Thursday, 31 October 2013

Duvet Day Essentials

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Last weekend I had the laziest of Lazy days. It wasn't planned and it wasn't particularly the best idea seeing as I am currently shrinking under a mountain of coursework deadlines... But sometimes you just have to say 'not now, World' and stay in bed only leaving for food, toilet breaks and maybe to answer your door to the Postman because something you ordered online has finally arrived (hooray!). If you are having a duvet day though, you have to fully commit and go all the way. There is nothing worse than squirming under a sea of guilt because you think you should be doing something more productive with your day. Let's be honest, you've probably been working really hard recently...right? So you deserve it, right?! Well, that's what I told myself any way ha!. Just call it and announce - 'today, I am literally not going to do anything.' Playing The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars will probably get you in the mood. Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys some of my 'Duvet Day' essentials.

Duvet, a cup of tea & your Laptop - I think no lazy day in is complete without the biggest duvet you can find in your house, a ma-hoosive mug of tea and a Laptop or Netbook by your side. These are the key ingredients to a 'lazy day in' and without it, you're just having 'a day in' - fact (kinda).  The tea and duvet work hand in hand as the duvet stops all the warmth and goodness/happiness from your cup of tea from escaping - fact (kinda).

A Laptop or Netbook offers you endless access to the world wide web and to be honest what could be better than that? Hours upon hours just spent catching lols from cat videos, videos of dogs walking like humans and laughing babies. WHAT IS BETTER THAN THAT? Nothing. (well... World Peace would be better but... y'know).

DVD's / TV Programmes - I guess there are only so many laughing baby videos you can watch on YouTube so a Duvet Day is great to catch up on your fave TV shows at the moment (mine is currently New Girl!) or watch The Notebook and Moulin Rouge on DVD and cry for the 35443rd time...

Music or a good book - I currently have Kodaline's album on repeat because it is just so darn good. Has anyone listened to it?? It's so lovely and relaxing - perfect for a day where you don't want to get out of bed unless you absolutely must. My favourite tracks on the album are One Day, Love Like This, High Hopes, Way Back When and The Answer (yeah basically all of them...)  Do you guys have any album recommendations?

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What are your Duvet Day essentials? Are you planning on having one soon? 
Have good weekend guys!
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

'I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make' // OOTD

I can't exactly remember when I wore this but it must have been a while ago seeing as how Mother Nature has now decided to bless curse us with some wind and rain...lovely. Anyway, I decided to rock the Primark and team these colours together which mix quite well with each other. I'd say if you want to try a bit of colour blocking then a mixture of blue and red/pink is the easiest way to do that. One thing I need to work on though is wearing more jewelry because, even though I buy a load of necklaces and rings and bracelets, I NEVER WEAR THEM like what is up with that?? I always forget to put some on which is annoying.

Finally, I wanted to share a quote I came across with you guys I thought was quite accurate:

'You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy. You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can't write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that's really not you. It's not ingrained. It's not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like. If it's useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes  it's the only way. Set fire to your old self. It's not needed here. It's too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven't gotten as far as you'd like. Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire - overwhelming, overpowering and destroying everything that isn't necessary' - Julien Smith

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Yeah, basically I just love Anna Akana...

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Monday, 7 October 2013

A Few moments With: Gvadlln // Interview #3

One thing that I love about blogging is that it gives us the opportunity to not only experiment with and share our personal style or beauty must-haves, but to also pick up and improve on photography skills. Time and dedication spent on a blog really pays off with the possibility of it leading to other ventures or uncovering other interests. One blogger who knows something about this is Gavina. After having started her blog in sixth form (last two years of High-school), her interest in photography has flourished, allowing her to experiment a little with her outfit posts. To find out more, I decided to ask her a few questions!  

Hello! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! I'm a 21 year old university student from London studying a teaching degree in Nottingham. Sounds so boring!

How and why did you first start blogging?
I randomly found Lily's blog  one day and I would read her blog all the time! I was in final year of sixth form (last year of high-school) where we had to wear our own clothes but they had to be smart so I started getting into my own personal style. My first outfit post still makes me cringe but I'm so glad I started it because blogging is now my favourite thing to do. I just wanted to show my style with the lovely people in the blogging community who share the same interest. I wasn't the popular one at school so I needed something to make me special and give me something to be proud of.

How would you describe your style?

I never know how to answer this question because honestly, it changes! One day I'll be wearing jeans, trainers, a shirt and a hoodie and then the next day, I'll be wearing a dress with brogues and a hat! I don't really stick to trends - I take some inspiration from them but I won't shove something to the back of my wardrobe because it's not 'in season'! I still wear some of the clothes I purchased over two years ago! I just like to mix things up, be quirky with some outfits and do things people don't usually think of.

Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?
Blogs. Definitely blogs! Whenever I see my favourite blogger upload an outfit post I can't click the link fast enough. They're just normal people styling themselves - no rich celebs getting styled by a professional stylist! I also love the free magazine stores like H&M and Topshop do as well as Company magazine (editorials and street style) because I take pieces I like and make them fit my style. Oh and let's not forget the way I very obviously look at girls that pass me on the street and think "I need her dress in my life". Sorry if I stare girls!

If you could only shop in one store for the rest of your life,  where would it be?
This is so tough because I don't really have a favourite store! Primark and H&M have amazing prices but I often go through phases where I don't like their stock... is it cheating if I say ASOS?! I just think it's the perfect place as their delivery is excellent, there's a wide range of high-street and designer. Their sales are amazing and their models are stunning.

What has been your most recent fashion purchase?
I bought an oversized t-shirt that says "I hate everyone" from Topshop. That doesn't portray a very good image, I know, but I thought it was funny! I'm loving slogan t-shirts and sweaters right now because sometimes at university I'd rather spend time in bed than worry about what I'm wearing so throwing on a t-shirt with some jeans is the best thing.

 I love your use of photography in your blog! What are your top tips for taking the perfect photo?
Thank you! I'm going to be really honest here and tell you that I am honestly the goofiest person when taking outfit photos! It takes me a good ten shots of pulling faces and making weird shapes until I settle down and take a normal photo. Even then I do my classic moody face and get told off for not smiling! I would say find a place near where you live that has a pretty background (use your garden next to your mums flowers!) and get posing. Remember to show your outfit but also remember to look natural and not like you're a scarecrow! As for product photos, use a plain background, something like your duvet, a towel, a blanket, a dress. Keep the background colour quite neutral and let the product do the talking.

You also recently started up a photography blog! How is that going?
It's going quite well! I thought I would start one to talk more about the shoots I do because although it's all about the photos, I like to give a story behind them too. I've posted regularly throughout summer as I did various shoots and I'm hoping this continues when I'm in Nottingham for university. So if you're interested in a shoot let me know!

Where else can we find you?
This year you will find me in the library as it's a very important year at university for me! Cry. But online you can find me...
Style & Beauty Blog | YouTube | Photography Blog | Blog Facebook | Photography Facebook | Twitter 


I hope you guys liked this third interview and series so far! If any of you want to take part/be interviewed then let me know by sending a quick e-mail! Or if you just want to leave your feedback then, you know, that would be great too! Have a great week  :)

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Valentino S/S 2014

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So, I was scrolling through Tumblr and erm, I don't know, I think I'm just in love with the Valentino S/S 2014 collection. There is just so much colour and detail and just general wow-ness. What do I have to do to get one of these dresses?! I can't wait for this trend to eventually work it's way down to the high-street in some form or another.

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