Thursday, 31 January 2013

Febshoeary

Hi!
The other week when I was packing my stuff up to move rooms, I was faced with a daunting task... Sorting out my shoes! I don't have a huge collection but it's by no means small either. I lined all my shoes up and took in just how many pairs I had then I looked again and realised that all but three pairs from my collection have been purchased in the last couple of years meaning I've spent I fair bit of money on shoes whilst I've been at uni. This wasn't even counting the pairs I have back at home either. I count myself lucky to be able to afford to adorn my feet in pretty chelsea boots, summer sandals and everything inbetween but some people aren't as lucky, some people can't afford one pair of decent shoes to protect their feet and that's why I'm writing this post. To spread the word about Febshoeary.

Febshoeary is the brain child of blogger Madison. It's estimated that 300 million children worldwide don't have a pair of adequate shoes and that 1.4 billion people suffer from diseases that could be prevented if they had suitable shoes. We think nothing of buying a new pair of shoes and we think nothing of throwing old pairs out which is why we put 790,000 tons of perfectly good footwear and clothing in landfills in 2010. Throughout February Madison will be doing everything in a pair of 4.5 inch heels, and she means everything, in the hopes of raising awareness and money for Soles4Souls, a charity that's already given shoes to more the 19 million people worldwide.

So this is where you lot come in, amazingly just £1 can buy one pair of shoes. Now I don't know about you lot but I find that astonishing when I don't think twice about dropping £50 on two pairs of boots (this did happen the other week). So please show you support to Madison's painful yet amazing task and spread the word and donate. Remember just £1 = one pair of shoes!

All the links you need to get involved and donate are provided throughout this blog post.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Tuesday Treats #30

Hi!
This Tuesday Treats post isn't going to be to everyone's taste for the fact it contains no beauty or fashion items whatsoever (shock horror). It contains books. I think we've established by now I love reading and I currently have a whole load of books cluttering up my Amazon wishlist. Despite having a Kindle I do still buy books because if there's one thing that I love more than books it's pretty books and you just can't replicate that on a Kindle. I also love big geeky books, you know those wildlife ones, or the Art of Pixar sort of things and not to forget my recent purchase of The John Lennon Letters book (which let me tell you is amazing!) Those sort of books have been lovingly named 'shelf books' by Josh and I. The sort we want to display on a big bookcase when we eventually have our own place. So I thought I'd make a wishlist posts about all the books I have my eye on. There will probably be more post like this as I have so many books noted down that I want to buy and new one's are always catching my eye so the list is never ending really. 



























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  1. I saw this book the other day and had a quick look through it. It's a lovely recipe book split into four sections containing recipes for each season. The recipes are simple and easy which is just what I like so I'll definitely be buying this.
  2. Josh and I have really been enjoying watching Africa and again I had a look though this book the other day and it's beautiful. Definitely a 'shelf book'.
  3. Again when Frozen Planet was on we really enjoyed it. Although I haven't been able to look through this book in a shop I have no doubt that it would be just as lovely as the Africa one.
  4. There are 29 clothbound classics to collect from Penguin but the three on this post are the one's I'm most interested in, just look how lovely they look!
  5. Same as above really, I love the story of Oliver Twist so I would love to own this copy/
  6. I read A Christmas Carol every year (at Christmas obviously) and it's one of my favourite stories. I'm definitely going to buy this copy of it to read this year. 
The recipe book is definitely on my list to buy as I want to try some new things. The clothbound classics are just beautiful so at some point I will own these three!

