HAPPY HALLOWEEN

7 months since my last blogpost… oops. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Let me start by saying I’m not hugely into halloween, but I am also a sucker for any holiday, so I had to do a few things.

Firstly, I baked a halloween cake. This was as much for the bake off final gathering we hosted as halloween, but it’s orange and brown so you know. Halloween.

I used a standard chocolate cake recipe, then iced it with orange coloured buttercream (I’ve been trying to get good at this- for my birthday I got so much baking stuff :D) and finally added a dark chocolate ganache as drips down the side.

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P.s I took this photo when it was half eaten and falling apart. So professional.

Secondly, and this will come as no great surprise, my boyfriend and I carved some pumpkins together! We realised that this is the 4th year in a row we’ve carved pumpkins together, hashtag cute.

Jamie went for the classic spooky pumpkin, whilst I went for a really adorable minnie and mickey design (disney 4ever).

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I used a design that I found on Pinterest- If you just type in disney pumpkin carving, there’s thousands!

Finally, I went on a halloween night out as a vampire (aka I wore all black and did a slightly Vampire-ish makeup look with some stuck on teeth). It looked super pretty and sparkly though! Here’s me with the girls too-

img_5632img_5646I used urban decay vice 2 to create my eye look and my lips are Mac Cremesheen in Hang Up.

All in all I had a lovely little week of Halloween celebrations and now can’t wait for CHRISTMAS! X x x

 

Jailbreak 2016

Okay, so first things first, I haven’t blogged in almost 2 months. 😦 I’ve been sooo busy with my dissertation experiment, writing up essays and generally being a boring third year. But I’ve also been working hard on something very fun. Back at the start of February, Jamie and I signed up to participate in a charity Jailbreak! For anyone who doesn’t know, a jailbreak is an event in which you have 48 hours to get away from where you are (in our case, our university- UEA) without spending any money at all. We were sponsored to do so by our family and friends, all of which went directly to Macmillan Cancer Support 💚. As soon as I heard it was for Macmillan this year, I knew I had to sign up 🙂

Once we signed up, our hard work started. We really wanted to set a new record for furthest distance travelled (UEA’s record is Dubai- about 3300 miles). To do so, we were going to need to be sponsored by a business for a flight! This proved pretty tricky, but we managed to get sponsored in the end, in exchange for some promotional material for them. Although it wasn’t easy, many companies want to do their bit for charity. We put a lot more work into raising money for Macmillan as this was the most important part for us.

When the day finally came around, I was really nervous. We had our flights organised but we still had to get to Gatwick somehow. We got our Macmillan t-shirts and then set off!

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Hitch-hiking to Gatwick was definitely the most difficult part of the day. We managed to do it in an impressive four cars. Some lifts would take 10 minutes to arrived, others we were stranded for two hours wondering what the hell we were going to do. One thing I can say, is that hitch hiking is a great experience that made me feel a lot better about the human race! Haha.

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After arriving at Gatwick, we managed to get some food and also tried to get some more donations in our bucket. By this point we were both shattered and got some much needed sleep, ready for our final 24 hours and flight!!

Fast forward to the next morning and we were on our flight (all be it nearly 3 hours delayed). It took about 8 hours, with a little bit of turbulence.

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And we landed in… Toronto! 🙂
As our 48 hours weren’t up by this time, we had to sneak on a train to get into downtown from the airport. Which we obviously got caught for and had to spend a while talking our way out of. Once we arrived, we spent a while taking promotional pictures for Macmillan and the companies that sponsored us in front of a few landmarks, like the CN tower. Exhausted after all of this, we retired to our apartment, which turned out to have a view much better than we could ever have imagined..

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Most importantly, at the end of the Jailbreak we had raised over £1300 for Macmillan. I’m truly proud of myself for raising so much for a charity that is so important.  💚

January favourites

Anyone else starting to hate winter? Now that christmas is over, I am so done with it, especially since there’s no snow to play in. Pretty much every other day I’m on a website looking at flights for places to go in the summer. I want heat and beaches and pools and sunbathing. So here is a list of some of the things that have been getting me through the grey month of January 🙂

Topshop eyeshadow in WAX & WANE 

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My lovely friend Lily introduced me to this eyeshadow when she let me try it out in Brighton. Ever since then I was obsessed with it, but couldn’t bring myself to spend £9 on one eyeshadow. So when I needed to top-up my topshop jean order to get to the free delivery minimum spend, I knew what I was buying!

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This is the best swatch I can get of it, because it is iridescent so it changes in the lights. The best way I can describe it is tones of purple, peach and blue that look so beautiful together. I love putting this all over my lid with a darker shade of purple through the crease.

