Alton Towers

I’ve been totally MIA recently because the heaps and heaps of uni work has begun, unfortunately. On Sunday (19/10) myself and everyone from work visited to Alton Towers for the day, it was such a funny day and I thought I would share with you some of the photos I took. I literally came home with dark circles underneath my eyes from not having enough sleep, the worst thing about those kind of journey’s is having to get the coach down and not being able to sleep, sad times!

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Other than not sleeping, it was a great trip down to Alton Towers. I’m the biggest sucker for roller-coasters so obviously I had the time of my life! Now it’s time to burn off all those calories I consumed in that one day.

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5 Perfect Chill-Night Movies!

So, this post will either be really fun or very boring to you but I thought I would share with you some of the movies that I think are perfect for those nights where you just want to lie in bed and chill. These are some of my favourite movies and I’m pretty sure (I hope you’ve seen them too) you guys will know what I mean when I say some of them certainly know how to make you laugh.

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The first movie is She’s The Man, it’s so old and it’s such a classic ‘girl’ movie but you’ve got to admit – it’s bloody hilarious. I can proudly say I know pretty much every word to this movie, that’s how many times I’ve watched it. I can always remember my sister and I laughing for so long and quoting at the same time whilst watching this movie over and over. If you’ve never watched the movie – forget about what’s happening now and go watch it, please! You honestly won’t regret it. My favourite quote is “When my eyes are closed, I see you for what you truly are – which is OOOGLY.” I still say that to my sister to this day. Such a classic!

The second perfect movie, in my opinion would have to be What Happens in Vegas. Again, I’ve watched this movie countless times – no matter what, it will always make me laugh. Cameron Diaz has always been one of my favourite actors so that’s definitely a bonus. My favourite scene is when Jack (Ashton) is chasing Joy (Cameron) on the way to their meeting and they start fighting in the park, throwing oranges at each other etc. It always had me laughing and I think if you want a good laugh – pop What Happens in Vegas on and you’re sorted.

Pitch Perfect. It’s got to be everyone’s favourite, right? I’m just gonna say right now that as I’m writing this post – I’m pulling up clips from each DVD on YouTube and singing my heart out, in this case. The last scene of Pitch Perfect is my all-time favourite, Rebel Wilson is my hero – HOW can someone be so funny, I love her so much. I think Anna Kendrick’s acting in this movie is amazing, if you’ve never seen Pitch Perfect – you are mental. I’m so so happy they’re both in the second movie – hopefully it will be just as funny. I love this scene because it gets you singing along and it’s just funny overall.

I’m not gonna lie – I think Footloose might be my favourite from this bunch, is that cheesy? I absolutely love Footloose (the 2011 version). I play the soundtrack in my car every other day, they just make you so happy! I’m so so happy Miles Teller is in the movie, I absolutely love him. I think he’s so cute and just hilarious. You can’t fault Julianne Hough’s body and her amazing dancing – she’s incredible. The movie always makes me smile, especially the last dance scene – I love the ending to the movie. Footloose is the kind of movie I could happily watch everyday in the background whilst I’m getting dressed etc, I’ve always been a fan of dance movies so of course this is a favourite of mine. My boyfriend has been forced to watch this several times and I’m pretty sure he loves it too, haha. You should definitely give this one a watch.

Lastly, Friends With Benefits always makes me laugh. I’ve watched this movie so many times and I never ever get bored of it. I remember everyone would never shut up about it and thought it was such a big deal, the concept and all but I still always fling it on and watch it when I’m just chilling. These movies are the exact type I fling on when I have a day off work/uni and when I have nothing to do.

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Life Lately #1

I just thought today’s post would be something more fun, I’m going to start writing posts showing you what I’ve been getting up to – similar to My Week/Month in Photos but these will hopefully be more frequent. Since I got my MAC, I’ve pretty much been using it everyday for blogging, watching Netflix and doing uni work.

