Sunday, 31 May 2015

THE WEEK #22 2015

My week through Instagram:@goodgollymisshollie | Reunion with Hannah | Uncanny Leo | Ice cream factory | Swan + signet | Quote of the week | Red arrows + 3 queens | QM2 | Liver building light show | Swiggles + studs

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Bank holiday Monday was one of those action packed days whereby you end the day falling into a super deep slumber because of the fresh air and excitement. I spend the morning watching the 3 Cunard Queens enter the Mersey and put on a little show, much to thousands of peoples delights. After spending much of my time wrestling the crowds I eventually found a car park to stand on to get a better view - just as the Red Arrows passed over and Royal Britannia filled the air. As much as lot of Scroogey people out there moaned it's only a boat - amongst the spectacle it was a really lovely day to be British.

I rounded my Bank Holiday off with a catch up with one of my dearest friends Hannah who I met when I first started work at the students union. She's one of those friends who just 'gets me' and is one of the bubbliest women you would ever hope to meet. We discussed life in depth over a pizza and copious amount of ice cream and it was nice.

The rest of the week has been spent at work of course, creeping into my third week and finding my feet still. I received some uni grades back that nearly had my heart drop through the floor - they weren't good and i'm mortified because i'd worked tirelessly on the piece - it seems the tutor didn't like the direction i'd taken my piece in and gave me a seriously shit grade. As much as i'm gutted, I am so glad that my education days are over with, being constantly tested and at the constant mercy of somebody else' 'professional' decisions -No thanks, i'm definitely a do-er not a scholar and I thank my lucky stars everyday for the industry that I work in and my opportunity to be a part of it. School sucks. I know, I sound about 10 years old. 

On that little downer I spent yesterday morning in my bed feeling sorry for myself listening to old school No Doubt and writing blogs - that was until Elliot whisked me off to his Dad's birthday party and I spent the night drowning my sorrows with a G+T (or three) and having a dance. Today i'm kind of over it, no longer feeling like a battered peach and a trip to Five Guys is on the cards ( gee's if that can't help me I don't know what can.)




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Saturday, 30 May 2015

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: MAY 2015


With the weather in May not quite as sunny and bright as i'd hoped, I could pair back my tanning routine as the ole' pins haven't made a naked appearance and my jumpers have remained positioned firmly at the front of my wardrobe. May has brought me the end of university and the start of a career in digital marketing which has been exciting and terrifying in equal measures. Today I am talking about my most loved and used products for this month.

The pamper product: I am usually one of those lazy girls who skips moisturising then wonders why my fake tan application is patchy or my skin is looking especially dry. On the flip side I love nothing more than a creamy body moisturiser that smells divine. That is exactly what the Sanctuary Body Butter offers me. It can be found in Boots and the scent is distinctive, lingering and warm. 

The base: The Maybelline 'Fit Me' foundation is one of my unsung heroes, the coverage is medium build-able with a dewy finish. It's a gel foundation that glides on to the skin easily with the warmth of fingers or with a brush. 

The hair glosser Since rocking a brunette barnet (again) I have been lusting for shine and gloss. Inspired by Kym Marsh' gorgeous locks on Corrie I have been continuing my hair care routine with the Clynol 'Colour and care' shimmer spray which is applied to damp hair before blow drying. The results give soft, shiny hair that reflects the hair colour under natural light.

The glow: I keep buying new bronzers and always coming back to the Bourjois 'Chocolate box bronzer' the soft, warm pigment looks lovely when applied down the nose and across the temples. I don't use this shade so much as a contour as it is a little too warm for that but to get the glow it is my go to matte powder.

The pearly whites: Since the drama of my wisdom teeth I have been paying even more attention to my teeth. With the worry of having an operation to have the little blighter removed, I am obsessed with keeping my mouth extra clean and maintaining white teeth. The Oral B 'Pro Expert' toothpaste is in all in one paste that whitens whilst protecting the teeth. The formula is gritty that is pretty good at exfoliating the tongue!

