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office edgy 2 buckle boots 

for me the sales this year have been extremely disappointing. however whilst walking back to my car after work yesterday i saw these beauties in the display window of office and just had to go in and at least ask if they had them in my size. luckily for me, they did! they were the last pair and i just think when opportunities like that arise it's just meant to be. i've seen a few bloggers getting a few bargains from office but i didn't really look at what else was on offer so i can't make a reliable judgement.  for me, if we were just judging on how they looked i would give them a 10/10. easily. however i know it's going to be a painful next couple of weeks trying to break them in. not looking forward to the blisters and plaster wearing whatsoever. for £25 though i think the juice is definitely worth the squeeze. i will have to take it easy with all the new shoe wearing though, my feet won't be able to handle it. especially with long shifts at work. i hope you liked this post, i thought the whole "shoe unboxing" post was kind of a good idea as people rarely go into depth about shoes and people can buy them and be like "i wish someone told me about the pain!" etcetc. if you got any good bargains in the sales let me know or if you've posted about it post the link in the comments section for me. 

ps. the more i've thought about it, i don't think i'll do a what i got for christmas post as a whole. by doing it, it means i can't talk about certains things i received in there own individual posts or keep some of the things i received to myself. so instead, i'll do a beauty haul or a perfume collection post in the new couple of weeks.

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what i'm wearing:
h&m fur gilet (similar here)
asos quilted leather jacket
topshop skinny jeans
topshop peplum shirt (sale)
calvin klein watch
dune loafers*

as you can see, my boxing day was spent at work. oh what joy. obviously i'd rather have been in bed stuffing my face with sweets but hey ho, a girl has to earn a dollar. luckily for me it wasn't too busy however i really feel for the likes of people who work in topshop, river island, zara or lush. the queues were out of the door in the metro centre this morning at 11 and by the time i had finished my shift there was no slowing down. i was fortunate enough to have been able to pick things from the lush store and keep them behind the till until i'd finished. can you believe all of this cost only £18?! i absolutely love 50% off lush sales. it's what i wait all year for. stay tuned as there will more than likely be reviews over the next couple of months. as i couldn't be bothered to look in shops elsewhere i'm planning on browsing online for the rest of the night, i'm hoping i'll swipe up some beauties on asos! overall i had a fabulous day yesterday, the best christmas i've had in years and i hope everyone enjoyed there's too. lots of love.

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what i'm wearing:
claires accesories christmas bow

only one more sleep until christmas, i hope everyone's excited! i don't know if you've noticed but i've dyed my hair back to brunette as i couldn't keep up with the prices of highlighted blonde hair. i'll end up going back eventually, but for now it's probably best to stick to the natural route. i was supposed to work today but apparently as it was so quiet they didn't need me so luckily i was able to drive into town and get some last minute bits and bobs for tomorrow, such as batteries so i can finally use my camera again and stocking fillers. i must admit i did get distracted by the topshop sale and bought a couple of things. my plan for tomorrow is to go for christmas lunch at my aunties like i do every year, have my cousins show me everything they got from santa, eat far too much junk food and then it will finish with me going to liams and spending the rest of the night there. i hope everyone get's everything that they want and has a fabulous day. i'll probably be updating on instagram during the day so follow me on there if you haven't already, i'll also be taking camera shots to post about in a few days too.

oh, i don't know if you already knew but i won a competition! amazing, right? i just entered on a whim to win all three enrapture styling tools on cupcakeandcosmetics blog and it was announced last night. i feel so lucky to have won as they are such expensive products. i will definitely be posting and reviewing when i receive them in the new year.

