Sunday, 28 July 2013

Brother's Shirt

A few weeks ago I was in Cornwall, the weather was fab (although it's still pretty good) and I spent all day, everyday, at the beach. Here are a few photos I never shared with you! I raided the ironing pile and found one of brother's shirts which he never wears. It was pretty huge on me so I tried tying it round my waist, which made a small improvement. 

As I write this I'm just about to go out for lunch- my parents and brother are on the train down to join me in London so we can spend the day together. Even though we've spoken every night it feels like ages since I last saw them. I even spoke to my dog on the phone the other night, she probably didn't have a clue what was happening though. She's the cutest.

I hope you've all had a great weekend, talk soon x

Friday, 26 July 2013

Meeting Lily Pebbles! (+ Anna & Amelia Liana)

Before I get to the exciting part, I'm so sorry! I've been climbing the walls because I haven't blogged since Monday. Some of you might think that I'm a bit sad to be stressed out by this but seriously, the most I go without a new post is normally two days, not four. So please accept my apologies- and I hope this was worth waiting for! 

Talk about serendipity- the week I'm in London and I get to meet some of my favourite beauty bloggers. Last night John Lewis hosted an event with Grazia magazine and Lily Pebbles, who writes her blog What I Heart Today. I dashed from work to get to John Lewis to hear Lily and the Grazia girls talk about their summer beauty picks.

After the talk we had time to mill around, get our nails done, and have a chat about all things beauty with Lily. Surprise surprise, Lily's beauty-blogging friends Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup and Amelia Liana from Liana Beauty came along too! We chatted favourites of the month, nail colours, skincare, haircare- it was THE best. Like typical bloggers, we also talked about things like scheduling posts and organising your blog (I obviously need to take their advice on board and schedule more...) 

I met two other fab bloggers- Simmi from the his and hers blog Made in Marylebone and Georgina, who writes her blog Forks and Brushes. I think you might be able to tell that I had loads of fun, and I still can't believe I got to meet my favourite bloggers and have the most friendly chat with them, it feels kinda surreal. 

I cannot believe what a mess my hair is- this is me post London Underground rush, with no straighteners either- eeek.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Wish List: 22/07/13

Wish List: 22/07/13

Wish List: 22/07/13 by rubysterland 

 Here are a few beautiful things I wish I owned. (If only my bank account were larger.) Although, maybe that's a good thing, because I'm not sure I would know when to stop if that were the case.

Colour Block Bowler Bag, Topshop- I love pastel colours and the boxy shape of this bag. I'm always drawn to big bags, which probably does my back no good because I manage to pack everything into my handbags. (Things get lost in there)

Color Tattoo, Maybelline (in On and On Bronze)- I've heard so many good things about this range so I don't know why I haven't tried them for myself already. I think the bronze is a really pretty, subtle colour, so that's the one I would go for.

Double Blouse, Zara- I love these delicate v-neck tops, I think they look so simple but really flattering. With all the crazy warm weather in the UK, I think it's light enough to get away with.

Printed Jumpsuit, Zara- This is in the sale so I'm going to have to be quick to get it. I think it looks so comfy, but the silky material means you can dress it up too. It also looks like a pyjama, and if I could I would live in my pyjamas, so this is close enough.

Stuck In Love- I went to see this movie at the cinema and I loooved it. I would definitely recommend that you watch it- it's funny, sad, and full of relationships and also books, because the protagonists are all authors. 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

On a Sunny Afternoon

I finally got to spend the day with my gorgeous cousin, and we got to mess about with a camera again. You might remember the last time we did this, way back in January. You can see the results from that day here and here. Luckily this time around it was a heck of a lot warmer. 

Friday, 19 July 2013

RNIL: Lychee & Greenberry

I've heard numerous bloggers talk about how fab they think the Gelly Hi-Shine range from Barry M is, so on my last trip to Boots I had to pick a few up. First of all, I can't get over how amazingly priced they are! At only £3.99 each they are a bargain if I ever saw one. Keep an eye on the offers too, when I bought these they were two for £5.99

Anyway, back to the nail polish. I love them. Personally, I don't think one coat is enough but with two you get a nice opaque finish. Just a few things to mention- definitely use a base coat, although I think they last fine without a top coat, and they're already pretty shiny. Barry M usually have a great colour selection, so I was kind of disappointed when I saw how few there were in Boots. The colours they did have were nice, but there weren't many. Maybe it's because it's quite a new range, so finger's crossed they bring out more! 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Great Photos, Beauty and Writing #1

*Each image is from the websites respectively, I do not own these images!

