Saturday, 25 April 2015

OOTD: Fashion Show

Hilton Hotel Canary Wharf

Yesterday I went to a fashion show at Hilton Hotel Canary Wharf to support my friend as she was modelling in it. 
I wanted something new to wear so I rushed to Stratford Westfield after university and picked up a few items including my dress, shoes, rings and necklace.  

Dress: Forever 21+* - £12
Tights: Yours Clothing - £4
Shoes: Select* -  £14.99
Cardigan: ASDA - £16
Necklace: Primark - £5
Rings: Primark - £2.50

I felt beautiful in my new outfit, it's funny how a dress or any item of clothing for that matter can make you feel confident and beautiful.

What makes you feel confident and beautiful?

*these stores do student discount, F21 = 10% & Select = 15%

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Plus Size Swimwear: Forever21+

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With the sun shining over London and the thought of my summer holiday to Cyprus in mind I've been searching for the perfect plus size swimsuit. A fashionable swimsuit for a young 21 year old girl that supports and is flattering. I'm not asking for much am I?
Believe it or not looking for a plus size swimsuit is very hard. Some can say I'm fortunate enough to have a large bust but a large bust means the need for a bra, a factor many swimsuits do not have, unless you're willing to spend a lot of money. I'm also young and really into fashion, I don't want a swimsuit I'd wear if I was entering a swimming contest and I don't want a suit my nan would wear. I want what every other girl is wearing just in a bigger size. 

I've always loved Forever21+, they are always bang on trend, young and they make clothes that they'd make in their 'normal' range but just in bigger sizes. I was really naughty the other day and done a order of swimsuits which came to over £50 with my student discounts! 

I the Tribal Print Fringed One-Piece (1) the most, I tried it on and mum wasn't a fan of the fringe but I love it so much. I finally feel like I've found the perfect swimsuit which is trendy and flattering. I just need to find a strapless bra as this is a halterneck and I can't wear a bra with it. I'd even wear this away from the beach/pool with a pair of denim shorts at a festival/party. 

Do you know a store/website that sells trendy plus size swimsuits?  
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Two years ago today

Facebook so kindly reminded me that two years ago today I went to my first blogger event, AXCircus.

I remember the event like it was yesterday, I was lucky enough to win two tickets so a friend and I went to the beautiful bar 'Circus' in Covent Garden to see Ax Paris' first blogger event to show off their first ever TV advert along with their clothes for the next season. I was so excited about the event and met so many amazing bloggers whom I had looked up to, it was fair to say I was a little starstruck. The entertainment was amazing with fire breathers and dancers. 

I've always been a fan of Ax Paris Curve as was a little disheartened when it was discontinued from their main website, I now buy my Ax Paris Curve items from New Look and Simply Be. 
I've actually only been to two other blogger events one of which was another Ax Paris event. I'd love to go to more and see more wonderful bloggers as well as networking with new brands. 
What was your first blogger event?
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Models Own Sardonyx review

 Before I even start my review of this varnish I have to say how in love I am with the bottle. Packaging for me is big part of whether or not I'll buy a product and this won me over instantly.

I really like this varnish, although it is part of the velvet goth collection it has that red and glitter Christmasy feel to it. 
Sardonyx is definitely a shade you need two coats with. The first coat just doesn't give it that wow factor that a second coat gives it and although they are designed to be worn matte I can't wear any varnish without a topcoat, giving it that shiny/glossy finish and making the glitter sparkle that little bit more. Without the top coat there is a small textured feel but nothing compared to many textured varnishes I have used in the past.

I'll be honest I was surprised how easy it was to remove, I often find with textured varnishes it can be a nightmare to remove them, little bits of glitter go everywhere and they stain around the nail but this was pretty good and easy to remove overall, on both false nails and my own. 

- Great consistency 
- Good brush
- Can be used without top coat
- Lovely shade
- Amazing bottle
- Great at Christmas

For me, this isn't a shade I'd wear on every nail. I wore it over Christmas on my ring finger with my false nails. I got so many compliments but it still isn't an 'every nail' shade for me.

Have you tried the Velvet Goth collection? 
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Friday, 3 April 2015

My Travel Bucket List

A few months ago I blogged about my bucket list, and if you saw it you'd of seen most of my bucket list was about travel. I love to travel, traveling is my life and it would be crazy to study international tourism management at university if I didn't enjoy it so much. Anyway, back on topic I spotted that travel specialists Transun had a blogger competition to win a trip to see the Northern Lights. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights as well as visit Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway so I was excited to have the opportunity to try and see the Northern Lights.

I've been extremely lucky and I am so thankful to my parents, I've been able to travel to Africa, America, the Caribbean and around Europe all before the age of 21. I know many don't have the opportunities I've had but having traveled to so many amazing, countries it only leaves a few on my wish list. 

1. Scandinavian/Nordic countries - I really want to travel around Scandinavia. I can't pick one country so I'm being a little greedy. I guess I want to go to Sweden the most. I want to go to the original ICE hotel and bar, see Stockholm palace, visit the ABBA museum, see Oresund Bridge and of course see the Northern Lights! I'd also love to get the train from Sweden to Norway stopping in different places along the way and finally go to Oslo and visit the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet house as well as seeing Pulpit Rock and Geiranger Fjord. I'm not sure I'm fit enough but I'd also love to go glacier walking.

