Friday, 30 August 2013

Today I Love # 4

My new iPhone case - I recently got a new iPhone which meant I needed a new case. I've always been a fan of patterns and prints. If I'm out shopping the Aztec prints always catch my eye! You can find this case and other similar patterns here

Cocktails - I always love cocktails, Had some great ones for Monica's party. I learnt that adding mango pulp to any cocktail and almost any spirits will make it taste ah-mazing! My favourite recipe: peach schnapps, vodka, mango pulp and tropical juice. 

We're The Millers- I went camping earlier in the week and before leaving my uni friend's house in Swindon we thought, Hang on - It's Orange Wednesdays! After seeing the advert for this film, I knew I had to see it and I'm telling you now, it was hilarious. There were so many laugh out loud moments and made me love Jennifer Aniston even more! The main man, Jason Sudeikis is also in Horrible Bosses with Jen and Wild Child's Emma Roberts (Julia Robert's niece) plays a rebellious teen. Definitely worth a watch. 

Lisette Loves - I'd be surprised if you haven't come across this blog so if you haven't, so check it out! Lisette 's blog has lots of lovely photographs and her new design is looking fabulous. I always take time to read her Thankful Thursdays posts - it reminds me that the small things shouldn't be taken for granted. So go have a read and follow @Lisette_Henry 

Ribena - I have not had a carton of Ribena in so long, probably the longest ever without one. They have been a comfort drink for many a year and I can't believe I've not had one in the troubling times over the past month. Note to Self: Buy a crate of Ribena, you deserve it!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Guest Post: Meet Vickie

For my first ever guest post I have the lovely Vickie over in a Come Blog With Me style. I have written a Have You Heard post for Vickie's blog and she has graced us with a yummy food post. I'll let you know when my post is on her blog so you don't miss any of the musical fun. As you may know, me and food go a long way back so this post is very much loved by my tummy. Make sure you check out her blog and send some love over to Vickie! If you would like to write a guest post for my humble blog please get in touch and if you would have me as a guest, I would be flattered! Right - Over to Vickie... 

Hello! Before I begin this post I’d like to first thank Kayleigh for approaching me and asking me to do this.
I'm venturing out of my comfort zone and creating a post for you lovely readers that I've only recently started doing – the recipe post. Or perhaps less a recipe, more me enthusing about a glorious snack. Without further ado, I present to you… the blueberry bagel filled to bursting with cream cheese, strawberries and a little honey.

I have no idea why but this oddly put together snack turned out to be absolutely to die for, and you and customise it however you like. Any sort of bagel, fruit, toppings... the perfect, (almost) guilt free snack a body conscious girl could ask for, especially if you use light philly! It’s also stupidly cheap, especially as it’s made from ingredients you probably find just lying around the house! I enjoyed mine with my green tea smoothie, which you can locate the recipe for in this post.

In order to keep it short and sweet I'll leave it at that. I hope you all enjoyed my post and I wasn't too disappointing in comparison to Kayleigh! You’re all welcome to come speak to me on Twitter or via my blog.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Summer Party Fashion

Happy Birthday to Monica - one of my closet friends who puts me to shame on the whole organisation thing. She hosted a lovely party this Saturday and was great to see most of the gang. We were supposed to have a garden party but the weather didn't want us to! However the rain didn't dampen our spirits as Monica and her family arranged the downstairs into a perfect party setting. 

Cocktails, drinking games (like Whiz -you can't bang a bang bang) , some awesome dance moves, Snapchats from across the room and even one direction made a musical appearance. Such an awesome night with a bunch of awesome people. I forgot to get a photo of all the girls together for this post but this photo has the most of us in it and shows our entire outfits - a promising start when attempting a style post.  

Everyone made an effort and dressed to impress.Thank you for a lovely evening Monica, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did! My lovely readers - please send links to your party style posts and let me know what you think of my beautiful friends' outfits! 

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Money Matters - Week 2

I have had a very sociable week and was somehow able not to spend too much. Instead of focussing on the fact I have spent a bit of money this week and gone slightly over my weekly budget of £35, I want to share some of the bargains I found. I could be on Bargain Hunt - on the red or blue team hmm... 