The brow buffer: I showcased my love for the Lacura beauty range  a few weeks ago and my experimentation is on going with the products. The brow pencil is soft and easy to create a precise outline of the brows. I really like the spooly end which is perfect for brushing through the colour and maintaining a groomed look.



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Thursday, 28 May 2015

IN BEAUTY: MY UPDATED HAIR CARE ROUTINE


Since returning my locks to a more natural hue of brunette, my haircare routine has become more of a nod towards hair care rather than hair colour. I have invested in a few products to keep the condition of my hair looking and feeling good.

The shampoo: I am currently using the Clynol 'Colour and care' shampoo which aims to hydrate and protect colour hair. Unwashed brunette hair doesn't look quite so hot so I like to use a shampoo that doesn't leave me with a lot of product build up and keep my hair clarified. 

The conditioner: I have been using the Trevor Sorbie 'Brilliant brunette' hair masque which is a gorgeous, thick cream masque that keeps my hair super, super shiny and soft. I like to leave the masque on for 30 mins on a weekend and 5 mins when i'm washing my hair on an evening.

The heat protectant: I've long since been a huge fan of thermal protectant as it helped keep my tresses in one piece sometime long ago when ghd's were my go to tools. I am currently using a hybrid formula that conditions the hair as well as protecting it from the heat of the hair dryer. The It's a 10 'Miracle leave in product' is one of the most lightweight formulas that i've tried and doesn't leave a sticky residue in the hair.



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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

IN STYLE: MY CURRENT FAVOURITE JEWELLERY


I'm a self confessed jewellery fiend, opening my jewellery box of sparkly trinkets is always something I love to do however, when it comes to which pieces to pick in the morning I have a few favourites in rotation.

I like to mix and match gold, silver and rose gold as I think it gives a boho, relaxed vibe - especially bracelets stacked up prettily. I'm currently wearing a silver charm bracelet with my chunky, Michael Kors chain on my left arm. I guess we could say my left arm is my silver arm as both bracelets sit alongside my Pandora bracelet with a key charm that I was bought for my 21st. On my right arm I wear a gold bangle with little elephants on it which was a bargainous £1 from Primark. 

Alongside my special rings that belonged to my late Nana, I wear a mixture of cocktail rings, the green stoned ring also belonged to my Nana which I wear on my thumb and the gold, oval ring I wear on my left index finger. Some might say it's a little OTT but I love jewellery that much that it really is the more the better in my opinion.

My favourite kinds of necklaces are usually long chains with interesting pendants however, more recently I have been opting for shorter, statement pieces. My little skull necklace is from Etsy, I love the cute, smiley skull charms paired against the black beads and it looks lovely when worn with a plain grey or white t-shirt.


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Sunday, 24 May 2015

THE WEEK #21 2015

My week through Instagram:@goodgollymisshollie | Seaweed snacks | Love hearts | Outdoor Nando's | Quote of the week | Cocktail anyone? | #OOTD | Milk bubble tea | New heels | Friday beers

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This week has been a goody. On Tuesday evening Elliot and I headed over to Revolution on the Albert Dock to give their new kitchen menu a try. We indulged on delicious, fruity cocktails and chowed down on scrumptious street inspired food. 

Yesterday was spent having a little shop, basking in the sunshine (with no wind!) and having the sneaky idea to order Nando's take-away to enjoy whilst the evening sun. I then indulged in the Eurovision Song Contest - it's a guilty pleasure but I have to say what on earth was the UK's entry? It reminded me of the Great Gatsby crossed with a Scissor Sisters concert - another little secret revealed there, I have been to a SS concert and I 100% saw Jake Shears' peen. 

