Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wine on a Wednesday

You can’t beat a good night out with the girls, especially when it’s a random Wednesday night. I can’t help but feel a bit rebellious having a cheeky glass of red on a school night (I know, I'm wild) but mixed with a girlie gossip and fine dining you can’t go wrong.

I'm so indecisive when it comes to picking a menu I change my mind so many times, and I get serious food envy if I think someone has made a better choice than me! But last night I think I was the winner.
Warm Tiger Prawn & Samphire Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts
Seared Pollock Fillet Goats Cheese Risotto, Asparagus, Pan Fried Chorizo

After my 2 courses I was completely stuffed. Some of the girls ventured on and had a pudding and as amazing as they sounded, (Triple chocolate brownie mmmmm) I just couldn't do it and I decided a cappuccino was the way forward. I actually felt better for not having a pudding and a lot less guilty today!

How wild was your Wednesday? Friday tomorrow, come on weekend!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Little Things

The weather picking up and being able to eat breakfast outside
Pretty Pastel Nails
A weekend lie in, with fresh sheets in a tidy room - doesn't happen often!
Reminiscing about my holiday to Florida, I would love to go back!
Date night and treating myself to a burger with sweet potato fries
Watching the sun set in London, it's so beautiful in the summer!
My First ice Lolly of the year and definitely not the last!

What little things make you happy?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

J'adore Paris!

As the girls and I haven’t got a group holiday this year we decided to day trip to Paris!! It’s crazy to think Paris is only a couple of hours away on the train, for some people it would be quicker to visit France than another part of the UK!
I’ve been to Paris on a school trip years ago but thanks to a cheeky Groupon deal I managed to get to see the sights with my best friends. It was a long day. And by long I mean a 4am start! As sleepy as we were we managed to dig out our prettiest spring outfits in the hope the weather would be just as nice there as it has been here.
We got to St Pancras station at 6.00am and were well and truly ready for a coffee, i’d never seen it so quiet! We Decided to take some prosecco on the Euro star to make it extra special, the whole carriage cheered when we popped the cork, great start!
We arrived in Paris and just as we had hoped the weather was stunning! We went straight to the Eiffel tower and I’m sure the weather helped but it really did look beautiful.
Our deal included fast track entry into the tower as well as a 2 course lunch and champagne. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the lunch and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! Main was chicken and potatoes with mascarpone and truffle foam followed by a chocolate praline torte which was to die for.
After lunch we ventured further up the tower and what a view!
Next on our agenda was a trip down the River Seine. Again the weather made this part even better it was so relaxing, the scenery was gorgeous and sailing past Notre Dame was the cherry on the cake.
For the rest of the afternoon we headed over to the Louvre. We had the chance to pay extra and explore but as the weather was so nice we decided to explore the side streets and make the most of the weather. Obviously we had to have an obligatory Louvre photo.
The streets are so pretty filled with patisseries and little shops. Now if there’s one thing France knows how to do its carbs, how amazing does this bread look! I also had my first macaroon which went down a treat.
Finally we headed back to the coach and back on the Eurostar with a bottle of red wine. Four very happy but very tired girls.

I can’t recommend a day trip to Paris enough. I would have loved to have stayed longer and really explore the entire city but if you get the chance to go I can’t recommend it enough.

I must thank my friend Holly for some of these photos, she has a snazzy DSLR and it just makes me want one even more, time to get saving.

Have you ever been to Paris? Where would you recommend going on a girlie trip?

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Currently Loving...

Clarins Instant Smooth Primer ♥ Maybelline Baby Lips ♥ Caudalie Beauty Elixir  ♥ L'oreal Super Liner ♥ Vitamin E Moisture Radiance Cream
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
There was so much hype around this product when it first came out and I find its still a product I go back to again and again. I love the scent, how it refreshes my skin and how it works perfect as a setting spray. I’m almost out again so payday on Friday needs to hurry up!
Clarins Instant Smooth Primer
This is by far the best primer that I have found for keeping my make up in place all day, but it is on the pricey side at £26 per tub. Lucky for me my sister didn't get on with this product so I have inherited a new tub. This leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, hides your pores and holds your make up in place perfectly. It’s just a shame it isn't more affordable!
Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream
This is another product I have gone back to. I'm trying to save for my holiday so I have had to hold of splurging on my favourite Origins moisturiser, and when I walked past this in Superdrug I instantly remembered how much I loved this. It only costs £2.99 which is a complete bargain and it just gives my skin a gorgeous dewy finish. I would pay a lot more for this and will definitely not be forgetting about this again!
L’oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
If like me you are just not skilled at a cat flick then this is the product for you. It is pretty much just like a felt tip making it easy to hold and apply. The nib is very fine so its super easy to use just above your lash line, it doesn’t smudge and lasts all day so it’s a winner in my book.
Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Punch
I’m not really one to wear lipstick every day, sometimes I just find it a bit ott to wear in the office. I have been loving the Baby lips in Pink Punch as it really keeps my lips nice and soft while adding a gorgeous subtle pink tone, perfect for everyday wear. These are also only £2.99 and so convenient to just throw into your handbag.

