imageHello everyone! I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of October already! I am feeling so festive, am I a little early? A few things have caught my eye this month that I thought I have to share with you, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix – from food to beauty there is something for everyone hopefully.
image  First up I’ve got this months favourite pick of the nail varnish, and this beautiful rose pink colour comes from TOPSHOP called ‘Domestic Goddess’, the consistency is so delightful 2 coats is just perfect, leave 10 minutes in between each coat and you’re good to go. My second favourite of the month (and I told you I was one for festivity) is hot chocolate, cream & marshmallows, you really cannot beat it when it’s cold outside and the rain is lashing against your window. Although, considering I go on holiday tomorrow I probably should have laid off the extra large mugs. Third, is one of the cutest and what seems to be the loveliest man I have ever come across. Yes, current X Factor contestant Andrea Faustini, his voice literally gives me goosebumps every time I hear him sing and his ripped jeans and cool socks really are the icing on the cake. My first make-up favourite of the month comes from L’Oreal and it’s their recent like of liquid lipsticks, the L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks. I have not one bad word to say about these, reasonable, not sticky, incredibly pigmented, hydrating, amazing colours  and so beautifully glossy. Sensational!

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Another beauty favorite comes from Benefit, and this is one I’ve had in my make-up drawers for a long time but have never really used. But, recently I’ve started loving the Hoola Bronzer and it has overtaken my love of NARS Laguna. Not too brown, not too red, not too orange. I just can’t describe it, the perfect contour and general bronzer when used with a real techniques blush brush for day to day wear. If you haven’t purchased this, you should. My favourite TV programme of the month, and I’m probably a little late on the bandwagon, is Gossip Girl. Seriously, I need help, I cannot stop! Is 34 episodes in 2 weeks normal? No. No it is not. I grow to love Chuck Bass and envy Serena Van Der Woodsen more and more each episode. It’s not the kind of thing you can watch just ‘one episode a night’, no, I think 12 episodes in a day is my record so far. This months fashion favourite is just a very minimalistic checked shirt, I love these so much and find them so versatile and comfy, the two on the picture are my favourites, both from ZARA (which I am also looooving recently), they can be worn with jeans, dresses, skirts. As I’m quite a ‘warm person’ I love these over jumpers as a coat. My winter staple. Finally, my ultimate, ultimate October favourite is George Ezra’s ‘Wanted on Voyage’ album. Personally, I listen to an album for a week then get bored and never listen to it again, but I cannot stop listening to this album, his voice is so soothing and his songs so catchy and easy to listen to. After listening to 2 songs I was hooked.
If you have any monthly favourites you would like to share leave a comment down below, I am more than happy to read them. Elizabeth x

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With a trip to London coming up in two weeks, I wanted to gather a collection of clothes and accessories all in one place so I could determine what items I’d like to pick up on my trip. & Other Stories in London is always one of my favourite stops, and these leather blue boots caught my eye as soon as they hit New In on stories.com. The picture doesn’t show the front of the boot, but it has a square toe, something I haven’t seen before, and I think they’d look great with anything, I also love the navy leather, my favourite colour. When I visited London yesterday, I stopped myself from purchasing this grey pencil skirt, also from Stories, but think I may have to purchase when I return with my sister! This wishlist has a particularly grey theme running throughout, and the folded waistband trousers from Whistles are my favourite item on the photoset. The origami-esq waistband is so beautiful, not to mention the oversized fit and wide leg. The two jumpers featured on the wishlist are from Cos, and with already owning the different colour way of the striped jumper, it has tempted me to buy the grey/navy combo also. With a J W Anderson vibe, the jumper is easy to style, effortless and practical. Finally, the black dress and orange clutch are more of  ‘I wish I could convince myself’ items. Both Comme Des Garcons, the layered dress epitomises everything I’d want in a garment, oversized, layered and with knitted elements. The clutch is such a beautiful colour, but I doubt I would really get my use out of it.

I’ll be doing a photo diary of my four day trip to London, and will update you if I convince myself to purchase any of the above items.

