Sunday, 19 October 2014

Wedding OOTD!

Hi hi hiiii!
Yesturday, my friends got married! HOW EXCITING!
I've been friends with the blushing bride for nearly 6 years and she's been with her lovely new hubby the whole time, so it was an absolute joy to see the couple finally tie the knot - So I thought it'd be nice to share my outfit and some photos for the beautiful day - enjoy!




Dress - Kaliko
Fascinator - Local Market
Heels - New Look
Clutch - eBay

I've only ever been to the evening reception of wedding before so I didn't half struggle to know what to wear and find co-ordinating accessories for all day, not to mention find heels I could last all day long in!








I'm so happy for my lovely friends to finally walk down the aisle (to 'Harder Than You Think' by Public Enemy), it was a perfect day with amazing people, great music, lovely food and cocktails in teacups all wrapped up in a beautiful old castle - what more could you ask for?




Saturday, 11 October 2014

October Wishlist

Hii all! It's been absolutely ages since I've did a wishlist post, but with A/W officially upon us (yey!) there's loads of pieces I've been eying up so I thought I'd through together a little collection - enjoy!



1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8 

1 - Absolutely great invention. Perfect for adding a collar to jumpers, dresses, tshirts, anything really, but without the added 'bunf' of an actual shirt. Genius!

2 - Admittedly, searching 'Halloween' on ASOS probably wasn't my best move ever as I now want everything, but how stunning is this garland? Only £12 too!

3 - Such an adorable, dainty little necklace from local Glaswegian boutique, Noxious. With 'Small Business Saturday' approaching on 6th December, I may just have to treat myself. Sterling Silver too!

4 - It's black and white, checkerboard and boxy - I love everything about this little satchel, especially the swingin' sixties vibes!

5 - I have tried so many branches of Superdrug's to get my paws on some of the lovely Zoella's goodies but I still haven't been successful - you're all too quick for me! As a lover of scented candles, especially at this time of year, I really want to track this little number down.

6 - We all loved the Topshop fluffy heels, but these are a fraction of the price and I personally prefer this heel shape. 6 colour variations too - I need an excuse for the red ones, I love the retro boudoir vibes.

7 - Another box bag, oopsies! The amazing colours in this look like spilled oil, it's incredible. This bag as the main item with even the simplest of jeans and jumper would look great!

8 - Dark floral are my absolute favour every A/W. This dress is definitely inspired by Valentino's A/W 2014 collection (one of my favourites from PFW) and I love the contrast of the sheer sleeves.

Which are your favourites?


Monday, 6 October 2014

Florence Anne Fragrance Graphfruit & Lime Eau De Toilette

Hi lovelies - hope everyone's having a happy Monday!
Now, for someone who loves beauty products, fragrance is something I never really feel that passionately about so don't often have much to say on it. I mean, sure, I like to smell good, but I don't often buy new perfumes nor am a particularly drawn to fragrance halls in the same way I am make-up counters. That being said though, I was having a mooch around in Boots yesterday, convincing myself it wasn't too early to look at the Christmas gift section and I came across this brand, Florence Anne Fragrance, which I'd never heard of before. 

The range comes in 3 fragrances - Grapefruit & Lime, Blackcurrant & Fig and Patchouli & Clove. What drew me in most was the packaging - isn't it just such a beautiful cross between The White Company and Jo Malone? I love it, it just looks so clean and minimal and expensive. The range features everything from body wash, hand cream and lotion to candles, cosmetics bags and reed diffusers.
I wasn't particularly keen on the smell of the Patchouli & Clove, it just isn't my 'type' of scent, but the Grapefruit & Lime and the Blackcurrant & Fig are both lovely. After testing both and debating which I preferred, I decided to go with the Grapefruit & Lime eau de toilette. 

As you can imagine, it's a sharp fruity scent, which isn't too sweet but what I think is great about such an affordable perfume, is it's lasting power. I tested one on one hand and one on the other at around 4pm and I could still smell both of them quite distinctively when going to bed at midnight. The smell is beautiful and the bottle is so chic and girl for sitting on my dressing table (which always helps!) - for now, I am loving this scent, but considering they're only £10 for a 45ml bottle, I think it's pretty much inevitable that I'll be back for the Blackcurrant & Fig too which is a much 'Winterier' scent!


