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My Picks // Handbags to last a lifetime

I am a massive fan of buying bags for investment, either to sell on or wear for years to come. I'm fortunate enough that I've been allowed access to my mum's vintage Mulberry bags (eek!) but I've already got my eye on the next big purchase, so I thought I'd share. I've put up the bright colours of the bags, because I already own so many black handbags and I don't need any more. Knowing me I'll probably go for my fail-safe option of neutral colours, and I have yet to decide whether I want a big bag or a smaller cross-body style. 



Alexander Wang Rocco in Black Kate Spade Cedar Street Cami in Blue Ralph Lauren Newbury in Tan Cambridge Satchel Company Cloud Bag in Blue Whistles Verity Backpack in Black Alexander Wang Prisma in Red Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Whistles Union Bag in Green Whistles Croc Clutch in Black

The Review // Freakonomics

I originally read this book last Summer and loved it, and then last week I found myself reaching for it again because I had nothing else to read. It reminded me all over again that I just needed to share this book with you all, and it's so good that I've just ordered the "Freakquel" to read on holiday.

The thing about this book is it's not your average easy read book, nor is it the typical dull non-fiction that we're all accustomed to. It's smart, it's clever and most of all it challenges the way you see the world. I think the thing that makes this book so great is that it makes comparisons between things in the world that are so ridiculous, it makes statements that seem stupid but it then goes on to offer up sensible, logical reasoning and facts. That's what makes it so quirky and different. You find yourself questioning the world around you, because if these statements can be proven then surely things aren't as we see them?

I originally picked…

The Fear of Adulting

I'm writing this post on the eve of my 18th birthday, the official cusp of adulthood, and it will be up when I am officially an adult! If I'm being honest, the whole thing scares the living daylights out of me as I'm about to become a fully grown adult, responsible for my actions and in charge of my own life. It's such a strange time for me, as on the other hand I still feel like a child on the inside.

It seems so odd that literally overnight, a monumental change is about to happen. Don't get me wrong, I am pretty independent and mature for my age, but there's so much that I don't know, and so much that still intimidates me. 

For a start I feel like I lack any "adult" skills. I don't know what tax is, I don't know how it exactly works, and to be honest I get so confused by it all that I don't even attempt to learn more about the whole process. I also hate talking to people I don't know on the phone, and I also get really anxious in s…

Life Update // The Uni Catch Up

This is a topic that I have pretty much avoided mentioning for about a year on here, mainly because it's something that makes me so nervous. Now that exams are over, and essentially all I can do to get me where I want to go is all done, I feel a lot more comfortable in thinking about the foreseeable future. 

Uni is something that I've wanted for a while, it's probably the best route for me to get a career that I want and it's always been a way in which I would further challenge myself and continue in education. There have been a couple of blips along the way, and the cost of it has definitely been a contributing factor in the nerves. You see, if I'm going to spend £30,000 and 3 years of my life on something, then there is no way I'm going to be unsure of such an investment. Over the past few months it's become apparent this is what I want to do, and I will enjoy and benefit from it so that issue is no more. 

In terms of my exams, I've never worked as hard…

My Tanning Routine

It should come as no surprise to hear another blogger harping on about how amazing fake tan is. A tan really does make you feel a million times better, mainly because it gives you such a healthy glow. I never thought I'd get on with tan in a bottle, I'm too clumsy a person and all I could picture was orange streaks all over my body. The problem is that I won't ever tan normally (well I do but a few days after the lobster shade I normally become), and it's not good for my skin to be in the sun because I burn so easily. So this year I decided I would actually tackle fake tan, and believe it or not I'm actually now a little bit addicted...eeek!

Prep
There is so much information out there on how to properly prepare for fake tanning, and ideally we'd like to all follow it to a tee but it's boring and time consuming. I normally just shower before I tan, shave my legs then and scrub off any remaining tan or dead skin with Primark's £1 exfoliating gloves and Soap…

Party Dresses to Dance the Night Away In

It's my 18th birthday soon (whoop whoop!) and I'm throwing a joint birthday bash with my pal in early August. I may have a wardrobe bursting with dresses but I'm pretty sure that a party is a good enough reason to warrant getting a new one, right? Here's what I've got my eye on at the minute...