Thankyou, Holly x

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Hello everyone! With recently starting college, time really is of the essence in the morning. I need as much sleep as I can physically get, but I also need to look relatively presentable. So I’ve recently been wearing these quick and simple hairstyles, literally anyone can do these kinds of things, or something similar, whether you have long hair, short hair, thin, thick, curly or straight. They’re pretty universal. Personally, I think that these kinds of styles work best on day old hair, when I first wash my hair its mega soft and just generally un-cooperative. For the plait, you want to do the opposite of a French plait, plait over, not under, grabbing hair from each section apart from the middle, follow it downwards and tie with a bobble, equally as nice is if you clip it in place. The second style is what I call ‘the scruff bun’, there really is no method in this look, for me, it depends what kind of mood my hair is in (I genuinely believe our hair has moods), my method is the ‘grab the hair, scrunch it it up into a bun formation, tie a bobble and stick a few clips in’ approach (if you have an actual method on how to achieve a scruff bun, please, let me know!). The third style is pretty similar, I loosen the front of my hair and let it hang in its natural middle parting, tie it in a loose ponytail, twist and put it in a bobble. Finally, my favorite look for a can’t be bothered day (everyday), is still a little elegant with some hair hanging down, but oozes a effortless vibe, separate your hair into two even sections, with the top layer, repeat the bun you would do (or attempt) for the second style, I usually use some clips as the bun is normally quite small.

I really hope this gives you some form of inspiration, please leave a comment on any other styles you like and i’ll give them a try. Elizabeth x

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Hello! Today I thought I’d share with you what beauty bits I have been collecting from & Other Stories, some purchased when visiting the store on Regent Street, and others ordered online. Apart from Cos, & Other Stories is definitely my favourite shop at the moment, and it focuses solely on womenswear, accessories and beauty products. Anyone who has visited the shop in London will understand just how special the place is, with it’s beautiful displays of skin products, make up and scents lining the shop floor, I just love visiting to take in everything that & Other Stories has to offer.

I picked up a body spray along with a lipstick and nail varnish firstly. The scent is described as, ‘Fresh mint leaves stirred into sweet amber tea…’ and I think this captures the smell completely. I adore wearing this on a day to day basis and it really does smell like tea! Although it sounds a little different, it just smells so lovely and fresh and I will be stocking up on this for sure! The first nail polish I purchased is named ‘Shantung Green’ and this is definitely one of my favourite colours. I love the effortless packaging provided at & Other Stories and would recommend the nail products to anybody, with two coats your nail varnish will last for days! The lip colour I picked up was called ‘fusible peach’ and I love orange lip products so figured I couldn’t really go wrong. Being super pigmented, I like to pat this into my lips to provide a more subtle outcome, and like I said before I adore the packaging, as the simple swipe of colour enables you to see what the product will be like.

Being completely overjoyed with my initial & Other Stories beauty purchases, I browsed their website, one of the first things I always do as soon as I log onto my computer, and added this Cleanser and another nail polish to my shopping basket. The ‘Cleanse and Tone treat’ is used to take off make up and also cleanse the skin at the same time. I love the fresh scent of this product, and use it by applying it to my face and then washing off with cold water. It really does take off your make up instantly with little to no effort required. My second nail polish purchase, ‘Arrow gold’ is a beautiful metallic colour that requires a few coats to get a really striking end result, and I’m extrememely glad that I went for this colour, because choosing from an extensive selection of nail colours can be a very hard task indeed!

I’m visiting London in a couple of weeks for four days, and always get so excited to visit & Other Stories. If you’ve not checked it out already, I most definitely would recommend doing so!

Thankyou, Holly x

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Hi guys! I feel like I haven’t done a post in so long? I’ve been on a serious shopping rampage since my last post, which you will soon realise, oops… Having recently started my first year at college, I feel I have to make an effort everyday, which I think, and hope, will soon wear off. Anyway, I realised how lacking my wardrobe was in bits and bobs that I can wear anytime, any place, any occasion. You know the kinda things I’m talking about! I wanted some casual, simple pieces I could interchange and that I could wear for class, but then wear when I go out also. I hate clothing you don’t get a lot of wear out of. I found some really nice things, primarily Topshop, ASOS and Zara, (Zara is to die for at the minute, watch this space for upcoming posts on their Winter coat collection, which is always phenomenal). I would love to say all the things I have bought are featured in the post. But if they were, I would be here forever. All links and info will be down below! If you find anything you think I would like please leave a comment, I’m always on the hunt for something new! If you decide to go out and buy some of these items because you’ve seen them on the blog, leave a picture of you wearing them in a comment down below, I’d love to see what your interpretation of them would be! Speak soon, Elizabeth x

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ASOS Plimsoles – http://www.asos.com//ASOS/ASOS-DIALOG-Plimsolls/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4332997
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Zara Checked Shirt – http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/trf/checked-shirt-c498008p2229007.html
Zara Black Bag – http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/handbags/large-handbags/shopper-bag-c269203p2032609.html
Topshop Green Lace Dress – http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=green+dress&storeId=12556&productId=17203664&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

