Saturday, 28 September 2013

Tomorrow is a million miles away

Dress, Blazer, Faux Fur: all H&M.  Boots: Topshop.  Hat: River Island

Those of you who follow me on twitter will know that as of Monday I have been living a life that doesn't feel like my own.  I have had a lot to think about and choices to make.  Life throws curveballs your way and you either rise above it with dignity or you let it drag you down.  Once my thoughts are all ordered and collected I'll be able to share it with you but my mind has been going nonstop and I have been exhausted to the point of hysterics.

My little brother came to visit me this weekend and I took him to the Cardiff Country Fair.  It's still on tomorrow so if you're a Cardiff local go check it out it's well worth it, we had such a good time.  Autumn has been making its presence known ever so gently and I've been able to drag my autumn staples out of their hibernation.  I'm a sucker for hats and faux fur.  Happy happy.

I start my first proper week of university on Monday.  My masters course is going to be INTENSE.  I'm not even sure how I'm going to have any free time.  But I need something to challenge me and keep me motivated.

More soon

Thursday, 19 September 2013


 Trousers and boots: Topshop.  Shirt and necklace: Primark.

So at the start of the month (that long ago already?) I was luck enough to bag an invite to the launch of Benefit's newest blusher: Rockateur.  I'm not at all a beauty blogger but make up is one of my greatest vices and Benefit happens to be one of my favourite brands of all times so of course I jumped at the chance.

The event was held in Tiger Tiger (a venue that since my arrival in Cardiff in 2009 has rarely seen me in a sober condition, but now I know better) and we got greeted by the gorgeous Benebabes with tasty watermelon cocktails.  I actually only own one blusher and so this was a great opportunity to find out some more info about their latest offering and of course to pick up some more make up tips! I always get sucked into the Benefit counter at Boots and leave with lighter pockets.  

The two items that are firmly at the top of my huge make up wish list after this event are the Rockateur blusher and their new perfume.  The blusher has a lovely rose gold tint to it and gives you a lovely flush without looking like a clown.  I'm always afraid of being heavy handed with blusher so this is great for beauty noobs like me.  The second thing I'm dying to get my little hands on, is their new 'Under My Spell Noelle' perfume.  This perfume just took me straight back to Oman and wandering the souk with my mother.  The bottom note of this perfume is oudh (not Oud as so many people on The Apprentice thought...) so it felt very Middle Eastern to me.  I met up with friends after the event and they all said I smelt lovely.  So that's in the shopping basket waiting for pay day.

It really was a lovely event, and I've picked up some useful tips and tricks.  Considering I do the same face of make up every day events like these are great to get me out of my comfort zone and try something new.

What do you guys think of Benefit as a brand? I'm such a sucker for their pretty packaging!

More soon!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Introducing: The Man Repeller

 Dress: ASOS.  Boots: Topshop (Arabel).  Necklace: Primark.

So this smock dress.  I can't even begin to explain my love for it.  I call it the 'Man Repeller', it'll be sure to drive away all those pesky young fresh faced freshers that are beginning to invade Cardiff.  I've had a lot of funny looks from people for wearing this.  I'm a firm believer in wearing what you want to even if people might not like it, I also don't believe in dressing for boys.  I dress for myself and to feel happy and this dress puts such a smile on my face.

I haven't ordered much from ASOS before and so the size is a gamble, but because this is a loose fit smock dress you can afford to size down a bit.  I'm just so in love with this, you'll have to pry this out of my cold dead hands.

What do you guys think, too much?

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

For the love of tartan

 Trousers: River Island.  T-shirt: Primark.  Boots: Topshop Arabel.

When I walked out of the changing rooms and my boyfriend saw these trousers all he said was 'Oh'.  I LOVE them.  Tartan is my Autumn Winter staple.  These trousers are from River Island and I think they're sold out online now (I have the product code though if someone wants to try ordering them into store).  If you do order these kinds of trousers from River Island online take a note on sizing and size down massively.  I'm normally a 10/12 but these are a size 8 and fit perfectly.  I also have my eye on this pair.  Can't get enough tartan.  The only issue with these trousers is that the leg length is 'regular' meaning I'm swamped in them and had to roll them up three times.  Need to find a tailor in my neighbourhood to take them up.  Being this small is frustrating when it comes to trousers.

I wish I had a matching blazer to match but for now I'm keeping it simple and wearing with with the 'boyfriend tee' from Primark that I have in 3 different colours.  They were super cheap and are a nice basic wardrobe staple.

Can't wait to add some more tartan pieces to my wardrobe, I'm hoping that Primark up their A/W game.

