Thursday, 30 August 2012

Thursday Ten: Ten classic pieces I want in my capsule wardrobe...

Hey guys,
 
My little wardrobe is filled to bursting with beautiful clothes, but there are plenty of gaps in my collection. We all have our favourites, but a good capsule wardrobe can help a fashionista get the most out of her seasonal clothes and accessories. A few staple pieces can provide multiple outfit options and if chosen wisely and looked after properly, these pieces can remain in our rotations season after season.
 
These are a few pieces I'm lacking and always keeping my eyes open for...
 
1. A light-wash denim shirt.

As a tomboy tween, I used to live in denim. I could have given denim-loving girl band B*Witched a run for their money if they'd been around a little earlier. I was a five foot four ten/eleven year old who didn't care much about clothes because I thought I was fat. Looking back at photos, I was a skinny bean pole, no bigger than my friends except for the fact I developed early and was taller.

I remember having a mid-wash denim shirt, and a sleeveless light-wash shirt that I lived in. I wore the sleeveless shirt everywhere. I ripped a big section of it on my friend's farm, but I made my Mum sew it up and kept on wearing it until I out-grew it. No shirt has captured my heart as much as that sleeveless denim shirt since.

I've been looking for the perfect light-wash denim shirt for years, but still haven't found the elusive one. A denim shirt is such a versatile garment. They can be worn with just about anything- over dresses, knotted over or tucked in to skirts, with jumpsuits, jeans, trousers, shorts... and as denim has been around for decades, they can work with just about any look you're going for.
 

These are a few images I found via Pinterest. I particularly love the bottom three worn with skirts.


Ashley Olsen and Fearne Cotton.


And not the type of denim shirt I'm looking for... but these are a few shirts I found on Pinterest that I love.
 
2. A black leather or pleather biker jacket.

I'm always on the hunt for a biker jacket, but have yet to find one that suits my shape. I blame my shoulders.

I really want a couple of biker jackets in black and tan, and also a cropped version, too, to add a bit of an edge to my pretty dresses and coloured skinnies. I don't mind if it's real leather or pleather, as long as the quality is good.


 
 
I love these Dorothy Perkins jackets.
 
3. A classic good fitting mac or trench coat.

The type that can be worn with just about anything in my wardrobe and one classic enough to bring out year after year. I always have my eyes open for a coat with the potential to flatter my shape, and look good over dresses or jeans in the Winter. I want a good coat in a classic black and a more neutral number to cover all outfit options.


The black military trench (bottom left) is a current line on the Dorothy Perkins website and I'll admit I'm tempted.
 
4. A fitted blazer.

I want a fitted blazer that will give a neat silhouette to wear over jeans and dresses and smarten up any outfit. I would probably choose a navy or black blazer as a wear-with-everything jacket, and choose a couple of coloured ones to inject a bit of fun in to more casual outfits.


I love the linings and cuff detail on the blazers above. The fit on the bottom right looks perfect.


I found this image of a woman wearing a grey blazer with pink cuffs on Pinterest. I don't know who it belongs to, but isn't the blazer gorgeous? She looks amazing!
 
5. A pair of Doctor Martans.

Maybe not a staple, exactly, but they're still timeless.

Back in the mid nineties when I was ten or eleven, and my older Sister was sixteen or seventeen, I remember being fascinated with her outfits. I always remember her dressing in red jeans (the kind that were loose fitting and came up to the waist, which was the style at the time), with a purple baker boy hat and a pair of black Doctor Martens. She looked just like the rebellious teenagers on Sister Act 2. I was always envious of her outfits, and I wanted her shoes. Sadly, although I was a tall kid, I was still about five inches shorter than her five nine height at the time, and a couple of foot sizes smaller, so I couldn't wear her clothes, but I've always wanted a pair of DMs since that day. But for some reason I've never owned a pair.



I really want a pair of floral DMs but I also love the polka dot and purple pairs. I would wear a pair with dresses to give them an edge, or with skinny jeans/jeggings although their possibilities are endless.
 