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i won't lie, my wishlist is a lot bigger than this. most of the things i am lusting after are from h&m which are luckily in the sale (and i can also use my staff discount of 50%) and also zara which i'm going to hold out buying from until the sale starts after christmas day. i do own a lot of shoes, but i rarely buy flats as i just don't like to fork out a lot for something i'll wear everyday. however, i do want to try and get a wider variety so i don't feel like i never have any shoes to wear for work rather than my boots as i obviously can't wear my beautiful heels. i love these shoes as they're so cute and also as they're black they will go with so many items, i also have my eye on a few pairs in topshop too. for me, whittards mulled wine tea has always been a staple piece that reminds me of christmas but disappointingly this year i haven't had it, i've got my fingers crossed santa brings me it as i love it so much as it's really not expensive in the slightest. i've already mentioned both origins vitazing moisturisers and the ren renewal mask in a previous beauty wishlist but as i still don't have them i'm still lusting after them. both have a pretty high price tag and i don't have the funds to buy them myself hence why they are still shown. finally, just some clothing i've been lusting after as i'm lacking in the new clothes department. i do think these leggings won't do anything to compliment my figure but i love the pattern and would be great just with some boots and a leather jacket; you could throw the fur gilet on top aswell to give some extra warmth if it's cold. even though i've heard mixed reviews on these boots, i think they're gorgeous. at £75 i don't know whether i could justify actually buying them although i suppose with student discount it helps a little. i love the colour as i have no brown shoes!

i know i've posted twice today, but i've been stuck in the house all day waiting for a parcel to come that i couldn't miss and tomorrow i have a 7-4 shift at work which means i'll be up at 5.30am *cry, so to make up for no activity tomorrow i thought i'd blog twice.

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cute postcard in paperchase, oversized christmas bow, ootd for work, wine and water, yo! sushi alone, christmas nails, ootd for black keys, cute stamps on my mail, beauty buys.

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Image and video hosting by TinyPiclast minute christmas ideas - stocking stuffers


so here we are, only a week until christmas. where has the year gone?! although i think i have actually been organised for once in my life and got all my christmas presents wrapped and ready, when i get paid on friday i do plan on grabbing some little stocking suffers as extras, because why not? for those struggling with christmas ideas or maybe have left it a little last minute i thought i'd compile my own ideas of what you could get.


depending on your budget some could be bought and be a main gift instead, as they are a little pricey. such as the paul and joe lipsticks or the lush gift set. even so, i made sure to include inexpensive gifts which you buy as many or as little as you like. chocolate are always a winner for christmas, and lindt lindor's are little balls of heaven so pop them in the stocking and you'll be in the good books. it's important to pay attention to the person you're buying for so, if you're buying for a beauty junkie like myself, nail polishes or product minis would be perfect as a stocking filler.


ah, buying for men. aren't they the worst to buy for? or maybe it's just the men in my life, who knows. although i think i've managed to savour my sanity in the process of buying presents this christmas it wasn't without it's tough moments where i wanted to pull my hair out out of frustration. scarves and socks are always a safe bet as who doesn't love knitwear at christmas time? plus, it's the stereotypical male choice. if you fancy thinking out the box, like i've tried to there are other options. obviously if he's a gadget geek get him something like an iphone case he'd like or a laptop vinyl. for me, the hot water bottle and whiskey minis would be perfect for the man in my life as a) he's a drama queen when he boards the ill train and b) he loves his alcohol. both perfect choices that don't break the bank. ideal.

hope you liked, let me know what you think would be perfect stocking fillers.

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another good ol' weekly wishlist of things i cannot afford, woe is me. after seeing zoella mention in one of her recent youtube videos that her newest make up routine involved studio sculpt and mineralised skin finish i just need to have it! i used studio fix previously but her skin just looked ahhhmazing so yeah, i need it. now. i know it's sold out probably due to lily's recent post on her beauty blog but £6 for five origins minis is an absolute steal! considering i've been lusting after origins products forever but never willing to splash out for full size products. if they come back in stock in the next week someone better let me know as i need one or two of these ordered. i already own daisy eau de parfum and the eau so fresh but i hate carrying the full size product around in my bag so these would be perfect for day to day top ups and are so much more convenient for bag space. finally, this top is pretty cool, i never really wear patterned clothing but i love the waterfall effect and even though so much is going on it's not too in your face due to the pastel colours. it would look great paired with this belt aswell! it isn't long until christmas now, is there anything you're desperate to receive from santa this year?

