26 November 2014

The Me-time Tag


What do you like to watch or read during me-time?
I only read one book  at a time, I know some people read a few at the same time but I think I would merge all the stories together in my head! I have really got back into reading lately as I have about a 50 minute commute to work. I’m thinking of writing a post about some of the books I’ve read recently. I’ve just finished reading A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly which I have probably read about 10 times, it is one of my favourite books from when I was younger and even though it’s meant for young adults I would still really recommend anyone in their 20s to read it too. The photo above shows some other books I've recently read as well. 
As for watching, the old classic would be Friends. I’ve seen every episode at least twice but it is just really comforting. Or I would find a nice rom-com on Netflix. Can you tell my taste in tv and films isn’t that great..? haha.

What do you wear during me-time?
I recently bought some grey marl tracksuit bottoms from Topshop which are the comfiest things I have every owned so I would probably put those on and then some sort of baggy vest top. Or at this time of year I pull out my favourite Primark fleece pjs, they are from last year but are still so soft. I definitely want to buy some more this year! To be super cosy I would grab one of the many blankets on my bed and snuggle up. 



What are your favourite me-time beauty products?
To be honest, when I’m relaxing on my own I don’t really use any beauty products. The first thing I usually do is take my make-up off and do my skincare routine and paint my nails which leads nicely onto the next question..

Current favourite nail polish?
Essie Set in Stones which I featured in this blog post. It is so amazingly glittery and perfect for this time of year.  






What do you eat or drink during me-time?
I'll always have a cup of tea, there is nothing more comforting.

Current favourite candle?
I am so sad about this, but the majority of candles seem to give me headaches
L I used to love the Cranberry Yankee Candle but if I burn it for too long I get a really bad headache and I am yet to find one that doesn’t have this effect!

Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
Definitely not at this time of the year, but in the summer it’s really nice to go out into the garden to read and drink my cup of tea

Would you ever go and watch a film alone?
To the cinema? Probably not, I love going to the cinema as a social thing with friends, we usually go for drinks before or after. I think I’d feel a bit weird going alone.

Favourite online shop?
Probably ASOS, this must be the majority of people’s answer? I would love to find some nice independent stores though, so if you have any recommendations let me know!

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
I eat, A LOT. Mainly chocolate or ice cream – such a typical girl!


Hope you enjoyed this tag! I first saw it on Fleur's youtube channel and then saw Jennie from Sailboat do it on her blog.

I tag Kayleigh, Sophia, Emma and Katie and everyone else who wants to do it! :)
If you've already done it link me in the comments!

Tori

24 November 2014

A Winters NOTD | Essie & L'Occitane



A/W nails usually consist of dark berry reds and navy's which I do really love. But I thought I would try something different and go for an ice-y combination of mint green and silver glitter. I meant to only do this on one nail as an accent. But as you can see I got quite carried away.. 
I absolutely love the effect and can't stop staring at them but I am already dreading having to take all this nail varnish off, glitter is such a pain to remove!!

I thought I would give a quick mention to my favourite hand cream of the moment as well. Winter completely dries my skin out, especially my lips and hands. I haven't found the eprfect lip balm for everyday yet. I like my Nuxe Reve de Miel for when I'm at home but I don't like using it when I'm out and about as you have to put your finger in the pot and that's a bit gross when you have been on the tube! I do want to give the stick version a go though. 
Anyway, back to the handcream. I got this in a set of 3 from my mum, I have had samples of L'Occitane hand cream before and I love it! It sinks in really quickly and is the perfect hand cream to have on my desk at work. It's pretty pricey compared to some offerings you can find in Boots or Superdrug but at £8 for a travel size, I don't think it's that bad! 

What do you think of my nails? Too over the top or the perfect amount of wintery festive glitter?

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tori

17 November 2014

Pinterest Inspiration


Previous inspirations posts; one & two

Tumblr was my go to for inspiration but recently Pinterest has over-taken. I love how you can organise everything into different boards. I currently have four; Hair & Beauty, Fashion, Interior Design and Tattoos. But if I was looking to decorate my bedroom I could create a whole new board to collect all my inspirations! 

I am currently debating a tattoo, so that's the board I've been re-visiting the most. I am still undecided, and I'm sure my mum would prefer if I chose not to get one, but sometimes you've got to follow your own decisions! I would only want something really small and I already have an idea of what I would want which has a personal meaning. Of course I would share it on my blog if I did decide to get it. So watch this space!

All of these images can be found on my Pinterest boards along with lots of other pictures. Please leave your Pinterest links in the comments, I need more people to follow!

Hope you have a great week!

Tori


12 November 2014

Christmas in London






I'm really enjoying living in London while it's all Christmassy! Everyone at work is getting in the mood and we are already planning desk decorations. And I got my work Christmas party invite so it's definitely time to get excited!

Starbucks have brought out their red cups again which is always a big deal, the toffee nut latte is my fave. Costa's sticky toffee latte is also pretty good. But if you don't instagram it, did it really happen?!

Tom and I went on the hunt for a cuddly Monty the penguin from the John Lewis advert (which obviously made me cry, so cute!) but we couldn't find one :( I did get a snap with this model Monty though! We also visited the John Lewis roof top garden which had such lovely views of all the gorgeous Christmas lights on Oxford Street and you can also see the top of the shard and the London Eye. I would definitely recommend, there's a Hotel Chocolat bar there as well so you can grab a hot chocolate. 

