Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review | My Little Box November 2017

And so the time has come.
After just over two years of  My Little Box being sent to the UK, the French box has announced that this will be the last one.
Half of me is upset. I've received some incredible gifts over the last couple of years, and have been introduced to some great brands. On top of that, I loved having abox of surprises to open every month.
The other half, well, she's not surprised in the slightest. Unfortunately, for the last few months, MLB have definitely been slacking in the greatness department.

However, they have ended on a high. This box was crammed full of goodies that I love!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We Need To Talk About... Sadie Sink.

I know. Two Stranger Things posts in a row? Part of me is sorry, and the other part is, well, not. 

If you've watched the second season of ST, then you'll be familiar with the feisty, redheaded, skater girl from California, Max. Or Mad Max as she's introduced.
Played by Sadie Sink, the two could not be more different. Max is a tough, tomboy who brings an air of mystery for her new friends. Sadie, however, doesn't play video games or skate, is quite girly, and is a passionate vegan.

The two offer some similarities though. They're both laid-back and carefree, and neither could give a crap what people think of them. Probably, the most important similarity though: they are both completely infatuating.

Before ST, Sadie had starred in The Glass Castle, American Odyssey and had roles in two Broadway shows; Annie and The Audience. But it was a little white lie that changed everything: she could skate.

For someone who's life has literally just been turned upside down, Sadie remains relatively normal for a 15 year old. (Pun intended btw) She loves fashion and dressing up, enjoys eating and sleepovers, and is best friends with co-star Millie Bobby Brown. 

For someone who is only 15, her style is pretty experimental, which is kind of given, since she's probably still figuring herself out. Packing in  lace, leather, high waists and peterpan collars, I personally love Sink's fashion taste. 

Sadie Sink is well on her way to being a top actress and a total style icon.
And I'm very excited about it.
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Listening to: Foo Fighters- Concrete & Gold.

Disclaimer: None of the photos are mine but I have edited them.
I have credited where I found each photo but am unsure as to who the original photographers are.

If you know, please contact me so I give credit where necessary.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

We Need To Talk About... Millie Bobby Brown.

Like the majority of the worlds population, I spent the best part of my weekend binge watching season 2 of Stanger Things.
If you've been living under a rock for the past 365 days, Stranger Things is easily the coolest thing to come out of 2016. There's no argument there. But coming up very close behind, was it's breakout star, Millie Bobby Brown. 

 Aside from Stranger Things, Millie has starred in Once Upon A Time, NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, has been featured in Sia and The XX's music videos, and is signed to IMG models. If that's not enough, she is said to be Raf Simons' muse for his latest Calvin Klein collection, has become a regular fixture on FROWs, she's crazy confident and rocks a ballsy attitude.
Oh, and she's thirteeen. THIRTEEN.

Since ST is set in the 80's, she spends the vast amount of her time in simple t-shirts and jeans or her now iconic pink dress/blonde wig combo, but a quick scroll through her instagram proves that we could all maybe learn a thing or two from her.
Rocking bold colours and quirky prints, her style is polished and poised yet always age appropriate. At events, she wears gorgeous designer dresses, and edges it up by adding, biker boots, converse or a leather jacket.

Back in 2006, thirteen year old me was awkwardly throwing together some insane mix of emo, 90's grunge, and 70's skater looks. It wasn't pretty.
But then I wasn't overnight phenomenon, Millie Bobby Brown. She's definitely not going through an awkward phrase.

I definitely did not think I'd be getting fashion inspiration from a thirteen year old.
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Listening to: Recent Rumors- Blow Me Away.

Disclaimer: None of the photos are mine but I have edited them.
I have credited where I found each photo but am unsure as to who the original photographers are.

If you know, please contact me so I give credit where necessary.

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Pumpkin Patch.

Yesterday, my mum, a family friend and I visited Slindon's pumpkin patch and display.
If you've never been to Slindon before, think of a teeny tiny, picturesque village, and you've got Slindon.

Every October they put on an amazing display of pumpkins, all layed out to create a picture. This year they made a big snakes and ladders, but previous years have included a lifeboat, a spitfire and birds and bees.
Next to the patch, there's a little pottery barn selling homemade brooches, ornaments and magnets, and just down the road there's a "pumpkin cafe" aka the church's DIY cafe with homemade soup, cakes and biscuits.
And at the top of village there's the year-round, locally run village cafe and shop, selling all sorts of homemade goodies.