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Zara Patterned Dress – sorry I am unable to find the link :( but I bought this from the Zara Manchester store.
Zara Yellow Cardigan – http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/knitwear/grosgrain-placket-cardigan-c269190p1983942.html
Topshop Double Layer Striped Dress – http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=striped+dress&storeId=12556&productId=17203368&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057
Primark Gingham Oversized Scarf – sorry no link again :( this was £6 from the Manchester Primark store.
ASOS Hoop Earrings – http://www.asos.com//Asos/Asos-Sterling-Silver-Gold-Plated-20Mm-Hoop-Earrings/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4011356
ASOS Tassel Earrings – http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Graduated-Tassel-Earrings/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4155492&cid=4175&Rf989=4927&Rf-400=53&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=228&gridsize=3
New Look Rings – http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jewellery-and-hair-accessories/gold-assorted-stone-ring-pack-_316753299

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I remember wanting a Whistles clutch bag for so long before finally purchasing this beautiful navy one, my first ever Whistles purchase a long time ago! Being a girl who isn’t too fond of going out on a Saturday night, I doubted if I would really use the clutch bag, and being rather expensive I wondered if I would get my money’s worth. However, I convinced myself that the bag was something I really needed, and I’m so glad that I did so! Not only is the clutch aesthetically appealing with it’s gold hardware, but being medium sized, it fits everything I would ever need inside! It is appropriate for all different occasions, whether I’m out for a meal with family or going out and about with my friends, I find any excuse to use it! Here is what I normally take inside of my Whistles clutch;

*Purse – & Other Stories

*Lipstick – & Other Stories

*Bronzer – Soap & Glory

*Handcream – Happiness Red Raspberry Pomegranate

Of course I would also take my phone with me If I was out gallivanting, and would change up my lipstick to the colour I felt like wearing, or use a lipbalm, as I am always getting chapped lips.

So, if you’re on the fence about purchasing a Whistles clutch bag, I really would wholeheartedly recommend one. They’re so timelessly classic, available in an assortment of beautiful colours, and are really just so practical! Holly x

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Hey Guys! Here again for another quick review. After recently picking up all the items I felt appropriate in Boots, which was more or less everything, one of them happened to be the new Maybelline ‘SuperStay 24 Color’ in the colour ‘Cherry Pie’. At £8.99 a pop, there is cheaper, so I was expecting something pretty good for the price.

Your typical beauty blogger would usually attach a picture of them wearing it, unfortunately I feel I cannot, as it really is that awful. There are two ends to this weird, and certainly not wonderful, lip product. End one is the coloured gloss itself, which somehow made my lips feel like sandpaper, and I’m sure nobody wants that! As it says on the packaging, I used my own judgement to wait for the colour to dry so I could proceed to apply end two, which is a little like a lip balm, presumably to lock the colour in place. Let’s just say, the colour was not dry and more or less all transferred to the lip balm. I had waited at least two minutes, any later and you would probably be late to the event you’re wearing it for! The idea of the lipstick is literally to last twenty four hours, and I was surprised when I applied it at how thin it went on. Straight away I figured it is more of a lip stain than a lipgloss/stick, which is a big no go for me, being someone who likes glossy, moisturised looking lips. Maybelline’s first downfall.

Maybelline’s second downfall is how hard the product is to get off, twenty four hours long wearing or not. When it’s been a long night, you don’t have time to be faffing around using, and I quote, ‘an oil based make-up remover’. Who really has time for that? I thought I would give the lip stain a chance, however, after lasting all of ten minutes, I had to give in. But no, the battle was not over yet, as it had cracked on my lips, worked it’s way outside of my lip line into a somewhat darker red than the original colour and had also given me a red sheen to my teeth, just what I wanted, not! I had officially given up, after ten minutes wearing it and ten hours trying to remove it with my usual make-up wipes (naughty), I had been defeated.

Steer clear guys. A painful £9 I will never get back and would certainly not recommend paying for this product. Comment down below if there’s anything you think I should stay away from. I would love to hear your loves and loathes.

Elizabeth. X

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Hello everyone! As the days have been getting chiller, and the dark nights approaching at 5pm, it seems as though Autumn and Winter have crept up on us. So I thought a post packed full of my essentials for the cooler months would be more than relevant. Here is the breakdown of my top 3 must haves for Autumn/Winter.