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what i'm wearing:
topshop chain necklace
MK watch

it was only a matter of time before the ever so popular geek t-shirt made an appearance on my blog. technically, it isn't mine. yes i paid for it but it's actually liams but he's all self conscious about wearing it incase it makes him look like a tool so he won't wear it anymore, so i've taken it upon myself to steal it back. even if it is already mine ha. i really enjoyed wearing this as it was so big on me as i don't really enjoy wearing fitted basic tops, oversized just looks a lot better. but that might just be my personal opinion. i just wore this for a "i can't really be bothered to make an effort but i still want to look socially acceptable" kind of day. as much as i love these shoes since i bought them in april earlier in the year i definitely think they are on there last legs now. when i walk in them i don't even feel like i'm wearing shoes i can feel the pavement to the point where it actually hurts when i walk in them after a couple of hours. this necklace, even though it was just an impulse buy for going out in i can't decide if i actually like it a lot. i feel like i'm channelling mr.t in it. "i pity the fool!". overall, i feel pretty 90's in this outfit like i should be an extra in the fresh prince of bel air with the big baggy t-shirt and gangster jewellery but nevermind, it was comfortable to wear.

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what i'm wearing:
h&m white t-shirt
h&m nail polish in stay golden
MK watch

as promised, i remembered to take photos of what i wore when i went to the black keys. it was amazing i'd have preferred to have been standing though as the atmosphere is a lot better; boo for them selling out before i got a ticket! in hindsight i will be the first to admit my outfit was not weather or concert appropriate. i decided to wear my new heels with it for the first couple of hours whilst having a drink, however when i got in the car i changed to some ankle boots and genuinely thought i'd given myself hypothermia or something as my body was shaking like crazy. oops. these pictures are a little pants in showing how amazing the shorts are paired with this top (the photo i posted on instagram is much better), definitely my favourite outfit i've worn in a while. i paired it with some glitter eyeshadow, false lashes and a red lip which you can't see here as i took them before i got ready as i'm just too lazy and always ready as the last possible opportunity before we needed to leave which would have probably shown it off to you's a little better. nevermind, i hope you like!

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new buys from topshop, favourite food at the moment, gpoy on the way to work, dream trip for me and liam which i need to start saving for, christmas jumper (post coming soon, hopefully), gimme zara heels please, yay for new juice bar!, wrapping christmas presents, gpoy before going for italian food.

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ah there are so many things i am lusting after, woe is me. i love my models own polishes i bought when they had a 50% off offer a couple of months ago and ever since i've wanted more. the wonderland collection is absolutely perfect for christmas as it just oozes glitter and everything great about dressing up. the only thing is glitter is the worst to remove, one nail usually takes me a good five minutes! shock horror i'm lusting after another red lip to add to my collection, mainly just because i love paul & joe's packaging plus the colour would look amazing with the dress on here. another crown and glory headband i'm lusting after, i can't decide which i like more the ivory or the wine colour. i love them all so much, gimme. i have the bag and purse so it's only fair to want the iphone case too right? i understand £80 is pretty steep but it's so nice isn't it? not only because it's a festive scent i love the smell of cinnamon all year round it's my absolutely favourite so why wouldn't i want my whole room to smell of it all day long. finally, i can just imagine wearing this dress whilst strolling the streets of paris chanelling carrie bradshaw. it's not something i'd usually be drawn too but i really really love it ridiculous amounts. i'm so happy to have discovered chicnova as it's such a great website with some great clothing.

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i feel terrible for not posting the past three days, i've just been so busy and not really in the house a great deal so i haven't had access to my laptop to make a post. the weather's beginning to get a lot more dreary and cold making everyone miserable so i thought i'd make a post consisting of bright colours which may hopefully pick up the mood. i usually wear very plain simple colours but as i couldn't get the dress i wanted for christmas day this kaleidoscope effect dress is definitely tempting. if you think it would be nice for christmas, let me know! or if you have seen other dresses that would be good for christmas day please put some links in the comments box as i am very keen to see what your suggestions would be. i love the colour mint, i rarely wear it during summer time and always wear it on my nails during the winter period for some reason. this bag just oozes girlyness with the scalloping and the daintyness of it, it would be perfect to brighten up a boring outfit. i really do love it. even though i love my MK watch to death i would like to maybe only start wearing it for special occasions or when i'm dressing up rather than on a day to day basis  so the risk of cracking it is reduced. even though i'm normally a silver over gold girl i love this moschino watch, it's extremely plain but i love the black leather strap. finally, i don't actually own any too faced products. i would like to though! this set would be perfect for a christmas gift or if you are a make up beginner and aren't willing to fork out on full size products that you may not know you'd like. i'd definitely love something like this for christmas.

