Friday, December 19


Today I ticked off something from my to do list- I made a wreath!


I'm working in retail this Christmas. This means that a) I don't have time to go anywhere b) I am too tired to do anything. Because of this, I have turned to living vicariously through youtubers over the festive period, thanks to the miracle of Vlogmas.

I am a lover of vlogs at the best of times, but I thought I'd post a few of my faves for anyone late to the game, wanting to get involved.

Wednesday, December 17


Hello everyone! Today's post is a few beauty looks I've been really into for the festive season. It's the one time of year where you can go that little bit further out, and this post is a  celebration of that. Berries in your hair! Red eyeshadow! Literally whatever.

Friday, December 12


Generally speaking, New Look is not a shop I often leave with full bags. Or any bags. There's always a kind of 'young' atmosphere in there which tends to be reflected in the quality of the clothes. That being said, recently there has been a fair few things that have caught my eye. As it gets closer to Christmas, I've really been drawn to metallic shades, bright festive reds and thin high-neck knits to keep out the cold. Here are a few of my favourites in no particular order (you may recognise the bag from my mini xmas wish list... it's just a good'un, what can I say).

Until next time,


Thursday, December 11


These days, the constant liking and reviewing of Lush products is as much a blogger cliché as food posts and sunsets on instagram. That being said, I do love Lush balm bombs and so I will not be stopped.

My latest venture was the limited edition (from Halloween, so probably all gone now) Wizard bubble bar. Visually, he looks a whole lot like the Lush Christmas Penguin I used recently except the obvious colour difference. Smell wise, it wasn't great and it didn't really have any fragrance at all. However, he was very bubbly and turned the water a nice fuchsia shade (much better than the taupe-y sludge of another recent purchase, ButterBear).

Overall, it was pretty good. If you're a Lush fan it's a good one to have a go with if you can get your hands on it, but still doesn't replace my all time fave, Blue Skies And Fluffy White Clouds.

Anyway, until next time, happy bathing!



Wednesday, December 10


The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover / Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser / The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm / Aveeno Moisturing Cream

Hello everyone! This post is something a bit different for me but something I really wanted to share.

For the past few years I have had an absolute nightmare with topical dermatitis, particularly on my eyelids, and after a long time using prescription medicines and antibiotics and pretty much every treatment under the sun I have finally managed to nail down a few products to keep my skin issues at bay.

Tuesday, December 9


 Hello everyone! Recently I've been spending a bit of time in London and I have to say I've been loving the festive boom in the big smoke. I've been watching tons of Vlogmas videos recently (Essie Button, Lily Pebbles and the O.G. Tanya Burr being my faves) and so I'm definitely starting the feel the Christmas spirit setting in.

Monday, December 8


I am often told that Christmas is not about the presents, and by all means I do agree. However, sometimes you just want to get people stuff to show you care and then they feel obliged to match you back (Sheldon famously ruminates on this pressing social issue).

It's for this reason that I have compiled a small list of things I might like to see under the tree. Aside from the usual loves (Lush, food, fuzzy socks and fancy pants) there have been a few things I've had my eye on, if not only to serve as replacements for things I already have (holey shoes and snaggy bag, I'm looking at you). Are some of these things a bit on the luxe side? Yes. Do you get what you never ask for? No. I'll leave it at that.

Until next time,



Monday, December 1


Most years Christmas runs the same in my house. Decorations won't go up until the middle of the month, advent calendars are usually forgotten despite best intentions and there's no whisper of a tree for weeks.

Right now, it's 6pm on the first of December and a) I already have an advent calendar b) the decorations are up, and c) there is a marvellously dressed tree sat next to me.

A Christmas of firsts, it seems. 

Until next time,


Friday, November 28


I don't know about you guys but I basically only like one season. Summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and spring is always too unpredictable to enjoy. I like Autumn, and practically go into mourning the second it's over.

Now technically the first day of winter isn't until the 21st of December, but let's be real. It's cold now. It's so foggy I feel like I'm trapped in a Sherlock Holmes novella and none of my coats are warm enough. It's basically winter and I already want out!

