Sunday, 31 July 2011

July, July

July feels like it has flown by. I know I say that at the end of every month but I actually can't believe that it is August tomorrow. I'm currently revising for exams (hopefully the last exams I will ever have to take) but study breaks are a necessity so here is my July round-up:

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RUN LILY, RUN

I ran the Boutique Run on July 9th. I did 10k in 1:11 which I was pretty pleased with - it was my first ever race and I never thought I would be the type of person to willingly sign up to a run or chose to get out of bed at 6am to pound the London pavements while everyone else is still tucked up in bed. The day itself was so much fun - it was great to see Jen again and the atmosphere was amazing. The hot showers and hairdryers provided were a nice touch.

I've definitely caught the running bug and will be doing the Shock Absorber WomenOnly run in Richmond Park on October 22nd with Hannah. I'm aiming to cut those 11 minutes off my time.

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FEET TREATS AND NAILS

I had my first fish pedicure at Fit Fish Spa, London Bridge. I'd been curious about them for ages so when a KBG deals offer came up for £9 I snapped it up. I'd already been to the salon for my gel manicure so I felt reassured about going there for the fish pedicure. I'm not sure how much of a difference the fish made to my feet but it was surprisingly relaxing once I'd gotten over the ticklishness. I'd definitely do it again but I think I would drag a friend along with me for the company.

NOTD - Max Factor mini from my Aussie Lusciously Light goodie bag, with an ELF glitter top coat, Misguided polish free from this month's Cosmo.

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MISC

I was sent Rimmel's latest lipgloss offering, Vinyl Max, to review. Post coming soon (check out the oh-so-exciting revision notes in the background).

Teaching my mum how to use an iPhone camera in the John Lewis cafe.

I won these Redken goodies in the Glamour May beauty giveaway. I usually buy whatever shampoo is on special offer in Boots so I'm excited to try some high-end products!

My new favourite drink, Vita Coco - I bought these after the Boutique Run, they're so refreshing and super healthy. I'll never give up by Diet Coke but these make me feel a little more virtuous. The Virgin Mary money box was a thrift find.

Amazing lunch at Jaks - yes £10 for a salad is ridiculous but this was so good!

What did you get up to this July?
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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Recent Happenings and 7 Links

I was tagged by the lovely Jemma to do a "7 Links" post - I think they're a great idea, both to reflect on what you've blogged about and to give newer readers the chance to catch-up on some of your older posts.

But first, some pictures:

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My favourite Wagamana order - Saien Soba with my current reading material A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks. I walk across the Millennium Bridge everyday so yes, I was drawn to the book by the cover.

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Taking photos mid-run gives me an excuse to stop. I wish the sky always looked like this!

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I shared this sushi platter with two friends but I could definitely have eaten it all by myself. This was at Kumo Knightsbridge, courtesy of a KGBdeals voucher.

Now for the 7 links.

Your most beautiful post – I'm not vain enough to think that any post featuring me is my most beautiful but I loved the photos in my Dubai holiday post.

Your most popular post – based on comments it would be my Drink Shop and Do review.

Your most controversial post – I don't really do controversial. Well, not on my blog at least. I'm going to go with my orange lipstick post as it's maybe not the post obvious choice of lip colour!

Your most helpful post – the one where I tested out Rimmel's claims that their Lash Accelerator mascara will make your natural lashes longer in 30 days. Opinion was divided!

A post whose success surprised you – probably my Prague mini-break post. Loved reading the comments of who had been and who was inspired to go!

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved - I posted my DHC Cleansing Oil review a while ago but it's also a brand that I feel doesn't get the intention it deserves!

The post that you are most proud of – my review of 2010 post, hopefully I am sticking to the goals I set myself at the start of the year...

I'm going to tag all of you reading this (cop-out, I know but revision is calling me). Post your link in the comments if you've done the tag already!
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hyper Japan, Kew Gardens and Impulse Buys

Thought I would share some of my pictures from last weekend. I had such a fun-packed two days which were much needed as I have exams coming up so fun is definitely off the cards until after August 10th!

On Saturday I went to the Hyper Japan exhibition at Kensington Olympia. The tickets were only £5 on Groupon but possibly due to this the queues were huge and my friend and I were really lucky to get in. I traveled around Japan in 2007 and love everything about the country - the food especially! Visiting Hyper Japan really made me want to go back.

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I purchased this cute tea cup necklace for £6 from one of the stalls.

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And these Pocky sticks. Yum!