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what i'm wearing:
zara skeleton shirt
topshop sleeveless leather jacket
glamorous disco pants
primark flats
MK watch

i'm about to go out for a bite to eat with my girls as i haven't seen them in so long, so even though there is flooding everywhere because of the rain (eep) i thought i'd get an outfit post in quickly. i know i've been lacking on them recently, but i will try to organise my time better. i'll be honest, any opportunity i get to wear this shirt, i do. although i don't want to wear it too often as it's a quite memorable print and i don't want it to lose its touch i can't help myself. i didn't want to hide the print so i thought i'd wear my sleeveless jacket. plus i haven't worn it in a while so it made a nice change. as the weather means the ground is soaked everywhere, i may have to change my shoes to a more durable pair before i leave. however these trusty £6 flats are still going strong two months later - which i think for primark is pretty impressive! i'm not a colourful dresser to begin with, i'll always pick neutral outfits over colourful ones. but my raspberry nail polish just makes the whole look a little more interesting even if you can't see them in the pictures. hope you like. :)

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off to go earn a living, gpoy, newest addition to the skincare regime, liz earle bundle for christmas, now playing, relaxing bubblebath, crown and glory headband, tea and biscuits, firmoo glasses.
note: thanks to everyone for helping which dress to pick, the vast majority chose the second dress and personally that was my favourite. however i went to buy it here but it's only gone and sold out! i am honestly the most unlucky person ever. unless someone can convince topshop to get it back in stock or jones + jones to let christmas come early for me i'm afraid i'll have to look elsewhere. i'm devastated. i have found a possible alternative, it's not the same though. let me know if you like it.

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what i'm wearing:
topshop polka dot dress
primark studded belt
firmoo glasses*
hoorah, an outfit post (kind of) at last! i bought this dress last week or so on an impulse buy c/o of my topshop card which i'll have to pay back later but for now i'll kid myself it was free! i was contacted by the lovely people at firmoo and asked if i was interested in reviewing a pair of there glasses. how could i  possibly pass up that opportunity? after choosing the pair i was interested i was told they would take 5-7 days to come in the post. however i was pleasantly surprised when one day after i received the e-mail to say they'd been sent off, to see the postman knocking on the door with them. now, i do actually have normal glasses that i'm supposed to wear when reading and driving. however i rarely wear them because they do more damage than good i think. so although i could have gotten these glasses with my prescription i opted for a clear lense. as we know glasses are no longer used for visionary purposes, they are now used as a fashion statement and firmoo provide a wide variety of options to chose whichever style is best suited to you. i absolutely love the glasses i chose for myself, i love the shade of brown they are and the gold detailing on the side and the beautiful fleur de lis just make them so stylish and chic. firmoo also have a wide range of sunglasses aswell, so even if you don't wear glasses they could have a pair for you. if you are interested in getting yourself a pair you get the first pair free as long as you agree to pay for the shipping! you can't really complain when you can see the quality of the glasses. overall, i am extremely with the service that was provided and i'd recommend them 100%.

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i'm on the hunt for my christmas dress already, as i'm trying to be organised for once. i know i usually provide hyperlinks for you to visit, however i want your choice to be completely based on which one is your favourite rather than where it's from or how much it costs. i've nearly got everyone's christmas presents in so i thought it was only fair to focus on myself! what i will add is i know the first one looks a little pants from the image  i've shown (blergh at the white belt), however it looks fab on lucia from style confessional which you can see here. other than that i haven't seen any bloggers wearing any of the other dresses i'm trying to chose from. i'll be wearing the dress with these heels by the way. please comment below telling me which one you like best. i'd be greatly appreciative.

p.s i started my new job yesterday so i'm a little worn out from taking everything in but yay for 25% staff discount!