P.S On an unrelated note I have a few things for sale on Ebay at the moment. All really low starting prices. I have pieces from Asos, H&M, Zara and more. I also have Konad nail art kit and a brand new, with tags on, dress from Warehouse that was originally £50 for sale. Please take a look here.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Wanderlust

"A strong desire to travel: A man consumed by wanderlust."
 To change the definition slightly I am a girl consumed by wanderlust at the moment. I want to get out and go places I've never been before. I want to visit old places and make new memories and I want to find new places to capture moments in. I don't know what's come over me but I have such a strong desire to get out and see new things at the moment. I'm dreaming of beautiful cities such as Barcelona and Paris, I'm craving sandy beaches and hidden places and then I come back to reality and realise I have no money to make such dreams come true. So I've started to think closer to home to try and fulfill my wanderlust. I've spent two years and 4 months exploring all this city has to offer and now I want to branch out before my time in this part of the country comes to an end in July this year. I've visited Birmingham on many occasions and Leamington-Spa a couple of times and whilst I'll be visiting those places again before we leave here I want to explore a few new places as well. Warwick, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon are at the top of my list. So I'm hoping in the warmer months we're graced with a few nice days for me to take a trip to these places so I can visit cute little shops and old buildings and wander through the streets with Josh taking in everything that these new places have to offer us. And until then I'll keep dreaming of beautiful cities and sandy beaches.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A day in the life...

Hi!
On Tuesday I decided to get a photo every hour and blog what I got up to that day (I say I got the photo's, I mean Josh as he's the one with the iphone!) I thought it would be fun to look back on as Tuesday was a busyish day too. I got a photo of something that happened within every hour starting from 9am so a photo between 9-10, 10-11 and so on. On Tuesday we had to move rooms, it's a very long story but our old room is full on damp and mould (nice!) and we couldn't move into the new room until 5pm. We had to take everything with us so there was a lot of stuff! We should only be in the new room for a couple of weeks but I don't mind because the new room is actually really nice. After we'd finished unpacking and moving neither of us could be bothered to cook so we headed to Wetherspoons which was a nice little treat.
So here's what I got up to on Tuesday....

 9-10 Porridge and peppermint tea to start the day / 10-11 Watching TV
 11-12 Watching Zero Dark Thirty / 12-1 Soup and crusty bread for lunch (and still watching Zero Dark Thirty)
 1-2 Uploading my latest video to YouTube and blogging / 2-3 Playing on Hay Day
 3-4 Having a cake break / 4-5 Packing up our old room
 5-6 Moving all our stuff and saying goodbye to an empty room 82 / 6-7 Moving and saying hello to a very messy room 56 (this isn't even half of the stuff we moved!)
 7-8 BBQ chicken and a glass of wine / 8-9 Chocolate fudge cake (and a bigger glass of wine!)
 9-10 Watching The Undateables / 10-11 Ready for bed in my onesie

So that was my day, despite all the moving and unpacking I had a pretty good day. The new room we have is lovely and so much quieter as the neighbours back at our old room were very noisy, plus we have a chair in this one! The spontaneous trip to Wetherspoons made a nice change too and the food was delicious, as was the wine! I really enjoyed capturing my day and I'd definitely do one of these posts again as it's nice to look back on. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Video: Recent Buys #13 Primark, Zara, Ebay and more!

Hi!
This is my first recent buys video of 2013, however it's probably going to be my last for a while as I'm trying to save money now. I'm going to try and do some other videos though it's just there won't be a recent buys one for a little while. I've been going a little crazy with the money I received for Christmas but I'm really pleased with with what I got (hello two pairs of shoes and Zara sale purchase!) I've also picked up a couple of new skincare products recently so hopefully when I've given those a bit more of a test I will get around to reviewing them on here. 

I hope you enjoy this video. Click to watch on YouTube for all the extra information and please subscribe to my channel. 


