Shiny New Toy

Friday, 31 August 2012
When I was on holiday last week I decided to treat myself to a new camera.  I've had my current trusty Canon for about 2 years or so but over the last few months it's started to occasionally do this really annoying thing where I'll take a photo and it all looks fine when I view it on the camera, but then when I go to view it later it says "image cannot be displayed" and when I upload it to the computer it's just blank.  It's really annoying as it's not like it happens when you take the photo (if it did then I wouldn't mind as much, as I'd just retake the picture) so I've lost quite a few pictures from holidays/nights out etc because of it.

Now I'm not sure if I've mentioned it......but I'm going to Paris later this month, and I would be super annoyed if my camera lost a bunch of my holiday photos so I thought I'd just bite the bullet and buy a new one.  I've got an account on Very.co.uk so I had a look at their cameras and thought the Samsung MV800 looked really cool, plus it was on sale for £149 (was £240) so I bought it.  They had it in black, white and red - I went for the white, just like my cute little netbook.

I love the cool flip screen - it will make cheesy self shots so much easier (no more chopping off B's head!) and it will also be great for taking outfit posts for the blog as you can use the screen to prop the camera up at an angle.

I can't wait to take this baby to Paris!


  





Wedding Outfit Recycling

Thursday, 30 August 2012
I went to a wedding recently where I wore a dress I'd worn to another wedding the previous year and just changed up the accessories.  It was a nice way to get a new look from an old dress so I thought I'd do a little outfit recycling post.  

Normally I'm one of those people who likes to buy a new outfit for everything - so every time I go to a wedding or Christmas party etc I have to have something completely new.  I'd been searching in vain for ages trying to find a dress I liked for this wedding in June and eventually, 3 days before the big day, I decided to give up and just look in my wardrobe instead.  

I'd worn this coral dress to my cousins' wedding in September 2011 and had been planning on selling it on eBay as I didn't think I'd wear it again (it's too fancy for day to day wear), but I still hadn't got round to putting it up so it was hiding out in the back of my wardrobe.  

At the September wedding I'd worn it with a cream satin ribbon tied round my waist (from the haberdashery dept in John Lewis), a cream hair corsage from H&M pinned to the dress, cream wedges from Wallis, a cream beaded clutch from New Look, pearl jewellery  from Accessorize and a floral scarf from New Look as a shawl for when it got chilly outside.


To try and restyle the dress for the June wedding I added a black waist belt from Evans, a black trimmed lace cardigan from Primark, black feathered necklace from Primark, a cream & black gold chain handbag from Primark, and the same cream wedges as before.  All of these accessories I already owned, so I created the outfit completely from my existing wardrobe and didn't have to pay a penny (A Thrify Mrs would be proud!).


I think I managed to get two really nice wedding outfits from the same dress - and to top it off, I had got the coral dress in the sale in the first place (I think it was only about £20 from Dorothy Perkins - bargain!).  I'll definitely try to do this more often - I'm so bad for just going out and buying new clothes without looking at what I've got, and I'm sure I could save myself a lot of money if I just spent some time going through my wardrobe and mixing up outfits and accessories!

White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes

Wednesday, 29 August 2012
I started writing this post a ridiculously long time ago and left gaps for my photos, but then completely forgot about it until now!  Better late than never I guess....

For my birthday back in March, my friend Jemma bought me an amazing cookbook called "Baked in America".  It's filled with delicious recipes for things like "Nut Job Cookies", "Chocolate Snickerdoodles" and "Red Velvet Cheesecake" - you can practically feel the pounds pile on just looking at them.

I've only tackled one recipe from the book so far, and it's for these White Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes which were pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself.  I took them into work to share with people in the office (storing them in old Glossyboxes - bit of recycling!) and they went down a treat!

White chocolate and raspberry cupcakes


Ingredients

White chocolate and raspberry cupcakes ingredients

160g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
250g white chocolate
225g unsalted butter
340g granulated sugar
2tsps vanilla extract
6 large eggs
175g dried raspberries

For the icing
icing sugar
unsalted butter
pink food colouring

Instructions

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 4).