This weekend Liverpool has been gearing up for the beginning of their 'One magnificent city' festival that includes the three queen Cunard cruise ships docking aside the city. Queen Mary 2 arrives today with the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth joining tomorrow. I am feeling quite sneaky and lucky as Elliot's flat has gained me a ringside seat to watch the boats enter the Mersey. The weather was lovely yesterday so I hope the sunshine Gods are kind. I wondered through the Pier Head yesterday evening as the warmth of the sun disappeared, there are people camped aside the river and a whole host of fairground rides, street food shelters and people dressed up as classical music is projected around the area.

It will be nice to head to bed tonight without setting my 6am wake-up alarm, gotta love a bank holiday!



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Saturday, 23 May 2015

IN STYLE: FOUR DAYS, FOUR OUTFITS #3

Another four days, another four outfits and to say time is ticking well into May I wouldn't say that these clothing ensembles are very warm weather worthy.

Outfit 1: On this particular occasion the sun was out and there was not a sweep of a breeze in the air so I braved it with a vest top from and black skinny jeans from Primark. On my feet I had on a pair of black boots with buckle details. To brighten up the darkness of this outfit I rocked 'Ruby Woo' lipstick from Mac.

Outfit 2: This outfit represents one of those days whereby I throw clothes together and hope for the best. Oh my feet I have a pair of sliders, paired with black leggings from Topshop. I have on a thin, grey cardigan from H+M and a black jumper from Primark layered underneath that. My faux fur gilet is vintage, i've had it around 4 years now and although it's starting to look a little raggy it's something I could never part with.

Outfit 3: My go to casual attire for when I don't know what to wear. My denim shirt is from Primark and as before my black skinny jeans are from Primark. I tend to wear my shirt buttoned up but sometimes I like to wear it with a grey cami underneath and the buttons open.

Outfit 4: Very similar to outfit one but with my grey H+M cardigan layered over a plain black tank top and accessorised with a locket pendent from Topshop.


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Friday, 22 May 2015

FOOD: REVOLUTION ALBERT DOCK, LIVERPOOL


Revolution - Albert Dock holds significance to my chap and I as it was one of the places we would head over to for a drink in the fizzy excitement of dating and where a crucial "Should we do this for real?" conversation was had. 

Tuesday night was date night and having not formally celebrated the start of my new job with a cocktail or two, we headed over to the dockside venue as they had very kindly contacted me to find out if I wanted to try out their new kitchen menu. 


We started with cocktails having arrived just before 2-4-1 happy hour ended at 7pm. My favourite Revs cocktail is currently the new 'Absolut Soup' a tantalising blend of Absolut Vodka, Coconut Schnapps, apple and grapefruit juice served in a quirky can based on Andy Warhol's famous pop art image of Campbell's Tomato Soup. In terms of taste think Pina Colarda but sexier and 10/10 for quirky presentation.



It's a long time since I had eaten food at Revolution so I can't remember the previous menus offering however, their new menu is expansive with a street food vibe and a whole host of interesting dishes combining traditional food with quirky ingredients such as popping candy and Wotsits. 


I'd heard through the grape vine that the portion sizes are immense so with an epic foody feast in front of us we started by sharing the 'Smoke and Fire' burgers. Two mini burgers, the first being a burger incased in a spicy sauce and the second a smokey burger topped with cheese. Both were delicious, fresh tasting and not too heavy as a starter. 

Between our starter and main courses we were introduced to the mixologists special cocktail the 'Lychee Martini' which was a snappy, refreshing drink to help soften the spices from the firey burger.




For my main course I ordered 'The bad boy' pizza a meaty feast of pepperoni, fennel sausage, spicy pork 'n' duja, meatballs, house ketchup, roquito peppers and red onions served with armageddon sauce, blue cheese dip and big easy mayo. Apparently this pizza isn't for the feint hearted and I have to  agree although for epic spice lovers like myself it was no problem at all ;). The armageddon dip was ah-mazing poured over the stone baked dough. I had my pizza with a side of 'Viper' sweet potato fries, super taste bud tickling, crispy fries in a hot seasoning.





