31 December 2014

New Years Resolutions for 2015

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1. Get fit. Let's get the cliche out of the way - I want to get a better body in 2015. It's no secret that I love food and the older I get, the slower my metabolism gets. Gone are the days when I could eat whatever I want and keep the same figure I had in my teens. Of course I want to tone up, but I also want to push myself to get healthier so I am going to start running as that's my favourite activity, and also try fun fitness activities with my friends like bike riding, taking mega long countryside walks (which we do anyway and it's one of my favourite pre Sunday roast activities!) and going to classes like yoga.

2. Take better care of my skin i.e. stop sleeping with my makeup on. I admit - I am so bad at the moment with my skincare routine! Because I've had such an unsettled year, I've just plonked myself in to bed with my foundation and mascara on and just take it off in the morning which is an absolute crime and it really messes up your skin. So, now we have settled in our new house I have started my routine again and I'm taking better care of my skin and I can see an immediate improvement already! Some of my favourite products to use at the moment are: Lush Herbalism face wash; St Ives Apricot Scrub; Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute mask and Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care moisturiser.

3. Make more of an effort with myself. 2014 has been such a busy and unsettling year that comfy clothes have been my best year. Literally jeans and a t-shirt or sweater paired with Converse has been my uniform. I want to start wearing clothes like I did before: glamorous, on trend and stylish. Not that I haven't worn nice clothes this year, but I would like to look good 99% of the time, rather than my 50% effort in the past year. I want to sort out my wardrobe and get rid of old clothes I won't wear and make my wardrobe functional and cosy. I can't wait to share new outfits with you in 2015!

4. Start my YouTube channel. I have been going on about starting my YouTube channel for ages now and I've always been really nervous to do it because I feel like YouTube is a different game to blogging, but I absolutely love watching other vloggers and it looks like so much fun! The other problem I have is that I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to filming and editing but I think I have found someone who can help me with the process so I'm really looking forward to exchanging ideas with a creative partner!

5. Bring my ideas to life. I have always been interested in fashion design and I actually took a course at college on how to design clothes but I didn't feel like I took a lot out of it because 99% of the time was spent creating collages and mood boards so I kind of left the idea. Recently, I really have got it in my head that I want to start making clothes again so I bought some patterns and my mum has a sewing machine and a resizable mannequin which I am going to borrow. I have lots of ideas which I want to bring to life and hopefully open a little online boutique.

6. Aim higher. This year I feel like I have put about 60% effort into the things that I do, mainly because I have been so tired of moving (two house moves this year guys, TWO!) I've felt unsettled because of that and I think a part of me just stopped caring. And even on my 60% effort, I managed to do a good job which makes me think of what I can achieve if I put in 100% of my energy into projects. I want to pay my blog more attention and really push it to succeed this year, and I want to put in 100% in to my life and make myself the best I can be.

7. Travel more. I love travelling and exploring new places and this year Liam and I have travelled a lot around the UK, but I want to extend our trips to places further away. There is something that is stopping me and that is my debilitating phobia of airplanes. I can't even go near an airport without heaving or feeling like I'm going to pass out, let alone think about getting on an airplane. Last time I had a conversation about the possibility of getting on a plane, I cried because I got so scared about it. It's awful, but I know that some companies do courses to help people tackle their phobia of flying so I'm going to get myself on one of those courses. I think in 2015 we'll start small by flying to places like Paris, Venice, Ireland and Austria and I absolutely cannot wait!

8. Sort through all paperwork. This one is a little bit boring, but it's necessary and that is to get all my paperwork in order. Bills, contracts, statements - all of those mundane pieces of paper that need to be filed away and kept safe incase I ever need to refer back to them.

9. Read more books. I love reading and I have made hardly any time for books this year - I have so many which I bought and haven't got round to reading! So in 2015, I will be taking some quality time out to finish two books I started in 2014 (Dracula and Girl Boss), and also start some new ones like Ebola and 1984 by George Orwell.

10. Learn new things. I want to carry on learning new things whether it's how to edit using iMovie or how to climb mountains or how to forage - whatever it is, I want to learn and expand my skill set. Both Liam and I feel like we need to carry on improving ourselves so it will be fun to learn new things together! I also really want to learn how to bake because it's one thing I'm lacking in - I can't bake to save my life! Unless it's cookie, which I have finally mastered - Christmas spiced cookies especially!

Here are my 10 resolutions which I want to stick to this year, some are very simple but some will require a lot of work and effort. 2015 is looking to be a really exciting year and I can't wait to share my experiences with you!