Saturday, 4 October 2014

September Favourites

Hii all!

I haven't been around much over the month of September, things have been a little...weird (can you tell I don't want to go into detail?) but I'm back today with all the things which I've been loving over the past month - hope you enjoy!





GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in '170 Night Kiss'

It's no secret that one of my favourite A/W berry tones for my lips is MAC's 'Rebel'. I recently picked up this lipstick after loosing my MAC one and having seen the lovely Hailey's Instagram pic of these lipsticks. It's almost identical in colour (a hybrid of purple and magenta) but this is more moisturising than the MAC one which I think I might actually prefer. It's only £6.99 compared to £15 for MAC lipsticks so it's a good alternative is you're a penny pincher like me!


Superdrug's Solait Self Tan Tinted Lotion - £6.99 

Usually I'm the 'pale and proud' type, but I have a wedding coming up (meaning a dress without tights which a very alien concept to me!) so I've been trying to perfect my tanning routine so my usually pasty limbs don't look quite as much like raw sausages. Despite accidently buying 'Dark' which I meant to pick up 'Medium', I'm loving Superdrug's . It's somewhere between a gradual and an instant tan, it applies which a little colour but develops properly over the following 4 hours and the colour is surprisingly smooth. Admittedly I'm no fake tan expert but I'm loving this stuff and look forward to having glowing legs - watch this space!

iPod to iPhone 5 conversion cable - £3, Tiger

Having an old iPod classic and an iPhone 5S means I always need to carry round 2 separate charging cables, so when I saw this genius invention in Tiger, I didn't even think twice before buying it. You plug it into the end of an old school iPod/iPhone 4 cable to change the port into the iPhone 5 charger - absolute god-send of a product and only £3. It comes in green and in pink too but I thought classic Apple white was best!

Black & Gold Necklace - £6, Primark

Y'all may recognise this. Primark did this same necklace in pastel colours in Spring and everyone and their cat went crazy for it, myself included. I'm guessing this is their Autumn version and although I loved the pastel one, the black is definitely more 'me'. It's one of those really effortless but statement pieces of jewellery which can bring an outfit to life - this with a plain dress or a jumper and jeans and you're sorted! 

Garnier Skin Naturals Miracle Skin Cream - Anti-ageing Skin Transforming Care

So I sent away for some dresses for the aforementioned wedding from Dorothy Perkins (which as it happens are all going back!) but this little sample was in my parcel. The tube is teeny tiny so doesn't have a huge amount of info, but from what I can gather, it's a very slightly tinted moisturiser? I generally need/prefer more coverage than a tinted moisturiser can give but I've been using this as a base for my foundation and I love it, it's really smooth and helps keep the rest of my make-up from sliding around. Only problem? I can't seem to find it in Superdrug or Boots in order to buy the full sized version...!
Bit of a mixed bag this month, but hey ho! What've you been loving throughout September?



Saturday, 20 September 2014

#IndyRef

Have you ever seen that movie with Jim Carrey called 'Yes Man'? I haven't, but the basic premise of it is about a man who decides to say 'yes' to everything in life. I kind of feel, at this moment in time, a lot of my generation has adapted that premise in regards to Scottish Independence. Blind positivity and faith.



I've been a 'Better Together' supporter right from the get-go and while the 55% result in favour of remaining part of the UK would indicate that I am with the masses, my Facebook news feed definately suggests that amongst my peers of similar demographics, ages and social backgrounds, I stick out like a sore thumb. 

I'm half Scottish on my mum's side and half English on my dad's. Not that it matters. I don't think ones opinion on independence (Scottish or elsewhere) should have anything to do with the nationality which they define themselves as. I'm Scottish. I'm English. I'm British. Yep, all of them, because they are not mutually exclusive.

I'm not really sure why I'm writing this post. I don't think there is anyone in Scotland this weekend who isn't full of opinions and I wanted to put my 2 cents (or pence) out there into the world. You don't have to like what I have to say and you don't have to agree, but it'd mean a lot if you read this and I hope that we can all be, at the very least, respectful and open-minded. 