We try and visit every year, as it's always a great day out, and I always recommend it to people.
Every October, the beautiful village of Slindon gets filled choc-a-block with people, so expect to park at the bottom of the hill and to have a walk up, but trust, me, it's 100% worth it!

Much love.
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Listening to: Watching Stranger Things.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Autumn Walks.

I got a new camera last weekend and when I haven't been at work, I've been playing around with it.

I used to love photography. I still do.
For a few years now, I've mainly been playing with 80's film cameras, disposables, polaroid or just snapping on my phone. I kind of just stopped doing digital photography
I've got to get used to focusing, angles, ISO, and even editing  again. Here's a few of my favourite photos I've taken so far. I've edited them a little, but I honestly can't remember half the things I used to do on photoshop. Sigh.

I've still got a ton to go through and edit. I guess I'll post some more after, but until then...

Much love.
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Listening to: Ariana Grande & John Legend- Beauty & The Beast.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review | My Little Box October 2017

So I've been a bit MIA the last couple of weeks. I recently started a new job, and well, I'm finding it very stressful. But I want to get back into blogging properly. So to kick things off, we've got my regular My Little Box review.

If you read last months review, you'll know I was not happy in the slightest. Whilst this months is still not amazing, or anywhere close to MLB's best, it is much better than September's box.

For October, MLB have teamed up with one of my favourite stores, Asos, Instead of the usual box, this months goodies came in a gorgeous canvas bag, that can be re-used to store make up, art supplies or anything your heart desires.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Review | My Little Box September 2017

I like to keep things on this happy, talk about things that I've been enjoying, whether that's music, fashion or things I've been doing.
Unfortunatley, this post is not going to be particularly happy.

If  you read regularly, you'll know I've been receiving the French monthly subscription service, My Little Box, since they launched in the UK, so for three years now. I've always raved about them on here, and to friends and family, and am rarely disappointed. Until now. Sigh.

First off, this months box was late. Very late. Like over two weeks late. There was email or message on their site to say it would be late, nor has there been any explanation for the delay as I write this.
Second, usually there is 5 products for each month -2 lifestyle/fashion and 3 beauty- there was only 4 this month. That I can deal with. If the products are good. However, the products this month were extremely disappointing and I'll only be able to use 1/4 of them.

There's a lot of upset customer regarding this months box, but I'll try to go into this review as normal, and give my honest and unbiased opinions.

Sorry in advance for this disappointing, and maybe a little angry review. MLB have let me down big time.

Friday, 15 September 2017

We Need to Talk About... Sophia Lillis.

On Tuesday evening, two friends and I went to see the new IT remake. I was in love.
Now let me tell you, I've been hyped up about this film since they announced they were remaking. When they released the trailer, my excitement levels exploded. 
When Tuesday night rolled around, thankfully, I was not disappointed. It's not a perfect film by any means, but I think it's one of my favourite horror movies already. And I'm not someone who particularly enjoys the horror genre, so that's saying something. 

But there was one person who stuck out the most for me. 
Sophia Lillis plays Beverly Marsh, the only girl in the group of teenage misfits, who band together to form "The Losers Club" and take down the evil Pennywise.
At just 15, Sophia's resume includes 37 and A Midsummer nights dream, and she'll soon appear on Sharp Objects.

It was Lillis' sweet charm and brave personality that transpired throughout the film. For me she stole the whole show. 
I've seen others say they didn't like her character being portrayed as a damsel in distress, but I didn't see it like that. I saw Beverly as a young girl who was strong and kicks ass despite all the awful things that she endured in her life. 

I get strong Molly Ringwald vibes in Sophia. And no, I'm not just saying that due to her red hair, or a certain line that appears in IT. I truly believe this girl has long career ahead of her. Her charming and relatable personality mixed in with pure talent will take her far. Coming from me, that's big. I'm a huge Molly Ringwald fan.

Her performance in IT, is memorable, and, surprisingly, her first real big break. 
I'm excited to see what the future will bring this young, spirited red head.
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Listening to: Knuckle Puck- Double Helix.