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01. So, American Horror Story returned with its fourth season last week and I was so excited to watch the first episode. You can watch the trailer for Freak Show here. If you’ve never watched AHS before – you’re seriously missing out, it’s amazing. You can watch season 1-3 on Netflix, hopefully that will persuade you to go start the first season. The good thing about American Horror Story is that you don’t really need to watch each season to understand what’s going on. In each series, the characters are all the same but the set-up is different each season. For example, there’s a Circus, a Mental Asylum and a Witch Coven. You should definitely get involved, I’ve never been so scared of Clowns before since I watched the first episode of the new season.

02. I got the iPhone 6 last week and I absolutely love it. I originally wanted the black one but they’re completely sold out and there’s a 6 week waiting list so I just went for the silver, to me – the gold colour looks cheap and it just doesn’t look nice to me. I’ve always had a black iPhone so it’s a nice to change for me. The size difference is so strange, if you go from the iPhone 4/5 to the 6 Plus – you’ll be so surprised because I’m even struggling with the difference from the 5 to the iPhone 6. I’m gradually starting to get used to it and I do really like it so far.

03. This is a photo of my boyfriend Christopher being the biggest loser ever. I love this photo, he hates getting his photo taken so it’s always nice to have one on my phone that he actually willingly took, haha. This photo makes me happy so I thought I would share it on my blog (as cheesy as that sounds).

04. I was looking through photos from our holiday to America last year and I came across this photo of the Statue of Liberty which I took when Christopher and I took the helicopter tour across New York, it was absolutely amazing. If you ever get the chance to do it, you definitely should. The photos brought back so many memories and I would absolutely love to be back there, preferably in Florida. Orlando, Florida was definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

05. Lastly, since I got my MAC – I’ve been watching Friends double the amount as I normally do. Every single episode is online so I’ve normally always got an episode on in the background when I’m getting dressed or blogging etc. I started from the beginning and I totally don’t regret it – Ross is my favourite character, I love them all but Ross is definitely my favourite. One of my favourite Friends episodes is the Pivot one. What is your favourite Friends episode?

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Homies and Vans

Tonight’s post is a very simple and basic OOTD but these are normally my most favourite kind of outfits – ones in which I feel comfortable in. Working Sundays are never at the top of anyone’s list – especially not mine so today I just went for a really relaxed (I’m going straight back to bed when I get home) kind of look. I’m still bringing out my white jeans and I guess they are gradually going out of style but I do love my white MOM’s from Topshop, they were great while they lasted.

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If you’re still looking to get your hands on some white jeans, these Leigh jeans with ripped knees are available to buy for £40 and there are also these Jamie’s for £42, I do love a pair of Jamie jeans. From what I know, the MOM jeans I’m wearing in the photos went into last season’s sale so you’ll be very lucky if you manage to get your hands on those, fortunately the petite ones are still available full price online. My VANS are from Schuh which cost £52 but you can get 10% off if you have Student Discount, I love these Authentic Vans because they’re so comfortable and pretty much go with all my outfits. Lastly this Reason Homies sweatshirt/jumper is from ASOS which I’ve been wearing a lot more often when I go to uni and on those days when I just can’t be bothered.

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Nivea 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

So, to this day I still have never tried the Bioderma Micelle solution just because I don’t know how to get my hands on it without having to spend £18 for something so simple, maybe I’ll crack one day but this is my substitute to the Bioderma. I bought the Nivea Daily Cleansing Milk around a month ago and I have been loving it so far. Retailing at £3.69 from Superdrug - I think it’s a bargain. According to the website, the cleansing water cleanses your skin, removes make-up and moisturises your skin all in one step and is said to combat redness, tightness and dryness which I would say it does.

