Office Justice T Bar Sandals

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

As mentioned in my Lush Haul I’m making my fail of a shopping trip in Edinburgh into 3 posts. Today’s post is post number 2. Get excited!

I can’t seem to go to Edinburgh without wandering into Office. If there’s a shoe shop I love within a 10 mile radius chances are I’m going to spend a lot of time in there. I may have a shoe problem but y’know, we all have to have some form of weakness right?

The Justice T Bar Sandals were actually the second pair of shoes I picked up. I was waiting for another pair of shoes to be brought to me (totally making that sound like I’ve hired people to bring me things) when I clocked these shoes. I immediately fell in love with the colour and justified purchasing them by stating to anyone who would listen that I didn’t have a pair of blue heels.

I love the simplistic design of these. I’ve been buying shoes that are a little more “out there” recently so throwing in a straightforward shoe once in a while is always nice. The heel height is 5 inches and I’m happy to report that I haven’t stumbled or twisted my ankle while wearing them…yet.

These have been on my feet for 7 hours straight and I’ve had absolutely no issues with them. They do make a really weird sound whenever I’m walking around at work in them but I’m going to blame the floor for that and not the shoes. I do have to fight with the buckle fastening to get it to open and close. It becomes a pain in the rear end when you’re in a rush but that’s the only real flaw I’ve found with these shoes.

I’m so glad I was scouring the store for other shoes while waiting on my original pick (which will feature in a post soon) otherwise I probably wouldn’t have noticed these. Props to Office for conveniently putting their seats right in front of shoes that are going to tempt and big up to the sales assistant who was nice enough to give me a discount. Who needs to be a student when you can just buddy up to the people helping you in a store?!

Lush Haul

Sunday, 27 July 2014

After completing my theory test over 2 weeks ago I decided to do a spot of shopping. I originally planned on doing a whole haul post on the matter but the shopping trip was pretty much one giant fail. I struggled to find things I liked and when I did find things they weren’t available in my size; the shopping gods were not on my side. As that is the case I’ve decided to do 3 (potentially 4) posts all on things that were purchased during that trip, the first of which being this Lush haul. Weyhey.

I had conveniently just run out of Dream Cream a few days prior to entering the Lush store so the first thing I picked up was a new moisturiser. I went for African Paradise which is a lot like Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and I believe this is a new product. A review on this will be coming soon!

Another thing I picked up (it was right next to African Paradise so the Lush in Edinburgh clearly saw me coming) is H’suan Wen Hna. I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce it but it sounds funky. This is a hair treatment that smells absolutely awful. It states that in order to repair really damaged hair it should be used once a week for 6 weeks so the review is coming somewhat soon.

2 soaps were picked up but one of them was in Keswick when I did the photos for this post so annoyingly it’s not present in these pictures. The soaps were actually for my dad as he’s obsessed with smelling fresh as a daisy. I bought Mangnificent (spelling mistake intentional) which has a lovely citrus scent and Sandstone. I’m fairly certain he’s had Sandstone before and claimed it was trying to turn our shower into a beach. It’s things like that that proves my dad should not review products.

Last but not least were 2 impulse purchases - in other words they were right next to the checkout and I’m weak. The Bubblegum Lip Scrub is something I’ve seen multiple times in Lush but never had the desire to purchase it. I don’t know what came over me when I went to pay for the rest of my things but I just felt the need to buy it. I’m rather glad I did though as my lips have been flaky free and taste all bubblegum like since I bought it. I also purchased a mini Charity Pot that I haven't been able to open. I’ve given up on ever prising the lid off of this little guy, it’s just too hard.

So there you have a little Lush haul. I did mean to buy some other things but completely forgot about them when I was in the actual store. I think some online shopping is in order…

Jeffrey Campbell Beanes

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It happened again, I just couldn’t resist. My bank card somehow jumped into my hand and next thing I knew I was reading a confirmation email about the Jeffrey Campbells I had just purchased. Whoops.

My love for Jeffrey Campbell is still going strong but I decided to be practical and go for shoes that didn’t have spikes, an inconsistent heel or leopard print. I did keep the giant heel and platform but my idea of practical isn’t exactly the same as the Webster’s dictionary definition.

I was deciding between a gorgeous pair of gold wedges, an obnoxious pair of floral wedges and the ones I ended up with. I figured that, although the other 2 choices were stunning, there was a gap in my shoe collection for a design like the Beanes thus they were purchased.

