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Saturday, 29 March 2014


Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have opinions on people we don't know. More specifically; celebrities. Some people may be quick to judge tabloid newspapers and magazines about how judgemental they can be, especially towards the appearance of female celebrities, but we have to admit that one way or another we will have an opinion about a celebrity - even if it's just that you like their work or you don't. For the record; I think the way the tabloids nitpick at every detail of a celebrities life is just ridiculous. They criticize a woman for loosing weight, gaining weight and even sometimes staying the same weight. Sometimes I wonder what the people writing those articles are like. I wonder if they have self-esteem issues themselves? ANYWAY, back to the point at hand...

Emma Watson is one of those celebrities who could do no wrong in my eyes. Since becoming my first heroin as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, I've always had a lot of respect from her. Seeing her blossom from a child star into a down-to-earth and (it seems) humble young woman, I think she's a fantastic role model for any young girl wanting to get into acting. She turns up, does her job (very well), smiles for the cameras, and that's all we really see of her. The perfect way to live a life in the public eye, in my opinion.

This past week Emma has been on a style winning streak, knocking her outfits out of the park day after day. She's been on a tight PR schedule for her new film Noah, but her wardrobe hasn't dropped the ball once. Below are my favourite recent outfits, all courtesy of vogue.com.
 
 At The Late Show wearing a Saint Laurent suit

At the Noah première after party in New York, wearing Erdem

At the Noah première in Madrid, wearing J. Mendel

At the Noah premiere in New York, wearing Oscar de la Renta

At a Noah press conference, wearing Peter Pilotto


Leave a comment below and let me know which is your favourite look! Mine has to be a toss up between the Saint Laurent suit and the Erdem dress. It's so hard to choose though, I love them all!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sometimes, I get the urge to write a blog post even if I'm not sure why. This is definitely one of those occasions. A couple of weeks ago, I got a new phone (the Sony Z1 Compact). When I got it everyone was so shocked that I'd decided not to just upgrade straight to the next iPhone, but I was convinced I'd made the right choice because of the reviews the camera had gotten (It's 20 megapixels compared to the iPhone 5's measly 8 megapixels). Seeing as I do all my blog pictures from my phone, I thought it would be a great idea to have a better camera.

When I bought the phone home that night however, I soon had a nagging feeling I'd done something very stupid. "I can't get emojis on this phone", I whispered to my flatmate Alice, tears in my eyes. "Grow up", she replied. I needed to hear that. I've finally gotten over the fact I can't see them *displeased emoji* and I'm hoping the brainboxes at Android are going to make some supercool alternative to them soon so I won't feel like the only person unable to communicate just by a quick heart eyed smiley face.

Once I put the camera in use however, all my earlier worries disappeared and I'm glad I made the decision now. If you've read my last two blog posts, they were all done with my new camera and I think I'm taking some much better pictures. So this post really is to share two of my favourite pictures that I've taken so far.


There's not much natural beauty in the city I live in, so my favourite time of the day is sunset. I've always been obsessed with sunsets, especially coming from my beautiful hometown by the sea where the sunsets can be utterly breathtaking. With the gorgeous spring weather we've been having recently, I managed to take this snap of the sunset on Saturday night. I don't know whether it was because I was having a lovely and long-awaited weekend with my boyfriend, or because the timing of those perfectly positioned clouds was just right, but this is one of the best sunset pictures I've ever taken. The clouds look like an oil painting.


I took this picture when we were on the roof of our building last weekend. I don't think I had meant to take it, but when I looked back I loved the bokeh effect the lights of the city and the glow of the moon had turned into. At home, I just love the clear nights. Coming from such a rural place, where the streetlights go off after midnight, we're so lucky in the fact that we've not got much light pollution, so the views of the stars at night are just unreal. Sometimes I look up the entire way on my walk back from work (I work in a restaurant so always finish late) and it just feels like I'm looking at a picture. The beauty of a clear night sky is that the longer you look at it, the more you see. That sight is something I know I will never take for granted.

I'll stop lusting over how much I love nature now. But if you do too and have taken some sweet shots yourself I'd love to see them. Link me below or come find me on Instagram and I'll look at your page!

Friday, 14 March 2014

I have become a member of the (not massively) elite club of people who have seen the queen of pop and booty shaking herself: Beyoncé. On a cold morning in December, I was sat in my living room in my pyjamas anxiously waiting the call.. did we get the tickets? I swore if we'd missed them again this time I couldn't be held responsible for my actions, but my friend Phoebe is a ticket wizard and alas the call came: WE HAD TICKETS!