Fortunately, a little while back I had the sense to grab a few leaves to preserve for when winter just gets a bit too much and I need a reminder that there is life outside of the december-february months. Unfortunately, it does make me feel a bit like I'm in Dear John or other such sad romcoms where the star looks moonily at melancholy photos from the past.

Come home Autumn! I miss you!

Maybe that was actually The Notebook?

Until next time,



Thursday, November 27


You guys, I'm no Kim K. By literally any stretch whatsoever.

That being said, since seeing her in the flesh at the recent Hairfinity launch I have been a bit obsessed with the makeup she wore on the night. I'm a patient person, and I've been waiting. Waiting for her makeup artist Mario, who I follow on instagram with no shame, to tweet a link to her lipstick, for Pixiwoo to favourite an insider pic of what eyelashes she was wearing. Alas, none of it was to be.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not usually this obsessive with makeup. In my defence that's because, usually, I'm not surrounded by intensely glamorous people (sorry to all my sisters, I stand beside your messy buns in solidarity) and so I'm not usually inundated with inspo.

As a pasty brown eyed girl, a lot of celebrity makeup and runway looks just do not compute on my face. Super trendy copper eyeshadow? Sure, on Viviannadoesmakeup it looks autumnal and cosy, on me? Aggravated dermatitis. Mega minimal beach babe with dewy skin? I had a friend once tell me I look like a shark sometimes, and that's as close to a beach babe I'll get.

So, when I saw Kim's trademark smokey eyes up close I was surprised. Not only surprised that it was a look I thought I could make work for me, but surprised because, my god, it didn't look that hard to replicate.

Wednesday, November 26


In my family, Christmas is a dirty word until my dad's birthday on the 25th of November and Sam's on the 29th. Well, Sam's birthday is still to go, but dad's has gone and so I am itching for some tinsel. To get more in the spirit, I've shared a few of my favourite images from tumblr. Hide the glitter!

Tuesday, November 25


In some ways I can be quite fussy. Example: When we're having dinner I don't like prawns or mushrooms or Christmas pudding without custard. In other ways, I'm simple. If it's cold, I want to be hot, and I want a bath.

Last night was one of the first times when I really felt a chill setting in, so I went all out in terms of seasonal toastiness. I grabbed a festive penguin bath bomb from Lush and set the fire roaring. I had my laptop perched on a washing basket with Guardians of the Galaxy playing and this months Elle for company.

My bubble bar of choice came in the form of a chirpy little penguin, full of sweet citrusy scents. He didn't create quite as many bubbles as my favourite lush bomb (French Kiss), but did turn the water a cool icy blue and wafted nicely around the room. The last Lush Christmas item I had tried was the Butterbear, who was all style without a lot of substance, so I was pleased with the bath this little gent produced. Well done Pingu.

Sam has earmarked the hedgehog for himself so it looks like I'm going to have to make another trip to Lush to stock up on Christmas critters.

I may have to try the whole range...

Until next time,


Sunday, November 23


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Topshop Copper Lurex Dress, River Island Croc Boots, Monki Xmas Jumper, Topshop Embellished Velvet Shorts, Missguided Faux Fur Stole

Hello everyone! Lately I've been getting into the Christmas swing, thinking about party outfits and generally feeling like I want all my clothes to be sparkly.

For me, this time of year is when I want to be whipping out all the textured items in my wardrobe. I want fluff! Sequins! Cosy wool and crushed velvet! I burn, I pine, I perish. Give them to me.

Above I've compiled just a small list of my current faves, and actually I think they're all pretty versatile for this time of year. That jumper in particular is calling to me, and I'm itching to pair those shorts with some thick black tights and boots.

Hold me back Topshop, I am coming for you!

Until next time,


Saturday, November 22

Friday, November 14


Hello everyone! Today was one of those days when I stopped and realised I couldn't remember the last time I ate a piece of fruit. Seeing as winter has started to draw in (today's outfit: woolly jumper, scarf, massive fleece shirt and slippers) I wanted to make sure I was eating something a little more nutritious than last nights potato, beans and birthday cake to fight off impeding colds.

Tuesday, November 11


Hello everyone! Firstly, I'm a liar, I didn't meet anyone (although actually that's also a lie as I did meet/scare Shirley B Eniang). I was however within touching distance of two of the Kardashian brood. That picture above? I took it, without zoom.