Elliot opted for 'The triple overload' and when our lovely waitress informed us that it was an epic one I did laugh and think there is no way he would finish the plate. The beef burger, buttermilk chicken, pull pork stacker is served with smoked cheddar and served in a triple brioche covered in armageddon sauce served with viper fries and BBQ crackling pops. Being the food hoover that he is, he of course cleared the board and informed me it was super delicious.

By the time desert was mentioned we were both defeated by the epic meals that we had just consumed although the menu looks pretty tantalising with rumours of Nutella filled soft dough and blueberry dip.

Revolution is often known as a party place, somewhere to go before a night out for cocktails and a dance however, the burgers and pizzas on their new menu are enough to rival all of the foody destinations across Liverpool known for those dishes specifically. The atmosphere is buzzing, the staff are super helpful and chatty and the service was as spot on as the food. 

If you're thinking of going out for food and interested in trying a new kitchen menu with some interesting concepts and flavours then give Revolution a try - they are spread across the UK so there is bound to be one near you.


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

IN BEAUTY: MAKE-UP FOR BRUNETTES


Since giving my hair a rest from the bleach and embracing a more natural brunette shade, I have found that my make-up needed drastically altering to lift the darkness from around my face.

As a brunette version of myself, I can no longer get away with not wearing make-up as my pale complexion makes me look a little dowdy. I have upped my tanning game and tweaked my everyday make-up to ensure that brunette Hollie looks alive and fresh.

I start with my ESPA tinted moisturiser to give my face a dewy, light coverage before defining my brows using the Maybelline 'Brow Drama' having my hair match my brows (for once) gives me the freedom to bold them up and rock a strong brow.

Keeping my skin tone warm, I sculpt my cheeks using a bronzer from Elizabeth Arden a very finely milled powder that when used lightly gives for a gorgeous summery glow.

On my eyes, I accentuate the blue pigment by using a variety of warm, bronze and brown shades from my MUA 'Heaven and Earth' palette. Dark hair against blue eyes is cool toned so I like to warm my features up a little and define my peepers using 'Blitz and Glitz' gel eyeliner from Mac. 

I have been stepping away from a darker lip and opting for a punchy, bold pink such as 'As you want Victoria' from Rimmel and 'Brighton Rock' by Topshop.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

IN STYLE: BASICS HAUL

I've turned into one of those women that I never thought that I would. Somebody with a basic, staple wardrobe. Since last year and numerous house/flat moves later I have managed to condense my clothing collection into something manageable and easy to root through. 

Last week I headed into Primark to discover that they had my favourite vest tops back in store. They are made of heavy material and have a cut out back which looks gorgeous layered over a bikini on holiday as well as when paired with demin shorts. 

Following my £14 splurge on vest tops, I found the perfect cardigan in H+M for when you want something around your shoulders but not the thickness of a jumper. The lightweight, grey cardigan was a steal at £4 and I have been layering it underneath my leather jacket, paired with black skinny jeans.

The last item on my basics list was a summer friendly black dress - and that is exactly what I found in Zara. The high necked, swing dress is from the Zara basics collection and is on sale for £14.99. I wore it for all of one day as a dress, bunged it in the wash and now it's more like a long top. I wear it with a midi skirt or layered with jeans and sandals. 


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Sunday, 17 May 2015

THE WEEK #20 2015

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie | Ginger Tom | Good luck gestures | Truth | Moves like Jagger | Friday #OOTD | Refreshing my hair | Great mug | Company goals | Quote of the week

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This week my life changed as I transitioned into 'not student' and 'not quite graduate' to 'full time worker.' When Monday morning rolled around, the nerves running through my body were insane as I suspiciously walked up the stairs and through the office door. 

I had so many worries and questions: Would people like me? Would I be any good? What if I hadn't got a clue what to do? It turns out that my first week as a content marketing exec hasn't been bad at all. No, I don't know everything and yes I have made a few mistakes this week however, the sheer amount of knowledge that has been sucked into my brain in a mere 5 days has been insane. It just so helps that my fellow workers are alright too and have helped me to settle in between the workload and banter. 