From top left: River Island Lace Prom Dress - £75 Missguided Navy Lace Mini Dress - £60 Asos Red Pencil Dress with Lace Insert - £42 Pretty Little Thing Black Embroidered Bodycon - £30 Asos Pleated Pink Double Layer Mini Dress - £38 Pretty Little Thing White Lace Skater Dress - £25 Closet Red Mini Dress - £48 Chi Chi Laser Navy Cut Midi Dress - £64.99 Topshop White Mesh Detail Mini Dress - £55 AX Paris Yellow Lace Mini Dress - £40 Chi Chi Blue Bardot Midi Dress - £64.99 Chi Chi Red Lace Midi Dress - £67.99 True Decadence Pink Cami Dress - £35 Chi Chi Navy Lace Skater Dress - £19.99 Girls on Film Cobalt Bardot Dress - £45 AX Paris Red Metallic Skater Dress - £24.99



The Recipe // Easy Pancakes For One

Being home alone for the majority of the day for the past couple of weeks has really allowed me to get creative with meals, especially breakfast. I'm the kind of person to very loosely follow recipes, preferring the method of trial and error and just chucking whatever seems right in! This week I managed to make the most bomb pancakes with enough mixture for just the one person, ideal if you live alone or just get the odd sweet craving as this recipe makes about 4 pancakes. Making it in a measuring jug is perfect because not only can you measure quantities perfectly (which is how I worked out the amounts for this recipe), but you can also just pour it straight into the pan! Here's the recipe for any of you who fancy it, I served mine with greek yoghurt and blueberry syrup...


50ml Plain Flour 1tsp Baking Powder (instead of flour and baking powder you could use 50ml of self raising flour) 1tbsp Caster Sugar 50ml Milk 1 Egg
Also it's become apparent to me that there are no ways to at…

How To // Prom on a Budget

The 9th of July marks the date of my school Summer Ball which is basically what many would call a school prom. The problem with events like this is that it is very easy to get caught up in the chaos of it all, and overspend on everything, and it's very easy for events like this to become somewhat competitive over how dressed up everyone is. Gowns can cost hundreds of pounds, and then there are the add-ons like spray tans, hair, nails, makeup and accessories. I thought that this year I'd go bigger than last year, but truth be told I'm trying to save money at the moment so I'm kind of doing it on the cheap... I thought I'd share what I'm doing to help any of you out there who are also on a budget!

The Outfit My dress was probably the most expensive item of clothing I've ever bought, but in hindsight it was a real bargain. I love TK Maxx for any kind of formal dresses, and often there's quite a variety but at heavily discounted prices. Mine was £60, and I di…

The Wardrobe Updates // July 2016

I popped into Topshop the other day with the sole intention of trying on items I wouldn't normally pick. I didn't have the money on me to spend anything so thought it might be fun to have a try of items completely out of my comfort zone, as there was no point in trying items I knew I'd love and wouldn't be able to purchase. I have been curious to try on boyfriend fit jeans for the longest time so gave the Lucas jeans a go. Oh my goodness they were amazing. Not only are they super comfortable, in that the denim is so soft and they aren't super tight, but also they were surprisingly flattering. I really want to pick them up because it would be nice to try a pair of jeans slightly different to the super skinny jeggings I've become surgically attached to!

With my 18th birthday looming I am desperate to get a dress for the joint party I'm throwing with one of my closest pals. I have dresses, but I figured it might be nice to give something different a try, and wh…

The Perfect Browny Nude Lip Look

It's kind of funny to think that a couple of years ago, brown lipstick was a thought reserved for the catwalk or the 90s. The prospect that the shade would ever make it into the "everyday lip colour" category seemed ridiculous, but what do you know, here we are!

This Model Co enhancer lip liner was a freebie in Glamour mag and I thought it would be one of those try once and never again use products. But oh no, this was definitely a keeper. It's not only the creamiest matte texture but it's the most amazing shade, being a perfect balance for me between a natural pink and a concealer-y shade.

I loved it so much that I decided to hunt out a lipstick to match, but what a quest that became. I popped into Mac one day and it turns out that upon searching, Yash was the perfect colour match. When applied, Yash is a little browner but it still looks pretty darn cool on. Now I feel like I've totally got this trend nailed (even if my hair is stuck to my lipstick and it'…