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Happy List #83

Hi!
I haven't done a Happy List since just before Christmas so this one is the first one of 2013! I have quite a lot of photo's this week as Josh and I have been out on a few walks and I've been buying a few new things. After this one I'm not sure how regular the Happy Lists are going to be as I have a new uni module starting next week meaning I'm going to be in uni more than what I have been. It may be that I only do the Happy List every two or three weeks with a collection of photo's from over that period of time rather than photo's that have just been taken over the week. 
I hope you've all been enjoying the snow! I'm not usually a big fan of snow but when I don't have anywhere to go or anything to do I love it so I throughly enjoyed pulling on my wellies and going out to play yesterday! This week Josh and I also found a new little place to walk, it's not too far from us and it's the site of an old monastery, although there's not really much left of the old buildings now it's still nice to walk around.
 Our walk to the old monastery
 Malteser bunnies are back! / Little squirrel / My new bag from the Zara sale / Snow!
 Snowy church / Snowy cathedral / Cold squirrel

And finally, you may remember this Tuesday Treats post where I featured two pairs of boots and I couldn't decide which pair to buy, well in a moment of madness and with some encouragement from Josh I ordered both pairs (oopps) and I'm glad I did now because I really love them both! I couldn't fit them into a collage with the other photo's so here are some separate photo's of them.



 With it snowing I haven't had the chance to wear either pair yet but I'm genuinely looking forwards to wearing them which is kind of sad really! I need to stop buying shoes because I literally cannot fit anymore pairs in the bottom of my wardrobe!

What have you been up to this week? Let me know!





Thursday, 17 January 2013

Reading, Wanting, Pinning #1

Hi!
Things have been a little quiet around here since Christmas, to be honest I had lots to blog about in December and then around the festive period and afterwards I felt kind of out of it all and just didn't know what to blog about. I'm slowly getting back into it so bear with me!
I know quite a few people do sort of 'internet round-up' posts and I really enjoy reading them as I like that there's a variety of things in one place such as new blogs, new products or pretty things to pin on Pinterest so I thought every now and again I would do a post along those lines. It won't be a weekly thing just an occasional post to give you an idea of what blog posts I've been enjoy, what products have caught my eye or what I've been pinning recently so I hope you enjoy these posts!

Reading...

Chloe made me want to eat healthy with this yummy looking and simple lunch recipe.

I loved this colour pop nail art from Caroline.

Adrienne fed my need for a new blusher with this post. I need to buy this!

I love shabby chic home stuff and Amy did this lovely post on some cute stuff she found on Ebay. My favourites are the the drawers and the sign.

 Wanting...

This scarf from Etsy and this jumper from Monki.

Watching...

Josh found the funniest, cutest video yesterday and I just knew straight away that it had include it in this post. Let me introduce you to Loca the pug

Pinning...

I've gone a little bit Valentines mad on Pinterest this week. I'll be honest I love Pinterest so much, so here is just a small round up of my favourite things I've pinned lately. You can find me on Pinterest here.






























What do you think to this post, let me know if it something you'd like to see in the future!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

BOOKS: Mini Book Reviews #2

Hi!
I know it's such a long time ago since I posted my first book review post on here so just to recap I have another blog in which I post my book reviews on but seen as reading is quite a big part of my life I decided to start posting mini reviews on here too with a link to the full reviews if you are interested in reading further. My first post explains it more so if you want you can read that here

The four books I'll be reviewing on this post are: The Somnambulist, The Snow Child, Elijah's Mermaid and Wicked.

The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
Essie Fox's debut novel is a real page turner, it was so captivating I couldn't put it down. The descriptive narrative provides a Gothic element which is a nod to the great classic Victorian novels The Somnambulist beautifully emulates. Told from the naive Phoebe's point of view, the reader is always one step ahead of the protagonist, however this doesn't ruin the dark, brooding mood of the novel. It's clear to see throughout how much passion Essie Fox has for the Victorian Era and for someone like me who is equally as interested in that era it is a must read novel. 
Full review here.
★★★★★