*Spoiler alert, I forgot my camera memory card-- phone quality pics throughout I'm afraid

They were in London for the launch of Hairfinity (a hair supplement) in the UK, and I wound up in the press pit with my sister live tweeting the night. 

^Best moment of your life, Sophie?

We spotted a fair few celebs throughout the night, before getting our cameraman to take some pics for us to squirrel away.

^Thanks Bernardo! Although I grew to hate that jumpsuit...

Kim and Khloe were mostly cocooned away in the VIP area but I did spot a fair few bloggers in the party! Aside from Shirley, who I startled rather than greeted, I also spotted Corrie on the dance floor and Sarah Ashcroft mooching with the cool kids, along with Milk Teef and many more. So altogether, very showbiz!

Being a hair-based event, there was a little booth tucked in a corner where you could get your hair done and then stand in front of a wind machine to get a swooshy supermodel hair pic. Here was ours:

^Half open eyes, not ideal

After we had spent a while celeb spotting at the after party, we moved on out into the rainy London night. 

A bit of an unusual saturday night for me, all in all.

Until next time,



Tuesday, November 4



Topshop Lurex Crop Top / New Look Silver Loafers / Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans // BooHoo Victorian Blouse / Topshop Velvet Shorts / New Look Knee Boots / H&M Soft Fedora // New Look Knee Boots / H&M Soft Fedora / Topshop Faux Fox Fur Scarf / Topshop ZigZag Tunic // H&M Embellished Top / New Look Pink Metallic Skirt / Topshop Teddy Bear Pea Coat / NEXT Bejewelled Loafers

I know that I'm not the only person who likes outfit planning. For me, its as much a therapeutic experience as a practical one. Laying out items any seeing how versatile that can be helps to encourage me to wear what's in my wardrobe as well as practically consider any new purchases, particularly items that might be a bit more 'out there'.

Lately I've spotted knee high boots on tons of bloggers (Charlotte being a leading culprit) and I've been itching for my own pair. With the cheapest I've found being £40 and the priciest well in the hundreds, it's the kind of 'trendy' item that could easily wind up at the bottom of my cupboard with my money down the drain. For this reason, I like to while away the hours on polyvore, matching up things I want with things I have and seeing where they would fit in my wardrobe.

I know I'm not the only one who does things like this to rationalise purchases, and besides that, it's just good for some wishful thinking :)

Until next time,


Monday, November 3


November is one of those months that always comes too fast, popping out of the ether before the wick in your pumpkin can be wooshed out in the wind.

For me, November is always characterised by the first few days of the month. Before the end of the first week the hats and gloves are out for Guy Fawkes, and the rest of the month follows suit. 

The woolier sides of wardrobes make their first ventures out into the cold, and the jackets you bought in August finally get their time in the shade.

It's still pretty warm for November, but as I write this it's five pm and pitch dark. My toes are freezing and I'm wearing a coat indoors, so the cold nights are slowly but surely creeping in.

While it's still mild in the day, I'm going to try and be outdoors as much as possible. That means getting off my laptop!

Until next time,

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Tuesday, October 28


Hello everyone! It's pumpkin carving time at last!

I was at uni for Halloween last year and my pumpkin only lasted a few hours before my housemate threw it out a second floor window, so this year I wanted to be a bit more precious with my gourd.

Sam and I picked up our pumpkins from Asda, lined up our tools and got ready to go.

We scavenged the innards and left them rotting on a table.

Before moving on to the real carving!

I went for a Sailor Moon inspired pumpkin this year in homage to a friend's excellent snapchat and Sam went for something a bit more traditional but no less charming.

Have you carved a pumpkin yet? Get a move on!

Until next time,


Thursday, October 23


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Hello everyone!

If you've been following my blog for a while you may be aware that I am a severe planoholic. If I know there is an event on the horizon I will start planning for it weeks in advance, and in this case I'm talking about Halloween. You guys, I love Halloween. After weeks of trying to act chill and not too obsessed, I figured a week before the day was a reasonable enough time to start chasing down the things I'll need for my costume. For me, this meant yellow contacts, blue body paint and a jumpsuit (among other things).

Can you guess what I'm going as?

I'll keep you posted!