My iPhone has been playing up for months and the apple store people kindly fixed it. Sadly it only took a week for it to start freezing and resetting itself again. Luckily enough my contract had ended last month so I was able to go on a hunt for a new contract. I managed to find a very good deal on orange from If you send off certain months' bills, they send you a cheque meanly my contract is almost half the price it would be if I went straight through orange! No payments need to be paid until the end of the first month's contract so all I've spent is £4.99 on a new case from ebay. 

If you haven't already, please check out my Superdrug Haul! I bought three lovely products for £6.49 including the infamous BabyLips and some MUA bits and bobs. The purchases weren't completely essential, but at such great prices - How could I resist?! 

I've also spent money on a bottle of wine for my dear friend Monica's birthday party today and needed to top up on petrol. I took my older brother Charlie to Heathrow as he is exploring the US for 4 weeks (so jealous...) With the airport trip and lots of driving about Essex seeing friends, petrol quickly run out. 

Spent this week: £36.97
Total Left: £102.03

Send me your spending ban links and let me know about your inner Bargain Hunter! 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Superdrug Haul

Although I am on a spending ban, I was out shopping and couldn't help but go to Superdrug and look in awe at all the lovely make up. While there many bits and bobs caught my eye but some bobs (or bits) drew me in with their prices and my sudden need for such items... I mean it would be a crime not to buy such bargains. 

I wanted to take some selfies to show the make-up on my face but this hideous spot has decided to form on the bottom edge of my lip and ruin this perfect moment for all of us. Boo you spots and your ability to ruin a potential decent beauty post. With that in mind, I still wanted give you lovely lot a good read. 

Maybelline Baby Lips: The hype all over the blog-osphere about this product is unreal. I don't own many lip based products. My cherry chapstick (promoted by Katy Perry) and tin of Vaseline are my essentials. Baby Lips, hydrate and colour my lips in a way I didn't think was possible with a lipstick. 

MUA Mosaic Bronzer: I wanted a new bronzer as I wanted to keep a summer glow that is hidden under make-up on a night out. I don't want to look like a ghost until Halloween so this bronzer is a much welcomed item to my make-up box. The mosaic bronzer helps achieve a natural sun-kissed look while only using a small amount. I think there is a skill to not overdoing bronzer so I'm going to spend a bit of time practising - I don't want it to be too easy for people to guess I'm from Essex. 

MUA Blusher: A pound for a blusher... say what? I wanted to get into contouring more and a smudge of this across my cheeks will help with that. I chose Candyfloss mainly because of the name but also because of the colour. It's not too bright and has a nice shimmer to it. Due to my spending ban I can't buy the make-up brushes I've been after for months. The Real Techniques brushes (as I'm sure you've heard) are the ones to use. They are very nicely priced for their quality so I hope to get hold of the Blush Brush, Face Expert and some of the others ASAP. 

Have you used any of these products or been on a bargain hunt recently? 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Have You Heard... Things We Lost in the Fire

Before I talk about Bastille's song Things We Lost in the Fire, I would just like to mention there have been a few little changes to this little blog. I'm not sure how big a deal this is BUT I have changed the name from The Things Life Throws at You. I have wanted to change it for a while but wasn't sure what to or if it was a bad move but it was such a long title! I feel the new, improved name makes more sense , fits the URL better and makes it a lot more personal. Oh Hey Kayspray.. is something I often hear on the end of the phone when one of my dear friends call me. Let me know what you think of this bold move - Do you prefer the new name? 

Welcome to another post for the series Have You Heard. Bastille are known for their hit songs Pompei, Flaw & Laura Palmer. My favourite of their tunes is Laura Palmer however today I am going to talk about a song that got me thinking (ooh - dangerous!).

Things We Lost in the Fire is a decent tune but the main reason I wanted to write about it is because of the potential scenario that came into my head when listening to this indie band. If I could only save 3 things (not people or pets as they are all save in my imagination and couldn't bare to think otherwise) - What would I save? I've written down the first items that came to mind because if there was a fire, I'd be in a hectic rush. It's a horrible thought to have all my possessions destroyed but I thought it would make a pretty interesting post.