 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Jack and Mabel are struggling to survive in Alaska. Jack can't clear the land in time before the heavy snow comes and Mabel is still consumed by grief for the child that her and Jack lost many years ago. Everything changes when they build a snow girl one night only for it to have disappeared the next morning. From that point on Jack and Mabel catch glimpses of a girl in the woods and become convinced that a child is out in the wilderness on her own.
The beauty of this book for me is that it isn't fast paced which allows you to fully absorb all the beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan landscapes and detailed character descriptions. However the last hundred pages really let the book down, the slow pace and wonderful writing is lost and replaced by a rushed narrative and too many breaks in chapters. Overall its a beautifully written book but it could have been improved by a less hurried ending.
Full review here.
★★★★

 Elijah's Mermaid by Essie Fox
The second offering from Essie Fox and The Somnambulist I was expecting very good things. For the most part I wasn't disappointed although it certainly wasn't as good as its predecessor. 
When twins Lily and Elijah have a chance meeting with Pearl little do they know it will change their lives forever. They go their separate ways only to be reunited years later when an artist wants to employ Elijah and when he turns up with his wife in tow, Lily and Elijah immediately recognise her as Pearl. Elijah, who has been in love with Pearl since the first meeting, wastes no time accepting the offer and moves to London. However a few months into his employment Elijah goes missing and Lily must travel to London to find out the truth about all their lives. 
The story itself was just as good as The Somnambulist however there were a few things that niggled me such as the style in which it was written but that is just down to personal preference. I also felt like it was trying a little too hard to shock the reader with one too many twists and revelations.
Full review here.
★★★★

 Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I bought this after seeing the show in London and whilst I wasn't naive enough to think that the book would all be happy and light like the show (after all Wicked is an adult novel intended just for adults unlike the show) I wasn't expecting what I read. 
What struck me from the start was the heavy religious aspect, you couldn't go a single paragraph without religion been mentioned which did annoy me. There were also parts of the novel that were never fully explained which was frustrating and confusing.
Despite the bad aspects I do appreciate how Gregory Maguire took a classic novel and turned it on it's head to provide a good commentary on the aspects of good and evil to get you questioning what the two things actually mean. 
For the most part it is an enjoyable book that could have been improved had the religious aspect ben toned down.
Full review here.
★★★

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Tuesday Treats #29

Hi!
Well I'm back to normal blogging finally after Christmas and the New Year. I haven't done a Tuesday Treats posts in such a long time so I thought it would be a good post to ease myself back in with because to be honest I had so much I wanted to blog about throughout December that now it is all over I'm a little lost on what to write at the moment! I received some money at Christmas and it's quickly burning a hole in my pocket so I've been looking around at things to buy. I always think I shouldn't spend it all on clothes but it always happens so I am going to try not to do that this time! 




























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1. This is such a pretty top, pale pink, glitter and peplum. However the £29 price tag is putting me off slightly.
2. I really want a dark blue pair of jeans and everyone always raves about Topshop Leigh ones. I've never owned Topshop jeans and these do look nice but the thrifty part of me says I really shouldn't spend £38 on jeans
3+5. I love both of these pairs of shoes from Ebay and I want to buy a pair I'm just not sure which pair to go for. I love the tan ones as they'd go with a lot of stuff and look pretty classic however I'm not sure how comfy the heel would be. The red ones are pretty different and been flat there wouldn't be any comfort issues so everything tells me I should go with the red ones but I'm just more drawn in my the brown ones! Let me know which you prefer!
4. My skin is not happy at the moment, oil on top of really dry patches is not a good look. This moisturiser sounds pretty good and it has £4 off in Boots at the moment so I think I'm going to buy this.

What's on your wish list at the moment? Don't forget to let me know which pair of boots you think I should buy!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Video: Favourite Products of 2012

Hi!
Following on from my memories of 2012 post I've got a favourite products of 2012 video for you today and at some point in the next few days I'll be posting about my favourite books I read in 2012 too. I keep saying 'this year' in the video but obviously I mean 2012 seen as we're only two days into the new year, it's just a filmed this video in December.
I hope you enjoy this video and if you've posted or filmed any 2012 favourites or memories link me to them in the comments!