I have started watching Big Brother this week. I'm not usually a fan of the Z listers aka 'normal' people series however, my fan girling for Emma Willis changed my mind and I have quite enjoyed the 'Timebomb' theme that has been set for this years edition. My current favourite housemate is Harriet, I thought she was awesome when asked "What made you want to work in a cafe?" and she responded right on point with: "It's a f*kin job ain't it: - she has a point, these days you can't be choosy and if you can earn to put a roof over your head and food in your belly, who cares what your job title is.

This weekend I appreciated not being awoken by my 6am alarm and spent Saturday morning enjoying listening to the choppy water outside my boyfriends flat and chain drinking tea. The rest of the day was spent lazily soaking up the sun and venturing into town for a successful windowshop.

Today I am headed to a Christening, it's my opportunity to meet my boyfriends extended family and whilst i'm not the go to girl when it comes to babies i'm sure it will be a nice occasion.

Amongst my already pretty heavy TV schedual I have started to re watch 'One Tree Hill' and my crush on Chad Michael Murray has re ignited. Do any of you guys remember that show I can't believe it ran for a whole 9 series' and almost 10 years! It was my go to show on a Sunday back in the day.


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Saturday, 16 May 2015

IN STYLE: THE SPARKLY SLIPPERS FROM KURT GEIGER


I was like a Magpie when I saw these beauties sat on the shelf. It was a toss up between black and sparkly gold - of course black would have been the more obvious workwear choice but me being me wanted the sparkly variant and there was nothing that would change my mind. As soon as I dipped my foot into the sturdy, leather shoe I felt like Carrie Bradshaw, passionate about some footwear,

I found the slippers in TK Maxx, marked down from £70 to £25 I figured that they would become my favourite shoes...ever. From the 'Carvella' by Kurt Geiger range I felt grown up as I scurried to the till with them only to slip off my boots immediately to wear them.

Since that afternoon, i've worn them once. The mess they leave my feet in is so severe that i'm too scared of picking them out of my wardrobe and braving to wear them. I've left my heels and toes to recover and I am braving giving them another go tomorrow...I'll have to stock up on plasters that is for certain. The things we do in the name of fashion.


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Thursday, 14 May 2015

IN BEAUTY: L'OREAL PRODIGY HAIR DYE IN 'CAMEL'


Using an at home colourant is always a gamble, you never quite know what you're going to come out with. To try and eradicate some of the harsh yellowy/orange tones in my hair, I decided to dip a shade darker. 

A few months ago I saw the gorgeous Victoria's Secret model 'Karlie Kloss' sporting a super gorgeous honey blonde hair shade in her promo as spokeswoman for the L'oreal Paris 'Prodigy' hair dyes. It turns out that the shade she sported was 'Camel' and I knew that I had to give it a go.

The Prodigy hair dyes sit at the top of the home hair colourant market at £7.99 available at Boots and Superdrug. The dyes are ammonia free and aim to blend natural tones through your hair. 

The picture above was taken straight after colouring my hair and has since lightened up wash by wash, a lot of the lighter blonde I had in my hair is blending through giving me a gorgeous warm, beachy shade, perfect for the warmer weather. 


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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

IN THE NOTES: MY THIRD (AND FINAL) YEAR OF UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE


I'm having one of those moments where you think "what on earth happened?" - sitting down to write this post is surreal. Only a few years ago back in 2012 I was hammering the keyboard voicing my concerns about moving to Liverpool and starting university.

Then followed my first year of university which was one of the toughest years of my life and it challenged me every way possible - everything from moving away, holding down a long distance relationship with my (at the time) childhood sweetheart and living with people I didn't get on with.

My second year was where my university life turned around, I shook off my insecurities and broadened my horizons to make it work here in Liverpool and now here I am, university has concluded for good and i'm working full time in the field I studied so hard to become a 'professional' in.

