Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Reading List

Water for Elephants: Sara Gruen / Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë / 
Frank Sinatra - My Father: Nancy Sinatra / Enduring Love: Ian McEwan / 
Lolita: Vladimir Nabokov / Great Expectations: Charles Dickens /
American Psycho: Bret Easton Ellis

What is on your reading list this Spring?

P.s. Would book reviews be of interest to anyone? Let me know in the comments. 

New Lengths: What Sara Wore

Definitely a burgeoning six-pack...

Crop top: ASOS / Midi skirt: Second hand / Woven Sandals: New Look (Summer '10)

It is actually warm in England. Roasting, in fact... and I am absolutely loving it. Having discarded all vaguely academic activities from my life and spent the day dancing hysterically to the Bee Gees and Grease Soundtrack, I have decided to avoid university altogether and become a recluse. Or an alcoholic. Either way, as long as there's Kettle chips and an iPod dock I will be content.

I was apprehensive to wear my recent charity shop find (see my previous haul) as a midi skirt, especially after becoming so accustomed to whipping the pins out at the first sight of sun; what can I say, it's just become a habit. But I must admit, a longer skirt has brought me new found freedom... the threat of flashing the local population with the first gust of wind is drastically minimised. I paired it with my teeny tiny crop top as it was weather permitted and I liked the peeping midriff. It's a subtle way of showing skin without the involvement of any bum cheeks...
I have worn these sandals to absolute death and they are approaching their third Summer of use. These bad-boys have seen the sights of Amsterdam, toured the New York Subway and even dabbled in the exotic Northumbrian shores. Hopefully they will be accompanying me to both Prague and France in the coming months.

P.s. I totally cheated an threw on a strap-top and my loafers on an expedition to the supermarket for pizza and lemonade. But this was indeed my outfit from 9am-11am!

Monday, 21 May 2012

A Sunday Shop

1. Floral Midi Skirt
2. Floral Blouse 
3. Une Skin Glow Pencil 
4. Gold Slides 
5. Gold Brooch 
6. Sinatra Biography
7. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 
8. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach

I did it. I did not buy a single thing over the exam period other than cheap energy drinks and twirl bars. I walked past the row of charity shops at my doorstep on a daily basis. I avoided every offer which graced the windows of Superdrug, burdened with temptaiton after tempation from the Youtube and Blogger beauty worlds. But yesterday with a pocketful of cash and few inhibitions, I went crazy.
Well, a tad. Sort of... yeah, not really. It's surprisingly difficult to shop after such a rigorous spending ban - don't judge me! But nevertheless, I treated myself to a mismatch of beauty products and second hand items.

1. Supremely Grannyish, wonderfully lightweight and ideal for Spring/Summer. I am debating whether or not to shorten it to above the knee or leave it as it is - suggestions?
2. I can appreciate that this isn't the prettiest print/fabric/colour ever made but I like the washed out and ever so slightly grungy feel it has.
3. At least I can tick one item off my wishlist.
4. I thought these would look sweet with my shorter cut and a little more interesting than bog-standard bobby pins.
5. For in between the collar of a buttoned up shirt/on the pocket of one of my many denim jackets.
6. I am a woman obsessed with Sinatra's music but blissfully ignorant about the man himself. I recall watching a documentary about him at the age of 9 whilst on holiday in France and being confused and bored and desperate to watch Friends. And for the record, my favourite song is and forever will be That's Life.
7. My first ever nude lipstick: I am undecided. The texture is smooth but the colour applies patchily.
8. This silly little tube is the source of much heartbreak. When I realised that Superdrug had their deadly 3 for 2 offer on I was overcome with the need to find some Summery lip colours. I am almost certain that the combination of orange undertones and the matte finish make me look extra terrestrial. Not for me.

P.s. From 1-8, which is your favourite purchase?

Sunday, 20 May 2012

If in doubt, cut your hair

The new do.
(Casually pretending that I have Instagram. Check out this polaroid effect here.)
Hello, blogger. It has been a while.
Exam season was a concoction of minor mental breakdowns and sleepless nights, but as of Friday I am officially as freeeeeeeeeeeeeee as a bird. 
On Saturday in a moment of madness I booked a hair appointment without a style in mind, and this was what I ended up with. The scraggly, dry ends were just getting a little repulsive and my hair always gets to a length where it stays so flat it could pass for a helmet. 
So now, I sort of resemble a librarian version of Velma Kelly, if that is even imaginable, but I think I like it.


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Beauty Wishlist

1. Gosh Brow Ink
2. Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace
3. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Taupe
4. Elf Matte Lip Colour in Rich Red
5. Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled
6. Real Techniques Stippling Brush
7. Topshop Lipstick in Infrared
8. Benefit's Cha Cha Tint
9. Touche éclat
10. Benefit's Hoola Bronzer
11. Une Skin-glow Pencil
12. Elf's Blending Eye Brush

Oh, unemployment.

P.s. What's on your wishlist?