Three long months passed and at the beginning of March we managed to see our idol and leader in the flesh. I can't even begin to describe how it went, so I'll begin by discussing the dinner we had beforehand (natch). We chose to have a bit of GBK which was great because if you get the app, students get 30% off! I had "The Don" burger, which lived upto it's name quite well, however when I looked back at the pictures it looked more like a McDonalds style burger than a proper Don (like the one from my last blog post), so I haven't included a picture. We got a round of coke and milkshakes, as well as a load of sexy sides and not to mention you get FREE monkey nuts in GBK while you wait!







We were wearing these stickers on our head because we got told there'd be people walking around picking people wearing the stickers, who could get upgraded to the VIP area. Not wanting to miss out on that opportunity we decided to put them in the most obvious place possible. Sadly, whoever was picking people didn't see us, so our asses remained in the standard section.

So, onto the main reason why you're reading this post. It may sound cliché, but I can honestly say I've never seen anything quite like it. We all know Beyoncé has one of those voices that's going to go down in history; it's so strong, while still being soulful but boy has that lady perfected the art of singing and dancing together. I don't think anyone could do that as well as she can. If the song was dancy like Crazy in Love, she got everyone boogying, but she also flipped our emotions over and stamped on them with this beautifully electrifying mix of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, followed by her own Halo and Heaven. There was moments where I couldn't stop myself moving, followed swiftly by an inability to move or even blink because I was so enraptured in her performance. This is all before I even mention the dancing. Absolutely un.real. I tried to do my best impression of an event photographer so I hope my pictures give you a glimpse into the world of a show; Mrs Carter style.






I absolutely love this picture! I'm so pleased with it!







Oh and did I mention Jay-Z came on to help his gorgeous wifey sing their duet Drunk in Love? No? Oh, WELL HE DID. IT WAS AMAZING. Their chemistry is RIDICULOUS and completely infectious.

The bottom line for this blog post is, if you ever get the opportunity to go see the Queen live, pleeease do it. I can promise you wholeheartedly you will not regret it. I'll go again in a heartbeat when she comes back to the UK.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A few weekends ago I took a day trip to lovely London to see some family. After being practically chained to my laptop and desk for as long as I can remember, it was so nice seeing some of my loved ones and to have a break from working.



We went for a walk around the South Kensington - Fulham area and ended up stopping for lunch at The Kings Arms on Fulham Road. As it was Sunday lunch, absolutely everywhere was rammed and this was the last of about 5 restaurants and pubs we looked into hoping to find a table. Luckily for us, this ended up being a fab little place to eat, with a great selection of dishes, all at pretty fair prices too. The place had a great atmosphere too, filled with locals popping in for a chilled Sunday drink and a few tourists like us too.





I had a cheeky glass of white and this burger which was just beautiful. Nice and pink in the middle, with lots of salad and pickles, served with a small but adequate portion of homemade chips. The star of the show for me, which to most of you will be rather underwhelming to read, was the tiny jar of mustard mayo they served with it. I've always had a funny mustard relationship, which if I'm frank was only in it's infancy, but THIS blew my mind at how tasty it was with the chips. So much so, I probably mentioned it about 10 times while eating, then a bit more on the journey back to the flat. I don't know why condiments come in and out of fashion, but they do, and I have a feeling this is going to be the next sweet chilli sauce. I've seen it offered in a lot of restaurants recently and I have to say, I love it.






Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Quick! ASOS are having a 50% off flash sale for 48 short little hours for both guys and gals. Luckily, I like their Facebook page so always get updates and as soon as I saw that beautiful four letter word I jumped on the site like a dog on heat (ladylike metaphor.. I know). Below are my two faves from the womenswear sale and I may have to admit to buying the dress I've featured. It's just so classic, I love it!


Dress £25 reduced to £12.50
Shoes £40 reduced to £20

God, I LOVE a sale. Happy shopping campers!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Whilst on Facebook the other day, I saw a link that someone had shared to this article on Huffington Post. It's about a four year old girl known to the internet as 'Mayhem' and her mother Angie who run an immensely popular Instagram account (@2sisters_angie). On the account, it features pictures of the dresses that Mayhem and her mum have made together. Cute isn't it? But that's not the best bit... they make all the clothes out of paper!

The dresses began quite basic, but quickly their paper skills evolved and now the duo knock it out the park with their creations. According to Angie, it all started when she became annoyed at finding her clothes in Mayhem's toy box, so she suggested they make a dress out of paper to keep her amused. Mayhem (as I know I would have when I was a little girl) absolutely loved it and the rest, as they say, is history.








Yeah, they're cute! But THESE are my favourites. Mayhem's version of her favourite red carpet looks...







At four years old she's already been featured on Vogue's website and I don't think this will be the last we see of her. I think she is an absolute diva and I have a feeling we might see some paper style trends at the next round of fashion weeks!
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