Disclaimer: None of the photos are mine but I have edited them.
I have credited where I found each photo but am unsure as to who the original photographers are.
If you know, please contact me so I give credit where necessary.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

#ThrowbackThursday | Gossip Girl

It's official. It's been exactly ten years since the first episode of Gossip Girl graced our TV screens.
Ten Years.
Yeah, I feel old. I remember watching the adverts in the run up to the first season, and making sure I was ready for when the first episode hit. I hooked from the very beginning. The drama, relationships, the love triangles -everything bout this show had me wishing for that ultra-chic life of coolest teenagers on the Upper East Side.

Based on Cecily Von Ziegesar's best selling YA series of the same name, The show was an instant hit across the world. I'm serious. This show was all we talked about on myspace. (see I swear I'm getting old!)

Gossip Girl did a lot for our generation. I believe it had a big impact on social media, I mean, come on, bloggers have a lot to thank GG for. It put Blake Lively on the map for being a total style icon and the actress to watch. It brought us some incredible one liners -I'm Chuck Bass- and of course it brought us Dorota.

But if I'm going to be honest, the main reason we tuned into GG week after week, was the incredible fashion.  Rocking the seasons It-bag and beautiful designer pieces put our school uniforms to shame. Blair and Serena taught me a lot of things about dressing up, and brought me a ton of inspiration along the way.

So, naturally, we need to take a little trip down NYC's memory lane. Expect envy and lust to take over you...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Reading & Leeds 2017 | My Recommendations.

It's almost bank holiday weekend, which means its almost time for the UK's favourite (probably) music festival. 

Reading and Leeds is one of the UK's biggest festivals and happens yearly over the course of the August bank holiday weekend. 
The thing I love the most about R&L, is the fact that it doesn't just stick to one particular genre. It doesn't matter if you're into rock, rap or EDM -there's something there for everyone.

If you're heading to either of the festival sites this weekend, these are the artists I think you should check out.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Review | My Little Box August 2017

For August, My Little Box have taken inspiration from Western Africa's bold and irreverent wax prints, to create their Wild Summer box.
The patterns are beautiful, loud, powerful and elegant; perfect for summer and the upcoming festivals. Although, I do feel MLB spent a lot of time working on those and not so much what went inside the box. This isn't the worst box I've received, don't get me wrong, but I do feel there is something missing, that it could of been so much more.
I'll let you decide...

Monday, 7 August 2017

Boardmasters 2017 | My Recommendations.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Boardmasters is the one of the few festivals that combines live music with surfing, skateboarding, BMX, and some of the best after parties. There's a surf village (basically a little shopping area where you can get great deals on vans as well as other fun stuff) and signings from pro surfers and skateboarders.
This year the #RoxyFitness movement is coming to Watergate Bay for morning yoga sessions, (more info here) and the World Surf League returns for short and longboarders froth on Fistral Beach.

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be there. So I'll be spending the week living vicariously through my brother whilst he works and has the best time there.

With over 40,000 people heading to Cornwall for the festival this week, 2017 is set to be Boardmasters biggest year yet.

I've posted my music recommendations below!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

We Need to Talk About... Madelaine Petsch.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you'll know what Riverdale is.
Netflix's take on the Archie comics, is dark, twisted and alluring. Imagine if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had some crazy, badass lovechild. Yeah, you've basically got Riverdale.

I know, I know. I'm a little late to the party. But I binge-watched the entire first season in under 48 hours. If that doesn't tell you how good this show is, then I don't know what does.

Upfront and centre, is the insanely gorgeous Madelaine Petsch. She plays Riverdale's resident scheming bitch, Cheryl Blossom, who could easily be played off as your stereo-typical, high school mean girl, but Petsch brings complexity and spice to the Queen B. Think Blair Waldorf and you're right area.

South African born Petsch, is uber-stylish. Whilst Cheryl is more made up and glam, Madelaine is more into comfy and casual clothes when off set. And when she does dress up, it's a little more contemporary than her character's. She's not afraid of wearing reds and oranges -something redheads tend to steer clear of. Madelaine's trademark red hair, porcelain skin and big lips makes her look like a real life Jessica Rabbit or Poison Ivy.

 Also, we need to talk about her incredibly, luscious, long locks of red hair. I have the exact same colour hair and my ultimate goal is to have it look like hers.

Can you tell I have the biggest girl crush on her?!
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Listening to: Tove Styrke- Number One.

Disclaimer: None of the photos are mine but I have edited them.
I have credited where I found each photo but am unsure as to who the original photographers are.
If you know, please contact me so I give credit where necessary.