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Holyrood vs. Westminster

What everyone wanted from the independence referendum, regardless of the end result, was a Scotland that would be of more benefit to themselves and the people they care about. Correct me if you think I'm wrong, but I don't know anyone who's voting motives were almost entirely selfess. Whether we were a Yes or a No, we all wanted the same thing as the end result - a better future for Scotland - socially, economically, politically, environmentally and so many more 'ally's' if you will. We all want to benefit more from what's happening in our country and that's not selfish, it's human nature. 

I definiately think that Scotland is a truly unique country. We are small, compared to the rest of the UK (population alone, we are <10% of the size of England) as well as internationally, making up only a mere 0.0007% of the worlds population. Yet, without us, there wouldn't be things we take as givens in our everyday life - the telephone and the television are of course the headliners, but if that doesn't do it for you, imagine life without Biffy Clyro or whisky - now that is a bleak thought. Scotland is a blend of strong history, well loved cultural roots and an enevitably bright future. It's for that reason that the political debate regarding it's independence is so unique as we're all aiming for the same thing, we just believe in different ways of how best to achieve and maintain it. 

However, although we have a lot going for us, we have some baggage too. We have poor health, low life expectancy, widespread drug and alcohol problems, high crime rates, an even faster increasingly aging population that the rest of the UK and rapidly dying traditional industries. Some of these problems are worst than other and some affect certain parts of Scotland more than others, but if we are to look at Scotland as a whole, there's no hiding from any of these. We can offer a lot to the world and we have a lot going for us, but it'd be ignorant, in my opinion, to think that we could, at this moment in time, thrive without the help of the rest of the UK. That being said, it's very much a two-way street, we give a lot to the rest of the UK too, so it's a partnership and that's what the 'Better Together' campaign means to me. We don't claim that this partnership is perfect, but that it's simply more beneficial for all involved to remain as one than to disband. 

Now, the issues that have arisen the most through the Independence debate are very widespread and only some effect me personally at this stage in my life. Without going into too much finite detail about my politcal views and the reasons why I hold them (that is not why I am writing this most), issues regarding career prospects in the UK as well as the EU, health care and the sustainment of the NHS and economic stability for young people are what I personally want most from my country and I believe that a centralised UK government can provide stronger and more resilient opportunities for communities individually as well as our society as whole, to flourish.

The UK has what I believe to be a very unique mix of unity and individual heritages. That being said, we also share a lot of our resources - educational, medical, judicial, media, business and banking to name a few and surely separation would incur huge financial costs to establish each of these again for each nation, and probably substandard versions at that? Take for example, Great Ormond Street Children Hospital in London. It provides expert care for children with some extremely rare and specific medical needs. As this is what they specialise in, they are well equipped with the latest medical technology and some of the countries most experienced doctors to treat their patients. If Scotland (or Wales or Northern Ireland for that matter) were to become independent from England, there would be a serious likelihood that we could forfeit our access to such resources as we would be, in theory, a foreign nation. That isn't 100% certain, but it would definitely be a high possibility.

Finally, I know a lot of Yes voters who claim that Westminster have too much of a say in Scottish matters, but I would strongly oppose that by saying that a huge amount of the finances to allow Scotland to function comes from the London wealthies - it's at large thanks to the Eton elites that communities in some of the poorer parts of the UK (whether that be Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other parts of England) are able to survive. They may be unpopular but it's their mega taxes that contribute hugely in funding our roads, schools, hospitals and leasiure facilities. That is a fact.

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Turn Out & Voter Involvement

How would you feel if I told you that more votes were cast in the final of Big Brother in 2006 than in the UK General Election in 2005? My Higher Modern Studies teacher told me that and that fact hit me so hard that I have never voted in any reality TV show since - and if you follow me on Twitter, you'll know I love a good reality TV show! It's not entirely surprising though, because politics doesn't often aim to appeal to young people, those who ironically, are the ones who often have the passion, free time and occasionally the childlike naivety to believe whole-heartedly in their cause. 

For the Independence Referendum, the voting age was lowered (by the SNP) to 16 instead of the usual 18. Of course this was done because by it's very nature, the 'Yes' campaign appears more pro-active and more revolutionary than 'Better Together' - qualities which young, impressionable first-time voters are stereotypically drawn to. That being said, it would have been so easy for school kids to brush it off as just another boring and unimportant adult matter and most of them not even bothering to vote at all could probably have been understood and even forgiven. As much as I dislike Alex Salmond as a politician, he has the belief in Scottish independence flowing through his veins and while it slightly pains me to admit it, it was by and large thanks to him that so many young people took an interest in this referendum. 