KATE SPADE JOURNAL

I got this journal for christmas all the way from Canada. I’m so excited to own something Kate Spade! As someone who loves stationary and knows the perfect notepad for herself, this one ticked a lot of boxes (must sit properly when opened, must be quite thick, must have nice paper to write on). It has so many pages, pretty embossed gold sections and like six bookmark ribbons. Woah. Anyone looking for a present for someone- I think this is a adorable buy..

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NARS LAGUNA ILLUMINATOR

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I’ve included this product, because basically I’m a sucker for anything that makes my cheeks shiny and illuminated and pretty. At £23, this product isn’t crazy expensive or crazy cheap, but I think is a must buy for anyone who likes to contour with a bit of sparkle (me). It can also be used as a base underneath your foundation for when you have a tan (real or fake) and it gives a beautiful glow to your make-up. I definitely recommend this product, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t sit on your skin well if the product underneath hasn’t had long enough to set, so I only use it on days when I have the luxury of plenty of time to do my make up.

CLINIQUE CLARIFYING LOTION AND URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY

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The Clinique clarifying lotion (not sure why it’s called a lotion when it’s got the consistency of water) is what I’ve been using to take off my face make up this month. My mum had told me like 1000000 times how bad make up wipes are for your skin, so I started using this for my face with the Clinique eye make up solvent for my eyes (also very good). I’d say this has made my skin a lot better, and it certainly is far nicer than scrubbing my face with a make up wipe.

The Urban Decay all nighter setting spray I kind of got on a whim because I wasn’t sure about how good it would be. Although my makeup obviously deteriorates throughout the day with it on, it looks soooo much better than usual. It’s also really refreshing to spray all over my face after putting all my makeup on :).

ASOS HEELS

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Lastly, I am absolutely loving these khaki heels from asos (despite the fact they haven’t touched anything but carpet yet). I am waiting to be taken out for classy drinks somewhere amazing first… :). These are a lot higher than usual for me, but it’s nice to have a pair of shoes that you are excited to wear, that you know will make you feel special. Plus, I love everything that is khaki ever.

I have also been loving Making a Murderer on Netflix… Obviously. I love it when a programme grabs you to the point where you have to watch it all as quick as you can (hello 125 episodes of PLL in pretty much one month). I wish there was more than ten episodes, but I hear a season two might be in the making!
Let me know what you guys have been loving this month…

 

 

Warner Bros Studio

Last week I went to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London (or as I like to call it, Harry Potter Land). Before I get into it and anyone gets bored reading, I just have to say.. YOU HAVE TO GO!!.. I had such a good day here. Although I like Harry Potter, I wouldn’t say I’m a huuuge fan, and I think that anyone could have a really fun time.

THINGS YOU MUST DO:

Buy Harry Potter glasses and walk around like a dork all day.

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Get the typical photo of you pushing your trolley into platform 9 3/4. (Gryffindor scarf optional).

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Find your favourite wand at Ollivanders (spending £80 on Lucius Malfoy’s super ridiculous wand like my cousin, also optional).

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This was my favourite, it was one of the death eaters’ wands, but I can’t remember which one 😦 i’ll buy it next time tho..

TIPS:

Harry Potter’s actual Hogwarts acceptance letter is somewhere in the studios. It’s so cool. Find it.

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I went whilst ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ was on (I think November-January). Although it was so pretty, I wouldn’t worry massively about trying to get there for it. The magical christmas pudding was awesome though.

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The gift shop is as fun as the actual tour, and there is so much good stuff. You’ll definitely want a souvenir, I got a Hogwarts flag 🙂

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Side note to finish: Emma Watson and I are HAND TWINS. YAY! (Soz about my horribly painted nails, I’m not good at that shiiiiz).

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Topshop OOTD

Today’s post is my OOTD that is entirely from Topshop. I didn’t plan this but I guess it makes an easy post to write! Unfortunately my camera died pretty soon into the walk, but I managed to get some pretty good pictures I think (thanks to Amber) ♥
Also I had FOUR inches cut off my hair yesterday!!! Mental.
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Dress- Striped Sweatshirt Dress
Shoes- Tassel Boots
Coat- Slim Pocket Coat
Scarf- Supersoft Scarf
Bag- Can’t find this online, even though I only got it in November!
Watch- Michael Kors
Bangle- Pandora
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I adore camel and I think it is so cute paired with a striped dress and darker toned boots. My little black backpack always makes anything I’m wearing seem more in trend. Let me know what you guys think or if you have any questions!

A year in trips

I did quite a bit of exploring in 2015, both in England and abroad, particularly in the latter half of the year. It’s something that I’d love to continue into 2016. Travelling to a new place whether it’s 10 or 1000 miles away always makes me feel refreshed and happy. Very very happy. So it’s important to look back on all the places I’ve been so I can think about all the places I can still go! So, in no particular order..

