Sunday, November 16, 2014

& other stories heels

chances are by now you've probably heard of & other stories, which is part of the h&m group and launched last year i believe. i first came across the store in paris and thought the layout and store in general was completely beautiful - not realising there was one on regent street! 

anyway, i just wanted to show off my new 'practical' heels, everyone needs a pair, right? by practical i don't necessarily mean.. weather proof or anything because these are 'velvet' and therefore not the best for england AT ALL. the heel height however, is super practical! they're only about 3 inches and a block heel so easy to walk in for longer periods of time. and they're black, so obviously go with everything.

& other stories velvet pumps, £55

to look at front on these are pretty standard black heels with a cute gold trim around the front but then the back of the heel.. THE BACK OF THE HEEL... is the total selling point. a gold metal lion!! what more could you want from a pair of shoes?

wow third post in a row all about my black and gold shoes and bags. i'm a bit embarrassed because that wasn't even planned but that's okay. note to self: sort your life out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

new shoes

topshop frieda lace up shoes, £26

it's that time of the year again where my £4 primark shoes can't cope with the rain and consequently fall apart after about 2 days. this is where most people turn to boots, but i really struggle with boots! firstly i'm incredibly fussy and usually find it a struggle to find boots i like, and secondly i'm in between shoe sizes and have a slightly higher arch than normal so finding boots that actually fit properly isn't easy either. a stressful situation if i ever did witness one.

so i tend to turn to brogues in autumn/winter time. shoes that cover a little bit more than pumps and that will hopefully last a little longer than a few days. although these topshop ones aren't real leather, i really liked the mock croc and gold detailing, and they seem somewhat better quality... so thought they'd get me through until i can at least find something more long-lasting! any suggestions would be lovely.

these also come in tan which i was tempted by, but black and gold is one of my all time favourite combos and i guess you can't really go wrong with black. 

whilst in topshop i also picked up a new cream cable knit bobble hat which is HUGE and snuggly. paid slightly more than i wanted to for a hat but the massive pompom seriously won me over.

i guess it's officially winter then.

Monday, November 03, 2014

mulberry medium lily and bow french purse

isn't she pretty?

i've always been one of those people who has swooned over designer handbags then consequently cringed at how much money they actually cost. then one day, i fell in love with the mulberry lily. i decided to start saving, and if in a couple of months i still loved it... i'd buy it. a couple of months went by and then some more.. it got to the point where i'd saved more than enough money to buy it i just couldn't bring myself to part with so much money! i ummed and ahhed for a while, weighed up the pros and cons and then just did it. i figured i'd saved my own money, and probably wouldn't be in the position any time soon to be able to buy it again

and i love it. it's the perfect size for me, i tend to avoid big bags because i just fill them with things i don't need and they end up killing my arms. i can fit everything i need on a day to day basis in the lily - including an umbrella! it's the perfect day to night bag and it's still in amazing condition considering i'm pretty accident prone.

the only problem i had with the lily was my lovely french-bulldog-pattern ted baker purse took up too much room in it. the only reasonable thing to do (yeah..) was to invest in the mulberry bow french purse.. wasn't it. no, it probably wasn't but in a moment of madness i just went for it, and i'm really happy i did because it's gorgeous!

don't worry, my blog isn't now going to turn into a crazy expensive love affair. i don't plan on saving for any more designer bags (!) just yet.

Friday, October 31, 2014

hello world

happy halloween! i thought today would be the best day for a not so secret goth like myself to pick up blogging again. although there's a couple of posts here and there i haven't really blogged properly since 2012, and i'm not too sure why.

i guess my life has changed quite a lot since i used to blog reguarly. i live in london with a boy and have a real job. i feel like blogging has changed so drastically since i started that it almost became overwhelming. there's so many amazing blogs out there and so many oppourtunities i just didn't know where i fit into that.

when i started blogging i never expected anyone to even read it and i didn't even KNOW the free stuff that came with it. i'm definitely not a 'popular' blogger by any means so i never ever expected to be sent things to review or offered money in exchange for posts. isn't it fascinating how that's just the norm now? bloggers are sent items in exchange for their (hopefully) kind words.

i don't know about you, but i think it's got to a point now where once devoted readers are now questioning bloggers more. as a reader it's a little off putting to see 10 blog posts in a row by 10 different bloggers all praising and bowing down to the latest beauty release that was sent as a press sample and which the blogger was likely paid to write.

new launches now "land on desks" daily and although there's absolutely nothing wrong with that it also makes it harder for the average blogger to keep up, and harder for the average reader to understand. most bloggers pride themselves on being 100% honest, and i do believe the majority are... but surely seeing 10 positive reviews about the same thing in a row must seem even a little fishy to them? i know i've felt a bit funny posting about something everyone's raving about in the past, even if i had paid for it!

i didn't expect to ever feel overwhelmed or anything negative towards my blog but i suppose i have. during my massively long break away though, i've also realised i do actually really miss blogging! i just need to go back to the beginning. i started my blog because i wanted to and it's just a bonus that people chose to read it (past tense because you may all have disappeared by now!) and that's all that matters. i love all the lovely people i've met through blogging and i love speaking to bloggers on twitter SO THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO DO.

no pressure, no promises just back to filling my happy little space on the internet with things that make me happy. i hope you stick around.

Monday, August 18, 2014

yes to carrots? NO TO CARROTS.


it’s likely you may have heard of the brand Yes To – they’re apparently a global leader in natural beauty products and on paper seem pretty great, which is why i picked up a couple of their products to try out. as you can probably guess my experience was not the best. in fact, i only actually tried the eye cream (pictured) and the rest of the things i bought were put in the bin.

i should probably start with explaining i do not have sensitive skin at all, my skin in general is quite good – i don’t have breakouts and don’t suffer with overly oily/dry skin at all. i’ve never reacted to any product before (and i’ve put a lot of stuff on my face over the years.) obviously i know reactions can happen to anything/at any time but i’m not usually someone it happens to, if that makes sense.

i used the eye cream on the 24th july, usually i apply eye cream right before bed but this time i for some reason or other decided to apply it earlier on in the evening… and i’m very thankful i did. within 20 minutes my face felt hot, then quite quickly the area around my eyes started to burn and spread across my face. bearing in mind the cream was only put around my eye area, this was quite worrying. i washed my face immediately and was left with the area around my eyes burnt and missing a layer of skin and the rest of my face red and swollen.

i tweeted my experience to @Yes_To and as you can see quite a few different ladies replied with similar stories and eventually Yes To responded telling me to email my concerns to their PR company, which i did.
the PR company were apologetic and offered to send me more products (!) which i obviously declined, however they did refund me for everything i bought. the PR did tell me that they hadn't received ANY other complaints in the UK and US which i’m not 100% sure is true, judging by twitter.

my complaint was forwarded to the product team to which (after a week and a half) said there wasn't anything wrong with the eye cream (expected). the email however ended with “sorry you didn't enjoy our products” – ERMMMMM. the picture below is my skin a couple of weeks after using the cream and i've emailed and waited over a month to conclude they're sorry i didn't enjoy their products. nothing like kicking a girl when she's down is there?

oh, and they're now ignoring all my emails and not replying to my tweets anymore. awesome customer service, eh?