Today I am talking about the third and final year of my BA Hons Journalism degree at Liverpool John Moores University. I have to say third year was the best year yet and part of me is sad that my academic adventure is no longer continuing.

My lifestyle in Liverpool this year has been amazing for many reasons (even though I haven't found myself partying hard every weekend) the biggest reason has to be the fact that I lived on my own as opposed to sharing with people I didn't know or even people I thought I knew. If I had been mature enough to know that living alone was the best option for me, I'd have done it from the start and saved a whole lot of aggro in the long run. I have loved having the space to myself or to entertain or to do my work quietly. How tidy or how noisy the space is, is my choice and that's exactly how I like it.

In terms of the actual academic side of things, I wish I hadn't taken the 'third year will be hell' sentiments to heart as it really hasn't been hell and I've sneakily quite enjoyed the challenges I faced. Third year studying journalism at JMU is much more practical than any of the previous years and you work as a professional journalist all year round. Some modules have not come without their stresses, sourcing original news stories and designing a newspaper every week can almost break you but I feel that the key to success is extreme organisation. If you work 1-2 weeks ahead of yourself you will manage to get everything done and do it well.

 I had the opportunity to head out on work placement this year and whilst my main work experience in January was a complete waste of time, I did other bits of work experience thoughout the year which all helped to build my confidence both at uni and in my personal life. I also had a taste of PR which has helped me in my career. I have to say that I also quite enjoyed researching and producing my dissertation which was on the innovation of women's lifestyle magazines. Last year I was relentlessly scared of the prospect however, I found that by choosing a topic that interested me it kept my mind stimulated.

 One of my favourite aspects of this year was the freedom to create a magazine from scratch as a final project. I of course centred my magazine around beauty and the outcome is pretty alright despite my InDesign skills being a little redundant at the start of the year.

Like most soon-to-be graduates, a good 50% of my third year was spent worrying myself sick over what I would do when all of my assignments were handed in. Moving home wasn't really an option for me and I felt like I was running in quick sand trying to work out my next move. My story is quite unique in the way that my job came around and I guess I have to thank that homesick 18 year old back in 2012 for getting out and going to an event that led me to meeting my future boss who would offer me the perfect job role a few years later. And now the girl who did anything to escape Liverpool is setting up camp here for a while longer!

If it had any advice for the third year of university, it would be to work extremely hard, be very organised and start circulating your professional capabilities from September. Get yourself on Linked In, build up your CV, get out there on work experience and show potential employers why they should pick you from the thousands of other graduates out there.

 I would also advise anybody to get a job within their student union, I worked as a receptionist and later as digital content staff at LiverpoolSU for two years and I met some fantastic friends. The work is flexible and gives you a new circle of friends and experiences all whilst earning a few pennies.


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Sunday, 10 May 2015

THE WEEK #19 2015

Andy Warhol inspired liquor | Bun length hair | The Macbook is alive! | First time voter | #OOTD | A chair i'd like to sit in | Fond farewells | Midweek beverages | Rockin' a brunette barnet

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This week has been the week of lasts. On Monday I spent the afternoon with my Grandma before heading back to Liverpool for the final time as a student. After finding myself stood still on the train for over an hour due to delays (typical) I hot footed it to the Apple store to find out the verdict on my Macbook. Luck would have it that all of the faults were actually an Apple technology fault and I came away with a heavier purse than I anticipated. After the worry of having to perhaps buy a new laptop I now have a 4 year old Macbook with brand new software and components. Winner, winner chicken dinner!

I finalised my last university assignment, a 12 page magazine all about beauty - I'm pretty pleased with the outcome and whilst it is hardly the new Porter magazine it is a lot more professional than I thought that my rusty InDesign skills could ever produce.

I hit the polling station on Wednesday for the first time ever. I of course swerved the Liberal Democrats for their wrong doing that hit me with regards to tuition fee's and voted for a party that instead didn't get in.