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The product is free of colours, parabens and perfume which is always a bonus. In a regular sized bottle, you will recieve 200ml of product so it will definitely last you a month or two, to apply the product you only need the tiniest amount – just apply the product onto a cotton pad and massage into your skin, avoiding contact with your eyes. When I’m removing my eye-make up I just rub onto my eyes in circular motions for about 10-15 seconds and repeat on the other eye, if the product goes into my eyes – it doesn’t sting so you don’t have to worry about that but of course don’t just apply it straight onto your eye. I love the packaging, it’s very simple and basic but I think it looks really expensive, the cap is easy to control and you don’t waste any product because you can dispense however much product you wish. I definitely think this cleansing water is worth a try, especially with it’s cheap price tag – you won’t be losing out if you’re not the biggest fan and it definitely won’t break your bank.

If you’ve tried this cleansing water before, let me know how you got on with it.
You can buy the product from Superdrug or Boots.

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The French-Braid

I normally don’t ever change my hair style, probably because I’m scared of the result. Recently I’ve been changing things up a little and for once in my life, wearing my hair in a pony-tail. I’ve always liked the look of french-braids and so I started experimenting a little and came up with this french-braid pony tail. I love wearing my hair like this because it takes roughly 10 minutes to do, I normally straighten over my pony just so it doesn’t look like I’ve just rolled out of bed. It’s super easy and quick to do but it actually looks like I’ve taken time and effort to do my hair. I pull pieces of hair out from the side of my head just to add a little messiness to my hair, and I always take a comb and pull the braids so they’re not so tight to my head.

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How to achieve:
Seperate two larger sections of hair at each side of your head and begin to french-braid your hair on one side, when you’ve completed one braid – add it to your pony and kirby it in place then do the same on the other side. Pull out some pieces of hair to add texture, straighten/curl your pony to add volume and that’s it, done!

Elephant Necklace, Topshop 
Checked shirt, Zara

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I Woke Up Like This

Tonight’s post is just a super quick OOTD from yesterday, it was Monday and I really just couldn’t be bothered moving. I was working and decided to be as casual and as lazy as possible. I hope you enjoy!

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I Woke Up Like This tee (sold out) – Topshop
Authentic Ripped Skinny Jeans – Topshop
Black Chunky Belt – Topman
Nike Woven Roshe Runs – Nike VIA ASOS

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Topshop Boutique

I always see some amazing pieces on the Topshop website from the Boutique range and I thought I would share some of my favourite items recently. Of course, because these items are from the Boutique range – they will all be reasonably more expensive.

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The first piece is this Wrap Kimono Dress which costs £120, my jaw dropped when I saw the price too. It’s obviously very expensive for such a simple dress but I think it’s absolutely stunning. I love the colour, navy is one of my favourites but in the photos it’s a lot more blue which doesn’t bother me at all. I think if I was to see someone rocking this dress, I would know it didn’t cost just £40, it looks expensive and so luxurious. I think this would look so amazing with a tan and very simple basic shoes and jewellery. This is the kind of dress that does all the talking. I am in LOVE.

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Next up is…. another pair of baggy/MOM jeans that I love. I am definitely a sucker for a baggy jean and I think these are just amazing. These Ripped Jeans by Boutique cost £55 which I think is totally reasonable and I would defintiely be willing to pay that for a good quality pair of jeans. I would wear these on an everyday basis – to uni, work and when I’m out & about. I love how the model is styling these jeans with just a simple basic jersey top, again letting the jeans be the focus of the outfit. I think these would be the perfect jean for A/W too because they’ll go great with any outfit. I love the charcoal wash, I’m bored of all black jeans so the grey/charcoal just adds a little something else.

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The last but certainly not least item is the sole reason I wanted to put this post together. These Slouchy Wool trousers are absolutely beautiful. I seen them on one of my favourite bloggers and absolutely fell in love with them. I love the loose trouser trend that’s been going around and these are just perfect. They cost £75 which is steep for a pair of trousers but I would 100% justify paying that amount for these because I know I will get so much wear out of them, I would never have these off, haha. Online, they’re is also a matching shirt to pair with these trousers and you can buy both together for £145 - this would be such an amazing outfit!