On top of that, voting on an issue that could be the potential of a new chapter for Scotland and the possible end of the United Kingdom as we know it, the Scottish people really have gone above and beyond any expectations that I ever had. Turn out numbers have been nothing short of astonishing with a fantastic 97% of the electorate registering to vote and 86% of those registered making it to the polling stations. To me, that is just amazing. In Falkirk, a polling station even closed it's door early because EVERY SINGLE PERSON who was on their list had turned out to vote. Take a second to absorb that please because that really does bring a lump to my throat.

There's people from every possible background with strong views from both sides and while many will be feeling deflated today, the involvement and passion from such an overwhelming majority shows Scotland in such an inspiring light.

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The Aftermath

On Thursday night, I went to bed around midnight. The polls had closed at 10pm and the votes were being counted but at that time, there were no results yet. I lay in bed, knowing I needed to be up for work at 6:45am but wide awake, too anxious to just roll over and drift off. I lay in the dark scrolling the '#indyref' hashtag in Twitter, telling myself that I'd go to sleep when the first region had announced their results. Around 1am - Clackmannanshire - 53% in favour of No. Excellent. Now I came sleep, or at least attempt to. I did sleep, but not well at all, waking up every so often and refreshing my 'Scottish Independence' Google window to see that the latest was. 

This morning, I woke to what I'd been hoping for ever since the independence referendum was announced. As I said, I've been a firm No since the start but also as I said, the past few weeks on Facebook has taught me that I am in the very tiny minority amongst my peers. 

I walk past Glasgow's George Square on my way to work, and although Yes rally of Thursday night was still going on at 8:30am on Friday morning, there was an eery feel about the city. It felt weirdly still, which, if you are familiar with the morning bustle of Glasgow's city centre, you'll know is rare. You could just tell that Glasgow was 1 of the only 4 regions to vote in favour of Yes. 




Lunch time at work, Facebook and Twitter, people were not happy. Some much more respectful than other but some 'ashamed to call themself Scottish' and branding No voters as gutless, fearful and too lazy to develop an informed opinion.

After work, once again, passing George Square. The No campaign were supposed to be having a celebration rally but things were turning ugly. Police, riot vans, flag burning. As quickly as I could, I was on the bus, home, safe and away from it all but from what I have seen on social media, the Internet and the news, Glasgow city centre was a violent and hateful place tonight, with a tiny minority of No voters painting a picture to the rest of the UK and to the world that we are a nation of racism, ignorance, bigotry and hate which we are, of course, not. To judge either side, Yes OR No, based on this violence is like writing off all Muslums based on the actions and beliefs of al-Qaeda or all Christians based on the actions and beliefs of the Westboro Baptist Church. It's sheer ignorance. 

I know many people (myself included) from both sides who believe that these riots would have happened regardless of the outcome and that both Yes and No camps have small numbers of supporters who, as disgusting as it is, express their political stance (be that victory or defeat) through violence.

This is not a sign of a functional society and it is not a safe or effective way of making a point, political or otherwise. Glasgow has a bit of a reputation as a violent place which it is not, but last nights events have made it ever harder to shake that image.

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I have no doubt that debates about Scottish Independence will continue for weeks, months and probably years to come and whether we'll get another go at it in our lifetime is unknown but perhaps unlikely. You have to be a gracious loser before you can ever hope to be a deserving winner and while I don't think independence is right for Scotland at this time, I'm by no means saying that I don't think it ever will be. For now though, at this moment in my life and in British and international politics, I feel strongly that the proverbial 'building' is a much stronger than each brick involved, England included, can be individually.

I am extremely firm in the opinion that I made earlier on - that both camps, Yes and No, are aiming for the same thing, a fairer, more equal and more rounded country to live in. I personally believe that we are 'Better Together', some believe we are better apart, but we can all agree that what we undoubtably want is to be just that - better, however that may be. 

I welcome any opinions from either side, providing they are the two things I statement up top - open-minded and respectful.

Thank you for reading!


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites

Hi hi hiiii! 

I can't quite get my head around the fact that it's September. Seriously, there's FOUR MONTHS of this year left - what the heck is that all about?