Selfridges looked absolutely amazing, their window displays are the best I've ever seen. None of my pictures gave them justice so I'd definitely recommend going along! Their Christmas emporium on the 5th floor is really good too, although I did spy a bauble for £23!! So don't get too carried away!

I know some people will say it's too early to get excited for Christmas but there are lots of Christmas campaigns being organised and talked about at work so I can't help it!!

Anyone else prematurely excited for Christmas?! 

Hope you're having a good week :)

Tori


26 October 2014

London.





I have survived my first two weeks in London! 

I am so happy I made the decision to move here. I was so scared to move far away from my family again and have to make new friends at work. But I couldn't have asked for nicer workmates, everyone has made loads of effort to include me which is so lovely. We had our first work social which was a pub quiz, unfortunately we came 2nd last which is not great but at least we weren't last!! 

I have also been out both Saturday nights with friends. We went to Mayfair one night and I couldn't believe how expensive everything was. A double was £12!! A double in the Midlands is about a fiver, crazy! Last night was my boyfriends housewarming where I'm temporarily staying until I find a place. I definitely had a few too many vodka lemonades so I am not feeling quite so fresh today!

I'm off to Ireland for a wedding on Friday which I am very excited about! I've never been to Ireland so it will be fun although we're only there for one night so there won't be much time for exploring unfortunately but I'm excited to meet all my boyfriends family :). 

I definitely want to do some more exploring from now on, there's so much to see and do in London. But it's payday on Tuesday so I'm thinking my first stop will be Oxford Street ;)

Hope you've had a great weekend! 

Tori


19 October 2014

Haul | Bags, Books & Lipsticks


Moving to London means there are so many amazing shops around but for some reason I am always drawn in to Topshop. I think it's because I know I will find things I like in there, but I do need to branch out from the typical high street shops and take advantage of living in London. But anyway, I found lots of things and spent far too much money.

There is no guidelines about what to wear at my new job, you can go in trainers jeans and a hoody if you wanted to. Which will be great for those mornings when I need those extra 20 mins sleep but generally I do like to make a bit of an effort so I thought I would get a few new bits to perk up my wardrobe.

My best friend bought the coated Topshop Leigh jeans and (with her permission) I copied her! They are a bit smarter than normal jeans but still really comfortable. One thing to bare in mind is that they aren't as stretchy as normal jeans, I think it's to do with the coating on them, I bought my regular size and they are definitely quite snug but I think as I wear them more they will loosen up a bit.

I bought two tops, this Topshop shirt that I have seen Lily Pebbles wearing and I'm so glad I bought it, it hangs so nicely and is really flattering. Then I noticed that everything I was looking at was black and white, I am definitely loving monochrome but I thought I should inject a bit of colour so I went for this peachy orange loose t-shirt. I love this paired with my new jeans.

Finally from Topshop I got myself a new bag, I can't seem to find it on the website though, sorry! I used to buy bags constantly when I was younger but I hadn't bought one in a long time, so I think it was due! I splashed out and got this beautiful black leather bag which I think will last for ages and obviously because it's black it goes with everything.

I also bought Revlon Black Cherry lipstick which I've wanted for ages. I'm getting back into wearing lipsticks, I was always too self conscious to wear them at my last job but new job, new lipsticks! I finally bought Gone Girl, I know I'm a bit late to the party and everyone is raving about the film but I always want to read books first. And sometimes if I love a book loads I won't ever watch the film cause I'm always worried it won't live up to my expectations and then once I've seen a film it makes me forget how I imagined it - Harry Potter is a very good example of this. I will never ever watch The Lovely Bones cause that is my all time favourite book, if you haven't read it I would highly recommend but be prepared for tears!!

I definitely need to rein in the spending from now on, living in London is so expensive!!
Hope you've had a great weekend!

Tori


8 October 2014

Bad Blogger

A giant deckchair...cool, right?

I don't even know how to start a blog post anymore, it has been that long! Over two months without a single blog post...whoops! I'm not about to type out a load of excuses, I just fell out of love with blogging to be honest. I don't know why but I just didn't want to do it. I was having a pretty hectic time with a lot going on in my personal life. My Grandad isn't very well and combining that with moving out of my flat and getting a new job made for a pretty busy schedule. Sorry!

So, about this new job. I am finally making the move to London and starting a job in an industry I am really passionate about, I don't want to talk too much about it until I have started but I can't wait to get stuck in on Monday. The rest of this week is going to be really hectic, I finish my current job on Saturday, move to London on Sunday and start my new job on Monday. I'm tired just thinking about it! I can't wait to be start living in London, it is something I have wanted to do for a long time but I've always found it a little intimidating. Let me know any recommendations of things to do or restaurants to visit because I know nothing about London at all!

Hopefully this new job will give me more blogging time because I will finally have a Monday-Friday job. I am so sick of working Saturdays so I am ready to take advantage of the weekends and get lots of blogging done. 

Thank you to the people who have still been reading and checking back to my blog, I promise to try harder

Tori