More soon

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Seeing Red

Usually around this time every year I get the itch to change around the colour of my hair.  I usually decide to go for the darkest brown I kind find in the semi permanent section, but this time I thought why not try something new? I love love love red hair.  One of my closest friends in boarding school had the most stunning natural red hair and I was always beyond jealous.  For myself though I prefer having a bit of a reddish tint to my brown hair, I'm not a fan of out of the box permanent red colour especially the bright red ones on my hair - harsh colours really stress my hair out.  I prefer a slightly natural look so thought it was worth a try.

I used Clairol Nice 'n Easy - it's the easiest hair dye to use and is the one I always go for.  You just slap it all over your hair and leave it in for 15 minutes.  I usually actually leave it on for a bit longer when I dye my hair darker but because this was the first time I used red I stuck to the 15 minutes.  I'm a big fan of semi permanent, it washes out naturally and is a great chance to experiment without the commitment of permanent.

I love love this colour on me, I think it makes my hazel eyes look greener and it feels fresh and ready for autumn which I'm so excited about!

Let me know if you like it!

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

I've come to know that memories, were the best things you ever had

I have always declared my love of airports and flying.  Airports of late have become more areas of frustrated amusement.  I recently travelled through Heathrow and Frankfurt and every single time I'm at an airport I remember that airports are such interesting microcosms of our world.  No place frustrates me as much as airports, but at the same time I can't help but be intrigued.  From the man in front of me who, despite constant reminders to empty your pockets of change, beeps when going through the scanner and then begins to pull out £10 worth of change out of said pockets, to the family travelling with young children who sit on tiny suitcases that their suffering parents drag along behind them.  Airports constantly give me something to observe.

Airports and flying used to make me miserable but now that I'm older (and hopefully wiser) I feel a stronger sense of peace and purpose.  I travel less frequently now that I'm settled in my postgraduate life but whenever I am on a plane I feel a great sense of relief at leaving the country.  There's nothing that quite beats the excited butterflies when your plane pulls through cotton candy clouds and begins it's decent into a new airport, a new country where people speak a different language and believe in different things.  Even just the difference between Heathrow and Frankfurt is enough to make my head spin, and they are on the same continent.  From driving on different sides of the road, the sense of humour and customs (queuing being the best example).  Our differences set us apart but also teach us new things about ourselves and that is one of the most important aspects of travel.  If you leave a country as the same person who walked through customs in arrivals you've done something wrong. 

My next flight will be my last flight to Oman in December.  My parents are moving and there is no going back to Oman for us.  It gives me a heavy heart knowing that this is the end of my Oman adventure, a place that has held my heart ever since I was five.  But I am grateful for all the wonderful memories and lessons I have learnt.  Christmas will be a time to say goodbye but also a time to look to the future and see what new airport will peak at me through the clouds.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Exploring my hometown

On my godmother's last day in Germany we took her on a little trip to see Würzburg from above and to see the little chapel that my mother always visited growing up.  It's a very beautiful and tranquil place and even though I'm not very religious I loved our visit, it's a great place to sit down and reflect.  I felt like I've left home with a clear head, which is pretty important considering that I'm due to start my Postgraduate course in three weeks!

We couldn't send my godmother to Canada without taking her to a Biergarten and without her having tried some traditional German food.  We went to one of my favourite places which is right along side the river Main and I devoured a 300g schnitzel (I'm not even ashamed to admit that I managed to eat 80% of it before I had to hand the reigns to my brother the human hoover).  It was all washed down with my current favourite cocktail - Hugo (prosecco, soda water, limes, mint and elderflower) before we went for an evening stroll through the town centre and along the river.  For dessert we picked up an ice cream from one of Würzburg's oldest and most beloved ice cream parlours: Benito (est 1932).  I had my usual flavour combination of josta (gooseberry and red currants), mango and yoghurt with elderflower.

One thing that I adore about Würzburg is the different attitude to drinking.  I think it's partly due to the weather because unlike in Cardiff where you always seem to end up drinking indoors or in dark clubs, there are more places to sit outside in Würzburg and we're blessed with far better weather than those across the pond.  I felt so continental walking through the city at dusk and seeing everyone sat outside or by the river having a drink.  The drinking culture is very different here and it's less about getting smashed.  One of my favourite spots for a drink is the Alte Mainbrücke, the bridge that connects the two parts of Würzburg and with the recent addition of an amazing restaurant it's become a really popular place.  The restaurant has recently also opened up a pop up bar that serves glasses of wine that people can drink on the bridge without having to sit in the restaurant.  On the weekends the bridge is heaving with people enjoying the wine and the amazing views as the sun sets over Würzburg.  My heart is heavy with homesickness for Germany right now.
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