6. Perfect fitting knee length knit dresses.

I like to wear dresses all year round, but when the mercury drops below freezing, it's not easy to keep warm in a thin dress with just a cardigan and tights. Knit dresses are a simple solution, but I've yet to find the right one for me.

Past dresses I've found have all had scoop necks (which I hate wearing with my broad shoulders), and have been too body-con. I prefer a v-neck and a flared skirt, and think these ASOS sweater dresses could be what I've been looking for.

 
 
7. A few good fitting shirts.

Shirts and I mix as well as chalk and cheese. I'm not a big fan of shirts. I find it so hard to get the perfect fit because I have wide shoulders and enough chest to causes buttons to gape. If I size up, it doesn't necessarily solve the problem, and I find myself swamped in fabric.

However, I would love to add a few shirts to my wardrobe. A plain white shirt is great for layering, or creating a simple, classic outfit with a pair of jeans and statement accessories. A patterned shirt like these ASOS shirts which all have animals all over them (how cute?!), can be worn in the same way and look equally smart, but they can also add a bit of fun and personality to a look. I would probably wear the raccoon shirt with a pair of black or coloured skinnies.

 
 
8. A classic satchel.

Satchels are probably my favourite style of bag.  I have several modern satchels from River Island, but I would love a more classic looking design (or ten) such as a Cambridge Satchel or a Zatchel satchel. They just look so chic and retro, and well made. I could see myself walking about in Autumn with one of these over my shoulder while I try to pretend I'm an intellectual student. (When really I wouldn't fool anyone and haven't been a student since 2003...).

I can't decide which colour I would want first!
 
 
9. The perfect Winter coat.

I'm very particular about Winter coats. I like them to have buttons or zips but not poppers. I prefer them to have a belt on the waist for a bit of definition. A v-neck collared neckline will always be more flattering on me than a high neck design. I also like having pockets to warm my hands in and look for a coat that at least comes down to thigh length. It's rare to find a coat that meets my specifications, and even harder to find one within my means.

I spent last Winter admiring this lovely tweed coat on ASOS, but at almost £100 it was too expensive for my limited budget. I also had no use for a new coat being bed bound, as I still am. I don't see myself being much better this Winter so doubt I'll be spending on a new Winter coat this year, but I'd love to own a similar looking coat one day.

 
 10. The perfect pair of jeans.

Jeans are the hardest garment for me to shop for, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. They're always too tight, or too loose. Too long, or too short. They're never just right like Baby Bear's porridge.

I've left stores empty-handed after spending half an hour trying on a dozen pairs of jeans in different styles, fits, and lengths. I like skinny, boot cut, straight leg, and flared styles, but they apparently don't like me. Jeans are almost always too long on me, though I'm not short, and if a pair is too tight and I size up, the pair will be so loose they'll fall down without a belt.  I can't win, but I live in hope of one day finding the perfect fitting pair.


Conclusion? I seem to crave mostly coats and jackets!

I hope you've enjoyed this post. Do you have a capsule wardrobe, or are you a high trend girl all the way?

What staple items do you want to add to your wardrobes?


 
P.S.

I just wanted to add that multiple mentions of my shoulders and the word 'flattering' aren't mean to come across negatively. I use the words lightly, and I'm comfortable in my skin. I like to wear clothes I personally feel my best in (which involves drawing the eye away from my shoulders), and believe everybody should wear what they feel great in regardless of the opinions of society. F*ck flattering! I am who I am and that's okay!  


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wish List Wednesday

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for my weekly wish list. My Wednesday wish list, if you will.

I'm quite the magpie, and have my eye on so many things at any given time, but of course I'd never be able to afford them all. I also spend far less on fashion and beauty in the Autumn and early Winter months as Christmas shopping becomes the priority. (I can't believe my mind is turning towards Christmas already, but I'll have to start shopping early this year to afford it). So I will never be able to buy everything on my weekly wish lists, but it doesn't hurt to dream and admire pretty things, does it?

Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories
 
 

 
I've been gazing longingly at Dr Martens more so than usual over the last week. At £90 they're out of my current budget, but I've wanted a pair since I was little. This pair would work perfectly with my wardrobe.
 
 
I came across this little set last night and have fallen in love with it. As a little girl, I wasn't obsessed with ponies, I loved foxes! And I still do. I think The Animals of Farthing Wood had something to do with it. I think I'll be adding these to my collection soon; at just £8 it would be rude not to!
 
3. Matalan Fine Gauge Vneck Cardigan in purple and cream.
 
Investing in some new knitwear for Autumn is still my main priority, and Matalan has some perfect inexpensive staples right now. These cardigans are just £12 each, and will be perfect for layering over dresses and jeans when the temperatures drop.
 
 
I'm always searching for the perfect biker jacket, which I've yet to find, but I love the simplicity of this cropped one. It also doesn't look cheap, like many faux leather jackets do. Not bad for £49.
 
 
Reasons I love this dress: the beautiful colour, the beautiful shape, it has sleeves(!), the mix of textures, and the peter pan collar! In short, this dress is beautiful. It would be lovely to wear during A/W and perfect for a Christmas get together... though I'm now wondering if I could pull this colour off with my red hair.
 

Clearly they're another Converse knock-off, but they're a good one, and my polka dot loving self has fallen in love with the colour and print. They're only £24 and I could see myself wearing these to death until they fall apart. I also love the Velvet Spot Plimsolls £28 (8), and the Victoria Rose Plimsolls £24 (9).
 
7. Matalan Round Neck Cardigan in Black, Purple, and Orange.
 
After the success of the cobalt blue version of these cardigans, I've decided I need to buy it in every colour because they're so soft, nicely fitting, and good quality for just £10. When I find a style that works for me, I tend to buy it in all colours because I know I will wear it time and time again in a number of different ways. And since I just returned two cardigans, I can use the refund money to snap all three up- yay! 
 
 
Military is one of my favourite recurring trends. It always brings the prospect of some beautiful new coats and jackets, with lots of buttons and/or embellishments. This particular coat would be perfect for toughening up a pretty tea dress. I personally love the shape, and the belted waist is perfect for defining our womanly curves.
 
Make Up and Skin Care
 
 
 
 
 
I have nothing bad to say about Burt's Bees products. They're made from natural ingredients, and are never tested on animals, and after discovering the range a few years ago, I've never looked back. This peppermint foot cream revives dry feet like a dream, and absorbs quickly. I'm almost out, so considering restocking.
 
 
This is one of the best body lotions I've ever used. It absorbs quickly in to the skin and always leaves me with the softest skin I've ever known. The scent isn't too over-powering and reminds me a little of almonds.
 
 
This is a warming cleanser which has an amazing citrus scent. You massage the cleanser in to the skin, and then rinse it off much like you'd do with an exfoliater. I've been craving a new tube of this for ages.
 
 
I bought this highlighter for my Sister this week, and I have to say I'm a little jealous and want it for myself!
 
 
This face mask is designed to target break outs, and although I don't often get spots, I love using this mask. It smells like peppermint and is great for a deep cleanse- my skin always feels fresh and revived after using it. My skin's in need of some TLC right now so this is high on my wish list.
 
 
Because it looks amazing!
 
 
I've still got my sights on this vibrant gold eye liner.
 
8. Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadows
 
You all know how much I love my Inglot eye make up, and recently I've been tempted to invest in some new shades. They've launched some new colours for Summer, and I'm actually loving all the shades shown on their website banners. I'll take one of each, please!
 
And a Few Random Things
 
The visual merchandiser in me loves to find ways to display and organise things, and right now I want to sort out my dressing table...
 
 
And after seeing these wall mounted racks on Georgina's blog Cupcakes's Clothes yesterday, I'm considering buying one or two to display my nail polishes in.
 
Have you got your eye on any of these things?
 
 

 


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tuesday Things: The Liebster Blog Award

Hey guys,
 
The lovely Hannah of Daisies and Dr Martens has very kindly just nominated me for The Liebster Blog Award. Hannah always leaves me the loveliest messages, and has a lovely blog herself, so please go and check it out if you don't follow her already.
 