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27 December 2014

Winter Casual in DressKode Denim

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what i'm wearing: DressKode jeans* // Primark top and hat // boohoo.com boots

I recently got the opportunity to review a pair of DressKode jeans through e-tail PR (a platform which connects bloggers with brands) and I chose this pair which are skinny fit light wash with a faded effect. I used to have  a pair of light wash jeans but I grew out of them and I couldn't find a nice pair since so I was really excited to receive and style this pair of jeans. 

I'm usually used to wearing high waisted jeans as I find them more comfortable, well these are mega low. If I had to pick a flaw in these jeans, it would be that they are low and I have to wear long tops with them which isn't ideal as I'm limited to what I wear them with. The jeans have cute buttons with the image of a bow on them, they fit really nicely and make my legs look really slim and toned - huge bonus! 

I styled my DressKode jeans casually for a winter day when you're just chilling with a cosy wooly beanie and comfortable chunky heeled boots. The jeans would also look lovely with a big baggy light coloured sweater which is what I'm currently wearing them with! 



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23 December 2014

Christmas Party Outfit With Wonderland Clothing

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what i'm wearing: Wonderland Clothing Hot Nights jumpsuit* // Topshop heels // Topshop sequin bolero // JustFab clutch* 

Tis the season to get in the party mood! With so many Christmas and NYE parties, it's time to start thinking what you're going to be wearing and if needs be get a last minute order from your favourite online store. I was so excited to style this jumpsuit from Wonderland Clothing - the nude colour makes it so versatile and it goes with any colour so this is the perfect party piece winter or summer.
I have chosen to go with a gold theme and add some sparkle to the look with an old sequin bolero jacket, classic velvet black court shoes and festive vampy lips.

I'm looking forward to styling some more combinations with this jumpsuit and I'm thinking of adding faux fur, layered statement jewellery, perhaps velvet?




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22 December 2014

Christmas Life Update

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Hey everyone! You might have noticed that over the last week or so I have been really quiet on the blog and my social media channels. It is the most wonderful time of the year and there is so much I want to share with you, however this year I have been one of the unfortunates to get hit with a throat infection and I have been in bed resting for what seems like ages now with not a lot of improvement. I've got a course of hardcore antibiotics which I need to take for ten days which means I'll be on hot chocolates and tea's with honey rather than yummy mulled wine and Baileys which is my usual Christmas drink - but hopefully I can have a tipple on NYE! And there's no way I'm skipping out on all the food - although I have to time when I eat to work with my antibiotics. I've only just started eating properly again after what feels like a week where I could manage one meal a day, so I'm really looking forward ti stuffing my face over Christmas to get my energy back up. One thing I'm upset about is that I got really into baking festive cookies and now I feel like I can't do that because I'm coughing all over the place and who wants the risk of a cough cookie to land on their plate?! So buh-bye cookies until I feel a little better!

I just wanted to give you a quick update as to why it's all been so quiet over on FashionFake, but this week I have managed to get some posts scheduled so you can expect some festive newness on my blog this week :)
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15 December 2014

Birmingham Fish Market review

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At the weekend we visited Liam's family in Birmingham and he finally showed me around the famous Birmingham fish market - I loved it so much that I decided to tell you guys about it! I've always wanted to go to the Birmingham fish market after Liam told me about all the variety of fresh fish available to buy there. I love fish and seafood so to me this sounded like heaven, if you're not a fan of fish and the smell of the sea - be warned.
You can smell the fresh seafood as you enter the hall which holds not only seafood but also fresh cuts of halal meat and spices from around the world. But I was most interested in the huge selection of the seafood and it didn't let me down: from salmon and tuna, to squid, mussels, sprats, cockles and whelks, oysters, eels, lobsters, prawns and all types of fish you can imagine  - it was all there for incredible prices. Even though we didn't buy anything to take away with us, we had some amazing seafood available to eat at the market which was delicious! Our quick lunch included whelks, cockles, winkles (which I had for the first time and although they were a little fiddly to get out it was worth it) and the best oysters I have ever tasted.
Next time we go to the fish market, I'm going to take a freezer bag and stock up on some of the yummy seafood - and definitely indulge in more of the delicious fresh food available to eat at the market! If you like food, and more importantly seafood, then take a weekend break and get yourself to the Birmingham fish market to enjoy some yummy oysters!