Spa break and night in a hotel in Norwich. Thanks to my best friend Amber, who got me this for my 21st birthday. I always have the loveliest time with you, and nobody makes me laugh quite like you. (Here’s us dancing on the bed being superstars- I couldn’t make these any bigger cos you can see our bums).

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A few trips to Birmingham. I’d never been to Birmingham before this year, but I have now been a few times. It’s a really big, busy city so there’s always something to do. I experienced my first proper football match here! (Still can’t believe there’s no commentary in the stadium). Plus someone special lives there, so you know. I’d better go..

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My first girls holiday in Barcelona. I’d never really fancied the 18-25 clubbing holidays in Malia etc, but this year a few of us managed to get away to Barcelona! In our own cute little apartment, we had the best time all together. Barcelona is truly an amazing city, it has everything- a beach whilst still feeling like a city, a super crazy nightlife and a lot of history
to see.

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London with my parents- I finally explored Shoreditch and it’s rooftop bars and restaurants, but also saw my favourites- Oxford Street and Covent Garden. There’s nothing like a little trip to London to remind you what an amazing place you live in.

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Big weekend in Norwich- Okay, since I kind of live in Norwich, I guess this isn’t technically a trip or anything, but it was so busy that it felt like one and I couldn’t bring myself to leave it out- definitely a highlight of 2015 and something that I’ll never forget. UEA is definitely wonderful. 

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My birthday trip to Paris. I’ve well and truly blogged the shit out of my trip to Paris but I couldn’t leave it out of the list! Just a few last pictures.. And then I’ll stop.. (At least I mixed it up by posting some GoPro ones)

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Family holiday to Morocco. A short trip to Marrakech with my parents in the summer was really beautiful. Our little hotel was unforgettable and it was great to spend some quality time together just us three, even if my mum fell down a hole because she was looking at a cow on the roof of a building and had to get 4 stitches (really).

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Birthday trip to Brighton. One messy night in Brighton for our 21sts was also unforgettable (except for the intoxicated bits). We actually managed to all get together which is an achievement within itself, and I really enjoyed Brighton. I can’t wait to hopefully visit again this year!

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So.. Where should I go next?..

 

Christmas 2015

I’m writing this LONG blogpost so I can have it as a memory of all the amazing things that I did in December 2015, as it definitely was one of the most busy Christmases I’ve had, but also because I took lots of pretty pictures whilst doing it which I really want to share, haha.

1) Experienced Christmas in another country (Paris)
Since I’ve already done a whole blogpost about Paris, I’ll keep this one short, but I can’t leave it out entirely! Paris was full of Christmassy things to do and see and I experienced so much while I was there. I’ll always remember that they call Churros ChiChis and having the poshest McDonalds of my life in the louvre with Jamie.

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2) Had a Christmas Dinner with the girls
It was really lovely to get back together after getting home from uni and the first thing we did was have a christmas dinner together at Lauren’s house. I cannot cook for the life of me, so I just chopped Carrots (really well though). We all wore christmas jumpers and played christmas games and ate a lot and spoke about our best and worst moments of the year.

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3) Went ice skating.. Twice
I went ice skating in two places this year. I love to ice skate, especially as I’m good at it! It also makes me feel really wintery and festive. Going with my friends and family meant that I got to enjoy it with lots of people I love and also meant I could double show off.

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4) Did a lot of baking
Here’s a long one.. I do really enjoy baking but being a poor student, I always pick a night out over buying ingredients to bake.. Oopsie. Anyways, whilst being home, a lot of the ingredients are already in the cupboards, so I can sneak in there and get baking. All of them were christmas themed and I’ll leave the recipe link with them all in case you aren’t quite ready to let christmas go yet (I’m not).

Gingerbread (obvs)- http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gingerbread_men_99096. I decorated them to look like my family/friends and gave them to them.

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Baked Oranges– Used for decoration rather than to eat, but soooo pretty. I just followed Zoella’s blogpost for this one.

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Cornflake wreaths- http://www.food.com/recipe/christmas-cornflake-wreath-cookies-153446. So messy. So fun.

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Victoria sponge– Mary Berry’s ‘all in one’ recipe. Such a taaasty cake and really fun to decorate! I filled it with extra thick cream and jam, and decorated it with icing sugar, strawberries, gingerbread, edible glitter, and other bits I bought.

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5) Walked my doggies. I’m definitely guilty of not doing this enough, so while I am home for the holidays I have taken them out on long walks a few times. I always enjoy it once I make the effort to do it. Plus I usually dress them up in cute christmas outfits.. To keep them warm.

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6) Most importantly, I spent lots of time with loved ones. I’ve been ice skating with my mum & auntie, made a gingerbread house with my uncle, watched lots of films with my dad, been dog walking with my cousin, eaten out lots with Jamie, drank lots with my girls and spent New Years Eve with lots of my uni pals. Christmas 2015 has been up there with the best.

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