Tuesday, 27 May 2014

NOTD: Exposed, Topshop

After a few weeks of bare nails, it was time to try out a new polish. Queue Exposed by Topshop. Ever since I saw Master Plan by Essie I've been wanting a pale, off white grey so I picked this one up on my last trip to Topshop because I have no will power in that shop when it comes to their nail polish stand. The shade is everything I wanted, although slightly paler than Master Plan- you probably know that I'm not all that into bright shades on my tips and this is so muted and pretty. Now here comes the kinda bad news. I know I'm usually safe with the Topshop formula but this polish was so streaky that I needed three coats. That's something that I usually reserve for a shade as pale as Ballet Slippers, but if you're willing to put the effort in the final result will be super smooth and shiny. I'm willing to overlook this little hiccup because I'll get lots of wear out of this little babe all throughout the year. 

I hope you all enjoyed yet another long weekend? I spent my weekend at work from a ridiculously early time on Saturday, before spending some time with friends, and revising in between. I can't wait until these exams are all done so I can just enjoy summer, although I'll undoubtedly be worrying about my results until August 14th comes around.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Pretty Things in The Post

I've been revising since Monday and my brain already feels like it's turning to mush. My little escape has been reading blogs in revision breaks and making a mental note of all recipes that I want to try. Admittedly most of the time I've resorted to making chocolate cookies or brownies but I'm not that fussed because let's face it- when is there a bad time to eat a chocolate brownie? In between all this I've been trying to find the odd bit of time to write a post myself and I sprang at the chance to get the tripod out when these pretty necklaces dropped into my letter box, courtesy of Stone + Armour. Based just on my doorstep in Nottingham, S+A create handmade jewellery with semi-precious stones. Laura sent me over a few things to show you and they're just lovely. Perfect for layering over t shirts, or dressing up a little with a pair of heels. Although they're just getting started, there are so many pretty designs on the website and there really isn't an excuse because Stone and Armour ship worldwide.

Let me know what you think of this outfit- it's a little girlier than I would usually go for but I won't lie to you, it was pretty nice to be able to go bare legged without a goose bump in sight so I had to grab the chance while it lasted. Finger's crossed that there's more warm weather to come?!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Deep Thoughts & Dresses

Bright colours aren't usually my thing, but this dress was too pretty to pass up. Also- three applications of fake tan later, and I'm still as pale as ever. Anyway, of course I had an excuse to get dressed up and if you read my last post you'll know that last weekend I was at a wedding! Ah, I love a good wedding. (Apologies about the crazy variation of lighting here - it was so windy outside that I had to venture indoors for these shots)

But aside from that, I have some pretty big news, which you'll know about if you ever read my tweets or saw last night's emotional Instagram post. Yesterday was my last day at school, EVER. I really don't know what to think right now or how to feel, I've been amazingly lucky in finding so many friends over the past few years, and I'll miss seeing their half awake faces every Monday to Friday at 8:30am. So, if any of my Derby High girls are reading this, then first of all - good luck in your exams! Secondly - I'll see you all at the Leaver's Ball in July. Sending big love, as always. 

*Phew, emotional bit over* 

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Being the typical Brit that I am, of course I'm going to mention how ah-mazing the weather is today. As soon as I hit publish I'm running upstairs to get changed and take advantage of the nice weather. Wishing you all a lovely weekend!  

Monday, 12 May 2014

The Wkend #1 | Visual Diary

~outfit details~

~views of the garden~

~outfit details take II~

~the hallway~

~from where I stand~

~the ferry and sash windows~

This weekend I got snap-happy on a trip to the Isle of Wight to document the weekend's happenings and of course, what I was wearing. Here are the cream of the crop from the last 48 hours! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might notice that there is no mention of the wedding I was harping on about. Firstly, well done you for noticing, and secondly, there'll be a post about it later this week!

The island is beautiful, if a little breezy. My weekend there involved long car journeys, a ferry trip, seaside views, beaches and family. A busy weekend and many, many hours in the car meant my outfit had to be simple- a concept that I'm quite familiar with when it comes to dressing. I recreated one of my  favourite outfits, keeping the colour scheme all Navy. A day-time appropriate black, if you will.

Have you been travelling anywhere recently? Also- don't forget to check back on Saturday for my next outfit post...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Long Weekend

Yesterday the weather was a beaut in the UK, so much so that I could actually have bare shoulders without feeling chilly. My mad fortnight is nearly over- one exam down, one to go this Tuesday! To say I'm tired is probably an understatement- revision is definitely taking it's toll and I'm very near saturation point. My brain is feeling slightly frazzled from all the German work as I write this. 

But anyway, enough about school. Here is what I would be wearing this long weekend, if I had anywhere exciting to go, and any reason to dress up. This shirt is so pretty that I had to venture 20 yards up the drive in search of flowers to continue the theme, leaving my usual spot at the front door behind. Also, Barney is back! He's slowly growing to be a cute little edition to the family - when he's not terrorizing the house and eating my favourite boots. Yep, that happened. I'm always going to miss Cassie, who made a guest appearance way back  here, but her and Barney are two completely different dogs, so it makes the change easier. 

This post is much deeper than I was expecting, so with that I'm off to find coffee, and then I'm back in my quiet revision corner. Yep, you know the one, it was looking so pretty in the sun the other day that as a form of procrastination, I insta-grammed a pic of it.