 
 
The Liebster Award involves:
- Listing 11 things about yourself
- Answering the 11 questions the tagger has set for you
- Creating 11 questions for your nominees
- Choosing up to 11 bloggers linking them to my post and telling them about it
- Only nominating blogs with less than 200 followers, and no tag backs.
 
As I've been nominated for this award a few times already in recent months, I won't nominate any bloggers as I'll just be repeating myself. I follow over two hundred blogs, which is far too many to choose from! I will of course provide you with some facts and answer Hannah's questions.

 

11 Things About Me

 
1. I still like to buy the CDs of albums I want, even though I listen to all my music via my itunes library on my laptop or ipod! I like to have them in my collection. I download, too, but usually save downloading for singles and random songs.
 
2. I have 3881 songs in my itunes library, but have a habit of just playing current favourites over and over.
 
3. It doesn't happen often, but I enjoy being so absorbed with a good book that I spend the entire day reading.
 
4. I know it probably sounds ridiculous, but my pet peeve is seeing statuses that haven't been written with even the most basic spelling and grammar skills. No capital letters, no full stops. Just eighteen sentences in one big jumble ending with fifty two exclamation marks and a lol. I'm by no means the best writer in the world, but for some reason it really annoys me!
 
5. I've never been to a festival but I would love to make it to Reading festival someday.

6. One of the things I miss most from my old, mobile life is going to concerts with my friends.
 
7. I studied animal care at college, and would love to get back in to the field some day, but I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to do a physically demanding job again.
 
8. I love pretty stationery, and will often find myself purchasing new notebooks with no idea what I'll even use them for!
 
9. I'm not sure when or how I stopped being colour shy. I feel more self-conscious in black!
 
10. I love to bake. I find it so therapeutic.
 
11. My freckles multiply, darken and come out larger during Summer days spent in the sunshine. This is especially the case on those days spent in the sea..
 

 

Hannah's Questions and My Answers to Them


 
1. What was the first CD (or, if you're old school like me, it might be a tape cassette or something else cool) that you remember loving?
 
The first album I fell in love with was Boyzone's Said and Done album; I was nine. It was the first album I bought myself and it was a cassette (yeah, I'm showing my age now)! I'm not ashamed to say I still love this band today; I'm not a pop fan, but I make an exception for these Irishmen.

2. What's your latest music purchase/download that you're loving?
 
I think my last purchase was Linkin Park's new album Living Things. It's my new favourite album to listen to. I still like owning albums on CD, and usually only download singles, random songs, or albums by bands I'm not a big fan of.
 
3. What's your signature scent?
 
I usually wear a DKNY scent- either Be Delicious, Red Delicious (usually during A/W months), or Be Delicious Fresh Blossom. I'm also known for wearing Escada in the summer, which is a sweet, fruity scent.

4. Have you got a passion or hobby that not many people know about?
 
I've been known to write in my spare time (as in creative writing), but I don't usually share it with anyone. It's been a while since I've written, actually, but I do find it quite therapeutic.

5. What's the worst job you've ever had and why?
 
During work experience at a zoo, I had to pull the legs off a thawed frozen dead chick to feed to a Harris Hawk. I did it, but it wasn't pleasant- especially having to do it with my bare hands. I loved the two weeks of work experience at that zoo, though!

6. Let's pretend last night you won the lottery. what are you going to do with the money?
 
The first thing I would do is book myself a holiday to New York for a couple of weeks, where I'd stay in my favourite hotel, shop to my heart's content, sight-see, go to a few musicals, and indulge in a few cocktails and some good food. You know what? I might just move myself there if the win was a good one! I'd also fly my best friend out for a well deserved break!
 
I'd see if I could get better treatment for my back injury if I went private. I'd give some of the money to my family and friends so they don't have to worry about money issues. Buy my parents a better house by the sea, and one of my own in Cornwall and in New York. And I'd splurge on lots of new clothes, accessories, and make up.
 
