Monday, 11 December 2017

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE (+COMPETITION)


FOR THE GLITTER LOVER - Less messy than actual pots of loose glitter, BarryM's Glitter nail paints are a firm favourite for all ages, especially in festive colours like the red glitter one pictured above.

FOR SOMEONE SNAP HAPPY - There's nothing quite like a new camera, especially one you've never been able to have a play around with before. This camera is actually my mothers and I have never had a play around with it but I'm pretty fond of my own film camera and I'm not even much of a photography fanatic.

FOR THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS DROPPING THEIR PHONE - I've shown a lot of phone cases on my blog and Instagram in the past and despite having a lot of my own I do like to give them to other people. Smartphones are expensive and preventing them breaking in a pretty and stylish way is something I can't see a problem with. The above two phone cases are from Caseapp, The fox one is an early Christmas gift for my Mum which she's pretty fond of and the green tulips one is mine, I got the tough case for iPhone6S, which is essentially two cases and super strong. You can get 20% off all Caseapp orders with the code 20INDIA , and you can enter a competition here on my Instagram to win a free case of your choice.

FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO SMELL SWEET - Perfume isn't the perfect present for everyone, but when you know someone likes a particular scent or just likes wearing perfume it is a really lovely thing to receive. As the Bodyshop are no longer owned by the evils that are L'oreal/Nestle (read here about the bad bad things they do) I'm finally happy to buy and use their products, and I have always loved their fragrance mists. This one is Japanese Cherry Blossom and smells so pretty.

I know this is only a small gift guide but I thought it was a few nice little ideas in case you needed any - don't forget to head over to my Instagram to win a free phone case!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ONE REALLY COLD ARM







BELT - PRIMARK
BOOTS - DOC MARTENS

Happy Sunday pals, I’ve not posted on a Sunday in a little while now but I’ve finished Term 1 of my final year of uni, ITS SNOWING and I’m going home for Christmas today so I felt like I had to. Unfortunately, these photos were taken yesterday before the snow, though if it had been snowing I would not have had one arm completely bare... 

This top is possibly my new favourite thing, aside from having one warm arm and one cold It looks really cool and I feel like makes my shoulders look slightly broader with the asymmetrical ruffle which I’m a huge fan of, I have very narrow shoulders which for backpacks is a nightmare but ideal for tops like this! I love that it’s black and ribbed and comfy whilst looking pretty glam. It’s sooooo easy to dress up and down. To be honest I’d wear this full outfit to Uni or out to Rock City so it’s definitely versatile. It's also on sale for only £12 at the moment so I'd highly recommend getting it while you can!

These jeans are also my fave thing possibly ever, they are the first pair of jeans to EVER fit my waist and hips. I have a tiny 27” waist and 42” hips, making buying jeans that fit properly near impossible. Clearly I just needed a tapered pair, As well as in Indigo wash they now have them in black and I’m desperately hoping they bring them out in other colours too because I would honestly buy them all. 

I'm going to be blogging a lot more for the next few weeks while I'm home, including a mini Christmas gift guide going up tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

LAUNDRY DAY





HAT - H&M
TOP - ASOS
SKIRT - PRIMARK

Took these blog pictures myself, (on the huji app - if you haven't got it, get it,  you have to get involved) in my room, after chucking my bedding in the wash because I liked this outfit a tonne and was alone. I reckon the taking of these photos, writing a post and pondering over is definitely procrastination from uni work but I'm starting to think that everything I do is procrastination. I need to recognise the difference between productive procrastination and literally just wasting time. Or perhaps I need to give up overanalysing and then labelling everything I do. I probably always sound very contrary and confused to those reading my blog, and though that's not at all far from the truth, I do tend to figure these things out as I write.

I'd never considered a square neckline when I definitely should have. I bought this top in a couple of colours as I don't really have any plain tops at all and it was becoming a slight issue. I love how the square neck sits and sort of frames my collarbones as well as sort of balancing out how narrow my shoulders are. The only downside to these tops is they are huge, I bought them in a size 10 and they're fine but I was expecting a fitted or stretch cotton top which is not at all what it is. It's very long and loose so if you wanted it to fit you'd have to size down. I also never knew how much I'd like navy with leopard print but I LOVE it, I'll definitely be pairing them together more often after this outfit.

I'm trying to refine my wardrobe to only be pieces I know I will wear forever and I'm finding it difficult to want to get rid of anything at all and not just thinking about what I'm missing and must get urgently. Like sequin trousers... I really need sequin trousers. Good job I have no money or I'd be drowning in clothes. Seriously though, what should I actually get rid of and how do I know ????

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dear Saturday

  
Pixelated, grainy photos on a grey Saturday afternoon, too many coffees and hot chocolates. Planning to and especially trying to take blog photos on a weekend at home never works out. Usually visiting for a multitude of sociable reasons and when I get the chance the light is always terrible. 