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trust me, the list goes on beyond these i just wanted to make my wishlist look neat as biggest place for materialistic things i want is on asos but there clothes are always shown on models and it would just make this post look messy but if you are genuinely interested in seeing other items i'm lusting after you can click hereherehere and here.

i'm a big sucker for illustrated mugs, i need to get more in my cupboard as they're the sweetest. even though this dress isn't sold on the actual LOVE website, it is on topshop's and i really love the colour, style and pattern. if worn the right way it could be a perfect christmas dress. i love my mulberry, but as it's tan i'm still lusting after the 'perfect black bag'. i love the scalloping on this bag and it's the perfect size and style for my taste. finally, who isn't lusting after the newest ipad invention? although i would love all of these things for christmas this year, honestly i am more of a sentimental, meaningful gift kind of person. it's 100% the thought that goes into a gift that means more to me than any present that costs x amount. i'd rather have a photo frame with a meaningful picture than a chanel bag or a pair of louboutins (sorry blogging universe!).

it's only five weeks away now so i hope everyone's getting into the christmas spirit! do you have any must-haves on your christmas list?

Image and video hosting by TinyPicnovember glossybox 2012


i used to subscribe to glossybox this time last year for a few months. although i loved my boxes each month, due to my bank balance i had to cancel my subscription. although i bought this as a christmas gift for someone, i thought i'd let people know what i got this month and my thoughts. out of everything in this box, if it was for me i'd be happy with four of the five. i don't like the scent of burberry body but that's just personal taste, for someone else it might be there perfect scent. i prefer fresh, floral scents. if the box was for me (again) the dermalogica microfoliant and dr. jart+ bb cream would be perfect for me. skincare is my biggest focus at the moment as my skin is dull and full of blemishes, i have a feeling that these would help out tonnes! no girl can be without a top coat polish. nails inc are always good polishes so i'm happy. finally, i love the smell of mango so the alison claire body butter smells like heaven and you can just tell it would be super moisturising. overall, i think this is probably the best glossybox i've received so much so i'm tempted to purchase another one just so i can keep one for myself! the price is an absolute steal at £12.95 (inc P&P) as probably a full size of just one of these products already exceeds that amount.

if you received a glossybox this month what were your thoughts? or if you are new to hearing of the brand would you be interested in subscribing?

Image and video hosting by TinyPicbarrats blogger christmas challenge

i was contacted by barratts and asked if i would like to take part in there current competition to win up £100 worth of there selection of footwear, £70 of which can be won especially by bloggers by choosing a selection of shoes and making an outfit based on one out of a four possible themes aimed at christmas. the options are 'a walk in winter wonderland, a christmas party, a long shopping day or a christmas day outfit'. if you do four different outfit posts, you get four separate entries. the competition ends on the 10th of decemeber though so make sure that you entries are submitted on time. if you are interested in entering click here and post your link in the comments box. alternatively, you can also click the link if you are not a blogger and by entering via rafflecopter you could win £30. it's a win/win situation!

for me, i'm all about the glitz and the glam for christmas time which is why i decided to create an outfit post for a christmas party. although the dress is the focus piece the shoes (click here for link) are still an important factor to the outfit as a) they're practical; as wedges keep you better balanced for all you bambi's on ice out there b) they won't cripple your feet c) they are colour co-ordinated with the dress and finally d) they will make you have legs that go on for days. christmas make up has always got to be glittery, you can't be sticking to the matte shaded eyeshadows this season. it would be wrong. so i'd do a dark brown smokey eye which would make the colours of my eyes pop, throw on some false eyelashes and a nude lip and the outfit will speak for itself. you'll be the belle of the ball. although a bag really isn't essential depending on where you are going you'd need somewhere for your phone and purse if a male suitor isn't available to pop it in there back pocket. so, i chose a small box clutch. however i think it's important to make sure that with all the glitter going on on both the dress and eyes keep the colour of the bag matte. as my whole outfit is quite neutral based i thought it could benefit from some colour, oxblood is really on trend at the moment.

hope you like it and remember if it's chilly to throw on a coat! :)

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