Friday saw my last shift at the students union and I can't lie, I felt sadness. Over the last 20 months that I worked there as a receptionist and later digital content staff, I have met some truly awesome people with some incredible talent. I am sad to be leaving the reception desk but I am interested to start writing the next chapter of my life. To celebrate, a friend and I indulged in cocktails and scrummy burgers to toast what has been a trying but fun final year of university.

This weekend I spent at the dentist (again, I know) and was told the slightly rough news that a wisdom tooth operation may be on the cards later this year having had unsuccessful treatments for the pain. Alas, my parents treated to Elliot and I to some grub that afternoon which softened the blow somewhat...especially my Dad's home made sweet potato fries.

Tomorrow is day one. I am starting life in full time work and I am incredibly nervous about what the future has in store for a fresh outta uni gal like myself in the digital industry. As a nod towards leaving my student days behind, I coloured my hair brunette and I actually like it, it is shinier, softer and much less maintenance -  but don't hold your breath - you know how fickle I am when it comes to my hair.



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Saturday, 9 May 2015

IN STYLE: FOUR DAYS, FOUR OUTFITS #2

Another dosing of clothing today. With the weather yo yoing between warm and sunny and colder and damp my outfits have been edging on style for late Spring with a lot of layering.

Outfit 1: I wore this ensemble to work, my jeans are from Topshop and are just plain, skinny jeans in the 'Joni' style. My leopard print top is from Primark, I wore a black cami underneath as it is quite sheer. The office can get a little chilly so I layered a black cardigan with faux fur trim. My shoes which aren't very clear in the picture but they are super sparkly slippers from Carvella by Kurt Geiger - There will be a post going up very soon all about them.  As the sun was shining on this day I wore my tortoiseshell, rounded sunnies from Topshop.

Outfit 2: On an occasion where I needed to look a little more smart and pulled together I wore a Peter Pan collared dress from Primark. The material is quite heavy and is made to look like you are wearing a skirt and top seperate. I paired it with opaque, black tights also from Primark and my shoes which aren't pictured were my olive green, snake effect boots with cut out sides from Topshop.

Outfit 3: This outfit was worn for a friends birthday party, I wore my sequined 'Joni jeans from Topshop, a neon green cami from Primark and my Carvella, sparkly slippers. I wanted to be comfortable but still dressed up for the evening.

Outfit 4: This is probably one of my favourite 'go to' outfits and is what I throw on when I want to stay super comfy and casual. My jeans are the ripped Topshop 'Jamie's' my studded cami is from Primark and my demin shirt is from Zara men, a hand me down that my boyfriend had found in his wardrobe - oddly I think it belongs to his cousin?! On my feet I wore plain black sliders to keep everything casual.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

IN THE NOTES: WHAT MY PINTEREST BOARDS MEAN TO ME


I'm a self confessed, Pinterest addict whether that be scrolling through my phone to see if any new pins on my homepage tickle my pickle or simply to heading off into the vaults of Pinterest to find some inspiration. 

I have always loved scrapbooking and creating collages, you only have to take a peek at the inspiration wall in my flat to get a feel for the kinds of image collation that I like. 

I currently have 25 boards on the go ranging from style to antiques. My boards are categorised into 'Inspiration' boards for images that inspire my taste in clothes, hair and make-up alongside 'GGMH Loves' boards which include a range of subject areas such as celebrity icons, cultural movements or places (usually a city) in the world. 

My favourite collection of images is probably my 'Interesting People' board as it houses a whole host of people who interest me from throughout the decades, Audrey Hepburn, John Lennon, Natalie Massenet and Paula Yates to name a few. 

The most inspiring board out of my collection is probably my 'Interior + Exterior' board which is essentially a scrapbook of ideas for my dream home however, more realistically as I rent my own flat, I like to take little pieces of inspo to kit out of my own place. 

