21 December 2014

Winter Berry Lips

all pictures from Pinterest
I've been seeing berry red lips all over my Pinterest feed. I love the pairing of a dramatic lip with flawless skin and a slick of mascara. Definitely perfect for this time of year and a perfect Christmas Day make-up look.

What look will you be rocking this Christmas?

Tori

17 December 2014

The Start of my Fitness Journey?



Towards the end of this year I got in the very bad habit of spending at least 20 mins a day criticising myself and moaning to my boyfriend about how unhappy I was and how little confidence I had. I put on a front to everyone else but I really wasn't happy with my appearance or my general health levels. I mean, walking up the two flights of stairs at work was an effort!! At my old job I did a lot of walking, usually up to 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. I think this was keeping me fitter and healthier than I realised but since starting an office job where I am sat down all day I have really started to notice.

So almost 3 weeks ago I decided to start running and stop feeling sorry for myself. I read my friend Hannah's blog post on her fitness journey and it spurred me on, it made me realise I wasn't the only person who had tried running and not immediately fallen in love and that giving it time was key.




On Monday I started to see the difference in my fitness level and in my shape. I ran the furthest I've run so far. I put on my favourite jeans and they no longer gave me stomach ache by the end of the day by being so tight. I am so happy I gave myself a kick and started this journey. I'm never going to be an amazing runner but I'm definitely going to be a trier. Seeing a difference definitely gives you a push to keep going.






I'm trying to go running or do some form of exercise every other day. I don't want to over do it because that's when I start to really hate it. If you can recommend any good YouTube home work out videos, that would be great! Because sometimes it really is just too cold to venture outside..


Keeping my fingers crossed that this motivation doesn't disappear!

Tori

ps, a week today until Christmas Eve!!

8 December 2014

Christmas Shopping with my Mum!






I know my blog is having a bit of a Christmas takeover at the minute, I'm sorry but I just love Christmas A LOT. I clearly get this obsession from my mum, can you spot her snowman mittens? She is also wearing a Santa watch. Since I'm living in London my mum decided to take advantage and come visit me so we could be festive and do a spot of sneaky shopping!! I found a new favourite shop, Pull & Bear. I'd heard about it a lot but I assumed it was pretty expensive, I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was about Topshop prices, which isn't cheap but not too crazy! 

We could not have asked for better weather, it was one of those clear, cold, crisp winter days. We did a lot of walking which we wouldn't have been able to if it had been raining. We started off in Covent Garden, then walked to Somerset House. We then got the tube to Oxford Circus and spent a lot of money. Then we walked through Hyde Park to Kensington and had a mooch in Harvey Nichols where I fiiinally found the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder which I already love!

All in all I had a lovely festive day with my mum. I lived at home for a month before moving to London and I have to say, I really miss her!! Yep, I'm 22 but I'm definitely not to old to miss my mum so I'm so happy that we got to spend a whole day just the two of us. There was lots of laughing, walking, shopping and eating - perfect. Oh, and I think we saw about 10 Christmas trees too!

Hope you all have a great week!

Tori


1 December 2014

Early Christmas Day


Everyone has been so excited that today is the first of December but I've been excited since 28th November because the 29th was my early Christmas day with my Dad and little sister! My Dad is swanning off to Australia with my Grandad for all of December so we had to celebrate early. It was such a fun weekend and even though I'd been ill towards the end of the week our 'christmas morning' really perked me up and by the time the turkey was served I was feeling pretty good. I was not feeling too good on Sunday after all the wine though... 

When we got back to our flat in London our housemate had decorated our flat with his family so we are all truly in the Christmas spirit. Next job is to buy a Christmas jumper!

Is everyone excited about Christmas now??

Hope you have a great week!
Tori

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