2) In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3) Melt the white chocolate and butter over a pan of simmering water, stirring often until both are almost completely melted.  Remove from the heat and let any lumps finish melting.  Stir in the sugar and leave to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Mine looked completely disgusting and like it had curdled, however don't worry if this happens to you too as it all comes together in the next step!

Melted chocolate and butter curdled
yep - this looks revolting doesn't it?

4) Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk for a few minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  This is when my curdled mess started to look a lot more like you would expect cake mix to look :)

5) Add the flour mixture and whisk until it disappears.

Whisked cake batter
Ahhhh that's better!

6) If you're adding dried raspberries then fold them in now.  If you don't want them to sink to the bottom then dust them with flour first.  

7) Spoon the mixture (which will be quite runny, like a batter) into cupcake cases.  The recipe book claimed it would make 12, however I ended up with almost twice that many - and they were big!!  

Now here's where I made a bit of a boo-boo.  I had decided to use raspberry jam instead of dried raspberries, so after I'd poured the mixture into the cases I squeezed on some jam (yeah I use Robinsons squeezy smooth jam, what of it?) then put a little bit more batter on top.  Now, most of you will probably already realise where I went wrong, but in case you're an idiot like me - here's a tip:  if you add jam to batter it won't just "settle quite nicely in the middle of the mixture", it will in fact sink straight to the bottom (em, because it's heavier than batter - doh!).  So rather than having cakes with a raspberry-jammy centre, I ended up with cakes with a sticky jammy bottom. They still tasted good though, but just not quite what I had in mind!

Hello jam!

White chocolate cupcakes ready for the oven
Goodbye jam!

8) Bake the cakes in the oven for around 25 minutes, or until a knife emerges clean when you poke it.  

9) Once cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool.  Make up a batch of butter icing (I added some food colouring to make pink icing) and pipe on the top of the cakes.

White chocolate and raspberry cupcakes



Summer 2012 Favourites: Hair

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
It feels like forever ago now that I wrote my makeup and skincare favourites posts (emmm probably because it WAS ages ago....I'm so lazy), but AT LAST here is the final  part of my summer 2012 favourites series: Hair Products.


1) Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection Spray

Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection Spray

I spray this on my hair when I get out of the shower, before brushing and blow drying and I feel like it definitely makes a difference in terms of detangling (the times I don't use it, my hair is a right bitch to comb!) and I feel like it's doing a good job at protecting it from the heat.  My hairdresser commented the last time that my hair was in a really good condition considering it's bleached - and this was the only thing product I'd been using up until then apart from shampoo and conditioner, so it looks like it's doing the trick!


2) Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Sulfate Free Shampoo

Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Sulfate Free Shampoo

Firstly, please excuse the rubbish empty bottle photo - I really should have taken a picture when I first bought it!  

I bought this a few months ago when I was on the hunt for a new shampoo/conditioner range for my bleached hair.  The Color Minded range looked fairly new, and as I've always heard good things about B&B as a brand in general, so I thought I'd try it out.  Also, I've started paying a bit more attention to what is actually in the products I buy recently (hence why I am now a big REN fan, as you may have noticed in my skincare post!) - so I liked the fact this is marketed as "sulfate free".  The shampoo was pretty expensive by my standards, at around £23.00 for a 250ml bottle and at first I wasn't that impressed - basically because I couldn't see any immediate difference compared to other cheaper shampoos (I'm quite impatient) and for the price I expected more.  However, I'm now nearly finished the bottle and I've definitely been proved wrong!  My colour has stayed much brighter (much less yellow than normal) and it feels really clean every time I use it.  Not sure I'll repurchase, as like I said it's quite expensive, but I'll keep an eye out to see if it goes on offer anywhere!