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11 December 2014

Christmas in Tartan From Primark

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what i'm wearing: Primark dress, tights and necklace // JustFab boots* 

Yesterday I spent most of my day at Festival Place in Basingstoke doing my Christmas shopping. I popped into Primark for some stocking fillers and naturally just had to have a quick look at what's about. I found this cute tartan dress which I have been in love with for weeks but couldn't find in in a store near me - so I decided to treat myself and buy it as there were only two left on the shelf.
The dress is originally £10 but when I got to the till it showed up as £5 - amazing! Now I don't even feel bad about spending some money on myself when I'm supposed to be Christmas shopping for everyones presents :)

I think that tartan dresses are so adorable to wear around Christmas - I remember I had one I used to wear on Christmas when we lived in Denmark (I was a very adorable child, makes me wonder what happened in the process of growing up!). Tartan mini dresses are so easy to wear: I love mine with a pair of black opaque tights, ankle boots and minimal jewellery as I don't want the look to feel like it's "too much" with pattern and accessories.

So if you like this dress rush down to Primark to grab yours for a bargain £5! They have other colours too!




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9 December 2014

Ready for the Christmas Ball - Jane Norman Sequin Maxi

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what i'm wearing: Jane Norman sequin maxi // Just Fab clutch bag* // Topshop suede heels // Accessorize earrings

It's the second year now that I have been Liam's plus one to his works annual Christmas ball and I love it: it's really the only time of the year when I can wear a beautiful gown and get really dressed up. This year there was a James Bond theme to the evening so I wanted to find a dress that will suit and I already had an image in my mind of what I wanted - after so many dresses, I finally stumbled upon this Jane Norman number from House of Fraser. I absolutely fell in love, although with a dress like this there is always a slight chance that it might look tacky, especially if you only see it online so it was a little bit of a gamble.
When the dress arrived, it was too small. I ordered a size 8 following the HOF size guidelines, however when I received the dress it was actually measuring at a size 6 which I am NEVER going to fit into - so if you are thinking about buying this dress, I would suggest going up a size. I actually went for a size 12 in the end because the 8 measured so tiny that I didn't want to risk the size 10 being too tight and my thinking paid off as the size 12 fit perfectly.

The dress itself is absolutely stunning - it really accentuates your curves, or adds the illusion of curves if you have a more boyish figure - and it holds itself up extremely well: even after a whole night of dancing and jumping up and down to old school pop punk, it didn't budge once!
Styling the dress is so simple - less is more. With a statement dress like this, the last thing you want to do is take away the attention, or make yourself look like a Christmas tree by adding lots of jewellery. Opt for classic earrings, and/or a cocktail ring for jewellery and simple style shoes - I went for black to match my coat and my clutch bag. Et voila!

Don't forget to add some red lipstick for old school red carpet glamour and enjoy the party, Cinderella!




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5 December 2014

Christmas Gift - For Your Best Friend


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I think skincare as a present can be tricky sometimes – you have to get their skin type right and ensure that whatever product you choose will not cause any unwanted reactions. That’s why I think natural skincare which is suitable for sensitive skin is a great option, especially as a gift for your best friend. This Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skin Brightening Exfoliator contains rosehip, avocado, Shea butter and Golden Bamboo and is suitable for all skin types.

I have previously used Rio Rosa Mosqueta products and got on with them incredibly well – no difference with this exfoliator. Whilst getting rid of dead skin cells and brightening up your complexion, it also soothes and nourished the skin leaving your face bright and glowing. The exfoliating beads are small and very gentle on your skin and the winner for me was that it didn’t dry my skin out, even in the cold weather.

Treat your friends (or yourself!) to a product which will revive your skin after all those Christmas and New Year parties and step into 2015 fresh faced!




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Christmas Gift - For Your Boyfriend

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The Book of Everyone* (price depending on cover style)

What to buy my boyfriend for Christmas this year? I know a lot of girls who find it very difficult to get their boyfriends gifts – Liam is just the worst because if he ever wants something he’ll just go and get it. When I found out about The Book of Everyone, I just had to tell you all about it because I think the concept is fantastic: The Book of Everyone is the perfect gift because it’s personalised, full of interesting facts and like any other book lasts forever!

You start off online where you create your book: first of all, pick who the book is for and then get customising the pages! What the book will do is pull up lots of interesting information about the person going from their date of birth like what happened on the day they were born, what was the movie blockbuster in the year they were born, what song topped the charts, etc... Really fun facts that kind of made me want to create my own book! You also have the opportunity to insert your own photos into some sections of the book – that was one of my favourite parts!

The Book of Everyone is also a part of a good cause – for every book that get sold, a gift of a book is given to an elderly person who may not receive a gift this year. This is a wonderful collaboration with Age UK!




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