Anyway, August has been and gone and once again, it's monthly favourites time - not a huge amount this time around, but it's what I've been loving!




Moon & Star Ring - eBay

I love anything with moons, stars, suns or ideally, a combination of all three. If it looks like it belongs in Mystic Meg's dressing up box, count me in! I stumbled across this ring on a Chinese marketplace seller's shop in eBay and didn't even think twice about getting it - it never fails to amaze me the little bargains you can get from the other side of the planet! 

I've ordered the gold now too and can't wait for it to arrive.

Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polish in 'Blood Orange'

Well it saaays 'Blood Orange' but I think we can all agree this is red, no? With A/W pretty much here (yey!) I am definately embracing more Autumnal colours on my nails and this is a new favourite. It's so glossy and rich and dries super quick. 

As I've bored you all with a million times, I love Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine's so much and I think this is a great addition to any A/W nail polish colour, no matter how big or small.



Glittery Slippers - Primark

When I clocked these amazing glittery slippers in Primark for only £6, I didn't hesitate about nabbing them. The matte silver colour makes them look so much more expensive and I love a dressy flat shoe, for tall chica's like myself, it's a great alternative if you want to be dressy but not too dressy. 

I wore them out for dinner with my mum last week and then again for drinks with my girlies at the weekend - they're so versatile!

Garnier Body Tonic Smoothing Scrub - Superdrug

In my last favourites (read here), I mentioned the Garnier Body Tonic Hydrating and Firming Lotion. I'm still loving it and when I recently repurchased, Superdrug had a 'Buy One, Get One Half Price' offer on the full range so I decided to try out the accompanying smoothing scrub. 

Once again, the citrusy scent is divine and so fresh, especially for morning showers but the scrub itself is also incredible. It's one of those really chunky scrubs which leaves you baby soft which I absolutely love. Together, they're a great duo.

The Killers - Sam's Town

If you say my most recent post or if you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that this month I finally (FINALLY!) got to go and see my favourite band, The Killers. I can't quite put into words how much it means to me to finally have seen them live and while their music is always a staple on my iPod, I've been really into their second album, Sam's Town at the moment. Which of their albums is my absolute favourite constantly changes, but right now, I'm defininately in a 'Sam's Town' phase.

What have you been loving throughout August?


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

20/8/2014 - The Killers

Hey y'all!
Yesturday, I ticked something major off my bucket list which it looked like was never going to happen - I finally saw one of my favourite bands of all time, The Killers in concert and it was every bit as amazing as I expected! 

I've been a huge fan of them and their music ever since my friend's mum lent me their first album, 'Hot Fuss' the best part of 10 years ago now. They've played in Glasgow a few times before but for one reason or another, I've never gone - finances, other plans, nobody up for coming along with me. In 2012, another favourite band of mine, Tegan and Sara supported and even then, they sold out super quickly and I couldn't get tickets for <£300. Finally having got tickets for yesturday's show on pre-sale, with support from Miles Kane and The Courteeners no less, I was SO EXCITED. A dream finally coming true.





Jumper - H&M
Pinafore - Primark
Jacket - Topshop
Belt - Primark
Sunglasses - eBay
Bag - New Look
Shoes - Garage Shoes
Necklace - Miss Selfridge
(Lips - MAC's 'Up The Amp' with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in '06 Pink Pong' on top)


It was in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow and while not a festival as such, I knew mud would be involved so thought I'd best play it safe with my Doc Marten-esque shoes - the last thing I want is soggy feet!

Other than that, rockish vibes all round - black, leather jacket, sunglasses!



The show was absolutely incredible, better than I ever expected or can properly put into words. Having waited so long to see a band who's music means so much to be, it was a really emotional moment for me when they first came on stage and while I'm normally pretty bad for doing this anyway, I was ruthless is pushing my way forward in the crowd. As luck would have it, my phone decided to pack it in just 10 minutes in (despite it having upwards of 70% battery) so I didn't get as many photos or videos as I'd hoped for but in a way, that allowed me to enjoy it even more. 



Hands-down, one of the best concerts I've ever been to and a definite high point in my life. It's nights like last night that make my love of live music as strong as it is - there's just no substitute.

Were any more of my lovely Scottish blogging pals there?