Wednesday, October 22


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This time of year it's hard to go anywhere without finding a leaf crackling underfoot. Personally, I look forward to seeing the pavements filled with auburn shades, but there's nothing quite like an Autumn walk through the woods. 

My dad lives in the countryside and I plan to venture into the wilderness before the weather gets too grotty, but until I get a chance I thought I would post a few of my woodland-inspired favourites from in the shops. Deer print seems to be popping up a lot lately, and I think it works as a kind of more ladylike leopard print, and I can't be the only to have noticed that the outdoors are making an appearance in interiors these days. Asda and Primark, random choices as they may be, have tons of woodsy homeware to help bring the forest inside without dragging in a family of squirrels and ants (I know I have a few items saved in my basket).

Until next time,


Tuesday, October 21


I have another cooking post today! The cold weather always makes me want to cook and recently I felt like making the recipe Lily Pebbles posted on her blog a little while ago. My nan was having a big family dinner so I thought I would bring these along for everyone to nibble on afterwards. They were really super easy to make and they went down a storm (my sister was trying to eat the mixture out the bowl before I even finished stirring).

Monday, October 20


Collecting conkers / Family Starbucks trip / First Pumpkin sighting
The best chocolate ever / Birthday flowers / Prepping for the GBBO final
Hot chocolate in the rain / Purple Leaves / Raspberry brownies

At the start of the month I was counting down the days until Halloween, and now we're nearly there! Over half the month has flown by so I thought I'd do a little instagram round up. October is my favourite month of the year so I'm always a bit sad to see it fly by.

Saturday, October 18


Hello everyone! Today's post is another one to get you in the mood for Halloween, as I'm sharing a great (gross looking) recipe! Nothing says 'entrails and puppy dogs tails' like a viridian green soup, and in a big black pot like mine I think this brings some good witchy vibes without all the gunk and food colouring.

Friday, October 17


Hello everyone! I hope you've had a good week.

This tuesday was my one year anniversary and we celebrated by going oop north to the Malvern Spa. My sister is a journalist and she gave it glowing reviews so we thought it might be worth the trek!

Tuesday, October 14


If you read my last post you would be aware that I recently found myself in the possession of a long dead Yankee Candle. Fellow hoarders will understand why this was a problem.

After sitting dead on a shelf for far too long, I realised it was time for action and something had to be done. Not being one to venture too far out the box, I went for the obvious choice of googling ways to repurpose candles, eventually landing on ViviannaDoesMakeup's 'Diptyque Post Burn' post.

It didn't take much tweaking to apply to a Yankee Candle (generally speaking I just had to add more water) and after filling the expired jar with a kettle of boiling water it pretty much did all the hard work on its own. After about twenty minutes the wax had come away from the bottom and was ready to be scooped out and popped into the bin (not the sink!), leaving me with a handy storage jar. I also cleaned out a little Jelly Belly candle which is now a paperclip holder, so well worth a go if you're a fan of repurposing items or simply can't bear to throw things away.

Until next time,


Monday, October 13


In his 1978 hit song, 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' Neil Young once said, "it's better to burn out than to fade away". This does not apply to expensive Yankee Candles, and mine recently faced its fate.

Ever since my favourite candle (Black Coconut) flickered its last flame I've been on the hunt for another candle that could fill it's toasty shoes. This time around I was after something a bit cheaper so that should it burn out I could run and buy another with minimal stress/expense.

After a good long google I eventually found what I was looking for on my own fair living room mantlepiece, where my mum was burning an age-old £3 Matalan candle. Luckily for me, they had just brought out all their wintery homeware (they have Christmas stuff out already) meaning I got a pick of the homey kind of scents I had been after.

I knew I wanted to get a few, so ultimately went for two inoffensive scents that wouldn't cause headaches being lit simultaneously. In the end I settled for Vanilla Sugar and Crackling Log Fire, but next time I might grab a Honeyed Chestnut too. The little glass candle in between was another bargain find in Primark, being around £3. It doesn't smell of much but it adds a bit of light, helping to brighten up my room :)

Hopefully this post will be of some use to people like me who are addicted without reason to burning candles, and essentially the message I am sending is: GO TO MATALAN! I know I'll be back.