The heel is probably a little bit too much for people who aren’t used to towering above everyone but honestly these are so easy to walk in. The heel height is 5 inches but the platform means your feet are barely at an angle which makes the shoes super comfortable.

I wandered around the hills and cobbles of Edinburgh for 5 hours in these and the only time I stumbled was when I was too busy confusing myself with the bags I was holding. I’m not the best walker in heels just yet (I’ve been wearing them for 3 years so I’m starting to worry that I’ll never perfect the heel walk) but I can practically run in these. I won’t be winning the World Series in them that’s for sure but I could probably win a race against a slow dog or a snail.

The only issue I’ve had with the Beanes so far is the blue of the insole. After I removed my shoes from the 5 hour walking session I noticed my feet were beginning to resemble a smurf. I have also rocked the Beanes for 7 hours straight at work but never thought to look at my feet for smurfiness. It’s a bit of a weird issue but I really don’t like having blue feet.

I’m rather happy with myself for choosing the Beanes over the other Jeffrey Campbells I was drooling over. They’re probably not suitable for everyone’s lifestyle but I thoroughly enjoy wearing inappropriate shoes at inappropriate times so I’m going to be getting plenty of use out of them. Excuse me while I introduce my Beanes to my other Jeffrey Campbells. I’m normal I swear!

Fashion Pet Peeves

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The sun is shining, I’m burning my skin and I have a delightful bottle of Irn Bru but my neighbour’s kids have annoyed me so you’re getting a “rant” post. It is keeping with the theme (does my blog even have a theme?) of my blog so it’s allowed right? Anyhoo…here comes my fashion pet peeves!

1. Jelly Shoes:

Why did these come back into style? Seriously who allowed this to happen? I rocked a pair of clear jelly shoes when I was 6 years old and I have no desire to put them on my feet ever again. I’m sorry but they look absolutely ridiculous on anyone over the age of 10. Put the jelly shoes back where they belong and wear some grown up shoes.

2. Leggings as Trousers:

When I’m walking down the street the last thing I want to see is a girl’s butt through her leggings. To me leggings should be used like thick tights and your butt and front region should always be covered whenever you wear them. They just look completely wrong when worn as trousers and don’t get me started on those cheap and nasty leggings. If you absolutely have to wear leggings as trousers don’t buy the cheapest pair you can find; the world does not need to see your underwear through them.

3. Uggs with Shorts:

Are your feet cold and your legs too hot or do you just not own a mirror to see how ridiculous you look? I honestly just don’t get it.

4. Animal Print Everywhere:

The Real Housewives of New Jersey called, they want their clothes back.

5. A Suit with Jeans:

This is one for the guys! When you’re going somewhere that requires a suit (or you’re nipping to the shop and fancy dressing up for the occasion) don’t half ass it and shove jeans on. It doesn’t say you’re cool or laid back, it just says you’re lazy and a bit of a plonker.

6. Leather on Leather:

I accidentally wore leather on leather once and I felt like an idiot as soon as I noticed. If you like cows that much just roam around a field and eat grass all day.

I have many more but my “y” key requires some serious hitting to get it to work so I think here is a good place to stop. I do apologise if you’ve taken offence to any of my pet peeves, I promise they’re all in good humour. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to have a serious conversation with my “y” key.

A Goodbye (But Not Forever)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hey, long time no talk! I was right when I said I was returning from my blogging break prematurely. It’s been about 2 weeks of silence from me but it was all for a good and practical reason.

The day after I posted my June Favourites I ended up booking my theory test so revision came before blogging. I was officially bricking it on Friday morning (why I booked it for 8am I’ll never know) after convincing myself I hadn’t done enough revision but I’m happy to say I passed and did a lot better than expected.

Now that my theory test is all over I now have some time for blogging but even then I’m not promising many posts. I had previously reached the stage where I was putting pressure on myself to post and, as any blogger knows, that’s the time to take a step back.

Having a full time job tends to drag my focus and energy away from blogging but hey, life happens and there’s no point in complaining about. As far as I’m concerned I’m writing this post and enjoying myself while doing it so I’m rolling with the punches for now.

Today’s post is going to feature something that has been a part of my life since 2004. That thing is T in the Park and this weekend marked my 11th and potentially my final year of it. I’ve actually been saying for the last few years that I’m not going to return to T in the Park but, as it’s now moving away from my hometown, I don’t really feel the need to go back. I think I’ve had my fill.

