Christmas Wish List

So Christmas is exactly a month away and even though there’s been so many Christmas-y things around I’ve managed to ignore them up until now. Suddenly I’ve been completely thrown in to the Christmas deep end, I need to buy presents and a tree and decorations, and on top of that you have family asking you what you want and can never give an answer. So to help you all out I have devised a Christmas mood board, whether you use it for present ideas, or to direct your family to when they don’t know what to get you (that’s my plan!).



1. Mr. Tea

2. Essie A List 

3. Daisy Midi Ring 

4. Personalised Initial Lunchy 

5. Honey Bee Necklace


6. Great British Chocolate Library

7. Velvet Cut Out Skater Dress

8. The Book Of Burger

9. Scented Macaron Coin Purse

10. Brogue Chelsea Boots


11. Garden Rose Wallet

12. Classic St Andrews Watch

13. Friendship Bracelet

14. Rose Dressing Gown

15. Afternoon Tea Hamper

What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?


Just A Walk In The Park

Autumn has always been one of my favourite seasons. It’s all layering, hot drinks, orange colours and scarves. It’s still warm enough not to complain and not cold enough to just want to stay inside. My most definite favourite bit is when all the leaves turn all crinkly and colourful and everywhere crunches as you walk.











Ice cream in rainy November 😀






Very blurry squirrel, but I’d never been that close to one so I was a bit excited!




What are your favourite things about Autumn?

25 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

Seeing as we’re not likely to be seeing the sun until sometime next May, we need to make the most of being inside instead of wistfully looking out the window and hoping for a ray of sunshine. Or at least hoping for no rain.



1. Make cake

2. Have a spa day with friends

3. Have a girly night in with cocktails, pizza and chic flicks

4. Catch up on work or housework

5. Pamper yourself with a bubble bath and a glass of wine

6. Read a book

7. Organise your wardrobe (or floordrobe!)

8. Learn a new skill (musical instrument, crochet etc)

9. Work on one of your hobbies

10. Internet shop in your pajamas

11. Re-vamp your blog

12. Have a clothes customizing party

13. Have a clothes swap party. Bake some cupcakes, shake up some cocktails and get rid of some unwanted clothes

14. Catch up on your favourite TV show

15. Try a new workout video or exercise (I suggest skipping)

16. Plan an exotic holiday for the summer

17. Call or visit your family

18. Try a new hairstyle or different makeup. I recently perfected my winged eyeliner look!

19. Write a good old-fashioned letter to a friend

20. Christmas shop online to avoid the crowds

21. Give your home a new look by rearranging furniture, or making some homemade art for the walls

22. Try out new recipes until you find a new favourite

23. Clear out your makeup drawer. Do you really still need that bright yellow nail polish you bought when you were 15?

24. Learn about a new topic. Have you ever wondered how your TV works? No, me neither. But you know what I mean!

25. Play board games. We’ve all got them in the house getting dusty somewhere, so get some use out of them!


What do you enjoy doing on rainy days?

Instagram Catch Up


1. Peach martini from Mooch bar 2. Summer fruits 3. Ludlow castle 4. Mojito making equipment 5. Fresh orange juice 6. Yo sushi feast 7. Cute kitty! 8. Successful shopping trip 9. Mango smoothie and lemon meringue doughnut


10.  Cardiff fields 11. Raspberry smoothie 12. Dried hydrangeas 13. Halloween 14. Fabric shopping 15. Tea collection 16. Hogwarts acceptance letter 17. Dried hydrangeas 18. Uni reading

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Four Simple Goals Before 2014

After reading this post by A Beautiful Mess I thought it would be a  good idea to try and finish 2013 on a high, and perhaps train myself in preparation for the compulsory New Year’s revolutions. All of the rules are on the Beautiful Mess blog, but basically pick action orientated goals rather than target orientated goals. For example, instead of “I will lose 20 pounds”, pick a goal like “I will make healthier food choices.”

4 goals before 2014

I found it a lot harder to think of these than I thought it would be! But I did think of them in the end. These are my goals for the final two months of the year:

1. Be more motivated. I always have a lot of plans and ideas, but most of the time I never do them, so I need to improve my motivation to get things done. This also applies to things like uni work, exercise, hobbies etc.

2. Be more organised. This kinda fits into the motivation goal. If I’m more organised, I’m more likely to get things done!

3. Improve my cooking/baking skills. I’ve always wanted to be able to cook and bake fabulous things, and at the moment it’s 50/50 between fabulous and ‘ewwy’

4. Improve my photography skills. I love my DLSR, but I still don’t understand what all the buttons do!

What goals do you have for the next few months?

25 Things To Do On A Sunny Day

As we’re from England we’re not used to prolonged sunshine, so I thought it would be best to make a list of some of things to do to make the most of the sunny summer before it starts raining again and we’re all forced to stay inside for 3 months!