3) Osmo Berber Oil Hair Treatment with Argan Oil

Osmo Berber Oil Hair Treatment with Argan Oil

I got this bottle in a Glossy Box a few months ago, and it was the first time I'd used an oil product on my hair.  For some reason I'd never been keen on it before - I think it's because I used to have really greasy hair when I was a teenager, so the thought of using oil on my hair just made me think I'd end up with really greasy/oily hair.  Of course that's not the case at all - and in fact, now that I've got bleached hair oil products are actually the perfect antidote for my poor dry/damaged hair.  I've been using it on my ends when wet, just before blowdrying (but after spraying with heat protective spray) and it makes such a difference, the tips feel silky smooth and my hair just looks in much better condition.  I've almost finished this bottle now, and I'm going to try out the new Avon Argan Oil next to see how that fares in comparison.

4) Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock

Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock

I picked this up in my hair salon at my last appointment in a 2 for 1 as part of their closing down sale.  My hair is quite flat and I normally can't get any volume without backcombing, so I'm always keen to try out products that claim to add volume.  Although I will admit I was mainly sold on this because of the smell.......oh my god it's AMAZING, it smells like being in a sweet shop!  I've been using this pretty much every day that I've been wearing my hair down - I normally straighten my hair and then spray this in my roots and through some of the length and then rub it with my fingers to work in the product.  It doesn't give LOADS of volume but it definitely gives my hair a boost, even if it does then go back to being flat a few hours later (a quick rub at the roots normally brings it back out again though).  One thing I would say is that you need to make sure you don't spray too close to your hair, or spray too much as it can get quite sticky if there's a lot of build up.


5) TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo
TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo

TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo

Why do Tigi products have such bloody long names?!

You might remember I wrote a post last month about the Tigi Rockaholic Dirty Secrets Dry Shampoo that disappeared in the can after just a few uses.  Well, I wrote to Tigi about it and they got back in touch to say my can was part of a faulty batch that had been sent out to salons (they had recalled them, but by that point my salon had already shut down), so they sent me out a replacement which was from a new range called Session Series.  I've been using this for a few weeks now and I really like it.  It smells nice (not that usual tell-tale dry shampoo smell), doesn't leave behind a residue, and makes my hair look really refreshed on the days it hasn't been washed - job done!

Can You Feel The Love

I've seen this sort of feature on a few blogs recently and I think it's a really nice way to share a bit of love around the blogging world. Sometimes I feel a bit disillusioned with the whole blogging thing, like if I browse #bbloggers on a Sunday night and see lots of bitching and "subtle" digs at other bloggers (and most of the time I don't even know who people are talking about, or if I'm supposed to be on their side....like, are they having a legitimate gripe at someone who has done something wrong, or are they just a bitch...who knows?!). The point is, sometimes it does get a bit "mean girls" which is a bit of a shame. 

Let's be clear though - I'm not saying "everyone should get along with everyone", I don't live in dreamland - we all have different opinions and views about things so there's always going to be people who you just don't agree with and don't want to be friends with, such is life.  There are some bloggers who I followed right at the start because, well they were popular and everyone else seemed to follow them so I thought I should too, but I've since unfollowed because I've discovered that they are just not "my type of people" - that doesn't mean I think they are horrible people, or that I think other people should unfollow them too - it just means I don't particularly want to read their blog, and I wouldn't go out of my way to speak to them at an event.  Similarly though, I wouldn't then be nasty and bitch about them, or leave horrible anonymous comments on their blog - this is the sort of thing that drags down the blogging community and makes us all look like bitches.  

By and large I do think the blogging community are a friendly bunch, there are obviously a few who are just plain mean for no reason (again, such is life) but for the most part we are all just girls who like to chat about makeup and clothes to an unhealthy degree.

One of the reasons I started writing this blog in the first place was that I'd been reading blogs for a while and thought everyone seemed so lovely and friendly, and that it would be nice to make some new friends who like to chat about the same things I do.  I'm still pretty new on the blogging scene and even though I haven't met anyone in person yet or been to any events (I have been invited to some things, but I've been too shy to go!), I still feel like I've "met" lots of lovely people from reading their blogs, watching Youtube and chatting on Twitter.   

