Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Turning Twenty!

Playsuit: River Island
Necklace: Liberty Blue
Belt: Primark
Heels: Primark

Last Saturday, (21st of September), was my birthday and I turned twenty! Yikes. Turning twenty isn't considered one of the bigger birthdays like turning eighteen or twenty one where it is seen as a "milestone" age, but it really does feel like one. It's kind of exciting to think about all the things my twenties could bring me! I have two decades of life experience behind me, but I can't ever imagine a time where I am not asked for ID, or receive a shocked reaction after someone asks me my age. It's safe to say I could look twelve forever. 

For my birthday, I had the nice experience of one of those days where you just have nothing to wear. I would usually have an outfit planned in advance, but this year my plan was to treat myself to something new to wear. This didn't end up happening which meant the time I would normally spend getting ready was spent chucking clothes around and trying on millions of outfits, none of which felt right. Finally, I opted for my River Island playsuit. This playsuit has accompanied me on many nights out before. I usually keep it really simple to make it look quite chic. On Saturday, I changed it up a bit and added some quirky touches to the look to give it a different feel. I added my skinny lilac belt from Primark and my matching lilac ribbon in my hair. Then I wore my Alice in Wonderland necklace from Liberty Blue in Belfast. These simplistic strappy heels have been a huge hit for bloggers and I couldn't help but join in with all the fuss. I think it helps to compliment the elegant look of the playsuit without taking away from my quirky accessories. 

After all the outfit kerfuffle, I could relax and celebrate. I went to TGI Fridays for a nice meal, got lots of lovely treats from my friends and family and went out afterwards to Limelight in Belfast. Phew! Celebrating can be exhausting. Or maybe I'm just getting old? 

P.S. Did anyone notice my new hair?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Just Because It's Autumn...

Crop Top: Thnk Apparel
Dungarees: Topshop
Black Boots: Primark

Just because it's Autumn doesn't mean I can't wear my dungarees, right? These were great for pulling on in the summer and I wasn't prepared to give them up yet. So I decided to style them with tights to make the most of my summer favourite while still keeping warm as the weather gradually gets more cold. Boo! I hate being cold.

I went for a very casual and relaxed look. I added my bright lipstick to add a little red to an overall colourless oufit. On my lips I am wearing Rio Rio by Topshop

The light denim makes these dungarees easy to pair with lots of other colours. I will be definitely be whipping these out throughout Autumn, teaming them with some jumpers, layers and a lot more tights! Stay tuned.

What is your Just Because It's Autumn outfit?

P.S. On a very random note, this is the outfit that I was wearing when my Dad decided he would randomly bring a goat home. Yes, a real goat. Apparently we are borrowing him for a few weeks so my Dad doesn't have to cut the grass. At least things are kept interesting around here...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Beauty Wish List

Today's post has been brought to you by aimlessly browsing online and a small bank balance. I really like reading Wish Lists as you sometimes can see something really special that you missed while doing your own browsing. Also, it makes you feel like your not alone when putting together your own mental wish list. I know you all do it!

First on the list is the Benefit World Famous Neutrals Eyeshadow Kit. I've tried this kit out before and it is just so good! The cream pots create a really nice crease less finish which is perfect for daytime wear, but can also be built up with the other shades for a night time smokey eye. I need this.

Every time I have a look at The Body Shop make-up, it's always this bronzer I get drawn to. It has such a lovely fine and smooth texture. The built in mirror and the really cute little compact also makes it a nice little handbag filler!

If you like a good beauty blog like me, the next item on the list will be no surprise! The Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons have been a huge hit among the bloggers. I picked out this colour, Peach on the Beach (what a cute name) which is a beautiful peachy, pink. This made the list purely because I want to find out what all the fuss is about!

I've been on the hunt for a good high lighter and this Soap & Glory one gives a really nice natural glow with some light pink tones. Not to mention another cute little compact. I love my compacts!

I've been experimenting a bit with contouring lately and I thought the Real Techniques Setting Brush was the perfect size for a good contour brush. Plus it will go nicely with my Real Techniques collection.

What is on your Beauty Wish List?

Monday, 2 September 2013

The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn't exist any more.” 

When you can't afford to shop, sometimes reading about the latest trends in magazines can get you through. The Shopaholic books are just like that. Only the detailed descriptions of the different steps of shopping almost can recreate that same buzz, of finding something you love and making it yours.  From spotting that perfect dress, to trying it on, to falling in love with it, to convincing yourself that it is worth the price tag and finally being handed it over the counter in a crisp new bag. These books are perfect for any shopaholic out there who wants to relive the reason why shopping feels so good!

Sophie Kinsella has invented the fantastic heroine Becky Bloomwood who loves to live in her own world. This can sometimes get her into trouble and she never learns her lesson. Confessions of a Shopaholic follows her through her rapid imagination as it jumps from shopping to far-fetched dreams while trying to make it through reality. These books are a really easy, pick-me-up read. Becky Bloomwood is a hilarious character who we can all relate to when you find yourself wishing for all life's beautiful things. It make's me sad to think that she isn't a real person because I think we could have really hit it off!

After seeing the film Confessions of a Shopaholic many times, I wasn't very keen to read the book as I thought I would find it predictable because I know the film so well. But when I found a copy in a charity shop I thought I'd give it a whirl! A few chapters in, I noticed that although the book includes all the same characters, the general plot is quite different. So if you love the film like me, don't let this put you off. Also this series gives you the chance to follow Becky through new stages of her life.

I can't wait to curl up tonight with a Shopaholic book! I'm just starting Shopaholic & Sister and so far, it's not let me down!

Have you read any of the Shopaholic books?