27 January 2016

Jewellery Essentials

Every day Jewellery - necklace, rings


I've always loved jewellery, from those huge plastic rings you used to find in vending machines at the pub or the heart necklaces which you shared with your best friend.

I like to think my tastes have been refined now that I'm in my twenties. I've been slowly building up a collection of jewellery that I can wear every day with no concerns about my fingers turning green. Damn you, Topshop rings! 

My metal of choice is silver. I'm not sure what made me lean more towards this than gold, but I've made the commitment now. I am not a fan of mixing metals, even though I know a lot of people will disagree.

My most treasured pieces are my Marc Jacobs watch and the circle necklace, both were gifts from my family. My Nana and Grandad bought me the Marc Jacobs watch, it's the first expensive piece of jewellery I have owned and I love it. It's quite a chunky piece which fits perfectly with my style and sits nicely alongside some of my more delicate rings.

If you look carefully you will be able to see that on the circle necklace it says 'Tor ❤ Tom'. I know, I know, how cheesy. But in my defense, it was a present from my mum and I adore it. I wear it alongside the feather necklace which was a gift from Tom. I really like how they are different length chains so they sit really nicely together. 

 Next up are my Pandora bracelets. My Pandora bracelets are a constant work in progress, every birthday and Christmas there are a few more charms added to them. I've built quite the collection now! Some of my favourites are the Big Ben charm which was a gift for when I moved to London and a house charm which was given to me when I first moved into my own flat after uni. Another great one has a wine bottle and wine glass on it. It turns out my mum went to a Pandora shop and said she wasn't sure what to get me, they told her to think about my hobbies. Literally all she could think of was wine. I mean it's fairly accurate but surely there is more about me than my ability to drink copious amounts of wine on a Friday night!


The rings are probably the most interchangeable aspect of my daily jewellery collection. I like to wear multiple rings, currently I'm wearing between 4 and 5 everyday. My favourites are dainty silver rings, Tom bought me two new ones for Christmas with green toned stones in them which are daily staples now. I also religiously wear a plain silver band on my thumb. Then I interchange between a couple of others. I really recommend Shop Dixi for rings that are pretty affordable but also don't turn your fingers green!! 

The one aspect missing in my jewellery collection is earrings. I do have my ears pierced but for some reason wearing earrings doesn't appeal to me. I generally find them pretty uncomfortable. I've been bought some gorgeous earrings in the past and will occasionally wear them on nights out or special occasions but they are normally a no no for me.



Do you have pieces of jewellery you wear every day?



Tori



Ps, How cute is the little ring dish from Flamingo Gifts :)

24 January 2016

My Favourite Day of the Week



Sundays are quickly becoming my favourite day of the week. Starting with a lie-in followed by a lazy brunch with a uni friend. A tiny bit of shopping and then relaxing with a beautiful book and Tom. Perfect.

Today's shopping was replenishing my every day makeup necessities. I re-purchased the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, and decided to try their Healthy Mix Concealer as they didn't have my shade in my usual Rimmel Wake Me Up. As I'd spent over £12 on Bourjois, I got a Rouge Edition lipstick for free, love Boots and their offers! I've not tried these lipsticks before, so I will let you know how I get on.

I hope you're having a relaxing Sunday!

Tori

17 January 2016

Beauty Favourites


Some of my current beauty favourites


This weekend has been filled with friends. Friday night was spent in Nandos drinking wine, and Saturday in a coffee shop catching up with school friends. Now it's Sunday and I'm relaxing in my tracksuit bottoms watching Harry Potter. So glamorous. 

The aim for the rest of my day is to do some washing, clean our flat and then relax with a film and some candles with Tom. I've also just bought the Cosmo issue in the photo so before I start anything I'm going to curl up with a cup of tea and flick through my magazine. I know it's been a full week since I've last posted on here, and I do want to try to post more often - but, the light is so bad. I try to take photos on the weekend but it's so dull. I need some sunlight in my life. I will try better...

Oh, and if you're going to buy any of my current favourites, I would highly recommend the Bourjois foundation. It has been my favourite for well over a year now.

I hope you have had a great weekend.

Tori


10 January 2016

Purple Polishes




Colours shown; 
Lilacism, Bahama Mama
Splash of Grenadine, Warm and Toasty Turtleneck

Essie nail polishes have been my favourites for a long time. Opaque in two coats, chip free for 4 days at least and a huge range of colours.