On that note, I thought it would be nice to highlight some of my favourite bloggers at the moment, and "share the love" as it were.  So here are some lovely ladies whose blogs I would highly recommend you give a read!


elevatormusik.com

Gillian is the star who created my beautiful blog design!  A fellow Edinburgher, I love reading her weekly summaries and discovering new things to do in my own city (for example, I only found out this week that there's a frozen yoghurt shop on Lothian Road!), also I have major outfit and hair envy!




Ayden is another Scottish blogger, and I love reading her posts about days/nights out in Glasgow as it's nice to hear about places I could actually go to if I wanted (e.g. I'm totally going to Once Upon a Tart next time I'm in the city!).  Oh also, she has the most amazing cat in the world!



Katy is a sweetheart with an equally adorable little hamster.  I basically love every outfit that she wears, and she also does a cool "how we wear it" feature each week with various other fashion bloggers which is great for outfit inspiration.



I only recently discovered Louise's blog and Youtube channel, but she has quickly become one of my faves! I genuinely "LOL" at pretty much every one of her videos, and she just comes across as the sweetest person ever.  I love her brave and honest life posts, including the very graphic retelling of giving birth (not for the faint hearted!).  



A Thrifty Mrs is another blog I've only discovered fairly recently, and the day I found it I literally read through pages and pages of archived posts - it's that good.  I love her money saving tips, fashion and beauty bargains (it's nice to read makeup reviews of products that don't cost an arm and a leg), and daily housewife prompts (even if I am quite bad at actually getting round to doing any of them).  I also always make sure I check her latest savings post before doing any online shopping to check for discount codes - I'm sure she's saved me a fortune!


Well that was fun!  I've only picked 5 to highlight above, as I didn't want the post to end up too long (I have gone on a bit at the start....), but here's a few more of my faves - I might pick some of these to feature the next time I do one of these posts.  

Allie UK ~
Zoella ~

Paris Planning

Monday, 27 August 2012
Next month B and I are going on a 4 night break to Paris and I CAN'T WAIT!!  I've been to Paris a few times, but this will be B's first visit and I'm super excited that I get to share one of my favourite cities in the world with my most favourite person in the world :)  

I'm one of those people that likes to plan everything down to a tee when it comes to holidays (I've even got a plan of action already written down for my 3 night girls weekend at Alton Towers in October - saaaaaaad!) - so as you can imagine I have been in my element doing Paris research to come up with 5 days of fun for us.  

I'm not going to give away our entire holiday plans (you'll have to wait for the photos when we get back!), but here's a quick list of 10 things I'm hoping to do.

10 Things I Want to Do in Paris


1) Go up the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower, Paris
image c/o paris-traveltips.com
I've done this twice before - once when I was on a school trip and once with an ex-boyfriend -but the last time was like 7 or 8 years ago so I can't even really remember what it was like (in my head I keep getting it confused with trips up the Blackpool Tower, which is really not the same at all!).


2) Take a walk along the Seine at night

River Seine at Night, Paris
image c/o champagne & macarons


3) Eat steak & frites

image c/o a femme d'un certain age

4) Put a "love padlock" on a bridge

Love Padlock Paris Bridge
image c/o my lovely friend Jemma

Tradition goes that you are to carve your initials in a padlock, chain it to the bridge and then throw the key in the river to symbolise your eternal love.  Awwww.


5) Visit Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris
image c/o pinterest
I've been here once before in the year 2000 when I was on a school trip but it's so much bigger now (2 parks!) so I can't wait to visit!!!  I don't think B shares my enthusiasm......


6) Drink cocktails at a fancy schmancy hotel

Cocktails on a Bar
image c/o parisiensalon.com
We aren't staying at a fancy schamncy hotel (we're not made of money!) but one of my clients at work is a gorgeous 5 star hotel so we'll be popping there for drinks one night, pretending we're the rich and famous.


