30 April 2015

Finished by Folli Follie


Bracelets - Folli Follie*
Sunglasses - Folli Follie*

You might remember that I wrote my birthday wish list post here, Folli Follie then paired me with another blogger which was Holly from Rock on Holly. We got to pick accessories for each other and Folli Follie kindly sent them to us. Definitely go have a read of Holly's post here and see what accessories I picked for her.

I got these absolutely gorgeous bracelets, which are rose gold, silver and gold. They catch the sunlight so nicely and are definitely one of the nicest pieces of jewellery I own. I also got these aviator sunglasses, the only other pair of sunglasses I own are a pair I bought from a Spanish market years ago, so I was in definite need of an upgrade!

What do you think of the pieces Holly chose for me?

Tori

24 April 2015

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty




Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. My friend had bought me tickets for my birthday, which was so lovely of her, unfortunately she couldn't come as she was poorly so I took one of my friends from work. 

I have never been to the V&A before so I was really excited. We arrived a bit early as we had a time slot at 7.30pm and went to a cafe nearby and had a glass of wine. 7.30pm soon rolled round and we went to the museum. I managed to get a few snaps before I was told off, whoops! I honestly didn't see any signs saying no photography, so they must have been pretty subtle.

The exhibition was so interesting, there were clothes from all his well known exhibitions such as Highland Rape. He famously had a Kate Moss hologram at his NY fashion show in 2006 which is on display, it is more mesmerizing in person then any video will be. The walls were also covered in quotes from Alexander McQueen himself. They were really interesting and often a little disturbing, this was enhanced by the eerie music playing throughout the exhibition. If you're a fan of Alexander McQueen you will know that he was a somewhat troubled character which was definitely reflected in his collections and his words.

I would really recommend going to the exhibition if you get a chance, it is really inspiring and interesting to find out more about the designer behind the collections.

Tori


21 April 2015

Review | Revlon Base and Top Coat

Review | Revlon Base and Top Coat

I've been trying out the Revlon base and top coat for the last two weeks, which involved 3 changes of nail polishes. I was drawn in by the packaging, I think the frosted glass looks really expensive. They are nail varnishes that I would be happy to have on display. They say they are fast drying, which is true. But unfortunately I think that is where the positives end.

I am an Essie addict and almost exclusive use Essie nail polishes every time I paint my nails. With my old combination of the OPI Nail Envy as a base and the Rimmel top coat my nail would last for 5 days with no chips. So this is the kind of lasting power I have come to expect. The Revlon duo did not live up to these expectations. The first time I used them my nail polish chipped the same day, so I thought maybe I used too thick layers by accident. So I gave them another go, but the same thing happened again. I don't know what it is about the formula but it doesn't seem to adhere to my nail meaning that I can just peel off my nail varnish, which on the one hand is so satisfying but a little annoying when I walk out the house and notice one nail is completely missing the nail varnish! 

I haven't changed anything else in my nail routine so it isn't any moisturiser I'm using and it definitely isn't my beloved Essie nail polishes. So unfortunately as lovely as these Revlon nail polishes look, I really would not recommend.

I'm still on the look out for great base/top coats, so please leave any recommendations in the comments!

Tori

19 April 2015

NOTD | Essie Peach Daiquiri

Essie's Peach Daiquiri Nail Polish

Essie's Peach Daiquiri Nail Polish

The recent sunny weather inspired me to bring out the more colourful nail varnishes from my stash. This weekend Essie's Peach Daiquiri has been my colour of choice. It is such a lovely bright pink with a touch of coral. Funny story, I actually bought this nail varnish twice without realising haha! I think that's a sign I have too many nail colours, whoops. 

I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

Tori

14 April 2015

Life Lately | Brighton




It always surprises me how close Brighton is to London, only an hour on the train! On Friday I was able to attend a conference for work called #BrightonSEO. I found it really interesting, especially as I have only been in the industry for 6 months so I still have a lot to learn.

We went to the beach on our lunch break and it was so lovely. I have a weird hatred of sand so I was extremely happy that it was a pebble beach. It's still surprisingly comfortable to lie down on!

Obviously we wanted to take advantage of being in Brighton so a couple of us booked to stay in a hostel overnight. It was above a pub and not the nicest place I've ever stayed in but it did the job! We went to a few pubs and bars and then I finished the night sitting on the beach with fish and chips, perfect! The next day we made our way down to the pier after a nice full English to help the hangover. I spent some 2ps on the machines in the arcade, obviously. But it was so windy so we only stayed for about 20 minutes and then hopped on the train back to London.

It was so nice to explore outside of London and now I've realised how close it is, I am definitely going to go again. My boyfriend and I want to spend a weekend there, maybe when the weather is a bit better.

Anywhere else around London that you think I should explore?
Hope you're having a good week :)

Tori

PS, We failed to spot Zoella haha



7 April 2015

Easter Weekend




My blog has had a bit of a lull over the Easter weekend, sorry about that! I went back home to the Midlands to spend some time with my family and friends. I ate a lot of chocolate and drank copious amounts of wine. But now it is back to reality which is starting with a run tonight!

So starting with an Easter selfie, I have been loving this make up look recently, shunning my usual gel eyeliner for soft brown eyeshadows with a bit of pencil eyeliner in the corners. Also, even though I didn't give the Benefit Roller Lash the nicest review, I have been continuing to use it and my opinion may be changing..if it does I will definitely update you!

On Monday I popped round to my friend Becki's house. We grew up round the corner from each other and have been besties since we were about 8! It was great to catch up with her and her boyfriend. AND she has the cutest little rabbit and she had just bought a lead so he was hopping around the garden having the time of his life!

Finally one of the most exciting parts of the weekend was that my gorgeous friend Ellie came back from New Zealand where she has been for 10 years!! She left England when we were only about 12 but we have managed to keep in touch which is awesome. I was so excited to see her and we caught up over several glasses of wine. I love how she has a full on New Zealand accent now!

I have had such a lovely weekend but now back to start the healthy eating and exercise again. 3 weeks today until my birthday so I need to get on it!!

Hope you all had a great weekend :)

Tori


2 April 2015

Mental Health, Removing the Stigma

A lot of bloggers have written posts about mental health which I think is a great thing. So when the Priory Group got in touch to ask if I'd like to raise awareness, of course I said yes. You probably already know that I have suffered with anxiety myself since my 2nd year of university. I've mentioned it a few times on the blog, back in 2014 here and more recently here.

The Priory Group recently launched a campaign which is looking to raise awareness of the stigma and disbelief that students with mental health conditions receive from their classmates and, sadly, their teachers too. 


To me the statistic above unfortunately isn't that shocking. I know a lot of people who doubted my anxiety, who thought I was lazy, couldn't be bothered etc. It was hard because it often made me feel like I couldn't be honest about how I was truly feeling. I would lie and say I had no money, I had a migraine, or whatever excuse I could think of at the time. But I was lucky that I had a really supportive boyfriend and two amazing housemates who were really patient and understanding. 

There are awareness days such as University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day and charities such as Student Minds which are trying to create campuses where students can feel comfortable talking about their illness and be able to access any help they may need.

If you suffer with any form of mental health illness, I hope you feel comfortable to speak to those around you but if not there are lots of numbers you can call to speak to someone anonymously or email addresses if you're not comfortable with phone calls. 

MIND www.mind.org.uk 0300 123 3393
SANE Mental Health www.sane.org.uk 0845 767 8000
NHS Direct www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk 0845 4647
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk 0808 8020 5544
Priory Hospitals  www.priorygroup.com 0800 280 8176

Tori

*definitely NOT sponsored, just want to help raise awareness