I've just returned from my holiday and after a week away from blogging I came home to 479 unread posts on my bloglovin' feed. Woah. I've spent the past few days trying to make a dent in this number, and if I'm honest I don't think I'll ever get up to date. But, in my effort to do this I have come across some great blog posts which I really wanted to share with you guys. 

Great photos- The Blonde Salad- Santorini day 2. She's done it again, some more gorgeous photos. I think these photos sum up great summer style and I wish I had all these things in my wardrobe.

Great Beauty- Vivianna Does Makeup- Guide to Holiday Beauty Packing- This is actually a huge series with 5 different scenarios- The Basics, The Festival, The City, The Beach and The Outdoors, so there's definitely something for everyone. It couldn't get better really, Anna's written a blog post and filmed a video for each one, as well as creating an awesome PDF check list to tick off all your necessary items.

Great Writing- Someone Like You- Come Sail Away with Me- I like reading Lauren's blog because not only does she have great style, but she's a great writer. This post is definitely no exception. She knows how to use language to tell a story, but I still think it's relatable, and often really makes you think. Check out Lauren's blog if you haven't already!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Scrap Bookin' #3

You guys might know that I love a bit of scrap-booking, especially sneaking a peek in other peoples' books. Here are some of my most recent additions to my book. I try and categorise pages into different things, whether it's a colour, a trend or how different make-up looks are styled. My favourite pages always change, but right now it's the image above, because I think both images are so darn beautiful. From the hair to the beauty look (quite understated, the way I tend to do my own make up) and the styling. Basically, everything about them. 
To see some other pages in my book, click here and here

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Cornwall | Photo Diary

1st day at the beach- wearing Green Berry, Barry M Gelly Nails

Surprise pattern coordination with my mum

I had the yummiest lemon sole at Sam's in Polkerris. 

One afternoon we had the nicest Cream Tea at Coombe Farm, a sweet little B&B. I could eat this everyday and never get sick of it. 

My instagram followers will know that we spent one evening at the Minack Theatre- which is carved into the cliff-side and has the sea as a back drop. 

There were so many cute shops in Fowey.

My last night. 

Hi everyone- here are a few snaps from last week's holiday! We had surprisingly great weather and I had a blast (hopefully the pictures show it). Are you going anywhere this summer? Let me know what you're all doing!

Take a look at my Holiday Reading List and my Holiday Picks

Friday, 12 July 2013

White Stripes

Hi everyone! I thought I'd show you my favourite new purchase. A few weeks ago I saw Isabella from Views of Now wearing a really cute top with an open back, so when I saw this version in Primark I had to have one. I love a good stripe in summer, and apparently my dog does too! This is the second time she's photo bombed on my blog. 
Top- Primark
Shorts- Dorothy Perkins
Sneakers & Necklace- New Look
Garnier BB Cream
Collection 2000 Multiplying Mascara
Rimmel Moisture Renew in Notting Hill Nude

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Holiday Reading List

Tess of the d'Urbevilles- Thomas Hardy
The Lucky One- Nicholas Sparks
Harper's Bazaar

My Holiday Reading List is something I look forward to making. I have the habit of reading before I go to sleep, and that would be fine if I didn't fall asleep after about 3 pages because I'm so tired. Holidays are one of the few times that I can really get stuck into a book. Here are my choices for this year. High up on my list was The Great Gatsby but I couldn't get my hands on a copy! I went to see the film last weekend and it was incredible, so it's definitely on my list. 

What are you reading this summer?