7) Visit the Alice in Wonderland-esque Jardin des Plantes

Paris Botanical Gardens - Jardin Des Plantes
image c/o whatparis.com


8) Spy some Space Invader art

image c/o coolstuffinparis.com*
*Discovered this blog the other day - it is brilliant!  Full of lots of great tips for places to see and things to do in Paris, from an American living in the city.


9) Take silly posed pictures on top of the striped columns at the Jardins Palais Royal

Striped Columns at Jardins Palais Royal
image c/o virtualtourist.com

10) Try visit the Musee des Arts Forains to see the cool old funfair rides (if it's open!)

Musee des Arts Forains, Paris
image c/o pavillons-de-bercy.com
This place looks seriously amazing, but unfortunately it only seems to open a few times a year so it's probably unlikely we'll be able to visit during our trip - but I can but hope!

Have you been to Paris?  Do you have any tips for me on unusual/quirky things to see and do outwith the usual touristy places?  

A Week in Instagrams #22

Sunday, 26 August 2012

1) Monday outfit
2) Burger at the Cambridge Bar
3) Jemma at Spiegeltent
4) Cider in the sun
5) Lunch at Filling Station
6) Dessert at Filling Station
7) & 8) Making funny face cakes
9) Friday Night Dinner Q&A at the TV Festival

Firstly, you may have noticed that my blog looks a bit different, and has a new name....welcome to my blog rebrand, haha.  The design is courtesy of the lovely Gillian from Elevator Musik - I love it, it's so pretty! 

So this week I've been off work so I've been taking in a few shows, seeing friends and enjoying a lot of lie ins!  On Monday I met up with Jemma, James and Colin for lunch at the Cambridge Bar then a few drinks in the sun at the Spiegeltent on George Street (I got burnt....I was only outside for like 2 hours!).  On Tuesday I went to see my sisters' show at The Stand, followed by lunch at the Filling Station and then a random show up at Bristo Square.  On Wednesday I had painters round repainting our hall, I was starting to feel really ill with the cold so I pretty much spent the entire day in bed or on the sofa with tissues stuffed up my nose - lovely!  On Thursday I went to the premier of the 1st ep of series 2 of Friday Night Dinner at the Filmhouse, followed by a Q&A with Robert Popper, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal - that was pretty cool!  On Friday I spent another day in bed feeling sorry for myself, before heading out for dinner in the evening with B and my mum, dad and sister at Zizzi's Ocean Terminal.  Saturday was ANOTHER day in bed/on the sofa but we went out at night to our final festival shows - Josie Long and Terry Alderton, both brilliant.  Finally, today I've been doing boring chores and getting ready for going back to work tomorrow - the holiday dream is over! :(

I Heart You

I don't want to make a habit of posting close up pics of my spots on the internet, but this was too bizarre not to share.  I woke up yesterday and looked in the mirror to see that a group of spots had appeared on my forehead.....in the shape of a mother flipping heart!! 

What. The. Actual. Fuck. ?!!!

A Week in Instagrams #21

Monday, 20 August 2012

1) Some Feel Unique.com treats
2) Paris planning
3) My yummy homemade steak pie (if I do say so myself)
4) Festival fun
5) Matalan purchases
6) Bought a hair doughnut this week and I am now obsessed with buns!

Got into the festival spirit this week and went to two shows; Russell Kane on Wednesday and Jon Richardson on Sunday - both great!  Normally I've been to about 5 times as many shows by this point, but I've cut back massively on my festival-going this year to try and save money.

I was ill on Friday and Saturday unfortunately, so I missed two nights out - dinner and a show with some girl friends on Friday, and drinks on Saturday that turned into an impromptu reunion as J&J briefly returned from France for a few days due to car troubles!  Felt better by the end of the weekend though which is nice and handy as I'm off work now for a week - woooo!  Planning to meet up with friends for lunches/drinks, see some shows and hang out with my sister before she goes back down to Sunderland, should be a good week!

Fashion Wishlist #1

Friday, 17 August 2012

navy dress - ASOS
blue dress - River Island
envelope clutch - ASOS
hi-top wedges - River Island

I think the navy ASOS dress looks like it would be a really flattering shape for a curvy figure.  I already have the River Island dress in cream and black but I love it so much that I'm tempted to buy it in this gorgeous blue colour.  It's £35 though so I'm holding off in the hope that it will go into the sale at some point!