1) I know I said no people or pets but Pierre the Polar Bear is something completely different. He is my rock and the only one I can rely on to always be there and never get fed up with me. I'd even go as far as saying I feel guilty when I don't take him away with me. Check out his facebook page!

2) There are a lot of old photographs that aren't digitally stored and losing those would be like losing my memory and since I have a rubbish memory already this would be a tragedy. There is one photo I have on my bedside table of my parents, my nan and granddad, Charlie and Me on holiday with parrots. It's a photo I wanted to find for months and when I recently did I don't want to have it out of sight. 

3) My Winnie the Pooh blanket. It'll be on my bed with Pierre so easy to grab quickly. It was bought as a gift for baby James in Cyprus when we thought he'd be a girl. When we were wrong, I took it into my care and haven't parted with it for 9 years! 

It was quite a hard decision to make because a lot of things can be replaced. I have lots of my photos and files backed up online so as long as the Internet doesn't catch fire I have a lot of important things stored safely away. What is your answer to this difficult questions? Leave a comment below with your three most valued possessions - I love hearing from you lovely lot and will reply ASAP. 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Money Matters - Week 1

Week one is over for my spending ban and what a successful week it has been. Due to my recently found money struggles, my lovely family have been looking after me. Charlie has treated me to too much take out pizza but I am not complaining! We went over to Lakeside Shopping Centre with Nan and our Aunt on Friday. I bargain that I would have happily bought was a skirt from Forever 21. It was only £6.50 and am sure it'll be worn on many an occasion. I'm so lucky because Nan bought it for me - I shouldn't have told her I was struggling with money because she also paid for my petrol... 

Forever 21 / £6.50

I have had a fun-filled week without spending too much. If it wasn't for the lovingly generousness of my family I would have spent quite a bit more. So what did I spend this week? I spend £6 at Subway for Charlie and I for our picnic and under £5 on J2Os on a night out - being the designated driver made things super cheap.

Total Spent: £11
Total Left: £139

Fortunately this week isn't all about spending money. I may have earned a couple of quid -  go me! With the house having a clear out, the parents gave me and Charlie all the old cds, dvds and books to sell and split the money for. Zapper & Music Magpie were used for dvds and cds and Amazon for the majority of the books. Our old uni books are getting us quite a bit of money! So far we are expecting over £100 to come in by the end of the month! Kerchinngggggg 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Today I Love # 3

Getting my hair done - The whole experience of going to the hairdressers is one that I look forward to. The gossiping, the pampering and the silky feel of my hair when leaving - how could you not enjoy it! My lovely Nan (the best Nan in the world) treated me to getting a half head of highlights done last week. We went to a salon called Gemini in Brentwood - I 100% recommend it! I love spending time with Nan and listening to her stories brightens up my day! 

Family - This relates to my first point. Firstly I always love my family and recently they have been a great source of comfort to me and I'm so grateful and lucky to have these wonderful people in my life. While my parents and James are away this week, it's only been me and my older brother Charlie (and Ralph and Alvin) in the house. He cheered me up with Pizza Hut (with cookie dough!!). 

Oh Leona- I have much love with this blog. She has just reached over 100 bloglovin followers and this liftstyle blog is definitely one to read. Her Wednesday Loves posts are always full of photos that make me smile so check out her blog and tweet her @Leonuhhh. 

Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 - Watched the whole two series in just over a week as its light humour and randomness gave me back my confidence which has been knocked a bit recently. No, I don't plan on becoming like Chloe but her wild who cares attitude has made me realise I take a lot of things way too seriously.

Being Organised - I recently bought some acrylic storage off ebay for my 'daily' make up. Before hand I had all my bits and bobs in a beauty travel bag - rummaging around for ages looking for my eye-liner was becoming a chore. I move into my new Uni house in September and want my room to be very organised and everything have its place.   