2. Thailand - The same as above. I don't just want to go to Thailand. I want to travel around Asia but Thailand is 100% first on the list. I want to party at the Full Moon Party then send my days relaxing, soaking up the culture and experiencing life. I want to visit the smaller islands in Thailand like Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Tao and Ko Samet. I'd love to backpack and stay in hostels but I'm a little worried I'd miss my home comforts. I really want to go on the Skytrain, visit the Temple of Dawn, ride an elephant, see The Grand Palace and see some Thai boxing.

3. USA Road Trip - I've been to Florida 4 times and stopped over in New York but I'd love to see what the rest of America has to offer. I've said so many times that I'd love to do route 66 but I'd also like to do the route below, of course stopping at others state in between and doing parts of route 66 when I can. I'd also like to do the reverse starting in New York staying down the east coast then ending up in Washington or better yet, Canada.

 Where would you love to travel?
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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Bucket List: 13: Do some modelling/have a photoshoot

Number 13 on my bucket list is to do some modelling or have a photoshoot

For Christmas one of my friends booked a photoshoot for 4 of us, we ended up going on the 10th February and you can see my review shortly. 

Some photos from the photoshoot

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Fitness Challenge: 2

I found two 30 day April fitness challenges on Google last week and I can't wait to try them out. 
As you can see above there are 30 daily challenges that increase in difficulty each day. I'll be doing an update on the 1st May with a before and after picture along with how the challenges went for me. Normally challenges have a few rest days, these ones don't which I think may be a bit of an issue for me. 
I feel tired already, just thinking about it. 

Wish me good luck! 
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Fitness Friday: Plus Size Gym Attire

Being on the curvy side has always been a struggle for me. I'm pretty happy in myself but I always find it hard to find young, cute clothes in my size. Back in January I started hitting the gym and we are now in March and I am still hitting the gym and it is about time I got some real gym clothes rather than a pair of leggings and an over sized t-shirt that I got while in Greece. 
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I had been looking since January for some gym wear but everything was way out of my price range, not cute and really not for a 21 year old fashionable student. Sometimes you want to feel beautiful at the gym. I'm working to achieve MY perfect body why would I want to hide it in an oversize t-shirt and joggers? It's funny because I was talking to one of the girls at work (I work for a plus size company) and she said plus size stores don't do cute gym wear because if we lost the weight we wouldn't need to shop with them anymore. It got me to thinking, this is likely to be a little true. Why else would there be nearly no companies doing fashionable gym wear?
 I'd love to have a cute slogan tee like these tops below, if only they did them in 'plus size'.
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I decided I'll do a mood board of cute, on trend gym attire for the plus size lady who still wants to look fashionable at the gym.
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Boohoo+ Alexa Stroke Print Side Panel Sport Legging (size 16 - 24) - I instantly fell in love with these sport leggings. The side panel gives these leggings that extra boost making them that little more cute than basic leggings. £16

Boohoo+ Anna Elastic Fit Slogan Sports Crop Top (size 16 - 24) - This crop top goes perfectly with the Alexa sport leggings. I personally don't feel comfortable enough to wear this at the gym but I'm sure I will after a few more months. £14 
Crop top & leggins = £30

Boohoo+ Rosanna Splatter Print Sports Legging (size 16 - 24) - I love these. I'd personally wear them outside of the gym too!  £16

Sports Direct Adidas Prime Tank Top Ladies (size 6 - 22) - I only found out today that Sports Direct have a few plus size clothes. I'm lucky enough to fit into their stuff but unfortunately they only go up to a size 22 and there is only a handful of items. £13.99

Next Floral Side Stripe Leggings (size 6 - 22) - Next have a few sports items that go up to a size 22 {click here}. They're a little over the top for me, a little too floral but they are pretty cute. My favourite are these stripe leggings. You can shop the look all in one place and complete the outfit with a floral top, trainers and a pink hoodie. £18

Do you know any stores that stock cute, fashionable plus size gym wear? 
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Beauty Bundle Giveaway

Giveaway Time!
I've not done a giveaway in a while now and I decided to do a little beauty bundle. If you're a reader of my blog you'd know I adore Models Own so I thought why not give away some of my favourite Models Own items.
The giveaway will start 24.03.15 and will end 20.04.15 at 11:59pm. (27 days)

The bundle will include: 
  1. Reese's pieces (my favourite candy)
  2. Batiste dry shampoo (not the one pictured, I'll update this once I've bought it)
  3. John Frieda luxurious volume minis (shampoo, conditioner & blow out spray)
  4. Models Own mirror
  5. Models Own duo eyeshadow
  6. Models Own eyelash curler
  7. Models Own lipgloss
  8. Models Own sponges and eyeshadow brushes
  9. Primark nail wraps
  10. Two Models own eyeliners (black, black glitter)
  11. Models Own pencil with sharpener (Chestnut)
  12. Key ring from my holiday in Tunsia
  13. MUA hide & conceal in Almond
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & conditions
UK only! *sorry international readers* 
There will be ONE winner! 
Winner must be 18+ or have parents permission as I will need your postal address. 
The winner will be picked randomly from all valid entries on Rafflecopter
The winner will be contacted by email and announced on Facebook and/or Twitter
All entries will be checked and if one entry is fake or false all entries by the same person are now void
The winner has 7 days (one week) to reply from the date of the email sent or a 2nd winner will be selected randomly 
The prizes will be sent 2nd class to the winner via Royal Mail
I am not responsible for loss of items, I will help with contacting Royal Mail if needed
I paid for all the items out of my own money (apart from John Frieda samples, which I won and are not suitable to my hair type) so I'd appreciate if you let me know when you got them.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Models Own or any other brands used
Entry implies acceptance of the terms and conditions  
Prizes are non exchangeable, returnable and have no cash alternative
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