I've wanted an envelope clutch for ages now - the one pictured is from ASOS but I saw something similar in Primark when I was in the other day and I really wish I'd just bought it....will maybe go back later this month!

Oh yeah and those hi-top wedges....they are SOOO not my style AT ALL but I absolutely love them....what's happening to me?!

House of Fraser Blogger Style Challenge

Tuesday, 14 August 2012
House of Fraser is not somewhere that I normally shop to be honest, I'm not sure why, maybe it's because I used to work at Debenhams, so I feel guilty for moving over to the other side!!

But when I was contacted by HoF recently and asked to take part in their blogger style challenge I ended up spending literally hours looking through the site and was really impressed by their collection - it was so much fun doing a virtual shop!  Will definitely be checking out their site more often as I saw tons of stuff I'd actually buy in real life too (although some of it is a bit out of my price range at the moment, but I do like the occasional splurge!).

The challenge was to pick your favourite new season pieces and create a look. As I'm going to Paris next month I thought I'd use this as inspiration and create a holiday wardrobe I've called "Weekend in Paris".

I've created two looks - one that I'd wear for daytime sightseeing and one for a romantic night out.

Paris by Day 

The Look: Smart but casual jumper (love the tie detail on the back) and jeans combo, dressed up with a cute sparkly brooch and some gold tipped flats. Makeup wise I'd go for a fresh faced look, with neutral eyes and pretty pink flushed cheeks. Keeping with the Paris theme I'd go with the new DKNY Be Delicious I Heart Paris as my signature fragrance for the weekend.

This ensemble would be perfect for an afternoon walking along the Champs Elysee, eating pastries in a little French cafe, or cosying up and enjoying the view at the top of the Eiffel Tower. 

Paris by Night 

The Look: A classic Little Black Dress with some sparkly silver accessories and a little cover-up in case it gets a bit chilly in the evening. To finish off the look I'd go for bright lips and big lashes.

This would be a sophisticated and chic outfit, perfect for dinner at a fancy French restaurant followed by a moonlit boat cruise along the Seine and then cocktails in the hotel bar.


Have you taken part in the HoF Blogger Style Challenge yet?  Leave me a link to your entry in the comments - I am nosey minx!  Oh, and I'm so glad there wasn't a price cap on this like the ASOS blogger challenge - I would have failed miserably!

Beauty Wish List #1

Monday, 13 August 2012
Stila In The Light Palette
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara
Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil
DKNY Be Delicious I Heart Paris

This is probably a bit of a beauty blogger cliche post but I don't care.  I'm going to start doing these every few weeks or so, and will probably do fashion related ones too.

It's possibly cheating but I've actually already bought 2 of the items above (the Stila palette and the Yves Rocher mascara), although they haven't arrived yet so I suppose it still counts!   Also as my mum is an Avon lady I've asked her to get me the argan oil treatment on her next order - I've been using a Berber Oil sample that came in a Glossybox a few months ago and it's almost finished, so I thought I'd try out this one and see if it's any good since I'm become an oil convert!

I've been looking for a new perfume so will seek out the DKNY one next time I'm in Debenhams and have a sniff!  I've chosen the Paris one here as that's when I'm going on my holidays next month - woo! :)

A Week in Instagrams #20

Sunday, 12 August 2012

1) Worked from home Monday/Tuesday while our front door got replaced - it took FOREVER!
2) The diet is going well....
3) Anniversary dinner at Amicus Apple
4) My cocktail came with sweeties!
5) My cute anniversary card
6) Healthy Friday night dinner - tuna steak with boiled potatoes and asparagus

My pics are a bit food/drink heavy this week aren't they?!  I swear I did more than just eat though, lol.

