Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: SEPTEMBER 2014



September has been of the busiest and craziest months of the year.
This month I moved into a new flat, took on a new job, started my third year of uni and dealt with more problems that make you say "typical" than you can shake a stick at.

However crazy September has been I still managed to discover my new favourites and return to my post as a Youtuber.
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Monday, 29 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: THE THING ABOUT BLUSHER IS....


My relationship with blusher is flaky.
Sometimes I can't get enough of a pop of pink or peach on the cheek and other times, it makes me want to run for the hills in fear of looking like Aunt Sally.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

THE WEEK #39

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie | Afternoon tea @ Bills | Coming home to a nice surprise | The coolest band | My £5 watch | Wise words from Estee Lauder | Coffee in Tabac | Super green smoothie | Wine time | Twilight bath bomb from Lush

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This week I wanted to be more thankful for the things I have instead of worrying about what might be. The feeling of not knowing what is going to happen in eight months time scares me to death, will I be able to get a job? Will I have to move back with my parents? Am I going to graduate? Will I get through this year at uni at all?

All of these thoughts have been swirling around in my head for the past week making me feel a little emosh to say the least.  I wish that I could just look at my life how it is on paper. I live in my own flat, I have a job I enjoy and I have a fantastic group of friends, so why all the worrying?

This week has again been super, super busy and all consumed by looking for a work placement.
I know, it's crazy one minute i'm on a placement in London and now i'm scratting around the North West begging for a company to take me for a month in January however,
on an exciting note, I went through a rigorous interview process for a fashion editor role and I managed to bag it.

The weekend set off to an amazing start, I came home to find a bubble bath with my favourite Lush bath bomb, Twilight swirling in the water, a glass of rose and a red rose waiting for me.
It was then that I really appreciated the little things.

Yesterday, Laura from 'Laura's Haven' and I headed to Bills for afternoon tea, I have to say the selection is pretty impressive and it might be worth noting that one serving is more than enough for two. I had a super green juice which was ah-mazing  along with some grilled halloumi and chilli mayo dip. 

Today looks like a roast dinner is on the cards, after a night hitting the Seel St cobbles - something hearty is required, Mum if you're reading this I think it's going to be chicken.








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Saturday, 27 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: MY CURRENT HAIR CARE FAVOURITES


Hair care is one of the most important features in my beauty regime and after the hell I seem to put my tresses through I decided that it was high time that I gave it a lot more love than I had done previously.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: MY BATH AND BODY FAVOURITES


There is nothing more lovely than soft, beautifully scented skin.
The Imperial Leather 'Grapefruit and Pomegranate' shower cream is my all time favourite I love it so much that it featured in my August monthly favourites.
The shower cream is truly delicious in scent and leaves both your skin and bathroom smell divine.

I like to use it with the Sanctuary Body Butter which you can buy from Boots.
There is something so luxurious about Sanctuary products as they are scented richly, leaving your skin feeling like you have been indulging in a spa treatment.

I use this after showering to leave my skin extra soft due to the rich, creamy butter and boldy scented and warm thanks to the invigorating ginger extract

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

THE FASHION: MY NEW WATCH


I never seem to have much luck with watches, they nearly always seem to break.
I have two special watches that I wear on occasion only, the first being a leopard print watch from Guess that my parents bought me for my 16th birthday and a Longines piece that belonged to my Nana.

My new everyday watch for everyday use was found for £5 in TJ Hughes.
It reminded me of the Olivia Burton watches that I am lusting over.
The large simplistic face was just what I was looking for, not to mention the croc effect pleather strap.

Simple and chic.


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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: AUTUMN NAIL POLISH PICKS


Autumn is my favourite season of them all.
The beautiful reds and oranges of the leaves and the crisp mornings filtered by crisp, blue skies.
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: RECENT MAKE-UP FAVOURITES


Last week I was reunited with my make-up tower and I have to say that I was more than a little happy to see a few familiar products again.

I usually carry my everyday make-up essentials in my 'Emergency Repair Kit' make-up bag from Primark however, I was starting to become a little hot and cold with the products in there.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

THE PERFECT STAY AT OX PASTURE HALL HOTEL

You know when you have one of those days that couldn't be more perfect?
 Friday was one of them.

After a super crazy and stressful week, I packed my little suitcase and escaped the busy city to the tranquility and beauty of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel a luxury, country house hotel which is around three miles outside of Scarborough in East Yorkshire.

After nearly three hours in the car singing our hearts out to Westlife, the boy and I arrived at the traditional stone building surrounded by lush hillsides and a beautiful, green garden peppered with pink and red roses growing around tree trunks.


We were greeted by the lovely receptionist who showed us to our room, the 'Wetherby Suite.' 
Each of the rooms are named after places nearby which I think is a really nice touch.

The suite was perfect, a large space with a dressing area/living room leading to a large bedroom complete with king size bed and a beautiful bathroom that housed a deep bath and a waterfall shower.
I loved the modern country style of decor, it felt homely and welcoming which was then complemented by the boutique touches, chandeliers in the rooms and a 'his 'n' hers' sink in the bathroom.