I didn't take many pictures of the acts as I hate to live through a camera - not sure that's allowed as a blogger - so you're getting random pictures instead.

Admittedly this year’s line-up did not impress me on paper one bit. 2 out of 3 of the headliners are my idea of hell and the majority of the smaller acts weren’t doing it for me. It wasn’t until the weekend grew closer did I realise that although the line-up was fairly poor I still had enough acts to fill my days. I don’t go to festivals for anything but the music so each day was planned no to a T (no pun intended). There was a minor hiccup that involved a strip searching of a male friend (don’t do drugs kids) but everything else went perfectly.

I won’t bore you with who I saw and how many times I came close to falling over due to alcohol consumption, all you need to know is I had a jolly good time. Granted there were a few disappointments when it came to some of the bigger acts and the one headliner I was looking forward to but you can’t have everything. I’m glad this is how I (may have) ended my 11 years of T in the Park but never say never, if they manage to get someone I really love *cough* Eminem *cough* I will make the short journey to Strathallan and drink to forget I’m camping.

So there you have it. I’m somewhat saying goodbye to a bit of my childhood and I think my bank account may thank me for it. The fact I’ve seen The Who, Blur and The Stone Roses as well as being there for The Killers first ever T performance and Paolo Nutini’s blows my mind. I’ve discovered so many bands there and indulged in some guilty pleasures in the form of McFly and Avril Lavigne that my iPod quivers in fear when I return from the festival. I’ve met some great people, I’ve engaged in one too many fights and have had some rather dodgy food and I’m forever thankful for it all. I hope T in the Park is a major success at Strathallan and maybe one day I’ll return. Cheers T in the Park for all of the memories. We’ll see each other again. xx

June Favourites

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Before I get into this I’d like to state that my dad assisted (i.e. commandeered) the photo taking part of this post and well, he can be a bit “out there” at times…

It seems the rest of Britain basked in the warm, sunny weather while I sat in an office with no windows throughout the whole of June. If I didn’t have to write the date every day I would be completely oblivious to the fact it’s now July. The weather is wasted on me.

Anyway, as it’s now apparently July I guess it’s time for my June favourites. Does this sentence sound really unenthusiastic? Crap!

1. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick:

This used to be one of my favourite lipsticks but then I bought new, shiny lipsticks and forgot all about it. I rediscovered it while moving rooms and instantly fell back in love with it. It’s a gorgeous bright pink that isn’t too in your face and transitions perfectly from day to night. It’s creamy, well pigmented and looks good for most of the day.

2. Palmers Cocoa Butter:

This moisturiser is a freaking life saver! Ok, that may be an exaggeration but it reversed damage to my skin that was caused by cream containing emu oil so it deserves some appreciation. As I’ve mentioned time and time again I suffer from eczema and, just as a flare up was about to disappear, I mistakenly used that emu oil cream. My skin had never been in such a bad state before so I immediately broke out the Palmers Cocoa Butter and my flare up is now back to the almost disappearing stage. Go Palmers!

3. Zara Red and Coral Sandals:

Shoes are my one weakness (I actually have many weaknesses but I’m afraid something or someone will try to exploit them so I refuse to share) and as soon as I saw these ones on Style Scrapbook I immediately snapped them up. I’ve been rocking them on a regular basis and won’t be stopping any time soon. They’re incredibly comfortable, easy to walk in and are a rather interesting take on either a plain red sandal or a plain coral one.

My dad insisted that the gnome had his nails painted for this picture.

4. Topshop Tabasco Trouble:

I’ve already expressed my love for this nail polish in another post but hey, it’s a brilliant nail polish so I may as well express my love for it again. I bought this to get free delivery on an order from Topshop and didn’t expect too much from it; as soon as I first applied it though I was hooked. It’s a gorgeous deep pink, bordering on red, it has the perfect matte finish and it looks incredible all day.

5. Volvic Coco Pineapple Water:

It’s not Summer without copious amounts of water! I spotted the Volvic Coco Pineapple water while practically crying over the fact the store was out of cheese sandwiches (I’m a sandwich drama queen) and went straight for it. As the flavour of it (coconut and pineapple) was inspired by Brazil and the World Cup so I’m assuming that this is limited edition. Annoyingly it’s not sugar free so I’m limiting my intake of it but if you’re looking for Summer in a bottle this is your drink!

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