Monday, 28 July 2014

dinner out in brighton

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I love Brighton. It's definitely where I wanna live after I finish University. It's such a vibrant place with so much going on. I love all the restaurants and the buildings and the fact that it somehow makes grubby look good. It's not a polished city and not a particularly clean city either but there's just something special about it. Like there's a party everyday. It's a place you have to visit at least once cause it has the best of everything. The sea, lovely shops and bars, culture, countryside.
To be honest, it's only in the last few years that I've really fallen in love with it. I love wandering around the lanes, going for breakfast, finding little gems in random little shops and the laid back atmosphere of everyone. It's not a lie when they say anything goes in Brighton. Literally anything.

Anyway,  on Saturday night me and my family went out for an impromptu dinner in Brighton and ended up at one of our favourites Donatello's. It's a lovely and quite big Italian restaurant hidden away in the Lanes. The food is so good but also crazily cheap. Three courses for £10.95. So after feeling stuffed, we took a walk around in the lanes and I got the chance to take some photos (see all the amazing wonderful pro photos above...jokes). We decided to take a walk over to the famous Pavilion. It was such a lovely warm summer evening and there was such a great atmosphere that it just confirmed to me that I wanna make roots there after I graduate.

On a side note, I recent wrote a post on my blog schedule (see here) and you may or may not have noticed that my schedule hasn't exactly worked out. Posting three times a week is hard. When I have the time to post it usually means I haven't been up to much so I don't have anything to post and when I've been doing loads and have things to blog about I have no time. Talk about a catch 22! So from now on I will posting two times a week on Mondays and Fridays (and I'll be throwing in the occasional wishlist post on a Wednesday). I feel like this is more realistic for me and less pressure after all my blog is supposed to be fun. Hopefully this plan will work out better.

Dress ASOS CURVE
Kimono Newlook
Sandals & bag Dorothy Perkins
Necklace Unknown 

Happy Monday! 
Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

the 50s summer dress

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Yesterday me and my mum decided to go out for a day together, just us. This rarely happens. I mean occasionally we go out for a coffee and sometimes we end up going shopping for a bit but we rarely take the whole day to ourselves. Anyway we decided to visit this old country house/museum and garden called Michelham Priory that dates back to 1229 (only a short drive from where we live). It's supposed to be one of the most haunted places in Britain and although I felt a little uneasy walking around, I didn't get much of a creepy vibe.  

 The weather was ridiculously hot and sunny and beautiful so I decided to dress nice and light in my 50s style summer dress, which I got last year, with my newly bought heeled sandals. This dress has been featured on my blog before (see here) and is actually a halter-neck but I got my mum to sew on the ties as straps to create a nice sweetheart neckline (and cover up my bra straps). I actually much prefer the dress like this. I think it sits better on me and doesn't pull on my neck. 

We spent the day walking around the moat and through the gardens and wandering around the old house. We then sat overlooking the pond and countryside while having a pot of tea and a nice ploughman's lunch. After snapping away at flowers and ponds and trees, I decided to ask my mum to get some snaps of me in my outfit. I thought it'd make a nice change from my garden and a washing line in the backdrop! In the past I've been terrible at dressing for the summer but in the last couple of years I've definitely got better at wearing more season appropriate things instead of just wishfully living in Autumn clothes. Anyway, I thought the pictures of my outfit would come out awfully because, by this point, I was hot and a bit tired from all the walking in the sun but I'm actually quite happy with them!

Sunglasses River Island
Bag & sandals Dorothy Perkins

What've you guys been up to this summer so far? What's your favourite thing you wear to stay nice and cool?

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, 21 July 2014

window shopping.

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So I went out shopping today in the lovely sunshine but sadly, I didn't have much money to spend so it became window shopping. Ugh. I promised myself that after my recent spends (some I still need to show on here), I would take a break and execute some self control until I'd earned some more money. Why torture myself going shopping when I have no money, I hear you ask! Well my friend, Kristin, had a day off work and we decided to go out and naturally ended up going around the shops. We started out with a nice affordable lunch (no Bills for me) and then headed around the shops for a browse.
The pictures above are just snaps from my iPhone that I took while I was out today. I absolutely loved the floral headband and am really tempted to buy it when I have more money. I also loved the white backpack. I seem to have a bit of an obsession with backpacks at the moment. You can see my new-ish backpack in the snaps of my outfit. I love its 90's vibe and also thought it'd be great for over the summer when I'm out and about but will also be great in the Autumn when I'm training it about. You can also see the numerous lipstick swatches on my hand. I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect orange-red lipstick for my skin tone so if you can any suggestions let me know.
If you're wondering why my hair looks such a mess it's cause these photos were taken at the end of day. This is documentation of two day old hair that was vigorously sprayed with dry shampoo this morning, swept back into a messy side bun and then exposed to 27oc heat. I must apologise. 
Anyway I guess this is the reality of being a fashion & beauty blogger. You don't always have money to spend! spend! spend! Sometimes it's just window shopping but nevertheless, we had a great day today walking around in the sunshine, trying pretty (but extravagant) headbands on and playing with my friend's adorable dog, Bo.