After settling in and unpacking, we headed into the cosy lounge area where we decided to become all decadent by indulging in afternoon tea.

I have never had such a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and pastries, the cheesecake and chocolate brownie were particularly divine, even better to be munched between glasses of Prosecco and Yorkshire Tea.


As the afternoon passed and all of the delights on our cake stand were devoured, we decided to take a walk around the grounds.
With the crisp Autumn setting in, the greenery was so bright against the light mist that hovered over the hills. It was on our little walk that we discovered some friendly residents to which I was absolutely overjoyed, two beautiful cats snoozing on a seat.


We were booked in to have dinner later on in the evening so we had a few hours to spare, I was absolutely delighted to see the enormous bath tub so I couldn't resist a super bubbly bath.
The tap was so cool, distributing water like a waterfall.


Once we were ready, we headed to The Bistro for a drink before dinner at the highly acclaimed Courtyard Restaurant.
We were sat next by the window next to the courtyard which looked so beautiful with the gardens lit dimly which provided the perfect backdrop for date night.

Now, I know that I have said the word amazing rather a lot in this post however, I think the adjective spectacular can be whipped out to describe the food.
The Courtyard Restaurant doesn't feature in the Michelin Guide for nothing.
The food was the best I have eaten in a very long time.

I started with a homemade mushroom soup followed by the in house 'Ox Burger' - The menu is so extensive with both traditional and A la Carte listings. 
I was simply blown away by the quality of the food and of course the service which was outstanding.


After dinner, we treated to the lounge for a few glasses of wine before heading back to retreat to the super comfy king sized bed for a good nights sleep.

In the morning I opened the window to a beautiful dewy morning and a perfect silence before heading to breakfast which was equally as amazing as dinner the night before.
I choose a cooked breakfast but there were cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt amongst other breakfast foods and drinks that were available. 

After breakfast, it was time to head home.
My stay at Ox Pasture Hall hotel was magical and it is just what the doctor ordered.
I would highly recommend heading there for a meal or even for afternoon tea if you are in the Scarborough area, but above all I would recommend that you stay there as it really is the perfect place to get away from the madness, enjoy luxury comforts and eat incredible food.

They also accommodate weddings providing the perfect natural backdrop for your special day, in fact I was chatting to a fellow blogger on Instagram who is thinking of having her wedding at Ox Pasture Hall. 







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Sunday, 21 September 2014

THE WEEK #38

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie  Afternoon delight | Saturday morning bliss | Date night | Liverpool nights | Drive in Cinema | Afternoon tea | Level Liverpool | My favourite magazine | This cat

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If stress levels could be measured, this week my levels were in the red.
Having headed back to uni and being smacked with my third year timetable followed by everything known to man breaking in my flat, a substantial bulk of moneys disappeared from my purse and I was feeling a wee bit frazzled.

September has been one of those months, where lots of things seem to break all at once - it happens sometimes and that's life but my word it is annoying.

On a more positive note I headed to the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall hotel in Scarborough for a romantic get away on Friday, more about this will be popping up on my blog tomorrow so keep a look out for that if you're interested.

This week I also made a pledge to see one of my friends every night, and it worked.
Often life can get in the way and due to work/uni and everything else my friend and I don't get the opportunities to see each other as much as we'd like however, this week was different and it was so lovely to catch up with everybody.

Here's hoping that nothing breaks next week!




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Saturday, 20 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME MOUSSE


When I think of hair mousse I always think of the stuff that I bought for 99p on Wakefield market that left my hair crispy.
It was around the time that I wore an alice band and curled my hair in tight ringlets which were held stiff with layers and layers of Insette mousse.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

THE FASHION: MY FAVOURITE AUTUMN JACKETS



As much as I love snuggling up all cosy in my leopard print, faux fur winter coat - My lighter Autumn jackets are my favourites to wear.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

THE NOTES: THE BED CANOPY


When I was about five I was invited for tea after school at my friends house.
I remember her showing me her bedroom, her bed surrounded by a pretty pink net that hung from the ceiling - it looked like a bed fit for a princess.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

THE HAIR: TRESEMME '24 HOUR BODY' HAIRSPRAY


When I moved into my new flat a few weeks ago, the girl who lived there previously had very kindly left me a number of full, never been used beauty products. She must have liked her hair care as there were a fair few John Freida and Tresemme products. 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: SALLY HANSEN 'AIR BRUSH LEGS'

The Sally Hansen ‘Air Brush Legs’ formula is a secret that isn’t well known amongst my friendship group which is odd as we are a bunch of fake tan fiends however, in the beauty community I am exceptionally late on the bandwagon. 
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Monday, 15 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: IBIZA HONEY FAKE TAN


For the best part of two years I waved goodbye to my fake tan addiction and kept my skin pretty porcelain. Since I became a full time blondey some six months ago, the fake tan came back. My favourite high end fake tan is the ‘Glam Tan’ by Lauren’s Way but I find that it is a little bit too pricey to repurchase over and over to use regularly. 
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

THE WEEK #37

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie Late night reading | More tea vicar? | Miller + Carter - Liverpool | Celebrating LDN Fashion Week | The bed | New watch | Perks of living beside a chinese supermarket | My Papa | A regular breakfast

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This week has been the last week of plain sailing before I start back at uni tomorrow and I have to say scared doesn't even cover it as I know that this year is going to be a real challenge and a shock to the system but I am ready!
I feel a little bit sad that i've finally become super happy in Liverpool and it's my last year - typical!