I end up slumped in the lounge, watching whatever rubbish is on tv already and an outft goes to waste. Finn, being the babe that he is, took some photos of me in this somewhat instinctive state of what to do when the world is grey and I quite like them. This gorgeous top, which hopefully I'll get to show off a little better soon, was sent to me by Tobi and is like nothing I already owned. Perfect all year round, this floaty blouse is my current favourite colour, turns out khaki greens and earthy tones fit into my otherwise vibrant wardrobe rather well.


Top - C/O Tobi
Skirt - Newlook

Apart from the train journeys to and from, this weekend at home was the first opportunity I have had to not really do much other than mooch about and do normal daily things in I don't know how long and I really needed it. I get too busy and I need to remember that rest is important and healthy. I had a lovely weekend and have started this week at uni refreshed and awake- a rarity for me.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

PREMATURE NOSTALGIA | TENERIFE








Top - Pull&Bear (similar)
Bag - Primark

I love Tenerife and I want to live there and be warm in November in just a strappy dress. One of my closest friends and favourite people is studying there this year as part of her degree and kindly invited me to visit - I think, I mean, there is a high possibility I invited myself but I don't think she minded too much...

I had the most fun, despite it being such a brief visit, and Jemma took some gorgeous outfit photos for me whilst on a day trip to Puerto de la Cruz. With its black sand beach and incredible view, warm air and gorgeous plants it was the perfect place to be in adoration of the world and its beauty. My trip also happened to be the perfect opportunity to wear my brand new Tobi dress which was kindly sent to me, November in England is definitely not an apt time to be wearing so little. I could have easily worn the dress alone but being as pale as I am I thought it best to team with a t-shirt so as not to burn my shoulders and I think it looks really cute, I like that you can see enough of my tee to know that it has Debbie Harry on it - Queen of all - and I just think it's so much more 'me' than it would have been without the t-shirt. The colour of the dress is, of course, stunning, orange is one of my favourite colours and I love that this is so copper toned, perfect for a beach holiday but also metallic enough for party season.

I've been a super busy bee lately but in the next few weeks you can expect a lot from me on the blog, loads of outfit posts I'm hoping and at least one post purely of some of my Tenerife snaps because they are far too gorgeous to not share.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

BELATED BUT BABIN'







JUMPER - PRIMARK
SHOES - DR MARTENS

So, writing this in bed in Tenerife feels a little odd since this is an outfit post not only including a fluffy jumper and tights but an actual raincoat *eye rolls*. I’ve either become a proper Mancunian by buying, owning and wearing a raincoat or I’ve done the opposite and become a bit pathetic when it comes to weather. Who knows, you decide! 

BUT this is a pretty darn good raincoat. I love the colour and the fact it looks ace with my current candy floss coloured hair, I love that it’s lightweight but completely waterproof, I can fit at least two jumpers and a top on underneath which is fab when you like your layers AND it only cost me £17 from Newlook! I’m not going to lie, I was sceptical, in a dream world I’d get a gorgeous bright yellow Rains waterproof but I’m a student and way too far into my overdraft to even consider that, so I was very glad to find a coat I liked the look of for a decent price. 

You could put this raincoat on top of ANY outfit and look darn adorable so I’m pretty keen. This outfit is one of many textures, my vinyl skirt was a night out inspired purchase but paired with tights and this super soft knit from Primark is an autumnal dream and I look forward to styling it down more often as opposed to dressing it up. (Let’s be real though, this skirt with a band tee for a night out and you’re good to go.) I’m hoping it’ll bode well for layering so we will see. Regardless of all of this, i love the contrast of my matte raincoat with the high shine skirt and the fluffy jumper, it’s just somehow very aesthetically pleasing to wear. 

I would lie and say the rips in my tights were intentional but when are they? One was a complete accident while tidying my room, the next couple were to make it fit in... I hate cheap tights. 

Ordinarily, I don’t think this outfit would be warm enough for November, but for just popping to the shop or going for a walk I reckon it’s pretty alright. I also have a pretty skewed view of November weather hopping from Notts to Tenerife and back to Leeds and Sheffield, once I’m back I’ll probably want to be putting on several more jumpers and the notorious super cosy tights will no doubt be brought out!! 

There will be a couple of posts in regards to my short stay in Tenerife within the next week so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled! -like oranges. 

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

SPACE RACER








 JUMPER - H&M
SOCKS - PRIMARK
TRAINERS - FILA DISRUPTORS

So I've found myself rather the busybody recently and due to this am only going to do one post per week, I'll do more when and if I have time but all I consistently have time for is the one. Especially over the weekend having had my sister and Kayleigh stay over which is always tonnes of fun and actually means I have an extra person to take photos for me however sometimes there just isn't enough time to sit down on my own and just write or edit or whatever.

I think this outfit is simultaneously my least and most favourite ever. I have a love-hate relationship with red and pink in combination though I am entirely obsessed with any outfit that feels like I'm still in pyjamas. These trousers were stolen from my sister in that she bought them, didn't like them and gave them to me. They're not at all something I would have chosen myself but they are super duper comfortable and actually look really cool. They remind me of motorbike racing and how much I adored Valentine Rossi as a child, not at all a bad thing.

