Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Jumper Friday

Last week was national Christmas jumper day which I think is a fairly new thing as I certainly hadn't heard of it before!  A group of us decided to participate by wearing them to work and going to the pub afterwards looking like knobs!! It was really fun as there were loads of people in dodgy Christmas jumpers, most of which I recognised from Primark sadly enough!  I thought it was the perfect excuse to wear my new Disney jumper I had bought a few days earlier.  Now I know it's not strictly a 'Christmas jumper' - I got a lot of grief for that at work - however in my defense Lady and the Tramp is a classic Christmas movie (it's scheduled for Christmas Eve this year in fact so there) and also I was desperate to wear a Disney jumper to work and get away with it!!


Our nerdy Christmas group at work



These were the only two photos I could find where, although admittedly looking extremely pissed, my eyes are not closed or I am not on the verge of falling over.  What can I say it's that time of year where it is allowed to over-indulge in festivities!!  I am wearing my newish Topshop peplum top underneath which has the most gorgeous pearl embellishment on the collar, it adds a lovely touch to any plain outfit.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I saw the Hobbit at the iMax last night which was incredible, review coming soon :) Just finished watching the Strictly Come Dancing final and am about to watch Taken 2 which I am pretty excited about as the first one is probably my favourite action film.  Also Liam Neeson is just scrumptious. 

Xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Work-wear Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another work-wear post.  Today it was our team Christmas lunch at work so I wanted to wear something a little more festive, hence the reddish peplum top and glitzy collar necklace.  The top is leaning very orange in the pictures but it is a bit more red in real life with a tinge of orange, it goes perfectly with the Mac lipstick Scarlet Ibis from the Marilyn collection which  I love wearing.  It is quite daring for day-time work mode but it never fails in perking me up and people have come to expect bright from me!!  We went to Thai Square which I have been to once before and is very enjoyable, they do good Thai food for reasonable prices.  They do not have a patch on Spicy Basil in Kilburn though - if you have not been there you MUST MUST - the food is amazing and the prices even better!!



I've got another Christmas lunch tomorrow and then drinks after work with friends, then the Hobbit at the iMax on Friday which I can't bloody wait for!! The festivities are in full swing! Hope everyone else is having an enjoyable festive week.

Xx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Soap and Glory Discounted Box Set!!

I was meant to post this last night but was at a Christmas event so let's just say it was a late one! However I still managed to get up early enough to get my Soap and Glory box from Boots on Fleet Street - there are lots there if anyone is around the area!! 
So yes anyone who is after the uber popular Soap and Glory box set they were released this morning so Hurry Hurry - the website has probably already crashed like last year!  The set is £27 and includes 9 products:

Handfood
Peaches and Clean
The Righteous Butter
Sexy Motherpucker
Clean On Me shower gel
Smoothie Star
Heel Genius
Sugar Crush body scrub
Thick & Fast Mascara

Xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Disney Jumpers Alert!!

For those who don't know I am an absolute disney fanatic - I bloody love it.  I know this is ridiculous for someone of my age but what can I say I was raised on Disney, I had every disney film growing up and watched them continuously throughout my childhood. Combine that with my love for gorgeous, girly dresses and musicals and you have a pretty full blown obsession on your hands.  So when my friend this morning sent me a picture of Disney jumpers I was almost hyperventilating on the tube - there is Lady and The Tramp for christs sake! - and it is good old H&M that has made my Christmas wishes come true again.

The same thing happened last year when I heard whispers of Disney in H&M.  I ran into H&M and said to my boyfriend, hunt for anything Disney immediately!  I did the same in Forever 21 when those disney jumpers came out and never found anything so was not expecting to have any luck, however downstairs he found an absolute shrine to Disney topped with one of my favourite characters of all time - Bambi!! Once I had gotten over my excitement I picked up Minnie and Bambi and lived in them all last winter as seen here:


Now I do apologise for this post sounding like the ramblings of a toddler but I know many people who are also into Disney so here is the heads up - go to H&M immediately.  From what I can see there is Daisy Duck, Tigger and most importantly Lady and the Tramp.  I will definitely be buying the latter and might get one for my mum too as that is her favourite disney film.  Any of you as fanatical about disney as me?!