1) A good pair of boots
Boots are a major weakness of mine, and as I am not the biggest fan of formal evening wear, they’re perfect to pair with an evening dress to give it an edgy, ‘this outfit took me 2 minutes to plan’ kind of look. Usually a sucker for a tan pair, recently I have found myself being drawn to the more edgy, black, biker chic boots, which is completely off my wavelength. I am loving these ones from ASOS (pictured below), practical for everyday wear at college, I knew they were exactly what I was after, ASOS never miss a trick do they! Regardless of the style, boots will always come in handy in the cooler seasons, and i’m sure these ASOS beauties will not be my last pair over the next few months. http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4062886&CTARef=Basket+Page
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2) A Deep Lipstick
One of my most loved Lipsticks during the seasons of Autumn and Winter has to be MAC ‘Rebel’. As much as every beauty blogger talks about it, I have repurchased this stick of goodness over and over again. You really cannot go wrong with a deep Berry lip in the colder months, wear this lightly during the day for a subtle effect, to do this I like to use a lipbrush, or really deeply at evening, for a dramatic kissable look. If you’re not a fan of you’re purple lippy, I understand not everybody is, a deep red is always a good alternative, and you cannot go wrong with MAC ‘Russian Red’, if you have medium skin colour with pink undertones. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl?SKU_ID=SKU3060

3) A small, convenient handbag
Having recently fell in love with a handbag in Zara, unfortunately not for the first time, I felt it necessary to share with you why its so important, especially in Autumn and Winter, to have a small bag. Many of us, in the summer months, carry round our entire make-up contents in our handbag, in fear of a heatwave approaching and taking our face of make-up when it leaves. Personally, I do not suffer with this problem in Autumn and Winter, as the cooler months mean my face is a lot drier, which I appreciate very much, as my skin is incredibly oily. As much as I am a sucker for a large bag, outfits as a whole are so much better in A/W, and you don’t want to be taking the attention off the wonderful array of coats and scarves you could be wearing, but of course not all at once. A nice petite handbag just adds a bit of something, but certainly not too much. This one I recently bought from Zara ticks all the right boxes. http://www.zara.com/uk/en/trf/handbags/leather-and-suede-messenger-bag-c269223p1985136.html

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Thats all for now guys, I hope you enjoy the cooler months as much as me, as all around life gets better, weather that be fashion, make-up or Primarks selection of pyjamas. Everything is just better when its cold!
Elizabeth x

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Hat – Whistles

Top – Topshop

Jeans – Topshop

Sandals – Whistles

Bag – Zara

Like I said in my last post, I also got a bag for my birthday, and here it is! I had been eyeing up this beautiful Zara one for quite some time, and saw my birthday as the perfect opportunity to ask for it. I love the silver hardware featured at the top of the bag, and also how there are two different straps, one pair for wearing your bag over your shoulder, and another for carrying It in your hand. It is a perfect size for my foundation course next year, as I will be able to fit my sketchbooks in with ease, and also the two pencil cases I got for my birthday (That are featured in my previous post). The inside is a gorgeous orange colour, and so spacious, with two extra zip pockets, providing extra security for my phone and purse.

I am so grateful for this bag and can’t wait to use it on a day to day basis, Holly x 

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bdayyyBelt – CosbdayyWaterstones giftcards and The Hobbit bookmark bdayyyyLush bath bomb, Lush toner tab,Lush soap bar, Coleen perfume and Red Raspberry Pomegranate hand lotionbdayyyyyEssie nail polish and Eye Candy nail polishbdayyyyyyyTwo pencil cases (Tolkien themed) for when I start my Foundation course next week

bdayyyyyy& Other Stories purse, & Other Stories ring, Cos earrings 

Yesterday I turned nineteen, and after waiting all day to open my presents due to my Mum, Dad and Sister being at work, I was given such lovely gifts off all three and really am so thankful for everything. My main present was a Zara bag, which will feature in it’s own blog post, and it really is so beautiful. My family know me so well, yet they never fail to surprise me on how great they are at buying gifts! I cannot wait to get organised for my foundation year in Art and Design, using my new Zara bag, and putting my Lord of The Rings and Hobbit pencil cases inside with my & Other Stories purse. I also can’t wait to step into Waterstones to spend up my vouchers on an abundance of books, and using my Galadriel bookmark!

I had a great day yesterday and just need to express how thankful I am for my presents, so thankyou Mum, Dad and Jess!

Holly x

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