What are you loving at the moment? Send me some links to your recent purchases or all time favourites 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What do you mean 'Fashionably Late'?

I have some strange obsession with time. It routes back to my childhood and having to rely on my parents to take me places and drop me off at friends' houses. Taking me places wasn't high up on my parents to-do list which was fair enough. Sometimes it was like they were taxi drivers without the awkward conversations and that moment where you're searching through your purse to see if you can pay with change. So back in the day, I'll be there around 12 usually meant I'll make it over for dinner. 

Since I started driving 3 years ago, nothing stops me being on time - if not early. I take into count potential traffic, finding a parking space and even time to get petrol if needed. When I am expecting someone, whether it be a friend or pizza delivery guy (worryingly quite often) I am ready near the door. I guess being punctual is my thing. I take that back - that is such a boring thing to be known for. I'd rather be the girl with that weird laugh or the one with the hair or something. 

The problem is not everyone is as punctual as I am. Some people won't arrive for another half an hour after expected, some people will say meet in town at 11 but text you at quarter past telling you they are on their way (I know you are still putting your tights on so stop lying to me!). Clocks are here for a reason. We move around the sun at a certain speed for a reason. The Simpsons is always on at 6, not for a specific reason but it's never on at five past so why do you get to be late?!

This is what Ralph thinks.

This rant isn't actually aimed at anyone in particular. There have been a few occasions recently where I've been the late one and it's frustrated me so much. My reason for lateness when meeting up with friends is usually my little brother. I'll be looking after him and my parents won't come back when I was expecting them to thus making me late. I'm not trying to be some sort of Time Lord (but I would love to own a TARDIS) and from these recent moments of annoyance, I've learnt something. 

Most of the time, people have reasons to be late. Having a casual meet-up with friends isn't high on most people's priorities so being a bit late isn't the end of the world - and time itself. It's not like going to an interview or some professional event where someone walks in late and gets death stares, tutting and head shakes heading their way. I need to chill out a bit... and breathe. Especially for this summer, I haven't got a hectic schedule or any type of schedule for that matter. Running a few minutes late isn't fashionable by any means - whoever says it is, is lying because they just wanted a few more minutes in bed or took too long in the shower. But after thinking long and hard about this, I've worked out that I don't need to get worked up about being late. 

Does anyone else have an issues with lateness? Link me to any rants you've been having or any lessons you've recently learnt. 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Money Matters

I'm coming into my third year of being a university student and am great with money. I manage to have cheap nights out, not buy too many clothes and luxuries and although I have the occasional meal out (a few times a week...) I still had money spare. However I haven't worked this summer, I've spent quite a lot on my holiday, days out, food and clothes and now I'm struggling. 

With my first lot of rent coming out at the beginning of September and student loans not coming in until the middle, I need to stop spending and if anything start earning. I can't see myself finding a job at home for 5 weeks but plan on finding work in Portsmouth as soon as I'm back to Uni. 

Brother's Dollars for US Trip (So jealous!)

This is the start of a few posts I plan on doing about money. For the next 5 weeks I need to spend as little as possible but I still want to have fun. I will do weekly updates on my progress so this will give me the motivation to be good and stick to the plan! 

Budget: £150 for 4 weeks 

This is the amount of disposable income I have until my student loan comes in. It averages out at about £35 a week but if possible I want to save as much of that as possible for University. I think the majority of this will go on petrol and since I'm living at home I'll eat whatever is in the house (Toasties!

If you have any great money saving ideas, they would be much appreciated. Are you feeling the metaphorical pinch at the moment? 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Have You Heard... To Kill A King

For my latest Have You Heard post I would like to introduce to you a band I've been fond of for a while. The first time I heard them was on X fm when sitting in a late night traffic jam. "And that was To Kill A King with Bloody Shirt" the radio man probably said and I took a mental note to find out a bit more about this indie-pop band. 

You're just sitting in a bar, just singing in a bar
Pride will keep you warm
Wear it like an overcoat so safe from harm
(Wolves, To Kill A King)

To Kill A King's Factfile
Info: There are four members of this London-based band, whose first single was released in May 2011. Since then, they have worked with Bastille on a song called Choices and written an EP called Word of Mouth.
If you like: Bastille or The 1975, then you'll enjoy the indie sounds of To Kill A King
Listen to: Funeral and Cold Skin - their most recent and my favourite songs. 