I paired these trousers with my fave red jumper because I wanted to be cosy and I felt like the black and white check needed some red. The trainers were simply for comfort though they do look pretty cool and gave me an excuse to show of my new space-themed socks from Primark. I seem to constantly be in need of socks and I hate having boring plain ones. I usually go for glitter or frills but when I spotted these I neeeeded them. I kind of want some with dinosaurs on but I can't actually find any yet.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN: DEAD TAYLOR SWIFT

"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now" 
"Why?" 
"Oh, 'cause she's dead!"




Being dead Taylor Swift for Halloween feels a bit weird like I'd happily just be her without the dead bit but I don't think that would be scary enough. Of course you could full on be dead zombie Taylor Swift from the 'look what you made me do' video but I'm going old school. I've copied her 'Junior Jewels' tee from the 'you belong with me' music video, waved my hair (fortunately I have a blonde bob so that works out) and paired with my denim mini skirt, my white vans and of course the signature red lip. 

In order to be 'dead' and therefore a little scarier, I added bruising with dark matte red and brown eyeshadows from my pals naked basics palette.

This is one of three Halloween costumes I'm this year. I'm not sure how I've gone from doing nothing for Halloween last year to everything this year but since I was doing so much I wanted multiple super easy costumes which I didn't have to buy much for.

H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

SINGING IN THE SHOWER - ODYLIQUE REVIEW

Odylique Tea Tree and Herb Shampoo and Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub - C/O CCD
VISIT ODYLIQUE'S SITE HERE

So, other than only buying and using vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, I literally know nothing about what's good for my skin or my hair. Great start to a review India, really, well done. However, I know when stuff works and when it feels nice. I'm going to start by talking about the coconut candy scrub.

I haven't used all too many body scrubs before but usually I find them to only be quite rough on the skin, which I guess is sort of the idea but while also being abrasive in the best sense of the word this scrub also feels nourishing and soft and when you use it in the shower it goes a sort of milky, creamy texture and is just lovely. It also smells incredible, I imagine if you're not a coconut fan you may not be as keen but it's definitely worth a try. I plan on using this once every couple of weeks, after shaving and before fake tanning (a rarity tbh) but it honestly did make my skin soooo super soft. 

The Tea Tree and Herb Shampoo is not at all like the shampoo I usually use. Not at all a bad thing but I just don't think I'd use it for every hair wash. My hair had never felt so squeaky clean before which was amazing but for this reason, on my bleached hair, I think it could end up being quite drying so I've literally just been using it when my hair needs a very very deep clean and for this it works wonders. Again, the smell may not be to everyone's taste but I love the smell of tea tree and that it isn't too sweet or girly. I don't really ever want my hair to smell outrageously feminine (as if that's a thing, why we need feminism clearly) so this is great. 

Overall, after trying Odylique products for the first time I definitely want to try some of their other products. It is worth noting that not all of their products are vegan though so having a quick check is a good idea. 

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

BAlANCING ACT

Balance is something I struggle with. I think as a Uni student I’m very much not alone in that and now that I’m actually in my final year I seem to have even less balance. I’m constantly busy and instead of doing an okay amount of each thing or just focusing on one I choose to do as much of everything as possible. And I get so tired.

The Uni library, where I like to pretend to be productive x 

My problem is that I’m a Lorelai not a Rory and while I’m finishing up a degree I need to be Rory or at the very least have a Rory coaching me to success. Sorry if you don't watch Gilmore Girls, but you should.

To realign myself, I’ve decided to get a bit more organised and scheduled. Who knew 21 was such an exciting age? I think I'll just cope so much better and be far less stressed if I can see what I'm supposed to be doing and actually physically remove it when I'm done.

1. Get a Calendar and cross off each day. This won't happen until 2018 but I need visuals of when I'm doing what.

2. Weekly planner - This is something I already do, I have a gorgeous weekly planner I got for Christmas last year from Ohh Deer and I use it most weeks and plan out what I'm doing just so I can see it in front of me.

3. The big to-do list. A list of the big stuff, dissertation, assignments, blog posts, travel, emails, admin, work. Cross off as completed and prioritise.

4. The little daily list. A maximum of five small or three big tasks for the day. Done in my whiteboard notebook so they can be removed when completed, so I can physically see how little I have left to do rather than trying to locate it in a sea of scribbles.

5. Prep food, freeze meals, eat well. Eating out isn’t eating well, neither is getting takeout, nor plain spaghetti. Cook for more than myself, freeze and eat for as long as possible. Never ever skip breakfast and more importantly coffee. Do not skip coffee. 

6. At least one day off a week. No obligations, do whatever you want, sleep all day, drink all day    w h a t e v e r (I don’t advise drinking all day but girl you do you). I hope you read for pleasure India, fall in love with books again, please. 

If you're also struggling to find balance I hope this helped out a little, and if you have anything else you think I should be doing tell me, it's greatly appreciated!

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