Xx

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Raving about River Island

River Island is probably my favourite shop of this season.  I've only really started shopping there in the last year or so because before I found it slightly chav but in my opinion their stock has improved dramatically, to the extent I have ignored all self-restraint and picked up quite a few items recently.  Having said that these items were all in the sale or one of their 'seasonal offers' and were acquired over a period of two months so that has abated my guilt somewhat.  These will all be popping up on my blog in the near future in some form or another and I wore the boucle jacket for the first time a few weeks ago (as seen in my first 'work-wear Wednesday' post, which I loved.  It's a really useful way to brighten up a winter outfit as the neon trim is a lot more prominent in real life. 
Post HERE:

orange fluorescent jumper £20.00
dogtooth skater dress £20.00
burgundy colour block peplum dress £15.00
navy colour block pencil dress £15.00
cream neon trim boucle jacket £15.00
   
black skater skirt £12.00
black pleated skater skirt £12.00
black polka dot tights £3.00
black dogtooth tights £3.00

Special mention has to go to the dogtooth skater dress as it is one of the longest, heaviest ones I have come across - no flimsy material here - and as such is perfect for taller people.  I'm going to do a dedicated post soon!  Also to the polka dot tights as I have an absolute obsession with polka dots, it's easily my favourite print and if I see it I have to pick it up - I think I need to seek help!!

Do you love River Island as much as I do?

Xx

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Book Review: The House by The Sea


I am not really one to go into details of books in my reviews as I fear to give away any spoilers and I prefer reading other people's opinions as opposed to the storyline therefore I shall just start with the generic blurbs during my reviews as they probably explain it far better than I can anyway!

Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village, and dreams of living there someday. When Dante, the son of the villa's owner, invites her inside, she knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up they cross an unseen line, jeopardizing the very thing they hold most dear...Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England's Devon coast has fallen on hard times. Its owner, Marina, hires an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she finds is charismatic and wise and begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes of the hotel. However, it soon becomes clear that he is not who he seems...From the Italian countryside to the English coast, The House by the Sea is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed.






This is one of those books that left a warm feeling in my stomach and in a really happy mood!  It is not a particularly heavy read - on the front it says the perfect "holiday read" - I finished it in a few days however that is also because I could not put it down!  This is one of those books that just draws you in every time and makes journeys fly by - I found it incredibly easy to get ensconced in the stories of Floriana and Marina. It is a really lovely story but does have its fair share of darkness and drama, this is no 'chick lit' as you might think judging by the title and front cover of the book.  The strong overriding themes in this book are that of love, particularly what they describe as 'big love' in the book,  but mainly loss and in part resolution.  These are themes that are not only explored by the main characters but also crop up in the minor characters/plots of the book.

One of those books with two different stories: from different settings based in different times however you know there is a link between them and there is a nice correlation between the themes of the stories also - the issue of class takes an unexpected yet poignant role.  The trouble with these books is it can rather detach you from each story as by the time you are connecting with one part you jump to another.  However this was not the case here, I liked both stories equally and they both had their different characters and the story lines developed at a similar pace so that kept you glued to both sections and not wishing on or the other as often happens with me.  Of course the issue with these kind of books is that I always try to guess what the mystery is and how the two stories link together, because they always do, and yes I could not escape that here either - I spent most of the book trying to look for the clues and dupe the author out of their twist ending!  However I was pleasantly surprised that I missed a lot of the more subtle clues and actually did not guess until near the climax and the fact that you know you are progressing towards the big reveal keeps you hooked on reading even more!

One of the elements that added to the heart of this book was the attention paid to the minor characters/story lines.  I really enjoyed the peripheral characters and were invested in them much more than I usually am - especially in the Devon based parts.  Particular mention must go out to the older members of the story who I really loved!

In conclusion I would definitely recommend this book particularly if you enjoy your love stories with a little more depth and starkness than your normal 'holiday read'.  I found the theme of loss and learning how to cope/find resolution within yourself and life really interesting and relatable because everyone will have to deal with these feelings at one point or another.  If you are after a feel-good read with more adult themes and beautiful settings than this is the one for you.  I still feel all warm and fuzzy from devouring this but I'm sure a long day at work will put that to rights!!

Xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Work-wear Wednesday

Firstly apologies for the grainy photos.  These were taken by iPhone due to the absence of a camera!  Moving on this is a relatively new blouse from Topshop - I loved the subtle stud detail on the collar and the rich purple hue - studs and jewel tones for winter, so revolutionary!!  I recently got a few bits and bobs from Primark (post coming soon) and these earrings were one of my purchases.  They reminded me slightly of the Princess Diana style jewellery and although these are blatantly fake I do not think they look gaudy either as some cheap jewellery can tend to.






Blouse - Topshop
Skirt - River Island
Earrings/Bracelet - Primark, Turkey
                                                          
Hope you are going to take advantage of the Covent Garden event tomorrow night (as detailed in my last post) and start your Christmas shopping early.  I am determined to be organised this year!  No more frantic Christmas Eve shopping for me!!

Xx

Discount Vouchers & Codes!

I have stumbled across a few discount vouchers to be used at certain retailers from magazines, and even more exciting a 20% off voucher at participating shops in Covent Garden this Thursday, including Mac!
Me when I found out Mac was participating:



I've got my beady little eye on Satin Taupe, All That Glitters and Quarry eyeshadows. 
Most importantly I have been after the Soft & Gentle MSF for the longest time so might take full advantage of the 20% off. It's just soo beautiful.




I'll see you there!!


Covent Garden 20% off event:
http://www.sevendials.co.uk/standard


New look £10 off £40 in More! Magazine


H&M 25% off in Grazia Magazine, which incidentally only costs £1 in WH Smith


Matalan 20% off £40 Voucher Codes:
http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/discounts/exclusive-20-off-orders-over-40-at-matalan-818354.html?bi=xp6571

Happy Shopping :)





Xx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Angel

So this is kind of a FOTD type post to showcase my new Angel lipstick by Mac.  I was tempted to buy this as I have never bought a nude from Mac before and it does look bloody amazing on Kim K.



 This is the first time I've worn it properly and I'm still not a huge fan, as most people seem to be of this lipstick, but it's growing on me.  I just don't like nudes on me!!  There is also a sneak peek of my new favourite blouse which is going to have it's own dedicated post in the near future.

Don't really want to put my picture under a picture of Kim Kardashian because it will make these pictures look even worse but here goes! 

   

This is not a true FOTD though as this was taken after a loooong day at work (if you can't tell!)and the lighting is atrocious. This is really only for the purpose of the lipstick!

I am also adding in two snaps of my jewellery as they are my new obsession and go well with the blue and white shirt.  The necklace is from H&M and the shamballa style bracelet from a Turkish market:

 What do you think of Mac Angel?

Xx


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday

Just a quick post to say Happy Remembrance Sunday.

Wear your poppies with pride!

Xx

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Skyfall

I went to see the new Bond at the Imax on Tuesday night and I loved it.  Please bear in mind that although watching and reading about films is a hobby of mine I do not claim to be knowledgeable and indeed have never have studied it so do not have any technical or insightful views into aspects such as cinematography or editing!  Also this is only my opinion and I am happy for anyone to agree or disagree with my views on this film!

Don't get me wrong when watching Bond you do have to completely suspend reality and there are a big number of flaws and plot holes in this film however people who take issue of how this film is unrealistic are completely missing the essence of Bond - of course it bloody is this character has survived countless shootings, stabbings and skyfalls off every type of structure imaginable!! If you go into the cinema hoping to take Bond completely seriously then you are not going to enjoy it.  With this in mind I really liked this film and to be honest my positive opinion is probably amplified by the disappointment I felt with Quantum of Solace. 

For me Bond is a certain type of film - it is action, excitement and adventure with a sprinkling of British humour - it is not a Christopher Nolan type mind-fuck!  I don't particularly want to go to the cinema and have to hugely concentrate on the plot of the film which incorporates theories around nuclear physics, which was one of the problems I had with Quantum of Solace.  However for me this film takes it back to a more classic storyline - a psychotic villain with a simple objective driven by his disturbing past - that's the stuff! 
Onto the heart of the film - the action :)  I found the action scenes in this to be incredible - particularly the opening sequence which included racing across the rooftops of the market in Istanbul and the closing sequence in the stunning setting of Glencoe in Scotland.  Also some scenes were filmed on beaches in Fethiye in Southern Turkey which is where I went on holiday so that gave me a little thrill!