Wow, I must have won a fortune! Haha.

7. Are you a messy or a tidy person?
 
I'm generally a tidy person. Sometimes I think my cleaning/organising sessions are almost borderline OCD. I don't always keep everything neat and tidy, but ever since I stepped on an earring and pierced my foot aged eleven, I've tried to put things away!

8. Do you have any tattoos, or any tattoos planned?

Yes, I have two. I have a star design on my right wrist, and a floral design on my left foot. There are several I want to get in the future- the next being a flock of flying birds with a dandelion, that I want to get along my collar bone to symbolise freedom when mine returns! I also want to get my star tattoo redone (again) to fill in the stars as they look so patchy from the first disastrous tattoo session.

9. Marmite: love it or hate it?
 
Hate it!

10. What's your favourite Disney film?
 
I love Disney films, although I'm a bit Disney-ed out from listening to the soundtracks on repeat at work for a year. I've always loved Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Tarzan, The Rescuers, and now Up! I love all the pixars, too.

11. What would your ideal house be like?
 
I'd love a big house over looking the sea in Cornwall where I could sit out in the garden at night with a few drinks and listen to the waves. I'd want big, airy rooms with plenty of light. The decor would be a mix of retro and modern themes, probably with lots of Cath Kidston-esque prints everywhere, with colour, statement wallpaper, wooden floors and exposed beams. I'd have my own huge walk in wardrobe or dressing room with a place for everything to be displayed for easy-dressing, (and for admiring)! I would also love a library with wall to wall bookshelves full of pretty books that would have window seats and comfy chair with blankets and cushions everywhere. I'd also love a bathroom with monsoon showers, a big kitchen so I could bake to my heart's content, and a big garden filled with pets! Not much, really...

Again, a big thank you to Hannah for nominating me for this award. I had fun answering your questions, and I hope you've enjoyed reading them all!




Turquoise Eye Make Up Look

In my big book of blog plans, I decided Monday should be the day to post about make up and beauty. This could be a make up tutorial, a post about my favourite products, or perhaps some nail art. Really anything that might be used on the skin, hair, or nails.

So the plan was to bring you a make up post with a step by step tutorial today, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I didn't have a hydrotherapy session today due to the bank holiday, but I woke to blinding pain, and struggled to get through a shower, so I knew sitting up to create a look was never going to happen.

I had to force myself to dress, and after a little rest, I decided I would apply some make up because it always makes me feel better in myself.  My mood always lifts when I'm wearing a pretty dress and some eye make up. Strange, but true. I applied the make up whilst lying down in bed, so I haven't got a tutorial to show you BUT I thought I'd still share the results and tell you how I did it.

Today I went for a turquoise eye make up look...



It's a really simple look to create, and I think turquoise would suit most colourings and eye colours.

The first thing I did was to grab the products I thought I might need.


In addition to the make up products, I grabbed my make up brushes and eyelash curlers, moisturiser to mix with my foundation, and cleansing wipes to clean up any mistakes.


These are the tools I actually used:

-Foundation, eyeshadow, blusher, and powder brushes.
-Eyelash curlers.
-And hair clips to keep my hair off my face.

I use Boots Cucumber Cleansing Wipes and The Body Shop Vitamin E moisture cream, which I've used regularly for several years.


For my base I used:

1. Lush Jackie Oates Colour Supplement- mixed on the back of my hand with some moisturiser, and blended all over my face and neck using the foundation brush.

2. The Body Shop Lightening Touch Liquid Concealer in 01- I use this concealer generously under my eyes; applied gently with the ring finger.

3. Benefit The Pore-fessional- This is applied over the foundation on my nose and cheeks. It's a very light, silky primer. It's supposed to reduce the appearance of pores which I have a lot of on my nose, and although it doesn't disguise mine, it does greatly reduce the oiliness.

4. The Body Shop Cheek Colour in 03 Heather Pink- Using the blusher brush I applied this along my cheekbones to the outer apples of my cheeks. I always start from the ear and work towards the apples.

