Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dressing for Spring

Dress - Nishe (similar here) Shoes - JuJu Blazer - Topshop old
I ordered this dress quite a while ago but when it arrived I felt like such a nincompoop wearing it that I kind of shrugged and accepted it was a bit of a waste of money, however after rediscovering it the other day I looked at it with a completely different attitude. It looked fun and colourful and perfect for the spring/summer sun that we've been blessed with recently, so I couldn't resist taking it for a spin alongside these fabulous baby blue jellies! I had loads of fun taking these photos with my sister, especially when we spotted Alfie and decided it would be a great idea to put him in the bike basket... I think he hates us now.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review of Canvas Design!

Just a quick post today folks! I was sent this lovely canvas of my kingfisher picture a while back but at the time quite a lot of bloggers were posting about the same thing so I thought I'd hold off for a little while. Anyway, I was completely over the moon when this arrived because the quality of the image on the canvas is just fantastic. The canvas itself is really sturdy, came with super fast delivery and was thoughtfully packaged up with loads of protection in order to avoid any damage. I really cannot think of one single fault or criticism to bring to your attention, so if you're considering ordering a canvas as a gift or just a lovely addition to your own home I would 100% recommend Canvas Design! You don't have to spend a fortune either as prices are from only £5.99 which I think is really reasonable.

I hope you all have a great Monday and enjoy the sunshine that we're having at the minute! I'm so excited about the post I'm going to share with you next as it's a little bit different to usual and little Alfie will be making an appearance...
*Products in this post sent for me to review

Saturday, 12 April 2014

What I've Been Up To...

Following the previous post on my amazing trip to the farm, I thought I'd stick with the more personal style and just fill you in on what's been going on lately. Firstly, I GOT A FRINGE. Yep, that was a huuuge decision for me as I haven't had a proper one since I was a kid, and although it was rather emotional saying goodbye to the long hair that framed my face, I seriously needed that change. It's a bit of a nightmare waking up with it awkwardly sticking out in all directions every morning, but I'm sure I'll get used to it and it does give me a giggle when I look in the mirror! Below is my 'oh holy crap I actually went through with it' face...

Next up was my sister's birthday, and in true Walsh family style, we - wait for it... - SPENT THE DAY AT IKEA! It was such a random day but for some reason it just worked and we all had a great time. We went to Pizza Express and tried their new vegan pizza out (so good) and then had a bit of time to look around some other non-furniture related shops. In the evening, Tom and I had to dash off and get ready for his brother's graduation as an officer from Sandhurst, meaning a two hour car journey filled with Gareth Gates blasting through the speakers.
We woke up bright and early (tired and bleary eyed) the next day, and after scoffing down way too many hash browns at the Premier Inn breakfast we were ready for the parade at Sandhurst. It was a really special occasion and I was completely in awe at the precision and discipline that everyone displayed during the parade, it was unbelievable to hear everyone's feet stomping down at the very same second and watch every head turn at the same moment, they must have been practising for weeks. The atmosphere was great as all the guests were so proud and happy to be there, so I'm really glad that I got to go with Tom and experience such a memorable event.
In the evening... things got messy. And I had SO much fun. To celebrate all the new officers and their achievements, there's a huge ball where everyone can just let their hair down and drink glass after glass of champagne. Except, I didn't just have champagne, I also had some red wine, Pimm's and Prosecco amongst other things, which meant that I was having a GREAT time (until this morning when I woke up feeling like death). Apart from the drunkenness it was actually a really formal event and it was so much fun to get dressed up all fancy for once. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman with my off the shoulder dress and Tom with his Richard Gere-esque suit and bow tie!
So, that takes me up to today, where I've mostly been day dreaming about the amazing time I had last night and scoffing a ridiculous amount of greasy food. It's really not good when you order extra sides of hash browns and onion rings alongside a meal that's already large enough on it's own...
Ugh. I just want to eat it all over again.

Well, that's my little catch up over with! I hope you don't mind the iphone pics but I don't like my chunky camera weighing me down everywhere I go so these'll have to do! I hope you've enjoyed your week as much as I have, I feel really lucky to have so many positive things in my life at the minute.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Trip to the Farm

Yesterday, Tom and I decided to do something totally different and visit somewhere that I haven't been since I was very tiny. We're really lucky to have a little farm park near us and I used to love cooing over the animals there as a kid, so I wanted to go and see if anything had changed in all those years. We made sure to ring up just to check that the animals weren't being reared for meat as I wouldn't feel comfortable going if that was the case, but we were assured that the farm isn't run for those purposes - PHEW!
I actually got really emotional at one point because a group of gorgeous piglets who were less than a month old emerged from under their heat lamp and came out to get milk from their mum. I know it sounds like a really odd thing to get emotional over, but as a vegan who tries to promote animal welfare I have seen countless videos of these kinds of babies being brutally attacked, so to see them being left to live so peacefully really got to me and I kind of blubbed like a baby. I guess I'm just a massive softy! You'll see what I mean when you get to the cute piglet pictures though - utterly adorable!