Recently I've been opting for purple toned nails. Currently wearing Warm and Toasty Turtleneck, a muted, dark purple which I think is very appropriate for the gloomy weather we're currently experiencing in London.

Lilacism is a lovely pastel purple which tends to go a bit unloved during Winter but I love it during Spring. Bahama Mama is a dark purple with hints of pink which I think is a twist on the classic dark red/burgundy that is popular in Autumn. And finally is Splash of Grenadine, I love wearing this to bring some colour to my outfits as I am a monochrome girl through and through.

Are you a fan of purple nail polishes?

Tori 

9 January 2016

Saturday Inspiration


Saturdays. 

 Nail varnishes, Chanel lipsticks and a coffee table book full of inspiration.

Perfect.

This Kate Spade book was a Christmas gift from my boyfriends sister. The book is filled with beautiful pictures and words. Created for Kate Spade's 20th anniversary it is a collection of their inspirations. From the colour red to the city of New York. 

So today, I'm curled up with a cup of tea, ready to be inspired.

Tori

3 January 2016

Vague New Years Resolutions


Pyjamas: Topshop
Dressing Gown: John Lewis (similar)

Happy New Year!

I've decided to start a new blog series called Sunday Chats where I can just chat about whatever I fancy really! I wanted to introduce some structure to my blog, so that readers know when to expect new content and to motivate me to write regularly. I am writing this weeks post snuggled up in my dressing gown, watching the Simpsons and waiting for my rice to cook. Brown rice takes so damn long to cook!! 

I haven't made any concrete New Years resolutions really, but one of my vague resolutions was to make more of my weekends. I live in London so there's always loads to do, but there is also always loads to do on a Friday night. Which means, I tend to spend my weekend recovering from a few to many glasses of wine. Oh dear! 

Today I decided to tackle this (sort of) resolution head on and I met up with one of my work besties and we had lunch together. We went to Hays Galleria near London Bridge because I'd been before and I think it's so pretty. We ended up in Cafe Rouge where we had the exact same order of diet coke and a goats cheese salad. No alcohol, another sort of resolution. The food was good (although not that photogenic which is why there is no photo!) and it wasn't too expensive, which is a winner in January when everyone is flat broke.

Now I'm back home, I'm thinking about the inevitable - work tomorrow. I would love more time off, but I am actually pretty excited to see all my friends and see how their Christmas and New Years were. Trying to see the positives! I am definitely going to struggle with my 7am alarm though, seeing as I've been getting up at around midday for the last week...

Hope you all have a great week and that work is bearable for you :)

Tori

29 December 2015

Aztec Mess in 2016



I, along with everyone else it seems, find the lull between Christmas and New Year a strange time. I'm not sure what to do with myself. I'm lucky that I managed to book this time off work so I'm still at home with my family which is great. But I do feel like I'm just slobbing around, I have eaten crap and drank what feels like endless bottles of wine. I just keep telling myself that the health kick starts on the 1st.

Christmas has been a lovely time with family and delicious food, reunions with school friends and more presents than I could have wished for. Including these gorgeous Kurt Geiger boots. I hope you all got spoilt this Christmas and managed to spend some quality time with friends and family.

While I've not got much going on, I've been planning some fun things for my blog for 2016. I feel like I got a bit lost with it this year and wasn't really sure where I wanted to take my content. Hopefully 2016 will see good things, I want to go back to my blog being my hobby and worrying less about the business side of things.

Some of the goals for Aztec Mess in 2015

1. Improve my photography and my writing skills.

I know I'm never going to be the best writer and I always want my blog to be written in a colloquial style as that's my favourite style to read but I think I can definitely improve and take more time when writing my posts.

2. Re-design my blog

I have had this design for quite a while, and I do still love it but I think it's time for a change. I just need to find somewhere that will do it for less than £50 ideally. Any recommendations would be great.

3. Only accept sponsored posts or PR gifts that are truly right for my blog

I found myself accepting PR gifts in exchange for a post without really thinking about whether it would have a positive impact on my blog. I think this is easy to do, all those emails offering you a freebie seem so appealing and exciting, but I know that some of the things I have accepted haven't been right and the posts don't seem natural at all.

Are there things you're changing for your blogs in 2016? Or anything specific you'd like to see change on Aztec Mess?

Tori