Something that I'm not too sure about are their music videos. I'm pretty sure they are those kind of videos with deep messages but what I've witnessed is a young boy with a bloody nose wrestling this massive guy and a dad stealing his dead son from a coffin to take him out exploring in a wheelchair. Their videos are interesting to say the least.  This music is the type you'd want to listen to while relaxing (no dance anthems over here) and I enjoy them most while doing work as their soft sounds calm me. 

Their debut album Cannibals with Cutlery isn't out till October but check these cool dude out on youtube and let me know what you think? If you have any musical sugguestions for me, I'd love to hear from you! 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Weekend in Windsor

As some of you may know, I'm not the happiest fish in the bowl right now. Instead of letting myself wallow in self-pity, my amazing family and friends have been helping stay strong and look at the good things I have rather than what's totally messed up. On that note, the weekend just went was a bit of a roller-coaster of emotions. For Sam's 20th Birthday, I travelled to Windsor to meet with most of my uni family at George's house for a weekend of catching up, drinking and hot-tubbing. 

With the Birthday Girl / Ring of Fire / TEQUILA SLAMMERS / Pre-drinks with George's Mum
My weekend started with going for a late lunch with Sam and Issy. After stuffing our faces we went to George's, got ready and let the drinking begin! After a game of Ring of Fire, lots of catching up and lots of alcohol we all jumped in some taxis and headed to Windsor.
Liquid Windsor
I haven't been on a night out in what seems like forever so I loved it in Liquid. £1 entry, drinks were decent prices (I think.. I was pretty gone!) and the music was awesome. I definitely enjoy clubbing more when I haven't been in a while and the new tunes are out. We camped out in George's living room after getting to bed about 5am. I didn't sleep much at all but felt quite awake and slightly hungover. We went for a fry-up both Saturday and Sunday morning (why not?!) and spent a lot of time in the hot tub. My hands and feet were incredibly wrinkly after a while and I slept like a sleepy bear! Speaking of bears - George's dog is adorable! A cross between a chow chow and a german shepherd named Jesse. 

Hot Tub / Spa Bar with Strawberries / Gorgeous Jesse! 

It did me the world of good to get away from home and sort things out. I wanted to show you all the great parts of the weekend and remind myself of how lucky I am. So thank you so much George for such a great weekend - I can't wait to get back to Uni in September to make more happy memories! 

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Inspirational Tag

Last week The Emerald Dove started a tag called The Inspirational Tag. As I've had a sad day or two recently, I thought it would be a perfect thing to put things into perspective! So here are my answers to The Inspirational Tag:

What is your favourite quotation?

What would you say to someone who feels inadequate?
We are all little fish in a big pond so don't feel so alone (or small). Chances are many people around you feel the same! Just think about all the people that care about you and remember it's your area of the pond that matters. 
What do you wish someone had told you before?
It's great to be yourself. You may not be confident now but you will grow into your skin and become who you always wanted to be!
What is your advice for anyone who is being bullied?
This is a subject I am very passionate about. No one should be made to feel sad, alone or insecure. My advice is that you aren't alone. There are people to talk to and help you deal with these dreadful situations. Whether it be a parent, teacher, friend or a stranger from Childline - people want to help you and this is the best way to start the road to a happier, safer life. 
What is your mantra in life?
Treat others the way you want to be treated.  This is a bit of a biblical reference and I think it speaks volumes about how I try to live my life. When reflecting on past decisions, I can see when I was wrong or right. I guess this is similar to my post about politeness. I'll be polite to strangers and I would like that back in return.
What gets you down or do you find difficult and what would you say to anyone in a similar position?
I get upset over the smaller things and I hate not being in control. Fortunately I have a big group of friends who manage to calm me down and makes me realise how silly I am to almost literally cry over spilt milk. My advice to anyone similar to me is in two steps. Firstly, attempt to think about how life must be pretty good if this is all you're upset over. Secondly, watch a film (preferably comedy) to take your mind off it. Doing something else will stop you stressing over the small things and put your head back in place.
Which historical figure do you identify most with or inspires you the most?
This was the hardest question for me because I find it hard to begin to think of people from the past. Before I say who, I think I need to justify my answer as my life is nothing like hers. Writing a blog has helped me realise who I am and the person I want to keep being. I feel a sense of freedom and relief through sharing my thoughts with the world. Anne Frank wrote a diary, not to share with the world but to put her feelings on to paper. Maybe it helped her cope with the situation she was in. My blog keeps me sane - without it my head would bubble over with thoughts. 