I hope you don't mind how picture heavy this post is but I couldn't decide which ones to leave out so I thought I'd just include them all, and there are even more (yes, more!) pictures on my twitter and instagram account if you fancy a nosy. As you can probably tell, I had a really great time yesterday and it was so refreshing and uplifting to see these lovely animals being treated with the respect they deserve... even if I did cry!

Monday, 7 April 2014

OOTN: My New Navy Skorts

Skort - OMG Fashion Top - River Island (old) Boots - River Island (old)
It isn't often that I go out, but when I do I am never dressed up as you might expect with dresses or heels or false eyelashes or any of that kind of thing. That's never really been me to start with, but since becoming a student there are literally no expectations of what you should wear, in fact it's more normal to go out in trainers or converse than to make an effort with fancy shoes - WIN! Anyway, on Friday, I went out to celebrate the end of term with my coursemates and decided to sport these lovely navy skorts for the very first time. Of course, I paired them up with a black top and black boots ("I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour"), but hopefully I didn't look too morbid! I ordered these from OMG Fashion after attending their press party a few weeks ago, as I was lucky enough to receive a £50 code to spend online just for being one of the first 30 people in the queue. Turns out my annoying fear of being late does have its plus sides at times!
I was so impressed with how great the clothes looked when they arrived and these skorts are definitely one of my favourite items from the things I ordered. They're super comfy, so easy to wear, go with basically anything and can be dressed up or down for a range of occasions, so in my opinion they really are a bargain for only £15! I am so pleased that I've finally jumped onto the skort bandwagon and can really see myself getting a lot of wear out of these in future. What do you think of this outfit? Would you have dressed the skorts up differently? I'd love to hear your opinions! 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Company Style Blogger Awards 2014 - Nominate me!

First of all I just want to say I was reeeeally unsure about posting this because I hate to sound like I'm on the beg, but I've added a new button to my blog and I thought I might as well explain why! So if you thought this was going to be a horrendously cringe-worthy 'listen to how great I am' kind of thing, rest assured it will not be! Anyway, if you look down and to the right you will see this...
Basically, Company magazine have been holding these annual blog awards for the past two years and are back this time with the sponsorship of Missguided. As I only started out in July I don't really know a lot about the whole awards thing, but from the reaction I've seen online already it looks as though it's a big thing that most bloggers like to take part in!
Now I know I'm not exclusively a 'style blogger' as I love to post about a range of things including recipes, beauty reviews and the rest, but I'm hoping that the outfit posts I've shared with you so far might be enough to get me a few nominations! I definitely don't feel like my clothing choices are anything spectacular, but I think it's always better to give things a try rather than not take part at all!
If you do feel like you want to nominate me (and please don't anyone feel pressured to do so!) then here is the link! I think I mostly fit into the "Best Personal Style Blog - Newcomer" category as I've only been blogging for less than a year, but you can choose whatever you think fits best if you get to that point.

Thanks a lot for bothering to read this, I know it hasn't been the most thrilling post ever but I just couldn't wait to jump on the 'nominate me' bandwagon after seeing loads of other bloggers do the same! I bet the awards will be loads of fun for everyone who ends up being involved and I think it's great for us bloggers to have events like this to look forward to and get excited about. I'm gonna have to love you and leave you to get back this lab report I need to do, so here's a picture of me pleading for nominations...

Okay yeah the picture was definitely too much...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter

As someone who only buys cruelty free products since embarking on my new vegan lifestyle, the company Arbonne are right up my street. I've reviewed some of their products before, but when I got the opportunity to do some more reviews of their vegan-friendly goodies I certainly wasn't going to pass it up! So keep your eyes peeled as a few more Arbonne reviews are coming up in future, but today I'm letting you know my thoughts on their Sheer Glow highlighter...
Let's start with the basics, this highlighter aims to add "radiance and a soft glow to the complexion" and retails at £31. My initial reaction was that £31 is a heck of a lot of money to be spending on a highlighter, but after using it for the first time I discovered that you really do only need a teeny tiny bit and a little will go a long way. It can be used under or over makeup but I'm used to highlighting over my makeup so I just stuck with that. For the most part this worked well, however be careful not to tug too hard on the skin or rub it in too much when applying, as it can move the makeup around rather than sitting on top of it.
It isn't particularly clear from the picture above, but I applied this highlighter to the bridge of my nose, my cupid's bow, the inside corners of my eyes, under my eyes, the top of my cheekbones and finally just under my eyebrows - A LOT of highlighting! I don't usually highlight to that extent but I went a little crazy trying out this product! I've also posted a picture with the flash on below so that you can see the highlighted areas a little better.

The dewy effect of this highlighter instantly brightened my face and made me look more awake. It worked really differently to my usual highlighter in the sense that it was way less shimmery and the texture reminded me more of a primer or a thick moisturiser, giving the impression of soft, fresh skin. I usually shy away from dewiness as I've always been a matte lover at heart and hate the idea of looking greasy, but this has really changed my opinion on what a little bit of shine can do for you. As long as it's in the right places and doesn't make my face look like an oil slick I don't mind a bit of extra brightness!
I would definitely recommend you give this highlighter a try if your skin is in need of a pick me up as I've been really pleased with the results and think this would be a great addition to any makeup bag!