5. The Body Shop Pressed Powder in 01- Once the rest of the base has been applied, I use the powder brush to apply this to any shiny areas, and to set the base.

And the mascara I used on my lashes was:

Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof- though this isn't used until my eyelashes have been curled and my eye make up has been applied.

The blusher is a warm shade of pink.


For today's look, I brought out my recently reorganised colourful Inglot palette, and a dark turquoise eye liner- Bourjois Paris Contour Clubbing Waterproof in Blue Remix.

I used the turquoise trio for today's look which is an Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Rainbow Refill Shade 104R. One rainbow refill will set you back £6.00. Inglot's palettes are sold separately to the make up and start from £4.00 for a single eyeshadow palette. I think the biggest eyeshadow palette they make holds about 40 of these eye shadows- I'd be tempted to splurge on one if I was better off financially! I just learnt that Inglot make up isn't tested on animals, which has raised my love of the range even higher!


So, here's how I got the look...

First I used my eyelash curlers to curl my upper lashes. I usually press and hold for a few seconds on each side.

Then with the eyeshadow brush...

I swept the medium shade (1) across the entire lid until even and vibrant.

Then using the lightest shade (2), I applied the colour to the inner third of the lid as a highlighter, and blended the edges together.

And I used the darkest shade (3) to shade and define the outer third of the lid.

I like to keep my coloured eye make up simple, and don't tend to bring the colour much higher than the lid. The colour is already so vibrant and loud, and if I work colour up towards the brow bone I'd probably find myself looking like a clown.


I followed the eyeshadow steps with a quick coat of eyeliner to the lower lash line with a dark teal eye liner. Truth be told, I forgot to line the upper lid. Oops.

And to finish, I applied a coat of mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

And... voila! Turquoise eyes!

I'm by no means a make up artist or in any way a professional, but this is the way I do my make up, and how I created this look. 

 I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I put this look together.

And yes, I'm wearing my cobalt blue cardigan again. I'm in love with it! I hope you'll ignore the fact that Make Up Monday has been posted two hours in to Tuesday... Well, nobody's perfect!

Night guys.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday Favourites #1

Hey guys,

I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. Who's got the whole bank holiday weekend off?

While brainstorming ideas for blog posts and regular features, I thought it could be interesting to do a summary post each Sunday to share any news and my favourite things of the week with you.  I thought it could be a good way to share a little more about me and the things I'm passionate about, while keeping you updated. What do you think?

We'll give the idea a test-drive today and see what happens.

So I give you my weekly favourites and highlights...

This week I...

Went out in public with my legs bared below the knee for the first time in several years. And survived! Nobody batted an eye lid, and I felt comfortable walking around the hospital with my legs exposed. It was a big step for me, and although I was terrified at the thought, it wasn't scary at all!
I also found myself with an inflatable life belt around my neck at the start of the week. No, I wasn't on a sinking ship, and I wasn't on a plane preparing to crash land- I was in a hydrotherapy pool. My hydrotherapist had us float on our backs in the water with a life belt around our necks and pool noodles under our legs as a relaxation technique after half an hour of stretches. Not so elegant! I felt like I should have been yelling for rescue from a life boat!

What I've been buying

I've been hunting for the perfect knitwear to see me in to Autumn and through to Winter, so I picked up four very different cardigans. The cobalt blue matalan crew neck cardigan (no 1) is my favourite- super soft and oh so pretty. I will be buying the other colours. The robot patterned ASOS cardigan (no 3) is really fun and I can't wait to show you it this Autumn. I sent the pink ASOS cardigan (no 5) back as it swamped me, so if you're considering purchasing one, size down one or two sizes. I'm currently deciding whether to send the bottle green New Look cardi back as it's rather big, but it's such a comfortable, warm and well made cardigan. And I love the colour.
I also bought a gorgeous River Island satchel in ASOS's sale to add to my collection.

And I also ordered a Lush package for my Sister's birthday next week, and may have ordered myself a bath bomb, too...

I'm a good Sister; buying her things I want myself!

