Thursday, 2 January 2014
Monday, 30 December 2013
It seems so strange to be writing a blog post seen as it has been nearly 5 months since I last published one! These last few months have been an absolute roller coaster and not in the way that they are exhilarating and exciting but in the fact that there have been a lot of ups and downs! This post isn't full of rainbows and smiles but is a true reflection of what has happened these last few months!
Me and My Dad
So lets start from the beginning of August when I graduated which was a lovely day and a great achievement. Which takes me to my last post on the 17th August after returning from Spain! 3 days later I turned 21 and enjoyed a little family gathering where I was lavished with gifts that were very special! In particular I managed to get my self a lovely Micheal Kors watch which I had been lusting after for a long time!
However, this happy feeling soon came to a quick and sudden end as the night after my Dad had a stroke. I will never be able to look back on my 21st as a joyous occasion as this terrible event seems to shadow everything good that has happened in the last few months. It was and still is a very saddening and painful moment in my life and I spent the next few weeks in a very bad place. My Dad was a very fit and athletic man but due to the stroke heended up in hospital unable to move his complete right hand side, talk and basically function. I spent a few weeks travelling back and forth to visit him and saw little progress happening he was depressed and was wondering why this had happened to him. Not only this, I was preparing my classroom for my first very job as a teacher and it was a very stressful and tiring time. Here is a quote I was living my days by...
Source // Quote by John Lennon
Once I started my job at school I was juggling getting to grips with my new class and workload, looking after my horse and also visiting my Dad every other night in a Rehabilitation Center for Stroke patients. I look back and wonder how I actually didn't burn myself out! I would be returning home at 9pm and start having tea... It really wasn't the best circumstances at all and blogging was not going to happen!
So I guess that leads me to now, I have survived my first term as a teacher! Yipee! I have had wonderful moments at school but it has also really tired me out! My Dad is now home and able to walk and talk a little... still, I feel so lucky that he is here although he isn't so pleased with the restrictions that the stroke brought about. I am now living with my boyfriend in a cute little cottage which has been a huge step in my life and has also been a well deserved positive moment for me.
This New Year I can really say that I hope it is one of happy and positive moments. Things really couldn't get any worse I hope! So heres to next year and I hope that your new year is full of good times too! I look forward to posting again on here as often as I can with my very busy life!
Thanks for reading and I really appreciate all your support!
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Another purchase that I made in Spain was in Sephora! In England we do not have Sephora shops, but when I knew there was one in Spain near to where I was staying, I knew I had to go. Whilst in Sephora I made two purchases this being one of them.
It is from the Sephora Collection and it is one of their colourful blushers in Pop Pink. It is a vibrant, barbie pink that does look a little daunting at first but I assure you it is gorgeous to wear!
The packaging is sophisticated good for travelling as it isn't too bulky. The blusher has no shimmer to it and so delivers high matte pigmentation. A little goes along way and it is easily blendable. This blusher is long lasting and gorgeous!
I recommend anyone taking a trip to Spain, France or any of these other locations then please stop by and take a look at the Sephora store! Unfortunately they do not ship to the UK which is an absolute shame.
The blusher is $14.00 for my international readers!
Have you had the chance to try any Sephora products?
Friday, 16 August 2013
Whilst in Spain me and my boyfriend visited the rather posh Puerto Banus... It is a port where famous celebrities and generally very wealthy people park up their yachts or their fancy cars! When we were looking around I spotted a Kiko store filled with lots of people... I immediately recognised the name and thought MAKE-UP!
Kiko are a make up collection originally established in Milan in Italy. The general image of the brand is to allow you to 'be what you want to be' with a wide range of products, colours, effects and sensations created for all. Some may also like to know that they do not test on animals!
I have been searching for a lavender/purple lipstick for quite a while now and when I stumbled across this beautiful lipstick I knew I needed it! The colour is Peony Purple and it is a magenta purple with blue undertones. It is a stunning colour and a must in everyones make up collection as it is so unique...
The packaging is fairly similar to that of Topshop lipsticks, a metal case which looks quite sophisticated. There were a range of different lipsticks but this colour caught my eye. It applies easily to the lips and you can either add a sheer tint to the lips or build up the colour intensity. The overall finish has a slight sheen and it is really moisturising on the lips. The lipstick lasts around 2-3 hours if you are not eating a meal etc. which I think is standard of most lipsticks today.
I personally think this is a gorgeous colour but I know it's not for everyone. It looks fantastic with a tan and will probably look fantastic in the winter on cold crisp days. What's better about the lipstick is the price! It was around 2.50 euros but in England it is available at the moment with a 35% discount for £2.50 on their website! Visit them here.
This lipstick is definately a winner in my eyes!
I will definately be looking in to more of their products when I get paid!
Have you tried Kiko Cosmetics before?
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Yesterday I returned back from a weeks holiday in Spain. It was a lovely relaxing week full of sight seeing, sunbathing and plenty of eating! My boyfriend took a few pictures of my evening outfits that I wore whilst I was in Spain so I thought I would share them with you...
Nautical Stripe Top - Forever 21 - £12.75
White High Waisted Shorts - New Look (last season)
Cross Over Embellished Sandals - Primark - £8
Aztec Necklace - Topshop
I love all things nautical so this top was an instant purchase for me in Forever 21. I haven't worn these shorts very much so decided that they would look brilliant with this top tucked in. The necklace I recently bought in store at Topshop and it accompanies the outfit well with its variety of blue spikes. Finally the sandals just added a little more glamour with a variety of studs and sparkly gems.
Cobalt Blue Sheer Cami - Topshop - £18
Forest Blur Tube Skirt - Tosphop - £28
Heart Collar Necklace - Next - (last season)
Cross Over Embellished Sandals - £8
This cami came into my possession after watching a Youtube Video by Corrie from DizzyBrunette3. I instantly knew that this would look fabulous with a tan. Also whilst in Topshop I spotted this gorgeous colourful pencil skirt... although the trees are a little cliche seen as my legs sometimes remind me of trees!
Floral Sleeveless Shirt with Bow - Primark - £12
Black Skater Skirt - Topshop - £18
Strappy Embellished Sandals - Primark - £6
This bright and colourful shirt was an absolute must have during a visit to Primark. It is quite short in the body but was perfect for tucking into the black skater skirt from Topshop. The black string bow just adds a little bit of chic I think! The skirt is quite thick fabric but still fine to wear in Spanish heat and also winter! Something good to know is that it holds its shape well unlike some skater skirts I have tried on.
Floral Strapless Playsuit - AX Paris - (last season but one similar here) - £12.99
Strappy Embellished Sandals - Primark - £6
I was given this playsuit by a friend and unfortunately it doesn't seem available anymore but I have found you an alternative. When I wore this, we were trekking up some very high hills and this was perfect as it allowed me to still tan without strap marks and was lightweight.
So here are just some of the outfits that I wore when on holiday! I hope you like my choices and possibly add a few pieces to your fashion collection as I think most of the pieces are easily transferable to all seasons!
Which is your favourite outfit?