you enjoy!


Remington Hairbrush

Sally Hansen Nail Polish

Topshop Choker

Topshop Velvet Lips

H&M Socks

Pull & Bear Jeans - Not available online

River Island Shirt - Not available online

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