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Zoella Beauty

When I found out Zoe was bringing out her own beauty range, I was so so excited (way more excited than a 20 year-old should be). I bought these products for my little sister who is 12 years-old – no doubt I’ll be using them too, duh. I’ve yet to buy one product because it was sold out, when I went online to buy them (I clearly wasn’t patient enough to wait until they arrived in stores) most of the products were sold out so I had to buy certain products from FeelUnique and Superdrug.

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I absolutely love the products and how they’re so Zoe, you can tell she put so much into these products and I personally think they look amazing and they’re so sweet. In the range there are 5 amazing products and also 2 make-up/pencil cases available to buy.

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Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion (160ml) – £5

Beauty Soak Opera Bath & Shower Cream (490ml) – £5

Beauty Fizz Bar (200g) – £5

Beauty Let’s Glow Candle – £5

Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Miss (45ml) – £8

Zoella Eyes & Guinea Pig Beauty Bag – £8

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I think the products are so reasonably priced, especially considering a lot of the people who will buy them are young children. I personally love the beauty bags, I think they’re so cute – I might have to buy one for myself. The products all seem to be very appealing to the eye and I think they would look so cute sitting in your bathroom or on your make-up table. The Fizz Bar seems pretty cool because it’s just like a bar of chocolate and you can break off one piece at a time which means you’re not wasting any. I’m so excited about these products and I’m looking forward to buying more when they run out (I’ll probably use them more than my sister, haha). The products are all so creative and they definitely don’t break the bank so try and get your hands on some of these amazing products if you can. Well done Zoe!

The Zoella Beauty range is now available to buy here and here. Enjoy!

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Current Wishlist – Topshop, ASOS, Zara

You’ve probably noticed that mostly every single shop right now has been bringing in loads of new clothes for Autumn/Winter and you can’t deny it’s pretty exciting. I love this time of year, the dark nights and that Christmas feeling. Below is just a mixture of some pieces I have my eye on at the moment.

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I normally just wear a simple scarf, normally tartan – I always seem to get my scarves from Urban Outfitters, they normally cost around £16 but they last me years and they always have different styles and colours available. Recently, I’ve seen some bloggers wearing scarves as capes/shawls almost and I don’t think I could ever pull one off but I absolutely love this one from Topshop. I love the block colours and how it sits on the model – for £28, it is quite expensive but I guess you could wear this with just a blazer on the cooler days/evenings. I love fringing and tassel details and this tunic from Topshop is just perfect, I would style this with some tights and chunky boots in the winter and a cosy coat or you could wear it in the evening with pretty black heels. I love that it’s black and not too in your face, this could be worn casually or more formal.

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I absolutely adore these trousers, they will 100% be getting purchased. I think they’re so perfect, they are also available in black but I think they khaki colour is a lot more relaxed and just adds a little bit more fun into your outfit, I LOVE that they’re also ripped, I do really, really love a ripped knee. They only cost £36 which is pretty good, normally for a pair of smarter trousers in Topshop you’ll pay around £40-£45 so I think these trousers are definitely more reasonably priced.

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I really love printed tees/jumpers at the moment but only if it’s simple and not over-the-top. I love this Cheap Monday jumper because although it’s white, it’s really classic and basic but I think it could transform an outfit completely. Sometimes I think two-toned denim can look quite tacky and cheap but I love these jeans from ASOS, I think they would look so cool with just a plain basic jersey top and some Converse or Vans, priced at £39.99, I think these are very reasonable for a good pair of high-quality, sustainable jeans.

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Faux Leather Jacket, £29.99
I seen this jacket on Zara for £30, yup that’s right. I personally think it looks so expensive, I had to double check the price when I first looked – I love the colour, I think you could wear this with so many different outfits and it would still look so classic and sheek. I like how they’re isn’t too much hardware, sometimes gold or silver can be done too much and just makes the jacket look super cheap.

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