The board that I get lost pinning on is my 'Rock 'n' Roll' board on their is an amalgamation of documented cultural and musical movements. Everything from the swinging 60's to the new wave era of the early 1980's. There's archives of influential people of their time such Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks and Steve Strange and I love to note how fashion changes throughout the years.

Pinterest is a great space on the internet to store and share ideas through imagery, afterall it was my 'London' board that helped me to seek out some of the lesser known gems in the capital and my 'Sunshine Wanderlust' board that helped me to find the perfect holiday getaway in Ibiza.



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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

IN STYLE: THE SLIDERS WITH A TWIST


Since I spent last summer in London with the streets padded daily by tanned feet in sliders, I wanted a pair for myself. The problem being that my narrow foot drowned in the wide, set, cork bottom sandals and looked kind of ridiculous.

Fast forward 10 months and I spotted a pair of interesting footwear in TK Maxx. My friend Laura was shopping with me at the time and expressed her dislike for the slightly raised, narrow sliders in front of us.

After trying them on, I knew they would be my staple shoe of Summer 2015, the sponged sole is super comfy and the way that the shoe is moulded for a more narrow footprint is as though they were made for my feet. At £19.99 they weren't a bad investment as I have already worn them almost everyday for the past few weeks. They look awesome with maxi dresses and jeans and still air that cool, city chic vibe that the original Birkenstocks air but with a bit of extra height and comfort.

For any fellow narrow footed folk out there, these sliders are from Spanish brand 'Xti footwear' which you can find online.




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Sunday, 3 May 2015

THE WEEK #18 2015


My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie | Quote of the week | Dissertation hand-in | Saturday afternoon | Last day of work placement | Sunset walks | A casual OOTD | Friday's clothes | Vinyl rooting | The price of fashion

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This week started with myself and Elliot's summer holiday finally getting booked. With the green light from my new job, a slot in our diaries and a yearning for sun, sand and sea we decided to book a week in Es Cana, Ibiza - apparently it's a lively little resort that hosts a weekly 'Hippie Market' and is adorned in super hot sunshine and sat beside sparkly, turquoise water. I think it will be just the ticket and of course a lovely adventure together before we start a new chapter of our lives in a long distance relationship.
I handed my dissertation in this week and it feels pretty good to be safe in the knowledge that I don't have to feel quite so guilty about sleeping in on a weekend and worrying every-time I open my laptop that all of my research had erased. I have one final university assignment to hand in next week and that is me officially finished with schooling forever. My third year of university post will be rocking up very soon so keep a look out for that if you're interested in reading how the final leg of the journey fared.
Last week I told you that my MacBook had died a slow death, on Wednesday I took it to the genius bar to see what the prognosis was to be. I felt like I was taking my pet to be put to sleep and whilst the diagnosis isn't great a new hard drive isn't going to cost me as much as I anticipated and half of the problem is actually an Apple technical fault. I should have it back on Tuesday and I m hoping it is almost as good as new.
Wednesday also saw me finishing what I hope will be my final stint working for free. I've enjoyed getting a taste for life as a communications/ marketing officer for the NHS and the people I worked with were very friendly and encouraging, in particular a lady named Jayne who listened to all of my moaning and groaning about life's issues... She gave me some pretty sound advice too!


This weekend I spent at my parents' house with a good chunk of it sat back in the dentist chair. My wisdom tooth issue decided to return with a vengeance and with dental waiting times in Liverpool stretching to mid June, I had, had more than enough of the constant pain. I have to return to Wakefield next weekend to have an X-ray but I just feel some comfort in knowing something is getting sorted and the ball is rolling...Good old Wakey ey! Why did I ever move away?

Next week is my final week of 'student life' before life as a career gal begins and whilst i'm terrified about the new chapter in my life I am looking forward to the adventure that awaits.

This week on GGMH: In Beauty: Eye make-up for April | Monthly Favourites: April 2015 | In Beauty: Nail polish haul of fame | This week in 2014

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