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Changes | 2017

My life has changed completely this year all for the better but it still feels strange to think about how much it has.

Changes | 2017

At the start of the year Cal and I were waiting for our mortgage offer to be accepted which was a very anxious time for both of us. I get nervous speaking to new people anyway so having to talk to different mortgage accountants and solicitors was a bit nerve racking, plus I don't sound very professional at the best of times. It didn't take very long to get all the legal side sorted so it was just a waiting game after that. I can't explain what emotion I felt when we were told we finally had our mortgage offer and just needed to wait for our completion day. I have wrote a few posts about the process and although it can be a really hard and draining process for some people, we were quite lucky that we didn't have a house full of stuff to move or kids and pets to get settled. Because it was just us two we could do it all at our own pace which made it more fun.

Then moving into a new place for the first time with my partner was a very strange feeling, I am a big home person and I am the kind of person who if I got the choice to go out and do something or stay at home... I would stay at home. My room in my parents house was my favourite place so leaving that behind to live with someone else was a big step for me. I am quite an independent person in that I am happy to do my own thing on my days off or evenings so spending every evening with someone is different. Now that I have lived in my house for 7 months it feels completely like home and I love it so much. Cal and I have found our rhythm living together now and our house is coming together and by the beginning of next year we hope to have the final touches done.

If that change wasn't big enough Cal proposed to me the first night we slept over in our new house and I really wasn't expecting it at all! I know some people say that proposing means nothing it is just a piece of jewelry but it has definitely changed our relationship. It still feels weird walking around with a sparkly ring on my finger, it definitely makes me feel more grown up. I have forgot to wear it a few times because it is still new to me which Cal doesn't let me forgot haha. I have wrote a post on our engagement story for you to read.

They say good things normally come in threes but this year I had a fourth big change happen to me! I have been working in retail management for 4 years now and like in most retail jobs, to get to where you want to go you have to move up the ladder which can take years. Over the years I have been a Sales Advisor, Supervisor, Sales Manager and Deputy and finally I am a Manager of my own store!! I love working in small stores, I love smaller spaces so I can do more things in a shorter time and I find working in smaller stores I can do more. When I have worked in larger spaces I find I am just people managing all day rather than merchandising ect. I love all my staff that I have who are all lovely girls and am so happy in my store!

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November Clothing and Skincare Haul

November Clothing and Skincare HaulChristmas is coming thick and fast now it feels and while I've been gallivanting around looking for Christmas presents I may have purchased a few presents for myself too... If you can't treat yourself who will hey?!

Starting with the skincare I have been on the hunt for some new skincare products to change up my routine because my currently not very friendly and my old routine wasn't working. I decided to take it back basic and re purchase some of my old favourites which served me well before hand. First of all I re purchased the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser which I used to live on back in 2015. I went through about three tubs of the cleanser at the time and at the time my skin loved it and definitely was in better condition than what it is in now, but then I ran out of my last tub and decided to branch out and try other cleansers like the Clinique Take The Day Off balm. I still have that balm in my collection but I still love but I tend not to reach for it on a daily basis because it irritates my eyes whereas the Lush cleanser doesn't irritate me at all. Hopefully this product can help calm down my skin and I will definitely let you know how I get on with it!

Next I have a moisturiser which again I used to love back in 2016 which is the Origins Gin Zing Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser. This used to make my skin feel so amazing and when I was having partially dry patches this moisturiser sorted them right out.  I stopped using this again when I ran out of the tub and since I normally buy it from Bicester Village because it is cheaper than buying it store, it wasn't worth a trip just to pick one tub up so I tried other products. I was using the Sukin Moisturiser but I feel like while my skin is this irritated I need something that I know works well and my skin likes.

On to clothing I picked up this super cute pearl top (similar) from Zara in Oxford a few days ago and I am in love. I love the safisicated but simple look of the pearls on black and think it will look super cute tucked into a high waist skirt and black tights for winter. I already have a jumper exactly the same but with longer sleeves so I know I'll get a lot of wear out of this.

I also bought two new jumpers from Newlook which are so flattering I have been throwing them on most days. They are just a simple long length design which covers my bum which is my favourite thing about them. Most jumpers now are cropped in some way and even though I love a good crop on some things... I welcome long body items into my wardrobe too! I have the jumper in burgandy and cream and love pairing them with ripped blue jeans and boots.

Lastly I have two new pairs of jeans to share with you, yes two blue pairs of ripped jeans. My excuse was I really need blue jeans... I have loads of black but not any blue jeans apart from one pair which I am absolute in love with but they have rips all over the bum. I have been on a hunt for these jeans again everywhere and couldn't find any! Then I tried these blue high waist hallie jeans from Newlook and I didn't hate them so I bought them thinking I would never find my jeans. The next day in Oxford I found the ripped blue skinny jeans I wanted AND they were in petit -dream come true! I had already wore the first pair of jeans so now I have two pairs of blue jeans but don't be mistaken, they are very different! One in a thin comfy material and the other is a thicker high waist style.

