Sunday, 22 November 2015

A FEW THINGS




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Right jumper / skirt





Christmas will be here before we know it and I have yet to buy a single present. On my list of people to buy for are my two wonderful sisters. As they are both fashion lovers, I'm on the hunt for pieces that are fun and within budget.  Also something that they wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves. So, I put together this guide to help me choose what gift to buy... 

- Do you love knitwear? Well, you can have the jumper to prove it with this 'Knitaholic' knit by Zara. It's a little different and ticks that 'fun' box. As does the soft faux fur stole in a colour block pattern - it's perfect for this bitterly cold weather.

- I think both my sisters would love this suede messenger bag. I adore the patchwork design and colours, it's suitable for all occasions.  This could be a winner folks!

- I have one sister in mind when I picked the gold metallic heels. I'm sure she would have plenty of opportunities to wear these during the run up to New Year. Plus, I don't think she would expect a pair of heels from me, so it would be lovely to surprise her.

- The pom pom keyring is the perfect little extra, it's fluffy, cute and comes in every colour...

I hope you enjoyed this wishlist gift guide. I would love to know which item is your favourite? 



Tuesday, 17 November 2015

EYE HEART YOU



If there was ever a time for glitter, it’s Christina time! The stores are full with Christmas decorations – sequins and fancy bobbles aplenty!

The glitter doesn't stop at decorations. If you are looking to add some sparkle to your life, incorporate some into your make up look. After an evening (well spent) on Pinterest, I found myself pinning some inspired make up looks.

You maybe a delicate shimmer kinda gal or a glittery disco diva, whatever you preference there are so many products/gift sets available this season, I created a fun wishlist with this in mind…



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If you want to try something more subtle, the Nars velvet shadow stick would be ideal. A touch of shimmer, along with long dark lashes and eye liner is an easy party look to achieve (except if you are me and eye liner will always be a struggle).

For a fun and more eye catching look, loose glitter or glitter stars will be for you. These fun sized pots (above) would make great stocking fillers. Mac even has a shade called Kitschmas. I’m already starry eyed at the thought of having glitter stars in my life!

Tip: scotch tape will help remove any glitter that goes astray.

Some may say less is more, but my teen self is screaming, ‘more, more’.  So, I would suggest starting off with a little product and then you can add more as you go along.  I hope you have enjoyed this little wish list. Have any products caught your eye recently? 


Products
                        Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara    NARS velvet shadow stick 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

books and socks



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This year is going by so fast - I can't believe we are in November and Christmas is only a month a way. There's something so magical about the winter months, I find myself wanting to blog again. 

I wanted to share my latest reads with you. I've been spending those rainy days consumed by the words on the pages - cocooned in my own little world. I have strayed away from my usual mysteries and thrillers with these two books. Both books made quite an impression on me, so thought it would be rude not to share them.


Truly unlike any book I have read before. The book captures the uneasiness of adolescents, after a high school sex scandal becomes front page news. As the teenage girls at the school come to terms with this, they begin to question the potency of their own sexuality and desires. The story in the news also serves as inspiration for the annual play put on by local drama collage students - 'the real world and the world of theatre are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve...'

I found the narrative quite challenging - what was a performance and what was real? I decided to put my confusion to one side and to persist with the story, as I was so intrigued by the theatrical aspect. However, once I finished, I was unsure how to feel. Was this book too intellectual for me? Did I miss something crucial to the story?

'eves are designed, not made.
The School trains them to be pretty
The School trains them to be good.
The School trains them to Always be Willing.

All their lives, the eves have been waiting.
Now, they are ready for the outside world.
companion . . . concubine . . . or chastity
Only the best will be chosen.
And only the Men decide'.


After reading reviews by Chelsea and Lauren, this book was at the top of my to-read list. Set in a disturbing dystopia, the eves must conform and compete to be the most beautiful, the most perfect. The main character is an eve named frieda. She is soon to find out what her future will be - companion, concubine or chastity? 
I could not put this book down. The alarming world in which this book is set, is in many ways an extreme version of the world we live in today. Let me emphasise the word, extreme. It's almost poetic that these eves were to show no emotions; however, this book left me feeling a mix of emotions. I really don't want to give too much away but I will say, this book is worth the read!
  

'Are you brain dead? Personality does NOT matter. All that matters is being pretty, you...' she stammers with rage, 'you feminist'.' There's a horrified gasp.  'Well, it's true,' she says defiantly. 'Being pretty is all that matters.'