Until next time,


Friday, October 10


Hello everyone! Last sunday was my mum's birthday and I made a cake. The process went very awry, but in tribute to the Bake Off finale on wednesday I thought I would share what went on!

Thursday, October 9


Hello everyone! I hope you're enjoying your October, I know mine has been a bit rainy and chilly so far. If yours has too, then you're in luck, because I've got some more Halloween inspo to add some ghoulish-flickering light to the end of the tunnel.

Firstly, I have a few costume ideas for those of you who might want to venture beyond the usual cat/witch/devil (been there).

For the ladies:

Great Expectations' Miss Havisham / American Horror Story Coven's Weeping Nun (Tutorial) / Voodoo Doll / Batman's Harley Quinn / Medusa / SheWolf / X-Men's Mystique / Scarecrow / The Lion King's Scar

For the gentlemen:

Hannibal Lecter Wendigo / Martha Stewart's Mummy / Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo / The Dark Knight Rises' Bane / A Musketeer / Spiderman's Venom / Scooby Doo's Captain Cutler

Next up are a few movie ideas to put on in the background while you inevitably work on your costume, bake your spider cake or even (let's be honest) when you're staying home trying to avoid trick or treaters.

The Innocents
If you're into classic oldies, this one is for you. Based on the cult novella 'The Turn of the Screw', this movie has spooky kids, an eerie soundtrack and the ever present dubious sanity that tends to fester in old houses. I'm not one for gore, but I am partial to a bit of a jump so this fits the bill for me. The plot is simple: new Governess arrives to supervise two creepy kids. Mysterious ghostly figures start to appear, but maybe they're only in her head? Freaky deaky.

Hocus Pocus
This movie is not scary, but it is still the best Halloween movie ever. I have to watch this every year without fail or else October has been a waste. Best to watch around 5pm on a rainy day for optimum after-school-throwback vibes. Plot summary: Kid moves schools, tries to show off to girl, wakes up three undead witches from hell. Awkward. Maybe turn on just your little lamps and fairy lights, but for heaven's sake don't light a candle!!

An American Werewolf in London
Out of all the halloween vampires, ghouls, ghosts, witches and wizards, it's fair to say that I secretly love werewolves the most. This movie is another cult classic fresh out of the 80's, so watch out for the retro soundtrack and puffy jackets alongside all that fur.

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
The best. Don't watch if you live near any trees (the birds will come for you).

I can be honest with you guys, I don't watch a lot of scary movies (you may have guessed by the fact most of these movies are older than me). That being said, I do watch a lot of TV. If you've got a long night of handing out haribo ahead, a box set might be more up your alley and I'm here to help!

If you haven't seen this NBC reimagining of Hannibal Lecter then you need to watch it right now. If you have seen it, watch it again. You know you'll want to. Set in the period of time before the nefarious Dr Lecter is behind bars (or you know, behind glass) the series follows his exploits as both practising psychiatrist and vicious cannibalistic killer. Heavy on the gore and people-eating jokes, it's a goody if you like your scares smart.

American Horror Story: Freak Show
I'm sailing the honesty boat out to sea: I've only seen one episode of American Horror Story, and that's season 1 episode 1. That being said, I liked it a lot but just never got around to watching any more. If anyone is like me and is just dipping their toes (cautiously) into the mayhem that is American Horror Story, now might be a good time to get involved. The new season, 'Freak Show' starts this very October. Dive in! Aliens, nuns and circus freaks await (so I've been told).

Back to a show I definitely have seen (multiple times), another Halloween staple is 'Supernatural'. The nub and the jist of the show is two brothers who hunt things that go bump in the night. Seasons 1-4 focus on them finding ways to kill your more standard halloween beasty: werewolves, witches, demons, evil genies etc. Things get a bit heaven-and-earth after that but there are a ton more monsters they fight along the way. If dark dark woods and dark dark houses freak you out, you've come to the right place. Make sure you've got a lot of salt in your cupboards, the Winchesters will show you how to use it.

Of course, with all this stuff to watch you might want some snacks along the way. Part one of my Halloween megapost has a few party-based foody things to try, but some Halloween-y popcorn is really all you need. Don't worry about googling, I've got you covered.

Just try not to spill it if things get really scary.

Until next time,
Happy Halloween!