My Favourite Shops For Home Decor

My Favourite Shops For Home Decor

Ever since moving out I feel like I am always on the hunt for items to add to the house. I always used to like looking through the home sections of shops before but now I actually have space to put these bits rather than stuffing them all in my tiny bedroom at my parents house. I like to shop around for home bits because although I like to have pretty items all around the house, its always about a bargain for me! Here is a list of some of my favourite stores to shop home...

Dunelm is just the stuff of dreams isn't it! We have gone a little crazy in Dunelm recently but you can get everything there. We've bought most of our bath room items from Dunelm because they are such a good price and you can find some really nice patterns and styles. There are also so many bed covers and curtains to cause from there is literary something for everyone's taste.

Great for : bathroom, kitchen and bedroom 

How could I not mention the Swedish equivalent to heaven? Again we went crazy over in Ikea buying wardrobes, kitchen tables and chairs and loads of side tables for every room. It really is great for big items which you don't want to spend too much money on especially when you have just moved out. We planned to buy some cheap tables from Ikea and then over time upgrade them like most people do but I ended loving some of the pieces we got so have no plans to upgrade them! You can also get some much kitchen utensils, bath room pieces, basically anything you would need you can find it in Ikea.

Great for : bath room, bedroom, kitchen, living room - basically every room in the house!

Although most Primarks have a small home section they have a great selection of bedding for such good prices, we have a king size bed so buying bedding can be expensive so when we are buying bedding for our bedroom we normally buy from Primark. I recently bought this gorgeous marble style bedding from them for about £20 which is much cheaper than other places for that size.

Great for : bedding
Although B&M is more of a nic nac shop... I still bloody love it! It is great for cheap decorative pieces round the house like candles and photo frames which I love looking at and there are so many styles of bedding for such good prices. I also love the kitchen section because I got a huge Russell Hobbs pan set for such a good price and we bought our deep fat fryer there for only £20! Its also great for seasonal pieces like Halloween and Christmas, I have bought some Christmas oven mitts from there this week!

Great for : bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, hallway and garden & festive decor!!

For me Tesco is all about the appliances, cutlery and plants. Although the home section in my local Tesco isn't the biggest I have found quite a few bits in store including 10 house plants which were all between £3-£6 which is a bargain. I can't promise you that all the plants have survived but I do have the cute little plant pots they've left behind to start again! We also bought our square plates and bowls from Tesco which we love as well as a cute little sharing bowl.

Great for : kitchen and house plants 

This might be the last place you expected me to include but Wilkos has a whole collection of copper kitchen tools which obviously I had to invest in. Although I am not obsessed with copper like some people I still wanted the copper drainer just because it was so pretty! I have also bought some Christmas tea towels and oven mitts because you can never have too many Christmas themed oven mitts.

Great for : kitchen

T K Max / Home Sense
How could I not mention one of the best shops for home pieces! I love everything in these stores mainly because they have something for everyone's style, especially when it comes to seasonal pieces! I always get side tracked by the aisle of pans and saucers of all things, even though I am not the best cook I am obsessed with my kitchen and want every size and shape pan and saucer going. Lastly any shop that has a whole aisle of different coloured candles is a winner in my eyes. 

Great for : kitchen, living room, all the candles & festive decor!!

Lastly I thought I would give an honorable mention to garden centers because although some of you may not know this but garden centers are great places to get items for your home and most of them have amazing Christmas sections. I live across from one of the best garden centers in my opinion and I have been popping in every week to see if their Christmas section is ready yet. Most of them do amazing home made sauces and jams as well so we always keep our cupboards stocked up in jam and chutney. 

Autumn Film Picks

Now that the weather is cooling down and the rain is coming it is time to get our cosy slippers and dressing gowns out and whack on a decent film at home. There is nothing I love more than laying on the sofa with a good film on and a bowl of nibbles. I thought i'd list some of favourite films to watch during this time. Disclaimer: some of these films aren't typically autumnal but after looking through my film collection I really want to watch them soon!

1. Harry Potter
2. The Holiday
3. Crazy Stupid Love 
4. Paddington 
5. Les Miserable 
6. Stardust 
7. Fantastic Beast and Where To Fine Them 
8. Jurassic World 
9. Red Riding Hood 
10. Twilight Box Set 
11. Sex and the City Box Set
12. Gavin & Stacey Box Set  : Getting ready to watch the Christmas Special for the 100th time!

Makeup Wish List October 2017

Makeup Wish List September 2017

With Christmas coming up (100 days to go as I write this!) I have been online shopping a lot recently so that I can get some ideas for beauty products I want as a present -yes Cal this is your hint... So I thought that I'd make a list of all the products I have my eye on as I also love reading these posts. 

Iconic London Illuminator Drops - Link 
I have had my eyes on this highlighter ever since Steph from Cocochic first tested it in a video and made me fall in love. I like liquid highlighters which are natural but also pack a punch, with the original shade a light hand can look really natural and glowing from within. 