After the exhibition we walked to Kensington, after stocking up on healthfood at Wholefoods I made a couple of sale purchases in Uniqlo:

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Denim shorts £6.99

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Tunic dress £9.99

On Sunday, I visited Kew Gardens. I've wanted to go to Kew for the past few years. The last time I went I was 4 and all I remember is crying in the greenhouse because it was so stuffy! Some things are definitely better appreciated as an adult!

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Entry to Kew Palace was free with my Art Pass and the gardens were so beautiful. This felt like the perfect English summer day and I shall definitely be re-creating the watermelon and feta salad I had in the cafe - such a good combination!

Where have your weekend adventures taken you lately?
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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Shoot Me

As a blogger, I'm used to taking my picture either of my make-up, outfits or quite often, just my eye. My laptop's hardisk is aching under the strain of self-taken pictures of me (probably). I use a tripod for my outfit shots or occasionally my mum/a friend if we're out and about but I've not had pictures taken by a professional photographer since my graduation. Graduation photos felt like a necessity to a very hectic day so I didn't even have the time to feel self-conscious about having them taken. A professional photographer is a whole other matter though. I'm really glad I did get my pictures taken at the Aussie Lusciously Light party as my hair did look pretty good after being expertly styled but I found it so cringe-worthy! I think I look a little awkward in the photos, it felt so strange posing in front of a photographer, even in front of a group of other bloggers but I'm glad I did it - it's nice to have "proper" photographs and they bring back great memories of the day:

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Do you get camera-shy?
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Thursday, 21 July 2011

500 Dresses Of Summer: 11

My 11th dress is one that was purchased this season. I bought it from Joy which is one of my favourite stores for selling smaller labels. They have a really high stock turnover which is bad if you see something you like and go back to buy it a few weeks later because they probably won't have it in stock but great if you're sick of seeing everyone in the same Topshop dress.

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Dress: Joy

I love the bright print and the elasticated waist. This is such a comfortable dress to wear and will definitely be a summer staple for a few years to come!



At the Aussie Lusciously Light party my hair stylist had the same dress on - I think that's why I wanted her to do my hair! Here she is styling Sherin's hair.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Tea For Two [Hotel Rafayel - Banyan On The Thames - Review]

Afternoon tea is one of my favourite girly treats. I'm quite a healthy eater most of the time (Diet Coke addiction aside) so the occasional cake splurge is a nice little indulgence every so often. My mum and I recently had afternoon tea at the Hotel Rafayel in Battersea. Despite living in London all my life I'd never been to Battersea before so we had a nice walk through over Chelsea Bridge and through Battersea Park. I love discovering new parts of my home city. The afternoon tea was purchased via Groupon, I think it was £24 which is pretty good value considering that most London afternoon teas are at least £20 each.

Afternoon Tea Battersea

We started off with a glass of champagne. I'm not a fan of champagne so after posing for a picture I donated my glass to my mum, aren't I a nice daughter? We then had a plate of finger sandwiches each with various fillings, I don't usually eat sandwiches but these were pretty good - I forgot how nice white bread tastes! After the sandwiches we were offered tea or coffee (I went for green tea) and our cake platter arrived. This was beautifully presented - scones on the bottom layer with jam and fresh cream, mini gateaux on the middle layer and a rather "on trend" top layer featuring macaroons, cupcakes and a little dish of fresh fruit. My favourite was definitely the vanilla cupcake as it was the first time I'd ever had one (shocking I know). The macaroons were delicious too.

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Dress: The Laden Showrooms

My mum and I had a lovely afternoon, the food was delicious and it was nice to have some indulgent girly time. The setting of the hotel, right on the river, was really nice and although it was a little out of the way to get to it felt like we'd left the business of central London behind for a few hours at least.

Where's your favourite place for afternoon tea? I'd definitely recommend checking out Groupon as they seem to have quite afternoon tea deals which makes it much more affordable. Check out my Drink Shop & Do review too - another Groupon bargain!
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Friday, 15 July 2011

500 Dresses Of Summer: 9 and 10

Dress #9:

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Dress: Topshop

I love this dress for many reasons. Firstly, it was £7 in the Topshop sale. Secondly, the print is perfectly summery. Thirdly, it has the cutest cut out back detail (not that you can see it here) and fourthly, it has the perfect nipped in waist.

Dress #10:

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Dress: New Look, Hairband: Diva

I purchased this a couple of summers ago at the height of the peplum trend. Peplums may be yesterday's news now but the dress is still going strong. I guess that's the one good thing about our temperamental British summers - there are few opportunities to wear our summer clothes so they last for years. It probably makes sense to avoid of the moment trends too much and stick to classic styles that can be worn year after year although the occasional dabble in the latest trend is fun, especially when it's from New Look with student discount and probably cost less than £20.