Favourite garment or outfit

This week I've been in love with my hummingbird print skirt, and new cobalt blue cardigan. They're now two of my favourite pieces.

Favourite shoes

 I haven't had any need for my own shoes this week, but it hasn't stopped me from admiring lovely shoes on the Internet.

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How pretty are these little beauties?


At the same time I've been dreaming about owning a pair of floral DMs. I love this pair from Schuh.

Favourite bag

Bags are my favourite accessory, and I love collecting them. I like to change my bags over regularly, constantly returning to different ones depending on my outfit or mood. I picked this lovely satchel up mid-week, and I can't wait to use it.

Favourite accessories

I found a necklace on Pinterest, which has a quote from Johnny Cash's Walk The Line on it. I've totally fallen in love with it! It's from a site called Bourbon and Boots; nothing to do with fashion, but a website dedicated to the best of the American South. I also really love an upcoming piece from Maggie Angus- a flapper girl necklace. How cute?!

Favourite song


My most played song of the week is Linkin Park's 'Lost in the Echo'. It's a hell of an opening song to their Living Things album. I can't get enough of Mike Shinoda's voice. Nita knows exactly what I mean! I could listen to him sing, rap, or talk all day long.


Favourite album

I'm still constantly playing Linkin Park's new album 'Living Things'. It's full of great tunes that show off their voices and musical talents perfectly. I love it more with each listen. Each of their albums is so different, but I love how they're always evolving, and how they don't limit themselves to one style of music. For every intense screaming metal tune, their's a soft song to contradict it. To me, that's a sign of a talented musician. Or in this case, six.

My favourite songs on the album have to be Lost in the Echo, In My Remains, Roads Untraveled, I'll Be Gone, Burn It Down, and Powerless. Give them a listen!



I've Been Watching...

Films

My favourite film of the week has to be Walk The Line. I've played it on more than one occasion as the songs keep getting stuck in my head. I didn't know much about Johnny Cash or his music before watching Walk The Line, but I find the era and music fascinating. I think Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (as June Carter) are amazing in this film. It's one of my all time favourites. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out!



TV

I'm enjoying Two Broke Girls for a bit of light-hearted comedy each Thursday, and find myself tuning in to see vintage episodes of Home and Away every weekday evening. (Which is making me feel very old and nostalgic)! I'm also loving the Hairy Dieters. They both have such a loveable Uncle way about them.

Favourite images of the week

I love gaining inspiration from images of all different subjects and usually find some time to pin and scroll through Tumblr each evening.

Here are a few of my favourites of the week.

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Why should I change something as complicated as my body when you won't change something as simple as your mind?

I really want to try out a purple and turquoise eyeshadow look after finding this image.


http://wah-nails.com/post/30108484460/perfect-paisley


Paisley Nails


 And this beautiful fox illustration also captured my heart.

Pinterest

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I've been planning to get a tattoo of a flock of flying birds with a dandelion across my collar bone similar to this when I'm back to full health- to symbolise getting my freedom back. I hadn't considered getting the design on my foot, but this image has me rethinking the location for it now- it looks so pretty there.


 nylonmag.com

You might remember I love bunnies, and I think this tattoo is so cute. It's made me wonder whether to get my Honey bunny, and my old bunny Tigerlily who died at Easter, added to my skin somewhere. Honey is ten and a half now and I had the two since they were 8 weeks old. They've been an important part of my life for a long time now, and mean as much to me as any cat or dog would.
 fashion.telegraph.co.uk

I'm not sure how old this image of Fearne cotton is, but I really love the mix of purple, yellow, coral and black she's wearing together.

Quotes of the week

I love quotes and lyrics, and these are two of the best I came across this week...

I'm sure you've heard that Avril Lavinge is engaged to Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. They seem like such an odd match from the outside, but good luck to them. It didn't stop me from laughing when this popped up on my Tumblr dash, though!

Well, I think I'll leave my weekly favourites there, or risk it turning in to a mammoth post. I hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Let me know if you'd like me to make this a regular feature!


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