Elf aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eye Shadow - Link
These Liquid eye shadows look amazing! You all should know by now that if I can be lazy I will so liquid eye shadows are my favourite invention ever because they are so easy to use. The shade range of this product is perfect for Christmas with all the golden glitter shades. 

Beauty Pie Foundation - Link
I have had my eye on this brand ever since it first appeared on the scene but I've seen a mixture of reviews on the products and a lot of people debating whether it is worth the subscriber fee but I still want to try it. I love the packaging of all the products and the foundation really is the product I want to try the most.

Loreal Nude Cushion Foundation - Link 
Even though this is a reasonably cheap foundation on the drug store I am still to try it and I can't wait. I love light foundations which make my skin look dewy and healthy and a cushion foundation sounds right up my street. Every time I go into Boots or Superdrug I always forget to pick one of these foundations up so that is my mission in the next month.. If I remember.

Bare Mineral Complexion Rescue - Link
Everyone seems to have this bb gel in their makeup collection and this sounds like a great product for dry skin which I am really suffering with at this moment. Again I like to wear light formulas which show my skin through them so this sounds perfect for me.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette - Link
Who doesn't want this palette? I think by Christmas everyone will have this palette in their collection if they don't have it already. I live for brown plum tones with a bit of shimmer especially during the end of the year when all I am wearing in mustard, brown and black clothing.

Stila Magnificent Metal Glitter Glow Liquid Eyeshadow - Link
These liquid eye shadows are absolutely beautiful! I love liquid eye shadows for nights out because I am lazy and don't know how to blend properly so these are a god send when I want to look good on a night out. I want all the gold glitter shades which basically 6 out of the 9 shades.

Makeup Wish List September 2017

Autumn Jacket Collection | Newlook and Zara

Autumn Jacket Collection | Newlook and Zara

Autumn winter fashion is my absolute fav and I have gone a little crazy on the jacket buying in the last few months. I have a different style of jacket for any occasion now and I don't think I will stop here either. All of these jacket are new apart from one very old swede jacket which I bring out every winter.

The first jacket is this dark grey fur gillet which I fell in love with when I saw it. I love gilets during the colder months to layer on top of thick jumpers and roll necks and I always feel dressed up wearing this style. I have this in two colours as well because I love this so much, I have a snow white version which makes me look like the abominable snowman. I love wearing earthy toned skirts with this gilet as the colours always compliment each other and also it looks like I have put a lot of effect into my outfit when really I've just thrown on some fur. Without this gilet I find some outfits look a little too plain so I like to add this to make the outfit complete. 

Running with the fur theme I have this denim jacket with a fur colour which looks really good on top of dresses or with black denim. I purchased one of these last year or the year before from Primark as everywhere else had sold out of this style denim jacket so Primark was my last resort. The jacket I bought wasn't exactly what I wanted so I have wore it a total of 5 times since I bought it... I need to learn to be patient! Anyway this jacket is exactly what I wanted and I love that the body is quite short so it really sorts high waist denim which I mainly live in. It also looks super cute with high waist patterned skirts which you know I love. I love the look of a roll neck poking through a fur collar as well so I like to wear them underneath the jacket. Although the jacket has the fur collar it isn't the warmest of jackets so it is a great jacket to wear at this stage of autumn when the weather isn't too cold.

Next have a different style of jacket which I am obsessed with. When I saw this out shopping I loved it straight away and thought it would look great on top of all my autumn dresses which suit a long coat more then short ones. It is quite big and over sized so I can wear this on top of any style dress because you won't see it underneath the coat and it does have quite broad shoulders so I think I will always wear my hair down this jacket. Does anyone else feel better with their hair down with some outfits or just me? Anything with puffy sleeves appeals to me so I had to buy it and it is like that is has a leather look finish so if it gets wet I can just brush the water off and the coat wont get ruined. I also like that it does't have a sip or clasp as sometimes that weighs down the jacket and it doesn't have nicely but I like how this jacket hangs as if it is closed

Autumn Jacket Collection | Newlook and Zara

A throw back coat for you all is this super cosy fake sheep coat from the 915 section of Newlook from like 4 years ago. I love this coat because it fits like a dream and keeps me so warm in the winter, it is my favorite to wear when we are in the middle of winter. I usually wear this with a black or brown roll neck top or jumper with a skirt and it really makes the outfit. I will try and find one similar to this as I know this exact coat wont be on the website anymore. Whenever it snows I bring out this jacket because I know it will keep me warm and I won't be waking up with a cold! Over time the sleeves have appeared smaller and smaller on my arms so I have to style out the hidden hand look because my top/jumper sleeves are so long.

I'm finishing with my all time favourite yellow leather jacket from Zara which I purchased last year. I found this jacket in one of the many Barcelona Zara stores and fell in love straight away. I got it in a Small and it fits me perfectly and goes with nearly every outfit I try it with. I love that it is a mustard yellow shade because it really suits browns, burgundys and blacks which is what I wear a lot during this season.

Denim Jacket Link
Shell Pink jacket Link
Fur Camel Jacket Link (similar)
Yellow Leather jacket Link (original used)
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