The make up bag is by Charlotte Tilbury and I just love it. Its elegant but still fun and a great size for traveling.

What products have you been loving lately?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Healthy Snack: Kale Chips

I love being healthy but like everyone I still like a cheat and to be honest most of my snacking occurs in the evening when I'm all cuddled on the sofa in my pyjamas. This is probably the easiest snack you could ever make and even better, its guilt free.
What you will need:
1 tbsp. olive oil
Seasoning of your choice. This can be anything from salt and pepper to chilli and garlic. On this occasion we used Seaweed infused sea salt flakes which my house mate got in her Flavourly box.
Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the Kale on a baking tray.
Cover the kale in your oil and seasoning and gently mix until the kale is evenly covered. I like to add the oil in stages to make sure I don’t add too much, you don’t want them soaked.
Pop the tray in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven, put the chips in your prettiest heart shaped bowl and enjoy!

I absolutely love these because they are a great evening snack which is light yet still super tasty.

Will you be having a go at these? let me know what you think!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Outfit: Cute little Elephants

So the weather here in the UK is finally starting to pick up and last week my friend hosted a little get together over the bank holiday. This was the perfect opportunity to whip off the jeans that my legs have been hiding under for the last 10 months or so and show them a bit of sunlight.

I know I’m going to sound like a New Look ambassador here, but honestly just by coincidence it is where my whole outfit if from.

I fell in love with this little skirt as soon as I saw it; I am loving elephant ‘trend’ at the minute. I usually get sucked into whatever animal print is popular, over winter I had so many little things with owls on!

I would have usually opted for a black or white top to complete the monochrome look but as it was a nice day I thought this coral t shirt would be much more appropriate.

I used my trusty Enrapture Totem Styler to create these soft waves using setting 1-1-1 which gives you soft waves suitable for the beach without looking too done.

What do you think? Have you braved going bare legged this year yet?

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Charlie Says...

Face: DrJart BB Cream, Collection lasting perfection Concealer, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder, Nars Deep throat
Eyes: Naked Basics Faint on eyebrows, L’oreal super liner, Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara
Lips: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch

It’s been a while since I've done a chatty post so I think it’s time for a good old catch up.

♥ This is the makeup I've been rocking almost event day. I seemed to have slipped back into just using the same products all the time especially when I need to get up for work in the morning, no time for experimenting unfortunately!

♥ It’s now just less than 4 weeks until my holiday to Mexico! It feels like forever a go that we booked it but it’s finally almost here! I am so excited, there is still a bit of shopping to do before I go, a Primark trip is definitely in order. I'm just really looking forward to getting away and relaxing. Make sure you follow my Instagram as I'm sure I will be posting lots of pictures (or unfollow if it will make you too jealous haha.)

♥ The girls and I have booked a last minute day trip to Paris next week, I feel like a right jet setter! We get to have lunch in the Eiffel Tower so I’m super excited and it will be nice to have some girly time.

♥ Fitness wise I am doing really well and have lost 2 inches from around my waist. I've gotten rid of the scales and am just going on how I feel, if you follow me on twitter you might be a bit fed up of all my fitness posts but it really has helped me keep motivated and I'm a bit less nervous about my bikini now.

♥ I know I've been a bit slow on the old blog posts at the minute but I've been enjoying sometime away from my laptop and doing getting outside especially now the weather is getting nicer. I can’t wait for summer and I’m hoping to do some more outdoor lifestyle posts.

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Pastels

Barry M Rose Hip and Sugar Apple £3.99 Each

You know spring is in the air when the pastel polishes come out! I couldn’t walk past the Barry M stand without picking these too up.

Rose Hip is a super girly pink but has a more sophisticated look to it rather than a bubble gum look. I like to wear this to work as its pretty nut not too over the top.

Sugar Apple was just a must, I’m a sucker for a mint green and this just has spring written all over it.

As much as I love these I find you need a bit of patience to apply them, with Rose Hip Especially I found the polish seemed to gather around the edge my nails but with a bit of time and two coats the end look is gorgeous.

You like?

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