I really enjoyed doing this tag. Whoever is reading this and hasn't yet done this  - I tag you!! I hope you feel as inspired as I did when finishing this post 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Snail Mail Collective

When I got an e-mail from Melyssa from The Nectar Collective telling me about a new series she was starting, I had to get involved. The Snail Mail Collective  occurs monthly and starts by putting participants into pairs. Then there is a few weeks to get to know your partner before sending them a small gift and a postcard. It's a great way to meet other bloggers and get to know them on a personal level.

I was very lucky to be paired with Elizabeth from Nomelizabeth who lives in Singapore. It was great to find out the things we had in common, like food, animals, photography and food (did I mention food already?). There was a $5 limit on spending but I did £5 because I don't think there is much difference. This is what I bought my friend in Singapore...

Postcard / Pop-Up Postcard / Sweets / Owl Necklace
I managed to get quite a few little bits and bobs and wanted to be a bit touristy as well as personal. 
-The postcards (from Accessorize and Paperchase) are London based because I live 20 minutes away from the big city. I love the idea of the pop-up postcard and hopefully Elizabeth likes it too! 
-I bought a few little sweets for her because they are typical sweets to find in any supermarket in Britain (and probably Europe). I thought this reflected well on our love of food. 
-The main present I got Elizabeth was the owl necklace. Owl prints and jewellery are very much in fashion in the UK and I live in the English countryside, where lots of owls are! I also have an owl necklace so I thought it was a bit like a friendship bracelet in which both people have a similar item? 

I sent these items over to Singapore and not too long after got my gift from Elizabeth. I was so excited when the postman passed over the brown package (even though I was still in pyjamas and holding onto an excited Ralph). 

Postcard / Singapore Spoon / Ooh Ice Cream Time!

I received a beautifully hand-written postcard and a very well wrapped gift. Her handwriting put mine to shame (I have rubbish handwriting - Sorry Elizabeth!!). The lovely teaspoon was given to me with the intention of me thinking of Elizabeth as I gobbled up some ice cream and that is what I have already done! 

Thank you very much to Elizabeth for being a great partner in crime for Melyssa's first ever Snail Mail Collective. It was a great experience to get to know someone from an entirely different culture, yet find so much in common too! 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Today I love # 2

Foals - Late Night off their latest album Holy Fire is on my chilled playlist. I still love one of their oldest tunes, Hummer brings back so many summer memories. Give Foals a listen and let me know what you think!

My Primer - This is my first MUA product and my first primer! I've been using it for a few weeks now, mainly without foundation because of the heat, and so far so good. It managed to even out my complexion and deal with the dry patches without giving me any shine or feeling greasy. It's very light and when I've worn make-up over it, it had noticably lasted longer. (Result!)

Pretty Little Liars - Anyone else obsessed with this programme? If not watch the first episode and you'll be hooked. I am watching it on American time but don't worry no spoilers. The closer the girls get to answers about their murdered best friend, the more questions arise. The main question is: Who is -A?!?!

One of my favourite blogs right now - I'm really enjoying Tilly's blog at the moment and the photos of her pug Otis are so adorable! Check out her blog!

White -I have never owned many white items of clothing, due to how easily I expect to ruin them. However, this year I have a few new white tops and I adore them. The lovely weather alongside my holiday has helped me gain a pretty decent tan this year and my white items emphasize that to another level!