 


As well as Daniel Craig being rather dreamy he does my favourite portrayal of Bond to date.  Having said that suspending reality is the best route to take to enjoy Bond I have to say I do prefer the authenticity of Bond's character in this film compared to the previous ones before Daniel Craig.  The previous films portray Bond as a seemingly invincible agent who excels at everything he puts his hand to with no perceivable flaws and all the while looking like a supermodel - he almost has a superhero-esque aura about him.  Daniel Craig has certainly got the good looking thing nailed down however this Bond is much grittier and rough around the edges with real flaws and vulnerabilities - something they really play upon in this film as another prevalent theme is aging.  For the first time Bond is being doubted because of his age, amongst other things, and his abilities questioned - the first time this has ever happened in 50 years of Bond films.  Basically his perfect veneer has been stripped away and we are left with someone who the audience can relate to and actually could be one of us - apart from the whole MI6 agent thing of course!

The acting is superb with real heavyweights appearing in this film who have countless nominations between them.  Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney all live up to their reputations and deliver believeable, three dimenstional characters.  However the stand-out star for me is Javier Bardem.  He absolutely steals every scene he appears in, which is saying something when you consider the acting royalty in this film.  The first scene he appears in where he tells a story about rats is one of the most memorable scenes for me of the entire film and all this scene comprises of is him walking across a room telling a story - that's a powerful testament to his acting prowess.  He also has a different take than we typically see for Bond villains who are often one dimensionally evil with no redeeming qualities however Silva manages to be creepy, funny, terrifying, unpredictable and highly intelligent all at the same time.  I also felt a small pull of sympathy for him despite the fact he is a complete phsychopath so huge props have to go to Javier Bardem for his portrayal of the villain.


 


Another character I personally loved was the new Q.  There's nothing outstanding about his scenes or acting but I'm a sucker for a geek and this one is rather yummy.  Below is the first scene between him and Bond if you wanted to have a gander:




This has been the most commercially successful Bond of all time making £53.44m in just 10 days before it had even opened in America.  It also has a rating of 8.1 on IMDB which is an excellent score considering the harsh ratings films are subject to on that site.  It looks like I'm not the only one who found this film to be a success!  Finally apologies for banging on and congrats if you made it this far ane here's a little reward for your perserverance:

 

 You're welcome.

Xx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Work-Wear Wednesday

One of the first features I wanted to introduce on my blog is 'Work-Wear Wednesday', I love a bit of alliteration! During the week I won't do that many outfit posts simply because I work in a corporate environment so the dress code is quite strict and conservative - although I push the boundaries a bit :)  I feel like you can get away with almost anything if you add a smart blazer to the mix.  So yes my smart and unfortunately black laden work outfits are a bit dull to bombard my blog with! Sigh I wish I worked in a less corporate environment, but never mind at least I have the excuse to buy gorgeous pencil dresses that I would otherwise never wear!




Shirt:Topshop
Skirt: River Island
Boucle Jacket: River Island
Belt: Vintage
Jewellery: Topshop, H&M

So here is my first post featuring my lovely new neon trim boucle jacket from RI (post to follow on RI goodies).  Please excuse the state of my skirt, this was taken at about 8.30pm when I got home so it is looking slightly worse for wear.  Also of note is that this outfit looks much better with heels, due to the length of the skirt, however they were sitting safely under my desk in the office - I absolutely refuse to travel in heels!


 I was also wearing a few of my current favourite jewellery pieces which I thought I would show you:


This eye necklace is from h&m from a few months ago.  I was never really into the whole evil eye jewellery trend, those Topshop eye rings seemed to be everywhere! However I thought this one was really simple and elegant and I love longer length necklaces.  Also having come back from Turkey I'm starting to embrace the eye jewellery as it is everywhere over there, where the 'evil eye' talisman originally comes from, and I quite like the idea that it's supposed to ward against negativity and bad energy!


Again completely jumping on the bandwagon with this piece - I adore spiked jewellery!  It adds an edge to any outfit and is my nod to the tougher gothic fashion which is very popular at the moment but not really my cup of tea!
Xx