Dress ASOS CURVE
Cardigan Primark
Shoes & bag Newlook

Happy Monday!

P.s sorry for not posting on Saturday! I had such a busy day of housework, shopping and my oldest friend's 21st! I literally found no time to post so decided to get back on schedule by posting today!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

hello summer, old friend

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Hello Summer, old friend. I can't quite believe that you're here!

It's been summer for a while, I know, but the last couple of days have been so lovely that I think I've only just accepted it's here. Last week I kept finding myself saying, "In the summer I'm going to..." or "This summer I should really..." and then I'd remember that, HELLO, the summer is already here. The summer is here and I have loads of things I should be doing but when the sun's out and it's all blue skies, I just wanna hang out in the sun, drink cold drinks and paint my nails pretty pastel colours. Ah suuuummmerrrr... 

Anyway, this is what I wore today. Just an errand day of going to the bank and booking an eye appointment (oh the fun life I lead!) and also having lunch overlooking the seaside. I also decided to include the cute net shopping bag I got yesterday while I was out. We went to this cute little town called Lewes, had breakfast in Bills and a mooch about the shops in the sunshine. I got this bag to carry my new books, jams and tin of olives in. Just a few of my favourite things. Anyway, I really wanted you guys to see it even though I didn't wear it out today. It's gonna be my 'just popping out for a loaf of bread and a pint of milk' bag. 

On a side note! I had some good news last week. 
Firstly, I got short-listed for a novel competition I entered and I find out whether I've placed when I get back to Uni in the Autumn. I was super excited because I never thought I'd do well. In fact I was so worried about what I submitted I nearly sent a following email asking they withdraw my entry.  
Secondly, I finally got a job and a writing job of all things so, Hello there employment!

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Jeans & pumps Newlook
Net bag Bills
Necklace Unknown

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, 14 July 2014

hailes talks nails

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I've always wanted to be good at doing my nails. To keep them nice and healthy. To paint them regularly. Just to not hate them as much as I always have and recently I've gotten into them a lot more! I've always painted my nails (and loved nail varnish) but I was terrible at shaping and doing all the prep work. This all changed after I  had my first manicure a couple of months ago. It was amazing seeing my nails go from chipped, dry monstrosities with horrible ridges in to lovely rounded, smooth, healthy little nails with the dreamiest pink painted on them. Well, while I was at the spa having them done I really picked the nail technician's brain. She'd do something and I'd be like, "Oo what was that? Can you show me how you did that?" and luckily she was lovely. I think she found my inquisitiveness quite amusing. But ever since that day, I got a taste of what it felt like to have nice nails and since then, I've been trying to keep it up. The pictures above show my absolute favourite nail polish. It's from Kiko and goes on so effortless. I've had it a while and it hasn't gone all gloopy which is always the sign of a great varnish!
The picture below shows all the products I've been using recently. As you can see they aren't in pristine-just-bought condition because I have actually been using them all a lot.

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A Few Tips:

So I'm no expert. Really. I'm so far from it. But these are just a couple of things I've discovered since getting into nails!

  • I don't care what they say. It ain't no beauty myth. Putting your nail varnish in the fridge does works. It goes on better, stays on for longer and gives a more glossy effect.
  • Burt's Bees cuticle cream (see above) is ah-mazing and it smells even better. Such a handy sized product to carry around in your make up bag for when your nails are feeling a little dry.
  • Under coats and base coats make ALL the difference. 
  • The nail technician told me that if you get ridges in your nails (which I always do), to buff them out. I didn't know this. Maybe everyone but me knows this but man, it really works. Try and steer clear of those cheap cube filer/buffer/shiner/polisher/does absolutely nothing'er. Pay for a good buffer and you'll see the difference.
  • If you're going nail varnish shopping take some sellotape with you. Then pop a bit of tape over your nails and you can try out the testers and then just remove them when you're finished. I discovered this amazing tip when I first found a Kiko shop in the south of France. This helps to save your from that horrible situation of having random testers all over your nails!

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you a couple of funny nail memes I found on Pinterest recently...


































To follow my nail journey some more, feel free to follow me on Instagram here...

Also, let me know your top nail tips and your thoughts on anything and everything I've discussed in this super long post!

Happy Monday Y'all!