It was me and B's 4 year anniversary on Wednesday (we had our first date on the 8th day of the 8th month of 2008....at 8pm!) so we went to Amicus Apple on Frederick Street for dinner.  I've been there once or twice before with friends and really liked it, particularly the amazing cocktails, and I was sold when I saw they had a 2-for-1 on food offer on 5pm.co.uk.  I went for a fairly healthy option for my meal as I've been out for a lunch meeting with a client earlier in the day (at Le Monde) and I'd had a carb-central sandwich and chips.  I couldn't remember what it was exactly so I checked the menu on the website and it was "Chicken breast wrapped in parma ham stuffed with mozzarella, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Served on a roasted butternut squash, fine bean and toasted pine nut salad" - bit of a mouthful!  It was delicious though, and not overly filling either so I had room for a chocolate fudge cake pudding, mmmm!  Oh also I had one of the aforementioned amazing cocktails - and it came with a lollipop and some flying saucers!

Had a fairly quiet weekend, although I did go on a bit of a shopping spree yesterday - check out my Primark bargain buys!  Last night B went out for a few drinks for a friends birthday so I had a night to myself - and what did I do with this alone time......I ordered a chinese and watched several hours worth of beauty Youtube videos - party on!!  I now have a little bit of a girl crush on Zoe and Louise - their summer obsessions video is too cute!

Not got too much planned for the upcoming week, I've got the following week off work though so I'll be busy busy this week getting stuff done before I go.  On my week off I'll be looking to go to a few things at the festival and meet up with friends (if anyone is also not working!) - so if any fellow Edin-burgers are reading this and have some show tips for me leave them below!

Primark Haul August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012
I came home from a super busy Primark today with 2 big bags of shopping (that was a fun bus journey home!) spending just over £100 - not too shabby!

Primark Tan Ankle Boots

Primark Tan Ankle Boots
tan brogue strap boots £15.00


Primark Black Studded Heeled Ankle Boots

Primark Black Studded Heeled Ankle Boots
black studded zip boots £20.00

I heart boots - I wear them all year round, so I was sooo happy to see that Primark have their autumn/winter boot collection in store now!  There were so many pairs that I liked (including a black pair with studded heels that I'll probably go back for next month!) but I used my self restraint and just got these 2: a casual tan pair and a slightly dressier black heeled pair.

Primark Black Studded Slippers

Primark Black Studded Slippers
black studded slippers £10.00

Have been tempted to buy a pair of studded flats for ages now, and at £10 you can't really complain!

Primark White Owl Print Scarf

Primark White Owl Print Scarf
owl print scarf £4.00

I love owl print so couldn't resist this cute scarf (not that I need another scarf....).

Primark Cream Tan Elbow Patch Cardigan
elbow patch cardigan £10.00

Feel a bit daft buying long sleeved cardies when it's supposed to be summer....but this is Scotland!  Love the elbow patch detail on this one, just call me professor ;)

Primark Neon Pink Aztec Print Cardigan

Primark Neon Pink Aztec Print Cardigan
neon aztec print cardigan £14.00

Another cardigan!  Normally I'm not a fan of neon or aztec print but for some reason I love this!  I'll probably wear it with my black jeans and a plain white top.  Will also go well with this torque necklace that I picked up too.

Primark Pink ZigZag Torque Necklace
zigzag torque necklace £2.00

Primark Pointelle Skater Dress Cream

Primark Pointelle Skater Dress Cream
cream pointelle skater dress £14.00

They had these casual dresses in a few colours but I thought I'd go with the cream since it looks slightly more summery.  It looks a bit unshaply on the hanger but it looks nice on, honest!  Will wear this for work with a tan belt and my new tan boots.

Primark Navy Lace Skater Dress  

Primark Navy Lace Skater Dress
navy lace skater dress £15.00

Saving the best for last....how nice is this dress?!  I love navy, and the cream underneath really makes this look that bit more special.  The fit is really lovely too, with a fitted waist and then a flared skirt - really flattering.  It came with a black bow belt but it doesn't really go at all (seriously Primark, a black belt with a navy dress?) so I've taken that off already. 

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