Monday, 8 July 2013

The Holiday Picks

Solana Beach Body Mist & Moisteriser- Hollister
Shades- New Look
Gelly Nail Polish in Greenberry- Barry M
Shorts- Fat Face

When I go on holiday I wear shorts and a t shirt 90% of the time. I keep it simple with bright nails (Barry M have some gorgeous summer colours, and there's no guilt because they're super affordable!) I choose one fragrance for the week and this time it's Solana Beach  by Hollister. Make up is minimal (as usual) and I keep skin looking fresh by using a BB Cream rather than Foundation. 

T-Shirts- Primark
Flower Print Bikini Bottoms- Next
Watch- River Island
BB Cream- Garnier

Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Liebster Awards

So, yesterday Mitzee from Facts of Fashion nominated me for a Liebster Award! This seems so unreal and I'm so flattered. If you're not familiar with it, it's an award to help bloggers get discovered. Mitzee was nominated and then had to nominate 10 other bloggers and she kindly chose me. I always love reading her blog and you should definitely all go and have a read. 

The rules are that...
1) Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has sent for you.
2) 10 bloggers must be chosen to pass the award onto and must be linked in your post.
3) 10 new questions must be created for these bloggers.
4) Go to their blog to tell them about the award.
5) You can't tag back!

1. How do you feel about being nominated?
I'm so flattered! I love writing my blog and it's amazing to get feedback and comments from readers. This was unexpected but amazing. 

2. What made you start your blog?
I'd been reading blogs for a few months and I've always loved reading magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. I got to the point where just reading blogs wasn't enough- I wanted to write too. 

3. What do you consider your blog's greatest achievement so far?
This, probably! Although, a few of my favourite bloggers have commented on my blog before, which I'm quite proud of.

4. Who is your fashion icon.
This is difficult because it changes! There are people I will always admire though, like Audrey Hepburn. 

5. Who introduced you to fashion.
I honestly don't know, I guess I loved going on shopping trips with my mum and watching makeover programs on TV. I watched shows like America's Next Top Model for a while and I think that's when I became fascinated by the industry, because I used to love watching all the photo shoots. 

6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?
It would have to be Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne, they always look great!

7. Top 5 Men Celebrity Fashion.
Definitely the blogger I AM GALLA- he's my favourite menswear blogger. Ryan Gosling and Eddie Redmayne always wear a great suit, and I couldn't miss out Logan Lerman. 

8. Favorite make-up product?
I thought about this one lots, but I think it would have to be the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation- one of the best drugstore foundations in my opinion. If nail polish counts, then anything from the Topshop or Barry M range.

9. Must have staple piece in your outfit.
Good accessories that tie the look together, whether its the bag, necklace or a pair of shades. At the moment I love big statement necklaces with a simple t shirt.

10. Describe your blog.
I think it's hard to describe because I cover so many things- from what I've purchased recently to the music I love, to what I wear. So I guess it's a fashion and lifestyle blog, but I find it hard to pigeon-hole it into a specific genre. 

My ten questions...
1) One place you would recommend a tourist to visit in your city?
2) A beauty product you can't live without?
3) Which designer brand you would shop at if money were no problem?
4) Who was the last blog that you followed?
5) If you were going to a gig tonight, who would you want to go and see?
6) Where do you shop at most?
7) Where did your blogs name come from?
8) What's your favourite time of year?
9) What is your go-to outfit?
10) Why did you create your blog?

My ten bloggers...

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

It Started With a Whisper

Shirt- Thrifted
Vest Top- H&M
Jeans- Dorothy Perkins
Necklace & Watch- River Island
Sneakers & Bag- New Look
Lipstick- Nevada by Topshop

To shoot this outfit I ventured outside- and my dog came too. The title of this post is pretty random, it's the lyrics to Everybody Talks by Neon Trees, a song I can't get enough of recently. Anyway, I hope you're all okay! This is my last week of school before we finish for the summer break and this weekend I'm going on holiday *Fingers crossed for the weather!* My blog might be quiet for the next week or so because I'm taking a break whilst I'm away. I'll still be shooting outfits though, of course! I'm trying to schedule as many posts as possible, so (hopefully) you won't even notice I'm gone. 

Follow me on Instagram: rubysterland and Twitter: @Ruby_Sterland13 because I'll still use those when I'm away!