On the plus side it's amazing how fantastic I feel arriving back in the city this year in comparison to this time last year and the year before - I think third year has potential to be the best yet and i'm really excited about discovering new places.

Friday marked a year since my Papa passed away and all day I was feeling really weird, it's hard for me to get my head around somebody being in my life for 20 years and then suddenly a year has passed and they haven't been there. To mark the day I kicked off my breakfast with toast and marmalade, something he rather liked, I like to think that somewhere he was having some too.

Tonight my chap and I are headed to the Route-66 drive in cinema - how American of us.
I am quite excited actually as I think the idea is awesome, we're headed to see Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz, has anybody seen it yet?






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Saturday, 13 September 2014

THE HAIR: CLAUDIA SCHIFFER 'BLONDE ULTIMARE' HAIR DYE

I had noticed that my roots were showing up heavily amongst my pink hair. With blonde hair, the rooty look is more acceptable however, with artificial pink hair my dark brown roots made my hair look greasy and untidy. 
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Friday, 12 September 2014

THE FOOD: MY FRUITY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE



I decided that after an entire summer of eating on the go and grabbing anything READ: Cheeseburger when I had a spare moment, I decided that the time had come to start and get myself into a better eating routine, making time for breakfast and introducing a lot more fresh fruit and veg into my diet.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

THE NOTES: THE INSPIRATION WALL

After reading my home haul, I received a few questions about my wall.
Ever since I was a little girl I have always been one to make collages out of magazine pages and it is something that I seem to do wherever I go.
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

THE NOTES: MY FAVOURITE CANDLES


I have a passion for rooms lit with candles, it may be the romantic in me but I love how pretty they look as they flicker and give a warm source of light to an otherwise dark room.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

THE NOTES: NEW FLAT HAUL


If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably already know that I recently moved into another new flat. I have to say that this one will be a little more permanent as I am back in Liverpool now for my last year of uni. 

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Monday, 8 September 2014

THE FASHION: A TOPSHOP HAUL


For me, Topshop appear to have their collection bang on at the moment.
I walked in last week and my eyes were wide open with excitement, everything from chunky knits to houndstooth leggings, Topshop have Autumn covered.
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

THE WEEK #36

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie  My new home | Camden Hells @ Byron Burger  | A beautiful dock view | Green juice | Bold St. Coffee | My new tan | The journalism jumper | Ducks at Canon Hall Farm | Breakfast at the ranch

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Within the blink of an eye I moved back to Liverpool this week and I couldn't be happier.
As well as being super cosy in my own place this year it was fantastic to be reunited with my friends again. 
On Monday myself and my two nearest and dearest Lauren and Laura headed to one of our favourite burger haunts Byron burger which is in Liverpool one for a well needed catch up. 
To my surprise they also sold Camden Hells which made me feel a little nostalgic about my summer.

This week has been mostly about getting my little flat in order and if you're interested there will be a series of posts popping up next week all about the different bits and bobs that I have bought.

Sadly this week I waved bye bye to Lauren as she embarks on her new adventure to St. Andrews university. She is a huge part of what got me to loving my student life in Liverpool so I will miss her greatly but I have a good feeling about this year.

I have to say I did feel a little old this afternoon when a newbie fresher asked me for directions, I have to say I wouldn't want to swap places with her and go back in time but it was so strange to think how quickly two years has passed by.




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Saturday, 6 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: KIM KARDASHIAN 'PURE HONEY' PERFUME


My guilty pleasure on a Sunday morning is to watch back to back 'Keeping up with the Kardashains' episodes and revel in the glamour of Kris Jenner whilst being thoroughly entertained by the Todd Kranes prank. 
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Friday, 5 September 2014

THE HAIR: L'OREAL FERIA IN 'PASTEL PINK PANTHER'

After finally achieving my perfect shade of blonde, what did I go and do?
Dye it pink of course!
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

MY EDITED MAKE-UP COLLECTION


I spent my bank holiday weekend having a make-up cull.
I wanted to open my beauty tower and see everything that I use.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: LUSH BATH BOMB 'GRANNY TAKES A DIP'


I came home last week to a little Lush parcel left on my bed.
Whenever I visit my parents house the first thing on my list is to have a long, hot, bubble bath with one of my favourite Lush bath bombs.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

THE EVENT:


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THE HAIR: NICE 'N' EASY 'ROOT TOUCH UP'


When my friend told me that my roots were a sold seven on the 'root scale' I thought that it was high time that I did something about them.
As a natural dark, brunette it only takes around three weeks before my golden blonde hair is massed with a dark shadow.
Now, don't get me wrong i'm all for the rooty look but with a black tie event on the horizon, lots of photographs and a spare hour I decided that that touching them up wasn't a bad idea.

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