Do you stick with the classics or experiment with the latest summer trends?
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Monday, 11 July 2011

500 Dresses of Summer: 7 and 8

Today's dresses are a little more "dressy". I don't often "dress up" as I wear what a lot of (non-blogging) people would consider dressed up clothes everyday as I don't wear jeans/trousers/tshirts/hoodies (so basically normal student attire!) and I don't really go "out", I tend to just go for dinner with friends and so wear the same stuff I've worn all day. I guess that's partly why I do dress up during the day as because I don't go clubbing etc I don't get a chance to get all dressed up at night. Style analysis aside, here are the dresses:

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Right: Dress - Primark, Shoes - M&S. Left: Dress - Topshop

The blue dress was a Primark sale rail bargain - £13 reduced to £5. I bought it in December 2010 before I went on holiday with my parents but upon trying it on again at home again I realised that it maybe wasn't a suitable dress to wear around mummy and daddy and so it languished in the back of my wardrobe as I never had anywhere to wear it to. I ended up wearing it to a friend's birthday night out, we went bowling at Bloomsbury Lanes and I came second to last which I partly attribute to the dress as it wasn't really bowling appropriate! Although it did look dashing with the red and blue bowling shoes. Not.

The orange dress is from Topshop S/S 2008. I've actually worn this a lot as it's one of those dresses that is suitable for a lot of occasions - the high neckline and "appropriate" length has meant that I've worn it to formal dinners, on family holidays and for many an occasion that demanded something slightly less formal than black tie. I love the colour and the zip detail. I wore this to the Aussie Lusciously Light Soiree and Aussie's Emma told me that she has the same dress!

Are you a dressy dress person?
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Thursday, 7 July 2011

500 Dresses Of Summer: Very Inspiring

The weather may be more autumnal than summery at the moment but I'm keeping up on this dress series and thought today I'd share with you some dress-spiration of what would feature in 500 Dresses Of Summer series if I were to treat myself to some new dresses.




Love Label Fit and Flare Belted Dress £45

Wimbledon may be over but I love the tennis-y vibe of this dress, the crisp white cotton is perfect for summer and the length would make it great for more formal occasions. I'd wear this with a wide brimmed straw hat and wedge espadrilles.



Sugarhill Boutique Printed Tea Dress £54

I love dresses that nip in at the waist as I find them really flattering on my figure. The bird print on this one is so cute and reminds me of Whistles number which Lauren featured on her blog only it's a lot less expensive. This would be great for summer evenings with nude heels and would carry me through to autumn paired with black opaque tights.



Love Label Open Back Sundress £28

I definitely wear a lot more girly, floral prints during the summer so I love the muted florals of this dress. The back detail is really cute without being bra-exposing and I can imagine it being one of those summer dresses that you can just pair with flat sandals and sunglasses for a no-brainer summer outfit.

What do you think of my dress-spiration?

Which of the smart summer dresses would you choose?

PS. This post is in association with Very.co.uk but all opinions are my own. I will only ever accept sponsorship from brands that I believe are worth spending my own money on and will only feature brands and products that I feel are relevant and appropriate to both myself and my readership. I will always, always tell you when I'm receiving sponsorship or when I've received a product for review purposes.
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

500 Dresses Of Summer: 5 and 6

Continuing with my summer series.

The "dress" on the left isn't actually a dress. It's a playsuit but from a distance it does look a bit like a dress so it's tenuously got into this series. I love wearing playsuits, great for days when you want to sit crossed legged in the park and not worry about flashing your underwear to the general public (I'm a classy lady really). The dress on the right was a Zara sale bargain last summer, I think I paid £9 for it. I love the black and white print and the simple style. Definitely feel like a "grown-up" version of me when wearing this.

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Playsuit: H by Henry Holland @ Debenhams. Dress: Zara, Belt: Primark, Shoes: River Island.
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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Lipstick Loving: Topshop Tint

While not strictly a lipstick, Topshop Tint has been my most-reached for lip product lately. It's the first tint I've tried and I'm really impressed. It doesn't dry too fast so it's easy to make sure it's applied evenly and mistakes are corrected before it dries. The colour is sheer berry which gives the "just eaten a punnet of strawberries" look but without the mess and stickyness! It really brightens up my face without looking like I'm wearing make-up.

I really like how light it feels on my lips, great for the hot weather we've had lately and its also great as a base for lipsticks to intensify the colour. The tint lasts 3-4 hours on my lips and the tube is great for touch-ups as there's no worry that it'll leak all over your make-up bag.

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Topshop Tint was £6 so it's a bargain unless you got the mini Benetint free with Glamour!

What do you think of tints?
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