Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Why I Took A Break From Blogging

Hello, to anyone that might be reading this. It's been a long while since I dedicated any real time to this blog, so I'm not sure how many of you have stuck around. It's nice to be back! For a while I wasn't sure whether I'd ever really make it back on here, but at long last I've decided to give it another go. A lot has happened over the past year or so that has meant I've been pretty quiet on my blog and if I'm totally honest, up until the past month I haven't missed writing on here. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Week in Outfits - Holiday Edition

Last week I travelled to Greece with my mum as a way to celebrate the end of my exams! Whilst I was there, I snapped a few of my outfits, and here they are! I won't lie, I spent most days in a vest tee and shorts, but in the evenings when it cooled down I had the chance to actually put a bit of effort in. Each of these outfits are really easy and simple. They're not really anything special, but each outfit was good for 2 reasons: 1) I felt really comfy and cool in the heat, and 2) each outfit had a loose waistband so I was able to eat as much souvlaki, tzatziki and baklava as I wanted (yep, I'd like to think I have my priorities right). 

If you've been wondering where I've been since April, the short answer is: The Library. I was in the middle of writing my dissertation and then went straight into exams, and with it being my final year I was feeling the pressure. But - I finished my exams at the beginning of this month, and have moved home! As of yet I haven't done much to tell you about, other than go to Greece and make a flippin' good banana bread, if I do say so myself. 

I'll be back soon with more to tell you about though! Until then, here are a few outfits I wore in Greece. xx

Top - New Look // Skirt - M&S // Sandals - Birkenstock //

Monday, 10 April 2017

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy // Review

Shades L-R: Diamond Top Coat 010 // Checkmate 540 // Cardshark 100 // All or Nothing 020 

Revlon ColourStay Gel Envy nail polishes - aka the only nail polish you need in your life. I honestly cannot describe my love for these nail polishes. It's a bold statement but I'm going to say it anyway; this is my all-time favourite nail polish formula. They do exactly what the say on the bottle - two coats and you get a really opaque, gel-like finish. They're easy to apply because the brush is quite wide and rounded at the bottom. 

The pale pink shade, "All or Nothing" is easily my most worn - I've just purchased my third bottle. Since I bought my first bottle of the shade a year ago, one of these 3 shades has been on my nails and toes. I honestly haven't really used any other polishes!

I would say that even if you don't buy any of the range's shades, you have to try the Diamond Top Coat. I know that the Seche Vite Top Coat has always been raved about but I think this one is perfect, and it's a couple of quid cheaper too. Two coats of polish and the top coat and my nails can last a week before they need to be painted again. Even then they're usually chip free - but they are growing out a bit so I give them a touch up.

As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of these nail polishes. I think as long as I'm still loving the shade range, I'll keep buying this formula for a long long time. (If Revlon ever discontinues this formula I'll deffo shed a tear or two)

Have you tried this formula? (It has been around for a few years now). Or - are there any other nail polishes you think I should try? xx

Monday, 27 February 2017

In Defence of Casual Dressing

Words cannot describe my love for this jacket. I feel like I'm surrounded by a layer of clouds when I wear it, and even on a cold February day it kept me so warm. My bestie Martha let me borrow this one when I saw it and my face literally turned into the heart-eyed emoji. She has a depop account and often has pieces like this on her store, so head over to her page if you want your very own marshmallow-y puffa jacket.

Sometimes I wish I was the kind of girl that was super high fashion and adventurous - but then I wear a jacket like this and the wish to be high fashion couldn't seem further away. I'm not going to beat around the bush - 99.999% of the time I dress for comfort. My uniform is always some variation of an outfit that includes jeans and trainers - sorry not sorry.

I actually had a conversation with my friend about this today, and I admitted that - if I knew the guy and it was a chilled bar, not a fancy restaurant - I would probably wear trainers on a date.

Is that bad? I don't know. Maybe it is - but you gotta take me as I am, I guess. I think it's better to be honest about these kind of things, I wouldn't rock up to a date in a dress and heels unless I knew I would feel comfortable in it. I'm not going to dress in a way that's not me to impress someone - there's bound to be plenty of people out there who will appreciate my love for trainers and even love me for it. Don't get me wrong - if the occasion calls for a more formal outfit I will of course dress that way - but my natural comfort point is jeans and trainers.

Part of me thinks though, that I can get away with my uber casual dressing right now because I'm a student, living in a student-y city where even a night out is pretty casual - no heels in sight - and that pretty soon I'm going to have to wake up to the real world where you have to dress up a bit more.

I know my mum has gotten a bit frustrated at me and my constantly causal approach to dressing once or twice (mostly at my attachment to trainers) - but I think a common misconception with casual dressing is that it's linked to a lack of pride in your appearance / a lack of effort. In my case, anyway, this is not the case. I may not take as much time in the morning as lots do to get ready - but I still run the straighteners through my hair and stick some makeup on everyday.

What are your thoughts on casual dressing? Do you think there's a time and a place, or would you rock up to a drinks date in jeans and trainers too? I personally don't see anything wrong with it - or "over-dressing" for that matter! You do you. 

Ru xx