Lloret de Mar, Spain

  1. Take a day trip to the beach
  2. Invent a new cocktail or mocktail
  3. Go shopping for summery clothes
  4. Explore your hometown
  5. Practice your photography
  6. Make a delicious salad
  7. Go swimming to cool down
  8. Host a summery party
  9. Read a book in the park
  10. Go for a picnic
  11. Drink cocktails in the sun
  12. Have a BBQ
  13. Have a girls (or boys) night in
  14. Spend the whole day outside
  15. Climb a tree
  16. Build a fort
  17. Do some gardening
  18. Pick flowers to make a bouquet
  19. See if there are any outdoor cinemas near you
  20. Try a new restaurant
  21. Clean all your dirty clothes (it’s boring, but they really do dry faster in hot weather!)
  22. Bake (and eat) a cake/biscuits/cupcakes
  23. Customize your clothes
  24. Try a new sport
  25. And if you’re feeling adventurous, grab your friends and go on a spontaneous weekend trip!

What have you been doing to make the most of the sun?


Instagram Catch Up

Collage 3


1. They were giving out free ice cream!! 2. Blooming roses 3. San Pellegrino, Blood Orange 4. Strawberries and cream to celebrate Wimbledon

Collage 2

5. Homemade pancakes and butter 6. Learning whilst drinking tea 7. Papa Johns pizza 8. Kopparberg Strawberry and Lime

Collage 1

9. Snazzy new travel mug 10. Finally have a new phone!! 11. Having fun while packing up my room 12. Currently obsessed with the biggest loser

Collage 413. Beach view in Scotland 14. Movie night 15. Rekorderlig Peach and Apricot 16. Ombre nails

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10 Things That You Don’t Know About Me

1. I collect train tickets and bottle caps

I just feel like it’s such a waste to get rid of them. I keep telling myself that I’ll eventually do something with them, but it’s been at least two years and I still haven’t!

2. I have an unholy obsession with wafer thin ham

Like, I could just packets of the stuff all in one go. I’m not sure what it is about the stuff, I just can’t get enough of it. Especially when it’s wrapped around a piece of cheese… *Homer drool*

3. I love horror films

I think it’s just some kind of morbid curiosity. I especially like the ones about ghosts and hauntings, and if there’s a kid somewhere in the plot line, it immediately gets 100 times creepier.

4. I’m petrified of zombies

Probably quite a strange one judging by how much I love horror films, but they’re utterly terrifying and give me nightmares! Zombies that can run are the worst *shudder*

5. If I could, I would read a book every day

I love reading and due to being so busy with my A-Levels I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I would like to. But now summer’s here and I can stay indoors all day devouring books and wafer thin ham! Yippee!

6. Out of every city I’ve been to so far, London is by far my favourite

I just love the feel of it and how there’s so much to see and experience and how diverse it is.

7. I have a huge weakness for buying teddy bears from charity shops because I feel sorry for them

It goes without saying that all teddies have personalities, so to see a charity shop teddy staring at me with sad eyes makes me melt a little inside. It takes a lot of self restraint to stop myself from taking them all home with me.

8. I love weight loss and hoarder TV shows and I would watch them non-stop if I could

They are definitely my favourite shows on TV. I don’t know what it is about them, just some kind of fascination.

9. I love designing dresses

I have many scrap pieces of paper with dress designs and ideas scribbled on them which will never get past the design stage, but they keep me entertained when boredom strikes.

10. I love writing lists

See above for an example 😀



What are some things that people don’t know about you?


So after a frantic weekend, I’ve finally handed in all of my art and textiles coursework! However, I’m moving out of my parent’s house soon so I have to start sorting out my hoard of clothes, books and craft materials. Trying to downsize the sheer amount of stuff that I own is going to be rather tricky… But I only have one week left in college before my summer holidays start, and what better way of celebrating than buying myself some presents?


These gold rings are so delicate and look very elegant


You can buy them from ASOS here


This jewelry box is a tiny present from my mum’s recent trip to Cyprus. It’s so small I can only use it to store my stud  earrings!

Image 4 of TFNC Fit And Flare Dress With Plunge V Neck

(Picture from ASOS)

This dress won’t be making it’s debut until my school prom at the end of June, so it’s currently hanging up in my room so I can stare at it lustfully…

*Sigh*… After a day of relaxation and procrastination it’s straight back into tidying, sorting, cleaning and exam revision. How is everyone else coping with this busy time of year?


Sorry for the brief absence! I blame the unruly amount of coursework deadlines I have at the moment… So whilst everyone else has been enjoying the beautiful bank holiday, I’ve been doing never ending coursework. I’ve finally finished my textiles coursework (hooray!!) and my art coursework deadline is next week so I will be M.I.A until everything is handed in. However, do not despair! I have plenty of new ideas waiting to be posted so check back soon.




The lovely view from my bedroom


The motto which is currently keeping me going!

Did everyone else have a good bank holiday weekend?